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Emmeline Whitney Wells

10 September 1853–8 April 1878

Born 10 Sept. 1853 in Salt Lake City.[1] Daughter of Daniel Hanmer Wells and EBW.[2] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1861.[3] Attended the University of Deseret, 1868–1871.[4] Counselor in the Salt Lake City Thirteenth Ward Young Ladies’ Department of the Ladies’ Cooperative Retrenchment Association, organized 27 June 1870.[5] Secretary of the Wasatch Literary Association, established 29 Jan. 1874.[6] Teacher at M. E. Cook’s Graded School, 1874, and at the Normal Institute, 1875.[7] Died 8 Apr. 1878 in Salt Lake City.[8] Sealed posthumously to Orson F. Whitney, 13 July 1888.[9]

 

[1] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. F, 1866–1868, 351, line no. 11 (4626), Emiline Whitney Wells, 15 Aug. 1868, microfilm 183405, DGS 5270328 (restricted access), FHL. Junius F. Wells, “The Wells Family Genealogy,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 6, no. 1 (Jan. 1915): 11. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 10. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 6 Aug. 2019), Emeline Whitney Wells (KWVP-XML).​

[2] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. F, 1866–1868, 351, line no. 11 (4626), Emiline Whitney Wells, 15 Aug. 1868, microfilm 183405, DGS 5270328 (restricted access), FHL. Junius F. Wells, “The Wells Family Genealogy,” Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 6, no. 1 (Jan. 1915): 10–11. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 10. 

[3] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. F, 1866–1868, 351, line no. 11 (4626), Emiline Whitney Wells, 15 Aug. 1868, microfilm 183405, DGS 5270328 (restricted access), FHL.

[4] First Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students in the University of Deseret for the Academical Year 1868–9 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Office, 1869), 12. First Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students in the University of Deseret for the Academical Year 1870–71 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Office, 1871), 11.

[5] Susa Young Gates, History of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from November 1869 to June 1910 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1911), 62.

[6] “The Wasatch,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Sept. 1893, 31, 32. Orson F. Whitney, Through Memory’s Halls: The Life Story of Orson F. Whitney as Told by Himself (Independence, MO: Zion’s Printing and Publishing, 1930), 58.

[7] “Miss M. E. Cook’s Graded School,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Feb. 1876, 1. “Teachers’ Normal Institute,” Deseret News, 18 Aug. 1875, 11. “Normal Institute,” Deseret News, 23 Aug. 1876, 1.

[8] EBW, Diary, 8 Apr. 1878. “Departed,” and “Died,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 9 Apr. 1878, 3. Salt Lake Co., UT, Death Records, 1849–1966, p. 207, line 8272, 8 Apr. 1878, Emeline Wells, Salt Lake County Management and Archives, Salt Lake City. “In Memoriam,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Apr. 1878, 172. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 174–175. 

[9] “Sealings for the Dead, Couples, 1888–1944,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. A, p. 18, line no. 329, Orson Ferguson Whitney and Emmeline Wells, 13 July 1888, microfilm 170508, DGS 4033461 (restricted access), FHL. Orson F. Whitney, Journals, 1 July 1888, MS1305 box 1 folder 3 (closed to research), CHL. Carol Cornwall Madsen, Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017), 174.