Thursday, February 11, 2010

Church History in the Family - Mormon Battalion - Alpheus Peter Haws

Sgt. Alpheus Peter Haws (1825-1906).
His wives 1. Adeline DUNN (1830-1852) and 2. Betsy DUNN (1838-1937) are 3rd great grand aunts. They are the oldest and the youngest full sisters of Mary DUNN ENSIGN.

Birth: Oct. 15, 1825
Ontario, Canada
Death: Nov. 5, 1906
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA

Son of Peter Haws & Charlotte Harrington

Married Adaline Dunn [1845 sealed Nauvoo at age 15.]

Married Betsy Dunn (Adaline's sister), [married 1854, .at age 15. Divorced.]

81 years old. Sgt. Co. D Mormon Batt. IA Vols. Mexican War. Information from L Haws, Berkeley, CA.

ALPHEUS P. HAWES, Sergeant. (Tyler's list, ALPHEUS P. HAWS, Fourth Sergeant) Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

1870 US Census
45 year old Alpheus P Haws living in Grass Valley, Lander, Nevada with wife 34 year old Betsy, 16 year old Laura A. Haws, 13 year old Adaline G. Haws, 17 years old D C Haws, 4 year old W Haws and 2 year old Lola A. Haws.

1900 US Census
74 year old Alpheus Haws living in Oakland City, Alameda, California. Appears to be a veterans Hospital. States birthdate as Oct 1825, born In Canada, parents born in New York, immigrated in 1838, married in 1880.

* Mormon Battalion members

Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA

Adeline DUNN and Alpheus HAWS
BIOGRAPHY: 279.3/Ea85m Membership of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints 1830-1848 By Susan Easton Black. p. 679
Gives birthdate as June 19, 1829. Reference: Nauvoo Temple
Endowment Register 1845-46; Family Group sheet father and spouse;

BIOGRAPHY: "500 Wagons Stood Still: Mormon Battalion Wives" by
Shirley N. Maynes 1999. pp 256-259
Adeline Dunn Haws--Husband: Alpheus Peter Haws--4th Sergeant--
Company D

Adeline Dunn was born June 19, 1830 in Belleville, VanBuren
County, Michigan to Simeon Adam Dunn and Adeline Rawson. The
family was early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday
Saints and moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to be near the Church

It was in Nauvoo where Alpheus and Adeline become acuqainted
and were married. They both received their temple endowments on
December 24, 1845 and were sealed to each other on January 30,
1846. They were members of the Nauvoo 4th Ward.
The family of Alpheus Haws had come from Canada and his
father, Peter, was 1st Counselor to the Second Bishop of the Church
George Miller. He and several other men were commanded by the Lord
to build the Nauvoo House. D&C-124:66-72.

After Alpheus and Adeline were married, they left Nauvoo with
the Saints in their western migration. "On March 27, 1846--When
their company reached Shoal Creek in the Cariton River region,
where for three weeks they were delayed by the freshets, the camp
was more thoroughly organized. Companies of hundreds, fifties, and
tens were formed, and captains appointed over them. Each company
had its own commissary, and Henry G. Sherwood, was the Commissary
General. Peter Haws was one of the contracting commissaries. The
Apostles, who had hitherto been acting as captains of companies,
were relieved of those commands and made presidents of divisions.
The camp consisted of two grand divisions, presided over by Brigham

Young and Heber C. Kimball; the former as President and General-inchief,
directing the whole." (Our Pioneer Heritage, DUP publication
Vol 5-pp69-70)

By June the Haws and Dunn Families had reached Council Bluffs,
Iowa. At the time of their arrival, President Brigham Young and
other church leaders were recruiting men to enlist in the Mormon
Battalion. Alpheus volunteered his services and became 4th
Sergeant in Company "D" under the command of Captain Nelson Nelson
[should read Captain Nelson Higgins]. He, and his future brotherin-
law, Luther Tuttle, were both members of Company D.

The evening before the Battalion left, July 19, 1846, Alpheus,
Luther and John Buckman returned to Council Bluffs, where Luther
Tuttle married Abigail Haws, sister of Alpheus. Adeline remained
in Council Bluffs with her father and mother.

In 1848 Simeon and Adeline Dunn, including their daughter,
Adeline Dunn Haws, left Iowa, in the Brigham Young Company for the
Salt Lake Valley. This division of 1229 Saints commenced their
journey at the Elkhorn River, June 1, 1848, and arrived in Salt
Lake September 20 to 24, 1848. [There are several errors here.
Adeline Rawson Dunn died in Nauvoo, as did Simeon's 2nd wife,
Margaret Snider. Simeon married Harriet Atwood Silver in Council
Bluffs and she and 3 of Simeon's daughters crossed the plains in
1848. Adeline remained in Council Bluffs. She appears with
Alpheus and his parents in the 1850 Census for Pottawattamie
County, Iowa.]

[Alpheus was discharged from the Mormon Battalion in July 1847.]

After reaching Salt Lake Alpheus and Adeline were together
again after a two and half year separation. Sadly, Adeline died
January 11, 1852. Her burial place is unknown. Adeline did not
leave any children. [Adeline's two infant children had died -
Alpheus Peter Jr. (1849-1853), Thomas (1851-1852).]

Alpheus married Adeline's sister, Betsey, and settled in
brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah and reared a family of ten
children. Alpheus and Betsey were baptized and confirmed members
of RLDS Church on July 31, 1867 at Lander County, Nevada, by C.E.
Brand. Alpheus had taken a plural wife, charlotte, and she was
baptized and confirmed a member of the RLDS Church on the same day.
The Alpheus Peter Haws family moved to California.

Alpheus Peter Haws was born October 15, 1825, in Gosfield,
Essex, Ontario, Canada to Peter Haws and Charlotte Harrington.
Alpheus died November 3, 1906 and is buried in the Franklin Rural
Cemetery (South of Santa Rosa, California Memorial Park on Franklin

Members of the Finley Park ward were assigned a service
project to clean up and restore this cemetery, and while working on
their project, they found a large tombstone with Sergeant Haw's
name written on it. The present day Mormon Battalion organization
is working with the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Restoration Advisory
Committee to place a Mormon Battalion plague near his tombstone.
Information obtained from a brief history written by David R.
Freebairn and members of the Finley Park Ward Committee, Santa
Rosa, California-Compilers file.

L.D.S. Church records
History Luther Tuttle-Utah State Historical Society
Utah-Index sextion-compilers files

Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War 1846-48
by Sgt Daniel Tyler- Roster of Company D pp122-123 and Journey from
California to Salt Lake pp305-325
Heart Throbs of the West--Daughters of Utah Pioneer Publication-
Dunn Family Crossing the Plains in Brigham Young Company 1848 Vol
9 pp482-483

Family Group Sheet

Family Group Record obtained from the Peter Haws family-compilers

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