Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On This Day – Sarah Helena (Selman) Hutson (27 Sep 1858 – 26 Sep 1916)

     I could title this post, “On These Days,” and try to post it halfway between the 26th of September for the anniversary of her death and the 27th of September for the anniversary of her birth. 

     Sarah Helena Selman was born on 27 Sep 1858 in Cherokee County, Texas[1], probably somewhere near Rusk[2].  Cherokee County is in eastern Texas, two counties away from the Louisiana border.  Her parents were Greenlee Bean Selman and Amanda Deborah Oldham.  She was the youngest of the three children of Greenlee and Amanda.  Both Amanda and Greenlee had previous marriages, resulting in Sarah having four half-siblings.

     She married Peter Hayden Hutson in Hood County, Texas on 11 Sep 1879.[3]  They had 8 children, seven girls and one boy.  My great-grandmother, Nell Hutson, was number 4.  Three of her daughters, Lillie Violet, Myrtle, and Winnie Oda, died before reaching adulthood.  They are buried in Union Cemetery in Comanche County, where the family was now living.[4] 

Union Cemetery, Gustine, Texas;
photo courtesy of  Ken Jones, used with permission
     Sarah was called Sallie.  I don’t know very much about her.  She died 26 September 1916[5] and is buried in Union Cemetery with her three daughters and husband.[6]  She was only 60 years old.  It is difficult to read the cause of death.  It was interesting that she died in Throckmorten County, and her nephew, Noah Edwin Palmer, was the informant, not her husband, Pete.  Now there might be a story there….

     Happy 154th Birthday, Sarah Helena Selman Hutson!

[1] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, Digital Images of Death Certificates, FamilySearch ( :n.d.), no. 17663, Mrs Sallie H. Hutson, 1916.
[2] Texas, Cherokee, 1860 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), M653, roll 1290, Beat No. 1 (Rusk), p. 417b, dwelling 106, family 106, Green Selman, accessed 27 Nov 2011.
[3] Hood County Texas Genealogical Society, Marriage Index, viewed 6 May 2009,,  "HUDSON, P. H. Selman, S. H."
[4] Find-A-Grave,, memorials 64910654 (Lillie V. Hutson), 64910655 (Myrtle Hutson), and 64910658 (Tennie O Hutson).
[5] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificates, FamilySearch, no. 17663, Mrs Sallie H. Hutson, 1916.
[6] Find-A-Grave,, memorial 64910657 (Sarah Hellena Hutson)

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