Ellen Spencer Clawson was, according to her friend Ellen Pratt McGary, an intelligent and talented young woman. In a letter to her friend, Ellen Clawson describes her feelings concerning the marriage of her husband to Alice Young, daughter of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell. Hiram B. Clawson was later to marry Emily Young, another of Brigham Young\'s daughters by Emily Partridge. Three of Ellen\'s four children died in infancy. She and William separated, and she married again. In her last years she and William were reunited.