The first of several Joseph Cramers in the line! Joseph's middle name was undoubtedly inspired by Ulysses Grant's Civil War victories shortly before his birth to Hiram and Mary.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Anna Cramer's seventh-great-grandfather
William Bradford is one of our Pilgrims, and I'll feature them fully at Thanksgiving. You can read more about him here. Besides the physical hardships of traveling and living in Plymouth Colony, the emotional difficulties of leaving his son behind in Europe and then having his wife die (either suicide or a tragic accident--slipped off the Mayflower soon after arrival) seem nearly unimaginable. We are descended from his second wife Alice's son, also named William Bradford.
Of note to me is the fact that he studied Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, and wrote this nice poem in his later years:
But keepe the truth in puriety and walke in all humility take heed of pride & contention for that will bring distruction Seeke love & peace & unity and preserve faith, & sanctitie and God will bless you with his Grace and bring you to his resting place.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known as the Relief Society. It was started in Nauvoo in 1842, but the group ceased meeting in 1844. A quarter century later in Utah, Brigham Young called for the reorganization of the Relief Society in every ward of the church. (This was in 1867, so when we celebrate all these years of Relief Society, perhaps we should subtract 25 from the official tally.)
|Red Brick Store in Nauvoo where RS was organized|
Our only ancestor who seems to have belonged to the first Relief Society in Nauvoo was Elizabeth Thompson, although since two Elizabeth Thompsons lived in Nauvoo, we cannot even be certain it is the right ancestor. Our pioneer women were very involved in the early Relief Society efforts in Utah. They raised silkworms, grew and stored wheat, and took care of community and burial needs. Our ancestors who served as Relief Society presidents, counselors, and teachers for decades include Elizabeth Fox, Hannah Grover, Maggie Hatch, Sylvia Hatch, Mary Hegsted, Jane Muir, Emma Shaw, Sarah Jensen, Mary Sorensen, Maria Hatch, Ann Welch, Eliza Welch, and Laura Woodland. Annie Hatch was a Relief Society secretary and treasurer, and her son remembered the intriguing divided box in which she stored the funds. Maria Hatch was also active in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Utah and served as the vice president of the National Relief Society (a part of the church organization at the time).
|Relief Society building at This is the Place|
|Elizabeth Fox's jubilee speech|
These women continue to inspire me today, as I serve in our ward Relief Society presidency.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Nita Woodland Welch's grandmother
Having already read about Laura Woodland's parents, David and Laura Peters, and her husband William Woodland, this tiny lady's life story will not be a surprise. Yet do you know the prairie skunk story, of her near-drowning and promise to God, and her deathbed experience? Read on to learn of a woman so charitable that she carried food to the needy under her apron to hide her good deeds from her children, a lady who loved beauty and flowers and created a refined home of fourteen children in the midst of wild Indian Idaho.
|William & Laura|