Women of Faith in the Latter Days: Volume 2, 1821-1845 (Bookshelf eBook)

by Richard E. Turley, Jr., Brittany A. Chapman

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"This book deserves to be on the shelves of all who desire to know more about the lives of LDS women during this period."
—Vickie Cleverley Speek - Association for Mormon Letters

This groundbreaking series recounts the lives of women of faith and dedication in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Often using the women's own words, these stories share their trials, their triumphs, and their testimonies.

This volume, the second in a series of seven, features women born between 1821 and 1845 and presents both well-known women and previously obscure ones whose lives of faith also deserve emulation. They lived in an age when Latter-day Saint leaders emphasized the literal gathering of Israel, and, for that reason, the stories you will find here include accounts of the trek to Utah and the settlement of new communities in the West.

You will encounter not only such well-known figures as women's rights advocate Emmeline B. Wells and Relief Society general president Zina D.H. Young but also a convert of African descent who walked from New York to Nauvoo, a London seamstress who survived the events that befell the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company, a Norwegian native determined to support her family amidst famine, and an Australian Saint shipwrecked en route to Zion.

The faith these women exhibited as they rejoiced in blessings and dealt with struggles provides a model for us in facing our own challenges as we strive to build lives of faith today.

  1. “The Hand of God Was with Me”
    PATIENCE LOADER ROZSA ARCHER
    Andrea Ventilla
  2. “Joyful Were My Feelings”
    SARAH MARIA MOUSLEY CANNON
    Madelyn Stewart Silver Palmer
  3. “Contentment with My Lot”
    HANNAH LAST CORNABY
    Craig C. Crandall and Cathleen C. Lloyd
  4. “The Lord Has Been My Guide”
    CORDELIA CALISTA MORLEY COX
    Patricia H. Stoker
  5. “All Kinds of Trials and Hardships”
    JANETTA ANN MCBRIDE FERRIN
    Rebekah Ryan Clark and Marcus Patrick Ryan
  6. “The Lord Has Greatly Blessed Us”
    LUCY HANNAH WHITE FLAKE
    David F. Boone
  7. “I Will Put My Trust in Him”
    ELIZABETH ANDERSON HOWARD
    Steven L. Staker
  8. “The Lord’s Blessing Was with Us”
    JANE ELIZABETH MANNING JAMES
    Margaret Blair Young
  9. “Strength According to My Day”
    ANN PRIOR JARVIS
    Amy Tanner Thiriot
  10. “United in All Things”
    JANE CADWALADER BROWN JOHNSON
    Patricia Lemmon Spilsbury
  11. “The Lord Alone Knows How Deep the Sorrow Has Been in My Heart”
    MARY MINERVA DART JUDD
    Todd M. Compton
  12. “I Hailed It with Joy”
    SUSANAH STONE LLOYD
    David R. Cook
  13. “Hope in the Gospel”
    ROSA CLARA FRIEDLANDER LOGIE
    Marjorie Newton
  14. “Pleasure in Waiting upon Others”
    ELIZABETH GRAHAM MACDONALD
    Lowell C. “Ben” Bennion
  15. “Place Your Trust in God”
    JULIA SOPHIA RAYMOND MCKEE
    Jennifer Pratt Reidhead
  16. “Angels Shall Minister unto You”
    MARY GOBLE PAY
    Christine Banks Bowers, Virginia H. Pearce, and Patricia H. Stoker
  17. “We Are Blessed as Sisters”
    SARAH ANN NELSON PETERSON
    Jennifer L. Lund
  18. “Eye to Eye in Faith and Scientific Knowledge”
    ESTHER ROMANIA BUNNELL PRATT PENROSE
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  19. “Give Our Creator the Thanks Due to Him”
    EMELINE GROVER RICH
    Rosaland Thornton, Deborah R. Otteson, and Teresa S. Rich
  20. “For the Best Good of the Children”
    AURELIA READ SPENCER ROGERS
    RoseAnn Benson
  21. “God Is Ever Just and Kind”
    MARGARET CONDIE SHARP
    Emily B. Farrer
  22. “The Lord Helps Us in Small Things As Well As Large”
    RACHEL EMMA WOOLLEY SIMMONS
    Laura F. Willes
  23. “Peace Be with You”
    BATHSHEBA WILSON BIGLER SMITH
    Heidi S. Swinton
  24. “’Tis No Easy Thing to Be a Saint”
    ANSTIS ELMINA SHEPARD TAYLOR
    Andrea G. Radke-Moss
  25. “I Believe in Women, Especially Thinking Women”
    EMMELINE BLANCHE WOODWARD WELLS
    Carol Cornwall Madsen and Cherry B. Silver
  26. “The Lord Has Remembered His Handmaiden in Her Affliction”
    HELEN MAR KIMBALL WHITNEY
    Jay A. Parry
  27. “All Is Well and Peace with Us Dwells”
    CATHERINE ELIZABETH MEHRING WOOLLEY
    Jay G. Burrup
  28. “Truth Is What My Soul Craves”
    EMILY DOW PARTRIDGE YOUNG
    Sherilyn Farnes
  29. “Power for the Accomplishment of Greater Good”
    ZINA DIANTHA HUNTINGTON YOUNG
    Jennifer Reeder

    Bonus Chapters (Included in the eBook)

  30. “Wisdom and Understanding Is Your Gift”
    MARTHA JANE KNOWLTON CORAY
    Julie A. P. Frederick
  31. “Never Did My Home Life Run So Smoothly”
    MARY BOMMELI EYRING
    Jennifer Turley Rollins
  32. “Cheer Up, Deliverance Is at Hand”
    ELIZABETH HORROCKS JACKSON KINGSFORD
    Jay A. Parry
  33. “Oh! How Happy I Was”
    ANN AGATHA WALKER PRATT
    Hannah C. Smith
  34. “She Went About Doing Good”
    JANE SNYDER RICHARDS
    Meghan M. Mathews
  35. “I Obeyed the Call”
    MARY ALICE SPRINGALL SCHOENFELD
    Cherry B. Silver

Product Details

  • Size:  6 x 9
  • Pages:  491
  • Year Published:  2012

About the Authors

RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the chairman of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers series. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon, with William W. Slaughter; Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard; and Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith, with Lael Littke. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Taylorsville, Utah.

Brittany A. Chapman is a historian in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Chapter 2

“Joyful Were My Feelings”
Sarah Maria Mousley Cannon (1828–1912)
Madelyn Stewart Silver Palmer
Biographical Sketch

Sarah Maria Mousley was born July 21, 1828, in Centreville, Newcastle County, Delaware, the sixth of ten children born to Titus and Ann McMenemy Mousley. Sarah accepted the restored gospel and was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 14, 1842.1 Her mother and four siblings also joined the Church. Sarah’s father, Titus, was “popular and well respected” and, though not baptized himself, was generous in hosting missionaries and supportive of his family’s chosen religion.2

Devoted to her faith, Sarah later broke off her engagement when her fiancé refused to join the Church. She was about twenty-seven years old and still unmarried when a young missionary named Angus M. Cannon caught her eye.3 He became acquainted with the Mousley family, and an attachment developed between them. After parting, Angus corresponded with Sarah and her younger sister Amanda for the next two years.

The members of the Mousley family who had joined the Church were eager to gather with the Saints in Utah.4 Titus, still not baptized, chose to migrate west with his family. In 1857, Sarah journeyed with her parents and siblings across the plains to Salt Lake City. Ten months after arriving, having previously decided to share their lots in plural marriage, both Sarah and Amanda married Angus on July 18, 1858, a few days before Sarah’s thirtieth birthday.

In 1861 the Angus M. Cannon family moved to southern Utah for six years to help settle the St. George area. They returned to Salt Lake City in 1867, and Sarah and Amanda continued to share the same home, as they had done since the beginning of their marriage. In 1872 their homes were built next door to each other, so each could have her own home and still be close to her sister and her sister’s children.5 Sarah had six children, four of whom lived to adulthood.6 She supported her husband as the president of the large Salt Lake Stake for twenty-eight years (1876–1904). When the federal government intensified its efforts to stamp out polygamy, Sarah moved to a farm in Bluffdale in southern Salt Lake County, residing there from about 1880 to 1881. Angus was imprisoned in 1885 for six months for practicing plural marriage.

Around age sixty, Sarah suffered a broken hip and was lame for the next twenty-four years. Living with daughter Ann M. Cannon, Sarah kept a positive spirit and exerted a strong influence in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She died March 12, 1912, in Forest Dale, Utah.

Life Experiences
Sarah Maria Mousley was twenty-eight years old when she left Delaware and journeyed toward an unknown Zion in the American West.7 Her family boarded a train in Baltimore in May 1857 and rode to Iowa City, where they joined other Latter-day Saint immigrants in outfitting for the trek to Utah.8

As Sarah traveled, she carried feelings for former missionary Angus M. Cannon close to her heart. Family tradition holds that when in Centreville [Delaware, Angus] asked [Sarah] to marry him, she hesitated; he asked permission to place his picture in her locket, saying if he got it there, he’d take chances on her marrying anyone else. She finally let him take it; he had the picture placed in it and she wore it across the plains.9

The Mousleys joined the Jacob Hofheins–Matthew McCune Company and left Iowa City on June 6, 1857.10

1857 Trail Diary

While traversing the trail from Iowa to Utah, Sarah kept a near-daily journal of her experiences. Sarah’s love of nature, upbeat personality, and faith in the gospel surface in various entries in her journal, which she began writing in Iowa City. In the first lines, she describes events since leaving her home in Delaware:

Left home or rather my former home on the [blank] day of May for Utah, landed in Philadelphia the afternoon of the same day & started for Baltimore through Wilmington as President Taylor had made arraingements for our going by that line of railway. Friday the [blank] and on the following Tuesday landed in Iowa City, Iowa. Stoped at the Irving house kept by Mr Stanton for near three weeks at which time our goods having all came to hand we started for the Camp of the saints with the view of starting across the plains and making the camp our home untill such times as we should start, being very much detained on account of a remarkable Late spring, cattle not coming &c.

I never knew or appreciated the merits of mormonism as since in the wisdom of Gods providence I have been thrown so continuelly amidst the enemies of truth and consequently I am not priviledged to withdraw from there society. joyful were my feelings although many privations in view when the time rolled on to again mingle with the people whose aim was to do the will of God and obey his commands.

Saturday afternoon [June 6] we made a start for Florence [in Nebraska Territory] with very wild cattle inexperienced drivers &c our journey consisted of five miles. the following day which was Sunday in the afternoon we started again. the cattle were something better than the first day. the next morning Monday took an early start but did not travel far on account of inexperienced cattle and drivers. Tuesday morning started again after a very pleasant night’s rest. . . .

Thursday [June] 11. started about half past eight detain by the broken wagon of yesterday. passed through the most beautiful country some handsome houses were to be seen an evidence of good taste. passed through a handsome villiage called Brooklyn [Iowa] at which place Pa’s carriage stopd. We entered a store and were soon asked where are you travelling—Pa told them to Utah. . . . they said you had better stay and assist in building our villiage to which Pa replied, no indeed he did not sell his former home to allow his means to benefit the gentiles he intended to do all he could for the interests of mormonism. encamped about two miles from the villiage above named. . . .

Friday 12 Started at half past six the morning not very clear but a prospect of rain cleared away and proved a splendid day. Stoped for dinner as usual. The company travelled better than usual they seem to be improving in experience encamped near on the open plain. There was water near but no fuel—we all seemed lost on that account but the goodness of God provided for our want and as an old gentleman was passing with a wagon load of wood he called to the children to come to him and he then gave them wood sufficient for cooking supper and breakfast, which kindness will never be forgotten by me. numbers came to see us and ask questions with a request to stay for our evening’s meeting accordingly Jos Foreman spoke to them for a considerable time. Had good attention from sensible person’s.

Saturday 13. started early and travelled within one or two miles of a handsome town called Newton encamped near the banks of a handsome stream just in sight of a camp of Kansas emigrants who had kept either just before or behind us. . . .

Monday 15. Started at six Oclock travelled ten miles. At noon encamped on the banks of mud creek where we found a splendid spring. Started again after dinner and travelled ten miles encamped on the banks of a beuatiful stream. Had a violent thunder storm rained violently could make no fire on account of the wet. . . .

Saturday 20. . . . Had early supper and just about sunset we beheld four missionarys from the valley their names were [blank]. Supper was prepared for the weary travellers as they had crossed the plains to Florence by hand cart’s.11 Our meetings was joyful and yet sorrowful for seperating they to labour among the gentiles, how rejoyced were their hearts when on raising a hill they beheld the Mormon Camp at its foot; retired to rest at nine, &c. . . .

Monday 22 Started at the appointed time travelled well being cool the cattle were lively and got along first rate. Passed through the town of Lewistown quite a pretty place and rapidly improving the people crowded round to hire some of our folks offering great wages if they would stay some were almost ready to stay. Travelled about twenty four miles and encamped just out of the town.

Tuesday 23. . . . passed through over some great hills and pleasant vales beautiful flowers to improve the appearance of the prospect, diversifing and beautifing the surronding object—travelled about seventeen miles and encamped near the river called Jordo Little Jordon—had quite a shower to cool the air and the evening passed maraculously away as there was no gentiles to infringe upon our rights which was a treat to us as we have almost become tired answering questions people have no business to ask. After a pleasant meeting retired at ten to rest. . . .

Thursday 25 Again started at six cooler than yesterday more pleasant for travelling encamped for dinner on the Missourie bottom near the spot where the mormon [Battalion] soldiers were drafted in forty six. viewed the spot where a few short years ago in compliance with the contrys call men left their weeping familes to fight for that contry that had exiled them from its protection on account of the religion of heaven. . . .

Friday 26 Started at six and travelled over some of the steepest mountains I ever could have thought it possible to pass met Br John Taylor who came from Florence to meet the camp and whose happy smile illumed our way and whose presence is ever a joy and comfort [to] those who are honoured with his society.12 encamped on the bank of the mighty missourie but feared it to[o] late to ferry our wagons across the river. . . .

Mon 29. Were very busy washing ironing cooking &c clear and warm just as we were about to retire we were soluted by a splendid seranade from the citizens the music was splendid, the evening beautiful and every thing delightful, President Taylor, P[hineas] Young and two other bretheren took supper with us.

Tuesday 30 Finished washing and ironing were busy preparing to start on the morrow. Pa and ma visited Omaha city found it really beautiful retired to rest after survise [service].

Wednesday July 1st we bade adieu to civilazation and started across the plains in company with some of the St. Louis saints. . . .

Thursday 2 Bade adieu to President Taylor and those associated with him. . . . We seperated praying mutually for each others safty and prosperity not only untill we meet in the peaceful home of the saints but through life. . . .

Sat [July] 4 rested from travelling washed ironed & baked. Attended two meetings and a musical entertainment consisting of dancing singing &c. Prayer by President Hart benediction by Jos Foreman. Retired to rest at eleven and refreshed our self by sleep. . . .

Monday 6 started at seven and travelled about fifteen miles encamped early which gave the sisters a chance to bake and cook which by the bye is quite necessary for comfort and convenience. . . .

Tuesday 7 . . . we have seen no Indians since for the past four or five days. An incident connected with the indians I will here relate as they have been very friendly with us we returned the compliment in the same manner. They called at our table for refreshment and accordingly I was making lemonade which I offered to one who had watched the process of preparing and to whom I had handed a chair. He seated himself with great dignaty and took in his hand the cup I offered but would not touch the drink untill I would drink with him. I began to drink from another cup but he handed his to me as much as to say drink from this. I took it drank and returned it. He drank, said good squaw with many gestures of satisfaction he drank exclaiming good good. . . .

Friday 10 . . . A difficulty arose between Br Taylor teamster and the Captain. I never witnessed such a struggle which ended by the Captain tore the mans cloths out of the wagon and left him on the plains alone the last the camp seen of him he was kneeling in prayer. . . .

Thursday 23 . . . encamped near the cool spring which is really beautiful and so refreshing to the thirsty traveller. The water boils up from a bed of sand so as to afford drink plenty for the cattle. Surely our God is good for his mercys to us in our unworthyness in causing the fountain to burst forth as it were on the sandy desert. I feel to say Lord we will praise the[e] whilst life and thought and being last or immortality endures. . . .

Monday 27 Started early and travelled well our cattle very quiet to all appearance but on the afternoon of this day I was called to witness the most terrific of all scenes a stampeed on the plains. The cattle started all most all together and Oh my father my heart sickens as I recall the scene and my soul is grievd in memory of the painful occurrance I beheld men thrown woman leaping from their wagons children screaming as team after team ran on in wild confusion dashing headlong on the wild parari without power to impeed their progress in the wild scene of apparent death God gave me presence of mind sufficient to remain in my wagon which I did and alone except the unseen guardian who in God’s wisdom did not leave me alone but shielded me from the shafts of the destroyer. I set or remained unhurt and beheld the cattle stoped and their affright calmed in answer to my fervant prayer after the wagon in which I had been riding was stoped and my driver who had been knocked down and allmost knocked senceless had overtaken me I alighted from the wagon only to witness the most terrific of all scenes—my sisters loved and dear had all jumped from the wagon and Nellie [Martha Ellen] and Willie [Wilhelmina] were badly injured—in their fright they jumped from the wagon and weather some of the cattle had steped in our dear Willie face and on the side near her heart and streaming with blood and crying for help. . . . And yet in the all my heart exclaimed Lord we will praise thee for thy goodness thou has shielded us from death thou hast taught us a bitter lesson on the power of saten and his designs to overthrow thy saints.—thou hast stood by in the hour of triel and thy arm has protected us in a maraculous manner—and now Oh Father we pray thee through thy son to accept the heartfelt gratitude of all and enable us to serve thee faithfully in time and eternity. . . .

Tuesday 28 Arose not very well from excitement and anxiety remained all day in camp were visited by Indians noble and true. They deeply sympathised with us in our bereavement or distress. . . . One wept and said he loved the pale faces of those by whom he was surrounded and would pray to the good Spirit for their recovery. . . .

Wed 29 . . . remained in camp and were visited by a tribe of young Indian children Oh how I love their society and although so ignorant of their language I love to behold them. The tribe is the Siou[x].

Wed [August] 5 . . . came in sight of chimney Rock [Nebraska] and indeed passed some of the most splendid edifices apparently my eye ever beheld. Oh how I wish mine were a painters pencil or poets pen—I would portray if possible the beauty of the scenes through which we have been called to pass. . . . .

Wed 19 . . . we regret being on this side [of the river] as the roads are awful—scarcely passable with our weakened teams—an express arrived from the valley for those in the settlements as well as the camps to hasten home Oh how I wish for the wings of the morning to fly away to the saints of light. . . .

Tue 25 Arose early had breakfast soon and all necessarly arrangements made for visiting Indepdance Rock. Mounted its towering summitt and viewed the surrounding objects but I feel my pen or thoughts inadequate to the task of portaying a true picture of the awful grandure and beauty of these scenes. . . .

Wed [September] 2 Arose all well travelled fast as the weather is now cool and pleasant for travelling. . . . get along well under the special care of our Father in Heaven—my heart rejoices in prospect of so speedy a meeting with those from whose lips flow the words of life. . . .

Sun 6 This morning a beautiful chance for a prosperous journey and may God our Father speed us home in peace and prosperity. Started but found we had taken the California road and was consequently obliged to retrace our steps this we found out through the kindess of a Mountaineer who directed us aright. . . .

Sat 12 Travelled 12 miles to Fort Bridger . . . met many saints and remained in camp all night. . . .

Tue 15 arose and started at seven Oclock . . . passed the Cache cave two miles and Camped making 18 or 20 miles

Wed 16 Had a very heavy rain last night cloudy morning and started down Echo Kanyon some dreadful places to pass13

The entry of Wednesday, September 16, was the last one Sarah made in her trail journal. The Mousleys arrived in the Salt Lake Valley five days later, September 21, 1857.

Sharing a Husband
Sarah and Amanda agreed as young women “to share with each other, their lot in marriage.”14 Twenty-four-year-old Angus Cannon finished his mission in the eastern states and arrived in Salt Lake City in June 1858.15 Decades later, he recorded a decision he had made as a young man about the principle of plural marriage:

It was in September of 1854. I was called . . . to fill a mission in the Eastern States. . . . It then occurred to my mind that if I married one wife and loved her as my heart was capable of loving, could I afterwards take another wife, as it was evidently a requirement of God in the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith, that faithful men should marry each more than one wife. I concluded that it would be more consistent if I proposed to practice celestial marriage, not to marry until I found two women who were willing to marry me at one time, and so establish my abiding faith in a principle revealed from God. I concluded it would be more acceptible unto the Lord for me to furnish two families with the common necessaries of life, teaching my children to toil for their support and be subject unto the counsel and approval of the Lord, than to take one wife and indulge her in luxury while her sister was left out in the cold without even the common necessaries of life.16

Despite his ideal to love his wives equally, Angus was especially fond of Amanda and planned to marry her as his first wife and Sarah his second on the same day. Ann Cannon, daughter of Angus and Sarah, recalled a story her father related when he went to Titus Mousley to ask permission to marry his daughters:

He said he approached “Father Mousley” with trepidation as the latter had not joined the church, and would therefore not understand the principle of “Plural Marriage.” Hence Father asked only for the privilege of marrying “your daughter.” Grandfather understood this to mean Aunt Amanda and consented. Mother . . . [Sarah] had decided to defer her marriage.

Upon their arrival [to Brigham Young’s office to be married], President Young took Mother aside and said: “Why aren’t you being married today?” To her indecision he said: “Do you ever intend to marry Angus?”

She answered, “Yes.”

He then said: “Do you believe I am a prophet?”

“Yes, I know you are!”

Then he continued: “In the name of the Lord I tell you if you ever intend to marry him, now is the time to do it.”17

Perhaps following biblical precedent, Brigham Young “decided that Sarah, being the eldest, should become the first wife.”18

In the fall of 1861, Angus Munn Cannon was called to help settle St. George in the Dixie Cotton Mission. Soon after their arrival, Sarah gave birth to her first son, George Mousley; she had lost an infant daughter the year before. She bore Angus six children, four of whom lived to adulthood.19 In 1867, Angus M. Cannon moved his family back to Salt Lake. He was called as president of the Salt Lake Stake on April 6, 1876, and served in that position for twenty-eight years. Shortly after becoming stake president, he was asked to marry widow Clarissa Cordelia Moses Mason, which he did on June 16, 1876. He married Dr. Martha “Mattie” Hughes on October 6, 1884; Maria Bennion on March 11, 1886; and Johanna Cristina Danielson on March 21, 1887.20

During the time when the federal government was prosecuting polygamists, Sarah lived for a year, from about 1880 to 1881, in Bluffdale, Utah, at one of Angus’s four homesteading farms, a place kept secret from all except a few family members.21 Sarah spent fourteen years in the same home with Amanda and then lived in a house next door to her sister on Folsom Avenue in Salt Lake City, being dear aunts to each other’s children. Sarah and Amanda lived peacefully as sister wives, even though Amanda was Angus’s favorite, his first sweetheart, and the wife he presented in public and as hostess of many social affairs.22

Sarah’s daughter Ann, with whom she lived, reported an accident that occurred when Sarah was nearly sixty years of age and described her mother’s final years:

About six o’clock one morning . . . [Sarah] started the fire in the kitchen and stepped out on the platform that led from the door to the coal house. . . . As she stepped briskly along, her feet slipped, she fell and broke her hip. Physicians were not so skillful then as now and she was in bed many months and lame for the remainder of her life.

She spent the next twenty years sitting down. This must have been almost unbearable to a woman as active as she had been, but through it all she remained cheerful, mentally active and in her home there was still peace. She had a wonderful sense of humor which must have helped a great deal and she developed a keen sensitiveness for other people in trouble. . . .

Mother expected or demanded nothing and this seems to have been the secret of her receiving much. Her timely admonitions ring in my ears often: “Never cry over spilt milk”; “Blessed are the merciful”; “Pride goeth before destruction”; “Let him who stands take heed lest he fall.”

Only once in all my acquaintance with mother did I know her intrepid spirit to falter . . . and I thank God that he gave me strength to help her.

I[t] was toward the end of her days on earth. . . . She said, almost to herself, as she looked at me, “Oh, I shouldn’t be afraid to go if only you could go with me.” . . .

Here on March 12, 1912, after a few days of failing strength, about two o’clock in the morning . . . her breath grew fainter till the pulse in her throat was stilled. Out upon the vast unknown path, yet lighted by faith, her spirit passed, undaunted and courageous to the end.23


^1. “Sarah Maria Mousley,” Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1848, ed. Susan E. Black, Microfiche no. 59, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, hereafter cited as Church History Library.

^2. Marian Cannon Nelson Warner, “In Search of the Mousley Heritage, 1884–1900,” in “In Search of the Mousley Heritage,” comp. Angus M. Cannon Reunion Committee (unpublished manuscript, 1990), pp. 13–14, Church History Library.

^3. Angus, the fourth child of George and Ann Quayle Cannon, was born May 17, 1834, in Liverpool, England. He migrated to the United States at age seven and became orphaned at age ten in Nauvoo. He spent his youth in the Parowan-Cedar City region of Utah’s Iron Mission and began serving in the Eastern States Mission in 1854 at age twenty. His elder brother was George Q. Cannon (1827–1901), a counselor in the First Presidency to Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow. Donald Q. Cannon, “Angus M. Cannon: Pioneer, President, Patriarch,” in Supporting Saints: Life Stories of Nineteenth-Century Mormons, ed. Donald Q. Cannon and David J. Whittaker (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, Religious Studies Center, 1985), 369–401; George M. Cannon, “A Brief Sketch of the Life of Angus Munn Cannon,” in Angus Munn Cannon, President of Salt Lake Stake, 1876–1904, comp. Angus M. Cannon Reunion Committee (unpublished manuscript, 1991), pp. 2–9, Church History Library; Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 17.

^4. Two of Sarah’s brothers had already migrated to the Salt Lake Valley. Other Church members in Sarah’s family included one married sister, Margaret Jane Foreman, and her family; a third brother, George; and Sarah’s mother and grandmother. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 23.

^5. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 69, 72.

^6. Sarah’s children were Maria Cannon (1860–1860), George Mousley Cannon (1861–1937), John Mousley Cannon (1865–1917), Ann Mousley Cannon (1869–1948), Henry Mousley Cannon (1872–1873), and Leonora Mousley Cannon Stewart (1874–1961).

^7. In Sarah’s middle name, Maria, the i is pronounced like the word eye and is the accented syllable. The surname is often pronounced with the “Mous” sounding like “Mos” in Moses. Descendants of Sarah, however, pronounce the “ou” in her last name like mouse, which is how Sarah’s daughter Ann Mousely Cannon was taught to pronounce her name. Elizabeth Silver Clawson, interview by Madelyn S. Palmer, July 14, 2011, Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Sarah Maria Mousley, “Delaware to Utah, 1857,” in Covered Wagon Women, ed. Kenneth Holmes, vol. 7 (Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark, 1988), 157.

^8. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 23, 28.

^9. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 19.

^10. “Jacob Hofheins/Matthew McCune Company (1857),” Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–68, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed April 11, 2012, http://mormontrail.lds.org.

^11. After the tragic experiences of the Willie and Martin companies in 1856, Latter-day Saint emigrants hesitated to use handcarts. To restore confidence in handcart travel, Church leaders in 1857 asked some seventy newly called missionaries to pull handcarts during their journey east from Salt Lake City to Florence, Nebraska Territory. LeRoy R. Hafen and Ann W. Hafen, Handcarts to Zion: The Story of a Unique Western Migration, 1856–1860 (Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark, 1960), 143–48; John Taylor, “Editorial Correspondence,” The Mormon, July 18, 1857.

^12. John Taylor (1808–1887), who would later become president of the Church, had been serving a mission in New York, where he had edited The Mormon, a Latter-day Saint newspaper. With the advent of the Utah War, Brigham Young called missionaries home to Utah in 1857. B. H. Roberts, The Life of John Taylor (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2002), 235–36; John Taylor, “Editorial Correspondence,” The Mormon, July 18, 1857.

^13. Sarah M. Cannon, Journal, May–September 1857, Holograph, Church History Library.

^14. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 29.

^15. Angus traveled in the John W. Berry Company. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–68, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed April 11, 2012, http://mormontrail.lds.org.

^16. Angus Munn Cannon, “Statement of an Interview with Joseph Smith, III,” 1905, Typescript, pp. 8–9, Church History Library; Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 19.

^17. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 29–30.

^18. Cannon, “Angus M. Cannon,” 388.

^19. Cannon, “Brief Sketch of the Life of Angus Munn Cannon,” 3–4.

^20. Cannon, “Angus M. Cannon,” 369–401.

^21. Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 31–32.

^22. Cannon, “Angus M. Cannon,” 388–89; Warner, “Mousley Heritage,” 69, 72.

^23. Ann M. Cannon, “My Mother, Sarah Maria Mousley Cannon,” in “In Search of the Mousley Heritage,” comp. Angus M. Cannon Reunion Committee (unpublished manuscript, 1990), pp. 69–70, Church History Library.

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Inspiring, carefully researched, mind-opening

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 14, 2013

Pioneer women were amazing! In this second volume of the Women of Faith series, more true stories of pioneer women and their families unfold, often through their own journal writings. Many are new converts to a religion for which they are willing to sacrifice everything. Turley and Chapman have created a pattern of excellence in scholarship and ease of reading. Just as when reading their first volume, I look forward to reading these true life stories whenever I need a kick in the pants for whining or feeling sorry for myself. The sacrifice endured by these women who remained true to their faith is utterly inspiring. Keep these editions coming.

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An inspirational read that speaks to the heart

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  February 03, 2013

This book, like volume 1, is filled with inspiring stories of faithful LDS women. Their struggles, though unique in some ways, ring familiar to those striving to live their faith. The words of many of these women, quoted from their own journals and other carefully researched sources (the chapters are complete with detailed footnotes), speak to the heart. This book can be read straight through or chapter by chapter in any order.

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varied and insightful stories

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 14, 2013

After receiving this as a gift, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was not familiar with most of the stories and accounts and I also very much enjoyed reading each woman's personal experiences in their own words. Extremely enjoyable and inspiring.

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Stories that inspire and give hope

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 14, 2013

I loved reading of the faith and courage of these LDS women. Their stories motivate me to appreciate the many blessings and comforts of my own life. I particularly was touched by the emotions expressed in the excerpts taken from their journals. Their examples of enduring to the end are remarkable and give me hope in my own life.

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Great book! :)

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 14, 2013

This is a fabulous book written by a fabulous author. I enjoyed the first volume of Women of Faith and am enjoying this volume even more! I can't wait for the third! :) Recommended to all my friends.

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Vol. 2 is every bit as wonderful as vol 1!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 14, 2013

I love reading the inspiring words of women that suffered through the persecutions of the early church. The testimonies of these women are so inspiring and build my personal faith. I marvel at the sacrifice and complete dedication they have. Many thanks for sharing these writings with us.

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Thought-provoking history

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  March 15, 2013

This book opens a window to the past--I can see the similarities of life experiences, concerns, etc that I share with these women. It's a kind of comforting book--comforting that women's character has not much changed throughout history and also comforting that I do not have to go through the same trials that these women did! Great read. I like to read chapter by chapter, for periodic inspiration.

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