JUDSON LYMAN STODARD
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JUDSON LYMAN STODDARD
Born 13 Apr 1823, *******, Leeds, Ontario, CAN to Lyman STODDARD and Ruth WRIGHT. At age thirteen 1836), his family became converted to the Mormon faith and left their home for Zion. While in Nauvoo. Judson was called to go on a mission for the Church with his father to Livonia. Wayne Co., MI. He then labored with Elder John S. GLEASON in NY. At a conference in Buffalo, NY. Judson was examined and received as an elder in the Church. He and John GLEASON then returned to Nauvoo together.
In Nauvoo. he met Rhoda CHASE, the daughter of Isaac CHASE and Phoebe OGDEN. On 29 Oct 1845. they were married by Brigham YOUNG in the upper room of the Isaac CHASE home. They later received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on 4 Feb 1846.
Judson was a freighter and often left Rhoda, with a twelve-year-old boy to help her, in her little log room with no windows and only a quilt placed over the open doorway. Rhoda later recalled a terrifying experience while living there: "I became so lonesome I decided to cross the frozen river, to visit my mother who lived about four miles from the other side. It was in the spring of the year so the ice was cracking in places. We procured two poles, the boy going ahead, testing it with poles. Suddenly I was plunged through the icy water. The boy ran for help. I grabbed the ice and held on, my body soon becoming numb in the icy water. I prayed as I had never prayed before and then slipped into unconsciousness. In some miraculous manner I was lifted out of the water and placed safely on dry land none the worse for my experience. Judson. fearing for my life, would not let me go back, and built a home in the city."
After leaving Nauvoo. Judson's family settled in Pottawattamie Co. until the spring of 1848. Although Judson didn't join the Mormon Battalion, he volunteered as one of fifteen teamsters to go to St. Joseph, MO for goods for the Battalion. He and Rhoda left for UT in the company of Brigham YOUNG on 26 May 1848. Judson became ill, so Rhoda drove the team. She was only sixteen at this time, and Judson was so ill he couldn't sit up, but was forced to lie in the bottom of the wagon. One of their horses had been stolen bv Indians, and the other died. So they sold their mule and purchased a team of oxen. Rhoda later recalled walking through the grass searching for her oxen in the mornings. The dew was so heavy that her skirts would be wet to her knees. She also remembered later her dislike of gathering buffalo chips to use for building fires. She says she was very finicky about picking them up in her fingers, so Judson designed a hook for her. After that, when she set out to gather the chips, the company would laugh and say. "There goes Rhoda with her pruning hook."
Judson and Rhoda arrived in Salt Lake on 20 Sep 1848. Rhoda later recorded: "I cannot put into words my feelings as I gazed around me. There was such a vast wilderness and no home. I often wondered what I would do when the few clothes I had wore out. But the freighting from California opened up and we bartered and traded until we could produce."
Her first child, Judson Lyman, was born on 25 Mar 1847 while Judson and Rhoda were living with her parents at the Chase Mill in Salt Lake. By the time Marion Leslie was born on 8 Sep 1851, the family had moved to Centerville, Davis, UT. The little boys were known as Juddy and Maine STODDARD.
Rhoda's sister Sylvia became a widow with two small boys when her husband. Lanson VAN FLEET died. So Judson married her as a plural wife on 14 Jun 1852. He also married Mary Louise BARNARD on 25 Feb 1853, but nothing is known of this marriage.
Judson continued freighting. traveling from San Pedro, CA to UT on the old emigrant trail. He was in CA in 1849 during the days of the gold rush and made enough money to help him financially during the rest of his life. Rhoda kept some of the gold dust in an old salt sack. Whenever she was out of money, she would carefully measure out a pinch of gold, which amounted to five dollars. and take ~t to the store. Judson was also involved with the Deseret Agriculture and Manufacturing Society which was the forerunner of the Utah State Fair.
He was with Porter ROCKWELL when they heard the news of Johnston's Armv arriving in UT. Together Judson and Porter rode to Big Cottonwood Canyon on 24 Jul 1857 to tell Brigham YOUNG and the celebrating Saints about the news. With Porter ROCKWELL, Lot SMITH, and others, he was involved in harassing the army. Being instructed to "stampede the animals, fire their trains, burn the whole country before them and on their flanks, keep them from sleeping at night, blockade roads, destroy fords, leave no grass before them unburned, but take no life." Judson and Lot SMITH gathered horses on Antelope Island, west of Salt Lake and Davis Counties, to raise by the Utah Cavalry. He was one of the men delivering the warrant of arrest to the Morrisite Camp in Weber Co., which resulted in fighting and bloodshed. He was a probate judge in Davis Co. Judson and his wives, Rhoda and Sylvia, lived together in one large home. They often entertained the church leaders when they traveled throughout Davis Co.
Besides Judson Lyman and Marion Leslie, Rhoda gave birth to eight more children. Eliza Roxey was born 7 Aug 1854 and died 10 September 1854. Elanthropy, nicknamed Tump, was born 3 Oct 1856. Louisa A. was born 2 Jan 1858 and died 14 Apr 1860. Andrew was born 22 Aug 1860. Lewis Arden was born I 1 May 1863. Sheldon was born 7 Sep 1865 and lived a little over two years. Henry Albert was born 22 Mar 1867 and lived two weeks. Pheobe Maria was born 15 Sep 1868 and lived five and one-half months. Rhoda also took three Indian children in her home to raise.
Sylvia gave birth to twin sons: Charles Albert and Horace Adelbert on 30 Jun 1852. Charles Albert died 26 Feb 1860. Her other children include Ophelia born 17 February 1856; Willard, born 7 June 1858: another set of twins, Alonzo and Edwin were born on 14 Mav 1861, and Sylvia, born 26 June 1863. On 1 Sep 1864, Sylvia CHASE VAN FLEET STODDARD died, leaving her sister Rhoda to care for her children.
Judson died on 10 Jan 1869 in Farmington, Utah. Rhoda states that "Judson died and I was left with two families. I struggled along for fourteen months when I met Morgan Lewis HINMAN whom I married on April 4. 1870." During the polygamy persecution, Morgan fled to Cardston, CAN, then sent for Rhoda and her children. He died there in 1891, leaving her a widow once more. Rhoda lived in Canada for many years, but eventually returned to Centerville where she died at the age of ninety.