When Sarah Ann Messerall was born in June 1854, in Sugar Lake, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Lawrence Messeral, was 34 and her mother, Mary Fullerton, was 36. She married LaFayette McFadden from 1873 to 1874, in Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Wayne Township, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880 and Randolph Township, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. She died on 4 October 1904, in Mead Township, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Kiser Hill Cemetery, East Mead Township, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States.
Biblical name, borne by the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. According to the Book of Genesis, she was originally called Sarai (possibly meaning ‘contentious’ in Hebrew), but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah ‘princess’ in token of a greater blessing (Genesis 17:15, ‘And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be’). This has been one of the most enduringly popular girls' names.
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