Born: May 20, 1841, Uwchlan, Pennsylvania.
Died: February 2, 1930, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Sarah was the daughter of Paxson and Ann T. Vickers, and wife of John Oberholtzer.
She lived at various times near Cambria Station, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Her family were ardent abolitionists. Besides hundreds of slaves they helped on their way to Canada, their home entertained such guests as John Greenleaf Whittier, Lucretia Mott, William Lloyd Garrison, and Bayard Taylor.
Sarah was educated at Thomas’ Friends Boarding School and the Millersville State Normal School.
She began to write for newspapers and magazines at age 18. A number of her poems were set to music by different composers. Among the best known are The Bayard Taylor Burial Ode, sung as Pennsylvania’s tribute to her dead poet at his funeral service in Longwood, March 15, 1889, and Under the Flowers, a
She served as World Superintendent of School Savings Banks department of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.