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 Ann Maria <I>Reed</I> Price

Ann Maria Reed Price

Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 5 Mar 1933 (aged 72)
Stockton, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Burial Laketown, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 67600 · View Source
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Ann Maria Reed was born in 1860 in Spanish Fork, Utah Territory. Ann was the youngest child and the only daughter of Luther Reed and Elizabeth Bailey Reed, who were both Mormon pioneers. Ann's older brother Luther Reed Bailey was born in Tooele in 1858.

Not long after her older brother was born, the threat of Johnston's Army forced the Reed family to move to the southern end of what is now Utah County. At first they stayed in Goshen and then made their way to Spanish Fork, where Ann was born. Ann's mother's family, the Baileys, who also fled south, lived near them in Spanish Fork. Her father Luther was a millwright and had built mills in Millcreek, Tooele and Spanish Fork. It was because of Luther's knowledge as a millwright that in 1863, he was called by Charles C. Rich and Brigham Young to help settle the Bear Lake Valley. He left to get settled and then he sent for his family. The Baileys, her mother Elizabeth's family, also moved to the Bear Lake Valley.

The Reeds initially lived in the Round Valley and Laketown areas of the Bear Lake Valley, but they did not stay there long. Her father Luther was again called to build a mill, this time 35 miles north in Bloomington, Idaho. There he built a mill at the mouth of the canyon and a house for the family closer to town. According to family stories, in the early spring of 1871, Luther accidentally fell into the icy waters of the millrace and died of the effects of pneumonia. He was buried in the Bloomington Cemetery. Ann was 11 years old at the time of her father's death. The Reed family spent five more years in Bloomington.

Family stories state that she grew into a beautiful young lady and that she was offered several proposals of marriage. Some of those included offers from older men who were in plural marriages, and one proposal was from a Native American young man. On the day he proposed marriage, he presented Ann with a bead necklace. One of Ann's daughters later said she later found a fragment of the bead necklace among her mother's belongings, which prompted Ann to relate that story to her. When Ann was about 16, her mother Elizabeth decided they should move back to Laketown to be closer to her family (and away from the offers of marriage of which Elizabeth found unsuitable for Ann).

In Laketown, Ann continued to attract attention from young men and Elizabeth again counseled her daughter to choose wisely. Then Ann met Isaac Price. According to her daughters, Ann said Isaac "was the most religious and ambitious young man of her acquaintance." They were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on September 26, 1878. Isaac and Ann lived in Round Valley on a farm not far from her in-laws' home and had 12 children: Alice Annie, Elizabeth Ellen, Mary Ann, Isaac Elvin, Ezra Luther, Franklin Jesse, Wilford Marion, Myrtle Henrietta, twin boys Laverne Reed and Melverne Wingrove, Leslie Lyman and Asael Woodruff. Nine children lived to adulthood and from them, she had over 40 grandchildren.

Ann is described by her daughters as hard-working, creative, artistic and a good cook. She was even described as being a good marksman, and that she often hunted wild game. She was a good seamstress and loved flowers and gardening. She had a sensitive and tender heart, and was forgiving of others, but was also stern in her convictions. Her daughters wrote: "She was often misunderstood. Because of this she sometimes became depressed and unhappy. But after a time of pensive meditation and prayer, with her Bible at hand, she was able to cast off her sadness, Count her blessings, become lighthearted and cheerful again, and attack her labors with enthusiasm. She was an inspiration to many people, especially the sick and oppressed."

Her husband was a bishop of the Round Valley ward of the LDS church and she served the people of the ward and the community in many ways. She did family history and temple work, ministered to the sick, acted as a midwife, fed hungry travelers and served in the Primary and Relief Society. Her daughters wrote "In the discharge of her [church] duties she acquired splendid ability in presiding, teaching and in associating with people. Later she became president of the Relief Society and held this office for many years. She applied herself diligently to qualify and become efficient in her duties. She read the Bible and prayerfully gleaned knowledge from many sources. She was a good student. She possessed a retentive mind and could retain the things she read and bring them into use when needed. By study and application she acquired a practical education and a degree of efficiency along many lines, seldom found in a mother of a large family in those days."

Ann's husband Isaac contracted pneumonia and died in 1912. As a widow, she homesteaded an additional 600 acres and raised not only her children, but her orphaned grandchildren. She died in 1933 of a heart ailment while staying at her daughter Myrtle's home in Stockton, Tooele, Utah. She was 72 years old and had been a widow for 21 years. She was buried in the Round Valley Cemetery with her husband and twin sons. Her headstone bears the "Faith in Every Footstep" plaque which commemorates Mormon Pioneers. The plaque is meant to honor her husband who crossed the plains as a child, but for me, it also honors her, who was a pioneer in her own right.




  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67600
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Maria Reed Price (28 Mar 1860–5 Mar 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67600, citing Round Valley Cemetery, Laketown, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .