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Eliza Ann Clements

Eliza Ann Clements

Female 1834 - 1915  (80 years)

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  • Name Eliza Ann Clements 
    Born 14 Mar 1834  Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 02 Jan 1915  Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Eliza Clements was born in Kirtland, Ohio, the daughter of some of the earliest Mormon church converts (Albert Clements and Ada Winchell Clements). In 1834, at just a few months of age, Eliza's parents went on Zion's Camp, a 2000 mile expedition from Ohio to Missouri. Zion's Camp was led by Joseph Smith and included many other church leaders. Ada Clements is listed as one of only 11 women to make this trip. The children are not listed as participants and were likely left by their parents in Ohio. At some point soon after Zions Camp was disbanded (some say in utter failure), the Clements family and children settled with the saints in Liberty, Clay County, Missouri.

      This was a very difficult time for the family and the saints there. In 1836, Eliza's sister Elizabeth was born in Liberty. During this year, they were forced out of Clay County by mobs and settled in Far West, Missouri. On October 27, 1838, the Mormon Extermination Order was signed and the saints were driven from Far West after a short battle. Many died at the hands of the mobs or during the cold, forced march out of Missouri.

      Eliza's sister Ada was born in Far West on January 27, 1839. While no details are known, this would have made her probably the last Mormon born in Far West. Nearly all of the saints had left previously. Perhaps mother Ada (same name as her daughter) was allowed to remain due to the pregnancy.

      After eviction from their home in Missouri, the family settled in Nauvoo, Illinois. The Clements family lived near the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo and were no doubt very associated with him and his family. Eliza was baptized in Nauvoo in March 1842. Young Ada was baptized there by the prophet's brother Hyrum. Mother Ada worked for Joseph cleaning and ironing clothes. Several of the children worked for them as well. Some recorded that the Prophet showed them the Egyptian mummies from which the Book of Abraham came as they were stored in the Prophet's closet. Albert and Ada had another son, Nephi in Nauvoo, Illinois, on November 15, 1842.

      When the Prophet and his brother Hyrum were killed on June 27, 1844, this no doubt greatly affected the family. The family viewed their bodies as they lay in their caskets in the basement of the Mansion Home in Nauvoo. Eliza's sister Lucy was involved in making their burial clothes.

      Eliza, her mother, and many of her siblings witnessed the meeting where Brigham Young took the appearance and voice of Joseph Smith - a witness that he was the new leader of the Saints. This event had great effect on them and their beliefs in their church. Eliza's father Albert was away on business during the martyrdom and this event. Having not witnessed it, and being a good friend to Sidney Rigdon (Sidney had brought them the gospel), Albert was drawn away toward following Sidney. This soon led to a great division in the family, with Ada and her children going to Utah and Albert remaining in Iowa. Read the amazing story of Albert and Eliza here to read of their separation and long overdue coming together.

      In 1844, Eliza's brother Paul was killed by a mob in Nauvoo. The exact date and circumstances are unknown.

      Sometime before 1846, the family left Nauvoo under mob pressure and settled in Winter Quarters. While the rest of the family stayed there for 5 years before taking the trek to Utah, Eliza was one of the first Mormon pioneers to cross the plains, arriving in September 1847, less than two months after Brigham Young's initial arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. She was part of the Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company. She was 13 years old at the time of the crossing. There are no records of any other family members coming in that company or being in Utah at the time. It is unknown why she was sent (seemingly) alone at such an age.

      The remaining family later joined Eliza in Utah after suffering much along the way. Stories say that her family was offered an enormous wealth by Indians on the plains as payment for Eliza's younger sister Elizabeth. They were, of course, refused, which caused them to try to steal her away. Eliza's niece, Martha Ann Hale, five year old daughter of Lucy Clements Hale, was abducted by Indians on the plains and after a great search and much effort was returned to her family after 5 months of captivity.

      Eliza married Levi Newell Kendall in June 1848 in Salt Lake City, less than a year after arriving in Utah (her mother and siblings wouldn't arrive until 1852). She was 14. Levi was 26 years old at the time. See his record for more details.

      A few years later, on 29 November 1852, Levi Newell Kendall married Eliza's younger sister Elizabeth Clements. Polygamy was quite common at this time. Elizabeth was 16, and having her heart set on another man, reluctantly, but obediently married her brother-in-law.

      As can be expected, having sisters named Eliza and Elizabeth married to the same man would naturally result in great confusion among historians. This confusion is compounded by the fact that they had 23 children between them to Levi Kendall (Eliza had 11 and Elizabeth had probably 12, maybe more). In general, the histories are quite a mess when it comes to this family, though it is clear that Eliza is our ancestor by her and Levi's daughter Ada Maria Kendall.

      There was apparently some animosity between the sisters. At one point Levi left Eliza and her children in Mapleton, Utah to settle with Elizabeth in Oxford, Idaho. It is said that he favored the younger of the sisters, but Elizabeth, having been pressured into the marriage never seemed to truly give her heart to him, despite being faithful and rearing at least 12 of his children. At some point Levi returned to Eliza in Mapleton and they remained together until their deaths. After Elizabeth's youngest child turned 13, feeling as if she had done her duty, asked Levi for a divorce, which was granted in 1890.

      Levi and Eliza were one of the first settlers of Springville, Utah and Mapleton, Utah. They built a cabin in Mapleton, Utah which remains in the city park to this day (see attached photos). Some histories indicate that Eliza was blind in her older age, something that seems at least partially verified by the photo that was taken of her and her husband at the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee.

      Levi and Eliza are buried adjacent to each other in Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah.
    Person ID I274  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2010 

    Father Albert Clements,   b. 19 Mar 1801, Fort Anne, Washington, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1883, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Aidah Winchell,   b. 24 Dec 1801, Hebron, Washington, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1890, Oxford, Franklin, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1821  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F138  Group Sheet

    Family Levi Newell Kendall,   b. 19 Apr 1822, Lockport, Niagara, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1903, Mapleton, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1848  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ada Maria Kendall,   b. 25 Jan 1857, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Sep 1937, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F137  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Mar 1834 - Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1848 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 02 Jan 1915 - Springville, Utah, Utah Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Eliza Clements Kendall
    Eliza Clements Kendall
    Some histories indicate that Eliza was blind in her older years. This may explain her appearance in the photo. This photo was extracted from the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee Photo which is a high quality photo of many of the original 1847 pioneers. It also includes her husband Levi Newell Kendall.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall's Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall's Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.

    Monument reads:

    Levi Kendall Home

    This log cabin was built by Levi N. Kendall, born April 19, 1822, Rockport, Niagara County, New York. He was member of the advance guard of the first company of pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847, where he assisted in the first plowing and planting. After arriving there he was legally adopted by Brigham Young. He was also a veteran of the Echo Canyon and Indian Wars. He and his wife Eliza came to Mapleton in the 1880's as some of the first settlers. The home was built soon after their arrival.
    Eliza Clements
    Eliza Clements
    Eliza was entirely blind in her old age.

    Headstones
    Eliza Ann Clements Kendall Gravestone
    Eliza Ann Clements Kendall Gravestone
    Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah. Grave is adjacent to her husband Levi Newell Kendall.

    Evergreen Cemetery
    Springville
    Utah County
    Utah, USA
    Plot: Sec. A Lot 266