Sarah Ellison Farrington

My Paternal 3rd Great-Grandmother

St. Peter's Church, Stoke Upon Trent - where Sarah Farrington and James Moseley were married in 1838.

When Sarah Ellison Farrington was born on about June 4, 1821, in Middlewich, Cheshire, England, her father, John Ellison Farrington, was 23 years old and her mother, Martha Wilkinson, was 25. Sarah was her parents' first born of seven children; she was named after her paternal great-grandmother, Sarah Ellison.

Sarah married James Moseley in 1838 when they were both 20 years old and they had seven sons and three daughters together between 1839 and 1855.  Their second son, Daniel, born in 1940, would be my 2nd Great-Grandfather.  Sarah and James were farmers like both of their fathers before them. Unfortunately, James died in 1855 at the age of 38, leaving Sarah to raise several young children on her own.

Eight years after James' death, Sarah married widower William Minshall on December 29, 1863, in Audlem, England. William was my 3rd Great-Grandfather (week 8 blog) - father of Harriet Minshall who later married Daniel Moseley, Sarah's son.  To explain the connection, Harriet and Daniel became the parents of Sarah Moseley, my great-grandmother and mother of my paternal grandmother, Alice Clarke  (week 2 blog).

Sarah and William would be married 49 years by the time she died on November 23, 1912 of "acute bronchitis" and "cardiac failure" at the home of her daughter, Sarah Moseley, at the impressive age of 91. 

"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."

- Chinese proverb

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09.10 | 13:33

Hello Peter - please email me at

23.08 | 15:28

Hi Karen, If you are still maintaining this page, please drop me a line. William and Mary were my great, great, grandparents. Best Regards,

29.08 | 18:46

John. Can you email me at - then we can connect directly. ..

16.08 | 11:58

Hi Karen, if you are interested, please visit my facebook page
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