Martha Amelia Juell/Jewell BEMUS – 1808-1892

Martha Amelia Juell Bemus 1808-1892Martha Amelia Juell was born on the 23 Jan 1808, in Rome, Kennebec, Maine United States to Levi JUELL and Judith TEWKSBURY. Levi was born on February 5 1769, in Weare, Hillsboro, New Hampshire, USA. Judith was born circa 1770, in Weare, Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Martha had eight older siblings, Phebe Juell (1791), Levi Juell (1792), Sarah Juell (1794), John Juell (1795), Joseph Juell (1797), David (1799), William (1801), Jacob (1804), Enos (1806) and one younger sibling Levi (1810).

On 25 February 1827, at age 19 in Fulton County, Illinois, United States Martha married Linus BEMUS. Linus was born on February 13 1805, in Connecticut, Ohio, United States to Samuel BEMUS and Sarah FANNY.

Martha and Linus had 11 children: Emily Matilda BEMUS (1829), Ira BEMUS (1830), Mary Judith Elizabeth Ivory (born BEMUS) (1832), William Myron BEMUS (1834), George McNeil BEMUS (1837), Harvey Franklin BEMUS (1839), Francis Marion BEMUS (1841), Harriet Amelia (Martha) Braithwaite (born Bemus)(1844), Emily Matilda BEMUS (1846), Norris (Twin) BEMUS (1849) and Norman (Twin) BEMUS (1849).

Linus was a farmer by trade and when they came west, Linus wanted to continue on to the gold fields but his wife wanted to stay in Manti, and he was never sorry that he stayed. They came across the plains with a company bound for the gold fields in the early 1850s. Martha, being the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the family, persuaded him to stay in Utah. They settled in Manti, Utah in 1854, Martha continued to live in Manti for another 34 years and died there at the age of 85. Martha remained an active member of the church and Linus got along well with everyone. They built a good home and had the love and respect of their children and everyone in the community.

Martha was a convert to the Mormon Church but her husband never did join until shortly before his death, he expressed a desire to be baptized. Records show that he was baptized in March 1858, and died 3 weeks later on the 9 April 1858, Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States.

Martha later married Isaac Huff Losee on December 31 1859, at age 51 in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah. Martha passed away on September 12 1892, at age 84 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, USA. She was buried in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, USA.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. scott andreasen
    Jul 14, 2015 @ 17:14:30

    was she baptized before the church was organized?


    • Sue
      Jul 15, 2015 @ 03:50:27

      I have her baptism date recorded as 10 June 1830. That would be 2 months after the church was organized.


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