Mary Talley (Holden)
Spouse: Joshua Holden
See also: http://home.earthlink.net/~norm.mcclellan/FamilyHistory/ (Thanks to Norm McClellan for permission for this link)
Name: Birthdate: Place:
Temple Ordinance Data:
Mary Talley who was Irish, and her father was Joshua Holden, who was English. They resided in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844 and according to family history, lived a few blocks from the Prophet Joseph Smith.
(Taken from Joshua Holden History)
Pope and Massac Counties lie at the extreme southern tip of Illinois, Just across the
Ohio River from Kentucky. If family traditions are substantiated, Joshua and his family
had moved to Pope County from Wayne County Tennessee, just a year or two before he joined
the L.D.S. Church.
1819 23 Sep Joshua Holden marries Mary Talley, daughter of George
Talley and Lucy McDaniel (variant McDonald, etc.)
Family records show the name to be McDonald. Mecklenburg County, Virginia bonds show
the marriage of a George Talley to Lucy McDaniel in 1787. A contemporary marriage in the
same place is that of a man named Grief Talley. It is known that our George Talley and
Lucy, his wife, named a son Grief. The likelihood of this being our family is obvious.
1820 23 June Wiley Hines Holden, a son, born to Joshua and Mary in
Lincoln County, Tennessee. (Lincoln County borders Franklin County on the west).
1821 8 Oct George Richmond Holden was born to Joshua and Mary.
1823 6 Feb James H. Holden born to Joshua and Mary.
1824 29 Sep Hulda Maria Holden, first daughter, born to Joshua and Mary,
in Wayne County, Tennessee, some 60 miles due west of Lincoln county.
1826 22 Sep William Riley Holden born to Joshua and Mary at
Waynesboro, Wayne County, Tennessee.
1828 1 July John R. Holden born to Joshua and Mary, Wayne Co.
1830 11 Mar Joshua E. Holden born to Joshua and Mary. No further
1831 8 Oct. Richard Holden born to Joshua and Mary. No further record.
1833 23 Dec Elizabeth Jane Holden, second daughter born to Joshua and Mary.
1835 17 Oct Jeptha Vinan Holden, the eighth son, born to Joshua and Mary.
1837 26 July Mary Ann Holden, third daughter, born to Joshua and Mary
in Wayne County, Tennessee. In the Thurber Ward, Wayne County, Wayne Stake, Utah records
it is given as Carrolsville, Hardin, Tennessee
1840 23 Mar. Joshua Holden, residing in Pope County, Illinois, becomes a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, being baptized by George P. Dykes, and on the
same day, is ordained an Elder in the Church.
1842 Joshua and family move from Pope County, in southern Illinois, to Nauvoo, on the
Mississippi river. Family tradition is that they lived just few houses from the Prophet
Joseph Smith. Mary Ann, Joshua's daughter has told, that as a child, she sat upon the
Prophet Joseph's lap.
1842 Jan Darius Holden is born (It is not known if this is a son of Joshua and Mary,
research may prove it isn't.)
1843 Feb 14-21 Althana Angeline Holden, Joshua's and Mary's three year
old baby dies at Nauvoo, of jaundice. (Reference The Wasp, 22 February 1843)
1842 28 Aug. Darius Holden dies "the week end of 28 August 1843 at Nauvoo, Hancock
County, Illinois, age 1 year, 7 months." (30 August 1843 Nauvoo Neighbor). There are
other Holden families living in or near Nauvoo at this time, but since we know there were
other children born to Joshua and Mary, we should preserve this record
for further study.
1843 13 Nov A child born to Joshua and Mary. (Is this Rebecca?)
1845 12 May Jepha Vinan Holden son of Joshua and Mary dies at Nauvoo
of "lung fever" age 9 ½ years (reference Nauvoo Neighbor 14 May 1845)
1845 April 22-29 James Holden "of Iowa", 22 year-old son of Joshua dies of
"winter fever" in Nauvoo, likely at the home of his parents. He had probably
been working or living across the river in Iowa. It is not know if he was married. (Nauvoo
Neighbor 30 April 1845).
1845, 5 Sept Hulda Maria Holden, Joshua's eldest daughter, marries in Nauvoo, Illinois,
James Harvey Heath of Louisiana.
1846 31 Jan Joshua and Mary go to the Nauvoo Temple where they receive
1846 1 Apr Joshua and family, including daughter Hulda and her husband Harvey Heath,
abandon their homes in Nauvoo, cross the Mississippi River "in Father Holden's
wagon" and set up temporary camps in Bonaparte, Van Buren county, Iowa, on the Des
Moines River. William Riley says: "On April 1st 1946 I traveled to Davis
County Iowa" (from Nauvoo. After sending the team and wagon back to Nauvoo for Wiley
Holden and his wife Abigail and children Mary, age 6 and Joshua, age 4 , and possibly
others, the family spends the summer in Van Buren or in adjoining Davis County, Iowa.
(Handwriting of Mary Chidester, daughter of Julda Heath Chidester): "In April 46
we crossed the river in Father Holden's wagon, and moved over to Boney Parts Iowa, and
stopped there and the team returned, Father Holden myself moved on, not far from
Burlington Davis Co. Iowa and stopped there and" (ends abruptly here. If they did go
to Burlington from Bonaparte, they back traced about 30 miles, since Burlington is back on
the Mississippi and is not in Davis County. Davis County is West of Bonaparte
1846, 27 May Joshua and Mary become parents of a child, name and sex
not preserved in family record.
1846 18 Nov Joshua's son William Riley Holden, age 20, marries Miss Elizabeth Gustin,
in Davis County, Iowa. Soon afterward they set out for Council Bluffs.
1846-7 Winter It appears likely that Joshua and Mary and the younger
children also went to the Bluffs to spend the winter. James Harvey Heath records that he
and Hulda spent about a year at the Bluffs, after leaving Nauvoo in April 1846, and
staying awhile in Bonaparte, Van Buren County, Iowa.
1847 4 June Willima Riley Holden and bride, Elizabeth's father Thomas Gustin and
family. The rest of Joshua's family seems to have remained near Council Bluffs, in
Pottawattamie County, Iowa until 1851 or1852.
1850 27 Nov Joshua Holden age 50, and family appear in census of
Iowa. Wife Mary claims to be 40, Elizabeth 18, and Mary 13.
1851 5 Apr Joshua's wife for 32 years, Mary Talley Holden dies, and her obituary appears in the Frontier Guardian, 18 Apr. 1851 published at Kanesville, Iowa:
"At Bluff Branch in this county (Pottawattamie) on Saturday the 5th inst. Mary Holden, wife of Joshua Holden, of inflammation of the head, aged 49 years"
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