Researching Family History: Sarah Goode Marshall was first handcart pioneer to enter the Salt Lake Valley 155 years ago
Her statement proved prophetic and her promise was kept when on Sept. 26 she and her children entered the valley ahead of the rest of the company.
When I hear the song “Faith In Every Footstep,” I am reminded of Sarah, her children and a thousand other pioneers who walked the distance through all kinds of weather and terrain. I admire the great faith that Sarah had. Through all odds, she made it with her children to Zion without losing any of them.
Sarah later moved north with her family to Fort Franklin (now Franklin) just north of the Idaho-Utah border. She is buried in the Franklin Cemetery.
Genealogy graduate Russell Bangerter is president of Ancestral Connections Inc. at www.ancestralconnect.com. He is a professional genealogist, author and speaker and adviser at www.treasuredsoulstokeep.com.
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