Indiana McCaslins

Sophia Ann MowerAge: 76 years18141890

Name
Sophia Ann Mower
Birth January 15, 1814
Source: S364
Note: 1850 and 1860 censuses indicate that she was born in 1812 or 1813.
Census 1820 (Age 5 years)
Census 1830 (Age 15 years)
MarriageGeorge Washington TaftView this family
June 1, 1843 (Age 29 years)
Source: S364
Note: DAR record gives date as 1842
Birth of a daughter
#1
Anna Sarah Taft
August 20, 1846 (Age 32 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1850 (Age 35 years)
Census 1860 (Age 45 years)
Death of a husbandGeorge Washington Taft
May 1861 (Age 47 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a husbandGeorge Washington Taft
May 1861 (Age 47 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Waupaca Poorhouse Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 161359407)
Census 1870 (Age 55 years)
Marriage of a childJames Harding BrownAnna Sarah TaftView this family
November 12, 1872 (Age 58 years)
Note: J. H. Ritching performed the ceremony which was religious. Dr Maine and the Rev Mr Hutchinson were witnesses.The marriage certificate gives her name as S. Anna Taft and her parents a George Taft and Sophia Mower. On the certificate, James H Brown gives birthplace as New York, his occupation as "Engineer", his residence as Eau Claire, and his parents' names as Jno S Brown and Alcha Harding.
Census 1880 (Age 65 years)
Note: 107 Lafayette Ave
Census 1885 (Age 70 years)
Occupation
1870 Domestic In the house of Alexander Forbes In Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin; 1880-1885 Running A Boarding House In St Paul

Publication: R.L. Polk & Co. and J.D. Leonard, Publishers (St Paul, Minnesota, 1881)
Publication: R.L. Polk & Co. and A.D. Danser, Publishers (St Paul, Minnesota, 1885)
Death July 27, 1890 (Age 76 years)
Source: S364
Source: Find a Grave
Burial after July 27, 1980 (90 years after death)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Forest Hill Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691168)
Family with George Washington Taft - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: June 1, 1843Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
3 years
daughter

Birth1850 US Federal Census
Birth1860 US Federal Census
Birth1870 US Federal Census
BirthS364
Census1820 US Federal Census
Census1830 US Federal Census
MarriageMarriage Index, Massachusetts
MarriageS364
Census1850 US Federal Census
Census1860 US Federal Census
Census1870 US Federal Census
Census1880 US Federal Census
Census1885 Minnesota State Census
Occupation1870 US Federal Census
Occupation1880-1881 St Paul City Directory
Publication: R.L. Polk & Co. and J.D. Leonard, Publishers (St Paul, Minnesota, 1881)
Occupation1884-1885 St Paul City Directory
Publication: R.L. Polk & Co. and A.D. Danser, Publishers (St Paul, Minnesota, 1885)
Name1850 US Federal Census
Name1860 US Federal Census
Name1870 US Federal Census
DeathS364
DeathFind a Grave
BurialFind a Grave
Birth
1850 and 1860 censuses indicate that she was born in 1812 or 1813.
Marriage
DAR record gives date as 1842
Census
107 Lafayette Ave
Burial
Forest Hill Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691168)
Shared note
In the 1820 US Federal Census for Woodstock, Windsor, Vermont, Nathaniel has in his household one male under 10 years old (Edward), one male between 26 and 45 (himself), two females under 10 (Sophia and Sarah) , one female between 10 and 16 (Catherine) and one female between 26 and 45 (his wife Sophia). There is a check in the agriculture column. In the 1830 US Federal Census for Woodstock, Windsor, Vermont, Nathaniel has in his household two males between 5 and 10 years old (Joseph and ?), one male between 10-15 (Edward), one male between 15 and 20 (this may be Sophia who is not accounted for in the list of females), one male between 40 and 50 (himself) one female between 10 and 15 (Sarah) and one female between 40 and 50 (his Wife Sophia) George Washington Taft and Sophia Ann Mower were married 1 Jun 1843 by Amos Blancherd, mnister of the 1st Congregational Society of Lowell. Their residences at time of marriage were in Lowell. In the 1850 US Federal Census for Cavendish, Windsor, Vermont, Sophia is living with her husband George Taft, a mechanic who owns no real estate. In their household are three daughters, Georgette (age 6), Ann S (age 4) and Ella (age 2). In the 1860 US Federal Census for Portage, Columbia, Wisconsin, 47-year-old Vermont-born traveling agent George Taft owns no real estate of value, but has $200 in personal property. He and his 48-year-old Massachusetts-born wife Sophia [Mower] Taft have in their household their daughters, 17-year-old New Hampshire-born Georginette [sic], 14-year-old Vermont-born Ann [sic], 11-year-old Vermont-born Ella, 9-year-old Vermont-born Lizzie, and 6-year-old Wisconsin-born Frances. Anna, Ella, Lizzie and Frances have all attended school in the past year. The family moved from Vermont to Wisconsin after 1851, but before 1854, given that Lizzie was born in Vermont and Frances in Wisconsin Sophia's birthplace given as Vermont in the 1870 US Federal Census for Ward 2, Portage, Columbia., Wisconsin, which is not correct. She and Franky (Frances) are listed in this census but her other daughters are not listed in any Wisconsin census for that year nor is her husband George since he died in 1861. Sophia is working as a domestic in the house of wealthy retired merchant, Alexander D Forbes (age 45) and his family, including his wife Caroline E (age 28), and children, Fredericka (age 7), William R (age 5), Caroline (age 2), and Frank (3 months). Sophia's daughter Frances (age 15) is living with George Kuryck (a 62-year-old carpenter) and his family, Ursula (age 60), Adaline (age 30) and Mary (age 19) four residences from the one where her mother is recorded as working. There is no listing of Sophia, William H Lowe or John McLaughlin in the 1875 St Paul City Directory. In 1880, Anna, Elizabeth and Frances are all married. Sophia is in the 1880 census for St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, living with her daughter Georgie and someone identified as George Taft at 107 Layfette Ave. She is identified as a widow, which could mean that George died between 2 and 11 June 1880 when the census was taken, but more likely this is a misidentification by the census taker as the 1880-81 St Paul city directory shows a George Lowe living in her boarding house. Her daughter, Frances and son-in-law William Lowe are recorded as being boarders . The Lowes are recorded twice on the census as Elizabeth and Frances are recorded as living in the same household in St Paul, Minnesota, with their husbands six days earler. Anna is living in Brunswick, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, having married James Brown in Portage, Wisconsin in 1872. In 1880-1881, Sophia is listed in the St Paul City directory as the widow of George W Taft. She is running a boarding house at 107 Lafayette Avenue. Two of her boarders are William Lowe, her son-in-law, and George Lowe, relationship unknown. In 1884-85 Sophia is listed in the St Paul City directory as the widow of George W Taft. She is running a boarding hose at 595 Lafayette Avenue. One of her boarders is her son-in-law, John McLaughlin. In the 1885 Minnesota State Census for St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, 38-year-old Wisconsin-born John McLaughlin, 34-year-old Vermont-born Lizzie [Taft] McLaughlin, 32-year-old New York-born Wm [sic] Lowe, 30-year-old Wisconsin-born [sic] Frances [Taft] Lowe, 2-year-old Minnesota-born J M Lowe, 71-year-old Vermont-born Mrs Sophia Taft and 37-year-old Vermont-born Georgia [sic] Taft are all recorded in the same household. In 1886-87, Sophia is listed in the St Paul City directory as the widow of George W Taft, living at 595 Lafayette Avenue. Sophia is not listed in the 1888-1889 or 1890-91 St Paul City directory. And she is not in the Ramsey County Death Records, which contain records from 1870 to present . Sophia Ann Mower Taft died 27 Jul 1890 in Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 90691168). Exerpt from a draft letter by Frederic Dill Brown, Sophia Mower Taft's grandson: "Our mother's family was raised in Woodstock, VT. Grandfather Taft had some financial reverses & the older girls worked in textile mills. Later they came west to Portage Wis. For a time Grandfather Geo W Taft was active but his partner greased the skids under him. He fell sick, and unbeknown to the family in Portage, & died & was buried in the Potters Field In Clintonville Wis. His sister, Aunt Sarah Chellis, a wealthy individual, visited the family, went to Clintonville & advised Grandmother Taft not to move the body. So there your grandfather Taft lies in the Potters Field. Grandmother Taft moved to E.C. & ran a boarding house for R.R. men up on the Northside. [she also ran one in St Paul about 1880-1887] Mother's mother lived with us a great deal of the time. She did not like me for some reason & this dislike showed itself when we lived in Porterville where Ella, Bertie & I were born. (I must have been just a baby.) Her name was Sophia Mower Taft. She had five girls: - Georgia, Anna Sarah (Mother), Elizabeth (McLaughlin), Frances (Lowe) & Ella Ella died when I was a baby. The other sisters were at our home a great deal. Georgia never married and was with us much of the time. She liked me and I liked her. I also liked the other sisters, but aunt Georgie & I were good friends. She more than paid her way, for she was a wonderful cook. For years she was attendant at the home for feebleminded children in Chippewa Falls. Grandmother's brother was a General on Sherman's staff in the "March to the Sea" General Joseph Mower. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery."