Sunday, May 24, 2020


Abraham Done

    Abraham Done was born March 3, 1853 in Hartshead, Lancashire, England.  He was the oldest son of John and Sarah Barker Done.  He had three younger sisters and four younger brothers.  His younger sister was also born in England and the remainder of his sibling wee all born after the family arrived in Utah.
    When Abraham was born, his parents had already accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They had joined this church December 6, 1852, three months before he was born.  When they accepted the Gospel,  they were advised to go to "Zion" as soon as possible so they began their plans and preparations.  Before the final plans could be carried out, Elizabeth Anne was born 27 June 1854.
    With the monies they had been able to save, and the balance borrowed from the Perpetual Emigration Fund of their new found church.  The borrowed money was to be paid back as soon as possible after they arrived in Utah, United States of America. They set sail from Liverpool the 22nd of April 1855 on the vessel Samuel Curling.  They arrived at New York City the 27th of May 1855.  They had been on the ocean for five weeks on their sailing vessel.  Abraham also brought his mother, Anne Hancock, with him. 
    The trip from New York to Utah was made by train, river steamer, and on foot.  They traveled with the company of Milo Andrus.  From Kansas to Utah they walked as they traveled by ox-teams.   Sarah Barker Done walked all of the way from Kansas and most of the time she carried her fourteen-month-old baby.  It was a hard trip for all of them.  John drove the oxen that pulled the wagon they were assigned to.  He had never seen oxen before so could have had no experience handling them.  He soon learned. 
    When they reached the valley of the Great Salt Lake they decided to settle at Little Cottonwood, which was about ten miles south of Salt Lake City.  John had been a factory worker in his native England but there were no factories where he could seek employment, so he purchased a small farm.  Farming was also a new experience to him but he had to provide for his family and his Mother.
    George Henry was born to the family 29th June 1857, while they were living in Little Cottonwood.  When Johnston's Army came into the Salt Lake Valley, Sarah took the children and went south to Springville, where she remained until John could build a new house for them.  While living in Springville Mary Jane was born 5 July 1859.
    Hard times were experienced while they were living in Springville.  John could not get all of the land that he needed to farm so that he could build the new house and the family decided to move farther south to Sanpete County, to the town of Moroni.  For their first home here they used a dugout in the side of a hill where they later built a room adjoining, which was made of adobe and had dirt floors. 
    The hardy parents soon became accustomed to the new way of life.  The Father became a better farmer and the Mother learned to card wool, spin it and make their clothes from the wool.  She was a good cook and a fine homemaker.  She made a happy home even though they were poor in the worldly goods. 
    They slept, cooked and entertained in the one adobe room and it was here that their remaining children were born.  John Jr. was born 11 August 1861;  Sarah Ellen was born 9 September 1863 (she died of scarlet fever when she was eighteen months old); the twins Wilford and Willard were born 10 December 1865 (Wilford died when he was one year and nine months old).  This additional sorrow was just about more than their mother could bear. 
    Abraham, called Abe, was baptized in Moroni and was a great help to the family.  He learned to shoulder many responsibilities.  Though life was hard for these hardy pioneers from a foreign land, and they often went without sufficient to eat, the home was rich in good music.  John was an accomplished violinist and Sarah had a beautiful voice.  Their music brought many happy hours to their home and the entire community.
    When Abraham was nine years of age, with his violin, he joined with his Father in playing for programs and for the dances in their village.  The grasshoppers were still a problem to the farmers.  At times the grasshoppers filled the air like a cloud.  They were killed by the bushels.  That first winter in Moroni was so cold that fruit and corn would not produce, Wheat, potatoes, and many other vegetables could be raised so at times, even though they had no bread, they had plenty of vegetables and greens. 
    Their mother sorrowed after losing the two babies and her health was affected.  Even the water at Moroni did not agree with her and Abraham and the family became ill.  The decision was made to move again and they selected the town of Payson, in Utah County. 
    Before leaving Moroni they had sold their home, but received very little money in payments so they had only an ox team and this small amount of money.  Again it was a hard start.  They bought a lot in Payson that had a large, one-room log cabin on it.  They were crowded in this one room but their health was better.  They also purchased ten acres nearby and they planted it into alfalfa. 
    By the time Abraham reached the age of sixteen years he was a real help to the family.  They made the adobes for the two rooms they added to their home.  Everyone in the family worked at whatever they were capable.  The girls received $.50 a week for working in homes and the boys worked with their Father in the fields. 
    John next bought a large tract of land west of Payson where he raised alfalfa seed.  He was one of the first in the area to raise this type of seed, and he and his boys were very successful in this venture. 
    Abraham also became very proficient as a carpenter.  The family also bought a sawmill in Payson Canyon where they cut the trees and made lumber which they could successfully sell.  The second or third organ brought to Payson was purchased by John Done, for the benefit of his children and their love for music.
    Elizabeth Annie (Lizzie) learned to read with help from her Mother.  She also learned some "numbers" but her formal schooling did not come until she was fourteen years of age and went in the "Third Reader." She attended school only four winters. 
    Lizzie, being the oldest child, had to assume   as much responsibility as possible.  She helped with the housework and also with some of the work outside, such as drying apples or crushing them for cider, which was mostly made into vinegar, to be sold.  She also helped when they were extracting the honey from the beehives.  She learned to sew by hand before the family “cutting bees at fruit drying time and "corn shelling bees in the winter.  There was always much laughter and singing at these parties.  When their tasks were finished, there would usually be honey or molasses candy and apples for all.  Also, cookies which were made from sour cream and honey.
    A friend, Antha Fillmore, lived next door to the Robinson home and was a very close friend to Elizabeth Robinson.  One evening, when Antha's boyfriend called on her, Abraham Done, came with him and he introduced him to Elizabeth.  The two couples began to double date and soon a double wedding was planned.  The date was set much sooner than the parents could complete the preparations, but the "double marriage" took place any way.  They were married on  June 22, 1875.
    The new Mrs. Done stayed with her parents for a week after the wedding while preparations were being made for the new couple to live with Abraham's parents for a while.  Abraham continued to work with his Father and brothers on the farm and at the saw mill.  The families prospered and were able to accumulate quite a lot of property. 
    Abraham managed the first Electric Light Plant that served the people of Payson.  The family had purchased some stock in the company. 
    Abraham went on a mission to the  Southern, Šri Lanka in 1888 and while there he contracted the Malaria fever.  The disease really took its toll and kept reoccurring so he was released from the mission to return home.  He was not able to complete one year of the mission and his hair turned prematurely grey during this sickness. 

Done Home still stands at 289 South 300 East in Payson

   Abe was very active in civic affairs, as well as church. He was city councilman and a member of the Payson school board, also Sunday School Superintendent.  The Done School across the street from his home on 300 East and 300 South was named in his honor.  He was exceptionally good in spelling and mathematics and played in the Payson orchestra, being a violinist.
    Soon after his returning home, the family moved into a new, large, two-story house.  This home was considered one of the best in Payson.  The lot, about half of a block, contained a lumber yard, corral, barn, shade and fruit trees and a large lawn.  The last three children of the family were born in this home.
    Plural marriage was the subject of much controversy at this time. Abe and Lizzie were anxious, to live this divine principle, so they decided to sell their property and. go to Mexico where they could live in peace. A number of people were there including Robinson and Done relatives. So all the family, except the oldest son who was on his mission in Germany, moved to Mexico. They boarded the train in Payson for El Paso, Texas and then on to Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico. Enough other people went to make up two passenger cars, including a young widow, Louisa Haag Abegg, with her four children. Abe and Louisa were later married according to the law of plural marriage and had five children: Richard Haag, William F., Marba, Otto and Beth. A mixed train was chartered with the two passenger cars, some freight cars for the furniture and other belongings, and cattle cars for the cattle and horses.
    When they reached El Paso, Texas, Lizzie's brother, Bishop John Robinson of the Dublan Ward was there to meet them. He rode back to Colonia Dublan with them, and Abe stayed to see about getting the furniture, cattle and horses across the international border. They stayed with John for a few days, then purchased a three-room adobe house, adding a kitchen and another bedroom. This was about in the middle of town, east of the railroad tracks.
    Abe and Lizzie were always fond of company, parties, picnics and family gatherings. He liked to read, but abhorred dirty jokes, or trashy reading. He was patient, long-suffering and managed his children with justice. Lizzie was also patient. She loved to sing at home or in the choir. When correcting her children and grandchildren she would sing a song appropriate to the occasion.
    Abe used the talent he gained in violin playing any time when asked for the benefit of family or church. He organized a family orchestra in Dublan, and then organized the town orchestra. He played the violin. His son Joe played the trumpet or cornet. The girls, Edith, May, Eva and Ethel helped with the organ at various times.
    He secured farming land, and also worked as a carpenter doing many jobs to sustain his family. They had taken a stand of bees to Mexico with them, which Lizzie took care of, so they always had honey and honeycomb. She liked to tend them and though they stung her, it did not seem to hurt.
    His family used their talents enriching their lives and benefiting others. Edith gave private music lessons and taught school. She married Louis Paul Cardon. They had twelve children-Louie, Edith, Mary, Florence, Paul Done, and Ellen (twins), Eva, Ethel, Lucy, Thomas Done, Emanuel Done and Lawrence Done—seven of whom survived to adulthood.  Abe's baby, Abram Wilford died of diphtheria, while quite young.
    Arthur Done returned from his German mission and came to Colonia Juarez where he taught school in the Juarez Stake Academy, the church high school. He was very efficient on the violin, and taught music. He married Fannie Clayson, and their union was blessed with these children: Fannie Mae, Arthur Joseph, Jesse Clayson, Jedde Edward, Ethlyn Annie and Dorothy.
    Abe and Ellen Precinda Moffett (Nellie) were married according to the law of plural marriage at that time in the colonies. Their family consisted of: Reed, Olive, Leo, Bernard, Leela, Ammon, Pearl, Horace, and Owen Emmett Done. He built homes and took good care of his loved ones.
    Abe's families lived in Mexico until the Exodus of July 28, 1912. The colonists were asked to leave by the Church Authorities because of the Revolution in Mexico. Each family was allowed a small amount of clothing and bedding, the rest they had to leave. People sadly gathered to await the train. Some were loaded into freight cars, including Abe and Lizzie. She had a can of sugared honey and gave the children hunks of it to keep them quiet while waiting.
    The destination was El Paso, Texas. And, at the time of the Exodus, the government seemingly forgot about them as Mormons, and simply thought of them as American citizens in trouble. A large lumberyard was arranged to make it as comfortable as possible, and those who had no friends or relatives in El Paso were allowed to stay there until places could be arranged. All the refugees were encouraged by the Church Authorities to go to a town or place where they had relatives, or someone to help them get located, and find work. Abe moved to Binghampton, near and now part of Tucson, Arizona, where a colony of refugees was locating.
    During the winter of 1914-1915, Lizzie went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she took a course in obstetrics and nursing that the General Board of the Relief Society was giving. She helped deliver hundreds of babies in the years that followed, mostly in the Binghampton area. Most of the time she was doctor, nurse, and part—time housekeeper.
    To celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1925, Arwell and Mary B. Done Pierce took her parents on an extended vacation to visit all their children, then on a tour through Yellowstone Park, through Montana, Washington, Canada, down the California coast, and back to El Paso, taking three and a half months.
    Abe, Lizzie and Nellie and families moved to Mesa. Louisa stayed in Binghampton.
To celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary, in June, 1935 a reunion was held in Mesa, Arizona. Most of the family, many relatives, and also close friends attended this. They spent a good deal of their last years doing temple work in the Arizona and Salt Lake temples.
Their daughter Eva, and husband, Harry L. Payne, were President and Matron of the Arizona Temple for several years as also were their daughter May (Mary Brentnell) and her husband Arwell L. Pierce.

    They were living in Salt Lake City when Abraham suffered a stroke and died June 13, 1937. Lizzie then stayed with her children and daughters—in-law, going to those she felt needed her first in the Utah area, then to El Paso, then to Mesa. She suffered a stroke on Mother's Day, May 8, 1938. May took her back to El Paso where she cared for her until she died August 5, 1938.
    Funeral services were held in El Paso, Texas then she was buried by the side of her beloved husband in Provo, Utah Cemetery.

Friday, May 22, 2020



    Fanny was born on October 5, 1813 in Thorpe Malson, Northampton, England.  She was the daughter of Thomas Esson and Frances Stanyon.  She married Thomas Clayson on November 2, 1835.
    The two eldest children, when they were about 12 and 14. Went to Wellingborough to learn the shoe making trade.  One of the workers in the shop was John Sheffield.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The two children became interested in the American religions teachings and doctrines.  They became members, contrary to the wishes of their parents. 
    Later, Fanny and her husband were converted and baptized.  They worked hard to support the family and to see that each had the opportunity to emigrate to Utah.  The different family members left in 1860, then 1863, 1864 and 1866,
    Fanny, Thomas, and their youngest son, John, left England in 1868.  They sailed on the ship, “John Bright” and landed weeks later in New York.  They then traveled by rail to the end of the Union Pacific line that ended in either Laramie of Benton, Wyoming at that time.  They finished their journey to Utah by wagon train.
    Their son, Nathan and his wife, went by team from Payson to Weber Canyon to meet them.  The family settled in Payson where many of their family had located.
    Fanny was a good wife and mother to her family.  She encouraged her children to develop their talents and be good citizens.
    The Clayson’s son, William became a well-known musician and composer,  He was very talented at composing music.  He collaborated with several other local men and the L. D. S. Hymn book has 26 hymns in it that were composed and written by them.  The Payson group has more hymns in this book than other group in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Fanny truly left a “legacy of faith” for all her descendants.  Fanny passed away on November 10, 1885 and Thomas passed away on April 4. 1889.  They are buried next to each other in the Payson City Cemetery.
They were converted and baptized.  Eventually the entire family of eight emigrated to American and joined and 1868 wagon train and arrived in Utah.



    Martha was born June 4, 1826 in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of William J. Bennett and Elizabeth Bell Bennett.  She was the eighth of eleven children.  Both of her grandfathers were Revolutionary War veterans.
    When she was three years old,, her family homesteaded in Shelbyville. Illionos.  While there, the heard the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The family gathered with the Saints in Lee County, Iowa.  They endured the persecation of the Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois.  Her father passed away on October 30, 1846.
    The remaining family members c9ntnued to make their way to Kanesville and then began their trek across the Plains.  They traveled with the Erastus Snow Company and arrived in Salt Lake on October 7, 1851.
    Martha married William Calkins on may 31, 1852 when she was twenty-six years old and William was twenty-nine.  The new family made their new home in Payson, Utah. 
    Her first child, Eliza Ann was born January 28, 1854.  Her second child, Martha Emiline died prior to her second birthday.  Her third child, William Jr. Was born August 10, 1861.  When her fourth baby, Alfred Arden was born December 23, 1867 complications set in and both the mother and baby died just one day apart.  Martha died on December 25, 1867 and Alfred Arden died on December 26.  Both of them were buried in the Payson Cemetery.
    William remained a widower for seven years and then he married Elizabeth Pareby Vest, a divorced mother of nine children.  This gave the combined family a total of twelve children.  William passed away on June 4, and 1891 was laid to rest next to his first wife in the Payson Cemetery.

Friday, May 15, 2020



    Thomas Daniels was born was  born on September 29, 1829, in Manchester, Lancaster, England. He was the 6th child in a family of nine children of James Eprhaim and Elizabeth Salthouse Daniels. He spent his childhood in Manchester, Lancaster,  England. His father was the Methodist parish minister. Thomas was therefore raised in a  religious environment, and as was expected of a minister's son, he lived as he was taught and set an example of righteous living and correct behavior at all times. Kindness, cheerfulness and charity were developed in his personality very early in life.
    The family home of James Ephraim Daniels and Alice Salthouse Daniels was located at No. 109 Shoedell Place, Manchester, Lane, England.  Here the family was raised and the house
was still standing in July, 1887, when he visited it. So says Thomas E. Daniels diary.
    Thomas was nine years old when his father died. His family  had been introduced to Mormonism shortly before this time and after his death the whole family joined the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) and planned to immigrate to the United States. He left England with his mother and six brothers and sisters in 1842 on the ship Medford. They arrived in New Orleans in the late fall, traveled up the Mississippi to St. Louis, where the family stayed during the winter.
    Thomas, still a young lad, worked on the freight boats up and down the Mississippi River. His middle name, English, was given him at that time to distinguish him from another Thomas Daniels who also worked on the same boat.  He kept that added name and used it in all his signatures for the rest of his life.
    He was living with his family in Quincy, Illinois in 1844. The family had  moved to Nauvoo to work on the temple there shortly before the saints were driven out and was with the saints at that expulsion. He stayed with the group in Quincy, and then moved on to Pisguah, Iowa.
    He arrived in Utah in September, 1850 with the Milo Andrus Company and moved to Payson, Utah  Territory on November 23, 1850.  He married Jane Ann Sheffiled onNov. 25, 1855, in Payson. The became the parents of ten children as follows:

Thomas  Edward Daniels born 21 Sept. 1856—Married Annie Hickman.

Louisa Jane Daniels born 7 Oct. J858—Married Mormon Vernon Selman.

James Anson Daniels, born 21 March 1861—Married Louie Lenora Price.

Orson Aretious Daniels, born 31 May, 1865—Married Susan Crandall.

John Joseph Daniels, born 1 July 1867—Married  Lydia Tanner and Ada Derett. Medora Daniels, born 22 March 1869-Married William T. Cravens

Lucia Daniels, born 16 October 1871—Married William Henry Page.

Mary Elizabeth Daniels, born 17 October 1873-Died March 25, 1877.

Robert Alma Daniels, born 30 July, 1876-Died Aug. 17, 1877.

Alice Maria Daniels, born 21 December 1862—Died May 2, 1880.

    He and his family built the "Old Homestead"  three blocks north of the Center of Payson City Survey. This would be the northwest corner of today’s 300 North and Main Street.  He built
a two story adobe house here soon after his marriage.  There was a fire many years later and the second story was removed and it is not a one story home.
    Some said the home was too large, but George A. Smith came by and said, "lt i s not too large as he will fill it . " They lived here for more than fifty years, not moving once. Ten children were born to them and also many grandchildren were born in this house. It was modernized before they died.
    Through Payson ran the clear little stream known to the settlers as Peteeteetnet Creek (Indian Name). To the east are the lofty mountains of the Wasatch range with rolling hills to the west and the sparkling fresh water of Utah Lake to the North.
    Thomas E. Daniels took a very active part in the settlement of Payson and served in nearly every capacity of the settlement. He was Ward Chorister for nearly forty years, and acted as adult Sunday School class teacher. One upstairs room in his home was designated as Prayer circle room. He collected provisions to pay the school teachers and he was the sexton, waterrnaster, and town councilman.
    He was called time and time again to go in to the sick and afflicted with faith in administration along with Brother Charles Brewerton and Brother David Lant, in rain or shine,
in the middle of the night and many times where there were contagious diseases. His wife was afraid sometimes that he might bring home these diseases, but he felt that the Lord would take care of him if he did his part and he never once brought sickness to his family.  He had many dreams and visions and knew of the outcome of many things before they happened saying "Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants and the prophets."
    His farm was one and one-half miles north of the settlement. In the winter time he made brooms from the broom corn that was raised on his farm. When there were several dozens made he took a trip in the wagon to Provo, Salt Lake or one of the neighboring towns to sell them at 35 cents each and paid for his assessment on the Provo Tabernacle when it was being built.
    For some years he was in the bee and honey business.  He was assisted in all these undertakings by his faithful wife, Jane. When his family was small he spent 18 months in the Eastern and Southern states mission and she did the farming assisted by the two eldest boys, Thomas, Jr. and  James, took care of some sheep, sheared, carded, and wove this wool into clothing for her six children.
    One child, Lucia, was born while he was away on the mission. He felt that the gospel of Jesus Christ should be spread to the "honest in heart." .  Thomas English Daniels had been  ordained High Priest in the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on May 7, 1893, in Provo, Utah, by his brother, James.
    Thomas and Jane Daniels celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in November,
1905.  Before  a year had passed they both were called by death.  Jane was first one of the couple to pass away.   Thomas  related how one night shortly before her death a vision came to their
bed first on his side and then around to the other side where she was sleeping and said, "I want her first, you may wait a short time." Before a week had gone by, Jane had passed on October 11 to the great beyond. Pneumonia took her quickly. In another week, on November 6, 1906, election day, Thomas English Daniels answered the death summon also, not in sorrow but the joy that comes to the faithful. He was seventy-eight years old.

Monday, May 4, 2020



    Margaret Powell was born  March 12, 1848 in Llanover, Wales.  She was the second daughter of John Powell and Elizabeth Harris Powell.  She was stricken with cholera when she was five years old and given up to die.  However, her father gave her a blessing and promised her that she would grow and become a useful woman in Zion.
    Soon after Margaret turned eight years old, along with her family set sail for America.  They sailed from Liverpool and it took them six weeks to reach Boston.   They then traveled by train and boat to Iowa City.  They then crossed the plains with a handcart with the Ellsworth Handcart Company. 
      When Brigham Young sent wagons to meet these weary travelers and help them into the valley.  Margaret refused to ride.  She said, “I have walked this far and I want to walk all the way.  They arrived in Salt Lake City on September 26, 1856.
    They soon settled into a small log cabin with no furniture.  As soon as they settled, her father, John Powell, began to work on the temple.  He only worked one day when he became ill and died three days later on October 9, 1856.  He left his widow with six small children.  To help out, Margaret went out among the neighbors, tending babies, washing dishes, cleaning, spinning, washing, ironing or whatever she could do to help her family.
    Margaret wanted to go to school but she was unable to, but she couldn’t.  However, she taught herself to read and write which was quite an accomplishment.  The family moved to Payson in 1857 and lived in a dugout until they were able to get a home built.
    She married James Betts on April 3, 1867 in Payson.  Even though times were very difficult, they were very happy.  She helped her husband build the adobe home where she raised her family.  Her oldest son, James Peter, died as an infant but she raised her other five children in the home.  She mentioned how dear her home was to her since she had helped to build it.
    After eleven years, her husband and her brother, David, were killed in a snow slide in Payson Canyon.  The oldest of her remaining children was just ten years old and the youngest was only three weeks old.  Struggling to raise her children as a single parent, she developed as aptitude for nursing and helped many families in Payson, Tintic and other places.  She always tried to help those in need and make their life more pleasant.  Many times she refused to take pay for her services.
    Margaret passed away on February 23, 1925 and was laid to rest in the Payson Cemetery near her husband and her infant son, James Peter.  She had been a widow for almost forty-seven years.