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Sarah Ellen McFerson

Evidence from census, newspaper, and genealogical records proves the McFerson family traveled to Utah in 1851. They appear on the Iowa census, enumerated in September 1850. A daughter is born in Utah in Jan. 1852. These two events narrows the window of the travel to 1851 and prove they had to come in that year.

Her birth and death dates are confirmed by her death certificate.


Company Unknown (1851)Approximate age at departure: 4


  • "Mrs. Sarah E. Van Arden, A First Settler, Is Dead," Deseret News, 26 July 1912, 8.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1850 Iowa Census
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Utah Death Certificate.

  • Source Location
  • Utah State Archives and Records Service