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Sarah Malinda Alexander

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Alton, Madison, Illinois, USA
Death: Died in Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis or Kidney Disease
Place of Burial: Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Horace Martin Alexander and Nancy Reeder Alexander
Wife of Hans Jorgen Pederson Mortensen and John Green
Mother of John Martin Green; Eveline Dinitia Green Ellertson; Clarissa Louise Green; Mary Melissa Green Eilertson; Amasa Lyman Green and 6 others
Sister of Frances Evaline Steele; Nancy Maria Alexander; Dionetia Emily Mortensen and Horace Martin Alexander Jr.
Half sister of William Denton Alexander; Mary Helen Alexander; Eliza Fredonia Alexander; Franklin David Alexander; Heber Martin Alexander and 5 others

Occupation: Married John Green 5/27/1856 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah
Managed by: Claudia Ann Ramlow
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About Sarah Malinda Alexander

Under the Media Tab above, there is another photo found on Ancestry.com which shows the home of John Green and Sarah Malinda Alexander Green, which was the scene of a fight in April 1863, between a band of Ute Indians and a detachment of soldiers from General Pat Connor's troops. I'm not sure when the photo was taken or who the woman standing on the front porch is or who the two children are standing in front of the gate to the yard of the home. There is a caption on the photo which says it is from "Timpanogos Town, Story of Old Battle Creek at Pleasant Grove, Utah," by Howard R. Driggs, circa 1948.

According to an online Google book of 10 pages in length called the "History of Sarah Malinda Alexander," she was born March 5, 1841, in Alton, Illinois, but her death certificate stated she was born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and her Find A Grave memorial shows she was born in Missouri. Sarah married four times. Her husbands were John Louder, Calvin Crane Pendleton, John Green and Hans Jorgen Mortensen. She had eleven children with John Green who she married in 1857 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She died October 6, 1914, in Parowan, Utah. Per her Utah Death Certificate, her cause of death was chronic interstitial nephritis (kidney disease), from which she suffered for about two and a half years. She was buried int he Parowan City Cemetery. At the time of her death she was 73 years, 7 months and two days old. Her last name on the death certificate was Mortensen.

The headstone for Sarah Malinda Alexander Green Mortensen's grave at the Parowan City Cemetery shows a different place of birth, date of birth, and date of death. The headstone reads Sarah M. Mortensen, born in Jackson County, Missouri, March 5, 1840, died in Parowan, Utah, October 7, 1914. "Dear one thou has left us now to reign in a higher and nobler sphere. May the angels gather round you while your presence is over hear."

According to Ancestry.com, her children with John Green were: John Martin Green born in 1858, died in 1884; Eveline Green, born in 1860, died in 1920; Clarissa Louise Green, born in 1861, died at he age of 6 years old from diphtheria in 1867; Mary Melissa, born in 1863, died in 1921; Amasa Lyman, born in 1865 and died in 1935; Horace Alexander, born in 1867, died in 1927; Sarah Helen born in 1869, died in 1951; Nancy Lewella, born in 1870, died in 1934; William Hanson, born in 1873, died in 1917; James Samuel, born in 1874, died in 1947; and Franklin, born in 1875, died in 1950.

A family tree on Ancestry.com indicated that Sarah married John Louder in 1855 in Parowan, Utah, but that marriage did not last long because she married Calvin Crane Pendleton, February 8, 1856, in Parowan, Utah. And for some reason that marriage did not last long either, since Sarah married John Green just a little over three months later on May 27, 1856, in Salt Lake city, Utah. Their first child, a son, John Martin Green, was born November 25, 1858, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and they had 10 more children. After she divorced John Green, Sarah married Hans Jorgen Mortensen on December 21, 1893, in Manti, Utah. He passed away January 17, 1912 in Parowan, Utah, just two and a half years before Sarah herself died on October 6, 1914.

Another post from Ancestry.com reads as follows: "The soldiers and The Indians", posted April 1863 by Forestarius: Nine cavalrymen, who were an advance party for the main body of troops, were being pursued by a force of Indians of the Ute tribe. They stopped at the John Green house to make a stand and there they hurriedly set up a small cannon in the front yard and fired it, just as the Indians surrounded the house and began firing upon them.

The sound of the explosion startled the Green family inside, who were unaware of what was transpiring outside. The soldiers then entered the house and in the commotion forced John Green's family out, along with Mary Walker, a nurse and sister of John Green. In the confusion, the kids, John Martin (5), Evaline (3), and Clarissa Louise (2), ran in all directions. Mrs. Sarah Green suddenly remembered that she had left her baby, Mary Melissa, born earlier that month, inside and rushed back to the house in the midst of the random firing of the battle, waving her hands and screaming, "My baby, my baby. " When the Indians saw her, they ceased their fire and yelled, "Woman, get out."

This succession of the battle occurred because of the respect the Indians had for the Green family, because John Green, a freighter, had always been on good terms with the Indians and they knew where his home was. The battle continued past sunset, but the next morning the cavalry found that the Indians had left in the night.

When the Green family returned to their home they discovered that the soldiers had destroyed their kegs of molasses and sides of ham and bacon that were stored in the basement. John Green, when he returned after a few days, was extremely mad about the soldiers destroying their winter supply of food. The Indians did loot his freight warehouse, located across the street from the house, taking blankets, ammunition, livestock and supplies from loaded freight wagons, but he was madder at the soldiers for destroying his winter food, because they wantonly did it, whereas the Indians could use what they took." Story told by Glenn R. Foster. "My father used to tell us this story when we were kids. Then, back the 1980's I got a new typewriter and typed this as he retold the story one evening." Robert Foster.

Another story about Sarah Malinda Alexander Green was found on Ancestry.com and is called, "Grandma's Pot Cover," which was written in the 1960's in Salinas, California by Robert Foster. It reads as follows:

One of my earliest memories is of sitting at the kitchen table in Salinas. Grandma was over by the stove and called Mary over (Robert's sister). Grandma was holding something in her hands and talking to Mary, when Mary turned and excitedly said, “Robert!!! Get over here!!!” I got off the chair and walked over to see what was so important. Grandma was holding something in her hands. I didn't know what it was but knew it had something to do with cooking. Grandma continued talking but as a little boy I wasn't interested and didn't pay attention.

Years passed before I found out what Grandma was telling Mary that day in the kitchen. Grandma's Grandmother, Sarah Malinda, had died and she had gone to her Grandmother's house after the funeral. The house was being sold so cousins were getting mementos of their Grandmother while they still could. She headed for the kitchen and found it crowded with people. Because she was so short and tiny she was able to squeeze in between the packed in people and get to the front of the crowd. Hardly anything was left and then she saw it. It was a simple pot cover. She grabbed it and held it tightly against her body with both hands and arms covering it so no one could take it away from her. She again slipped through the tightly packed crowd and went outside. It was worn, dented, and was just a pot cover, but she was so proud of it because it belonged to her Grandma. It became her most highly prized possession. That day in the kitchen Grandma told this story to Mary and said, “Someday this will be yours.” by Robert Foster.

Another Ancestry.com post is the "Life Story of My Mother, Sarah Helen Green", who was one of Sarah Malinda Alexander Green's daughters. It is hand-written and reads as follows: Sarah Helen Green was born at Mona, Juab County, Utah, August 23, 1869. Her home was of adobe east of town but later they moved to the old homestead, lived in a dugout, until her father could get a home built for the family. Snakes were often found in and near the beds. She was the seventh child of the union. Her father was John Green and her mother was Sarah Malinda Alexander. She was born of humble, poor and faithful parents, she had to work in the fields as well as in the house.

Her friends were Cecelia Younes, Becky Coats, Ida Carter, George Kay, Eph Roberts, Elias Carter and George Garfield (who is my father) and many others. Her teachers were Emma Summerville and George McConkey. Here the rod was not spared to spoil the child, her schooling was scarce because finances would not permit. My mothers first pair of shoes was when she was seven years of age. Before that her father made moccasins out of cowhide. The young folks used to attend dances barefoot.

At the age of 16 my mother married George A. Garfield, Bishop John Haws performed the ceremony on December 6, 1885, at my father's home. My mother played the organ and the accordian, and she enjoyed music and singing. My parents home was built of logs of which my father had hauled and had them sawed and built his own home on his 20 acre farm. Their first son was born when there home consisted of only one room.

Mother had worked in the Relief Society all her life and was a Relief Society teacher for 35 years, and also did temple work. She was superintendent of the Religion Class at North Elwood for many years or until she was discontinued and the seminaries were set up in connection with the high schools.

Mother has been called the angel of Mercy by hundreds of sick people. She was always ready and willing to lend her aid to help the sick and suffering and to assist in preparing the dead for burial. At the time of my birth Mother took a fever, it was called "child bed" and for many weeks she was not expected to live.

My mother has worked hard all her life and after the death of my father, has helped to pay off the indebtedness on the farm and built a lovely 9 room home. They have hundreds of chickens and a farm to care for. My brother Loen and my youngest sister, Olive, are living with my mother. More of her life will be written in the story of my father's life. Written by Inza Jane Garfield.

From yet another Ancestry.com post is the following document which contained information about Sarah:

Sarah Malinda Alexander Green, wife of John Green, was at home recuperating from just having a baby. John was away working as a freighter. John Green's sister Mary Green Walker was helping Sarah to tend to the children and nursing Sarah to health when all of a sudden nine soldiers rode in fast to take a stand from within John Green's small adobe house. These nine soldiers were an advance party a few miles ahead of the main column when they were attacked by a band, of Indians. The solders fired two rounds from a small brass canon before crashing into the house. At the same time the Green children and Sarah and Mary burst out in all directions when all of a sudden Sarah started to run back into the house yelling, "My baby, my baby." She had forgotten her baby in the confusion of the incident. The Indians called "Hurry" and the Indians held their fire until Sarah rushed out with her baby. John Green being a freighter had of necessity been on good terms with the Indians. They remembered and spared hls family. All of the windows and doors were shot out but there were no deaths - either among the soldiers or the Indians. Five government mules were killed. The wagons standing across from the house were looted and all other stock was taken away before the main column of soldiers arrived the next day.

As my grandmother, Sarah Helen Green, told it to me in the 1940's - the soldiers were worse that the Indians. "They broke open father's supply of bacon and molasses and scattered our winter provisions that were stored in the basement." The soldiers of the time were killing every Indian that they came cross - no wonder the Indians did the same to the soldiers. The Indians were at least civilized enough to know the difference between peaceful settlers and the soldiers. During this same time many solders didn't consider the settlers much above the Indian. No wonder they ransacked the Green family cellar. It was the same type of soldier that had ransacked Atlanta, Georgia, during the Civil War, if not the same ones.

Years later, Sarah Malinda Alexander Green's oldest son, John Martin Green, was a pony mail rider. He provided faster service than his father and brother's freight service, but on one of his mail runs he was chased by Indians and was hit in the upper arm by an arrow. He escaped but started to ride again before the wound was healed. Gangrene set in and the arm had to be amputated near the shoulder. He did not recover and died on September 25, 1884.

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Sarah Malinda Alexander's Timeline

1841
March 5, 1841
Alton, Madison, Illinois, USA
1859
November 25, 1859
Age 18
Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA
1860
May 12, 1860
Age 19
Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA
1861
August 6, 1861
Age 20
Pleasant Grove, UT, USA
1863
April 2, 1863
Age 22
Pleasant Grove, UT, USA
1865
September 6, 1865
Age 24
Pleasant Grove, UT, USA
1866
May 7, 1866
Age 25
Mount Pleasant, UT, USA
1869
August 23, 1869
Age 28
Mona, Juab County, Utah, United States
1871
November 7, 1871
Age 30
Mona, UT, USA
1873
January 25, 1873
Age 31
Mona, Juab, Utah, USA