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Ellis Shipp (Reynolds)

Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Davis County, Iowa, United States
Death: January 31, 1939 (92)
At home, 1320 Michigan Avenue, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States (Carcinoma of neck of about two years)
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Fletcher Reynolds and Anna Reynolds
Wife of Milford Bard Shipp, Sr.
Mother of Richard Asbury Shipp; Ellis Reynolds Shipp; Milford Bard Shipp, II; Nellie Shipp and Olea Shipp
Sister of Sarah Elizabeth Reynolds and Ellis Reynolds
Half sister of Lillian Elnora Reynolds; Carlos M. Reynolds; Levi William Reynolds; Byron Smith Reynolds; Minnie Florence Crowther and 1 other

Occupation: Doctor, educator
Managed by: Ashley Odell
Last Updated:

About Ellis Reynolds Shipp

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Ellis Reynolds Shipp (January 20, 1847 – January 31, 1939) was one of the first female doctors in Utah. She founded The School of Nursing and Obstetrics in 1879, and was on the board of the Deseret Hospital Association. She successfully combined motherhood and a medical practice, saying, “It is to me the crowning joy of a woman’s life to be a mother.” In her 50-year medical career, she delivered more than 5,000 babies—and led the School of Nursing and Obstetrics in training five hundred women who became licensed midwives..."

"...Born Ellis Reynolds, she came with her family to Utah Territory in 1852. Her family was among the early Mormon pioneer settlers of Pleasant Grove, Utah. In 1866, Ellis Reynolds married Milford Shipp. She bore a total of ten children, six of whom survived infancy..."

"...Shipp began studying at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1875 leaving her children behind in Utah Territory in the care of her husband's other wives. Brigham Young sponsored her education in the Eastern United States and she later did further medical studies at the University of Michigan.

Shipp wrote the words to "Father, Cheer Our Souls Tonight" which is in the 1985 English edition of the LDS hymnbook. In 1910, she published a book of her own poems entitled Life Lines.

Ellis Reynolds Shipp served as a member of the Relief Society General Board from 1898 to 1907. She also served on the general board of the Young Women. Both the Relief Society and the Young Women are organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Ellis Reynolds Shipp', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 May 2012, 20:31 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ellis_Reynolds_Shipp&oldid=491455622> [accessed 24 May 2012]

Other Facts

  • Ellis is the second-great-grandmother of famed actor Amy Adams.
  • After arriving in Utah in 1852, five-year-old Ellis' intellect caught the attention of Brigham Young at the Beehive House. Young personally arranged for Karl G. Maeser to tutor her.
  • In Utah, she lived mainly with her grandparents.
  • Ellis was able to go to medical school in Philadelphia because one of her sister-wives, Margaret Curtis, had returned home from there without completing her studies, leaving an open seat in the program.
  • Ellis paid her expenses in Philadelphia by sewing and "guarding the hall of cadavers at night."
  • She attended the University of Michigan's medical school after leaving Philadelphia.
  • She is the namesake of the Dr. Ellis Reynolds Shipp Park on 4th Avenue in Salt Lake City. It features a plaque and picture in her honor.
  • She is also the namesake of a Salt Lake City health clinic and a dorm at Brigham Young University.
  • In addition to teaching obstetrics in Utah, she also taught in Canada, Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada.

Other Resources

  • Arrington, Leonard J. and Susan Arrington Madsen. Sunbonnet Sisters: True Stories of Mormon Women and Frontier Life (1984).
  • Casterline, Gail Farr. "Ellis R. Shipp," in Vicky Burgess-Olsen, Sister Saints (1978).
  • Shipp, Ellis Reynolds. While Others Slept: Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp, M.D. (1985).
  • "Poets of the Restoration: Ellis Reynolds Shipp." Video from a Mormon Channel series.
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Ellis Reynolds Shipp's Timeline

January 20, 1847
Davis County, Iowa, United States
February 24, 1867
Age 20
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
May 27, 1869
Age 22
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
May 25, 1877
Age 30
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 24, 1879
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
September 9, 1889
Age 42
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
January 31, 1939
Age 92
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
February 5, 1939
Age 92
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States