Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection
Scope and Contents
- Sirrine, Sarah Oakey, 1854-1942 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
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.
In New York City, she worked as a retail buyer. Later, after moving back to Provo, Utah, she married Jesse Duckworth Curtis in 1955. They had 4 children together. Throughout her life she served in numerous civic and church positions, including the first female president of the Granite School Board. She passed away May 15, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Biographical / Historical
6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
2 oversize folders (0.06 linear ft.)
9 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
Donated by Helen and Hazel Dawn, granddaughters of Sarah Oakey Sirrine, in 2018 and 2019.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Additional materials donated; Kim Bateman; January 2015.
Additional materials donated; Helen Bateman and Hazel Dawn Ream; November 2018 and January 2019.
Existence and Location of Copies
Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.
Processed; Andy VanDomelen; 2019.
Processed; Jace Packer; 2020.
- Dingle (Idaho)
- Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century
- Immigration and American Expansion
- Mesa (Ariz.)
- Oakey, James, 1817-1896
- Paris (Idaho)
- Ream, William Wesley, 1886-1969
- Sirrine, George Edward, 1853-1908
- Sirrine, Mary Cooper, 1886-1983
- Sirrine, Sarah Oakey, 1854-1942
- Register of Sarah Oakey Sirrine collection
- Ryan K. Lee
- 2015 February 5
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.