I would really like to have known Aunt Eliza Eggleston Barron. The glimpses we have of her, especially from her letters, give me the impression she was quite spunky and would have been an entertaining storyteller. Her life was not necessarily easy and was not very long.
Eliza’s Early Life
Eliza Eggleston Barron was born March 25, 1810 in Marcellus, Onondaga, New York. Family records had estimated her birth as 1802, but there appeared to be confusion with her sister Electa. Eliza was the youngest daughter in the family. In genealogical information sent by Orson to his father in 1876, he gave this birth date for Eliza. Eliza died November 4, 1869.
Eliza married Carr D. Barron May 9, 1840 in Owasco, Cayuga, New York. He was born February 15, 1809 in Owasco, Cayuga, New York. Eliza and Carr Barron moved from Springwater, Livingston, New York to Michigan, apparently before her sister Electa and family came.
Glimpses of Eliza’s Life through Letters
Much of the sense I get of Eliza’s personality, I gain from a letter she wrote to her brother Samuel June 8, 1862 from Groveland, Michigan. She wrote:
Groveland, June 8, 1862
“It is a long time since I have written to you. You must excuse my neglect for it is quite a task for me to write a letter. My health is not very good but I work some and attend to my business. Carr’s health is poor but he works as hard as ever. Two years ago last fall he had a fit of the palsy, the second one. It was a long time before he could work much. It hurt his speech and memory but we are mortals subject to decay. I suppose you will want to know about the children. Almon will be 21 in August next. Mary was 19 in April and Sarah 17 in May. Barton is 10. They are healthy children and a great help to us.”
After this general family news and health report, she told her brother Samuel about other family members. This is what she had to say about their younger brother Ansel:
“Five years ago this summer Ansel come her head up and pockets full of gold. He said he was on his way to Pennsylvania to get some money that was a comeing to him. He staid here a week and then left and in January after he came here again poorer than Job turkeys. He said he had come from Des Moines and he had left Mary there. She had a boy and he dident know whether it was his or not. He had started for California. He staid here four weeks and then wrote to Mary to come here in about two weeks she came and such a bundle of rags you never saw. She had on an old black calico dress narrow and nasty. It was all she had. Ne bed nor bedding. We found them house, stove, chairs, bed bedding, dishes, and a cow. Through that summer and the next winter he tot into a shop to shoemake and made a living. After that he took a notion to go on his own hooks and wanted Carr to sign with him but he refused and he has been mad at me ever since. I think he is kind of ticklish property. He is now at Holley a shoemaking. They now get a good living.”
Later in the later she mentions, as if she forgot and then just remembered, “”Ansel has 3 boys.” Eliza also shared with Samuel some information about a contact with another Eggleston regarding genealogy. She seemed to want direction from Samuel about how to respond to this person.
“I had a letter the other day from Rev. A. Eggleston, Broome Co., N.Y. He wants me to give him the births, marriages and deaths of my father, mother, brothers and sisters, all except you and their children and grandchildren, if they have any, and all their names and ages, who they married and their occupation. I think he must be crazy. He give his address Broome Co., N.Y. but not the Post Office where it was mailed was rubbed off. . . Write as soon as you get this and tell me if you know what postoffice to direct my letter to him. Your affectionate sister
Write soon and direct your letter to Goodrichville, Genesee Co., Mich.”
In a letter to Samuel dated March 5, 1873, their brother Ambrose wrote that he did not know where Eliza was. “I have had no correspondence with her since I moved into Allegany.” Apparently they had not kept in touch, and he was not aware of her death. At the time Orson was on his mission in Michigan in 1876, Eliza was dead. He did spend some time there with his Uncle Carr and cousins.
Eliza Eggleston Barron died of cancer November 4, 1869 in Groveland, Oakland, Michigan. Unfortunately her death record does not give her parents names and has her birthplace as New Jersey, not New York.
Lemuel Tayler John Carpenter Ephraim Woodworth Ezekiel Sayles Benjamin Collins Beriah Keele Gabriel Strang Gideon Freeman Stephen Freeman Peter Clements William Robbins George Edmonds
Sarah Sayles Caty Strang Mary Green Kaziah Keele (dead) Rodah Titus Hannah Bryan Lois Richman Mary Freeman Elizabeth Collins Caty Cool Anne Clements Freelove Chatfield
A LIST OF THE NAMES OF THE MEMBERS OF STILLWATER CHURCH (United)
Elder Lemuel Powers Elder David Irish (Dismn) Deacon John Andrews (Dis) Deacon Lemuel Taylor (Dis) Jonathan Lawrence (Dis-by letter) Ezekiel Sayles (Dis-by letter) Gabrial Strang (Ded) Gideon Freeman (Dism by letter) Augustus Green Thaddeus Histed (letter) Mordecai Sayles (Exc) James Cool (Exc) Peter Valentine ( ) Ebenezer Smith Matthew Vananburgh (Exc) Silvanus Sayles Bill Smith
Thomas Holmes (Exc) Andrew Sprague (dis by letter) James Green James Ackerman Eleazer Millard (D d) Philip Munger (died) Edy Millard (Exc)
Benjamin Irish Benjamin Munger (Decd) Joseph Munger (Dsimis by letter) Enoch Higgons (Dismis by letter) Naoh Mead (Dismis by letter) Seth Burgess (dismis by letter) Jotham Bassett (Dismis by letter) Thomas Higgons (Dismis by letter)
William Roberts (died) David Fisk (Exc)
Sarah Sayles (Dismis by letter) Caty Strang (dead) Mary Green Rhoda Titus (Dismis by letter)
Mary Freeman (Dis) Caty Cool (Dis) Anne Clements (died) Jerusha Thompkins (Dismis) Phebe Freeman (Dismis by letter)
Esther Histed (letter) Sarah Wright (Ex) Elisabeth Saxton (Dismis by letter) Olive Taylor [ ] Mary Smith Rebeckah Mott Mary Vananburgh Phebe Sayles Mary Newland (dead) Deliverance Sotherland Adosha Williams (Dis) Huldah Green Jane Holmes (Dismised) Hannah Dunham Burgess (Dismised) Anne Rogers
Martha Burlingame (Dismis by letter) Huldah Millard (Dismis by letter) Anna Andrus Abigail Baker (Dismis by letter) Sarah Olney (Dis) Phebe Roberts (Dis) Dorcas Fuller (Dis) Sarah Munger (Died) Hannah Munger (Dismis by letter)
Joseph Chamberlain (DecD) Daniel Guy (Dismist) Benjamin Culver Jonathan Jenkins (E) Charles Deming (ex ) Josiah St. John (Dis) Stephen Massly Daniel Rogers Robert Leonard (Exc) Daniel McBride (Dism by letter) Gilbert Warren (Dis) John Rowley (Decd) Seth Burgess Jun (Disms by letter) David Evits Rial Newland (Dis) John Waters (Dis) Stephen Sayles
Reuben Moore [ ] St. John(Dism by letter) John St. John (Died) Alexander Weed (Dism by letter) Michael Rogers (ex) Roger Wilcox (Dism by letter)
John Summerton (Dismis ) Daniel Campbell (Dism by letter) Joel Burgess (Dismis by leter) Abraham Sayles Jacob Wiltse (Dismis by letter) Proctor Denton (Dis) Briggs Sherman(Dism by letter) Jacob Miller John Thurber (Dismis by letter) William How (Dismis by letter)
Abigail Munger(Ds) Elisabeth Irish (Dism) Freelove Potter Sarah Mosher Abigail Lee (Dis) Abigail Olney (Dis) Mercy Irish (Dismis by letter) Sarah Rogers (Dis) Susannah Newell (Dis) Mary Stephens (Dis) Elisabeth Seely Elisabeth White Keziah Millard (Ex) Delight Woodworth Sarah Palmer Lucinday Marshal Lydia Head Dorcas Rathburn (Dis) Phebe Rathburn (Monger) Jerusha Histed (Dism by letter)
Rodah Carpenter ( ) Jane Lawrence (D ) Patience Jenkins (Died) Lydia Wright Mary Histed (Deceas) Eunice Rathburn (Dis by letter) Elenor Crawsby (Dis)
Martha Ostrander (Dis by letter) Mercy Waters (Dis) Persilla Waters (Dis) Elizabeth Moore Catherine Sayles Deborah Strang Jane Warren Anne Seely Sayles
Samuel Munger Abjah Smith James Seely Jun James Seely Luke St. John (died) David Woodworth Daniel How (Dism by letter) John Baker Francis West Lemuel Taylor Jun (Dismis by letter) Joseph Wilber (Dimis by letter) [ ]mitering Irish (Dism by letter) Isaac Fuller (Dism by letter) Edward Thurber (dismis by letter) Like Hill (Ex) Abnor Thurber George Richardson (letter) Van Ness Benjamin Wing (Dis)
Sarah Deming (Dismis by letter) Elisabeth Cropsey (Dis) Achsa Rogers (died) Mary Rogers (Excon) Esther Denton (Dis Ava Myres Mary Willcox (Dis) Rebeckah Summerton (Dismis by letter) Mary Cole Brown (Dis) Nancy Carpenter (Dismis by letter) Tabitha Olney Phebe Sayles (Dismis by letter) Sarah Miller (dis) Olive Crawford ( ) Ester Miller Abigail Holsted Elisabeth Irish (Dism by letter)
Anna Munger Elizabeth St. John (died)
Sarah Ayers (Dis) Rodah Steward Elisabeth Campbell Prudence Hayes Achsa How Marcy (Dis) Eunice Irish (Dismis by leter) Hannah Andrus Munger Sarah Walters (Died) Chloe Scibley Brown Abigail McBride (Dismis by letter) Rebeckah Southward Dorcas St. John (Dis) Nancy Ford Lucy Pettit (Dis)
[Chapman crossed out]
Eunice West (Ded) Sarah Taylor (Dis) Abigail Thruber (Decd) Rebecka Beets (Dism by letter) Abner Thurber (crossed out) Mary Sayles (Decd) Amy Bostwich
Ephraim Knowlton Peter Grooms William Grooms Daniel Derbeshaw James Essine Mathew Neally Joshua Miller Ephraim Dunham William Goslin (Died) Prichard Clute Timothy Wooden (dead) George Alford Joseph Peck Nathaniel Upham Arnold Waide John Baker John Bell Lent Andrew Evens Abraham Walton Thomas Hosier George Elsworth William king Philip King
Elizabeth Knowlton Anna Wooden Margara Welden Mathiah Tockrider Jane Dunham Marget Gossen Elisabeth Dunham Martha Gossen Mary Jeosten Levina Derbeshan Ane Thaber Rachel Baker
Abigail Goden Molley Alford Phebe Peek Lucy Evans Sarah Lodue Patience Briggs Phebe Daly Jane Chase Catherine Daly Hannah Hensley Mary Knowlton Jane Hosier Elisabeth Bell Patience Wooden Rebekah Sayles
Mary Wiley Anna Grooms Rebeckah Upum Elsay Elsworth
On the side of page Jerusha Flint Martha Walds Ruth Arnold
Millton Brethren and sisters over the cape
John Holmes Thomas Merick Joseph Wood Benjamin Bennet Othniel Palmer Williams Norton Robert Acherman Randel Hasel Elijah Price
Grant Price Silas Brown (Ex) Andrew Alger (deceased) Gideon Hoyel Daniel Couch Charles Dale
Joshua Mann Joel Corkens Rufus Price Salmon Child George Loveless Samuel Reid Nathaniel Corkins
Hannah Bryam Anne Wood Hannah Holmes (Dismed) Bethiah Corkens Eunice Woodworth Rookslany Ackerman Experience Hewet Sarah Starr Hannah Price Silance Palmer Mary Washburn Beilah Price Olive Bacon Eunice Reid Mary Rose Ruth Olney Olive Child
Martha Isam Abigail White
41 Milton Brethren & sisters Dismised
Hemlockbrook Brethren & Sisters (Greenfield)
Gershom Saxton (Dis) Warren Carpenter (ex) Nathaniel Saxton (dis) Samuel Conklin (Dismis by letter) Seth Corkens (Ex) Rowland Potter Ambrose Newland (Dis) John McCarty Jonathan Fish Jun (Dis) Elihu Ward Moses Leonard (Dis) John Griffin (Dis letter) Pardon Fish Josiah Wilber (Deced) Thomas Windover Jonathan Fisk Jun Joseph Dooler (Dead)
Jacob Finehout (Dis)
Hannah Fisk (Dead) Hannah Hill Mercy Irish Elisabeth Saxton (Dis) Susanna Saxton (dis Ruth Fuller Elisabeth Cady (dis) Esther Knapp Rodah Fish Deisre Windover Elisabeth Griffen (dis letter) Elisabeth Conklin (Dis by letter) 30
Ballstown Brethren and Sisters
Lazarus Hollister Clement Youngs Joneth Holister William Betteys Nehemiah Seely (Dis by letter) Daniel Thomas Thomas Proctor John Cloinwiser Benjamin Ide John Cutler Gideon Luther
Sarah Hollister Anna Youngs Mary Betteys Jane Burns Deborah Seely Susannah Miller (Ballstown cont) Rachel Cloidenwiser Abagail Seely Huldah Lasay Hannah Wakeman Mary Cutler Lydia Smith Mary Luther 24
Fishcreek Brethren and sisters:
Jonathan Dendal Seth Crosel Henry Knapp Alpheus Lewis Hezekiah Dunham Joseph Coon Timothy Carrier Jonathan Psat Jonathan Pettet Rufus Ballard Zacheus Tayler
Niles Tayler Solomon Carier Benjamin Rayler Thomas Jordan Daniel Miller George Coon David Cross Hezekiel Betts Tamsom Davis
Mary Pendal Mary Crosbie Jasmine Knapp Thankful Lewis Mary Dunham Martha Coon Mehitabel Carier Anna Sweet
Agnes Pettit Nancy McCutchen Hannah Miller Levina Webster Nanny Clements Freelove Chatfield Rebeckah Blanchard Rebeckah Perkins Alva Morgan Sarah Potter
The above Brethren and sisters were set off a church by themselves in February 1791 and Elder Samuel Rogers joined with them.
Keyondeross Creek over the lake Brethren and Sisters (Saratoga)
John Keader William Barlow Ephraim Bennet Timothy Wood Henry Person Benjamin Richman Stephen Richman Wiliston West
Samantha Keader Betty Barlow
Abigail Derbeshear Hannah Huntley Lois Richmon Elisabeth Person Hannah West Esther Cross Hannas Corins Lorania Chapman Dorcas Chapman
Names of the Brethren & Sisters at Nipmos (Half Moon)
Names of the Brethren & Sisters at Nipmos (Half Moon)
Ephraim Martin John Gifford Jeremiah Carpenter Ebenezer Gifford Timothy Fuller Jun Millard Boyce Nehemiah Wallace Aaron Case Jn. James Fuller Barnaby B. Maxwell Abner Darling Benjamin Gifford Timothy Gifford Joseph Benedict Josiah Carpenter Thurston Jonklin
Amy Fuller Elizabeth Miles Margaret Jackson Sarah Wright Sarah Allen Thankful Wilcox Elenor Boyce Jane Carpenter Jane Porter Hannah Gifford Fanny Fraser Alice Akins Diana Richardson Mercy Case Huldah Fuller Anna Lee Charlotte Sprague Hannah Darling Sarah Fuller Phebe Purdy Patience Maxwell Anne Nettleton Elisabeth Preston Bythiah Fuller Hannah Martin Ruth Gifford
The following is sending to the association? 1822
The following is sending to the association? 1822
Dismissed: Abner Thurber (by letter) James Sayles (by letter) Eld S. Rogers (Deceased) Mary Enos (by letter)
The number of Members returned in 1823 was 158 but had aught to been but 157 as North Munger was forgotten
Since sending to the Association in 1823 dismissed by letter & Deceased: Wealthy Rowley (Dec) Hannah Hill (Dec) Deborah Ferres (Dec) Margaret Johnson (by letter) Stanard (Do) Daniel Salsbury (Do) Phebe Wandle (Do) Lott Burge (Do) Hannah Burge (Do) Polly Burge (Do) Lymus Wilcox (Do)
1824 December Elizabeth White Ruth Shawbolt
Returned in 1823 157 Added in Do 2 159 Excluded 3 Deceased 3 Dis by letter 8 14
159 14 145 present number in June 1824 145
Added Polly Dunham Miller (by bap)
(Excluded) Polly Child (27 Jul)
Ruth Sayles (by letter) (Excluded) John Shepworth (Do) Abraham Rund (Do) Hannah Wilde (Do) Bron (black boy)
Excluded From Church Betsy Ford Martha Monger (in Oct 1822)
4 crossed out names
Excluded in 1824: Ruth Rowley Hasma Munger Esther Dickerson Wm. Foote Gideon S Moor
The following are such as have been dismissed in the 24 July 1818
An Undated List:
John Holmes Augustus Green Gershom Saxton Samuel Tayler Daniel Fenton Warren Carpenter Jun Thaddues Histed Mordecai Sayles James Cool Lazarus Hollister Clement Youngs Smith Holister William Betteys Thomas Merrick Peter Valentine Nehemiah Seely Daniel Thomas Thomas Procter John Cloidenwiser Ebenezer Smith Mathew Vananburgh Seth Crowell Jonathan Lawrence (Deacon) Silvanus Sayles Benjamin Ide John Caton Orias Scribner Joseph Wood Benj. Bennett Elnathan Finch Alpheus Moer Bill Smith
Jonathan Newman Thomas Holmes Andrew Griggs
Jerusha Tompson Phebe Freeman Esther Sayles Sarah Histed
Sarah Holister Anne Youngs Mary Betteys Jerusha Histed Jane Burns Deborah Seely Susannah Vanvlack Rachel Cloidenwiser Elizabeth Saxton Lydia Tayler Abigail Seely Huldah Layra Sarah Wood Hannah Wakeman Olive Tayler Mary Smith Rebeckah Mott Mary Vanamburgh Hannah Baker Phebe Tayler Mary Crowell Rachel Sumner Deborah Caton Mary Swetland Hannah Lamphere Deliverance Tinney Anna Wood Hannah Holmes Hannah Fish Hannah Hill Dosha Fish
[ ]than Bendal [ ] Green James Ackerman Daniel Ashley
Huldah Green Mabel Moor Bethiah Calkin Jane Holmes Mary Bendal Jemima Knapp Hannah Dunham Anna Grinnold Esther Weeks Olive Ashley Martha Burlinggame
A list of the members of this church that we considered in standing and returns to the association made accordingly this 24th June 1818
A list of the members of this church that we considered in standing and returns to the association made accordingly this 24th June 1818
Augustus Green (crossed out) Ebenezer Smith Sylvanus Sayles James Green James Sherman Benjamin Colver Daniel Rogers Stephen Sayles Samuel Mungers Abjah Smith James Sealy (Dec feb 10) David Woodworth Abner Thurber Van Ness Rowland Potter Elihu Ward Pardon Fish Thomas Wendover Daniel Campbell George Loveless Stephen Richman John Thurber Isaac Fuller Elijah Dickerson Daniel Monger
M. Smith Huldy Green Anna Rogers Ester (Crossed out Dismissed) Anna Andrews Freelove Potter Sarah Mosier Elizabeth Sealy Elizabeth White Delight Woodworth Sarah Palmer Lydia Head Deborah Strang Jane Warren Miers Amy Sayles Tabatha Olney Abigail Holsted Elizabeth Campbell Hannah Monger Cloe Brown Rebecah Southword Mary Rose Nancy Ford Amy Bostwich (Deceased 1818) Hannah Hill Mary Irish
List of Names Continued:
List of names continued Males:
Samuel Tompkins (Ex Jun 25 1821) Benjamin West Pardon Ealms (dismised) Cornelus Rowley Samuel Lawrence (Dis by letter Nov 1817) Jeremiah Bishop Timothy Monger Elijah Sayles
Stephen Mix Rial Newland (Deceasd) Josiah Woodworth Elder Saml Rogers Conrad Lermahorn Real Woodworth Anson Palmer Samuel Monson (Excluded) John Lawrence (Dis by letter)
List of names continued Females:
Ruth Fuller Esther Knapp Rodia Irish Desire Wendover Eunice Rathburn Anna Dickerson Sintha Downing Lucy Pooler Susannah Thompkins Betsy West Loise Monger Anna Rowley
Usley Ealms (Disniss) Elizabeth Ford Elizabeth Comstock Ruth Steward Mary Jones Mary Moore Elizabeth Ketcham Margaret Johnson Abigail Lawrence Deborah Olney Anna Patrick Luritia Chandler Jerusha Hunt Betsy Monger
The forgoing are the number given to the association an the 24th June 1818
Added since 24th June 1818 James Miller (by letter) John Ford (by baptism) Edward Ford (by baptism) David Rowley (by baptism) Benjamin Leggett (by letter) Jacob Legit (restored dismisd) Lott Burge (by baptism) Edward Ford (crossed out) Sidney Hurst (by baptism) Cyrus Wilcox (by baptism) Abraham a Couland (by Do) Henry A. Ferris (by bap) Ephraim Newland (by bap) Gideon Moore (by bap) William Foot (by bap)
Polly Lullard Esther Ford Sally Rogers Phebe Smith Mary Van Amber Lydia Pooler Olive Woodworth (Dismised) Loice Whitney Esther Smith Polly Hosford Hannah Burge
The foregoing are the number given to the association in the year 1818 June 24th females 67
Added since 24th June 1818 Abigal Shadbolt (P 169 by bap) Sally Lee Histed (Dismiss) Polly Newland (Do) Rachel Miller (by letter) Sophia Ealms (by Baptism) Betsey Finch (by letter) Polly Robbins (Do) Martha Monger (by letter June 1819) Julian Able (by Baptism) Lavina Ford Phebe Sayles (by letter) Lydia Leggett Sarah Hewet (by Baptism) Betsey Ford
List of such as have been added Continued
List of such as have been added Continued Males Samuel Hewet (by baptism) Joshua Finch (by baptism) Jonathan Smith (by baptism) William Van Schauch (by baptism) David Newland (by baptism) John Linsey (by baptism) James Sayles (by baptism) Elisha B. Sparks (by letter) Samuel Moore (by baptism) Sampson – a black boy (by baptism) Abraham Rundle (by baptism) Ezra Hill (by baptism) James Riley (by baptism) Charles Patrick (by baptism) Simon Rowley (by baptism) Samuel Denton (by baptism) Thom Church (by baptism Daniel Salisbury (by letter)
Females Deborah Ferris Phebe Hartwell Betsy Van Schauch Elizabeth White Elizabeth Sayles Eliza Rowley Ruth Rogers Anna Clemons Eliza Foot Esther Dickerson Charity Monger Sally Dickerson Minerva Pooler Patience Wilcox Prudence Daines Hannah Owins Sarah Rogers Polly Burge Sally Bull Almira Newland Hariet Newland Hannah Wi8lde Lette Rundle Betsy Woodworth Jane Sheffinorth Betsey Ford Emile Foot Dorcas Wilcox Polly Place Barbary Wilcox
Jonathan Finch Daniel Munger Saml Tompkins David Woodworth Daniel Rogers P[ ] E[ ] (crossed out) Saml Moore A[ ] (crossed out) David Newland Isaac Patrick (letter) James Miller Ephraim Newland David Rowley Henry Ferres Gideon Moore (crossed out) Wm E[ ] (crossed out) Saml Hewet Joshua Finch Samsom black boy (crosse out) Ezra Hill James Riley (crossed out) Charles Patrick Peter E[ ] (crossed out) Daniel Salisbury (crossed out) Elijah P. Olmsted (letter)
Member though of since the list went out of my hands (viz) Charity Pravis Sine Dunham (by letter) Polly Dunham
Rebecca [ ] (crossed out) Anna Rogers Elizabeth White (crossed out) Delight Woodworth (deceased) Deborah Strang Esther Denton Nancy Ford D[ ] (crossed out) Anna Dickerson Baker Sarah Monger Haton (cross out) [ ](crossed out) Anna Rowley (crossed out) Lucy Pooler Susanah Tompkins Cintha Hewet – Doway [ ] (crossed out) Elizabeth Ford Elizabeth Comstock (cross out) Mary Moor Sally Pettis Margaret Johnson [ ] (cross out) Abigail Lawrence Susanah Tompkins Debrorah Olney Jerusha Hunt Luritia Chandler Betsey Munger Esther Ford Sally Rogers Sally [ ] (Crossed out) Esther Smith Polly [ ] (crossed out) Adey Munger (crossed out) Judith Wilcox Polly Sayles Christion Wright (letter) Nancy Scott B.[ ] Clarisa Adams Polly Newland R[ ] (crossed out) Saphura Ealms Polly Robins Betsy Finch Julyan Able Polly Chase Betsy E[ ] (crossed out) Eliza Rowley
Anna Clinton Eliza Foor – Laurence Esther Dickerson (crossed out) Charity Munger (crossed out) Sally Dickerson -Wing Minerva Pooler Robins Patience Wilcox Lagget (Deceased Sep 5) Prudence Adams Sally Bull Newland Almira Newland Bull Harriet Newland Lecta Rundle Betsy Woodworth Mort J[ ] Sheff[ ] (crossed out) Betsy Ford Stratten Emily Foot Colins Dorcas Wilcox Polly P[ ] Munger (crossed out) B[ ] Wilcox Dunke (cross out) Phebe M[ ] (crossed out) Susanah Foot (crossed out) May Denton Anna Patrick (letter) Elizabeth Finch Abigail Rogers Lidia Olmsted Marah Miller (crossed out) Rachel Miller (letter) Betsy Ford D. B. Sally Steder Ford Rebeckah Hill Abigal Ealms Lidia Pooler McK[ ] Charity Munger Leavit
A List of Names being. . . Stillwater Now in Standin at this Date June 15, 1816
A List of Names being. . . Stillwater Now in Standin at this Date June 15, 1816
(This appears to be very similar to one dated 1818, which was in the record prior to this. That list had different notations and names crossed out. This one has some additional names)
Augustus Green Ebenezer Smith Sylvanus Sayles James Green James Aeraman Benj’n Colver Daniel Rogers David Crofts (EX P157) Stephen Sayles Jacob Miller (letter Dismiss) Saml Mongar Abjah Smith James Sealy David Woodworth Abner Thurber Van Ness (Dis) Ephraim Dunham (Ex 160) Rowland Potter John M Carter (exed out) Elihu Ward Pardon Fish Thomas Wendover Jonathan Fish (Dismsd) Reuben Moore (Ex 168) Daniel Campbell George Loveless Stephen Richman John Thurber Isaac Fuller Elijah Dickerson Daniel Monger Saml Tompkins Benjm West
Mary Smith Hulda Green Anna Rogers Ester Weeks (Dis) Anna Andrews Freelove Potter Sarah Mosier Elizabeth Seely Elizabeth White Delight Woodworth Sarah Palmer Lydia Head Elizabeth Moore (Dismissed) Catherine Sayles (Dismissed) Deborah Strang Jane Warren Alaia Miers Ame Sayles Tabatha Olney Abigail Holsted Roda Steward (Dis) Elizabeth Campbell Hannah Monger Chloe Brown Rebekah Southword Mary Rose Nancy Ford Ana Bostwich Hannah Hill Mary Fisk Ruth Fuller Esther Nap Rodia Fish Deisre Wanover
Cornelius Rowley [ ]m Lawrence Jeremiah Bishop Isaac Patrick Jesie Day (Excluded) Timothy Mongar Elijah Sayles Stephen Mix Royal Newland Josiah Woodworth Edler Saml Rogers Jesse Andrews (Dismissed) Conrow Scheremahorn Saml Savory (Dismissed Rial Woodworth (June 15 1816) Anson Palmer (P158) Samuel Morison (162) John Lawrence (165)
Ennas West (Deceased) Anna Dickinson Sintha Downing Lylia Polar Susanah Tompkins Daniel Mongar (xed out) Sarah Newton (Dismissed) Betsey West Jane Barber (P120 Ex) Lois Mongars (Dis) Anna Rowley Usley Elms Elizabeth Forad Elizabeth Comstock Ruth Steward Mary Jones Mary More Ellizabeth Ketcham Margarate Johnson Abigail Lawrence Deborah Olney Rial Wood worth (crossed out) Martha Risden (Dismissed) Josiah Woodworth (crossed out) Timothy Mongar (crossed out) Isaac Patrick (crossed out) Anna Patrick Luritia Chandler Jerutia Hunt Betsey Mongar Polly Child Esther Sayles (PP157) Nayoma Mongar Levina Sayles (letter) Abigal Elms Abigal Rogers
Polly Sallars Esther Fear Sally Rogers Phebe Smith Elizabeth Andrews (Dis) Mary Van Namburgh Azuba Woodworth (Dismis) Sally Savery (Dismised) Lydia Polar Olive Woodworth Lowis Whitney Esther Smith Polly Horsford Hannah Burgh Mary Mongars (Dism June 15 1816) Judath Wilcox (P157) Mercy Aspinwall (158 Dis) Polly Sayles (158) Sady Pette (159) Christian Wright (160) Nancy Seath – a black woman (161)
I have been intrigued by the story of Uncle David Johnson since my father told it to me years ago. I always found it rather sad. I have done some digging in an attempt to get a better understanding of what really happened. Some families may be embarrassed by this kind of story and even refuse to discuss it. I find these kinds of things fascinating. They kind of bring out an inner detective in me.
With many such stories, there is the family version and a somewhat different version given through records. Some of the family version is what my father has remembered, being just a child when all these things happened.
I have poured though David’s numerous petitions, trying to make sense of them. They have the outward appearance of formal legal documents, but they are rambling, disjointed, repetitive, and confusing. The ones I have copies of are dated 1958-1960, so were written long after the incidents.
I searched legal records at the Utah State History office and found even more petitions among the court documents. Some of the newspaper articles I have read have obvious errors.
I of course, have my own biases and perspective based on my experiences. I will try to present what I have learned and what conclusions I have made, as well as what questions I still have.
The Family Story
The story my father told starts with David being a very successful farmer. The land west of Ogden was alkaline. David developed a drainage system which leeched the alkali from the soil. He raised very good crops there, much better than his neighbors, which raised suspicion and allegations that he was taking more than his share of water.
The picture in my mind as I heard Dad’s story was of a wild west shootout with David in a ditch shooting to defend himself. David was shot in the head. The other guy was shot too – but he died. David was convicted of murder and served a life sentence in the Utah State Penitentiary.
Through research I realized that this was just the final chapter of David’s story, which had many more interesting details.
Water Wars Part One
David Johnson homesteaded some land in Ogden Valley as a young man. He was married at age 25 in 1900, so may have already owned this land for a while before his marriage. He had a dispute there with some of the neighbors over water rights. He outlined this dispute in a document titled “Attachment to Brief on Appeal” apparently drafted as part of an appeal to this first conviction.
David owned 160 acres located at the mouth of Wolf Creek Canyon in Eden. The officers of the Eden Irrigation Canal Company at that time were George Fuller, Ben Colvin and Virgil Stallings. David apparently had two shares and an allotted time to water his land, but one week when there had been rain, he diverted “surplus” water to a narrow strip of land, where it would run into the canal.
David was accused of stealing the canal water, was found guilty by a Justice of the Peace and fined $1200.00. David appealed this decision to the District Court.
The details in David’s petition are rather confusing, but the sense I get is that he felt that the Canal trustees had resources and power and pressured him to abandon his land. He was rather young at this time, and according to my father, he agreed to sell rather than face legal consequences. David sold this land in February 1904 to Anthon F. Anderson.
Water Wars Part Two
After selling his land and leaving Eden in 1905, David lived in Ogden City for several years. He first lived on Jefferson Avenue and then later in West Ogden on E. Ave. He bought a farm in Kanesville, in Weber County in 1914.
On June 2, 1929 David had another dispute over a bill for pasturage. This one was with a neighbor named Carl D. Johnson (no relation). David fired three shots at this other Johnson, one going through his hat. Carl Johnson hit David and knocked him down with a shovel. David was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and intent to commit murder.
Complaint of assault with intent to commit murder 1929
The case was transferred to the Court of Justice of the Peace Gladwell in Burch Creek (now South Ogden).
Salt Lake Tribune 6-13-1929
Salt Lake Tribune 10-16-1929
Water Wars Part Three
Adjacent to David’s land in Kanesville was land owned by John Kap. David claimed he had been threatened by Kap and Kap’s brother-in-law Chris Bowhuis, “If you don’t leave this country at once and give us your land ditch and water in this street, we are going to kill you and bury you like a rat.” Apparently they had dug a “grave” already for him.
David asserted that the State of Utah had denied all right held by David H. Johnson of land ditch and water as stood in this street. This had been acquired by Weber County on the construction of Utah Central Railroad in 1876, and when the road grade was built, it dug up the Salt Lake Valley hard pan rock, and stopped the flow of such under ground water coursing west to the lake. The State of Utah engineer, George M. Bason accorded this to David H. Johnson by State filing No. 9727 April 1925. This was proved up on and recorded January 1928. David Johnson used this for 11 years to May 19, 1936.
Map drawn by David
May 19, 1936, John Kap went to this ditch which was adjacent to Johnson’s land, armed with a 22 rifle and shovel. David was working on his land as Kap passed. David described the incident:
“As I Johnson took up a 22 rifle loaded with a long bullet and walked to my ditch in this street a legal appurtenance to my land, and saw Kap and Bowhuis dug grave and threw all into the gutter east of the pile of dirt, crawled to the pile of dirt to see where old Kap was; he was standing with his 22 rifle resting, pointed at me and fired a 22 bullet into my head, and then Kap walked to me living to stiff to raise up, when I shot old Kap in the center breast bone in self defense.”
Apparently Chris Bowhuis called the Sheriff’s office and Deputy Gaylord Taylor arrested David and took him to the Dee Hospital. According to his own account, David had a
“small wound in the frontal hair line about two and one half inches above the superorbital notch; the bullet of a short 22 calibre bullet was found two and half inches back of entrance. The X-ray picture is on file at the hospital. J. Howard Jenkins (Hospital Principle). The morning of May 20, 1836 the hospital informed the county Physican, doctor Feller, who examined this head and reported death is imminent unless the foreign body is removed at once from this man head. The hospital X-rayed his head and Doctor Feller parted to scalp to show the bullet, then shaved the bullet down to the part he removed it.”
John Kap was apparently also taken to the hospital. His wounds were described in court transcripts:
“The X-ray picture reveals he was shot from the front of his body with a long 22 bullet that struck his center breast bone; and entivraly turned to the right, and lodged in his left lung. Juryman you see the metal specks shattered all over his cut open breast, from the bullet striking his breast bone.”
John Kap died May 27, 1936. Apparently he was recovering from his wound, but later died of a lung hemorrhage. David was then charged with murder.
The main witnesses at the trial were the family members of the victim and the police officer. I question whether David had very good legal counsel. David fell asleep at his preliminary hearing, and reportedly got angry at the Judge at times during the trial. The Judge also indicated that David had given varying details at times and he did not believe some of his claims.
Ogden Standard 6-2-1936
The Story From the Judge
The letter that Judge Leslie Wade wrote to the Parole Board gives his summary of the charges and the trial with additional details. He explained the dispute about the water and a statement David made to the Watermaster that he would kill Kap if he attempted to take water from the ditch. At 6 pm on May 19, Kap went to the ditch armed with a shotgun and a shovel, and with his brother-in-law Chris Bowhuis on lookout for any trouble.
David was there with a 22 rifle and a .38 caliber revolver. The judge described the incident as David firing first at Kap and then Kap rose up after falling to the ground and fired a shot at David which hit him in the head. Apparently there were more shots fired as Kap walked away.
The Judge also gave some additional background on David, which shows his opinion of him. He stated:
“Mr. Johnson has a rather notorious past history. He lives by himself in a very poorly furnished and very poorly built house. He has several chicken-coops and stables, and a person traveling by his place on the road wouldn’t know which was the house and which was the stable and which was a chicken-coop. I am informed that he has been married, but that his wife died many years ago, and that since about 1915 he has lived alone out in the neighborhood of where he lived at the time of the shooting.”
The Judge did give some indication that all sides were partly at fault in the ongoing water dispute. County Water Commissioners attempted to arbitrate the matter and there was previous court action. Interestingly the Judge stated that he had been involved as David’s attorney in a previous case and later withdrew, which raises some questions about his impartiality in this case.
The Judge also reviewed the earlier 1929 case, disputes in 1931 and 1932 with Kap and Bowhuis, and other petty court actions.
The Judge’s Assessment of David
“He seems to be a man that has brooded over his troubles so long that he is absolutely unable to see anything from the standpoint of the other person. He seems to be of a very sutbborn disposition, and has worked himself up to a stage where he feels that he is going to have his way or he is going to kill some one. As long as he is in this frame of mind, I felt that he is a very dangerous man to the public, or the community in which he lives.”
The jury was given options of finding David guilty of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder or involuntary manslaughter. David was convicted of Second Degree Murder. He was sentenced to the Utah State Penitentiary for life, a sentence which the judge described as “the extreme penalty which the law allowed me to give him, to wit, imprisonment for the remainder of his natural life.”
David filed numerous and very detailed petitions. Petitions were directed to the District Court, the Utah State Supreme Court, The United States Supreme Court, Congress, and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He even has some addressed “To Whom it may Concern” and “If you have a conscience, read this”. Some list David as petitioner vs. the State of Utah, but one has David H. Johnson, plaintiff vs. Warden Turner, the Prison Warden. (The one who said at the time of his death, that Dave was a model prisoner.)
David must have gained some knowledge of the judicial system, some through experience, and likely through study in prison. He knew enough to create petitions, which contain some legal terminology, but are rather confusing and difficult to follow. He didn’t seem to understand appropriate procedures well.
One petition with handwritten cover page over mimeograph copy. In the top right hand corner the pages are fastened together with thread sewn though.
In his petitions, David cited the Constitution and other laws to try to establish that he had acted in self defense. Part of defense in these petitions involved the allegation that his property had been illegally taken from him. Apparently Chris Bowhuis was allowed to possess David’s “land ditch and water, 6 cows two horses 500 chickens and 5000 value of chattel property and imprison Johnson for life.”
Some of the petitions included hand drawn maps.
Appeals and Parole Hearings
David’s case went before the Parole board a number of times and was denied each time. He was denied Parole in February 1940.
Ogden Standard-Examiner 3-17-1946
A self-prepared clemency appeal was denied by the Pardon board March 17, 1946. Mrs. Kap, the widow of John Kap appeared before the board and said that she would fear for her safety if David was released.
Dec 23, 1951, David made another appeal to the parole board, still saying he was innocent.
It is interesting that the Prison Warden, John Turner, is quoted in this article after David’s death, saying that he was a model prisoner and caused no trouble there, yet the Judge had indicated in his letter to the Parole Board that if David’s attitude changed, parole might be appropriate.
Warden Turner also said that to his knowledge David had never been up for parole or termination. “He may have had desires to get out but apparently didn’t push the matter”. I wonder how well this Warden actually knew David. It does appear that David spent the remainder of his life rather obsessed with trying to get out of prison.
The End of David’s Life and Struggle
David did spend the remainder of his life in prison. He actually was taken to Salt Lake General Hospital and died there, rather than in the prison itself.
Ogden Standard-Examiner Jan 25, 1961
Are we seeing a pattern here? A single incident might lead one to believe that David had indeed been ganged up on, provoked and taken advantage of. But there seem to be repeated conflicts with neighbors which escalated to the point of violence. David clearly had trouble getting along with neighbors and had a hot temper.
I do believe that David felt that he was being threatened and needed to defend himself and his property. I think he truly felt he was the one being attacked and acted in self-defense.
In the first incident in Eden, David was very young and up against the established leaders of the community. In the last incident, the “victim” Kap and neighbor Bouwhuis were relatives and had other family members taking their side. David’s property was very literally surrounded by the land of these two.
But I have to wonder if some of this feeling like a victim of conspiracies was a bit of paranoia. The mention from the Prison Warden about David being sent to the State Mental Hospital and the institution in American Fork, may suggest that some thought that he suffered from some impairment or mental illness. Also there was mention of a potential insanity defense to the murder charge.
Having some experience with traumatic brain injuries, it would make some sense to me that after the last incident where David was shot in the head, he may have had some impairment because of that. That might account for some things, like not being able to communicate coherently his account and falling asleep in court during his preliminary hearing. Though feelings of persecution and violent responses were evident much earlier.
I still feel that Uncle David’s life was rather sad.
Years ago I was given a CD with photographs from someone else’s visit to the Cemetery. I started creating this post – realizing that there were many photographs on this disc – then almost stopped because I realized that Find a Grave and Billion Graves also have photographs of these same headstones. Theirs are indexed by person with other information. I almost deleted the post, but I didn’t. In scrolling through these photos I gained a sense of what it would be like actually “touring” the cemetery. Someday I hope to visit in person, but for now this is my – and yours as well – Cemetery Tour of the Eggleston Cemetery.
Many family members use the Eccleston spelling in reference to this Cemetery, probably because they belong to the families which used that spelling and that is what is on many of the stones. I am using my default – Eggleston – but it is also used by Find a Grave and Billion Graves.
Beginning the Tour
These shots show the entrance to the Cemetery and broad shots which show some of the surrounding area.
Eggleston Family Member Gravestones
Charles H. Main
Almira R. Main
Charles H. Main Jr.
Abbie, Wife of Jesse Main
Benjamin Eccleston (died 1815)
Calista Eccleston, wife of Benjamin
Ida, daughter of Jesse Main
Mamie, daughter of Benjamin Eccleston
Lydia M. Main, wife of Elias R. Pierce
Irtis Eccleston, son of Benjamin and Calista
Jennie Eccleston, daughter of Irtis
Emily F. Eccleston, wife of Willard R. Blanchard and daughter of William and Fannie. Also Daughter Mabel A. Blanchard
Otis Blanchard, infant son of Emily and William
Noyes A. Eccleston
Ella Eccleston & Dora N. Eccleston
William N. Eccleston and his wife Fannie M. Miller
Henry Palmer Ecclestone
Lucinda, wife of William Eccleston
Happy A. Eccleston, wife of Edwin F. Yerrington, and daughter of William and Lucinda
Thankful, wife of Ichabod Eccleston
Isabel, daughter of Edwin F. & Happy A. Yerrington
Latham M. Eccleston
Ichabod P. Eggleston & Claracy, his wife
Claracy, wife of Ichabofd Eccleston
Claracy, wife of Ichabod Eccleston
Thankful, widow of Ichabod Eccleston
Maryann Eccleston, daughter of Tracy
Hannah, wife of Lewis Main
Cynthia Eccleston, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth
Lola Eggleston Gorder Allen – her story in her own words.
I was born December 15, 1917 to Joseph Smith and Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston, in Grovant, Wyoming. My family was Alice, Wesley, Me, Orland, Laura, Melvin, Dale, and DeLoss.
Birth Notice in the Jackson paper – Lola was the baby girl born December 15, 1917
Mama died when she was 49. She had an operation to remove some scar tissue. On Sunday she was sitting up in bed crocheting and on Tuesday we got the word she had died. Papa married Stella, who was Mama’s niece. Papa died at the age of 83.
Move to Utah
When I was two years old we moved to Utah by train. I was running in the isles of the train and a man thought I was such a pretty little girl he gave me a silver dollar. Mom bought me a pair of shoes with it.
When it was time to go to school I didn’t start because I wan’t 6 in time so I had to wait a year. My first grade teacher was a fat woman. I didn’t like her. She taught for the first three years. On the fourth of July I had a chance to fish in the fishpond. She was the one to give the prizes. She had a black heavy straw hat she said was for the first pretty little girl that came by. I hated it. I never wore it. It was an old woman’s hat with thick rims and was flat on the top. I wanted a purse like the other kids were getting. It was so ugly. She brought her daughter to school the day it started. She put her in the second grade and said, “keep her there.” She later skipped a year so she was two years ahead of me and younger than me.
I like to do the ironing when I was little and I had to do the dishes a lot. The iron was a coal stove iron. You had to have a real hot fire to heat the iron. You’d have to use two of them so you could trade off. This was before we had electricity.
School was 2 1/2 miles from where we lived. We had to walk to catch a bus to go to high school. In the winter it was so cold and the snow so deep. When I was about 16 and going in the 10th grade, I moved to Ogden to work for my room and board and go to school. The first place I lived was with friends, Ray and Olive Rudd.
Lola as a Senior in High School
I went to the Junior Prom with a boy that played in an orchestra they made up themselves. I went to the girls dance and we had to ask the boy. I went with the boy that took me to the Cadet hop at his school. I went to all the school dances with guys that were older. I loved to dance. When I graduated, Wesley gave me my class ring and Alice gave me a yearbook.
I was staying in Ogden with George and Kathrin Stouckland and Phil chased with Kathrin’s brother. That’s how I met Phil. I used to tend Selma’s baby and didn’t know she was Phil’s sister.
Alice, Joe, Melvin, Stella and Lola
Marriage to Phil Gorder
Phil and I got married in Norman and Nettie’s house. We didn’t have a honeymoon. We first lived at the old Nelson house. Winters were cold; the tea bottle would freeze and the linoleum would curl. I used to put the ashes in a board box and just put the box on a platform by the stove. We came home from the store one day and the hot ashes in the box had burned through the floor but the house didn’t catch fire. I never did figure out why it didn’t. We lived there for two years while Phil built us a new home. We stayed with the folks for a while. I had a miscarriage first, then I had Gail. I raised chickens and sold the eggs for extra money.
Being a Mother
The night Gail was born: I woke up – didn’t have any pain but was uncomfortable. Phil called his mother. We sat there talking and finally decided to go to the hospital. My water broke going down the stairs. I sat on the toilet while Phil went for the car. I still wasn’t having pains. Mother said I’d better get started. So we left. The pain started on the way really pressing going down the canyon. We made it to the hospital in a little over ten minutes. I told Phil to go get a cart. He came back and said the wanted me to walk in and I said I couldn’t move. So he went and got one. When I got to the delivery room and they were trying to undress me and I’d have a pain and couldn’t move. He was born 2:10 AM. That was before the canyon was changed. It had a horseshoe bend that was a really sharp turn. I never had long or hard labor with any of my kids.
Gary was the only one that would “take the breast.” Gail and Dee wouldn’t, they’d just cry. So, with Cuma I just said “get a damn bottle, I don’t want to fight anymore.”
My kids all turned out pretty good. I’m proud of all of them.
Family Reunion Photo. Back row Joe, Stella, Alice, Lola Front row Orland, Doc, Wesley, Melvin
Once we decided to fatten and eat an orphaned lamb. We bottle-fed it, and soon it became a pet. When it came time to butcher it, nobody would to it. So we ate beef.
In about 1998, Gail was in the hospital for high blood pressure. Ivan Rick was visiting and told of when he and some friends stole some of my chickens. He said there were so tough he couldn’t bite into the meat.
We had some good friends, Dave and Bell Clawson. We did everything together. One day when we were riding around, we went to the Stoddard slough and saw this old boat and decided to take a ride. We went up the stream and back and then Dave and I got out of the boat. When Phil and Bell were getting out, the boat tipped over. They went down in all the weeds and dirty slough. Bell had just gotten her a hair permanent and she came out of all the mud and said “there’s $10 gone to hell!” Phil had on a pair of white wool pants that shrunk to where he couldn’t wear them anymore. We all laughed. We still do when we think of it.
When Phil joined the church our troubles started. He didn’t like me to do what I liked to do and seemed to get upset if I got any attention. He started drinking and staying away from home. One time he was gone for over a week. I didn’t know where he was and couldn’t take care of the cows so I sold them. He never did come home so I filed for divorce. He didn’t talk to me after that.
Marriage to Vern Allen
I married Vern Allen on May 24, 1969. We went to Las Vegas and lived there for 16 years. He got sick with cancer so we moved back to Ogden to live until he died on November 23, 1983. I did Temple work doing sealings, then I did extraction work. I enjoyed it. That lasted for several years.
Lola ended her story here, but her son Dee wrote some memories of her. He said:
I don’t know much about Mom’s growing up years. She never said a lot that I remember, past the usual “why, when I was little, we had to walk two miles to catch the bus, the snow so deep we walked over the fence tops” when any any of us kids complained about having to stand in the cold while waiting for the school bus. I suspect that in her case, it was probably very near the truth.
I don’t believe Mom’s growing up years, for the most part, held many pleasant memories for her. In my untrained view, Mom was punished a lot by her father and she was very afraid of him. Her Dad, Grandpa Eggleston, was held in check to some degree by Mom’s mother before she died. Mom felt singled out by her Dad. She tells of one time he “beat me with a singletree.” For all that, she loved him and took some pride in how well he maintained his farm and how well he cared for his cows and other animals.
Mom always seemed to me to be unhappy. By the time I was old enough to notice, Mom and Dad were having trouble, so maybe that was part of the reason.
Mom and Dad divorced, then Mom married Vern Allen. Vern was also from Morgan, an old neighbor in fact. He was a reformed alcoholic himself, but Mom seemed to like him and was happy during her time with him.
While Dad and us boys were out doing farm and animal stuff, Mom worked at maintaining a neat and comfortable home for us. She baked bread and I remember on occasion she made her own lye soap. In addition to maintaining the house, Mom was mostly in charge of caring for two chicken coops full of laying hens.
Lola’s Obituary mentioned that she “enjoyed quilting and hand needle work, creating countless beautiful works of art over her lifetime. All are treasures to those fortunate enough to own one. I am one who was fortunate to own one – a tablecloth she gave me for a wedding gift.
Photo of the last four siblings – Alice, Mel, Lola and Doc
In 2001 we had an Eggleston Family Reunion. We had not had one for many, many years. This was the last time Lola was with many family members.
Doc, Alice and Lola at the 2001 Family Reunion
I remember that Lola fell and broke her hip some months before she died. I visited her in the Care Center. She passed away on February 8, 2003. She was buried in the Milton Cemetery.
Note: Lola wrote her story, which her son Dee and wife Karen included in a Gorder Family History book.
Vedia Eggleston’s Postcard book contained over 100 postcards when Donna purchased it. Some cards had already been removed and sold individually. It was quite a collection and gives us some idea of how popular and prevalent it was to send these cards to friends and family. It was very much like texts, tweets and Facebook posts we send today to keep in touch and share updates on our lives.
This card was sent from Edith in Afton to Veda who was in Malad. The postmark appears to be 1915.
My mother was Edith Vivian Nethercott; she was born 28 April 1885 in Corning, Tehema Co., California. Her father was Alfred Nethercott, born 20 March 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alfred Nethercott’s father, Alfred Alexander Nethercott, his mother Charlotte Pearce and his grandparents, James Nethercott and Rachel James, were from England. They lived in Utah and Calif., and later Alfred Alexander, his wife, Charlotte and Alfred Nethercott, his wife, Ida Ann Thompson and children went to Wyoming about 1900.
My mother’s mother was Ida Ann Thompson – born at Trenton, Grundy Co., Missouri. The family went to California when my grandmother was a child. John Alexander Campbell Thompson and his wife, Amanda Caroline Williams – parents of Ida Ann Thompson.
Annie Christine Johnson Eggleston was born November 7, 1864 in Salt Lake City, a daughter of Peter Johnson and Ane Maria Madsen. Her parents had immigrated from Denmark separately just a few years earlier. They married September 27, 1862 in Salt Lake City. Annie Christine was their second child and was born before they moved to Eden. She was known as Christine, probably because her mother was Ane Marie and her older sister Annie Marie. She grew up in Eden on the family farm. Her father died in 1878 when she was 14 years old. She probably helped to care for her seven younger siblings.