San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Women of the Mormon Battalion
[Marker located on Front of Base:]
Mormon women were anxious to reach the glorious West and any means offered seemed an answer to prayer to help them on their way. When it was learned four laundresses would be allowed each of the five companies, the wives of the soldiers made application and twenty were chosen. Men who could meet the expenses were permitted to take their families. Hence nearly eighty women and children accompanied the Battalion. They endured the hardships of the journey knowing hunger and thirst. Four wives, Susan M. Davis, Lydia Hunter, Phoebe D. B. Brown, and Melissa B. Coray traveled the entire distance arriving in San Diego 29 January 1847. Mrs. Hunter gave birth to a son April 20, 1847, the first L.D.S. child born in San Diego. She died two weeks later.
[Marker located on Back of Base:]
Catherine Steele, One Child
Albina Williams, Three Children
Ruth Abbott, Susan Adams, Aliza Allred, Elzadie Allred, Jane Boscoe, Harriet Brown, Agnes Brown, Phoebe Brown, Jane Hanks, Emeline Hess
Mary Ann Hirons, Phoebe Merrill, Ellen Nease, Caroline Sargent, Rebecca Smith, Caroline Sessions, Sarah Shure, Sophia Tubbs, Isabella Wilkin
Erected 1959 by San Diego County, Calif. (Marker Number 257.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Battalion marker series.
Location. 32° 45.444′ N, 117° 11.651′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Presidio Drive. Touch for map. Marker is located at the top of the hill west of Presidio Drive in Presidio Park. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mormon Battalion at San Diego (a few steps from this marker); Services of the Mormon Battalion (a few steps from this marker); The 500 Volunteer Soldiers of the Mormon Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Mormon Battalion Sylvester Pattie (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Diego Presidio Site (about 800 feet away); Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 0.2 miles away); Casa de Carrillo (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Services of the Mormon Battalion
Also see . . .
1. The Mormon Battalion. (Submitted on December 16, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Roster of the Mormon Battalion. (Submitted on March 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War, Mexican-American • Women •
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