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Eliza Durrant Ursenbach
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Birth: Jul. 9, 1844
Northampton, England
Death: Jan. 8, 1890
Morgan County
Utah, USA


Eliza "Lizette" Durrant was born 9 Jul 1844 at Deanshanger, Northampton, England, to William and Phebe Hoar Durrant. She was the 5th child of 11 children. She received a little schooling in England, mostly in classes held in home. Eliza parents were converted to the LDS church by missionaries in England, and they in turn taught the gospel to their children, and had them baptized as they reached 8 yrs of age. Eliza was baptized 4 Jun 1855. William and Phebe were anxious for the family to go to Zion (Utah), so they all worked very hard, sacrificed much, and saved all they could out of meager earnings, over a preiod of several years, in order to have enough money to secure passage on a ship for each of their older children, one or two at a time. However, Eliza married Thomas Whitehead 20 Dec 1863 and had 2 children. The first, George Alfred, died at 1 yr of age. Thomas joined the church to win Eliza, but became a habitual drunkard and moved around to various cities. ...

Later, her brother, Joseph, in Utah, heard of her trouble, and secured passage for her on the ship "Colorado". She sailed for America 28 Jul 1869, to join her sister, Jane, and 2 brothers, Thomas and Joseph. She divorced Thomas Whitehead before sailing. On this ship she met Octave Ursenbach. who was returning from a mission to Switzerland, and they were immediately attracted to each other. Sometime after arriving in Salt Lake City, they were married 8 Nov 1869, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake. They made their home here and a year later a son, Octave Fredrick, was born to them.

Just 4 months after Octave Fredrick, Octave's only child, was born to him and Eliza Durrant, Octave passed away 21 Feb 1871, and was buried in Salt Lake City cemetery.

18 Nov 1873, Eliza married George Compton, a friend whom she had known in England. They lived in Morgan, Utah for 17 yrs.

Eliza had an interesting life. She was an expert at making pillow lace, and some of her work won a prize at the World's Fair. When the president of the US, Rutherford B. Hayes, and his wife were visiting Salt Lake, the Relief Society presented a collar of lace to Mrs. Hayes, which had been made by Eliza.

She studied medicine with Dr. Kohler in Morgan, and was very kind and helpful to those who were ill.

She was a very spiritual woman. Shortly after the death of her husband, Octave Ursenbach, she became extremely ill, and had apparently passed away. Her mother insisted that the Mormon Elders exercise their Priesthood and ask the Lord to bring her back so she could raise her children. Eliza was revived, and she later testified that her husband, Octave, had met her on the other side.

After this experience, her health was never good, and she eventually went quite deaf, which prevented her from being very active in church work. She lived until Sarah Jane was married and Octave Fredrick was 20 yrs of age.

Eliza died on January 8, 1890, and was buried in the South Morgan Cemetery, in Morgan, Utah, USA.
Family links: 
  William Durrant (1814 - 1893)
  Phebe Marie Hoar Durrant (1817 - 1896)
  Octave Ursenbach (1832 - 1871)
  Sarah Jane Ursenbach Francis (1866 - 1906)*
  James Durrant (1836 - 1900)*
  Eliza Durrant Ursenbach (1844 - 1890)
  Jane Durrant Adams (1846 - 1935)*
  Thomas H Durrant (1849 - 1939)*
  Joseph Durrant (1851 - 1930)*
  Lorenzo Heber Durrant (1856 - 1951)*
  Lovina Durrant Gates (1858 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
South Morgan Cemetery
Morgan County
Utah, USA
Created by: Leena Rogers
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
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Eliza <i>Durrant</i> Ursenbach
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