Mariett Orinda Farley Eggleston

Mariett Orinda Farley Eggleston

Mariett Orinda Farley Eggleston

I knew very little about Mariett Farley, Orson Hyde Eggleston’s second wife, until I met Donna. She shared with me some photos and also a biography of Mariett’s daughter Vedia, and a biography written about Veda by her daughter Fern. From these and a little more digging, I have learned a little more about Mariett.

Early Life of Mariett Orinda Farley Eggleston

Mariett Orinda Farley was born August 17, 1855 in Ogden, Weber Utah, a daughter of Winthrop Farley and Angeline Caulkin. She was listed as Maryetta age 14 in the 1870 Census of Ogden in the home of her father Winthrop Farley, who was a blacksmith. The Farley family migrated to Utah in 1850.

Marriage to John Taylor Heninger

Mariett married John Taylor Heninger April 14, 1873, then divorced him before marrying Orson. They had one son Henderson Taylor Heninger born May 19, 1874.

Becoming a Plural Wife

Mariett married Orson Hyde Eggleston July 11, 1879 in Salt Lake City. She was his second wife. Orson had married Constant Stephens December 4, 1886. He later married Annie Christine Johnson. In the 1880 Census Orson was living in Eden, Utah with first wife Constance.

In 1885 Orson settled Afton, Wyoming. There he had homes for all three wives, according to Veda they were a couple of blocks apart. Orson would spend a week with each family. The family members saw each other frequently. Veda recalled that the three wives “were good friends and got along well”.

Mariett and Orson had ten children: Nellie was born November 9, 1880 in Eden, Utah; Clara was born April 10, 1883 in Eden; Constance Ann was born April 17, 1885 in Eden, shortly before her father headed to Star Valley; Asa Winthrop was born January 27, 1888 in Afton, Wyoming; Rachel was born July 1, 1890 in Afton; Ezra Calkin was born December 4, 1893 in Afton; Wilford Elwood was born October 20, 1895 in Afton; Vedia was born July 17, 1897 in Afton; and Lottie Hazel was born August 30, 1899 in Afton.

Life in Polygamy

Veda’s biography gives some perspective on daily life in their home. She recalled:

“I can hardly remember when my Dad lived home. I do remember having family prayers. We lived in a log house. I don’t know how many rooms but seems like we had a long table. I suppose in a kitchen and I remember all of us sitting around the table.”

On Sundays, Orson would sit with the family he would be speing the following week with.

After Mariett’s father Winthrop Farley died, she was left an inheritance of $1,700. She used the money to build a new home. It had five rooms. Later she had the ceilings lowered and made two bedrooms upstairs. Orson apparently had carpenter skills and built the house. Mariett furnished all of the supplies with this money.

The family had a large garden. Mariett took in washing and ironing to help support the family. Veda recalled that:

“People would bring their clothes to be washed and Lottie and I would take them home in a little wagon. . . We got our water from a good sized creek across the road and would carry it in buckets and fill things up for wash days. Mother washed clothes in a tub and wash board like most people those days and boiled them in a boiler on the stove.

“I don’t know how old I was when Mother got her first washing machine. It was when Asa was still home. It was one that had a foot pedal we would push on it. I don’t remember her having any other washing machine.

“I remember before that time, Mother wasn’t washing as much but was going to help the sick peopel. One day she was called away in the middle of washing so I decided I would help. So I rubbed the clothes and had them in the boiler when she came home. I don’t think she was happy so maybe I didn’t do too good a job.”

Getting Older

Granddaughter Fern recalled:

“As Grandma Eggleston got a little older and could no longer do the back-breaking washings, she started sewing for others for a living. Grandma always cut her own patterns for the clothes she sewed. When the stores started selling patterns and customers would bring a pattern to her, Grandma had a difficult time understanding what the nitches and etc. meant. Mother [Vedia] was able to figure the patterns out, and Grandma relied greatly on her for help.”

Fern also related:

“As Grandma’s older daughters married and moved away, Aunt Connie to Deweyville, Aunt Rae to Malad, Aunt Nellie to West Jordan, Aunt Clara, etc., Grandma Eggleston would go to help them as their babies were born. . . .Some of the special memories in Mother’s [Vedia] life were when Grandma would take her with her as she would travel by team and wagon to her daughters’ homes. It would take two or three days to go to Salt Lake and West Jordan, and they would sleep on the ground by the wagon. Sometimes Mother would go with Grandma by team and wagon to Montpelier to get fresh fruit. Mother seemd to treasure these trips with Grandma.”

Death of Mariett

In the 1900 Census Mariett and her children were living with Orson, at least at the time the census was taken. Annie Christine and Connie were with their children in the next houses. (Annie listed as Johnson and Connie as Eggleston) Orson’s first wife Connie divorced him before 1904. His third wife Annie Christine died in 1909.

It is interesting that in the 1910 Census of Afton, Wyoming, Orson was living with Florence and Theron, Christine’s unmarried children. Mariett is listed a few houses away as Mariett Farley and “widowed” head of household with her unmarried children and married daughter Clara next door. Orson died in 1917, leaving Mariett an actual widow.

Mariett died in Provo, Utah June 29, 1926. Her death certificate indicates that she died at the Utah State Mental Hospital in Provo, Utah and suffered from “senile Psychosis”. This may have meant that she suffered from dementia due to old age. The former residence listed was on 2nd South in Salt Lake City. Her son Wilford was the informant.

A Funeral notice in the Ogden Standard-Examiner July 2, 1926 included some incorrect information, but indicate she had a nice funeral service in Ogden.

Mariett was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery July 1, 1926. She was not buried near Samuel and Lurania in the plot which Orson most likely originally purchased. She was also not buried near any other family members.

Lurania Powers Burgess Eggleston

Early Life of Lurania Powers Burgess Eggleston

Lurania Powers Burgess, daughter of Mary (Polly) Titus and Harvey Burgess was born August 15, 1808 in Sempronius, Cayuga County, New York. Her father Harvey’s family can be traced back to Thomas Burges, an early resident of Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Hopkins family of the Mayflower. Her Mother Mary’s parents came from Long Island where their ancestors were early colonial residents.

The Burgess and Titus familles migrated from Stillwater, Saratoga, County New York to Sempronius, Cayuga County about the same time and quite possibly together. A History of Cayuga county mentions the Burgess family coming in 1796, and being one of the first families to settle Sempronius. Mary’s father Jonas Titus died in 1795 in Stillwater, and his widow and children probably came shortly after that. Both of these families were members of the Baptist church in Stillwater and are listed as original members of the First Baptist Church of Sempronius. The two families were neighbors in Sempronius and probably were very close as Harvey and Mary grew up together in both Stillwater and Sempronius. Harvey Burgess and Mary (Polly) Titus were married in Sempronius around 1802. Lurania was the third of their eleven children.

Skaneateles Lake

Sempronius, Cayuga County is in the finger lakes area of northern New York. It consists of hilly country nestled in between Oswaco and Skaneateles Lakes. The area was largely settled after the Revolutionary War. It was part of what was known as the Military Tract, which consisted of land given by the government to Veterans of the Revolutionary War, though the majority of Veterans given land never lived there. The Burgess and Titus families came as pioneers to this new settlement.

Lurania grew up in this small new frontier town where her extended family made up a large portion of the initial population. Her grandfather Seth Burgess had the first tavern in the area, which probably served as a community as well as family gathering place during Lurania’s early childhood. The first school was in a log building on the Titus farm, belonging to one of Lurania’s uncles. Later a school was built on her cousin Byron Burgess’ land. Lurania may have attended this school in her early years, but most likely attended a newer school built in 1815 at Sayles Corners near her home. The first Town Officers of Sempronius included Lurania’s grandfather and uncle.

Marriage to Samuel Eggleston

Lurania married Samuel Eggleston, son of Samuel Eggleston and Elizabeth Hill, August 23, 1827 in Sempronius. He was born in Marcellus, Onodaga County, New York, which is just east of Cayuga County, on the other side of Skaneateles Lake. The Eggleston family moved to Springwater, Livingston County when Samuel was 13. Then when he was 19 he returned to live with his brother-in-law to learn the tanner’s trade. He married Lurania in 1827 when he was 23 and she was 19 years old. They were married by a Baptist preacher by the name of Gordon.

Eggleston Family Bible

Eggleston Family Bible showing Lurania’s information and marriage to Samuel.

Lurania and Samuel had a son Dwight, born August 9, 1828 who died the following year August 2, 1829. The family Bible indicates that he was born in Sempronius and died in Springwater, Livingston County. Lurania’s father, Harvey Burgess, was listed on the 1830 Census in Springwater by Samuel Eggleston, so they apparently lived there with both families for a short time. Their next child Benjamin was born April 6, 1830, back in Sempronius, the same day the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by a small group of people only a short distance away in Fayette. Benjamin lived only a few weeks. He died April 27, 1830. It must have been very difficult for Lurania to lose her first two children.

Eggleston Family Bible

Eggleston Family Bible record showing births of Lurania and Samuel’s children

While living in the Sempronius area Lurania had four other sons: Reuben Burgess born July 24, 1831; Edwin, born October 25, 1833; Harvey Burgess born February 8, 1836; and Orson Hyde born October 3, 1841. In 1833 Sempronius was divided and a new town Niles was formed. The family Bible lists Orson’s birth in Niles and the others in Sempronius. The family may have moved a short distance or they lived in the part of Sempronius that became Niles.

Conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On June 1, 1841 Lurania and Samuel were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Pelatiah Brown. Shortly after Samuel and Lurania’s baptism a Branch of the Church was organized in West Niles, Cayauga County.

During that time period, Church members were encouraged to gather with the Saints to Nauvoo which had become the gathering place after Saints were driven from Missouri. Isaac Haight was Branch President in neighboring Moravia and began to organize the Saints to migrate to Nauvoo. Samuel and Lurania along with Samuel’s nephew Cyprian Marsh joined with this group.

Isaac Haight’s journal stated that on June 7, 1842 he “started for Zion in company 9 wagons, traveled 18 miles and encamped, waited all day for S. Eggleston.” Moravia is directly south of Niles, but probably southwest of the area of Niles where Samuel and Lurania lived. It would seem more practical for them to arrange to meet at a place further north and west of both, rather than have Haight’s group or Samuel’s go out of their way several miles to meet with each other. Apparently Samuel and Lurania were delayed for some reason, as they arrived at the place of meeting considerably later than the rest of the group expected them.

Apparently Lurania had taken sick along the way, or possibly she had been ill prior to their leaving home and this was the reason for the delay. Haight’s journal mentions “before leaving the camp administered to Sister Eggleston and she was healed.” This must have been a great relief to this family anticipating a long journey with four young sons, the oldest barely 10 and the youngest Orson just a baby, with their mother ill.

Migrating with the Saints

Samuel and Lurania received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple January 9, 1846, and were sealed January 28, 1846 in the Nauvoo Temple. At this time there was much urgency to endow as many Saints as possible before leaving Nauvoo, and Samuel and Lurania would have joined the crowds waiting for this privilege.

The Egglestons went to Winter Quarters in Nebraska, where the Saints gathered to prepare to go further west. There small cabins were built where they spent a miserable winter. Many of the Saints were ill prepared for such a trip. There was inadequate food for the many refugees camped there. There was also much disease which was easily spread. Many people died during that year, especially many of the very young and very old. Another son, Samuel, was born to Lurania and Samuel in Winter Quarters, January 16, 1847. Patty Sessions was Lurania’s midwife and recorded the birth in her diary. The birth of this child must have brought great joy to an otherwise bleak existence at that time. This joy was turned to sorrow however, as this child lived only until August 2, 1847. He was buried in the cemetery in Winter Quarters.

The Egglestons moved back across the Missouri River to Council Bluffs after the first of the Saints left for the Salt Lake Valley. They stayed in the Council Bluffs area for 13 years, long past the time most of the Saints had gone to Utah.

Life in Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Family tradition says that Samuel was asked by Brigham Young to remain to make shoes for the saints who would be traveling west. County Histories and Newspapers mention Samuel Eggleston as having one of the first businesses in Crescent City, and advertising in Council Bluffs and Kanesville as Boot and Shoemaker. They first lived in Council Bluffs, then later in Crescent City, a new town formed nearby. Samuel was elected Justice of the Peace in the first election held in Pottawattamie County, which office he held for 10 years. He also served as Postmaster and Notary Public.

President Gordon B. Hinckley quoted Wallace Stegner as stating about the Mormons of that time and place:

“They transformed the Missouri at Council Bluffs from a trading post and an Indian agency into an outpost of civilization, founded settlements on both sides of the river and made Winter Quarters. . . and later Kanesville. . . into outfitting points that rivaled Independence, Westport, and St. Joseph.” (“The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail” (1964) 6-7, quoted in “True to the Faith” by President Gordon B. Hinckley Ensign May 1997 p. 65.)

It appears that Samuel and Lurania were part of this civilizing influence and took an active part in the established community of these growing frontier towns. Many of the other early settlers of the Council Bluffs area were also Mormons. The first schools in the area were established by Mormon settlers, which schools Lurania’s children would have attended.

Samuel and Lurania owned a good deal of land in Pottawattamie County. Lurania became a land owner in her own right, obtaining a Patent.

Patent signed by President James Buchanan granting land to Lurania P Eggleston

It has been suggested that many stayed in Iowa because they did not agree with Brigham Young’s plan to move west. Many did go on to the Salt Lake Valley in later years, though some did remain. Pottawattamie County newspapers printed news from Salt Lake City and about the Pioneer Companies heading to Zion, so they apparently maintained close contact with the Saints in Utah. It must have been difficult for Lurania to see friends from Nauvoo leave, then later see many emigrant companies of Saints from Europe stop there as they prepared to go west.

While living in Council Bluffs, Lurania’s last child and only daughter was born September 22, 1849. They named her Mary Elizabeth after her grandmothers Mary Titus Burgess and Elizabeth Hill Eggleston. The family suffered another loss when their son Harvey died February 12, 1854.

Their oldest living son, Rueben was married July 15, 1856 to Emiline Allen and went with his young wife and baby to Utah in 1860. Their son Orson left in 1861 to go to the Salt Lake Valley. He made return trips to help other companies, so it would be likely that he returned the following year to assist his family. Samuel and Lurania arrived in Utah in 1862 with the James Wareham Company.

The Deseret News reported, 16 September 1862 –The day was warm in G. S. L. City. Elder Amasa  M. Lyman & Charles C. Rich & Co arrived in Salt Lake. Capt James Wareham’s Independent Co. members—Samuel, Lurania, Orson H. & Mary E. Edwin, Eliza R. Charlotte & John H. (Journal History 16 Sep 1862)

Life and Death in Ogden, Utah

In Ogden, Samuel and Lurania were members of the Second Ward. Records indicate that they lived on the north side of 6th Street between Franklin and Wall Streets, which is now 26th Street between Lincoln and Wall.

In a Biography of William Nicol Fife, he tells about a Smallpox epidemic in 1870. According to his account the disease was brought into Ogden by an Indian Squaw in May of 1870. He indicated that the first person taken down with it, a Mrs. Eggleston died.

Later a few others became sick and were sent to Brick Creek [Burch Creek] Mr. Fife indicated that he personally built a lumber room for the afflicted and furnished them with food and necessities. He also “followed up the disease with disinfectants” and placed yellow flags in front of every affected house.

By July, forty cases were quarantined at Farr’s Grove. He indicated that the Mayor assisted him with this and later became sick himself. By the end of July there were 89 cases. Only seven of the 89 cases were fatal and the epidemic was over by the end of October. (Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah (Vol 4, p. 163)

The biography of Emeline Eggleston, wife of Reuben, written by Disey Eggleston Richardson (DUP) mentions that two of their children, Cora Gladys and May Julia were stricken with black small pox in 1870. They were quarantined at Farr’s Grove, as were others who were exposed. Cora Gladys died July 26, 1870 and May Julia on August 6, 1870. This account is consistent with the other about a significant epidemic. These two girls could have been easily infected by their grandmother.

Lurania died July 6, 1870 at the age of 61 years and 11 months.

Death notice for Lurania July 6, 1870

A Death Notice was published in The Ogden Junction of Wednesday morning July 6, 1870 which states:

In this city, of scarlet fever, at 3 o’clock this morning, LURANIA P., wife of MR. SAMUEL EGGLESTON, aged 61 years and 11 months. The funeral will take place a 5 o’clock this evening, when the friends of the deceased are invited to attend.
Mrs. Eggleston was born in Cayuga County, New York. She was baptized in June 1841, moved to Nauvoo in 1842. In 1847, she went with her family to Winter Quarters and in 1862 she came to Utah.

This newspaper was a semi-weekly paper, being published on Wednesdays and Saturdays and at that time, Lurania’s sons Reuben and Orson would have been working for the paper. They must have rushed word, soon after her death and had the notice written shortly before the paper was printed. Perhaps they actually went in and typeset it themselves.

It is interesting that the newspaper account says Lurania died of scarlet fever, while this history indicates she died of Smallpox. If she indeed was the first case, there may have been some uncertainty at that point about what exactly she had. Or it may have been called scarlet fever to prevent panic in the community. There is also some confusion about timing. This account indicates the beginning of this epidemic as May and gives the impression that Mrs. Eggleston would have died earlier than her July 6 death date. It does appear though, considering these various accounts, that she did die of Smallpox.

Lurania was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. The Sexton records indicate her death was of Smallpox.

Sources of Information:

This biography was adapted from a history I submitted to Daughters of Utah Pioneers as well as information in my book: The Joseph Eggleston Family. Sources listed below include those listed there.

Family Bible, photocopied from the personal Bible of Orson Hyde Eggleston by Virgie Eggleston Stoffers 1982 (Original then in possession of Theron Eggleston, now deceased)

Histories of Samuel Eggleston from records of Laura Eggleston Cutler (DUP)

Histories of Orson Hyde Eggleston by Virgie Eggleston Stoffers (DUP) and Karen Eggleston Stark (DUP)

“History of Cayuga County, New York” by Stork p. 475-484.

Pottawattamie County, Iowa land records.

Ogden City Cemetery Sexton Records.

Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah (Vol 4, p. 163); Biography of William Nicol Fife

“Mormon Midwife, 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Bartlett Sessions” Edited by Donna Toland Smith (1997 University of Utah Press) p. 70.

Journal of Isaac Chauncey Haight with historical notes / edited and arranged by Paul Jones (L.D.S. Church Historical Dept Call Number: M270.1 H1496j 2012)

Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Church History Library)

Birthday Postcards to Vedia Eggleston

Vedia Eggleston was born July 17, 1897 in Afton, Wyoming. She was the daughter of Orson Hyde Eggleston and Mariett Farley.  Vedia received many postcards in her early life. She preserved these in a Postcard Book which was miraculously acquired by the family some years ago. These are Birthday postcards to Vedia.

Happy Birthday to Vedia!

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2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey Part 5 – Marcellus, New York

Our 2001 Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey continued in Marcellus, New York, which turned out to be a goldmine. Not only were we able to walk around the area where Samuel and Rebecca Eggleston migrated in the early 1800’s, but we found precious Church records mentioning many family members.

After leaving the Kellogsville Cemetery for the second time the morning of Friday August 10th, we drove back up and around Skaneateles Lake. On the east side of the lake are very large homes along the lakefront. Then we turned and went up the hill further east to find farms.

The Rosehill/Thornhill/Marcellus Baptist Church

Rosehill Baptist Church

We drove past some cornfields and found the Thornhill Church (It is now called Rosehill Baptist Church-that is what is on the sign) on the corner. It is an old white frame building with a tower and steeple in front. I learned from histories that it was built in 1849, with the tower added later. The windows are large and rectangular with a row of different colored stained glass panes around the large rectangles.

Inside the church smelled old and musty. The door was open but we found no one inside. The chapel is obviously the original part of the building but there are additions. These included a kitchen, an area where they had copy machines and a very recent addition of a large recreation hall. (The Pastor seemed quite proud of this new addition.)

I had contacted Pastor Olcott before our trip. He told us that there were early records of the church and we were welcome to visit and look at them. We saw a phone in the front entry of the church and I was going to call the Pastor, but it rang and was picked up at their home next door.

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The Life of Joseph Smith Eggleston

A life sketch of Joseph Smith Eggleston adapted from one written by his son DeLoss which was included in my book.

Joe’s Birth and Childhood

Joseph Smith Eggleston was born on the July 5, 1885, in Eden Weber Co. Utah, to Annie Christine Johnson and Orson Hyde Eggleston. There was some question as to the date, maybe because the 4th of July was often celebrated on his birthday. His father Orson’s journal and his death certificate place it on the 5th.

Birth of Joseph Smith Eggleston

Birth date of Joseph Smith Eggleston in the middle of the right page.

Joseph was the second son of Orson and his third wife Annie Christine Johnson. The first child, David Orson was born June 15, 1883 and died November 3, 1884. Annie’s father, Peter Johnson, was a counselor in the bishopric with Orson. He also was working on the bridge over the Ogden river at the head of Ogden Canyon. He got caught in a storm and came home cold and wet, caught pneumonia and died December 17. 1878. Orson lived in a home they bought from Richard Ballantyne.

Orson H. Eggleston’s home in Eden, where Joseph may have been born

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2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey Part 4 – Sempronius, New York

A continuation of the 2001 Eggleston Genealogy trip with my Father to places where our ancestors had lived. Part 4 is our visit to Sempronius, New York.

Cayuga County

After our fruitless Cemetery searching in Springwater, New York, we visited some L.D.S. Church History sites in Western New York. Then we drove toward Cayuga County. As we came into the village of Skaneateles we saw the Lake View Cemetery right there by the lake. The village of Skaneateles is quite quaint with nice homes, especially those along the lake. There are boat docks and it appears to be quite a recreational or resort area. We drove down the west side of the lake, which is in Cayuga County. The lake is not very wide, but is long and we drove quite a while south. It was now cloudy and threatening rain, but was also cooling off.

New Hope

Map of Niles. The area marked New Hope is near where Thomas Marsh lived. Toward the bottom is “Kellogsville” which is just north of the Burgess land and the Kellogsville Cemetery, which are on the Sempronius map below.

I had some maps, so we went directly to the New Hope Cemetery. We looked around and saw lots of Cadys, but unfortunately we don’t know which Cadys are related to Selinda Olive Cady Burgess.

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2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey – Part 3 Western New York

A continuation of the account of my journey with my Dad in 2001 when we visited sites significant to Eggleston genealogy. This Part 3 was in the Western part of New York August 8-9, 2001.

After leaving Nauvoo, Illinois we spent some time in Kirtland, Ohio. The Egglestons did not live there, but the Cheneys did. Dad and I did not do anything specifically related to Eggleston genealogy, so for the purposes of the blog, I will move on to Western New York.

We left Kirtland about 3:30 in the afternoon on August 8th. In Erie, Pennsylvania there was an accident, then road construction slowed us. We got off the freeway to get gas then seeing how backed up it was decided to try an alternate route. Later we managed to get back to the freeway and it was a little better. We split from the expressway as it entered New York. Then we took the southern route through Chautuaqua county.

Drive Through Chautauqua County

I was excited to see this area. I had done a good deal of research into family members who went to Chautuaqua County, New York. We didn’t stop because we were detoured around construction, so we really didn’t know where to go. We just drove around Chuatuaqua Lake which is pretty. I tried to take a picture from the moving vehicle, but it didn’t really capture it.

Chautauqua Lake

The country here was rolling hills and it appeared to be good farming land. We then drove on the Southern route through the Allegheny mountains. I hadn’t realized that New York had such mountains.

It was getting late and I was looking for a campground as we drove. We found the Sun Valley Campground near Arkport, New York. It was getting dark as we pulled in and we couldn’t find anyone in the office, so we just found a spot, then registered later. There weren’t restaurants around, so we zapped some microwave dinners. We planned to visit Springwater in the morning.

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Cemetery Tour – South Park Cemetery, Jackson, Wyoming

A virtual Cemetery Tour of the South Park Cemetery, the resting place of many of our Wilson and Cheney ancestors.

My Introduction to this Cemetery

My first visit to the South Park Cemetery in Jackson, Wyoming was in August 2002. Our family had enjoyed vacationing in Jackson Hole for years before I learned enough of our family history to search out graves of our ancestors. For this particular trip, my father joined us. Because he is an early riser and my husband and children are not, nor were they interested in being drug through a cemetery at any hour, Dad and I went alone early one morning.

South Park Cemetery, Jackson, Wyoming

The cemetery sits on a hill, south of the town of Jackson, in the area known as South Park where Sylvester Wilson settled in 1889. There are spectacular views from this point. The cemetery itself is not large and most of it was rather overgrown. A fence enclosed many of the Wilson family graves.

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Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston

My grandmother, Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston died at a young age. At least from my present perspective it seems a very young age. I never had the privilege of knowing her. When I was compiling histories for the Cheney Wilson Family History Book, I realized that she was the only member of that family no one had written about. So I set out, as one who had not known her personally, to write a history of her life. This is taken largely from that account, with some additional photographs.

Early Life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Talitha Cuma Cheney was born May 3, 1893 in South Park, Wyoming. She grew up as on only daughter, with several brothers, all but one older than her. Her parents, Selar Cheney and Mary Alice Wilson, had another daughter Mary Ellen, but she had died as a child in Wilsonville, long before Cuma was born.

family of Selar and Mary Alice Wilson Cheney

Talitha Cuma is sitting on her father Selar’s lap. To the right of her is her grandmother Talitha Cuma Garlic Avery, whom she was named after. Other family members are Howard, David, Mother Mary Alice holding Fleming, and Selar Sylvester and Ralph standing in the back.

Talitha Cuma was named after her grandmother, Talitha Cumi Garlick Avery Cheney, though she went by the name “Cuma”. In some places it was written Cumi or Cumy, though her daughter Alice said she preferred Cuma to Cumy.

Fleming, Talitha Cuma and Howard Cheney

Cuma with her brothers Fleming and Howard

At the time Cuma was born, the South Park community consisted mostly of her extended family, so her childhood would have beenspent with her brothers and several cousins.

Education was very important to this family. The first school was organized in Jackson Hole in 1896. Cuma was too young to attend when the school first started, but was privileged to have this available from the time she was ready to start school. A 1899 souvenir card of School District No. 37 in Jackson lists 16 pupils with Cumy Cheney listed last, as she was probably the youngest.

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2001 An Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey – Part 2 to Nauvoo, Illinois

On to Nauvoo, Illinois

The 2001 Eggleston Genealogy Odyssey continued after our visit to Winter Quarters and Council Bluffs, Iowa. After spending the night at a campground called “Sleepy Hollow”, Dad and I started early Monday August 5, and drove a few hours south from Iowa City. We crossed the Mississippi River on a Bridge by Fort Madison and drove into Nauvoo, Illinois from the east. What we saw was a small town on the bluff with some shops and houses and then right in front of us was the Nauvoo Temple under construction.

Nauvoo LDS Temple in 2001

Nauvoo Temple under construction in 2001









The Land Office

One of our first stops was the land office where we looked up where our ancestors had lived. We spent more time there than I expected and got quite a lot of information.

Historic Nauvoo Map

The Eggleston home on Block 62 and the Garlick home on Block 34. The Temple Block is the larger dark square in the Wells area

The Garlick home would have been a few blocks further beyond the trees in the photo below where it goes down into a gully. The Cheney family lived outside of town.

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