Isabella Muir

15 August 1837–7 December 1903 (Age 66)
Penpont, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Isabella

When Isabella Muir was born on 15 August 1837, in Penpont, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, James Muir, was 44 and her mother, Mary Ann Murray, was 44. She married James Dock Shanks on 21 October 1855, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 7 December 1903, in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Dock Shanks
Isabella Muir
Marriage: 21 October 1855
Mary Elizabeth Shanks
Isabella Shanks
James Shanks Jr
William Shanks
Marion Shanks
Elizabeth Shanks
John Muir Shanks
Archibald Shanks
Margaret Shanks
George Alexander Shanks
Josephine Shanks

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 October 1855Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 6
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
    Age 11
    Find A Grave website photo indicates establishment of the cemetery in 1848. Located at the NE corner of 4th Avenue and N Street. Salt Lake City Cemetery is in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It encompasses over 250 acres and contains 9 1?2 miles of roads. It is the largest city-operated cemetery in the United States. The first burial occurred on September 27, 1847, when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. The burial was two months after the Mormon pioneers had settled the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.
    1857 · Police (Scotland) Act 1857
    Age 20
    The Police Act 1857 was an Act put into place by Parliament to establish a mandatory police force in every county of Scotland.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from Older Scots muir ‘moor’ (an expanse of bare, wild upland country). There has been some confusion with Mure .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Biography from the book “How Beautiful Upon the Mountains” Wasatch County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

    My Great Great Grandpa Turner became very close friends with William Lindsay naming his 1st living son after him!

    Sources (44)

    • Isabel Shanks in household of James Shanks, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Isabella Muir in entry for Isabella Shanks, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Isabella Shanks in household of James Shanks, "United States Census, 1880"

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