Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wessman 13: Sarah Ann Cripps Hayward

13 Sarah Ann Cripps Hayward
b. 1 August 1830 Rotherhithe, Surrey, England
d. 15 February 1932 Chula Vista, San Diego, California
b. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Husband: Gammon Hayward
Father: Charles Cripps
Mother: Elizabeth Baker

Sarah Ann Cripps Hayward was the daughter of Charles Cripps and Elizabeth Baker. She was born on August 1, 1830 [in Rotherhithe, Surrey, England, a district of London on the south bank of the Thames. Here is an interesting video about St. Mary's Church in Rotherhithe where the Cripps and Hayward families worshiped until joining the Mormon church.]

She was married to Gammon Hayward on June 1, 1850. They joined the church in 1850, and left for Utah in 1853, with their two children, Elizabeth and John Henry. They had not anticipated being able to come right through, expecting to have to stay in the States and work, but through the kindness of a man whom they befriended, they were able to come on the same year, arriving in September 1853.

She with the other pioneers of the day, suffered many hardships and privations. During the grasshopper war she knew what it was to suffer hunger. At one time they had nothing to eat and her husband walked to Farmington to try and get some flour that was promised him for work, but not finding the man at home, he walked home again empty handed. At that time President Young assisted them.

She moved to Provo at the time of the Johnston [Utah] War and her fourth child was born there. As was usual at that time, the men were called to assist in public service of all kinds which took them away from their homes a great deal and the mother had to be father and mother to the children. She was the mother of eleven children, had thirty-three grandchildren and 63 great grandchildren (in 1928).

She moved to Seattle and then to San Diego, California, twenty-five years before her death (1910) making her home with her three daughters. She had a marvelous memory, was a great reader, liked to sew and knit and had wonderful eye sight up to within the last few years of her life. She always said that she attributed her long life to the fact that she knew when to quit and she added that was a thing her own daughters had never learned. Had she lived six months longer she would have attained the age on one-hundred and two years.

She died at Chula Vista near San Diego in February 1932. She was brought to Salt Lake City for burial. Her husband and five children had preceded her in death. She was survived by: Miss Kezia Hayward of San Diego; Arthur G. Hayward, San Diego; Charles E. Hayward of Spanish Fork; Ernest M. Hayward of Auburn, Washington and Mrs. E.B. Porter of San Francisco.

Anonymous. “Biography of Sarah Ann Cripps Hayward.”

Tomorrow... a newspaper article about Sarah Hayward.

Thursday... some letters written by Sarah Hayward.

The picture of the Wasatch Mountains is from www.flickr.com/photos/aidanmorgan/3941684491/. The photo of Chula Vista looking toward Coronado is from www.flickr.com/photos/zefdelgadillo/2082295867/.

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