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Richey and Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Harkness:  Richey (or Richie or Ritchie) was first mentioned June 26, 1892 when he was sustained as Sunday School Second assistant to Samuel Eastman with James J Bolin as the First Assistant.  He was born May 22, 1850 in York County South Carolina to Davis Harkness.  He was baptized into the LDS church on January 6, 1885 by a missionary, Joseph Willey.  There was a great deal of persecution in the area and he was beaten severely and told to leave so he escaped to South Carolina then to Alabama then to Salt Lake where he arrived in 1890.

Mary was born April 11, 1845 in Sharon, York County, S.C. to Joseph Miller and Anne Mauney Jenkins.  They were married November 17, 1891 in Sanpete, Utah and they had five children:  William Davies, Mary Elizabeth, Frances Leona, Joseph Cragan and Margaret Annie Lee.  On June 26, 1893 Highland was granted a voting precinct and he was appointed Justice of the Peace.  On August 13, 1893 he was one of three whose names were presented to the authorities to be the Branch President.  Hyrum Healey was chosen and Richey was set apart as a teacher at that same time.   On February 5, 1898 he left to serve a mission to the Southern States, where he had been so severely persecuted ten years before. 

Mary died January 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City and, it appears that on August 7, 1907 he married Mahala R Booth.  He died on October 11, 1925 in Salt Lake City of a skull fracture after being hit by a car.  They are buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.


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