Daughter of Enoch Burns and Elizabeth Jane Pierce

First wife of Heber Robert McBride

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Elizabeth Ann Burns was born in Ogden, Weber County, Utah, February 17,1851, the fifth child and second daughter of Enoch Burns and Elizabeth Jane Pierce. The Enoch Burns family were new arrivals in the Great Basin. They had crossed the plains and entered Salt Lake City October 3rd the previous year.

When Elizabeth Ann was seven years old, (the winter of 1857 -58) the Burns family was caught up in the famous mass exodus of the saints into southern Utah. This was because of the so called "Utah War," when U.S. President Buchanan ordered United States Army troops into Utah to put down a supposed rebellion. Determined to resist, a greatly maligned populace abandoned their homes, leaving only enough men to torch the city in the event of an invasion. War was averted, however, and the people came back home in the spring of 1858. Though a mere child at the time, these traumatic events left a lasting impression upon young Elizabeth Ann.

By 1863 the Burns family had moved into the sparsely settled area over a small range of mountains northeast of Ogden known as Ogden Valley. Elizabeth Ann grew up in the town of Eden. In addition to farming, her father was a chair and cabinet maker, a thriving business as the population increased. Young Elizabeth shared in the hard work and trials the family encountered in pioneering in Ogden Valley.

Prominent in the affairs of Eden was Heber McBride, who had made quite a name for himself as one who had assisted emigrating saints across the mountains into Utah, and who had served as an Indian Scout during the uprising known as the Black Hawk War. Heber had courted Elizabeth two or more years before proposing marriage. It is said that early in their acquaintance the girl's parents were very much apposed to Heber keeping company with their daughter. Heber records in his journal: "Sometimes they wouldn't even let her go to a party of any kind if they thought I would be there; but they got over it, though the old man one time threatened to shoot me if I didn't leave his girl alone. But I didn't take it serious, for I only laughed at him, telling him that was a two-handed game."

In any event, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth, independent and capable, seized the opportunity of the moment, made her own wedding dress and married Heber, July 20, 1868. Four years before their marriage Heber had purchased farming land in the Valley. Here the newlyweds settled down to raise their crops and a family. Subsequently the family moved to Plain City for a period of about seven years, then back to Eden. By this time seven children had been born, two of whom died in infancy.

Elizabeth lived in Eden the remainder of her life, giving birth to four more children there. She was a devoted mother and homemaker; an elect lady of a pleasing temperament who served her church in many ways. Especially did she excel in her relationship with the youth, serving many years as President of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association in her ward.

It was a sad day for Heber and the family when Elizabeth passed way, May 29, 1894, at the early age of forty-three. (Available records don’ t give the cause of her death.) With great sorrow Heber buried her beside his mother's grave in the Eden cemetery.

Children of Heber Robert McBride & Elizabeth Ann Bums:

Elizabeth Jane Ann Bethsina Enoch Franklin – (died in infancy) Thirza Parley Edna

Margaret Howard Hebert Robert – (died in infancy) Orlando Clarence Burns Amber

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