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 Sarah Watson <I>Bryant</I> Stapley

Sarah Watson Bryant Stapley

Kent, England
Death 4 Dec 1879 (aged 77)
Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146003 · View Source
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Daughter of John Bryant & Jane Watson. Married Charles Stapley 21 Dec 1822

Sarah and Charles were married in 1822 and quickly had a large family of children around them. England's economy was in a state of transition. Agriculture had been its mainstay. Now, industrialization was taking place, reducing the market for small crop producers. Each year it became harder for the small tenant farmer to survive.
About 1837, the families of Charles Stapley and Samuel Bryant began a journey from England to Australia to California to Utah. In the 1840's both families were living in South Wales.
In 1853, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened a new mission. The Stapley and Bryant families were numbered among the seventy souls to align themselves with the Church that year. The Church in this area was growing very fast and a call was issued by President Brigham Young for the members of the Church to prepare to come to Utah.
These families left New Castle on Wednesday, 22 March 1854. The ship "Julia Ann" was procured for the crossing of the Pacific and docked at San Pedro, California on 12 June 1854 and settled there for about thirteen months.
With the threat of Johnston's Army mustering troops against the Mormon people in 1857, there was considerable unrest in Utah. Brigham Young needed all of the Saints outside of Utah Territory to come to Zion to help resist this menace.
The Stapleys joined with Sterling Driggs Ox Team Company, which left San Bernardino on 03 December 1857. They arrived in Cedar City on 02 February 1858. They remained in Cedar City until 13 November 1858, when word was received from church authorities that they were to serve in the Dixie Mission. Their assignment was to settle in Toquerville, Utah.
For twenty-one and a half years, Sarah helped to make Toquerville a place of prosperity and love for her family. She watched her children and grandchildren grow in the gospel.
Sarah passed away on 04 December 1879 in Toquerville, Washington County, Utah. She is buried by her husband.
Charolotte 29 March 1823, Charles 28 November 1824, Hannah 21 November 1826, Henry 20 February 1829, Seymore 03 December 1833, Harriet 04 March 1836 (died at age 10), James 04 November 1838, William 01 April 1841, Robert Dent 14 October 1841
(Information taken from the book,"Daughters of Utah Pioneers; Pioneer Women of Faith and Foritude.")

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  • Maintained by: L Despain
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146003
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Watson Bryant Stapley (22 May 1802–4 Dec 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146003, citing Toquerville Cemetery, Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by L Despain (contributor 46999228) .