Monday, May 2, 2011

Abigail Mead 1770-1836

Gideon Mead_____________Martha Fisk
Abigail Mead McBride

Abigail Mead was born January 29, 1770, in Nine Partners, Montgomery, New York. Her parents were Gideon Mead and Martha Fisk. She was the first child from a family of six, her siblings being: Nancy, Fanny, Lydia, Hanna, and Gideon.

Abigail married Daniel McBride in 1787, in Stillwater, Albany, New York. Her first four children: John, January 5, 1788; Samuel, August 25, 1789; Daniel, March 19, 1791; and James, July 19, 1893, were born in Stillwater. Her last five children: Margaret, June of 1795; Hyrum, November 5, 1798; Cyrus Gideon, August 17, 1800; Reuben, June 16, 1803; and Martha, March 17, 1805, were born in Chester, Washington, New York.

Agibail's husband, Daniel, died September 1, 1823, in LeRoy, Genesee, New York. He had been a Campbellite minister and she continued to raise her children with the fear of God.

About 1829, Abigail heard of the mysterious visions of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and wholly believed in them. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 25, 1833. The entire family also joined the church.

In the spring of 1835, they sold their farms at great sacrifices and traveled to Kirtland, Ohio to be with the rest of the Saints. The trip was made by stagecoach and canal boat, which took about six days.

They donated liberally to the building of the city of Kirtland and to the temple. With six of her children, Abigail enjoyed the heavenly manifestations given at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple on March 27, 1836. Her son, Reuben, became the custodian of the Kirtland Temple.

She received her patriarchal blessing from Joseph Smith, Sr. on June 8, 1836. The following is the body of the blessing:

"My aged sister, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world, and by the power and authority of the Priesthood, I lay my hands on thy head; and on the heads of thy posterity, confer a blessing. Thou hast had sorrow and affliction out of which the Lord is delivering thee. He has established thy faith. Thou has obeyed the Gospel of the Savior. Thy name is been written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Thou art of the lineage of Abraham. If thou holdest on thy way, the time will come when thou, like Job, shall see God, in the flesh, standing upon the earth. Thou shalt see angels and receive the communication of the Holy Ghost. Thy children shall stand in the covenant, by the power of God, thou shalt go to Zion, and be in good health. Thy mind shall be strong and rejoice in thy God. Thou shalt not want for the things of this life. Give up thyself to God and thou shalt see they redeemer, who thou desirest to know. Thou shalt be a member of the Celestial World. I seal these blessings upon thy head. I seal these things up to eternal life. Amen and amen."

Abigail endured the persecutions attending the twelve thousand members of the church in their migration to Nauvoo, Illinois.

In 1839, two of her sons died: James, in August, in Illinois, and Hyrum, in November, in New York.

Abigail assembled with the huge crowd when Joseph led his famous Nauvoo Legion, in their elegant uniforms with their plumed hats, through the streets of Nauvoo for the last time. She heard his famous farewell address, with unsheathed sword, pointing heavenward in defense of his followers, from the top of an unfinished building.

Shortly after the Prophet was martyred, with deepest sorrow, she was able to view his remains, along with thousands of tear-stained companions.

Abigail was present on August 8, 1844, when the mantle of Joseph Smith fell upon Brigham Young. She heard Brigham Young's declaration that he was the rightful leader of the Saints and would lead them safely to the tops of the Rocky Mountains, as predicted by the martyred Prophet.

Her daughter, Margaret Ann, died in August of 1845, in Illinois.

Abigail was endowed on January 28, 1846, in the Nauvoo Temple. Shew as among the Saints expelled from Nauvoo, who made their homes in tents, covered wagons, and hurriedly erected log cabins across the Mississippi River.

She joined the first emigrant company to follow Brigham Young, leaving Elk Horn on June 17, 1847. She endured the inconveniences of the long trek in this huge company of fifteen hundred men, women, and children, who were in five hundred sixty wagons, with five thousand head of stock. They traveled between four to eleven miles a day, taking turns by the hundreds in leading the caravan.

On September 4, 1847, they rejoiced in meeting Brigham Young and his party, who had come to lead them into the Salt Lake Valley. Three days later, a great feast was arranged, concluding with a dance; an Indian attack followed. It was the latter part of September when they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.

Abigail was described as a short, rather stout, fine old lady with a square face and a fair complexion.

Abigail Mead McBride died March 12, 1854, in Ogden, Weber, Utah. She is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.

This record was compiled from the Daughters of the Pioneers Archives in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.

Here is another history of Abigail that was found on, with no author's name given.

Reverend Daniel McBride (1766-1823), itinerant minister who was born in Stillwater, Albany (later Saratoga), New York, and his wife, Abigail Mead (1770-1854), of Dutchess County, New York.

Daniel McBride was an itinerant minister who was born in Stillwater, Albany (now Saratoga) County, New York in 1766 and died in LeRoy, Genesee County, New York in 1823.

Daniel McBride was the son of Samuel McBride, who was born in County Antrim, Ireland and emigrated to Upstate New York in the mid 1700s along with at least two of Samuel's brothers, John and James McBride. Samuel McBride married Margaret Brown, whose sister Sarah married William Cooper. Members of the McBride family were directly affected, if not involved, in the Revolutionary War Battle of Saratoga. Information on these other McBride and Brown family members is also included here.

Daniel McBride married Abigail Mead, who was born in 1770 in Dutchess County, New York. She descended from the Quaker Mead and Fiske families of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Abigail joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833, almost 10 years after Daniel's death, as did most of their 9 children, and, after living in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois, emigrated to Utah in 1847, one of the oldest persons to cross the plains to Utah in that first settlement year. She died and was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah in 1854.

Descendants of the Daniel McBride and Abigail Mead family include:

  • The first person to have been baptized in the Nauvoo Temple baptismal font (son Reuben McBride);
  • One of the polygamous wives of LDS Church founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., and of Heber Chase Kimball (daughter Martha McBride, widow of presiding bishop Vinson Knight);
  • A member of the Mormon Battalion that marched from Kanesville, Iowa to San Diego, California during the Mexican-American War (grandson Harlum McBride);
  • An LDS missionary who was killed by Indians at Fort Lemhi in Oregon Territory (now Idaho) (grandson George McBride);
  • Two granddaughters, first cousins, who were both married polygamously to Gilbert Belnap (Adaline Knight and Henrietta McBride);
  • Two grandchildren, first cousins, who married Lot Smith and Abiah Ann Smith, brother and sister (Lydia Minerva McBride and George McBride);
  • A granddaughter who apostatized from the LDS Church after being asked by Hyrum Smith, brother of Joseph Smith, to be his plural wife; she later married Sylvester B. Stoddard, owner of the restored tinsmith shop now standing in historic Nauvoo, Illinois (Almira Knight).

Elizabeth Hendricks 1808-1879

William Hendricks_____________Margaret Buck

Elizabeth Hendricks was born November 6, 1808 in Randolph, North Carolina. Her parents were William Hendricks and Margaret Buck. She was the oldest child from a family of fourteen, her siblings being: John, Michael, Samuel, David, Joseph, Susannah, Christopher, Mary, William, Elijah, child, Roderick, and child.

Her mother died around the same time the last baby was born.

Elizabeth married John P. Wimmer on February 5, 1828, in New Castle, Henry, Indiana. Her first four children were born in New Castle: Margaret, May 24, 1829; Elizabeth, December 22, 1831; Martha Ellen, December 20, 1832; and Susannah, December 20, 1834.

Elizabeth was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August of 1836. Because of the persecution of the "Mormons" , the family moved to Illinois. While in Illinois, Elizabeth had three more children; William, January 6, 1840, in Lisbon; Peter, March 23, 1842, in Columbus; and Julietta, December 23, 1845 in Nauvoo.

From Nauvoo, the family was driven into Iowa with the rest of the Saints and lived in Winter Quarters until 1850. They came west with the Stephen Markham Company, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on November 1. Elizabeth gave birth to her youngest child, Rebecca, that day.

John P. and Elizabeth took out their endowments on March 23, 1852 in the Endowment House; they were sealed the same day.

They moved to Springville, Utah, where she helped take care of her husband's parents, Peter and Elizabeth Shirley Wimmer. After they died, John P. and Elizabeth moved to Parowan to be near their son, Peter. Later John P. and Elizabeth moved to Fairview, Utah, to be near their daughter, Margaret.

Elizabeth's husband, John P., died on April 22, 1876, in Fairview.

Elizabeth Hendricks Wimmer died September 7, 1879, in Glen Cove, Sevier, Utah. She is buried in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah, in the Fairview Pioneer Cemetary next to her husband.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island 1612-1676

Tombstone of Elder John Crandall
From:Westerly and It's Whitnesses, Page 282

Crandall Ground (2)...This is found about forty rods west fo the Pound Road, and west of the Old Crandall house (now the residence of Mr. Charles Crandall), and without inclosure. None of the fifteen or twenty graves are lettered. Here lie the remains of John Crandall, 1st, and his two wives; John Crandall, 2nd, and his wife Anna; Esther, Lewis, Hannah and Joshua Crandall; Lydia Crandall, lwife of Charles; John Crandall, son of Charles.

John Crandall 1612-1676

John Crandall was born in 1612, in Monmouthshire, England. His father was James Crandall. He had at least two brothers, Edward and Henry. They grew up in the midst of the reformation and the personal reign of King Charles I, it was a time of great strife.

In 1634, John left England and, with his two brothers, went to Boston, Massachusetts. Writers have John as the minister of the Puritan Congregational Church in Salem Massachusetts, in the year 1635. At this time, there was much opposition to all dissenters from the authorized tenants of the Puritans. John was a devout believer in complete religious freedom. He could not stand the religious intolerance and narrow mindedness of the Puritans. While acting as minister of the Salem Church, he adopted the opinions of the Baptists, which were very obnoxious to the Puritans.

In the autumn of 1635, John was dismissed as pastor and left to settle, along with Roger Williams, in the Narragansett country (which is now known as Rhode Island). He was one of the founders of Providence and was living there in 1637.

John married Mary Opp and they had seven children: John, about 1649; James, about 1651; Jane, about 1653; Sarah, about 1654; Peter, about 1655; Joseph, 1651; and Samuel, 1663.

He was one of the original people to purchase land from friendly Indians. This tract of land was in the southwestern tip of Rhode Island. He settled Westerly, Rhode Island and built a house there. He was the first Baptist Elder in Westerly.

John helped set up a government which more nearly expressed the independence and freedom that he felt. In 1663, John went to England with Roger Williams, John Clark, and Obediah Holes to petition King Charles II for a charter for Rhode Island to become a free state. the charter was a guarantee from the king, and his successors, that the inhabitants of Rhode Island were to have political and religious freedom forever. They arrived in England on July 2, and the Charter was signed on July 8th.

Elder Crandall was well calculated both by talent and suffering to lead his people in the devotions. He took an active part in the border difficulties between Massachusetts and Connecticut and subsequently between.

His wife, Mary, died on August 20, 1669. He deeded his land and all of his possessions to his eldest son, John, on October 3, 1670.

John married Hanna Gaylord and they had two children: Jeremiah, August of 1673, and Eber, 1676.

Because of the Indian War, John moved his family to Newport, Rhode Island.

He was a colonial pioneer, First Baptist Elder, a Deputy Commissioner, and a statesman.

John Crandall died on November 29, 1676, in Newport, Rhode Island.

This record was compiled and written in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.

More information on John Crandall can be found here and here.

Myron Newton Crandall 1865-1903

Myron Newton Crandall 1865-1903
Grant LaSalle Crandall 1800-1970
John David Crandall

Myron Newton Crandall was born November 29, 1865, in Springville, Utah, Utah. His parents were Spicer Wells Crandall and Susannah Wimmer. He was the second child from a family of seven, his siblings being: Tryphena Elizabeth, Anna Marie, Peter Wells, Martha Lillian, Margaret Almeda, and George Alma.

When he was thirteen years old his father died. When he was a little older, Myron worked and took care of his mother and his younger siblings. He had a farm that he worked, even though he did not like farming.

Myron took a business course and he had the reputation of being very exact and neat with his books and figures. He was often called "the professor" by his associates. He was honest and very reliable in his judgements.

He and his older half-brother, John, started a construction company called Crandall Brothers Construction Company. He worked away from home most of the time on railroad construction work, making grades and tunnels.

To help support the family, Myron's mother took in boarders. In the early 1890's, one of these boarders was Agnes Lewis who had come to teach school. Here, Myron and Agnes met and fell in love.

Even though he had originally been baptized in 1878, the records had been lost and he was rebaptized on February 10, 1895, in preparation for his marriage.

Myron Newton Crandall married Agnes Lewis on February 13, 1865, in the Manti Temple. Myron and his brother, John, had bought a home in Springville for their mother. This was where Myron and Agnes lived the first four years of their marriage.

He and his wife had five children: Newton Glen, November 12, 1895; Spicer Lewis, June 26, 1897; Grant LaSalle, March 17, 1899; Frederick Lewis, September 12, 1901; and Camille, September 29, 1903, who was born six weeks after her father died.

He received a contract with the Diamond Match Company to construct the railroad in Chico, California. Agnes, with their four boys, went to Chico to join her husband for the winter. When the family arrived, Myron was supposed to be there to meet the incoming train. Instead, Agnes was told that "Newt" had suddenly become very ill with "an upset stomach." Within a few days he died; his appendix had ruptured. Agnes and the children accompanied his body, on the train, for the return trip home.

Myron Newton Crandall died August 13, 1903, in Chico, Butte, California. He is buried in the Springville Evergreen Cemetary next to his wife.

This record was compiled from the Daughters of the Pioneers Archives in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.

John P. Wimmer 1807-1876

Peter Wimmer__________Elizabeth Shirley

John P. Wimmer was born March 1, 1807, in New Castle, Henry, Indiana. His parents were Peter Wimmer and Elizabeth Shirley. He was the third child from a family of eleven, his siblings being: Jacob, Robert S., Polly, Jemima, Susannah, Peter, Ellen, Martha, Elizabeth, and William.

John P. married Elizabeth Hendricks on February 5, 1828, in New Castle. They had eight children: Margaret, May 24, 1829; Elizabeth, December 22, 1831; Martha Ellen, December 20, 1832; Susannah, December 20, 1834; William, January 6, 1840; Peter, March 23, 1842; Julietta, December 23, 1845; and Rebecca, November 1, 1850.

The family was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Elizabeth was baptized in August of 1836. When the word got out that they were "Mormons," their neighbors began to shun and persecute them.

One morning (exact date unknown), as the family was having breakfast, a loud knock was heard at the door. When they opened the door, they saw a group of rough-looking men, with handkerchiefs tied over their faces, so the couldn't be recognized, and pointing guns at them. The mob told the family that they didn't want and "Mormons" living in their town. They used profanity and vile language in explaining why they didn't want the Wimmers to remain there. The mob said they had until nightfall to get out, or they would burn their house down with the family in it. John knew this mob meant business. When the mob left, the family started packing all that they could take with them in a wagon. They worked feverishly all day, taking the essential items, and leaving the rest of their earthly possessions behind.

It was just sundown, when the family pulled up to the top of a hill overlooking their farm: the house, barn and sheds. They waited to see if the mob would carry out their threats. Much to their horror, they saw these same men, who they thought were friends and neighbors, set fire to every building that was on their property. Everything that they had left was completely destroyed.

The only thing for the family to do was to join the Saints in Columbus, Illinois, they went on to Nauvoo in about 1843. John was baptized on July 1, 1843. They experienced the persecutions in Nauvoo and the terrible sorrow at the time of the martyrdom of the prophet, Joseph Smith.

John and his his family were driven out of Nauvoo, and went to Winter Quarters, where they stayed until 1850. They traveled west with his parents and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on November 1, 1850.

John and Elizabeth took out their endowments and were sealed on March 23, 1852, in the Endowment House.

They moved to Springville, Utah and they took good care of his parents. They stayed in Springville until after the deaths of his parents, his mother died in 1862 and his father in 1864.

In 1865, John and Elizabeth moved to Parowan, Utah, to be with their son, Peter. Later they moved to Fairview, Utah to be with their daughter, Margaret.

John P. Wimmer died April 22, 1876, in Fairview, Sanpete, Utah. He is buried in the Fairview Pioneer Cemetary, next to his wife.

This record was compiled from the Daughters of the Pioneers Archives in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.

Margaret Ann McBride 1794-1845

Daniel McBride 1766-1863___________Abigail Mead

Margaret Ann McBride was born June 1 1794, in Chester, Washington, New York. Her parents were Daniel McBride and Abigail Mead. She was the fifth child from a family of nine, her siblings being: John, Samuel, Daniel, James, Hyrum, Syrus Gideon, Reuben, and Marth.

Margaret married David Crandall about 1810, in Warren County, New York. Their first two children were born in Thurman, New York: Maria, October 9, 1812 and Daniel Mead, June 30, 1814. The next three children were born in York, New York: Eliza June 10, 1816; Myron Nathan August 17, 1818; Julia Ann, 1820. Their next child, Spicer Wells, was born December 31, 1822 in Winchester, New York. Their next two children were born in Villanova, New York: Emeline, June 27, 1824 and Laura, January 25, 1828.

In 1829, her daughter, Julia Ann died.

Margaret had two more children in Villanova, New York; Martin Pardon, April 5, 1830 and Lucian Delancy, June 23, 1832.

She and her family heard the Gospel at her mother's home. She was baptized, with her husband and three of their children, on April 16, 1833 in Villanova. Two weeks later, Nelson David, was born on May 5, 1833.

The family traveled with the Saints in 1834 to Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, where most of the children stayed with her mother Abigail. David and Margaret lived in Kirtland for about a year, before going on to Missouri. The only took their oldest child Daniel Mead with them. Margaret's last child, Margaret, was born on January 15, 1836, in Your, Missouri. Daniel Mead went back to Kirtland to leave on a mission in 1837.

Her son, Daniel Mead, died in 1839 and her daughter, Mariah, died on February 28, 1842.

David and Margaret moved to Quincy, Adams, Illinois in 1839 and were still there in 1842. They next moved to La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois where they lived for the rest of their lives.

Margaret Ann McBride Crandall died August 24, 1845, in LaHarpe, Hancock, Illinois.

This record was compiled from the Daughters of the Pioneers Archives in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.

David Crandall 1795-1861

Pardon Crandall_______________Susannah Wells
David Crandall
Spicer Wells Crandall 1822-1879
Myron Newton Crandall

David Crandall was born June 1, 1795, in Caldwell, Warren, New York. His parents were Pardon and Susannah Wells. He was the fourth child from a family of ten, his siblings being: Benjamin, Sally, Lydia, Luanna, Ianna, Sophia, Bathsheba, Nathan and Mary.

He learned the trade of shoemaker.

David married Margaret Ann McBride about 1810, in Warren, New York. They had twelve children: Mariah, October 9, 1812; Daniel Mead, June 30, 1814; Eliza, June 10, 1816; Myron Nathan, August 17, 1818; Julia Ann, 1820; Spicer Wells, December 31, 1822; Emeline, June 27, 1824; Laura, January 25 1828; Martin Pardon, April 5, 1830; Lucian Delancey, June 23, 1832; Nelson David, May 5, 1833; and Margaret Ann, June 15, 1836.

The families of David Crandall and his in-laws, the McBrides, remained close and moved from one place to another together. David and his family heard the Gospel in the home of his mother-in-law. David, his wife, and two of their children were baptized on June 13, 1833, in Villanova, New York.

The family moved from New York to Kirtland, Ohio, in 1835. Late in 1835, David, Margaret and Daniel Mead Crandall went to Pike County. Most of the family remained in Kirtland. It is in Pike County where their youngest child was born. Daniel returned to Kirtland that year and David and Margaret remained in Missouri. They went through the same persecutions as did the other Saints there. Daniel went on a mission in April of 1837, from Kirtland, and died in 1839 of unknown circumstances.

From Missouri, David and Margaret moved to Quincy, Illinois in about 1838, and met up with the rest of the family. They stayed in Quincy for three years. In 1841, the moved to LaHarpe, Illinois, twenty three miles east of Nauvoo, where there was a thriving branch of the church.

David and Margaret were endowed on August 24, 1843, in Nauvoo, in the office of the President.

David's wife, Margaret, died on August 24, 1845, in LaHarpe, Illinois.

David Married Mrs. Jerusha Smith sometime between the death of Margaret and when the Saints left the area in 1846. She had children from her first marriage.

Two reasons kept David in LaHarpe: his youngest daughter, Margaret Ann, had mental limitations and hew knew that she would not be able to handle the arduous trip west; and his second wife, who was not a member of the Church, refused to go. David and "Jessie" were in the Real Estate business, buying and selling land.

In 1853, his daughter, Margaret Ann, died.

The following is David's last will and testament:
"In the name of God, Amen, I David Crandall of the town of Webster in the county Hancock, state of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament.

"I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Jerusha Crandall, the use, improvements and income of my dwelling house, lands and their appentances situated in the town of Webster, in the county and state aforesaid, to have and to hold the same to her for and during her natural life.

I give and bequeath to my son Nelson D. Crandall, and my dear daughter Laura the revision of the remainder of my dwelling house, and out houses, lands and tenements and appentances there unto the appertaining, situate in the town of Webster, in the county of Hancock and the state of Illinois and all the profits, income, and estate and advantages there of that may result there from and after the decease of my wife Jerusa aforesaid, requiring my said son Nelson D. Crandall and my daughter Laura to pay to their surviving brothers and sisters (after they shall obtain possession of said bequest) the sum of one dollar each withing three months after the decease of my said wife.

"I give also to my said wife Jerusah Crandall all of the residue of my estate either real, personal or mixed of which I shall die possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my death, to have and to hold the same to her, and her execution, administration and assigns forever.

"I do hereby appoint my wife Jerusha Crandall to be executer of my last will and testament. In witness or testimony thereof I have to this my last will and testament contained on this and the above attached sheet of paper. I hereby attach my name, affix my seal this 28th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight and fifty six. (signature)

Recorded by court 12 March 1862. Admitted and proved 12 March 1862 at Carthage, Hancock Illinois.

David Crandall died March 12, 1861, in LaHarpe, Hancock, Illinois.

This record was compiled from the Daughters of the Pioneers Archives in June 2001 by Louise Crandall Huefner and Rebecca Huefner Chapman.