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 Elizabeth <I>Green</I> Arnold

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Elizabeth Green Arnold

  • Birth 18 Mar 1833 Manchester, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
  • Death 23 May 1911 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Plot G-3-8-3-E
  • Memorial ID 20214581

Daughter of James Green and Mary Bellis

Married Henry Arnold, 20 Feb 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Henry Heber Arnold, Margaret Emma Arnold, Mary Ellen Arnold, Harriet Ann Arnold, Della Monk Arnold, Luella Arnold, Lois Vilate Arnold, Elijah Arnold, Joseph A. Arnold

History - Elizabeth Green was born March 17, 1833, at Manchester, England, to James and Mary Bellis Green. Her father conducted the theater orchestra in Manchester. Elizabeth's siblings were Harriet, Charles, Alfred, and John. Her mother died when she was about 10 years old; shortly afterward her father died. She then lived with her Aunt Betsy (Elizabeth Bellis Broadmeadow, her mother's sister) in Liverpool.

Aunt Betsy turned against her for joining the Mormons when she was about 18. A Mormon Elder gave her a blessing--promising her that if she went to Zion (Utah), she would be cured of consumption. She left England when she was 23 years old on the ship Horizon, landing at Boston, believing that consumption left her during the sail. Her group traveled overland to Iowa City, Iowa. On July 28, 1856, they walked with handcarts to Utah in the infamous Martin's Handcart Company, which suffered horrible winter weather and starvation.

Elizabeth had been given an elderly lady named Mary Harper as a traveling companion. When Mary became too weak to walk, Elizabeth pulled her in the handcart for several days before she died. One-third of the Company died, and when the rescue party found them, they were strung out for miles, too weak to go farther. Afterwards, Elizabeth could not bear to see waste, even a grain of salt. "If you had been as hungry for salt as I have been, you would never waste it."

Among those who came when the Company reached Salt Lake City was Henry Arnold, seeking his late Aunt Mary Harper. He took Elizabeth to his home and wife Emma. On February 20, 1857, Elizabeth married him as a plural wife in the old Endowment House. They lived at Fort Herriman in a 2-room log house. Elizabeth and her family had one room, and Emma (or Ma, as she was called) and her family had the other room. There Henry, Jr., Margaret Emma, Mary Ellen (or Molly), and Harriet Ann (Tod) were born. Then they moved to Salt Lake City and lived on the corner of Center Street and 5th North. Here Della was born. Then they moved to a 2-room, adobe house on 5th North belonging to Jim Shorten, then to the Carter House across the road from Aunt Polly Lowe, then to a house belonging to Ezra Thompson. Then Henry bought a house outside the city walls (630 Wall Street, still standing). The center part of the house was bought from Son Palmenteer. About 1873, Henry built the north section and, later, the south section.

In 1869, Henry Arnold had married Cynthia Wilcox and in 1883, he married Christine Nordstrom. These other wives eventually had other homes, but Elizabeth always lived on Wall Street, where Lois, Luella, Joseph, and Elijah were born. Elijah died at birth.

Elizabeth was a picture of neatness in her black or black-and-white dresses, with the neat little white collars and the snowy-white aprons. She always made her own bonnets.

The trials of polygamy and pioneer life never soured her in any degree. She had a sweet, sunny disposition and loved a good joke. She would never say much about the trials of the handcart trip. A writer from the Improvement Era, after trying some time to get her to go into detail, said, "Sister Arnold, why don't you give us your story?" Grandmother said, "I lived it once. I don't want to live it again. I want to forget it." When others couldn't make pickles, orange marmalade, and horehound candy as good as hers--using her recipes--, she would laugh and say, "Well, you don't hold your mouth right." This saying has been passed down in the family.

Henry died in September 1888. She lived alone and did her own work, saying "When I can't wait on myself, I want to die." She died May 21, 1911 (78 years), of "general debility."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 20214581
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Green Arnold (18 Mar 1833–23 May 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20214581, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .