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Elizabeth Jane DuFresne

8 February 1838–25 April 1906

Born 8 Feb. 1838 at St. Martin, Jersey, Channel Islands.[1] Daughter of James Philip DuFresne and Mary Remon.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by John Taylor, 20 June 1850.[3] Emigrated to the U.S. aboard the ship Marshfield, arriving in New Orleans 29 May 1854.[4] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving by 24 Oct. 1854.[5] Married Edward Stevenson, 28 Oct. 1855, in Salt Lake City; eight children.[6] Signed as a witness of the articles of incorporation of the National Woman’s Relief Society, 10 Oct. 1892.[7] Visited and socialized with EBW, 1894–1904.[8] Frequently attended Relief Society conferences in Utah and Idaho, 1894–1906.[9] Active in the Reapers’ Club with EBW, 1894–1905; treasurer, 1903.[10] Participated with EBW in giving blessings and ministrations.[11] Member of the Relief Society general board, 1900–1906.[12] Died 25 Apr. 1906 in Castle Dale, Emery Co., Utah.[13]

 

[1] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. B, 1851–1854, p. 68, line 1549, Elizabeth Jane Stevenson, 22 Apr. 1856, microfilm 1149524 (restricted access), FHL. “Sealings and Adoptions of the Living, 1846–1857; Index, 1846–1857,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nauvoo Temple, p. 38, Edward Stevenson and Elizabeth Jane DuFresne, 28 Oct. 1855, microfilm 183374 (restricted access), FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 3 Oct. 2019), Elizabeth Jane Du Fresne (KWNJ-F6B).  

[2] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. B, 1851–1854, p. 68, line 1549, Elizabeth Jane Stevenson, 22 Apr. 1856, microfilm 1149524 (restricted access), FHL. “Elizabeth J. Remon Du Fresne,” Saints by Sea (https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/, accessed 15 Apr. 2020). 

[3] Record of Members Collection, 1836–1970, Record of Members in the Channel Islands Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1851–1876, pp. 13–14, line 204, Elizth Jane Du Fresne, CR 375 8, reel 1193, image 21/212 (restricted access), CHL. “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. B, 1851–1854, p. 68, line 1549, Elizabeth Jane Stevenson, 22 Apr. 1856, microfilm 1149524 (restricted access), FHL.

[4]  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, European Mission, Emigration Records from Liverpool Office of the British Mission, 1854–1855, Elizabeth J. Du Fresne, microfilm 25690, DGS 8087182, image 469/618, FHL. “Elizabeth J. Remon Du Fresne,” Saints by Sea (https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/, accessed 15 June 2020). 

[5] “Elizabeth Jane Du Fresne,” Pioneer Database (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/, accessed 15 Apr. 2020). Claire Wilcox Noall, “The Double Exodus,” manuscript in editors’ possession. 

[6] “Sealings and Adoptions of the Living, 1846–1857; Index, 1846–1857,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nauvoo Temple, p. 38, Edward Stevenson and Elizabeth Jane DuFresne, 28 Oct. 1855, microfilm 183374 (restricted access), FHL. 1900 U.S. Census, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, ED 23, p. 7A, Elizabeth Stephenson. 

[7] Relief Society General Board, Articles of Incorporation of the National Woman’s Relief Society, p. 6, Susa Amelia Young Gates, Files, 1856–1933, CR 11 256, box 2, folder 2, CHL. 

[8] EBW, Diary, 10 Feb. 1894; 18 June 1894; 5 Dec. 1895; 12 Jan. 1898; 8 Feb. 1898; 19 Dec. 1900; 1 Dec. 1904; 6 Dec. 1904.

[9] EBW, Diary, 25 Jan. 1899; 4 Aug. 1900; 7 July 1901; 29 Apr. 1904. “Relief Society Conference,” Emery County Progress (Castle Dale, UT), 26 Apr. 1906, 1.

[10] Reapers’ Club, Papers, 1892–1912, Treasurer’s Book, 1892–1911, MS 2410, folder 2, images 3, 8, 37, 79, 89/138, CHL. EBW, Diary, 26 Sept. 1898; 8 Sept. 1902; 5 Dec. 1904.

[11] EBW, Diary, 30 Mar. 1894; 13 Dec. 1900.

[12] Jill Mulvay Derr, Janath Russell Cannon, and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 1992), 437. 

[13] Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics Death Certificates, series 81448, file no. 24/315 (1906), Elizabeth Jayne Stevenson. “Prominent Salt Lake Lady Dies in Emery,” “Relief Society Conference,” Emery County Progress (Castle Dale, UT), 26 Apr. 1906, 1. “Passes Away Suddenly,” Inter-Mountain Republican (Salt Lake City), 26 Apr. 1906, 2.