Sarah Ann “Sallie” Stinson Hogg, wife of Texas governor James Stephen Hogg, was born on August 9, 1854, in Troup County, Georgia. She was the daughter of future Confederate colonel James Alexander Stinson and Sarah Ann (West) Stinson. Her mother died when she was a small child, and the 1860 census recorded James Stinson and his children (John, Sarah, and James) living in Harrisonville, Troup County, Georgia. Within a few years James Stinson married his second wife, Mary (possibly Jones or Johnston), and by 1868 the family had moved to Texas and settled near Quitman in Wood County. James Stinson established himself there as a prominent farmer and lumberman after purchasing a plantation with a gristmill and sawmill. In 1869 when she was fourteen, Sarah began attending a private school in Quitman. There she met eighteen-year-old James Hogg, who had enrolled at the school for a “short course.” James Hogg and Sarah Stinson then parted ways as she continued her schooling and James went off to pursue a career.
Five years later Hogg was a young justice of the peace in Wood County, and he began courting Sarah “Sallie” Stinson when he was twenty-three and she was nineteen. Initially Colonel Stinson was not enthusiastic for the union and instead wanted his daughter to finish her education and perhaps hold out for a more promising suitor, but Sarah won her father over, and the couple was married in the Stinson parlor on April 22, 1874. The Hoggs lived in Quitman, where their first child, William Clifford, was born in 1875. James Hogg was admitted to the bar the following year. His career trajectory to the governorship took the family to several cities in Texas. Their daughter Ima was born in Mineola in 1882. Their son Michael was born in Tyler in 1885, and son Thomas Elisha was born in Austin in 1887.
Sarah Hogg was a devout Methodist and passed on her religious values to her children. Ima Hogg remembered her mother “Sallie” as a consummate homemaker. Skilled in the art of fine needlework and home decorum, Sarah Hogg opened her home for various social receptions. As a first lady of Texas, she redecorated the Governor’s Mansion but was also a close advisor and confidant to her husband in matters of state. Also musically talented, Sarah encouraged Ima to study piano, and this early exposure to music influenced Ima as a musical patron for the rest of her life. Sarah Hogg supported a classical education for her children and their participation in cultural events and helped instill in them a strong commitment to public service.
After years of delicate health, Sarah was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1895. She spent the summer of 1895 at the home of her sister-in-law, Martha Frances Hogg Davis, in Pueblo, Colorado, for a “rest cure.” On September 21, 1895, Sarah Ann Stinson Hogg succumbed to the disease in Pueblo. She was buried in the Hogg family plot in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.