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Clara Ellen Wells

23 October 1862–30 April 1946

Born 23 Oct. 1862 in Salt Lake City.[1] Daughter of Daniel Hanmer Wells and Louisa Free.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Daniel H. Wells, 1 Oct. 1870.[3] Married William Sandford Hedges, 23 Oct. 1882, in Salt Lake City; five children.[4] Attended family celebrations with EBW, 27 Feb. 1897, 27 Feb. 1899, 13 Apr. 1900.[5] Attended a dinner held by EBW honoring Mrs. E. W. Neidig of Los Angeles, 6 Dec. 1901.[6] Honored at Pioneers Days as a daughter of Daniel H. Wells, 24 July 1907.[7] Member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, by 1928.[8] Honored as a founding member of the Salt Lake Red Cross, 9 Jan. 1935.[9]  Died 30 Apr. 1946 in Salt Lake City.[10]

 

[1] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. H, 1872–1878, p. 364, line 354, Clara Ellen Wells, 13 Oct. 1876, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL. Junius Wells, “The Wells Family Genealogy,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Jan. 1915, 11–12. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 29 July 2019), Clara Ellen Wells (KWCL-49Q).

[2] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. H, 1872–1878, p. 364, line 354, Clara Ellen Wells, 13 Oct. 1876, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL. Junius Wells, “The Wells Family Genealogy,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Jan. 1915, 11–12.

[3] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake Temple, vol. H, 1872–1878, p. 364, line 354, Clara Ellen Wells, 13 Oct. 1876, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL.

[4] Elias Smith, Journal, 23 Oct. 1882, p. 378, Elias Smith, Journals, 1836–1888, MS 1319, image 440/447, CHL. “Married,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 24 Oct. 1882, 10. EBW, Diary, 13 Jan. 1897. 1900 U.S. Census, Salt Lake City, Ward 5, Salt Lake Co., UT, ED 47, p. 218A, Callie W. Hedges. 1910 U.S. Census, Salt Lake City, Ward 5, Salt Lake Co., UT, ED 140, p. 47A, Clara W. Hedges.

[5] EBW, Diary, 27 Oct. 1897; 27 Oct. 1899; 13 Apr. 1900.

[6] “In Society,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 7 Dec. 1901, 16.

[7] “Band Together to Keep Fresh Memory of Pioneers of Utah,” Inter-Mountain Republican (Salt Lake City), 25 July 1907, 2.

[8] “Society, Camp II, Daughters of Utah Pioneers,” Salt Lake Telegram, 21 Feb. 1928, 8.

[9] “S.L. Red Cross Will Honor 12,” Salt Lake Telegram, 9 Jan. 1935, 9.

[10] “Utah State Archives Indexes,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 10 Jan. 2019); Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics Death Certificates, series 81448, file no. 763/812 (1946), Clara Ellen Wells Hedges. “LDS Worker, Pioneer, Dies at 83,” Salt Lake Tribune, 1 May 1946, 17.