Poets of the Restoration

Ellis Reynolds Shipp - Episode 2

Episode 2


In this episode of Poets of the Restoration, the life of Ellis Reynolds Shipp is examined. Ellis Reynolds was born in Davis County, Iowa, 1847. Her family becomes baptized into the Church that year, and they join the pioneer trek west to the Salt Lake Valley. She later marries Milford Bard Shipp with the approval of Brigham Young. Through extraordinary adversity and physical sickness, Ellis attends medical school in Philadelphia, starts her own medical practice as the second woman doctor in the state of Utah, and helps hundreds of patients throughout her life. She writes poetry not only to enrich and inspire the lives of others, but to give herself the strength she needs to press forward.