Margaret Ann Howard McBride (1814-1891)

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(This is a bonus chapter excerpt from the eBook Women of Faith in the Latter Days: Volume 1: 1778-1820.)


Biographical Sketch

Margaret Ann Howard McBride lived a life of devotion to her family and to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was baptized into the Church in Preston, England, and in 1856 migrated to America with her husband, Robert, and their five children. They left behind Margaret’s parents, Peter and Ann Wright Howard, and other family members they would never see again.

The McBride family embarked on the ocean voyage across the Atlantic. They took the train from Boston, Massachusetts, to Iowa City, Iowa, and then journeyed with the Martin Handcart Company to the Salt Lake Valley. The family experienced their share of sorrow: Robert, died en route, but Margaret and the children survived “against great odds,” despite starvation and exposure.1

Margaret was incapacitated most of the way to Utah Territory; her children often thought she was close to death. Their handcart company was ultimately rescued by wagon companies dispatched by Brigham Young. After arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, the family eventually moved to Ogden, where they lived for a time in impoverished conditions. Margaret married a widower, Samuel Ferrin, who added plural wives to the household at about the same time she was sealed to her first husband, Robert.

She eventually left her husband, moved to Eden, Utah, and continued raising her family alone. Margaret served for many years as a Relief Society president in Eden and eventually lived with some of her children. She later spent time in St. George, where she assisted in the building of the St. George Temple. After a long and productive life, Margaret passed away on July 5, 1891, at age seventy-six.

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1. Bruce L. McBride and Darvil B. McBride, Against Great Odds: The Story of the McBride Family (Anaheim, CA: KNI Incorporated, 1988), title page.

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