Ruth May Fox

Deceased Person from United States of America

Ruth May Fox (November 16, 1853 – April 12, 1958) was a nineteenth-century English-born women's rights activist in the Territory of Utah. Fox was a poet, hymn writer, and a leader of youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Ruth May was born in Westbury, Wiltshire, England to James May and Mary Ann Harding. When Ruth was five months old, her parents converted to Mormonism. Her mother died in childbirth when Ruth was 18 months old. Ruth was sent to live with various relatives and Mormon families, finally a Mrs. Saxton and her daughter Clara. In 1865 James May emigrated to the United States and shortly thereafter sent for Ruth, Mrs. Saxton, and Clara. On their arrival in Philadelphia James May married Mrs. Saxton and he and the two girls found work in a textile mill to save money to go to Utah Territory. In 1867 the family traveled by covered wagon and on foot to Salt Lake City. On May 8, 1873, Ruth married Jesse W. Fox, Jr. In 1888 Jesse Fox married Rosemary Johnson as a plural wife. Around the same time, a nationwide economic depression wiped out the family's wealth and Jesse fell into debt. The Foxes ultimately lost their home. Ruth had to find paid  ( Wikipedia article )


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United States of America


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Place of death
Salt Lake City

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