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Sarah Priscilla Cluley

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  • Name Sarah Priscilla Cluley 
    Born 13 Feb 1831  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 Apr 1831  Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Apr 1865  Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 28 Jan 1885  LOGAN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Logan City Cemetery, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I2659  mytree
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2020 

    Father Henry Cluley,   c. 18 Jan 1807, Walsgrave-on-Sowe, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Mother Catherine Threlfall,   b. 1805, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919  (Age 114 years) 
    Married 4 Mar 1827  St. Peter's Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joseph Greaves,   b. 22 Feb 1832, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1904, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1853  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Cluley Greaves,   b. 21 Dec 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1933, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. Elizabeth Cluley Greaves,   b. 21 Oct 1856, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1942, Preston, Franklin, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +3. Joseph Cluley Greaves,   b. 1 Dec 1858, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1884, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +4. Thomas Cluley Greaves,   b. 2 Nov 1860, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1920, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +5. Priscilla Cluley Greaves,   b. 17 Mar 1863, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1917, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     6. Mary Ann Cluley Greaves,   b. 2 Apr 1865, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1865, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1831 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1 Apr 1831 - Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Feb 1853 - Liverpool, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Apr 1865 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 28 Jan 1885 - LOGAN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Logan City Cemetery, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Greaves, Joseph b1832 - Cluley, Sarah P b1931 - Goddard, Elizabeth A b1931
    Greaves, Joseph b1832 - Cluley, Sarah P b1931 - Goddard, Elizabeth A b1931

  • Notes 
    • Sarah Priscilla Cluley
      1831- 1865

      Early Life
      Born: 13 Feb 1831 Liverpool, England
      Christened: April 1, 1831
      Baptized: 3 July 1831 St. Nicholas, Church of England in Liverpool
      Parents: Henry Cluley and Catherine Threlfall.

      Sarah’s father, Henry, is listed as bootmaker on Sarah’s marriage license. Bootmaking/shoemaking appears to be a family business. Sarah’s mother, Catherine, worked as a shoebinder (1841 census).
      ** Hand binder or boot binder—one who sewed together the upper leathers on a last, usually women, older children and old men.

      Sarah Priscilla was born the 3rd of 6 children in her family but she was the only child that grew into adulthood; her other 5 siblings all died when they were infants. Sarah Priscilla was the only child who lived past the age of one.

      Siblings:
      Ann—Jan 2, 1828-Nov 1828--
      Lived 10 months
      John—July 17, 1829-Mar 8 1830--
      Lived 8 months
      Sarah—Feb 13, 1831-Apr 12 1865
      Joseph—June 28, 1835-Feb. 1836--
      Lived 8 months
      Elizabeth—Feb 13, 1837-March 1837- Lived about 5 weeks
      Henry—May 6, 1838-Feb 24, 1839--
      Lived 9 months

      Sarah lived on Brick Street, Liverpool, England.
      She learned about heartache and death at an early age.
      Before she was 10, Sarah not only lost her father but had also experienced the joy of having 3 siblings born and the sorrow of those 3 children being called home in their infancy.

      Sarah (10) and her mother (35) then lived with Catherine’s father, Joseph Threlfall, a carpenter, who was 75 years old. (1841 census)

      While growing up, Sarah most likely helped her mother in the shoe binding business and probably looked after her grandfather the best she could.

      When Sarah was 17 years old, her mother, Catherine, remarried a man named William Maxwell. (She had been a widow 8 years)

      Adulthood
      At age 20, Sarah was living in another household—(77 Grove Street) possibly caring for an 82 year old man. She is listed as a servant living with a retired merchant, a commercial traveler who is a listed as a lodger and a 36 year old woman listed as head of house and housekeeper. (1851 census)

      Sarah somehow learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints between the years of 1849 and 1852. One record says she was baptized on 22 Dec. 1849 but other writings indicate the date was later, closer to 1851-2.

      When she was 22, Sarah married Joseph Greaves (Feb 20, 1853). The next day they sailed on the “International” bound for New Orleans, LA.

      This must have been a time of conflicting emotions for Sarah. Knowing they would never see each other again in this life, she had to leave her mother and everything familiar to her, but there must have been excitement at starting a new marriage and a new life in a new country with people who shared her same beliefs and goals.

      Coming to America
      8 weeks of:
      The discomforts of cheapest fare
      Crowded quarters
      Menial tasks, bad smells
      Insufficient food—running out of flour
      Little room—their berth (or bed) was so small that if she turned, she and Joseph both would have to turn at the same time.
      Unfavorable winds
      Once during a storm on ship—the hatchway was closed down and people had to keep in their bunks. Sarah made a caraway seed cake that they put in sack and hung it within reach and that supplied food for them while the storm lasted.

      *A more detailed description of the International’s voyage to America is included at the end of this history.

      Going West
      Joseph remembers:
      (In a letter to his cousin William Greaves Sept 2-4 1897)

      Jacob Gates Company—1853

      “from New Orleans we go by Steamer to Keokuk Iowna [Iowa], from this Place we Travel with Ox Teams to Salt Lake City Distance 1300 miles.
      arrived there Sept. 30. I helped to drive the Loose Cattle of the Company the whole of the Journey on foot. the first 300 miles it was very wet weather. and most of us had to lay on the ground as only one or two could lay in each wagon. my Provisions gave out on the Sweet water, as was the case with others of the company. from this time we commenced to kill the poorest of the Cattle to live on, and we had no salt to use with this meat,
      Keokuk, Iowa was our outfitting point w[h]ere we received our oxen, cows, and wagons. Here is where our camp life commenced. We were on the frontier of civilization; we remained here some time waiting for our oxen. Here we were put in companies, twelve persons to a wagon. There were, I think, four families in our wagon, my family and that of an old man’s was small. There was a captain over each ten wagons and a captain of the company of fifty wagons when we started from here. And when the wagon I belonged to was just pulling out a man comes to me and says, “You have been selected to remain here in company with three others to bring along a herd of cows when they come.” I had never been one day away from my wife before since we were married. The company went some distance to a place called Montrose, and by this time they found out that they were too heavily loaded for a journey of 1,300 miles. Each family had a box, some had crocks and books. We had to lighten up; the locks and hinges were taken off the boxes, and the boxes were all piled together and burned. Crocks, extra cooking utensils, books and anything that could be dispensed with had to be got rid of. The inhabitants of that place got lots of things for a few vegetables or a little milk. When the cows came, life was something new for a sailor. The cows were purchased of farmers all over the country and were all strange to each other and of course would not travel together, and I can assure you we green horns had a hard time of it. They would go every way but the way we wanted them to go. When we reached our company my wife soon informed me of all the things she had to part with. We were allowed one box to a wagon to put in the best things of the persons belonging to the wagon, and me being away at the time, selected mine for that purpose. Our route through Iowa to the Missouri river to where Omaha now is was a distance of 300 miles. It was a wet season of the year. I had made myself an oilcloth coat to wear on the ship as I thought before I started, but had no occasion to wear it. But it came in good to put on the wet ground in the tent to make our bed on. The grass was up to our waist and every morning when we would go to gather up the cattle we would get wet to our skin. This 300 miles was one of the greatest trials I have ever passed through, except losing my wife. I had never been used to walking and it was a great deal of labor to me. I have many a time lay down on the ground and cussed the day that I was born. I am sorry to say it but it is so. But long before we got to Salt Lake I could have walked many more miles than our teams were able to do each day. We were camped some time where Omaha now is. It took quite a long time to ferry the wagons and cattle over the river. This place was called Caneville [Kanesville], and the last place settled by white people. When we crossed the Missouri we were in the Indian territory and one thousand and thirty miles of dry country before us. We made this part of our journey in a little over ten weeks. This part of the journey was hot and we would walk through rivers and creeks with our clothes all on and let them dry on us and not have any bad effects from so doing. We had two yolk of oxen to each wagon and two cows. Some men would break in the cows and use them. I drove the loose animals the whole distance, had one person at a time to help me. During the last 500 miles when the cattle were poor and sore-footed I would be left a long way behind the company and at times when it was very dark. I could not have found the camp if it had not been for the sense of smell of an old gentleman that was with me. He could smell the camp fire a long way off. Some time before we reached our journey’s end our provisions became very scarce. Then we commenced to kill our poorest cattle to [word faded out] out the deficiency. If anyone ever learned the value of salt, we did at this time. (I have always been careful of salt ever since.) We lived on poor beef alone and no salt too – it is something you could not comprehend if you have not tried it. During our journey we could see many useful articles by the roadside that were left by those who were ahead of us to lighten their loads. Men would be stationed by these articles while the train would pass by them or some thoughtless persons would put things in the wagons and soon put us in the condition of those who had to leave them. I was so hungry the latter part of our journey that I had made up my mind that as soon as I got in the valley of Salt Lake I would commence to beg, but as usual, the last day I was a long way behind the company. And as soon as I got out of the mountains I could see the city in the distance. I left two oxen that had hindered my progress all day, and traveled a little faster. When I reached camp my wife informed me that the people commenced to beg at every house they passed. When I learned that, it took all the courage out of me and one of our company, seeing we had nothing, gave us enough to make us a supper. Thus ended our journey, on the 30th of Sept. 1853. I kept no diary of those days so I cannot give you as interesting account as I would like to have done.” (J. Greaves)

      The company made a start but found they were too heavily loaded. Captain Gates called a meeting and told everyone to throw away all but 25 pounds a head. All of the books were burned and many dishes were discarded. Some were traded to settlers for food.

      A grand-daughter remembers:
      “Grandmother (Sarah) had to discard many of her precious things as they were coming to Utah so as to lighten the load for the oxen were giving out. This made her feel very bad.”

      “Grandmother had real dark hair and grey eyes. (her daughter, Priscilla, resembled her (Sarah) and aunt Lizzie resembled grandfather (Joseph).”

      Utah
      Arriving in Salt Lake destitute, Joseph had to accept any kind of available work, a tough thing for someone who had never done anything except tailoring. Priscilla fared some better by helping with the housework of an aged couple and this had food and warmth.

      Priscilla and Joseph’s first winter in SLC was full of hardships. Joseph wrote, “We were in a strange country and I had never done a day’s work at anything but my trade. It was hard for a weak, half starved individual like myself to learn to do common labor with shovel, pick or saw. Every little job I would get would be different from the one I last had…I would keep warm in the sun on the south side of some building. We got in a log house that winter, but had very little wood to burn. At night I would go to meeting to keep warm. However, we lived through our first North American winter. I have never regretted my coming here although it was wild looking place then.”

      Ten months after Joseph and Priscilla were married, their first child, John Cluley, was born in a one-room dirt floor log cabin. They lived in Salt Lake City for 3 years, sometimes living on roots of weeds to keep from starving. The grasshopper plague made things even worse, destroying their crops, so they moved to Provo.

      In Provo, fish were easily caught—even with no bait and potatoes, corn and flour were obtained. There, Thomas, Joseph and Elizabeth were born in a one-room adobe house. The Greaves family spent several years clearing land and farming near the Provo River. The farm was too near the river and their crops were frequently washed away. Then one year the river flooded, completely ruining the farm.

      Joseph had heard favorable reports about Cache Valley so he set out on foot to inspect to the area. He liked what he saw and so after 6 years of living in Provo, the family of 6 traveled by ox team in the winter to Logan. They lived in their wagon until they were able to make a one-room dugout where the lot sloped down. They now had a roof, a door and a window. The floors were covered with clean straw and they had a fireplace and bake oven that they used outside. Now sheltered and comfortable, the family welcomed a baby girl, Priscilla, born in March 1863. The move to Logan was permanent. Later they lived in a two-room house with a “leanto” on the back on the lot where they first camped.

      Three years later, on April 2, 1865 Sarah gave birth to a baby girl, Mary Ann. She lived only a few days and on the 13th of the same month, Sarah (age 34) followed her in death. Mary Ann’s grave was made larger and contains both mother and daughter. Thirty-four years is not a long time to live, but the wonderful characteristics, traits and values Sarah and Joseph have passed on to their children stand as a witness to the kind of people they were and what they instilled in their children.
      Sarah and Joseph’s 6 children:

      John Cluley Elizabeth Cluley Joseph Cluley

      Thomas Cluley Priscilla Cluley Mary Ann Cluley

      Trials, tests, set backs, hardships, caring for others, accomplishments, joy, starting and restarting life over again…Sarah was familiar with all these things and kept going. She was loved: by the family she came from, by her children and her husband. We are grateful for her life, sacrifices, example and legacy she has left us. Joseph’s feelings were about Sarah were expressed in his letter to William, 32 years after her passing:
      “Our route through Iowa to where Omaha now is was a distance of 300 miles. This 300 miles was one of the greatest trials I have ever passed through except losing my wife”
      Thank you, Grandma Sarah. Until we meet again….
      **The plot was among the first in the Logan City cemetery and lies directly east across the roadway from the Thatcher plot. Joseph, and his second wife, Elizabeth Wood Greaves and an infant daughter Susan who died soon after birth are also buried there. A suitable monument marks the plot.
      Sources:
      “My Grandfather – Joseph Greaves”, History of Utah since Statehood, Vol. 4, pg. 1920
      Conversations between Nellie Greaves Spidell and Elizabeth Greaves Eames on March 27, 1937
      Missionary Journal of Joseph Greaves – original now in LDS Church Archives. Also brief sketch prefacing this journal
      Two letters written by Joseph Greaves dated September 10, 1897 and September 14, 1897.
      #1 Personal History: Childhood and Catherine Mary Eames by Vera Carter Lewis