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 Anne <I>Houston</I> Whitney

Anne Houston Whitney

Stark County, Ohio, USA
Death 23 Sep 1848 (aged 27)
Winter Quarters / Florence, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 65790 · View Source
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Daughter of James Huston and Mary Magdalena Ettleman

Married Newel Kimball Whitney, 8 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

She was residing with her father's family in the 4th Ward, at Winter Quarters, Nebraska, at the time of the birth of her first, and only child, Jethro Houston Whitney, on 8 May 1848.

Husband, Newel K. Whitney traveled with the Heber C. Kimball Company, which departed 7 June 1848 and arrived in Salt Lake City, 24 September 1848.

(First of two private cemeteries left in the city)

Owner: LDS Church
Address: 180 N Main Street, SLC (middle of block north of LDS Church Office Bldg)
Directions: Enter east from Main Street on path between Kimball and Deseret Apartments or west from State Street on Gordon Place (see brick pillars on curb strip).
Burials: 53
Size: Small
Established: 1848; First Burial: 1848

The first plot of ground in Salt Lake Valley formally dedicated as a burial ground was the little cemetery known as the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery. It was on the hill back of the old Kimball homestead which faced Main Street. In 1848, Heber Chase Kimball, and Newel Kimball Whitney dedicated this sacred spot of ground to the Lord as a private cemetery for the two families. Ann Houston Whitney's remains were the first to be buried there in November, 1848. Her husband was the sixth, having died two years later. Heber C. Kimball, also his wives, Vilate, and Ellen Saunders Kimball, one of the first three pioneer women to enter Salt Lake Valley are here. There are about thirty-five Kimballs, fifteen Whitneys and eleven hired help and friends buried here.

In the fall of 1848, Heber and Newell K. Whitney dedicated this sacred spot of ground to the Lord as a private cemetery for the two families. Newell whitney's family occupied land where the Church Relief Society building is located on the northwest corner of Main and North Temple Streets.

Newell's wife, Ann Houston "Mother" Whitney was the first to be buried here, November of 1848. Two years later, Newell, himself, became the 6th person to occupy the cemetery. Heber, Vilate, and Ellen Sanders Kimball, one of the first 3 women to enter the valley, are buried here. There are 56 persons resting in the cemetery: 33 Kimballs, 13 Whitneys, and 10 others, including hired help, friends, and 2 Indians.

When Solomon Kimball returned from Arizona in 1886, he found the cemetery in a neglected condition. There was no fence around it. Nine-tenths of the graves could not be identified. Worse yet, the property was in the hands of 4 different people, each of whom was determined to commercialize it. Soon after, he found that it had been sold for taxes. He took matters in hand and discovered an old territorial law that exempted all burial places from taxation. He did not cease his labors until the titles were in possession of the Kimball family and a right-of-way was obtained to Main Street. A good iron fence was placed around the property. Four of the lots which belonged to Heber C. Kimball's estate were found which had been overlooked by the administrators. Proceeds from the sale of these lots brought $3,000 which was used to beautify and improve the cemetery. Lawn and beautiful evergreen trees were planted and a caretaker, John Drakeford, hired. Mr. Drakeford served in this capacity for many years. Solomon went before the city council who granted the perpetual right to allow the honored dead to remain there on condition that the family improve, beautify, and take care of this piece of property and allow no more interments to be made there.

Solomon F. Kimball was manager and custodian of the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery for 25 years. During that time it was kept up by donations from members of the Kimball and Whitney families. Annual reports were mailed to members of the families listing donations and expenditures and each contained poems, photographs and short sketches of those buried in the cemetery. Alice Kimball and Annie Kimball Knox, daughters of Heber, were the next custodians, followed by Joseph Kimball, then J. Golden Kimball. It was through the efforts of J. Golden that the Latter-day Saints assumed perpetual care of the Kimball & Whitney Cemetery.

Winter Quarters Records

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Siblings Half Siblings
Gravesite Details Final Resting Place - 16 November 1848. Records are inconclusive as to whether she is buried in Salt Lake City or Winter Quarters.




  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65790
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anne Houston Whitney (8 May 1821–23 Sep 1848), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65790, citing Kimball-Whitney Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .