A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

Quantity 6, lifestyles Writings of Frontier ladies sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its historical past an strange variety of traditionally precious own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it offers a unprecedented account of the commonly skilled events and difficulties confronted via widows, her checklist has relevance a ways past Mormon historical past notwithstanding. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She thus married Horace Whitney. Her teenagers incorporated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself used to be a number one lady in her church and society and a author recognized particularly for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's demise, she all started preserving a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to satisfy the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing was once introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final a long time of the 19th century underwent speedy transformation, modernizing and starting up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite workforce of best Latter-day Saint ladies, and well known Utah and Mormon old figures look usually in her day-by-day entries. exceptionally, even though, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of occasions and locations by way of girls, of all sessions, whose husbands died and left them with out adequate ability to hold at the varieties of lives to which they'd been accustomed.

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17, 1845, time only); 7 children, including David Heber (1850–1926), Newel Whitney (1852–1931), Horace Heber (1855–1922), Sarah (Jenkins) (1857–1901), Joshua Heber (1861–1925). 17. Emily Trask Cutler (Kimball Pratt), 1824–1852 (Dec. 1845); 1 child: Isaac (1846–1914). 18. Amanda Trimble Gheen, 1830–1904 (Dec. 1845); 4 children: William Gheen (1851–1924), Albert Heber (1854–1944), Jeremiah Heber (1857–1887), Moroni Heber (1861–1887). 19. Abigail Pitkin, 1797–1847 (Jan. 7, 1846). 20. Harriet Sanders (Helga Ysteinsdatter Bakka), 1824–1896 (Jan.

Utah’s territorial status allowed Washington to send eastern, non-Mormon governors and judges to Utah, but Mormons had controlled city and state elections because they substantially outnumbered Gentiles. In the 1880s and early 1890s, this power eroded, as federal legislation disfranchised Mormons who practiced or accepted the doctrine of polygamy. Many leading Mormons were imprisoned under these laws. 62 Helen Mar did not react to these developments with equanimity; in fact, she protested by writing strongly worded articles for the Deseret News and Woman’s Exponent.

These dreams reflecting the historical climate often shade into another type, apocalyptic dreams in which there are signs in the heavens (April 7, 1885, November 10, 1885); noises of destruction from the east, the “States,” where Gentiles live (May 12, 1886); and Mormons are triumphant while Gentile persecutors are laid low. This had been virtually the waking vision of Mormons since the movement began; no wonder that it should fill Helen Mar’s consciousness while she slept. On April 4, 1885, Helen saw collected in her house “some of the commissioners .

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