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Sally Young

Sally Young

Female Abt 1840 - Abt 1878  (~ 38 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document

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  • Name Sally Young 
    Born Abt 1840 
    Gender Female 
    Biographical Information Sally was a native American girl that the Youngs adopted in 1847.

    As a young child she was kidnapped from the Southern Paiute tribe by another tribe and tortured. When the kidnappers came into Salt Lake with two girls about 4 or 5 years old trying to sell them the Mormons initially declined. The enraged chief took one of the girls and killed her. He then threw the body towards them telling them they had no hearts, or they would have bought it and saved its life.

    Charles Decker, a brother-in-law of Brigham Young, not wanting the same thing to happen to the other girl purchased her with his rifle and pony.

    [John R. Young wrote] "She was the saddest-looking piece of humanity I have ever seen. They had shingled her head with butcher knives and fire brands. All the fleshy parts of her body, legs, and arms had been hacked with knives, then fire brands had been stuck into the wounds. She was gaunt with hunger, and smeared from head to foot with blood and ashes. After being washed and clothed, she was given to President [Brigham] Young and became as one of his family. They named her Sally."

    After this experience Brigham Young encouraged his followers to adopt Indian children offered for sale.

    She eventually married a local tribal chief Kanosh and moved to central Utah where the town of Kanosh is now.

    She died at age 38. Some claim she was murdered by a jealous wife of Chief Kanosh but, there is no evidence and other researchers attribute this to a folk tale. 
    Died Abt 1878 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
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    Person ID I6707  Nagel
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2016 

    Father Brigham Young,   b. 1 Jun 1801, Whitingham, Windham, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1877, Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Mother Lucy Ann Decker,   b. 17 May 1822, Phelps, Ontario, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1890, Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Married 14 Jun 1842  Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2238  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kanosh,   b. 1821,   d. 24 Dec 1884, Kanosh, Millard, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F1024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart