Margaret Ellen Miller

May 17, 1836 - June 5, 1918


History of Margaret (Watson) Miller

May 17, 1836 - June 5, 1918

Margaret Miller was born in Rutherglen, Lanark, Scotland on May 17, 1836. She was the 6th child of Charles and Mary McGowan Miller.

In 1846 her parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in their native land of Scotland.

Within the next three years, Charles, Mary and their 11 children made preparations to join with the Saints in Utah. They made it as far as St. Louis, Missouri. There her father worked mining coal to make enough money to continue their journey west to Utah.

From June 22nd to July 4th, 1849, her mother, father and 2 brothers contracted cholera and died. Margaret was just 13 years old. Margaret's older siblings took over the task of parenting as well as the job of preparing for the journey west.

Margaret and her sister Elizabeth evidently did not move to Southern Utah with many of their brothers and sisters.

Margaret married Alexander (Sandy) Watson on the 8th of November 1855. She was just 19 years old.

Quote from her brother John's history, "In the winter of 1858 all able bodied men were called to go into Echo Canyon to hold the soldiers from entering the Salt Lake Valley. My sister Margaret's husband, Alexander Watson, was one who was called to go into the canyon, also my two brothers, David and James. My sister and I were left home alone, (she with a very young baby) in that severe winter weather with only a green wood fire. A sack of flour stood in one corner of the large room. Often I was forced to get into bed to keep warm, or rather to keep from freezing to death. My heels were frozen, swollen and raw, with sores as big as a half dollar upon them."

Taken from the Web Site Find a Grave Margaret was the great-grandmother of LDS President Thomas Spencer Monson.

A granddaughter, Agnes Woodbury, recalled some memories of Margaret Ellen Miller Watson in her biography:

"My Grandmother Watson lived next door to us on the south. Her home was on the corner of 5th South and 3rd West. It was made of adobe and very well insulated. Our home was not separated by a fence from Grandma's house, so we had a big yard where we could play baseball, hide and seek, and lots of other fun games. When we were little, we never went very far from home."

"It seemed that every night, the members of Mom's family who lived nearby would always gather at Grandma Watson's house just to visit and discuss the events of the day. We were always a very close family."

"I remember Grandma Watson as a very loving, but strict individual. She was Scottish and very proud of it. She would sit in a little rocking chair on the back porch and rule the neighborhood. She died in 1918, and we all missed her for a long, long time."

Margaret was the mother of 12 children:

Alexander, born - February 22, 1856, died - October 20, 1927

Mary Jane, born - February 25, 1859, died - February 24, 1877

Margaret Ellen, born - December 7, 1859, died - February 24, 1930

Robert William, born - December 30, 1861, died - January 15, 1862

James David, born December 22, 1863, died - December 23, 1940

Sarah Elizabeth, born - February 18, 1866, died - July 30, 1879

William Charles, born - December 30, 1867, died - June 27, 1883

John Robert, born - December 16, 1869, died - November 26, 1927

Janet or Nettie, born - December 8, 1871, died May 14, 1952

Hugh Miller, born - November 19, 1872, died November 18, 1932

Agnes Harriet, born - May 31, 1876, died - October 29, 1932

Annie, born - June 7, 1878, died February 21, 1948

Margaret died on June 5, 1918 at the age of 82.


This page last updated on March 04, 2010 .