Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy 154th Birthday, William Ira Hatch (1857-1919)!

Anna Hatch Cramer's grandfather


William Ira Hatch was the son and grandson of pioneers on both sides, named after his two pioneer grandfathers William Thompson and Ira Hatch.  Both his father and father-in-law served in the Mormon Battalion.  


Happy 201st Birthday, David Peters (1810-1898)!

Nita Welch's great-grandfather

Both a Welch ancestor and a Welsh one, David Peters was married to feisty Laura. He owned this mill in Wales before coming to Utah:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy 218th Birthday, Clarissa Goss Eastman (1793-1883)!

Nita Welch's great-great-grandmother

Clarissa Eastman has been a quest--I was thrilled last June to find the original of the only picture I'd seen of her, which was a lousy xerox--her portrait hangs high up on the wall at the Franklin, Idaho DUP Museum.  Then this fall, I discovered her husband's journal in the Church History archives and her testimony is written at the end.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy 179th Birthday, Henry Albert Shaw (1832-1884)!

John Welch IV's great-grandfather

Harry Shaw was an English bookkeeper, so new to the frontier experience that it was said he didn't know which end of the cattle to place a yoke on.  He ran a saloon until called in to the bishopric.