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Sarah E. Maben was the first wife of Samuel S. Brown, a well known lumberman and, later, proprietor of the Duncan House in Milroy, Mifflin Co., Pennsylvania. She died at age 25, after bearing three children.
Surname has long been believed to be Maben or Martin.
She may be the Sarah Martin of Lewistown (Mifflin County) who married Samuel Brown of Huntingdon County on 24 March 1870. It is possible that Martin is a transcription error and the surname should have been spelled Maben/Mabin.
The dates on Sarah's grave marker in Milroy’s Woodlawn Cemetery, closely match an all too brief death notice found in the Lewistown Gazette newspaper which gives the death date as 27 Aug. 1877 and Sarah’s age as 25 years and 16 days.
Because all three of her children died in Pennsylvania after 1906, Sarah's maiden name should have been included on their death certificates. Unfortunately, it is missing from the death certificates of her two daughters and erroneously listed as Studer on that of her son.
Erroneously, because Stuter was the maiden name of Samuel S. Brown’s second wife, Rebecca.
The error is understandable considering that Sarah's children were quite young when she died. Their stepmother, Rebecca, was probably the maternal figure they best remembered, especially since she was also the mother of their two half-siblings and Stuter was likely a name heard while growing up as being intimately connected to the family.
However, it wouldn’t be unusual to find a widower remarried to his deceased wife’s sister.
But research thus far has disproven connection to the Jacob and Theresa (née Miller) Studer/Stuter family - parents of Rebecca (née Stuter) Brown - or to any other Stuter family. Census records of their household in 1860 and 1870 show no daughter named Sarah, though there is an intriguing gap of several years between Rebecca and the next oldest child – a gap that would be a perfect fit for Sarah’s age.
Little else was known about the mysterious Sarah E. besides her birth and death dates.
But recent strong DNA matches between two descendents of James F. Maben and a descendent of Hiram Baumgardner support another substantial clue - the enumeration of a Sarah E. Mayben, born 1852 and residing in Milroy, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania in the 1860 US Federal Census - the daughter of David Maben and his wife, Sarah.
Recent mitochondrial DNA testing by Sarah's matrilineal descendants also suggest that rather than being of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) ancestry like her husband, she instead was likely of British or Dutch (Netherlands) ancestry. Matches to her haplogroup appear to trace their ancestry to New Jersey/New York and New England colonies in America's earliest years. It just so happens that Sarah E. Maben's matrilineal line does indeed originate in the Passaic/Essex county regions of New Jersey.
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