Tombstone Tuesday–Sarah R. (Dodge) Huffman

Sarah Roseann (Dodge) Huffman, Chattanooga Mausoleum, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. (2017 photo by Karen)

This is the mausoleum marker of Sarah Rosanna (Dodge) Huffman, located in the Chattanooga Mausoleum, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The vault is inscribed:

Sarah R. Huffman

According to Zion Chatt’s records Sarah Rosanna/Roseann/Rose Ann Dodge was born 12 February 1858, while her death certificate gives her date of birth as 12 February 1854. She was born in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, [1] the daughter of Hamilton and Mary (Sparks) Dodge.

The Dodge family in 1860: Hamilton, 30; Mary, 28; Sarah R, 4; Sylvester E, 1. Sarah’s parents were reportedly born in Ohio and their children were born in Indiana. They had a New Corydon post office address and Hamilton Dodge was a farmer. [2]

The Dodge family in 1870: Hamilton, 47; Mary, 40; Sarah, 14; Sylvester, 12; Mary A, 8; Eli, 6. The family still lived in Jefferson Township with a New Corydon address and Hamilton farmed. Son Sylvester helped on the farm. [3]

Sarah Rosanna Dodge married George F. Huffman on 16 August 1877 in Adams County, Indiana, married by Thomas E. Macy. [4] George was the son of Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Hartzog/Herzog) Hoffman, born 29 June 1853 in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

In 1880 George and Sarah Huffman had one child, Burley, spelled Burleigh here, a 1 year old boy. They lived in Liberty Township and George worked as a carpenter. Their household in 1880: George, 25; Sarah R, 23; and Burleigh, 1. [5]

The family attended Zion Chatt for awhile, and daughter Mary Olga’s baptism was recorded in the church records in 1892. She was baptized at the family home.

By 1900 the George Huffman family had moved across the state line and resided in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana, moving there about 1884, where daughter Emma was reportedly born. Their household in 1900: George F, 46; Sarah, 44; Burrell, 24; Emma, 16; Nora, 13; Mary 10; Maggie, 8; and Francis, 3. George and Sarah had been married 23 years and six of their seven children were living. George farmed. [6]

In 1910 only two of their children still lived at home with their parents George and Sarah on their Adams County farm: Maggie, 18, and Francis, 13. Five of the seven Huffman children were still living. They lived next door to their son Burley, who was married to Maggie. [7]

Zion Chatt’s records indicate that Sarah was baptized at Zion Chatt on 21 July 1912 and confirmed there by Rev. L. Loehr on 22 July 1912.

George and Sarah still resided in Jefferson Township with son Francis H, age 22 in 1920. George was 63 and Sarah was 61. George was a general farmer and Francis helped on the farm. [8]

The family in 1930: George F, 77, and Rosanna, 73. They lived next door to their son Francis, his wife Effie, and their three children. George’s occupation was livestock farmer. [9]

George and Sarah moved back to Ohio by 1935 and lived in Chattanooga, where George died 18 January 1937.

In 1940 widow Sarah, age 84, lived in the same home as she and George had in 1935, the home they owned in Liberty Township, Mercer County. Next to them on the census page were Carl and Marcella Schroeder. [10]

Sarah (Dodge) Huffman died on 4 April 1947 in Allen County, Indiana, of a cerebral hemorrhage she had four days before, due to arteriosclerosis, which she had for 9 years. Hardy & Hardy of Geneva, Indiana, were in charge of the arrangements and she was buried on the 7th. Dr. Merrill Osborn, Willshire, Ohio, signed her death certificate. Her date of birth was given as 12 February 1854 and she was a 93 year-old widowed housewife. This record also indicates that she was born in Indiana, that her father was Hamilton Dodge, and that the name of her mother was unknown. The informant was Mrs. Maggie Bollenbacher, Chattanooga, Ohio. Sarah’s usual address was also Chattanooga. [1]

George F. and Sarah (Dodge) Huffman had 7 children:
Burley (1878-1948), married Margaret “Maggie” (Engle) Fetters
Emma V (1884-1903)
Nora (1887-1971), married Welker Woodruff
Mary Olga (1889-1920), married William G Bollenbacher
Margaret “Maggie” Iona (1892-1976), married Jacob Dewald Bollenbacher
Francis H (1896-1988), married Effie Boice
Clarence (1900-1900)

Sarah is buried next to her husband George in the mausoleum. Her father is buried in Kessler Cemetery.


[1] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2001, Year 1947, Roll 4, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, IN; Sarah Rosan Huffman, 4 Apr 1947;

[2] 1860 U.S. Census, Jefferson Adams, Indiana, p.228, dwelling 1599, family 1578, Hamilton Dodge;; FHL microfilm 803242, NARA microfilm M653, roll 242.

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, p.39B, dwelling & family 65, Hamilton Dodge;; FHL microfilm 545795, NARA microfilm M593, roll 296.

[4] “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,”, George Hoffman & Rosanna Dodge, 16 Aug 1877; Adams County Marriages, FHL microfilm 2321470.

[5] 1880 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 188, p.474C, dwelling 50, family 53, George Hoffman;; FHL microfilm 1255048, NARA microfilm T9, roll 1048.

[6] 1900 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.11A, dwelling & family 198, Geo F Huffman;; FHL microfilm 1240357, NARA microfilm T623, roll 357.

[7] 1910 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, Ed 4, p.2A, dwelling & family 34, George Huffman;; FHL microfilm 1374351, NARA microfilm T624, roll 338.

[8] 1920 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.7B, dwelling 148, visited 158, George F Huffman;; NARA microfilm T625, roll 420.

[9] 1930 U.S. Census, Jefferson, Adams, Indiana, ED 4, p.4B, dwelling 94, family 95, George F Huffman;; FHL microfilm 2340309, NARA microfilm T626, roll 574.

[10] 1940 U.S. Census, ED 54-22, p.15A, line 23, Sarah Huffman;; NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.





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