Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mary Bartholomew’s Son

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Mary Bartholomew and her plural husband Noah, emigrated to Utah in 1847. What did her son do for a business?
a.                  Boxer
b.                  Owned a circus
c.                   Professional baseball player
d.                  Rodeo bull rider
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Their dead son’s body
From the life of Margaret Henrietta Camp Brantley Baird:   Margaret Henrietta’s parents had come from the South, where they owned a plantation and had slaves. They gave this all up when they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The family arrived in Utah in 1848. One of the things they brought to Salt Lake was a beautiful piano. Margaret learned to play this instrument and did very well at it. She was crippled at an early age and always used a crutch or cane.
At the age of seventeen, she married her sweetheart, Thomas Brantley, but just a year after their wedding he suddenly became sick and died. They had one son. Thomas Richard.
Four years later she married Richard Alexander Baird and they had seven children. They moved to Sacramento, California, for a time, then to St. Louis, Missouri. Here, one of her sons died, but because of great persecution they had his body sealed in a casket, which they kept for two years. Then, when they moved to Salina, Kansas, the people were much kinder and they had the little boy buried.

International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, (Publishers Press, 1998), 1: 138.

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