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Capt. Joseph Thorne

Male 1682 - 1752  (69 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Capt. Joseph Thorne was born 22 Sep 1682, Flushing, Queens, New York; died Between 1751-1752, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York.

    Notes:

    Warden or vestryman of St. George's Church in Hempstead, 1718-1727. Appointed Captain of Hempstead militia, 28 Jun 1722. Justice of the peace 1738, after which records refer to "Joseph Thorne, Esqr."

    Capt. married Mrs. Catharine Smith Abt 1712. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Thomas Thorn  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1713, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died 5 Sep 1772.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Thomas Thorn Descendancy chart to this point (1.Capt.1) was born Abt 1713, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died 5 Sep 1772.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 17 Oct 1778, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York

    Notes:

    "On April 7, 1732, Thomas Thorne was chosen as an overseer of highways, and on Aug. 6, 1754, he registered his earmark (Hempstead Town Rec. 4:98 & 425). His name appears occasionally in Hempstead as a witness to deeds and other legal papers. Although he died two years after the Declaration of Independence, nothing has been found regarding his political opinions. His will, executed Feb. 20, 1778, and proved Oct. 17, 1778, leaves to 'my dearly beloved Wife Mary' household furniture and plate; 'all my hogs, my riding chair, and my Negro wench Teen'; and during her widowhood the dwelling house and farm, together with 'Negro man Jack' while she occupies the farm; but if the farm is sold or rented out 'then I give the said Negroman Jack to my Sons Amos, Richard, and Thomas, equally to be divided among them.'" [Genealogies of Long Island Families]

    Thomas married Mary Dodge 2 Oct 1738, St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Mary (daughter of Thomas Dodge and Susannah Hutchings) was born 8 Mar 1716, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died Aft 1777. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 3. Philip Thorn  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1740, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died 17 Apr 1793, Flushing, Queens, New York.


Generation: 3

  1. 3.  Philip Thorn Descendancy chart to this point (2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born Abt 1740, Cow's Neck, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died 17 Apr 1793, Flushing, Queens, New York.

    Philip married Elizabeth Cheeseman 18 Aug 1779, St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Elizabeth (daughter of Joseph Cheeseman and Sarah Badgeley) was born 4 Jul 1746; died 2 Sep 1798, Flushing, Queens, New York. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 4. Richard Thorn  Descendancy chart to this point was born 23 Feb 1786, Flushing, Queens, New York; died 20 Jun 1883, Santa Barbara, California.


Generation: 4

  1. 4.  Richard ThornRichard Thorn Descendancy chart to this point (3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 23 Feb 1786, Flushing, Queens, New York; died 20 Jun 1883, Santa Barbara, California.

    Notes:

    The tombstone at Santa Barbara depicted on his findagrave.com page says "RICHARD THORN / DIED / JUNE 1883 / AGED 97 YEARS." Which if correct, and if this is our Richard Thorn's grave, would mean he was born in 1776, not 1786. On the other hand, his age could well have been exaggerated at his death.

    Richard married Mary Anner Armstrong 6 Sep 1806, Clinton, Dutchess, New York. Mary (daughter of Asahel Armstrong and Elizabeth Nelson) was born 22 Sep 1784, Dutchess, New York; died 7 Mar 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 5. Ashal Enoch Thorne  Descendancy chart to this point was born 6 Sep 1808, Clinton, Dutchess, New York; died 10 Feb 1897, Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah.

    Richard married Mercy Martindale 28 Dec 1843, Conneautville, Crawford, Pennsylvania. Mercy was born 19 Jul 1797, Vermont; died 2 Apr 1889, Central City, Merrick, Nebraska. [Group Sheet]



Generation: 5

  1. 5.  Ashal Enoch ThorneAshal Enoch Thorne Descendancy chart to this point (4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 6 Sep 1808, Clinton, Dutchess, New York; died 10 Feb 1897, Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah.

    Notes:

    Headstone says "Ashal (Asahel)".

    Listed in the 1850 census at "South Fork of the American River, El Dorado, California", as Ashel Thorn, born abt 1808, New York.

    Departed Six Mile Grove (near Winter Quarters, Nebraska) 9 Jun 1853; arrived Salt Lake Valley 9 Sep 1853. (Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory, at ancestry.com)

    From "A Biography of Asahel (Ashel) Thorn," credited as "written by a great-grandson Enoch Thorne 'in the first person'", reproduced on "Crapo-Hegsted Family Tree" on ancestry.com by tree owner "Jerrirud":

    "In 1800, my father, RICHARD, and mother, MARY ANNER ARMSTRONG, with their 10 children migrated west to Pennsylvania. While there I married a beautiful young girl named SARAH LESTER. All of us, but my father, joined the Mormon Church and began to gather to Nauvoo, Illinois. Before we were driven from Nauvoo, 8 of us were endowed in the Nauvoo Temple. We were fortunate to escape with our lives and, as a family, pressed on to Pottawattamie, Iowa and camped at Six Mile Grove, about six miles west of Winter Quarters. I built a house there for Sarah, and I, now also, had ten children.

    "At Pottawattamie, my eldest son, WILLIAM, and I decided to go to California to participate in the gold rush. While in California, I was called home because of the serious illness of my wife, SARAH, and I left by boat home, leaving my teams, wagons and son, WILLIAM, in California. My California venture was a financial aid to me for the rest of my life.

    "At Pottawattamie, Iowa we organized a company of Saints and started for the Salt Lake Valley on June 9, 1853. We were part of a company consisting of 202 souls and 70 wagons with Daniel C. Miller and John W. Cooley in charge. My uncle JOSEPH THORN was one of the Captains of 50. While on the plains of Iowa my wife passed away, and I buried her while on the move to Zion. That day I shall never forget. The Company divided soon after leaving Elkhorn, and my children and I arrived in the Salt Lake Valley September 9, 1853 in the Captain Thorn Company."

    Ashal married Sarah Lester 3 Aug 1829, Clinton, Dutchess, New York. Sarah (daughter of John Lester and Nancy Appleby) was born 15 Jun 1809; died 9 Aug 1853, Pottawattamie, Iowa. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 6. Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Mar 1832, Moravia, Cayuga, New York; died 28 Nov 1903, Vernal, Uintah, Utah; was buried , Vernal Memorial Park, Vernal, Uintah, Utah.


Generation: 6

  1. 6.  Elizabeth Lucretia ThorneElizabeth Lucretia Thorne Descendancy chart to this point (5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 25 Mar 1832, Moravia, Cayuga, New York; died 28 Nov 1903, Vernal, Uintah, Utah; was buried , Vernal Memorial Park, Vernal, Uintah, Utah.

    Elizabeth married Calvin Bingham 18 Dec 1848, Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa. Calvin (son of Lucius Augustus Bingham and Sarah Stone) was born 7 Sep 1827, Fowler, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, New York; died 27 May 1883, St. David, Cochise, Arizona; was buried , St. David Cemetery, St. David, Cochise, Arizona. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah Clarinda Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 6 Sep 1850, Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa; died 23 Dec 1927, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    2. 8. Calvin Perry Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 28 Jan 1852.
    3. 9. Mary Elizabeth Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Dec 1853, East Weber, Weber, Utah; died 14 Nov 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 10. Lucy Melissa Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 19 May 1856, Farmington, Davis, Utah.
    5. 11. Barbara Ann Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Aug 1858, Perry, Box Elder, Utah.
    6. 12. Anna Mariah Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 28 Jun 1860, Hyrum, Cache, Utah.
    7. 13. Ashel Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Nov 1863, Hyrum, Cache, Utah; died 27 Sep 1883.
    8. 14. William Augustus Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 16 Aug 1867, Hyrum, Cache, Utah.
    9. 15. Lydia Emeline Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Feb 1870, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    10. 16. Orissa Vilate Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Sep 1873, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 23 Jan 1874, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    11. 17. Alice Bingham  Descendancy chart to this point was born 20 Nov 1875, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.


Generation: 7

  1. 7.  Sarah Clarinda Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 6 Sep 1850, Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa; died 23 Dec 1927, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Sarah married Hyrum Smith Phelps 25 Sep 1866, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. Hyrum (son of Morris Charles Phelps and Sarah Thompson) was born 26 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died 23 Apr 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  2. 8.  Calvin Perry Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 28 Jan 1852.

  3. 9.  Mary Elizabeth BinghamMary Elizabeth Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 25 Dec 1853, East Weber, Weber, Utah; died 14 Nov 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 17 Nov 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona

    Notes:

    Died of diabetes.

    "Mary Elizabeth Bingham Phelps," by her daughter Barbara Ann Phelps Allen:

    Mother was born on Christmas day, 1853, the daughter of Calvin Perry and Lucretia Thorne Bingham. Her early life was as useful and busy as were her later years. She worked out some, and also helped her grandfather Ashael Thorne make butter and cheese plus other work to be done on a farm.

    When she was a young lady, she earned money to buy herself a nice yellow calico dress with black dots in it and thought it most beautiful. She, like Father, loved to dance and said often after they had danced until after midnight, a crowd would get into a sleigh and ride until daylight.

    She had quite a number of boy friends, one in particular she liked real well, It was while she was keeping company with him that she married Father (Hyrum Smith Phelps) as a plural wife. She said she didn't know why she did it, but supposed it was meant to be that way.

    At the time she married they lived in Montpelier, Idaho, but the winters were too severe so they moved to Mesa, Arizona after three daughters had been born, Laurett, Lucy and Barbara. Laurett died of diphtheria before they left Idaho.

    The journey to Arizona was a long hard one, especially for mother, as she was in her last months of pregnancy. The company laid over three days at Lee's Ferry because of her condition, and on the third day, Dec. 2, 1878 her oldest son, Gove Edward, was born. They arrived in Mesa Jan. 17, 1879. Mesa was practically a desert when they arrived and they lived in tents the first three months until Father and his sons could make adobes to build a house.

    The first one was a long three-room house. Mother lived in one end and Aunt Clarinda the other. The center room was used for awhile to store corn and grain, and later Grandma Bingham lived there awhile. While she lived there, he son Ashael died.

    In 1881 Father built a home on the corner of First Avenue and Hibbert Street for Aunt Clarinda. This house was a T-shape with a porch on two sides, had a shingle roof and dirt floors. It still stands today [1953] but has been improved. Mother had the long house then to herself. It was here that Hattie, Orson and Yuma were born. The federal officers had been after Father and Mother for plural marriage, and Father was arrested. He was sent to Yuma, Arizona Penitentiary for three months. Mother was taken to the home of Ed Jones in Lehi. She stayed there until just before Yuma was born, then went to her mother.

    Father bought or traded and got eighty acres one mile east of town and built another home for Aunt Clarinda who had a family of boys and moved mother to the home on First Avenue and Hibbert because she had mostly girls. Here Grace, who lived only a few weeks, Amy, Esther, Clara and Gertrude were born.

    After Aunt Clarinda moved to the ranch, Mother was allotted a few cows for her support. It was Gove's job to drive the cows to and from the pasture, and he often rode a cow called Puso. I remember we had a lot of grief because the cows would often get out of the corral and get into Brother Hibbert's place at night, and he would come and awake mother and say ugly things to her. We milked some of the cows that were brought from Montpelier. When Esther was a few months old, Father went on a mission to the Southern States.

    Mother lived in this home until 1895 when Father sold it and built her a nice brick house on the eighty acres. Wilford, Mother's fourteenth child, was born here. He was the pride and joy of the family. Father used to call him the little prophet. He is four months younger than my oldest son, Ashael. Mother practically raised him with Wilford. They were like brothers.

    While living in this home Mother's greatest sorrow came when Lucy died. At the time she was confined to her bed with a sore leg, and couldn't go see Lucy during her sickness. Lucy had developed blood poison after the birth of her fourth child and namesake, Lucy. Brother Calvin was surely good to mother during Lucy's sickness; he would come three times a day to keep her informed of Lucy's condition. Sometimes he would call at midnight. Lucy died Jan. 6, 1905. Mother took little Lucy and raised her as her own.

    Because of Father's age and the boys married and gone, he found he couldn't do the work on the ranch, so he sold to a Mr. Fraser and moved onto twenty acres on Home Lane. He built mother the nicest home she had had and built two houses in town on Sirrine, one for Aunt Clarinda and one to rent. As age kept creeping, he found he had to stop work altogether, so he sold the twenty acres and moved Mother in the house he built to rent. Here they spent their last days. Father died April 23, 1926, after having been gored in the belly by a bull. Mother died 17 November, 1933 from the effects of diabetes.

    Mother was a wonderful mother to her family, a typical Bingham, the most unselfish and generous person to be found. She always went without for her family. I've seen her many times skim the cream off the milk and give it to father and she would use the skim milk. She didn't go out very often, having 14 children, two babies most of the time. One May Day she sent us on ahead to a picnic. Amy was the baby. Lucy and I took her and the other children on; Mother came later. When we took Amy to her, the baby didn't recognize Mother and began to scream. It was the first time she had seen Mother in her dress-up clothes. Amy cried with hunger, so Mother had to go home and change her dress so Amy would nurse.

    Mother had inflammatory rheumatism while Amy was a baby. At that time there was an epidemic of some kind of fever, and Aunt Clarinda's oldest son, Hyrum, had it. Father had to be with him until he died. Lucy and I, with Grandma Sarah Phelps had to take care of Mother and the baby. She suffered something awful. Her legs were swollen twice their size, and she couldn't bear to be moved. After Hyrum died and Father came to help take care of Mother, he and Grandma decided to get her up on an open bottom chair and steam her. They got her on the chair, but it was cruel what she suffered during the ordeal, and the sad part was that no good came from it. She finally got well.

    Mother was quite spiritual. A number of times things happened and it was made known to her before hand. One time she was troubled and went into the bedroom to pray. As she came out, she said just above the door she heard the sweetest music she had ever heard, and as the music died away, a peaceful feeling came over her and she was comforted.

    Very few people suffered as much as Mother. One time she and sister Annie went into the field to glean wheat, and they came in contact with poison weeds and their legs broke out with sores. Mother's was the worst. Both her legs were solid sores from her knees to the soles of her feet. It took weeks for them to heal. Every summer for several years at the same time, her legs would break out with the same kind of sores, but each year they would he more mild. This was a few weeks before Grace was born; after that her legs caused her a lot of misery. There were quite a few other things that caused a lot of suffering that I'll not take time to mention, besides giving birth to 14 children without the aid of a doctor or having something done to ease the pain.

    Mother was a good Latter-day Saint. She always donated liberally, paid her tithing and fast offerings. When she began paying, she saved all her statements from the dairy so she would know how much she owed, and at the end of the year, she owed a few cents more than ten dollars. I don't know how she managed to live. She had a few hens, but they didn't lay any eggs until the price went down to ten cents a dozen. Lucy was the main stay of the family. Hattie and I worked some. When either of us earned any money, it was turned over to Mother. Not a cent did we use for ourselves without her telling us to. She would shine our heavy shoes with stove soot. We were quite large before we could afford dress shoes. We weren't the only poor people, however; most everyone was alike

    We had a happy home, Mother made it so. Our home was a house of prayer. We had family prayer night and morning, and I think that had everything to do with the spirit of our home. I know I speak for all of the family when I say I am thankful for wonderful parents and what they did for us.

    Mary married Hyrum Smith Phelps 8 Sep 1873, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Hyrum (son of Morris Charles Phelps and Sarah Thompson) was born 26 Feb 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died 23 Apr 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 18. Mary Lauretta Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 17 Aug 1874, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.
    2. 19. Lucyette Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 9 Jan 1876, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 6 Jan 1905, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. 20. Barbara Ann Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 21. Gove Edwin Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Dec 1878, Lees Ferry, Coconino, Arizona; died 23 Jul 1941, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. 22. Harriet Emeline Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Mar 1881, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 6 Feb 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    6. 23. Orson Ashael Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Jun 1882, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 24 Jul 1953, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    7. 24. Lester Leo Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Sep 1883, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 15 May 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    8. 25. Yuma Letitia Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 11 Apr 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 11 Aug 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    9. 26. Amy Dorothy Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Sep 1887, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 11 Jan 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    10. 27. Grace Darling Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 10 Jul 1889, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    11. 28. Esther Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Sep 1890, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 15 Dec 1985, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
    12. 29. Clara Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1 Oct 1893, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    13. 30. Martha Gertrude Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 28 Jul 1895, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died Oct 1982, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    14. 31. Wilford Woodruff Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born 13 Dec 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 22 Jun 1979, Santa Monica, California.

  4. 10.  Lucy Melissa Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 19 May 1856, Farmington, Davis, Utah.

  5. 11.  Barbara Ann Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 26 Aug 1858, Perry, Box Elder, Utah.

  6. 12.  Anna Mariah Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 28 Jun 1860, Hyrum, Cache, Utah.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 28 Jun 1862, Hyrum, Cache, Utah


  7. 13.  Ashel Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 20 Nov 1863, Hyrum, Cache, Utah; died 27 Sep 1883.

  8. 14.  William Augustus Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 16 Aug 1867, Hyrum, Cache, Utah.

  9. 15.  Lydia Emeline Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 25 Feb 1870, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  10. 16.  Orissa Vilate Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 29 Sep 1873, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 23 Jan 1874, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  11. 17.  Alice Bingham Descendancy chart to this point (6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 20 Nov 1875, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.


Generation: 8

  1. 18.  Mary Lauretta Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 17 Aug 1874, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho.

  2. 19.  Lucyette Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 9 Jan 1876, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 6 Jan 1905, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  3. 20.  Barbara Ann PhelpsBarbara Ann Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho; died 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    "Barbara Phelps (later Allen) arrived in Mesa in 1879 and a 16-month-old infant. At age 12, she received an accordion for Christmas. She then earned money by playing with her father, Hyrum Phelps, for dances in Lehi, especially at Christmas. In later life, she organized the Granny Band, which performed at events around town." [Images of America: Latter-Day Saints in Mesa, by D. L. Turner and Catherine H. Ellis. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.]

    A memoir by Barbara Ann Phelps Allen:

    My parents were Hyrum Smith Phelps and Mary Elizabeth Bingham Phelps. I was born August 26, 1877 at Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho. I was just sixteen months old when the family reached Mesa. The first house Father built was on the east side of Hibbert Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

    Among my first recollections of this place was the first Sunday School I attended, It was held in the school house, a one-room adobe. Hannah Peterson (Miller) was the teacher. We recited the alphabet from cards. We were seated on a low bench in front of the room. I attended my first Primary with my sister Lucy. We were very devoted to each other. One never went without the other. Each week we listened anxiously while the secretary read the program for the following week, but we were never on it.

    When I was nine years old, the school put on a program and every child in the room was given a part but me, I felt disgraced, and I never even told my mother. I always remembered the feeling I had and in the sixteen years I presided over the Primary I always favored the backward child and never slighted anyone to my knowledge.

    Father built a long room on the back of the house to accommodate the growing family. Grandma Bingham lived with us awhile before moving into a house on Broadway just east of Mesa Drive. We children were staying with her after Father was taken to Yuma to the penitentiary. The officers came there one night looking for Mother; they had a warrant, and Grandma wouldn't take it, so they threw it on the floor. I thought she wasn't very polite.

    When I was twelve years old, Mother gave me an accordion for Christmas. I soon learned to play it. A few years later, she and Lucy gave me a larger one which I kept until after I was married.

    One time Father went to Tempe and bought a bolt of cloth called Zephyr gingham; it was a beautiful plaid. As I remember, five of us girls had dresses alike. Lucy and I always dressed alike. Most people thought we were twins. The first M.I.A. I attended had only one class for everyone. Pres. Charles I. Robson told the story of Joseph Smith's first prayer. That was the first time I had heard it, and I have never forgotten how it impressed me.

    Soon after this Lucy and I were asked to sing at one of the meetings. We sang, "Write Me a Letter from Home.' After that I think we were asked to sing at every public entertainment held in Mesa until after I was married. Lucy and Grandma Phelps bought us an organ which I learned to play by ear. Father and I played for the dances at Lehi a few times. I earned $2.50 over the Christmas holidays playing out there. I left my organ there during that time so I wouldn't have to carry it back and forth. Lucy and I joined the choir when I was sixteen, and I sang with them for twenty years. I memorized 200 hymns besides the anthems we sang.

    I well remember the first dress I made; it was a real pretty blue and I wore a blue ribbon around my waist. Mother's sister, Anner LeSueur sent me the ribbon because they told her I looked so much like her. In the summer of about 1891 there was a conference held at Pinetop, and Mother and Aunt Clarinda in company with quite a large group of saints, attended. Brother William took them. It took six weeks to make the round trip. Amy was about four years old. While they were gone, I made Amy a dress. I made it a plain tight waist with a full skirt that came nearly to her ankles, and it was so tight I could hardly fasten it. She had it on when mother came and when mother saw her she began to cry, and she said Amy looked like we had starved her. One night at a dance, John S. Allen, known as Seymour, came into our lives. He rushed across the floor, came up to me and said, "Come on , Caddie, let's dance." Then he saw his mistake, and after an apology, asked me to dance. From then on he never failed to dance with Lucy and me. Later on he began making regular visits to our home, but we did not know which of us he was most interested in. We had a lot of good times together. One night he asked if he could take me home. Up to this time he had never taken us any place. He had a lady friend and we were just side issues, but after this night we knew which was his favorite.

    John S. and I kept company for about nine months and were married on Oct. 2, 1895. We had a quiet wedding at our home on the corner of Hibbert and East First Avenue. Only close relatives were invited. The ceremony was performed by Bishop James Malen Home. We stood at the head of the table, and the guests were seated around it, ready to partake as soon as the ceremony ended. Mother and Lucy had cooked a very fine dinner. When we went through the kitchen to be married, Mother and Lucy were standing by the stove. Mother was crying and Lucy looked sad, but I couldn't see anything to feel sad about. One week after we were married, we started in company with Eli and Medora Openshaw for the St. George Temple. It took six weeks to make the round trip.

    When we returned home we started housekeeping in a two-rooms of the house built for Warner and Fannie Allen. It was here our first child, Charles Ashael, was born July 31, 1896. At this time the monthly fast meeting was held on the first Thursday of the month, and he was blessed by Grandpa [Charles H.] Allen.

    We moved into a 2-room lumber house with a lean-to on the back that Father had built on 20 acres Grandpa Allen had given Seymour at the corner of Broadway and Stapley. On Feb. 15, 1898, Blanche was born. When she was four months old, J. S. was called on a mission to the Southern States. He left in June and I milked eight to ten cows while he was gone. Esther stayed with me and cared for the babies all the time. Mother was very good to me. I used to wonder how I could get along without her. I did all the sewing for the six girls, Lucy, Hattie, Amy, Esther, Clara, and Gertrude. At this time Lucy was working in Johnson's store and did a lot to help the family.

    I was blessed while J. S. was gone. We all enjoyed good health. When it was time for him to be released, I went to Utah in company with my parents, Father Allen and his wife, Annie. Uncle Perry Bingham met us at Price, Utah and took us to Vernal where I stayed until I heard from John S., then I went on to meet him in Cove, Utah. After we returned home, Seymour and Warner went into partners and bought eighty acres on Baseline. Hyrum Loren was born Oct. 7, 1901 and Barbara Oct. 5, 1903.

    John R. was born Oct. 29, 1905 and was just a few months old when Seymour sold the 20 acres and bought 60 acres two miles east of Mesa on the Apache Trail from Mr. Lamb. This was where Gove Liahona was born July 26, 1907. Then John Seymour was called on another mission, this time to the Eastern States. President Ben Rich was his mission president both times. I was left this time with more work and more responsibilities. Ashael was a big help to me. One of my sisters stayed with me most of the time and helped.

    J. S. came off his mission June 1909, and Mary was born Sept. 1,1910. On March 27, 1912, Eldred Phelps was born, but lived only six weeks. This was the first real sorrow to come to us. July 8, 1914 Russell Hoopes was born. In the Summer of 1915, we moved to a 320 acre ranch four miles south of Gilbert.

    Seymour had gone into partners with his older brother Warner and acquired a 320-acre farm four miles south of Gilbert. This was entirely alfalfa at the time but was later planted to cotton.

    December 2, 1915 Ashael left for a mission to the Southern States and June 5, 1916 Ben Rich Allen was born, and November 5, 1917, Joseph Seymour was born. Two babies were born while Ashael was away.

    When Joe was about eight months old, I took a little motherless baby, Robert Southers, four months old, to raise. I kept him nine months, then his aunt, Mrs. Ellingbow, wanted him so badly that J. S. told me I shouldn't be selfish and keep him, so I let her have him.

    After several years the depression came on and we decided J. S.'s brother, Benjamin, should live with us for a couple of years. J. S. sent him on a mission. Chancy, Seymour's older brother, lived with us a lot. October 11, 1920, Della, our twelfth and last child was born three days after Loren had left for a mission. He labored in Louisiana.

    We struggled along for several years. The depression came on and we decided to rent. The boys wanted to finish school. As J. S. couldn't run the ranch alone, he decided to rent it out. We bought us a home in Mesa at 48 West Second Street and lived there for a year or more.

    J. S. and his brother Jim took a job building a fence along the railroad. It was at this time that the next great sorrow came when Della died of mastoid infection Nov. 21, 1925.

    We sent Gove on a mission to the Eastern States and in February 1935 we sent Russell to the Samoan Island to fill his mission. Before he returned home, we sent Ben in March 1938 to Argentina. All our family have very fine companions. We are very proud to have them to associate with. In all our family gatherings, they are with us one hundred percent. We are very proud of our family and their families, and always pray for their success in righteousness.

    October 29, 1945, we held our Golden Wedding Anniversary, the first time all the family had been together for a long time. For the reception, Ashael came from the Spanish American Mission, Ida from Los Angeles, Russell from Kirtland, New Mexico, and Mary from Vallejo, California. We had a dinner at the ranch home. All ten of the family and twenty-seven of the grandchildren were present. We all had a lovely time. After this gathering Ida was called to labor with Ashael in the mission, taking George with them.

    My mother was very strict about us attending our duties and being punctual. Because of this, the Sunday School Superintendent called me to be a substitute teacher when I was quite young. When I was seventeen I attended Conference and they reorganized the Stake Y.L.M.I.A. and I was surprised when they sustained me as secretary. I served in that capacity for twelve years underfive presidents, Ann Eliza Leavitt, Jannett Johnson, Lulu Macdonald, Fannie Dana and Mary Hibbert. Soon after I was released, I was chosen stake secretary for the Relief Society. I held that position for about six years. I was released to be president of the Mesa First Ward Relief Society. I served about a year and we moved to Gilbert. There was no Gilbert Ward then, and we were in the Chandler Ward. After this I served about sixteen years as president of the Primary for Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa Wards. I was superintendent of Religion Class in Gilbert the same time I was President of the Primary. At this time John R. was attending high school in Gilbert and he assisted me with religion class.

    We rented our ranch and bought us a home in Mesa, but stayed only a year or so. At this time I was president of the Primary in Gilbert and Bishop Haymore asked me to preside there until Barbara came home from vacation, and before she came I was made president of the Mesa First Ward Primary. I presided over both of them for about six weeks. I have been president of the Gilbert Relief Society two different times, second counselor to Grace Nielson and then president in the Mesa First Ward Relief Society, second counselor to Adelaide Peterson in the Stake Primary, and I held several other positions. Now at the age of seventy-four, I am a Relief Society district teacher and a Guide teacher of four boys in the Primary of the Mesa Ninth Ward. I am very thankful for the many opportunities I have had to serve.

    March 1942 was the Centennial celebration of the Relief Society, and the General Board requested that pioneer stories be brought before the public as much as possible. I was president of the Gilbert Relief Society at that time. I read several good stories and decided to put them into a pageant. I had fine cooperation, and it turned out to be a success. We played it in six different wards. I also wrote two other pageants which were very successful, an Easter pageant and one on the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. In doing this work I received some of the greatest joy of my life. Another thing that I enjoyed a lot was putting on entertainments with the Primary children. I found a lot of work doing these things, but when it was all over, there was unspeakable joy that came to us seeing the happiness that came to the children.

    The Lord has been good to me for which I am grateful. We have been relieved of pain through prayer and being administered to many times. My first relief came when I was first married. I had an ulcerated tooth which was so severe I didn't think I could stand it any longer. John S. administered to me and relief came instantly. Another time when I was alone on the ranch with the little children, I became very sick. My head pained so badly at times I wasn't conscious. John was nine years old. He went off by himself and prayed for me. All at once a quivering feeling went through my body and with it went the pain. I couldn't account for it until he told me he had prayed for me. John had been instantly relieved twice when his father administered to him when he had gathered ears.

    One time when we had been helping the Chandler Ward top maize to pay off on their piano, we came home after dark and found Loren crying with pain. As he drove the cows around the haystack, they loosened the derrick fork and it swung around before he knew it, striking him on the leg and puncturing the bone. The pain was so severe he couldn't stand to have us walk across the floor. He immediately called for his father to administer to him, which he did, and the pain left as he took his hands off, and it never returned. For these and many more blessings too numerous to mention, I am grateful.

    Barbara married John Seymour Allen 2 Oct 1895, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. John (son of Charles Hopkins Allen and Elizabeth Adelaide Hoopes) was born 27 Nov 1870, Richmond, Cache, Utah; died 22 Jan 1966, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 32. Charles Ashael Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 31 Jul 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 28 Jan 1969, Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico.
    2. 33. Blanche Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 15 Feb 1898, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 26 Mar 1991, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    3. 34. Hyrum Loren Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Oct 1901, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 9 Oct 1963, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    4. 35. Barbara Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 5 Oct 1903, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 12 Feb 2003, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried , Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    5. 36. John R Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 29 Oct 1905, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 19 Dec 2001, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.
    6. 37. Gove Liahona Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 26 Jul 1907, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 26 Sep 1951, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.
    7. 38. Mary Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1 Sep 1910, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    8. 39. Eldred Phelps Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 19 Apr 1912, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 18 May 1912, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    9. 40. Russell Hoopes Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 7 Jul 1914, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    10. 41. Ben Rich Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1916; died 25 Mar 1972, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.
    11. 42. Joseph Seymour Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 5 Nov 1917, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.
    12. 43. Della Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 11 Oct 1920, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona.

  4. 21.  Gove Edwin Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 2 Dec 1878, Lees Ferry, Coconino, Arizona; died 23 Jul 1941, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  5. 22.  Harriet Emeline Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 12 Mar 1881, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 6 Feb 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  6. 23.  Orson Ashael Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 24 Jun 1882, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 24 Jul 1953, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Orson married Rebecca Hannah Allen 13 Sep 1905, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Rebecca (daughter of Charles Hopkins Allen and Elizabeth Adelaide Hoopes) was born 6 Jun 1883, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 7 Apr 1971, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet]


  7. 24.  Lester Leo Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 2 Sep 1883, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 15 May 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  8. 25.  Yuma Letitia Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 11 Apr 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 11 Aug 1885, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  9. 26.  Amy Dorothy Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 7 Sep 1887, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 11 Jan 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  10. 27.  Grace Darling Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 10 Jul 1889, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  11. 28.  Esther Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 12 Sep 1890, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 15 Dec 1985, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

  12. 29.  Clara Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 1 Oct 1893, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  13. 30.  Martha Gertrude Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 28 Jul 1895, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died Oct 1982, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  14. 31.  Wilford Woodruff Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (9.Mary7, 6.Elizabeth6, 5.Ashal5, 4.Richard4, 3.Philip3, 2.Thomas2, 1.Capt.1) was born 13 Dec 1896, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; died 22 Jun 1979, Santa Monica, California.

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    • Alternate birth: 13 Dec 1897, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona