Ellen Sanders (1823-1871)

Mormon Pioneer - Born as Aagaat Ysteinsdatter in Norway. She was one of the three women in the original 1847 pioneer company of Brigham Young to reach the Salt Lake Valley.

Vital Stats[]

  • Daughter of Osten Sondreson (1789-)' and Aase Olsen (1795-1838)
  • 1823-Apr-11 : Birth in Bakkajord, Telemarken, Norway
  • 1837 : Family migration to Beaver Creek Illionois in America on the brig Noord.
  • 1844-Nov-05 : Marriage to Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) in Nauvoo, Illinois
  • 1847-Jul-24 : Arrival of Pioneer Company in Salt Lake Valley Utah
  • 1871-Nov-22 : Died in Salt Lake City - Buried in City Cemetery


Ellen and her parents migrated from Norway to Beaver Creek, Iroquois Co, Illinois sometime prior to 1837. In 1837/1838 both of her parents died there. Her younger sister Harriet Sanders (1824-1896), also married Heber.

The two girls, newly arrived in America were left orphaned when their parents died that year. They were adopted by strangers and moved to La Salle Co, Illinois. In 1842 mormon missionaries came the area and many were baptized into the Latter Day Saint church there. The area came to be known as New Norway.

The original pioneer company of Brigham Young consisted of 142 men, 3 women, and 2 children, and 72 wagons when they left the outfitting post of Winter Quarters, Nebraska. They covered the 1031 miles of the trail in 111 days. Ellen (Age 22) is listed with her husband, Heber C Kimball. He would return the next year with a large wagon company with the rest of his family.

Children of Ellen Sanders and Heber C Kimball[]

  1. Samuel Chase Kimball (1848-1848) - died young (13 February 1848-July 1848) - born and died in Salt Lake valley shortly after mother's arrival there. Never had chance to see his father who went back to bring in the big wagon train of 1848.
  2. Joseph Smith Kimball (1850-1864) - (2 June 1850-29 November 1864), twin of Augusta
  3. Augusta Kimball (1850-1861) - (2 June 1850-5 October 1861), twin of Joseph
  4. Rosalia Kimball (1853-1950) - m. Manassah Williams
  5. Jedediah Heber Chase Grant Kimball (1855-1927) - m. Eleanore Lufkin and others.