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Augusta B. Joyce Crocheron
Augusta Joyce Crocheron was nearly two years old when her convert parents, Caroline and John Joyce, sold all they owned and sailed from New York to California with Samuel Brannan’s expedition in 1846. After an unbearable six-month voyage, the family arrived in what is now San Francisco only to find desolate living conditions in a land at war with Mexico. The 1849 gold rush brought prosperity to the area but also the alcohol that ruined John and, ultimately, the marriage. Caroline later remarried, and in 1867 the family settled permanently in Utah. In 1870, Augusta married George W. Crocheron as a plural wife and together they had three sons and two daughters. As a writer she expressed herself in both poetry and prose, contributing regularly to Mormon journals and winning awards for two of her short stories. In 1880 she accepted the advice and aid of friends such as Emmeline B. Wells and published her collection of verse, Wild Flowers of Deseret. Ten years later she penned a volume of moral stories and poems for children called The Children’s Book. Church history enthusiasts may be most familiar with her collection of biographical sketches, Representative Women of Deseret (1884), an early attempt to recognize the contributions of Mormon women and a valuable resource for historians. [from Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, 95-96]

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Also Known As Augusta Joyce Crocheron
Birth Date 1844
Death Date 1915

Works by Augusta B. Joyce Crocheron
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YearGenre
Representative Women of Deseret 1884Biography / Memoir
The Children's Book: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems: A Mormon Book for Mormon Children1890Children's Book Collection
The Baby2004Poetry
Betrothed2004Poetry
Lucy Smith1941Poetry
A New Year's Reverie and Dream1941Poetry
A Dream1888Poetry
Jacob1888Poetry
The Wedding of the King1887Poetry
Estranged1881Poetry
Parting1881Poetry
Thoughts Within1881Poetry
Wild Flowers of Deseret: A Collection of Efforts in Verse 1881Poetry Collection
Invocation1880Poetry
The Boom1888Short Story
Undrea1888Short Story
Our Daughter1887Short Story
Pensee1887Short Story
In the Desert and the Snow1886Short Story
Angela1884Short Story
The Spirit of Jane Adair1884Short Story


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