Sarah Lucina Adams

Updated: 26 July 2008

Sarah Lucina Adams & Dorsey Fletcher history by Robert D. Brown. (MS Word document)


Mrs. Sarah Lucina Adams Fletcher, who was buried last Friday afternoon, was of pioneer stock, and she possessed in marked degrees all the charms and virtues which come from the strong blood that blazes a path for civilization. Her father, Horace Hale Adams, was born at Brattleboro, Vermont, of which state his family was among the earliest settlers. Her mother, who before her marriage was Laura G. Kinney, came from an old New York family. Both her father's father and her mother's father were American officers in the Revolutionary War.

Soon after the marriage of her parents they acquired a large farm in what is now Sandusky county, Ohio, on which they prospered. It was on this farm that Mrs. Fletcher was born, on August 23, 1835. A year and a half later her parents sold their farm and started for Michigan, which then was in the western wilds. The long trip was made in a covered sleigh, as they were far ahead of the railroads.

They carried with them the money which Mr. Adams had received for his Ohio farm and it was left in the sleigh at night, guarded only by a dog. The family reached their destination early in the spring of 1837 and settled in the virgin forest in what is now Porter township. They first lived in a log cabin, hurriedly constructed as a temporary residence, but soon afterwards moved into a large frame house built close to their first home. They were the first white settlers in that section, and their only neighbors for their first summer and winter in the new country were Indians. In the following spring Uri and Hartwell Kinney, brothers of Mrs. Adams, arrived and took up farm near by. They were soon followed by other relatives and old friends of the first settlers. All of the newcomers as they arrived, were entertained at the hospitable Adams home unti they had built homes of their own. Relatives, friends, and strangers were alike made welcome. They were freely given supplies for their new homes, feed for their horses and cattle, and grain and potatoes for planting, and Horace H. Adams and his wife became known and loved far and wide for their kindness and exceeding generosity.

Mr. Adams died in 1847 and two years later his wife followed him. They left five children: Two boys, Franklin B. and Uri M., and three girls, Sarah Lucina, Emily Lorania, and Mary Calista.

On December 3, 1856, Sarah Lucina married Dorsey Fletcher and they went to live on a part of the old Fletcher farm, about a mile southwest of the Adams place. They made the new home as famous for its hospitality as the old one had been. Twins were born to them, Julius Horace and Julian Thomas, but the last named lived only six months. Besides their son they raised three girls who, though never legally adopted, were brought up as their own.

Mrs. Fletcher was of an unusually kind and cheerful dispostion. Though she was deaf from the time she was about twelve years old, she never chose to regard it as an affliction. No matter what the provocation she was never known to speak an unkind word of any person, even to members of her own family. She was always seeking opportunities to help people and her kind deeds were without number. She was never too tired or too busy to assist anyone in trouble.

Mrs. Fletcher and her husband were converted at a wonderful manifestation of God's power at a meeting held under the pastorate of Rev. M. C. Daniels in the Kinney schoolhouse in the winter of 1893 when many heads of families were converted. The following year they assisted in the erection of the beautiful little church called Harmony Chapel, with which they united on August 5, 1894. This membership both of them held to the end. They remained at the farm until November 30, 1897, when they moved to Marcellus. Mr. Fletcher died the following July and his widow took up her home with her son Julius and his wife, at whose residence, she died on Tuesday afternoon, January 6, aged seventy-eight years, four months and thirteen days.

Besides her son she leaves one sister, Mrs. D. F. Smith, of New York, four grandchildren and three great -grandchildren, and a great many other relatives and friends without number. Her body was borne to the grave by six of her nephews, Chester and Archie Adams, Clarence and Hale Thornton, and H. H. and Franklin Adams, all of Porter township. Funeral services were conducted at the U. B. church by Rev. J. A. Morey of Edwards Corners, an old family friend and Mrs. Fletcher's pastor. This service was preceded by a prayer at the house.
Submitted by Kathy Linderholm