Joseph Sewell, Jr.

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Joseph Sewell, Jr.

Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Sewell and Sarah Stevens
Husband of Emily Ellet
Father of Emily Sewell
Brother of Elizabeth Sewell; Sarah Sewell and Bernard Sewell

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About Joseph Sewell, Jr.

Joseph Sewell, Jr., son of Joseph Sewell and Sarah Stevens, was born 13 November 1819 at Norfolk, England. Joseph Jr. began working as apprentice in shipyard at fifteen years of age and continued at this trade seven years. He married Emily Ellett (born 18 May 1816 at Yarmouth), daughter of James Ellett and Esther Balls, on 17 January 1841 at Yarmouth, England.

His father having preceded him to America, he, likewise, sold his holdings set sail for New York City on 21 March 1860. He and his family reached St. Louis on 15 May 1861, where he joined a company of immigrants who were starting to Utah, arriving in Salt Lake City September 8, 1861 and locating at Ogden the same year. There, after much hard labor, with the characteristic energy for which he was noted, he placed his family in comfortable circumstances.

Soon after arriving there he decided the teachings and principles of the Mormon faith were so entirely contrary to his idea and belief that he withdrew from this church. However, he took an active part in developing and building up that section of the west. He took up a homestead just west of Ogden, making this his permanent home. Helped to erect the first schoolhouse built in this section, and labored incessantly in the upbuilding of the industrial life of Ogden. He died in September 1894, and his wife passed away four years later.

Marriage and Children

Married Emily Ellett (daughter of James Ellett and Esther Balls, born 18 May 1816 at Yarmouth) on 17 January 1841 at Yarmouth, England. Their children were:

  1. Emily born January 23, 1842
  2. Joseph B. born October 5, 1843
  3. George B. born November 22, 1845
  4. Mary Ann born September 26, 1847
  5. William born February 1, 1850, married Elizabeth Ann Robins August 29, 1871
  6. Edward born January 27, 1856
  7. Sarah Ann born February 4, 1858


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Joseph Sewell, Jr.'s Timeline

November 13, 1819
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
June 23, 1841
Age 21
Great Yarmouth,Norfolk,England
April 23, 1928
Age 108
April 22, 1929
Age 109
November 16, 1938
Age 119