|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1803|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1882|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Daughter of James William Angell and Phoebe Ann Morton.
Married Brigham Young, 18 Feb 1834, Kirtland, Lake, Ohio.
Children - Joseph Angell Young, Brigham Young Jr., Mary Ann Young, Alice Young, Luna Young, John Willard Young.
History - Familiarly known as "Mother Young," Mary Ann Angell, the second wife of Brigham Young, was not only a faithful wife and mother, but a woman of rare courage. She was known as a benevolent, kind and resourceful woman.
Mary Ann, who had been a Free-Will Baptist Sunday School teacher, joined the Latter-day Saints Church and went to Kirtland, Ohio, where she became acquainted with Brigham Young. After her marriage to him, she became a true mother to his two children whose mother had died. She assumed a role, which for years took great physical and moral courage as the wife of the great colonizer. In the first years of her married life, she was left alone while her husband participated in the work of the Church.
At the time of the exterminating order for the Saints to leave Missouri, her husband left her while he helped the poor and needy in their exodus from Missouri. Then "Mother Young" secured a wagon, placed a few necessities in it, and hired an Elder to help her get away. At this time there were five children in the family under her care. Brigham Young, Jr., and his twin sister, Mary, were babies. Climbing into the wagon, she seated herself on top of the load with a baby in each arm. As they started out the wagon hit a rut and the baby girl was thrown out of the wagon and the wheel passed over her head. The driver picked up the little one saying, "the poor little thing will surely die." Mary Ann neither fainted nor screamed, but answered, "Don't prophesy evil, brother, take the other child." With skillful hands she pressed the little head back in shape, all the while praying that God would spare her babe. The family traveled on for two days when they met the father, Brigham Young. The baby continued to grow better and lived. They rested for a time in a village where the only home they could find was a stable, which President Young whitewashed. It housed his and the Orson Pratt family.
Mary Ann was left with a baby ten days old when her husband left for his mission to England, September 1839, but with a smile on her face, she bid him farewell, saying "God will provide." She did not see him again for two years, yet she struggled hard to provide for the seven children under her care.
In 1842, President Young was very ill. He had an attack of apoplexy, followed by a severe fever. Tenderly nursing him, she was the means of saving his life. He says: "I was bolstered up in my chair, but was so near gone that I could not close my eyes, which were set in my head. My chin dropped down and my breath stopped. My wife, seeing my situation, threw cold water in my face, which I did not feel; neither did I move a muscle. She then held my nostrils between her thumb and finger, and placing her mouth directly over mine, blew into my lungs until she filled them with air. This set my lungs in motion, and I again began to breathe. While this was going on, I was perfectly conscious of all that was passing around me; my spirit was as vivid as it ever was, but I had no feeling in my body."
Coming to Utah in 1848, her life in the West was one of self-sacrifice and devotion. After twenty years of hard work as a pioneer wife and mother, there came days of affluence and social position. Her attitude toward polygamy was expressed in the words "Thus saith the Lord." — Laura P. Angell King.
James William Angell (1776 - 1850)
Phebe Ann Morton Angell (1786 - 1854)
Brigham Young (1801 - 1877)
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)*
Mary Ann Angel Young. Born June 8, 1808. Died June 27, 1882.
Mormon Pioneer Memorial
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: SMS
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 183989