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Matilda Curtis (Miner)

Birthplace: Hancock Township, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Death: September 27, 1909 (69)
Aurora, Sevier County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Aurora, Sevier, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Albert Miner
Wife of John White Curtis, twin of David
Mother of Francis Eva Harward; Enos Curtis; Wallace Curtis; Polly Stevens; Rosilla McDonald Andreason and 7 others
Sister of Polly Carter; Orson Miner; Moroni Miner; Sylvia Miner; Mormon Martin Miner and 8 others

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About Matilda Curtis

Immigration 9 September 1850 Utah, United States

Life Sketch

Matilda was 10 years old when she walked across the Plains barefoot. When her feet were worn and bleeding from the journey, another girl took off her shoes and shared them with Matilda. From that moment on, Matilda was willing to share anything she owned with others. Her kind heart won her numerous friends.

She had very little schooling but very early in life learned the value of work and was a most congenial and willing helper. She knew how to prepare medicines, native herbs and salves, which she carried with her in a little black bag.

When Matilda was 15, she married John White Curtis in plural marriage in Brigham Young's office in Salt Lake City. Because Matilda was 25 years younger than her husband, she took on the hardest manual work, which she did with a zeal. When Brigham Young requested colonization of South-central Utah, the family left the comforts of Springville and started over in another wilderness.

John White’s first wife was an invalid most of her life; so, Matilda raised her two children, Elial and Almira, besides fourteen of her own.

Matilda was very quiet and never took part in public affairs, but was diligent in her church callings. She served in the Relief Society for many years and was a faithful visiting teacher throughout her life. Matilda's life was one of hard work, family service, financial struggle and quiet noble deeds done without boasting or reward.

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Illinois, Compiled Marriages, 1790-1860-

Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966-

Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848-

Matilda Miner - Pioneer Overland Travel-

1850 US Census for Matilda Miner Curtis in household of Enos Curtis-

1909 Find A Grave Memorial for Matilda Miner Curtis-

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Matilda Curtis's Timeline

Utah, United States
January 12, 1840
Hancock Township, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
Springville, Utah County, Utah, United States
July 27, 1861
Utah, United States
Utah, United States
January 5, 1865
Utah, United States
January 25, 1867
Springville, Utah County, Utah, United States
February 17, 1869
Springville, Utah County, UT, United States
November 30, 1873
Utah, United States