Martha Allen (1839 - 1923)

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Birthplace: Rochester,West Parmes,Lorain,Ohio,U.S.A.
Death: Died in Harper Ward, Box Elder, Utah, United States
Managed by: Earlene Kay Rutledge
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Immediate Family

    • husband
    • James
      son
    • Jude
      son
    • George
      son
    • Henry
      son
    • Martha
      daughter
    • Evelyn
      daughter
    • Andrew
      son
    • Frank
      son
    • Harriet
      daughter
    • Sarah
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    • Richard
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About Martha Allen

A Brief Sketch of the Life of Martha Allen May

Author: unknown

Date: unknown

Martha Allen May is the daughter of Jude Allen and Mary Ann Nicholes. She was born September 26th 1839 at Farmer, Laurin County, Ohio. She moved to Nauvoo with her parents, where they resided for about two years. During this time she remembers seeing the Prophet and his brother Hyrum Smith in their caskets all ready for burrial. She saw the tub containing the blood stained clothing which they were wearing at the time that they were assassinated, or shot to death. Thjis was vividly impressed upon her mind.

For eight years her parents were moving about from one place to another. Finally in the year of 1852, they came to Utah in the company of Benjamin Gardner, her father being captain of ten. Roving bands of Indians, prowling coyotes, wolves and large herds of buffalo were often met during the trek. She remembers distinctly walking wand driving a small band of hseep, gathering wild berries to eat and wood to burn for their campfires.

Arriving in Salt Lake City in September, they went to the church farm, where they worked for a man by the name of John Dalton.

They then moved to Bountiful, where they bought a home. Due to ill health and lack of funds with which to pay for schooling, she never had the privilege of attending school, never learning to read or write. Being blessed with a wonderful memory though, she obtained an education far above the average. Her English was almost perfect and as for arithmetic, she could do sums mentally very readily and accurately. She always encouraged her children to study and get an education, realizing the big disadvantage of not having an education.

When the Kimball Mill (named after Heber C.) was finished (year?) a big celebration was given. There was dancing, singing, feasting being enjoyed. During the fun, three girls, Mary Allen, Martha Allen, and Hannah Jones, chumming together as all girls will, were standing beneath the stair steps laughing at the awkwardness of three young men. English emigrants, trying to dance. Little dreaming that they would be their future husbands. they proved to be in the persons of John Dewey, James May, and Thomas Harper.

First Mary and John were wed, then Thomas and Hanna, and finally James and Martha. They were wed 234th of Augus6 1856. Strange as it may seem, these three families were very closely associated the remainder of their days as friends and neighbors.

The May's moved to Calls Fort, Utah on their present location in 1861. their humble beginning being a dug-out. From this, into a two room log house and then into the rock house where she has been surrounded wiht many conveniences. When the call came to move south, they with their relatives went with the rest of the Saints. [Was this move south because of the Utah War?]

From this union, 14 children were born. Eight sons and 6 daughters. through thrift, economy and hard work, they reared them to man and womanhood, all except one son who died at the age of two weeks.

Being a natural and willing nurse, she went at all times, night and day, to the assistance of the sick, suffering and dying. three grandchildren she also reared, besides her own. Her home has always been a refuge to the homeless, the tramp, and the needy. Into the mission field she has sent five sons and numerous grandsons.

She has been a staunch and faithful church member, never allowing anything disrespectful to be said of the authorities of the church. When her husband took a plural wife (and because of the troouble that arose from this practice), and moved to Canada with his second family, she was left alone with her large family of small children, which was discouraging. She would never allow her children to say one word of disrespect of their father and because of this great thing, every one of her children are firm believers in the Faith.

She worked in the Relief Society and was also president of the Young Women's Mutual Association.

She was inoffensive and patient in her kindly way and aided many young people with her council and advise. She befriended the Indians and was always a good friend and neighbor to everyone and was beloved by all who knew her. She has a great posterity. May we always follow the faithful example she has set for us.

It is interesting to note that her husband who left her to go to Canada, returned to her in his later yers and died in the home with his first wife and family. He and his second wife Rhoda, also had a large family in Canada. they had eleven children and remained in Canada.

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Martha Allen's Timeline

1839
September 26, 1839
Rochester,West Parmes,Lorain,Ohio,U.S.A.
1843
1843
- 1845
Age 3
Nauvoo, IL, USA

Dates approximate.

1844
June 27, 1844
Age 4
Carthage, IL, USA

"She also remembers seeing the Prophet's body guards and seeing the bodies of the Prophet and his brother Hyrum Smith in their caskets all ready for burial. She saw the tub containing the blood stained clothing which they were wearing at the time that they were assassinated, or shot to death. This was vivdly impressed upon her mind."
A Brief Sketch of the Life of Martha Allen May

1850
1850
- 1980
Age 10
Honeyville, UT, USA

Fancy Work
The ladies did some work by which they obtained a little money to help in maintaining the home. Louise Wrighton (Burt) used to make yards of tatting and embroidery work which she sold in Corinne.

Martha Anglesy Allen and Martha Allen May, wife and daughter of Jude Allen of Calls Fort, used to spin and color yarn and knit it into socks which they sold to the freighters who procured their loads at Corinne. Butter, eggs, garden stuff and other produce was disposed of to these same freighters for which the paid money, and it was about the only money housewives saw in those days.

In the early fifties, Birtiah Wells of Willard made fancy buckskin gloves and sold them to get calico to make herself and baby a dress.

SOURCE: History of Box Elder County: 1851-1937, by Lydia Walker Forsgren, Unknown Publisher and Publication Date.

1850
- 1880
Age 10
Deweyville, UT, USA

Care of the sick in Deweyville

The daughters of Jude Allen family have done their share in alleviating suffering. Mary [ALLEN], the oldest daughter, married John C. Dewey, founder of Deweyville. All during her married life she served her friends and neighbors as doctor and nurse in confinement cases, as well as in caring for sick babies and even adults. Anybody who had sickness in their homes feel free to send for "Sister Dewey." she went from Honeyville on the south to far beyond Deweyville on the north.

Martha May [ALLEN], another daughter, wife of James May, served her friends and neighbors in a similar manner throughout her life time.

A third daughter, Sara A. Lasley [ALLEN], wife of Heber W. Lasley, was well known as a practical nurse and midwife in the section of the country now known as Rockland, Idaho, but which at an early date, was part of Box elder Stake.

SOURCE: History of Box Elder County: 1851-1937, by Lydia Walker Forsgren, Unknown Publisher and Publication Date.

1852
1852
- September 1852
Age 12
Salt Lake City, UT, USA

"Finally in the year of 1852, they came to Utah in the company of Benjamin Gardner, her father being capain of ten. roving bands of Indians, prowling coyotes, wolves and large hers of buffalo were often met during the trek. She remembers distinctly walking and driving a small band of sheep, gathering wild berries to eat, and wood to burn for their campfires. Arriving in Salt Lake City in September, they went to the church farm, where they worked for a many by the name of John Dalton."
A Brief Sketch of the Life of Martha Allen May

1856
August 24, 1856
Age 16
Calls Fort, Box Elder, Utah, United States

24 August 1856, I was married to Martha Allen, daughter of Jude and Mary Ann Allen.
James May Autobiography

1856:
-- James 24 and Martha 16 married
-- Rhoda, his second wife was born that same year.
1877
-- James 45 and Rhoda 20 married
-- Martha was 38

1856
- 1857
Age 16
Utah

In this and the next year a great deal of labor was spent in building mud walls. We built them after the fashion of building concrete houses, making a box 16 fit long, 6 feet wide at the bottom, 4 feet at the top, and 6 feet high, with the intention of going up six feet higher, but that was never done to any extent.

At that time the great reformation occurred at which time many people did reform. Still with some it was as a spasmodic effort and did not last.
-- James May Autobiography

1857
April 1857
Age 17
Bountiful, Utah, United States

In the spring of 1857, I rented a small farm of brother Anson Call of Bountiful. It was located in Box Elder county.
-- James May Autobiography