Elizabeth Caroline Williams Montgomery
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Elizabeth Caroline Williams was born December 19, 1845, in Nauvoo, Illinois. Her parents were Daniel Randall and Electa Caroline Briggs Williams. When she was one month old, her parents received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. Elizabeth was given a blessing in the temple at that time.
They crossed the plains in a wagon train arriving in Utah, September 25, 1852. They lived the first winter in the old Mathew house located in what is now called Pleasant View. The family then moved to Farmington, Utah, where she spent her childhood days with the duties of the home, spinning and other work to help the family.
On December 1865, she was married to James Montgomery. Several years later they received their endowments in the Salt Lake Endowment House. After their marriage, they moved to North Ogden, and she lived there the rest of her life with the exception of the time spent on their farm in Eden, Ogden Valley, Utah.
It took courage to live in those early pioneer days. Many times wild animals came close to their house and one time she saved the life of her baby boy, Hyrum, by slowly backing away from a ferocious mountain lion.
Elizabeth loved to go to Salt Lake City to visit her sister, Emily and other relatives, but didn't have many opportunities as she was very faithful taking care of James in his blindness.
She made pets of the farm animals and drove a horse and buggy anywhere she wanted to go.
She was the mother of seven children. Three of them died when they were very young.
She and James adopted Elzada when she was three days old. They took three boys into their home and provided for them for several years.
She died at the age of 81 years at the home of her son, William January 26, 1926, in Eden, Utah. She is buried in the North Ogden cemetery.