Malinda <I>White</I> Driggs

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Malinda White Driggs

  • Birth 5 Sep 1826 Chester, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 7 May 1906
  • Burial Harrison County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 9341299


Mrs. Malinda Nhite Driggs was born September 5th, l826 in Chester, Vermont. From which place she moved with her parents to Kirkland Mo. where she united with the church of the Later Day Saints, at the age of eleven years. She marched from Kirkland to Nauvoo, Ill. in 1841 where she was married to Lorenzo D. Driggs, a member of the same church, on November 10, 1845. They left Nauvoo in the summer of 1846 and travelled to Missouri by ox team, the first child being born on the way. They arrived at Independence Mo. in the fall of 1846 and staved there that winter, moving to Kaneville near Co. Bluffs, Ia in the spring of 1846 here the second and third children Don aud Jeremiah, were born. The family moved to Little Sioux in the spring of 1852, where they stayed one year and where the fourth child, Lorenzo was born. They moved into Monona county in the srping of 1853 where three other children, Charles, Caroline and Harrison, were born. They moved from to a farm near Little Sioux now known as the old Murray farm, where they lived for nine years, during which time Mr. Driggs joined the union army and served in the civil war. In 1869 Mr. Driggs sold his farm to Col. Cochran and moved to Onawa, Iowa, and from there to Soldier Valley where Mr. Driggs brought a farm. They lived here for two years and then moved to Sioux township where Mr. Driggs purchased the farm now known as the old Driggs farm, where the family lived until Mr. Driggs’ death which occurred in January l880. Mrs. Driggs then moved to Little Sioux where she lived until her death, on Monday May 7, 1906.

She leaves a numerous family to mourn her death. Don, Lorenzo, Chas., Harrison Driggs and Mrs. Caroline Foster are surviving children, from which there are twenty-seven grand children and six great grand children.

She was a woman of exemplary character, a good wife and loving mother.

She reared her family though hardships of frontier life having come out to the frontier when indian massacres were common and neighbors were far and few between and even the necessaries of life were hard to get.

Through all the hardship of this frontier life she was brave and courageous fearing nothing yet withall she was tender, kind hearted and true.

She had lofty ideas of right and did not hesitate to proclaim them.

The hungry and destitute never appealed to her in vain. White man or indian were treated with kindness.

She sheltered the homeless even when her own scanty resources taxed her to the utmost to provide food and raiment for her family. She is gone. Her labors are over. She will reap in heaven the reward she has so justly earned.

The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. A. L. Curtis at 10 a. m. Wednesday May 9, 1906 and the body laid to rest in the Little Sioux cemetery.

source of obituary (verbatim transcription, including bad grammar, incorrect cemetery, misspelled maiden name and text): Little Sioux Hustler (Little Sioux, Iowa), May 11, 1906, page 7, columns 1 and 2

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 9341299
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