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Sarah (Rose) Witt


Sarah "Sadie" (Rose) Witt was born on Jan. 17, 1874 at Normalville, Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Andrew J. and Susanna (Minerd) Rose Sr.

On Nov. 26, 1899, when she was age 25, Sarah married 25-year-old Jacob B. Witt (1874-1947). He was the son of David A. and Mary (Bungard) Witt and was a native of Indian Head, Saltlick Township, Fayette County. The wedding took place at her father's home, and justice of the peace A.G. Sherbondy performed the rare Sunday morning ceremony.

Sadie is said to have lost a foot one day when she was out in a field with her husband, looking for tree stumps to pull with the aid of horses. One of the horses became excited and unexpectedly bolted, dragging her for some distance.


Rare aerial view of Indian Head


The Witts did not have any children. The federal census of 1910 shows the Witts living by themselves in Donegal, Westmoreland County, PA, where Jacob worked as a sawmill laborer. When her mother died in 1919, Sarah resided at Donegal and was named in the newspaper obituary.

In about 1944, the Witts moved to Mt. Pleasant, East Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County.

Jacob died in Greensburg, Westmoreland County at the age of 73 on Dec. 29, 1946. His funeral was held at the Indian Head Church of God, followed by burial at the Sparks Cemetery.

Circa 1947, when her brother Andrew J. Rose Jr. died, she was in Normalville. 

Following Jacob's death, Sadie moved into the home of her married brother Charles H. Rose in Rogers Mills. After an extended illness, she died on Feb. 16, 1848, at the Rose home. Her funeral was held at the Indian Head Church of God, followed by burial in the Sparks Cemetery. At the time, said the Connellsville Courier, "Her only survivor is Charles Rose, a brother."


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