Sarah Jane Casper

Female 1845 - 1920  (74 years)


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  • Name Sarah Jane Casper 
    Born 7 Oct 1845  Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Feb 1920  Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 Feb 1920  Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I950  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2015 

    Family Ebenezer Joseph Hanks,   b. 11 Feb 1815, Greenwich, Washington, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1884, Hanksville, Wayne, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1861  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F585  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Reviewed Rootsweb.com Worldconnect 10 Dec 2002.

      2. Per Ancestry.com and Ancestral File v4.19, parents are William Wallace Casper, b. 1821 at Bellville, Richland, OH, and Sarah Ann Bean, b. 31 Oct 1828 at Quincy, Adams, IL.

      3. Censuses:
      1880 US: Bellevue, Kane, Utah, p. 429A, NA film T9-1336:
      Ebaneezer Hanks, cooper, self, M, 65, NY NY NY.
      Sarah J., housekeeper, other, M, 35, IL OH IL.
      Jane A., dau, 16, UT NY IL.
      Ebaneezer, son, 14, UT NY IL.
      Nancy Luella, dau, 12, UT NY IL.
      Irona Wealthy, dau, 9, UT NY IL.
      Evan A., son, 4, UT NY IL.
      Kneel, son, 1, UT NY IL.

      1900 US: Hanksville, Wayne, Utah, p. 230A:
      Henry Burnell, b. Aug 1835, age 64, married 12 years, Louisiana, France, Scotland, farmer.
      Sarah J., wife, b. Oct 1845, age 54, 12 total children, 9 living, IL, OH, MO.
      Margaret M., dau., b. Mar 1890, 10, UT, Lou., IL
      Charles E. Hanks, stepson, b. Nov 1881, 18, UT NY, IL, farm laborer.

      4. Per Rosemary Cundiff at the Research Center of the Utah State Archives : "Early boundaries for Washington, Kane, and Iron counties were fairly unstable during Utah's territorial period. Today Kanarraville is just north of the Washington County border in Iron county. Based on maps showing county boundary changes, it looks like Kanarra was in Washington County when first settled in 1862, and that it had become part of Kane County by 1870. The Kane/Washington/Iron boundary was altered again in 1885, and at that time Kanarra probably became part of Iron County. Although, Kanara is not on the historical maps I am using, it could possibly have been once more in Washington County for a while. The county boundaries as currently established were in place by 1896." Kerry's note: Kanarra's name was changed to Kanarraville when the city incorporated in 1934. The first white settlers came from Fort harmony when heavy rains washed out the fort in 1862. Several Toquerville families also relocated there, and the community was further fortified in the late 1860's by the arrival of Long Valley settlers fleeing Indian problems.

      BIRTH:
      1. Obituary states 7 Oct 1844 whereas Hanks book states 7 Oct 1845 in Nauvoo. Unsure which is more correct. All Ancestry.com 9 Dec 2002 sites indicate 7 Oct 1845.

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Hanks book varies on date. P. 49 states 22 Jan 1860 in Endowment House and cites "Hanks family record" as source. Ordinance Index confirms no such date and uses 6 Apr 1861. Hanks book on p. 201 states 6 Apr 1861. I use the 1861 date.
      2. Per Hanks book cited below, Sarah's second marriage was Henry Matthias Burnell, 25 May 1888, probably at Hanksville, Wayne, Utah (Piute Co. Marriage License 1887-1893 bk "I," p. 13 - Hanksville was then in Piute County). Bunnell was born 21 Aug 1830, New Orleans, Lousiana, and said in the census of 1900 his father was french and his mother scotch. It has been suggested his mother's maiden name was McLain, but no evidence exists except this as his daughter's middle name. He died 18 Mar 1908, Hanksville, bur. 20 Mar. 1908, Hanksville. He had been a trapper, postmaster, and school trustee.

      DEATH:
      1. Per Hanks book cited below, Sarah died 20 Feb 1920, Kanarraville, Iron, Utah (tombstone says 19 Feb).

      BURIAL:
      1. Most sites at Ancestry.com 10 Dec 2002 note 25 Feb 1920 at Kanarraville, Iron, UT, but without documentation.

      OBITUARY:
      1. "Utah Pioneer of 1847 Is Dead at Kanarra. (Special Correspondence.) Kanarra, Feb. 25. - Mrs. Sarah J. Hanks died here recently at the home of her daughter, Irona Davis. Mrs. Hanks was born Oct. 7, 1844, the daughter of William and Sarah Ann Casper. She came to Utah with her parents in 1847, and was a pioneer in every sense of the word. She was the wife of Ebenezer Hanks and was the mother of 12 children, eight of whom survive her. There are also [?4] grandchildren and [??] great-grandchildren. She died as she had lived, a faithful Latter-day Saint" Deseret News, Fri., 27 Feb 1920, photo accompanies article.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. The book: "The Ebenezer Hanks Story," author Kerry William Bate; 1982; Address: Kerry Bate, 543 East 600 South, SLC, UT, 84 102.