Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy 171st Birthday, Isaac Sorensen (1840-1922)!

John Welch IV's grandfather

Isaac Sorensen was a Danish pioneer and musician.  His biography can be found online here and here.  He was once jailed erroneously on a murder charge!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy 171st Birthday, Agnes Elizabeth Perkes Calkin (1840-1916)!

Gayle Wells' great-great-grandmother

Agnes Calkin was an amazing woman: she was both a doctor who spoke Indian languages and a proper British lady.  She left behind marital enigmas: as a teenager she married a missionary as his plural wife, as a young mother she divorced another man.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy 180th Birthday, Ebenezer Hunter (1831-1908)!

Gayle Wells' great-great-grandfather

close up of Ebenezer with Elder Cannon

Ebenezer was a musical pioneer poet from Scotland who fathered a large posterity.  We have several photos of him, and his journal is available at the Church History Library if you get special permission to view the microfilm (since he was a bishop, it contains confidential information--that's what they told me, anyway).  Read on to see some great photos from his time in jail! 

Happy 187th Birthday, Miles Llewellyn Williams (1824-1891)!

Gayle Wells' great-grandfather

Miles was a Welsh pioneer whose generous nature has been inherited by his descendants.    He was a close personal friend to Brigham Young, and emulated his chin-curtain beard style.  I love the story of his first wife crossing the plains...