Harriet Goble Bird was born in Goodwood, Sussex, England on June 12, 1824 to William Goble and Harriet Johnson. She married James Bird on September 18, 1848, and she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 1850, suffering much persecution because of it. She and her husband moved from Monford to Brandon before they eventually left London on June 3, 1864. They crossed the plains in Warren Snow's Company and reached Salt Lake City on November 2, 1864. Thereafter, they settled in Nephi. After her husband died, Harriet taught school for two terms, and also gleaned oats. She was among the first Relief Society teachers, and continually waited on the sick. She died May 4, 1915.
This four-page typescript is a biography from the Margaret Steed Hess collection, written by Margaret Steed Hess. In her childhood, though her mother died young, Harriet's father took great care to teach his children the principles of morality, such as never to lie, swear, steal, or take the Lord's name in vain. This apparently left a great impression on her, and later on, Margaret describes Harriet's encounter with the gospel, and of reading the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. She received a personal testimony of its truthfulness and decided to be baptized. At first, her husband did not want her to, but he eventually gave his consent. Harriet suffered much persecution following her baptism'of the five who were baptized that day, one died shortly thereafter, and the other three fell away from the Church. Margaret continues by relating several experiences in which Harriet was forced to stand up for her beliefs. The Superintendent of Police apparently mocked her baptism, while a deacon contested her beliefs by using various scriptures. A record of their conversation is included in the manuscript, as well as news that the same deacon, while preaching one day, dropped dead. Afterward, Margaret describes Harriet as distressed because of the persecution, and desperate when even her sister and her sister's husband acted strangely toward her. She feared the same would happen with her husband, but after being comforted by her faith, he joined the Church as well. Margaret then writes about another experience in which three women conversed about polygamy and the 'Mormons,' and Harriet stood up for her religion once more. After reaching Utah, Harriet served as one of the first teachers of the Relief Society. She also cared for the sick and helped raise various families. BX 8670 .A1 no. 34: This is a small, fourteen-page book titled, 'Sketch of the life of HARRIET GOBLE BIRD.' In it, Harriet writes about her life as a recollection. It contains almost the exact same information as the manuscript, although this one is written in first person. It ends the same as the manuscript, with Harriet's testimony and her gratefulness for the privilege of hearing Martin Harris speak in 1870 and give his testimony of the Book of Mormon. Nursing.