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Elizabeth Russell Archibald
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1817
Linlithgow, Scotland
Death: Apr. 25, 1908
Cache County
Utah, USA

Marshel, Margaret (Mother)
Russell, William (Father)
Archibald, Thomas (Spouse)

an article detailing her 80th birthday celebration and a biographical sketch:

Rock Springs Miner no. 10 March 03, 1898
Interesting News from Wellsville

Editor MINER:--

Thinking some of your MINER readers would like to hear from Wellsville, I again beg a small space in your valuable paper.

We have had a very pleasant winter; snow not over eighteen inches deep at any time, and we have had the best sleighing I have experienced for many years. There has been no wind to drift the snow piles and although sometimes quite cold, as low as 28 degrees below zero, yet, with no wind to accompany the frost, it has been pleasant.

At the present time we have very little snow. It is nearly all gone and sleighing is a thing of the past. The crop of mud is great and gum boots are indispensable.

George Washington's birthday was celebrated by the school pupils giving a grand concert; in the afternoon for children free and at night to adults with a small admission fee. After the concert, those wishing to dance had the opportunity to do so by purchasing dance tickets, the proceeds of which are to be used for enlarging the school library.

On the 11th of this month, it being the 80th birthday of Grandma Elizabeth Archibald, her sons, daughters, grandson and daughter, invited some of their friends to a grand repast at the residence of her son Alexander. Your correspondent and wife being honored, we gladly accepted the invitation, but I am unable to convey in words the sight that met the eyes of the guests. Tables that seated twenty-two persons groaned under their weight of good things and they were set and reset until 128 guests partook of the hospitality of the Archibald clan. It seemed as though every good thing was there. The vegetables fresh, the meats tender; f=pies and cakes to suit the sweetest tooth; the desserts beyond description caused us to exclaim—"It's graun, bit ma waem's fu, I canna bad nae mair." The birthday cake was just immense, towering high above us all, beautifully decorated, candied and frosted, and really represented a monument of honor for Grandma. At 6 o'clock p.m., the guest took a rest for an hour, then dancing commenced and young and old heeled and toed to the polka; put in their best jig steps to the quadrille and showed their graceful figures to the best advantage in the waltz. The evening's pleasures were entwined with songs and recitations. Refreshments were served during the evening "wi' a wee drappie o' the crater." And still the fun grew fast and furious until the "we sma' hours ayont the twal telt us it was time we were abed." Grandma Archibald received many beautiful and appropriate presents from the guest individually, and from the company a large rocking chair, which she occupied during the might, watching her offspring and friends enjoying themselves in the dance.


Mrs. Archibald was born in Linlithgowshire, Scotland, on Feb. 11th, 1818, and was married to Thomas Archibald in 1835. She was baptized a member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1848, by Robert Dean. Her husband died April 6th, 1857, leaving her with ten children, one of whom died while young. She emigrated to this country in 1862 with four children. Two of her children preceded her to this county and three followed. At New York her trunks were stolen and they were left without a change of clothes. She crossed the Atlantic on the ship William Tapscott, and crossed the plains with a team in Captain Hayett's company. She has now seven children alive:-- One son at Cardston, Albert county, Canada; one son and daughter at Rexburg, Idaho; one son at Clarkston, Cache county, Utah, and two sons and one daughter in Wellsville, and they all have large families. She has 110 grandchildren and 123 great-grandchildren. At her 80th birthday she is surrounded by some of her children, grandchildren and friends and has everything to make her comfortable in her declining years.

Today was our ward conference and we had several visitors from Logan and other places. We have had a delightful day enjoying the speeches of those who are our friends and brethren.

Wishing to be remembered through the MINER to all my friends in Rock Springs and with well wishes for the MINER and Editor, I am, as ever,


Wellsville, Feb. 26, 1898.
Family links: 
  Thomas Archibald (1813 - 1857)*
  James Russell Archibald (1836 - 1891)*
  Margaret Archibald Hendry (1838 - 1919)*
  William Russell Archibald (1840 - 1903)*
  Robert Russell Archibald (1843 - 1926)*
  John Russell Archibald (1845 - 1923)*
  Elizabeth Archibald Nibley (1848 - 1909)*
  Christina Russell Archibald Murray (1851 - 1874)*
  Alexander Russell Archibald (1853 - 1919)*
  Andrew Russell Archibald (1856 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Wellsville Cemetery
Cache County
Utah, USA
Plot: A-4-21-3
Created by: Burnt Almond Fudge
Record added: Jul 29, 2009
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- Brandon Sundeen
 Added: Sep. 23, 2012
Mormon Pioneer Horton D. Haight Company 1862
- Paull B. Gunderson
 Added: Sep. 13, 2012
Family gathering to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Elizabeth's arrival in Wellsville.Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 12:00 noonfor info.
- Brandon Sundeen
 Added: Jul. 19, 2012
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