Hugh Findlay

9 Jun 1822 - 1 Mar 1900

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9 Jun 1822 - 1 Mar 1900
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Life of Hugh Findlay (Prepared by his son, Bishop Alma Findlay). 'Hugh Findlay was born the 9th of June, 1822 at New Mins, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were James Findlay and Mary McPherson. He was baptized in Dundee, Scotland the 1st of July, 1844 and married Isabella Ratray in Scotland about 18

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Hugh Findlay

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Fish Haven Cemetery

Harrup Rd
Bear Lake, Bear Lake, Idaho
United States

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Member of Willy Handcart Co.
Husbands: James Findlay, Daniel Ross, John McIntosh

Missionary to India 1852-1855 Scotland 1878-1880
Wives Abella Ratray Mar 1,1821-Feb 21, 1847 Buried in Scotland
Catherine Ann Partington Feb. 11, 1833 - Oct. 3, 1903
Mary Ellen Smith Mar. 8 1841 - July 6, 1933 Buried Paris, ID
Ane Marie Dorthea Nelson Mar. 23, 1843 - June 1872, Mary McPherson Findlay Member of Willie Handcart CO. Husbands: James Findlay, Daniel Ross, John McIntosh

Hugh Findlay Missionary to India 1852-1855 Scotland 1878-1880 Wives" Isabella Ratray Buried in Scotland, Catherine Ann Partington, Mary Ellen Smith Buried in Paris, ID, Ane Marie Dorthea Nelson
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Life of Hugh Findlay by son, Alma Findlay, Sr

Contributor: pyton Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Life of Hugh Findlay (Prepared by his son, Bishop Alma Findlay). "Hugh Findlay was born the 9th of June, 1822 at New Mins, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were James Findlay and Mary McPherson. He was baptized in Dundee, Scotland the 1st of July, 1844 and married Isabella Ratray in Scotland about 1844. Their first child was James Findlay, born in 1845 and died in 1847. The second child was Ephraim, who was born in 1847 and died in 1848. The mother died in 1847. Elder Findlay's first mission for the L.D.S. Church occupied nine years, commencing at England and Scotland. From here he went south around the Cape of Good Hope up to the Indian Ocean into India, arriving at Poona, India from Bombay, India; as the first Latter Day Saint missionary; Sunday, June 27, 1852. He labored here...until the 15th of February 1855; when he and a few Saints left Bombay, homeward bound via China, arriving in San Francisco the same year. He went to San Bernardino and from here he crossed the desert into Milford and from there into Salt Lake City...." In 1878 he was called to fill another mission: this time open the mission on the Shetland Islands. While here, President Budge called him to preside over the Scotch mission. He had no money with which to pay his steamboat passage to Scotland, but, true to his unwavering faith, he packed his suitcase, ready to obey, and walked toward the wharf where he was to sail. As he passed the Post Office he asked for his mail and received a letter from a strange lady who wrote him of her interest in articles he had written for the Millennial Star and enclosed for him a five pound note which was equal to about twenty five dollars in our money. In 1915, his son, Bishop (Alma) Findlay related this incident in Boise, Idaho (while serving in the Idaho State Legislature) stating that his father did not know the lady who had sent the letter and money. Brother Peter G. Johnson was present and said, 'That was my mother who sent the letter and money.' Elder Findlay went to Scotland and presided until he was released to come home in 1880. While in Scotland this time he copied or had someone copy about three thousand names from Scotish records, five hundred and fifty of which we are now being baptized for in this, the Logan Temple today and Monday. (Bear Lake Stake Junior Temple Mission, June 13, 15, and 20, 1931.) In Bear Lake Stake, Brother Findlay faithfully honored every call make of him and was a member of the High Council, President of the High Priests, and a Patriarch. In the latter office he was active until his death. OCCUPATION: Match Maker

Trail Excerpts

Contributor: pyton Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

Source of Trail Excerpt: "Arrivals," Deseret News [Weekly], 5 Dec. 1855, 309. Elder Amasa Lyman arrived from San Bernardino on Saturday the 1st inst., in company with Elder Burr Frost, returning from a mission in Australia, Elders William Fotheringham and Hugh Findlay from the East Indies, and several others whose names we have not learned. Source of Trail Excerpt: Allred, Reddin Alexander, Journal 1855 Mar.-1863 Mar The 1855 trip from San Bernardino to Salt Lake during Hugh Findlay's trip to Salt lake following his mission in India. Thurs. 22nd.(November, 1855) We went to Parowan. I road the mule & Bro. Findlay road the mare Mond. 26th. Bro. Fartheringham road ahead to Fil[l]more to procure feed for the animels. I went to the President, as was always my course, and told him that some returning Missionaries including Elder Lyman would be in, & they wish to stop over night, but we had no money to buy feed for our animels. He said that we should be provided for; and we was. Elder Lyman preached in the evening and I and Bro. Findlay made a few remarks after him. Bro. Warner gave me a bushel of corn, and I left it with him, to pay Bro. Davenport for a bushel of oats that I borrowed of him to feed my mule. Frid. 30th. I stoped at Provo and took dinner with Cousin James Ivy. We then went to the American Fork and staid over night. I staid with Bro. Thornton. Attended meeting Elders Findlay and Lyman preached Keeler, James, Journals, 1850-1859; 1876-1890, vol. 4. Read Trail Excerpt: Friday Oct 26th. 1855. To day about noon Broth[er]s Farthingham[,] Finley[,] Mathews & my self left for the valeys of the Mountains. Came up the Cahoon pass a distance of twelve miles where we found Bro. Lyman & company waiting for those that ware behind

William Tait Association with Hugh Findlay

Contributor: pyton Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

WILLIAM TAIT Born: November 3,1818 Ireland Age: 38 Rescue Party William Tait was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1841. – In 1842, he sailed for India in her Majesty Queen Victoria’s service as a regimental drill master. He remained in service until 1854. During his stay in India he used his means in spreading the gospel and kindly aiding the Elders. He also married Elizabeth Xavier, of Bombay, India, in 1850. Elizabeth had lived all her life in India Her father was also there in Queen Victoria’s service. Elizabeth’s father died when she was ten years old. _ Hugh Findlay was one of the missionaries that William helped in India. Hugh received the following letter from William in April of 1852: “…. from any of the Brethren this last 10 years, only what I see in the Papers. The Brethren in Scotland whom I knew, are all gone to America so that I know no one that I could write to. Dear Brother, let me know as soon as possible how the Church is getting on and if it is true that Brother Joseph Smith was Shot, and where Brother Parley P. Pratt is, he covenanted to pray for me and I for him. I should like to know how you are getting on yourself, and when you arrived in Bombay, and if there are any Saints there. Dear Brother, I know no one I may say in Bombay that I could introduce you to, but come to Poona and with the blessing of God you will find a home with me, humble though it is. Dear Brother my soul has often been grieved with the many lies that I hear from day to day about the Saints of the Most High God, and likewise the mysteries and babblings of the Priests of the present day. I as a soldier must go to some place of worship, and I am sick and tired of them. Now my dear Bro., I must conclude this letter, and in doing so I bear my testimony to the work of the living God commenced in these last days; I know that it is of God, and I rejoice in many of the gifts of his Spirit “I have no more to say at present, but remain your Brother in the new and everlasting Covenant. \S\William Tait, 22April 1852.” William was a great help 19. the missionary work in Poona, India, where he lived and where a Branch of the Church was organized in September 1852. Elder Findlay’s journal tells of William finding places to perform baptisms, opening his home, to the missionaries and members, inviting others to hear the gospel and attend church services, baptizing and confirming his wife (October 1852) and others, bearing testimony, speaking in tongues, and healing the sick. During this time there was strong opposition to the Church and lies were printed in papers from England. The following entry from Hugh Findlay’s journal tells how some of this affected William’s family: “. . Here every soldier receives pay for each member of his family, the Chaplain’s certificate for the sprinkling of the new member being the requisite to have it enrolled for pay. Elder Tait of Poona, however, handed in for his son a certificate of Blessing with my name attached, which no one could (or would) receive, till it should go to government. It did go to Government, and the reply received was that all Mormon children are to receive pay the same as any others.” William and Elizabeth bad two sons in- India. The oldest died there from cholera. They were expecting another child when William and the other son, John (almost 4), decided to emigrate first and prepare a home for Elizabeth to come later. It was decided she would wait until her new baby was born. Her mother’s opposition also probably contributed to this decision. William and John left on March 15, 1855, with Hugh Findlay and other members. They left on the ship “Mary Spencer” for China and then obtained passage to California. William settled in Cedar City, Utah.

Hugh Findlay, born June 9, 1822. Came to Utah in 1855. High Priest.

Contributor: pyton Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

"Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-38420-8482-40?cc=2202712 : accessed 17 Oct 2014), F > Findlay > Hugh Findlay > image 1 of 1; excerpted from Frank Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Comprising Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Pioneers Books, 1913).

Missionary Journals of Hugh Findlay India-Scotland

Contributor: pyton Created: 3 years ago Updated: 3 years ago

This is not a story per se. it is a reference to Hugh Findlay's Missionary Journals, too long to include verbatim in here, but many of his descendants as well as I have their personal copies. A copy is available for research and reference in the Church Historian's Office, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Life timeline of Hugh Findlay

1822
Hugh Findlay was born on 9 Jun 1822
Hugh Findlay was 10 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Hugh Findlay was 18 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Hugh Findlay was 37 years old when Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Petroleum is a naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth's surface. It is commonly refined into various types of fuels. Components of petroleum are separated using a technique called fractional distillation, i.e. separation of a liquid mixture into fractions differing in boiling point by means of distillation, typically using a fractionating column.
Hugh Findlay was 40 years old when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring the freedom of all slaves in Confederate territory by January 1, 1863. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Hugh Findlay was 55 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Hugh Findlay was 65 years old when Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory, but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
Hugh Findlay was 69 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Hugh Findlay died on 1 Mar 1900 at the age of 77
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