Sarah Shannon (Leavitt)


Spouse: Jeremiah Leavitt (#1)

  • Born 1765/66 in Chester, Rockingham, N Hampshire
  • Baptized
  • Married
  • Died 1839/40 at Twelve Miles Grv. A. Ill

Jeremiah, the son on Nathaniel, was born at Exeter, New Hampshire.

He married Sarah Shannon, born about 1765 at Exeter, New Hampshire; she was of Irish descent.

She was the first of the Leavitt family to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons.

They were the parents of ten children whose families have spread all over the west and into Canada. Most of them are active members of the Church.

We know very little about our Grandmother Sarah’s people.

Thomas Rowell Leavitt was sixteen months old when they left Hatley and moved to the United States with the Mormon colony of emigrants led by Franklin Chamberlain who married Lydia, the oldest child in the family.

This wagon train consisted of Mother Sarah Shannon now a widow, her children and grandchildren, twenty-three souls in all. Her husband Jeremiah had passed away in 1806 at the age of 46 and he is buried in the Leavitt Cemetery at Hatley, Quebec, Canada.

Now you ask why did they leave Canada? They had worked hard and struggled so long to become established in homes of they were going to different denominations, all teaching the Bible, all having a different interpretation to the scriptures. Grandmother Sarah Shannon was confused. She felt there should be one true religion teaching all the same religious principles.

About this time the Mormon missionaries were sent to Eastern Canada. Many listened to them and were impressed with the Joseph Smith story. Among them the Leavitt families. Mother Sarah Shannon felt this was the very thing she had been searching for. Her son Jeremiah and his wife Sarah Studevant accepted all of the Mormon literature that they could find. They compared it with the scriptures and were soon converted. Grandmother Studevant states in her journal it was the book Doctrine and Covenants that really converted them. They knew no man or set of men who could write such a book or even dare try to write such a book. It had to be revelation from God.

Their next move was to prepare to leave Canada and join the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio. They left 20 July, 1835 and arrived at Kirtland in September. It was here they met the prophet Joseph Smith whom they had read so much about.

The weather had been hot and the roads rough all the way, with hills to climb and rivers to cross. They had to find work before they could go on. They could go no farther. The second journey was to take them five hundred miles to Twelve Mile Grove near Nauvoo where the rest of the company had settled. When they camped near Lake Michigan, they were forced to stop again. Grandfather Jeremiah II had to find work.

They arrived at Twelve Mile Grove to find their friends and family sick and discouraged. Mother Shannon had passed away of hardship and exposure.


SARAH SHANNON

Spouse: Jeremiah (1) Leavitt - died in Hatley, Quebec, Canada 1806

  • Born: 1765/66
  • Place: Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • Married: Abt 1766
  • Place:
  • Died: 1839/1840
  • Place: Twelve Miles Grove, A. Illinois
  • Baptized:
  • Did not reach the Salt Lake Valley; she died at Twelve Miles Grove. She was 74 years old.

(Children)

1. Weare Leavitt 1785 Exter, Rockingham, New Hampshire

2. Jeremiah Leavitt* 30 May 1796 Exter, Rockingham, New Hampshire

3. Nathaniel Leavitt Abt 1790 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

4. Josiah Leavitt Abt 1792 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

5. Lyndia Leavitt Abt 1794 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

6. Sally (Sarah) Abt 1796 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

7. John Leavitt 27 July 1798 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

8. Betsey Leavitt Abt 1800 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

9. Rebecca Leavitt 27 Sep 1802 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada

10. Hanna Leavitt 26 Dec 1805 Hatley, Stanstead, Canada


(Taken from "The Life of Thomas Rowell Leavitt and His Descendants")

Jeremiah, the son of Nathaniel, was born at Exeter, New Hampshire. He married Sarah Shannon, born about 1765 at Exeter, New Hampshire; she was of Irish descent.

She was the first of the Leavitt family to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons. They were the parents of ten children whose families have spread all over the west and into Canada. Most of them are active members of the Church. We know very little about our Grandmother Sarah's people.

Thomas Rowell Leavitt was sixteen months old when they left Hatley and moved to the United States with the Mormon colony of emigrants led by Franklin Chamberlain who married Lydia, the oldest child in the family. This wagon train consisted of Mother Sarah Shannon now a widow, her children and grandchildren, twenty-three souls in all. Her husband Jeremiah had passed away in 1806 at the age of 46 and he is buried in the Leavitt Cemetery at Hatley, Quebec, Canada.

Now you ask why did they leave Canada? They had worked hard and struggled so long to become established in homes and they were going to different denominations, all teaching the Bible, all having a different interpretation to the scriptures. Grandmother Sarah Shannon was confused. She felt there should be one true religion teaching all the same religious principles. About this time the Mormon missionaries were sent to Eastern Canada. Many listened to them and were impressed with the Joseph Smith story. Among them the Leavitt families. Mother Sarah Shannon felt this was the very thing she had been searching for. Her son Jeremiah and his wife Sarah Sturdevant accepted all of the Mormon literature that they could find. They compared it with the scriptures and were soon converted. Grandmother Sturdevant states in her journal it was the book Doctrine and Covenants that really converted them. They knew no man or set of men who could write such a book or even dare try to write such a book. It had to be revelation from God.

Their next move was to prepare to leave Canada and join the Saints in Kirkland, Ohio. They left 20 July, 1835 and arrived at Kirkland in September. It was here they met the prophet Joseph Smith whom they had read so much about. The weather had been hot and the roads rough all the way, with hills to climb and rivers to cross. (Jeremiah Leavitt's family remained in Kirtland until they had earned enough money to go on, but the rest of the family, including Sarah Shannon, continued five hundred miles to Twelve Mile Grove.) They arrived at Twelve Mile Grove to find their friends and family sick and discouraged. Mother Shannon had passed away of hardship and exposure.


(Taken from Sarah Leavitt History (1919), page1)

Copied from her history by Juanita Leavitt Pulsipher, June, 1919. "I have copied this history exactly as it was written by the hand of Sarah Studevant Leavitt in her record book. The original was very old, yellow and torn, and much of the writings dim; but I was able to decipher it. I have made no effort to revise it in any way, except to put in an occasional punctuation mark or correct an error in spelling. I hope that it may find a place in the hearts and homes of her descendants; that they may profit by her experiences." Juanita L. Pulsipher.

The counties of Stanstead and Sherbrooke were organized from Richelieu in 1828. The settlements Magog Outlet, Georgeville, Stanstead Plains, Hatley, East Hatley, (Charleston) and Barnston were all begun between 1793 and 1800. The attraction of settlers to the area resulted from large grants of land to companies and individuals. "Two companies were started in Hatley-one by Captain Ebenezer Hovey and the other by Colonel Henry Cull. These two companies received together a grant of 28,913 acres, March 25, 1803".

It is supposed that the Leavitt family was in one of these companies. However, just when life looked good, tragedy struck. Mother Sarah Shannon Leavitt had given birth to her tenth child the day after Christmas, 1805, and the new year held forth a promising future. But Jeremiah  suddenly took sick" and died there in the 46th year of his age in full assurance (sic) of a glorious resurrection (sic) leaving behind him nine children."

The family records show ten children in the family, apparently Josiah had died before his Father.

Blessed with two older boys, Mother Sarah stayed on and fought the good fight. The years passed, the children married and settled in Hatley and Compton and raised their families.

The word of God fell on fruitful ground when it fell among the Leavitt family in Canada. Many of them were baptized and accepted the restored gospel with open hearts.

"The next thing was to gather with the Saints. I was pondering over in my heart how it was possible for such a journey with what means we could muster. We had a good farm, but could not get much for it, but the voice of the Spirit said, 'Come out of Babylon, O my people, that you be not partakers of her plagues.' From the time the voice spoke so loud, clear and plain to my understanding, I knew the way would be open for us to gather with the Saints. For the Lord never gives a commandment to man but what he gives them a chance to obey. From this time we set out in earnest and were ready to start with the rest of the company July 20, 1835."

The company was made up of the Leavitt family, Mother Sarah Shannon Leavitt and her children, consisting of 23 souls. Franklin Chamberlain, her oldest son-in-law, took the lead. He did not belong to the Church, but his wife did.

"We had a prosperous journey of 800 miles to Kirtland, Ohio."

"But our money was all spent, we could go no further. We had to look for a place where we could sustain ourselves for the present", while the rest of our company (including Sarah Shannon) went on the Twelve Mile Grove in Illinois. . . This was the first of September 1835.

"After a long and tedious journey we at last found ourselves in Illinois at the Twelve Mile Grove. Here we found our friends almost discouraged. They had had much sickness among them and Mother Leavitt had died and Weir's oldest son. Weir was sick with a cancer. We had doted much on seeing Mother Leavitt, but she alas was sleeping in the grave and had gone to the paradise of God to reap the reward of the just."

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