Where Are the Women? Sarah Ruble Boreing

Sarah Boreing, nee Ruble, was born in 1810 in Tennessee. She married Murray S. Boreing in Washington County, Tennessee, and the couple had eight children.

The family moved to Kentucky in 1847, eventually settling down in Laurel County.

One of Sarah’s sons, Vincent Boreing (1839-1903), served with the Union Army during the Civil War, possibly taking a cue from his mother, who had strong anti-slavery sentiments.

After the war, Vincent was the Department Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in Kentucky, and he became a prominent leader in Laurel County.

He was County Superintendent of Public Schools from 1868 to 1872; served as county judge in 1886; was president of the First National Bank of London in 1888; and was elected as a Republican to the 56th, 57th and 58th U.S. Congresses.

Another of Sarah’s sons, Amon (or Ammon) Boreing (1842-1925) was an ordained minister and Doctor of Divinity with the Kentucky Conference Methodist Episcopal Church and was well known in Laurel County.

Sarah was a devoted Christian and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from an early age.

When the church split in 1844 due to differences over the slavery issue, Sarah was forced to go with the Methodist Episcopal Church South because of where she lived, but always maintained a fervent hope to one day reunite with the church in which she had grown up.

Sarah’s husband, Murray, died on January 29, 1887, and was buried in the A. R. Dyche Memorial Park in London, where sons Vincent and Amon are also buried. She remained a widow until her death eight years later.

Sarah Ruble Boreing died Feb. 2, 1895, Nacona, Texas, where she was living with her Sarah Boreing stonedaughter. She is buried there in the Nacona Cemetery in Montague County.

Her obituary in the Mountain Echo stated that she was “a woman of great fortitude and decision of character, entertaining pronounced views on religion and morals, much of which she impressed upon her children.”

Sarah sounds like a woman I would have liked to have known. Sorry I missed meeting her.

Danna C. Estridge, Guest Blogger

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