Reference to Moses Jones
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Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Source of Trail Excerpt:
Crooks, George, [Diary excerpts], in Elna P. Atchison, [Genealogical information on the Crooks family, ca. 1955], 15-16. Read Trail Excerpt:
[The following account is from a letter written by Elna P Atchison, granddaughter of George Crooks, in which she copies from her grandfather’s original journal. She explains that the document was in very poor condition due to age and children’s scribblings. Some of the account is her summary of the experiences she has been able to make out. (Her words are italicized.)]
My grandfather was clerk of the train in which they (the Crooks) traveled. His book had entries of his shop work at Garden Grove followed by records of meetings held in organizing the members and grouping them in Tens.
Copied from George Crooks’ book—
“According to previous appointment a number of the Brethern met to-gether for the purpose of organizing a Company of 50 and accordingly appointed Pr John Telford as Prest. of the Meeting[.] Pr Telford took the chair and motioned for William H. Walton as Captain of 50 and seconded by Pr George Carson[.] the vote was unanimous
Mr. Walton then motioned that G[eorge]. Crooks and G[eorge]. Hales should act as Clerks for said companies[,] the which was put and the vote was unanimous[.] Mr. Walton motioned that Br [Joseph] Merral [Merrill] should act as Captain of the First 10[.] the vote was unanimous on motion of Br Telford[.] Br William Carson should be Captain of the Second 10[.] the vote was unanimous[.] Br Steven Hales motioned that Br John Ellis be Captain of the Third 10 this vote was unanimous[.] Br Telford motioned that Br. Moses Jones be Captain of the Fourth 10[.] the vote was unanimous
Incomplete, I think there was another meeting with William Barton elected as Captain of the Fifth 10 and Samuel Prat[t] as Captain of the Sixth 10.
It was motioned by Captain [William Henry] Walton and seconded by W. Carson that the First Company take the cattle at 4 o’clock in the morning and guard them till 4 next morning[.] the vote was unanimous.
Number of persons and stock in each 10
First 10: 34 Persons, 10 Wagons, 5 Horses, 37 Oxen, 10 CowsSecond 10: 34 Persons, 11 Wagons, 9 Horses, 32 Oxen, 15 Cows, 0 Sheep, 4 Loose CattleThird 10: 41 Persons, 10 Wagons, 5 Horses, 46 Oxen, 20 Cows, 0 Sheep, 10 Loose CattleFourth 10: 37 Persons, 10 Wagons, 5 Horses, 27 Oxen, 22 Cows, 19 SheepFifth 10: 31 Persons, 9 Wagons, 2 Horses, 40 Oxen, 19 Cows, 0 Sheep, 4 Loose CattleSixth 10: 49 Persons, 9 Wagons, 6 Horses, 35 Oxen, 22 Cows, 0 Sheep, 15 Loose CattleWhole amount: 226 Persons, 59 Wagons, 32 Horses, 217 Oxen, 108 Cows, 19 Sheep, 33 Loose Cattle
Captain of fiftyW.H. Walten [Walton,] F. Merral [Merrill]: No. of family 8, 1 Wagon, 6 Oxen, 2 CowsArthur Waltors [Walton]: No. of Family 8, 5 Wagons, 4 Horses, 17 Oxen 5 CowsFrances M. Owens James Barons: No. of family 6, 1 Wagon, 6 Oxen, 1 CowEdward P. Clide [Clyde]: No. of family 6, 2 Wagons, 1 Horse, 4 Oxen, 6 CowsGerman Buchanan: No. of family 6, 1 Wagon, 4 Oxen
Second 10 under Captain W. CarsonWilliam Carson: No. of family 6, 1 Wagon, 6 Horses, 6 Oxen, 2 Cows, 2 Loose CattleGeorge Carson: No. of family 6, 3 Wagons, 4 Horses, 6 Oxen, 2 Cows, 2 Loose CattleJohn Carson: No. of family 6, 1 Wagon, 1 Horse, 4 Oxen, 2 Cows, 2 Loose CattleThomas Ewing: No. of family 2, 1 Wagon, 2 Oxen, 1 Cow, 2 Loose CattlePaterson [Patison] Griffeths [Griffeth]: No. of family 4, 1 Wagon, 2 Oxen, 2 CowsJohn Tetford [Telford]: No. of family 7, 3 Wagons, 1 Horse, 12 Oxen, 4 CowsCharles Stoddard: No. of family 3, 1 Wagon, 2 Horses
Third 10 under Captain John EllisJohn Ellis: No. of Family 6, 1 Wagon, 8 Oxen, 2 Cows, 1 Loose CattleWilliam Thom[p]son: No. in Family 6, 2 Wagons, 1 Horse, 6 Oxen, 5 Loose CattleSteven [Stephen] Hales: No. in Family 4, 1 Wagon, 4 Oxen, 2 CowsGeorge Hales: No. in Family 6, 1Wagon, 4 Oxen, 3 CowsHenerey [Henry] Hales: 3 in Family 1 Wagon, 4 Oxen, 2 CowsGeorge Crooks: No. in Family 2, 1 Wagon, 2 Horses, 1 Cowx At first thought Thomas Crooks and his 2 children Jim and Agnes made up the 3 but since have concluded that they were with his father[,] also named Thomas[,] and partyx Thos. Crooks[,] G.G. Thomas, James [-], Thomas & 2 children[,] 7: No. of Family 3, 1 Wagon, 1 Horse, 6 Oxen, 4 Cows, 4 Loose CattleJohn Miller, his wife Janet Crooks, 8: No. of Family 8, 1 Wagon, 6 Oxen, 2 CowsCharles Drusey [Drury,] 10: No. of Family 5, 1 Wagon, 1 Horse, 6 Oxen, 2 Cows
Fourth 10 under Captain Moses Jones Moses Jones: No. of Family 8, 2 Wagons, 15 Oxen, 5 CowsColman Boren: No. of Family 13, 3 Wagons, 2 Horses, 4 Oxen, 7 Cows, 19 Sheep[-] Roberts John Clarks [Clark]: No. of Family 5, 2 Wagons, 2 Horses, 10 Oxen, 4 CowsHorace Roberts Thos. Weir: No. of Family 4, 1 Wagon, 0 Horses, 4 Oxen, 3 CowsElijah Barens I. Crary: No. of Family 7, 2 Wagons, 1 Horse, 4 oxen, 3 Cows
Fifth 10 under Captain William BartonWilliam Barton: No. of Family 3, 1 Wagon, 6 Oxen, 1 Cow, 4 Loose CattleSamuel West: No. of Family 10, 2 Wagons, 8 Cows, 8 SheepJames Huntsman: No. of Family 10: 4 Wagons, 2 Horses, 4 Oxen, 6 CowsT.J. Kande_____t: No. of Family 5, 1 Wagon 3 Horses Irah [Isaiah] Huntsman: No. of Family 3, 1 Wagon, 6 OxenJoseph Hawpes [Hawkes]: No. of Family 3, 1 Wagon, 6 Oxen
Sixth 10 under Captain Samuel Prat[t]Samuel Prat[t]: No. of Family 9, 2 Waggons, 0 Horses, 5 Oxen, 5 Cows______[Daniel] Roberts: No. of Family 9, 2 Wagons, 4 Horses, 8 Oxen, 2 Cows, 12 Loose CattleH. Roberts: No. of Family 8, 1 Wagon, 0 Horses, 6 Oxen, 2 CowsFrances Owens: No. of Family 4, 1 Wagon, 0 Horses, 4 Oxen, 2 CowsWilliam Critchlow: No. of Family 1 , 1 Wagon, 2 Horses, 4 Oxen, 4 CowsGeorge Zimmerman: No of Family 1 , 1 Wagon, 0 Horses, 4 Oxen, 3 Cows, 3 Loose CattleJarusha Bindack: No. of Family 1, 0 Wagons, 4 Horses, 4 Oxen[illegible]
I deeply regret that records made by George Crooks have been so mistreated, some items were erased, other pages scribbled over by children who played with the book or torn out and lost. While I have used a magnifying glass on some of the faded parts[,] much of Grandfather’s writing remains very legible after about 111 years[,] the first enteries beginning at Garden Grove in 1846 for shop work, marriages 1850 and in 1851 the following----
Garden Grove Decatur Co., Iowa Se May 4th 1851 George Crooks Married to Elanor[e] Pearson Both of the same place
Meetings followed as mentioned on pg. 5 of this letter, the purpose of which being to organize the Company into Tens, the journey across the plains, description of terrain, condition of road, likely spots for feed and water, camping ground, sometimes wood was available along the streams, width and depth of water at fording places, quicksand, weather, stampedes, deaths----
There were a number of bad stampedes which caused trouble[,] delay and losses. It was the general opinion and of my grandparents that the stampedes were caused by thieving Indians or white renegades disguised as Indians. Sometimes two raids were made before daybreak, searchers saddled horses and rode over the country thereabouts finding only a part of the missing animals, once they completely failed in locating stolen horses and had to go on without them, there were always losses and delay.
The following is copied from Grandpa’s record as they made the journey but I do not have the whole story due to the damage that has been done to the book---
Came to West Prong of Elk Horn River and made that Point on the 12th of July when on that night or the morning following 4 of our best horses were stole[.] several horsemen started on track of them and pursued them over sand hills till their horses were almost exhausted and at last had to give up their chase and come back again. We then thought it best to move on again[,] accordingly which we did and Mr. Telford and Mr. [William G.] Thoms[p]on went back but without success[.] the supposed Indian thieves were gone[.] We then went on through a sandy and barren country when on the 22ndof July at 10 o’clock at night we had the misfortune to witness a dreadful stampede with our horses and cattle[.] The cattle ran over a guard[,] wounding him badly[,] but we soon got them headed and drove them in again at about 11 o’clock[.] they all sprung to their feet again and in spite of our endeavors they got away the second time and scattered in every direction but before day arrived we had the most of them in the herd again and at 7 o’clock we started on our journey[,] hoping this would be the last scene we would have of this kind[.] but we had not proceeded far on our way when some of our cattle got scared and run afoul of some other wagons[.] Ellon [Ellen] Kingsley endeavoring to make her escape from the danger[,] when in the act of jumping out of the wagon fell and[,] the wheels passing over her[,] she died in a few minutes. Several of our wagons were broken[.] we stayed the rest of the day and repaired broken wagons and buried the remains of this our Sister.
My grandmother was afraid of the stampedes, she and Ellon Kingsley were close friends and in relating the story of the catastrophe many years later[,] grandma was yet quite shaken by it.)
July 24th slight storm
July 25 We had the painful misfortune to witness another dreadful stampede in which 55 head of our cattle ran to the hills[.] here we had to make a halt for several days to make a search for them
26th 6 head found[.] Began to tye up our cattle this evening
28th 5 head more found[.] Capt Walton and Drusey [Drury] brought in word of Platte River
29th 20 head brought from Allred’s Camp[.] Found we were only 260 miles from Rushville and had traveled 428[.] found some companys [companies] there that had started on the 4th of July
August 2 Started up the Platte
5th had a stampede with the lose cattle in which Germon [German] Buchanan was run over by the cattle but was able to drive his team in a few days
August 9 Crossed cobble hills. Mrs. Thom[p]son departed this life a few minutes before[.] she said she felt bad and wished the wagon would stop on driving[.] 100 yards further to the Company ground she died. Her death was lovely as the mildest sunset of a summer evening when the sun goes down tranquilly without a cloud.
16th made fort Lariamie [Laramie] (writing very dim but this is what I think it is. E.P.A.)
17th laid by
18th went on about ___ miles
19th James Huntsman being dissatisfied with our Company went on ahead with 5 wagons. Company all went on this morning but the tires being so loose on some of the wagons wheels 8 or 10 wagons stopped on Horse Creek and set some tires
21st cetched up with the company
2nd Ten stopped back on upper Platte for a ferry[.] Company went on over Some rough roads
26th Good roads but no feed[.] very windy and very little water and no spring this evening[.] no grass and water
27th started at 5 oclock this morning[.] drove on 6 miles[.] stopped for the 2nd Ten and let our cattle feed all day
28th the 2nd Ten not come yet[.] Company moved on to Sweetwater[.] violent wind storm with some rain and hale [hail] come up this evening[.] All well
29th Company considering[,] our teems tired out[,] our wagons wanting repairs[.] We thought it best to stay a day or two[.] the first good camping place[.] Accordingly[,] as usual[,] our Captain took the lead and proceeded us up to a beautiful creek meadow where we had an abundance of feed and water
Sept. 2 Left this camping place and proceeded on (Here writing fades, can barely make out that cattle and steers are dead[.] can’t tell how many)
Disagreeable traveling through sand with strong west wind[.] Camped on Sweetwater 111 miles from -----
Crossed over the last Big Bend the 8th of Sept. and camped 3 miles below Pasipic [Pacific] Creek Crossing[.] Cold but pleasant[.] 3/8 in. ice this morning
9th camped on little Sandy[.] not much feed[.] camped on Big Sandy
10th plenty of feed and water[.] held a meeting this evening for the purpose of ascertaining if there was any surplus steers[,] and help those that were becoming weak if there was any[.] It was unanimously agreed on that Capt. Walton should have control of them[,] big or little[,] old or young[,] and by so doing we might equalize our teams to a considerable extent again and be the means of hastening the Company faster to the Place of Destination[.] It was also unanimously voted that James Huntsman[,] with those who left our company with him[,] be cut off and dropped from the Company for refusing to comply with general rules of the Company.
Made Green River on 12th[.] good water[.] Plenty of feed
Made Fort Bridger on the evening 16th[.] all well[.] our teams now are generally looking very weak
Sept. 14 had counted 25 Dead oxen and cows on the road same date
Deaths of Cattle in our Camp Mr. Walton 1 ox“ Critchlow 1 cow“ J. Carson 1 ox“ Telford 1 Sr“ Zimmerman 1 Sr“ [Thomas] Weir 1 Sr
We had better move on and Divide the teams we have so that all might go on
I have found no mention of G.G. Thomas Crooks and party separating from the Company[,] but this may be lost as pages are missing or sometimes the writing has faded so that little or none of certain paragraphs can be deciphered. However there is the beginning of a letter in the book written by George Crooks to his father[.] it is headed Chimney Rock, he mentions pleasant weather, all well and there have been two deaths ____ ____[.] Since the women’s deaths occurred on the 12th and 22nd of July it appears G.G. Thomas Crooks had gone on ahead before Ellon Kingsley’s accident[.] this letter was written on a page of the book and never forwarded. Then we have a difference in the time of arrival at Salt Lake, you have record of the Thomas Crooks party reaching there Sept. 24, 1851[,] same year as their departure from Garden Grove June 17 which was remarkably good time[.] Thomas started with 1 horse and 6 oxen, Grandpa had 2 horses but later drove an ox team[.] They experienced a rigorous winter on the Platte[,] according to Grandma. The record shows they made Fort Bridger Sept. 16, with weakened teams and stock dieing [dying.] they were making [a] valient effort to keep on but I do not think they could not have gone much farther than the fort before going into camp for the winter.
When spring came they made a fresh start on their journey toward Salt Lake. I recall that Grandma once mentioned Echo Canyon where voices reflected back over and over again. After their arrival at Salt Lake in the spring of 1852 I find that Grandfather went to work at his trade doing carpentering in that city and American Fork.
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US 1840 Illinois Census: Quincy
Moses joined the Mormon church. His father, Stephen Jones, lived with him according to the 1840 census. Moses went to Utah. Moses appears to have been a polygamist. He was sealed to at least 8 women in addtion to Eliza Case, who was the mother of his children. Moses was a counselor in the Quincy Branch Presidency, 1841.
Moses is buried in the Provo City Cemetery. His grave is in Block 3, Lot 5. Cemetery Records state that he was born 4 July 1799 at Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania. And that he died 10 March 1879 at Provo, Utah County, Utah. He was buried 12 March 1879. He was 80 years old. His spouse, Eliza Case Jones died 1870. His parents were Stephen Jones and Keziah Strawn. From http://wino.provo.org
From LDS records: Moses Jones is sealed in the Endowment House to several women. These women could have been living or deceased at the time of the sealings. These sealings occurred before his spouse, Eliza Case Jones, died in 1870. He was sealed to:
Ann Cliff 2 May 1860
Hannah Strong (Strawn 26 Apr 1867
Elizabeth Sheratt 26 Apr 1867
Jane Glover 26 Apr 1867
Angelino Case 26 Apr 1867
Mary Strong (Strawn) 26 Apr 1867
Abigail Strong (Strawn) 26 Apr 1867
Hannah Johnson 26 Apr 1867
From: Vicki Klein [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 2:31 AM
To: LeAnn Eliason
Subject: Moses Jones
I found an article on Moses Jones and his son, John Daniels Jones, through Google Books. Following is my transcription:
Portrait, Genealogical and Biographical Record of the State of Utah; National Historical Record Co.; Chicago, 1902; p. 307-308
JOHN D. JONES, one of the most successful farmers and fruit raisers of Utah County, has been a resident of this place since 1851. He was born in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, December 25, 1835, and is the son of Moses and Eliza (Case) Jones. Moses Jones was born in Indiana in 1799, and with his father, Stephen Jones, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, moved to Quincy, Illinois in the early thirties. There he became a member of the Mormon Church about 1839, and in 1846 from there went to Nauvoo, and in that fall crossed the river to Mount Pis-gah, Iowa, where he lived for five years. In 1851 he crossed the plains with two teams of oxen, in company with a train of fifty wagons, under direction of Harrison Walton. The trip was full of exciting incidents, one woman being killed in a stampede of the cattle, and many wagons de-molished. They also had considerable trouble with the vast herds of buffalo which they encountered and from the Indians who stole their horses. They reached Salt Lake City October 10, 1851, and from there Mr. Jones came to Provo with his family that same fall, taking up his home in the First Ward. There he followed farming and stock raising. He took a deep interest in mu-nicipal affairs, and was overseer of the second ditch to be built through Provo. In the Church he held the offices of High Priest and Counselor to Bishops Dukes and Johnston, up to the time of his death. He participated in the Timpanagos, Walker and Tintic Indian wars, and did much to assist in subduing the savages. He was a believer in the principle of polygamy, and became the husband of two wives. His first wife, the mother of our subject, bore him eight children, seven of whom are now living--Abigail, wife of A. Holingshead; John D., our subject; Angelina, wife of Andrew Moore; Sarah, wife of Marion Haws; Stephen; Joseph; and Joshua. The mother of these children dropped dead in the depot at Ogden, when returning from a trip to California in the fall of 1870. Mr. Jones lived to be eighty years of age, and died in Provo in 1880.
Our subject received his early training and education in Illinois and Iowa, and at the same time he crossed the plains was in his sixteenth year. He ploughed the first furrow in the eastern part of the town of Provo, and near the site of the present building of the State Mental Hospital. For some years thereafter he worked in the can-yon, hauling timber and wood, and lived on the farm with his father. In 1862 he went to California with an ox train, and purchased a stock of goods in Sacramento and returned with a mule train, following freighting for six years after-ward. In 1867 he moved to San Bernardino, California, and lived there four years, following farming and having a vineyard, in which he had thirty-five hundred vines, raising grapes for market. He remained in California until 1871, when he came back to Prove [sic] and again took up farming, owning some of the finest farming land in and about Provo. In 1872 he went to Mona, in Juab County, where he engaged in raising cattle and horses, and lived there seven years. He became President of the ditch company and as President of the company went through considerable liti-gation over water rights. In 1878 he once more returned to Provo, locating on the place where he now lives, and where he built a fine home in 1881. On his farm Mr. Jones has four acres of fine fruit, raising peaches, pears, apricots, apples and plums. He owns a large amount of property, having one farm of one hundred acres located on Provo bench, which is the best alfalfa land in the country. He has also been quite successful as a raiser of hogs, having as high as a hundred head at a time.
In the summer of 1858, our subject was in the employment of the Young Express Company, carrying United States mail, and being stationed at Fort Seminole, at Devil's Gate, where he had many exciting scenes with the Indians.
Mr. Jones was married in 1856 to Susannah Boren, daughter of Coleman and Malinda Boren, one of the old families of this place, coming here in 1851. Nine children have been born of this marriage, six of whom are living,--John Edwards; Stephen; Charles E.; Rosa Bell, wife of J. I. Robinson, of ayson; Anna and Irvin; William C., the second child, died at the age of thirteen years; Minerva, the third child, died at the age of twenty years; Lizzie, the seventh child, died at the age of seven years.
In politics Mr. Jones is a Democrat, but has never participated actively in the work of the party or held public office. He has given the most of his time to his large interests and to ir-rigation matters, in which he is deeply interested, being for a number of years a Director in the Provo Bench and Irrigation Company. As a young man he took quite an active interest in Church work, and has contributed liberally to the work of the Church, as well as to public enterprises. He is regarded as a very successful business man and enjoys the confidence and respect of a large circle of friends."
According to the above biography (some of which is definitely NOT correct, such as Moses being born in Indiana), Moses and his family should have been living in Pottawattamie County, IA in 1850, but I find no trace of them. The description of the trip to Salt Lake is pretty colorful. Vicki