Maria Blanch Whipple

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About Maria Blanch Whipple

Maria Blanche Whipple BIRTH 15 Feb 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA DEATH 8 Dec 1846 (aged 1) Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA BURIAL Mormon Pioneer Cemetery Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA MEMORIAL ID 116575127 · View Source SHARE SAVE TOSUGGEST EDITS MEMORIAL PHOTOS 0 FLOWERS 4 Infant daughter of Edson Whipple and his first wife, Lavina (Lovina) Goss.

Her mother and paternal grandmother died 2 months prior, while residing within the 3rd Ward location at Winter Quarters.

The infant is not on the official record, but many infants were unrecorded during this perilous time and her father, Edson Whipple, was still residing in Pottawattamie County at this time. Entry from the father's diary:

"I crossed the Mississippi river May 15, 1846, on my way to the Rocky Mountains with a family of four, consisting of myself, wife and child and my mother. We stopped at Garden Grove, Iowa, two weeks and then continued the journey to Council Bluffs, overtaking Bishop Hale's company on the way.

We arrived at the Bluffs about the middle of July, but before arriving there we met Pres. Brigham Young returning from the Bluffs to raise volunteers for the Mormon Battalion. On our arrival on the Missouri river we were counseled to locate for the winter on Pony creek, down the river about 30 miles, but on our arrival there we found the place very unhealthy and thus unfit for habitation. [family record indicated they moved back to the main camp for the winter]

My mother (Basmath Hutchens Whipple) died Sept. 9, 1846. She was born Sept. 7, 1769, in Massachusetts. A few days later (Sept. 13, 1846) my wife died. She was born July 7, 1811, in Dummerston, Vermont. Of the whole camp consisting of 14 families all but two persons were sick, and while there we buried some whole families. We finally moved to another place, about four miles distant. My little girl (Maria Blanch), when twenty-two months old, died at our new location, Dec. 8, 1846, and her remains were taken to the place where her mother was buried. [Winter Quarters Main Encampment].

She was born Feb. 15, 1845; her remains were placed in a coffin made of split plank (bugswood tree). Driven from our comfortable homes in Nauvoo to be exposed as we were to the heat and storms, and deprived of all comforts of life, was more than our people could endure. Thus my whole family died as martyrs for the cause of Christ.

In the spring of 1847 I was called, in company with 142 others, to lead the way to the wilderness in search of a new home for the Saints. I left Winter Quarters April 9, 1847, and traveled in the first ten of the second division under Captain Appleton M. Harmon, in which company Pres. Heber C. Kimball also traveled."

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Maria Blanch Whipple's Timeline

February 15, 1845
December 8, 1846
Age 1