Elvira Stevens Woodbury

1832– 1909

Younger sister of Jane Stevens Lewis; born in Gerry, New York; baptized in New York in 1844; immigrated to Utah in 1848; married John S. Woodbury; left Salt Lake City to fulfill mission to Hawai‘i with her husband in April 1851; remained in San Francisco when her husband sailed to the islands in August 1851; arrived in Hawai‘i in November 1851; returned to California within a year in company with William and Patty Perkins; obtained employment in San Francisco; divorced her husband some time before June 1856; taught school at San Bernardino in 1856; married Oliver B. Huntington in December 1856; divorced him a few years later; taught school after returning to Salt Lake Valley; left Utah to attend Wheaton College in Illinois in 1864; married Royal Barney in 1866; went east in 1879 to pursue medical studies; returned to Utah in 1883; authored Stevens Genealogy; died in Salt Lake City. (See Crocheron, Representative Women of Deseret, 76–81; Barney, Stevens Genealogy, 238–40, 257–92; “Pioneer Women Doctors,” in Carter, Our Pioneer Heritage, 6:387–89; “Woman’s Tribute to Dr. Elvira S. Barney,” Deseret Evening News, Jan. 16, 1909; Lyman, Payne, and Ellsworth, No Place to Call Home, 571, 574; GQC journal, Aug. 20, Dec. 15, 1851; May 16, 1852; Jan. 19, 1853.)