By Janeene Whitelock & Cynthia Peacock
The old paisley shawl
This shawl was owned by Rebecca Clark Reece. The hawl is a paisley creation from Scotland. Rebecca was born Nov. 17, 1832 in England. At the age of 22 she left England to join the saints in Utah. She traveled in the Hunt Wagon Company, who were late leaving Iowa City, Iowa in 1856. They were stranded with other companies and rescued by a party sent from Salt Lake by Brigham Young.
Rebecca married James Reece in Salt Lake in 1857. James was born in England and he was also a member of the Hunt Wagon Company. They settled in Payson and had a family of five children. Only two of their children survived to adulthood, The other three died as children or infants.
Rebecca died on June 17, 1872 at age 40 in Payson.
The shawl pictured above was worn by her daugher Mrs. George H Done in the parade in Payson homecoming celebration held in October of 1910. The parade put the spotlight on womens fashion of 1850 and 1910. Mrs. This shawl was donated by her granddaughter to the D.U.P. Museum in the Payson City Center. Come on by and check out other great artifacts from the history of Payson.
The Old Paisley Shawl originally owned by Rebecca Clark Reece and donated to the Payson D.U.P. by her grand-daughter.