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16. Sarah "Sally" AVERY was born on 12 December 1817 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.2 She died on 3 January 1849 at the age of 31 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.2

Sarah's birthplace is also listed as Marlesville, Venongo Co, PA - there is no such place.

Sally and her husband joined the Mormon exodus west. Four of her six children died in Nauvoo and she died in Iowa.

Solomon remarried soon after her death and went on to Utah. I did not find the boys Justin or Solomon in 1850. IN 1860, Solomon, age 14, born in Iowa, was in Salt Lake, living in the household of Charles A. Terry and doing farm labor. I did not find Justin until 1870, after he was married and living in Brigham City.

Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1848
Name: Avery, Sarah (Source: Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Temple Index Bureau (TIB) )
Gender: Female (Source: Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Temple Index Bureau (TIB))
Birth Date: 12 Dec 1817 (Source: Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46) Birth Place: Marlesville, Venongo, PA, USA (Source: Temple Index Bureau (TIB)) Alternate Birth [sic - Death] Place: Date: January 3, 1849 Temple Index Bureau (TIB) Father: Avery, Daniel
Mother: Sargent, Sarah Alice Dean
Spouse: Wixom, Solomon
Marriage Date: 15 February 1836 (Source: Temple Index Bureau)
Temple Ordinance Data: Baptism Temple Index Bureau (TIB)
Date: August 29, 1967 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Endowment Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46
Date: January 12, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois Sealed to Spouse Temple Index Bureau (TIB)
Date: January 16, 46 or January 1918 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
The database is comprised of a 50-volume list created by Susan Black about people who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1830 to 1848 and who lived in the United States, Canada or Great Britain. The database was compiled using more than 300 primary and secondary sources on early Latter-day Saints, but it does not necessarily include every member of the Church who lived during the time period.

Sarah "Sally" AVERY and Solomon WIXOM were married on 15 February 1836 in Schuyler County, Illinois.22 Solomon WIXOM was born on 26 March 1809 in Seneca County, New York.23 He died on 1 March 1879 at the age of 69 in Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho.

Solomon joined the LDS church in 1832.

Schuyler Co, IL Deed Book D
p.303 Mortgage held by Minor Pickel. Solomon Wixom & wife [who was Sarah "Sally" Avery, daughter of Daniel Avery] $120. The South 1/2 of the NE Quarter of Section 6, T1N, R2W - 71.78 acres. Signed: Solomon Wixom, Sarah (X) Wixom. Wit: James W. Riley
Note in Margin. Having received full satisfaction, release the same. 10 Feb 1840, signed; Minor Pickle. Wit: Robt. A. Glenn

1860 Census. Pondtown Twp, Utah Territory, Payson P.O., Hh 1865
Soln. Wixom, 51, b. NY. Hannah age 30, b. Canada
Soln., son, 15, b. MO
Mary M. 7, Joseph M. 4, Hannah M. 1 - all born U.T.

1870 Census. Solomon was in Rich County, Utah Territory. Age 61, b. NY. Wife Hannah and four children. His second wife was Harriett Teeples, he married her 15 Jan 1846, but they did not stay together. Sarah was too ill to travel and he did not continue west - they were at their Winter Quarters on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. Harriett went on and divorced him and married again. He married Hannah Montgomery in the Salt Lake Valley.. Solomon was called by Brigham Young to help settle the Bear Lake County which because part of Idaho in 1890. He also married Catherine, but she left him - he wasn't too successful at polygamy. He is said to have had nineteen children.

1880 Census. Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, Hh 31
Hannah Wixom, 48, b. Canada as were her parents
Joseph 23, son, b. Utah; his father b. IL, mother b. Canada
John, 18, son, b. Utah
Orson, 16, son, b. Utah
Lorenzo, 12, son, b. Utah
Sarah Jane 10, dau, b. Idaho
Hyrum, 8, son, b. Idaho

Saints in the Wilderness: A Day-by-day Pioneer Experience
Winter Quarters and Mormon Battalion March by David R. Crockett
Tuesday, January 5, 1847
Council Bluffs, in Iowa:
A son, Seth James Wixom, was born to Solomon and Harriet Teeples Wixom
The Journal of Mormon History v. 32 had an article about Summer Quarters and its High Council governance that included some interesting details about George Teeples, taken from the High Council minutes."the council also heard George B. Teeples complain that Solomon Wixom had lied, engaged in unchristianlike conduct, and 'stolen' his seventeen-year old daughter, Harriet. [not to be confused with his daughter-in-law Harriet B. Cook] Since Wixom had been sealed to Harriet, presumably by Brigham Young, no wrong had been committed and Teeples withdrew his charge. (From High Council and Stout, Jan. 29, 1848.)"
I wish I knew the rest of that juicy story, but when I looked up his daughter Harriet, it appears that she had a child with this Solomon Wixom and then divorced him.

Harriet took this child with her and renamed him with the name of her Sessions husband. He was not reunited with his Wixom family until the 1920's.

Solomon Wixom, birth:  26 Mar 1809, Hector, Seneca, New York, sealed on 20 Jun 1872 EHouse to Maria Avery (Film 183398/Reference 2343).
He was actually sealed to nine women on that day:
Polly Wood
Nancy Johnson
Olive Montgomery, born 21 Mar 1821, Camden, , , Canada
Maria Avery
Margaret Mathews, born in Tennessee
Sally Wixom, born ,Franklin, Ohio
Phebe Wixom, born ,Franklin, Ohio
Hester Wixom, born ,Franklin, Ohio
Nancy Johnson
These are likely women who were deceased and Solomon felt they would want a husband. In this time period it was the custom to seal unmarried deceased women to a relative. For the early members, it was extremely important that everyone was sealed to someone.   He was not actually married to any of them.  When you look at the last names it is pretty easy to see that they are related some way or another to one of his wives or family members.  However, some could also just be acquaintances.

Profiles In Mormon Courage; Inspiring Stories of Stalwart and Steadfast, by Hartt Wixon, copyright, 2007, tells the story of Solomon Wixom.

He is buried Paris Cemetery, Paris, Bear Lake Co, Idaho.

Sarah "Sally" AVERY and Solomon WIXOM had the following children:



Hiram Daniel WIXOM was born on 13 November 1836 in Schuyler County, Illinois.23 He died on 26 April 1844 at the age of 7 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.23



Justin Chauncey WIXOM was born on 3 December 1838 in Caldwell County, Missouri.23 He died on 29 November 1912 at the age of 73 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah.23



Matilda Octavia WIXOM was born on 21 February 1841 in Schuyler County, Illinois.23 She died on 27 April 1844 at the age of 3 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.23



Perlina Merilla WIXOM was born on 14 November 1843.23 She died on 14 November 1843 at the age of 0.



William Henry WIXOM was born on 27 June 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.23 He died on 27 June 1845 at the age of 0 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.
The baby lived four hours.



Solomon Avery WIXOM was born on 8 August 1846 in Farmington, Van Buren County, Iowa.23 He died on 11 July 1899 at the age of 52 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah.23

I found a Solomon, age 14, born Iowa, doing farm labor in the household of Charles A. Terry in 1860 - but his name was written as Solomon Wicksen. I believe this one is more likely the correct Solomon, although the birthplace is wrong.
1860 Census. Pondtown Twp, Utah Territory, Payson P.O., Hh 1865
Soln. Wixom, 51, b. NY. Hannah age 30, b. Canada
Soln., son, 15, b. MO
Mary M. 7, Joseph M. 4, Hannah M. 1 - all born U.T.
It is possible that young Solomon was hiring out and counted both by his father and his employer.

By 1880 he was in Beaver County, Utah with two of his wives and seven of his children.
Hh 58
Solomon A. Wixom, age 33, school teacher. Born Iowa, father b. Ohio, mother b. Illinois.
Amanda C. age 26, wife, b. AR, Avery son, 6, Clara M. 4, Melvina A. 6 months born in November 1879.
Lois O. age 28, wife, born in Utah. Solomon D. age 9, Josiah W. age 3, Justin age 2, Penelope E. age four months, born in Jun 1880.

Solomon had at least three wives and perhaps as many as 23 children.
Solomon married Penelope Bishop, 8 Oct 1869, Salt Lake - she was the mother of the Solomon D., age 9, listed with wife Lois in 1880.
He married Amanda Caroline DeSpain, 24 Jun 1872.
He married Lois Orenia Earl, about 1875, Pine Valley, Washington Co, Utah.