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Margaret Randall (Harley)

Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 5, 1919 (96)
Georgetown, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
Place of Burial: Centerville, Davis County, Utah
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin Harley and Elizabeth Harley
Wife of Alfred Jason Randall
Mother of Alice Clark and Margaret Ellen Baird

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About Margaret Randall

Margaret Elizabeth Harley was born on January 13, 1823 in Chester County, Penn. Her parents were Benjamin Harley and Elizabeth Rhinehart. She lost her mother by death when she was eleven years old. Sometime within the next year she and her brother (four years old) joined the Mormon faith and moved to Chester, Penn. to join the Saints.

Margaret as a young girl had worked for the Alfred Randall family in their home. She wanted to come with them and the early Pioneers to Utah. Alfred said he would bring her only as a wife. This arrangement was agreed upon by Alfred Randall and his first wife, Emmerette Davis Randall. Alfred and Margaret were married by President Brigham Young on January 31, 1848 at Winter Quarters.

There was a striking contrast between Margaret and her husband. He was very large and she was quite small. They had seven children, two boys and five girls.

The Randalls were very poor like so many Mormon families. Margaret reared her family on a very meager income which once, was down to a starvation level. Alfred Randall is referred to as having been a good provider and Margaret was know for her good cooking, but there were periods of insufficiency, especially with five families to feed.

From 1871 to 1901, Margaret was president of the Relief Society. If anyone in the community was sick, she was called in and was there either day or night, often staying days at a time. It was said of her that she was truly a ministering angel. She was often sending food and needed articles to those in need -- quietly slipping it out of the house. She also studied Obstetrics and officiated at sixty births.

Margaret's home was in the east part of Centerville, Utah. She lived the last two years of her life in the home of her daughter Alice Randall Clark.

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Margaret Randall's Timeline

1823
January 13, 1823
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
1858
March 31, 1858
Age 35
1863
December 21, 1863
Age 40
Centerville, Davis County, Utah, United States
1919
April 5, 1919
Age 96
Georgetown, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
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Centerville, Davis County, Utah