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 Elizabeth Brunelda “ Brunie” <I>Mcneill</I> Jacobsen

Elizabeth Brunelda “ Brunie” Mcneill Jacobsen

Original Name Brunie E. McNeill
Death 16 Jun 1910 (aged 36)
Burial Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 150737 · View Source
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Elizabeth Brunelda McNeill born of English and Scottish ancestry was the third child born to John McNeill and Charlotte Spencer in American Fork, Utah, on 20 August 1873. Her mother died when she was age 14. Her education consisted of a certificate from the eighth grade. She had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano. She had brown eyes and golden brown hair.

She met Lewis Jacobsen, a young railroad fireman, while she was working at Chipman's Store in American Fork. She was known throughout her life as "Brunie." Her father performed her marriage to Lewis on 23 December 1895 in American Fork, Utah. At the time, he was a Justice of the Peace.

Their first home was in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two children were born there. Lewis Kenneth (19 Nov 1896) and Ralph Derrel (10 Aug 1898). In 1899 or 1900 the family moved to Scofield, Utah. Their home was a two-story log cabin.

Lewis became an engineer on the freight train to the three canyons in Scofield; Clear Creek Canyon, Winter Quarters Canyon and UP Canyon. He was the engineer on the train that carried out the dead from the terrible mine disaster at Winter Quarters on May 1, 1900. Over 200 men lost their lives at that time. The bodies were loaded onto flat cars and hauled to Scofield. Most were buried in the cemetery. Other bodies were shipped elsewhere for burial.

A son Verland McNeill was born on 10 Oct 1900, a daughter Brunelda Marie was born 10 Aug 1903, and another son William Beless was born 11 July 1905. Later, in the fall of that year their second oldest son, Darrel, died 27 Oct 1905 of Scarlet Fever. He was buried in the Scofield Cemetery. Stewart Vivian died 31 May 1907, due to Whooping cough. On 24 April 1909 Edith Maren was born. Fourteen months later Brunie died on 16 Jun 1910. This was due to surgery. She was only 36 years old. She was also buried in Scofield. The year following her death Verland became ill with diphtheria and died 25 August 1911. He was buried near his mother and two brothers.

Lewis remarried and later moved to Manti, Utah where he was engineer on a work train. This line ran between Thistle, Utah, and Marysvale, Utah. He died in Seattle, Washington. He also died during surgery. He was 55 years old. He was buried at Pleasant Grove, Utah in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery 17 February 1926. He was buried next to his parents. He had earlier purchased cemetery lots in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. He wanted to transfer the remains of his wife and three sons to this cemetery, but his request was denied because they had died of communicable diseases.

Written by Granddaughter Anna Mae Shell

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Brunelda “ Brunie” Mcneill Jacobsen (20 Aug 1873–16 Jun 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 150737, citing Scofield Cemetery, Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by billcarr (contributor 46560268) .