Mary “Polly” <I>Lyman</I> Johnson

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Mary “Polly” Lyman Johnson

Daugher of Samuel Lyman and Hannah Mitchell

Married William Johnson, 9 Oct 1831, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

Children - Emily Maranda Johnson, Mary Ann Johnson.

Married Lorenzo Johnson, 30 Dec 1832, Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut.

Children - William Didymus Johnson, Sarah Mariah Johnson, Harriet Fidelia Johnson, John Wesley Johnson, Julia Maria Johnson, Emily Miranda Johnson, Eunice Lucinda Johnson, Ellen Amelia Johnson.

History - Mary, Lorenzo and their children joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 1845 moved to Nauvoo, Ill. They left there with the saints, but remained in Winter Quarters and vicinity until 1852, when they left for Utah, arriving in the fall of the same year.

After leaving for Utah with their eight children, they lost their youngest child (a girl names Emily) to Cholera, she was just 2 1/2. Lorenzo had rescued a plank from the river and she felt that the Lord had provided it for the very purpose for which it was used. The plank was used to make a casket for the dear little child.

Mary drove a team of horses, with the help of her girls, the entire distance. They traveled in a high-bedded wagon made by Lorenzo.

After reaching Utah, they settled in Springville. Lorenzo later moved from Springville to Monroe, but in the spring of 1872, he was stricken and died. She gave her property to Lorenzo's other wives and children saying "I'll get along someway." This was characteristic of her kind, benevolent and generous disposition.

Mary did excellent and beautiful sewing, made dresses, suits, and underwear for her family, all by hand. She also did knitting of stockings, socks, and sweaters.

Mary was honored as "Utah" on the 24th of July at Springville when she was about eighty years old; and later was "Utah" at Monroe.

She lived to be ninety-two years old. She was a loving, courageous woman, enduring all the hardships of pioneer life and raising two motherless boys as well as her own children. She was known as "Aunt Polly".


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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 29 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19609306
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary “Polly” Lyman Johnson (10 Oct 1811–7 Jan 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19609306, citing Monroe City Cemetery, Monroe, Sevier County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .