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Eliza Roxcy Snow
Birth: Jan. 21, 1804
Becket
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1887
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Songwriter, Religious Figure. Second President of the Relief Society Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, plural wife to the Prophet Joseph Smith and to Brigham Young, as well as sister to Fifth President of the Church, Lorenzo Snow. Often called the "prophetes" of the Church, her beloved hymns and poems are considered sacred. On March 17, 1842, the Relief Society was organized under the direction of Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow was called to be the secretary. After the death of Joseph Smith the Saints were forced to travel West and the Relief Society was disbanded. It wasn't until December 18, 1867, years after the Saints had settled in the Salt Lake Valley, that the Relief Society was reorganized under the direction of Brigham Young and Eliza was called as the second General Relief Society President of the Church.
She was married under the covenant of plural marriage, just as the Lord dictated to Abraham, after the Prophet's murder she was again married to Brigham Young, this marriage was one of convenience and respect, it provided Eliza with security after the death of Joseph, much like in the Old Testement when a man would die, his brother (or the next thing to it) would take his brother's widow as his own. Eliza lived in a log cabin with another of Brigham's wives. She had arranged all the details of her funeral before she died and requested that the choir sing, "O My Father", a hymn she wrote, and also requested that the Assembly Hall be draped in white and filled with white flowers as a symbol of hope. (bio by: Chad Stowell) 
 
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 Parents:
  Oliver Snow (1775 - 1845)
  Rosetta Lenora Pettibone Snow (1778 - 1846)
 
 Spouses:
  Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844)
  Brigham Young (1801 - 1877)
 
 Siblings:
  Leonora Abigail Snow Morley (1801 - 1872)*
  Eliza Roxcy Snow (1804 - 1887)
  Melissa Snow Smith (1810 - 1835)*
  Lorenzo Snow (1814 - 1901)*
  Lucius Augustus Snow (1819 - 1898)*
  Samuel Pearce Snow (1821 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mormon Pioneer Memorial
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Chad Stowell
Record added: Apr 03, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6319439
Eliza Roxcy Snow
Added by: Chad Stowell
 
Eliza Roxcy Snow
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Eliza Roxcy Snow
Added by: Elliot
 
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You have been an inspiration in my life. My mother was always proud that she was named after you though her mother spelled her name differently - Roxie Estella Jensen.
- Sunflower Lady
 Added: Jan. 1, 2016

- mickyo
 Added: Jun. 18, 2015
For my maternal 5th cousin, 4 x removed.
- David Metcalf
 Added: May. 15, 2015
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