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Mary Moyer

Mary Moyer

Female 1817 - 1882  (65 years)

 

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Mary Moyer

History Compiled by Mary Grow Hall, granddaughter

Mary Moyer
History Compiled by Mary Grow Hall, granddaughter

Mary Moyer (Meyer) the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Meyer (Moyer), was born 28 April 1817 in Germantown, Pa., She married Henry Grow, son of Henry Grow and Mary Righter (Riter).

They joined the church in 1842, baptized, and then moved to Nauvoo, where they live 1844-1846. A few months later they were driven from Nauvoo by the mob that were infuriated and cut a tree off by their house with a cannon ball.  They had to flee without saving their belongings.  That tree was still standing by the end of their house when we (Mary Grow Hall) were there in 1920. Top cut away; see Henry's history for other details and history of Utah by Levi Edgar Young.

The first year they lived in Winter Quarters, then on to Kimball Farm, where he worked another year. Then to Platt Co. NE where their son John Wood Grow was born 21 Dec 1849, 5th child.

They arrived in Utah on Henry Grows birthday 1 Oct 1851, where the rest of their lives were spent like the other pioneers, very active in building Utah.

She was noted as a self-sacrificing devoted mother and wife, true LDS.  She had 7 children.  Naturally she was a saint to live and keep peace, for he had 4 other wives.  She and the last one lived in the same house and she raised 2 granddaughters, Jane and Emma after their mother died.  They were the daughters of Charles Grow and Elizabeth Langlois.

Other have told me how she was noted as a peacemaker and they heard her talk in tongues, etc.

I remember her when she came to Fathers home; she was small, jet-black hair, parted in the middle always straight and shiny.  Her lips thin and tight, indicating she had learned to keep silent.  One of the things she used to tell us Children was "Whistling Girls and Crowing Hens always come to some bad end." As I remember her she was always dressed neatly in black clothes.

It has been difficult to find her people, although they are numerous.  I have only 3 generations, although she spent one winter gathering her genealogy, it was burned during house cleaning by Aunt Julia Veach, and the book "Grow History" is still in Salt Lake. I was never permitted to see it.

Their children are on the family sheet. Their 4th child Brigham Young went to Oregon when 18, since the Mormons were so hated, he changed his name to George Washington Grow. He never returned or sent a letter until after her death. When re returned, he had a large family, said he was always going to come the next year to surprise her and kept putting off writing. We soon fell in love with him and her.  He returned one more trip before he passed away. He gave me the names of his large family (several lived in California).

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