Desdemona Fullmer

Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer (1809 - 1886)

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Desdemona Wadsworth Fullmer aka Smith, Benson, McLane
Born in Huntington Mills Luzerne County Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Nauvoo, Illinoismap
Wife of — married in Nauvoo LDS Templemap
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
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Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United Statesmap
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Categories: Willard Richards Company 1848 | Wives of the Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints | Early LDS Adherents | LDS Pioneers.


Nauvoo Temple
Desdemona became a member of the LDS Church between 1830 - 1848.
Desdemona Fullmer is an LDS pioneer.

Desdemona was born in 1809 in Pennsylvania, United States. [1][2][3][4][5][6]

She was the daughter of Peter Vollmar and Susannah Zerfass. [7][8][9]

She married Joseph Smith 26 January 1842, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. [10][11][12][13]

She married Ezra Taft Benson 26 January 1846, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. [14][15]

She married Harrison Parker McLane 3 July 1853, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States. [16]

LDS Church Ordinances: [17][18]

  • Baptism July 29, 1839 by Elder John P. Greene
  • Patriarchal Blessing March 21, 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. officiated by Hyrum Smith
  • Endowment January 21, 1846, at the Temple in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Sealed to Spouse in 1842 and January 26, 1846

Biographical Notes (published on Find A Grave Memorial, unsourced): She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on July 29, 1839 by Elder John P. Greene. She was living with her brother, David, at Haun's Mill at the time when the massacre of the saints occurred there. She and other members of her family were under the necessity of secreting themselves to the woods to escape the mob. Desdemona arrived in Salt Lake City in October of 1848 in the Willard Richards Company, and lived there for nearly forty years, residing at 375 West 400 South in the Downtown district of Salt Lake City. She was a quiet, unassuming, faithful woman and was greatly respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Desdemona worked as a tailoress for most of her life, and completed her autobiography a few years before her death. Desdemona married Joseph Smith Jr. in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois. They were later sealed on January 26, 1846 in the Nauvoo LDS Temple. After his death, she later married Ezra Taft Benson on January 26, 1846 in the Nauvoo LDS Temple.

She passed away in 1886 in the Utah Territory, United States. [19][20][21]


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