Individual Record 255

Name}   Graf, Emma Barbara Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Fam 21 Jul 1861* Place} Reibstein, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Marr. 1: Date} Fam 10 May 1881 Place} St. George, Washington, Utah     (Link)
Marr. 2: Date} Fam 1 Jan 1887 Place} St. George, Washington, Utah     (Link)
Marr. 3: Date} Exa 27 Dec 1897 Place} St. George, Washington, Utah     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 15 May 1930  C Place} Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
Burial: Date} Exa 17 May 1930 Place} Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   81 = Genealogy
Source 2} 255 = IGI
Source 3} 711 = Biography
Source 4} 1166=Biography
Source 5} 356 = Church recrd
Source 6}   80 = 1870 USA cen
Source 7}   83 = 1880 USA cen
Source 8 722 = Marriage rec
Source 9}   84 = 1900 USA cen
Source 10}167 = 1910 USA cen
Source 11}776 = 1920 USA cen
Source 12}777 = 1930 USA cen
Source 13}1125=Death certif
Source 14}158 = Cemetery rec
Source 15}759 = Cemetery rec
Source 16}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } John Graf and Magdelene
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.} 312 = Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
      Occupation 1} Housewife
       Occupation 2} Farmer
  Religion/Church} Latter-day Saints
Spouses:   Prime} Staheli, Johann George (George)
                              Graff, John Traugott  
                              Fordham, Joseph Elijah  
 Total Number of} 3
Notes:  Emma Barbara Graf was born 21 Jul 1861* in Reibstein, St. Gallen, Switzerland.  Her parents were John and Magdelene Graf.  She had an older sister Catherine, older brothers John Henry and John, and younger sister Emili.
Her family were converts to the Church of Latter-day Saints, and they traveled to America in 1866.  They crossed the plains to Utah, and settled in the little town of Santa Clara, Washington County.  Another brother, Harmon, was born in Utah.  Emma's mother Magdalena died 14 Jan 1869.

Emma's father John married Anna Katherine Ruegg in the mid 1870's.  The household in the 1880 U.S. census was missing her older sister Catherine, but now included her three half-siblings, Charles, Anna, and Emma.  Her father Johannes died 23 Jul 1883.

Emma married Traugott Graf on 10 May 1881 in St. George.  They moved up the Virgin River about 15 miles to settle what became Littlefield, Arizona.  Their first daughter Lillian Emma, was born here in 1882.  Their second daughter Hilda Barbara was born in Santa Clara in 1883.  In July 1884, John was kicked in the stomach by a mule, and died 17 Aug 1884.  Emma was left with the two young children.

Emma married Joseph Elijah Fordham on 1 Jan 1887 in St. George.  From this marriage she had three children.  These were Karl Emil, born in 1887, George Albert, born in 1889, and John Eugene, born in 1891.  Joseph had additional wives and children, both before and after his marriage to Emma.

Finally, at the age of 36, Emma married George Staheli on 27 Sep 1897 in St. George.  Emma's brother John Henry Graf had maried George's siter Barbara Staheli in 1884.  Emma and George's first son, Rulon Harvey was born in 1898.  In the 1900 U.S. census, Emma and George were living in Santa Clara with all six of her children.  George was farming, and was a naturalized citizen.  Their daughter Vera Grace was born in 1900, and son Lorraine in 1903.

By the 1910 U.S. census, Emma and George had been divorced.  George was boarding with John and Emma Graf, and Emma was living with her children, from all marriages.  In the 1920 U.S. census, the couple was back together, and only the three children of their own marriage were living with them.

By the 1930 U.S. census, Emma and George were living alone.  Emma died 15 May 1930 of acute heart congenstion in Santa Clara.  George died 30 Dec 1934.  Both are buried in the Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Utah.

*21 Jul 1861 is the birthdate given on Emma's death certificate and on her headstone in the Santa Clara Cemetery.  Various family group sheets also give 6 Jun 1861 and 6 Jul 1861.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 11 P.M. Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date} Exa 6 Jul 1871 Place} Santa Clara Ward, LDS  
Confirm. Date}   Photos} None
Immigr'n Date} 1866 Port} New York?
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Heart failure
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   7 Jul  2014
Date Created}  29 Aug 1993
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