Sarah Jane Fancher

8 November 1830–7 November 1914 (Age 84)
Attica, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Fancher was born on 8 November 1830, in Attica, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States, her father, Richard Fancher, was 30 and her mother, Maria Hulick, was 27. She married Sanford D. Clark on 9 June 1857, in Crown Point, Lake, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Center Township, Lake, Indiana, United States for about 20 years and Harrison Township, White, Arkansas, United States in 1880. She died on 7 November 1914, in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sanford D. Clark
Sarah Jane Fancher
Marriage: 9 June 1857
Myron Richard Clark
Clarence Irving Clark

Spouse and Children

9 June 1857
Crown Point, Lake, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 6

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 26

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 Probably a variant spelling of French Fanger .2 It could alternatively be an altered form of English Fanshaw, which Reaney believes to be a habitational name from Fanshaw Gate, near Holmesfield, Derbyshire. However, the earliest records of the place name, le Faunchalle-gate ( 1456 , 1472 , etc.), indicate that the place takes its name from the Faunchall or Fanshaw family and not the other way about. Further, the early form of the surname suggests a French origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah Clark in household of Sanford D Clark, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah Jane Fancher in household of James C Nicholson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Clark in household of Clarence Clark, "United States Census, 1900"

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