Thisbe Quilley Read

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Relationship: Third Wife of Ephraim Knowlton Hanks
Association: Member of the Martin Handcart Company

Thisbe Quilley Read. wife of Ephraim Knowlton Hanks




Ephraim Knowlton Hanks
m. (5 Apr 1862) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA) (ecclesiastical)
m. (10 Sep 1875) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA) (civil)


  1. Ella Mariam Hanks; b. (2 Nov 1863) (Heber, Wasatch, Utah, USA)
  2. Walter Ernest Hanks; b. (19 Jun 1865) (Provo, Utah, Utah, USA)
  3. Martha Georgenia Hanks; b. (20 Aug 1867) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  4. Amy Alicia Hanks; b. (29 Jan 1870) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  5. Thisbe Hanks; b. (28 Mar 1872) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  6. Knowlton Hanks; b. (26 Jan 1874) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  7. Sidney Alvarus Hanks; b. (4 Apr 1875) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  8. Raymond Elijah Hanks; b. (24 Aug 1876) (Parley's Park, Summit, Utah, USA)
  9. Lillie Maria Hanks; b. (2 Aug 1879) (Burrville, Sevier, Utah, USA)
  10. Arthur Eugene Hanks; b. (14 May 1882) (Burrville, Sevier, Utah, USA)
  11. Nettie May Hanks; b. (8 Nov 1884) (Pleasant Creek, Wayne, Utah, USA)
  12. Clara Ellen Hanks; b. (9 Aug 1888) (Pleasant Creek, Wayne, Utah, USA)


Samuel George Read b. (28 Feb 1807) (Stepney, London, Middlesex, England)
Elizabeth Georgina Quilley b. (22 Sep 1805) (, Basing, Hampshire, 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)


Another Pioneer Dead.
Notom, July 27-

Obituary of Thisbe Hanks - Ogden Standard Examiner

Mrs. Thisbey Hanks died very suddenly Thursday morning. Mrs. Hanks went to her ranch on Pleasant creek to help her daughter, Clara, cook for the harvest hands. She had only been there a week when taken suddenly ill, and her son, Walter Hanks, who is bishop of Cainesville, was summoned to her bedside. They were preparing to take her to her home in Cainesville when she died.

Mrs. Hanks was one of the first pioneers of this part of the county. She was the second wife of Ephraim Hanks, so well known in the early history of Utah, who died at the same ranch six years ago. Mrs. Hanks was 61 years old, of a kindly, dignified disposition, beloved by all who knew her for her kind, motherly feeling toward all. She leaves four sons and three daughters to mourn her loss. The funeral occurred Saturday afternoon.


Thisbe Quilley Read Hanks by her son Arthur Eugene Hanks

Mother instilled throughness into her children. If a thing was worth doing it was worth doing well. She was very affectionate with her children. She was a good housekeeper and cook and was inclined to be independent. She had that English air with her which showed that in her blood ran something of artistic desire. She was about 5 ft. 6 in. slender, with black eyes and dark brown hair and spoke with an English accent.

Mother was sick only two days before she died; age 58. I was twenty-one at the time. It was in the summer time and we were busy putting up hay. We tried to talk her out of going up to the ranch to cook for us. The morning we left for the ranch she told Mrs. Agnes Carrell, “Good-bye, I may not see you again.” At the ranch she took quite ill about ten in the morning. Ray and Clara had gone up Pleasant Creek fishing, Lloyd Robinson and I were cutting hay. I came to the house for a drink of water, and found Mother on the bed. It seemed to be an attack of gallstones. She had had attacks before. Lloyd went for Ray and Clara, they came and Ray suggested sending for my brother Walter, he was bishop of Caineville, 20 miles away. Walter brought a Doctor lady Mrs. Noyes. They arrived late in the evening, we made all arrangements, fixed the light spring wagon, just put the springs and bed on the wagon. She felt a little better. In the morning about nine o’clock, Clara went into her room, and in excitement came out calling, “Come quick, Mother is dying.”

She passed without a struggle. She had been talking to us right up until we went in to breakfast. As all was ready to go to Caineville we just picked up her springs and bed and put them on the wagon. When she died there seemed to be no pain or struggle. We left right away. As the next day was the 24th of July, we took her to her home in Caineville. There was no mortuary so we kept her until 2 o’clock on the 25th of July, then buried her in Caineville, Wayne Co., Utah. She had died in the same room and about the same time of day that father had died seven years before.

Even tho I was 21, it was hard to go back to the ranch after mother died. For some time I took my bed and slept out on the shed. On the 30 of May 1955 Lillie, Clara and I bought an appropriate marker and I took it down and placed it at the head of mother’s grave. There had been one at father’s grave for some time.

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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.

Eph Hanks, Pioneer Scout - Richard K. Hanks Master's Thesis. This book is also available at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, call number BL 19.02 .H365 1973. A very well researched work. Very much worth reading.

  • Richard Hanks' Master Thesis (RTF format, about 350k, contributed by Sherry Smith, with thanks to Richard Hanks for his permission to put it on the website. Should be able to open it in most Word Processors)

Time of Ripening - The Life of Sidney Alvarus Hanks. First five chapters is written about his young years on the Floral Ranch with his parents, Eph and Thisbe Hanks - By Sidney A. Hanks

  • Time of Ripening - (PDF format, transcribed by Sherry Smith by permission, Alva Remington)


  • 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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