Mary Van Cott (1844-1884)

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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.

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.



  • Born: 2 February 1844 Elmira, New York, USA
  • Married: Multiple, non concurrent
  • Died: 15 January 1884 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  • Burial:



Child listEdit

  • With First Husband James Thornton Cobb (or Kirby)
Luella Van Cott Cobb born 21 October 1860

  • With Second Husband Brigham Young
Fannie Young (1870-1950)

Biography and 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.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Van Cott, Mary

Birth Date: 2 Feb. 1844 Death Date: 15 Jan. 1884 Gender: Female Age: 3 Company: Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company (1847) </churchhistory/library/pioneercompany/0,15797,4017-1-344,00.html> Departure: 18 June 1847 Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 24-25 September 1847

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.



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