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Mary Ann Graybill

Female 1832 - 1917  (85 years)

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  • Name Mary Ann Graybill 
    Born 26 Feb 1832  Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 Nov 1917  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Nov 1917  Grantsville City Cemetery, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I293  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 May 2021 

    Father Michael Graybill,   b. 14 May 1787, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1856, Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Mary or Polly Stoker,   b. 24 Nov 1792, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1864, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married May 1811  Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wilford Heath Hudson,   b. 19 Sep 1818, Corydon, Harrison, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1905, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married Bef Oct 1850  , Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Reviewed 6 May 2002 Worldconnect.

      2. Censuses:
      1850 US: Salt Lake, Utah, p. 130, family 6:
      Wilford Hudson, 32, farmer, $150, IN.
      Juliana, 25, OH.
      Mary A., 20, OH.
      Eliza, 7, IL
      Mary A., 5, IL.
      Amanda, 3, Des(eret).
      Emily, 5/12, Des(eret).

      1860 US: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, 27 Aug 1860, p. 301, family 13:
      Wilford Hudson, 41, carpenter, $500, $500, IN.
      Mary Ann, 29, OH.
      Elizabeth, 22, OH.
      Eliza J., 16, IL
      Mary Ann, 15, IL.
      Amanda, 11, Nebraska.
      Wilford, 8, UT.
      William, 6, UT.
      Emily, 4, UT.
      Simeon A., 3, UT.
      Orson, 3, UT.
      Rosetta, 6, UT.
      Mary, 1, UT.
      David, 3/12, UT.

      1870 US: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, p. 2 of 8, 13 Jun 1870, 21/21:
      Wilford Hudson, 51, carpenter, IN.
      Mary A., 38, OH.
      Wilford, 18, UT.
      William C., 16, UT.
      Emma E., 14, UT.
      Alman, 12, UT.
      David J., 10, UT.
      Andrew J., 8, UT.
      Elsa A., 2, UT.

      1880 US: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah; FHL film 1255338 or NA film T9-1338, p. 70B:
      Wilford Hudson, Carpenter, 62, IN, VA, KY.
      Mary Hudson, wife, 48, OH, SC, NC.
      Wilford, 28, UT, IN, OH.
      William, 26, same.
      Simeon, 22, same.
      David, 20, same.
      Andrew, 18, same.
      Elsie, 12, same.
      Samuel, 8, same.

      1900 US: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, p. 199A:
      Wilford Hudson, Sep 1818, 81, m. 50 years, IN VT NH, farmer.
      Mary Ann, wife, Feb 1832, 68, m. 50 years, 12 total children with 8 living, OH NC NC.
      Wilford L., son, Jan 1852, 48, S, UT IN OH, farmer.
      William, son, Jan 1854, 46, S, UT IN OH, farmer.
      David J., son, Feb 1860, 40, S, UT IN OH, farmer.
      Ray Bryan?, g.son, May 1882, 18, S, UT UT UT, laborer farm.

      1910 US: Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, p. 3, 14 Apr 1910, north side of Main Street, family 10:
      Mary A. Hudson, 78, widow, 57 years married, 12 children total with 8 living, OH NC NC.
      Wilford P., son, 58, single, UT IN OH.
      William C., son, 56, single, UT IN OH.
      Gasper, son, 50, single, UT IN OH.

      3. 19 May 2002 various databases report 12 children born from 1850 to 1875 in Salt Lake City and Grantsville, Utah.

      4. Her obituary doesn't mention name McMurray, her supposed second husband. Was there really a second husband?

      5. The book "Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict," edited by Clark V. Johnson, contains a copy of the "Scroll Petition" dated 28 Nov 1843 at Nauvoo, IL addressed to the U.S. Congress by members of the LDS Church who had property destroyed by Missouri mobs in the 1830's. Included with over a couple thousand signatures is that of Mary Graybill.

      6. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 16-24:
      "Mary Ann Graybill, b. 23/25 Feb 1830, Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH; d. 16 Nov 1917; md. to Wilford Heath Hudson. Wilford was b. 19 Sep 1818, Corydon, Harrison Co., IN. He also was married to Mary's sister Juliana. Mary's and Wilford's children were Emily Cordelia, Wilford Farrington, William Calvin, Emma Amelia, Simeon Almon, David Jasper, Andrew Jackson, John, Don Carlos, Elsie Ann and Samuel Elliott."
      Short biographies of children are in the book.

      7. The following is a partial quote from an article entitled: "The Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker family as early Mormons in Ohio and Missouri," by Jimmie "B" Stoker, November 24, 1993, as reprinted in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. See the notes of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) for the full transcript of this article:
      "The following members of Michael Stoker's family attached their names to a petition in 1843 that they had lived in Missouri and had been driven from their state:(21)
      David Stoker [Michael's son David (1795-1852)], John Stoker [possibly David's son, John (1817-1881) or Michael's son, John W. (1803-1857)], John McDaniels (1812-1884) [David's son-in-law, husband of his oldest daughter, Christine (1815-1854)], Elles Stoker (1816-1855) [Eller, Michael's youngest son], Mary Stoker (1822-1890) [probably Margaret Judd, Eller's wife]. Catharine Stoker (1773-after 1850) [Michael's wife, Catharine Eller], Jacob Stoker (1812-1893) [Michael's son], Catharine Stoker [Catharine Burcham, Jacob's wife], John Stoker (1803-1857) [Michael's son, John W. Stoker], Sarah Stoker (1806-1857) [John W. Stoker's wife, Electa Sarah McDaniel].
      Geo. Graybill (1821-?) [Michael's grandson, George Washington Graybill, son of Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864)], Michael Stoker (1805-1858) [Michael's son], Martha Stoker (1808-1873) [Martha Carr McDaniel, wife of Michael's son, Michael], Gabrael Stoker (1832-1852) [Michael's grandson, son of Michael (1805-1858)], William Stoker (1819-1892) [Michael's grandson, son of David], Almira Stoker (1818-1884) [Michael's granddaughter-in-law, grandson, William's wife, Almira Winegar], Samuel D. Stoker (1840-1908) [Michael's great-grandson, son of William and Almira], William Stoker (1842-1906) [Michael's great-grandson, son of William and Almira].
      Mary Graybill [possibly Michael's daughter, Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864) or his granddaughter, Mary Ann Graybill (1830-?)], William Graybill (1825-1880) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Adam Graybill [still looking for this relationship to Michael], Sidney R Graybill (1836-?) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Levi Graybill (1818-1912) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Patience Graybill (1825-1895) [Patience Smith, Michael's granddaughter-in-law, wife of Joseph Levi Graybill (1818-1912)], Mary Graybill [possibly Michael's daughter, Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864), or his granddaughter, Mary Ann Graybill (1830-?), Polly's daughter].
      John Stoker (1817-1881) [Michael's grandson, son of David], Jane Stoker (1810-1890) [Michael's granddaughter-in-law, Jane McDaniel, wife of John (1817-1881)], Hannah Graybill [Michael's great granddaughter, daughter of Joseph Levi Graybill], Hyrum Stoker (1840-1887) [Michael's great grandson, son of John Stoker (1817-1881) and Jane McDaniel], Alma Stoker (1835-1897) [Michael's adopted great grandson, son of Jane McDaniel], and Franklin Stoker (1842-1855) [Michael's great grandson, son of John Stoker (1817-1881)]. Lucinda Stoker is also listed on the petition but cannot establish a relationship to Michael Stoker (1762-1838).(22)
      Refuge found in Illinois.
      The people of Quincy reached out to help the Mormons fleeing from Missouri. Elizabeth Haven Barlow writes, "The people of Quincy had contributed between four and five hundred dollars for the poor Mormons. God had opened their hearts to receive us. May heaven's blessings rest upon them. We are hungry and they feed us, naked and clothed us. The citizens have assisted beyond all calculations."(23)
      21. Also included are some of their children who were born after 1838 in Illinois.
      22. "Mormon Redress Petitions," pp. 574, 598, 599-601.
      23. Elizabeth Haven Barlow in letter to Elizabeth Howel Bullard, 24 February 1839, published in Ora H. Barlow, "The Israel Barlow Story and Mormon Mores." Salt Lake City: Ora H. Barlow, 1968."

      8. The following is an extract of Wilford Hudson's pension file for his service in the Iowa Mormon Volunteers, Company A commanded by Jefferson Hunt, during the Mexican War (Mormon Battalion). The file was copied from films on file with the FHL and consists of well over a hundred pages and is in the same ordered as copied:
      -5 Oct 1905. Mary A. Hudson, Declaration of Widow. Mary A. Graybill, b. 26 Feb 1832 at Bloomfield Twp., Ohio, was md. to Wilford 15 Feb 1851 by Brigham Young in Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah, and she had never before been married. Wilford died. 6 Sep 1905 in Grantsville, Utah. His former wife died 8 May 1850 at SLC. Sent from Grantsville and signed with the mark of an X. [Note other affidavits within the package indicate a marriage date of 15 Feb 1852.]
      -Undated: Certificate 7248 for Wilford Hudson with quarterly payments being made from the US pension agent at San Francisco.
      -Pension as of 18 Jul 1904 was $12/mo. Retroactively commenced 5 Jan 1893.
      -6 Nov 1894, enrolled and mustered in service 16 Jul 1846 at Council Bluff and mustered out with unit 16 Jul 1847 at Los Angeles, CA. Stations served include 31 Aug 1846 near Council Grove, 31 Dec 1846 at Camp on Rio Gila, 28 Feb 1847 at St. Luis Rey, U. Cal., 30 Apr 1847 Pueblo de los Angeles, and 30 Jun 1847 at Pueblo, U. Cal.
      -6 Mar 1900, statement from Wilford that he never served in the Army or Navy except for the Mexican War. That he is 81 and too old for manual labor. He raises lucerne upon his land with a value of about $25/yr. He owns town lots 3 and 4 on block 16 of Grantsville city plat containing 2-1/2 acres. He acknowledges a current pension of $8/mo.
      -20 Oct 1905, Wilford dropped from pension roll due to death dated 6 Sep 1905.
      -6 Sep 1904, Wilford F. Hudson appointed guardian of Wilford Hudson who has been adjudged incompetent.
      -9 Mar 1887, application for pension. Wilford Hudson, age 68 at Grantsville, Utah. Resided since service discharge for 2 years in SLC and then at Grantsville ever since. Married Mary Ann Graybill 4 Feb 1850 at SLC. Notes that he previously applied and received a land warrant in 1849. Born in Harrison County, Indiana. He is 5'-10" with sandy complexion, blue eyes, and sand hair. He was a farmer before and after his enlistment. Signed his name.
      -8 Jan 1918, certificate 14503, Mary A. Hudson dropped as pensioner due to death dated 15 Nov 1917. Pension was at $20/mo.
      -26 May 1900, pension rate increased to $12/mo.
      -2 Oct 1905, pension established for Mary A. Hudson, widow, age 73.
      -23 Feb 1883, "Old War Invalid" certificate 25379 issued. Wilfred Hudson alleges injury to knee.
      -20 Dec 1917, Form to Chief of Finance Dept. from Disbursing Clerk noting that the postmaster of Grantsville returned a check for $60 dated 4 Dec 1917 for Mar A. Hudson with a note that the pensioner died 15 Nov. 1917.
      -Apr 1906, claim 18172, cert. no. 7248. Gov't noting problem with marriage of 15 Feb 1852 since there is no record of said marriage and all the witnesses are dead.
      -16 Aug 1883, disability affidavit, age 64, born in Harrison Co., Indiana, at 18? moved to Adams Co., IL, at 26 years of age moved to Hancock Co. where he lived for 2 years and worked as a carpenter. Currently a carpenter and farmer. Injured himself from a sprain April 1847 near Los Angeles driving loose mules in the Gov't service. Received medical attention from Dr. Chambers in SLC for three months in 1854 and also Dr. C. H. Davidsen of Grantsville for six months in 1880. Has never suffered any other disability except the sprain. Physical condition has been very poor and has only been able to do a little carpentry since his discharge. Has not been able to walk any.
      -23 Apr 1900, affidavit from Stephen S. Worthington of Grantsville attesting to Hudson's ownership of lots 2 and 3, block 16, of Grantsville, which are worth $300. He also produces six tons of lucerne valued at not to exceed $30 per annum.
      -7 Jun 1904, affidavit from Mary Ann Hudson. Declares that between 5 Jan 1892 and 26 May 1900 that Wilford was totally disabled for any manual labor due to debility. Notes: "My husband is now past 85 years of age and by reason of age and senile debility is utterly incapable of doing anything for himself. Requires a constant attendant and his mind is so far gone that does not see or comprehend anything that goes on about him."
      -18 Oct 1906, widow's brief, Mary Ann b. 26 Feb 1832.
      -9 Feb 1906, affidavit of Mary Ann Hudson indicating that Julianna Hudson, wife of Wilford Hudson, died 8 May 1851 and that she was married to him 15 Feb 1852.
      -10 Feb 1906, affidavit of Stephen Staley Worthington indicating that he was acquainted with Mary Ann Graybill in 1849 when she was a young Mormon living in Iowa with her brother Levi Graybill.
      -20 Apr 1906, affidavit of Ruel Barr?? indicating that he was acquainted with Wilford and his wife Julianna in SLC and also in Nauvoo from 1845 until Julianna's death in 1852 or 1853.
      -2 Nov 1905, Affidavit as to Family Record Entries, shows Julianna Graybill Hudson, b. 19 Feb 1826 and d. 8 May 1851; shows Mary Ann Graybill Hudson, b. 26 Feb 1832. Signed by Mary Ann with the mark of an X.
      -3 Oct 1906, Deposition of Mary Ann Hudson, states she was married about the middle of Feb. 1852, but she is not sure of the date but believed it to be about 15 Feb 1852; states she is quite sure it was in Feb. 1852; states she can't write and has a poor memory; states first wife was Juliana Graybill, her sister, and they married about 10 years before her marriage; sister died about 8 May 1850 or 1851 and she was married about a year and three months later; the marriage was performed in the office of Brigham Young and not the Endowment House; there were two witnesses to the marriage but she can't recall their names.
      -5 Oct 1906, a special inspector states he can find no documentation of the first wife's death nor Mary Ann's marriage including looking at the Deseret News newspaper.
      -2 Oct 1906, affidavit from Ruel Barnes, who also was in the Mormon Battalion. He knew Wilford and Juliana in Council Bluffs in 1846 or 1847 and attests that Wilford and Mary Ann have lived as man and wife since he met Mary Ann in 1856.
      -28 Jan 1893, declaration of pensioner for an increase in pension. Wilford states he has "rhumatics through exposure in the war and entirely dependant on my family for support."
      -14 Oct 1916, letter from Mary Ann to Commissioner stating she was born in Jackson Co., Ohio, 26 Feb 1832 and that her present address in Grantsville is P.O. Box 34.
      -22 Nov 1899, affidavit of Wilford Hudson. States he was married in SLC Jan 1849 to Mary Ann Graybill by Brigham Young and that there is no record of the marriage existing. Former wife was Julia Ann Graybill who d. in SLC in the year 1849. He has the following children:
      -Eliza Jane Hudson, b. 9 Jan 1844
      -Mary Ann, b. 17 Apr 1845
      -Amanda E., b. 7 Sep 1849
      -Wilford F., b. 12 Jan 1852
      -William C., b. 24 Jan 1854
      -Emma A., b. 19 Oct 1856
      -Simeon A., b. 10 Dec 1858
      -David Jasper, b. 28 Feb 1860.
      -Andrew Jackson, b. 14 May 1862
      -Elsie Hudson, b. 21 Apr 1868
      -Samuel E., b. 20 Nov 1871
      -Feb 1883, Declaration of Original Invalid Pension, indicates injury due to "sprained his right knee caused by slipping and from which he is now very much disabled being hardly able to move about."

      1. Per obituary. Ancestral file reports Feb. 26, 1830. 1900 census reports Feb 1832. Lewis book uses 25 Feb 1830. Pitt book quoted above uses 23/25 Feb. Hook book cited below uses 25 Feb 1830. Pension papers states 26 Feb 1832.

      1. Surmised to have occurred after both had arrived in Utah after Sep. 1849. 1900 census says they had been married 50 years. 1850 census confirms Mary Ann was married to Wilford Hudson while his first wife Juliana, Mary Ann's sister, was still alive; this makes Wilford polygamous in 1850. First child was born in Oct 1850. All the subsequent censuses show her always married to Wilford Hudson.

      2. Some incorrect databases incorrectly show this Mary Ann marrying Charles McMurray. Mary Ann Graybill was always married to Wilford Hudson per the censuses quoted above and the death information. It was Mary Ann Hudson, Wilford's daughter from his first marriage to Juliana Graybill, who married McMurray per the following marriage record from the "Western States Marriage Records Index" <>:
      ID Number 230825
      Groom: Charles K. McMurray, age 53 of Oakley, Idaho.
      Bride: Mary A. Hudson, age 46 of Oakley, Idaho.
      County of Record: Cache Co., Utah; Place of Marriage Logan
      Date of Marriage 14 Oct 1891
      Volume 3 Page 50

      1. Obituary states 16 Nov 1917 and pension file states 15 Nov 1917.

      2.'s "Utah Death Index, 1905-1951 Record": Mary Ann Hudson, d. 15 Nov 1917, age 85, Tooele County, state file no. 1917004393.

      1. See obituary.

      1. "Grantsville. Aged Pioneer of 1849 Laid Reverently Away. (Special Correspondence.) Grantsville, Nov. 19. - The funeral of Mary Ann Graybill Hudson was held in the First ward chapel yesterday afternoon, Bishop Jefferies presiding. The principal speakers were Elders Thomas Williams, J. H. Hale, Jas. B. Wrathall and Patriarch B.R. Barrus, all of whom referred to the noble life and character of the deceased. The choirs of both wards furnished appropriate music. Marinda Brown sang a solo, "I Have Read of a Beautiful City." Interment was in the city cemetery. The deceased was born in Jackson county, Ohio, Feb. 26, 1832, and died Nov. 16, of cancer, being over 86 years old. She came to Utah in 1849 and was the wife of the Late Wilford Hudson of Mormon Battalion fame, who after returning from California, settled in Tooele county and remained here until his death." Deseret Evening News, Tues., Nov. 20, 1917, p. 12.

      1. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 90-91.

      2. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, p. 99.

      3. Nauvoo LDS Land and Records Office research file (copy in my possession as of 2 Jun 2007) provides the following information (also partially viewable at