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Pioneering American Women

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  • Lydia Clementine West Freeman (1840 - 1912)
    Lydia Clementine West Birth: Lydia Clementine West was born April 21, 1840 in Wadsbaron, Calloway County, Kentucky. Marriage: Lydia married Columbus Reed Freeman, July 27, 1862, in Parowan, Utah. H...
  • Margret Fletcher West Smith (1838 - 1864)
    Margaret Fletcher West Smith, 1838-1864, the second wife of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, who died in Parowan in her 26th year, is characterized in this portrait as a young pioneer mother, filled with love, f...
  • Emma Serapine West Smith (1836 - 1910)
    A short documentary for a Utah History Class from Parowan, Utah, found on talks about Emma Seraphine West's family, including her brother, John Anderson West (1830-1917) and father, Samuel...
  • Susan Elizabeth West Smith (1834 - 1926)
    A short documentary for a Utah History Class of Parowan, Utah, found on talks about Susan West's brother, John Anderson West (1830-1917) and his family, including their father, Samuel Walk...
  • Sarah Esther West Barton (1829 - 1906)
    Sarah Esther West was born November 8, 1829, in Chalk Level Township, Benton County,Tennessee. She was the first child of Samuel Walker West and Margaret Cooper West. According to a book entitled, "Our...

As the first Europeans landed and began their westward push, women were placed on the edge of hardship and danger. They took care of their families, and defended them.

Limited in their legal rights and accepted customs of society at the time, women mostly honored their husbands demands and spent their time cooking meals, tending to children, watering the horses and taking care of the household chores.

But, that was not always the case. There are hundreds of women who stand out in American History due to their strong characters, contributions to society, or plain old interesting personalities.

These include women like the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Calamity Jane, songstress Lilly Langtry, cattle rustlers, gamblers, and Hannah Dustin, who killed her Indian captors and returned home.