Matilda Allison 1820-1871
BIRTHDATE: 31 Dec 1820 Geauga Co., Ohio
DEATH: 20 Jun 1871 Brighton, Summit Co., Utah
PARENTS: David Allison Matilda Miner
PIONEER: 3 Sep 1855 John Hindley Wagon Train
SPOUSE: Duncan Spears Casper
MARRIED: 24 May 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois
DEATH SP: 20 May 1898
Rachel Louisa, 12 Mar 1846
Amanda Elizabeth, 8 Feb 1848
Harriet Matilda, 9 Nov 1849
Rebecca Avarilla, 21 Nov 1851
Duncan Alonzo, 2 Nov 1853
Peter William, 2 Aug 1857
Mary Malinda, 2 Aug 1857
Cyrene Rosanna, 18 Aug 1859
Welthea Ann, 6 Aug 1862
Matilda was born in Geauga County, Ohio, as the sixth of seven children. Her sister, Rachel, was baptized, 1840, into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Matilda followed by being baptized on August 19, 1841.
In 1845, she married Duncan Spears Casper in Nauvoo. They were endowed in the Nauvoo Temple just before the Saints were forced to leave their beautiful city. Following expulsion from Nauvoo, the Caspers moved to Platte County, Missouri, and lived there for five years. In 1855, Duncan, Matilda, their children, and other relatives came to Salt Lake Valley with the John Hindley Wagon Company. They arrived on September 3, 1855. They moved to Big Cottonwood, where they made their home.
Duncan was called to the "Muddy Mission." Matilda did not accompany him. This mission was dissolved in 1871, and he returned to them in Big Cottonwood. Matilda had to see to the care of her family during the period of time he was away.
Matilda loved the gospel and contributed regularly to the Relief Society. Her donations to the Relief Society included eggs, butter, quilt blocks, a bushel of potatoes, and at one time, a quilt top.
Matilda passed away at the age of fifty.