Esther Howarth and Elizabeth Anne Birks
History by Ryan Moore
Esther Howarth and Elizabeth Anne Birks were married to James Lythgoe at the endowment house in Salt Lake City on 12 April 1875. The record is housed in special collections at the LDS genealogical library. Esther's family lived in Heber City and Hoytsville, whilst Elizabeth was from the Payson and Santaquin areas. Elizabeth was mentally ill, and suffered greatly during their short marriage. She was committed to the Utah State Asylum in Provo in the 1880's, and their children, William and Herbert were given away. Elizabeth died at the Asylum in 1902. She is buried in an unmarked grave at the Provo City cemetery. Parts of James' journal are missing, and I believe that because of the stigma associated with Elizabeth's commitment, and subsequent demise, that they were destroyed by someone with good intentions long ago. The Lythgoes were living at Santaquin in the late 1870's. I have the commitment papers for Elizabeth showing James as her husband, as well as an 1886 LDS blessing record for Henefer showing she and James were the parents of Herbert, who was later raised by Nephi and Emeranda Hendrix. Esther Howarth lived in the Lythgoe home more as a grandmotherly figure, and given her advanced age, did not bear any children. She is buried at the foot of James' grave at the Henefer cemetery, and next to his first wife, Martha Heelis. I placed a new stone on Esther's grave in 2010. Information from Ryan Moore.
|Owner/Source||Angelyn Reese Gardiner|
|Linked to||Elizabeth Anne Birks; Esther Howarth|