I tried to send a copy of this to warobbins, but it had too many characters; so I am posting it as a reply to the previous message:
Hello, Again. Here is much more info on Sarah Magoon:
Birth: Sarah Magoon, born abt 1800-1801 to Alexander Magoon and Sarah
Smith Magoon, probably Ohio but possibly elsewhere.
Marriage: to John Vinsonhaler in Adams County, Ohio, 1820
First child: James Cramer Vinsonhaler born 1821, in Ohio. Sarah soon
abandoned the family after James Cramer was born.
May have married a Joel Charles Hartt in 1836 in Montgomery, Alabama.
May have given birth to a son, Charles Hiram Hartt, in 1843, according
to a mother's pension application she submitted to the Army in 1865
for a Charles Hiram Hartt who died in New Bern, North Carolina about 6
months earlier. (I say "may have given birth" because she told her
daughter in law in a letter in 1865, that she paid for someone to go
and enlist in her son's place, and said that her son died of an injury
to the groin that same year. In that letter, she states that her
husband, Joel Charles Hartt, died in a shipping accident (said the
ship, the Esmeralda. sunk in the Atlantic) in 1843 before Charles
Hiram Hartt was born. I could find no record of such ship sinking.
Neither could I find record of the marriage of Sarah Magoon marrying
Charles Hiram Hartt in Alabama.
Civil war pension application:
Truman A. Post, Notary Public, St. Louis
Nov. 14 1866 - Surgeon General's Office-Application for Pension #136398
Private Hiram C. Hartt is reported to this Office by Surgeon C. A.
Cowgill as having died April 5 1865 at General Hospital Newbern, N.C.
of debility from miasmatic disease.
Signed J.J. Woodward, Brevet Major and Assistant Surgeon
Nov. 5th 1866 Adjutant Generals Office
It appears from the rolls on file in this office that Hiram C. Hartt
was enrolled on the 16th day of March 1864 at St. Louis Mo in Co.H.
26th Reg. to serve 3 years and was mustered into service on the 19th
day of March 1864.
Dec. 10 1867 - St Louis Mo-
Before me (David Bailey, Notary) appears Mrs. Sarah m. Hartt to me
personally known, who being duly sworn on her oath declares that she
is the applicant for a mother's pension, claim 136398,
That the full name of her son was Charles Hiram Hartt.
She further declares that her husband, Joel Charles Hartt, the father
of said Charles was, as she was informed soon after that event, lost
at sea from the Brig Esmeralda, a Spanish vessel on a voyage from Rio
to New Orleans on the 3rd day of January 1843, some months before the
birth of Charles.
She further declares that at that time and afterwards up to the
commencement of the Rebellion, she resided in New Orleans. That
afterwards she moved to New York and came thence to St. Louis in March
1864. That under these circumstances it is impossible for her to
obtain the evidence of any person or persons whatever as to the fact
of her husband's death. That she does not know the whereabouts or
address of any person who was formerly acquainted with her in New
Orleans who can give any testimony in the case and that she knows of
no better evidence of the facts than the affidants of the identifying
witnesses attached to the original application in this case, and she
therefore prays that this evidence may be received as sufficient.
Signed Sarah Hartt.
I hereby certify that from the appearance and the general ---of
afficint, I believe her to be a credible person and entitled to full
credit and belief. David Baily, Notary, St. Louis
Jan 12 1869-St Louis, MO
Before me, Truman Post, Notary, appears Purvina Doyle whom I believe
to be a credible witness who being duly sworn declares that she
resides in the city of St. Louis and has resided here for about six
months. She states that she is well acquainted with Mrs. Sarah Hartt
and with her family and was acquainted with her deceased son
Charles . That she formerly resided in the city of New Orleans where
the said Mrs. Hartt and her family then resided and knew them there.
That she has known them since about the year 1856.
She further states that she has seen in the possession of said Mrs.
Hartt, a family record containing copy of a marriage certificate of
Joel Hartt deceased husband and Sarah Hartt and of the death of Joel
Hartt by shipwreak at sea. That she does not remember the date of the
last event as recorded, but remembers that both dates were many years
prior to her acquaintance with them. She further states that Mrs.
Hartt was living then as the widow of Joel Hart declared and
universally recognized as such by the community in which she lived and
that Charles Hartt was living with her and recognized as her son.She
remembers that the marriage record said the 12th day of Feb. 1836 as
the date of said marriage.She further states that Sarah Hartt during
their acquaintance often spoke of her deceased husband, and-showed her
letter reporting to have been written by him to her.
Signed Mrs. Purvina Doyle
Feb. 10th 1869-State of Missouri-Proof of Dependence
Purvina Doyle appeared from Truman Post, Notary, stating she has been
for 10 years last past well acquainted with Sarah M Hartt and
applicant for a mothers pension and with Charles Hiram Hartt deceased
and know said applicant to be the mother of deceased. The father of
said deceased, the husband of the claimant was lost at sea as she
That from personal knowledge the said Sarah Hartt was wholly dependent
on her son for support for 4 years preceding his death and that during
this time he actually paid her entire expenses. That before he
enlisted he paid her expenses out of money earned by himself until he
lost employment and his money was exhausted. That he then enlisted in
above service and paid his mother when he enlisted $28.00 that on the
first of Aug. 1864 he sent her $75.00 more and $50.00 in separate
The amount of real and personal property of said Sarah Hartt does not
exceed $75.00 and she has no means of support except her own
exertions. He has no other relatives living and no property or source
of income and is herself to infirm to support herself by manual labor.
She further swears that her knowledge of facts above set forth
derived from inter---- acquaintance with claimant and deceased and
from seeing the money and the orders for money hereinbefore referred to.
Signed Purvina Doyle
California -Sarah M. Hartt mother of Charles Hartt-San Francisco
Agency-Rate per month $8.00 commencing 6 April 1865. Certificate dated
2 March 1869 and sent to T.M. Post St. Louis. MO
2/18/1869-St. Louis MO-Claim for mother's pension
Sarah M Hartt, mother of Charles Hiram Hartt, Private, CO H 26th Mo Vol.
resident of St. Louis MO, address 116 North 6th St.
Charles died April 5 1865 at Newberne NC from Miasmatic disease.
Sarah's husband lost at sea, Jan. 3, 1843 confirmed by witnesses.
For 4 years prior to enlistment, Charles paid from his proceeds of his
labor the entire expenses of the support of claimant. After
enlistment he sent sums of $48.00, $75.00 and $50.00.
Admitted Feb.18 1869 to a pension of $8.00 per month starting April 6
1870 Jan 14th.Transferred to San Francisco Cal. from March 4 1869
Dec. 31 1875 Sacramento, CA
Sarah M. Hartt (age 75) appeared before notary Frank Martin to
increase the pension of dependent mother.
She is the widow of Joel C. Hartt and mother of Charles who enlisted
at St. Louis Mo on March 1864, who died of miasmatic fever at Newburn,
NC on Apr. 5 1865. That said son left neither widow nor children of
any kind and was never married. That she was dependent upon said son
That her husband said Joel C. Hartt aged 52 years died on the ocean on
the 3rd day of Jan. 1843. That she has not married and that she has
no surviving children at the date of the death of her said son.
That she is now a pensioner which said pension is #125484 and dated
March 2, 1869 which was granted on account of the death of her said
son which is herewith returned. That this application is made on
account of the old age and decrepit condition of applicant and in
consequence of loss of health and injuries sustained by her falling
down stair and broke her arm in 2 places which caused paralysis of her
right arm and left leg and also paralyzed the nerves of her eyes
causing almost a total loss therof.
That she hereby appoints Ed. Martin her attorney to prosecute the
above claim. That his office is in the court house, corner of 7th and
J Streets, Sacramento City Calif. That her residence is at the corner
of 10th & K streets in the city and county of Sacramento and her post
office address is as above.
3/6/1879- Application for Arrears of Pension
Sarah M Hartt applies for arrears. My post office box is Sacramento
City, State of California
Witnesses: John McKune and Albert Manninghttp://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~the26thmo/r...
Hart, Hiram C.
Died at New Berne N. C. April 5, 1865
Moved to California between March 1869 and January 1870 because she
transferred the military pension she was receiving from her son
Charles Hiram Hartt’s death in the Civil war, from St. Louis Missouri
to San Francisco California during that time. In Dec 1875, she was in
Sacramento California and asked for an increase in the amount of
pension she was recieving. Address was: 10th and K Street,
Sacramento. She can be found in the California census under the name
"Sarah M. Hart" at that address.
In another letter to her daughter in law Nancy Art Vinsonhaler, spouse
of James Cramer Vinsonhaler, Sarah mentions that she also had married
a man by the last name of Burnham, had a step son named Nathan Burnham
who had died from a groin would (some wound as her supposed son
Hiram's cause of death), but that letters could be addressed to her as
a "Mrs. Brackenridge" where she was staying in California. Her
brother, Hiram King Magoon, lived in Mariposa California, and had a
very large ranch called the Magoon Ranch.He died about 1863, was
buried at the Magoon Ranch, and his son, Samuel Edward Magoon and
Samuel's wife, Sarah, would continue living there for a few years.
They also died and were buried there on the ranch.
Son was James Cramer Vinsonhaler, who died in 1904 in Smith Center,
Kansas, had several children, including my great grandmother, Melissa
Ann Vinsonhaler (born 1862 and married John Riley Townsend). James
Cramer Vinsonhaler was in the Iowa Infantry during the Civil War, so
he must have been a young man when he moved to Iowa after he married.
Sarah had mentioned in one of the letters that Melissa was a very
"pleasant child and well mannered", so it seems she favored Melissa.
Melissa Ann Vinsonhaler was born in Chareton, Lucas, Iowa in 1862,
married John Riley Townsend in 1882 in Smith Center, Kansas, and died
in 1915 also in Smith Center, Kansas.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Kim Spangrude email@example.com
Date: October 31, 2009 6:20:37 PM MDT
Subject: [MARIPOSA] Magoon Family Ranch in Mariposa; Sarah Magoon
This is a first time post from a newby on the list. My 3X great
grandmother, Sarah Magoon, was born abt 1801 in Ohio. Her brother
was Hiram King Magoon, born in New York abt 1803; Sarah and Hiram's
parents were Alexander and Sarah (Smith) Magoon of Adams County,
Ohio. Also born to this couple were Maria, Alexander Jr., Jane,Richard and Catherine.
Hiram King Magoon moved eventually to Mariposa, California, and
owned Magoon Ranch. He died in 1863. His son, Samuel Edward
Magoon, and Samuel's wife Sarah M. (Wilson) Magoon managed the ranch
for several years after Hiram King Magoon died. On the property
that once was Magoon Ranch in Mariposa, is a small cemetery with
Hiram K., Samuel E., and Samuel's wife, Sarah M. buried with
tombstones identifying the graves.
In the 1870's, Hiram King Magoon's sister, Sarah. moved to
California. She visited Mariposa and the Magoon Ranch in about
1869, and wrote a letter from there to her daughter in law who lived
in Kansas. She instructed her daughter in law at the end of this letter, to mail letters to her addressed "Mrs. Sarah Brackenridge".
In 1880, she is in the California census in Sacramento, on 10th and
K Streets, listed as an invalid. After that we cannot find where
she lived, where she died, or where she was buried.
The tricky part of all this, is that Sarah may have had several
different names in her lifetime, but we are not totally sure. We do
know that she married John Vinsonhaler in 1820 in Adams County,
Ohio, and in abt 1823, they had James Cramer Vinsonhaler. Shortly
thereafter, she left her husband and son. In a Civil War pension
application for a person named Charles Hiram Hartt, she said that
her husband, Joel Charles Hartt, who she says she married in about
1836 in Montgomery, Alabama. In this same application, she says
that she was 3 months pregnant when her husband was lost in a
shipwreck while on an expedition to South America. Her supposed
son, Charles Hiram Hartt, was born 1843. This same person died in
abt 1864 in New Bern, North Carolina, during the Civil War. Several
months later, Sarah, living in St. Louis, Missouri and the time,
applied for the mother's pension and began receiving it several
months after the application was initiated. We have a copy of the
pension application and several "reapplications" made by Sarah; the
last one instructed the Office of Civil War pensions to mail the
pension to "Sarah M. Hart" of 10th and K Streets, Sacramento
So, Sarah Magoon first married my 3X great grandfather, John
Vinsonhaler, in 1820. After she divorced, she possibly married a Hartt, and later, a Burnham. And, in another letter to her
daughter in law in Kansas, she was "Mrs. Brackenridge".
In the 1900 Kansas Census for Smith County, her son James Cramer Vinsonhaler, listed his mother's place of birth as Wales. We think
this was a mistake that he made, but really are not sure of anything
>> other than that she was married to John Vinsonhaler, had James
Cramer Vinsonhaler, and he moved to Smith Center, Kansas. He had a
daughter, Melissa Vinsonhaler, and she married John Riley Townsend,
my great grandfather.
If anyone could help me find Sarah Magoon (Vinsonhaler, Hartt,
Burnham, Brackenridge), I would sure appreciated it; it is a quest
my aunt, who will be 80 this year, has pursued for over half her
life. I am going to come out to Mariposa in November and carefully
search the little cemetery in Mariposa to make sure there is no
unmarked grave there.
Sincerely, Kim Townsend Spangrude