- Born: 1 Oct 1831, St. Agnes, Cornwall, England 669,670
- Marriage: John Stephens RICHARDS on 9 Dec 1854 in St. Agnes, Cornwall, England 665,671
- Died: 28 Sep 1914, Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA at age 82
- Buried: Solomonville, Graham, Arizona, USA 665,675,676,677
Her oldest son, William, sent for Sarah and children, Thomas and Matilda, when he could afford the fare to the United States . According to the US census of 1900, Thomas came first (1883), then in 1887 Sarah and Matilda. (According to Matilda's obituary in the Arizona Bulletin (Safford ), dated July 19, 1897, she came to Arizona in March 1887).
In a letter, fall of 1976, to Norma Jean Richards Yount, William Gill Ri chards Jr. wrote, " I know they had a home (in England) because an aunt of his ( William Gill Richards Sr.) took care of his property for many years and he gave it to her in about 1920. She was an old maid or widow. I don't know which. She used to write to him about the property. T he family must have had some money or Grandfather Richards (Daddy's grandfather) could not of had a commission in the army, because commissions were either bought or inherited in those years in England".
William Gill Richards Jr said his Grandma Richards told of crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a steel hull, side paddle wheel ship (steam) and encountering a severe storm and she thought the ship was going to sink.
She lived alone on her ranch in the Stockton Pass in the Graham Mountains near Safford, Arizona. After her ranch was sold in 1909, she then lived with her sons, William and Thomas, and their families until her death.
William Gill Richards Jr. said she constantly sat in her rocking chair in her room and read the Bible. She wore a black dress, a little white cap and a white apron with fine embroidery work.
He remembered her mourning the death of the English king, probably Edward VII. Daddy recalled his father not being concerned about the king's death and telling him the United States was the best place to live.
However, her death certificate states her father, William Gill, was born in Scotland and her mother in England. This information was furnished by her son Thomas.
She died of pnuemonia at the age of 82 years while living with her son, Thomas, and his family. Her obituary lists the place of death in Layton, Arizona which later became a part of Safford. However, her death certificate identifies Safford as her place of death. At the time of her death her other son, William, and family were living in Bowie, Arizona.
She was buried in the Richards family plot in the Solomonville Cemetery.
After arriving with her daughter, Matilda, they travelled onto Arizona to join Sarah's sons, William and Thomas.
Noted events in her life were:
• Immigration, 1887. 665,676 New York City, New York
• Alt. Death: Alt. Death, 28 Jan 1914, Safford, Graham, Arizona, USA. 665,673,675,676
Sarah married John Stephens RICHARDS on 9 Dec 1854 in St. Agnes, Cornwall, England 665.,671 (John Stephens RICHARDS was born on 25 Oct 1829 in Wheal Rose, St. Agnes, Cornwall, England.)
The place and date of the marriage are not known. They had three childre n: William Gill Richards, Thomas Richards, and daughter Matilda Richard s. William G. was born December 25, 1858 in St. Agnes, Cornwall, Engla nd ( His daughter, Katherine Reita Richards Darnell, thinks he may have be en born in ,,Cornwall in 1854). Matilda was born 1859 in St. Agnes, Cornw all. Thomas was born 17 March 1866 in St. Agnes ,Cornwall, England.