Friday, November 6, 2009


This is an introduction to the life sketch of Elizabeth Elliott Wakefield.

After reading this sketch, read other sketches of:


John Fleming Wakefield at


Robert Wakefield at

Monday, August 17, 2009

Elizabeth Elliott Wakefield

Elizabeth Elliott Wakefield was born 29 June 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, to John Fleming Wakefield and Susannah Garlick.

Elizabeth first married Henry Edward Moss when she was about sixteen.  Henry died soon after they were married.

Elizabeth married a second time to John Wesley Deal in 1860.   She left him soon after their marriage.

Elizabeth married a third time to Gideon Durphy Wood in 1869, in Springville, Utah.  Elizabeth and Gideon had five children: Lyman Stephen, Electa Bullock, Elizabeth McKenzie, Gedeon and emma Hanna Nelson.

The following is a sketch about Elizabeth from " Memories of my Grandmother, Elizabeth Elliott Wakefield Wood" by La Rue Wood Nelson:

"I have heard grandmother Elizabeth tell of many meals consisting of sego and thistle roots.  She spoke of their fear of the Idians.  Often as she worked she sang 'O, bury me not on the lone prairie.'

Grandmother was a petite woman and very quick, always in a hurry.  Her grey hair was worn parted i the middle, brushed back and caught in a 'bob' at the nape of her neck.  She had small, even features and a short upper lip; a very nice-looking woman."

Elizabeth died on 25 february 1929, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.