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Sylvia Porter Clark (Sessions)

Birthplace: Newry, Oxford County, Maine, United States
Death: Died in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of David Sessions and Patty Parry
Wife of Windsor Palmer Lyon; Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet; Heber C. Kimball, Apostle, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Ezekiel Clark
Mother of Marian S. Lyon; Philofreen J. Lyon; Asa W. Lyon; Josephine Rosetta Lyon and Martha Sylvia Burnham
Sister of Perrigrine G. Sessions; Sylvannus Sessions; Amanda Sessions; Asa Sessions; Anna B. Sessions and 6 others

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About Sylvia Porter Clark

Daughter of David Sessions and Patty Bartlett

Married Windsor Palmer Lyon, Mar 1838, Orwell, Addison, Vermont. He died Jan 1849, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa.

Children - Diana Lyon, Marion Lyon, Philofreen Lyon, Asa Windsor Lyon, Josephine Rosetta Lyon, Byron Windsor Lyon, David Carlos Lyon, Charles William Lyon

Married Joseph Smith, February 8, 1842

Married Heber Chase Kimball, 26 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Ezekiel Clark, 1 Jan 1850, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa. He died 23 Jun 1898, Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa.

Children - Perry Ezekial Clark, Phebe Jane Clark, Martha Sylvia Clark

History - Sylvia Sessions left Maine for Zion (Missouri) with her parents, Patty and David, in June of 1837. While in Missouri, Sylvia met and married Windsor Lyon. Sylvia's Mother, Patty, wrote about the wedding in her journal, "Sylvia was married to Windsor P. Lyon, Joseph Smith performed the ceremony... The next day the Prophet was there and a good time it was."

Sylvia, and husband Windsor, left Missouri for Nauvoo in February of 1839. There, Windsor established a mercantile business, selling "Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery, Glass, and Hardware, Drugs, and Medicines, Paints and Dry Stuffs." By this time, they were the parents of two children.

Sylvia married Joseph Smith on February 8, 1842, when she was 23 years old. It is uncertain if her husband, Windsor, was aware of the marriage, but she did continue to live with him. Brigham Young taught that "if the woman preferred a man higher in authority, and he is willing to take her and her husband gives her up-there is no Bill of divorce is right in the sight of God". Brigham also explained that the woman, "...would be in a higher glory". This may help shed light on Sylvia's complex marriage arrangement.

10 months later, on December 24th, Joseph's journal mentions a visit to his wife, Sylvia, who was giving birth to her third child: "Walked with Secretary Willard Richards] to see Sister Lyons who was sick. Her baby died 30 minutes before [we] arrived". Sylvia had lost two of her three children in death. On September 18, 1843, another of Joseph's visits to Sylvia is recorded by William Clayton, "Joseph and I rode out to borrow money, drank wine at Sister Lyons P.M. I got $50 of Sister Lyons and paid it to D. D. Yearsly."

On January 27, 1844 her only surviving child, Philofreen, also died.

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Sylvia Porter Clark's Timeline

July 31, 1818
Newry, Oxford County, Maine, United States
Age 19
Far West,Caldwell,Mo
July 2, 1839
Age 20
June 11, 1841
Age 22
February 8, 1842
Age 23
Nauvoo, ILL
December 24, 1842
Age 24
January 8, 1844
Age 25
Nauvoo, IL, USA
September 9, 1845
Age 27
September 9, 1845
Age 27
December 16, 1845
Age 27