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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
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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_p030
Description times the dust and sand storms made the miles travelled very few- indeed* At night when the camp fixes' were burning some one would sing a Welch folk song and soon everybody would join in* Many such days came and wentf some were days of sorrow, when weak baby or child would be left In a grave beside the way. They would have to pass on leaving only a few rocks to mark the lonely grave. Often Sarah Ann and the other girls her age would have gather buffalo chips to make fires. It was on one of these assignments that Sarah Ann saw her first Indian who was clad only in loin cloth and was; carrying a rifle. Streams and rivers had to be ferried. It seemed the long journey would never end and on one oceasion after entering Wyoming their water supply gave out. The teams and wagons were sent back for more: but days lapsed1 before their return. The need for water in the company became accute. Tongues became swollen and eyes were bloodshot and the heat of the summer sun beat unmercifully down upon them. In speaking of this* harrowing experience later* Sarah said, " I harare seen strong men fall upon the ground, tongues and throats swollen so bad that they could not speak, almost at the point of death from the lack of water* I have seen women who were nursing babies wet their husband's lips with milk from their breasts to help keep them alive until water came. The thirst of some was so great that they drank too much and died as a result of it* More than one woman lost her husband on the hard long journey* so two women would help each other over the trail. Such sacrifices and devotion must not be overlooked, and such faith and love must be highly regarded. Only a most sincere and fervent testimony would have led these people to under take such a hazardous journey. So after many months- of a weary journey the Welch company arrived in Salt Lake City in the fall of 18SJ6. The long journey was over. The pioneers already here helped the newcomers to get settled. They helped them make new clothes and build homes* Sarah Ann Williams and her family moved to a log cabin near what is now thirty-third South street. They had walked all the way and had suffered many hardships and now rejoiced in their new found home* The Williams family however were poor and Sarah Ann decided that she must find work in order to help out the rest of the family. So one day she Jeft the Williams cabin and headed south walk- ing along the road leading towards Draper really not knowing where she was going or where she would fing work. After walking about twelve mile8 and tired out she came to a farm and went in and ask-if she could get some work. The farm and log cabin where she stopped belonged to the Perry Fitzgerald family and Perry Fitzgerald took Sarah Ann into his home and gave her work. She stayed with the Perry Fitzgerald family for about two years when she and Perry's oldest son John fell in love and decided to get married. They were married Feb. 17, 1858. John would be 18 years old in march and Sarah Ann also. They were married in the endowment house by Daniel Wells* Upon the arrival of Johnstons Army in Utah Sarah Ann moved south with the Fitzgerald family tb Payson and stayed there until things settled downo In the mean time her husband John remained in Salt Lake valley to guard the property and serve the requests of the authorities of the Church. Her married life was fought with all the hardships, privations and dangers of pioneer life in this valley. On one occasion she barely escaped being scalped by an angry Indian whose squaw John Fitzgerald caught stealing vegatables out of his garden and John in his anger slapped her face and went away-crying and this big Indian came down off the sand hill where the Indians were camped • John was sorry that he had treated the indian squaw so roughly. Ihile bringing emigrants to Utah her husband bought her a cook stove. She was one of the first in Draper to have such a treasure. She washed, carded and spun many pounds of wool to provide clothes for her family. It was common practice in early days for those who attended the dancing parties to come to her home for lunch during intermission. She became widely known for the excellent meals she cooked. In those days the dances started at two o'clock in the afternoon and lasted until midnight. She was the mother of nine daughters and two sons. Her life was (taie of service and loving tenderness, never forgetting the poor and waiting on the sick with untiring hands. She possessed nobility of character, sweetness of disposition, firmness of purpose and rare judgement in the discernment of right and wrong. She served her church for forty years as a Belief Society worker and she was always liberal with her donations. She has forty two grandchildren, four great great grandchildren.
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Setname uum_jwfc
Date Created 2005-09-12
Date Modified 2005-09-12
ID 204340
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k0727d/204340