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 Nellie Waddie <I>Leithead</I> Justet

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Nellie Waddie Leithead Justet

  • Original Name Nellie L.
  • Birth 16 Feb 1844 Fountain Green, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
  • Death 14 Feb 1892 Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA
  • Plot 861
  • Memorial ID 118447

Daughter of James Leithead and Deborah Lamoreaux

Married Daniel Justet, 6 Jan 1870, St. Thomas, Lincoln, Nevada

Children - Deborah Justet, John Daniel Justet, James Leithead Justet, James Justet, Hyrum Smith Justet, Nellie Jane Justet, Effie Suzannah Justet, Katherine Justet, David Albert Justet, Dora Ann Justet

History - Nellie was born on February 16, 1844 in Uintah Springs, Utah (now Fountain Green). There is a collection that has two versions of Nellie's origins. She was a young Indian girl who was adopted by the Leitheads. During the uprising between the Ute and Blackfoot Indians Nellie was brought to the home of Henry Hinman and his wife by a man and woman claiming to be her aunt and uncle. They told the Hinmans that Nellie's parents had been killed and left her with them; they never returned for her.

Another account suggests that her father was an Indian Chieftain and when Nellie's mother died her father could not remarry until Nellie had been given away, explaining why she was left with the Hinmans. Nellie was given to the Hinmans in exchange for a gun and a blanket, the Hinmans in turn left her with the Leitheads in exchange for a horse. The Hinmans were returning to Canada and since they did not have adoption papers for Nellie they knew that they could not take her across the boarder with them. So on the way they found a couple who where willing to take her, James and Deborah Leithead.

Nellie was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 28, 1967. She married Daniel Justet Jr. on the 6th of January 1870 in Santa Clara, UT. They had nine children.

She died on February 14, 1892. Nellie was endowed and sealed to her husband by proxy on November 9, 1923. She was also sealed to her adoptive parents James Leithead and Deborah Cross Lamoreux.

There is an abstract collection that contains the biographies of the James Leithead Family. Each biography consists of copied pages and many include pictures of the subjects and of their families. Also included in the collection are family group sheets which provide vital records for the families.

Nellie's biography consists of one copied typewritten page along with a picture of Nellie. Her biography was written by her granddaughter Arlene Sandin Haney in 1974. Arlene details what is known of Nellie's origins and how she came to live with the Leithead family. Arlene discuses both of James Liethead's families and describes Nellie's place within the families.

Nellie was well educated and would often help to teach her younger brothers and sisters to read. Nellie's husband Daniel had come to Utah from St. Germaine, Pinoche, Italy where his family had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 1 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118447
  • Sally Christensen
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie Waddie Leithead Justet (16 Feb 1844–14 Feb 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118447, citing Escalante Cemetery, Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .