Maria Susan Haven Burton

April 10, 1826–March 30, 1920

1 Born at Holliston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts; daughter of Judith Temple and John Haven. 2 Joined the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, May 12, 1842. 3 Married Robert Taylor Burton, 1845; ten children. 4 Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley with the Brigham Young pioneer company, 1848; settled in the Salt Lake City Fifteenth Ward. 5 Served as treasurer in the Fifteenth Ward Relief Society, 1868–1869. 6 Elected to the committee to frame resolutions protesting antipolygamy legislation; presented resolutions to the audience during the January 1870 mass meeting. 7 Kept an extensive diary, 1875–1919. 8 Died at Salt Lake City. 9 (See Document 1.2, 3.12, first mentioned here)


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  6. [6] Andrew Jenson, comp., manuscript history and historical reports, “Relief Society,” n.p., Fifteenth Ward, Riverside Stake, CHL.
  7. [7] “Minutes of a Ladies Mass Meeting,” Jan. 6, 1870, in Relief Society minutes and records, vol. 1, 1868–1873, Fifteenth Ward, Salt Lake Stake, CHL.
  8. [8] Maria H. Burton diaries, 1875–1919 (MS 6329), CHL.
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