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My Grandpa was Polygamous

Polygamy was popular in the Utah Territory and many of us had polygamous grandfathers. Here is your place to keep the wives and children straight.

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Latest Activity: May 13, 2015

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Does anyone out there want to talk about this issue? . 3 Replies

Started by Jan Broberg Carter. Last reply by Jan Broberg Carter Jul 16, 2009.

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Comment by Lindsey Wolfgang on January 29, 2011 at 10:22am
Hello everyone! My 3rd Great Grandfather was Simon Cooker Dalton, who moved to Uah in 1849 and lived in Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah counties. He had 5 wives: Anna Wakeman (my 3rd Great Grandmother), Elnora Lucretia Warner, Lura Ann Warner (Elnora's sister), Elizabeth Veach, and Charlotte Louise Durham. He is only one of my polygamous ancestors.
Comment by Caren on August 3, 2009 at 6:54pm
When polygamy was banned by the main church in 1890 most with multiple wives went to Mexico (like Mitt Romney's family) as the Mexico colonies didn't have the same laws as the ones in Utah and Arizona. I have several ancestors who helped to colonize the Mormon settlements in Mexico.

I have an ancestor who had 12 wives. And thru my genealogy site I was contacted by a descendent of one of the wives (that I was not aware had children)... we're now friends on Facebook. :D
Comment by Cindy Johnston Sorley on July 15, 2009 at 6:59pm
Sue, why not start a discussion with Milo Andrus and his eleven wives then we can feed info in there.

Please put dates, places etc that you know.
Comment by Sue Chilberg on July 15, 2009 at 12:06pm
I am researching Milo Andrus 1814-1893.Milo had 11 wives and 57 children.
I am descended from wife #5 Mary Ann Webster.
Comment by Cindy Johnston Sorley on July 14, 2009 at 11:10pm
Ruby, I am in the same boat as you.. so I just listed BOTH as wives. On one census Samuel Fletcher has both in the household and my aunt was the first one so I figured she was more important... Kidding of course.. but that census makes for good fun.
Comment by Ruby Coleman on July 14, 2009 at 2:20pm
I am researching several polygamous ancestors including Heber Chase Kimball and his multitude of wives. Yes, they can be tedious to link together. One problem I have encountered pertains to the situation of the wives after polygamy was outlawed in Utah. Which wife was consider "the" wife? The number one wife or one of the sister wives?
 

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