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Ann Matilda Worley Hall
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1820, England
Death: Nov. 19, 1897
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA

Ogden, Utah, November 26 -- Ann Matilda Hall, wife of Elder Joseph Hall, was daughter of Thomas Worley and Mary Ann Harris Worley.

She was born at Devonport, Devon, England, on the 7th of April, 1820. She was in her girlhood religiously inclined. She attended the baptist Sabbath School, to which she became much attached and highly appreciated the moral and religious instructions which she secured in that instruction. Still the religious part was not all that her soul desired, for it was reaching out after something of a higher order; but she did not find it in the church to which her parents and herself were united. Nevertheless she endeavored to live up to the light she had, to serve God to the best of her ability, until greater light should come.

In 1851, she heard of the Latter-Day Saints, who made their advent in her native town. The name was strange and the novelty of it induced her to visit their place of meeting. There she listened to their doctrines, which to her were new, and at first, as strange as their name. She continued to attend the services and at length became convinced that the Elders taught the true Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She followed her honest convictions and bowed in obedience to the heavenly message, Her father's family was numerous; her kindred were many, earlier in life she had been the petted child and sister. But now she stood alone. Not one other of her household embraced the truth and while they did not persecute her severely, they considered she was deluded and did not receive the warmth and cordiality which they did before she became a "Mormon."

But she continued steadfast in the truth. She had received a testimony that the work was of God; this she knew by the power of the Holy Ghost. She administered to the Elders. She aided them in their missionary work; she cheerfully assisted to defray the expenses of the work of the Lord in that town which at that time were heavy. The branch was small and the members consisted, in great, of the wives of seamen. She secured neither aid nor comfort from any of her kindred, on account of her religious faith. Still she struggled bravely on alone, being at that time a young widow. She never wavered in her faith or swerved from her duty.

On the 16th of October, 1854, she was married to Elder Joseph Hall, who was at that time was president of the Lands End Conference, with headquarters at Devonport. Early in 1855, he was released from his missionary labors in Great Britain by Apostle Franklin D. Richards, then president of the European mission. On March 29th, in company with her husband, she was on board the ship, Juventa, with over five hundred other passengers, all "Mormons."

At midnight of the 31st, we were towed out of the dock into the Mersey River and on the 1st of April we stood at sea. After a boisterous passage we landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 5th of May. Thence we proceeded by rail and steam boat, via St. Louis, to Atchison, Kansas, which at that time was in its incipiency. We reached our distination about the middle of May and camped at "Mormon Grove," and remained there till the latter end of summer. Here Sister Hall became useful in aiding the sick and the dying Saints.

Her husband had been appointed captain of the guard and had charge of all the emigrants who arrived thee, whether they belonged to the P. E. fund, the Ten Pound or the Independent companies. Shortly after our arrival at the "Grove" the cholera broke out and raged with fearful fatality. Scores of Saints succumbed to its terrible ravages. Men, women and children were cut down in the bloom of life and health at brief notice.

One hour they were enjoying life and all its pleasures, hopes and fond anticipations of the future; the next hour they slept beneath the prairie sods! Such heartrending scenes as were witnessed at that place cannot now be adequately depicted; but they will never be forgotten by those who witnessed them while memory holds its empire.

It was the duty of the captain of the guard to furnish medicine and minister for the sick; coffins for the dead and graves for their burial. In addition to this it was his duty to take charge of all the livestock, organize bands of herdsmen to herd them and he was responsible for their safe keeping. In the discharge of all these duties he received prompt and efficient aid from Sister Hall.

On August 2nd of that same year, having seen every other family started from the Grove to a new place of rendezvous, preparatory to their overland march of the West, we struck our tent and joined the company then under the charge of Captain Milo Andrus. Sister Hall performed the greater part of the journey from the Grove to Salt Lake City on foot. This she did cheerfully and without murmuring.

On the night of Setember 5th we reached Ash Hollow, where that day a terrible battle had been fought between General Kearney and the Indians. We were advised by the military authorities to put on a strong guard that night, which we did. The next day, September 6th, Sister Hall was delivered a fine daughter and was for a "short time" side tracked" in sight of the hostile bands of Indian warriors, but was not molested by them.

After numerous adventures incident to a journey in those days across the great plains, she reached Salt Lake in good health on October 28th. The family stayed at the capital about two weeks and then came north. We wintered at Bingham's Fort and the following spring moved into Ogden city, where the family has since resided.

Sister Hall shared with her co-religionists in the hunger and other privations of the "hard winter" and the following seasons: she participated in the "move south" and the troubles generally incidental to the Buchanan war, etc. in all of which she was firm and immovable. In her faith and trust in God. She aided to redeem the barrenness of this part of Weber County and has contributed according to her ability to make Ogden what it is today.

For several years she has suffered much from general debility brought on by hardships endured in the early part of her residence in this country. On the 16th last she was seized with pneumonia, from which she died on Friday the 19th, at the advanced age of 77 years, 7 months and 12 days. She had 9 children, 21 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and her posterity is still increasing. She did Temple work for all her kindred dead as far as she was able to obtain their records.

The funeral services, which were held on the 21st inst, were numerously attended, in the Second Ward meetinghouse. The building was packed to capacity and very many others were unable to gain admission. The music was furnished by the ward choir.

Consoling addresses were delivered by Elders Samuel Roskelly, D. H. Perry, Bishop Robert McQuarrie and Apostle Franklin D. Richards, all of whom had known her for many years and all spoke in high commendation of her life character, services, faith and fidelity to the work of God.

Elder Roskelly related a very interesting and pathetic incident of his experience in the history of Sister Hall. When in his early youth he had embraced the Gospel his parents gave him the alternative of forsaking the Church or leaving his home permanently. He chose the latter. He made known his hard lot to Sister Hall. She patted him on the shoulder, spoke words of of comfort and encouragement, bade him welcome to her house and told him not to murmur trouble for he should have a home with us as long as we have one. In the spring of 1853 Elder Joseph Hall ordained him an elder and sent him to Salt Lake City by the P. E. fund. Had it not been these kind acts of kindness," said Elder Roskelly, "It is posible that I might never have in the position I occupy in the Church today."

The remains were followed by a lengthy cortege to the cemetery and laid to rest. The grave was dedicated by Elder F. D. Richards.

-Joseph Hall

-Deseret News, December 11, 1897, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

Married 1) William Othaniel Rowland HOOPER March 29, 1841 in Plymouth, St. Andrew, Devon, England 2) Joseph HALL October 16, 1854 in East Stonehouse, Devon, England



 
 
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Burial:
Ogden City Cemetery
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA
 
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