SMITH, Amanda Barnes

Amanda Melissa Barnes was born in Becket, Massachusetts, a town that saw the births of other early Saints including Eliza R. Snow, Sarah Cleveland, and Amanda’s first husband, Warren Smith. Each family moved independently to frontier villages in the “Western Reserve,” in present-day Ohio. In 1826, Amanda married Warren, and they had five children. She […]

WILKINSON, Joseph Thomas

Submitted by David Smith Born: 26 March 1847, Manchester, Lancashire, England Died: 8 August 1919, Cedar City, Utah Originally published as “Active Useful Career Is Ended,” Iron County Record, 8 Aug 1919 Joseph T. Wilkinson, one of Cedar’s aged and most respected citizens, passed peacefully away at an early hour this morning. In his demise, […]

SAVAGE, David Leonard

Submitted by La Mar Adams Born: 25 July 1810, Leeds canada Died: 26, April 1886, Snowflake, Arizona A Savage Indian Pioneer Story David Leonard Savage was born July 25, 1810, in Leeds, Canada, converted to the Church there, eventually went to Nauvoo where he worked on the temple, and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley […]

HAGGERTY, Lucinda Catherine

Submitted by David Hinton Born: 29 Jan 1816, Branchville, Sussex, new jersey Died: 26 January 1906, Deseret Utah Compiled by Lila B. Badger, a great-granddaughter Great-grandma, Lucinda Catherine Haggerty, and her twin sister Malinda were born 29 Jan 1816 in Branchville, Sussex, New Jersey. They were the 6th and 7th children born to John S. […]


Submitted by Cal Andreasen Born: Jan 21, 1875, Torslev, Hjorring co., denmark Died: Aug 28, 1961, Provo, Utah The Jens Christian Andreasen Family Immigrated America, 1889-1891 DANISH ANCESTORS I think I should tell a little about my husband’s (Axel’s) people before I venture too far into our lives together. In a faraway beautiful country of […]

YORK, Aaron M.

Submitted by Brad York Born: 27 August 1807, Bethel, Oxford, Maine Died 12 November 1881, Santaquin, Utah Aaron Mereon York (Sr.) was a convert of the Church. He was taught by two of the early missionaries of the Church, Daniel Bean and John F. Boynton who was to become a member of the First Quorum […]

HICKMAN, William

Born: 16 April 1815, Warren, Kentucky, United States Died: 21 August 1883, Lander, Freemont, Wyoming SUMMARY For over a year, I have been studying the life of the “infamous” William Adams “Wild Bill” Hickman. He is my GGG Grandfather through my mother’s line. Throughout my life, I was fascinated, but somewhat embarrassed, to be descended […]

BRINGHURST, William Augustus

Submitted by David Smith Born: 26 January 1839, Lionville, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Died: 8 Mar 1912, Toquerville, Washington, Utah, United States Originally published as “Eventful Life Closed,” Washington County News, 21 March 1912. Bishop William A Bringhurst departed this life on Friday, March 8 1912 having presided over the Toquerville ward for more than […]

BLAIR, Seth Millington

No power on earth shall stay thine hand, thou shalt rebuke the waves of the sea, and like Enoch turn rivers of water out of their courses, cause streams to break forth in dry places to give drink to thy people, feed a multitude in the wilderness by the same power that Jesus fed the multitude when he was in the flesh, shall do every miracle that your heart desires, live to see Zion established in peace on the Earth.”

NIELSEN, Ane: A Self Sufficient Pioneer

Ane was a hard worker. She had to work more like a man than a woman. She did a lot of work in the fields and with the animals. When anyone in the family needed help or advice on the farm, they would ask her. She could fix a broken harness as well as any man. She had quite a few sheep that her boys would care for. She would shear her sheep, then wash the wool and spin it into yarn. Following this preparation, she would weave it into beautiful cloth.

JACKSON, Richard Woolley: Architect

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. Richard Woolley Jackson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fourth of 12 children to Iretta Woolley and S, Andrew Jackson in 1915. His childhood, though a happy one, was fraught with medical complications. During the first grade, he and his newborn sister […]

BAGLEY, Edward Alma

Alma was seven years old when his family, along with the S.M. Blavis Company of Saints, left Mormon Grove on June 18, 1855. This was the start of their long trek across the plains, by ox team. Just two days later, on the 20th of June, Alma’s mother, Julia Ann, died of cholera. She got up that morning, cooked breakfast for her family, and before sundown she had died and was buried by the side of the trail along with others. Seventy-five years later, when Alma was eighty two, he described his feelings the day his mother died. He said that the wolves howled and the mourning doves mourned, and then he cried just like he did when he was a seven year old boy.

FREESTONE, George: and his Wives, Alice Carlisle and Jennie Lind

George found himself, as a fifteen year-old, driving four yoke of oxen on a heavy freight wagon to the Utah Territory. His younger brother, James, later wrote that he had driven sheep 1,000 miles barefooted across the Plains. “In Alpine,” George wrote, “between 1855 and 1856, I spent about half of my time building forts to fight against the Indians and half my time killing crickets.” The family struggled against these odds to make a living. Then in 1858, they lost their father when he was killed by Indians.

JACOBSEN, Christian Jensen: Frontier Craftsman

Another life altering experience occurred in 1854 when L.D.S. missionaries introduced the Jensens to a new religion. After a short investigation Christen and Kirsten were baptized on a cold day in December and became the first members of the church in their local area. Soon after, Christian was called to be a local missionary and also to preside over two branches of the church. In the fall of 1857 he was assigned to open a mission on LæsØ, an island located midway between Jutland and Sweden. As a missionary he received frosty receptions but soon encountered some inhabitants in need of his clock repairing skills. This led him to adjust his strategy and avoid the topic of religion until he had the family’s clock dismantled. Once the family knew him as a clock repairman, they were more prone to discuss religion with him. Using this strategy, and after visiting the island several times, Christian baptized a dozen or so members and organized the Byrum Branch there.

HURST, Philip: Letter on Indian affairs in Sanpete County to the Salt Lake Herald

If government wants to know if there has been any Indian trouble here, let men be sent here to inquire; talk to the widows of Jens Larsen and David Jones, the widowed mothers of Thomas Jones and Nathan Stewart; visit the graves of the entire Given family; talk to the men who have rode night and day for hundreds of miles, trying to bring these marauders to Justice;

TAYLOR, William & Elizabeth Patrick

After the surrender of the city, the Taylors returned to their home, a distance of eight miles. There they found that about 7,000 of the mob had camped for two nights at or near their place, turning their horses into the Taylor’s cornfield. The mob ate or destroyed about 300 bushels of potatoes, 75 geese, 100 chickens, several head of cattle, 40 head of hogs, 20 stands of bees; also, they had burned about one mile of rail fence in their campfires.

ASHTON, Thomas

Thomas took a very active part in the planning and construction of Lehi's first water ditch and was one of the city's first water masters, when no salary was attached to the office. He was also very active in planning and building Lehi's first bridge across the Jordon River.

KENDALL, Elizabeth Clements

While the wagon train was stopped one day for a rest Elizabeth and her girlfriend had taken their knitting and gone down alongside the creek to set in the sun. They looked up from their chattering and laughter to see an Indian watching them. Then he disappeared. Upon their return to camp, the Indian was in consultation with Captain Zebriski. Then later the Captain reported to Elizabeth their conversation. The Indian, attracted to Elizabeth had said to the Captain, “Heap wino squaw, she knit socks, me want her.”


There he was shot and wounded by the anti-Mormon mob.  While he was bleeding to death, in fact almost gone, the prophet was sent for.  He and the prophet were very close friends.  The prophet laid his hands upon his head and blessed him to live and said he would go to the Rocky Mountains and be a useful instrument in carrying on the work of the Lord there, and would live to be of old age. 

ANDREASEN, Axel Ferdinand

Born: Jan 21, 1875 in Torslev, Hjorring Co., denmark Died: Aug 28, 1961 in Provo UT DANISH ANCESTORS I think I should tell a little about my husband’s (Axel’s) people before I venture too far into our lives together. In a faraway beautiful country of Denmark, a fine young man by the name of Jens […]