Mormon Pioneer Relatives
(A continuation ofMormon Relatives)
Mormon’s believed Israelites came from Jerusalem 600 years before Christ and re-peopled America. They were descendants of the tribe of Joseph. They grew, multiplied and became two nations. Nephites founded by Nephi and Lamanites founded by Laman. Nephites were destroyed by Lamanites abut 400 years after Christ. Mormon was a Nephite. Mormon’s son Moroni, deposited the records on a hill called Cumorah in Ontario County, Manchester Township, New York. He wanted to preserve these records from Lamanites who over ran the country and sought to destroy them and all the records pertaining to the Nephites. These records were found by Joseph Smith September 22, 1827 being directed by an angel of the Lord.
Thomas Colborn 1801-1886 and wife Sarah (Bower) Colborn - no relation to our Ohio Bower ancestors, mentioned in a letter their relative Katherine Vincent. She must be his sister Katherine (Catherine Colborn) who married Ezra Vincent. The Vincent’s were Johnny Carson’s 2nd great grandparents. I found a record of Ezra Vincent at a Mormon meeting in Kirtland, Ohio 1847. This was the year before they marched to Zion (Utah) in 1848 with Heber C. Kimball.
Thomas and Katherine as we know from my previous story were the children of Jonathan and Hannah (Hamilton) Colborn. Jonathan Colborn had a beautiful orchard. Hannah was the daughter of my 5th great grandparents Thomas and Sarah (Westfall) Hamilton. I descend from Hannah’s brother James Hamilton who moved to and was one of the first settlers of Meadville, Pennsylvania.Jonathan Colborn was the brother of Lydia (Colborn) Hamilton Thomas Hamilton’s 2nd wife.
Sarah (Bower) Hamilton’s sister Elisabeth (Betsy) married William Hamilton son of Thomas Hamilton and 2nd wife Lydia (Colborn) Another son of Thomas, named William moved to Lansingville in 1802 where his father Thomas Hamilton lived. He married Elisabeth Moore. Several generations lived in his home he built. Our Hamilton’s the Bower’s and Moore’s were some of the first founding families of Lansingville, New York.
The Vincent’s, Thomas Colborn, his wife Sarah and their children became Mormons.
From them descend thousands of Mormons in Utah and Arizona. My focus is on those in our family who became Mormons.
New information found: Thomas and Sarah (Bower) Colborn’s daughter Hannah Marinda Colborn (1831-1911) married Samuel Miles (1826-1910)in 1849, one year after the Colborn’s marched to Zion with Heber C. Kimball in 1848. They were married by Heber C. Kimball. Both Thomas and Samuel are listed in “Utah’s Prominent Men“. Samuel Miles family heard Orson Pratt and John Murdoch preach in Cattauragus County, New York and they believed.
Samuel Miles wrote: “I married Hannah M. Colborn, Sept. 6, 1849, and the same year I sent east for my mother to come to the Valley, my father had died during my absence. I was ordained a Seventy Jan. 18, 1851, and in 1857 I filled a mission to California, laboring mostly in the city of Stockton and vicinity. In October, 1862, I went south and settled in St. George, Washington county, where I followed school teaching. May 12, 1867, I was ordained a High Priest by Apostle Erastus Snow and set apart as a High Councilor in the St. George Stake, and also as State Superintendent of Sunday Schools. In the same year (1867) I moved my family to Price (formerly Heberville), five miles from St. George, where I have followed farming for a livelihood. I have had the privilege of performing considerable Temple work for my relatives who have passed beyond the veil."
Samuel Miles has quite a history having served Mormon Battalion Co. B. His find a grave Bio is impressive, "
Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
Miles, Samuel, a High Councilor in the St. George Stake of Zion, is the son of Samuel Miles and Prudence Marks, and was born in Attica, Genesee county, New York, April 8, 1826. In the winter of 1833-34 Elders Orson Pratt and John Murdock preached the gospel in Cattaraugus county. N. Y., and the Miles family were among those who heard and believed. Brother Miles writes in a life sketch: "In the fall of 1835, together with my father's family, I started for the gathering place of the Saints in Missouri. We passed through Kirtland, Ohio, and camped for the winter at New Portage. There I was baptized by Solomon Warner, in April, 1836. We continued our journey in May, 1836, and arrived at Caldwell county, Missouri, where we settled near Far West. Many times have I rejoiced in listening to the Prophet's preaching in the public assemblies of the Saints. I was present July, 1838, when the cornerstones of the Temple were laid at Far West. The acts of the mob militia, ordered out by Gov. Boggs, in devastating our fields, destroying our crops, and abusing peaceful-minded and aged citizens, their hideous yells and cries, when they had the Prophet Joseph Smith and other brethren as prisoners in their camp near our house, are all indelibly impressed upon my mind; this, with the subsequent expulsion of the Saints from Missouri, together with the suffering endured before we reached Illinois, forms a chapter in my life never to be forgotten. Our family lived in Lima, Adams county, Ill., till the fall of 1839, when we settled in Commerce, (later Nauvoo). I had the privilege of attending the University of Nauvoo and receiving instruction from Prof. Orson Pratt, Lorin Farr and others. At the age of fifteen I taught a primary school in Nauvoo, and later taught school in the eastern part of Hancock county. After the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, I rode 50 miles to attend the funeral, passing through Carthage on the way. I also took an active part in defending the city of Nauvoo against the mobs. In June, 1846, I left Nauvoo for the west, and on reaching Council Bluffs, Iowa, I enlisted in the famous Mormon Battalion. My experiences from July 16, 1846, to July 16, 1847, when I was discharged at Los Angeles, Cal., forms a notable year in my life. I kept a daily journal, detailing the hardships and trials endured. Together with other discharged soldiers, I started for Salt Lake City, but we received instructions from Pres. Brigham Young to remain in California for a while longer. I finally arrived in Great Salt Lake valley, Sept. 6, 1848, and located in Salt Lake City. I married Hannah M. Colborn, Sept. 6, 1849, and the same year I sent east for my mother to come to the Valley, my father had died during my absence. I was ordained a Seventy Jan. 18, 1851, and in 1857 I filled a mission to California, laboring mostly in the city of Stockton and vicinity. In October, 1862, I went south and settled in St. George, Washington county, where I followed school [p.537] teaching. May 12, 1867, I was ordained a High Priest by Apostle Erastus Snow and set apart as a High Councilor in the St. George Stake, and also as Stake superintendent of Sunday schools. In the same year (1867) I moved my family to Price (formerly Heberville), five miles from St. George, where I have followed farming for a livelihood. I have had the privilege of performing considerable Temple work for my relatives who have passed beyond the veil."
Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
Miles, Samuel, a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company B, was born April 8, 1826, in Attica, Genesee Co., N.Y., a son of Samuel Miles and Prudence Marks. He was baptized in April, 1836, by Salmon Warner, while traveling with the saints to Missouri. Bro. Miles was present at the laying of the corner-stone of the Temple at Far West, July 4, 1838, and remembered the acts of mob violence in devastating the saints' fields, destroying their stock, abusing aged men and women, and the subsequent expulsion of the saints from the state. He joined the Battalion, and the hardships of the long march of two thousand miles, the manifest interposition of Providence in delivering them from armed foes, and the numerous vicissitudes incident to a march through a wild and often desert country, formed a notable year in the life of Elder Miller. He arrived in the "Valley" in 1848; was married in 1849, ordained a Seventy Jan. 18, 1851, filled a mission to California in 1857, and another mission to settle Dixie in 1862. He was ordained a High Priest and set apart as a High Councilor at St. George Aug. 18, 1857, moved to Heberville (later called Price), and died May 22, 1910, at St. George, Utah.
Samuel Miles was a three time Pioneer, first to Salt Lake City, lived there 14 years, 1848 to 1862, then he was called to St. George by Brigham Young to help build up the Cotton Industry. Later in 1875 he was called by the authorities to Heberville (Later known as Price--now Bloomington) a few miles south of St. George to help build a community and work on a dam in the Virgin River in an effort to get water on this dry land. Hannah Miranda was called Minnie.
Also impressive was that Samuel Miles after being discharged marched to New Hope in San Joachim Valley, California. New Hope under the direction of twenty-six-year-old church elder Sam Brannan (1819–1889), a ship named the Brooklyn sailed from New York for California on February 4, 1846—the same day the first wagon train of Mormons headed west from Nauvoo, Illinois. Both groups believed their mission was to establish a new western center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When the New Hope colonists learned in late 1847 that the main migrating body of the Church would remain in the Salt Lake Valley, they were very disappointed. They no longer had the will to endure the mosquitoes that plagued them and the lack of leadership by controversial Elder Sam Brannan. Many missed their loved ones and the conveniences of "civilization." The New Hope colonists pulled up stakes. A few went to the Salt Lake Valley, but most moved to Sacramento, San Francisco, or San Jose. The last to leave New Hope that winter of 1847 was Aldonis Buckland, who moved to Weber's new town of Stockton. The steel flour mill from the New Hope colony was apparently sold to Austin Sperry, owner of a general store in Stockton. Sperry built a large flour mill in 1852, which grew into the Sperry Flour Company, later part of General Mills.
Samuel Miles was at New Hope and met the Mormons there.He also traveled through Sutter's Fort and Sierra Nevada Mountains on Immigrant Wagon Road andsaw the unburied remains of the Immigrant Donner Party who died the previous winter, then went to San Francisco. He saw Saints who came with Samuel Brannon 1846-47 on the ship Brooklyn. He stayed there 2 months shopping wood and working as a clerk in Benecia Bay where he learned Spanish. He was 21 in 1847. In the book "Letters from California 1846-47" The expulsions of Mormons caused alarm to Californians. In 1846 Governor Pico warned them 10,000 Mormons were on their way. Mormon's were already there when Elder Samuel Brannan left New York with 238 Saints. Feb 4, 1846 arriving July 31. Most Mormons lived in Marin lumber camps near Mission in San Francisco. People had a change of heart about the Mormons saying they were honest, sober, industrious, there was no polygamy and the Mormons were accepted. In the book "Gold Rush Saints, California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches" a Mormon not related to us wrote " I learned a lesson to help and develop the country was better than hunting for gold."
FromParalee Eckman’s internet blog:
“A FEW INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF HANNAH MARINDA COLBORN MILES
WRITTEN BY HER GRANDDAUGHTER, SARAH MILES WALLACE”
Hannah Marinda Colborn Miles was born in Rose, Wayne County, New York, December 29, 1831. She was the third child of Thomas Colborn and Sarah (Bowers) Colborn. Both of her parents were born in the State of New York. She remembered her grandfather, Jonathan Colborn being a farmer and having a nice orchard. He and his wife Hannah had previously lived in New Jersey and had moved to Wayne County, New York when they had two children. There had been so many falsehoods circulated around the State of New York which had influenced Hannah’s paternal and maternal grandparents, and caused them to have great concern when Thomas and his wife joined the Mormon Church. I have received a letter from a researcher in Lansing, New York, and she wrote that the parents of Sarah Bowers Colborn wept bitterly when Tom Colborn took their daughter away from them and joined the Mormon Church, and went to Nauvoo with the rest of the Mormons. I answered the letter by stating likely now her mother and father would be consoled if they knew of the many wonderful descendants this couple had in Utah.
Thomas Colborn and his wife and family first moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He was a member of Zion’s Camp. He and his family suffered with the other Saints the persecutions heaped upon them. My grandmother could well remember the howling mobs and see the burning of the roofs of our Saints and many other afflictions. Hannah’s father, Thomas Colborn, was injured so that for a while he could not think clearly. His wife, Sarah, knew if they didn’t come with the Saints then they would never. So they moved to Nauvoo shortly before the exodus of that place. Oppressed and discouraged by both her father’s and mother’s people, they joined the Saints with an outfit that would take them across the plains. Hannah Marinda, my grandmother, was 17 when she crossed the plains in 1848. Their family with them consisted of her parents, her two sisters, Sarah Matilda and Rosina, and herself. They came in Company K of the Heber C. Kimball Company. Her older sister, Amanda, had married Winslow Farr, and expected to come later, but she died. Two infant sons of her parents had also died. After they reached the valley of Salt Lake, Hannah helped the mothers care for their children. As a girl, she took active part in the Church and endured with the others who were faithful, the struggles and privations incident to the moving from Nauvoo and the settlement of Salt Lake City. A year after they had entered the valley of Salt Lake she married Samuel Miles,September16, 1849 when she was 18, and he was 23. He had been a member of the Mormon Battalion and came to Salt Lake by way of California. In the year 1862, Brigham Young called Samuel Miles and his wife with their children to help settle St. George, in Southern Utah. They were to help promote the Cotton Industry. Samuel was a school teacher and had a good job in Salt Lake and had acquired a few acres of land and a small house and lot on what is now 655 South 4th East, but the call of the President of the Church he willingly accepted, and at once made arrangements for the disposal of his property, and other belongings. Hannah Colborn Miles was a faithful Latter-day Saint all her days. She was active in the Auxiliary Organizations, at one time being President of the Relief Society and was for a number of years in the Stake Presidency of the St. George Relief Society. She was a devoted wife and mother. Especially was she efficient as a housekeeper, cook and seamstress. Many a fine meal did her grandchildren enjoy that she cooked. I will never forget the current pies and the dried corn she served. Her house was always clean and inviting. She went with her children and husband to help settle Price, a small community south of St. George. They had much trouble with the Dam in the Virgin River and after twenty five years, Price was abandoned and they moved back to St. George. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom survived her. At the time of her death, she had 53 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She died on October,18, 1911at St. George, Utah. She was a woman loved by all who got personally acquainted with her. Her death certificate, states her father Thomas Colborn was born in England, but that isn't right. He was born in New York, the descendant of a long line of "Pennsylvania Dutch" ancestors.
I read some JOURNALS of those who were in the same Co. and I liked this one from an unrelated family.This gives us an idea of what the Colborn family experienced as they journeyed to Utah. May 1848. Heber C. Kimball’s Co. included 662 People- 266 wagons—150 loose cattle—25 Mules—737 Oxen—57 horses—299 chickens—96 pigs—52 dogs—17 cats—3 hives of bees—3 doves—1 squirrel
Rules of a camp: Each had a Captain, A captain of the Guard, a chaplain and clerk.
All names were enrolled.
1. Noise and confusion will not be allowed after 8 p.m.
2. Camp will be called by trumpet for Prayer meeting morning and night.
3. Arise at 4:30 a.m. Assembly for prayers 5:30 a.m.
4. Card playing will not be allowed.
5. Dogs must be tied up at night. 6. Profane language will not be tolerated.
7. Each man will help driving the cattle
8. Rate of travel for Oxen 3 miles an hour. (The corral made by wagons will not be broken until all of the cattle have been yoked.)
We are bravely trying to drive a Mule Team across the plains, holding our Babies. We take turns driving. You can just imagine we three women climbing in and out over wagon wheels to cook on the camp fire and wash clothes. We sleep in our Camp wagons or on the Ground along the swampy river bottoms. We cook in a camp kettle, it is an iron pot with three legs. It had a heavy lid and could be set right on the beds of coals and biscuits corn bread or cake could be put in, then a shovel full of coals was put on top to bake them. Some who had no kettles cooked on hot rocks to do their baking. Some of our meals were just broiled meat and bread. Other times all we had to eat was water gruel (a very thin mush) One Wedding dinner on the plains consisted of fresh bread baked in a skillet, fresh butter and a piece of meat. Milk and cream could be placed in a churn in the morning and by night you could have a pat of butter by the jolting wagon over rough trails. An English immigrant whose sense of smell had left him due to age, was one day hungrily out looking for food, found a strange animal and killed it. (it was furry and black and white) He skinned it and proudly brought it to camp. "a skunk" and to his amazement everyone fled as he approached and for some days he was an outcast. Our daily exertions made hunger a constant companion. The quantity of food was limited and meals were usually scant. At other times fish was caught in streams and ducks, geese, turkeys and prairie chickens were shot. The men hunted for buffalo elk and deer and these added to our daily diet. Pig weeds, thistles and other greens were gathered at times and cooked to add variety. And some times if several [Buffalo] were shot the Saints would stop over for a day or two and we cut the meat in strips. This we dried for future meals. Some places an abundance of wild red and black currants and sometimes gooseberries were gratefully gleaned. Some of the children while walking wore a bag and picked up buffalo chips and sticks to make fires for the evening meals. As soon as we camped everyone tried to share in the labors. Some carried water and gathered wood for fires. Big high sagebrush was used and in timber country we burned wood. But all was not desolation on the long journey. We enjoyed the smell of the pretty wild roses. At some places beautiful wild flowers of all hues could be seen and we enjoyed the singing of the birds. Young girls tended weary babies until they could be fed and put to sleep. After prayers the camp retired for the night, with camp fires burning and the lights of lanterns in the wagons. The looing [lowing] of the cattle, bleating of the sheep mingled with the neighing of the horses in the corrals of wagons. The howling of coyotes and wolves on distant hills and prairies mingled with the Half Hour Cry of the Faithful Guards, "All is well" "All is Well." Right. There was always the dread of crossing dangerous streams and rivers. Yet many plucky women gathered up their skirts and waded right through them. Some times large herds of Buffalo crossed our path, so many that at times we had to wait one hour or two while they clumsily lumbered by. And there was always the danger of meeting Indians, some friendly and others hostile and dangerous and they almost always demanded some of our scant food supply. One day we nearly lost our lives. One day due to a delay, our Family Wagons got separated from the main body of the Saints. Suddenly we were completely surrounded by a big band of wild Indians who enjoyed scalping people just for the fun of it. We sat terrified and motionless with fear praying silently that we would some way be spared a tragic end. Yelling and shouting wildly they rode around us. We shook with fear not daring to move or speak. They came closer and closer. Then they Gathered in a big group. They held a big "Pow-Wow" minutes seemed like hours as we tried to keep our children quiet. They gestured and yelled louder and we grew more frightened as our fate seemed so hopeless. Again I breathed a prayer, Father I am so young, will I have to die here on the plains with my Family, now we are so near the end of our journey? Will I never see Zion after I have given my all for my religion? Then some of the Indians slid off their ponies and as they came nearer we saw a young white man. He had been captured by them and forced to live with them—but he had recognized John Scott as a boy he had gone to school with in Canada. He begged and pleaded with the Indians to spare our lives and he finally persuaded them to go away. It was a miracle from God we always thought after, and today we owe all of our lives to that brave young man’s pleadings and to our kind Heavenly Father. Once during the journey the authorities gave John (her husband) ten gallons of whiskey to pacify the Indians. They were on the war path at that time. At last we near the end of the long, long journey, as we enter the Valley of the Mountains and look out over the vast land of Zion. I am dismayed by the very immensity of the view. The boundless Silence and I see miles of sage brush every where. Behind us now are the heart aches and many thousands of silent tears, that fell on the long unknown trail.
In “Biography of Samuel Miles” at the end of the journal he wrote, 1881 “Father Colborn spoke at a family meeting. He wished all the family to forgive him for anything wrong he had done to hurt their feeling. Thomas and wife went back to Sink Valley, Kane County to live. This being a time when much trouble brought upon those in plural marriage.”
In Elisabeth Wood Kane’s book “Twelve Mormon Homes Visited in Succession on a Journey Through Utah and Arizona” published in 1874, she traveled with Brigham Young on one of his annual journeys inspecting settlements, from Great Salt Lake to Arizona border. She wrote Brigham Young rode in a luxurious coach, wore a dark green surtout (overcoat) fur collar, sealskin boots, with un-dyed fur outward.His coach was piled high with cushions and fur robes. There were no spittoons in the homes. Mormon’s didn’t smoke or chew tobacco. The women were happy and contented. In a home she saw The Book of Mormon, children’s stories and lessons and a Worcester Dictionary. Mormon stories of Indians told to her didn’t end well. A woman described them as having the appetites of poor relations and the touchiness of rich ones. They came in swarms. Their ponies eat down the golden grain stacks. While Mormon women bake the squaws were willing to work to pay back but the braves and warriors were thankless. Some stirred up trouble looking for a fight with no reason but Mormon’s ignored them attending to their own duties. Brigham Young taught, “You can feed them, not fight them.” Disappointed Indians would leave.
When all else fails though, I believe the Mormons will prevail and survive because they still know the old ways.