Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Review: Church History, Durham through Jones

I have been going through the Church History Trail Excerpts for the Martin Handcart Company.  These can be found at the church website LDS.org.  http://lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysources/1,16272,4019-1-192,00.html
I am finding their is a great deal to go through, but the process is worth it.  However I have divided it into sections so I can keep track of where I have been.  In this section there is an excerpt from Dan Jones' book.  He was one of the rescuers and part of the express group that found the Martin Handcart Company.  He was also selected to spend the winter at Devil's Gate to guard the goods of the Saints that were left so they could use the wagons to cart the pioneers. 

There is a quote from one young man who noted that because some were sick, there was an added burden on others to carry them on their carts.  Of great import in this section is the journal of Jesse Haven.  He was captain of Company E from Iowa City to Florence.  This company was combined with Company F at Florence to form the Martin Handcart Company.  Jesse Haven then helped with the wagons.  I am convinced that Isaac was in this company until reaching Florence.  This is based on Langley's mother appealing to Captain Toone for a blessing for her son.  Captain Toone was with the Haven group.  He continues as a captain of 100 with Elder Martin. 

These pages also give an idea of the weather.  It went from in the 100s to below zero in a matter of a few months.  It also describes the problems with the Indians this year.  There were several attacks upon the plains, but they left the handcart pioneers alone for the most part.  There is a gruesome story of a wolf attacking and eating a man just before the last crossing of the Platte.  This seems to have made an impression on the pioneers.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pioneer History of Isaac J. Wardle

Pioneer History of Isaac J. Wardle

Pioneer History of Isaac J. Wardle
No author is given but I think it is my dad’s handwriting

Isaac John Wardle was the son of John and Mary Kinston, the former of Ravenstone England, the latter of Snayson, Leicestershire, Eng.  He was born June 1, 1835, and Ravenstone.  He came to Utah Nov 30, 1856 in the Edward Martin “Frozen Handcart Co.”

                Married Martha Ann Egbert Apr 17, 1859 (daughter of Samuel Egbert and Maria Beckstead, pioneers 1849) who was born March 1, 1844, and came to Utah with parents.  Their children:
1.       Isaac John born Oct. 31, 1862, married Alice Robinson.
2.       Samuel born Feb 4, 1864 died March 26, 1864.
3.       Crella Marie born Oct 15, 1868, married Zachariah Butterfield.
4.       Araminta born Apr. 25, 1868, married Daniel Densley.
5.       Joseph Smith born Sept. 13, 1870, married Sabrina Ann Beckstead.
6.       Hyrum Smith born May 26, 1873, died July 26, 1873.
7.       Silas D. born July 16, 1875, married Emeline Orgelo.
8.       Junius F. born June 9, 1879.
9.       Etney May born May 15, 1882 married Jon Palmer.
10.   Edgar R. born May 15, 1882, died Sept. 3, 1882.
The family home was in South Jordan, Utah.

                He married Mary Ann Ashton, 1868, Salt Lake City.  She was the daughter of William Ashton, pioneer 1856, Edward Martin Co.  She was born at Oldham, Lancastershire, England.  Their child William H. born April 5, 1869, married Annie Sorenson.

                Married Sophia Meyer July, 26, 1869, Salt Lake City (daughter of Charles F. Meyers and Annie Jacobson, pioneer Oct. 1, 1862, Joseph Horne Co.)  She was born Sept. 11, 1849 in Denmark.  Their children:
1.       Charles M., born Dec. 18, 1870, married Harriet Rhodehouse.
2.       Hannah M. born March 13, 1873, married Robert N. Holt.
3.       Atheamer M. born Sept. 3, 1881, married Rosa Powell.
4.       Wilford Woodruff born Oct. 6, 1883, died Aug. 7. 1887.  

He took and active part in the Echo Canyon trouble.   He filled a mission to England in 1879; he was Superintendent of South Jordan Sunday School from 1879-1897; He was a home missionary, ward teacher, high priest.  He moved from South Jordan, Utah to Parker, Idaho in 1900.
        He worked in the coal mines as a youth in England.  It was there he heard the Gospel from the Mormon missionaries.