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Abigail Mead

Female 1770 - 1854  (84 years)


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  • Name Abigail Mead  [1
    Born 29 Jan 1770  Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Mar 1854  Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4128  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 

    Father Gideon Mead,   b. Abt 1744, of Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 18 Oct 1813 and 29 Sep 1814  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Martha Fiske,   b. Between 1745 and 1750, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1813, Chester, Warren, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married Abt 1768  [4
    Family ID F1310  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rev. Daniel McBride,   b. 13 Sep 1766, Stillwater, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1823, Le Roy, Genesee, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 1787  Stillwater, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Children 
     1. John McBride,   d. 31 Aug 1860
     2. Samuel McBride,   b. 25 Aug 1789,   d. 12 Mar 1872  (Age 82 years)
     3. Daniel McBride,   b. 19 Mar 1791,   d. 2 May 1859  (Age 68 years)
    +4. Margaret Ann McBride,   b. 1 Jun 1792,   d. 24 Aug 1845, La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. James McBride,   b. 19 Jul 1793, Stillwater, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1839, Pike, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     6. Hyrum McBride,   b. 5 Jun 1798,   d. 10 Nov 1839  (Age 41 years)
     7. Cyrus Gideon McBride,   b. 17 Aug 1800,   d. 25 Aug 1833  (Age 33 years)
     8. Reuben McBride,   b. 16 Jun 1803, Chester, Washington, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1891, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. Martha McBride,   b. 17 Mar 1805, Chester, Washington, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1901, Hooper, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F5376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "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." [Our Crandall and Beckstead Ancestors]

      It's notable that Abigail Mead was descended from Meads on both sides -- her father was a Mead, and her mother's mother was one as well.

      Out of all of TNH's Mormon pioneer ancestors, she may or may not have been the first to be baptised into the church, but born in 1770, she was certainly the oldest. She was born before the Revolution and lived to see the Salt Lake Valley.

      From Our Crandall and Beckstead Ancestors:

      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. [...]

      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.

      Abigail was endowed on January 28, 1846, in the Nauvoo Temple. She was 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S931] Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants by John Cortland Crandall. New Woodstock, NY, 1949.

    2. [S396] Belnap Family Organization.

    3. [S399] The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty. Ongoing multivolume series, 1990-2003.

    4. [S403] Virginia McBride, "Martha Fiske, the Wife of Gideon Mead." The American Genealogist 45:142, July 1969l.

    5. [S392] Our Crandall and Beckstead Ancestors.