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Sarah Hirst

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  • Name Sarah Hirst 
    Born 29 Jul 1857  Longwood, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Nov 1911  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Nov 1911  Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I129  mytree
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2014 

    Father John Hirst,   b. 7 Jan 1816, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1878, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Brook,   b. 20 Feb 1819, Salendine Nook, West Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1880, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 5 Nov 1837  Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F99  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jacob Coon,   b. 17 Oct 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1885, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1876  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Annabelle Coon,   b. 26 Oct 1877, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1975, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     2. Jacob Ervin Coon,   b. 10 Oct 1879, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1945, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. Melissa Sarah Coon,   b. 23 Dec 1881, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1906, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    +4. Jessie Coon,   b. 8 Aug 1883, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1963, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Jane Ellen Coon,   b. 20 Nov 1885, Pleasant Green, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1961, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 Jul 1857 - Longwood, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jan 1876 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Nov 1911 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 Nov 1911 - Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • SARAH HIRST COON
      (Wife of Jacob Coon, Maternal Grandmother to Gloria Newman Petersen)
      Written by Annabelle Coon Thomas, a daughter, and taken from Heritage of the Abraham Coon Family.


      My mother, Sarah Hirst, was born in Longwood, Yorkshire, England, July 29, 1857. John Hirst, her father, was born January 7, 1816, in Southwood, Yorkshire, England. Her mother, Charlotte Brook, was born March 9, 1818, in Stainland, Yorkshire, England.

      My grandfather, John Hirst, Sr., was a son of Abraham Hirst and Nancy Sykes. He married my grandmother, Charlotte Brook, a daughter of William Brook and Hannah Bottomley. They were parents of thirteen children, three of whom died when small children.

      The Mormon Elders came to that little village and were the means of converting my grandfather and his family to the Church. They were Brothers George C. Riser and Charles W. Penrose.

      Grandfather was then anxious to bring his family to the land of Zion. They emigrated to Utah in 1868 with eight children: six daughters, one son, one married daughter, and a son-in-law. Two daughters were married and remained in England. Along with a few Saints and others, they sailed from Liverpool, England, on the “Emerald Isle,” an old sailing vessel, on June 20, 1868. They landed in New York on August 11, 1868. They were almost eight weeks on the sea. Their supply of drinking water ran out and on the way they all had to drink the water out of the huge tanks and barrels that were used for ballast. This water, being very unsanitary, was allotted out one cup of water a day and only a little sip at a time. The vessel was in a very crowded condition. The poor conditions caused a good many deaths.*

      At one time they seemed to be sailing along at a good rate of speed. Grandfather said to the captain, “We’re doing fine aren’t we?” The captain swore wickedly and said, “Yes, we’re going back to Liverpool.” At yet another time there was a very bad storm on the ocean. Again the captain swore and blamed the Mormons for everything that went wrong. The crew huddled the Saints up in a corner and told them that if any one of them tried to get into the lifeboats they would be struck and killed. Then Grandfather asked the Saints to pray for safety. At this time the storm passed, but on the return trip the vessel, crew, and cargo sank.

      While out in midocean my mother’s sister gave birth to a baby girl and they gave her the name of Emerald after the vessel on which she was born. At this writing, Emerald lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and children.

      The emigrants traveled to Omaha by train and came from there to Utah by ox team. Mother was only eight years old and walked most of the way across the plans with the others.
      One time when she was riding in the wagon they were going down a very steep hill. As she was frightened, she started to climb out of the wagon and fell between the wheels. Quickly the back wheel passed over her left leg, breaking it above the knee. Her parents and others bound the leg and administered to her. She had to lie on her back in the bottom of the wagon the rest of the way. Their pioneer company was the last to come by sailing vessel or ox team, for from this time on, they had steamboat and railroads.

      After they arrived in Utah, her father settled first at North Point and then in Pleasant Green. He was called to be the presiding Elder over that area. They met in a small one-room log cabin. He taught school classes and held meetings there. Seats consisted of boxes, stools, and crude benches. John Hirst had the first funeral held in that log cabin.

      The two Elders, Brother George Riser and Brother Charles W. Penrose, who converted him to the church were speakers at his funeral.

      Grandfather died September 7, 1878. Charlotte Hirst, my grandmother, died March 9, 1880, in Pleasant Green. By that time in the Pleasant Green community they had built a better and larger building. Grandmother was the first Relief Society of the Pleasant Green Branch, a position she held until her death.


      *Information from Clifford Coon states: In one of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer meetings I heard the story of the ship the “Emerald Isle” during its last voyage. It seems that a good many more deaths would have resulted among the Saints if the cabin boy had not brought them water as often as he could from the supply of good water hoarded by the captain and the crew. As a result of his good actions, the cabin boy was converted and came to Utah. He thus escaped the watery grave of the captain and the crew upon their return voyage to England.