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Naomi Roxanna LeBaron

NAOMI ROXANNA LEBARON HOLMAN

Naomi Roxanna LeBaron fifth generation from the immigrant Doctor Francis LeBaron, was born in Leroy, Genesee, New York on the 7th of October 1815/16.  She was the daughter of David LeBaron and Azuba King.  She married James Sawyer Holman on March 24, 1833.  She was the mother of twelve children.  Seven of them were born as they followed the Mormon people from Pennsylvania to Nauvoo, Illinois.  The last five were born in Utah as they moved from one county to another helping to colonize this new land.

When the Saint began the trek across the plains, her husband was called to drive the sheep for the first company of pioneers.  This left her to care for the family as best she could.  There were six children, little Zilpha having died when she was 8 months old.  Her only help with the teams and wagon was young James Alonzo, age 12.  He was so small that he had to stand on the wagon tongue to harness the horses.  The father traveled with the sheep reaching the Utah valley in September 1847.

Early the next spring he started back to find his family.  Together they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1848.  They spent the winter in the Old Fort.  In the spring of 1849 they moved to a settlement north of Salt Lake called Sessions, Davis County.  This is now called Bountiful, Utah.  Here they built a home and stayed for two winters.  The crickets came and laid waste to their fields.  Then the gulls came to save what crop was left.  Here in Sessions, their eighth child Emma Jane was born.

In 1851, they were called to move to Santaquin.  Here they started another home, the first to be built in that town.  The Indians became so troublesome that they were forced to move to Payson in 1853 for protection.  In 1855 they were able to move back to Santaquin.  Three more children were born here, all of them died as babies.  Privations and hardships played their part, causing sorrow to the family.

In 1859, they moved to Fountain Green, here their last child, Isaac Lester, was born.  He was a real comfort to them after so much sorrow.  Another tragedy came on June 1, 1862 when sixteen-year-old Silas William was thrown from a horse and killed.

Soon after this they were called to help settle Holden in Millard County.  Here they hoped to make a permanent home. They were together until June 21, 1873 when her husband died quite suddenly.  He was not an old man but the trials and hardships they had endured made him look old and worn out.  Now she was alone except for her youngest son who must be away much of the time to earn the living.  She spent her remaining years in Holden near her youngest daughter.  She passed away on August 11, 1881 to a well-earned reward.  She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the little cemetery in Holden.

On her gravestone was inscribed:

“Remember friends as you pass by

As you are now so once was I,

As I an now you yet must be

To death must bow as well as me.”

About 1962 under the direction of Grant R. Walker, a GGG Grandson and Farrell Holman, a GG Grandson, a new headstone was placed at the graves of Naomi Roxanna LeBaron and her husband James Sawyer Holman, in the Holden cemetery.

(from the files of Mary Jean Caldwell)

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