Sarah Ethel Dawsey

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Sarah Ethel Dawsey (Sanders)

Birthplace: Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States
Death: November 20, 1948 (59)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Place of Burial: Piracicaba, Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Immediate Family:

Wife of Rev. Cyrus Bassett Dawsey
Mother of Agnes Sanders Rogers; Rev. Cyrus "Cy" Bassett Dawsey, Jr.; Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Missionary, Teacher, Writer
Managed by: Susanne Floyd Gunter
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About Sarah Ethel Dawsey


Daughter of William Erwin and Sarah Catherine Fewell Sanders, wife of Cyrus Bassett Dawsey.

"I was born near the little town of Belmont, NC, June 9, 1889. I was the ninth child in a family of ten children - six boys and four girls. My father, William Erwin Sanders, was of English descent. He was a man respected and loved by all who knew him. His was a generous and affectionate nature. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. My mother before her marriage was Sarah Fewell, the daughter of Ezekiel Fewell of York County, SC. She is of Scotch-Irish descent. Her ancestors, as far back as can be traced, were Presbyterians, and she was brought up according to the strict manner of the old fashioned Presbyterian home.

We lived in the country until I was about 9 years old. My father's failing health, due to a wound received during the War between the States, made it necessary for him to give up active work, and we moved to Spartanburg where there were good school advantages for the children.

I was graduated from the Spartanburg High School in June 1906. I received at that time a gold medal for the highest average in English.

The following summer I stood the competitive examination for a scholarship to Winthrop College and was awarded the same. Was graduated from that institution June 1910. During my college career I had the following honors: Class Annual Editor, 1906-07; College Marshall, 1908-09; member of Curry Society for 3 years; Charter member of Wade-Hampton Society; on Executive Committee of Wade-Hampton Society; Debater in Public meeting of Wade-Hampton Society, 1909; YWCA Journal Editor, 1908-09; Delegate to Conference at Due West, 1909; Delegate to Asheville Conference, 1909; Student Volunteer Convention, Rochester, NY, 1910; and President of YWCA, 1910.

After graduation I taught 2 years. The first year I was principal of a large country school near Holly Hill, SC. The second year I taught a first grade in the city schools of Spartanburg.

Was married to Rev. C. B. Dawsey on Thursday, June 27, 1912.

In regard to my religious life, I do not know any exact date of conversion. I believe that since I can remember I have love my Savior and tried to do the things that were pleasing to Him. There have been time of special enlightenment and time when my spiritual life was decidedly deepened. I became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg July 5, 1903, and remained a member of that church until soon after my marriage, when my membership was transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South."

Written by Ethel Sanders Dawsey

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Sarah Ethel Dawsey's Timeline

June 9, 1889
Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States
April 30, 1917
Birigui, Brazil
March 4, 1921
Birigui, Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 20, 1948
Age 59
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Piracicaba, Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil