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Coray, Martha, 1821 or 1822-1881

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1821 or 2-1881

Martha Coray (1821 or 1822-1881) was a member of the first Board of Trustees for Brigham Young Academy and scribe for the history of Joseph Smith by his mother, Lucy Mack Smith.

Martha Jane Knowlton was born on June 3, 1821 or 1822, in Covington, Kentucky to Sidney Algernon Knowlton and Harriett Burnham. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 1840 and married Howard Coray on February 6, 1841. After their marriage, Martha and Howard taught school together. They had twelve children. Martha Jane and her family reached the Salt Lake Valley in 1850 with the John Sharp Company. The Coray family lived in Salt Lake City for four years, until they moved to Tooele, Utah. In 1856, Martha Jane and her family moved to Provo, Utah, then they moved to Mona, Utah to homestead a tract of land, although they kept their home in Provo.

In October 1875, Martha Jane was selected by Brigham Young to serve as the first woman trustee for the Board of Directors of Brigham Young Academy. She served as trustee from 1875 until her death in 1881. Martha Jane was also appointed the first dean of students at Brigham Young Academy. She was the secretary of the first Relief Society organized in Salt Lake City, and wrote for the "Woman’s Exponent." Martha Jane also contributed greatly to the preservation of the history of the LDS Church, including preserving notes from sermons of Joseph Smith, which church historian Wilford Woodruff consulted when compiling a history of the Church. She also acted as scribe for the history of Joseph Smith as dictated by his mother, Lucy Mack Smith.

Martha Jane Knowlton Coray died on December 14, 1881, in Provo, Utah and is buried in the Provo City Cemetery.

Citation

Wikipedia, May 2, 2018 (Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; Martha Jane Knowlton Coray (June 3, 1821-December 14, 1881) was the only female member of the first Board of Trustees for Brigham Young Academy; she was born in Covington, Kentucky to Sidney Algernon Knowlton and Harriett Burnham; she joined the LDS Church in January 1840 and married Howard Coray on February 6, 1841; after their marriage, Martha and Howard taught school together; they had 12 children; she and her family reached the Salt Lake Valley in 1850 with the John Sharp Company; the Corays lived in Salt Lake City for four years, until they moved to Tooele, Utah; in 1856, Martha Jane and her family moved to Provo, Utah, then they moved to Mona, Utah to homestead a tract of land, although they kept their home in Provo; in October 1875, Martha Jane was selected by Brigham Young to serve as the first woman trustee for the Board of Directors of Brigham Young Academy; she served as trustee from 1875 until her death in 1881; she was also appointed the first dean of students at Brigham Young Academy; she was the secretary of the first Relief Society organized in Salt Lake City, and wrote for the Woman’s Exponent; Martha Jane also contributed greatly to the preservation of the history of the LDS Church, including preserving notes from sermons of Joseph Smith, which church historian Wilford Woodruff consulted when compiling a history of the Church; she also wrote the history of Joseph Smith as dictated by his mother, Lucy Mack Smith; she died in Provo, Utah and is buried in the Provo City Cemetery)

Find A Grave, via WWW, May 2, 2018 (Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; born 3 June 1822 in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky; died 14 December 1881 in Provo, Utah County, Utah)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Coray family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 1422
Scope and Contents Contents includes correspondence, journals, autobiographical and biographical sketches, pertaining to the lives of Howard Coray his wife Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and members of the Coray family. Contents deal with the Coray family’s dealing with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their family history, and their finances.
Dates: 1843-1965

Martha Coray notebook

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 230
Scope and Contents Notebook includes Coray's interview notes used in compiling of Lucy Mack Smith's history of Joseph Smith.Smith family history notes contain John and Clarissa Smith's account of visit by Joseph Smith Sr. to Smith family members, including his father, Asael Smith, in Lawrence County, New York, in 1830; John Smith's account of his and Joseph Smith Sr.'s reunion with their mother, Mary Duty Smith, at Kirtland, Ohio, and their subsequent journey eastward to visit Church branches and...
Dates: 1845

Martha Coray notebook

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS230
Dates: 1845