taken from writings of minnie Carlile, Heber City, Utah,
"Gleaning the Holyoak Field". Family group sheets in
possession of David Duncan, Ogden, and other sources
searched by writer. This sketch was arranged for filing at
the D.U.P. building for Effie Beauregard, Miller Camp by
Nora Lund, historian, August 1968.
the book "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah". page 941 and
family records, Sarah Green Holyoak was the daughter of
Daniel Green and Edith Hopkins Green of Mosley Ware, Green
Common, near Birmingham, England. She was born July 2, 1797
and christened, July 16, 1798, at Mosely, Warwick, England.
Sarah was the
fourth child of a family of nine children. Preceding her
were Joseph, William, and Daniel. Those who came after
were Ann, Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, and James.
George Holyoak, who was the son Issac and Ann Bird Holyoak.
They became the parents of eight children; william, born
April 12, 1826, at the age of 11 was "bound out" to learn
the butchers trade. This was during the reign of Queen
Victoria. Young William's heart yearned for the green grass
and the climbing roses that grew about his home, called
"Rose Cottage" and he just couldn't like the butchers trade.
At age 13 he set out to learn the harness trade from his
Uncle John Green. This had more appeal and stayed with his
uncle until he was 21 years of age.
married Martha Green, August 2, 1846, and they owned and
operated a grocery store. Martha ran the store and William
worked in a harness factory. Martha's health failed and he
took her to his parents home. There a son, Nehemiah, was
born and Martha passed away 3 days later. Sarah and George
took Nehemiah and cared for him as one of their own.
William later married Sarah Wilkins, December 27, 1849.
daughter, Mary, born April 10, 1827, George Jr., born
September 1, 1830, Ann born, 1832, Daniel born 1834 and died
1839, Sarah, born August 4, 1835, Henry born March 5, 1837,
Hannah born March 25, 1841.
In the early
1880's the Holyoak family became interested in a new
religion, called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints. This gospel message being preached by humble
missionaries from America. The Holyoaks were good religious
people, consequently the truths sank deep into their
hearts. After much study and prayer they were baptized
members of this church, June 24, 1841.
missionaries also encouraged the new converts to emigrate to
Utah to strengthen the Mormon church, members of which were
having their own difficulties at that time.
had a yearning to join the Saints and started making plans
to this end. Their oldest son William and Sarah Wilkins
his second wife left England for America January 10, 1850,
on the ship "Argo".
George Jr. unmarried at the time, but a member of the LDS
Church, sailed from Liverpool on the ship "Ellen Maria",
February 1, 1851.
tells in her writings of how in April of 1851, excitement
ran high because the government announced that a census was
going to be taken. The people recalled the "Doomsday Book"
of William the Conqueror, and were afraid that the census
would mean more taxes. Many refused to open their doors to
the census taker, but not so with George and Sarah Holyoak.
When the census taker called at No. 92 Mosley Wake, Green
Common, Yardly, England he was admitted. Thus we have the
following census record... "George Holyoak was 52. His
occupation was given as an agricultural laborer, and his
birthplace as Yardly. His wife Sarah, age 53, was listed as
a laundress, also born at Yardly. Their daughter Sarah was
fourteen years of age and listed as a house-servant. Henry
was twelve years of age and listed as a hostler,(someone who
takes care of horses, a groom). Their youngest child,
Hannah, was ten years old and Nehemiah was three. Hannah was
baptized when she was eight years old and because of
ridicule by both adults and children she was not permitted
to go to school.
In 1845 their
oldest daughter, Mary was married to John Francis Knowles.
Mary and Frank were also members of the Mormon church and
left England with her parents in 1854.
Sarah Holyoak's dream of migrating to Utah was realized on
February 22, 1854, when they boarded the ship "Windemere",
with Daniel Garn in command of 477 souls. Their children;
Mary and John Francis Knowles, Ann, Sarah, Henry, Hannah,
and grandson Nehemiah were with them.
The voyage was
a difficult one, with small pox breaking out on the ship,
causing much suffering and death. However, the Holyoak's
lives were spared at this time. The "Windemere" finally
docked at New Orleans, on April 23, 1854. From New Orleans
they took the steamboat, "Grand Tower" up the river to St.
Louis, where according to the history of Hannah, they were
delayed by the death of her sister, Mary Holyoak Knowles,
who was buried on the plains of Kansas. Her death was
recorded as May, 1854 at Kansas City, Missouri.
family joined the Darwin Richardson's Company, which
consisted of 300 souls and 40 wagons. The trip was hard
because there was so much sickness from cholera and
Carter's "Treasures of Pioneer History", page 13 & 14,
Hundreds of Saints who left the old world that year full of
hopes and fond anticipations at the prospect of going to
Zion, were suddenly and unexpectedly cut short in their
career by that most dreadful of all diseases--cholera, and
instead of being spared to cast their lot with the Saints in
the Rocky Mountains they were laid to rest by the wayside".
Holyoak, age 57, was among those who were stricken on the plains
of Nebraska. She died in July of 1854. Her pain-racked, weary
body was sewn in a quilt and laid to its final earthly rest in a
shallow grave by the side of the trail. The sorrowing father
and children trudged on toward the Great Salt Lake Valley. Even
though Sarah was not permitted to complete the journey to Utah
alive, her noble spirit came on with her husband and children
who arrived September 30, 1854.
On the ship coming
over, Sarah and George's daughter, Ann, fell in love with a fine
Mormon boy, Joseph James, but she was taken by death as they
were well on their way across the plains in Wyoming. She
succumbed in August 1854, and was later sealed to Joseph James
in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.
After the deaths
of the mother Sarah in Nebraska and daughter Ann in Wyoming, 19
year old daughter Sarah and Joseph James turned to each other
for comfort. After arriving in Salt Lake City, they were
married in a covered wagon Oct 3, 1854.
Young sent George Holyoak Sr., his two children Henry and
Hannah, his son-in-law Frank Knowles, and his two little
children, also his grandson Nehemiah, south to Parowan to
settle. William and George Jr. and their families joined their
Henry met and
married Sarah Ann Robinson, who was born at Nauvoo, Illinois.
They were called to help settle the San Juan area in south
eastern Utah. They were among those who went down through Hole
in the Rock and remained in the area for a few years.
Hannah, married at
the Christmas party, December 25, 1855, to William LeFevre, a
young English convert, who had also crossed the plains and
settled at Parowan with his mother. Nehemiah went to live with
his father. When he grew older he married Sarah Ann Harper.
George Sr. married
Ann (Wacktin?) Gunn, widow of John Gunn. She had joined the
church in London in 1854 and came to Utah with her family of six
sons and two daughters in 1860. Her husband John Gunn had died
at Stratford, Hertfordshire, England, in 1838. George and Ann
lived in Parowan until their death. Ann died February 6, 1878
and George died three years later on October 27, 1881.
Holyoak and George Holyoak Sr. Children:
married - Martha Green, and after her death he married Sarah
married - John Francis Knowles
married - Eliza Moore and also Elizabeth Ann Ferguson in a
-- Died on the plains and was
sealed to Joseph James
Died at the age of 5 in England.
married - Joseph James
married - Sarah Ann Robinson (San Juan Missionaries who settled
married - William LeFevere December 25, 1855
grandson (went to live with his father William) married - Sarah