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Myron Abbott an Enduring Legagy Immigrant Pioneers

Myron Abbott an Enduring Legagy Immigrant Pioneers

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1(Utah State University Special Collections Library, 979.208, D265, No. 423)AN ENDURING LEGAGY IMMIGRANT PIONEERSMyron AbbottMyron Abbott was born 2 December 1837 in a log house at Perry, Pike County,
Illinois. His parents, Joseph Stephen Abigail Smi
th Abbott were young pioneers,
h
aving arrived in Illinois less than a year before Myron
s birth. They had bought aquarter section of land from the government, built a log
house and
proceeded to
make a living for their rapidly growing family.
 
Myron was
the sixth child of Stephen and Abigail Abbott.
 
Emily, their oldestchild was ten at the time of Myron
s birth
and was
followed at two-year intervals by Charilla, Phoebe,
Lydia Lucina
, and Abiel. Myron was followed by two moresisters: Cynthia born in 1839 and Abigail born in 1842.Concerning Myron
s birth, Abigail records the following: "On the first day of December 1837 our son, Myron, was born, a promising child. My daughter 
s wentout in the garden and foun
d a beautiful rose although the season for that
flower was long
 past. I took it as an omen of promise and rejoiced. There is
nothingunusual or strange in this, for a mother, but after many
years when it became
known that through him alone descended
his father 
s name, the incident
may beworthy of pres
ervation.As enthusiastic converts to Mormonism, Stephen and Abigail moved to Nauvooin 1842. Their family now included eight
children; Myron was five years ol
d. Thefamily had been in Nauvoo about a year when on October 1
9, 1843, Myron
sfather died sud
denly of pneumonia, leaving his young wife and children.
The Prophet Joseph Smith
spoke at Stephen
s funeral, giv
ing comfort and hope tothe grief 
stricken widow. Abigail later 
recorded that she planted some morningglories on his grave and
left him there to rest. The location of Stephen
s grave isnot
known at this time but a memorial
to him and Abigail is located
at Abigail
s
grave in Willard, Utah.The following years were challenging to the Abbott family.
While sickness and poverty were rampant in Na
uvoo,
Abigail and
her family had, perhaps, more
than
their share. Myron said that many times they lay prostrate on their beds of sickness with fever and ague and not one of them able to help the other. Manyyears later he wrote of this period:
One morning
we arose fro
m our beds without
one thing
in the house to eat. My mothe
r called her children around
her and we allknelt down and
called upon the Lord to help in that trying hour. Alt
hough she
always prayed in her 
family, this was a time long to be remember 
ed. After  praying, my mother and I went forth to work in the garden to
 plant a few seeds. I
found a dime t
hat had been lost in a pile
of straw that lay on the garden spot. The
 
2
day before we had
set fire to it and it had burnt over and the ashes blew off andleft the money uncovered. When I showed Mother what I
had found how her poor 
heart leaped with joy. She exclaimed, "Now we can have something to eat." Thusmy poor mother 
s prayers were heard and answered. I will here say we had one
cow that gave us a li
ttle milk. We sent and got about fifteen pounds of flour withthe dime and had a little thickened milk and you cannot imagine how much
rejoicing there was in our family.
 Several years of religious persecution culminated with the martyrdom of theProphet
Joseph Smith, and the expulsion of the Mormons from Nauvoo. Under 
constant harassment from enemies, Abigail was forced to sell her home andtwenty acres of fenced farm land for ten dollars or nothing. Abigail chose the ten
dollars and then with her little
family fled across the Mississippi River to Iowa.
From the west side of the Mississippi, nine
-
year 
-old Myron witnessed the burningof Nauvoo and the destruction of all their earthly possessions.In Iowa, they lived in an abandoned schoolhouse, sharing it with another familly by the name of Wilson. It was here that Myron
s oldest sister, Emily, now a
l
ovely young lady of nineteen
years, married Edward Bunker 
, who was to becomea dominat
ing influence throughout Myron
s life.
 Step by step the Abbott family
moved across the plains
as a
 part of the Mormonexodus. From the banks of the Mississippi
they moved to Garden Grove, CouncilBluffs, Winter Quarters
and Mosquito Creek, experiencing the almostunbelievable
 
hardships that accompanied the
 poor of Zion."
 In understanding the future events of Myron
s life, it is important to remember 
that polygamy was a sacred doctrine of 
the Mormon religion. Before leaving
 Nauvoo, his mother Abigail
was married "for time" to Captain James Brown, a
close friend of 
her husband. Tradition relates the friends had agreed that in theevent one of them should die, t
he other would marry his widow and care for her and the children. Captain Brown already had a
 
large family and other dependents.He also had
church responsi
 bilities and
was an importa
nt figure during the
Mormon Bat
talion epoch. Nevertheless, he did all he could to help Abigail
reachthe Great Salt Lake Valley. Abigail, in return, was valiant
in being of service to
his wife and family in times of need.Abigail and her ch
ildren arrived in Salt Lake City in the
 
fall of 1848 and moved
immediately to Ogden. Captain Brown provided Abigail with ten acres of land inthe area of what is now Washington Avenue. They built a three
room log housewith a
dirt roof Abigail later record
ed, "We praised God for giving us
this beautiful and peaceful valley in the mountains of Utah.
For the next ten years Myron grew up in the Ogden area.
Little is recorded of this
 period except that Myron was taught by
his mother to read and write and "fact
or."
He learned to work hard and excelled in almost every pioneer skill. He was taught

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