Compiled and written by Marie Manwaring Anderson, granddaughter
Clarissa Wilkins was born to Charles Wilkins and Ury Welch Wilkins in Willard County, Utah, in 1857. She was the oldest of 15 children and her youngest sister Nettie was born when Clarissa was 28 years old. Five of Clarissaís sons are older than her youngest sister, Nettie. Nettie remembers spending two summers with Clarissa. When she was ten years old and there were six boys and Clarissa was expecting another one, Iím sure that Nettieís visit was very helpful and needed.
Clarissa was in poor health
the last years of her life. She and her husband, Herbert, moved to
Clarissa and Herbert were married in
Clarissa and Herbert were never very well-off
financially, but did nearly always have what they needed. The boysí hair used to
get quite long before they would get it cut, but the boys were always to their
church meetings and always to school. The oldest boy, Hyrum, was always desirous
to go to school, but didnít get to as often as he should, but always went when
possible. He was older than the kids in his class, but attended anyway. Hs
teacher recognized his desire to learn and helped him all she could so he could
attend the academy. He finally filled a mission for the church and went on to
school and became president of
The Manwaring boys have all lived good, clean lives, examples of their father and mother. They never had much musical training in their home, but loved music, both singing and musical instruments.
Clarissa has 14 grandchildren. One of her
great-granddaughters, daughter of Leonard Manwaring of
Clarissa used to bake bread every day to keep those seven boys filled up. The times have never been known when Clarissa became hard of hearing, but grandfather Herbert was struck with lightning and he was deaf from then on. The sons tell the story of how, when they were kneeling for family prayers, Grandfather Herbert called on Clarissa to say the prayer, then waiting a few moments and not hearing anything, thought maybe she didnít hear him ask her so he started saying the prayer. Imagine the picture of seven little boys kneeling and trying to keep from giggling too much while both parents are saying the prayer.
The boys used to scrub the floor which was a board floor and each boy had so many boards to do. When they came to the finish the middle board always had a line down the center where the two boys ended.
Clarissa was a neat and clean lady. Although she never had many clothes, they were always clean and well kept. She always kept her garments well repaired and always clean. She never went out in public too often, because of her hearing defect.
While we donít know too much about our grandmother Clarissa, we do know that she was a wonderful wife and mother and was the kind of person we would all like to be like, and she raised a fine family, in spite of all the hardships and handicaps they were familiar with. May it be our lot to be like, or desire to be like, the same people she helped raise in her family. May we carry on to the best of our ability the heritage that she left us with and blessed us with.