Mary Adelia <I>Carbine</I> Taylor

Mary Adelia Carbine Taylor

Cairo, Greene County, New York, USA
Death 13 Nov 1906 (aged 82)
Delamar, Lincoln County, Nevada, USA
Burial New Harmony, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot F-26
Memorial ID 53507 · View Source
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Article provided by Rolaine Grant King, 26 September 2012:

"From "The Harmony Valley - and New Harmony, Utah - History and Memories" by Sheldon B Grant with Kay Daun Pace Edwards

Mary Adelia Carbine was born February 27, 1824, in Cairo, Green County, New York. She graduated from a seminary for girls in her fifteenth year and began teaching. She continued in that profession until her fiftieth year and was always a student--desiring to learn some new fact every day of her life.

Mary's family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints while she was still in her teens. She moved with her family to Nauvoo, Illinois. It was in Nauvoo that Mary met and married Amos Northrop. They were one of the relatively few couples to be married in the Nauvoo Temple. Their first child, a daughter, was born just before the Saints were driven out of Nauvoo.

Shortly after reaching Winter Quarters, Mary's young husband was murdered by an unknown assailant on Christmas Day 1846. Until her death she grieved at Christmas time for her first and greatest love. By that time, Amos and Mary had one children, Eugenia, who was born in 1845 in Nauvoo and died in 1860 when she was drown while crossing a river.

Not knowing where to turn and concerned for the welfare of her tiny family, Mary married Robert C. Petty who was instructed by Brigham Young to take over the care of her as they waited to emigrate from Winter Quarters. Robert was a captain in the Wilford Woodruff company. Mary and Robert had three children, Llewllyn, born in Council Point, Iowa, and died as a 6 mo old on the trail west and buried near Plum Creek, Nebraska; Mary Adelia and Eleanor (Ella) Roberta, born in Fort Herriman, Utah which Robert Cowan Petty helped settle.. When Mary Adelia was 2 and Ella a babe in arms it is said, Robert Petty was called on a mission to the area known as the Indian Country. Adelia was about three years old and Ella just a babe in arms when he left. Robert died in the Indian Country in 1856, but Mary did not learn of his death until six months later.

Mary again faced the problems associated with widowhood and providing for a young family. Her choices were few. She became the second wife of George Roberts Grant, who also married her cousin Mary Helen Van Orden in Winter Quarters. His first wife was Mary Dorsey Barney.

Mary Adelia and George also had two children, Francisca, a little girl who was scalded to death in infancy, and a son, Edmund Carbine Grant. It was not long before Mary faced another difficult situation. George Roberts Grant was called before a Bishop's Court over some difficulty with a hired hand and unjustly excommunicated from the Church. When President Brigham Young heard about it, he made a special trip to Kaysville where the Grants were living and tried to get George to come back into the fold. George, however, could not be persuaded and had decided to go to California. Mary did not want to go to California because she would not be recognized as a legal wife in that state. George, who was quite well-to-do, made provision for her and her tiny son and left them in northern Utah. G. R. and Mary Helen Van Orden had a large family by the time of his death in Placer County, CA. She later joined the RLDS church after his death. Her memoirs, Incidences in the life of Mary Helen Grant" have been referenced in some histories of Winter Quarters. George Roberts was a schoolmaster and singing teacher in Winter Quarters. He made the trip in 1947 with Brigham Young and returned to Winter Quarters with BY to bring his families the next year.

As before there was only one course open to Mary-marriage. Therefore, in the early 1860s, Mary was married for a fourth time to William Warren Taylor, her sister's husband. Soon after their marriage she moved ,with her husband to Harrisburg, Utah. Later the family moved to New Harmony. Mary and William had three sons: Albert Eugene, Francis Green, and James Edgar Taylor. This marriage, too, was a source of heartache for Mary. William Warren Taylor died tragically in New Harmony when a cellar caved in on him.

Mary Adeha Carbine Taylor was appointed Postmistress of New Harmony, Kane [sic]County, by the Postmaster General of the United States on September 24, 1878, and served in that capacity for 25 years. The loss of her eyesight eventually forced her to relinquish that position. She also served as one of the first school teachers in New Harmony, teaching at the John D. Lee property until she got her own home. She worked as postmistress during the day and taught school at night. Mary also washed, corded, and spun wool into cloth to support her family. This great woman died in Delmar, Nevada, on November 13, 1906, at the age of 82 after a life filled with joy, sorrow, challenges, service, and accomplishment."

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  • Maintained by: Paul & Sherida Hodel
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 1 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 53507
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Adelia Carbine Taylor (29 Feb 1824–13 Nov 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53507, citing New Harmony Cemetery, New Harmony, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Paul & Sherida Hodel (contributor 46636795) .