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Vilate Decker (Young)

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States
Death: Died in Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Miriam Angeline Young
Wife of Charles Franklin Decker
Mother of Charles Franklin Decker; Louis Isaac Decker; Loretta Almina Decker; Lois Elizabeth Decker; Ferra Wallace Decker and 3 others
Sister of Elizabeth Young
Half sister of Joseph Young, Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Mary Ann Young; Brigham Young Jr., Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Alice Clawson; Luna Caroline Young and 47 others

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About Vilate Decker

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Birth: Jun. 1, 1830 Mendon Monroe County New York, USA

Death: Nov. 18, 1902 Lewisville Jefferson County Idaho, USA

Daughter of Brigham Young and Miriam Angeline Works

Married Charles Franklin Decker, 4 Feb 1847, Winter Quarters, Near Florence, Nebraska. About that time Brigham Young first saw the Book of Mormon, and soon afterward had organized a branch at Mendon.

Children - Louis Isaac Decker, Brigham Leray Decker, Miriam Vilate Decker, Ferra Wallace Decker, Charles Franklin Decker, Lois Elizabeth Decker, Alice Luella Decker, Loretta Almina Decker

History - Vilate Decker was the second daughter of Pres. Young by his first wife, Miriam Works Young—long since dead—and was reputed to be of a proud, haughty disposition. The girl quite made up her mind to refuse firmly to live with one so unprepossessing.

Shortly after this the President came over to the McMullen's wagon and asked for Lucy. Then he talked long and kindly to her, telling his girl-bride about the delicate health of his daughter Vilate and of his fears that she would die prematurely as her mother had done; his gentleness to herself and his solicitude for his sickly daughter, Vilate Decker, won over the warm impulsive heart and Lucy promised to go when he wished, and she learned to love Vilate Decker as if she were a sister.

Vilate was educated at Salem, Mass., where she was residing when the Prophet was assassinated. She immediately left for Nauvoo with her father. A few years later Brigham Young organized the first party that crossed the plains and Mrs. Decker followed in the second party arriving here in October, 1847.

Among the pleasant reminiscences Mrs. Decker writes the following:

"I was riding in a carriage with my father when we were met by a mob who stopped us and asked if we had seen Brigham Young. My father replied: "No I haven't seen him today" and the mob hurried away. My father turned to me and said: "I haven't looked in the glass today," wishing to impress in my mind that he had not told a lie.

Another time she writes that a mob came to our home to search for my father but we were advised beforehand so father got in bed and put on a nightcap the mob passed him by thinking that he was a woman."

She studied music while in Massachusetts and was a capable musician.

She took residence in a small adobe house—the first one ever built in Utah, built by President Young himself, near the City Creek.

The house was situated in the center of the block on which afterwards was erected the Lion House on the east and the Tithing Office on the west. It was small, low-roofed, with two front rooms and two tiny back rooms. Here in two of the rooms lived Vilate Decker with her husband, who was familiarly called Charlie Decker, and their one little girl, while the hired men, who worked in Charlie's saw mill, boarded here, sleeping in wagons or tents. The other two rooms comprised the front room for a kitchen, dining and sitting-room, the back-room being just large enough for the rude bedstead, occupied by two of the President's young wives, Margaret Alley and Emmeline Free. In their front room, Lucy made down at night her scanty bed....

Vilate Young Decker came to Lewisville to live with her older sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Young Ellsworth. Vilate died of Pneumonia. She so endeared herself to all with whom she was associated that her memory will never be forgotten.


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Parents:
 Brigham Young (1801 - 1877)
 Miriam Works Young (1806 - 1832)

Spouse:
 Charles Franklin Decker (1824 - 1901)

Children:
 Miriam Vilate Decker Davis (1848 - 1888)*
 Alice Luella Decker Pitt (1851 - 1930)*
 Charles Franklin Decker (1854 - 1877)*
 Louis Isaac Decker (1857 - 1864)*
 LeRay Brigham Decker (1859 - 1910)*
 Lorella Elmina Decker Sorenson (1861 - 1897)*
 Lois Elizabeth Decker (1865 - 1867)*
 Ferra Wallace Decker (1872 - 1941)*

Siblings:
 Elizabeth Young Ellsworth (1825 - 1903)*
 Vilate Young Decker (1830 - 1902)
 Joseph Angell Young (1834 - 1875)**
 Mary Ann Young (1836 - 1843)**
 Brigham Young (1836 - 1903)**
 Alice Young Clawson (1839 - 1874)**
 Luna Caroline Young Thatcher (1842 - 1922)**
 John Willard Young (1844 - 1924)**
 Heber Young (1845 - 1928)**
 Edward Partridge Young (1845 - 1852)**
 Oscar Brigham Young (1846 - 1910)**
 Ella Elizabeth Young Empey (1847 - 1890)**
 Moroni Young (1847 - 1847)**
 Mary Eliza Young Croxall (1847 - 1871)**
 Emily Augusta Young Clawson (1849 - 1926)**
 Clarissa Maria Young Dougall (1849 - 1935)**
 Miranda Hyde Young Conrad (1849 - 1883)**
 Fanny Decker Young Thatcher (1849 - 1892)**
 Jeannette Richards Young Easton (1849 - 1930)**
 Evelyn Louisa Young Davis (1850 - 1917)**
 Zina Presendia Young Card (1850 - 1931)**
 Royal Barney Young (1851 - 1929)**
 Caroline Partridge Young Cannon (1851 - 1903)**
 Ernest Irving Young (1851 - 1879)**
 Hyrum Smith Young (1851 - 1925)**
 Eudora Lovina Young Hagan (1852 - 1921)**
 Eudora Lovina Young Hagan (1852 - 1921)**
 Mahonri Moriancumer Young (1852 - 1884)**
 Willard Young (1852 - 1936)**
 Nabbie Howe Young Clawson (1852 - 1894)**
 Julia Young Burton (1853 - 1889)**
 Shamira Young Rossiter (1853 - 1915)**
 Emeline Amanda Young Crosbie (1853 - 1895)**
 Joseph Ormal Young (1853 - 1917)**
 Alfales Young (1853 - 1920)**
 Phoebe Louisa Young Beatie (1854 - 1931)**
 Brigham Morris Young (1854 - 1931)**
 Arta DeCrista Young (1855 - 1916)**
 Sarah Emeline Young Burns (1855 - 1933)**
 Joseph Don Carlos Young (1855 - 1938)**
 Louisa Wells Young Ferguson (1855 - 1908)**
 Jedediah Grant Young (1855 - 1856)**
 Lorenzo Dow Young (1856 - 1905)**
 Susa Young Gates (1856 - 1933)**
 Miriam Young Hardy (1857 - 1919)**
 Albert Jeddie Young (1858 - 1864)**
 Feramorz Little Young (1858 - 1881)**
 Alonzo Young (1858 - 1918)**
 Ida Young Higham (1860 - 1927)**
 Josephine Young Young (1860 - 1912)**
 Clarissa Hamilton Young Spencer (1860 - 1939)**
 Charlotte Tallula Young Wood (1861 - 1892)**
 Ruth Young Healy (1861 - 1944)**
 Laura Young (1862 - 1862)**
 Phineas Howe Young (1862 - 1903)**
 Rhoda Mabel Young Sanborn (1863 - 1950)**
 Daniel Wells Young (1863 - 1863)**
 Adella Young Harrison (1864 - 1900)**
 Fannie Van Cott Young Clayton (1870 - 1950)**
 Jacob Elmer Keller (1876 - 1953)**
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Burial: Lewisville Cemetery Lewisville Jefferson County Idaho, USA

Created by: SMSmith Record added: May 16, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 19394676

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Vilate Decker's Timeline

1830
June 1, 1830
Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States
1848
January 12, 1848
Age 17
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1851
July 23, 1851
Age 21
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
1854
May 24, 1854
Age 23
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1857
January 4, 1857
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1859
January 14, 1859
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1861
December 24, 1861
Age 31
1865
June 18, 1865
Age 35
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1872
January 26, 1872
Age 41
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1902
November 18, 1902
Age 72
Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States