Sarah M. Byers
Sarah M. Highman, daughter of Abner and Clarissa Collins Byers, was born July 27, 1847 and departed this life March 8, 1935, being at the time of her death 87 years, 7 months and 12 days of age.
She united in marriage to Duncan Highman on April 27, 1865 and immediately went to housekeeping on Conner Ridge [Monroe Co., OH] and lived with her husband and children all her life on the same farm.
To this union were born nine children, eight boys and one girl, whose names are as follows: Abner, Clarissa, Oliver, David, William, James, Clarence, Hamilton, and Oscar, all of Woodsfield, Route 2.
Two sons, David and William, preceded her in death many years ago. Her husband also died on May 28, 1907. Since that time she has still remained at the old home with her two sons James and Clarence who have since taken care of her.
She united with the M.E. Church at Conner Ridge early in life and remained faithful until the end and was always at church when ever her health would permit.
She leaves to mourn her death, seven children; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-five great grandchildren; one brother, U.S. Byers; two sisters, Deborah Lucas and Isadora Christy besides a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning, March 10, by her pastor, Rev. W.A. Weddle assisted by Dwight Christy, in the presence of a large concourse of friends. Her body was laid to rest in the church cemetery to await the Resurrection Morn.
(Source: Obituaries of Monroe Co., Ohio, Volume 2, compiled by Ruth Dougherty Hogue, p. 11)