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Isabella Race (Vest)

Birthdate: (34)
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: August 12, 1856 (34) (She died en route 15 Aug. as a result of an accidental gun shot wound.)
Immediate Family:

Wife of Joseph Brigham Race, Sr.
Mother of William Vest Race; Isabella Race; Joseph Race; Mary Race and Bartholomew Race

Managed by: Erik Nørring Christiansen
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About Isabella Race

Injury and Death:

"...Written in Pencil Informing us that the First Company under the Presidency of Elder Hindley Passed Here on the 23rd of July[.] also the third Company on the 26th July Encamp'd for the Night about 6 P.M. on the Platt[e] River—Shortly after arriving in Camp Isabella Race Got her arm Nearly Shatter'd into Pieces By her husbands Gun Under the following Circumstances[:] the Gun had been in the Waggon during the day Loaded with Shot having a Cap on with a Little tow between the Niple and hammer[.] after the tent was put up, the Gun was taken from the Waggon and put into the tent and Laid upon the Bed, a Little after Sister Race went to make the Bed and drew the Gun toward her But She Perceiving the bed close had Lifted up the hammer[,] shov'd it from her again which Caused the Gun to go off and the Contents go through her Right arm. President in Council Immediatly call'd to see her and Left Brothers [John] Bushby, [William] Appley [Apperley] and [William] Kent to dress and Bind up her arm..."

"...Tuesday Augst 14 This Morning Bro Ballantyne took Sister Race in his Waggon to Proceed to Larimie [Laramie] in order that She Might have the Assistance of a Doctor[.] the Camp afterwards Met for Morning Prayer and Sung Come let us anew our Journey Pursue[.] Prayer by Elder William Pitt[.] Camp Moved out at a 1/4 before 9 A.M. at Noon[.] Stopd for a Couple of hours to rest and feed our Cattle[.] assumed [resumed] our Journey and about 3 P.M. Met the Mail about 23 Miles from Laramie[.] Pass'd an Encampment of Soldiers who were Making Hay beside the Platt[e] River for the use of [--][.] at Laramie passed a train of Suggar Waggons in an encampment at Ash Point[.] At the above place Isabella Race who was on her way to Laramie to at[t]ain surgical aid died at Noon, Aged 32 years..."

SOURCE: Ballantyne, Richard, Diaries and reminiscences, 1852-1896, box 1, fd. 3, vol. 6. Retrieved from:,18016,4976-4803,00.html

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Isabella Race's Timeline

June 30, 1822
England, United Kingdom
December 23, 1845
Age 23
October 16, 1848
Age 26
County Durham, England, United Kingdom
March 23, 1850
Age 27
July 15, 1851
Age 29
August 14, 1853
Age 31
August 12, 1856
Age 34