Elizabeth “Lizzie” Oats Burton

  • Birth 11 Apr 1804 Leyburn, Richmondshire District, North Yorkshire, England
  • Death 2 May 1895 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Holladay, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 105313863

Elizabeth Oats was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Jefferson Oats. She immigrated with her parents to Mersea, Ontario, Canada. She married Prosper Lawrence who died shortly after. Later she married William Burton who was 5 years her junior.

William wrote: "In the fall of 1837 I heard the first Latter Day Saint Elder preach the 'Everlasting Gospel' which was strangely new and different from my mind altogether. I was lead to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart".

William's papers show that his in-laws, William and Elizabeth Oats, were the first LDS converts in Mersea on November 29, 1837. Samuel and Hannah Burton were baptized on December 4 and William and Elizabeth on December 23. Other family members were later baptized.

In October of 1838 William led a party of horse drawn Wagons to to Far West, Missouri, "The general gathering place of the Saints. They Ended up in Walnut Grove, fifteen miles from Nauvoo where William was engaged in preaching and missionary work for the church.

When the Saints left Nauvoo for Missouri in 1846 William was on a mission in Michigan and when he returned to Walnut Grove his wife's poor health and other problems preventing him from following. He was part of a guard that protected the remaining Mormons from the angry mob that harassed them.

On September 18 the Mormons were given 1-2 hours to leave, or at most a day. William and "Betsy" went down the river and found shelter with Hiram Kimball in Montrose, Iowa. Betsy, who was already frail, nearly died and took more than 9 months to recover.

William and Betsy were not reunited with the Burton family until the winter of 1847-48 in Council Bluffs and in the summer of 1848 made the pioneer trek to Salt Lake City.

William left for a mission to Scotland in 1850. William died in Edinburgh, Scotland when he became seriously ill. He was buried there but a year later his Brother, Robert Taylor Burton had his body buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery. Remarkably, Betsy, who had nearly died of illness many times before lived to be ninety one years old before her death in Salt Lake City May 2, 1895.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Lizzie was originally buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery but sexton records show that her body was moved to Holladay Memorial





  • Created by: Brenda King
  • Added: 16 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105313863
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Lizzie” Oats Burton (11 Apr 1804–2 May 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105313863, citing Holladay Memorial Park, Holladay, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Brenda King (contributor 47980155) .