Elizabeth Georgina Quilley

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Elizabeth Georgina Quilley, wife of Samuel George Read - Arnold Family Collection

Relationship: Mother-in-law to Ephraim Knowlton Hanks & Thisbe Quilley Read
Association: Member of the Martin Handcart Company. When son, Walter Pyramus Read, became lost outside of Iowa husband, Samuel George Read, and son, Samuel Milford Read, turned back to Iowa to search. Samuel and Georgina divided up their monies. As Georgina was the company nurse on the trek, she continued with her daughters with the anticipation that the men would catch up.



  • Born: (22 Sep 1805) (, Basing, Hampshire, England)
  • Christened: (28 Sep 1806) (, Basing, Hampshire, England)
  • Died: (5 Oct 1882) (Nephi, Juab, Utah, USA)
  • Buried: (6 Oct 1882) (Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  • Plot: Grand Aveune, Plat J, Block 7


James Dale m. (23 Oct 1825) (St. Luke, Finsbury, London, England)


Samuel George Read m. (abt 1836) (St. Dunstan's Church, Stepney, Middlesex, England)


  1. Clara Elizabeth Quilley Read; b. (16 Jul 1839) (, Lewisham, Kent, England)
  2. Alicia Quilley Read; b. (20 Oct 1840) (Limehouse, Stepney, Middlesex, England)
  3. Samuel Milford Read; b. (13 Oct 1841) (Bethnal Green, London, Middlesex, England)
  4. Thisbe Quilley Read; b. (25 Apr 1845) (Stepney, London, Middlesex, England)
  5. Walter Pyramus Read; b. (8 Aug 1848) (Poplar, London, Middlesex, England)


John Rodwell m. (10 Jan 1863) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)


William Quilley b. (10 Feb 1769) (, Bramley, Hampshire, England)
Hannah Evemey c. (28 Dec 1783) (, Basing, Hamphire, England)

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The Tempered Wind


The Tempered Wind - By Sidney Alvarus Hanks. A biography of Thisbe Quilley Read. Hard copy available in the Special Collections of the BYU Harold B. Lee Library. Call number BX 8670.07 .H194.



  • Mormon Handcart Production - A theatrical re-enactment, dedicated to the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies of 1856 and their Rescuers, both past and present.
  • Sweetwater Rescue - From 1856 to 1860, ten handcart companies traveled to what they considered Zion. Eight crossed the plains successfully. Two—the Willie and Martin Companies—met with a wintry disaster in 1856, as did the Hunt and Hodgett Wagon Trains trailing behind them. The rescuers from the Salt Lake Valley faced the same horrific snows.

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