Rachel Emma Woolley

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About Rachel Emma Woolley

The following information about Rachel Emma Woolley Simmons is from a 14-page article entitled, "Mormon Women on the 1846 Iowa Trail," by Bettie McKenzie.....Rachel Emma Wooley Simmons was eight years old in the summer of 1846. Her memories of Iowa include the following recollection: "Mother was very severely poisoned, so much so that her face and neck swelled beyond recognition. We wee afraid she would die. Also it was here that I had my first narrow escape from being bitten by a rattle snake. There was a family with us in camp by the name of Dewey. I was standing on the log talking with one of the boys when the well-known rattle of the snake was heard. One of the boys said, "Look out! There is a rattle snake under the log." As I jumped back sure enough there was, but he was soon killed. On another occasion, while I was gathering buffalo chips, I found they were very thick in a certain place close to the road, which was not often the case, as there were many ahead of us. I thought I was in luck, but I soon found out the cause. I was picking up as fast as I could when all at once I heard the rattle of a snake, and there he was in a hole almost at my feet. I did not stop for any more chips at that time."

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Rachel Emma Woolley's Timeline

August 7, 1836
East Rochester, Colombia, Ohio, USA
August 7, 1844
Age 8
Age 14
November 15, 1852
Age 16
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
January 19, 1855
Age 18
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
November 15, 1856
Age 20
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
January 18, 1858
Age 21
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
November 6, 1860
Age 24
Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah, United States
April 25, 1863
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States