IIANN ELIZA WEBB DEE YOUNG DENNING 1844-1917
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Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning
James Dee married Ann Eliza Webb on April 4, 1863 at Salt Lake City, Utah, ceremony was performed by President Brigham Young. She is the daugher of Chauncey Griswold Webb b. October 24, 1811 and Eliza Jane Churchill Webb b. May 4, 1877.
James Dee and Ann Eliza Webb Dee had two children:
It is said that Ann Eliza Webb Dee had aspirations to move up the social ladder. Her book however, states that James was an abusive husband from which she had no choice but to divorce him. She assured Brigham Young that she was legally separated from her husband James Leech Dee, therefore became Brigham Young's twenty-seventh and final wife.
Ann Eliza then married Brigham Young on April 7 , 1868. After five years of polygamous marriage Ann Eliza sued for divorce from Brigham Young on July 28, 1873 in Judge McKean's court. The filing of that suit struck like a bombshell on the news front. Ann Eliza wrote a book titled, Wife No. 19, (the title implied she was the nineteenth living spouse but she was actually the 27th and final wife). The long and nationally publicized divorce took its toll on the Church and on Brigham Young, he died on August 29, 1877 shortly after ithe divorce settlement.
This divorce created many problems for the Church. Orson Pratt Brown tells of one particular incident whereby he defended the Church against individuals that had heard Ann Eliza speak against the Church in Chicago. [Ann Eliza married Moses R. Denning of Manistee, Michigan]. (See Reminiscences, Page 64)
Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young became the second wife of Moses R. Denning of Manistee, Michigan on May 19, 1883 in Lodi, Ohio three months after his divorce from Annie Ralston, Dennings first wife of twenty-five years, from May 6, 1856 to February 7, 1883.
Ann Eliza Webb and Moses R. Denning divorced on August 14, 1893 in Manistee, Michigan.
It is believed that Ann Eliza moved to Arizona, for a while in an attempt to provide her sons with a better climate for their tuberculosis condition. She later apparently moved to Nevada.
PAF - Archer files
Wife No. 19, by Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young at http://www.antimormon.8m.com
Wife No. 19 or The Story of A Life in Bondage, Being a Complete Expose of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women in Polygamy , by Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning, Brigham Young's Apostate Wife, with Introductory Notes by John B. Gough and Mary A. Livermore. Ayer Company Publishers, Inc., Salem, New Hampshire 03079. 1875, Page 410. ISBN: 0-405-04488-7
The Twenty-Seventh Wife by Irving Wallace, Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1961, NY, NY. Page 395-396
"The Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan". Published in Chicago..
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