A Sketch of Jane Evans (1845) and John Harding (1830)

A Sketch of Jane Evans and John Harding

Jane evans 1 Jane Evans was born at Eldersfield, Worcestershire, England, on April 25, 1845 – the year of the California gold rush.  She came into a home that was already blessed with six sons and two daughters; the oldest child being twenty years old.  Two year later another daughter arrived completing the family circle.  When Jane was now quite seven years old, her father passed away that the age of forty-six.

Eight years prior to Jane’s birth her Mother had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – eleven years to the month after the organization of the Church.  Jan’s Father, however, never did accept the Gospel in this life.

I suppose we will never know why Jane, herself, wasn’t baptized until she had turned fourteen.  It may have been a wish to know for herself what she was doing; or it may have been that in the early church history there wasn’t an organized branch with the necessary authority in the district where she lived.

We know nothing more of her story until she reached the age of twenty-one when she records that she became the mother of a baby, who was given the name of Thomas.  The child lived only one year and three months, dying in the spring of 1871.  The heartbroken mother sought a new life in a new land.  She sailed for America and gathered with the Saints in Salt Lake City, traveling over the new trans-continental railway.  On her arrival in Salt Lake, she got a job as a maid in Brigham Young’s home. When she married two years later, the President gave her a kitchen cupboard for a wedding present.

Jane Evans and John Harding were married March 13, 1873 at Bishop Edwin D. Wooley’s home.  Their wedding certificate was a folded sheet of lined paper with the Beehive stamp in the top left hand corner.  Written in Bishop Wooley’s beautiful hand, it states:  Salt Lake City, Utah, March 13th, 1873.  This is to certify that John Harding and Jane Evans were joined in Holy Wedlock at the residence of Bishop E. D. Wooley in the 13th Bishop Ward of Salt Lake City, Utah on the 13th day of March A.D. 1873.  Edwin D. Wooley, Bishop of he 14th Ward, and Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 05:05:11

    I love this photo of Jane Evans! I have never seen a photo of her when she was younger. I have an older photo of her and her husband John. I would love to swap photos with you!


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