History: Harriet Gibbons

Harriet Gibbons, daughter of John Gibbons and Sarah Wild Gibbons, was born at Blackheath, a suburb of London, on June 6, 1851, the youngest of a family of six (John Francis, James Robert, Henry, Sarah, Elizabeth and Harriet Gibbons). She was baptized in about 1861 at the Hobborn Branch, London.

Soon after this she left England in company with her step-father, Jacob Gerrard, her mother and her two elder sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth on the S. S. Nova Scotia and landed in Montreal. After spending some time in Toronto they settled in Acton, Ontario, Canada. The eldest daughter, Sarah, came on to Utah in 1861. The rest of the family followed in 1863, leaving Florence, Nebraska on June 30 in Captain Patterson’s independent train of emigrants.

They landed in Salt Lake City on September 4, and went south to Lehi where their sister Sarah had preceded them. A little later the family moved to the part of Pleasant Grove now known as Lindon where her step-father had purchased a farm.

On December 11, 1871, she was married to Charles Benjamin Harper in the Endowment House and a few days later moved to a small rock house on Locust Avenue, on which lot she resided until her death. She was the mother of nine children (Charles Benjamin, Jr, Sarah Elizabeth, Jacob Ray, Harriet Rosabell, Abraham Lee, Grace Viola, Margaret Rose, Clifton Hyrum and Florence Thora Harper), seven of whom survived her. 

She was a faithful helpmate to her husband, bearing with him her share and sometimes more than her share of the trials and troubles in raising a family. Her husband went on a mission to England leaving her to keep the family together and with their help to send him sufficient funds to keep on with his work. For many years she served as a visiting Relief Society Teacher. 

After a painful illness of nearly five years, during which she suffered two paralytic strokes, the last of which deprived her of her speech, she passed away on October 30, 1922 in her seventy-second year, survived by her husband, three sons, four daughters and her sister Elizabeth, who died two years later.

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