Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Almena RANDALL on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
PORTER, Roxana
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Almena RANDALL was born 1 on 28 Nov 1814 in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. She died 2 on 27 Feb 1891 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Almena married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 22 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5, p.196
As the St. Lawrence River leaves Lake Ontario, it flows in a northeasterly direction and on into southern Canada, thus forming part of the boundary line between the United States and Canada. To the east lies Lake Champlain and to the south the Mohawk Valley. This section of the state of New York is known as St. Lawrence County. Early day records give little information as to the exact locations of birthplaces, consequently the birthplace of Almina Randall is designated merely as St. Lawrence County, New York. The date of her birth is given as 28 November 1814. Almina's parents were Henry and Sarah Randall.

The Henry Randall family were staunch Methodists and as such took part in the community in which they resided until 1834, when they moved to Niagara County, New York. Niagara County is joined on the south by Erie County, on the north by Lake Ontario, and on the west by the Niagara River which includes the great Niagara Falls. Into this region came Samuel Milliner, a convert from Edinburgh, Scotland. In April, 1843 Almina Randall was baptized a member of the Church by Samuel Milliner, and in 1845 she migrated to Nauvoo, Illinois. Here she found confusion and the disorder which existed prior to the expulsion of the Saints the following spring. Evidently Almina Randall was not accompanied to Nauvoo by members of her family. It became necessary for such members of the Church to be cared for by others and Almina was fortunate in being sent to the Winslow Farr home. These kind and gracious Saints gave her a good home and loving care. As the time arrived for departure to the west, it was decided that Winslow Farr should marry Almina Randall, as a plural wife (1845), and as such she left Nauvoo with the family.

Not much information is available concerning Almina's life in Utah, but the following report was given in the newspaper at the time of her death: "After her (Mrs. Farr's) arrival in Great Salt Lake City in 1850, she occupied a lone habitation near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon where she was exposed to great danger from maurading Indians. Subsequently, she lived for a time on a farm in Big Cottonwood where her husband died in August, 1866. Previous to his death, however, she moved to Salt Lake City. For over forty [p.197] years she followed the profession of midwife and in that capacity waited upon thousands of her sisters."

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5, p.197
Another incident which influenced her life was when Mary W. Huff, a widow with five children whom she had known in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, came into the valley. Mary had been a member of the Uriah Curtis company and while crossing the plains they were married. The Huff children became very fond of "Aunt Mina" and sometimes stayed a day or two with her. Following the move south at the coming of Johnston's Army Mary and her family remained in Springville, but her daughter, Lavina Huff, was permitted to return to Salt Lake with Almina Farr. Here Lavina continued her attendance at school and assisted her foster mother with the care of some of her patients. The young girl appreciated the love and care "Aunt Mina" gave to her and Almina was truly grateful for the comfort which Lavina brought to her lonely abode.

On the 13th of October, 1865, Lavina, now twenty years of age, was married to William H. Folsom as third wife. Almina Farr cared tenderly for her foster daughter during the delivery of her first five children who were born in Salt Lake City. Then, in 1877, Lavina and her family bade Almina goodbye for they were moving to Manti where they were to live while Mr. Folsom took charge of the construction of the Manti Temple.

Almina Randall Farr made her home on North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City in the 17th Ward. It was here she passed away on February 26, 1891, at the age of seventy-seven years.—Nina Folsom Moss


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Amanda Bower COLBURN on 7 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
PORTER, Roxana
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Amanda Bower COLBURN was born 1 on 29 Dec 1826 in Lyons, Wayne, New York, United States. She died 2 on 8 Feb 1850. Amanda married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 7 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Roxana PORTER on 22 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
COLE, Achsach Sans Earl

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Roxana PORTER [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 18 Sep 1796 in Pomfret, Windsor, Vermont, United States. She died 4 on 19 Oct 1863 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Roxana married 5 Winslow FARR Sr on 22 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Roxana was counted in a census 6 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was counted in a census 7 in 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Isaac Farwell

Patriarchal Blessing Date: December 5, 1837 Kirtland, Geauga, OH, USA Officiator: Joseph Smith Sr.


Winslow FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 12 Jan 1794 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States. He died 4, 5 on 22 Aug 1865 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 29 Aug 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Winslow married 6 Achsach Sans Earl COLE "Axie" on 3 Feb 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Winslow was counted in a census 7 in 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1856 in Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 9 on 17 Jul 1860 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
FREEMAN, Olive Hovey
CLEMENS, Adelia Maria
RANDALL, Almena
COLBURN, Amanda Bower
PORTER, Roxana

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.866
FARR, WINSLOW (son of Ashael Farr, baptized March 23, 1776, at Chesterfield, Vt., and Lydia Snow, born March 18, 1772, Chesterfield, Vt. married 1786). He was born Jan. 14, 1794, Chesterfield, Vt, Came to Utah Sept. 30, 1850, Joseph Young company. Married Olive Hovey Freeman Dec. 5, 1816, Hanover, Vt. (daughter of Elijah Freeman, born Nov. 3, 1757, Mansfield, Conn., and Olive Hovey, born Oct. 30, 1761, died Oct. 21, 1820 married Dec. 27, 1781). She was born June 23, 1799, Lebanon, NH., died March 10, 1893, Big Cottonwood, Utah. Their children: John b. Dec. 14, 1817, d. infant; Aaron Freeman b. Oct. 31, 1818, m. Persis Atherton Jan. 16, 1844; Lorin b. July 27, 1820, m. Nancy B. Chase; Olive Hovey b. March 18, 1825, m. William Walker Nov. 3, 1843; Diantha b. Oct. 12, 1828, m. William Clayton Jan. 1845; Winslow b. May 11, 1837, m. Emily Jane Covington Oct. 17, 1858. Family resided Waterford and Charleston, Vt., before coming to Utah. Appointed one of municipal high council of twelve 1846. Settled on Big Cottonwood river 1851. Died Aug. 25, 1867, Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.113 In the Genealogical Library are bound volumes of the Era, in one of which appears this story:

Concerning Gratitude
by President George Albert Smith
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.)

My great-grandparents lived in New England. When the message of the restored gospel was first taken to that section by Orson Pratt and others, the houses of worship were not open to them. They had a difficult time in finding a place in which to preach. They came to a small village and thought surely they would readily find someone who would offer to open a place for the preaching of the gospel, but they found none. At length they inquired of a man on the street as to where they could secure a place. He said, "Go find Winslow Farr. I think he can help you. So they went to see Winslow Farr; he was easily found; everyone knew him. They told him what they wanted to find a place in which to preach the gospel.  He asked, "What are you going to preach about?" They answered, "Jesus Christ and the gospel." He said, "I will help you. They found a place and invited the people to come. Orson Pratt told them God had spoken again from the heavens, and that a young man named Joseph Smith had received heavenly manifestations. The Lord had directed him to an ancient record which the Prophet translated the Book of Mormon. It was a divine record, the story of the ancestry of the American Indians.

Orson Pratt's testimony was so effective that Winslow Farr came up to him, took his hand, and said, "I have enjoyed your meeting tonight. Where are you going to stay?" On learning that they had no place to stay, he said, "You come home with me. The missionaries didn't know that Winslow Farr's wife was dying of a dread disease  tubercular consumption. But this servant of the Lord, Orson Pratt, seeing her condition and realizing how kind her husband had been, looked at her and asked, "Have you faith to be healed?" The doctor had said she could not be healed, could live but a few days. When asked that question she said, "I don't know if I have that faith or not, but I know God could heal me if he wanted to. And then this servant of the Lord said, calling her by her given name, "Olive, in the name of God, I command you to be healed." She was healed and in a few days was going about performing her household duties.

It was not long after that the Farrs came [p.114] down where our people were situated in Nauvoo. And when our people came farther west, the Farrs were among the first to come. Winslow Farr, my great-grandfather, and Olive Farr, his wife, had three sons and a daughter born to them. They were among the first people to live in Ogden. The last time the Farr family assembled to celebrate her birthday, they found she was grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-great-grandmother to more than three hundred and twenty people, and I was one of the great-grandchildren.


Excerpts From A Patriarchal Blessing Given By
Patriarch John Smith On The Head Of Winslow Farr Sr.
On 7/23/1845 At Nauvoo, Ill.
Thou has obeyed the Gospel with an honest heart, hast not regarded the scorn of thy friends, nor the persecutions of thine enemies, has suffered and labored much for the moving forward the cause of Zion. The lord is well pleased with thee and thy name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life to remain there forever. Thou are of the Blood of Ephraim thy posterity shall be exceedingly numerous and I seal upon thee a continuation of lives. Thou art called to be a counselor in the House of Israel and this shall be thy salvation through all the generations of thy posterity, thou shall do a great work to bring about much restoration for the House of Israel and gather thy thousands into the church and establish them in the Land of Zion with very much treasure thou shalt be able to do any miracle that ever was done by man when it is necessary to forward thy work. Thou shall be able to prevail over thy enemies and not a hair of thy head shall fall by their hands...(15)
Volume 9, p. 312 #935
( Church Historical Department)


An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton
by Sharon Jeppson
It is no surprise that the Farr family had receptive hearts for the message of the gospel.   T. Earl Pardoe, a family historian, recorded a family story told to him by his grandfather, Lorin Farr.  Prior to Diantha's birth, Grandfather Elijah Freeman came to visit the family.  Lorin was just six years of age, but he would sit by his grandfather, and hear him say again and again that the true Church of Christ was not upon the earth.  Grandfather Freeman was a devout man who had withdrawn from the Congregational Church, because he felt that it covered-up serious wrongdoing and protected the offenders.  He had immersed himself deeply into the scriptures and would tell his loved ones that when the true church was restored it would have apostles, prophets, and gifts of the Spirit.  He told them that Israel would be gathered again and Jerusalem would be rebuilt.  He informed his family that they were living in the last days and that they might be fortunate enough to see the gospel restored in all of its beauty.

By the time the Mormon Elders arrived, Grandfather Freeman had passed on, but his family recognized the truth.  When Lorin first heard the teachings of the Elders, he exclaimed, “Why that is what my grandfather said.” After his baptism, Father Winslow was ordained a Teacher, a Priest, and then, in July of 1834, an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  As the Farr family began serving in the church, they found their testimonies growing, and they developed a yearning desire to join the body of the Saints in Ohio.  (3, pp. 23-25)


This desire was realized four years after their baptism, when Diantha was eight years of age.  As Winslow was a man who was highly respected in the community, the townsfolk were not pleased to hear of his desire to move from the area and join the Mormons in their gathering place.

Tullidge in his biographies of Men of Northern Utah, p. 177 writes:

“Father Farr sold out his property, he having some 2,000 acres of land, but found it difficult to sell for anything near its worth, his neighbors throwing every obstacle in his way to prevent him from selling as he was a prominent and influential man in the country, they did not want him to leave to gather with the deluded Mormons.  Determined, however, to leave in the fall and winter of '36-7, he sold a portion of his property for one-fourth less than its true value.  By September 1837, he got his teams ready and the entire family prepared to go to Kirtland, Ohio.

“A village party was given the Farrs for their leaving, but many of Winslow's and Olive's friends stayed away, telling them frankly that such going showed little wisdom and warranted naught but trouble and ultimate disgrace.”(3, p. 26)


Marriage: Water Town Clerk, Index of Marriage Records Book 2, page 229. Married by Sylvanus Hemingway.

CENSUS: Age 57. Listed with wife Olive and son Winslow.

CENSUS: Winslow had a household of 6, a real wealth of $1500, and a personal wealth of $600.

Achsach Sans Earl "Axie" COLE [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Dec 1818 in North Leverett, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. She died 2 on 26 Jan 1883 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Axie married 3 Winslow FARR Sr on 3 Feb 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Axie was counted in a census 4, 5 in 1880 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
PATRICK, Rufus

ACHSAH SARNS EARL COLE

From a large old family bible, owned by Jedidiah Grant and Chastina Heninger, we have some of the record of Achsah Sarns Earl Cole who was the mother of Chastina. A great great grandchild of Achsah’s (Ruth Heninger Goodwin) has the bible now, 1962[1].

There is also another, smaller bible that was given to Achsah when she was married. In this bible it is written – “Rufus Patrick, the son of William Patrick, and Achsah S. E. Cole were married on the 4th day of July in the year of our Lord 1839 – by Daniel F. Remington, who presented this bible at the time of marriage”. A great grandchild of Achsah’s (Marguerite Heninger Anderson) has this bible now, 1962[2].

This small bible also has the names of the children of Achsah, and the marriage date and children of Achsah’s daughter Chastina.

Children of Rufus and Achsah Cole Patrick: NAME BORN
Jaroam Patrick 25 May 1844
Elestina Patrick 1Mar 1846
Osker Patrick 2 Nov 1846
Chastina Patrick 18 Nov 1852

The marriage of Chastina, in this smaller bible, it is written that “J. G. Heninger, the son of Phillip Heninger was married to Chastina Almina Farr on the 18th of October 1867 by George Q. Cannon.” The writing in the bible also states that Chastina’s mother’s name was Achsah Farr, and her father’s name was Winslow Farr.

Children of Jedediah and Chastina Heninger – (Achsah’s grandchildren)

Name Born Where Died
Winslow Phillip Heninger 22 Aug 1868 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 22 Aug 1868
Lorin Grant Heninger 11 Mar 1870 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 26 Sep 1930
Achsah Elizabeth Heninger 12 Sep 1872 S.L.C., Salt Lake, Utah 16 Oct 1888
Ida May Heninger 25 Oct 1875 Ogden, Weber, Utah 8 Oct 1915
Oscar Heninger 9 Jan 1878 Ogden, Weber, Utah 17 Jan 1878
Thomas Harold Heninger 16 Jun 1879 Ogden, Weber, Utah
Rufus Patrick Heninger 24 Mar 1885 Ogden, Weber, Utah 24 Mar 1885
Hortensia Heninger 3 Feb 1887 Ogden, Weber, Utah 27 Mar 1887

Only the record of birth of the first four children of Chastina are in the small bible and not the death dates except for Winslow Philip who died the same day. The large bible contains the names and dates for all the children.

Only three of Chastina’s children lived to adulthood and married. They were Lorin Grant, Ida May, and Thomas Harold.

Through Lorin Grant Heninger’s family we were given the information that when Achsah heard the gospel of the L.D.S. Church in Massachusetts, that she joined the church and wanted to come to Utah, as all converts to the church were advised to do in those days. She tried to get her husband Rufus to join the church too, but he wouldn’t. So Achsah left her husband Rufus Patrick and came to Utah for the love of her church. She was an early pioneer.

We were given the information that Achsah’s daughter Chastina was born in Massachusetts, but in the Weber Co. Utah census of 1880 it states that Chastina was born in Utah and her parents were born in Massachusetts.

After Achsah came to Utah she married again. She married Winslow Farr and was sealed to him, and her daughter Chastina was sealed (see note by Tim Farr below) to Winslow Farr as his daughter and given the middle name of Almina. Almina was a loved name of the Farr family. This explains the two marriages of Achsah Sarns Earl Cole Patrick Farr, and explains why it is written in the bible that Chastina was the daughter of Winslow Farr when she was actually the daughter of Rufus Patrick.

In the records of Marguerite Heninger Anderson (the great granddaughter of Achsah) is the patriarchal blessing given to Achsah in Salt Lake City, Utah, 9 Feb 1868. The blessing was given by John Young, Patriarch, to Achsah Sarns Earl Farr, daughter of Burdin and Sarah Cole; born in the town of Leveritt, Franklin County, Mass. 20 Dec 1818.

Achsah died 26 Jan 1883 in Ogden, Utah.

The foregoing was written my Maguerite Chestina Heninger Anderson in 1962
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What follows was written in 2012 Dean R. Anderson (Marguerite’s son and Achsah’s great great grandson)

ACHSAH, RUFUS AND WINSLOW

I should have listened closer to my mother, but here in a sentence or two is what was passed on to me (family tradition – misinterpretations and misunderstanding are entirely my own). Achsah S. E. Cole and Rufus Patrick were both born and raised in Massachusetts. Achsah met Rufus. They fell in love, were married and had four children the youngest being Chastina. There was an encounter with Mormon missionaries. Achsah was converted, joined the church and migrated west with the Mormons carrying Rufus’s yet to be born youngest daughter, and leaving the unconverted Rufus behind. Rufus, wanting to reconcile with Achsah, subsequently followed her west, only to find that she had married a polygamist by the name of Winslow Farr. Rufus, heartbroken, moved on to California and was never heard from again. So the story goes…

Here is what I have learned since (not surprisingly there is some conflict between the facts and family lore)

Achsah Sarns Earl Cole was born to Burdin and Sarah Cole in Leveritt, Franklin MA on 20 Dec 1818.

Rufus Patrick was born to William and Polly Phipps Patrick in Holliston, MA on 4 Sep 1808 according to the Holliston town vital records. Subsequent records show his date of birth as 4 Sep 1818. I believe 1808 to be the correct year, especially since his sister Delana was listed as the second child of the couple and she was born in 1816.

How Rufus and Achsah met and anything else they might have done between 1818 and 1839 is lost to history. They were married on 4 July 1839. The following is recorded in Achsah’s bible (which is now, 2012, in my possession). “Rufus Patrick the son of William Patrick and Achsah S. E. Cole were married the 4th day of July in the year of our Lord 1839 by Daniel F Remington who presented this Bible at the time of marriage.”.

Recorded in the bible are the births of four children.

Jaroam Patrick 25 May 1844
Elestina Patrick 21 Mar 1846
Osker Patrick 2 Nov 1849
Chastina Patrick 18 Nov 1852

Apparently both Rufus an Achsah were converted to the Mormon faith and joined the saints in Nauvoo, Il. The Nauvoo endowment records show that on 22 Jan 1846 Rufus Patrick and Achsah S. E. Cole received their endowments. Coincidentally on that same date, 22 Jan 1846, and at the same place, Winslow Farr Sr. was sealed to two of his wives, Almena Randall and Adelia Maria Clemens.

Rufus appears on the list of those serving on the quorum of Seventies while in Nauvoo.

On January 31, 1847 Rufus and Achash were attendees at the St Louis LDS conference.

Not all Nauvoo families were able to make the 1846 pilgrimage across Iowa. Many families “went south” to St. Louis, where they found employment to pay their passage to Zion. This was just one way in which St. Louis played a vital role during the early “gathering” years of the Church. There were an estimated fifteen hundred Latter-day Saints in St. Louis during the winter of 1846–47. According to the federal census, in 1840, St. Louis had a population of 16,469 (History of the Church, 4:xxiv). During this important period of Church history, Latter-day Saints comprised nearly 10 per- cent of the population of St. Louis.

St. Louis Branch Members at the 31 January 1847 St. Louis Conference included PATRICK, Rufus; at Conference in St. Louis on 31 Jan 1847; member 2nd Quorum of Seventies; with wife Achvah[3]

At this conference, the clerks calculated the LDS membership population at 1,478. The list of members present at this conference is a good indication of which members went from Nauvoo to St. Louis in the 1846 exodus. An actual count of the names written by the clerk at the conference is about 599 (includ- ing unnamed children), so obviously many names were not recorded or many are members who did not attend the conference.

St. Louis Branch Death Records 1849–62 This record contains approximately 350 deaths. The years “1849–1862” on the book heading are deceiving, as there are only two deaths listed for the year 1849 when the huge cholera epidemic began. From 1 January to 30 July 1849, 4,547 people in the city died of the dreaded disease.8 Certainly hundreds of Latter-day Saints must have died during the year 1849, and those deaths were not recorded. Likewise, only a few deaths were recorded in the years 1850 and 1851, as deaths from cholera continued to plague the city. It appears that the record was kept more consistently starting in the summer of 1852. However, even during that period, not all members’ deaths were recorded.[4]

Jaroam, Elestina and Osker apparently did not survive -- indications are that they passed away sometime early in 1852.

The 1852 Iowa special census shows the Rufus Patrick household consisting of 4 members (3 males and 1 female).

The tragedy of their children’s deaths and the accompanying trauma no doubt led to the splitting up of Rufus and Achsah.

Achsah departed Kanesville, Iowa with the Wimmer Party in July of 1852 and arrived in Salt Lake on 15 Sep 1852. None of her first three children were on that wagon train, but she was pregnant with her fourth child Chastina Patrick who was born in Salt Lake City on 18 Nov 1852.

Rufus went back to Massachusetts and nine years later answered the call to serve the Union in the Civil War. Note that in 1861, Rufus would have been 53 years old (born in 1808). 45 was the upper age limit in the Union Army. This probably explains why all of the later records show Rufus’s birth year as 1818.

On 3 Feb 1856, four years after her arrival in Salt Lake, Achsah S. E. Cole Patrick was sealed to Winslow Farr, Sr. as his 6th wife. Chastina (now age 4) was at the same time sealed as a child to Winslow (I have no evidence of Chastina’s sealing, only family tradition, but according to my mother this was when Chastina recieved her middle name of “Almina” which name Winslow loved and was the name of his second wife Almina Randall).

During her lifetime, Chastina never used the surname Patrick but was known as Chastina Almina Farr and after her marriage as Chastina Almina Heninger.

In Achsah’s bible, referenced above, is recorded the following “J. G. Heninger the son of Phillip Heninger was married to Chastina Almina Farr on the 18th of October 1867 by George Q. Cannon. Chastina Farr’s mother’s name was Achsah Farr. Her father’s name was Winslow Farr”.

On 9 Feb 1868, Achsah S. E. Cole Patrick Farr, her daughter Chastina and son-in-law Jedediah Grant Heninger all received their patriarchal blessings on the same day under the hands of John Young, Patriarch.[5]

Rufus Patrick, whose intent was to go on to California after he found out that Achsah had remarried, apparently got no further than Tooele. Rufus appears in the 1870 Tooele, UT census with his wife Mary Smith Patrick and Mary’s daughter Jane age 13.

On 26 Jan 1883 Achsah died at age 65 in Ogden, Ut. She is buried in the Winslow Farr, Sr. family plot in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

On 14 Nov 1888 Chastina Almina Patrick Farr Heninger died at age 36 and is buried in the Ogden Cemetery.

On 4 Mar1892 Rufus Patrick died at the age of 73 years 6 months and is buried in the Tooele Cemetery.

Finding Rufus in the Tooele Cemetery records was a huge occasion for me. Until I found that record, I assumed that, in fact, he had gone on to California and that he had indeed disappeared and no one would ever know what happened to him. His grave was unmarked, and I have since obtained a headstone honoring him and his service to the Union. His son-in-law, Jedediah, who he never met, fought for the South.

Note: Chastina honored her adoptive family, the Farrs, by naming her first child Winslow and her second child Lorin. (see note by Tim Farr below)

Note also that in the published histories of Winslow Farr Sr. and Lorin Farr that there is no mention of adopted daughter/sister Chastina. Nor will the Winslow Farr Sr. Family Organization recognize her existence. I was told by the president of that organization that none of Winslow’s wives, except Olive, had children. (see note by Tim Farr below)

Written by Dean R. Anderson in 2012
Achsah’s great great grandson

[1] Now in the possession of Richard Heninger (2012)
[2] Now in the possession of Dean Anderson (2012)
[3] St Louis Branch records, members listed at conference 31 Jan 1847 (FHL film 0001945 item 2) name spellings kept as in record
[4] Sheri E. Slaughter: Index of Early LDS in St. Louis, Missouri
[5] Now in the possession of Dean R Anderson (2012)

Note by Tim Farr:
I spent some time at the FHL in Salt Lake last Thursday in Special Collections and found the answer to the question of Chastina the daughter of Achsach and Rufus Patrick being sealed/adopted by Winslow Farr Sr. when he was sealed to Achsach. Winslow’s sealing to Achsach is found on Special Collections Film #183374 and Chastina is not there. The location is the President’s Office. I then looked through all the sealing records for the dates that she could have been sealed after the marriage of her mother and found nothing. I then realized that if Chastina was married and sealed to Jedidiah Grant Heininger, she would had to of used her legal name in the record. I found Chastina’s sealing and marriage on Special Collections Film #1149515, Pg. 70, “Jedadiah Grant Heninger b. 3 Mar 1843, Chastina Patrick b. 18 Nov 1852 Cottonwood, Sealed 19 Oct 1867 by George Q. Cannon”. Chastina’s legal name was “Patrick” not “Farr” and was never sealed or adopted by Winslow Farr Sr. She used the name of Farr because her mother was a Farr but when she had to use her legal name, it was “Patrick”. Further proof of this is found on the death record of her sons Lorin Grant Henniger and Thomas Harold Heninger were they have to list the maiden name of the mother which was listed as "Patrick".

Winslow was simply the stepfather of Chastina. She was obviously known as a Farr but legally a Patrick.

CENSUS: Listed as "Axie Farr" widow and as a mother in law in the household of Grant Heninger.


Capt. Elijah FREEMAN [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 3 Nov 1757 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. He died 2, 3, 4 on 21 Dec 1828 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Elijah married 5 Olive HOVEY on 27 Dec 1781 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

One of the first pioneers of Waterford CT and a Captan,  he came in 1796.
He belonged to the Congregational church.  He was sheriff and once attached property of one Tim Richardson in a way, which Richardson said, was crooked.  The church called a council of ministers to hear the case and they met at the house of Joseph Hale.  Among the witnesses were Joseph Knights and Vine Taylor.

Taylor, who was a curious genious, got old Tim well "beered up" for the hearing and took a seat by the side of him.  Capt. Freeman got up and began to tell a pittiful story about the attachment, during which old Tim kept whispering, "He lies."  Vine said, "Now is your time to tell him".  Tim jumped up and boldly exclaimed, "Capt. Freeman, you lie, and I can prove it by Joseph Knights, Vine Taylor and God Almighty."  The witnesses were reliable and the church dismissed him. Freeman lived with his son Aaron until he died not far from 1825.
Source: Lorin Farr Pioner by T Earl Pardoe page 9


From the records of Ben W Farr Sr:

“Young Lorin Farr believed in the testimony, every word they said on the first night, and never in his life since has he doubted. While Elder Pratt was preaching his first sermon, stating that the true Church of Christ was again on the earth, with all the gifts and blessings of the gospel, and spoke of the literal gathering of the house of Israel, to rebuild Jerusalem, his mind reverted back to what he had heard his grandfather Freeman say.

“When Lorin was about six years old, and grandfather Freeman came to visit Father and Mother Farr, Lorin would, sitting in his little chair by their side, hear his grandfather often say that the true Church of Christ was not on the earth. Grandfather Freeman was a religious man, having been raised in the Congregational Church, and was a devout man. He had discovered that the Church he belonged to, covered up sin and iniquity, and screened persons from justice. On this account he withdrew from the Church, not­withstanding the urgent importunings of his minister to remain with them. He was very conversant with the scriptures; Lorin heard him talk for hours with his parents, showing to them when the true church should be restored to the earth that there would be in it apostles and prophets, and the believers would enjoy all the gifts and blessings of the gospel, as they did in the days of Christ and His apostles; that the time would come when the child­ren of Israel would be gathered back to their own lands to rebuild Jerusalem, and that we were living in the last days, and that Lorin's father and mother might Live to see the true Church of Christ or­ganized upon the earth. it was about five years from the time that Lorin heard his grandfather talk thus, that he heard Elders Pratt and Johns on preach and tell the same thing which his grandfather said would come to pass. Believing what he had heard his grand­father say, Lorin' s mind was prepared to receive this testimony

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of these servants of God; and thus believing, he obeyed at eleven years of age, and was baptized by Lyman E. Johnson in Clyde River, which was near his father's house. He was confirmed by Orson Pratt. He often retired to a bower which he had built in a grove nearby, and there obtained a testimony of the truths of the Latter-day work, which has remained with him to the present day.

Page 176. “Grandfather Freeman passed away about two years before, but his children lived to realize what he said they would, Lorin has often said that his grandfather was to him and his parents, what John the Baptist was to his people. “Why, that is what my grandfather said.” he exclaimed to the elders.”

DEATH: 71 years, husbamd of Olive Freeman.

Olive HOVEY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 30 Oct 1761 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States. She died 2, 3, 4 on 21 Oct 1820 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. Olive married 5 Capt. Elijah FREEMAN on 27 Dec 1781 in Mansfield City, Tolland, Connecticut, United States.

Archibald F. Bennett, Saviors on Mount Zion, p.118 [p.119] Still more prolific are results on the Hovey line. The published Hovey Book (A6E33) is well indexed. Since numerous Olive Hoveys are listed in it, it saves time to look for the Freemans. Elijah, Olive and Olive Hovey Freeman are all shown on page 188, where the record comes down to the family of Olive Hovey who married Elijah Freeman, and their children, including Olive Hovey Freeman who married Winslow Farr. With this and a beginning we are able to chart the names of 201 forefathers of Olive Hovey, and printed pedigrees on each line, sometimes many. One line traces back from Olive Hovey Freeman Farr twenty-two generations to an Earl of Winchester in England, who was one of the Barons who forced King John to sign the Great Charter in 1215, and who died a few years later on a Crusade to Jerusalem. Nor does the pedigree end here.

DEATH: 59 years, wife of Elijah Freeman.

They had the following children.

  M i Elijah FREEMAN was born on 23 Nov 1782. He died on 12 Apr 1869.
  M ii Aaron FREEMAN was born on 31 Dec 1784. He died on 12 Nov 1864.
  M iii Arad FREEMAN was born on 24 Dec 1788. He died on 11 Apr 1860.
  M iv Isaac Farwell FREEMAN was born on 12 Nov 1795. He died on 25 Jul 1843 from of inflamation of the brain.
  F v Olive Hovey FREEMAN was born on 23 Jun 1799. She died on 10 Mar 1893.

Aaron Freeman FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 31 Oct 1818 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 8 Nov 1903 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. He was buried on 12 Nov 1903 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Aaron married 5, 6 Persis ATHERTON on 16 Jan 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Aaron was counted in a census 7 on 14 Jul 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 8 in 1900 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
ASTILL, Hope
THORPE, Lucretia Ball

Farr, Aaron F., one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born Oct. 31, 1818, at Waterford, Caledonia Co., Vermont. He was baptized in 1832 and in 1836 his father's family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1842 located at Nauvoo, Ill. On June 16, 1844, he married Persia Atherton, the Prophet Joseph Smith performing the ceremony. In 1847 he was chosen as one of Pres. Brigham Young's company of pioneers and traveled with the main body until the company reached Green River, when he and four other brethren were sent back to act as guides to the oncoming emigration. He came to Salt Lake Valley Sept. 20, 1847, with Daniel Spencer's company and helped to establish a government in Salt Lake Valley, being by profession a lawyer. In 1852-1853 he filled a mission to the West Indies and on his way home was called to preside over the St. Louis Branch, succeeding Horace S. Eldredge in that position. Upon his return he made his home in Ogden where he practiced law and served as U. S. Deputy Marshal under Joseph L. Heywood. In 1856 he filled a mission to Las Vegas, Arizona (now Nevada), and in 1859 was elected probate judge of Weber County.

He also served as an alderman of Ogden and as representative for Weber County to the Utah territorial legislature. He died Nov. 8, 1903, at Logan, Utah, while visiting his daughter, wife of Moses Thatchef. He was survived by three sons and two daughters. He was a brother to Lorin Farr of Ogden.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.702

Aaron Freeman Farr was born in the Township of Waterford, Caledonia county, Vermont, October 31, 1818. His parents were Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. Nothing of importance transpired in the life of Aaron Farr until the year 1832, when Orson Pratt and Lyman Johnson preached the gospel of the Latter-day Saints near their home and he and his younger brother, Lorin, were baptized. In 1837 he moved with his father's family to Kirtland, Ohio from which place he followed the body of the Church to Nauvoo, Illinois. On the 16th of January, 1844 he was married to Peris Atherton in the Mansion House by the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Brigham Young selected Aaron Farr among the first to be one of the vanguard of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains. The following letter written by Mr. Farr to the Semi-Centennial Commission January 7, 1897 tells the story of his contribution:

Dear Sir:
Replying to your solicitations to all pioneers to Utah in 1847, would state that my name is Aaron F. Farr, and was born in the State of Vermont, October 31, 1818, being now 78 years of age. My first leader was Brigham Young. He was the leader of the pioneers who left Winter Quarters, on the Missouri River, April 7th and 8th, 1847. The company comprised 144 men, three women and two children in forty-three wagons. Nathaniel Fairbanks was my companion. We journeyed to Green River, (now in Wyoming) where we made rafts, and on the first three days of July ferried over the river, and on the 4th of July celebrated on the west side. Aaron Freeman Farr, President Young and his counselors thought it advisable to send several men back to meet the coming immigration that was following slowly after us, and to pilot them through the Black Hills from Laramie. I was selected, with four others, to return, noting each camping place on our way back. My companion, Fairbanks, took my mule team and outfit to Salt Lake with the pioneers proper. I met the immigration 200 miles east of old Fort Laramie. Met my wife and baby in the company. She had been driving two yoke of cattle hitched on to a wagon which contained our all. We were placed in Daniel Spencer's hundred and Horace S. Eldredge's fifty. We were in the lead of the immigration from there until we camped at some fine springs where Salt Lake City now stands, where we arrived September 20, 1847.

My companion had planted my half bushel of potatoes on July 27, also turnips and buckwheat. Frost came early and cut to the ground what appeared to be the showing of a fine crop. Later on I made a search for potatoes and succeeded in finding a half pint, some about the size of sparrow eggs, and the balance about as large as peas. My brother Lorin, in the spring of 1848, planted half of them where the Sixth Ward is now in Salt Lake City. I planted the other half near Big Cottonwood Creek, now Brinton Ward. My brother raised six bushels of excellent potatoes, while I raised three and one-half bushels. We distributed them in small lots for seed, and they were the only potatoes I saw [p.589] here in the year 1848. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion, left here in January for San Diego, California, and brought back with him, on horseback, one bushel of fine potatoes, and had to take great care of them for fear they should get frozen. He sold them for one dollar each, and as I was afraid mine might not come up, I bought one at this price

After I had my house logs hauled to the middle fort ground, William Walker and myself, being stalwarts, thought we could make a sawmill for ourselves, so we went into Red Butte canyon, northeast of Fort Douglas, and cut two saw logs, squared them with a broad-axe, and lining them sawed 400 feet of fine lumber, with which we floored our houses and made the first panel doors and three-light windows in the country in the year 1847.

Mr. Farr became one of the prominent citizens of Ogden, Utah contributing much time and effort towards its development. He died in Logan, Utah, November 8, 1903, while visiting at the home of his daughter. Burial was in the Ogden City cemetery.
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p.587-589

CENSUS: Age 51, wife Persis 49, Aaron 18, Lucian 14, Lucretia 39, Oliver, 12, William 14, Cordelia 10, Rose 8.

CENSUS: Age 81.

Persis ATHERTON was born 1 on 27 May 1820 in Dalton, Coos, New Hampshire, United States. She died 2 on 31 Dec 1906 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. She was buried in Jan 1907. Persis married 3, 4 Aaron Freeman FARR Sr on 16 Jan 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Persis was counted in a census 5 in 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was counted in a census 6 in 1900 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Information taken from book "Lorin Farr Pioneer" by T. Earl Pardoe.

BIRTH: Daughter of Samuel Atherton and Molly Brown.

CENSUS: Age 49. Birth place NH.

CENSUS: Age 80.

Marriage Notes:

Married by Joseph Smith Jr.

MARRIAGE: Married by Joseph Smith Jr.

CENSUS: Age 32 farmer, Persis 30, Celestia Ann 4, Percia A, 2, Aaron F 6 months.

They had the following children.

  F i Celestia Ann "Lettie" FARR was born on 3 Jan 1845. She died on 21 Jun 1921.
  F ii
Percia Annah FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 25 Nov 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died 2 on 21 Mar 1857.



Persia Anna Farr was born November 25, 1848, the daughter to Aaron Freeman Farr and Persis Atherton. Her parents moved from Cottonwood Canyon back to Salt Lake City, where he father Aaron built a new home in the 17th ward. The home had just been completed prior to her birth. She was the second daughter joining her sister Celestia Ann (Lettie).

Her father Aaron Farr was appointed by Brigham Young to act as the first Judge of htis new and wild territory. He opened the court docket in 1850. As was necessary in the early days of the territory, he was required to go on several expeditions, leaving his wife and young daughters alone.

When Persia was one and a half, her Grandfather Winslow and Grandmother Olive arrived in Salt Lake. They came to stay with them in their home.

She welcomed the birth of her brother Aaron Freeman Farr, Jr., on November 1, 1850 right before her 2nd irthday.

During the summer, her family would spend their time in Cottonwood Canyon, where her father, grandfather and uncle were building a sawmill.

When Persia was almost four, her father left on a mission to the West Indies and the Eastern States. He was gone almost two years.

The following year her brother Lucian Corridan joined the family on September 4th 1855, born in their home in Salt Lake.

After his trip home, from his mission, Aaron, her father, took two wives in plural marriage in January of 1855, Lucretia Ball Thorp and Hope Marie Astill.

Aaron left almost immediately and became deputy marshal in Fillmore and a few months later went to Las Vegas to colonize the area and establish rapport with the Indians.

At the prompting of her Uncle Lorin Farr the family decided to move to Ogden. While her family was making the preparations, Persia accidentally ate a poisonous sego lily on March 21, 1857. She suffered for several days and died on March 23rd. Her little body was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. She was only eight years old.
  M iii Aaron Freeman FARR was born on 1 Nov 1850. He died on 2 Apr 1907.
  M iv Lucian Corridon FARR was born on 14 Sep 1855. He died on 24 Mar 1933.
  F v
Ladornia Gilky FARR [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Jun 1857 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She died on 3 Mar 1864.



Ladornia caught Scarlett Fever and on March 3, 1864 she died. She was 6 years 9 months old. They buried her the same day she died for fear of the dreaded disease. She is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery ner her sister Persis.

Aaron Freeman FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 31 Oct 1818 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 8 Nov 1903 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. He was buried on 12 Nov 1903 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Aaron married Hope ASTILL on 28 Jan 1855 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Aaron was counted in a census 5 on 14 Jul 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 6 in 1900 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
ATHERTON, Persis
THORPE, Lucretia Ball

Farr, Aaron F., one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born Oct. 31, 1818, at Waterford, Caledonia Co., Vermont. He was baptized in 1832 and in 1836 his father's family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1842 located at Nauvoo, Ill. On June 16, 1844, he married Persia Atherton, the Prophet Joseph Smith performing the ceremony. In 1847 he was chosen as one of Pres. Brigham Young's company of pioneers and traveled with the main body until the company reached Green River, when he and four other brethren were sent back to act as guides to the oncoming emigration. He came to Salt Lake Valley Sept. 20, 1847, with Daniel Spencer's company and helped to establish a government in Salt Lake Valley, being by profession a lawyer. In 1852-1853 he filled a mission to the West Indies and on his way home was called to preside over the St. Louis Branch, succeeding Horace S. Eldredge in that position. Upon his return he made his home in Ogden where he practiced law and served as U. S. Deputy Marshal under Joseph L. Heywood. In 1856 he filled a mission to Las Vegas, Arizona (now Nevada), and in 1859 was elected probate judge of Weber County.

He also served as an alderman of Ogden and as representative for Weber County to the Utah territorial legislature. He died Nov. 8, 1903, at Logan, Utah, while visiting his daughter, wife of Moses Thatchef. He was survived by three sons and two daughters. He was a brother to Lorin Farr of Ogden.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.702

Aaron Freeman Farr was born in the Township of Waterford, Caledonia county, Vermont, October 31, 1818. His parents were Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. Nothing of importance transpired in the life of Aaron Farr until the year 1832, when Orson Pratt and Lyman Johnson preached the gospel of the Latter-day Saints near their home and he and his younger brother, Lorin, were baptized. In 1837 he moved with his father's family to Kirtland, Ohio from which place he followed the body of the Church to Nauvoo, Illinois. On the 16th of January, 1844 he was married to Peris Atherton in the Mansion House by the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Brigham Young selected Aaron Farr among the first to be one of the vanguard of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains. The following letter written by Mr. Farr to the Semi-Centennial Commission January 7, 1897 tells the story of his contribution:

Dear Sir:
Replying to your solicitations to all pioneers to Utah in 1847, would state that my name is Aaron F. Farr, and was born in the State of Vermont, October 31, 1818, being now 78 years of age. My first leader was Brigham Young. He was the leader of the pioneers who left Winter Quarters, on the Missouri River, April 7th and 8th, 1847. The company comprised 144 men, three women and two children in forty-three wagons. Nathaniel Fairbanks was my companion. We journeyed to Green River, (now in Wyoming) where we made rafts, and on the first three days of July ferried over the river, and on the 4th of July celebrated on the west side. Aaron Freeman Farr, President Young and his counselors thought it advisable to send several men back to meet the coming immigration that was following slowly after us, and to pilot them through the Black Hills from Laramie. I was selected, with four others, to return, noting each camping place on our way back. My companion, Fairbanks, took my mule team and outfit to Salt Lake with the pioneers proper. I met the immigration 200 miles east of old Fort Laramie. Met my wife and baby in the company. She had been driving two yoke of cattle hitched on to a wagon which contained our all. We were placed in Daniel Spencer's hundred and Horace S. Eldredge's fifty. We were in the lead of the immigration from there until we camped at some fine springs where Salt Lake City now stands, where we arrived September 20, 1847.

My companion had planted my half bushel of potatoes on July 27, also turnips and buckwheat. Frost came early and cut to the ground what appeared to be the showing of a fine crop. Later on I made a search for potatoes and succeeded in finding a half pint, some about the size of sparrow eggs, and the balance about as large as peas. My brother Lorin, in the spring of 1848, planted half of them where the Sixth Ward is now in Salt Lake City. I planted the other half near Big Cottonwood Creek, now Brinton Ward. My brother raised six bushels of excellent potatoes, while I raised three and one-half bushels. We distributed them in small lots for seed, and they were the only potatoes I saw [p.589] here in the year 1848. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion, left here in January for San Diego, California, and brought back with him, on horseback, one bushel of fine potatoes, and had to take great care of them for fear they should get frozen. He sold them for one dollar each, and as I was afraid mine might not come up, I bought one at this price

After I had my house logs hauled to the middle fort ground, William Walker and myself, being stalwarts, thought we could make a sawmill for ourselves, so we went into Red Butte canyon, northeast of Fort Douglas, and cut two saw logs, squared them with a broad-axe, and lining them sawed 400 feet of fine lumber, with which we floored our houses and made the first panel doors and three-light windows in the country in the year 1847.

Mr. Farr became one of the prominent citizens of Ogden, Utah contributing much time and effort towards its development. He died in Logan, Utah, November 8, 1903, while visiting at the home of his daughter. Burial was in the Ogden City cemetery.
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p.587-589

CENSUS: Age 51, wife Persis 49, Aaron 18, Lucian 14, Lucretia 39, Oliver, 12, William 14, Cordelia 10, Rose 8.

CENSUS: Age 81.

Hope ASTILL was born on 16 Oct 1833 in Burbage, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom. Hope married Aaron Freeman FARR Sr on 28 Jan 1855 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
JOST, George Haliburton

Aaron Freeman Farr, Sr. married his third wife, Hope Astill on 28 January 1855, Salt Lake City, Ut. She birthed a son they named Aaron Alonzo Astill Farr on 5 January 1857, Salt Lake City, Utah. She left Aaron and went to California where she married a man by the name of Jost. Aaron Alonzo Astill Farr married Jennie S. Row, 13 May 1878 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California. He died 15 Jun 1923. I haven't found any evidence yet of any children and it is unclear at this time if he carried the Farr name or the Jost name, as he is listed with both and/or.


Hope was born in Burbridge, Leciestershire, England, daughter of Zachariah Astill and Ann Hopkins. She and Aaron Freeman Farr were married in 1855 in Salt Lake City. She and Aaron had one son they named Aaron Alonzo Astill Farr born on January 5, 1857 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Later Hope, not happy in her situation, left Aaron and went to California with her family where she married a man by the name of George Henry Jost on 8 January 1861 in Sacramento, California. Aaron Alonzo Astill Farr went by the name Alonzo Jost. He married Jennie S. Roy on May 13, 1878 in Sacramento. They had a little girl by the name of Pearl and a son named Ralph. Alonzo died June 15, 1923 in Sacramento, California

They had the following children.

  M i
Aaron Alonzo Astill FARR OR JOST was born on 5 Jan 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 15 Jun 1923 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States.



Sacramento Bee Thursday Evening September 11, 1911 STOCKTON TWO SACRAMENTO MEN ELECTED TO OFFICE BY THE ASSOCIATION. STOCKTON (San Joaquin Co.) September 21 - After four successful sessions and a trip to the Delta lands, the twelfth annual convention of the California Retail Grocers' Merchants' Association was concluded here last evening with a banquet at the Stockton. The next convention will be held at Del Monte, under the auspices of the Monterey-Pacific Grove Grocers' Association. Officers were elected yesterday as follows:President H. HANCH, Alameda; FirsT Vice President W. J. HICKEY, Petaluma; Second Vice President, N.E. WILSON, Los Angeles; Third Vice President, Al W. LEHIKE, San Francisco, Treasurer, F. SERMONET, Sacramento; Past President, W.H. POSTON, Pomona; Directors, C.B. PEARSON of Stockton, F.B. CONNALLY of San Francisco, George F. KING of Santa Rosa, Joseph F. WALSH of Eureka, W. A. McDONALD of San Jose; N. B. BURLINGAME of Pacific Grove, F.H. BRIGGS of San Diego, Rus WARDEN of San Rafael, A.A. JOST of Sacramento and J.B. HOPKINS of Oakland.

Aaron Freeman FARR Sr [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 31 Oct 1818 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He died 3, 4 on 8 Nov 1903 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. He was buried on 12 Nov 1903 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Aaron married Lucretia Ball THORPE on 28 Jan 1855.

Aaron was counted in a census 5 on 14 Jul 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. He was counted in a census 6 in 1900 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

Other marriages:
ATHERTON, Persis
ASTILL, Hope

Farr, Aaron F., one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born Oct. 31, 1818, at Waterford, Caledonia Co., Vermont. He was baptized in 1832 and in 1836 his father's family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1842 located at Nauvoo, Ill. On June 16, 1844, he married Persia Atherton, the Prophet Joseph Smith performing the ceremony. In 1847 he was chosen as one of Pres. Brigham Young's company of pioneers and traveled with the main body until the company reached Green River, when he and four other brethren were sent back to act as guides to the oncoming emigration. He came to Salt Lake Valley Sept. 20, 1847, with Daniel Spencer's company and helped to establish a government in Salt Lake Valley, being by profession a lawyer. In 1852-1853 he filled a mission to the West Indies and on his way home was called to preside over the St. Louis Branch, succeeding Horace S. Eldredge in that position. Upon his return he made his home in Ogden where he practiced law and served as U. S. Deputy Marshal under Joseph L. Heywood. In 1856 he filled a mission to Las Vegas, Arizona (now Nevada), and in 1859 was elected probate judge of Weber County.

He also served as an alderman of Ogden and as representative for Weber County to the Utah territorial legislature. He died Nov. 8, 1903, at Logan, Utah, while visiting his daughter, wife of Moses Thatchef. He was survived by three sons and two daughters. He was a brother to Lorin Farr of Ogden.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.702

Aaron Freeman Farr was born in the Township of Waterford, Caledonia county, Vermont, October 31, 1818. His parents were Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. Nothing of importance transpired in the life of Aaron Farr until the year 1832, when Orson Pratt and Lyman Johnson preached the gospel of the Latter-day Saints near their home and he and his younger brother, Lorin, were baptized. In 1837 he moved with his father's family to Kirtland, Ohio from which place he followed the body of the Church to Nauvoo, Illinois. On the 16th of January, 1844 he was married to Peris Atherton in the Mansion House by the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Brigham Young selected Aaron Farr among the first to be one of the vanguard of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains. The following letter written by Mr. Farr to the Semi-Centennial Commission January 7, 1897 tells the story of his contribution:

Dear Sir:
Replying to your solicitations to all pioneers to Utah in 1847, would state that my name is Aaron F. Farr, and was born in the State of Vermont, October 31, 1818, being now 78 years of age. My first leader was Brigham Young. He was the leader of the pioneers who left Winter Quarters, on the Missouri River, April 7th and 8th, 1847. The company comprised 144 men, three women and two children in forty-three wagons. Nathaniel Fairbanks was my companion. We journeyed to Green River, (now in Wyoming) where we made rafts, and on the first three days of July ferried over the river, and on the 4th of July celebrated on the west side. Aaron Freeman Farr, President Young and his counselors thought it advisable to send several men back to meet the coming immigration that was following slowly after us, and to pilot them through the Black Hills from Laramie. I was selected, with four others, to return, noting each camping place on our way back. My companion, Fairbanks, took my mule team and outfit to Salt Lake with the pioneers proper. I met the immigration 200 miles east of old Fort Laramie. Met my wife and baby in the company. She had been driving two yoke of cattle hitched on to a wagon which contained our all. We were placed in Daniel Spencer's hundred and Horace S. Eldredge's fifty. We were in the lead of the immigration from there until we camped at some fine springs where Salt Lake City now stands, where we arrived September 20, 1847.

My companion had planted my half bushel of potatoes on July 27, also turnips and buckwheat. Frost came early and cut to the ground what appeared to be the showing of a fine crop. Later on I made a search for potatoes and succeeded in finding a half pint, some about the size of sparrow eggs, and the balance about as large as peas. My brother Lorin, in the spring of 1848, planted half of them where the Sixth Ward is now in Salt Lake City. I planted the other half near Big Cottonwood Creek, now Brinton Ward. My brother raised six bushels of excellent potatoes, while I raised three and one-half bushels. We distributed them in small lots for seed, and they were the only potatoes I saw [p.589] here in the year 1848. Captain Jefferson Hunt of the Mormon Battalion, left here in January for San Diego, California, and brought back with him, on horseback, one bushel of fine potatoes, and had to take great care of them for fear they should get frozen. He sold them for one dollar each, and as I was afraid mine might not come up, I bought one at this price

After I had my house logs hauled to the middle fort ground, William Walker and myself, being stalwarts, thought we could make a sawmill for ourselves, so we went into Red Butte canyon, northeast of Fort Douglas, and cut two saw logs, squared them with a broad-axe, and lining them sawed 400 feet of fine lumber, with which we floored our houses and made the first panel doors and three-light windows in the country in the year 1847.

Mr. Farr became one of the prominent citizens of Ogden, Utah contributing much time and effort towards its development. He died in Logan, Utah, November 8, 1903, while visiting at the home of his daughter. Burial was in the Ogden City cemetery.
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p.587-589

CENSUS: Age 51, wife Persis 49, Aaron 18, Lucian 14, Lucretia 39, Oliver, 12, William 14, Cordelia 10, Rose 8.

CENSUS: Age 81.

Lucretia Ball THORPE [scrapbook] was born 1 on 20 Jan 1828 in North Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She died 2 on 18 Nov 1915 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She was buried on 21 Nov 1915 in City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. Lucretia married Aaron Freeman FARR Sr on 28 Jan 1855.

Lucretia was counted in a census 3 in 1870 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States. She was counted in a census 4 in 1900 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

This marriage was performed by Brigham Young, the prophet.

Lucretia Ball Thorp was born 20 January 1828 in North Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Lyman Thorp and Lucretia Ball. She died 18 November 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Aaron Freeman Farr, Sr. on 28 January 1855 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are both buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, Weber, Utah.

Olive Spangenberg Stum wrote the following, July 1953, taken from Aaron Farr's journal and from personal talks with her grandmother - The Life of Lucretia Ball Thorp Farr

In relating the history of my grandmother, Lucretia Ball Thorp Farr, I will go back to the parents of my grandmother of hwich I know very litter. Her father, Lyman Thorp, was born in North Haven, Connecticut, March 21, 1795 and lived there with his family consisting of at least several brothers who are mentioned in the journal. Lyman Thorp married Lucretia Ball who was born in Bethany, New Haven County, Connecticut July 9, 1800.

They were industrious and prosperous living in a large home with a basement where the winter food was stored, much of which consisted of sea food; oysters, clams and mussels stored in bins like we store potatoes, live lobsters and crabs were left to crawl around on the floor, large kegs of fish in brine were also stored and I presume dried fruits and vegitables as well.

To this couple three children were born - Margaret on September 9, 1819, Lucretia born January 20, 1838 and a son Charles. The father Lyman Thorp died August 18, 1852; it is not stated whether or not he became a member of the church. The widow Thorp was interested in the religion being taught in that part of the county by the Latter Day Saint missionaries, among them Aaron Frreman Farr, who was baoring there in 1853 and 1854 and who visited ofen in the home to preach the gospel. Sister Thorp or Widow Thorp as she was called was very kind to him, doing his wahing and cooking for him and even sewing. Grandfather Farr in his journal mentions a brother Cook buying him cloth for a pair of shirts and pair of garments for $2.36 which Widow Thorp made up for him.

Lucretial Ball Thorp was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, September 28, 1848, by Amos P. Stone of the 16th Quorum of the Seventies, her son Charles Lyman Thorp being baptized the same day. The daughter Lucretia was baptized in 1854 by E. H. Dair.

Soon after this the widow sold most of her possessions and with her three children moved to New York forom which place they sailed to St. Louis by way of New Orleans. At St. Louis they outfitted for Utah, also provided a complete outfit of ox teams for a poor family so that they could go to the valley with them. Captain
James Brown was in command of the company.

Young Lucretia walked almost every step of the way for St.Louis to Utah carrying with her a small stool on which she would sit and rest, having at times walked far ahead of the wagon company; she was then 16 years old and did not realize the dangers that could be lurking ahead for her. She lovingly cared for her mother who was ill nearly all that distanace and her sister Margaret who was an invalid, her brother Charles had charge of the ox teaams.

Grandmother told some instances that happened along the way. One day as the company rounded a bend in the road they came upon a band of Indian braves in full war paint, not an Indian child or woman to be seen anywhere. The braves had spread their blankets across the road; of course the saints knew what that meant - they wanted provisions and the chief made known to them that they wanted sugar, flour, tobacco and whatever they had. There was nothing to do but comply with their demands as each family gave of what they had; the braves being satisfied gathered up their blankets an started away. Soon from the neaby hills Indian squaws and children could be seen coming from behind rocks and trees, as was their custom; they had been hiding there. Had the saints not complied with the demands they prpobably would not have lived to reach Utah and their friends and loved ones who had already reached the valey.

Another incident she told was a young Dandy as they called one of the more properous young men of the company, who had tried to find favor with her. One day as she was walking far ahead of the company suddenly what she thought was an Indian blanket was thrown over her and she was grabbed by stout arms; she was too frightened to even cry out. It however turned out to be this young man who had been following her and had taken offhis long cloak (a cape which many of the men wore) and had thrown it over her just in fun. Grandmother didn't take it as a joke and would not speak to him all the rest of the trip.
They arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. 1854, the journey having taken six months due to Indian troubles and cholera quarantine.

Her brother Charles soon left for California to seek wealth in the gold fields and was never seen again by his family, for he was supposedly lost at sean while returning on board a ship that saild around the Horn (meaning the sourther end of South America), he being missed on a Sunday morning after going up on deck with his Bible to read. He carried considerable money or gold he ad accumulated during the "Gold Rush" (between 1847-1854). This information was given to his mother, Lucretia Thorp by the captain of the vessel, who said "he was probably washed overboard".

Not long after arriving in Utah grandmother became the second wife of Aaron Freeman Farr who she had known before leaving her Connecticut home' they were married in Salt Lake City by Brigham Young on Jan. 28, 1855 at the age of 17. The following year she accompanied him on a colonizing mission to Las Vegas, Arizona, returning that same fall. In 1857 she removed to Ogden, Utah. When Johnstons army was on the march and in the "move shouth" March 21 1858 she left Ogden with her only child a little boy named Charles Lyman Farr (who was born Nov. 20, 1856, in Salt Lake City) and cmaped with the main body of people on the Provo bottoms. Here she was called to part with her baby on June 10, 1858, burying him in Provo. When peace was restored she returned to Ogden where she resided all her life.

She was a very devoted wife and mother caring for her husband and her family consisting of sone son, William Freeman Farr, three daughter, Olive Estella Farr Spangenberg (my mother), Lucretia Rosabell Farr Hyde (wife of Dr. George E. Hyde), she bing the only living child presently of Aaron and Lucretia Farr; she is not 87 years old and resides in Ogden. Cordellia Ballow Farr Poulter who died in early womanhood, leaving her husband and two small sons whom grandmother cared for until their father remarried. She also cared for her mother until her death in Ogden, Sept. 11 1888, she being 88 years old; and also her invaled sister Margaret whom she cared for tenderly until she died Aug 7, 1895.

Lucretia Farr was a woman of many talents. She was a beautiful penman and taught school for a shot time, having had a good education for those early times. She was an excellent seamstress, her needlework was most beautiful, two of her most cherished pieces being a child's dress and a kerchief embroidered in eyelet of must intricate work; these are now int he State Relic Hall of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City. She was a very excellent cook and even for pioneer days all were welcome and were served the best that could be provided. She has often told of having but one poind of white sugar which she kept in a trunk, only to be served when very special guest were present, but nevertheless cakes would be made of molasses and soon the produce of their land was filling the table with good things to eat.

Grandfather was a miller in his early days and thus flour was provided for his family. He was very thrifty and he always had a lovely garden, his own pigs and chickens, also cows to provide plenty of milk, butter and cheese and also all good things the markets later afforeded where purchased and used to make living more enjoyable and were surely appreciated afer the years of toil and hard ships.
Grandmother loved nice things and grandfather was one to provide the best he could for her. Their first home in OGden was adobe consisting of three rooms and a lean-to kitchen for summer use located at 20th Street and Washington Ave. This was soon added to, a lulmber two story being built in front. In a few years a very fine lumber home was built directly north (1972 Washignton Ave.) and was furnished in the very height of fashion and where they lived happily the remaining years of their lives.

Lucretia Farr was a very faithful member in the church especially working int he Relief Society, occupying every office in that organization and was finally made presiden of the Ogden Third Ward Relief Society, holding this position for 24 years, taking charge of many large banquest and all the duties that position requires. She always attended fast meeting, usually taking me with her at one such meeting the Holy Spirit was so strong that one of the sisters talked in tongues and another interreted what she said. I was too young to remember what was said, but I have never forgotten the experience.

She died in Salt Lake City, Nove. 18, 1915 at the home of her daugher, Rose Hyde, where she had gone for a short visit. She left a fine posterity who will always revere her memory.

NOTE: There is one bit of history that must be addressed. It appears that there is a Marcus Ball Thorp on the Church Records as being the son of Lucretia Ball and Lyman Thorp. He is reported to be one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born June 12, 1822 at New Haven, Connecticut. Having become a member of the Church he left his native town in 1846 and joined the exiled saints at Winter Quarters. He arrived in Great Salt Lake Valley, July 1847 and returned to Winter Quarters later the same year with President Brigham Young. He came back in 1848 and the following year went to California where he secured what he thought would be enough money to bring his parents and family to Utah. This money he placed in a belt which he wore when he left California in 1851 but on the voyage he fell overboard and was drowned. His body and money wer not recovered. I also have a alternate date of January 19. 1849 was murdered in California. He was baptized in 1843, two years before Lucretia Ball Thorp but the Thorp family was well to do and even supplied a team for a less fortunate family so it does not make sense that he went to California for this reason.

Marcus was endowed 2 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo. He was sealed to parents Lucretia and Lyman on 16 Sep 1909. This date would be before Lucretia died in 1915. There is no record of marriage. The birth date of 1822 is possible as Margaret Jane was born in 1819 and Charles Lyman was not born until 1834. But he is not mentioned in the family history of Lucretia and his life is somewhat confused with the fate of Charles Lyman with the disappearance at sea. I guess it is possible that both could have suffered the same fate or maybe Charles died at sea and Marcus was murdered in California. 1850 Census shows the Thorp family with Lyman 57, Lucretia 50, Margaret 30, Charles H. 16 and Lucreita 12. Luman died August 16, 1852. The 1830-40 Census has i female 5-10 (Lucretia), 1 female 15-20 (Margaret), 1 female 30-40 (Lucretia) 1 male 10-15 (Charles) and 1 male 30-40 (Lyman). 1820 Census shows Lyman Thorp head of household 1 male 26-46, 1 female under ten, 1 female 16-26 and one female 26-45 (not sure who this woman staying with them could be. Both mother and mother-in-law would be older, could be older sister.

CENSUS: Age 39.

CENSUS: Age 62.

They had the following children.

  M i
Charles Lyman FARR 1 was born on 29 Nov 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 10 Jun 1858 in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States. He was buried in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.


Charles Lyman Farr was born November 29, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah the first born son of Aaron Freeman Farr, St. and Lucretia Ball Thorp. He was named after his grandfather Lyman Thorp and Lucretia's brother Charles who had been lost at sea. When he was four months old the family moved to Ogden, Weber, Utah into a three room adobe house.

When Johnston's Army was on the march and in the "move south" on March 21, 1858, Charles left Ogden with his family to the Provo Bottoms. The conditions were very difficult and on June 10, 1858 Charles died. He was one year, 7 months old. He is buried in Provo, Utah, Utah. Even though the Provo Cemetery had burials as early as 1848 there is no record of his burial there. During this early period graves were scattered about in various spots in Utah Valley, and aer not clearly identified today, especially in a area of much hardship and death.
  F ii Olive Estella FARR was born on 22 Jun 1859. She died on 19 Feb 1934.
  M iii William Freeman FARR was born on 16 Jan 1861. He died on 26 Dec 1941.
  F iv Cordelia Ballou FARR was born on 15 Mar 1864. She died on 26 Sep 1888.
  F v Lucretia Rosabell FARR was born on 17 Aug 1866. She died on 25 Sep 1957.

William Holmes WALKER [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 29 Aug 1820 in Peacham, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. He died 4, 5, 6 on 9 Jan 1908 in Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho, United States. He was buried on 12 Jan 1908 in Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho, United States. William married 7, 8 Olive Hovey FARR on 1 Nov 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

William Walker, autobiography, typescript, BYU, p.11 November 1, 1843, I married Olive Hovey Farr, daughter of Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. Myself and wife boarded at the [p.12] mansion six months, then we moved into a two-story brick house on Parley Street belonging to the Prophet, but I still continued to be in his employ. We had living with us five of my younger brothers and sisters and gave them a home for a year. My father then returned from his mission and soon he provided a home for them.

Taken from William Holmes Walker's Journal--Father joined Mormons, 1832.  To Far West, Missouri, 1834.  To Nauvoo, 1839.  Conversations with Joseph Smith.  Married.  Exodus from Nauvoo, 1846.  Mormon Battalion, 1846-47.  To Salt Lake City.  Mission to South Africa, 1852-57.  Mission president from 1855.  Return to Salt Lake City. Called to settle in Dixie, 1861.  Routine entries about family, Church activities, work, financial accounts.
Commments: #61. William was chosen as one of the presidents of the 57th Quorum of seventy.  From 1840 until the expulsion of the Saints from Illinois in 1846, he resided in Nauvoo, Illinois, whence he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Here he enlisted as a member of the famous Mormon Battalion, and crossed the great plains and deserts to the Pacific coast.  After serving his time as a soldier he made his way to Salt Lake City, where he arrived in the fall of 1847.  After residing in Salt Lake City for a number of years he moved to Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake county.  In 1852 he was called on a mission to South Africa, where he spent about five years laboring in the Cape of Good Hope and in the neighboring province on the east.  He worked both in the Logan and Salt Lake Temples.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.565
Walker, William H., a Patriarch in the Granite Stake of Zion, is the son of John Walker and Lydia Holmes, and was born in Peacham, Caledonia county, Vermont, Aug. 28, 1820. He was baptized in September, 1835, by Abraham Palmer, and ordained a Seventy by Benj. Clapp in 1846. Later, he was chosen as one of the presidents of the 57th quorum of Seventy. May 20, 1892, he was ordained a High Priest and a Patriarch by Pres. Joseph F. Smith. From 1840 till the expulsion of the Saints from Illinois in 1846, he resided in Nauvoo, Ill., whence he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here he enlisted as a member of the famous Mormon Battalion, and crossed the great plains and deserts to the Pacific coast. After serving his time as a soldier he made his way to Salt Lake City, where he arrived in the fall of 1847. After residing in Salt Lake City for a number of years he moved to Big Cottonwood, Salt Lake county, where he has continued to reside ever since. In 1852 he was called on a mission to South Africa, where he spent about five years laboring in the Cape of Good Hope and in the neighboring province on the east. During the past sixteen years he has keen engaged in Temple work both in the Logan and Salt Lake Temples, and together with his sisters he has performed ordinances for over ten thousand people.

William Holmes Walker
Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.192-196
The subject of this narrative was a member of the Mormon Battalion and virtually one of the pioneers of Utah. The son of John and Lydia Holmes Walker, he was born at Peacham, Caledonia county, Vermont, August 28, 1820. His parents were members of the Congregational church, and he was trained in all the tenets of the same. When, in the spring of 1832, his father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, William, who at that time was from home, living with an uncle and attending school, shared with his devout mother and other relatives the astonishment and disgust experienced by them on learning of what had taken place. John Walker, a carpenter by trade and something of a machinist, went soon after his baptism to Stanstead Plains, Canada, where he had charge of a manufacturing establishment, putting in improved machinery. During his absence his wife made a diligent and thorough investigation of Mormonism, with the result that she herself was converted. After her husband's return home, she and her children in 1834 accompanied him to Ogdensburg, New York, where there was an organized branch of the Church. They resided there three or four years, and in 1835 William, one of his brothers and two sisters embraced the faith.

In the spring of 1838 the Walkers with several other families left Ogdensburg for Western Missouri, where they arrived just as the anti-Mormon troubles were at their height. While traveling through the State they were surrounded by an armed mob who searched their wagons, robbed them of their rifles and ammunition and warned them that they would be killed if they went any farther. Terrified by these threats two families stayed behind, while the others continued on to Shoal Creek, camping five miles below Haun's Mill. William's father visited that ill-starred settlement in quest of information as to the true state of affairs, and was there when Comstock's murderous ruffians fell upon the defenseless settlers and massacred nearly a score. Mr. Walker was wounded, and while hiding under some slabs that projected over or leaned against the bank of the creek near the mill, witnessed the brutal butchery of the revolutionary veteran, Father McBride, who, while pleading for mercy, was hacked to pieces by a stalwart Missourian with an old corn-cutter. Refugees from the mills reported the massacre to the campers on Shoal Creek, who supposed Mr. Walker to be among the slain. To their great joy they learned to the contrary after moving their camp about one hundred miles, when William sought and found his sire and brought him back to his family and friends. In November, while temporarily occupying a log house, the Walkers, father and son, assisted President Joseph Young and family, refugees from Haun's Mill, a distance of a hundred and fifty miles, on their way to Illinois.

The Walker family left Missouri early in 1839 and settled near Quincy, Illinois, where the father obtained work at his trade, while his sons William and Lewis tilled a farm that he had rented. During his subsequent mission through the Middle States, it was their labor that supported the family. William Walker's first meeting with the Prophet [p.193] Joseph Smith, with whom he became very intimate, was in the spring of 1840, when he was sent by his father to transact some business with him at Nauvoo. He arrived at the Prophet's home about nine o'clock in the evening, just as the family were singing before the usual evening prayer; Emma Smith, the Prophet's wife, leading the melodious chant. "I thought," says he, "I had never heard such sweet, heavenly music, and I was equally impressed with the prayer offered by the Prophet."

William and his parents having moved to Nauvoo, he was welcomed into the Prophet's home, where he remained during the next three years as a member of the household. As early as January, 1841, if not earlier, the Prophet spoke to him about the principle of plural marriage, and in the spring of 1843, Father Walker being absent on a mission, Joseph asked and obtained William's consent to marry his sister Lucy. His sire subsequently sanctioned the proceedings. William says of the Prophet: "The more extensive my acquaintance and experience with him, the more my confidence increased in him. I worked in the hay field with him, when he assisted in mowing grass with a scythe, many a day putting in ten hours work. Very few if any were his superiors in that kind of labor. I was entrusted by him with important business. The Urim and Thummim was once in my charge for the time being. On one occasion when he was the mayor of Nauvoo, it became his duty to fine a negro for selling liquor in violation of the city ordinances. The negro begged for leniency, stating that his object in selling the liquor was to raise money to send for his family. The mayor would not shrink from his duty; he fined him seventy-five dollars, but added that if he would honor the law in future, he would make him a present of a horse to aid him in his purpose. The gift was gladly accepted and the required promise made. When the Mansion House was finished and furnished and the Prophet and his family moved into it, I had charge of it under his direction. In regard to his private life, as to purity, honesty, charity, benevolence, refinement of feeling and nobility of character, his superior did not exist on earth. An incident occurred at the Mansion House to illustrate his contempt for and detestation of anything low and vile. Not long after the house was opened as a hotel, a stranger came and registered his name. Just before supper he insulted one of the hired girls. The Prophet heard of it after the stranger had retired, and next morning met him as he came down from his room. 'Sir,' said he, 'I understand that you insulted one of the employes of this house last evening.' The fellow began to make all kinds of apologies, but the Prophet cut him short by telling him to get into his buggy and leave the place at once, and this in such unmistakable language and in such a tone as to almost make the man's hair stand on end. He offered to pay his bill, but his money was refused. 'I want you to get out,' said the indignant proprietor. 'I want none of your money, nor the money of any man of your stamp.' Thereupon the stranger made a hasty exit."

November 1st, 1843, witnessed the marriage of William Holmes Walker with Olive Hovey Farr, daughter of Winslow and Olive Hovey Freeman Farr. He and his wife boarded at the Mansion House for six months, and then moved into a two-story brick house on Parley Street, belonging to the Prophet. William's mother was now dead, his father was on a mission, and five of his younger brothers and sisters were living with him. He still continued in the Prophet's employ, loaded and hauled rock for the Temple and officiated as president of the young men's and young ladies' relief society, organized to supply the needs of the poor.

When the Prophet was about to go to Carthage to give himself up for trial, he sent William Walker to Burlington for an important witness, whose affidavit was secured and sent to Carthage by express. The same day it was returned to him with the request that he go again for the witness. He started immediately, rode all night, and while taking breakfast with George J. Adams at Augusta, heard the awful news of the massacre in Carthage jail. He returned to Nauvoo in time to meet the dead bodies of Joseph and Hyrum on their arrival there. In the fall of 1845 he assisted to quell the mobs that were burning Mormon property around Nauvoo, and during the remaining months of his residence there made preparations to accompany his people in their westward flight.

The date of his departure from Nauvoo was February 21, 1846. He crossed the Mississippi (two miles wide) on the ice, and joined the migrating Saints on Sugar Creek. The camp was so organized that all able-bodied men who could possibly be spared went ahead and took contracts for splitting rails, building fences, or any other work that could be had, in order to supply the camp with grain. Mr. Walker, with his brother-in-law, Aaron F. Farr and Lorenzo D. Young, went into northern Missouri to trade their horses for oxen, which were found much better than horses for the journey. From that time he was actively engaged in hauling supplies through the storms that beat upon the [p.194] travelers, almost incessantly, as they wended their way towards the Missouri river, where he arrived with the advance company about the middle of June.

Next came the call for the Battalion. "I enlisted," says Mr. Walker, "more as a necessity than as a volunteer. It was a heavy draft upon the camp, and it required much effort upon the part of President Young and others to meet the demand." He was in Company "B," Jesse D. Hunter, Captain. From Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe he suffered much with chills and fever, and experienced rather harsh treatment from some in command, who did not realize his weak condition and required service impossible for him to perform. Finally the medical examiner passed upon his case, excused him, and he was sent with the disabled portion of the Battalion to Pueblo, where he passed the winter. This detachment left Pueblo late in May, 1847. Mr. Walker with a few others went on in advance and overtook the Pioneers at Green river, from which point he returned with a number of them on horseback to meet his family in the following emigration. He rode for days barefooted, (his moccasins being worn out), with a handkerchief wrapped around the foot that was exposed to the sun. Near Fort Kearney he met his wife, who had driven two yoke of oxen most of the way from the Missouri river, and was now sick, worn out with fatigue. They arrived in Salt Lake valley on the first day of October.

His wagon box was his first abode, but he lost no time in going to the canyon for logs to build a house, into which he moved in December. "Aaron F. Farr and myself cut the logs and sawed the first lumber in Utah, and I made the first three-panel doors. I also worked on the first grist-mill, a corn cracker, run by water power, and built by Charles Crismon on City Creek. I then hewed timber and framed a saw mill for Heber C. Kimball. Subsequently I worked on Neff's flouring mill. I drew a lot one mile north of what is now called Holladay, and after getting the ground broke, sent my oxen back to the Missouri river to help the immigration. In 1848 I fought the crickets, and the next year moved my house out of the Fort onto my city lot in the Sixteenth ward. I traded with the Indians and gold diggers, the latter on their way to California, and at the same time cultivated my land. In November of that year my brother Edwin, a member of the Battalion, who had served in the second enlistment, arrived from California. In the Provo Indian campaign of February, 1850, I drove the old cannon called 'Long Range.' I was in the thick of the fight on Provo river and in the final combat at the head of Utah Lake, where the hostiles were almost annihilated. On the 28th of the following April, I married Mary Jane Shadding, and next day went to Farmington to build and open a farm. In the fall my father arrived from Winter Quarters. The next year I built a two-story house at Salt Lake City, and in December, with my father-in-law, Winslow Farr, and my brother-in-law, Aaron F. Farr, began opening a road, building bridges and hewing timber for a saw-mill in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Our mill was just ready to raise, and I had started for Salt Lake to get men to help us put it up, when I learned that I had been called on a mission to South Africa. Instead of taking out men to raise the mill, I took one out to purchase my interest therein."

Elder Walker started upon his mission about the middle of September, 1852, accompanied by Jesse Haven and Leonard I. Smith. He left his affairs in the hands of an Englishman named Hill, a bad man who had been recommended to him as a good one, and who wasted his substance, mistreated his family and absconded before his employer's return. While the latter and his companions were crossing the plains an attempt was made, presumably by Indians, to run off their horses, quite a numerous band, as they were traveling in company with many other Elders, bound for missions in various parts. They had just made camp one evening on the Platte, when a strange horse, saddled but riderless, came galloping in from the darkness. A powder horn and a tin cup were tied to the horn of the saddle, and every jump made by the horse produced a peculiar ring and rattle. The unusual noise frightened the other horses, and quick as a flash they started on a stampede and were chased for six miles before they could be checked and turned. Proceeding on their way the missionaries soon met a band of Pawnees, three thousand strong, who divided to the right and left and allowed them to pass, showing no signs of hostility, though they had burned the grass for a distance of a hundred and fifty miles.

At Kanesville Elder Walker made arrangements for the emigration of his youngest sister, Mary, the next season. He then went on to Illinois to visit his brother Lorin, who had married the eldest daughter of the martyred Patriarch Hyrum Smith. He spent two days with the Prophet's family, at Nauvoo, and was kindly received by them. Emma Smith had remarried, and was then Mrs. Major Bidamon. He found his brother at Macedonia, where also dwelt the Prophet's sisters, Catherine and Sophronia, both widows. [p.195] All were glad to see him. He assisted Lorin in his preparations to emigrate to Utah. At Washington, D. C., he visited both houses of Congress, by invitation of his friend, Delegate Bernhisel, and on the 16th of December sailed from New York, landing at Liverpool on the 3rd of January. Elder Walker had his first experience in public speaking at Preston, the birthplace of the British Mission. Having visited Wales and various parts of England, he sailed from London for the Cape of Good Hope on the 11th of February. Crossing the Equator, he and his party escaped the usual experience meted out to neophytes in Neptune's realm—i. e., a salt water douse, a lathering with tar and a shave with an iron hoop—by informing the sea-god, or the sailor impersonating him, that they were missionaries. A small present was accepted as a substitute for the usual ceremony of initiation.

Elders Walker, Haven and Smith landed at the Cape of Good Hope April 19, 1853. The usual storms were raging in that locality. They preached in Cape Town and other places and met with much opposition, being mobbed repeatedly and slandered almost incessantly. The first six months they baptized forty-five persons and organized two branches of the Church. In November Elder Walker visited the Eastern province, on the borders of Kaffirland, and at Beaufort baptized nine and organized a branch. He also held some interesting meetings at Grahamtown and other points, laboring arduously against great opposition, Subsequently he was joined by his companions. At the close of his ministry in that land two conferences had been established at Beaufort and Port Elizabeth. One of his converts was Charles Roper, a wealthy rancher at Wintberg, who, when the ship-owners formed a league refusing to carry Mormon emigrants out of the country, purchased with others a ship called the "Unity" and placed it at the disposal of the missionaries. Thereupon the ship-owners gave notice that they would carry all Mormon emigrants that wanted to go. Elder Walker had been sustained as president of the South African Mission, Elder Smith had been released to take the first company to Utah, and Elder Haven was on the point of sailing for Liverpool, to report progress to the Presidency of the European Mission, when a letter came from President Brigham Young honorably releasing them to return home.

Sailing from Cape Town November 27, 1855, their ship, the "Unity," on December 13 touched at St. Helena, where they viewed Napoleon's tomb and preached under the shade of some trees on one of the streets of the town. Subsequently Elder Walker preached on board, the captain and crew paying respectful attention. The ship arrived at the London docks, January 30, 1856. Elder Walker left it at Gravesend, and took train for London, thence proceeding to Liverpool, where he met in council with President Franklin D. Richards, Daniel Spencer, George D. Grant, William H. Kimball, John Kay, Thomas Williams, James Little, Edward Tullidge and others, and after reporting his mission, discussed with them the subject, "Wheelbarrow or Handcart Emigration." Late in February he sailed from Liverpool on the ship "Caravan," with a company of Saints presided over by Daniel Tyler, to whom he acted as first counselor; Edward Bunker and Leonard I. Smith being the other counselors. From New York, where they landed late in March, Elder Walker had charge of the company to Iowa City, which was reached early in April. While waiting the word to start across the plains he visited relatives and friends in Illinois, among them the venerable Lucy Smith, the Prophet's mother, who was nearing the end of her life. He assisted President Daniel Spencer in emigrational matters on the frontier, and was preparing to follow the handcart companies, with his brother Lorin and family, but found it impossible to secure teamsters that late in the season; it being about the first of October when he reached Winter Quarters. He therefore remained on the Missouri, and escaped the disaster that befell the companies on the plains. At the head of a company of emigrants he reached Salt Lake City September 1st, 1857, having been absent from home five years, lacking fifteen days.

Scarcely had he greeted his family when he was called to take part in the "Echo Canyon war." He was all ready to go, when he was assigned the duty of selecting and forwarding supplies to his comrades at the front. Returning from the move in July, 1858, he purchased a farm four miles west of Ogden. August 30th of that year was the date of his marriage to his third wife, Olive Louisa Bingham. He now added to agriculture the occupation of dairying. He also established a carding machine at Farmington, freighting the machinery from the East. He had barely put up his buildings for this industry when he was called upon a mission into Southern Utah.

In company with his wife Olive H. he started upon this mission in May, 1862. At Toquerville, where they settled, he planted cotton, sugar cane and grape vines. In July he returned to Salt Lake to procure a cotton gin, but found no machinist who could make one. He next engaged in freighting from California and the East. In the spring [p.196] of 1863 he sent two four-mule teams to the States, with baled cotton for William S. Godbe, his wagons bringing back new card clothing for his carding machine. With four of his teams his brother Edwin freighted between Salt Lake, Boise City and Southern California. In 1864 he and his little son Simeon went to the Missouri river, taking passengers and bringing back freight. At Deseret he put up a flouring mill and in Oak Creek canyon a saw mill. On April 24, 1865, he married his fourth wife, Harriet Paul, who went to "Dixie" to live, his wife Olive L. going to Deseret. In the spring of 1866 he arrived at Salt Lake City from the south, with two tons of cotton for President Young's Deseret Mills. He was now released from the Dixie mission, sold out his interests there, and concentrated his energies upon his mills.

In the fall of 1872 Mr. Walker sold to the Utah Central railroad company a lot in Salt Lake City for eight thousand dollars, and purchased with the greater part of the proceeds the Farr estate on Big Cottonwood, resolving to turn his attention to farming and initiate his sons in that line. A serious accident befell him about this time, a young horse rearing up and striking its hoof on his shoulder, knocking the bone down into the armpit. Drs. Bernhisel and Benedict reduced the dislocation, but it was six months before the patient could raise his hand to the top of his head. In June, 1874, he became interested in a stamp mill at Ophir, and for a short time was business manager of the concern. In March, 1875, he began building his first house at Big Cottonwood, where he afterwards built two others. On completing the structure he fitted up a room as a school, hired a teacher and had fifteen of his children taught there. The neighbors also sent their children to this school, which was quite successful. In February, 1876, he was elected senior school trustee for the district and during his term of office a new school house was erected, for which he took the contract, advancing means for the materials. He also made the desks and other furniture, did the painting and varnishing, and provided a large bell for the cupola of the building. His last act as trustee was to have the school-house grounds fenced, leveled, sown to grass and planted with shade trees; also to arrange for the care and cultivation of the same during the next five years. William Walker was one of the first stockholders in Z. C. M. I., and also took stock in the Sixteenth ward co-operative store. He is now a stockholder in the Utah Sugar Company.

In April, 1884, he accompanied four of his married sons to Idaho, where they purchased and took up lands at Lewisville. There he settled with a portion of his family, and with his sons William A. and Don C. opened a small store, which was afterwards closed out to Z. C. M. I. He left Utah just in time to escape the beginning of the anti-polygamy crusade, but soon found that he was not much safer in Idaho, since the crusade began there about the same time. To avoid the prowling deputies he went into retirement for a season, camping out in the woods in an ingeniously planned retreat which he finally had to abandon as danger drew nearer.

During the winter of 1885–6, and at intervals during the next five years, he worked in the Logan Temple, where his sisters, Lucy, Jane and Mary assisted him in sacred labors for their dead ancestors. Leaving Logan in February, 1891, he worked during the next few weeks on the Salt Lake County Seminary, making a donation of half his labor to the institution. He was then engaged for six months on the Salt Lake Temple, laying floors, donating half his labor in like manner. He had the same tools that he had used on the Nauvoo Temple fifty years before. In July, 1893, he began working in the Salt Lake Temple, and until recently was regularly engaged there.

On May 20, 1892, the worthy veteran, a Seventy since December, 1844, and one of the presidency of the Fifty-seventh quorum since July 27, 1869, was ordained a High Priest and Patriarch, under the hands of Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, the latter pronouncing the ordination. He still resides at Holladay, whence he reported himself in 1897 to the Utah Jubilee Commission, and from them received due recognition as one of the pioneer founders of the commonwealth. [p.197]

Olive Hovey FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2, 3 on 8 Mar 1825 in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. She died 4, 5 on 8 Dec 1915 in Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho, United States. Olive married 6, 7 William Holmes WALKER on 1 Nov 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Birth year in Dave Farr's book "Winslow and Olive Farr" is listed as 1824

DEATH: Died possibly on the 12th

Marriage Notes:

Married by Joseph Smith Jr.


William CLAYTON [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 17 Jul 1814 in Penwortham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. He died 3, 4 on 4 Dec 1879 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He was buried on 7 Dec 1879 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. William married Diantha FARR on 9 Jan 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

Recorded the Revelation on Celestial Marriage.

Places of Residence: Clayton, William (Male) Manchester, Lancashire, ENG Zarahemla, IA, USA   9/00/1840; Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA 7/24/1847; UT, USA

Vocations: Clayton, William (Male) Rifle Co. Member, Secretary & Treasurer, Territorial Auditor, Bookkeeper, 1842; Clerk at the Joseph Smith Store in Nauvoo

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.811
CLAYTON, WILLIAM (son of Thomas Clayton and Ann Critchlow of Manchester, Eng.). Born July 14, 1814, Preston, Lancashire, Eng. Came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.

Clayton, William (Male)William kept a journal which the original is located at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.  A copy of his journal is located in the Historical Department of the Church.   William was a missionary in England in 1840.   William was a high counselor in 1841.   William was a stake president in Utah.

Comments: #21. William was recorder and clerk of the Nauvoo Temple in 1842.   William was 2nd counselor to Joseph Fielding, the president of the England mission.   William was clerk of the high council in Iowa, July 1841.   William crossed the plains October 21, 1847.

Comments: #31. William came to Utah with the Brigham Young Company.   William's family home was in Salt Lake City.

William was one of the original pioneers of Utah and recorded many important events which occurred on the journey.   William was one of the 1st to embrace the gospel in England.   In 1842 William succeeded Willard Richards as clerk to the Prophet Joseph Smith.  William is the author of the Mormon hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints."  William returned to Winter Quarters in 1847 with Pres. Brigham Young.  William served as treasurer of Z.C.M.I., Territorial.  Recorder of Marks and Brands, and Territorial Auditor of Public Accounts.  The latter office he held until the time of his death.  William, soon after baptism was ordained to the Priesthood and sent out to labor as a missionary.   In March 1838 William was appointed to act as 2nd counselor to Pres. Joseph Fielding, which position he occupied until the arrival of the Twelve in 1840.  William quit his temporal business October, 1838, to give himself wholly to the ministry.   He soon commenced preaching and baptizing in Manchester.   Eighteen months later (April 15, 1840), he reported 240 members in the branch he had built up in that city.  William was honorably released from his missionary labors.   William emigrated to America, sailing from Liverpool, England in the ship "North America," September 8, 1840 and arrived in Nauvoo December of the same year.  He located temporarily on the west side of the Mississippi river.  William was chosen clerk of the High Council in Iowa, July 1841.  William was clerk to the Prophet Joseph Smith.  He was present when Joseph Smith received the revelation on celestial marriage, and was an intimate associate, a tried and trusted friend of the Prophet, to whom he continued to act as private secretary up to the time of the latter's martyrdom.  William transcribed the revelation on celestial marriage and other revelations, under the Prophet's dictation and direction.   William was a prominent figure in the "Camps of Israel." William served for several years as treasurer of Z.C.M.I.   For many years he was Territorial recorder of marks and brands.   At the time of his death, the Deseret News spoke of William saying:  "He was a man of sterling integrity, remarkable ability, a faithful latter-day Saint, and a good and useful citizen, whose death, though a happy relief from his sufferings, was felt deeply by hosts of personal friends."

William and his wife, Margaret were married by Joseph Smith.William and his wife, Alice were married by Heber C. Kimball.   William and his wife, Sarah Ann were married by Brigham Young.


The history and far-reaching effects of the well-loved hymn "Come, Come Ye Saints" are disscussed in this paper by Paul E. Dahl.

The hymn "All Is Well," or "Come, Come, Ye Saints" as it is commonly referred to, composed on Locust Creek in April 1846, has an interesting history. Although the song was popular with the Mormon pioneers, obscurities in its history need clarification. There have been some misconceptions about the motivation for composing the hymn. Finally, the exact location of the Mormon camp on Locust Creek has never been identified, creating a question as to whether the song was composed in Iowa or Missouri. This paper will examine these problems in an effort to increase the reader's understanding of the history of this great hymn that was a marching song for the Mormon pioneers and is a hymn sung today by Mormons around the world as well as by members of other faiths.

The Composer

William Clayton, the composer of "Come, Come, Ye Saints," was one of thousands of exiles forced from their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois. In early spring of 1846 this group moved westward across Iowa en route to a new, more tolerant home. William, an early convert to Mormonism in Great Britain, was baptized by Heber C. Kimball in the River Ribble on 21 October 1837 and served as a counselor in the British mission presidency. On 8 September 1840 he and his family left their beloved England to make a new home in Nauvoo.

The Nauvoo years were busy ones for William. He served as a clerk for the Church and "was necessarily thrown constantly into the company" of Joseph Smith. Later he was recorder in the Nauvoo Temple.

These days were to be short-lived, however, for on 27 February 1846, unfriendly "gentile" neighbors forced him and numerous other Mormons to leave Nauvoo. For the journey west, Brigham Young appointed him clerk for the entire "Camp of Israel," an appointment that gave William extra assignments in addition to caring for his family. He was also involved in playing concerts with the camp band at the various settlements as the pioneers traveled west.

Because the first day of the journey was extremely cold, they traveled with difficulty only seven and one-half miles into the bleak Iowa prairie. The weather in Iowa that year was miserable for pioneer travel. Of the approximately ninety days spent in transit from the Mississippi to the Missouri, George A. Smith records in his diary that they had "thirty-four days of storm, either snow or rain. This was one of the wettest springs that Iowa had had or was to have for some years to come." The bad weather affected the health of these pioneers, not only bringing on sickness but also making recovery difficult. The following journal entry by William Clayton is typical of their miseries: "I have been sick again all day especially towards night. I was so distressed with pain it seemed as though I could not live."

No doubt adding to his distress was the necessity of leaving the youngest of his four wives, Diantha, in Nauvoo. Diantha, the daughter of Winslow Farr, was married to William Clayton on 9 January 1845, in Nauvoo, by Heber C. Kimball. When the remainder of the family left for Iowa, seventeen-year-old Diantha was expecting her first child and was only a month away from delivery. She was therefore in no condition to face the hardships of the journey. It is difficult to perceive the frustration and turmoil that William had during the several months after leaving Nauvoo. The terrible weather and living conditions, plus a large family to care for—including three wives, five children, and his mother—added greatly to these frustrations. He was particularly concerned about Diantha and frequently sent her letters.

Diantha, it appears, was also lonely for her husband. In a letter of 16 March she writes:

My Beloved but absent William

It rejoised my heart to heare a word from you but it would have given me more joy to have had a line from you but I am thankful for a little you know that is the way to get more.

To tell you I want to see you is useless yet true you are constantly in my mind by day and I dream about you almost every night, as to my helth it is about the same as when you left onely a little more so I often wish you had taken your house a long for it looks so lonesome it seems a long time since I saw you but how much longer it will be before I can have the priviledge of conversing with you face to face it is yet unknown to me father is doing as fast as he can he wants to get away soon after conference if possible Mother sends her best respects to you, often says how lonesome it seems dont you think Wm will come to night I expect it would cheer her heart as well as mind to hear your voice once more, dear Wm write as often as you can send, for one line from you would do my heart good.

I must draw to a close for I am in haste
I will try to compose myself as well as I can. I never shall consent to have you leave again.

Farewell, Farewell

A New Hymn is Composed

April 15 found the camp located at Locust Creek, about one-half mile west of the middle fork of Locust Creek. However, the exact location of this camp has not, to date, been positively identified, though it is known to have been near the present-day Iowa-Missouri state line, which has a history of changes and disputes from 1816 to 1895. Some evidence suggests that the camp was located just south of the present-day state line in Putnam County, Missouri. William Clayton records in his journal on 15 April that he spent the previous night on watch and was exceedingly frustrated because the cattle and horses were breaking into the tents. This day, however, brought him good news. The day before, Charles Decker had arrived from Nauvoo with a large packet of letters and messages for the camp. One of the letters, to a Brother Pond, noted that Diantha had delivered a "fine fat boy" on 30 March but "was very sick with ague and mumps."

It appears that maybe two women received this information from the Pond letter and then, in turn, passed the news on to William. Helen Mar Whitney, wife of Horace Whitney, records the event:

As I learned, through the mail, that Wm. Clayton was the father of a child by his wife, Diantha Farr, who was left with her parents in Nauvoo. I bore the tidings to Wm., whose delight knew no bounds, and that evening Horace, myself and a number were invited over to their camp, Wm. being one of the band, whose encampment was only a short distance from ours, and which event Horace mentions thus: "In the evening there was a grand christening held at Bro. Clayton's camp, in celebration of the birth of his child in Nauvoo."

William Clayton, in his journal, says he received the "good news" in the morning from Ellen Kimball and went immediately to Pond's camp. Brother Pond then read him the letter telling about William's wife and new son. William also records that after hearing the news he composed a new song, "All is Well." His complete journal entry for this date reads as follows:

Wednesday, 15th. Last night I got up to watch, there being no guard. The cattle and horses breaking into the tents and wagons. I tarried up then called S. Hales and Kimball. This morning Ellen Kimball came to me and wishes me much joy. She said Diantha has a son. I told her I was afraid it was not so, but she said Brother Pond had received a letter. I went over to Pond's and he read that she had a fine fat boy on the 30th ult., but she was very sick with ague and mumps. Truly I feel to rejoice at this intelligence but feel sorry to hear of her sickness. Spent the day chiefly reading. In the afternoon President Young came over and found some fault about our wagons, etc. In the evening the band played and after we dismissed the following persons retired to my tent to have a social christening, viz. William Pitt, Hutchinson, Smithies, Kay, Egan, Duzett, Redding, William Cahoon, James Clayton and Charles A. Terry and myself. We had a very pleasant time playing and singing until about twelve o'clock and drank health to my son. We named him William Adriel Benoni Clayton. The weather has been fine but rains a little tonight. Henry Terry's horses are missing and have been hunted today but not found. This morning I composed a new song—"All is well." I feel to thank my heavenly father for my boy and pray that he will spare and preserve his life and that of his mother and so order it so that we may soon meet again. O Lord bless thine handmaid and fill her with thy spirit, make her healthy that her life may be prolonged and that we may live upon the earth and honor the cause of truth. In the evening I asked the President if he would not suffer me to send for Diantha. He consented and said we would send when we got to Grand River.

Thus we have the setting for the composition of the hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints," variously referred to as "the hymn that helped domesticate the American wilderness," "the hymn that went around the world," "the Mormon signature hymn," "the favorite hymn of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Mormons around the world," and a hymn "worthy to be classed among the great hymns of Christian literature."

Commemorating the Birth of a Son

Clayton's journal entry seems to indicate that the new song was written to commemorate the birth of his new son and the deliverance of his wife through the perils of childbirth. A tradition which is in error, however, has developed within the Church relative to the origin of that hymn. The common misconception claims that Brigham Young came to William Clayton, who was recognized as one of the capable musicians within the Church during his time, and asked him to write a hymn that would strengthen and encourage the members of the camp. A typical example of this account comes from an early lesson manual for the women of the Church:

It was at Locust Creek, Iowa, that President Brigham Young, feeling great anxiety, because there were murmurings in the camp of Israel, called Elder William Clayton aside, and said, "Brother Clayton, I want you write a hymn that the people can sing at their camp-fires, in the evening; something that will give them succor and support, and help them to forget the many troubles and trails of the journey."

Elder Clayton withdrew from the camp, and in two hours returned with the hymn familiarly known as, "Come, come ye Saints." His personal testimony is to the effect that the Spirit of the Lord rested upon him during the time of its composition, and that the hymn was written under the power and inspiration of the Lord.

No support has been found for this early tradition. It certainly is not included in Clayton's own journal; the long-held Clayton family tradition does not support it; and a letter written by Heber J. Grant, while serving as the seventh President of the Church, rejects it. President Grant, in a letter dated 28 March 1923 to Victoria C. McCune, a daughter of William Clayton, makes the following comment:

Elder Frank Penrose brought me a carbon copy of a letter dated July 21, 1920, written by yourself to Lillie T. Freeze, with reference to the hymn, "Come, Come ye Saints."

I was very glad to have this information regarding the writing of the poem. I had heard that the poem was written at the special request of President Brigham Young, at Winter Quarters. I do not know where I read or where I heard, at this late date, that President Young requested your father to go and write a hymn that would encourage and bless the Saints on their journey from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake Valley, but I have made this announcement time and time again in public, but of course shall do so no more.

The Hymn Grows In Popularity

William Clayton's "new song" appears to have gained rapid popularity with the members of the Church, for by 1851 it was included in a hymn book published by the Church. Another tradition referred to by numerous writers is that the song was sung by pioneer groups at evening camp fires to give them great encouragement in combating the many troubles and trails of the journey. But this writer has not seen any reference to Clayton's hymn recorded in any original pioneer journals or writings that he has studied.

One of the most authentic accounts we have of the inspiration evoked by this song is from a secondary source. Heber J. Grant shares a testimony given by his father-in-law, Oscar Winters, while Brother Winters was visiting at the Grant home:

Brother Grant, I do not believe that the young people today fully appreciate what a marvelous inspiration it was to the Saints in crossing the plains to sing, almost daily, the hymn, "Come, Come Ye Saints."

Brother Winters then related the following incident:

One night, as we were making camp, we noticed one of our brethren had not arrived, and a volunteer party was immediately organized to return and see if anything had happened to him. Just as we were about to start, we saw the missing brother coming in the distance. When he arrived, he said he had been quite sick; so some of us unyoked his oxen and attended to his part of the camp duties. After supper, he sat down before the campfire on a large rock, and sang in a very faint but plaintive and sweet voice, the hymn, "Come, Come Ye Saints." It was a rule of the camp that whenever anybody started this hymn all in the camp should join, but for some reason this evening nobody joined him; he sang the hymn alone. When he had finished, I doubt if there was a single dry eye in the camp. The next morning we noticed that he was not yoking up his cattle. We went to his wagon and found that he had died during the night. We dug a shallow grave, and after we had covered his body with the earth we rolled the large stone to the head of the grave to mark it, the stone on which he had been sitting the night before when he sang:

"And should we die before our journey's through
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow too;
With the just we shall dwell.
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
O how we'll make this chorus swell—
All is well! All is well!"

President Grant concludes by noting that there were tears in his father-in- law's eyes when Brother Winters finished relating the incident.

A most unusual account pertaining to this song is reported to have come to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from an old Indian chief who claimed he heard about the incident from his father:

Many, many moons ago my people were on the warpath. We hated the palefaces. We held council and decided to kill everyone. A band of palefaces were going west. They had almost reached the Rocky Mountains. I was the chief of 1,000 young braves. That night silently we waited on a mountain pass for these people, which were led by Brigham Young. There were braves with bows and arrows behind every rock and tree, waiting to pounce down upon the palefaces. The pioneers camped for the night and prepared dinner. The big bonfire was burning brightly, and the palefaces danced around the fire. Everyone then sat down and began singing, "Come, Come, Ye Saints." I gave the signal, but our fingers were like stone—not one arrow was shot. We mounted our horses and rode back to camp. We knew the Great Spirit was watching over the palefaces. This is your song; it was your forefathers' song and is my song every night before I go to bed. It brings the Great Spirit near to me and makes me and my people happy.

A more recent account of the popularity and effect of this song comes from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's European tour in 1955. At their first stop in Glasgow, Scotland, the choir sang "Come, Come, Ye Saints." "Midway in the program, after 'Come, Come, Ye Saints' the applause became so tumultuous, even to stamping, that it was necessary to repeat this hymn before proceeding with the concert."

A current choir member, Dr. Calvin R. Brown, who as a young man went with the choir on that European tour, relates the following:

"I first joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1944 at age 17. A year later I found myself in Bremen, Germany, a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. infantry. One Sunday morning during Christmas, I was alone by the great Dom in downtown Bremen, viewing with horror the total destruction of that beautiful city. Suddenly I heard the unmistakable strains of 'Come, Come, Ye Saints' in German drifting across the bombed out ruins. With great nostalgia and anticipation, I followed the sounds up some creaky stairs to a Sporthalle behind the great cathedral. When I opened the door, the singing stopped as all faces turned to me, noticing my uniform. Having experienced the most severe persecution all through the war, they were obviously frightened by my appearance. I tried to calm them and then began speaking in what they described as 'German without accent.' It must have been the gift of tongues. They considered me some kind of messenger delivering them from the extended period of darkness that they had suffered under Hitler. We then sang 'Come, Come, Ye Saints' together. I never hear it sung without remembering those tearful faces that day. The song changed my life."


More that a century and a third has passed since William Clayton identified himself as the composer of this "new song." However, its popularity has spread far beyond the camp fires of those Mormon pioneers and even beyond the singing by present-day Mormons in their various worship meetings. The Tabernacle Choir is widely recognized for its rendition of the great hymns of the plains, receiving requests that it be included in every broadcast. People of different faiths in many nations now thrill to its sound as do the Mormons. The song has been translated into many languages and is sung by Mormons and non-Mormons around the world. It is published, by permission, in two public school music series one of the ten best American hymns, comparing favorably with two of the great hymns of the world—France's "La Marseilaise" and Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." It is one of the few hymns to have a special display, in its honor, in a non-Mormon museum at Corydon, Iowa, most likely only a few miles from the spot where the hymn was composed. The hymn has even been publicly recognized by a president of the United States. In a speech given in Salt Lake Tabernacle on 27 November 1978, President Jimmy Carter said:

I thought about the early Mormons coming across this country, singing a famous hymn . . . "Come, Come, Ye Saints." Only a deep faith could let the words of that song—"All is well"—ring out. In times when you and your forefathers were persecuted and driven one from another, [when you] crossed this land looking for freedom and a chance to worship in your own way, when perhaps you knew that you were about to die, when drought and thirst affected you, and still the song rang out, "All is well!"—this is indeed a demonstration of faith and a reaffirmation of hope.

Although William Clayton did not know it at the time, he immortalized his name when he composed the stirring words of his "new song" that spring day on Locust Creek. "Come, Come, Ye Saints" became a song of inspiration for the Mormon pioneers as they journeyed across the plains during the succeeding years, and it still stirs the hearts of Latter-day Saints, as well as those of other faiths, when it is rendered "around the world."

Diantha FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 12 Oct 1828 in Charleston, Orleans, Vermont, United States. She died 3, 4 on 11 Sep 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States from of dropsy. Diantha married William CLAYTON on 9 Jan 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States.

An excerpt from:
Biography of Diantha Farr Clayton by Sharon Jeppson
Young and beautiful, Diantha Farr would become the fifth wife of William Clayton. Diantha was a teenager and would eventually marry in this city which would soon be renamed Nauvoo, the beautiful. Even at this early date, it must have been apparent she was becoming a very attractive young woman. It seems she quickly became popular and had her share of lively friends. Joseph Smith III made an interesting observation of Diantha, stating she was a very beautiful woman with whom Chauncey Higbee had become enamored. Chauncey was the son of Judge Elias Higbee and the brother of Francis. Joseph Smith III notes that Diantha was not attracted to Chauncey and later became a polygamist wife. (3, pp. 27-32, 38)

Diantha was among the first women in this dispensation to accept and enter into plural marriage. There can be no doubt that she first obtained a testimony of this principle before entering into a marriage arrangement so different from what her tender heart had been taught from childhood.  It is also evident that she felt a deep love for William. A brief description of the Clayton family as it was constituted when she married into it might assist with understanding the struggles this very young, sensitive girl occasionally had living this new doctrine on a daily basis.

Diantha was young, just 16 when she married William, and quite naturally she delighted in the youthful activities of an attractive teenage girl living in Nauvoo. William was fourteen years older, methodical, and of a much more serious turn of mind. He had held very responsible positions in the church and by this time had quite a growing family. He was British, as were all of his other wives, and Diantha was a daughter of New England. This may explain the discomfort he noted in his diary with a few of her young friends expressing his opinion that at times Diantha was too “gay and trifling.” Perhaps the real problem was the difference in their ages rather than a lack of wisdom on Diantha's part. On a Sunday in August of 1844, William took occasion sit Diantha down and talk seriously with her about the gospel. That day he commented in his journal, “She seems to be true and faithful.” Whatever concerns William harbored, they were put to rest, for very soon his ardent admiration of Diantha was not to be squelched, and she found her heart beginning to turn toward him, though not without a stumbling block or two to be overcome. (1, p. 199) and (2, p. 142)

By December of 1844, William's feelings of admiration had apparently progressed to the point that he asked Heber C. Kimball to approach Brigham Young for permission to marry Diantha. This permission was granted on December 5th, and Heber C. Kimball was appointed to unite the couple. Diantha herself had not yet consented to the marriage, but that night a hopeful William wrote, “I feel humbly grateful for this grant. And feel to ask the father in the name of Jesus to give me favor in her eyes and the eyes of her parents that I may receive the gift in full.” (2, p. 152)

As Christmas approached, an optimistic William continued to earnestly press his suit, but to his frustration, pretty Diantha vacillated. By December 27th, when her father gave William his personal consent for the marriage, she was busy eyeing young Franklin Cutler. A determined William was not to be dissuaded, however, and as he pondered his desires for the upcoming year, he yearningly wrote, “I have a good prospect of adding another crown to my family.” He continued to pepper his diary with concerns and prayers for her welfare, and he continued his frequent appearances on the Farr doorstep. Sometime, at the very end of December or the first part of January, William's anxious moments came to an end, and Diantha consented to give him her whole heart for all of eternity. From William's writings, it seems that she was as in love as he was.

On the evening of January 9th, 1845, Winslow and Olive Farr prepared for the marriage of their youngest daughter, which was to take place in the family's two-story red brick home. The Farr family gathered together, including Diantha's brother Lorin and his wife Nancy and her sister Olive with her husband William Walker. Though they lived just through the wall in the other half of the Farr home, Aaron and his wife did not attend. The reason has not been recorded.

At 7:30 P.M., William Clayton and Heber C. Kimball arrived. (1, p. 197-199) First Diantha's parents were sealed together, followed by the marriage of William and Diantha, to which all of her family present consented. Wonderful blessings were promised her, including a posterity that would become as “numerous as the sands on the seashore.” William departed an hour later for his own house, leaving her with her parents and her dreams. That night, however, his thoughts were with her, and he recorded, “May she never violate her covenant, but may she with her companion realize to the full all the blessings promised. And may there never [be] the first jar or unkind feeling toward each other exist to all eternity.”  (2, pp. 154-155)

Diantha was the first member of her family to enter into plural marriage. Her father would follow a year later, eventually taking five additional wives. Her brothers Aaron and Winslow would each marry four wives, Lorin would have six, and her sister, Olive Hovey Walker, would see her husband sealed to three more women.(10)  At the time of their marriage, as noted earlier, William Clayton had three other wives, and he would take no more until after Diantha's death. (2, p. lxix) and (10)

Three days later, she spent the night at the Clayton home. The next morning, William wrote, “This A.M. I had some talk with D[iantha] in bed. All things seemed to go right.” On January 14th he wrote, “Talked...with D[iantha] and was with her until 12 ½ [P.M.] and accomplished the desire of my heart by gaining victory over her feelings. May the Lord bless her until her cup shall run over and her heart be pure as gold.” On Sunday, January 26th, they missed church and spent the day together (2, pp. 155-156). She continued her visits to the Clayton home, interspersed with frequent visits from William to the Farrs, where Diantha continued to live. She was still attending school, and the principle of polygamy was not yet generally known, though rumors about the practice were beginning to be whispered throughout Nauvoo.

The difficulties faced by those in this first generation of saints to enter into plural marriage can well be imagined. They loved their families deeply and most really wanted to extend this love to each new wife that joined them, but inevitably there were struggles in the day-to-day practice of this principle. Though Ruth and Margaret welcomed Diantha into the family, they were naturally close as sisters, and, as the Moon family was already living with the Claytons, the two women were easily able to continue living together with their husband under the same roof. Diantha was very young and very beautiful. It would not be unusual if, with all of their warmth and good intentions, they felt a little anxiety about her addition to their family. For her part, Diantha began to feel that her husband's other wives did not trust her, and she struggled with jealousy for the rest of her life.

Diantha's parents always happily welcomed William. In February, when Diantha tarried unusually late before coming home from school, Olive sent for William, and he visited with her until his young wife arrived at about 7:30 P.M.  That night he recorded, “She grows more and more endearing.” By late summer, Diantha was pregnant. (1, pp. 198-200)

Despite her love for her husband, Diantha struggled with uncontrollable emotional outbursts when she was upset, escalating at times into what William called “fit[s] of mental derangement.” In July she was upset about something that had transpired during a visit to the Clayton home. William stopped by her house, and it all came out as they walked and talked together. By the time the two returned to the Farr home, Diantha had worked herself into a frenzy.  In an attempt to calm her, William and her mother forced her into bed, where she began to toss and rave as if she were in great pain. It took William's full strength holding her hands to prevent her from tearing out her hair. Finally, at 10:30 P.M., after struggling with her for fully 45 minutes, Diantha's mother called to her father for assistance.  He came down and gave her a blessing, rebuking the evil spirit that raged within her, and she immediately calmed down and fell into a gentle sleep.

Soon thereafter, she appeared to be talking with departed Saints on the other side of the veil, answering their questions about loved ones they had left behind.  Prominent among those with whom she conversed were the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum. Her experience lasted about two hours, and then she expressed a desire to hurry back home as she said her time had not yet come to remain. William recorded that she appeared to be overjoyed throughout the entire experience with “a pleasant smile... which continued after she awoke.” He further noted, “It was one of the most interesting and sweet interviews I ever witnessed, and a very good spirit seemed to prevail all the time.” Much relieved, he left for home about 1 A.M. The next day Diantha had no recollection of the events of the night before. To William's concerned eye, she appeared frail and exhausted from her exertions of the night before. (2, pp. 173-175)

Just a few months prior to William and Diantha's marriage, a great change had occurred in Nauvoo that brought profound sorrow to the populace. On June 27 of 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum had been murdered at Carthage Jail.  Much has been written concerning this tragic event. Suffice it now to say that peace was taken from Nauvoo as the strength of the wicked persecutors of the Saints intensified and the atrocities committed against church members increased. It quickly became apparent that the Saints were to be forced to leave their beloved city, which they had raised up, on the banks of the Mississippi. They struggled to quickly complete the beautiful temple located high on the hill, for they desired to receive the sacred blessings that were available for them only within its holy walls. William, Diantha, and the rest of the Clayton family would have been part of those efforts.

The Claytons were among those who partook of the sacred blessings within the temple walls prior to the final dedication. On December 29, 1845, William escorted Diantha, who was pregnant and not feeling well, through the endowment ceremony. Almost a month later, on January 26th, 1846, Ruth, Margaret, and Diantha entered the temple with William to be sealed to him for time and all eternity. Brigham Young officiated. All had been sealed to him earlier in various homes in Nauvoo, but there must have been a most sacred, sweet feeling as they stood together in white and had the promises affirmed again in that holy place. (1, p. 200) This was the second anointing for all four of them. The reason for the absence of Alice and Jane, William's 3rd and 4th wives, is not known.  Alice as well as Jane would later divorce him. After the sacred proceedings, Margaret tarried in the temple until morning, while William escorted Ruth and Diantha home. (2, p. 197)

As the bitter cold Illinois winter lingered, the mobs increased their pressure on the struggling Saints. The Saints had hoped to be able to delay starting west until early spring, but that was not to be.  The first groups of pioneers crossed the Mississippi in February of 1846. With them was William Clayton. Accompanying him were three of his wives and his four surviving children.  It was the 27th of February. It is hard to imagine how he must have felt with the heavy responsibilities facing him, not only as a husband and father, but also as a priesthood-holder with significant, time-consuming, official duties in the Church. Left behind in the care of her mother was Diantha, just seventeen, and due to deliver her first baby in a month.


The separation was not easy for either of them. Diantha surely worried about William and the rest of the family who would be facing harsh winter weather, bitter wind, cold rains, and mud with only thin shelter to protect them. William was worried about Diantha who was young and not physically strong. He was unhappy to have to leave without her, but he feared for her health and for their baby. He gave vent to his feelings and assured her of his love and kept her informed of the fate of the family in the frequent letters that he sent back to Nauvoo.

Diantha, her own heart aching with loneliness, penned a tender letter to William dated March 16, 1846.

“My Beloved but absent William,

“It rejoised my heart to heare a word from you but it would have given me more joy to have had a line from you but I am thankful for a little you know that is the way to get more.
To tell you I want to see you is useless yet true you are constantly in my mind by day and I dream about you almost every night, as to my helth it is about the same as when you left onley a little more so I often wish you had taken your house along for it looks so lonesome it seems a long time sinse I saw you but how much longer it will be before I can have the priviledge of conversing with you face to face it is yet unknown to me father is [ ] as fast as he can he wants to get away soon after conference if possible Mother sends her best respects to you, and often says how lonesome it seems dont you think Wm will come to night I expect it would cheer her heart as well as mine to hear your voice once more, dear Wm as often as you can send for one line from you would do my heart good. I must draw to a close for I am in haste. I will try to compose myself as well as I can. I never shall consent to have you leave again.
Farewell, Farewell” (1, pp. 200-202)

The morning of Wednesday, April 15th dawned none too soon for William. He had spent a rough night on watch trying to control unruly horses and cattle that kept breaking into the tents and wagons for which he was responsible, which included his own vehicles and fifteen wagons carrying Church property. For two weeks he had been very ill with aches and terrible chest pain. Suddenly, the day brightened. Diantha's old friend, Helen Kimball, sought him out with some good news. Brother Samuel Pond had received a letter announcing that Diantha had borne a son. William hurried to read the letter for himself and that evening recorded, “...she had a fine fat boy on the 30th...but she was very sick with ague and mumps. Truly I feel to rejoice at this intelligence but feel sorry to hear of her sickness.”

After all of his worry for Diantha's well being, William was so overjoyed that he wrote a new hymn that very morning. That beautiful, moving hymn quickly became beloved of all the Saints scattered across the prairies and continues so today. He named it “All is Well!” (2, p.270-271) and (8, p. 36)


“Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear
But with joy wend your way
Tho' hard to you this journey may appear
Grace shall be as your day.

“'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell-
All is well! All is well!

“Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?

“Gird up your loins; fresh courage take
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!

“We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the Saints will be blessed.

“We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell-
All is well! All is well!

“And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!

“But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell-
All is well! All is well!” (6, pp. 30, 31)


An incident involving Diantha occurred on Monday, the 18th of February 1850, that caused him a great deal of distress. William had continued his practice of bringing in additional income by occasionally playing at various functions as part of a band. On this particular night, he was playing for a dancing party. He had brought Diantha along with him, and as the evening progressed, he suggested that she dance with Mr. Grist, who was a non-Mormon in attendance. Diantha complied, and, as luck would have it, the band struck-up a waltz.  Some staunch members of the church frowned on waltzing, as it involved more intimate contact between partners than the livelier dances of the day. They were shocked to see the pretty young wife of Brother Clayton waltzing with another man, and to make it worse he was a gentile.

Greatly embellished gossip flying on rapid wings soon reached the ears of the General Authorities. Wednesday morning, after William left for work, an apostle and another elder appeared on the Clayton doorstep and confronted Diantha. William records that they accused her of three very serious transgressions that were unworthy of a faithful Latter-day Saint: 1) She had waltzed in plain view with a gentile on Monday night; 2) During the past winter she had harbored and encourage gentiles in her home; and 3) She had been guilty of “slandering the authorities of the church to the Gentiles.”

Quite upset at the “very severe chastisement” his young wife had received and declaring, “The peace of my family is in a great degree destroyed,” William filled six legal-sized pages with his extreme dismay and sent them to Brigham Young. To his distress, he alone seemed willing to defend her good name. With barely suppressed fury, he explained that it was he who had suggested that Diantha dance with Mr. Grist, that only two gentiles had been in his home all winter, each at his own invitation and in his presence, and that Diantha was absolutely loyal to the authorities of the church and always spoke well of them when speaking with non-members. Though he did not desire to criticize an apostle, he declared that a more discreet method could have been found to confront the family, beginning with informing himself of the complaint before approaching his wife behind his back. With a stabbing “P.S.,” William informed Brigham Young that since music had caused the whole situation, he now intended to renounce it forever. This resolve, fortunately, was short-lived. (1, pp. 252-256)

It is sad that Diantha's story ended so young. She was in the early stages of her third pregnancy when the dancing incident occurred. Little Rachel Amelia Clayton was born on the 18th of August 1850 in Salt Lake City. Diantha survived her baby's birth by less than a month, passing away on September 11, 1850. She left behind Moroni, who was almost 4 ½ and Olive, who had just turned two, as well as tiny Rachel.  William, filled with sorrow at her passing, poured-out his grief in a poem that was filled with love, despite his acknowledgement of the jealousy she had struggled with throughout their marriage:

“Sweet in life, beautiful in death.
Aged twenty-one years, ten months, and 29 days.
Diantha has gone to the regions of rest,
To commune with her friends in the realms of the blest.
Her sufferings are o'er, her deep sorrows past.
And the long sighed-for-peace is her portion at last.
No more shall the poison of jealousy fill
That bosom so pure, so free from all ill.
Henceforth thou art free from all sorrow and pain.
Our deeply felt loss is thy infinite gain.” (1, p. 204)

Diantha's last child, Rachel, inherited her mother's beauty and attracted many young admirers. William had watched this daughter grow-up motherless and was naturally especially concerned about her welfare. He wanted all of his children to marry faithful members of the church, so he very firmly barred the gentile suitors who knocked on his door seeking Rachel. Rachel, however, had a mind of her own, and found a way to thwart her father's efforts where one young man in particular was concerned. His name was Jimmy Day, and he was a Gentile. The young couple fell in love and, determined to have their own way; they ran away to be married. When William heard of his daughter's actions, he promptly disowned her and refused to see her. Less than a year later, on her 21st birthday, Rachel gave birth to a tiny baby. It soon became evident that she would not survive. Her father was sent for, and he came, full of regret for his previous rash actions, and the two were reconciled. Both Rachel and her baby died, but Jimmy Day joined the church and was soon sealed for eternity to Rachel. (1, pp. 214-215)

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