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Elizabeth Caroline Winn (Pugh)

Birthplace: Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee
Death: Died in Vernal, Uintah, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Place of Burial: Vernal, Uintah, Utah, USA, Plot: BH119.00-L2-S3
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Daniel Pugh and Martha "Patty" Harris
Wife of John Winn
Mother of John McCaslin Winn; Elizabeth Artinza Waters; Martha Jane Nebeker; Joseph Ephraim Winn; Nancy Melinda Winn and 4 others
Sister of John Pugh; Mary "Polly" Pugh; Annie Welker; Jane Alexander; Stewart PUGH and 7 others

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About Elizabeth Caroline Winn

The following information about Elizabeth Caroline Pugh Winn was found on Family Search.org: Elizabeth Caroline Pugh, John Winn's second wife, was born March 26, 1827 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. She arrived in Salt Lake City about 1852, and married John in the Salt Lake Endowment House in 1853. She raised his four children, and they had nine of their own. Before John and Julia Ann Akes Winn left Nauvoo, Julia said to Elizabeth, "IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME I WANT YOU TO COME AND MARRY JOHN AND TAKE CARE OF THE FAMILY." Elizabeth was a very young girl when she started from Nauvoo, and all she could bring with her was what she could tie up in a red handkerchief. She endured many hardships while crossing the plains, walking most of the way, and only riding when her feet were bleeding too much to walk further. Although she was very young, she was a midwife during her entire trip, and had the privilege of saving many lives because of her labors and efforts. Her father, Daniel Pugh, was very bitter against the Mormons, but her mother, Martha Harris Pugh, was finally permitted to come to Utah. She died in Richmond, Cache, Utah the November 26, 1863. During Elizabeth's married life she gave birth to nine of her own children and raised four of Julia Ann's children. Elizabeth continued to work hard, waiting on Liza (John's 3rd wife) and her children. In the southern part of the state, they lived in dugouts, and when coming to Richfield, they built a two room home, hauling the material from Joseph, Utah. Elizabeth sheared sheep, corded, spun, colored and wove the wool to make clothing for the grown-ups and the children. When John Winn died Elizabeth Winn moved to Vernal, Utah with her son, Charles Alma Winn. She died at the age of 78 on August 26, 1905, at Vernal, Utah. This history was taken from a sketch by Dora Winn Powell.

The following information from Find A Grave.com: Elizabeth was living in Pottawottamie, Iowa, with her mother Martha Harris Pugh and numerous other members of the LDS church from 1850 - 1852. She left Pottawottamie with the Benjamin Gardner Pioneer Company in 1852. There were 241 individuals and 45 wagons when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa. Due to the size of the company, the wagons started leaving on June 2nd and the last wagon left on June 10th. Family stories say that Elizabeth walked across the plains with everything she owned wrapped in a cloth and hanging from a pole that she carried over her shoulder.

After the first few weeks of the journey, there was a cholera outbreak in the wagon train and almost every wagon had sick and dying people in them. One journal says that "for miles and miles could be seen almost countless newly-made graves." A little over half way into the journey, they started to lose cattle from various diseases and had great difficulty continuing on. Many used cows instead of oxen, so the progress was slow. They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory September 24 – 27, 1852.

Her mother isn't listed on any of the pioneer lists, but is shown as traveling in 1852 in an unknown company. Not all of the names are accounted for in this wagon train (there were 241 people and only 170 names of known travelers), but since she and Elizabeth were living together, it's assumed that Martha was traveling with her in this company.

Three of Elizabeth's sisters were known to have traveled to Utah as pioneers. There's a mix-up on her sister Jane, as she was listed as Jane Alexander Pugh on this wagon train, but also as Jane Pugh Alexander in the Isaac M Stewart Company (she didn't marry until December 1852). Elizabeth had two other sisters that traveled in the 1852 Isaac M Stewart Company, Susan Pugh Bright (traveling with her children and mother-in-law) and Annie Pugh Welker (traveling with her husband, children, and many in-laws).

After their marriage, John and Elizabeth lived in the Utah Territory – Alpine (1854), Draper (1856), Alpine (1858 to after 1863), Richmond (1865), Summit Creek (1867 – 1869), Adamsville (1871-1875), and Richfield (1877).

They were living in Oxford, Oneida County, Idaho, Utah Territory in 1880. Elizebeth contracted tuberculosis there in about 1885. She suffered with it for 20 years before her death in 1905.

After John died, Elizabeth was lovingly cared for by her daughter Nancy, who lived in Vernal. Elizabeth is buried near her brother-in-law Dennis Wilson Winn and his wife Margaret Bateman Winn. Her death certificate says that her father's name was David, which is an error as his name was Daniel.

In addition to the children listed below, she had a son named Isaac Stuart Winn who was born in 1863 and died in 1927.



John Winn (1824 - 1899)



John McCaslin Winn (1854 - 1928)


Elizabeth Artinza Winn Waters (1856 - 1918)

Martha Jane Winn Nebeker (1858 - 1893)


Joseph Ephriam Winn (1859 - 1924)


Nancy Melinda Winn Winn (1861 - 1907)


Charles Alma Winn (1865 - 1932)


Melissia Ann Winn Wilkinson (1867 - 1947)


Francis Shannon Winn (1869 - 1929)

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Elizabeth Caroline Winn's Timeline

March 26, 1827
Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee
November 6, 1853
Age 26
Alpine, Utah, Utah, USA
May 28, 1856
Age 29
Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
March 7, 1857
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
February 10, 1858
Age 30
Alpine, Utah, Utah, USA
December 9, 1859
Age 32
Draper, Salt lake, Utah, USA
October 31, 1861
Age 34
Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
July 24, 1863
Age 36
Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
April 28, 1865
Age 38
Redmond, Sevier, Utah, USA
May 17, 1867
Age 40
Summit, Iron, Utah, USA