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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

William Heaps - just the facts

William Heaps 1809 –

William Heaps was born in 1809 probably at Garstang, Lincolnshire, England. He married Mary Helm Cragg on 7 Dec 1831.They had four children. William’s death is unknown but family legend holds that he disappeared.

William Fallis - just the facts

William Fallis 6 Feb 1800 – 28 Feb 1885

William Fallis was born to the Reverend Isaac Fallis and Mercy Vaughn on 6 Feb 1800 in Virginia,Usa. He married Rachel Lewis on 18 Mar 1818 in Greene County, Bellbrook, Ohio. They had 15 children. He died on the 28th Feb 1885 near Logansport, Cass, Indiana.

Thomas Whiteley - just the facts

Thomas Whiteley 8 Feb 1811 – 22 Feb 1879

Thomas Whiteley was born on the 8th of February 1811 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England to James Whitely and Saran Sant (Saint). He married Mary Beal on the 12th of October 1828 also at Sheffield. They had three children. Mary died in Africa in Dec 1835. Thomas married Ann Willis on the 28th Jul 1835. No children are known to have resulted from this union. He later married Harriet Susanna Saynor on the 8th of October 1848. He died on the 22nd of Feb 1879 at Ecclesall, Bierlow, Yorkshire, England.

Theresa Mattern - just the facts

Theresa Mattern 16 May 1870 - 23 Nov 1942

Theresa Mattern was born on the 16th of May 1870 to Martin Mattern and her mother who is unknown at Odessia, South Russia, Ukraine. She married Philip Jacob Duchscher in 1885 in Odessa, South Russia, Ukraine. They had eleven children. They emigrated between 1895 and 1903 to North Dakota. Theresa died on the 23rd of November 1942 in Selz, North Dakota, Usa.

Susannah Turner - just the facts

Susannah Turner 21 Nov 1831 – 12 Jan 1915

Susannah Turner was born on the 21st of November 1831 at Worsborough Brdg, Darfield, Yorkshire, England to John Turner and Martha Fleetwood. She married Henry Heaps on the 7th of Feb 1853 at Parish Church of Darton, Yorkshire, England. They emigrated to America between 1868 and 1872. They had eleven children. Susannah died on the 12th of Jan 1915 in Escalante, Garfield, Utah.

Susanna Josie Allen - by Flora Fallis

Susanna Allen 19 June 1905-15 Mar 1965

Susanna or Josie Allen was born 19th June 1905 to Isaac Thomas Allen and Martha Turner Heaps in Victor, Idaho. She went by Josie throughout her life. Isaac was away when she was to be blessed – he came just as she was to be blessed – and he gave her the name of Susanna. Martha was going to name her Josie. She married Lawrence Dewey Fallis on 18 Oct 1922. To them were born 11 children. She worked hard raising her children and was a great support and strength to them. The last few years of her life, she suffered from mental illness. She had not had the happiest of marriages. From some accounts her husband was abusive and belittling to her. The exact events of her death are unknown, but it is assumed that she fell from a bridge and drowned not far from her home as the faithful dog was standing with paws upon the railing still looking for her. She died on the 15th Mar 1965 in Firth, Idaho.

Taken from an interview with Flora Fallis.

Mrs. Sarah Jarvis - just the facts

Sarah Jarvis (Mrs.) Abt. 1804 – Mar 1862

Sarah Jarvis (Mrs) was born about 1804 in Wiston, Yorkshire, England, parents unknown. She married John Jarvis about 1810, presumably in England. They had twelve children. Sarah died in March of 1862, place unknown.

Sarah Jane Whitley - by Illa Bauer

Sarah Jane Whitley 6 Jan 1834 – 3 Jan 1892

Sarah Whitely was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She was the second child of Thomas and Mary Beal Whiteley. Always she was as sweet and dainty as a Dresden doll, like her petite little mother, whom she never really knew, for her mother died when Sarah was not yet two years old, and her older brother Isaac was five years old.

While Sarah was still a young girl, she awoke one morning to find a beautiful lady standing at the foot of her bed. They just looked at each other a few moments then the lady left without a word. Sarah got up and went downstairs to her father. She asked him who that beautiful was who came to her room. Her father told her that he didn't see anyone and ask what the lady looked like. Sarah described her, and then her father said, “Sarah that was your mother. I couldn't have described her better myself." Sarah was always grateful that her mother had come to her from the other side so that she could at least know what she looked like.

Thomas worked at the J.Q. Long Company on Devonshire Lane in Sheffield. It was a large implement factory where they made all kinds of small tools and implements, forks, famous steel scissors etc. Thomas gave his profession as a “Fork Grinder.” As he had worked at that factory all the while in England, he knew no other, as young men began to apprentice very young in those days.

Little Sarah grew very fond of her only brother and they shared many sweet and lasting memories. When the Mormon Elders visited their part of England, they attended meetings and learned all they could of the new and everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. Thomas and his two children were baptized into the Mormon Faith in 1946. On 8 October 1949 Thomas married once again, this time to a lovely woman, Harriet Susannah Saynor.

The children were happy to have a mother in the home again, and she was good to them. It wasn't long until

Thomas was called to serve a British Mission which he did from 1848 to 1950. When he was released from the mission, he and Harriet decided to go to America to join with the Saints in Utah. Isaac now 19 years old had joined the British Army and was sent to South Africa. Although Sarah missed her beloved brother, she never saw him again. He became the Governor General of South Africa and as such won several medals and badges of honor, one of which he sent to Sarah and it is still a prized possession of her youngest daughter's family. (The area Isaac served was the British Crown Colony of South Africa.)

Sarah was an outstanding student. She learned well at school and also from her beloved grandmothers.

Her speech and manner were above reproach, for she had been well trained to be a lady in every way. Sarah was very musically inclined. They tell that her voice was “sweeter than the song of the bird.” She sang and whistled often and taught many beautiful songs to her children.

The seasons and scenes of her England gave her inspiration. She became a great reader. Early in life she learned that she could associate with the best people in the world by reading good literature, and also could travel to all parts of the world. Never would she waste time reading “trash," but read great books which still are considered the classics of today.

On 20 November 1849 Thomas signed up for Sarah, his wife Harriet and himself to sail on the ship “Argo" to America. There were 396 people aboard. The vessel left Liverpool on 10 January 1850. Sarah was 16 years old. They enjoyed a wonderful voyage with no mishaps, and arrived in New Orleans on schedule. They transferred to a ship going up the Mississippi River to Council Bluffs. At Council Bluffs the Whiteley’s found their means too meager to go on, so they stayed at Council Bluffs to earn money with which to purchase a sturdy wagon, oxen, a year’s supply of provisions and whatever else might be deemed necessary to cross the plains.

The Whiteley's remained at the Bluffs for two years where they worked and saved to purchase their needs.

While there, Sarah met and fell in love with a wonderful young man. They planned to wed when they reached the Salt Lake Valley, but as they left at different times and traveled in different companies, they never met again.

Sarah was broken hearted over never being able to meet her sweetheart again.

In the spring of 1853 the Whiteleys joined the Moses Clawson Company to cross the plains. There were 56 wagons and 295 people in the company. Oh, how complex the life and labors of the Utah Pioneers! These were all highly educated people from the schools, the factories and mills of England. Never had they tilled the land or farmed the valleys, dug ditches, or even seen irrigation before. It was all so new, so different, and so difficult!

Salt Lake of that day offered no mills, no factories; they needed no fork grinders, no scissor makers. How hard Thomas and his family tried to adjust. They all lived in the 12th ward in Salt Lake for sometime. Here Sarah, disillusioned by the loss of her sweetheart, grew quite discontented. She moved with her family out to Little Cottonwood Canyon, in South Salt Lake where her father and step-mother lived for about 1 ½ years, but during her life in the new land, she had hears sermons on plural marriage. She met a fine man several years her senior, he was married and had children, but he was most kind to young Sarah. Since the church advised young girls to marry in plural marriage to men who were in financial circumstances to care for them, Sarah decided to marry her benefactor. She and Daniel Allen were married in the endowment house 2 July 1854. She was his third, wife.

Daniel, one of the first members of the School of the Prophets, was a very learned man. He was the son of Dr. Daniel Allen of New York State. His mother Nancy Stewart was a direct descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. Whereever Daniel lived he continued to study with the groups teaching The School of the Prophets and throughout their records it records many of his responses, all of which indicate his intelligence.

Because of the faithfulness of Sarah's husband, they moved many times, where ever he was called to establish tanneries and make shoes, an important industry in those days. Daniel had been the first tanner in Salt Lake and set up tanneries, but now he sold out to Samuel Mulliner as he was called to Manti. It was at Manti

Sarah had her first child, Isaac Beal Allen named for her beloved brother whom she missed so much. Besides his tanning, Daniel also helped on the Manti Temple with labor and money. This was the 4th temple he had helped with. They did not remain in Manti long, for they were called to Provo. Here he put up a tannery, built two nice homes for his families, helped build the Provo 4th Ward house and a school house. He was very anxious for all his children to get a good education. He also had a boot and shoe shop in connection with his tannery and repaired and made harnesses, saddles, and any leather goods needed by the townspeople.

At Provo Sarah's first daughter, Harriet Amelia was born. Louisa Jane also had a girl just 6 weeks younger than Harriet. They named her Thurza Armelia, the girls were always called 'Hattie and Millie’.

They grew up almost like twins and remained very close thru a lifetime.

Soon after Sarah's son Hyrum was born 8 June 1862, Daniel answered a call to go to the “Cotton Mission” in Utah's Dixie. It was late spring of 1862 when they were finally able to settle affairs so to make the move. Daniel left Louisa Jane and her family, and Mary Ann's at Provo while he and Sarah and her family made the move to Dixie. For the first time in her 8 years of marriage Sarah had her precious husband all to herself. Oh! How happy she was. Daniel built a little home with but one door and one window, but it was nice and homey and they all loved it there. They prepared a plot and planted a garden, grape vines and cotton plants. The children carried buckets of water to get the garden and all growing while their father prepared an irrigation ditch to get water to the garden thru furrows. After getting Sarah all settled and his tannery going, he started preparing to bring the rest of his family to St. George. He was never happy with the roots and bark in the Dixie area, for it was far inferior to that he had used in other places.

When all was in readiness, Daniel left Sarah and family and went back to Provo to sell out and move the rest of his family to St. George. They had lived in St. George about one and one half years trying, to get established before going for Louisa Jane's family.

While Daniel was away to get the rest of his family, Sarah and her children busied themselves in gathering the garden, the cotton, and all. One day after all had joined in gathering the cotton, Isaac and Harriet carefully picked out all the seeds so their mother could cord it and make it into batts for quilts or to make cotton material. Just as they were nearly finished cleaning and working the pretty white cotton, a gust of wind swept thru the open door whipped the cotton out the window and scattered it in weeds and thistle and red dirt from the Coral Cliffs to the north of their home. Poor Sarah! How hard she had worked to plant and raise and harvest the cotton and now to see the beautiful white stuff rolled in red sand and fill with thistle and sand burrs. She quit singing, laid the tools down on the table and just cried! Never had her children seen her cry before. It was a day always remembered by her youngsters.

Many times the families took lunch to the red and coral hills to picnic while Daniel was away, for that was their reward for all their good help while their father was away. Each child was taught to do his or her share of the work, what ever it may be. Often she read to them, from the Bible, the Book of Mormon or her beloved book of the travels and doings of people in the entire world about them. They loved to listen to her read as did their father. Ever since they married, Daniel had loved to hear her read and had spent nearly every evening listening to her read while he rested from a hard days toil. She missed reading to him while he was away, but took every opportunity to read and discuss the church books with her children.

When Daniel was returning to St. George with his wife Louisa Jane, her children and the children of Mary Ann, he stopped over in Parowan. As they were coming thru Parowan, President George A. Smith met with Daniel and counseled with him.

“Brother Allen we are badly Parowan. Wouldn’t you like to move here and establish a tannery and shoe and boot shop?"

"Well now, President Smith that just might be a good idea. I never have been satisfied with the way Kanuga root around St. George tans the leather.”

“I had a report to that effect Brother Allen. You know those samples you sent into President Brigham Young? Well I have received word to have a talk with you. They tell me the sample from here in Parowan is the best yet. The church would advise you to stay here and establish your industry.”

Daniel was happy to hear this, he had hoped for a chance to do better at his work than he had been able to in Dixie, even though he liked it there in other ways. He thought the bark here would do better; it turned out later that he proved it to be the best tan bark in the entire state.

“Ok President Smith we'll stay. I'll get Louisa Jane settled then move the rest of my family up here. Can you show me a likely place where we can live until we can get a cabin going?”

Back at St. George Daniel almost dreaded to tell his family, they were so happy there. One could almost see things grow when they had plenty of water. God provided plenty of sunshine.

“Sarah, we'll be moving soon. I left Louisa Jane and the children in Parowan. We'll be living there now.”

“Oh Daniel, not moving again!” She felt the quick onrush of tears. She looked about. Already the vines were heavy with clusters of grapes. The harvest of the garden was sufficient; the cotton patch gave signs of a good crop--and the cabin, just one large room with a lean-to, one window with no glass, but sweetly curtained and homey. Her heart ached as she looked at this tiny happy home where she felt the warm glow of her husband's love even while he was away at work.

“You'll love it at Parowan, Sarah, “he slid a comforting arm about her. “You'll each have a home of your own.” He broke into her dreaming-as if he had read her thoughts.

"Yes dear. We’ll all pitch in and start preparing to move. I'm sure it's for the best. It just seems 5 moves in 10 years should be enough.”

When the boys heard the news, Dave was overjoyed. “Oh boy! Snowballs in winter, a real white Christmas like in Provo."

“Ugh! Snow for Christmas is ok, but oh all that crunching thru the snow, to school. Burrrr---" Fred shivered at the memory.

"Yeah and all that sloshing back and forth to do chores, frozen water buckets and kegs, chopping ice and everything. “ Ike was thoughtful a minute, "You know Dad, it, doesn't seem possible how much colder they say it gets just 85 miles away.”

It was difficult to leave the fast growing area of Dixie behind, the place where the summer sun spends the winter, where several crops of small vegetables grow in one year. They did remain long enough to harvest what was now growing and to sell their property. The St. George Temple was moving along well. Sarah had enjoyed taking her turn cooking for the workers on the temple, for she wanted to do her share of work as that was her way of showing her love for the gospel, and she prayed that someday she might return to share in its blessings.

At Parowan Daniel first built homes for his families then got his business going. He built a tannery on Parowan’s main street in 1864. It was across the main creek going west thru the town. It became a huge success as he was an excellent tanner and an artist at any leather goods, including saddles, harnesses, bridles, chaps, as well as shoes and boots for all ages and both sexes. The bark from the red pine was the best tanning agent to be found, much better than the kanuga root found in Dixie. The last six of Sarah's nine children were born in Parowan. She raised eight of her nine children. But Sarah was destined to make one more move.

When her youngest child was but 4 years old and her husband a pretty old man now 77 (very old for pioneer days and the trials he had gone thru). Daniel and his two wives were called to sellout, pack up and go more than 125 miles from Parowan, again to help settle an area and to start a tanning business for the pioneers going to Potato Valley, later called Escalante. Oh, the years of service they gave to help make life worthwhile to hundreds and thousands of people. Never did the Allen’s refuse a call but remained forever true and faithful and honored.

Sarah was never well after they moved to Escalante, some said it was consumption, others said it was malnutrition, for there was not always a well rounded diet available. She was a good cook but some things were not available to be cooked. But at least Sarah was not well. No doctor to consult, no drugstore medication, just faith and prayers. These helped many times but Sarah's health kept going down hill.

Even in old age Daniel still loved to spend the little time he had to relax sitting by his lovely Sarah, listening to her read to him. His eyes were tired and dim; no eye doctors in their far-a-way corner of the world, and Sarah still loved to read all the church books to him as well as others. Thru them they visited many far away places, not only in America but also in foreign lands.

Sarah felt she just must go to Parowan to be near her girls. The fall winds were beginning to howl across the Escalante desert, screaming in the near naked trees. Lonely and blue, partly because she just couldn’t get to feeling better, she got someone to take her to Parowan. There she stayed for some time and though she enjoyed her family, her health did not improve, but grew steadily worse. Finally Sarah knew the end was at hand so she begged her family to return her to her little home in Escalante. She wanted to be near her husband.

A bed was prepared in a wagon box and the tortuous 125 miles or so to Escalante was finally accomplished. It was winter now and chill winds whipped about the house but Daniel was near and so was the end. She was not old, but the hard pioneering years had aged her, robbed her of her beauty, lined her once lovely face and worn out her small frail body. No matter how she felt, however, she was always kind and sweet to her beloved Daniel and to her family and each never forgot the wonderful principals she and Daniel always taught them. She was a lady always, never stooped to slander or belittle herself by gossip or otherwise. Her deeply religious life was always a guide to those about her, for she lived it the best she could, hoping to join again with her loved ones in the hereafter. Her children fairly worshipped her for all the endearing lady-like ways she showed throughout her life.

Back home in Escalante, Sarah did not last long. She passed away at her home on 3 January 1892 with Daniel at her side. He attended her funeral on the 5th then the following Sunday he attended church and many told what an inspiring talk he gave. It was dreadfully cold January day sitting on the stand; he sat near a drafty spot. There was only one small wood heater in the church. He took a chill and was soon taken to his bed with pneumonia. Knowing his end was near Daniel called for all his family to gather around. He admonished them to remain faithful; to fulfill all obligations asked of them, especially his sons to honor the Priesthood of God and that all those not yet married in the temple to get their temple work done as soon as possible. Those who were with him said their father then asked his family to release him for his mission was finished. He then stretched out his arms and called to his dear departed Sarah saying, “Wait for me Sarah, we'll go in together". He fell back on his pillow and was gone. It was 15 January 1892 just 17 days after Sarah had gone. She was undoubtedly waiting in Paradise for him knowing he was soon to follow.

Sarah was just 57, lacking 2 days. Daniel was 87 years old.

Source: DUP Files: Sarah Whitely Allen, written by Illa Bauer

Rachel Lewis - just the facts

Rachel Lewis 8 Aug 1802 – 5 Aug 1878

Rachel Lewis was born 8 Aug 1802 in Rowan, Dutchman’s Creek, North Carolina to Joel Lewis Sr. and Rachel J. Stapleton. She married William Fallis on the 18th of March 1818 at Greene County, Bellbrook, Ohio. They had fifteen children. She died on the 5th of August 1878 at Logansport, Cass, Indiana.

Philip Jacob Duchscher - just the facts

Philip Jacob Duchscher Oct 1858 – May 1930

Philip Jacob Duchscher was born Oct 1858 in Odessa, South Russia, Ukraine to Estacious Duchsher. He married Theresa Mattern in 1885. They left the Ukraine sometime in the later 1890’s to come to North Dakota, Usa. He was a bootlegger as stated in his son-in-law's history. He died May 1930 in North Dakota.

Nancy Agnes Stewart - just the facts

Nancy Agnes Stewart 4 Aug 1771 – 25 July 1854

Nancy Agnes Stewart was born on the 4th of August 1771 to John Stewart Lt. and Rebecca Stewart at Windham, Rockingham, New Hampshire. She married Daniel Allen on the 12th of February 1793 at Colrain, Franklin, Massachusetts. He was a doctor. They had eleven children. Nancy died on the 25th of July 1854 at Montville, Geauga, Ohio.

Mary Helm-Cragg - Just the facts

Mary Helm-Cragg 24 Feb 1812 – 1 Feb 1853

Mary Helm-Cragg was born on 24th of February 1812 to Matthew Cragg and Mary Helm. She married William Heaps on 7 Dec 1831.They had four children. Mary died on 1 Feb 1853 at Swallowhill, Darton, Yorkshire, England.

Mary Beal - just the facts

Mary Beal 8 Jun 1806 – Dec 1835

Mary Beal was born on the 8th of June 1806 to Isaac Beal and Susan at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas Whiteley on the 12th of October 1828 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. They had three children. She died in December of 1835 in Africa. More of this story is unknown.

Mary (Polly) Willis - just the facts

Mary (Polly) Willis 3 June 1799 – 5 Jan 1868

Mary (Polly) Willis was born on the 3rd of June 1799 at Sycamore Township, Hamilton, Ohio to Benjamin Willis and Susanna Denman. She married John Sutton on the 25th of April 1825 at Preble County, Ohio. They had six children. Mary died on the 5th of Jan 1868 at Winamac, Pulaski, Indiana

Martin Mattern - just the facts

Martin Mattern Abt 1844 -

Martin Mattern was born about 1844 probably in Odessia, South Russia, Ukraine. His spouse is unknown. We do know that he had a daughter – Theresa Mattern. Martin’s death date is unknown.

Martha Turner Heaps - just the facts

Martha Turner Heaps 25 Feb 1866 – 11 May 1950

Martha Turner Heaps was born on the 25th of February 1866 to Henry Heaps and Susannah Turner. She married Isaac Thomas Allen on the 8 Mar 1882 at St. George, Washington, Utah. They had eleven children. Martha died on 11th of May 1950 at Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho.

Martha Fleetwood - just the facts

Martha Fleetwood Abt 1795 – 7 Sept 1849

Martha Fleetwood was born to David Fleetwood and Sarah Hammerton probably at Worsborough, Yorkshire, England about 1795. She married John Turner on the 6 June 1824. She died the 7th of September 1849, place unknown.

Margaret Bauman - just the facts

Margaret Bauman 1827 - 23 June 1906

Margaret Bauman was born in 1827 to Joseph Bauman and Josephine Wegman or Wagner in Alsace, Lorraine, France. She married Joseph Steffler on 6 July 1841 at St. Agatha, Ontario, Canada. They had eleven children. Margaret died on the 23rd of June 1906 – place unknown.


Ludwina Steffler - just the facts

Ludwina Steffler 30 July 1860 – 24 Feb 1943

Ludwina Steffler was born on the 30th of July 1860 to Joseph Steffler and Margaret Bauman at Josephburg, Ontario, Canada. The 1881 Canada Census states that she worked as a servant girl. She had a relationship that resulted in the birth of a son – Ferdinand Laurence Steffler. She married Joseph Rumig on the 3rd of Feb 1885 and they had eight children. Ferdinand left home at an early age, presumably because of friction between Joseph and himself. Ludwina died on the 24th of February 1943.

Lewis Fallis - just the facts

Lewis Fallis 18 Feb 1824 -

Lewis Fallis was born to William Fallis and Rachel Lewis on 18th of February 1824 at Sugar Creek, Greene, Ohio. He married Christina Sutton 18 Apr 1843 at Pulaski County, Indiana. They had five children. His death date is unknown.

Lawrence Dewey Fallis - just the facts

Lawrence Dewey Fallis 3 Jan 1899 – 26 Dec 1975

Lawrence Dewey Fallis was born to John Willis Fallis and Fannie Clara Jarvis on 3 Jan 1899 in Escalante, Garfield, Utah. He registered for the World War 1 draft, although he didn’t serve. He married Susannah (Josie) Allen on 18 Oct 1922 at Driggs, Teton, Idaho. They had eleven children. He died on the 26th of December 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona and was buried in Basalt, Bingham, Idaho.

Josephine Wegman - just the facts

Josephine Wegman or Wagner Abt 1806 -

Josephine Wegman was born about 1806 probably in Alsace, Lorraine, France to unknown parents. She married Joseph Bauman about 1818 probably in Alsace as well. They had two children that we know of. Josephine’s death date is unknown.


Joseph Steffler - just the facts

Joseph Steffler Abt. 1834 – 9 Sept 1883

Joseph Steffler was born about 1834 to Anthony Steffler and Catharina Fritz probably at Josephburg, Ontario, Canada. He married Margaret Bauman on the 6th of July 1841 at St. Agatha, Ontario, Canada. They had eleven children. He died on the 9th of September 1883, place unknown.


Joseph Bauman - just the facts

Joseph Bauman Abt 1793

Joseph Bauman was born about 1793 possibly in Alsace, Lorraine, France. He married Josephine Wegman or Wagner about 1818 - also possibly in Alsace, Lorraine, France. They had two children that we know of. Joseph's death date and place is unknown.


John Willis Fallis - by Flora Fallis

John Willis Fallis 19 May 1844 – 20 Sept 1923

John Willis Fallis was born to Lewis Fallis and Christina Sutton on 19th of May 1844 at Moorsburg, Pulaski, Indiana. He fought in the Civil War in the 73rd Indiana Regiment Infantry Company H. He was a private during this time.

73rd REGIMENT INFANTRY was Organized at South Bend, Ind., and mustered in August 16, 1862. Ordered to Lexington, Ky. Evacuation of Lexington August 31. Attached to 20th Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Ohio, September, 1862. 20th Brigade, 6th Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Left Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1863. Streight's Provisional Brigade. Dept. of the Cumberland, to May, 1863. Prisoners of war to December, 1863. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. 1st Brigade, District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, January, 1864. 1st Brigade, Rousseau's 3rd Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 20th Army Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1865. District of Northern Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

SERVICE.--Pursuit of Bragg, to Loudon, Ky., October 1-22, 1862. Battle of Perryville. Ky., October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 22-November 9, and duty there till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till April. Reconnoissance to Nolensville and Versailles January 13-15. Streight's Raid to Rome, Ga., April 26-May 3. Day's Gap, Sand Mountain, Crooked Creek and Hog Mountain April 30. East Branch, Black Warrior Creek, May 1. Blount's Farm and Center May 2. Cedar Bluff May 3. Regiment captured. Reorganized and rejoined army at Nashville, Tenn., December, 1863. Guard duty along Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, and picketing Tennessee River from Draper's Ferry to Limestone Point. Headquarters at Triana till September, 1864. Paint Rock Bridge April 8, 1864. Scout from Triana to Somerville July 29 (Detachment). Action at Athens, Ala.. October 1-2. Defence of Decatur October 26-29. Duty at Stevenson, Ala., till January, 1865. At Huntsville, Ala., and along Mobile & Charleston Railroad till July. Gurley's Tank February 16, 1865 (Detachment). Mustered out July 1, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 41 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 191 Enlisted men by disease. Total 241

As a result of his Civil War service, his face was disfigured on one side. He moved west to Missouri, where he married Fannie Clara Jarvis on 4 Dec 1897 at Rock Port, Atchison, Missouri. They continued traveling west, finally setting in Escalante, Garfield, Utah. They had 2 children. He died on the 20th of September 1923.

Sources: http://civilwarindiana.com/reg_history_inf0.html, Interview with Flora Dean Fallis.

John Turner - just the facts

John Turner 31 Oct 1790 – 19 June 1879

John Turner was born on the 31st Oct 1790 in Eckington, Derbyshire, England to Joseph Turner and Hannah Swift. He married Martha Fleetwood on the 6th of June 1824 probably at Worsborugh Brdg, Darfield, Yorkshire, England. They had seven children. He died on the 19th of June 1879.

John Sutton - just the facts

John Sutton 31 Jan 1801 – 18 Feb 1863

John Sutton was born on the 31st of Jan 1801 to Stephan Sutton and Christina at Morris Township, Washington, Pennsylvania. He married Mary (Polly) Willis on the 25th of April 1825 at Preble County, Ohio. They had six children. John died on the 18th of Feb 1863 at Harrison Township, Pulaski, Indiana.

John Jarvis Sr - just the facts

John Jarvis 1783 – 16 Nov 1858

John Jarvis was born in 1783 Wiston, Yorkshire, England, parents unknown. He married Mrs. Sarah Jarvis about 1810, presumably in England. They had twelve children. John died on the 16th of November 1858 at Whiston, Yorkshire, England.

John Jarvis - just the facts

John Jarvis 2 Oct 1830 – 12 Nov 1888

John Jarvis was born on 2nd of October 1830 at Wiston, Yorkshire, England to John Jarvis and Mrs. Sarah Jarvis. He married Jane MacHin on the 8th of June 1850 in England. They had ten children. John died on the 12th of November 1888 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Jane MacHin - just the facts

Jane MacHin 1 Sept 1831 – 28 June 1869

Jane MacHin was born on the 1st of September 1831 to George MacHin and Elizabeth Hunter at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She married John Jarvis on the 8th of June 1850 in England. They had ten children. She died on the 28th of June 1869 at Whiston, Yorkshire, England.

Isaac Thomas Allen - just the facts

Isaac Thomas Allen 4 Aug 1855 – 6 Apr 1940

Isaac Thomas Allen was born to Daniel Allen and Sarah Jane Whitley in Manti, Sanpete, Utah on 4 Aug 1855. He was the first of twelve children. He married Martha Turner Heaps on 8 Mar 1882 in St. George, Washington, Utah. They had eleven children. Isaac died 6 Apr 1940 in Victor, Teton, Idaho.

Henry Heaps - from a Newspaper Obituary

Henry Heaps Apr 13 1832 – Sept. 27 1909

HEAPS, HENRY (son of William Heaps and Mary Cragg of Lancashire, Eng.). Born April 13, 1832, Lancashire. Came to Utah October 1869, James Needham company. Married Susannah Turner 1853, Yorkshire, Eng. (daughter of John Turner and Martha Flutwood of Worcester Bridge, Yorkshire). She was born Nov. 22, 1831. Their children: Lorenzo; William Henry b. Dec. 14, 1858, m. Cyntha Jane Adams April 28, 1882; Thomas Heber; John Henry; Jefferson Franklin. Family home Panaca, Nev., and Escalante, Utah.

Ward teacher. School trustee. Died Sept. 27, 1909, Escalante.

Source: Newspaper Obituary

George MacHin - just the facts

George MacHin 17 Jan 1802 - 28 Feb 1862

George MacHin was born on the 17th of January 1802 to Thomas MacHin and Elizabeth Cawthorne in Whiston, Yorkshire, England. He married Elizabeth Hunter about 1820 in England. They had eleven children. George died on the 28th of Feb 1862 at Masbro, Yorkshire, England.

Flora Fallis - from an interview with Flora in the summer of 2004

Flora Dean Fallis 5 Mar 1924 – 18 Jul 2007

Flora was born in Escalante, Utah on 5 March 1924 to Lawrence Dewey Fallis and Josie (Susannah) Allen. She was the first of eleven children. She always went to church – even when she was little – Grandma Fannie took her. Mama just had to tend the little babies. They lived with Grandma Fannie in a two story house. Mother and dad slept upstairs. She remembers her daddy playing with her as a little girl. He put her fist in his mouth. It didn’t bother her – he was just playing.

She left Escalante when she was five years old. They moved to Basalt, Idaho. She remembered riding on a big truck on the bed with horses pulling the truck – going with her uncles. Her first truck ride was from Escalante to Shelley. There was more than her family in the truck. Grandma Fannie was worried that Flora would fall off the truck. She was envious of her brother Ermond’s hair– he had the pretty curly hair and Flora’s was straight. She was really close to her brothers and sisters. When she was real small she got them washed up and clean and then they went shopping - her and her two little brothers. She was a big help for her mom. She was her mama’s girl. Her dad loved the boys. Josie worried about them – living close to the Snake River. She had to watch the children carefully.

Flora went to elementary school at Basalt. She missed the first class so her father helped her catch up with the other students. She did well in school. She still remembered her first grade teacher and really loved her.

Summers were spent playing outside – her and her two brothers. She remembered Grandma Fallis taking her to a movie, a silent movie. She liked the little girl that kneeled by the side of the bed and said her prayers in the movie. Flora was a little mother to her siblings. One time they decided they were going to make fudge – there was maybe four of them. They got stuff to make the fudge with, went down the side of the railroad track and made a little fire and cooked the fudge. It wasn’t good….it was chocolate but it wasn’t fudge. When she was older, Ermond and Flora went and got the Christmas in Idaho Falls because Josie was expecting another baby and was in bed. Lawrence had given them some money and they had fun finding all the things to get for all those children. Lawrence got a big black dog for Christmas.

She said, “I know what poor is! I knew we didn’t have any money – but we had food. My parents planted a big garden. They had a big patch of corn. Mom and dad fixed a platform to the side of the house where we cut the kernels off. I remember doing the corn late in the evening. My mother got sleepy and tired. Dad went to bed. I set with my mother for hours that night while she cut the corn and kept me awake. If she saw me going to sleep she’d say – “Flora, Flora!”

Mom put sheets over the top of the corn and kept it covered until it got dry. Then we would cook it to eat it. We had a lot of tomatoes too. I had a happy childhood. Where we lived at that time, by the river, it was a lot of bare area around us and we played together – and in the back. We had a swing in an old building that was there. We took turns on that swing. We would wind it up and go around and around. “

Flora attended Firth High School while living in an old house. High school friends included: Fama Olsen who was blonde and bigger than Flora was; Vern Thompson who lived next door; Marjorie Cradle who lived a bit father away and Anita Johnson. They used to get together and make cakes and stuff. We went to the pharmacy and buy some candy. I didn’t always have money but the girls made sure I got candy as well. We went to church too. She was happy there and got good grades – in the middle on her grades she would say.

She took care of a lady who had her leg cut off during high school. She had two grandchildren there too – her daughter worked to support them all. One was a boy as big as Flora – loved to torment and do mean things. The little girl would get into cereal and string it all over the house and make the biggest messes. She stayed there at night for about 4 months. She babysat often through these years. They went to Victor for a vacation – Dad loved to fish. He taught her how to fish. She caught a fish and that was the end of the teaching. She threw the fish back over her head on the other side of the road.

She took typing and enjoyed that although forgot after not using it for years. One teacher she mentioned was Mrs. Hawks – she was cranky. She wished she had nicer clothes in high school. She took a class and learned to sew. She made a blouse and a skirt to go with it in that class - bright red. During her class, Flora got sick in class, hurried out and fainted (in high school). She graduated from High School. She wished she could have gone to school longer – but there was no money.

Edward and Flora went to the dances once a week – at a place called Wandamere – halfway between Shelley and Idaho Falls. Edward and his brothers all went to the dance. The first time she saw Edward was when he asked her to dance and she danced with him from then on – he didn’t want her dancing with anyone else. “He had a real good-looking brother who came over by me but Edward said – She’s mine. He never did get to dance with me.” Edward was real nice to her and was the first boy she first seriously kissed. She was 17. The first place they went was to Lava Hot Springs. On the way back he wanted to kiss her but she didn’t want to kiss him. Time passed before she would kiss him. He was willing to wait. She said she wasn’t the kind to be mushy.

When they got married they had no money and stayed with her parents for 3 months. Her dad was really ornery about it so they finally got a place of their own a couple of blocks away. They lived here before he was drafted.

When she was expecting Danny, Edward was working on a big farm. She went and stayed with her mother before the baby came. Her father took her and her mother to the hospital in Idaho Falls. He drove really slow as he didn’t want to hurt her. – They got there just in time. She had just been in bed a short time when the nurse came in and ran as fast as she could out – “Footling, Footling!” They got there in time to save my baby.

Edward was gone for 2 years after Danny was born. Her high school friends all came to visit her – at different times while she lived there. She remembers going to the hospital to see her mother when she had a baby. She had babies along with her mom. The only time she didn’t depend on her mother was when her grandmother cared for her.

She relates, “When Edward went to the army I was living in this old house with Danny and I was lonesome and decided I wanted to see Edward. I got on a train or a bus and went to Texas. Edward was there at that time. He wasn’t supposed to have lady friends. When I got there, first place I was at was where there was a bunch of men who were watching out to see that Edward didn’t get into trouble for bringing me there. That’s one thing I shouldn’t have done but it was nice. He was so happy. Danny stayed with my mother. I got covered with smoke and my clothes got awful. I was sitting in the back and the men would smoke. When I got there I wasn’t too neat looking. They sent us to a place with a private bedroom. I stayed 3 days and then came back home. It was a nice visit.”

Sometime later the family moved into a boxcar. Flora worked to earn enough money to fix it up. She painted, wallpapered it and fixed it up real nice – even having linoleum on the floor. They lived there a few years. Edward’s family lived in a boxcar near enough that she could throw a rock and hit it. They had a farm while they lived there. It was hard work during that time. It was a distance from the town.

Over the years she had six children of her own, two girls – one adopted - and four boys. She remembered having a baby girl was a big deal. She was such a pretty baby! She took the minutes for Relief Society during the time she had 2 little girls. When asked how she came to adopt, she replied, “We had one little girl and she wanted a sister. That’s how we ended up with 2 little girls.”

About high school age, a couple of the boys decided to run away to California. That was terrible for Flora. Running away from home was the thing to do…they ended up at the seashore in California and didn’t have any food and got hungry. There was one man who came to get his son and he gave Marvin a trip home. He rode home with his boys. And Terry went the other way and went with some older boys. When he decided to come home he didn’t want to stay – he wanted to go to reform school so he did. Flora said it broke her heart. She was so glad that they had all turned out well as they grew older.

She always loved children and in addition to raising her own she babysat other children. She enjoyed going fishing with Edward over the years and spending time raising her children. They built two new homes…one they had a big farm at. They bought a house in Arizona. Then after she sold it she stayed with Marvin and Deanna, with time spent at Dan and Kaye’s as well.

Her advice for her posterity was as follows. “Go to school and study hard. Be happy. Love your parents. It’s nice to have some money on hand and not splurge it. Be sure that you love each other and you’ll have a good life. Be kind to your children. I love the Lord and these people who are helping me.”

She worked on genealogy in her later years. She was happy and satisfied with her life. The last couple of years were very difficult as the Alzheimer’s continued to confuse and trouble her. She still enjoyed playing with the great-grandbabies. She spent the last few months of her life in a special care facility where she had friends and help at all times. Following a fracture of her hip, she was hospitalized and spent her last days medicated for pain, but preparing for her next life. It was a very special time for the members of her family who were privileged to be with her. She died on 18th July 2007.

This was compiled from an interview with Flora – summer of 2004. She was beginning to show signs of Alzheimer’s that would progress and continue to frustrate her. If there are errors it is due to this.

Fannie Clara Jarvis by Flora Fallis

Fannie Clara Jarvis 15 May 1859 – 12 Feb 1932

Fannie Clara Jarvis was born on 15th of May 1859 at Wiston, Yorkshire, England to John Jarvis and Jane MacHin. She married James Ira McInelly on the 5th of September 1884 at St. George, Washington, Utah. They had six children. She later married John Willis Fallis on the 4 Dec 1897 at Rock Port, Atchison, Missouri. She had two children with him.

Flora Fallis remembered that Fannie (grandma) took care of her much of the time while her family lived with Fannie – even shared a bed with her. She told her lots of stories and had her memorize all of her (Fannie’s) children’s names – which were quite a few. Flora loved that grandma a lot. Fannie died on the 12th of February 1932 at Escalante, Garfield, Utah.

Estacious Duchscher - just the facts

Estacious Duchscher Abt. 1832 -

Estacious Duchscher was born about 1832 possibly in Odessa, South Russia, Ukraine. His parents names are not known. We do not know his wife’s name or marriage date. We know he had a son – Philip Jacob Duchscher born Oct 1858. Estacious’ death date is also unknown.

Elizabeth Hunter - just the facts

Elizabeth Hunter 9 Nov 1799 – 1 Sept 1863

Elizabeth Hunter was born on the 9th of November to Thomas Hunter and Elizabeth at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. She married George MacHin about 1820 in England. They had eleven children. She died on the 1st of September 1863 in the Wyoming Territory, USA.

Edward Steffler by Max Colgrove

Edward Steffler 24 Aug 1921– 24 Jul 1992

Today we are gathered to honor Edward Steffler, a friend, a relative, a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father, and a husband. I had the privilege of being Ed's home teacher. We didn't talk church much, but I could tell that Ed is a spiritual man--a person with a "Billy Goat Gruff" voice as JoNell likes to describe him, but a man with a tender spirit. Ed had not renewed his Temple Recommend for sometime and when I suggested that we go to the Temple together when it opened again January of 1992, Ed's smile indicated that he would consider it. However, shortly there after I moved unexpectedly to Wickenburg. I stopped by several times to see Ed, but each time no one was home. He was probably fishing. You know that he loved to go to the lake and catch those forty-pound catfish. On one trip to Mesa, I had a strong impression I should stop by the house. Flora met me at the door and informed me that Ed was in the hospital.

During the next several weeks I visited Ed several times at the hospital and at home when he was released. I remember in May that I suggested again that we attend the Temple together. Although he was nauseated from chemotherapy, his eyes sparkled and a slight grin crossed his face. I think that he was ready to go back to church and take the steps necessary to renew his Temple Recommend. Death cut those plans short, but I feel Ed made his amends before he died and he will soon have a recommend. Although Ed’s earthly body lies here before us, it is my belief that a loving Heavenly Father allows the spirit of the departed to linger near and see and hear the events of their funeral. Because of this belief, I am going to talk to Ed. The rest of you are invited to listen.

Ed, do you remember those multiplier onions that Opa Neerings planted? As friends, the Neerings gave Flora and you some of them. One of you planted them and they began to multiply. The two of you gave them to friends and I suppose as the onions grew and multiplied your friends shared them with their friends in an ever widening circle of love. I cherish the ones that are growing in my garden in Wickenburg--whenever I pull one I will think of you and how you have influenced my life.

You are not here now to help Flora tend the onions, but they will keep growing and spreading from garden to garden as friends share them. Like a multiplier onion that has been shared, you have shared your sweet spirit with us. That influence will allow us to continue to share your love in an expanding circle of friends and family.

I am told that you first began to touch people’s lives when you came to this Earth in 1921. You were born near Rugby, North Dakota--the 6th child in a family of 8 boys and 2 girls. Sorrow touched your life at the age of 11 when your Mother passed on. I am sure that you have had a glorious reunion with your Mom and other relatives that have been waiting for you to finish your time on Earth.

Remember how your oldest sister pitched in to help your Dad raise the clan. Your life on a North Dakota dry farm taught you how to work. You and your brothers and sisters had early morning chores before school and work awaited your return home. Ed, your children fondly remember the stories of your childhood--how you loved the horses that you used to cut and raked the hay and how you and your brothers worked together in the farm's blacksmith shop--repairing farm equipment--yours, your neighbors, and your friends. They love the stories you told them about hunting skunks and how you and the dogs smelled after getting sprayed. They are fond of the tales of how you made marbles by gathering clay at the clay pit and carefully rolling it in balls and baking them hard in a fire.

By the time you were 17, drought and dust storms, set in motion the events that would bring you and Flora together--your family moved to Goshen, Idaho with the hopes of finding a better life. As a young farm hand, the Saturday night dances in Idaho Falls, seemed like a lot of fun. It was at one of these dances that a pretty young girl snapped your suspenders. It was Flora and you were smitten. You and Flora worked hard for eight months to save money for your wedding day. A year after the wedding a son blessed your marriage. After three more boys, a beautiful girl arrived. Ed, Flora fondly remembers homesteading the 320 acre farm in Blackfoot, Idaho. I am told that the first year brought dust, rain, and mud, but with every year things got better. After four years you moved from the remodeled railroad box car home into an army barracks that had been given to you.

While living in Blackfoot, your family made friends with a neighboring farm family--the brood of Blair and Betty Spalding. In a World War II veteran's drawing, you and Blair received adjoining farms to homestead in Rupert, Idaho. Through the many years of farming and growing children of similar ages, an enduring bond of friendship has rooted like multiplier onions. For 15 years, with lots of love, laughter, and hard work, you and your family farmed your land. During this time, you and Flora touched the lives of 12 foster children with your goal of improving each child's life. The final foster child, a baby brand new from the hospital, captured your family's heart and she became a permanent part of the Steffler clan. Now your family was complete with Daniel Lee, Edward Elden, Marvin Ray, Terry Dean, Dolly Suzanne, and Sharla JoNell.

Like seeds planted in fertile soil, these acts of love of caring for foster children continues to touch the lives of your children as they share their love with those about them. Despite years of hard work and struggle, it became clear after the harvest of 1969, that it would be impossible to keep the farm. I am told that you made the decision to move to Arizona because of the job opportunities. Ed, do you remember telling JoNell that the reason you were moving to Arizona was "to earn a truck full of money." JoNell says that she still visualizes you heading back to Idaho with your pick-up bed stacked full with money.

In Arizona you left the farm life and joined the Operating Engineers. After about a year, you were able to get Marvin a job. Remember how crowded it was when Marvin and his family joined you on the Christopher Creek job. Two families living in a small trailer was so crowded that Dolly decided to sleep in the car. I am sure you laughed and cried with the night as they reminisced about the good times Although no one could see you, I am sure that you want to mention some of them again.

Ann, Terry's wife, recounts that in the summer of 1990, you were always waiting for a UPS delivery. The many exciting new gas saving contraptions were just too irresistible for you to pass up. She says, "I think his goal in life was to drive to the lake for $5.00 in gas. Mom, Terry and I just couldn't pass up a devilish plot to manufacture a home made gas saver and convince him a UPS delivery had come. You must understand he was like a child waiting for Santa each time a UPS truck drove by and utter disappointment darkened his faced when it kept on driving. So, our home made gas saver consisted of a pair of his best underwear, a can of refried beans to create the gas, and naturally a balloon attached to the rear of the underwear to trap the gas for future use. This was all neatly packed in a UPS box. As he happily unpacked his long awaited box the look on his face was worth all the planning and packing of the homemade gas saver. The laughter lasted for hours."

Your children remember when you took them on fishing trips and you worked so hard to allow one of them to catch the first fish. One time you made a special trip to the fish hatchery so Dolly, at age 2 1/2, could catch the first one.

Then there was that deer hunting trip with, Dan and Elden. The boys were about as excited with missing school as they were with going hunting. When you bagged the buck just after daylight and got home in time for school, do you remember how they pleaded to stay home? Of course you remember Dolly cooking your breakfast on small play stove. The light bulb heater did not always get egg completely cooked, but you always ate it and told Dolly what a good cook she was. One of JoNell's favorite memories is sitting by you when she was a little girl and comparing her little hands to your big hands. She felt, that there was nothing your strong hands could not do. You enjoyed wrestling with the boys. When Dan was in high school, you let the four boys pin you to the wall because you did not want to hurt one of them.

Ed, Dan remembers you going through four sets of Stake Missionary before you joined the Church. Dan says that he treasures the memories of advancing through the Aaronic Priesthood with you. He remembers you being ordained an Elder when he was 16. He recalls how proud he was when you attended Temple Preparation Classes, and later took Mom and the family to the Idaho Falls Temple. Dan says, "I cherish the memory of kneeling at the alter and being sealed as a family."

Elden recalls your visits to Idaho. He says, "When Dad and Mom came up to Idaho, he had to fix cow's tongue and sauerkraut. We also had to save all the chicken necks and tails. Dad loved to tell me what he did to his pickup to save gas and what I could do to my pickup to make it use less gas."

Marvin says about his youth, "It's hard to forget those early morning wake up calls. No matter how warm the bed or cold the morning the chores on the farm had to be done. Once I finally made it outside and I was working side by side with Dad, fulfilling my individual responsibilities didn't seem so bad. The skills Dad taught me in those predawn hours have served me all my life."

Terry says, “It's hard to loose my Pop, but even harder to loose my mechanical advisor, my fishing buddy, and my friend."

Then there was the time that you forgot to escort Dolly down the isle at her wedding. Dolly says, "The day I was married and was ready to walk down the isle, Dad was not in sight. Mom was feeling lonesome and had motioned to him to come by her. Dad felt so comfy by her he forgot to come back to escort me. He felt really bad to have missed that."

JoNell cherishes the telephone conversation that she had with you when you were still at the hospital on the day of the "Indy 500" car race. Remember you told her, " . . . you're my JoNell and my baby, and I love you--just remember that." And JoNell told you, "I love you and I miss you too."

Ed, Flora is thrilled that when you came home from the hospital you had decided to start attending church. She will miss you a great deal. It will be difficult for her to have you gone. But we know that it is really only a short time until all of us can be together again. Ed, we love you! We will miss you! We will remember you! You are going home to Idaho, not with a truck full of money, but with a life full of good deeds, wonderful memories, blessings, and love. As we say goodbye I would like to read to you a poem that Marvin and Deanna composed especially for you. Raindrops fell from darkened sky

Tears from Heaven; so thought I

But when he passed the shimmering veil

His gentle touch upon me fell

Full of Freedom, Joy and Light Tears from Heaven?

No--Joyous delight. EDWARD STEFFLER LIFE SKETCH by Max Colgrove

Daniel Allen Jr. by Ila Lone Bauer, Hattie Esplin and Eileen C. Smith

Daniel Allen, Jr. 9 Dec 1804 - 15 Jan 1892

Daniel Allen Jr. was honest, pure in heart and dedicated to his beliefs. He was a man who loved both God and man and was much loved in return. It is most important that we learn all we can of our heritage and our ancestors. We are not whole without them, nor they without us. They link us to the creator of us all. It behooves each and every one of us to live lives worthy to receive the blessings bestowed on us at our birth through an honorable ancestor, for life is a total waste without our ancestry.

We are told that a "birth certificate proves we were born, but a history proves that we lived." Daniel wrote much of his own life in his journals, but this history will attempt to tell some of the things he did not write.

Yes, we Allen descendants do have a noble birthright because of the noble lives of our pioneers. Daniel was hard working, honorable, admired and deeply revered through all his life by those who knew him well. He did not put on a big front to impress people, but was loved for what he did and who he was.

It matters not what kind of a home Daniel had in the many places he lived, what he made a living at, or whether he made a lot of money. It matters not that he rode only on a horse drawn conveyance, for cars were not of his day. Had not God admonished his people "Seek not for the riches of the earth, but seek ye first the riches of Heaven?" Probably no man, no woman in all our ancestry tried living nearer to God and his teachings which had been restored to earth than our beloved Daniel Jr. He honestly did seek the "riches of heaven" first and made no brags about his accomplishments. Through his own writings in his journal he told of his three missions, his many callings to help build up industry in 9 different places and his true value as a man of God.

Schooling was learned at his own mother’s knee and at the schools of Ohio and Penn., then later at the side of the Prophet, Joseph Smith at the "School of The Prophets." There he sat among the learned and the unlearned. He listened well and was taught. He also taught in the Schools of the Prophets in various places later on, especially at Parowan, Utah. There the records of early days record many things he taught which he had heard the Prophet and other learned men tell. He prayed with them and for them and blessed many with his love and tenderness. His faith and gentle touch healed many as God's words fell from his lips when he laid his hands upon their heads and blessed them. He blessed and healed many throughout his long life. Daniel was born just one year to the month before the Prophet Joseph Smith and became associated with him at an early age. He loved the Gospel and knowing the Prophet personally, he knew the words he taught were true. Daniel was as a young and tender branch and really got to know the gospel of Jesus Christ and knew it to be true.

Parents: Daniel Allen Sr. MD and Nancy Agnus Stewart.

Daniel Allen Jr. was born 9 Dec. 1804 to Daniel Allen Sr. M.D. and his wife Nancy Agnus Stewart. Dr. Daniel was born in Colrain Mass. in 1770. He and Nancy were married 12 Sept. 1793. Nancy Agnus Stewart was the daughter of Lt. John Stewart who was a son of John Stewart Sr. and Rebecca Costa.

Daniel Jr. was the 6th of 10 children born to his parents. Names of the children are. Linda, John, Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth, Daniel Jr., Joseph Stewart, Albert Loomis, Caroline Dianthia, and Diodema Amanda. The last child was born after they moved to Erie, Penn.

Dr. Daniel became one of the first medical doctors in the state of New York. He began practicing in Hamburg, New York in 1807. Although he was a learned and highly educated doctor in his chosen field, there was most likely never much money. People in that period of time expected a doctor to come care for them as a DUTY, rather than as a service to be paid for. It was also a period of much "witchery" and "quackery" so some people were hesitant about whom to pay. Also, many had very little money to give, so much was bartered. Dr. Allen moved to Fredonia, Chatauqua County, New York in 1807 and lived there during the war with England in 1812. In that war he served his country as a soldier. His father also went with the army to Buffalo at the time of its fire in December 1813. The family then moved over the line into Erie County, Pennsylvania residing in the town of Fairview on the shores of Lake Erie. Here they lived for ten years. In 1823 the family decided to make another move westward into the state of Ohio, first going to the village of Thompson and finally settling in the township Montville in Geauga County. John Carman who had married Rebecca Allen came with the family to Ohio, he and Rebecca later moving to Cleveland. Doctor Allen and his wife lived the rest of their lives in Montville. Both passed away in 1856.

There was a long period following the war of 1812 when most of the people had very little money. In fact many were so poor they were embarrassed during that period of distress and privation, for indeed it was such a very poor period for most of the country. The effect of that war was felt for a very long time. The services of the physician were way under-valued by the general public. Many of the doctors in the area who belonged to the Medical Society took up other, more lucrative professions. Apparently Dr. Daniel Allen loved it too much and was so dedicated to the healing and care of people that he would not give it up, so he put up with the inconveniences for quite some time. When the fires broke out in Boston he went there to assist in any way he could. As the country and the people became more prosperous, so did the Allens. He was at last able to see that his children received good educations for that period of time and each were held in high esteem in the cities and villages where they resided.

Daniel Allen Jr. goes into business for himself

Being a very industrious young man, Daniel Jr. worked hard at anything he attempted to do. He settled on the industry of leather tanning and making all articles which leather was used for such as shoes, boots, harnesses, saddles and bridles. Those things were always very much in demand no matter where he might go. He was always able to make a good and respectable living for his families as they came along. In 1831 Daniel and his sweetheart, Mary Ann Morris, were married in Geauga Co., Ohio as shown by the following document:

Stephen Kelsey personally appeared and made application for Daniel Allen and Mary Ann Morris of the township of Montville in the said county and made solemn oath that the said Daniel Allen is of the age of 21 years and the said Mary Ann Morris is of the age of 18 years and that they are both single and not nearer of kin than first cousins, that he knows of no legal impediment against their being joined in marriage.

Signed, Stephen Kelsey

Sworn and subscribed this 5th day of Oct. 1831

Before me: D.D. Aikin Clerk

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had been organized by Joseph Smith in April 1830. Both Daniel and his wife became very early converts; both were baptized by Joel Hills Johnson in Ohio in Feb 1831. Daniel's brother, Joseph Stewart Allen, had joined while their family lived at Thompson, Geauga, Ohio in Feb 1831. He then joined Zions Camp when it was led by the Prophet. During the years the Allens lived in Ohio many things happened which helped to shape their lives. The Latter Day Saint Church was organized and developed. Several doctrines and scriptures were revealed and the Word of Wisdom given to Joseph Smith. It was also revealed to the Prophet that a temple was to be built in Kirtland Ohio. Daniel became aware of this revelation. He sold his 40 acre farm in Huntsburg and turned over every dime to Joseph Smith for the building up of Zion and building the temple according to revelation (note: for the 40 acres of land Daniel Allen Jr. received $600.00 which he gave the Prophet. At today’s (1986) prices that would be equivalent to between $200,000.00 and $240,000.00 as land in good farming areas with good water rights now sells for 5 to 6 thousand dollars per acre.

Through the years Daniel and Mary Ann had 6 children. The two oldest were born at Montville, Geauga, Ohio: LeRoy born 28 March 18, Alma 12 Dec. l835. LeRoy died young (date not found). Alma lived to be l4 ½ and died after reaching Salt Lake City, Utah. The family moved to Kirtland to be near the temple as it was being built. There Daniel worked on it as much as he could along with his other job of leather craftsman. Mary Ann Ellen was born in Kirtland 10 March 1837. That year panic struck the nation which greatly affected the Mormons. The economic structure of the Church collapsed causing many to apostatize. They rushed to complete the temple so that the keys that were to be revealed in it could be received. Baptism for the dead was revealed. Daniel was among many Saints who were able to do that work for loved ones who had passed on. However, it had not been designated that they were to do baptism for those of their own sex only. Daniel did work for several of his and his wife’s people. He had been baptized in the Mississippi River. He did baptism work for his grandparents Joseph and Rachel Allen, for his grandparents David and Martha Bennett, for his sister Ruth and relatives, Martha, Mary, Polly, Rebecca, Ruth, Stephen, Timothy, David and Isaac. It may have had to be done over again for the females for as has been written, it wasn't known at that time that work for males was to be done by males and females work by females.

Even though many new doctrines had been given and some keys restored, it remained a time of trial and difficulty. Opposition grew fast around the Saints. There were many foes around Kirtland. The Ohio period became the darkest period in Church history. The tempest of persecution, though briefly lulled at times, burst forth like a roaring tornado and each angry man was like a fire ablaze. Each ignited the ire of another so that they swept across the land screaming, seizing, and crushing each person who dared uphold the word of God. The "School of the Prophets" was organized and did convene and teach for some time in the upper rooms of the Kirtland Temple. Much was taught and learned, even though there were many tense moments.

There came a great apostasy. Many fell from the faith but Daniel and his wife became stauncher. Daniel knew that God gave him all the power he had, all he needed to bless and heal the righteous. As the devastation and wickedness increased, the people were driven from their homes; their fields laid waste, homes and belongings burned. Only the good Lord knew how the Saints survived that winter. The whole economic structure collapsed so that Joseph Smith and his followers, including Daniel and his family, had to move out. They were driven away without any subsistence for their families. The mobs burned all their belongings and killed their animals. Daniel lost more than $2,000.00 for he had purchased two city lots, built a tannery and shoe shop, and was a share holder in the Kirtland Bank. He lost it all. Finally he hired a man to take him and family 50 miles south to Savannah, Ashland, Ohio, where he secured work on a canal. He received 50 cents a day for his pay. Out of that he was able to feed his family and finally able to purchase a pair of old mares and an old wagon. In this way he was able to move his family to Far West, Missouri, for he was determined to join again with the saints.

Everyone said he would not be able to make it to Far West in that old wagon, for surely they said, it would fall apart before he reached there. He was able to get there better than some others. He wrote that he traveled with Dr. Mitchell and S.B. Stoddard. Their wagons broke down two or three times, but Daniel said, “I got to my brother Joseph’s with no trouble. I loaned my wagon to him to go the three miles to Far West empty, but he lost a wheel and broke a tire. I know I held that wagon together with only my faith and prayers. From Far West I went with my brother Joseph and Brother Morley to Adam-Ondi-Ahmen where we all took up land about three miles north of the town. I built a house there, but the day they were putting the roof on was Election Day in Galiton, 8 Aug 1838. The mobs had sworn to kill any Mormon who dared to vote, so I was under arms from then on until I and the company I was with trying to defend our people, gave up their arms in Far West.”

Daniel said, “I was with David W. Patton when they took the cannon from the mob, the mob claimed to be 400 strong, the Mormons only 100 strong, but the Lord was with us, for we took the cannon and scattered the mob. Later on I was with Semore Brunson when they were surrounded by Bogart’s army 5 miles South of Log Creek. The mobs said they were as sure of overcoming the Mormons as if they had us, but Brother Brunson was a good officer and he gave the mob the slip. Brunson took his men through the timber, while Bogart’s bunch went through the prairie, but we beat Bogart and his men to Far West by 5 miles. I was betrayed by Colonel Hinkle and forced to give up my arms when the rest of the brethren gave up theirs at Far West.” This happened at the battle of Crooked River in Oct 1838.

Several people were imprisoned. Daniel, his wife and three children left on 6 Feb. 1839 along with his brother Joseph, a Brother Rossen and Father Isaac Morley. They camped out 21 nights before reaching Quincy, Illinois. From there they went to Lima, Ill. where they stayed for one year. Baby Dianthia was born there 19 Dec. 1839. They all moved on to Nauvoo on 1 Apr 1840.

You will remember that Adam-Ondi-Ahmen was the place where Adam gathered his posterity just three years before he died. Some of Adam’s posterity did not gather, but they were the unrighteous ones. All the righteous ones gathered there in the valley of Adam-Ondi-Ahman and there father Adam bestowed his last blessing upon them. Even though he was bowed down with age, he was full of the Holy Ghost and he predicted the things which would befall his posterity even unto the last generation.


Nauvoo was a new city just being established by the Saints during 1839. By 1841 they were able to begin work on the Nauvoo Temple. The Church leaders who had been imprisoned at the time of the extermination order when they were driven from Kirtland and from Far West were now back in their midst and able to carry on their duties. There were about 20,000 saints living in the Nauvoo area by then. Nearly every member of the church became involved in the building of the Temple. Everyone who could worked in a united effort to complete it. Those who had no teams went to work in the stone quarry and prepared the stones which were later horse-drawn to the temple site. Even the Prophet himself put on his tow frock and tow pantaloons and went into the quarry. He was the foreman. The presidency, high priests, elders, and all worked side by side to rush the work along.

The women worked in the homes knitting, spinning, and working hard and fast to make hundreds of pounds of wool into thread and yarn. These were later made into cloth and sewn into clothing for the men. It was said that the women also brought their jewelry and gave it to be sold for the building of the temple. Their best china and glass were crushed and added to the mortar used for plastering the beautiful exterior walls.

The saints worked through the bitter cold winter, through mud and minor persecutions from rabble rousers. Daniel was called on different missions so that he was not there to work on it from start to finish. He did spend much time on the temple and also helped with his money. One wonders if perhaps part of Daniel’s love and dedication to the church was because of his closeness to the Prophet, his first hand knowledge and personal friendship with him. Often he worked with and for the Prophet in whatever way things needed to be done and he had no greater love for anyone than he did for his beloved friend. Even to his dying day, at age 88, when people spoke of the Prophet and of the trials he had endured for the sake of the Gospel, which the Lord had entrusted him to restore, Daniel wept in memory of him. He felt as near to Joseph Smith as he did to his own brother.

Joseph Smith and other leaders were thrust in the Carthage jail on trumped-up charges, the same as he had been thrust in jail several times previous. Mary Ann and Daniel were caught up in the midst of all the persecutions and though they were helpless to assist him, Daniel did act as a guard to protect him along with several others.

On 5 July 1842 Eliza Ann was born. While the baby was still very young, Daniel was called to go on a mission. The Elders were not given assignments to go to a certain area to preach, but told to "Seek out the honest in heart." They would know them only through the spirit of the Lord and the Holy Ghost. The mission was only for a few months. Most of the missionaries were family men who had wives and children whom they would have to leave to care for themselves while husbands were away.

Nauvoo had been nothing but a swampland when Joseph Smith purchased it in 1839. The Mormons drained it, built shops, homes, schools, a newspaper printing shop and all the necessary things it took to make it grow. Grow it did, for it became the largest city in Illinois at the time. As farms and orchards sprang up around it, it truly lived up to its name: "Nauvoo The Beautiful." It became a community of 20,000 industrious people intent on building a beautiful magnificent temple, a marble edifice on its dome shaped hill which overlooked the valley and the Mississippi river.

Nauvoo clings to a bend in the east bank of the river. Its color, its mood and the romance of that area was beautiful and appealing to the saints. It lent itself to the needs of a vast population who had begun streaming to its shores in search of a haven of peace and security. The temple was begun on one of the grandest landscapes ever spread before human vision. Fall foliage was just something to behold. In winters dress, it was a photographers dream. Every spring there was the lovely scent of lilac in bloom and budding trees everywhere. The benchland and low hills rose like a terrace behind, while the river flowed past the city in a crescent shape. The scene for miles was one of beauty and grandeur---no wonder they called it "Nauvoo the Beautiful" for it truly was beautiful in every season. No wonder the enemy desired it and caused so much havoc in trying to drive the Mormons out, a feat they finally accomplished.

The Temple was begun in 1839 and was built from the stone quarries in the vicinity of the river. The Saints tried to rush to get it completed to receive the promises God had told them would be revealed in that temple. They were under very terrible stress and strain until it was completed enough for dedication, which was accomplished 7 March 1846.

On 3 July 1843 the prophet Joseph had called a special conference to choose thirty six elders to go on missions to various counties of Illinois. Daniel was assigned to go to Rock Island. They were to go about the country to teach the gospel and to heal the sick. They were told to "warn the people" but their main message was to the "honest in heart". President Smith told them they would be able to do many wonderful works. They would be able to "cast out the devil to heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, unstop the ears of the deaf, that the tongue of the dumb might speak and many other great and wonderful things." They were to go with out purse or script and promised that they would not go hungry or thirsty. They were not to tell these things to all the world or brag about them, but to do these things (and others they were taught) to seek out the honest in heart and bring those who believed their words to be the words of the Lord Jesus Christ into the Church through baptism.

Somewhere around this time the Prophet and others were wrongly accused of several trumped up charges again, even more serious ones than they had accused them of on several previous occasions. When they came to take Joseph to jail this time, he said to his dedicated followers "I go like a lamb to the slaughter. If I don't come back, boys, take good care of yourselves." Daniel never forgot those words and he always tried to take good care of himself as well as those about him. He also tried to take especially good care of any church calling he received, just as he thought his beloved prophet would want him to do.

During the period the Prophet and others were held so ruthlessly in the Carthage Jail they were guarded by a group called "the Carthage Greys.” 90 men were called as guards. 30 men went on at a time and were on for 2 hours then off 4 hours. One evening after Daniel had stood guard he went out to care for his livestock. As he finished his chores he had a strange premonition. Upon returning to his house he said to his wife, Mary Ann, "I have a premonition that the mobs will be after me to night. You know they are constantly heckling and abusing the guards and we all have to fear for our lives.”

The evening prayer was perhaps more forceful that evening as Daniel called upon the Lord to show him a way to protect his life, for the sake of his family as well as for the Prophet. As he finished the prayer his eyes fell upon his wife's night- cap there upon the dresser. Instantly Daniel knew that night cap meant life to him. When he retired for the night, he placed the frilly nightcap upon his head and took the baby Eliza Ann to bed with him.

Soon his premonition proved true. There came a loud pounding upon the door, as Mary Ann opened it to several men, they demanded to see Dan Allen. With a prayer on her lips and a voice as steady as she could manage, she stepped aside and said, "You may look for yourself". After looking through the house, they stormed out saying, "There's no one in there but an old woman in bed with her baby."

Later Mary Ann thanked God for her husband’s deliverance, and then told him, "Wear it always Daniel, for it shall be your shield." So Daniel did wear it nightly during the Nauvoo period while mob threats were so violent. (told to Ila L. Bauer by grandma Harriet Allen Lowe).

Prophet Joseph Smith Martyred

In June of 1844 the Prophet was martyred in the Carthage Jail. It was a bitter blow for all who knew and loved him. All his dedicated followers were horrified and every saint mourned his untimely death. Even the children were horrified and never lived long enough to forget that terrible moment in their lives. Daniel's 7 year old daughter, Mary Ann Ellen, told her children and grandchildren of going with her parents to view the martyr’s last remains. She told and also wrote of the many thousands that filed past the coffin for a last glimpse of their beloved leader. Although she was young, she never forgot that day for even the children were forever impressed with the strength of his great personality.

It was said that shortly before he was taken to jail that last time he had gone into the stone shop where the men were working on stones for the temple and he had blessed each and every one of them by the power of his priesthood. Daniel felt fortunate to have been there at that time and he forever treasured that blessing.

The Sprit of Elijah

Many said that building the Nauvoo Temple was about like working with a shovel in one hand and a gun in the other, for the mobsters were so intent on doing harm and preventing the temple from reaching its completion. It was finally finished and dedicated 27 March 1846.

It was at Nauvoo that the spirit of Elijah was felt first, for he touched the hearts of those who were ready to do genealogy work. Elijah's mission was to the living rather than to the dead. It was at Semore Brunson's funeral that it was first told that the saints would be allowed to do work for their dead loved ones, but the Spirit of Elijah had to work on them first to give them the desire and the know-how to do it. It was in a corn field just outside Nauvoo that the first sealing of wife to husband took place, but that was in 1841, before the temple was completed.

During the period Daniel and family lived in Nauvoo, (1 April 1840 to 1 April 1846) he not only helped build the temple but paid for a share in the Nauvoo House, built a home and ran his tanning and shoe shop. Mary Ann's 6th and last child, Daniel Allen the 3rd was born 20 Feb. 1846. At the time of this last babies birth Daniel Jr. had to leave his wife and family in care of friends. The last conference in Nauvoo was called by the new President Brigham Young on Oct. 8, 1845. Daniel was called as head of a committee of three to try to sell all properties belonging to the saints in Bear Creek area in preparation of leaving the area. The committee consisted of Dan, Nelson Higgins and Samuel Shepherd. They wondered if they might have problems selling the property because those trying to push them out wanted to get everything for nothing. However they did have fair success. They were able to help all the saints purchase the necessities of life for their travels to new areas. The Lord was with them even though there was a great apostasy going on, for many of a lesser faith left the church. Daniel's faith grew and he became more committed. He and the committee worked very hard to fulfill their assignment.

A Busy Winter

During the winter of 1845-46 the saints were very busy making thousands of wagons in preparation for leaving for the West. In the hardest freeze of any ones memory the mighty Mississippi River froze over hard enough that teams and wagons were able to cross it. On 27 Feb. 1846 1,000 families began to cross that frozen river in covered wagons, some drawn by horses others drawn by oxen. By the 10th of March they had found that the horses were not as good as the oxen. Oxen could stand the ice, snow and mud much better than horses, so oxen replaced the horses as fast as they could be gathered and put into harness. After a few days the mighty Mississippi was no longer frozen but began to slush in the middle. The wagons were ferried across as quickly as people could prepare and get on their way to Winter Quarters, Nebraska.

When Dan and his committee completed their assignment and returned to Nauvoo it was a great shock to see what their eyes beheld. Their eyes swept the cluttered streets while every fiber ached at sight of friend turned foe. There was much confusion going on all about them. Frustration swept over them as each went their separate direction to their homes, threading their way through the cluttered streets, half fearing what they might find at home. They wished the assignment had not taken so long, for so much had happened to the beautiful city on the banks of the Mississippi River.

In the gathering dusk darkened windows gaped at them. Yawning doors revealed dying fires deep in ash, half eaten suppers still on many tables. Torture and wickedness swelled up about Daniel as angry mobs herded men, women and children out into the cold weather. Tell-tale splotches of blood left their crimson mark on the streets. The whole town of Nauvoo seemed to be moving toward the ponderous river.

Daniel hadn't realized how the tension had mounted while he was away. How he wished his mission hadn't kept him at the Bear Creek area so long. The weeping and shouting mingled with the rumbling of iron tires and tramping steed over hard frozen earth scrunched in his ears. The sounds carried so loudly through the crisp cold air. A shudder twisted his body as Daniel thought of his family, especially of his beloved wife, Mary Ann, who may have been driven out into this horrible weather. It wouldn't be as hard perhaps for the children as for Mary Ann. Possibly their new baby had arrived. Oh the air smelled pungent with the burning straw of the torches. Dan didn’t stop to unsaddle his horse but secured the reigns and dashed to the cottage. Droplets of icy breath melted and puddled on the floor where he had dropped his coat over a chair in his haste to check the welfare of his family.

Yes, the baby was born. Anxiously he listened while his wife related the mobs threats of vengeance upon them and that they might return at any time. Dan breathed a sigh of relief to learn that they all were at home and uninjured. He hoped against hope that the mobs would relent until Mary Ann was well enough to travel. But the mobs did not relent. Daily they were in his yard killing animals, burning sheds and threatening the same would happen to them if they did not put haste to their heels. Their meager supplies were packed. The scant provisions Mary Ann had been able to gather were packed and bedding, clothing and food stuffs tucked in all available space. The trip to the West would be a long one.

The Allen’s wagon was one of the last three to leave Nauvoo and those three traveled together for a time, but with poor Mary Ann so ill, their going was slow and rough. The horses clomped through the muddy streets spraying steam from their nostrils, their ears erect, low whinny’s of fright escaped their throats. They sniffed the smoke-laden air, pungent with smell of musty straw burning as the torches waved menacingly. Weaving their way through the sea of torches, the eerie lights showed the faces of friends and neighbors they had trusted, shared food and lodging with-loved as brothers. He wondered if ever again they would find peace of mind.

Dan very much disliked taking his ailing wife out in the cold. It was now the 1st day of April 1846. Their new baby boy was not quite 6 weeks old and Mary Ann not at all well. Being subjected to the cold and damp air was difficult for her and her sickness worsened with each weary day. The cold and exposure she was subjected to caused her health to continue to fail rapidly, so much so that they could not catch up with the company, nor even keep up with the other two wagons they had started with. When they reached the head of Soap Creek, the little mother passed away. There was now but one wagon traveling with them. Daniel tried to get the man to wait while he went back to a town to get boards to make a coffin. The man refused to wait, so poor Daniel had no choice but to dig a grave by the roadside. While he was digging it the children gathered leaves to line it with. Imagine such a heart rendering situation if you can. Daniel then wrapped his beloved Mary Ann in a sheet and consigned her to her last resting place with the sobs of the broken-hearted family and the howl of the lonely coyote as the only choir. This was told by Clara Bell Lowery Singleton of her grandmother’s death, daughter of Mary Ann Ellen Allen.

So--no coffin was dear Mary Ann's, but a white sheet had been tenderly wrapped, enfolding her as lovingly as though it was his arms enfolding her for ever. Her last words were haltingly whispered in his ear and burned deeply in his heart. She too, had a deep testimony of the Gospel and she died as she had lived full of faith in the truths she had learned. She said "We'll meet again dear love in a better world and I shall await your coming.”

The leaves and grass the children had gathered to line the burial plot and make a pillow for her head were carefully spread, dampened by their tears--and the coyotes howled and mingled their chorus with the sobs of her loved ones. Daniel dedicated that narrow slit of earth and covered her with the golden treasure of the land, and through his voice the Lord spoke reassuring his little ones of a beautiful life beyond this sad and lonely spot. The burdens of that day were almost more than stout hearted Daniel could bear, but finally that little family turned their tear streaked faces from that sorrowful scene and headed once more for Winter Quarters.

The days were long and hard and the miles seemed to grow longer without a mother to care for the infant. Each time the baby became hungry they had to stop, milk the cow behind the wagon and spoon feed it to the infant while it was warm. Nine year old Mary Ellen probably grew up very fast on that journey, for she had the care of not only the infant but helping to care for the others as the girls were only 4 and 6 years old and Alma 11 years old. Alma’s chore was to help care for the loose stock, horses, oxen or whatever. LeRoy had died earlier, probably at Far West or Nauvoo. (I could find no record of his passing.)

Perhaps their hair grew more tousled daily even though they tried to keep up the cleaning habits taught by their parents, but there were only the cold streams to wash soiled clothing as well as themselves. Never was there hot water more than enough to prepare a meager meal, wash a few dishes or freshen up the baby. Camping out on a trail was never a lark, but a real task at that time, being so far from shelter and security. Each night a campfire pushed back the darkness and beds made as near the orange glow as dared, or perhaps in the wagon, but it was so crowded and oh, so cold. They knew they could not catch up with the company ahead, yet they didn't want to be too far behind.

Upon reaching Winter Quarters, a home had to be prepared. Some had small long homes, but many were living in dug-outs, just a hole in the ground with shelter built over to protect them from the elements. Daniel did the best he could and soon they were housed as comfortably as possible. Baby Daniel was not doing well even with the best care that could be given him.

Winter Quarters

Winter Quarters was made up not only of those who had escaped Nauvoo, but also converts were arriving daily from many states to the north, east, and south. A group had recently arrived from Tennessee. The group included a Berry family consisting of father, mother and several young adults.

Daniel had had a difficult time, for with all they had tried to do for the baby, he died in July 1846, only 5 months old. One day as Daniel was having a particularly difficult time of it, having lost his lovely wife and now his little son, the man from Tennessee, Jessie Woods Berry said to him, "Daniel, why don't you get married so to have a wife to help you care for your children?" "Married? Why, who would have me, a man my age with these 4 young children?" A voice behind him answered his query, “I’ll marry you Daniel. I'll marry you and help you raise your children." It was Louisa Jane Berry who made the offer. She had heard the conversation as she was standing near her father.

It was sometime later, but Louisa Jane did marry Daniel on 22 June 1847 at Kanesville, Summer Quarters. She was 24 years younger than he, being only 19, but she did help care for the three young girls and the son, Alma although he was now about 12 years old. It was now three years since the Prophet Joseph Smith had been martyred in the Carthage jail. President Brigham Young was in charge of the Saints and he was already on his way to Utah with the first group of followers. They arrived at the Salt Lake Valley 24 July 1847.The rest were to follow later. Daniel and Louisa remained in Kanesville for a time. It was there that their first two children were born, John Albert born 16 May 1848 and Cynthia Elizabeth. The first baby died young at Kanesville. Cynthia was born 22 Feb. 1849. On 15 May of that same year they joined the Orson Spencer Company with Samuel Gulley as their captain and headed for the Valley. The company consisted of about 100 wagons carrying supplies for Livingston and Kinkade besides about 100 wagons of pioneers.

They reached the Platte River on 5 July, but had to camp there for quite some time as so many were ill of Cholera. Captain Gulley and several others died there at the river from Cholera. The company traveled on and reached the Salt Lake Valley on 22 Sept. 1849.

Little is known of that trip except for the sickness and weariness of the saints as they traveled the deep ruts and dusty roads on that 1300 mile trek. There was an almost constant search for buffalo chips, which became known as the “wood of the plains" as that was the only thing available to make fires with. There was always plenty of water for livestock as they followed along the North side of the Platte as much as they could. Drinking water had to be hauled in barrels secured to the wagons. Fishing was good as long as they were near the river. They stayed on the north of the river so not to be with the gold seekers going to California and Oregon.

The women and children waded most of the rivers and streams they came to. They washed their clothes and themselves in the river water. At night there was always dancing and singing after the evening meal was over and prayers of thankfulness evenings and mornings. They were happy to at last reach the mountains for there they were able to gather fire wood. They were excited about the beauties of the mountains after having lived in prairie country most of their lives. It was a great thrill to reach what they thought was their final destination in the tops of the mountains after 121 days on the trail. They had planned on 111 days, but the sickness of so many had slowed them down. Many did stay in the Salt Lake area, but many others were encouraged to settle in various areas about there, which was known at that time as “Deseret.”

In The S.L. Valley

Daniel’s journal states that he "went first out to Big Cottonwood" where he remained for about 2 ½ years then moved to the 12th ward in Salt Lake where he was made one of the 7 presidents of the quorum of 70' s. Daniel had been kicked by a mule shortly after moving to the Cottonwood area and was laid up with a broken shoulder for over three months. While at Big Cottonwood, he built an adobe house 16 by 24 feet that they lived in.

According to "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah,” Daniel was the first person to tan leather in Utah. The tanning of leather was an important factor in caring for the needs of the pioneers. The long treks across the plains, the rough roads and streets called for good leather for shoes, harnesses, bridles, saddles etc. Daniel joined with Samuel Mulliner and they ran the Deseret Tannery. The material needed for their business was scarce at first as shown by the following advertisement in the first Deseret News:

DESERET TANNERY--WANTED Beef and horse hides, calf, sheep and dog skins. We will pay $1.00 for large calf skins free from cuts and damages; for small or damaged hides or skins according to the worth of them. We also want oil from bear, horse, wolf, dog, or from cattle feet. Pine or oak bark and sumac wanted immediately. Let us have calf skins soon and you can wear summer boots and shoes of home manufacture.

Samuel Mulliner & Daniel Allen Jr.

East, Temple Street op Reese's store

N.V. An apprentice wanted.

See Samuel Mulliner or Daniel Allen Jr.

It was while Daniel's family was still living at Big Cottonwood (now Murray) that Alma died, July 1850. They had been in the Valley only 10 months. Apparently it was while still living at Big Cottonwood that Daniel met Thomas Whiteley and his daughter Sarah. They had emigrated from England and lived in that area for the first while. Nothing is known of their romance, but they did marry in the Salt Lake Endowment House 2 July 1854. Sarah was a very petite young lady with an exceptionally beautiful singing voice. She sang much in the choir as well as solo and was much in demand for her lovely voice. She was 5 ½ years younger than Louisa Jane, but 30 years younger than Daniel when they married, she as his plural wife which was sanctioned at that time.

As Sarah was so petite, she appeared younger than her 20 years. When Dan sold out in Big Cottonwood and moved to the 12th ward in downtown Salt Lake, he got two homes-one for each wife.

After living in the 12th ward for a little over two years, Daniel was called to San Pete. They lived in Manti for sometime. There Sarah's first child, Isaac Thomas, was born 4 August 1855. (He was named for her only brother and her father. Her brother had joined the English army and gone to South Africa, there he became the governor General of all South Africa.) Also at Manti, Louisa Jane gave birth to Lydia Euphemia on 1 Dec. 1855. They all lived in the San Pete area for about two years, then once more Daniel received a call to move to Pleasant Grove. He sold out to Warren Snow, moved his families and built them each a home. He intended to go into business but decided to move to Provo where it appeared his business was needed more, at least church officials thought so. He built in Provo; his homes were about where the Provo Post Office now stands. (The reader must remember, that the reason for so many moves was that at that time there were few, if any who could do the tanning, making all the leather goods and set up a business as could Daniel. His talents were much in demand). He always taught one who was willing to apprentice under him so they could take over the business when he was called to move to another area. Daniel gave his whole life in service to the church and to the communities that he lived in. He made life easier for others. He helped to make life more worth while to hundreds and thousand of people whose lives he touched during his many years.

During their stay in Provo, Harriet Amelia was born to Sarah 21 Nov. 1857, and Thurza Armelia born to Louisa Jane on 5 Jan. 1858. These two girls were about 6 weeks apart and were just like twins most of their life. They were called Hattie and Millie. At Provo Dan donated several hundred dollars to the Provo meeting house and $50.00 on the school house. The church house still stands and has been remodeled and updated. The school house was torn down in 1983.

In the fall of 1862 Daniel received another call, this one to the Dixie Mission or really, the Cotton Mission. Louisa now had 7 children and Sarah had 3. Dan decided to take Sarah and her children to Dixie first, and then return for Louisa and her family later. Sarah was especially happy about this move. It was the first time in her married life she had been alone with just her children and husband for any length of time. They had a lovely trip to St. George. They did stop over at some places on the way. Daniel stopped in Parowan long enough to get samples of wood for use as a tanning agent. He did this every place he went to know the potentials of every area. The samples were sent to Salt Lake, so Church authorities would be aware of what to expect in various places.

They had a nice trip to St. George and found the weather still comfortably warm there. They planted a bit of garden, a few grape vines and fruit trees about the little one roomed cottage Daniel built. As soon as they were able they planted a small cotton patch. Seriously he searched for plants or trees with a good tanning agent in them, but was much disappointed for he found nothing really suitable. The oose, the canoga or anything else wasn't usable. He returned to Provo to get his family and on the return trip, stopped overnight to rest at Parowan. While there George A. Smith contacted him and told him he had received word from Church officials in Salt Lake to have Daniel stop at Parowan to build up a tanning business because samples sent to Salt Lake were far superior to any found any other place. The tanning agent determined the quality of the finished article and much of the leather goods, harnesses, saddles, reigns and lines, etc. used in those early days were made in the shops Daniel supervised or at least were repaired or replaced by ones he made.

Settled at Parowan

Daniel did stop at Parowan, bought two city lots and soon got Louisa Jane and her family settled and all running smoothly before he continued on to St. George to get Sarah and her family. Sarah loved St. George; her cotton was so white and beautiful. She had her children pick out all the seeds while she corded it and prepared it for spinning. One day as she sat singing, cording and enjoying the fruits of her labors, a gust of wind came up and blew all the beautiful white cotton out the open door. She laid down her cording equipment, stopped singing and just cried. Her children, Isaac and Harriet said they had never heard their mother cry before in their life.

Back To Parowan

It was rather a hard blow for Sarah to leave the warmth and security of her little cottage in Dixie, where the "summer sun spends the winter" for Parowan though only about 75 miles northeast, is many degrees colder, especially in winter. After getting both families settled, Daniel built a tannery over the creek and was soon in business. Soon he was put in as foreman of the tanning department of the Parowan United Manufacturing Institution (PUMI) which was a group of industries in one building. He still had his own tanning vats over the creek where he had men working for him for at Parowan. He had found the best tanning bark in the state so far. He developed a tanning process known as "The Allen Tan" which was used for as long as individual tanning was done. Eventually the manufacturing of goods became "big business" and was taken over by big manufacturing corporations, but that didn't happen during Daniel Allen’s lifetime. He finally sold his plant to Ebeneezer Hanks and Daniel Page for $600.00, but continued working as the supervisor of the tanning division of the PUMI. He had been in business for one year with William H. Dame before he decided to sell out to the above named men.

Panguitch 1864

During the period that Panguitch was first being settled, many were called from Parowan. Apparently Daniel didn't take either of his families but went with other men to check out the possibilities of the area. He went with William Williamson, Morgan Richards, William Wilcox, William Holyoak, Joseph K. Paramore and possibly others. These men all took up land along the Sevier River, but the Indians were so warlike in the area that all the white people returned to Parowan for their own safety. Later on, however, those who had taken up land and started to build homes with the intent to build up ranches along the River began returning as the Indians became friendlier. The area did remain quite hostile for quite some time and the Indians resented the white people intruding on what they considered their fishing and hunting grounds. The Panguitch Lake abounded in fish of several varieties and deer and other wild game were also in abundance in the surrounding mountains.

On 22 March 1866 G. G. Smith issued a notice to all the men who had not returned to the lands they had started laying claim to. The notice stated that the men owned land in the Panguitch area but were still absent, depending on the other settlers to defend their property during the Black Hawk Indian War. Mr. Smith asked that those men who owned property either return to the area to defend their premises or submit to such measures as may have to be taken because those who did return should not have to bear the expense incident to the Indian Campaign. Most of the above listed men had not returned including Daniel. He let the property go back to government; he was too busy to be everywhere.

At Parowan Louisa Janet’s last three children were born and Sarah’s last six. This made 11 children for Louisa Jane and 9 for Sarah. At this writing 1986, there are still five 1st generation grandchildren living. They are: Frederick has 1 living, Hyrum has 1 living and Annie still has 3 children living.

When the United Order was started in Parowan, Daniel put some of his property in it and joined. However, the Order didn’t work well in Parowan so it was soon abandoned.

Escalante, the Last Call

Daniel and his wives thought their moving days were over, for he had answered the call at least 9 times besides filling the three missions spoken of. His youngest and 26th child was just 5 years old. Several of the older ones were married, but in 1880 he received his last church calling to move to a new area to build up his leather tanning, boot and shoe shop. He was a pretty old man by then, 76, but the call came and he answered. He had done so very much moving and pioneering, starting over again and again, and had gone through so many persecutions and all. Daniel was and always had been a very meticulous person in his work, in his dealings, in every faucet of his beautiful life. He had always tried to teach his children to do likewise. (I know Harriet "Hattie" A. Lowe was a very meticulous person in her work and in all things. She quoted her father many times in his beliefs and in the ways he had tried to guide his children.)

Parents have the privilege of sprinkling stardust over the lives of their children. Daniel was one who tried to do just that by trying to elevate his children to greatness, by praising them, encouraging them and helping them in any way he could. They always felt his loving kindness and warmth in their lives. He wanted them to always do just the very best they could and not slow down their progress to earning life eternal by lowering their moral standards. Perhaps this was not so evident in the early years of hardship and privation, during the years they were being pushed around by the mobs in the pioneering days of the church, but it became more evident as the children grew older. Always, he remained a man of deep faith, having been a dear and close friend to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He desired and tried hard to instill his deep faith and strict morals in each one of his children.

The tannery Daniel built in Parowan in 1864 ran until 1927, when it was torn down and a home built on the property. Daniel had assisted much with the running of it until he received the call to go to Escalante, known at that time as "Potato Valley." He sold the property and all he owned in Parowan and moved both families, at least most of both families, the 180 long hard miles northeast of Parowan. They traveled over high mountains, through box canyons, and into the vast desert along the Escalante River. He again bought two homes as all of Sarah's family went except Hattie, who was married and had a son the age of her little sister Annie. Louisa Jane also went with her two married daughters and their husbands and all the boys not married. Those listed in "Parowan, Mother Town" were: Annie, Fred, David, Hyrum, James, Cynthia with husband Samuel Rogers, Lydia and husband Edward Wilcock, Robert and James.

Daniel built a tanning shop and space for making his leather goods near the river. The two homes were about two blocks apart. He spent time in each place. He especially loved to listen to Sarah read, for she was a good reader and had some of the best books available. Daniel was old and tired by now, but he found he could visit any country in the world, see all the foreign places through the eyes of the authors as Sarah read to him the books known as "Dime Novels", but which are really the classics of today and are now 20.00 to $35.00 each. They were really only one dime in those days. (Ben Hur, Scarlet Letter, etc) Daniel's family had now grown to 26 children, 17 were still alive so he enjoyed his many children and grandchildren as they came along. Cynthia never was able to have a family but Lydia and husband had a lovely family and I believe all others who lived did too except perhaps James.

The Pastimes

Perhaps in trying to be precise in proper dates, names etc. this writer has made this history sound like all work and no play. Pioneering days were not of course as much play and relaxation as today, but they did enjoy a lot of their life. There was square dancing in the evenings and even the children went to enjoy it with their parents. There were quilting bees, rag bees where they tore old clothes to rags to weave into rugs to cover the cold wooden floors. There was apple peeling and preparing all kinds of fruit after the trees and gardens produced. They dried their fruits and vegetables and all worked together: father, mothers and children and those were fun times. It worked out well as there were no bottles in those early days. They had popping corn and candy pulls and at these all joined in the fun and relaxation. It is told that even as an old man Daniel joined in all the family activities, helping to quilt, to tear rags, to pop corn and especially sew on his machine or by hand. He did so well that he could make flowers or whatever design women wanted on their shoes as well as he could on the quilts. He had a special way of doing his bridles so that they were smooth on inside, laced in designs on outside. If some one came along with an idea for an extra special kind of "thing" they were told, "You'll have to go to Dan Allen, as he is the only man we know of who can do that."

Apparently Dan and his two wives enjoyed fairly good health most of their lives. The only mention found about Dan's health was when he had his collar bone broken right after arriving in Salt Lake area (Big Cottonwood). It was a great joy to read his entries in his book, for he kept an account of everything, even work on his own shoes and his family. A few lines read:

29 Dec--mended my girls shoes.

1870--mended shoes for self--$l.50

Mended shoes for self--$2.50

Made a pair of shoes for J M Smith--$5.00

Mended my womens shoes $.75

2 pair small shoes for J. Allen --$2.50

Sarah Becomes Lonely and Ill

In the fall of 1891 Sarah became very lonely for her daughter Harriet whom she had not seen for quite a long time. Harriet lived in Parowan, her son George went horse back now and then to see his folks at Escalante, but Harriet couldn't ride that far on a horse. Someone took her to Parowan in a wagon where she enjoyed visiting for some time, but her failing health continued to worsen. She became afraid, she was going to die and wanted to go back home to be near her beloved husband when that happened. A bed was made in a wagon and she was taken the many long miles back to Escalante to be near her husband. She soon passed away and was buried in the Escalante Cemetery. Cause of death was listed as quick consumption, sort of pneumonia. She passed away on 3 Jan. 1892, just two days before her 58th birthday.

Daniel Becomes Ill

Although 87, Daniel appeared to be in good health. He attended Sarah's funeral on the 5th, spoke in the Sunday service on the 7th and it was said he gave "an excellent sermon." He always did for he was an excellent speaker and much in demand for few knew the Gospel principals better than he. As has been said, he had been trained at the School of the Prophets and at the side of the Prophet Joseph Smith. They had been taught so well at Kirtland that even the Lord Himself made special, mention of it to Joseph Smith. (Quote Joseph Smith Seer-Prophet.)

That January day was a very chilly one. The church had but one small stove. As the stand where Daniel sat was near the door, he became very cold. On the 8th he took with chills and fever, it became necessary to put him to bed. He lived but a few days. He called all his children who were available to his bedside and sent word to those not able to come to him at that time that he desired to admonish each of them to stay close to the church and to never leave it. He then sat up in his bed stretched out his arms and said "Wait for me Sarah. We'll go in together". He lay back on his pillow and was gone, 15 January 1892, just 12 days after Sarah had passed away. He was 87 years one month, 6 days old. He had retained his mental faculties up to the very last. Of his 26 children, 17 survived him. (He had 16 boys and 10 girls.)

So once again that faithful servant of the Lord had fulfilled his mission, knowing without a doubt that no matter how or when, "families are forever". Louisa Jane was apparently still in good health. She lived on in the home awhile, and then went to live with a daughter in Teasdale. When she became ill she was taken back to Escalante where she passed away 26 July 1902. She was buried beside her beloved husband, Daniel, 28 July 1902. So there they all three lie to rest, a wife on either side and his first love Mary Ann, alone in the grave on the side of Soap Creek, but surely the three wives share his love in their home in the eternities where, once again I say, "Families are together Forever."

Sources: (By Ila Lone Bauer, gr-grand-dau.) Bingham Camp of the DUP
Hattie Esplin Grand-niece, May 1952, Salt Lake City
Eileen C. Smith – Preston Idaho