September 22, 2010

Warren children: Parents-- William Reed Stockbridge Warren and Rebecca Harris Warren

These three children were with their parents in Bluff when the four starving Hole-in-the-Rock scouts arrived Dec. 28, 1879.  Their mother Rebecca is the one who fed the scouts.  Their family came to Bluff from Colorado along with their grandparents Harris and other Harris relatives.

John Stockbridge Warren (1859-1946).  He married Lula Belle Alred (1867-1893)
18 October 1886 .  They had two children: John Herbert Warren (1889-1940) and Hermie BELLE Warren (1892-1978)
This is a picture of John with his elderly mother Rebecca. 

Ella Warren (1862-1863)

Emma Jane Warren (1864-1935).  She was born 7 March 1864 Parowan, Iron, UT. She married Nelson Alma Mattice (1862-1920) 17 October 1888 St. George, Wash., Ut [the same year that her mother remarried.]  They had 8 children.
 Died 8 February 1935

April 10, 2010

Margaret Melinda Pace, daughter of James Wilkerson and Hannah Caroline Sevy

Margaret Melinda was just a baby on the trek to San Juan.  Four older siblings had died of sickness just within a month of leaving on the mission. 

Born: 18 Jul 1879 Place: Panguitch, Grfld, Ut

Died: 8 Dec 1956 Place: Buhl, Twin Falls, Idaho

March 30, 2010

Mickelsen, Don Alvin: son of Peter Mickelsen and Harriet Emily Decker

Don Alvin Mickelsen:  1879-1945
By Bonnie Trower Brantley Eureka, Utah.  Given to Bonnie by Bernice Mickelsen, the second wife of Joseph Rasmus Mickelsen.

Don Alvin Mickelsen was born 12 October 1879 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah to Peter and Harriet Emily Decker Mickelsen. Peter was their first baby, and as a family they became a part of the “Hole-in-the-Rock” expedition. As no journals of this family have been located it is impossible to know the experiences of this newly formed family as they prepared themselves to live in a covered wagon with their new born son. He was six months old when the group reached Bluff and set up housekeeping. Three more children were born to Peter and Harriet while they lived in Bluff. Peter Adelbert, Joseph Rasmus and Ethel Gertrude.

In 1884 the family moved to Manassa, Colorado and little Peter Adelbert passed away from scarlet fever. Anna Mae was born 25 March 1886 in Manassa. Some time after his father Peter died in Arizona in 1888, Harriet and her children went to visit her family in Parowan. She left Don Alvin in Parowan, presumably for the summer, but as a poor widow, she was never able to send money for Don to come home to his family in Manassa. He was in Parowan with relatives for the rest of his childhood.

The 1900 Census shows 20 year old Don living again with his mother, Harriet, and step father, Cornelius Gilleland, in Lumberton, Rio Arriba, New Mexico.

He said he felt like a stranger among his family, after living in Parowan for so many years, so he left his family and went to California. He was bitter toward his mother for leaving him in Parowan and his mother did not hear from him for 25 years. He never married. He became sick and went to stay with his brother Joseph Rasmus in Manassa for over a year. At that time he told his brother that he was at the first meeting in New York for the Communist Party, and that he had joined the Communist party, saying there was no God. He led a sad and lonely life and died in San Francisco October 9, 1945.

February 4, 2010

Dailey Children: (Parents: Wilson Dailey and Lorana Tilton)

Children on Trek:
1. Bade Marie Dailey was born 30 March 1870 in Illinois.  Was possibly  married to Jeff Orr.  She died 24 August 1889.
2. Belt (1873-1967) He was born 22 April 1873 in Harrisburg, Washington, Utah. He married Maggie Doll Orner on 30 September 1896 Of Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois .  They had five children. Belt died: 28 March 1967 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.   He was buried at Elysian Gardens, Salt Lake, Utah

More information needed

Dailey Children: (Parents: Milton Dailey and Mary Malinda Wilson)

Children on the trek:
1. Marion b. 1877

2. Madalene b. 1876

There are eight children listed on their family group sheet, including Madeline (born in 1876) and Marion (born in 1877). They would have been pre-schoolers when they went through Hole-in-the-Rock. It appears that this family went on to eventually settle in Alpine, Apache, Arizona.

More information needed

Gurr Child: (Parents-William Herber Gurr and Anna Hanson )

Child on Trek: William John

More information needed

Jensen Children: (Parents: Lars Peter Jensen and Jane Catherine Steele)

Sometimes listed as members of the Hole-in-the-Rock party.
Children on the trek:
1. Margaret b. 1876

2. Leonard b. 1878

More information needed

Johnson Children: (Father Johnson, James)

Children on the trek:
1. Lotte
2. James Marrion Jr.
3. John

This family isn't mentioned in David Miller's book, nor are they on the listing in Saga of San Juan.  Only show up on the Hole in the Rock Foundation site.

More information needed

George F. Lewis: (Parent-James Lewis)

George Frederick Lewis was the 6th child of James Lewis and Emily Jennison Holman. He was born July 8, 1856 in Parowan, Utah. His father makes no mention of his children in his autobiography. He was 23 at the time of the trek to San Juan.

Places lived: (Chronologized, earliest to latest, incl. age)

1856 - 1864 (Age 0-8) Parowan, Iron, Utah
1865 - 1871 (Age 9-15) Harrisburg, Washington, Utah (US Census 1870)1871 - 1879 (Age 15-23) Kanab, Kane, Utah
1880 - ? (Age 24-?) Bluff, San Juan, Utah (US Census 1880)
1882 - 1888 (Age 23-32) Taylor, Apache, Arizona
1888 - 1895 (Age 32-39) Pinedale, Gila, Arizona (married Adalaide Huff 7 Dec 1890)
1895 - 1896 (Age 39-40) Taylor, Navajo, Arizona
1896 - 1909 (Age 39-52) Colonial Garcia, Chihuahua, Mexico
Schooling: Some schooling in Harrisburg, Utah
Occupation(s): Blacksmith and building homes, Farming

In 1871 the family moved to Kanab, Kane, Utah where George became interested in the occupation of blacksmith, which was a good trade at that time. George was the blacksmith for The Hole in the Rock Company hired to build a road through Potato Valley (by way of Escalante). The Hole in the Rock was a jump off of 40 feet down through the pass. The walls of the Hole were more than a hundred feet high on each side above the roadway - one mile from the top of the hill to the Colorado River; all stone rock.

They crossed on the ferry boat, provided for that purpose, above the mouth of the San Juan River. The road had been made by the company with great labor and toil for months and was the most rugged ever tackled ortraveled. Water was only found in the holes of the rocks, deposited in the rainy season and the melting of snow in the Spring. The company followed the San Juan River to Bluff City where they stopped for the season.

His uncle, Philip B. Lewis, gave George a patriarchal blessing when he was age 19. One promise of note follows, “Thy body shall not be weary, but thou shall leap like a halk (hawk) upon the mountains. Thou shall be preserved from the [hands] of thy [enemies] and every weapon formed against thee shall fall harmless at thy feet . . .”

The family moved to Arizona in 1882 where George eventually met his bride to be, Mary Adalaide Huff. They were married in the St. George, Utah Temple in 9 Dec 1890. They lived in Taylor, Arizona where their two oldest children were born – George William and Adolphia James. Of this marriage eventually came seven children; two born in Arizona, the other five while living in Colonial Guarcia, Mexico, including Zilpha, (Shauna Hart's ancestor, who contributed this story).

While living in Arizona, George and others established and purchased the first sawmill built in the vicinity. Blacksmithing, building and farming were the sources of income during his lifetime. He also taught his children these trades and taught them “not to be idle”.

George moved his family over 500 miles to Old Mexico about 1896 after a call to “go to Mexico and take up land from the Mexican government.” Mary’s mother and father (James Henry and Sophia Huff) and their family also moved to Mexico. Father Huff died in 1903, and Mary’s mother returned to the States. George’s father, James Lewis, died in 1898 in Kanab, Utah – George may not have seen him after moving to Mexico in 1897. George’s mother, Emily, out-lived George (her son) by two years – Emily later dying in Kanab, Utah in 1911.

George worked hard all his life. As his boys were able, they helped him. He died of a heart attack in 1909 at the age of 52, leaving his wife, Mary, and children - Zilpha, our line, was only eight years old. The oldest boy, George William, was sixteen and the youngest child, Emily, was only seven months old. George Fredrick Lewis was buried in Colonial Guarcia, Mexico. His grave has not been located in the present “colonies”. His wife and children were driven out of Mexico in 1912, three years after George died. [Thanks to Shauna Hart for contributing the Lewis stories.]

February 3, 2010

Robb children: (Parents-Adam Franklin Robb and Sarah Permelia Holyoak)

Children on the trek:
1. Albertus was born 7 February 1875 Parowan, Iron, Utah (4 years old when they left,)  He died 19 July 1963 Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah

2. William Heber was born 5 June 1877 (2 years old when they left). He married Clara Minnie Simmons. He died 18 June 1958 Billings, Yellowstone, Montana.

More on parent site
More information needed

February 2, 2010

Robb, Mary Ann: (Parents George Drummand and Caroline Jones )

Mary Ann Robb was born 1 September 1876 Paragonah, Iron, Utah.
She maried James Samuel Mathis 3 April 1902  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
She died in 1950.  She was the oldest of her siblings.

On September 1, 1878, (note difference in date)  Caroline (known as Cally) gave birth to their first child, Mary Ann. Shortly after her birth, George and his brothers William, John and Adam received a call to fill a mission in San Juan County. When asked in later years what people did with their land and homes when they accepted such a call, George answered, “We just left them behind without looking back and without any regrets.” George and Cally were never to return to Paragonah to live.

They left in late October 1879, for the difficult journey through the Hole-in-the-Rock
to Bluff. Their second daughter Ellen was born February 3, 1880. (Genealogy record says it was 1881) [The family believes she was born en route to Bluff, but historical accounts of the Hole-in-the-Rock do not include her as born on the way.]
Like the other Robb brothers, George did not stay long in Bluff, moving with some of his brothers to Mancos, Colorado. After only a year in Mancos, George and Cally decided to return to Paragonah, via the Old Spanish Trail.

Family history on line:

 Information needed:

Robb, William: (Parents William Robb and Ellen Stones)

Information needed