Lydia Catherine Adams (Mann) (1830 - 1912)

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Death: Died in Torrey, Wayne, Utah, USA
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About Lydia Catherine Adams (Mann)

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John Tidwell Company (1852) Age 22

Departure: 4-9 June 1852 Arrival: 10-23 September 1852

Company Information: 340 individuals and 61 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).

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Birth: Jan. 25, 1830

Death: Jan. 12, 1912 Torrey Wayne County Utah, USA

Lived in Beverly, Ontario, Canada

Daughter of George William Mann and Elizabeth Cook

Married David Barclay Adams, 30 May 1849, Council Point, Pottawattamie, Iowa

Children: George William Adams, Gilbert Mann Adams, Elizabeth Atkins Adams, Robert Nelson Adams, Alexander Frank Adams, Lydia Catherine Adams, Lewis Adams, Cynthia Jane Adams, Christiana Adams, Daniel Cook Adams, Andrew Patterson Adams

History - Lydia met David Barclay Adams soon after he arrived at Council Bluffs, Nebraska. He lost his wife and two little girls on the steamboat Mary coming down the Missouri River. They died of cholera and were buried in the river. All the clothing and bedding was tossed aboard also.

Lydia was 17 years old when she married David and spent the next year making clothes for the little family and warm quilts for their trip across the plains to Utah. Her first child, 15 month old George William died at Council Point, Iowa.

Cholera and diarrhea was quite prevalent at that time and a lot of people died and were buried along the way to Utah. The men shot buffalo to help with the food problem and they made broth for the sick and children most of the time. The meat was too tough to eat. They had a brass band in their company they would play at night for their entertainment and sometimes the people would dance. The Indians were friendly and were always wanting to trade beads for calico. They arrived Salt Lake Valley on the 15 Sep 1852.

During their time of moving from one place to another where David's work called him, they were very poor and often suffered for the right kind of food and clothing. Lydia was very thrifty, sheared the sheep, washed the wool and carded it, and wove it into yarn and cloth. She would color the factory with rabbit brush, squash bushes, etc., and then made dresses and shirts for the children. She would make the children's shoes out of old cloth or buckskin. The children were required to gather saleratus or the alkali from the mineral beds so Lydia could clean it and use it in the place of soda and often sold it to the neighbors. They never violated the Sabbath day even when they only had bran bread and milk it had to be prepared on Saturday for a fire was never lit to cook on Sunday.

Lydia was riding in a wagon through Cigarette Hollow when she was thrown out of the wagon, was hurt real bad, and was crippled for life. David died in Escalante and soon after she moved to Teasdale with her family where she lived for 31 years.

Family links:

  • David Barclay Adams (1814 - 1881)*
  • George William Adams (1850 - 1851)*
  • Gilbert Mann Adams (1852 - 1921)*
  • Elizabeth Atkins Adams Covington (1854 - 1927)*
  • Robert Nelson Adams (1856 - 1922)*
  • Alexander Frank Adams (1859 - 1911)*
  • Lydia Catherine Adams Allen (1861 - 1911)*
  • Lewis Adams (1863 - 1941)*
  • Cynthia Jane Adams Heaps (1866 - 1925)*
  • Christiana Adams Griffin (1868 - 1887)*
  • Daniel Cook Adams (1870 - 1936)*
  • Andrew Patterson Adams (1873 - 1945)*

Burial: Teasdale Cemetery Teasdale Wayne County Utah, USA

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Lydia Adams's Timeline

January 25, 1830
May 30, 1849
Age 19
Council Point, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA
January 10, 1866
Age 35
Adamsville, Utah, USA
January 12, 1912
Age 81
Torrey, Wayne, Utah, USA
Teasdale, Wayne, Utah, USA