Sarah Hammond Palfrey

18 September 1912–27 February 1996 (Age 83)
Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Sarah Hammond

When Sarah Hammond Palfrey was born on 18 September 1912, in Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, John Gorham Palfrey, was 36 and her mother, Methyl Gertrude Oakes, was 32. She married Thomas Elwood Cooke on 2 October 1940, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. She lived in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1935 and Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1940. She died on 27 February 1996, in New York City, New York County, New York, United States, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Elwood Cooke
Sarah Hammond Palfrey
Marriage: 2 October 1940

Spouse and Children

2 October 1940
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Methyl Gertrude Oakes




    Margaret Germaine Palfrey


    Elizabeth Howland Palfrey




    Joanna Oakes Palfrey


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 1

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 23

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): metonymic occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses, from Middle English palfrey ‘saddle-horse’ (Old French palefrei).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah P Fabyan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sarah K Palfrey in household of John G Palfrey, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sarah H Palfrey in household of John G Palfrey, "United States Census, 1930"

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