Sarah L. Babcock
On February 2, 1870 she married George A. Hadley in Canandaigua, NY. It would be seven years before her first child was born. George is listed in the 1870 census but with no occupation. They were living with Sarah’s father. The father was then listed as Washington Babcock and what must be a second wife, named Fanny since she is much younger with small children. Sarah has three half-brothers in this census, George W.-7-yrs-old, William W.-5-yrs-old and Samuel C.-2-yrs-old. Her father is listed as a farm laborer.
Sarah and George’s daughter, Mattie B., was born on January 24, 1877 in Shortsville.
George Hadley died on May 30, 1880 of Sciatic Rheumatism. His occupation was harness maker and his cause of death was reported to have been contracted in the army.
Life must have been difficult for the widowed Sarah trying to support herself and a young daughter. It wasn’t surprising that she was willing to marry Spencer Downey on January 17, 1883. Spencer was a widower raising two sons, John Henry and Frank Oliver. They had a daughter, Clara about 1889. Clara died young.
Sometime between their marriage and the 1900 census they moved to Batavia, NY. Her daughter also was living in Batavia and married to William Augustus Bristol at this time too.
On October 12, 1926, Sarah died in Batavia and was buried in the Manchester Cemetery in Shortsville, NY. Her husband, Spencer was alive at the time of her death.
 Database online. Year: 1860; Census Place: Manchester, Ontario, New York; Roll: ; Page: 448; Image: 449. Also the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Censuses and her obituary
 “History of Manchester, NY”, History of Ontario County New York, 1893, http://history.rays-place.com/ny/manchester-ny.htm and “Manchester, NY”, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester,_New_York, 1/6/2014
 1880 Federal Mortality Schedule
 Year: 1900; Census Place: Batavia, Genesee, New York; Roll: 1038; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0006; FHL microfilm: 1241038
 Sarah Downing obituary