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Ellis Reynolds

20 January 1847–31 January 1939

Born 20 Jan. 1847 in Davis Co., Iowa.[1] Daughter of William Fletcher Reynolds and Anna Hawley.[2] Married Milford Bard Shipp, 5 May 1866, in Salt Lake City; ten children.[3] Graduated with honors from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, 14 Mar. 1878.[4] Established a medical practice in Salt Lake City, 1878.[5] Established a school of nursing and obstetrics.[6] Member of the Deseret Hospital board of Directors, 1882–1884.[7] With her husband and Margaret C. Shipp, founded the medical magazine Salt Lake Sanitarian: A Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, published 1888–1889.[8] Founding member and later president of the Utah Women’s Press Club; served as EBW’s recording secretary, 1892.[9] Spoke at the National Council of Women meeting in Washington DC, 1895.[10] Served on the Relief Society general board, 1898–1907, and in the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association.[11] Served missions to Mexico, Canada, Arizona, Colorado, and Idaho to teach nursing and obstetrics, beginning 1899.[12] Died 31 Jan. 1939 in Salt Lake City.[13]

 

[1] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985) 3. “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, p. 260, Ellis Reynolds, 12 Dec. 1863, microfilm 1149525 (restricted access), FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 30 Mar. 2018), Ellis Reynolds (K2HD-YB5). 

[2] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 3. “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, p. 260, Ellis Reynolds, 12 Dec. 1863, microfilm 1149525 (restricted access), FHL. 

[3] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), xiii, 37; “Sealings of Couples, Living and by Proxy, 1851–1889,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, Milford Bard Shipp and Ellis Reynolds, 5 May 1866, microfilm 1149514 (restricted access), FHL.

[4] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 276. Thirty-Ninth Annual Announcement of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, North College Avenue and Twenty-first Street, Philadelphia. Session of 1888–89 (Philadelphia: Jas. B. Rodgers, 1888). 

[5] “Local and Other Matters,” Deseret News, 10 Apr. 1878, 9.

[6] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 282.

[7] Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook, and Matthew J. Grow, eds., The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2016), 500. 

[8] Sherilyn Cox Bennion, “The Salt Lake Sanitarian: Medical Adviser to the Saints,” Utah Historical Quarterly 58, no. 2 (Spring 1989): 125–137.

[9] Linda Thatcher and John R. Sillito, “Sisterhood and Sociability: The Utah Women’s Press Club, 1891–1928,” Utah Historical Quarterly 53, no. 2 (Spring 1985): 144–146; Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 281.

[10] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 281. “Womans’ Suffrage Association,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 Jan. 1895, 8.

[11] History of Relief Society, 1842–1966 (Salt Lake City: General Board of Relief Society, 1966), 52. Susan Evans McCloud, “Those Who Love Most Tenderly Are Surely Most Like Thee,” in Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brittany A. Chapman, eds., Women of Faith in the Latter Days, vol. 3, 1846–1870 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2014), 180. Seventy-Fourth Semi-Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1903), 85.

[12] Ellis Reynolds Shipp, While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985), 284.

[13] “Utah Death Certificate Index, 1904–1961,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 20 Sept. 2017); from Utah Department of Health, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, series 81448, file no. 184/100 (1939), Ellis Reynolds Shipp.