Thursday, February 17, 2011

1855-1871 Sarah Ann and Charles's life in Salt Lake Territory.

     Not a day goes by that I'm not reminded of a  trial and challenge of one of my  ancestor.  Sarah Ann in the very beginning of her journey across the ocean and across the plains was pregnant with her first child.   She left her comfortable home in England To walk across the plains at a time when Indians threatened to massacre the whole wagon train.  Less than a month after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley her child was born under unfavorable circumstances.  Maybe, a midwife would attend Sarah or maybe it would be a friend or two or three.
Below is a picture of the Salt Lake Valley of how it would look like when the Kidgell's arrived. The wall was built for protection of any Indian invasion. 
The first few years they would live in the 11th ward which, looking at the map, was somewhere around Third South and 5th East. 
Soon after 1860 they built a house in the LDS 9th Ward.  See the purple 
dot on the map, the location is 5th East between 5th and 6th South right across from where Trolley Square is today.  This information is from a Salt Lake Directory, 1867.
(Taken from Charles's history)
"Charles Jr. was not able to work as an engineer in Salt Lake.  He would work hauling slabs of granite and marble with an ox team and wagon that was used to build the Salt Lake Temple.  He also helped to build the Salt Lake Theater, and Lion House, and Social Hall.  After the completion of the theater he became one of the doormen, and later acted as bodyguard for president Bringham Young and accompanied him on many trips  He and Sarah Ann danced an enjoyed many parties at the Social Hall.  Sarah Ann always felt honored when President Young asked her to dance with him." 
On the Utah US Federal Census lists Charles Jr. occupation as "runs job wagons" which I think means he was probably a foreman overseeing the wagons going to and fro in the neighboring canyons hauling granite.   In the 1867 City Directory he is listed as a 'farrier' which also makes sense. (Takes care of trimming and shoeing horses)  I would guess that being a doorman was a part time job. 

I will build a timeline for Sarah Ann and Charles starting with 1855.
First child Ellen Maria 

  • 1855 October 19 - first child born; Ellen Maria
  • 1857  April 1 - second child born; Charles Edward
  • 1857 May 7 - Charles Edward dies at four weeks.
  • 1859 July 11 - third child born; William Henry 
  • 1859 September 15 - arrival of Charles Sr. and daughter Caroline with husband John Higson and five month old  son Charles James. 
  • 1861 November 1 - fourth child born; Joseph James
  • 1864 March 1 - fifth child born; Sarah Ann - my great-grandmother
  • 1866 February 8 - sixth child born; Caroline Loftus  
  • 1866 June 9 - Charles and Sarah Ann take out their endowments and are sealed for eternity in the Endowment House. 
  • 1867 September 15 - Caroline Loftus dies at nineteen months. 
  • 1868 February 18 - seventh child born; Albert Thomas
  • 1869 July 14 - Albert Thomas dies at seventeen months. 
  • 1869 July 28 - Parents of Sarah Ann; Edward and Maria Cashmore arrive.  They would travel from New York City to Ogden, Utah by train or aka the Iron Horse. 
  • 1869  November 27 - eighth child born; George Daniel 
  • 1870 October 13 - George Daniel dies at ten months. 
  • 1871 December 20 - ninth child born; Fredrick Cashmore

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