William Jeffery Winward
May 7, 1961 ~ April 6, 2013
[In searching for a history of the first person on our Winward line to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it becomes apparent that Thomas as well as his sons(John) William and Peter, need to be mentioned together. For this record I am using a history of Peter Winward by his granddaughter, Winnie Curtis Wright, a short memorandum written by (John)William Winward, as well as notes collected by Ada Winward Gibson. The history written by Winnie Wright was compiled from stories that were in the Peter Winward family.] Thomas Winward was born in 1805 in Westhoughton, Lancashire,England to William and Margaret Green Winward. He married Betty Silcock on 2 Mar 1829 in Westhoughton. Betty was the daughter of Peter and Ann Hodkinson Silcock. She was born 14 April 1809, also in Westhoughton. Betty and Thomas were the parents of six children, William, Peter, Ann, Thomas, Margaret, and Elizabeth. Little is known of the early years of Thomas, other than when he heard the gospel of Jesus Christ preached in England. A certified copy of the birth entry for his daughter, Elizabeth, states that Thomas was a cotton dresser. They were living at 19 Sedgwick Street, Preston, Lancaster, at this time - June 1839. (Two other children were also born here, Thomas in 1836 and Margaret in 1838.) In July 1837, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, and Willard Richards came to England to open a mission. In the ensuing nine months, twothousand persons were baptized. The next excursion was in 1840 when eight of the twelve apostles, led by Brigham Young, went to England to preach the restored gospel. By the time they embarked for America in April 1841, between seven and eight thousand persons had embraced Mormonism. Thomas Winward was among those who accepted the message of the Prophet and joined the Church in 1841. His wife Betty could not accept the teachings. (John) William's writings say that his father joined the Church in Preston, but we have no official record of baptism. When Thomas expressed a desire to join the Saints in America, Betty refused to go, but Thomas was not to be deterred. On the 5th day of February 1842, Thomas took his two sons, William (almost 12) and Peter (9), and together with 270 Saints left Liverpool on the ship "Hope,” leaving his wife Betty and four children behind. He hoped that the love she had for him and her two sons, would cause her to follow. The boys were both very sick on the journey, and that memory never left them. The ship arrived at New Orleans the forepart of March. Peter remembers his father lifting him up to purchase some sweet cakes from a Negro woman. It was April when they reached Nauvoo. Thomas purchased a small lot in Nauvoo. During the time he wasn't working on the temple, he was building his home. He was putting up a pole frame construction for his home when he contracted "black canker"(diphtheria). (John) William also had been very ill with fever for weeks. One day, as the two boys were playing close by their father, who was sitting in a chair sick with fever, they discovered he had died. This was just six months after they had arrived in Nauvoo (14 October 1842). Thomas had never given up hope that his family would join him. An inventory of his estate showed his belongings to be very meager - clothing, some bedding, a few kitchen utensils, a cow and calf, some wheat, and a flute in a green case. Bishop Jonathan H. Hale and Brother Driggs (with whom Thomas and his boys had been living), took Thomas to his final resting place in the Nauvoo Cemetery. Bishop Hale then took the two boys into his home. Before Thomas died, he asked Brother Charles Shumway to promise that if anything should happen to him, that Brother Shumway would see that the boys were not sent back to England. This was a difficult promise to keep as the boys were so young and their mother had sent money for their return. When the authorities contacted Bishop Hale regarding the return of the boys to England, Brother Shumway told them of the promise he had made to Thomas. It was decided to let the boys choose for themselves. Remembering how seasick they both had been, and frightened to make the long trip back, both boys decided to stay in America.
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997
Thomas Levi Whittle
Mary Amelia Fullmer
Thomas Levi Whittle, son of Thomas Whittle and Elizabeth Levi, was
born 21 May 1812 at Mersea, Essex, Ontario, Canada. Very little is known
of his early youth, except for his cheerful disposition, high character, and
scholastic ability - even though his education was very limited.
He was 21 years old when he married Mary Amelia Fullmer (also known
as "Polly"). At that time she was only sixteen years of age and was living in the
same general area as the Whittle family. Mary was deprived of all scholastic
advantages and grew to adulthood without learning to read or write anything
other than her name. Possibly it was hardship and overwork in her youth that
influenced her to marry at such an early age. Both of these people were of the
same temperament and disposition and therefore found it easy to live their
lives together. Three children were born to them in their native land, Olive,
John Casper, and Mary. They then migrated to the United States, settling in
Thomas and Mary were both religiously inclined, and therefore readily
listened to the message presented by the missionaries of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thomas and Mary found the teachings quite to
their liking, and accepted the new religious faith known as "Mormonism,”
much to the dislike and disappointment of their parents. They were baptized
on 22 November 1837 by Zera Pulsipher (and later re-baptized 3 June 1849
by William Clayton in Salt Lake City, Utah.)
They witnessed many events which strengthened the testimony they had
obtained. One incident occurred shortly after their conversion--returning
from Church one day, they saw a light resting on a bridge that lay directly in
their path. Upon arrival at the place where the light shone forth, it moved
forward and continued as though lighting their way until it reached their
home, and then disappeared. "Mary," said her husband, "this will ever be a
light to our feet and a guide to us through life."
They undoubtedly felt the spirit of gathering which was so much in
evidence at that time, for at an early date they moved to Quincy, Illinois where
their son, George was born. They later moved to Nauvoo, the birthplace of
Zera and Emaline. Here they heard the gospel from the lips of the Prophet
himself. They treasured a photo of Joseph and his wife Emma, a gift to them
from the Smith family. This photo was one of the belongings the family later
carried to Utah.
The family witnessed and experienced many of the hardships the Saints
endured at this time. They knew the pain and anguish arising from the loss
of their Prophet, and probably saw the bodies of their beloved leaders as they
lay in state prior to their secret burial.
Mary Whittle was present on the occasion when the Saints had met to
hear the speech of Sidney Rigdon, then purporting to be their rightful leader.
She saw Brigham Young when he arose to speak and witnessed the mantle of
Joseph resting upon his form and features. This occurrence left no doubt in
her mind as to the rightful leadership of Brigham Young. As the Saints
prepared to leave Nauvoo, Thomas and Mary were able to receive their
endowments on 1 Jan 1846. This was a great blessing to them. Before
leaving Nauvoo, they parched a quantity of corn, which they had expected to
take along as food, but which, for some reason was left behind. This later
served as a bed for Thomas when he was forced to return for a cow that had
broken loose and gone back home. At that particular time he hid in the attic
of his abandoned home until time when he could escape without being seen.
Their next abode was at Winter Quarters, a temporary city built on the
west bank of the Missouri River. (This was later known as Florence and was
annexed to the present city of Omaha, Nebraska.) One has only to read the
history of those days to know the bitter experiences of want, sickness, and
often death, that occurred there. Fortunately the Whittles came through
without losing any member of their family.
A few faith-promoting incidents in the life of Thomas Whittle have been
handed down to members of his posterity, as a testimony of God's protection
and mercy which He extends to his faithful children. While in Winter
Quarters, a young man, Thomas Ricks, was shot and wounded by Indians
while he was herding cattle. Search parties were sent out to bring him back
to camp. His father and Thomas Whittle were some distance away from the
main group. Suddenly they found themselves surrounded by Indians and a
gun pointed in their faces. "Well," said Brother Ricks, "I suppose our time has
come." "Not yet," said Brother Whittle, “We are in the hands of the Lord."
He repeated this twice, looking straight into the eyes of the Indian. Finally
the Indian dropped his gun. This seemed to frighten the others and they
turned and rode away, leaving the men frightened but unharmed.
Another time, they were without water while traveling. The horses'
tongues were hanging from their mouths, and the people were suffering from
thirst. The day was very warm and the sky clear with no signs of any relief.
After supplicating the Lord, a cloud appeared and soon rain fell in such
quantities as to fill their buckets and barrels with the much-needed water.
The Whittle family made the trek across the plains as members of the
2nd Company, 2nd Division with Zera Pulsipher as "Captain of 100" under
Heber C. Kimball as Commander. They left the Elkhorn River crossing on 1
June 1848, and arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley 20 Sept 1848. The
Whittles took up residence in the northwest central portion of the valley.
They must have had ample housing, as Mary later told of renting a part of the
dwelling to a widow and her family while Thomas was on his mission.
In the fall of 1849, Thomas went to California, having been called on
a financial mission for the Church. He presumedly settled in the area near
Sutter's Fort (now Sacramento, Calif.) There were other brethren in the
group, and the decision was made to take the "Old Spanish Trail" which went
southwesterly by way of Cajon Pass in the San Gabriel Mountains. They were
persuaded along the way to take a short cut that put them in most precarious
circumstances. They finally made their way back to the trail and continued
on. After they descended Cajon Pass, Mr. Williams of the Williams Ranch
sent out a wagon-load of provisions and supplies to sell to incoming travelers,
a welcome sight to travelers who by this time were near starvation.
Through the influence of Charles C. Rich and Captain Jefferson Hunt,
arrangements were made for the purchase of ox teams, supplies, and new
outfits on credit. They rested at the Williams Ranch for about a month,
during which time most of the travelers secured employment, and then
proceeded up the coast to their destination. Gold had been discovered in the
Sutter's Fort area and it is very likely this was a contributing factor in calling
these young men on a financial mission as currency was badly needed by the
Church at this time. About the same time, several men were employed by
Capt. John Sutter to lay out a plan for the City of Sacramento, as well as to
build a grist mill.
On 25 September 1850, a number of the men met with President Rich.
He appointed Thomas Levi Whittle and seven other men to go on a mission
to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands. Elder Hiram Clark was appointed to
preside over the mission. The Elders took passage on the SS West Point and
the SS Senator and arrived in San Francisco during October of 1850. Then
on 8 November passage was booked on the "Imaum of Muscat" for $40 in
gold, less 5% if the brethren would furnish their own bedding. The eating and
living accommodations were considered very poor, and the trip to the islands
took 20 days. Their arrival at Honolulu was heralded by natives attempting
to sell fruits and other foodstuffs.
Elders Whittle and Clark were assigned to the island of Oahu. An
unsuccessful effort was made to open the mission at Honolulu, with difficulty
learning the Hawaiian language contributing to their failure. They had been
led to believe that there were more English speaking people on the island, but
these proved to be sailors and others in transit.
On 7 January 1851, Thomas Whittle, with permission from the Mission
President, sought employment. Being very discouraged, he intended to return
to America. In March, 1851 five of the original missionaries left Honolulu.
After 43 days upon the water, with much seasickness, they finally arrived in
America, and soon returned to their respective homes, presumedly by the same
route used in traveling to California.
Shortly after returning home, Thomas moved his family to Fort
Herriman, about 15 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. During this time,
while getting logs from a nearby canyon, his wagon tipped over and he was
thrown under a load of logs. Before fading into unconsciousness, he saw two
men coming toward him, and when he regained consciousness he was standing
by his wagon which had been lifted into place. He was badly injured, and with
extreme difficulty he succeeded in mounting one of his horses. He gave the
horse free reign, and it took him to the farm of Thomas Butterfield, the owner
of the horses. Thomas Butterfield's daughter, Mary Jane, nursed him back to
At this time plural marriages were permitted certain eligible persons
under the polygamy laws of the Church, making it possible for a righteous
generation of people to be raised up to carry on the work of the Lord. Certain
qualifications had to be met to participate in plural marriage, and Thomas was
selected to have a second wife. He took Mary Jane Butterfield as his second
wife on 7 August 1853 at the Council House, which temporarily substituted
for ordinance work until the Endowment House or Temple could be
completed. Shortly after this marriage, the families moved to Grantsville,
Tooele County, Utah, where other children were born. Here they lived in a
cabin erected as a temporary shelter until permanent quarters could be
Due to the advance of Johnston's army in the spring of 1858, most of
the Saints left Grantsville, going south to Spring Creek, then returning to
Grantsville by 4 July 1858. The Whittle families were among those to leave.
In the spring of 1860 Thomas, with his families, moved to Cache Valley
in northern Utah, settling at Richmond, where he remained the rest of his life.
He left for brief amounts of time to seek employment, which most of the
Saints were forced to do. President Young had issued a call for the settlement
of this valley and many Saints responded. While in Richmond they lived for
a time in "The Old Fort" erected for protection against Indians. They later
acquired a three-room adobe house opposite the Park Schoolhouse.
Thomas was a very energetic church and civic worker. Because of his
agreeable and pleasing personality, he easily made friends with both young and
old. He was also known as a peacemaker and was often called to assist in
settling disputes. He was a member of the 24th Quorum of Seventy, having
been ordained 8 October 1844 by Levi W. Hancock. His Patriarchal Blessing
was given on 19 April 1845 by Patriarch John Smith at Nauvoo, Illinois. He
served as First Counselor to Bishop Merriner W. Merrill of the Richmond
Ward between 30 June 1861 (when the ward was organized) until his death a
few years later.
In addition to numerous faith-promoting incidents, Thomas and his
wife Mary cherished the memory of having heard the gospel of Jesus Christ
preached direct from the lips of the Prophet Joseph Smith, leader and first
president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the fall of
1867, Thomas was told by Heber C. Kimball that he had better get his temple
ordinances completed, as that would be his last chance.
While assisting his son, Zera, in building a one-room log house, he was
struck by a falling log which he had been lifting and injured to the extent that
he lived only about a week. He never regained complete consciousness. He
died 3 July 1868 at the age of 56 years, in Richmond, Cache County, Utah.
At the time of death he was the father of thirteen children, of whom nine were
by his first wife (Mary Fullmer) and four by his second wife (Mary Jane
On 4 July 1868 the Territorial Flag of Utah was flown at half-staff as
a tribute to the honor and esteem felt by his fellow associates and neighbors.
Funeral services and burial were held at Richmond on 5 July 1868 and he was
laid to rest in the family plot in the Richmond Cemetery.
His first wife Mary, was a very energetic and helpful companion. She
lived to the age of 76 years. After her children were married, she moved to
Lewiston and lived in the home of her daughter, Aroetta Pond, the remaining
years of her life. She died there of pneumonia 6 January 1893, and was
buried by the side of her husband. His second wife, Mary Jane, is buried in
the family plot of her second husband, Benjamin Landon Doty. The posterity
of Thomas Whittle is numbered among the founding families of many
communities in Utah and Idaho.
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997
The parents of Rosel Hyde, Heman and Polly Wyman Tilton Hyde,
moved from Strafford, Vermont (where their first child was born) to York,
Livingston County, New York, about 1812 or 1813. In York, four more
children were born to them, Rosel being the second of these four. Rosel was
born 20 May 1816, and was named after his father’s brother Roswell - the
name being purposely shortened.
In 1825 the family moved to Freedom, Cattaraugus County, New York.
Here Rosel probably received most of his schooling, though he may have
acquired some in York. The available education on the frontier was not very
extensive, but Rosel’s beautiful penmanship points to the assumption that he
was able to take advantage of all the schooling there was to be had.
His father was a “well situated and much respected” member of the
Freedom community, living in the Fish Lake settlement. He cleared his own
land with help from his sons. He also was in partnership with Josiah Cheney,
operating a wool carding and cloth dressing business. By work and example
he and his wife taught their children to respect their fellowmen, and to be ever
kind and helpful to the weary and poor. Too, they were religiously inclined,
Heman helping to organize the Presbyterian Church in Freedom in 1827.
Mother Polly, was an especially staunch Presbyterian who was converted
to Mormonism by Joseph Smith himself. This conversion took place in 1834
in Freedom, where a branch of the Church was organized soon after the
baptism of Rosel’s older brother Heman Tilton Hyde.
Along with the others of his family Rosel was privileged, as his children
so often aptly phrased it, to “hear the Gospel in its purity.” He related it this
“In the winter of 1833 I first heard the Gospel preached by an Elder of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, previous to which time I had
the privilege of seeing a portion of the proof sheets from which the Book of
Mormon was printed. The reason I did not embrace the Gospel sooner was
because of a sort of shyness on my part, being at that time but a young man
and never having joined myself to any religious body.”
All the family, except Rosel, joined the Church during 1834. Even
though Heman had a burning conviction of the truth of the Gospel, he
realized that each person has to gain his own testimony, and he did not
censure his son Rosel for his delay, but told him it was all right if he did not
join the Church just then--that he should think it over a bit if he wanted to.
Rosel continues: “Prior to my being baptized, I removed with my
Father’s family to Kirtland, Ohio, in obedience to the call of the authorities
of the Church, and was present at the dedication of the ‘Temple of the Lord’
in that place.” It was February 1836 when the family moved to Kirtland and
the temple was dedicated in late March of the same year. Since Rosel was not
baptized, he could not attend the dedication meeting, but was out on the farm
and “witnessed the cloud and pillar of light that rested on the temple,” saw the
heavenly light that surrounded the temple, and heard the sound like the
rushing of many waters. After what he saw and heard at that time he needed
nothing more to convince him, and soon afterward he asked for baptism.
Rosel was baptized and confirmed on 9 May 1836 by Joel H. Johnson
at Kirtland, Ohio. By this time Rosel had many occasions to become
acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith, and could well echo the sentiments
of Joel H. Johnson, who said, “The words of life from his mouth (the
Prophet’s) . . . filled my heart with joy and thanks to God.”
According to Rosel’s son, George Tilton Hyde, Rosel was a man of
good judgment, strict in his views. He was endowed with a sound business
sense, was prudent and thrifty. He was slow to anger and would suffer wrong
rather than create a fuss with other people. He was reticent, a very logical
thinker. It is no surprise then, to learn that he was the last in his father’s
family to accept Mormonism. We consider it a credit to him and an accent on
our excellent heritage to know that Rosel’s decision to join the Church was no
spur-of-the-moment reaction to the area’s “revival fire.” He had a sound
conviction of the truth of the restored Gospel.
Rosel states, “In the fall of 1838 I accompanied my Father’s family to
Huntsville, Missouri, within two days drive of Far West. Here we remained
a few days in the woods where we were discovered by a mob, who compelled
us to leave the state. This resulted in our retreat to Quincy, Illinois, where
we wintered.” Quincy is about fifty miles south of Nauvoo.
The next winter, on 12 December 1839, Rosel was married to Mary Ann
Cowles “at a little place called Payson,” where Rosel had settled on a farm the
preceding spring. Payson is a few miles southeast of Quincy. Rosel and Mary
Ann lived in Payson for the first three and one-half years of their marriage.
Here two daughters blessed the household - Martha Ann in 1841 and Sarah
Maria in 1843.
While Sarah Maria was still a tiny baby, Rosel moved his family to Bear
Creek settlement, Hancock County, Illinois, about sixteen miles from Nauvoo
and seven miles from Carthage. They made the move that they might more
readily help with the building of the temple and be closer to the mainstream
of Church events. Being near the center of affairs had its darker side,
however. As Rosel stated, “ . . . [We] passed through those bitter scenes of
persecution so well understood by those acquainted with the history of the
Rosel and his family came to know the Prophet Joseph Smith quite well.
Some of the Prophet’s land joined the Hyde property, so they had opportunity
to get to personally know each other. Rosel mentioned Joseph’s great
enjoyment of mingling with young folks, and was very struck by the Prophet’s
unusual eyes--the eyes of a man who had seen and talked with God. Rosel
“was also an eye witness to many of the vexations and lawsuits to which the
Prophet of God was subject from time to time.”
On 27 June 1844 Rosel was working in his field when friends came by
and told him that the Prophet Joseph had been martyred. This was indeed a
shock, and Rosel’s comment was, “They have just killed one of the greatest
men that ever lived.” Rosel considered the Prophet as a dear and personal
friend, as well as his spiritual leader. Mary Ann had lived and worked in the
Prophet’s home and her children had sat on his knee. Later Rosel kept a
picture of Joseph Smith hanging in his home He spoke so often and devotedly
of the marvelous man that his younger children felt that they too knew the
Rosel and Mary Ann attended the special conference in Nauvoo on
August eighth after the Prophet’s death. They testified many times of the
transfiguration of Brigham Young into the likeness of the Prophet Joseph.
Even though their leader was dead, the Church carried on under the direction
of the Twelve Apostles. Rosel was ordained a Seventy on 8 October 1844.
The afflictions heaped upon the Saints grew worse, but with diligent
effort the temple was partially finished, enough for some ordinances to be
performed. Rosel and Mary Ann felt fortunate to receive their endowments
on 7 January 1846, though they were not able to be sealed to each other before
the temple closed.
On the 18th of May 1846 Rosel, Mary Ann and their three small
children joined the driven Saints in leaving Nauvoo, “our beautiful city, made
so by the arduous toil, privations, and hardships of the Saints.” Rosel’s family
traveled in company with the families of his father, brothers and sister.
The group arrived at Council Bluffs on July 12. Four days later Rosel’s
brother William was mustered into the Mormon Battalion, with unsettled
feelings about leaving his family. He wrote: .” . .We, like Abraham, by the
commandment of Heaven were en route for a home, we knew not where . . .
far from the land which we had once called civilization, with no dwelling, save
a wagon, with the scorching midsummer sun to beat upon them (my family),
with the prospect of the cold December blasts finding them in the same place.”
The next winter William returned. His narrative gives the following:
“December 12 (1847), I crossed the Missouri River and rode to Council Point,
a distance of 12 miles, where I found my family and father’s house . . . I
spent the winter with my family and friends. In the spring my brother Rosel
and I did what we could to assist father and he took his departure for the Salt
Lake Valley. I spent the summer on the farm which my father and brother
had opened, and my brother hired to drive a team for the government, with
an agreement between us that our income for the season should be for our
mutual interest, that if possible both might be prepared the ensuing season to
take our departure for Salt Lake.”
William also tells of their trek west: “In the spring of 1849 I started
with my family, in company with my brother Rosel and his family, for Salt
Lake City. The Lord had blessed our labours so much so that we were
comfortably fitted for the journey. Brother Samuel Gully, who had the charge
of the hundred, died with the cholera soon after reaching the Platte River.
Some four or five died with the same disease. We reached the Valley the 22nd
day of September.”
Their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley was an occasion of great rejoicing,
at the success of their journey, and for the happy reunion with loved ones.
Earlier William had written of their determination to follow the Lord’s
Prophets: “My father and all his household, were fully convinced previous to
being baptized that God had set his hand for the last time to prune the earth,
and that in fulfillment of his word He would gather together a people who
would serve Him and be prepared to escape the distress that should come upon
the nations (and) as well for the coming of the Son of Man when he should be
revealed in the glory of his Father. This being our faith, our first object was
to gather with the Saints agreeable to the revelations which God had given.”
Rosel expressed himself well in referring to their long period of hardship
and their eventual arrival in Zion: “After suffering the most heart rendering
persecution that a cruel mob, actuated by the spirit of devils, could inflict
upon us in the shape of burning houses, burning standing grain, etc., and
which finally resulted in the martyrdom of our beloved Prophets, Joseph and
Hyrum Smith, and the expulsion of the Saints from Nauvoo to the desolate
wilderness situated among the Rocky Mountains where we arrived on the 22
of September 1849, we again enjoyed another season of rest from the many
toils, privations and persecutions to which we had been exposed.”
Rosel and Mary Ann lived in Salt Lake City for nearly four years,
building a house the year after he arrived, and spending this time farming.
Here two more daughters were born: Mary Louisa in 1851 and Helen Elvira
in 1852. One of Rosel’s children wrote of him: “It is wonderful to me how
his life has been preserved, as he always was a weakly man. He moved to
Kaysville in 1853 because he had such poor health in Salt Lake City and
thought the change might be beneficial.” His daughter Mary Ann said that he
often became so faint during his years of work on the Kaysville farm that he
would come into the house and ask his wife or girls to bring him something
quickly, even if just a small crust of bread, to restore his strength. But having
relatively poor health did not deter Rosel Hyde from serving his God, his
family, or his neighbors, and he was preserved to perform his labors long and
In Kaysville, then called Kays Ward, a settlement only three years old,
Rosel located to a farm about one mile north of the village. The farm
consisted of about 55 acres in one piece and 10 acres in another. He soon
built a three-room log house with a dirt-covered roof - that often leaked during
heavy rainfall. The dirt in front of the house was hard dirt and was swept
often to keep it clean.
In February of 1855 the second son, Heman, was born. Within a short
time Rosel and Mary Ann were sealed for time and all eternity by the authority
of God vested in (according to family records) Wilford Woodruff. They had
their six children sealed to them, making their family a complete unit in the
By the spring of 1858 Rosel was well established and felt comfortable
in his surroundings, even though they were simple. Undoubtedly it seemed
to him and Mary Ann that they had moved enough times and undergone their
share of hardships. But Johnston’s Army was threatening just east in Echo
Canyon, and Rosel, with his wife soon expecting their seventh child, answered
the call of Brigham Young to leave their home vacant and move south. They
did not know but that their home and crops would be burned and they would
have to start over again, but they believed in the Prophets of God. Their son,
Austin Cowles, was born in April in Salt Lake City, not long after they started
their journey south.
Upon returning to Kaysville, Rosel was called to be one of the
counselors in the bishopric. He was a counselor to two bishops for nineteen
consecutive years. He was so well respected in the community that he was also
made County Selectman (County Commissioner), which office he held for five
successive terms (1858-1873), almost as long as he was in the bishopric.
During the winter of 1859-60 Rosel answered the call of the Church
and served a mission in New York State, probably arriving home about the
time of the birth of his son Charles Corydon in May 1860.
In 1860 or 61, Rosel sent a team by one of the brethren, to assist a
company of Saints to get to Utah. In the company was the family of Samuel
and Hannah Maria Shackel Simmons. Their daughter Hannah Maria, being
a delicate girl, was not permitted to walk much of the way, and was assigned
to the wagon drawn by Rosel Hyde’s team, which same wagon carried her
family’s belongings. One day while she was riding, the teamster told her that
the oxen pulling them belonged to one of the finest men in the Valley, and
that he thought someday she would marry him. “Has he a wife?” asked
Hannah. When the answer was “yes” she was shocked and astonished that he
would make such a suggestion. When the group reached the Valley, the
Simmons family was taken to the home of Rosel Hyde, a member of the
bishopric. Here they received shelter and food until they became located in a
little place for themselves. Hannah helped in the Hyde home, doing
housework, etc. Soon Rosel and Mary Ann grew to love her dearly. Hannah
was only two years older than Rosel’s son James, and James liked her too. But
her choice was to marry Rosel. So on 22 February 1862, Hannah, age 18,
and Rosel were sealed as husband and wife, in the Endowment House.
The friendship and love of the two women had been growing ever since
Hannah arrived at the Hyde home. Between them was an unusual bond of
trust and understanding. Both were rather frail physically; they were perhaps
poorly equipped by nature to become the wives of a pioneer farmer; however,
they each bore him a large family. Each had great spiritual stature, and a firm
commitment to God, Christ, and the latter-day prophets.
Rosel built a good two-story home of rock and adobes in town, one
block east of the meetinghouse, and moved Mary Ann and her family into it.
It was here where he entertained the Church Authorities who visited the Ward.
Hannah lived in the log cabin on the farm. She soon adjusted herself to the
hard work of a farmer’s wife and carried the main burden of the household
work, including cooking the meals for the farm help.
The next summer, as Captain of a church train of fifty freighting teams,
Rosel returned to Winter Quarters . . . “and brought a company of emigrants
to Salt Lake City. This trip occupied him from April to September. It
required a full two months to make the trip from Council Bluffs to Salt Lake.
On that trip his train was stopped and thoroughly searched by Fort Bridger
troops who feared the freighters were bringing in arms and ammunition to aid
the Mormons. No such freight was found, however, and their goods were not
While Rosel was gone, the wives were a great help and consolation to
each other, each of them giving birth to a baby. William Alonzo was born to
Mary Ann in June (her last child), and Samuel was born to Hannah in August.
Shortly before Rosel’s return baby Samuel died. This was a great sadness to
Hannah, to lose her firstborn.
In 1869-70 an exciting event transpired--the railroad came! Rosel
donated the right-of-way through his property to the railroad.
A glimpse into the personality of Rosel is given by his son George. “My
father was a man of approximately six feet in height--straight and tall and
slim. He was absolutely honest in every way, shape and form . . . He was
strictly temperate--never touched liquor or tobacco. He did not use vulgar or
profane language nor associate with those who did. He was strict in the
payment of his tithes and offerings. He paid a tenth of everything produced
on the farm - the vegetables, the orchard produce and all of the livestock and
poultry. Sometimes we boys thought he tithed it doubly, but we always had
that example before us of his marvelous honesty and strict living. He was
always considered faithful and energetic, and very careful of what he said and
what he would do. His example was very wonderful for all of the children,
especially his thrift and his honesty. He had a holy horror of debt and when
he died there was plenty of money laying in his bureau drawer for his funeral
expenses. He was a man of good judgment, kind and gentle and slow to
anger. In fact, I never saw him really angry. He would suffer wrong rather
than have a fuss with a neighbor. He was a strict disciplinarian, without ever
having whipped us. We all understood perfectly that our work must be done
before we went off to play.”
During the 1870’s four children were born to Hannah. The children
were indeed welcome, but the log home was becoming less able to fulfill its
necessary functions, so Rosel built a two-story adobe house on the farm, and
the old cabin was abandoned.
One group of Indians in particular was well known to Rosel’s family--
the group headed by “Indian Jake.” Jake’s people would come to Kaysville in
the fall and get the gleanings of wheat from the part of Rosel’s land which was
on the west side of Kaysville railroad tracks. He also had a creek near there
where the Indians would come, with permission, to glean and camp. Rosel
would let them put their grain in his log-house-turned-granary while they got
it ready to go to Salt Lake City to trade. They often left a small Indian girl,
perhaps ten years of age, at the Hyde home while they went to Salt Lake. The
Hyde’s would braid her hair and put ribbons on the braids and wash her up
“pretty.” When the parents returned they would undo the braids and take the
child and go. They trusted Rosel and knew him well. Hannah even made
some clothes for Indian Jake.
In 1877 Rosel was released from the bishopric and on 13 January 1878
was ordained a patriarch by Franklin D. Richards. In the early “eighties”
Rosel built additional room onto the new adobe home, sold the house in town,
and moved Mary Ann back to the farm. Each of the wives had their separate
“apartments” in the home. Rosel later built an extra room onto the house for
“Grannie Hyde,” his father’s widow Elizabeth, but she did not stay long.
Hannah died on 19 March 1892, when her youngest child was nine
years old. She was buried in the Kaysville Cemetery.
Rosel and Mary Ann celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary on
12 December 1899, with their posterity gathering from near and far, giving
beautiful tribute to their parents.
On 1 December 1901 Mary Ann departed from this life and Rosel
followed less than two years later, on 20 August 1903. President Joseph F.
Smith spoke at Rosel’s funeral. During the talk he pointed to the casket and
said, “There lies a man without guile; I envy him his reward.” Both Rosel and
Mary Ann are buried in the Kaysville Cemetery.
1). Rosel Hyde, Utah Pioneer, written by Myrtle Stevens Hyde and
Ruby Johnson Stewart, 1970
2). Patriarchal Blessing of Heman Hyde
3). Manchester, Vermont Deeds
4). Strafford, Vermont Vital Records
5). Patriarchal Blessing of Polly Wyman Tilton
6). Endowment House Records
7). Writings of George Tilton Hyde
8). Strafford, Vermont Census 1790, 1800
9). Nauvoo Temple Records
10). Hyde Family Records
11). York, New York Census 1820, 1825
12). Records of Charles Walker Hyde
13). Descendants of Humphrey Hide, by Willard S. Morse
14). Journal of William Hyde
15). Logan Temple Records
16). Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p. 117
17). Writings of George Tilton Hyde
18). Record of Rosel Hyde
19). Obituary of Heman Hyde
20). History of the Church, Vol. II, pp 42, 43, 61, 63, 184, 123, 139, 428
21). Early LDS Church Records File
22). Nauvoo LDS Records
23). Exodus to Greatness, by Preston Nibley, p 206
24). Early Salt Lake City 13th Ward LDS Records
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997 -10-
Richard Doughty Treseder
Francis Treseder, shipbuilder, and his wife Charlotte Doughty, were the
parents of our Treseder immigrant, Richard Doughty Treseder. They had six
children, the fourth was Richard Doughty Treseder, who was born in
Devonport, Devonshire, England on 1 March 1813. Richard married
Elizabeth McKay, the daughter of another shipwright, Thomas McKay and his
wife Elizabeth Holland. Elizabeth was born 19 November 1811 in
Queenstown, Cork, Ireland. Her father was born in Crief, Perth, Scotland
and her mother was born in England. She married Richard in East
Stenhouse, Devonshire, England on 4 November 1833. They became the
parents of thirteen children. Richard and Elizabeth, along with their children,
took a long and circuitous route to Utah. Their first two children were born
in the borough of Southwark, London, England - Charles in 1835 and
Richard in 1836. Richard died seven months later. Another son, Richard
McKay was born in Devonport, Devonshire, England in 1838.
Apparently Richard decided to not follow in his father's profession of
shipbuilding, but became a tailor. His sons, Charles and Richard McKay also
chose this profession, all three becoming "master tailors.” Between 1838 and
1840, Richard, Elizabeth and their two children, migrated to St. Helier, Isle
of Jersey, in the Channel Islands off the coast of France. The islands were
under British rule, but because of the close proximity to France, the dominant
language and influence was French. The Isle of Jersey has an area of 45
square miles, the island being 10 miles long and 6 ½ miles broad. Ten of the
Treseder children were born here. Our line descends through the tenth child,
Mary Maud, born 20 June 1849.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ was accepted in the Treseder home, after
being introduced by the missionaries. Richard was baptized on the 17th of
November 1847. Elizabeth and their son Richard McKay were baptized three
days later. They were all baptized by Elder Ballam. Apparently the Treseder
family had been stalwarts of the Branch in St. Helier. The following is a
testimonial to Richard in 1855 when the family prepared to leave for America:
ELDER R. TRESEDER from the
St. Helier Branch, Channel Islands Conference of
Latter-day Saints March 29th 1855
We take pleasure by congratulating you that at length you are
about to bid farewell to "Babylon," and with your family go to Zion,
the home of the Saints. But while we rejoice on your account, we
feel it is hard to part, not only because of the friendship existing
between us, but on account of your perseverance and zeal in building
up the Kingdom of God on this island Jersey.
When we call to mind that while laboring to support a large
family, your pocket and hand have ever been open to support the
servants of God and advance the interest of the church; that you
have presided over "St. Helier Branch,” and assisted by Elder
Dunbar, raised up and presided over the "Gorey Branch,” advised
and comforted the Saints, we feel that words are but empty sounds
in attempting to convince you of the respect and esteem in which
you are held by us. But be assured that long after this paper has
wasted and decayed, your labors and faithfulness will be remembered
by the Saints of Jersey.
And our prayer will be that yourself, your wife who has ever
been respected and esteemed by us, and your children, may be safely
wafted over every billow, through every storm, and preserved from
the power of the "destroyer" while crossing the plains and arriving in
Salt Lake Valley. Receive and enjoy every good blessing Hoping
that when it is well with you, you will remember the poor suffering
Saints of St. Helier.
The President of the French Mission
W. C. Dunbar
The President of the Channel Islands Conference
G. Kerby George Grigg Charles Herman
William Quinsee L.A. Bertiano J. A. Tranchard
John Lemasurier Jean Le Sueur John Masett
Elisa Cave L.A. Bertrand Soripsit Frs. Degyte: Gean
Thus, began the long journey of the Treseder family. Four of their
children died and were buried in Jersey. Richard, Elizabeth, and their eight
remaining children, joined the large group of Saints on their pilgrimage to the
Salt Lake Valley. The children ranged in age, from twenty to one. They left
Jersey on 29 March 1855, bound for Liverpool by way of Dublin, Ireland.
They remained in Liverpool until the 15th of April, when they boarded the
ship Chimborazo. They set sail the same day, were on the water about five
weeks, and landed in Philadelphia 22 May 1855 according to the ship's
From here I digress to two records of others who made this same
journey. First, is from a history written by Francis De St.Joer, a convert from
Jersey. His story was printed in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers book,
Our Pioneer Heritage. Following that is a story taken from the Early Church
Membership Records compiled by BYU, on microfiche in the Family History
Centers. It is a story of Andrew L. Lamoreaux, president of the French
Mission. Both men were on the ship Chimborazo with our Treseder family.
Thus, this also becomes their story.
Francis De St.Joer: "The large company of Saints was
organized under A. Lamoreaux. It was divided into wards. I was
appointed over one of the wards known as the French Company.
We landed at Philadelphia (22 May 1855). We went on board the
cars the next morning bound for Pittsburgh. We took the
steamboat for St. Louis. On our arrival in St. Louis we were told
to remain there for a short time. The company was sent to a camp
at a place called The Gravery, about three miles from St. Louis. I
was appointed to preside over the company.
"When Apostle Erastus Snow came down from Atchison, I
was asked to come to St. Louis. At his office I was introduced to
him by Elder James Hart. He asked if I could take the company
of Saints up the river to Atchison. I told him that I would do my
best. He said, 'Go and God bless you.’ We were to be ready by
nine o'clock the next morning. I went back to the Saints and
informed them of Brother Snow's request and we all worked hard
to be ready. By morning we had all our luggage on board the
steamer. The company consisted of 204 souls. When all things
were ready, we left the wharves and steamed up the river to
Atchison, Kansas. We were twelve days making the journey up the
river. When we arrived, we camped on the banks of the river. The
next morning we moved by ox team about three miles from the
river to what was known as Mormon Grove. We camped there for
some time making preparation for crossing of the plains. [We
leave this story here, as this group continued on to Utah, arriving
in October 1855. Apparently Richard M. stayed with this group
as he traveled with the Milo Andrus Company and arrived in the
valley in 1855. The rest of the family stayed in the Pennsylvania
/ New York area to earn the funds for their journey.] ...Elder
Lamoreaux arrived in St. Louis, Missouri 2 June 1855, with
several hundred passengers, who had crossed the Atlantic in the
ship, Chimborazo . . . On arriving at St. Louis he took up his
residence with James H. Hart, his counselor during the first twelve
months of his presidency of the French mission. Elder Lamoreaux
spent Sunday, June 10th, at the camp, instructing and counseling
the Saints under his charge. In the evening he addressed the
congregation in a large church with considerable spirit and energy
and every soul appeared to rejoice under his spiritual and excellent
remarks. Elder Lamoreaux had been suffering several days with
diarrhea and remarked that what on all former occasions had
relieved him appeared to have no effect upon him this time. He
continued to grow worse, sickness and cramps seizing upon his
robust frame, causing a gradual and certain decline. The Elders
and some of the sisters were very attentive to him during his
sufferings and administered to him repeatedly, but his spirit finally
took its flight on Wednesday, June 18, 1855, the immediate cause
of his death being the so-called Asiatic cholera. The St. Louis
Luminary, a periodical published in the interest of the Church at
St. Louis, Missouri, at that time spoke very highly of the
faithfulness and integrity of Elder Lamoreaux, who was held in
great esteem by all who knew him. The following is quoted from
a letter written to George A. Smith by Erastus Snow in Salt Lake
City, September 3, 1865: 'I have just learned from the family of
the late Andrew Lamoreaux that Joseph Smith, during his tour to
Washington in 1839, stopped with them in Dayton, Ohio, and
before leaving, laid his hands on Elder Lamoreaux and blessed him
and prophesied upon his head, that he would go on a mission to
France, learn another tongue, and do much good, but that he
would not live to return to his family, as he would fall by the way
as a martyr. The Prophet wept, as he blessed him and told him
these things, adding that it was pressed upon him and he could not
refrain from giving utterance to it. Elder Lamoreaux talked with
his family about it when he left them in 1852, and endeavored to
persuade them that this was not the time and mission upon which
he should fall, but to believe that he would at this time be
permitted to return again. When the Luminary brought the tidings
of his death, they exclaimed, 'Surely, Brother Joseph was a
Prophet, for all his words have come to pass.' Thinking this an
incident that should not be lost, I have penned it from the mouth
of his eldest daughter and submit it to you and would add that his
excessive labor and toil in providing for the company under his
charge during the hot weather in June, in the unhealthy climate of
St. Louis, predisposed him to that terrible scourge that laid him
low, and thus he fell a sacrifice for his brethren."
Richard and Elizabeth remained in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and
New York areas for the next seven years. Richard was a Branch President in
Pennsylvania and New York. Maud Mary and her older sister Elizabeth were
baptized in the Hudson River during this time.
The family began their trip west with the freight company of William
Godbe. Their belongings were transported by handcart, leaving the family to
walk to their final destination in the Salt Lake Valley. The end of their long
journey to join the Saints, came on 15 October 1862, fifteen years after their
Richard opened a small tailor shop in Salt Lake City. It was located on
Main Street between 1st and 2nd South. Maud Mary used to tell of her father
sewing as he sat cross-legged in the window of his shop, as was the custom of
tailors in that time. The family lived in Salt Lake City and the remaining
children were raised and married there.
Richard Doughty Treseder, faithful Latter-day Saint, died 25 September
1881 in Salt Lake City, and is buried in the City Cemetery. Elizabeth lived
with her children for 10 years. She was staying in North Ogden, Weber Co.,
Utah at the time of her death on 21 November 1891. She is buried beside her
eternal companion, in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. She was a very
aristocratic lady, always a lady.
The obituary of Maud M. Neeley states that the family came to Utah
seven years after arriving in America, and that they were in the William Godbe
company. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah index has Richard D. and
Elizabeth Treseder in the Benjamin Hampton company that came to Utah 15
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, 1951, Vol 3, Pg 666
Early Church Membership File - LDS Family History Centers
“Our Pioneer Heritage” - Isles of Man--Wight--Jersey, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers,
History of Maud Treseder Neeley by Ada Winward Gibson
Family Group Sheets, complied by The Winward Family Organization
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997
Olive Amelia Whittle
Olive Whittle was the first child of Thomas Levi Whittle and Mary
Amelia Fulmer. She was born 9 December 1833 in Mersea, Essex, Ontario,
Canada. Her father was of French, Irish, and Canadian ancestry and her
mother was from German parents. There were nine children born to this
couple. John Casper was born 28 May 1835 and Mary Etta was born 8 July
1837 in Mersea, Canada.
Thomas Levi Whittle, his wife, and their family left Canada when Olive
was not yet four years old. They first settled in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
The Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stopped at their
door and were able to teach the gospel to them. Thomas and Mary were
baptized 22 November 1837 by Zera Pulsipher. The family soon left for
Quincy, Adams, Illinois. It was here that George was born to them on 18
June 1840. They endured many hardships here, as did the rest of the saints.
They soon followed the Church to Nauvoo. Here Zera was born 21 March
1843, and he was followed two years later by Emeline on 7 March 1845.
Olive was baptized in 1842, possibly in Nauvoo.
Into this same beautiful city of sorrow came Jonathan H. and Olive
Boynton Hale with their five children. Pushed and persecuted with the rest
of the saints, they now felt they had found a permanent place of residence.
They built a lovely home. Jonathan was made bishop of the Ninth Ward.
Aroet, their oldest son, was the drummer boy to the Nauvoo Legion and
marched in all their celebrations. By any chance did Olive see that young boy
in uniform beating his heart out as the parades moved along the lovely streets
that looked out over the bend of the Mississippi River? Or, did Aroet notice
the little blue-eyed, dark-haired, French-Canadian girl? Were they in the same
ward? Their families both left for the trip west in the Heber C. Kimball
On 4 February 1846, the great Nauvoo exodus began. Thomas Whittle
and his family were listed as members of the 2nd Company, 2nd Division,
Heber C. Kimball Command. Zera Pulsipher was captain of 100 and Thomas
Whittle and family belonged to the 2nd Division of the Pulsipher Unit of the
Heber C. Kimball Company. They left the Elkhorn River crossing the 1st of
June 1848. Aroet Hale, his sister, and two brothers, now orphans, were in the
Heber C. Kimball Division.
The Brigham Young company and the Heber C. Kimball company
would make arrangements to have their encampments within a mile or so of
each other so that the young folk might visit with each other and enjoy
occasional socials and recreation. It was on one of these occasions that Olive
and Aroet met. They began their courtship, which continued over a year in
Upon arriving in the valley, the Hale children camped outside the wall
of the barricade the 1847 pioneers had built. At religious services held in the
Bowery, it was agreed that Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball should allot
the people their inheritance and apportionment of the city lots. The Hale
children were assigned a building lot that was two blocks west of Temple
Square on North Temple on the north side of the street. Their apportionment
was near the Thomas Whittle lot.
Aroet and Lucus Hoagland, the intended husband of Aroet’s sister
Rachel, built the second home in that area. It was an adobe one room home
with a dirt floor and roof. Canvas covered the door and window openings.
It was into this home that Olive went as a bride. Aroet and Olive were united
in marriage on 5 September 1849 by Heber C. Kimball. They were sealed as
eternal companions in the Endowment House, 16 March 1857. Olive was a
bride at 16 and Aroet was 21. When Lucas and Rachel married a few months
later, Aroet and Olive moved to Grantsville, taking Aroet’s youngest brother
Alma with them. Their first child, Aroet Lucius Hale, was born here on 6
June 1850. Two years later they had a daughter and named her Olive Amelia
Hale. She was born 11 July 1852 while her mother was visiting in Salt Lake
City. Their third child was born 19 Jan 1854 in Grantsville. He was named
Jonathan Harriman Hale.
In 1855 at the April General Conference of the Church, Aroet was
called with 32 other men, on a mission. Leaving his young wife with three
children in the care of his 18-year-old brother, he went to the Las Vegas
Mission to “teach the Gospel, fight Indians, and keep the stage line open.”
Just a few months later Olive gave birth to their fourth child, Thomas Whittle
Hale, 29 November 1855 in Grantsville, Utah.
The letters exchanged between Olive and Aroet show the dire
circumstances of Olive and the family. The wheat harvested was 16 ½
bushels, the same as they had planted, there had been no rain, Jonathan had
been sick and fussy for so long and had not walked for three months. The
cow died, another cow was exchanged for commodities, the nearby Indians
caused many problems for the settlers, Olive’s little sister died. Aroet arranged
with the owner of the shoe shop for the children to have shoes, and for
someone to paint the house. Aroet also told Olive that he may bring home an
Indian squaw as a wife. Poor Olive was heartsick, but real spunky. She told
Aroet he would not need her and the squaw to keep him clean, and he needn’t
come if he has another wife! Some time passed before she received another
letter telling her he was just teasing her.
Later, in January 1856, Olive told Aroet the teachers had been with her
a couple of hours preaching on the plurality of wives and they have almost
converted her to the practice, but she doesn’t want Aroet to bring a wife back
from Las Vegas with him. She would much rather he finish his mission then
come home for a while before he chooses his other wives.
It is apparent that Aroet’s mission was finished sometime in the spring
of 1856, for he returned to Grantsville in April of that year for a visit. While
he was there, the mission was closed and all the men sent home.
In March 1857 Aroet took Louisa Phippen as a plural wife. They had
a daughter named Ester, in November 1858, and the marriage ended shortly
thereafter, in divorce.
Olive’s next child, Rachel Susan, was born 1 December 1857. About
this time, Olive’s health began to deteriorate. On 22 March 1859 she gave
birth to a boy, Solomon Eliphet. Olive continued in poor health, and on 14
September 1860, she died. She was buried in the Grantsville Cemetery.
Aroet was now alone with six motherless children.
Olive’s sister Emeline, stayed with the family for about 15 months. In
December of the next year, Aroet married Louisa Cook on Christmas Eve.
Now Olive’s children were again in the hands of a good mother. Solomon
always spoke of Louisa Cook as the best mother a child could ever have. Aroet
and Louisa were parents of eight children. In March 1865, Aroet took
Louisa’s sister, Charlotte, as a plural wife. They were the parents of nine
children. Olive, Louisa and Charlotte are all buried beside Aroet in the
Source: History of Olive Whittle Hale by Helen Hale Winward
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997 -4-
Maud Mary Treseder
St. Helier, Isle of Jersey, Channel Islands, England, was the birthplace
of Maud Mary Treseder on 10 June 1849. She was the tenth of thirteen
children born to Richard and Elizabeth Mc Kay Treseder. Her parents joined
the Church in 1847. This family later became our “handcart pioneer”
Maud’s parents were very active in the branch of the Church in St.
Helier, so it was natural for them to have a desire to join with the Saints in
America. Of thirteen children, eight were living at the time the family set sail
for England, then on to America. The ship manifest lists Maud as six years
old when the journey began.
Upon arrival in America, the family spent seven years in the
Pennsylvania/ New York area as they made preparations for their journey to
the Rocky Mountains. Maud Mary and her sister Elizabeth were baptized in
the Hudson River (1862) during this time.
The family began their trip west with the freight company of William
Godbe. (Pioneers and Prominent Men in Utah index lists Richard D. and
Elizabeth Treseder in the Benjamin Hampton company that came to Utah 15
October 1862). The family used a handcart for their belongings, and walked
to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake where they made their home in the City.
We do not have a record of how Maud met her future husband, Lewis,
but know that they were “courting” in 1868 while Lewis was a freighter. As
they were taking a ride in his wagon, she commented on his well groomed and
fast trotting mules. Lewis agreed and bluntly replied that she could have the
mules if she would take him too! She accepted his proposal, and they were
married 3 August 1869 in the Endowment House.
Soon after their marriage they were called by Brigham Young to help
settle the Bear Lake Valley area. There were several other families called to
make this journey with them. They used their wagons to carry their supplies
and to live in until they could build a home. They selected a place in Round
Valley on the south end of Bear Lake where Lewis began cutting logs for a
cabin. Because it was late in the year before they started their journey, they
had to return to Salt Lake for the winter.
By spring, the mines in Alta were “booming” and men were being
offered high wages to work in the mines and even higher wages if they had
wagons and teams to haul the ore down from the mines. Lewis and Maud
moved to Granite so that he could be close to his work hauling ore to the
smelter; this job lasted five years.
Their first child, Lewis Richard, had been born in Salt Lake City, and
their second child (our ancestor) Ada Elizabeth, was born in Granite on 5
September 1873. A total of 10 children were born to this family, three dying
in infancy. Ada’s son Leland often spoke with fondness of his Neeley
grandparents, how he loved to tag along with his grandfather, and how kind
he was. He also had good memories of the pies and baked goods always
available in his grandmother’s pantry, and the happy holiday times there.
The family made Granite their home until 1912 when Lewis retired
from his time of freighting, law enforcement, and farming. They sold the
farm and moved into Salt Lake City for their retirement days. Maud died 4
June 1923, six years after her husband, and was buried at his side in the Salt
Lake City Cemetery.
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997
Mary Ann Cowles
Mary Ann was the fifth of eight children born to Austin and Phebe
Wilbur Cowles. Her birth was on the 31 December 1820 in Bolivar,
Allegheny, New York. The eighth child was born in 1825, and Phebe died the
following year. In October 1927, Austin married Irena H. Elliott, and they
became the parents of six children. Thus, Mary Ann was part of a very large
The missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
visited the home of Austin and Irena about 1834. All of the family joined the
Church at this time. They remained in New York for about two years, then
gathered with the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, followed by the move to Illinois.
These moves coincided with the moves of the Hyde family, therefore
leading us to believe that Rosel and Mary Ann had a time of courtship before
their marriage on 12 December 1839. This marriage was in a settlement
called Payson. Rosel had established a farm there, and this is where they
began their life together. In the three and one-half years they lived in Payson,
their first two daughters were born, Martha Ann in 1841 and Sarah Maria in
Shortly after the birth of Sarah, the family relocated to Bear Creek,
Hancock, Illinois. This settlement was located about sixteen miles from
Nauvoo and seven miles from Carthage. Living here enabled them to help
with building the temple and to participate in more church activities. Here,
their land joined some of the Prophet Joseph’s land, and they became more
closely acquainted with Joseph. Mary Ann had lived and worked in the Smith
home at one time. The children of Rosel and Mary Ann were also acquainted
with the Prophet and sat on his lap many times. Because of this relationship
with Joseph and Emma, Rosel and Mary Ann were deeply sorrowed when news
of the death of Joseph and Hyrum reached them. They were later given a
picture of the prophet by the Smith family, and this hung in their home for
During this period, Mary Ann’s father became disenchanted with
membership in the church, over the issue of polygamy. He apostatized and
moved his family to Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois where his last child was
born. Mary Ann never faltered in her testimony and remained faithful to the
Mary Ann and Rosel were in attendance at the special conference held
8 August 1844 in the great grove at Nauvoo. Mary Ann testified to her
children often that Brigham Young looked exactly like the Prophet Joseph
Smith and also sounded as though he had Joseph’s voice.
Their third child, Rosel James, was born in 1845 while they lived at
Bear Creek. Rosel and Mary Ann were able to receive their endowment in the
Nauvoo Temple on 7 January 1846. Because of the many persecutions, the
temple was closed before they were able to be sealed to each other. In May
1846, their little family joined others in abandoning their beloved city of
Nauvoo. Traveling with Rosel’s parents, his brother William and their
families, Rosel and Mary Ann arrived at Council Bluffs in July and lived in
their wagons. Four days after arriving, William was mustered into the
Mormon Battalion. The remaining family members built small, two room log
cabins in Council Point, a few miles south of Council Bluffs.
The families rejoiced when in December 1847, William returned. He
and Rosel worked to help their parents and other family members to leave for
the valley in 1848. By the spring of 1849 the families of William and Rosel
were prepared for their journey. They left with the Capt. Gulley Company,
and arrived in the Valley on 22 September 1849. What great joy was felt as
they were reunited with family and friends at the end of their arduous journey.
The family settled in Salt Lake where Rosel built a home for his family.
Two more daughters were born here before the family moved to Kays Ward
(Kaysville) in 1853. Here Mary Ann had a three-room log house with a dirt
roof - which leaked in wet weather. There was a patio between two of the
rooms which had a trap door that led to a dirt cellar. Each spring, the cellar
usually filled with several inches of water. There was no lawn, but the packeddown
dirt in front of the house was swept clean regularly.
Their second son, Heman, was born at this home in 1855, and
sometime in the next two years Mary Ann was sealed to Rosel Hyde.
According to family records, this sealing was performed by Wilford Woodruff.
In 1858 the family was asked to vacate their property and move south,
pending the arrival of Johnston’s Army. Mary Ann apparently was expecting
her seventh child at this time, because their son Austin was born in Salt Lake
City at the beginning of this exodus. Since the family left not knowing what,
if any, of their homes and belongings would still be awaiting them, we again
see their faith in the Prophet as they obeyed his council to leave. We also can
imagine their great joy to return and find that nothing had been disturbed,
and all was as it had been left.
In late 1859 Rosel was sent on a mission to New York State. He
arrived home about the time their son Charles Corydon was born, May 1860.
Rosel built a good two-story home of rock and adobe in Kaysville to
accommodate his growing family as well as the Church authorities that visited
the area. Mary Ann entertained many authorities during this time. A new
arrival to the Valley, Hannah Maria Simmons, helped Mary Ann with the
work in the home. The family grew to love this lovely young lady from
England. When Rosel was asked to enter plural marriage, Hannah was their
choice for a second wife. Hannah and Rosel were sealed in February 1862,
just two months after Mary Ann had given birth to twin boys, David and
Wesley. Unfortunately, the boys died the same day they were born.
Mary Ann remained in the rock home in town, and Hannah set up
housekeeping in the log home on the farm. Hannah prepared the meals for
the farm hands, including Mary Ann’s boys who lived in town and worked on
the farm. Eventually Rosel built an adobe house on the farm for Hannah.
When her children were old enough to come to school in town, Mary Ann
prepared their lunch meals for them.
Mary Ann and Hannah were both with child when Rosel left for two
months to bring back a company of Saints from Council Bluffs. Mary Ann
gave birth to William in June 1863 and Hannah’s son Samuel was born in
August 1863. The two women were a great comfort to each other as well as
a help. Everyone was saddened when Hannah’s son died two months later.
On 14 May 1868, the Relief Society was organized in Kaysville and
Hyde was called as one of the counselors.
In the early 1880’s, Rosel sold the house in town and enlarged the farm
house. Mary Ann’s children were grown so she joined the family at the farm,
having her own apartment upstairs. That winter, Mary Ann made the trip to
Logan with Rosel and the family to have their first six children sealed to them.
Persecutions for polygamy worsened after that. The young men in the
community guarded the roads in and out of Kaysville against attack. (They
didn’t know until after his death on 25 July 1887 that they had been guarding
President John Taylor in exile.)
All the children loved both Mary Ann and Hannah. Hannah was only
49 years old when she died 19 March 1892. Before she died, Hannah told her
children to include Mary Ann at the table and to treat her well. Hannah’s
mother came to live with the family, and she would sit with Rosel and Mary
Ann in their later years, cared for tenderly by Hannah’s daughter Mary Ann.
On 12 December 1899 Rosel and Mary Ann celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary. Mary Ann Died 1 December 1901, less than two years
before her husband died. They are buried in Kaysville, Utah.
Excerpts from several histories - authors not known
Family group sheets compiled by the Hyde Family Organization
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997
Martha Ann Hyde
Martha Ann Hyde, daughter of Rosel Hyde and Mary Ann Cowles,
became a third generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints when she was baptized on 28 September 1851. Her grandparents,
Polly Tilton and Heman Hyde, had accepted the gospel in 1834. Heman and
Polly took their family and moved to Kirtland in 1835. Martha's parents met
during this time and were married in Quincy, Hancock Co., Ill. Martha was
the first of twelve children born to this union. She was born in Payson,
Adams Co., Ill. on the 20 Mar 1841.
Her parents suffered many persecutions, along with the other Saints.
Martha often told of being hastily bundled into a wagon by her parents, and
looking back to see their home in flames. Although a tiny girl when it
happened, Martha remembered sitting on the Prophet Joseph's knee, and
spoke of his love for children.
When the prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were slain at Carthage
jail, Martha was three years old. Her family gathered in Nauvoo with the
other Saints. From here they began their long journey to the Rocky
Mountains. They were in the last company to leave Nauvoo. They wintered
in Council Bluffs, and in the spring of 1848 began the journey across the
plains to the Great Salt Lake Valley. She was seven years old during this
journey in covered wagons, and remembered walking much of the way, helping
drive the cattle. She and her family went through many of the trials and
experiences common to all the pioneers.
Her girlhood was spent amid pioneer conditions, new homes and cities
being built. It was a rough, hard way of living and of arduous toil. The family
lived in the Salt Lake City area for four years, then when Martha was twelve,
they moved to Kaysville to make a permanent home. They received their
allotment of farmland and proceeded to build a home from available materials.
Martha and her family were faithful Saints, following the teachings of
the Prophet. On 30 March 1856, ten days after her fifteenth birthday,
Martha entered into plural marriage, becoming the second wife of Edward
Hunter. He was 20 years her senior, and had been married 13 years to Mary
When Johnston's army came to Utah, the families moved south. They
were prepared to burn their homes if the army did not keep their agreement
to camp outside the city and leave the homes unmolested. The Hunter family
moved to Payson, Utah until the Saints were able to return to their homes.
While there, Edward heard from the other settlers of the good possibilities for
agriculture and stock raising in Willow Creek (now known as Grantsville).
When the danger was over, the family returned to Kaysville. Their first child,
Rosel, was born here when Martha was eighteen. Edward then moved his
families to Willow Creek, and the rest of the children were born there.
He received some farmland and began the building up of that
community and his own property. Sheep raising and farming became the
family occupations. Martha lived with her children about one mile from the
center of the settlement, on the Hunter farm. She was a loyal, patient, loving
wife and mother, and in trials incident to a polygamous marriage, was
continuously patient and enduring to a remarkable degree. She never doubted
her husband's love or the truth of the principle.
Martha taught the children in the Hunter home, their reading, writing
and numbers until schools were established. Churches and houses were built
of "dobies" (sunbaked adobe bricks). This method of building was learned
from the Mexican Indians by the Mormon Battalion members on their march
to Mexico. She raised her family in strict Latter-day Saint discipline. The
children attended the Church Sunday School and Sacrament meetings. They
did the necessary work about the farm and herded the sheep out on the ranges.
The boys, when very young, had the responsibility of taking care of the herd.
Their mother would be watching for them when they came home for supplies
and would come out to meet them and hear what new perils they had gone
through. Sometimes they had lost a water-keg from their wagon and had to
keep the herd going extra days before they could find water to make camp.
Sometimes they had killed a bear or a mountain lion, or a horse had broken
his leg in the rock crevices and had to be shot. When the range wars broke out
between the sheepmen and the cattlemen, new perils were encountered.
Martha also was a keeper of bees and was able to work with them
without fear or harm from their stings. She was neighborly and generous to
less fortunate friends and relatives.
One of her sons, at the age of five, fell upon the stem of a cut willow,
which ran into his nose and caused a hemorrhage and he bled to death. Five
sons and five daughters grew to adulthood. This family was the real
achievement of Martha Hunter. Of her sons, three became bishops, the other
two were counselors to bishops. All were married in the Temple and had large
families, raising them in L.D.S. homes. These were the days of midwives and
little medical care. She delivered one of her babies herself. She and Edward
adopted an Indian baby, whose mother had died. The baby was known as
Saidee, and was raised as though she were born into the family.
It was not all toil and hardship in Mormon pioneer towns. Dancing,
dramas, and quilting socials were enjoyed as only the Mormon pioneer knew
how to enjoy them. Early in Grantsville, a band was organized and an opera
house was built. In Martha's early married life she attended a dance, and hurt
her husband's feelings by dancing the first dance with a young man while her
husband danced with Mary Ann, his first wife. He thought she should wait
to dance her first dance with him. Thus, plural marriage brought its own
problems of etiquette!
The members of the two Hunter families were to each other as real
brothers and sisters. They felt as one large family, which indeed they were.
When Martha was fifty-one, her husband died. Her youngest child was
seven. Edward had provided well for his families, and they did not suffer
financial hardship after his death. In common with other early Utah settlers
they had purchased stock in the enterprises and industries of Utah. The
Z.C.M.I., the Amalgamated Sugar Co., the Consolidated Wagon and Machine
Shop were among the stocks they purchased. Stocks were held by Martha
Hunter. It was the interest from these investments that gave her income
during her long years of widowhood, after she sold her farm and sheep.
When Martha sold her family farm to August K. Anderson, he made a
down payment planning to pay the rest later. Martha refused to hold a
mortgage or a deed so that she could foreclose if he was unable to pay her the
rest of the money. "You have more confidence in me than I have in myself,”
he told her. He was able to pay the debt in full.
She sold her sheep in 1915 and divided the money among her children,
and grandchildren of those who had died, saying, "I want to see the children
enjoy this money while I am alive."
She also owned three houses in Grantsville, living in one and renting
out the other two. Her health was very good up until the time of her last
illness. Contentment was one of the chief characteristics of the last years of
this woman's life. She was grateful to be independent. She lived alone
peacefully and happily. She loved to read, and the Deseret News was her
paper. She also enjoyed light fiction, novels and tales of adventure. Visits
with old-timers were especially enjoyable to her. Martha hated display or over
exaggeration, and showed her ancestry in her controlled emotion and plain
Martha was buried at the side of her companion in the Grantsville
Cemetery, having passed to the other side on 28 November 1924. She left 83
grandchildren and 126 great grandchildren. Her 83 years on this earth were
spent in serving the Lord and her family, and her legacy continues to pass
through her posterity to many generations.
Source: History of Martha H Hunter by Helen Hale Winward
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997 -4-
Louis Neeley Sr.
Louis Neeley Sr., our pioneer ancestor, was one of the third generation
of Neeley's in America, so far as our knowledge goes at this time. He was born
at Ovid, Seneca Co., New York on October 4, 1805, the son of John and Jane
Louis was seven years old when his father met his death after but one
month's service in the War of 1812. So far no record has been found to show
when this Neeley family left the state of New York and moved westward, but
it was in Vermillion County, Illinois, on April 20, 1828, at the age of twenty three
that Louis Neeley and Elizabeth Miller were married. (Elizabeth was the
daughter of Oliver and Cynthia Nobles Miller.)
The first home of Louis and Betsey Neeley must have been in
Vermillion County, Illinois, for it was there in 1829 that their first child,
Alanson, was born. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Dane County,
Wisconsin. There were two children born here, William in 1830 and
Armenius in 1832. A history of Wisconsin informs us that the first settlers
in Dane county, and that vicinity, were driven out by the Indians in 1833.
Probably that would account for the fact that Louis and Betsey returned
to Vermillion, Illinois before the birth of Mary Jane in 1833. But the sad part
of the story is that they were forced to leave two of their children, Alanson,
three years and baby Armenius, three months, behind in the burial ground at
Blue Mound in Dane County, Wisconsin. Three children came to the Neeley
home in Vermillion County: Mary Jane in 1833, Armenius Miller in 1836,
and Lewis Arnold in 1838.
Just when the Neeley's became members of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints is not known, but it was probably in 1839, for it was
generally the custom that new members were not satisfied until they had
joined the main body of the Church where they might be in closer contact with its leaders.
And so the Fall of 1839 found the Neeley family in Nauvoo. In proof
of this statement, we have the family record in which is recorded the birth of
a daughter, Harriet, at that place in September 1839. Three other children
came to the Neeley household while they lived in Nauvoo: Lewis Jr., born in
1841, John, born in 1853, and Hyrum Smith, born in 1844.
In June of 1844, the Prophet Joseph and his brother, Hyrum were
assassinated in the Carthage jail. We have the testimony of Aunt Mary Jane
Neeley Wright that the family lived in Nauvoo when that sad event occurred.
Mary Jane was not quite twelve years old when the dead prophet and his
brother were brought home, and never during her entire life was she able to
erase from her memory the scenes of sorrow and despair that shook the city
on that occasion. William Neeley, our grandfather, three years older than
Mary Jane, often recalled in his later years, the sad events of those days in
Nauvoo. I have heard both Grandfather Neeley and his sister, Mary Jane,
testify they knew the Prophet intimately, and revered and honored him.
On Thursday morning, August 8, 1844, about two months after the
martyrdom of the Prophet, a great congregation of Saints was assembled at
the Grove in Nauvoo. At this meeting a leader was to be appointed to assume
the head of the Church, and the anxiety of the people was at a high pitch.
Sidney Rigden was the first speaker (there were some who thought he
should take the Prophet's place.) He spoke at great length. Then Brigham
Young arose and when he spoke, the congregation could not have been more
startled had the Prophet risen from the dead, for it was not only the voice of
the Prophet that they heard, but it seemed in the eyes of the people that the
Prophet himself stood before them. Thus it was that the Lord gave to the
Saints a testimony that left no doubt in their minds that Brigham Young was
the man chosen to lead them.
We have every reason to believe that the Neeley's remained in or near
Nauvoo and assisted in finishing the temple, while preparing as best they
could for the exodus from that city. It came to the ears of Brigham Young
that a plan was afoot to have martial law declared in Hancock County to
prevent the Mormons from leaving the State. This news made it imperative
that no time be lost in starting on their journey. Winter though it was, they
must leave without delay.
The temple had been open for endowment work only two months, when
on February 2, 1846, President Young informed the Saints that there would
be no more ordinance work in the temple. This announcement was a terrible
blow to the people of the Church. It had been their plan to spend the long
winter months doing temple work. On the third of February, President
Young found the temple again filled with the Saints, who were anxiously
awaiting his coming, in hope that he might relent in his decision to close its
Looking upon the multitude, President Young's heart was touched by
the nature and sincerity of their devotion, knowing that the Saints were
hungering and thirsting for the work which might be done for them in this
House of the Lord. And so he permitted the ordinance work to be continued
for the remainder of the week. It was during this week, on the sixth day of
February that Louis and Elizabeth Neeley received their endowments in the
Nauvoo Temple. The following Sunday the Church leaders met in that then
sacred edifice, and offered the last prayer that was ever uttered in that house.
It was then that they knelt around the altar, and dedicated the building to the
Most High, giving it into His keeping to use as He saw fit.
The first covered wagon loaded with emigrants and their scant supplies,
crossed the Mississippi River on flat boats on February 4, 1846. Flat boats,
old lighters and old skiffs were all pressed into service, forming a considerable
fleet, working night and day to transport the exiles beyond the reach of their
The weather was extremely cold, this February of 1846. The
thermometer hovered below zero. By the twenty-fifth the river was completely
frozen over, and for a few days, long caravans formed a continuous procession
stretching from bank to bank, a distance of one mile, crossing on a floor of
We know that our Grandfather Hunsaker's camp was one of the
caravans which crossed on this floor of ice, and since he was but one day's
journey ahead of Louis Neeley, we presume that the Neeley family left Nauvoo
about the same time, and that they too, took advantage of the bridge of ice
which a kind Providence had provided to help those homeless wanderers.
In the Church section of the Deseret News for July 5, 1946, we read this
bit of information about those two ancestors. The article states that on the
morning of July 3, 1846, Brigham Young, riding in his carriage with Heber
C. Kimball and Willard Richards, started from Council Bluffs back over the
Mormon Trail toward Nauvoo, going to Mt. Pisgah, about 130 miles distant
to meet with the inhabitants of that settlement to encourage the young men
to enlist in the Mormon Battalion which was then being formed. On July
fourth, these Church leaders met a long caravan of wagons, among which was
the camp of Abraham Hunsaker. July fifth, as these men continued their
journey, during the day they met 242 wagons, including the camp of Louis
One year after leaving Nauvoo, misfortune overtook the Neeley family
while at Council Bluffs, Iowa. On February 2, 1847, Elizabeth, wife and
mother to the Neeley family, passed away. Along with her husband, she left
a family of eight children to endure the hardships, the privations and the
sufferings of those most destitute pioneers. The record of Lewis Neeley states
that his wife died of exposure, eight days after the birth of her last baby,
Elizabeth Ann. The little one soon followed her mother in death. On the
great monument which has been erected at Florence, Nebraska (Winter
Quarters) to the memory of the hundreds of pioneers whose lives were
sacrificed because of their loyalty to the Faith that they had espoused, are the
names of Elizabeth Neeley and her babe, Elizabeth Ann.
A few months after the death of his wife Elizabeth, Louis married
Sophronia Parsons Ketchum (daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Phillips
Parsons, and the widow of Joseph E. Ketchum). Six children were born to
this union - Sophia E., Sarai, Maria, Orson, Austin and Parley.
In Church history it is recorded that Louis Neeley was in December
1847, made first counselor to Joseph L. Clark, President of the Elders of
Miller Hollow, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. (Miller's Hollow later became
Kanesville, named in honor of Col. Thomas L. Kane.) Also, on January 28,
1848, Louis Neeley was one of the petitioners for a Post Office in that county.
Louis and his family arrived in Utah with the pioneers of 1850, in
Captain Wall's ten and Warren Foote's hundred, the 7th company to arrive in
the valley. Harrison Speirs, a pioneer of 1848, who knew the Neeley family
well, stated that Louis owned two lots in Salt Lake City - one on the southwest
corner of Ninth East and Sixth South, where they built a one and one-half
story adobe house. Their first home was about one-half block south of the
Louis Neeley is described by those who knew him as a very fine looking
man, with curly black hair and a very clear and beautiful complexion. He was
a man of powerful build and great strength. Harrison Speirs told also of an
occasion in early days when one night at an old Tenth Ward dance that Louis
was managing, he took two undesirable guests by the collar (when they refused
to leave in a peaceful manner) and ejected them as though it were all in a day's
Louis Neeley died November 8, 1857 in Salt Lake City. His grave is in
the City Cemetery. He was a High Priest at the time of his death. If we may
judge the character of our ancestor, Louis Neeley, by the lives and deeds of the
children whom we knew best, we may say without fear of contradiction that
he was a man of great faith - faith in the principles and teachings of the
Gospel, and a supreme confidence in the presiding authorities of the Church.
To us it has been a source of considerable speculation as to
why our grandfathers should have required more than four months
to cover the same 400 miles between Nauvoo and Council Bluffs,
that their Church officials covered in two and one-half months.
The answer to this might be found in the following
statements gleaned from, One Hundred Years of Mormonism, p
420. When the advance company of Mormon emigrants had
passed beyond every settlement (after leaving Nauvoo) and had
reached a point on the Chariton River on April 24, 1846, it was
decided to make a settlement for those who should come later.
On the second day of their sojourn, three hundred fifty-nine
individuals, in response to a request from their leaders, reported
for labor. One hundred of the men were directed to cut down trees
for logs and rails; ten were to build bridges, and the rest were to
plow, clear and seed the land. During the seventeen days that they
remained there, a large flourishing town sprang up like magic.
Then the main body or company moved on, leaving only a few
persons to guard their new possessions. This place was called
Some "thirty-odd" miles from Garden Grove, the advance
company again was halted, and a similar activity took place. More
than one thousand acres of land were fenced and put under
cultivation, and a large collection of log cabins were erected. This
place was called Mt. Pisgah. (Mt. Pisgah was about 130 miles
from Council Bluffs and the Missouri River.) The advance
company continued their journey to the Missouri.
Of Miller's Hollow or Kanesville, One Hundred Years of
Mormonism has this to say: "When it was discovered that a
settlement would have to be continued for many years on the
banks of the Missouri River (because of the poverty of the Latterday
Saint people at that time, as well as the difficulties that would
be encountered on that long hazardous journey to the Great Salt
Lake Valley) it was decided to move from Winter Quarters (which
was on the west side of the Missouri) to Miller's Hollow or
Kanesville on the east side of the river." This was done in 1847,
after one company had pushed its way to the Great Basin.
By the year 1852, all those wayside stations, Garden Grove,
Mt. Pisgah and Kanesville, had been almost entirely abandoned by
the Mormon pioneers.
We feel quite sure that Louis Neeley was among the
volunteers who helped to build those wayside stations for the
benefit of the poor immigrants who should follow on the long,
hard trail. Perhaps that would account for some of the delay in
reaching Council Bluffs on the Missouri River.
Source: History of Louis Neeley and Elizabeth Miller Written by Meltrude Hunsaker, Stohl, 1948
Compiled by Barbara Winward Seager July 1997 -