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Mary Jane "Molly" Collins Rogers
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1837
St. Francois County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 6, 1889
Weber County
Utah, USA

Mary Jane (Molly) Collins, Daughter of John F. Collins and Polly M. Chapman, was born 23 June 1837 in the State of Missouri. At the age of four the family moved to Arkansas. When she was four and one-half years of age she along with a brother and a sister contracted the disease called Mountain Fever. This disease was fatal to her brother and left Mary Jane blind. During her childhood she attended a blind school which gave her a fair knowledge of Braille as it was given in those days.

Mary Jane and her mother were dressmakers and had to support the family of six children. When she was twenty-four years of age she ran away from home with Alma Denton Rogers, whom she married 15 June 1861. They made their home in the State of Iowa.

In the year of 1861 they started for Utah on horse back, but later were forced to get a wagon because the horse Mary Jane was riding had to be led most of the time. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley as part of an independent company in the fall of 1862.

Mary Jane was the mother of nine children, two of which died when babies and one when three and a half years old. She was an ideal mother to her children. They were taken care of by her as any ordinary mother cares for her children. She did all of the housework, cooking their meals and making their clothing. It was possible for her to recognize each of her children by their footsteps.

The greatest difficulty that she experienced was with her cooking when they used the open fireplace to cook on. Her clothing would sometimes catch on fire. When living in Sugar House, Utah her husband sold a piece of land and purchased what was then called a stepstove, after that she experienced no further difficulty with her cooking.

The sewing that she did was not just the plain ordinary kind. She was very expert in this art of making fancy dresses and quilts. Mary Jane liked to do knit work such as shawls and stockings; she also 'knit lace and did bead work. She copied the different patterns of lace by feeling them. Threading the finest needle was no difficult task for her.

When living in Coalville, Utah there were a great many Indians in the locality, and often they would come to her house and ask to see her thread a needle. On one occasion a squaw came to the house and by making signs she made them understand that she wanted to see a needle threaded by a blind woman. After seeing it done, the squaw gave her daughter, Laura, a string of beads that reached to the floor.

Mary Jane learned to read Braille, but had great difficulty in securing it in any quantities. There were not many books written in Braille at that time. She did some writing with a set of dies that her husband made by setting needle points in lead.

Mary Jane was always on hand to wash the new born babies, which was considered quite a service at that time. The only musical instrument that she played was the accordion. She would play and sing the different church hymns.

After the Rogers family came to Utah, they moved around from town to town quite a bit. Their first home was in Sugar House, then they went to Hoytsville, then to Wanship and then to Coalville. They lived in the same house in Sugar House five different times. They also lived in Provo on two different occasions. They lived in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Tenth Ward and the Fifteenth Ward. They joined the Church of Latter-Day Saints and went through the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, They later moved to Ogden Utah where on 6 June 1889 Mary Jane Collins Rogers died.

Family records indicate that she is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, and her name appears on the family monument there. However, cemetery records have no indication that she was buried there, rather they indicate that an unknown male infant from Ogden was buried there three days before Mary Jane died.

We have a mystery here, and if anyone can help positively locate the resting place of Mary Jane Collins Rogers, it would be greatly appreciated. 
Family links: 
  John Foley Collins (1812 - 1903)
  Minerva Chapman Collins (1812 - 1885)
  Alma Denton Rogers (1836 - 1918)*
  Mary Minerva Jane Rogers (1863 - 1864)*
  Laura E Rogers Perry (1865 - 1944)*
  Alma Hernando Rogers (1866 - 1944)*
  Susan Catharine Augusta Rogers (1868 - 1869)*
  Nancy Dillard Rogers (1870 - 1874)*
  Theron Octavius Llewellyn Rogers (1876 - 1942)*
  Miles Standish Collins (1832 - 1919)*
  Mary Jane Collins Rogers (1837 - 1889)
*Calculated relationship
Mary Jane Collins
Wife of Alma Denton Rogers
Born June 23 1837
Died June 6 1889

Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
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Record added: Aug 15, 2008
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Mary Jane Molly <i>Collins</i> Rogers
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Mary Jane Molly <i>Collins</i> Rogers
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