Martha Mary Ann Peck Yates
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Women of Faith and Fortitude
Pioneer Name: Martha Mary Ann Peck Yates
Birth Date and Place: 7 Jul 1847 Redlynch, Wilshire, England
Death Date and Place: 21 Oct 1927 Lehi, Utah, Utah
Year arrived in Utah: 5 Oct 1867 Company Arch N. Hill
Father: Elisha Peck
Mother: Phoebe Turner
Who Married and Date: William Yates- 11 Jan 1868
Pho in File: Yes
Submitted By: Name: Zona E. Steiner
Address: 10956 St. #168
Columbia, CA 95310
BIOGRAPHY: MARTHA ANN PECK YATES
BIRTHDATE: 7 Jul 1847 Redlynch, Wilshire, England
DEATH: 21 Oct. 1927 Lehi, Utah, Utah
PARENTS: Elisha Peck & Phoebe Turner
PIONEER: 5 Oct. 1867 Arch N. Hill Company
SPOUSE: William Yates
MARRIED: 11 Jan. 1868 Lehi, Utah, Utah
DEATH SP: 18 Jun 1901 Lehi, Utah, Utah
Edith18 Sep 1868d. 1868
Sarah21 Dec 1869
Phoebe26 Feb 1872
Elizabeth16 Sep 1873
Lillian Mary24 Dec 1875
Elisha Franklin31 Dec 1877
Martha Emma05 Oct 1879
Albert Lester15 Nov 1881
Archibald Edward18 Jan 1884
Clarence Hyrum05 Jun 1887
Julia Pearl07 Jul 1889
Martha Mary Ann Peck was born in England in 1847. Her parents were well off, in that they had fine clothes and a lovely two-story home. The three children had private tutors most of the time. When Mary Ann was 7 her mother died. A great-uncle and his wife came to keep house and care for them. Her father died when she was 10 years of age. The great-uncle, Issac Kinger, arranged for them to have income as long as they lived in England, even after they, the Kingers, passed away.
The Mormon Missionaries came and converted Mary Ann in May 1859. She was baptized at the age of 12, by William Yates, who would later become her husband. To earn money to come to Utah she sewed men’s silk shirts in her home.
Mary Ann and her sister came to Utah in 1867 with the Arch N. Hill Company. Her brother stayed in England for a time as a missionary. He later sold the home and divided the money with his 2 sisters. Mary Ann went to Lehi, Utah, where friends lived. There she met again William Yates, who’s wife, Betsy, needed help because she was lame. She married William Yates as his 2nd wife in 1868 in the Endowment House. William eventually built a 2-story home for Mary Ann patterned after the one she had in England.
Mary Ann had a very bad birthmark on her face, with black hair that covered all of one side of the face. She also was gradually losing her hearing. She always worried that one of her children would have these deformities, but it never showed up. When Betsy died, Mary Ann took her 5 children and raised them. She taught in Relief Society, and also loved to recite poetry and tell stories even though deaf. She had a beautiful spirit. She passed away in 1927 in Lehi at the age of 80 years.
Martha Mary Ann Peck Yates
Born July 7, 1847 at Redlynch, Wiltshire, England
Died Oct. 21, 1927 at Lehi, Utah
Entered Valley- Oct. 5th 1867
Company of A. N. Hill. Wagons were used.
Marth Mary Ann Peck was born July 7, 1847 at Redlynch, Wiltshire, England
Whe died Oct. 21, 1927 at Lehi, Utah at age 80 yrs.
Her Father was Elisha Peck. Born May 1st, 1816 at Figheldran, Wilts, England.
Her Mother was Phoebe Turner Peck born 12 Dec. 1811 at Netheravon, Wilts, England
Mary Ann arrived in the Valley 5th, October 1867 in A.N. Hill Company. Wagons were used.
William Yates of Lehi, Utah, married Martha Mary Ann Peck January 11, 1868 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marriage by Pres. Wilford Woodruff.
William Yates died June 18, 1901 at Lehi, Utah
Children= page 4
Martha Mary Ann remembers her parents as being very kind and loving. They were considerate of their children, their friends-of each other and of people in general in their every day walks of life.
To this couple were born 4 children-
1st: Sophia Mary AnnBorn Oct. 3, 1841
Died: Nov. 9, 1841
2nd: ElizabethBorn Mar. 1, 1845
3rd: Martha Mary AnnBorn July 7, 1847
4th: Elisha PeckBorn April 26, 1850
The home the children remembered was at Redlynch, and joined the Kings Forest. Mary Ann used to get homesick for the England she knew, when the wind would blow in Utah. She said it reminded her of her home and the trees singing in the Kings Forest when the wind blew.
The mother was a very frail lady and both she and the father had a very fine education. The father had a store in a room of their large two-story house. Every Sunday the parents would try to get all the neighborhood children to come to their home and the mother Phoebe would tell them Bible stories and try to teach them to read.
When Mary Ann was small, she could see her mother had different clothes than other women in the community. The mother always had velvet hats and shoes to match her capes and even had an ermine cape that fell to the floor. Her baby clothes were of beautiful material and made by an artist at that work.
When Mary Ann was 7 years old her mother died and an old uncle of their father and his wife came to keep house and take care of the children. She (aunt) was a very good cook and they enjoyed the attention of this fine couple. The uncle had been a sea Captain and everyone in the community had much respect for him. Once a week the family was treated to a pound cake from the father’s store. They had many hogs which run loose in the Kings Forest and ate acorns. Every Wednesday they butchered, winter and summer. They had the meat for sale in the store, also wholesale outlets for it.
When Wednesday came the children were sent away to school or if it were not school time to friends, anyway they never let them be home to witness the mess of butchering. One day the teacher hit Mary Ann and that was the end of his teaching them. They were all taken from that private school and placed in another one. Mostly they had a private tutor.
When Mary Ann was 10 yrs old her father died. They found out he had extended credit and had a mortgage on his home and no money was left to pay it. The Balif came with men to take everything out of the house and put it on the lawn for an auction.
As soon as they heard this the old Uncle disappeared and the town people said, “just like a man-when those orphans need him he leaves.” They took everything out of the house, except the bed the old aunt was in and it seems there was a law in England that prohibited removing anyone who was sick in bed. The aunt stayed in bed and those who were there after the money even took the pictures off the walls. About dusk the uncle came back and with him a Gentleman and an Attorney. They paid all the money needed and gave the aunt pounds for the children. They said every month they would send this much and if the Attorney forgot, to remind him. The oldest girl said, “we don’t want this if it is charity,” and was told that they would never get all they should have.
The money came every month as long as they were in England. The never knew from whom it came. The old uncle was not feeling too well and he asked for the boy to come into his room. The boy was eleven years old and had been working all day and was so tired. He went into the uncle’s room and the girls could hear the uncle talking and talking, however they could not hear what he was saying. A neighbor girl was playing and she wanted to have them eavesdrop!!! The girls were horrified to even hear of such a thing and at last after several hours, the boy came out and he had gone to sleep and did not hear one thing. The uncle was dead. The uncle’s name was Issac Kinger & his wife Mary Hulbert.
The missionaries came to Redlynch and Mary Ann was baptized, 29th of May 1859 by William Yates, a missionary who she would later marry. She was 12 years old when she was baptized.
The missionaries used to stay at the Peck home and they used to try to get the Aunt to tell them where the money came from. Even on her death bed she would not tell any of them. When she died the money kept coming as long as they were in England. The brother Elisha Peck stayed in England as a Missionary after the two sisters came to Utah. He sold the house and divided the money with his sisters. The house was a nice two story house and after Mary Ann had a home built for her on the property that her husband had cleared the sagebrush off. It was the same floor plan as the home they had in England.
Among other things that happened to the orphan in England; the missionaries told them to bathe in the winter as well as summer. The town people were so angry that they tried to run the Elders out of town.
Mary Ann and her sister came to Utah; 5th of October 1867 in the Company of A.J.Hill. Oct. 11, Mary Ann came to Lehi to visit friends from England.
Mary Ann was now 20 years old. She came to visit the family of Jeanette Vince. The daughter of Janette was Betsy who had married William Yates. The Missionary who had baptized Mary Ann. When she got to Lehi she was asked to stay and help Betsy. Betsy had been so lame for over a year she could not walk without the aid of a crutch.
Betsy’s mother asked Mary Ann if William had asked her to marry him in polygamy. She said no and so Betsy’s mother asked her to marry him. They were married 11 Jan. 1868 in S.L.C> Endowment House by Pres. Wilford Woodruff.
They never had a well on their place. They always had to carry water. Grandpa had the first peach trees in Lehi and the young Buck Indians used to come there and jump the fence and take one peach. Then jump the fence to leave, always only one each. They were very friendly with the Indians and once when Mary Ann was already become quite deaf, an Indian came to the house and standing at the open window (Perhaps no glass) he let her know he wanted something to eat. Mary Ann, by now a mother several times, had her little girl Lillian Mary playing on the floor. The child watched as Mary Ann hacked away at some bacon, with a very dull knife. The Indian drew his knife and stepped through the window going toward Mary Ann. The child felt she was going to see her mother scalped right there, however the child also knew her mother could not hear if she called a warning! The Indian touched Mary Ann on the shoulder and as she turned he handed her his knife and took her old dull one. She finished cutting the bacon and the Indian left. Many weeks later he returned her knife and picked up his knife. The knife he brought back was like new! Besides being sharp it had a beautiful new bone handle. As long as the children could remember the family kept the “Old Indian knife.”
Many people would bring letters to Mary Ann to be read. She always was glad to help anyone in any way. She did say once that she was glad the trip to Zion was so hard or she would have gone back. Another time she said she was glad that she and her siblings did not know what their money was for fear if they had known it might have kept them in England.
Mary Ann had a very bad birthmark on her face, it was very black hair that covered all of one side of her face. She always was concerned when ever there was a baby born in her family-she always checked to see if the birthmark was there and she always checked to see if the new baby was deaf. In all her great posterity the mark never has shown up.
The children of Mary Ann Peck and William Yates:
EdithB. 18 Sept. 1868D. at birth
SarahB. 21 Dec. 1869M. Frank Smith
PhoebeB. 26 Feb. 1872M. Wm. Grey
ElizabethB. 16 Sept. 1873M. Nathon Pratt
Lillian MaryB. 24 Dec. 1875M. Hyrum J. Evans
Elisha FranklinB. 31 Dec. 1877D. 7 Nov. 1878
Martha EmmaB. 5 Oct. 1879D. 27 Sept. 1881
Albert LesterB. 15 Nov. 1881M. Zelpha Grey
Archabald EdwardB.18 Jan. 1884D. 29 Nov. 1868
Clarance HyrumB. 5 June 1887M. Ethel Allred
(2) Vina Carr
Julia PearlB. 7 July 1889M. Joe Anderson
Both of Williams wives were very supportive of him and his many church callings. They were both proud to let him take the lime-light and all the work with it. They never complained, but always encouraged and supported him.
After Mary Ann was having a family her friend and “Sister” Betsy said she thought Mary Ann would not have a family or she would not have consented to the marriage. She felt she would be a helper for her and that she was! Betsy died and left 5 small ones that Mary Ann took into her home and raised. She showed love and kindness to everyone, but especially to these children of Betsy and her husband W. Yates.
Mary Ann died at Lehi, Utah, Oct. 21, 1927, 80 years old.
She taught Relief Society district for many years.. She became very deaf, but she always attended church services, she could enjoy the spirit. The aunt and uncle that took care of the children were named Kinger. The uncle wss a brother to the children’s grandmother. His name was Isaac Kinger, ____________ the aunts given name. They made life very much better for the three children than as if they had not helped them.
Mary Ann did lots of sewing to help out when she could see a need. She had learned to sew for rich gentlemen in England. She did much sewing for her friends and neighbors as well as those in need.
Even in her late years the children, both relation and friends came to set at her feet and hear stories. She also taught poetry and even very deaf, she would recite many poems and never too loud or too low. She taught most of the town a poem. All of her descendents learned it at an early age. It was called the Ten Commandments. She could have composed it, I am not sure.
The Ten Commandments
Thou shall have no Gods before me!!!
Before no Idol bend thy knee!!!
Take not the name of God in vain-
Nor dare the Sabbath day profane!!
Keep both thy Parents honor due
And see that thou no murder do
From vile Companions keep thou clean, nor steal, tho
Thou art poor in means
Tell not a willful lie and love it
What is thy neighbors, dare not covet!!!
Martha Mary Ann had a beautiful spirit and she also was blessed with the gift of tongues, after she was very deaf, she heard the singing as well as if she were not deaf. It was at a Sacrament meeting and a song was sung that she heard it plain.
Martha Mary Ann died as she lived-love for everyone and looking forward to a great resurrection- to be united with her husband and parents and children as well as siblings and friends-to be together in a wonderful world of no pain or sorrow and she felt she was ready to enjoy the beauties of the celestial world.
As a young girl in England, she had walked many miles to a factory where she brought men silk shirts home to sew and when finished she walked to return them. That is how she earned the money to come to Zion.
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