Frances Alveretta (Alfaretta) Oviatt's Wagon Train Birth Story
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Frances Alveretta (Alfaretta) Oviatt was born August 18, 1851 with a half day ride to Fort Larmie Wyoming. Frances hadn't been expected until journey's end at Salt Lake. However, Francis's mother, Mary Jane Whitlock jumped out of their wagon and threw her apron up in the faces of stampeding oxen, which had been frightened by the Indians, to save an elderly lady by name of Grandma Albridge from a certain fall. This act of bravery caused her to begin labor early.
Mary Jane's husband John Franklin Oviatt made camp and while he was making tea over the campfire for his wife, a large number of hostile Indians approached. They watched him hand the tea to his wife and one of the Indians asked, "Squaw sick?" Then John answered, "Yes, Squaw heap sick, maybe so die, got Smallpox!" This was quick thinking on John's part since the Indians had been dying of smallpox. The Indians then left quickly, leaving John and his wife, Mary Jane and new baby daughter, Frances Averetta, unmolested. John and family a day at Fort Larmie and then they continued their journey on to Salt Lake where they joined the rest of their family.
John and Mary Jane made their home in Farmington, Utah. Francis Alveretta lived there with her parents until she married James Robertson Sharp Jr. Then she and her husband moved to Salt Lake. One the 3rd of May 1877, her first child, a son, James Ray Sharp Jr. was born. This child was blessed by Brigham Young. Then they moved to Preston, Idaho where their second child, a girl, Mary Jane was born October 2, 1879. When Mary Jane was 8 months old, they moved to Goose Creek, Idaho. At Goose Creek another daughter was born but only lived to be named and blessed (possibly stillborn).
Seven year after they moved to Goose Creek, Idaho was made a State and Goose Creek was know as Oakley, Idaho. Francis lived in Oakley until she passed away on May 16, 1912. Her husband passed away in Blackfoot, Idaho in 1901.
Written by Zera Diane Griffith Ekins Rees (Frances Alveretta's Great Granddaughter)