Cedar Fort Cemetery
Utah County,

Wilcox, Anna Christina Peterson 1856 - 1934
A Famous Utah Pioneer Child

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, died in Cedar Fort
18 Mar 1856, Bellrup, Kobenhaven, Denmark
13 Oct 1934, Lehi
dau of Ole Peterson & Maren Hansen
married 21 Oct 1872, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake co.
Samuel Allen Wilcox, Sr.

At eighteen months of age, while crossing the plains in a handcart with a company of Latter-Day Saint immigrants, she became ill with cholera and died. Hostile Indians prevented taking time to dig a grave. As instructed, she was left behind, wrapped in a blanket beneath a prairie bush. While others slept during the darkness of the following night, her beloved mother, Maren Peterson, beside herself with consternation, walked a day's journey back to get Anna Christina. Large prairie wolves had not harmed the baby - and she was found alive! Continued blessings saw her safely to her journey's end.

At sixteen she became a second wife to Samuel Allen Wilcox and had nine children. "Mother Wilcox" and her family lived on property about one and one-half blocks northwest of this spot where she was a faithful member of the Church, became a noted midwife who delivered about two hundred babies in the valley; was a devoted friend and beloved neighbor. On many cold, wintry nights she walked across the snow with lantern in hand, to deliver babies or tend the sick. Wolves sometimes walked beside her and licked the warm hand which carried the lantern, but did not harm her then either.

Monument placed in 1992 by children whose hearts were touched by her story.

Contributed on 8/24/06 by NCHuntley
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Submitted: 8/24/06 • Approved: 8/25/06 • Last Updated: 10/20/12 • R13037-G13036

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