Sylvester Henry Earl was born 16 August 1815 in Scioto County, Ohio, United States to Joseph Earl (1779-1822) and Dorcas Tabitha Wixom (1783-1838) and died 23 July 1873 Middleton, Washington County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Lois Caroline Owen (1818-1884) 28 January 1839 in Schuyler County, Illinois, United States. He married Margaret Emily Jones (1834-1882) 11 November 1855 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States.

Sylvester was born on 16 August 1815. He was the 6th of nine children. While he and his younger siblings were born in the State of Ohio, his older siblings were born in either the State of New York or the Province of Ontario, Canada.

It was written of him that "he was about 5' 6" tall. He was strong, healthy, and robust most of the time, jovial and good-natured. He had a dark complexion with dark eyes and hair."

Sylvester's father was sick for 12 months before he died in 1822 when Sylvester was just 6 1/2 years old. His mother was left to care for seven living children (2 died before that time). At an early age, the burden of the family rested on him as his older brothers married or were unable to help.

When Sylvester was 21 years old, two of his older brothers came to visit the family and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him and his family. He was inspired by their message and decided go with his older brothers and a younger brother to Illinois to investigate further.

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when he was 22 years old. From this time on, Sylvester was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the rest of his life.

His mother died when he was just 23 years old. When he was 24 years old, he married his first wife, Lois Caroline Owen, a young woman that he had baptized. She was 21 years old. They had a family of ten children. The first three were born in the State of Illinois, one was born crossing the plains, and the rest were born in the State of Utah.

Sylvester was an eye witness of many events in early church history. Once a mob threatened to burn their house down if they didn't leave! He bought a house in Nauvoo, and helped build the Nauvoo temple. In February 1846, he and his family were compelled crossed the Mississippi River with hundreds of others and leave their homes forever.

Sylvester crossed the plains (leaving his family in Winter Quarters) with Brigham Young's first company to the Great Salt Lake Valley (part of Mexico at the time). When they arrived on 24 July 1847, they found the ground was dry and infested with crickets! They planted some crops and then he and others left to go back to Winter Quarters where their families were waiting. On that trip back to Winter Quarters, their horses were stolen, and later returned. He sold the shirt off his back for some food and made himself another shirt from the wagon cover! He (along with his family) traveled back to Utah arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1848.

In 1852, when Sylvester was 37 years old, he was sent on a mission to England. He was gone for 3 years. Later, (the year that he returned from England), Sylvester married Margaret Emily Jones, a convert from England. Together they had 3 children.

St. George Pioneers of 1861-62

This person is listed on the Encampment Mall Memorial - a list of over 300 LDS Pioneer Families that helped to settle St. George, Utah in 1861. They were part of the "Dixie Cotton Mission" called by President Brigham Young to raise cotton and other southern crops in the warmer climate of Washington County, Utah.

Sylvester and his families were called to settle in Southern Utah. Sylvester was a master carpenter and helped build the chapel in Pine Valley, Utah. Sylvester bore his testimony on his death bed about the truthfulness of the gospel. He died in 1873 when he was just 58 years old!


Offspring of Sylvester Henry Earl and Lois Caroline Owen (1818-1884)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Wilbur Bradley Earl (1839-1903)
Louisa Rebecca Earl (1843-1858)
Rhodania Earl (1845-1847)
Sylvester Rhodanus Earl (1848-1871)
Louis Orenia Earl (1850-1894)
Joseph Ira Earl (1852-1934)
Lydia Vilena Earl (1856-1883)
Elijah Owen Earl (1858-1858)
Elizabeth Tabitha Earl (1859-1921)
John Owen Earl (1862-1862) 22 January 1862 Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah, United States 2 February 1862 Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah, United States

Offspring of Sylvester Henry Earl and Margaret Emily Jones (1834-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hyrum Henry Earl (1857-1871)
Phoebe Delora Earl (1859-1879)
Thomas Franklin Earl (1860-1929)



See Also

  • Sylvester Earl
  • Earl in Shuyler County, Illinois
  • Earl in Washington County, Illinois
  • Earl in Scioto County, Ohio

Footnotes (including sources)