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Lydia Lathrop Draper

Birth
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Feb 1846 (aged 70)
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 42648507 · View Source
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She died; West Bank of the Mississippi River.
West bank of the Mississippi River was in Montrose, Lee, Iowa. Below is an interesting account of Lydia's death and burial:

"Zemira Terry's grandmother, Lydia Lathrop Draper, died on the banks of the Mississippi River after the Mormons were driven from the city of Nauvoo in February 1846. Her age and the conditions contributed to her death. The group could not hold a regular funeral for her, so she was buried in a brown dress and a calico apron in the wet bank of the river at Montrose, Iowa. Her husband William Draper was the first patriarch of the Church other than the Smiths. He was told to stay in the Pottawattamie lands to give blessings to the weary travelers as they passed by on their way to Utah. He remained there until 1852, when Brigham Young gave him permission to join his family in Utah. His son Zemira Sr. had settled in Salt Lake first and then had been sent to Willow Creek in the southern part of Salt Lake County. The Drapers became very prominent in this settlement and before long the name was changed to Draperville, later shortened to Draper."
"An Enduring Legacy", Vol 8, pg. 346


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  • Maintained by: Kitty Henson
  • Originally Created by: Jennifer Palmer
  • Added: 3 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42648507
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lydia Lathrop Draper (5 Nov 1775–18 Feb 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42648507, ; Maintained by Kitty Henson (contributor 46990932) Unknown.