Isabella Graham Blain Woman of Faith

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
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Title Isabella Graham Blain Woman of Faith
Description alone. Another son, Robert, also went on to America, and Isabella continued to work to save money so that she could bring the remaining seven. Finally she was able to save enough money and complete the preparations to sail for America. In April of 1863, they started on the John J. Boyd, out from Liverpool, with 700 other immigrants from England, Denmark, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The next day the sea was very rough, and both children and adults were sick and vomiting. Many trials were forced upon the people, and some wished they had never come and wanted to go back. But there were times when the weather was favorable and the trip more enjoyable. Dancing and singing were enjoyed, and the captain would tell them to be of good cheer and praised them for their courage. Finally, they arrived in New York, and the happiness experienced by the passengers was unsurpassed. They traveled to Florence, Nebraska, where they stayed until July. Here they obtained wagons, oxen and the necessary provisions to last them until they reached Utah. Thirty or forty teams were outfitted and ready to start. Isabella came with her seven young children. John-my great-grandfather-was the oldest, at age thirteen. Isabella became very sick with mountain fever during the trip, and the captain stopped the train twice because it was thought that she was going to die. Her mission was evidently not finished at this point, and the Lord spared her life to go on and yet accomplish many good things. After arriving in Salt Lake August 29, 1863. Isabella's oldest son, William, met them with an ox team and took them to Spring City, where she lived the rest of her life, struggling through pioneer hardships. She made a living by gleaning in the fields, taking in washing, selling whatever she had, and doing all she could to provide for her children. She was known as the "yeast lady" of Spring City, having been one of the few who brought yeast from England. Every night she would make a five gallon can of yeast, so that there would be some for whoever needed it. She would trade it for flour or whatever people had to trade. Isabella Blain was a woman of faith. She was also very generous and helpful to all. Through all her hardships, it is said that she remained strong and faithful to the end, and taught her children to work. Three of her sons and seven of her grandchildren fulfilled missions for the Church. Many of her descendants have held responsible positions in church, school and community, and have developed their talents in education, music, writing and art. One of her great-grandsons was Max Blain, a renowned artist from Spring City, who has just recently 150
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326132
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