Leavitt Pioneer Memorial

I did a google search for histories for the history of and information on this statue of Sarah. Here is what I found along with links to where I found the information.


Pioneer now larger than life
• State luminaries honor Leavitt ancestor,

The Spectrum
SANTA CLARA—A pioneer woman whose dedication and devotion introduced the Leavitt family tame to the West was honored Saturday. Family members unveiled a larger than life shining bronze statue of Sarah Sturtevant Leavitt, who would be 200 years old today.
It was part of a monument, located in Santa Clara Drive, dedicated to the Mormon matriarch who left Canada with her family and, after much tragedy, settled in Santa Clara in the late 1800s.Sarah Leavitt. who at 37 converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in 1878 and is buried in Gunlock. Her legacy now stretches from Canada to Mexico.

Utah Gov. Michael 0. Leavitt, himself a descendent~ encouraged the hundreds of Leavitts standing under an overcast sky to remember Sarah’s profound influence.“It’s a stunning piece of work and had a profound meaning to me personally,” Leavitt said. “I’m grateful she’s been honored this way.”

Michael Leavitt presented the statue, unveiled by his parents Anne and Dixie Leavitt, to the city of Santa Clara. Some wept at seeing the statue of Sarah, standing near her husband’s grave, holding a Book of Mormon and looking Westward.  Sarah’s husband, Jeremiah Leavitt, going with other family members, died during the trek. After Elder Jeffrey R. Holland—a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a St. George native—said prayer everyone got a closer look at statue, created by L. Deane True“It’s absolutely beautiful,” said Wanda Bushel of Bloomington, a relative through the Dudley Leavitt family “She will be forever young, forever beautiful and looking towards the setting the sun,” Holland said, :The statue will hopefully stand as a beacon in a world looking for heroes, said Santa Clara MayorFred C. Rowley

‘Through Sarah Sturtevant Leavitts courage, thousands have been blessed,” Rowley said  Family members contributed money needed to pay for the statue, along with concrete, landscaping (done by David Trueblood) and other materials. Before the dedication, some 1,500 Leavitt family members— some from Nevada, Arizona, Utah and elsewhere—attended a special ceremony at the East Stake Center.
Elder Arthur F. Kay called Sarah a true servant. “She found truth, love and joy in life,” Kay said. Michael Leavitt said he hoped future Leavitts will feel a great sense of gratitude to Sarah, a deeply religious woman. Holland. who is married to a Leavitt, said he was grateful the Leavitts were celebrating as a family, especially when families everywhere today are under attack.

It could be said of Sarah Leavitt that The ceremony also included reading her faults could be written in the sand, journals of Sarah and other Leavitt but her virtues would be chiseled in stone. Holland said. The cermony also included, a lunch and a Dutch oven dinner at Tuacahn.



Jeremiah Leavitt was born May 30, 1796 in New Hampshire. Sarah Sturtevant Leavitt was born September 5, 1798 in New Hampshire as well. They are Steve’s great-great-great-great grandparents, married in 1817 in Vermont. After their marriage, the Leavitt’s moved to Hatley, Canada, where his parents were already living.

Mormon elders were in Canada in the 1830’s, but none of them found their way to Hatley. Sarah was raised by Presbyterian parents and regularly studied the Bible and prayed on her own. She was seeking a church similar to the early church described in the New Testament.A traveler who had attended a Mormon gathering somewhere else loaned the Leavitts a copy of the Book of Mormon. “We believed them without preaching,” Jeremiah Leavitt later wrote. About 1838, the extended Leavitt family, including nine children of Jeremiah and Sarah, started as a group to gather with the Saints in Missouri. Delays kept them from joining with the Saints at Far West, but they later moved to Nauvoo, and finally to Utah.
Here is an excerpt from Sarah’s journal:
“I read the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and all the writings I could get from the Latter-day Saints. It was the book of Doctrine and Covenants that confirmed my faith in the work. I knew that no man…that could make such a book or would dare try from any wisdom that man possessed. I knew it was the word of God and a revelation from Heaven and received it as such. I sought with my whole heart a knowledge of the truth and obtained a knowledge that never has nor never will leave me.”
During the 13 years it took to move from Hatley, Canada to the Salt Lake Valley, several of the Leavitt’s died, including Jeremiah. Sarah continued the journey with her family, and through much travail and sacrifice eventually settled and colonized the Santa Clara River area.
In 1998, a bronze statue of Sarah was unveiled in a park in Santa Clara, Utah on what would have been Sarah’s 200th birthday. “Sarah was a noble woman and a matriarch to more family than perhaps any other person in the LDS Church. She suffered and sacrificed all she had, that we, her posterity, could enjoy life as we do today.””The monument’s purpose is not only to honor Sarah Sturtevant Leavitt, but also to enable her posterity, now and in the future, to have a place where they can come and feel a sense of the connection that exists to each other, and also to the remarkable ancestry so well represented by Sarah. Ours is a rich heritage. It is hoped that we and our children will learn to love, honor, and cherish it.”


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