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Nicholas Brown

Male Abt 1617 - 1694  (~ 77 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Nicholas Brown was born about 1617; died between 16 Nov 1694 and 27 Dec 1694 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1694, Monmouth County, New Jersey

    Notes:

    Admitted an inhabitant of Aquidneck in 1638. One of the twenty-eight founders of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

    "1639, Apr. 30. He and twenty-eight others signed the following compact: 'We, whose names are underwritten, do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of his majesty, King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politicke, unto his laws, according to matters of justice." [The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, citation details below.]

    The identity of his children's mother is unknown. He married, second, between 1657 and 1659, Frances, widow of George Parker.

    William S. Hornor's statement (citation details below) that he died in Monmouth County, New Jersey is probably due to confusion of this Nicholas Brown with his son Nicholas Brown. This Nicholas Brown's will was made and proved at Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

    Family/Spouse: Unknown. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 2. Jane Brown  Descendancy chart to this point died between 30 Apr 1718 and 4 Feb 1719 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.
    2. 3. Nicholas Brown  Descendancy chart to this point was born before 1644; died before 26 Apr 1714 in Shark River, Monmouth, New Jersey.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Jane Brown Descendancy chart to this point (1.Nicholas1) died between 30 Apr 1718 and 4 Feb 1719 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 30 Apr 1718
    • Alternate death: 1719
    • Alternate death: Bef Feb 1719, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island

    Notes:

    "On August 7, 1699, she was convicted of selling drink by retail, contrary to order, and was fined forty shillings for it, but the fine was remitted on her petition." [Babcock and Allied Families, citation details below]

    Jane married James Babcock about 1665 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. James (son of James Badcock and Sarah) was born about 1641 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island; died in 1698 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 4. Sarah Babcock  Descendancy chart to this point was born about 1669 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died in 1740 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island.

  2. 3.  Nicholas Brown Descendancy chart to this point (1.Nicholas1) was born before 1644; died before 26 Apr 1714 in Shark River, Monmouth, New Jersey.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1714 and 1715, Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey

    Notes:

    He was an Episcopalian, and said to have been liberal in his donations to the church. Probably born in Rhode Island, he settled at Shrewsbury, New Jersey in 1665.

    Nicholas married Mary Chambers in 1707. Mary (daughter of John Chambers and Mary) was born on 5 Jun 1676 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey; died after 1729. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 5. Mary Brown  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 25 Aug 1710 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey; died between 29 Mar 1750 and 2 May 1750.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Sarah Babcock Descendancy chart to this point (2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born about 1669 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died in 1740 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1666

    Sarah married James Lewis in 1687 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. James (son of John Lewis and Dorcas) was born on 3 Jun 1664 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died between 6 Mar 1740 and 30 Sep 1745 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 6. James Lewis  Descendancy chart to this point was born about 1689 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died before 4 May 1752 and 23 May 1752 in Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island.

  2. 5.  Mary Brown Descendancy chart to this point (3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 25 Aug 1710 in Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey; died between 29 Mar 1750 and 2 May 1750.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1739

    Family/Spouse: Daniel Seabrook. Daniel (son of James Seabrook and Hannah Grover) was born about 1705; died between 23 Mar 1750 and 12 May 1750. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 7. Maj. Thomas Seabrook  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 16 Feb 1735 in Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 22 Feb 1805 in Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey.


Generation: 4

  1. 6.  James Lewis Descendancy chart to this point (4.Sarah3, 2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born about 1689 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island; died before 4 May 1752 and 23 May 1752 in Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1688, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
    • Alternate death: May 1752, Richmond, Washington, Rhode Island

    Notes:

    He was a cooper. He married his first wife Abigail, whose origins are unknown, about 1708 in Washington County, Rhode Island.

    All of his children and all of his Fordice stepchildren are mentioned in his will.

    James married Susanna Petty in 1747. Susanna (daughter of William Petty and Mary) was born on 6 Jul 1716 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 8. Gideon Lewis  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Dec 1749 in Rhode Island; died on 5 May 1805.

  2. 7.  Maj. Thomas Seabrook Descendancy chart to this point (5.Mary3, 3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 16 Feb 1735 in Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 22 Feb 1805 in Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey.

    Notes:

    Overseer of highways, Middletown, New Jersey, 1765. Overseer of the poor, Middletown, 1767.

    Said to have been a major in the Monmouth county first regiment in the Revolution; also said to have ended the war as a lieutenant colonel.

    Thomas married Martha Tallman on 11 Oct 1758 in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Martha (daughter of Stephen Tallman and Mary Potter) died on 14 Jul 1828 in Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 9. Thomas Seabrook  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 15 Nov 1771 in Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 14 Jul 1844 in Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey.


Generation: 5

  1. 8.  Gideon Lewis Descendancy chart to this point (6.James4, 4.Sarah3, 2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 15 Dec 1749 in Rhode Island; died on 5 May 1805.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 15 Dec 1749, Lanesborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts
    • Alternate death: 3 May 1810, New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    He was a miller.

    Family/Spouse: Sarah Card. Sarah was born about 1754 in New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 10. Leah Lewis  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 7 May 1787 in New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts; died on 3 Nov 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

  2. 9.  Thomas Seabrook Descendancy chart to this point (7.Thomas4, 5.Mary3, 3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 15 Nov 1771 in Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 14 Jul 1844 in Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 13 Jul 1844

    Thomas married Anne Longstreet on 17 Dec 1794. Anne (daughter of Aaron Longstreet and Williampe Hendrickson) was born on 8 Apr 1779; died on 10 Jul 1852; was buried in Fair View Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth, New Jersey. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 11. Henry Hendrickson Seabrook  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 10 Sep 1813 in Port Monmouth, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 30 Mar 1872 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Green Grove Cemetery, Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey.


Generation: 6

  1. 10.  Leah Lewis Descendancy chart to this point (8.Gideon5, 6.James4, 4.Sarah3, 2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 7 May 1787 in New Ashford, Berkshire, Massachusetts; died on 3 Nov 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.

    Notes:

    Allegedly she and her daughter Sarah Thompson were founding members of the Relief Society when it was organized on 17 Mar 1842, but neither of them is mentioned in Wikipedia's coverage of that first meeting.

    Obituary, from the Nauvoo Neighbor, 15 Nov 1843:

    Died on the 3rd inst. in this city, Mrs. Leah Chiles [Childs], of cancer and rheumatism, in the 57th year of her age.

    Sister Childs was a firm believer in the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as they have been revealed in the last days to man through the medium of revelation.

    She shared all the persecutions heaped upon the saints -- was driven with them from the state of Missouri, and suffered much from exposure and fatigue. Never was the name of a more generous, benevolent and sympathetic woman enrolled upon the records of the Church. She was truly a "mother in Israel." She possessed great faith, which seemed, for a long time, to baffle the destroyer, death; but it was the will of her Heavenly Father to take her to himself, that her soul might be emancipated. She [was] released from the vicissitudes of this troublesome world. She had been afflicted for more that a year, and suffered the most excruciating pain, but she was perfectly resigned to the will of heaven and when the period of her desolution arrived she fell asleep, as calm as the sleep of infancy, with the unwavering hope of participating in the first resurrection, when she should awake to everlasting youth, immortality and eternal life.

    Family/Spouse: Samuel Simmons. Samuel was born on 2 Dec 1780; died in Feb 1809. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Family/Spouse: Nathaniel Childs. Nathaniel was born on 16 Jun 1791. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Leah married David John Thompson about 1812. David was born about 1771 in Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died in Aug 1823 in Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 12. Sarah Thompson  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 20 Mar 1820 in Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York; died on 31 Jan 1896 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  2. 11.  Henry Hendrickson Seabrook Descendancy chart to this point (9.Thomas5, 7.Thomas4, 5.Mary3, 3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 10 Sep 1813 in Port Monmouth, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 30 Mar 1872 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Green Grove Cemetery, Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey.

    Notes:

    From a page at www.monmouthhistory.org, no longer online:

    "Henry H. Seabrook was one of the founders, and served as managing director and treasurer of the Keyport [New Jersey] and Middletown Point Steamboat Company. The Keyport and Middletown Point Steamboat Company was incorporated in 1852 by Mr. Seabrook, DeLafayette Schenck, and Thomas V. Arrowsmith. He also served as Keyport's second Postmaster from 1841-1856. Mr. Seabrook also had other business interests in Keyport."

    Henry married Therese Walling on 5 Feb 1852. Therese (daughter of Leonard Walling and Catherine Aumack) was born on 8 Aug 1821 in Centerville, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 9 Oct 1899 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey; was buried in Green Grove Cemetery, Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 13. Harry Hartshorne Seabrook  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 23 Oct 1859 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 9 Apr 1930 in New York, New York.


Generation: 7

  1. 12.  Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson Descendancy chart to this point (10.Leah6, 8.Gideon5, 6.James4, 4.Sarah3, 2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 20 Mar 1820 in Pomfret, Chautauqua, New York; died on 31 Jan 1896 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    Allegedly she and her mother Leah Lewis were founding members of the Relief Society when it was organized on 17 Mar 1842, but neither of them is mentioned in Wikipedia's coverage of that first meeting.

    From Sarah Thompson Phelps, a memoir by her granddaughter Barbara Ann Phelps Allen:

    Grandma was born March 20, 1820. Her parents were James and Leah Lewis Thompson. When she was four years old, her father died leaving her mother with seven small children, making it necessary for her to start out early in life making her own way. In spite of poverty, she succeeded in acquiring sufficient education to be able to teach school.

    When she was eleven years old, the gospel came into their home. She, together with her mother and other members of the family except one brother, joined and were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After they joined, their friends turned against them, and from then on their trials began. They were driven from place to place and finally forced to flee to the Rocky Mountains. She was brave and courageous as a young woman.

    She taught school when she was a young woman. It was customary for teachers to board among the homes of their pupils, which she did, and in doing so she learned many of the plots and schemes of the mobs to assassinate the Saints. She kept the saints posted, and when the final plot came for the general roundup of the saints, she made a dash on horseback to give the alarm to her people. She was followed for five miles one time, but her horse being fastest, she made her escape. Another time when she was teaching, she went to a home to collect her pay, and the people refused to pay. They said their intentions were to drive all the Mormons out and take the crops that they had recently harvested. She told them what she thought of them. While she was speaking, a voice came to her telling her to leave the next morning as soon as she arose. She did, and as she was leaving, she saw the mob coming and they tried to kill her.

    At the time of Haun's Mill Massacre, she lived but a few miles from the mill on the creek; some of those who were fortunate enough to get away came to her home. While the mob was going through the country, they crossed the creek where Grandma and all the women were washing clothes. She told many times how they looked, saying they had their faces painted and were disguised in every imaginable way. Some of the women were so frightened, they fainted, but grandma shouted, "Hooray for the captain!" Two of the men rode up to her and asked if she wasn't afraid of them. She said she hadn't been raised in the woods to be afraid of owls. They asked her if she didn't recognize them, and she said she did not. They told her she should, they were her old neighbors. She then asked them what they intended to do, and one replied, "Kill everyone on the creek." Grandma asked what they had done that they should be killed. Their reply was they did not know, they were only obeying orders. On two different occasions, she was chased by a mob who tried to shoot her, but their guns refused to go off.

    One time when they had been driven from their home, she said they had traveled all day in the rain driving their cattle. She had on a sunbonnet that was quilted so that cardboard slats could be inserted. The rain had dissolved the slats, and the front of her bonnet flopped in her face. She was soaked to the skin, weary and tired after plodding the mud all day. As they were passing a farm house, a lady saw her and invited her into her home to dry her clothes and get warm. She was taken into the parlor by the fireplace. There were two young ladies and their boy friends sitting there, and when they saw grandma they burst out laughing. She said she was nearly in tears; she looked them in the eye and said, "You must have been born in the woods."

    Sarah married Morris Charles Phelps on 27 Mar 1842 in Hancock, Illinois. Morris (son of Spencer Phelps and Mary Kniep) was born on 20 Dec 1805 in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; died on 22 May 1876 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 14. Hyrum Smith Phelps  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 26 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died on 23 Apr 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

  2. 13.  Harry Hartshorne Seabrook Descendancy chart to this point (11.Henry6, 9.Thomas5, 7.Thomas4, 5.Mary3, 3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 23 Oct 1859 in Keyport, Monmouth, New Jersey; died on 9 Apr 1930 in New York, New York.

    Notes:

    "Former practitioner of medicine, specializing in diseases of the eye, president of the Nason Manufacturing Company, makers of stream and plumbing supplies with offices at 71 Fulton Street, New York City, died in his apartment in the Hotel Robert Fulton, 228 West 71 St, at age 71." [Harry Hartshorne Seabrook obituary, citation details below.]

    Harry married May Nason on 2 Nov 1881 in Montclair, Essex, New Jersey. May (daughter of Joseph Nason and Sarah Clark Darracott) was born in Mar 1859 in New York, New York; died on 17 May 1932. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 15. Alice Darracott Seabrook  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 30 Jul 1890 in White Plains, Westchester, New York; died on 2 Mar 1979 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.


Generation: 8

  1. 14.  Hyrum Smith PhelpsHyrum Smith Phelps Descendancy chart to this point (12.Sarah7, 10.Leah6, 8.Gideon5, 6.James4, 4.Sarah3, 2.Jane2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 26 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; died on 23 Apr 1926 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona.

    Notes:

    [From this Phelps site.]

    Autobiography of Hyrum Smith Phelps

    Hyrum Smith Phelps first saw the light of day in the once beautiful city of Nauvoo, Illinois, February 26, 1846. Referring to his early life he said:

    My parents, Morris Phelps and Sarah Thompson Phelps, had already been expelled from their homes twice--Kirtland, Ohio and Independence, Missouri--leaving them very little of this world's goods. Some three or four thousand Saints had crossed the Mississippi River by ferry boat and on the ice headed for the valleys in the Rocky Mountains.

    By the middle of the following June, my father had a yoke of oxen and cows to pull one wagon, and in company with some others he started to follow those who had gone previously, arriving at what they called "Winter Quarters" on the Missouri River in Iowa. We remained there until June 1851. Father worked at wagon making most of the time. When he had managed to raise two teams of oxen and cows, a company of sixty wagons was organized, Father was made captain, and they started for Utah.

    After many trials and hardships, they arrived in Salt Lake City September 25, 1851. The first winter Mother and two children stayed with her brother, Samuel Thompson, in Mill Creek Canyon. During the winter, Father found a location in Alpine, Utah County and a house (such as it was) built on a piece of ground he had taken up. Soon after we were located, another member was added to the family, a son, Charles Wilkes Phelps, who lived four years and died with measles. During 1853 and 1854, Father, his son-in-law, James Holmes, Isaac Huston and James Preston built a saw mill near the mouth of Dry Creek Canyon about a mile and a half from Alpine. During the summers from 1853 to 1859, I herded sheep that belonged to the settlers of Alpine. All I had for my dinner was segos [lily bulbs] that I would dig out of the ground with a digger that I carried with me. (It was a pointed stick something the shape of a beaver's tail.) It was while herding sheep that I was tempted the hardest to steal It came very near getting the best of me. James Preston was down in the penstock of the saw mill repairing something, and I brought my sheep near the mill. I spied a dinner pail and taking the lid off I saw some flour biscuits. I put my hand in the pail to take a biscuit and was reminded of that commandment, "Thou shalt not steal. " Then I remembered the teachings of my mother, "Thou shalt not steal. " Finally I got courage enough to get away and I went out in the mill yard and began to pick gum. Soon I heard a voice call my name and when I went back, James Preston gave me a biscuit and a leg of chicken. Maybe you think I wasn't thankful I had resisted the temptation. We had been without wheat flour for several months and had been eating musty corn meal bread. I can now [1922] remember those days just as vividly as though they had been within the last two years. Only those that experienced the hardships of those days can realize what they were.

    I went to school three or four months in the winter until I was seventeen years old. About the fifth grade was as far as I reached. When I grew large enough to put a yoke on the oxen, I quit herding sheep and worked on the farm and in the canyon. When I was sixteen, I calculated I could do as much as a common man at most anything. In the spring of 1864 I was 18 years old. Father sold out all his lands and home and decided to go up to Bear Lake Valley, Idaho. James Holmes and my half brother, Joseph Phelps, and my father fitted out ox teams and made the start April 1864. They landed in Montpelier on May 17, 1864. All three took up a farm and started once more to make homes. They built log houses with dirt floors and roofs.

    In the winter of 1865 I commenced keeping company with Miss Clarinda Bingham. In the fall of 1866 frost had killed all of the grain and Calvin Bingham decided to move back to Hyrum, Cache Valley, as he had to depend on blacksmithing for a living. That meant he would take his daughter Clarinda also. She and I talked the matter over and we decided to get married. When I laid the matter before the blacksmith, he said, "Nothing doing. You are both too young!" (Which was verily true.) I talked the matter over with a friend, and he advised me to give the old folks the dodge and get married anyway. So on the evening of September 26, 1866, we invited a high priest by the name of John Turner to come over to the neighbors' and perform the ceremony for us. For a short time it looked like something interesting was going to happen around the place. I didn't have very much to say, but a good many things ran through my mind that space will not permit me to mention. Finally, things began to get normal again, and we decided if I would go down below to the town of Benningston and help get the sheep across the Bear River, we would be forgiven. This was carried out to the satisfaction of all concerned.

    Now for a description of the home I took my bride to: My mother's house had but one room 18 by 17 feet, a dirt roof and floor with a straw carpet. She had her loom in there during the winter. Her bed was in one corner and I had a bunk built in another corner. It was built into two sides of the house and one log stood out in the room. A straw bed, buffalo robe and quilts comprised our bed for the winter. In the spring, the fore part of May, I found there was going to be an increase in the family, which put me to my wits' ends to know how to meet the situation. But it happened that providence had smiled down on me again by sending the Indians into the valley somewhat earlier than usual. I happened to be the sole owner of a little brown pony which I sold to an Indian for a buffalo robe and seven elk skins. The nearest dry goods store at that time was Richmond, Cache Valley, some 65 miles across a big mountain. It happened that my brother Joseph was in the same boat that I was, and he and I started out to find a market for what we had to sell. I sold my buffalo robe and three of my elk skins, (I had four elk skins left to make me a suit of clothes) and bought a few yards of flannel and a few yards of calico, a bottle of castor oil, a box of Grafenburg pills and three hundred pounds of flour, and I went home with a smile on my face that did not come off for a long time. That summer I built a house and moved in and we called it our home. Father took a contract that summer to build a bridge over Blacksmith Fork about 60 miles southwest en route to Ogden. He let James Homes, Hyrum S. Rich and myself in with him, and we received $86 each in store pay on Williams Jennings in Salt Lake City.

    Now, reader, I want to tell you that was the first time in my life I had worked for money and appropriated the proceeds for myself. Previous to that it had always been for Father's family. With my store bill I bought me a scythe to cut hay, a pitchfork, a shovel, ax and kitchen furniture. And we were just as happy as young married folks can be Then for the next ten or fifteen years, every sixteen or eighteen months, an extra member was added to the family until we had an even dozen. I forgot to say that we obtained the cattail feather bed from bulrushes on the river bottoms the first winter.

    My spare time was occupied trying to improve my home and surroundings. Crops were cut short by the early frosts. Sometimes entirely. But with all the drawbacks that I endured, I accumulated means and felt I had been wonderfully blessed. In the summer of 1872, Brigham Young came to the valley on one of his annual visits and he preached discourses on plural marriage. (Up to that time, polygamy had never appealed to me very strong. I had been raised in a polygamous family, and I thought I never wanted any of it in mine.) After I heard Brigham Young's sermon, there was a feeling came over me that I had better at least make the attempt to get another wife, but to eliminate the courting; just ask the consent of the girl and her parents and if either was opposed, that was to be the end of it. When I raised courage to put it to the test, everything was in the affirmative. September 8, 1873, I was married to Mary Elizabeth Bingham, sister to my first wife, in the Endowment House. Being raised in a polygamous family, I thought I knew about as much as anybody on how to guide the ship. How well I succeeded, those that have been acquainted with me can be the judge.

    During the winter and spring of 1874 and 1875, Charles Mallory and I built a sawmill in Montpelier Canyon. After that I could build and finally got comfortably situated. On May 22, 1876, Father died after spending the winter in Southern Utah. He arrived home May 17 and died five days later. The early frost and cold long winters caused me to make a change to a warmer climate. With consent of Apostle Charles C. Rich, I disposed of all my belongings and put it into teams, wagons and cattle. On October 3, 1878, in company with Charles Dana and son Roswell, John Hibbert, John and William Lesueur, Charles Warrener and Robert Williams, we set out for Salt River Valley, Arizona. We arrived at Mesa on January 17, 1879. Robert Williams stopped in Salem, Utah. He had an ox team and the rest of us had horses. We arrived in Mesa with four teams, three wagons and about 25 head of cattle, mostly cows. The first settlers had only been located since October. They were living in tents and sheds mostly. The company let us join them, giving us a chance to work out water rights to get shares in the company.

    It was hard to get a home and get comfortably located again. I disposed of all my surplus stock, teams, and wagons which enabled me to buy provisions until I got houses, such as they were, to live in. Everything went well with us until September 1884 when Charles I. Robson, Oscar Stewart, Alma Spillsbury, George Wilson, James Wilson and I were indicted for polygamy and unlawful cohabitations. We never tried to evade the propositions as we believed the law unconstitutional, and we had no trouble getting bondsmen. The next spring the trial court convened in April, We all went down to Phoenix, the county seat, about a week before our trial was to come off to see if we had any friends that we could depend on. We found about all the friends we had were saloon men and that kind of people. We employed lawyers and the church sent Tom Fitch of Los Angeles to take charge of the trial. Things looked darker to us every day. Our lawyers worked with the judge and did all they could to get some assurance from him to show us some leniency, but failed. Alma Spillsbury's case was brought to the jury and in less than twenty minutes a verdict was given--Guilty. Our lawyers told us there was no use for any other to stand trial, and so they informed the judge that the others would plead guilty. We were told to appear at 10 a.m. the next day. The judge said we would have to promise to obey the law. That caused me some serious reflections. I will now relate a dream I had two or three nights before. I went to bed wondering what the outcome of it all would be. I dreamed I was out in an open country all alone, close by me stood a very small bull, a cherry red in color, the most perfect and handsome animal I had ever seen. His horns looked to be transparent and came to a very sharp point. As I looked, at a great distance I saw a large object moving towards me, and when it came close enough to tell what it was, I saw that it was a monstrous bull. I discovered that he was mad, and the closer he came the more mad he became. I saw he was making for the little bull, and he looked as large to me as an elephant. He never halted till he came up within six or eight feet of the little fellow, and all the while the little fellow stood chewing his cud not seeming to pay any attention to the monster bull. When the monster stopped, I thought he put out his tongue and his eyes were like balls of fire. He made a dive at the little bull, and at the same time the little bull caught him in the neck, completely unjointing it. The monster fell and I woke up. This dream brought joy to all of us. We felt that something was going to happen that would cause a change in our favor. On the morning of April 11 at 10 a.m., we all appeared ready to take our medicine. The first name called was Hyrum S. Phelps.

    The judge asked, "Mr. Phelps, you have pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful cohabitation. Have you anything to say why the court should not pass sentence on you?"

    "I have just one request, your honor," I replied. "That is that you do not insist on me obeying the law as you interpret it. I consider the law unconstitutional and made especially to punish the Mormons. I will hold myself subject to the law at all times, but I don't want to make any promises."

    "Mr. Phelps, I am not here to decide on the constitutionality of the law, but punish those that violate the law as it stands, and I shall expect something from you that will convince me you will obey it the same as all law abiding citizens," he said.

    "Your honor, God gave me my wives. They were virgins when I married them. I can hold my hand up and say before God and man that I never did, outside of the marriage relations, have anything to do with any man's wife or daughter." I spoke for fully five minutes on the purity of marriages and why we practiced it. At the conclusion of my talk I said, "That is all I have to say."

    The first word he spoke was to those sitting near him. He said with tears in his eyes, "Gentlemen, you may think that this is a desirable position to pass sentence on these men. This is the hardest thing I ever had to do. You are some of the best citizens we have." Turning to me he added, "Mr. Phelps, I realize your family needs you at home, and I shall give you only ninety days and no fine to pay." I thanked him for being so lenient.

    The next day the warden inspected us, gave us a clean haircut, a shave and a brand new suit of clothes with the stripes running horizontally. The night before I was sentenced, Mary Elizabeth gave birth to a baby girl and a month following she lost her little two-year-old boy. The warden gave us all privileges that were possible and the most comfortable cells in the prison.

    We were turned loose again on July 12, 1885. I then went to living again as I had always done. The stake authorities thought I was running desperate chances as I was living with both families, and advised me to go to Mexico. In the spring of 1887, I drove down to Juarez, Mexico to see what I thought of the country. I did not like the government in that country. On Dec. 3, 1890, I received a call to serve a mission to the Southern States and to be in Salt Lake to leave for the mission Dec. 16. I told my boys I would borrow the money and start Dec. 5 to go up to Bear Lake and see my folks there before going on my mission. The third day after I received my call, I started. I arrived at Maricopa where I was to change cars on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The train stopped, I looked out of the window and who should I see but my old friend the Federal Marshall who was after me. The Spirit told me he was wanting me and for me to get off the car on the opposite side from where the others were getting off. I was to go around, and come in behind and get on the other train on the opposite side from where the others were getting on and walk lame. When I came in full view of the officer, the Spirit seemed to operate on me just like some person giving me a command. When the train started off, I looked out the window and saw that my poor old uncle Brother Sam Thompson was returning home after a short visit with my mother. I did not have time to tell him what was taking place. I waited in Yuma until the next day and Uncle was on the train, so we went on our way without any more trouble. I visited my relatives in Bear Lake and they contributed more than enough to pay my expenses from Salt Lake and back again. I arrived at my journey's end (Spartanburg Mills) on Dec. 23, 1890. I had just one dollar in my pocket, and I gave that to the family I was to stay with to buy Christmas presents as they were very poor.

    David LeBaron was my first companion. I was gone 23 months, but never slept out one night, only had to pay for one night's lodging during my entire stay in the mission field. While on my mission I baptized four persons. When I returned home, I was a better man and had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel During my absence, President Wilford Woodruff had issued the Manifesto and my law breaking was at an end.

    On the 26th of February 1889, I fitted out two teams and went to St. George, Utah, to work in the temple. I took my mother, wife Clarinda, daughter Lucretia and son Calvin. We had our three oldest children sealed to us and mother had her two oldest sealed to her and father. I also did the work for Grandfather Spencer Phelps and his wife. We were gone from home six weeks. The work done at St. George completed all the vicarious work on my ancestors that I knew of at that time. My mother made her home with me from the time we left Bear Lake, Idaho until her death January 31, 1896.

    About the year 1900, I received a letter from my nephew, William R. Holmes, who was laboring as a missionary in Massachusetts at the time that The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors was being published in two volumes and there might be a chance for me to get my family included in the work. I sent a list of my family, but it was too late to be inserted in the book, However, I sent an order and received the genealogy of my ancestors back for eight generations. My wife Mary Elizabeth and I have been working in the temple at Logan, Utah most of the time since April 1919 to 1925.

    After returning home from my mission, my time was occupied on my farm and surroundings until about the year 1910. My sons being married and myself along in years, I was not able to do the work required. I decided to sell the 80 acres and when the buyer came along, I sold for $19,000 and bought a city lot in the town of Mesa, and built a home on it for Clarinda and a home for Mary Elizabeth on 20 acres I had left previous to my selling. On October 13, 1906 Mary Elizabeth's house burned down. We were sleeping out of doors at the time and everything was burned except the beds and clothing we had taken off our bodies when we went to bed. It was a brick house and it burned so quickly that the walls were not damaged very much. I soon rebuilt and was comfortably situated again. During the winter of 1917-18 I sold my ranch home and we moved into another home I had built in town. My plans were to spend the balance of my days working in the temple for the redemption of my ancestors who are dead and gone.

    Now in conclusion of the story I have given of my life, I must say that I have been true and faithful. On the advent of another birthday, I will be 77 years old and I have every reason to believe I will live till I am 95 years old. If I should live that long, I expect to hear of more sorrow and suffering from wars, famines, earthquakes and destruction by the destroying elements than I have ever heard of in the last fifty years. I have never sought after notoriety of civil offices. I am thankful that I was counted worthy to be called into the High Council at the organization of the Maricopa Stake, which office I held and tried to honor until the 8th of December, 1912, when I was ordained a patriarch. And I say as Nephi of Old, "I was born of goodly parents" who did all they could for their children under the circumstances by which they were surrounded.

    And as my ancestors before them. I am proud to know that I am of such stock, for many of them fought, bled and died in the Revolutionary War. I thank my God that I am permitted to do their work in the temple of the Lord, and I pray that my children will join with me as soon as circumstances will permit them to do so. I know the Lord expects it of us, and if we fail to do what we can for them, we will come to our condemnation. (You have ears to hear, take warning.) As for myself, I know I have made many mistakes and fallen into many habits that were not becoming to a Latter-day Saint. I have not controlled my tongue and have said many things I should not have said. But with all my failings, I have always tried to be honest with my fellow men. I have had no dollar in my life that I would be ashamed for any person to know how I came by it, not have I ever spent a dollar that I would be ashamed to tell my children— Clarinda, 12, and Mary Elizabeth, 14. Eleven of them have passed to the great beyond. Three of them died and left infant babes. A daughter, a young woman grown and a son 19 years. The others ranged in age from three months to four years. I have also two daughters that are left widows with ten and five children to take care of.

    So I feel content to know that when my time comes, I will have loved ones to mingle with over there. I thank the Lord that I was permitted to be born when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was again on the earth. I know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of the world and that Joseph Smith was and is Prophet of God and that the Church known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the only church that is acceptable unto Him as a church. This is my testimony and I here subscribe to it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

    P.S. When I die, I prefer to be buried by the side of my mother without any display of flowers, the same as the rest that have gone on before me. It is a satisfaction to know I will have loved ones to mingle with when my turn comes to go. Given this day the tenth of December, 1922, at Logan, Utah.

    /s/ H. S. Phelps

    [Hyrum Phelps died April 23, 1926 after being gored by a bull. Kenneth and Lavel Whatcott were with him when he was gored and said that his intestines were lying on the ground in the manure. He died two days later.]

    Hyrum married Sarah Clarinda Bingham on 25 Sep 1866 in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho. Sarah (daughter of Calvin Bingham and Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne) was born on 6 Sep 1850 in Big Pigeon, Pottawattamie, Iowa; died on 23 Dec 1927 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Hyrum married Mary Elizabeth Bingham on 8 Sep 1873 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Mary (daughter of Calvin Bingham and Elizabeth Lucretia Thorne) was born on 25 Dec 1853 in East Weber, Weber, Utah; died on 14 Nov 1933 in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona; was buried in Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

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

  2. 15.  Alice Darracott Seabrook Descendancy chart to this point (13.Harry7, 11.Henry6, 9.Thomas5, 7.Thomas4, 5.Mary3, 3.Nicholas2, 1.Nicholas1) was born on 30 Jul 1890 in White Plains, Westchester, New York; died on 2 Mar 1979 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    Alice married Clarence Baker King on 4 Mar 1911 in New York, New York. Clarence (son of Franklin Hiram King and Carrie Hunter Baker) was born on 5 Jun 1884 in River Falls, St. Croix, Wisconsin; died on 27 Sep 1974 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 30. Lowell King  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 2 May 1920 in New Canaan, Farfield, Connecticut; died on 27 Aug 1969 in New York, New York.