Life History of Issac Abel
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LIFE OF ISAAC ABEL & ANN METHLEY
Parents of Elizabeth Abel Baker who is Grandmother to Paul Monson
Great Maternal Grandparents of Paul Edward Monson
My Grandfather, Isaac Abel, son of John and Ellen Abel and grandson of Isaac Abel and Charlotte Thornhill was born May 14, 1829 in Sheffield Yorkshire, England. He was left motherless when he was but five years old. When old enough he attended school for a number of years but at an early age he was an apprentice to and learned the spinner trade. This trade he followed never working in the sun except seeing to a few feet of garden back of his home in the summer time. At the age of seventeen he heard the sound of the Gospel through the humble missionaries was convinced of its truthfulness and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints February 22, 1846 by Elder Benjamin Berry, confirmed the same day by Elder Page and Elder S. Lee. December 25, 1849 he was united in marriage to Ann Methley also of Sheffield Yorkshire, England who also received a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was baptized January 31, 1852 by Elder John Albiston and confirmed the same day by Elder John Albiston and Isaac Abel six years after grandfather’s baptism. They kept an open house for the missionaries, Priest Joseph F. Smith being one of the numbers who enjoyed their kind hospitality. There were five daughters born to them in England. Ellen, born August 9, 1850. Mary Ann, born January 19, 1853. Emily, born December 8, 1855. Rosa, born October 25, 1858. Sarah Ann, born October 29, 1860. All were born in Sheffield Yorkshire, England.
On May 29, 1863 the family including grandfather, grandmother and five daughters left the land of their birth, all that was near and dear to them to come to the land of Zion that they might live better the religion that was above all earthly wealth to them. They sailed on the vessel “Cynosure” in which had 764 saints under the direction of David M Stewart. When they had been on the vessel but 11 days, June 10, 1863 their first son was born whom they christened Isaac Cynosure Abel. This brought great joy to them but it was of short duration for while at Green River, Wyoming the baby died October 5, 1863 and was buried there. Their journey lasted five months and 9 days. They crossed the plains in Captain Horten D. Height’s Co. Arriving in Salt Lake City, October 8, 1863. The family walked most of the way across the plains. They came to American Fork Utah October 23, 1863 where they have since resided. When coming round the point of the mountain to American Fork, the wagon tipped over, Grandmother Ann and youngest daughter Sarah Ann were in the wagon. Ann not thinking of herself, tried to save Sarah Ann, in doing so, a large box fell on her as the wagon went over and over down the embankment. After they got their things together again and on their journey they were thankful, although Ann was badly bruised, that her life was spared to them.
On arriving at American Fork they went directly to the home of Brother George Wareham, who was a brother to Isaac’s father third wife (Elizabeth Wareham Abel). Brother and Sister Wareham were very kind and cleared out their granary for them in which they lived several years. On account of their arduous journey, their youngest child Sarah Ann was in a rundown condition and it grieved Ann that she did not have sufficient nourishment for her. She seemed to get weaker each day. We have heard Grandmother Ann relate that their stove was a fireplace, sagebrush was their firewood and their light was a braided wick in a plate of grease. One night their light gave out before morning came. She couldn’t hear her child breathing so she lit a piece of sagebrush at the fireplace and carried it to her little bed to see if she was dead or alive. Hardly six weeks had passed after their arrival in American Fork when their little daughter, Sarah Ann was taken from them December 9, 1863. This was sad indeed having buried their only son two months before. Not having means to hire the digging of the grave, Isaac did that labor himself as well as making the casket which consisted of a rude box with no lining or outside covering.
It was here in this granary that another son came to bless and comfort their home. George Edward was born October 27, 1865.
They moved from this granary to a one room log house with dirt roof that stood then a little east of where Benjamin Greenwood’s home is now located,. It was here that their home was again made happy on the arrival of another baby girl, Elizabeth born January 9, 1868. Abel procured about ten acres of land in the north part of American Fork where he built a log room with a dirt roof. They were happy to live in a home of their own. This was in March of 1868 when Elizabeth was two months old. He also homesteaded one fourth section of land on the east bench. Of this he reserved 20 acres and let the rest go to five others by each one paying their part of homesteading charges. He worked at farming and anything he could get to do to provide for the wants of his family as did everyone old enough to work. The older ones in the family often spoke of the first sack of flour brought home for his work on the canal. All shed tears of joy at the thought of having white bread to eat.
In Ann, he had a real helpmate. Ann was the daughter of Charles Methley and Rebecca Eaton and was born June 27, 1824 in Sheffield Yorkshire, England. Her Mother died when she was five years old, just the age the Isaac’s mother died. Her Father married again. Her step-mother was very strict and often very unkind to her. She had to work hard and very little schooling was granted her. As a girl she worked in the same factory as Isaac as a polisher. And it was here they met and fell in love with each other. Their love ripened into real friendship and Christmas day December 25, 1849 was chosen as their wedding day. She proved a real wife and mother. Her greatest thought was the welfare and happiness of her loved ones. Many a day has she washed or house cleaned all day for a pound of sugar, a pound of bacon or a spool of thread.
In the year 1886 Ann again escaped a very serious accident. In returning home one evening from visiting her children, the tongue of the wagon fell down and frightened the horses. Ann was thrown from her seat to the ground. Isaac in his excitement and trying to hold to the lines held on more tightly causing the horses to go round and round. Ann was very badly bruised as the wagon went over her body. She was a faithful Relief Society teacher for many years. With basket on her arm she gathered up the things the people felt they could spare at that time. She would generally be gone all day, sometimes without anything to eat until her return home.
Ann was a wonderful knitter. She could easily knot a pair of stocking in a day. Besides knitting the stockings for the family and many of her grandchildren, she has knit a great many yards of beautiful designed pillow slip lace, lace for underskirts, aprons and other trimmings. Even making patterned stockings for Sunday. Zina, her granddaughter, remembers the patience in teaching her to knit stockings for her dolly when she was 8 years old. She has gleaned wheat, made soap, etc. incident to pioneer life. She with her family have prepared and dried many hundred pounds of apples and peaches. Her children well remember their first stove, a Charter Oak and remember how proud Ann was how beautifully she kept it. Isaac and Ann loved music and spent many happy hours in singing the songs of Zion. They, with their older girls, could take the different parts and sing Christmas carols beautifully. Isaac had charge of the singing in Sunday school in American Fork, for many years also a member of the choir. He was 1st assistant superintendent to Brother Wm Paxman in the Sunday school for 19 years. In the historical report of the Sunday school given in the Jubilee History of the LDS Sunday school, it states that Isaac Abel was a Sunday school worker for over 45 years. His family remembers during this time he worked for sometime up in the canyon and would walk down Saturday night in order to be at his post of duty Sunday morning and begin his journey back to his work at 4:00 Monday morning. Isaac and Ann were among our pioneers who, through all trying experiences were true to their convictions and always happy in performing their duties in the church and in seeing their children do the things pleasing in the sight of our Heavenly Father. Ann was called from us on January 7, 1901. Isaac, after Ann’s death felt he could not live alone, so he sold his home and went to live at the home of his son, George E. Abel. Six years after Ann’s death, Isaac was called to join her, December 22, 1907, being taken in perfect health without a struggle. A strange thing happened before Isaac’s passing. At the last choir practice he suggested that they learn “Resting Now from, Care and Sorrow”, as a new funeral hymn which they practiced several times and sang for the first time publicly at his funeral. They died as they had lived, faithful Latter Day Saints, beloved by all who knew them, especially their children. Three of whom had proceeded them. The two, Isaac and Sarah Ann, the year in their entrance into the valley and Ellen, their oldest daughter, wife of Thomas E. Steele, who died at the birth of her third child, March 27, 1873.
Those surviving at their death were four daughters and one son. Marry Ann Bourne, Emily Paxman, Rosa Bourne, Elizabeth Baker and George Edward Abel all of American Fork Utah and 27 grandchildren.
We loved our parents we love them still
For the spirits we loved death cannot kill
But lives and we’ll meet if we faithful remain
To dwell in sweet union and ne’er part again.
Written by Mary E. Abel, Granddaughter