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Talmage, Merry May Booth, 1868-1944

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1868-1944

Biographical History

Merry May Booth Talmage (1868-1944) was an educator, suffragate, writer, editor in Utah and wife of Mormon apostle James E. Talmage.

Merry May Booth Talmage was born on September 29, 1868 in Alpine, Utah to Richard Thornton and Elise Edge Booth. At the age of sixteen, she attended Brigham Young Academy. Soon after graduating, she began a brief teaching career in Kaysville, Utah, before being engaged to marry her former professor at BYA, James E. Talmage. The couple married on June 14, 1888 in Manti, Utah, and they had eight children together.

May was a teacher in Kaysville, Utah and part of several educational organizations, including serving as vice president of the first Free Kindergarten Association in Utah. She was involved in the suffrage movement, serving on the executive board for the Utah Territorial Woman's Suffrage Association. In 1893 she went to Chicago and delivered a paper to the World's Congress of Women, and in 1906 she attended the Trennial of the National Council of Women in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1892, May was called as aid to the general board of the Young Woman Mutual Improvement Association. She was active in committees within this organization and served as editor of the "Young Woman's Journal." In 1925, May accompanied her husband and two children to England where Elder Talmage served as president of the European Mission until 1928. While in Europe, May helped in organizing and assisting the women of the Church of the various countries there, as well as the missionaries throughout Europe.

Merry May Booth Talmage died on April 6, 1944 in Ogden, Utah.

Citation

Familysearch, via WWW, May 3, 2017 (Merry May Booth, Born, September 29, 1868 in Alpine Utah; Father, Richard Thornton Booth; Mother, Elise Edge Booth; married, June 14, 1888 in Manti, Utah; husband, James E. Talmage; 8 children; died, April 6, 1944 in Ogden, Utah).

History of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S., from November 1869 to June 1910, 1911: p.--- (attended BYA at age 16; served as vice president of the Free Kindergarten Association; served on the executive board for the Utah Territorial Woman's Suffrage Association; in 1893 she went to Chicago and delivered a paper to the World's Congress of Women; in 1906 she attended the Trennial of the National Council of Women in Toledo, Ohio; in 1892, May was called as aid to the general board of the Young Woman Mutual Improvement Association; active in committees within this organization and served as editor of the "Young Woman's Journal")

UPB files, July 6, 2016 (brief teaching career in Kaysville, Utah; in 1925, May accompanied her husband and two children to England where Elder Talmage served as president of the European Mission until 1928; while in Europe, May helped in organizing and assisting the women of the Church of the various countries there, as well as the missionaries throughout Europe)

Findagrave via WWW, May 3, 2017 (Merry May Booth Talmage teacher in Kaysville, Utah; part of several educational organizations)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

James E. and Merry May Booth Talmage letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8324
Scope and Contents Contains the correspondence between James E. Talmage and his wife Merry May Booth Talmage. The letters, written between 1891 and 1932, discuss family life, James's career, and personal travel.
Dates: 1891-1932