MRS. SARAH J. DEAHL, P. O. America, born July 17, 1823, at America, Pulaski County. She is a daughter of William and Catherine (French) Wilson. The former was born 1789 in Harrisburg, Penn., and died December 29, 1856. The latter was a native of Pennsylvania, born March 9, 1777; she died March 7, 1877. They are mentioned in our general history. She was the mother of seven children, of whom four are living — Sarah J. (our subject), Elery P., William K. and Washington B.; the other three died in infancy. Our subject is the only one living. She went to the old subscription schools in this county. Here she was married, January 30, 1845, to Jacob Deahl, a native of Prussia, Germany, born February 20, 1809; he died in America June 2, 1876. He was a farmer and the father of seven children, viz.: Winifred (deceased), William B. (deceased), Washington L., Julia A. (deceased), Mary Jane (wife of John W. Boren, of Cairo), Catherine and Martha M. Mrs. Deahl and two of her daughters are members of the Presbyterian Church, as was also her husband. Mr. Deahl was a man that stood high in the estimation of his fellow-men. Mrs. Deahl has a farm of 120 acres, provided by her exemplary husband.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 260.