SARAH PHILLIPS NITCHIE HOWLAND
Sarah Phillips Nitchie was born December 21st 1819 in New York City.
Her parents were John Nitchie (1783-1838) and Margaret Evertson (1783-1841).
John Nitchie was a very well educated man, graduating from Columbia College in 1801, then Rutgers College in 1813 and becoming a Colonel in the US Army in 1814, during the War of 1812.
Rutgers College was originally established as a private institution affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church, of which the Nitchie family were members.
Her father practiced law and was also an Alderman.
He served as General Agent and Treasurer of the American Bible Society, which was founded in New York City in 1816.
He was highly esteemed, extremely pious and a devoted father and husband.
The family lived at 38 Broad Street, New York City, which is now in the financial district.
We don’t know much about Sarah’s early life except for what she reveals in her journal.
Sarah had several siblings
- Julia Elizabeth (Cobb) (1806-1896)
- Elizabeth Margaret (Denison) (1808-1890)
- Margaret Sarah (1809-1835)
- John Evertson (1811-1857)
- Sophia Lewis (Cobb) (1813-1893)
- George Horatio (1816-1885)
- Henry Abeel (1817-1870) were the elder ones
- Mary Louisa (1822) the youngest
Read Sarah’s words about her siblings…
At least 5 family members suffered from some degree of hearing loss
Sadly, one of her sisters Margarette died October 2nd 1835 at just 26 years of age
Sarah and especially her son Willie seem to have been very close to her younger sister, Mary Louisa
Well educated and well read, Sarah had a love of travel, even at a young age.
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Unfortunately, like many of her siblings,
Sarah suffers from hearing loss as well.
She laments of it often, since it affects her ability to socialize, especially in large gatherings.
Sarah’s parents died when she was a young adult –
her father in 1838,
followed by her mother in 1840.
Her mother was a loving caregiver to her father.
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We do not have any details as to how Sarah and Williams met.
He was a ship captain, having commanded several vessels, probably out of New York Harbor,
but his roots were from the New Bedford, Massachusetts area.
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Williams had been a widower for about 4 years before they married on October 3, 1849 in Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah was 30 years old and Williams was almost 45.
Williams had two living children from his first marriage –
Horatia Anna born 7/23/1839 and Francis Hathaway born 5/12/1842.
Sarah would like to be a “mother” to them as well, but it is difficult while living a seafaring life.
RELATIONSHIP WITH HER STEPCHILDREN