Sarah Overly Coyan (1844-1925)

Once again, my thanks go out to Joy Coyan, who has been so kind to share so much info on Jackson and Sarah Coyan. This obit was found in the family notebooks of her father-in-law, Floyd Coyan when he passed away in 1977. To my knowledge, this was never published in any newspapers. It was probably read at her funeral in Jackson, OH.


Sarah Anna (Overly) Coyan

"Sarah Anna Overly, daughter of Michael and Lehr Overly, was born in Jackson, Jackson county, Ohio, March 2, 1844; and died at Dayton, Ohio, Sat., June 6, 1925 at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Jackson Coyan, February, 1862. To this union were born ten children. Four of whom have preceded their mother into that other world. They were John, George, Sophia, and Effie. The six children who remain to mourn their mother's going are, Mrs. Rosa McKenzie of South Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Mollie Hosket and Mrs. Emma Young of Dayton, Ohio, Mr. William Coyan of Jackson, Ohio, Mr. Robert Lee Coyan of South Jacksonville, Florida, and Mr. Edward Coyan of Dayton, Ohio. Besides these she leaves 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Until the time of her leaving Jackson, which was about 18 years ago, she had spent her entire life in Jackson county. With the exception of one year spent with her daughter, Mrs. McKenzie at South Jacksonville, Florida, she had spent the last 18 years of her life with her children at Dayton, Ohio. She was apparently in good health, and all indications were that she would be given many more years in which to enjoy life, but about four months ago she met with an accident which hastened the end.

She has been characterized in life by her cheerful disposition. Her sense of humor always serving her efficiently. Even in her last hours (were) times when she caused those who came to sympathize with her to turn away smiling at her ready wit and humor.

She was a charter member of the United Brethren Church at Jackson, Ohio, and she died in the faith in the Son of God; for she said, "O Lamb of God ,I come".

It is troubling to me that with so many children, grandchildren, etc, who were left to mourn Sarah upon her passing, she lies to this day in an unmarked grave in Fairmount cemetary in Jackson, Ohio, next to her husband Jackson. Jackson Coyan's headstone is a nearly illegible military marker. I hope that those of us who are descended from them will do what is right, pool our resources, and see to it that their resting place is honored with a fitting memorial stone... Please email me if you are interested in helping.

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