|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1846|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 1937|
Sarah is the daughter of C. Norman Sharp and Martha Jane Sargent.
Sarah was born while Norman and Martha were traveling with the Mormon Battalion, Company "D"
she is listed on the Battalian Roll. She was eight months old. When her dad (Norman SHARP)died her mother married Harley MOWREY. He adopted her. She was 1 year old.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sarah Thomas, 90, Resident of Roosevelt for past twenty years, held in Vernal.
The death of Mrs. Sarah Ellen Mowrey Thomas which occurred in Roosevelt last week closed a chapter in the history of the State of Utah. Mrs. Thomas, who has lived in Roosevelt for the past twenty years with her daughter Mrs. Margaret Rowley, celebrated her 90th birthday last November 28th. Death came rather suddenly on March 1st and funeral services were held in Vernal where the body was interred. The life of Mrs. Thomas reads like an interesting sidelight on the history of the Utah Pioneer and the state of Utah.
She was born at the Pueblo encampment of the Mormon Battalion on November 28, 1846, a daughter of Norman Sharp of the Battalion who died as the result of an accidental gun shot before the Pueblo stop. She spent her first winter there amid scenes of sickness and starvation. The Pueblo detachment of soldiers consisting of 143 men and a number of families, comprised those who had become sick or disabled on the cross country march and had been left there in hopes of recovering. They wintered at the present site of Pueblo, Colorado, then a little Mexican Village. In the spring of 1847 they made their way toward Utah. Little Sarah, an eight month old baby, arrived in Salt Lake Valley with the first United States Troops to enter the state of Utah, just five days after the arrival of Brigham Young and the original band of pioneers.
The little girl lived through subsequent winters that were severe and crowded with privation. Many times she wandered with her mother over the foothills near Salt Lake City digging sego roots for food.
Married in 1866
For several years Mrs. Thomas lived with her family in the San Bernardino mission of the L.D.S. Church in Southern California. On January 1, 1866, she married Marion C. Thomas (Benjamin (Marion) Clark Thomas) and the couple lived for the next twenty years in Paris, Idaho. When she was comparatively young women and the mother of six children, an epidemic of Diphtheria raged in the community killing her six children in five weeks time.
As the last survivor of the Mormon Battalion she was an honored guest at the unveiling of the monument in their memory on the State Capitol grounds in Salt Lake City in 1927. She was also a special guest of the Covered Wagon Day celebration in salt Lake City in 1931. Her mother married Harley Mowrey, who was the last surviving soldier of the battalion, when he died in Vernal in 1920 at the age of 99. Mrs. Mowrey died two months later at the age of 94. Mrs. Thomas's husband died in 1914
Four of Mrs. Thomas' eleven children survive her. They are Mrs. Margaret Rowley of Roosevelt; Mrs. Luella Hatch of Pleasant Grove; Wesley Thomas of Duchesne; and Albert Thomas of Colton, California. 26 grandchildren 40 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren also survive her.
Harley Mowrey (1822 - 1920)
Martha Jane Sergeant Mowrey (1827 - 1920)
Benjamin (Marion) Clark Thomas (1843 - 1914)
Sarah Ellen Sharp-Mowrey Thomas (1846 - 1937)
Sarah Ellen Sharp Thomas (1846 - 1937)**
Angeline Mowrey (1848 - 1864)*
Harley Mowrey (1850 - 1921)*
Martha Jane Mowrey (1855 - 1855)*
Ruth Caroline Mowrey Hansen (1856 - 1938)*
Harriet Anne Mowrey Dingman (1858 - 1942)*
Ellen Drucilla Mowrey Dingman (1861 - 1953)*
Charles Barton Mowrey (1866 - 1957)*
Thomas Uriah Mowrey (1869 - 1952)*
Uriah Mowrey (1869 - 1952)*
David Sargent Mowrey (1872 - 1889)*
Vernal Memorial Park
Plot: GRV7288 Vernal BH24.00 L4 S3 Lot 3
Created by: Gary Mowrey
Record added: Aug 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15364124