History: Harriet Gibbons

Harriet Gibbons was born 6 June 1851 in Camdentown, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom to John Gibbons, age 43, and Sarah Wild Cole, age 38. She was the 6th of 6 children, and the 3rd of 3 daughters, born to the couple. Her older siblings are: John Francis, who was born 17 December 1835 in Saint Pancras, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom; James Robert, who was born 22 May 1838 in Saint Pancras; Henry, who was born 18 December 1841 in Camdentown; Sarah, who was born 8 March 1845 in Saint Pancras and Elizabeth, who was born 27 June 1848, also in Saint Pancras. Sadly, Henry died 19 November 1843 in St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom before Harriet was born.

Harriet was christened on 29 June 1851 in Saint Pancras when she was 3 weeks 2 days old.

When Harriet was 9 years old, she was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 10 June 1860.

Harriet’s father passed away when she was 13 years old in Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. He passed away in May 1865 at the age of 56.

Harriet’s mother married and was sealed for time and eternity to her 2nd husband, Jacob Garrard, on 7 November 1868 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Endowment House, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Harriet was 17 years old at the time. 

On 11 December 1871, when Harriet was 20 years old, she completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances and was married and sealed for time and eternity to Charles Benjamin Harper in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Endowment House. Charles Benjamin was 23 years old at the time.

Harriet gave birth to her first child, a son, when she was 21 years old on 25 May 1873. He was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States and they named him Charles Benjamin, Jr. 

Sarah Elizabeth, Harriet’s first daughter, was born when she was 23 years old on 27 December 1874 in Pleasant Grove.

Another son, Jacob Ray, was born when Harriet was 25 years old. He was born 31 May 1877 in Pleasant Grove. He died when he was only 2 months old on 9 August 1877.

When Harriet was 27 years old, she gave birth to daughter Harriet Rosabell was born on 16 February 1879 in Pleasant Grove.

To Be Continued…

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