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Elizabeth Donnelly

Elizabeth Donnelly (or Donley) married Ralph Maxwell in 1823. They were both born in Ireland, but they married in England and most of their children were born in Scotland. They had six. A son died either before or slightly after his first birthday.

They moved around some: from a farm six miles outside of Lanark, Scotland, and then into Lanark itself, where the boys were weavers and worked in the textile mills.

In 1844, the family became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of Elizabeth’s daughters was baptized first, and then the rest of the family soon followed.

The moved briefly to Bristol, England, and then back to Scotland, this time to Glasgow. They were members of the congregation there from 1852 to 1856. Ralph Maxwell died there.

In 1854, one of Elizabeth’s sons, John, went to America.

Two years later, she prepared herself and the rest of the family (including Elizabeth’s 4-year-old niece, who was also Elizabeth, Elizabeth Durrah. Elizabeth Durrah’s mother Jane had died shortly after she was born) to go to America, specifically to join the Saints in Utah. They used money from the Perpetual Emigration Fund for the trip. In March 1856, they got on the ship Enoch Train, and while on that ship, Elizabeth saw the marriage of her oldest son, Arthur, to another Elizabeth, Elizabeth McAuslin.

They went by train to Iowa City, and then they went with the Daniel McArthur handcart company to cross the plains to Utah.

Elizabeth, who was 52, became sick and stayed at Fort Bridger until she was well enough to continue.

Her family went onward, and her sons started building her a house.

Either next year or a few months later (my accounts conflict), she came the rest of the way. Her son John, went to meet the company before they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.

But when he got there, he learned his mother had passed away the day before. She died and was buried in a cave at the head of Echo Canyon. She was in Utah, about 30 miles away as a bird flies (though she probably would have travel led around 50 more miles) from Salt Lake. The distance from Scotland to Salt Lake is roughly 4, 575 miles. She had traveled 99% of the way. So close, but she didn’t make it back to her family.

Her youngest child, Ann, was around 13 at the time. The rest ranged in ages from 19-32.  Elizabeth Durrah, her neice, was taken care of by her oldest son Arthur.

It’s a tragic story–and yet, not so tragic. Her husband had died and she got to join him again. She only saw the death of her one of her children. And most of all, she had something she believed in enough to sacrifice her life for.

If only she could have held on another few days–but she died heading to Zion. And I think it’s better to die 30 miles away from Zion than dying without knowing who you are and where you’re going in the first place.

Phylotte Green

*Moved from East Greenwich to Saint John when she was young because her father, Rufus Green, was a Tory.
*Married George Pack about 1790, in Saint John.
*Children all born at Saint John (oldest to youngest) Margaret, George, Sarah, Nancy, Phoebe, Rufus, Mary, Harriet, John, Caleb, Eleanor, and James Benjamin.
*After the birth of their last child (1817), moved to the United States, first at Rutland, New York, then at Hounsfield (Jefferson Country, New York), where the family settled on a farm.
*Joined the church in her life and went to Kirtland, Ohio.
*Present at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland on March 27, 1836.
*Husband died in September 1838.
*Went to the Salt Lake Valley with her son, John, and his family in 1848, at the age of seventy-four.
*Lived in the Salt Lake Valley the later part of her life, living with Julia Ives Pack.
*Was at the sixth meeting of the Relief Society in Nauvoo on April 28, 1842.
*Died on Jan 6, 1866 at the age of 96.

John Pack

John Pack

Born May 20, 1809 in Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Born in Canada. Moved to United States later on.
  • Ninth of twelve children.
  • October 10, 1832, married Julia Ives at Watertown, New York.
  • Purchased the homestead from his father in Hounsfield and assumed responsibility of caring for his parents.
  • Baptized with his wife by Elder James Blakesly on March 8, 1835.
  • At his home, he became acquainted with Joseph Smith, Sr., and Heber C. Kimball.
  • In early spring of 1837, disposed of his farm and moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and met and became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith.
  • Purchased a farm not far from Kirtland and began constructing a sawmill.
  • Received his patriarchal blessing from Joseph Smith, Sr.
  • In springtime of 1838, sold his farm due to persecution and traveled to Missouri.
  • Purchased a farm in Grand River, twenty miles from Far West, thirteen miles from Adam-ondi-Ahman and joined by several of his brothers and other relatives.
  • Buried his father in Far West in September 1838, and packed up their belongings that evening and the next morning they left their farm and headed into Far West, where he hurriedly put together a one-room house where twenty people lived during the winter, persecuted by the mob.
  • Moved to Log Creek and then in February 1839, was forced to leave and went to Illinois (traveling a distance of over two hundred miles in the cold and mud).
  • Settled on a farm sixty miles south east of Nauvoo in early spring of 1839.
  • In spring 1840, moved to Nauvoo and served several short-term missions in Illinois and adjacent states. Later, went on a mission to Maine and another in New Jersey.
  • Major in the Nauvoo Legion.
  • Sealed to his wife, Julia, in August 1843 by Hyrum Smith at Nauvoo and this sealing was repeated when the Nauvoo Temple neared completion on December 16, 1845, by Heber C. Kimball. Received their endowments at the same time and became temple workers.
  • In New Jersey on a mission when the prophet was martyred and returned to Nauvoo.
  • Made senior president of the Eight Quorum of the Seventy on October 8, 1844, having been ordained a seventy on October 6, 1844.
  • Left Nauvoo February 1846.
  • Had four wives: Julia, Ruth Moshier, Nancy Booth, and Eliza Jane Graham.
  • Wintered in Winter Quarters from 1846-47 and prepared for the exodus west.
  • Left Winter Quarters on April 5, 1847, then had to wait for some time due to conference, gathering of more people, and the return of the prophet.
  • Was in the first company to head west and was a captain of fifty in that company, led by Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and the Twelve.
  • Appointed Major (company organized in military fashion) in Brigham Young’s division.
  • Excellent horseman
  • In the morning of July 22nd, in company with seven others, went from the camp un upper Emigration Canyon to seek a suitable place for cops and settlement. They decided upon a location within a mile of where the Salt Lake Temple now stands. Thus, he was a founder of Salt Lake City.
  • Later, on the 24th, President Young affirmed that it was the right place. At this time, John Pack had already entered the valley twice.
  • Began plowing and planting immediately and preparing the Salt Lake valley for settling.
  • Left the valley on August 16, 1847, to go back to Winter Quarters and prepare the road and select campsites.
  • Was with his family again in October, 1847 and met a new son, Don Carlos, who was born while he was away.
  • Shortly after arriving, preached to the saints at Winter Quarters and gave a description of the Salt Lake Valley.
  • Went to Salt Lake with his family in 1848 under the direction of President Young, in Heber C. Kimball’s company. His family he took with him: Julie and five children (Ward, Lucy, George, John, and Don), wives Ruth and Nancy, and his mother who was seventy-four.
  • When one of ox was shot by an Indian, he was going to use one of his cows when a stray ox came from somewhere and walked directly into the place of the cow. (The ox had a government brand on it and it was believed to have been turned out of the plains to die, but had survived the winter instead.)
  • Became a hunter of experience and skill.
  • Obtained a home at the southwest corner of North Temple and First North, which he retained the rest of his life.
  • In 1849, obtained eighty-acres in West Bountiful, and later gave forty acres to others. Made the somewhat undesirable land into good garden land.
  • Went on a mission to France in late 1849 and left his wives to take care of themselves. Served a three-year mission.
  • Arrived in Salt Lake early August, 1852.
  • In Autumn of 1850, the first session of the University of Deseret were held in John Pack’s home at West Temple, First North and continued to meet there until Feb. 17, 1851.
  • Began cultivating his farm in Bountiful in 1852, and was very successful.
  • Good friend with Heber C. Kimball all his life.
  • Married his fifth wife, Mary Jane walker, (whom he met on his mission to France) in September 1852.
  • His second wife, Nancy Boothe, died in SLC on August 14, 1853, leaving two small children.
  • April 1856, called to assist in the settlement of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • In 1861, obtained land and established the town of Kamas.
  • Soon after going to Kamas, build a sawmill on Beaver Creek, which proved to be successful.
  • One time, it was required that he drive a herd on Sunday. Someone asked if he knew the commandment relating to the Sabbath, and John Pack reported that he did, and said that he was only a sixth guilt as the person who asked him, because the commandment also said, “six days shalt thou labor.”
  • Married Jessie Bell Stirling in 1864.
  • Married his seventh and last wife, Lucy Jane Giles, in May 1868.
  • Gathered genealogy and did temple work for his ancestors.
  • Organizes of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society—forerunner of State Fair Association.
  • Died suddenly in his home in Salt Lake City in late evening of April 4, 1885, after an illness of less than a week.
  • Had forty-three children.
  • 5’9”, 170 lbs. Stood erect, walked neat and sprite. Well dressed, neat, tended towards aristocracy. Black curly hair. Striking and commanding.
  • Frank. Outspoken and fearless. Sometimes offended people. Opinionated, by obedient. Honest. Hated to be in debt.
  • Staunch convert. Lived the gospel. Ten years of missionary work away from home.
  • Good provider. Didn’t like wealth for its own sake, but the service it could do. Helped others. Fair to his wives and family.

Julia Ives Pack

  • Buried her daughter, Julia, when she was less than a year old, due to the hardships of the journey westward from Nauvoo.
  • When her husband left to go west, she wrote about it and offered no complaint, even thought she was left to the support of herself and her children and her own health was the best.
  • When her husband went on three-year mission to France after shortly arriving in Salt Lake, she made no complaint as she wrote about it and instead worked hard with the rest of her family and trusted in the Lord through her hardships.
  • Lived in John Pack’s Salt Lake home.

George Pack

George Pack

  • An orphan
  • At about five years, was “bound out” to Stephen Kent.
  • At the close of the Revolutionary War, Stephen Kent (a Tory) moved to the Loyalist colony at Saint John, New Burnswick, taking George, then 13, with him.
  • Married Phylotte Green about 1790, in Saint John.
  • Children all born at Saint John (oldest to youngest) Margaret, George, Sarah, Nancy, Phoebe, Rufus, Mary, Harriet, John, Caleb, Eleanor, and James Benjamin.
  • After the birth of their last child (1817), moved to the United States, first at Rutland, New York, then at Hounsfield (Jefferson Country, New York), where the family settled on a farm.
  • Joined the church in his life and went to Kirtland, Ohio.
  • Present at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland on March 27, 1836.
  • Died in September 1838 at 68 years of age, unable to endure the persecutions.
  • Buried in Far West.

Bill Maxwell

William (Bill) Maxwell

  • Born to Weltha Ann Casper and Arthur Maxwell Jr. on December 9, 1895 in Peoa, Utah
  • Seventh of nine children—three of his siblings died in infancy and his oldest brother died at age 17
  • He lived in Peoa all is life
  • Went to high school by a horse drawn sled
  • Played center in basketball
  • Met his wife, Lucille Cutler in Peoa when she was visiting and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on May 16, 1924 by Joseph Fielding Smith
  • They had three sons, Keith, Claude, and Blaire, and one daughter, Diane. Diane passed away when she was four years old.
  • Was in the army—he got pneumonia and was in a room with six other soliders and he woke up one morning and found that the mortician had taken away four of the others.
  • Had a stroke when he was 70 years old—considered that the worst thing that happened to him
  • Loved his family
  • He was a quiet man. Didn’t share a lot of things, like what his favorite food was.
  • Liked to go deer hunting, picnics with family (he always had ham to make ham sandwiches with and ginger snap cookies to give to his company).
  • His dad was bishop for many years.
  • He said the most significant event in his life was WWI.
  • He didn’t like snakes of any kind.
  • He liked Mounds candy bars, would put one with his picnic bag.
  • Had a Model T Ford.
  • Worked hard on his farm raising hay, milking cows, and planting a garden
  • Drove a school bus for South Summit School District for about 20 years and worked in the bus garage as a mechanic
  • Did more work outside than inside, like picking cherries and apples and taking care of the garden and picking wild currants.
  • Went to Yellowstone with his family with Keith, Lillian and Blair. Lillian and Blair were afraid of bears and so Bill said, suddenly, “I’m getting out of here!” and started running through the car, making Lillian and Blair run to the car too, thinking there was a bear. Bill and Keith just laughed at them.
  • Went to Mazatlan, Mexico, where he went deep sea fishing and caught two big Marlins.
  • Enjoyed traveling, particularly with his family.
  • He lived the Golden Rule
  • He said: “No matter how much you saved, if you didn’t need it, you paid too much,” and: “It’s not the money you make that counts, it’s what you do with it that counts.” When it rained he would say: “A little rain won’t hurt anybody. I’ve got my hay up.”
  • He was easy to along with, easy to cook for, and easy to travel with.
  • He was a very honest man.
  • He liked meeting new people
  • Loved his grandchildren.
  • Liked to read the newspaper
  • Liked to watch football and basketball on TV
  • Liked the trait of “following through.” Why? Because it got results and saved on breath.
  • New technology: automobile, airplane, etc.
  • Like tacos, meat, taters and gravy and butterscotch pudding.
  • He went to the California coast with Keith and Lillian, to Texas with some neighbors. San Fillippe, Baja with Kieth and Lilliam. San Franssico to see people.

Harmon Cutler List

  • Born in Dover, New York on July 16, 1799
  • Apprenticed to learn wagon making
  • Married Susannah Barton on November 13, 1825
  • August 6, 1840 he took his family and things in wagons of his own making and went to Illinois. After 50 days, he ended in Nauvoo.
  • Two months after arriving in Nauvoo, his wife died.
  • In the summer of 1842 he married Lucy Ann Pettigrew, by whom he had five children.
  • May 25, 1846 he refitted his wagons and loaded what he had, crossed the Mississippi River and went to Council Bluffs where he purchased a farm and lived comfortably.
  • In June 1852 he goes across the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains. 250 miles into their journey Indians attacked them and took five of Mr. Cutler’s horses. The rest of the journey he used in oxen and he arrived in Salt Lake near the end of September.
  • Settled in Salt Lake Country near Midvale.
  • Lucy Ann asked for a divorce and division of property, which was granted.
  • He married Elizabeth Shields who died one year after their marriage.
  • His fourth wife was Agnes McGregor by whom he had five children.
  • He died January 29, 1869.

Thoughts on Marlene Call and Jim Walker

I don’t quite remember why I joined DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers). It just made sense–I was a daughter of a great many pioneers, and my grandma had joined a while ago, so I decided to go too. I did only go to DUP for one year, and then the next year was too busy with school to continue. But that one year was useful for one reason: I got to know my grandma better.

Grandma Walker is a small women, especially compared with her group of overly tall grandchildren. She is a sweet woman. Her mind is simple, and works simply, but she is endearing and wonderful to be around her. She worries, but she also delights in simple things. Whenever a child or grandchild does a small act for her, she remembers it for a long time. William, my brother, brought their air conditioner upstairs for them once. It was just a small, little thing, but it meant the world to them.

I have to say, my grandma likes me. It is simply because I have shared with her the things I do in life. I have worked on family history. I have shown her a story I wrote about one of her ancestors, I went to DUP–that sort of thing. I spent time with her, gave her a bit of attention. And really, it helped me out a lot.

It helped my heart grow in love towards my grandparents. They are lonely sometimes, and they love it when they are visited. They need it. Grandpa, as he gets older, is dependent in a way on Grandma and does not like her to leave. But Grandma needs conversation with others, and loves it whenever we come over.

Both of them love to serve, most of all, and they want to be needed. I have gone hiking up the mountain where they live, and it gives them great joy when they can pick me up wherever I have ended up and take me back to my car.

Grandma and her computer do not get along. Every time I go over there, I usually do something on their computer to make it easier for them. Grandma is the one who spends the most time on it. She likes doing family history, and keeping track of her family, but sometimes the computer is just too complicated for her, and she doesn’t remember how to work it quite right. She has called me numerous times, and I never know what she has gotten herself into. Usually we end our conversation by coming to the conclusion that she just needs to start over. Grandma keeps trying, and keeps working on it.

A few years ago, Grandma was told that she couldn’t have gluten anymore, so her cooking habits had to take a new direction. Grandma is very good at cooking a few dishes. For years, she brought frog eye salad to all events. Now, it’s a really yummy pretzal-strawberry-jello dish. For lunch, they always have quesadillas, with corn tortillas, cheddar cheese melted on top, some sort of meat, and then lettuce, radishes, whatever vegetables they have, and sometimes cranberry on top. I personally enjoy her lunches. Not everyone does.

I think that will be all for now.

–October 5, 2008

Heather Walker (granddaughter)

Lehi, Utah