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Sarah (Tyler) Benton (1724 - abt. 1776)

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Sarah Benton formerly Tyler aka Burroughs
Born in Tolland, Connecticutmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and
Wife of — married in Tolland, Tolland Co., CTmap
Wife of — married in Stafford or Tolland, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Tolland, Connecticutmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Sarah was born in 1724. She passed away in 1776. [1]

There is a family story about a great-grandmother of Annie F. Storrs: This ancestor had been married six times and died by the time she was 35. Here is the version recorded by Rebecca (Bartlett) Nally:

My grandma Storrs used to tell me -- I have found it in the records so I know it's true -- she was born Sarah Tyler. She was married six times and died at age 52. Our great-grandfather was #1. He died coming home from the French and Indian War. She was a super person always willing to help where help was needed. She did a lot for Small Pox patients who were feared by most people. Her husband's last names were: 1. Burroughs, 2. Benton, 3. Lewis, 4. Stafford, 5. Leach, 6. Alcott. Her dates are from 1724-1776.

The Job Tyler Genealogy on page 235 (Google Books) seems to confirm this story. Sarah's husbands are listed as David Burroughs, William Benton, -- Lewis, -- Stafford, -- Leach, -- Olcott.

Sarah's known children are David Burroughs, Anna Burroughs Carpenter, John Benton, Sarah Benton Mason, Ruth Benton Kingsbury, Abigail Benton Wright. The births are listed in town vital records (Barbour Collection). Marriages are also recorded in the vital records of the towns.

It is believed that she died at Tolland, CT in 1776, while nursing her brother. Perhaps she died during the small pox epidemic. It is also possible that she is the Sarah Ocott, wife of David, whose cemetery stone reads, "Sarah wife of Captain David Olcut, died June 27, 1780, age 54 yrs" Stafford, Connecticut.


  1. Entered by Becky Syphers, Jan 21, 2012
  • Brigham: The Tyler genealogy: the descendants of Job Tyler, of Andover, Massachusetts 1619 - Vol 1 (Google Books).
  • Cole: History of Tolland County 1888.
  • Genealogy of the Descendents of Joseph Loomis of Windsor, copy at Connecticut State Library.
  • Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records ( and Connecticut State Library).
  • Kingsbury, Fredrick John, LLD, and Mary Kingsbury Talcott, The Genealogy of the Descendants of Henry Kingsbury of Ipswich and Haverhill, Mass, Hartford Press: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company 1905. p. 267.
  • Dimmock: Vital Records of Coventry, Conn.
  • Copied by Lynn Tooley 809-11 Old Cemetery Records Town of Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut.

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On 26 Jul 2012 at 03:29 GMT Denise Tyler wrote:

Sarah Tyler, born 18 Feb 1724 in Tolland, CT was married six times (according to the Tyler Genealogy: Descendants of Job Tyler of Andover, MA. I have only been able to verify three of these marriages. She is the same as "Sarah, wife of Capt David Olcott died March ye 27th 1780 in ye 55 year" and buried at Old Stafford Street Cemetery in Stafford, CT"

She died while taking care of her brother John, who died 30 May 1780 in Tolland, CT. He is buried at Skungamaug (or East) Cemetery in Tolland, CT. On 6 Jun 1780, Capt David Olcott (spelled Orcutt in records) and widow Thankful Tyler appear in Stafford to post 3000 pounds bond for administration of John Tyler's estate. The marriage between Sarah Tyler and David Orcutt has not been found, but this probate record appears to support it.

On 25 Jan 2012 at 12:23 GMT Becky (Nally) Syphers wrote:

This may be the same individual as Tyler-69.

Sarah is 20 degrees from SJ Baty, 20 degrees from Orville Redenbacher and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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