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 Alice Maria <I>Jane</I> Green

Alice Maria Jane Green

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Dec 1931 (aged 72)
Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 02 020 2
Memorial ID 127532 · View Source
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Alice Maria Jane White (Green) was born March 5th 1859 to Alice Potts and Thomas Phillip White in Boston, Suffolk County, Massechusetts. Alice's father Thomas Phillip White was born June 10th 1837 in Egerton, Kent, England and her mother Alice Potts was born December 28th 1837 in Selling, Kent, England. Thomas led his family into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he was baptized January 22nd 1851 at age 13 and his mother Maria Christmas (White) was baptized a year later on January 26th 1852. At age 13 Alice Potts heard the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints preaching out in a meadow. She was attracted by their singing and stopped to listen since she loved to sing. She was delighted by their preaching stating that "it suited me." After a few months she decided to be baptized stating: "I fully believed in the teaching of the Elders." She was baptized January 16th 1851. She reports: "From that day to this I have never regretted it but on the other hand have always been thankful I had the opportunity of hearing the gospel in my youth and I can truly testify to all who may wish to know, it is the true gospel of Jesus Christ restored again to the children of men." The 1857 the ship George Washington's register lists Thomas Phillip White (21) as a mariner, and his wife Alice Potts (White) (19) to be from Kent, England as they traveled to America. This young family stayed in Boston a few years before coming to Utah. Alice's father Thomas Phillip White and her mother Alice Potts left Boston to join the Saints in Utah 1860. Alice crossed the plains with her parents and the William Budge Company when she was 15 months old. Her brother Thomas Adophus was only two years old at this time. It appears that although Alvin Washington Green and Alice fell in love and wanted to marry, Alice's mother did not want her to marry Alvin. We don't know why Alice's mother opposed the marriage but this was a very difficult time for Alice and her mother. She went against the wishes of her parents by climbing out the window one night to be married to Alvin on December 27th 1875. It is reported that it nearly broke her mother's heart. Alice and Alvin settled near the mouth of the Big Cottonwood canyon in the Salt Lake Valley. The address was later called Walker Mill Drive. Alvin and Alice settled on property in the foothills near the "Old Mill". This now appears to be around 6600 South and 3200 East in Salt Lake City. On February 29th 1896 Alvin was returning from Salt Lake City with $40.00 and he decided to stop at a tavern in Murray for a drink. A woman who was waiting on people at the tavern saw his money and decided to steal it. She put poison in the drink she served him and he died at the age of 41. Alice was devastated, but because it happened in a tavern she did not allow charges to be pressed fearing the negative publicity. Although Alvin's time with his family seemed brief he was married to Alice for over 20 years. After her husbands death Alice faced the future with nine children to raise alone. Alice kept their mill open for a few years but found that the boys were just not old enough so she had to sell it. Alice found it very hard to provide for her family from that time on. She kept the family on the old homestead and raised what vegetables she could. The children dug sego bulbs and picked dandelion greens to add to the food supply. They had a cow and raised pigs for winter milk and meat. The family suffered many hardships as did many other settlers, but she raised all nine children to be successful members of the community. Her oldest son Rueben served a mission for the church. Alice's granddaughter Vivian LaDella Reynolds Denney recalls visiting Alice in her home at the mouth of the Big Cottonwood Canyon. She also visited her when she lived in Salt City across from the City County building. Alice Maria Jane White Green died December 28th 1931 at age 72 and was buried in the Murray City Cemetery. Her obituary reports that she lived in Butlerville for 53 years and died at her home of natural but unknown causes. Alice died before all of her children after being a widow for 34 years.

Alice and Alvin's children were all born in Butlerville

1. Alvin "Reuben" Green was born May 1st 1877.
2. Alberta "Bert" May Green (Reynolds)was born October 26th 1878.
3. Ernest Valorus Green was born January 11th 1880.
4. Thomas Sylvester Green was born March 30th 1882.
5. Alonzo Green was born December 28th 1884.
6. Mrs. Alice Florence (Ervin) born September 13th 1887.
7. Mrs. Francis Iva (Volleger) was born April 2nd 1889.
8. George Almon Green was born September 7th.
9. Mrs. Harriet Gladys (Jolliffe) born February 17th 1895.

When Alice Mariah Jane White Green died she had 43 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She out lived four brothers and a sister. They were Adolphys White, Ethelbert White, John Henry White and George White and Mrs. May White (Fulton).




  • Maintained by: Kerry Denney
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127532
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Maria Jane Green (5 Mar 1859–28 Dec 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127532, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Kerry Denney (contributor 47480353) .