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Susa Amelia Young

Also Known As: "Susa Gates", "Susa Young", "Suzie", "Susa", "Sussannah"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Death: May 27, 1933 (77)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Lucy Young
Wife of Alma Bailey Dunford and Jacob Forsberry Gates
Mother of Leah Eudora Widtsoe; Margaret Gardiner; Alma Bailey Dunford, Jr; Emma Lucy Bowen; Jacob Young Gates and 9 others
Sister of Eudora Lovina Young and Rhoda Mabel Young
Half sister of Elizabeth Young; Vilate Decker; Apostle Joseph Angell Young; Mary Ann Young; Apostle Brigham Young, Jr. and 48 others

Managed by: Stephanie Jeanne Olmstead-Dean
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About Susa Young Gates

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Susa Young Gates (March 18, 1856 – May 27, 1933) was a writer, periodical editor, and women's rights advocate in Utah..."

"...Susa Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory to Lucy Bigelow, LDS Church president Brigham Young's twenty-second wife. She entered the University of Deseret at age 13 and became the editor of the student newspaper. In 1872, she married Alma B. Dunford and had two children, but the couple divorced in 1877 while he was serving an LDS Church mission. One of these children was Leah Dunford, who later became the wife of John A. Widtsoe. In 1878, Young entered Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah, where she founded the music department. In 1880, she married Jacob F. Gates. She had 13 children with him, seven of which did not survive to adulthood. Her son Bailey Dunford, from her first marriage, also died young. One of her daughters was Emma Lucy Gates Bowen.

"...Gates and her husband served as church missionaries to the Sandwich Islands in the late 1880s. In 1889, she founded the Young Woman's Journal, a periodical targeted to adolescent Latter-day Saint females. In 1897, the church's Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association adopted the Young Women's Journal as its official organ. Gates stepped down as editor of the Journal in 1900, but continued to contribute occasionally until it ceased publication in 1929. Around the turn of the century, Gates was ill for three years after suffering a psychological and physical breakdown. However, she eventually returned to health. In 1915, Gates founded Relief Society Magazine a periodical targeted at adult Latter-day Saint women. The magazine became the official publication of the church's Relief Society and Gates edited it until 1922. Gates also wrote nine books, including a biography of her father, two novels, a history of women in the LDS Church, and a 1911 history of the YLMIA. Gates was active in promoting women's rights and women's suffrage. She was a founding organizer National Household Economics Organization, served as a delegate and speaker to five congresses of the International Council of Women and was a delegate and officer of the National Council of Women. Gates was also the primary organizer of the Utah chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and the National Woman's Press Club. She attended several Republican National Conventions. Gates was also a member of the Board of Regents of Brigham Young University and Utah State Agricultural College. In her later years, Gates was active in genealogy and LDS Church temple work. For a time she was the head of the Research Department and Library of the Genealogical Society of Utah. She managed the genealogy departments in the Deseret News and Inter Mountain Republican and edited and wrote columns for both papers. Gates died in Salt Lake City at the age of 77..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Susa Young Gates', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 August 2011, 01:24 UTC, <> [accessed 17 June 2012]

She was sometimes called the 13th apostle because she was her father's personal assistant and the only woman ever to have had an office in the main church office building on South Temple.

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Susa Young Gates's Timeline

March 18, 1856
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
February 23, 1874
Age 17
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
August 13, 1875
Age 19
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
May 11, 1882
Age 26
Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States
November 5, 1882
Age 26
St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States
July 22, 1883
Age 27
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
January 20, 1885
Age 28
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
February 28, 1886
Age 29
Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Age 29