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At the age of sixteen, Sarah Ann Braly left Missouri for California in 1847 with her parents, the Reverend and Mrs. John E. Braly and 6 brothers and sisters. They travelled by way of the Oregon Trail and arrived in California that same year. In 1853, Sarah Ann Braly married Dr. Benjamin Corry, the first medical doctor in San Jose. They made their home at the corner of Second and Santa Clara Streets and in 1859 bought a vinyard at what is now South 2nd Street between William and San Salvador Streets. They raised a family of eight children. Like her mother, Sara Ann Cory was active in work at the First Presbyterian Church. She later became a charter member of the Second Presbyterian Church in San Jose and was one of the women who organized the Home of the Benevolence - a home for the care of destitute children. She served on its Board of Managers and was president of the Home for many years. On December 17, 1949, Sarah Ann Braly Cory's daughters paid tribute to their mother's contributions to the community in an article entitled "Pioneer Mother Should Also Be Honored," published in the San Jose Mercury Herald. They believed that their mother had earned, along with their father, the right to public recognition, for her contributions to the betterment of life in San Jose. In the portrait, Cory is wearing a dress typical of the early 1900s. A lace jabot is attached to the bodice at the neckline and shoulder. It has set-in sleeves and the bodice and skirt are separate pieces. (Description taken from, "Pioneer Women of Santa Clara County: Selections from The Permanent Collection," by Helen Keusel and Milita Rios-Samaniego, San Jose Historical Museum, 1991.) Written on the back of frame: "Called FEB. 9 OK will call middle of week -- with sisters to select frame Miss Collins Darken right side of her face a little and run is a little more shadow in background -- same side." Photo is signed "Bushnell S. F."
Portrait photographs Women Nineteenth century (LCSH) Pioneers--California (LCSH) Cory, Sarah Braly