Elizabeth “Bessie” Shuker Clark Butterfield was born on 24 November 1866 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Bell Clark and Frances Davies Clark. She was the third of 11 children, the others of whom were Alice Ann, Joseph William, Frances Maria, Eleanor, William George, Susannah, Violet Ada, Olive Edna, Lois Edith, and Daisy Dell. Little is known about Bessie’s personal life, but she did marry three times. She first married Edward William Rodebeck on 2 October 1890 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and she had one child with him, Ruby Dell. Later, she presumably divorced and married Edwin James Butterfield on 10 October 1910 in Salt Lake County, and then again to Ray Chase Kimball on 28 April 1926 in Salt Lake City, possibly after Edwin passed away. It is unknown whether she had children with her second or third husbands. She died on 19 November 1952 in Farmington, Utah, just a week before her 86th birthday.
This manuscript is an official temple work book, issued by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It contains 95 pages of names and ordinances relating to John Cadwallader and his family, Bessie’s maternal great grandfather, and it also includes pedigree charts pertaining to the family. There is also an empty envelope addressed to a “Mrs. R. C. Kimball, Rose Acre Places, Farmington, Utah,” which is postmarked 10 October 1945, possibly from Washington DC, though there is no return address to confirm it. Finally, tucked into the book is a membership certificate from the Genealogical Society of Utah given to Bessie S. C. Butterfield.