THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST

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atilda Ellen Nay was born January 5, 1841 in Petersborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, the daughter of John and Thirza Angelina Hale Nay.

Little is known of the Nay family conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Hampshire.  Records show that John was baptized in May 1843.  Matilda Ellen was baptized in 1849.  The family left New Hampshire to join the saints in Nauvoo, Illinois sometime between May 1845 and November 1845.  They were driven from Nauvoo, stopping at Harris Grove, Iowa in 1847 and then to Winter Quarters.  They remained there until coming west, arriving in Salt Lake City October 12, 1852.

The incoming saints were generally assigned as to where they should settle.  Both the Dayton and the Nay Families were assigned to Cedar Fort in Cedar Valley west of Lehi, Utah.  This is what brought Lysander and Matilda Ellen together.

Nothing is known of the courtship between Lysander Dayton and Matilda Ellen.  They were married December 2, 1855 in Cedar Fort, Utah.  Lysander was 14 years her senior.  She was endowed November 9, 1861.  To this union were born nine children.  Descendants of Mathilda Ellen Nay:

Lysander Augustus Dayton
Born: 1856 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died: 1936

Ellen Matilda Dayton
Born: 1859 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died 1938 at Oakland, California

Charles Henry Dayton
Born: 1861 at American Fork, Utah, Utah
Died 1928 at Wilford, Idaho

Permelia Dayton
Born: 1863 at St. George, Washington, Utah
Died 1863 at St. George, Washington, Utah

Arthur Eugenia Dayton
Born: 1864 at St. George, Washington, Utah
Died 1865

Ida Eugenia Dayton
Born: 1866 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died 1928 at Wilford, Fremont, Idaho

Florinda Dayton
Born: 1869 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died 1925

Don Carlos Dayton
Born: 1873 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died 1904 at Twin Groves, Fremont, Idaho

Laura Angelina Dayton
Born: 1878 at Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah
Died  14 May 1901 at St. Anthony, Idaho:

A Daughters of the Utah Pioneers publication (not now available) mentions Matilda Ellen Dayton acting as a midwife, a service commonly given by pioneer women.  Her daily life again mirrored that of her pioneer sisters in the care of their families, compassionate and church service and the unrelenting challenge of daily living.

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