By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

ISBN-10: 0874214858

ISBN-13: 9780874214857

ISBN-10: 0874215579

ISBN-13: 9780874215571

Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier ladies sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its heritage an strange variety of traditionally necessary own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it offers an extraordinary account of the generally skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her list has relevance a long way past Mormon background notwithstanding. As Helen Kimball have been a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She as a result married Horace Whitney. Her little ones integrated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself used to be a number one girl in her church and society and a author identified specifically for her security of plural marriage. Upon Horace's dying, she all started conserving a diary. In it, she recorded her financial, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final a long time of the 19th century underwent fast transformation, modernizing and beginning up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite staff of prime Latter-day Saint girls, and popular Utah and Mormon old figures look often in her day-by-day entries. specially, even though, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of instances and areas by means of ladies, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with out adequate skill to hold at the different types of lives to which that they had been accustomed.

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3, 1846). 28. Ruth Amelia Reese, 1817–1902 (Feb. 3, 1846); 3 children, none lived to maturity. 29. Sarah Scott (Smith? Kimball), 1817–1878 (Feb. 3, 1846, time only). 30. Sarah Stiles (Kimball Barney), 1793–1899 (Feb. 3, 1846). 31. Presendia Huntington (Buell Smith Kimball), 1810–1892 (Feb. 4, 1846, time only); 2 children, including Joseph Smith, 1851–1936. 32. Mary Ann Shefflin (Kimball Walton), 1815–1869 (Feb. 4, 1846, time only); 1 child. Separated from HCK in 1850. 33. Abigail Buchanan, 1802–?

Chills and fever followed. On September 9, 1885, she described the spells as “not frequent” that night “but terrible when they come. ” The spells came in clusters, sometimes one after another, but after a day or a few days of attacks, weeks and months would go by without them. Possibly they were part of some kind of cycle, though this has not been proven. They often occurred at night, causing insomnia. Once, on June 21, 1886, Helen experienced a seizure while talking to her half-brother Hyrum Kimball, which greatly unnerved him.

In two dreams, she wears the shoes of men, her father and husband. In another, she carefully fits pieces of meat to her feet to act as shoes (October 1, 1888). One enigmatic theme in Helen’s dreams is her repeated marriages to men other than Horace. 61 She also marries a Mr. , probably Charles Stayner (June 24, 1889), and Evan Stephens, the Tabernacle Choir director (June 27, 1894). She becomes a polygamous wife of an Indian chief on October 20, 1886. This overview only hints at the richness of Helen’s dream diary.

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