|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1817|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1882|
Sarah Ann Edwards was born on 22 December 1817 in Dover, Kent, England to Charles and Elizabeth(Barton)Edwards. She lived with her parents until she was mature and seems to have been an educated woman.
She married Andrew Hampson on 5 September 1836 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Their marriage produced one daughter Elizabeth Hampson. Andrew died in January of 1841 leaving his wife and child behind. Sarah married for the second time on 13 June 1841 in the Manchester Cathedral to Thomas Heald Bradshaw. To this union was born eleven children only two of them living to adulthood.
In August of 1841 Sarah joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and in 1850 left her home in England to travel to be with the Saints in Utah. Along with the extended Bradshaw family they set sail from Liverpool, England landing thirteen weeks later in New Orleans and then riding a riverboat up the Mississippi River to Saint Louis, Missouri.
They settled for a time outside of Saint Louis working in the coal mines to earn enough money to travel the rest of the way to Utah. It was here that a great family tragedy happened; Mary Heald Bradshaw, her sons James and Charles and Charles' wife died of cholera. Charles and his wife left three small children which were cared for by their aunt Sarah Edwards Bradshaw. On 13 March 1854 Sarah's daughter Elizabeth Hampson married Thomas Bradshaw's youngest brother George Heald Bradshaw a closer association of the family even further.
In the spring of 1858 the family moved to Genoa, Nebraska a gathering and building up point for the Saints moving westward. While in Genoa several hundred Native Americans came and claimed a 20 mile square of land which included Genoa. This was due to the US Government forcing them to sell their lands and giving them the opportunity to select replacement lands. The Saints were forced to leave their homes and most of their crops behind and live in dugouts. The Native Americans then set fire to the prairie forcing the Saints to relocate again, this time to Omaha, Nebraska.
In the spring of 1860 the Bradshaw family left Florence, Nebraska with the James D. Ross Company for the long trek to Salt Lake City.
Andrew Hampson (1815 - 1841)*
Thomas Heald Bradshaw (1823 - 1885)*
Elizabeth Edwards Hampson Bradshaw (1838 - 1898)*
Andrew Hampson (1839 - 1840)*
Salina Edwards Bradshaw (1860 - 1867)*
Maintained by: Paull B. Gunderson
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Jul 27, 2007
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