Sunset at Gowanus Bay

Sunset at Gowanus Bay
Sunset at Gowanus Bay, Henry Gritten, 1851

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Date of Death Found for Sarah (Kip) (Crane) Scudder; 1755-1836

Sarah Kip, baptized 9 March 1755 at the New York Reformed Dutch Church, daughter of Dirk Kip and Jannetje Parsell, was married twice. She first married Joseph Crane and her second husband was Capt. William Scudder. Sarah Kip is a descendant of Adam Brouwer of Gowanus, Long Island.

In 2007, Diane Crane Benelli published, "Sarah (Kip) Crane Scudder and Her Revolutionary-War-Officer Husbands," in volume 138, no. 4, of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. A few years back I had placed online, Diane's original unedited copy of the published article, which includes additional information on Sarah's ancestry, her extended family, and the lives of her Revolutionary War Officer husbands.

In 2007, when the original article was published, Sarah's date of death was not known. She had been located, as Sarah Scudder, on the 1830 U. S. census in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia), when she would have been aged seventy-five. Greenbrier County property tax assessment rolls list Sarah Scudder's estate in 1844, so all that was known was that she died sometime between 1830 and 1844. Until now.

This past week Diane e-mailed me with the date of Sarah's death which was discovered in two New York newspapers of that period. Sarah's death notice ran in The New York Commercial Advertiser, December 22, 1836 (page 2, column 6), and in The Spectator, December 27, 1836 (issue 46, p. 1, col. 7). It read:

"In Virginia, on the 10th of November, Mrs. Sarah Scudder, in the 80th year of her age, widow of Captain William Scudder of the Revolutionary War 
She was tenderly beloved by her children and acquaintances, and by them her death is much regretted."

Sarah (Kip) (Crane) Scudder, died on 10 November 1836 in Greenbriar County, Virginia (now West Virginia). The location of her burial has not been located, but Diane believes she was buried in a "very old Crane burial ground in West Virginia," located off "Scutter" Road, which has several unmarked graves. 

As for details on Sarah Kip's life - I'll leave that to Diane's original account which can be viewed here.

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