Maud Mary Treseder
St. Helier, Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, England, was the birthplace
of Maud Mary Treseder on 10 June 1849. She was the tenth of thirteen
children born to Richard and Elizabeth Mc Kay Treseder. Her parents joined
the Church in 1847. This family later became our “handcart pioneer”
Maud’s parents were very active in the branch of the Church in St.
Helier, so it was natural for them to have a desire to join with the Saints in
America. Of thirteen children, eight were living at the time the family set sail
for England, then on to America. The ship manifest lists Maud as six years
old when the journey began.
Upon arrival in America, the family spent seven years in the
Pennsylvania/ New York area as they made preparations for their journey to
the Rocky Mountains. Maud Mary and her sister Elizabeth were baptized in
the Hudson River (1862) during this time.
The family began their trip west with the freight company of William
Godbe. (Pioneers and Prominent Men in Utah index lists Richard D. and
Elizabeth Treseder in the Benjamin Hampton company that came to Utah 15
October 1862). The family used a handcart for their belongings, and walked
to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake where they made their home in the City.
We do not have a record of how Maud met her future husband, Lewis,
but know that they were “courting” in 1868 while Lewis was a freighter. As
they were taking a ride in his wagon, she commented on his well groomed and
fast trotting mules. Lewis agreed and bluntly replied that she could have the
mules if she would take him too! She accepted his proposal, and they were
married 3 August 1869 in the Endowment House.
Soon after their marriage they were called by Brigham Young to help
settle the Bear Lake Valley area. There were several other families called to
make this journey with them. They used their wagons to carry their supplies
and to live in until they could build a home. They selected a place in Round
Valley on the south end of Bear Lake where Lewis began cutting logs for a
cabin. Because it was late in the year before they started their journey, they
had to return to Salt Lake for the winter.
By spring, the mines in Alta were “booming” and men were being
offered high wages to work in the mines and even higher wages if they had
wagons and teams to haul the ore down from the mines. Lewis and Maud
moved to Granite so that he could be close to his work hauling ore to the
smelter; this job lasted five years.
Their first child, Lewis Richard, had been born in Salt Lake City, and
their second child (our ancestor) Ada Elizabeth, was born in Granite on 5
September 1873. A total of 10 children were born to this family, three dying
in infancy. Ada’s son Leland often spoke with fondness of his Neeley
grandparents, how he loved to tag along with his grandfather, and how kind
he was. He also had good memories of the pies and baked goods always
available in his grandmother’s pantry, and the happy holiday times there.
The family made Granite their home until 1912 when Lewis retired
from his time of freighting, law enforcement, and farming. They sold the
farm and moved into Salt Lake City for their retirement days. Maud died 4
June 1923, six years after her husband, and was buried at his side in the Salt
Lake City Cemetery.
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997