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About Mary Ann Moore (Soar)
Birth: Jun. 27, 1825 Greasley Nottinghamshire, England
Death: Sep. 2, 1885 Payson Utah County Utah, USA
Daughter of Henry Soar and Edith Burrows
Married William Jesse Taylor, 25 Jan 1825, Saint Mary, Notthingham, England
Children - William Henry Taylor, Jesse Soar Taylor
Married John Harvey Moore, Feb 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Daughter - Sarah Ann Moore
History - Mary's feet were frozen from the ordeal crossing to Utah with the Martin Handcart Company in 1856. The family stories tell us the people of Payson used sewing scissors to cut the dead flesh from her feet after they were settled in Payson. She hobbled the rest of her life. The faith she had is evident in the following written by Mary Soar Taylor Moore on 20 Feb. 1881. This letter was written and placed in a Relief Society chest to be opened fifty years later. It was addressed to John C. Taylor, a grandson, at Payson, Utah.
I, Mary Moore desire to leave to my posterity a biographical sketch of my life to be read by them fifty years hence for their information and benefit. I was born in the village of Beauverlee, Nottinghamshire, England on January 22, 1825. My parents at that time were of no religious persuasion. My parent's names are Henry Soar and Edith Burrows.
At an early age, I joined the Methodist Society. At the age of eighteen, I married William Jesse Taylor who was not a professor of religion. By him, I had two sons named William Henry and Jesse Soar. We lived very happy for a little over two years when I was left a widow. Three years from this time I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in the year of 1856, I with my two sons started for Utah Territory. We left our home on the 26th of May and crossed the sea in the Ship Horizon.
We had a prosperous voyage of nearly forty days and landed at Boston from which place we traveled by rail to Iowa City, State of Iowa. We left Iowa City as "Martin's Company". We had a perilous journey across the plains, had to endure many hardships. We encountered snow in the Black Hills, which continued until we arrived in Salt Lake City.
My son, William, was taken sick with the mountain fever 700 miles from Salt Lake City, and Jesse and myself had to pull him in our cart until we arrived at the Sweetwater where teams from Salt Lake City met us and there we left out carts. Previous to this time, we had to subsist on four ounces of flour a day for nine days in the snow knee deep. It is said six hundred started in our company and nearly one half died before we arrived at our destination.
Many had their limbs badly frozen, William and myself among the number. We arrived in Salt Lake City on the last day of November, of the same year, after suffering many hardships and privations for the truth's sake, but I know my record is sure.
We arrived in Payson on the 2nd of December and we were well treated by the people. I could not stand on my feet for three months after I arrived. In the month of February 1858, I married John K. Moore, being his third living wife. In the year 1860, in the month of July, my eldest son William died of a disease contracted while crossing the plains.
In the year 1862, my father arrived in Payson, having joined the Church and emigrated. In the year 1864, my son Jesse married Sarah A. Marsh, who are living at this date, and have six living children and have buried two.
In the year 1868, the female Relief Society was organized in Payson. I was appointed and set apart to act as second counselor to Jane B. Simons, President of said Society, which I hold today. I also hold the position of second counselor to the President of the Silk Associations of this place.
I have written this sketch of my life as stated for the benefit of my grandchildren and others and I also add my testimony of the divinity of this work. I know it is the work of God and hope and trust that any of my posterity that may come in possession of this may be strengthened in their faith by it, and be worthy of such parentage for truly we suffered much for their truth sake, but the reward of the faithful is sure.
Spouse: John Harvey Moore (1816 - 1899)
Burial: Payson City Cemetery Payson Utah County Utah, USA Plot: Blk 4 lot 14 pos 9
Maintained by: SMS Originally Created by: Cindy Baldogo Record added: Nov 26, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 31751093