SARAH ANN HUMPHREYS ROE b 1832 and Andrew Scott b 1815

 

Sarah Ann Roe Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1832. Her mother and father were baptized member of the church in Oct. 1843. Sarah Ann was baptized on Christmas day, 1847. In April of 1850 she and her family left Pennsylvania along with 133 other Saints and traveled to Kanesville where they spent the winter. While there, Sarah Ann married Andrew Hunter Scott on January of 1851.

 

Andrew had been married before and had five five children. His wife was a devout Methodist and would have nothing to do with the church. He left his three girls with his wife in Philadelphia and brought the two boys along on the trip to Utah.

When the weather warmed up in the spring, they started out for the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in Captain Morris Phelps Co. Sarah wrote in her journal “We traveled over the plains in wagons drawn by oxen and passed only one house in 1,000 miles. Sometimes we camped where there was no water for man or beast and no wood to make a fire with. But we traveled on our journey trusting in our Heavenly Father to preserve us to the end of our journey.”

Autobiography by Sara Ann Humphreys Roe

Crossed the mountains into Salt Lake Valley on my 19th birthday September 26, 1851. Stopped in Salt Lake City that winter, lived in our wagon until the latter part of November. My first child was born December 1, 1851 in the ninth Ward of Salt Lake City. Moved to Provo in March 1852, where my husband purchased 16 acres of land with a log house on it, with no floors. The window was a space in the logs about 3 square feet with willows nailed across instead of glass. When I think back to the past, take in consideration our house, situated on the outskirts of the city and on the trail of the Indians to their fishing ground, I cannot help but see a preserving power that protected us through the day and the dark hours of night. Many night I and my two boys have stayed alone while my husband was working in canyons getting material for fencing, etc.

January 1853, March 17 my second son was born. We moved into the town as the Indians were on the war path, and all living on the outside were counseled to move in. Camped out until we purchased city lots and built up a home again in the second Ward in which I resided till 1865 when I moved out on a farm which we had purchased at which place I still reside.

Many interesting incidents occurred in the past. Some bringing pleasant recollections, others of hardships and wants of the things that need to make us comfortable in this life. The first year we came to Provo, which was 1852 my husband worked a large farm on shares for half of the crop and expected to have 1000 bushels of grain, and other kind of crops in abundance but by the overflowing of the Provo River we lost all except a few bushels of wheat and potatoes which we had to keep for seed the next season, and many were in the same condition. Provisions were not easy to get those days as they are now. We lived poor throughout that winter not having milk, butter, meat or potatoes. We raised a few bushels of turnips after the water receded from the farm which we boiled in water, and sometimes for a change we added a little tallow and pepper and made a kind of stew. How would that do to put in a cookbook for a fancy dish? Had to be very careful with our breadstuff to make it last until spring of 1853 when we had a cow come in and borrowed bushels of wheat on interest, a peck to the bushel, which we had made into gram flour, not nice like we have now. The shives and beards of the wheat scratched our throats as it went down, but it lasted until some grain was ripe. After that year we had plenty and some to spare, except two years when the grasshoppers took most of the crops. We would have had plenty for our family but we divided with others till the last. The last sack of flour we had divided with a poor sister which made us without bread like the rest. We have plenty of fish that suited me, for I liked it, but still craved the bread. I had a half dollar I had for a long time. I bought a half bushel of bran with it for bread which we mixed up with milk and baked them, took the crust off and ate it and put it back in the oven to bake another crust on, and so on until it was all ate up. We had quite a bit of fun over our brand cake sometimes, but that is past.

I hope that our posterity may not have to pass through such privations but I expect they will have all they can endure in some other form for the work of the Lord is that he will have tried people as gold seven times tried in the fire.

February 17, 1869 was nominated to fill the position of President of the Second Ward Relief Society with sister Mary Whipple as first counselor and sister Matilda Loveless as second counselor which being presented by the Bishop was a unanimous vote of the meeting in which position I still remain, being the only president living of the four first presidencies of the four wards in Provo. This position I have tried to fill to the best of my ability.

October 11, 1874 my husband died leaving me with eight minor children, my three oldest be married, making 11 in all. At the present date they are all married except the two youngest which are of age but still living at home. I have tried to bring them up in the faith of their father, a faithful worker to build up the church with his means and time. He was the husband of five wives, father of 23 children and at the present date, I am grandmother of 44 children of my own and 11 step grandchildren by a son of my husband’s first wife which I brought up as a small boy. His mother was a Methodist and would not come out to Utah with them, she kept two girls and left the boys (2) which I was mother to. The youngest died June 27, 1852 of erysipelas, only 3 days. I had to wash and lay him out myself as no one could get into the house on account of the water flowing all between own and where we lived at the time. His name was Hyrum Smith Scott. 12 of my grandchildren have passed from this world of sorrow and care. What the next 50 years will bring in posterity and how many will there be? I do not think I will be here in this mortal body and many more who are here in the pleasant happy days of youth. My desire in that all who are of this family to the latest generation may be fateful to their covenants and callings in this life, that we may receive the good words, “well done good and faithful servants, enter into the joys of your Lord,” is the sincere desire of my heart for all.

Yours truly,

Sarah Ann Scott

Provo, Utah – March 17, 1892