Sarah Matilda Fast

14 February 1847–26 December 1897 (Age 50)
Fulton, Whiteside, Illinois, United States

The Life of Sarah Matilda

When Sarah Matilda Fast was born on 14 February 1847, in Fulton, Whiteside, Illinois, United States, her father, John Jay Fast, was 32 and her mother, Hannah Robbins Day, was 28. She married Alexis Jackson Mohler on 26 September 1865. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Lee Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 26 December 1897, in San Jacinto, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in San Jacinto, Riverside, California, United States.

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Alexis Jackson Mohler
Sarah Matilda Fast
Marriage: 26 September 1865
John Jay Mohler
Jasper A. Mohler
James William Mohler
Jennie Christine Mohler
Jason Francis Mohler

Spouse and Children

    Alexis Jackson Mohler



26 September 1865


    John Jay Mohler


    Jasper A. Mohler


    James William Mohler




Parents and Siblings



    Elizabeth Fast


    William Marion Fast


    Martin Fast




+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 1

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 1

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 14

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

North German: nickname for a reliable steadfast person, or from a short form of any of the various personal names beginning with the element fast ‘steadfast’, ‘firm’, for example Fastert.

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

Sources (3)

  • Sarah M Fast in household of John J Fast, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Fast in household of John G Fast, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Fast in entry for Jennie Christine Coles, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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