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Sarah Jane Morrell (Richards)

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Sidney, Shelby, Ohio, USA
Death: October 27, 1909 (76)
Fremont, Wayne, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Fremont, Wayne, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Silas Richards and Elizabeth Richards
Wife of William Wilson Morrell
Sister of Elizabeth Ann Richards, twin; Frances Maria Richards; Martha Cox; Lucy Ann Brady and Caroline Richards
Half sister of Frances Ann Richards and Silas Newton Richards

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Sarah Jane Morrell

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Silas Richards Company (1849) Age 16

Departure: 10 July 1849 Arrival: 25-29 October 1849

Company Information: About 100 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).

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Birth: May 30, 1833 Shelby County Illinois, USA

Death: Oct. 27, 1909 Fremont Wayne County Utah, USA

SARAH JANE RICHARDS MORRELL was the daughter of Silas and Elizabeth McClenahan Richards She was born in Shelby County, Illinois, May 30, 1833. After the Saints were driven from Missouri into Illinois by mob violence, the Richards were introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ by Joshua Grant in 1839 and baptized by Elder John Nicholl in 1840. They left the Missouri River on July 10, 1849, and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley October 25, 1849. About 100 wagons were in the Silas Richards (her father) company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). Sarah Jane was sixteen years old at the time. The company arrived in Great Salt Lake Valley, October 25, 1839, a distance of over 1000 miles. On September 23, 1850, Sarah Jane married William Wilson Morrell. The ceremony was performed by President Brigham Young. Not only was Sarah Jane faced with the hardships and privation of pioneer life and being a plural wife but with the heart break that comes from losing three small daughters: Elizabeth Jane in 1854; Mary Francis in 1859; and Martha Ann in 1866. They were buried in the Union Fort Cemetery. Sarah Jane and her children lived in Union Fort until the summer of 1877 when William Wilson moved them to Fremont (Rabbit Valley), in Piute County (later Wayne County), Utah. Sarah Jane, being a religious woman, was active in the Mormon Church. On February 15, 1886, she was sustained as president of the Relief Society in the Fremont Ward. Sarah and William Wilson Morrell were the parents of seven children. After the Manifesto when the Utah state and U.S. government had outlawed polygamy, government agents were seeking out and throwing into prison men who yet participated in the practice of polygamy. At this time Sarah Jane divorced William Wilson who had two wives at this time. Sarah Jane was respected and highly thought of in the community of Fremont, Wayne County, Utah and the surrounding area. From the minutes of her funeral come these thoughts: James A. Taylor who had been acquainted with her for a long time spoke of her loyalty, integrity, and faith in the cause of truth. She died at her home on October 27, 1909 in Fremont, Wayne, Utah, and was buried in the Fremont Cemetery.

Family links:

  • Silas Richards (1807 - 1884)
  • Elizabeth McClenahan Richards (1809 - 1893)
  • William Wilson Morrell (1830 - 1907)
  • Silas Wilson Morrell (1851 - 1893)*
  • Elizabeth Jane Morrell (1853 - 1854)*
  • Mary Francis Morrell (1858 - 1859)*
  • Ellenor Jennette Morrell Harper (1859 - 1891)*
  • William Elmer Morrell (1861 - 1931)*
  • Martha Ann Morrell (1863 - 1866)*
  • John Franklin Morrell (1869 - 1944)*

Burial: Fremont Cemetery Fremont Wayne County Utah, USA Plot: Lot #64, Row 3

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Sarah Jane Morrell's Timeline

May 30, 1833
Sidney, Shelby, Ohio, USA
October 27, 1909
Age 76
Fremont, Wayne, Utah, USA
October 28, 1909
Age 76
Fremont, Wayne, Utah, USA