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Nielson, Emma Wartstill Mecham, 1858-1920

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1858-1920

Biographical History

Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson (1858-1920) was a plural wife and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Emma Wartstill (or Waitstill) Mecham Nielson born in Tooele, Utah on October 18, 1858 to Joseph Mecham Jr. and Ann Elizabeth Bovee. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her service to the Church she was a teacher and a secretary. Emma married Frihoff Godfrey Nielson on October 20, 1877 in Morgan, Utah and they had nine children together. In 1887 her husband took a plural wife by the name of Mary Ellen Everett. The family resided in Ramah, New Mexico, but also lived for periods of time in St. George, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona. Emma was very active in the Relief Society, the Primary Association, and the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association. She died January 15, 1920, in Mesa, Arizona.

Citation

Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson diary, 1887-1916: (Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson; born in 1858 in Tooele, Utah; was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; married Frihoff Godfred Nielson (1851-1935) in 1877 and they had nine children together; resided in Ramah, New Mexico, but also lived for periods of time in St. George, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona; January 15, 1920, in Mesa, Arizona)

ancestry.com, May 4, 2016 (Emma Waitstill Mecham; born 18 October 1858 in Tooele, Utah; died 15 January 1920 in Mesa, Arizona; spouse Frihoff Godfrey Nielson)

A firm testimony of the truth: a guide to Mormon manuscripts at the Huntington Library, 2015: page 11 (Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson, 1858-1920) http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15150coll1/id/5312

ArchiveGrid, Huntington Library copy of Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson diary, via WWW, Apr. 29, 2016 (born in 1858 in Tooele, Utah, and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a teacher and a secretary in the Church; married Frihoff Godfrey Nielson in 1877; had nine children together; in 1887 her husband took a plural wife by the name of Mary Ellen Everett; the family resided in Ramah, New Mexico, but also lived for periods of time in St. George, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona; very active in the Relief Society, the Primary Association, and the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association)

Find-a-grave.com, via WWW, Apr. 29, 2016 (alternate spelling of second name is Waitstill; died January 15, 1920, in Mesa, Arizona)

FamilySearch, via WWW, 2020 March 18 (born on October 18, 1858 to Joseph Mecham Jr. and Ann Elizabeth Bovee; married on October 20, 1877 in Morgan, Utah)

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Emma Wartstill Mecham Nielson diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 601
Scope and Contents Contains the original handwritten diary of Emma Wartstill (or Waitstill) Mecham Nielson that includes the time period from 1887 to 1916, with diary entries spanning from 1887 to 1897 and financial records spanning from 1914 to 1916. Diary is during the seven-month period Nielson was living by herself with her children in St. George, Utah, her daily activities as a mother and active church member, and her relationship with her fellow plural wife. Dated 1887 to 1916.
Dates: 1887-1916