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 Sarah <I>Wooding</I> Smith

Sarah Wooding Smith

Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes Borough, Buckinghamshire, England
Death 16 Nov 1865 (aged 68)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot G_4_14_3W
Memorial ID 17302023 · View Source
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Daughter of James Woodin and Mary Dainton

Married Daniel William Smith, 10 Jul 1815, Emberton, Buckingham, England

Children - George Smith, Samuel Smith, Ann Smith, James William Smith, William Smith, Jane Louisa Smith, Mary Ann Smith (Apr 1831-25 Jan 1832), Mary Ann Smith (29 May 1833-25 Jul 1833), John Smith, Daniel Smith, Jabez Smith

History - Daniel was a businessman, who apparently was below Sarah's station in life, so her father disowned her. Sarah's father, Lord James Wooding, on learning of her conversion to Mormonism, disinherited his daughter as well. Sarah's mother, Mary Dainton Wooding, did not disown Sarah, unbeknownish to her husband, she visited with Sarah often.

In England the family occupation was mat making. Parents and children would diligently pull reeds, set them aside to be dried and then weave them into mats to cover the earthen floors common at that time.

It was in the year 1841 that the Smiths first heard the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their chief contact with the church was through Elder Lorenzo Snow, who was later to become the fifth President of the Church.

The spirit of gathering began to work with the Smith family. Early in January, 1843, Samuel Smith, along with his parents and family, went to Liverpool, and, on the 17th of the same month they sailed from the port for America--their destination being Nauvoo, Illinois. The ship which they boarded was the "Swanton," and the man in charge of the passengers was their mentor in the gospel, Lorenzo Snow.

At last they were on their way to join the saints in America. And, while the rigors of the voyage may have aroused some fears, these were more than adequately counterbalanced by their feelings of high anticipation. After all, they were on their way to meet Joseph Smith, the man all of them were completely convinced was God's spokesman on earth.

Daniel Smith was progressing in the church and it was probably about his time that he was ordained a high priest. His health was not robust, and his age (though he was only in his early 50's) was beginning to tell on him.

In June of 1844, Joseph and his brother Hyrum was killed at the Carthage jail. On September 10, 1845, Daniel William Smith died.

Sarah was a widow who relied on Samuel to take care of her thenceforth, although she was an independent, spiritual woman who did all she could to pull her own weight. Family records are unsure of the burial place of Daniel and they cannot even be sure he was interred in Nauvoo. He may have lived in one of the outlying areas at the time of his passing.

In the year 1846, the Saints were driven from their homes in Nauvoo, and compelled to cross the Mississippi River on the ice. Many thousands of others suffered in the enforced exodus. They were in a destitute condition, having to fly and leave nearly all they possessed behind them.

Thus ended the Nauvoo era for the Smith family. They now turned their energy and efforts to the exodus across the plains. It would not be an easy trek for them. In fact, it would be four and one half years before they finally got to Salt Lake City.

Once into Iowa, Samuel sent his family with Lorenzo Snow to a settlement at Mount Pisgah. Samuel and his family were assigned to be part of the Saints who planted and nurtured crops for those who would come after. These crops were to be cultivated and harvested by the resident pioneers who then shared them with later trains of Latter-day Saints who came through their area.

For more than two years the Smiths remained in Iowa. Then, in the spring of 1850 Samuel and his family enrolled in a company of which Aaron Johnson.

Sarah Wooding appears to have been competent in nursing; and reportedly, trained her son, Samuel, to set bones, to make and prepare medicine, to care for the dead, and taught him the laws of sanitation.

Her daughter-in-law, Frances Ann Ingraham Smith (Samuel Smith's wife) said, "Mother Smith was noted for her ability and understanding of the proper methods to be used in sanitation and the prevention of contagious diseases being transferred throughout the community. She had the much cherished ability to care for and understand the ill, the depressed, and to sympathize with those called to mourn the loss of a loved one.

"She will always be remembered by the people in the Salt Lake City community in her time for her charity toward the poor, the homeless, and the weary as they pioneered their way into this Rocky Mountain retreat. It was at her home that the Ingraham orphans, Richard, Sarah Jane, and Frances Ann found shelter, food and love." (Later Sarah Jane and Frances Ann became her daughters in-law when they married Sarah's son, Samuel.)

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