|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1834|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1907|
Born Hunslet, England
Died Moroni, Sanpete, Utah
Fanny Newton was the daughter of Benjamin Newton and Ruth Whitely. She was born 1 March 1834 in Hunslet, England, and her mother died when she was only three. Her father married again, a woman by the name of Mary Smith.
Fanny was born and lived during a crucial time in the history of England. The industrial revolution had changed the country over from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy, resulting in great wealth and pomp on one hand and much poverty and misery on the other. There were foul slums in the factory cities, and the curse of child labor was fastened onto the people like a plague. This created a great moral issue, but there is little evidence to show that even the churches were doing anything about the problem.
In the midst of these conditions the newly created L.D.S. Church began its missionary work in Great Britain. The working people found a special appeal in its message, which was an offer of freedom from oppression, to come about by the gathering of Saints in the new Zion in America and by a glowing plan for salvation in the life after death. Some of the motives which caused the Puritans to flee to America two hundred years before were again stirring in the minds and hearts of the lowly people of Europe in the middle of the Nineteenth Century. The Newtons were one of these families.
Fanny Newton was devout by nature and endowed with the gift of faith and the will to believe. Before she, or any of her family, had ever seen a Mormon missionary, Fanny had an experience that is now legendary among her relatives. As the story goes, at about age seventeen, she failed to appear at the dinner table one evening after being called. It was an offense to he late for meals. Her father ruled the household with an iron hand, and when he noticed Fanny's absence he rose in irritation and marched to her room to bring her down. He pushed her door open without ceremony, but what he saw made him close it quickly and retreat to the dinner table where he announced that something strange was happening in Fanny's room and that she was not to be disturbed until she appeared voluntarily with an explanation.
Fanny did not come downstairs for more than an hour. Then she explained that while she was preparing for dinner she saw her room beginning to glow with a strange light. Then an angel appeared to her and told her that two men would soon arrive at the Newton home bringing with them a message of great importance. The family was thrown into some confusion over this message, but Fanny's father disposed of the matter by saying that they would wait to see whether anything came of it. A few days later Fanny was sitting at her window when she saw two men approaching their gate. She jumped up instantly and went out to meet them. She informed the men that they had appeared to her in a vision and that her family was ready to hear what they had to say. After many more visits and a long course of teaching, the outcome was general conversion of the family.
When they became members of the Church, the Newtons began planning to join the Saints in Utah. It was about two years before they were able to accumulate sufficient money to pay their passage over. The great day finally arrived, and on February 28, 1853, they set sail for America on the sailing vessel "International" from Liverpool, England. The father and mother did not come to America, however. Whether this is because the couple had not joined the L.D.S. Church or because Benjamin was in ill health is not clear. In any case, Fanny's father died two years after his daughters left for Utah.
With much travail, Fanny and her sister Ruth Hannah made their way to Utah, where Fanny - and later Ruth - found shelter and work in the home of William Draper, Jr., ultimately becoming his sixth and seventh plural wives. In the midst of astonishing hardship and deprivation, they succeeded in raising their families and remaining faithful to their husband to the end of their days.
Fanny died in Moroni, Utah on 17 March, 1907. (Portions extracted from "The Mormon Drapers" by Delbert M. Draper)
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William Draper (1807 - 1886)*
Riley Newton Draper (1857 - 1927)*
Lois Draper Bruno (1862 - 1934)*
None knew thee but to love thee. Wife of William Draper.
Moroni City Cemetery
Maintained by: Ryan D. Curtis
Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: Apr 02, 2006
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