May 15, 1829 Holliston Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Jan. 20, 1923 Washington Washington County Utah, USA
Parents: John Haven-father Judith Temple Haven -mother
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Departure: 5 June 1848 Arrival: 20-24 September 1848 Age:19 Traveled with: Haven, John (74) Father Haven, Judith Woodbury Temple (49) Mother
Company Information: 1220 individuals were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
Source of Trail Excerpt: Westover, Eliza Ann Haven to Lewis Westover, n.d., in Paul Lewis Westover, comp., A Legacy of Faith: A Family Portrait of Lewis and Eliza Westover and Their Parentage , 110.
Read Trail Excerpt: In the Spring of 1848 we left for Winter Quarters, the general gathering place of the Saints, then started for Salt Lake in President Brigham Young's company, a large one. He had most of his family in it. I had a very pleasant time. I was young with no cares. Father [Deacon John Haven] had a team of 2 yoke of oxen and two cows in the sling, so we had milk all the way. It was on the plains that I first met your father. He drove part of President Erastus Snow's teams across the plains. The first time he saw me I had one of Father's oxen by the horn leading him up under the yoke. Once on the Platte River the whole company had to stop to let a large herd of Buffalo pass. There were hundreds on the lope going to the river to drink.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Washington Jan 30 ---Mrs Eliza Ann Haven Westover passed quietly away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Arthur Paxman at Washington Uutah Jan 20 1923. Mrs. Westover was born May 15, 1829 at Holliston, Mass. When she was about 13 years of age she, together with her parents, was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of L D S and shortly afterwards moved to Nauvoo, Ill. She became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith he being a frequent caller at their home. She saw the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum when they were brought home from Carthage. She relates this as being the saddest event in her life and wept whenever relating it. She was present at the meeting when Sidney Rigdon set up his claim to the presidency and was also present when the twelve returned. In relating this she said she was sitting by her sister Mrs. Burton, with her head down, when Brigham Young began to speak, she raised from her seat and said, 'Maria we have got our dear prophet back again the face, form and voice were all there just as she had seen him many times in life, then she said it appeared as though a shadow passed before him and there stood Brigham Young. This was her testimony until her dying day, she knew from then that he was the true leader of this Church.
Sister Westover received her endowments in the Nauvoo temple and with her passing has gone the last of those who received this ordinance there. She with her parents passed through all of the trials and suffering incident to the expulsion from Nauvoo. They crossed the plains in captain Brigham Young's company arriving in Salt Lake City in 1848. She was married to Charles Westover October 14, 1849, being the first couple married in Utah. Of this marriage was born 11 children. Six are still living Mrs. S. H. Redd of Bluff, San Juan Co., Mrs. Frank Austin of Calif., Mrs. L. S. Conger of St George, George William A Westover of Washington, Lewis B Westover, Llewiston, Utah and Mrs. Arthur Paxman of Washington, Utah. Also 45 grandchildren, 84 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
She and her husband came to St George in the fall of 1861 being called to the Dixie Mission to settle this country.
Sister Westover was of a kind and cheerfull disposition and died as she had live, a faithful Latter-day Saint, and in the hope of a glorious resurrection.