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Sarah Briles Obituary

Do you ever find you have a record that you didn’t think you had tucked away somewhere?

That’s what happened with me. I didn’t have a citation on Sarah Jane Thompson Briles’ death for an obituary. I had even tried finding one online – with no luck. Thus, in the back of my mind was a ‘to do’ whenever archival type research returns.

Then, I was going thru my Briles notebook and transcribing some of the records and I found her obituary! It’s just a transcript and my notations on it indicate that it was transcribed during my early days of research. Thus, I had found the obituary prior to having computer software to create citations. For some reason, that citation never got created until now.

Sarah J. Briles Dead
Mrs. Sarah Jane Briles died at the home of her daughter Mrs. E. C. Barr near Crandall Sunday August 17. Her death was caused by hardening of the arteries and she has been in poor health for more than a year and suffered much during the past few months. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thompson pastor of the United Brethren church at Crandall Tuesday Aug 19 at 2:30. A quartet composed of Mrs. L. E. Crandall, Flora Schlichter, Dorin Levering and Elmer Thompson accompanied by Mrs. Thompson at the piano sang. Burial was in Big Creek cemetery by the side of her husband who died 51 years ago last month.
Mrs. Briles maiden name was Sarah Jane Thompson. She was born Aug 7, 1843 in Indiana. She was 87 years and 10 days old at the time of her death. She moved to Iowa with her parents when four years old and on Aug 3 1866 was married to N W Briles. They came to Kansas in 1867 and settled in Coffey county near Crandall. There her husband died and there death came to her. She joined th Baptist church in Iowa and after coming to the Crandall neighborhood transferred her membership to the United Brethren church there and remained active in that church until her death. Two children were left to mourn her loss, Ida Angeline Barr and Edward Grant Briles; also 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and 3 sisters Belle Goudy of Nebraska, Anna Rickettes of Iowa and Martha Ingersoll of Kansas. She joined the Crandall church in 1867 and spent 63 years in active service.

“Sarah J. Briles Dead”, Leroy Reporter, (Leroy, Kansas), 29 August 1930, page 1, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas.