Dixon, Sarah Carr

Birth Name Dixon, Sarah Carr
Gender female
Age at Death 83 years, 8 months, 17 days


Sarah Carr Dixon married Boyd Livingston, of Lot 31, in 1886 and was identified as the wife of Boyd on the estate papers for her mother's estate, dated 1887. Some family historians assumed that Sarah must have died before 1891, because she did not appear in that or subsequent census records with her husband, who later remarried. And in fact, that was usually the case when a wife or husband disappeared.

However, it seems that Sarah ran away to Massachusetts, perhaps with the much younger Daniel Gass. She asked the courts to annul her marriage in 1895. She claimed that she had been forced into marriage by her parents, and that she and Boyd had never lived together as man and wife. Boyd, she said, was more like a brother to her because they had been raised together. She was granted an annulment.

On the 1930 US census form, Sarah said she was age 25 at the time of her first marriage (1883?), and Daniel Gass said he was 17 (1886). In the 1900 and 1910 US census forms, they said they had been married since 1886. Their daughter Hazel was born on the Island in 1886, and subsequent children in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts marriage record for Sarah and Daniel was dated 1896.

Sarah provided a home, according to US census records, for at least two of the daughters of Mary Jane Dyment and James Gass, which is how I discovered her story.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth October 6, 1858 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Baptismal Index - b. Mt. Melbourne  
Death June 23, 1942 Needham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Sarah Carr (Dixon) Gass in Boston, Mass. Death. Index  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dixon, Alexander18251891
Mother Brown, Frances Fanny18301882
    Sister     Dixon, Charlotte Ann Annie March 27, 1852
    Sister     Dixon, Mary Alice October 28, 1854 1933
    Brother     Dixon, George Alexander December 26, 1856 1932
         Dixon, Sarah Carr October 6, 1858 June 23, 1942
    Sister     Dixon, Frances Elizabeth Bessie August 4, 1860 March 14, 1926


Family of Livingstone, Boyd Archibald and Dixon, Sarah Carr

Married Husband Livingstone, Boyd Archibald ( * February 1, 1860 + April 22, 1932 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage July 1, 1886 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada at Zion Presbyterian; marriage annulled in Massachusetts in 1895  

Family of Gass, Daniel Ephraim and Dixon, Sarah Carr

Married Husband Gass, Daniel Ephraim ( * March 20, 1869 + December 8, 1948 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage September 21, 1896 Massachusetts, United States    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Gass, Hazel CNovember 18861938
Gass, Dawson DixonJanuary 21, 18901971
Gass, Olive MaeJanuary 17, 18941942
Gass, Francis LesterAugust 25, 1895February 1970