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Sylvester Oliver Low, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1836
Angus, Scotland
Death: May 17, 1908
Cardston
Alberta, Canada

Sylvester Low was born to David Low and Jane Oliver and raised in the parish of Tealing in Forfarshire, Scotland. He began working at farm labor at age 7 to help his family. At age 14, he began to farm his own land and to serve as an apprentice to a local miller. His parents brought him up in the Free Church of Scotland. While working in Arbroath in 1854, he met Mormons for the first time and was baptized a member of the LDS Church on 24 Jan 1855. Faced with a storm of ridicule and opposition from friend and relatives, he decided to emigrate to Utah.

On 20 Apr 1855, shortly after his 19th birthday, he boarded the ship, Samuel Curling, in Liverpool. On board, he met and assisted the widowed Jacobina Paton and her two children, who were also "bound for Zion." The widow's heart went out to Sylvester in his loneliness, and she promised him that when the time came, he could marry her daughter. Jacobina later said that she had seen Sylvester in a dream before leaving Scotland. The ship reached New York City on 22 or 23 May. They all traveled by rail to Pittsburg, then by boat on the Ohio River to St. Louis. There Sylvester had to stay and work to replenish his funds. Jacobina and her children continued by boat on the Missouri River to Atchison, Kansas, where they joined a wagon train to Utah. Sylvester reached Salt Lake City later, on 13 Nov 1855. In 1857, he helped defend Echo Canyon in a seven week campaign against Johnston's Army

True to the promise, he did marry Jacobina's daughter, Ann Allan Paton, in the Salt Lake Temple on 28 February 1858, and in the spring of 1860, they moved to Providence in Cache Valley. In 1863, church authorities called them to help settle Bear Valley, but they returned in 1865 to settle in Smithfield. Sylvester served early Mormonism's cause by helping to build the Cottonwood Canal, serving mission in Scotland in 1886-88, and did genealogical work in Scotland in 1889.

Sylvester had married second wife, Mary Smith, in the Logan Temple on November 13, 1884. In 1892, after the Manifesto, Sylvester moved to Cardston, Alberta, with Mary and their three children, while Annie remained at Smithfield, with her 11 adult children. Sylvester and Mary eventually had seven children, five boys and two girls, some being named the same as children of his first family! Mary died in 1936 at Cardston.

Four children born to Annie died in infancy:
Jacobina, Lucina, Jane & a son.

11 children born to Annie survived her:
James P., Sylvester Jr., Osborne, William, Annie, Jenette, Lydia G., Laurena M., Sylvia E., Charles D, and Milicent.

Three children born to Mary in Utah:
Mary J., Sylvester W. and Joseph Smith

Four children born to Mary in Alberta:
Sterling, Brigham Young, Edwin, and Mabel M.

 
 
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 Spouses:
  Ann Allan Paton Low (1842 - 1905)
  Mary Smith Low (1865 - 1936)*
 
 Children:
  James Paton Low (1860 - 1918)*
  Sylvester Low (1862 - 1952)*
  Osborne Low (1865 - 1956)*
  Annie Low Reid (1869 - 1930)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cardston Cemetery
Cardston
Claresholm Census Division
Alberta, Canada
 
Created by: Ellis & Lynn
Record added: Feb 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65654184
Sylvester Oliver Low, Sr
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Sylvester Oliver Low, Sr
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