Ellen Curtis <I>Spencer</I> Clawson

Ellen Curtis Spencer Clawson

Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 25 Aug 1896 (aged 63)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot J_4_13_1_
Memorial ID 23681267 · View Source
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Daughter of Orson Spencer and Catherine Cannon Curtis

Married Hiram Bradley Clawson, 18 Oct 1850, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Lura Aucrelia Clawson, Winnifred Clawson, Catherine Chole Clawson, Edna Ellen Clawson, Hiram Bradley Clawson, Ruby Clawson, Georgia Clawson, Lucy Ardella Clawson, Edith Helen Spencer Clawson, Ivie Clawson, Florence Harriet Clawson, Orson Spencer Clawson, Ray Clawson, Roy Clawson, Howard Wells Clawson

See Dear Ellen, Two Mormon Women and Their Letters

Dear Ellen is a collection of letters exchanged by two young Mormon women in 1856 and 1857. Ellen Curtis Spencer Clawson was married to Hiram B. Clawson and lived in Salt Lake City, while Ellen Sophronia Pratt McGary resided with her husband, William, in San Bernardino, California. Childhood friends in Nauvoo, the two young women shared the experience of crossing the plains in 1848. At age twenty-four, the two Ellens began their correspondence which centered on their relationships with their husbands and their problems relating to the births and health of their children.

Professor S. George Ellsworth provides an informative account of the family backgrounds and the lives of the two women before and after the exchange of letters. Despite the fact that the two Ellens were in their twenties and were obviously preoccupied with the responsibilities of caring for their families, Ellsworth persists in referring to them as "girls." Only after they are dead does he accord them the dignity of womanhood.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellen Curtis Spencer Clawson (21 Nov 1832–25 Aug 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23681267, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .