Sarah Street

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Sarah Street
Neighborhood South Side Flats
Origin of name Sarah Mahon Ormsby Phillips

Sarah Street is named for Sarah Mahon Ormsby Phillips (1803–1885), daughter of Oliver Ormsby (1767–1832) and granddaughter of John Ormsby (1720–1805).[1][2][3] She married Asher Phillips (1790–1843), a major in the U. S. Army, and they lived in a house called "The Orchard" on a tract of land between South 21st and South 24th Streets.[4]:32[5][6][7][8]

Other South Side streets are named after Oliver Ormsby's other daughters: Sidney Street, Jane Street, Mary Street, and Josephine Street. See Ormsby Street for more about the Ormsby family.

Sarah Street was not named for a daughter of John Ormsby, as some sources imply;[9][10][11] John had no daughter named Sarah.[4]:19[7]


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  11. Chris Potter. "My husband recently got a job on the South Side, and we noticed there are a lot of streets named after women. How come?" You Had to Ask. Pittsburgh City Paper, Dec. 29, 2005. [view source]south-side-women