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Sarah Wilcox (Seeley)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Albany, Albany, NY, United States
Death: October 9, 1856 (75)
Manti, Sanpete County, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Augustus Seeley; Augustus Seeley; Mary / Sarah Brisbin and Mary Seeley
Wife of Hazard Wilcox, Jr.
Mother of Mary Anne Lowry; Sarah Seeley Wilcox; William Wilcox; Eunice Seeley Wilcox; Sabrah Wilcox and 8 others
Sister of Mary Seeley; Margaret Seeley; Ruth Judson Seeley; Joseph Seeley; Jane Seeley and 3 others

Managed by: Robert Calvin Peel, Jr
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About Sarah Wilcox

History of Sarah Seely Wilcox Relic of Hassard Wilcox (Relic Meaning Widow) Born: November 16, 1780 Died: October 9,1856

She was 76 years of age at her death. Nothing so unusual there either, except that in her day average life expectancy was probably 40 years less. But there was something about Sarah that reached beyond the common, the ordinary. Geography and a parade of men and events of 1780 began crowding around her gravestone.

Inevitably, Sarah will be 200 years old on November 16,1980, and possibly this makes her the oldest white resident of Utah, alive or dead! But there was more to it than a local record. In the year of her birth, 1780, the Articles of Confederation were muddling along, trying to govern 13 unruly, jealous "Sovereign" states. The Constitution was still nine years in the future, George Washington would not become President until Sarah was 11 years old, Lewis and Clark were unheard of until she was in her twenties and married, and she was a mature 34 years of age when the Treaty of Ghent ended the war of 1812 on Christmas Eve 1814. * {Sarah was bom in Schaghticoke, Albany (Now Rensselaer), New York}. Her feet first plodded westward through the Mohawk Valley in 1801, having married Hazard Wilcox, Jr., in Albany. In the Mohawk Valley in 1801 there were still some echoes out of the revolution and even a few out of the earUer French and Indian frecas of her father's day.

Lying beside Sarah in far-off Utah is her oldest daughter and firstborn, Mary Wilcox Lowry. Mary was bom in "Ossewagotcha" (says the inscription on her stone ) County in "Upper Canada" in 1802. Obviously Sarah and Hazard had emigrated to Canada through the Mohawk Valley to the Niagara River and into what is now South-eastern Ontario. Albany is soundly located geographically at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Valleys, and in 1801 its 3,000 permanent residents probably still saw occasional characters in "leatherstockings." Up the Hudson to Lake Camplain and the Richelieu River lay French Canada and the Algonquins. Up the Mohawk lay the Iroquois Confederation and English Canada. Must there be any question that 1801 Sarah had the Mohawk, the Seneca, the Onandaga and the Hurons on her mind? One may well wonder whether even the name of Tecumseh was not known to her. In the case of Sarah and Hazard, they were looking forward to a grant of land in Canada, given to them by the British for services rendered to the crown by Hazard's father, Hazard Wilcox, Sr. The senior Wilcox was a captain in British-American loyalist militia, and he was killed in the battle at White Plains, New York in 1776, while in pursuit of the rebel general, Washington and McDougal. Hazard, Sr., in other words was a "Tory," and not only a "redcoat," but a captain of "Lobsterbacks."How much that may have meant to Hazard, Jr., no one can now know. One can guess not much. He was an infant when his father died in battle for the Crown and he never knew him. Hazard Jr., was a farmer, and like many farmers in the 13 states, he wanted good, new land to start his manied life on, a desire to be realized in Upper Canada, thanks to Great Britain. Sarah bore five children in Upper Canada, her first-born being Mary, and all five were born in Emesttown, Ossewegatchie {Lenox-Addington} County. The Wilcoxes remain frontier Canadians for 10 years, but on the brink of the War of 1812 (1811), Hazard Wilcox made a decision. He removed his family back into American territory and emigrated farther *{ Southwest into what was then Gallatin County Ilinois. Later to be divided into other counties which included White County, with Carmi Township part of it and Williamson County, which Marion township becamecreated in 1815). Six children were born in this area, a set of twins that died and another set of twins, of which one died. Shortly, thereafter, the Wilcoxes are found in Benton, Saline County (Pulaski County then), Arkansas. Here in 1824, another son John Henry Owen Wilcox was born. (There is also a Benton, Saline, Illinois by Carmi, White, Illinois?) This same year of 1824, Sarah saw her first born, Mary, married to a Kentuckian, John Lowry Sr.

  • {The family then moved in 1826 to Congressional district 60 (Lower Union Township)

Marion County, Missouri. (In 1833 Lewis County was created). On 16 Feb 1831, Hazard died, at age 56, leaving Sarah with the two younger children, Clarissa Jane, nearly ten and John Henry Owen, seven years of age. The others look to be married by then. Mary with her family had also moved into Marion County, Missouri, by this time and they assisted Sarah in caring for her family from then on.} [JL1;81]

Sarah was especially close to her daughter, Mary Wilcox Lowry, and when Mary and John Lowry joined the Mormon Church in 1833, she may have joined herself for she was with the family in Clay and Caldwell Missouri, Iowa and in Nauvoo.}. ... Her two youngest children were baptized into that denomination and came to Utah. {A daughter, Sabra Wilcox Slingerland, who was in Iowa with them, may have also joined.}.... Sarah went along with the Lowrys on their long trek to Utah. She would have been 67 years old on her last westward move. Sometime around 1850, when Sarah was about 70, she arrived in the Sanpete Valley of Central Utah to be with Mary W. Lowry. Her son was married in 1848 in Salt Lake City. It is likely that he and his wife accompanied Sarah to the "Sanpete Fort" (Manti), but he did not remain there.

  • {Sarah was baptized (Perhaps rebaptized), and Mary rebaptized in Manti on 26 May 1851by John Lowry.}

Those are the "barefacts." They are recorded or surmissed from general historic background.269

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Sarah Zieler Wilcox-

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Sarah Wilcox's Timeline

November 16, 1780
Albany, Albany, NY, United States
October 6, 1802
Age 21
(Ernestown), Ontario, Canada (known as Upper Canada)
August 10, 1804
Age 23
Ernestown, Upper Canada
January 7, 1806
Age 25
Ernestown, Upper Canada
May 19, 1808
Age 27
Ernestown, Upper Canada
June 16, 1810
Age 29
Ernestown, Upper Canada
Age 31
January 26, 1813
December 1, 1815
Age 35
Marion County, Mississippi
December 1, 1815
Age 35
Marion County, Mississippi