Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

A 5th Grade Report by a 5th Great Grandson.

William Reese DAVIES is the 5th great-grandfather of Reuben S C.  Reuben's 5th grade (2017) assignment was to give a report on an immigrant.  Reuben researched William Reese DAVIES (1805-1865) on his grandmother's family history blog then wrote, illustrated and reported on his Welsh grandfather. 

first known picture
William Reese DAVIES by Reuben S C.

William Reese DAVIES

Deseret News, 22 February 1865.
DIED - In Kannarah, Iron Co., [5 Feb 1865] of decline, William R. DAVIES aged 60 years.

Brother Davies was born in [New Chapel Perish,] Carmarthenshire [, Wales] in [31 July] 1805, and was baptized by Wm. Henshaw, at Merthyr Tydvil, in 1849, being the first man that received the gospel in Wales. [He then become the first missionary to preach the Gospel in the Welsh language.]

He emigrated to America with the first company of Welsh Saints in 1849, and was ordained a Bishop at Council Bluffs.  He with his family emigrated to Utah in 1852, and for several years (into his health failed him) was Bishop of Harmony and some other settlements.

From the time brother Davies embraced the gospel he was a firm supporter of the principles of truth, and his kindness and sincerity have endeared him to great numbers of the saints.

[Willam R. DAVIES married Rachel MORRIS in Wales about 1824 they were the parents of five children: George (1825-1849), John Rees (1827-1862), Elizabeth DAVIES WILLIAMS DAVIES (1829-1890) James George DAVIS (1832-1909), David DAVIES (1834-1840).  Willam and Rachel's marriage was sealed in 21 May 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah.]

1865 Deseret New Obituary
Emigrated 1849 from Wales to Utah 1852.

Ancestral Chain: Reuben, BR, Lark, Kirt DeMar WOOD, Laura Elizabeth PARKER, Elizabeth Ann DAVIS, James George DAVIS, William Reese DAVIES. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Latter-day Saint Missionaries in the Family

I will begin to record family members who have served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Listed by year called with the exception of multiple missions served by one person, and siblings.

Simeon Adams DUNN (1803-1883)
Served several Missions
  • September, 1841, I was sent to West Canada, on a mission to preach the gospel.
  • 1843 Warren County, Illinois
  • April, 1844 I was ordained one of the Seventies, under the hands of Levi Hancock. In May 1844 I was sent on a mission to the State of New York, to advocate the Prophet's claim to the Presidency of the United States of America.
  • We [as a family] arrived [in Salt Lake City] September 28,1848. I remained there until I was called to go to the South Sea Isles, On May 7, 1850 I set off on a mission to the South Pacific Sea Isles.
  • October 19, 1871, I left Brigham City for the States, on a mission to look up the genealogy of my dead friends, which proved to be a very successful mission. I returned home the 19th of July, 1874, having traveled 10,0000 miles on rail and on the U.S.Seal.
  • November 1, 1877, I was privileged with a mission to St. George, Utah, to officiate for my dead in the Holy Temple of our God. January 27, 1878 returned home. 

John Davis PARKER (1977-1891)
Zions Camp.
Member First Quorum of Seventy
1841 New Orleans, Louisiana

Shadrach ROUNDY (1789-1872)
Member Second Quorum of Seventy

  • 1844 unknown mission - called during Gen. Conf. at Nauvoo.
  • 1849 East

William Reese DAVIES (1805-1865) after being the first man baptized in South Wales 17 Feb 1843 he was the first Welsh speaking missionary. His wife Rachel MORRIS (1803-1882) had been the first woman baptized in South Wales 19 Feb 1843.  She supported the family while William was away in the Lord's service.

  • 1843 South Wales being the first missionary to teach in the Welsh language. 

Son of William Reese DAVIES (1805-1865) and Rachel MORRIS (1803-1882).
James George DAVIS (1832-1909)

  • abt 1852 he filled a mission among the Navajo Indians.  He learned the Navajo language.

Martin Luther ENSIGN (1831-1911)
1857 Handcart Mission to Great Britain
          He left his wife and three daughters to serve.

Isaac SMITH (1857-1914)
1878 Great Britain and the Isle of Mann.
          His wife sold everything they had to support his mission and give birth to their first child while he was gone.

Two sons of Henry WORLEY (1827-1914) and Catherine WHILMORE (1822-1904).
1890 Great Britain

William John WORLEY
1925 Southern States

Son of Martin Luther ENSIGN (1831-1911) and Mary DUNN (1833-1920).
Adams Wesley ENSIGN
1896 Southern States

Three sons of Isaac SMITH (1857-1914) and Harriet Camilla ENSIGN (1859-1930).
Isaac Samuel SMITH
1897 Southern States

William Richard SMITH
1906 Swiss and German

Wesley Ensign SMITH
1909 Northern States

Two sons of Isaac SMITH (1857-1914) and Elizabeth FUHRIMAN (1871-1944).
Jacob Isaac SMITH 
1919 New Zealand

Welland Fuhriman SMTIH
1929 Northern States

Son of John WOOD Jr. and Sarah Ann GIBSON
Ether WOOD
1909 Colorado

Four sons of Herbert Henry HAWKES (1869-1948) and Sarah Amy JONES (1875-1952).
Herbert Jones HAWKES
1922 Mexico

Frank Jones HAWKES
1926 Eastern States

  • abt 1988 Frank HAWKES and his wife Minnie Ann NIELSEN served a mission.  
Lorin Jones HAWKES
1934 France. [30 month Mission in France Released June 1937.]

  • 1981-83 Montreal Canada French speaking mission with his wife Neva Roundy CARDON.
Blayne Jones HAWKES
1941 California

Modern missions served by family to be added.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

True Pioneer Stories

Pioneer Memories of a half sister of Isaac SMITH.  Isaac was the son of Francis Ingram Smith's sister Sarah Jane Ingram Smith. Isaac was also a child at "Blue Springs" with Priscilla and their mothers.

This can be read below with close up photos of the news paper.  Click to enlarge and read by column . 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ROBERSON SEATON 100 year Reunion 2016

Three sons of Fielding ROBERSON (1838-1924) and Mary Ann DENBO (1857-1916) married three Daughters of James Thomas SEATON (1851-1925) and Rhoda Helen BAYSINGER (1856-1924).  

James Washington ROBERSON (1875-1964) and Mary Ann SEATON (1876-1945) married 16 Aug 1899.
William Fielding ROBERSON (1888-1978) married Eva Lavadeth SEATON (1891-1978) married12 Jan 1910 in English, Crawford, Indiana.
Reuben Russell ROBERSON (1893-1959) and Edna Lula SEATON (1894-1961) married 2 Mar 1913 at Mt. Carmel, Wabash, Illinois.