Thursday, July 9, 2020



    Alta Hancock was the second, of five children born to Solomon Hancock and Phoebe Adams.  She was born June 18, 1840 in Adams County, Illinois.  The Hancock and Adams families were hard working and enduring people.   They were among the first to embrace the Gospel after the Church was organized.
    Alta saw the Prophet Joseph Smith many times, as he was a frequent visitor at the home of her father Solomon Hancock.  Although, only four years of age at the time the Prophet Joseph was martyred, she never forgot his majestic bearing as well as the strength and power which accompanied his words.  She said “One felt on seeing and hearing him talk that he was indeed a Prophet of God.”  Alta with her father’s family was forced to leave their homes many times and make new ones. They were in all the attacked by mobs  and were driven along with the Saints of Missouri and who were in Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were so cruelly martyred at Carthage jail.  
    With a good Christian Mother like Phoebe and a firm staunch father, Solomon, we are not surprised at the wonderful woman Alta the daughter became.  One instance she often spoke of was when her father and mother along with their small children were driven from their home.  They settled on a clearing, with the log house in the center so that they might see the approach of the enemy from any direction.  Some of the people were living the United Order.   Solomon Hancock, being the steward, had the grain and produce stored in a granary at his home, to be divided out to the Saints according to their needs.  Government troops were stationed there to guard the provisions. 
    The Hancock home consisted of two log rooms.  The soldiers occupied one room and  Solomon’s family the other.  One evening as the soldiers were sleeping, the guards blew the whistle, signaling that enemies were approaching.  Instantly all was excitement as the soldiers were ready for any emergency.  Again the whistles blew, the soldiers looked out, saw the stacks on fire and ran to save them.  This is exactly what the mob wished them to do.
    They were jealous of the growth of the Mormon Settlements, and wished to kill the leaders. They particularly wanted to get Solomon that night because he was the president of the branch and a trusted servant of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The mob let the soldiers go unmolested as they eagerly waited to get a shot at Solomon.  One of the mob shouted “There he is now!”  A shot was fired and a man went down.  It was not Solomon as they supposed, but Edwin Durthy whom they had killed. 
    They tried several times to shoot Solomon as he worked with the others to stop the fire, but the bullets seemed to lack the power to harm him.  Alta often related this story and told how thankful they were to God for protecting their father’s life that night.  Although they murdered a man, burned the stacks and tried to kill her husband, Phoebe, Solomon’s wife, invited them in and gave them food and drink, after their anger had some what cooled down thus heaping coals of fire upon their heads.
    The family experienced hardships and hunger and also the blessings of the Lord.  Due to the exposure and hardships, Solomon died near winter quarters December 2, 1847 at the age of 54 years and was buried in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa.  Alta’s mother and her children and other saints, were tired of being harassed and driven.  They obtained outfits to come west to the land which had been chosen for the Latter-day Saints.  They left winter quarters with the Allen Taylor Wagon Train in June 1849.
    They were three months in crossing the plains.  Alta was baptized in a river as they crossed the plains.  Alta’s mother drove her own ox-team most of the way.  Allen Taylor was captain of the 100 wagons in their company.  They arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1849.  Alta then a girl of nine had walked the entire distance.  She and her brother Isaac drove the cattle and their feet were sore and bleeding from the prickly pears.
    The Hancock family arrived in Payson in 1851.
    Alta met a Canadian, Jonathan Glisten Davis.  They were married on  January 28, 1858 and were later endowed in the Endowment house at Salt Lake City on November 24, 1865. 
They liived in Payson near the DRGW Depot in northwest Payson. Their home was always open and ready to receive their friends and strangers.  Alta fed many tramps who came to their home hungry.  Johnathan passed away on July 1, 1901 and was buried inthe Payson City Cemetery
    An earnest Church worker, Alta served as Primary Counselor of the Second Ward, Primary President in the Third District before the wards were divided, Sunday School Teacher, and member of the burial committee.
    One of her most happy labors was performing work for her beloved dead in the Temples of Salt Lake, Manti, and St. George.  She was the mother of eleven children, four dying in infancy.  Alta bore all her bereavements with a sweet loving trust that it was God’s will.  Through all of her trials she was an example of patience and fidelity.  Besides her own family, she mothered and cared for the little daughter of Jonathan by his first wife. 
    In her later years she lived with her children.  She was always welcomed with love when she came to visit for a few weeks or months as the case might be.  She was a pillar of strength and comfort in the home of Henry Chester Haskell during the illness and death of his wife, and her daughter Phoebe Ann Davis, March 21, 1920.
    She will be remembered and appreciated most of all for her charming personality free from envy, jealousy, and prejudice as well as her abundance of sympathy and love.  She was greatly loved and revered by her own family, the 33 grand children, 70 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.  She passed away on May 8, 1927 at the age of 87.   She was buried in the Payson City Cemetery next to her husband Jonathon G. Davis.

Friday, June 26, 2020



    Jane Ann Sheffield was born in Bethany, New York on February 16, 1834.  Her parents were Anson Sheffield and Maria Mott.   Jane Ann was the eighth of nine children.  Her parents became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and were baptized into the church at an early date by Robert Samuelson in Kirtland, Ohio.  The Mississippi and Ohio Rivers were the frontier in those days.   
    When the saints were coming west in 1850, Jane Ann was sent ahead to travel with the Ferimorz Little family and help take care of their children.  She milked cows and hung the pail under the back of the wagon, so it would be churned into butter for supper.  Jane Ann walked most of the way to the Salt Lake Valley, as there was no room for her to sleep in the wagon.  She enjoyed the evenings of singing and dancing while on the trail.  After the company arrived in Salt Lake, Jane stayed with the Little family until her parents arrived in the valley in 1852.  After their arrival they travel onto Payson with their family.
    The Sheffield family then moved to Payson to settle down.  It was here in the early fall of 1852 that Jane first met her future husband, Thomas English Daniels.  Jane would go to the fort every day to milk the family cow and Thomas was there for the same purpose.   Thomas was flirting, and went to her at once and offered to milk her cow.  Jane explained to him that her cow was not used to strangers, but Thomas insisted.  He sat down on the stool and proceeded to nearly fill the pail with milk, when the cow suddenly turned her head and got a good look at who was doing the milking.  The cow lifted her foot and with a kick, sent Thomas and the milk sprawling on the ground.  This introduction soon made Jane and Thomas the best of friends.
    That friendship developed into love and they were married on November 25, 1855, in Payson, Utah.  Thomas described the couple’s first few months like this, “Our bridal chamber was in a one room log house that my mother and brother occupied; mother on her high post bed in one corner, Joseph on the floor in another corner, and my bride and I made our bed on the floor next to the fireplace.”  Thomas soon built Jane a two-story adobe home where they raised thier ten children.
    Jane Ann made some of the best pastry and bread, cured all the meats, and carded, spun and wove on the loom all the clothing for the family.  Thomas and Jane were the parents of ten children.  Jane also taught Sunday School and filled other service positions for the church.  Jane’s eldest daughter, Louisa Jane, died at the age of twenty-two, leaving her mother and father a newborn baby to raise along with their large family.
    Thomas and Jane celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on November 25, 1905 surrounded with family and friends, in the same adobe house that Thomas built them when married.  A year later, Jane caught pneumonia and passed away suddenly on October 18, 1906.  Thomas followed her quickly to the other side, passing away on November 6, 1906.  The Daniels couple are buried in the family plot in the Payson Cemetery.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020



    Mathew Henry Daley, son of William and Mary Ann Graham Daley, was born July 1, 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois, three days after his parent's beloved prophet had been martyred. 
    William and Mary Ann Daley had emigrated from Scotland after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1841.  They traveled to Kirkland, Ohio to be near the prophet Joseph Smith.  Then the Saints were driven from Ohio and settled a swampy land near the Mississippi River, called Nauvoo.  Here Mathew Henry Daley was born.  He was the fifth of nine children, however,  Mathew was the oldest living child.
    Mathew's father, William Daley, was an active member of the L. D. S. Church in Nauvoo.  He was a member of the local military group called the Nauvoo Legion and also donated his time to build the temple.  But even before the temple was completed, the Saints were pushed from their comfortable homes in Nauvoo.   One of the last things William and Mary Ann did before they left for the wild country, was  to go the Nauvoo Temple for their endowments on 31 January 1846. 
    Two-year-old Mathew and his parents took what little belongings fit into a small wagon, across the Iowa mud and stopped in Mosquito Creek, near Council Bluffs.  Mathew's father left his small family with the Saints in Iowa and went down river to work as a tailor in St. Louis, Missouri.
    The William Daley family stayed in Iowa for five and a half years.  Matthew's two brothers were born here, John Moffatt and David James.  In 1852, the Saints still in Iowa were advised by Brigham Young to proceed to Utah.    
    In July of 1852, Mathew's family packed two wagons and headed west, to Utah.  Eight-year-old Matthew drove the cattle behind the wagons.  In one instance, on the wide flat prairie, a large herd of buffalo veered toward the wagons near the river.  The cattle were hurriedly moved away from the wagons, away from the buffalo herd.  Several of the large creatures were shot just short of the wagons.  There was enough meat for several weeks.  The company arrived in Salt Lake Valley in September 1852.
    The William Daley family was directed south, to Provo.  Here, Mathew's father homesteaded near Rock Canyon and the foothills northeast of Provo.  They built an adobe house in the center of Provo.  Here Matthew spent his boyhood.
    As a young man, Mathew worked for Orrawell Simons on a thrashing machine. One day Matthew got his foot caught in the machine.  It tore off his boot, but his foot was saved.  In 1862, Orrawell Simons, mayor of Payson, sent Mathew to meet the wagons of the Wightman and Dixon families who were coming from Kirtland, Ohio. 
    Orrawell, a relative of the wagon train members,  told Mathew that he could have his pick of the fine daughters on the wagon train.  Mathew met them at the Point of the Mountain, between Salt Lake City and Provo.  On that wagon was a refined young woman named Mary Elizabeth Wightman.
    Mary was the daughter of Charles Billings Wightman and Mary Ann Dixon Wightman.  She was born the August 22, 1846 in Kirtland, Ohio.  Her family stayed in Kirtland after most of the Saints had left. 
    Mary told her children about living near the Kirtland temple.  Mary also met and heard Martin Harris tell about seeing the angel and the gold plates of the Book of Mormon.
    Mary's family emigrated to Utah in 1862.  Mary, age 16, told her children of the Indians they met along the wagon road.  The Indians spread their blankets near the camped wagons.  Mary gave them crackers that had been packed for that purpose. 
    Mary's father, Charles Wightman, was a blacksmith by trade.  His forge was often called on during the journey to fix wagon wheels or ox and horse shoes.  Mary said her father drove the entire distance to Utah “without wearing the popper off the whip” used to drive the oxen.  Once her baby brother crawled into the campfire, burning his hand, leaving it crippled for life.  The Wightman family made the trip with Mary's uncle and family, Christopher D. Dixon.  It was an adventure she shared with her cousins.  They arrived in Salt Lake Valley on September 16.
    Mary remembered that a young man named Mathew Daley met her wagon train at the Point of the Mountain, south of Salt Lake Valley.  Matthew stopped, and put his leg over the saddle horn and rolled a cigarette.  This was the first cigarette Mary had ever seen. 
    Mary became Mathew's girl of choice.  The two were married less than a year later on March 1, 1863 in Payson.  It was a snowy March day and they rode in a sleigh.  There was a large crowd of relatives at the wedding.  After their marriage, Matthew worked in the blacksmith shop of Mary's father, Charles Wightman.
    In 1864, Mathew drove his two four-horse teams and wagons to Missouri to help bring Saints who had no means to emigrate to Utah.  He left his bride and six-month-old child, William Charles, to go serve others.  Mary had her family to help her, but it was a hard summer.  In September of 1864, their first born son died.  This probably happened before Matthew returned from Missouri.
    A year after the death of their son, Mathew and Mary were sealed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on September 2, 1865.  Mathew and Mary had a total of 12 children, three of whom died as children. 
    In 1866, Indians in Sanpete County had killed some settlers and taken several hundred cattle.  The U.S. Military would not send troops, so Brigham Young called for volunteers.  Mathew and several other men from around Payson, joined the Utah Militia Volunteers under Captain Abram Conover to fight in the Black Hawk Indian War.  He left Payson with John Tanner, Enoch Monk, John Staheli, Hyrum Elmer, Race Calkins, Bill Loveless, Al Bagley, John Moore, Elijah Hancock and others.
    The Militia camped on San Pitch, east of Gunnison where they had a battle with the Indians at Gravely Ford.  It was a dangerous fight.  Matthew “nearly had his head popped off by one of the Indians.”  Eventually Black Hawk was wounded.  Race Calkins said Matthew did it, but Matthew said Race did it.  Neither one would accept credit.
    Captain Conover's cavalry followed the Indians east and south through Grass Valley, over the mountains to Fish Lake.  They waded along the lake where the grass was so high they could not see a deer run through it.  They camped on the Fremont River where the explorer John C. Fremont had camped.  They crossed Rabbit Valley where you could see a rabbit run from one side of the valley to the other.  Then south to the canyons and gullies of Wayne's Wonderland.  In September 1866, the Captain Conover division was sent home.
    Mary, Mathew’s wife,  spent the summer of 1866 living with her sister, Jane Wightman.  She told her children about a  big calf that stole the milk from her and Jane.
    In 1871, Mathew built a house north of Payson.  Then they moved to a little white house behind Heber Curtis's home in Payson on today’s 400 North.  Their family soon numbered four children, Amy Adella, Matthew Henry Jr. (nicknamed Judge), May Isabell, and Lillie Florence.
    In 1875, Mathew decided to homestead a tract of land northwest of the Union Pacific Depot in Payson.  Here two sons were born, David James and Joseph Arthur.  David, however died as an infant.  Matthew built a nice adobe house and set out 1,000 fruit trees.  The rabbits and pets invaded the orchard, causing havoc for Matthew.  Then, as the trees began to bear fruit, Matthew lost his irrigation water to farms up stream.  The trees withered and died.  He finally sold the land to Jesse Knight for 80 cows.
    Mathew, Mary and their growing brood of five children then lived in a log home Matthew built in Thistle Valley.  When their cows were stolen, Matthew moved his family and the log house to Provo.  In Provo, another son was born, Graham Little.
    In 1879, the Mathew Daley family, with others, took their cattle and loaded wagons toward Arizona.  During the trek, one of the other family's wagon tipped over and Mr. Colvin was killed.  Then Indian troubles caused them to abandon the trek to Arizona and to settle in Grass Valley in Sevier County, Utah.  This was the beautiful valley that Matthew had seen while following Indians during the Black Hawk War. 
    They arrived in Grass Valley in November 1879.  Mathew sold  a  few cattle and bought some land from the Hancock, Brown and Hatch families.  That following winter was known as the hard winter.  Snow piled high, and many cattle died.  But spring did come, and with it the hard work of clearing the land of sage brush.
    Mathew built a two room log house in Koosharem.  Here, two more children were born, Caroline Elizabeth (nicknamed Dolly) and Wilford Franklin. 
    The Daley family drove their wagon up to Fish Lake where a local L. D. S, Conference was held.  In 1880 President Wilford Woodruff visited and spoke on Bowery Creek.  Matthew had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and often read the Book of Mormon aloud to his family.
    Then they moved to Burrville and bought the George Rust home, with his cattle and sheep.  The sheep herders had trouble with bears, so a wagon box was hung in a tree so the sheepherder would have a safe place to sleep at night.  They built a big church and rock school house in Burrville.  It, however, soon collapsed.
    After about two years, they moved back to Payson.  Here a baby son named Hyrum was born and died.  Mathew sold this house for 200 French merino sheep.  He instructed his son, Arthur, and Philo Wightman to herd the sheep on the foothills of Payson.  But in 1886, having too many sheep to feed, Matthew drove the sheep down to Grass Valley. 
    Mathew had part interest in a dairy on the Hancock ranch.  For two years, he used his cows to make cheese.  One summer he left his older children at the dairy while he and Mary went back to Provo to haul water-soaked ties out of the Provo River.
    In July of 1888 their last child, Effie Jane was born in Provo.  When the baby was three months old, Mathew and Mary started back to Grass Valley to be with their other children. 
Mary's health began to decline.  She was very ill for a long time.  She often spoke of a blessing that Eliza R. Snow gave her.
    In 1890, Mathew bought another ranch known as the Frying Pan at Fish Lake.  Here he built a large one-room house and ran a dairy.  He also traded his large herd of sheep for 120 acres below the Koosharem Reservoir.  He used that land for pasture.
    Mathew also drove freight.  His cheese sold for 12 to 15 cents a pound.  He gathered deer hair from where the Indians tanned their deer hides.  This was sold in Salt Lake City to a harness shop to make collars for horses.  His turnips were also sent to the Salt Lake market.
    In 1892 he drove his cows from Grass Valley up to Payson, rented the Dixon ranch east of Payson and made cheese to sell.  Matthew built another home on the south end of Main Street in Payson.  The brick for this home was made in Payson, but the lumber was from Grass Valley.  This home had a blacksmith shop in the rear and dewberries and fruit trees all over the lot.  His son Arthur Daley bought and lived in this home most of his life.  It was later purchased by his son Donald Daley who remodeled and updated it for his family.  It was later sold and the home was demolished and replaced by Red Rock Orthodontics.
    During the summer of 1893 Mathew drove a mule team to Grant County, Oregon and worked on the mining claims.  On the road he met Coxey's Army (protesting unemployed men) on their way to Washington, D.C.  He thought the “army” would take all his food, but he made it to Oregon unscathed.  After working in the mines all summer, Matthew arrived home on Thanksgiving Day.
    Mathew tried to live in Payson and let his sons live on the ranch in Grass Valley.  But, he put in most of his time on the road traveling back and forth.  In 1897, Mathew moved to Eureka and Knightville to work for Jesse Knight as a guard.  He kept the claim lines from being moved forward or backward.  He was also a blacksmith for the smelter in Homersville Canyon.
    In 1906 Mathew bought 40 acres of land from Jesse Knight, west of Payson.  But he only raised 15 to 20 bushels per acre.  About 50 years after the Black Hawk Indian Wars, the government gave the volunteers back pension money for their service.  Matthew used this extra money to purchase a home on South Main Street.  He fixed it up and landscaped it nicely.  His granddaughter, Blanche Whitelock later bought it and lived there with her family for many years.
    Mathew Henry Daley always did his part in civic affairs.  He opened his home to all people, especially the poor.  He endured many hardships of pioneer life.  But most of all, his testimony of Jesus Christ was strong.  He passed away on June 30, 1921 in Payson, Utah.  Mathew and his wife are buried in the Payson City Cemetery.

Mary Elizbabeth Wighman Daley

     Mary E. Wightman Daley was born the second child of Charles Billings Wightman and Mary Ann Dixon Wightman on August 22, 1846 near Kirtland, Ohio, on the banks of the Erie where the Latter-day Saints had made camp for the summer.
     Her father was a maker of buggies and wagons and made a good living for his family. The family home was a gracious old stone house on a beautiful piece of property in Kirtland, Ohio. Charles Wightman, a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a very spiritually minded man although not at all demonstrative about his religion. He helped build the Kirtland Temple and was commanded by Joseph Smith to stay in Kirtland, Ohio to help the saints repair their wagons in preparation to leave Kirtland for the West.
     In the summer of 1862, the Wightman family, consisting of two parents and eight children set out on the first lap of their journey westward. They went by train from Kirtland to Cleveland, Ohio, then they boarded the river boat for their trip to St. Joseph, Missouri. From St. Joseph, they went to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and then on to Winter Quarters in the Territory of Nebraska.
      For the second lap of their journey westward the family traveled with the Isaac Canfield Wagon Train, The Wightmans bought two wagons and two teams of oxen and set out for Salt Lake City in a forty-wagon train.  In a wagon train of that size, as many as two hundred people traveled together. Charles Wightman was the blacksmith and wagon smith for the train, shoeing horses, setting the wagon wheels, and making repairs. He was also the dentist on the journey. His practice mostly consisted of pulling teeth. Everyone in the wagon-train loved him and called him "Uncle Charlie.
      On the westward trip, the wagon train stopped about every two-weeks declaring it "family wash day." The children's job on these wash days was to gather buffalo chips to make a fire for heating the water. On one of those wash days, Arthur, who was just leaning to walk, put his hand into the hot ashes and burned it so badly it was crippled for the rest of his life.
      Often when they stopped, Indians came around the wagon train and begged for food. The leaders taught people to be fair in their dealings with the Indians.  Because of this policy, there was no major trouble with the Indians en route to Salt Lake City.  In her later years, Mary Wightman told stories of the trek. She said she remembered spreading out their blankets and giving crackers to the Indians. She remembered that her father’s team led the wagon train, and she told of driving the entire distance to Utah without using the whip. She also told how the oxen would kick, so they had to get out of the back of the wagon instead of the front.
     One of the thrills of the journey came when the wagon train was nearing the end of its long trek.  Mary’s mother's brother, Christopher Dixon, came out from Salt Lake to meet the wagon train. He brought a team of horses and a light wagon. He took the Wightman children back to Salt Lake City with him. One night they were camping in a cave with a bear. They also spent one night in EchoCanyon. They reached Salt Lake City a week ahead of the wagon train.

    When the wagon train arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1862, Brigham Young sent them to Payson, Utah to make their home. Mary often told how her uncle, Orrawell Simons, had sent her future husband,  Mathew Henry Daley, to the Point of the Mountain to meet the wagon train and escort them to Payson. Mary said Mr. Simons had told Mathew to take the "pick of the girls,” and how he'd looked when they met him.
      Mary often told of her wedding day, March 1, I863. There was a large crowd of relatives at the wedding. During the next two or three years, Mathew spent much of his time rescuing saints whose wagons broke clown or who were stranded on the prairie. He had a four-horse team and a large wagon which he used in these operations. During this time Mary lived with her aunt and uncle, William and Jane Wightman. They raised calves and made and sold butter and cheese. Also, during this period, William and Amy were born. William did not live very long.
      Between trips, Mathew worked for his father-in-law, Charles B. Wightman, in the blacksmith shop at 814 South Main Street in Payson. Sometime in 1866, he began to work in the blacksmith shop on a regular basis. He built a little house on Cow Lane known as the Gary Stevens House. Here Mary, Lille, and David were born.
    Soon after Arthur was born, Mathew sold their house to Uncle Jesse Knight and the family moved to Thistle Valley where they built a log house, The Indians stole all of their cattle, so they moved to Grass Valley and built a two-room log house. Here Carolyn (Dollie) and Wilford Frank were born. Then they went back to Payson living in the Wightman house at 814 South Main where Hyrum and David were born.
      It was hard to move from place to place with such a large family.  Mary had many hardships making a home for her family in various places and circumstances.  Nevertheless, she loved the Lord and was always willing to help the poor and those in need.
      She had a vivid recollection of Kirtland, Ohio and told of things that occurred in the Kirtland Temple after most of the saints had left. She told entertaining Martin Harris at her parent's home and of his testimony of having seen the Angel Moroni and the Gold Plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated.
      In 1892, Mathew drove his cows from Grass Valley, Koosharem and rented the Dixon Ranch east of Payson. They made cheese during that summer. He built the Daley home located back of the high school on Canyon Road.  He hired Chet Brimhall to lay the rock and brick. The brick was made west of Payson, the lime was hauled from Provo, and the lumber came from Grass Valley near Koosharem. Matthew paid the men with fresh beef he had raised. This home was one of the finest homes in Payson at the time, with a blacksmith shop in the rear and fifteen acres planted into orchard, berries and garden. They sold produce to the miners going to work in Eureka. Mary and Matthew lived here until they bought the Roy Porter home on South Main Street, Payson.
      Mathew Daley passed away on June 30, 1920. It was a lonely time for Mary, but she continued to care for her home and yard, and her family. She loved to tell the stories of her life, and often told of the message Eliza R. Snow had given her, that she would be like "Sarah” of old with children in her old age." She knew the gospel of Jesus Christ was true and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and she often bore her testimony to her children.

       In her later years, children or grandchildren lived with her to care for her and spent the last of her eight years living with her daughter Carolyn (Dollie) Mansfield. Mary Elizabeth Wightman Daley died in Payson, Utah, February 5, 1931 and is buried by her husband in the Payson City Cemetery. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a faithful Latter-day Saint.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020




    Lydia Catherine Haws was born in Morgan County Illinois 23 February 1835 a daughter of Elijah Haws and Catherine Floyd Pease.   
    As a young girl, Catherine and her sister's were orphaned. Her father, Captain Asa Pease had been killed in the War of 1812 at Black Rock in Erie, Pennsylvania leaving her mother, Eunice Brown Pease, to support the family of five daughters. Eunice also died a few short years later. The oldest daughter, Lois, married Andrew Patten at a reasonably young age and took care of the other four sisters.
    The western movement was taking place country wide and Elijah and family were part of the movement to Illinois, where about this time, they arrived in Morgan County Illinois and settled down here for a number of years, with Lydia Catherine Haws being born 23 February 1835.
    They were once again moving, this time southward to Jackson County Illinois.  They returned to Cass County, just to the north of Morgan County, about 1840 to 1842. While there, they were approached by missionaries of the new "Latter-day Saints Church" and joined the new organization.
    Shortly thereafter, they were again going Westward through Quincy, Illinois and across the state of Missouri and Iowa to Wroughten, Pottowattomie County Iowa.
    The Spirit of God, gathering his righteous God-fearing people to Nauvoo, came upon them also, and they once again moved to Hancock County Illinois with the people of the new church.  Elijah and family moved to a farm, three miles East of Nauvoo.  There was so much strife and contention with the old settler's of the area, disrespect of property, and the L. D. S. people themselves, that Fall, they moved into the city of Nauvoo. But they soon found, that in the city, there was internal strife and too much intimidation going on.
    That spring,  they moved to Keosauqua, Iowa and farmed there. They lived there two years.  It was here in Van Buren County that they met a friend they had not seen for many years. He had grown into a man, had several farms in the area too. His name was Andrew Jackson Stewart.   He had formerly worked for Elijah Haws. While there, he had saved Eunice from drowning in the family well as a young girl. The grateful mother had told him that he could marry her when they were older. The romance came about, and Andrew and Eunice were married 1 January 1844. The couple later went to Nauvoo and were married by a man with the authority of God in the Nauvoo Temple for "Time and Eternity", 12 January 1846.
    Elijah went westward again to Pottowattomie County Iowa and took up a farm across from where the Platte River enters the Missouri River. The family remained here to the spring of 1852. Many of the Saints stopped here with them, on their way across the plains and mountains to Utah.
Andrew Jackson Stewart and Eunice were coming to Utah with a wagon company in 1850. While stopping and living with Elijah and family for a time, it was decided that Nathaniel P Haws would come with them to Utah. He was to help find a likely farm for them and to help Andrew build a cabin and also prepare one for the family that they would be able to take shelter in for the winter, next year.
    Unknown to them was a devastating fire that occurred and delayed the family from coming till 1852. Elijah, with his entire family which included his son, Jason, and his family arrived in the  Salt Lake Valley in the Fall of 1852. They stayed a short time with relatives of Catherine at Cottonwood Creek.  They then proceeded to Payson, Utah where Nathaniel and Eunice was anxious to see them. It was readily seen that another room was needed on the cabin to accommodate them this winter and the men set to work and added the necessary space.  Nathaniel P Haws had also married in the interim, to Lucinda Colehill Crockett. She was a daughter of Payson's David Crockett. David Crockett was later Payson's first Mayor.
    During the winter 1852/53, Lydia Catherine Haws consented to be married to Chester Kise Haskell on 12 March 1853.  They moved to Provo, Utah. 1853 had not been kind to them in crops and they tried again the next year. The grain came up and looked very good, but the grasshoppers and crickets stripped the vegetation bare. They plowed and planted again only to have the second growth again stripped.
    The decision was made for the entire family of George Niles Haskell and Chester to go to California. It included George and wife Sally Runnells(Sarah Elizabeth Reynolds} Haskell, Joseph Meacham & wife, Malinda Haskell, and family, Ellis Eames and first wife, Olive Gibbs and second wife Sarah Haskell and families, Chester Kise Haskell and wife Lydia Catherine Haws with toddler Henry Chester Haskell. They joined a wagon train assembled at Payson to leave for California.
    They had asked President Brigham Young to give them a blessing before embarking on the trek to California. He had came to Payson to give them a blessing. Upon his arrival and finding out the size of the wagon train with the number of people leaving for California, he was so disappointed in his people, that he refused to give them the blessing that his people desired. Pres. Young had told them many times they would prosper here and to not go to California.
    The Haskell's settled  near San Bernardino, California. It had not been an easy trek of near 900 miles through the desert and over the mountains. California was also having it's share of troubles as it had been a drought year and their crops were short with an ever increasing populace.
    The land grant the Mormons had obtained from the Mexican's was not as large as first thought either. They had to borrow money or goods at inflated rates of interest, but were finally able to pay it back. Word reached them in California in the Fall of 1857,  that Brigham Young wanted all of the saints to return to Zion and gave them the particulars of Johnston's Army being sent to Utah  to put the Mormon People under subjection.
    Brigham Young, years before had made the statement if they would leave us alone for ten years, they couldn't remove us. It was, "ten years" and he asked the people "to come to the defence of Zion", We're going to fight! He also asked them to bring all the caps, lead, and powder they could.
    It was at this time many people came back to Utah from Carson City, Oregon, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Idaho & etc. The family of George Niles Haskell was one of the many who returned in preparation for the fight, never flinching; back over the mountains and deserts, 900 miles to Utah. The families had increased, yet Ellis Eames and his first wife and their children refused to return. The second wife, Sarah Haskell and her four children left him behind and returned with the rest of the family.   Her youngest daughter was just three days old when they left California and three months old when they arrive in Payson.  She later would marry Shadrach Richardson of Benjamin around 1860. He was a brother-in-law of Benjamin F. Stewart.
    The wagons were crowded, not only with goods they had not sold, but also with the added children. Ellis' not returning cut down on the number of wagons returning also. The two boys, two and  three years old, were loaded on a team horse in a bed tick, much like a pack saddle, Henry on one side and James on the other and they also walked. Lydia and the young daughter would walk once or twice a day also.
    George Niles Haskell and his wife Sally settled in Payson at about 25 South 100 West in today’s address system.  He later sold the property in 1880 to Joseph Bills.  There were many that had been in the Mormon Battalion that were living in Payson. Chester Kise and his wife Lydia Catherine and three children settled in Pondtown(Salem) about three miles to the East of Payson. Joseph Meacham, his wife Malinda and his children settled in Spanish Fork, about seven miles northeast of Payson, in the Spring of 1858.
    Many people came to Payson from the Salt Lake area and other points in Utah County in the "big move". The homes and businesses were vacated and filled with straw in preparation of burning everything if the soldiers showed an inclination of fighting or looting of the area.
    Colonel Thomas L Caine/Kane helped to avert this ready disaster by his coming from Washington DC and negotiated having the soldiers not leave rank and to march through the city to an out-lying area agreed upon. The Mormon People were so serious as to this outcome that even the temple foundation was filled up and the block looked like a plowed field ready to plant. By Fall, many had again moved back to the Salt Lake area and the promised skirmish was averted. The governorship was changed peacefully with Governor Cummings replacing President Brigham Young.
    Chief Wakara created much strife and uneasiness for the Mormon People and the period of time became known as the Walker Indian War. He became ill and died and was buried in the range of mountains near Scipio and Holden. There is a Walker flat near Holden that he and his band camped at often, also another up Payson Canyon that they camped on, and traveled on over the canyon many times en route to the San Pitch Valley. At the beginning of this war, the Indians burned several saw-mills in the canyon at the outset of the Walker Indian War of the mid 1850's, one being Elijah Haws', a part owner in one.
    Lydia Catherine and Chester Kise Haskell had a daughter, Isodora in 1857.  They had three more girls to increase the size of their family in Pondtown (Salem). The first, named Lydia Catherine, not only looked like her mother but was named for her too. The next girl was very dark of hair and complexion and was named Arvilla Rosetta, and next was a curley-haired red-head and named Sariah Lavina.
    The Indians once again were becoming very troublesome and not to be trusted, when Henry and James were set upon by a group of Indians while herding cows. One very respected Indian rode up to them where the Indians had taken James and Henry from the cows and he in turn took the boys home to Chester and told him, that because of him, the boys weren't scalped, but not to let them out alone again. It was but a short time after this incident that the family moved to the Payson Fort. This was during the Blackhawk Indian War in 1864. The War.   Chief Blackhawk signed a peace agreement and came to Spring Lake, became ill and died. He was buried up one of the gulches to the East of Spring Lake.
    Lydia and Chester had a baby girl in 1866 at the fort and they named her Lois Ann., but she died one year, 2 months and 3 days later. She is buried in the Payson City Cemetery beside her father.
    Chester, Lydia, and family moved West of Payson to Spring Creek to a farm there. During the time they were at this farm, four more girls were born to them; Matilda Alvira, an auburn haired brown-eyed baby; next came a petite blond named Mary Elizabeth; followed by another with striking blond(had a gold cast) and sort of brown eyes with gold flecks in them named Mable Maria; and the last was also of dark hair but a lighter complexion than Arvilla, which was named Fidelia.  The Haskell’s had a total of eleven children.  Only one of the children died as an infant.  The other ten reached maturity, married and had families of their own.
    The family now moved to Benjamin on a farm. While here Chester had a habit that Lydia much anxiety and complaint, finally ending in divorce. Chester moved around quite a bit and got a ulcer or cancer in his stomach which caused him a great deal of pain, especially when he ate something. He spent his last few years with his son, Henry Chester Haskell in Haskellville on the farm he had there. He died October 19, 1899.
    Their son, James, was  married in June of 1877 to the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Stewart and Elizabeth Jane Davis Stewart of Benjamin, "Rachel Madia", and they moved to Payson. Rachel had three boys; James Edward in 1879 and Henry C. in 1880, also William Stewart Haskell in 1882. This was a bad flu year for mothers and children and the mother died in December of 1882. The young baby had progressed nearly 5 months before he also died.  He was under the care of his Grandmother Lydia Catherine Haws Haskell. James no longer had a job on the railroad and left the young boys in the care of his mother and left, searching for work.
    Lydia Catherine Haws Haskell was living in Benjamin with the her youngest girls. James had gone to Idaho to work in the timber and then to Newton where Uncle Hyrum Curtis lived.  James bought a small piece of property in Newton and built his home. Hyrum Curtis' wife was a sister to Lydia Catherine, named Mary Eliza. She had died in 1875 and was buried in the Newton Cemetery.
    James was coming to Payson to visit his young boys, his mother and other family members. He invited Uncle Hyrum to come with him.   Hyrum had family in Payson too. There was his father, Nahum Curtis and brothers and their families. Hyrum came and visited and talked Lydia Catherine Haskell into marrying him.
    Lydia went to Newton with her young girls that had not married yet and visited several relatives that were there and married Hyrum. Hyrum had several  and young boys.   Lydia and her girls and James two young boys, it was a houseful of people and many mouths to feed.
    James married Uncle Hyrum’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth Rosabell Curtis and moved to his place with his two young boys from his previous marriage, which removed three mouths from under Hyrum's roof. There was still bickering and finally Lydia moved from Hyrum's place and left him, returning to a little brick home that was the former home of her daughter, Lydia Catherine
    The two youngest girls, Mary Elizabeth and Fidelia,  married two boys from Newton. They were John Franklin Jenkins and Amos Edward Clarke, respectively. Mary Elizabeth married John Franklin Jenkins in the spring of 1890. They lived in Newton for several years and had two children, but the first child died and is buried in Newton Cemetery. About 1895 they moved to Freedom, Wyoming and John became a rancher. Later he was the President of the Cattlemans Assoc. there. Mary Elizabeth and John had three more children here. Mary was having trouble with Sugar Diabetes. She and the baby girl died in October of 1907 of child birth. Mary was thirty nine years old and left three children; Leslie, Claudia, and Denzil. John remarried to Annis Jessop in 1911. They had nine more children and raised their families together as one.
    Fidelia married Amos Edward Clarke at sixteen years of age and also lived at Newton. Amos Clarke's father was also named Amos Clarke.  They had nine children, one dying as an infant. Amos died at the young age of forty two. Fidelia moved to Salt Lake City to work and make her living. When she died in 1910. She was buried in Newton.
    Lydia Catherine Haskell lived in Benjamin at the little brick home the rest of her life. She enjoyed the grand children, telling them many stories, giving them goodies, even protecting them in the discipline that was administered. She died suddenly in her rocking chair 3 February 1912 and was buried in the Payson City Cemetery in her son's plot, Henry Chester Haskell, beside the little boy Arthur that was killed by a train car.
    A grand-daughter, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Haskell Petersen was having a recurring dream of her grandmother and grandfather.  The grandfather Chester Rise Haskell had been separated from the grandmother in the forepart of the 1880's and he died in 1899, 67 years old.  The grandmother, Lydia Catherine Haws had re-married to Hyrum Curtis about the time of the dedication and opening of the Logan Temple. She had not been married for "Time and all Eternity" and desired to be. Hyrum took her to the Temple and Lydia was the Proxy for her sister, Mary Eliza, and then she too was married to Hyrum Curtis.
    The dream was of Chester on one side of a great river in a black suit and a downcast look and trying to get across the great river. She asked her genealogy instructor for a meaning.  She then her bishop, who referred her to the Stake Presidency. Lizzy wrote her Aunt May Haskell Elmer and told her about it.
    Lizzy's father, James E. Haskell was very upset with the situation, but Lizzy wrote the General Authorities of the church. Yes, Lydia had loved Chester, leaving Hyrum after several short years of marriage because there was peace in her former home and not in the Curtis home. All of her children were Chester's. The General Authorities wrote a return letter of what they must do to have her grand mother married to Chester in the Temple.
    James was really upset now, for you don't trifle with Godly things, but Lizzy wrote her Aunt May again and arrangements were made and they met in Salt Lake City in 1922 and the marriage in the Logan Temple to Hyrum Curtis was revoked by President Heber J. Grant. Then her Grandmother and Grandfather were married in the Salt Lake Temple, with the family members acting as proxies thus completing these arrangements.
    Lizzy had another dream after this. It only occurred one time and follows: The scene of the river was duplicated, but with some deviation. Chester now was there in a white suit. Hyrum escorted Lydia, also dressed in white to Chester and put her hand in Chester's and presently Chester and Lydia left together and Hyrum returned to the group he had come from, also in white.

RESEARCH & INFORMATION COMPILED BY IVAN Y HASKELL, a descendant of Chester Kise and Lydia Catherine Haws Haskell.