Louisa Ann Stewart Bybee was born June 16, 1865 to Joseph Abram Stewart and Sarah Elizabeth Yewel ( Ewell) in Salt Lake City. When she was two years old, her family moved to Kanab to colonize it, though their home was burnt down several times by Indians. When Louisa was twenty years old, she met and married George Myron Bybee, who worked for her father. Eight years later, in 1893, they were sealed in the Manti Temple. They raised their family in Tropic, Utah and of their twelve children, seven survived. Louisa died August 5, 1960.
Part of the J. Allen Parkinson collection, this is a two-page typescript biography written by one of Louisaâ€™s granddaughters, Mavis Campbell. It is located in the third folder of the collection, which is labeled, Biographies, Ba- By. Throughout her years, Louisa served faithfully in the Church, holding callings in Mutual and the Sunday School, as well as in the Relief Society. Mavis describes Louisa as being independent and ambitious; she apparently maintained her own home, raising cows, chickens, and pigs, until she was eighty- four years old. Mavis concluded the biography by writing that Louisa is currently eighty-seven years old, with seven children still living, fifty grandchildren, sixty great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.