|name||Maria Page Tingey|
|birth_date||March 16 1842|
|birth_place||Birmingham, Warwickshire, England|
|death_date||Interwiki: Death date and age 1909080218420416++|
|resting_place||Brigham City Cemetery|
Maria Page was born ::March 16, 1842, in ::Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. As a child, she learned how to card, a mechanical process that breaks up clumps of fiber and then aligns the individual pieces.
Maria’s parents decided to emigrate to Utah because their son was living there. While crossing the ocean, Maria’s mother lost twin babies. After their ship landed, the Pages crossed the plains with an ox team. Maria and her sister walked barefoot and ate berries to keep from starving.
The family settled in Bountiful where Maria met and married Henry Tingey, a widower with five children. The family lived in a small, two-room log cabin. In the winter the snow piled up between the two rooms because it was poorly built. They had to remove the snow to get from one room to the other. Since food was expensive, the family usually had thickened milk with molasses spread on cornbread for supper.
A few years later, Brigham Young asked Henry to move to Brigham City. Maria and the children joined him later. She lost a baby while Henry was away. Their family would eventually include six daughters and five sons.
Maria had health problems in her later years. She was operated on for a nine-pound tumor which was attributed to tripping over a washtub. Maria also had severe rheumatism. She died on ::August 2, 1909, at the home of her daughter, Lizzie T. Bingham.