History: Emma Della Sperry

Emma Della Sperry was born in the covenant on 2 April 1886 in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry, age 35, and Caroline Webb, age 34. She was the 8th of 11 children, and the 5th of 8 daughters, born to the couple. Her older siblings were: Charles Alonzo, born 7 December 1872; Arthur David, born 30 October 1874; Emily Esther, born 27 August 1876; twin sister’s, Jeanette and Jeanevery were born 15 June 1879; Henry Melvin, born 29 January 1881; and Retta, born 9 November 1883. They were also born in Nephi. Tragically, Jeanevery died when she was 8 months old on 22 February 1880. She died by accidental suffocation when sleeping in the same bed as her mother and twin sister.

On 13 May 1888, when Emma Della was 2 years old, his sister Lillian May was born in Nephi.

Eva Pearl, Emma Della’s sister, was born when she was 5 years old, on 29 June 1891 in Nephi.

When Emma Della was 8 years old, she was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 1 August 1894. 2 Weeks later, on 15 August 1894, Emma Della’s youngest sibling, a sister, was born. Her name was Ruth.

When Emma Della was 21 years old, she married Fred McLaughlin on 18 December 1907 in Nephi. Fred was 27 years old at the time.

On 23 December 1908, when Emma Della was 22 years old, she completed her initiatory and endowment ordinance and then was sealed for time and eternity to her Fred McLaughlin, age 27, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Emma Della gave birth to her first child, a son, when she was 23 years old on 14 July 1909. They named him Malcolm.

Charles Alonzo died at the age of 39 on 1 May 1912 in Salt Lake City. Emma Della was 26 years old when her brother died.

On 1 November 1914, when Emma Della was 28 years old, she gave birth to her first daughter. The named her Winifred and she was born in Washington, D.C., United States

When Emma Della was 28 years old, her father (Charles Henry Sperry) died at the age of 64 in Salina, Sevier, Utah, United States on 10 February 1915. 

Nina, Emma Della’s daughter, was born on 6 November 1915 in Washington, D.C. Emma Della was 29 years old at the time of her birth.

To Be Continued…

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