Marcia Amelia Hanks

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Marcia Amelia Hyde, courtesy of Judie Huff

Relationship: Daughter of Ephraim Knowlton Hanks & Harriet Amelia Decker

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Vitals

Spouse

John Cummins m. (4 May 18711) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

Child:

  1. Maida Elizabeth Cummins aka Madie Hyde b. (26 May 1872) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

Spouse

Frank Henry Hyde m. 18 Jan 1876

Children:

  1. Edith Lucille Hyde b. (3 Nov 1876) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  2. Orson Hyde b. (2 Oct 1877) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  3. Frank Henry Hyde b. (16 Mar 1881) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  4. Theodore Tracy Hyde b. (30 Oct 1884) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  5. Dorrit Hyde b. (17 Nov 1888) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

Parents

Ephraim Knowlton Hanks b. (21 Mar 1826) (Madison, Lake, Ohio, USA)
Harriet Amelia Decker b. (13 Mar 1826) (Phelps, Ontario, New York, USA)

Siblings:

  1. Ephraim Marcellus Hanks b. (21 Jun 1849), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  2. Marcia Amelia Hanks b. (3 Jul 1851), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  3. Otis Alvarus Hanks b. (15 Sep 1853), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  4. Harriet Page Wheeler Hanks b. (25 Feb 1856), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  5. Clara Vilate Hanks b. (10 Jul 1859), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  6. Charles Decker Hanks b. (22 Dec 1860), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  7. Perry Isaac Hanks b. (20 Jan 1863), (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)

History

The great heritage of being a direct descendant of pioneers, whose strength of character, and devotion to principle, caused them to sacrifice all they had and turn to a barren west--blazing the trail, overcoming countless obstacles, conquering new frontiers and finally becoming empire builders-- challenges the organization of Daughters of Utah Pioneers to accept their responsibility in keeping alive the spirit of the pioneers. It was fitting that to preserve their memory and hand down to their posterity and the whole world, for generations to come, the story of their noble achievements.

On April 11, 1901, fifty-four women, daughters of the early pioneers, participated in the work of forming the organization. The plan as thus instituted comprised the Central Company with headquarters in Salt Lake City, County companies and local camps in each county. Sister-in-law, Annie Taylor Hyde (Anna Maria Ballantyne Taylor, wife of Alonzo Hyde, and daughter of John Taylor & Jane Ballantyne), became the first president of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Talent, intelligence, appreciation for the beautiful, reverence for the teachings of their ancestors, and a sincere desire to perpetuate and preserve the history and relics of the founders of their commonwealth were the chief characteristics of the women who assembled to organize the Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Six of those assembled had crossed the plains as children; the oldest member was Laura Marinda Hyde Miner (sister-in-law to Marcia), age sixty-four, who was born in Kirtland, Ohio on May 30, 1837.

Marcia Amelia Hanks Hyde became one for the first group of charter members. Marcia attended Brigham Young's private school, the old 12th Ward school, and the University of Deseret. At the age of twenty she married John Cummings, who died in one year, leaving her with a baby daughter. In 1875, she married Frank H. Hyde and they were the parents of four children. Her life was filled with her family life, her church, and her civic obligations.

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol. 10, p. 395


In Salt Lake, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Utah Pub. A 1949 Historical Pamphlet 1945, Page 395, we find this sketch.

That rugged man of the west, Ephraim Knowlton Hanks, was the father of this worthy daughter. Her Mother was Harriet Amelia Decker Hanks. Marcia Amelia was born July 3, 1851 in Salt Lake City. She attended Brigham Young's private school, the old 12th Ward School, and the University of Deseret. At the age of twenty she married John Cummings, who died in one year, leaving her with a baby daughter. In 1875, she married Frank H. Hyde and they were the parents of four children. Her life was filled with her family life, her church and her civic obligations. She was a charter member of the D.U.P organized 11 April 1901, Salt Lake.


Obituary of Marcia Amelia Hanks Hyde

Marcia Hanks Hyde, 87, widow of Frank Hyde, of 773 Fourth East street, died at her home at noon Saturday of causes incident to age. Mrs. Hyde was born July 3, 1851, in Salt Lake City, a daughter of Ephraim K. and Harriett Decker Hanks. She was an active L. D. S. church worker. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Mormon Battalion and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Surviving are three sons, Orson, Frank H. and Theodore T. Hyde of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Mrs. Madie [Maida] Hatch of Heber City; two brothers, Alvah and Arthur Hanks of Monrovia, Cal.; Two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Giles of Monrovia, Cal., and Mrs. Lydia Parry of Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 36 East Seventh South street, with A. Lewis Elggren, bishop of the Second L. D. S. ward, officiating.

Burial, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah

Salt Lake Tribune; 5 Feb 1939; B7

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Notes

1. Elias Smith Journals, "Marriages in Utah Territory 1850-1884", which reads, "1871 May 4 John Cummins & Marcia Amelia Hanks married by Judge Elias Smith at his residence in presence of her mother and several of her brothers & sisters." Index

2. On March 13 Harriet Hanks attained her 77th birthday anniversary. This includes Mrs. Marcia Hyde, wife of the late Frank H. Hyde, her daughter Mrs. Joseph Hatch of Heber City, her daughter Mrs. Walter Lawrence and small child, Maida Louise Lawrence

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