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Mary Alice Cannon

9 December 1828–7 September 1920

Born 9 Dec. 1828 at Liverpool, Lancashire, England.[1] Daughter of George Cannon and Ann Quayle.[2]  Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Parley P. Pratt, June 1840, at Liverpool.[3] Immigrated with her family aboard the Sidney, arriving at New Orleans 11 Nov. 1842 and Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, spring 1843.[4] Married Charles Lambert, 28 Nov. 1844, at Nauvoo; fourteen children.[5] Raised her three orphaned siblings.[6] Remained in Nauvoo when the main body of the Latter-day Saints left and witnessed the Battle of Nauvoo, 1846.[7] Was run over by her wagon while traveling to Winter Quarters, unorganized U.S. territory (later in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska), 1846.[8] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Allen Taylor pioneer company, arriving Sept. 1849.[9] Served fifteen years as secretary in the Salt Lake City Seventh Ward Relief Society followed by twenty-two years as president, beginning 1868.[10] Accompanied her husband on a mission to England, 1882–1883.[11] Became acquainted with EBW while attending meetings and social activities, by 1892.[12] Appointed as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake temple, 1893.[13] Served as recording secretary of the Women’s Press Club, 1897.[14] Appointed as a missionary to assist the Relief Society general board members in visiting stakes, ca. 1897–1912.[15] Died 7 Sept. 1920 in Salt Lake City.[16] 

 

[1] Temple Records Index Bureau, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, 10 December 1845 to 8 February 1846 (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1974), 105 (restricted access). Church of England, St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Parish Registers, 1704–1919, p. 221, Mary Alice Cannon, microfilm 93877, DGS 4321409, image 640/739, FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 11 Mar. 2019), Mary Alice Cannon (K2MQ-X32).

[2] Church of England, St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Parish Registers, 1704–1919, p. 221, Mary Alice Cannon, microfilm 93877, DGS 4321409, image 640/739, FHL. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 141, 378.

[3] George C. Lambert, Treasures in Heaven, Fifteenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series Designed for the Instruction and Encouragement of Young Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: By the author, 1914), 70. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 36–37. Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1901), 1:44.

[4] “Mary Alice Cannon,” Saints by Sea (https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/, accessed 18 Mar. 2019). Junius F. Wells, ed., The Contributor, Representing the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1891), 445–446.

[5] Nauvoo, IL, Recorder, Marriage Record, Feb. 1842–Dec. 1845, MS 3444, image 35/82, CHL. Lyndon W. Cook, comp., Civil Marriages in Nauvoo and Some Outlying Areas (1839–1845) ([Provo, UT]: Liberty, [1980]), 37. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 58, 65, 143.

[6] Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 58, 65, 143. “Mary Alice Lambert,” Pioneer Database (http://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravels, accessed 11 Mar. 2019).

[7] Curtis E. Bolton, “An Account of the Nauvoo Battle, 1855,” pp. 1–2, 4, Collected Information concerning the Battle of Nauvoo, 1846–1861, MS 14282, CHL. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 144, 302.

[8] Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 146, 147, 303. George C. Lambert, Treasures in Heaven, Fifteenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series Designed for the Instruction and Encouragement of Young Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: By the author, 1914), 78–80.

[9] “Mary Alice Lambert,” Pioneer Database (http://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravels, accessed 11 Mar. 2019).

[10] 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), 258–259, 656–657. George C. Lambert, Treasures in Heaven, Fifteenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series Designed for the Instruction and Encouragement of Young Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: By the author, 1914), 85. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 148.

[11]  George Cannon Lambert, “My Mother,” pp. 24, 25, 30, 33, 44, 45, 46, MS 6843 15, CHL. George C. Lambert, Treasures in Heaven, Fifteenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series Designed for the Instruction and Encouragement of Young Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: By the author, 1914), 85. “Charles Lambert,” Go Ye into All the World (https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary, accessed 18 Mar. 2019).

[12] EBW, Diary, 18 June 1892; 8 Sept. 1892; 21 Apr. 1896; 5 Jan. 1903; 4 May 1903; 4 Sept. 1903; 15 Dec. 1903; 6 Sept. 1904.

[13] Female Workers in Salt Lake Temple, 20 May 1893, p. 1, Mary A. C. Lambert, Workers’ Lists, 1893–1922, CR 306 56, CHL.

[14] EBW, Diary, 30 Oct. 1897.

[15] History of Relief Society, 1842–1966 (Salt Lake City: General Board of Relief Society, 1966), 52. George C. Lambert, Treasures in Heaven, Fifteenth Book of the Faith-Promoting Series Designed for the Instruction and Encouragement of Young Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: By the author, 1914), 85. Beatrice Cannon Evans and Janath Russell Cannon, eds., Cannon Family Historical Treasury (Salt Lake City: George Cannon Family Association, 1995), 148.

[16] “Utah State Archives Indexes,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 25 Mar. 2018); Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics Death Certificates, series 81448, file no. 1648/516 (1920), Mary Alice Cannon Lambert.