Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection

Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection

Dates: 1856-1938

Materials include a collection of letters, journals, photographs and other records related to families of James Oakey and George Warren Sirrine, founders of Paris and Dingle, Idaho, and Mesa, Arizona. Collection was compiled by Sarah Oakey Sirrine, daughter of James Oakey and daughter-in-law to George Warren Sirrine. Includes primarily originals, but also includes some transcriptions and photocopies. Dated 1856-1938.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Sirrine, Sarah Oakey, 1854-1942
  • Call Number: MSS 8593
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in two series: 1. Sarah Oakey Sirrine manuscripts, 1856-1938. 2. Sarah Oakey Sirrine photographs, 1862-1917.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8593; Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8593, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Helen, granddaughter of Sarah Oakey Sirrine, and her son Kim Bateman, in 2014 and 2015.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Helen and Kim Bateman; September 2014. Additional materials donated; Kim Bateman; January 2015.
Subject Terms
Paris (Idaho); Mesa (Ariz.); Dingle (Idaho); Sirrine, Sarah Oakey, 1854-1942
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Ashleigh Wingate, volunteer processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015. Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Sirrine (Sarah Oakey) collection
Finding Aid Author
Ryan K. Lee
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-03-13 13:42:55 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Sarah Oakey Sirrine (1854-1942) was an early member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from England and pioneer in Dingle, Idaho.

Sarah Oakey was born March 31, 1854, in Nottingham, England to James Oakey (1817-1896) and Mary Cooper (1815-1893). As a youth in England, Sarah helped her father in his lace factory. Her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in England. The Oakey family kept the mission home for several years. When eight years old Sarah and her family emigrated to America to join the rest of the Saints in Utah. James, her father, remained behind a year and worked at his trade to pay for transportation and settle other affairs. The rest of the family sailed from Liverpool on April 23, 1862, the "John J. Boyd." The sailing was delayed when Sarah's twenty-year-old sister Mary came up missing, although she had run away to remain with an admirer in England. Eventually the ship would leave without her, and landed in New York harbor on June 2, 1862.

From New York the Oakey family traveled by boat and train to Florence, Nebraska, where they were assigned to the wagon company of John Grayham. While on the journey, Sarah's seventeen-year-old sister Lucy died of mountain fever just a few miles from Florence. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 1, 1862.

The family first stayed in the home of Charles C. Rich, an Apostle who they became acquainted with in England. They eventually built a dugout in Kaysville, Utah, and worked in the area until James arrived from England. Upon his arrival, the family was called to settle the valley around Bear Lake.

While living in the Bear Lake Valley, Sarah enjoyed school and the local choir. A few years after their arrival, the Oakey family moved to Dingle, being one of three families who lived there at the time.

On November 6, 1879 Sarah married George Edward Sirrine (1851-1908) in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had six children together, three of whom lived to maturity. They lived in Dingle, Idaho, for the majority of their lives, except for two years where they lived in Mesa, Arizona, where George's father, George Warren Sirrine (1818-1902), was one of the founders of that community. Sarah served faithfully in the Church, including many years of service the Primary Association.

Sarah Oakey Sirrine passed away on August 12, 1942.

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