Life Sketch of Jane Muir Muir

One of those lucky few whom marry and yet keep the name which they had. This sketch was given by her daughter-in-law, May Longstroth Muir.

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Jane Muir

Jane Muir, daughter of Mary Ross and Walter Muir was born April 14th, 1840 at Crofthead Linlithgowshire, Scotland. She was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1848. She was married to Thomas N. Muir, April 20th, 1860, never changing her name, it being Muir before marriage. She came to America in the year 1863, sailing on the ship called Sunny Shower. She left Scotland in March and was eight weeks on the ocean. She crossed the plains in the Thomas Ricks Company, walking all the way and reached Logan, Cache County, Utah in October 1863.

Later, with her husband and family they moved to Wellsville where they lived one year. They were living out by the old mill south of Mendon at the time Rosie Thurston became missing, supposed to have been kidnapped by the Indians; but she was never found. Just at this time the people were advised to move into Mendon on account of the Indians. So they moved into the old fort. Her husband was an Indian guard at this time. She worked very hard. She washed for others and did all kind of work to help make a living for her family. She now moved to a ranch in Petersboro, her husband having taken up the land as a homestead. The Indians often came to their home and demanded flour and bread and she would always share with them what she could. She said it was better to divide with them than to fight with them.

They lived on the ranch twenty years. The family consisted of twelve children, seven girls and five boys, but they were called to part with six of them before they grew to man and womanhood. They now moved to Logan, her husband being of the Cache County Commissioners. She lived in Logan six years and moved back to Mendon where she still resides. She is eighty-seven years old does her own work and is very independent. She would rather live alone and do her own work than have anyone with her. She is hale and hearty and very spry on her feet. Dr. Randall examined her last years. He said her body was well preserved, even better than three-fourths of the young people of today.1

May Longstroth Muir


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1. Jane Muir, May Longstroth Muir, September 1927, unpublished manuscript