Jane S. Richards

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Jane S. Richards
Photo of Jane S. Richards
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
October 11, 1888 (1888-10-11) – November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10)[1]
Called by Zina D. H. Young
Predecessor Zina D. H. Young
Successor Annie Taylor Hyde
Personal details
Born Jane Snyder
(1823-01-31)January 31, 1823
Pamelia, , United States
Died November 17, 1912(1912-11-17) (aged 89)
Ogden, Utah, United States
Resting place Ogden City Cemetery
41°13′59″N 111°57′43″W / 41.233°N 111.962°W / 41.233; -111.962 (Ogden City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) Franklin D. Richards
Children 6, including:
  Franklin S. Richards
Parents Isaac Snyder
Lovisa Comstock

Jane Snyder Richards (January 31, 1823 – November 17, 1912) was a counselor to Zina D. H. Young in the general presidency of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1888 to 1901.

Early Life and Family[edit]

Jane Snyder was born to Isaac Richards Snyder and his wife Louise Comstock in Parmelia, Jefferson County, New York. Her parents and siblings joined the LDS Church while in Upper Canada, but Jane did not join until January 1840. Her baptism was performed by her brother Robert Snyder after cutting the ice at LaPorte, Indiana. The townspeople opposed her baptism because Richards awoke gravely ill the day before. She came up out of the water healed from her ailment rather than more sick from exposure.[2]:34 [3]

On December 18, 1842, she married Franklin D. Richards.[1] They had six children, including Franklin S. Richards. The Richards came to Utah Territory in 1848 after much persecution and sickness in Nauvoo.[2]:36

Church Service[edit]

Richards was a member of the original Relief Society that was established in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois. She served on the General Board (called the Central Board until 1892) of the Relief Society from 1888 to 1910. She was a counselor to general president Zina D. H. Young from 1888 to 1901.[2]:38 Richards was the Relief Society delegate to the National Council of Women in 1891.

Richards also served as president of a local Relief Society in Weber County, Utah. When this Relief Society was formed, it was the first Relief Society to be created between the general organization and the most local ward-level organizations.[4]

Richards's daughter, Josephine Richards West, served as a counselor in the general presidency of the Primary.[5]


  1. ^ a b Ludlow, Daniel H, ed. (1992). "Appendix 1: Biographical Register of General Church Officers". Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan Publishing. pp. 1644–5. ISBN 0-02-879602-0. OCLC 24502140.
  2. ^ a b c Arrington, Leonard; Madsen, Susan (1984). Sun-Bonnet Sisters: True Stories of Mormon Women and Frontier Life. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft. pp. 33–39. ISBN 0884945200.
  3. ^ Quinn, D. Michael (January 1980). "They Served: The Richards Legacy in the Church". Ensign. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  4. ^ History of the Relief Society, 1842-1966. (Salt Lake City: Relief Society General Board, 1966) p. 59.
  5. ^ Andrew Jenson. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4, p. 303.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Zina D. H. Young
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

October 11, 1888 (1888-10-11)–November 10, 1901 (1901-11-10)
Succeeded by
Annie Taylor Hyde