Life Sketch of Lucy Amelia Pack Kimball

Given by her daughter, Julia A. Kimball Wood in 1919.

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Lucy Amelia Pack Kimball

Lucy Amelia Pack Kimball was born June 22nd, 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. She was the daughter of John and Julia Ives Pack. She grew up to be a beautiful maiden and came with her parents to Salt Lake in 1847.

She was married to General William H. Kimball, son of Heber Chase Kimball in 1857. From that union a little daughter was born whose name was Julia Aline.

After some time trouble arose, and they were separated, after which she married Judge Joseph Baker, son of Simon Baker, a pioneer of 1847. They were married July 10th, 1859.  A little son was born to her at Salt Lake on March 22nd, 1860, after which they moved to West Bountiful and were pioneers of that place.

They then moved to Mendon and were among the first settlers here. After coming to Mendon, a second son was born November 11th, 1861. At the time of his birth they were living in a dugout, and it rained seven days and seven nights. While Lucy was being delivered, Aunt Maria held an umbrella over her, and her husband was at the steps bailing out water to keep them from being drowned. This proves that she was blessed of the lord. She got through all right and never got along better. Her third son was born June 3rd, 1864, after they moved from the dugout onto their city lot.

This was the year of the crickets, when they destroyed the grain. Her fourth son was born November 29th, 1865. Her first daughter, Lucy Amelia was born October 22nd, 1867. Her second daughter Jameson Luella was born February 23rd, 1871. Her fifth son was born June 15th, 1873. The sixth son was born April 10th, 1874. Lucy had a very sweet, lovable disposition and was also very industrious. She was a spinner and weaver, making entirely her own carpets. She made straw hats and gloves for the men working in the fields. She was a beautiful sewer and knitter and understood well the many duties of women of that day.

Her sweet winning ways brought all who knew her close around her, she being a great favorite among the young people. She was a beautiful looking woman and made rather a picturesque looking figure in the saddle, the sport of riding horses being one of her favorite amusements.

She was also a graceful dancer, as well as a sweet singer. She was brought to sorrow in parting with one of her small children, her son Ward E. This sorrow finally bringing her to her last sickness, which was childbirth.

Lucy was a very patient sufferer for nearly a year, those who assisted, mentioning many times her loving ways and cheerfulness under all conditions.

She was a faithful Latter-day Saint to the end, which came April 16, 1874.

Her son Linden was killed between the age of eighteen and nineteen on the Utah Northern. Her son Simon was a pioneer of Snake River country and was drowned in the Teton River, leaving a wife and two small children.

These are only a few of the many things which go to show the strong, noble character of one more of our great and wonderful band of ancestors called “The Pioneers.”

Julia Kimball Wood