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Mary Van Cott Cobb Young was born 2 February 1844 in Elmira, Chemung County, New York to John Losee Van Cott (1814-1883) and Lucy Lavina Sackett (1815-1902) and died 15 January 1884 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. She married James Thornton Cobb (1833-1910) 1859 in Utah. She married Brigham Young (1801-1877) 8 January 1868 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Alfred the Great (849-899), William I of England (1027-1087), Hugh Capet (c940-996). Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium.


BiographyEdit

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Mary Van Cott's father was John Van Cott, a prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She stayed faithful to that religion through her life. At a young age she accompanied her parents to Utah on the Mormon pioneer trek.

Wagon Trip to Utah Edit

Source: Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Traveled west in 1847 in the Spencer/Sessons Wagon Company. Left 18 June 1847, arrival 24-25 Sept 1847 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Company Information: 185 individuals and 75 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post on the Elkhorn River about 27 miles west of Winter Quarters, Nebraska.


Marriage & Family Edit

Mary Van Cott married James Cobb (or Kirby). They got a divorce, most likely before their child was born. In 1865 she then married Brigham Young, becoming one of his many wives. They had one child together. She died in Salt Lake City in 1884.

1st Marriage: James Cobb Edit

James Cobb's mother, left his father and with James joined the Mormons in Illinois and was married to Brigham Young (1801-1877) and his third wife. James Thornton Cobb (1833-1910) married but was divorced from Mary Van Cott, who then became wife No. 51 of Brigham Young. That made James both the son and ex-husband to two of the Mrs. Youngs.

2nd Marriage: Brigham Young Edit

The 51st, or last plural wife of Mormon leader, Brigham Young (1801-1877). She was the mother of his last child, born in 1870.



Children


Offspring of Mary Van Cott Cobb Young and James Thornton Cobb (1833-1910)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Luella Van Cott Cobb (1860-)

Offspring of Mary Van Cott Cobb Young and Brigham Young (1801-1877)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Fannie Young (1870-1950)

Siblings


Offspring of John Losee Van Cott and Lucy Lavina Sackett (1815-1902)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Van Cott (1844-1884) 2 February 1844 Elmira, Chemung County, New York 15 January 1884 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah James Thornton Cobb (1833-1910)
Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Martha Van Cott (1838-1907)
Fannie Van Cott (1850-1930)
John Losee van Cott (1847-1851)
Byron Van Cott (1852-1853)
Lucy Van Cott (1839-1843

Offspring of John Losee Van Cott and Jemima Morris (1831-1851)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Morris Van Cott (1851-1851)

Offspring of John Losee Van Cott and Laura Lund (1843-1913)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Waldemar Van Cott (1859-1940)
Frank Victor Van Cott (1863-1938)
Lucy May Van Cott (1869-1957)
Ernest Van Cott (1875-1924)

Offspring of John Losee Van Cott and Caroline Amelia Pratt (1840-1915)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Orson Van Cott (1859-1859)
Anson Van Cott (1859-1859)
Viola Van Cott (1860-1931)
Oscar van Cott (1863-1955)
Marlon Van Cott (1867-1941)
Ray Van Cott (1869-1944)
Harold Van Cott (1873-1934)
Edith Van Cott (1875-1941)
Lovina Van Cott (1877-1964)

Offspring of John Losee Van Cott and Caroline Erickson (1833-1901)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Selma Van Cott (1863-1935) 12 November 1863 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah 6 December 1935 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Lehi Lee Pratt (1851-1905)

Nephi Van Cott (1865-1865)
Albert Van Cott (1868-1959)
Olive Van Cott (1875-1935)
Enoch Van Cott (1878-1952)

ReferencesEdit

BIOGRAPHY: She was a pioneer. A noble Daughter of a noble sire, Not a weak clinging vine, Self-reliant, strong, and fine. -Elizabeth H. Welker

BIOGRAPHY: Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 1, Brigham Young–His Wives and Family

Mary Van Cott Young, daughter of John and Lucy Sackett Van Cott, was born February 2, 1844, at Elmira, New York. Her father and family embraced the Gospel and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois. From there they came to Utah in 1847. The family home was built on the corner of First South and West Temple Streets.


Mary had been the wife of James Kirby. She divorced him before the birth of her daughter, Luella. Several years later she was married to Brigham Young January 8, 1865. She was a tall, fine looking woman of fair complexion, kind hearted and affectionate, a faithful member of the Church, and a loving wife and mother. She bore one child to President Young, a daughter named Fanny, who was born January 14, 1870. Her first home was located opposite the south gate of the Temple grounds where she died January 15, 1884.

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