Mary Ann <I>Bailey</I> Adams

Mary Ann Bailey Adams

North Warwickshire Borough, Warwickshire, England
Death 21 Aug 1898 (aged 57)
Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, USA
Burial Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, USA
Plot B-08-04-05
Memorial ID 48317285 · View Source
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Mary Ann was the eldest daughter of James Bailey and Mary Ann Woodcock Bailey and was the tenth child of a family of eleven, nine boys and two girls. She was born 04 June 1841 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. She was raised in comforts, never knew wants, had very pleasant surroundings and was well educated. In 1855, Mary Ann and her family became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She made preparation to leave her native home with her parents and part of the family to live the religion they had chosen. Mary Ann was fifteen when her family left England on the "Enoch Train." Upon reaching New York, they traveled by train to Iowa City. She came to Utah in 1856 in the 1st handcart company under Captain Ellsworth. There was no way of crossing the plains when they arrived in America except by handcarts, so they threw away all their belongs, except what was necessary for the journey and started west. The hardships and privations of the journey will never all be told. Arriving in Salt Lake City, 26 September 1856 almost destitute. Her parents were called to settle Ephraim, Sanpete County and told Mary Ann she must now earn her own living and left her in Salt Lake City.

Mary Ann sought work as a housekeeper, but since she was only fifteen and inexperienced, she could not hold a position very long. Here she passed through all the privations of other pioneers such as being short of bread, making and wearing homespun clothes, etc. She went to keep house for John Varley Adams and after a time, he proposed marriage. They were married in Salt Lake City 09 April 1857 at the age of 16 and that same year they were called to Cedar City.

She endured all the hardships of settling a new country where all that the people had was what they were able to make or raise themselves.

Mary Ann was a happy cheerful woman, kind, generous and affectionate. She was religious, a firm believer in the faith she had chosen and faithfully taught it to her children.

She was especially interested in her home and the young people of her town. She taught many to read and write. She taught them in the evening by candle or firelight. She was the treasurer of the Relief Society for years.

Through hard work and economy and her children to help her, conditions in later life were better for her. She again was surrounded with plenty of comforts of this earth. She lived a good honest, up-right life and was well respected by all that knew her.

She left a devoted husband and seven children to mourn her loss when she died at the age of 57 on 21 August 1897.

No children had better or more devoted parents than ours and from the bottom of our hearts we thank God for pioneer parents and what they have taught us.

Caroline Rebecca Adams Shoppman Jane Bailey Adams Stapley
Mark Bailey Adams Frank Bailey Adams
Sarah Bailey Adams Stapley William Bailey Adams
George Alfred Adams Mary Ann Adams
Kate Adams Wallace


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  • Maintained by: Marchelle Nielson
  • Originally Created by: Jan Dixon
  • Added: 18 Feb 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 48317285
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann Bailey Adams (4 Jun 1841–21 Aug 1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. 48317285, citing Cedar City Cemetery, Cedar City, Iron County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Marchelle Nielson (contributor 47199033) .