Ancestors of Myron Micheal Crandall


32. Myron Nathan Crandall

Source: "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and his Descendents"
by John Cortland Crandall
FHC 929.273 C85c # 2491 page 263, 460
Copied from the
"History of David Crandall and Margaret McBride Crandall"
compiled by Marilyn J. Crandall 3rd great grandaughter
page 7
It is certain that the Crandall's who crossed the plains suffered all of the
hardships and privations of an exiled people. It is interesting to note that
they didn't go directly to the Salt Lake valley, but settled in Kanesville,
Pottawattamie County, Iowa for three years. "While in Kanesville, Myron
Nathan owned a six acre farm had accumulated a span of horses, two yoke
of oxen, two cows and sufficient provisions to last two years. Consequently,
they came across the plains with fewer hardships than many of the Saints.
"64 It can be assumed that the other Crandall families were similarly prepared.

In early June of 1850, the Crandalls left Kanesville to go to Utah with the Aaron
Johnson Company. There were twenty-two Crandalls in the group by this time.

In the latter part of June tragedy struck the company. Aaron Johnson's wife
Polly Kelsey, Spicer Crandall's wife Irinda Spafford, her mother, four of her
brothers and sisters and Willis K. Johnson, husband of Laura Crandall all died
of Cholera. They were buried near the Platte River in Nebraska.

To continue the quote,

The Aaron Johnson Company arrived in Salt Lake on 12 September 1850.
Brigham Young requested the first eight wagons to go to Springille and build
a fort there. The teams comprised those of Aaron Johnson, Myron Nathan
Crandall, Martin Pardon Crandall, William Miller, John W. Deal [husband
to Eliza Crandall], Richard Bird, [husband to Emaline Crandall], and Amos
Warren and his brother.

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Myron Nathan Crandall Chronology

1818 Born in Genesee County, New York, to David and Margaret McBride Crandall.
1823 Moved to Villanova, New York.
1833 Baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1834 Moved to Kirtland, Ohio.
1837 Bisbee family joined Church.
1841 Married Tryphena Bisbee, 26 January 1841.
Children: Julia Ann, 26 November 1841.
Hyrum Oscar, 26 April 1844.
Myron E., 17 February 1848.
1844 Mother, Margaret McBride, died.
1845 Father, David, married Jerusha Smith.
1847 Myron Nathan, his married brothers and sisters and families, three
unmarried brothers left Illinois for Kanesville, Iowa.
1847-8 Julia Ann suffered hip injury and is CriPPled.
1850 Left Kanesville with Aaron Johnson Company. Members of party
include 22 family members.
1850 September. Arrived in Salt Lake, 8 wagons sent south. Stopped at
Hobble Creek, September 18, 3 p.m.
Children: Franklin A. first child born in Springville.
1851 Laid out Springville 12.5 rods square. Appointed counselor to Aaron
Johnson. Planted peach trees. In 5 years they set fruit.
1852 Legislature approved charter for Springville; Myron Nathan named alderman.
1854 Married Susanna Wimmer, 9 February.
1856 So many peaches they couldn't use them all.
1857 Married Mary Hurst, 11 March.
1858 Three and one-half miles of ditch dug in 4 days in Springville.
1860 Myron Nathan died after becoming overheated in the hay field, 4 August.
1863 Tryphena died at 46 years of age 12 October.

33. Tryphena Bisbee

BURI PLAC Springville City Cemetary, Springville, Utah, UT
BAPL 30 MAR 1851 9 FEB 1854

34. Noah Thomas Guymon

Arrived in Utah with the Aaron Johnson Company 8 September 1850

(source: Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Vols. 1-4)

Noah Thomas was fortunate in having a father who taught him how to work on the farm and accept responsibility. His father was also a school teacher so Noah also received some schooling, which many young people weren't able to get. He also learned about livestock. In 1826 the family moved to Edgar County, Illinois. While there, his older brother, James, returned from a trip with the news about a new church that was what they were looking for. All the family, who were old enough, were baptized. From this point on, the family endured all the persecutions that the saints went through. They moved to Nauvoo to be with the main body of the Church. Noah had married Mary Jane, and it was here that she died at the birth of their second child. In 1850, Noah, his two wives and their children, left to make their way across the plains to Utah. They settled in American Fork with some other families. Theirs was the first home erected there. Noah worked hard helping others get started. He and some others went to Salt Lake to work so they could get supplies. In the fall of 1851, they moved to Springville where his children were able to attend school. In 1852, he was called on a mission to England. He returned in 1855. After his fourth marriage, he moved his family to Fairview in Sanpete County in 1863, and from there to Fountain Green, then to Castle Valley. They seem to have moved around quite a bit. He had one wife in Huntington and one in Orangeville and visited them both, but lived in Orangeville where he eventually died at the age of 92.
The History of Noah Thomas Guymon Compiled by Olive Guymon Stone (A Granddaughter)

This history is taken from histories written from descendents of Noah Thomas Guymon, from ward records, from the diary of Noah Thomas Guymon, the church chronology, American Fork history and Church History. It is also taken from children's biographies.

Noah Thomas Guymon was born 30 June 1819 in Jackson County, Tennessee. He was the fifth child of Thomas Guymon and Sarah Gordon Guymon who were both descendants of Revolutionary War ancestors. Noah's father was a good farmer and schoolteacher and Noah received a rounded basic education in both.

In the early spring of 1826 the family moved to Edgar County, Illinois, where they lived a rather peaceful life until 1836 when James, Noah's older brother, came home from a trip, which changed their entire future. He told the family of a new church; different from any they had ever known. When James finished his story, his father said, “Jim, this is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is just what we have been looking for.” Noah, James, his youngest brother, four sisters, and his parents joined the church soon after that. Noah was baptized 2 March 1836.

Noah Thomas knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and acted as one of his bodyguards. He told his children of Joseph's experience in the Sacred Grove and how they would eventually be driven from their homes. He bore his testimony at a conference in Orangeville telling of a meeting he attended conducted by Brigham Young.

Noah Thomas married MARY DICKERSON DUDLEY on 24 December 1837 in Caldwell County, Missouri. Their first child, Mary Jane, was born on 25 October 1838 on the night of the Crooked River Battle when David Patten was killed. In the winter of 1838 Noah and his family with the rest of the Saints moved to the state of Illinois where Noah helped build the city of Nauvoo. Here there second child Lucinda Harris was born on 10 September 1840. On 8 July 1842 their third child Emma Mellisa was born.

When the Prophet Joseph was martyred, they were living on a small farm in the country not far from Nauvoo. Noah was sick in bed with a high fever at the time.

Noah's wife, MARY DICKERSON DUDLEY, died from complications of childbirth on March 1, 1845, and was taken to Nauvoo for burial. This left Noah with three small girls to care for. Ten months later on November 24, 1845, Noah Thomas married MARGARET JOHNSON, daughter of Edward Johnson and Sarah Brown Johnson, who became a good mother to the girls. To this union, were born four daughters and three sons: Margaret Elizabeth (29 Sep 1846), married Hyrum Oscar Crandall; Martin Lewis Guymon (24 Jan 1849) died 21 Apr 1868; Harriett (11 Nov 1851) married Hyrum Oscar Crandall; Moroni Guymon (30 Jul 1856) died 11 Aug 1856; Julia Luella (2 Aug 1857) married George Maycock; Edward Wallace Guymon (15 Dec 1859) married Elizabeth Preator; Lillian Melinda (29 Mar 1862) married Louis Harvey Pearson.

On 12 February 1847 Noah Thomas married a third wife, ELIZABETH ANN JONES, at Winter Quarters by Brigham Young. She was a daughter of James Nyler Jones and Sarah Ann Manerly. To them were born: William Albert Guymon (25 Apr 1849) married Marcellia Fowles; Clarissa Ellen (29 Aug 1851) married Amasa Scoville; Noah Thomas Guymon, Jr. (18 Apr 1853) married Caroline M. Hansen; Sarah Ann (30 Aug 1856) died 1858; Amy Amelia (18 Jan 1859) married Alma Gardner Jewkes; Elizabeth Ann (8 Jan 1861) died age 8 years.

Noah Thomas, his three little girls from his first wife, his wife Margaret with her first two children, and Elizabeth (his third wife) and her little son left Council Bluffs, Iowa, in the spring of 1850 to make their long journey across the plains to Utah with Aaron Johnsons' Third Company. Also in the Company were his parents and their daughter Melissa who was still single. There were his sisters Barzilla and her husband Matthew Caldwell and their small children, and Polly and her husband Robert Lewis Johnson and their small children.

It took much preparation for the long journey, clothing had to be made ready, cows and oxen had to be trained and wagons had to be loaded with supplies. They were happy with the thought of going to Utah where they would no longer be persecuted by mobs. Traveling along the Missouri River was the most pleasant part of the trip, then came the prairie land. The children drove the cattle and also gathered buffalo chips to make fires when they camped for the night. There were good times and bad, but no matter how tired they were they always sat around the campfire, after a hard day's journey, to sing songs of praise and enjoy each other's company. They finally arrived in Salt Lake Valley on September 8, 1850.

Noah Thomas, Azamiah Adams, Henry Chipman and Matthew Caldwell were the first settlers in American Fork. History says that Noah Thomas built the first house there. They lived in a small wagon box, that was taken off the wagon, and sat on the ground while building this log home. The roof was covered with small poles on which cane was laid. When the house was finished, he went with his brother-in-law Matthew and Brother Adams to find work for food and supplies to carry them through the winter. They were gone three weeks. Adams' young son and Brother Chipman were the only male members left to protect their wives and children while they were away.

The day after their departure Chief Walker and a large number of his Indian braves came and pitched their tents, or wickieups as they were called, near the little new homes which these settlers had just finished. The settlers were upset by their arrival so Brother Chipman went down to talk with the Chief. The Chief said they were friendly and that he and some of his lesser chiefs were on their way to Salt Lake City to see and talk with Brigham Young. The Chief said his Indian braves would hunt and fish and gather some acorns and turn their horses on the low lands to feed. Nevertheless, the women and children were very much afraid. Some of the Indians were very annoying. They would come into the cabins and help themselves to whatever they wanted such as milk or anything they could see that they wanted to eat. As the cows had helped pull the wagons across the plains and had given milk all summer, they were dry now. These settlers needed what little milk they got from the cows to soak the hard bread they had left. Their provisions were getting scarce. They had hauled what they did have over one thousand miles in one wagon. When a big Indian brave would come into their cabin and pick up a pan of milk, drink what he wanted and then pass it to another Indian to finish drinking, the Guymon family knew they would have dry bread to eat. Still they were very thankful to their Heavenly Father for his protecting care over them, for they realized they could have all been killed and their belongs taken or destroyed.

Noah Thomas was able to work for one his friends, William Casper, while in Salt Lake thrashing wheat, digging potatoes and hauling lumber from the canyon. He also sold some things he had brought with him; thus when he returned to American Fork he was able to obtain enough potatoes, corn and wheat to last throughout the winter. This was the last of November 1850. They stayed in American Fork that first winter. It is believed that the first child to be born in American Fork on August 28, 1851, was Clarissa Ellen, the second child of Noah's third wife, Elizabeth Ann Jones. Noah and Elizabeth Ann had been married at Winter Quarters in February 1847. In the late fall of 1851 Noah moved his family to Springville where the children were able to attend school in a log house inside the fort.

On October 1852 Noah Thomas attended General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake City. At this conference he was called to go on a mission to England. As soon as he could get proper clothing for the journey he left for his mission. He left in the company of Elder Spence Crandall, 9 September 1852 to go to Salt Lake to receive special instructions before starting their journey. There were one hundred Elders all leaving for missions to the nations of the earth. They left Salt Lake City 15 September in five wagons and arrived at Fort Bridger on the 22nd. There they joined a company in 22 more wagons. Orson Pratt, one of the twelve apostles and Daniel Spence were in this group.

He had a successful mission. Copies of letters he wrote state how successful they were and how the Lord took such good care of the missionaries that went. Without purse or script, they did not want for food or a place to lay their head. Noah was very grateful for the good care he had had and for the many converts made in England.

In Noah Thomas' diary it says, "We have charted a ship named 'Juvants' and it was to sail March 30th to bring 330 converts to America." On April 1, 1855, Elder Clover, who had been appointed president of the company, called a meeting in regard to the best policy for keeping good order. They divided the passengers on board into twelve wards, and Noah Thomas was appointed president of the First Ward. On April 6th they held a General Conference on board this ship and sustained the General Authorities of the church. Many were sick during the journey. May 6, 1855 they reached the mouth of the Delaware River, and they landed in Philadelphia at 10:00 PM that night. They reached Atchison May 27th, and on May 28th they went to Mormon Grove.

May 31st and June 1st and 2nd they organized for crossing the plains with Noah Thomas Sergeant of the Guard of the 2nd Company. June 14, 1855 they started on their journey across the plains. The 10th of August they passed Fort Kerney, and August 28th the camped at Fort Bridger. They arrived in Salt Lake City with many Saints and 58 wagons on September 7, 1855. Noah Thomas reported to the church authorities and gave his full report of his mission and then hurried home to Springville to his family. He arrived there September 10, 1855 after having been away almost three years. He was sick with mountain fever on his return and was ill for several weeks.

While in England, the Rowley home was always open to the elders. Here Noah Thomas became acquainted with the Rowley family and Louisa Rowley, the oldest daughter. This Rowley family immigrated to Utah in 1856. On 2 March 1857 Noah took LOUISA ROWLEY as his fourth wife. She was the daughter of William Rowley and Ann Jewell Rowley. They were married by Brigham Young in his office in Salt Lake City. Twelve children were born to this union: James W. Guymon, born 17 September 1858, died age 2 months John Wesley Guymon, born 7 August 1860, married 1st Mary Ann Roper, 2nd Minnie Nielsen David Rowley Guymon, born 21 February 1862, died age 24 years Willard Richard Guymon, born 20 September 1864, married 1st Mary Ann Rowley, 2nd Hattie Black, 3rd Ellen Lunt Owen Winnie Guymon, born 16 April 1866, married 1st Ester David, 2nd Ada Sherman Thomas Henry Guymon, born 23 October 1869, died age 14 years. Anna Louisa Guymon, born 12 October 1870, married Edwin L. Gary Sarah Jane Guymon, born 21 October 1872, married Azariah Brown Melissa Louella Guymon, born 31 May 1876, died age 7 years Laura Eliza Guymon, born 7 April 1870, married Adelbert Brown Franklin Noah Guymon, born 12 May 1883, married 1st Mary Daisy Turnbow, 2nd Cordelia Kestle

Wednesday, May 20, 1857, the 51st Quorum of the Seventies was organized at Springville, Utah, with Noah Thomas Guymon as its president. In 1863 Noah moved his family to Fairview, San Pete County, Utah. In 1867 they moved to Fountain Green, San Pete County, where he became counselor to Bishop Robert L. Johnson, his brother-in-law. He held this position until 1879 when he moved his family to Castle Valley. In September1884 the 81st Quorum of the Seventies was organized in Emery County by Seymour B. Young with Noah T. Guymon as one of the Presidents.

Noah moved Elizabeth Ann Jones and her family to Orangeville, Emery County and Louisa Rowley and her family to Huntington, Emery County. He and her boys built the first log cabin in Huntington (Mountain Dale) from logs hauled from Huntington Canyon. While the home was being built, they lived in a "digout" which was dug from a clay hill with a leanto at the opening. Poles were placed upright with willows placed across covered with mud and leaves for a roof. Small windows were fashioned out of heavy greased paper. An old tub served as a stove for cooking and for heat. After the log cabin was finished Louisa gave birth to her twelfth child and Noah's twenty-eighth.

Noah spent part of his time in Huntington and part of his time in Orangeville with his third wife until the Manifesto. He then moved to Orangeville and made his home with his third wife, Elizabeth Ann Jones.

At the time of the Manifesto, one morning a neighbor came and told Louisa that a soldier from the United States Army was in town looking for men who were practicing polygamy. The neighbor said, “You'd better keep your children inside so they can't be questioned.” But Louisa needed something from the store so she sent her youngest daughter Laura on the errand. She instructed her child to just say “I don't know” if anyone asked her any questions. Sure enough, a soldier saw her and said, "Who is your Dad, little girl?" "I don't know," Laura said. "Well, where do you live?" he questioned again. "I don't know," came the answer. Two other questions were "Where is your father" and "what is your name," to which Laura said each time, "I don't know." Disgusted the soldier said, "Oh, you dumb little child," and he rode away.

When Noah left his youngest family in Huntington, he left them with stock in the Huntington Co-op Store, where they sold everything from yard goods to molasses, pots, pans and farm machinery. Dividends were declared on the stock each January which kept the children in clothes. The farm, he left to the boys.

Noah's declining years were spent in Orangeville, Emery County, Utah. Until a few months before his death he cared for a small garden and milked a cow. He had lived an active life having helped organize a cooperative store in Fountain Green, Orangeville, and Huntington. He was successful with a mercantile business and with farming and livestock raising. He died on 7 January 1911 at the age of 92 in Orangeville, Emery County, Utah and is buried there. He was the father of 28 children and many many grand children and great grandchildren.
1. 1850 census - Utah Co., UT: p. 136B, 245/245.
2. 1860 census - Utah Co., UT: Springville, p. 273, 2430/1913.
3. "History of John Rowley."
4. "Rowley Family Histories," 1992.
5. "William-Ann Jewell Rowley Newsletter," May 1995.
Copied from:
The Life Story of Hyrum Oscar Crandall of Springville, Utah
And his two wives
Margaret Elizabeth Guymon & Harriet Guymon
Compiled and Published by Henry E. Miller

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Chronology of Noah Thomas Guymon
1819 30 June born at Jackson County, Tennessee.
1837 24 December married Mary Dickerson Dudley.
1838 Their first child, Jane, was born near Far West the night
of the "Battle of Crooked River". During the winter Noah's
family was driven from Missouri by mobs.
1840 Lucinda was born 9 September.
1842 Emma Melissa was born 8 July.
1845 Wife Mary died 1 March, buried in Hancock County. 25 November,
Noah married Margaret Johnson, mother of Margaret Elizabeth and Harriet.
They had five child, Margaret being the first.
1846 Noah and Margaret Johnson Guymon and their three children were
driven from Illinois. Margaret Elizabeth Guymon was born 29 September
at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
1847 12 February married Ann Jones as his first polygamous marriage.
They had six children.
1850 8 September arrived in Salt Lake City with the Aaron Johnson company.
1851 In the fall the families moved to Springville.
1852 During the October conference he was called to serve in the England
1855 He returned from his mission to Salt Lake City 7 September.
1857 2 March married Louisa Rowley of England. They had twelve children.
20 April, the 51st Quorum of Seventy was organized in Springville, with Noah
as one of the presidents.
1863 Noah moved his families to Fairview, Utah.
1868 23 October Noah moved his families to Fountain Green, Sanpete County,
1879 Noah moved to Castle Valley , locating Margaret's and Louise's family in
Huntington and Elizabeth Jones' family in Orangville.
1900 17 December Margaret Johnson Guymon, age 70, died in Driggs, Idaho.
1911 7 January Noah, age 92, and father of 28, died in Orangville and was buried
MARR PLAC Winterquarters (Florence), Douglas, Ne
Monday, November 25, 1845
Nauvoo, Illinois:

Another cold day in Nauvoo. It was a day of several
marriages.Luman Shurtliff married another wife, Altamira
Gaylord, his wife's sister, who he baptized in 1844. They were
married by Samuel Bent, a member of the high council. (Samuel
Bent later presided over the Garden Grove settlement and died in
1846.) The family moved into Mother Gaylord's home since she
couldn't take care of herself. They arranged to take over all of her
property in return for caring for her as long as she lived. Later, in
1846, her non-member son, Thomas, persuaded her to not go
west with the saints, but to go east. Soon thereafter she died.

Alfred B. Lambson and Melissa Jane Bigler were also married.
Alfred Lambson was later served a mission to the West Indies in
1853. He died in 1905. President Joseph F. Smith married one
of his daughters.

Noah T. Guymon and Margaret Johnson were also married.
Noah would be called to serve a mission to Europe in 1852,
would return leading a company of saint to Utah in 1855, serve
as a president of the 51st quorum of Seventy in Springville, Utah
in 1857, the 81st quorum in Orangeville, Emery county in 1884,
and died there in 1911.

Thomas Bullock was still hoping to get his cow back (see Nov
8), but another witness hadn't arrived yet to testify for him.

Daniel and Elizabeth Browett had a son born to them named
Moroni Browett. Daniel joined the church in England and was in
charge of a ship of Mormon immigrants in 1841. He would later
serve in the Mormon Battalion. As the Battalion was crossing
over the Sierras, heading for Utah, Daniel was murdered by
Indians, terribly mutilated at a place that took the name "Tragedy


Luman Shurtliff Autobiography, typescript, BYU-S, p.66
Black, Susan Easton, Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: 1830-1848
Thomas Bullock Journal, BYU Studies Vol 31, No 1
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol.1, p.367 BENT, Samuel
James R. Clark, Messages of the First Presidency, Vol.2, p.105
B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol.3, Ch.87, p.369

(c) Copyright David R. Crockett 1995. All rights reserved.

36. Jonathan Taylor Packer

Jonathan Taylor Packer, son of Moses and Eve (Williams) Packer,was born Perry Township, Richland County, Ohio on the 26th of July 1817. Jonathan was the youngest of twelve children. Very little information is found relative to Jonathan's boyhood. From stories told by his grandchildren we learn that he worked as a tanner with his father, Moses, during younger years.
Jonathan joined the Mormon Church and was baptized on the 10th of March 1836 by Elder Jacob Myers. Two of his brothers also joined the Church -- Nathan Williams in December 1833, and William Hamilton, November 1850. At the time Jonathan joined the Church, it had established headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio, just twenty-five miles from his home. The Church had received a lot of publicity and had taken great strides in conversions and development. In fact, the popularity of the Church had created such commotion among the different religious sects that jealousy and ill feeling soon developed into persecution. Because of this, the authorities decided to re-establish the Church headquarters in Jackson County, Missouri. Jonathan joined the Saints migrating to Missouri just two months after joining the Church. In the history that he wrote he states that he took a fine Arabian mare wlth him on this journey. He let Colonel George Hinkle ride his mare while he walked those eight hundred miles. These miles led the Saints over a wild and desolate prairie, trackless and without habitation, save for an occasional hunter.
When Jonathan arrived in Missouri, the Saints were again on the move; the people of Jackson County fearing the domination of the Mormons in their community forced them on. At first the people established themselves chiefly along Shoal Creek, a tributary of the Grand River. They then pushed out into different parts of Caldwell County in Missouri. Meantime a steady stream of immigrants poured into upper Missouri, till many Eastern and Canadian towns were emptied of their Mormon population. In a short time, about fifteen thousand Saints had settled the region. They bought land, they harvested crops, they built private and public houses and they looked forward hopefully to a period of peace and prosperity.
Jonathan was among the Saints who were driven out of Jackson County. It was in this area that he met and married Sarah Ewell, about 1837. Their only child was born on the 27th of August 1838 in Ray County, Missouri. They named his Nephi a£ter the Book of Mormon character. This expressed their devotion toward their Church. Their faith was demonstrated many times by their great desire to establish their Church in the face of starvation and death.
By the end of the 1838, things went from bad to worse. Mobs were organized and determined to drive the Mormons, who were anti-slavery, out of Missouri. Governor Boggs of Missouri offered no aid or protection for the Mormon people. We find Jonathan at Crooked River where a savage battle took place. Under Captain Patten the Mormons charged the mobsters, who had sought to attack them, and immediately came to contact with them with swords and gun fire. The mob was soon put to flight. Captain Fatten, of the quorum of the twelve, was mortally wounded. Jonathan brought with him his journey across the plains a sword which was used in the Battle of Crooked River. This sword is at present in the possession of Lillian Millett.
Just six days after the Battle of Crooked River the treacherous bloody battle at Hauns Mill took place. This was a settlement of about thirty families on Shoal Creek about sixteen miles east of Far West in Caldwell County. This incident in Mormon history is introduced at this point because of Angeline Avilda, commonly called Avilda, one of the daughters William and Mary Champlin who were living there. The Saints had just signed a treaty of peace with a state militia officer without knowing the reason why they should be called on to enter into such an agreement. However, in the treaty they had been promised protection if they would lay down their arms, which they did.
The following day, on the 30th of October, 1838, they were attacked by more than 200 armed men. Confusion reigned among the Mormons. Some of them ran into a log house used as a blacksmith shop while others fled into the thicket near the mill stream for protection. William joined a group of men who barricaded themselves in that blacksmith shop for refuge. The cracks between the logs of the shop were so wide that the fiends on the outside could see their victims within. Surrounding the place, they poured volley after volley through the cracks with deadly effect. William escaped with his life when a Brother Richards fell over him dead. With his blood splattered over his body he feigned death. From that day on they affectionally called him "possum" Champlin.
The Champlin family who had just come in from the carrot field with their harvest, ran to a thicket. As they were running a bullet pierced Avilda's skirt and sleeve but she was unhurt. They hid in the branches of an old oak tree and prayed aloud for deliverance. As soon as they had finished their prayers, two chipmunks appeared and ran in a circle around the tree where they were hiding. This they considered as an omen that their prayers had been heard and would be answered. Avilda, became the second wife of Jonathan Taylor Packer just two years after this incident.
Such dastardly and savage massacres as these, and many others were undoubtedly touched off by the famous extermination order of Governor Boggs. "The Mormons," he said, "must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state!"
Nothing exhibits better the marvelous recuperative powers of Mormonism than the manner is which it flourished in Illinois. Stripped and peeled when they entered that state, these Latter-day Saints almost immediately sprang up into a community on the banks of the Mississippi the like of which was not to be found in western America. Jonathan with his good wife Sarah and their infant son, Nephi, were with this group. They stayed with the Saints for a short time in Quincy. Our history tells of a small stove owned by Alonzo Packer which bore the trade mark of "Quincy, Illinois." Alonzo called attention to the fact that they once lived there.
During the expulsion of the Mormons, on the last day of October, 1838, The Prophet was visited by Colonel George M. Hinkle. It was this Colonel that Jonathan had loaned his fine Arabian mare to ride while he walked from Kirtland, Ohio, to Jackson County, Missouri. Hinkle was at this time in command of the Mormon forces at Far West.
"President Smith," said Colonel Hinkle, as he came into the room, "one of the peace terms is that you, Sidney Rigdom, Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight, and George W. Robinson shall give yourselves up as prisoners of war, the understanding being that you will be released just as soon as things can be arranged."
The five persons named went with him. But they soon found that they had been betrayed by the Colonel who had delivered them up for trial and punishment as common violaters of law. Jonathan's friend, the Colonel, turned
traitor to his friends and the Church.
When the Prophet Joseph Smith was released from prison, his arrival in Quincy cheered the Saints. Obviously he turned that imprisonment to a good account, for it was here that he conceived the idea of Commerce as a likely spot for the Saints to settle. Commerce was so unhealthful that very few people could or would live there. However, he knew that the place would become a healthful spot by the blessings of heaven to the Saints. then too, no more eligible place presented itself.
As they arrived on the new townsite, they fell sick of the Malaria fever. Jonathan and Sarah were among those Saints. Sarah with her infant son had endured the many hardships, but her physical strength had become so weakened during those days of trials, that she died on the lst of July 1839 in Nauvoo.
In fact, So many of the Saints were sick and dying that the prophet felt that something (must) be done. On the morning of July 22nd, 1839 he rose to find himself endowed with a high degree of spiritual power. He and his counselors set out to heal the sick. Many testimonies were gained through that administration. As the Prophet busied himself healing the sick, a stranger came up to him and begged him to come to his home and heal his sick babies. Joseph hesitated a moment, then said to Wilford Woodruff: "You go with the man. Take this handkerchief and wipe the faces of the children as you administer to them, and they will be healed." Woodruff says that he did as directed with the desired result. The handkerchief, a red silk, is still in the Woodruff family treasure chest. This mass healing was performed just 22 days after the death of Sarah.
With the Saints Jonathan went to work again to build a home, but this time without his good wife, Sarah, and with the responsibilities of little Nephi, his Son. He helped to drain the boggy land of Commerce where they were forced to fight disease, pests, starvation and even death, if they were to survive. He built a home for himself of red brick. He later in life remarked that this was the best home that he had ever owned. Clay for the brick was in a natural form on the banks of the Mississippi River and didn't require a kiln treatment. Many of these red brick homes still stand as a reminder of the industry and spirit of the Saints while in Nauvoo.
Jonathan was lone some and felt the need for a companion to assist him in rearing his son, Nephi. The following year, he married Angeline Avilda Champlin. Avilda, as she was called, was born in Windsor County, Vermont, January 8th, 1820. She was that little girl, along with her parents and family who survived the Haun's Mill Massacre.
Jonathan and Avilda began life together in that little red brick home, a place they felt secure from those who sought to drive them away. Commerce was changed that year into a thriving community which was destined to become the largest city in Illinois in a few short years. The name was changed by the Saints to Nauvoo, meaning "How Beautiful!" The same year that Jonathan was married, was a presidential year. Nauvoo was given one of the most liberal charters ever granted any city. This charter was the result of political pressure in interest of influence in obtaining the Mormon vote.
Under the able direction of the Prophet the Saints began the job of building the beautiful Nauvoo temple on the banks of the Mississippi. Jonathan assisted the Church members in erecting that beautiful edifice. The next few years of Jonathan and Avilda's lives were happy, progressive and peaceful. They had the privilege of watching the city of Nauvoo grow from the old log trading post along the Mississippi to a thriving metropolis. Their happiness was enhanced by the birth of three of their children in Nauvoo. Alonzo was born on the 14th of April 1841; Lorenzo James was born on the 27th of July 1843. and Sarah Elizabeth the 19th of October 1845.
As the town of Nauvoo blossomed in popularity and beauty, the mob spirit and jealousy began to rise. The Saints who had worked so hard for a home and a chance to build a city began to feel the mob tension and insecurity again filled their hearts. Jonathan and Avilda gathered their children about them and through prayer and work were able to keep their home going. During the year of 1844 their leader and Prophet was murdered by the mob. His untimely death brought sadness and apprehensions into the hearts of the faithful. In the little town of Nauvoo where Jonathan and Avilda dwelt they heard the distressing news. Within that city we are told that the watch dogs howled mournfully as if they of the city's founders were the prized burdens wrapped in buffalo robes that the lumbering wagons had borne that day to the City of the Saints. Throughout the city the cattle in barnyards bellowed through the night, their mournful calls magnifying the sorrow of the sleepless Saints.
Brigham Young was chosen the new president of the Church. Under his leaderShip the Saints worked feverishly to finish the Nauvoo temple. On December l0th, 1845, the temple was opened for endowments. Mobs forced its closing February 7th 1846. During those two months, however, about 2,000 saints received their endowments. Jonatnan and Avilda were among the faithful who were privileged to receive their endowments on the 6th of February 1846, just the day before it was closed.
Life was uncertain from then on in Nauvoo. Brigham Young and the Saints were busy preparing for the great exodus. Jonathan and Avilda knew that the time was at hand when they would have to again give up the home they had worked so hard to obtain. Jonathan's time was consumed building a wagon and disposing of the property to the best advantage possible. Avilda was busy deciding issues, sorting clothes and packing necessities. One story of these necessities handed down to us is the story of a bag of potato eyes which Avilda had very carefully cut from her potatoes to take with them for seed. During their long journey, the eyes became as hard as rocks, but to their great astonishment they grew into fine potatoes when planted in the great Salt Lake Valley.
During those days, the solemn silence of the night was broken only by the clang of the tools of industry preparing a way for the people to leave. The secret exodus started in the dead of a cold winter-a master Stroke by Brigham Young. Quietly the wagons rolled out of their dooryards loaded with bedding and provisions in preparation to being drawn across the Mississippi into the vast unknown. Jonathan had a yoke of oxen and a yoke of cows. The cows furnished their milk which was a luxury everyone did not enjoy. Even with two teams the load was heavy. It was necessary for the young to walk across the plains. Alonzo being seven years of age, walked all the way from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake City. He later remarked that the skin on his feet was so thick he could strike a spark on the bottom by rubbing them.
Jonathan and Avilda left with the David or Daniel Evans Company and were among the first following Brigham Young. As their creaking wagons disappeared over the rolling hills) their fate became a part of the silence of the prairies. Their only protection was unity, their meagre possessions) and supplies they could carry in their wagons. Jonathan did not hesitate in making up his mind. His courageous heart and unfaltering faith drove him on to the West) a new home, on with the Saints that he loved.
During the perilous journey Jonathan and Avilda were forced to stop in Winter Quarters with the Saints. The United States government had followed their trail and demanded 500 of their strongest men to help with the war in Mexico. This So weakened their ranks that a winter encampment was necessary. Due to exposure, improper food and drinking water, approximately six hundred people died that winter. Jonathan and Avilda lost their baby) Sarah Elizabeth on the 19th of October 1845. They baptized their oldest son, Nephi, son of Sarah and Jonathan in the Missouri River. Try to imagine the feeling of Jonathan and Avilda as they left Winter Quarters in 1848. After those winters of hardship, their baby Elizebeth was buried on the cold bleak plains of Nebraska. Their heads, though bowed with grief, were turned toward a new home somewhere in the West. A home where they might worship God according to their own desires.
Jonathan and Avilda entered the great Salt Lake Valley on the 31st of August 1848) about a year after Brigham Young had proclaimed, "It is enough. This is the right place) drive on." They arrived 16 days ahead of their particular company. The trip, although hard, was made without further incident. Avilda was expecting her fourth child. William was born while they lived in Pioneer Fort on the 26th of October 1848. He was the first white child born in that fort.
Their hardships were not over. It was in May and June of that year (1848 that the crickets had devoured the tender leaves of grain and came so near destroying the whole crop. At times the Saints were forced to live on thistles and sego roots. Though the Saints were horrified at the thought of starvation, they did not despair. When their deliverance did come in the form of a great flock of white winged gulls, a great rejoicing went out and the hand of the Lord was recognized with gratitude. On August the l0th, 1848, a special day of celebration, "The Harvest Feast", was set apart and observed. The crops had not been entirely destroyed. With new companies arriving every few weeks the food Supply for the winter was meager and must be rationed. Jonathan and Avilda arrived about three weeks after the "Harvest Feast."
Jonathan and Avilda set about doing one of the greatest tasks of the pioneers, that of building, creating and tying together with churches, schools and homes, a new community. Jonathan built the first house in the
First Ward in Salt Lake City. It was during that same year (1849) that their little son, Lorenzo James, died. He was just six years of age.
Their hearts were filled with gratitude for the place God had given them to again build a home. Their faith in that which they were doing was expressed many times. As each child reached baptismal age, that ordinance was performed. Alonzo was baptized in Salt Lake City in 1849. Another instance of their courage and faith was expressed that year when the Church called for volunteers to explore the South. Jonathan was ready to help.
Under the able leadership of Parley P. Pratt, Jonathan left that Winter with a group of fifty men into the dreary and almost unknown region of Southern Utah. During this exploring expedition they encountered severe weather, deep snow, and many hardships and trials incident to such an undertaking. They explored the best portion of the country south from Great Salt Lake City to the mouth of the Santa Clara on the Rio Virgen, which is the principal branch of the Rio Colorado. Regarding this adventure, history states: "In much of this distance we made the first tracks; even the portion which had before been penetrated by wagons were so completely snowed under we seldom found the trail. "Their exploration took them to Santa Clara Creek. After wallowing in the Snow and suffering from exposure, this group arrived home February 7th, 1850--exhausted, but with a fine report of the country to the South.
The next few years were hard for Jonathan and Avilda. They did not count their wealth in material things of life, but in the eternal rewards. During the year 1851, Pleasant Desseret was born. He was later affectionatly called, "Uncle Dez." On September 9th, 1852 Angeline Mary was born. They were still living in the Sugar House Ward. In 1855, Avilda Verona was born. Avilda died just three years later in Salem, Utah. In 1860 Eva was born in Brigham City. Eva died two years later, on April 16th, 1862 in that same city.
Jonathan accepted the doctrine of plural marriage as a law of God, as did he accept all parts of the gospel. In accordance to this law he took unto himself another wife, Christiana Sunby, in the year of 1857. (It might be stated here that about only 2% of the male population were permitted to marry more than one wife, as a man had to meet required qualifications from the Church authorities.) Christiana was a little Mormon girl who had arrived in Salt Lake City with a company of immigrants from Denmark in September 1857. She was a charming person with a most lovable personality had a great desire in her heart to live the principles of the gospel.
The most unselfish Avilda shared with Christiana, her material wealth that she and Jonathan had worked and sacrificed So much to obtain. Surely within Avilda's heart dwelled a possessive love of Jonathan. Through joys and sorrows they had gained an eternal love for each other. Now Avilda was called upon to share not oqly her wealth, but her love with another. Adjustments had to be made, codes rebuilt,--yes, even personalities changed. But hadn't Avilda's life been one of sacrifice, one of re-adjustments, one of courage and strength. It was a principle of the gospel, she could, and she would accept her new way of life.
Through the years, Avilda learned to love Christiana with all her heart. Christiana's children were as Avilda's and visa versa. There was a strong love, respect and devotion in the hearts of all the family.
Let's picture for a moment, the setting So far built around Jonathan and his wives. Salt Lake was now a thriving community, not all Mormon, for it was fast collecting the transient elements that was also moving west. Indians were a constant trouble, their friendship had to be cultivated at all times.
It was this year (1858), that Johnson's Army threatened to destroy the Saints in Utah. Those men living in polygamy were forced to hid out or be persecuted. These were the times that tried men's souls. It also tried their stability, their courage and their faith. It was in this year (1858) on the 19th of April that Lavern Sonora was born to Avilda. Lavern was born in a tent where her mother, Avilda, and Jonathan were camped. They were then on their way to Mexico to escape the persecution dealt those living in polygamy. However, after a few weeks camp there, they changed their minds about going to Mexico and decided to turn back to their home in Brigham City.
Jonathan then took Christiana and moved to Fort Herriman, west of Riverton, Utah, where their first son, Joseph Alma, was born. (Joseph: had a son Ira who is the father of Boyd Packer who was sustained as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the General Conference of the Church in Salt Lake on October 1, 1961.) Later Jonathan and Christiana joined Avilda in Brigham City where they built homes nearby where the families could associate together. Later to Christiana was born these children: 1861 on April 6th, Helger; 16 February 1864, Amasa, Lyman was born; 24 December 1865 Amos was born and on 30 March 1869 Martha was born. Amasa Lyman died in 1865 of measles at the age of nine months.(Amos came to Arizona when he was 19 years old. He was mayor of Pima, Ariz for 10 years. He was also a Pony Express rider.)
Jonathan established a tannery business on North Ist East in Brigham City. Later he went into the mercantile business. Still later he joined the Co-op Mercantile, acting as the first manager of that Co-op. He was also a nightwatchman at the City Hall. On the 17th of June 1869, while in the line of duty as a guard at the City Hall, he was accidently shot in the hip while trying to thwart the escape of three vicious prisoners. From that time on, Jonathan walked with a limp.
About 1872, Jonathan married a fourth wife, Ellen Lindquist or Youngquist. She was a cripple. With Ellen he left Brigham City and moved to Franklin, Idaho. About a year later they moved to Clinton, now called Cannonville. He was ordained the first Bishop there and set apart by Erastus Snow, Sunday August 6, 1877,. His son, Nephi, was his first counselor. This same year his fourth wife, Ellen died. Jonathan returned again to Brigham City to be with his wives, Avilda and Christiana.The Church movement was reaching into the ever developing western country. The Authorities of the Church were anxious to establish their religion in the west, consequently they encouraged many of their members to journey on into Southern Utah and Arizona. Jonathan now 66 years old, still had a great love of adventure, exploration, and a true spirit of pioneering in his blood. He was ready to go into this uncultivated land still hostile with Indians. On the 1st of May 1883. Jonathon set out with a friend, Mr. Fife, for Arizona. He bade his good wives goodbye with the understanding that Avilda would soon follow him there, Surely when he bid Christiana goodbye, it must have been hard, for at his age, coupled with the hardships of travel, she must have felt it would be her last with Jonathan. Christiana died on the 17th of December 1892 in Brigham City--just nine years after Jonathan left for Arizona.
Avilda who lived with her doughter Sonora from that time on came to Arizona with her daughter and family, along with Alonzo and William and their families. Nephi, Son of Jonathan and Sarah, later followed with his family, settling in Safford, Arizona. He arrived in Arizona on the 23rd of October 1888.
Jonathan established a merchantile business in Safford, selling a little of everything but specializing in meat. His grand daughters, "Vern," Cora, Maude, Vessa, "Lottie," and Clara have told how they went to that store with small Bull Durham tobacco sacks filled with what they had gleaned from the fields, to buy their candy. At one time, "Vern" told of filling a small bucket and buying a small flat iron wnich was a real prize for her at that time. She still has this iron in her possession. (1961)
Jonathan's death occurred at the home of his son, William. He died at the age of 71- January 29th, 1889. He was buried in Safford, then Layton. He died as he lived, -in a new country, still a pioneer; building, creating, and traveling to spread the gospel which he loved. He lead the way where we, his children have followed, -to a home in ARIZONA!
Avilda lived until the 7th of January 1893. She died at the home of her daughter, Sonora. (This story is affectionally dedicated to our little MOTHER, Charlotte Beryl "Lottie" (Packer) Freestone, whose life was rich with the true spirit of our early pioneers.)

(Our thanks to Cousin Lee Crandall who has worked faithfully as a typist to cut the stensils to make this story available to all our cousins.)


38. Solomon Ellis PARKER Sr

Source: Family information copied from the book, "The Life and Times
of Alonzo Hamilton Packer and his wife Lydia Ann Parker"
Compiled by John A. Freestone
Notes were found in

Notes provided by John Ira Parker of Elko, Nevada to Laura Greene, 1999,
from his family records:

Solomon Parker was born August 25, 1804 in Edwardsburg, Johnston,
Ontario, Canada. He was the eighth child of Robert James Parker and
Providence Miller. He married first Ann Custin of Preston, second Nancy
Welch and third Mary Catherine Green. Solomon Parker immigrated from
Canada to Utah in 1856 and recorded in Journal Histories October 15, 1856
and September 20, 1856 (pages 1-8), "Solomon Parker and family came from
Canada as passengers on Capt. Knud Peterson's Ox train, which arrived in
Great Salt Lake on September 1856. (250 Scandinavians), 14 wagon English
emigrants. Left Florence, Nebraska about June 10, 1856. Joseph Parker
was also a passenger. While in Canada, Solomon Parker bought on March 5,
1851 100 acres of land from George T. Goodhue in Middlesex. Paid 7
pounds (N 1/2 lot N. Con) Solomon sold on April 28, 1856 100 acres of
land to Thomas Cook for 312 pounds 10 shillings. The sale of the land
was immediately before his departure for Utah. Solomon Parker spent the
last years of his life with a couple of his sons from his marriage to
Nancy Welch in Deer Lodge, Montana, and died there May 8, 1884.

40. John Wyatt Moody

The Moody information from Janice McAlpine: contains many corrections to the book, "The John Wyatt Moody Family Past and Present". There is a great deal of good sources in the book but much of the book does not have sources and Janice has found sources that conflict with the book. Because of this I am using her sources not the books sources.

Janice McAlpine:, April 11, 2011.

John Wyatt Moody: is said to have been born 10 Jun 1776, Lunenburg Co., Virginia, but his year of birth probably isn't accurate. He died 20 Aug 1839, in Houston, Harris Co., Texas. He is said to have married Mary “Polly” Baldwin on 13 Mar 1806 in Trumbull, Warren Co., Ohio.

Most of the information about John Wyatt Moody posted on-line comes from The John Wyatt Moody Family Past and Present, E. Grant Moody (1985), which in turn seems to rely on the not always accurate research compiled by Helen Foster Snow. So far, I have not found any other source of research on John Wyatt Moody. This is quite frustrating because E. Grant Moody didn’t document his histories or check his information against existing records. As a result, it is difficult to figure out what is reliable and what isn’t in Grant Moody’s widely circulated genealogy for John Wyatt Moody.

I don’t know where John Wyatt Moody’s commonly listed birth date comes from, but John probably wasn’t born in 1776. His father, Dr. Thomas Moody (aka, Thomas Moody Jr.), appeared on the Lunenburg Co., Virginia, tithes list for the first time in June 1776. In the 1770s, a white male appeared on the tithes list at age 16. If unmarried, he was listed with the individual responsible for paying the tithe -- usually his father. When he came of age or married, he was listed separately because he was responsible for his own tithe. According to Dr. Moody’s Revolutionary War pension application, he was born November 9, 1759. So, he would have turned 16 in November of 1775 and would have been listed as a tithe in June of 1776. This fits with the tithes lists. In addition, Dr. Moody was listed with his father, Thomas Moody Sr., on the June 1776 tithes lists This means that he was age 16 and unmarried in June of 1776. Therefore, John Wyatt Moody could not have been born 10 June 1776. I suspect that John Wyatt’s descendents knew the date and month of his birth and guessed about the year based on how old they thought he was when he died.

Given common naming patterns, John may not have been the first born son for Dr. Thomas Moody. Dr. Moody’s father was named Thomas and Mary Young Moody’s father was named Thomas. Under normal circumstances, their first born son would also have been named Thomas.

John Wyatt’s date of death was listed as August 20, 1839, in his estate documents. See, abstract of estate documents:

The Telegraph and Texas Register, August 21, 1839, p. 2, Col. 4, also stated: "Moody, J. W., died in the City [Houston] after a short illness, Maj. J. W. Moody, of congestive fever, aged about 48.” [My note: I believe he was older than 48 in 1839, because he was at least 26 on the 1810 census.]

It is possible that John Wyatt Moody was buried in the Frost-Town Cemetery, Harris Co., Texas, which was used from 1837 until the late 1880's. The site no longer exists; the Harris County tax assessor's Block Book shows that the cemetery has disappeared into the bayou. The cemetery occupied the two blocks A and H, which bordered Buffalo Bayou. ( At the time of his death, John Wyatt Moody owned land that was adjacent to the Frost property on Buffalo Bayou (more about property below). So, it is possible that he was buried in the Frost-Town Cemetery and his grave has been lost.

It is also possible that he was buried in the Old City Cemetery located at Girard at Elder, Houston, Texas, under the old Jefferson Davis Hospital and other city buildings. There were burials in that cemetery as early as 1836. Unfortunately, the city allowed construction on the site, starting in the 1920's, and as many as 10,000 graves were lost.
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John Wyatt and Polly Moody’s children:

A. Dorinda Melissa MOODY born 15 Jan 1808 in Iredell, North Carolina, died 21 Nov 1895 in Pine Valley, Washington Co., Utah. She married first to William Gidson SALMON on 24 Jul 1825 in St. Clair County, Alabama. She married 2nd to Michael Roup GOHEEN on 25 April 1837 in Bastrop, Bastrop Co., Texas. She married 3rd to William Rufus SLADE on 20 February 1853 in Anderson, Harris Co., Texas, or in Spring Creek, San Saba Co., Texas. (Named in her grandfather Dr. Thomas Moody's estate.)

B. Alfonzo MOODY born about 1810, Iredell Co., North Carolina. He apparently died early.

C. Mary Grizan or Crison MOODY, born about 1814 Iredell, North Carolina, died about 1824, Ashville, St. Clair, Alabama

D. Francis Winfred MOODY born 21 October 1816 in Saint Clair Co., AL , died 21 May 1854 in Greenville, Butler Co., AL , buried Old Pioneer Cemetery, Butler Co., AL. He married Louisa Sarah Rebecca OLIVER on 7 Jan 1835 in Greenville, Butler Co., AL.

E. William Crestfield/Cresfield MOODY born 23 Mar 1819 in St. Clair Co., Alabama, died 26 Sep 1906 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., California, 30 Sep 1906 Thatcher, Graham, Arizona. He married 1st on 1 Jan 1840 in Montgomery, Texas, to Harriet HENSON. He married 2/3 on 20 Dec 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, to Lola Eliza BESS and Cynthia Elizabeth DAMRON. He married 4th on 21 Apr 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, to Louisa GILLARD. (Early Mormon multiple wives.) [My note: some people list an additional wife, Victoria Reginia ROGERS, but I have not found anything about her.] (Named in his grandfather Dr. Thomas Moody's estate.)

F. John Monroe MOODY born 16 Feb 1822 in Ashville, St. Clair Co., Alabama, died 27 Jan 1884 in Thatcher, Graham Co., Arizona. He married 1st on 2 Jan 1850 Grimes Co., Texas, to Margaret ANGLIN. He married 2nd on 23 Jan 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, to Elizabeth POOL. He married 3rd on 20 DEC 1857 in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT, to Sarah Matilda DAMRON. He married 4th on 15 Sep 1878 in St. George, Washington, Utah, to Margaret Lenora PAGE/PACE. (Early Mormon multiple wives.) (Named in his grandfather Dr. Thomas Moody's estate.)
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I think John Wyatt was still living with his parents in 1800:

Moody Thomas 2 2110//210100 4 [2m under 10, 2m 10-15, 1m 16-25, 1m 26-44, 2f under 10, 1f 10-15, 1f 26-44, 4 slaves]

According to an 18 November 1805 letter from Daniel Wright to his father-in-law Thomas Cadet Young (John Wyatt Moody's grandfather), it appears that "cuzin John Moody" was visiting in South Carolina on that date and would be carrying the letter back to Iredell County on his return trip. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the word "cousin" was a general term used to refer to any relative outside the immediate family circle. It often was used to refer to a niece or nephew. (This information comes from a variety of sources, but one is: “Coming to 'Terms' with Genealogy,” by Bob Brooke, <>) I assume Daniel Wright was referring to his nephew by marriage, John Wyatt Moody. If accurate, my reading of the letter places John Wyatt Moody in South Carolina as late as the 18th of November 1805 and probably means that he was in North Carolina during the winter of 1805/1806.

The following is my transcription of the letter (Original in the Kennedy Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, copy in my paper file. )

South Carolina. November 18th 1805 (1803?)
Respecttable parents -- [Written to Thomas Cadet Young and Lucy Ragsdale Young]
By this opportunity we inform you of our present state of health. We have had more sickness in our family this fall than ever I experienced. We are reasonably well at present except Nancy. She has had a long and dangerous spell of the feavour and is very low at present but is I hope recovering - tho cozen John Moody can inform you of particulars. I, therefore, shall conclude in hopes with all our friends and relatives enjoy good health. Tell sister Betsey Young we have not forgot hur good company and feal grateful to her for the same and hope opportunity will offer itself with [conveaniance?] to give her another pass to South Carolina. We remain as in duty bound your children Sincerely
Daniel & Nancy Wright

John Wyatt Moody’s wife is always listed as Mary “Polly” Baldwin born 1 Feb 1785, Wilkes, Georgia, died 10 Dec 1853, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. On the 1850 census, she was listed as Polly Moody age 65 born in Georgia.

John Wyatt Moody is said to have married Mary “Polly” Baldwin on 13 Mar 1806 in Trumbull, Warren Co., Ohio. This does not seem very likely unless there is a great story to explain it. As far as I can tell, there was no prior connection between the Moody and Baldwin families. Before their move to Ohio, the Baldwins lived in Georgia and the Moody family in North Carolina. No one has ever given any explanation for how John Wyatt Moody and Polly Baldwin met or why John Wyatt would have traveled from North Carolina to Ohio to marry. In addition, John Wyatt Moody was probably in South Carolina in the fall of 1805 and in North Carolina in the winter of 1805/1806. Would he really have had time to travel to Ohio, meet Mary Baldwin and marry by March 1806?

There actually was a John Moody who married a Polly Baldwin on that date in Warren Co., Ohio, (Marriage records, 1803-1924 Ohio. Probate Court (Warren County); Warren County Genealogical Society Marriages 1803-1834), but there was another Moody family in Warren Co., Ohio, by the 1820 census. One of them was a J. Moody, who probably was the John Moody who showed up on contemporaneous records in the Warren Co., Ohio, area.

At this point, the Ohio marriage does not makes senses to me. Given how unreliable other parts of the Moody genealogy seem to be, I am reserving judgment on the marriage until someone can provide a better connection between John Wyatt Moody and the John Moody who married Polly Baldwin in Ohio.

The Mary “Polly” Baldwin who married in Ohio was born 1 Feb 1785, Wilkes, Georgia. If she didn’t marry John Wyatt Moody, then the birth information commonly listed for John Wyatt Moody’s wife is not accurate. Assuming that the Ohio marriage is mistaken, I am not sure whether John Wyatt Moody married another Polly Baldwin or whether his wife’s name wasn’t “Baldwin” at all.

One researcher says that John Wyatt married Mary Baldwin about 1818 in Coosa, Alabama. If so, Mary was a second wife because John Wyatt was married on the 1810 census in Iredell Co., North Carolina, with two young daughters.

I believe the following is John Wyatt Moody on the 1810 census in Iredell Co., North Carolina, with wife Polly, and two daughters, Dorinda (b. 1808) and an unknown daughter:

1810 > NORTH CAROLINA > IREDELL > NO TWP LISTED Series: M252 Roll: 40 Page: 508
MOODY JOHN 00010//200100 [1m 26-44, 2f under 10, 1f 26-44, 2 slaves]

John Wyatt Moody was a captain in the War of 1812: Seventh Regiment Fifth Company detached from the Iredell Regiment. He appears to have served with his brothers Benjamin Epps Moody and William Moody.

1812-1814 Muster Rolls (Extracted from 1812 Militia Rolls by William R. Navey,, NCGenWeb Project Archives, Original Source: Muster Rolls, Soldiers Of The War Of 1812, Detached From The Militia Of North Carolina, 1812 And 1814, Published In Pursuance Of The Resolutions Of The General Assembly Of January 28, 1851 And The Resolution Of The General Assembly Of February 29, 1871. Under The Direction Of The Adjutant General, Raleigh, Stone And Uzzell, State Printers And Binders, 1873.
Seventh Regiment, Fifth Company, Detached from the Iredell Regiment.

There was a John Wyatt Moody on the 1814 tax list in Warren Co., North Carolina. I had initially assumed that he was Dr. Thomas Moody's son John Wyatt Moody; however, Dr. Thomas Moody's brother, John Moody, also had a son named John Wyatt Moody.

1814 Tax Rolls for Snow District Warren Co., North Carolina [among others]
Moody, Thomas [grandfather]
Moody, John Wyatt
Newell, Edward [uncle]
Newell, William [uncle]

Our John Wyatt Moody may have received a land grant in Alabama for his service in the War of 1812. If so, I have not found it.

He was in Alabama by 21 October 1816, when his son Francis Winfred Moody was born near Ashville, St. Clair Co., Alabama.

John Moody sued Guian L. Brown for slander in April 1820 in St. Clair Co., Alabama:

St. Clair County, Alabama, Court Minute Book 1819 - 1821: April 1820 court term Jon Moody v. Guian L. Brown John Moody accused Mr. Brown of slander for saying "You swore a damned lie and I can know it."

John Moody was in St. Clair Co., Alabama, for the following 1820 state/county census:

1820 St. Clair Co, Alabama Census p. 167 < >
John Moody 1wm over 21, 3wm under 21, 1wf over 21, 2wf under 21, 7 total white, 0 free colored, 0 slave, 7 total.

John apparently moved around in Alabama. Various accounts say that he was in St. Clair, Creek Indian Territory, Coosa, Elmore and Montgomery Counties.

Daughter Dorinda Moody married William Gidson Salmon on 24 July 1825 in St. Clair County, Alabama.

John Wyatt Moody was in Montgomery Co., Alabama, by November 24, 1825, when he showed up on records as the Montgomery County Jailer. (See, the 1825 House Journal of the Alabama General Assembly Thursday, November 24, 1825, page 19). John Wyatt Moody also served as the Montgomery County Clerk and his distinctive signature is on many county documents from the 1830s.

Judging from other records, John Wyatt Moody was in Montgomery Co., Alabama, for the 1830 census, however the only John Moody I have found on that census has the wrong family composition and his wife is much too young to have been Mary Baldwin. Perhaps there was census-taker error:

1830 > ALABAMA > MONTGOMERY > NO TWP LISTED Series: M19 Roll: 2 Page: 189
John Moody 0110022/20001 [1m 5-9, 1m 10-14, 2m 30-39, 2m 40-49; 2f under 5, 1f 20-29] [Note: I did not look at the slave census.]

There were at least three other Moodys in Montgomery Co., Alabama, for the 1830 census. I don't know if or how they might connect to John Wyatt Moody:

1830 > ALABAMA > MONTGOMERY > NO TWP LISTED Series: M19 Roll: 2 Page: 178
William Moody 000010001//0000001[Note: I did not look at the slave census.]

1830 > ALABAMA > MONTGOMERY > NO TWP LISTED Series: M19 Roll: 2 Page: 182
William Moody 300001//01001[Note: I did not look at the slave census.]
[a few houses away]
J. H. Moody 00002//10011[Note: I did not look at the slave census.]

John Wyatt Moody began receiving land patents in Montgomery Co., Alabama, in 1834. Because of federal paperwork delays, patents sometimes issued from 2 to 5 years after the application was made. As a result, 4 of the 5 patents weren't granted until after John had moved to Texas.

Bureau of Land Management Online (images of originals available online).
Patentee MOODY, JOHN 1/21/1834 11739 AL St Stephens 014N - 020E E½SE¼ 13 Montgomery Total Acres: 79.075
Patentee MOODY, JOHN 9/12/1835 13300 AL St Stephens 014N - 020E NE¼NW¼ 24 Montgomery Total Acres: 39.5
Patentee MOODY, JOHN 9/12/1835 13301 AL St Stephens 014N - 020E SE¼SW¼ 13 Montgomery Total Acres: 39.54
Patentee MOODY, JOHN 9/12/1835 13302 AL St Stephens 014N - 020E E½NW¼ 13 Montgomery Total Acres: 79.075
Patentee MOODY, JOHN 4/10/1837 21457 AL St Stephens 014N - 020E NE¼SW¼ 13 Montgomery Total Acres: 39.54

John Wyatt’s son Francis married Louisa Sarah Rebecca Oliver on 7 Jan 1835 in Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama.

There were two Moody families on the 1830 census index in Butler Co. Unfortunately, the image on the correct page is so bad, I cannot read it.

1830 > ALABAMA > BUTLER > NO TWP LISTED Series: M19 Roll: 2 Page: 295

John Wyatt Moody moved to Texas in April or May 1835. He was elected auditor of the Provisional Government of Texas on December 20, 1835. John Wyatt Moody probably moved to Texas at the urging of his first cousin John D. Newell, son of Edward and Sarah Moody Newell. According to his application for a Republic of Texas military pension dated May 28, 1874, Fort Bend Co., Texas, John Newell “emigrated to Austin’s Colony, now a portion of the State of Texas, in the year 1831.” (Copy of pension application in paper file; available on-line at the Texas State Library and Archives, Republic Claims, <>) This seems accurate, because the Brazoria County Historical Museum <>, lists John D. Newell in the "Old 300" which records Texas settlers who received land grants in Austin's Colony by the eve of the war for independence from Mexico: John D. Newell, LAND GRANT: 1 League (4428.4 Acres), 23 Oct 1832 Jackson [County].

John Newell served as a soldier in the Army of Texas during the June 1832 campaign and represented Matagorda County at the 3rd Texian Consultation, San Felipe de Austin, in 1835. (Pension application and 3rd Texian Consultation, San Felipe de Austin, 1 November 1835 <>) John Wyatt Moody also attended the 3rd Texian Consultation which elected him auditor of the Provisional Texas Government on December 20, 1835. (Buffalo Bayou An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings by Louis F. Aulbach <>)

The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association: Volume 41 Number 3, January 1938: Analysis of the Work of the General Council, Provisional Government of Texas, 1835-1836 II: John W. Moody was appointed auditor and John H. Money comptroller. The life of an auditor was none too easy in those days, and in a short time Moody was being investigated for failure to make a report. His failure to report was due to lack of paper, ink, quills, and other things necessary to the successful operation of an auditor's office. The committee recommended that he be allowed $25 with which to purchase necessary supplies, but the resolution was tabled. [Citing: Gammel, Laws of Texas, I, p. 717, 774.)

John Wyatt and his sons were on Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas as early as 1836:

Index to Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas 1835-1845 <>
Soldier's Name Commander's Name Group/Page
Moody, J.W. (1st Auditor) Cooke, Wm. G. (Q.M. Gen) arm3
Source: Cooke, Wm. G. (Q.M. Gen) Selected letters from the Quartermaster General's Office, T.A. Wm. G. Cooke Command May 1, 1839 - Aug 3, 1839 [A1; T1 p13-22]
Moody, William C. Pierson, J.G.W. rev7
Moody, William C. Pierson, J.G.W. rev7
Pierson, J.G.W. Company of Washington County Volunteers [John Goodloe Warren] East side of the Brazos River Term: 3 Mo. Enlistment Jun 30, 1836, Jul 14, 1836 (Des) Jul 19, 1836 [A10]

Descriptive Muster Roll of Captain Pearsons Company Mustered into Service on the 30th June 1836 at Washington Texas <>
Private William C Moody age 17 enlisted Washington, Co., 30th June, 1836 Three Months Service

Republic of Texas "Survivors of the Revolution which separated Texas from Mexico, 1835 - 1842" Republic of Texas Claims <>
Moody, John Monroe
Moody, John W
Moody, William C
[Also listed was John Newell, John Wyatt Moody’s first cousin]
Newell, John D
[Other Moodys]
Moody, Isaac
Moody, J A
Moody, J M [may be John Monroe Moody]
Moody, John M [may be John Monroe Moody]
Moody, Samuel A

Widowed daughter Dorinda Moody Salmon married 2nd to Michael Roup Goheen on 25 April 1837 in Bastrop, Bastrop Co., Texas.

Newspapers of April, 1839, give the names of [Houston] city officials in attendance at the meeting of the council in that month as follows: Francis W. Moore, mayor; Asa Brigham, J. W. Moody, A. Ewing, W. Pierpont, Robert Miller, J. G. Welchmeyer, aldermen.

From the Houston Morning Star [newspaper], September, 1839:
List of Taxes due the City of Houston, and published in pursuance to an act Incorporating the City of Houston: [among many others] MOODY, J.W. $7.17

As of 2010, there was an excellent history of John Wyatt Moody's life in Texas on-line at: <> The site includes transcriptions of short documents, scans of newspaper items and parts of original documents.

The following is also about John Wyatt Moody in Texas. The information about John Wyatt’s early life and age at death undoubtedly came from Grant Moody’s books, so it is no more likely to accurate than Grant Moody's books, but the other information is probably fairly accurate:

Buffalo Bayou An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings by Louis F. Aulbach
Buffalo Bayou <>
The Moody Addition - the other part of Frost Town
“Access to a river or a stream is, and has been, a major consideration in estimation of the value of a tract of land. In the early days of the Republic of Texas, settlers acquiring property in Texas sought land located on major streams, and many of those who bought land on the periphery of the town of Houston from the Allen brothers wanted land that fronted on Buffalo Bayou.” “Today, the tree-lined south bank of Buffalo Bayou, sitting in relative obscurity less than a mile east of Main Street, shows little of the potential as prime real estate that it held for one of its earliest owners. A 231 feet segment of the south bank, now visually indistinguishable in the riparian vegetation along the bank, was part of a fifteen acre tract that John Wyatt Moody purchased from Augustus C. Allen and John K. Allen in 1837.”
“John Moody was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia, 65 miles southwest of Richmond, on June 10, 1776, and, as a teenager, he moved with his family to Iredell County, North Carolina in 1790. He married Mary Baldwin in Warren County, Ohio, on March 13, 1806, and after living in several places in Alabama, Moody finally moved his family to Wyumka in the Creek Indian territory in 1833. While there, he became interested in the settlement of Texas, and he came to Texas in May, 1835 with his wife Polly, his three sons Francis, John and William and daughter Dorinda. He settled first in Bastrop, but moved to La Grange in 1836.” “Within a short time after his arrival, Moody became an active participant in the independence movement. On December 20, 1835, he was elected as the auditor of the Provisional Government. As the Texas Army was being formed, he was appointed to the Legion of Cavalry on January 9, 1836, with the rank of Major. After the victory at San Jacinto, Moody became the Auditor of Public Accounts for Texas, a position he held during the first two years of President Sam Houston's administration. He was in Houston in the spring of 1837 in an official capacity with the new government of the Republic of Texas as were many others who were drawn to the town by the convening of the Congress on May 1, 1837. “ “On April 26, 1837, A. C. and J. K. Allen sold to Moody fifteen acres of land "adjoining the City of Houston" and "adjoining the land of Frost," as described in the deed. Moody's property shared a common boundary with the fifteen acres of Jonathan Frost along both the south and east edges of the Frost tract. From the southeast corner of the Frost tract, the Moody property line went due north to Buffalo Bayou. The property line then followed the bayou east for 231 feet to the boundary of the land owned by Samuel M. Williams. The Moody property line followed the Williams property line due south for 1,534.5 feet to a stake in the prairie which is near the modern intersection of Canal Street and Chartres Street. From that stake, the boundary went due west "to a stake near a cluster of small post oak trees in the prairie," which is near the modern intersection of McKee Street and Chenevert Street, before returning to the origin near the Reliant Energy southern property line on McKee Street. The "backwards L" shape of Moody's tract locked in the Frost property, and the long, slender parcel on the east side of Frost's land gave Moody access to Buffalo Bayou.”
“The description of the Moody property in the deed gives us an idea of what the terrain was like in 1837. The expanse of land south of Buffalo Bayou was a coastal prairie. Clusters of small oak trees dotted the prairie, but the trees did not seem to be a dominant feature of the landscape. A riparian woodland was most likely found along the banks of the bayou.” “The price that Moody paid for his land was $1,500, or $100 per acre. Both Jonathan Frost and William Hodge had purchased adjacent tracts of land two weeks earlier for the same price of $100 per acre. With these three transactions, the Allen brothers netted $4,500 for a fairly small portion of the 6,647 acres of the John Austin Survey that they had purchased in August, 1836 for $9,428, approximately $1.42 per acre. True to their profession as land speculators, the Allen brothers sought to sell the land around the town of Houston at more than fifty times what they paid for it.” “During the boom town atmosphere that characterized Houston in the first few years of the Republic, everyone seemed to be a land speculator, or wanted to be. The deed records of the county are filled with the notations of land sales, and John Moody actively participated in this practice. It does not appear the Moody intended to live on the fifteen acres that he bought near Frost and Hodge. He owned other property in town and it appears that he lived there. Moody also acquired property and built a home north of Houston on Spring Creek, perhaps intending to make that his residence.” “Early in 1838, Moody subdivided his fifteen acre tract, which became known as the Moody Addition, and began to sell lots. Between April 4, 1838 and May 15, 1839, he sold at least twenty pieces of property in the Moody Addition. After the death of Jonathan Frost, who had a home and a blacksmith facility on his property and clearly intended to live there, the Frost family decided to follow Moody's lead and subdivide their tract into lots, too. On March 26, 1838, Samuel Frost, the administrator of the Frost estate, petitioned the probate court to allow him to subdivide the land and sell lots in the Frost tract. Frost began selling his lots on July 4, 1838, and by April, 1839, sixty-six lots were sold.” “The large number of lots that were sold within the year in both the Frost and Moody subdivisions indicate that the speculative ventures were successful. And, neither Moody nor Samuel Frost would choose to make their homes near Houston. Samuel Frost moved to Fort Bend County, near Hodge's Bend, soon afterward and was married there in March, 1843. Moody bought land for a farm on Spring Creek. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly in Houston of congestive fever on August 21, 1839, at age 63.” “John W. Moody died intestate and Michael R. Goheen, a Captain of the army at San Jacinto and husband of Moody's daughter Dorinda, was appointed administrator the estate. The probate inventory filed in 1841 showed that Moody did not accumulate much personal wealth, despite his land deals. His personal assets included one silver watch, one four-horse wagon, one lot of cows and young cattle, and various pieces of household and kitchen furniture. His land holdings included a fractional interest in eight separate properties, including a one quarter interest in the headrights and bounty land of six individuals. Although he had an interest in over 6,300 acres of land, his partial interest in the parcels combined with the decline in the value of the land during the 1840's made it difficult to dispose of the his assets. The probate of Moody's estate dragged on for eighteen years until March, 1857. “ “The Frost and Moody subdivisions proved to be a popular residential location, especially for many of the German immigrants who began arriving in Houston in the early 1840's. Since the Frost subdivision and the Moody subdivision were linked both by their geographical location and the intent of their developers to simultaneously subdivide and sell lots, it seems natural that the name of the neighborhood encompassing both subdivisions would coalesce into a single name. The area became known simply as Frost Town.”
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Son William C. Moody married Harriet Henson on 1 Jan 1840 in Montgomery Co., Texas.

Son John Moody married Margaret Anglin on 2 Jan 1850 Grimes Co., Texas.

John Wyatt’s widow Polly was on the 1850 census in Grimes Co., Texas. Living next door to her son William. Listed with Polly were her daughter Dorinda with her second husband, Michael Goheen, and their children. Michael Goheen may actually have been dead by the time the census was taken. This would explain why he was listed out of normal order.

1850 > TEXAS > GRIMES > NO TWP LISTED Series: M432 Roll: 910 Page: 367
Wm. C. Moody 31 Farmer 4,000 Ala
Harriett 28 Texas
John F 8 Texas school in year
Margaret 5 Texas school in year
Harriett 2 Texas
Nancy 4/12 Texas
[next house]
Polly Moody 65 1,000 Ga
D M Goheen 42 F 2,210 NC
E A 12 F Texas school in year
Christianna 10 Texas
Freedona 7 Texas
L J 4 F Texas
Michael R 4/12 Texas
M R Goheen 43 M Cabinet Maker 320 NY
Francis Shilling 35 laborer Germany

Twice widowed daughter Dorinda Moody Salmon Goheen married 3rd to William Rufus Slade on 20 February 1853 in Anderson, Harris Co., Texas, or in Spring Creek, San Saba Co., Texas.

According to family history, Mormon missionaries visited the Goheen/Moody family in 1850 and converted Dorinda and her brothers William and John. In early 1853, Dorinda and her brothers joined a group of Texas Mormons and left for Salt Lake City, Utah. They crossed the Red River, dividing Texas and the Oklahoma Indian Territory, on 8 July 1853, and were in Salt Lake City in October of 1854. However, the LDS Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, presents a different migration history for the Moody family at: <,16281,4117-1-2144%20,00.html>

1st group: Mary Baldwin Moody and son William C. Moody and his family left Texas in the Moses Daley Freight Train (1853) No Slades were listed, so Dorinda was not in this company. Also, John Monroe Moody was not in this company. The company departed 6 July 1853, and arrived in Salt Lake Valley: 27-29 September 1853. On Sept. 18th William C. Moody decided to leave the company and travel on his own because of coming winter, lack of provisions and "old Sister Moody's delicate health...." They were very close to Salt Lake City at this point, so I assume the Moodys arrived there on the 27th, a little ahead of the rest of the company. Known members of the company included:
Mary Baldwin Moody, Age: 68, widow; mother of William C. Moody,
William C. Moody age 34
Harriet Moody, age 32, wife of William C. Moody
John Franklin (11)
Margaret Josephine (8)
Harriet E. (6)
Nancy (3)
Henry Freedland [or John Freeland] (1)
Sources: Moses Daily Freight Company, Journal, 1853 Sept. and Ray, John A., Company journal, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 28 Sept. 1853, 2-5.

2nd Group: Dorinda Moody Slade and family actually travelled three years later in the Jacob Croft Company (1856) Departure: 26 June 1856 Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 11 October 1856. Source: Miller, Henry William, Diary, 1855 Apr.-1862 Oct., 27-29. Known members of the company were:
William Rufus Slade (45)
Dorinda Malissa Moddy Goheen Slade (47)
Jefferson (19)
Clara Elizabeth (15)
Henry (7)
James (5)
Christiana Elizabeth Goheen (15)
Fredonia (11)
Jane (9)

3rd Group: John Monroe Moody was in the Washington L. Jolley Company (1854) Departure: 10 June 1854
Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 21 September 1854. (My note: This fits with his biography.) He was listed as "Counselor in company; Captain of Ten." Sources: Jolley, Washington Lafayette, Journal; Welchman, Arthur P., Reminiscences and diary, [ca.1854-1917], fd. 1, 93-94; Welchman, Arthur Pendry, Reminiscences and diary [ca.1854-1917], vol. 1, fd. 1, 14-25; Welchman, Arthur Pendry, Reminiscences, 1903, 69-77.
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Correspondence between Helen Foster Snow and her researcher in Texas can be accessed online at the following:

Caveat on Helen's research: There is a lot of promiscuous name gathering in Helen's correspondence. Much of it has nothing to do with the family of John Wyatt Moody; however, mixed in are a number of land records, etc., that are relevant. So, proceed with caution.

There also are abstract of John Wyatt Moody's estate documents online at:

Family information copied from the book,
"The John Wyatt Moody Family Past and Present."
Copyright 1985. U.S. & CAN 929.273 M771j
Page 22, 29, 35-38

The following is copied from the book;
pages 4-6
In his old age William Crestfield Moody (1819) dictated to his son William A.
Moody his recollection of his ancestry: "Family Record: My Great Grand Father
Wyatt Moody My Great Grand Father I don't know where he was borned, he lived to
be one hundred and four years of age and died in Alabama Clair Co. So I have
been told. Grandfather: My Grand Father Dr. Thomas Moody lived in the State of
Virginia where he came from there I do not know and where he was borned I don't
know but I think in the state of Alabama and lived to be about 94 years old."
Following is a photocopy of the same information recorded in the journal of
John Monroe Moody*(William Cresfield's brother) (The book shows the photocopy
on page 5.)
Because both William Cresfield and John Monroe named "Wyatt Moody" as their
great-grandfather, the family sought over many decades to confirm this through
genealogy research, but always in vain.
The Moody Family Record has many references assuming the correctness of Wyatt
Moody as Dr. Thomas Moody's, based on this statement. However, the book also
includes a statement of genealogist H. E. Christiansen (pp. 70-71) in which he
says they "exhausted every general Virginia reference" to find Wyatt Moody with
no success.
The following paragraph from the Moody Family Record. (p. 64) illustrates the
confusion: "Hence, it seems apparent that we have several Thomas Moodys to
contend with here, and the father of Wyatt was Thomas Moody, and John Moody Was
the son of Thomas who himself had a son Thomas. There were two Thomas Moodys in
Warren and Franklin Counties, N.C. while our Dr. Thomas Moody was across the
state. All this is very confusing, of course. The Moodys have a perfect mania
for the name Thomas, which indicates that this is an ancestral cognomen(family
Elaine Justensen, a professional genealogist who researched the Moody line for
seven years concluded that Wyatt Moody, as father of Dr. Thomas Moody never
existed; but that William Cresfield, who was recalling this information in his
old age, confused Dr. Thomas Moody for his great-grandfather's brother-in-law,
Wyatt Williams, who married Thomas's sister, Elizabeth (1745). This genealogist
indicated that Wyatt Williams was very much a part of the Moody family. Having
married the oldest daughter of the family, Elizabeth (1745), he was almost like
the oldest brother and signed virtually all of the official documents relating
to the family.
In a report dated Oct. 11, 1982 Elaine Justesen says: "I believe that I have
enough proof that Thomas Moody (d. 1819) was the father of our Dr. Thomas
Elaine Justessen continues: "In his statement William Crestfield Moody states
`my grandfather (Dr. Thomas Moody) had two brothers Epps and John. John had
three children Wyatt, Thomas and Martha.' It has been my intention to locate
this John Moody with at least these three children.
"Included in the pension application of Dr. Thomas Moody was a statement of
John Moody, who was the son of a Thomas Moody. This John stated that he was
living in Lunenburg Co. Virginia in 1776 and was 23 years of age. A history
Oglethorpe Co., Georgia revealed that an early settler was John Moody from
Virginia. This John had a family among whom were born John, Wyatt, Thomas and a
daughter Martha. Bingo!! Was John(1753) the brother to our Thomas born 1759?
I believe that he was; and if so, the father of Dr. Thomas would be Thomas.
"We first know about John when he appears in the Lunenburg tax list in 1772
with his father. He continues there and is taxed in his own right in 1775. If
he were 23 in 1776 he would have turned 21 in 1774 and be taxed in 1775.
"Thomas Moody and his wife Mary removed to Warren Co., N.C. on Fishing Creek,
which is close to the county line of Iredell Co. He (old Thomas) did not live
in Iredell but in Surrey Co."
With all this straightened out, the picture falls nicely into place, and we
are able to take the John Wyatt Moody line four more generations back and can
connect many other Moody families, as well as related families with other

Copied from
Pioneer Family Stories

1776 - 1839

John Wyatt Moody, b. 10 Jun 1776 in Lunenburg County, Va.,
died 20 Aug 1839, in Houston, Texas, where he was the first Auditor
of the Republic of Texas. Until he was about 14 years of age, he
lived in Lunenburg County, Va. and then moved with his family to
Iredell Co., North Carolina. he would have been of age in 1797, and
on March 13, 1806, in Warren County, Ohio, he married Mary Baldwin,
daughter, of Francis and Rhoda Jennings Baldwin, she being born 1
Feb 1785 in Walkes County, Ga., died 10 Dec 1853, in Salt Lake
City, Utah. Francis Baldwin was b. in Berkeley County, Va. and
Rhoda Jennings in 1767 in Fairfield Co., Conn. Between 1816 and
1819 John Wyatt Moody moved from North Carolina to Cossa Co.,
Alabama, thence to St. Clair Co., Ala. and in the year 1824 he
moved to Montgomery Co., Ala. Here he acquired a plantation and
owned slaves. His son, William C., said his father believed he
could make a good negro out of any slave by treating him kindly. In
1833 John W. moved his family to Wyumpka, in the Creek Indian
territory. While here he became interested in the settlement of
Texas and accordingly pulled stakes again and set out for Texas,
arriving in May, 1835. He first settled at Bastrop, Texas, and in
1836, moved to La Grange. His son William C. joined the Sam Houston
Army in 1835.
The city at Houston was not settled permanently until after
the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, and it was the first capital of
the Republic of Texas from 1837 to 1839. The Moody farm was in the
middle of what is now the business section, and it is said that the
valid title to this land may still reside with the heirs as it was
never properly transferred.
"John W. Moody was the auditor of Public Accounts during the
two years of Houston's first administration. He had served as
auditor for the Provisional Government, having been elected by the
Provisional Council, December 20, 1835. Before this time he had
been serving as chief clerk of the Finance Committee, also as clerk
for the committee on State and judiciary Affairs prior to the
establishment of the office of auditor.
"During this time, claims on the Provisional Government were
audited by a committee on Public Accounts which reported from time
to time, and thereupon the council ordered the drafts to be drawn
upon the Treasurer.
"John W. Moody continued to hold the office of Auditor until
his death, August 21, 1839. The Telegraph and Texas Register,
August 21, 1839, p. 2, Col. 4, states:
"Moody, J. W., died in the City (Houston) after a short
illness, Maj. J. W. Moody, of congestive fever, aged about 48.*
Maj. Moody has been for many years a citizen of Texas, and since
the organization, as officer of the Government. In the discharge of
the duties of perhaps one of the most perplexing and arduous
officer of the government, that of 1st Auditor, he has been

*According to the records of his son, William Cresfield Moody,
J. W. Moody was 63 years of age when he died.

characterized (sic) by an assiduity and attention to business and
the well regulated manner in which he conducted it, seldom exceeded
by any officer of the government. His loss is sincerely lamented by
all who knew him."
Moody seemed not to have been able to amass any considerable
fortune, not even a competence, for the Telegraph again, March 12,
1841, gives information concerning him. Moody's administrator, M.
R. Goheen, posted a notice that by order of the Probate Court, "all
of Moody's perishable property, consisting of 1 silver watch, 1
four-horse wagon, a lot of cows and young cattle, household and
kitchen furniture, should be sold at the Moody home on Spring Creek
at five or thirty miles north of Houston.)
"Williams and Barker, Writings of Sam Houston, II, 127. The
Telegraph and Texas Register, February 6, 1839, has a note on
Moody's giving a ball honoring Sam Houston. The Writings indicate
that the J. W. Moody Papers are in the Texas State Library'."
Seymour V. Conner, archivist of the Texas State Library,
Austin, wrote Feb 26, 1955 to William A. Moody, "I personally get
the feeling that J. W. Moody's careful approach to the financial
problem of the Republic is one of the major factors in the success
of the government of the Republic. I have reviewed in the past year
literally hundreds of letters and documents under his hand and have
come to the opinion that he is one of the neglected figures in
Texas history. I should very much like to see someone attempt to do
a biographical monograph on Moody."

41. Mary "Polly" BALDWIN

The Moody information from Janice McAlpine: contains many corrections to the book, "The John Wyatt Moody Family Past and Present". There is a great deal of good sources in the book but much of the book does not have sources and Janice has found sources that conflict with the book. Because of this I am using her sources first not the books sources. Look in John Wyatt Moodys notes for more.
Copied from the book, "The John Wyatt Moody Family Past and Present",
Published by the Dr. Thomas Moody Family Organization Inc., 1985.

Page 28
Family Group Record
Sources of Information listed on Family Group Record of Dr. Francis Baldwin
and Rhoda Jennings
1. GS Archives
2. Warren Co. Ohio Mgs Recs (GS 384 , 263)
3. 1850-1860 census Hardin Co. Tenn.
4. Baldwin Genealogy by C. C. Baldwin
Necessary Explanations (bottom right corner of pedigree chart)
"There has not been any evidence to prove that Rhoda was a Jennings"

Page 29
Family Group Record
Sources of Information listed on Family Group Record of John Wyatt Moody
and Mary Baldwin
1. Warren Co. Ohio Marr (GS384, 263) p. 11
2. Moody Family by Grant Moody
3. T. I. B. & G. S. Archives
4. History of Methodism in Ala & West Fla by West

Page 38.
Daughter of Francis Baldwin and Rhoda Jennings. Mary Baldwin was born
February 1, 1785 in Wilkes County. Georgia. She met John Wyatt and married
him in Warren County, Ohio. March 13. 1806 when she was twenty-one.
In the various homes the family lived in, Polly bore six children. only four of
whom lived to produce families of their own. She was a widow in 1850 when
Mormon missionaries came to the Moody family and taught them the gospel.
Polly was baptized at the same time as several of her children and family.
Those who became Mormons gathered to Zion. Some of the family took a
water route across the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi, to Keokuk, Iowa,
and then overland by wagon train. Because of extensive holdings in livestock,
her twice-widowed and three-times-married daughter Dorinda and other family
members went overland very slowly across forbidding terrain through Indian
territory. Sixty-eight-year-old Polly took the easier water route with her son
William Cresfield, his family and the family of her other son, John Monroe.
She died December 10, 1853, a short time after their arrival in Utah and was
the first Moody to be buried in the new Salt Lake City Cemetery.

44. Tarlton Lewis

Copied online from Pioneer Family Stories
1805 - 1890

Tarlton Lewis, first Bishop of Salt Lake City was born 18 May
1805, in Pendleton District, South Carolina. Tarlton was the fourth
child in a family of 12 children, born to Neriah Lewis and Mary
In 1809 the Lewis family moved to Kentucky, here Tarlton grew
up and fell in love with Malinda Gimlin, the daughter of Samuel
Gimlin and Elizabeth Moore. These two were wed 27 Oct 1829. A
Little girl whom they named Mary was born Sep 10, 1831.
The Lewis family moved to Macopin Co., Illinois where Beason
Lewis was born 19 Feb 1836.
Tarlton and Malinda were baptized into the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day-Saints, 25 Jul 1836, by Benjamin Lewis,
brother of Tarlton. Three of his brothers joined the Church in
Caldwell County, Missouri. Here they endured the persecutions meted
out to the saints by the mobs.
From Archiebald Bennett's Lesson booklet entitled, "Adventures
in Research", we read, "On Oct 30, 1838 at a place called Haun's
Mill on Shoal Creek in Missouri; a group of Mormon families had
settled. Among them were three brothers, Benjamin, Tarlton and
David. Angry mobs were threatening them from several settlements
and the brothern met in council to decide what course of to pursue
to defend themselves against the mob threatening them with killings
and house burnings. About 28 of the men were armed and in readiness
to defend themselves against a small body of men who might come
down upon them. The children were playing on both sides of the
creek, the mothers were engaged in domestic activities and the
fathers stood guard in the mill and other properties. The sun shown
clear and all was in tranquillity."
"About four O'Clock a large company of armed men approached on
horses and started firing about a hundred rifles upon Haun's Mill.
Tarlton and Benjamin were wounded. Benjamin's wife gathered her
children and took to the woods and stayed there all night. Benjamin
had managed to nearly get to his house, he was taken in and his
wounds cared for and he lived till early morning. He coughed up the
bullet he was wounded with. His wife got home from the woods before
he died and Benjamin asked her to keep the children in the Church
together and to stay with them and then expired."
"Returning to the blacksmith shop, they found eight already dead,
and several expiring; in jeopardy of their own lives, expecting to be fired
upon any time they gathered up the dead bodies of their loved ones
and threw them into an old well. Benjamin was buried in a grave dug by
his brother Tarlton." (Malinda, Tarlton's wife, as small as she was, with
the help of Benjamin's wife did most of the digging. Tarlton was already
wounded in the shoulder and he carried the bullet to the grave.)
There was one Isaac Laney who was shot in the abdomen and his
intestines were falling out, Malinda took off her kitchen apron and
bound it around his stomach to keep thing in place, they managed to
get him to the Lewis home before the mob returned. Malinda saw them
coming and hid Tarlton under the house. The mob searched the house
and upon seeing Mr. Laney decided he was too near dead to waste a
bullet on. They left never knowing the whereabouts of Tarlton. After
they were gone, Malinda wondered what she could find to cleanse their
wounds. She knelt down beside her husband's bed and prayed to the
Lord for help, as she didn't know what to do next. When she finished
her prayer, she opened her eyes, she noticed some white ashes lying
on the hearth. This seemed the answer to her prayers. She gathered
the ash and soaked it in water, with this water she used to bathe the
wounds of both men. For weeks she nursed these men and was
successful in bringing them back to health. YES! Mr. Laney recovered
and came to Utah with the Saints. David the other brother escaped
unharmed. Despite this shocking tragedy the two surviving brothers
never lost faith in the Gospel, soon others of the Lewis family were
converted and baptized.
In the year 1839 the family moved to Quincy, Illinois. In Oct 1839,
they moved to Commerce, later called Nauvoo. Here Tarlton was set
apart as Bishop of the Nauvoo 4th Ward by the Prophet Joseph Smith
and his brother Hyrum Smith, they also ordained him a High Priest. Their
son Edward was born 3 Jan 1840.
Tarlton loved the Prophet Joseph Smith. On Jun 5, 1831 he and
several other men learned that the Prophet was in danger of being
abducted, boarded a skiff and went to Quincy in order to rescue him.
They arrived too late for they found he had been taken to Nauvoo in
Company of the officers.
Tarlton Lewis spent nine months in the Black Hills getting out
timbers for the erection of the Nauvoo Temple. He had charge of the
crane used in hoisting the material for the erection of the Temple. He
was also very skilled as a cabinet maker and carpenter. He and eight
other men and Brigham Young hoisted the last stone into it's place thus
finishing the Temple. Tarlton and Malinda had their Endowments on the
17th of Dec 1845 and were sealed in this Temple for time and all eternity
6 Feb 1846.
On the 26th of June 1846 the Mormon Battalion was organized.
Tarlton's oldest son Samuel being only 16 years old. He signed up in
Company "C". This proved to be a terrible blow to his father, and it is
said that Tarlton's hair turned gray almost over night. Samuel was born
Oct 27, 1829. On that date of 1829 he would have been 17 years, but
he joined the Battalion about four months before he was 17 years old.
Age 18 was the official age to join. We can see how the father must
have felt at seeing his young son go into the services so young, the
youngest of all but one man and that one was named Lott Smith.
The winter of 1846 was spent at Winter Quarters, where the
Saints suffered much from cold and hunger. Little Edward tagged
along one day when his mother went to the river where they got
their water for their house use. When the mother returned with her
two buckets for more water, she thought Edward was still coming up
the hill toward home, but she could see nothing of him. He was
supposed to have been carrying his little brass bucket full of
water, but couldn't be found; a hole had been chopped in the ice to
draw out the water, and there was the little brass bucket beside
the hole, but no Edward to be found. They walked the banks of the
river for weeks trying to find the boy's body, but they never find
it; it is supposed that Edward tried to dip water out of the hole
and slipped in. It cast a gloom over the family. It was here in
Winter Quarters that Tarlton Lewis, Jr. was born 23 Dec 1846 to his
large family.
Leaving his family camped on a covered wagon at Winter
Quarters. He came to Utah with Brigham Young, as one of the
original Pioneers to Utah on the 16th of Apr 1847. He was asked to
be Captain over 50 wagons. He took charge of the ox teams and other
jobs along the trail. They arrived in Salt Lake Valley the 24th of
July 1847. He was asked to act first Bishop of Salt Lake City, a
position which he held until the saints were organized into five
Bishop Wards. Later, Tarlton was asked to serve as 2nd Councilor to
Edward Hunter of the 13th Ward.
Please Note: Ruel Smith, son of Hyrum and Laura Smith while
doing research work in the big library in Cedar City, Utah found
the following and copied it. "From Andrew Jensen"s History is this
note: `Under the direction of Bishop Tarlton Lewis, the brethren of
the valley continued their labors on the houses which were being
created in the stockades known as Pioneer Square. New Pioneer
Park.. Most of these houses were built in the interest of
immigration. More people were soon expected to arrive from the
In the year 1848, Tarlton went with Brigham Young and party
back to Winter Quarters with supplies to meet the immigrants. Here
he found his own family just as he had left them. He brought them
back to Utah with him.
Martha Lewis was born the 10th of July 1849 in Salt Lake City,
In Dec of 1850, Tarlton lewis accompanied George A. Smith to
Iron County, where they settled in Parowan, Utah. This was the
beginning of the settlements in Southern Utah. Tarlton was soon
made Bishop of that town. From the diary of George A. Smith we
read- "Sunday, Dec 15, 1850, Bishop Tarlton Lewis assisted by the
brethren made a large campfire in the center of the corral, by
request a general meeting was opened by singing and prayer was
given by Bishop Tarlton Lewis. A call was made for the Bishops to
come forward and answer to their names. This took place on the
Provo River."
"Monday morning, Jan 20, 1851, Bishop Lewis and nine other men
started up the canyon to cut timber for a new meeting house."
"Tuesday 1851, Bishop Lewis and three other men commenced
farming the mill."
"Friday, May 16, 1851, Tarlton Lewis appointed 2nd Alderman on
the City Council."
On June 17, 1852 another boy was born to this household, they
named him Ephriam Lewis"
"In 1858, Tarlton Lewis and Isaac Grundy, Jesse N. Smith and
William Barton were sent to explore Beaver Valley; while working in
this territory they discovered rich deposits of lead and iron in
the mountains. Specimens were taken to Brigham Young and the
specimens caused quite a bit of excitement. These men were ordered
to open the mines and lay out a townsite. Minersville was settled
in 1859. With the arrival of the first families, the Lincoln Mine
was opened and a company formed with Isaac Grundy as President and
Samuel Lewis, oldest son of Tarlton was one of the Directors and
others who were: William Barton, John Blackburn, James H. Rawlins,
and Silas S. Smith."
"At one time the settlers needed a pea made to use with their
steelyards used in weighing their commodities, (pea- the sliding
weight used on a steelyard, safety-valve, etc.) Several men went
upon the mountain and were able to get lead so rich that they
melted and separated the lead over a pine fire. On the 24th of May,
Tarlton Lewis and Brinkerhoff took a walk to Red Breaks. They took
their spades along, excavated a mound, found an adobe wall, some
human bones, and timber."
Elizabeth (Reese) Graig, (a great grand-mother of yours) a
friend of the Lewis family, used to relate this story. She said
when they moved into the same neighborhood that the Lewis family
lived in, they didn't have much to eat. They were very poor and
worked all day on the old house they were moving into. It was full
of cracks, broken windows, and not much good. It was cold and they
worked very hard all day without a bite to eat. So when evening
came they were wondering what they could eat to ease their hunger
when a knock came to their door. Opening it Tarlton Lewis and his
wife walked in with a basket full of food, a huge beef roast, a pot
of beans and a large loaf of not bread with a bowl of fresh butter.
They all sat down to the best tasting food she had ever ate. She
thought Tarlton Lewis was the best man she ever knew. They lived
close to them for years. She said the Lewis's had a good
comfortable home, lots of milk cows, chickens and other farm
animals, a well kept farm, a garden, a strawberry patch and a
lovely fruit orchard, in fact he raised most of everything the
family needed. She said the Lewis's had a good comfortable home,
and kept his place so clean of weeds that he had to get weeds for
his pigs from the neighbors. He was a big man and had a big tummy
which made it hard for him to stoop so he got down on his hands and
knees to pull the weeds out of his garden. She said that she
believed that he gave more food away to the needy than he kept for
Malinda Lewis was the first President of the Relief Society in
Minersville. On Apr 16, 1859, her husband donated the lot to build
the hall on.
Tarlton and family lived in Minersville for about 14 years,
then with some of their children and some of their families and
others moved to Jo City often called Jo Town. It was here they
lived the United Order for a few years. Later they moved to
Richfield, Sevier County, Utah. On the 16th of July 1877, Tarlton
was set apart as Bishop of 2nd Ward of Richfield under the hands of
Erastus Snow and Orson Hyde. This position he held slightly more
than a year. His health forced him to resign. They many sufferings
he had endured along with the saints and the wound and the bullet
he carried in his shoulder all these years was telling on him, and
he was a man of 73 years old. He was made Bishop in most every
community he lived in. Although he was a very large man, he was
very active and hard worker. Tarleton usually weighed 300 lbs. and
more, but all his life was spent in the service of the Church, it's
cause and progress. Tarleton and Malinda Gimlin were the parents of
eight children. They will be heirs to a great posterity. From a
second marriage there were two sons, William and Benjamin. There
are numerous descendants from these boys, also who have lived and
raised their families in Circleville, Piute County, Utah.
Tarlton was a real Pioneer, always helping to find new towns,
making reservoirs, clearing new land and encouraging people to
build and build well. He was always on the frontier. He was a
colorful figure in early days of southern Utah. It is said Tarlton
gave away more than he kept for himself. This family was dearly
loved by all their neighbors. He was often referred to as "The
Grand Old Man". All his life was spent in the service of building
up Zion.
Tarlton died at the ranch home of his son Beason on Fish Creek
near Teasdale, Wayne County, Utah, 22, Nov 1890 and was buried in
Teasdale Cemetery.
(taken from, "History of Iron County Mission and Parowan
Colonization - part I by Eugenie R. Hunt, p 27 in poss of Mr. Ted
L. Moody, Safford, Az).
Malinda Gimlin Lewis was the daughter of Samuel Gimlin and
Elizabeth Moore. She was born 27 Mar 1811 in Cumberlin County,
Kentucky. She fell in love with Tarlton Lewis and they were married
27 Mar 1828. The lives of these two good Grandparents of ours are
so closely woven together that the story of one is the story of
them both.
Right here I want to put in a clause about the Gimlin Family.
I have lately ran into a cousin of ours living in Clarksville,
Arkansas, she is a Catholic and has a definite hatred for Mormons,
but will answer my letters as long as I leave out religion and
don"t send her any literature. She has sent me allot of Gimlin
records and some pictures of our relatives on the Gimlin and Moore
side. I'm so happy to get them. I have two of Malinda's brothers
pictures I never expected to find and some records and history, so
I am proud of my little cousin Tugie Baxter. Cousin Tugie told me
how bad she felt when Tarlton married Malinda. Her brothers
threatened to whip Tarlton and all that prevented them from doing
it was the size of Tarlton. They were afraid of him. The whole
family were opposed to it and have hated the Mormons ever since.
Tugie is a widow; had 14 children then her husband left her and
married another woman. Tugie is devoted to Jesus as anyone can be.
She regrets that Malinda didn't stay with her brother's church.
David was his name and he was a great preacher and had a great
following and if Malinda had stayed with him she could of had a
high position in it; but she lost her chance when she married that
Mormon. Malinda was a small woman as were all the Gimlins; they
were a small tribe, I guess. She only weighed about 100 lbs. and
when she stood beside Tarlton, he sitting down, she and him were
about the same height. It can be said of Malinda, she was one of
the kindest persons that ever lived. She was ever on the lookout
for ways to help those in need, it seemed that she knew just when
her neighbors needed her help the most and would appear on the
scene at the right time to do the most good. This attribute gained
for her many lasting friends. Even after she passed away those
incidents of her helpfulness were told and retold to her posterity
by those who knew her personally. That her posterity of today may
get some idea of her looks, she was a very thin and tiny woman with
beautiful dark hair and eyes. What she lacked in size, she made up
in sweetness and energy. Thus her memory will live forever and be
revealed by each generation of her family as they come along.
Malinda died at Richfield, Utah, 5th June 1894 and was buried
Here is a statement made by Tarlton Lewis at a meeting being
held in Southern Utah, just before the Mountain Meadow Massacre:
he being the Bishop in Parowan.
"Brother Lewis then reviewed the remarks of the previous
speaker (who was Lot Smith) then said this: "All good and for
good", all the scenes that Brother Lot has recounted I shared in
Missouri. My brother was killed in Missouri and I am alive to
avenge his blood when the Lord wills. The second time I heard a
Mormon preach he declared holding up a Book of Mormon that this
is a record of the Red Men, and of Gods' dealings with their
forefathers, and that one day we should carry this book to the
indians. We are now living among them to carry this work to them.
We must treat them like children to quite their savage ways. Shall
we have no opportunities? We shall! No conquest without a struggle.
No victory without a fight. Be diligent and faithful and patient,
and the Lord will reward you when you have been proved. Ephraim is
the battle ax of the Lord. May we not have been sent to learn how
to use this ax with skill?
(the original of this journal is in the archives of the LDS
When Tarlton was a small boy he was afraid of ghosts, he had
to bring in the cows and it was generally dark before they were all
gathered in, so he told his father he didn't want to go after the
cows. Well, said his father next time you see a ghost I tell you
what to do, pick up a big stick and walk right up to the thing and
hit it hard and you will never be scared again. Tarlton had always
loved and obeyed his father, so one night sure enough he could see
a ghost through the big trees as he was in the forest, his first
impulse was to run, then he remembered what his father had told him
so he found a big stick and with trembling hands and knees shaking
he walked right up to the ghost, and there stood one of the old
milk cows with a little new white calf walking around her. it was
a lesson Tarlton never forgot, and he never was afraid of ghosts


Tarlton Lewis, b. 18 May 1805 in Pendleton Distric, Andrsn, S-
Cr, son of Neriah and Mary Moss, md. (1) 27 Mar 1828 Malinda
Gimlin, b. 27 Mar 1811 in Cumberlin Co., kntc, dau. of Samuel and
Elizabeth Moore, she d. 5 Jun 1894 in Richfield, Sevier Utah, she
was also bur. in Richfield, Utah.
Tarlton, md. 2nd Elizabeth Carson; (3) Jane Pearce; (4) Lydia
Cummings; (5) Elizabeth Lewis. All the wifes #'s 2 though #5 are
listed, but no children are listed to this date, they are perhaps
only sealed by marriage in a LDS Temple!

To this union the following children were born:

1- Samuel, b. 27 Oct 1829 of Franklin, Smpsn, Kntc,
md. 1 Jan 1854 to Sarah Jane Huntsman, he d. 31 Aug 1911.
2- Mary, b. 10 Sep 1831 of Franklin, Kntc, she d. 11 Feb 1837.
3- Beason, b. 19 Feb 1836 of Macoupin Co., Illn, md. (1) 1868
to Adeline Rhodes; 2nd 20 May 1837 to Mary Magdelene
Nazer; 3rd 10 Nov 1878 to Alice Leanah Swangen or Swanyan,
he d. 5 Apr 1902.
4- Edward, b. 3 Jan 1840 in Nauvoo, Hncck, Illn,
he d. 12 Dec 1846.
5- Malinda, b. 30 Jan 1844 in Nauvoo, Illn,
she d. 28 Aug 1857.
6- Tarlton, Jr., b. 23 Dec 1846 in Pottowatimie, Coffy, Knss,
md. 18 Oct 1869 to Almira Ferguson, he d. in Mar of 1926.
7- *Martha Lewis, b. 10 Jul 1849 in Salt Lake City, S-lk, Ut,
md. 3 Jan 1866 to Christian Johnson, she d. 11 May 1866.
8- Ephraim, b. 17 Jun 1852 in Parowan, Iron, Utah, unmarried,
he d. 20 Apr 1868.

Tarlton Lewis, died 22 Nov 1890 in Teasdale, Wayne, Utah, he
was buried in Teasdale, Utah.

46. James William HUNTSMAN

The following experience occurred on July 11, 1846 near Nauvoo Illinois. Archibald Newell Hill's
brother, John Hill recorded the experience. It was entered into Brigham Young's Manuscript History,
p 230-32

"I, John Hill, laborer of Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, do solemnly declare that on the tenth day
of July inst., in company with Archibald N. Hill, Caleb W. Lyons, James W. Huntsman, Gardiner
Curtis, John Richards, Elisha Mallory and Joseph W. D. Phillips I went out to a farm called 'Davis's
farm,' about twelve miles distant from Nauvoo, in order to cut the wheat on said farm; we worked all
that day and also on the Saturday morning until about nine o'clock, about which time a company of
twelve men marched round the north side of the field, a company of between fifty and sixty marched
in from the west side of the field, and we also observed a company on the East side of said field, thus
hemming us in on every side, said companies were armed with guns, rifles, pistols, muskets, and
bayonets. James Huntsman picked up a white handkerchief and went out to meet them waving it as a
signal of peace, the mob leader then called for a halt; Huntsman asked him what they were going to
do with us he replied, 'You shall soon know,' they surrounded our wagons and demanded to know
how many six shooters or fifteen shooters we had; we replied, we had none. One man attempted to
take Archibald Hill's gun, which he pushed a little out of his way, when the man wheeled round, took
a pistol from his belt, and said, 'God damn you, I'11 blow your brains out, if you make any
resistance,' they then took six guns from us, also four pistols, immediately afterwards they filed off,
having us in their midst, took us up to Rice's house where the leader again called for a halt, they held
a consultation, about eight or ten men were called out of the ranks, and sent to the woods, in about
half an hour they returned, each bringing with him from one to five hickory gads; they then called out
John Richards and Elisha Mallory, and took them down by the fence to the end of the field where we
were at work about a half mile distant, where they were whipped in a ditch, each receiving twenty
lashes, they then returned and called for Lyons and Phillips who also received twenty lashes each,
they again returned and called for Archibald N. Hill, James W. Huntsman, Gardiner Curtis and
myself and drove us down in a two horse carriage where I was taken out, placed in the ditch on my
knees with my breast on the bank, and a man wielded a large hickory gad with both his hands across
my shoulders striking me twenty-one times, which disabled me from doing the least service for myself
for about a week.

"After the other three had received their whipping, we were marched back again to the place from
where we started, the mob then smashed four of our Runs on a stump and returned the pieces to us:
they kept two of the guns and all the pistols.

"We were ordered to turn our two carriages round towards Nauvoo, when Joseph Agnon told us
'God damn you, leave for the holy city and not look back;' we started and after having gone about
fifty yards, I heard the report of a gun and a ball whizzed close by my head; after we had gone about
a mile, we looked back and saw them separating into two companies.


"I, Archibald N. Hill, declare that the above is a true statement of facts; and I know that old Whimp,
Frank Lofton and John McAuley were three of the party engaged in whipping the before named
THE year 1841 opened with fair prospects at home and abroad. Nauvoo had just been
favored with a charter granting extraordinary privileges. Everywhere throughout the States
and Canada the ministry were finding willing ears to hear the message, and multitudes were
becoming obedient. Nauvoo was growing as if by magic, numbering already some three
thousand inhabitants. England, Wales, and Scotland had heard the sound and were
responding with unexampled enthusiasm and zeal; especially was this true of England.

Under these circumstances, having just emerged from the dark cloud of Missouri's
oppression, it was but natural that they should feel glad, and thankfully rejoice. Yes, it may
be that some of them had then to an extent become arrogant, proud, and boastful,
neglecting to be as humble and devoted as they were under more adverse circumstances;
and it may be, too, that this proud spirit increased as their prosperity increased. If so, it was
but the outcropping of nature and what might reasonably be expected of any community
similarly situated; but that they will compare favorably with any other people in similar
conditions of which history speaks, must be conceded. This will be apparent to a close and
fair investigator.

Sunday, March 21. The quorums of the Aaronic priesthood were organized by Bishops
Whitney, Miller, Higbee, and Knight. Samuel Rolfe was chosen President of the Priests'
Quorum with Stephen Markham and Hezekiah Peck as counselors. Elisha Everett, with J.
W. Huntsman, James Hendricks, counselors, was chosen to the presidency of the Teachers'
Quorum. Phineas R. Bird, with David Wood and W. W. Lane counselors, to the presidency
of the Deacons' Quorum.

May 2 1841 the Teachers' Quorum was organized in Nauvoo, Elisha Everett president, James
Hendricks and J. W. Huntsman counselors.

[Copy of a microfilmed page, reference lost, probably in the land records of Tooele County, page 54 - Lyman De Platt]

James William Huntsman transfers to Brigham Young, recorded December 12th, 1855.

Be it known by these presents, that I James William Huntsman, of E[ast] T[ooele] City, in the County of Tooele and Territory of Utah, for and in consideration of the good will which I have to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give and convey unto Brigham Young, Trustee in Trust, for said Church, his successors in office and assigns, all my claim to and ownership of the following described property to wit: lot (8) Eight, in Block (6) Six in E.T. City plat, value Ten dollars $ 10.00
Lot (7), Block (2) two, containting eight four rods, also six acres
on the west side of lot (1) one block (8), all in E.T. City farming
plot, value, forty dollars $ 40.00
Two oxen, one hundred dollars $100.00
Three cows, seventy five dollars $ 75.00
Three 2 year old hiefers, sixty dollares $ 60.00
Four calves, forty dollars $ 40.00
Eight sheep, forty dollars $ 40.00
One waggon & tools, fifty dollars $ 50.00
Household & kitchen furniture, weaving appalrrel [sic] &c &c
two hundred dollars $200.00
Total $615.00

together with all the rights, privileges, and appurtenances thereunto belonging or appertaining; I also covenant and agree that I am the lawful claimant and owner of said property, and will warrant and forever defend the same unto the said Trustee in Trust, his successors in office, and assigns, against the claims of my heirs, assigns, or any person whomsoever.

[page 55]

J. W. Huntsman [signed]

William Maughan [signed]
Jenkin Williams [signed]


Territory of Utah, County of Tooele. I Peter Maughan, Recorder of said County certify that the signer of the above transfer personally known to me, appeared this eleventh day of December A.D. 1855 and acknowledged that he of his own choice executed the foregoing transfer. Peter Maughan [signed] [Original in Platt Family Records Center, Document 164]

47. Hannah Davis

BAPL 15 JUL 1838 R 16 NOV 1878
She was born, either back in the Adams County, Pennsylvania, ancestral community, or in the Bloomfield, Ohio, community. She was then taken by her parents to the LaGrange, Indiana community, at the same time that William Adair, and Mary Ralston Adair, and Thomas Adams and Elizabeth Ralston Adams, migrated to that community. There she met James William Huntsman, and was married to him on December 28, 1831, at White Pigeon, Michigan, a short distance from LaGrange, because, as she said in later years: "licenses were free in Michigan and not in Indiana." She and her husband converted to the Mormon religion possibly about the year 1836, for her first two children, Eliza Jane, who died at the age of four months on January 18, 1833, and Sarah Jane, who married Samuel Lewis, and born April 5, 1834, were both natives of Steuben County, Indiana. The third child, Mary Huntsman, who married Dudley Leavitt was born November 1, 1836 in Linn County, Iowa, and the fourth child, Joseph Smith Huntsman, was born in Caldwell County, Missouri, December 29, 1838. The following three children, were born in Nauvoo, Illinois; Maria Huntsman, second wife of Dudley Leavitt, February 26, 1841; Hyrum Ralston Huntsman, February 25, 1843; and James Daniel Huntsman, May 11, 1845, later deceased, unmarried. Orson Welcome Huntsman and David Orrin Huntsman were born at Pottawatomie [County], Iowa, March 21, 1849 and July 24, 1851, respectively. The tenth and eleventh children Eliza Jane and Aaron, were born in Utah after the migration, the former dying in infancy.

Hannah Davis was married to James William Huntsman, to Nauvoo, Illinois, where persecution was her lot
No source for child, "Louisa Margaret Huntsman", except for the LDS ancestral file

48. Hiram Ethan Pember

Hiram listed as the father of Adeline L.,Stilwell T.and Caroline in the
book,"John Pember,The History of the Pember Family in America." Compiled by
Mrs. Celeste Pember Hazen. Pages 207, 263-5. This book can be found in the LDS
Family History Center in Salt Lake City which is across the street From
the LDS Temple .The call numbers are 929.273, P369h.(Possibly in other Family
History Centers in other cities.)

In the 1850 Census of the United States, Hiram Pember, Matilda, Stillwell,
Attoline(Adeline),are listed. The location is the town of Freedom, Wood County,
Ohio, District 154. This information is in the LDS Family History Center,film
number 444734, page 370. The following is copied from that tape.

Names age Sex Occupation Birthplace

Hiram Pember 39 M Blacksmith New York
Matilda 38 F New York
Attoline 14 F Ohio
Stillwell 6 M Ohio
From the book,"John Pember,..." is the following:
ch. (from the Stillwell records) (A granddaughter says, "12 children were born,
but only 3 survived the hazards of a pioneer home".)
- Milton
- Almira
Adaline Lucretia b. Apr. 16, 1836, Freedom, Wood Co., Ohio
- (---) b.
- John b.
d. Ae 4 yrs, by drowning in a mill-race.
Stilwell Truax b. Apr. 10, 1844, Pemberville.
- Stephan
Hiram L. Pember found in:
Marriage Index: Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850
Married: Feb 24, 1831 in: Lorain Co., OH
Spouse: Heath, Matilda
Gender: M More: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT,
Film #s 0447523 & 0447525.

Hiram Pember found in:
Marriage Index: Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850
Married: Feb 24, 1831 in: Lorain Co., OH
Spouse: Heath, Matilda
Gender: M More: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT,
Film #s 0447523 & 0447525.

49. Matilda Heath

Documentation:"John Pember, The History of the Pember Family in America."
Compiled By Mrs. Celeste Pember Hazen.

50. Louis H. Forrest

Individual Record FamilySearch� Pedigree Resource File
Lewis Henry Forrest Compact Disc #5 Pin #1005419
Sex: M
Event(s): Birth: 10 Aug 1810
Father: JAMES FORREST Disc #5 Pin #1005421
Mother: JEAN ADDIE Disc #5 Pin #1005422
Spouse: Margaret Mapes Disc #5 Pin #1005420
Notes and Sources:
Notes: None
Sources: None
Keli Burns
, United States of America
No info on James Forrest
Individual Record FamilySearch� Pedigree Resource File
JEAN ADDIE Compact Disc #5 Pin #1005422
Sex: F
Birth: 1779
Death: 10 Oct 1852
Spouse: JAMES FORREST Disc #5 Pin #1005421
Notes and Sources:
Notes: None
Sources: None
Keli Burns
, United States of America

51. Maggy Mapes

Individual Record FamilySearch� Pedigree Resource File
JEAN ADDIE Compact Disc #5 Pin #1005422
Sex: F
Birth: 1779
Death: 10 Oct 1852
Spouse: JAMES FORREST Disc #5 Pin #1005421


The Weaver Genealogy

Author: Lucius E. Weaver
Call Number: CS71.W365

This book contains the history and genealogy of the Weaver family of Wales
who settled in Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Information: Weaver, Lucius E. The Weaver Genealogy. The
Du Bois Press. Rochester, New York. 1928.
Source Media Type: Book

IV. Margaret,9 b. July 8, 1810, at Canton, N. Y.; d. Nov. 11, 1854; m. Selah
Spaulding, of Canton, N. Y.
CHILDREN (Spaulding):
1. George,10 b. May 31, 1829; m. Caroline Barrows.
2. Anna,10 b. 1831; m. Charles Kelsey.
3. Margaret,10 b. 1838; m. Solomon Kelsey.
4. Selah,10 b. 1843; m. Ellen Denny Russell.

53. Margaret Weaver

The Weaver Genealogy

Author: Lucius E. Weaver
Call Number: CS71.W365

This book contains the history and genealogy of the Weaver family of Wales
who settled in Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Information: Weaver, Lucius E. The Weaver Genealogy. The
Du Bois Press. Rochester, New York. 1928.
Source Media Type: Book

222. BENJAMIN8 WEVER, (Andrew,7 (115) William,6 Joseph,5 William,4
Clement,3 Clement,2 Clement1)was born Oct. 5, 1780, and died March 2,
1870, at Homer, Will Co., Ill. He was a farmer. He removed from
Washington County, N. Y., to Onondaga County, N. Y., and thence to
Illinois, where he settled on land which is now a part of the city of Chicago.
He, later, removed to Homer, Ill., where the remainder of his years was spent.

Page 317

He married Phebe Paddock, b. May 10, 1780; d. Nov. 14, 1859. She was
a cousin of Jonathan Paddock, who m. Mercy Weaver, half-sister of
Benjamin. One of his descendants writes that Benjamin dropped the letter
"a" from his name and wrote it Wever.

IV. Margaret,9 b. July 8, 1810, at Canton, N. Y.; d. Nov. 11, 1854; m. Selah
Spaulding, of Canton, N. Y.
CHILDREN (Spaulding):
1. George,10 b. May 31, 1829; m. Caroline Barrows.
2. Anna,10 b. 1831; m. Charles Kelsey.
3. Margaret,10 b. 1838; m. Solomon Kelsey.
4. Selah,10 b. 1843; m. Ellen Denny Russell

54. Charles Denny

Copied from the records of Unita Bernice Crandall, 728 East Marilyn Avenue,
Mesa, Arizona, 85204. The name "Charles Denny", was in her records.

1850 Federal Census enumerated October 22, 1850
Joliet, Will County, Illinois
Charles Denny 27 male Machinist born in New York, could not read
Susan Denny female
Charles Jr 2 male
Ellen 2/12 female

55. Susan Kelsey

A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Kelsey, Vol III

Author: Edward A. Claypool and Azalea Clizbee
Call Number: R929.2 K31 v.2

SUSAN KELSEY (Daniel2221, Solomon1216, Daniel656, James214,
John49, Stephen8, William1), daughter of Daniel Kelsey and Susan White,
died at Skiddy, Kan. She married (???) DENNY, of whom we have no
further record.

Children: (?) (DENNY), at least two sons and one daughter; perhaps

6259a i CARLOS E., born at Joliet, Ill.; died Kansas City, Mo.
He married, SUSAN KELSEY (claimed to have been a
cousin ?), who died at Montisamo, Wash. Children--Edwin,
Delbert, Nellie, Daniel and Frederick.
6259b ii HENRY, who died at Miami, Fla.
6259c iii ELLEN J. E., born 1851 at Joliet, Ill.; died Jan. 14, 1922,
at Skiddy, Kan. She married, Mar. 24, 1867, at Lemont,
Ill., SELAH SPAULDING, born Aug. 25, 1843, at place
of marriage; died Sept. 18, 1924, at Hiawatha, Kan.
Children: Cora Eva; Frank, born Sept. 1, 1869, Emma
Rosalie, born June 27, 1871, married, Jan. 1, 1891, Charles
Ormsby Pember, born Jan. 12, 1868; Walter Irving;
Mable Viola, born 1874; Henry, born Oct. 19, 1876, died
Mar. 5, 1899, at Twin Creek, Kan.; George William;
Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 1, 1880.

AUTHORITY: George Hawley Cushman (No. 6227).
The first name "Charles" came from the records of Unita Crandall
728 E. Marilyn Mesa, AZ 85234. Son Mike Crandall email

56. Thomas Jefferson Bailey
This may be Thomas Jefferson Bailey

1860 US Census
Pennsylvania, Chester County, Londonderry TWP
Elizabeth Bailey 63 F Retired (Value of Real Estate) 3600 (Value of Personal estate) 300 (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania
Rebecca Bailey 22 F (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania
Caroline Bailey 18 F (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 <> about Thomas Jefferson Bailey
Name: Thomas Jefferson Bailey
Gender: Male
Birth Place: PA
Birth Year: 1789
Spouse Name: Elizabeth Bane Haslett
Spouse Birth Place: PA
Spouse Birth Year: 1793
Marriage Year: 1813
Number Pages: 1

Source Citation: Source number: 1604.126; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: .
Source Information:
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

57. Elizabeth Bane Haslett

1860 US Census
Pennsylvania, Chester County, Londonderry TWP
Elizabeth Bailey 63 F Retired (Value of Real Estate) 3600 (Value of Personal estate) 300 (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania
Rebecca Bailey 22 F (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania
Caroline Bailey 18 F (Place of Birth) Pennsylvania
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 <> about Elizabeth Bane Haslett
Name: Elizabeth Bane Haslett
Gender: Female
Birth Place: PA
Birth Year: 1793
Spouse Name: Thomas Jefferson Bailey
Spouse Birth Place: PA
Spouse Birth Year: 1789
Marriage Year: 1813
Number Pages: 1

Source Citation: Source number: 1604.126; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: .
Source Information:
Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.

60. Joshua Lamborn

Copied from the book,"The Bailey and Quinn Families."
by Edwin Wagner Coles and Francis Bernard Bailey. Page 65.
Joshua Lamborn
Born in Chester County, Pa., July 18th 1771. He was an eccentric man
abounding in odd ways and expressions. After the separation in the Society
of Friends he went with the Hicksites, and would pass his cousin Thomas
Lamborn,(Orthodox), then living at Avondale, Chester County, and it mattered
not whether it was nigth or day, he would "hurrah" at the top of his voice for
the "Damned Orthodox." Those knowing of his eccentricities were amused and
laughed about it years after his death. He always wore a leather apron, go where
he would. Another peculiarity of his was to tease any one he did not like, and
would always take his chances in a large crowd. His cousin Job(110) at one time
gave him a cart-whipping; he ever afterwards called him Mr. Whipper, and spoke
of his family as Mr. Whipper's family. Being sued before the squire for an offense
he had committed, he entered the office on his hands and knees, being determined
not to walk in.

In the US 1820 Census there was a Joshua found - may or may not be ours

61. Jane Kirk

Re: Descendants of Roger & Elizabeth Kirk
Posted by: Joanne Kennel
Date: April 08,1998 at 23:13:50
In Reply to: Descendants of Roger & Elizabeth Kirk by Walter Allen Fair
I am also descended from Roger & Elizabeth KIRK through their son
Timothy b. 1652. Timothy's son Jacob Kirk my ggggggg grandfather came
to Lancaster County Pennsylvania in 1727 and died in 1743. He was married
to Rebecca Robison. Jacob & Rebecca had 3 children, Jane, John and Rebecca.
My line continues through John Kirk m. Ann
Wollaston. They had 7 children with my line continuing through their
son Jacob Kirk b. 1751. He had a daughter Jane Kirk b. 1776 who married
Joshua Lamborn grandson of Robert & Sarah Swayne Lamborn of Chester Co.
PA. I would be glad to share any info I have on this Lancaster Co.PA line of
Joanne - Lancaster co. PA

62. Joseph Ecoff

1850 Federal census
West Fallowfield, Chester, Pennsylvania
age birth place
Joseph Ecoff 51 Stone Mason Pennsylvania
Rebecca Ecoff 48 "
Sarah A. Ecoff 26 "
William Ecoff 21 Stone Mason "
Rachel Ecoff 19 "
Joseph Ecoff Jr. 15 Stone Mason "

In the 1860 US Census there was a Joseph Ecoff listed unfortunately the census image was cut off when viewing it but here is some of what was there

In the 1860 US Census there was a Wm Ecoff listed
56 year old male shoemaker born in Pen y?