None of the people in this picture are my direct ancestors. Yet, they played a pivotal role in my family history.
The man is Arba Lorenzo Lambson. The woman is Sarah Cordelia Harrington, Arba's second wife. His first wife, Elizabeth Bonner, died in 1852, and at least one or two of the older children in this photo are hers. There is one more son not yet born at the time this photo was taken, dating this as pre-1867.
Arba traveled quite a bit, and at least one of his trips was to Utah, to visit brothers who had joined the Mormon church and settled there. Over a number of years, Arba, Sarah, and their family made plans to travel to Utah. Their wagon company was well-prepared and free of much of the pressure other companies endured-certainly they benefited from Arba's travel experience.
Sarah Cordelia was one of ten children of Julia Ann Clark and Jonathan Harrington. Her father died in Iowa, and two of her sisters married and settled there permanently. Matriarch Julia, and four grown children (with some spouses) made the trip to Utah as the Arba Lambson Company, arriving in 1861. Records of property and land verify that in his business and farming efforts, Arba continued to prosper after settling in Springville, Utah.
Arba continued to spend much of his time traveling to and from Utah, Iowa, and Michigan. In 1871, en route to Michigan visit his mother, he died and was buried in Iowa.
As far as material goods, Sarah Cordelia had been left fairly well off. Still, she had three young boys yet to raise, and farmland does not generate income without labor. By 1880, Sarah remarried-to George Jaggers. George was an entrepreneur and Civil War veteran. He tried his hand at many avenues of work-records show him working in Utah mining towns, operating a lumberyard, co-owning a dining establishment, and for a time, working at the Utah State Hospital. An officer in the local G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) unit, he was involved in military honor ceremonies and recording the deaths of veterans in his area. George had been married twice previously. George and Sarah were listed in two residences-Park City, UT and Springville, UT-in the 1880 census. (I do not know if the Park City residence was rented or owned, but the Springville location was Sarah's property prior to her marriage to George).
This is where the key connection was made relevant to my own direct line.
Sarah's mother, Julia, IS my direct ancestor. Part of her story, I have told before. Julia's youngest child (Sarah's youngest brother) Jonathan Cyrus, is my great-great grandfather. Jonathan Cyrus was 17 when he arrived with Arba Lambson's group in Utah. He married Julia Ann Richmond by the time he was 21. They had six children, but with the sixth birth in May of 1882, Julia and the baby died. Five children between the ages of four and fifteen were left in their father's care.
Meanwhile, George Jaggers and Sarah Cordelia had sent for George's niece, Maria Bastin to come from Wisconsin and help with household work and childcare. I have not found any records or stories to indicate what level of interaction there was between Jonathan Cyrus and Maria, but Jonathan lived in Springville, near George and Sarah Cordelia, so it stands to reason they would have known each other. Julia's death was in May of 1882, and by November of that same year, Jonathan and Maria were married. He was 38, and she was 30.
Jonathan and Maria would have six children, three of whom died as babies. Their youngest child, Sarah Lapreal, born in 1895, is my great grandmother. In 1898, Maria died. This time, Jonathan did not remarry. He finished raising Roy, Julia, and Lapreal as a single man. There was family nearby, so I imagine he may have had some help. The home Jonathan built still stands, and the surrounding homes attached to the property retain ties to Harrington ancestry. In the space between the house and occupied by the barn shown here, are two homes built by descendants of Jonathan.
As for Sarah Cordelia, she and George Jaggers had divorced by 1889. They did not have any children together. (In the divorce, George was awarded a portion of Sarah's property-originally from land she and Arba owned together). Sarah retained ownership of at least some of the original property until her death in 1899, evidenced by the distribution of her estate among her sons. Her daughter is not mentioned in the settlement-this was common, as farm property was generally given to male heirs.
Though Maria had died, and George Jaggers was divorced from Jonathan's sister, George maintained some level of association with Jonathan. It was Jonathan who posted bail for George when he was arrested for cohabitation. (The charges were dropped when George married the unfortunate woman).
Sarah Cordelia was buried in the same plot where Julia Clark Harrington, Jonathan Cyrus Harrington, Julia Richmond, and Maria Bastin are all interred.