Clarissa "Clara" Decker Young was born 22 July 1828 in Freedom, Cattaraugus County, New York to Isaac Decker (1799-1873) and Harriet Page Wheeler (1803-1871) and died 5 January 1889 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah of unspecified causes. She married Brigham Young (1801-1877) 8 May 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.


When Clarissa was sixteen years of age she married future Mormom prophet Brigham Young (1801-1877) and remained at the side of her husband in the exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois and Winter Quarters. When the pioneer band, led by her great and wise husband, set out on their momentous journey in the spring of 1847, she made that pilgrimage to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.

Clara Decker Young was not a public woman. She took no part in affairs outside of her home, though her sympathies were with women who were doing charitable and religious work. She was a great reader and always kept in touch with vital subjects, especially those pertaining to literature and the arts. She was small in stature, of medium complexion, a loving wife, devoted mother, and a faithful friend to all needing her friendship. She was the mother of five children.

Clara Decker Young died in Salt Lake City in her old home on State Street, near the former site of the famous Social Hall. She was the last of the three original pioneer women of Utah to pass from mortality.

Her older sister Lucy Ann Decker (1822-1890) was also a plural wife to Brigham Young and their mother Harriet Page Wheeler (1803-1871) was a plural wife to Brigham's brother, Lorenzo Dow Young (1807-1895), and she was also one of the first women to march into the Salt Lake Valley.

Marriage & Family

  1. Jeannette Young (1849-1930) - md Robert Easton
  2. Nabbie Howe Young (1852-) - md Orson Clawson
  3. Jedediah Grant Young (1855-1856)
  4. Albert Jeddie Young (1858-)
  5. Charlotte Talula Young (1861-) - md Augustus M Wood


Offspring of Clarissa "Clara" Decker Young and Brigham Young (1801-1877)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeannette Young (1849-1930)
Nabbie Howe Young (1852-)
Jedediah Grant Young (1855-1856)
Albert Jeddie Young (1858-)
Charlotte Talula Young (1861-)



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