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Catherine Rebecca Haskell Woodbury

Catherine Rebecca Haskell Woodbury

Taken from the History of the Jeremiah Woodbury Family

By his Grandson Angus Cannon Woodbury 

            The subject of this sketch was born at North New Salem (formerly called Haskellville) in Franklin County, Massachusetts, July 6, 1815.  She was the daughter of Samuel Haskell and Elizabeth Reynolds, both of whom were of Puritan descent.  They were well-to-do farm folk, much respected and esteemed, her brothers holding positions of honor in the Community.

            She lived at her father’s home until May 8, 1842, when she became the wife of Thomas Hobart Woodbury, third son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Bartlett Woodbury.  She had a fairly good common school education, and followed the vocation of straw-braiding and dress-making.  She was a liberal-minded, large-hearted woman, a faithful companion to the husband of her choice.  As both of them and been baptized into the Latter-Day Saint Church, they joined his parents in migrating to Nauvoo, the City of the Saints”.

            Her father, Samuel Haskell, was a member of the military company that left New Salem during the War of 1812, to defend the coast around Boston.  Her Grandfather, Benjamin Haskell, was at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  He was near General Joseph E. Warren, when that gallant soldier fell, and assisted in carrying him from the field.

            Catherine Haskell Woodbury was a woman of highest moral and spiritual character, a real Latter-Day Saint.  She became the mother of five children listed as follows:


1.      Sarah Elizabeth, who died young.

2.      John Haskell, who came to Utah when a babe of two years.

3.      Catherine Maria, who died young.

4.      Thomas Hobart, Jr.

5.      Mary Cornelia

At the time of the death of Sarah Elizabeth, the mother took the baby girl Melinda for adoption.

Catherine Rebecca Haskell Woodbury passed from this life November 2, 1891, in Salt Lake City, and was laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

Owner/SourceAngus Cannon Woodbury
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