Emma Smith Yearsley

14 November 1842–24 March 1884 (Age 41)
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Emma Smith

When Emma Smith Yearsley was born on 14 November 1842, in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, David Dutton Yearsley Sr, was 34 and her mother, Mary Ann Hoopes, was 31. She married William Brockerman Wright Sr on 15 March 1860, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Weber, Utah, United States in 1850. She died on 24 March 1884, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Brockerman Wright Sr
Emma Smith Yearsley
Marriage: 15 March 1860
William Brockerman Wright Jr.
Mary Elizabeth or Lillie Wright
Emma Smith Wright
Ida Louisa Wright
Eva Yearsley Wright
Annie May Wright
David Frederick Wright
John Herbert Wright
Nina Ella Wright

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 March 1860Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 3
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."
    Age 4
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 14
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Yeardsley in Cheshire, which is recorded as Erdeslee in 1347 and Hurdyslegh in 1370. The placename may derive from an Old English personal name Ēorēd (genitive Ēorēdes) or Old English hirde ‘herdsman’ (genitive hirdes) + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. There may have been some confusion with Yardley .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (55)

    • Emma Yearsley in entry for Fred Wright, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Emma Wright in household of William B Wright, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Emma Yearsley in entry for Annie W. Evans, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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