Nov. 3, 1876 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
HISTORY OF ELIZABETH ANN MAYERS GLINES From Copies Made by Nellie H. Colton and Bertie B. Beers
These copies were made in turn from histories written up from James Harvey Glines' diary and those written by her daughters Elizabeth Ann Glines Beers, Annie Mariah Glines Hacking, and 'Aunt' Diantha Myers Lollin.
Elizabeth Ann Myers Glines, daughter of George Myers (Mayer) and Ann Yost Myers, was born 4 Feb 1831 in Bucyrus, Crawford County, Ohio. There were nine children in the family, and she was the second child. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 3 March 1844. She was a beautiful girl with large brown eyes and lovely long brown hair.
It seems that her life was to be one of great adventure. She was a pioneer child and was reared under the influence of religious devotion. Her father was religiously inclined, and his parents belonged to the Lutheran church. They had their children trained in that religion, so they became members of the Lutheran church according to church government.
When George Myers was twenty-one years old he went to Ohio to see his sister Elizabeth who had married Andrew Failer. He liked the place and set up a wagon-making shop for himself there. While there he met a young lady by the name of Ann Yost, whose parents were Pennsylvania Dutch, very devout Christians. He married Ann on 4 March 1828. Three daughters were born to them in Bucyrus: Rachel Ann, Elizabeth Ann and Mary Ann. George's mother wanted him to have the three little girls baptized into the Lutheran church. George told her if she would show him any scripture to prove baptism for little children he would do so. His mother said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven," to which George replied, "Yes, Mother, Christ laid his hands on them and blessed them." He also told her there weren't any scriptures telling people to baptize little children. George's father said he was right. Time passed by and George and Ann had six children, none of whom were baptized into the Lutheran church. Added names were Catherine, Mariah and Benjamin Franklin.
George thought he would like to see Logansport, Indiana, so he sold his house and lot and went with one of his neighbors to Logansport. His sister Catherine and her husband William Lemon lived there. He liked the country, therefore he moved his family there, bought a lot, built a house and shop, and commenced his wagon-making trade. While in Logansport he started to get rich in the things of this world.
Elizabeth little dreamed that she would meet her future husband in that locality, but on 11 November 1843 when she was only twelve years old her father heard of another church. He went to listen to some Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were preaching by candlelight. Shortly afterward George was converted to the new church.
The next summer after the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered, Elizabeth's father moved his family to Nauvoo. It was 3 March 1844 in Nauvoo that those of the family who were eight years old and over were baptized into the L.D.S. church. The younger children were blessed and their names recorded in the church records.
Once more Elizabeth's father had to make a new home. He bought a lot and built a house on it. All was going along peacefully and the family was settled once more. Elizabeth was growing to be a young lady, and a lovely one at that. She met James Harvey Glines, fell in love with him and married him. She was 14 1/2 years old and he was 23 1/2 or nine years her senior. They were married at 7:45 A.M., 20 December 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois by Patriarch John Smith, and at 8:00 A.M. that same morning went to the Nauvoo temple to receive their endowments, returning home at 3:30 P.M. They returned 24 January 1846 to the Nauvoo temple and received their sealing at the hands of A.M. Lyman at 11:40 A.M., witnessed by Ezra Taft Benson Sr. They were very happy.
Upon the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith the saints were grief-stricken. They also mourned their beloved friend Hyrum Smith. The enemies made it very uncomfortable for all, including this newlywed young couple. Harvey and Elizabeth left Nauvoo before her parents did and went to Sugar Creek, Iowa. According to his journal they left 8 February 1846 with the first company. They crossed the Mississippi on the ice, where they stayed until 2 March 1846 when they started for Garden Grove.
Before George and Ann left Nauvoo Elizabeth's father went to see her. While George was getting ready, the Glines' had moved on to Garden Grove, then Harvey went back to meet his father-in-law and they all started out together. After the saints started it rained nearly every day so hard that many times they were compelled to do without supper. James Harvey recorded: " We continued our journey through Garden Grove to Mt. Pisga and on to Mosquito Creek, where we were met by Capt. James D. Allen of the United States Army who had been stationed at Fort Leavenworth, and had come for the purpose of raising and enlisting five hundred men to serve one year in the Mexican War." That was the Mormon Battalion march which James Harvey joined.
While he was gone Elizabeth gave birth to their first child, James Erastus, 27 Oct 1846, who was born at the Puncaw Camp two and a half miles west of Winter Quarters. Elizabeth stayed with her friends and family. For some reason James Harvey returned before all of the Mormon Battalion, who marched to California. While he was away from Elizabeth little James Erastus became very ill and died 27 Oct 1847 at Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska. His name is listed on a plaque with many others who died there.
Even before that, Elizabeth and her parents and family had the experience of losing a little brother who died at Running Water, a place where they had stopped and built houses. The little boy was buried 29 Sep 1846 in the burial ground which was one mile from the fort. Much has been said and written about the experiences, trials and sorrows of the saints at that time. We don't have a detailed account of what Elizabeth did, except we know she must have done her share to help with her parents' family and share in their joys and sorrows.
When James Harvey returned to Winter Quarters from the Army about the latter part of August, 1847...and found his wife in the Puncaw Camp at her father's house, he bought a house in Winter Quarters and moved them into it and "remained in that place until the next season."
On 12 January 1848 James Harvey was called on a mission to go with Charles Dolton and preach the gospel and hunt up the saints who had been driven out of Nauvoo after the main body of them had left that place. They traveled through Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, returning after four months. During that time Elizabeth was left alone again with the saints in Winter Quarters. James Harvey wrote, "Not having a sufficient outfit for traveling to the valleys of the mountains, I moved across the Missouri River to a place called Ferryville where we remained a few months, and then moved to Harris Grove, a place situated about twenty miles north of Kanesville.
"At this place George A. Glines was born on the 17th day March 1850. On March 12, 1851 my father, James Pearson Glines died. March 13, 1852 Elizabeth Ann Glines was born. During the fall and winter of '51 and '52 I assisted in making the woodwork of thirteen wagons, one of which we came to Utah in. In 1852 we started for Salt Lake Valley in Robert Wimmer's Company of one hundred wagons. I served as Captain of the Guard, and we arrived in the valley on the fourth day of October 1852."
Insert from George Myers' diary: When George was called on a mission to Germany, he left Salt Lake in the company with other brethren 15 Sept 1852. "A few days before we came to the Green River I met my son-in-law James H. Glines, whom I had not seen for four years. He had stopped at Kanesville this summer. I started ahead in the morning before the camp started, and when the camp came we had to separate. They were all well. My daughter Elizabeth and little (son) George C. Meyer Glines (actually George Albert) and the little girl (Elizabeth) were all well and cheerful." (This would be James Harvey Glines and family he met at the Green River.)
Previous to her marriage Elizabeth received a patriarchal blessing in the City of Joseph on 16 July 1845 by John Smith, Patriarch, in which he stated that she was "of the blood of Ephraim, and a lawful heir to all the blessings of the holy priesthood, which has power over all things in heaven and earth"..."Thou shalt have a companion who shall hold the keys of the priesthood, and thou shalt have an endowment with him in the house of the Lord, and thou shalt enjoy all the privileges that the Lord designs for the faithful. Thou shalt be a mother in Israel, and thy name shall be held in honorable remembrance through their progeny, as long as the name of Ephraim is known in the church of the living God."
James Harvey and Elizabeth Ann Glines and little family remained in Salt Lake until February 1853 when they moved to Cedar Valley "40 miles south of Salt Lake and 15 miles west of Lehi." He was soon selected as the clerk of the new Cedar Valley Ward, not surprising because he was a beautiful penman for that time.
There wasn't much history written about Elizabeth at that time, but from what little we do know, it is evident she was a lovely uncomplaining and loyal wife and mother.
Between 27 April 1853 and sometime after 13 March 1860 James Harvey moved his family, along with other saints, out of Cedar Fort and back several times because of Indian difficulties. This accounts for the birth of Annie Mariah in a wagon box on the shore of Utah Lake, and John Franklin, who was born in American Fork.
Annie Mariah Hacking wrote in her autobiography that after living for some time in Cedar Fort her brother George went away to work for a time, and then helped his father build an eight room frame home, which was truly needed for the ever growing family. That house was still standing in 1985.
In a period of 27 years Elizabeth Ann gave birth to 16 children, which would be a little more than 1 1/2 years between births. This couldn't help being a hardship in pioneer days when there were no modern doctors or facilities, so it is understandable that the burden of motherhood among such primitive conditions did much to hasten her death at the age of 45. Annie Mariah notes that she and her two sisters Jane and Lizzie had to do many chores to help her mother whom she said was ill most of the time. As well as being the ward clerk for years, James Harvey was also busy acting as president of the Cedar Fort Irrigation Co., Justice of the Peace, and Registration officer of the Cedar Fort precinct.
Through the next 25 years the following children came to bless their home, whose birth date information appears in their own histories: Charles Harvey, Mary Jane, Annie Mariah, John Franklin, William Henry, Emma Mayer, Sarah Helen, Andrew Lawrence, Alvin Clair and Alice Clara, Moses and Aaron, Warren and Carl. Five of the children did not stay long in their home. They were Emma Mayer, Alvin Clair and Alice Clara, and Moses and Aaron. Then of course, James Erastus died as a baby in Nebraska.
Elizabeth received a second patriarchal blessing 11 August 1857 from Patriarch John Young. He gave her the following promises: "You shall be an honor and a blessing to your companion, be a mother in Israel, which blessings I this day confer upon you upon conditions of faithfulness. The power of the Lord shall rest upon you, and you shall be a blessing to your father's house, and honor to all associated with you. You shall have an opportunity of doing much good. The destroyer shall not have power over you, but the Almighty shall be present to help in time of need, and he shall preserve thee to accomplish the work you have been sent here to do. You shall come forth in the first resurrection, be numbered among the happy millions who are overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the power of your testimony you shall be blessed.
Notwithstanding you may be tried, you shall be delivered, and if you are willing to abide celestial law, you shall be crowned in the kingdom of our Father. Your mind shall be fruitful and expand and you shall have power to administer in your own family, holding a portion of the priesthood in connection with your husband...If you will keep the spirit of your Redeemer, you shall be delivered in time of temptation and trouble, and no power shall be able to destroy you, but you shall live till you are satisfied with life, rejoice with the saints of God, whose society you shall enjoy, when all things are made new, and shall inherit the earth. So be faithful and endure to the end and all things shall be yours, and you are Christ's and Christ's is God's. I seal you up to the day of redemption in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, Amen."
Elizabeth Ann Myers Glines truly lived to deserve the rewards promised her in the two blessings. Although life was not easy for her, she must have had a firm testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and did her utmost to live it. Although she passed into the spirit world at the early age of 45, she had accomplished much more than most women who die at a much older age. She gave birth to 16 children, nine of whose progeny now number more than several hundred. From the time of her marriage Elizabeth lived a full and very busy life.
While this generation of Elizabeth Ann Myers Glines' progeny may not have access to records of much of her life's experiences, there has been enough left to strongly indicate she was one of God's choicest children sent here to help multiply the number of inhabitants in the valleys of the mountains. Also, from word of mouth stories from our parents and grandparents we know she lived as perfect a life as any person could. So, when the day of resurrection comes we can be sure she will receive the blessings promised her in her patriarchal blessings, and it will be a great privilege for all of her progeny to meet and partake of her loveliness and warm, vibrant personality. May we all have this special privilege.
According to her children's records, Elizabeth Ann spent most of the last nine months of her life in bed at her mother's home in Salt Lake, which would be Ann Yost. She died there 3 Nov 1876 and was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery 4 Nov 1876, later to be reinterred in the northeast corner of the Cedar Fort Cemetery by her husband and some of her children.
In James Harvey's journal a simple statement was made about her death, "Nov 3, 1876 my wife Elizabeth Ann Glines died in Salt Lake City." His family know that he loved her very dearly, and they were happy together. Her son submitted the following obituary in the Deseret News Wednesday November 22, 1876, (Vol. 24-25 No. 10 M. pg 683) and it was sent there from Cedar Fort:
"At her mother's res. in Salt Lake City at 3 o'clock A.M. Nov. 3, 1876 Elizabeth Ann, wife of James H. Glines, & daughter of George Myers and Ann Yost"...then followed a paragraph of her life, stating she left 10 living children, and had been baptized into the United Order in 1876.
Note: According to Nauvoo temple records George and Ann Yost received their endowments and sealing under the name of Myers, and records of that family back for generations were spelled Myers. The progeny of his son George claim that when Brigham Young asked some men to take another wife and go South to further colonize the territory, George married a young woman, but when he went to Spanish Fork Ann didn't go with them. She had been alone for a lot of her married life, pioneer living wasn't easy, and she wanted to stay in Salt Lake. Therefore, he left her with eight children, settled in Spanish Fork where he started raising another family, but according to his journal when his second wife left him for another man he returned to Ann whom, he said, was very cold to him. It was when he married the second time that he changed his name to Mayer. Ann and their first family always spelled the name Myers. -------------- Mrs. Elizabeth Glines
Elizabeth Ann Mayers (Glines) was the second child born to Ann Yost and George Myers.
She married James Harvey Glines on Dec 20, 1845 in Nauvoo, Illinois.
They had sixteen children: James Erastus Glines, Elizabeth Ann Glines, George Albert Glines, Charles Harvey Glines, Mary Jane Glines, Annie Marie Glines, John Franklin Glines, William Henry Glines, Emma Mayer Glines, Sarah Helen Glines, Andrew Lawrence Glines, Alvin Clair Glines(twin), Alice Clara Glines(twin), Moses Glines(twin), Aaron Glines(twin) and Warren Carl Glines.
Elizabeth was a devoted wife and mother. Elizabeth died in Salt Lake City and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah. Then she was reinterred to Cedar Fort Cemetery and laid to rest next to her husband and children.