Quite a long time ago, I did a number of posts on Wills family descendants in the US, specifically George and Mary Wills’ daughter and son-in-law Mary and William Sargent (original surname = Slaymaker) and their children: my great grandmother Elizabeth Sargent and her siblings Samuel, Sarah (Sadie) and William. Of all the children, I knew the least about Sadie. From George Wills’ Descendants in America — An Update:
I discovered some census records that revealed that Sarah went by the name Sadie, and that she was married to Richard O. Hemion, a machinist, who was born in 1857 in Rockland County, NY, to John and Catharine Hemion. In 1880, he was working as a cigar maker in Jersey City, NJ, and living with an older sister, Amelia Curyansen, and her family. [I saw some message boards stating the surname was actually Auryansen, and was misspelled in that record. Auryansen is a Dutch surname, and evidently the history of the family in America goes way back.] It is in Jersey City that he must have become acquainted with Sadie. According to the 1900 census, they were married in roughly 1882. The pair settled in East Rutherford, NJ, and had four children: Cora, Mabel, Everett, and Edith (see below for dates). By 1920, Sadie is listed as a widow and living with children Cora and Everett, by then in their thirties.
Several months ago I spotted a public tree for the Hemion family on Ancestry. It had the wrong Sarah Sargent, a mistake that was logical given the family changed their name from Slaymaker before emigrating to the US after the Civil War. I was able to reach the tree’s owner to notify them of the error, and then we started sharing information. Turns out he and his brother are great-grandsons of Sadie and Richard, and they’d had scant information passed down to them about Sadie’s roots. I was able to share all the information in this blog with them.
At some point the brothers hope to locate the photo they have of Sadie; a recent move has temporarily displaced it. They did say that their mother Ruth Ramp remembered her grandmother as having very long waist-length snow-white hair and that she had worked as a pastry chef but had never had enough patience at home to teach her children the craft.
We also managed to find a date of death for Sadie and her husband and find their burial places as well as those of some other family members. Most are in Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Below is an updated tree:
1-Sarah (Sadie) Sargent b. Jul 1860, St. Sepulchre, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, d. 12 Jul 1935, East Rutherford, Bergen, New Jersey, Bur. 15 Jul 1935, Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ + Richard Osborn Hemion b. Feb 1857, Rockland Co., New York, d. 15 Jun 1911, Bur. 18 Jun 1911, Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ |-----2-Cora S. Hemion b. May 1883, Middletown, New York, d. 4 Feb 1959, Bergen | Pines Hospital, East Rutherford, Bergen, New Jersey, Bur. Hillside | Cemetery, Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ |-----2-Mabel Hemion b. 1 Aug 1885, New York, d. Dec 1974, New Jersey | + Edward N. De Blayker b. 4 May 1878, Passaic, NJ, d. After 1942 | |-----3-Edward Harold De Blayker b. 25 Dec 1914, New Jersey, d. 23 Jun | | 1980, East Rutherford, Bergen, New Jersey | |-----3-Gladys C. De Blayker b. Abt 1917, New Jersey, d. 5 Nov 1974 | | + Vincent H. Krieger | |-----3-Sadie De Blayker b. Cir 1920, New Jersey, d. After 5 Nov 1974 | + Dietrich |-----2-Everett Osborn Hemion b. 9 Nov 1887, East Rutherford, New Jersey, d. 7 | Nov 1940, Bur. Hillside Cemetery, Rutherford, Bergen Co., NJ |-----2-Edith Amelia Hemion b. Aug 1889, New Jersey, d. 15 Apr 1948, | Rutherford, Bergen, New Jersey, Bur. 19 Apr 1948, Hillside Cemetery, | Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ + Frederick Sampson Ramp b. 30 Jan 1895, New York, d. 9 Apr 1967, East Rutherford, Bergen, New Jersey, USA, Bur. 11 Apr 1967, Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ |-----3-Edith A. Ramp b. 1919, d. 16 Oct 1924, Bur. Hillside Cemetery, | Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ |-----3-Ramp b. 1922, d. 13 Apr 1922, Bur. 20 Apr 1922, Hillside | Cemetery, Lyndhurst, Bergen Co., NJ |-----3-Frederick Ramp III |-----3-Ruth Hemion Ramp b. 4 Sep 1927, East Rutherford, New Jersey, d. 7 | Jul 2017, Low Moor, VA + William David Jeffery b. 13 Jul 1922, White Plains, NY, d. 4 Jan 1967, Wingdale, Dutchess, NY + Rev. Robert Wanstall