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Sarah Ann Pulsipher Alger
Original name: Sarah Pulsipher Alger
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1824
Spafford
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 1, 1909
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA

Sarah Ann Pulsipher was the daughter of Zera & Mary Ann Brown Pulsipher. Her parents had moved from Pennsylvania to Spafford, Onondaga, New York just a few months before she was born. Sarah was seven years old when her parents joined the Mormon Church. In 1835 Sarah's parents moved their family to Kirtland, Ohio along with Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. They would follow the Mormon migration to Nauvoo, Illinois and westward to Utah as the Mormons were driven west by persecution.

Sarah married John Alger, the son of Samuel & Clarissa Hancock Alger, on 6 Jan 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were married by the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. Sarah & John were the parents of twelve children: Nelson, Sarah Ann, Olivia, Adlina Eliza, John Zera, Martha Ellen, Ann Eliza, Samuel Nelson Pulsipher, Alva Don Pulsipher, Willard Edgar, Ashby Morris & Mary Edna Alger (Ashby & Mary Edna were twins).

Sarah's husband practiced polygamy, and married four more wives. Only third wife Jane Burnett, remained married to him however, the other three marriages ended in divorce.

Sarah & John and their family came to Utah in her father's wagon train. The Zera Pulsipher Company consisted of 100 wagons and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley between the 20th & 24th of Sep 1848.

In the fall of 1862 John & Sarah accepted a Church calling to establish a new settlement far to the south in Utah's "Dixie". Sarah's parents and all her siblings and their families also went with them. The Pulsipher's established Hebron, and John & Sarah went onto St. George.

Remembrances by her various grandchildren:
-"Grandmother was a very proud, dignifed lady. I can't ever remember seeing her when she didn't look like she just stepped out of a 'band box'"
-"She did very fine needle work"
-"I remember helping her feel silk worms. I think she was one of the first to raise them in St. George"
-"She was a Temple worker for 30 years. She was very kind to everyone, especially to the Indians. She doctored them many times, always preparing her own medicines"

Sarah was an ordained Temple worker at the St. George Temple for 30 years. And she was given a government pension for her medical care of the Indians. She was an herbalogist, and made her own medicines and medicinal aids.

Sarah died January 1, 1909 in St. George, Utah at the age of 85.

Obituary-Sarah Pulsipher Alger

Died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Addie E. Bracken, in this city, January 1, 1909, Mrs. Sarah Pulsipher Alger, in the eighty-fifth year of her age.
Sarah Pulsipher, daughter of Zera and Mary Brown Pusipher, was born at Spafford, Onandago County, New York, November 2 1824, was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1832, and was amrried to John Alger in 1841, receiving her endowments at Nauvoo. With her husband and other Saints she passed through the troubulous times at Nauvoo. She arrived in Salt Lake City in 1848, remaining there until 1856, when she accompanied her husband on a mission among the Indians at Fort Supply, Wyoming, returning to Salt Lake in 1857. She resided in Salt Lake City, with the exception of the general move south, until with her husband she was called to help settle southern Utah, locating in St. George in 1862, the year following the first settlers, and resided there continuously until her death. She was chosen by Pres Brigham Young to work in the St. George Tmpel, where she began her first day's work January 11, 1877, and labored faithfully each year until her death, being engaged in the work a few days before her demise. Mrs. Alger is believed to have been the oldest member of the Church, as she was baptized two years after its organization. Her father, Zera Pulsipher, was one of the earliest members of the Church, and baptized into it Wilford Woodruff who afterwards became president of the Church. Deceased was blessed with a strong constitution, could read without glasses, and was in full possession of all her faculties until within a few days of her death. On Christmas evening, although ill and donfined to her bed, she insisted on those members of her family who are in this city gathering together in the room where she lay and having a jolly good time. She was of a very kindly nature and will be missed by many. Mrs. Alger is survived by three son, six daughters, eighty-nine grandchildren, seventy-six great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives. Funeral services were conducted in the Tabernacle at 2 p.m. last Saturday, the speakers being Elders S.L. Adams,Sr., Samuel Miles,Sr., David H. Cannon, and her son, John Z. Alger. The latter spoke at his mother's wish, expressed before she died, that he should speak on the occasion and give good advice to her posterity and to the young in general. Elder Adams in the course of his remarks said that he eat his first Christmas dinner in Utah at Sister Alger's home. Elder Miles spoke of having known her and her husband in Nauvoo. Elder Cannon spoke of her good work in the Temple and of her many good qualities. A large number of vehicles loaded with relatives and friends followed the remains to the cemetary. 
 
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 Parents:
  Zerah Pulsipher (1789 - 1872)
  Mary Ann Brown Pulsipher (1798 - 1886)
 
 Spouse:
  John Alger (1820 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Ann Alger Cowley (1845 - 1933)*
  Olivia Alger Bryson (1847 - 1930)*
  Adeliza Alger Bracken (1849 - 1925)*
  John Zera Alger (1852 - 1933)*
  Martha Ellen Alger Church (1853 - 1934)*
  Ann Eliza Alger Price (1856 - 1945)*
  Samuel Nelson Pulsipher Alger (1858 - 1911)*
  Alva Don Pulsipher Alger (1860 - 1898)*
  Willard Edgar Alger (1862 - 1947)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harriet Pulsipher Pickett (1811 - 1878)**
  Almira Iona Pulsipher Pettit (1817 - 1868)*
  Almira Iona Pulsipher Burgess (1817 - 1868)*
  Mariah Pulsipher Burgess (1822 - 1892)*
  Sarah Ann Pulsipher Alger (1824 - 1909)
  John Pulsipher (1827 - 1891)*
  Charles Pulsipher (1830 - 1915)*
  Mary Ann Pulsipher Terry (1833 - 1913)*
  William Pulsipher (1838 - 1880)*
  Eliza Jane Pulsipher Terry (1840 - 1919)*
  Fedelia Pulsipher (1842 - 1846)*
  Martha Ann Pulsipher Barnum (1858 - 1936)**
  Mary Elizabeth Pulsipher Leavitt (1861 - 1925)**
  Zera James Pulsipher (1863 - 1879)**
  Andrew Milton Pulsipher (1867 - 1939)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Saint George City Cemetery
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA
Plot: B_7_8_4
 
Maintained by: L. Finley
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 110202
Sarah Ann <i>Pulsipher</i> Alger
Added by: L. Finley
 
Sarah Ann <i>Pulsipher</i> Alger
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Sarah Ann <i>Pulsipher</i> Alger
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♥♥♥
- Tammy Thomson
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
To my Great Great Grandmother..I wish I could have known you. I appreciate your accomplishments and of those of my other ancestors . I take pride in the wisdom and teachings of my family heritage. And I thank you for it.
- Alger/Richards
 Added: Jul. 5, 2010
Rest in Peace
- L. Finley
 Added: Jun. 18, 2009
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