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 Elizabeth <I>Harris</I> Browett

Elizabeth Harris Browett

Birth
Sandhurst, Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire, England
Death 4 Mar 1899 (aged 84)
Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 11-4-A-21
Memorial ID 123925 · View Source
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Daughter of Robert Harris Sr. and Sarah Oakey.

Elizabeth married Daniel Browett, 2 June 1834, at Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, England.

The brother of Elizabeth, Robert Harris Jr., his wife, Hannah Maria Eagles and Elizabeth along with her husband, Daniel Browett, were baptized by Elder Wilford Woodruff in England during February and March of 1840. They had been members of the United Brethen Church.

Most of the congregation joined the Church of Jesus Chrsit of Latter-day Saints at the same time. Daniel and Robert held leadership positions and brought 109 people to America, leaving on the ship "Echo" February 10, 1841.

Both men served in the Mormon Battalion and were mustered in on July 20, 1846, leaving their families at Nauvoo. Elizabeth went on to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, along with Hannah Maria and the rest of the family. When called to serve in the War with Mexico, Daniel Browett was commissioned Sergeant of Company E of the Mormon Battalion, U.S. Army 1846-1848.

After her husband's tragic murder, on the Mormon Battalion Trail, Elizabeth was entitled to a soldier's pension because of her husband's service record in the National Military Archive. It is ironic that his death was calculated to have occurred on Elizabeth's 34th birthday.

Twenty years later Elizabeth briefly married, at age 54, to another Battalion soldier, William James Johnston; but they soon divorced, supposedly because Elizabeth had not known of his "first wife, age 19".

Family lore, supported by Census Records, show that Johnston had married a wife 20 years younger than he, where Elizabeth was 10 years older than Johnston.

Fourteen years later, when Elizabeth was nearly 67, Johnston's family visited her and implored her to go with them to Arizona to help care for an infant his wife had just delivered. The young mother had lost 2 others in the previous 5 years, and was also expecting again.

Sympathetic with their plight, because of Elizabeth's former loss of her own baby boy, she ventured to Arizona with them, supposedly to serve as nanny. She did not dispose of her belongings nor her home in Kaysville.

Some historians claim this was a "reconciliation" after 14 years apart; but Elizabeth is listed on the 1880 Census at Sunset, Apache, Arizona as, "Aunt" "Elizabeth Browett" and soon returned to Utah. She had lived in her home at Kaysville, supporting herself as a school teacher, for over forty years. At 83, she moved to Portage, Utah with her nephew's family.


Taken from 7/24/1897 Deseret News Newspaper:

"Elizabeth Browett may be said to be one of the few living pioneers. She was born in England June 27, 1814 and was baptized in 1840 by Elder Wilford Woodruff, who was on a mission to England at the time. [for the LDS Church] She emigrated to Nauvoo in the same year, [it was the following year, 1841] Daniel Browett, her husband, being President of the Company.

At Nauvoo, she was personally acquainted with President Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and the first LDS Patriarch, Hyrum Smith. She was driven out of Nauvoo with the other Saints.

[Added Note: Elizabeth personally related that, she "crossed the plains in Parley Pratt's Company", arriving in Salt Lake in the fall of 1847. While it is true that Parley Pratt, with whom she was personally acquainted, was in this company, Pratt was not the Captain and it was named the Daniel Spencer/Perrigirine Sessions Company of 1847.]

She drove a team of three yoke of cattle all the way across the plains, yoking and unyoking her cattle without help from the male members of the company.

She lived one year after her arrival in Salt Lake with George Gates and wife and during that time had erected the first brick house built in Salt Lake City. This memorable house was built in the Fifteenth ward near the court house. The mason work being done by a man named Frank Pullen.

Daniel Browett, her husband, was an officer in the "Mormon Battalion," and is one of the three Saints who were found dead at their camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains, murdered, it was supposed, by Indians.

Sister Browett has resided in Portage, Box Elder County, for the past year, and although she is eighty-four years of age, she is quite active in mind and body, and taken as much interest in our word exercises and amusements as most of our young people." – Enoch Harris, nephew


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  • Maintained by: history4sure
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 123925
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Harris Browett (27 Jun 1814–4 Mar 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123925, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by history4sure (contributor 46997739) .