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The History of WILLIAM FLINT by Fidella Flint Jacobs

The History of WILLIAM FLINT by Fidella Flint Jacobs

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The History of WILLIAM FLINTWritten byFidella Flint JacobsCHAPTER 1BIRTH --- LINEAGEI have been requested by Sister Susa Y. Gates, daughter of Brigham Young,to give a history of myself and family for the benefit of my posterity inasmuch as Iam a daughter of two of the very first pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley. Iam now 75 years of age and an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple, which position I have held for the past nine years.My father, William Flint, was born January 28, 1814, in Spafford, OnondagoCounty, New York; his father, Josiah Flint, was born August 21, 1784, inWindham, Shafford County, Conn.; his father, Luke Flint, was born December 20,1752, Hampton, Conn.My father embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in hisnative state in 1847, and was baptized by William Hyde that same year. He presided over a branch of the church there until he started for the RockyMountains, May 26, 1848.Joseph F. Smith's mother's team was driven by my father from Elk Horn, 18miles west of Winter Quarters, to the three forks of the Sweet Water River; he,with Elder George Terry, was then sent back to help other emigrants to the valley;arriving here with companies of President Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball,September 26, 1848.My mother, Mary Jane Flint (whose name previous to her marriage wasGoodridge, daughter of Penelope and Benjamin Goodridge) was born June 11,1825 in Lunningberg, Mass. She, with her father, mother, one brother and sixsisters, left for the Rocky Mountains May 21, 1850. They left with the WilfordWoodruff Company, which was divided into smaller companies of tens, fifties, andhundreds, with a captain over each. Their company was under the command of Leonard W. Hardy, who later married three of mother's sisters. On July 10, 1850,
 
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they reached the Platt River where my mother, her father and brother George were baptized by Wilford Woodruff. The other members of the family had previously been baptized. I have often heard my mother tell of the many trials and hardshipsthey went through while crossing the plains and of her experiences while drivingan ox team across the plains. There were quite a number of deaths. On the 9th of July, four women died; namely, Lucy Johnson, Matilda Hardy, a Sister Snow, andEmily Huntington.On the 15th of July, a severe storm arose and a Brother Ridge and his oxenwere killed by lightning. Stampedes of oxen teams was very common. The teamsconsisted of from two to five yoke of oxen to one wagon, and in a stampede, therewould often be from thirty to forty teams running in all directions; knowing thateverything that happened to be in their way would be smocked down.Wilford Woodruff ran in the midst of one of these stampedes and rescued hiswife, Emma, and others who happened to be caught in it. At another time, PrescottHardy was injured in the arm and thigh, and many others were also injured at thistime. After many other hardships, breakdowns, and delays, their company arrivedin the valley October 14, 1850.On December 24 of the same year, my mother married William Flint, havingknown him only three weeks. When he asked her to marry him, she said,- "Why, Idon't know anything about you." He asked her to see Brother Heber C. Kimball,which she did, and Brother Kimball told her she would do well to get such a fineman for a husband.Brother Kimball performed the marriage ceremony at the home of her mother. From this union, eight children were born; namely, Sarah Jane P., bornOctober 20, 1851, at Farmington, Davis County, Utah, died in Salt Lake City,January 10, 1886 of pneumonia; Valeria Ann, born January 4, 1853 in Farmington,Davis County, Utah, died January 1, 1930 of pneumonia; William Lenard Flint, born March 24, 1854 (Still 1iving); Fidella L. born October 21, 1856, inFarmington, Davis County, Utah, (still living); Abel Josiah, born January 22, 1859,Salt Lake City, Utah, died December 9, 1908; Harriett Rosella, born January 22,1861, Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, died January 16, 1923; George Martin, born
 
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January 22, 1864, Salt Lake City, killed in an accident November 28, 1908; SophiaLois, born November 22, 1866, Salt Lake City, Utah, (still living).CHAPTER IICHILDHOOD - GIRLHOODAs I have mentioned before, I was born at Farmington October 21, 1856. Iwas blessed by my father when eight days old. My father was a member of Lieutenant David H. Well's Company of the Nauvoo Legion; the name by whichthe militia was known. Hearing that Johnson¶s army was coming, they establishedheadquarters at the Narrows in Echo Canyon. These companies was small innumber, but through camouflage were made to look like a great army.President Brigham Young said "They say that the coming of this army islegal, and I say it is not. I am not going to permit these troops to drive us from thelands we possess. I am sworn, if driven to extremity, to utterly lay waste this landin the name of Israel¶s God and our enemies shall find it as barren as when wecame here."Thirty thousand people were ready to leave their homes, so dearly earned,and travel southward with guards left to burn them if the hostile army shouldinvade their land. The roads everywhere were filled with wagons loaded with provisions and household furniture. The women and children were often withoutshoes and proper clothing. My mother and family were among this number. I wasthen a babe of sixteen months.The army entered Salt Lake Valley, June 26, 1858, and true to their pledgegiven to President Brigham Young, preserved excellent order and marched toCedar Valley, thirty-six miles west of Salt Lake, where they founded Camp Floydand remained there until 1860. The Famine of 1856 left the people about destitute, but the establishment of this camp was a financial blessing to the people. At thattime, over four million dollars worth of merchandise was sold to dealers for aboutone hundred thousand dollars.Early in July, 1858, President Young and Mormon leaders returned to their homes and were later followed by the whole community, who came back to re-

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