CARLING, John Witt

Wagons for Fleeing Saints
John Carling and his son Isaac worked at making and mending wagons for the Saints who were being driven from Nauvoo. The mob violence became so intense that the Carling family decided to leave with the main body of saints. Brigham Young sent Heber C. Kimball to inform John that if he would stay until all of the Saints had been provided with good outfits, not a hair of their heads would be harmed. They remained as requested, though some wives complained that they would all be killed.

“The morning they were to leave, they were counseled to get to the ferry boats before the mobs were astir, and upon arriving at the ferry, the captain hurried them onto the boat and admonished them to be quick because they could see the mobs coming. Some were on horses, and others were running, but all with guns in their hands, and they were cursing. As the saints left the shore, they could hear the leader of the mob ordering his men to shoot. But as the men came to the shore, they stood still. It is told by some that two shots were fired but they missed the people in the boat.”

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 2, Ep. 3 (Part 1 of 2) Leo Lyman’s Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah’s Statehood

Concerning Utah’s statehood story, the oft heard quote comes to mind, attributed to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who said: “laws and sausage, if they are to be enjoyed, should never be watched made.” Lyman’s book argues for the opposite: knowing the stories behind political actions are essential to a vibrant and strong democracy.  Lyman’s […]

Gathering Early Saints Through Liverpool

This article originally appeared in Vol.62, No.2 (2015) of pioneer Magazine. by Fred E. Woods, BYU Department of Church history and Doctrine The glorious news of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ included the doctrine of the gathering—the coming together of God’s covenant people. Adherence to this doctrine would result in dramatic life […]

ATKIN, Thomas Jr.

When the call came in late 1857, for men to defend the church against Johnston's army, Thomas and other Tooele men responded. The Tooele contingent, under the command of Major John Rowberry, was sent to Echo Canyon, October 10. They remained in Echo Canyon until December 1.

CLARK, Joseph

Written by Daughter Hannah C. Pike My father, Joseph Clark, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, April 26, 1828. His Parents, Samuel and Rebecca Garner Clark, were sturdy pioneers. He was fortunate in being raised in a large family of children, his parents having thirteen sons and daughters. His early life was spent on a […]

2020 Days of ’47 Update

Following this morning’s on-line meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Days of ’47, Inc., it was announced by Board President Lane Summerhays that in light of current and anticipated circumstances of the covid-19 Pandemic, all events of the annual Days of ’47 pioneer Day Celebration scheduled for July 2020 will be postponed until […]