7 August 1664
Sarah Henry (later SS) was born at Broad Oak
, the eldest daughter in her parents' family of six.
Some months before her marriage, Sarah Henry (later Savage) began writing that part of her "Spiritual Diary" which has survived. The extant sections run from now to 1 December 1688 and from 1714 to 1723.
25 October 1687
SS, suspecting that God might "delay or totally deny ye mercy of children to me," admitted that she could "scarce quiet my spirit as I would." Yet the resolution to "love him not one jot the less"
occupies the same diary sentence.
After 18 December 1688
When her first-born child died at a few days old, SS wrote: "I could not keep my passions in bounds. . . . yet my judgment
is quiet. I had not one repining thought against God as if he dealt hardly with me."
After 25 February 1721
After her only surviving son ("Once all our joy—now all our tears")
died at twenty-one in a smallpox epidemic, SS wrote: "with what difficulty can I part with him! O this wicked heart!"
Looking back on her life after five years as a widow, SS wrote: "I think I may say I had my roots watered with wine."
After February 1818
John Bickerton Williams, who was related to Savage's birth family, the Henrys, published at Shrewsbury Memoirs of the Life and Character of Mrs. Sarah Savage
, with excerpts of her diary.