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So shall it be with my father: he shall be
called a prince over his posterity, holding
the keys of the patriarchal priesthood over the kingdom of God on earth, even the Church
of the Latter Day Saints, and he shall sit in the general assembly of patriarchs, even in
council with the Ancient of Days when he shall sit and all the patriarchs with him and shall
enjoy his right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days.
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SMITH, Mary Jane

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  • Name SMITH, Mary Jane 
    Born 29 Apr 1815  Stockholm, St. Lawrence, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    WAC 6 Feb 1846  NAUVO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Buried Mar 1878  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 Mar 1878  Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
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    Person ID I43258  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2021 

    Father SMITH, Asahel,   b. 21 May 1773, Windham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1848, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother SHELLENGER, Elizabeth,   b. 1 Dec 1785, Chatham, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1846, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1802  Royalton, Windsor, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family GEE, George Washington,   b. 13 Aug 1815, Lyme, Ashtabula, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1842, Pittsburgh, Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [2
    Married 5 Feb 1837  Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. GEE, Elias Smith,   b. 30 May 1838, Frederiksberg, Ray, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
    +2. GEE, George Washington Jr.,   b. 9 Oct 1841, Ambrosia, Lee, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1919, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F21568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Feb 1837 - Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWAC - 6 Feb 1846 - NAUVO Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Cousin of Joseph Smith, Jr. The History of My Grandmother MARY JANE SMITH GEE by Adelia May Gee Jackson Mary Jane Smith Gee was the daughter of Asahel Smith II and Elizabeth Schellenger. Mary Jane Smith was a cousin of the Prophet Joseph Smith, their fathers being brothers. Mary Jane Smith Gee was born April 29,1813 in Stockholm, Lawrence Co., New York. She was the fifth child in a family of eight children. Her early life was typical of other children of the 19th century, when father, mother and children worked together earning a livelihood for the family. The Smith family were all naturally religious and firm believers in God. Soon after the Church of Jesus Christ was organized they became investigators and in June 1835 her father and mother were baptized. Two months later one brother and one sister joined the Church and the following February 7, 1836 Mary Jane, three sisters and two brothers entered the waters of baptism, thus the entire family of Asahel Smith II and Elizabeth Schellenger Smith became members of the Church. February 5, 1837 Mary Jane Smith married George Washington Gee I who was the eldest son of a large family who were all active members of the Church. After their marriage they moved to Fredrickburg, Ray Co., Missouri, where their first son was born May 30, 1838, and they named him Elias Smith Gee. Soon after they moved to Ambrosia, Lee Co., Iowa, where their second son was born October 9,1841, and they named him George Washington Gee II. He became my father. When George W. the II was one month old his father was called on a mission to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soon after arriving in the mission field he was called to administer to a child suffering with “black measles.” The child recovered but Elder Gee contracted the dread disease and died January 20,1842, leaving my grandmother and her two small sons, the youngest–-who became my father--only three months old. The Gee family conjointly owned a large farm and the members of the family lived on it. After the death of my grandfather--George Washington Gee I--my grandmother Mary Jane continued living on the farm. Five years later the father of George Washington Gee I--Salmon Gee--died and the farm was sold and the money divided among the family. Mary Jane’s share was a great help in making preparations for coming to Zion. This was the autumn of 1846. With her two small sons she crossed the Mississippi River into Nauvoo, where her father Asahel Smith and her mother Elizabeth Schellenger Smith, her brothers Elias A. and Silas and four sisters and their families were preparing to obey the mobocratic orders to surrender Nauvoo, with the Temple, their homes, farms and even their lives, if the orders were not obeyed at once. The Smith families packed their belongings into five wagons, having two yoke of oxen for each wagon. With some extra oxen and milk cows they started on the long trek. When they had traveled for some time Mother Smith (Elizabeth Schellenger Smith) became ill with chills and fever which made it necessary to stop at Iowaville to care for her. A part of the family went on for some miles and then concluded to wait for a few days. In the meantime members of the group became ill and they returned to Iowaville. So many became ill there were not enough well ones to care for those who were ill. They decided to remain there as the winter was fast approaching. The mother did not improve and on October 14,1846, she passed away. There were only three members of her large family who were able to attend her funeral service. She was buried one and one half miles northeast of Iowaville. A large rock was placed at the head of her grave and the name Elizabeth Schellenger Smith was painted on it. Sickness and trials continued, and two years had passed and they had been unable to continue their journey. Then the aged Father Smith passed away and he was laid beside his wife and the name of Asahel Smith was painted on the same rock. The surroundings were noted and marked for future identification. In after years when the missionaries were sent to carry the Gospel message to the Eastern States, there were four of Asahel's and Elizabeth's grandsons who were in the company. Before leaving home they were instructed to locate the graves and after considerable difficulty the graves were found and a fine monument was erected and photographs of the graves and surroundings were taken. On the monument were carved the names of Asahel Smith and Elizabeth Schellenger Smith with the places and dates of their births and deaths. Then there was another delay. Elias A. the eldest son of Asahel and Elizabeth Smith, and his wife Lucy Brown and been married nearly five years and no baby had come to bless their home, and now they were expecting their first child. On September 28,1850 a baby girl was born to them. They named her Emily. When she grew to womanhood she married Wilford Woodruff, Jr. and their first born was a girl and they gave her the name of Lucy. She became the wife of George Albert Smith the eighth President of the Church. It was in the early spring of 1851 that the Asahel Smith II family bid farewell to their neighbors and friends in Iowaville and took up the long, difficult trek to Council Bluff. It was the rainy season and travel was very slow. There were rivers to cross and mud to pull through. They traveled as far as Des Moines and had to wait there for four weeks for the rain to cease. They drove two and one-half miles and crossed the Des Moines and Coon Rivers, which were swollen beyond their banks. The teamsters having to swim the extra cattle across. Several times they came very near being drowned. They camped that night in a small grove not far from the river. After eating a good supper which was given them by relatives when they left Des Moines, they went to bed very tired, but very thankful to the Lord for the preservation of their lives. Early the next morning they started on their way again. The prairies were sodden and soaked with rain, but the sun was shining and they were happy. The drivers of the wagons were Elias A. Smith (who was brother of Mary Jane), Samuel P. Hoyt (a brother-in-law) and Mary Jane and her two sons Elias, age 13, and George W. Gee age 10 years, who later became my father. It was a long, tiresome journey for these two young boys but they finally reached Salt Lake City in the evening of September 21, 1851. They drove up what in now known as West Temple Street and stopped on the west side of Temple Square Block. Here President Young, George A. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, W.W. Phelps and others were there to greet them. In a short time Mary Jane Smith Gee's brother Elias A. Smith who had made arrangements for his family to live in a house on North Temple Street between West Temple and First West Street, also took his sister Mary Jane and her two sons to live with them until they could make other arrangements. Their hearts were full of gratitude for the great blessing of arriving in safety in a land free from mobbings and persecutions. The boys soon found employment. The older one, Elias, began working in the Post Office. The younger one, George (who became my father) herded their cattle until they were sold. After that he did odd jobs in the Deseret News. In a few months Mary Jane's brother, Elias A. Smith was made Probate Judge, a position he held for many years. Tragedy again came to my grandmother. Her eldest son, Elias, who was now 17 years of age, became ill, and in August 1855 died, leaving his mother with an only son, 14 years old. This son was George W. Gee, who became my father. In 1858, when Johnson's Army invaded Utah, many of the saints moved south, among them Mary Jane who with other relatives moved to Provo. She and her son lived in a small adobe house on the west side of what is now University Avenue and First North. She then taught school for several years. Her son now 17 years old found employment on the farms in the summer and attended school in the winter. At the age of twenty-one, he married Sophina A. Fuller of Salt lake City on May 4, 1862. He brought his bride to Provo where they and his mother lived in the house on University Avenue and First North. The next year he built them a house on Second North and Fourth East. Mary Jane continued to live with them there until her death March 1, 1878, when her body was brought back to Salt lake City for burial in the City Cemetery. BIRTH: Also shown as Born 28 Apr 1813 BURIAL: Also shown as Buried Provo, Utah, Utah. ~BAPTISM: Also shown as Baptized 14 Mar 1857 ~ENDOWMENT: Also shown as Endowed 15 Apr 2005, JRIVE.

  • Sources 
    1. [S660] The Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper, Sarah P. Collinwood, (Provo, UT: J. Grant Stevenson, 1962.), 216. (Reliability: 3), 6 Jan 2007.
      Source: Vance J. Boulter

    2. [S283] Laurence Gee, Laurence Gee.

    3. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Mary Jane Smith; Female; Birth: 29 APR 1815 Stockholm Twp, St Lawrence, New York; Death: 02 MAR 1878; Baptism: 11 MAR 2005 JRIVE; Endowment: 15 APR 2005 JRIVE; Sealing to Parents: 16 JUN 2005 JRIVE; Asahel Smith / Elizabeth Shellinger; Father: Asahel Smith; Mother: Elizabeth Shellinger; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church to request LDS temple ordinances.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 09 Nov 2005

    4. [S64] International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      Mary Jane Smith; Female; Birth: 29 APR 1815 Stockholm Twp, St Lawrence, New York; Death: 02 MAR 1878; Father: Asahel Smith; Mother: Elizabeth Shellinger; No source information is available.
      Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church.
      Search performed using PAF Insight on 09 Nov 2005