Ann Eliza Van Wagoner, 1877

Essential Information

Born: February 24, 1877, in Midway. Utah
Married: November 10, 1897 in the Salt Lake Temple
Died: March 14, 1919 Provo, Utah, Utah
Temple Ordinances Performed:
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Father: John Van Wagoner
Mother: Margaret Ann Fausett
Children:Delamar B Hair

History of Ann Eliza Van Wagoner (Hair)

Mother was named for her fathers’ sister, Ann Van Wagoner Bagley, and her mothers’ sister, Abigail Eliza Fausett. She was born on February 24, 1877, in Midway. Utah, the fourth child of John and Margaret Ann Fausett Van Wagoner. Mother attended school until she was seventeen under on teacher, Attwall Wooton, Sr. She helped teach the younger children. She took an active part in church and in all the organizations, always welcoming opportunities to serve. Mama, as we children called her, commenced keeping company with father four years before they were married on November 10, 1897 in the Salt Lake Temple. Papa was born June 16, 1873 in Scotland to Samuel Hair and Hannah Mulholland. He sailed with his parents, six brothers and two sisters, converts to the Latter-day Saints Church, on borrowed money. Father paid his portion shortly before he was married. Ben and Eliza paid for their two room Pot Rock home the day after it was occupied. Furniture for the home was purchased at Salt Lake City and brought home by covered wagon. As the family increased the house was enlarged and made modern, the first modern home in Midway. Eliza was largely responsible for this. There were eight children born to these parents between 1899 and 1915 while they lived in Midway. One daughter, Flora Priscilla died at age two. Both parents were active in church and civic affairs. They set a wonderful example of thrift, industry, honesty and integrity for their children. Their testimonies were strong and they manifested the same in their good works. In October 1916 the hair family moved to Provo, Utah to benefit from the better climate and to attend the Brigham Young University. After renting two homes, they purchased a place near the University. Work was scarce, so we lived from the money coming in from the milk of four cows, the canvassing father and mother did with aluminum ware, and mothers photo coloring*. Although we did not have much we were happy. Our health was better here, and we enjoyed school. In 1919 the “flu” came to our own home. Mother had helped to care for so many that had the “flu”, including some of her own children. Then she became ill herself. She seemed to recover from the “flu”, but took pneumonia, later kidney and liver trouble set in. Mother died March 14, 1919. We were thankful we had been taught the principles of the Gospel. It now gave us that assurance that if we so lived we would meet our loved one again. We were also thankful we had been taught how to care for children, and to keep house. She was a wonderful mother, neighbor and friend. We acknowledged the hand of the Lord and felt that her earthly mission was finished. She had completed much Temple and Genealogy work.
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*This may be what she as doing:

The so-called golden age of hand-coloured photography in the western hemisphere occurred between 1900 and 1940.[10] The increased demand for hand-coloured landscape photography at the beginning of the 20th century is attributed to the work of Wallace Nutting. Nutting, a New England minister, pursued hand-coloured landscape photography as a hobby until 1904, when he opened a professional studio. He spent the next 35 years creating hand-coloured photographs, and became the best-selling hand-coloured photographer of all time.[11]

Between 1915 and 1925 hand-coloured photographs were popular among the middle classes in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the Bahamas as affordable and stylish wedding gifts, shower gifts, holiday gifts, friendship gifts, and vacation souvenirs. With the start of the Great Depression in 1929, and the subsequent decrease in the numbers of the middle class, sales of hand-coloured photographs sharply diminished.[11]


Eliza died of pneumonia caused by the flu.







Midway Cemetery
Wasatch County
Utah, USA


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