Shipp, Ellis Reynolds (1847–1939)

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Shipp, Ellis Reynolds (1847–1939)

American physician. Born Ellis Reynolds, Jan 20, 1847, in Davis Co., IA; died Jan 31, 1939, in Salk Lake City, UT; dau. of Anna (Hawley) Reynolds and William Fletcher Reynolds; m. Milford Bard Shipp, May 5, 1866 (as a Mormon, took 3 additional wives); children: at least 6.

At age 18, after her parents joined the Mormon church (1851), lived for a time with Brigham Young and his family in Salt Lake City, UT, and kept a diary; with Young's encouragement, graduated from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1878); opened a Salt Lake City practice and established a midwifery school, training at least 500 women during her career; served as a Deseret Hospital staff member (1882–90); delivered 6,000 babies and practiced medicine for nearly 60 years.