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 Elmira Janette <I>Day</I> Whitmore

Elmira Janette Day Whitmore

Birth
Death 7 Mar 1882 (aged 35)
Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 25 Lot 4 Pos. 7
Memorial ID 61781 · View Source
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Biography of Elmira Jeannette Day Whitmore
by Ella Whitmore Edwards, her daughter

Elmira Jeanette Day Whitmore was born in Barry, Pike County, Illinois, on March 7, 1846. Her parents, Abraham Day and Elmira Bukley (Bulkeley) Day, heard and received the gospel while the church was in its infancy. They loved and admired the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and were in Nauvoo when he was martyred. They witnessed the transfiguration of Brigham Young and were ready to come to Utah with the first company of Saints to come West. Abraham Day was captain of his own company to start because he owned his own oxen, horses, cows, wagons, and other equipment. His family consisted of his wife, two children, father-in-law, one brother, and one brother-in-law with a wife and two children and several neighbors. He was a man who could make or mend his equipment for the trip.

When entering Winter Quarters, the President of the United States called on Brigham Young to offer men to fight the Mexicans. He and his brother-in-law, Newman Bukley (Bulkeley), were among the first to volunteer their service to the great body known as the “Mormon Battalion”. They left families and went through the memorial march into California in 1847. My grandmother was left with a son about ten years old and a little girl (later to be my mother) one and one-half or two years old. Grandfather returned to Winter Quarters about eighteen months later to find that he had another son.

Abraham Day and family were among the first to settle Springville. In 1850, they settled on the East banks of Hobble Creek at the corner of First East and Center Street. He built a home of four rooms -- two opened west and were occupied by his second wife and two opened east and were occupied by his first wife and family. He then proceeded to build a mill rice and flour mill which he later sold to George Storrs, Sr.

My mother became acquainted with my father about 1857, when he first came to Springville. Father lived with the old gentleman, E.O. Haymond across the street from mother’s family home. Mother was married at the age of fifteen years, and her first child was born when she was sixteen. She gave birth to a child every thirteen to twenty-two months after until she was the mother of ten, six girls and four boys. One girl and boy were twins. Mother and father were in the first choir in Springville lead by Fred Wight. They always attended practice and after invited or were invited to other homes where they roasted potatoes, chestnuts, and apples in the fireplace instead of serving wine and cake. Among the crowd were E.O. Haymond Jr and wife; Harriet, James Caffrey and Martha, his wife; Milan and Nephi Packard and their wives; George and Ann Sumsion, and others. My mother had a clear, beautiful voice. Father sang tenor. Mother was always good-natured. She taught her children many of the Mother Goose Rhymes and little songs for children of that time.

Although mother had a large family, she always had time to help her neighbors. One day a child in the neighborhood swallowed a pin and came to mother very frightened. Mother told the child not to be frightened, I once swallowed a darning needle and it never hurt me. The child went away satisfied and sure enough it didn’t hurt her.

Mother was a tall, slim woman and was considered the nurse of the neighborhood. When Moses Dougall was born, she was alone with Mr. Dougall. The baby was born before the doctor arrived. While she was nearly frightened sick, she remained calm and simply said, “Lay perfectly quiet everything will be all right,” which proved to be true.

She could card and spin candles, quilts, soap, preserves and clothing for her family, and also neighbor who could not sew.
In early days, Fast Day was held on Thursday. Mother always had a big roast and vegetables cooked and invited several ladies from outlying districts for dinner. She also had a big rice pudding full of raisins. The fast meeting was held in the morning, and Relief Society was held in the early afternoon. She was always happy when she was doing something for others.

She withstood the many vicissitudes of early days. She and father worked in civic and ecclesiastic affairs all their lives. Mother died on April 7, 1880, at the age of thirty-six years. Two of her children, a boy and a girl, preceded her in death, and all but one girl have followed her at this writing.

Submitted by Holly HEFLIN Bundy, w/o GREAT GRANDSON Glendon B. Bundy


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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61781
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmira Janette Day Whitmore (7 Apr 1846–7 Mar 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61781, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .