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Harriett Amelia Folsom Young was born 23 August 1838 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States to William Harrison Folsom (1815-1901) and Zerviah Eliza Clark (1818-1863) and died 11 December 1910 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married Brigham Young (1801-1877) 24 January 1863 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She married John Quincy Leavitt (1833-1913) 15 August 1878 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.


Biography

Married Brigham Young, 24 Jan 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah as his 50th plural wife.

History - Harriet's father and family embraced the Gospel in 1841, and removed to Nauvoo, Illinois soon afterwards. In the year 1846, when the Saints were driven from that state, they moved to Keokuk, Iowa, and afterwards went to Council Bluffs. Early in 1860 they started across the plains for the Valley of the Great Salt Lake arriving in October of that year. Amelia was then twenty-two years of age, tall and queenly in appearance and was of fair complexion. She was intelligent and charming and also an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Amelia became acquainted with President Brigham Young in 1860, but was not married to him until January 24, 1863.

Amelia's Palace

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Gardo House, Salt Lake City, Utah

Brigham built for her "Amelia's Palace", because "he fell passionately in love" as well as buying her expensive gifts, carriages and jewelry. But she bore him no children. No wife had lived outside of Brigham's patriarchal roof until came the beautiful and musically talented Amelia.[1]

Shortly before President Young's death he decided to erect an official residence where he could entertain people who came to see him. The family understood that Amelia would live there and was happy that President Young had chosen her to assume the responsibilities of all social affairs. Before the residence was completed President Young passed away. It was finished by President John Taylor and named the Gardo House.

In the Brigham Young room in the Pioneer Memorial Museum hangs a beautifully tinted likeness of Amelia Folsom Young. There is also a case in which are displayed some of her personal belongings. She was a woman of exquisite taste. Among these articles are five lovely shawls; a large black lace, a red silk embroidered and fringed; a white silk, also embroidered, and two small lace shawls. There are collars of intricate lace and bead work; elegant fans and other accessories. Several dresses which belonged to her are on display, notably a light blue taffeta trimmed with cream colored lace which was worn by her at the Inaugural Ball honoring President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869. The dress contains 16 yards of silk, bought in France, and 125 yards of lace at $5.00 a yard. Cost of dress approximately $700. Another lovely dress is a two-piece black silk brocade with pink silk lining, trimmed with black beads. The silk was manufactured in Utah.




Children


Offspring of Brigham Young and Miriam Angeline Works (1806-1832)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Young (1825-1903) 26 September 1825 Port Byron, Cayuga County, New York, United States 2 February 1903 Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States Edmund Lovell Ellsworth (1819-1893)

Vilate Young (1830-1902) 1 June 1830 Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States 18 November 1902 Lewisville, Jefferson County, Idaho, United States Charles Franklin Decker (1824-1901)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell (1808-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Angell Young (1834-1875) 14 October 1834 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 5 August 1875 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah Margaret Whitehead (1838-1916)
Clara Federata Stenhouse (1850-1893)
Mary Ann Ayers (1831-)
Athalia Elizabeth Grant (1836-1907)

Mary Ann Young (1836-1843) 18 December 1836 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 27 August 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Brigham Young (1836-1903) 18 December 1836 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio 11 April 1903 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Catherine Curtis Spencer (1836-1922)
Helen E Armstrong (1856-1939)
Abigail Stevens (1870-1954)
Jane Maria Carrington (1840-1905)
Rhoda Elizabeth Perkins (1862-1927)

Alice Young (1839-1874) 4 September 1839 Montrose, Lee County, Iowa 2 November 1874 St. George, Washington County, Utah Hiram Bradley Clawson (1826-1912)

Luna Caroline Young (1842-1922) 20 August 1842 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 17 November 1922 Logan, Cache County, Utah George Washington Thatcher (1840-1902)

John Willard Young (1844-1924) 1 October 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois 11 February 1924 New York City, New York Elizabeth Canfield (1845-1916)
Lucy Maria Canfield (1847-1915)
Clara Lucinda Jones (1846-1885)
Luella Van Cott (1861-1920)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Lucy Ann Decker (1822-1890)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Brigham Heber Young (1845-1928) 19 June 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 3 June 1928 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Vilate Ruth Clayton (1844-1918)

Fanny Decker Young (1849-1892) 25 January 1849 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah 21 January 1892 Salt Lake City, Utah George Washington Thatcher (1840-1902)

Ernest Irving Young (1851-1879) 29 April 1851 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 8 October 1879 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Sybella White Johnson (1854-1926)

Arta D'Christa Young (1855-1916) 16 April 1855 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 7 April 1916 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, United States Susan Snow (1856-1917)

Feramorz Little Young (1858-1881) 16 September 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 27 September 1881 Off coast of Jupiter, Florida
Clarissa Hamilton Young (1860-) 23 July 1860 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah John Daniel Spencer (1858-1947)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Harriet Elizabeth Cook (1824-1898)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Oscar Brigham Young (1846-1910) 10 February 1846 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 4 August 1910 Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States Paralee Russell (1845-c1905)
Annie Marie Roseberry (1855-1936)

Offspring of Brigham Young and Clarissa Clara Decker (1828-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeannette Young (1849-1930)
Nabbie Howe Young (1852-)
Jedediah Grant Young (1855-1856)
Albert Jeddie Young (1858-)
Charlotte Talula Young (1861-)
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References

  1. ^ Men to Match My Mountains pg 268-270

 





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