Submitted by John E. Elggren, Great Grandson
The winter of 1849 was spent at Fort Utah (Provo) helping to protect against Indians. That was a snowy, bitter winter with over two feet of snow on the ground, and one “would not have to pinch himself to know if he were there or not.”
The family returned to Richmond, Utah where they remained during the last years of William’s life. Before his death on May 24, 1908 William Crawford Lewis experienced many tragedies besides the earlier deaths of his father, little sister and mother. He was the father to twenty children, twelve of whom proceeded him in death, and for some they died in terrible accidents. One died in an accident while hauling lumber, another in a blasting accident and one when a horse hitched to a buggy bolted and ran the buggy shaft through her chest. Thirteen of his children were born to Sarah J. Veach and seven to Martha Ann Kingsbury.