Sarah Emily Farris

Photos courtesy of Nancy Carlson and Linda Cardiff Dutart


Sarah Emily (Emma) Farris was born March 19, 1857 in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, and died July 06, 1944 in Oakland, California. She married William Alexander Clayton December 17, 1878 in Lake County, California, son of Simeon Clayton and Anna White. He was born April 12, 1848 in Salem, Washington County, Indiana, and died December 24, 1883 in Modesto, California.
Photos probably 1878


Sarah's husband died at age 35 after only five years of marriage, leaving her with two young daughters. Sarah never remarried, and eventually moved in with her daughter Edna and Edna's husband Rev. James Orr. This family photo was taken in about 1926, with Sarah second from left in the back row. Edna and James Orr are back row right. Front from left are Dorothea, Bonnie, Clayton and Winifred Orr; James and Edna's children.

To our good fortune, Sarah's unmarried brother James Harrison Farris was visiting at the time and was included in the photo, top left. It is the only photo we have of James.

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