Mason, Sarah Benson


Sarah Benson Mason was the daughter of Josiah Mason and Elizabeth G. Benson.  Sarah’s nickname was Sally.  Sarah’s father, Josiah Mason was born on July 11, 1806 in Tennessee.  Sarah’s mother, Elizabeth G. Benson was born on October 20, 1808 in Springfield, Robertson County, Kentucky.  We don’t know much about Sarah before she was married.

Sarah’s husband died from a lightening strike on June 27, 1879.  Of course, she and her children were devastated.  Cyrus and Sarah were the parents of eight children.  They had moved from Springfield, Greene County, Missouri to Severy, Greenwood County, Kansas.  Their farm was prospering before Cyrus’s death.  After his death, Sarah still had several young children and a baby on the way.  She couldn’t keep up the farm by herself.  Sarah left Kansas with her family to go back to Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

Sarah died in 1885 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  She left six children under the age of twenty one when she died.  Sarah was buried in Hazelwood Cemetery, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  The children of Cyrus and Sarah Starkey had a hard time after they died.

Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason were the parents of eight children.  The first if those was Mary Lois Starkey. She was born in 1862 in Springfield, Greene County,  Missouri.  We don’t know when she was married or to whom.  We don’t know when or were she died.

Amanda Angeline Starkey was the second child of Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason.  Her nickname was Mandie.  Amanda was born in 1865 in Greene County, Missouri.  We don’t know who she married or when.  We don’t know when or where she died.  We don’t know about her burial.

The third child of Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason was Josiah Richard Starkey.  He was named for both of his grandfathers, Josiah Mason and Richard Starkey. He was born in 1867 in Greene County, Missouri.  We have no record of his marriage, as to when or where.  We, also don’t have her name.  Josiah died in 1937, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  He was buried in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason’s Fourth child was Edward Oliver Starkey. His nickname was Eddie.  He was born in1869 in Iowa.  Eddie died as an infant in Iowa. He was buried in Iowa.

Sarah Sabrina Starkey was the fifth child of Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason. When Sarah was young her nickname was Sally.  She was born on January 2, 1871.  At the age of fifteen, Sarah married Orville Joseph Knapp.  They married in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, on August 21, 1886.  Sarah was a seamstress by trade.  She could do many different kinds of handwork or needlework.  Sarah’s favorite thing to do was quilt, and she made beautiful quilts.  She died on November 15, 1955, in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  Sarah was buried at Hazelwood Cemetery, in Springfield , Greene County, Missouri.

The sixth child born to Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason was Emma Finela Starkey.  When Emma was a child she was known as Emmie.  She was born in 1874, in  Severy, Greenwood County, Kansas.  She married Manny King in Severy, Greenwood County,  Kansas.  We don’t know when they were married.  We believe Emma died and was buried in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson Mason’s seventh child was Olive Clementine Starkey.  She was called Clem by her friends and Sunshine by her family.  Clementine was born in 1877 in Severy, Greenwood County, Kansas.  She did get married, but we don’t know to whom or when.  She was a joy to her friends and family.  Some of her family didn’t get along with each other.  Clem was the peace maker.  She died in 1928 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  Clementine was buried in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

Cyrus Arvilla Starkey was the eighth child born to Cyrus G. Starkey and Sarah Benson  Mason.  She was born after the death of her father, and she was named for him.  Cyrus was born in 1880 in Severy, Greenwood County, Kansas.  We have no history of a marriage for her.  Cyrus died in 1902 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  She was buried in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.

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