Sarah Ann, Eliza, Abigail, Suzanne
                                     - with Notes
       
In honor of my pioneer grandmothers: Suzanne de la Tour Lamoreaux was a Huguenot who left France
1685 so that her children could be raised in religious freedom.  Abigail Losey Lamoreaux was exiled to
Canada when her family fought for the British in the Revolutionary War and then moved to Kirtland after
Parley P. Pratt converted her and her husband in Canada in 1836. Eliza Chapman Gadd left England in
the 1840's after her husband and older children joined the church. They pushed a handcart in the Willie
Company. Her husband and two children died on the trail.  She was baptized one month after reaching
the Salt Lake valley. Sarah Ann Pedrick Asay was raised well to do, was disowned for joining the church
in the pioneer trek in the 1850's.  She had to hide to hear the missionaries because genteel ladies did
not go out in public when they were expecting.                                                           

akrc mar/june 1997  wp\songhst

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
How did you feel when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?,
Would you have come, if you had known, the path your feet would trod?

So many stories, I can't tell them all.
Jeanne died, leaving so many so young,
Who would care for them as she had done?
Elizabeth, with small children, escaped down the Hudson to what?
A war torn New York, then Exile in the wilds of Canada, her fate.
Martha and Mary, twins, for forty years apart,
A long separation for two so close.
Nancy and Rosa, young sisters, All alone,
could not stay in England when the truth was known.
Delia and her daughter Mary Sophia crossed the plains,
With a new husband and father they lovingly claimed.
Lydia Lavera and her husband, with her brother, came south,
To Arizona to start again and built a new house.

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
Who did you leave when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?,
Would you have come, if you had known the path your feet would trod?

Too many stories, I must tell some more.
Lydia and her husband left persecution in Maine,
To come to Utah and try to settle again.
Elizabeth and her husband died back in Maine,
neighbors dug their graves, crooked so their souls they could not claim.
Hannah in Missouri, was safe, but wait,
Their neighbors were exiled, they couldn't stay.
Phoebe left some children in England, grown, to go,
With their father to Utah to build a new home.
Ann, from Mars Hill, her husband dead,
Watched her children pull the handcart, all of them lived.
Mary Ann, too, walked with the handcarts, when only six years old;
Now, to Mexico with her husband’s young wives she must go.
Lucy from Kentucky to Arizona much later, by train,
With so many nearly grown daughters to wed.
Alice, came to Arizona and married, so young,
To a man who wouldn't see his children grown.
Martha and Mary, like their mother, twins....
Left their father buried in Mexico, came back alone.
Mabel dragging her children across the state,
To be with her husband as work would dictate.

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
What did you leave when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?,
Would you have come, if you had known, the path your feet would trod?
Yes! You would come, if you had known, the path your feet would trod?

The other verses honor Jeanne Masse' Lamoreaux, Lydia Young Crockett, Elizabeth Ogden Lamoreaux,  
Martha Barrett Haws, Nancy Miriam Orrell Lamoreaux, Delia Byam Reed Curtis, Mary Sophia Reed
Crockett, Lydia Lavera Crockett Lamoreaux, Lydia Young Crockett, Elizabeth Brockett Crockett, Hannah
Whitcomb Haws, Phoebe Colburn Barrett, Ann Jewell Rowley, and Mary Ann Gadd Rowley, Lucy Susan
Stinson Pedrick, Alice Arminda Hendricks Asay, Martha Haws Rowley, and Mabel Asay Lamoreaux.
SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE
Pioneer Sesquicentennial Project - akrc March 1997

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
What did you leave when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?
Would you have come, if you had known the path your feet would trod?

Suzanne back in France so long ago, across waters, wide and deep,
That long trip to New York, And a language you couldn't speak.
Babies you left buried in England, damp and cold.
Others you brought in that small boat, Across the ocean, where none of you had ever been.
Did your husband know how to find the new land?

Abigail, must you leave again? Born in New York,
You'd left your homeland, when the missionaries you heard in Canada.
It wasn't so far you had to go, compared to how far you'd already been,
Just across the lake to Kirtland. Did you make it to Nauvoo?
Would your children all follow with their families, too?

Women of courage, with faith in every step,                                        
When I hear their stories, such a pattern they set,                                
In them, I see my way more clearly,I may get there, yet.                                

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
Who did you leave when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?,
Would you have come, if you had known the path your feet would trod?

Eliza, you didn't believe like your husband Sam, That God had provided a promise land.
So why did you come o'er the ocean and then, Pull that handcart thru' icy rivers and snow?
Even after he died and was left on the trail; why did you stay and embrace his beliefs
After all that? It's amazing to me.

Sarah Ann, pampered and spoiled as a child, You of all people, I would have expected to stay
In Philadelphia, where your charmed life, Had to do with ponies, and satin and no strife.
Hiding, because of your "delicate condition", You listened to the truth,
And traded it all, For nail keg and goods boxes, loaded in wagons.
These stories have hardships and trials and death                                
But when told by those who the journey trod,                                        
They were led and protected by the Hand of GOD.                                        

SARAH ANN, ELIZA, ABIGAIL, SUZANNE,
How did you feel when you left your home land?
When you followed a husband, who followed his God?
Would you have come if you had known the path your feet would trod?
Yes! You would come if you had know, the path your feet would trod!
Notes on Sarah Ann, Eliza, Abigail, Suzanne