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Susan Marler Harmon
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Birth: Jan. 25, 1839
Port Gibson
Claiborne County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1905
Oneida County
Idaho, USA

Susan is the daughter of Harriet Heath and Allen Marler. They were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ in Mississippi, but when coming to Utah, tragedy struck the family.
In March of 1850, Harriet and Allen Marler with their eight children, and Harriet's brother, Samuel, his wife, and two little boys left their home, loved ones, and friends and all that was dear to them to make the long and arduous journey to Zion. They took with them a Negro mammy to help with the children.

Allen hired a team to take them twelve miles to the Mississippi River where they took a boat at Grand Gulf and traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, where they changed boats for the Missouri River and traveled until they reached St. Joseph, Missouri, where they planned to buy equipment to cross the plains.

Before the boat reached St. Joseph, the dread disease of cholera had broken out among the Marler family. A child in arms was seriously ill. The captain of the boat, fearing that his boat would be quarantined if a sick person was found aboard, insisted that they leave the boat at once. It was a dark, stormy night and they were strangers in the city. The mother carried the child in her arms and the father held an umbrella over them as he tenderly guided the family along the wet, unfamiliar streets until they found a place of refuge for the night. When they finally reached a place where they could stay, the child was dead. It had died in Harriet's arms, without her realizing it. All the members of the family, except Sarah Jane contracted the fearful malady; as did the members of Harriet's brother, Samuel's family. Although she was only fifteen years of age, Sarah had to go through the great ordeal of preparing her loved one's bodies for burial. She performed this sad task lovingly and reverently, and at the same time kept up her vigilant care of the members of the household who were ill. Within less than a month's time, her father, three sisters, her two little boy cousins, and the Negro mammy all succumbed to the disease. It also took the life of a premature baby girl of her mother which died at birth.

During Allen's illness, he seemed to realize that he was not going to recover. He told Harriet that if he passed on, she had better return to Mississippi. "You had better use your money to go back home to your own people," he said, "instead of trying to go on to Utah. There will be too many hardships for you to endure alone."

And now Allen was gone, and the row of graves large and small told the tragic story of their sacrifice. The survivors were soon well again and the time came when they must decide on their next move.

This heart-breaking event was a crucial test to Harriet's faith. She scarcely realized, herself, what great odds were in the balance. The fate of generations yet to come hung on the decision she would make. It was the most momentous hour of all her life. Down the flowing Mississippi to the south lay her sunny home with warm hearted friends and tender ties. To the west stretched hundreds of miles of barren desert, with promise of hostile Indians, arduous toil, privations, and discouragements. She took it to the Lord in prayer. When her decision was made, it was final. After remaining in St. Joseph for about one month, they took up their journey for the West.

They had set their faces toward the West. Come hardships, come death, it mattered not; she had started for the Rocky Mountains and the Latter-day Saints and there would be no turning back for her.

And so, instead of taking passage back to Mississippi, Harriet bought equipment to cross the plains. She and her remaining five children joined a company of Saints and pressed onward toward the goal of their highest hopes. They arrived in Salt Lake on 2 Oct 1850. In Salt Lake, they made camp on the Jordan River, and met in conference with the Saints on the 6th of October. After the conference, Harriet, her two daughters, Sarah Jane and Susan; and her three sons: William, George, and Allen, went to Pleasant Grove, Utah, with three or four other families, where they established their home, being among the earliest settlers in the town. Their home is one of the first homes built in Pleasant Grove. Their first home is now a museum of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers in Pleasant Grove. Harriet's brother went on to California--fully intending to return to Utah, but he never did.

Harriet was known as the rich widow. When Harriet came west, she brought with her some very fine-blooded stock-- milk cows of exceptional value--and large fine-blooded brood mares. These animals increased in number and were sold throughout this section of the country to the advantage of all who owned them. The hard winters of 1855 and 1856, took nearly all the stock and through other reverses, the family passed through much poverty and trying times.

Harriet's daughter, Susan, was a beautiful, dark-eyed young lady. She met Henry Harmon at a place of amusement in North Ogden where she was teaching a game to a group of young people. Soon after their marriage, they were called on the Salmon River Mission along with her brother-in-law, Bailey Lake, who was married to Susan's onlys siter, Sarah Jane. Soon after Bailey Lake was killed by Indians, Susan nearly died while giving birth in freezing temperatures. Harriet nursed her daughter back to health and took care of the newborn infant.
Harriet's daughters were women of high moral character and gracious womanly traits. Harriet's own wholesome manner and gracious southern hospitality were reflected in their behavior.

Susan's husband married in polygamy to Mary Alzina Sperry and the two women raised their families in love and harmony. They were always very close and loving toward one another. The families were quite musical and found much joy in entertaining each other in this manner.

In the fall of 1905, Susan passed away with most of the family around her bedside. Her remains were then taken by team to Afton, Wyoming, taking two days to make the journey. She was buried beside her faithful and loving husband.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Allen Ithamar Marler (1809 - 1850)
  Harriet Heath Marler (1813 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Henry Martin Harmon (1832 - 1895)*
 
 Children:
  Henry Martin Harmon (1860 - 1924)*
  William Ammon Harmon (1864 - 1940)*
  George Harmon (1866 - 1940)*
  Allen Ithamor Harmon (1867 - 1940)*
  Millie Almeda Harmon Henderson (1869 - 1943)*
  Appleton Milo Harmon (1872 - 1957)*
  Alvaretta Harmon Davis (1877 - 1962)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Jane Marler Lake Taylor (1834 - 1927)*
  William Norton Marler (1836 - 1889)*
  Susan Marler Harmon (1839 - 1905)
  George Washington Marler (1841 - 1922)*
  Allen Marler (1843 - 1896)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Afton Cemetery
Afton
Lincoln County
Wyoming, USA
 
Created by: Cheryl Bills
Record added: Oct 14, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11999268
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My 3rd Great Grandmother
- T Barker
 Added: May. 24, 2013
Forever Rest In Peace Dear Lady
- Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
 Added: Sep. 9, 2010

- Cheryl Bills
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