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Amelia Ann Telle (Rogers)

Birthplace: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death: Died in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Place of Burial: Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of David White Rogers and Martha Rogers
Wife of Josiah Lewis Telle
Mother of Edwin Telle; Lewis Telle; George Telle and Martha Cannon
Sister of Susannah Mehitable Keate / Pickett; Edward William Rogers; Charles Addison Rogers; Glezen Rogers; Ross Ransom Rogers and 8 others
Half sister of Martha Ellen Rogers and John David Bennett Rogers

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About Amelia Ann Telle

Parents: David White Rogers, 1787 – 1881 and Martha Collins, 1793 – 1881

Spouse: Josiah Lewis Telle, 1806 – 1856 Children: Edwin Telle, 1843 – 1917 Lewis Telle, 1844 – 1884 Martha Lelle Telle 1846 – 1928

Amelia Ann Rogers Time Line for Amelia Ann Rogers Telle 1818 - 1847 21 Apr 1818 born in Queenstown, Quebec, Canada. 1820 The Rogers family moves 250 miles to Chautauqua County, New York. 1822 The family moves to Dunkirk, along Lake Erie. 1830 The family, now with 7 children, moves to NYC. 1834 The family moves to the Hudson, near Peekskill. 1835 The family moves back to New York City. 1837 Parley P. Pratt teaches the Rogers family. 9 Dec 1837 Amelia and her family join the LDS Church. Fall 1838 Rogers family leaves New York for Missouri. Spring 1839 Rogers family, including 21 year old Amelia, settles in Montrose, Iowa, near Nauvoo. 1 Sep 1841 Amelia marries widower Lewis Telle. 18 Oct 1843 Amelia has her first child, Edwin. 19 Apr 1844 Her son Lewis is born. 27 Jun 1844 Joseph & Hyrum Smith are murdered. Spring 1846 Amelia's extended family evacuates Nauvoo.

Letter from Amelia Telle Rogers, Nauvoo, Illinois, to Susanna Mehitable Rogers Sangiovanni, London, England, dated 11 Jun 1843. My Beloved sister, I gladly improve a few moments in writing you that you may know that I remember you. My health & that of the rest of my family is good. My family numbers five. I have 2 of Mr. Telle's children, a girl 13 & a boy 11 & a little son of my own about 7 months old. He is a smart active little fellow & looks like me. This place is building up very fast. People are coming from all parts of the United States and other places. The temple is building & slowly the walls are 12 or 14 feet high. Times are hard here as well as in other places but provisions are plentiful. We expect to send this by brother Hedlock & he will tell you how the work is getting on in this place. I have seen Sister P. Pratt. She thot of you & says you look like me. She said to see you in a distant land seemed like being right back to our house. . . .Father's folks still live in Montrose. Father is making brick this summer & expects to build a big house on this side of the river this fall & move over. They keep cows, horses & hens to live very comfortable. If you could be with us once in awhile I fear we would almost be too happy. Mother often speaks of you & says o dear, shall we ever see Susanna again? The present you sent by Elder Hyde was much played with. We should like to send you some token of remembrance but have nothing nice to send to London. I have not room to say more. Kiss your little boy. Tell him his auntie wants him to come & see her. Give my love to Mr. S. Mother wishes to be remembered in a very particular manner to your husband. Mr. Telle joins with me in sending his love and best wishes to you and yours. Do not fail to write often. From your sister, Amelia Telle & with Letter from Amelia to her step-daughter Sarah, in NYC. St. Louis, November 1-4, 1846 Dear Sarah Ann: We received your letter on the last of Oct . . . . Your father . . .has left it to me to write to you and I assure you it is with the best of feelings that I address you. We are always very glad to hear from you – but I should judge from the tenor of your letter that you are not quite happy & I do not wonder at it for you are like a stranger in a strange land . . . and if you will make up your mind to return to this place – we shall be delighted to receive you – dressmaking is very good here. You could either take a room & carry on the business yourself or you could go out by the week or day just as suited you best – & in either case you would be near home & if you chanced to be out of work or was sick you would not be among strangers as is the case with you at present. It is no doubt a pleasure to be near your little sister, but you see her comfortably situated & cannot add much to her happiness by staying in N. Y. but by returning here you may increase your own comfort – & should you wish it after 2 or 3 years you might make your friends another visit. It would be almost impossible to return this fall on account of navigation being so uncertain. You will therefore have plenty of time to think upon it and let us know what you conclude upon. . . .It is true we have 2 or 3 months of hot and unpleasant weather her but the rest of the seasons make up for that. This has been a very pleasant fall. We have not had but 2 or 3 frosty nights yet. Your Father is anxious to have you come back. He thinks that you ought to be near your friends – those that have a real interest in your welfare, those that would watch over you and council with you and who is more likely to have a real interest in your welfare than a Father – but I have said enough on this subject. We are all in good health. Edwin has not forgotten you. He often says he would like to see you. He says he wishes you would stay in this house all the time. Little Lewis is a fine stout little fellow. He talks very plain – & now I must say something about little Martha. She truly is a lovely child. Those that know you & have seen her say she looks very much like you. You used to wish you had a sister in the West. You have one now and you must come and see her. . . . I have nothing more of importance to write. We shall expect soon to hear from you. Your very affectionate friend (S) Amelia Telle

Before May 1846, Lewis takes Amelia and their children to safety in St. Louis, Missouri. 26 May 1846 baby Martha is born in St. Louis. Before the summer, 1847, the family returns to Nauvoo. July 1847, Lewis accidentally shoots Amelia. Fall 1847, Amelia begins to recover. 29 Dec 1847, Amelia dies of her injuries.

Amelia Ann Rogers In Caroline Rogers Daniels Smoot's 1907 auto-biography, she wrote about her sister Amelia's death, "My second sister Amelia came from New York City to Nauvoo with my parents in 1838. She married Lewis Telle, a brother in the church before the martyrdom of the Prophet and Patriarch. He went to St. Louis to get work, he being a house carpenter and work being somewhat scarce in Nauvoo at that time. Mr. Telle was quite sick in St. Louis, and when he was some better, the doctor advised him to return home, which he did. But as he was very weak he took a relapse and was sick again. It was a very hot summer and my sister was not well either. Nauvoo at that time was a very lawless place in which to live. Almost every night some house was broken into and robbed of money, if there was any. The people were in constant fear of their lives. Mr. Telle brought home some money and Amelia told him that she was afraid they might break into the house if they knew that he had brought money home. He said that they would find him ready for them if they did. When he went to bed he put the loaded gun at the head of his bed. In the late night, it being very warm, my sister Amelia got out of bed and went out in the garden and walked around to get cool. When she opened the door to go back to bed, Mr. Telle awakened from sleep and hearing the noise, thought some one was breaking into the house. He didn't stop to speak, but grabbed his gun and fired and shot my sister through the body near the heart. The Doctor did not think she'd live to morning, but she rallied and got better and lived four months. The ball came out her back near her spine having gone through her and near her heart, so the doctor said after she began to get around a little. She took a relapse and soon passed away leaving three children." In 1912 she added these words specifically for her niece Martha Telle Cannon, "I wish to tell her the testimony my sister Amelia left to her belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Her husband asked her on her death bed what religion sustained her throughout her trials. She looked up into his face with a smile and said that religion that was taught by Jesus Christ. She was a religious woman and left a good testimony behind her, even though she died very young." Nauvoo Card Catalog: "Telle, Amelia Ann Rogers. Died at Nauvoo, 1847. Buried in Durphy Street Cemetery. Remains later removed to Cemetery east of town."

Amelia's friend Emma Smith spent many long hours caring for her during her illness. After Mr. Telle's death in 1856, she took care of the two sons, ages nine and ten, until they were old enough to be on their own.

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Amelia Ann Telle's Timeline

April 21, 1818
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
September 1, 1841
Age 23
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
October 18, 1843
Age 25
April 19, 1844
Age 25
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
June 1845
Age 27
May 28, 1846
Age 28
St Louis, Missouri, United States
November 29, 1847
Age 29
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois USA