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Martha Dixon Simons

June 27, 1825–November 14, 1916

1 Born at Sackville, Westmorland County, New Brunswick, Canada; daughter of Elizabeth Humphrey and Charles Dixon. 2 Baptized at Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, 1837. 3 Married Orawell Simons, 1846; nine children. 4 Migrated to the Salt Lake Valley, 1854. 5 Settled at Payson, Utah County, Utah Territory. 6 Served as a Relief Society teacher, Sunday school teacher, and district superintendent for the Young Ladies’ Retrenchment Society; served as president of the Payson First Ward Relief Society, 1892–1901. 7 Died at Salt Lake City. 8 (See Document 4.7)


  1. [1] “Utah Death Certificate Index, 1904–1961,” database and images, Utah State Archives (, accessed Jan. 2015); from Utah Department of Health, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, series 81448, file no. 1634/552 (1916), Martha Dixon Simons.

  2. [2] Utah death certificate, file no. 1634/552. Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1914), 2:710. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (, accessed Jan. 2015), Martha Dixon KWJ8-J5G.

  3. [3] Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, 2:710.

  4. [4] Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, 2:710. “Family Tree,” database, Martha Dixon and Orrawell Simons KWJ8-J5L.

  5. [5] Martha Dixon Simons,” Church History Biographical Database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, available at, accessed Jan. 2015.

  6. [6] Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, 2:710.

  7. [7] Martha Simons Kapple, “History of Orrawell Simons and Martha Dixon, His Wife,” “Public Member Stories,” database, (, accessed Feb. 2015).

  8. [8] Utah death certificate, file no. 1634/552.