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According to her tombstone at Mt. Clark Cemetery, Linn County, Iowa, Sabra Getchell CROSBY died September 12, 1864, at the age of 65 years, 4 months, and 5 days. Sabra Getchell and Manson Crosby were married February 21, 1820, and were living in Penobscot County, Maine, at the time of the 1850 census. (A link to their family information is provided below.)

According to the biography of their son, Asa T. CROSBY, which was published in Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa, Chapman Bros: Chicago, 1887, Sabra Getchell was born in Sidney, Maine, and was thedaughter of William and Olive (PIERCE) GETCHELL, natives of Massachusetts.

According to the book, Family of Samuel Getchell of Salisbury, Mass., by Everett Getchell and Frederick Getchell, published Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society; 1909, Samuel Getchell married, in 1790, Olive PIERCE. The book indicates that this Samuel Getchell was born August 15, 1745, and was the son of John Getchell, Jr. and Mary BARBOUR.

The IGI for the state of Maine has an entry for the marriage of Samuel GETCHELL and Olive PIERCE on October 21, 1779, at Hallowel, Kennebec County, Maine. If Sabra Getchell Crosby was their daughter, she would have been born in the twentieth year of their marriage.

The current focus of our Getchell research is to confirm the names of Sabra's parents.

Information about the Getchell/Gatchell families will be added as time permits. We have not determined the validity of information in the Getchell genealogy mentioned above. Perhaps other researchers can provide some of the verifications needed; if so, we will be glad to post that information here.


Family of Samuel Getchell of Salisbury, Mass.
(Excerpts from the book.)

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