Great article. I love reading article's about my Grandma Sarah. She was an
amazing woman. I think you may have some of your details a little skewed
regarding her acquisition of a handcart, company 'assignment',
confrontation with Caption Ellsworth, and place within the company. There's
a pretty accurate synopsis of those events at Geos Rosegarden Blogspot page
about "Sarah Goode Marshall - First Handcart Company and Captain
Ellsworth". I'm reading "Faith Greater Than Pain" right now
which is an amazing reliving of her trek.
Actually, although Sarah Goode Marshall may have been the first OFFICIAL
handcart pioneer to enter the SL Valley, my husband's 2nd great-grandfather,
James Alexander Gardner and his older brother, Walter, claimed to be the real
first arrivals. James' story was that he (age 18) and Walter decided they
wanted to be the first (there being a competition between their Scottish company
of Saints and a company of English Saints traveling with them). When the
companies finally arrived at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, they were met by
the First Presidency and other assorted dignitaries, including a band. While
the music, speeches and general excitement was going on, James & Walter
realized that they could break ranks and make a run for it and be the first in
the valley. They did so, but were severely reprimanded (he called it
"court-martialed') and were not permitted to make the claim that they were
first. But in true young male fashion, they didn't care about the official
story--they knew they'd done it and that was all that mattered to them. This is
from a family history by my husband's grandmother (James' granddaughter)--great
story if it is true!
I remember the last sermon spoken by Elder A Theodore Tuttle of the 1st Quorum
of the Seventy over 25 years ago. He said "What we need is down right
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and I don't mean just a positive mental
attitude."We don't face the challenges that Sarah Goode did,
but we are doing our best to teach our children to have faith in the Lord, that
if we do our best, He will bless us. So far, that has always been the case.But I note that such conviction is often missing. So many that I have
known have drifted because they felt offended or decided that they had better
things to do on Sundays. The world is getting more rough and treacherous all
the time. We truly do need the faith demonstrated by Sarah Goode and countless
others who demonstrated that they would never give up, no matter what.
If anyone is interested in joining the Sarah Goode Association, you can go to
Yahoo and look up groups and enter Sarah Goode.
I don't think any one of us can imagine what Sarah went through. One thing for
sure, she had her faith and the Lord to carry her and her children through those
long, long miles of unfinished trails and dusty roads. It would be interesting
to know what happened to her and her children in the Salt Lake Valley after they
got there. That would be a story in itself.
Thanks for sharing that amazing story. It is remarkable what people have
sacrificed for conviction. Great story.
I so enjoyed reading this....I had Sarah on my PAF.....so nice to read the story
behind the name...Sarahs grandson Bert Marshall, married Nellie Sloan
(Stewart)...Nellies mother, Jane (Stewart) Sloan was the sister of my
grandmothers ,grandmother (Rachel Stewart), Jane and her husband Hugh were
converts and I am first generation LDS and live here in the UK..