Friday, July 30, 2010

Nahum Curtis


Birth: 7 July 1784 in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA

Death: 9 March 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA

Born to Moses Curtis (1747-1818) and Mary Mecham (or Meachem) (1746-about 1820), Nahum was raised with many siblings in New Salem, Massachusetts.

On 29 October 1809, Nahum married Millicent Waite (1787-1838) in New Salem, Massachusetts before moving to Pennsylvania in about 1815, where they began having children.

Nahum and Millicent had ten children together: Phineus Curtis (died as a child), Lyman Curtis, George Curtis, Sophronia Curtis, Moses Curtis, Foster Curtis, Loren (or Laren or Leon) Curtis (died as a child), Mary Curtis, Hyrum Curtis and Joseph Curtis.

In about 1822, the family moved to Michigan near Sylvan Lake. Here they hunted and fished year round, providing them with plenty of food. Nahum came to acquire land in the area, as the below documents show.

Nahum Curtis' Land

Nahum Curtis' Land Patent

Nahum Curtis' Land

In 1833, when Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris came to the area and held meetings about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their revelatory experiences, the Curtis family attended. Within the same year, after receiving a confirmation that what these men were saying was true, Nahum, Millicent and their children that were of age, were baptized and joined the church, becoming members of the Pontiac Branch. 

Later in 1833, Nahum sold his Michigan homestead for $800 (this was his family’s entire wealth) and donated $325 to the Saints in Missouri.

Soon, the family moved to Missouri with the other Michigan members of the church.

Soon after his wife died in 1838, Nahum’s house was designated as a safe house for members of the church to gather and store supplies in times of trouble:

“On the 4th of September, 1838 word came for Nahum and the older brothers to go and guard the brethren from the mob. The Prophet sent word for families to gather together in places he would appoint, and for them to take their grain where it would be safe. Nahum's house was appointed as one of the gathering places. Most of the young men were gone on duties but there were older men and a lot of women and children. The floor was covered with beds. On the night of the surrender and Haun's Mill Massacre some of the young men slipped away and returned to Nahum's home with the report. It gave everyone a great scare. The next day their neighbor, a Missourian who lived a mile away, came and told them what the mob told him, and what they had done. They asked about their settlement, but he directed them on the other road and told them there was no one at Nahum's house but women and children. The Prophet had promised them that they would be safe there. Levi Jackman, who was also living near the Curtis family would not be comforted. Even though he could scarcely ride, he had his son take him into Far West to see the Prophet. When asked if they would be safe Joseph Smith told him, ‘Yes. You will not be disturbed, but be wise, and the men should not be seen around.’”

The next year, Nahum packed up his family and moved across the Mississippi River to get away from the mobs, and assisted other poorer families in doing the same. Eventually the family moved to Warsaw, Illinois where everyone in the family worked for whatever money they could.

It was here that Nahum married his second wife Delia Byam Reed (or Read). While they did not have any children together, she had seven children from a previous marriage. They were married on 29 October 1839.

While living in Warsaw, Illinois, Nahum obtained property in Nauvoo where he worked hard to build a livable home while still keeping up work on his Warsaw farm. Not long after this, the family moved there.

In Nauvoo, Nahum and his sons worked on the temple by polishing the stones that would be used to build it.

Grave Site of Nahum Curtis


Nahum died on 9 March 1846 upon returning to Nauvoo, Illinois after attempting the trek west and falling ill in Iowa.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Line of Descent: Pulsipher

Below you will find my direct line of descent from Benedict Pulsipher. The wives' names are listed below their husbands names. Birth and death years are also posted for each individual. Keep in mind that each person may have additional offspring, siblings or spouses, but only the ancestors from which I am directly descended appear on this chart.
Benjamin Pulsipher? (b.1614)
Wife: Mrs. Pulsipher
| Benedict Pulsipher (b.1639 d.1695)
| Wife: Susanna A. Waters (b.1649 d.1726)
| | David Pulsipher (b.1685)
| | Wife: Mrs. Susanna Pulsipher (b.1691)
| | | David Pulsipher (b.1708 d.1775)
| | | Wife: Elizabeth Stowell (b.1719 d.1786)
| | | | John Pulsipher (b.1749 d.1827)
| | | | Wife: Elizabeth Dutton (b.1752 d.1838)
| | | | | Zerah Pulsipher (b.1788 d.1872)
| | | | | Wife: Mary Ann Brown (b.1799 d.1886)
| | | | | | Charles Pulsipher (b.1830 d.1915)
| | | | | | Wife: Sariah Eliza Robbins (b.1838 d.1921)
| | | | | | | Charles Pulsipher (b.1858 d.1931)
| | | | | | | Wife: Stacy King (b.1866 d.1926)
| | | | | | | | Charles William Pulsipher (b.1886 d.1963)
| | | | | | | | Wife: Annie Hutchison Brown (b.1887 d.1973)
| | | | | | | | | William Afton Pulsipher (b.1911 d.1941)
| | | | | | | | | Wife: Naomi Phillips (b.1912 d.1976)
| | | | | | | | | | Keith Pulsipher (b.1935 d.1986)
| | | | | | | | | | Wife: Sharon Lorraine Dotson (b.1936 d.1912)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mrs. Susanna Pulsipher


Birth: 1691 in Boston, Massachusetts

Death: After 1727 in Boston, Massachusetts

So little is known about Susanna that even her parents and maiden name remain a mystery. While it is possible that her father may be Francis Loude (born about 1665 in Ipswich, Massachusetts), a firm link has yet to be proved.

She and David Pulsipher married between 1700 and 1710. The couple had six children together, all while living in Boston. They were: David Pulsipher (b. 7 May 1708), Susannah Pulsipher (b. 19 November 1710), Margaret Pulsipher (b. 6 July 1712), Joseph Pulsipher (b. 27 December 1713), Elizabeth Pulsipher (b. 11 February 1717) and Abigail Pulsipher (b. 27 November 1720).

In 1727, Susanna received a license to sell hard drinks in Boston (from “Boston Selectmen’s Minutes, 1716 to 1736”).

Susanna A. Waters


Birth: 1 February 1649 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts

Death: 21 December 1726 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts

Susanna was born to Richard Waters (1604-1676) and Joyce Plaise (1616-1697), who were both colonists in Salem, Massachusetts from England.

Susanna and Benedict (of whom she was the second wife) were married in Ipswich, Massachusetts around 1673 and had many children together: Richard Pulsipher, William Pulsipher, Susanna Pulsipher (died as a child), Joseph Pulsipher, Jonathan Pulsipher, Johanna Pulsipher (Jonathan’s twin), Susanna Pulsipher, Elizabeth Pulsipher, David Pulsipher and Margret Pulsipher.

Town records have shown that she broke the laws of her town to wear beautiful clothing (silk hoods and scarves) to church. In Puritan settlements this was considered vanity. She was arrested, tried and fined ten schillings.

Monday, July 26, 2010

David Pulsipher


Birth: 27 September 1685 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts

Death: After 1720 in Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts

David was the son of Benedict (or Benedictus) Pulsipher (1639-1695) and Susanna A. Waters (1649-1726).

He grew up with his farming parents in Colonial Massachusetts, where he eventually met Susanna (whose maiden name is unknown). He and Susanna were married in Salem, Massachusetts between 1695 and 1708.

The couple had six children together, all while living in Boston. They were: David Pulsipher (b. 7 May 1708), Susannah Pulsipher (b. 19 November 1710), Margaret Pulsipher (b. 6 July 1712), Joseph Pulsipher (b. 27 December 1713), Elizabeth Pulsipher (b. 11 February 1717) and Abigail Pulsipher (b. 27 November 1720).

David was sailor in Boston, Massachusetts, likely of merchant vessels.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pedigree Charts

Filling in a pedigree chart can not only be a great place to start with your own family history or the history of your ancestors, but it can be a fun way to bring others into the world of genealogy. By filling out charts as part of a family night or youth activity, children especially can be given an opportunity to learn more about their heritage.

To get started, make sure you have a chart. You can make your own on a range of computer programs from Microsoft Paint to Photoshop, or you can download and print one off of the internet.

Here is a very simple one that works great:

Next, fill in all of the information you know, or help your children fill in as much as you all know. Are there still some blank spots? Perhaps it' is time to do a little research or make a few phone calls. Grandparents love getting calls from their children and grandchildren who need help completing their family trees.

Now you have your first few generations. This may be a good place to stop and talk about family stories with younger children, but adults may want to go further. Start a fresh chart with a person from the last generation on your first chart, as the first person on the new chart.

If you enjoy this and want an electronic copy of your genealogy charts, you may want to download Personal Ancestry File (PAF) from this website, for free:

It is made to suit the needs of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but can be adapted to suit the needs and desires of any user. As of today, the link for the download is located in the lower right quadrant of the page.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Urban Van Stewart


Urban Van Stewart


Birth: 9 November 1817 in Overton, Tennessee, USA

Death: 25 December 1898 in Grover, Wayne, Utah



Urban was born to William Stewart (October 1788-April 1837) and Elizabeth Van Hooser (died 21 August 1842). As a youth, his family lived in Tennessee, Illinois and Missouri.

It was in Missouri where his family learned of and joined the Mormon faith. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 15 July 1836 by Seymour Brunson in Log Creek near Far West, Missouri.

It was in the same place that he met and married Lydia Gage Jacobs a year later (1837). Together, they had three children: Edna Stewart, Henry Stewart and Urban Jacobs Stewart.

The family continued to move to get away from mob persecution until they wound up in Nauvoo in 1841. Here, Urban spent much of his time working on the Nauvoo Temple.

In September of 1847, he and his large family had reached Utah. On their journey, they were able to bring farm equipment and plenty of extra supplies.

On 21 May 1854, Urban Married his second wife, Elizabeth Luck. They had six children: Van Stewart, Levi Stewart, Rosanna Elizabeth Stewart, Sarah Van Hooser Stewart and Eunice Ann Stewart. Urban and Elizabeth also adopted a son named Joseph Stewart.

On 11 March 1860, Urban married Mary Ann Jones. The couple had ten children together: Mary Jane Stewart, Liza Ann Stewart, Martha Ellen Stewart, William Urban Stewart, Daniel Jones Stewart, Margaret Caroline Stewart, Robert Charles Stewart, George Heber Stewart, Lewis Jenkins Stewart and Clara Bell Stewart.Ellen Adams

On 14 July 1865, he married Ellen Adams (pictured right). Urban and Ellen had ten children together: Mary Ellen Stewart, David James Stewart, Urban Van Stewart, John Riley Stewart, Lydia Catherine Stewart, Andrew Adams Stewart, Rosa May Stewart, Levi Stewart, Effie Elizabeth Stewart and Walter Ernest Stewart.


Urban Stewart and Keziah Jane Jones In July of 1870, Urban married his fifth wife, Keziah Jane Jones (pictured left), with whom he had three children: Margaret Stewart, Edward Stewart and Susan Stewart.

Throughout the rest of his life, he was asked to settle in different parts of Utah to help build cities and settle newcomers.

The LDS Biographical Encyclopedia calls Urban  Van Stewart, “a man of sterling qualities, a strict observer of the Word of Wisdom and a faithful Latter-day Saint.”

Urban was buried in the Grover Cemetery in Wayne County, Utah with his fourth wife, Ellen Adams.

Grave of Urban Van Stewart and Ellen Adams


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jane Sant


Jane Sant Birth: 8 March 1846 in Middlewich, England

Death: 6 February 1918 in Cleveland, Idaho, USA

Jane was born to John Sant (11 January 1811-15 October 1887) and Mary Shaw (2 January 1814-21 August 1877). Their family lived on the Mercy River. Young Jane is described as friendly, likable and a quick learner.

When missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints came to England, the family was baptized and began to prepare to make the voyage to America. When her friends and schoolmates heard about this, Jane was turned away from school and her friends stopped associating with her.

Once the family reached the Mississippi River, they joined up with a wagon train. While they had a wagon to carry their goods and food, everyone had to walk. On one occasion, Jane became tired and lagged behind:

“Jane, being not too strong one day, lagged behind. The Indians in the West were on the warpath at this time, during the latter part of the Civil War, and so the wagons were pulled into a circle at night to form a corral for the protection of the oxen. When supper or evening meal was prepared, Mother Mary said: ‘Where is Janie?’ All looked at each other and Margaret who helped to drive the cows of our camp said, ‘O mother, she was ill and faint and the last I know of her she had lain down by some bushes along the road. She must have gone to sleep or still worse, fainted with fatigue and weariness.’ All were excited for the Captain of the wagon train had warned them that very morning they were to stay close to camp for they were in Indian country and there were bands that were on the war path. Father John rushed to inform the captain of Jane's absence. While he was calling for ten volunteers to go back along the trail and for other men to prepare for an Indian skirmish, for they may have stolen Janie as was frequently known to have happened to former immigrants coming west. Father John with a prayer in his heart and on his lips started back, for it was now growing dark. Mother Mary called her other children together and knelt by the wagon and if ever the hearts of a family and prayer was poured out to one's maker this little group of Saints surely did seek God our Eternal Father at this time. Others of the camp prayed there under the stars in an untamed wilderness for the girl, or child as she seemed, and for her deliverance in safety.

In the meantime the sun had gone down behind the western plains and Janie had lost consciousness but the coolness of the evening and the loud blood-curdling howl of the wolf herd aroused her, imagine this city-raised girl's fear as she awakened and sensed what had happened for many were the stories she had been told about the wolves. The Indians and what had really happened to others who had crossed these desolate plains to get to Zion. John was praying and crying out ‘Janie, My Janie, answer me,’ above the long drawn out wailing howls that were piercing the air, there came a loud voice.

She arose and tried to run towards the direction of the welcome sound, when from weakness and fear she fell, just as her father had spotted her form in the fast growing darkness. He caught her up in his arms, though she was now blooming into a young lady, and started back to camp with his burden of love. They had not gotten far when the men from camp came to their rescue and aided them on their way.

When Mary Sant saw her poor pale sick child she fell on her knees with John and the family and offered prayers of thanks for Janie's safe return.”

It was also on this journey that Jane met and fell in love with Nathan Smith, a handsome, brave frontiersman. Upon their first meeting Jane declared that she was going to marry him, to her sister and mother.

Jane Sant and her Brothers

Once the family reached Utah, they settled in Smithfield, where Jane’s brother had come to live many years before. Here she was able to meet her beloved Nathan Smith again and they were married on 3 October 1861. They were married by John Sant but made the trip to the Salt Lake Endowment House immidiately after to be sealed.

Together, the couple had twelve children: William Smith, Mary Smith, Eliza Smith, Nathan Smith, Margaret Smith, John Sant Smith, Thomas Smith, George Albert Smith, Alice Smith, Maria Smith, Harriet Ann Smith and Sarah Smith.

After Californian Armies annihilated the Natives in the area, Jane and Nathan moved to Banida, Idaho (not realizing that they were settling outside of Utah).

Jane was very intelligent and active in her community. She worked with the women's suffrage movement and wrote poems and stories for her children.

She and her husband lived apart in the latter years of their lives, as verified by their grandchildren and seen on the 1900 United States Census.

Census for Jane Sant, Nathan Smith Jr & Hannah Hansen 1900

Census for Nathan Smith 1900

Nathan moved back to Utah, while his wife continued living with her grown children in Idaho.

Jane Sant's Gravestone

Jane was living in her daughter’s home when she suffered a stroke and died.

Her body was moved back to Smithfield where her husband had already been buried.



Her obituary ran in the Smithfield Sentinel:

Smithfield, Cache County, Utah, Friday, February 15, 1918

Jane Smith wife of Nathan Smith, and a Pioneer of Smithfield died at her home at Cleveland, Idaho, on February 6th, after an illness following a paralytic stroke which she received on January 23rd. Her ten living children were at her bedside when the end came.

Nathan Smith came to Smithfield in the year 18?? and married Jane Sant October 3, 1861, just after his return from the Missouri River where he had been for a company of Saints. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were also Pioneers of Idaho. Jane Smith, or Aunt Jane as she was commonly called was the daughter of John Sant and Mary Shaw, and was born March 8, 1846 in Middlewich, Cheshire, England, and was baptized a member of the Latter Day Saints Church when 8 years of age. She in connection with her parents, brothers and sisters came to Utah in 1861. They sailed from Liverpool April 16, 1861 on board the Manchester, a Sailing vessel. They arrived in New York May 18th, and traveled from there by [garbled] to Florence, Nebraska, and from there crossed the plaines by ox teams, arriving at Salt Lake in the latter part of August. She came to Smithfield with her brother George Sant, who went back a distance of 150 miles to meet them. Her marriage to Nathan Smith took place on October 3rd.

They lived here for ten years, the removed to Idaho in 1871 where she passed through all the trials and hardships incident to Pioneer life. She was the mother of 12 children of whom the following survive her: William Smith of Cleveland, Idaho, Mary Low Bevan, Canada, Mrs. Margaret Griffiths of Smithfield, Utah, Mrs. Thos. Smith of Sharon, Idaho, Mr. George A. Smith of Cleveland, Idaho, Mrs. Alice Sant of Grace, Idaho. Mrs. Maria Prescott of Cleveland, Idaho, Mrs. Anna Anderson Perry, Idaho, Mrs. Sarah Sant of Thatcher, Idaho, a daughter Eliza Smith, and a son John Sant Smith preceded her on the other side. All of the living children which she reared to man and womanhood are faithful members of the church and respected in the respective communities in which they reside. 56 grand children and 16 great grand children also survive her.

During the two weeks of her sickness following paralysis, Mrs. Smith was a times unconscious, but during consciousness suffered greatly until relieved on February 6th, when she passed beyond. Everything loving hands could do was done for her, and all of her ten children were at her bedside when the end came.

Funeral services were held at Cleveland Ward Meeting house on February 9th. Bishops Coun. Ole Hansen conducted the services. A large attendance of relatives and friends of the deceased met to honor her on this occasion.

Opening song ‘Tho Deepning Trials.’ Prayer by Bp. Henry Larsen. ‘Rock of Ages’ was the next song by the choir. The following speakers testified of the noble character of the deceased: Elders Wm. McGreager, James Hurd, Stake Pres. Mendenhall and former Bp. Henry Larsen who had been her Bishop for 14 yeas, and Bps. Coun. Ole Hansen.

In conformity with the wishes of the deceased her children and grand children sang, ‘I'll Praise My Maker.’ Closing song, ‘Shall We Meet Beyond the River.’ Benediction by Elder Jos. Perry. The body was brought to Smithfield on Saturday February 9th, and laid beside that of her husband Nathan Smith who died in 1908.”

Nathan Smith


Nathan Smith (d. 1909) Birth: 1 March 1835 in Bury, Lancashire, England

Death: 20 January 1909 in Smithfield, Utah, USA

Nathan Smith was the first child of William P. Smith (22 January 1810-12 November 1893) and Mary Grimshaw (15 March 1812-14 November 1856).


When he was seven years old, his parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the family set said for America. While traveling on a river boat on the Mississippi River, Nathan’s sister Maria died and had to be buried on an island in the middle of the river. This deeply disturbed young Nathan.

While in Nauvoo, Nathan interacted in the unfolding story of the Saints. He worked as a water carrier, rehydrating men who were working on the Nauvoo Temple, and often saw the Prophet Joseph Smith. Nathan even witnessed the “Miracle of the Quail” and helped gather the birds to be eaten when no other food was available.

Census for William Smith & Mary Grimshaw 1850 (Part 1)

Here we see a piece of the 1850 United States Census from Iowa showing Nathan as a 15 year old and his mother, Mary and father, William (the rest of his siblings are on a the next page of the census).

Once the family reached Utah, Nathan, being a strong, young man worked to keep the settlers safe from enemies from the United States and Native Americans. It was his job to guard the pony express, ensuring that the Saints in Utah received their mail.

In 1861, Nathan met Jane Sant, who fell in love with him almost immediately. On 3 October 1862, after a brief courtship, the two were married in the Salt Lake City Endowment House.

The two had twelve children together: William Smith, Mary Smith, Eliza Jane Smith (died as a child), Nathan Smith, Margaret Smith, John Sant Smith (died as a child), Thomas Smith, George Albert Smith, Alice Smith, Maria Smith, Harriet Ann Smith and Sarah Smith.

Census for Nathan Smith & Jane Sant 1870

Here we see the beginnings of the family in the 1870 United States Territorial Census from Cache County, Utah. At that point in time, the family had only four children (William, Mary, Eliza and Nathan) aged seven years down to seven months.

In 1871, the family moved to Idaho where they and their children exercised their musical talents for gatherings of all sorts. I find this particularly interesting seeing as a gathering with my mother’s side of the family is not complete until a number of songs have been sung and instruments have been played.

Nathan was always described as a dependable, loyal man of cheery disposition. He never swore and was always kind. He was also incredibly devoted to God and the Church.

Later in his life, Nathan moved back to Utah while his wife and adult children remained in Idaho. It is not entirely known why this was done.

Census for Nathan Smith 1900

Above is a portion of the 1900 United States Census from Cache County, Utah, where Nathan appears alone. Nine years before his death. Although Jane has not yes died at this point in time, Nathan has been listed as a widow, possibly to avoid explaining the lack of his wife’s presence.

Nathan Smith's Grave

Nathan died of pneumonia in Smithfield on 20 January 1909. He and Jane are buried in the Smithfield Cemetery.

Death Certificate of Nathan Smith Sr

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

William P. Smith

William P. Smith

Birth: 22 Januray 1810 in Tottington, Lancashire, England
Death: 12 November 1893

William was born in England to Doctor Thomas Smith and his wife Alice. Because his father was a doctor, he was taught about medicine and herbs as a child. As he grew older, he became a very strong and large man that liked to roughhouse with friends.
William P. Smith married Mary Grimshaw (15 March 1815-14 November 1856), who probably had a different first name but went by her middle name. They were married on 23 May 1834 in Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England.
It was in England that the couple first heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. William was baptized on 30 September 1840 and the family soon after began to prepare for their journey to meet up with the Saints in the United States.
William and Mary had eleven children: John Smith (died as a child), Mary Ann Smith, William Smith (died as a child), Ann Smith (died as an infant), Nathan Smith, Thomas Smith, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Maria Smith (died as a child), Alice Smith and Richard Smith (died as an infant).
By the time the family had reached Nauvoo, only two of their children were alive. However, they did not give up. William worked on the Nauvoo Temple and constantly tried to improve his land.
On 19 January 1845, William was ordained to the priesthood, and after the completion of the Nauvoo Temple, William and Mary received their endowments, on 2 February 1846 (they were not sealed until 1863 when the work was done by proxy in Salt Lake).
In 1862, when the family had reached Utah, William served as the first counselor in the bishopric of the Union Ward as well as the “watermaster” for the town.
As Mary had died several years earlier, William married Anna Bengtsson on 12 December 1863. On this same day, Anna stood as the proxy for William to be sealed to Mary. This all happened in the Salt Lake Endowment House.
William and Anna’s sealing was canceled in 1867. William had become dissatisfied with the Church and had become associated with the Reorganized Church and Joseph Smith III. He was excommunicated on 21 April 1867 which caused his wife Anna to leave him and take their three children with her.
The children of William and Anna were: Elizabeth Ann Smith (died as a child), James Smith (died as an infant) and Zilphia Smith.
William then met and married Sarah Pidd. They were active in the reorganized church for the rest of their lives. Their only children were twins in 1865: Isaac Smith (died as an infant) and Sarah Pidd Smith (died as a child).
William Smith's Grave

William was buried with his scriptures. Despite his disassociation with the LDS church, he had a love for the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.

An excellent reference on the William P. Smith family can be found at this website:

To biographies about William P. Smith view the link below:

Charles Pulsipher


Charles Pulsipher


Birth: 20 April 1830 in Spafford, New York, USA

Death: 20 November 1915 in Elmo, Utah, USA




Charles Pulsipher was the son of Zerah Pulsipher (24 January 1789-9 January 1872) and Mary Ann Brown (2 March 1799-7 May 1886). He remembered that his parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when he was two years old and that, as a child, he heard Prophet Joseph Smith speak at the temple in Kirtland, Ohio, USA.

He spent his early years moving from place to place with his family and the rest of the Saints. He even went on expeditions to defend his people from mobs and violence.

In 1845, Charles was ordained to the second quorum of the seventies, and in 1856, he was set apart as a president of one of the quorums.

He helped build that Nauvoo temple and received his endowment in that temple after its completion, on 31 January 1846.

Charles was very devoted to his faith. He kept a journal which is widely available online. In this journal he write much about his religion. I like this story especially:

“During our slow progress of travel four of us went to the edge of the Missouri and built houses and got our pay in provisions and such things as we needed to go on our journey. During our stay there we got acquainted with a fine young lady, a niece of the old gentleman we were working for. She became very much attached to me and said to her brother that she was going to keep me there and not let me go away to the mountains. The rich old farmer saw the kind of feeling she had for me, so just before our job was done, he took me to one side and said to me, ‘I see there is a very affectionate feeling with Sarah and now I want to say to you, you might just as well stop here and live with us and give up the long journey away into the mountains to suffer or maybe be killed by the wild savages. When you get married, I will give you a good outfit, and there is a good 40 acre farm that will be yours as a wedding present. You can settle down and live an easy life with us.’ I thanked him for his kind offer and told him I would consider it. Quite a temptation for a boy of sixteen years old that never had anything before, but the more I thought about it the farther I get from accepting it, for the idea of forsaking my religion and giving up the people I had learned to love did not appeal to me.”

On 30 April 1849, Charles married Ann Beers, with whom he did not have any children.

On 16 July 1856 he married Sariah Eliza Robbins in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had four children together: Mary Ida Pulsipher, Charles Pulsipher, Frances Annie Pulsipher and Sariah Eliza Pulsipher.

On 13 July 1877, Charles married Julia Abby Johnson. Their twelve children were: John William Pulsipher (died as a child), Carlos Derby Pulsipher (died as a newborn), Lorenzo Charles Pulsipher, Evie Pulsipher, Effie Pulsipher, Zerah Cadwallader Pulsipher (died as a child), Sarah Mariah Pulsipher, Wilford Pulsipher, Jennie Pulsipher, Janie Pulsipher (died as a child), Mary Julia Pulsipher and Florence Abby Pulsipher.

In 1886, he was set apart as the bishop of the Huntington Ward (the town of Huntington being his homestead) by Wilford Woodruff, who was an apostle at the time. He was released from this calling by 1897. In 1897 he was ordained as a patriarch.

In 1900, he and his family moved to Mexico to help build the Mormon colony of Saints that were gathering there to escape persecution due to polygamy. They moved back to Utah in 1908.

Charles Pulsipher's Grave 

Charles Pulsipher was buried at his homestead in Huntington, Utah, USA with his third wife Julia.

Death Certificate of Charles Pulsipher Sr

Thomas Dutton


Birth: Between 1619 and 1622 in Dutton, Cheshire, England

Death: 22 January 1687 in Billerica, Massachusetts, America

Thomas Dutton was an English immigrant that settled in the newly founded Massachusetts Bay Colony. His parents were probably John Dutton (5 October 1598-4 May 1693) and Mary Nuld (born about 1599).

He was married in about 1647 to a woman named Susannah (about 1626-27 August 1684) in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts. While Susannah’s maiden name remains unknown, one possibility is that she was Susannah Palmer.

The two had nine children together: Thomas Dutton, Mary Dutton, Susannah Dutton, John Dutton, Elizabeth Dutton, Joseph Dutton, Sarah Dutton, James Dutton and Benjamin Dutton.

Thomas’ presence is made known on several occasions in legal records in Middlesex, Massachusetts. In 1661, he was accused of beating his wife, although he and Susannah both denied the claims. In 1668, Michael Bacon accused Thomas of theft, so Thomas sued him for slander. To free himself of the charges, Thomas obtained signed statements declaring that he had lived in the community for many years and that he was an upstanding man. At another point in time, he had a land dispute with John Carter (one of the men who signed his court statement) in which Thomas lost and had to pay a fine.

After Susannah died in 1684, Thomas married a woman about 32 years his junior named Ruth Hooper.

Via his son Joseph Dutton, Thomas Dutton and Susannah are the 4th great grandparents of Latter-Day Saint prophet, Joseph Smith as well as the 5th great grandparents of prophet Joseph F. Smith and the 6th great grandparents of Joseph Fielding Smith (though Joseph F. and Joseph Fielding are both descended from Joseph Smith’s brother, Hyrum Smith).

Much of this information comes from: “Genealogical Register of First Families of New England” by John Farmer and “Middlesex County, Court Records” volume 1.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

George Hopkin Eyre


George Hopkin Eyre



Birth: 22 April 1866 in Minersville, Utah, USA

Death: 28 July 1947 in Milford, Utah, USA




George was the son of George Eyre (8 April 1838-8 October 1916) and Rebecca Hopkins (1 March 1832-19 March 1923). While his parents were from England he was raised in Utah with his siblings.

In 1875, George was baptized by  Robert Easton and was ordained as a deacon a few years later.

On 16 August 1885, George Hopkin Eyre married Emma Amanda Walker (28 October 1866-28 April 1930). Together, they had many children, including: Althea Amanda Eyre, George Ruel Eyre, Frank Eyre, Idonna Eyre, Emma Augusta Eyre, Clara Merle Eyre, Alta Eyre, Golden Walker Eyre, Hilda Eyre, Lola Rebecca Eyre and Gladys Eyre.

Information about the sealing of George Eyre and Emma Walker do not match, however it is likely that they were sealed on 21 November 1889 in the Saint George Utah Temple.

From 1886 to 1889, he served a mission in New Zealand and Australia, where he was president of the Gisborne and Wairarapa districts.

On 21 November 1889, James G. Bleak ordained George as an elder. J. Golden Kimball ordained him to the seventy (he was in the 12 quorum) and David O. McKay ordained him to be a high priest and set him apart as a councilor in the bishopric. Later, he also served as the president of the twelfth quorum of the seventy and was in charge of the Sunday school program in Minersville. 

On 12 April 1917, David O. McKay set him apart as a bishop of the Minersville, Utah Ward.

George Hopkin Eyre's Grave 

George and Emma are buried in Minersville, Utah, USA, where they both spent most of their lives.

Much information about the life of George Hopkin Eyre comes from the “Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia” Volume 3.

Reuben William Dotson


Birth: 27 November 1854 in Atalla County, Mississippi, USA

Death: 1 October 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Reuben was born to William Lazarus Hardiman Dotson (13 February 1833-5 March 1920) and Henrietta Landrum (1 October 1832-11 September 1902). He crossed the plains with his family and eventually settled in Minersville, Utah, USA.

He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 17 March 1879 and received his endowment on 2 April 1879.

On 10 April 1878, he married Sarah Elizabeth Myers in Minersville, Utah, USA and on 16 November 1882 they were sealed in the Saint George Utah Temple.

According to the church chronology of 1902, Reuben Dotson became the bishop of the Minersville, Beaver County, Utah ward on 6 January 1902, succeeding his son’s father-in-law, George Hopkin Eyre. Apostle Rudger Clawson’s journal details the calling and sustaining:

“Apostle Clawson reported the visit of Apostle Woodruff and himself to the Beaver Stake, where they attended the quarterly conference. The following changes were effected, to wit: Wilson G. Nowers was honorably released from the high council on account of defective hearing; Rollin R. Tanner was released from the high council on account of general neglect of duty; three vacancies in the high council were filled, as follows: Jno. M. Murdock, Reinhard Maeser, and Jas. E. Tanner; F. D. Farnsworth was ordained pres. of the high priest quorum, and Wm. Burt, pres. of the elders quorum; Reuben Dotson was ordained bishop of Minersville to succeed Geo. Eyre, resigned on account of ill health, with Geo. Marshall for 1st counselor and Wm. C. Bowman for 2nd counselor. Reported that the case of Catherine Nowers versus Jas. H. Skinner, et al., was amicably settled and dismissed and that the brethren generously agreed to make good the loss of the plaintiff as follows, to wit: M. L. Shepherd, 10 head of sheep, and Jas. H. Skinner, et al., 11 head. The report was adopted by unanimous vote.”

Reuben and Sarah had thirteen children together: Reuben William Dotson, Joseph Lawrence Dotson, Peter Kent Dotson, James Dotson, Florence Elmyra Dotson, John Marion Dotson, A. Lewis Dotson, Gertrude Dotson, Theo Dotson, Henry Petty Dotson, Ruth Dotson (died as a child), Tine Dotson and Viola Dotson.

Reuben Dotson's Grave


Reuben and his wife are buried in Minersville, Beaver County, Utah, USA. Their headstone features a Latter-day Saint pioneer marker.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Benedict Pulsipher


Birth: About 1639 in England

Death: 10 April 1695 in Massachusetts, America

Benedict (or Benedictus) was the first Pulsipher to arrive in America, and possibly the first “Pulsipher” in the world. While it is suspected that his father was Benjamin Pulsipher (born in about 1614 in Ireland), it is hard to trace the family any further back due to confusions about the name. While it was a mystery for a long time, recent years have suggested that the family was originally the Pulford family, but changed their name upon reaching America (or just before) to escape association with the Puritans in England that had just beheaded Charles I. Additionally, throughout the years, the name has adapted many different spellings (including Pulcipher, Pulsifer, Pulcifer, etc.).

Benedict was married to his second wife, Susanna A. Waters (1 February 1649-21 December 1726) in February of either 1673 or 1674 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, America. His first wife’s name is unknown, but he married her a few years before coming to America.

Benedict and Susanna had several children: Richard Pulsipher, William Pulsipher, Susanna Pulsipher (died as a child), Joseph Pulsipher, Jonathan Pulsipher, Johanna Pulsipher (Jonathan’s twin), Susanna Pulsipher, Elizabeth Pulsipher, David Pulsipher and Margret Pulsipher.

Benedict had other children with his first wife, as well, however their records are not as clear. These children include: Benedict Pulsipher Junior and John Pulsipher.

Benedict was considered well educated for the time.

He lived out the rest of his life as a farmer in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

George Burton


George Burton (b.1875) 

Birth: 2 or 7 June 1875 in Bountiful, Utah, USA

Death: 4 March 1944 in Box Elder County, Utah, USA



George Burton was a first generation American. His parents were from England but George was born and raised in Utah. His parents were George Burton (9 June 1837-31 March 1891) and Mary Ann Johnson (20 June 1845-1 May 1898). He had six siblings, all of which were born in the covenant.

On 17 June 1883, George was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and on 21 August 1901 he received his endowment.

On 13 October 1898 he married Mary Elizabeth Ransom (26 September 1880-31 October 1964) who had also been raised in Utah by English parents. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Together, they had thirteen children: Ethel Burton, George Ransom Burton, Mary Burton, James Ransom Burton, William Ransom Burton, Vera Burton, Orella Burton, Rulon Ransom Burton, Mildred Burton, Elvina Burton, Willis Ransom Burton, Lincoln Ransom Burton and Delma Burton.

In 1917, George signed up for the United States military draft for World War I. These cards give some indication of what he may have looked like, describing him as a tall, slender man with blue eyes and brown hair.

George Burton Death Certificate

George died in 1944. He was a shepherd and died due to an accident he sustained from falling off of a horse while working. He was transported back to Idaho (from Utah, where he died) where he was buried. He and his wife were buried in Cleveland, Idaho, USA.

Burton FamilyGeorge Burton's Grave

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mary Ann Brown


Mary Ann Brown



Born: 2 March 1799 in Kent, Connecticut, USA

Died: 7 May 1886 in Hebron, Utah, USA




Mary’s parents were John Brown (27 February 1770-3 February 1845) and Sarah Fairchild (6 March 1771-14 October 1855).

Mary was raised in a family that honored religion. As a child, she moved to Pennsylvania with her parents. They always welcomed preachers of all Christian sects into their home and at the age of 13 she joined the Methodist church.

It was while she lived in Pennsylvania that she met and married Zerah Pulsipher. Their wedding was in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania on 18 August 1815.

Years later, she and her husband moved to New York where they heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1832 they were baptized by Jared Carter and Zerah was ordained to preside over the church in their area.

As Mary and Zerah traveled with the Saints from state to state, they experienced hardships and persecution, losing family members along the way. However, because of their faithfulness they were able to receive their ordinances and help build Kirtland and Nauvoo temples.

Pulsiphers in Hebron

Once in Utah, she went with her husband and sons to help settle Hebron, Utah. She was very pleased with the peaceful life she and her family were able to lead in Hebron.

To read more about Mary Ann Brown, visit the link below:

Mary Ann Brown was buried in Hebron, Utah with numerous members of her family.

Mary Ann Brown

Friday, July 16, 2010

Rees Phillips


Rees Phillips 

Born: 19 May 1874 in Cwmsyfiog, Wales

Died: 8 March 1937 in Provo, Utah, USA



While there is little information about Rees’ life available online, here are a couple of obituaries regarding his unfortunate death.

From the “Salt Lake Tribune” Friday 12 Mar 1937 (BYU film SA37 #38, p. 17):

“Obituary, Crash Victim’s Services Held: Special to the Tribune. Castle Gate–Funeral services were conducted here Thursday at 6 p.m. for Reese Phillips, 62, who died Monday at the Aird hospital in Provo of injuries suffered in an automobile accident early Sunday in Orem. Bishop W. B. Stapley officiated. Burial will be at Spanish Fork Friday under direction of the Thomas-Deseret mortuary of Price. Mr. Phillips, an employee of the Utah Fuel company, had resided in Castlegate for the last 35 years, coming here from Idaho. Surviving are six sons and daughters, Reese J. Phillips, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Wilford Phillips, Mrs. Len Larsen [Catherine Jane], Mrs. Dwane Long [Annabell], Mrs. Thomas Bendall [Lydia] , all of Castlegate, and Mrs. W. A. Pulsipher  [Naomi] of Provo; three brothers and sisters, Benjamin Phillips, Harren, Ill.; Henry Phillips and Mrs. Thomas Widner, Salt Lake City.”

From the “Provo Daily Herald” Monday 8 Mar 1937 (BYU film P94#52 pages 1, 8):

Pedestrians Meet Death on Highway. Three silent bodies today mutely bore testimony to one of the most disastrous weekends in Utah county’s motoring history. The dead: Mrs. Mell Allspack, 40, Payson, widow. Elmer Hardy, 50 Payson war veteran. Reese Phillips, 63, Castle Gate. Their deaths brought the county’s death toll from accidental causes for the year to six. . . . Phillips died at an early hour this morning in the Aird hospital where he had been taken after being hit at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, while walking on the state highway in Orem one block north of Provo canyon road turnoff. Visitor in Provo– Phillips had been visiting with his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Pulsipher of Provo, and was driving his car northward, according to his daughter, when he encountered motor trouble. It was while he was on his way to secure aid that the accident which lead to his death occurred. He was hit by a car driven by Henry Brown, 25-year-old American Fork resident, who told Deputy Sheriff George Loveless that Phillips was practically in the middle of the road when he saw him. He attempted to turn out but Phillips stepped directly onto the car’s path, Brown said. Brown rushed the injured man to Aird hospital. Officers held that death was accidental and Brown was absolved of all blame.

Mr. Phillips was born in Wales May 19, 1874, the son of John and Anna Evans Phillips. He came to America when ten years old, settling in Pennsylvania until his departure for Utah in 1900, where he was a Utah Fuel company employee. He married Martha Evans June 20, 1901, in Salt Lake City. He is survived by two sons, Reese Jr. of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Wilford of Castle Gate and four daughters, Mrs. Len Larson, Mrs. Duane Long, and Mrs. Thomas Bendall, Castle Gate and Mrs. Pulsipher of Provo. Nineteen grandchild and one great grandchild survive besides a brother and sister of Mr. Phillips, Mrs. Thomas Widener of Salt Lake City and Ben Phillips of Harren, Illinois. Funeral services will be in Castle Gate, with burial in Spanish Fork [Utah].

His Utah death certificate also attests to the accident.

Death Certificate of Rees Phillips


Rees had seven older siblings, all of them born in Wales. They were: William, John, Benjamin, David, Elizabeth, Henry and Esther.

It is known that Rees had received his ordnances in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was baptized on 2 August 1903. On 14 March 1914 he was ordained an Elder by David O. McKay while in the Pleasant Valley Ward in Utah. He received his endowment and was sealed to his parents, by proxy, in the Manti Temple on 14 January 1938 and 23 November 1976, respectively.

Rees Phillips with his wife and step children

He married Martha Evans on 20 June 1901 in Salt Lake, Utah and together they had six children: Annabell, Evan, Lydia, Reese, Naomi and Wilford. Pictured above is Rees with Martha and Martha’s children from a previous marriage.

His parents were John Phillips (born on 16 March 1831) and Hannah Evans (12 April 1829-11 September 1897).

Like other men of his time, Rees signed up for the World War I military draft. Based on the information provided, he was a healthy man with dark brown hair and eyes. On these same cards, he also lists his profession as being a farmer.

Rees Phillips

Zerah Pulsipher


Zerah Pulsipher



Born: 24 January 1788 in Rockingham, Vermont, USA

Died: 9 January 1872 in Hebron, Utah, USA




Descendants of Zerah that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are excited when they read Doctrine and Covenants 124:138, which says:

“And again, I give unto you Joseph Young, Josiah Butterfield, Daniel Miles, Henry Herriman, Zera Pulsipher, Levi Hancock, James Foster, to preside over the quorum of seventies.”

Despite the slight difference in the spelling of the name, Zerah Pulsipher is mentioned in this verse as one of the presidents of the quorum of the seventy. Other life accomplishments include serving a mission, on which he baptized Wilford Woodruff, who later went on to become the fourth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, becoming a patriarch, raising a large family, and co-founding the town of Hebron, Utah with his sons. At one point, he was excommunicated from the Church, but after only a very short time, he was re-baptized and gained full fellowship.

Zerah left his descendants with a detailed account of his life that can easily be found online. His writings are often used in histories of the Church, both religious and secular in nature. One copy of his journal can be found here:

Zerah had a large family. The following is a list of his wives and children.

Mary Randall (1794-1811) was his first wife. They had one child, a daughter, named Harriett (born in 1811).

On 18 August 1815, he married Mary Ann Brown (2 March 1798 or 1799-7 May 1886). Together, they had eleven children: Mary Ann (died as an infant), Iona Almira, Nelson, Mariah, Sarah Ann, John, Charles, Mary Ann, William, Eliza Jane and Fidelia.

On 8 July 1954 he married Prudence McNamara with whom he had no known children.

Finally, he married Martha Ann Hughes (1 July 1843-17 June 1909) on 18 March 1857. They had five children: Mary Elizabeth, Zera James, Sarah Jane and Andrew Milton.

Pulsipher Grave

Zerah Pulsipher was buried in Hebron, Utah with members of his family, including his second wife, Mary Ann Brown and his sons John and William.

Because of their prominent roll in the history of Hebron, a special plaque has been posted listing their names (see the second photo).


For more information about Hebron, including photos, ward information and history, visit this website:

Zerah Pulsipher's Grave

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Julianna Ingeborg Borg

Juliana Ingeborg

Born: 28 May 1899 in Stockholm, Sweden

Died: 6 April 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Ingeborg (as she went by) was born in Sweden in 1899. Her parents were Carl Borg (20 February 1858-27 January 1938) and Anna Maria Johansson (22 September 1858-26 April 1905).

When she was 21, Ingeborg left her home, taking a ship to the United States. Arvid Brinck had paid her way, and she quickly joined him in Utah.

Passenger List for Juliana Ingeborg Borg

For the past year, my mother has been calling my great grandmother to learn more about her life and the lives of others related to her. Julianna Ingeborg Borg is my great-great grandmother.

In a Mothers’ Day blog post, my mother wrote:

My maternal grandmother’s mother, Ingaborg [she went by her middle name], was Swedish. She was a great seamstress. During the depression she would sew lovely dresses for others, then out of the leftover fabric make beautiful dresses for her daughter. She was talented but also suffered with anxieties and worries that her husband would try to soothe.

Ingeborg was married to Arvid Valfrid Brinck (also a Swede) on 10 March 1921 in Salt Lake, Utah, USA. They had several children together and traveled regularly between Utah and California due to Arvid’s work.

To supplement their income, Ingeborg worked as a seamstress. Here is a photo from 1923 showing Ingeborg at work outside while her child plays on the lawn.

Ingeborg is buried in the Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier, California, USA with her husband.

To view a tentative four generation pedigree chart for Ingeborg Borg, visit her husband's page:

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