Hannah Grover (Tupper) (1823 - 1893)

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Birthplace: Potsdam, Parishville,St. Lawrence, New York
Death: Died in Loa, Wayne, Utah, USA
Managed by: Coby Pharis Randquist
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Another rather unusual case was that of Thomas Grover. A widower with six children, he married a woman with three children of her own before becoming involved in polygamy. Later, he claimed that while praying for a testimony on plural marriage the Lord showed him in a vision the woman he should marry. He met her later in Nauvoo, married her, and she ultimately bore him twelve children. In later life, when it became apparent that her husband was never going to make much of a mark in the world, his wife Hannah became restless and hard to live with. She began suggesting divorce and even wrote to Daniel H. Wells, a member of the First Presidency of the church, proposing that Thomas Grover‘s entire family including wives and children be sealed to Wells. Wells advised her to stay with her husband, because "Thomas Grover is as good a man as I am" and cautioned her to keep the whole affair secret. However, Hannah left her husband and went and lived with her son Thomas in Nephi. On November 14, 1871, she was sealed to Daniel H. Wells in the Endowment House.44 There is no record of her securing a divorce or having her sealing to Grover canceled, although that would have been the normal procedure. There appear to have been no checks on her behavior. This case may be an example of a doctrine that appears to be rooted in anomie which was preached by Brigham Young in October 1861: But there was a way in which a woman could leave a man lawfully-when a woman becomes alienated in her feelings and affections from her husband, it is his duty to give her a bill and set her free-it would be fornication for a man to cohabit with his wife after she had thus become alienated from him.... Also, there was another way in which a woman could leave a man-if the woman preferred a man higher in authority and he is willing to take her and her husband gives her up. There is no bill [p.20] of divorce required, in [this] case it is right in the sight of God....45" 44Mark Grover, "The Effects of Polygamy upon Thomas Grover." (Seminar Paper in possession of the authors). 45Conference Reports, October 8, 1861 (reported by George D. Watt. Also found in the Journal of James Beck), October 8, 1861. Utah Historical Quarterly Volume 46 Number 1 (Winter 1978) Eugene E. Campbell and Bruce L. Campbell, "Divorce among Mormon Polygamists: Extent and Explanations," pp. 4-23

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Hannah Grover's Timeline

1823
March 23, 1823
Potsdam, Parishville,St. Lawrence, New York
1844
December 17, 1844
Age 21
Nauvoo,Hancock, Illinois
1845
November 17, 1845
Age 22
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
1847
June 8, 1847
Age 24
Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska
1849
January 7, 1849
Age 25
Farmington, UT, USA
March 11, 1849
Age 25
Kanesville, Pottaw, Iowa
1851
June 11, 1851
Age 28
Kanesville, Pottaw, Iowa
1852
July 3, 1852
Age 29
Kanesville, Pottaw, Iowa
1853
March 21, 1853
Age 29
Kanesville, Pottaw, Iowa
1854
January 12, 1854
Age 30
Bloomington Grove, Davis, Utah