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Identifier Dear_Ellen
Title Dear Ellen: Two Mormon Women and Their Letters
Creator Ellsworth, S. George
Subject Clawson, Ellen Spencer, 1832-1896; McGary, Ellen Pratt, 1832-1895
Subject Local Letters; Mormon Pioneers; Mormon History
Description The text of personal letters between Ellen Spencer Clawson and Ellen Pratt McGary written in 1856 through 1857. Publication of these letters also in "Western Humanities Review", volume 13, Spring 1959.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Contributors Series Editors: Cooley, Everett L.; Madsen, Brigham D.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Date 1974
Type Text
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Source "Dear Ellen: two mormon women and their letters"
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, The Mormons, and the West, no. 3
Coverage 1832-1896
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
Source Physical Dimensions 14.5 cm x 22.75 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
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Scanning Technician Clifton Brooks
Metadata Cataloger Jeff Jonsson; Jan Robertson
Call Number BX 8695 C29 E44
ARK ark:/87278/s6p84b4x
Topic Mormon pioneers; Letters
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2006-10-04
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 329271
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x

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Title Dear Ellen, Page 007
Description Of Bygone Days clow of death. A baby girl, Chloe, born July 26, 1844, died of whooping cough at Nauvoo on September 6, 1845. The family of six children was among the first to leave Nauvoo, making its way across the Mississippi River in mid-February, 1846. The mother, strained by the loss of her last born and fatigued by the ordeal of those February-March days under canvas, died a month later, March 12, at Indian Creek, near Kcosauqua, thirty miles on the way into Iowa. She was thirty-five years old, wanting nine days. Her body was taken back to Nauvoo for burial. The motherless family crossed Iowa and reached Winter Quarters on the Missouri River lale that spring. On July 24, the father was voted by the church council to go to England to preside over the church's British Mission and edit the important Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star. Before leaving his children, motherless and now to be fatherless, Orson Spencer built a rustic one-room, one-window cabin that was to serve as home for the children during the next two years. The door of the cabin faced that of James and Mary Bullock who were asked to be responsible for the Spencer children. The Bullocks, Scottish converts from Canada, had five young children, close to the ages of the Spencer children. Ellen, who turned fourteen on November 21, had charge of her three younger sisters and two younger brothers, the youngest then four years of age. Ellen was small for her age "but had the judgment of one older," her sister Aurelia remembered. Notwithstanding the Bullocks, the major responsibility fell to Ellen, the "little mother," to feed, nurse, counsel, and watch over the children, who kept house by themselves. Orson Spencer left Winter Quarters for his mission to England October 28, 1846. He was not to be reunited with his children until September 1849. During those years he presided over the British Mission, edited the Millennial Star, managed church emigration, supervised missionaries and their work, wrote an important work in a series of Letters
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Source Dear Ellen, two Mormon Women, and Their Letters
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 329065
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6p84b4x/329065