Mary Ann Anderson Biography | Mary Ann Anderson McBride (1814-1896)


Mary Ann Anderson Biography | Mary Ann Anderson McBride (1814-1896)

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Mary Ann Anderson Biography | Mary Ann Anderson McBride (1814-1896)

Born: 25 Mar 1814 Stafford, New York
Died: 16 Aug 1896 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Alanson Anderson
Mother: Priscilla Pierce
Siblings: Harvey Anderson
Electa Anderson
Harvey Anderson
Jerusha Anderson
Mabel Anderson
Baby Girl Anderson
Ralph Anderson
Mahala Anderson
Priscilla Pierce Anderson
Mary Ann Anderson
Spouse: Reuben McBride
Married: 22 Sep 1830 Villenovia, New York
Children: Helen Venera McBride
Harriet Eliza McBride
Reuben Augustus McBride
Mary Louisa McBride
Roy Hyrum McBride
Emma Jerutia McBride
John Newton McBride
Laura Abigail McBride
Alice Melissa McBride


Mary Ann Anderson Biography | Mary Ann Anderson McBride (1814-1896)

–Article found in the files at the Territorial Statehouse State Park in Fillmore, 11 Jul 1990–SDR


Daughter of Lansing and Pricella Anderson, she was born March 25, 1808 at Stafford, Geneseo, New York. She was of Scottish descent and of the Puritan type of womanhood.

A devout saint and a firm believer in the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith, with whom she was very well acquainted. Sept. 23, 1830 at Villenovia, Chautauqua Co., N.Y. she became the wife of Reuben McBride, Elder Gill officiating.

Her faith in the Gospel impelled her to leave her kindred against the earnest protestations and cast her lot with the unpopular Latter Day Saints.

At Villenovia, N.Y. Feb. 22, 1833 a baby girl came to gladden their household. They called her Helen. Scarce more than a year had elapsed when little Harriet answered to the family roll call. Shortly after this they moved to Kirtland Ohio.

Here she was left with the family much of the time, as grandfather was considered by the church Authorities as a minute man and did a great deal of missionary work.

While at Kirtland, the following children were born to them: Reuben, Louisa, Roy, Emma, Newton, and Laura. In the year of 1850 Grandfather left his family and came to Utah in company with President Brigham Young in whose family he made his home the following year.

Grandfather returned to Kirtland a year later and brought his family to Utah, in 1852, spending the winter in Farmington and Springville.

Some time later, after moving to Fillmore their baby Alice came, making a family of six girls and three sons all of whom grew to man and womanhood, married and raised large families who honor and revere their noble ancestors.

Grandma McBride was a woman of culture and skill. She was Poetic, contributing many poems to the public. For many years she contributed to the “Womans Exponent,” the first Relief Society magazine published in Utah, each issue of which she prized very highly, keeping them filed for future reference.

She was full of benevolence and kindness to the poor, contributing much of her time and talent without solicitation or compensation. God blessed her with a talent to bring and save souls. By her kind hand, many souls were brought into the world under various critical conditions.

God being her guide, she achieved great success. For several years she was counselor in the Millard Stake Relief Society and later President of the Fillmore Ward Relief Society.

She was very skillful in needlecraft. As a child I remember seeing some of her excellent work, which was sent to the State Fair.

Besides rearing her family of nine children she raised the youngest son of her daughter Laura who died at the age of 26 years, leaving six small children.

Although the family did not suffer for food as some of the early pioneers did, yet they indulged in all the labor incidental to pioneer life, spinning yarn, weaving the cloth from which she made clothing for her family.

I well remember a beautiful bed spread which she wove of navy blue and white fine yarn. The design was a real piece of art. She would put her spinning wheel up stairs where she thought it would be safe, but on the contrary, the grand children would find their way to Grandmothers spinning wheel and try their talent at making yarn from rolls.

Grandmother’s loom was an ideal hiding place for the children to seclude themselves while deeply engaged in study. Grandmother used to make a variety of dyes with which she would color pieces for quilts and rags for carpets.

She also made soap from hard wood ashes. Grandfather made her what they called a leach which was composed of slats of wood, then filled with hard wood ashes and a trough for a drain.

About once a day she would pour a bucket of water over the ashes. When sufficient liquid had accumulated she would add a certain amount of grease and make soap which served for washing, scrubbing, etc.

In early pioneer days the people were advised by the church authorities to take Indian children to rear and educate. Accordingly grandfather and grandmother McBride obeyed this council and took an Indian boy, whom they called Jefferson.

He was granted all of the privileges those early days afforded, attending the best schools and affiliating in church affairs. As he became more enlightened, he began to despair of his color and race.

Never the less he remained with them until he was nearing manhood, when one day he became so discouraged he went away and was never heard of again.

The family of Chandler Holbrook, father of Lafayette Holbrook (once Provo’s mayor) took an Indian girl to raise whom they called Ruth. They kept her until she was grown, when she like Jefferson ran away, supposingly to join her race.

Sims Matheny, also a pioneer of Fillmore, took an Indian boy, they called Manassa. He was a very apt student at school, always alert to every opportunity afforded him. He was trustworthy and dependable.

Mr. Jackson, my husband owned and operated a steam saw mill at Fillmore and always considered himself very fortunate to secure the service of Manassa Matheny. Being very large and strong he could accomplish as much as two ordinary men.

He remained in Fillmore until death, which was caused by fire explosion. In the early days of Fillmore the Indians were very hostile, but later became more peaceable.

A very distressing sadness came to the family when the husband of their oldest daughter Helen, Mr. Sam Brown and Josiah Call his friend were returning from the north when they were attacked by the Indians on Chicken Creek Hill.

They were shot and before death ensued, were scalped, leaving their scalps hanging over their eyes. They were then hung up by their feet in a cedar tree on the hill side. That place has always been marked with sadness by all who lived in that vicinity.

Another historical event occurred on that occasion when their son Roy, in company with several friends were traveling in the direction of Chicken Creek Hill riding mules.

The mules suddenly became frightened without cause and it was impossible to have them go farther. After learning of that terrible tragedy they could only acknowledge the hand of the Lord in protecting them from the same fate.

While on a recent visit to Fillmore the writer was informed that a monument was to be erected on that hill to their memory.

Reuben A. McBride, the oldest son of grandfather and grandmother McBride was appointed Indian Agent by the Government and he had to do with the distributing of food, money, blankets, etc. to the Indians.

He learned to speak their language very fluently, and had great influence with them. Some of the most prominent Indians went to the Mormon Church and often requested the privilege of speaking.

Grandma was always true to her faith. Not only did she desire to care for the living, but also for the dead. She and Grandfather did much work at the St. George and Manti Temples. After the death of grandfather, grandmother remained in their own home for some time.

When her health began to fail, she went to live with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Alice Callister, where she remained until her death, August 18, 1896 at Fillmore, Millard County, Utah.


Mary Ann Anderson Biography | Mary Ann Anderson McBride (1814-1896)

Mary Ann Anderson Biography: Sources

  • Name variant: Mary N. [Louisa’s obit]
  • Birth: From death information.
  • Birth variant: 25 Mar 1808 [Builders, p. 467]
  • Marriage variant: 12 Sep 1830 [Builders, p. 467]
  • 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Family #849, 14 Jul 1860:
McBride, Reuben, Mary A., 48, f, NY
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore, 27 Jun 1870, Family 132:
McBride, Reuben, Mary A., 55, f, w, Keeping House, NY
  • 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City & Precinct, Family #100, 8 Jun 1880:
McBride, Reuben, Mary A., w, f, 66, wife, Keeping House, NY, Mass
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: McBride, Mary Ann
Blessed: 16 Mar 1895
Recorded: Vol. 483, Page 19
  • Death: Burials: Fillmore City Cemetary, Volume 1, p. 70, no. 75:
Mary A. McBride
Died: 16 Aug 1896, Fillmore
Age: 82y 4m 9d
Cause: old age
Born: 25 MAR 1814, Stafford, Genessee Co., NY
Daughter of: Ralph and Priscilla Anderson
Buried: Fillmore City Cemetary, block 101, lot 3.
  • Death: Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, p. 45:
Name: McBRIDE, Mary A.
Born: 25 Mar 1814 in Stafford, Genesee, New York
Parents: Alanson Anderson & Priscilla Pierce
Died: 16 Aug 1896
Cause: old age
Buried: Block 101, Lot 3
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 32:
BLK 101, Lot 3, Grave 6
d. 8-16-1896
  • Death variant: 18 Aug 1896 [Builders, p. 468]
  • Gravestone: Fillmore, Millard, Utah

In Memory of
Mary Ann
Born Mar. 25, 1814
Stafford, Genisee Co.
New York
Died Aug. 19, 1896
Fillmore, Utah
Just as the sun descends at eve
Soon with fresher beams to rise
So will our darling mother receive
Life eternal in the skies.

  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995):
Comments: Mary Ann was a counselor in the Relief Society Presidency in Fillmore, Utah in 1868.
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 93, 113, 117, 134, 153, 465-468.
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Archive Section]
Submitted by: Alice D. Noyes
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, p. 49.
  • The Millard County Progress, Friday, 14 Feb 1930, Obituary: McBride, Mary Louisa
  • McBride, Virginia. Charles R. McBride Memorial, pp. 14-21.


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