02 September 2013

Matralineal Monday: Sarah Bing Still

Sarah Bing Still is my great-great-great grandmother (Sarah Bing - Franklin Still - Pierson G Still - Lloyd P Still - mom - me). Sadly, I do not know much of her. She was born 18 February 1811 in Pennsylvania (I believe East Caln* but still confirming) to Robert and Sarah McWilliams Bing.

On 30 December 1830 she married George David Still, of East Fallowfield. They had six children together. I had found mentioned of George being a trustee at the Methodist Episcopal Church in East Fallowfield in 1841. While it is normally safe to assume at that time that spouses attended the same church, Sarah's obituary notes her as a member of the Washington ME Church in East Fallowfield. 

Sarah passed 13 April 1891 in East Fallowfield of pneumonia. She and George - who preceded her in death - are buried in the Doe Run Cemetery with many other Still family members.

Her obituary was published in the Local on 14 April 1891. It reads:
Mrs. Sarah B. Still, widow of the late Geo. D. Still, died in the 81st year of her age at her residence in East Fallowfield township. She was for many years a consistent member of the Washington M.E. Church, near Caln Station. Her children are: John Still, Caln; Mrs. Margaretta Naylor, West Chester; Robert B. Still, East Fallowfield; Mrs. Jane W. Lewis, West Philadelphia; George W. Still, Doe Run; Frank Still, Mortonville. Death was caused from pneumonia. She was ill but a few days.


I know little of her life before she married George David Still. I have found Robert Bing and his family in East Caln in the 1810 Census. There were seven family members included. In 1810 however the census simply breaks the family down in age and gender groups. The Bing family consisted of one male under 10; three males aged 16 to 25; one male aged 26 to 44 (assumedly Robert); one female aged 10 to 15; and one female aged 16 to 25 (assumedly Robert's wife Sarah). Since Sarah was born in 1811, one can ascertain that she had five older siblings. I have the names for five of her siblings, three of whom were born after her. By 1820 I found Sarah on the census although again the census at that time did not list spouses and children. Robert (spelled Byng on this census) lists three males under the age of 10; one male age 26 to 44 (Robert); three female under 10; and one female aged 26 to 44 (Robert's wife Sarah).

* All townships mentioned are in Chester County, PA.

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