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History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney

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Identifier: MSS SC 3086

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1940


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1 folder (0.01 linear ft.) : 1 p.

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Custodial History

This item was photcopied from the 920 microfilm collectioin.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Formerly in film call number: 920 no. 1.

Register of History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney
Garrett Schroath
2011 February 18
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States