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Elizabeth Wood Kane autobiography, 1869

 Sub-Series — Box: 31, Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Materials include a typescript copy of Elizabeth Wood Kane's autobiography, "The Story of the Mother of the Regiment". It focuses on on Elizabeth's life during the Utah War and the Civil War. She also writes about the founding of Kane, Pennsylvania and about her husband, Thomas L. Kane, going to Utah in 1857 and fighting in the Civil War. There are some marginal notes and underlining by Elizabeth's son, Elisha Kent Kane. Dated 1869.


  • Majority of material found in 1869


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

From the Series:

Elizabeth Wood Kane (1836-1909) was a prominent Pennsylvania prohibitionist, philanthropist, and physician.

Elizabeth Denniston Wood was born on May 12, 1836 to William Wood and Harriet Amelia Kane, and was raised in England. Her family emigrated to New York in 1844. In 1853 she married Thomas L. Kane. With her husband and four children, Harriet Amelia Kane (1854-1896); Elisha Kent Kane (1856-1935); Evan O'Neill Kane (1861-1932); and Thomas Leiper Kane, Jr. (1863-1929), Elizabeth founded the town of Kane, Pennsylvania. She worked tirelessly for the prohibition of alcohol both in Kane, and the wider United States. Her 1872 travels with her husband in Utah are recorded in her book "Twelve Mormon Homes." She obtained a medical degree from the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1883. After her husband's death later that year, she became more involved in social and philanthropic causes including the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the Kane Summit Hospital Association. She died peacefully while sleeping May 25, 1909.


1 folder

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