MARTHA EVANS WINN

1842 – 1926

 

 

          Martha Evans, Born 20 October 1842, was the eldest of fifteen children born to David Evans and Barbara Ann Ewell.

          She was a strong healthy child and was able to withstand all the hardships imposed on the members of the church in its early days.  She was told by her parents that she was held, as an infant, by the prophet Joseph Smith.

          The Evans family lived in Nauvoo until the Saints were driven out in 1846.  At that time they began their Westward trek to Utah.  After many stops and delays, they arrived in Salt Lake City on the 15th of September 1850, and moved to Lehi the following February Where they made their home.

          When Martha was eight years old, she was baptized a member of the Church, 16 June 1851.

          Martha grew to young womanhood and took her place in community affairs.  She had a nice voice and sang in the choir.  She also taught a group of young children on week days, comparable to a kindergarten class.

          On October 20, 1859, the 17th birthday of Martha Evans, she became the bride of William Henry Winn.  The marriage was a double ceremony performed at the home of David Evans.  A large banquet followed the ceremony for the friends and relatives of both couples.

          On August 3, 1861, they journeyed to Salt Lake City where their marriage was sealed for eternity in the Endowment House.  Fourteen children were born to this couple.  Three of these children died in infancy, Barbara, George, and Mary Augusta.  Sarah Ellen was taken early in her adult life at the age of 16 years.  Grandma Winn also saw her two eldest children taken by death before she herself was called home.  They were William Henry, Jr. and Martha Ann Winn Davis.

          William Henry Winn was called twice to go into the mission field to preach the gospel.  This meant he had to leave his wife to carry on as both father and mother and provider for their growing family.  This challenge was met by these two courageous people who thought this sacrifice was not too much to ask of them for the sake of their religion.  Martha accepted her obligations with faith and hope, believing her husband was serving the Lord.

          It was the practice of pioneer people to always be self-sustaining as far as they were able, raising their own food.  Grandma kept a cow for milk.  A pig was raised each year and butchered in the fall for winter meat.  Chickens filled part of the barn.  And a good garden was cultivated each summer.  This way of life was practiced until Grandma was in her seventies.  At this age she decided she could no longer do all these chores, so she sold her stock.