Almeda Day McClellan: Heroine and Pioneer Woman

This morning I spent some time getting to know one of Nathan’s amazing ancestors, Almeda Day McClellan.  Born in Canada, her family moved to Nauvoo when she was young.  A new bride with a six week old daughter, she and her husband left Nauvoo for Salt Lake when she was only 19.  Her husband was pressed into and survived the Mormon Battallion, and they later had a gazabillion kids, eventually having to escape persecution by living in Mexico.  Following the death of her husband, she moved back to Salt Lake and went on to become the longest living woman in America with more descendants than any other.  It’s a grand tale, and you can read it on our genealogy blog.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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