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David Sessions

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

Son of David Sessions and Patty Parry
Husband of Harriet Elvira Sessions and Phoebe Carter Sessions
Father of Annie Neville and Sarah Phoebe Sessions
Brother of Perrigrine G. Sessions; Sylvannus Sessions; Amanda Sessions; Sylvia Porter Clark; Anna B. Sessions and 6 others

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About David Sessions

David Sessions IV, son of David Sessions III and Patty Bartlett, was born 9 May 1823 at Newry, Oxford County, Maine, United States. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David served as a member of the Nauvoo Legion, and as a bodyguard for Joseph Smith. He came to Utah Territory in July 1850, where he worked as a farmer and harness-maker. Died 19 April 1896 at Bountiful, Utah, United States.

Marriage and Children

David Sessions married Phoebe Carter Foss, daughter of Calvin Foss and Sarah B. Carter of Scarboro, Maine, in December 1852 at Salt Lake City. She was born in 1831 at Scarboro and came to Utah with her mother. Their children were:

  1. Sarah Phoebe born November 26, 1853, married Joseph Moss December 18, 1872;
  2. Cerdinia Estell born January 30, 1856, married Arthur Burnham February 1873;
  3. David born January 9, 1858, married Lettie Rawson May 22, 1912;
  4. Olive Cordelia born December 26, 1859, married William Corbridge 1888;
  5. Fabian C. born July 22, 1862, married Elizabeth Moss February 1892;
  6. Darius born October 2, 1864, married Charlotte Chipin June 5, 1892;
  7. Calvin F. born December 24, 1866, died;
  8. Elizabeth born May 29, 1869, married William Lewis November 23, 1888;
  9. Rhoda Harriet born October 3, 1871, died;
  10. Annie Sylvia born April 30, 1875, married George Neville June 22, 1899.


  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 08600
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1153

Son of David Sessions and Patty Bartlett

Married Phebe Carter Foss, 30 Dec 1852, Bountiful, Davis, Utah

Children - James Indian Sessions, David Sessions, Cardenia Estella Sessions, Rhoda Harriet Sessions, Darius Sessions, Annie Sophia Sessions, Elizabeth Sessions, Fabyan Carter Sessions, Sarah Phebe Sessions, Calvin Foss Sessions, Olive Cordelia Sessions

History - David Sessions, a pioneer of Davis County, Utah. His father was "what most men well to do would call." Besides a large farm, he owned a saw mill and a grist mill. As soon as David was able to do so, he began to assist his father on the farm. Then the family heard the Gospel, and yielded obedience to it willingly.

In 1837 they set out to join the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. The journey was made with ox teams and occupied about three months. Later, they moved to Far West, and finally to Nauvoo, where David began to clerk for his brother-in-law, Winsor P. Lyons. While in Nauvoo he became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, for whom he formed an undying love. When Mr. Lyons moved from Nauvoo to Iowa City, David accompanied him, engaging again in the mercantile business.

In 1850 he made up his mind to come to Zion. He had a good four-horse team, wagon and harness; the latter he made with his own hands. He came with a company of immigrants who were going to California. The company was under the command of Perrigrine Sessions, a brother of David, the subject of this sketch, who was appointed one of the hunters, to assist in procuring meat for the party. On his arrival in the Valley in 1850, he settled in what was later known as Sessions' Settlement, now Bountiful. His father died about a month after their arrival.

On Dec. 30, 1852, David Sessions was united in marriage to Miss Phebe Carter Foss, by whom he had the following children: Sarah Phebe, Cerdenia Estelle, David, Olive Cordelia, Fabian Carter, Darius, Rhoda Harriet Calvin Elizabeth Foss and Annie Sylvia. Calvin and Rhoda died while they were quite young.

David worked with his brother Perrigrine on a farm till 1860, when he moved into a home of his own, and began farming on his own account. He devoted his spare time to harness making, and to the manufacture of boots and shoes, in both of which trades he became quite proficient, notwithstanding that he had never served one day's apprenticeship in either.

In 1865 Elder Sessions was called to go on a mission to the Muddy River. The following spring he returned and disposed of his possessions, intending to return with his family to the Muddy; but on account of Indian troubles, he was advised to remain at home.

Elder Sessions was known for his benevolent disposition; he contributed liberally of his means from time to time to charitable objects. Being averse to notoriety, he never sought for public office, but contented himself by treading in the quiet paths of life.

He was for many years postmaster of Bountiful, Utah. Feb. 2, 1846, he was ordained a Seventy, in Nauvoo, and this office he held at the time of his demise, which took place April 19, 1896.

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David Sessions's Timeline

May 9, 1823
Newry, Oxford County, Maine, United States
December 15, 1838
Age 15
December 15, 1838
Age 15
February 3, 1846
Age 22
February 3, 1846
Age 22
Age 26
Davis, Utah Territory
Age 26
Davis, Utah Territory
November 26, 1853
Age 30
Bountiful, Davis, Ut