Eminent Women of the St. George Temple

A series of historical biographies: "The Eminent Women of the St. George Temple."

The framework for these biographies is Wilford Woodruff's dream or vision about the Founding Fathers and his need to do their temple work in the brand new St. George Temple. He also had the work done for fifty eminent men of the world, and he noted in his diary that “Sister Lucy Bigelow Young went forth into the font and was Baptized for Martha Washington and her famaly [sic] and seventy (70) of the Eminent women of the world.”

The series highlights 61 amazing women from the frontier communities of Washington County, Utah, who helped Wilford Woodruff complete the project. It also tells the story of the women whose work was done.

This series is being published at Keepapitchinin: The Mormon History Blog.

Introduction: The Eminent Women of the St. George Temple

Martha Washington and Lucy Bigelow Young

Ann Fairfax Washington Lee

Susanna Mehitable Rogers Sangiovanni Pickett Keate

Anna Charlotte Eldridge Hinkle Chidester and Charlotte Corday

Mary O'Connell
Rose Jarvis

Ann Crosby Thomas

Christiane von Goethe

Roseinia (Rose) Sylvester Jarvis

(Extra post) The Sylvesters: The Fire and Light Was Always Free

(Extra post) Marinda Redd Bankhead: A Slave in Zion

Isabell Hill Romney Platt and Charlotte von Schiller 

(Extra post) A Brief Guide to Mitt Romney's Polygamous Heritage

Mary Lockwood Ross Kemp and Lady Sydney Morgan

(Extra post) Childhood Memories (Seth Austin Pymm and Eliza Dent Pymm)

Matilda Hoffman
Eliza Lund

Eliza Ann (Grazen) Brace Lund

(Extra post) Behind the Scenes at the Eminent Women Project

(Extra post) Hark (Lay) Wales: A Slave in Zion

Mary Parker Chidester

Catharine Maria Sedgwick

(Extra posts) Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock Week

(Extra post) A Response to the Salt Lake Tribune on Utah's Dixie and Slave Culture

(Extra post) Reintroduction: The Eminent Women of the St. George Temple

Jennett Potter Oxborrow and Mary Philipse Morris

(Extra post) Historical News Flash: Wilford Woodruff’s Vision of the Founding Fathers

Caroline Blake Hardy

Jane Mary Nugent Burke

Jean Armour Burns

Elizabeth Thomas Morse
Elizabeth Morse

Lucy Bigelow Bunch and Sarah Creagh Philpot Curran

Marietta Symonds Barney Calkin

Sarah Kemble Siddons

Cathrine Donald Rankin Pymm

Abigail Smith Adams


Since the subject of baptisms for the dead gets some press from time to time, church policy is, and has been for years, that church members should do the temple work for their own ancestors and family, and close personal friends with the permission of their immediate families.