POLLY MARIA FOX SHAW - Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude

Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude 2-39

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Myrtillo, 1 Aug 1814
John Landon, 19 May 1816
Sylvester, 21 May 1818
Henry Champion, 1 Jul 1820
Zebediah V., 5 Aug 1822
Ambrose, 12 September 1824
William Montgomery, 8 September 1826
Polly Maria, 10 Feb 1830
Olive Lucy, 7 Feb 1833
Birthdate: 11 Jan 1790
Sheffield. Berkshire Co.. Maine
DEATH: 21 Jan 1873
North Ogden. Weber County, Utah
PARENTS: Jeremiah Fox
Olive Fitch
PIONEER: 20 September 1848
Lorenzo Snow Wagon Train
SPOUSE: John Shaw john_shaw.aspx
MARRIED: 1 Jan 1812
Victor, Ontario Co., New York
DEATH SP: 5 Jul 1880
Ogden, Weber Co., Utah

Polly Maria was born in Sheffield, Berkshire on January 11, 1790. She married John Shaw in 1812. In 1825, they moved to Cowlesville, Bennington, Wyoming County, New York where John purchased land on Lapp Road north of town.

In 1842, they became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1844, they moved with most of their family to LaHarp, Hancock, Illinois. In 1845, Polly Maria was sealed to John in the Nauvoo Temple. In 1846, they joined the exodus of the Saints from Nauvoo to Council Bluffs. They joined Lorenzo Snow's Wagon Company in 1848 and began the long trek across the Plains. They arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley on Septembertember 20, 1848.

In 1850, Polly, John, and their family moved to Ogden, Utah and settled in Farr's Fort for protection from the Indians. Two years later, John bought a farm on the east side of Washington Avenue between Canyon Road and the Mill Creek. This was one of the first farms cultivated north of the Ogden River. Later, they moved to North Ogden.

Polly had given up much for her religion, sharing in the persecutions in Illinois, enduring the hardships of the journey across Plains and mountains, and helping her husband make a home in the barren Utah valleys. Polly passed away at the age of eighty-three on January 21, 1873 and was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.