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Sarah Marinda Pratt (Bates)

Birthplace: Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Cyrus Bates Bates and Lydia Jennings
Wife of Professor Orson Pratt and Orson Pratt, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Celesta Larissa Tyler; Marintha Althera Pratt; Arthur E. Pratt; Ernest L. Pratt; Marlon Pratt and 9 others
Sister of Nelson Bates; Ormus Ephraim Bates; Lovina Arminda Aspinwall; Marcellus Livingston Bates; Orissa Allred (Bates) and 5 others

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About Sarah Marinda Pratt

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Sarah Marinda Bates Pratt (February 2, 1817 – December 25, 1888) was the first wife of Mormon Apostle and polygamist Orson Pratt and a later a critic of Mormon polygamy. She was a founder of the Anti-Polygamy Society in Salt Lake City and called herself a Mormon apostate. She was born in Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, the first daughter and third child of Cyrus Bates and Lydia Harrington Bates..."

"...Sarah Marinda Bates lived in Henderson, New York from the time of her birth in 1817 until October 1836. While she was there, her family encountered Mormon missionaries and in the summer of 1835 she and several siblings were baptized into the faith. She also fell in love with one of the missionaries, Orson Pratt, who after continuing to preach in other areas returned to seek Sarah's hand in marriage. They were wed July 4, 1836, and Orson returned to his missionary travels after a three-day honeymoon..."

"...The move to Missouri was difficult due to Sarah's pregnancy with their second child. They reached St. Louis and their daughter Lydia was born on December 17, 1838. Violence in Missouri led to the expulsion of the Mormons from that state, and the Pratts were forced to flee to the upriver settlements on the Mississippi. They eventually found a "shanty" in nascent Nauvoo, Illinois. There, baby Lydia fell ill with one of the epidemics that ravaged the swamplands and died in August 1839..."

"...Sarah Pratt ended her marriage to husband Orson Pratt in 1868 [because of her opposition to polygamy ..."

"...On her leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for which she was excommunicated on 4 October 1874, Pratt declared in 1875 that, "I am the wife of Orson Pratt...I was formerly a member of the Mormon church...I have not been a believer in the Mormon doctrines for thirty years, and am now considered an apostate, I believe..."

"...Pratt, who resolved to "rear my children so that they should never espouse the Mormon faith while concealing from my neighbors and the church authorities that I was thus rearing them," had twelve children by husband Orson Pratt..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Sarah Marinda Bates Pratt', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 January 2011, 16:14 UTC, <> [accessed 14 February 2011] Birth: Feb. 5, 1817 Henderson Jefferson County New York, USA Death: Dec. 25, 1888 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Death of Mrs. Pratt Yesterday—Christmas day—Mrs. Sarah M. Pratt, relict of the late Apostle Orson Pratt, died at the residence of her son Arthur, 105 B Street, Eighteenth Ward. The deceased had been afflicted for about ten years with rheumatism, which finally touched the region of her heart, terminating, as a matter of course, when that stage was reached, fatally. Mrs. Pratt has, we believe, resided in Utah since 1851, having arrived here about four years after the Pioneers, and was therefore well known in the community. [Deseret News, Dec. 26, 1888] [transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]

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The funeral of the late Mrs. Sarah M. Pratt took place at the residence of her son Arthur, 105 B Street, yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. There were many of the old friends of the deceased present, besides the members of her family and their friends. Rev. J. D. Thrall made a short address of a consoling nature to the mourners and appropriate music was rendered by a select choir. At the end of the services the remains were placed in the hearse and a long line of carriages followed them to their resting place in the City Cemetery. The pallbearers were Henry W. Lawrence, George Y. Wallace, Henry Miles, LeGrande Young, Ellsworth Daggett, Bolivar Roberts, H.P. Mason, and Joseph E. Caine. [Salt Lake Herald, Dec. 28, 1888] [transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]

Family links:

 Cyrus Bates (1792 - 1839)
 Lydia Harrington Jennings (1795 - 1873)

 Orson Pratt (1811 - 1881)

 Orson Pratt (1837 - 1903)*
 Vanson Pratt (1846 - 1847)*
 Laron Pratt (1847 - 1908)*
 Harmel Pratt (1851 - 1907)*
 Arthur Pratt (1853 - 1919)*

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

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Sarah Marinda Pratt's Timeline

February 5, 1817
Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA
June 18, 1835
Age 18
June 18, 1835
Age 18
July 4, 1836
Age 19
Henderson, Jefferson County, New York
July 11, 1837
Age 20
Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, United States of America
December 17, 1838
Age 21
St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
May 10, 1842
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
January 20, 1843
Age 25
October 27, 1844
Age 27
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States of America
December 12, 1845
Age 28