Grant, Rachel Ivins, 1821-1909
- Existence: 1821 - 1909
Rachel Ivins Grant (1821-1909) was a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wife, and mother in Utah.
Rachel Ivins was born in March 9, 1821 in Hornerstown, New Jersey, to Caleb Ivins and Edith Ridgeway. While Rachel's parents were Quakers, she sought out different religions. Rachel soon met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and, after some time, joined the Church.
Rachel moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1842 to be closer to the happenings of the LDS Church. However, two years later, 1844, Rachel left Illinois and went back to New Jersey after she began to have conerns about plural marriage. These concerns did not last too long because Rachel traveled to Utah with her relatives in 1853 to be with fellow Saints.
In 1855, Rachel became "eternally sealed" to the Prophet Joseph Smith before becoming Jedediah Morgan Grant's seven wife on November 29, 1855 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rachel and Jedediah had one son--Heber Jeddy Grant (1856-1945). Unfortunately, Jedediah died nine days after the birth of his son.
On February 17, 1858, Rachel, and the rest of the sister-wives, married Jedediah's brother, George Grant. This marriage was dissolved two years later due to George's drunkenness. Rachel bought a house and opened up her home to boarders to provide money. Shortly after opening up her home, Rachel became the Thirteenth Ward Relief Society President.
Rachel Ivins Grant passed away on June 27, 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Citation:Findagrave, via WWW, January 15, 2016 (born March 9, 1821 in Hornerstown, New Jersey to Caleb Ivins and Edith Ridgeway, married Joseph Smith, married Jedediah Morgan Grant on November 29, 1855 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jedediah and Rachel had one son--Heber Jeddy Grant (1856-1945), died June 27, 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah, buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery)
BYU Religious Studies Center, via WWW, January 15, 2016 (moved to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1842 after converting to the LDS Church, left Nauvoo after some concerns about pural marriage in 1844 to return to New Jersey, 1853 left with relatives for Utah, "eternally sealed" to Joseph Smith and then became Jedehiah's seven wife in 1855, Jedediah died nine after Heber Jeddy Grant was born, Rachel and the othe sister-wives remarried to George Grant on February 17, 1858, marriage was dissolved after two years due to George's drunkenness, bought a house and opened up her home to boarders, became the Thirteenth Ward Relief Society President)