Sarah Ann Donaldson was born in July of 1885 to Captain John Henry and Elizabeth Ellen (Hirtle) Donaldson. Captain Donaldson was posted at Life Saving Station 3 on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, where the family lived in the late 1890s and early 1900s. John and Elizabeth Donaldson had several other children, including Robert, George, Mabel and Helen (Polly), at least some of whom were born on Sable.
It was on Sable Island that Sarah met her husband Reuben Alexander Naugle (sometimes Alexander Reuben Naugle, b. September 1878). After being a labourer there for several years, he was appointed Keeper of Sable Island’s #2 Station in June of 1904. They married in October 1904 and started their family, later moving on to Sable Island’s Life Saving Station #3.
The 1921 Census of Sable Island showed Sarah and Reuben still on the Island, now with a family of six children: Reuben (b. 1906), Ernest (b. 1908), Lawrence Robert (b. 1910), Dorothy Mabel May (b. May 4th 1913), Willard (b. ca. 1918), and Clyde (b. ca. 1920). When they left Sable Island (around 1924), the family settled in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.
Reuben Alexander Naugle died in 1961, and Sarah Ann Naugle in 1963.