18 Mar 1895 — Logan, Utah
Thirteen year old Polly Beardall found herself raising her siblings due to unfortunate events in the lives of her parents.
Apparently, her father John Gell Beardall left home in 1891 or 1892 saying the was going to Oregon to look for work and was never heard from again. He left his wife, Eliza Richards Beardall and four living children to fend for themselves in Logan, Utah.
Polly was the only daughter in the family. On 18 March 1895, she wrote a letter to the legal authorities asking them to release her mother from jail because Polly had been raising her siblings for over seven months and was worn out.
Her mother, Eliza Richards Beardall had been incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter in the county jail in Logan, Utah. The details of the case aren't revealed in the pardon documents.
Read Polly's poignant plead for her mothers release in this letter asking for her mothers release from jail so she could come home and care for her family in the image below.