Sabrina Moe

ID # 9, (1824-)
FatherHenry Moe (-1839)
MotherTeressa M. Coleman (1802-1894)
BirthSabrina Moe was born in 1824 at Dumfries Township, District Of Gore. 
MarriageShe married James Blackburn in 1840. 
NoteThe birth years for Sabrina and her family are calculated from the 1851 census, taken at Chatham Town.

Sabrina is mentioned, along with her siblings, in Dorothy Radoff's letter written in the 1970s to a historical society in Wentworth County. The information in the letter appears to be based on family information, and, indeed, it is found that Dorothy Radoff was a descendant of Sabrina's sister, Henrietta Moe.

As it turned out, the Blackburns were married in 1840 by license and they appear in Marriage Bonds of Lower and Upper Canada, bond number 7629, microfilm reel C-6790, date 1840-01-20 (the date of the bond.) The bond gave James's place of residence as Chatham and Sabrina's as Dumfries Township. It does give her name as Sabrina Moore, but one of the signatories is Nelson Vrooman, Sabrina's uncle. When Sabrina's daughter Henrietta married Edwin Marson, Sabrina's niece Flora Evans, daughter of Minerva Jane Moe and Israel Evans, was a witness. We know that Henry Moe, Sabrina's father spent some time in Kent County as an innkeeper prior to his death in 1839. With the information available, it seems safe to say that Sabrina Moe was indeed the wife of James Blackburn.

Sabrina appears with James in the 1851 census at Chatham and the 1861 census at Dundas, Wentworth County. She has not been found in 1870-71.

At some point daughter Nettie married Alonzo Williams and they appear in Detroit at the time of the 1880 census and they appear in Detroit city directories from 1878 until 1883, Sabrina with them. Sabrina is said to be the widow of James. They are at 159 12th Street.

The 1851 census places Husted Moe, brother of Minerva Jane Evans and supposed brother of Sabrina Blackburn, in Chatham, Ontario.The land grant index for Chatham town, page 236, lot 18, block I, shows transfer of property from James Blackburn to Husted Moe and a Richard...possibily...Paxton on July 14th, 1857. Two years later, on March 8, 1859, Husted transfers the property to Sabrina Blackburn.

In 1855, Sabrina and her husband James are in Chatham and he is a merchant, according to grant 594, which is a document relating to the sale of Henry Moe's Beverly lands by his executors, Admiral Nelson Vrooman and Adam Misener.

A land transaction registered in 1859 at Chatham recording sale of a property by James and Sabrina Blackburn of Chatham to Husted Moe of Berlin would seem to confirm the relationship between Sabrina and Husted, especially when one of the signatories was Samuel Wait, administrator. Samuel was the step father of Sabrina and Husted.

Sabrina was back in Ontario and living in Chatham at the time of the 1891 census.

In 1900, she was with her daughter Nettie and Nettie's then husband James Powell in Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana. A death record or place of burial for Sabrina has not been found. 

Child of Sabrina Moe and James Blackburn

Last Edited26 Jun 2017