Wednesday, June 22, 2022


[Written by Ether WOOD] My father (John Wood, Jr.) had the first grain binder on the river. It took three horses to pull it. It would cut the grain and tie it in bundles with twine. The grain was never stacked in the field. It was hauled to town and stacked in round stacks. My father and uncles, George Gibson, Nen Wood [George Henry WOOD Sr] , and Will Isom had the first threshing machine on the river also. They threshed all the grain on the river.

  The thresher had two parts – the separator and the horsepower. The separator separated the grain from the straw and chaff which was powered by the horsepower. This consisted of ten horses in five teams hitched to a wooden sweep about 12 feet long which extended from the horse power to the double trees and the horses went round and round. There was an extension of tumbling rods from the horse power to the separator connected with universal joints. Uncle Nen Wood drove the horsepower until his death in 1898; then Dave Ballard drove it. James Jepson cut the bands on the bundles as they were thrown by the men on the stacks to the table in front of him. My father and Will Isom fed the cut bundles into the cylinder. They changed off and on this job as it was the hardest, dirtiest job there. The chaff and dirt would puff back in their faces from the cylinder. Uncle George Gibson measured the grain as it poured from the machine with two half-bushel containers. He sat on a sack with about a bushel of grain in it. From two to four men would carry the grain on their shoulders to a granary or bin depending on how far they had to carry it. The men and horses boarded at the places they threshed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

DNA Ethnicity

(You) BRC  Child of (Father) Parent 1 and (Mother) Parent 2

Parent 1 (You) Father of BRC [Parent I and 2 of Father are his Parents]

Parent 2 (You) Mother of BRC [Parent I and 2 of Mother are her Parents]

Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Generations of Four Daughters

1925 HAWKES Ethel, Eva, Amy Jones, Kate, Ella

1967 SMITH Leona, Myrle, Ella Hawkes, Camilla, Amy

1971 WOOD Denise, Gaye, Lark, Corinne, Camilla Smith

2021 REASOR Courtlin, Jordan, Talyn, Brecken, Lark Wood

Thursday, January 6, 2022

212 Years 9 Mother Generations

 2012 Years 9 Mother to Mother Generations

Eight Generations over Two Hundred Years.

 209 Years and 8 Generations

Reuben's fifth great grandmother Sarah and her son Samuel 
both born in England, lived in Nauvoo, and died in Utah.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Close SMITH Family


1908 - aunt Ruby Ensign SMITH 1905-1960, nephew Luther Yates SMITH1905-1957, niece Virginia SMITH 1906-1998 

1917 - niece Lula Smith 1916-2011, niece Virginia Smith 1906-1998, aunt and 1/2 sister Ruby Ensign 1905-1960 daughter of Isaac and Harriet Camilla ENSIGN SMITH (Aunt Millie), niece Ruth Smith 1909-1984, 1/2 aunt and 1/2 sister Elva Fuhriman Smith 1904-1984 daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth FUHRIMAN SMITH.  

(The nephew and nieces are children of Ruby's oldest brother Isaac ['Ike'] Samuel SMITH)

The following was written by Elva:
I remember as I was growing up my father’s two families were congenial. Two of the boys of the first family, (Will and Theron) spent a lot of time with us, before and after they were married. I spent a lot of my summers at Father’s and “Aunt Millies”. I had a half sister one year younger than I, we spent a lot of time together. Dad’s business was in Logan, Utah. He would take me with him in the summer, until he passed away [in 1914]; but I still went to Logan, in the summers and stay[ed] at my half brother Isaac’s home. He was father’s oldest son. He and his brother Wesley were dentists and took care of my teeth. Wesley spent a lot of time at our house. Dolly, a daughter of “Aunt Millie” was always so good to Mother. After Dad’s death, both families were back and forth and we had our family reunions Dad had nineteen children in all, and I am still in touch with some of the family.