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Biography of Lydia Moon Moon

Lydia was born on 9 October 1811 in Eccleston, Lancashire, England to Mathias Moon and Alice Plumb Moon. She was one of four daughters and five brothers. After their conversion to the LDS church, they made preparations to leave for Zion. They sailed on 6 June 1840 with the first company of saints to sail from England to America. At age 29 Lydia married Henry Moon in Pine City, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States. They were married by Captain John Moon (Henry's uncle). Following came hard work, sickness and sorrow as Lydia buried her only daughter one day following her birth in Iowa. As they continued to travel, they had two more children. Lydia's little boys were six and three when they began the trek arriving in Salt Lake City 5 October 1850. Lydia's home was in Salt Lake City. Here, Henry was ordained a High Priest and set apart as a bishop by President Brigham Young on 21 October 1855. He held this office for fourteen years. Knowing the responsibilities and activities of any bishop and his wife, we see a period of unselfish service and work in the church for Lydia. On 18 March 1856, Henry married Temperance Westwood as his second wife. She was much younger than Lydia. She always treated her with love and kindness and was like a mother to her in teaching and helping her in many ways. Henry made a home for Temperance in Farmington, but four of her children were born in Lydia's home in Salt Lake City. On 1 January 1860 Henry was also married to Mary Ann Thayne. Lydia passed away 9 July 1868 at the early age of fifty-seven. Her youngest married Alice Jane Pulley and they gave Lydia grandchildren. Her three children were: Alice Ann, 17 Sep 1842 John Thomas, 13 Sep 1844 Joseph Henry, 30 July 1847 From DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS, page 2036

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