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 Emma Ellen <I>Stapley</I> Tanner

Emma Ellen Stapley Tanner

Birth
Toquerville, Washington County, Utah, USA
Death 17 Apr 1933 (aged 70)
Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Burial Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 29787374 · View Source
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Daughter of Charles Stapley & Sarah Parkinson; married Henry Martin Tanner, as his second wife on 24 Mar 1886. It was difficult for women to live in polygamy. The first wife was called upon and expected to share her husband with another woman and the second or additional wives had perhaps an eyen more difficult part to play. My mother and Aunt Eliza were opposites. Mother was small, quiet and timid. Aunt Eliza was a large, extroverted, aggressive woman. She had a six room house with grass, flowers and a nice fruit orchard and out buildings.

During the early years of my Emma's marriage she wasn't permitted to share her husband's name. This was done to protect the family from prosecution. Emma initially lived in the same house with father's first wife, Eliza, on a ranch about a mile and one half east of Joseph City. Then for a few years, she lived in a log house just across the street of the John McLaws home. Later, a small house was built for her just west of the present location of the Joseph City Cemetery and about a quarter of a mile from Aunt Eliza's home. The house was a small one room shack with many cracks in it and located on a small hill.

Each wife was provided with a small herd of dairy cows which the children milked. Since my oldest brother died and Eva was the only one available, it fell her lot to be the chore boy. This included milking the cows from the time she was about five years of age. One morning for some reason, neither my mother nor Eva were able to do the milking. Father took the bucket and went to the corral, but soon he returned with very little milk and very much out of sorts saying, "If those cows think I'm going to put on a petticoat to do the milking, they're very much mistaken". My mother had her younger boys, as well as the cows, the gardens and the chickens to take care of.

In later years, father bought a house in Joseph City on Main Street and remodeled it into two apartments and Eliza occupied one of the apartments and Emma occupied the other. This home was located just across the street from the old Church house.



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  • Created by: L Despain
  • Added: 13 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29787374
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emma Ellen Stapley Tanner (30 Nov 1862–17 Apr 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29787374, citing Joseph City Cemetery, Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by L Despain (contributor 46999228) .