A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton

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 historical past an strange variety of traditionally beneficial 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 a unprecedented account of the generally skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her checklist has relevance a ways past Mormon background notwithstanding. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She consequently married Horace Whitney. Her young ones incorporated 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 identified specially for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's loss of life, she begun preserving a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill 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 swift transformation, modernizing and beginning up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite staff of best Latter-day Saint ladies, and well-known Utah and Mormon ancient figures seem often in her day-by-day entries. chiefly, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of instances and areas by way of girls, of all sessions, whose husbands died and left them with no adequate ability to hold at the sorts of lives to which that they had been accustomed.

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They are explicitly relevant Introduction 25 to her life as a widow when Horace is the visitor, as on December 27, 1893, when she has a poignant vision of him returning with Charley as a little boy. 55 Other prominent revenants included Helen’s father and mother, her son Charley after his death in 1886, and her daughters Vilate and Phebe. Brigham Young frequently appeared as well, sometimes accompanied by church president John Taylor. Helen occasionally dreamt of her eternal husband, Joseph Smith, Jr.

After he married a plural wife in 1888, he himself had to struggle to provide for two families with his finite resources. Helen had good or close relationships with Mary Cravath Whitney, some Smith widows, some Kimball plural wives, and her Kimball half siblings. But her diaries show that for many plural widows, there was not enough to go around, and prestige often did not insulate them from economic hardship. Widowhood and Depression The causes for Helen’s painful experiences as a widow are complex, involving a mixture of outward (historical, social, religious) and inward (psychological, physical, personal) factors.

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. 10 Ella Eliza, 1859–1894, was twenty-five and had married Reuhe V. Decker “Deck” in 1878. Emmaretta “Em” or “Retta” Smith, 1861–1929, was twenty-three and had married George D.

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