Gender
Female
Alternate Names
Lott, Malissa (Melissa)
Bernhisel, Malissa (Melissa) Lott

Willis, Malissa (Melissa) Lott

Biography

9 Jan. 1824–13 July 1898. Born in Tunkhannock, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Cornelius P. Lott and Permelia Darrow. Family moved to Bridgewater, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830. Returned to Tunkhannock, by 1834. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, summer 1836. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nov. 1837. Moved near Hawn’s Mill, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1838. Moved to Pike Co., Illinois, 1839. Moved in with JS’s family in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, and helped Emma Smith with housework, 1842. Plural wife of JS, sealed on 20 Sept. 1843. Married second John Milton Bernhisel as a plural wife, 8 Feb. 1846. Migrated to Salt Lake Valley, 1848. Married third Ira J. Willis, 13 May 1849. Resident of Salt Lake City Thirteenth Ward, 1850. Moved to Lehi, Utah Co., Utah Territory, by 1852. Returned to Salt Lake City, by 1854. Likely returned to Lehi, by 1863. Died in Lehi. Buried in Salt Lake City.

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