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Leonora Taylor (Cannon)

Birthplace: Peel, Isle of Man
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of John Taylor, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Joseph James Taylor; George John Taylor; Leonora Agnes Taylor and Mary Ann Taylor

Occupation: Marriage: 28 January 1833 ,Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada
Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Leonora Taylor

While his spiritual life was deepening and broadening, he encountered a second powerful influence—Leonora Cannon. Also a devout Methodist, she had felt prompted to come to Canada because of a dream. In Toronto she began attending Methodist services. Her class leader, John Taylor, was soon her suitor, but she refused his first offer of marriage, perhaps because she was ten years his senior. Prompted by another dream, however, she accepted his second proposal and they were married 29 January 1833.

SOURCE: "The John Taylor Family" by Richard L. Jensen.

The following information about Leonora Cannon Taylor is from a 14-page article entitled "Mormon Women on the 1846 Iowa Trail" by Bettie McKenzie: Leonora Cannon Taylor was the wife of the Mormon leader John Taylor. Taylor, along with Parley Pratt, spent much of 1846 and 1846 on missions to England. Leonora Cannon Taylor crossed the Mississippi on February 15 with the pioneer company and started from Sugar Creed on March 2. She included references to some of the camp life as well as the misery when she wrote her memoirs.

Her diary comments of the first weeks note the snow, the rain, and more snow until April 1, when she finally wrote "a warm day." During the next month, the company struggled through mud, and the carriage broke down. The horses were bitten by snakes, and more and more rain fell during April as they slogged along, sometimes making seven or eight miles a day. Finally on May 8, Leonora wrote: "A fine moonlight night, a violin playing and a dance by General Rich's tent. This place is called Garden Grove and lovely place it is." She had sprained her knee getting out of the carriage at Garden Grove, and her leg pained her so much during the next two weeks that she was sick with the pain and tried many remedies for it as the company continued to travel.

By June 8, Leonora was able to write about the prairie, "excellent road...covered with beautifull flowers." Again, on June 11, she wrote: Country is really lovely, gently rolling and (divided) in long ridges and those on each side and marked like quarters of an orange, they appear like little channels to convey the water into the long ones and those into large and deeper all covered with rich grass and lovely flowers, every few miles there is a creek and a little grove of trees.

These comments were made before the company reached the Nishnabotna and the Indian village, so the events probably took place in Adair and Cass Counties.

On June 17, she reached the Bluffs and enjoyed the delights of wild strawberries. According to her diary, "the children came to know if they might go for strawberries and S.Y. Family, M.S. and Annie went and brought us back some delightful berries." Later, "the strawberries were more plentiful there than any place I ever say. They gathered them by bushels."

On June 20, she says: "The girls went to a concert at the trading village number of the bretheren went down and the band went with them. We had a very pleasant time indeed. About seventy persons dined in Major Marshals. They had quite a dance there. Was a number of half-breed squaws dressed very well indeed. Had some songs from Br. Kay and a deal of music. Upon the whole we spent a very pleasant day."

In July, she also says, "still music, volunteering, dancing every evening."

After the pleasant spring and summer interlude for Leonora Taylor, the season at Winter Quarters when her husband was gone proved harsh; and she struggled to get a house, a stove, and food supplies. Many were sick, and she wrote of friends who died. She noted she had a family of fifteen to provide for while her husband was away. Amidst the reporting of "the Caker, stolen cattle and horses that were shot," by quarreling Indians, she also was able to let the children go to dancing school and to attend "preaching" and fellowship meetings.

In June 1847 her husband was home; and together they left Winter Quarters and started their journey to Utah. Taylor and Parley Pratt had been sent on a mission to England in July 1846. They arrived at Winter Quarters in April 1847, just as Brigham Young was preparing for the final part of the westward journey.

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Leonora Taylor's Timeline

September 5, 1796
Peel, Isle of Man
June 8, 1838
Age 41
Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
December 9, 1868
Age 72
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States