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Mary Young (Van Cott)

Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States
Death: January 5, 1884 (39)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Losee Van Cott and Lucy Lavina Sackett
Wife of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Ex-wife of James Thornton Cobb
Mother of Luella Cobb and Fannie Van Cott Young
Sister of Martha Price; Lucy Van Cott; John Losee Van Cott, Jr; Losee Van Cott; Fannie Van Cott and 1 other
Half sister of Oscar M Van Cott; Orson Van Cott; Viola W Madsen (Van Cott); Anson Van Cott; Ray Van Cott and 11 others

Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Mary Young

Mary Van Cott's father was John Van Cott, a prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She stayed faithful to that religion through her life. At a young age she accompanied her parents to Utah on the Mormon pioneer trek.

Mary Van Cott married James Cobb (or Kirby). They got a divorce, most likely before their child was born. In 1865 she then married Brigham Young, becoming one of his many wives. They had one child together. She died in Salt Lake City in 1884.


Mary Van Cott Young, daughter of John and Lucy Sackett Van Cott, was born Februar y 2, 1844, at Elmira, New York. Her father and family embraced the Gospel and emigrated to Na uvoo, Illinois. From there they came to Utah in 1847. The family home was built on the corne r of First South and West Temple Streets.

Mary had been the wife of James Kirby. She divorced him before the birth of her da ughter, Luella. Several years later she was married to Brigham Young January 8, 1865. She wa s a tall, fine looking woman of fair complexion, kind hearted and affectionate, a faithful me mber of the Church, and a loving wife and mother. She bore one child to President Young, a da ughter named Fanny, who was born January 14, 1870. Her first home was located opposite the so uth gate of the Temple grounds where she died January 15, 1884.

When the Van Cotts left for the West to join the Saints in Utah, neighbors came t o bid them good-bye. One man said, "John, you surely aren't going to take your mother out int o that wilderness! She will never live to reach her destination." When John answered in the a ffirmative, the man made a wager with him, saying that he would give John $30.00 for every ye ar that his mother lived after reaching the valley. She did live to get there, and not only t hat, she lived thirty years after reaching Utah, passing away at the age of ninety. The neigh bor had never failed to keep a promise, but he was rather skeptical about this one, so whe n a friend came through Salt Lake City en route to California, he asked him to call at the Va n Cott home and see if John's mother was really alive. When he knocked at the door and the la dy in question answered it, he was fully convinced that Mrs. Van Cott was very much alive an d in remarkably good health. This information he promptly forwarded to his friend.

  • Residence: Great Salt Lake county, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States - 1850
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Mary Young's Timeline

February 2, 1844
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States
October 21, 1860
Age 16
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
January 14, 1870
Age 25
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
January 5, 1884
Age 39
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Age 39
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States