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Whitney, Helen Mar, 1828-1896



  • Existence: 1828 - 1896

Biographical History

Helen Mar Whitney (1828-1896) was a Mormon pioneer.

Helen Mar Whitney was born on August 20, 1828, in Mendon, New York, to parents Heber C. Kimball and Vilate Kimball. Helen's parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832 and moved to Kirtland, Ohio the following year. Helen was baptized a member of the church in 1837. The next year the family moved to Far West, Missouri, only to be forced out of the state one year later. The family then settled in Nauvoo, Illinois.

In 1843 Helen's father arranged for her to marry Joseph Smith Jr. as a plural wife. After Smith's death in 1844, Helen married Horace K. Whitney on February 4, 1846. Together they had eleven children, although only six lived to adulthood. Later that year, Helen left Nauvoo with the majority of the Latter-day Saints and spent nearly two years in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. In 1848 she and her family left for the Salt Lake Valley where she spent the rest of her life. In her later years, Helen was known mostly for her experiences with polygamy, which she frequently recounted in lectures, pamphlets, and articles.

Helen died on November 13, 1896, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wikipedia, Sept. 10, 2012: Helen Mar Kimball (born Aug. 20, 1828 to Heber C. and Vilate Kimball; moved to Kirtland, OH; moved to Far West, MO; moved to Nauvoo, Ill.; plural wife of Joseph Smith, 1843; married Horace Whitney, 1846; moved to Winter Quarters and then Salt Lake City; lectured and wrote about polygamy experiences; mother of Orson F. Whitney; died Nov. 13, 1896)

FamilySearch, via WWW, Jan. 23, 2015 (eleven children, death in Salt Lake City, married February 4, 1846)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Horace K. and Helen Mar Whitney papers, 1847-1866

 Sub-Series — Box 4: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197231038420], Folder: 10, item: 1-7
Identifier: MSS 15 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include keepsakes, letters, and poems collected by Horace K. Whitney and Helen Mar Kimball. Includes cards and a woven envelope that were made by or given to Helen. There is also a letter from Helen to Horace. Materials also include an envelope that belonged to Louisa Beaman, the first plural wife sealed to Joseph Smith. Dated 1847-1866.

Dates: 1847-1866

Orson F. Whitney correspondence with family, 1873-1883

Identifier: MSS 15 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Materials include originals and transcriptions of correspondence between Orson F. Whitney and various members of his family, mostly his parents, Horace K. Whitney and Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. They contain inquiries about his family's health, information about travels, writings, daily life, missions, Church service, health, and work. Dated 1873-1883.

Dates: 1873-1883

Remembering Winter Quarters/Council Bluffs writings of the Mormon pioneers at the Missouri River

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230329606]
Identifier: MSS SC 2964
Scope and Contents Compilation by Karen and Paul Larsen, of excerpts from diaries and reminiscences of Latter-day Saints who resided in the Winter Quarters/Council Bluffs area between about 1846 and 1852. Includes writings of Job Taylor Smith, Eliza Maria Patridge Lyman, Helen Mar Kimball Whitney, Aroet Lucius Hale, Anna Clark Hale, Jane Snyder Richards, Joseph Fielding, Bathsheba Wilson Bigler Smith, Lucy Meserve Smith, Richard Ballantyne, Sarah Studevant Leavitt, Alfred Boaz Lambson, Allen Joseph Stout,...
Dates: 1998

Emmeline B. Wells poem to Hellen Mar Whitney

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230316728]
Identifier: MSS SC 2054
Scope and Contents

Contains a handwritten poem written by Emmeline B. Wells to her step-daughter-in-law, Helen Mar Whitney, dated October 17, 1847, consuling her over the death of a newborn earlier that year in Winter Quarters, Nebraska.

Dates: 1847 October 17