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Sylvia Porter Sessions

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Newry, Oxford, Maine
Death: Died in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Bountiful, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of David Sessions, III and Patty Bartlett
Wife of Windsor Palmer Lyon; Heber C. Kimball, Apostle, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet and Ezekiel Clark
Mother of Marian S. Lyon; Philofreen J. Lyon; Asa W. Lyon; Josephine Rosetta Lyon and Martha Sylvia Clark
Sister of Perrigrine G. Sessions; David Sessions, IV; Athelson Sessions; Amanda D. Sessions; Sylvannus Sessions and 7 others

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About Sylvia Porter Sessions

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 required...it 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 Sessions's Timeline

1818
July 31, 1818
Newry, Oxford, Maine
1838
1838
Age 19
Far West,Caldwell,Mo
1839
July 2, 1839
Age 20
1841
June 11, 1841
Age 22
1842
February 8, 1842
Age 23
Nauvoo, ILL
December 24, 1842
Age 24
1844
January 8, 1844
Age 25
Nauvoo, IL, USA
1845
September 9, 1845
Age 27
September 9, 1845
Age 27
December 16, 1845
Age 27