Eliza Jane <I>Wilder</I> Thayer Gordon


Eliza Jane Wilder Thayer Gordon

Malone, Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 1 Jun 1930 (aged 80)
Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 8377896 View Source
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Eliza Jane is the sister of Almanzo Wilder.
Almanzo is the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Mrs. Wilder wrote the "Little House on the Prarie" books, where you can read about Eliza Jane.

Thanks to Find A Grave contributor, Elizabeth Johnson for this info:

"She was actually the second daughter born to Angelina and James Wilder. Laura Ann, the oldest, was married during the Farmer Boy period. She later was divorced and came home but then moved to De Smet where she sewed with Laura Ingalls as a dressmaker assistant."


Thanks to Find a Grave Contributor Amy for this info:

"Eliza Jane Wilder's correct date of birth is January 3, not January 1, 1850. She mentions this in the book "A Wilder in the West.""Little House on the Prairie Fame. Eliza Jane Wilder was the first born to James and Angeline Wilder. She was the sister of Almanzo Wilder, who married the famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Eliza became a school teacher in Malone,New York. When the Wilders moved west from Malone,New York to Spring Valley,Minnesota Eliza followed and taught in the Spring Valley school during 1877 and 1878. In 1879 Eliza accompanied her brothers Royal and Almanzo to De Smet,South Dakota where they all took claims. While tending to her claim,Eliza taught the school term which Laura Ingalls writes about in "Little Town on the Prairie." Later, she relocated to Washington D.C.where she became a "Governor Girl" working for the Department of Interior. At the age of 42 Eliza Jane married Thomas Jefferson Thayer, a twice-married Spring Valley merchant with six children. In June of 1894, Walcott Thayer was born, named after his father Thomas, whom was nicknamed Wilder. In 1899,Thomas died,with his estate being left for Etta,a daughter from his second marriage.It was at that time when Rose, Laura Ingalls daughter, stayed with Eliza to continue school in Crowly,Louisiana.In 1904,Eliza married Maxwell Gordon,whom she later separated from. Eliza Jane died in Lafayette,Louisiana and is buried there.

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  • Created by: M & K Fine
  • Added: 11 Feb 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8377896
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Jane Wilder Thayer Gordon (3 Jan 1850–1 Jun 1930), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8377896, citing Lafayette Protestant Cemetery, Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by M & K Fine (contributor 46603732) .