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Elizabeth Campbell (Davis)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Kilbirnie,, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Park City, Summit, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Davis and Janet Campbell
Wife of Thomas Campbell
Mother of Alexander Sandy Campbell; Janet Campbell; Joseph Davis Campbell; John Campbell; Thomas Campbell and 5 others
Sister of William Davis; Sarah Davis; Janet Davis; Agnes Davis; John Davis and 1 other

Occupation: Keeping House
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
Last Updated:

About Elizabeth Campbell

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Milo Andrus Company (1855) Age 29

Departure: 4 August 1855 Arrival: 24 October 1855

Company Information: 461 individuals were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Mormon Grove, Kansas (Near Atchison). This was a Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company.

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Birth: Sep. 17, 1826 Ayr, Scotland

Death: Nov. 6, 1901 Park City Summit County Utah, USA

Elizabeth Davis was born in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland and there joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842. She married Thomas Campbell in 1846, a young man from Perthshire who had moved west, and he joined the church there in Kilbirnie in 1851. Their children born in Scotland were: 1. Alexander (1847-1894) 2. Janet (1849-1851) 3. Joseph Davis (1851-1914) 4. John (1853-1898) The family sailed to the United States in 1855, with three little boys. Elizabeth felt very sad at having to leave behind the grave of her second child, Janet, who had died at the age of 2 years. They landed in New Orleans and took a boat up the Mississippi to St. Louis, and from there they took another boat up the Missouri River, finally arriving at Florence, Nebraska, where they joined a wagon train. They crossed the Great Plains by covered wagon drawn by oxen, walking most of the way to Utah, a distance of about 1,300 miles. Elizabeth cut up her fur coat to make many pairs of shoes for their three little boys to wear out along the way. The trip across the Plains took about 3 months.

When they arrived in Utah, they first took up a homestead about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City in Sanpete County, a beautiful farming area. Then they were asked by the LDS Church president, Brigham Young, to go to Southern Utah to help start the coal mining industry down there. So they went another 200 miles south. They were down there for about 5 or 6 years, living in a sod house dug out of the side of a hill with adobe bricks made of the native clay mixed with straw to finish the front. It was very primitive, really, with dirt floors and no windows, unless they had made window coverings out of oilcloth.

Family stories say that Elizabeth longed to buy a cooking kettle at the auction of the goods taken from the Fancher wagon train after the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre (in which Mormons and Indians slaughtered 120 members of a wagon train passing through on its way to California on September 11, 1857). But Thomas Campbell would not allow his wife to participate in any way in the auction of these things, tainted with the blood of innocent people. So Elizabeth had to keep using only a frying pan to cook everything over open fires, including bread!

She had two children during the time they lived in Cedar City: 5. Thomas (1856-1859) 6. Agnes (1858-1926) At the time of her daughter Agnes's birth in 1858, Elizabeth had had very little to eat for three days. The Indians were a danger at that time and the men dared not go to the mill to get flour, but she finally traded a beautiful shawl she had brought from Scotland for flour to last them for a while. She baked bread and cooked an ox one time to feed the men who were standing guard to prevent the Indians from coming into the town and taking their lives. They used to ring the bell for the people to gather in the meetinghouse when there was great danger. Elizabeth suffered the death of her 3-year-old son Thomas in the spring of 1859 while they lived there.

From Cedar City the family moved to Salina, back in Sanpete County, in 1860. They were driven from there by the Indians who stole all their stock. However, while they lived in that area, Elizabeth bore three more children: 7. William (1860-1925) 8. Mary Ann (1862-1948) 9. James (1864-1944). In 1865 they moved north, settling in the beautiful Heber Valley, where their last child was born: 10. Elizabeth (1867-1935).

Her husband and sons worked first on a tabernacle the church was having built in Heber, but her husband had a dispute with the local ecclesiastical authority over what he was to be paid, Thomas insisting on being paid in money, and the local stake president wanting them to either donate the labor or be paid in goods. Family stories say that the stake president revoked Thomas Campbell's ecclesiastical privileges, which led to Thomas and their elder sons leaving the church, though Thomas later was reconciled. The men then worked in the silver mines of Park City, and one branch of the Campbell family became very wealthy in time. The Campbell men mostly had worked as coal miners.

Elizabeth was blind for the last 16 years of her life from an infection following a cataract surgery. She continued to make rag rugs, having her daughters sort the rags by color and place her hand on each pile to let her know where each color group was. Her rugs were reputed to be some of the finest in the Heber Valley. Her husband, Thomas, died in Heber on 25 Apr 1894 and is buried there. Elizabeth lived first alone with her youngest daughter, and then when her daughter married, she lived alternately with one or another of her children's families. She died in Park City on 6 Nov 1901, at the home of one of her sons. She is buried beside her husband in Heber City Cemetery.

Family links:

 Thomas Campbell (1825 - 1894)

 Alexander Campbell (1847 - 1894)*
 Janet Campbell (1849 - 1851)*
 Joseph Davis Campbell (1851 - 1914)*
 John Campbell (1853 - 1898)*
 Thomas Campbell (1856 - 1859)*
 Agnes Campbell Jones (1858 - 1926)*
 William M Campbell (1860 - 1925)*
 Mary Ann Campbell Clyde (1862 - 1948)*
 James Campbell (1864 - 1944)*
 Elizabeth Campbell Wahlquist (1867 - 1935)*

Burial: Heber City Cemetery Heber City Wasatch County Utah, USA Plot: A_169_2

  • Census: 1870 - Utah, USA
  • Census: 1880 - Heber, Wasatch, Utah, USA
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Elizabeth Campbell's Timeline

September 17, 1826
Kilbirnie,, Ayrshire, Scotland
June 1842
Age 15
May 12, 1847
Age 20
Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
June 15, 1849
Age 22
Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scot.
May 27, 1851
Age 24
Drakemyre, Ayrshire, Scotland
September 9, 1853
Age 26
Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
April 6, 1856
Age 29
Cedar City, Iron, Utah
February 14, 1858
Age 31
Cedar City, Iron, Utah, USA
April 4, 1860
Age 33
Cedar City, Iron, Utah