Sarah Bridges, my great-great-great-grandmother, was born 19 April 1813 in Greene County, Georgia. Her parents were Herod Flourney Wren and Margaret “Peggy” Ware. When she was fifteen, Sarah married George Washington Wren in Putnam County, Georgia, where she lived until the early 1850s when several branches of the family moved from Georgia to Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
Sarah and G.W. Wren had nine children, including my great-great-grandfather, Alonzo Dossey Wren. Dr. A.D. Wren, born in 1841, married Georgia Frances Vickers shortly after the Civil War in Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana. Georgia and A.D. Wren had ten children of their own. When Georgia and A.D. Wren became grandparents, they were faced with the age-old question of what to call the grandparents. Sarah Bridges Wren was called “Great” while Georgia Vickers Wren was called “Little Grannie”.
Late in Sarah Bridges’ life, her daughter-in-law asked her to write down a little bit of her life so that the family would have it. After all, Sarah Bridges Wren had seen a lot of history. I have that letter in my possession. It’s at the top of this post. The following is a transcript of that letter. As near as I can tell from what the letter talks about, it must have been written in the fall of 1903. I’m including it just as it’s written.
To Mrs. Georgia Wren
Dear Daughter I send you this little history of my life which I have hastily writen, it is short and meager but I don’t supose that any one would be interested in much that I could tell, although I have seen a good deal of this world.
With love I remain your mother Sarah Wren
I was born in Green County Ga the 19th of April 1813.
Went over into Morgan Co where we lived until I was 6 years old, when I was caried to Putnam Co wher I grew to womanhood.
Was converted and joined the Methodist church in July 1828. was maried the 4th sept the same year to GW Wren of South Carolina. We settled in Ga where we remained until 1850 when we removed to Louisiana in Jan 51 where Mr Wren died in Augt 29th 1884 and were 5 of our 8 children have died. I was Gloriously sanctified at the Rock Springs camp meeting in Putnam Co, Ga in 1849 which bless the good Lord I still claim and hold on to t[his] [day] [He] has always been very merciful and good to me and has given me many special answers to prayer.
My blessed Lord has watched over me now for 90 years & 6 months and nere denied me one blessing that was best for me to have. He has given me good friends every where and never permited any serious harm to befall me. I feel that his abiding care has always been with me and in me to bless and comfort me and now in my old age and infirmities he has not forsaken me, but gives me the abiding witness of his Holy Spirit to comfort and sustain me. Glory to his name.