Elizabeth Ann Ashby (1876-1956)
Elizabeth Ann Ashby was born Tuesday, September 26, 1876, at the St. George, Washington County, Utah home of Nathaniel and Martha Ann Truman Ashby. She was the third child and oldest daughter in the family. She was named for her Grandmother, Elizabeth Boyes Truman.
Elizabeth was six years old when her father, Nathaniel, died. She was eight when her mother married John Powell in 1885. She always went by the name Libby as a child. In 1888 the Powell/Ashby family moved up to Fillmore, Millard County, Utah. It was there that Libby finished her schooling and attended the Millard Academy.
Because of John Powell's marriage to Libby's mother, John was convicted of co-habitation in 1889 and spent several months in the state penitentiary. On Christmas Day, 1889, Libby wrote to her step-father:
- Dec. 25th, 1889
Dear Brother Powell,
It is with much pleasure that I write to you. We was glad to hear that you got the money that Ma sent to you. We are all well now. Today is Christmas and Betty asked us all up there and Jessy, too. We had a good time. Betty give me and Jessy a new apron and the rest of us a handkerchief apiece. Little Jesse got in his stocking, a plate, a book and two handkerchiefs. One had a cow on and the other had a lion. Rodney got a pair of new boots. Richard got a pair of boots, a collar and a cravat, and Ma got a teacup and saucer, and I got two white ornaments, and I guess that poor you did not get anything, but I am glad that you will soon be home. Well, I guess I will quit for this time. I am sorry I did not write before this time, so goodbye till I see you.
- From your loving daughter,
- to Brother Powellhere is some kisses from all,xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxXXXXXX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X XI wish you a merry, merry Christmas.
On Tuesday, June 19, 1894, Libby married John Sheridan McBride, son of Reuben Augustus McBride and Harriet Columbia Williams. The young couple made their home in Fillmore for a time. Their first two children were born there. Libby's second child and only daughter, Martha, only lived about 18 months. Eventually the family moved to Tooele County, Utah, where their last child was born. Libby and John had the following children:
- Van Francis McBride, b. 20 Apr 1895, d. 5 Jun 1951, m. Lily Mae Isgreen, 16 Apr 1919 (D) m. (2) Verne Fuller, 25 Oct 1926
- Martha Ashby McBride, b. 5 Jun 1900, d. 19 Dec 1902
- Ray Ashby McBride, b. 13 Feb 1916, m. Aurelia Nielsen, 30 Jun 1937
The McBride family settled in Lincoln, a small town north of Tooele, where they were active members of the Lake View Ward. Libby served as President of both the Relief Society and the Primary in that ward. She also served faithfully as a block teacher for many years.
In 1942 Libby's husband, John, died after a long illness. Libby eventually moved to Tooele to be closer to her sons.
On Monday, May 7, 1956,after an extended illness, Elizabeth Ann Ashby McBride died, aged 79 years, 7 months and 11 days. She was buried next to her husband in the Tooele City Cemetery 3 days later. The outline of her funeral service was published in the local paper:
Rites Thursday for Elizabeth A. McBrideFuneral services were held in the Tooele Seventh Ward, Thursday, May 10, for Elizabeth Ashby McBride, resident of Tooele, who died Monday morning.The services were conducted by J. Glen McKellar, member of the Seventh Ward Bishopric, in the following order:Prayer at Mortuary, Gene Ashby, of Fillmore, Utah; Prelude and postlude music at the funeral was played on the organ by Maggie Whitehouse, who accompanied the singing and vocal solo, also during the funeral.Opening song, "Not Now, But in the Coming Years," by Singing Mothers of Seventh Ward, under the direction of Delores Nix. Opening prayer, Joseph T. Liddell.Speakers were: J. Lloyd Callister, member of North Tooele Stake high council; Lindsey Price of Lake View Ward; Bishop W. John Greenland, of Seventh Ward. Vocal solo, "Perfect Day," sung by Joy Pratt.Closing song, "Tho' Deepening Trials," Singing Mothers. Closing prayer, Vaughn M. Krebs.Pallbearers were: Fred England, W. H. Lloyd, Alex Bryan, Dale James and Robert Lee. Interment was in the Tooele cemetery where the grave was dedicated by W. Grover McBride of North Tooele high council.
Rogers, Sadie, ed. John Powell’s Journal, 1849-1901. Typewritten Manuscript, 1942.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ancestral File, data as of 5 January 1998, Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS Family Group Records Collection (Patron Section), Family of John Sheridan McBride & Elizabeth Ann Ashby, Submitted by Janice McBride Duff
The Transcript-Bulletin, Vol. 61, Number 95, Tuesday, May 8, 1956, page 1.The Transcript-Bulletin, Vol. 61, Number 96, Friday, May 11, 1956, page 4.