Family of George Garner Wescott and Sarah Catherine Bullen circa 1895
Photograph believed to have been taken in front of the Wescott home in Eau Pleine, Marathon County, Wisconsin
- Front row, left to right: Stephen, Idella, my great grandmother Mary-Jane ("Mayme"), Eugene
- Back row, left to right: Fred, Harvey, George, William Wallace Wescott
- Sarah's group on the right side of the picture, left to right: Matt Carpenter, Harry Miller, Clara Miller Wescott (William Wallace's 2nd wife), Sarah Catherine (Bullen) Wescott, unknown child and Eva (Bullen) Wescott holding young Ross Wescott
|Enlarged segment of my favourite photo reveals a man seated on the left - quite possibly George Garner Wescott|
Sarah Catherine was the daughter of Jane Murdy and David Bullen; her father David was the son of John Bullen. She was born 1 September 1838 in Clinton, New York but the family soon moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sarah's uncle John Bullen had been instrumental in opening the area to settlement. Shortly before her 21st birthday she married George Garner Wescott on 23 July 1859 in Trenton, Washington County, Wisconsin.
|Marriage Certificate for George and Sarah|
The couple had eight children born between 1860 and 1875. George served as a private in the American Civil War in Company D, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as 27 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, dark complexion, black hair and blue eyes. (We don't know how tall Sarah was or what colour her eyes were.) Although George's health suffered as a result of his war experience, I am very grateful that he survived the Civil War since I descend from his daughter Mary-Jane ("Mayme") who was born about 5 years after his discharge from the army.
|Sarah Catherine (Bullen) Wescott, unknown year|
The family was a musical family, playing for many local dances. Father George conducted a singing school as well as being a carpenter and farmer.
At the time of the 1930 US census, she was living with son George Wescott and daughter-in-law Anna in Marathon, Wisconsin. Sarah was 91 years old by then.
|Sarah Catherine (Bullen) Wescott 1931, age 92|
She died on 5 January 1933. Her obituary indicated that she died at age 94 after just two days' illness and that she had been active all her life. She is buried beside her husband George in Colby Memorial Cemetery, Colby, Wisconsin.
|Headstone for Sarah Bullen Wescott - no explanation available for the misspelling of her name. |
Photo provided courtesy Theoline Ludwig, Colby, WI
- Civil War Pension File 949967 for (George) Garner Wescott
- Anderson, Idella, handwritten memoir circa 1965
- Nelson, Myrtle Bullen and Dunlop, Ruth, "Source Book for the Bullen Family" collected and compiled in the 1930's
- Train, May Philips, "Samuel Bullen and Some of His Descendants", Privately printed 1941