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Mary Alice Barker Shurtz
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1859
Lawrence
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 1952
Escalante
Garfield County
Utah, USA

Daughter of Josiah Barker and Alice Woodhead

Married Don Carlos Shurtz, 15 Oct 1879, Escalante, Garfield, Utah

Children - Josiah Barker Shurtz, Barker Wayne Shurtz, Don Carlos Shurtz, Elizabeth Shurtz, Edwin Ray Shurtz, Iva Shurtz, Mary Alice Shurtz, John Riley Shurtz

History - The Barkers were originally converts from England where their first son Peter was born. Having accumulated enough funds in Massachusetts to proceed with the journey west they joined the Isaac Canfield company at Florence, Nebraska. Another son, James, was born en route.

After living in Salt Lake City for a short time the family moved to Cache Valley, but early in the year 1875, they moved to Panguitch, Garfield County. A year later they joined a small group of pioneers who were being sent to establish the town of Escalante. It took two months to complete the journey of sixty miles. Mary Alice was now seventeen and it is reported that she was the first female to enter the future townsite, when her father pulled his wagon ahead of the wagon train.

In 1879 Mary Alice became the wife of Don Carlos Shurtz, Jr. This was the second wedding in Escalante, her brother, Peter, and Elinor Heaps being the first couple married there. Mrs. Schurtz was chosen by the Relief Society in the community to go to Salt Lake City for the purpose of studying midwifery, which she did under the tutorship of Dr. Ellis Shipp. When the course was completed she received a certificate to practice obstetrics. During the years Mary Alice served as midwife she delivered five hundred and seventy-five babies. Many trips were made in a buckboard or on horseback, not only in Escalante, but in Boulder and Widtsoe. She was the mother of eight children. At the time of her death, in 1952, she was Escalante's oldest citizen being then ninety-two years of age.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 6, p. 470 
 
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 Parents:
  Josiah Barker (1831 - 1897)
  Alice Woodhead Barker (1831 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  Don Carlos Shurtz (1859 - 1931)
 
 Children:
  Don Carlos Shurtz (1880 - 1880)*
  Mary Alice Shurtz Bailey (1881 - 1967)*
  Josiah Barker Shurtz (1884 - 1955)*
  Elizabeth Shurtz Baker (1886 - 1912)*
  Iva Shurtz Beddo (1888 - 1963)*
  Edwin Ray Shurtz (1891 - 1974)*
  John Riley Shurtz (1894 - 1958)*
  Barker Wayne Shurtz (1903 - 1986)*
 
 Siblings:
  Peter Barker (1854 - 1937)*
  Mary Alice Barker Shurtz (1859 - 1952)
  James Isaac Barker (1862 - 1923)*
  Maria Barker Gates (1866 - 1940)*
  Josiah Woodhead Barker (1868 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Escalante Cemetery
Escalante
Garfield County
Utah, USA
Plot: 309
 
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 118049
Mary Alice <i>Barker</i> Shurtz
Added by: David Mower
 
Mary Alice <i>Barker</i> Shurtz
Added by: SMSmith
 
Mary Alice <i>Barker</i> Shurtz
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Added by: Enid Jamison
 
 
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Honoring the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle.
- Elijah Gray Barton
 Added: Nov. 27, 2012

- JUDY L.
 Added: Oct. 7, 2008

- Sandra Woodhead
 Added: Apr. 24, 2007
 
 
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