Sarah Elwyn VanHook

Female 1833 - 1910


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  • Born  15 Mar 1833  Cynthiana, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  4 Jan 1910  Alexandria, Madison, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  West Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Elkanah VanHook,   b. Abt 1810, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy Ann Blair,   b. Between 1811 and 1816,   d. Bef 1850 
    Family  Reverend Joseph Franklin,   b. 13 Sep 1834, Middletown, Henry, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Anderson, Madison, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Dec 1853  Covington, Kenton, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married:
    • 1850 United States Federal - District 48, Lewis, Missouri
      Name Age
      Joseph H Blair 43
      Matilda Blair 41
      Sarah E Vanhook 17

      It appears Sarah may be living with an uncle and aunt in the 1850 census. Joseph Blair is possibly brother to Sarah's mother - Nancy Blair. Joseph and Matilda Blair must have moved to the Cincinnati area shortly after this census. They appear in Covington, Kenton Co., KY in the 1860 census. Sarah E. VanHook was married in Kenton County in 1853 to Joseph King.

      1860 United States Federal Census - Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
      Name Age
      Joseph Franklin 25
      Sarah E Franklin 27
      Earnest Franklin 5
      Walter Franklin 4
      Arthur Franklin 3
      Zoe Franklin 2
      Rolla Franklin 1/12
      Agnes Riley 18

      1880 United States Federal Census - Anderson, Madison, Indiana
      Name Age
      Joseph Franklin 45
      Sarah E. Franklin 47
      Zoe Franklin 21
      Rolla Franklin 20
      Grace Franklin 18
      Homer Franklin 17
      Stella Franklin 15
      Jasetha Franklin 11
      Eemette Franklin 9
      Victor Franklin 7
      Mildred Franklin 4

      1900 United States Federal Census - Shawswick, Lawrence, Indiana
      Name Age
      Joseph Franklin 65, b Sep 1834 IN, Preacher
      Sarah E Franklin 67, b Mar 1833 IN, mother of 12 children, 8 living
      Stella Franklin 35, b Dec 1864 IN, Foreign Missionary
      Josipha Franklin 31, b Jan 1869 IN, Foreign Missionary
      Eurmett Franklin 29, b Dec 1870 IN, Day Laborer
      Mildred Franklin 24, b Jul 1875 IN, Foreign Missionary
      (note - the 3 youngest Franklin sisters were missionaries in India)
    Children 
     1. Earnest Franklin,   b. Abt 1854, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Walter Franklin,   b. Abt 1855, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Arthur Franklin,   b. Abt 1856, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Zoe Franklin,   b. Abt 1858, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rolla Franklin,   b. Abt 1859, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Grace Franklin,   b. Abt 1861, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Homer Franklin,   b. Abt 1862, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Stella Franklin,   b. Dec 1864, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Josepha Franklin,   b. Jan 1869, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Emmett Franklin,   b. Dec 1870, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Victor Franklin,   b. Abt 1872, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Mildred Franklin,   b. Jul 1875, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F3877  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Following from History of the Central Christian Church : historical, biographical, chronological, reminiscent.
      Author: Cravens, Charles R.
      Published: [Anderson? Ind.] : C.R. Cravens, 1925

      Mrs. Franklin's maiden name was Sarah Elwyn Vanhook. She was born near Cynthia, Kentucky, March 15, 1833. When two years old her parents came to Lebanon, Indiana (1835) where she grew to womanhood. The family removed to Cincinnati in the early forties, where the father died in 1849. The next year (1850) when seventeen years of age, she began attending the Christian Church on Clinton Street, where Elder Benjamin Franklin was preaching and in 1851 was baptized by him.

      Greatly desiring an education, she began teaching at about sixteen years of age, as a means of working her
      way through school. At Cincinnati she entered the Wesleyan Female College, in which she continued as a student until her marriage to Joseph Franklin, Dec 29, 1853. She taught three terms of school after her marriage.

      All her life she has been a steady worker in the church and Sunday School. Soon after coming to Anderson, Mrs. Franklin saw the need of the Sisterhood of the church being more closely united for effectual work. Her endeavors were not always successful. With a small congregation for more than a decade, the unfolding of women's work was slow. But finally victory was hers, and truly Aunt Sarah Franklin received a rich reward in blessings for her successful efforts. She had schooled the sisters of the church to see their opportunities, and so, on Sunday, October 10, 1886, a meeting was called at the church for the sisters, by Sister Franklin, for the purpose of organizing a society. Sister Franklin was selected temporary chairman until the organization was completed. The Society was named and known as "Christian Sorosis", meaning a woman's club, or association of women, and it has had a continuous existence from the day of its organization to the present, but in later years under the name of "The Ladies' Aid Society", of the Central Christian Church. Sister Franklin assisted her husband in the organization of the Sunday School of the Christian Church, in which she was always a teacher whenever possible to attend.

      To attempt an analysis of Sister Sarah Franklin's Christian life, would be futile. There are some lives in the Master's cause whose Christian characteristics are so enwrapped by the spirit of the divine, that mortals are prone to pause and wonder, and with respectful admiration. Such, without the shadow of flattery, was Aunt Sarah's.

      Sarah died at Alexandria, Indiana on Jan 4, 1910 at 12:20 P.M. Buried at Anderson, Indiana on Jan 6, 1910. Elders Wm G. Smith and T. W. Grafton officiating.