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 Alice <I>Pilling</I> Ellison

Alice Pilling Ellison

Waddington, Ribble Valley Borough, Lancashire, England
Death 5 Nov 1886 (aged 65)
Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 24-3-A-7
Memorial ID 120767 · View Source
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Daughter of John Pilling and Peggy Ann Banks

Married John Ellison, 3 Feb 1841, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England

Children - Margaret Jane Ellison, John Ammon Ellison, David Samuel Ellison, Ephraim Peter Ellison, Mathew Thomas Ellison, Susannah Ellen Ellison, Elijah Edward Ellison, Mary Alice Ellison, Sarah Ann Dinah Ellison, Joseph Heber Ellison

History - John and Alice came to America from England twelve days after they were married. They settled in Nauvoo where John helped with the work on the temple, with much of the saints being asked to give a tenth of their income. This is where their first daughter, Margaret Jane Ellison was born.

After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the troubles between the saints and the gentiles (non-Mormons) increased.

On November 3, 1846 John sold his lot and house for half the price he paid for it and the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Three sons were born to the family while they lived here, two of which died, victims no doubt of the epidemic summer complaints which took devastating toll of the infant population.

In 1851, Margaret Jane with her parents and brother Ephraim left by steamboat for Winter Quarters. Heavy floods on the Missouri River detained them for three weeks in St. Joseph. Then they were able to continue the journey by open ferry, but it rained when they arrived and it was too late to join the company for Utah. They had to spend a winter there, making the best they could with what they had.

On the 11th of June 1852, they started for Utah. Heavy articles of household furniture and implements were loaded in the wagons. Clothing, bedding, and small children were put in handcarts.

On September 13th after traveling 99 days they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the Thomas Howell Company. The family rented a farm on the Jordan River and moved in the next day.

The spring of 1853, 35 acres of wheat was planted to help feed the family and animals. The river overflowed destroying most of it.

In October 1853, the family moved to Kaysville. They lived here the rest of their lives.

John Ellison History

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Thomas C. D. Howell Company (1852); Age at Departure: 32




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120767
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Pilling Ellison (25 Nov 1820–5 Nov 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120767, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .