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 Sarah Jane <I>Smith</I> Hastings

Sarah Jane Smith Hastings

Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Death 17 Oct 1920 (aged 90)
Hurricane, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Grafton, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 59791 · View Source
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Parents: Father: William SMITH
Mother: Sarah RANGER

Married: 16 Apr 1859 Place: Boston, Sfflk, Ma

Sarah Jane Smith was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England on 1 June 1830, a daughter of William and Sarah Ranger Smith. Her home was one of strict discipline and her childhood was pleasant; they lived on a small farm which they owned. Sarah often talked of her mother, her kind pleasant ways and good housekeeping. When Sarah was 18 years old, her friend invited her to hear some LDS missionaries what Sarah heard that night touched her deeply feeling she could give up everything for the gospel. Her father did not share her enthusiasm and warned her: "If you every go again, you're going to have to leave home!" The next night she went to listen to the missionaries again. Upon her return home, her father followed through on his threat and Sarah went right up to her bedroom, threw a few clothes out of the bedroom window and left home-never to return. Away from the night's heavy rain, she found shelter in a barn and stayed the night. The next day, she found work as a cook in a hotel. When she was 21 years old, she was baptized 1851 in Portsmouth England by William Edington. She was eager to gather with the Saints in Utah and in 1856 she secured a cooking position on the ship WELLFLET in exchange for passage on board. They sailed for Boston Harbor May 31, 1856.
Once in Boston, she worked as a pastry chef in a hotel to earn money for the rest of her planned journey to Utah. It was widely known by her children that she set the time record for baking twenty pies- took her 20 minutes. In 1859 she met a Mr. William Hastings a fellow Englishman staying at the same hotel where Sarah worked. They met and 13 days later, they married 16 April 1859. That same summer they left for Utah traveling with the Edward Stevenson Company wagon train. They arrived safely in SLC on 16 September 1859. Two years later, she and William settled in Grafton, UT area in 1861. They arrived during a harsh winter and having no time to build permanent shelter, lived in their wagon box the entire winter cooking their meals over a campfire. The next spring they bought some land and built a dugout home 12 x 14 feet. They were farmers and raised their 8 children there-5 of which were born in the dugout (2 sets of identical twins).
Her husband, William died in 1882 and soon there after, Sarah lost her eyesight and said the last thing she saw was the sunset. It wasn't until after 1900 when Sarah was living along in the dugout house that her children finally persuaded her to move to Hurricane, UT and built her a house similar to the one in Grafton so she would still be able to get around without her eyesight. She loved to play with her grandchildren and sing to them. As Sarah got older, she lost some of her pleasantness probably due to her injured hip when she fell and had to stay in bed most of the time. She passed away at the age of 90 in Hurricane, Ut in 1920. Even though her conversion to the gospel led her through some difficult trials, she never regretted leaving home that rainy night. She often said, "If you are not willing to leave father, mother, sister, brother for the gospel's sake, you are not worthy of it." Their children are:
Emily Louise Hastings -twin (1860-1909); Mary Elizabeth Hastings -twin (1860-1909); William Robert Hastings (1861-1888); John Henry Hastings (1864-1936); Lucy Jane Hastings (1866-1867); Joseph Hastings -twin (1868-1945); Hyrum Hastings-twin (1868-1942); David Hastings (1872-1932)
Grafton was first settled in 1859 one mile below its present town site. In January of 1862 the town was completely washed away by a flood. The people rebuilt the town a mile further up stream at its present site. By 1864 about 28 families lived here. There were many log houses, a post office, church, school and community hall. The town was deserted in 1866 due to Indian attacks. The people moved back in 1868. By 1920 only 3 families still lived here and was soon abandoned completely.

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  • Maintained by: Loose Moose
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59791
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Jane Smith Hastings (1 Jun 1830–17 Oct 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59791, citing Grafton Cemetery, Grafton, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Loose Moose (contributor 46961450) .