Sarah Ann Garr Burton was born September 24, 1838 in Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana to Fielding and Pauline Turner Garr. Her parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1840, and her mother died in August of 1844. Her family thereafter went west with the pioneers as part of Jedediah Grant's Company. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley September 5, 1847. There, they lived in a one-room log house before moving to Antelope Island in 1849. After her father's death, Sarah returned to Salt Lake City to live with her older sister. There, she met and married Robert Taylor Burton, and together, they raised a family of twelve children. Sarah died April 20, 1927 in Salt Lake City.
This one-page typescript biography from the Margaret Steed Hess collection was written by Ada M. Burton. During the trip west, she walked most of the way, although she rode occasionally when too tired. After arriving in Utah, the family lived for the most part on thistle roots, bran, and hides. As a youth, she also learned how to knit, spin, and dye. She was apparently literate, despite her limited amount of schooling. After her marriage, she sewed, spun, knit, baked, and worked on the farm. Ada describes her as being hospitable, even though she rarely left her house.