Ellen Brown Leavitt



Ellen Brown LeavittEllen Adell Brown was born March 7, 1836 at Auburn, Geauga County, Ohio.  She was married January 25, 1857 to Lyman Utley Leavitt at Pulaski, Jackson County, Michigan with J. W. Taylor performing the ceremony.  They lived in Michigan 6 years.  During this time two children were born to them--James Elbert and Florence Debra.  Then they moved to Black Oak, Illinois.


They left Illinois May 12, 1863 for Salt Lake City, arriving on July 26, 1864.  They moved from there to Centerville, in Davis Co where they lived until November 5, 1868.  During this time twins, a boy and girl, were born.  The girl died shortly after birth and was buried at Centerville.  The boy was called Charles Alvey.  Later Lyman Elroy was born.


They were then called to the Muddy mission (St. Joseph, Nevada) by Brigham Young, arriving there December 1, 1868.  While there one more child was born to them--Ellen Adell.  The Indians were so bad James Elbert and his mother would sit and watch all night while the rest of the family slept.  They were finally forced to leave there February 1, 1871, moving on to Long Valley, and then to Kanosh.  They arrived at Kanosh August 27, 1872. 


They bought a home and  a small farm--the house being only a log granary, but furnished a comfortable home for their five children until they were able to build a small brick home which still stands on the west side of town.


She saved the hardwood ashes and bleached them for lye to make her soap.  She gathered rabbit brush to color with and she also raised bees and took care of them herself for a good many years.

She was left alone in 1878 but with the help of her younger children she made her own living doing sewing of all kinds, including men's suits, which she made for the sum of $3.50 a suit.  She made Wm. Staples wedding suit.  She cut and made all her own patterns with a model chart.  She was never too busy nor the night too dark to help the sick or care for the dead.  She was Treasurer in the Relief Society for 15 years and made temple aprons as long as she lived. 


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