WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
JAMES & SARAH SNYDER DICKINSON
(indian missionary, temple builder, miller, early santa clara residents)
BIOGRAPHYJames Dickinson was born October 12, 1827 (1828 ?) and christened November 11, 1827 in Upholland, Lancashire, England.
Sarah Jane Snyder was born June 14, 1838 in Camden East, Ontario, Canada.
James along with other missionaries establish the Muddy Mission.
Sarah met James at the saw mill where he was working for her father. They were married on March 27, 1857. They had 14 children.
James ran a grist mill for Heber C. Kimball and they lived in his house until they were called to help settle Utah's Dixie.
In 1862, they were called on a mission by Brigham Young to help settle Utah's Dixie. They move there and made a home in Santa Clara. Before they had their home built out of adobes, a shelter was made by making a cover over the wagon box. Then James went to Pine Valley and made lumber for the house and some of the other homes.
James ran a grist mill in Washington. He also made coffins (caskets) at no charge for many who died.
In June of 1875, they were called to Panguitch to help settle that part of the territory. Shortly after arriving (in 1877), the first High Council was organized by Apostle Erastus Snow and James was chosen as one of the first to hold this position. He was a member of this group for twenty years, until his death. Also shortly after arriving at Panguitch, Sarah Jane was chosen as a councilor in the Relief Society.
James worked in a saw mill for the first year. Then he built a grist mill on the east end of Panguitch. He built a home on the hill on the south west side of the town. Everyone came to get flour abd he would give it to the poor if they didn't have any money. He also gave flour and other provisions to the Indians that would come for flour.
On January 16, 1879, James & Sarah Jane Dickinson were sealed in the Saint George temple. The next day, all of their children were sealed in the Saint George temple. Their children born after that were born in the covenant.
James helped build the St. George, Manti, and Salt Lake temples.
He was a great man of faith and would go anywhere when called on to administer to the sick. He was a honest and industrious man and kind to everyone.
James died on October 28, 1894 in Panguitch. He is buried in the Panguitch City Cemetery.
Sarah Jane died on 10 October 1924 at at the home of her son, Otis, in Richfield, Utah and was buried next to her husband in Plot UK-1-63-11 at the Panguitch City Cemetery.
REFERENCESAn Ancestor.com message thread about James & Sarah Jane Dickinson
Freepages entry for Sarah Snyder Dickinson & James Dickinson
Find-A-Grave entry for James Dickinson
Find-A-Grave entry for Sarah Snyder Dickinson