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(I found this document in a stack of Family History papers)
Elijah Goulding was born Oct. 16, 1855 at Sidney [Sydney], New South Wales, Australia, a son of Daniel and Elizabeth Maryfield Pratten Goulding. When he was 10 years old his parents joined the LDS Church and came to America. They landed in California about 1864 after a sea voyage of 41 days. When they landed, their money was gone and it was necessary for him, his father, and his 14-year old brother to find work as soon as possible. In Wales his father and brother had worked in the coal mines and Elijah worked as a chore boy to carry after and lunches to the miners. So here in California they sought the only work they knew but here Elijah, only 11 years old, worked inside the mines too.
At the end of three years they were called to the Muddy Mission in Nevada where they spent some time and then they came to Pine Valley, Utah, near St. George, and stayed there for a few years. During this time three more children were born to the family, to make a total of 9.
Elijah’s Mother had a sister who joined the church after his family left Wales and she came to America. When she reached Utah Elijah’s father met her in Salt Lake and she became his second wife. They were still living in Pine Valley at this time.
They milked cows and made butter and cheese and in the fall they took their produce to Northern Utah and traded for things which they were unable to raise.
Elijah’s father was a very stern man. He ruled his children with an iron hand and a whip they called a cat of nine tails.
In the fall after Aunt Fanny, the second wife, came to live with them, Elijah’s father and mother took the produce to the market and left Aunt Fanny to care for the children. While they were gone, Elijah left home due to a misunderstanding with his father. This was in the fall of 1871 when Elijah was about 16 years old and he never saw his father again. He went into Arizona and Nevada working around mining camps.
His parents moved to Pleasant Grove after he left home and then were sent to settle Henrieville in Garfield County, Utah.
About the year 1875 Elijah lost track of his parents and he went from place to place wherever he could find work. He helped drive large herds of cattle from Texas to Montana and from there to shipping points at Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri. He herded cattle in Wyoming, farmed in Minnesota, worked as a lumberjack and herded cattle in the Dakota’s and Montana. During his wandering he was separated from the church and never was an active member.
On one of his trips to Montana he met Margaret Van Dorn, daughter of one of Montana’s earliest settlers, Hezekiah and Caroline Virginia Duncan Van dorn (about 1888). About two years later he made another trip to Montana and at this time he married Margaret. They lived on her father’s farm about 7 miles from Missoula, Montana, at a place called Miller Creek. While living there, five children were born to them: Charles Hezekiah, Fern Ora, Caroline Evelyn, a boy stillborn, unnamed, and Laura Edna.
They left Montana in 1901 in the spring and moved to Salmon City, Idaho. While at Salmon City he freighted back to Redrock, Montana, with horses and wagons. Two more sons were born to the family at Salmon City; Elijah George, 1902, and Morris Grant, 1903. At the age of 10 months Morris died with pneumonia and was buried at Salmon City. The family then moved to Gilmore mining camps where he hauled ore to the railroad at Dubois, Idaho and supplies back to the mines.
It became necessary to move to Dubois to put the children in school at the start of the school year. The son George took sick before they left Gilmore and died soon after the move to Dubois. He was buried there. On January 30, 1905, another son, Ernest Griffin, was born to the family at Dubois, Idaho.
On March 12, 1906, there was a fire in the business part of town which was only a block from Elijah’s home. A store and hotel burned and all the people in that part of town had to leave their homes. There was snow on the ground and it was very cold. Elijah had to take his family about a half a mile through the snow and his wife caught cold. She died April 6, 1906, with pneumonia and was buried at Dubois.
Elijah was left with five children but he managed to keep them together. After the death of his wife he filed on a homestead (dry farm) tow miles south of Dubois, where he lived with his children. He continued his freighting and did some farming to earn his living.
About 1908 or 1909, he married again, a widow named Harriet Bowers, from England. It was not a successful marriage; during a quarrel over the marriage he shot a man in self defense and killed him. Elijah was shot in the hand.
While Elijah was awaiting his trial at S. Anthony, Idaho, two of his brothers who had farms near St. Anthony saw his name in the paper and went to investigate. They found that he was the brother who had left some so many years ago and also that he looked very much like his father. The brothers who found him were William (Uncle Billy), and Evan (Uncle Ev), sons of his father’s second wife (his father had two wives living at the time). They contacted another brother, Joseph, who was Elijah’s full brother and a lawyer in Panguitch, Utah. Uncle Evan and Uncle Joe came from St. Anthony to Dubois to see his family. When his trail came up, Uncle Joe, who was a good lawyer, defended him and he was acquitted. He brought his family to Henrieville, Utah, where, on Oct 8 1911, he was reunited with his Mother. She and Aunt Fanny, Daniel’s second wife, had lived at Henrieville for some time. Daniel had been dead for several years.
It was 40 years and 8 days from the time he left home until the time he returned.
The family lived at Henrieville for a time, and then Elijah took a homestead in John’s VAlley near Pine Lake. They lived there for several years before Elijah came to Alton to haul logs for the Campbell sawmill near Alton. He held this job until just a few years before his death.
He died at Alton on January 2, 1940, at the age of 84 and was buried there January 4.