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Excerpts from the diaries of Joel Hills Johnson

Anna Pixley Johnson

[In Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York]

I purchased a saw mill with a piece of land and a yoke of oxen on credit and went to work for myself by hiring my board.  In two years I paid for the whole by hard work.  I then built me a house and my sisters kept house for me until the 2nd day of November, 1826 when I took to wife by marriage Miss Anna P. Johnson, daughter of Timothy Johnson.  She was born at Canaan, New Hampshire, August the 7th, 1800.  Her mother's maiden name was Dimmis Welch.


[Amherst, Loraine County, Ohio, April 1831]

About this time there was considerable excitement about the Mormons at Kirtland, Geauga County, where there had been a branch of the church built up, and Joseph Smith had arrived at that place, and held a conference, and was sending out Elders through the country, and many evil reports were in circulation concerning them and most of the people believed them to be true, I obtained The Book of Mormon and read it some but was so filled with prejudice on account of the evil reports in circulation that I returned it before I had read it through.

But soon there arrived two Mormon Elders in the neighborhood by the names of Harvey Whitlock and Edson Fuller who preached in a school house nearby.  Myself and wife went out to hear them. . .

All this time I had kept at home except the two first meetings.  My wife, who had always been a strong Methodist, had a desire at this time to attend their meetings which were held every day, and I gave my consent, for I never would abridge anyone's liberty in religious matters.  She attended several meetings and began to believe in the work, and myself having searched the Bible daily while staying at home, began to think that the work might possibly be true. . . .

. . . I concluded that the work was of God, and embraced it with all my heart and soul, and was baptized on the first day of June, 1831, by Elder Sylvester Smith.  My wife had been baptized a few days previous.


[Crooked Creek, Illinois, 1840]

From this time on I began to make arrangements to build me a house in town so as to move in before fall, but sometime in August my wife was taken sick with the nervous fever and my family one after another was taken sick with the chills, ague and fever, until they were all sick but myself.  My wife lingered about five weeks and expired.  In the fore part of her sickness she manifested some uneasiness about her future state until one morning she awoke with a smile on her countenance and said to me that the Lord has spoken to her that night and said to her, "Go, daughter, sleep in peace and rest."

From that time her mind was at rest about her future state but said that she should not live.  Her greatest anxiety was about her friends that had not received the Gospel, for which she almost constantly prayed.  She also manifested much anxiety about her family.  She talked to and about her children much; she would often throw her arms around my neck and exclaim, "O, Joel, how I feel for you.  It will soon be well with  me, but what will you do with the children when I am gone?"

A few days before she died, she clasped her arms around my neck and said, "I have been all night thinking about you and the children.  I know that you cannot take care of them all alone when I am gone, you must get you another companion.  I have been trying to think of one for you, but you must select one for yourself.  I new feel satisfied to leave my children for the Lord has told me that they will be as well taken care of as they would be if I had the care of them myself."

After this she manifested no more uneasiness about her family, and fell asleep on the 11th day of September, 1840, rejoicing in the hope of a glorious resurrection among the just.  She was a kind and attentive companion and a tender and affectionate mother.  She was interred in the graveyard at Ramus (now Macedonia), Hancock County, Illinois.  The following epitaph was inscribed on her tombstone:

 She heard the Lord unto her say

  Go daughter sleep in peace and rest

 Until the morning of that day

  When Michael's trumpet awakes the blest.


Lines written on her death:

Lo, the shrouded form before me,

White as in the evening tide,

When, with marriage vow upon me

I then took her for my bride.

While I look thus on my loved one

Soon to moulder in the dust

I can say with a clear conscience

I have kept my vow and trust.

Though I now must wander mournful,

'Round my lone and silent home,

Ever listening for my loved one,

Which to me no more can come.

Still in those dear babes she left me

 I can see her smile and form,

Which shall bring to sweet remembrance

           Her fond heart so kind and warm.

Short the time me Father gave me,

           To be blessed  with her sweet love

Yet the golden link that's severed

           Shall unite again above.


Another one:


O lovely one and hast thou gone

         While in life's early bloom

And left me here to weep alone

         My loved on in the tomb?

Must I live in life N'er see thee more

        Thou lovely on so dear

Has death thee from my bosom tore

       No more my heart to cheer?


Yes death has chilled they loving heart

        And thou are from me torn

Yet we shall meet no more to part

        Where none are  left to mourn.


Then I shall cease  my grief and woe.

        Nor let my heart  repine.

The loving germ I've lost below

       Shall soon  again be mine.


Shine on thou lovely gem so dear

       In your sweet world of light

I soon shall come to meet thee there

      And claim thee as my right.


March 23rd 1855, this day completes my fifty third year, and yet my health continues very poor, not able to do any labor, having suffered so many hardships through life, I find my common abilities fail me very much. I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Julia Ann, my first born to my wife Anna, was born at Pomfret, New York, in Chautauqua County on the 2nd of October, 1827, and died at the same place on the 18th of July 1829, aged 1 year 9 months and 16 days.

Sixtus, my second was born at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York on the 8th day of October 1829.

Sariah, my third, was born at Amherts, Lorain County, Ohio, February 18, 1832.

Nephi, my fourth, was born at Kirtland, Geauga, (now Lake County) Ohio, on the 12th day of December 1833.

Susan, my fifth, was born at Kirtland, Ohio, July 11, 1836.

Seth, my sixth, was born at Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, on March 6, 1839.

Julia Ann Johnson

Julia Ann, my first born to my wife Anna, was born at Pomfret, New York, in Chautauqua County on the 2nd of October, 1827, and died at the same place on the 18th of July 1829, aged 1 year 9 months and 16 days.

Sixtus Ellis Johnson

March 23, 1850

Having been selected by G.A. Smith to assist in forming a settlement at the Little Salt Lake Valley, in the fall of 1850, I sent out with the expedition of my eldest sons, Sixtus and Nephi, provisions, and in the course of the winter I sold my farm and made other necessary arrangements, and started on the 14th day of March, 1851, with a part of my family, and three teams laden with provisions and other necessities for the settlement, and arrived at the settlement in Little Salt Lake Valley on the 10th of April, and found the boys had taken land in the field, and were putting in crops and had done very well. I joined them and took more lands and we put in all the grain and potatoes that we could. . .

 About the middle of September I sent Sixtus back To G.S.L. City for the balance of my family who arrived on the 27th day of October, all in good health and spirits. . .

On the first day of March, [1852] my son Sixtus missed one of his oxen for which he searched most of the day, and at evening it was ascertained that he was driven off by two Indians, and on the next day we dispatched a message to Parowan, informing the brethren of the circumstances, who on the third day sent out 12 men to search out the thieves, who returned without finding them. And on the 4th day my son Sixtus with three others started on the trail of the ox and Indians and followed them about sixteen miles to where they killed the ox, and then tracked the Indians about four miles further where they found them in camp drying the beef. They consisted of two old Indians and two boys, one about 12 years old and the other about 5. They took them all prisoners and started to bring them home but when they came to the ford of Coal Creek the horses refused to cross which, when the Indians saw, they all but the youngest crossed the creek and then ran, and as soon as the boys could get their horses across they rushed them and fired killing one of the old Indians and wounding the other who escaped with the oldest boy by hiding in the willows, it being quite dark, they then returned home with the youngest boy, whom I took into my family, and called his name Sam.


[1853]

On the 20th of November, Brothers Snow and Richards called a conference at the new meetings house in Cedar City, to make arrangements in regard to the missionaries and do such business as was necessary for the inhabitants of Iron County. At which conference, I was appointed to return in the spring to my farm at the Springs, and establish a school to educate the children. My sons were to be my assistants. They were appointed as missionaries to take to my assistance any help that I should deem necessary.


At the April [1854] conference my son Sixtus, with many others was called on a mission to the Sandwich Islands. He started from Cedar City in the month of May with Parley P. Pratt's company of missionaries, which left me very destitute of help.


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Sixtus, my second was born at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York on the 8th day of October 1829.


Tuesday 26th. [January 1858]  Quite sick, received two letters, one from my son Sixtus and one from David Labaren, in the afternoon answered my son's letter.


[January 14, 1859]

This morning I sent out three letters to Utah by mail, one to B.F. Johnson, one to James H. Martineau, and one to Sixtus E. Johnson.


Tuesday 12th, [July 1859]  went to the ferry and crossed over brother Wright's company of 8 wagons. Today received a letter from my wife Janet and another from my son Sixtus informing me that Nephi was on his way to assist me.


Sunday 9th, [October 1859] no meeting. Wrote a letter to my son Sixtus.


Monday 19th, [December 1859]  almost tired and chilled to death with the cold, having been so long exposed in my poor state of health. Found a letter at home from my son Sixtus dated October 22, 1859.


Wednesday 21st, [December 1859]  very cold. Health poor. Stayed in doors all day. Received a letter from my son Sixtus.


Wednesday 22nd. [February 1860]  Dreadful wind from the northeast, turned over my wagon box broke the bows and strung a new drilling cover all in Slits, wrote a letter to my son Sixtus. My health continues so poor that I am unable to do but little labor-- feel lonesome and almost tempted to repine and murmur at my fate.


Thursday 8th. [March 1860]  Stopped at home and received four letters from my family, one from my wife Susan and one from each of my oldest sons, Sixtus, Nephi, and Seth.-- Caught a few small fish today, the first that I have caught this year.


Wednesday December 12th. [1860]  From the above date to the present I have spent my time in repairing the housed fixing up things generally exchanging goods for wheat, molasses, etc. Last evening my sons Sixtus and Nephi arrived from Virgin City, having heard much about the lower country I have come today to the conclusion to go with them on their return and see it.

Monday 17th. Cold and Snowy. Started early to go south accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, and my two wives Janet and Margaret. Went about 20 miles and camped for the night.

Friday 21st. At the house of my son Sixtus all day trading goods for molasses.

Friday 28th. Went up to Grafton 5 miles above accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, Janet, and Margaret and some others. Stopped at Brother Tinnys all night.


January 2, 1871.  About this time President Young suggested to us that the Johnson family have what was called the Spring Canyon Ranch twelve miles north of Kanab for a stock race and for all the family who wished to settle there, and requested us to go and look at it which we agreed to do as soon as we conveniently could.

[January 23, 1871] The next morning I started for home and arrived late in the evening, having previously made arrangements to meet my brothers and some others at Virgin City on our way out to look at Spring Canyon Ranch near Kanab, agreeable to the request of President Young. We according went our and found a beautiful canyon from half a mile wide several miles long covered with grass, with small springs coming out at the bluffs on each side, and a small beautiful stream running from the mouth of the Canyon, plenty of excelled grass for meadow and stock range extending for many miles around. We were highly pleased with the place and concluded to accept of the President's offer. Therefore we made arrangements for some of us to move there in the Spring and start a cooperative Stock Association for herding stock raising and dairy purposes, after which we all returned home.

[March 1871] We took tolls, grain and seeds of many kinds for farming and gardening, and also trees and vines for orchards and vineyards. My two oldest sons Sixtus and Nephi also moved part of their families out and all went to work. Some to planting out fruit trees and vines, some to building cabins, other to plowing, planting, garden making, etc. I then started for home and met my brother Benjamin at Virgin City on his way out to Johnson with farming tools or implements, grains, seeds, etc.

And about the first of May we took a trip to Johnson and found that the water had mostly died up and the prospect very small to raise crops there, although the boys kept on planting and sowing and looking for rain, we stopped a few days and came home and found that the grasshoppers had destroyed all that I had planted.

. . . we crossed over the mountain into Kanab Canyon and down to Kanab and out round to Johnson, and found the boys nearly discouraged about making crops on account of the drought.


November 12th. [1872] Went to Virgin City to do business with Sixtus and Nephi.


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


March 23rd. [1878] This being my birthday my sons Sixtus and Nephi with their wives (or parts of families) and Joel and Almon came over from Johnson with Sariah my oldest daughter from Virgin City to Celebrate their father's birthday, it being my 76th. We had dinner at 2 o'clock and the next morning I gave Patriarchal or Father's blessings to several of my family. In the afternoon we met together to talk over and counsel about family matters. I gave them counsel and instruction and we were all edified and blessed. The next day all returned home.


June 5th, 1879. Started for Hillsdale in company with my little son Ezekiel, who drove my carriage and also with my son in law David Frederick who drove a team for me loaded with dried fruit and dry goods which I took over to pay for work on the mill. But when I came there I was told by my son Seth that on account of the extreme drought at Johnson and vicinity, President Snow had released my son Sixtus from the office of Bishop at Johnson and advised him to move his flocks of sheep, goats, and cattle into Arizona and told him that I had better go with him if I still wanted to go. I then drove over to Johnson to see my son Sixtus on the subject, and consulting with him on the subject, I concluded to give up mill building and moving to Hillsdale and go to Arizona with my son Seth to sell for me and preached to the people on Sunday June 15th and found that there was no water within three or four miles of the place only what was hauled from Toquerville. With fruit trees and vegetables of every kind all drying up and dying.

Sariah Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Sariah, my third, was born at Amherts, Lorain County, Ohio, February 18, 1832.


I started on the 6th day of April, 1857, for Salt Lake City in company with my wife Susan, and two horse wagons. We arrived in Santaquin on Saturday evening the 11th, and found our friends all well. We tarried with them over the Sabbath, and called a family meeting on Monday morning in which I blest my two daughters, Sariah and Susan with their children and all my friends at Santaquin, from which place we started at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and arrive at Provo in the evening and stayed over night with Joel Bascom.


August 12th. [1874] Today feeling as though my daughter Sariah was in grief. I wrote her an encouraging letter with the following lines.

           TO MY DAUGHTER SARIAH

       God bless you my daughter forever

       With comfort in sorrow and care

       And power with trials to severe

     That fills your kind heart with despair.

               

      The Lord will soon come in His glory

      To end the Saints bondage and strife

     And John will come too! and restore thee

       To mansions prepared for his wife.

               

       Be patient and faithful in duty

       No honors are found in this world

       Like diadems forming with beauty

      To crown you with glory, dear girl.



March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.


October 17, 1881, today myself, wife Janet and son Ezekiel started to go to Bellevue; went to Kanab and stopped for the night.

18th of October, today my son Nephi joined me and we went to Cedar Ridge and camped for the night.

On the 19th we went to Virgin City and stopped all night with my daughter Sariah.

Nephi Johnson


March 23, 1850

Having been selected by G.A. Smith to assist in forming a settlement at the Little Salt Lake Valley, in the fall of 1850, I sent out with the expedition of my eldest sons, Sixtus and Nephi, provisions, and in the course of the winter I sold my farm and made other necessary arrangements, and started on the 14th day of March, 1851, with a part of my family, and three teams laden with provisions and other necessities for the settlement, and arrived at the settlement in Little Salt Lake Valley on the 10th of April, and found the boys had taken land in the field, and were putting in crops and had done very well. I joined them and took more lands and we put in all the grain and potatoes that we could. . .


[1853]

On the 20th of November, Brothers Snow and Richards called a conference at the new meetings house in Cedar City, to make arrangements in regard to the missionaries and do such business as was necessary for the inhabitants of Iron County. At which conference, I was appointed to return in the spring to my farm at the Springs, and establish a school to educate the children. My sons were to be my assistants. They were appointed as missionaries to take to my assistance any help that I should deem necessary.


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Nephi, my fourth, was born at Kirtland, Geauga, (now Lake County) Ohio, on the 12th day of December 1833.


Accordingly, on the 24th day of May,1855, I started with an ox team in the company with my son Nephi and my wife, Janet, and two little ones. We had a prosperous journey, and arrived at Payson, Utah County, on the first day of June, and found our friends all well. We tarried with them a few days, and preceded on our journey to G. S. L. City, to which place we arrived on Saturday the 7th and found our friends there all well.


Arrived on Thursday 4th of October [1855], having been notified to attend the District Court held at Fillmore as petit juror for the Second Judicial District of the Territory of Utah. Having also been requested by the Governor to attend as Chaplin for one of the House of the Legislative Assembly to be held in the State House at Fillmore for the years '55 and '56. I started on the 4th of November with my son Nephi, and wife Janet, and little child, two yoke of oxen, and wagon, laden with provisions and furniture, necessary to answer the demand of our stay at Fillmore. We arrived on the 10th and rented a house of Jenoram Dame, for five dollars per month.


Thursday, September 18th, [1856] I started with my wife Susan and little child accompanied by my son Nephi, with an ox team to go and visit our friends at Summit Creek in Utah County, and also in Salt Lake City, and attend the October conference, and to purchase and drive home a few sheep. We arrived at Summit Creek and Friday the 26th, and found our friends as well. We had a good visit with them and started on Tuesday the 30th for Salt Lake City, and arrived on Friday the 3rd of October, attending conference and done our business and started homeward on Friday the 10th. On our way we called at Lake City in Utah County and purchased 26 sheep, one of which died at Chicken Creek. We arrived safely home with the rest on the 25th and found all well.


Tuesday 12th, [July 1859]  went to the ferry and crossed over brother Wright's company of 8 wagons. Today received a letter from my wife Janet and another from my son Sixtus informing me that Nephi was on his way to assist me.


Thursday 13th, [October 1859] hauled wood. Received a letter from my son Nephi.


Thursday 8th. [March 1860]  Stopped at home and received four letters from my family, one from my wife Susan and one from each of my oldest sons, Sixtus, Nephi, and Seth.-- Caught a few small fish today, the first that I have caught this year.


[1860]

Saturday 2nd. A company of missionaries and men after goods passed here today from Salt Lake. Among the missionaries was Amasa Lyman and Charles C. Rich, two of the twelve on missions to England. My son Nephi and nephew Don C. Babbitt also came down with the company.

 Sunday 3rd. Attended meeting at Brother Huffs. My son Nephi gave an account of affairs at Salt Lake after which I made a few remarks with some others.

Friday 8th. Feel very unwell. Indeed mind very much perplexed in regard to a settlement with Joseph. Most of the day in my room. Helped Nephi fix the wagon. Had a very fine time in the morning, which was more than we had before for several months. Came to a settlement with Joseph.

Tuesday 12th. Helped Nephi to repair the wagons with which I expect to cross the plains.

Friday 15th. Started late in the afternoon to go to Omaha and Florence in company with my son Nephi and Margaret to purchase a outfit for crossing the plains. Went 5 or 6 miles and camped for the night.

Monday 25th. Stopped to herd the oxen and take care of them while Nephi went over the rover to Ellisdale.

Thursday 28th. Spent the forenoon in herding the oxen and the afternoon in visiting with my sister Almera, while Nephi was hunting the lost Ox.

 Friday 29th. Took care of the oxen while Nephi was still looking for the lost one.

Sunday 15th. [July 1860]  Since the last date I have assisted most of the time in tending my brothers store and in preparing my fit out for the plains. I started today with a few families for my home at Hood River. Nephi was obliged to stop behind to pilot out a large company of saints he being their chaplain or pilot. Stopped at the camp two miles from Florence.

Thursday 2nd. [August 1860]  Still confined to my bed through weakness. Nephi arrived a day ahead of his train.

 Friday 3rd. Nephi's train arrive today in the forenoon.

Monday 6th. Fell in company with Nephi's train this morning. The train was divided into two companies consisting of about 35 wagons each. One division of the train being Scandinavians and Brother Patterson being their leader. It was thought best for them to go ahead. We started from camp about noon and traveled about eight miles and camped by a large Slew near the river while the other divisions of the camp went on in order to keep a little in the advance that we might not hinder each other in traveling.

Thursday 16th. This morning Brother Sharp found that his horses was missing. Nephi immediately started back to look for them he tracked them for several miles until they came near a camp of returning apostates from Utah when no further traces of them could be found, he therefore supposed that they had been stolen by them and returned to the camp. We started about 4 o'clock and traveled a few miles and camped for the night on a small stream.

Friday 24th. Started early. Nephi being obligated to attend to some other business employed a lad to drive his team who in driving over a sideling place capsized it which detained us an hour or more at night. We camped opposite Chimney Rock.

Wednesday 29th. Started early and stopped opposite Fort Laramie about noon, while some of the company went over to the Fort to trade, Nephi went over also and got a letter from home, we then went about four miles above the fort and camped for the night.

Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.


Wednesday December 12th. [1860]  From the above date to the present I have spent my time in repairing the housed fixing up things generally exchanging goods for wheat, molasses, etc. Last evening my sons Sixtus and Nephi arrived from Virgin City, having heard much about the lower country I have come today to the conclusion to go with them on their return and see it.

Monday 17th. Cold and Snowy. Started early to go south accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, and my two wives Janet and Margaret. Went about 20 miles and camped for the night.

Monday 24th. Went with Nephi to take a lead on the mill site in the forenoon, in the afternoon visited with the brethren who came from Toquerville to celebrate Christmas. Attended a dance in the evening.

Friday 28th. Went up to Grafton 5 miles above accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, Janet, and Margaret and some others. Stopped at Brother Tinnys all night.


In June [1861] I went down to Virgin City accompanied by my wife Margaret and in company with my son Nephi and cleared fenced made the water ditches for and planted four acres of land to Sugar Cane, near the mouth of North Creek, and returned home in the fore part of July and soon commenced harvesting my wheat, and continued at various kinds of farm labors until some time in October when I moved my wife Margaret down to Virgin City and having obtained a good Cane mill from the States through the aid of my son Sixtus I went to work and made up my sugar cane into molasses.


In the winter of 1865 my son Nephi (being President at Virgin River City) came up and organized a branch of the church of about 40 members called the Mountain Dell branch, and I was appointed President with Rufus Allen and William Isom my counselors.


[July 1866]  I then moved my family down to Virgin City into a cabin that I had built on my son Nephi's lot.


March 1st 1868. I moved my wife Janet onto the place and commenced fencing and planting out trees and vines ( I let my son Nephi have all that he could make from my place on the river which had cost me over two thousand dollars in labor and means, for getting water out again, for the flood had swept away the water ditch.) I soon built a board cabin and got into it, which made us quite comfortable for the summer.


January 2, 1871.  About this time President Young suggested to us that the Johnson family have what was called the Spring Canyon Ranch twelve miles north of Kanab for a stock race and for all the family who wished to settle there, and requested us to go and look at it which we agreed to do as soon as we conveniently could.

[January 23, 1871] The next morning I started for home and arrived late in the evening, having previously made arrangements to meet my brothers and some others at Virgin City on our way out to look at Spring Canyon Ranch near Kanab, agreeable to the request of President Young. We according went our and found a beautiful canyon from half a mile wide several miles long covered with grass, with small springs coming out at the bluffs on each side, and a small beautiful stream running from the mouth of the Canyon, plenty of excelled grass for meadow and stock range extending for many miles around. We were highly pleased with the place and concluded to accept of the President's offer. Therefore we made arrangements for some of us to move there in the Spring and start a cooperative Stock Association for herding stock raising and dairy purposes, after which we all returned home.

[March 1871] We took tolls, grain and seeds of many kinds for farming and gardening, and also trees and vines for orchards and vineyards. My two oldest sons Sixtus and Nephi also moved part of their families out and all went to work. Some to planting out fruit trees and vines, some to building cabins, other to plowing, planting, garden making, etc. I then started for home and met my brother Benjamin at Virgin City on his way out to Johnson with farming tools or implements, grains, seeds, etc.

And about the first of May we took a trip to Johnson and found that the water had mostly died up and the prospect very small to raise crops there, although the boys kept on planting and sowing and looking for rain, we stopped a few days and came home and found that the grasshoppers had destroyed all that I had planted.

. . . we crossed over the mountain into Kanab Canyon and down to Kanab and out round to Johnson, and found the boys nearly discouraged about making crops on account of the drought.


September 24th. [1871] I left home to go again to Hillsdale with a load of fruit and arrived there on the 28th and found all well. Let out my share of the mill, being three fourths to Nephi and Seth one year for half the profits.


November 12th. [1872] Went to Virgin City to do business with Sixtus and Nephi. Sold Nephi a yoke of oxen.


[June 1873] Rented the mill to Nephi and Seth.


June 30th. [1874] Today I started to go to Hillsdale with my wife Susan. Went to Hamiltons Fort and stopped at Sister Fifes all night. Went to Parowan next day and stopped all night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night in the canyon below Bear Valley. Next day arrive at Hillsdale about noon on Friday. On Sunday preached to the people and blessed two infant grandchildren, one the son of my Nephi, and the other the son of my son David, and on Tuesday the 7th of July, started home and arrived on Friday the 10th.


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


March 23rd. [1878] This being my birthday my sons Sixtus and Nephi with their wives (or parts of families) and Joel and Almon came over from Johnson with Sariah my oldest daughter from Virgin City to Celebrate their father's birthday, it being my 76th. We had dinner at 2 o'clock and the next morning I gave Patriarchal or Father's blessings to several of my family. In the afternoon we met together to talk over and counsel about family matters. I gave them counsel and instruction and we were all edified and blessed. The next day all returned home.


January 11th, 1879. Today I started on the mission given my by President John Taylor together up my family and colonize them at some place in Arizona, and organize them in the unified order. I went to Virgin City and stopped for the night, held meetings at the usual place, gave a lecture to the people, had a large gathering, good attention, and a good time. Next day drove to Cedar Ridge and camped for the night. The next day drove to Kanab and stopped for the night. Had no meeting, their house had just been painted inside and not fit for use. Next day drove to Johnson and stopped with my son Nephi, my sons came together. I instructed them in relation to the mission given my by President Taylor, they all seem willing to hearken.


April 18th. [1879] Started for Hillsdale and arrived there on Monday, the 21 expecting to meet my son Nephi there, but was disappointed. Done some business in regard to the mill, building and moving. Preached to the people on Sunday the 27th and started for home on Monday, and arrived on the first day of May.


October 17, 1881, today myself, wife Janet and son Ezekiel started to go to Bellevue; went to Kanab and stopped for the night.

18th of October, today my son Nephi joined me and we went to Cedar Ridge and camped for the night.

On the 19th we went to Virgin City and stopped all night with my daughter Sariah.


March 23rd, 1882, this day completes the eightieth year of my age, and a few of my friends came together at my house to celebrate the day.  There were present my son Nephi Johnson and family. . . I gave the people a lecture on various subjects which was interesting to all.

Susan Ellen Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Susan, my fifth, was born at Kirtland, Ohio, July 11, 1836.


I started on the 6th day of April, 1857, for Salt Lake City in company with my wife Susan, and two horse wagons. We arrived in Santaquin on Saturday evening the 11th, and found our friends all well. We tarried with them over the Sabbath, and called a family meeting on Monday morning in which I blest my two daughters, Sariah and Susan with their children and all my friends at Santaquin, from which place we started at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and arrive at Provo in the evening and stayed over night with Joel Bascom.


Thursday 14th. [January 1858]  Cough very bad. Slept but little last night, not able to do anything like labor. Received a letter today from James Martineau of Parowan, dated October 11, being the first news from home for several months.

Wednesday 27th. This morning wrote a letter to James W. Martineau and put that with the one I wrote to my son yesterday in the Post Office, and in the afternoon wrote one to my family.


[January 14, 1859]

This morning I sent out three letters to Utah by mail, one to B.F. Johnson, one to James H. Martineau, and one to Sixtus E. Johnson.


October 28th, 1873. Today my daughter Susan Martineau with her oldest son Henry and four small children arrived at house from Logan, Cache County, Utah. I was very glad of her visit having not seen her for twelve years. She stopped a week and went over to Virgin City to visit her sister Sariah Workman and stopped with her a weekend and returned.

 November 15th. Today my daughter Susan with my wife Susan and her son Joel and Henry Martineau started for Hillsdale.


March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.

May 12th, 1876. I went to st. George and stopped with my brother J.E. Johnson and attended conference on Saturday and Sunday and heard Presidents Young and Wells preach with several others of the Elders who gave a first rate instruction while the spirit of the Lord was truly manifest among speakers and hearers. I had a very good time and returned home on Tuesday 16th. While there I gave blessings to several of my kindred and on my return, found my son in law James H. Martineau at my house very sick with cough and pain in his breast. Laid hands on him and he seemed much better. I also gave him a patriarchal or fathers blessing.

Seth Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Seth, my sixth, was born at Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, on March 6, 1839.


Saturday, September 3, 1859, received a letter from my son Seth.


Thursday 8th. [March 1860]  Stopped at home and received four letters from my family, one from my wife Susan and one from each of my oldest sons, Sixtus, Nephi, and Seth.-- Caught a few small fish today, the first that I have caught this year.


Thursday 15th. [March 1860]  Not able to do anything. Stopped in my room, received letters this morning from my son Seth in Utah and from my brother Joseph at Ellisdale, Iowa.


Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.


Friday 2nd. [November 1860]  Stopped at the Summit to assist my son Seth to complete the digging of the potatoes.


[1862] I then went to work clearing and fencing land and in the spring went and brought down from my old place Fort Johnson my stock of my orchard and nursery trees and planted them out on North Creek and at the same time I rented out my old farm to my son Seth and moved down my wife Susan to my place on North Creek.


September 24th. [1871] I left home to go again to Hillsdale with a load of fruit and arrived there on the 28th and found all well. Let out my share of the mill, being three fourths to Nephi and Seth one year for half the profits.  


[June 1873] Rented the mill to Nephi and Seth


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


January 15th. [1879] Had meeting. Had a good congregation and good attention. Preached to the people several times many of them seemed to take an interest in my Arizona mission. I gave Patriarchal blessings to about 30 of my kindred and friends and started for home on Monday 20th, and came to Kanab and preached in the evening to a large and attentive congregation. The next morning my son Seth came over from Hillsdale to see me and I stopped with him through the day and blessed several most of my kindred and friends. Started the following morning and camped in t he evening at Cedar Ridge and the next day came to Virgin City and preached in the evening to a good congregation and had a good time and arrived home on Friday the 24th of January 1879.


June 5th, 1879. Started for Hillsdale in company with my little son Ezekiel, who drove my carriage and also with my son in law David Frederick who drove a team for me loaded with dried fruit and dry goods which I took over to pay for work on the mill. But when I came there I was told by my son Seth that on account of the extreme drought at Johnson and vicinity, President Snow had released my son Sixtus from the office of Bishop at Johnson and advised him to move his flocks of sheep, goats, and cattle into Arizona and told him that I had better go with him if I still wanted to go. I then drove over to Johnson to see my son Sixtus on the subject, and consulting with him on the subject, I concluded to give up mill building and moving to Hillsdale and go to Arizona with my son Seth to sell for me and preached to the people on Sunday June 15th and found that there was no water within three or four miles of the place only what was hauled from Toquerville. With fruit trees and vegetables of every kind all drying up and dying.

Susan Bryant


[Ramus, Illinois 1840]

After my family had recovered their health a little so that I could leave home, I went to work again on my house which I had been building in Ramus, and on the 20th day of October, I took to wife by marriage, Miss Susan Bryant, daughter of Charles Bryant, (she assisted in taking care of my former wife through her sickness,) She was born at Vergeners in the state of Vermont, August 28, 1813. He mother's name was Susan Filler.


A blessing by Patriarch John Smith on the head of Susan Johnson, January 18, 1814, Susan Johnson born at Vergens, Vermont, August 28th, 1812.

Dear Sister, in the name of Jesus Christ, I lay my hands upon thee by the authority given to my charge. O Lord, I beseech thee to bless they hand maid and let her life be precious in they sight. Suffer not the destroyer to have any power over her. Dismiss thy fears dear sister, the Lord will bless thee, and thou shalt be blessed. Thou hast seen much affliction. The cloud of darkness shall disappear, and the sun of prosperity and happiness shall shine upon thee. Thou shalt be blest with the desire of thy heart, the disease hitherto praying upon thee shall be removed and thou shalt be blest with numerous family, and thou shalt yet rejoice to see thine offspring prospering about thee. Thou shalt have that portion of the Priesthood in company with thy husband that he holds, and power to drive the destroyer from they house when thy companion is not present to assist thee. Length of days in the right hand and in thy left riches and honor. I seal all the blessings upon thee enjoyed by thy companion and also with him seal thee up into eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

On the 31st day of December 1845, myself and wife received our endowments in the Lord's House in Nauvoo.  


[1846]  I was then running my saw mill on Crooked Creek, and sometime in March while myself and wife was absent to Nauvoo, an armed mob surrounded my house and told my little children that if their father and family did not leave the county immediately that their lives would be taken and property destroyed.


March 23rd 1855, this day completes my fifty third year, and yet my health continues very poor, not able to do any labor, having suffered so many hardships through life, I find my common abilities fail me very much. I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date. Nancy Maria, my first by my wife Susan, was born at Remus (now Macedonia) Hancock County, Illinois, on the 2nd of August 1841, and died May 5, 1842 aged nine months and three days.

Emily, my second by my wife Susan, was a fair child, but still born on the 20th of November, 1842, at Ramus, Hancock County, Illinois.

Joel H., my third by my wife Susan was born June 23rd 1844, at Ramus, Hancock County, Illinois, and died February 27th, 1846. Aged 19 months and 4 days.

Julia Ann, my fourth by my wife Susan, was born at French Creek, Knox County, Illinois, Saturday, the 20th of February, 1847.

David William, my fifth by wife Susan, was born at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon, on Monday the 12th of February 1849.

Joel H. the 2nd and Mary Susan, my sixth and seventh, by my wife Susan, were born at my residence near the Big Cottonwood Creek, on the Wednesday of November 29th 1850. Mary Susan died at G.S.L. City on the 10th of March, 1851, aged 3 months and 14 days.

Almon B. my eighth by my wife Susan, was born at Fort Johnson, Iron County, Utah on Wednesday, 21st of February 1855, at ten minutes past 2 o'clock in the morning.


Thursday, September 18th, [1856] I started with my wife Susan and little child accompanied by my son Nephi, with an ox team to go and visit our friends at Summit Creek in Utah County, and also in Salt Lake City, and attend the October conference, and to purchase and drive home a few sheep. We arrived at Summit Creek and Friday the 26th, and found our friends as well. We had a good visit with them and started on Tuesday the 30th for Salt Lake City, and arrived on Friday the 3rd of October, attending conference and done our business and started homeward on Friday the 10th. On our way we called at Lake City in Utah County and purchased 26 sheep, one of which died at Chicken Creek. We arrived safely home with the rest on the 25th and found all well.


November 27th, 1856. On this day was Hyrum, my fifth child by my wife Janet, still born, although a full grown fair child. (Occasioned by mistake in her attendant.)

              Yes, little stranger thou hast fled

               Before earth's light hath shown

                Upon thy peaceful, lovely head

                 To make life's sorrow known.

              We welcomed thee with love and joy

                  But O! what sorrow filled

             Our hearts when we  beheld  our boy

               Through sad mistake was killed.


I started on the 6th day of April, 1857, for Salt Lake City in company with my wife Susan, and two horse wagons. We arrived in Santaquin on Saturday evening the 11th, and found our friends all well. We tarried with them over the Sabbath, and called a family meeting on Monday morning in which I blest my two daughters, Sariah and Susan with their children and all my friends at Santaquin, from which place we started at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and arrive at Provo in the evening and stayed over night with Joel Bascom.


Saturday the 4th. [February 1860]  Wrote a letter to my wife Susan and another to Janet. Spent the day in the house, in the afternoon it commenced snowing.


Thursday 8th. [March 1860]  Stopped at home and received four letters from my family, one from my wife Susan and one from each of my oldest sons, Sixtus, Nephi, and Seth.-- Caught a few small fish today, the first that I have caught this year.


Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.


In March [1861] I went down to Virgin City with my wife Susan and planted out my city lot to fruit trees and grape vines, and returned home on the last day of the month.


[1862] I then went to work clearing and fencing land and in the spring went and brought down from my old place Fort Johnson my stock of my orchard and nursery trees and planted them out on North Creek and at the same time I rented out my old farm to my son Seth and moved down my wife Susan to my place on North Creek.


January 5th, 1863. I moved my wife Margaret up to my place on North Creek, while my wife Susan went down and stopped in my house in Virgin City. I then hired hands and went to work at the mill in good earnest and had it completed and running in the spring and in September I went with my wives Susan and Margaret to Salt Lake City and attended the October Conference.

July 6, 1868. This day myself and three wives attended the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the departure of the remnant of the Saints that were left at Kirtland in the Kirtland camp which occurred on the sixth of July 1838. The Celebration took place in the Hall at St. George, the hall was densely crowded with saints from the different settlements, many of the old members of the camp were present. Some of which made short but appropriate and energetic speeches upon the subjects of the persecution of the Saints, their expulsion from Ohio, their journey through the states and arrival at Farr West in the fall of 1838, when the saints were finally being expelled from Missouri, etc.

A little after twelve o'clock the whole assembly partook of an excellent dinner prepared mostly by the old members of the camp, after dinner they all prepared to another apartment where dancing and singing and speech making were kept up until about 12 or one o'clock at night when all dispersed to their home.


In the fall [1868] I built two more cabins and moved my other wives Susan and Margaret over from Virgin City.


June 22nd, 1870. Myself with three wives, Susan, Janet, and Margaret and my son James with two teams started for Salt Lake City and arrived at the City on the second day of July and stopped at my brother William D. Johnson's and on the sixth day Susan and myself with my sister Esther M. LaBaron went to the endowment house and were baptized and sealed for the following persons:  My wife Susan was baptized and sealed for Charlotte Fuller, Pavney Lymon, Harriet Webster, and Lucy Holmes, all sealed to me.

July 7th. Myself and three wives all went to the endowment house and received our second anointing under the hand of President Daniel H. Wells.

July 9th. Susan, Janet and James started to go and visit our friends at Logan, Cache County.


In the latter part of March [1871] I moved my wife Susan and her two boys Joel and Almon out to Johnson.


[1871] Sold lumber, raised a little money, helped fix up a house for Janet and made arrangement to build one for Susan. And started for Bellevue on the 13th or October.


[April 1873]

               

            TO MY WIVES

      Oh, Susie dear, with love and cheer

         May all with thee be well

      My love for thee, while true to me,

        This tongue can never tell.

               

       And Jennie, love, Can I reprove

          Or say thou are untrue

     With love like mine, and virtue thine,

           I always shall say no.

               

       And Maggie, too, my love for you

          I cannot now express

      While thou to me shall faithful be,

        I shall thee love and bless.

               

     Should each prove true their work to do

        Like true and faithful wives

      Then all shall share, my love and care

        With crown of endless l lives.


June 30th. [1874] Today I started to go to Hillsdale with my wife Susan. Went to Hamiltons Fort and stopped at Sister Fifes all night. Went to Parowan next day and stopped all night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night in the canyon below Bear Valley. Next day arrive at Hillsdale about noon on Friday. On Sunday preached to the people and blessed two infant grandchildren, one the son of my Nephi, and the other the son of my son David, and on Tuesday the 7th of July, started home and arrived on Friday the 10th.


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


March 16, 1879. Started in company with my wives Susan and Janet and daughter Esther with my son David and family to go to St. George to do some Temple Work for ourselves and dead. Drove to Harrisburg and camped for the night. Next day arrived at St. George.

 March 18th. Commenced work in the Temple. I received endowments in behalf of my father. We labored in the Temple for ourselves and dead until Friday afternoon and returned home.

Nancy Maria Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Nancy Maria, my first by my wife Susan, was born at Remus (now Macedonia) Hancock County, Illinois, on the 2nd of August 1841, and died May 5, 1842 aged nine months and three days.

Emily Johnson

March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Emily, my second by my wife Susan, was a fair child, but still born on the 20th of November, 1842, at Ramus, Hancock County, Illinois.

Joel H Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Joel H., my third by my wife Susan was born June 23rd 1844, at Ramus, Hancock County, Illinois, and died February 27th, 1846. Aged 19 months and 4 days.

Julia Ann Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Julia Ann, my fourth by my wife Susan, was born at French Creek, Knox County, Illinois, Saturday, the 20th of February, 1847.


April 9th. [1879] Today my daughter Julia Ann Orton died in childbirth at Parowan. Her child, a daughter, was stillborn. She left eight children and had lost four. I attended her funeral on the eleventh. Her corpse was carried directly to the graveyard. All Parowan seemed to be there. An immense congregation. I stepped up into a wagon and spoke to them, about twenty minutes, and I seldom saw such a gust of grief in my life as was manifest from old and young, male and female with the general expression. She was such a good woman. She was a kind, virtuous, and faithful companion, a tender loving and affectionate mother. Her loss can never again be made good to her husband, children and friends, until she takes up her tabernacle again in the resurrection.

                

      Dear lovely daughter sweetly rest,

         Till Michael calls thee forth,

     With those that are, and shall be blessed

        To reign with Christ again.


August 29th, 1879. Started to go to Parowan after the flour arrived there. In the afternoon of the 30th found the family of my son in law Samuel Orton sick and in affliction. They had buried one son the day before and that evening another died and was buried on Sunday the first of September. This is the fourth child they have lost since the 9th of April when their mother died. All from the affects of Scarlet fever.

David William Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

David William, my fifth by wife Susan, was born at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon, on Monday the 12th of February 1849.


June 30th. [1874] Today I started to go to Hillsdale with my wife Susan. Went to Hamiltons Fort and stopped at Sister Fifes all night. Went to Parowan next day and stopped all night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night. Next morning started on, and camped for the night in the canyon below Bear Valley. Next day arrive at Hillsdale about noon on Friday. On Sunday preached to the people and blessed two infant grandchildren, one the son of my Nephi, and the other the son of my son David, and on Tuesday the 7th of July, started home and arrived on Friday the 10th.


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.


March 16, 1879. Started in company with my wives Susan and Janet and daughter Esther with my son David and family to go to St. George to do some Temple Work for ourselves and dead. Drove to Harrisburg and camped for the night. Next day arrived at St. George.

March 18th. Commenced work in the Temple. I received endowments in behalf of my father. We labored in the Temple for ourselves and dead until Friday afternoon and returned home.

Joel H Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Joel H. the 2nd and Mary Susan, my sixth and seventh, by my wife Susan, were born at my residence near the Big Cottonwood Creek, on the Wednesday of November 29th 1850. Mary Susan died at G.S.L. City on the 10th of March, 1851, aged 3 months and 14 days.


In the latter part of March [1871] I moved my wife Susan and her two boys Joel and Almon out to Johnson. . .Joel went to Johnson and brought over the most of my stock, and then went to Red Creek to Mill.


March 23, 1875.

In the afternoon my sons Nephi and Seth came over from Hillsdale. Also Sixtus and Joel from Johnson with my wife Susan and her son David from Toquerville, all came to visit father on his birthday. I was very glad to see so many of my family together once more.

 March 24th. We all took dinner together and had a good time in the afternoon. We all came together with those that are there and I organized them into the order of the sons of Joel. I was chosen president, Sixtus and Nephi being counselors, and Seth, secretary. The object of this organization is to enter into an organized system of keeping a record of and educating the sons and daughters of Joel and to keep them from running astray after habits, fashions, customs, and the unclean things of the Gentiles and to observe strictly the laws, rules, and customs of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.


March 23rd. [1878] This being my birthday my sons Sixtus and Nephi with their wives (or parts of families) and Joel and Almon came over from Johnson with Sariah my oldest daughter from Virgin City to Celebrate their father's birthday, it being my 76th. We had dinner at 2 o'clock and the next morning I gave Patriarchal or Father's blessings to several of my family. In the afternoon we met together to talk over and counsel about family matters. I gave them counsel and instruction and we were all edified and blessed. The next day all returned home.


Mary Susan Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Joel H. the 2nd and Mary Susan, my sixth and seventh, by my wife Susan, were born at my residence near the Big Cottonwood Creek, on the Wednesday of November 29th 1850. Mary Susan died at G.S.L. City on the 10th of March, 1851, aged 3 months and 14 days.


Almon B. Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Almon B. my eighth by my wife Susan, was born at Fort Johnson, Iron County, Utah on Wednesday, 21st of February 1855, at ten minutes past 2 o'clock in the morning.


Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.


In the latter part of March [1871] I moved my wife Susan and her two boys Joel and Almon out to Johnson.


March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.


March 23rd. [1878] This being my birthday my sons Sixtus and Nephi with their wives (or parts of families) and Joel and Almon came over from Johnson with Sariah my oldest daughter from Virgin City to Celebrate their father's birthday, it being my 76th. We had dinner at 2 o'clock and the next morning I gave Patriarchal or Father's blessings to several of my family. In the afternoon we met together to talk over and counsel about family matters. I gave them counsel and instruction and we were all edified and blessed. The next day all returned home.

Janet Fife


Having neglected to mention my marriage with Miss Janet Fife I will here say she was espoused to me by sealing and covenant October 25, 1845. Father John Smith, Patriarch, officiated. Janet was born at Leith in Scotland February 17th, 1827, and emigrated to America in 1842, and

 when she was eighteen did engage

 to wed me forty three years of age.


March 23rd 1855, this day completes my fifty third year, and yet my health continues very poor, not able to do any labor, having suffered so many hardships through life, I find my common abilities fail me very much. I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Janet Miretta, my first by my wife Janet, was born at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon, 8 miles south of G.S.L. City on Sunday, December 17, 1848.

Margaret, my second by my wife Janet, was born at my residence near Big Cottonwood Creek, on Tuesday March 19th, 1850.

James F. my third by my wife Janet, was born at my residence at the Fort Johnson, in Iron County, Utah Territory, on Tuesday, May 25th, 1852, at 20 minutes before 12 o'clock in the forenoon.

Joseph Elmer, my fourth by my Janet, was born at Cedar City, Iron county, Utah Territory, on Saturday, January 28th, 1854, at half past ten in the morning.


Accordingly, on the 24th day of May,1855, I started with an ox team in the company with my son Nephi and my wife, Janet, and two little ones. We had a prosperous journey, and arrived at Payson, Utah County, on the first day of June, and found our friends all well. We tarried with them a few days, and preceded on our journey to G. S. L. City, to which place we arrived on Saturday the 7th and found our friends there all well.


Arrived on Thursday 4th of October [1855], having been notified to attend the District Court held at Fillmore as petit juror for the Second Judicial District of the Territory of Utah. Having also been requested by the Governor to attend as Chaplin for one of the House of the Legislative Assembly to be held in the State House at Fillmore for the years '55 and '56. I started on the 4th of November with my son Nephi, and wife Janet, and little child, two yoke of oxen, and wagon, laden with provisions and furniture, necessary to answer the demand of our stay at Fillmore. We arrived on the 10th and rented a house of Jenoram Dame, for five dollars per month.


Monday 22nd. [February 1858]  Clear and Cold. My health continues about the same. In the forenoon I had my likeness taken to be sent to my wife Janet, for which she has been very anxious and written to me several times about it.

              When on this picture thou shalt gaze

                    My dear beloved Janet

             And  bring to mind those sacred days

                  When first in love we met.

                               

               And think again of all the tears

                 Mine eyes for thee hath shed

             And of my fervent, constant prayers

                 For blessings on thy heard.

                               

             Thou cans't not think I can forget,

               The love that lights thine eyes

                Or think I don't love thee yet

                  For true love never dies.



Saturday 5th, [March 1859]  very pleasant and warm. My health about the same. Stopped at home all day. Commenced a letter to my wife Janet and did other writing.

Tuesday 8th, stayed at home all day, reading and writing. Posted my letters to my wife Janet.


Tuesday 12th, [July 1859]  went to the ferry and crossed over brother Wright's company of 8 wagons. Today received a letter from my wife Janet and another from my son Sixtus informing me that Nephi was on his way to assist me.


Saturday the 4th. [February 1860]  Wrote a letter to my wife Susan and another to Janet. Spent the day in the house, in the afternoon it commenced snowing.


Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.


Monday 17th. [December 1860]  Cold and Snowy. Started early to go south accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, and my two wives Janet and Margaret. Went about 20 miles and camped for the night.

Tuesday 25th. Christmas day very warm and fine weather. Took a walk in the morning with Janet and Margaret down the river to the falls. Spent the balance of the day and evening with Brothers and sisters in re creation.

Friday 28th. Went up to Grafton 5 miles above accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, Janet, and Margaret and some others. Stopped at Brother Tinnys all night.

Saturday 29th. Went up the river 12 or 15 miles (leaving the women at Brother Tinnys) to explore the river and country. Found good bottom on the river for farming with a good deal of Cotton-wood and other timber. Camped for the night in the Canyon. The wind was high and cold through the night.


And in April [1861] I went to Salt Lake City with my wife Janet and had her sealed to me in the endowment room across the alter by President Brigham Young, and returned home on the 16th of May.


About the first of December. [1861] I went up to my old place Fort Johnson to move down my wife Janet and bring my sheep and other stock and I arrived back on the 22 of the same month.


On the 25th the great rain commenced and continued about 40 days and raised North Creek and Virgin River so high that hundreds of acres of good farming lands along the course was carried away. I soon built a place to live in and in January 1862 moved up my wife Janet.


October 9, 1866. My sixth child Carlos by wife Janet was stillborn a fair full grown child.


March 1st 1868. I moved my wife Janet onto the place and commenced fencing and planting out trees and vines ( I let my son Nephi have all that he could make from my place on the river which had cost me over two thousand dollars in labor and means, for getting water out again, for the flood had swept away the water ditch.) I soon built a board cabin and got into it, which made us quite comfortable for the summer.


July 6, 1868. This day myself and three wives attended the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the departure of the remnant of the Saints that were left at Kirtland in the Kirtland camp which occurred on the sixth of July 1838. The Celebration took place in the Hall at St. George, the hall was densely crowded with saints from the different settlements, many of the old members of the camp were present. Some of which made short but appropriate and energetic speeches upon the subjects of the persecution of the Saints, their expulsion from Ohio, their journey through the states and arrival at Farr West in the fall of 1838, when the saints were finally being expelled from Missouri, etc.

A little after twelve o'clock the whole assembly partook of an excellent dinner prepared mostly by the old members of the camp, after dinner they all prepared to another apartment where dancing and singing and speech making were kept up until about 12 or one o'clock at night when all dispersed to their home.


June 22nd, 1870. Myself with three wives, Susan, Janet, and Margaret and my son James with two teams started for Salt Lake City and arrived at the City on the second day of July and stopped at my brother William D. Johnson's.

July 7th. Myself and three wives all went to the endowment house and received our second anointing under the hand of President Daniel H. Wells.

July 9th. Susan, Janet and James started to go and visit our friends at Logan, Cache County.


March 13th. [1871] Started to move Janet to my mill place on the Sevier River which I call Hillsdale, it being a valley between the hills. Hills also being a part of my own name came to Parowan on the evening of the 14th. Attended the School of the Prophets. On the 16th, gave them a lecture on the Word of Wisdom, etc. Started for Panguitch on the 17th, arrived on the 18th and found Brother Wilson and family all well. Stopped over night. Next day moved all up to Hillsdale. Brother Wilson and family went into the house and Janet and family went into the Blacksmith Shop.


[1871] Sold lumber, raised a little money, helped fix up a house for Janet and made arrangement to build one for Susan. And started for Bellevue on the 13th or October.


[April 1873]

I started for home on Monday at noon and arrived home on Tuesday a little after sundown. My wife Janet had come over from Hillsdale to Parowan where I found her in tolerable good health and was very glad to see her, not having had the privilege for nearly or quite six months.

                

            TO MY WIVES

      Oh, Susie dear, with love and cheer

         May all with thee be well

      My love for thee, while true to me,

        This tongue can never tell.

               

       And Jennie, love, Can I reprove

          Or say thou are untrue

     With love like mine, and virtue thine,

           I always shall say no.

               

       And Maggie, too, my love for you

          I cannot now express

      While thou to me shall faithful be,

        I shall thee love and bless.

               

     Should each prove true their work to do

        Like true and faithful wives

      Then all shall share, my love and care

        With crown of endless l lives.


November 15th. Today my daughter Susan with my wife Susan and her son Joel and Henry Martineau started for Hillsdale. I sent with them the following lines to my wife Janet who had refused to come and stay with me through the winter while my wife Margaret should go to Hillsdale for her children to attend school.

              TO JANET

      My heart with pain is filled today

      For one, long years so good and kind

        Now from my council turn away

        And to my wishes not resigned

       Tears only now my grief can tell

      Yet wish my long loved darling well.

               

       The Lord forgive thee is my prayer

        And help thee to obey my will

       And seek my love and tender care

      That I may love and bless thee still.

      Wile of the Lord thou shalt be blessed

    With light and love shall f ill thy breast.

               

      Then cleave to me with all thy heart

        And let no evil spirit dare

       To cause our friendship to depart

      And crowns of glory thou shalt wear

       With me when mortal life is past

        And while eternity shall last.



March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.


March 16, 1879. Started in company with my wives Susan and Janet and daughter Esther with my son David and family to go to St. George to do some Temple Work for ourselves and dead. Drove to Harrisburg and camped for the night. Next day arrived at St. George.

March 18th. Commenced work in the Temple. I received endowments in behalf of my father. We labored in the Temple for ourselves and dead until Friday afternoon and returned home.


October 17, 1881, today myself, wife Janet and son Ezekiel started to go to Bellevue; went to Kanab and stopped for the night.

18th of October, today my son Nephi joined me and we went to Cedar Ridge and camped for the night.

On the 19th we went to Virgin City and stopped all night with my daughter Sariah.

Janet Mauretta Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

?  Janet Miretta, my first by my wife Janet, was born at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon, 8 miles south of G.S.L. City on Sunday, December 17, 1848.


[October 9, 1866]  And on the same day my oldest daughter by Janet, Janet Mauretta, was married to Jesse N. Smith in the endowment house in Salt Lake City

Margaret Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Margaret, my second by my wife Janet, was born at my residence near Big Cottonwood Creek, on Tuesday March 19th, 1850.


April 25th. Today I married my daughter Margaret by my wife Janet to David Frederick.

         God bless and preserve them

          From folly and strife

         With bountiful increase

        And pleasure through life.


January 7th. Today I received the news of the death of my daughter Margaret (by my wife Janet). She was the wife of David Frederick Junior. She died in childbirth on December 19, 1879, aged 29 years and nine months. Born on the 19th of March, 1850. She was a kind, faithful, and affectionate young women. Her child, a daughter, was still born, at Hillsdale, Iron County, Utah.

              TO MAGGIE

               

        Go Maggie to thy rest in peace

         And join thy kindred there

      For thou hast found a sweet release

         From every toil and care.

               

     Thy friends will greet thee there with joy

         Who long have gone before

       Where peace and love without alloy

         Shall reign forever more.

               

        Or till the resurrection morn

         When Christ again appears

       And all the dead to earth return

         To dwell a thousand years.

               

       With honor then we all shall meet

        Our daughter, sons, and wives

       Our glory then will be complete

            Crowned with eternal lives.

James F. Johnson

March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.
James F. my third by my wife Janet, was born at my residence at the Fort Johnson, in Iron County, Utah Territory, on Tuesday, May 25th, 1852, at 20 minutes before 12 o'clock in the forenoon.

[May 1855]
The following incident occurred with my little boy James F. on our way to Great Salt Lake City:
                   While riding in a carriage
                  With wife and little boy,
                   I heard upon the sudden
                  The fellow laugh for joy,
                   A hole was in the cover
                Through which a sunbeam came,
               The child who tried to catch it
                  Was laughing at his game.
                    But after many trials
                    A tear was in his eye
                 At this first disappointment
                   His bosom heaved a sigh,
                  I thought that many others
                  This very game have played
               Had often grasped for sunshine,
                  And only found the shade.


Sunday 28th. [October 1860]  Started early and met a part of my family about noon consisting of my two wives Susan and Janet and three of my sons, Seth, James, and Almon, who came out to meet me with Brother Thomas Smith. I then left my teams with my sons Nephi and Seth, and went on with my Family and Brother Smith who had a horse team. We came to Beaver and stopped with Sister Pratt for the night.

November 4, 1865. This day my son James F. of 13 years of age received a very severe accidental gunshot of cut slugs in his right heel which cut the cord and bones of his heel mostly to pieces. Some of the slugs came out at the instep, this accident was very painful and heart rending not only to himself but the whole family. He was confined to his bed and to the house about six months before he could walk.

June 22nd, 1870. Myself with three wives, Susan, Janet, and Margaret and my son James with two teams started for Salt Lake City and arrived at the City on the second day of July and stopped at my brother William D. Johnson's.
July 9th. Susan, Janet and James started to go and visit our friends at Logan, Cache County.

June 21st, 1876. Wednesday evening, my son James F. Johnson and Mary J Wilson were married at his mothers house by myself.

Joseph Elmer Johnson


March 23rd 1855, I will here insert the births and deaths of my children up to the above date.

Joseph Elmer, my fourth by my Janet, was born at Cedar City, Iron county, Utah Territory, on Saturday, January 28th, 1854, at half past ten in the morning.


Hyrum Johnson

November 27th, 1856. On this day was Hyrum, my fifth child by my wife Janet, still born, although a full grown fair child. (Occasioned by mistake in her attendant.)

              Yes, little stranger thou hast fled

                 Before earth's light hath shown

              Upon thy peaceful, lovely head

                 To make life's sorrow known.

              We welcomed thee with love and joy

                  But O! what sorrow filled

             Our hearts when we  beheld  our boy

                       Through sad mistake was killed.

Carlos Johnson


October 9, 1866. My sixth child Carlos by wife Janet was stillborn a fair full grown child.

Margaret Threlkeld


Wednesday 29th. [July 1857]  Went to Crescent in the forenoon and in the afternoon went with Margaret and gathered some gooseberries for preserves.


Friday January 1st, 1858. This being New Years day, I had an engagement to spend the day at my brother William Johnson's in Florence, but being disappointed in the teams arrival from Ellisdale in the morning, I spent the forenoon of the day in my room in reading newspapers. About noon the team arrived and I went with Margaret, and the boys Don and Almon, in brother Joseph's wagon over the river to Florence. We crossed the river on ice. We stayed all night and the next day until noon.


Wednesday 21st. [April 1858]  Last night John Therelkeld came up from St. Louis after his daughters Margaret and Mary Jane. Spent the day in conversation with Mr. Therelkeld and others and visiting about town.

 Sunday 25th. Several of the missionaries from England, Wales, etc., having arrived, I spent the day mostly visiting with them. Brother Therelkeld with Jane came down to Ellisdale.

 Monday 26th. This morning I arose about six o'clock and went below and found on the table two letters, one directed to me and the other to John Therelkeld, and the girls Margaret and Jane had gone. I notified Brother Therelkeld, their father, who slept in a room adjoining mine, who quickly arose and came down, read his letter and was very angry. He then read the one directed to me, they both being written by Margaret. He then wished me to assist him in finding the girls. I went with him about town, making inquiries but got no satisfaction and about noon called for paper and wrote a letter to Jane and left it with me and told me to give it to her if I ever got an opportunity. About 4 o'clock he went over the river with Brother Pyper to Florence.

Friday 7th. [May 1858]  Very warm and cloudy. My health very poor, doesn't seem to mean much. I spent the most part of the day in my room. Margaret and Mary Jane returned in the afternoon.

Tuesday 18th. [May 1858]  Clear in the morning. Margaret and myself went to Barton's and it began to rain about noon and Reuben brought us home in the buggy towards evening.


Thursday June 3rd. [1858]  Started on my way to Genoa, crossed over the river to Florence in company with Brother Goodwin and three sons, Bro. Holmes and one son, Bro. Saunders and Don Carlos Babbitt. We took Margaret Therelkeld to do our cooking, washing, etc.


Monday November 1st. [1858]  Went to dig my potatoes on the Beaver river. Margaret went to assist me, but it was very cold. Dug about 7 bushels and returned home late in the evening.


Friday 25th, [January 1859] Margaret left today to go to Florence and Crescent City.


Wednesday 9th, [March 1859]  stopped at home. My health very poor. Margaret came home towards evening.


Friday 25th, [March 1859]  went to the river again with Margaret to assist in picking oakum to caulk the boat. The Pawnee Indians, several hundred in number, crossed the river today. It was quite a large novelty to see them taking over their buffalo skin boats, the men, two or three in number, swimming ahead with lines towing the boats and the squaws hanging on behind with nothing but their heads out of the water, and that nearly as cold as could be without ice. It was amusing to see sometimes eight or ten of the boats on the stream at once and hear 50 to 60 voices, male and female, shouting as they plunged along through the cold water.


Sunday 11th, [September 1859]  no meeting in the forenoon. Stopped at home in the afternoon to let Margaret go.


Sunday the 29th. [February 1860]  Margaret went to meeting and I stopped at home myself.


Sunday 26th. [February 1860]  Stopped at home while Margaret went to meeting at Brother Huffs-- very warm. My health a little better though not able to labor.


Tuesday 28th. [February 1860]  Stopped in my room all day writing. Wrote two poems entitled Little Joseph's Grave and one for Margaret to send to her mother in England, also a letter to my family.


Sunday 4th. [March 1860]  Stopped at home all day while Margaret went to meeting, for we cannot both leave the home at the same time.


[April 21, 1860]

About eleven o'clock this morning one of the men told my hired man that the Marshall showed him a warrant for my arrest which he intended to execute on his return to my house. And from the questions that the Marshall asked him he supposed it was for employing Margaret as a housekeeper. I therefore conclude at once that my enemies at Genoa (who are constantly seeking my overthrow) have made complaint against me before the Grand Jury at Omaha, and they had found a bill against me for some crime, but what I cannot tell, for they have accused me of every crime murder not excepted. I know that I am guilty of enough, but most of the crimes of which I am accused, I am as innocent of as a child unborn. I therefore thought best to keep out of the way for awhile if I could, and see how the things would turn. If I am taken (my enemies are so determined on my ruin) I fear that I shall be robbed of everything that I profess in this country, even if I get clear of imprisonment. And then how shall I return to my family again if ever, my Heavenly Father only knows. . .

Monday 23rd. Started from the Cellar at day break and went back to the Island, very cold wind in the north. Suffered very much with cold, returned home after dark, and met Margaret some ways from the house who told me that the Marshall was there still, and that Joseph had a talk with him about arresting me and he told Joseph that he should not do it and gave his word and honor to that effect, and said that my enemies could not swear to enough for the Jury to find a bill against me but gave a warrant for my arrest provided the Marshall thought that I ought to be arrested. . .



Friday 15th. [June 1860]  Started late in the afternoon to go to Omaha and Florence in company with my son Nephi and Margaret to purchase a outfit for crossing the plains. Went 5 or 6 miles and capmed for the night.


Sunday 5th. [August 1860]  Started a little after breakfast on my journey across the plains with two wagons belonging to myself, one containing goods belonging to the hand carts and other companies gone before which I was freighting under contract with Brother G. O. Cannon, the other with goods, provisions, etc, belonging to myself. Nephi, Margaret and an old maid who was with us by the name of Mary Ellen I had charge also of another wagon sent out by my brother Joseph E. Johnson to take out the children of the late Sister Babbott and an old maiden lady by the name of Hannah Allen, sister to the above mentioned Mary with a young lady and child sent by my brother by the name of Eliza Sanders. We camped for the night a little above fort Kearny on the Platte River.


Thursday 11th. Went today with Sister Margaret Therekold to President Youngs office and had her sealed to my by the President. She was born in Carlish, England, July 21st, 1840.


Monday 17th. [December 1860]  Cold and Snowy. Started early to go south accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, and my two wives Janet and Margaret. Went about 20 miles and camped for the night.

Tuesday 25th. Christmas day very warm and fine weather. Took a walk in the morning with Janet and Margaret down the river to the falls. Spent the balance of the day and evening with Brothers and sisters in re creation.

Friday 28th. Went up to Grafton 5 miles above accompanied by Sixtus, Nephi, Janet, and Margaret and some others. Stopped at Brother Tinnys all night.

Saturday 29th. Went up the river 12 or 15 miles (leaving the women at Brother Tinnys) to explore the river and country. Found good bottom on the river for farming with a good deal of Cotton-wood and other timber. Camped for the night in the Canyon. The wind was high and cold through the night.


Saturday 12th. [January 1861]  Very cloudy and cold. Some clouds in doors as well as out, on account of some little jealousies among the women (which is apt to be the case when a new one comes into the family.) but I think they will soon disperse. How much more pleasant and beautiful is love and friendship than that old hag jealousy which the wise men say is more cruel than the grave.

              Pure friendship is the sight of life

              That makes  its pleasures  double.

               While envy, jealousy and strife

                Is all its source of trouble.

                               

              Remember these sweet words divine,

                 Of Christ our Elder Brother.

             "Except  you're one ye are not mine

                  Then love ye one another."



In June [1861] I went down to Virgin City accompanied by my wife Margaret and in company with my son Nephi and cleared fenced made the water ditches for and planted four acres of land to Sugar Cane, near the mouth of North Creek, and returned home in the fore part of July and soon commenced harvesting my wheat, and continued at various kinds of farm labors until some time in October when I moved my wife Margaret down to Virgin City and having obtained a good Cane mill from the States through the aid of my son Sixtus I went to work and made up my sugar cane into molasses.


My first child by my wife Margaret was born in Virgin city, Kane County, Utah, on the 23 of December 1861. at 11 o'clock, in the evening. We gave her the name of Esther Ellis after the name of my mothers mother.


January 5th, 1863. I moved my wife Margaret up to my place on North Creek, while my wife Susan went down and stopped in my house in Virgin City. I then hired hands and went to work at the mill in good earnest and had it completed and running in the spring and in September I went with my wives Susan and Margaret to Salt Lake City and attended the October Conference, and had Margaret sealed to me in the endowment house. Across the Alter Brother Wilford Woodruff officiated,


August 17, 1865. My second child, Mary Elizabeth, by my wife Margaret was born between 11 and 12 o'clock in the morning at my mill place near Mountain Dell, Kane County, Utah.


December 1, 1866. My third child by wife Margaret, Joseph Hills, was born about 1 o'clock in the morning at Virgin City.


July 6, 1868. This day myself and three wives attended the celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the departure of the remnant of the Saints that were left at Kirtland in the Kirtland camp which occurred on the sixth of July 1838. The Celebration took place in the Hall at St. George, the hall was densely crowded with saints from the different settlements, many of the old members of the camp were present. Some of which made short but appropriate and energetic speeches upon the subjects of the persecution of the Saints, their expulsion from Ohio, their journey through the states and arrival at Farr West in the fall of 1838, when the saints were finally being expelled from Missouri, etc.

A little after twelve o'clock the whole assembly partook of an excellent dinner prepared mostly by the old members of the camp, after dinner they all prepared to another apartment where dancing and singing and speech making were kept up until about 12 or one o'clock at night when all dispersed to their home.


In the fall [1868] I built two more cabins and moved my other wives Susan and Margaret over from Virgin City.


On the 16th of April 1869 Ezekiel, my fourth child by Margaret was born about three o'clock in the evening at Bellevue, Kane County, Utah.


June 22nd, 1870. Myself with three wives, Susan, Janet, and Margaret and my son James with two teams started for Salt Lake City and arrived at the City on the second day of July and stopped at my brother William D. Johnson's.

July 7th. Myself and three wives all went to the endowment house and received our second anointing under the hand of President Daniel H. Wells.

July 11th. Myself and Margaret started for home and arrived July 23 and found those of my family there all well, but the water was mostly dried up so that our crops was very poor this season.

Almera W., my fifth child by my wife Margaret was born October 25, 1871, at 11 o'clock in the evening at Bellevue.

January 1873

TO MY WIFE MARGARET

    Oh, Maggie my dear one thou wife of old age

       More precious thy kindness to me

   That friendship of kingdoms, of princes, or sages

      Or thousands in treasures could be.

               

   We met among strangers where friends were but few

       I asked you to stand by my side

    You promised forever, with love firm and true

      And soon you became my dear bride.

               

     When sickness and sorrow attended my way

       And enemies sought for my life

    They kindest attention and love was my stay

       As that of true faithful wife.

               

    The blessing of Heaven thy path shall attend

       And cause all thy sorrows to flee

    And never be lacking a true faithful friend

        Because of thy kindness to me.


[April 1873]

               

            TO MY WIVES

      Oh, Susie dear, with love and cheer

         May all with thee be well

      My love for thee, while true to me,

        This tongue can never tell.

               

       And Jennie, love, Can I reprove

          Or say thou are untrue

     With love like mine, and virtue thine,

           I always shall say no.

               

       And Maggie, too, my love for you

          I cannot now express

      While thou to me shall faithful be,

        I shall thee love and bless.

               

     Should each prove true their work to do

        Like true and faithful wives

      Then all shall share, my love and care

        With crown of endless l lives.


April 9, 1874. This day my sixth child of my wife Margaret was born at a quarter past ten o'clock in the evening, being her third son. 17th. Today I blessed my little son, it being the eighth day since he was born and called his name Jeremiah, it being given by inspiration several months before he was born.

March 23rd, 1876. Today being my 74th birthday, I expected all my sons and many others of my family to meet at my house to celebrate the occasions by coming to a better understanding of and assisting to perfect the order of the sons of Joel, but was very disappointed for only David, Joel, and Almon of my sons were there with Henry Martineau, my grandson. David's and Henry's wives with Anna Hilton my granddaughter and Nancy Riggs my niece were present. There were all except my two wives Janet and Margaret with their children. We had no records of the last meeting, therefore done no business. After dinner we all met together and I gave them a lecture on various subjects, appertaining to a common course off conduct and family matters. We had a good time although but few were present. In the evening I gave a fathers blessing to my oldest daughter, Sariah and also to Anna Hilton, my granddaughter, and to Almon B., my youngest son by my wife Susan.

April 6th. Today my seventh child by my wife Margaret was born at half past five o'clock in the morning, a daughter.

April 17, 1876. Today I blessed my little daughter and gave her the name of Margaret Hannah.

           God bless her forever

         And shield her from strife

         His spirit too! give her

         To guide her through life.

Tuesday 25th. [March 1878] Today my eight child by my wife Margaret was born at four o'clock in the morning, a son.

April 2nd. Today I blessed my little son and named him Amos Partridge. Amos after the old Prophet Amos.

          And still another pet lamb

          Is added to our fold

       Who shall be priest and prophet

          As Amos was of old

        Whose name we freely give him

          And unto his restore

       The priesthood power and mantle

        That ancient prophets were.


March 24th. [1879] Started with my wife Margaret and child and little son Ezekiel to go to Hillsdale. Stopped with Brother Allen at Kanarrah overnight. Next day went to Parowan and stopped with my sister. Next day went to Panguitch and stopped with Alma Barney and on the 27th arrived in Hillsdale about noon. Preached in the evening to the people who gave good attention. Next day looked about some to see some to see what I had better do. For I had understood that Brother Taylor had finally left the matter of my Arizona mission to Brother Snow who decided that I had pioneered enough and was too old to make a new settlement in the new country. He counseled me if I wished to leave Bellevue to Hillsdale and build a flouring mill.

Esther Ellis Johnson


My first child by my wife Margaret was born in Virgin city, Kane County, Utah, on the 23 of December 1861. at 11 o'clock, in the evening. We gave her the name of Esther Ellis after the name of my mothers mother.


March 27th, 1877. Today at 12 o'clock, Mary Elizabeth, my second daughter by my wife Margaret died .

At Mary's death, Esther was sick nigh unto death with the same disease and had been all through her sickness. Several of the other children also were sick, and my health was very poor indeed.

December 26, 1877. Today my oldest daughter by my wife Margaret was married to Samuel Orton in the Temple at St. George.

    God bless them forever with long life and peace

   Like Abraham's seed may their offspring increase.


March 16, 1879. Started in company with my wives Susan and Janet and daughter Esther with my son David and family to go to St. George to do some Temple Work for ourselves and dead. Drove to Harrisburg and camped for the night. Next day arrived at St. George.

March 18th. Commenced work in the Temple. I received endowments in behalf of my father. We labored in the Temple for ourselves and dead until Friday afternoon and returned home.

Mary Elizabeth Johnson


August 17, 1865. My second child, Mary Elizabeth, by my wife Margaret was born between 11 and 12 o'clock in the morning at my mill place near Mountain Dell, Kane County, Utah.


June 5th, 1873. Started to go to Hillsdale with my little girl Mary, arrived at Parowan on the 6th about noon.


August 17th. [1873] Today, I baptized and confirmed my second daughter by my wife Margaret (Mary Elizabeth), being nine years old today. I also wrote the following short poem entitled:

                

             THE GEM

        There is a precious treasure,

          Its value never told.

        That all may own at pleasure,

         Yet never bought or sold.

               

       This jewel too, will make you,

        A true and faithful friend.

        And never will forsake you,

         In time, or at its end.

               

         Will never brook denial,

         Of what is just and tie.

         And every story and trial,

        Will bring you safely through.

               

        While all in every station,

        In childhood, age, and youth.

        Through it may gain salvation,

        This precious gem, is truth.


March 27th, 1877. Today at 12 o'clock, Mary Elizabeth, my second daughter by my wife Margaret died aged twelve years, seven months and ten days, being born on the 16th of August, 1864. She was a faithful, dutiful, loving, and affectionate child and faithful saint and was far the best scholar I ever had in my family of her age.

       The morn was bright but all was dark

      For grief and tears filled every eye

     The shaft of death had pierced its mark

       And sundered many a kindred tie.

               

      For there she lay our dearest friend

       Our daughter in the bloom of life

       Her toils and cares all at an end

      And she beyond this world of strife.

               

      Our child whose sun did rise so clear

       Hath set in darkness ere the noon

       Her care and love so kind and ear

      Has passed away! that heavenly boon.

At Mary's death, Esther was sick nigh unto death with the same disease and had been all through her sickness. Several of the other children also were sick, and my health was very poor indeed. We had no family gathering on my birthday, therefore, done no business in regard to the order of the sons of Joel.

April 15th, 1877. My health continues very poor. Not able to do any business of consequence and we all feel very lonesome and sad on account of Mary's death.

Joseph Hills Johnson


December 1, 1866. My third child by wife Margaret, Joseph Hills, was born about 1 o'clock in the morning at Virgin City.


December 1, 1874. Today I baptized and confirmed my little son Joseph Hills he being eight years old today. He is to become a printer and publisher not only of my book but many others brought forth by the Saints of the last day, and is to become a great man in Israel by publishing the Gospel to many people. The Lord bless him forever.


March 12th. [1880] Yesterday was a very fine, warm day, and I sent Joseph and Ezekiel to Parowan for flour, and last night there came up a storm from the North, and it has been very stormy with snow and high wind all day. hope the boys will return safe.

 March 15th. The boys returned today about noon having suffered much with cold.

Ezekiel Johnson


On the 16th of April 1869 Ezekiel, my fourth child by Margaret was born about three o'clock in the evening at Bellevue, Kane County, Utah.


March 24th. [1879]Started with my wife Margaret and child and little son Ezekiel to go to Hillsdale. Stopped with Brother Allen at Kanarrah overnight. Next day went to Parowan and stopped with my sister. Next day went to Panguitch and stopped with Alma Barney and on the 27th arrived in Hillsdale about noon. Preached in the evening to the people who gave good attention. Next day looked about some to see some to see what I had better do. For I had understood that Brother Taylor had finally left the matter of my Arizona mission to Brother Snow who decided that I had pioneered enough and was too old to make a new settlement in the new country. He counseled me if I wished to leave Bellevue to Hillsdale and build a flouring mill.


June 5th, 1879. Started for Hillsdale in company with my little son Ezekiel, who drove my carriage and also with my son in law David Frederick who drove a team for me loaded with dried fruit and dry goods which I took over to pay for work on the mill. But when I came there I was told by my son Seth that on account of the extreme drought at Johnson and vicinity, President Snow had released my son Sixtus from the office of Bishop at Johnson and advised him to move his flocks of sheep, goats, and cattle into Arizona and told him that I had better go with him if I still wanted to go. I then drove over to Johnson to see my son Sixtus on the subject, and consulting with him on the subject, I concluded to give up mill building and moving to Hillsdale and go to Arizona with my son Seth to sell for me and preached to the people on Sunday June 15th and found that there was no water within three or four miles of the place only what was hauled from Toquerville. With fruit trees and vegetables of every kind all drying up and dying.


March 12th. [1880] Yesterday was a very fine, warm day, and I sent Joseph and Ezekiel to Parowan for flour, and last night there came up a storm from the North, and it has been very stormy with snow and high wind all day. hope the boys will return safe.

 March 15th. The boys returned today about noon having suffered much with cold.


October 17, 1881, today myself, wife Janet and son Ezekiel started to go to Bellevue; went to Kanab and stopped for the night.

18th of October, today my son Nephi joined me and we went to Cedar Ridge and camped for the night.

On the 19th we went to Virgin City and stopped all night with my daughter Sariah.

Almera Woodard Johnson

Almera W., my fifth child by my wife Margaret was born October 25, 1871, at 11 o'clock in the evening at Bellevue.

August 27th.[1874] Today I wrote the following little poem entitled.

               ALMERA

       Through the orchard flies Almera

        Little maiden with light hair

       Gathering apples with ripe peaches

       That are falling here and there.

     Searching grapes and flowers in garden

        Laughing in her childish glee

       Teasing all her little playmates

         Who so full of joy as she.

               

       Three times has the vintage fruited

        Since she came into our cot

       When our hearts all made joyful

       That her care should be our lot.

        May the Holy Spirit guide here

        That it may with her be well

         Until she returns to glory

       When she came with us to dwell.


May 24th. [1880]  Appointed a family meeting at my house today to instruct my family a little and to baptize my little daughter Almera Woodard Johnson. Who should have been baptized last summer, but the water all dried up so that there was no place for baptizing. I gave an invitation for all to come who wished. Quite a number came to meeting with several other children to be baptized. Brother Samuel Gould went into the water and baptized them, being five in number, after which we had meeting and confirmed them. Brother Gould gave the children very good and timely council. I then spoke to all and gave them good instruction. We had a good time.

Jeremiah Johnson


April 9, 1874. This day my sixth child of my wife Margaret was born at a quarter past ten o'clock in the evening, being her third son. 17th. Today I blessed my little son, it being the eighth day since he was born and called his name Jeremiah, it being given by inspiration several months before he was born.


August 28th. 1874

          TO OUR LITTLE JEREMIAH

               

          Another little darling

         Is sent to us from heaven

          His name is Jeremiah

          By inspiration given.

               

         The holy spirit whispered

         Ere we his face did see

        To name and bless a stranger

         A prophet he shall be.

               

         To share the holy mantle

         Of him whose name he takes

        Like him to give the message

          To whom Jehovah speaks.

               

        Oh then, our little darling

        With wisdom, love and grace

        Our father will sustain you

        And help you fill your place.


February 11th, 1879. On the 30th of January six days after my return from Johnson, my little son Jeremiah was taken sick with Diphtheria and died on the eighth of February. Aged four years and ten months lacking one day. While sick he often called for his father to bless him, which I did. I often went by myself in secret prayer in his behalf, but could get no testimony that he would recover, and when I saw that he was to be taken from me, I asked the Lord what I should do with the promise he made me before he was born. When he told me to go bless him and give him the name of Jeremiah and ordain him a Prophet, and thus came the answer "Go and ordain him a High Priest and anoint him a King and Priest to God, He is still able to give his word to the nations and assist to gather his elect from the four winds of the earth." So I saw at once that the Lord was taking all the purest spirits back again behind the veil to place them in a school directed by the Prophets and the spirits of just men made perfect, to prepare them for the great work still before them. They come to take tabernacles and are taken away again because they cannot be trained up unto the Lord, where hypocrisy, profanity and other wickedness is practiced among those who profess to be saints.

     Father save the pure in heart from all evil

   While the wicked have their part, with the Devil.


February 23, 1879

OUR LOVED ONES DEAD

               

          How quietly they sleep

         Where nothing can molest

     Their eyes with tears no more can weep

         So perfect is their rest.

               

         They never more can know

        The grief they used to share

       Their ears are deaf to every woe

         That mortals have to bear.

               

       Their tongues and lips a re still

         And cannot move again

      Where once their kisses gave a thrill

       There's naught but grief and pain.

               

        But soon from out yon cloud

        That then will wrap the skies

      Will Michael call both long and loud

         And bid our dead arise.

               

         Their forms divinely fair

        Will leap forth from the tomb

     To meet their friends where e'er they are

         All in immortal bloom.

Margaret Hannah Johnson


April 6th. Today my seventh child by my wife Margaret was born at half past five o'clock in the morning, a daughter.

April 17, 1876. Today I bless my little daughter and gave her the name of Margaret Hannah.

           God bless her forever

         And shield her from strife

         His spirit too! give her

             To guide her through life.

Amos Partridge Johnson

Tuesday 25th. [878] Today my eight child by my wife Margaret was born at four o'clock in the morning, a son.

April 2nd. Today I blessed my little son and named him Amos Partridge. Amos after the old Prophet Amos.

          And still another pet lamb

          Is added to our fold

       Who shall be priest and prophet

          As Amos was of old

        Whose name we freely give him

          And unto his restore

       The priesthood power and mantle

        That ancient prophets were.

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