Mary Ann Jane Simkins Armstrong was born 3 November 1856 in the “Old Fort” Cedar City, Utah to James Simkins and Mary Walker. Mary was the oldest of nine children, and was a healthy child despite her family’s financial hardships. She spent her early years in Cedar City, Utah were she attended school for three months out of the year. Later her family moved to Adamsville, Beaver County, Utah where on 3 November 1864 Mary was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family was very close to each other and were all very active members of the LDS Church. They always participated in family prayer and attended all ward meetings. It was at age fifteen Mary met John Graham Armstrong whom she married two years later. After a year of marriage their first child was born in 1874 and then the small family moved to Cedar City, then Beaver and finally to Salt Lake City, Utah were the last of their five children was born. In 1899 Mary and her husband moved to Rexburg, Idaho to try their luck in the sheep business, however after their entire holdings were lost they moved back to Salt Lake City. Mary served diligently in the Relief Society and on 2 June 1922 Mary and her husband took out their endowments in the Salt Lake Temple and were sealed to four of their children. Mary and her husband in later years bought a house in Murry, Utah. A few months following the passing of her husband, Mary also left this life on 29 November 1935 after a short illness.
This manuscript is eight typewritten pages long. The first four pages are a family history of John Christopher Armstrong and Mary Kirkbride Armstrong, the parents of John Graham Armstrong. This four-page history is followed by another four-page family history of their third son John Graham Armstrong and his wife Mary Jane Simkins Armstrong. This history contains a two-page biography on John followed by a two-page biography on Mary Ann Jane Simkins Armstrong. Mary’s biography covers major events in her life such as; birth, baptism, marriage, children and death. In the last paragraph the writer expresses gratitude for the example and love of their mother Mary. This manuscript was compiled by their daughter Marcia Armstrong Jolley and her son James Vernon Jolley.