Emma Seraphine Smith (West) (1836 - 1910)

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Birthplace: Benton, TN, USA
Death: Died in Snowflake, AZ, USA
Cause of death: Breast Cancer
Occupation: Married Jesse Nathaniel Smith 5/13/1852 in Parowan, UT
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Emma Seraphine Smith (West)

A short documentary for a Utah History Class of Parowan, Utah, found on Ancestry.com talks about Emma West's family, including her brother, John Anderson West (1830-1917) and father, Samuel Walker West (1804-1873), some of the original settlers of Parowan, Utah, in the 1850's. Also mentioned in the video is George Albert Smith, who was Emma's brother-in-law. George Albert Smith (1817-1875) was an Apostle in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and cousin to Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the church, and son of Patriarch, John Smith. He was married to John Anderson West and Emma Seraphine West's sister, Susan Elizabeth West. She was his 7th wife and they had 5 daughters together. Emma Seraphine West and her sister, Margaret Fletcher West, were both plural wives of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, first cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., and a cousin of George Albert Smith.


Obituary: Emma Seraphine West Smith, one of the noted pioneers of Iron county, Utah, and of Arizona, died at her home in Snowflake, Arizona, October 15, 1910, after a brief illness (from breast cancer). She was the daughter of Samuel Walker West and Margaret Cooper West, and was born January 3, 1836, in Benton County, Tennessee. Her parents joined the Church the previous year, and with them she endured all the hardships of the Saints in the expulsion from Illinois. She came to Utah in 1851, and in 1852 moved to Parowan. There she met and married Jesse Nathaniel Smith, with whom she lived for 54 years, he having preceded her by death four years ago. The Apostle George Albert Smith performed the wedding ceremony of Emma Seraphine West and Jesse Nathaniel Smith on May 13, 1852, at Parowan, Iron County, Utah.

She endured the privations and hardships of those early pioneer days, and cared for her family of small children in the absence of her husband, who was a missionary in Denmark. During his second mission to Denmark, his second wife, Margaret died, leaving two small children. Since Margaret was Emma’s sister, she cared for Margaret’s children in addition to her own, and eight children of her husband’s brother, Silas, making a family of 15 small children. They moved from Parowan to Snowflake, Arizona, in 1880. In July of the same year she was chosen assistant to President Wilmirth East, of the Eastern Arizona stake Relief society and in 1883 became president.

When the stake was divided in December of 1887, she was made president of the Snowflake stake Relief society, in which office she faithfully served until August, 1905, when she was honorably released. From her childhood she has been a valiant church worker. She was the mother of nine children, 94 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Emma and Jesse had nine children: Emma Seraphine, born August 12, 1853, Mary Josephine, January 23, 1855, Hannah Daphne, March 22, 1857, Eliza Snow, February 23, 1859, Jesse Nathaniel, Jr., May 16, 1861, Sara Elizabeth, February 2, 1866, Silas Derryfield, September 9, 1867, John Walter, June 10, 1871, and Samuel Francis, November 21, 1873.

NOTE: Emma's younger sister, Nancy Malinda West, born in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1844, married John Henry Rollins, who was the son of James Henry Rollins. James Henry Rollins was a body guard of Joseph Smith, and worked for him in his store in Ohio when he was a boy of only 14 years old. James Henry Rollins' sister, Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner, and their younger sister, Caroline Amelia Rollins Kerr, saved some sacred Mormon documents from a building that was being burned by a mob when they lived in Ohio in about 1832. The girls saved the documents by hiding in a corn field until the mob left the area.

Nancy Malinda West Rollins was my second great grandmother.

Della Dale Smith-Pistelli

February 5, 2014

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Emma Seraphine Smith's Timeline

January 3, 1836
Benton, TN, USA
May 13, 1852
Age 16
Parowan, Iron, Ut
March 10, 1854
Age 18
January 23, 1855
Age 19
Parowan, Iron, Ut
August 12, 1855
Age 19
Parowan, Utah, USA
March 22, 1857
Age 21
Parowan, Utah, USA
February 23, 1859
Age 23
Parowan, Iron, Ut
May 16, 1861
Age 25
Parowan, Iron, Ut
February 2, 1866
Age 30
Parowan, Iron, Ut
September 9, 1867
Age 31
Parowan, Iron, Ut