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Early Settlers – Thomas & Sarah Sinclair -Kidderville Cemetery, Hodgeman, Kansas

There are not many headstones in Kidderville Cemetery, but there is one that stands out. It bears the names of Thomas and Sarah Sinclair.

Thomas W. Sinclair was born in Falls City, Nebraska on June 14, 1866. He was the 6th of nine children. His parents were James and Jane Laird Sinclair.

His future wife, Sarah M. Young, was born on the 15th of December 1867 in Pennsylvania. Her parents were Benjamin and Sarah Young who were early settlers of Hodgeman County arriving in 1878.

Thomas and Sarah were married in 1889. They settled in North Roscoe Twp. In 1890, a son was born. Sarah had been ill for about six months and traveled to Excelsior Springs, Missouri which is known for its miracle mineral waters. The treatment was not as successful as Sarah passed away on January 24, 1915. She is buried in Kidderville Cemetery.

In 1918, Thomas took his second spouse, Pearl Jones. Six children were born to this union. Thomas passed away on the 11th of July 1944. He shares the same headstone as Sarah. Pearl died in 1989 and is also buried in Kidderville.

Thomas’ father, James, was born in Scotland in 1827. He emigrated to America in 1850. He married Jane Laird in New York. She was also born in Scotland in 1828. They were blessed with nine children. Before coming to Hodgeman County in 1879, the family moved to Connecticut, Illinois, and Nebraska. James died in 1893. Jane passed away in 1920. They are both buried in Fairmount Cemetery.


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