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 Lucy Caroline <I>Clayton</I> Bullock

Lucy Caroline Clayton Bullock

Farington, South Ribble Borough, Lancashire, England
Death 16 Apr 1879 (aged 59)
South Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 04 059 0
Memorial ID 131428 · View Source
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Memorial marker in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Daughter of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchely

Married Thomas Bullock, 23 Jan 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 8, p. 287

Lucy Clayton Bullock, born in Farrington, Lancashire, England: March 26, 1820, was the sister of William Clayton who wrote Come, Come Ye Saints, that beautiful song which inspired the pioneers to push forward into the unknown land with greater faith and courage. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England and emigrated to America with the Saints.

As a young girl Lucy was acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. At one time the Prophet was being hunted by a mob. In order to escape he sought refuge at the Clayton home where he quickly dressed, at the request of Mrs. Clayton, in a woman's nightdress and cap and went to bed in Lucy's bed with his face toward the wall. When the mobsters came with their clothes wrong side out and their faces all blackened, they rushed into the house, searching it from top to bottom. As they entered the bedroom, Lucys' mother told them the woman in the bed was very sick. They immediately left the house, and the Prophet once again escaped uninjured.

Brigham Young advised Lucy, with whom he was well acquainted, to marry his clerk and recorder, Thomas Bullock. Later, Thomas himself asked her to become his wife, which she immediately agreed to do. The Family left Nauvoo and remained at Winter Quarters that first winter of 1846–47. Mr. Bullock's first wife was in ill health, and Lucy helped care for her and her three children that winter and during the trip across the plains in 1848. She drove a team the entire distance to Great Salt Lake. Thomas Bullock was more of a scholar than a handy man, and most of the heavy work fell on the women's shoulders.

When the Saints moved onto farms in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Lucy was given land in South Cottonwood, later called Murray, where she raised her family and worked her farm. She often walked to Salt Lake to buy supplies and then carried them home, as walking was her only form of transportation.

Lucy practiced midwifery for years, and many a new-born babe she laid in the mother's loving arms. This good woman who so ably played the roll of pioneer wife and mother, always inspired love and admiration among her associates and family. She died April 16, 1879, in South Cottonwood. She had been ill with dropsy and other complaints for some time.

Thomas Bullock and Lucy Caroline Clayton were married January 23, 1846. Their children were: Mary Ann, Joseph Hyrum, Sarah Jane, Flora Eve, Lucy Caroline, Heber John.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131428
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Caroline Clayton Bullock (21 Mar 1820–16 Apr 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131428, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .