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 background an strange variety of traditionally worthy 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 an extraordinary account of the commonly skilled events and difficulties confronted by means of widows, her list has relevance a long way past Mormon background even though. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She consequently married Horace Whitney. Her young ones integrated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself used to be a number one lady in her church and society and a author recognized specially for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's dying, she started maintaining a diary. In it, she recorded her fiscal, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final a long time of the 19th century underwent fast transformation, modernizing and commencing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite staff of major Latter-day Saint girls, and favourite Utah and Mormon historic figures look usually in her day-by-day entries. exceptionally, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of instances and areas via girls, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with no adequate ability to hold at the kinds of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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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.
In one, there is a dispute with Mary Whitney’s branch of the family about Helen’s and her inheritance after Horace’s death (June 4, 1890). Helen’s dreams often express tensions and fears of loss involving her immediate family. In a December 7, 1888, example, Gen and Ed leave her, and Helen panics at being left alone. 26 A Widow’s Tale Houses are an important recurring image in Helen’s dreams and express fears of losing a home or of a home becoming unlivable, or hopes of moving into a new place (October 23, 1890).
Amanda Trimble Gheen, 1830–1904 (Dec. 1845); 4 children: William Gheen (1851–1924), Albert Heber (1854–1944), Jeremiah Heber (1857–1887), Moroni Heber (1861–1887). 19. Abigail Pitkin, 1797–1847 (Jan. 7, 1846). 20. Harriet Sanders (Helga Ysteinsdatter Bakka), 1824–1896 (Jan. 26, 1846); 3 children: Harriet (1852–1852), Hyrum Heber (1855–1943), Eugene (1863–1932). Helen Mar Whitney’s Family 41 21. Mary Houston, 1818–1896 (Feb. 3, 1846). 22. Hulda Barnes, 1806–1898 (Feb. 3, 1846). 23. Christeen Golden, 1822–1896 (Feb.
A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women, Vol. 6) (Life Writings Frontier Women) by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton