Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rosa Clara Friedlander Logie Obituary


Obituary of Rosa Clara Friedlander Logie

American Fork Daily Citizen

21 Jun 1913

Death of Mrs. Rosa Logie. Logie Rosa Clara Friedlander 2

She Passed Away Sunday Afternoon -- A Short Sketch of Her Life

Mrs. Rosa Clara Logie died on Sunday afternoon, June 15, at 3:40 p.m. after a lingering illness of nearly six months. The cause of her death was a general breakdown from old age. The last six weeks she suffered considerable, but the end was very peaceful.

The funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Second Ward chapel. W.S. Chipman taking charge. The choir sane, "I Need Thee Every Hour." Opening prayer was by Bishop W. B. Smith and the song, "Resting Now From Care and Sorrow."

The speakers were William R. Webb, Bishop James Garner and President S. L. Chipman. An appropriate solo was rendered by Mrs. Clifford E. Young. The choir sang "Adieu, All Earthly Honors." James H. Clarke offered the closing prayer and Stephen D. Chipman dedicated the grave. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

Mrs. Logie was thoroughly good Christian woman and one who had a kind word for all and harsh words for none. She was a devoted wife and mother, a loyal friend and a good neighbor.

The following short sketch of her life was read by Brother Joseph B. Forbes:

Sister Rosa Clara Friedlander - Logie was born on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel, June 16, 1837 of English-French and German parentage. He father died while she was bat a child and her mother married again, living in London. At the age of 12 she embarked with her mother and stepfather for Australia.

Mrs. Logie in her youth was left alone in Sidney, New South Wales, in charge of Mission President Brother Farnham, her parents living in Melbourne. At this time, in company with Sister Mary Ann Evans who is now living here, they walked twelve miles every Sunday to the church branch of the L.D. S. in that far off country. sister Evans testifies to the faithfulness of that young maid to the principles of the Gospel. At the age of 16 this young maiden met and married Brother Charles J. Logie, about 1853.

They left Australia in 1854 for California, taking passage in the ship Julia Ann in company with the missionaries, John S. Eldridge, James Graham, Brother Farnham and twenty- three others with hopeful hearts they souls buoyed up with anticipation of arriving in Zion in a few short months. But God ordered it otherwise, and severe trials and disasters came upon them; their ship was wrecked upon a coral reef, which was part of the Scilly Islands, one of the Society group in the great Archipelago of the Pacific; a lonesome barren isle, where they were imprisoned for seven long months, living upon turtle meat and turtle eggs and water obtained from the rain, which they caught in shells. We cannot picture the dreary, disconsolate life they led. Five of the heroic band lost their lives by shipwreck; the balance apparently doomed to death by starvation and exposure. They were finally taken off the island by French fruiting vessels and conveyed to Tahiti, which is in the main course of vessels to the Sandwich Islands.

President S. S. Smith of Colorado, now dead, told me of the arrival of Brother Charles Logie and his wife at Honolulu and of their sad experiences on this voyage. In due time they arrived in San Francisco. Leaving San Francisco they arrived in Carson City, Nevada, living there a short time; from thence moving to Lehi, going from Lehi to Provo Valley, living a short time in Midway; thence to American Fork, where meeting their old friends, Brother and Sister Evans and Brother John S. Eldridge, they felt that they would settle down in peace and make their lifetime home in this city.

How much could be said of such lives, vicissitudes, trials, poverty, everything to endure to discourage and dishearten and through it all, her hope and courage predominated, and now they have both gone to their eternal rest and reward. such lives are but lessons, faithful lessons to those who remain giving strength to the weak vicissitudes encouragement to all.

Sister Logie was the mother of twelve children, and this alone it seems to me, entitles her to a crown of glory. There are nine living children as follows:

Sister Annie L. Clark, Charles J. Logie, Mrs. Rosa L. Bennett, Mrs. Eliz L. Bennett, Mrs. Elizabeth Atkins, Walter Logie, Mrs Elenore Gaisford and the Misses Georgina and Beatrice Logie.

She leaves twenty- nine grandchildren and twenty- two great grandchildren.

Posted 16 August 2015 by Lee R. Drew on Lineagekeeper Genealogy Collections and Tales Blog

Friday, March 4, 2011

Will of Jeremiah Mulford

The will of my ancestor, Jeremiah Mulford


1714 - 1791
Made 29 August 1791
Proved 19 January 1795
Filed in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
Lib. 36, page 18; File 8406-8409G

In the Name of God Amen the twenty ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one, I Jeremiah Mulford of the township of Newark, County of Essex and State of New Jersey gentleman Being sick but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, then for calling into mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die--Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principaly and first of all I give and Recommend my Sole into the hand of God that gave it and for my Body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian-like and Decent manner at the Discression of my Executor no thing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God and a (?____) Worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give (?____) and dispose of the same in the following manner and form to wit:

Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Jeremiah Mulford my (?___) Bible and thirty pounds to be taken out of a Bond that I have against him, and (?____) interest of the said bond (?______).

Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Benjamin Mulford my blew coat and blew vest and black vest and it is my will that he should keep them for his son, Daniel.

Item I will an bequeath unto my well beloved grand Daughter Mary Mulford my Bed and Beding and thirty pounds in money to be paid out of a (?Bond) that I have against my son Jeremiah Mulford.

Item I will that if their should be any money left on the said bond that I have against my son Jeremiah Mulford after paying my just Debt and the above mentioned bequeaths then and in that case it is my will that my well beloved grandchildren, James Campbell, Hannah Campbell, Lidiah Campbell, and Patience Campbell should have five pounds paid to each and every of them provided there should be to much money left on said (?Bond) and my will is that it shall be at the Descression of my Executor when the said legasses should be paid to the children.

Item I will and bequeath to my well beloved grand children Thomas Mulford and Serepta Mulford after all charges is paid all my right of Legacy now remaining due to me which was given to me by my Honored father in his will now Lying at (?Longiton or Longilon) to be Divided two thirds to my grandson Thomas and one third to my grand Daughter Serepta.

I likewise Constitute make and ordain my Dear and well beloved Son Jeremiah Mulford and my beloved friend David Littell Esq. Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and Do hereby utterly disavow, revoke, and disanull all and every other former testament written and Legisses Bequeaths and Executors by me in any ways before this time named will and bequeath. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.

Signed, Sealed, published,, pronounced (signed) Jeremiah Mulford
And declared by the said Jeremiah Mulford

As his last will and testament in the presence of (____)subscribers
Phebe Mulford (her mark)
Jain Clark (her mark)

Filed for Probate by Jeremiah Mulford and David Littell Esq. The Executors
This 19th day of Jan'ry 1795 in Newark.

Signed by Jeremiah Mulford
David Littell Esq did not sign.
Deposition of Phebe Mulford filed the 19th day of Jan'ry 1795
Signed by Phebe Mulford (her mark)
Jain Clark did not sign

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Colonel William Anderson–Scotland to Virginia–Friend of George Washington

My 6th great grandfather, Colonel William Anderson, was not only a brave man, but also personified the descriptive word “Character”. 

Born in Scotland prior to 1700, William was an adherent of Prince James, son of James II.  After supporting the insurrection of 1715, he was forced to flee the country in disguise to Virginia.   He eventually settled on the North Branch of the Potomac River in what is now Hampshire Co., West Virginia in a beautiful valley known to this day as the "Anderson’s Bottom".

Anderson's Bottom - West Virginia
Family stories state that his family shipped him a small trunk full of gold after hearing that he had safely arrived in America.  He used some of that wealth to purchase multiple properties in Maryland and Virginia.   The stories state that the remaining gold was still buried on his property at Anderson’s Bottom at the time of his death at age 104 in 1797.

William married Rachel Mary Lauren, a Scottish born beauty in 1732 in Hampshire Co., Virginia.  The couple had four daughters and two sons, two of which, Catherine and Thomas are my direct ancestors.

Early in his adult life, George Washington was a surveyor who frequently stopped by the the Anderson home overnight for lodging, a meal and a visit with his old friends.  The friendship continued on through the years and the Anderson’s were called up to defend the area from Indian raids prior to the Revolutionary War and against British-backed Indian raids during the war and the subsequent years thereafter.  William Anderson Jr. was killed by Indians while still in his youth, a hard blow to the family who lived so deep in to Indiana territory.

Colonel William and his surviving son, Thomas, joined Braddock's forces at Cumberland and served during the western campaign.  Col. William, so it is stated, always wore Scots dress.

William Anderson was found as a Private listed in Captain William Preston's Company of Rangers from 8 Jun 1757 - 4 May 1759 as authorized by an Act of the House of Burgesses.

William was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.  He owned in 1738, and prior thereto, several plantations in the Conegochiege manor, in Prince Georges's County, Maryland, one of which called Anderson's Delight, he sold to Dr. George Stewart of the city of Annapolis in 1739. 

Jim Burrows has posted an excellent research and documentation about the life and properties of William Anderson on his Anderson Papers site that I highly recommend to researchers and other Anderson descendants.

Additionally, another Anderson descendant, John Phillips, has written a historical fiction book about the life and times of William Anderson titled “Anderson’s Bottom

From the book: Life and Letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and Wife:

"William Anderson of Scotland, descended from a family of considerable prominence, born in the Highlands in 1693, implicated in the rising of 1715 in behalf of the Pretender, Prince James, son of James II, fled in disguise, after the cruel suppression of this incipient rebellion, through England to Virginia, where British loyalists of his views ever found a warm welcome."

Marion, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1886.
Mr. J. H. Anderson, Columbus, Ohio.

My Dear Nephew:--

I now undertake to give you some account of my ancestors. My Great-grandfather, William Anderson, was born in Scotland, in the year 1693 and died in Virginia in 1797. He was a friend of the Stuart dynasty, and joined the standard of Prince James, the Pretender, (as he was styled by some) son of James II, the deposed King of England.

After the rising in 1715, he fled into England where he tarried awhile, and then made his way in disguise, I am told, to Virginia, where he had relatives. He went up the Potomac river till he came to a beautiful and fertile valley, or bottom, on the North Branch, and here he decided to settle. It has ever since been called the Anderson Bottom, and was afterward included within the boundaries of Hampshire County, Virginia. That was then a wild region, inhabited mainly by Indians, but there were a few French, and probably a few British subjects west of William Anderson's new home.

He was strong and brave, and helped to protect the frontier settlements from murderous Indian foes. In "Braddock's defeat" (Braddock's engagement with the French and Indians near Fort Duquense) though beaten he fought bravely.

He was the father of four children, two boys and two girls. One of his sons, William, was killed by the Indians in the mountains near home. One of his daughters married Captain William Henshaw, of Berkley County, Virginia, whose plantation was near Bunker Hill, on Mill Creek.

I have forgotten the name of the husband of the other daughter, although I have often heard it. (In a subsequent letter he says her name was Sarah and that she married a Mr. Wilkins.)

As he, William Anderson, was 104 years old at the time of his death he was a little childish, but at 80 he was as strong and active as ever. He brought a large amount of gold from Scotland, or it was afterward sent to him, and he was known to possess a great deal when he died, but after his death it could never be found.”

(Source: Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history by James House Anderson.)

From the now defunct Silver Family Organization website:

"He (William) owned in 1738 and prior thereto several plantations in the Conegochiege Manor in Prince George's County, Maryland, one of which, called Anderson's Delight, he sold to Dr. George Stewart of the city of Annapolis in 1739.  It was soon after coming to the country that a rich and beautiful valley, far up the Potomac on the North Branch attracted his notice and on it he encamped and buit a hunting lodge.  This valley has ever since been known as the Anderson Bottom.  When Hampshire County, Virginia, was erected, it embraced the Anderson Bottom, which was only five miles from Fort Cumberland, constructed in 1754.  William Anderson died on the Anderson Bottom in Hampshire County, Virginia."

Hampshire County, West Virginia
Made 10 September 1786
Proved 9 April 1796
Hampshire County Wills; Box 1-200; #18

In the Name of God Amen.  I, William Anderson of Hampshire County and State of Virginia, farmer, being very weak in body but of perfect mind memory and understanding, and Mindful of my Mortality, do this Tenth day of September in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Six, Make and publish this my last Will and (?testament) in the (?manner) following.  First, I resign my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping and believing a Remission of my Sins by the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ and my Body I commit to the Earth and desire to be decently and privately Buried at the discretion of my Executor and my Worldly Estate I give and devise as follows--
First, I give and bequeath to my Dear Beloved Wife all my Moveable or Personal Estate--Consisting of one Horse, Cows, Calves, and Hogs, to her and for her own proper use forever--also all my household Furniture to her forever, also I give and bequeath to her for and during her Natural Life, my now dwelling house, out houses and all there appurtenances (?therewith) belonging . One half of the Orchards and its profits, my Lower Meadow and one Field adjoining my Upper Meadow Containing Ten acres of Tillable Land to and for her own use during her Natural Life.
Next, I give and bequeath unto my five Daughters, Namely, Nancy, Rachel, Sarah, Catherine and Hannah, Each One Shilling Sterling.  And Lastly, I Constitute Ordain make and appoint My Only Son Thomas Anderson my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament all and Singular my Lands, Messuages and Tenements by him to be possessed and any  (?--indecipherable lines) before to me (?--indecipherable)  --Revoke and Disannull all and every other  (?f----) and Bequests whatsoever by me in any Ways before bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and Year before written---(?__illegible)
                          (signed by mark) William X Anderson

declared by the Testator and for his last Will and Testament, in the
presence of us, who, at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have Subscribed our Names
as Witnesses thereto--
Evan Gwynnes
Henry Hains
Arthur (?___) Ohara

Attached document was Recorded and Examined and
(Recorded in) Will Book 1-22; Page 26
     At a Court held for Hampshire County the 9th day of April 1796.
This the last Will and Testament of William Anderson deceased was proved by the Oath of Arthur OHarra one of the Witnesses thereto and on the (?Motion) of Thomas Anderson the Executor therein named certificate is granted him for obtaining aprobate thereof in due (?form) he having taken the Oath of (?___ Executor and together with Arthur O'Harra and John House his Securities entered into and Acknowledged a Bond in the penalty of three hundred pounds Conditioned as the Law directs And at a Court held for the said County the 11th day of June (?three  weeks) following the said Will was further proved by the Oath of Evan Gwynies another Witness thereto and is ordered to be Recorded

Support provided by William Anderson to the Revolutionary War per Publick Claims:
Wm. Anderson for provisions & forage for cattle drivers £1-5-7.
William Anderson 86# flour 8s-7.

This surname, meaning 'son of Andrew', is prolific, being common in Lowland areas as well as in the north-east. The reason why this name arises in so many different locations is due to Scotland's patronymic system and little can be shown to suggest descent from a common ancestor. Thirteenth-century records give the earliest instances of the name and by the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, several burghs were represented in parliament by Andersons. The Furman-Workman MS of 1566 includes arms for Anderson of that ilk, implying that a notable Anderson was recorded as representer of the clan, but identification has never been established. In Privy Council records (James Y 2nd April 1526), one James Anderson of Sterheuch was made Carrick Pursuivant of Arms and in this position at the Court of the Lord Lyon, not to have borne and used arms is hard to reconcile. It has been suggested that he, and Anderson of that Ilk, were one and the same. This James is claimed as ancestor o the Anderson of North family in Strathbogle, yet the present senior line remains unknown. In more recent times their crest of an oak tree Proper with the motto 'Stand Sure', has been tacitly accepted by the Andersons as their clansman's crest badge. A Clan Anderson Society has been active for some years in North America and St Andrew's Day. 1993 saw the foundation of The Anderson Association in the United Kingdom.

Letter from Hiram H. Anderson to his nephew, James H. Anderson: "I do no know all the plantations my great-grandfather William Anderson owned, but I know he was vastly rich.  He was married twice.  His second wife, a Miss Barnett, wa a girl of seventeen, with whom he lived twenty-four years.  At the time of his second marriage he was 80 years old.  When he died he was 104, and his wife died the following year.  I believe he had no children by the second marriage."  "My great-great-grandfather William Anderson, acquired the Anderson Bottom plantation in Hampshire county Va., by patent from Thomas, Lord Fairfax.  Besides his Maryland real estate, William owned a number of other tracts.  William and his (first) wife Rachel, conveyed 100 acres of good land on new Creek, in Hampshire county, to John Baker, Nov. 9, 1772.  William and his (second) wife Margaret conved Sept. 17, 1787, to James Malloy, 327 acres of choice land, situate on Gibbons and Crooked runin in said county.  Thomas Anderson and Sarah his wife, conveyed Nov. 22, 1802, said 206 acres to Martin Shaffer.  Thomas Anderson conveyed April 16, 1802, by deed of gift, 93 acres of the Anderson Bottom to his son James.  Thomas Anderson conveyed Feb. 26, 1806, to Daniel Collins, all the Anderson Bottom land except said 93 acres.  James Anderson and Priscilla his wife, conveyed February 26, 1806, to Daniel Collins said 93 acres.  The deeds of conveyance and of said real estate, except of the Maryland property, are all of record in Romney, Hampshire county, W. Va.  William Anderson obtained the most of his Virginia real estate from Lord Fairfax."

(Source: Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history by James House Anderson.)

William Anderson of Scotland descended from a family of prominence, born in the Highlands in 1693, implicated in the rising of 1715 in the behalf of the pretender, Prince James, son of James II., fled in disguise, after the cruel suppression of this incipient rebellion, through England to Virginia where British loyalties of his views ever found a warm welcome; it was not long after his arrival in Virginia until he received remittances with which he bought real property in Maryland and Virginia. He owned in 1738 and prior thereto several plantations in the Conegochiege Manor in Prince George's county, Maryland, one of which, called Anderson's Delight, he sold to Dr. George Stewart of the city of Annapolis in 1739. It was soon after coming to the country that a rich and beautiful valley, far up the Potomac, on the North Branch, attracted his notice and on it he encamped and built a hunting lodge. This valley has ever since been known as the Anderson Bottom. When Hampshire county, Virginia, was erected, it embraced the Anderson Bottom, which was only five miles from Fort Cumberland, constructed in 1754. William Anderson died on the Anderson Bottom in Hampshire county, Virginia."

From Electric Scotland


The name Anderson meaning "son of Andrew" although widespread in Scotland is also found in Europe particularly in Scandinavia. In the Highlands the form MacAndrew is more commonly found and this family is thought to be connected with the Clan Anrias, a sept of Clan Ross who were also associated with the Clan Chattan federation from the beginning of the 15th century. In the Kinrara manuscript it is claimed that the MacAndrews came to Badenoch from Moidart about 1400. The first recording of this name appears on the Ragman Rolls of 1296 when David le fiz Andreu, Burgess of Peebles, and Duncan fiz Andreu of Dumfries were among those to swear allegiance to Edward I. One famous member of the family was John MacAndrew of Dalnahatnich - Iain Beg MacAindrea, Little John MacAndrew, a bowman of note and terror of all who fought against him; the family is, however, more renowned for its members' intellectual achievements. Aberdeen born Alexander Anderson was acclaimed as a brilliant mathematician in Europe when he published his  works on geometry and algebra in Paris between 1612 and 1619. His cousin David Anderson of Finshaugh also had a fine mathematical brain and was known locally as "Davie-do-a'-things"; his best known achievement was to devise a method of removing a large rock which had been blocking the entrance to Aberdeen harbour. The family talent was passed on to a grandson, James Gregory, the inventor of the Reflecting Telescope. A later generation included James Anderson (1739-1808 ); his article on monsoons, for the first edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" predicted, with remarkable accuracy, discoveries made by Captain Cook before he had returned from his expedition to announce them! Prominent Anderson families are Andersons of Dowhill, Wester Ardbreck in Banffshire and Candacraig in Strathdon. Arms were awarded in the 16th century to Anderson of that Ilk, but his family has not yet been identified as the leading family and as a result, the main house is considered to be that of Ardbreck.

ANDERSON or ANDREWSON simply means son of Andrew, and it must be understood that the prevalence of this surname throughout Scotland supposes that Andrew was early adopted as a popular Christian name - probably due to St. Andrew being our patron saint. Consequently, many families of quite differing origins now bear the name. Anderson is also a Lowland rendering of the old Gaelic personal name Gillaindreis (servant/devotee of (St) Andrew), and MacGillandreis is of like origin. The Clan Ross are sometimes called Clann Aindrea (the race of Andrew), and Gillanders, as a surname, is often equated with Ross, being a frequently found amongst the early Ross', whose descent was from Fearchar Mac-an-t-Sagairt, a Hereditary Abbot of Applecross. Early in the 15th century, another family, the Clan Andrish, natives of Moidart (not far from Applecross), reputedly founded by a Donald MacGillandrish, settled at Connage in Petty, and became embodied into the Confederation of Clan Chattan, under its Mackintosh Chief. In course of time their name was anglicized as MacAndrew. Though the Andersons are sometimes given as a sept of Clan Ross the idea that all are of Highland origin and share a common ancestry is quite absurd. NO clan connection should be assumed without additional evidence and such may be acquired through a compilation of one's personal ancestry. Many Andersons who trace an ancestry to Islay were once Macillandrais' who anglicised their name. In its present form the name is common in Aberdeenshire where we find the Andersons of Downhill, and of Candacraig in Strathdon, whereas, in Banffshire, the Andersons of Wester Ardbreck are long established. It should also be remembered that the name is also common outwith our shores, particularly in Scandinavia, and Andersons settled furth of Scotland should look to their ancestry before claiming Scottish descent, far less clan association.

Agnes (Anderson) Henshaw was a daughter of William Anderson, a Scotchman of good family, of property, and education.  In his native country he stood by the Stuarts, an in 1715 befriended and fought for Prince James.  Then he was forced to fly, and after wandering about England for some months, he continued to reach Virginia, where he found many people of his way of being relatives, and a permanent home.  Very soon after his arrival in Virginia, he became the owner of a farm that has ever since been known as the "Anderson Bottom".  It is on the North Branch of the Potomac in Hampshire County, that was afterward formed, embracing this place.  Fort Cumberland, five miles distance, was erected a good many years after Col. William Anderson's occupation of the bottom.

This region was then for the most part a howling wilderness, and savage Indians were the principal human inhabitants.  William Anderson was a soldier by nature, and brave, and in his efforts to protect the infant frontier settlements had many conflicts with the Indians.  He and his son Thomas joined Braddock's forces at Fort Cumberland, on their way to Fort Duquesne, near which they were destined to suffer a disastrous defeat.  Col. William Anderson was somewhat eccentric with all his noble qualities.  He always wore a Scotch style of dress; and when he died in 1797, at the age of 104, his heavy head of hair was perfectly black, his teeth sound and white and his eyesight as good as ever, so that he read without glasses.


Yorktown–British Surrender 225th Anniversary

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Three Logie’s ~ British Military Leaders

My 4th great granduncle, William Logie, was a Lt. Colonel Commandant in the British military in India.  He arrived there on 2 Feb 1798 and was soon promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 9 Aug 1798.

Over the course of the next twenty five years, he advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Commandant on 22 Cot 1824.  His military career took him to Egypt, Bengal, Bundelkhand, Alwar, Nepal, Chanda and finally to Saugor, India.

On 29 Aug 1807, William married Elizabeth Sophia Arnold, the daughter of Sir John Arnold, Major General in the Army and his wife Bebed Mehtaub in Cawnpore, Bengal.

William and Elizabeth had five children, Sophia born 1809 in Moray, Scotland, Charles Arnold born 1812 in Moray, Scotland, Charlotte born 1818 in India, Cosmo Gordon, later a Surgeon General in the British Army, born 1821 in Moray, Scotland and Marian born 1824 in Moray, Scotland.

He was born on 10 Aug 1782 at Boat O’ Bog, Moray, Scotland to Major James Logie and his wife, Elizabeth Gordon.  Major James Logie, like his sons, Alexander and William, served in the military in India.  He died on 23 May 1815 in Surat, India.

The oldest son in the family, Major Alexander Mathius Gordon Logie, died in India completing the loss of all three men in the family while serving military assignments for their mother country far away from the green fields of northern Scotland.

Gordon Castle: birth location of Elizabeth Gordon Logie, mother of Major James Logie and Lt. Col. Commandant William Logie.

William’s will gives us some insight in to his life and preparedness for an early death based on years of witnessing them among his men.

Last Will and Testament
of William Logie, Lt. Col. Commandant
born: 1781 Redhall, Boat-of-Bog, Moray, Scotland
Film #510913  Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Country: India Presidency of: Bengal Testamentary Records Wills 1828 Parts 1 & 2
India Office Records Commonwealth Office

Charles Edward Grey Knight Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal

James Weir Ross, Registrar
(William Logie pp. 349-356)
p. 349  

Exhibit "A" referred to in the Affidavit of Charles Jackson Doveton, Sworn the First day of March 1828 before me.
signed:  Mark Carter Webber

I, William Logie, Lt. Col. Commandant Bengal Army do make this my last
Will and Testament.

I give and bequeath to my Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Logie of the town of Forchabers in North Britian, the Sum of 500 Pounds five hundred. In the event of her death, this legacy is to he paid to my sister, Mrs. Ruxton, of the same place.

2nd I give and bequest my Gold Watch by Hare with Key to Henry Ruxton Esq. Royal Navy my brother-in-law.

3rd The remainder of my Property, as well as any money Estate may become entitled to, I give and bequeth in equal shares to my five children, Sophie, Charles Arnold, Charlotte, Cosmo, and Marian.

4th Finally I intreat of my dear friends Sir John Arnold KCB, Lt. Colonel C. J. Doveton, Henry Cheape Esqre, Henry Huelane Esq, and my son-in-law S. A. Lyons to he executors to my Estate and Guardians  to my children.

Signed end sealed at Saugor on Saturday this fifth day of January
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty-eight.
Fort William ) W. Logie ~--~
In Bengal )
p. 350

George the Fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Defender of the Faith and so forth to Captains William Henry Sleeman, William Aldous, and Francis  Rutledge all of Saugor in Bundelkurd and to Major Mark Webber of Sulerpore. We having great confidence in the love fidelity and Circumspect of you the said William Henry Sleeman William Aldous and Francis Rutledge do by these presents give you or either of you full power and authority to swear Lieutenant Colonel Charles Jackson Doveton, to the truth  of our affidavit and also to administer the Oath of an Executor to the said Charles Jackson Doveton Major General Sir John Arnold KCB and   Lieutenant S. A. Lyons of the Executors named in the last will and testament of William Logie as Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased the form of which oath is hereunto when you or either of you had administered the Oath aforesaid to the said Charles Jackson Doveton Sir John Arnold end S. A. Lyons then you or either of you are to return the same to our Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort Williams in Bengal under your hands and Seals, or the Hand and Seal of either of you without delay together with the original will herewith enclosed to you and this _____________. But before either you or either

p. 351
proceed to swear the said Charles Jackson Doveton Sir John Arnold and S. A. Lyons as aforesaid you or either of you are to take such Oath as is herein mentioned to the Oath for the _________ to take and you or either of you have full power to administer such Oath Witness Sir Charles Edward Grey Knight Chief Justice at Fort William aforesaid the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight.

A. J. Hamilton J. WM. Hogg
      Proctor Registrar
The Execution of this Commission appears by a Certain Schedule hereunto annexed.
Fra Rutledge
Mark Carter Webber

The Commissioner’s Oath
I swear that I will truly faithfully and without partiality administer the Oath herein after mentioned to Charles Jackson Doveton and Sir John Arnold two of the Executors named in the last Will and testament of William Logie deceased.
So help me God.
Fra. Rutledge, Captain
38th Regt.

p. 352
The Executor's Oath
You Swear that you believe this to be the last Will and testament of William Logie to be a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the Thirty fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased and that you are two of the Executors therein named and that you will faithfully execute the said will by paying debts of the said deceased so far as his effects will extend and the law oblige you, and that you will cause all the said effects to be appraised and make a true and perfect inventory and  the sums into the Honorable the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal within six months from this day and that you will likewise render a true and just account of this your Executorship and deliver the same unto the same Court on or before the First day of March which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.

Sworn at Saugor the first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight by the above named Charles Jackson Doveton and Sir John Arnold before me.   
signed: Fra: Rutledge

SO help you God

signed: J. Arnold, Major. General
C. J. Doveton, Lt. Col.
38th Regt. N. I.

Commissioner’s Oath:

I swear that I will truly faithfully and without partiality administer the oath herein after mentioned to Samuel Athill Lyons of the Executors named in the last will and testament of William Logie deceased.
SO help me God.
Mark Carter Webber

p. 353
The Executor's Oath
You swear that you believe this to be the last Will and Testament of William Logie a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry deceased and that you are one of the Executors therein named and that you will faithfully execute the said Will by paying debts and legacies of the said deceased so far as his Effects will extend, and the Law oblige you and that you will cause all the said Effects to be appraised and make a true and perfect inventory of them and exhibit the same unto the Honorable the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal within six months from this day and that you will likewise render a true and just account of this your Executorship and deliver the same unto the same Court on or before the First day of March which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.
Sworn at Saugor the first day ) of March in the year of our Lord) Samuel Athill Lyons
    So help you God    Lieut. 34 N.I.
   one thousand eight hundred )
   and twenty-eight by the above )
   named S.A. Lyons Before me )
   Mark Carter Webber

In the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal Ecclesiastical File.

In the Goods of William Logie deceased.

p. 354

Charles Jackson Doveton a Lieutenant Colonel in the thirty-eighth Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry at present stationed and residing at Saugor in Bundelaand maketh Oath and Saith that the paper writing herein ________ and marked with the letter "A" is as THE _______ verify believes the last Will and Testament of the above named William Logie late a Lieutenant Colonel Commandant in the thirty-fourth Regiment of Bengel Native Infantry deceased and that he this DID WRITE THE SAID Will at the desire and from the dictation of the said Testator after reading it over did approve and Sign and Seal the same as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of this and this 'FURTHER SAITH THAT THE SAID William Logie the Testator at the time of his so executing the said will was of sound mind and understanding and appeared perfectly to comprehend the contents thereof and the LASTLY SAITH THAT THE SAID William Logie who was in this lifetime a British subject hath lately departed this life at Sangor in the East Indies leaving Effects within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court to be administered.
Sworn the first day of) March 1828 before me )
Mark Carter Webber,  C.J. Doveton,  Lt. Col. 38th Regt. N. I.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The David Drew Sailmakers of Plymouth

At least three generations of the Drew family in Plymouth, Massachusetts were sailmakers.

The first known in the lineage was David Drew, who was born in 1752 in Plymouth, the son of Nicholas and Bathsheba Kempton Drew.  Nicholas was probably a sailmaker too but conclusive evidence has not been found to support it yet.

David established his business in Plymouth serving the ships in that area.  As whaling and trade expanded from New England throughout the Atlantic, so did his work.  New sails were needed for the ever expanding fleets and repairs were in constant demand.  Ship owners maintained their ships then as we do our expensive commercial vehicles today.  They weren’t making money in port or without efficient operation.  Sails were the engines of the craft and the stress and wear on them was enormous.

The sailmaking craft stayed in the family.  David brought his sons David and Atwood in to the business as young men.  David Jr., eventually took over the business while his younger brother, Atwood became a ship captain, sailing the oceans of the world.

David established his ownership of the business when his father died at the young age of 55.  Business was good in the sail loft producing enough revenue for the Drews to build a large home a short distance away at 51 Pleasant Street.   The home remained in the Drew family for four generations until the 1920’s.

                                   Drew Home on July 4th 1907                                           

Drew Home Plymouth 1907

                                             Drew Home in 1996

Drew Home Plymouth Massachuetts

The walk to work wasn’t too long.  A stroll up Pleasant Street that turned into Market Street.  A right turn on Church Street after glancing to the left at First Church and Burial Hill and then a leisurely walk east as Church Street turned into Leyden after crossing Main Street.  The walk ending at the third door on the left on the north side of the road at the Drew Sail Loft.

David Jr’s son, David III, took over the business in 1825 when his father became ill and died.  He kept the business thriving for years until the sailing fleets began to dwindle because of the downturn in whaling and the replacement of wind powered craft with fossil fuel power. 

There was still enough revenue to support his family but not to entice his sons to enter the business.  All of his sons left Plymouth in their early manhood to establish lives in other locales and occupations.   David Lewis, moved across the county to Calaveras County, California during the gold rush.  Harrison was a sailor who moved to Florida for a time and while there helped salvage a wrecked lumber ship.  He married there and moved back to Plymouth to work and support his family.  Austin worked in textiles and leather and traveled south to New York and other surrounding states before passing away.

The sail loft was sold when David was in his advanced age.  The work must have agreed with his constitution, because he lived to the ripe old age of 94. 

The era of the Drew Sail Loft passed into history.  It supported generations of the family and while the work was extremely taxing physically, it was also rewarding, both from a monetary standpoint and from the knowledge that your work was traveling the world as the the power source on the grand sailing ships of Plymouth.

Worn, calloused knobbly knuckles and knees from sailmaking left the visage of the men of the family when the loft was sold.  David’s descendants have explored numerous fields of endeavor.  Most have continued in fields of expertise that has brought power to the vehicles and equipment of their era. 


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Abram Bennett – Reverend and State Senator

Bennett Abram 2 (2).jpgThe Grandson of a Revolutionary War heroAbram Bennett was born March 10, 1819 in Warren County, Ohio.  He died on March 11, 1906, aged 87 years and one day in Troy, Kansas.

Abram was also known as Abraham in many records and among his family.

Abram was a veteran of the Civil War.  He married to Rachel Anderson June 30, 1839. The couple had eleven children; eight boys and three girls.  

At the time of his death on 11 March 1906, seven were living; five boys and two girls; George, of Warsaw, Missouri, Silas and David, of Mercur, Utah, Robert of Alpine, Utah, Charles, of Valentine, Nebraska, Mary Camp, of Kirwin, Kansas; and Mary Downing of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

His wife, Rachel Anderson Bennett, died Dec. 21, 1893 in Troy, Kansas.

He first came to Kansas from Ohio in 1856 with General Jim Lane and later brought his family to Doniphan County to live.

Abram served as the Chaplin of a Kansas regiment of militia and was for several years very active in church matters.  He was appointed as the Kickapoo Indian Agent by the President of the United States after moving to Kansas.  Later, Abram was elected as a Kansas State Representative and State Senator.

For fourteen years he was a minister of the gospel and assisted in the organization of several churches in this part of the country among which was the M. E. Church in Troy. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Lutheran church.

He was a member of the company that organized the town of Moray and was its first merchant.

His funeral services were conducted at the Moray church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 1906 by the Rev. J. B. Vernon and his body was laid to rest in the Moray cemetery, southwest of Troy.


Bennett Abram home (2)

Abram Bennett Report to the Secretary of the Interior

Bennett Abram Kikapoo Indian Agent Letter

Abram Bennett’s Reply about the society and treatment of the Kickapoo Tribe

Bennett Abram Reply Kickapoo Agent
Bennett Abram Reply Kickapoo Agent pg 2

Bennett Abram complaint against taxes

Bennett Abram Kansas Senator 1st District
Kansas Bendena Map - Abram Bennett Store
Bennett Abram - David BLM Land Warrant Doniphan Co Kansas 1 May 1860b

Bennett Abram - East Norway Kansas Founder

Bennett Abram not selected state senator Nov 1865

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Featherstone Millions

Cuthbert Featherstone served as the Gentleman Usher to Queen Elizabeth I, and as such was her trusted friend. Cuthbert and his wife Katherine lived in London but the housing conditions in the city were poor and they eventually left their home in Chancery Lane. They purchased “Hassingbrook Hall”, an ancient manor near the banks of Hassinbrook at Stanford-le-Hope, twenty-five miles down stream from London. Their ability to purchase this estate indicates they had some measure of financial success.

Featherstonearms Cuthbert died on 10 Dec. 1615 at the age of 78 and was buried at the old St. Dunstan-in-the-West. Katherine died in Nov. 1622 and was buried by him.

Cuthbert and Katherine had five known children. One of them, Henry, married (1) Mary Newman and (2) Katherine Heneage who was a descendant of one of Queen Elizabeth’s financial advisors and ministers, Sir Henry Henage. Their son, Heneage, began amassing the Featherstone fortune.

In February 1665, the plague began to claim thousands of lives in London. By September of that year, over almost one third of the 350,000 residents had died as a result of this dire illness. On the night of 12 September 1666, a fire started in one of the homes in the London wall. After burning for several days, it destroyed 395 acres of London and consumed over 13,000 homes. More than half of the population was left homeless.

The city was decimated by the plague and then by the horrendous fire. One person had a vision of the future that detailed a brighter future. Sir Heneage Featherstone, was a bright man, who had inherited his ancestors ability to handle money as well as his name. At the time of the fire and plague, he was 38 years of age and decided to start investing in the rebuilding of the city. His investments in reconstruction that leveraged his governmental contacts and skills started in the Old Fish Street and Finsbury Circus areas of the city.

The reconstruction breathed new life into the city and his wealth began to grow rapidly. When looking for the lost fortune, one must look at the land titles involved in this redevelopment effort. Land was not owned in what we now call fee simple, or out-and-out ownership. Rather, the land was owned by a party (often the crown) who leased it out for a stipulated period. These lease periods ranged from a few years or might extend to 999 years! Possibly some of the valuable lands may still legally be in the name of Sir Heneage Featherstone.

Sir Heneage and his wife Mary had ten children, the oldest of whom was Henry, born in 1654. Sir Henry grew in London witnessing the plague and fire and the rebuilding and growth instigated by his father, Sir Heneage. After his post-graduate studies he worked in investments and tenant properties and became fairly wealthy in his own right. Sadly, his wife, Anna Maria Williamson died with her unborn child in 1692. Sir Henry had inherited the wealth and properties of his father and added to them but did not have an heir for his vast estate. Many of his siblings were dead and he was childless. Looking about for another Featherstone willing to apprentice to him and become his heir, his eyes landed on Thomas Featherstone of Heatherye Cleugh from whence his great grandfather Cuthbert had migrated 150 years earlier.

Thomas came to live with Sir Henry, but his love for a local lass, Sarah Caine, overcame his loyalty to Sir Henry and he returned home. You can imagine the old man’s grief. He was 66 and had nor heir for the fortune who would protect the funds and continue to expand the influence of the family.

He looked back to Heatherye Cleugh again and this time found another possible heir in Matthew Featherstone who lived in the Featherstone Castle. Matthew was once High Sheriff of the North Country city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and later served as the city’s Lord Mayor. Matthew was wealthy in his own right and had bought the castle back from the Earl of Carlisle.

Matthew descended from the same Heatherye Cleugh branch of the family that had produced Cuthbert the Elder and, almost too good to be true, had a son named Matthew who was of the right age to be an apprentice and heir for Sir Henry.

Young Matthew was born in 1711 and was in his early thirties at the time he moved to live with Sir Henry. In Sir Henry’s will, dated 22 Feb. 1745, with two codicils attached, Sir Henry disposed of some £20,000 in smaller legacies to relatives and various charities but left the majority of his accumulated wealth to his “ … esteemed friend Matthew Featherstone…of Crooked Lane, London.”

There are varying accounts of the total value of Sir Henry’s estate. May stories list it as £400,000. Yet there are persistent stories about immense properties in Essex and London that paled the initial assessment. Among the most believed is that the total estate came close to £16,000,000!

How much was the British Pound Sterling worth in the year 1746? If we take the word of American historians Will and Ariel Durant that British Pounds Sterling in those days roughly equaled fifty U. S. dollars, the sum total came to something like $800,000,000! And that was in 1746, many years before there were any U. S. dollars!

Matthew decided to live in the south of England and bought himself a title. On 24 December 1746, Matthew married Sarah Letheuiller. Sarah and Matthew purchased Uppark, which lies on the South Downs of Sussex in 1747. Sarah oversaw the expensive repairs to the old mansion and their son, Sir Harry was born there on 22 December 1754. Sir Matthew died on 24 March 1744 and Sarah died in December 1788.

Sir Harry was one of the wealthiest young men in England and was highly sought after by the young ladies and their mothers across the country. He continued adding to Uppark’s furnishings and grounds over the years. Sir Henry remained a bachelor until 12 September 1825 when he married Mary Ann Bullock, the daughter of of Uppark’s poulterer and park keeper. He was 71 and Mary was 20 at the time.

Sir Harry sent Mary to Paris to be educated and took Mary’s little sister, Frances, into Uppark as one of the family. It was thought that she might have been his illegitimate daughter. They lived a harmonious and happy life until Sir Harry’s death at the age of 92 on 24 October 1846.

Lady Mary Featherstone(haugh) continued to live at Uppark until her death in January 1874. The estate passed smoothly to her sister Frances who adopted the name Feathersonhaugh and lived on in the house. She arranged for her heir to be Colonel the Hon Keith Turnour. His son passed away before the Colonel and arrangements were made that Uppark should pass to the second surviving son of another friend and neighbor, Admiral of the Fleet the Earl of Clanwilliam. This was the hon. Herbert Meade, a young navy man of 20 who ultimately reached flag rank after a career of high distinction. Col. Turnour assumed the additional name of Fetherstonhaugh and lived at Uppark for thirty five years.

Admiral Sir Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh and his family came to Uppark in 1931, lived there until 1968, and put it in the hands of Richard Meade-Fetherstonhaugh’s widow.

In 1954, the National Trust took over guardianship of Uppark as it has so many of England’s stately hold homes. In the late 1980’s, workmen under contract to repair the roof left a small fire burning while they downed tools for tea on the lawn. A blaze quickly spread and soon there was damage estimated to cost £20 million to repair. Uppark was not destroyed but it had taken body blows from which it would be difficult to recover.

The National Trust has performed heroic measures in restoring Uppark. It reflects a valued time in history and a remarkable recreation of the impeccable tastes and insights of that equally remarkable family of Featherstones.

Source: “The Featherstones of England”. by Elizabeth and Hans W. Meier

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ancestors in Hard Times

log_book Prices have changed a lot over the years.  Years ago, I found an old expense book that was recorded by Robert Nicholas Bennett, Charles Harrison Drew and his wife Elizabeth Bennett Drew. Their income in cash was severely limited. They survived because they lived on a farm and grew most of the food they ate.

Here is a sampling of some entries in the account book:

Cash taken in on farm 1918 (Fort Canyon, Alpine, Utah)

  • April 1st 500 Strawberry plants, Everbearing @1.00 per $5.00Bennett Robert Nicholas on farm
  • April 12th 100 Marshalls @ .30 per 100 .30
  • June 14th 3 Cases Berries @ 1.50 5 cases @ 1.25 10.75
  • June 14th 3 Cups of Berries .30
  • July 10th 5 Cases Currants @ $1.25 6.25
  • July 19th 1 Black Currants @ 1.75 1.75
  • July 19th 3 Strawberries @ 2.50 1@ 2.25 7.25
  • Aug 12th 10 Apples 19.95
  • Sept 2nd 4 Plums 1.60
  • Sept 2nd 2 Pears @ 1.10 2.20
  • Apr 8th 4 Doz Eggs @ .30 1.20

Labor for the Month of May

  • Si Bennett 21 « days @ 3.50 75.20
  • CH Drew 5 days@ 4.50 22.50

Other Expenses

  • 13238 ft Timber @ 3.50 per 46.20
  • Bolts 5.25
  • 75 # Powder 35% 7/8* 17.25
  • 100 No. 6 Caps* 2.10
  • 150 ft Pacific Fuse* 1.20
  • *pd to Tintic Lumber
  • 2# Coffee .70
  • 1/5th of Flowers for Rosa Clara Logie Bennett's Funeral 2.00
  • June Flour 100# Coal 200# Powder 250# 2.75

Income from 1913 while Charles Harrison & Elizabeth Bennett Drew lived in Mammoth, Utah.

Mammoth is located about 10 miles south of Eureka, Utah in the Tintic Mining District.

Charles was a teamster and had his own horse team and wagon servicing that area.

  • Work for Bert Bird    Jan 10th Team 2.50

Apparently Charles charged 2.50 per day for hauling. There are a number of entries during the months for many entities such as MammothDrew Charles Elizabeth Elwood.jpg Supply, George Parsons, Jack Bush, Okey Smith, Ed Montague, Joseph Weeks, Lyn Haws, B. Harper, Mammoth City, Stella Harding and many more.

The listings for income aren't listed as daily occurrences, and expenses for feed was .75 a day. A couple of interesting entries were $2.00 to Mammoth City for the Team at a fire on 6 October,$1.50 for a saddle horse to Mammoth City on 10 October. Two passengers to Eureka on 18

October for $2.00 (he wasn't paid until 10 Nov. but it was in cash then).

Apparently the prices changed during the winter months. There are a number of entries for Mr. Sam Cohn involving trips to Eureka during November and December for $1.00 each.

In 1917, Charles and Elizabeth had moved to Salt Lake City.  Charles was still a teamster and his main loads were coal.  A few entries from that year are as follows:

  • Feb. 14th 1000 # to 349 So. 900 East 1.15
  • Feb 15th 2000# to 834 East 300 So. 2.50
  • Feb 19th 2000# to L.E. Hall 78 East 1st North 2.50

log_book2The House Account for February 1917 consumed all of the earnings. The total expenditures were $94.05. Rent was $12.00, meat cost $3.00. Honey and bacon was .35.

Life has changed since then.  Few of us have farms to supply food during tough economic times.  Prices have changed dramatically, but they are relative to the date.  Movies, dinner, electronics and other ‘stuff’ are notably missing from their list of expenditures.  Who had time and energy for the time and energy to be involved in those activities anyway?   Not folks who were barely surviving in a hard scrabble life.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Franklin Wheeler Young – Patriarch - Bishop

Young Franklin Wheeler (2).jpg Franklin Wheeler Young, a Patriarch in Emery Utah Stake, was a son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall, and was born in Scott county, Ill., February 17, 1839.

His parents were driven from their farm and home into Far West, Caldwell county, Mo., in the fall of 1838, and were compelled to leave all their earthly goods and effects, except a light wagon and horse team, and some bedding hastily thrown into the wagon. They left every other thing they possessed to their persecutors, to take and use.

As a boy Franklin was not able to attend school, or get a start even for an education. Early in 1846 his people joined the camps of Israel in their exodus from the city and temple they had assisted in building, and the little boy lent a hand in the preparations for the journey in parching corn by the bushel to be carried along as food ready cooked. His early recollections carry him back to the day the Mormon Battalion marched out of camp, and started away on their famous march to Mexico.

In the spring of 1847 his father, was selected to go with the first company of pioneers, and later in the season he went along with a part of his father's family, including his older brother John R. across the plains, in Capt. Jedediah M. Grant's company, and arrived in Salt Lake Valley, October 4, 1847.

His father had a few sheep and a few cows, and these were put in with other cows and sheep and made up two company herds, and these the two boys, John R. and Franklin W., were required to assist in driving. Franklin W. took his turn as a matter of course and walked the greater part of the way from the Missouri river to Salt Lake Valley in his ninth year. He was baptized by his father, Elder Lorenzo D. Young, during the winter of 1847B8, in City creek.

He was a living, grateful witness of the Divine power manifested in the destruction of the myriads of crickets that infested the first crops in Salt Lake Valley, by the sea gulls, which came in vast numbers, and alighting in the fields, devoured the crickets until gorged, when they would fly away to the two or three little water ditches that had been made by the settlers, where they would drink water, disgorge themselves and then return to the slaughter. Thus did they work from early morning until the shades of night, from day to lay, until the crickets were destroyed, the growing crops preserved and the little colony of exiles saved from starvation. From the spring of 1850 to the spring of 1855 the greater part of Franklin's time was taken up in herding his father's cows and sheep, and he had but very little chance to attend school.

At the April conference of the Church in Salt Lake City in 1856, he was called on a mission to the Sandwich Islands. Leaving Salt Lake City on the 7th of May, following, he drove an ox‑team, in one of the companies going to settle in Carson county, now Nevada, as far as Washoe valley. Thence he walked, with several of his fellow missionaries, across the mountains into California. In the harvest field he labored to earn money to pay his fare to Honolulu, where he arrived in company with Elders Alma L. Smith, Fred A. Mitchell, Thos. Clayton, Wm. France, Wm. H. Wright, Robert Rose, John Brown, and others, in the early part of September, and soon after was assigned to the Kohala district, on Hawaii, to labor under the presidency of Elder Joseph F. Smith. He soon acquired a knowledge of the language and was an active, energetic missionary, baptizing a goodly number of natives into the Church.

When all the Elders every where were called home, because of the Johnston army troubles, he was released from his labors on the Islands and arrived in San Francisco January 20, 1858, having worked his passage, as assistant cook on the sailing vessel that brought him back to his native land. From San Francisco he came with a company of returning Elders and a few California Saints. The returning Elders referred to were Wm. W. Cluff, Sextue E. Johnson, Wm. King, John R. Young, Franklin W., the subject of this sketch, Smith B. Thurston, John A. West, George Speirs, and others, all of whom walked from San Francisco to Utah, by way of the Southern route, excepting John R. Young, who got an opportunity to ride with a party from California.

Captain Harbine, the leader of the party and others, came to sell President Brigham Young a few million acres of land they claimed a right to in South America. Elder J. R. Young came on through with them as a guide, but President Young did not care to purchase from them, nor move the Church to South America.

Brother Young rode from the Mountain Meadows with Wm. S. Godbe, who was returning to the Valley from San Bernardino, in post haste, with a trunk containing valuable documents for Col. Thos L. Kane. He, Elder Godbe and Wm. C. Lewis, of Parowan, had made the trip from Pinto creek to San Bernardino, 375 miles, and back to Pinto with four mules, without change of teams, in ten days, an average of 75 miles per day, and with the timely aid rendered by the Bishops of Pinto, Parowan, Beaver, Fillmore, Holden, and Nephi, in furnishing relays of teams, made the run from Pinto with Franklin W. to Payson, 230 miles, in 50 hours.

At Payson Brother Young stopped off and returned to Spring Lake, where his father and his brother Wm. G. Young were encamped. The latter was Bishop of Grantsville, and he was camping at Spring Lake with the greater part of the people of his Ward, during what was called "the move," they having left their all as a witness to God and all right thinking people that they were willing to do so, rather than give up "Mormonism."

Brother Franklin W. took one of his father's teams and went at least twice to Salt Lake City, hauling flour, meat, and grain to Provo; thus he helped in "the move," until the word came that a compromise had been agreed upon, and that all were at liberty to return to their homes. Franklin W. then joined with his brother William G. and returned to Grantsville.

At Grantsville, Franklin W. was married to Nancy Greene, and in September, 1859, he got a call from President Brigham Young to come to Salt Lake City, prepared to go on a mission. Dropping everything, he hastened to to the city, where he on September 14, 1859, was ordained a Bishop and set apart to preside over Payson. He was twenty years, six months and twenty‑seven days old when he was ordained to this office, and at the time was the youngest Bishop ever ordained in the Church.

On 6 July 1861 Franklin married Anna Maria Sabin in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Ward of Payson at that time had about 175 families, besides a branch at Pondtown, now Salem, of about 25 families. For two years the "Boy Bishop," as he was often called, struggled with all his might to do his duty, and succeeded in bringing about a better feeling of unity and good will in the midst of the Saints of his Ward, but when President Brigham Young saw that it was telling on the young man, and that he was trying to carry too great a load, he called him on a mission to the cotton country or "Dixie," to help to build up the barren wastes there.

Accordingly on November 3, 1861, Brother Franklin W. in company with his brothers John R. and Lorenzo S. and Henry M. Russell pulled out for "Dixie" on December 13, 1861, Brother Young was chosen to act as Bishop of the Grafton Ward, including Rockville. This was done at a meeting held in the camp, then called Grafton, and presided over by Apostle Erastus Snow.

This position he held until October, 1862, when he removed with his family to St. George. Here he was chosen as a member of the High Council. In October, 1863, Brother Franklin was released by President Brigham Young, from the "Dixie mission," and called back to Salt Lake City, and directed by the President to remove the next spring to Bear Lake Valley, and help to settle that country, which he did, arriving in the valley May 8, 1864.

He settled on Big Creek, afterwards called St. Charles. Here he laid out the first water ditch for the irrigation of the land south of Big Creek. August 8, 1864, he was appointed by the Probate Judge of Richland county to be the county clerk thereof, and was elected a little later county recorder for Richland county.

The winter of 1865-6 was a very hard one in Bear Lake valley. The snow was deep and for weeks there was no track broken from one town to another. Brother Young, acting then as a home missionary went to every town in the valley on snow shoes. In his trip through the north end of the valley, Elder James H. Hart accompanied him, and on their way from Montpelier to Paris by way of "The Hay Stacks," they were overtaken by night, at a time when a dense fog had rested over the valley for two or three weeks, so that the sun, moon or stars were not seen, and snow covered the ground everywhere, with no dark objects outside the towns.

Young Franklin Wheeler Death Certificate In the darkness of the night they had turned from their course, which should have been about southwest; when all at once Brother Young saw a star shining, directly ahead of them, and called Elder Hart's attention to it, observing at the same time, "That is the north star." Brother Hart said, "No, that is impossible, for we are going nearly south." They stopped for a moment to discuss it, when to their great surprise the fog cleared away and allowed them to see the "Dipper," just for a minute, when the fog closed, and shut the stars from their view. But they were convinced they had been turned around, and they now turned about, following their back tracks to where they had turned. Soon afterwards they heard a dog bark, and going straight ahead toward the sound, they came to the town of Paris, very nearly exhausted. Had it not been for the opening or lifting of the fog they would have perished that night, and Elder Young has ever looked upon it as a direct miracle, or as a direct manifestation of Divine providence to save two humble Elders from death.

From Bear Lake to Cache valley, in 1866, and from Cache valley to Salt Lake City, in 1873, and out to the frontier again, in 1875, our pioneer brother settled on the Sevier just in time to give Leamington its name, and from there he went to Rabbit valley in October, 1877, as a pioneer again, and gave names to Thurber and Loa, now in Wayne county, Utah.

Franklin died on 22 January 1911 in Provo, Utah and was buried in Orangeville, Utah on 26 January 1911.

From the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia


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