The eldest of 8 children of Thomas Sergeant and Telitha Crance, Rachel Sargent, the second cousin four-times-removed on the mother's side of Nigel Horne, was born in Allen, Indiana, USA on 26 Aug 18451,2 and married William Bixler (a labourer with whom she had 7 children: Frances J, William Andrew, John B, Thomas Isaac, Rosetta Edna, Lillie May and Lester M) in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 19 Nov 18623.
During her life, she was living at her birthplace on 1 Jun 18804 and at 1618 Franklin Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1914.
She died on 22 Aug 1914 in Fort Wayne, Indiana1,2 (fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 23 August, 1914, page 24. Mrs. Rachael Bixler, aged 68 years, wife of William Bixler, died early yesterday morning at the residence, 1222 Spring street, after a six years illness from complications. She was born August 26, 1845, in Wayne township, and her entire life had been spent in Allen county. Besides the husband, the following children survive; William and John Bixler, Mrs. W. H. Kaiser and Mrs. William Burdage, of Fort Wayne, and Isaac Bixler, of Spencer, Ind. Nineteen grandchildren, seven brothers and three sisters also survive, while five children preceded her in death. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Monday at the residence, 2110 Parnell avenue, and burial will be in Prairie Grove cemetery) and is buried there at Prairie Grove Cemetery.
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