- CHAPTER 12 -


More Dalton In-laws and Related Families


Researched, complied, formatted, indexed, wrote, copied, copy-written,

and filed in the mind of Rodney G. Dalton in the comfort of his easy chair in

Farr West, Utah in the United States of America in the

Twenty First-Century A.D.

Give it up you knaves!

Rodney G. Dalton


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Our Dalton families of course have many, many in-laws and they in turn have many extended families. Below are some stories and histories of as many names as I could find. Of note is there is duplication in these histories in other chapters of my Dalton Book.


The families in this chapter includes:

Lindsey - Rodney Dalton’s third wife’s family.

Allred - Charles Wakeman Dalton’s second wife’s family.

Bowen - Charles Wakeman Dalton’s first wife’s family.

Warner - Charles Dalton’s first wife’s family.

Varguson - Elizabeth, Jemima & Harriet Dalton husband’s family.

Cranmer - John Dalton Jr. first wife’s family.

Ferguson - Henry (Harry) Dalton’s wife’s family

Lee - Charles Wakeman Dalton’s forth wife’s family.

Vaughan - James Dalton’s wife’s family.

Baber and Veater - Rodney Dalton’s grandmother Dalton’s family.

Merithew - Margaret Dalton’s husband’s family.

Fortescue - Charles Wakeman Dalton’s forth wife’s mother’s family.

Horrocks - Rodney Dalton’s second wife’s father’s family.

Leigh - Related to the Walter Stoddard family.

Walter Stoddard - Rodney Dalton’s third wife’s mother’s family.

William Stoddard - George Simon Dalton’s first wife’s family.

Stanton - Related to the Charles Dalton & Warner Families.

Call – Related to Charles Wakeman Dalton family.

Pilkington – Sir John Dalton's II wife's family.

Hussey – Sir John Dalton I wife's family.

Daniel – Charles Dalton 2nd wife's family.

In this chapter you will find the “Ancestors of” some of our Dalton related families. This was a fun project for me to research and compile. Please remember that some of the entries must be followed up with documented proof And further research.

Utah pioneer family


The LINDSEY FAMILY of Sunnyside Utah:

Rodney Garth Dalton’s third wife is Tracy Lindsey born Dec. 21 1963 in Ogden Utah. Rodney Dalton married Tracy Lindsey on June 1 1991.

The Lindsay’s were of Scottish Lowland origin, the first known member of the Lindsay family being Baldric de Lindesaya, a Norman who held lands in England and Normandy. Around 1120 Sir Walter Lindsay was a member of the Council of Prince David, Earl of Huntington, who became King of Scots in 1124; Walter's successor, William, acquired lands of Crawford in Clydesdale. Sir David Lindsay of Crawford acquired Glenesk in Angus by marriage with Maria Abernethy one of the heiresses of the Earldom of Angus and was hence created Earl of Crawford in 1398. The 4th Earl, the ferocious "Earl Beardie", was defeated by the Earl of Huntly in 1452 and deprived of his lands. His son, David was created Duke of Montrose by James III in 1488, this title ended on his death in 1495.

The House of Lindsay established itself in Angus (although Lindsay’s were to be found throughout Scotland) and engaged in bitter feuds with the Ogilvies and Alexanders. The Lindsay’s remained loyal throughout to the Stewarts; the 6th Earl died at Flodden in 1513, the 10th supported Mary Queen of Scots and the 16th Earl commanded a regiment for Charles I. When he died the title passed on to a cadet branch, the Balcarres, already raised to earldom of Balcarres in 1651. In 1848, the House of Lords decided that the titles of Earls of Crawford and Earls of Lindsay belonged to James, 7th Earl of Balcarres who was then 24th Earl of Crawford.


THE VAUGHAN FAMILY of South Wales:    Top

James Dalton, who was born in 1650 in Pembrey, South Wales married Joyce Vaughan In June of 1677 according to our Dalton family history.

Beautiful Wales, mountainous land of the red dragon and Eisteddfods (music festivals) and King Arthur, gives us the distinguished surname of Vaughn. The Romans vacated the British Isles at the end of the 3rd century. The Welsh or Ancient Britons were left in sole possession of all of England, all the way north to the banks of the Clyde. The Saxons forced them westward into the mountains of what is now Wales, north to Cumberland and southern Scotland, and into Cornwall. Rhodri Mawr, or Roderick the Great was the first recorded monarch of all Wales. He died in 893. On his death he gave Wales to his three sons, Anarawd became King of North Wales, Cadalh became King of South Wales and Mervyn became King of Powys, or mid Wales.

The ancient history of the name Vaughn also emerges from these same Welsh chronicles. It was first found in Shropshire where they were descended from Tudor Trevor, the Earl of Hereford, and Lord of Maylors. His wife was descended from Howel Dda, King of South Wales, in 907. Descended was Gronwy, Earl of Herford, through a series of Lords of Maylors and Oswestry. They descended to John Vaughan, son of Rhys Ap Llewellyn, of Plas Thomas in Shrewsbury. From some of the many early records researchers examined, manuscripts such as the Domesday Book, the Pipe Rolls, Hearth Rolls, the Black Book of the Exchequer, the Curia Regis Rolls, the Vaughn family name was traced in many different forms. Although Vaughn was mentioned in several different records, it was spelt Vaughan, Vaughn, and these changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. It was not uncommon for a person to be born with one spelling, marry with another, and still have another on the headstone in his or her resting place.

The Norman Conquest of Wales was less than conclusive. A testimony to the Welsh fighting spirit is that there are more castles, or ruins of castles, to the square mile in Wales than anywhere else in the world. The Welsh tactic was to thrust, then retire to their bleak mountain homes to plan their next attack. As peace gradually returned to this country, the Welsh, attracted by the economic opportunities, moved eastward into the English cities. This distinguished Welsh family name emerged in Shropshire. They remained seated at Dudliston in that shire for several centuries, playing an important role on the English/Welsh border. They branched to Burlton and Plas Thomas, and to Chilton Grove.

The chief of the line in the 11th century was Sir Robert William Vaughan, who married into the descendants of Meuric, ancestor of the family of Nanau. The Vaughans branched to Merionethshire where they had a distinguished history of political involvement in that shire. They were seated at Dolymelynllyn in that county. Their present seats are at Shoborough House, Humphreston, Nanau, Burlton Hall, the Castle at Builth Wells, and Hallowell in Maine.

Prominent amongst the family during the late middle ages was Sir Robert Vaughan. For the next two or three centuries the surname Vaughan- Vaughn flourished and played an important role in the local county politics and in the affairs of Britain in general. Religious conflicts followed. The newly found passionate fervor of Cromwellianism found the Roman Church still fighting to regain its status and rights. The power of the Church, and the Crown, their assessments, tithes, and demands imposed a heavy burden on rich and poor alike. They looked to the New World for their salvation. Many became pirates who roamed the islands of the West Indies such as Captain Morgan. Some were shipped to Ireland where they were known as the 'Adventurers for land in Ireland'.

Essentially, they contracted to keep the Protestant faith, being granted lands for small sums, previously owned by the Catholic Irish. In Ireland they settled in Ulster in the 16th century. The New World also held many attractions. They sailed across the stormy Atlantic aboard the tiny sailing ships, built for 100 passengers, but sometimes carrying 400 or 500, ships which were to become known as the "White Sails". The overcrowded ships, sometimes spending two months at sea, were wracked with disease. Those that survived the elements were often stricken with small pox, dysentery and typhoid, sometimes landing with only 60 to 70 % of the original passenger list.

In North America, one of the first migrants which could be considered a kinsman of the Vaughn family or having a variation of the family surname spelling, was:


George Vaughan who settled in Maine in 1629; Patrick Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635;

Elizabeth Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1654;

John Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1636;

Christopher Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1652;

Rowland Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1635;

Lewis Vaughan settled in Virginia in 1636;

John Vaughan from Milford Haven settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1825.

William Vaughan was a planter in Mulleys Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland in 1844.

While researching the family name Coat of Arms we traced the most ancient recording and grant of Arms. Those many branch Coat of Arms which were granted down through the ages may also be appropriate to the name. The most ancient grant of a Coat of Arms found was; Black a chevron between three silver fleur de lis.

The Crest is; An arm holding the fleur de lis. The ancient family motto for this distinguished name is; "Non Revertar Inultus"



Elizabeth Allred was the second wife of Charles Wakeman Dalton.

The surname of Allred was originally Aldridge/Arledge/Aldrich. This family was from Worstead, Norfork, England and came to America in about 1665. I have a complete pedigree of Elizabeth Allred's family going back to England, starting with William Allred/Aldridge/Arledge/Aldrich, born about 1441 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.

The Aldrich family, originally from Greater Yarmouth (coastal Norfolk), was prominent in the civic affairs of Norwich, Norfolk in the 15th and 16th centuries. JOHN ALDRICH is generally thought to have been the father of REV. HENRY ALDRED, who is believed to have been the forefather of the American ARLEDGE family. The two Norwich parishes in which the Aldrich family was active were St. Clement's and St. Michael's-at-Plea. Both churches survive today, though St. Michael's is now an antique market. St. Clement's has been maintained as a small church, though it shows evidence today of being a meeting place for local garment-worker's unions.

The first immigrant to America was Clement Allred Sr., 1601-c.1668 and his wife Susan Boswell, who migrated from Norfolk, England to Northumberland County, Virginia in late 1600's. At least four of his sons --George, Thomas, William and Clement are believe to have come to America as well.

Elizabeth Ann Heskell Allred married our Charles Wakeman Dalton on Nov. 2 1850 In Salt Lake City Utah. She was Charles Wakeman Dalton’s second wife. Elizabeth Allred’s grand father was James Allred, born Jan. 22 1788. James Allred was the first of this Allred family to join the new LDS Church.

The following is a short history of James Allred:

Allred, James, a member of Zion's Camp and presiding Elder of the Allred settlement (now Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah), in 1852, was born Jan. 22, 1788, in North Carolina, the son of William Allred and Elizabeth Thresher. He became a member of the Church at an early day, being baptized Sept. 10, 1832, in Missouri, by Geo. M. Hinkle and was a member of Zion's Camp in 1834, and served as a body guard to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He passed through all of the persecutions of the Saints in Missouri and Illinois, and he was ordained a High Priest by the Prophet Joseph Smith. In 1851 he arrived in Utah and was one of the founders of Spring City in 1852. Bro. Allred, or "Father" Allred, as he was known by his associates, was always a faithful member of the Church. He raised a large family and died in Spring City, Sanpete County, June 10, 1876.

A story of survival - Renewal of Hostilities in Missouri:

It would appear that Hatred's hunger is never fed; it seems to possess an appetite which is insatiable, and can never feel at ease so long as the object of its detestation remains within its reach; and even when that object is removed beyond the immediate power of Hatred to do it harm, as the dragon of the apocalypse when he could not follow the woman he had persecuted into the wilderness, cast out of his mouth a flood of water after her to destroy her-even so Hatred, when baffled in his efforts to destroy his victims, sends out floods of falsehood to overwhelm them by infusing his own venom into the breasts of others; that that destruction which he could not bring to pass himself, might be brought about by another. Such was the course of hate-blinded Missouri towards the Saints of God, whom she had driven beyond her borders. Seeing that she had not destroyed them, but that they were now upon the eve of enjoying an era of prosperity such as they had never enjoyed while within her borders, she employed all her cunning to incite the hatred of the citizens of Illinois against them. But this was not easy of accomplishment; and at first, the misrepresentations of a State that had been guilty of such outrages as those committed by Missouri against the Latter-day Saints, had but little weight in Illinois.

Finding that their accusations against the people whom they had so wronged had little or no effect, an effort was made to give coloring to their statements; and stolen goods were conveyed from Missouri to the vicinity of Commerce, so that when they were found, suspicion might rest upon the people in whose neighborhood the stolen articles were discovered. Nor did their outrages stop at this. But doubtless being emboldened by reason of the general government's refusing to make any effort to redress the wrongs of the Saints, a company of men led by William Allensworth, H. M. Woodyard, Wm. Martin, J. H. Owsely, John Bain, Light T. Lair and Halsay White, crossed over the Mississippi to Illinois, at a point a few miles above Quincy, and kidnapped Alanson Brown, James Allred, Benjamin Boyce and Noah Rogers; and without any writ or warrant of any character whatever, they dragged them over to Missouri, to a neighborhood called Tully, in Lewis County. These unfortunate men were imprisoned for a day or two in an old log cabin, during which time their lives were repeatedly threatened. At one time Brown was taken out, a rope placed around his neck, and he was hung up to a tree until he was nearly strangled to death. Boyce at the same time was tied to a tree, stripped of his clothing and inhumanly beaten. Rogers was also beaten, and Allred was stripped of every particle of clothing, and tied up to a tree for the greater part of the night, and threatened frequently by a man named Monday, exclaiming: "G-d d-n you, I'll cut you to the hollow." He was finally, however, released without being whipped. After they had received this inhuman treatment, their captors performed an act purely Missourian in its character, that is, they gave them the following note of acquittal:

TULLY, MISSOURI, July 12, 1840.

The people of Tully, having taken up Mr. Allred, with some others, and having examined into the offenses committed, find nothing to justify his detention any longer, and have released him.

By order of the committee.


As soon as the people of Commerce and vicinity were informed of this outrage, Gentiles as well as Mormons were loud in their condemnation of it, and at once a mass meeting was called, and resolutions were adopted, expressing their unqualified indignation, and calling upon the governor of Illinois to take the necessary steps to punish those who had committed this outrage, and by vindicating the law, give the Missourians to understand there was a limit beyond which their deeds of violence must not pass.

D. H. Wells, not then a member of The Church, and George Miller were appointed a committee to wait upon Governor Carlin, and lay the ease before him. For this purpose they repaired to Quincy, and at the recital of the cruelties practiced upon the men who were the victims of the Missourians, the governor's wife, who was present at the interview, was moved to tears, and the governor himself was greatly agitated. He promised to counsel with the State attorney, who by law was made his adviser, and promised to take such steps as the ease seemed to require, and the law to justify. Just what was done by Governor Carlin, however, I am unable to learn; but one thing is certain, and that is, the guilty parties were never brought to justice, nor even to a trial-indeed it may be that even then the love which Governor Carlin once had for the Saints, and which at last became dead, had begun to grow cold.

Scarcely had the excitement occasioned by the kidnapping of Allred and his associates subsided, when Governor Boggs of Missouri made a requisition on Governor Carlin, of Illinois, for the persons of Joseph Smith, Jr., Sidney Rigdon, Lyman Wight, P. P. Pratt, Caleb Baldwin and Alanson Brown, as fugitives from justice. Governor Carlin granted the requisition-was it another case of Herod and Pilate being made friends over the surrender of God's Prophet? But fortunately when the sheriff went to Commerce with his requisition, Joseph and his brethren were not at home, and could not be found; so that the officers returned without them. These men were not fugitives from justice, no process had ever been found against them, the governor himself had connived at their escape from the hands of the officers charged with the duty of conducting them from Liberty, Clay County, to Boone County; I and these men did not feel disposed to try again "the solemn realities of mob law in Missouri."

Spring City had a rather unique beginning. Early in 1852, President Brigham Young asked James Allred to take his sons, their wives and families and move south into Central Utah and begin a settlement. The boys were James T. S., Wm. H., Andrew Jackson, Reuben W., Isaac and Franklin Lafayette Allred. After doing some exploring they decided to settle along a creek flowing from the mountains to the east of them. They called the stream Canal Creek. It was first called "The Allred Settlement," but, later when about forty families of converts from Denmark came to join them, it was called "Little Denmark." Since this did not seem appropriate it was named "Spring Town" after the large spring along the line of travel. Indians and explorers made this a camping center. The settlers had no sooner started to farm the land, when the Indians began to drive away their cattle and burn their possessions, causing them to make the move to Manti. Later they moved to Fort Ephraim and it was not until 1859 that they moved back to their former homes.

Spring City as a settlement dates back to 1852, when Pres. Brigham Young advised Father James Allred to select a place for a settlement where he could locate with his numerous posterity and kindred and preside over them. Complying with this advice, Father Allred, early in the spring of 1852, examined the tract of country lying along Canal Creek and finally decided on the present site of Spring City for a settlement March 22, 1852. Four days later the Allred’s commenced making improvements. James T. S. Allred hauled a small log house with him from Manti with an ox team. The settlers re-erected this dwelling on the present site of Spring City in one day; it was a sawed log building about 16 feet square. During the summer of 1852 other houses were built, and a townsite surveyed. The little colony became known from the beginning as the Allred Settlement with Father James Allred as the patriarchal head of the family. Meetings were held principally in his own log cabin, and about a dozen families spent the winter of 18521853 in the little settlement. In the spring of 1853 farming operations were resumed successfully, and the colony was duly organized as a bishop's ward in April, 1853, with Reuben W. Allred as Bishop. When the Walker Indian War broke out in July, 1853, the settlements in Sanpete Valley were exposed to great danger, and after the raid on the Mt. Pleasant Settlement July 19, 1853, about a dozen families from that place moved into the Allred Settlement, where all hands hastily built a fort by moving their log houses together. This fort was completed July 28, 1853. Notwithstanding the precaution of building a fort, the Indians, under Walker, made a raid on the Allred Settlement and drove off 200 head of horned stock and 30 head of horses, which was nearly all the stock belonging to the colony. In the face of these Indian troubles the Allred Settlement was vacated July 31, 1853, the people moving to Manti. While the families from the Allred Settlement were safely housed in Manti, the brethren returned to the vacated settlement on Canal Creek in companies to water and harvest their grain. In October, 1853, while James Allred and others were attending conference in Salt Lake City, they learned of the arrival of the first large company of Scandinavian emigrants, who had reached Salt Lake City Sept. 31, 1853. An influence was brought to bear upon them to settle in Sanpete Valley, and a large number of them responded, and accompanied James Allred to the location on Canal Creek, which was re-settled and called “Little Denmark.” The Scandinavian saints lived in a kind of United Order, dividing their provisions and labor, some working on their houses while others stood guard. In the meantime the Indians continued to be hostile, and so the settlement on Canal Creek was vacated a second time, Dec. 19, 1853, the people moving to Manti. On Jan. 6, 1854, the Indians burned the fort and everything which had been left by the settlers on Canal Creek. For nearly six years after that no new attempt was made to settle on Canal Creek, but in the summer of 1859 the permanent settlement of Spring City (originally called Springtown) was made by a little company of settlers who arrived on Canal Creek June 28, 1859; it included William Black, George Black, Joseph S. Black, and others with their families. These settlers

immediately had a town site containing 640 acres surveyed, and the surrounding farming lands were surveyed into 10 and 5 acre lots, which were distributed among the brethren. About a dozen families spent the winter of 18591860 in that new settlement, which since that time has enjoyed a gradual growth and continued prosperity.

The new settlement was organized as a bishop's ward in January, 1860, with Christen G. Larsen as Bishop. During the Black Hawk Indian War, James Meeks and Andrew Johnson were killed by Indians near Spring City, April 13, 1867. Bishop Larsen was succeeded in 1868 by Fred Olsen, who in 1882 was succeeded by James A. Allred, who died April 3, 1904, and was succeeded by Lauritz Orson Larsen, who died Sept. 28, 1913, and was succeeded by Samuel Allred, who in 1928 was succeeded by James F. Ellis, who presided Dec. 31, 1930, on which date the Spring City Ward had a Church membership of 1,021, including 166 children. The total population of the Spring City Precinct was 1,050 in 1930, of which 992 resided in Spring City.

James ALLRED (1788-1876), born in North Carolina, marched with Zion's Camp and lived through the expulsion of the Saints from Far West and Nauvoo. He was kidnapped in Nauvoo and held in Missouri, but was eventually released. He settled Spring City, Utah.

Source: History of Utah by Orson F. Whitney

James Allred and Elizabeth Warren Allred:

James Allred, son of William and Elizabeth Thrasher Allred, was born in North Carolina, Randolph County, January 22, 1788. His wife Elizabeth Warren was born in South Carolina on May 6, 1787. They were married November 14, 1803, and moved to the Ohio River near Yellow Banks. In 1811, they moved to Missouri, Monroe County, a distance of 500 miles. Here they settled down on the 10th of September, 1832. They were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder George M. Hinlsle at which place a large branch of the Church was built up and called “Salt River Branch.”

In the fall of 1833, James Allred, two sons, and two sons-in-law joined the company of the Prophet Joseph. In June 1834, they with the Prophet’s company of 200 brethren journeyed to the upper part of Missouri in order to redeem “Zion”, as they thought, and to reinstate a portion of the Saints who had been driven from their homes in Jackson County, Missouri.

In the year 1835, they moved to Clay County, Missouri, and in the spring of 1837, to Caldwell County where the Saints commenced to gather to build up a Stake of Zion. James Allred was elected Judge and also President of the Southern Firm. When the Church left Missouri in the spring of 1839, he moved to Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois. In 1839, the same year, he moved to Commerce (afterwards called Nauvoo). Where he was ordained a High Priest and a member of the High Council. He was one of the Prophets bodyguards in the Nauvoo Legion and held several other responsible positions. He helped to build the Nauvoo Temple and assisted in giving endowments therein. It was while they were living in Nauvoo that the Prophet came to Grandmother Elizabeth Warren, who was a seamstress by trade, and told her he had seen the Angel Moroni with the garments on, and asked her to assist him in cutting out the garments. They spread unbleached muslin out on the table and he told her how to cut it out. She told the Prophet that there would be sufficient cloth from the knee to the ankle to make a pair of sleeves, but he told her he wanted as few seams as possible and that there would be sufficient whole cloth to cut the sleeve without piecing. The first garments were made of unbleached muslin and bound with turkey red and were without collars. Later on the Prophet decided he would rather have them bound with white. Sister Emma Smith, the Prophet’s wife, proposed that they have a collar on as she thought they would look more finished, but at first the Prophet did not have the collars on them. After Emma Smith made the little collars which were not visible from the outside, then Eliza R. Snow introduced a wider collar of finer material to be worn on the outside of the dress. The garment was to reach the ankle and the sleeves to the wrist. The marks were always the same.

In the year 1842, James Allred was ordained a Seventy and a member of the 4th Quorum of Seventies.

About this time the Saints began to be persecuted very hard and more especially heads of the Church. The Prophet and his brother Hyrum were continually being hunted and persecuted by the mobs.

Elizabeth Warren often used to put potatoes in the coals in the fireplace at night and leave bread and butter and fresh buttermilk (of which the Prophet was very fond) out on the table so that they could come in during the night and eat.

In the year 1844, in June, the Prophet, John Taylor, and Willard Richards were taken to the Carthage Jail, Hancock County, Illinois. At the jail the Prophet handed his sword to James and said, “Take this---you may need it to defend yourself.” James carried this sword with him to Utah and it is now on display at the Utah State Capitol.

On the 27th of June, the Prophet and Hyrum were murdered in the Carthage Jail. The Prophet previously prophesied that Willard Richards would not be harmed and true to the prophecy he escaped without a scratch, but President Taylor was badly wounded by four bullets.

James took President Taylor from the prison to take him to his home. He only had his wagon to carry him and the trip was long by road, so they decided that a sleigh could be pulled behind the wagon by going through the fields which were mostly swamps, and this would be only 18 miles distance from Nauvoo. Accordingly, they secured a sleigh, fastened it behind the wagon and placed President Taylor in it. He was bleeding badly and so weak from the loss of blood that he could scarcely speak. His wife sat beside him bathing the blood from his wounds and trying to make the journey as easy as possible. The sleigh was much easier riding than the wagon and by the time they reached home President Taylor was able to talk loud enough that James could hear him from where he sat in the wagon.

After the murder of the Prophet, President Brigham Young with the help of the Apostles then took up the work for which the Prophet had laid the foundation. Persecutions began to rage again with awful fury and in the fall of 1845, the mob commenced burning houses.

On the 29th of February 1846, James crossed the Mississippi River to go west with the heads of the Church. He arrived at the Missouri River July 15, of the same year. Here he was made President of the High Council and acting Bishop at Council Point.

In the spring of 1851, he started west to the Rocky Mountains. He arrived at Salt Lake in October of the same year. He went to Manti, Sanpete County, in March 1852, and April 14, 1852, moved to Canal, now known as Spring City. He was called to preside over this branch of the Church.

At the spring conference in 1853, he was ordained a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In July of the same year, the Indians drove most of the cattle and horses of the settlement off, and on the last day of the month, they moved back to Manti.


In October, he moved back to Canal again with a company of 40 Danish families and 10 families of his own relatives. On the 17th of December of the same year, he was called to vacate and again moved back to Manti. In February 1854, in company with 50 families he commenced to build a fort at Cottonwood (now called Ephraim). It was built of stone, the walls being 10 feet high. This was finished and James presided over it until 1860, then he moved back to Canal where he resided until his death. He was a faithful member of the Church and strict in relations with the Word of Wisdom. He fully endorsed all the principles of the Gospel as far as he knew them. For many years he was a regular attendant of Quorum and public meetings and always ready to devote to the poor.

A friend of the widows and orphans, exemplary to his family. He taught them to be honest and industrious, trustworthy and confidential. He told the Bishop he was ready to join the United Order and all that he had was for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

He raised 12 children of his own and 8 orphan grandchildren (all lived to have children of their own).

He left the wife of his youth after living together for nearly 73 years, and posterity of 447 souls. He had 12 children, 104 grandchildren, 302 great grandchildren, 29 great great grandchildren. Five of his sons were present at his funeral. He laid his hands on his oldest son William Hackley’s head the day before he died and blessed him. All of his children lived to embrace the new and everlasting covenant, and those that are dead died strong in the faith. The most of his posterity lived in Utah and are members of the Church.

He lacked 12 days of being 92 years old when he died. His wife was 90 years old but had been blind for 6 years. His funeral took place on the 11th, and was the largest that had ever been held in this place. Thirty-nine wagons and sleighs loaded with people followed him to his last resting-place.

Apostle Orson Hyde preached his funeral sermon and made some sincere remarks concerning his life, labors, and faithfulness as a Patriarch, which was satisfactory to the family and friends. He died at Spring City, Utah, January 10, 1876, at 92 years of age.

Elizabeth Warren died April 23, 1879, at Rabbit Valley, Utah. Her body was later brought to Spring City by her husband, Samuel Allred and Reuben Warren Allred, Jr.

Her parents were Thomas Warren and Hannah Catherine Warren. Children of James and Elizabeth: William Hackley, Martin Carrel, Hannah, Sally, Isaac, Reuben Warren, Wiley Payne, Nancy Chummy, Eliza Maria, James Tillman Sanford, John Franklin Lafayette, Andrew Jackson.

Received from Loa Allred Aiken great-great granddaughter of James Allred and Elizabeth Warren

Death of a Patriarchal in Israel:

Fathr James Allred, son of William and Elizabeth Allred died in Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah, January 10, 1876. Father Allred was born in North Carolina, Randolph County, January 22, A.D. 1788. He was married to Elizabeth Warren, November 14, 1803 and moved to Kentucky, Warren County. Two years afterward moved to the Ohio River near Yellow Banks. In 1811 he moved to Tennessee, Bedford County. In 1830 he moved to Missouri, Oats(?) County, which was afterward divided into two counties, they living in Monroe County. On the 10th day of September 1832, he and most of his family were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, at which place a large branch of the Church was built up by G.M. Hinkle and others, and called the Salt River Branch.

In June 1834, he went up in Zion’s Camp with the Prophet and others to redeem Zion. In September 1835, he moved to Clay County Missouri, and in the year of 1836, to Caldwell County where he was elected county judge and also president of the Southern firm. When the Church left Missouri the spring of 1839, he moved to Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois. In the fall of the same year he moved to Commerce, afterward called Nauvoo, where he was ordained a High Priest, and a member of the High Council, and was one of the Prophet’s life guards in the Nauvoo Legion. He also held several other responsible positions, helping to build the Nauvoo Temple, and assisting in giving the endowments therein. On the 9th day of February 1846, he crossed the Mississippi River to go west with the heads of the Church and others. He arrived at the Missouri River July 15th of the same year, and here he was president of the High Council and acting Bishop at Council Point. In the spring of 1851 he started to the mountains, arriving at Salt Lake in October of the same year and went to Manti City, Sanpete County. In March 1852 he moved to Canal, now known as Spring City and was called to preside over this branch of the Church. At the spring conference of 1853 he was ordained a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In July of the same year the Indians drove most of the cattle and horses off belonging to the settlement, and they moved on the last day of the month back to Manti. In October they moved to Canal again with a company of Danish Brethren, about 40 families, and ten families of his own relatives, On the 17th of December of the same year, he was called to vacate and again moved back to Manti. In February 1854 in company with fifty families, he commenced to build a fort on Cottonwood, now called Ephraim, of stone, 10 feet high, which he finished and presided over for some time. In 1860 he moved back to Canal, or what is now called Spring City, where he resided until his death.

He was a faithful member of the Church and strict in relation to the Word of Wisdom for over forty years. He fully endorsed all the principles of the Gospel as far as he knew them. An early riser always on hand to obey the councils of the servants of God, Mormonism was his whole theme. For many years he was a regular attendant of quorum and public meetings, and always ready to donate to the poor; a friend to the widows and orphans; exemplary in his family. He taught them to be honest and industrious, trustworthy and confidential. He told the Bishop that he was ready to join the United Order himself, and all the he had was on hand for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

He raised twelve children of his own and eight orphan children, who all lived to have children of their own. He leaves a wife of his youth, after living together nearly 73 years, and a posterity of 447 souls, viz; 12 children, 104 grandchildren, 302 great grandchildren and 29 great-great grandchildren, who sprang from the two. Five of his sons were present at his death, who were the only ones living. He laid his hands on the head of his oldest son on the day before his death, and blessed him, who is now nearly 73 years of age. All of his children lived to embrace the new and everlasting covenant, and those that are dead, died strong in the faith. Most of his posterity lived in Utah are members of the Church. A large number of them have been baptized in the U.O. He was 92 years old lacking 12 days. His wife, nearly 90 years old, has been blind for six years and is healthy and strong at present.

The funeral took place on the 11th and was one of the largest ever held in this place, 39 wagons and sleight loaded with people followed him to his last resting-place. President Orson Hyde preached his funeral sermon, and made some pertinent remarks touching the life and labors and faithfulness of the Patriarch, which was satisfactory to the family and friends. He died as he had lived, faithful to the Gospel of the Son of God.

J.T.S. Allred

Copied off by Mrs. S.A. Allred, Manti, Utah, November 10, 1926.



Julietta Bowen was the first wife of our Charles Wakeman Dalton.

The surname "BOWEN" is derived from the Welsh "ab Owen" or resented by a list of Christian names separated by ap" or "ab", as "William ap Robert ap James ap William ap Robert ap James ap Thomas. When one family arrived at some importance he would take as surname the Christian name of his father. So that it came that "ab Owen came into usage. At times brothers would different surnames. The Bowen lineage traces back to Bleddin ao Maenerch, last British sovereign of Brecknock as recorded in "Limbus Platrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae" by G.T. Clark and the " Golden Grove Book" Hugh Thomas, Deputy Herald , 1703. Our branch of the family dates back to the Bowens of Court House, Ilston, Glamorganshire, Wales. Dropping the "ab" in front the OWEN they became Bowen some time around the year 1441. A member of this family, Col. Henry Bowen went to Ireland with Cromwell and settled there. This branch of the family ably presented by Elizabeth Bowen in her "Bowen Court" written 1939-1941.

Some of the other numerous spelling variations include:

Boen, Bowne, Bowan, Bowin, Bowene,Bowane, Bowine.

The Bowen name was first recorded in Pembrokeshire England where they had been seated from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Origin: England/Scotland/Wales. The Bowen name is conjecturally descended from Griffith Gower, Lord of Ynysdderne, in South Wales.



Two of our Dalton’s married into this Warner family. Simon Cooker married

Elnora Lucretia Warner on Feb. 4th, 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinios. Simon later married Elnora’s younger sister, Loura Ann about 1848. Charles Dalton, the younger brother of Simon Dalton married Mary Elizabeth Warner who was the oldest sister of Elnora and Loura Ann Warner.

Andrew Warner was the first Warner to come to America in about 1630. He settled in Newtown, now named Cambridge, Mass. Andrew Warner’s father was John Warner of Hatfield, England. Below are some notes on John Warner:

John Warner was born in Hatfield, Broad Oak, Essex Co., Engalnd, in 1568, and died in Hatfield after July 16, 1614. Mary Purchas was born in England and died in Essex County, England, in about 1627. Her will was proved on May 12, 1627. They were married in Dunmow Lt., near Great Waltham, Essex Co., England, on Sunday, September 7, 1578. She took the name Mary Warner. In 1609, John and his family had evidently settled in Hatfield Broad Oak, about ten miles from Great Waltham, as the "Lay Subsidies" or personal taxes for Essex showed that John Warner of Hatfield Broad Oak in that year paid a tax on £3 of household goods, but there is no record of a tax on land. On March 10, 1614, the record of deeds shows that he bought 35 acres of freehold land consisting of garden, meadow, and pasture, for which he paid 41 pounds sterling.

Hatfield Broad Oak is located about 25 miles north of London. It was originally known as Hatfield Regis, or Kings' Hatfield, to distinguish it from several other Hatfields in the kingdom, and because the manor was owned by the Kings of England. It is the supposed burial place of Harold, the last of the Saxon Kings.

In the will of John Warner made on July 16, 1614, a few months after the purchase of the land, he calls himself a yeoman, that is, one who owns and works his own land. Therefore, he was of the "middle class"-not a tenant farmer and not a landlord. This sort of land usually consisted of several detached pieces; one for a homestead, another for parture, and others for cultivation of crops.

The children mentioned above are mentioned in the will of John Warner, along with four grandchildren. The will of Mary, his wife, made May 12, 1627, 13 years later, lists 19 grandchildren. These two wills are given in The Descendants of Andrew Warner. This book is the source of most of the material given here.

Sources: Clues in Records of Essex, England to the Origin of Connecticut Colony Settlers, TAG, Vol. 26

The Descendants of Andrew Warner by Lucien Warner and Josephine Nichols, 1919, pages 9-12

The Warner pedigree in Film # 1036394, LDS FHL.


The VARGASON FAMILY of Wysox Pennsylvania:    Top

The following is a little bit of information on the Vargason brothers who married three of our John Dalton daughters:

John Vargason married Elizabeth (Betsy) Dalton.

Moses Vargason married Jemima Dalton.

Hiram Vargason married Harriet Dalton.

Here is the descendents of the first Vargason we can find. Taken from genealogy databases.

Descendants of John Varguson:

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN VARGUSON was born Abt. 1698 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut, and died February 23, 1782 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut. He married (1) ELIZABETH. She was born Abt. 1702 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut. He married (2) HANNA AMOS December 27, 1748 in Norwich, Connecticut.

Children of JOHN VARGUSON and ELIZABETH are:

. i. JOHN VARGUSON JR., b. Abt. 1724, Norwick, New London Co. CT.; d. March 24, 1823, Norwick, New London Co. CT..

ii. ELIZABETH VARGUSON, b. June 03, 1726, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; m. DAVID ROATH, February 13, 1743/44, Norwich, Connecticut.

iii. THANKFUL VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1728, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut.

iv. MARTHA VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1730.

v. ANNA VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1732.

vi. EZEKIEL VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1735, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa.

Generation No. 2

2. EZEKIEL VARGUSON was born Abt. 1735 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut, and died in Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa. He married SARAH JONES March 26, 1758 in Norwich, New London, CT., daughter of DANIEL JONES and SUSANNAH SPICER. She was born November 01, 1738 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut, and died Abt. 1831 in Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa.


EZEKIEL VARGASON was born in Of Connecticut, and died in Standing Stone, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He married SARAH JONES March 26, 1758 in Standing Stone, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, daughter of DANIEL JONES and SUSANNAH SPISOR. She died in Standing Stone, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Next is information on Ezekiel's family gathered from the History of Pioneers and Patriots Of Bradford County, Pennsylvania by C. F. Heverly.

Ezekiel Vergeson (Varguson, Vargason) is said to have been from Connecticut. He first stopped in Sheshequin, 1791, afterward removing to Standing Stone locating upon and making the first improvements on the farm of now Henderson Roof. He had married Sarah Jones of Welsh descent and had twelve children, all sons. Both he, his wife, Andrew and Jabesh all died upon the Roof farm and were buried there. The other sons who grew up were:

Daniel, who was a soldier of the revolution, married and removed to Pine Creek where he died.

Ezekiel settled in Terry Township.

Amos went to the Lake country.

Isaac married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Shore, lived on Pond Hill, removing to Michigan.

Their children were John, Moses, Hiram, Albert, Israel, Hannah, Harriet, Nelson and Delos.

Rufus married Elsie Shoemaker of Kingston. He spent his days in Wysox where he died at age of 78 years and his wife at 95 years. Their children were Elijah, William, Benjamin, Joseph, Gilbert, James, Obadiah (died young), Robert, Claracy and Seth T. The last named, born August 4, 1816, living (1912) is the oldest surviving veteran of the Civil War from Bradford County.

David married and died in Standing Stone.

Solomon, noted as the man who never had any teeth, removed to Owego where he died.


i. ELIJAH VARGUSON, b. April 15, 1760, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. April 27, 1821, Bozrah, New London Co. CT.; m. MARJORY MASON MARY ROATH, April 27, 1784; b. Abt. 1764, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut.

ii. DANIEL VARGUSON, b. March 05, 1763, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. January 27, 1844, Pinecrest, Lycoming Co. PA..

iii. ANDREW VARGUSON, b. November 24, 1765; d. Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa.

iv. SOLOMON VARGUSON, b. July 04, 1767, Norwick, New London Co. CT.; d. Qwego, NY.

v. EZEKIAL VARGUSON JR., b. March 08, 1769, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. April 30, 1821, Terry Town, Bradford Co. PA.

vi. RUFUS VARGUSON, b. July 16, 1771, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. 1849, Wysox, Bradford Co. PA.

vii. JABEZ VARGUSON, b. April 05, 1773, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa.

viii. ISAAC VARGUSON, b. December 16, 1774, Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut; d. Abt. 1850, Iowa.

ix. DAVID GILBERT VARGUSON, b. July 26, 1776, Norwick, New London Co. CT.; d. August 19, 1854, Standing Stone, Bradford Co. Pa.

AMOS VARGUSON, b. November 09, 1789, Norwick, New London Co. CT.; d. Wyalusing Township, Bradford Co. Pa.

Generation No. 3

3. ISAAC VARGUSON was born December 16, 1774 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut, and died Abt. 1850 in Iowa. He married SARAH SHORES, daughter of SAMUEL SHORE and POLLY STEPHENS. She was born Abt. 1778 in Norwick, New London Co. Connecticut.


i. JOHN VARGUSON, b. January 11, 1801, Bradford Co. PA.; d. June 26, 1883, Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa.

ii. MOSES VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1802, Bradford Co. Pennsylvania; d. November 28, 1879, Leroy, Mower Co. Minnesota.

iii. ALBERT VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1806.

iv. ISRAEL VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1808.

v. HANNAH VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1810.

vi. HIRAM VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1811, Wysox, Bradford Co. PA.; d. January 07, 1883, Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa; m. HARRIET DALTON.

vii. HARRIET VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1812.

viii. DELOS VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1814.

ix. NELSON VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1816.

Generation No. 4

4. JOHN VARGUSON was born January 11, 1801 in Bradford Co. PA., and died June 26, 1883 in Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa. He married ELIZABETH (BETSEY) DALTON December 26, 1822 in Wysox, Bradford Co. Pennsylvania, daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH COOKER. She was born August 15, 1803 in Wyoming, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and died January 29, 1892 in Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa.


Revolutionary War Muster Rolls, 1775-83

Surname - Given Name - Unit Rank - Induction Rank -



Vargason, John 46 M Farmer

Vargason, Elisabeth 44 F Penn

Vargason, Liman R 18 M Penn Labourer

Vargason, Emily 16 F - Penn

Vargason, Sarah E 12 F - Mich.

Vargason, John M I 8 M

Vargason, George B 4 M

Emigration: After living in the Kenosha, Wisconsin area several years, moved to the Independence area where they lived several years

Buried in the Hazleton, Buchanan Co. Iowa.


"John Varguson and Miss Betsy Dalton were married by Justice Harry Morgan, both of Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. On December 26th, 1822"

Source: "Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford Co. Pa. 1770-1850 by Clement F. Heverly. Page 26

ELIZABETH DALTON, b. August 15, 1803, Lucerne Co., Pennsylvania; d. February 22, 1882, Hazelton, Iowa; m. JOHN VARGASON, December 26, 1822, Wysox, Pennsylvania; b. Bet. 1795 - 1800, near Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; d. Abt. 1880, Independence, Iowa.


Fact 1: 1850, census shows her in Buchanan County, Iowa with Bigelow family living with them.

Fact 2: Bet. 1860 - 1870, censuses show her in Washington Township, Iowa.

Fact 3: 1880, census shows her in Hazelton Township, Iowa.

Obituary of Betsey (Dalton) Vargason.

Independence Conservative.

Hazleton, Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa Feb 03, 1892.

Died, Grandma Vargason, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James Welch, last Friday. She was in her 88th year. Her death was caused by a cancer on her lip. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. Platts. She was a terrible sufferer.

Betsy Dalton was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, August 15th, 1804. She was married to John Vargason in 1823, who died June 26th, 1883. They lived in Pennsylvania 14 years and then moved to Jackson county, Michigan where they resided 7 years, and from there to Racine, Wisconsin, where they lived 7 years, and thence to Buchanan County, Iowa, where she resided until her death. She united with the Presbyterian church when she was 18 years of age, of which church she was a member until 1866, when she joined the Free Will Baptist church. She was the beloved mother of 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls, of which 7 still remain to mourn her loss.


i. HARRY MORGAN VARGUSON, b. August 27, 1823, Bradford Co. PA.; d. February 21, 1910.

ii. HARRIET ELIZABETH VARGUSON, b. Abt. 1827, Bradford Co. PA.; d. August 12, 1897.

iii. LYMAN RICHARDSON VARGUSON, b. December 10, 1832, Bradford Co. PA.; d. March 27, 1908, Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa.

iv. EMILY VICTORENE VARGUSON, b. 1834, Wysox, Bradford Co. PA.; d. September 30, 1867, Buchanna Co. Iowa.

v. SARAH EVELINE VARGUSON, b. January 20, 1837, Michigan; d. December 13, 1920.

vi. JOHN M. VARGUSON, b. March 24, 1841, Michigan; d. May 24, 1924, Hazelton, Buchanan Co. Iowa.

vii. GEORGE BERTYLE VARGUSON, b. 1846, Wisconsin Territory; d. April 1906, Stanley, Buchanan Co. Iowa.

viii. MARY VARGUSON, b. 1853, Buchanna Co. Iowa.

ix. BETSY VARGUSON, b. 1855, Buchanna Co. Iowa.

MOSES VARGUSON was born Abt. 1802 in Bradford Co. Pennsylvania, and died November 28, 1879 in Leroy, Mower Co. Minnesota. He married JEMIMA DALTON, daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH COOKER. She was born October 11, 1807 in Wilkes Barrie, Lucerne County, Pennsylvania, and died May 29, 1902 in Leroy, Mower Co. Minnesota.

Notes about Moses Vargason:

Buried in LeRoy, Minnesota, Cemetery--far west gate, four rows east of road, under a tree.

(From the book, "The History of Mower County Minnesota"; 1911; ed. Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge; publ. H. C. Cooper, Jr., & Co., Chicago)

"During the same year, 1854, George and John Britt, Samuel Bacon, Palmer H. Stevens, Moses Vargason and Wentworth Hayes came in to swell the already fair-sized colony of pioneers.... Vargason was a native of Pennsylvania, coming from Waukon, Iowa, to this place. He preempted the west half of the southeast quarter of section 33. He lived there about ten years, then sold out and bought land on section 35, on which place he died in 1879."

(From the book, "New Town on the Frontier, An Early History of LeRoy Minnesota", 1993, Zona Perry Jones, Gibson Printing Co.)

"Moses Vargason and family, natives of Pennsylvania, came to LeRoy from Waukon, Iowa. He preempted the west half of the southeast quarter of section 33, lived there about ten years, then sold out and bought land on section 35. Mr. Vargason died there in 1879. (Surname also spelled Vargeson and Vargisson.)"

(From 1860 Federal Census, quoted in above book)

Moses Vargisson, M, 55, Farmer, cannot read or write, Pennsylvania; Mina, F, 51, Pennsylvania; Sophia, F, 25, Pennsylvania; Idelia, F, 13, school, Pennsylvania; Adeline, F, 8, school, Pennsylvania."

His death is recorded in Book A, page 81, line 110 at the Mower County courthouse in Austin, Minnesota. He is shown as 72 years old and born in New York (but he shows up in the 1830 census as from Pennsylvania). He died of dropsy in the Township of LeRoy, Minnesota. His death was registered 11/28/1879. His parents were not listed. The date of death was given as 4/3/1879 but the date on the tombstone is 4/28/1879; since his death was registered 4/28/1879, perhaps the death date and registration date were confused by the stone cutter.


Burial: April 29, 1879, buried in LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy, Minnesota.

Cause of Death: dropsy

Emigration: Bet. April - May 1854, Moved from the Kenosha Wisconsin area to Waukon, Iowa and from they’re to LeRoy, Minnesota in 1854.


The Cranmer family of Towanda, Bradford Co. Pennsylvania:    Top

John Dalton Jr. married Rebecca Turner Cranmer of Towanda, Bradford Co. PA. on Jan. 21 1822.

The Cranmer name appears in the early history of Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and in the Hudson River Valley and is spelled Cramer, Cranmer and Crammer. Some are of German descent, but they often spell the name Kramer. The coat of arms used by our English branch of the family consists of the following: Arms - Argent, on a chevron azure, between three pelicans in piety sable, three cinquefoils. The crest is an eagle's head erased russet, the neck pierced with an arrow or flighted and barbed argent. The Cranmer’s were noted in former generations for being partial to family names. Many years ago there were six Josiah Cramner’s all residing within a short distance of each other; and in order to tell one from another they were called: Old Josiah and Young Josiah; Big Josiah and Little Josiah; Over-the-Creek Josiah and Poplar Neck Josiah. There have also been many John Cranmes and some of the names used are as follows: John's John and Semor's John; Long John and Short John; Poplar Neck John and Beach John; Over-the Plains John and Patty's John; Captain John and Bank John; Neddy's John and Bass River John. There have also been a large number of William Cramers and also several Thomas Cramers. The surname Cranmer or Cranemere is taken from a lake, or mere, abounding with cranes which, in the olden days, were thought to make delicious eating; and there are places of the name in Norfolk, Somerset and Lincoln in England. It is often pronounced Cranmere and is usually written that way in the West of England. The original home of the Cranmers was at the manor at Cranemere in the parish of Sutterton in the Lincolnshire fens. This genealogy starts with Hugh De CRANMER and Matilda De SETTERTON in England. There are no dates mentioned for them but it would appear to be in the mid 1300's. It continues several generations to Thomas Cranmer who died in 1501. He was the father of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer Jr. (1489-1556). The genealogy continues with his brother, Edmund, the Archdeacon of Canterbury. It continues several generations to William CRANMER/CRAMER who appears in the eastern part of Long Island after 1640, one of the original settlers of Southold. They moved to Elizabethtown, New Jersey. From here part of the Cranmer family moved into Bradford County Pennsylvania in 1791.

Noadiah Cranmer came to Monroeton from Sussex Co., New Jersey, in 1791 He owned the property where the village stands, and up as far as the Mason's mills. He joined the "Church of Christ” in Wysox on June 17 1792. Noadiah was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His sons, John and Samuel, had log houses and improvements. The father was an old man of about eighty years when he came into the country, and he lived alone. He was an ancestor of a large and important family in the township, who have been identified with its history and interested in its progress from the beginning. His descendants are now living in the township, one of whom, Rev. E. H. Cranmer, is a clergyman in the M. E. Church, and has been presiding elder on the Troy district. A brother of his is a coal dealer in Monroe borough; their father's name was Samuel, Who was one of the sons of Noadiah. Stephen was another son. The stone that marks his burial-place records his death as having taken place Feb. 14 1829 and Catherine Cranmer's indicates she died Nov. 2nd 1793. After his wife died he moved in with his son Samuel. They are both buried in Cole's Cemetery

William's father is William, Cranmer son of Thomas and Anne Cranmer, baptized at the parish of St. Mildred's Canterbury, England on November 14, 1582 and died at Rotterdam, Holland in 1650.They had Susanna, Elizabeth, George, Mary, William and Anne.


By Namoi Dalton Pearson.

Note: Namoi Dalton was the daughter of Albertus Dalton

Our Cranmer ancestry is a line on which much more research needs to be done, despite the many months, spread over many years that have been dedicated to this family. Traditionally the family claims descent from Edmund Cranmer, Archdeacon of Canterbury, and a brother to Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. These two men were sons of Thomas Cranmer of Aslaction, Nottinghamshire, England. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, for a time the highest ecclesiastical authority in England during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, had a family, but researchers find that his line soon died out. When Mary became Queen of England, Thomas was arrested, imprisoned, tried, and found guilty of being a heretic and burned at the stake on 21 March in 1556 in Oxford. (While on our mission, working in Oxford, we visited the statue erected on the spot where he was burned, and your father took a picture of me standing before “Uncle Thomas.”)

Edmund Cranmer became the ancestor of the Cranmers of Canterbury and Rotterdam. To date we have not been able to follow his line down to the immigrant, William Cranmer, who is first found on New England records in Southold, Long Island, New York, after 1640. He is listed among the earliest settlers there.

William Cranmer:

On 23 March 1665, / then of Setauket, Suffolk, New York, purchased a farm in Hempstead, Nassau, New York. Just one month previous to this, William had taken the Oath of Allegiance at Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey, to which place he moved about this time with others from Long Island.

Records show that William Cranmer married Elizabeth Carwithy, daughter of David Carwithy, and sister of Caleb. David had formerly lived in Salem, Mass., being named a freeman there in 1644. He moved to Southold, Long Island, and here Elizabeth and William were married. David died there in 1665, the same year that his daughter and her husband made the move to New Jersey.

William was a carpenter at the time of his move. He attached himself to the Governor’s party, and seems not to have been numbered with the Town Associates. He was appointed town constable 27 April 1670 in Elizabeth, serving until 13 October 1671. His house lot contained six acres of irregular form, bound on three sides by highways. He also owned other lands, to a total of 209 acres.

On 4 December 1689, the estate of William Cranmer, deceased, intestate, was issued to his son Thomas Cranmer of Elizabeth, evidently the oldest son. He had at least two other sons, William and John. In 1691 Thomas Jr. sold his land, and his names disappears from the records of New Jersey, at least the records that have survived that period. But John and William remained in that state and their posterity became numerous - - so numerous it is most difficult to do positive research among them.

To indicate some of the difficulty in sorting out all the Cranmer’s, I copied a few paragraphs from “The Cranmer Family” in the book HISTORY OF LITTLE EGG HARBOR by Blackman:

“The Cranmers do not all spell their names alike-some have it Cranmer, and others Cramer, and still others Crammer, but the variation is easily accounted for. In old times most people had but little learning, and orthography suffered in their hands. Give half a dozen persons a name to spell that could be spelled a half dozen ways, and it would be pretty sure to be accomplished, each one having spelled it in his own peculiar style, and thus it came about that there are so many ways of spelling one name.

The Cranmers are noted (especially former generations) for being partial to family names. I have heard it said that many years ago there were six Josiah Cranmers, all residing within a short distance of each other; and in order to distinguish one from another they were denominated thus: Old Josiah and Young Josiah; Big Josiah and Little Josiah; Over the Creek Josiah and Poplar Neck Josiah.

I believe there has been a score or two of John Cranmers. I have heard the distinguishing titles of several of them which are as follows: John’s John and Semor’s John; Long John and Short John; Poplar Neck John and Beach John; Over the Plains John and Patty’s John; Captain John and Bank John; Neddy’s John and Bass River John.

Having searched every record available to me from New Jersey, for that period of time, seeking to tie our family to the immigrant, William, my conclusion is that John is the son from whom we are descended. Positive Proof is not yet there, and the hunt will continue.

John was born in Elizabethtown about 1666. He married Sarah Osborne, daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Standbrough) Osborne of Elizabeth. She was a granddaughter of Josiah Stanbrough, a founder of Southampton, Long Island, and a great granddaughter of Josiah Stanbrough, the immigrant settler of Lyme, Mass. In 1637. We do know that John and Sarah were married prior to 1694, as her father’s will mentions John as his son-in-law at that time.

About 1710, John and Sarah settled at Whippanought, now Hanover twp., Morris County, New Jersey. The first actual land survey for a settler in Morris County was 800 acres laid out for John Cranmer. John died in 1716; his will mentions sons John and Thomas and a wife Sarah. It is believed that he also had sons Jeremiah, Stephen, Josiah and David.

We do not know which of his sons became the father, or grandfather, of our proven Cranmer ancestor, Noadiah - - but one day we shall, and then this entire line can be sealed together. To date that has been possible only for Noadiah Cranmer and his descendents.


Noadiah Cranmer was born in New Jersey 26 August 1736, to parents we have not yet been able to verify. He was probably born in Morris County, as it is there that we first find any record of him. In checking the Court Records of Morris County between the years of 1754 and 1792, we find Noadiah appearing there many times, both as plaintiff and as defendant. Some cases he won and some he lost. He appears in at least 30 cases during these years, the last being just before he left New Jersey to make his home in Pennsylvania. To read the fines he had to pay is interesting. At one time the sheriff took him into custody illegally, and as a result the sheriff was fined 27 pounds, 17 shillings. Another time Noadiah received 2 horses, 2 cows, 2 beds with bedding, and 100 acres of land as a result of a case, which he won. Another time he was fined 228 pounds 14 shillings; and again, 80 shillings, 11 pence. In 1789 he lost land, cattle, and household goods. Some of these court cases may have been a factor in his moving to Pennsylvania when his sons did, particularly this last one.

Noadiah was a landholder in Morris twp., Morris County, with his acreage varying from year to year, as shown on tax records. He last appears on these records in 1789, and as noted in the above paragraph, this was the year he lost much of what he owned.

Noadiah served in the American Revolution. The following is a statement from the Department of Defense for the State of New Jersey in Trenton. It is dated 20 August 1959; “IT IS CERTIFIED, That the records of this department show that NOADIAH VRANMER -(Also shown as Crammer) served from New Jersey during the period of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, as follows:

“Private, Captain Benjamin Carter’s Company, Colonel Silvanus Seely’s Eastern Battalion, Morris County Militia, May 1778. FOR THE CHIEF OF STAFF:



JOSEPH P. CALLAHAN, ass’t Adjutant General.

In the spring of 1789, Noadiah’s son Samuel, started from New Jersey on horseback, unaccompanied, to seek a home in the rich and unsettled country of the West. This was before the day of roads and he was required to follow footpaths across the mountains, reaching Bradford County, PA. by the way of Wilkes-Barre. Drifting into what is now Monroe, he found a family there by the name of Pladnor. Their little log house with its puncheon floor stood within the present limits of Monroe, on the right bank of the creek. Proceeding up the creek, Mr. Cranmer examined the broad and fruitful flats between Masontown and Monroe village, and decided to settle there. He took up land, cleared some amid great hardships, returned to New Jersey for his family, came back and settled in the wilderness. He spent the rest of life diligently clearing the farm he had taken up. In 1791 Samuel’s father, Noadiah and his brothers John and Stephen also moved to Bradford County.

Noadiah owned the property where the village of Monroe now stands, up as far as Mason mills. Two years after they arrived in there new home, his wife died and was buried in Cole’s Cemetery. Although her stone is more than 190 years old, the inscription was so well done it is still clear. It reads as follows:

“Here lies Catherine Cranmer, wife of Noadiah Cranmer

died November 2nd 1793 age 57 years

Kind reader as you pass by

As you are now so once was I

As I am now so you must be

Prepare for death and follow me.”

Catherine’s maiden name remained unknown until about ten years ago when in my research I found her to be the daughter of Joseph Haines and Sarah (Tooker) Haines. This opened up other delightful research experiences in following these new lines. After she died, Noadiah went to live with his son Samuel. There is a record of his joining the “Church of Christ” in Wysox on 17 June 1792, prior to Catherine’s death. Noadiah died 14 February 1829 and was buried beside his wife who had been dead for nearly 37 years.


The father of Rebecca Turner Cranmer.

John Cranmer was born to Noadiah and Catherine (Haines) Cranmer on 22 March 1759, some place in Morris County, New Jersey. On the papers preserved from the application his widow made for a Revolutionary War Pension, we find affidavits that he lived in Chatham Township in Morris County.

John joined the army in 1776 when he was only 17 years of age. During the war, he received a serious wound in his hand, and the rest of his life he wore a leather mitt on that hand. Following in his Revolutionary War record as given in a statement from the Department of Defense, State of New Jersey in Trenton. It is dated 20 August 1959.

“IT IS CERTIFIED, That the records of this department show that JOHN CRANMER - (also shown as Crammer) served from New Jersey during the period of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, as follows:

“Private, Captain Silvanus Seely’s Company, State Troops, enlisted June 1776 for five months. In battles of Long Island, New York, August 27, 1776 and White Plains, New York, October 28, 1776.”

“Private, Eastern Regiment, Morris County Militia, under Captains Silvanus Seely and Benjamin Carter. Served monthly tours in 1777, 1779 and 1780.”

“Teamster, Captain Moses Munson’s Team Brigade, Wagon -Master General’s Department, enlisted May 1778, for six months. At the battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778.”

“Wagon-Master, stationed at post at Trenton, 1780.”

“Received Certificate No. 278, dated May 3, 1784, signed by Silas Condict, for L1:16;0, depreciation of his continental pay in the Morris County Militia. Residence: Chatham, New Jersey. FOR THE CHIEF OF STAFF:

/S/ Joseph P. Callahan, Ass’t Adjutant General”

On 29 December 1779, John married Keturah Turner, daughter of Jarzel and Sarah (Holmes) Turner. She was born 21 October 1759. The wedding was performed in the home of the Presbyterian minister in Bottle Hill (Botts Hill) in Hanover twp., Morris, New Jersey. This was during the time he was serving in the Was. A page from a Bible included in the Revolutionary War Pension records. Also show the birth of two sons to this couple, sons of whom nothing was know about until this record was searched out. They were. Daniel Turner Cranmer, born 20 August 1785 and Elijah Cranmer, born 22 March 1789. We do not have not further information on these two sons, nor are they part of records in possession of other descendents. However, we have had their Temple work done. Since their parents moved to Pennsylvania in 1791, it is possible they died as children before that time.

John moved his family to Monroe, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1791, living near his brother, Samuel, who had come two years earlier. His father and brother Stephen also moved there at the same time as John.

John died in Monroe on 10 May 1810, nineteen years before his father, Noadiah, died. His wife Keturah lived for 43 years after John’s death, dying in 1853.

At least two of John and Keturah’s children joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One was our ancestor, Rebecca Turner Cranmer who married John Dalton. The other was her brother Luther. Luther Cranmer and his wife Betsey at some early period in the history of the Church, became members and came to Utah with a pioneer company. Both of them died in Salt Lake City and are buried there. However, there is no record of their baptism now available, or of their marriage, or of any children. Without a date of Marriage and without any children (known) the Genealogical Society refused permission to have sealing performed for them. However, this is a project we shall continue working on. Luther did receive a Patriarchal Blessing. Somewhere these other dates and places must be available. They were in Utah in the 1850 census, so came some time prior to that date.



Descendants of Laurence Ferguson    Top

Generation No. 1

1. Laurence Ferguson was born Abt. 1642 in Moulin, Perthshire, Scotland. He married Mrs. Jana Ferguson. She was born Abt. 1646 in Scotland.

 Child of Laurence Ferguson and Mrs. Ferguson is:

i.    John Henry Ferguson, born 04 Aug 1677 in Gernod, Athole, Perthshire, Scotland.

Generation No. 2 

2.John Henry Ferguson was born 04 Aug 1677 in Gernod, Athole, Perthshire, Scotland.

Child of John Henry Ferguson is:

i.    Adam Ferguson, born 20 Jan 1723 in Logierait, Scotland; died 22 Feb 1816 in St. Andrew, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Generation No. 3

3.Adam Ferguson (was born 20 Jan 1723 in Logierait, Scotland, and died 22 Feb 1816 in St. Andrew, Edinburo, Scotland. He married Catherine Burnet. She was born Abt. 1795 in Aberdeen shire, Scotland, and died 1795.

Notes for Adam Ferguson:

First Ferguson that settled in America. 


Children of Adam Ferguson and Catherine Burnet are:

i.    James Ferguson.

ii.   David Ferguson, born 1738.

iii.  Samuel Ferguson, born 03 Mar 1744 in Ulster, North Ireland; died 12 Feb 1825 in Cabel Co. Virginia.

iv.  Henry B. Ferguson, born 11 Mar 1753 in Washington Co. PA.; died 26 Aug 1835 in Hopedale, Harrison Co. Ohio.

v.   William Ferguson, born 1755.

Generation No. 4

4. Samuel Ferguson was born 03 Mar 1744 in Ulster, North Ireland, and died 12 Feb 1825 in Cabel Co. Virginia. He married Mary Jameson. She was born 27 Mar 1746 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died 21 Sep 1827 in Cabell County, Virginia.

Children of Samuel Ferguson and Mary Jameson are:

i.    Isabel Ferguson, born 1766.

ii.   John Ferguson, born 1767.

iii.  Jane Ferguson, born 1768.

iv.  Samuel Ferguson, born 1773.

v.   Isabel Ferguson, born 1776.

vi.  William Ferguson, born 1777.

vii. Sarah Ferguson, born 1779.

viii. Thomas Ferguson, born 1784.

ix.  Elizabeth Ferguson, born 1785.


7. Henry B. Ferguson was born 11 Mar 1753 in Washington Co. PA., and died 26 Aug 1835 in Hopedale, Harrison Co. Ohio. He married Eleanor Paramoure 1779. She was born 24 Dec 1758 in Somerset Co. MD., and died 28 Mar 1858 in Harrison Co. Ohio.

Children of Henry Ferguson and Eleanor Paramoure are:

i.    John Ferguson, born 01 Jan 1777 in Washington Co. PA.; died 16 Jul 1826 in Mansfield, Richland Co. Ohio.

ii.   Samuel Ferguson, born 17 Jan 1782 in Little Scioto, Scioto Co. Ohio; died 1844 in Andrew Co. Missouri.

iii.  James Ferguson, born 16 May 1782.

iv.  Margaret Ferguson, born 14 Mar 1784.

v.   Thomas Ferguson, born 19 Jul 1786.

vi.  Henry Ferguson, born 23 Nov 1788.

vii. William Ferguson, born 24 Mar 1791.

viii. Elinor Ferguson, born 26 Dec 1793.

ix.  Isaac Ferguson, born 28 Dec 1796.

x.   Joseph Ferguson, born 28 Jun 1798.

xi.  Polly Ferguson, born 13 Aug 1801.


Generation No. 5

5.Samuel Ferguson was born 17 Jan 1782 in Little Scioto, Scioto Co. Ohio, and died 1844 in Andrew Co. Missouri. He married Jane Bonser 07 Jun 1809 in Scioto Co. Ohio, daughter of Isaac Bonser and Abigail Burt. She was born Abt. 1789 in Northumberland Co. Penn., and died 1852 in Andrew Co. Missouri.

Children of Samuel Ferguson and Jane Bonser are:

i.   Isaac Ferguson, born 04 Sep 1810 in Little Scioto, Scioto Co. Ohio; died 01 Nov 1880 in So. Cottonwood, SL Co. Utah.

ii.   Allen Ferguson, born 1814.

iii.  Hugh Ferguson, born 1815.

iv.  Henry Ferguson, born 1817.

v.   Samuel Ferguson, born 1819.

vi.  Vincent Ferguson, born 1820.

vii. Joesph Ferguson, born 1822.

viii. Jesse Ferguson, born 06 May 1824.

ix.  John Bruce Bonser Ferguson, born 29 Jan 1825 in Richland Co. Ohio. He married Mary Waldrop.

x.   Sarah Jane Ferguson, born 1827.

Generation No. 6

6. Isaac Ferguson was born 04 Sep 1810 in Little Scioto, Scioto Co. Ohio, and died 01 Nov 1880 in So. Cottonwood, SL Co. Utah. He married(1) Elizabeth Payne. He married (2) Almira Foote. He married (3) Susannah Ford 29 May 1831 in Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois. She was born Abt. 1810 in Illinois, and died Bef. 1839 in Burton Twp. Adams Co. Illinois. He married (4) Ann Leashbrook Merrill 27 Jun 1839. He married (5) Sarah Green 13 Dec 1862.

Children of Isaac Freguson & Almire Foote are:

i.    Warren Haskell Ferguson, born 22 Mar 1840 in Adams Co. Ill.

ii.   Nancy Augusta Ferguson, born 17 Jul 1842 in Adams Co. Ill.

iii.  Orson Nephi Ferguson, born 30 Mar 1844 in Adams Co. Ill.

iv.  Clarissa Irene Ferguson, born 30 Jul 1845 in Hancock Co. Ill.

v.   Isaac David Ferguson, born 10 Jun 1848 in On The Plains.

vi.  Almira Ferguson, born 03 Jun 1851 in Big cottonwood, SL Co. Utah.


Children of Isaac Ferguson and Susannah Ford are:

i.    Isabell Ferguson, born 06 Nov 1832 in West Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois; died 02 May 1874 in Anabella, Sevier Co. Utah. 

ii.   Danius Ferguson, born 1834 in West Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois.

iii.  Mary Jane Ferguson, born 04 Jun 1836 in West Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois; died 29 May 1904. 

iv.  William Ferguson, born 04 Sep 1838 in West Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois; died 22 July 1865

Generation No. 7

7. Isabell Ferguson was born 06 Nov 1832 in West Quincy, Adams Co. Illinois, and died 02 May 1874 in Anabella, Sevier Co. Utah. She married Henry (Harry) Dalton 02 Feb 1846, son of John Jr. and Rebecca Cranmer. He was born 10 Jan 1825 in Wysox, Bradford, Pennsylvania, and died 03 Feb 1906 in Kanosh, Millard Co. Utah.

Isabella Ferguson and her family:

What a heritage of early Americana was the birthright of a little girl born in Burton Twp., Adams County, Illinois on the 6th of November 1832 to Isaac Ferguson and his wife Susannah Ford Ferguson. They named their first born Isabella, and had no knowledge that her name would become part of a town's name in the far distant future, in a land that was not even a part of the United States at that time. Her life would take her on a pioneering journey to various places and areas her parents could have know nothing about.

Isabella's mother, Susannah, has been illusive as we have sought earnestly, prayerfully and diligently to find her parentage and her heritage. To d ate nothing has been found. The search continues. Our only official record of her is her marriage to Isaac on 29 May 1831. But we know much of Isabella's paternal ancestors, and find them among the interesting people who se blood runs in our veins. They participated in opening up the wilderness in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois. Truly they were pioneers in every sense of the word. They served in the Revolutionary War, the B lack Hawk War, the War of 1812, and many other areas where peace h ad to be restored. They were the first settlers in various areas and cleared forest to grow food for their families.

Over the years as we have learned about Isabella's ancestors we have given copies of their stories to each of our brothers and sisters. To briefly recall to your mind who they are, let us list some of their names and t ell you a little about them.

Isabella's grandfather Ferguson was Samuel, and he was the second white settler in the twp. in Illinois where Isabella was born. He was born to Henry Ferguson and Elenor Paramoure 17 July 1782 and was the third of eleven children. His place of birth was probably Washington county Pennsylvania, but he moved with his parents to Harrison county Ohio, and eventually to Sciota County in that same state. It was in Scioto county that he m et and married Jane Bonser, a daughter of Isaac Bonser and Abigail Burt Bo nser.

Isabella's great grandfather Ferguson, Henry, was a veteran of the Americ an Revolution. We have in our possession a picture of his powder horn and other personal possessions of Henry. In his family Bible is written, "Henry Ferguson his book steal not this book my honest friend for fear the gallows be your end Henry Ferguson his book." This Bible gives the names and birthdates of his and Elenor's eleven children.

Isabella's grandfather Bonser was also a veteran of the Revolution. He w as very young at the time, but his father Joseph died during the war. Isaac Bonser was a colorful and delightful pioneer in Sciata county Ohio and we say our brother Melvin reminds us of Isaac Bonser in his love of t he wilderness and his skills with the rifle. He had an interesting and lonely journey on foot from his home in New Jersey, after the Revolution when he went to the Ohio River, floated down it and found the area he chose to bring his family to and remain for the balance of his life.

And so our great-grandmother Isabella came into the family of Isaac and Susannah - their firstborn.

Both her father Isaac and grandfather Samuel had been away from home engaged in the Black Hawk war just prior to her birth. The father and son owned land bordering each other's in Burton twp.

On the fourth of June 1836, a second daughter joined the family - Mary Jane. A son was born 4 September 1838 and was named William.

Sometime that fall the mother Susannah died, perhaps as a result of the birth of William. Isaac was left with a new baby boy and two little girls to raise. Also that same fall there were news reports and rumors of war between the Missouri mobs and the Latter-day Saints who lived among the m. The people in Hancock and Adams county Illinois formed a committee to assist the expected refugees who were rumored to be coming to their area from these persecutions.

Isabella's father Isaac prepared for and accepted some of the refugees. T he first group who came was the family of Josiah Richardson. They moved in to his house and rented six acres of land from Isaac, paying the rent by helping care for Isaac's motherless children. Josiah Richardson's wife w as a sister of David Foote, another refugee. David sought shelter from Isaac and received it, and he moved into the home with his wife and two daughters, and a husband of one of those daughters. Remember that man's name - George Gates - for many years in the future he would bring heartache and the deepest sorrow to Isaac and his family.

One of David Foote's daughters was Almira, then 32 years old and unmarried. Living in Isaac's home with her parents and other family members, she a nd Isaac had opportunity to get well acquainted.

The following June, on the 27th day, 1839, they were married.

The Foote family members were, of course, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints and had gone through the difficult times in Kirtland and the terrible times In Missouri. But they were stalwarts in the faith and taught the Gospel to Isaac. He was baptized on 6 September 183 9. As stated by Jeffrey and Elaine Ferguson' in their book "Isaac Ferguson, a Life on the Frontier" His life afterwards suggests this was a deep conviction, not just a 'joining'

And thus it was that our little motherless Isabella and her brother and sister, acquired a step-mother and an introduction to the Gospel the same year. Isabella became 7 years of age two months after her Father's baptism. The course of their lives spiritually, geographically and in every other way changed at that time, and circumstances were put into play which resulted in Isabella becoming our great-grandmother. We are grateful to those who taught her father the Gospel, grateful that he accepted it and d id what was required to have its blessings in his. life and the lives of h is posterity.

Branch meetings of the Church were held at the homes of various members du ring the year 1842, and the Ferguson home was one of the places they gathered. Liberty Branch was the name of their unit. In 1844 we know there were 19 people living off Isaac's farm. He seemed ever ready to take in people who needed a home. It was this same year in the month of June, on the 2 8th day, that word of the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Hyrum reached the farm.

Because of the significance of the next events in their lives, again I refer to the book Isaac Ferguson, A Life on the- Frontier by Jeffery & Elaine. These two fine people have given much time, energy and money to research this period of time in our ancestor's lives. Truly we owe them a debt of gratitude. They are choice people and we have come to love them.

When word came of the death of these two brothers "the women ran into t he fields to tell their husbands. The news was met with shock and disbelief, but the calm of the spirit soon followed."

"On that day a mob gathered at Columbus and took all the firearms belonging to the few saints living there. The mob took like action at Liberty, near Isaac's farm, but they did not bother any of Isaac's family

Another statement from this history:
"On 18 February 1845 the combined branches of New Liberty and Columbus assembled at Isaac Fersusons. A Brother Watt sent on a special mission by t he Twelve, delivered a message that all of the saints should gather to Han cock County, III.

And again: "In late March Isaac Ferguson (and others) traveled from Isaac 's farm to a place on Chaney Creek, which was 12 miles south of Nauvoo in Hancock County. Isaac dickered for property there and they went on to Nauvoo to attend General Conference There were 20,000 in attendance. Conference that year went from April 6th to April 8th.

By 17 April 1845 Isaac had purchased a place in Montebello Township, on Chaney Creek in Hancock County...Isaac had sold his farm in Adams County with an agreement to harvest the wheat, and he also gave Isaac five yoke (1 0) of oxen.

There are accounts of Isaac going into Nauvoo at various times that year to transact business and get supplies. They knew that they would all be driven away from their homes in Nauvoo and all the surrounding are as if they remained faithful to their testimonies.

"By the 10th of September, the mobbers had begun to gather south of Nauvoo and had burned Morley's settlement. On the 17th, those at Montebello we re sent word by the mobbers that they would be burned out the next day and had better take their belongings from the cabins. The sheriff was able to turn the mobbers before the homes in Montebello were burned. So me of the house burners were caught, but through trickery were set free.

Trying and difficult weeks followed for the Saints. They sought to get goods for the westward trek but found it almost impossible. In January 1846 Isaac and Almira went to the Nauvoo Temple for their endowments. Isaac al so attended April Conference in Nauvoo and at that time received his Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith. He then returned to Montebello and on to his old home in Adams County to pick up his oxen.


On 4 May 1846 our great-grandmother Isabella, then a young girl of 13 and a half, left for the west with her father, step-mother, brothers and sisters. The first night they camped four miles south of Nauvoo and prepared to cross the river. On the 8th they were at Montrose, Iowa. We know the se dates and others to follow, because Warren Foote, Isaac's brother-in-law kept a journal and travelling with them his account gives us the itinerary of the Fergusons. We will not record other dates and places of their journey, but they arrived at Pigeon Creek in Pottawattame County, Iowa, in Indian Territory, and settled there until they moved on west in 1848 .

They planted and harvested crops in their temporary homeland and when they left it for the next leg of their journey, they planted crops for those who could becoming after them. The kindness and goodness of these early Saints and their concern for one another, is truly a testimony of the fruits of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We talk often of the parents who struggled to get their families to a safe place where they could worship the Lord in the way they desired, but sometimes we wonder how the young people managed those difficult times, and what were the thoughts in their hearts. What was it like for teen-aged Isabella to travel those long, tedious miles in sand, mud, storm and burning sun.? What was it like to sleep in the wagon at night, or under t he stars, to be exposed to the Indians in many places they traveled through and then camped among? What were her dreams?

These things we will not know until we have the blessing of meeting her and then, oh the questions we shall ask this grandmother. We do get the fee ling that her step-mother became a real mother to her, and that Isabella loved the half-brothers and sisters as she loved her own brother and sister. One indication of this is that her young half-brother, Orson Nephi, and a baby half-sister, Clarissa Irene, died that dreadful fall of 1845 and were taken into Nauvoo to be buried. later, when Isabella had her own children, she named a son Orson Nephi.

(It is interesting that when this son married, his bride's name was Clarissa Huntsman. Did Isabella think about this coincidence of Orson Nephi and Clarissa going through life side by side, while those little dear ones by the some given names laid side by side in the cemetery in Nauvoo?)

The time spent in the vicinity of Winter Quarters was the some as that spent there by the Dalton family, and we can know something of the Ferguson s' experiences from the record we have read on them. They, like the Dalton s, remained there until 1848 and went across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley at about the same time - they being members of the company led that year by Heber C. Kimball, while the Daltons were in President Brigham Young's company.

The Journal History of the Church tells us about this group. There were 11 662 souls, 226 wagons, 57 horses, 25 mules, 737 oxen, 284 cows, 150 loose cattle, 243 sheep, 96 pigs, 269 chickens, 17 cots, 52 dogs, 3 hives of bees, 3 doves, 5 ducks, and I squirrel. No one tells us in that record that our great-grandmother was one of those 662 souls, and she would then have been in her 16th year. Three days into the journey, Isabella's step-mother Almira gave birth to a son, Isaac David Ferguson, and so there w as a new baby to cherish and protect for the rest of the journey.

The Ferguson family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley with the Heber C. Kimball group 110 few days after Brigham Young's company who reached that destination on 20 September 1848.

Because it was late in the season, too late to plant crops and prepare f or the next year, the Ferguson’s made their home in what was soon to become the 14th Word of the Salt lake Stake. It is of interest to the auth or of this article, that her great-grandmother Isabella Ferguson Dolton w as a member of this Ward when it was organized, for she is now a 14th wo rd member, along with her husband. This grandmother was on the threshold of her womanhood, and I am near the end of my journey. But there is something very special about knowing that Isabella and her father Isaac, once, and for only a short time lived where I now live. In fact, in February 1849, Isaac was sustained as ward clerk.

Later that year, Isaac ever a former at heart and in actuality, moved h is family to the beautiful South Cottonwood area. He prospered, for in t he 1850 census he had 800 acres of land there. That year he also harvested over 1000 bushel of wheat.

Isabella would not live there for a very long period of time, because in 1 849 or 1850 (we do not know the dote) she married Henry (Harry) Dolton. They would be sealed by President Brigham Young on 2 April, 1854. And so Isabella, not yet out of teens become a wife and had now to face the challenges that would come to her as she bore her children and followed her husband on the colonizing missions given to him. Since these years and events a re covered in her husband's history, we shall not repeat them here. Actually, we know very little about her personally during those years, only what we can glean from known fact and the pondering of what was.

We know by the standards we have been privileged to live by, her life would have been extremely difficult. She would pioneer in the Salt Lake Valle y, Parowan, again in Salt Lake, and then by 1854 become a pioneer at Kanosh. In 1871 she and her husband and family would move to Annabella and become its first citizens. She is probably the only member of our ancestry w ho has a town named after her. Annabella is a combination of her name a nd that of Anna Roberts who came there at the same time.

Her first child was born in 1850 and her last in 1872 - a span of 22 year s. She had the experience of having her husband's second wife come into their home when they had been married only five years. This was a polygamist marriage, and we know - as has been explained in her husband's story that it did not last. They were all together for at least six years, and when the separation came we do not know. The second wife did not have any children - or if she did we have been unable to find out that information. T he difficulties these years entailed, we just do not know. Perhaps it w as a good experience for Isabella. We can only hope so.

Her life was not to be a long one, and she died in her 42nd year, 1874, t he exact date is not known but it was early in the year. She left a baby boy only a few months old and five other children still at home. Three married sons were then living in Annabella.

A precious, personal story has come to us through the story of Eph Hank s; Fearless Mormon Scout by Ivan J. Barrett. In his journal, Eph Hanks wrote the following about Isabella, and it was found by Larry and Ellen. What a treasure!

"Sickness, accidents and many other afflictions beset Eph's neighbors. Isabel (her name is often spelled that way) Dalton, a neighbor, had returned from Salt lake City, having been taken there by her husband to see a doctor. After days under the doctor's care, the physician was finally convinced there was no medical skill which could help her. Hearing of Isabel's p light, Eph felt impelled to call on her. When he arrived, many of her relatives were there waiting for the end. As he looked upon the sorrowful group, the impression came to Eph that she could be healed. He advised Brother Dalton to have the women wash and anoint his wife's body so that he could seal the anointing. This was done, and then Eph Hanks laid his hands up on Isabel's head and, in sealing the anointing, promised her she would be healed and live many years and should be privileged to enjoy her family and home and accomplish much good in the Church. She was immediately healed. She lived to bear two children and to serve as a ward Relief Society President."

About eight year's before her death, a great tragedy befell Isabella and her fathers family. Her brother William, the only son of her mother Susannah, was murdered just over the summit in Parley's canyon, near the Kimball ranch. To add to the sadness, the man who murdered him was George Gates - he who was mentioned earlier as being a recipient of Isaac's hospitality when he and his wife were driven from Missouri and sought refuge in Isaac's home in Adams County, Illinois. Isaac gave him a home and fed him and met his other needs. William was just a baby at that time, a little boy orphaned by the death of his mother - probably at William's birth. W ho could have foreseen that unbelievable event?

As we review the life of Grandmother Isabella, we hope that the happy and good times balanced out the sad and difficult ones. This we know, that whatever she endured because of the Gospel will not be lost. Blessings from living by it's standards will bless her forever.


Notes for Henry (Harry) Dalton:
Harry (Harry) Dalton was a member of The Mormon Battalion (1846- 1848) Company D along with his brother Edward. Cousin Henry Simon Dalton was a private in Company B.

John Brown was the Capt. of company D. With 14 people in the Company Headquarters' and 90 privates. including Harry and Edward Dalton.

The first two family's to settle in Annabella, Utah were of Harry Dalton and Joseph Powell.


From the Encyclopedic History of the LDS Church:
Annabella was named after Ann S. Roberts, wife of Edward K. Roberts, and Isabella Dalton, wife of Harry Dalton, two of the first women settlers of t he place. Harry Dalton settled in the Sevier Valley in the spring of 187 1, taking up the springs (with adjacent land) which afterwards became known as Anabella Springs. Brother Dalton built the first log cabin the re in the summer of 1871, and soon afterwards brought his family out. Other settlers arrived the same year. An irrigation ditch was commenced and m any improvements made, though only a limited crop of grain was raised in 1 871 by irrigating from the Annabella Springs. This, formerly known as Omni Point, was organized into an irrigation district in 1871, when the Anabella Precinct was also created. When the Sevier Stake was fully organized in 1877 Annabella was made a part of the Inverury Ward, and Tora Thurst on was appointed presiding Elder of the Anabella district. He presided until May 24, 1885, when the saints belonging to the Annabella district, and who had belonged to the Inverury Ward, were organized into a regular bi shop’s ward with Joseph S. Staker as Bishop. On the same occasion a school house, which had been moved to the townsite, and also the townsite itself, was dedicated. Bishop Staker was succeeded in 1893 by Joseph W. Fairbanks, who in 1911 was succeeded by William Spafford Daniels, who in 1920 w as succeeded by Herbert F. Roberts, who in 1930, was succeeded by Glen W. Thurston, who presided Dec. 31, 1930. On that date the Annabella Ward had 352 members, including 60 children. The whole population of the Annabella Precinct in 1930 consisted of Latter-day Saints, of which 180 lived in the village of Anabella.


First Recorded Mining Deed (Piute County Deeds and Mining Records, Book 1, Page 1)

Golden Curry Lead or Lode located in Ohio District North of Virginia City and running 3000 feet north west from north in the Curry Canyon. One hundred feet from the Curry dump pile south. Claiming all privileges granted by the United States Mining laws located by J. Hess March 23 A.D. 1868:

1. J. Hess Discoverer 400 feet

2. Simeon Stewart 200 feet

3. Hyrum Thompson 25 feet

4. Robert Jackson 200 feet

5. Harry Dalton 25 feet


Filed for Record Sept 7 1868

Jacob Hess County Recorder


Below Source: written by Susan Easton Black.

Taken off the internet.


The following are the names of the officers and privates who joined the Lot Smith Company in Salt Lake City, April 30, 1862, during the Civil War years:

Mark Murphy Elijah Maxfield Thurston Larsen

Henry Bird Alfred Randall Henry Dalton

Wid Fuller William H. Walton William Bagley

Lachoneus Barnard George W. Davidson


Children of Isabell Ferguson and Henry Dalton are:

i.    Amanda Delilah Dalton, born 10 May 1849 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; died 16 Apr 1911 in Kanosh, Millard Co. Utah. She married (1) Ezra Wyman Penny; born 03 Nov 1852 in Stillwater, Minnesota; died 17 Nov 1899 in Kanosh, Utah. She married (2) Hans Jorgan Mortensen 10 Oct 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah; born 11 Apr 1837 in Haarbolle, Fanefjord, Prĺsto, Denmark; died 17 Jan 1912 in Parowan, Iron Co. Utah.

ii.   Melissa Jane Dalton, born 06 Apr 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah; died 26 Apr 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

iii.  John William Dalton, born 01 Jan 1855 in Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah; died 03 Nov 1924 in Montezuma Creek, San Juan, Utah. He married Isabella Huntsman 11 Apr 1875 in Marysvale, Piute Co., Utah; born 21 Nov 1860 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; died 30 Mar 1903 in Bayfield, Laplata, CO.
John William Dalton married Isabella Huntsman on 11 Apr 1875 at the house of William Rudd. They were sealed on 2 Jul 1890 in the Manti Utah temple.

Isabella Huntsman was born on 21 Nov 1860 in Wellsville, Cache, Utah. S he died on 2 Jan 1914 in Bayfield, Laplata, Co. and was buried in Bayfield, Laplata, Co. She was born in the covenant. Isabella was baptized on 27 May 1964. She was endowed on 2 Jul 1890.

Isabella Huntsman was born on 21 Nov 1860 in Wellsville, Cache, Utah. She died on 24 Jan 1914 in Bayfield, Laplata, Co and was buried in Bayfield, Laplata, Co. She was born in the covenant. Isabella was baptized on 27 May 1964. She was endowed on 2 Jul 1890.

Isabella married John William Dalton on 11 Apr 1875 in (Endowment House, Salt Lake, Ut. They we re sealed on 2 Jul 1890 in the Manti Utah temple.

iv.  Daniel Henry Dalton, born 15 Dec 1857 in Sugarhouse Ward, Salt Lake, Utah; died 03 Feb 1933 in Moab, Grand, Utah. He married Harriet Huntsman 15 Dec 1874 in Annabella, Sevier, Utah; born 25 Sep 1852 in Mill Creek, Salt Lake Co. Utah; died 30 Mar 1931 in Moab, Grand Co. Utah.

I, John W. Dalton, having been asked to write a History of the family of Daniel Henry Dalton Sr. when he came to Monticello Utah and the year we landed in the month of April as I remember it. He had a family of thirteen children and all a number of them were born after they come to Monticello during the years he lived there.

I shall endeavor to name then in the order they came; Joseph H. Bankhead was a step son, Daniel Henry Dalton Jr. Ada and Ida, t win girls Eva H. Dalton John W. Dalton, Earl Dalton, Diliah Dalton, Albertus (Burt) Dalton as he is known, Earnest Emer Dalton, Nora May Dalton and Harriet Isabel Dalton.

Monticello was a small town made up of just a few families which i shall mention, some or all of them. When we landed here. It was time to start farming. My father had taken up a homestead of 160 acres and started to clear the ground which was covered with sage brush and oak. He managed to g et in a crop by leasing some ground that had been cleared and had been farmed. I don't remember just whose land this was as i was only seven years of age and don't remember every thing that happened, but I do remember we set up a tent to live in and had a couple of wagons, boxes, with wag on covers on for a bedroom.

We got along in this way till father got the time to go to the mountains to get house logs to build a house and that was getting along in the summer. Father had some cattle that had to be looked after and at that they got scattered all over the country and it did seem it was a big one.

In those days there was quite a large cattle outfit in and around Monticello and at that time lots of men from Texas and elsewhere to live and share this big country and many of them were men who had broken the l aw in the states they come from and was using this rough country to hide from the sheriff.

As time went by father got into the store business, ran a general merchandise store and it was called the working men's store. He stayed in that business for a number of years and through misfortune over took him and he closed out his business. He thereafter got into the freighting and farming for his livelihood. He gradually built up a small herd of cattle.

Along about 1895-6 there was a money panic, the bottom fell out of the stock business and all men were hit the same and was no respecter of person s. The cowmen went to gathering cattle and trailing them out to the railroads for shipping. I remember fathe selling his cattle for $10 a head with calves by their side and coupled with that a drought hit in and we h ad no crops that year and that happened once in a while and father got discouraged and wanted to move to Colorado.

Moab Utah - September 28, 1955; Daniel Dalton had a contract building railroads in Salina Canyon.

MOAB--Funeral services were conducted in the L. D. S. chapel here Sunday for D. H. Dalton, pioneer of San Juan and Grand counties, who died Friday at a local hospital of ailments incident to age. Burial took place in Moab City cemetery.

Born December 11, 1857, in Sugarhouse ward, Salt Lake, a son of Harry and Isabel Ferguson Dalton, Mr. Dalton pioneered in Washington and Wayne counties while engaged in stock-raising, farming and freighting. The family moved in 1890 to San Juan county, where he operated a store. He lived in Montezuma Valley, Colorado, before settling in Moab in 1907. His wife died several years ago.

Eight sons and daughters survive--Henry Dalton, Cedaredge. Colo.; Theodore Dalton Benjamin; John Dalton, Cisco; Mrs. Ida Wade, Long Beach, Cal .; Mrs. Hattie Shum way, Mrs. Delilah Stocks. Earl and Bert Dalton. Moa b; 70 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.


v.   Orson Nephi Dalton, born 29 Apr 1858 in Parowan, Iron, Utah; died 25 Dec 1899 in Monticello, San Juan, Utah. He married Clarissa Huntsman 16 Apr 187 in Richfield , Utah; born 11 Dec 1858 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; died 07 Aug 1916 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

Orson Nephi Dalton married Clarissa Huntsman on 16 Apr 1875 in Richfield, Sevier, Ut.

They were sealed on 15 Jan 1899.

Clarissa Huntsman was born on 11 Dec 1858 in Fillmore, Millard, Ut. She died on 7 Aug

1916 in Moab, Grand, Ut. and was buried on 11 Aug 1916 in Moa b, Grand, Ut. She was

born in the covenant. Clarissa was baptized on 3 O ct 1968. She was endowed on 15 Jan

1890. Clarissa married Orson Nephi Dalton on 16 Apr 1875 in Richfield, Sevier, Ut.

They were sealed on 15 Jan 189 9.

Encyclopedic History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elk Mountain Mission:
ELEPHANT BRANCH (also called Mesa), Wayne Stake, Wayne Co., Utah, consisted ofa few families of saints living on the north side of Fremont River a bout three miles east of the center of Caineville. It consisted of a small village situated about two miles west

of where the bluffs on either side of the canyon or narrow valley suddenly drop several hundred feet. T he place was settled in 1887 by Orson N. Dalton and others. More settlers arrived in 1888; successful farming was done in 1889, and Orson N. Dalton wasappointed presiding Elder of the little settlement in 1890. Failure in crops caused the discontinuance of the settlement and not a vestige of it was left in 1930.

vi.  Albert Alonzo Dalton, born 25 Mar 1860 in Parowan, Iron.

vii. Susan Rebecca Dalton, born 26 Feb 1862 in Kanosh, Utah; died Mar 1902. She married Isaiah Huntsman Jun 1875; born 24 Sep 1856 in Fillmore, Millard Co. Utah

viii. Ebenezer Amasa Dalton, born 07 May 1863 in Parowan, Iron, Utah; died 28 Dec 1921 in Annabella, Sevier, Utah. He married Amanda Huntsman; born 02 Jul 1864 in Wellsville, Cache Co. Utah; died 20 Sep 1944 in Provo, Utah.

ix.  Isaac Ferguson Dalton, born 06 Dec 1867 in Kanosh, Iron Co. Utah; died 06 Oct 1939 in Santaquin, Utah. He married (1) Ida Smith; born 1873 in Kanosh, Iron Co. Utah; died in . He married (2) Ada Emma Adaretta Huntsman 18 Jan 1898 in Annabella, Sevier Co., Utah; born 28 Oct 1874 in Fillmore, Millard Co. Utah; died 10 May 1949.

x.   Edward Milton Dalton, born 30 Sep 1872 in Annabella, Sevier, Utah; died 16 Sep 1903 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Olena Matilda Olsen 15 Apr 1903 in Manti, Sanpete Co. Utah; born 05 Jun 1882 in Richfield, Sevier Co. Utah; died 26 Jul 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Edward Dalton Is horribly wounded by premature explosion.

Eleven o'clock, Monday night, Edward Dalton stood at the face of the Elephant tunnel, situated some 1,500 feet down the north side of the Bullion-Cottonwood divide. In the face of the tunnel were five holes charged with dynamite. The ends of the protruding sections of fuse had been split and each primed with a pinch of giant powder. It is the final act of the miner before applying the torch and which has sent so many unfortunate men over t he Great Divide. A few feet behind Mr. Dalton stood John Deidrich. The holes are so drilled that in order to do the greatest execution it is necessary to fire a Certain hole sequence. Each must follow in proper succession or the full strength of the blast will not be obtained. This is what kept Edward Dalton at the face until the first shot Exploded and probably fatally mangled him.

Mr. Dalton had lighted three of the fuses, but the third split and went out. Mr. Dalton promptly cut off the imperfect end, split, re-primed and again lighted it. But precious timehad been consumed. The fire in No. 1 w as slowly but surely creeping deeper in towards the deadly dynamite.

The doomed man had split the fourth fuse and in a stooping position w as in the act of lighting the last fuse down in the left corner when No. 1 exploded. A piece of rock nearly seven inches long, 2x3-1/2 inch s at the larger end entered Dalton's right side just above the hip and passed backward completely burying itself. The exhibition of wonderful nerve and presence of mind on the part of the terribly wounded man was simply amazing.

Dalton was knocked down and must have been partially dazed by the deafening explosion and numbed by the blow. But, in total darkness, breathing t he poisonous fumes of nitrogen gas, and with those other cruel shots exploding behind him, Edward Daltonturned his face towards the tunnel mouth and crawled 75 feet before he sank exhausted.

Mr. Deidrich notified the men in the tent some 600 feet below, and the wounded manwas carried there and made as comfortable as possible.

Then began a midnight race down the mountain side for medical assistance. John Eklund, a recent arrival in camp and but slightly acquainted with the trails, left the tent at 11:20. In his eagerness Mr. Eklund lost the trail and there was no time to regain it. Downinto the timber and tang led undergrowth the racing man plunged, leaped over rocks, repeatedly falling and rising he reached the road in Bullion canyon, and thence to Marysvale. Mr. Eklund covered the ten miles in a little less than two hours.

Dr. Lyon was absent in Salt Lake, but, fortunately, Dr. Loring in Monroe w as aroused bythe telephone, and arrived in Marysvale at 4 a.m. having driven over the 18 miles of mountain road in about two hours. At 7:20 the beside of the injured man was reached,and the rock extracted along with two smaller pieces. A wad of clothing nearly as largeas a man's fist was also taken from the wound. Dr. Loring stated that the right kidney was crushed and the intestines severed. After the wound had been dressed, Mr. Dalton was placed on a spring cot and four men tenderly bore him down to the Dalton mill where a conveyance awaited him. Mr. Dalton was conscious a port ion of the time, and talked lucidly of the accident, but no groan nor word of complaint escaped him.

A Free Lance representative visited his room at the Bullion at about 10 p. m. Tuesdayevening and found him awake but partly under the influence of opiates.A few teaspoonfuls of water was taken and the patient said, "that is sufficient." Asked ifthe gas light was not annoying, he answered "no" and wearily closed his eyes, awaiting the dawn when the train would carry him to t he Keogh-Wright hospital in Salt Lake.

Early in the evening Dr. Loring had been summoned to Kimberly where the wife of Orson Keeler lay desperately ill.

Mr. Dalton has been working for R.B. Moon and Chas. Mathews, contractors on the Elephant tunnel, and they were indefatigable in their efforts to do everything in their power for their wounded employee.

Those who watched by the bedside of the injured man could discern a gradual diminishing of vitality.


From Eugene Parkinson, express agent on the D. &R.G., in whose car Edward Dalton was conveyed to Salt Lake, and who returned to the 'Vale last evening, it is learned that he endured the travel in a remarkable manner. A couple of tomatoes were eaten by Mr.Dalton and an occasional cigarette was smoked, but no word of complaint, pain or fear was spoken.

(The Free Lance, 11 September 1903)

Another Accident Near Marysvale- Ed Dalton Probably Fatally Injured by Explosion of Blast in a Mine. The second horrible accident inside of a month within the neighborhood of Marysvale occurred last Monday at the Mathews & Moon property, a few miles southwest of the town. Ed Dalton and another man were working in a tunnel. They had charged four or five holes and Mr. Dalton stopped to touch them off. The fuse was of the "quick" kind.They were slow in starting and before he got the last one lighted the first shot went off.

Mr. Dalton was right close and received the full force of the blast in his right side. Several pieces of rock were blown into his body and a later examination showed that the lower part of the intestines and right kidney had been torn and lacerated.

His fellow workmen, seeing that Mr. Dalton did not come out when the shot went off, hastened in and found him lying on the ground. A hasty examination showed that he hadbeen terribly injured and after sending for medic al assistance, all that could be was done to make the injured man's condition as comfortable as possible.

It was not until the following day that a physician could be had. The wounds were cleaned and several pieces of rock taken out, one of which was large as a man's fist. Although the chances for his recovery were very small, it was thought best to give him the benefit of any possible chance, and yesterday he was taken to Salt Lake. C.H. Mathews accompanied him.

The accident was a severe shock to his wife, who was ill in bed at the time. For a time it was uncertain whether to inform her of the terrible affair, but it was at last thought advisable to do so. The news was a terrible blow. With the assistance of friends she wasenabled to meet her husband at the depot here as the train pulled in, but was unable to accompany him to the city.

 Mr. and Mrs. Dalton were married only a few months ago. He was an industrious, hard working man and a respected citizen. He has relatives in Annabel la, Ebenezer Dalton being his brother.


Richfield Reaper, 10 September 1903)

Dies of Injuries - Ed. Dalton Does Not Survive Accident

Death Came Yesterday Morning--In Addition to Injury of Intestines and Kidney, Liver Was Also Cut Away, Rendering Recovery Impossible.

A telephone message received yesterday morning announced the death of Edward Dalton at the Keogh-Wright hospital in Salt Lake. An operation was performed upon Mr. Dalton last week which showed, in addition to the injuries of the intestines and kidney, already mentioned, that the lower part of his liver was also cut away. Although the wound of theintestines w as successfully treated, with a chance for his recovery, his injuries we re of such a nature that recovery was impossible. The wonder is that he survived so long. This is due to his excellent constitution and robust physique.

A fire occurred at the hospital the night previous, but this is not thought to have affectedthe wounded man in any way.

The termination of Mr. Dalton's life as a result of the terrible accident brings deep regret to hundreds of friends. He was a popular man and highly respected by the mining fraternity. A very sad feature of the affair is that he leaves a young widow, after only a few months of married life. He was wedded to Miss Matilda Olson during this past winter, and s he is now in bed sick and will hardly be able to attend the funeral services of her husband.

The body will be shipped home, probably this evening, and will be interred at Annabella.


(Richfield Reaper, 17 September 1903)

Edward Dalton at Rest.

Last Tuesday night in the Keogh-Wright hospital, Salt Lake, Edward Dalton surrenderedto the inevitable. Notwithstanding the terrible wound received a week ago last Monday night in the Elephant tunnel, Mr. Dalton fought it out with death for nine days. It was a brave but hopeless struggle. His remains will be buried in Annabella cemetery, Sevier county.

Mr. Dalton was thirty years old, and was married six months ago.

(The Free Lance, 18 September 1903)


xi.  Matilda Larson Dalton, born Abt. 1874 in Anabella, Sevier Co. Utah; died in .

James Ferguson and the Ferguson family in Utah:    Top

I believe that this James Ferguson is somehow related to Isabell Ferguson who married our Henry "Harry" Dalton. I think that this James Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson’s family both come from Belfast, Ireland. Isabella Ferguson married our Henry (Harry) Dalton. This is all we have about the Ferguson family at this time. More research is needed to make that connection. I have taken the liberty to add this story of James Ferguson to this chapter.

James Ferguson was a native of Belfast, Ireland where he was born on the 28th of February, 1828. His parents were Francis and Mary Patrick Ferguson. When he was little more than nine years of age his mother died and before his thirteenth birthday he went to England. James Ferguson joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1842. On the 16th of January 1846 he boarded the ship Liverpool for America.

He reached Mr. Pisgah, Illinois on the 15th of June 1846 and was there when Captain James Allen made the request for five hundred Mormon men to form a battalion against Mexico. James continued on his way and arrived at the Bluffs on the 9th of July. A week later he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and started with his companions for Fort Leavenworth where they were armed and equipped for the campaign. He was enrolled in Company "A" under Captain Jefferson Hunt and held the rank of sergeant-major. His ready pen was serviceable in making up muster rolls, and having been appointed by Willard Richards "the historian of the campaign," he kept a graphic account of the movements of the volunteers throughout their long and toilsome tramp to the Pacific Coast. A prayerful, devout spirit pervades his records from beginning to end.

An interesting feature of their camp life was a debating society in which James Ferguson excelled. His wit and humor enlivened every scene and he was a universal favorite. After a year's faithful service to the government he was honorably discharged July 16, 1847.

James remained in California until 1848 in October of which year he arrived in Salt Lake City. He held many important civic offices. Lieutenant General Wells, commander of the Nauvoo Legion appointed James Ferguson to his staff with the rank of Adjutant-General shortly before the opening of the Echo Canyon episode.

James Ferguson passed away at his home in the Fourteenth Ward in Salt Lake City, August 30, 1863.

On October 15, 1842 in Belfast, County Down, Ireland a Mormon Elder named David Welky explained his religious beliefs to James and Sarah Ferguson McDonald. Being interested, they let the Elders hold meetings in their home. They were one of the first five families in this community to accept the Gospel and their hearts were set on coming to Zion. James followed the trade of flax dresser, preparing flax for the spinning wheel. The family lived on a three-acre farm on which they raised fruits and vegetables. A goat provided milk for the children. Sarah, wanting to earn money for their passage to America, bought a little pig which, she carried home from market under her arm. She raised the pig and with the money received from its sale purchased a few articles and started a small store. The store prospered. James sold the house for $200.00; the ground belonged to their landlord.

In 1843 James and Sarah with seven of their children sailed from Liverpool, England, and after a long voyage, the ship docked in New Orleans. There they were met by the steamboat Maid of Iowa, owned by the Prophet Joseph Smith and Daniel Jones, which took them up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo, Illinois. Upon their arrival Hyrum Smith offered James and Sarah an old house in which they could stay. It was small and had no windows but with the help of the older boys, James made it livable. Seventy-five cents was all the money they had and with this they bought an axe. James and his sons soon found work on a farm. The soil was rich and they raised good crops. They earned two cows, two wagons, flour, vegetables, and cornmeal to last them through the winter. James also served as one of the bodyguards for Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Another James Ferguson record:

James Ferguson, a member of the Mormon Battalion, Sergeant Major in Company A, was born Feb. 23, 1828, at Belfast, Ireland, a son of Francis and Mary Ferguson. He was one of the most brilliant and capable of the younger men of Utah of pioneer days, and came first into historical prominence when he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion. He made his way to Utah immediately after he was discharged from the Battalion and later served as Adjutant General of the Utah State militia. He was leading man for the Deseret Dramatic Association. When Johnston's army was approaching Utah during the winter of 1857-1858, he wrote a ringing epistle, as Adjutant General, to his old Battalion commander, Col. Philip St. George Cooke, who was with Johnston's troops. Still later, in 1859, he was one of the founders and the principal writer of a local publication called "The Mountaineer." He died Aug. 30, 1863, in Salt Lake City, while still a comparatively young man. He was handsome, dashing, eloquent, and incisive, and was equally brilliant as soldier, lawyer, actor and orator.

Soldier, actor, orator and lawyer, one of the brightest and most versatile minds, and from what his friends say of him, one of the most winsome and lovable natures, James Ferguson was a native of Belfast, Ireland, born on the 28th of February, 1828. His parents were Francis and Mary Patrick Ferguson, and he was the second son and eldest but two of their seven children. The family was in humble circumstances, but the children were sent to school and were also carefully trained in the religion of their parents, staunch Methodists. When James was a little over nine years old, his mother died --- an event touchingly referred to in his journal --- and before he was thirteen he bade farewell to home and friends and went to Liverpool, having accepted a situation there, procured for him through the kindness of Mr. Phillip Johnston, one of his father's friends.

Tuesday, December 29, 1840, was the date of his departure from Ireland. Accompanied by his father, he took passage on the steamer "Falcon" and arrived at Liverpool between five and six o'clock the same evening. The business house by which he was employed was that of Steains & Rowley, afterwards Steains, Rowley & Co., tea dealers; and at the beginning of 1841 he was bound to them as an apprentice for seven years. He resided at the home of John Clements, 13 Skelhorne Street, and through him and his son Gilbert became acquainted with the Latter-day Saints, who had a flourishing branch in Liverpool and were holding regular meetings at the Music Hall in Bold Street. Young Ferguson was naturally of a religious turn, and in his childhood had often been impressed with the eloquent sermons delivered by the expounders of his parents' creed. What had most affected his tender mind was "the awful hell" pictured by them as the eternal abode of unrepentant sinners. True to the teachings of his parents, and influenced more or less by the terrible portrayals of the preachers, he led a godly life, and taking the "penitent form" at the Methodist meetings, tried hard to convince himself that he was converted and saved. He was not clear upon the point, however, and became entirely unsettled after hearing a sermon by a Mormon Elder George J. Adams delivered at the Hall in Bold Street. During his sojourn in Liverpool James revisited the scenes of his childhood, and soon afterward his father and his youngest brother, John Patrick Ferguson, with an uncle and aunt, emigrated to America, sailing for New York February 22, 1842, to be followed a year and a half later by his brother Francis and his sisters Margaret, Jane and Mary Ann. The parting advice which James Ferguson received from his sire was to continue attending the Methodist class meetings and not go near the Latter-day Saints.

This advice, however, the boy found it impossible to obey. He was drawn irresistibly to the Mormon meetings, and some of his most esteemed associates were converts to that faith. One incident that had a great effect upon him was hearing a woman speak in tongues at an outdoor meeting in Toxteth Park, a meeting he had reluctantly consented to attend at the request of Mr. Clements, who desired him to accompany his son thither. The father and son were Latter-day Saints, but the mother was much opposed to Mormonism, and made it decidedly uncomfortable for Gilbert and his friend "Jim" after they began attending the Bold Street meetings.

James Ferguson joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1842, being baptized on the 25th of that month by Elder John Lindsay in the river Mersey. He was confirmed the Sunday following May 29th. He received the gift of tongues and frequently used it in the meetings of the Saints. He, Gilbert Clements and George Q. Cannon, boys together, were members of the Bold Street choir. His father wrote to him from Staten Island, expressing the hope that he was still attending his class meetings (Methodist, of course) and James answered, informing him that he had become a Latter-day Saint and advising him to do likewise. At the same time he dutifully submitted to his sire his reasons for taking that important step.

Ordained a Priest April 16, 1843, he became a zealous and efficient missionary in Liverpool and the surrounding region. Winning in manner, talented to an unusual degree, quick-witted and eloquent, he rendered valiant service to the Mormon cause during the remaining years of his sojourn in that land. Among his most valued friends was Elder John Webster, his Nestor in the Church and a second father to him, who sailed for America in March 1844. He afterwards became a protégé of Wilford Woodruff, the Apostle, by whose advice and assistance he finally reached the haven of his hopes, the "Land of Zion." At Newton, near Warrington, some miles from Liverpool, he became acquainted with and enamored of Miss Jane Robinson, whom he afterwards married. She was a Mormon girl and like himself an "exile of Erin." In a manuscript book of poems dedicated to her in October, 1851 are many tender stanzas addressed to her. Island, expressing the hope that he was still attending his class meetings (Methodist, of course) and James answered, informing him that he had become a Latter-day Saint and advising him to do likewise. At the same time he dutifully submitted to his sire his reasons for taking that important step.

At the opening of 1846 James Ferguson left the employment of Steains, Rowley & Co., with whom he had served five years, and on the 16th of January went on board the ship "Liverpool," bound for New Orleans. On the same vessel were Elder Elijah F. Sheets, returning from his English mission, and his wife Margaret Hutchinson, who was married to him on board by Apostle Woodruff, who, after performing the ceremony, returned with Elders Reuben Hedlock and Amos Fielding to Liverpool, leaving the company of Saints to begin their voyage. The only exciting incident of the sea journey was after the ship arrived at New Orleans and was being towed into harbor. It was the 23rd of March. In crossing the bar, the "Liverpool" ran foul of the "Thomas Perkins" lying at anchor, and carried away the jib-boom and part of the rigging. The "Liverpool's" fore-top mast was broken and her rigging badly damaged by the collision. Down upon her deck came the jib-boom of the other vessel, nearly all the passengers being on deck at the time and on the side where the damage was done. "The mercy of God alone," says Ferguson, "preserved us from much loss of life."

Landing on the morning of the 25th, he took steamer on the night of the 27th for St. Louis, reaching that city on the evening of April 3rd. He there met his old friend John Webster, and wept to find that he had been dis-fellowshiped from the Church. "May God grant," says he, "a sweet termination to so bitter a matter." Continuing his journey northward, he reached Montrose, crossed the Mississippi in a skiff, and arrived at Nauvoo on the 6th of April. Apostle Orson Hyde was then in charge of the Saints in the half-deserted city, President Brigham Young and most of the Twelve, at the head of a company of about two thousand souls, having departed for the West. On the 13th of April Apostle Woodruff arrived from England, and it was in his company that James Ferguson joined the general exodus. He speaks of meeting at Nauvoo the Cannon boys and others whom he had known in Liverpool, and concerning his occupation while at Nauvoo, says, "I am getting acquainted with a variety of employment’s, such as milking, chopping, feeding, driving oxen and mules, and several other minor requisites." He left Nauvoo April 30th, with two wagons, two yoke of oxen, two cows and a calf belonging to Apostle Woodruff. The weather was rainy and dismal, progress slow and difficult, and conditions anything but comfortable.

He reached Mount Pisgah on the 15th of June, and was there when Captain James Allen of the United States army arrived with a letter from President Polk, requesting the Mormon authorities to furnish five hundred men "to go as pioneers and plant the standard of the United States in California," then a province of Mexico. Captain Allen was referred to President Young and the authorities at Council Bluffs. Ferguson continued on his way and arrived at the Bluffs on the 9th of July. A week later he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion, and on July 21st started with his comrades for Fort Leavenworth, where they were armed and equipped for the campaign. He was enrolled in Company "A," Captain Jefferson Hunt, and held the rank of sergeant major. His ready pen was serviceable in making up the muster rolls of the Battalion, and having been appointed by Dr. Willard Richards "the historian of the campaign," he kept a graphic account of the movements of the volunteers throughout their long and toilsome tramp to the Pacific Coast. A prayerful, devout spirit pervades his record from beginning to end. Cromwell and his "Ironsides," though more sanctimonious were not more truly religious than these Mormon volunteers, who with the blessing of their Apostolic leaders upon their heads, went forth to do service in their country's cause. An interesting feature of their camp life was a debating society, in which, we may be sure, young Ferguson almost a Robert Emmett in eloquence-shone with lustre. His wit and humor enlivened every scene, and he was a universal favorite. The details of this unparalleled infantry march-so designated by Colonel Cooke, who led the Battalion from Santa Fe into Southern California-cannot be given here. Suffice it, that after untold hardships and privations, incident to the traversing of an untrodden wilderness, Sergeant Ferguson and his comrades reached their destination, and after a year's faithful service-the term for which they had enlisted-were honorably discharged at Los Angeles, July 16, 1847. James Ferguson remained in California until 1848, in October of which year he arrived at Salt Lake City, where he established a permanent home. Soon after his arrival he was elected sheriff of Salt Lake County, and held that office for several years. In the original organization of the militia he was second lieutenant of Company "A," first regiment, Nauvoo Legion, and subsequently captain of company "B" in the same regiment. They were known as "Life Guards" or "Minute Men." He was with Captain George D. Grant's command, which, in February, 1850, operated against the hostile Indians in Utah county and was a member of the dashing cavalry squad which, at Provo river, stormed and captured a strongly fortified position, thus turning the tide of battle against the savage foe. His rise was rapid, his rare and varied gifts, which were much in demand, readily paving his way to positions of honor and responsibility. At the organization of the Utah legislature in December 1852, he was elected (not for the first time) secretary of the council, and served in that capacity during one or more sessions of the Assembly. Earlier in the year, when the office of Territorial attorney general was created by the legislature, he was the original incumbent of that position. He was also a member of the legislative council. As natural a lawyer as he was an orator (though self-taught in both) he took first rank among local members of the legal profession, and bid fair to become famous as a jurist far beyond the borders of this isolated, mountain-girt commonwealth. He began to study law about the time of his arrival in Salt Lake valley. He read much, had a retentive memory and his brilliant intellect speedily mastered any subject upon which he bent its energies.

He was early identified with the Deseret Dramatic Association, and on New Year's day, 1853, at the opening of the Social Hall, Utah's chief home of the drama until the Salt Lake Theatre was built. He delivered an address in behalf of that organization. According to his diary he made his first professional appearance at the Social Hall on the evening of January 17, 1853, enacting the title role in "Don Caesar de Bazan;" a farce entitled "The Irish Lion" supplementing the main performance. Two nights later appeared as "Claude Melnotte" in "The Lady of Lyons," and through the remainder of the season was busy mastering and interpreting such characters as "Rolla," "Hamlet," "Iago," "Petruchio," etc. During much of this time he was occupied during the day in the legislature; also with prosecuting cases in court and discharging his duties as sheriff.

The night before the corner-stones of the Salt Lake Temple were laid it devolved upon him to post guards about the grounds as a preliminary to the ceremony of the day following. He was occasionally called upon to guard President Young and other Church leaders in their travels to and fro, especially through the Indian country. He was not only trusted but beloved by the President and his associates, who much enjoyed his society and were often made merry by his witticisms. General Daniel H. Wells was particularly fond of him. He was once heard to say that he never loved man more than he loved James Ferguson. Among his most intimate friends were Horace K. Whitney, Robert T. Burton and James M. Barlow.

General Ferguson was four times married. His wife Jane Robinson has already been named. His wife Lucy Nutting, whom he met in California was one of the "Brooklyn" company who landed there with Elder Samuel Brannan in 1846. Another wife was Margaret Gutteridge, a talented singer at the Social Hall entertainment’s. His wife Phillis Hardy, whose acquaintance he formed in Scotland, was a handcart heroine. He was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom are living.

Legendary Sheriff Carved Early Utah Saga:

Monday, May 8, 2000

James Ferguson, first sheriff of Salt Lake County.

As the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department quietly celebrates its 150th year, and the state begins its observance of law week today, a recent discovery by a California document collector has shed new light on the life of Utah's first sheriff. Sheriff James Ferguson's exploits have always been short on documentation but long on notoriety, from hunting for mountain man Jim Bridger to almost igniting a war between frontier Utah and the federal government. Yet the brilliant career of this colorful soldier, actor, missionary, newspaperman and attorney was cut short before he reached middle age.

A cache of unpublished letters written in Ferguson's own hand reveals how close Territorial Utah came to war in 1857. Federal troops were poised to put down a perceived rebellion, and Mormon scouts had "orders to fire upon them if they come this side of Bridger," Ferguson wrote while serving as a militia general in Echo Canyon near Coalville. "In that case war has commenced."

Born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1828, Ferguson was always fiercely proud of his Irish heritage. At age 12 he began working as a clerk in Liverpool. Here one of the charismatic missionaries known as the "Young Lions of Mormonism" baptized him in 1842. He escorted Apostle Wilford Woodruff's family to Illinois in 1846 and joined the Mormon emigration to the West.

With the outbreak of war with Mexico, the young emigrant enlisted in the Mormon Battalion. Apostle Willard Richards appointed Ferguson "the Historian of this Campaign." The 18-year-old served as sergeant major, the outfit's highest-ranking enlisted man, through most of the battalion's 2,000-mile march to Southern California.

After his discharge, Ferguson hit pay dirt in the first days of the California gold rush. On reaching Salt Lake in October 1848, he deposited $640.06 in the Brigham Young gold accounts, probably as tithing. Early records are murky, but the legislature of the State of Deseret officially created Utah's first six counties in January 1850, when Brigham Young himself probably appointed Ferguson as the first sheriff of Great Salt Lake County. In his first recorded case, Sheriff Ferguson seized a Ute named Patsovett in April 1850 and executed him the same day for murdering a man named Baker.

As commander of the Fort Bridger & Green river Expedition, in August 1853 Ferguson led a 150-man posse to hunt down Jim Bridger, who stood accused of arming Indians and encouraging them to attack Mormon settlements. Bridger escaped, but the Saints seized "Old Gabe's" property and fort. Ferguson's posse destroyed Bridger's stock of rum "by doses." Wild Bill Hickman, who called himself "Brigham's Destroying Angel," recalled that the men "worked so hard day and night that they were exhausted -- not being able to stand up."

The young Army veteran was commissioned as Lt. Ferguson at the creation of Utah's territorial militia, the Nauvoo Legion. With Lot Smith and other stalwarts, he rode in the decisive cavalry charge at the Legion's first major Indian battle at Fort Utah (present-day Provo). According to Mormon historian and apostle Orson Whitney, Ferguson commanded the Life Guards, hand-picked men who served as Brigham Young's personal bodyguard, "especially through the Indian country."

While sheriff, Ferguson read the law, later serving as territorial attorney general. He also became one of Great Salt Lake City's foremost actors, appearing in 1853 as Hamlet, and remained Utah's favorite leading man almost until his death.

On his mission to Britain in 1854 for the Mormon Church, Ferguson served as pastor of Ireland and on his return helped organize the handcart emigration of 1856. On reaching home, he was named adjutant general of the Nauvoo Legion. Perhaps craving action, he led a mob that dumped the law library of federal judge George P. Stiles into an outhouse and burned it, helping to ignite the Utah War that brought one-quarter of the U.S. Army to enforce federal authority in the "State of Deseret."

Although a prolific writer, practically none of Ferguson's literary work survives, including his graphic account of the Mormon Battalion. Late last year, however, Western Americana collector Tom Schleve of Camarillo, Calif., purchased a cache of papers once owned by Ferguson's second wife, Jane Robinson. Schleve initially intended to buy only one letter, but when he arrived to make the purchase, the owner had arrayed a sizeable pile of old documents on a table. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Shelve says. "I got excited and bought the whole lot." The collection of 46 letters and early Utah documents was reportedly discovered hidden in a dresser once owned by Ferguson's granddaughter, a minor Hollywood starlet.

The Ferguson papers include letters written from Nauvoo, Ft. Leavenworth and Echo Canyon during Utah's confrontation with the American army. They reveal a man totally devoted to his several wives and what he saw as his "duty as a man of God." The letters also show that hostility toward federal authority in Utah is not a new phenomenon. "The Government seem determined to use us up, but God won't let them," Ferguson wrote in 1857. "We intend none of them shall enter the City, though to prevent it, we have to slay them." Early in 1858 Gen. Ferguson outlined an aggressive plan for a spring campaign in a report to Gov. Brigham Young.

After the Utah War, Ferguson returned to his law practice and acting career. He first had to fend off charges he had intimidated Judge Stiles after burning the judge's papers in 1856. The court compelled Brigham Young to testify, and historian Norman Furniss noted that he appeared with seven apostles "clustered around him, their pistols and knives ready for service" and the additional support of 300 well-armed spectators. Ultimately, a Mormon jury found Ferguson not guilty.

In 1859 James Ferguson and his law partners launched The Mountaineer, a newspaper created to counter the blasts of Utah's first non-Mormon periodical, The Valley Tan. (Decorum prevented the Deseret News, the LDS Church's official newspaper, from joining the fray.) The venture failed after two years due to a shortage of newsprint.

An increasingly debilitating drinking problem haunted this rising star. Wilford Woodruff wrote in 1859 that the general "came near dying drinking poisoned [sic] whiskey." By August 1863 the apostle found the brilliant and talented Ferguson "near his End with hard drinking." Following his funeral, fellow members of the Utah Territorial Bar expressed their sorrow that his "devotion to the inebriating cup brought him to a premature grave." At his death, General James Ferguson was only 35 years old.


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Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, compiled by Frank Esshom.

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Heart Throbs of The West, compiled by Kate B. Carter.

Our Pioneer Heritage, compiled by Kate B. Carter.

Members of the Mormon Battalion by Susan Ward Easton. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University.


John Percival Lee:    Top

The father of Sarah Lucinda Lee, the forth wife of Charles Wakeman Dalton.

John Percival Lee, the son of John Lee and Margaret Dudney of Lincoln County, Tenn. was born April 26, 1824, in Lincoln county, Tenn. Came to Utah October or November, 1850, started with Thomas Johnson company, lost their way and later were picked up by Shadrach Roundy company.

John P. Lee married Eliza Foscue, Feb. 18, 1844, in Coosa County, Ala. She was born Sept. 23, 1829, in Jackson county, Fla. Their children: John Rupard, m. Sarah Banks; Sarah Lucinda, m. Charles Wakeman Dalton; Ann Eliza, m. E. W. Thompson, m. Patrick Henry McGuire, m. Willard Amos Nixon; Mary Caroline b. 1850, m. Martin Luther Black Aug. 22, 1868; Emma R., m. Charles Dalton, m. Jabez Gilbert Sutherland; Charles Andrew, m. Julia Speck; Ellen, m. Elias Sims, m. James Thomas Jakeman, m. Martin Sanders; Rosamond, m. George Sutherland. The Lee family home was in Beaver, Utah.

John P. Lee married his second wife in 1879, her name and family unknown. He was a member of the 24th quorum seventies; a missionary to the southern states, 1866-68. Superintendent of schools; School teacher, farmer and stock raiser. He died April 30, 1907, at Thatcher, Ariz.

1850 LEE, JOHN Coosa County AL 039 Coosa District Federal Population Schedule

John P. Lee was baptized by Lorenzo Van Cleve in Aug. 1849.

From the Deseret News, Oct. 22 1855:

John P. Lee was a director of the San Bernardino Library Association, which was formed on Oct. 22 1855.

Two stories about John Percival Lee:

Source: Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 9 -

Black Hawk Indian War:

The last attack of the year (1866) took place on October 23rd at South Creek eight miles southwest of Beaver, Upon the ranch of John Percival Lee, pioneer of 1850, who was born April 26, 1824, in Tennessee. The house, in which were Mr. Lee, his wife, five children, a girl aged thirteen and a man named Joseph Lillywhite, was surrounded before daylight by a band of about twenty Ute’s, formerly considered friendly. Their presence was indicated during the entire night by the noisy restlessness of the faithful watchdog, and even the children's slumbers were disturbed by what seemed to be the howling of wolves, but which in reality was the device adopted by the Indians for driving the stock together. The family had always maintained good relations with their dusky neighbors, feeding and treating them with uniform kindness, and it is probable that these relations would have been maintained even during these warlike times had not the Lee ranch, which blocked the pass through which the Indians planned to drive their stolen cattle from the lower Beaver Valley into the elevated pastures and plateaus to the eastward, constituted an obstacle which they felt compelled to remove. Their purpose was displayed when Lee and Lillywhite, advancing into the door/yard just at daybreak, were fired upon by the surrounding foe. Lillywhite, who was known to the Indians to be an expert shot, having frequently engaged with them in friendly target practice, was first singled out for death, and fell with a ball through his breast. He managed to stagger into the house and was a moaning, helpless spectator of the remainder of the exciting scene. Lee was armed with a musket loaded with revolver bullets, and as he retreated toward the house he fired upon a too venturesome red man, who fell dead. Regaining the house where his loved ones were, the doors and windows having been barred by his heroic wife, he prepared for a fight to the death. To one of the assailants who advanced with a pitchfork to pry open the door, he gave the contents of his gun, which Mrs. Lee had reloaded; and to another sent a well-aimed bullet from his pistol. As the third Indian "bit the dust" the enemy made a furious rush for the house, trying with spades and whatever other implements they could find to force an entrance. Repulsed again, they began to collect poles and brush by means of which they were able to set fire to the roof of the house. This ignited slowly, owing to dampness from recent storms, but dense clouds of smoke rolled into the room, threatening the suffocation of the inmates, and throwing the youngest child, a baby in the cradle, into convulsions. Gradually the fire made headway, and as the desperate father tore off the burning boards, the flames seemed but to spread the faster. The spring was only a short distance away but to venture outside the door seemed only to invite the enemy's marksmanship. Yet something must be done and done quickly. All were unwilling that the father should expose himself-in his preservation lay their only hope of defense. The eleven-year-old daughter bravely volunteered to bring water-she had previously gone out for the crowbar with which to strip off the blazing slabs-and the flames were soon subdued. Meanwhile the agonized mother, who, between dressing the ghastly wound of the sufferer and loading the gun for her husband had still time to picture the horrors that seemed to be awaiting them, was approached by her little son with a petition that must have made her blood chill. He begged to be allowed to run for help, urging with childish eloquence that he would take the short cut down the gap and along the creek where it was scarcely possible for a pedestrian, much less a mounted man, to make his way; and that he would thus escape the notice of the Indians, who perhaps would not harm him anyway, if they were hiding to kill his father. He finally declared in desperation that he would rather be shot than die in the smoke like a rat in a trap, and he asked this one chance for his life. 'The parents' consent was tearfully given, and with him started the thirteen-year-old hired girl, who, however, took the main road while the boy adopted the shorter route down the gap, by which Beaver was only about four miles distant. Barefooted, half-clothed, panting and covered with blood --- the little hero had held up the arm of the wounded man in order to lessen the bleeding --- the boy needed but to utter the one word "Indians!" when he met the first white man in the Beaver fields. The alarm was sounded and in ten minutes twenty men were riding as fast as horses could carry them toward the ranch. So accurately had the child told his story that a conveyance for the wounded man was not forgotten. The relief party first met the girl on the road, who was so insensible to the danger she had just escaped that she was picking gum and flowers by the way. Continuing to the ranch they found the family safe, (Joseph Lillywhite recovered) and while a small escort was sent back with them to Beaver, the remainder divided into two squads and took the trail of the Indians. The latter had retired after the last assault on the house, and driven off all the stock with them. They killed the fat young cattle which could not stand the rapid pace, and by these signs the militia were able to follow them sixty miles, without, however, coming to an engagement.

An Indian Raid On Hawthorne Dell Ranch:

In October 1866, Mr. John P. Lee, with most of his family, was on his ranch situated about eight miles southeast of the little town of Beaver on a bright little stream called South Creek, and he was busy making preparations to return to town for the winter. The Lee family spent their summers at their Hawthorne Dell Ranch farming and dairying, but the winters were spent in town where Mr. Lee was employed as a schoolteacher.

The farm had yielded good crops; the grain was standing in stacks ready for the thresher, and Mr. Lee and his young hired man, Joseph Lillywhite, had been gathering potatoes all day with the help of some of his children. They had filled the double bed wagon box and were planning on taking them to town early next morning and there make ready for storing the whole crop, and it would be necessary for the two men to stay overnight as there was so much to be done. It was sunset when the load was completed, and the tired workers thought the wolves were very noisy and seemed to answer each other from many directions. Mr. Wilden, a man who had been out on the range, stopped and had supper with the Lees, and he said sometimes Indians used wolf howls to signal to each other and to drive cattle together. After his guest had gone, Mr. Lee said to his helper, "Joe, it does seem foolhardy to live on a lonely place like this and pay so little attention to our firearms. What say if we clean them up a little tonight?"

Now the Lee family never dreamed of having any trouble with the Indians, for they had always been very good and kind to them and had always divided up their food supplies with them when they came to the house; but that night they cleaned up their firearms, which consisted of one large double-barreled shotgun that was Mr. Lee's favorite weapon, one new repeating rifle, and a six-shooter. Mrs. Lee helped in loading them so she could learn more about them. They found their supply of ammunition very low. With this preparation the family retired to rest, never dreaming of the danger that was then hanging over their heads.

All night, however, the wolf howls continued, and the two dogs fretted and barked. Next morning the family was up before daylight and the dogs were barking so furiously that the two men took their guns and stepped outside. When they reached the corner of the house, the Indians who were hiding in the brush on the hillside fired a volley of bullets, one of which went through Mr. Lillywhite's shoulder, and the gun fell from his helpless hand. He had to crawl into the house. Mr. Lee fired one barrel of his shotgun at the place where he saw the flashes then sprang into the house, forgetting to recover the rifle. The windows had good strong wooden shutters secured with iron hooks on the inside, and these were hastily closed, but the doors had scarcely any way of being fastened, so Mr. and Mrs. Lee hurried and put heavy furniture against them to make them more secure. No sooner was this done than the Indians rushed down the hill with their war whoops and yells that were most terrifying. They pounded on the doors with all their might, then one began to plead and said he was Too-witch-ee Tick-a-boo, a very good friend who was very hungry, and would his friend John open the door and give him some bread, milk, matches, and so on. Mrs. Lee said, "You are not Tick-a-boo, and you are not hungry, and we will not let you in." The Indians tried to shoot through both doors and windows, then one brought a big pitchfork and forced the tines through the door's edge, breaking out a strip about two inches wide, but the heavy cupboard kept them from getting in. Then they became so furious that they brought bundles of sagebrush and pushed it up under the eaves with poles and set it on fire. It seemed that the Indians were determined to wipe out the whole Lee family which consisted of Mary, nearly sixteen; Emma, twelve; the only son, Charles, not quite ten; Ellen, between seven and eight; and baby Rosemond, only fifteen months. Besides these five children, there was a little English girl named Janey Hall whose father had left her with the Lees while he went to find work and a home. Counting Mr. and Mrs. Lee, there were nine lives at stake.

The roof of slabs and boards was so damp from a recent storm they would not blaze. However the underside with the burning brush against it took fire, and they quelled it with the milk they had saved to make cheese. It smoldered badly and poured clouds of bitter smoke into the rooms. It grew so dense that strangulation threatened, and baby Rose gasped and struggled for breath until it seemed that she would die. The wounded man continuously moaned for water, the baby drank eagerly, and the others had to have a few sips; but it was nearly gone. The smoke thickened, and the wounded man groaned in distress, and Charles, Emma, and Janey took turns fanning him while they breathed through damp handkerchiefs and coughed in a way that must have been music to the would-be murderers. Charles lifted the head of the fallen youth to give him water until he was almost as bloody as the wounded man. As the noise increased and more shots flew through the stifling air, Charles and Janey went to the mother and asked what they could do to help. "You poor children," she answered, "there is nothing you can do with your hands, but you might pray with all your might for God in Heaven to help us; only He can." The two children knelt down amidst the smoke and uproar with all the earnestness of trusting childhood, and who shall say they were not heard?

Later Charles came to his parents and asked them to let him run for help. They were horrified at the thought of the child running eight miles, but he had the look of one inspired, and he said he knew he could go and not be killed. He said he would creep through the brush until he got away. "God is with the child," said the father, and laying his hands on the head of his brave little son, he solemnly blessed him. The mother kissed him just as solemnly, with all the dust and blood and grime on him, then they opened the west window that faced toward town, and the boy sprang through. He ran like a deer until he was out of sight among the cedars and sagebrush. His father remained by the window watching for signs of the enemy until his boy was out of sight, then the window was closed again. By this time Janey decided that she wanted to go to Beaver also. At first they would not hear of it, but she argued and said it was no worse to be killed on the road than to stay there and be killed, and Mr. and Mrs. Lee decided that only God in Heaven knew which was best. So they let her go, and Mr. Lee stood at the window as before until she was out of sight.

Things began to be quiet now, and they wondered what was coming next. The Indians had really gone to join other Indians who were driving off herds of stolen cattle, but the Lees didn't know this and continued to dread their coming again. When Charles had set out he told afterwards he felt as if he could fly, and he never went around a rock or a bush but just leaped over them. He didn't realize how exhausted he was until he reached a little suburb called Jackson about one and a half or two miles from Beaver. Here he saw Mr. Andersen who was about to mount a horse. He panted out, "Indians fighting at Hawthorne Dell." "Poor boy," said Mr. Anderson, "sit down here and rest, and I'll stir Beaver up in a hurry." He mounted and galloped away. The boy sat down on some timbers and felt like he never could move again. He had lost hat and shoes, his flesh was scratched, his clothing torn to rags, but he had accomplished his errand in a very short time. So did Mr. Anderson, for the boy was still sitting in the same place when a band of mounted men, about fifty in number, galloped by on their way to Hawthorne Dell.

When the men arrived at the ranch they found no live Indians, but they scouted around and found plenty of signs. They found that the front doorway was piled high with sagebrush, and they decided that the only reason for its not being set on fire was because the Indians had used up all their matches, and the haystacks were still intact for the same reason. They found patches of blood on top of the ridge from whence came the shot that injured young Lillywhite, and the dead Indian they found in a sitting position in the corner of the cellar was no doubt the one who had wounded Lillywhite and whom Mr. Lee's bullet had struck when he fired the gun before he rushed back into the house that morning. The Indian had crawled down into the cellar for protection and had died there. They found two other dead Indians in the yard just opposite the broken door through which they had been shooting as they tried to kill Mr. Lee, but he had obviously got them instead. The rifle Mr. Lillywhite had dropped was found utterly ruined, with its magazine quite empty. The Indians had found that they didn't know how to use it, and in their rage, they beat it over a very large rock until it was ruined. Harness and saddles were cut to pieces, and many tools and other things were destroyed. All the horse and cattle enclosures were found empty. Mr. Lee owned thirty milk cows with their calves and quite a number of fat beef cattle. All were gone, and untold damage had been done, but of the nine persons who had been besieged, only one had been wounded, and the stacks of grain were safely standing. For these mercies, Mr. Lee was a thankful man.

Now the great concern was how to get the wounded man and the Lee family into town before nightfall, as the horses were gone, the harness demolished, and the wagon loaded with potatoes. When Alonzo Colton, a good man from Minersville, came along on his way to a sawmill to get a load of lumber, he saw their plight, and he unhitched his team from the running gears of his wagon and hitched them onto Mr. Lee's wagon from which the potatoes had been hastily dumped. A bed was made in it, and Mr. Lillywhite was carried and placed upon it. Members of the Lee family were loaded in, and Mr. Colton drove them down the mountain road, arriving in Beaver about five o'clock in the evening. The men on horseback rode home for the night, and bright and early the next morning they took a number of teams and wagons and men who had volunteered their services, and also a threshing machine, and threshed all the grain, harvested all the potatoes, loaded in the furniture, and brought everything into town for the Lees that night.

Joseph Lillywhite recovered from his wound, but he was never very strong after that experience. However, he married, was the father of a number of children, and died at middle age.

The Anderson’s took care of little Charles until he could be turned over to his mother Janey Hall had made the trip to Beaver in safety, and Baby Rose grew to womanhood and became the wife of Justice Sutherland.

Sometime after this experience, the Lees found out that the three toughest, meanest, and most terrifying Indians who were the leaders of the raid had died from shotgun wounds at that time. They belonged to the Piute tribe and lived in Beaver County.

From the Deseret Evening News, 22 Aug 1868.

"Returned. - Elder John P. Lee, of Beaver called upon us yesterday afternoon, having arrived from his mission to the southern States with Captain Murdous train. He left here in the spring of 1867 and during his absence his labours were extended to Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. He was well received by the people before the people, who listened to his testimony respectfully and he baptized some in each state names except Georgia.

Much interest was manifested concurring Utah, its inhabitants and President Young. Numerous inquires were made, many of them very absurd because of the queerest having been grossly misinformed concerning us, our faith and practices. Elder Lee has been very sick, but is now recovered, having begun to amend when he reached the pure bracing air of the mountains"

John Percival Lee's letter to the Editor of the Deseret News:

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 3rd 1869.

Sir. After a long delay I have at length found time to give you a short sketch of my late travels. I left Salt Lake City May the 20th 1867, on a mission to the Southern States, to carry the gospel to my relatives and friends who are scattered through several of them. Our company made a safe journey over the plains, arriving at Omaha in due time, altho' the Indians were committing many depredations, burning stations before and behind us.

At St. Louis I bade adieu to my brother missionaries and pursued my way alone to Kentucky, where I remained about 10 days, and then passed on into Tennessee where I spent several weeks in the neighborhood of my birth place. While in Tennessee I visited Murfreesboro and saw the immense burial grounds of both the Northern and Southern armies. The sight was truly appalling. I next visited George and then Alabama. In Wetumka, Ala. I met many old acquaintances, and so numerous were the questions asked me that I found it impossible to answer each one separately, so being invitation I entered a large hall and publicly answered many questions related to my country, customs and religion. My answers seemed to give general satisfaction, allaying in a great measure their prejudices. While in the city of Montgomery, Ala. I had the pleasure of meeting and making the acquaintance of Hon. M. B. Patton, Governor of Alabama. He politely invited me to accompany him to see the Capitol building. It is a splendid edifice, well suited to the purpose for which it was erected. The Governor was very affable; he asked many questions about Pres. B. Young and Utah. I passed through Alabama and went as far south as Florida. This warm climate did not agree with me. I was soon stricken down with bilious fever; this put an end to my labors for several weeks. As soon as my health would permit I baptized the lady at whose house I stayed while sick. Leaving her and two other families busily engaged preparing to gather with the Saints, I began to re-trace my steps, and visited most of the neighborhoods in which I had labored. I found one family nearly ready to begin the journey. Christmas found me at my sister's in Ky. I baptized her and her two daughters and was busily engaged helping her to get ready for the journey until March 15th at which time we left foe Omaha, where I hoped to meet other families that were trying to emigrate to the valleys. We were detained at this time.

President Brown placed me in charge of a small company of Saints, who had gathered at Omaha. On the 17th of July we took two cars for Laramie City. Here we awaited the foreign emigration; then joined Capt. Murdock's train. We arrived safety at Salt Lake City, August 20th 1868.

There is not that prejudice existing that I expected to find against us as a people in the Southern States; yet the people are much demoralized and it truly appears that their best men have fallen in battle. The country has a desolate appearance, bearing many of the marks of the late civil war. Great dissatisfaction prevails. Almost everyone is anxious to move, but want of means prevents, as land almost the only property left to them, will not sell. In all my travels I meet with no persecution. I was twice the subject of newspaper paragraphs, warning the people to beware of the "Mormon" emissary who was trying to swell the domain of Brigham Young.

As a general thing the minds of the people are so engrossed with the political state of the country that they give but little heed to religion. Traveling over so much country it was impossible to remain long in one place, but I sowed good seed, which I hope will bring forth much fruit in every place and on every available occasion. I bore a faithful testimony to the truth of the great later-day work. Going from house to house teaching the first principles of the gospel. Testifying that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and reasoning with the people on the truths of eternal life. Many seemed interested, listening attentively. Some acknowledged they believed it to be true, yet obeyed not its commands; A few gladly received the good tidings and were baptized. An idea prevailed through the country that the Church would emigrate all who joined it, and such is the dissatisfaction in the South that I favored this idea. I could have baptized many, (of a certain class) for the sake of being emigrated, who cared little or nothing for the truth. I thank my Heavenly Father for his watching care during all my wanderings and I acknowledge his hand in all things. It is truly refreshing to be again permitted to mingle with my brethren in the Kingdom of God, located in the valleys of the mountains.

Your brother - John P. Lee.

The above letter was copied from the collection of the Leonard J. Arrington papers that are stored in the Special Collections & Archives at the Merrill Library, room 141 at Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Obituary in the Deseret Evening News, May 11 1907, Page 14.

"Death of John P. Lee"

John P. Lee was born April 20 1824 in Lincoln County Tenn; Joined the Church in Texas. He emigrated to Utah in 1850 and later was one of those who helped establish a colony in San Bernardino County Cal. He come from Beaver County Utah to Arizona in 1887. Father Lee was a man of sterling good character. His funeral was conducted here on the 2nd inst. by Bishop's Counselor John Afton of the Thatcher ward, when many friends of the deceased turned out to show their respect to him.


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The following is a history of the Baber and Veater families. Rodney Dalton’s grandmother Dalton maiden name was Veater.

Descendants of John Baber

Generation No. 1

1.JOHN BABER was born about 1475 in Somerset, England. He died sometime in 1527 at Chew Stroke, Somerset, England. He married ALICE ADAMS about 1500. She was born in Regilbury, Somerset, England.

Notes for JOHN BABER:

The following information is a part of Vera Baber's 35-year study of the Baber Family Worldwide. Vera's research has resulted in a well documented Family History for all of the English descended lines plus Australia; New Zealand; South Africa; Madras, India; Malaysia; British Honduras; United States of America. This is the pedigree of John Baber who died in 1527, the oldest connected ancestor of most BABER's. You will notice in this file that the early English Baber’s were a wealthy, influential, Somerset Family that enjoyed a privileged existence.

"Baber" an old English name, dates back to the Hundred Rolls of the year 1273, where can to be found the name of Henry Baber. Only the best families or those of royal birth were entered in the "Hundred Roll". The name Baber in England has its main history beginning in Somerset.

Many American Baber families' folklore maintains that the first Baber to come to America was Edward Baber, from Somerset, England. Edward Baber was a stockholder in the London Company. The London Company was an association of "noblemen, gentlemen, and merchants." In 1606, King James I of England granted the association for settlement in North America. It founded the Jamestown colony in 1607. Edward Baber of Somerset County was a subscriber to the Third Charter of the Virginia Company of London in 1612. Edward Baber's name appears on the 1611 Virginia Colony census.

Most stockholders did not want to make the long voyage to the colonies themselves. It is said that they assisted the poorer relatives and friends to make the harsh journey. Some seem to have gone to represent business activities of the Baber family.

The founders of the London Company believed that precious metals existed in the Americas. They spent about ten thousand dollars to send three groups of emigrants to America. By 1608, King James threatened that if the colony did not make money, the colonists should be "left in Virginia as damaged men." Two new Charters one in 1609, and one in 1612, reorganized the company, but it still failed to make a profit.

King James had no sympathy for the hardships of the unsuccessful colonists. The swampland, the malaria, the disagreeable drinking water, and the raids of hostile Indians were too much for the starving colonist. In 1623, King James told the London Company that it was mismanaging affairs. In 1624, King

James took over the association and the London Company was dissolved.

The oldest common ancestor with American born children and traceable roots to England is Robert Baber, born in England in 1641. He came to America in 1679.

Excerpts from a letter from Joe Baber, the official online webmaster of the Baber Family:

The Baber name appears as early as 1080 in England. Other Baber names appear in the 1300 and 1400's although we do not know our relationship. John Baber, our first connected ancestor, died in England in 1537. Edward Baber married Catherine Leigh and that her father, Sir Thomas Leigh, was Lord Mayor of London in 1558. Sir John Baber (1625-1704) was a Physician to King Charles II. Baber's Field appears on maps in the 1650's under the present site of Bloomsbury and the British Museum in the center of modern day London.

Francis, James, & Edward Baber were in Virginia as early as 1614-1615. Edward Baber was a subscriber of the third Charter of the Virginia Company of London. It founded the Jamestown colony in 1607. Francis Baber, a chandler, immigrated to Massachusetts in 1636. He has no living descendants in America to our knowledge. William Baber is named on a deed in Boston about 1634. Robert Baber immigrated to Virginia in 1679. He is the common ancestor to most American Baber’s.

People like Vera Baber, one of the most knowledgeable contributors, have been compiling this information for over thirty years. Sandy Ruppell helps on an almost daily basis. Many others are regular contributors. We happen to be fortunate that so many people are willing to share their efforts with us here and across the Internet. Joe Baber

More notes for JOHN BABER:

The old armorial family of BABER were well established early in the county of Somerset, one of the earliest references to the name, spelt as it is to this day, is from a place named Twerton, near Bath, Somerset in the year 1350 when a William Baber, his wife Joyce and their son David are mentioned in connection with a leasing a property.

There has for a long time been a rumour about two brothers coming back from the Crusades and building the church, not cathedral, in the village of Chew Magna, Somerset. The church at Chew Magna was built between the years 1190 to 1500, the first vicar being appointed in 1191. Although as an important and influential family the BABER's may have been connected with the Crusades there is not enough established documentation available to ascertain the correctness of the statement that "two brothers had returned from the Crusades and erected a small cathedral" To add to this comment, it is however a fact that we have mantelling on our Crest which I understand denotes the fact that an ancestor was a Crusader, but it is all too long ago to make positive claims.


i. JOHN BABER, b. 1506; d. 1559, Regilbury, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN BABER was born 1506, and died 1559 in Regilbury, Somerset, England. He married ALICE WILLETT. She died in Butcombe, Somerset, England.

Children of JOHN BABER and ALICE WILLETT are:

i. JOHN3 BABER, d. Abt. April 04, 1587, Wraxhall, Somerset, England.







Edward Baber was born 1531. Sir Edward died 23 Sep 1578 in Chew Magna, Somerset, England, at 67 years of age. Sir Edward was a Sergeant-at-Law (lawyer) who studied at Lincolns Inn. His Grant of Arms was confirmed in 1574. These are the same Arms found at Chew Magna. The inscription on his tomb at Chew Magna describes Edward as "dutiful, strong of character, knowledgeable of the law, civic minded and among the distinguished."

He married Catherine Leigh. Catherine was the daughter of Sir Thomas Leigh and Alice Barker. Catherine died 10 Mar 1600 in Chew Magna, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN BABER died Abt. April 04, 1587 in Wraxhall, Somerset, England. He married FELICE BROWN. She was born in Backwell, Somerset, England.


i. GILES BABER, d. August 22, 1592, Blagdon, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 4

4. GILES BABER died August 22, 1592 in Blagdon, Somerset, England. He married ALICE.

Child of GILES BABER and ALICE is:

i. GILES BABER, b. 1559, Blagdon, Somerset, England; d. July 15, 1611, Blagdon, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 5

GILES BABER was born 1559 in Blagdon, Somerset, England, and died July 15, 1611 in Blagdon, Somerset, England.

Child of GILES BABER is:

i. RICHARD BABER, of Blagdon, Somerset, England; d. September 16, 1662, Blagdon, Somerset, England.

There is a famous Baber in this generation that was from one of these Baber’s from Somerset Co. England. He was SIR JOHN BABER, M.D. 1625-1704, physician to Charles II, was the son of John Baber, recorder of Wells, Somersetshire, and was born 18 April 1625. He was educated at Westminster school, whence he was elected in 1642 a student of Christ's College, Oxford.

He graduated bachelor of medicine 3 Dec 1646, being admitted by virtue of the letters Colonel John Lambert, governor of the garrison for Oxford. Proceeding to the continent, he studied medicine at Leyden, and on 10 Nov. 1648 took the degree of M.D. at Angers. On his return to England he was made M.D. at Oxford 18 July 1650, candidate of the College of Physicians, London, 4 July 1661, and a fellow 17 Aug. 1657. He commenced to practise in London, his residence being in King Street, Covent Garden.

Through the recommendation of a near neighbour, Dr. Manton, rector of St. Paul's Covent Garden, who with other Presbyterian divines, had taken prominent part in the restoration Charles II, He was made physician to the king, the honour of knighthood being also bestowed on him 19 March 1660. Baber was frequently made use of by Charles in his negotiations with the puritans. North, who styles him ‘ a man of finesse,’ states that he was ‘in possession of the proctorship at court of dissenting preachers.’ In September 1669 he informed Dr Manton of the king’s intention to do his utmost to ‘get them accepted within the establishment;’ but it would appear that Charles made use of him to inspire trust in intentions which were at the best feeble and vacillating. Baber died in 1704. He was three times married, and had three sons by his first marriage, but no issue by the other two marriages.

Generation No. 6

6. RICHARD BABER was born in Blagdon, Somerset, England, and died September 16, 1662 in Blagdon, Somerset, England. He married BARBARA TYNTE.


i. JOHN BABER, b. November 03, 1616, Blagdon, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 7

7. JOHN BABER was born November 03, 1616 in Blagdon, Somerset, England.

Child of JOHN BABER is:

i. JOHN BABER, b. July 23, 1663.

Generation No. 8

8. JOHN BABER was born July 23, 1663. He married ANN LACEY August 16, 1694.

Child of JOHN BABER and ANN LACEY is:

GILES BABER, b. Abt. December 18, 1695, Compton Martin, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 9

9. GILES BABER was born Abt. December 18, 1695 in Compton Martin, Somerset, England.

Child of GILES BABER is:

i. CHARLES BABER, b. Abt. 1726, Wrington, Somerset, England; d. August 24, 1772, Wrington, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 10

10. CHARLES BABER was born Abt. 1726 in Wrington, Somerset, England, and died August 24, 1772 in Wrington, Somerset, England. He married MARY GOULSTONE October 29, 1751 in Wrington, Somerset, England, daughter of ROBERT GOULSTON and MARY HORT. She was born September 18, 1736 in Wrington, Somerset, England, and died October 05, 1772 in Wrington, Somerset, England.


i. JOHN BABER, b. January 06, 1753, Wrington, Somerset, England; d. May 11, 1824, Wrington, Somerset, England.

ii. EASTER BABER, b. August 1770, Wrington, Somerset, England.

iii. HESTER BABER, b. 1773, Wrington, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 11

11. JOHN BABER was born January 06, 1753 in Wrington, Somerset, England, and died May 11, 1824 in Wrington, Somerset, England. He married HONOUR BUSH June 07, 1780 in Wrington, Somerset, England, daughter of THOMAS BUSH and ROSE. She was born Abt. 1765 in Wrington, Somerset, England, and died March 04, 1832 in Red Hill, Wrington, Somerset, England.

Children of JOHN BABER and HONOUR BUSH are:

i. CHARLES BABER, b. Abt. 1781, Wrington, Somerset, England.

ii. JOHN BABER, b. Abt. 1785.

iii. JAMES BABER, b. Abt. 1785, Wrington, Somerset, England; d. June 21, 1789, Wrington, Somerset, England.

iv. MARTHA BABER, b. Abt. 1793, Wrington, Somerset, England.

v. JAMES BABER, b. Abt. August 15, 1793, Wrington, Somerset, England; d. October 12, 1859, Blaina, Aberystruth, Monmouth, Wales.

vi. MARY BABER, b. Abt. 1796, Wrington, Somerset, England.

vii. DINAH BABER, b. Abt. 1799, Wrington, Somerset, England.

viii. WILLIAM BABER, b. Abt. 1806, Wrington, Somerset, England.

ix. SARAH BABER, b. Abt. 1806, Wrington, Somerset, England.

Generation No. 12

12. JOHN BABER was born Abt. 1785. He married LYDIA LOVELL.

Children of JOHN BABER and LYDIA LOVELL are:





Generation No. 13

13. JAMES BABER was born Abt. August 15, 1793 in Wrington, Somerset, England, and died October 12, 1859 in Blaina, Aberystruth, Monmouth, Wales. He married ELIZABETH CLEAVES February 03, 1812 in St. Marys, Redcliff, Bristol, England. She was born Abt. 1790 in Butcombe, Somerset, England, and died April 21, 1855 in Blaina, Aberystruth, Monmouth, Wales.








vii. DINAH FRANCES BABER, b. November 05, 1823, Red Hill, Wrington, Somerset, England; d. January 29, 1881, Beaver, Beaver Co. Utah.

Generation No. 14

14.DINAH FRANCES BABER was born November 05, 1823 in Red Hill, Wrington, Somerset, England, and died January 29, 1881 in Beaver, Beaver Co. Utah. She married (1) JAMES PARFITT VEATER February 15, 1841 in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales, son of THOMAS VEATER and MARY PARFITT. He was born 1820 in Farmborough, Somerset, England. She married (2) GEORGE WILLIAMS Abt. 1853 in Blaina, Monmountshire Co. Wales. He was born June 18, 1827 in England.


Individual Record

Name: Dinah Frances Baber

Sex: Female

Birth: 5 Nov 1824 Redhill, Somersetshire, England

Christening: 25 Sep 1825 Wrington, Somersetshire, England

Death: 29 Jan 1881 Beaver, Beaver, Utah

Burial: 31 Jan 1881 Beaver, Beaver, Utah

Baptism: 10 Apr 1855

Endowment: 27 Oct 1866 Endowment House

Sealed to Parents: 31 Oct 1969, Manti Utah


1. Veater, James Parfitt - born: 1820 England

2. Williams, George - born: 18 Jun 1827 England


MARRIAGE: Family Group Records Archives, Beaver Press, Mary F. Goodwin Family

ORDINANCES: Beaver Ward Records, Endowment House and Manti Temple Records.

OTHER: Personal History of James Veater, Son of Dinah Frances Baber.TIB Card, Beaver Cem. Records, Beaver Press, Mary F. Goodwin FamilyBeaver Cem. Records, Headstone.

The following information is taken from a book by H. Dale Goodwin-Author and compiler. "The Ancestors and Descendants of George Williams and Dinah Frances Baber.

George Williams was Dinah Frances Baber's second husband. Her first husband was James Paritt Veater.

Dinah Frances Baber had recently been divorced from her first husband, who’s name was James Parfitt Veater. They were the parents of five children. Before the divorce, Dinah and her first husband had moved from Bristol, Gloucestershire to Blaina. After the divorce, James and Mercy lived for a time with their Uncle Ford. Susan stayed with her mother. After Dinah's marriage to George Williams, they lived about three miles from Blaina, where George continued to work in the coalmines. James Veater, Dinah's son by her first husband, although a boy of only nine years, went with George to work in the coal mines also. Young boys were often employed in such jobs that child labor laws would not allow them to do now.

The last two children born to James Veater and Dinah Baber, Elizabeth, christened December 21, 1850 in Aberystruth, Monmouthshire, Wales, and Thomas christened October 8, 1852 in Cwmcelyn, Monrnouthshire, Wales, both died, apparently from some sickness or disease in 1854. Their names are shown as Elizabeth and Thomas Williams in the St. George Temple records, but their christening records show them to be Veater children.

By October 16, 1854, George and Dinah had been introduced to missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints. This is shown by the fact that they had a son named Nephi on that date. They had all been baptized on April 10, 1853, and by 1857 had made plans to remove with their family to the United States. They had all their household furniture sold by auction and used the money to purchase passageway on the ship "Top Seat", bound for New York City. After a voyage of about twelve to thirteen weeks they arrived.

They stayed only one day in New York, then took a steamboat to Philadelphia. From Philadelphia they then went to Pittsburgh, but finding no work there they went to St. Clair in Schuykill County. They finally found work in the town of Pottsville near St. Clair, where they worked for about a month, then moved again to more permanent work in the coalmines of Carbon County, Pennsylvania. In the town of Spring Tunnel, Emma Jane Williams, their first child born in America, was born on February 22, 1859.

In 1861, when the Civil War broke out, many coal miners were taken into the military. This made jobs and promotions more plentiful for those who remained. George Williams and his stepson James Veater took advantage of the situation to earn and save money to move to the Great Basin where the headquarters of their Church had been established. By the spring of 1862, when James was only fifteen years old, he had been promoted to driver of a six-mule team, in a mine at Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.

Along with what they had saved, they were able to obtain assistance from the Perpetual Emigration Fund, which had been established to help needy families emigrate to the established gathering place of the Church in the valleys of the Great Basin. The family first crossed the eastern half of the country to St. Louis, Missouri, where they took a boat up the Missouri River to Winter Quarters, Nebraska. Here they joined a company of fellow- Mormons, under the direction of Captain Ansel P. Harmon, and crossed the plains to the Great Salt Lake Valley. They arrived in Salt Lake City on October 5, 1862.

Two days later, even though they had already traveled over two thousand miles from their home in Pennsylvania, they again set out for a new settlement in Iron County, Utah called Pinto Creek, about twenty-seven miles west of Cedar City. After six days travel, they arrived at Pinto Creek October 13, 1862. Upon arriving, they took a contract to dig an acre of potatoes, which took about a week. When this job was done, and considering that winter was just around the comer, they rented a herd of sheep on shares. Included with the sheep were about fifty goats. They lived that first winter in a dugout about five miles from Pinto Creek, near the desert where the town of Newcastle was later established.

James Veater, Dinah's son by her first marriage was now nearly sixteen so he was given the responsibility of helping watch the sheep. He recorded the difficulties of those hard times as follows:

Those goats would lead the sheep off, and keep me on the run nearly all day. Some days I felt like cussing the day I was born. Every day of that long winter, I herded those sheep and suffered with the cold.

One day in the early part of that winter, I got angry and broke the leg of a goat with my sling and a rock. I managed to get the goat home with the sheep, where I got a severe scolding. My folks killed the goat and we ate the meat. Because of my suffering with the cold, my mother tanned the hide, and made me an overcoat with the hair side out. It was a good warm coat.

In the spring of 1863, my stepfather, hired me out to old man Riddle to go herd cows about three miles from Pinto Creek. I had seventy head of milk cows to herd on foot. They bought me a pair of shoes that cost $5.00. 1 got a piece of old bull hide, soaked it up, then cut a strip four inches wider than my shoes. I then laced it over my instep for the purpose of saving my shoes. During the summer, I made several pairs of those rawhide strips to help save my shoes. I worked six months herding those cows. My pay was a yoke of three-year-old steers. My stepfather broke the steers and made a yoke of oxen of them. It was the first and best team we ever had.

The day my time was up with Mr. Riddle, I packed my carpetbag and walked three miles down to Pinto Creek to where my parents lived. The next morning, I went down on the creek and made arrangements to take a sheep herd for the winter. That was November 1, 1863. 1 still wore that goatskin coat my mother made the previous winter.

I herded those sheep during the day and corralled them every night. I then went to my dugout home where I lived the previous winter. It was here I learned my first lesson in housework and the responsibility of making my own bread. This bread was made with sour dough. It was in this old dugout that I spent ninety monotonous days and nights. I could hear no sound except the beating of my own heart. It was five miles to my next neighbor's.

After being there a month, an old Indian came along. He was known as "Stub Finger", and I must say, I welcomed him with open arms. During the evening, I asked many questions, showing him many things I had learned, the names and words of the Indian language I had learned to speak.

After the Indian left, it was two months before anyone came to see me. There were cattlemen a half-mile from me, and I often wished I could talk to them.

Along in February 1864, my mother and stepfather came to see me and brought some supplies, which I was badly in need of. I was surely elated when I saw them coming. They stayed for two days and three nights. There was about eighteen inches of snow on the ground. Many times I had grown very lonely and wished I had never been born.

That was a hard winter. The sheep did well considering the deep snow. It seemed a long time to me from Christmas until April 1st, as that was the date to move away from that camp. I looked forward to the time when the sheep would be moved above Pinto Creek to the forks of the creek.

I continued to stay through lambing, and then my sister took the herd. My parents took Riddle's cows to dairy and make cheese that summer, and in the fall, we took it to Salt Lake and sold it for $.50 per pound. That gave us money for clothes, and fitted us out better than we had ever been.

On July 21, 1864, another daughter named Harriet Sophia was born at Pinto Creek.

During that period of time, many young men were called to drive teams with wagons back across the Great Plains to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, where they would assist an ever-increasing migration of converts to the Church, to the valleys of the mountains. James Veater was one of those called. He left on record an account of preparing for that trip:

In the spring of 1865, 1 was called to go back East. I was then about seventeen and had begun to think I was entering manhood. They fitted me out with seven head of wild steers, a new wagon, and one broke ox. They furnished two good cattlemen to go with me to keep the cattle herded on the road. They chopped down big cedar trees and chained them behind the wagon. We hooked up the eight head of oxen, and there was sure some bucking and bellowing going on for quite a while. They finally got me into the wagon, untied the brakes, put the whip to them, and we were off.

The cattle were running at high speed and it began to look to me as if we were going to run away from the horsemen, but we had about a four-mile uphill grade ahead of us. When we reached the top, we had to go down a steep run. We chopped down some more cedar trees and chained them behind the wagon.

We left Pinto Creek about 8:00 A. M. It was twenty- seven miles to Cedar City, and we reached there soon after dark. There was a party of men there to help me unhook those wild oxen. That made the first day's drive of a long journey of one thousand miles.

What a fabulous account of early life in Utah as it was lived by those hearty pioneers. Too bad more people didn't record their every day histories, as James Veater seemed inclined to do. The rigors of pioneer life were certainly a sufficient excuse for many of them. One cannot help but wonder, "What is our excuse?"

While in Florence, Nebraska, James met a man from Wales, who had lived in the same town as his father and uncle. He was able to get his father's address so the next day, he wrote a letter. When James got home to Pinto Creek, an answer was waiting for him.

On March 14, 1865, Mercy Veater, daughter of Dinah by her first husband, married Isaiah Taylor in Pinto Creek. Sometime in 1866 the entire Williams family left Pinto Creek and moved to Greenville, a few miles west of Beaver, Utah. After a short time they moved into Beaver. Here they decided to move with several other families to a choice ranching area called Pine Creek. Isaac Riddle, whom they had known in Pinto Creek, David Levi, Cunningham Mathews, William Dotson, Minor Prisby, Charles Olson and Jacob Littlebow and their families all joined in this venture. Pine Creek is located at the bottom of the Wildcat Dugway about sixteen miles north of Beaver, Utah. Here they continued in the dairy business for several years, making butter and cheese and transporting it to Salt Lake to market. The trip to Salt Lake took ten days to travel each way. In October, 1866, on one of these marketing trips to Salt Lake, they went to the Endowment House where they were endowed and sealed by Wilford Woodruff.

At Pine Creek, they also operated a small store and Pony Express station, where they provided and rested horses for the Pony Express riders. Stagecoaches on their way to and from Salt Lake also stopped there. Dinah prepared meals for the travelers, and some occasionally stayed overnight. Dinah had learned the skills of a midwife, and on many occasions was called on to perform these services. About nine miles away was Cove Fort, built in 1867 by Ira N. Hinckley. Dinah delivered several babies at Cove Fort, including Alonzo Hinckley, next younger brother of Bryant S. Hinckley, father of Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints. Alonzo preceded his illustrious nephew as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles between 1934 and 1936 when he died.

James Veater married Sarah Howd, June 22, 1872. Circleville is on the east side of the Beaver Mountains.

Nephi Williams was only eight years old when his parents made their trip across the United States to Salt Lake and later to Pinto Creek. He was twelve when his parents moved to Pine Creek. As he grew to manhood, he would travel with his father and others to Salt Lake and Beaver. He learned to play the violin and on many occasions was asked to play for young people's dances in Beaver. At one of these dances, he met Martha Maria Moyes who was to become his wife on May 1, 1876. Nephi's sister Elizabeth Ann was also married on that date in a double wedding. Her husband was Steven Wilson Baldwin. Both marriages were performed by Caleb Clark Baldwin, Steven's father. Nephi and Martha settled first at Wildcat Ranch just south of Pine Creek. Steven and Elizabeth Ann settled first in Beaver and later in Big Piney, Wyoming. The following year, another sister of Nephi's, Emma Jane married Charles W. Allred and moved to Burley, Idaho.

Martha Maria Moyes had been born September 24, 1854 at Cardoness, New South Wales, Australia, and had migrated with her parents on the ship "Jennie Ford" in 1856.

In the fall of 1876, Nephi and Martha moved to Beaver for the winter. They spent that winter in a log cabin on the northeast corner of the block where Sam Brinkerhoff later lived. In the spring, following the birth of their first daughter, Mary Frances, born May 14, 1877, they moved back to the ranch at Wildcat. At the end of that summer, they went back to his father's ranch at Pine Creek, where Nephi helped his father with the dairy farming and cheese making.

By the end of 1879, the Williams family had apparently all left Pine Creek. Susannah Veater married Thomas Johnson July 18, 18.78. They chose to settle in Overton, Nevada. Harriet Sophia married Hyrum McEwen and moved to Cortez, Colorado. With the children all grown and married, George and Dinah decided to leave Pine Creek and moved back into Beaver. Here they spent the rest of their lives. Dinah died of Bright's Disease on January 29, 1881 and was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Beaver. On October 13, 1883 George married Jane Stevens. They had one son, George Henry, born July 21, 1885.

George Williams died December 29, 1906, at the age of seventy-nine, in Beaver. His second wife Jane Stevens died April 3, 1924.

Nephi and Martha lived in a log house, where three more daughters were born. Here Nephi established himself as a blacksmith. On January 10, 1896, the following notice appeared in the Beaver newspaper, "The Utonian":

"Last Saturday as Nephi Williams, William Carlow, and Joseph McEwan were firing the anvils, a charge went off prematurely and burnt Nephi in the face and right hand"

Nephi recovered from the burns, but his face showed the scars they left. Nephi died February 15, 1924, at the age of sixty-nine and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Beaver. His wife Martha lived as his widow for twenty-one more years, when she died August 11, 1945, just three days before the surrender of Japan at the end of World War 11. She is buried at his side in Beaver.

Children of DINAH BABER and JAMES VEATER are:

i. SUSANN VEATER, b. December 23, 1844, Bristol, England; d. May 03, 1914, Overton, Clark Co. Nev.; m. THOMAS CHRISTIAN.

ii. JAMES VEATER, b. July 19, 1846, Bedminster, Somerset, England; d. November 24, 1921, Circleville, Piute, Utah; m. SARAH LOUISA HOWD, June 02, 1873, Salt Lake City, Utah; b. June 30, 1857, Beaver Co., Beaver, Utah; d. October 10, 1923, Richfield, Sevier , Utah.

The story of JAMES VEATER 1846 - 1921 and SARAH LOUISA HOWD 1857 - 1923:

They were the parent’s of Iva Sarah Lucinda Veater

Iva Veater is the grandmother of Rodney Garth Dalton.

Source: Contributed by Ned R. Veater, great grandson.


LIFE STORY OF JAMES VEATER, written by himself in 1918:

My parents were James Veater and Dinah Frances Baber. My parents moved from Bristol England to South Wales when I was about four years old. And they agreed to disagree, meaning divorce. There were three children, two girls and myself. My sister Susie was awarded by the court to my mother's sister Mrs. Charlotte Ford . The 1851 census of Eng. Aberystruth England, page 522 shows Susannah Veater age 7, living with James Baber and wife Betsey who were her grandparents. My sister Mercy was awarded to Mother and I to my Father. My father, being anxious for my welfare employed a governess to take care of me and be my teacher. I was somewhat mischievous and unruly.

I ran away and my governess could not control me so my father put me in care of my uncle, Joseph Ford. This brought my sister Sussie and I under the same Guardian-ship. Uncle Ford had eleven children all girls. Uncle Ford not having any boys in the family kept me with him. I still continued to be rude and unruly all through my boyhood days, but my uncle was always my dearest friend, in fact, him kindness spoiled me. I would run away to the blast furnace and roller mill where they molded iron. I would stay all day at the roller mills. One night I came home and got my supper, then awaited my chance to run away and go back to the mill. I stayed there that night until 12 o'clock. I frequently got in the way of the men who were working. They tried to drive me away but I was familiar with the mill and would go to some other part of it. The men were going off shift. It was mid-night, one member of this shift went to the Chief of Police and sent a policemen down to the roller-mill to get me. He came down with a big billy club under his coat sleeve. As usual I put up a fight as I didn't want to go, but when I saw that billy-club come from under his coat, I decided I had better surrender.

We then went to Pittsburgh, stayed there a day and went to St. Clare, stayed there a day and looked for work, but there was none. We then went to a town called Otsville, and here we found work-picking slate out at coal cracker. There were hundreds of boys my size working at these coal crackers. They had a way of naturalizing a foreigner, as an American Citizen by telling me he was an "Old Welch-Nanny-Goat", riding a "Billy-Coat", selling pigtails. When they told me that, there was a fight on hand. We stayed in Pottsville one month. My stepfather couldn't find work there, so we went up to Carbon County, Pennsylvania. There he met an old gentleman friend whose name was David Todd. He helped him get a job in a coal mine and I was put back in a coal cracker again. I got ten dollars per month at this place. My stepfather got acquainted with a coal mine foreman. He went into the coal mine and took me out and put me in the stope as a doorkeeper. This was for the purpose of letting a current of air into adjoining stopes and let the mule teams pass in and out. He kept me at this job for 1 month at this time and I got my first promotion. Then he appointed me as conductor. My work was to go up the stope to the surface and then to a temporary hospital to notify the doctor that the dead or injured would be up on the first car. I also had to go to the top to get the hay and grain for the mule’s dinner. I had to keep the switches cleaned. The next thing was to get oil and haim straps for the Muleskinners and numerous errands.

"While at Spring Tunnel, Carbon County. Pennsylvania, Emma Jane Williams was born on February 22, 1859".

In 1861 the Civil War broke out. It was then that Muleskinners became scarce. The Muleskinners enlisted for ninety days. At this time I got my second promotion, at the age of twelve-thirteen, as a Muleskinner. I got $15.00 a month.

I soon moved down to a place called Tarmockway. I still worked the Muleskinner in a mine there. A tunnel that went under a mountain a mile long. At the end of the tunnel there was a shaft and a large hoisting works, to hoist the coal out of the shaft. Me and old "Danty", hooked onto the car when it came to the top, took it out to the inward end of the tunnel and brought back an empty car to send down the shaft. In the early spring of 1862 1 received another promotion as a driver of six-horse team, one in head of another. They took eighteen loaded cars out of the tunnel and brought thirteen empty cars back.

In the spring of 1862, my people immigrated to Utah and landed in Salt Lake City, on the square where the City and County building now stands. On the 6th of October we left Salt Lake City and started for Pinto Creek to make our home in Iron County. We reached there on the 13th of October. My Stepfather George Williams, took a contract to dig an acre of potatoes, that took us about a week, and it was a tedious job. After we got through that job, he rented a herd of sheep and what share he got I can't tell. We lived in a dugout about five miles from Pinto Creek, close to the desert. In that herd of sheep there were about fifty goats. Not Cashmere goats, but hair goats. Those goats would lead the sheep off and keep me on the run nearly all day.

Some days, I felt like cussing the day I was born. Every day of that long winter I herded those sheep and suffered with the cold. One day in the early part of the winter I got angry and broke a goat’s leg with a rock sling. I wiggled the goat home with the sheep, and I got such a scolding I can remember it yet. My folks killed the goat and we ate the meat. After that I suffered with the cold winds.

In the spring of 1863 my stepfather hired me out to old man Isaac Riddle, to go herd cows about 3 miles from Pinto Greek. I had 70 head of milk cows to herd on foot. "I was sixteen years old at that time". They bought me a pair of shoes that cost $5.00. 1 got an old bull-hide and soaked it up, then cut a strip 4 inches larger than my shoes and laced it up to the instep for the purpose of saving my shoes. During the summer I made several pair of those raw hides to slip over my shoes, “The save my shoes” I worked for six months herding those cows for a yoke of three year old steers. My stepfather got the steers. He broke them and made a yoke of oxen of them. That was the first team and the best team we ever had. At the time the family was very poor an being James Veater (he was known as “James Williams”) was the eldest of the family of five children and had great responsibilities given to him.

The very day my time was up with Mr. Riddle, I packed my carpetbag and walked 3 miles down Pinto Creek to where my parents lived. The next morning I went on down the Creek and took a sheep herd. That was the 1st, of November 1863. This is where I first wore the goatskin coat the winter before I herded those sheep and corralled them every night. After following the sheep and toiling all day I went to my dugout home where I lived the previous winter. It was here I learned my first lesson in housework and the responsibility of making my own bread. This bread was with sourdough.

It was in a old dugout that I spent ninety monotonous days and nights, where I could hear no sound except the beating of my own heart. It was five miles to my next neighbors. After being there a month, an old Indian came along. He was known as "Stub Finger", and I must say I welcomed him with open arms. During the evening I asked many questions by showing him many things. I had learned such as the names and words of the Indian language, which I learned to speak. After the Indian left it was 2 months before anyone came to see me. There were cattle men half mile from me and I often wished I could talk to them.

Along in February 1861, my Mother and stepfather came to see me and brought some supplies, which I was badly in need of. I was surely elated when I saw them coming. They stayed for two days and three nights. There was about eighteen inches of snow on the ground and many times I grew lonely and wished I had never been born. That was a hard winter, but the sheep did well, considering the deep snow and long cold winter we had. It seemed a long time to me from Christmas until April 1st, as that was the time to move away-from that camp. I looked forward to the time when the sheep would be moved above Pinto Creek to the forks of the creek. I continued to stay through lambing and then my sister Mercy age 15 took the herd. My parents took Isaac Riddle's cows to dairy and made cheese that summer, in the fall we took it to Salt Lake and sold it for fifty cents a pound. That gave us clothes and fitted us out better than we had ever been.

"At this time the baby of the family was born, Harriet Sophia, July 21, 1864, at Pinto Creek. The family at this time consisted of Emma Jane, age 5, Elizabeth Ann, age 7, Nephi, age 9, Mercy, age 15, and James 17".

In the winter of 1864 I went back to the dugout, and took the sheep again for the winter. We had a favorable winter, which I brought the sheep back and they were turned to the owners.

In the spring of 1865, I was called to go back East. I was then about 18 and had begun to think I was entering manhood. They fitted me up 7 head of wild steers and a new wagon and one broke-ox made me the yokes. They furnished two good cattle- men to go with me to keep the cattle herded in the road. They chopped down a big cedar tree and chained it behind the wagon. We hooked up the eight head of oxen and there was sure some bellowing going on for quite a while. They finally got me and my baggage into the wagon, untied the brakes, put the whip to them and we were off. The cattle were running at a high speed and it began to look to me as if we were going to run away from the horseman, but I had a four-mile grade ahead of me. I reached the top and then we had to go down a steep run (road). There we had to chop down another tree and chain it behind the wagon on account of the heavy down grade. We left Pinto Creek about 8 o'clock AM. It was 27 miles to Cedar City, and we reached there soon after dark. There was a party of men there to help me unhook those wild oxen. That made the first day's drive of a long journey of over 1,000 miles. "If he averaged 25 miles a day it took him some where around forty days to make the trip to Winter Quarter’s. The purpose of this journey was to bring people who had joined the Mormon Church to Utah.

The first thing I did after I got to Florence Nebraska, was to look through the Mormon emigrants who were there. I found a Welshman that came from the same town in Wales that I came from. I also found a man who was acquainted with my Uncle Joseph Ford, and my Father. I got my father's address from him and the next day. I wrote a letter to him, Which he received and answered. He addressed it to James Veater, Pinto Creek. I found the letter waiting when I got home, and from that time on I signed my name "James Veater" instead of James Williams. It took me some time to establish my name as "Veater".

"A letter from Joseph and Charlotte Baber Ford, Blaina, Monmouth, Wales.

Probably addressed to: Mercy Veater (Taylor) as the question was asked Mercy, let us know what your countryman your husband is? Could have been written in 1868, as James Veater never started to sign his surname as "Veater" until 1865. So Mercy must of changed her name also to "Veater". As when she married Isaiah Taylor, March 14, 1868, her Name was Mercy Veater. Isaiah Taylor was born in England.

Letter: Part of first page missing. Begin: "And soon will have and Emma, Joseph and Lotte is at home now. They are having school holiday, but Emma is a tall young woman. And we hope you will get this letter safe and write again and fill your sheet of paper and writing. We are happy to tell you that you uncle and me is in tolerable health. Your uncle have had a very severe illness but it is better now, but obliged to be very careful".

"Morning and we are all glad to hear you are all well and in such good circumstances but really think you ought to have written to us before. We could not be certainly the letter we received, but we judge it be from Mercy? But we was very happy to get a letter".

We have always been keeping business here ever since you left this country, & if you write will be sure to find us. And let us know what sort of a country is that you live in and what you make? Butter or cheese, with your milk. We suppose that you must have a large amount of land, and what may you pay for it a year? We should like to know all the particulars.

"A young man from Blaina by the name of Griffiths told us some time back that he saw your mother & that she had a large amount of cattle & milking cows, and why not write to us then? (Griffiths must of been on a mission for the Mormon Church at the time he met up with the Ford family) but we hope you will not fail to write now by return of post and then we will send you another, and let us know what countryman your husband is?"

"The Blaina is near the same as when you left only much more improved. We have got Polly's son here with us, dry nursing of him. We expect her tomorrow to stay over confinement. And now you must accept both our kind loves, & your cousins join with us, our kind loves to you all, not forgetting Jim, we always think of you and him. "We must close now, ever remaining your affectionate Uncle & Aunt", Joseph & Charlott Ford.

Mr. Joseph Ford, Lion Inn

Blaina Iron Works Monmouthshire, Wales

During that winter I stayed with my parents and in April 1866, I declared my independence and went to Beaver. I stopped at Isaac Riddles Sr. the man I had previously worked for. He welcomed me into his home and his wife made me welcome. She was like a Mother to me. I went to work for them for two months with cattle and horses. Mr. Riddle suggested that I take the cows to dairy that season, so I signed the contract and took 90 head of cows. I gave him half the cheese and butter. I made 3,000 pounds of cheese and a large barrel of butter. I delivered the cows back to Mr. Riddle, and he said he wanted to enter into some business with me. I told him that I bad agreed to meet a certain man and if he would wait an hour I would. Well I rented Mr. Riddle's cattle and horses and sheep for four years on half the interest. I gave perfect satisfaction. At the expiration of that contract I had 94 head of cattle and 9 head of horses. I returned to Beaver and took up my abode with Isaac Riddle.

The “Fort” was situated on the north side of the Beaver River, about one-mile from the mouth of the canyon in a recess between foothills of the Wasatch Mountain two miles east of Beaver City, and was about 6200 feet above sea level. For some time the Fort was called "Post of Beaver". On July 1, 1874, the name was changed to Fort Cameron in honor of Colonel James Cameron, 79th New York Volunteer Infantry, who was killed in the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861.

"The Fort consisted of four company barracks, a guard house, commissary, hospital and officer's quarters. With arrival of the officers and families., social functions became the order of the day. And routine of life continued for over a period of ten years. Many a soldier began to pay attention to the young ladies of the town and when the time of their enlistment expired, they married and established themselves in our midst as private citizens".

"In the spring of 1873 the government undertook to build "Fort Cameron". It was built for three companies of soldiers. The buildings were of rock, and I got a chance to take contract from the government to haul the rock. It took ten teams, and I got $10.00 per day for an eight hour day." Also the other men who owned large teams, of the ten mentioned: Allen Tanner, Sidney Tanner, Cunningham Mathews, Hesikiah Simkins, Charles Dalton and M.L. Shepherd". This job lasted about seven months. The following spring I drew my money, and after all expenses were paid I had $140-00. 1 also worked off and on for Mr. Riddle and Mr. Hirdock.

"During the early years of the 1880's the range conditions was in excellent condition for grazing of cattle. In this locality, the feeding of hay or concentrate was unknown, as there was grass, white sage, and other native growth in abundance". "Cattle grazed upon the public domain the year around, and remained in good flesh throughout the winter. The Beaver and Milford Valley bottoms were- covered with meadow grass from Hay Springs to Black Rock, and supported at least 20,000 head of cattle and 5,000 head of horses.

At this time Montana was being stocked cattle bought in Utah. I got a job from Mr. Lomas, buying cattle. Mr. Lomas drove the cattle to Montana and sold them. I worked for him for six months. That fall I went to work for Ira Hinkley at Cove Creek. He sent me and a Mexican, and an old Indian on a trip to Salt Lake Island. There were about three hundred and fifty horses on that Island, and they were all very mean and wild. It took us about all winter to gather about 254 head. There were a number of those horses that had to have cords cut in their legs so we could get them. We lost some, killed and traded some of f and we brought the rest to Cove Creek ranch. It was a hard trip for us.

The following spring, 1874, Mother and I took up a farm where the McEwen farm is now at Spry. Oran Baker and his partner jumped it, and had their house built on it when I came back from Beaver. "So I pulled out".

The next spring, 1875, the Church organized the United Order, and I wouldn't join them. After that I was known as the "Black Sheep". I told them I could finish my own business and if I couldn't I'd go busted. I went farther down the river and made a permanent home, which is known as the "Veater Ranch".

I am satisfied with the labor I have performed and the landmarks I have

left. I don't feel like I have any cause to murmur on the way I have proceeded through life. I have done all the good I can for my wife and family. And now I commend myself to God, and my children to my country.

Signed: James Veater.


The MERITHEW FAMILY of Pennsylvania:    Top

The first daughter of John Dalton Sr. was Margaret, who married Stephen Potter Merithew.

The following is a genealogy report of this Merithew family.

The Descendants of Teage Amarahow Merrihew:

1. TEAGE AMARAHOW MERRIHEW was born Bet. 1630 - 1635 in Kent. Co. England.


Both the Merrihew and Merrithew/Merithew families go back to Teage Aniarahow (Merrihew/Merrithew/Merithew) depending on the family that you talk to.

Teage came to America from England in the mid- I 600's. He settled in Yarmouth, Massachussets and had eight children there, including four sons, John, Samuel, Josiah, and Jonathan. Little is known about John and Samuel. The Merrihew spelling came from Josiah and his decendents. The Merrithew and Merithew spelling came from Jonathan and his descendents.


JONATHAN MERRITHEW, b. Abt. 1650, Leicestersshire, England; d. August 1674, Portsmouth,

2. JONATHAN MERRITHEW was born Abt. 1650 in Leicestersshire, England, and died August 31, 1674 in Portsmouth, RI.. He married SARAH ALMY. She was born April 14, 1662 in Tiverton, Newport Co. RI, and died 1708 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. Mass..



i. ELIAS MERITHEW, b. September 06, 1704, Dartmouth, Mass.; d. October 20, 1733, Providence, R.I.

3. ELIAS MERITHEW was born September 06, 1704 in Dartmouth, Mass., and died October 20, 1733 in Providence, R.I. He married HANNAH SHEARMAN April 09, 1729 in Dartmouth, Ma, daughter of SAMUEL SHEARMAN and HANNAH. She was born January 24, 1708/09 in Massachusetts, and died April 07, 1731.


i. RICHARD MERITHEW, b. January 20, 1730/31, Providence, R.I.; d. July 15, 1815, Unadilla, NY.

4. RICHARD MERITHEW was born January 20, 1730/31 in Providence, R.I., and died July 15, 1815 in Unadilla, NY. He married (1) HANNAH. He married (2) PHOBE DAVELL. She was born 1722 in Dartmouth, Bristol Co. Mass., and died October 11, 1807 in Richfield, Otsego Co. NY.

Children of RICHARD MERITHEW and HANNAH are:

i. SAMUEL MERITHEW, b. 1750, Coventry, Kent Co. R.I.; d. Aft. 1820, Unadilla, NY.

SAMUEL MERITHEW was born 1750 in Coventry, Kent Co. R.I., and died Aft. 1820 in Unadilla, NY. He married JANE POLLY POTTER November 06, 1765 in Cranston, R.I., daughter of JOSEPH POTTER and FREELOVE BENNETT. She was born May 28, 1750 in Coventry, Kent Co. R.I., and died 1854 in Unadilla, NY.


1790 MERITHEW SAMUEL Kent County RI 080 Coventry Federal Population Schedule RI 1790 Federal Census.

1800 MERITHEW SAMUEL Otsego County NY 5 00010-10010-00 Federal Population Schedule NY 1800 Federal Census.

1810 MERITHEW S. Otsego County NY 235 40010-11010 Federal Population Schedule NY 1810 Federal Census.


ii. STEPHEN POTTER MERITHEW, b. January 09, 1788, Providence, Rhode Island; d. October 18, 1854, Manchester, Washtenaw, Michigan.

5. STEPHEN POTTER MERITHEW was born January 09, 1788 in Providence, Rhode Island, and died October 18, 1854 in Manchester, Washtenaw, Michigan. He married MARGARET PEGGY DALTON November 15, 1812 in Sheshequin, Bradford, Pennsylvania, daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH COOKER. She was born November 07, 1792 in Bucks Co, Pennsylvania, and died June 22, 1878 in Manchester, Washtenaw, Michigan.

Margaret Dalton married Stephen Potter Merithew in Sheshequin Township on Nov. 15, 1812. Justice Samual Gore officiated. Both were from Claverack.


The Symon Fortescue family:    Top

The below is a history of the Eliza Foscue family. Eliza Foscue married John Percival Lee and one of their daughters was Sarah Lucinda Lee Dalton, who married Charles Wakeman Dalton.

Descendants of Symon Fortescue

Generation No. 1

1. SYMON FORTESCUE was born Abt. 1620 in England, and died Abt. 1700 in Accomack Co., Virginia. He married (1) ANN COOKE. He married (2) ELIZABETH JORDON Abt. 1648.


The history of the Foscue family in America begins with SYMON FORTESCUE, who is in the "Original Lists of Persons of Quality" by Holten, with a patent for 100 acres in the Corporacon of Charles Cittie, Va., - prior to 1625. Records show that he did come several years prior to 1625 and that he died at sea on his way back to England to settle some affairs. Records of the Virginia Company in London, Oct. 31, 1621, show Capt. Henry Ffortescue (uncle and administrator for the estate of Symon Fortescue "who died intestate at sea on his return to England") asking the court to assist in recovery of lands, goods and debts for the deceased.

First they lived in Northampton County near Hungars Creek, then Accomac County where, in 1691, Simon Foscue, with a partner bought a plantation "or divident of land" called Nevilles Neck (about 675 acres) for 32,400 lbs. tobacco. In the 1970's a beautiful old house called Vauxhall still was there, and the story is that about 175 years ago The Foscue who owned it then lost the whole property in a card game which he was most unwisely playing in front of a mirror in which his opponents could see all his cards. The mirror is said to be still in the house.

He apparently left a wife and at least one child on the Eastern Shore of Virginia


SIMON FORTESCUE, b. Abt. 1654, England; d. Abt. 1717, Accomack Co., Virginia.

Generation No. 2

2. SIMON FORTESCUE was born Abt. 1654 in England, and died Abt. 1717 in Accomack Co., Virginia. He married ANNA.

In the will of Simon Foscue, Accomac County, Virginia, who died in 1717, it lists "My eldest son Simon, now at the Southerd" which meant Hyde County, N.C, since records of a council held at Bath Town 14th day March, 1745-46, list the Petition of Simon Fortescue, showing he had a patent granted him for 470 acres of land lying in Hyde County in year 1704-5; that soon after the Indian War broke out, your petitioner was shot in the head, his wife and children taken prisoners and carried away; his home burnt down, all lost, together with patent. That he has continued ever since to pay just rent, etc.--Petition granted/ He remarried and apparently prospered, for in his will (Hyde County, 1751), he leaves substantial legacies to his 9 children, including two sons, Simon and Richard (perhaps a third) who had settled on the Trent River in what was then Craven County.


i. SIMON FORTESCUE, b. Abt. 1681, Accomack Co., Virginia; d. 1751, Hyde Co., North Carolina.

Generation No. 3

3. SIMON FORTESCUE was born Abt. 1681 in Accomack Co., Virginia, and died 1751 in Hyde Co., North Carolina. He married ELIZABETH. Tithables, 1740 - 1748.

The definition of tithables or polls was first made in 1715 by the General Assembly which enacted that "all Males not being Slaves in this Government shall be Tythable at the Age of Sixteen Years And All Slaves Male or Female, either Imported or born in the Country shall be tythable at the Age of Twelve Years." In 1749, the law was broadened to say: "all and every White Person, Male, of the Age of Sixteen Years, and upwards, all Negroes, Mulattoes, Mustees Male or Female, and all Persons of Mixt Blood to the Fourth Generation, of the Age of Twelve Years, and upwards, and all white Persons intermarrying with with any Negro, mulatto, or Mustee, or other Persobn of mixt Blood, while to intermarry with no other Person or Persons whatsoever, shall be deemed Taxables..." White females were never subject to tithable or poll taxes.

[Reference: North Carolina Research, Genealogy and Local History, Edited by Helen F. M. Leary and Maurice R. Stirewalt]

The following Tithable Lists of Hyde County, N. C. are filed in Hyde County's Tax Records housed at the Archives in Raleigh, N. C. These are but a few of the Tithable lists available in the Hyde County collection of Tax Records. A List Thables taken in hide County By me ye 1 day of June in the year 1744:

Simon Fosque, Jr. 4

Luke Foscue 1

John Sanderson 1

Simon Foscue 1


i. SIMON FOSCUE, b. 1734, Trent River, Cravens Co., North Carolina; d. November 1814, Jones, North Carolina.

Generation No. 4

4. SIMON FOSCUE was born 1734 in Trent River, Cravens Co., North Carolina, and died November 1814 in Jones, North Carolina. He married SARAH SANDERSON March 29, 1759 in Cravens Co., North Carolina. She was born Abt. 1736 in Cravens, North Carolina, and died 1777.


Simon Foscue - (b. 1734-d. 1814) married 3 times:

1. Widow Sarah Sanderson Brock m. 1759 (d. 1777)

Simon and Sarah had 4 children:

i.Phoebe (b. 1763)

ii. Stephen (b. 1761)

(Both died before married)

iii. Frederic (b. 1766) married Dorie Simmons in 1788 and they had 3 children:

i. Benjamin (b. 1789) - went to Alabama

ii. Augustus, went to Alabama

iii. Nathan m. Susan Oldfield and they had 6 children:

i. Josephine m. Franklin Foy, son of Enock Foy

ii. Caroline in. E.B. Isler

iii. Cyrus m. Harriett Foy, daughter of Enoch Foy, and had a son, K. F. Foscue

iv. Edgar Macon m. Miss Lina Wooten (Myrtle Brock's grandfather)

v. Eloira m. C. W. Wooten (grandmother of Alta Koonce)

vi. Josephus m. Sallie Smith (Tom Foscue's ancestors)

Simon and Nancy had 4 children:

i. Simon (b. 1780 d. 1830) m. Christina Rhem 1803

ii. Dorcas (b. 1782 d. 1869) afflicted never married

iii. Lewis (b. 1784) never married -served with General Andrew Jackson in Tennessee and New Orleans

iv. Sarah - (b. 1787 d. 1852) - m. Frederick Foy.

3. Mrs. Elizabeth Stevenson m. 1800

They had 4 children:

i. Stephen

ii. Susannah m. George Oldfield

iii. Betsey

iv. Amos m: Elizabeth Foscue

Simon's last will designated Ann Foscue as his wife; we do not know whether she was a 4th wife, or if possibly his 3rd wife was Elizabeth Ann.

After his first wife's death, Simon divided most of his property among their 4 children, in order to "avoid any jealousy of children of his second marriage" and there is a copy of this document in the family papers.


i. FREDERICK FOSCUE, b. 1766, Jones, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1834.




Generation No. 5

5. FREDERICK FOSCUE was born 1766 in Jones, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1834. He married DOVIE SIMMONS February 03, 1788 in Jones, North Carolina. She was born March 01, 1766 in Cravens, North Carolina, and died November 04, 1836.

Notes for Frederick Foscue:

Frederick served as a seaman on the brig "Industry" in the Revolutionary War in 1780. The "Industry" was attached to Stanley's Fleet.

Pension: April 30, 1833, Placed on pension roll at Jones Co., North Carolina, for service in the Revoloution.


i. BENJAMIM FOSCUE, b. March 25, 1789, Jones, North Carolina; d. January 04, 1850, Jefferson, Marion, Texas.


NATHAN FOSCUE, b. Abt. 1791.

Generation No. 6

6. BENJAMIN FOSCUE was born March 25, 1789 in Jones, North Carolina, and died January 04, 1850 in Jefferson, Marion, Texas. He married ELIZA SCURLOCK August 20, 1818 in Monroe, Clarke, Alabama, daughter of JOSHA SCURLOCK. She was born 1799 in Monroe, Clarke, Alabama, and died September 23, 1829 in Jacksonville, Duval Co., Florida.

Notes for Benjamin Frederick Foscue:

Reverend Benjamin Foscue was an early pioneer in Coosa Co., Alabama. He was a Primitive Baptist preacher "of good property". The last record of his presence in Coosa Co., before he left for Louisiana with his family and slaves, was as a witness in a marriage ceremony. It is reported that he lost a good many slaves to illness during the trek to Louisiana. His relationship to Sarah Foscue is established as he gives his permission to marry.


i. FREDERICK FRONEY FOSCUE, b. September 11, 1819, Monroe, Clarke, Alabama.

Notes for Frederick Forney Foscue:

Below is two letters wrote by rederick Froney Foscue, who was a brother of Eliza Ann


Frederick Foscue was a lawyer, elected to the State Legislature first from Coosa Co. in 1849, then from Marengo Co., in 1853. He later moved to Texas and was a member of that Legislature when Texas seceded from the Union in 1860.

In the 1900 Census, he is living in Tarrant Co., Texas.

A letter he wrote to John Smith, September 17th 1848:

John Smith

Dear sir.

Your kind favor of the 8th of July came to hand some short time since and I am greatly obliged to you for (this?) (promptly?) from you. I am gratified to hear that you are pleased with the country in which you have settled and I hope you will continue to enjoy health and be blessed with peace and plenty and that comfort and lasting satisfaction may be the lot which is in store for you during the few years we have to live in this sublunary world. We are all enjoying very good health at present, except Aunt Foy and I think her health is much better than it was some months ago; still she is not as sound in health as could be desired. Sarah's children I think have been some of them a little (puny?) this fall. The rest of the neighborhood are getting along about as usual. There has been a very considerable revival in the lower settlement and a good many have joined the church under the ministration of Mat. Butler, Guy Smith, James Pylant, John A. Pylant, Alex Logan and some 20 others were baptized within the last two weeks.

Mrs. Harriet Smith is now is Macon County and will I suppose be here in a few days. G. B. Patterson is now here for a few days visit. Mrs. Peter Morrison is very low with consumption and cannot live long without something almost miraculous. As for Mr. Stamps I know nothing of late having good reason to believe that he is personally unfriendly to my Father and myself I do not go about him. I believe that Thomas Smith is getting along in his usual good natured way. (Tim?) Chapman has sold out and is going to the west somewhere and I think most of his neighbors are very glad that such is the fact.

John P. Lee leaves here to day but I am not informed to what part of Texas he is going as I have never recognized him as a relation; we never talk and Eliza is so much offended at me for not endorsing him that she has of late declined speaking to me only when I have almost forced a nod from her reluctant head. If they should come to your section of the country you must treat them well if you can. But I think you will find Lee to be a very narrow-minded (frettish?) captious sort of man and as for myself I should feel a contempt for myself if I could (harbor the notion for a moment) of recognizing him as a brother.

Any man that will force himself upon any family against the wishes and consent of parents and without consulting other members of the family and marry a 14 year old girl without experience and almost without education deserves nothing but the hearty contempt of every honest man, more especially when he himself is totally devoid of every manly qualification neither possessed of Pecuniary means to take care of family nor of any experience or capability calculated to make money or command the respect of

those around him; yet in the face of all these facts he was base enough to inveigle the affections of an unsuspecting girl (a mere child) who had not the least experience nor a particle of judgment to marry her full four years before she was fit to marry. I feel that there is no baser act of which a man could be guilty and escape the gallows or the penitentiary. Now I would just ask the question of you as an honorable man would you by coercion contrary to the wishes of all her friends take a girl child from her friends (just because she was willing) when you possessed neither - dignity of manners high intellectual culture - control of temper - soundness of judgement - little or no wealth - no experience in business of any kind not in short any single recommendation either great or small. For my part I had soon be guilty of theft murder arson or highway robbery and the (slow?) unmoving finger of scorn ought ever to point me out as an object of execration in eyes of all honorable men.

Most (Cordially?) F.F.Foscue

If Eliza should ever be left to depend upon her own exertions for a living I will do for her all that any brother would do for a sister if I am able to do so. But while she is the wife of John P. Lee I had just as soon that she was in her grave so far as fraternal enjoyment is concerned. Please attend well to the education of your daughters so they may escape such unfortunate connections


Source of above: Notes to MSS SC 131 of the Smith Family Letters from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library of the Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University, and by D. Kent Parsons, a great-great grandson of John P. Lee and Eliza Foscue.

February 9, 2002

I. Identification of the Names:

Frederick Forney Foscue was an older brother of F.F.Foscue.

John Smith was the husband of Mariah Amanda Foscue Smith - a sister to Frederick Forney Foscue and Eliza Foscue Lee. John and Mariah moved from Alabama to Texas in 1844.

Preston Thomas was one of the missionaries involved in the conversion of John and Mariah. After the 1850 pioneer trail death of John Smith, he (Preston) married Mariah in November of 1851 (for time only) in plural marriage.

Lois Angeline Smith Bushman was a daughter of John and Mariah Smith. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in January of 1844.

II. Background and Related Information:

At the time of this 1848 letter, John P. Lee (24) and Eliza Foscue Lee (almost 19) had already been married for four and a half years and had 2 children - John Rupert and Sarah Lucinda. John Rupert Lee was born in Kentucky in July 1845 and Sarah Lucinda Lee (later well-known as Lucinda Lee Dalton) was born in Alabama in Feb 1847.

Furthermore, in Sept 1848, Eliza Foscue Lee was several months pregnant. Her next child, Ann Eliza (my great grandmother) was born in Jan 1849 in DeWitt County, Texas.

An August 1849 letter from Benjamin Foscue (Eliza's father) and Frederick Forney Foscue to John Smith is found on pp. 378-381 of Ref. 1. It is not as harsh on John P. Lee as this 1848 letter. BTW, John P Lee and Eliza Foscue Lee were baptized into the church in August of 1849 and this would seem to be in the background of the 1849 letter.

Also in Ref. 1, there is an 1889 (or is it 1898?) letter from Frederick Forney Foscue (in Arlington TX) to Eliza Foscue Lee (who was in Utah) on pages 410-411 and 422-423. (BTW, John P. Lee and Eliza Foscue divorced in the late 1870's.)

In 1904, John and Lois Angeline Smith Bushman visited Frederick Forney Foscue (he was an Uncle to Lois) in Arlington, Texas. Frederick Forney Foscue died in 1906. (p. 230 of Ref 1)

In 1912, Eliza Foscue Lee sent her daughter Ellen to Texas to gather further genealogy and to verify what she (Eliza) had remembered. Ellen reports (Ref 2) that "I learned some wonderful things about my people; some that made me humble, and some that made me proud, for at that time few of my relatives lived that were contemporaneous with my mother.

Another letter wrote to Eliza Foscue by her brother Frederick Forney Foscue:

Interesting Family Letter written to Eliza Foscue, who married a Mr. Lee, from her brother Frederick Forney Foscue. Eliza and Frederick were issues of Benjamin Foscue (1789-1850) and first wife, Eliza Shurlock. Mrs. Foy was Josephine Foscue who married Frank Foy, son of Enoch Foy (1777-1842).

Mrs. Isler was Susan Caroline Foscue who married Edwin Becton Isler. Mrs. Wooten was Sarah Elvira who married John W. Wooten.

Near Arlington, Texas

Feb. 11, 1898

Dear Sister, (Elizabeth Foscue Lee)

'The Foscue family I have some recollection of, but not as much as I might have treasured up if I had paid more attention to the subject when it was spoken of by Grandpa Fredic Foscue who was very fond of speaking of the older members of the family. According to his statement the family was English and came out to Virginia at an early period of its settlement. The name then was Fortescue. After a period of years, they moved to Matamuskat Lake in Hyde County, N.C. where there are people of that name now. Two of that name, Macon Fortescue and Clarence Fortescue, fell during the late Civil War in Picketts Division. One branch of the family moved still farther south to Craven County, and (I suppose) not being much learned they concluded the name was too long, and they dropped 3 letters from the middle of the name and called themselves Foscue. When I first went to Carolina a great many people pronounced the name Fosky.

Our Great grandfather Simon Foscue lived on Trent River and was energetic. He was married 4 times and had 12 children to survive. Our Grandfather Frederick Foscue was the oldest son of Simon's first wife, who was a Brockett. Her father was the oldest son and his mother, was a Simmons.

Pa had two brothers, Nathan and Augustus Foscue. Uncle Nathan left 3 sons:

Cyrus Ytobide, Edgar Macon and Josephus Nathan; and 3 daughters whose married names were: Mrs. Foy, Mrs. Isler and Mrs. Wooten. Uncle Augustus left no sons but had 2 daughters, Mary Jane Foscue Foscue and Mary Hope Foscue Whitefield (Whitfield).

I remember seeing Grandpa Shurlock when I was a small boy. He was a very quaint old man, hard working, had many flocks and herds of sheep, cattle, goats and horses, and owned a number of slaves. I have heard my mother say, he took no care of money. He would sell stock in Mobile, St. Marks, or Pensacola and bring buckskin bags of Spanish milled dollars and set them away in the closet. All hands, including children, would help themselves at will. When they were all gone, the good man would drive another herd to market and bring home another supply of goods and money. He did not like our Father, and would not give him any thing but cows to milk.

Pa was very poor at the start. I remember when he plowed with one ox and led him to. Mill with bags of corn. But Grandpa Shurlock. told his wife to tell Eliza, our mother, to go into the closet and take money to pay the Govcharges on Pa's land and she did it. So we had a home and we children grew up on milk and bread.

Grandma Shurlocks' name before she was married was Sarah Brewster, a most excellent woman. I knew her well. She stayed with me some time after I married and lived near Demoplis, Ala. She had several Sons: Henry, Nepoleon, Jackson, Joshua, and Walton. They are all dead. She had 4 daughters: Eliza Foscue, our mother, Lucy Perry, Harriet Pope, and Martha Houston, all dead. I have heard my mother speak of her Uncle Sam Shurlock, but I never saw him. I know nothing more about the kin of that side. The Shurlock family lived in Clark County, Ala. at the close of the war with England in 1815.

Our father was discharged from Army at New Orleans and went from there to Mobile and up the Alabama River to Clark County, Ala., where he married Eliza Shurlock. When the Spanish Province of Florida was ceeded to the U.S. in 1819, Joshua Shurlock moved his family and herds and flocks. Soon afterwards, our mother persuaded our father to go there also.

Very truly and respectfully,

Your brother,

Frederick F. Foscue (Frederick Forney)

ii. MARIA AMANDA FOSCUE, b. October 13, 1822, Monroe, Clarke, Alabama; m. (1) JOHN MITCHELL SMITH, April 18, 1839; b. October 26, 1809, Coosa Pines, Talladega, Alabama; d. June 16, 1850, Florence, Douglas, Nebraska; m. (2) PRESTON THOMAS, November 1851; b. February 15, 1814, Rockingham, Richmond, NC; d. July 10, 1877, Franklin, Oneida, ID.

Taken from "Preston Thomas: His Life and Travels."--The second mission (1848-49) is of particular interest. Thomas and William Martindale were commissioned to visit Lyman Wight, who had led a splinter group to Texas in early 1845. Detailed account of the arduous journey to find Wight's settlement in central Texas and of the conversations with him. They instructed Wight that he should "visit his brethren of the Twelve." He said "he was not going to take that wild goose chase away to the Salt Lake City to please them" but would "see them all damned to the lowest hell before he would do it." Also included is a copy of the official report carried to Council Bluffs by Martindale.

In Utah, Preston Thomas lived in Lehi for several years. Member of the territorial legislature during three terms. Appointed probate judge of Utah County, 1852. 1860 call to Franklin. Settling Bear Lake Valley, 1864 to 1872. Return to Franklin.

iii. FRANCES ADAMS FOSCUE, b. March 20, 1824, Jacksonville, Duval, Florida.

iv. FREEMAN ANDERSON FOSCUE, b. February 27, 1827, Jacksonville, Duval, Florida.

v. ELIZA ANN FOSCUE, b. September 23, 1829, Marianna, Jackson Co. Fla.; d. March 09, 1920, Manti, Utah; m. (1) JOHN PERCIVAL LEE, February 18, 1844, Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., Tenn.; b. April 26, 1824, Lincoln Co. TN.; d. April 30, 1907, Thatcher, Arizona; m. (2) DANIEL HAMMER WELLS, July 23, 1889, Manti, Sanpete Co. Utah; b. October 27, 1814, Trenton, Oneida Co. NY; d. March 24, 1891.



Sketch of the life of Eliza Foscue Lee, by her daughter Ellen L. Jakeman:

(Ellen Lee Jakeman was the seventh child of John Pervical Lee and Eliza Foscue Lee).

My dear mother, Eliza Foscue Lee, was a daughter of the south, born in Florida, September 23, 1829. A Pioneer, she with her husband, John Percival lee of Virginia, crossed the plains in 1849. In the company of one “Tommy Johns” - Captain. They remained in Salt Lake Valley, but a short time, journeying on to California - members of the Charles C. Rich and Amasa Lyman Company - on the crest of the gold wave.

They helped to found the “Garner” settlement, my father being the first schoolteacher. The place is now San Bernardino. Here my parents engaged in the mercantile business and prospered.

Their faith survived the trial of prosperity, and was sufficient to being them back to the desolate appearing valleys of the Rocky Mountains, when Brigham Young called all faithful saints home in the face of General Sidney Johnson’s army of extermination.

Their holdings in California were sold mostly for mostly for cattle, which they drove eight hundred miles to Utah, suffering all the hardships and experiencing the vicissitudes of such a journey. They settled in Beaver City, Utah, where I was born a year later. They remained many years in Beaver sharing with the community the crudities of frontier life.

In order to care for their stock, a ranch was located eight miles south of Beaver, and used as a summer home. Quantities of butter and cheese were made there, and exchanged in Salt Lake City for other commodities. At this ranch my mother took part in an Indian battle, fought out between the Utes and her family with the addition of one man, Joseph Littywhite, who was shot down at the beginning of the fray, but not killed. My mother’s courage, good judgment, steadfast faith and devotion to duty remain with her children and intimate friends a strong testimonial to the incorruptible blood of fidelity inherited from her revolutionary and Civil was ancestors. This episode swept away our stock, residue of what my mother had inherited from her father’s estate, and which had thus far financed their pilgrimage; a loss which they never financially recovered.

For many years my mother made the cloth that supplied the wants of her family from raw material. Wool from the sheep’s back, and for light fabrics, cotton wrap from the spinning wheel of Dixie. Coloring material was had from rabbit-brush in bloom, and from oakbark. It was woven on a clumsy homemade loom and fashioned into garments by her industrious needle. In all these tasks she was assisted by my older sisters.

Before we had recovered from this financial blow, my father accepted a mission to the Southern States; this was in 1867. Our people had been in the track of the contending armies, and he felt the time was ripe to visit them and see if the remnant left were ready for the Gospel. While he was on this mission my mother gave birth to her thirteenth child. She also did her last big of cloth making. She took two hundred pounds of wool as it came from the sheep’s back, from Mrs. Fayett Shepherd, of Beaver; washed, carded, spun, colored and wove it into various kinds of cloth-dress flannel, pants cloth, (kersey) shawls, blankets, bed-spreads, (tufted or brocaded in the weave), and filled goods for coats. The building of the woolen mills in Beaver near that time did away with home cloth making to a great extent, but for years we spun our own yarn for stockings and hand knit them, and other articles of apparel such as neck comforters, gloves, mittens, wristlets, and ladies garters.

My mother then turned her attention to glove making to assist her family. That was when the little box I am presenting to the Daughters of the Pioneers came into existence. I cannot remember when it did not sit on the worktable at her left hand holding the patterns, thread, bees-wax and the three-cornered needles of her trade. She become expert at judging the skins she bought of the Indians and also at finishing the dressing of the Indian’s rather crude work. She also smoked the skins thoroughly, so they would not stretch or harden. I can remember men who, started on a winter freighting journey, would come in the afternoon for gloves and finding nothing to fit them in the scanty stock she dared to keep on hand, would order such as suited their needs - to be ready in the morning. Freed from every duty distraction she would sit up all night, sewing by the light of a tallow candle she herself had molded, to have them ready. Ladies’ gloves, soft and fine, made of fawn skin and silk embroidered on the back, with real beaver fur cuffs, were something very desirable.

Then the railroad came and with it a flood of manufactured goods. Smooth and splendid looking, but lacking the sturdy strength of our home manufacture - and another Pioneer trade was gradually eliminated.

The Manti Temple was built, and in her declining years she saw the fulfillment of a patriarchal blessing given to her when there was no Temple of God under Heaven, viz., that she should do great work for her dead in God’s holy House. She took endowments for more then fifteen hundred persons, and laid a genealogical foundation that is still being build upon. She sent me to Texas in 1912 to gather further genealogy, and have verified what she had remembered and what she had gleamed from various sources, for then we had not the facilities we have now at the service of the Church. I learned some wonderful things about my people; some that made me humble, and some that made me proud, for at that time few of my relatives lived that were contemporaneous with my mother.

My mother died at Provo in the spring of 1919, and she sleeps in the shadow of the Manti Temple, with many of her family who had passed on before her.

As you can see below in the Obituary of Ellen Lee Jakeman's mother, Eliza, Ellen was wrong by one year on her mother's death date.

Deseret Evening News, 10 March 1920:

"Early Utah Pioneer dies at Home of Daughter"

Provo, March 10 - Mrs. Eliza Forcue Lee died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Saunders in this city yesterday at age of 90 years. The cause of death was a complication of ailments incident to advanced age. Mrs. Lee is survived by five daughters and one son and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Among her daughters is Mrs. George Sutherland, wife of former United States Senator. Mrs. Lee moved to this city from Manti five years ago. She was one of the early pioneers and is well known throughout the State. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Eliza S. Foscue and was born Sept. 23 1829 in Florida. Her mother died when the daughter was born. Her father was a soldier under General Jackson. in the war of 1812; afterwards becoming a licensed preacher in the "Hardshell' Baptist denomination. Mrs. Lee was married at the age of 15 to John Percival Lee, a young Kentuckian, himself only 20. They lived first in one of Mr. Foscue's "quarters' in Alabama, whither the Foscue family had moved and they later went to Southern Texas. In Texas they heard and accepted "Mormonism" and came to Utah in 1850. The following year Mr. Lee joined the company led by the late elders Amasa M. Lyman and Charles C. Rich on a expedition to California. This company returned to Utah in the winter of 1858-59. The Lees settled in Beaver, where Mr. Lee became a prosperous agriculturist in the early days.

In 1866 the Indians destroyed and drove off all his livestock, but the family come safely through a season of adversity. Mr. Lee died in 1871. In 1888 all her children reared, Mrs. Lee moved to Manti to work in the Temple. She was the mother of five sons and eight daughters.

"The body will be taken to Manti for funeral services and interment"

Mrs. Lee is buried in the Manti, Utah Cemetery.


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This next story is a history about William Horrock, born in England. He was the ancestor of Evelyn Horrocks who was the second wife of Rodney G. Dalton.

Descendants of William Horrocks

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM HORROCKS was born Abt. 1594 in Dean Parish, Lancashire, England. He married KATHRINE HUNT February 07, 1618/19 in Deane By Bolton, Lancashire, England. She was born Abt. 1598 in West Dean Parish, Lancashire, England.


i. WILLIAM HORROCKS, b. December 22, 1639, Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England.



Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM HORROCKS was born December 22, 1639 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England. He married ELLEN GARDINER February 04, 1665/66 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England. She was born Abt. 1641 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England.


i. ROGER HORROCKS, b. September 13, 1670, Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England; d. May 19, 1730, Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England.

Generation No. 3

3. ROGER HORROCKS was born September 13, 1670 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England, and died May 19, 1730 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England. He married ISABELL EDGE July 04, 1702 in Dean Parish, Lancashire, England. She was born March 02, 1674/75 in Lancashire Co. England.


i. WILLIAM HORROCKS, b. May 15, 1711, Rumworth, Dean Parish, Lancashire, England; d. June 1804.

Generation No. 4

4. WILLIAM HORROCKS was born May 15, 1711 in Rumworth, Dean Parish, Lancashire, England, and died June 1804. He married MARIA HEATON October 24, 1732 in Deane, Lancashire Co. England. She was born February 06, 1708/09 in Heaton, Deane, Lancashire, England.


1.JOESPH HORROCKS, b. March 27, 1747, Bolton, Lancashire Co. England; d. November 09, 1841, Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England.

Generation No. 5

5. JOESPH HORROCKS was born March 27, 1747 in Bolton, Lancashire Co. England, and died November 09, 1841 in Rumworth, Deane, Lancashire, England. He married ANN ROTHWELL June 23, 1772 in Deane, Lancashire Co.England. She was born February 15, 1752 in Halliwell, Dean, Lancashire, England.


JOHN HORROCKS, b. January 12, 1777, Ringley and Bolton, Lancashire Co. England; d. April 22, 1816, Bolton, Lancashire Co. England.

ii. JAMES HORROCKS, b. January 10, 1783, Gloster, Deane, Lancashire, England; d. May 12, 1850, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

Generation No. 6

6. JOHN HORROCKS was born January 12, 1777 in Ringley and Bolton, Lancashire Co. England, and died April 22, 1816 in Bolton, Lancashire Co. England. He married ALICE HULME January 23, 1803 in Prestwick, Lancashire Co. England. She was born 1778 in Bolton, Lancashire Co. England, and died April 27, 1855 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.


John HORROCKS was born 12 Jan 1777 in St. Peters, Bolton, Lancashire, England and was christened 10 Jan 1783 in Lostock, Deane, Lancashire, England. He died April 22, 1816. April 22, 1816, Little Bolton, Lancashire, England. He was sealed to his parents on 1 Oct 1952 in the Salt Lake temple. John was baptized 5 May 1891 in the Logan temple. He was endowed 7 May 1891 in the Logan temple. John married Alice HULME on 23 Jan 1803 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. They were sealed 27 Jul 1965 in the Logan temple. in Little Bolton, Lancashire, England and was buried 12 May 1850 in Chewmoor, Lostock, Deane, Lancashire. He was sealed to his parents on 1 Oct 1952 in the Salt Lake temple. John was baptized 5 May 1891 in the Logan temple. He was endowed 7 May 1891 in the Logan temple. John married Alice HULME on 23 Jan 1803 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. They were sealed 27 Jul 1965 in the Logan temple.

In the mid-1780's, an Anglican clergyman named Edmund Cartwright developed a steam-powered loom. In 1803, John Horrocks, a Lancashire machine manufacturer, built an all-metal loom. Other British machine makers made further improvements in the steam-powered loom during the early 1800's. By 1835, Great Britain had more than 120,000 power looms. Most of them were used to weave cotton. After the mid-1800's, handlooms were used only to make fancy-patterned cloth, which still could not be made on power looms.

Source: The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain during the 1700's. It started spreading to other parts of Europe and to North America in the early 1800's. By the mid-1800's, industrialization had become widespread in western Europe and the northeastern United States.

Notes for ALICE HULME:

Alice HULME was born about 1778 in Bolton, Lancashire, England and was christened 21 Jun 1778 in Worsley-Ringley, Lancashire, England. She died 27 Apr 1855 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. She was sealed to her parents on 14 Jun 1967 in the Salt Lake temple. Alice was baptized 15 Jun 1966 in the HW temple. She was endowed 6 Jul 1966 in the HW temple.

Children of JOHN HORROCKS and ALICE HULME are:

i. MARY HORROCKS, b. June 24, 1804.

ii. SAMUEL HORROCKS, b. September 08, 1805.

iii. EDWARD HORROCKS, b. October 02, 1806; m. ALICE HOUGHTON.


HORROCKS, EDWARD (son of John Horrocks and Alice Hulme of Bolton, Lancashire, Eng. Born 1806 at Bolton. Came to Utah Sept. 12, 1857, Jesse B. Martin company.

Married Alice Houghton (daughter of Samuel Houghton, born Jan. 13, 1779, Ashton, Eng., and Betty Eaton, born Aug. 2, 1780, died July 5, 1850, in England). She was born 1803 at Ashton, and died 1856 at Macclesfield, Eng. Their children: Elizabeth b. Aug. 5, 1826, m. Aaron Jackson and Mr. Kingsford; Martha b. Nov. 9, 1828, m. Joseph Harrop; John b. Feb. 1831, and Sarah, died; Samuel b. July 7, 1834, m. Catherine Sarah Buckingham; Mary b. Sept. 11, 1836, m. Nathaniel Leavit April 4, 1857; Alice b. March 3, 1841, m. Charles Wood; Edward b. May 4. 1843, died; Annie b. May 4, 1845; Aaron b. Dec. 3, 1872, m. Theresa Garter March 27, 1890; Mabel b. May 25, 1876, m. E. S. Rolapp Oct. 19, 1894: Richard James b. Aug. 11, 1880, m. Gertrude Tackett April 22, 1908. Family home Ogden, Utah.

Source: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.942.

iv. MARIE HORROCKS, b. March 04, 1810.

v. JOHN HORROCKS, b. March 01, 1811, Ashton, Lancashire Co. England; d. July 16, 1896, Heber City, Wasatch, Utah.

vi. NANCY HORROCKS, b. February 25, 1816.

JAMES HORROCKS was born January 10, 1783 in Gloster, Deane, Lancashire, England, and died May 12, 1850 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He married ANN HOWARTH May 22, 1815 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. She was born August 11, 1796 in Lostock, Lancashire Co. England, and died November 13, 1847 in Chew Moor, Lancashire Co. England.


i. JOHN HORROCKS, b. April 14, 1821, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

ii. THOMAS HORROCKS, b. 1823.

Generation No. 7

7. JOHN HORROCKS was born March 01, 1811 in Ashton, Lancashire Co. England, and died July 16, 1896 in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah. He married MARY GREGORY, daughter of JAMES GREGORY and SARAH SIMPSON. She was born November 12, 1814 in Windmill, Hope, Derbyshire, England, and died November 27, 1893 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.


John HORROCKS was born 1 Mar 1811 in Ashton, Lancashire, England. He died 27 Sep 1861 in Ogden, Weber, UT and was buried in Ogden, Weber, UT. He was sealed to his parents on 27 Jul 1965 in the Logan temple. John was baptized 25 Nov 1933. He was endowed 11 Jan 1934 in the Arizona temple. John married Mary GREGORY. They were sealed 18 May 1862 in the Endowment House.


Mary GREGORY was born 12 Nov 1814 in Windmill, Hope, Derbyshire, England. She died 27 Nov 1893 in Ogden, Weber Co., UT and was buried in Ogden, Weber, UT. Mary was baptized 24 May 1840. She was endowed 18 May 1867 in the Endowment House.


i. JAMES HORROCKS, b. November 12, 1835.

ii. JOHN HORROCKS, b. December 21, 1836, Macclesfield, England; d. August 14, 1906, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.

iii. GEORGE HORROCKS, b. February 10, 1838, Macclesfield, England; d. November 01, 1876, Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.

iv. EDWARD GREGORY HORROCKS, b. March 02, 1841, Macclesfield, Chestershire Co. England; m. IDA M. JOHNSON, June 1873, Salt Lake City Utah.


Source: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.942:

HORROCKS, EDWARD G. (son of John Horrocks and Mary Gregory of Macclesfield, Chestershire county, Eng. Born 1842 in England. Came to Utah 1856.

Married Ida M. Johnson June 1873 at Salt Lake City (daughter of Charles Johnson and Mary Peterson of Sweden. Came to Utah 1870). She was born Aug. 15, 1856. Their children: Ida, and Augusta, died; Mary, m. William A. Lewis; Minnie, m. Harvey P. Randall: Effie, m. Charles R. McGreger. Family home, Ogden, Utah.

Elder. Died May 14, 1886.

JOHN HORROCKS was born December 21, 1836 in Macclesfield, England, and died August 14, 1906 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. He married LAVINA MITCHELL January 21, 1863 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. She was born July 22, 1837 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, and died March 16, 1905 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.


John HORROCKS (Weaver) was born 22 Dec 1836 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England and was christened 30 Jun 1837 in (Park Street Met, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. He died 14 Aug 1906 in Ogden, Weber, UT and was buried 16 Aug 1906 in Ogden, Weber, UT. He was sealed to his parents after 9 Jul 1950. John was baptized before 20 Jan 1865. He was endowed 20 Jan 1865 in the Endowment House. John married Lavina MITCHELL on 21 Jan 1863 in Ogden, Weber, UT. Their sealing should not be done.


Lavina MITCHELL was born 22 Jul 1837 in Sheffield, Yrkshr, Engl. She died 16 Mar 1905 in Ogden, Weber, Utah and was buried 18 Mar 1905 in Ogden, Weber, UT. She was sealed to her parents on 9 Oct 1908 in the Salt Lake temple. Lavina was baptized 4 Jul 1847. She was endowed 4 Jun 1856 in the Endowment House.


SAMUEL ALEXANDER HORROCKS, b. July 17, 1873, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah; d. February 26, 1927, Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho.

Generation No. 8

8. GEORGE HORROCKS was born February 10, 1838 in Macclesfield, England, and died November 01, 1876 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah. He married SALINA HODGENS, daughter of THOMAS HODGES. She was born March 06, 1833 in Boldon, England, and died April 18, 1875 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.


i. MARY HORROCKS, b. March 25, 1863.

ii. JOESPH HYRUM HORROCKS, b. October 04, 1865, Ogden, Weber Co. Utah; d. October 23, 1924, Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.

iii. SELINA HORROCKS, b. April 04, 1867.

iv. MATILDA HORROCKS, b. September 13, 1868, Ogden, Weber, Utah; d. September 03, 1939, Ogden, Weber, Utah.

v. MAHALA HORROCKS, b. March 15, 1871.

SAMUEL ALEXANDER HORROCKS was born July 17, 1873 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, and died February 26, 1927 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho. He married JEAN (JANE) WEIR PURDIE. She was born May 30, 1877 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Samuel Alexander HORROCKS was born 17 Jul 1873 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah. He died 26 Feb 1927 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho and was buried 1 Mar 1927 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho. He was born in the covenant. Samuel was baptized 17 Jul 1928. He was endowed 18 Jul 1928 in the log temple. Samuel married Jean (Jane) Weir PURDIE on 2 Dec 1896 in Salt Lake City, SLC Co., Utah. They were sealed 18 Jul 1928.


Jean (Jane) Weir PURDIE was born 30 May 1877 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She died 12 Feb 1928 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho and was buried 14 Feb 1928 in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho. She was sealed to her parents on 19 May 1933 in the Salt Lake temple. Jean was baptized 1886 in the N/A temple. She was endowed 10 Jun 1927 in the SLC temple.


i. VERNA JEAN HORROCKS, b. September 13, 1897, Salt Lake City, Utah; d. September 17, 1968, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Verna Jean HORROCKS was born 13 Sep 1897 in Salt Lake City, SLC Co., Utah.

She died 17 Sep 1968 in Salt Lake City, SLC Co., Utah and was buried 20 Sep 1968

in Salt Lake City, SLC Co., Utah. She was sealed to her parents on 20 Apr 1966 in

the Salt Lake temple. Verna was baptized 27 Mar 1907 in the N/A temple. She

was endowed 20 Apr 1966 in the Salt Lake temple.

Generation No. 9

9. JOESPH HYRUM HORROCKS was born October 04, 1865 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah, and died October 23, 1924 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah. He married EFFIE DAVIS September 04, 1899 in Emery, Emery Co. Utah, daughter of ORSEN DAVIS and ELIZA IVIE. She was born January 19, 1885 in Emery, Emery Co. Utah, and died July 06, 1957 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.


i. VIRL HORROCKS, b. September 03, 1900.

ii. WILLIAM HORROCKS, b. May 05, 1902.

iii. SELINA ANN HORROCKS, b. June 22, 1904.

iv. BABY HORROCKS, b. March 11, 1907.

v. KENNETH GLEN HORROCKS, b. March 03, 1909, Ogden, Weber Co. Utah; d. July 1957, Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.

vi. DELORES DEE HORROCKS, b. September 05, 1911.

vii. GEORGE O. HORROCKS, b. June 17, 1914.

viii. MILDRED AUDINE HORROCKS, b. June 10, 1920.

MATILDA HORROCKS was born September 13, 1868 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, and died September 03, 1939 in Ogden, Weber, Utah. She married JARED DALTON September 10, 1885 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah, son of JOHN DALTON and MARIANNE GARDIOL. He was born January 22, 1858 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, and died December 14, 1928 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

Generation No. 10

10. KENNETH GLEN HORROCKS was born March 03, 1909 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah, and died July 1957 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah. He married VELDA EVELYN SPARROW February 10, 1934 in Marriott, Weber Co. Utah, daughter of PARLEY SPARROW and KATIE (HENSTROM). She was born January 27, 1910 in Logan, Utah, and died February 23, 1987 in Ogden, Weber Co. Utah.


EVELYN HORROCKS, b. April 16, 1948, Ogden , Weber , Utah; m. RODNEY GARTH DALTON, February 06, 1965, Las Vegas , Clark, Nev; b. April 03, 1938, Circleville, Piute, Utah.

Generation No. 11

11. EVELYN HORROCKS was born April 16, 1948 in Ogden, Weber, Utah. She married RODNEY GARTH DALTON February 06, 1965 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nev., son of GARTH DALTON and EDITH FOX. He was born April 03, 1938 in Circleville, Piute, Utah.


The William Leigh family:    Top

Next is a little history about the Lee family of Tooele Utah. Harriet Lee of this Lee family married Samuel Stoddard and was the G-G-G-G-G-G-Granddaughter of William Leigh of Ireland.

Descendants of William Leigh:

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM LEIGH was born October 10, 1687 in Shankill, Armagh, Northern Ireland. He married MARY HAMILTON 1703 in Shankill, North Ireland. She was born February 09, 1685/86 in Shankill, Armagh, Northern Ireland.


i. JOSEPH LEE, b. July 01, 1704.

ii. MARGARET LEE, b. January 17, 1706/07.

iii. ALICE LEE, b. July 23, 1710.

iv. ANN LEE, b. October 24, 1711.

v. ELIZABETH LEE, b. August 01, 1713.

vi. JANE LEE, b. January 19, 1714/15.

vii. WILLIAM LEE, b. July 05, 1718, Shankill, Armagh, Northern Ireland; d. Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland.

viii. JOHN LEE, b. December 05, 1721.

ix. MARK LEE, b. April 03, 1723.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM LEE was born July 05, 1718 in Shankill, Armagh, Northern Ireland, and died in Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland. He married MARGARET MCKAN July 20, 1745 in Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland. She was born 1722 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, and died June 15, 1755 in Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ireland.


i. JOHN LEE, b. 1742.

ii. WIILIAM LEE, b. August 15, 1745, Carriehfergus, Co. Antrine, Ireland; d. August 15, 1803, Greenville, Greenville Co. South Carolina.

iii. SARAH LEE, b. 1747.

iv. FRANCIS LEE, b. 1749.

Generation No. 3

3. WIILIAM LEE was born August 15, 1745 in Carriehfergus, Co. Antrine, Ireland, and died August 15, 1803 in Greenville, Greenville Co. South Carolina. He married SUSANNAH CAFFINGS 1770 in Philadelphia, Pennnsylvania. She was born March 15, 1757 in Orange Co. North Carolina, and died 1778 in Orange Co. North Carolina.


i. WILLIAM LEE, b. 1772.

ii. FRANCIS LEE, b. 1774.

iii. SAMUEL CHAFFINGS LEE, b. April 14, 1775, Wilmington, Highland Co. Ohio; d. April 14, 1859, Salt Lake City, Utah.

iv. ISAAC LEE, b. 1776.

Generation No. 4

4. SAMUEL CHAFFINGS LEE was born April 14, 1775 in Wilmington, Highland Co. Ohio, and died April 14, 1859 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married ELIZABETH GILHAM July 14, 1801 in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio. She was born October 04, 1780 in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio.


Burial: 14 Apr 1859 Salt Lake City, Utah, City Cemetery.


i. SARAH LEE, b. October 12, 1802.

ii. NANCY LEE, b. February 27, 1804.

iii. ALFRED GILHAM LEE, b. September 12, 1805, Orange Co. NC.; d. November 01, 1870, Salt Lake City, Utah.

iv. WILLIAM LEE, b. 1807.

v. ISAAC LEE, b. January 05, 1808.

vi. HYRUM LEE, b. 1810.

vii. FRANCIS LEE, b. June 26, 1811.

viii. ELI LEE, b. July 11, 1816.

Generation No. 5

5. ALFRED GILHAM LEE was born September 12, 1805 in Orange Co. NC., and died November 01, 1870 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married (1) ELIZABETH LA FLESH September 06, 1825 in Wilmington, Ohio, daughter of PETER LA FRESH and POLLY DUDLEY. She was born August 24, 1805 in Ontario Co. NY., and died December 25, 1875 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah. He married (2) REBECCA ORME March 10, 1857.


An Enduring Legacy, Volume Ten, p.117:

Others of the Louth Branch stayed in Council Bluffs a little longer and crossed the Plains with the Ezra Taft Benson Company. Tooele settlers who traveled with this company were Benjamin Clegg, Samuel Lee, Alfred Lee, John Rowberry (Tooele's first bishop), and Robert Skelton (Tooele's first missionary). Samuel and Alfred Lee had extended families.

Tooele County - Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol.10, p.451

Up until the opening of the mines in Tooele County in the late 1860's and early 1870's, Tooele county's governmental and civic affairs were governed by the Mormon majority. The first formal organization of any kind in Tooele was religious, effected on April 24, 1850, when Ezra T. Benson visited the settlement, then seven months' old, and established a branch of the Church. John Rowberry was appointed presiding Elder of the Tooele Settlement, with Phineas R. Wright and Judson Tolman as first and second councilors, respectively.

This ecclesiastical organization served all political purposes for more than a year. The few pioneer settlers were concerned with the problem of wresting a livelihood from the desert soil. Emphasis was placed on church and school affairs. On May 10, 1851, the first real governmental organization was begun when John Rowberry as Probate Judge, and Alfred Lee and Alexander Baalam as associate judges, Peter Maughn as clerk of the county court were selected. This was rather a sketchy organization and no doubt transacted solely through church authority. By the order of Judge Rowberry, Tooele's first recorded election was held June 10, 1851, at which time the following were elected without opposition to serve as Tooele's first elected county officials. Each candidate received 41 votes; the total voting population responded.

Sheriff, Francis Lee; Recorder, Peter Maughan; Justice of the Peace, George Bryan; Road Supervisor, Wilson Lund; Constables, Thomas Lee, Robert Skelton, Harrison Severe; John Rowberry and Alfred Lee served as judges of election.

Official Record of the LDS Church:

Church Ordinance Data: Lee, Alfred - Baptism Date: January 10, 1832

Temple Ordinance Data: Lee, Alfred - Endowment Date: January 10, 1846 - Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL.

Sealed to Spouse - Date: September 26, 1856

Vocations: Lee, Alfred - Farmer; 1850, 1860

Comments: Lee, Alfred - In 1850 Alfred had a household of seven, a real wealth of $200, and a no personal wealth. In 1860 Alfred had a household of five, a real wealth of $800, and a personal wealth of $200.


Birth: La Flesh, Elizabeth - Date: August 24, 1805 - Place: Ontario County, NY

Parents: La Flesh, Elizabeth - Father: La Flesh, Peter - Mother: Dudley, Mary (Polly)

Death: La Flesh, Elizabeth - Date: December 25, 1875

Marriage Information: La Flesh, Elizabeth - Spouse: Lee, Alfred - Date: September 6, 1825

Temple Ordinance Data: La Flesh, Elizabeth - Baptism Date: March 30, 1964

Endowment Date: January 10, 1846 - Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL.

Sealed to Spouse - Date: September 29, 1856


i. ISAAC LEE, b. September 12, 1826, Winchester, Randolph Co. IN.; d. January 30, 1900, Marion, Cassa Co. Idaho.

ii. THOMAS LA FLESH LEE, b. January 12, 1828, Winchester, Randolph Co. Ind.; d. October 22, 1890, Milton, Tooele Co. Utah.

iii. ELIZA ANN LEE, b. July 30, 1830, Winchester, Randolph, Ind.; d. March 18, 1831, Winchester, Randolph, Ind..

iv. MARY LEE, b. May 18, 1832, Winchester, Randolph, Ind.; d. August 06, 1905, Dewitt, Saline, Nebraska; m. ANDREW JACKSON BLODGET, June 11, 1849, Salt Lake City Utah.

SAMUEL FRANCIS LEE, b. July 25, 1834, Liberty, Clay Co. Mo.; d. May 31, 1894, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

Notes for SAMUEL FRANCIS LEE, 5th, child of Alfred & Elizabeth Lee:

SAMUEL FRANCIS LEE was born July 25, 1834 in Liberty, Clay Co. Mo., and died May 31, 1894 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah. He married ANN DODD WHITE January 18, 1853 in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, daughter of JONATHAN WHITE and ELIZABETH DODD. She was born October 01, 1836 in Tealby, Lincolnshire, England, and died November 01, 1921 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

An Enduring Legacy, Volume Ten, p.117:

Crossing the Plains with the Ezra Taft Benson Company.

Richard Warburton recorded the following: "We were at Council Bluffs when my father died. We were left in a strange land, the country around being almost unknown. A pretty fix for a green chump to be in, but through some unforeseen cause I fell under the protection of Apostle Ezra Taft Benson, and he proved himself to be a true friend. I lived with him at the Bluffs helping to fix up wagons for the crossing of the Great Plains.

"While engaged at this work, some mountaineers from the Rocky Mountains came along and told us it was no use starting at that late date as we would be sure to be snowed under. On the 4th of July we got to the banks of the great Missouri River and commenced to cross. No bridge; current running fast. We loaded the wagons onto a homemade ferry boat, one wagon at a time and got them over safely. "The cattle had to swim. They did not seem to care to cross; wanted to go back. At last one man, a good swimmer, jumped in and mounted the strongest ox that was in the lead, and by hitting him on the side of the head to keep him straight for the opposite bank, got him across, the other cattle following. A dangerous place for a man to be amongst two hundred or three hundred head of oxen plunging around.

"We got across, not an accident occurring, and camped for a day or two somewhere about where Omaha is now. Our noses were now turned due west, over one thousand miles from our destination, a rather gloomy prospect with slow-going oxen." "Our provisions, never plentiful, ran out. Hunters were appointed to kill the buffalo for our rations. They were not very expert at the game for the ones killed seemed the poorest bulls that could be found. Our diet then was mostly boiled buffalo. After swallowing buffalo beef for a few days, it affected us all very badly. I don't wish anyone any particular harm, but when I see some of our swell dandies nowadays, I often wish they could have a few good meals of old boiled buffalo. I tell you, it would take the stiffening out of them."

"Somewhere along here we had a stampede of cattle. They broke away after they had been unyoked and went on the back track a great many miles. It took us all next day to gather them in. We jogged along and came into Sweetwater country and camped in a small valley. In the night a terrible blizzard came up. It lasted over two days and nights. Brother George Bryan and I were bunking together. He got so hungry that he risked getting out and poking around the wagon until he struck a small kettle of half boiled beans. We had a fine feast. When the storm was over, we got out and found the snow nearly three feet deep. The cattle had then to be looked after, and we found them in the willows, what was left of them. Sixty head of our best oxen were found frozen to death. That made our teams very scarce. We did not know if we would have to stop there until help could come from Salt Lake. We finally got out of the hole we had camped in. Going about three miles we left all snow behind and found good weather."

It was during this blizzard and cold at the Sweetwater that Elizabeth Dodd White gave birth to a baby girl named Charlotte. In the history of Mary White Herron, Helen Coucher wrote the following: "Elizabeth White did not falter in her decision tocontinue with the wagon train after the death of her husband. She had a good team and a good riding horse,

her health, and her four children. It was summer when the train left Council Bluffs, and the emigrants were sure that they would reach Utah before the cold set in. Mary White, riding her mother's horse all through the long, hard days, helped to herd some of the stock. Her nine-year-old brother, Joseph, also helped.

"It was exciting work for a ten-year-old girl. The wide-flung plains with their strange wildflowers and birds, the herds of buffalo, the pageantry of the Indian tribes who occasionally visited the train, formed an endless enchantment. August passed by; September with the changing colors of the leaves and grasses found them still several hundred miles from their destination. One cold night when the frosty air was full of the promise of snow, Mrs. White sent Mary to awaken the women. There followed the excitement of hastily built fires, of kettles put on to boil. The White children were bundled into another wagon to finish their sleep. Through the anxious night, women hurried to and fro, and when morning came, it found another baby in the White wagon. But it was so late in the year that the wagon train dare not delay for a sick woman or other cause. So the journey continued. Before the wagon train had reached Salt Lake, Mrs. White was again doing her full share of the work. Pioneer women could not demand coddling. Come death, come birth, they must be up and doing."

Samuel Lee, fifteen-year-old son of Alfred Lee, was on guard duty the night of the birth of this baby, Charlotte White. He noticed thirteen-year-old Ann White shivering by the campfire. He wanted to know why she was there. She told him her mother was sick, and there was no place for her to go. Sam gathered buffalo chips and helped her keep warm. Romance blossomed around the fire on that cold winter night. Eventually Sam and Ann would marry.

Richard Warburton wrote: "We still kept moving a little every day, the teams getting weaker and poorer all the time until we almost despaired of ever reaching Salt Lake. We finally made the place on October 29, 1849."

Samuel Francis Lee. He was born July 25, 1834, in Clay county, Missouri, and was of French and English descent. His parents were Alfred and Elizabeth (La Flesh) Lee, who were also American born. They were converted to the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before the birth of their son, Samuel Francis, and he was reared in that faith, of which he ever remained a worthy adherent. In early life he was a workman on the Mormon Temple at Nauvoo, Illinois, and left that place with the others of the faith who traveled westward to Utah in 1849. His father acted as captain of ten wagons on that long and arduous trip across the plains to their new home. Samuel F. Lee became one of the prominent factors in laying out the city of Tooele and plowed the furrows that indicated where the streets of the new city were to be made. In 1861 he was sent by Brigham Young to Dixie, a pioneer settlement in Washington county, Utah, and there he remained until 1866. Before his removal to that place he disposed of all his holdings at Tooele, as it was expected that he would remain in Dixie. In 1853 Samuel F. Lee wedded Ann White, a daughter of Jonathan White, who died in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1849. Her mother, Eilzabeth (Dodd) White, afterward married Benjamin Clegg. Ann White and her mother, with four other children of the family, came to Utah in 1849 as members of the company commanded by Ezra T. Benson. They remained in Salt Lake until 1851 and then removed to Tooele. To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Francis Lee were born eleven children, nine of who lived to adult age. Anna became the wife of Alma Tanner of Salt Lake. Joseph W. married Louise Bond and lives at Eureka. Samuel W. is the next of the family. Lottie became the wife of Robert M. Shields and resides at Tooele. Hyrum W., a blacksmith at the smelter in Tooele, married Stella Robinson. Ella is the wife of Francis John, also of Tooele. Edwin W. married Amy Beasley and resides in Salt Lake. Francis Marion married Kalista Lee and both have passed away. Emma V., deceased, was the wife of Brigham Bowen who resides at Brigham City. The mother of these children is still living in Tooele at the advanced age of eighty-three years.

Official record of the LDS Church:

Church Ordinance Data: Lee, Samuel Francis

Baptism Date: 1843, 1846

Temple Ordinance Data: Lee, Samuel Francis - Baptism Date: October 26, 1967

Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT.

Endowment Date: June 11, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sealed to Parents - Date: September 11, 1930

Sealed to Spouse -Date: June 11, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Places of Residence: Lee, Samuel Francis - Nauvoo, Hancock, IL. Tooele, Tooele Co. UT.

Vocations: Lee, Samuel Francis - Farmer; 1860, Blacksmith, Cooper.

Comments: Lee, Samuel Francis - In 1860 Samuel had a household of six, a real wealth of $500, and a personal wealth of $250.


After arriving in Salt Lake, Elizabeth White, (mother of Ann Dodd White) and her family lived in the fort on Pioneer Square in a one-room log house. The room where they lived leaked so badly that they moved a wagon box in one corner of the room to use for a bed. BenjAmin Clegg bearded with the Whites and used one corner of the room as a shoe shop. He slept in a wagon box outside. Benjamin felt great sympathy for the White family because of the loss of the husband and father. One night Jonathan white appeared to Benjamin Clegg in a dream, carrying in his arms the baby, Charlotte. Jonathan presented the baby to Benjamin and asked him to take care of her for him. This impressed Benjamin but caused him great wonderment, as Elizabeth White was thirteen years older than he. When Jonathan white appeared a second time, Benjamin was convinced that he should marry Elizabeth.

In her history of Mary White Herron, Helen Croucher wrote: "In Salt Lake the Whites rented a room in a part of what was called the Old Fort. It was a thatched-roof building and provided little protection from the worst of the storms; many nights that first winter, Mary and the other children sat huddled up on the beds all night holding umbrellas over them to protect themselves from the rain and snow that came in through the broken thatch. "What could a widow with five children, two of them under two years of age, do for a living in the new settlement of Salt Lake? Mrs. White found many things that added bit by bit to her income and provided sustenance for her little family. She helped do housework, she washed, she ironed, and she sewed. Her sewing was expertly and exquisitely done. From England she brought not only her needle and shears, but skill that was extraordinary."

Children of SAMUEL LEE and ANN WHITE are:

i. ANN ELIZABETH LEE, b. October 23, 1853, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. ALMA TANNER.

ii. FRANCIS MARION LEE, b. December 10, 1855, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. KALISHIA LEE.

iii. MARY ELIZA LEE, b. February 09, 1858, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iv. EMMA VILATE LEE, b. February 11, 1860, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. BRIGHAM BOWEN.

v. JOSEPH WHITE LEE, b. June 29, 1862, Santa Clara, Washington Co. Utah; m. LOUISE BOND.

vi. WILLARD JONATHAN LEE, b. April 12, 1865, Panaca, Linclon Co. NV.

vii. SAMUEL WHITE LEE, b. March 08, 1867, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

Notes for SAMUEL WHITE LEE, 7th, child of Samuel & Ann White Lee:

Utah Since State: Historical and Biographical. Volume II.

Samuel W. Lee, residing in Tooele, is well known as stake superintendent for the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Associations and by reason of his expert work as a blacksmith he has also become widely known in various sections where he has labored. Tooele numbers him among her native sons. He was born in 1867 and was the seventh in order of birth in a family of eleven children whose parents were Samuel Francis and Ann (White) Lee.

viii. CHARLOTTE LEE, b. September 23, 1869, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. ROBERT M . SHIELDS.

ix. HYRUM WHITE LEE, b. February 24, 1872, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. STELLA ROBINSON.

x. ELLA LEE, b. December 27, 1874, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. FRANCIS JOHN.

xi. EDWIN WHITE LEE, b. September 10, 1878, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. AMY BEASLEY.

Continuation of the 6th, son of Alfred and Elizabeth La Flesh Lee:

vi. ALFRED LA FLESH LEE, b. April 21, 1837, Far West, Caldwell, Missouri; d. April 25, 1838.

vii. JOSEPH SMITH LEE, b. April 23, 1839, Payson, Adams, ILL; d. February 27, 1921, Ewan, Whitman, Washington; m. (1) ELIZABETH M. SMITH; m. (2) MARY ANN TOBIAS, March 23, 1861, Tooele, Tooele, Utah; b. June 24, 1845, Marysvale, Marion, Iowa; d. April 24, 1932, Tooele, Tooele, Utah.

viii. GEORGE HENRY LEE, b. July 11, 1841, Nauvoo, Hancock Co. IL; d. December 10, 1852, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

ix. ELI LEE, b. August 13, 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock Co. ILL; d. October 25, 1904, Denver, Colorado; m. (1) ELIZABETH WELLS, March 18, 1872, Salt Lake City Utah; m. (2) FANNY HOYT, December 20, 1891, Saratoga, Carbon, Wyoming.

x. JOHN LEE, b. November 29, 1848, Montrose, Lee Co. Iowa; d. May 20, 1910, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; m. ALFRETTA BUNNELL.

Children of ALFRED LEE and REBECCA ORME are:

ALFRED OREM LEE. B. April 6, 1858, Salt Lake City, Utah. m. ELIZABETH CORBETT.


i. ALFRED DORRIS LEE, b. January 13, 1890, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Lee, Alfred Dorris, Bishop of the Murtaugh Ward, Twin Falls Stake, Idaho, from 1921 to

1925, was born Jan. 13, 1890, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of A. O. Lee and Elizabeth

Corbett. He was baptized Aug. 30, 1913, ordained a High Priest Dec. 14, 1919, by

Lawrence G. Kirkman, and a Bishop in 1921. He died Nov. 1, 1925.

ii. CAROLINE LEE, b. April 06, 1860, Salt Lake City, Utah.

iii. WILLIAM OREM LEE, b. November 28, 1861.


Lee, William Orme, president of the Samoan Mission from 1890 to 1892, was born Nov. 28, 1862, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Alfred G. Lee and Rebecca Orme. He was baptized when eight years old, set apart Sept. 11, 1888, for a mission to Samoa, arriving there Oct. 10, 1888. Bro. Jos. H. Dean was released July 14, 1890, and Brother Lee succeeded him as president of' the mission. Elder Lee was released and sailed for home Feb. 4, 1892, on the ship "Mariposa".

iv. JAMES ALMA LEE, b. February 05, 1867, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Generation No. 6

6. ISAAC LEE was born September 12, 1826 in Winchester, Randolph Co. IN., and died January 30, 1900 in Marion, Cassa Co. Idaho. Isaac Lee was the first son of Alfred & Elizabeth La Flesh Lee. He married (1) JULIA ANN CHAPMAN August 20, 1844. He married (2) MARY ANN BRACKEN January 18, 1853 in Tooele, Tooele, Utah. He married (3) RACHEL ELIZABETH BLIZARD December 16, 1865 in Salt Lake City Utah. She was born February 16, 1844, and died May 05, 1914.

Notes for ISAAC LEE:

Church Ordinance Data: Lee, Isaac - Baptism Date: 1836

Baptism Date: 1837

Ordained Seventy - Date: February 23, 1857

Endowment Date: June 11, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sealed to Parents - Date: September 18, 1930

Sealed to Spouse Number 1 - Date: June 11, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sealed to Spouse Number 2 - Date: June 11, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sealed to Spouse Number 3 - Date: December 16, 1865

Places of Residence: Lee, Isaac

Tooele, Tooele, UT.

Grouse Creek, Box Elder, UT. 1879

Salt River Valley, WY. 1888

Marion, Cassia, ID. 1894

Vocations: Lee, Isaac

Ran Saw and Shingle Mill

Comments: Isaac Lee was a pioneer of 1852. He assisted in building the Nauvoo temple. He was a member of the Nauvoo martial band. He was president of the Seventies quorum in Wyoming.

Isaac was a member of the 31st quorum of Seventies.

Children of ISAAC LEE and JULIA CHAPMAN are:

i. MARIETTA LEE, b. 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock Co. IL.

ii. ELIZABETH ANN LEE, b. November 30, 1848, Nauvoo, Hancock Co. IL.

iii. ELIZA ANN LEE, b. November 19, 1850, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa.

Children of ISAAC LEE and MARY BRACKEN are:

i. ISSAC BRACKLEN LEE, b. February 06, 1854, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

ii. JULIA ANN LEE, b. November 28, 1856, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iii. GEORGE HENRY LEE, b. January 21, 1858, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iv. JOSEPH BRACKEN LEE, b. September 18, 1860, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

v. WILLIAM BRACKEN LEE, b. September 30, 1862, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

vi. HYRUM BRACKEN LEE, b. May 18, 1865, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

vii. JOHN BRACKEN LEE, b. July 29, 1867, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

viii. ALFRED BRACKEN LEE, b. September 10, 1869, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

ix. ALICE JANE LEE, b. March 18, 1872, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

x. AARON ALEXANDER LEE, b. September 13, 1882, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

Children of ISAAC LEE and RACHEL BLIZARD are:

i. MARY LEE, b. October 1867, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

ii. HENRY ARTUR LEE, b. September 21, 1869, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iii. ELI LEE, b. September 06, 1871, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iv. ISAAC FRANKLIN LEE, b. September 23, 1873, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

v. CHARLES ALVIN LEE, b. November 09, 1875, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

vi. ANNA LUZELLA LEE, b. September 29, 1880, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

vii. WILLIAM LEROY LEE, b. February 12, 1884, Vernal, Unitah, Co. Utah.

6. THOMAS LA FLESH LEE was born January 12, 1828 in Winchester, Randolph Co. Ind., and died October 22, 1890 in Milton, Tooele Co. Utah. He married (1) HARRIETT WOLKITT July 20, 1849 in Winter Quarters, Douglas, NE, daughter of SAMUEL WOLKITT and EMMELINE NEILSON. She was born April 08, 1835 in Bellville, St. Clair Co. Ill., and died June 02, 1895 in Erda, Toolele Co. Utah. He married (2) PRIMROSE SHIELDS March 10, 1857 in Salt Lake City Utah. She was born July 07, 1842 in Renfrewshire, Scotland.


Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.1001:

LEE, THOMAS, son of Alfred Lee and Elizabeth La Flesh. Born Jan. 12, 1828, Winchester, Ind. Married (1) Harriet Wolkitt July 20, 1849, while crossing the plains (daughter of Samuel Wolkitt and Emmeline Neilson). Their children: Sarah Jane b. Feb. 19, 1851, m. Joseph Rowberry; Thomas W. b. March 29, 1853, m. Martha Bowen; Emmeline b. Sept. 6, 1854; Alfred b. July 13, 1855, m. Elizabeth Dorman; Elizabeth b. Sept. 14, 1857, m. Mr. Mythena; Samuel b. Aug. 18, 1859, m. Minnie Mythena; Mary b. Oct. 5, 1861, m. Charles Bassett; Emma b. July 1, 1863; Eli b. June 27, 1865; Henry b. March 3, 1867; Caroline b. March 24, 1869; Alice b. May 28, 1872; Franklin W. b. Aug. 15, 1876; Charles W. b. Jan. 1, 1879.

Married (1) Primrose Shields March 10, 1857, at Salt Lake City (daughter of John Shields and Primrose Cunningham). She was born July 7, 1842, in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Their children: Harriet b. Nov. 6, 1859, m. James Whitby; Primrose b. Nov. 9, 1861, m. Brigham Davies; John Shields [p.1002] b. Feb. 22, 1862, m. Harriet E. Sabine; Joseph b. Jan. 11, 1865, m. Polly Skelton; Hyrum b. Dec. 18, 1866; Eli S. b. Jan. 31, 1868, m. Grace Moss; Annie Elizabeth b. Sept. 6, 1871, m. Benjamin Henson; William b. May 10, 1874; Ida b. June 7, 1877, m. Walter E. Beers; Alma S. b. Feb. 12, 1881, m. Bertha Craner; Clara May b. April 16, 1884, m. Bert Drury.

Superintendent of Sunday school; president of Y. M. M. I. A.; seventy. Hunter for company crossing plains; captain of Indian militia.

Crossing the Plains

An Enduring Legacy, Volume Ten, p.117:

Richard Warburton recorded the following: "We were at Council Bluffs when my father died. We were left in a strange land, the country around being almost unknown. A pretty fix for a green chump to be in, but through some unforeseen cause I fell under the protection of Apostle Ezra Taft Benson, and he proved himself to be a true friend. I lived with him at the Bluffs helping to fix up wagons for the crossing of the great plains.

"While engaged at this work, some mountaineers from the Rocky Mountains came along and told us it was no use starting at that late date as we would be sure to be snowed under. On the 4th of July we got to the banks of the great Missouri River and commenced to cross. No bridge; current running fast. We loaded the wagons onto a homemade ferry boat, one wagon at a time and got them over safely.

"The cattle had to swim. They did not seem to care to cross; wanted to go back. At last one man, a good swimmer, jumped in and mounted the strongest ox that was in the lead, and by hitting him on the side of the head to keep him straight for the opposite bank, got him across, the other cattle following. A dangerous place for a man to be amongst two hundred or three hundred head of oxen plunging around.

"We got across, not an accident occurring, and camped for a day or two somewhere about where Omaha is now. Our noses were now turned due west, over one thousand miles from our destination, a rather gloomy prospect with slow-going oxen."

George Bryan, Benjamin Clegg, Robert Skelton, Richard Warburton, Thomas L. Lee, and Isaac Lee were single young men in their twenties who had to learn the knack of bullwhack-ing. Richard Warburton wrote: "Near Omaha I began to take my first lessons in the science of bullwhacking. I had a team of three yoke of oxen to drive and attend to. Now in Indian country guards were appointed, cattle and camp guards. It fell to every one of the male personnel to be on guard half the night every other night. No one knows unless they have had the same experience what a trial it was to drive team all day and guard at night. The loss of sleep was something fearful.

Life in Tooele County

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p.380:

On our way to Tooele we passed the big cave, also the little cave in the hill on the South side of the road, and Blackrock which is near the south side of the lake. Passed Cape point, then turned south 12 miles through a sandy country. As we got nearer to the settlement we could see 2 log cabins and one half up. While looking at the houses, I recognized Bro. Edwards, our Nauvoo friend. I called Mr. Maughan, saying: "That is Bro. Edwards standing in the door." He said: "Oh, no, Mother." But when we got near sure enough it was Bro. Edwards and his family.

We built across the creek on a nice garden spot. I soon received a letter from Dr. Willard Richards, appointing me midwife for Tooele, saying, "I should have the faith and prayers of the Council of Health and should be blessed and prospered in that calling, by the God of Israel." The first time I went to Salt Lake, I called at his office and was ordained to that calling and to be a member of the Council of Health. This caused me much sorrow, for I had a large family to take care of and felt that I needed rest. But I could not back out unless I was released. I was called to attend some sisters before I went to the City. I then went to see Dr. Richards and stated my case to him, hoping he would release me and send someone else out there. But he said I was just where he wanted me, so I was blessed and ordained to that office by Bros. Richards, Benson and Maughan. The doctor, being speaker pronounced many great blessings on my head. One in particular was that no harm should come to my family in my absence, and this has been a comfort to me many times, for no harm has happened to me or mine.

In the spring of 1851 the Indians stole some horses belonging to some emigrants who were working at the mill. Mr. Custer the lawyer and some of our Brethren followed them. They did not find the horses but brought in some Indians with their families. They let the men carry their guns when near our house, it being the first one and a high rocky Mountain nearby, on the south side of the road. Mr. Custer being a little behind the others, 2 or 3 Indians dropped behind him and shot him in the back. He fell from his horse dead. The Indians escaped up the mountain in the dark. Mr. Custer's horse going to the others, rider less, they went back and found his body on a large rock. The blood-stained rock was a witness for many years. His body was taken to Salt Lake for burial. We heard the guns and also the Indians as they scrambled up the mountain among the rocks.

Some officers from the city came and took charge of the affair, and we were counseled to build a fort to protect ourselves against the Indians. The Brethren were organized in company's of 10 in each to move the houses into a fort. Mr. Maughan being Captain of one, his 3 sons being in it. Next morning early, as the others were not ready, our goods were taken out and laid on the ground to one side, and the house taken down, laid on wagons, and taken to the fort, and the logs laid up again as they were taken off the wagons.

Ours was the first taken down. One load had gone to the fort and Thomas, age 14, not being needed to unload, was left to wait until the wagon came back. It had rained in the night and he laid down on the wet ground. When his father came back and asked him why he laid down, Tommy said he was not well. His father sent him to me. I made him some Composition tea and put him to bed in the wagon. He was warm and slept all the afternoon and seemed much better. At supper time I asked William to call him. But, alas, poor Tommy had lost the use of one leg. He never walked again. William carried him on his back. From that time he was prostrated with fever. I nursed him faithfully until the 25th of May, when he passed quietly away.

While he lay sick, the Indians stole some cattle, about 100 head, from near Black Rock. In the morning Thomas asked me if there were any Indians about. I said no. Well, said he, they stole a lot of cattle last night and drove them through the sagebrush below the fort into Skull Valley. The boys went to see if there were any tracks of the cattle, and found them just as Tommy said. The Indians also stole some horses belonging to Tooele. The owners and others followed them in the morning. Sometime that day Tommy said to me, "Oh, Mother, Thomas Lee and the men have gone up the canyon and the Indians are watching them, and if they don't come away soon they will be killed." Bro. Lee said on his return they went up the canyon. He found his mare and brought it home. He said he felt the Indians were in ambush watching them, and that they were in danger and had better turn back. They did so, and got safely home.

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.3, p.397:

The Daniel England family built a log home, which they used as a shoe shop after they had built an adobe house in front. Thomas Lee at that time was operating a tannery south of the England home and Daniel and John England worked three years for Mr. Lee making boots, shoes and harnesses from Lee-tanned leather. Mr. Lee would go into the canyon, peel bark from the red pine trees, stack it until dry, then haul it down to the tanner and grind it in a homemade grinder until fine. With this he tanned the raw hides making harness leather, sole and upper leather which he made into shoes on homemade lasts and homemade wooden pegs.

Tooele County

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 9, p.149:

In 1854-55, under the supervision of Thomas Lee, every vigorous man in the settlement of Tooele lent his prowess to the task of erecting a mud wall around the homes as a safeguard against Indian attacks. To prepare the mud, water was flooded over the ground which was then plowed. Sixteen-foot planks were set on edge, being held together by long wooden pins inserted into one and three-fourths inch holes in the plank, with a key through the pins to keep them from slipping out. Workers shoveled the wet mud in between the planks, which were set two and one-half feet apart at the base, while others tamped the mud with a heavy pounder. George Smith, a boy, at the same time spread straw on the mud, which was mixed in by the pounder operators, thus preventing cracking of the mud as it dried. When the first pair of planks was filled with the mixture, a second pair was placed on top of the first, and the process was repeated until the desired height of the wall was reached. When all was dry enough to be set, the keys and pins were withdrawn, leaving round holes through the wall. The planks were moved to another area where the same process took place to make another section of wall. Thus the stockade was erected, section by section. Gates at the corners and midway on each side were included. Bastions, placed at the fort corners and halfway between, with space for ten men to stand, served as guardhouses or lookout points. V-shaped portholes, built of strong plank, provided viewing spots. The wide end of the V, built to the inside of the bastion, served as a resting place for the guns of the guards, and the small opening at the outside of the wall prevented most arrows shot by the Indians from entering the hole. Log cabins on three sides faced into the enclosure of the fort, and the fourth side opened into a strong corral built of posts and large poles.

After the need for protection against the Indians was over, the settlement was moved a few blocks north to the present town site.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 14, p.474:

In September 1850, Ezra T. Benson advertised for a man to erect a dam and sawmill on Twin Springs Creek. The contract was let to C. Custer, a snowbound immigrant who employed Phineas Wright to help build the mill, which was finished and operating by the spring of 1851. Sometime during the next few years, Samuel P. Teasdale acquired the mill and Thomas Lee, early pioneer of Tooele, operated it for a number of years, On January 2, 1890 Lee purchased the mill from Teasdale for the sum of $500, and sold it to his son, John S. Lee, who ran it until 1899.

The Militia in Tooele:

There was a military organization here as early as 1852, it was a continuation of the Nauvoo Legion. We had here at Tooele a company of Infantry under the command of Thomas Lee and a company of Cavalry under John Gillespie.... They used to have regular muster days, I think once a month, then in connection with that they would go down to Camp Stansbury (Now Erda) for a week's Encampment. Here they would have sham battles and participate in all sorts of military maneuvers. Of course, they had no uniforms like Soldiers have. No two men were dressed alike. Some had caps, some straw hats and any kind of headgear that they could get. Their guns were of a very primitive make. Some had wooden guns, some shotguns, some Yougers, some muskets and some the old-time flint lock guns. They were also required to learn sword exercise so they had some wooden swords. I belonged to Company "A", as a drummer boy, was drafted into the service when 18 years old. Ammunition was very scarce. Both powder and lead had to be hauled across the plains a thousand miles with Ox-teams (as did nearly everything else). So that while there was considerable game here, the settlers had to keep their ammunition to defend themselves against the Indians.

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol.4, p.390:

The first horsepower thresher was built and owned by Thomas Lee. It had no separating process; that is, it didn't separate the grain from the chaff, but only beat the grain from the straw so that the straw and chaff were separated by men with rakes and pitchforks, leaving the grain and chaff in a pile by itself, which had to be run through a fanning mill. -Information, History of Tooele by J. A. Bevan.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 14, p.475:

In 1854 at Lake Point, then known as Twin Springs Creek, Thomas Lee was hired by the Church corporation to erect a gristmill. Ezra T. Benson acquired sole ownership of the mill and the bill of sale read: "June 23, 1866, E. T. Benson to Brigham Young, the sum of $3,333.30 for all claim to the gristmill known as Benson's Mill located on Twin Springs, consisting of an adobe dwelling house, sheep sheds, cattle and sheep corrals, pig pens, hen house and all other houses; also water rights." It was abandoned in the early 1900's.


Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 15, p.514:

The first choir was organized by Louis Bowen. With never less than a dozen voices and often more, they learned part singing. Samuel F. Lee had a fine tenor, John Shields a good bass, Robert Meiklejohn and all the others sang for church meetings and every public occasion. When there was not a suitable piece in their repertoire, Mr. Bowen composed the words and music for a special song. Before they owned an organ or piano their first accompaniment was a bass viol made by Samuel F. Lee. He went to the canyon and secured the hardwood. A cooper by trade, he carved, steamed and fitted the wood into a beautiful instrument. His brother Thomas Lee made the strings from sheep gut and the bow from hair. It had a true and mellow tone.

When the transcontinental railroad came to Utah and again as branch lines spread through the territory, a tremendous need for wood to tie the rails together emerged. Suitable wood was sparse, except in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Roads to the timbering areas were difficult to build and dangerous to use. Many accidents occurred when ox or horse wagons lost control on the narrow, steep dugways. Ice and snow slides were sometimes made on mountain slopes in winter to get the logs to where they could be loaded onto sledges or wagons. Some contractors used an easier, but no less exciting method-tie drives down the Bear, Provo, and Weber rivers.

During 1868-69 tie contractors worked crews on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains to supply ties for the Union Pacific in western Wyoming and in Utah's Echo Canyon. The demand continued into the 1880s when the Union Pacific, Utah Northern, Oregon Shortline and other branch railroads spread over northern Utah. Various small outfits cut trees, dragged them to the river bank, hacked them into tie length and shape, branded them with their own special hack marks, and stacked them. Then, during spring runoff, the ties were floated down the Bear River as near as possible to the construction site or a rail line. The ties were pulled from the river and transported to the crews laying track. Ties could be floated over 100 miles down river, with tie drives lasting from a few weeks to two months, depending on how long high water lasted. Occasionally the river banks had to be built up to keep the ties from going into the meadows where they could be stranded, or the river bed might have to be grubbed out to prevent the ties from hanging up en route. This same process was carried on later on the south slope of the Uintas using the Provo River and to a lesser extent the Weber River to transport the ties. The headwaters of the Provo were especially good for logging. Samuel Stephen Jones of Provo had contracts with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad to supply ties for the line from Provo to Price and delivered 140,000 ties in one season. Jones supplied ties through the 1880s and 1890s. He would send men to the headwaters of the Provo River in the Uinta Mountains to cut, haul, and stack the ties on the banks of the river and its tributaries. The camps would be supplied from S. S. Jones's store. In the spring tie drivers would be sent to throw the ties into the rising river. Men went in advance to "wing" off the side steams so that the ties would stay in the main channel. As the ties floated downstream, other men followed to bring up the camp and free ties caught on the riverbanks. The drivers used light poles with sharp iron spikes and hooks to loosen ties that jammed up. Sometimes the jams would be so tightly wedged together and so extensive that a man could walk on them for as much as a mile. The drivers wore hip boots, and often worked in the water up to their waists and even armpits to dislodge the logjams. It was hazardous and exciting work. The long drive was made down to the mouth of Provo Canyon where great care had to be taken by the drivers to keep the ties from going into irrigation canals. A curb dam near the city would hold back the logs as they were snared from the river and hauled to the depot in Provo for transporting by rail to the construction site.

Henry Goddard remembered logging on the Weber and Provo rivers. In about 1882 he worked at the head of Weber River for the Johnson and Liddiard Company who supplied ties for the Union Pacific. The ties were run down the Weber River to Wanship for the line from Coalville to Park City. He also recalled other drives. In 1884 the Jones and Williams outfits were driving ties down Provo River to be used by the Utah Southern Railroad, standard gauge, and the D&RGW, narrow gauge. The largest drive was in 1886 or 1887, with 350,000 ties from various companies going downstream. Although each company used different hack marks on their ties, many became mixed, causing some disputes. Goddard described how the logs would be held behind a dam at the junction of the north and south forks of the Provo until ties from various tributaries had made their way down. Then all the ties would start down the main river. At times ties would be backed up all the way from the railroad bridge in west Provo to Hailstone Ranch near the present Jordanelle Dam. The 15 to 18 days of the tie drive coincided with high water. Sometimes all the ties did not make it down before run-off ceased, leaving some ties stranded near Midway and Heber. Contractors would have to wait until after irrigation season to get the rest of their ties down the river.

A most unusual tie rafting occurred near Tooele during the construction of the Utah Central Railroad from Ogden to Salt Lake City, according to Alexander Bevan, a member of the crew. Thomas Lee and William Jennings contracted to supply several thousand ties from Dry and Pine canyons on the east side of Tooele Valley. During the winter of 1868-69 the ties were cut and hauled down the mountain to the Great Salt Lake, 12 miles from the canyon. A corral, called a boom, was made at the edge of the lake and the ties thrown in. Some of the ties were double-length. By pinning the double-length ones together the crew made several "cribs," that were chained together to make a long raft. The 8-foot single-length ties were piled four feet high onto the cribs. A runway was left on each side of the raft for the men to walk along as they poled the raft across the lake. Eighteen to 20 men worked aboard the raft, pushing with the poles to propel the craft. For three days and nights the men lived on the raft as they took the ties 30 miles from the loading area to Farmington. They drove the raft close to shore at Farmington, maneuvered the end sections to reshape a corral, unloaded the ties into the water and worked them to the beach. There they were pulled out by horses, loaded onto wagons, and hauled to the grade three-quarters of a mile away. Cutting and driving ties were occupations for the hardy. It was adventurous and hard work that provided employment for Utah men during the heyday of railroad construction.

Sources: Alexander Bevan, "Early History of Tooele".

History Blazer, July 1996, Lyndia Carter:

Official record of the LDS Church:

Church Ordinance Data: Lee, Thomas La Flesh - Baptism Date: April 1837 - Officiator: S. Carter

Baptism Date: April 19, 1836

Ordained Seventy Date: April 20, 1857

Temple Ordinance Data: Lee, Thomas La Flesh - Baptism Date: October 26, 1967

Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT.

Endowment Date: June 4, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sealed to Parents - Date: September 11, 1930

Sealed to Spouse Number 1 - Date: June 4, 1856 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sealed to Spouse Number 2 - Date: March 9, 1857 - Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT.

Places of Residence: Lee, Thomas La Flesh - Tooele, Tooele, UT. 1850 Tooele City, Tooele, UT. 1860, 1870

Vocations: Lee, Thomas La Flesh - Farmer; 1850, 1870, Tanner and Curr; 1860

Comments: Lee, Thomas La Flesh. In 1850, Thomas had a household of three, a real wealth of $100, and no personal wealth. In 1860, he had a household of nine, a real wealth of $2000, and a personal wealth of $1000. In 1870 he had a household of sixteen, a real wealth of $600, and a personal wealth of $150. Thomas was a member of the 43rd and 44th quorum of Seventies.


i. SARAH JANE LEE, b. February 19, 1851, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. July 01, 1922, Caldwell, canyon, Idaho; m. JOSEPH ROWBERRY.

ii. THOMAS WOLKITT LEE, b. March 29, 1853, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. April 26, 1937, Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co. Idaho.

iii. EMMELINE LEE, b. September 06, 1854, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. September 06, 1854, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

iv. ELIZABETH LEE, b. September 14, 1857, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. 1928; m. MR MYTHENA.

v. SAMUEL W. LEE, b. August 18, 1859, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. October 21, 1928, Ashton, Fremont Co. Idaho; m. MINNIE MYTHENA.

vi. EMMA LEE, b. July 01, 1863, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. July 30, 1864, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

vii. ELI W. LEE, b. June 27, 1865, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. August 05, 1866, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

Notes for ELI W. LEE:

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 16, p.98:

In the fall of 1856, Bishop John Rowberry called Elder Eli Lee to organize a Sunday School in Tooele. Assisted by his wife Elizabeth Caroline Lee, he collected a few children and immediately began operations. Slow progress was made for some [p.99] time, but by the exertions of these two leaders, there began to be such an interest awakened that many adults identified themselves with the school, forming a class and educating themselves in matters with which they had not had the privilege of becoming acquainted during the early settlement of the valley. All felt the need of a more perfect organization and accordingly on the 7th of January, 1857, such was effected with Eli Lee as superintendent, P. R. Wright and Thomas Lee as assistants; Richard Warburton and William B. Adams as writing masters; John Shields Sr. as clerk, and the following as teachers: George Atkin, Norton R. Tuttle, George Craner, Littlejohn Utley, Thomas Atkin, Jr., Mary Ann Atkin, Jane Meikle john and Elizabeth Caroline Lee. Thus organized, the school with 145 members made rapid progress. The move south interfered with the school and during 1858 it was discontinued for a time. After their return the school was resumed. On May 25, 1861, the marriage of Clerk John G. Heggi and Martha Smith is recorded as being performed by Supt. Eli Lee in the presence of the school assembled in Jubilee capacity.

In the summer of 1861, little interest was taken in the school, so the superintendency and teachers thought it best to discontinue until parents became more interested in sending the children to Sunday School. Another effort was made on April 17,1864 when Eli B. Kelsey, George Atkin and John Shields were chosen to re-establish the Sunday School. During the illness of Supt. Lee in August 1867, it was entirely discontinued. Bishop John Rowberry made a third call on the Sunday School workers in October 1867, when Branch Council appointed Thomas Lee superintendent. On November 3, 1867, the Sunday School met with about 89 members but in about two weeks the enrollment had increased to 148. The school has grown in interest and membership.

viii. HENRY W. LEE, b. March 03, 1868, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. August 25, 1916.

ix. CAROLINE LEE, b. March 24, 1869, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. February 21, 1872, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

x. ALICE LEE, b. May 28, 1872, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. April 23, 1959.

xi. FRANKLIN W. LEE, b. August 15, 1876, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. May 28, 1927.

xii. ALFRED WOLKITT LEE, b. April 01, 1877, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. May 14, 1934, Wendell, Jerome Co. Utah.

xiii. CHARLES W. LEE, b. January 01, 1879, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. August 1931.

xiv. MARY LEE, b. October 05, 1861; m. CHARLES BASSETT.


i. HARRIET LEE, b. November 06, 1859; m. JAMES WHITBY, December 18, 1879, Salt Lake City, Utah.

ii. PRIMROSE LEE, b. November 09, 1861; m. BRIGHAM DAVIES.

iii. JOHN SHIELDS LEE, b. February 22, 1862; m. HARRIET E. SABINE.


Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.1002

Married Harriet E. Sabine Dec. 23, 1886, at Milton, Utah (daughter of Ara W. Sabine and Nancy Ann Hanes, pioneers Sept. 1850). She was born Aug. 27, 1867, at Grantsville. Their children: John Leroy b. Oct. 3, 1887, m. Emma Huffaker; Marion b. Oct. 11, 1889; Ida b. Oct. 21, 1893; Ralph b. Jan. 29, 1896; Amy b. Nov. 12, 1897; Ruth b. July 22, 1899; Eurilda b. March 9, 1902; Thomas b. April 9, 1906; Maurice b. Feb. 11, 1908. Family home Tooele, Utah.

Missionary two years; superintendent of religion classes; president of Y. M. M. I. A.; assistant superintendent of Sunday school; senior president of 43d quorum of seventies.

iiiv. JOSEPH LEE, b. January 11, 1865; m. POLLY SKELTON.

v. HYRUM LEE, b. December 18, 1866.

vi. ELI S. LEE, b. January 31, 1868; m. GRACE MOSS.

Notes for ELI S. LEE:

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.1002:

LEE, ELI S. son of Thomas Lee and Primrose Shields. Born Jan. 31, 1868, Tooele City, Utah.

Married Grace Alice Moss Dec. 22, 1887, at Milton, Utah (daughter of William Francis Moss, who came to Utah 1856, and Eliza Crich of Lake Point). She was born Jan. 10, 1866. Their children: Alice May b. July 23, 1888, m. John Hansen; Florence b. June 15, 1890, m. Ernest Presbridge; Primrose b. Dec. 29, 1892; Lurilla b. Sept. 23, 1893; Eli Thomas b. Feb. 2, 1896; Eva b. Jan. 14, 1898; Della b. July 23, 1900; Ida Grace b. July 10, 1902; Helen b. May 13, 1904; William Moss b. July 18, 1906. Family home Lake Point, Utah.

Elder; teacher; assistant Sunday school superintendent. Constable of Tooele county 1891-92. Farmer; lumberman.

vii. ANNIE ELIZABETH LEE, b. September 06, 1871; m. BENJAMIN HENSON.

viii. WILLIAM LEE, b. May 10, 1874.

ix. IDA LEE, b. June 07, 1877; m. WALTER E. BEERS.

x. ALMA S. LEE, b. February 12, 1881; m. BERTHA CRANER.

xi. CLARA LEE, b. April 16, 1884; m. BERT DRURY.

Generation No. 7

7. THOMAS WOLKITT LEE was born March 29, 1853 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah, and died April 26, 1937 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co. Idaho. He married MARTHA LOUISA BOWEN September 21, 1874 in Salt Lake City Utah. She was born February 02, 1856 in Abersuchen, Monmouthshire, South Wales.


LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 3, p.147:

Lee, Thomas Wolkitt, a Patriarch in the Bingham Stake, Bonneville county, Idaho, was born March 29, 1853, at Tooele, Tooele county, Utah, the son of Thomas Lee and Harriet Wolkitt. He was baptized Oct. 3, 1868, by Thomas Lee; ordained a Priest in 1869; ordained a Seventy by John Shields, Sept. 13, 1874, and became a member of the 43rd quorum of Seventy; ordained a High Priest Oct. 31, 1880, by Joseph F. Smith, and ordained a Patriarch Aug. 2, 1914, by George F. Richards. His main occupations in life have been those of a herder, teamster, tanner, carpenter, builder, miner, bee-keeper, school teacher and rancher. He has always been a diligent Church worker, laboring as assistant superintendent of Ward and Stake Sunday schools, Ward and Stake president of Y. M. M. I. A., treasurer of Y. M. M. I. A. in the Tooele Stake, and organizer and leader of the Sunday School Flute and Drum Band of Tooele. He also acted as leader of the Freedom Ward choir, acted as Ward Teacher, as home missionary and Religion Class supervisor, High Counselor in the Star Valley and Bingham Stakes, Bishop's counselor at Tooele and counselor to President Heber J. Grant and Hugh S. Gowans in the presidency of the Tooele Stake. In a civil capacity he has acted as school trustee, deputy city marshal, city assessor and collector, city councilman, justice of the peace, county attorney, bugler in a cavalry company (in Tooele county), notary public, etc. In 1874 (Sept. 21) he married Martha Louisa Bowen in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City; she was the daughter of Lewis Bowen and Mary Ann Harris and was born Feb. 2, 1856, at Abersuchen, Monmouthshire, South Wales. The children by this marriage are: Thomas Bowen, born June 20, 1878; Lewis Albert, born July 14, 1880; Mary Ann, born Feb. 13, 1382; Arthur Wolkitt, born May 6, 1884; Blanche Newell, born Dec. 24, 1886; Eugene Harris, born July 6, 1889; Ernest, born Nov. 12, 1891; Alice Ottella, born Nov. 19, 1892; Franklin Bowen, born Sept. 18, 1895 and Wilford De Loy, born May 8, 1898. Bro. Lee has resided successively at Tooele, Utah, Freedom, Wyoming, and Iona, Idaho. He went into the bee business in 1877, and organized the Tooele County Bee Keepers' Association in 1879, acting as its president until 1890. By his bee industry he has produced tons of honey which has been marketed in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. He moved from Utah to Wyoming in 1890 and to Idaho in

1896. In 1901 he organized the Bingham and Fremont County Bee Keepers' Association and acted as president of the company for several years.

Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol.7, p.567

The closing years of the old century brought significant changes to the valley. Sheep raising became an important industry. Thomas W. Lee of Tooele, Utah, moved to Iona and began to produce honey for the market.

Obituary Scrapbook, p.57:

TOOELE--Word has been received here that Thomas W. Lee, 84, at one time stake, counselor to Pres. Heber J. Grant in Tooele Stake, died at his home in Iona Idaho, last Monday night.

Mr. Lee was born in Tooele on March 28, 1853, and was reared to manhood here. He was one of the workmen who built the Salt Lake Temple, but for the past 40 years has been a resident of Iona, Idaho. His wife. Martha, died 12 years ago.

Surviving are his sons and daughters: Mrs. Charles W. Hansen, Arthur M. Lee, Iona, Idaho; Alice O. Jensen, Smithfield. Utah: Wilford D. Lee, Provo, Utah; and Frank B. Lee, Big Sandy, Mont.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Iona Ward Chapel.

A few years ago Mr. Lee made a visit here for a about a month and resided during stay at the home of Mrs. Barbara G. Bowen. He recalled early history of Tooele and happenings in the early days of this community.

Children of THOMAS LEE and MARTHA BOWEN are:

i. THOMAS BOWEN LEE, b. June 20, 1878.

ii. LEWIS ALBERT LEE, b. July 14, 1880.

iii. MARY ANN LEE, b. February 13, 1882.

iv. ARTHUR WOLKITT LEE, b. May 06, 1884.

v. BLANCHE NEWELL LEE, b. December 24, 1886.

vi. EUGENE HARRIS LEE, b. July 06, 1886.

vii. ERNEST LEE, b. November 12, 1891.

viii. ALICE OTTELLA LEE, b. November 19, 1892.

ix. FRANKLIN BOWEN LEE, b. September 18, 1895.

x. WILFORD DE LOY LEE, b. May 08, 1898.

7. ALFRED WOLKITT LEE was born April 01, 1877 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah, and died May 14, 1934 in Wendell, Jerome Co. Utah. He married ELIZABETH DORMAN. She was born November 14, 1857 in England, and died July 28, 1891 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.


i. MARY LEE, b. January 03, 1878, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. February 27, 1914.

ii. HARRIETT LEE, b. March 10, 1880, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. May 14, 1954, Wendell, Jerome Co. Idaho.

iii. ELIZABETH LEE, b. December 21, 1882, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. March 15, 1969, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co. Calif..

iv. ALFRED GILROY LEE, b. October 29, 1886, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. January 01, 1949, Butte, Silver Bow, MT..

v. MAUDE LEE, b. December 17, 1888, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. August 13, 1970, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co. Calif..

vi. JOHN THOMAS LEE, b. July 11, 1890, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah; d. October 10, 1890, Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah.

Generation No. 8

8. HARRIETT LEE was born March 10, 1880 in Tooele, Tooele Co. Utah, and died May 14, 1954 in Wendell, Jerome Co. Idaho. She married (1) SAMUEL WILLIAMSON STODDARD November 25, 1895, son of DAVID STODDARD and MARY WILLIAMSON. He was born April 30, 1872 in Wellsville, Cache Co. Utah, and died January 03, 1951. She married (2) KENNETH FRANK MARCOT February 29, 1936.




iii. VERNER LEE STODDARD, b. May 19, 1900, Spencer, Idaho; d. August 09, 1978, Sugar City, Fremont Co. Idaho.

Generation No. 9

9. VERNER LEE STODDARD was born May 19, 1900 in Spencer, Idaho, and died August 09, 1978 in Sugar City, Fremont Co. Idaho. He married DORA JACOBS, daughter of FRANKLIN JACOBS and SARAH WING. She was born August 01, 1910 in Sugar City, Fremont Co. Idaho.


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