Merced Express, October 3, 1891
A Pioneer Lady Passes Away.
The death of Mrs. Sarah Key Silman which occurred at her residence in West Merced on Monday afternoon last was not unexpected as the aged lady had been gradually failing for several years and when death came she was fully prepared to surrender her soul to Him from whom she received it, dying in the happiness of an eternal life beyond the skies. The deceased was a native of Kentucky and was born January 1, 1803, hence she was 88 years of age at her death. In childhood she removed to Tennessee where she was married to James L. Sillman [sic] in 1828. She afterwards removed from Tennessee to Illinois and then to Missouri. In 1856 she moved with her husband and children to California coming across the plains with an ox team and settling in Merced county over thirty years ago. In 1875 she moved with her children to Merced where she has resided ever since. It can be said of her that she was truly a Christian lady and had been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for more than sixty years and if she had any enemies no one knew them. She leaves eight grown sons and daughters and a large number of grand and great grand children. Her children are as follows; W. L., L. H. and David Silman, Miss Hattie Silman, Mrs. Sarah , Mrs. M. E. , Mrs. J. W. , of Merced and Mrs. Mary , of Texas. The funeral took place from the Cumberland Presbyterian church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. J. D. Lewis, G. W. Lyons and E. A. Garrison officiating. The floral offerings were many and the chancel was covered with a broken sheaf of wheat.
contributed by Thomas Hilk