Pioneer Women: Laura de Force Gordon

butterflyPennsylvania born Laura de Force was 17 when her brother’s death in 1855 brought profound, and lasting, changes to her life view. Laura adopted Spiritualism, the comforting faith her grief-stricken mother turned to, a faith that not only promoted contact with the departed but espoused equality between genders. Continue reading Pioneer Women: Laura de Force Gordon

Pioneer Women: Eliza Farnham

FlowerEliza Farnham was just 28 when she was appointed Women’s Warden of New York’s infamous Sing Sing prison in 1844, a post she was sacked from within four years because of her passionate prison reform views. In the interim she gave birth to a disabled son, her second living child. Her husband Thomas Jefferson Continue reading Pioneer Women: Eliza Farnham

Pioneer Women: Sarah Wallis

White RoseNineteen-year-old Sarah Montgomery and her husband Allen were members of the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party, the 1844 wagon train that was the first company to bring wagons over the Sierra Nevada. After weeks of arduous travel, and months spent at a temporary camp near the Yuba River, Sarah and several Continue reading Pioneer Women: Sarah Wallis