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Amanda Pitkin (Egglestone)

Also Known As: "Amarilla", "Annarilla", "Eglestone", "Pitken"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Davis, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Curtis Egglestone and Amarilla Amanda Fowler Egglestone
Wife of George White Pitkin
Mother of Lathrop Pitkin, d.s.p.; Martha Abigail Pitkin; Ammon Paul Pitkin; George Orin Pitkin; Mariah Laura Pitkin Garr and 2 others
Sister of Norman Fowler Egglestone; Elizabeth Egglestone; Rhoda Egglestone; Armarilla Egglestone and Esther Ursula Egglestone

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About Amanda Egglestone Pitkin

Amanda Egglestone was the third of six children born to Curtis Eggelstone and Amanda Fowler. She and four of her siblings, Norman Fowler, Elizabeth, Rhoda, and Amarilla were born in Torrington, Connecticut; Esther Ursula, was born in Hiram, Portage, Ohio in 1819. Amanda married George White Pitkin in Ohio when she was 24 years old, and they soon joined the Mormon Church. She had seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood. She died 5 January 1847 at the Fox River, Davis County, Iowa, at the age of forty-two.

Marriage and Children

Amanda Egglestone was the first wife of George White Pitkin (17 May 1801 Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont - 26 November 1873 Millville, Cache County, Utah Territory) and had the following children:

  1. Lathrop Pitkin (5 March 1831 Hiram, Portage County, Ohio - c.12 March 1831 Hiram, Portage County, Ohio)
  2. Martha Abigail Pitkin (27 October 1832 Whitmer Settlement, Kaw Township, Jackson, Missouri - 1892) married Lemuel Harvey Taylor
  3. Ammon Paul Pitkin (26 April 1835 Clay County, Missouri - 1900) married Olive Chase
  4. George Orin Pitkin (19 August 1837 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri - 1910 Logan, Cache County, Utah) married Maria L. Wood, Janett Frew, and Jane Molen
  5. Mariah Laura Pitkin (13 November 1841 - 1860) married Able Garr
  6. Pamelia Pitkin (27 February 1844 - 1845)
  7. John Pitkin (20 October 1846 Iowa Territory - January 1847)

Biographical Sketch

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. - C.S. Lewis"

Amanda Egglestone had an extraordinarily difficult life. When she was fourteen, her parents moved to Hiram, Portage, Ohio to take up land in the Western Reserve. Her parents died and she took on the responsibility of raising her sister, Esther, who was fourteen years younger. At the age of twenty-four, Amanda married George White Pitkin. The marriage took place before a justice of the peace on 8 February 1829 in Hiram.

During the early years of their marriage, George was appointed as sheriff of Portage County. Amanda's first born child, a son named Lathrop, was born in Hiram on 5 March 1831. He died a week later. While living in Hiram, the Pitkins were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it grew in nearby Kirtland, Ohio. On 17 May 1831, George was baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. His wife, Amanda, and his sisters, Laura and Abigail, also joined

The Mormons, as they were called, were gathering in Missouri and the Pitkins decided to go. In the spring of 1832, George, Amanda, and Esther started the journey from Ohio to Missouri. Also accompanying them were two of George's unmarried sisters, Laura, age 42, and Abigail, age 35.

Upon their arrival in Jackson County, the Pitkins settled in the Whitmer Settlement in Kaw Township. George built a log house near about ten other families, mostly Whitmers. There Amanda gave birth to a daughter, Martha, on 27 October 1832. Some of the Missouri citizens felt threatened by the arrival of the Mormons and trouble began.

On 31 October 1833, about ten at night, a mob attacked the Whitmer village and began beating some of the men and tearing down houses. Amanda, with a one-year-old baby, was surely petrified. Several families gathered at the Peter Whitmer, Sr. house near the Pitkins. Lydia Whiting recalled some of the events of that frightful night, "Their first attack was to the door and window while some mounted the house and began to throw off the roof while they were throwing stones and clubs in at every chance they could get. The women who had crawled into the chamber with their children began to scream and beg for mercy while these barbarous ruffians in the shape of human beings were whipping and hounding their husbands and fathers with clubs and stones. All got from the house and made for the woods as fast as possible, and frightened nearly out of their senses."

Trouble continued and by the middle of November everyone from the settlement had fled. The Pitkins crossed the Missouri River into the western part of Clay County and struggled to survive the winter in hastily built shelters. During the short stay in Clay County, Amanda gave birth to a son, Ammon Paul, on 26 April 1835. In the beginning, the people of Clay County were friendly and helpful. However, when the Mormons failed to regain lands in Jackson County, they were asked to move on.

When the Church purchased land in the new county of Caldwell, the Pitkins moved again with their little family, hoping to find peace. Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri was home to George and Amanda from 1836 to 1839. There Amanda gave birth to a son, George Orrin, on 19 August 1837. Amanda was a frontier wife with three small children. While George was gone fulfilling church assignments and working as the sheriff of the county, Amanda was faced with the challenge of surviving with little means.

It was peaceful for a time, but the extermination order issued by Governor Boggs changed everything. It forced them to abandon their homes and farms and to seek exile in the state of Illinois. In the spring of 1839, the Pitkins set up temporary residence in Pike County, which at that time encompassed most of western Illinois. That same year, Amanda's sister, Esther, married Martin Wood in Quincy. Soon George and Amanda moved further north where the majority of church members were gathering. They spent the years 1840-1846 in Lee County, Iowa, and across the Mississippi in nearby Nauvoo, Illinois. Amanda gave birth to two children during that time. Mariah Laura was born 13 November 1841. Pamelia was born 27 February 1844, but she lived less than two years.

Hoping to find lasting peace, the Mormons planned a move west to the Rocky Mountains. Amanda and George joined the exodus in 1846, crossing the Mississippi with their four children and camping on the Iowa side of the river. Somewhere in Iowa Territory, a son, John, was born 20 October 1846.

By winter, the Pitkins had set up camp along the Fox River. The Mormon Trail crossed the Fox River near present-day Drakesville in Davis County. Amanda had been through a great deal. In the seventeen years of her marriage, she had born seven children, buried two babies, and raised a sister. She had been persecuted and driven from place to place because of her chosen faith. On 5 January 1847, in the cold of winter, she died along the Fox River. She was only forty-two years old. Her two-month-old baby died a few days later.


  • Amanda's burial place is uncertain, although it may be Drakesville Cemetery, Drakesville, Davis County, Iowa.

Sources and Further Reading

  • Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection). Name: Amarilla Eggleston[Annarilla Egleston, Eglestone] ; Gender:Female; Birth Date: 11 Feb 1805; Birth Location: Torrington; Parent Name: Curtis; Parent Name: Amarilla. Source Information: Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.
  • "Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Web. 20 June 2011. <>. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51334-1, System Origin: Ohio-ODM, Source Film Number: 891357
  • Platt, Lyman. LDS Redress Petition Listing, 1843 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Listing of Latter-day Saints Who Petitioned Congress, 1843; Mormon Redress Petitions #447, Testimony of Lydia Whiting.
  • Hovey, M. R. Biographical Sketch with Family Records of George Orrin Pitkin. Logan: [s.n.], 1934. Print.
  • Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848. Name: Amanda Eglestone; Gender: Female; Relationship to Primary Person: Self (Head); Father: Curtis Eglestone; Mother: Amarilla Fowler; Birth Date: 11 Feb 1805; Birth Place: Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA; Death Date: 5 Jan 1847; LDS Temple Ordinance Data: Baptism Date: November 23, 1935 Endowment Date: December 16, 1845 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Sealed to Spouse Date: January 15, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA; Household Members: Amanda Eglestone Self (Head); George White Pitkin Spouse. Source Information: Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Black, Susan Easton, compiler. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1848. 50 vols. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989. Private Donor.
  • LDS Redress Petition Listing, 1843. Given Name: Amanda; Surname: Pitkin; Ward: 3; Page: 13. Source Information: Platt, Lyman. LDS Redress Petition Listing, 1843 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Listing of Latter-day Saints Who Petitioned Congress, 1843. Description: List of signatories of the LDS Redress Petition to the U.S. Congress in 1843
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Amanda Egglestone Pitkin's Timeline

February 11, 1805
Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
March 5, 1831
Age 26
Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, United States
October 27, 1832
Age 27
Kaw Township, Jackson, Missouri, USA
April 26, 1835
Age 30
Clay County, Missouri, United States
August 19, 1837
Age 32
Caldwell County, Missouri, United States
November 13, 1841
Age 36
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
February 27, 1844
Age 39
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
October 20, 1846
Age 41
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illnois, United States
January 5, 1847
Age 41
Davis, Iowa, United States