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From: Jeff Scism <>
Subject: Re: [BS-L] Polyandry
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 09:10:01 -0300
Yes I would say that there was obvious deciet in this, and the family,
especially that left in England would hold the situation as definately
mbarrassing"and possibly actionable in the courts.
Of course the LDS aspect has an effect, since the bishop at the time
apparently didn't question the fascts closely enough, or condoned the
plural aspects of the Marriage.
It was my understanding that Utah Territory made plural marriages illegal
as a condition for statehood. the dates of this event are not memtioned
nor whether or not this occured in Utah or possibly Navoo or another LDS
On Fri, 24 Mar 2000 10:57:08 EST writes:
> < 1882 Congress outlaws polygamy. >
> While I would never qualify my husband on his other polygamous
> because it was legal and socially acceptable in Utah Territory this
> one has
> a further complication. The only reason I mention the religion of
> following ancestors is because it is necessary to my question. I
> have no
> desire to reflect upon anyones theology present or past (polygamous
> figures included) Besides they had some pretty great descendants.
> This is the
> Wife marries widower with many children in England (both LDS but I'm
> not sure
> if they were at time of marriage)
> Wife regrets? marrying widower with many children, separation?
> Husband gives wife funds to go to Utah with Saints.
> Wife and her one child go to Utah - arrive Sept 1868 (no divorce)
> Wife, with nowhere to stay, introduced to ancestors family and stays
> them to help out a second wife "in time of confinement" (while they
> traveling by wagon to pasture church's sheep in Southern Utah)
> Wife (age 25?) soon marries son of first wife of family (on day of
> his 18th
> birthday) (Bishop officiates) Dec 1868
> Wife never writes English husband telling him the good news
> Later English husband shows up in Utah (Surrrrpriiiiiize!!!?)
> English husband is "reconciled to situation", no further mention of
> Wife and second husband live long life together with no new spouses.
> The aunt who wrote the family histories tends to clean it up so
> your guess
> as to what "reconciled" means is as good as mine.
> I am not LDS and have only a minimal knowledge of the historical
> doctrine of plural marriage. Did it extend to plural husbands for
> women? I
> suspect it did not. Or could the wife have neglected to tell the
> that she was still married?
> My husband's great grandmother's maiden name was Harriet Chatterley.
> Is she a
> black sheep or not?
> ~Paula in Virginia ~
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