Mary Ann Hatchard Jeffs

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Mary Ann Hatchard Jeffs

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Birthplace: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Magna, Salt Lake County, Utah
Place of Burial: Wellsville Cemetery, Wellsville, Cache, Utah, USA, Plot: Lot A-6-12-2
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Daughter of William Yemm Jeffs and Mary Ann Hatchard Jeffs
Wife of William Banister Poppleton and Zial Riggs
Sister of Wiliam Hatchard Jeffs and Emma Gunnell
Half sister of Esther Alice Jeffs; Alma Jeffs; John Jeffs; Lucy Ann Jeffs; George Washington Jeffs and 3 others

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About Mary Ann Hatchard Jeffs

Mary Ann Hatchard was born 15 Apr 1824 on Gausebrook farm located in the little town of Wilton in the Parish of Bridstow, Herefordshire, England. Bridstow is located on the bank of the River Wye which is here crossed by a bridge leading to Ross just 1¼ miles away. Mary Ann loved to go visit her grandparents, John and Sarah Richardson who lived in Ross. Mary Ann was the daughter of William Hatchard and Jane Richardson who lived on Gausebrook farm with their eight children and worked hard to support them. The children went out to work to help the family. In 1841 census Jane was working at an Inn and Mary Ann was working as a house maid helping with five children, William was working for a farmer, Arthur Webb. Mary Ann’s father, William died in Wilton 23 Apr 1843, he was just 56 years old.

In the year 1847 Mary Ann married William Yem Jeffs in Gloucester, England. He worked for the railroad so they moved to Birmingham, a railroad center at that time. Here their 1st little daughter was born, 19 Dec 1848, they named her Mary Ann. Mary Ann and William Jeffs moved to Balsall Heath in the Parish of Kings Norton in Worcester, England located near the railroad where he worked as an Engine Stoker when their 2nd daughter, Emma was born 12 Oct 1850. They were still living there at the birth of their 1st son, William 24 Jan 1853. At this time Mary Ann almost lost her life she was so ill all hope of her recovery seemed to fail and she was given up by all human skill, so William called in two Elders, Joseph Green and Tayson who administered to her and she was healed by the power of the Lord. Just one month later they immigrated to Utah, sailing on the ship “International” 28 Feb 1853, with the 65th Company with 425 Saints. They were blessed on their journey and arrived in New Orleans 23 Apr 1853.

From New Orleans they continued their journey up the Mississippi River to Keokuk, Iowa, where they made preparations to cross the plains. They crossed the plains with the Claudius V. Spencer Company arriving in Salt Lake City 17 September 1853. They went to live in Fort Herriman where she received the sad news of her mother, Jane Hatchard’s death 6 Nov 1853 at Bridstow, Hereford, England.

It must have been a trial for Mary Ann when her husband took another wife, Alice Ward 8 Jul 1855. At this time Mary Ann was sealed to William and a month later gave birth to twin boys, 6 Aug 1855 at Fort Herriman, they named them Ephraim and Manasseh but Manasseh died at birth which was a sad time for Mary Ann. They moved from Fort Herriman to Alpine, Utah, and had many trials with the Indians. While living there another daughter was born to Mary Ann, 22 Jan 1858, they named her Sarah Jane. They lived in Alpine about six years.

In 1861 they heard of the glowing reports about Cache Valley and decided to move there. Their last daughter, Adaline, was born 2 Jan 1862 in Wellsville, Utah. Here William worked as a farmer until the arrival of the railroad in 1869, and then he moved his family to Ogden to work on the Utah Central Railroad. Their daughters Mary Ann and Emma remained in Wellsville. William and Mary Ann lived in Ogden and he worked on the railroad helping to complete it and participated in the celebration of the tying of the rails by decorating their engine with flags and ribbons.

They moved to Farmington as he was working on the Utah Central Railroad between Salt Lake City and Ogden. His father came from England to be with them but died soon after, 24 Jun 1872, and was buried in Farmington. They were sadly grieved when their youngest daughter, Adaline died 3 Nov 1875, it has been said that she drank some snake lye by mistake which caused her death. William married his 3rd wife Emma Foster Moss, a widow 10 Jun 1874. Mary Ann’s oldest son William married her daughter, Caroline Moss, 13 Apr 1874.

Mary Ann and her family moved to the 16th Ward in 1878 and Sarah married Thomas Howell Hughs 10 Apr 1879. Mary Ann had brown eyes and dark hair. Like most English people she liked her tea, and being deeply religious, she worried drinking tea might keep her from heaven. She did much temple work for her people. It was a trial for Mary Ann when William was arrested for complying with the law of plural marriage, 28 May 1886. She and his 4th wife, Elizabeth were forced to appear in court and testify against him 22 September 1886 and he was sentenced to nineteen months in prison. She was happy when he was released from prison after only serving five months. After leaving prison he worked in the Temple taking care of the boilers which heated the Temple, Tabernacle and Assembly Hall and Mary Ann continued working in the 16th Ward.

In Oct 1899, Mary Ann became very ill with cancer of the stomach and dropsy. She died 1 Jan 1900 in her home in Salt Lake City, Utah. William paid a beautiful tribute to her when he wrote in his journal; “She was a faithful and true wife and mother and her loss was felt by all who knew her. We lived together as husband and wife for 53 years. A life of happiness; she endured many hardships for the Gospels sake. Her reward is sure. She received and obeyed the law of plural marriage and continued so until her death, being and living in the same so she could receive a fullness of exaltation in the Kingdom of God. Thus ended a life of a noble Latter-day Saint.” Mary Ann was buried in Salt Lake Cemetery.

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Mary Ann Hatchard Jeffs's Timeline

1848
December 19, 1848
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
1932
May 5, 1932
Age 83
Magna, Salt Lake County, Utah
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Wellsville, Cache, Utah, USA, Plot: Lot A-6-12-2