Antoinette Davenport (Leavitt)


Spouse: Thomas Rowell Leavitt


  • Born September 2, 1843 in McDonough, Illinois
  • Baptized on Feb 23, 1850
  • Married March 6 1861 at Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sealed to husband on March 6, 1861
  • Died October 2, 1880 in Wellsville, Cache, Utah
  • Burial Wellsville City Cementery, Wellsville, Cache, Utah


  • Date: September 2, 1843
  • Place: McDonough County, IL, USA
  • Alternate Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA



  • Date: October 2, 1880

Marriage Information:

  • Spouse: Leavitt, Thomas Rowel

Church Ordinance Data:

  • Baptism Date: February 23, 1850

Temple Ordinance Data:

  • Endowment Date: March 9, 1861
  • Sealed to Parents Date: June 11, 1952 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
  • Sealed to Spouse Date: March 9, 1861

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(This history is written by Annie Leishman, a granddaughter, and the information was obtained from her mother, Julia Ann Wyatt)

Annett Davenport was born 2 September 1843 at Hancock County, Nauvoo, Illinois. She was the 9th child of James Davenport and Almira Phelps.

Her father James, came to Utah with Brigham Young’s first company in 1847. His name is engraved on the monument at Salt Lake City. He made several trips across the plains to help bring the saints. James was born in Danville, Caledonia, Vermont on 1 May 1892. He was married to Almira Phelps 4 September 1822. He died 23 July 1883 at Richmond, Utah. Almira was born 23 January 1805 in Canajoharium Montgomery, New York, and died 28 December 1881 at Richmond, Utah.

Annett’s brothers and sisters were as follows:

  1. Mary Marion
  2. John Squire
  3. Almon Alfred
  4. Martha Ann
  5. Sarah Mariah
  6. Lucinda Melissa
  7. James Nephi
  8. Heber
  9. Almira
  10. Annett (Antonett, Antoinette)

making 11 children in all.

Annett met and married Thomas Rowell Leavitt (born 30 June 1834 in Compton, Canada). They were married in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City March 9, 1861 by Brigham Young, witnessed by D. H. Wells and H. S. Eldredge.

She was the second wife of Thomas Rowell Leavitt. The first wife was Ann Eliza Jenkins.

The first home was a log house in Wellsville on the William Murray corner; then she moved to a frame house called Mary Hendry’s home. While there Grandfather (Thomas) bought her a four-lidded stove. All the neighbors came to see it. She had plenty of work and hard times in her life. While in this home the children all had chilblain feet because of inadequate shoes or rubbers for their feet. She had no medicine, so would rub their feet with kerosene. Poor Uncle Jerry would hold his feet and cry, "Oh, my poor feet."

Grandmother (Annett) was beautiful seamstress. She would go and help young mothers make their baby clothes, take rag sacks and make quilt blocks on shares. She also made beautiful knit lace for her baby’s clothes. She was a minute woman in time of sickness, always helping the needy. She could also spin yarn and card bats for quilts.

When anyone had a kicky cow they couldn’t milk they would send for Nettie Leavitt. She was able to milk the cow and take some of the milk home for her pay.

Her third home on the Old Leavitt farm.

My mother Julia said her mother was strict with her children. When she said "No" she meant it. One day Julia wanted to go with her. She said "No", so Julia made a fuss. Grandma got a switch and let her have it. She knew when mother said "No", she meant it.

Grandfather (Thomas), being a polygamist, had to dodge the government officers at the Annett’s 10th baby was due. Grandfather was away, but was impressed to come home. When he got home in the dead of night, he found his beloved Annett was dead, not being able to deliver her child. Dr. Armsby had been sent for but declined to come as his child had the croup. Next morning he came and Grandfather met him at the door, ordered him off the place and said, "You didn’t come when she needed you, so we don’t need you now."

Annett’s children were

  1. James Rowell
  2. Julia Ann
  3. Sarah Almira
  4. Alfred
  5. Jeremiah
  6. Betsy
  7. Margaret
  8. Thomas Dudley
  9. John

She was a loving mother, wife, and good Latter, Day Saint, She passed away on 2nd October in the Old Leavitt Home which still stands. She was buried in the Wellsville Cemetery at the age of 37.

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Thanks to you, Annie W. Leishman 151 South Center, Wellsville, Utah , for this history of your grandmother. In her letter to Roma W. Jones she give the following information: "I am a granddaughter of Thomas R. Leavitt and Annett Davenport.

Four years after he married Ann Eliza Jenkins, he married a second wife, Antoinette Davenport. She was born 2 Sept. 1843 at Hancock, McDonnough County, Illinois. They were married at the endowment house at Salt Lake City by President Young 9 March 1861. She was a beautiful young lady, tall and graceful with dark hair and eyes that sparkled. She loved life and people and especially her religion. She understood the principles of plural marriage practice in the church at that time. The first wife had to give her consent before this marriage could take place.

When her tenth child was due, Antoinette’s husband Thomas, was in hiding in the canyons south of Wellsville. He felt impressed that he was needed at home. He traveled on foot in the dead of the night. When he arrived home he found his beloved wife, Antoinette dead, not being able to deliver her child. Dr. Armsley at Logan had been sent for but declined to come. His own child had the croup. When he came the next morning Grandfather met him at the door and ordered him off the place. He said, "My wife is dead. You would not come when we needed you and we don’t need you now."

Antoinette was strict with her children but a wonderful mother, a staunch Latter-day Saint, a loving wife and neighbor. She died t the age of 37 years and is buried in the Wellsville cemetery.

What a comfort Ann Eliza and Antoinette had been to each other. They shared their joys and sorrows and lived in constant fear for the safety of their husband. When he could not be at home with them, Grandmother Ann Eliza told her friends, "I’m glad there is someone else who can love him just as much as I do." They shared and shared alike in times of sickness and health. They went to church with their little children. They sang beautifully togther.

But now what could they do? This was a very sad time for the family and the whole community as well. It was almost more than Ann Eliza could bear. She had buried her own little child a few weeks before. Now with her own sorrow, she had to comfort nine sorrowing children and her heart-broken husband, their father. James Rowell was the oldest child, eighteen and little John just two year old.

Joseph, Ann Eliza’s son, the same age as John, was born and died the same day.

The Life of Thomas Rowell Leavitt

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