Sarah Blake Sturgis (1815 - 1902)

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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Managed by: Amos Elliston
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About Sarah Blake Sturgis

Wife of wealthy activist Francis George Shaw. She supported his desire to see social reform, and especially, she helped champion the idea of a free black human being. The family moved to Staten Island when Sarah, suffering from an eye ailment, sought the services of the kindly, and somewhat eccentric, Samuel Mackenzie Elliott, a prominent "oculist". Elliott would later be commissioned Colonel of the 79th New York Inf. (Cameron's Highlanders). His service was cut short when his horse was shot out from under him, injuring his back. He was later appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers. Sarah's son, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw brought much pride and respect to the family when he accepted the commission of colonel of the 54th Mass. Inf., one of the first black regiments in the war to endure battle. His, and his men's deaths at Battery Wagner, S.C., proved once and for all, that a black man, given the opportunity, would not only fight for his freedom, but that he would do it with distinction. Sarah and her husband, Francis, upon learning that Robert was buried in a mass grave with his men as an insult, declared that they would not have had it any other way.

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Sarah Blake Shaw (Sturgis)'s Timeline

August 31, 1815
Boston, Suffolk, MA, USA
Age 8
Boston, MA, USA
June 9, 1835
Age 19
Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
October 10, 1837
Age 22
Boston, MA, USA
Age 22
New York, New York, United States
May, 1839
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 16, 1843
Age 28
West Roxbury, MA, USA
June 1, 1845
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
December 29, 1902
Age 87
New York, NY, USA