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Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O’Driscoll

Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O’Driscoll

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Biography of Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O’Driscoll, daughter of Alexander Neibaur, the first Jewish convert to the LDS Church. .
Biography of Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O’Driscoll, daughter of Alexander Neibaur, the first Jewish convert to the LDS Church. .

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Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O·Driscoll
My History Written by
Sarah Ellen Breakell Neibaur O·Driscoll
My father, Alexander Neibaur, was born Jan. 8, 1808, at Ehrenbreitstein,Alsase Lorain, France. His father, Nathan Neibaur, an educated PolishJew served as an aid to Napoleon Bonaparte. His mother, a FrenchJewess, both being of the higher class of Hebrews. Father was educatedto become a Rabbi in the Jewish faith. He graduated from the Universityof Berlin as Surgeon and Dentist, speaking seven different languages.After leaving the University he went to Preston, England, where he metand married Ellen Breakell, my Mother. He was the first man to join theMormon Church in Preston in 1837. Mother came in later through avision in 1841. From there they went to Nauvoo, where Father met andtaught the Prophet Joseph the Hebrew and German languages. Theywent through all the persecutions of the LDS, being driven from theirhomes five times.In 1848 they came to Utah. The Brigham Young Company landed in SaltLake City September 20, 1848. They settled on second East betweensecond and third south. They lived through the winter in a tent withseven children.Through the winter Father, with the help of his eldest son, fourteen yearsof age, made adobes enough to build a hut twelve by fourteen feet, withmud roof and floor. In that hut I was born, May 21, 1849, with a bigrainstorm and mud running down the walls and under mother·s bed instreams. When I was two years of age, I had my first ride to the hotsprings.In 1855 came the grasshoppers. I can never forget it, we had nothing toeat but bran mush and pigweeds and I, like the seagulls, couldn·t keepthem down, and many times I would faint from weakness. For severalyears the kids called me ´seagull.µ At the age of six years I had my firstschoolteacher and for the next six years I had twelve different teachers.At the age of seven I met with an accident. I was a daring youngster anddidn·t like to be beat. The kids dared me to climb and put my hand onthe head of a lamb over a gate twelve feet high. I got there and just as Iwas about to put my hand on the lamb·s head a gust of wind threw me tothe ground. Just as I fell Brigham Young and Hyrum Clawson camealong. Brigham picked me up and carried me to the house of HyrumClawson, that being the nearest place, where they cared for me. Nobroken bones but a bad cut on my head and badly bruised. That endedthe climb. They sent for Father and Mother and Brigham and Hyrum
 
Clawson and Father administered to me.Just after my eighth year, Edwin D. Wooley, bishop of the 13th Ward,baptized me in City Creek just through the Eagle Gate. At the age of eightyears I received a reward of merit for being a good little girl, which rewardI still have.I had to stop school at the age of twelve. I still have my slate and fifthreader, the two costing $3.00.After quitting school, Mother being an invalid, I took her place withFather in the match making business, making boxes, filling them withmatches, sometimes taking them to stores and doing the trading for thefamily. At the age of fourteen, I had my first experience in surgery withDr. W. F. Anderson, assisting him with a broken leg, cuts and bruises onthe arm and hands of one of my girl school mates. For several yearsafter, [I] was called by the Doctor to assist him in many ways.On March 8, 1852, the Salt Lake Theatre was opened to the public, Iattended the first play. In 1854 I received a certificate for singing which Istill have. I sang in the first company in the Salt Lake Theatre underDavid O. Calder, leader. In 1867, I was a member of the tabernacle choirand sang at the first conference held Oct. 1867.On Nov. 16, 1867, I married John O·Driscoll in the old EndowmentHouse, the ceremony being performed by Brigham Young, Jr. As I wasleaving the room President Young called and asked my age. I told himand he turned to the others and said, ´Oh, she·s old enough.µ [Sarah was18 at the time.]In 1869, my first babe was born and for nine weeks, I was very sick andweak. In May my sister·s (Bertha) husband was killed here in Kamas,kicked by his horse. She went to Salt Lake and as there was no work of any kind, times being hard, and nothing to do, we arranged to come hereand take her piece of ground, it was just a squatters· right. She had anold wagon, a pair of small ponies, one cow, and one acre of wheat.On June 15, 1869 we arrived in Rhodes Valley, now called Kamas. I hadone dime that Father gave me just as we said, ´Good by.µ Also fifty lbs. Of flour, one lb. Coffee, and three lbs. Sugar. We lived in one little room onthe south side of the fort. As soon as we got settled John started with afew poles which he hauled over Jorden, taking four days to make thetrip, for which he got flour, a little bacon, and some Dixie molasses.Iembroidered panties for the kids for which I got butter, cheese, andanything we could use. While waiting for the wheat to ripen I worked inthe hay field. Mother Gines cared for my baby.
 
When the wheat was cut and hauled I was to do the stacking, as Johnthrew it off the wagon. When I had the stack up eight feet it slipped outand down, and I came in a heap to the ground. Brother Harder was ouraid and came and stacked the wheat. We had a good laugh and felt ashappy as if we had good sense. In Oct. we went to Salt Lake where Johngot two days work at his trade. There was a Jew peddler came to Father·swith four hundred lbs. of butter. He wanted it made over and put in twolb. Rolls. I took the job which took me two days, for which I received fivedollars. We came back to Kamas and in January 1870, we moved out of the fort into one room owned by Ward S. Pack.On April 6, 1870 my second girl was born. Ellen Davis of Marion. Thesnow was four feet deep all over the valley and in twelve days the snowwas all gone and the grasshoppers were just hatching out, having laidtheir eggs the fall before. Through the winter John cut and got enoughlogs for one room twenty by fifteen feet, which he put up on the lot whereJoseph Holt now lives.On Dec. 14, 1870 Mother died, leaving Father with the two youngerchildren. He sent for me to come and stay with them at the old home.John got a job at one hundred dollars a month and for the next threeyears while he worked at his trade, we stayed through the summer inSalt Lake and came back to Kamas for the winter, where we had no rentto pay or wood to buy. Through those three years of saving and stricteconomy we saved enough to pay for a second hand wagon, a pair of three year old steers, and two cows with enough hay to feed themthrough the winter.In March 1874, we sold our lot in Kamas to Ward R. Pack for $20 andmoved on the Provo River, now Francis Ward. Our one neighbor beingone mile South East, and Kamas the nearest town. Three years later theyorganized a Dramatic Company, with Ward E. Pack manager, and Geo.B. Leonard Stage manager. Our first play was ´Black Eyed Susan,µ Itaking the part of Susan. We first played in Kamas, we then played thesame in Heber, Charleston, Walsburg, and Coalville. Through the nexteight dramatic seasons I took part in twenty-eight different casts and forfifty years have been a clown for the people of Kamas and have enjoyedevery minute.While on the ranch there were many accidents, their being just a roughwagon and cattle trail and having to ford the Provo River thru fivestreams in summer and over the ice in winter. Joseph Murdock broughtthe mail from Heber to Kamas once a week. On one of his trips just belowour house his horse broke through the ice upsetting the cutter andthrowing him in the river. I was just outside and heard a cry for help.John and my brother hurried over, got the man and his outfit out safe

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