BIOGRAPHY OF LYDIA ANN ROGERS ROBBINS
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Lydia Ann Rogers Robbins was born 6 May 1854 in Provo, Utah, Utah Territory to Isaac Rogers and Abiah Russell Carter Robbins.
Isaac’s first wife Mary Ann Shinn Burtis was born 1 April 1811 in Recklesstown, Burlington, New Jersey to Abner and Rachel Shinn Burtis. She married Isaac Rogers Robbins on 21 March 1838 in Recklesstown, Burlington, New Jersey at the age of 26. William’s father, Isaac, was born 24 March 1805 in Recklesstown, (Chesterfield) Burlington, New Jersey to Antrim and Lydia Rogers Robbins. He was baptized in September 1840 into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the ageof 35. He was 32 when he married Mary Ann.
After joining the Church, they spent some time in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois before returning to their home on account of their poor health. Thus they were on the east coast and joined with the Saints on 4 February 1946 to travel by ship to the Pacific side and then would migrate overland to the Rocky Mountains. Isaac and his family and his brother John Rodgers and his family set sail out of New York Harbor with the company of Saints on a 24,000 mile journey to the coast of California on the ship “Brooklyn”.
Isaac’s family consisted of his wife, Mary Ann Shinn Burtis Robbins, and their three children, Joseph Reeves born 18 October 1839 in Recklesstown, Burlington, New Jersey; Wesley Burtis, born 22 February 1841 in Chesterfield, Burlington, New Jersey; and Margaret Burtis, born 5 October 1843 in Chesterfield. . Mary Ann had a baby on the Ship “Brooklyn” on 14 June 1846. They named her Anna Pacific Robbins. She died in July 1846 and was buried in the Pacific Ocean.
John Rodgers’s family consisted of George Edward, born 10 February 1840 and John Franklin born 18 September 1844, both in Burlington, New Jersey. George Edward died 28 February 1846 aboard the ship Brooklyn of scarlet fever and was buried in the Atlantic Ocean. His brother John Franklin died on the ship also and was buried at sea, 30 Degrees North Latitude, Pacific Ocean. Georgianna Pacific was born 16 June 1846 on the ship Brooklyn.
They left carrying 238 men, women, and children. The Brooklyn was a 450 ton three-masted full rigged Yankee trading ship. Crammed down into the hold along with the people were water barrels, crates of chickens, 2 cows, 40 pigs, 2 sawmills, a gristmill, tools for 800 farmers, and a printing press. They headed south on the voyage.
Lessthan three weeks after their departure, black small pox broke out among the passengers. They witnessed the men as they tenderly placed the heavily wrapped bodies over the side of the ship. They were supposed to stop at the Cape Verde Islands to get supplies, but they encountered a horrible storm. Women and children had to be lashed to the poles to keep them from being washed overboard. They stopped at the island of Juan Fernandez to rest for five days. While on land they bathed, did laundry,obtained fresh fruit and potatoes, caught and salted fish, put 18,000 gallons of fresh water into the ship casks, and stocked up on firewood.
If they would have gone to the Cape Verde Islands it would have cost them hundreds of dollars, but the Lord and His overruling Providence cared for His people by making it possible to stop on a tropical island. Soon they headed for the Sandwich Islands(latter known as the Hawaiian Islands) to discharge a load of cargo. They sailed into the San Francisco Bay on 31 July 1846. On 31 July 1846 they reached their destination--a little village of about 150 people, Yerba Buena, later renamed San Francisco. They were the first colony of home seekers with women and children to sail around Cape Horn, the first group of Anglo settlers to come to California by water, and the first group of colonists to arrive after the United States forces took California. Their contributions to the San Francisco Bay area are numerous, including the first public school, the first bank, the first newspaper, the first post office, the first wheat grown, and the first library.
Isaac Rogers Robbins was born to Isaac and Mary Ann on 28 February 1848 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California about the time gold was discovered. They remained in Yerba Buena (San Francisco) California until 1849 when they came to Salt Lake County, Deseret.
They traveled with the Ebenezer Brown Company leaving Pleasant Valley, California with 24 Mormon Battalion veterans and three wives and one child. There were 43 people from the ship Brooklyn. They left on 5 August 1848 going over the newly constructed Carson Pass wagon road over the Sierra Mountains to Salt Lake City.
On 12 August 1848, they had traveled five miles when the Robbins wagon tongue broke and they had to stop and put on a new one. Going up over the mountains was so difficult that they had to double up teams to go a ways and then go back and get another wagon. By 13 August, Isaac threw away his tool chest because it was too heavy and they had ten miles of steep incline.
The mountains were very dry with deep canyons and very little feed. It was steep and the flat rock made it very difficult for the cattle trying to keep their feet. They had to lock the hind wheels to get down the incline. They found a stream at the bottom but found three dead pioneers that had been killed by the Indians. They named the stream Tragedy Springs. The next morning after camping there one of the men was missing a mare and her colt, probably taken by the Indians.
On 2 September they killed an antelope which would give them meat. They walked on for over 25 miles before they found water. There were several hotpots in the area. They camped at Mary’s River on 10 September and had three missing horses the next morning, and found several Indian tracks in the area. On 21 September they were missing two more horses in addition to the six taken the day before. The Indian tracks were just 20 paces from the wagons. It rained on 24 September and it was a welcome relief. By 26 September they went up a canyon up the river bottom to where there were good grasses for the animals. The Indians brought a child into camp. His mother was dead and they wanted the group to take care of him. The Fergusons took the child and called him Laman.
On 3 October several Indians came into camp and wanted to trade horses for guns and ammunition. By 5 October they were in the divided between the Snake River and the Salt Lake. On 11 October they first saw the Great Salt Lake. On 17 October they camped in an area with several springs and brooks. Calvin Moore came into camp from the city and informed them they were near Brown’s Settlement (Ogden). They traveled a little over 20 miles the next day into Salt Lake City, arriving there on 20 October 1848.
They settled in Provo, Utah,Deseret. Their first child Joseph Reeves died 11 June 1849 in Provo at the age of nine. Mary Ann also died on 11 June 1849 at the age of 38. She was buried in Provo.
Isaac was endowed on 16 February 1852 at the age of 46. The Endowment House was not in existence then so he was probably endowed and sealed on Ensign Peak. He was also sealed to Mary Ann on 24 February 1852. He married Abiah Russell Carter on 24 February 1852 in Salt Lake City. Abiah was born 2 August 1834 in Bethel, Oxford, Maine to William Furlsbury and Sarah York Carter. She was baptized 1 January 1841 at the age of six. She was 17 when she married Isaac.
He had the three young children from his marriage to Mary Ann. Isaac and Abiah had eleven children, four girls and seven boys, all born in Provo, Utah,Utah Territory. William Charles was their first child born on 1 September 1852 in Provo. Lydia Ann Rogers was born 6 May 1854.
On 25 March 1855 he married Abiah’s sister Hannah Libby Carter. Thus he had entered into plural marriage. Isaac and Hannah had 11 children,five girls and six boys, all born in Provo, Utah, Utah Territory.
The rest of the children born to Isaac and Abiah were Antrim Zeezrom, born 18 March 1856; Charles Beniah born 1 February 1858; Abiah Russell born 22 December 1859;Joseph Ellison born 28 December 1861; Mary Antrim born 28 December 1863 and died 20 February 1864; Hester Ann born 26 January 1865; George Albert born 1 April 1868; John Carter born 29 August 1869; and Alvin Carter born 18 January 1875
Her mother, Abiah, died 25 August 1876 in Provo, Utah, Utah Territory at the age of 42. She was buried in the Provo City Cemetery. Her children ranged from age 24 down to one year old. Her father, Isaac,died 4 January 1883 in Provo at the age of 77 and he was buried 8 January 1883 in Provo. Hannah lived to raise the children from the three families and died 2 April 1930 in Provo at the age of 89 and was buried in the Provo Cemetery.
Lydia Ann was baptized 28 May 1865 at the age of eleven. She never married. She died 16 May 1921 at the age of 67. The doctor saw the patient after her death and put as cause of death--possibly apoplexy with Chronic Nephritis as a contributing factor. It was an early term for a stroke. There is no record of where she was buried.