Shadrack Empey

21 Jun 1822 - 26 Oct 1896

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Shadrack Empey

21 Jun 1822 - 26 Oct 1896
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Shadrack Empey and His Four Sons (This historical sketch was gathered and compiled by Mildred Empey and read at the Empey Reunion July 17, 1949.) Shadrack Empey was born the 21st day of June 1822 at Eatonbray, Bedfordshire, England. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint

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Shadrack Empey


Lehi Cemetery

1098 N 400 E St
Lehi, Utah, Utah
United States

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Born in Bedfordshire England
Died in Al Ammon Idaho

Son of Ann & S Empy


November 21, 2011


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Shadrack Empey and his four sons

Contributor: Celique Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Shadrack Empey and His Four Sons (This historical sketch was gathered and compiled by Mildred Empey and read at the Empey Reunion July 17, 1949.) Shadrack Empey was born the 21st day of June 1822 at Eatonbray, Bedfordshire, England. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the 21st day of November, 1851 at Whipsnaid, Bedfordshire, England by Daniel Matthews. He was confirmed on the 22nd day of November 1851 by Samuel Empey. He was twenty nine years old. He left Whipsnaid on the 8th day of January 1853 for Salt Lake City. He left the port of Liverpool on January 17th and landed at New Orleans on March 6th, and Salt Lake City on October 11, 1853. He arrived at Lehi on March 1854. It took twenty eight days to get to New Orleans from from the time he left Whipsnaid- and it was nine months and three days before he arrived in Salt Lake City. He was ordained a Seventy in the 44th Quorum by S.F. Driggs on the 4th day of May 1860. He was called on a mission to England on Oct. 7, 1875 and started on that mission on Oct. 18, 1875. He arrived back home on May 6, 1876 after being released from his labors in England on account of illness. When Shadrack Empey came from England he brought his wife and six month old son with him. This son was Ephraim, and his mother carried him across the plains in her arms. The following poem might well apply to Ann Athes Empey: PIONEER MOTHER By Ruth H. Chadwick She held him close to nestle near her breast, And tired to hush each fitful baby moan; Tenderly her aching arms caressed The thin, frail body, hot against her own. Into the blackened strangeness of the night, Beyond the covered wagons’ friendly sphere, She gazed as lurking shadows grew in the night To feed her soul’s anxiety and fear. Her sleepless eyes then sought the stars above, And silent words made up her anguished prayer: “Oh, Father, spare this dear one that I love, And make me strong to carry my fill share,” She held him close, and from her stalwart soul Flowed living faith that blessed and made him whole. In 1888 Ephraim, who was thirty-six years old, came to Idaho. He and his wife Sarah Ann Rhoades (she was born the year that Johnston’s Army came to Utah), and their six children made the trip which took them three weeks. They were the parents of eleven children. Joseph Empey was born November 26, 1858 in Lehi, Utah. On December 29, 1878 he married Chrisitie Lewis. He was baptized Nov. 18, 1877. John and Elmira Norton Empey came to Idaho in 1887. They first settled on a ranch in West Iona. They lived there two years and then moved to what is called the south branch of Iona. Later this was made into the Ammon Ward. Here they homesteaded the ranch one mile east of the Ammon Store. Alfred Empey came to Idaho in November 1898 and lived in the home where Oren Empey is now living. In March 1899 his wife, Mary Lewis Empey, and seven children came to join him. They spent their life on that ranch- and in 1917 they filed on a claim on Sellars Creek in the hills east of Ammon. Alfred liked livestock and always had some around him. He especially liked good horses. He was fearless, courageous, and honest. In 1935 his wife died and he grieved for her until Oct 26, 1937; after a short illness he passed on. He was 74 years, 9 months, and 6 days old. He has a family of eight living children- two daughters having passed on before his death. Of the large family of twelve children only four reached maturity and raised families. They, all four, Ephraim, Joseph, Alfred, and John came to Idaho and made their homes. Wherever you look at their work, it all spells toil and labor. When I look over the acres and acres of land on Homer Creek where Joseph Empey plowed and planted with horses, not the machinery now available, I think we owe him a lot of respect for he would have been ambitious to do all that work. The reports I have of Ephraim show that the always endeavored to have a good Christian home for his family. I knew John Empey, and he enjoyed life with his family and neighbors. He was interested in the community in which he lived. Hunting and fishing were his favorite sports. His family was his pride and joy.

Jesse & Mary Empey Family story

Contributor: Celique Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

: Apr. 4, 1825 Eaton Bray Bedfordshire, England Death: Sep. 22, 1856 Nebraska, USA JESSE & MARY FOULKS EMPEY & FAMILY (Willie Handcart Company) Jesse Empey was born in Bedfordshire, England, 4 Apr 1825, the son of Joseph Empey [Impey] (1786-1826) and Eiizabeth Kempton (1786-1859). He married Mary Foulks [Folks] (1826-1859) 29 January 1846, in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England. She was the daughter of William Foulks (1800-1878) and Elizabeth Jane Turner (1800-1866). On 16 December 1846, their first child William was born in Totternhoe. On 8 October 1849, their second son James was born (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). After hearing the gospel, Jesse and Mary were baptized on 22 July 1850. On 15 Feb 1852, their daughter Mary Ann (Annie) was born. A few years later, Eliza was born on 2 April 1854. She only lived a short time, dying in 1855. Their last child Sarah Jane was born 11 Jun 1855 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). In England, Jesse was a farmer who also raised sheep. To occupy his time while herding sheep, he braided hemp into strands for a factory to make straw hats. He saved all his braiding money for his journey to Utah with the Saints. People knew him as an industrious, honest, and thrifty man ( In 1856, Jesse and Mary and their young family (the children were all under the age of eight and Sarah Jane was only a year old) left their home in Tottenhoe. They traveled to Liverpool, boarded the ship Thornton, and left for America on 4 May 1856. Family records indicate that they traveled with fifteen other families (Sarah Jane Empey). Seven hundred and sixty Latter-day Saints were on board. According to the ship's manifest the family was located in the lower deck (Brigham Young University). On 14 Jun 1865, the Thornton arrived in New York, and a tug boat landed the emigrants at Castle Garden. On 17 June 1865, the company left New York by railroad and traveled to Dunkirk, New York where they boarded the steamer Jersey City and sailed to Toledo, Ohio, arriving on 21 Jun 1865. The next day they reached Chicago. On 23 Jun 1865, the company left Chicago by railroad. On 26 Jun 1865, the emigrants arrived at Iowa City (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). When the pioneers arrived at Iowa City, they discovered that three other handcart companies had already left for Utah. Because of the poor communication of the time period, no carts or supplies were ready for the journey, and they had to wait three weeks at the Iowa Camp, where they celebrated the Fourth of July (Chislett). [To demonstrate how far behind the Willie Company was, accounts state that Independence Rock, in Wyoming, is so named because the westward pioneers needed to arrive there before the 4th of July in order to get to their destination in safety before the arrival of winter] (Independence Rock). On 15 July 1856, the Saints left Iowa and traveled for nearly a month. On 11 Aug 1856, they crossed the Missouri River by ferry and arrived at the camp at Florence, Nebraska. In Florence, some of the pioneers decided to not go on, and the company stayed for a few days and then began the remainder of their journey on 16 Aug 1856 (Willie). The first month of the journey was filled with the trials of pioneer life. At times the saints experienced sandy roads, terrible storms, straying cattle, broken handcarts, lack of water, etc. One day a buffalo was killed which provided meat for the pioneers (Willie). On Monday, 22 September 1856, tragedy struck the Empey family. The pioneers left camp that day at about 7:30 a.m., stopped at noon, and camped for the night on the North Fork Platte River. It had been a hard long day with the roads being "very heavy and sandy and a mist of rain falling." Despite these challenges, the Saints had covered from 18 to 20 miles since the morning (Willie). About an hour after the making camp in the afternoon, Jesse Empey died. The Willie Journal reported that he was age 31 and died from scrofula, type of tuberculosis. Levi Savage noted in his journal, "Brother [Jesse] Emp[e]y departed this life at half past one p.m. One of his hands and armes (sic) was nearly covered with putrefied (sic) sores. I Should Suppose hereditary, He has been having the ague [a fever marked by chills, fever, and sweating at intervals]. Some time past but whom thought him dangerous" (Savage). The next day he was buried. The Willie Journal states, "Bro. Empy was buried this morning before starting of Camp, a suitable wooden inscription being placed on the grave." The company was only two days from Chimney Rock (Woodward). The pioneers continued on their journey, experiencing early winter storms, icy river crossings, and starvation. Sarah Jane Empey's biography notes, "Mrs. Empey went without food many times to enable her children to have the necessary food" ( After surviving the trials at Sixth Crossing and Rocky Ridge, the Empey family again experienced tragedy, just days before reaching the Salt Lake Valley. On 7 November 1856, the Willie Journal records that the camp rolled on, crossed a steep hill, came into East Canyon, crossed the East Canyon Creek several times, and camped in a cottonwood grove. Finally the journal noted the three deaths of the day including, "William Empey from Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire, England, aged 9 years." The company entered the Salt Lake Valley on Sunday, 9 November 1856 (Willie). In 1857, widow Mary Empey married Daniel Collett. They had a daughter, Eliza Ann Collett, born 3 Sep 1858, in Lehi, Utah. Less than a year later, Mary died on 31 Aug 1859 in Lehi. Shadrach Empey, Jesse Empey's older brother who had emigrated to Utah with his family in 1853, and his wife Ann took the three Empey children into their home with their family after their mother's death. In the 1860 census of Lehi, Utah, the three children are shown living with Shadrach, Ann and their two children. Also living with them was Ann Folks Empey, sister of Jesse's wife Mary, whom Shadrach had married in polygamy ( . In 1875, Annie (Mary Ann) married Samuel Southwick in the Endowment House and left the Empey household. She raised a large family and died 19 Apr 1919 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Written family history suggests that Sarah Jane was left among five boys. "Her uncle and step brothers treated her as if they were their very own." However, James found it more difficult to adjust to his new home. Sarah Jane's biography details that he "found it more difficult to adjust to his new environment. He considered himself too old to go to school, so his uncle had him herd the cows" ( One day, Sarah Jane overheard her uncle and brother quarreling, James threatened to leave, and his uncle laughed because he didn't think James was sincere. Sarah Jane thought that he would leave and decided to follow him. After walking for a while, James suddenly paused, and Sarah Jane hid in some bushes. She heard some horses approaching and saw several Indians grab her brother and ride off with him. She ran home and told her uncle what had happened. They began searching immediately and followed the horses' tracks to a small river. The searchers found upturned dirt and large amounts of blood which suggested signs of a struggle. No one was able to find out what had happened to James. Sarah Jane's biography notes that she "was of the opinion that her brother had been scalped and thrown into the river" ( In April 1875, Sarah Jane married William Briggs. She raised a large family and died 16 Jan 1935, in Blackfoot, Idaho (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). As Elder M. Russell Ballard stated, "We cannot begin to understand the journeys made by those who laid the foundation of this dispensation until we understand their spiritual underpinnings. Once we make that connection, however, we will begin to see how their journeys parallel our own. There are lessons for us in every footstep they took—lessons of love, courage, commitment, devotion endurance, and most of all, faith" (Ballard 59). Ancestry: Curtis & Joanne Christensen > Keith L Christensen > Lottie Empey > Alfred Empey > Shadrach Empey (brother of Jesse Empey)

1876 Hannah and Lorenzo Jarman's Baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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According to Mary Jarman, mother of Hannah and Lorenzo Jarman, after the death of her mother, Martha Bright, she was raised by her grandmother, who was a member of the Mormon Church. In her history she wrote, "None of my children were as yet members of the Church, nor had they heard anything about it only what I had told them, but my oldest son, Lorenzo and my daughter, Hannah, wished to be baptized." Hannah had never been to a meeting, but she walked seven miles in the month of March 1876 to get baptized. As there was no one else to go in the water, she came home again bringing with her Brother John Hopkins and Brother Shadrack Empy. But she was still determined to get that ordinance attended to, and even though the night was a bitter cold one, she and Lorenzo were baptized. Brother Hopkins baptized both of them." Later, Lorenzo's daughter, Wilhelmina Coop Jarman Tanner related the following in her autobiography, "I am grateful to the L.D.S. missionaries who helped to convert my grandparents and parents. I am thankful for their progenitors. Because of their faith, perseverance, diligence and sacrifices I am privileged to be a member of the L.D.S. church and a citizen of this wonderful United States." Side note: Shadrach Empey is the 2x great grandfather of Curtis Keith Christensen who is married to Joanne Frost, the great granddaughter of Lorenzo Jarman. Sources: History of Lorenzo Jarman and Esther Hannah Coop Jarman. Compiled by Mina Coop Jarman Tanner (daughter) Elinor Critchlow Frost and Margaret Critchlow Weight (granddaughters) Spring 1970 and Autobiography of Wilhelmina Coop Jarman Tanner. Edited for this memory by Joanne Frost Christensen, great granddaughter of Lorenzo Jarman, 2017.

Trials of Parenthood--Shadrach & Ann Athes Empey

Contributor: Celique Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Shadrach Empey was born in 1822, to Joseph Empey and Elizabeth Kempson at Eatonbray, Bedfordshire, England. Ann Athes was born in 1827, to William Athes and Elizabeth Prior at Chedington, Bucks, England. In 1847, he married Ann Athes at Eatonbray, Bedfordshire, England. In 1850, Shadrach and Ann Empey were baptized into the LDS Church. Their first three children, Elizabeth Ann, Carolyn, and Jane Ann, all died in infancy between 1848 and 1851. Their first son, Ephriam Shadrach, was born in 1852. They must have emigrated soon after, as they arrived in Utah with an ox team on 11 Oct 1852, in the George Kendall Company when Ephriam was only 4 1/2 months old. It must have taken a lot of faith to travel with their young baby after losing three other children. They settled in Lehi, Utah. In March 1855, their son, George, was born in Lehi. William, was born in 1856. Both of these boys died before they were six months old. In 1858, Shadrach married Ann Folks in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was a polygamist marriage. Not much is know about Ann Foulks. She was a sister to Jesse Empey's wife Mary Foulks. In 1858, Shadrach and Ann's son, Joseph, was born. David Hyrum, was born 1861. On 3 August 1861 Shadrach and Ann were sealed. In March 1862, their son David Hyrum died, age 1 year. Shadrach's brother, Jesse, died on his way to Utah. When his wife, Mary, died in 1859, Shadrach took their children into his home as his own. Life in pioneer Lehi was not easy. One day Shadrach's nephew, James, ran away from the farm after he had an argument with Shadrach. His sister, Sarah Jane, followed him. He eventually stopped, and she hid in the bushes. Suddenly some Indians rode up. One of them grabbed James. Sarah Jane ran back and told Shadrach. They followed the horse tracks which led back to a small river. By the banks of the river, Shadrach could tell there had been a struggle because of the upturned dirt and large amounts of blood present there. No one was able to find out what had happened, but Sarah Jane thought that her brother had been scalped and thrown into the river. In 1863, Shadrach and Ann’s son, Alfred was born at Lehi, Utah. In 1865, their son John was born at Lehi. In 1868, their son, Amos, was born; he died at age 13 months. In 1870, their son, Orren, was born; he died at the age of 1 1/2 years. In total, Shadrack and Ann were the parents of twelve children, however, only four lived throughout childhood. Shadrach was a director of the Lehi Co-op. He was a farmer and was prominent in civic affairs. He lived in Lehi throughout his life. The Empeys were faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shadrach was a member of the 44th Quorum of Seventies. He served a mission to England in 1875-1876. During this time he was instrumental in the conversion of Lorenzo Jarman. Shadrach is the 2nd great grandfather of Curtis Keith Christensen, husband of Joanne Frost Christensen, great granddaughter of Lorenzo Jarman. [Descendency: Ann Athes and Shadrach Empey > Alfred Empey > Lottie Empey > Keith Christensen > Curtis Keith Christensen] Compiled by Joanne Frost Christensen

Life timeline of Shadrack Empey

Shadrack Empey was born on 21 Jun 1822
Shadrack Empey 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.
Shadrack Empey 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.
Shadrack Empey 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.
Shadrack Empey was 39 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
Shadrack Empey 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.
Shadrack Empey 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.
Shadrack Empey died on 26 Oct 1896 at the age of 74
Grave record for Shadrack Empey (21 Jun 1822 - 26 Oct 1896), BillionGraves Record 418525 Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States