Mary Lee Bland (1817 - 1898)

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Birthplace: Cumberland County, Kentucky
Death: Died in Santiquin, Utah, Utah
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About Mary Lee Bland

Mormon Pioneer:

"...How happy we were to be reunited and for William to see his year-old son for the first time. His health improved some he was home and we were happy. Then privations in that terrible winter of 1848 caused a relapse, and after a promise exacted from me that I would take the family and go with the Saints to Zion, he passed from this life in my arms. Leaving me grief stricken, I faced maternity again with Mammy Chloe my only attendant. Little Mary Jane was born (5 Feb. 1849) four months after her father's [William Fletcher Ewell] death.

We then set about to keep our pledge to go to Salt Lake, the Zion of the mountains. Oh, how I missed him, always so faithful to the church, so kind and true. I could have gone back to luxury at home by repudiating our faith, but was not tempted, even in the face of poverty. So in a few years my faithful Mammy Chloe helped me bring my family to Salt Lake..."

SOURCE: Ewell, Mary Lee Bland, Reminiscences, 4. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.) Retrieved from,18016,4976-19055,00.html

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Ewell, Mary Lee Bland

Birth Date: 1 Nov. 1817 Death Date: 24 May 1898 Gender: Female Age: 34 Company: Uriah Curtis Company (1852)

Pioneer Information: She came with her six children and a black woman by the name of "Chloe."


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Mary Bland's Timeline

November 1, 1817
Cumberland County, Kentucky
November 1, 1834
Age 17
November 3, 1835
Age 18
Livingston, Ray, Missouri
November 3, 1835
Age 18
Livingston, Ray, Missouri
August 2, 1837
Age 19
Livingston, Ray, Missouri
April 18, 1841
Age 23
Livingston, Ray, Missouri
October 24, 1843
Age 25
Livingston, Ray, Missouri
July, 1846
Age 28
October 5, 1846
Age 28
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa
February 5, 1849
Age 31
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa