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History of Utah, pioneer women Diana Severance (Chase) (Young) Shaw.
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And first husband Brigham Young (who apparently took Diana as a wife temporarily for her protection as an unmarried woman crossing the plains.
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She divorced him and later married William Montgomery Shaw

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Diana Severance (Chase) Shaw
Diana was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints when she was a young girl. She received her endowments in the Nauvoo Temple before coming to Utah.

She married Brigham Young on October 10, 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois. On June 9, 1842, she became a member of the Relief Society at the eleventh meeting of the organization.

On May 26. 1848, she left Winter Quarters with a company of Saints under the direction of Brigham Young until they reached the Elkhom River. There a company of Saints was waiting to be organized for the trip to Great Salt Lake Valley. Early in June, they broke camp and started their exodus with Lorenzo Snow appointed as their captain. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 30, 1848.

william montgomery shaw portrait pedigree chart

Diana Severance (Chase) (Young) Shaw
BIRTHDATE: 25 Jul 1827
Bristol, Addison CO., Vermont
DEATH: 6 Sept 1886
Ogden, Weber Co., Utah
PARENTS: Ezra Chase and Tirzah Wells.
Mormon Pioneer September 20 1848
Lorenzo Snow Wagon Train
SPOUSE I: Brigham Young
MARRIED: 10 Oct 1844
Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois
DEATH SP: 29 Aug 1877
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
SPOUSE II: William Montgomery Shaw
MARRIED: 1 January 1849
Ogden, Weber County, Utah
DEATH SP: 27 Dec 1902 Ogden, Utah
Rosabell, 12 Oct 1849
Manly, 28 Dec 1851
Genevra, 5 Feb 1854
William Dudley, 15 May 1855
Ambrose E., 31 August 1857
Romania, 26 Sep 1859
Arinis, 6 Mar 1861 ma, 22 Dec 1862
Frank, 2 May 1865
Tirzah, 20 Feb 1867
Clarence, 15 Mar 1870

Diana's Father: Ezra Chase
Ezra Chase
Ezra Chase and Tirzah Wells Family Portrait

Information taken from: Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, V- 1 

Name: Ezra Chase
Birth Date: 04 Feb 1796
Birth Place: Colrain, Franklin, Massachusetts
Parents: Timothy and Sarah Simmons Chase
Death Date: 24 Oct 1873
Death Place: Harrisville, Weber, Utah
Arrival: 1848, Lorenzo Snow Co. Spouse: Tirzah Wells
Marriage Date: 22 Aug 1818
Marriage Place: Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
Spouse's Birth Date: 29 Jul 1796
Spouse's Birth Place: Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
Spouse's Death Date: 04 Apr 1867

Spouse's Death Place: Farr West, Weber, Utah

Ezra was a Quaker in his youth and his teenage years were spent in Bristol, Vermont. After marriage they lived in Bristol.

In 1829 they moved to Sparta, Livingston, New York, with his brother Isaac, to live on a farm. While there, they met the Mormon missionaries and joined the Church in 1839.

Ezra returned to Bristol as a missionary, and he converted the family of his deceased brother, Abner. Soon after, he and Isaac moved their families to Nauvoo.

In 1842, Ezra led an expedition of 50 men up the Mississippi River to the pine woods of Wisconsin, where they helped operate several saw mills. They returned in October with a huge raft and timber for the Temple and Nauvoo House.

In 1846, the Chase families fled west with the other saints. After arriving in the Valley, they soon moved on to Weber County where they settled in the Mound Fort Area of Ogden. In 1850, Ezra, his wife Tirzah, and their younger children joined an expedition to California to the gold fields of El Dorado.

In 1853, they went south to San Bernardino. They returned to Weber County when San Bernardino was abandoned in 1857/58.

Ezra became the great grandfather of George Albert Smith, eighth president of the church.

Ezra Chase Tirzah Wells family

Ezra Jr., b. 1849 , Bristol, Addison, Vermont. D. 1849.
Ezra Chase 1819-1819
Dudley Chase b.1835 D.1906
Abigail Eliza , b. 4 Oct 1820, Bristol, Vermont. Married April 1848, Adam C. Hubbard. D. 21 Jan 1892.
Nancy Bailey, b. 27 Jan 1823, Briston, Vermont. Married 1 Jan 1846, Lorin Farr. D. 10 Sep 1892, Ogden, Utah.
newton chase B. 1837 D.1818
Charlotte, b. 11 May 1825, Bristol, Vermont.Married 1st, 10 Oct 1844, Heber C. Kimball (Div). Md. 2nd, 1850, Thaddeus C. Hicks. Plus others. D. 15 Dec 1904, Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho.
Diana Severance, b. 25 Jul 1827, Bristol, Vermont. Married 1st 10 Oct 1844, Brigham Young (Div).
Married. 2nd, 1 Jan 1849 William Montgomery Shaw. D. 6 Sep 1886, Ogden, Weber, Utah.