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Title Fitzgerald Famly Stories
Personal Names Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Creator Fitzgerald, John W., 1907-1998
Date Digital 2004-06-24
Type Text; Image
Format application/pdf
Format Creation Scanned at 300 dpi on Epson Expression 1640 XL flatbed scanner. Files saved as uncompressed TIFF. Resized to 1000 pixel-width JPEG images with Photoshop CS.
Language eng
Rights Management Digital Images copyright 2004, Univerity of Utah. All rights reserved.
Scanning Technician Charles Nielson
Metadata Cataloger Charles Nielson
ARK ark:/87278/s6k0727d
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2017-09-11
ID 204348
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d

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Title uu_fitzgerald2_p029
Description Let us turn back the years to March 15, 18U0, The place Flintshire, New Market, North ^ales» Spring has come again upon the world« It is a time of new life, new hope new opportunities* Song can be heard across the meadow and In the houses, for the TTelch people are noted for* their songs. They are a happy people. They had rented their land from generation to generation and had been a prosperous, thrifty and Industrious people. And in the hone of John and Mary Williams there was cause for even greater rejoicing and gladness} a lovely bundle of humanity had opened new eyes? upon the worldj life had begun for another of God's daughters Sarah Ann "Williams The baby grew as all babies do and soon became a favorite of the family j especially of her grandfather Williams, who used to carry her about on his shoulders. Her father, John Williams was one of the successful farmers of the town, receiving many prizes at the country fairs for his fine horses, geese and cattle. He was loved and respected by all his neighbors;, and his family was his chief pride and joy. Each child had work to do. It fell Sarah's lot to tend th« geese; There were no fences between the farms and it required constant attention to keep the geese out of the grain fields . They were taken out in the morning to the ponds; and feeding grounds and brought back to their pens at night* Thus life went on for the Williams family, father, mother and their family of four girls and one son. The son's early death brought sorrow and grief into the home. When Sarah was about twelve years of age some strange men from America came to the Village of New Market. They were? preaching a new gospel. They were Mormon missionaries and they held meetings and a lively interest was aroused, and in spite of th« opposition many people were converted and baptized, among the converts was Mary Williams and her daughters and then the father John Williams. They longed to emigrate , with others to Zion, out in the Valleys of Utah. So when Sarah was sixteen years old her father sold his fine horses, cattle and geese and other belongings and bought tickets for the voyage to America. Sarah's - SARAH ANN' WILLIAMS FITZGERALD I8U0 - 1917 grandfather Williams felt their parting so keenly he sadd goodbye before they left for the sea port. While in her native land Sarah after she had been l a Mormon a short time witnessed the miraculous healing of her father from cancer, which had completely taken away his lower lip and part of his chin and tongue » Getting no relief from the doctors he asked the Elders to administer to him. After blessing him twice he was completely healed. This with other, manifestations greatly strenghened hers1 and the family's testimony. The Journey to America was anything but pleasant. The ocean was choppy and rough. The sailing vessal was not the best and for days at a time, when adverse winds blew they trould not ijiake any headway at all. Added to the other hardships of the voyage, came scarlet fever and Sarah came down with it in a most severe form and for days she hovered near death, Everyone except her mother gave her up for dead • The faith of hear mother never wavered and though she was very weak when the ship landed in Boston being barely able to walk. But with the help of her mother and father she walked down the gangplank to the waiting carriage, Sarah and her family took the train from Boston to the fartherest s, point west, that they could travel with a train in 1856. After traveling a week or ten days they arrived in Council Bluffs. Here preparations were immediately begun to organize a hand cart company to: start the the long trek across the plains and mountains to Utah. Which meant that the Williams family didn't have the means to buy a wagon outfit* Most of the immigrants were from Wales in this company. They made and bought hand carts, which together with a few who could afford oxen and wagons* They loaded their heavy things in the wagons and finally they were ready to their journey. To begin with they were unable to get sufficient provisions for such a long journey. In the beginning of their journey they ¦mm passing some scattered farm houses where they were able to buy some food and other needed supplies. When the last farm house was passed they were really on their own* and the company had to be put on rations and the hardships begun. Ofttimes- it Kained and the hand carts would have to be pushed through the mud* At other
Format application/pdf
Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204339
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204339