ALLEN Jr., Daniel: A Life of Consecration

Having completed their assignment, Daniel and his committee returned to Nauvoo, only to find buildings burning, mobs raging, and the saints gone. Daniel hurried to his home to find that his family was still alive, but his wife Mary Ann had just had a new baby and was very ill. He pled with the mob to let him stay a few days so his wife could recover, but they said they would kill them all if they weren’t gone by the next day. They hurriedly loaded what they could in the wagon and made a bed for Mary Ann and the baby. The Allen wagon was one of the last three to leave Nauvoo. They traveled together for a short distance, but couldn’t keep up because of Mary Ann’s grave condition. Being left alone with only one other wagon, they trudged through the mud and snow as best they could until they reached the head of Soap Creek (it looks like this might be less than 100 miles from Nauvoo). Mary Ann had struggled so valiantly, but could endure no more, so she whispered her last words to her loving husband…”We’ll meet again dear love in a better world and I shall wait your coming”. She died on the trail in May, 1846, along Soap Creek, Davis County, Iowa with no one but her family and the angels in heaven to mourn her passing.

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 […]

Far West Cemetery

Southwest Quadrant of the Kerr & Winchester Roads Intersection Far West was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970. In 1999, the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation funded an archaeological exploration to determine the precise location of the cemetery site about a mile northwest of the Temple lot. It is estimated about […]

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.

CRISMON, Charles

The pioneer mill-builder of Utah, also a prominent colonizer in California and in Arizona, Charles Crismon was known as a man of ability and enterprise. He was it born December 5, 1805, in Christian county, Kentucky, and remained there until the year 1830, when ho married and moved to Jackson county, Illinois, where he settled down […]

HINCKLEY, Arza Erastus

Heroic Figure This biography originally appeared in the May-June 1970 issue of Pioneer Magazine By Earl S. Paul  Arza E. Hinckley, one of the descendants of Samuel and Sarah, was born August 15, 1826 in Leeds County, Canada. His father was Nathaniel Hinckley, born December 5, 1794 in the United States of America. His mother […]

LYMAN, Amasa Mason

From Whitney’s History of Utah, Vol. 4 THE name of this noted man—Apostle and Pioneer—is inseparably interwoven with the early history of Utah and other parts of the West. An industrious colonizer, an eloquent orator, and a leader of more than ordinary ability, he was with the Mormon Church and people from the days of […]

BINGHAM, Erastus

Erastus Bingham stood up on his wagon wheel and talked to the Saints, telling him that he proposed to obey the council of president Brigham Young, that he and his family would remain until Spring and invited all to join with him in accepting the invitation of the Indians to share their camping ground. About one half of the company remained with Erastus Bingham; the others decided to attempt the journey Westward with their commander, Bishop Miller. They pushed on Westward but met with a great many losses. The Indians stole some of their animals; and they suffered from the cold and lack of food and were compelled to return, some of them camping near Erastus Bingham’s camp. The Ponca Indians were very kind to the families who were sharing with them their camping ground, even bringing meat for some of the most destitute families. They wintered with the Ponca Indians, living in their wagons and a wickiup the friendly Indians provided for them.

YOUNG, Brigham

From Whitney’s History of Utah, Vol. 4 VIRTUALLY the history of Brigham Young has been told in the preceding volumes; his great life forming the backbone of the general narrative therein contained.  The founder of Utah, he was for a period of thirty years the most conspicuous and most consequential personage within her borders and […]

KILLIAN, Captain John

When the Elders administered to me, Brother Killian being mouth, I was in bed. He poured the oil on my forehead and I jumped right out of bed and put on my clothes. On hearing that Robbins was going to Quincy in the morning, I walked up to his house, three-quarters of a mile, and went with him in his carriage to Quincy, remained all day and returned with him at night.”

NEWMAN, Elijah

George Washington was President of the United States when Elijah was born in Romney, Hampshire County, Virginia on September 17 1793. His parents were Solomon Newman and Jane James Newman. We have very little information about his parents. The following information is found in his daughter, Letha Newman Hunter’s personal history. She stated Elijah grew […]