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

Westover, George Henry

George Henry Westover was born 25 OCT 1865 (or 1866) in St. George, Utah and died 5 OCT 1941 Huntington, Utah. Genealogy

He would have only been 14 on the trek. His parents were Charles Beal Westover who was born: 27 NOV 1827 at: Licking, Muskingham, Ohio. (Charles married Mary Eliza Shumway on 1 SEP 1856 at: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. She was the daughter of Charles Shumway and Julie Ann Hooker (who died at Winter Quarters 1846).

George's half-sister was Eliza Ann Westover Redd, wife of Lemuel H. Redd Jr. They had the same father, but Eliza's mother was Eliza Ann Haven. George evidently was traveling with the Redds.

George is mentioned in Miller's book p. 77: He was herding animals for LH Redd and James M. Redd, whom he expressed the highest regard. He and another boy got lost in a snow storm and to keep from freezing they wrestled all night long. They were so tired and sleepy, but kep on until daylight, when they were able to get back to camp. (on a card sent to Lucretia Raney from Lina Walker, daughter of George Westover.) [Suggest doing a genealogy search on Lina's name.]