SARAH GOODE MARSHALL CHADWICK
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Sarah Goode Marshall Chadwick is celebrated as the first woman to enter the Salt Lake Valley with the first Great Handcart Company from Foreign Nations, predominantly from the British Isles. Organizer-Captain Edmund Ellsworth, reluctant to allow this thirty-four year old widow and her six small children to join his huge company, feared she could be "a hindrance."
Sarah prevailed, "Well, Captain Ellsworth," the determined woman declared, "I'm going and I'll beat you there!" Her vision of Zion before her, she withstood hardships and near starvation on the long arduous journey.
On the night before the Company would enter the Salt Lake Valley, Captain Ellsworth granted her permission for an early morning start. Therefore, after three months and seventeen days, she pulled her handcart into the Salt Lake Valley. She had indeed beaten Captain Ellsworth there.
Sarah Goode, the daughter of George Goode and Selina Mary Ann Holder was born 2 March 1821 in Mithelldean or Abbinhall, Gloucestershire, England. She married Thomas Marshall 7 May 1843. Six children were born to the union: Levenia, Selina, Tryphenia, Louisa, George and Sarah.
She enjoyed reading the Bible. She wholeheartedly embraced the Gospel upon hearing the Elders preach. Many times she walked twenty miles up and down rugged hills to meetings, carrying her baby, Sarah. Her testimony grew in spite of her husband's bitter opposition and regular beatings.
The death of her husband, Thomas Marshall, in 1854, left her penniless. She supported her family by serving as a lady' maid by day and making kid gloves by night; an art she learned in girlhood. After two years of frugal living she had set aside enough money to realize her dream to "Come to Zion."
The night before her departure for Zion, family and friends warned her that she and her family would lose their lives. An Elder lifted his hand, "In the Name of Israel's God...(Sarah)...will go to Zion and not lose one child.." They boarded the ship named Samuel Curling, sailing from Liverpool, England on Saturday, 19 April 1856. Arriving in Boston 23 May 1856, they traveled by rail to Iowa City to prepare for the long journey.
Food was scarce crossing the plains. Flour was rationed to two ounces per person. They took turns using the bake ovens at night to prepare the next day's food. One late evening a young man approached,"I'm starving to death," he said. Many times Sarah thanked the Lord she had shared her ration with him, for he was found dead the next morning. "If I had not done so my conscience would condemn me."
Many days the Company traveled until dark before finding water to camp. One evening Sarah discovered her eight year old girl, Tryphenia, missing. Hungry wolves circled nearby. "I cannot rest until my daughter is found," she told the Captain. The child, having fallen asleep along the trail, was recovered the following morning to great rejoicing.
Sarah Goode Marshall married widower Joseph Chadwick in January of 1857. Two sons were born; William and Charles Frederick. They lived in Franklin, Idaho. She and her children gleaned the fields, gathering scattered heads of grain to make flour for bread. One day her axe was missing. After prayer she found it where her husband had stolen and buried it. Buckskins tediously prepared for her little boy's suit disappeared. Her prayers were answered when she discovered them hidden among willows under a shed.
Joseph and Sarah Marshall Chadwick and her daughter, Selina Marshall Gregory and their families were the first settlers in Franklin, Idaho. They homesteaded and she and her husband operated a mercantile business until his death in 1878.
"I don't believe in giving an apple where there is an orchard," the frugal woman stated. She gave hope and encouragement to humanity and as a midwife brought many souls into the world. She maintained a steadfast devotion to the Gospel throughout her mortal life. She died on 23 April 1904 at age 83 in Dayton, Idaho. Burial at Franklin, Idaho Cemetery.
The original family history is taken from the written research of great granddaughter, Lulu Preece Parry. Plaque purchased and history condensed by the descendants of Iona May Fuller Knight and Mary Levenia Fuller Ericksen, daughters of Delilah Martha Davis Fuller Pike, daughter of Mary Levenia Gregory Davis, daughter of Selina Marshall Gregory, daughter of Sarah Goode Marshall Chadwick.