When Henry moved his company Newhall and Baker, Auctioneers to Nashville, TN from Pulaski, GA he met and shortly thereafter, married Sarah Ann White. Within just a few weeks of being married, Henry left Sarah Ann at home with her family and went off to find his fortune in the gold rush of 1950.
Two years later, in 1952 missing her husband, the brave Sarah Ann decided on her own, unbeknownst to Henry to embark upon the same journey via Panama to get to San Francisco where Henry was living.
At the exact same time, which I find to be amazing, Henry, missing his wife, left Henry Gregory, his right-hand man, in charge of all his business enterprises and decided to return to TN to get her and bring her to the new magnificent home he built at 334 Beale St in San Francisco.
While they were in Panama, just by happenstance, the ran into each other not having any idea the other was there. I really found that to be incredible for a lot of reasons, especially how brave Sarah Ann had to be to venture out, on her own, in that day and age! Wow… is all I can say!
So then, instead of going back to San Francisco, Henry wanted to take Sarah Jane to meet his family in Saugus, MA. From there they went to New York. Henry made connections with vendors to supply goods to his Auction business in San Francisco. Then the two of them traveled together to San Francisco to their new home.
In 1953 Sarah’s family, including her mother, father and 2 sisters, Margery and Margaret left their home in TN and went to live permanently with the Newhalls in their new home. They arrived just in time to be there when Henry and Sarah’s first son, Henry Gregory Newhall was born.
Two years after that, in 1955 their second son, William Mayo Newhall was born. One year later, in 1956, their third son, Edwin White Newhall was born. With the family getting larger, Henry built a new home to accommodate them all at 1299 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.
Tragically, in 1858 at the age of 29, Sarah Ann, pregnant with her fourth child, died along with her newborn son in childbirth. They were buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco.
Sarah, along with the rest of the family were moved to Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma when Laurel Hill Cemetery was closed.