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Sarah Harris (Wilson)

Also Known As: "Sarah Cheney"
Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
Death: February 23, 1875 (51)
Monroe, Sevier County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Monroe, Sevier County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Wilson and Eleanor Shelfer Wilson
Wife of Alexander Cheney and Dennison Lott Harris
Mother of Mary Ellender Cheney Harris; Mary Ellender Johnson; Deborah Jane Harris; Sarah Ann Harris; Dennison Emer Harris and 3 others
Sister of Elijah Wilson; Ella Melissa Hamilton and Thomas Green Wilson

Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Sarah Wilson Harris

Sarah Wilson Harris (1823 - 1875), daughter of James Wilson and Eleanor Shelfer, was born 20 September 1823 at Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee. She married (1) Alexander Cheney (1805 - 1847) about 1842 at Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, with whom she had one child, Mary Ellender Cheney, prior to Alexander's death; (2) Dennison Lott Harris on Sunday, 7 March 1847 at Council Bluffs. The Lotts emigrated to Utah in 1852 with Captain Cutler's Company. She died at the age of 51 on Monday, 23 February 1875 at Monroe, Sevier County, Utah Territory. She was buried on Wednesday, 25 February 1874 at Monroe City Cemetery.

Marriages and Children

  1. Alexander Cheney (24 November 1805 - 1847) married about 1842 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
    1. Mary Ellender Cheney (16 August 1843 - 4 December 1909) [adopted by her stepfather, Dennison Lott Harris]
  2. Dennison Lott Harris married Sunday, 7 March 1847 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
    1. Deborah Jane Harris (21 May 1848 - 30 March 1940)
    2. Sarah Ann Harris (19 September 1850 - 1861)
    3. Dennison Emer Harris (13 May 1854 - 24 July 1912)
    4. Martin Lott Harris (13 December 1856 - 29 January 1941)
    5. Hyrum Smith Harris (2 October 1860 - 6 February 1937)
    6. Joseph Alma Harris (1866 - 1957)


  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Name: Sarah Wilson; Gender: Female; Spouse Name: Dennison Lott Harris; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 1343.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: GHS. Source Information: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.
  • Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory. Name: Sarah Wilson Harris [Sarah Wilson Wilson] ; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 20 Sep 1824; Birth Place: Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee; Religion: LDS; Occupation: Housewife; Spouse: Alexander Cheney; Dennison Lott Harris; Marriage Date: 31 Mar 1848; Marriage Place: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa; Father: James Wilson; Mother: Eleanor Shelfer [Ellender or Nellie Shelfer] ; Departure Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; Departure Date: 1852; Pioneer Company: Captain Cutler's Wagon Train; Travel Company: Dennison Lott Harris, Husband, and daughter Mary Ellender Cheney; Trail: Mormon Pioneer Trail; Arrival Place: Salt Lake City, Utah; Arrival Date: 1852; Place Settled: Springville, Utah, Utah Alpine, Utah, Utah, Willard, Box Elder, Utah Monroe, Sevier, Utah; Death Place: Monroe, Sevier, Utah; Death Date: 23 Feb 1874; Burial Place: Monroe, Sevier, Utah; Burial Date: 26 Feb 1874; Submitted by: Mrs.Louis Unthank Meldrum; Information Source: Records of Leroy Unthank, now in possession of Louise Unthank Meldrum; Page Number: 001097; Submission Date: 13 Oct 1990; Comments: At Smithfield, the Log home had not been chinked and quilts were hung at the open widows and doors.Indians stole some horses from the pioneers. chief taken prisoner and held as hostage, til horses were returned. Some indians rode by to try to get the Chief released. The quard refused to release him until the horses were returned. Source Information: Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Questionnaires compiled by Sons of the Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 32832058
  • Utah Cemetery Inventory. Name: Sarah Wilson Cheney Harris; Birth Date: 20 Sep 1824; Birth Place: Tennessee, Shelbyville; Death Date: 23 Feb 1875; Death Place: Utah, Monroe; Burial Date: 23 February 1875; Cemetery: Monroe City Cemetery; Source: Sexton / Grant; Grave Location: 136-B; Relatives: Mother Shelfer, Eleanor; Father Wilson, James. Source Information: Utah State Historical Society, comp.. Utah Cemetery Inventory [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Utah State Historical Society. Utah Cemetery Inventory. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: 2000.
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Sarah Wilson Harris's Timeline

September 20, 1823
Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
August 16, 1843
Age 19
August 17, 1844
Age 20
May 21, 1848
Age 24
September 19, 1850
Age 26
May 13, 1854
Age 30
December 13, 1856
Age 33
October 2, 1860
Age 37