Lucy Jones was born 11 January 1834 in
Llangyfelach, a parish about five miles north of Swansea, Glamorganshire,
Wales. She was the second of
five children born to William Tayler Jones and Lucy Lewis.
family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at various
times from July 1850 to April 1851 in Wales.
Lucy was baptized 10 November 1850 along with her younger sister,
Hannah Jane. On 10 February
1852, the family (minus the oldest son, Lewis) left Liverpool with 363 other
Saints aboard the ship “Ellen Maria”* under the LDS
leadership of Isaac C. Haight. The
“Ellen Maria” arrived in New Orleans 5 April 1852.
arrival in Utah, Lucy’s parents and siblings settled in Calls Fort (near
Brigham City) where many other Welch immigrants had settled.
April 1853, Lucy became a plural wife of David Candland.
Their daughter, Delphinia, was born a year later on 10 July 1854 in
Salt Lake City. On Christmas Day
1854, David took another wife, Bertha May King.
history of David Candland on file with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers,
there is this rather dramatic tale of their marital problems:
. .unknown to David, mischief was brewing in the hearts of those he
believed to be true. His two
young wives, Lucy and Bertha, combined their ideas of dissatisfaction with
their lot and demanded a divorce at once.
David tried to persuade them to patience and forbearance in all
things where wrong existed. President
Young advised him to grant their wishes, and they were set free in April
excerpt from David Candland’s journal, he states, “My wives Lucy and
Bertha became so possessed of evil as to demand a bill of divorcement.”
As in most such cases, there is likely another side to the story.
In a book written by Ann Eliza Webb Young (“Brigham Young’s
apostate wife,” as she refers to herself), David Candland was a
“prominent Mormon elder, and a confidential friend of the Prophet . . . He
was, as he was pleased to term himself, an aristocrat and would not descend
to the performance of menial labor; but, as the family must live somehow,
the wives have to get along as best they can, but they live in the depths of
poverty and degradation while he enjoys prophetic favor, stands high in the
church, and is a Beau Brummell** in dress.”
After the divorce, Lucy took their daughter, Delphinia, with her.
The baby became very ill, and in July, Lucy brought her back to David
and his first wife, Mary Ann to care for.
Delphinia died 10 August 1855 and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.
We don’t know how or when Lucy met Joseph Holbrook, but on 10 November
1855, they were married and sealed in Brigham Young’s office.
She was 21 years old; he was 49.
His first wife, Nancy Lampson had died in Nauvoo in July 1842 and he
had married Hannah Flint in January 1843.
On 31 December 1850, he had married his cousin, Caroline Frances
Angell, whose previous husband had deserted her and her three children at
Winter Quarters in 1847.
What little information we have about Lucy Jones Holbrook after their marriage
comes from Joseph Holbrook’s History. He
Holbrook, my wife, had a daughter born Oct. 7, 1856 at 9 o’clock 35
minutes in the evening, and on the 15th I blessed my daughter
with the blessing of the Priesthood and named her Lucy Ann Holbrook.
She died of the smallpox November 20, 1856 at half past 2 o’clock
in the morning, age six weeks and one day.
The smallpox came into my family by its being inoculated for the kind
of pox as the smallpox was in the neighborhood but the inoculation turned
out to be the smallpox in an adulterated state which some took the natural
way and it proved fatal. This
was the case with Lucy Ann, my daughter.
They made a hospital of my house and there were 24 cases of it at my
house but my child the only death. There
was one more death of a child about a mile from my house of the same disease
but such was the caution used that it did not spread and become contagious.
23, 1858, Lucy Holbrook had a son born thirty minutes after four in the
morning and blessed him on the 30th with a father’s blessing in
the Holy Priesthood which may be sealed upon him forever and named him
Joseph Jones Holbrook, after my own name.
4, 1860 Lucy Holbrook had a son born thirty past eleven o’clock in the
evening and blessed him on the 12th day with a father’s
blessing in the new and everlasting covenant to be sealed upon him forever
and named him William Jones Holbrook after his grandfather William Jones.
Holbrook complained somewhat during the season of weakness and some pain in
her back. She died Aug.
22, 1860, at 6 o’clock 10 minutes in the evening.
She was taken worse on the 21st about ten o’clock and
died the next day, confined about 30 hours of a liver complaint, age 26
years 2 months and 11 days.
Jones Holbrook was laid to rest in the family burial plot at the Bountiful
. . William Jones Holbrook after his mother’s death became much afflicted
for 4 or 5 months and his life was despaired of, after which he began to
. .Hannah Holbrook moved to the Gorriange house in Bountiful Dec. 7, 1861
and took Joseph Jones and William Jones, Lucy Holbrook’s children, with
her, for the purpose of keeping school.
“. . .We have a school commenced in the stone house at $6.00 per quarter,
her [Hannah Holbrook’s] scholars Joseph Hyrum, Brigham Moses, Joseph Jones
and William Jones Holbrook are attending.”
“Ellen Maria” was a 768-ton ship built in 1849 by Harrison
Springer at Richmond, Maine. Her
dimensions were 151' x 33' x 17'.
Brummell: George Bryan
Brummell (1778-1840) was an Englishman who became famous for his fashionable
lifestyle. He set styles for
men’s clothes and manners for 20 years.