Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sarah Jane Barrett History
A short sketch of the life of Sarah Jane Barratt, daughter of Thomas and Ellen Julian Barratt. She was born in American Fork, 8 May 1858, the second child and first daughter in a family of twelve.
Her parents were thoroughly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Leaving their native England for the Gospel’s sake, arriving in Salt Lake City in December 1855, coming to American Fork the following year.
Being the oldest daughter in a large family much was expected of her. She was taught thrift and industry by the many labors incident to pioneer life. Her kind loving disposition so admired and sought after in her youth has characterized her whole life and won for her the love and esteem of all who knew her, culminating in the ability to make and hold many dear friends.
On March 27, 1879, she was united in marriage in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City to James Andrew Crystal, son of Andrew and Elizabeth Cousins Crystal.
The day they were to be married, they left American Fork by wagon with Miss Laura Webb and Charley Logie, at the “Point of the Mountain” the men stopped their wagon and ask the two women to make up their minds for sure before they took them any farther, if not satisfied they would put them out to walk back home. They were united in marriage that same day and returned to American Fork to make their home.
To this union ten children were born: William James, Ellen (Nell), Ann Elizabeth, Emma Mary, Andrew, Grace, Charlotte (Lottie), Thomas Barratt, Jennie and Arnold Barratt Crystal.
Mr. Crystal’s occupation was mostly mining which took him away from home a good part of the time leaving the labors of home and training of little ones to the mother.
In the year 1910 they bought a farm in Idaho and moved there, it was here 10 November 1916 that her husband passed away. In the year 1917-18 immediately following this bereavement, she was called to part with her son Thomas, who was killed in World War I in France just before the signing of the armistice. This was a great sorrow as the details of his death were never known to her.
In 1923 she returned to American Fork, Utah where she since has resided. Before moving to Idaho she was faithful Relief Society teacher and while there was chosen first counselor in the Thomas Ward Relief Society serving for two years.
Five weeks ago she met with an accident, breaking her leg and complicated with diabetes, which had troubled her for several years caused her death 8 October 1930, at the home of her daughter Ellen Julian. She was a faithful wife and loving mother, always cheerful and optimistic even in her last moments. She loved her family and they in turn did all their loving hands and hearts could do to make her life one of happiness and comfort. She died as she lived, a faithful Latter-Day Saints.
She is survived by three sons and six daughters, William James Crystal, Mrs. James (Nell) Julian, Mrs. William (Ann) Greenwood, of American Fork Utah; Andrew Crystal, Los Angeles California; Arnold Barratt Crystal, San Francisco, California; Mrs. Alma Baxter, Pocatello Idaho; Mrs. Henry Munson, Moreland Idaho; Mrs. Frank C. Capson, Salt Lake City, Utah; forty two grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; one brother, Edwin Barratt and one sister, Mrs. Ellen Gardner of American Fork. One other daughter whose name was omitted on the original copy, Mrs. Elmer (Charlotte) Cobbley.
[The above was taken from a funeral sketch.]
Things I remember about my grandmother Sarah Jane Barratt Crystal, as related by Frank C. Greenwood.
Grandmother was a Barratt, a short stoutish woman, with light blond hair, about five foot two inches tall, a very pleasant person, not easily aggravated to anger. She was a good match for grandpa and his impatience. She was easy going and calm, the opposite of him, adding a quite stability to the home. She was very devoted to him and supported him in whatever he decided to do.
After Grandfather’s death and the shocking news of Thomas’ death, along with the farm not doing well. They decided to sell the farm and move back to Utah.
She came down to Salt Lake City and kept house for her son, Arnold, me and my brother Burton Greenwood and a girl named Jenivie Hammond from Moreland, Idaho. She was the cook and housekeeper for us in the Hollywood Apartments on East Second South. It was great to have grandmother there with her expertise in cooking, having hot meals and home like place to stay.
Later not wanting to go back to Idaho, she went to American Fork, Utah, and took up housekeeping in one room of Mother’s home. In the meantime we had moved away and I lost track of her for awhile.
Grandmother was a very pleasant person and had a good word for everyone. She never wanted to be a bother to anyone and like the rest of the Barratts was very independent, and kept much to herself. Mother would invite her in for meals, sometimes she’d accept and I think other times she ate a little bit early so as not to bother those people.
Grandmother’s history is one of selfless service to others. When on the farm she was always helping neighbors who had a problem or were ill. A family named Broadheads lived near the Crystal farm and seemed to have no end of troubles she was always helping them, also the Turpin family. When a baby was born to any family in her area, she was especially helpful. She gave compassionate service to all and never neglected her own family. She always helped make quilts for newlyweds and those people with large families in need of bedding or making a dish of food for someone in need.
Coming from a family of very independent people, the Barratts, only wanting to be around her family and enjoy them and not bother anyone. She was very happy being close to her family. I remember the thankfulness I’ve always had for her ability to make children feel comfortable in her presence. When you did something for her she always thanked you and as little money as she had she saved some small change in the old sugar bowl. Often giving you a dime saying “your worth a million, but I can only pay a dime”. At that time a dime would buy a large sack of candy. We always respected her for her goodness and dedication to her family.
She was a diabetic in her later life and the treatment of this disorder was in it’s infancy then and the cost of treatment was high. She watched her diet and pretty well controlled it.
She decided she’d go visit Aunt Nell Julian for awhile and then return to her one room she called home. She was so happy just being close to her family.
She was a dedicated Relief Society worker and wholeheartedly believed in giving service to those in need and accepted the challenge of the name of this organization, of bringing relief to those around her.
Grandfather and Grandmother are buried side by side in the Greenwood lot in the American Fork City Cemetery.