By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier ladies sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its background an strange variety of traditionally worthwhile 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 presents an extraordinary account of the commonly skilled events and difficulties confronted via widows, her list has relevance a ways past Mormon heritage although. As Helen Kimball have been a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She for this reason married Horace Whitney. Her childrens 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 specially for her safeguard of plural marriage. Upon Horace's dying, she all started protecting a diary. In it, she recorded her fiscal, actual, and mental struggles to satisfy the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing was once introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final many years of the 19th century underwent fast transformation, modernizing and beginning up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite team of top Latter-day Saint ladies, and widespread Utah and Mormon old figures look usually in her day-by-day entries. chiefly, although, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of instances and locations via ladies, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with out enough capability to hold at the sorts of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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Horace Whitney’s Other Family Helen’s sister-wife, Mary Cravath, 1838–1895, was the daughter of Austin Cravath and Eliza Doty Cravath Kimball, a plural wife of Heber C. Kimball. Mary was forty-six in 1884, but had married Horace on December 1, 1856, at age eighteen. Helen seems to have a good relationship with Mary, though occasional tensions emerge. Mary and Horace Whitney’s children included, in order of birth, the following: Horace “Bud” Gibson, 1858–1920, was twenty-six in late 1884, and was a talented musician.
In a sexually moralistic dream, Helen is in Brigham Young’s bedroom, and he describes a woman standing nearby as a woman of low repute (January 27, 1888). Another group of Helen’s dreams might be characterized as historical, reﬂecting the insecurities and bitterness of the polarized environment in which she lived during the 1880s—the raids of federal deputies seeking to imprison polygamists, the ﬂight and hiding of the men and women they sought, the paranoia. On October 20, 1886, Helen dreamed of seeing Brigham Young and John Taylor with a multitude in a house.
Feb. 3, 1846). Separated from HCK soon after marriage. 27. Laura Pitkin, 1790–1866 (Feb. 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.
A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women, Vol. 6) (Life Writings Frontier Women) by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton