Monday, January 23, 2012

Samuel Gully

Samuel S. Gully

Birth: May 27, 1809 Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA, Son of Robert Gully and Martha

Death: Jul. 4, 1849 Crossing Plains, Nebraska, USA
#1) Jane Jones Frilick (22 Jun 1801New Bern, Craven, NC-19 Mar 1881 Clover Valley, Lincoln, NV), 9 Oct 1833 Johnston, NC

173. 9 Oct 1833- Marriage Contract between Samuel Gully & Jane Frilick of JoCo for divers good causes, both parties thereunto moving, but being mindful of Est. & prop. Of Jane Frilick... in consideration of sum $1, pd. By Daniel Boon, sell negroes Laner & her 2 ch. Candis & Lizzy... also a bond by her brother James Frilick for the sum of $2,750.... Wit: C Christopher Signed Jane Frilick, Saml Gully, Daniel Boon Nov. Ct 1833

- Harriet Jane Gully 30 Apr 1840 Lawrence, MS – 1888 San Bernardino, SB, CA

* The fourth wife of Isaac Smith Potter (Sr.) They married on August 2, 1859 in Salt Lake City. Harriet came to Utah, at the age of 9, with her father, Samuel Gully. The company was the Samuel Gully/Orson Spencer Company (1849). They reportedly traveled in a group of 7 people:

1. Samuel Gully, 40 years old, born 27 May, 1809.

2. Jane Jones Frilick Gully, born on May 22, 1794. She died before April 13, 1881. She was probably Samuel’s first wife.

3. Martha Gully, 13 years old, born April 1836, died 15 December 1851. Martha is Harriet's sister.

4. Ovanda Fuller Gully, born 27 July, 1822, died 24 December 1856. This is a plural wife of Samuel Gully.

5. Samuel Gully, infant, born 1849. This is the son of Samuel Gully and Ovanda Fuller Gully.

6. Harriet Gully, 9 years old.

7. Unknown

Note that there is a reference in the Brigham Young Company in 1848 to a Sarah Ann Fuller Gully, which says: “Her husband Samuel Gully remained in Winter Quarters and died en route to Utah in 1849”.

#2) Ovanda Fuller(27 Jul 1822 Providence, Saratoga, NY-24 Dec 1856), 27 Jan 1846, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska

- Henrietta Gully 4 Mar 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Il – 29 Aug 1847 (died of consumption) Winter Quarters/Florence, Douglas, Ne #215 Mormon Pioneer Winter Quarters Cemetery

#3) Hannah Elizabeth Fuller(24 Feb 1827Nauvoo, Hancock, Il-10 Aug 1847 Plains, Nebraska), 9 Jan 1847, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska

#4) Sarah (Sally) Ann Fuller(24 Oct 1815Saratoga Co, NY-15 Mar 1897 St George, UT), 29 Jan 1847, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska

4. MRS. G*****:

● John C. Bennett, The History of the Saints, Boston: Leland and Whiting, 1842, 256.[5]

[5] Fawn Brodie asserts that Mrs. G***** was a woman named Sally Ann Fuller Gulley.[5] Research shows that Sally Ann Fuller did not marry Samuel Gully (not “Gulley”) until January 29, 1847 in Winter Quarters. (Thomas Milton Tinney, The Royal Family of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Salt Lake City: Tinney-Greene Family Organization, 1973, 114.) Gully died in 1849 and Sally Ann went on to marry Elijah Knapp Fuller on September 8, 1850. Hence, John C. Bennett would not have known Sally Ann Fuller as Mrs. G***** during his stay in Nauvoo. (Fawn Brodie, No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, 2nd rev. ed. New York, 1971, 469.) Brodie writes that “the Nauvoo Temple Record states that on January 29, 1846 [Sally Ann Fuller] was sealed to Joseph Smith Jr., “for eternity” and to [Samuel] Gulley [not Gully] “for time.” In fact, the Nauvoo temple record contains no such entry. See Lisle Brown, Nauvoo Sealings, Adoptions, and Anointings: a Comprehensive Register of Persons Receiving LDS Temple Ordinances, 1841-1846, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2006, 120, 379.

Benjamin Freeman Bird, Son and Father of Pioneers by Julie Cannon Markham

Late in the fall of 1840, Charles left his family in Nauvoo and served a short mission to North Carolina where he converted several people. Charles was known as a “fluent speaker, with a very likeable disposition and a strong testimony.” It is probable that Samuel Gully and his wife Jane were converted at this time. They arrived in Nauvoo in 1840 from North Carolina with a young son and daughter and an infant who had been born during their trip to Illinois.

Daniel Tyler “Incidents of Experience”

Chapter 4

Mississippi 1841-1842

I now had to go out in my district and fill appointments which I had made; but when I returned at the end of two weeks, I learned that Mr. Knight had walked nearly half a mile and had been baptized. A goodly number of others had also been baptized, and we organized a branch of the Church with Samuel L. Gully (known as Lieutenant Gully, in the history of the Mormon Battalion), as presiding elder. All apostatized shortly afterwards excepting Elder Gully and a few others who had believed and were anxious to get baptized before this remarkable case of healing occurred, thus proving the truth of the revelation which says, "Those who seek signs shall have signs, but not unto salvation." Even the man who received this manifestation of God's power went back to the beggarly elements of the world, although he still bore testimony to the fact that he was healed, but said he "did not know whether Joseph Smith was a true prophet or an impostor."

Samuel Gully was the owner of a Nauvoo store that also served as a meeting house, located on the corner of Parley and Hyde streets (E.C.I.F.)

Interestingly, Jane Gully was listed as one of the few female craftsmen, working on the temple until its completion. Entries for

Jane Gully showed she worked in February, March, April and May of 1846. Her work must have been critical, as most of the members of the Church had left Nauvoo by then.

Despite Brigham Young’s support of the battalion, many of the members of the Church were suspicious, feeling that the federal government had not been sympathetic to their plight over the previous decade. SAMUEL GULLY is listed as Second Lieutenant. (Tyler’s list, SAMUEL L. GULLY, Third Lieutenant) Resignation accepted October 19, 1846, at Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Is also listed as 3rd Lieutenant under Davis; The Historical Record Volumes 7-9 by Andrew Jensen). Samuel and his wife Jane and plural wife, Ovanda Fuller, had earlier received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple, and their family would later intertwine with the Bird family. In a puzzle I have not been able to figure out, Jane was not sealed to Samuel in the Nauvoo Temple, although

Samuel was married and sealed to Ovanda. Not only is there no record of this sealing in existing Nauvoo Temple records, but Jane was later sealed to Benjamin Freeman Bird in 1852, an ordinance that likely would not have been performed if she had been sealed to Samuel.

On August 6, 1846 Samuel Gully was appointed as Assistant Quartermaster because there had been complaints about Quartermaster Sebert Shelton.

Saturday, August 22, 1846

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas:

James Pace and Samuel Gully arrived back at Fort Leavenworth. Colonel James Allen, the commanding officer of the Mormon Battalion, who was very sick, asked to meet with Quartermaster Samuel Gully in the afternoon about some private business. James Pace was assigned to watch over Colonel Allen while he sleeping. Towards the evening, Colonel Allen was moved to his old quarters. James Pace and Samuel Gully went along. The weather became cooler and Colonel Allen took a turn for the worse. He could not speak. His niece attended to him during the night while Brothers Pace and Gully sat up with him. At one point Colonel Allen called Samuel Gully by name. Those were the last words that Colonel Allen would speak.

August 22, the battalion soon learned that Colonel Allen, who had remained at the fort because of illness, had died. Samuel Gully, promoted to lieutenant in the battalion, had remained at Fort Leavenworth with him and was at his side when he passed away. August 23, in the morning, at 6 a.m., Lieutenant Colonel James Allen, the commanding officer of the Mormon Battalion, died at Fort Leavenworth. Immediately, men in the army started to jockey for position to take over the command of the battalion. Lieutenant Andrew Jackson Smith and Doctor George B. Sanderson were pushing Quartermaster Samuel Gully to leave, to rejoin the battalion. Brother Gully resisted this request, stating that he was not under their command and he would not leave until he was ready. It appears from reading these journal entries that internal politics played a part in Samuel Gully’s removal as the company quartermaster. Being offended at this, he resigned his commission. On hearing of these orders, Lt. Smith and Dr. Sanderson changed their tunes and “in very smooth language, and with much sophistry” asked James Pace to take a letter from each of them to Brigham Young. James Pace also took a letter from Samuel Gully.

Prsdt B Young

My dear Sir

It becomes my painfull duty to announce to you the death of Lt. Col. Allen; he died just at 6 oclock this morning, with congestive fever, as the doctors say. He was sick eight days. This Sir is to us a very great loss in our present situation, as he was a good friend to us, as well as to our people.

We are here alone, and on one to counsel with. Whose hands we are to fall in, is yet to us unknown. Our men having left this post, makes it our right to make our own officers, but as to its policy for us to so, is to me doubtfull, until we get to Genl. Kearney.

I sat up with him [Col. Allen] last night and in the night he requested me to lift him & called me by name, and that was the last word he ever spoke.”

Samuel Gully

President Young wrote a letter in reply to Brother Samuel Gully. This letter was full of warmth and encouragement. He explained clearly the view of the brethren about the succession of command issue. Colonel Allen had said “that if he fell in battle, or was sick, or disabled by any means, the command would devolve on the ranking officer, which would be the Capt of Company A, and B, and so one, according to letter. Consequently the command must devolve on Captain Jefferson Hunt, whose duty we suppose to be to take the Battalion to Bent’s Fort, or wherever he has received marching order for, and there wait further orders from General Kearney.” Unfortunately, this letter would not reach Brother Gully in time.

Wednesday, August 26, 1846

Mormon Battalion in Kansas:

The battalion broke camp at 7 a.m. and marched over hills covered with beds of limestone. John Steele wrote: “The eye can wander for miles upon the vast extent of country uninhabited, save by the red man of the western wilds.”

While crossing Bluff Creek, one of Company C’s wagons, carrying a number of sick and women, tipped over. The water was several feet deep and the banks were high. Rescuers quickly jumped into the creek and pulled the passengers from the water. Some were struggling to get their heads above the water. Luckily, no one ended up hurt. Daniel Tyler helped to turn the wagon right side up and later caught a severe cold which he blamed on the incident. The soldiers continued their march and camped along Little John Creek after a journey of about thirteen miles.

At 5 p.m., Quartermaster Samuel Gully arrived from Fort Leavenworth with the sad, shocking news regarding the death of their leader, Colonel James Allen. His loss was deeply felt by all the members of the battalion. William Hyde wrote: “This information struck a damper to our feelings as we considered him a worthy man, and from the kind treatment which the battalion had received from him, we had begun to look upon him as our friend.” Colonel Allen had “listened to the testimony of the servants of God, and had heard them bear record to the truth of the great work in which we were engaged, and from his appearance, his feelings were enlisted in our favor.”

William Coray commented, “Suffice it to say, that it caused more lamentation from us than the loss of a Gentile ever did before. . . . Capt. J. Allen was a good man, he stood up for our rights better than many of our brethren . . . was kind to the families journeying with us, fed private teams at public expense . . . In short, he was an exception among officers of the U.S. army.”

The question naturally arose in the minds of the soldiers: Who should now lead the battalion? Some of the men did not feel that Captain Jefferson Hunt should assume command. They wanted a man with more military experience. As William Hyde put it, they “were left in very peculiar circumstances.” Adjutant George P. Dykes was of the opinion that since they were enlisted by a U.S. officer, the right of command belonged to an officer of the regular army. Captain Jesse Hunter and Adjutant Dykes were instructed to examine the law on the subject and to report back to the officers.

Lieut. Samuel L. Gully of Company E was a great friend to the men of the Battalion. He had taken a stand against the non-Mormon officers who were ill-treating the men. When two of the men, John D. Lee and Howard Egan started for Council Bluffs with the checks of the Battalion, it was thought an opportune time for Lieut. Gully to resign and return to his family. Accompanying these men and Roswell Stevens, he left to join his family. The next year he started for Salt Lake City, but died on the plains.

May 4, 1847 A meeting was held in the evening at John D. Lee's house. Samuel Gully was appointed as the Summer Quarters clerk. May 20, Several men went on a fishing expedition. They included Brother Burgess, Allen Stout, J. Anderson, J. Woolsey, Joseph Busby and Samuel Gully. They had "moderate" success. David Young found signs that a Sioux Indian had stolen one of John D. Lee's horses. June 18, 1847 John D. Lee was asked to go quickly to Samuel Gully to administer to him. Brother Gully was cramped up and nearly dying. He soon recovered after the blessing. Others in Summer Quarters had a similar illness.

Heritage Gateways

Summer Quarters, Nebraska 5-4-1847:
A meeting was held in the evening at John D. Lee's house. Several resolutions were adopted. M.M. Sanders was to herd all of the cattle for $1.50 per day, payment in crops in the fall. All the sheep were to be penned up at night. A bridge was to be built over Mire Creek on Saturday for the cattle to pass over. Samuel Gully was appointed as the Summmer Quarters clerk. A gun fired three times was to be an alarm of distress.

Summer Quarters, Nebraska 5-20-1847:
Several men went on a fishing expedition. They included Brother Burgess, Allen Stout, J. Anderson, J. Woolsey, Joseph Busby and Samuel Gully. They had "moderate" success. David Young found signs that a Sioux Indian had stolen one of John D. Lee's horses.

6-27-1847 - Crockett - Summer Quarters, Nebraska:
A Sabbath meeting was held at John D. Lee's house. Isaac Morley, visiting from Winter Quarters, addressed the settlement on the subject of sel government. He was followed by talks from John D. Lee and Samuel Gully, and F.W. Cox. After the meeting was closed, several children were brought forth to be blessed. Isaac Morely gave instructions regarding the ordinance of blessing children. All the names, ages, and birthplaces were carefully recorded. Afterward, a rich dinner festival was given by the Lees.

About noon, October 19th, we took leave of John D. Lee and Howard Egan, who started with our checks for Council Bluffs, being accompanied by Lieutenant Samuel L. Gulley, ex-quartermaster of the Battalion, and Roswell Stevens.

The stand Lieutenant Gully took against Lieutenants Smith and Dykes and Dr. Sanderson, at Fort Leavenworth, and subsequently had created such a prejudice among the non-Mormon officers that it was thought best for him to resign and return home. He had however established his character as a brave, noble-minded and undeviating friend to the Battalion, in whose memory the very name of Samuel L. Gully is associated with all the noble characteristics that grace a model officer. He would have sacrificed his life rather than be untrue to his friends. With a hearty shake of the hand and “God bless you, Brother Gully, and give you a safe journey to the bosom of your family and the church,” we bade him adieu and never saw him after.

Samuel Gully, John D. Lee and Howard Egan arrived back in Council Bluffs on November 20th, 1847. There Samuel was reunited with his two wives. Samuel had married Margaret thirteen years previously in North Carolina before missionaries found them. They had a son and two daughters. An 1842 census taken in Nauvoo lists Samuel and Jane Gully, and their three children, James, Martha and Harriet, all under eight. Just before the saints were driven from Nauvoo, Samuel had taken a plural wife, twenty-three year old Ovanda Fuller, who was from a large family of New York converts. Within two months of Samuel’s return from the battalion, he married Ovanda’s older sister Sarah, who at the age of thirty-two was considered a spinster.

In March, families from Mt. Pisgah and other Iowa way-stations began arriving in Winter Quarters in preparation to launch their trek from the Elkhorn River, just west of the Missouri, as soon as enough grass for their cattle had sprouted. About this time President Young realized that he could not get the families of the battalion members west and properly care for them once in the

valley, since there were no provisions there and the families were too poor to take their own provisions. He made the decision to keep these families in Winter Quarters until the Great Basin was settled. Samuel Gully and other men were asked by President Young to remain behind with John D. Lee and oversee the community farm in Winter Quarters.

Samuel Gully’s wife Sarah Ann gave birth to a son in the spring of 1848, but the baby only lived a few weeks. Her sister Ovanda gave birth to a son a year later. Jane Gully’s ten-year-old son died about this time.

Ten companies left Winter Quarters for the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1849. Forty-year old Samuel Gully captained the first company of over a hundred wagons and three hundred people. Traveling with the company were thirty pigs, sixty-two chickens, almost five hundred oxen, fifty cats and dogs, three hundred cows, thirty horses, one hundred sheep, various fowl, and one hive with one hundred and two bees. Samuel left Winter Quarters ahead of two large companies led by apostles Ezra T. Benson and George A. Smith, which traveled together. Upon reaching the Platte River towards the end of June, Samuel wrote these two men a letter and placed it in what he thought would be an obvious spot so they would know how far ahead he was.

Natives intercepted the letter, unaware of its contents, but they did get the letter into proper hands and it made its way to Salt Lake Valley the next year. Samuel wrote that the company was in “tolerable health,” although he mentioned that one man had died from cholera, a severe disease spread by contaminated food or water. He added, “I was taken quite sick by former exposure, and cold taken and settled over my system, in consequence of a hurt that I received at the Horn.”

Another member of the company wrote that earlier while ferrying the wagons over a branch of the Elkhorn River, their raft began sinking. Captain Gully was assisting others in unloading cotton when the bail fell on him, pinning him between the timbers of the raft. After receiving a Priesthood blessing, he seemed to quickly recover from his injury.

Presdt. B. Young

Dear Sir

Allow me to introduce to your acquaintance Genl. G Blodget the bearer of this. Genl. G. accidentally fell into our company at the Mo. River and has traveled with us to this point. he now leaves us with his pack animals & leaves 4 wagons & Teams with the remainder of his Men, all in my charge. Genl. G has offered many friendly favors while we have been on the road and has acted the part of a Gentleman; any favors rendered him by yourself will [be] duly reciprocated by your friend.

I am sorry to inform you of the choleras being in our company. We have had several cases and lost 3 men of our company[.] Bro. Nelson Mc[C]Arty died at the Loup fork, Ambrose Kellogg at Prarie Creek, a Mr. [Moses] Hale on the Platt[e] 7 miles from this point. My desire is that we may no longer be troubled with this sad disease. Since we left Winter Quarters which was the morning of the 7th June the Horn on the 11th the rains have been so continued that it has prevented us from moving faster than we have and now we have had two nights of as heavy rains as I most ever saw, the Grass is Good, but the Roads most Horrid

Messrs [James A] Livingston & [Charles A] Kinkead is now with us, with the Goods mentioned in my former letter, and they wish me to renew the wish for you to have them a House ready for them to put there Goods in when they arrive. They are extremely anxious to return to St Louis this fall in order that they make an early start the next spring with at least one Hundred thousand Dollars worth of Goods. The season is now so far advanced that they fear if they have to go through to the Vally & then have to retail them out, it will be too late for them to return and they are therefore willing to sell them sooner if possible and say if you or any other person will meet them this side of the South Pass they would sell them for much less than they would in the Vally say at least five thousand Dollars. They have with them near $30,000 at St Louis cost consisting of a Genl. Stock of Dry Goods, a very heavy stock of Hardware for building purposes, with Groceries &c &c

Bro. Orson Spencer is now in our company and from the best I can learn has money with him sufficient to pay near half the amount. They will take Gold Dust at a Good rate


July 5th 1849

President Brigham Young


Capt Gully after writing the above left it uncealed with a view, if possible of obtaining, news from Ft. Childs which might be of interest to you, but on yesterday the 4th he was taken with the Cholera, and died this morning, the 5th inst at 5 O.c[.] on which account I have signed his name above and forward to you this sheet. The Camp is now in tolerable health. We now expect to start on our Journey in the morning, have laid here two days

Yours with respect
Wm Hyde

After crossing the river, which took six hours, he added to the letter, mentioning that one of his wives suffered a severe attack of cholera the previous night, but that she was well again. He promised to leave another note further along the trail and signed the letter, “Most respectfully, Your friend and servant, Sam’l Gully.”

The following note was found on a grave by a later passing Company of Saints.

27 Jun 1849 Mrs. Gully had quite a severe attack last night but I took it in time, and she is well again. We are now all safe on the South side of the Loup, no accident occurred as we crossed all in about six hours, (quick time.) When you reach the main Platte you will find another note from me.
Most respectfully,
Your friend and serv't.

Died of Cholera in the First "Camp of Israel," on the morning of the 22d of June, 1849, Elder Nelson McCarty, aged 37 years.

From the journals of G. A. Smith and E. T. Benson:

On our journey thus far we have passed seven graves…….Also Samuel Gully, captain of one hundred, in Brother O. Spencer’s company of Saints, lies 185 miles from Winter Quarters, in the open prairie, his grave neatly tufted over; died of cholera, July 5th, 1849, aged 39 years.

Traveling with his company was a freight train operated by James Livingston and Charles Kinkead. This train had left St. Louis earlier that year, carrying fabric, sugar, nails, and other items of trade intended for California. Realizing they couldn’t get to California and still return to St. Louis that fall because of the traveling conditions, they proposed that Brigham Young send

merchants to meet them east of the Rockies. There they would sell their five tons of goods at bargain prices. Since many of the Mormons had gold from California, there was cash available to buy these items. Captain Gully wrote a letter to President Young on July 3rd expressing the wishes of Mr. Livingston and Mr. Kinkead, stating that they had acted as gentlemen. Captain

Gully mentioned two more deaths from cholera and described the terrible roads from heavy rain.

Samuel was buried alongside the trail, leaving three grieving widows and three children: Ovanda’s infant son, and Jane’s two daughters. It appears that Jane and her daughters, Martha and Harriet, returned to Winter Quarters. Perhaps Jane was the wife mentioned who had suffered from cholera, and in her weakened state, she felt she could not make it to the Valley that year.

William Hyde was appointed to lead the company after Samuel’s death. Shortly afterwards, Brother Hyde also became deathly ill. His wife Elizabeth recorded that Mr. Kinkead and Mr. Livingston used medicines from their freight train to aid in his recovery, likely having attempted to save Samuel Gully’s life, also. The company reached the Salt Lake Valley at the end of


From the Milo Andres Company: 3 Aug 1849 morning rainey, did not start till 8 O clock, fair through the day, road very bad for eight miles when we came to dry ground, also to the grave of Samuel Gully who died of Cholera 5th July 1849. he was well known to most of our camp and thus coming to his grave by the way side, before we had heard of his Death Caused a general halt. and we gazed with feelings of emotion on the spot of ground that contained his body. this evening we encamped again on the prairie having brought a little wood with us. traveled about 15 miles today.

Some time during this winter, seventy-two year-old Benjamin Freeman Bird married the fifty year- old widow Jane Gully, taking her and thirteen-year-old Martha and nine-year-old Harriet into his home. Together they prepared to cross the plains the following summer.

Jane Gully Bird’s fifteen year old daughter Martha had died just before the previous Christmas (1851). Benjamin and Jane, with Jane’s eleven-year-old daughter Harriet, then moved to Springville.

It was interesting to learn that Ovanda Fuller, one of the widows of Samuel Gully, remarried soon after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley. She and her husband settled in Springville, but she died at this time, leaving a seven-year-old son she had with Samuel, and two new little boys. Her husband raised Samuel with his own sons before taking two plural wives in 1859. Ovanda’s sister Sarah Ann also remarried, divorced, and then remarried again into a polygamous family.

Jane Frilick Gully Bird is shown living with Maribah Woods on the 1880 Census in Clover Valley, “Bird, Jane, 85, boarder, widow cancer of face, [birth] South Carolina.” A brief mention of Jane is included in a biography of Maribah and her husband Lyman, titled, The Woods Family of Clover Valley, Nevada 1869 - 1979, by Orilla Woods Haven, (copy found in BYU Special Collections BX 8670.1 .W864h 1979, ) “On other occasions the Woods home became a home for the unfortunate and homeless. A member of the initial migration into Clover Valley was Jane (Grandma) Gully, wo had been sealed to Maribah Ann's grandfather, Benjamin F. Bird. she had been taken into the famiy by Lyman and Maribah. An old lady at the time, she was given a home and provided with all her needs until her death at an advanced age.”

Benjamin Freeman Bird, Son and Father of Pioneers by Julie Cannon Markham

Despite Brigham Young’s support of the battalion, many of the members of the Church were suspicious, feeling that the federal government had not been sympathetic to their plight over the previous decade. However, William Bird, perhaps with the influence of his older brother Charles, enlisted. By July 10th, four companies were organized. Assigned to Company B along with William were Henry Bigler, Albert Smith and Guy Keyser. The company elected Jesse D. Hunter as their captain. Brother Hunter’s wife Lydia traveled with them as a laundress. Joining other companies were John Roylance, a British convert, leaving his wife and six children, and Samuel Gully. Brother Roylance, his wife Mary Ann, Samuel and his wife Jane and plural wife, Ovanda Fuller, had earlier received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple, and their families would later intertwine with the Bird families. In a puzzle I have not been able to figure out, Jane was not sealed to Samuel in the Nauvoo Temple, although

Samuel was married and sealed to Ovanda. Not only is there no record of this sealing in existing Nauvoo Temple records, but Jane was later sealed to Benjamin Freeman Bird in 1852, an ordinance that likely would not have been performed if she had been sealed to Samuel.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mable Lambert Wilson

Taken from her personal histories:

Mable was born 12 July 1909 and was the 6th of 9 children of John Lambert and Adeline Miller. Fred Dall was the oldest (27 Aug 1897), Mary (12 Nov 1899), Emily who died in infancy (12 Oct 1902), George (15 Feb 1905), Clarissa (19 Feb 1907), (Mable), John (28 Feb 1912), Maude (2 Dec 1913), and then Helen (11 Dec 1913). She was able to entertain herself, her aunt said even as a baby she would sit in a quilt and play by herself while the women quilted under the trees or in the house. Her grandfather Simon Miller passed away in 1911 when she was only two.

When she was 3 ½ the family moved to Miami, Arizona a copper mining town where her father worked. There were a few Mormon families there so they had a Sunday School. If they had church she doesn’t remember. Meetings were held in a rented Hall but later a church was built in lower Miami. She lived across the street from the grade school so each evening the children would play on the school grounds if the weather was good. They played baseball mostly, boys and girls together, it took all to make enough to play.

Every summer her mother would gather the kids and off they went to visit relatives in the valley (Pima). Sometimes they took the train from Miami to Bowie and then on to Pima. They would pack a picnic basket and all their clothes packed in a trunk. They would play jacks, old maid and other card games. All the neighborhood kids loved to come over to the house. Her dolls were her favorite toys. She had two beautiful dolls that she took good care of and kept in a special drawer. One night she remembered being woke up and there was her mother and aunts making doll clothes. She was about 12 when she received her last doll, a porcelain German doll. In High School the young people would come over to her house to learn to dance, she had a phonograph for music. Her dad was always away on prospecting trips.

Her mother was a good cook and liked all food except for fish. Everyone always had a special birthday cake but says she never did like the white fluffy egg white frosting. She remembers her mother always giving her anything they wanted. Sometimes she would buy a large Hershey bar and break off the squares, most candy was about 5 cents a bag. Her mother used to sing the song ‘Put your shoulder to the wheel’ as she worked around the house.

Growing up most people would walk from place to place, some had a horse and buggy but others used a wagon when more than one or two went anywhere. My father walked all the time. The families first auto was a Studebaker. Her sister Clarissa bought a Chevrolet and her younger brother John and sister Maude stole it to visit relatives, they could barely see over the steering wheel, but they wrecked it and went home.

Fred Wilson and Mable Lambert were married 27 June 1925 in Miami, Arizona, she was only 16. They lived with his parents for a year while both continued to go to school. Fred graduated a year later and Mable only finished her sophomore year. Fred’s folks sold the transfer business and their home and they left Miami to get a business in a more secure location than a mining camp. The family looked around in California for a month but were soon back in Miami. San Diego was very different then, a lot of open space and the buildings were only 5 stories high. Balboa didn’t have a zoo then, instead it was a large camping site with tents and small cabins, each had a place to cook and every day the fruit and vegetable truck came by with fresh produce. Long Beach was a big amusement park with rides. They ate a lot of Chinese food and drank a special tea (Tao Tea) it was Amelia’s favorite. The roads were not very good on the return and out of Yuma there were sand dunes and over the dunes was laid a plank highway with turnouts every so often. When you met someone, one would have to back up to a turnout, if one got off the plank road you were enviably stuck. The tires were terrible about 3 inches across and bullheads could cause a flat, always fixing flats. They camped along the road in route. Fred went to work for the Miami Commercial Company.

Amelia, Fred’s mother, wanted something to do to pass the long lonely hours away while her husband was away hauling goods to Chrisitile, an asbestos mining camp. The trip was 24 miles of dirt roads and would take all day to go to the mine and back if he got started early enough and the road wasn’t to bad. Amelia bought the Tiffany’s service station at Hill Top. She found it was to much for her so asked if Fred and Mable to come help in the Fall of 1926. After packing the few things they had they went to help Mother Wilson. The winter was early and bad and Mable was expecting so in December they went to Miami to stay with her folks. Billee Louise was born Sunday 13 March 1927. They had her blessed the first Sunday in April. When Billee was a month old the family returned to the mountain where it was still quite cold. The folks had bought a cow and Fred and Mable had learned to milk her with some trials. Mable said one day Fred tied a rope to the cow and then wrapped it around his own waist but must have pinched the cow because she took off and dragged him all over the corral. The owners of the other service station (Hills) decided there wasn’t enough room for two stations so they sold us theirs. For a time they had a store and service station at one and a restaurant and service station at the other. Fred Robert Jr was born in Miami 2 February 1929 and returned home as soon as the weather permitted. It was still cold and the baby had colic for several months. Mother Wilson was sick most of the time and was in the hospital in Globe.

Fred Wilson-Mable Lambert Wilson-Fred Wilson Jr-Billee Louise

Grandfather Wilson was a partner now in the White Mountain Stage Line and was one of the drivers. The depression was well on its way for most people in the U.S.A. but the family was getting along very well by working 18-20 hours a day. There was an engineering party surveying the Salt River Canyon planning a diversion dam for power for the mining companies who bought supplies and stayed making trips in and out of the river. This project kept the family on its feet. The cattle ranches in the area would get supplies also so they got along quite well.

The 1st of June 1930 was a sad day for everyone, Mother Wilson (just 48 years old) died. A family lot in Tempe, Arizona was bought in the Tempe Butte Cemetery and a large stone made for the center of the plot with just WILSON engraved on it and a small marker for the grave.

When Fred Jr was two when the first contract for the new highway 60 was issued a the family got a permit from the San Carlos Indian Reservation to locate their place on the new highway. They built a store and service station. After a month they received a contract to run a boarding house and Company Store. Fred an Mable lived at Hill Top for 5 ½ years, then moved to Seneca Creek where the new highway 60 went through between Globe and Show Low and lived there many years. They enjoyed the camp and people and had a good place to live and plenty of everything. The children had Shetland ponies and all the trappings. They would saddle up and go visit friends at the mines some 10-12 miles away.

On 10 February 1932 Norman Edward was born in Miami Inspiration Hospital. The road building was very slow but they had cows, chickens, pigs, and a nice garden. There was no place to go so they didn’t need money anyway. When Billie was 6 ½ she was brought to Bakersfield to stay with Aunt Maude to go to school where she received a good foundation. The next year they bought a house in Globe and sent the children to school there for 1 ½ years and then back to Fish Camp where they had a one room school.

Grandfather Wilson was quite a horseman so we all had a horse and would go with him to visit friends, Fred Sr didn’t like to ride. The family had a few head of cattle which were kept on the mountain about 2 miles from the Trading Post, so had to go look after them every few weeks. Norman was to small so he stayed home with his dad, he never liked to go even when he got older but said it was better than washing dishes. They would hunt for arrow heads each week. Norman was 11 when George came 12 January 1943.

The Trading Post at Seneca was sold in the Summer when George was 4 and moved to Lakeside where they bought 20 acres on the Lake front. It was nice there in the summer but very cold in the winter -20°F. Fred went to work at a general store for awhile, worked as a fire guard one season, and worked for McNary Lumber Co. After he quit they bought a lease on a restaurant in Show Low but only had it a short time. Fred’s heart was bad so had to leave the high altitude. After school was out the family moved to Vista, California. This is where they met the Missionaries and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 2 December 1950. Fred, Mable, Norman, and George were baptized in a manmade lake (cow pasture pond). Fred Jr had joined the Navy and Billee Louise was married so weren’t with the family at this time.

Norman was going into the Navy and the family returned to Pima, Arizona to take care of Mom Lambert who was no longer able to live alone. The family got a good foundation in church work there and met many nice people and relatives. Lived in Pima 4 ½ years till Mom Lambert decided to go live with her oldest son Fred Lambert in Oregon. The family moved to Van Nye, California with Billee Louise and Arthur Pearson.

In 1951 Fred, Mable, and George traveled to Cardston, Alberta, Canada to a family reunion with the Dall family. While there they attended the temple. They met the missionaries for the church and they were poorly dressed and unkempt, at that time they served without purse or scrip in the mission field. On the way home they stopped at the Idaho Falls Temple on 5 July 1951 and were sealed as a family.

In the 50’s they traveled by freighter to Puerto Rico to visit Billee Louise and family. As she remembers this was when she flew on an airplane for the first time when they flew home. Mable also traveled to Georgia through the southern states to visit the Pearson’s and her brother John. She enjoyed eating catfish but loved the beautiful big homes with the magnolia trees in full bloom.

Moved to La Mesa, California where Fred worked and became a registered nurse and worked at the hospital. Mable spent here days working on her yard and garden. She had fig trees, citrus and a small garden, and loved her flowers. Mable never drove but relied on the bus system to get around and would travel to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. Here she would collect cuttings from the exotic vegetation and would take it home to propagate and develop here own garden. Family would visit and would spend time on the coast on the beaches playing and swimming, sometimes they would stay late to catch grunion by the light of campfires as they swam up and spawned on the beaches. She loved to visit Sea Port Village and picnic in the park. Sometimes family would drive to the peer to tour a ship at dock, to Balboa Park to walk around or to visit one of the museums (free on Tuesdays), or to the zoo. Fred died of a heart attack 8 October 1974 and was taken back to Arizona and buried in the family plot in Tempe, Double Butte Cemetery. Mable lived alone in the house until she sold the house in 2005 and moved to Payson, Utah and moved in with her granddaughter Jennie Little.

Mable loves jewelry and has a very nice collection, mostly Indian, turquoise, coral, and silver. While in Arizona she compiled a collection of rugs, pottery and baskets.

Family has gathered several times to celebrate Mable’s life either at a family members home or the last two big gatherings in Park City, Utah for her 95th and 100th birthday, two books have been published from these events. I hope everyone remembers to stay in contact with Mable my grandmother and the Matriarch of the Wilson family. She has been such a great inspiration in my life and a source of knowledge and wisdom throughout my life. This was written in celebration of her 101st birthday.


Newest great great grandson Kale Andrew Wilson