Sarah A. Minerd was born in 1850 at Hexebarger, near Kingwood, Somerset County, PA, the daughter of Henry and Polly (Younkin) Minerd. Precious little is known of what is thought to have been a short life.
Sarah is listed in the census of 1850 as an infant. Her fate after that is lost to history. She may have died in childhood, or remained behind with relatives or friends when her parents moved away to Beeler Station, Marshall County, WV in the mid-1850s.
She seems to be lost to history.
~ Sarah "Sally" (Younkin) Kreger ~
Sarah is not to be confused with Sarah "Sally" (Younkin) Kreger (1832-1897), who was an aunt, but considered like a sister to this family. Sarah Kreger was the youngest daughter of John J. "Yankee John" and Nancy (Hartzell) Younkin, and thus would have been close in age with some of Sarah Minerd's older siblings, especially Ephraim. (Click to see typed notes about the Yankee John Younkin family by genealogist Otto Roosevelt Younkin, made in about 1934.)
A 1981 letter written by Sarah Minerd's niece, Minnie (Miner) Gary, states that one of her aunts "was called Sally, she was married to Fred Kreger, they lived in Kingwood."
For the record, Sally (Younkin) Kreger married John Frederick Kreger (1829-1913), son of Henry and Catherine Elizabeth Kreger. They had six children -- Wilson S. Kreger, John R. Kreger, Josiah Kreger, Edward Kreger, Caroline Kreger and Albert Kreger. Sally passed away on March 22, 1897 at the age of 65. Fred outlived her by 16 years. He died in 1913. Click to see Otto Younkin's typed notes about the Sally Kreger family.
According to research by Richard Kajma, the Kreger clan may have originated in Germany in Nellinghofe (church parish Neuenkirchen) in the early 1800s.
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