PRATT, Parley P.

PARLEY P. PRATT  By Carter Paxma This is from a series of essays from the Fourth Grade pioneer Essay Contest sponsored annually by the cotton mission Chapter sons of utah pioneers. This essay is by Carter Paxman about his ancestor Parley P. Pratt. Parley P. Pratt is my 4th Great Grandpa on my mother’s side.  […]

BARKER, Josiah

The following pioneer history was submitted by William L. Barker josiah barker was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England the December 24, 1831. He was the ninth child of eleven that were born to John BARKER and Mary DAWSON. He grew-up in this area of England, working in the clothing mills, learning to be a power […]

GADD, Eliza Chapman

Not far away, and some four months after Eliza’s birth, Samuel Gadd was born on the 25 July, 1815 in Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, England.  He was the fifth of eleven children born to William Gadd, Sr. and Keziah Evans.  Wimpole Parish was a small village in Cambridgeshire with a population of between 300-400 people in 1815.  […]

ROWLEY, Claude Sylvester

October 17, 1968 VOICES OF REMEMBRANCE FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH, ST. GEORGE, UTAH claude sylvester rowley was interviewed on October 17, 1968 in Toquerville, Washington County, Utah by Fielding H. Harris, a representative of the Voices of Remembrance Foundation. He related his personal history of living in various parts of […]

ANDREWS, Amos Betts

They were surrounded by an armed cavalry of vigilantes who asked for the leader of the group. Amos Andrews stepped forward. The leader of the vigilantes asked if they were Mormons and Andrews confirmed his question. The leader then told them to prepare to die. Andrews looked around and saw that they were out-numbered and out gunned. Andrews then requested if he'd be permitted to sing a song. He sang the whole song to "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief "then sang another song and another. Andrews wife, Keturah, was nursing an. 18 month old baby, the baby stopped nursing and joined its father in singing the song. Overwhelmed with emotion at seeing the baby do such a thing, a member of the mob lowered his rifle, and swore an oath saying, “They all can sing, even the child at the breast." The mob removed their hats and rode away. The story is an example that "the hymns of the righteous are a prayer unto me."

DALTON, Charles Wakeman: A True Pioneer

Exploration in the early 1850 's confirmed the southern half of Utah had the potential to grow cotton, grapes, figs, flax, hemp, rice, sugarcane, tobacco and produce iron ore. In May of 1854 Brigham Young sent a group of missionaries under the leadership of Rufus C. Allen to the South. This company arrived in Pine Valley, about 35 miles Northeast of St. George, Utah on the headwaters of the Santa Clara Creek in early spring. Charles W. Dalton and family was in this company.

TAYLOR, Allen: Captain

Allen’s company of 445 people was twice as large as any of the other four companies that traveled that year. Apparently, Allen had earned his reputation as an effective leader when he had led rescue teams and wagons back to Nauvoo to rescue stranded saints who could not go on by themselves. There were two groups of wagons and Allen’s group traveled twice as fast as the other.

BRINKERHOFF, Jesse: A Father’s Journey of Love

The flu epidemic of 1918 sometimes known as the Spanish Flu, reeked havoc across the world killing an estimated 100 million people, more than 500,000 in the US, and killed mostly strong healthy adults. Fear spread the country, along with the flu. Hospitals were full, health professionals died, Schools, churches, public buildings,etc, were closed, and people feared being around others. Little girls made up jump rope rhimes, and here is an example, "I had a little bird, it's name was Enza, I opened the window and in flu Enza.


Their two year old daughter, Edna, received fatal burns when a pot of freshly made tea was upset, scalding her chest. Due to the shock of the accident as well as the severity of the burn, she died on December 17, 1853. They had to use the funds they had saved to pay for the medical care and burial expenses for their little one.

GASKELL, Elizabeth: A Forgotten Pioneer

Mature, single women who were early converts and emigrants to Utah have received short shrift in Latter-day Saint History.
Although the two ill-fated handcart companies of 1856 suffered most of the deaths, several of the wagon companies that were bringing up the rear, including the one in which Elizabeth traveled, were also caught in the early winter storms that swept the barren highlands of Wyoming in October and November.

ALLEN, Alanson David

His father, Albern, and oldest brother, Rufus, were with the Mormon Battalion on their march to California. They were released on July 16, 1847 and went to Utah. Alanson stayed with his family at Winter Quarters. He was seventeen at the time. Realizing their need for winter supplies, he went back to Eastern Missouri and bought and harvested crops and brought them back to his family at Winter Quarters.

WOOLSEY, Thomas: Journal Entries

[On arriving at the South Fork of the Platte River, they decided to follow along the bank, and passed an old deserted Indian village. An east wind blasted their faces, and the temperature plummeted. They were forced to take shelter under the bank of the river, where they slept on the ice. The weather was so cold that six inches of the tail of one of their mules was frozen.]

THOMSON Jr., Moses

Combined with the guarding that was surely required of Moses, we also learn from George Thomson’s biography that “Moses pushed and pulled on a handcart with a sick man in it for many days. Their rations got slimmer . . . When they got to the Sweetwater [River] near Devil’s Gate, Moses died with seven others the same night. . . . they were buried in shallow graves and covered with snow. This tragedy was a terrible blow to George and he did not get over it for years.”

SMOOT, Doug: Modern-day Pioneer of Technology

After completing 42 years at BYU, Doug now (2008) is a principal in Combustion Resources Co., continuing his work in energy, fossil fuels and combustion A member of several professional organizations, he has published approximately 200 technical articles, eight invited review articles, and four books on combustion. He received the first Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in Utah in 1987. Two of his books (written with others) have been translated into Chinese. An internationally recognized authority in energy, combustion, and fossil fuels, Doug has consulted with over 100 organizations in the U.S., Mexico, China, Japan, India, Egypt and several European countries.

MILEON, Marie-Michelle: Enduring Hard Work

Marie-Michelle Pierre-Louis Mileon was born in Jeremie, Haiti on 5 May, 1964. She is still alive but has given us permission to write and publish this story. She currently lives in Miami, Florida with her daughter Roselaure and several other family members. She has given us a great legacy with her hard work and diligence. She never gave up hope and continued forward no matter how hard life became. To this day Michelle is one of the happiest people I have ever met and there is nobody sweeter. A difficult life did not harden her heart.

STEED, Milton Ezra & Ida Hansen

The bishop had just come out of the chapel ad was standing on the top step visiting with another rancher when, unnoticed, that young man walked across the church yard, up the steps, and hit that bishop square on the jaw and knocked him down. Silence settled over the crowd; people stood motionless in a state of shock. Some of the men had their fists clenched, but no one made a move. All were wondering what the bishop would do. The bishop, however, was silently asking what the Lord would do if he were the bishop. The young man stood over the bishop with his fists clenched, glowering down at him. After a few seconds, which seemed much longer, the bishop got up and looked that young man squarely in the eye and calmly said, “Well brother ________, if that is the way you feel, perhaps you had better hit the other cheek.” He turned his head and waited.

BLANCHARD, Amelia Jane Davis

The Davis family, being among the first settlers to Cache Valley, suffered untold privations and hardships. Amelia remembered the trials they had with the Indians, and how frightened she was. They would come to the door begging for food and no one dared to turn them away. As Ann H. fixed food for them, the Indians would play with the white children. When coming out of the house with food one day, Ann H. discovered the Indians had exposed her children to the black smallpox. The twins soon came down with the illness. The settlers were all so frightened of the deadly disease that a log shelter was hurriedly built a short distance north of the Logan Cemetery. The Davis family, including the stricken twins, moved there in isolation.
Amelia told of rats, mice, and snakes so thick that the healthy children took turns with willows, brushing the snakes from the beds of the sick children. Their beds located on the floor were made with a straw tick. The weather was severe coming through the open cracks of the shelter. The family was badly neglected and almost starved to death. Remarkably, the twins recovered from the smallpox epidemic, but after being home only a short time, diphtheria struck, taking the lives of both twins, Henry and Catherine.
Childhood days were very strenuous and hard. These early settlers had lots of troubles, yet they had some thrilling and good times too. Amelia often told stories of the exciting sleigh rides, dances and house parties they enjoyed. How she loved her church activities! Amelia's greatest desire was to do good for others and scatter sunshine wherever she went.

MAUGHAN, John Harrison & Sarah Mariah Davenport

Mariah learned midwifery from her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Weston, the second wife of colonizer, Peter Maughan. She was set apart for her midwifery duty by Peter Maughan and spent many successful years in this service. She earned little pay except hearty thanks, and brought almost all her patients safely through their ordeal. It was expected that a midwife might be available for other medical service. During a winter epidemic of boils, which seriously afflicted both children and adults, Sarah Mariah had a dream one night in which she saw a blue mold under rose bushes. The next day she and John went to an area where wild roses grew abundantly, scraped away the snow and found the blue mold. They collected a quantity of the substance, brought it home and made poultices which, when applied, completely cured the boils. Later, people wondered if this might have been a form of penicillin. But without question, it was a gift
of Divine Providence.

FREESTONE, Thomas and Ann Fall: Perseverance!

Their journey across the plains was an arduous one, but late in 1853 they arrived in American Fork. One year later the family moved to “Mountainville” (later named Alpine) where they lived in the fort for protection against the Indians, while they began to re-establish their affairs. Exerting all their efforts, they partially overcame their hunger by eating roots, pigweed and wild onions, and beat back enough crickets to raise a full crop of grain. In spite of their many trials the hardy family hung on to their testimonies and endured.

CARLISLE, Richard & Jane Field

Members of the family were baptized at various times in 1849 and 1850. Richard became the Presiding Elder of their branch. In 1851, on the “Good Ship Ellen,” they emigrated to America, except for their oldest son, Thomas, who came a year later. On their way up the Mississippi River, Jane died in St. Louis on 24 June 1851. She had done the washing for a woman afflicted with the dreaded cholera, so common among emigrants on that river. Jane caught the disease and died almost immediately. It must have been very difficult for Richard to manage his large family during the years following Jane’s death. First he had to get the whole family across the Plains, then provide a home for them in a new land. The bereft father and his motherless brood stayed to work in St. Louis during the remainder of the first year. The youngest son, Richard, hired out to a Mormon family and came west with them, the first of his own family to arrive in the Valley. The oldest son, Thomas, had by then joined the rest of the family in St. Louis.

FERRELL, Maggie Anna: A life history

At Pueblo they laid over for a day and a half to wait for another train to come through the mountains. The mountains were so steep that the only way to get the trains up over them was to put one engine on front and the other on back (one to push and one to pull) up the steep hills and then to hold them back as they went down the steep grades. Maggie was very frightened of the mountains and very homesick. When they were on the high ridges where Maggie could look down into the canyons she was very sure that they would fall down into them. The high mountains did not look very beautiful to the little fifteen year old from the low rolling hills of the Bluegrass country of Kentucky, and Tennessee and Illinois. She was very thankful when they reached Salt Lake City and the long trip was over.

SMITH, Joseph Fielding: Church Leader made Honorary Life Member of SUP

Scion of Distinguished pioneer Family  By T. W. Woolley  Presentation of the Honorary Life Membership Pin and Certificate to President Joseph Fielding Smith featured the annual President’s Banquet of the sons of utah pioneers held May 1 in the Pioneer Village Auditorium.  National president Eugene P. Watkins presented the award to President Smith, and Mrs. […]