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Elizabeth Buckley Lees
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Birth: May 7, 1803
Dukinfield
Cheshire, England
Death: Jun. 5, 1870
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Elizabeth (Betty) BUCKLEY was born on 7 May 1803 in Dunkinfield village, Dukinfield, Cheshire, England. She married John Lees Sr. on 4 April 1825 in Ashton-Under-Lyn, England. hey had the following children: James LEES (b. 23 Sep 1824), James LEES (b. 9 Feb 1825), Mary LEES, Joseph LEES (b. 23 Mar 1829), Susannah LEES (b. 11 Dec 1830), John LEES JR. (b. 9 Mar 1833), Mary Anne LEES, George Taylor LEES (b. 3 Nov 1839), Josiah LEES (b. 27 Dec 1840).

Initially she was a member of the Church of England, but joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 18 April 1848. She was baptized by John Albiston and confirmed on 23 April 1848 by John Albiston Sr. (not sure whether this is the same person, or father and son). Her husband, John Lees Sr., joined the church a few months later in June 1848.

She emigrated to America with her husband and daughter Susannah on 12 February 1853 (other family members traveling with them is currently unknown). Within a few months of their arrival, they were on the Mormon trail, heading to Utah, leaving in June 1853 with the Cyrus H. Wheelock Company, which was comprised of 400 individuals in 52 wagons. The company began its journey in Keokuk, Iowa at an outfitting post. The company included a California company. They crossed the Missouri River on 11 July 1853.

Here is an account, author unknown, passed down through the family of her emigration from England to Utah.

"On account of stormy weather it took them three months to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The trip from Missouri to Utah was strenuous and many times Elizabeth, along with the others went hungry. As they neared the mountains in Utah it was difficult for her to make the pace that others did and she often lagged behind. One such time this experience occurred: At the foot of a steep hill her spirits were very low and she stopped to rest for a time. She was on the verge of despair and thought she could never reach the top. The party was well in advance before she was missed. Members returned in search of her. They found her just as she reached the summit, with two elderly men with white beards. One had a hold of each arm, helping her. Just as she arrived at the top, the two men said, "it was easier going up than it was to go down." Later in camp, it was decided that the two men were two of the three Nephites."

Arriving in the valley of Salt Lake City finally, they made their home on the corner of Fourth North and Fifth West, across the street from their son, John Lees, Jr. Elizabeth was the mother of eight children.

On 5 Jun 1870 she died, still a resident of Salt Lake City. 
 
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 Spouse:
  John Lees (1801 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  James Lees (1824 - 1897)*
  Susannah Lees Blackham (1830 - 1901)*
  John Lees (1833 - 1917)*
  George Taylor Lees (1838 - 1912)*
  Josiah Lees (1840 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: 4321 H-4-11-S1/2-ROD
 
Created by: Bryan Chapman
Record added: May 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37602647
Elizabeth <i>Buckley</i> Lees
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Elizabeth <i>Buckley</i> Lees
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Elizabeth <i>Buckley</i> Lees
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Cyrus H. Wheelock Company (1853)
- Bryan Chapman
 Added: Sep. 24, 2013
 
 
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