Sarah Ann Alger (Pulsipher) (1824 - 1909)

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Birthplace: Spafford, Onondaga, NY, USA
Death: Died in St. George, Washington, UT, USA
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About Sarah Ann Alger (Pulsipher)

After her parents joined the Mormon Church in 1832, they moved with the family to Kirtland, Illinois where they lived until persecution drove them to Missouri. They settled in Davis County, Missouri for a time. There Sarah and John were married in the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple. Then persecution drove them westward. Sarah had given birth to two children in Nauvoo, but one died in infancy. The other was born just before they crossed the Mississippi River and headed west.

Their third child was born in Winter Quarters, Nebraska as they spent the winter there. Another child, Adeliza, was born on the trail just before they reached the Salt Lake valley. They settled in Salt Lake City and there the family grew.

In 1857, Johnson's Army came to the Salt Lake Valley. Sarah's husband went with the other men of the settlement to block their entrance to the valley. Sarah traveled south to Payson, Utah to be out of danger in case the army got past the guards. In Payson, Sarah gave birth to Samuel Nelson.

In the fall of 1862, Sarah and her family moved south arriving in St. George, Utah on 1 Jan 1863. They helped establish Shoal Creek or Hebron, but later moved back to St. George and a permanant home.

Sarah did very fine needle work. She made a beautiful silk quilt that took first prize at the fair. She raised her own silk worms and was one of the first to do so in St. George. She worked in the temple for thirty years and was very kind to everyone, especially to the Indians. She doctored them many times, always preparing her own medicines. She served as a government doctor to the Indians.

She was only about five feet two or three inches tall and weighed 120 or 130 when she was old. She held herself very erect and dignified. She had good articulation in her speech.

Ref: Family group record - John Alger - Zera Pulsipher

"Pulsipher Family History Book" compiled by Terry and Nora Lund - p. 36- 39

References:

(1) Family group record - John Alger

(2) LDS Ancestral File - AFN: FMDB-2P

(3) "Pulsipher Family History Book" compiled by Terry and Nora Lund - p. 36-39

Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - email: Alger@alum.MIT.edu Sarah died of "Gashalgia".

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Sarah Alger's Timeline

1824
November 2, 1824
Spafford, Onondaga, NY, USA
1842
January 6, 1842
Age 17
Nauvoo,Hancock,Illinois,USA
1843
1843
Age 18
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
1845
April 13, 1845
Age 20
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
1847
June 23, 1847
Age 22
Iowa, USA
1849
August 9, 1849
Age 24
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
1851
August 9, 1851
Age 26
Salt Lake Valley, Utah
1852
January 15, 1852
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
1853
December 4, 1853
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
1856
December 20, 1856
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA