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Mary Wride

23 May 1831–14 December 1905

Born 23 Dec. 1831 in Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales.[1] Daughter of Danson Wride and Ann Davies.[2]  Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19 Mar. 1857.[3] Married David John, 8 Feb. 1860, in Cardiff, Glamorgan; nine children.[4] Emigrated from Liverpool, Lancashire, England, aboard the Manchester, arriving in New York City 14 May 1861.[5] Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Homer Duncan pioneer company; her infant daughter, Annie, died on the trail, 20 Aug. 1861; arrived 13 Sept. 1861.[6] Settled in Provo, Utah Co., Utah Territory.[7] President of the Utah Stake Relief Society, 1884–1905; EBW often visited for Relief Society conferences and meetings.[8] Active in the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah Co. in her role as stake Relief Society president.[9] Agent for the Woman’s Exponent in Provo.[10] Corresponded regularly with EBW.[11] Died 14 Dec. 1905 in Provo.[12]

 

[1] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, 1861–1864, p. 183, line 3654, Mary John, 5 Dec. 1862, microfilm 1149525 (restricted access), FHL. David John, “Biography of Mrs. Mary John,” vol. 4, pp. 66–69, MSS 21, images 72–75/564, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 20 Feb. 2019), Mary Wride (KWJZ-HGL).

[2] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, 1861–1864, p. 183, line 3654, Mary John, 5 Dec. 1862, microfilm 1149525 (restricted access), FHL. Glamorgan, Wales, Record Office, Llantwit Fardre Parish Registers, 1626–1949, Marriages, P/63/CW/24, May 1813–Dec. 1837, p. 25, Danson Wride and Ann Davies, 9 Apr. 1831, DGS 4378024, FHL.

[3] “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. D, 1861–1864, p. 183, line 3654, Mary John, 5 Dec. 1862, microfilm 1149525 (restricted access), FHL. David John, “Biography of Mrs. Mary John,” vol. 4, pp. 66–69, MSS 21, images 72–75/564, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

[4] David John, Diaries, 1856–1908, vol. 1, pp. 21–22, 264, images 27–28, 270/582; vol. 4, pp. 131–134, images 137–139/582, MSS 21, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. 1861 England, Scotland, and Wales Census, Whitchurch, Glamorgan, Wales, ED 56, p. 9. 1900 U.S. Census, Provo, Utah Co., UT, ED 163, p. 2B, Mary John.

[5] “Mary John,” Saints by Sea (https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/, accessed 25 Feb. 2019). David John, Diaries, 1856–1908, vol. 1, pp. 242–264, MSS 21, images 248–270/582, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

[6] “Mary Wride John,” Pioneer Database (http://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravels, accessed 20 Feb. 2019). David John, Diaries, 1856–1908, vol. 1, pp. 246–247, 259, 260–263, MSS 21, images 252–253, 259, 265–269/582, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Randy Brown, “The Death of Annie John,” Newsletter of the Wyoming Chapter of the OCTA (Oregon-California Trails Association), Feb. 2010, as reprinted in Welsh Mormon History, Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University (http://welshmormon.byu.edu/Immigrant_View.aspx?id=2028, accessed 1 Oct. 2020).

[7] 1870 U.S. Census, Provo City 2nd Ward, Utah Co., Utah Territory, p. 15.

[8] EBW, Diary, 1 Dec. 1888; 9 May 1889; 29 Nov. 1890; 23 Nov. 1893; 9 Apr. 1894; 30 Apr. 1894. David John, “Biography of Mrs. Mary John,” vol. 4, 1896, pp. 66–69, MSS 21, images 72–75/564, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. 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), 131–132. 

[9] EBW, Diary, 23 Nov. 1893.

[10] EBW, Diary, Memoranda for 1899.

[11] EBW, Diary, 9 Apr. 1894.

[12] “Utah State Archives Indexes,” database and images, Utah State Archives (https://archives.utah.gov, accessed 27 Feb. 2019); Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records and Statistics Death Certificates, series 81448, file no. 427/500 (1905), Mary John. “Death of Mrs. John,” Salt Lake Herald, 17 Dec. 1905, 6. David John, Diaries, 1856–1908, vol. 5, pp. 397–398, MSS 21, images 405–406/501, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. “A Tribute of Love,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 May 1906, 7.