Mary Orilla Watson

16 February 1872–4 April 1964 (Age 92)
Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States

The Life of Mary Orilla

When Mary Orilla Watson was born on 16 February 1872, in Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States, her father, Lorenzo Watson, was 21 and her mother, Helen Eliza Vandenburgh, was 20. She married Oliver Samuel Elmer on 2 July 1891, in Pima, Graham, Arizona Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in La Plata, Colorado, United States in 1920 and World for about 30 years. In 1930, at the age of 58, her occupation is listed as nursing in Arizona, United States. She died on 4 April 1964, in Lynwood, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Emery, Graham, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Samuel Elmer
Mary Orilla Watson
Marriage: 2 July 1891
Lorenzo Oliver Elmer
Samuel Ira Elmer
Ervin Lafayette Elmer
Helen Eliza Elmer
Elizabeth Elmer
William Franklin Elmer
Osburn Elmer
Parley Watson Elmer
Charles Golden Elmer
Joseph Edgar Elmer
Fern Elna Elmer
Arthur Wilson Elmer

Spouse and Children

2 July 1891
Pima, Graham, Arizona Territory, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Historical Boundaries: 1874: La Plata, Colorado Territory, United States 1876: La Plata, Colorado, United States
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 24

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Wat ( see Watt )

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

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Story Highlight

My Great-Grandmother

I was only two and a half years old when my great-grandmother, Mary Orilla Watson died. I visited the hospital where she was admitted with my mother. It must have been just before she died. I rememb …

Sources (3)

  • Mary Elmer in household of Samuel Elmer, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Mary Orrilla Watson Elmer, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Mary O Watson Elmer in household of Oliver Samuel Elmer, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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