D.U.P. Sto­ries


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.

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