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 Eliza Jane Wilder

Eliza Jane Wilder

Birth
Malone, Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 1 Jun 1930 (aged 80)
Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 16447807 · View Source
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Little House on the Prairie Fame. Eliza Jane Wilder was the first born to James and Angeline Wilder. She was the sister of Almanzo Wilder, who married the famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Eliza became a school teacher in Malone,New York. When the Wilders moved west from Malone,New York to Spring Valley,Minnesota Eliza followed and taught in the Spring Valley school during 1877 and 1878. In 1879 Eliza accompanied her brothers Royal and Almanzo to De Smet,South Dakota where they all took claims. While tending to her claim,Eliza taught the school term which Laura Ingalls writes about in "Little Town on the Prairie." Later, she relocated to Washington D.C.where she became a "Governor Girl" working for the Department of Interior. At the age of 42 Eliza Jane married Thomas Jefferson Thayer, a twice-married Spring Valley merchant with six children. In June of 1894, Walcott Thayer was born, named after his father Thomas, whom was nicknamed Wilder. In 1899,Thomas died,with his estate being left for Etta,a daughter from his second marriage.It was at that time when Rose, Laura Ingalls daughter, stayed with Eliza to continue school in Crowly,Louisiana.In 1904,Eliza married Maxwell Gordon,whom she later separated from. Eliza Jane died in Lafayette,Louisiana and is buried there.


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  • Created by: RiCo
  • Added: 3 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16447807
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Jane Wilder (1 Jan 1850–1 Jun 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16447807, ; Maintained by RiCo (contributor 46838714) Unknown.