|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1812|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1901|
Daughter of Rufus Frederick and Hannah Hawes Flint.
Wife of Anson Call.
Another Pioneer Gone to Rest
In the death of Mary F. Call, which occurred Tuesday evening, October 8th, at 6:15 p. m., Bountiful lost one of its very earliest settlers, a distinguished pioneer and the mother of five generations.
She was the wife of the late Anson Call and the mother of Bishop Chester Call.
There were only three or four women in Bountiful when she settled here with her husband over fifty-three years ago. She has lived here continuously since, except at the time of the move south when Johnson's army came through here.
During this time she has truly seen some great changes. The town of her adoption has grown from about six individuals to 3,000 inhabitants and she has witnessed it all come about.
She had some of the hardest experiences known to the Latter-day Saints who were driven from their homes in the East. In addition to the hardships and privations that she endured in common with the rest of her co-religionists, she lost three of her children who perished from exposure and privation, while fleeing from their persecutors.
Deceased died of old age and general debility, being over eighty-nine years of age. She had been ailing two or three years and was bedfast about three months. During her last illness she suffered a great deal.
Mary F. Call was the daughter of Rufus and Hannah Haws Flint and born at Braintree, Vermont, March 27, 1812, being the youngest of a family of seven children.
At the age of nineteen she moved with her father's family to the state of Ohio where on Oct. 3rd, 1833, she was married to Anson Call. Her two oldest children, A. V. Call who died on the plains in 1867 while returning from a mission to England and her daughter Mrs. Mary V. Park who has been living with and waiting on her mother the past two years, were born in that state.
She and her husband were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Kirtland, same state, May 21st, 1836 by William Smith, a brother to the prophet Joseph, and confirmed in the Kirtland temple by David Whitmer, one of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
After joining the church they moved to Kirtland. They moved with the saints from Kirtland to Missouri and to Illinois.
In 1848 crossed the plains with an ox team and arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. 19th. Three days after arriving in the valley, moved to Bountiful which was then called North Canyon Ward or Sessions Settlement.
She began housekeeping in a dwelling that resembled an Indian wickiup.
She was mother of six children, three of whom grew to manhood and womanhood, only two of whom survive her. She has living, thirty-seven grandchildren—seventeen males and twenty females; one hundred and sixty-one great grandchildren-- eighty-five males and seventy-six females; twenty three great-great grandchildren, the oldest being ten years old—nine males and fourteen females, making a grand total of two hundred and twenty-three living posterity—one hundred and twelve males and one hundred and eleven females. In addition to her own family she has raised eight other children.
The funeral services will be held today (Friday) Oct. 11th, in the East ward tabernacle at 2 p. m. Apostle John Henry Smith is expected to be present and preach the funeral sermon.
Her husband preceded her to the great beyond eleven years.
(Davis County Clipper 10-11-1901)
Anson Call (1810 - 1890)*
Anson Vasco Call (1834 - 1867)*
Chester Call (1841 - 1908)*
Ruth Piede Call Davids (1850 - 1919)*
Bountiful Memorial Park
Created by: Jason Hatch
Record added: Jul 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20466468