Sarah Elizabeth <I>Lewis</I> Davis

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Davis

Birth
Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 4 Mar 1866 (aged 30)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Block 38
Memorial ID 43939673 · View Source
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At the young age of 3, Sarah's father was killed by a mob at Hawn's Mill, Missouri. Driven out of the state with her mother and older siblings, Sarah grew up in Nauvoo, Illinois until the age of 10, when they were again driven out of the state by murderous mobs. At this time Sarah's mother died while preparing for the exodus West. Sarah, now an orphan, began crossing the Great Plains of America in 1846 with her older siblings and the other Saints as they were forced to leave their city of Nauvoo.
At the age of 15, Sarah married George Preston Davis in Ogden, Utah and bore him 6 children, of which 5 lived to adulthood. Two years after her last child was born, Sarah died at the young age of 30, having given her all in service to her family.
Sarah's life must have been full of sacrifice and struggle, though we have very little record of her. Her death date was known, but the place of her burial remained a mystery. Some cemetery records were lost in fires, others misplaced. Hers was among them. Sarah and her family were living in Springville, Utah at the time of her death. Preceding her in death was her son, George Henry, who died at the age of 5. Recently it has been discovered that his father, George Preston, purchased 8 cemetery plots at the Springville City Cemetery and there little George was interred. The next year, 1860, George's brother, Levi Washington, was killed in the line of duty as a peace officer in the city of Springville and was also buried in the plots that George had purchased. 6 years later, George's wife, Sarah Elizabeth, would follow her son, George Henry, to the grave. Several months later, George's younger brother, Joseph Webster, was killed and was buried in one of the plots. Being that Sarah died in between all the known burials in this only burial ground George had purchased, it is strongly believed that Sarah is here with her son and family, though no record exists.
George continued on almost another 44 years in life raising their children. He married again and had another 13 children, and was buried beside his second wife in the Salem, Utah Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Dennis Davis
  • Added: 4 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43939673
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Davis (3 Sep 1835–4 Mar 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43939673, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Davis (contributor 47183232) .