Saturday, August 1, 2009

Adams Wesley ENSIGN with history of his parents Martin Luther ENSIGN and Mary DUNN

Adam Wesley ENSIGN is the grand-uncle of Camilla SMITH.

(Utah since statehood By Noble Warrum, Charles W. Morse, W. Brown Ewing, p.260-261.)

p. 260
With thorough professional training and constantly broadening experience, Dr. Adams W. Ensign has won for himself a very enviable position as a representative of the dental fraternity in Logan. He keeps in close touch with the advancement that is continually being made in the profession and he is ever most careful to conform his practice to the highest standard of professional ethics.
Dr. Adams Wesley ENSIGN DDS

Dr. Ensign was born in Brigham, Utah, January 1, 1875. His father, Martin L. Ensign, was a native of Massachusetts, where his ancestors had lived through several generations. The family is of English origin but has long been represented on this side of the Atlantic, the progenitor of the family in the mew world coming to America in order to enjoy civil and religious liberty. Martin L. Ensign was reared and educated in Westfield, Massachusetts, and in 1847, with his widowed mother and six children, crossed the plains and from pioneer times the family has been identified with the development and up building of the state of Utah. They settled first at Salt Lake but subsequently removed to Centerville in 1852 - the year in which Martin L. Ensign was married to Miss Mary Dunn, a native of Michigan, in which state her people lived from early days. The Dunn family is also of English lineage. Mrs. [Mary] Ensign came to Utah in 1848 and, as stated, the marriage was celebrated in 1852. The following year Mr. Ensign removed to Brigham, where he resided throughout his life. He was a carpenter by trade but also engaged in agricultural and stock raising in the section. He likewise built a number of sawmills in the part of the state and he erected the first house in the Cache valley, it being built originally on what was known as the Church Farm, about three miles south of the city of Logan. He also built a number of bridges and many of the early homes of the district and his activities as a carpenter and builder contributed much to the development of the county. He and his wife for a long time had the distinction of being the oldest couple in the country. Mr. Ensign was very zealous and earnest as a churchman serving as a member of the high council for many years, and in 1856 he was sent to England on a mission. He left his wife and three children to go on a mission and he suffered many hardships and privations. He had but scanty means and his family lived in a little log cabin on one room. Mr. Ensign turned over to them everything that he possessed in the way of money and left without funds. He pushed a handcart across the plains from Salt Lake to the Missouri river and traveled on across the country, eventually making his way to Liverpool in the streerage of one of the eastern bound vessels. It was during his absence that Johnston’s army came and interfered with the settlers. Mrs. Ensign with her children then removed to Sanpete county, where she was largely cared for by the Indians. When Mr. Ensign again came to Utah they returned to the Cache valley, where his death occurred May 18, 1911, when he had reached the advanced age of eighty years. To Martin L. and Mary (Dunn) Ensign were born nine children, four sons and five daughters, of whom two sons died in infancy, while Adeline, the eldest daughter, died in August, 1892. She was the wife of John L. Roberts and died at the birth of her tenth child. The others of the family are: Georgeanna, the wife of William J. Hill, a resident of the Cache valley; Emma L. the wife of S. N. Lee , of Brigham; Harriette C. [Harriet Camilla], the wife of Isaac Smith [son of Samuel Smith and Sarah Jane INGRAM], a resident

of Logan; Martin L., living in Brigham; Effie C., the widow of Louis A. Merrill, a resident of Logan; and Adams W., who completed the family. The mother still survives and is now living in Logan in her eighty-sixth year.

Dr. Ensign was educated in the public schools of Brigham and in the Utah Agricultural College, which he attended for two years. Determining upon a professional career, he then went east and matriculated in the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, from which he was graduated in 1903, the degree of D.D.S. being then conferred upon him. Prior to his graduation he was engaged in dairying and followed that pursuit for about two years. After his graduation he began practice in Brigham, where he remained until 1914 and since that time he has maintained his office in Logan. He enjoys a very extensive practice by reason of the fact that he is most skillful in the use of the delicate little instruments which form a part of the equipment of the dentist. He understands all of the scientific phases of the profession as well and his work has been extremely satisfactory.

On the 20th of December, 1901, in Logan Temple, Dr Ensign was married to Miss Winifred Boden, a native of Brigham and a daughter of Heber C. and Charlotte (Welsh) Boden. The Welsh family was founded in Utah in 1855, while the Boden family came to this state in the early ’60s. Dr. and Mrs. Ensign are parents of eight children; Hugo Boden, Wesley Boden, Coleman B., Olive, Mary Winifred, Ellis Boden, Bernice and Luther Boden. Dr. Ensign owns a residence at Tenth North and Eighth East streets, where he and his family reside. During the period of the great European war he was a member of the Cache County Council of Defense. He belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of the sixth ward of Logan and in 1896 was called on a mission to the southern states, serving for two years. While there he was one of the superintendents of the conference and he is still as active in the work of the church as his time permits. He belongs to the Logan Commercial Booster Club and cooperates heartily in all of its well defined plans and projects for the interests and up building of the city. In politics he is a republican and formerly served as a member of the city council of Brigham. In addition to his previously mentioned church work he was one of the presidents of the One Hundred and Thirty-third Quorum of Seventy and also connected with the Stake Mutual Improvement Association and Sunday school work. His life measures up to high standards in all that concerns the individual in relation to his fellowmen and in relation to his country. His course has been marked by steady progress. He worked his way through school and his high professional standing is due to his own efforts. While in college he was employed in various ways, working in restaurants, washing dishes and doing anything that would add to his financial resources and enable his to continue his course. His success is indicated in the fact that he today owns one of the finest homes in Logan - a most beautiful residence standing in the midst of five acres of land. It is equipped with all modern comforts and conveniences and, standing on the outskirts of the city, is most attractively situated, with a splendid view of the mountains. The outbuildings upon the place are models of convenience and utility and include one of the finest stock barns in the county. In association with his sons Dr. Ensign is starting in the dairy business with thoroughbred cattle, in with they expect to specialize, and they also handle high grade chickens. In time Dr. Ensign hopes to retire from the arduous duties of an extensive office practice and give his attention to these outdoor interests. His patrons, however, recognizing his superior ability in dental practice, are loath to give up his service, for his broad study and wide experience have placed him in the front rank of the dentists of this section of the state. In manner he is always courteous and genial and his marked characteristics are such as make for personal popularity with all who know him.

(Utah since statehood By Noble Warrum, Charles W. Morse, W. Brown Ewing, p.260-261.)

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