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 Laura <I>Pitkin</I> Kimball

Laura Pitkin Kimball

Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Nov 1866 (aged 76)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 65836 · View Source
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Daughter of Paul Pitkin and Abigail Lathrop

Married Heber Chase Kimball, 3 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 10, p. 399

Laura and Abigail Pitkin Kimball. Laura was born September 10, 1790, in Connecticut, and Abigail July 17, 1797, in Vermont, daughters of Paul and Abigail Lathrop Pitkin. They were the sisters of George White Pitkin who is prominently mentioned in Church history. George accepted the gospel as taught by Joseph Smith May 17, 1831, and Laura and Abigail also became members, although at a later date. The first mention of their meeting with Heber C. Kimball was when he was on his way as a missionary to England:

I started on a mission to England. One day in August, brother Duell took us in his wagon to Lima, about twelve miles, when he left us. He gave each of us a dollar to assist us on our journey. Brother Bidwell then carried us in his wagon to John A. Mikesell's, near Quincy, about twenty miles. The fatigue of this day's journey was too much for our feeble health; we were prostrated, and obliged to tarry a few days in Quincy to recruit. I was prostrate with chills and fever, and stayed most of the time at the house of Sisters Laura and Abigail Pitkin, who bestowed every kindness upon me they possibly could. We left Quincy September 25th, feeling much better.

We next find the Pitkin family in Nauvoo where they were closely associated with the leaders of the Church, including Heber C. Kimball. From there, Laura and Abigail left for Council Bluffs, making their home at Winter Quarters where they were married to Heber, and according to history were members of the Kimball family. At a meeting held in the Kimball home on July 4, 1847, both women spoke and bore testimony, with others, of their delight in living the principles of the gospel. Abigail died at Winter Quarters. In the spring of 1848 they made preparations to emigrate with the Saints to Salt Lake Valley, and the Pitkin family traveled in the Heber C. Kimball Company. From the history of Adelia A. Wilcox we quote the following:

There was a large front room upstairs used for a spinning room. Here Aunt Laura would spin every day during the summer, when able, but not to overdo. She would rather do it than sit all the time, for she did not have anything to do around the house. She was very independent in her feelings and wanted to do her part in spinning and knitting for those who did for her.... Along the 20th of November when some of the family came from home, I was terribly shocked when they told me Aunt Laura was dead. She was taken seriously ill and died very suddenly. Now I felt badly to think I should never see her in life again, for I thought a great deal of her. Laura died Nov. 16, 1866, and is buried in the Kimball-Whitney Cemetery.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Heber C. Kimball Company (1848); Age at departure: 57




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