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to Cape Town, South Africa, 1843. Came to Utah October,
1868, John Gillespie company.

Married Sarah Anderson 1847 In England (daughter of
William Anderson and Ann Cowley of Middlesex, Eng.).
She was born April 12, 1829. Their children: Sarah Rodia,
m. John Leigh; Joseph William, m. Louise Sadler; Lydia
Jane, m. Barney Weyland; Hyrum, m. Sarah Winters; Jessie
Lovina, m. James Maxwell; Elizabeth, m. Hyrum Larsen.
Family home, Salt Lake City.

Gardener for President Brigham Young. Died Oct. 11,
1875.

RANDS, HYRUM (son of Joseph Rands and Sarah Ander-
son). Born July 1, , Cape Town, South Africa.

Married Sarah Winters, at Salt Lake City (daughter
of Bishop and Myra Winters).



RAPPYLEYE, TUNIS (son of John R. Rappleye and Mar-
garet Tlllie of New Jersey). Came to Utah July 24, 1847.
Brigham Young company.

Married Louisa Cutler at Kirtland, Ohio (daughter of
John Alphens Cutler and Lois Lathrop of New York). Their
children: Emily Jane b. Dec. 21, 1836, died; John Olpheus
b. Aug. 22. 1838, died; Lauraette b. March 23, 1840, m. George
Staples; Clarissa b. March 23, 1842, m. John Lott; Ammon
L. b. Sept. 23, 1844, m. Sophia Larson; David F. M. b.
June 22, 1849, m. Laura A. Morris; Harriet F. M. b. June
22, 1849, died; Ezra Tunes, m. Jane Black; Edwin R., m.
Alice Black. Family resided in Ray county, Mo., and in
Illinois.

Missionary to eastern states. Assisted in bringing Immi-
grants to Utah. Veteran Indian war. Farmer.



RASBAND, THOMAS (son of John and Mary Rasband of
Lincoln, Eng.). Born Dec. 21. 1818, Hinckley, Warwickshire,
Kng. Came to Utah August, 1856.

Married Elizabeth Giles Jan. 25, 1847, Lincoln, Eng-.



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(daughter of William Giles and Sarah Hutchinson, pioneers
Aug. 1856). She was born April 11, 1826 . Their children:
John died in England; Emily b. June 30, 1849, m. Orson
Hicken Jan. 1, 1869; William Giles b. Dec. 24, 185:;, m.
Maria Ann Carlisle Nov. 29, 1877; Frederick b. Sept. 2, 1856,
m. Mary Elizabeth Hawkins Sept. 28, 1879; Thomas Heber
b. Jan. 15, 1859, m. Sarah Jane Murdock Nov. 28, 1879;
George Westey, d. infant; James Franklin b. Aug. 6, 1862,
m. Josephine Booth Feb. 18, 1888; Joseph A. b. March 17,
1867, m. Eliza Jeffs Dec. 3, 1890; Charles b. July 21, 1870,
m. Emily Esther Hawkins May 27, 1891. Family home Heber
City, Utah.

Ordained bishop of Heber east ward July 18, 1877, and
remained until his death. Veteran Black Hawk Indian
war. Died July 24, 1884, Heber, Utah.

RASBAND, WILLIAM GILES (son of Thomas Rasband and
Elizabeth Giles). Born Dec. 24, 1852, Qulncy, 111. Came
to Utah August, 1856.

Married Maria Ann Carlisle Nov. 29, 1872, Salt Lake City
(daughter of George Carlisle and Laura Ann Giles of Heber
City, Utah). She was born June 3, 1858. Their children:
William Franklin, m. Sarah Ellen White; Elizabeth Ann
b. July 9, 1881, m. Henry Baird; Mary Levina b. Oct. 5,
1883, m. Vernon Wickham; George Thomas b. May 31, 1886,
m. Catharine Hicken; Edwin Giles b. June 24, 1889; Viva
Blanche b. Aug. 4, 1893; Don Alfred b. July 30, 1887; Muriel
b. Jan. 16, 1900, d. infant; Ida b. Feb. 18, 1902.

Member 20th quorum seventies; high priest. Farmer.

RASBAND, FREDERICK (son of Thomas Rasband and Eliz-
abeth Giles). Born Sept. 2, 1856, Provo, Utah.

Married Mary Elizabeth Hawkins Sept. 29, 1882, Salt
Lake City (daughter of John Bemet Hawkins and Sarah
Moulton, latter pioneer, Martin S. Lyles handcart com-
pany). Their children: Sarah Elizabeth b. May 4, 1885, m.
Earl J. Slade Sept. 11, 1907; Ethel May b. Jan. 31, 1890,
m. William J. Lewis Oct. 26, 1910; Delia b. May 10, 1895.
Family resided Heber and Park City, Utah.

First bishop Park City ward; ordained Aug. 18, 1901,
serving until Nov. 1, 1909, when he moved to Provo. State
senator 1904; member state legislature from 5th district,
comprising Summit and Wasatch counties, two terms.



RASMUSSEN, ANDREW (son of Rasmus and Moren of
Sjaelland, Denmark). Born Jan. 22, 1834. Came to Utah
In 1860, Wideborg company.

Married Severna Maria Madsen Oct. 12, 1862, West Jordan,
Utah, Bishop Gardner officiating (daughter of Mads Soren-
sen and Johanna Jensen of Linderum HJorrlng, Denmark,
pioneers 1862, Christian Augusta Madsen and John Van
Cott company). She was born Aug. 21, 1836. Their chil-
dren: Andrew, m. Sarah Barnes; Amasa. m. Sarah Eliza-
beth Stewart; Nephi, m. Annie Elizabeth Lawhorn; Jacob,
m. Sarah Rebecca Howell; Mary Johanna, m. Ellas Adol-
phus Terry and Otis Lysander Terry. Family home Fair-
view, Utah.

Senior president 26th quorum seventies; missionary to
Denmark 1856-60. Farmer. Died February, 1903.



RASMUSSEN, JENS (son of Rasmus Hansen and Magda-
lene Larsen of Valloby, Denmark). Born Jan. 31, 1815.
Came to Utah Sept. 12, 1863, John R. Toung company.

Married Bendta Nielsen Nov. 20, 1846, at Valloby (daugh-
ter of Lars Nielsen and Mary Larsen of Monge, Denmark,
former a pioneer Sept. 12, 1863, John R. Young company,
latter died in Denmark). She was born March 11, 1818.
Their children: Rasmus, died; Mads, m. Mary C. Jorgenson;
Sena, died; Laurine, m. Harold Llljenqulst. Family home
Hyrum, Utah.

Elder; high priest. Farmer. Died Feb. 18, 1902.



RASMUSSEN, i. VHSK. Born Dec. 30, 1844, Denmark. Came
to Utah 1866, oxteam company.

Married Christane Sorensen Salt Lake City, who was born
July 9, 1850. Their children: Mary Lucy, m. Charles A.
Winn; Christane, m. Erastus Sorensen; Larse Brady, d. aged
4; Karen Metthea b. June 2, 1875, m. Frank A. Young.
Family home Richfield, Utah.

Farmer. Died August, 1873.



RASMUSSEN, JORGAN (son of Rasmus Jensen and Boal
Jensen, both born at Borgense Fen, Ellesborro Fen, Den-
mark). He was born Feb. 26, 1814, at Ellesborro. Came
to Utah Oct. 2, 1864, John Smith company.

Married Hansena M. Hansen December, 1847 (daughter of
Lars Peter Hansen and Anna Elizabeth Hansen), who was
born May 9, 1817. Their children: Julius N. and Petria B.,
d. infants; Dorcas Julia b. Aug. 5, 1857, m. Thomas Dyer
Nov. 1877; William E. b. April 12, 1859, m. Trena Jensen
Feb. 17, 1885. Family resided Council Bluffs, Iowa; Omaha,
Neb.; Ogden and Butler, Utah.

RASMUSSEN, WILLIAM E. (son of Jorgan Rasmussen and
Hansena Maria Hansen). Born April 12, 1859, Omaha, Neb.
Married Trena Jensen Feb. 17, 1885, Holiday, Salt Lake
Co., Utah (daughter of Soren P. Jensen and Jensena M.
Jensen), who was born March 17, 1868, In Denmark. Their
children: W. Edward b. Sept. 8, 1886; J. Frank b. March
19, 1888; Albert I. b. Oct. 22, 1889, d. infant; H. Delias
b. Feb. 27, 1891; Ivan J. b. May 25, 1895; Pearl E. b. Dec.
9. 1898. Family home Butler, Salt Lake Co., Utah.



RASMUSSEN, JORGEN HANSTED (son of Rasmus Anderson
and Cecelia Peterson Anderson of Hansted, Denmark). Born
April 8, 1837, at Hansted. Came to Utah 1867.

Married Sine M. Mortensen (daughter of Andrew P. Mor-
tensen and Ingerborg Peterson). Their children: Jorgine
Cecelia; Anna N.; Jorgen P.; Andrew C.; Amelia I.; Mary
E.; Elvena M.



RASMUSSEN, MORTEN (son of Rasmus and Maria Ras-
mussen). Born Oct. 27, 1834, Brendekilde, Fyen, Denmark.
Came to Utah Oct. 5, 1854, Hans Peter Olsen company.

Married Karen Marie Christiansen April 1, 1859, Ephraim,
Utah (daughter of Christian N. Christiansen and Anne
Margaret Jensen, of Assens, Fyen, Denmark, pioneers Sept.
13, 1857, Chr. Christiansen company). She was born July
26, 1842. Their children: Morten, Jr., m. Nicoline Christen-
sen, May 27, 1880; Maria Sophia, m. Lars P. Madsen Oct.
10, 1881; Lars Christian, m. Cecelia Johansen Oct. 9, 1890;
John, m. Albertine Christensen Dec. 30, 1884; Mary, died;
Anna Margaret, m. Robert Kenner Oct. 15, 1893; Henry,
died; Erastus, m. Emma Winkleman Nov. 14, 1893; Daniel,
m. Annie Jane Jorgensen July 30, 1902; George, died; Wilford
W., m. Matilda Winkelman April 9, 1902; Hyrum, died.
Family home Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Member 66th quorum seventies; missionary to Denmark
1881-83. City councilman at time of death. Farmer. Died
June 28. 1885.

RASMUSSEN, DANIEL (son of Morten Rasmussen and Karen
Marie Christiansen). Born Feb. 25, 1876, Mt. Pleasant,
Utah.

Married Annie Jane Jorgensen July 30, 1902, Manti, Utah
(daughter of Jens Jorgensen and Kirsten Bertelsen), who
was born April 15, 1867. Their children: D. Irvine b. May
21, 1903; Mary b. Sept. 24, 1905; Lester Paul b. Sept. 19, 1907;
James Howard b. Aug. 21, 1909; Esther b. March 26, 1912.
Family home Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

President 66th quorum seventies; missionary to New Eng-
land 1899-1901; bishop Mt. Pleasant North ward 1904-09. City
recorder; school teacher and principal. Family resides Cedar
City, Utah.



RASMUSSEN, NIELS (son of Henrik Rasmussen and Re-
bekka Hansen of Maderup Fyen, Denmark). Born May

29, 1854. Came to Utah Oct. 1866, Abner Lowry company.
(Nearly half this Ill-fated company, including Rasmussen's
mother and eldest brother, had died from privations and
hardships before they were met, about 400 miles east of
Salt Lake City, by a mule relief train of 10 wagons, which
had been sent to convey the orphans and survivors. The
first detachment of the company arrived Oct. 8, 1866, In
charge of Arza E. Hinckley, the main body under Lowry
arriving Oct. 22.)

Married Laura A. M. Thorup Sept. 11, 1879, Salt Lake
City (daughter of Herman A. Thorup and Mary C. Christen-
sen of Copenhagen, Denmark, pioneers 1869). She was born
Feb. 10, 1854. Their children: Niels Moroni b. July 13,
1880, d. aged 4; Alma Emmanuel b. Aug. 1, 1882, m. Agnes
M. Peterson; Laura M. R. b. Aug. 19, 1884; Sarah Josephine
b. Feb. 25, 1886; Annie Eliza b. Dec. 25, 1888; Rhoda Con-
stance b. Sept. 21, 1890.

Married Christine V. Thorup Nov. 21, 1885, Salt Lake City
(daughter of Herman A. Thorup and Mary Christine Chris-
tensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, pioneers 1869). She was
born Nov. 3, 1858. Their children: Ellen C. b. Nov. 26. 1886,
m. George W. Poulson; Clara Veronica b. Dec. 18, 1888, d.
aged 20; May Catherine b. May 13, 1891; Esther Olive b.
Nov. 25, 1893; David Leroy b. June 26, 1896; Adeline b. Sept.

30, 1899; Florence Geneve b. Dec. 27, 1906.

Missionary to Nebraska 1878-79; high priest; counselor
in 1st quorum elders; Sunday school superintendent of 1st
ward 15 years; 2d counselor to bishop of 1st ward 12
years; active worker in Y. M. M. I. A. and Sunday school of
Liberty stake. Bookkeeper In presiding bishop's office 40
years. Farmer.



RASMUSSEN, PETER (son of Rasmus Miller). Born at
Mots, Jutland, Denmark. Came to Utah 1859.

Married Karen Peterson 1859 (daughter of Sern Peterson
and Ane Margrltte Peterson, latter pioneer 1860). Their
child: Joseph Solon b. May 7, 1869; Anna.

Settled In Morgan county, moved to Bear Lake, Idaho, then
to Uinta Co., Utah.

RASMUSSEN, JOSEPH SOLON (son of Peter Rasmussen and
Karen Peterson). Born May 7, 1869, Farmington, Utah.

Married Susie Hughes June 18, 1892, Morgan City, Utah
(daughter of George Hughes and Anna Elizabeth Welch,
both died at Salem, Ohio). She was born Feb. 28, 1867, in
Franklin county. Pa. Their children: Eva; Nancy; Thelma;
George J.; Gilbert H.

Seventy; first counselor Y. M. M. I. A.



RASMUSSEN, SOREN. Born July 12, 1818, in Denmark.
Came to Utah in 1862, George Stringhaus company.

Married Annie Hogensen in Denmark, who was born
May 15, 1813. Their children: Rasmus, m. Mrs. Sophia
Smith Nlelson; Susanna m. Orson Pulsipher; Emma. m.
Martin F. Martinson; Soren, died; Soren II.; Brighamina,



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died; Larslne, m. Richard Loynd. Family home Copen-
hagen, Denmark, and Utah.

Missionary in Denmark before coming to Utah. Farmer.
Died Dec. 16, 1870, Richfield, Utah.



KAVSTBJV, BENGT MATHIS (son of Mathis Ravsten, born
July 17, 1796, Olstorp, Sweden, and Boel Matson, born 1755,
both of Sweden). Born Aug. 29, 1838, Saxtorp, MalmS
Lan. Sweden. Came to Utah Aug. 6, 1869.

Married Betty Johanson May 9, 1870, Salt Lake City
(daughter of Johan Jensen), who was born May 4, 1837,
and came to Utah with husband. Their children: John b.
Feb. 17, 1871, m. Eliza B. Christensen March 18, 1896; Allen
b. March 2, 1873, died; Bennie b. April 8, 1875, m. Clara
Christensen Dec. 10, 1902; Frank b. Sept. 14, 1877, m.
Josephine Christensen March 6, 1901; Anna Sophia b. Sept.
28, 1879, died. Family resided Logan and Clarkston, Utah.

Missionary to Sweden, where he served as president of
Malmo conference 1894-96; presiding elder of Trenton ward
four years; president 7th quorum seventies; high priest.

RAVSTEN, JOHN (son of Bengt Mathis Ravsten and Betty
Johanson). Born Feb. 17, 1871, Logan, .Utah.

Married Eliza B. Christensen March 18, 1896, Logan, Utah
(daughter of James Christensen and Trena Benson, who
came to Utah 1880). She was born Feb. 9, 1875, died April

23, 1913. Their children: Betty Eliza b. Aug. 23, 1902;
Leah b. May 22, 1906; Amy b. June 28, 1907; John Byron b.
Aug. 10, 1908; Ida b. Jan. 9, 1910; Ivin Oliver b. June

24, 1911.

Counselor In elders quorum; missionary to northern states
1897-99; president 7th quorum seventies 1900-02; ordained
bishop of Clarkston ward Aug. 24, 1902. President Clarkston
water works.



KAWLINGS, BBER B. (son of John B. Rawlings and Marlah
Hunt of Eydon, Northamptonshire, Eng.). Born June 24,
1826, at Eydon. Came to Utah Oct. 8, 1862, James Wareham
company.

Married Ann Skinner Dec. 31, 1860, In England (daughter
of John Skinner and Ann Beeby of Daventry, Eng., pioneers
1862). She was born Sept. 13, 1828. Their children: Henry
E., m. Sarah A. McLauslin; Zeda Emma, m. E. S. Lund;
George P., m. Kate Gatherum; Annie M., m. A. Holman;
"William S., m. Margaret Gillespie; Kate Estella, m. John T.
Pyne; Ernest. Family resided Alton, 111., and Prove, Utah.

President of branch at Alton. Lived at Alton 1850-61.



RAWL.INS, JAMBS (son of Charles Rawlins, veteran of the
Revolutionary war, and Eustacie Gregory, both of Pitt
county, N. C.). Born Jan. 6, 1794. Came to Utah 1848,
Andrew Cunningham company.

Married Jane Sharp (daughter of James Sharp), who
was born March 22, 1794, and came to Utah with husband.
Their children: Sarah b. March 3, 1817, died; Lucinda b.
March 12, 1819, m. Andrew Cunningham; Elizabeth b. Feb.
27, 1821, died; Joseph Sharp b. April 9, 1823, m. Mary Frost;
Harvey McGalyard b. Feb. 14, 1825, m. Margaret Eliza Frost
Dec. 3, 1846; Leah b. Sept. 19, 1827, m. Henry Day Dec.
1851; Millie Jane b. July 16, 1831, m. David Carson July
31, 1853; Elva A. b. Jan. 6, 1834, m. George Carson July
31, 1853; Charlotte Melvina b. Feb. 9, 1837, m. Jasper Lemons
Feb. 1858. Family home Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Married Mrs. Harriet Wheat at Salt Lake City.

Married Rachel Rawlins at Salt Lake City.

Moved from Big Cottonwood to Draper in 1852; to Spring
City in 1865; then to Richmond, and from there to Lewis-
ton In 1871. High priest. Farmer.

RAWLINS, HARVEY McGALYARD (son of James Rawlins
and Jane Sharp). Born Feb. 14, 1825, in Greene county, 111.

Married Margaret Elzira Frost Dec. 3, 1846, Fremont
Co., Iowa (daughter of McCaslin Frost and Penina Smith,
pioneers 1856). She was born April 28, 1830, in Knox
county, Tenn. Their children: Margaret Eliza b. April
SO, 1848, m. Robert Marion Kerr March 28, 1863; James Mc-
Caslin b. July 3, 1850, d. infant; Harvey McGalyard, Jr.,
t>. Dec. 13, 1851, m. Rebecca Lewis Dec. 28, 1877; Samuel
Lafayette b. July 17, 1854, m. Sarah E. Van Orden Feb.
16, 1882; Franklin Archibald b. Jan. 22, 1857, m. Leona
Leavitt Dec. 18, 1879; Penina Jane b. April 6, 1859, m.
James B. Leavitt May 5, 1881; Mary Eslyn b. Nov. 19, 1861,
m. Joseph Wire Leavitt May 4, 1882; Joseph William b.
March 4, 1864, m. Mary Ann Pope June 24, 1885; Alma
Frost b. Oct. 23, 1866, m. Lauretta Huff March 26, 1890;
Elva Arminta b. May 14, 1869, m. Goudy A. Hogan Nov.
8, 1892; Jasper Alphonzo b. Feb. 1. 1872, m. Cora May
Burbank March 5, 1902; Nancy Ellen b. Aug. 1, 1874, m.
Edwin Murray Stocks Dec. 4, 1894.

High priest. Farmer.

RAWLINS, HARVEY McGALYARD (son of Harvey M.
Rawlins and Margaret Elzira Frost). Born Dec. 13, 1851,
Big Cottonwood, Utah.

Married Rebecca Lewis Dec. 28, 1877 (daughter of Wil-
liam Hendricks Lewis and Martha N. Petty married 1856
Fort Herriman, Utah, former a pioneer 1851, latter Oct.
14, 1850, Wilford Woodruff company). She was born Nov.
1, 1859, Richmond. Utah. Their children: William Harvey
b. Oct. 13, 1878; Lina Dean b. Sept. 9, 1882, d. May 21,
1888; Clement Lewis b. Aug. 12, 1885, m. Gertrude O.
Smith June 28, 1911; Fern b. May 20, 1889; Lorenzo Ktmball



b. Sept. 4, 1896, d. June 2, 1898; Elmina b. July 12, 1899,
d. April 19, 1903. Family home Lewiston, Utah.

Married Louisa Waddoups June 5. 1884, Logan, Utah
(daughter of William Waddoups and Martha Page mar-
ried Nov. 27, 1864, Bountiful Utah, former a pioneer Oct.
13, 1863, Rosel Hyde company, latter 1862, Captain Thorne
company). She was born Aug. 13, 1865, Bountiful, Utah.
Their children: Burnes b. June 12, 1887, d. April 20, 1903;
Ila Rene b. March 16, 1892; Alvira b. March 1, 1902. Family
home, Lewiston.

Moved from Big Cottonwood to Draper, then to Spring
City and to Richmond, finally settling at Lewiston. Home
missionary; second counselor Y. M. M. I. A. of Lewis-
ton ward 1877-80; president of same 1880-84; one of presi-
dents of 39th quorum seventies; missionary to Indian Ter-
ritory 1891-95; superintendent religion class Lewiston ward
1895-1901, and Benson stake 1902-08; high priest; member
high council of Benson stake. Constable of Lewiston pre-
cinct 1879-83; school trustee; member town board 1904-06.

RAWLINS, FRANKLIN ARCHIBALD (son of Harvey M.
Kawlins and Margaret Elzira Frost). Born Jan. 22, 1857,
Draper, Utah.

Married Leona Leavitt Dec. 18, 1879 (daughter of George
Leavitt and Janette Brinkerhoff, pioneers 1847, former
Jedediah M. Grant company, latter Ira Eldredge company).
She was born Sep. 25, 1860, Centerville, Utah. Their chil-
dren: George F. b. Dec. 4, 1880, m. Nellie D. Lambert June
17, 1908; Elzira J. b. July 13, 1882; James b. Feb. 23, 1884,
died; Alpheus L. b. Feb. 10, 1886, m. Mabel Lloyd Dec.
23, 1908; Merle L. b. Nov. 22, 1887, William b. Feb. 23, 1889,
and Roy b. Aug. 25, 1891, died; Edith b. Feb. 19, 1893;
Zeddie b. March 28, 1895, died; Reuel L. b. Sept. 22, 1896;
Aurill b. Aug. 7, 1903, died. Family home Lewiston, Utah.

High priest; counselor to Bishop William Waddoups;
member high council of Benson stake. Farmer and dairy-
man.



KAWSON, HORACE STRONG (son of Daniel Rawson and
Polly Strong of New York). Born July 15, 1799, Oneida
county, N. Y. Came to Utah Oct. 16, 1850, Wilford Woodruff
company.

Married Elizabeth Coffin Oct. 9, 1825, who was born In
1807. Their children: Mary Ann Olive b. Oct. 8, 1826, m.
John Garner; Daniel Berry b. Dec. 16, 1827, m. Nancy
Boss; Samantha Priscilla b. April 26. 1830, m. Charles
Hancock; William Coffln b. Jan. 13, 1832, m. Eliza Jane
Cheney; Oriah b. March 15, 1834, d. young; Sariah b. March
15, 1834, m. James Owens; Chloe Ann b. Aug. 15, 1836, m.
C. B. Hancock; Caleb Linsey b. March 5, 1839, d. young;
Arthur Morrison b. June 17, 1840, m. Margret Pace; Sariah
Urinda b. Feb. 8, 1844, m. Orvil R. Child; Cyrus b. June 15,
1846, m. Mary Dixon; Horace Franklin b. Oct. 9, 1848, m.
Malinda Hancock; Elizabeth b. Aug. 21, 1853, m. Myron
Butler. Family home Ogden, Utah.

Member high council of Weber stake. Weber county
selectman; member Ogden city council; justice of peace 7
years. Died Oct. 10, 1882.

RAWSON, WILLIAM COFFIN (son of Horace Strong Raw-
son and Elizabeth Coffin). Born Jan. 13, 1832, in Randolph
county, Ind. Came to Utah with father.

Married Eliza Jane Cheney Oct. 12, 1856, Farmington,
Utah (daughter of Nathan Cheney and Eliza Ann Rube of
Kirtland, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Davis Co., Utah, pio-
neers Oct. 6, 1850, William Snow company). She was born
Aug. 29, 1837. Their children: Eliza Jane, m. Aaron Jack-
son Jan. 26, 1877; William Franklin, m. Mary Alice Wil-
son; Olive Ann, m. William N. McEntyre; Zenia Venette,
m. Joseph Chugg; Sarah Emily, m. John Prichett; Nathan
Cheney, m. Minnie Allred; Elizabeth Rebecca, m. Elsberry
Garlic.

Member 40th quorum seventies; missionary 1875; Sunday
school superintendent; ward teacher; bishop's counselor.
Worked for George A. Lowe company. Materially aided in
building roads and canals and otherwise improving the
adjacent country. Died April 26, 1891, Far West, Weber
Co., Utah.



RAY, JOHN ALEXANDER (son of John Ray, born at Shel-
ton, Eng., and Elizabeth Nuttall). Born in Mississippi 1817.
Came to Utah Sept. 4, 1853, Moses Dailey company.

Married Mary Wingo Young 1841 In North Carolina
(daughter of William Calvin Young, major general Mexican
war, and Mary Hayes, pioneers Whitmore Mclntire, John-
son and McCullah company). She was born in North Caro-
lina in 1820 and died April 20, 1890. Their children: Ellen
Barton, m. John Vickers; Martha Jane, m. Sims Matheny;
Hester, m. W. W. Dameron; Mary Virginia, m. Orson Hoi-
brook; William Alexander, m. Minerva Hinckley; Joseph
Edward, m. Mary Emily Warner; Alice Jerome, m. Nephl
Pratt; Melissa Hayes, m. W. S. Smith; John A., died; Eleanor,
m. Alonzo Huntsman; Ann Wingo, died. Family home Fill-
more, Utah.

Settled at Fillmore, Utah, early in 1854. First govern-
ment Indian agent in that section, receiving his appoint-
ment 1858; also first probate judge; member territorial
legislature. Missionary to England, where he was asso-
ciate editor of the "Millennial Star"; president Millard
stake 4 years. Merchant; farmer. Died July 4, 1862.

RAY, JOSEPH EDWARD (son of John Alexander Ray and
Mary Wingo Young). Born Jan. 7, 1851, Walke, Madison
Co.. Texas. Came to Utah with father.

Married Mary Emily Warner Dec. 25, 1870, Fillmore,



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Utah (daughter of Orange Warner and Mary E. Tyler,
pioneers October, 1851, with Shurtliff part of the way, the
remainder alone). She was born July 13, 1852. Their
children: Ruby b Aug. 5, 1872, m. Albert W. Davis; Raymond
E. b. Dec. 26, 1874, m. Ruby Collister; Clinton Dewitt b.
Oct. 22, 1876, m. Sarah Jessie Whitaker; Claude Calvin b.
Nov. 10, 1878; Josephine b. June 14, 1884, m. S. A. Green-
wood; William Alonzo b. Dec. 25, 1886; John A. b. June 21,
1891, died. Family home Fillmore, Utah.

John A. Ray and family arrived in Fillmore, Utah, in the
spring of 1854, where they found about 20 families who
had built a mud wall 10 feet high around 50 acres of
ground for the protection of their families against In-
dians. These Indians were known at that time as the
Walker band. After the death of Walker, however, the
notorious Black Hawk dominated the tribes for many
years. These Indians were very numerous and commit-
ted many depredations, stealing stock and killing many
people. John A. Ray was the first Indian agent in this
part of the country, getting his appointment in 1858. This
gave his son, Joseph E. Ray, a splendid opportunity to learn
the ways of the red man. He became at a very early
date an expert with the bow and arrow and sported with
them in all their pastimes; in fact, almost lived with them
until he was 15 years of age. He developed into a splen-
did shot and a good horseman; in fact, was as wild as
the Indians themselves. Later he joined the state militia
and continued in the service for four years and until hon-
orably discharged.

During these early days the white boys and Indian
papooses had many battles, using slings for weapons.

That with his early experience with the bow and arrow,
associated with a natural inclination to the use of fire-
arms, was responsible for the fact that he developed into
an expert shot, and in later years he killed a great amount
of game of all kinds; probably 3,000 deer.

As a young man he was engaged in the cattle business,
and he made two trips; one to Abilene, Kansas, in 1870, the
other to Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1877.

After he grew to manhood he assisted greatly in rid-
ding the country of many outlaws, among whom were the
"Ney" and "Ben Tasker" gangs. Following closely upon
the days of Indian outbreaks came a period when the early
settlers had nearly as much trouble with the white outlaws.
Among some of the thrilling experiences in which he figured
conspicuously was the capture of eight highwaymen about
Jan. 20, 1883. These outlaws had held up a Southern Pacific
train at Montello, Utah, about 100 miles west from Ogden.
They first captured the station, stampeding eight Chinese
section men who fled into the hills and froze to death.
This was one of the coldest periods in the history of the
state, the thermometer reaching 40 degrees below zero.
These highwaymen flagged the incoming express train and



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