By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, lifestyles Writings of Frontier girls sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its background an strange variety of traditionally precious 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 events and difficulties confronted via widows, her checklist has relevance some distance past Mormon heritage even though. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She as a consequence married Horace Whitney. Her childrens integrated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself was once a number one lady in her church and society and a author recognized in particular for her security of plural marriage. Upon Horace's demise, she begun holding 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 many years of the 19th century underwent fast transformation, modernizing and establishing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite workforce of major Latter-day Saint ladies, and popular Utah and Mormon ancient figures seem often in her day-by-day entries. specifically, although, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of instances and locations via ladies, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with no adequate potential to hold at the kinds of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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18. Amanda Trimble Gheen, 1830–1904 (Dec. 1845); 4 children: William Gheen (1851–1924), Albert Heber (1854–1944), Jeremiah Heber (1857–1887), Moroni Heber (1861–1887). 19. Abigail Pitkin, 1797–1847 (Jan. 7, 1846). 20. Harriet Sanders (Helga Ysteinsdatter Bakka), 1824–1896 (Jan. 26, 1846); 3 children: Harriet (1852–1852), Hyrum Heber (1855–1943), Eugene (1863–1932). Helen Mar Whitney’s Family 41 21. Mary Houston, 1818–1896 (Feb. 3, 1846). 22. Hulda Barnes, 1806–1898 (Feb. 3, 1846). 23. Christeen Golden, 1822–1896 (Feb.
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. Her vivid sleep experiences contrast with mundane daily entries in her journal and reveal elliptically her contradictions (as in the Word of Wisdom dream); anxieties (familial and maternal, societal and religious); visionary spirituality; and deepest feelings of love and longing, as she is visited by her daughters, her departed husband and parents, and a son who had died by his own hand.
She moved from North Temple to the Avenues partially as the result of his advice. Among women, Helen was closest to her daughters, and her daily interaction with them is richly outlined in her diaries. The women of Helen’s extended polygamous families—the wives of Joseph Smith, Heber Kimball, and Brigham Young—were also important to her; they made up a network that helped sustain her as a widow. 82 For instance, Emmeline B. Wells, Helen Mar’s editor at the Woman’s Exponent and General Relief Society secretary, was a relative, for she had been a plural wife of Newell K.