Mary Eade Fulcher Smith was born January 28, 1829 in Carlton Colville, Suffolk, England to George Fulcher and Mary Kirby Eade. Mary was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1853 against her family's wishes, her family being devoted to the Anglican church. Mary left England for America on May 12, 1862. After arriving, she walked across the plains and arrived in Farmington, Utah where she worked for the Clark family. She later met and married Elkanah Andrew Smith as his second wife, and together, they had three daughters. The family worked raising silk worms. After Elkanah's death in 1983, Mary continued to live in Farmington, tending to his other children. One of her daughters, Catherine, later took Mary to live with her in Idaho in 1913. Mary died there on May 18, 1914.
This two-page typewritten biography from the Margaret Steed Hess collection was written by Mary's granddaughter, Margaret Steed Hess. Margaret describes Mary as a devoted and faithful wife and mother. She was selfless in her service toward others and was constantly loving to those around her. She often helped the children of her husband's other wives. Polygamy.