The key is the 1850 census, which shows Sarah's mother Patience living with the Emmons family in Biddeford. Sarah was the daughter of David and Patience (Smith) Shepherd [or Shepard], b. 29 Sept. 1813 in Biddeford, d. 10 Feb. 1891 in Greenwood. She is buried with Jacob in Wayside Cemetery, West Paris.
Patience was the daughter of Dominicus and Jedidah (Tarbox) Smith; her husband David was the son of Robert and Olive (Fletcher) Shepherd, all of Biddeford.
Hi again Pam,
What a coincidence! I've got the same Sarah Shepard Emmons in my lineage too! Your question (and Chris's response) allowed me to fill in a couple blanks in my tree too. Thanks!
I knew we are related somewhere on my mother's side. She always said we were but I was never sure how. Sarah is my third great-grandmother. Gilbert Yates married her daughter Laura and they were the parents of Estes Yates. His daughter Linona is my mom's mom. My grandmother is almost 91 and still living independently in an apartment in South Paris. My aunt and mom help her with errands because she doesn't drive but otherwise she is healthy and independent - great genes!
Jacob Emmons was quite a guy. He went to sea as a young man, sailing often to the West Indies. After coming to Greenwood, he worked at the Grand Trunk Railroad quarry at Bryant Pond, and walked to work every day even when an old man. In the winter he worked in the woods. It was reported in the Lewiston Evening Journal of 29 Dec. 1891 that "Jacob Emmons, 87 years old, goes to the forest each morning with his ax, and refuses to stand back for any of the young men." That was just a few months before his death from "La Grippe."
Welcome to the site, Belinda! Thought you might be interested in this clipping about the fire that destroyed the W. Scott Emmons farm. I found it in a scrapbook kept by my grandfather. I assume that the notes at the top mean that ownership of the farm passed from Alton Bacon to Estes Yates to the Emmons family.