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Anna Judith Beckstrand

Anna Judith Beckstrand

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  • Name Anna Judith Beckstrand 
    Born 21 Nov 1862  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Initiatory (LDS) 7 May 1879  SGEOR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1910  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 21 Nov 1939  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 24 Nov 1939  Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I4933  mytree
    Last Modified 21 Sep 2014 

    Father Elias August Beckstrand,   b. 20 Oct 1832, Villstad, Jönköping, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1910, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Anna Sophia Hegglund,   b. 9 Oct 1833, Ryssby, Kronoberg, Småland, Sweden Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1890, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1862  Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Duncan, Jr,   b. 26 Feb 1857, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1905, Clear Lake, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 7 May 1879  St. George, Washington, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Anna Jennett Duncan,   b. 21 Aug 1880, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1917, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. James Elias Duncan,   b. 17 Nov 1882, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1882, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Elmer J Duncan,   b. 8 Mar 1884, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1963, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +4. James Alonzo Duncan,   b. 28 Oct 1886, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1971, Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +5. Flora B Duncan,   b. 6 Apr 1891, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1964, Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +6. Lois Emma Duncan,   b. 11 Jan 1894, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1981, Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +7. Leah Hegglund Duncan,   b. 12 Oct 1898, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1982, American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +8. Naomi Duncan,   b. 5 Jan 1901, Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1978  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F3358  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Nov 1862 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 7 May 1879 - SGEOR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 May 1879 - St. George, Washington, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Nov 1939 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Nov 1939 - Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Beckstrand, Anna Judith
    Anna Judith Beckstrand
    Duncan, James Family (1857)
    Duncan, James Family (1857)
    Anna Judith Beckstrand - James Alonzo - James Duncan frnt Elmer James - Anna Jennette
    Beckstrand, Elias August Family
    Beckstrand, Elias August Family
    Anna Sofia (Hegglund) - Anna Judith - Joseph Conrad - Elias August - John August Beckstrand

  • Notes 
    • Anna Judith Duncan was a woman of great strength and faith. Anna was born 21 November 1862, in a little house on the north west corner of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Elias August and Anna Sophia Hegglund Beckstrand. She was the first of six children born to this family, two of whom died in infancy.

      Her parents had emigrated from Sweden to Salt Lake City. The family moved to and lived for a time at Deseret, Millard County. Here Anna's brother and sister, John August and Albertina, were born.

      They then moved to Meadow (also in Millard County) where they were some of the early settlers. Her father, Elias, married a second wife in 1869 and so Anna Judith grew up in a polygamist family. Being the oldest in the family, she had plenty of dishes to wash and babies to tend. She also helped with the chores on the farm and learned to work and make the most of her time. The family spoke the Swedish language in their home, but when the children started to attend school, Elias announced that they would now have to change and speak only the English language. He had a little difficulty mastering English and couldn't say "Judith" and so he called her "Udith." This was shortened to "Udy" and that name she kept throughout her life. She was called "Aunt Udy" by practically everyone in Meadow.

      On 7 May 1879, at the age of seventeen, she married James Duncan in the St. George Temple. James and Anna Judith moved into a small, three-bedroom house in Meadow. They were the parents of eight children: Anna Jeannette (1880), James Elias (1882-died at birth), Elmer (1884), James Alonzo (1886), Flora (1891), Lois Emma (1894), Leah (1898) and Naomi (1901).

      When the first three children were very small, James was called to serve a two-year mission in Georgia leaving Udy with the full care of the family. She raised a good garden and canned and dried fruits and vegetables. She also raised chickens, a few pigs and had several cows to milk which helped with the food for the family. She sold eggs for ten to twelve cents a dozen and sent milk to the creamery which brought in a small check each month. After his mission, James and several other men from Meadow pursued the occupation of freighting through southern Utah and Nevada. The trips sometimes lasted 5-6 weeks. In 1905 James was tragically killed on on of the trips.

      Udy was left with six children to raise, ranging in age from nineteen to four years. The task of playing the role of both father and mother was not an easy one, but Udy did not shirk her responsibilities. Her daughter, Anna, passed away (22 March 1916)) at the age of thirty-five. Now, in addition to caring for her own family, Udy helped to raise her two grandsons, Herman and James Lynn.

      Anna Judith was an active member of the church. She served as an officer in most of the auxiliary organizations. She was a teacher in Sunday School, Primary and was president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for fifteen years. She also served in the Relief Society presidency and was a member of the Stake Sunday School Board. For many years she helped prepared the dead for burial. She also worked on the sewing committee, helping to make the burial clothes. She was a very good seamstress and took in sewing to help with the family expenses.

      Udy raised her family strong in the LDS faith. Her seven living children were all married in the temple. She sent her son, Alonzo, on a mission to England. She tried to teach her children to be thrifty, especially with their time. She knew the true meaning of work. She wanted her children to appreciate the blessings they would receive when they learned to give of themselves and help others. Anna Judith was an exceptionally good mother and grandmother. She was strict but kind.

      During the last years of her life, she spent a great deal of her time doing temple work, primarily in the Manti Temple. She died on her seventy-seventh birthday, 21 November 1939, in Meadow, Utah.



      Anna Judith Beckstrand was born 21 November 1862, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Elias August and Anna Sophia Hegglund Beckstrand. She was the first of six children born to this family, two of whom died in infancy. Her parents had emigrated from Sweden to Salt Lake City. The family moved to and lived for a time at Deseret, Millard County. Here Anna's brother and sister, John August and Albertina, were born. They then moved to Meadow (also in Millard County) where they were some of the early settlers. Her father, Elias, married a second wife in 1869 and so Anna Judith grew up in a polygamist family. Being the oldest in the family, she had plenty of dishes to wash and babies to tend. She also helped with the chores on the farm and learned to work and make the most of her time.
      The family spoke the Swedish language in their home, but when the children started to attend school, Elias announced that they would now have to change and speak only the English language. He had a little difficulty mastering English and couldn't say "Judith" and so he called her "Udith." This was shortened to "Udy" and that name she kept throughout her life. She was called "Aunt Udy" by practically everyone in Meadow.
      On 7 May 1879, at the age of seventeen, she married James Duncan in the St. George Temple. James and Anna Judith moved into a small, three-bedroom house in Meadow. They were the parents of eight children: Anna Jeannette (1880), James Elias (1882-died at birth), Elmer (1884), James Alonzo (1886), Flora (1891), Lois Emma (1894), Leah (1898) and Naomi (1901). When the first three children were very small, James was called to serve a two-year mission in Georgia leaving Udy with the full care of the family. She raised a good garden and canned and dried fruits and vegetables. She also raised chickens, a few pigs and had several cows to milk which helped with the food for the family. She sold eggs for ten to twelve cents a dozen and sent milk to the creamery which brought in a small check each month.
      After his mission, James and several other men from Meadow pursued the occupation of freighting through southern Utah and Nevada. These trips would take five to six weeks. On one of the trips to Nevada, at Caliente, a great tragedy occurred. James was kicked by a horse. His brother-in-law, Joe Beckstrand, began the journey home with him. They got as far as Clear Lake where James died (11 July 1905) at the age of forty-five. Seventeen year-old Alonzo was on the trip with his father. He was driving an extra wagon and didn't arrive home in Meadow until two weeks after his father was buried. Alonzo had seen his father and the funeral services in a dream and told his freighting companions about it a week before they arrived home. Udy was left with six children to raise, ranging in age from nineteen to four years. Her oldest daughter, Anna, was married and had two children of her own.
      The task of playing the role of both father and mother was not an easy one, but Udy did not shirk her responsibilities. She was an organizer. Her sons, Elmer and Alonzo, took over the chores of the farm with some help from the other children. Udy assumed the duties of providing for her children in the home. A few years later, another sorrow came to Udy and her family. Her daughter, Anna, passed away (22 March 1916)) at the age of thirty-five. Now, in addition to caring for her own family, Udy helped to raise her two grandsons, Herman and James Lynn.
      Anna Judith was an active member of the church. She served as an officer in most of the auxiliary organizations. She was a teacher in Sunday School, Primary and was president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for fifteen years. She also served in the Relief Society presidency and was a member of the Stake Sunday School Board. For many years she helped prepared the dead for burial. She also worked on the sewing committee, helping to make the burial clothes. She was a very good seamstress and took in sewing to help with the family expenses.
      Udy was always an ambitious lady and when she was about sixty years of age, she was still doing chores and milking cows. One day. "Old Bossy" kicked her off her milking stool for the last time. She got up and said, "I'm never going to milk another cow." This may have been the incident that put Udy and "Aunt Teen" (Albertina, her younger sister) out of the ice cream business. Because of the abundance of milk and cream, they had decided to have an ice cream parlor. For several summers, the two had made ice cream and sold it for holidays and on Sunday afternoons.
      Udy raised her family strong in the LDS faith. Her seven living children were all married in the temple. She sent her son, Alonzo, on a mission to England. She tried to teach her children to be thrifty, especially with their time. She knew the true meaning of work. She wanted her children to appreciate the blessings they would receive when they learned to give of themselves and help others. Anna Judith was an exceptionally good mother and grandmother. She was strict but kind.
      During the last years of her life, she spent a great deal of her time doing temple work, primarily in the Manti Temple. She died on her seventy-seventh birthday, 21 November 1939, in Meadow, Utah.