Matilda Neilson Wilcox was born on 2 October 1853 in Rydeback, Sweden. She was the daughter of Hogan Neilson and Johanna Larsen and was the oldest of 4 children. Matilda came to the United States as a young child, and her family made their journey to Utah upon their arrival to the States. Unfortunately, both of her parents died soon after their arrival, so Matilda found a home with the Jens Neilson family in Mount Pleasant, Utah, until her marriage. On 21 October 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Matilda married George Albert Wilcox, and together they had 7 children: Hannah Matilda, George albert, Annie, Hyrum, Alma, Francis, and Andrew H. During her married life, Matilda moved around a bit, with periods of residence in Brigham City, Logan, Schofield, and finally Provo in 1917. Her husband passed away there 10 years later. Matilda served faithfully in her church callings, which included callings in the Y.L.M.I.A. program, and as a teacher in Sunday School. She also volunteered in the Manti Temple as a worker. She died on 28 February 1937 in Mount Pleasant, Utah, after a long battle with illness.
This manuscript is an 8-page, part-typescript, part-holograph temple record book for ordinances done within the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some ordinances were done in the Salt Lake Temple and a few were done in the Logan Temple, but the majority of the items do not have temple locations listed. The record is labeled as belonging to “Matilda Nilson Wilcox, daughter of Johanna Larsen Heir.” It is also labelled as being “left to Arthur O. Neilson in Manti.” The record contains the names of ancestors whose temple work had been done, presumably by Matilda and her family.