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Elizabeth Luck Stewart


(Wife of Urban Van Stewart)

(From data furnished by Eunice Ann Stewart Valantine to Ruby P. Valantine)


            Too little is known of this fine pioneer woman.  She was born 7 Nov. 1827 in Simpson, Buckinghamshire, England, the daughter of John Luck and Rosanna (Rosehannah) Button.  Her christening or baptism date is 9 Nov. 1828.  From L. D. S. Church records she was baptized into the church 1 April 1849, at the same time as her mother.  Her father was baptized 12 May 1849.  From this we conclude that the family were converted to the gospel while Elizabeth was still in England.

            She married Jesse Hartup about 1848.  Two children were born to them; Ziporia who died in England and Joseph who was born 9 Nov. 1852.  Elizabeth, her husband Jesse, and the baby Joseph left for America in 1853.  While crossing the plains they were in Captain Moses Clawson’s Company.  They arrived in Salt Lake City about the 15th of September, 1853.

            We next hear of them in Parowan in the southern part of the state.  The husband and father had deserted his little family, leaving them destitute and with no shelter except a wagon box.  At that time Urban Van Stewart was living in Parowan and no doubt heard about the plight of this young woman.  He became acquainted with her and they were married 21 May 1854Elizabeth’s baby Joseph was adopted by Urban Van and reared as his own child.

            After Urban Van had finished his colonizing work in Parowan he moved with his family to Beaver, Utah.  There he established Elizabeth in a very comfortable home on the main street of town where she lived until her death 12 April 1882.  Elizabeth Luck was the second wife of Urban Van Stewart but she never lacked for the comforts of life which were available at that time.  She was the mother of six children besides Joseph; Van, Levi, Elizabeth, Rosehannah Eliza, Sarah V. and Eunice Ann.  Levi and Van died in 1864.

            Elizabeth had two brothers, William Luck whose descendants now live in Salt Lake City and Eli who died as an infant.

            After Eunice Ann was born she was never entirely well.  She died from Erysipelas and gangrene after being ill for weeks.  She suffered most of her life from severe headaches.  She had a sweet disposition, kindly and helpful.  One can imagine her to have dark hair, blue eyes, fair complexion and of medium height.  If only more were known about this sweet woman.

Owner/SourceRuby Potter
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