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Elizabeth Keig Comish (1805-1885)

Submitted by Geneve Comish Nelson (great-granddaughter)


Elizabeth Keig Comish was born December 22, 1805 at Kirkersise, Isle of Man. She was the daughter of Patrick Keig and Jane Moore. She had two brothers and one sister. Her brother John was Mayor or Governor of the Isle of Man. The other brother was named William and the sister named Ellen.

Elizabeth married William Comish of Kirkarbray Isle of Mann in 1831. She was the mother of nine children. She was baptized a member of the Church by John Taylor in 1848. After becoming a member of the church her husband and their eldest daughter emigrated to St. Louis where they found work and were able to earn enough money to send for the rest of the family. During this time Elizabeth took care of her eight children that remained with her until 1851. They left the Isle of Man and joined her husband and daughter in St. Louis where they resided until 1855 when the first company of the season led by Captain John Hindley came west. They were the first company that fall to arrive in Salt lake City September 3, 1855. 

They lived in Kaysville for five years. Their daughter Margaret married Thomas Rouche of Kaysville, Utah. The other members of the family moved to Franklin, Idaho being among the first pioneers of that town. Elizabeth had her endowments at Salt Lake City in the Endowment House, she and all her children, except William and Emma, were sealed to them on December 9, 1855. The work has been done for William and Emma since that time.

Even though Elizabeth did not have an opportunity to go to school and learn to read and write, one had to be quick to beat her at mental arithmetic. She was very neat in appearance, always wearing a lovely breast pin. She wore her hair curled at the front and bobbed at the back. She had a nice home and garden. They kept a cow, chickens and turkeys. She spun yarn and knit clothing for her family. She knew what poverty was, but was independent, generous and hospitable.

Her mother, who was very much opposed to the Mormon religion, once asked her how she knew it was true. Elizabeth said, "Do you see the kettle on hob?" "Yes" said the mother. "Well, you know it is there and just as surely as you know the kettle is on the hob, I know Mormonism is true."

This courageous woman passed through many trials and did not receive many letters from her brother. She would never let anyone see her cry, when tears came she would always say she was only washing her face. Her son Joseph died while they were in St. Louis at age seven years.

Elizabeth Keig Comish was almost eighty years old when she died, at Franklin, Idaho November 6, 1885 and was buried in the cemetery there.

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