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Mary O. McDonald (born Seely)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: 1847

Date of Death: December 17, 1923

Birth Place: UT

Death Place: Los Angeles, CA

Mary O. McDonald

Woman Born in 1847 Dies

Mrs. Mary O. McDonald, First Girl Child of Utah, Answers Call.

Special to the Tribune.

Los Angeles, Dec. 18 [1923]. Mrs. Mary Obrelia [sic should be Abrelia] McDonald, a pioneer of Utah and California, died here yesterday at her residence on South Flower street. Mrs. McDonald, according to her son, Walter Satterwhite, noted California attorney, was the first girl baby born in Utah. He said that his grandfather, his mother’s father, David Seely, and the latter’s wife arrived in Salt Lake with the first band of Mormon pioneers in 1847. The day after their arrival, he stated, while the immigrants were camped in what is now Pioneer park in Salt Lake, his mother was born. [Note that this is not accurate: Mary Abrelia Seeley was actually born three months after the company arrived in Salt Lake City.]

In the early fifties Seely with his family, led the Mormon pioneers to San Bernardino, Cal. There his daughter, Mrs. McDonald, was reared. She married John W. Satterwhite, who became prominent in early California political circles. He died in 1882. Several years later she was married to Dr. R. E. McDonald of Los Angeles. Since that time she had lived in Los Angeles.

Immediate relatives surviving her are her husband and four children, John W., William T. and Walter Satterwhite, all attorneys here, and Mrs. Frank Bonner. She has many relatives in Utah, some in Salt Lake and others in the southern part of the state. Her body is at the Pierce Bros. mortuary. Wednesday the body will be taken to San Bernardino for burial there in the family plot.

Published in the Los Angeles Tribune, December 18, 1923.

[Daughter of SGS # 2339 – Mary Abrelia; David (#2339); Justus Azel (# 836); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]

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