Mary Jane Dilworth, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Missionary wife


Mary Jane Dilworth, the twelfth of thirteen children of Caleb and Eliza Wollerton Dilworth, was born on 29 July 1831 in Uwchlan, Chester, Pennsylvania. By 1846, her mother, brother, and eight sisters had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, to gather with the other Church members. The inhabitants of Nauvoo were later driven from their homes to Winter Qyarters, Nebraska, and on 17 June 1847 most of the Dilworth family headed farther west with the Jedediah M. Grant Mormon pioneer company and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley almost four months later. Soon afterward, Mary opened a school in Salt Lake City. One year later, on 17 November 1848 (at the age of seventeen), she married Francis Asbury Hammond, a twenty-six-year-old sailor from Patchogue, New York. They had their first child, Francis Asbury, Jr., on 15 September 1850. ln March 1851, Francis was called to serve a mission to the Sandwich Islands.