Sarah Ann and Ann were born in England. Since their parents were William Thomas & Elizabeth, the two «best» birth certificates that I have found are the following:
In Newcastle Delaware was baptized on July 17, 1836 William Thomas. His parents were William Piper & Elizabeth.
In the 1900 Census at Geneva Michigan, the family is considerably reduced.
Henry J Long died on the December 18, 1904 in Geneva, Van Buren Michigan. We also learn on the birth certificate that he was born in NewCastle Delaware, a very important piece of information. It matches the baptism cards that I have published at the beginning of this section.
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During the same 1850 Census in Gaines NY, Ann & Henry are listed with another family. These two individuals could be different from those living with John R Long. It is also possible that they moved from one family to the next in the same year. We know that Sarah Ann died not long after their arrival in New York. No certificate of her death has ever been found. Sarah could have died in 1850.
From the 1855 Census taken in Gaines NY, we see that Ann is married and a mother of William Stearnes. Her husband is Ward Stearnes.
In the 1860 Census in Gaines, it is obvious that Ward is a widower. His brother-in-law, William P Piper lives also with the Owen family.
Same event: the 1860 Census in Barre NY. We see that Ward & William P. Piper are living in a house numbered 791.
In the house numbered 788, there is the family of Sarah Jackman. This event is also from the 1860 Census. Three children live with her: a girl named Sarah L. Shafford, William Stearnes and Ralph Stearnes. It seems that Sarah Jackman had a child from a previous marriage and two others with Ward Stearnes. What makes more sense is that these two Stearnes children are from Ward & Ann Piper. In the 1855 Census, Ward and Ann had three children, William and a pair of twins. Ralph is one of the twins. The other twin must have died because there is no trace of him.
In the 1865 Census, Ward Stearnes lives with Sarah A Jackman and two children by the family name of Stearnes. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize what kind of relationship these two neighbors had since 1859. William T. Piper is not living anymore under the same roof as Ward.
The following document is about the family of William H Stearns, the son of Ward Stearnes and Ann Piper.
he following 1910 Census in Gaines NY is about the son of Ward Stearnes and Sarah A Jackman, Ralph L. Stearnes.
The following 1920 Census in Gaines NY is about the son of Ward Stearnes and Sarah A Jackman, Ralph L. Stearnes.
The following 1925 Census in Gaines NY is about the son of Ward Stearnes and Sarah A Jackman, Ralph L. Stearnes.
The following document in Gaines NY is about the death of Ralph L. Stearnes, son of Ward Stearnes and Sarah A Jackman.
The following document is about William Piper, the son of William Stearns and Emma born in Geneva Michigan.