History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney

History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney

Dates: 1940

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typewritten document. The item is a biography of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney. Sarah's earliest memories were when she was on board the Janiford, a ship sailing from Sidney, Australia, to San Francisco, California. The journey took 103 days. She came with the "Australian Company" to Parowan, Utah, late in 1857. "Sarah E. Gurr was born in Sidney Australia, February 13, 1855 and was only two years old when she arrived in Parowan, Utah." At age fourteen "she went to work in the Hanks Cotton Factory on the South West side of the Town; there being by this time nine children in her father's family who needed support." Sarah later worked for William H. Dame in his telegraph company. When she was seventeen, Sarah married New Samuel Whitney. She continued to work in the telegraph office and taught classes in "telegraphy." She was the mother of nine children, "the oldest and youngest, however, did not live to adulthood." "Sarah Gurr Whitney was a devoted Church member" and held many positions as a member of the Mormon Church. "Sarah's happy laugh will always be remembered. Her hair was black and quite naturally curly." She died on 13 Feb. 1932.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.) : 1 p.
  • Creator: Kingsbury, Ilene Hanks
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3086
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Formerly in film call number: 920 no. 1.
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Initial citation: MSS SC 3086; History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney ; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3086, LTPSC.
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This item was photcopied from the 920 microfilm collectioin.
Subject Terms
Dame, William Horne, 1819-1884; Whitney, Sarah Elizabeth Gurr; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon women--Utah--Parowan; Mormons--Utah--Parowan; Parowan (Utah); Pioneers; Telegraph
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Whitney (Sarah Elizabeth Gurr), History of
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Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-16T04:22-0600
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