Thursday, November 4, 2010

James Fackrell, Sr. 1787-1867
Amy Crumb Fackrell 1799-1886

James Fackrell, Sr. son of John and Joanna Bradford Fackrell of North Petherton, Somersetshire, England, was born at North Petherton, Somersetshire, England, February 2, 1787 and was the third child in his parents’ family which consisted of six children.

At present nothing is known of his childhood. All that is known about his young manhood is that he was a sailor, and that he and his younger brother Richard, were the only members of his family who immigrated to America.
Amy Crumb

Their first residence was in the state of New York. When he was about thirty-two years of age he married Amy Crumb, the twenty year old daughter of Joseph and Prudence Landphear Crumb. Joseph Crumb was born in Rhode Island and Prudence Lamphear was born in Connecticut. Amy, born 14 Sep 1799 was the seventh child in the family of nine children, all of which were born in Grafton, Windham County, Vermont.

James and Amy Crumb Fackrell were the parents of five children, three boys and two girls and from their birth records we conclude that their parents were married in Vermont about 1819 and lived in this place until about 1823. Their first two children were born in Grafton, Vermont. Their first child, David, was born 16 April 1820, and Joseph, the second child was born 9 September 1822. The third child, Betsy Jane, was born 13 November 1824 in Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont. The last two children were born in Moriah, Essex County, New York, Lucy, 6 July 1826, and James, Jr., 26 April 1829.

In 1837 James Fackrell moved his family, which then consisted of himself, his wife Amy, and three boys and two girls, to the state of Michigan and settled in Bertrand, Berrien County, and there lived and prospered in the world's goods until the year 1845.

About 1838 their son David, then 18 years old, ran away from home and went to Wisconsin to live.

On 28 August 1845 their son Joseph married Clarrissa Dempsey, leaving the family with but one son, James Jr. This son was now about sixteen years old and had become interested in religious affairs. He attended camp meetings of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was converted to this religion and was baptized by sprinkling. He remained in this Church about six months and became very dissatisfied and withdrew his membership.

At this time, two Mormon Missionaries from Nauvoo come to their community and held meetings. James Jr. attended these meetings and became convinced that their doctrine was scriptural, but having been previously "taken in " by the Methodists, decided to wait and see if these new teachings did not "flatten out" and to see if these people "practiced what they preached." His parents were very much opposed to the Mormons and refused to attend the meetings.

The boy James attended, and "the more he heard the better he liked their teachings" and he was desirous that his parents should hear them. He invited the two missionaries, Elder Richard Sprague and an Elder Phelps, to go home with him. After services he took the elders home with him and introduced them to his parents as Mormon Missionaries. Before the missionaries left the home they convinced the parents of the truthfulness of their doctrine and in a short time

James Sr., and his wife Amy, and their daughter Lucy were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

Move West
Shortly after this time, news of the martyrdom of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum, the Patriarch reached the Saints of this place. Also, the message was received from the Twelve Apostles who had taken command of the affairs of the Church, for all saints scattered abroad to gather to Nauvoo and prepare to move west.

Following this advice, James Sr. sold his farm at a sacrifice of about one-half its value and started to Nauvoo. He left their son Joseph and his wife who at that time did not wish to be associated with the Mormons, in Michigan. A great prejudice was manifest against the Mormons and all Saints moving to Nauvoo, and it was with great difficultly that the Fackrell family found lodgings for the nights during their journey. They arrived in Nauvoo the last of March, 1846.

They rented a house and moved into it, and began to look for work. Their stay at Nauvoo was very short, because of the persecution and hardships inflicted upon the saints. They stayed in Nauvoo just three weeks and then started for the West. They knew not where they were going, but they cast their lot with the Saints.

Nothing worthy of note occurred on this journey until they reached Council Bluffs. While in Nauvoo, their daughter Lucy and become ill. She had been exposed to severe storms and cold which proved too much for her delicate constitution, and upon their arrival in Council Bluffs she became very ill.

On 20 June 1846 Lucy passed away. This was a severe trial for her family to go through. She was a lovely girl of 20 years, a good Latter-Day-Saint and dearly loved by all who knew her. They laid her body in a grave and with sad hearts turned their faces to new trials.

Winter Quarters
Shortly after this time the Government called upon the Mormons to furnish 500 men to fight for the United States in suppressing the uprising in Mexico. This left the Saints in dire circumstances. Many did not have roofs to cover their heads or food enough to sustain life.

Those who were left, however, bravely set about preparing for the winter. James and his son built a log cabin in which to move his family. They also went out onto the prairie and cut wild hay for their cattle. The son took a team and went down to Missouri and secured work. For this work he was paid in provisions which amount was enough to last them through the winter.

He brought the provisions home with his team and stayed until the beginning of winter and then left his team and again returned to Missouri but was not so successful in securing work. He returned to Council Bluffs in the spring of 1847 and found the Saints prepared to go west, far beyond persecution, to an unknown land.
The Fackrells were not prepared to take this long journey. They planted a small crop and again James Jr. with his sister Betsy Jane, went to Savannah, Missouri by team where they both secured work. Betsy found work spinning and James secured employment with his team.

They were gone about six weeks and returned to their parents loaded with provisions. James Sr. and his son then set about cutting hay for the winter. They stacked most of it on the prairie, but hauled some few loads home. They cut about 15 tons, but early in the fall the prairie caught fire and burned one stack of about 8 tons. In trying to back fire around the other stack, that one caught fire and burned and they were left with very little hay with which to feed their cattle.

Late in the fall of 1847 some few pioneers who left early in the spring for the west, returned and brought a glowing report of the valley in the Rocky Mountains which they had found and named Great Salt Lake Valley.
The presiding Twelve Apostles then made a call for all Saints to prepare to go back to the valley of the Rockies with them the following spring.

Hay was scarce, and that fall James Jr. took three yoke of oxen to Missouri, partly to provide feed for them, but mostly to make a "fit out" to go west in the spring. He secured work hauling logs to a saw mill and bought corn for ten cents a bushel and fed it to his cattle. In this way his teams were kept in good condition all during the winter. He was also successful in making a "fit out", so when spring came he was well prepared for the journey.
In January of 1848 many of the Mormon Battalion soldiers returned. Among them was George W. Hancock, the young man who commenced courting Betsy Jane Fackrell. The family continued to make preparations to go west to the valley of the Saints.

The Promised Land
On 14 May 1848 George W. Hancock and Betsy Jane Fackrell were married. The next day, 15 May 1848 James Sr. with his wife Amy and their son James Jr. started upon their journey across the plains.

Their journey was uneventful, except for the usual hardships suffered by all pioneers, crossing rivers and traveling over lonely plains and barren hills, until they reached the "promised land" in the valley of the mountains. To them the valley looked dry and barren, but the tired travelers were so weary and footsore that even this looked good to them and they were happy to find a place where they could stop and which they could call home.
Thus the father, the mother and their 19 year old son James established the foundations for the Fackrell kingdom on the mountain tops of Zion.

Settled in Bountiful
They set about at once to prepare for winter. They located a desirable place ten miles north of Salt Lake City, now called West Bountiful, and took up 92 acres of land, which was the first land taken up in Bountiful. According to the historian, Bancroft, James Fackrell Sr., became the first settler in this place.

The family moved their wagon onto the place selected, and the next day James Jr. was taken ill with mountain fever, and was ill about two months.

As soon as he was well enough to get about the father and son started to build a house to shelter the family from the winter storms. They worked diligently but were unable to finish the house until the middle of January when they moved in. In the spring they plowed their farm and planted crops, but between crickets and cattle, nothing was harvested.

Family Gathers
In October 1849 their daughter Betsy Jane, with her husband and small son, Charles, then a few months old, arrived in the valley and located at Bountiful.

On 8 February 1849, James Jr. was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints by Arvil Cox and on the 13th of January 1850 married Martha Ann Chapman and left his father's home. Thus the parents were left alone.

During the summer of 1850 their oldest son David Fackrell, came into the valley. He was on this way to California and stopped off for a visit. They had not seen each other for 12 years and indeed it was a happy reunion.

Their hearts, however, were soon again bowed in sorrow, for on 28 February 1851, their daughter Betsy Jane, passed through the valley of death to give birth to a baby girl. The mother suffered three weeks and then the new born babe, Betsy Jane Hancock, was left motherless. The little mother of 27 years of age was laid away in the Salt Lake City Cemetery and her old parents and loved ones were left to mourn her loss.

About this time their son Joseph and his wife and family came into the valley. They had recently been converted and joined the Latter Day Saint Church.

Their son David Fackrell prolonged his visit and became converted to the Church also, and was married 6 July 1852 to Susannah Summer. The street, void of an altar served as a Church where their wedding was solemnized.
Susannah Sumner was born in Lancashire, England and there with her parents embraced the gospel. Her father died and she and her mother immigrated to America and came as far west as Saint Louis where her mother died of Cholera. In 1850 she came across the plains with the saints and upon her arrival found a home with James Fackrell Sr., where she met her husband David Fackrell.

David Fackrell did not go to California as he had intended, but took up land in Bountiful and made it his residence.

From these three sons, David, Joseph, and James Jr., a large posterity of Fackrells were produced, which have inherited and inhabited the land of Bountiful for the past six generations.

Later years
When the parents grew feeble, James Jr., built them an adobe house near the meeting house so that they could attend Church more easily. The old people spent the rest of their active lives attending Church and performing ordinances in the Salt Lake Endowment House for their dead ancestors. When they became feeble these aged parents divided their lands between their sons and it was agreed that the sons take care of them their remaining days on this earth.

James Jr. took his father and mother to his home and cared for them until the death of his father.

James Fackrell Sr., was a man of small stature, slight of build, and rather delicate of health, and aged very young.
He was of a kindly, cheerful disposition and was enjoyed and loved by his grandchildren. His wife, Amy, was large, strong and active in body, severe and exacting in disposition.

James Fackrell Sr., died on 21 December 1867, aged 80 years 10 months and 19 days. He was buried in the East Bountiful Cemetery. On his tombstone is written "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and work also."

His wife survived him for 18 years. After his death, Amy moved back to her home in West Bountiful, but she unfortunately fell and broke her hip and soon became feeble. Her children cared for her until her death which occurred on 8 September 1886, aged 85 years 11 months and 24 days.

She was buried by the side of her husband in the East Bountiful Cemetery. Her tombstone says "Her part well done, she goes to rest, in joys of home among the best; a crown of endless life to wear." For nearly a century the Fackrells have lived on the farms of their fathers and grandfathers and still dwell in the homes built by their pioneer forefathers.
Written by Myrtle Ballard Shurtliff in 1936

Monday, October 4, 2010


Our town and vicinity has been called to mourn the loss of one of our most estimable men and citizens in the person of Mr. Jonathan Lee, who, after a lingering illness of more than two months, closed this life, on Thursday morning, April 30, 1885, aged 59 years. His disease was not well defined and death seems to have resulted from a combination of causes.

The deceased was the eldest son of David Lee, deceased, of Carroll County, Ohio, and brother of Rev. W.E. Lee, of Missouri Conference, and of Prof. A.D. Lee, late of Scio College. His first marriage occurred June 29, 1848 to Mrs. Elizabeth Coury, widow of Captain Conry of Lake Michigan. From this marriage five children were born, four boys and one girl. He was again married Feb. 14, 1872, to Miss Lida Burns, of Wellsville, who still survives him.

Very impressive funeral services were held in the presence of a large audience in the M.E. Church, on Saturday morning. By special request of the deceased before death, Rev. J.H. Hollingshead, of Steubenville, conducted the religious services, Revs, Jackson, of Flushing, Smith and Grims of Uhrichsville, were present and Rev. Hollingshead selected as the text the words "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." and from them drew forth the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, and impressed his hearers with the truths of scripture upon this important subject. His subject was illustrated with many analogies from in nature, that it is no incredible thing that God should raise the dead. The services were very impressive throughout, and many lasting impressions were doubtless made. At eleven o'clock the remains were taken to Deersville cemetery where interment took place. The following history of the life and character of Mr. Lee, read by Rev. Hollingshead near the close of his remarks, will be interesting to many friends and relatives of the deceased, and we therefore subjoin them.

Jonathan Lee, whose moral remains are within the casket before us, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, Jan 29th, 1826.

He was born again in 1845, under the labors of Rev. Ebenezer Hays, then pastor of Carrollton Circuit, Canton District, Pittsburgh Conference. For the past 40 years it has been his meat and drink to do the will of his Heavenly Father. His great desire was to know what God's will was, and to have strength to do it cheerfully, freely, constantly, and in all things. Having first given himself to the Lord, he gave himself to the church. He had broad views and a Catholic heart, and sincerely loved all who loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity. For all such he had a open hand and back of it, a brother's heart. However he embraced with every fiber of his being the doctrines of Methodism. He was proud of her history, and loved her polity; was free in the use of her methods of Christian work and ever loved to bear testimony to the experience of sins forgiven, whenever and where ever opportunity was offered.

He was a Priest in his family, and faithful in his household; the fire was not permitted to die on the family alter. His children and visitors were made to see and feel the purity and power of religion. They were taught to observe the Sabbath and early and regularly brought them to the Sanctuary. He kept the vow made when they were baptized. They were taught, as soon as able to learn all those things which they needed to know for their soul's health and God set his seal on his faithful servant's labors, and the divine work has been verified that, "If a child is trained in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it." It has been my privilege to know brother Lee for ten years past. Four years I was his Presiding Elder. Before he moved to Freeport, I was his pastor. I can speak from an overflowing heart of him as a close friend, as a brother dearly beloved. I have had business transactions with him, and I regard him as an honest man, and "An honest man is the noblest work of God." He could be safely trusted. His word was his bond: his oaths were oracles; his tears, peace messengers from the heart; his soul as far from fraud as heaven is from earth. He was a Christian - "An Israelite in whom there was no guile." He was a happy Christian. He wore a pleasant smile for all. I have thought that he carried the doxology on his face, "Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow," and many a time I have heard him praise the Lord with joyful lips. He was a liberal Christian. There was nothing stinted, nothing little. He did not wait to offer unto the Lord that which cost him nothing. He wanted, as a Leader and Steward, to see the people rise above parsimony and devise liberal things. He practiced great denial in giving to Missions. He proved that the liberal soul shall be made fat; that to scatter is often the best way to strengthen, for with his dying breath when he spoke of giving, he said, "It pays!" In years ago he was prostrated by a sun-stroke, and at intervals since then, he was a sufferer. He suffered as a Christian and never spoke a murmur. During the past two months he has been shut in his room, and was made to feel that his work was done. He was often heard to say, "The crossing is near, it is only a step." He had blessed reflections in the Sun-set hours of life. He felt quite ready for his everlasting home. While at the edge of the grave he said, "As I think of the crystal walls and pearly gates they seem so near and so real." He said, "The world's great Redeemer is my Savior, and Oh, he is as wonderfully true and faithful." Glory to the Lamb." Everything is as clear, so bright!"
With many other words of hope and love and faith did he speak as he stood at the threshold. "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."

Taken from Newspaper The Freeport Press, May 7, 1885

Jonathan Lee was born the 29 Jan 1826 in Lee Township, Carroll County, Ohio to David and Julia Ann Dobbins Lee. He was the oldest of nine children. He married 29 June 1848 in Carroll County, Ohio a widow with two sons, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Kennedy Conry. She had Thomas about 9 years old, and Henry about 7 years old at the time of their marriage. Thomas became a Doctor and Henry a Minister. Jonathan and Elizabeth had six children as follows: Kennedy born and died in 1849 buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Lee Township, Carroll County, Ohio; David born 1850 married Ada Jones they were Methodist missionaries in India he died 1924; Albert born 1852 married lst Pauline Bucher in 1876, married 2nd Josephine, he died 1925 in Riverside County, California; Morton born 1854 died 1855 buried Green Hill Cemetery; Carrie born 1857 married John Wesley Birney in 1878, she died 1930 in Dawson County, Nebraska; Alexander Harmount born 1859 he died of Typhoid Fever at the age of 19y 3m 4d on 21 Jul 1878 buried Deersville Cemetery, Deersville, Harrison County, Ohio.
Jonathan's wife Elizabeth was born 1820 in Ireland and died before 1870 and is buried in Green Hill Cemetery. Jonathan than married Eliza J. (Lida) Burns on the 14 Feb 1872 in Jefferson County, Ohio. Lida was born about 1832 in Ohio. Jonathan and Lida lived in Harrison County, Ohio. Jonathan died 30 April 1885 and is buried in Deersville Cemetery, Deersville, Harrison County, Ohio. Lida died in 1913.

Taken from Family group sheet of Cindy Clark

Will of Jonathan Lee, Deceased

In the name of the benevolent Father of all: I Jonathan Lee of Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio, do make and publish this my last Will and testament.
Item 1st. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliza J. Lee all of my real and person property during her natural life and at her death said property to be sold and equally divided among my children whose names are as follows: David H. Lee, Albert B. Lee and Carrie J. Birney and said heirs to share alike in my said estate.
Item 2nd. I hereby appoint my son David H. Lee Administrator of my estate.
Item 3rd I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.
In testimony I hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty five.
Jonathan Lee

Taken from Will Record D page 496 Harrison County, Ohio.


Mrs. Mahala White was born April 3rd 1836, died Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 1910. Aged 74 years, 6 months and 19 days. She was united in marriage to Joseph White in 1858, who preceded her to the other shore several years ago. To this union was born four children, all of whom survive her except Jesse who died in infancy.

God in His wise Providence has called from our midst a kind loving mother. As a mother Mrs. White's love went out for her children, her sacrifice was for their good, her aim was to rear them to useful manhood and womanhood. Inspired by her example and righteousness, her sons and daughter are good and honored. Her children rise up and call her blessed. As a neighbor she was one in deed as well as in name. Her neighbors were enriched by her helpful ministries. Her services were timely and valuable, she withheld nothing that would contribute to the enrichment of others. To do good to others was her ambition.
The very large concourse of neighbors in attendance at her funeral showed how her own works praised her. Mrs. White was a good Christian woman. The memory of such a devoted wife, mother, neighbor and Christian is blessed. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Deersville on Saturday, Sept. 24th, conducted by Rev. Gregg of Deersville.
Taken from Newspaper Clipping.

We know that Mahala is the youngest daughter of Sarah DeLong and William Johnson. She had 4 older siblings Eli or Esli died at two months, Sarah Jane, Caroline died young, and Harriet. Mahala also had a cousin that was raised by her parents, Rebecca DeLong. Sometime between when Mahala was born and she was 4 years old her mother Sarah died.


I can find little record of Joseph T. White, he was born 1 Nov 1832 in Franklin Township, Harrison County, Ohio to Joseph and Hannah Rogers White. He is the fourth child of ten children. He is the third of seven sons. He has three sisters. His brothers and sisters in order of birth are Jackson R., William P., Pamalah, (Joseph T.), Benjamin F., Warner R., Mary Ann, Joshua P., Charles W., and Hannah E.

He was married to Mahala Johnson on 14 Jan 1858 in Harrison County, Ohio. He was 25 years old and his bride was 21 years of age. They had four children, Sarah Alice born 5 Apr 1859, Homer born 12 Apr 1860, John born 19 Feb 1869, and Jesse born 15 Jul 1872. Jesse died of disease of the lungs on 12 Feb 1873, he was 6 months 26 days old. Joseph T. was a farmer. His mother died in 1866 and his brother Charles died in 1874. Joseph T. died on 23 Apr 1876 of ill treatment of disease in Franklin Township, Harrison County, Ohio. He was 43 years 5 months 22 days old. Alice was 17 years old, Homer was 16, John was 7 years old when their father died. Mahala was left a widow at 40 years of age. Joseph T. was buried in the Deersville Cemetery beside his father-in-law, William Johnson, who had died in 1857.

The epitaph on the tombstone of Joseph T. White reads:
Farewell my wife and children all
From you a father Christ doth call
Morn not for me, it is in vain
To call me to your sight again

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Christina Asenath Vickers McGonagle

Asenath McGonagle daughter of John and Harriet Howard Vickers, was born August 28, 1834, in Franklin Township, Harrison county, Ohio. She is the fourth of six children. Her siblings are Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Cornelius, (Asenath), Isaac, and Ruth. At the age of eighteen years she gave her heart to God and united with the M.E. Church at Deersville. When she was 22 years old on 29 Sep 1856, her mother died.

On the 4th day of June, 1857, she became the wife of Thompson McGonagle, they had two children; Agnes born in 1858 and Wilson born in 1862, the result of this holy union.

In 1860 her father remarried a widow, Mrs. Anna Bridgeman Dawson, they had two children John and James. Asenath’s half brothers were the same age as her own children.

Asenath fell on the 8th day of February, 1885, a victim of that dreadful disease, consumption, which has relentlessly stricken down four adult members of the Vickers family, and has laid its fatal grasp on others in the direct line.

Asenath's sister Ruth had made her home with Asenath and Thompson since their father's death which occurred 20 Oct 1868. She was of feeble constitution and was predisposed to pulmonary disease. Asenath's family kindly cared for her in her protracted illness. Ruth died the 14 Apr 1884. These two affectionate sisters, Asenath and Ruth, in their companionship in suffering always maintained the cheerful and bright spirit, and they never failed to evidence their sensitive appreciation of the kindly offices of their loving friends who so faithfully ministered to their physical and spiritual demands, and the remembrance of their Christian virtues, and joyous testimonials rest as a refreshing benediction on the bereaved household whence they so recently took their heavenly flight. Jesus said unto each of them, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

They each "believed with the heart unto righteousness and with the mouth made confession unto salvation."

Taken from newpaper clipping on Ruth and Asenath, obituraries, also Family Group Record of Cindy Clark.

Martha Allen May

Martha May is the daughter of Jude Allen and Mary Ann Nicholas. She was born September 26, 1839, at Farmer, Lorain County, Ohio. Moved to Nauvoo with her parents where they resided about two years. During this time she remembers seeing the Prophet Joseph ride through the streets of Nauvoo on his famous black horse, Brigham. She also remembers seeing the Prophet’s body guards, also seeing the bodies of the Prophet and Hyrum in their caskets ready for burial, and the tub containing the blood-stained clothes. This was impressed vividly upon her mind.

For eight years her parents were moving about from one place to another. Finally in the year 1852, they came to Utah in the company of Benjamin Gardner, her father being Captain of Ten. Roving bands of Indians, prowling coyotes, and wolves and large herds of buffalo were often met during the trek. She remembers distinctly incidents of this journey, when walking and driving a small band of sheep, gathering wild berries to eat and wood to build their camp fires. Arriving at Salt Lake in September, they went to the church farm where they worked for a man by the name of John Dalton. Then they moved to Bountiful where they bought a home. Due to ill health and lack of funds with which to pay for schooling, she never had the privilege of attending school, never to learn to read or write. Being blessed with a wonderful memory, she obtained an education far above the average. Her English being almost perfect and as for arithmetic, she could do sums mentally very readily and accurately. She always encouraged her children to study and get an education, realizing the disadvantage of not having an education.

When the Kimball Mill was finished a big celebration was given, dancing, singing and feasting being enjoyed. During the fun three girls, Mary Allen, Martha Allen, and Hannah Jones, chumming together as all girls will, were standing beneath some stair steps laughing at the awkwardness of three young men – English emigrants, trying to dance, little dreaming they would be their future husbands. But such they proved to be in the persons of John Dewey, James May, and Thomas Harper. First Mary and John were wed, then Thomas and Hannah and finally James and Martha. She was wed August 24, 1856. And strange it may seem that these three families were very closely associated the remainder of their lives and friends and neighbors. The Mays moved to Calls’ Fort on their present location in 1861, their humble beginning being a dugout. From this into a two-room log house and then into the rock house where she has been surrounded with many of the conveniences. When the call came to move south they, with their relatives, went with the rest of the Saints. From this union fourteen children were born, eight sons and six daughters. Through thrift, economy, and hard work they reared them to man and womanhood, all except one son who died at the age of two weeks.

Being a natural and willing nurse, she went at all times – day and night, to the assistance of the sick, suffering and dying. Three grandchildren she reared besides her own and her home has always been a refuge to the homeless, the tramp, and needy. Into the mission field she sent five sons and numerous grandsons. She has been a staunch and faithful church member, never allowing anything disrespectful to be said of the authority of the church and when her husband took a plural wife and because of the trouble that arose from this practice – her husband moving to Canada leaving her alone with her large family of small children, which was discouraging, she would never allow her children to say one word of disrespect of their father, and because of this great thing every one of her children are firm believers in the faith. She worked in the Relief Society as first counselor for many years, and was also President of the Y.W.M.I.A. She was inoffensive, patient in her kindly way, and aided many young people with her counsel and advice. She befriended the Indians and was always a good friend and neighbor to everyone, and was beloved to all who knew her. She has a great posterity, 11 children, 103 grandchildren, 125 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, a total of 244. May we all try to follow the beautiful example she has left for us.

She died in her home, the rock house, November 17, 1923 at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 21 days; due to incidents of old age. She was buried in the Call’s Fort cemetery beside her husband, James May, who preceded her in death on March 29, 1910.

Written by Mary Duke

James May

James May was born June 1, 1832 in Chievely, Berkshire, England, a son of George May and Hannah Hobson.
His father was of the laboring class, being a shepherd the greater part of his life. James was a common farm laborer. At 9 & 10 years of age he received 25 cents a week, at 12 years of age he received 50 cents per week, and at the age of 17 was earning 75 cents per week.
About the year 1844 his father joined the Methodist religion. He was a very zealous worker in this religion for about four years. A man by the name of Allen came to their home with Mormonism which they gladly accepted.
In the fall of 1851 Elder Eli B. Kelsey, Franklin D. Richards, Erastus and Lorenzo Snow who were laboring as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, visited the May family and offered a chance for the family to migrate to Zion on these conditions, that after arriving in St. Louis, Mo. they would labor for three and a half years, food and clothing furnished.
Journey to Zion
Preparations were soon made for the Journey and on January 10, 1852 the family consisting of father, mother, and seven children namely Elizabeth, James, Harriet, Richard, Thomas, William, and Emily saw the last of their native land and sailed on the sailing vessel Kennebac for America.
It took 63 days to cross the ocean with head winds and bad weather. Before reaching St. Louis they were almost out of food and water, the only food remaining was rice and oatmeal that had to be cooked without salt in the brackish water of the great Mississippi River, where the Kennebac was grounded fast in the mud. At the end of ten days and after having three large steam tugs pulling at the ship they were put on one of the tugs and taken 110 miles to New Orleans leaving their ten week home stuck in the mud at the mouth of the Father of Waters.
Saluda Disaster
The family stayed in New Orleans for a week after which they sailed on the boat Saluda for the Bluffs.

At Brunswick, James, his father, Eli B. Kelsey and ten others left the boat and went overland to the Bluffs. They left their family in the care of a young man by the name of Henry Ballard, a very good friend of the May family. About a week later they received word that the Saluda had blown up with all on board. But learned shortly that the family was safe with the exception of Harriet who had her foot and ankle badly burned. They were transferred to another boat, which landed them safely at the Bluffs where they were all thankful and happy to be together again.
Family Deaths
The family remained at the Bluffs most of that summer. Here the father, youngest and oldest sisters died of the dreaded disease cholera.

About the first of July the rest of the family started for the ferry on the big river, here his little brother died. The next day as they were crossing the river the mother died, and was buried on the river bank without a coffin, within eleven days, the father, mother, and three children had died, leaving four orphan children.
Journey to Utah
The four children started to Utah in Eli B. Kelsey's company. James walked most of the way driving a team of two yoke of oxen, and two yoke of cows. This was a long tiresome journey; it took three and a half months arriving in Salt Lake City Oct 14, 1852.
The winter of 1852 & 53 he spent herding stock across the Jordan River opposite the hot springs in Salt Lake County. In April 1853 he helped Abraham Hunsaker 13 miles on the west side of the Jordan. He was never hungrier in his life as on that trip. He drove cattle on foot from early morning until late at night without one bite to eat. And to break his fast he had some buttermilk and some buttermilk with flour boiled in it sour as swill.
He worked for Lorenzo Snow for two months in Salt Lake City. In July he went to Bountiful and hired out to Joseph Holbrook for $12.00 per month for one year.
August 1, 1854 he was called to go on the plains with a company with teams and provisions to meet emigrants, returned Oct. 17, 1854. He was given credit in labor tithing for his time, these were hard years.
Married Martha Allen
August 24, 1856 he married Martha Allen daughter of Jude and Mary Ann Allen. In the spring of 1857 the young couple rented a small farm from Bro. Anson Call of Bountiful, it was located in Box Elder county. On Nov. 29, 1857 their first baby James Ira was born.
Mormon War
In the fall of 1857 the Mormon war occurred when the president of the United States sent troops to Utah to clean up the unlawful Mormons. President Brigham Young was appointed Governor of the Territory. He put the territory under martial law. Every able bodied man had to fall into line. The companies of Calvary were organized and equipped under the leadership of Captain Lat Smith, Porter Rockwell and others. They burned wagons, run off with stock, burned the grass, and harassed the troops in every conceivable way for several months until the soldiers went into winter quarters at Fort Bridger. Thomas L. Kane sent by the government to find out what the trouble was, learned that reports sent to Washington were false. His message to the government cleared up the trouble.
When Brigham Young first heard the army was coming he ordered all the people to leave their homes and move south leaving everything to be burned by the few men remaining behind, if the troops entered the valley. It was not necessary to burn the homes and they moved back, finding fine crops on nearly all the farms, wheat had grown without plowing or sowing.

While south they with many others were camped on the Provo Bottoms. They had just arrived and had no tent or wagon cover, so they laid some canes over the top of the deep wagon box. It rained all night, in the morning they were wringing wet, but none of them suffered any ill effects.
Their second son, Jude Allen was born in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah Oct. 14, 1859. In 1861 they moved to Calls Fort, their first home was a dugout in which they lived for fifteen months, and was very happy, another baby boy George came to gladden their home Nov. 28, 1861.

Another son, Henry Lyman was born Jan. 25, 1863, but died shortly after from a cold Feb. 8, 1863. This same year they moved from the dugout into a two room log house.
On March 14, 1865 a daughter Martha Ellen was born, another daughter Sarah Margaret was born Sept. 23, 1867.
That same year in Sept. they finished their barn 30 x 40 ft. On June 26, 1869 another daughter, Evaline, was born. That same season they put up a rock house, just the walls and roof and finished the kitchen part.
In the fall of 1869 he was called on a short mission, laboring in New York and Ohio, arriving home Mar. 4, 1870. On Feb 22, 1871 another son Andrew was born, they had a small bunch of sheep the wool from them was made into clothing and bedding for their family needs.
Nov 18, 1872 another baby boy Frank was born.
Prior to 1874 they took stock in the Brigham City Co-op to the amount of $1900.00 receiving for their investment only $100.00
On Aug 7th 1874 a daughter Harriet was born.
Cotton Mission
In Sept 1874 he was called on a Cotton mission. They located a place six miles west of Washington, Utah. They built a dam in the Virgin River which took 135 loads of brush, 500 loads of rock to make a dam 5 feet high 10 feet wide 130 feet long, and 10 feet deep. This dam is still in use for irrigation purposes today. He was engaged in this work for three years.
On June 27, 1876 another son Richard Charles was born.
Married Rhoda Ann Lang
On Nov 3 & 4 he did temple work in the St. George Temple for his Father, Mother, and brother Thomas. Nov 21 of the same year of 1877 he married Rhoda Ann Lang daughter of William and Mary Lang of St. George, Utah.

April 20, 1878 baby Mary Ann was born, and on Sep 19, 1880 Emma was born and on May 24 1882 their last baby a boy was born they named him Joseph Eugene bringing into the world a total of 8 sons and 6 daughters. They were all reared to man and womanhood except Henry Lyman who died at the age of 2 weeks.
Persecution for Polygamy
In 1886 he served a six months term in the state penitentiary and paid a find of $100.00 for polygamy.
Moved to Canada with Rhoda and Family
To escape further punishment for polygamy, on Sept 20, 1888 he loaded his wife Rhoda and four children, Minnie, Missia, Ben and Agnes into a light wagon and started out to find a new home, settling in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, after traveling twenty three days.
At this time his third son George who was living in Rockland, Idaho, having just lost his wife, was called home with his three children to take care of his mother.
Returned to Idaho critically ill
After spending twenty two years with his second family in Canada, James failed in health, becoming critically ill, requested that he might finish his last days in peace and love in the old rock home, that he and his first wife had labored so hard and diligently those many long heart aching years ago, built in the springtime of their young and tender love. In Feb 1910 the youngest son Joseph Eugene was sent to Canada to bring him home. He lived but a few weeks passing quietly away on Mar 29, 1910. In the old home that he loved so dear.
James May a pioneer of the west, was the father of 18 children.