Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Eternally Ella and Ensign

With Ensign's brother Malcolm Smith and his wife Verna.

Ensign and Ella with Lynn in the back ground
At Myrle's Wedding

Grandma had lots of flowers at Whitlock Ave.
"The smell of blooming iris reminds me of my grandma."

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


[First DUP Application 7 Oct 1907 to be added on another post.]

Hand written history of Martin Luther ENSIGN by daughter Harriet Camilla ENSIGN SMITH. 
This includes Martin's handcart mission call to England.

Date of Application June 11, 1916
To the Society of the Daughters of Utah Hand Cart Veterans

          I Harriet Camilla Ensign Smith wife of Isaac Smith hereby apply for Membership in the Society by right of descent from Martin Luther Ensign who was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on 31 Mar 1831 was a citizen of Brigham and died in Brigham Cityon 18 May 1711. 

The service of my ancestors in assisting in pioneering Utah were as follows:
My Father Martin Luther Ensign came to Utah in the 2nd Co., Ira Eldredge captain.  He was then a boy of 16.  In 1853 he married Mary Dunn, and moved to Centerville where they remained a short time building a small log house, which they later took with them to Ogden then after a short time to Brigham City where they remained until Father's death in 1911. 

They were one of 8 families who were Pioneers of B.C. [Brigham City]

Where he assisted in building the "Old Fort" also Nail Factory where nails were made for number of years.  Also first "Grist Mill".  Many saw mills. Bridges also many Public Building.  

In 1856 father received a call to go on a Mission to England by Hand-cart.  He left Brigham City the 16 of April 1856 at the Eli Pierce Co.  He was almost penniless having only a change of shirts and a pair of boots that the shoe maker "trusted" him with until Mother could pay him in butter, which was $16.00.  

On the 23rd of April they left Salt Lake City in company of 70 elders, 2 or 3 to a cart.

He agreed to do the cooking, while the others furnished provisions.  It took 42 days to reach the Missouri River where they sold their outfits all but a blanket each to get money to get to St Louis, where means was raised to take them to Cincinnati  then more means were raised to take them on to New York.  The Mission Pres there asked father if he would go as freight if so his fare would be $15.00 to which he agreed.  They gave him food but nothing to eat it on, and no bed to sleep in.  It took [not legible] weeks to make the trip to England where he filled his mission without purse or script, fulfilling the scriptures to the letter.  He returned home at the time Johnston's army was in Utah.  



Martin Luther Ensign age 27 was returning from a mission to England and served as the chief cook.

trail excerpt: 

Ensign, Martin Luther, Autobiography 1897.

We landed at Omaha on 17th Apr and at the Florance [Florence] five miles above the same day by stage[.] In a few days all of the Elders had arived and preperations were made to Continue our Journey to Utah. The Church furnished teams, Wagons and Provisions to bring us home[.] we had 12 Wagons[,] 50 horses[,] 8 mules. We started from Florance [Florence] May 1st and Orgenised on the 4th[.] Capten of Com[pany] John W. Bary [Berry,] Capten of Gard Barnerd [Bernard] Snow[.] Clirk [Clerk] Thomas Bouluck [Bollock]
There were Eight in our mess, Thomas [R.] King, Robert [Reuben M.] McBride, Eli H[arvey] Pearce [Pierce], Thomas Pearce [Pierce], Enoch Rees[e], T. [Peter] Roberson [Robinson,] Henry Herriman & M[artin] L[uther] Ensign[.]. I was cheaf [chief] Cook. their ware about 125 men in the Com[pany] as near as I can remember
We had to walk most of the way[.] I walked 9/10 of the way or more. We had a very good Journey[.] all came Safe & without any troble.
The Army that came to Utah was at Bridger 125 miles from S[alt] L[ake] City. we took a road north of them and Came into the head of Echo Canion [Canyon.] the Army Started from Bridger the Same day[.] we passed there[.] We came onto the fromt [front] guard who were reparing the road and bridges in Echo Canion. they wanted to Stop us but Peace had ben declared by the Comision Sent out for that purpos[e] So we were not disturbed, we pased them and came 60 miles that day Camping on East Canion Creek. We arived in Salt Lake City June 21st 1858 Making the Journey in 52 days.
Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah
[Also found in Ensign, Martin Luther, Autobiography, in Utah State Historical Society Cache Valley Chapter, Historical resource materials for Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho, 1955-1956, reel 1, item 9, 6.]
Other trial excerpt Sources: 

Year Book Photo's found at Ancestry.com

1955 BYU Year Book Photo - Myrle SMITH
Senior Orchesis - National Dance Frantically - 
one major dance performance each year.
 Belle of the Y 
Included in the contest was Baking a Cake, and a Talent.
Myrle got a cake recipe from her sister Camilla.  The cake won first place not because it looked the best but because it tasted the best.  "It was the only time I ever won a prize for my cooking." 
Myrle was a freshman a Senior was choosen as the Belle.  She was told she would have won if she was not a freshman. They thought she would have other years to take first place.  She was married and was gone the next year.  She now has a PhD.

Monday, April 2, 2012

1960 from David Dalton photos

David sent this picture. OLD memories. Jeff 7 Linc 5 Nate 3 (So, Steve must be 15, Jan 23-24, David 25. That makes me: 26 and Bob 33.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

["Dr."] Sarah WOODING SMITH by Amy Smith Hancock


Compiled by Amy Smith Hancock
February 5, 1961

Sarah Wooding Smith was born 13 Aug. 1797, and christened 3 Sep. 1797, at Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England. Her parents Lord James Woodin (Wooding) and Mary Dainton, both lived to see this daughter marry, join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and come to America.

Sarah had five brothers and one sister of record: John, William, James, Samuel, Mark and Nancy Wooding.

Sarah Wooding married Daniel William Smith, 10 July 1815, Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England. Daniel and Sarah had seven children of record and were the parents of our illustrious ancestor Samuel Smith. Sarah was baptized according to her christening record 3 Sept. 1797, as was the custom of the Christian Churches; but she was baptized by the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oct. 1841, in England.

The Daniel Smiths and family members came to America at the same time their son Samuel Smith and his wife Mary Ann Line and small daughter departed from Liverpool, England, 15 Jan. 1843 - with Nauvoo as their objective residence.

Daniel Smith, Sarah's husband died before they left for Utah, probably in the State of Iowa. [Correction: Daniel William SMITH died 10 Sep 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinios] His death date is recorded as 10 Sept. 1845. I here note that Samuel and Mary lost twin girls and they were buried (1846) at Mt. Pisga [sic], or later called Talmage, Iowa.

It is recorded that she came to Utah in 1848. So Sarah Wooding Smith is another Utah Pioneer and should be numbered among its valiant, immortal women. It appears that Sarah established her home in Salt Lake Co. with members of her family, still living with her.

This, I remember my grandmother, Frances Ann Ingram Smith saying concerning Sarah Wooding Smith, "She will always be remembered by the people in the Salt Lake City Communities - in her 'time' for her CHARITY toward the poor, the homeless, and the weary and broken-hearted as they pioneered their way into this Rocky Mountain Retreat. It was at her home that the Ingram (Ingraham) orphans: Richard, Sarah Jane, and Frances Ann, found shelter, food and love." So this precious lady became a mother to her future daughter-in-laws; while they were yet young children.

Frances Ann further stated, "Mother Smith was noted for her ability and understanding of the proper methods to be used in sanitation and the prevetation of contagious diseases being transferred throughout the community. She had the much cherished ability to care for and understand the ill, the depressed and to sympathize with those called to mourn the loss of a love one."

She had an exceptional good-humored disposition, a remarkable memory, a wonderful education - could tell jokes to fit every occasion and they always finished with a good and proper standard.

This and the following were compiled in 1960-61.

I found Sarah Wooding Smith's name in the pamphlet 'Through The Years' (Fourth and Eighth Ward, Brigham City, Utah, 1953...p. 51 - listed as a pioneer, a native of London, England, date came to Utah - actually meant to Brigham City settlement - 1861. She was probably living with her grand-daughter or visiting there with Nancy Ann Turpin Higley.

Signed: Amy Smith H. Empey

Aunt Beatrice Smith Weeks Olney Larsen, laughing and joking once remarked that she had heard it said, "Grandmother Sarah Smith was the world's worst cook, being inclined to make everything so that it ended up in the form of a stew." It is believable, since they had very little food and her house being a home for the needy "where the floors such as they were, became the beds for many" so stew would be the item of food always on the stove and ready to eat.

Little else is known about this pioneer woman, this great Female Relief Society worker.

These simple lines would exemplify the principles that guided this stockily built personality, and 'SHE LIVES TODAY' here in the characters of thousands of her descendants. She is as alive today in the world beyond as she ever was in her greatest surge of activity, here upon this earth.


"I would be a friend to the friendless and
find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor

I would live with the people and help to solve their problems
that this earth life would be a happy experience.

I would visit the sick and afflicted and inspire in them
a desire for faith and to be healed.

I would avoid the publicity of high positions and
discourage the flattery of thoughtless friends."

Sarah Smith died at the age of 68 years, 26 Nov. 1865 and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.

- Feb. 5, 1961


The heart grows warm with sympathy,

The vision dims with tears,
When contemplation brings to view

Those noble pioneers.

How 'neath the tyrant's rod they bowed

One common cause to share;
On every lip a note of praise,

In every heart a prayer.

A thousand trackless miles they came,

Those dauntless pioneers,
While thirsty deserts drank their blood

Commingled with their tears.

For hatred and a nation's scorn

They gave back, unredressed,
A garden in the wilderness,


Compiler - Amy S. Hancock

[The following is] to be added to substantiate the history of Sarah as compiled by Amy Smith Hancock, (1961). By Virga May Holst Harding, gr. grand-daughter of Samuel's sister Louisa Jane Smith Turpin (Mrs. Jesse Turpin) and a gr. gr. grdtr. of Sarah W. Smith. Mrs. Harding is a historian of the Brigham City, Utah area. 26 Aug. 1962

Sarah Wooding Smith was the daughter of Lord James and Mary Dainton Wooding (Woodin or Woodding) of England. She was highly educated and her people were very wealthy. Sarah studied the profession of medicine and surgery. When she married Daniel Smith her folks felt that she was marrying below her station in life and their standards and wealth so they disinherited her.

Sarah W. Smith came to Utah (not with her son Samuel and family) but with her daughter and son-in-law Louisa Jane Smith and Jesse Turpin; 20 Sept. 1848 in the 2nd. Co. of Brigham Young. So she was one of the very first Doctors and Surgeons in Utah. Although the Utah History does not chronicle same.

Sarah's grand-daughter Nancy Ann Turpin (Higley) at the age of 12 yrs. helped her with a serious operation by handling the necessary instruments and bandages etc. to this brave nurse and doctor Sarah W. Smith, who took a large portion of the crushed skull form a man's head, which was laying against the brain, removed it and inserted a silver-plate. The man recovered and lived to an old age. Nancy assisted her a great many times in various cases. - - Virga Holst Harding.

From the Booklet 'Through the Years' Eighth Ward, Brigham City,m page 51, (1953) we find Sarah Wooding Smith's name as a pioneer and the date given as coming to Utah 1861 when in reality she came to Brigham City about that time. On page 50 of the same booklet is found Nancy Ann Turpin Higley and her husband Daniel Lee Higley. He is listed as coming in 1861. They are the grandparents of Virga Holst Harding.

Daniel and Sarah Smith and their Son Samuel Smith, had their Patriarchal Blessings the same day, place and from the same Patriarch. 5 Aug. 1845 - Nauvoo, Ill. and Pat. John Smith. #987-988-989; Vol. 9 pages 332 and 333. Daniel Smith owned and payed taxes on property in Nauvoo, Ill. a description is on the records. Daniel died one month and 5 days after his patriarchal blessing so he must have been buried in Nauvoo, Ill. His death date is listed as 10 Sept. 1845. Daniel was ordained a High Priest during his life-time and after joining the Church.

Sarah Wooding Smith trained her son Samuel to set bones to make and prepare medicine, to care for the dead and taught him the laws of sanitation.

I have taken a picture of Sarah Wooding Smith's grave marker and some of the markers in the same lot - her dtr., grand-children (Turpins) grt, gr. chl. the Budd's and one son of Samuel and Mary Ann Line Smith - the first buried on the lot in 1855. Sarah was the 2nd buried there. June Jensen Cavalli took me to S. L. Cemetery to take the picture 28 Aug. 1962.

[Gravestone Inscription:

August 13, 1797
Novem 16, 1867]

A little history of Samuel's sister and Sarah's only dtr. to live and get married; Louisa Jane Smith. Louisa Jane had three husbands. 1st. Jesse Turpin. 2nd. John Alfred Van. 3rd. John Crawford.

- Signed: Amy S. H. Empey

(Thank you Dave, for this history found posted at Roots Web.
SEE: Daniel and Sarah Wooding Smith, their Family and Ancestors. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rhutch/famhistory/d&ssmith/)

Sarah WOODING's spouse Daniel William SMITH & Their Children.

Daniel and Sarah's 11 children were all born in England. Only 2 sons and 1 daughter lived to marry. They had lost 2 sons and 1 daughter as children, they also lost 3 infant sons and 2 infant daughters. Three year old James and all 5 infants died in England. Sarah's husband Daniel, 8 year old John, and twelve year old Mary Ann all died the same year 1845 while living near Nauvoo, Illinois.

Ancestry chain:
grandkids, kids, Myrle, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Isaac SMITH b.1857, Samuel SMITH Judge b.1818, Sarah WOODING b.1797
4th great-grandmother.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sons of the American Revolution - Elihu CARPENTER

Sons of the American Revolution

http://o.mfcreative.com/f1/file05/objects/2/a/4/52a415ce-858d-403a-82fb-6c907523513b-0.jpg Elihu CARPENTER (1752-1827) veteran of the Revolutionary War, married 1738 Martha HUTCHINS. Son of Eleazer CARPENTER and Elisabeth WARFIELD.

Enlisted and served as Corporal at time of the Lexington Scare in Co. of Nathaniel Carpenter, No. 607. Served 8 days.

Enlisted and served as Corporal in Nathaniel Carpenter's Co., Col. Cary's Reg. at New York and White Plains. Dismissed Dec. 1, 1776, after 5 mon. service. Enlisted and served as Quarter master's Sergeant in Col. Hathaway's Reg. April 21, 1777. Served 24 days in Rhode Island.

Enlisted as Sergeant in Co. of Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter, "Reg. of Col. Whitney, in Rhode Island Alarm, May 3, 1777. Served 1 mo. 25 days. Marched from Rehobeth to Point Judith.

"Mass. Soldier's and Sailor's of the Revolutionary War" Vol. III.P. 116.

ANCESTRY CHAIN: 6th great-grandfather Elihu CARPENTER b.1752, Betsy CARPENTER-3684 b.1788, Adaline RAWSON b.1811, Mary DUNN b.1833, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, children of Myrle, grandchildren of Myrle.

Immigrant ancestors of Elihu CARPENTER are pictured with ships. The next two generations include many more immigrant ancestors

(click on chart to enlarge.)

See post on three William CARPENTER immigrant grandfathers.

See post on immigrant grandfather Edward FREEMAN.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Francis HAWKES and Eliza COLE family group sheet

My Great Grand Parents family:

left side: father Francis HAWKES, Clarence Christopher (Cal) CRESSAL and Mary Ann FARNES, Eliza Annie HAWKES and Hyrum David DAVIDSON, Francis William HAWKES child, Sarah Ann HAWKES and Harry WORLEY, Herbert Henry HAWKES and Sarah Amy JONES.right side: mother Eliza COLE, Alvin James HAWKES and Margaret SMITH, Martha Maria HAWKES and William Henry BROUGH, Horatio Paul HAWKES and Annie McNiel SMITH, Nellie May HAWKES and not pictured Albert Milton CURTIS, Elizabeth HAWKES and Edmund Rodoph GIBBS.

Click on images to Enlarge and Read.
Ancestry Chain: grandchildren, son, Myrle, Amy Ella HAWKES, Herbert Henry HAWKES, Francis HAWKES and Eliza COLE.