Ellen Burnett (1850 - 1934)

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Birthplace: St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Managed by: Vivian Smith
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About Ellen Burnett


Ellen Burnett Livesey was born the 16 of June 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Garrett Peterson Burnett and Martha Briggs. Ellen had a dark complexion. Her father was a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in St. Louis. He was in charge of all the wagons as they prepared to cross the plains. Ellen's family crossed the plains in 1852 when she was only two years old.

While sitting beside her mother by the fireplace when she was only seven years old, lightening struck and channeled down the chimney. Her mother was instantly killed and she and her brother were stunned. Because of this tragedy she was frightened by lightening her entire life.

She married John Livesey the 28 of December 1868 in the Endowment

House. Her first two children died in infancy. She had six more children grow to adulthood. While she was pregnant with her last child her husband was killed in an accident while helping to build a neighbor's well. The trauma of this accident brought the baby early the day after her husband died. Left as a widow she raised her young children. She did housework and washing to make a living for her family.

Grandma Lily remembers having sleepovers at her Grandma Livesey's house when she was a child during which they would always visit the ice cream parlor. She died on the 13th of May 1934 when she was 83 years old.

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Ellen Burnett's Timeline

June 16, 1850
St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
June 16, 1863
Age 13
December 28, 1868
Age 18
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
November 7, 1869
Age 19
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
February 4, 1872
Age 21
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
March 14, 1875
Age 24
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
October 6, 1877
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
May 31, 1880
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
September 5, 1882
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah