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47. Eliza Jane ADAMSON58 was born on 31 August 1822 in Wayne County, Indiana.8 She died on 12 August 1897 at the age of 74 in Huntington, Emery County, Utah.8

Eliza was married to Moses Trader Shepherd on 22 Mar 1840, Muncie, Delaware Co IN. The License was issued on the 19th and they were married by Jesse Stout, JP.. He was born 9 Jan 1820 in Warren, Franklin Co, Ohio. They had 11 children. John Mack b. 1840 & d. 1841, Priscilla Ann, William C. R., born in Delaware Co IN but died in Iowa before 1850. Nancy, b. in Missouri, d. 1851 in Iowa. Aaron b. in Pottawattamie Co, Iowa. Peter b. & d. 1852 "on the plains", presumably on their trek to Utah. Eliza Jane, Moses Andrew, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Garner & Mary Elizabeth all born in Utah.

1850 Census. Pottawattamie, Iowa, Hh 830
Moses Shepperd, 31, b. Ohio
Eliza, 28, b. IN
Priscilla, 8, b. IN
Nancy, 3, b. MO
Aaron, 1, b. Iowa

1860 Census. Spring Town, Sanpete, Utah Territory
Moses T. Shepherd, age 40, b. Ohio
Eliza, 37, b. IN
Hyrum, 13, b. Iowa
Aaron A., age 10, b. Iowa

The 1860 Census in Sanpete Co, Utah, shows a slightly different family.
Moses T. Shepherd, age 40, b. Ohio. Eliza 37, b. IN. Hyrum age 13, b. Iowa [son of Hannah & 1st husband Isaac Hatch], Aaron A, 10, b. Iowa. Next household is Hannah Shepherd age 42 with Thaddeus 10 [another son of Hannah & Isaac Hatch, Joseph 3, Danl Y. 4/12 [Joseph & Daniel were sons by Moses], Eliza J. age 6, Moses A. 4, and Benj. F. 2 [these last three are Eliza's children]. Apparently Moses was one of the early Mormons that practiced polygamy and the children were variously distributed between the wives in this census.

Moses married Eliza Jane Adamson 22 Mar 1840 in Delaware Co IN. The database says that they sold their 32 acres in 1848 to her brother John Adamson [I don't find that Eliza had a brother John - she did have a brother-in-law John, husband of her sister Priscilla]. After the Shepherds got to Iowa, Eliza was disillusioned and refused to continue West. Moses went on without her and married Martha Amanda Bryant about 1847 or 1848 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, Iowa. They had one son. Moses made a trip back to Iowa to help other immigrants to Utah and persuaded Eliza to go West - Martha & the baby had died when he returned to Utah. Moses then married Hannah Garlick on 1 Apr 1856 in Provo, Utah, by whom he had sons Joseph & Daniel. Hannah had previously been married to Issac Hatch by whom she had sons Hyrum & Thaddeus. He married Mary Christina Olsen on 17 Dec 1864 in Salt Lake City and had a daughter Rhoda, b. 1865, who was only about a year old when her father Moses T. Shepherd died.

Moses died 19 Sep 1866, Spanish Fork, Utah Co, UT.

Eliza married (2) Stephen Markham. He was born 9 Feb 1800, Avon, Livingston Co, NY, the son of David and Dinah (Merry) Markham. Stephen had six other wives; he died 10 Mar 1878, Spanish Fork.

1870 Census. Spanish Fork, Utah Co, Utah Territory, Hh 14
Stephan Markham, age 70
Lydia, 71. Mary, 37. Eliza J. 45. [Three wives, I believe]
Orvel 19, Don Carlos 16, Stephen 15, Sarah 12, Atta B., 10, Homer M. 8, Emily 6, Margaret, 5, Joseph, age 1.
Moses Sheppard, 14, Benjamin 11, Mary 4, Isaac 8
Julia Ann Sheppard, 20, b. IN, domestic servant

1880 Census. Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, Hh 380
Eliza Shepherd, 57, b. IN
Benjamin, 22, son, b. Utah
Hh 381
Moses Shepherd, 24, b. Utah
Rachel Ann, 20, wife, b. Utah
Rachel, dau, b. Utah
Isaac Shepherd, 18, brother, b. Utah

Eliza married (3) to Joseph Huff.

She had a total of eleven children by her first husband, Moses Shepherd.
1. John Mack Shepherd, b. 30 Dec 1840, died young in Indiana
2. Priscilla Ann Shepherd, b. 4 May 1842, Mt. Pleasant, Delaware Co IN; married Benjamin Franklin Barney in Salt Lake City - he had three other marriages
3. William Cummins Riley Shepherd, b. 1 Apr 1844, Mt. Pleasant; he married Anna Pierson, 27 Nov 1871
4. Nancy Shepherd, b. 17 Dec 1846, died ca 1850 in Missouri
5. Aaron Adamson Shepherd, b. 9 Aug 1849, Council Bluff, Pottawattamie Co, Iowa. He married Eliza Ann Job, 27 May 1869, Goshen, Utah Co, UT
6. Peter Burr Shepherd, b. 21 Jul 1852, died same year in Council Bluff.
7. Eliza Jane Shepherd, b. 12 Sep 1853, Spanish Fork, UT. Married (1) William Howard Avery, 1 Nov 1869, Salt Lake City.
8. Moses Andrew Shepherd, b. 31 Jan 1856, Palmyra, UT. He had three wives and fourteen children.
9. Benjamin Franklin Shepherd, b. 5 Apr 1858, Spanish Fork. Three wives, ten children.
10. Isaac Garner Shepherd, b. 8 Aug 1861, Spanish Fork. Twelve children.
11. Mary Elizabeth Shepherd, b. 15 Sep 1864, Spanish Fork. She married James Douglas Hay, Sr., 14 Oct 1880, Salt Lake City. He was born in England. They both died in Idaho; twelve children.

She is buried Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Utah County, Utah

FindAGrave, Memorial #12497910
DESCRIPTION: Life Story: "...She was tall with black hair and dark eyes and was undoubtedly very beautiful as were her daughters...Eliza Jane was a good sport, and I am sure her sense of humor was helpful through it all (polygamy)...She had a pleasant personality but was known to scold quite a bit. If her family was together and someone would start scolding, someone else would say, `You sound just like Grandma Shepherd.'...She was a large woman and her care (after her stroke) was not easy for those who waited on her. She stayed in various homes for a few months at a time..."
OCCUPATION: Life Story: "... (After Moses died) She kept cows and milked, selling the milk and butter or trading them for the things she needed. She also sold medicine for home use, made herbs, etc. She had many home remedies for most kinds of illnesses and was often called upon by her neighbors when sickness came to their homes...Eliza Jane left Mr. Huff (her third husband) and moved in with her son and children to help out (after the death of their mother, Eliza Ann Job Shepherd)...Hannah remembers that her grandmother was a good cook and took delight in making the many good dishes she knew how to prepare. She made her own sauerkraut and in the summer always had a crock of homemade beer out by the well..."
DEATH: Life Story: "...About four years before her death, Eliza Jane suffered a paralytic stroke. Hannah (Aaron's daughter) came home from school one day and went into the bed and found her unable to move or speak. She had lain down for an afternoon rest when she was stricken. It was three days before she regained her speech. She slowly regained her strength and with some assistance she could get from the bed into a chair and sit for a few hours. Many times she tried, with the aid of a cane, to stand, hoping she might be able to walk again, but she never was able to do so. This illness was most certainly the biggest trial of her life. She often said that it was harder to take than anything that happened previously in her life...It was during her last visit with Eliza Jane (her daughter) that she passed away, 12 Aug 1897. Her body was taken and shipped by train to Spanish Fork where services were held and she was buried in the Spanish Fork Cemetery."
Information submitted by Rosemary Nyman, November 22, 2008.

Eliza Jane ADAMSON and Moses Trader SHEPPARD were married on 22 March 1840 in Delaware County, Indiana. Moses Trader SHEPPARD was born on 9 January 1820 in Ohio. He died on 19 December 1866 at the age of 46.