Sarah Sophronia Quayle (1899-1936)

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Sarah Sophronia Quayle Spencer
Born: 13 Mar 1896 Dingle, Bear Lake, Idaho
Died: 8 Jun 1936 Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho
Father: William Quayle
Mother: Elizabeth Ann Dayton
Siblings: William Earl Quayle
Sarah Sophronia Quayle
Ella Quayle
Norma Norene Quayle
Genevieve Quayle
Joseph Dayton Quayle
Spouse: Seymour Horne Spencer
Married: 13 Mar 1925 Salt Lake City, Utah
Children: Helen Jean Spencer
Robert William Spencer
Norma Spencer
Beth Spencer
Margaret Joan Spencer

Sarah Sophronia Quayle was born March 13, 1899 in Dingle, Idaho to William Quayle and Elizabeth Ann Dayton. She was the second child, the first daughter, of six children. There were four girls and two boys. She was named after Grandma Sarah Nichols Dayton and a baby of her father's first wife. Sophronia’s nickname was “Phron.” She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 22, 1908.

The Quayle line goes back to the Isle of Man (an island in the Irish Sea between Ireland and northern England) and the Dayton line goes back to Yorkshire, England. Her ancestors were pioneers and crossed the plains. Sarah Nichols Dayton came to Utah with a handcart company.

Sophronia went to Paris High School for two years after graduating from the eighth grade. But when her family moved to Montpelier, Idaho, she refused to go to high school there so she got a job in Mose Lewis’ Dry Goods store. She was engaged to Roland Rudd at this time. She was always the leading lady in all the plays the ward put on.

She was interested in music. She took piano lessons then went to Salt Lake, lived with a Don Carlos Young’s family and studied voice with Professor Lund. He was the director of the Tabernacle Choir at this time. She also sang in the choir while there.

Sister Quayle
Phron then went on a mission to the San Bernardino area of California when she was nineteen. While she was on her mission, she received a letter that reported Roland was stepping out with other girls, so she sent her ring back, breaking her engagement. While she was on her mission, she sang duets with Claude Cornwall.

When she came home, Seymour Spencer was teaching seminary in Montpelier. He was raised in Paris, Idaho. He asked her out and she went with him. The third time he took her out, the next morning she said, “I am not going with him again. He is the ugliest man in town.” Her dad spoke up and said, “You will take those words back and marry the man.” And she did.

Sophronia married Seymour Horne Spencer March 13, 1925. They had five children: Helen Jean, Robert William, Norma, Beth, and Margaret Joan. All these children were born in Montpelier, Idaho.

Sophronia Spencer died June 8, 1936, just two weeks after Joan was born, in Montpelier, Idaho. She was buried June 11th in Paris, Idaho.


  • Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 31.
  • Ancestral File
  • Spencer, Seymour H. Orson Spencer Descendants, Through 1956, p. 107.
  • LDS Church News, week ending 9 Mar 1991, New Mission Presidents, Calling: Robison, E Doyle
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: Quayle, Sarah Sophronia
Born: 13 Mar 1899
Blessed: 15 Jan 1918
Recorded: Vol. 1079, Page 3450
  • Mission: Utah, Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1937, database, FamilySearch:
Name: Sarah Sophronia Quayle
Event Type: Mission
Event Date: 1919
Event Place: California
Residence Place: Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
Birth Date: 13 Mar 1899
Birthplace: Dingle, Bear Lake, Idaho
Baptism Date: 22 Aug 1908
By Whom Baptized: Saml Humpherys
Departure Date: 01 Oct 1919
Date Returned: 26 Oct 1921
Father's Name: William Quayle
Mother's Name: Elizabeth A Dayton
Volume: Missionary Register v. 5
Page: 5
Date Set Apart: 30 Sep 1919
By Whom Set Apart: Stephen L Richards
Last Name: SPENCER,
First Name: Sarah
Middle Name: Sophronia
Cemetery: Paris, Idaho
Birth Date: 3/13/1899
City Born: Dingle, Bear Lake,
State Born: Id
Date Died: 6/8/1936
City Died:
State Died:
Sources: Sexton
  • Gravestone: Paris Cemetery, Bear Lake, Idaho:
Seymour H.        Sophronia Q.
July 16, 1888      Mar 13, 1899
Sept 11, 1959      June 8, 1936