28 December 2008

Ane Pedersdatter

18 Mar 1824 was the birthday of Ane Pedersdatter. These two pictures are thought to be her.
The one on the left is labeled as Anna Jorgensen. Her father's name was Peder Jorgensen so she is sometimes called Ane Pedersdatter after the Scandinavian patranymic custom and sometimes called Anna Jorgensen after the English style of surnames.

This history is taken from "The Descendants of Ane Pedersen Andersen Lovell" compiled by Glenn and Maurine Widdison, pages 8-12). Author is unknown.

Ane was a blue eyed, blonde haired Danish girl, born Sonderup, (Aarslev) Soro County Denmark, 18 March 1824. She lived a happy normal life, in her parents home, with her 3 sisters, Anna Marie Maren, and Sidse Kirstine and 2 brothers, Hans and Jens, until she was past ten years of age. Death came and claimed her father, Peder Jorgensen, on 13 November 1834 when 40 years of age. (The reason of her father's name being Jorgensen is the patronymics which was used in Denmark at that period of time, it is a patrilineal surname formed by the addition of a prefix or suffix indicating relationship to the name of one's father.)

In less than eight months, on 5 July 1835, Ane's mother, Kirsten Hansen died, leaving the family of six children as orphans. The oldest daughter was 15 years and the youngest was 5 years old.

The little 11 year old Ane was placed in the home of one of her uncles. He was a stern hard working man. He raised a great number of pigs which he slaughtered and shipped to market. Ane was required to work long hard hours along with the rest of the family.

One night after a tiring day of butchering, she was given the job of holding a light while the pork was packed and loaded. It was tiresome and very cold as the night wind blew in from across the wintry north sea. Her body was not too well protected with clothing, so that when the loading was finally finished, at a very late hour, Ane was chilled through and through. She developed a very bad cold and was very ill for quite a length of time. During this illness she lost her hearing to a great extent. She remained partially deaf for the rest of her life.

Ane married Jens Andersen on 1 December 1846 at Taarnborg, (Svenstrup) Soro County, Denmark and their first son, Anders Peter, was born there 10 December 1847. A second son, Christian, was born at Vemmelev, Soro County, 19 February 1853. This family was converted by the L. D. S. Missionaries and joined the Church in Denmark. They left Copenhagen to join the Saints in Utah on 22 December 1853. Their baby being 10 months old. They were days getting to Liverpool. They left England 31 December 1853, on the sailing ship, "Jesse Munn".

Christian Larsen of Logan, Utah was the leader of the Company of Emigrants from Copenhagen to Kansas City. Just a day or so before they were to land in America, a strong contrary wind came up and carried them back upon their course for several days. This delay in their voyage left them with very little food for the last of their trip. They had been eight weeks upon the ocean.

How happy and relieved they were when they sailed into the mouth of the Mississippi River on 16 February 1854, and were transferred to a river boat, where there was fresh food and plenty to satisfy their hunger. The river boat was called "St. Louis". They arrived at the city of St. Louis, Missouri on 11 March 1854. A rest of a month was made there then they sailed up the river to Kansas City, Missouri. From there they crossed the plains in Hans Peter Olsen's company, who traveled in wagons sent from Salt Lake City for the emigrants who were without traveling facilities of their own. They arrived in Salt Lake City about the 4th of October 1854.

When President Brigham Young found out that Ane's husband was an expert wheelwright and that he had bought with him a good set of tools, he asked him to go to Fillmore and make his home as they were greatly in need of a person of that trade down there. So they went to Fillmore with the first company that could take them along. Upon arriving in Fillmore, they were permitted to live in one of the small rooms in the Old Fort. The trip had been a long year of weariness, full of hardships and anxieties. Jens was not well when he reached Fillmore, but felt sure he would be all right now that their journey was at an end. But he continued to grow weaker.

3 October 1855, Ane gave birth to her third son, Joseph Smith. When the baby was only 18 days old on 21 October 1855, his father passed away, leaving the mother and her three small sons unable to speak or understand a word of English. The two older boys had no shoes to wear that winter. Bishop Noah Bartholomew asked one of Ane's close neighbors, John Lovell, to watch out for this Danish sister and her family and see that they were taken care of. While taking care of Ane and her children. John's sympathy developed into a sincere admiration for her, so on the 4th day of April 1857, with the permission of President Brigham Young, he and Ane were married for Time in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. (John Lovell stood in proxy for Jens Andersen and had Ane sealed to Jens Andersen. John Lovell is sealed to his first wife Ann Parsons and his second wife Elizabeth Smith.)

John and Ane's first child was a daughter Castina (Dean), born 6 March 1858 in Fillmore, she married Anthony Christensen. Their second child was also a girl, Ann Elizabeth, born 13 December 1859 at Fillmore. She married Frederick Rich Lyman and was the midwife at Oak City for many years. In March of 1860 on the advice of President Young, John Lovell along with Jacob Croft, Thomas, Lee R., and Wise Cropper and a number of other Fillmore men went to Deseret and placed the first dam in the river and commenced to establish the community of Old Deseret. John Powell, in his journal, writes that Ane Lovell was the first white woman to make her home in the Deseret country. Their home was an adobe two room house with a large fire place in each room. They gave the Indians flour and other food to get them to help clear the land of greasewood. In Deseret on 19 December 1861, their son, Brigham Anderson Lovell was born. He was the first white child to be born in that community.

A second son was born to Ane and John on 14 December 1863. They gave him his father's and grandfather's name, "John Edmund Lovell". Ane was unable to nurse her baby and they didn't have a cow, but they did have sheep. The baby was supplied with milk from one of their ewes and survived and did well. Four years later on 9 January 1867, a baby girl was added to the family. Her name was Sylvia Ann and she later married Walter Clisbee Lyman. Ane's life in old Deseret was a severe struggle (as everyone's was) because of scarcity of food, good water and clothing, constant fear of Indians, extremes in the weather, and the impossibility of harnessing the river. John's son George Lovell and Ane's sons, Anders Peter and Joseph Smith had helped to build the mud fort to protect the community from the Indians.

They tried hard to establish themselves for eight years, but not being successful, in the early fall of 1868, John and Ane moved the movable parts of their home to Oak Creek, 22 miles east of Deseret. They had a span of mules named John and Tom and a large California style wagon. They hauled a nice fat pig along with their other things in the wagon. The journey took them from daylight until dark. They way was hot and dusty, more than the porker could stand. It died during the first night, leaving the family without lard and meat supply for the winter.

John built a duplicate of his Deseret home in Oak Creek. There were only four other houses built at that time in the new settlement. Their two room adobe house stood on the corner, south across the street from the dance hall until it was torn down in May 1946.

All the while Ane's husband had lived in Deseret he had tried hard to get fruit trees and berry bushes to grow, but was unsuccessful. He started planting on his new property and it wasn't long before he had apples, peaches, and plums for his family to use. Ane dried the fruit for the winter's use and also a surplus to exchange for flour and clothing. They were soon able to raise sugar cane and make molasses, which was a wonderful thing for them to have. There was no such luxury in those days. Ane soon learned to make molasses sweet cake which delighted her family greatly. However, it was difficult to bake it in the coals in the fire place without burning most of it. Ane's good neighbor, Louisa Walker, who lived across the street, had a cook stove and she invited Ane to bake her molasses cakes in her oven.

About seven years after Ane moved to Oak Creek and she was around Fifty one, her husband took several sacks of corn, he had raised, to Fillmore and traded them for a charter cook stove and an eight day clock. Never was a woman more pleased over anything in her life. It was the only stove she ever had. It didn't have a heating oven, but it always baked well. John raised broom corn and made brooms, a trade he had learned in England. Anders Peter, Ane's oldest son, made wooden wash boards for Ane with a grooved plane his father had brought from Denmark. The only light they had at night besides the fire light was a "zilch", or cup of grease with a cotton rag in it. Later Ane secured a candle mold which she made candles with, when beef and mutton tallow was available, The mold held 4 candles and was the only one in the community for a number of years. Her sons, Brigham and John, sometimes took candles to the dances to pay for their tickets. Her children gleaned in the grain fields each fall. Castina, the oldest daughter, was very quick and always had about as much as the rest put together. She was also very efficient at spinning yarn. She could spin as much as 4 skeins of yarn in one day. When a carding mill was established in Manti, they sent their wool over there to be carded into rolls. Ane sent butter along with the wool to grease it so that it would handle easier and wear longer.

She hired her daughter-in-law, Annie Christensen Anderson, to weave it into cloth which she made into clothing for her family. Sister Peasa also wove cloth for her. These women wove two kinds of cloth, one for men's clothing for her husband and sons. There were four colors of cloth in those days, blue, made from blue vitriol; chamber blue, a dye obtained from wine; black, from logwood; red, from madder roots and yellow, from peach leaves. Ane did all the knitting for her family and her fingers were always busy making stockings and mittens.

John Lovell was appointed Presiding Elder when the Oak Creek Branch was organized. When the ward was organized he was chosen as first counselor to Bishop Platte D. Lyman. In 1874 on May third, the Oak City Relief Society was organized and Ane was chosen as first counselor to President Caroline Ely Partridge Lyman, an office she held for many years.

In the early days of Oak City, the people of the town established a Co-Op store with Ane's son, Anders Peter Anderson as manager. He had to run his farm also, so his mother became the principal clerk. She did not stay in the store but went in when she was called. Her home was across the street diagonally from the store and there was a well worn trail made by her feet, the barefooted youngsters, and their mothers. They came with their buckets of eggs to sell and their empty coal-oil cans to be filled. Ane kept the accounts in Danish, then each week Peter would put them in English. She clerked in the store for about 12 or 15 years.

Ane's three older sons all married Annies, so she always referred to them as Annie L., Annie C., and Annie N. Her two younger sons married Harriets, and they were always called Harriet Brig and Harriet John.

Ane's husband, John Lovell, passed away on 13 January 1881, in her home in Oak City. This left her living alone now that her children were all married. Mettie Christensen (Talbot) a grand-daughter lived with her for a few years. Ane always kept a cow, chickens and a pig and took care of them until she was too feeble to do so. She lived in her own home until she was 86 years old, then she went to live with her son, John Edmund in his new home. She lived there for 10 years. When Ane was 96 years 4 months, and 10 days old she died. The day she died was 28 July 1920, she was buried in the Oak City Cemetery.

A little blue eyed girl who had many obstacles in growing up, who traveled across a continent and lived a full life with varied experiences. She was always devoted to her family and her church. She always wore a little knot hood during the day and a white cotton hood at night. She never ate anything but bread and milk for her supper. Her front yard was a solid cluster of bright colored hollyhocks and huge lilac bushes. Brigham inherited his mother's home and lot.

Scanned by Joseph F. Buchanan - 12 June 1996

John Lovell

John Lovell was born, according to his own biography, on 6 Mar 1812 in Worle Somerset, England. He was working at a large dairy farm when he met his future wife, Ann Parsons. They married 15 February 1835 in Biddisham, Somerset, England. Shortly thereafter they left England for better prospects in Canada. In Canada they heard the gospel and joined the main membership of the Church in Nauvoo.

They were the parents of three children. Ann died in the Winter Quarters area and John married again, an English woman named Elizabeth Smith. Elizabeth Smith and John Lovell did not have any children.

John would later take a second wife under the system of polygamy, Ane Pedersdatter. She also had three children from her first marriage. Together they would have five children.

He died 13 Jan 1881 in Oak City, Millard Co., Utah.

From the book "The Descendants of Ane Pedersen Andersen Lovell"
p. 167-173
The author of this vignette is unknown
compiled by Glenn and Maurine Widdison

John Lovell - at 7:30 Saturday morning, 9 May 1912, a baby boy arrived ata the hom of Edmund and Sylvia Williams Lovell. His early arrival interferred with the mornings' work, but he was heartily welcomed as the first son of the family, they named him John. Little 3 year old Grace was delighted with a baby brother. John's father was a blacksmith in Worle, Somersetshire, England. There were nine children in the family.
The blacksmith, Edmund Lovell, was a strict Wesleyan Methodist. As soon as John and Goerge were old enough, he took them with him to church twice every Sunday and trained them in the strictest form of religion.
When John was about 12 years old his eyes became badly inflamed. His father and mother had to hold him down and pour drugs into them, but his eyes grew worse and worse. Finally in the hottest part of the summer he was totatlly blind. He father had counted on having some help in his shop, but he decided outdoor work would be better for the boy, his eye sight slowly came back working outside. His father sent him to work on his own land, which John worked at until he was 19 years of age. By this time Grace the first child, had grown to be a beautiful young lady, but had contracted consumption from which she died about 1831, creating a loss keenly felt by all the family. The family expenses had increased and business at the shop was rather dull, so John decided to hire himself out. Joseph Harris to Bisom, a very generous farmer and dairyman, gave him $50.00 a year for three years besides his room and board. At the end of this time he offered him $60.00 a year if he would take charge of the plantation and dairy.
But John had made other plans. During his 3 years at the Harris farm he had become very well acquainted with the head dairy maid, Ann Parsons. Without thie knowledge of the Harris family, he courted her and gained her promise to marry him. He went home and rented some land, but his crop was almost a complete failure. He saw so much poverty and distress among his neighbors that he did not feel justified in marrying in this present condition. After talking the matter over seriously with his father he decided to go to Canada to settle and make a home. He had two uncles living there and tought it might be easier to get a start in a new country. Ann did not like to go and leaver her paretns. It took a good deal of persuasion to convince her that they could start while they still had a little money ahead. She consented finally and they were married at the Church of England, Bitsom, Somersetshire, England on 15 Febuary 1835. After visiting Ann's parents for a few weeks in Blagdon, they prepared for their trip to Canada.
They sailed from Bridgewater on the 25th of March on a luber boat. Their leave was very pathetic. They hired a cart to take their household goods to the wharf. His fahter, mother and Ann came down in the coach. His mother was heart broken at parting with her son, for she knew she would never see him again. She stayed right with the couple until the last moment, then bade them an affectionate farewell. The father gave John some good advice, among other things he told John to be sure and join some church as soon as he landed. He believed a person could be saved by any of them. With tears in his eyes he told them to write often, then shook hands with them and left $40.00 in Ann's hand. It must have seemed a fortune to the pair and it was certainly needed and appreciated.
The ocean voyage lasted six weeks. John was too sea sick to take a last look at an English lighthouse, but recovered in two or three days. Ann was not so fortunate. She was very ill the whole voyage. The captain sent dainties from his own table to try to tempt her appetite. They were afraid she would not live to reach land and would have to be buried at sea. However, she began to improve as soon as they reached land. They landed at Quebec on the 6th day of May 1835. The next morning the ship was towed up the river to Montreal. There they hired passage on a boat for Port Hope, which they reached 30 Jun 1835. The trip had taken 14 weeks. It must have been a great relief to the young couple to get on land again. They took a room in the hotel for the night. Very early the next morning, John set out to find his uncle who lived seven miles from Port Hope. He arrived in time to take breakfast with the family. His uncle, Jessie Williams, was pleased to see him and invited him to bring his young wife and stay awhile. The spent the following week with their uncle Jessie, then an invitation came for them to pay a visit to John's other uncle, James Salter, who lived forty miles away. They had to walk the 40 miles and made the distance in 2 days, but they felt repaid by the kindness shown them by their aunt and uncle who made them feel perfectly at home. Here they stayed a week. The decided to settle here in Whity. Their entire journey had cost them $80.00 and the;y had $20.00 left. Out of this they paid $12.00 to have their luggage brought from the storehouse at Port Hope. With only $8.00 left John immediately looked for work. Mr. Thomas Pasco hired him for two months at $12.00 per month. The advice of his ather was still fresh in his mind and since his Uncle James was a Methodist preacher, John decided to join that Church. He was taken on but never lawfully joined that religion.
After 2 months with Mr. Pasco, he got a job with a Mr. Lawerence in Pickering. At this time Ann had been staying at the Salter home. On the 22nd of November 1835, their first child was born, a boy whom they named George. John stayed with mother and son a week or two and then had to return to work. After a while he was able to take his wife and son with him to Pickering, where they lived in a log cabin about a mile from Mr. Lawerence's home. Their little cabin proved to be so cold ad drafty that Ann took sick and was very ill for several weeks. John went miles for a doctor. The doctor said something must be done at once or she would get consumption. John had no money on him, so he tried to collect the $20.00 Mr. Pasco owed him he got $4.95 of it. He then called on his uncle James Salter to inform him of Ann's illness and asked him if he would wait for the $4.00 he owed him. John got no sympathy from his uncle who refused to wait longer for his money. John gave him the $4.00 and went home feeling very low. John went to the storekeeper, told him of his wife's illness and asked if he could trust him for a while. After finding out all he could about John, the storekeeper said, "Mr. Lovell, you can have anything you want." John purchased about 4.00 worth of groceries and medicines which the doctor had prescribed and returned home encouraged, feeling now that Ann would have a better chance to get better. He was indeed thankful to the stranger who had proved to be more of a friend when in need than his own uncle. He paid off his store bill by hauling 15 bushels of ashes which he had made clearing land. John got 28 cents a bushel for the ashes which more than paid his debt. The next spring John rented a farm from a widow, this year he raised a good crop of hay. His uncle Jessie Williams hearing of this sent a yoke of cattle for John to winter feed. When he came for the cattle in the spring, he said that he could not afford to pay the feed bill. His wife had died during the winter and left him with 7 children to care for.
It was about this time they heard of a new relegion from a brother of Mr. Lawerence. The reports were so interesting that Mr. Lawerence sent an invitiation to send a preacher iwth word that they could use his home or the school house as he was trustee. John Taylor was the first Mormon Missionary to preach in the district. The Lovells went to hear him, Ann believed in him at once. John thought it seemed more reasonable than the Methodist religion and was anxious to learn more about it. He called on John Taylor and found him whittling our butter molds. Brother Taylor explained that he did this at odd times and when he had a number of them he sold them to get clothing. John thought it strange for a servant of God to have to do a thing like that for a living. All the preachings he had known had received salaries. Brother Taylor explained the gospel to them of Joseph Smith, the plates, the
the priesthood, the persecution of the saints and other things. Soon after this Joseph Smith, Sidney Ridgon, John Taylor and Almon Babbitts came and stayed over Sunday, held 2 or 3 more meetings and did missionary work in that vicinity. John went to see the Prophet at Mr. Lawerence's home. When he first saw the Prophet, Joseph Smith, he was telling how he obtained his horses in Kirtland, Ohio. The other bretherr were washing and blacking their shoes. In his journal, John writes, "I had been brought up so strict to the religion of the day that I thought it impossible for a Prophet to talk about horse trades on sunday. but their preaching over balanced any bad effects this may have made." John prayed fervently for a testimony of the truthfulness of the work. He gained one by a sign. One night while sleeping deeply, he heard voice say, "see this." He saw a bright light pass from one corner of the room to the other and disappear. This satisfied him and he was baptized 6 Sept 1837.
He prayed to be blessed with the gift of tongues, about 2 weeks after his baptism, he was asked to speak in meetings. He spoke in tongues, gave the interpretation and spoke again in tongues, then took his seat. He was filled with the spirit and stood up again and gave the interpretation and sat down. The congregation became rather excited when the President testified that they had seen a gift of the spirit made manifest.
On the 9th of March 1837, their first daughter, Sylvia, was born.
John once more made a friendly call on his uncle James Salte and bore his testimony to him. After this Uncle James wrote to John's parents in England telling them how John had disgraced the family. He also detailed the lying reports which were in the papers at that time time about the Mormons. As a result John received a letter from his father telling him not to mention his religion in any of his letters home. His father did not write again for ten years. When he finally wrote he told John to direct all his future letters to his brothers.
A rebellion in Canada against England over some point of religion occurred at this time and martial law was proclaimed No one was allowed to pass between United States and Canada. It was a great hardship on the poor people to support the soldiers. John and Ann decided to leave Canada as soon as possible and gather with the Saints. They sold their grain, cattle and sheep which brought them a total of $132.50. Martial law was at last abolished and they began their journey to the states the 1st of July. They traveled first by wagon, then by railroad, and then by steamboat. In the latter part of September billious feaver broke out. In the house where they lived one woman died. Ann had an attack and was under the doctors care for several days. Then John contacted the disease, but he felt it was time to move on. With the help of two sticks he went out and hired passage to Cleveland. They were both put on a boat more dead than alive but soon begain to improve.
They had $1.50 to begin to live in a stange city. Johnn found a job 5 miles from the city and a room to live in. He cut wood for 75 cents a cord and made enought ot live on during the winter.
A very sad thing happened while there. The baby, Sylvia had taken cold on the boat coming to Cincinatti and had been ill all winter. John had been buying osme new furniture and was setting up the bedstead. He left it standing against the wall for a few mintues, when little Sylvia pulled it over on herself. It broke some bones in her body and caused her death on the 21st of March 1838. John never made another entry in his journal after that date, but his life had just begun. The family had joined the Saints in Nauvoo, and left with them in the general exodus of the church in the early spring of 1845. Of course difficult trials and privations were endured by the saints on their westward journey. They formed two settlements at Winter Quarters and stayed there for a few years and raised crops to help them go the rest of the way. Ann the mother, had neer been too strong since her marriage and all the exposure and discomfort from so much travel had lowered her resistance to disease. She contracted quick consumptiona and died 4 Dec 1851, leaving behind her baby, Martha Ann, and 2 boys, George and Joseph Hyrum, for their father to care for.
On 10 March 1852, John married Elizabeth Smith, a kind sweet woman about 43 years old. She was willing and anxious to give a other's love and care to the children. She was truly loved by the children too. John and Elizabeth never had any children of their own.
In the year 1852, they joined the saints in the Salt Lake Valley traveling with th Martin company. Their first stop was in Provo, but they were persuaded to go with Brother Melville and other friends who had been called to settle in Fillmore. At Fillmore John soon built a 2 room house for his family, planted a garden and helped gaurd the city from the Indians.
Among the immigrants, moving in from time to time, was a Danish family by the name of Andersen. They had been there only a year when the husband and father, Jens Andersen, died 21 Octoboer 1855, leaving a widow who could not speak a word of English. They had three small boys, Anders Peter, Christian and Joseph Smith, the latter having been born since their arrival in Fillmore. John, being a very sypathetic man, offered all the assistance he could to the family. Sympathy developed into something warmer and John and Mrs. Ane Pedersen Andersen were married a year and half later on 4 April 1857, with the permission of President Brigham Young. John and Ane were married for "time only" in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. John stood in proxy for Jens Andesen and had Ane sealed to Jens Andersen. John is sealed to his first wife Ann Parsons and his second wife Elizabeth Smith, thus, the children of John and Ane are sealed to Jens and Ane.
During the next 3 years 2 daughters, Castina and Ann were born to them. About 1860 they moved to Deseret, Millard co., Utah. They stayed there for 8 years and 3 more children while there, Brigham Anderson, John Edmund and Sylvia Ann. Brigham was the first white child to be born in Deseret.

At the end of 8 years John Lovell was requested to complete his business at Deseret, hand over the records to Brother Callister, (that they might be preserved) and then locate at Oak Creek to preside over this new settlement. Those who wished to settle at Oak Creek drew lots and then went to Fillmore and filed their claims on the lots they had drawn. They paid $2.50 for each lot.
In 1869 John Lovell succeeded Benjamin H. Robison as Presiding Elder at Oak City, when Deseret settlement broke up. He retained his presidency over the few remaining Saints at Deseret until 1871. John Lovell was first counselor in the Oak City Bishopric and he held this position until 1880. One of the Spiritual gifts of John Lovell was the gift of healing. Many were the faith promoting incidents attesting to his power through the priesthood. He was often called to administer to the sick for many miles around. His grandson, Benjamin (son of Geoge and Martha Lovell) was just a small boy and was critically ill. He had been sick for a few weeks. He grew worse and worse instead of better. Finally his mother called for her father-law- to come. When he arrived and saw the baby he cried, "Oh my Martha, He's gone, there is no use in bothering him, he's gone." Martha said "I would still like to have him administered too. Will you please do it for me?" John annointed the baby's head with the holy oil and before he had finished with the sealing prayer and had taken his hands from his head they could see that the boy was breathing again. He improved greatly that night and continued to recover. He lived to be an old man, the father of nine children and many grand children.
According to the information we can gather, Elizabeth Smith Lovell never moved to Deseret but stayed in Fillmore until mivng to Oak City.

Martha Ann Lovell

Martha Ann was born on the plains of Iowa, 24 Mar 1849. Her parents, John Lovell and Ann Parsons left England for better prospects in Canada. There They were introduced to the church and came to Nauvoo. She was the youngest of five children. Her mother died in childbirth a couple of years later in the Winter Quarters (Omaha, Nebraska) area. Her father remarried a woman named Elizabeth Smith who was also from England .

Martha Ann had no memory of her mother and had a strong desire to know something of her mother. One night she had a dream and a woman in the dream was wearing a dress made of fabric she recognized. The fabric was fabric that was in a quilt used in the family. She asked her step mother about the quilt and learned that that fabric had come from a dress of her mother's. She then felt that she had seen her mother.

Martha Ann married Anders Peder Anderson, a step-brother. They were the parents of nine children. some of whom are pictured in these two pictures:

Peder (her husband, Anders Peder Anderson) built a three room adobe home and there she lived the remainder of her life. She died there 27 Jul 1919.

A Brief History of Martha Ann Lovell Anderson

(by her son, Joseph Elmer Anderson)

Martha Ann Lovell Anderson was born March 24, 1849 to John and Ann Parson Lovell, in the state of Iowa at a time when the early church members were making their march westward to establish a new home in the Rocky Mountains.

Her parents had emigrated from England, sailing from Bridgewater, on the 25th of March 1835. They reached Montreal and changed passage by boat to Port Hope which place they arrived safely June 30, 1835.

Martha was born of good heritage, her grandfather Edmond Lovell was a humble blacksmith and extremely religious and devoted to his Methodist faith. Her father was sincere and a hard working man. As a boy he helped his father in his blacksmith shop. He had seen so much poverty and suffering while growing up, that when he married, he had an urge to go to Canada, where he had two uncles living; to establish themselves in a new growing province of Great Britain, where he had faith his family would have greater advantages.

They visited his uncles and decided to settle near them, a short distance from Port Hope. Conditions were not as they had expected, causing many hardships, trials and privations. They were visited by the early Elders of the Church and converted. John Taylor, who was later became President of the Church, was one who made a great impression on the young couple.

John and Ann were baptized in Feb. 1837, twenty three months after they left their native land. This was the beginning of a new life, in a new country. Their paths were to be filled with experiences of trials to test their faith to make them diligent saints.

John tried to convert his uncles, one of them a preacher who turned to be an enemy, and wrote to his [John's] parents in England misrepresenting the truth, turning John's parents against him, and causing them to feel that their son had disgraced them.

One cannot help but see the hand of Providence in giving the urge to establish this fine couple and their great posterity in the land of Zion.

Ann Parson grew to be a beautiful girl; like her husband, she knew poverty and hardships that required her to leave home and seek employment as a dairy maid, where John Lovell met her, when he hired out at the same dairy farm. They fell in love, and their courtship days were spent while working together for Joseph Harris at Bitsom, on his dairy farm. John did his work well and proved faithful and was asked to supervise the plantation and dairy business, but he declined - to marry Ann, and left the farm for their dream home in Canada. First, they were married and left to pay Ann's family a visit and tell them of their plans of adventure. Then [they] spent some time at the Lovell home. Their folks were all grieved to see them go, but the bride and groom received good council from their parents. Edmond Lovell, John's father was especially proud of his beautiful daughter in law, and put $40.00 in her hand as she bade him good-by.

When the parents of Martha joined the Latter-day Saint Church they like others in those days, could not rest until they had cast their lot to be with the body of the church. They left Canada, on the long and tedious journey to Kirtland Ohio. They encountered much sickness and disease because of exposure and improper diet, for the next several years. Their means of transportation was hazardous with so many miles to go and moving from place to place. This made it difficult for a mother who was bearing children. Their first child was George, born in Canada [and] lived, but several children were born and died during these trying tears in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois. Finally Joseph and Martha were born and lived.

Ann was never strong and very well after her marriage. She was sick all the way across the Atlantic Ocean of fourteen weeks, made her feel she would die and have to be buried at sea. All of these hardships were too much for her. Thus she was not permitted to reach a home in the West but died and was buried in the wilderness of Iowa, leaving her husband and three children. Her youngest, Martha, was two years old.

John Lovell was a good farmer, thus he was asked to remain to grow grain and other food to feed the emigrants and supply them for crossing the plains.

After the death of his wife, while here, he married Elizabeth Smith who proved her faithfulness in rearing and demanding the love and respect of her husband and his children, George, Joseph and Martha.

When the family finally crossed the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City, Brigham Young instructed them to make their home in Fillmore. After a few years spent in Fillmore, John, Martha's father, was given council to marry a Danish widow, by the name of Ann Jorgensen Anderson, with three small boys, Peter, Christian and Joseph. They were helpless to earn their own living and could not speak English. John Lovell had been given the responsibility by his Bishop, Noah Bartholomew, to look to their interest and see that they were cared for.

Some time after this marriage, they moved to old Deseret, on the lower Sevier River, with other families to make a new settlement, taking George and Joseph with this new family and leaving Martha with her second mother Elizabeth Smith Lovell in Fillmore. They remained there during the eight years her father and brothers spent in Old Deseret.

During these years, Martha was quite lonesome, although her good mother was an inspiration and ideal to her. But she missed the companionship of her father and brothers. She was away from home, as a working girl, doing house work in various homes, only coming home occasionally at night to be with her mother, from the time she was eleven years old until her marriage at twenty years.

Martha was required to work hard, with many difficulties. Sometimes she had to carry water for family use, to wash clothes, from a ditch as much as three blocks away, and scrub them on a wash board with very little home made soap. She was often told to use elbow grease, to save soap.

Money was not [to be] had, so often her pay of fifty cents a week was a heifer calf. When she was married, she had accumulated a herd of about thirty head of cattle. Not all of her working days were unpleasant, for many homes appreciated her helping them out. One of them left fond memories, the family of Benjamin and Susann Robison, where she spent considerable time. On one occasion she cared for the mother when their daughter was born. This daughter, Rose Robison, later became an Apostle's wife, marrying Alonzo A. Hinckley.

For many years after her marriage, she enjoyed returning to Fillmore to visit her girlhood friends and the place of her youth.

Being only two years old when her mother died, she did not remember her. Thus during these tender years of her girlhood she developed and anxiety to know of her own mother's characteristics. He father and brothers had told her of a personal event of when her mother was lying in her casket, that she would go to it and say, "mamma in a box". When she would speak of this, she always shed some tears. Martha fervently sought through prayer that she could be given some inspiration from her mother. She dreamed of her appearing as a beautiful lady, wearing a certain dress with a distinct pattern. When she related this impressive dream to her father, he said the cloth for that dress was purchased in Canada while he was working for a certain man; and she made it into a beautiful dress [that] she prized dearly.

This experience she held sacred and seldom spoke of it. She felt the curiosity satisfied and could now settle down to be a gracious and beautiful English Lady, like her mother she saw in her dream.

When the settlement of old Deseret was broken up and abandoned, John Lovell's family with other families moved about twenty miles east and north and settled the town site of Oak City. John made two adobe houses, one for each of his wives. His Danish wife, Ann, was established with her family on the northeast corner of the block. Martha and her mother Elizabeth were brought from Fillmore to occupy the one at the southwest corner of the same block in the center of town.

They were all together now and could enjoy the association of each other, to make life more pleasant and begin making a garden spot of their new settlement. The Lord prospered their efforts and blessed these faithful people to be united in living and sharing with others the bounties of life and living the gospel. It was a haven of peace and rest for them to enjoy the remainder of their lives, after so much strife and hardships for so many years.

The two families mingled together in harmony and the children grew up to respect and look to the interest of each other. Elizabeth Smith bore no children of her own, but was truly loved and respected by all of her husband's children. Beside George, Joseph and Martha, the children of Ann Jorgensen Andersen were Peter, Christian and Joseph Andersen and Dean (or Castina) Ann Elizabeth, Brigham, John E., Silvia Ann Lovell. The latter five children were sons and daughters of John and his Danish wife Ann.

These young people began to find their mates and be married. George and Joseph were married but continued to guard and look to the desires of their younger sister Martha, especially Joseph who was near Martha's age. When a dance was scheduled, he would inquire of her, whether she had a date, if not, he would leave his home to escort her to the dance. He would return if he could not stay at the dance, to see that she got home safely. This made a sacred tie between Martha and her two older brothers. Her love for them could not be surpassed.

Before Martha was married, she accompanied her father from Oak City to Fillmore, a distance of thirty five miles. The journey required a long day with a team of horses and a wagon loaded with wheat to have ground into flour at the grist mill in Fillmore. The day was cold and dreary. As they travelled, they became chilled. Her father began walking beside the wagon to get warm and Martha sat bundled up and sitting on the spring seat in the wagon. When her father noticed she was sleepy, he immediately helped her to the ground and requested her to walk. She later related the incident as being a great effort to make her numb legs and feet carry her until the blood could circulate in them. She said it would have been much easier to have slept away than endure the pain of being revived.

John Lovell was the only father Peter, Christian and Joseph knew for they were small when he married their mother. They were at his side to receive their training while growing up as his own sons. They held him in the greatest esteem all their lives.

Martha Ann Lovell was married in 1873 to Peter Anderson. They accompanied their sister Castina (who Martha affectionately called Deany) and her intended husband Anton Christensen to Salt Lake City, Utah from Oak City, in a spring wagon, drawn by a team of horses over rough roads through cedar trees and sage brush most of the way. They traveled about three hundred miles.

The two couples were married in the Endowment House, spent some time in the big city and completed their honeymoon trip in ten days. This humble beginning was typical of their innocent and modest lives.

Peter immediately began building a three room adobe house for his bride. In the home all nine of their nine children were born and where all of their happily married years were spent. Martha died in it in 1920 [1919]. This humble home still stands as a monument to their integrity. It is still occupied by their youngest daughter, Delilah and her husband Eddie Jacobson. [Eddie and Delilah passed away in 1972 and 1973, after which the house was sold to the church, next door. The house was torn down to make room for the expansion of the church and parking lot.]

This marriage was the beginning of a large and righteous posterity. It pleased Martha's father to have Peter for a son in law, as well as a step son, whom he reared with pride.

Martha was not privileged to attend school because of having to work to support herself and help her family. Even so, she was prepared to take her place as a wife and assume motherhood. She was an example of determination to learn and apply herself. She was self-educated and took her part in life well. Much of her married life her health was impaired which hindered her social activities. At home she learned by herself to be a good reader. She would read to herself and children aloud.

When Peter, Martha's husband, became Bishop of the Oak City Ward, her role in life increased. A Bishop's home in those days was that of a house beside the road. The settlements were far apart and transportation was that of a spring wagon or a buggy, drawn by horses. Most everyone travelling, no matter what religion or station in life, would hunt up the Bishop's home for a night's lodging. Martha was a good cook and home maker. Her training as a girl, working in a variety of homes, taught her valuable lessons to assist her in being a gracious hostess. Many times members of the General Authorities of the Church made this humble home a stopping place on their way to and from Southern Utah and Arizona settlements, to stay overnight and rest their horses. To have someone overnight, other than the family, was a common occurrence. The boys would care for their horses and have them ready to continue on their journey the next morning. The pay was always a "Thank You. We appreciate your gracious hospitality". To receive pay would deprive a blessing and the joy of giving and rendering service.

Martha was tested and tried, in living a Celestial Law, that of sharing her husband with another wife, and living in a manner that was a credit to any noble woman. She had been protected with love and admiration for many years by her husband, and then approached to give consent for him to share his love, court and marry, spend time in another home, with another family. This took courage, with a firm testimony of the gospel, which she had, and an understanding, unselfish heart for the truth of the Celestial order. At times the burden was heavy. She mastered her feeling and grew strong and earned her reward.

During this time many women faltered and failed with a weakness of jealousy and hate because the task was too great to bear.

A great part of her married life was spent in caring and training her children, alone as her husband was away from home working in the mine and dividing his time with his other family. Her example and training is rewarding by her seven children grown to adulthood, honorable and religious, having the highest respect for her, with testimonies of the gospel and active in the Church, and today pay sincere tribute to her memory.

Anders Peder Anderson

Though the name is spelled with a "son" ending this family is Danish in origen. Anders was born 8 Dec 1847 inTaarnborg, Soro, Denmark. Shortly after coming to the United States and to Utah his father, having been sent to Millard County by Brigham Young because he was a wheelwright, died.
The family spoke no English and the winter was a hard one for little boys who were without shoes.

His fathers name was Jens Anderson, he would appear in Danish Christening Records as Anders Peder Jensen. The family followed the more English way of naming patterns after they came to the United States.

His mother remarried and he would marry one of his step-sisters, Martha Ann Lovell, April 14, 1873 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. They were the parents of nine children.

He died 9 April 1932.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Dictated by Anders Peter Anderson to his granddaughter, Nina Anderson Pope.
I, Anders Peter Anderson, was born 10 Dec 1847 at Taarnborg, Denmark. My paraents were Jens Anderren and Ane Pedersen. Anders Peter Andersen and this was changed to "son" some time in his life. Father was a wagon maker and owned a small farm.
In 1853 three Mormon Missionaries came to our home where we received them gladly and embraced the Gospel. Soon father sacrificed home and business and emigrated to America with his family. We left Copenhagen, Demark, 22 Dec 1853 and crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the ship, "Jesse Munn", and arrived at New Orleans 16 Feb 1854. We were on the water 8 weeks. As the ship passed the West Indian Islands everyone looked eagerly to see the green landscape of the Islands. After traveling up the Mississippi River some of the people died with Yellow Fever and Cholera.
We arrived in Kansas City, Missouri and stayed one month, then we crossed the plains in Hans Peter Olsen's Company. During the journey part of father's wagon making tools were thrown away to lighten the load. He carried a shotgun with which he killed animals and birds for food.
We arrived in Salt Lake City, 4 Oct 1854. After a few days stay there, President Brigham Young asked father if he had a trade. Father replied that he was a wagon maker, a wheel-wright by trade. President Young said, "They need you at Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah". So we went to Fillmore with Bishop Bartholmew, the first bishop in Fillmore. Father Built a frame house of us in the east part of Fillmore in the Old Fort under the hill near the Lovell and Carling homes. He worked at furniture making, building house and wagon repairing.
Father died of an intestinal disease, (possibly appendicitis) on 21 Octoberr 1855 and was buried on 24 Oct 1855. This left mother without support and with three small boys, myself, Christian, and Joseph Smith who was 18 days old. We were the only Scnadinavian family in Fillmore and being unable to speak the English language, mother passed through experiences which were calculated to test her faith to the upmost. Through all this she remained faithful to the church all the years to follow. The burden of the young widow was lightened a great deal through the kindness shown her by the good friends of the family, Lewis Brunson with the aid of the Lovells, Carlings, Melvilles, and other families assisting her.
On the 4th of April 1857, with the permission of President Brigham Young John Lovell and mother were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. John Lovell stood in proxy for father and had mother sealed to father, she and John were then married for time. He was a wonderful and good man.
In 1860 we moved to Deseret and were some of the first of that place. As a small boy I herded a small band of sheep. On one occasion when I had no shoes I went bare footed on the frozen ground, became very ill, and almost lost my life. I went to school bare footed and would have to run fast in the snow more than a block. At one time I had a pair of rawhide (cowhide) trousers and after being in a big storm they shrunk until they had to be cut off with a knife.
At the age of 13, my brother, Christian, and I hauled cedar wood from the clear lake cedars with oxen. Being scantly clad we suffered many hardships with the cold. We also went 8 to 10 miles to clear lake bottoms and cut wire hay and grass with a sythe, gathered it with a two tined pitch fork, and piled it on a knoll above the water's edge. They hauled it to Deseret when the ground had been frozen. One cold night we made our bed near the stack and layed, our heads uncovered, listening for the Turner boys. My head became chilled and as a result, I contacted a lingering fever and the measels. The fever continued and took off part of my hair. The fever lasted a long time until I went to Oak Creek. If i had not been for the change of location it would have finally wore me out. For some time I was worried for fear I would lose my mind.
I served in the Black Hawk Indian War two years, helping buiild the fort and serving as a night guard with Nicholas Paul and others. This service entitled me to be on theBlack Hawk War Veterans' Pension Roll. At this time Nicholas Paul was living in pologamy and later he left the church and became deputy U. S. Marshall. He tried to get me on a pologamy charge and failed. One of the brethren told him if he continued persecuting the church he would die with his boots on and the birds would devour his body. He later went to visit a member of his family, his horse got away on the desert and his remains found months later.
Our farming was done with oxen. In the spring the cattle were driven to Oak Creek from Deseret to keep them off the grain as there were no fences. If a milk cow was needed we would walk to Oak Creek 20 miles away and hunt for it. When finding the cow we wanted her calf would be wild and would have to be run down. Being tired they would have to be driven slow. We could not leave them or they would go back on the range. I have made the 20 mile drive on foot without food or water. Sometimes we went bare footed because we could not secure shoes.
After building dams on the Sevier River seveal years and having them taken out by the high water and losing their crop, Deseret was abandoned. My step father, John Lovell, was given the ward records and sent to Oak Creek to make a settlement. He was called to serve as Presiding Elder in the spring of 1868. By fall the houses had been built and the families were ready to move in.
The first winter in Oak City, dances were held in private homes. The music consisted of Alvin Roper being leader and using wooden clappers between his fingers. Harry Roper with the tin pan, Charles Green hummed and sang the tunes, and I beat time with a large brass stirrup used as a triangle and a bolt for a beater.
My education consisted of six weeks schooling and from what few books were available by greasewood fires for light. I taught one year. Most of my education was obtained through the University of Hard Knocks.
In the spring the main crop, sugar cane was planted from which molasses was made. It was taken to Sanpete County and traded for wheat.
On 30 April 1869 Joseph Lovell, Ole Jensen, and I left home to find work. We went over to the dry fork of Fool Creek Pass as the snow as too deep on Oak Creek Pass. We walked carrying our bedding and food to where Sevier Bridge Dam now is. We crossed the river and went to Payson, rested at the home of Richard Rosse and regreted having started, just as Joseph's father had predicted we would. He told us before we left that three days after leaving home we would regret it. We went on to Promitory, north of the Great Salt Lake, were we found employment with a Cache Valley company at $2.00 a day and room and board. We worked at leveling railroad grade with pick and shovel. After working 11 days the east and west closed and nothing was left for us to do but to go home. We retuned with bedding and provisions, walking the whole distance, about 520 miles and arrving home on the 30th of May. I have never had the desire to leave home since.
I was elected secretary and manager of the Co-op store in 1870 at the age of 23.
John Lovell and his first wife, Ann Parsons, had a family of five children before she died; namely Goerge, Sylvia, Edmund, John, Joseph Hyrum, William, and Martha Ann.
On 14 April 1873, Martha Ann Lovell and I received our endowments in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. We were married that same day for time and all eternity. At the age of 27, I acted as treasurer of the United Order for one summer.
Bishop Platt Dealton Lyman and I formed a partnership and bult a water powered saw mill in Oak Creek Canyon in 1875. After completeing the mill, Bishop Lyman was called on a mission leaving me in charge of the mill. After two years it was sold to Fredrick and Walter Lyman, and I went back to farming and working in the store.
I was ordained Bishop of the Oak City Ward 1 Dec 1880 by Apostle Francis Marion Lyman with George Finlinson and Christen H. Jenson as counselors. Brother Jenson moved to Provo and Fredrick R. Lyman was put in as second counselor. I held this position as Bishop until 1907. (27 years)
On 9 October 1882, I married for my second wife, Annie Lyman, the daugher of Amasa Mason Lyman and Caroline Ely Partridge. I was ordained Patriarch 27 December 1914.
One day while riding for cattle, John E. Lovell picked up an odd colored rock in Wild Horse Canyon, which proved to be galina or lead and siver ore. A company was formed with John E. Lovell, Anders Peter Anderson, Fredrick Lyman, Walter Lyman, Ole H. Jacobson and Charles W. Rawlinson. They made claim on the property and found a pocket of ore at the grass roots. We took it to Salt Lake city and recieved $225.00 for it. This caused quite a bit of excitment. Experienced miners came and advised us to go the the foot of the hill where the formation dipped to the west expecting to find the veining much deeper where we could get the ore by stoppin it down and wheeling it to the surface. The vein of ore on top of the hill was a pocket and pinched out. The stock holders soon became discouraged and I bought them out until I was the sole owner. We had a tunnel large enought to use a mule and car holding about half a ton in hard limestone rock. The tunnel was on an incline one foot to 16 feet and going in about 700 feet.
I had great faith and hope of finding something good with plans and hopes to educate all the chilren and send them on missions also. I found traces of ore but not enough to pay."
At 2 p.m. on 9 April 1932 Anders Peter Anderson died at the home of his son John Lee Anderson. soon after he was buried the powder and other mining material was sent back to the companies. Everyting of value was moved from the mine and sold to pay off his obligations. He spent more than 40 years in his mining operations using all his surplus.
He always had a sack of lemon drops in his pocket and when he visited the grandchilren he always gave some to them.

21 December 2008

Clarissa Lyman

Clarissa Lyman was born in Lebanon, Grafton, New Hampshire on 27 June 1790. She was the daughter of Richard Lyman and Philomela Loomis. She married John Smith in 1815. They lived for a time in Zarahemla, Iowa - across the river from Nauvoo, Illinois. She kept the prophet Joseph Smith in her care from time to time. She was known to be a heavy woman.. If I can find the story about that I will post it. She died 14 Feb 1854 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

John Smith

John Smith was born 16 July 1781 in Derryfield, Rockingham, New Hampshire, the son of Asahel Smith and Mary Duty. He married Clarissa Lyman 11 Sept 1815 (possibly in Connecticut). They were the parents of four children, three of whom lived to adulthood. He served as patriach to the church in the early years and gave many patriarchal blessings. He died 23 May 1854 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.

On 17 March 1847, John Smith, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s uncle, wrote in his diary, “We have had and still have considerable sickness among the Saints, who suffer with a disease called the black scurvy, said to come in consequence of people not having sufficient vegetables to eat; many have died among us.”
John Smith Journal, 1846–1854, holograph, LDS Church Archives.

He was the first president of the Salt Lake Stake.

This little vignette tells of a Christmas occasion in which he participated.

This comes from the Improvement Era, December 1941, pp.724.

Written by E. Cecil McGavin.

“Christmas always had a strong appeal to the pioneers and was observed by them no matter what their conditions were.

During the autumn of 1847, the harvest was so meager in Salt Lake Valley that no special Thanksgiving service was held, yet the pioneers did not fail to remember Christmas. Though food supplies were scarce, and their reasons for merriment were limited, Lorenzo D. Young wrote of that first Christmas the pioneers spent in the Salt Lake Valley:

I gave a Christmas dinner. Father John Smith, Brother John Young, Brother Pierce, and their wives, and also Brother Jedediah M. Grant, Sister Snow and Harriet and Martha took dinner with us. After dinner Father Smith blessed our little Lorenzo. The occasion was a most pleasant one and the day was spent in social chat, singing, etc. A prayer was offered up by Brother Grant. Brother Brigham and his quorum were remembered in particular. My house was dedicated to the Lord.

Caroline Clara Smith

Caroline Clara Smith, born 06 June 1820, in Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York was the daughter of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman.

She married Thomas Callister in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois on 31 August 1845. They were the parents of two children. Their son died in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. She was fragile in health many years of her life.

She died 08 Jan 1895 in Ogden, Weber Co., Utah.

Thomas Callister

I do not know who transcibed or recorded this autobiography.
There may be an error in the name of his second wife. I believe her name to have been Helen Mar Clark, not Helen N. Clark.


The Early Years: 1821-1846

I, Thomas Callister, son of John and Catharine [Murphy] Callister, was born on the Isle of Man 8 July 1821. I lived with Father and Mother until I was fourteen years old. I had no opportunity of going to school, no school being within several miles of where we lived. But I always had a great anxiety for learning, and my Father took a great deal of trouble in teaching me to read and write. When I was in my 13th year, my Father sent me to learn the Tailor’s Trade. He and John Quayle entered into an agreement that I should work with him as an apprentice six years. The last four years he was to furnish me with clothing, etc. to which I agreed.

During these thirteen years there is a great many things that I should like to mention that took place in the days of my youth on the Green Hills and in the Valleys of the Isle of Man, but there is a great many things that I have forgotten. Besides, my chief object is to keep a correct Journal of the things that transpired in my life from the time that I embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I always had a great desire from my youth to have a true knowledge of eternal things on the Plan of Salvation; and often times inquired and thought what the reason was that angels did not visit the earth now as they did anciently. But I must return to the subject.

After my Father and Mr. Quayle made the foregoing arrangements, I went to work. I worked at my trade for two years before my Mother died, I think in the month of October 1836. My Father died eight weeks later, which would be December the same year. After their deaths, Mr. Quayle and I made a different arrangement about my apprenticeship. He agreed if I worked for four years, he would be satisfied. I was glad of the change and we entered into an agreement to that effect. When the four years expired, I was free from all agreements or ties as far as my trade was concerned and at liberty to do what I pleased. I knew if I went to the city to work that the work would be different, and I was afraid I could not do it. I considered the matter and was very anxious to know all about my business. I knew if I stayed in the country, I would not know any more about city work than I did then, so I concluded to go.

I went to Douglas, the largest town or city on the Isle of Man and worked for George Morrison four months. I was somewhat dissatisfied with my situation. The reasons were these: his run of business was very much inferior to others in the city and besides this, he was a very highminded disagreeable man, in my opinion. Because of this I concluded I would go to see if I could get work in a first rated shop in the city which was kept by Hugh Kerruish. He had a large establishment, Tailor—Draper, etc. I went in one evening to see what the prospect was for getting work in his shop. I think it was some time in January 1838. I told him my circumstances, that I had been to work in the country four years but was not yet able to finish nice work as done in the city. He told me in three months he could give me work.

The next thing was to get rid of Morrison. While I stood in Mr. Kerruish’s shop I saw Morrison pass by the window, the shop window being very large. It was in the evening, and I stood close to a gas light. He saw me very plainly, and I saw him. He gave me a very sour look and passed by. This circumstance took place Saturday evening. Monday morning I went to work to Morrisons as usual but determined to leave him for I knew he was put out with me.

About 9 o’clock in the morning he came into the workshop where I was. I thought he looked like some savage being. He turned up the white of his eyes at me and said, "Thomas, you have been into Kerruish’s, haven’t you?"

"Yes sir, I called into his shop last evening," I answered.

"If you are going to work for Kerruish I want you to leave."

"Sir, I calculate to," I said, and he made some other remark to which I made no reply, but gathered up my things and in about ten minutes I was ready to start.

He then spoke more mildly and said, "You had better stay to dinner."

"I am now ready to go," all but settling with you." I replied. So we settled, and I started off.

After three months I went to work in Kerruish’s shop. He told me to sit down beside his brother, and if I wanted to know anything about my work, he could tell me. After I had worked two days, he told me he wished me to work on coats with his brother, and he would insure me to be a workman. I cheerfully went to work. This brother was an excellent workman direct from London and foreman of the shop at that time. He took a great deal of pride in instructing me in finishing work. His kindness is long to be remembered by me. After I had been to work with him nine months he was going to leave his brother and set up shop in a town 10 miles distant. By this time I could finish work equal to any man in the shop, but yet I felt bad on account of him leaving.

After he, Daniel Kerruish, left, his brother became much attached to me. He told me he thought in as much as I had been studying at work and paid great attention to my business that if I chose he would entrust me with all the business of the shop in his absence and in all other cases where he could not attend to it, inasmuch as I would become responsible. After a moment’s hesitation, I told him I thought I had not experience sufficient to such an undertaking. His answer was he would risk it. I told him providing he would instruct and assist me. His reply was that he would, so I had to muster up all the courage that I was in possession of to take the foreman’s place in the shop next Monday morning. I think the number of men to work at that time was eight. Monday morning I had some personal feelings concerning the matter as I entered the shop, thinking that I had to overlook work that was made by men of experience and that had traveled over England and had been to work in the first shops in London. However, I took courage and sat down in my place with a strong determination to give satisfaction and to use all my exertions in doing so. But owing to the limited knowledge I had of keeping accounts, writings, etc., I labored under a great disadvantage. But I improved every opportunity in learning, etc.

The first ten months I worked for Mr. Kerruish I boarded at a boarding house a quarter of a mile distant from my shop, and had but little time to attend to anything but my work. At the end of the ten months, Mr. Kerruish told me it would be a great advantage to both of us if I boarded with him. I found it was a great advantage to be by my work, for the rule was in summer time to be to work at six o’clock in the morning, one hour and a half to dinner, half an hour at five o’clock, and more work till eight. In fall and winter, we had to be at work by eight in the morning, one hour off at noon, and work til eight in the evening. But after I had the care of the shop I had to be the first in the morning and the last at night. But still being right there, I had a good chance to study. Mr. Kerruish assisted me much in studying arithmetic, so that in a little time I could attend to my business without difficulty, and everything went on well as far as shop matters were concerned.

In the fall of 1840, John Taylor came to the Isle of man to preach what he called Mormonism. And as I was walking along one day, I saw a handbill published by John Taylor informing the people that on such an evening he would preach in the Wellington Hall on the faith once delivered to the Saints. I felt very anxious for the evening to come and went to hear Mr. Taylor. He preached on the gifts and blessings that the ancient saints received through faith, and that the same blessings and promises extended unto the later generation on the earth that believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and held the Priesthood. Likewise he plainly showed that the Priesthood was taken from the earth and that the people had changed the laws and ordinances of the Kingdom of God, etc. He met with a great deal of opposition from the different sects, etc. And I began to search the Bible and likewise believe the Gospel and on the 30th day of March, 1841, I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. I was baptized by William Mitchell and confirmed by John Taylor. I soon found out that my old friends had become distant and cold. Kerruish wanted me very much to abandon Mormonism, etc. I lived on the Isle of Man after I had joined the church for nearly twelve months. But in the meantime making every preparation to move to America, almost forsakened by friends and despised by old acquaintances until I was about to start. When they saw that I was so determined they began to cool off a little and wanted very much that I should live on the Isle of Man.

The first of January, 1842, I began to settle up my business preparations to leave the 4th day of January. I went to see my sisters, Isabella and Catherine, and bid them farewell. They felt very bad that I was going where they could not see me. They cried much and put their arms around my neck and kissed me. I blessed them in the name of the Lord and told them how the Lord had spoken from the heavens and revealed His will to man, etc., and I was going to gather with His people to the Land of Zion, etc. I bid them farewell and started. I then made calculations to leave the Isle of Man the tenth day of January, 1842. But I received word on the 9th that I had to be in Liverpool. On the 10th the ship would start. So I packed up and got ready for I already paid my passage to New Orleans and likewise paid for my board.

I had yet to go and see my only brother who was very hard against my going. But I started to see him and told him I was going to start that evening for Liverpool and should like well if he would accompany to Douglas, a distance of ten miles. He cried and said he would. He was to meet me at Charles Cowley’s which he did about sundown. Charles Cowley harnessed his horses and put them on to a cart, and I started, accompanied by my brother and many friends. Arrived in Douglas about nine o’clock in the evening. The steamship "Mona Isle" was to leave for Liverpool at half past ten. I went to see a great many of my old friends in Douglas until it was time to go aboard. I got sadly disappointed by Brother Boston (or Roston) who was going to accompany me to Nauvoo. But when the hour arrived to start, his wife would not go. This disappointment made me feel bad for I depended on him for company for I was young and unacquainted with traveling, for I had never been off the Island. And now I had to undertake such a journey among strangers. But I was fully bent on going whether among strangers or friends. My brother told me just before I started if I would turn back and quit Mormonism, he would give me half he was worth. But all the Isle of Man would not have tempted me to turn back on them terms. The time had come and the bell rang for the steamboat to start. I bid my brother and friends farewell and went aboard. Nothing on earth would have tempted me to leave at that time but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After the boat had started a great many bid us good bye. Some voices I knew and some I did not. I looked back on my native island for the last time, but owing to the dark night, could see nothing but the town lighted up with gas light.

About break of day I could see Liverpool lights and when it came daylight I could see the town off Liverpool, and a harbor full of ships which was to me quite a sight. When we got to Liverpool, I met Brother Reed. I was glad to see him for there was not one passenger on board that I knew. We were only a little ways from the ship "Tremont" then bound for New Orleans and chartered by the Latter-day Saints, on which I was going. I took my chest, etc., and put it on board ready to start. I went into the town. I got break— fast and went down to the ship. The Captain told me they would not start until the 12th. I was glad for I had two sisters living a little ways out of Liverpool that I wanted to see, but that day I spent in visiting at curious sights of Liverpool. Among these were the New Market, the Customs House, etc. Before the Customs House there is the portrait of several Kings that was taken by the Government of England. Cut out of stone, the portrait is in a form chained down—some in one position and some in another.

On the 11th day of January I went to see my sister, Margaret. Had not seen her before for 18 months. Found her well. She had already learned that I was going to America, and my brother sent her a letter telling her that I had joined a sect of people called Mormons and that they would be my ruin and wanted her if possible to stop me going. She asked what these people believed in and I began to preach the Gospel unto her to which she had no objections. My other sister, Jane, had gone to London so I did not see her. My sister Margaret made me some handsome presents. In return, I gave her a "Voice of Warning" and a Hymn Book. She came with me to Liverpool, and there I parted with my last relative.

The next day being the 12th day of January, 1842, I went aboard the ship "Tremont" and she left Liverpool dock at half past ten p.m. She was towed out by a steamboat, it being a beautiful, calm day. Elder Parley P. Pratt was on board and delivered an oration to the Saints. It was a New York ship and had an American flag. I recollect him telling that the stars and stripes had reference to a land of liberty and that they had now left the oppressive lands of England and was now on the way to the land of liberty and land of plenty and would no longer have to give sixpence for a small loaf of bread, etc. When we got out of the harbor the steamship returned back and Elder Pratt and many others returned who accompanied us thus far. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when we parted.

It was a beautiful calm evening. It was now all hustle and bustle on board our vessel, for each passenger was trying to find out where his berth would be. I do not know the exact number of passengers but in a little while we were all placed, and each one having his own station. I will explain a little the manner, or in other words the way, we were situated in our new home. We were steerage passengers and where we stored away our things and slept was a large open space between decks. The berths where we slept were on each side of the ship from one end to the other and one above the other. The first was about three feet from the floor and the second about six or eight. I was now totally among strangers, not a face that I ever had seen before in my life, and left all my folks and not knowing as I would ever see them again in my life. I felt considerably downhearted and sad but keeping up appearances as well as possible. I and two other men concluded to sleep together and picked out our berth which was a lower one. The weather being so beautiful we all concluded there was no need of fastening luggage of any kind until next day, so we packed our chest, bags, etc. in the midway of the ship. Each one or family had cooking utensils which consisted principally of tinware, cups, etc. Each passenger went to work and drove nails around his berth and hung up his cups, coffee pots, etc. round his berth. I among the rest prepared a place and hung up mine and so I got everything fixed ready to go to bed.

After being in bed about two hours, the wind began to blow and the sea began to roar and about midnight the cry was "All hands on board!" The storm grew worse and worse. It was as much as I could do to keep myself in bed. Our tinware and luggage rolled first from one end of the ship and then to the other. When it came daylight our room was an awful sight. Almost every person was sick. Everything that was not fastened was mixed together. I got up and went on deck. the sea was very rough and remained so for three days, during which time I could get nothing to eat for those that had the management of the provisions was sick and could not attend to it. The fourth day the storm abated some, so that they dealed out some provisions.

After the storm we had quite a good time, and I began to get a little acquainted. The seventh day after we started we were out of sight of land and continued to have good weather. In forty—one days we were in sight of land again, and forty—eight from the time we left Liverpool——being forty-one days out of sight of land, during which time a great many things transpired that I shall pass over. We had a very pleasant voyage, saw almost all kinds of fish, and I caught some. I worked considerable at my trade while on the sea. Had a room on the Quarter deck in which I worked, doing considerable work for the Captain and Cabin Passengers, and others. The most of the passengers were Saints. We arrived in New Orleans the sixth day of March, 1842, it being fifty-five days from the time we left Liverpool until we arrived in New Orleans, and fifty-eight since I left the Isle of Man.

We tarried in New Orleans twelve days. I went to see some old acquaintances and faired with them first rate until I left there. The company chartered a steamboat to St. Louis, and we started from New Orleans the 18th of March, except some that stayed there. We arrived in St. Louis the 28th of March and next day started for Nauvoo. I had come thus far without any accident. But on the 30th of March I fell through the hatchway backward and lay there lifeless for half an hour. It was supposed the first one that saw me was Charlotte Isles, a young lady I got acquainted with soon after we left Liverpool. I was taken up and laid on a bed and remained lifeless for about one hour and senseless the greater part of the day. The first thing I recollect I was inquiring where I was. I was taken into the cabin and soon got well. A great many told me they never expected to have seen me well again. The first of April in the morning we got to Warsaw. Mr. Isles and his family stayed there. They did not belong to the Church. About sundown, we arrived in Nauvoo, being eighty four days from the time I left the Isle of Man until I arrived in Nauvoo.

I went ashore and saw Elder Taylor. I was glad to see him for there was none other that I was acquainted with as I knew of. He invited me to his house, and I was glad of the invitation. Next day I went to see the Temple, the Nauvoo iiouse, and other buildings. Nauvoo far exceeded my expectation in buildings, etc. I came back to Elder Taylor’s. The next night inquired of him if he knew anything of Quayle and M. Cowley. He told me they lived in Ramus, distance from Nauvoo twenty miles. I made some inquiry in Nauvoo about getting into work but found no encouragement. I concluded to go to Ramus and see Quayle and Cowley as I had been acquainted with them on the Isle of Man.

So I started the third day of April to Ramus. Got there sometime before night. Found Quayle and Cowley farming. They were glad to see me, and Quayle wanted I should come to live with him. He told me he thought we could get plenty of work at the Tailor Trade toward the latter part of the summer. I partly concluded to stay there as the prospect for work in Nauvoo I thought was poor. I would, however, have to go back to Nauvoo and get my things. I concluded to go by way of Warsaw and see Mr. Isles and his family. After staying in Ramus three days I set off for Warsaw——distance twenty miles——a foot and got there sometime before night. Found Mr. Isles. He had rented a room. I stayed with them overnight. His family wanted to go to Nauvoo and join the Church, to which he would not consent but wanted to go back down the river, thinking he would be better. I stayed there one day and then went up to Nauvoo. Stayed there one night and went back to Ramus and went to work with Brother Quayle upon his farm for two months. Then once in awhile I would get a little to do at my trade. I felt very lonesome the greater part of the time having little or no acquaintance there. After sometime I got acquainted with Brother Tomkins and family that came there sometime after I did. They were from Wales.

Time rolled along without anything very interesting happening. I soon wrote a letter to Brother Charles Cowley. It was dated April 20, 1842. There had been previous to this time, some letters sent to the Isle of Man by those who had become disaffected, trying to put down the Doctrine of Gathering, etc. I wrote a considerable, lengthy letter, as I was well known among the Saints and others, bearing my testimony to the work that we had embraced. I likewise wrote several other letters to the Isle of Man in April — to my brother and others. I went to Nauvoo several times through the summer and saw and heard Joseph and Hiram preach and wished many times I lived there.

In August, 1842, I was ordained an Elder under the hands of Brigham Young and Orson Hyde in Ramus and a call was made for the Elders to go out and preach. I concluded to go in company with Isaac Clark but did not get started until February 16, 1843. We started a foot, snow about one foot deep, traveled that day fifteen miles — very tired, stayed with Brother Dungan. He lived in a small town, do not recollect the name. Next evening we had an appointment to a Mr. Green’s in that neighborhood. We went there accompanied by Bro. Dungan and family. The house was crowded with people to hear us preach. Brother Clark opened the meeting, and I for the first time in my life stood up to preach to the people.

After traveling about two months from place to place, preaching every opportunity, for the people was very much prejudiced against our people, we started for home having done considerable good. Returned home the latter part of April 1843. Remained in Macedonia until after the death of Joseph, frequently visiting Nauvoo.

In the Spring of 1844, I with a few more of the brethren urged the necessity of a better organization of the militia of our little place as the mob was prowling in all directions and threatening to destroy our little village. This we accomplished by organizing a company, electing A. W. Babbitt Captain. No sooner was this done than we were more or less called into service, keeping out a guard day and night, and at times expecting an attack hourly. All the efficient men would gather at one house nights except those on guard, numbering in all seventy, all ready and on hand, and as far as I know could be trusted at ‘that time, but how few there are left of those seventy in the ranks of the Saints now (1867)! I acted a good share of the time as a Scout, often meeting in company with the mob and learning their plans.

About the 20th of June, Joseph Smith called on all the brethren of this place to come and help save Nauvoo. The company was called together to consult. All were ready except the Captain, A. W. Babbitt, who argued that it was contrary to law to comply with such a call. We were somewhat exasperated at his conduct and appointed the next in command to take his place, which was Lt. Sweney.

As the sun was setting we were ready to march. Father John Smith prayed and blessed the company. We started for Nauvoo leaving our little town and leaving our women and children with no protection from the mob but God. The mob was aware of our move and declared we should not get to Nauvoo and they, for this purpose, gathered in a point of timber to give us battle. When we came in sight they fired their signal guns. We called a halt to consult. Some few quaked and wanted to scatter through the timber, but a large majority moved to continue straight ahead. We were all on foot except some six men which were our advanced guard. We marched in the following order: horsemen in front, then foot men — single file, then baggage wagons, then rear guard. Strung out this way in the dark we made quite an appearance, so much so that we passed unmolested, and the mob declared after, that we numbered at least 500. There were not to exceed 70 all told.

After marching the greater part of the night, wading creeks and saturated with rain, we halted to rest at what was called the Seven-mile House. This was seven miles from the temple. This house was occupied by a Mr. Ray who professed to belong to the Church. Some of our men were sick. We asked him for permission to have the sick lay on his floor and get them out of the rain. This he refused, and said he could not be troubled. We then made a small fire of his wood. He opened his window and forbade us burn any of his wood. At this insolence, his wood pile was stacked on the fire and then his fence. At this he became very kind. Our sick were taken in the house and otherwise well treated. At daylight we were again on the march. The mud was very deep, and we were well-covered with it. Joseph came to meet us accompanied by the Brass Band. A halt was called. Joseph spoke and blessed the company. We then marched into the city and was quartered on the hill, near the temple. Here we remained some three days and the Nauvoo Legion was dispersed by its Lt. General, Joseph Smith. He gave himself up to what proved to be a cruel mob, under the plighted faith of the Governor of State, Thos. Ford. Our little company returned home reluctantly, found all well, nothing disturbed.

The mob continued to rage while we acted on the defensive. On the ever Memorial Night, 27th of June, I was standing guard on the road leading to Carthage. Two strangers came from that place. I hailed them. They stopped and told me that Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered by a mob in Carthage Jail. I told them I did not believe it. They asked me what object I thought they could have in telling a lie, as they were strangers passing through the country. I went into our little town with them which was soon in commotion. The rest of this tragic scene is too well known to need comments.

I remained in this place making improvements, and I bought of A. W. Babbitt property known as the Cottage House, consisting of a cottage house, a large frame barn and a bearing orchard of 1.25 acres. This was a pleasant home and valuable place, and I improved it considerable. Bought stoves and other furniture and fitted up the house. Here I spent many happy days.

Aug 31, 1845, I married Caroline Smith, daughter of John and Clarisa in Nauvoo, Ill. Ceremony performed by Pres. B. Young. Moved her to the Cottage in Macedonia where we commenced keeping house, Helen N. Clark living with us. On Oct 5th, I went to Nauvoo to attend the first meeting held in the Temple of the Lord after the roof was constructed. I also attended the first Conference held in the temple in Nauvoo, commencing Oct 6th and continuing until Oct 8th, 1845.

This fall we moved to Nauvoo, preparatory to starting to the Rocky Mountains, as we then said. Received endowments in the Temple. Dec 16, 1845, I married Helen N. Clark. The ceremony was by John Smith, Patriarch.

I was selected among the company that was to start early in the Spring for the Rocky Mountains. We were now making all the preparation we could with our limited means to get ready for our journey. Selling property of any kind was out of the question. Feb 10, 1846 we started. left our House with the furniture in it; took what little we could put in one wagon. We crossed the Mississippi River. Went on to Sugar Creek and camped some three weeks. It was stormy weather, hard snowstorms, and much suffering in the camp here. I came . .

Note: These are the last words Grandpa wrote about himself, except a few items written in 1875. The History that follows is from records about him.


The Later Years: 1846-1880

After crossing the Mississippi on rafts, and camping at Sugar Creek for three weeks, they continued their journey to Winter Quarters where they built a temporary home. They were there for over a year. One time when bread stuff became scarce, Thomas made a fine broadcloth coat from cloth which he had brought with him from the Isle of Man. He took the coat to Missouri where he exchanged it for one hundred bushels of corn to take back to the Saints. During this trip he became ill, and when the call came for the Mormon Battalion, he was so sick that he was unable to volunteer for service, and was unable to accompany the first band of pioneers to Utah.

They traveled West with Daniel Spencer’s company, leaving in June with one loaded wagon, a team of oxen, and one cow. They arrived in Salt Lake Valley 26 Sep 1847. Thus he was one of the pioneers of Utah. He settled in Salt Lake City and was soon engaged in public matters — serving on committees for buildings, roads, canals, etc. They spent the first winter at the Fort in Salt Lake City. On 9th Apr.1848, he and Helen Mar went out to their farm on Mill Creek. When their bread was gone, their diet was milk, thistle greens and sego roots until harvest time. So he suffered the pangs of hunger, watched grasshoppers devouring their crop, and viewed the miracle of the seagulls. In the early fifties, he built a comfortable home at North Temple and First West. Both families lived there. In 1855, he put cattle and sheep on his farn across the Jordan River and became a stockman.

The Indians became jealous for fear the white people were going to take their country, and they made war upon the settlers, who began a defensive; but the far-reaching Prophet, Brigham Young, advised the people that it would be far better to feed than to fight the Indians. So within a short time they became friendly.

Thomas Callister died 1 Dec 1880 in Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah.

Mary Miranda Callister

Mary Miranda Callister was the daughter of Thomas Callister and Caroline Clara Smith. She was born 17 August 1853 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here she is depicted front right with some of her siblings and half siblings. She was raised in a polygamous household. Her father was settled in Salt Lake City when he was sent by Brigham Young to the Millard County area.

She married Edward Leo Lyman Sr. 14 Nov in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.

She taught school and valued education. She was a great influence in
regards to education of her nieces and nephews as well as for her children. She lived as a widow for nearly twenty-five years.