Wife No. 19 by Ann Eliza YoungThe story of a life in bondage, being a complete expose of Mormonism, and revealing the sorrows, sacrifices and sufferings of women in polygamy, by Brigham Youngs apostate wife. Born and reared in the midst of the Mormon people, it was inevitable that Mrs. Young would accept their practices and beliefs. After breaking away from the Mormon faith, she endeavored to expose everything, to show the sorrows of the women she left behind. This is her story, considered an important mission she had to carry out, as only could be written by one who spent her life immersed in Mormonism.
List of Brigham Young's wives
It turns out that she was actually wife No. Recent studies, including my own, have found 55 well-documented marriages. There are several debatable cases, but most readers will agree that anything over 50 is rather extravagant as far as marriage is concerned. Brigham Young was probably the most oft-married man in 19th-century America. The sheer variety of Brigham Young's marriages makes it difficult to make sense of them. He married single women and widows.
Only the Church President held the keys authorizing the performance of new plural marriages. After the Manifesto, monogamy was advocated in the Church both over the pulpit and through the press. On an exceptional basis, some new plural marriages were performed between and , especially in Mexico and Canada, outside the jurisdiction of U. This essay primarily addresses plural marriage as practiced by the Latter-day Saints between and , following their exodus to the U. West and before the Manifesto. Plural marriage did result in the birth of large numbers of children within faithful Latter-day Saint homes.
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Brigham Young; I live above the law [JoD 1:361]
See this page in the original publication. Plural marriage was the nineteenth-century LDS practice of a man marrying more than one wife. Popularly known as polygamy, it was actually polygyny. Although polygamy had been practiced for much of history in many parts of the world, to do so in "enlightened" America in the nineteenth century was viewed by most as incomprehensible and unacceptable, making it the Church's most controversial and least understood practice. Though the principle was lived for a relatively brief period, it had profound impact on LDS self-definition, helping to establish the Latter-day Saints as a "people apart. Rumors of plural marriage among the members of the Church in the s and s led to persecution, and the public announcement of the practice after August 29, , in Utah gave enemies a potent weapon to fan public hostility against the Church.