Our Family Legacy
"This history was taken from the original copy written by Matilda Whipple (My Grandmother). My Mother, Louise Cook McQuivey, has the original copy. I have changed the wording from the original but the story is the same." ~ Phyllis McQuivey Salisbury
Original history by Mary Ann Quinney's daughter, Matilda Whipple Cook Waters, January 20, 1940.
This is a little history of my Mother. Her name was Mary Ann Quinney. She was born in London, Essex, England. She was just four years old when her mother passed away. She lived with her Father. She had three sisters, their names were Susan, Isabell, and Emma and one brother Thomas.
She was the youngest of the family. Her father married again when she was eight years old. She lived with her father until she was twelve years old. Her stepmother had two little children of her own, and at that time her sister Susan, thought it best for her to go and live with her and her husband, William Morton, so she lived with them until she was nearly fifteen years old.
She heard of the Mormon Elders who preached, prayed and had music songs on the corner close to where she lived. One day she thought she would go and hear what they had to say. When she got there she said a girl who was very glad to talk to her. She was just a little older than my mother. The girls name was Hester (Horen?). She told her she had been going to these meetings twice a week. She said “Mary Ann, come with me and. we will go to all their meetings.” So they went to all of them.
The Elders talked much about being baptized and going to Zion in the rocky-mountains. Hester said to Mary Ann, “We’ll go to the next meeting and ask them if they will baptize us." The Mormon Elders said yes, we will baptize both of you.
There was a person there that saw Mary Ann Quinney get baptized, and she went to Mary Ann's sister and told her that she had been baptized that day in the Mormon Church. When she got home her sister said to her, “Mary Ann, I was told you were baptized today, is that true?” She said “Yes, I was baptized today.” Her sister told her she could no longer stay there and that she would have to go some where else to live.
Just then Susan's husband (William Morton) came in the house and her sister told him all about it. He looked at her and said “Mary Ann you get your belongings and get out right now.” She looked at him and cried and asked him if she could stay there until morning as it was nine o'clock in the evening then. She said she would leave early in the morning. He told her “no, you can't stay here another hour.” They told her to go and that they never wanted to see her anymore. Since she had just a few pieces to wear, she put them in a little sack and left.
The first thing that came to her mind was to pray to her Heavenly Father like the Mormons had taught them they should do. Praying to her Heavenly Father and walking and wondering where she could go, she remembered there was a rooming house along that street. She would try and find it. So creeping along and praying, it was about ten o'clock and she was going slow she saw the large door open to the street with a small door inside. She got in back of the large door that they never shut so no one could see her. Then she prayed to her Heavenly Father that she would be safe until morning. She slept and didn't wake until daylight and then she prayed again. She went out on the sidewalk still wondering where she could go.
Walking down the street she saw a man coming toward her. It was a policeman. She was very frightened. He came up to her and said “Good morning little girl, where are you going so early in the morning?” She bowed her head and told him she didn't know and began to cry. He told her not to cry and to tell him her troubles. She asked him if he know the Mormon people who pray, preach and sing songs up there on the corner. She told him that they were preaching about Zion and she told him about getting baptized the day before and going home and having her sister and brother-in-law getting mad at her and kicking her out. So she told him she had no place to go. He asked her very kindly if she would like someplace to stay and she told him yes. He asked her if she could work, and she told the policeman, “Yes, I can wash dishes, sweep and tend babies.” He said, “All right, you see that door that is open? That is my office. Go in and take a chair and no one will hurt you. I will be back in fifteen minutes.”
He was soon back and he took her by the hand and told her about a lady named Mrs. Geston that had a little baby that she would like Mary Ann to tend. They both went to the lady's home. The policeman said to the lady, “Here is your nurse,” and the lady thanked him for bringing her. The lady took Mary Ann's hand and told her she was glad that she had come to be her nurse for the little baby who was just eight months old and who's name was Lilly.
The lady told her to lay her coat and parcel in the other room and sit down to the table and have some breakfast, and said they had just gotten through. Mary Ann thanked the lady as she was very hungry. She hadn't had anything to eat since the day before at noon. When she got through she thanked the lady again and said she would clear the table and wash the dishes. The lady said, “No, I just want you to tend the baby, I have a servant to do my work.”
The lady asked her what her name was and she told her Mary Ann Quinney. The lady asked if it would be all right to just call her Mary as it would be easier for Lilly to say. Then she asked if Mary Ann knew where the parks where in the city. Mary Ann said yes that she knew where many of them were. The lady said, “Well that is sure good I would like you to take the baby in a park. After we have had lunch, I would like the baby in a park every afternoon to give it sunshine and fresh air. In any park you like just so you are very careful that nothing hurts the baby. You can keep the baby there until four o'clock.” Then the lady gave Mary some pennies to spend for whatever she thought the baby would like.
Mary Ann thanked the lady for the pennies and took the baby and went to the same park where she knew Hester her dear friend would be. Hester was waiting for her. But when she saw her with a little baby carriage with a baby in it she was sure surprised.
They sat down in the park and Mary Ann told Hester all about how someone had told her sister that she had been baptized and how it made them so mad at her. She also told her how she got the baby tending job.
They talked and planned what they would do. Hester said the lady she was staying with was very good to her so when she got home that night she told her about Mary Ann tending Mrs. Geston’s baby in the park every afternoon and asked her if she would like her to take her two little girls in the park and the lady said yes that she could and she thought it would be good.
After that Mary Ann and Hester met every afternoon in the park. They would take turns in tending the three little children while the other would go to the Mormon meetings and while they were out they met in the park and they would take the babies home.
They got very good wages for tending the babies and talking good care of them. They worked and saved their money. Mary Ann worked until she was twenty years old. Then she and Hester came to Zion, the Rocky-Mountains.
The day they heard that there was a ship going to the Rocky Mountains, they told their ladies about it. The mothers of the children were very nice about it and gave them more money.
The time came for the ship to sail, and they said good-bye to England, and wondered if they would ever see it again. They had a nice time on the ship and saw many sights when they got off the ship.
When they arrived, they found a place called Sweetwater to camp. Since they only had a hand cart, they had to sell most of their things. They bought groceries to eat on the way. They would trade off pulling the cart. They came with the first company in the last of December 1856.
Whenever they would reach the next camping spot, they would all pray to their Heavenly Father for good health. Then they would sing all kinds of songs. One time on the way, Hester had all the toes of one foot frozen. They pained her so much that she asked Mary Ann to cut them off, one every day. So she did, and put axle grease on them, and they soon healed.
Mary Ann was married to Edson Whipple in the first Endowment House in Salt Lake City, in the year 185?. She lived in Provo City all her married life, and was a very good Latter Day-Saint. At one time she was a Sunday School teacher, and was also very faithful in paying her tithing and offerings to the Church. She was also a Relief Society Teacher for many years.
She raised five children, all of whom were born in Provo. Their names were: Mary Unita, Blanche, John Quinney, Matilda and George Hutchins Whipple. They were born in a big house on the corner of 5th West and 2nd South. It was called the Whipple White House because Mary Ann's husband owned a lime kiln. Mary Ann made butter, cheese, and soap. She would go into the fields and get straw, and make hats for the family. She also took sheep's wool and spun it into yarn and made cloth to make clothes for her family.
After many years of hardship, she was blessed in her old age with plenty of comfort, and died a faithful Latter-Day-Saint, on December 1, 1910 at the age of seventy eight.
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