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Harriet Elizabeth Young (Cook)

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Whitesborough, Oneida, NY, USA
Death: November 5, 1898 (73)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA (heart attack)
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Archibald Cook and Elizabeth Cook
Wife of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Oscar Brigham Young

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Harriet Elizabeth Young

Biographical Summary:

Harriet Elizabeth Cook Campbell Young (1824-1898), daughter of Archibald Cook and Elizabeth Mosher Cook was born November 7, 1824, at Whitesborough, Oneida County, New York. Her father was a skilled pattern maker for machinery. He was well-to-do and saw that each of his children received a formal education.

When Harriet Elizabeth was eleven years of age she first heard the Mormon missionaries preach. Her parents were of Quaker stock and forbade her attending the Latter-day Saint meetings. She received the Gospel and was blessed by John P. Green in 1835, but was not baptized until May 1, 1842. She gathered to Nauvoo in June, 1843. Here she became acquainted wit h Brigham Young, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church. On November 2, 1843 she was married to him with the Prophet Joseph Smith performing the ceremony. Her son, Oscar Brigham Young, was born February 10, 1846 in Nauvoo.

When her father learned that she was determined to remain with the Mormons he gave her $500.00 in gold to help her on the journey west. The trip was begun in May, 1848, under the direction of her husband, who had returned from Zion in the fall of 1847 to bring the Saints then waiting at Winter Quarters to Utah. They arrived in the valley September 20th of t hat same year. Most of the Young family lived in the fort for a little while, but before long Brigham erected log houses for his wives. Harriet's log cabin stood on the present site o f the Capitol building. The cabin consisted of one room with a fireplace, board floor, bed, c hairs and a table made of logs. In 1856, Harriet and Oscar moved into the Lion House with the majority of other wives and children. Harriet taught school for a number of years in one o f the rooms on the lower floor which was equipped for this purpose. Sometimes the neighbor's children joined with the Young children in their school work. For years she made shirts, coats and trousers for the boys of the family. It is said that she made most of the bread for she was an excellent cook. She assisted in bookkeeping work for the Z.C.M.I. which brought in extra money to buy choice books, for she was an avid reader.

Harriet was a tall, fine looking woman of fair complexion. She was a member of the 18th Ward in Salt Lake City for many years. Harriet died suddenly of a heart attack November 5, 1898 and was buried in a plot of ground purchased by the family at the time the city ruled that no more burials of the Young family should take place in the private cemetery of Brigham Young.

SOURCE: Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 1, Brigham Young His Wives and Family

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Harriet Elizabeth Young's Timeline

November 7, 1824
Oneida, NY, USA
February 10, 1846
Age 21
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
November 5, 1898
Age 73
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
November 8, 1898
Age 73
Salt Lake City, UT, USA