Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy 210th Birthday, Celia Steepleford Woodland (1801-1888)!

Unita Welch's great-grandmother

Poor Celia!  Her mother and three children died in the Missouri mobbing, so no wonder she looks so dismayed.
John & Celia Woodland

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy 135th Birthday, Eliza Ann Everett Wells (1876-1942)!

Gawain's grandmother


Eliza Ann Everett was the daughter of Dixie pioneers, and as far as records show, she never went far from her St. George home.  She must have roasted there in those black dresses mixed with the desert heat!  

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy 208th Birthday, Aldura Sumner Hatch (1803-1842)!

Lorenzo Hill Hatch's mother; Unita Welch's great-great-grandmother

Aldura is one of our pioneers who died before going west, but the legacy of her faith sustained her family.



Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy 165th Birthday, Nauvoo Temple (1846)!

This temple has risen phoenix-like from poverty, then from ashes, and thus has many birthdays, but today is the date of its first public dedication.  When I visited the grassy site of the former building as a teenager, I never imagined returning to enter the real Nauvoo Temple.  I also didn't know how the Wells street sign in front would be more meaningful to me then!