William Madison Wall History
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Wall, William Madison, Bishop of the Provo 4th Ward, Utah Stake, Utah, from 1852 to 1854, was born Sept. 30, 1821, in Rottenham County, North Carolina, the son of Isaac and Nancy Wall. He was baptized in May, 1842, assisted in organizing the Mormon Battalion, and came to Utah in 1850. He was ordained a Bishop Aug. 22, 1852, by Isaac Higbee, and died Sept. 18, 1869, in Provo, Utah. ============================================================== Our Pioneer Heritage Volume 1 Their Contribution To Utah Two Missions To Australia
William Madison Wall, son of Isaac Wall and Nancy Liddiard, was born September 30, 1821, in Rockingham County, North Carolina. At the age of seven years he was left an orphan and for a short time went to live with his uncle. He then lived with a family by the name of Haws and when nineteen years old married their daughter, Nancy. They were married June 7, 1840. She was born August 23, 1823, in Wayne County, Illinois. They heard the teachings of Elder Arvel Cox and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842. The family was living in Nauvoo at the time of the persecutions of the Saints and during this time a baby girl was born to them whom they named Nancy Isabelle. In the spring of 1850, they left with their five childrenfor the long journey across the plains to Utah. They entered Salt Lake City in September of that year. ======================================== June 27, 1857, the American ship Lucas, sailed from Sydney with sixty-nine Saints, Elder William Madison Wall, president;
Our Pioneer Heritage Volume 1 Their Contribution To Utah Ships Sailing From the Islands June 27, 1857 the American ship Lucas sailed from Sydney with 69 Saints on board, bound for Utah. Elder William Madison Wall was president of the company and Elder Absalom P. Dowdle was superintendent ================================================================ Heart Throbs of the West Heart Throbs of the West: Volume 6 Rugged Men of the West True To His Faith
William Madison Wall was born September 30, 1821, and came to Utah September, 1850, in the Jonathan Foote Company. He was captain of fifty in that company. He was well acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and was one of those brave, courageous men who suffered imprisonment and persecution of all kinds for the sake of his religion. In July, 1852, he became Bishop of the Fourth Ward in Provo. On the 23rd of April, 1853, Brigham Young gave an order for a company of soldiers to be sent to Southern Utah. Captain William Wall left Provo with forty-five armed men on a military inspection of the southern settlements and to help strengthen them against the Indians. On April 31, 1853, Captain Wall had several talks with members of the Pauvany Piede Indians. He had been sent on many missions to the Indians and had learned to talk with them in their own language and won their love by his courage.
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A Journal of the Company of Saints on the Ship, Lucas
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The L.D.S. Church chartered this ship, Lucas, to carry all the saints from Australia to America and Utah if they desired.
The company left Sidney, Australia on the ship, Lucas, June 27, 1857, with Captain J. C. Daggett in command.
June 18, 1857. Organization as follows by a special conference at Sydney, New Wales, Australia.
William M. Wall, president
Absolem P. Dowdle, first counselor and superintendent of provisions and supplies.
George Roberts, second counselor
George Hunter, acting teacher
William Hawkins, acting teacher [p.1]
Robert Arbon Elder William Gingell Elder
Hannah Arbon Wife Mary Ann Gingell Wife
Jane Arbon daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Gingell daughter
Russel Arbon son Eliza Gingell daughter
John Arbon son Henry Thweiles Gingell son
Ann Maria Arbon daughter David Thomas Gingell son
Joseph Cadd non-member Josiah William Gingell son
Sophia Elizabeth Cadd born on board, blessed Sept 27, 1857
Joseph Cadd son, member Enoch Eldredge Gurr Elder
Heber Cadd son, member Ruth Buckman Gurr wife
Richard Bowden Teacher James Gurr son
Mary Bowden wife Sarah Gurr daughter
George Hunter Teacher Ruben Gurr son
Elizabeth Hunter wife Susannah Gurr daughter
William Robb Elder Peter Gurr son
Ellen Robb wife John Stuchberry non-member
William Robb son Emma Stuchberry wife, member
Ann Robb daughter Ann Stuchberry daughter
Ellen Robb daughter George Roberts Elder
Thomas Robb son Susan Roberts wife
Alexander Robb son Robert Cochrane Elder
George Robb son Tresa Cochrane wife
John Robb son Tresa Cochrane daughter
Adam Robb son Robert John Cochrane son
George Burton Elder Charles Cochrane son, born on ship
Ann Burton wife George Ward
Clara Jane Burton daughter Edmund Ward
Amelia Christiana Burton daughter Edmund John Harris Elder
George Alma Burton son Richard Rillstone
William Gurr Teacher Sarah Ann Rillstone wife
Sarah Elizabeth Gurr daughter,born on board ship, blessed Sept. 27, 1857 [p.2] William Wall Rillstone son
William Heber Gurr son
Absolom P. Dowdle inspected supplies and provisions and reported all things ready for sea on the 26th of June 1857.
June 27, 1857, Saturday: The pilot came on board ship at eight o'clock and gave orders to weigh anchor. Ship under way at nine o'clock. Soon after the ship was under way, Brother Stewart Clark and Chaffin Potter had come on board. They accompanied us to the mouth of the harbor, about seven miles from Sydney. Then they took an affectionate farewell, bestowing their blessings upon the company. Captain, officers and crew soon left Sydney in the distance, having a fair wind from the West; driving us at the rate of seven knots per hour toward the east. The sea being rough, seasickness commenced that night and was very unpleasant.
June 28, Sunday: Weather fine. Wind from the West. Sea still rough. Most of the company seasick. In the afternoon the wind changed ten points to the North. It blew a gale for some time, with heavy rain.
June 29, Monday: This morning President Wall called a prayer meeting of all those able to attend. Wind fair. Ship making seven knots per hour. Morning being pleasant most of the Saints came on deck. Sickness abating.
June 30, Tuesday: This morning the wind has fallen off, leaving almost a calm. Company still improving of seasickness. At nine o'clock company assembled for prayers. Elder Dowdle made prayer, also made a few remarks on being united and obeying the orders of the Church. President Wall followed with a few remarks on the same subject. He [p.3] then nominated George Hunter and William Hawkins as teachers of the company. After services the wind freshened and carried us at the rate of ten knots per hour. In the afternoon had a gale from northwest. It continued to blow hard all afternoon.
July 1, Wednesday: This morning the gale continues to blow. The sea is very rough and most of the company are very seasick. About four o'clock in the afternoon there was a sharp squall of wind that carried off the fore-sail and the main top-sail, also the fore top-mast. Before the sails gave way the ship laid over on her beam. The duration of the squall was but short. The ship soon righted itself from her perilous condition, letting most of the canvas fall on deck, to the joy of all on board the ship. Squalls at intervals during the night.
July 2, Thursday: This morning a steady gale, very rough. Most of the Saints very sick. Attended prayers this morning; singing and prayer. President Wall and Dowdle address the Company for a short time. Peace reigned on board all day. Met in the evening for prayer. Prayer by Elder George Hunter. Singing.
July 3, Friday: This morning sea very rough, wind moderate, seasickness abating. Met for prayers at eight o'clock. Prayer by Elder Robb. Singing. President Wall and Dowdle gave instructions to the Saints on cleanliness, order, and government of families. Sister Rawlins very sick, administered to by President Wall and Dowdle. A good spirit prevails, prayers in the evening.
July 4, Saturday: This morning the wind was very light, almost a calm. Weather fine mending sails and getting the ship in sailing trim. At nine o'clock [p.4] Prayer, Elder Dowdle made prayer, singing. Good feeling throughout the day. In the afternoon President Wall and Dowdle administered to Sister Rillstone [Sarah Rillston]. She received immediate strength. Prayers at eight o'clock in the evening by President Wall. Singing.
July 5, Sunday: This morning fine wind ahead, sending the ship some two or three points toward the Southward, meeting at eleven o'clock. Hymn on page 109. Prayer by President Wall. Singing on the 293 page. Elder Dowdle than addressed the Company on the first principles of the gospel. Hymn on page 257. Benediction by Elder Dowdle. In the evening President Wall preached an excellent discourse showing the advantages to be derived from the spread of the Gospel. Elder Dowdle also spoke upon the principles of obedience and safe care of the provisions and water. After meeting the wind began to rise.
July 6, Monday: This morning very wet and uncomfortable. Strong breeze all night. Sea very rough, making but little headway. Little sail set. Prayer by George Hunter; singing. In the evening had prayer. Elder Gurr made prayer, singing.
July 7, Tuesday: This morning weather fine. Ship steering Northeast, half North, nearly fair. Met for prayers at nine o'clock. Singing, some feelings manifested about the provisions, but all was settled, and good feelings prevailed again. Prayer by Elder George Burton. After prayer Elder Wall made remarks on the subject of punctuality. Requested the Saints to be on hand at the time appointed for prayers. [p.5]
July 8, Wednesday: This morning at daylight we came in sight of those islands called the Three Kings. About thirty miles to the North of New Zealand. They lay about thirty miles distant from us on our starboard bow. We have made excellent headway, considering all things much better than we anticipated. Wind fair, ship heading northeast half South in order to round the North Cape of New Zealand. All well on board this morning. Assembled for prayer, singing. Prayer by Elder George Roberts, after which we spent some time in singing. A good spirit seemed to prevail throughout. About twelve o'clock the wind began to fall off. In the evening almost a dead calm. In the evening, prayer by Elder Wall, singing. Wind still favorable.
July 9, Thursday: This morning a light wind, almost a calm. Prayer after which President Wall and Dowdle made arrangements about the provisions. After dinner Elder Dowdle and Elder Hunter weighed out a portion of the provisions to the passengers such as they desired to be weighed out to them. Weather dull. Prayer and singing in the evening.
July 10, Friday: This morning wind ahead, making no headway. Some feelings with one of the brethren. He acknowledged his error and asked forgiveness which was granted and good feelings prevailed. Attended Prayers this morning. Elder Dowdle offered up the prayer. Singing, also exhorted the Saints to be humble and to be more united. President Wall also gave some instructions. Singing. Wind unfavorable through the day. Prayer before going to bed. [p.6]
July 11, Saturday: This morning quite a calm. Sea rolling heavily. A mist all around. Assembled for prayers. Elder Wall led prayers. Elder Dowdle made a few remarks. For a short time good feelings prevailed throughout. Prayers this evening with singing.
July 12, Sunday: Weather thick and misty, quite a calm sea, still rolling heavily. Assembled for meeting between decks at eleven o'clock. Elder Hunter led prayer. Elder Roberts spoke to the Saints and preached an excellent discourse In the afternoon a wind sprung up but was very variable, shifting all around the compass, at last settling in the West. It began to blow quite a gale toward night. Prayers at eight. Elder Dowdle led prayer. After most of the Company had retired to bed they were alarmed by a heavy sea which struck the ship shaking her from end to end and half filling her upper deck with water. She sustained no damage. President Wall and Dowdle went and pacified the frightened ones and soon all was right. The gale lasted through the night. Latitude 32 -50.
July 13, Monday: This day a fair wind but quite a gale. Sea running very high, but little sail set. Assembled for prayers. President Wall and Dowdle gave some instructions to the Saints. In the afternoon more sail set and we started off at a good pace. In the evening had prayer meeting, testimony bearing, and had quite a good time. Good feelings prevailed through the company.
July 14, Tuesday: This morning going along first rate. Weather fine. After breakfast and all was cleaned up assembled for prayer. Elder Dowdle led prayer, singing. This day all sail set, a good steady breeze, but toward night wind calmed down. Prayer this evening. [p.7]
July 15, Wednesday: This morning wind fair but light. Weather fine. Elder Wall confined to his bed on account of his health. Assembled for prayer. Elder Hunter offered the Prayer. Singing. About 2 p.m. a breeze sprung up from the South. A fine black fish seen astern of the vessel. Most of the Company on deck pursuing such avocations as each one liked. Had prayers by Elder Dowdle.
July 16, Thursday: This morning a steady breeze, weather fine. Prayer and singing. Elder Robb and Gigell [William Gingell or Gengell] spoke. Also President Wall. Provisions weighed out after dinner. Elder Roberts made out a scale showing the amount of provisions for each family. President Wall assisted Dowdle in serving the provisions. Had prayer and singing in the evening.
July 17, Friday: This morning a dead calm. This weather fine. Assembled for prayers offered by Elder Harris this morning. A fine black fish seen playing around the vessel at prayer time. Elder Wall exhorted the Saints on the necessity of keeping themselves pure. Especially the female part of the company, as the Lord intended them to have the privilege of bringing forth bodies for the noble spirits. During the prayer a fine breeze sprung up. Weather fine. Company in good spirits most of the sisters occupied with sewing. Latitude 32 South. In the afternoon wind shifted two points ahead. In the evening had prayer given by President Wall before going to bed. Variable winds.
July 18, Saturday: This morning wind variable, weather dull with sleet and rain. Had prayer and singing, a good feeling prevailed. [p.8]
[P. 9] July 19, Sunday: This morning weather fine. Wind from the Northeast. Meeting at eleven o'clock, hymn on page 272. Elder Dowdle made prayer and also preached an excellent discourse. President Wall followed with a few remarks cautioning the brethren against taking the name of the Lord in vain. Concluded by singing hymn on page 112. Day passed away pleasantly. In the evening had a testimony meeting. Enjoyed ourselves very much. Variable winds at night.
July 20, Monday: This morning wind ahead. Weather fair. Had prayer. All the company enjoys good health. Had prayer and singing in the evening. Elder Burton led prayer and singing continued as long as the people felt disposed. There is a want of unit among us and not the best of feelings among us. We have made but little progress on our journey, considering the distance we have to go.
July 21, Tuesday: This morning wind still in the same quarter. Glass shows weather set fair, moon changes tonight. Expect a change of wind. Prayer this morning, Elder Dowdle made prayer. Singing and prayer in the evening.
July 22, Wednesday: This morning wind still blowing from the Eastward ahead. Prayer and singing this morning and in the evening.
July 23, Thursday: Wind still ahead blowing very strong making all things miserable. Prayer this morning with singing. Continued to blow hard all day. This evening the subject of baptism was discussed. Elder Roberts did not attend on account of sickness.
July 24, Friday: Blowing strong all night, still ahead. Prayer this morning led by Elder Hunter. President Wall spoke on the celebration of the 24th [p.9] of July but as the weather was boisterous each was to do the best he could. Elder Dowdle spoke upon this eventful day. Weather fine. Prayer in the evening.
July 25, Saturday: Wind shifted in the night toward the North, blowing quite a gale making it very rough and uncomfortable. Assembled for prayer between decks this morning also in the evening attended with singing. Gale all day.
July 26, Sunday: Fair wind this morning, hardly any sail set. Sea very rough. Assembled between decks to hold meeting at eleven o'clock. Elder Dowdle addressed the company. Latitude 32-12, more sail set. Weather fine. Also had a testimony meeting in the evening. Some of the brothers bore their testimony. Elder Dowdle was impressed by the spirit to tell the Saints to arise from their sleepiness and humble themselves and serve the Lord more faithfully. A fine breeze before going to bed. All sail set.
July 27, Monday: This morning wind fair, going along first rate. At nine-thirty a.m. had prayer and singing. Barometer low and it gives signs that bad weather is near at hand. In the evening had prayer with singing. Before midnight a squall overtook us and was likely to damage the ship as all sails were set. But she only sustained the tearing of two of her sails.
July 28, Tuesday: Wind fair, right aft. Heavy sea running but little sail set on account of strong wind blowing. Attended prayer this morning. Elder Wall made prayer and also gave some good instructions to the young women. Weather squally. Prayer in the evening by Elder Dowdle, also singing. A good feeling prevails throughout. [p.10]
July 29, Wednesday: Blowing very hard this morning, averaging 8 to 12 knots per hour, weather fine. Elder Gurr made prayer, singing. Also before going to bed had prayer. President Wall offered up the prayer also gave some good instructions followed by Elder Dowdle. Latitude 31-30; longitude 168-12.
July 30, Thursday: Wind fair this morning. Elder Hunter offered prayer. Hymns sung. Longitude 163.2. Had a prayer meeting this evening. Elder Wall offered up prayer afterwards. The privilege was given the brothers and sisters that liked to bear their testimony to the truth of the work. We had a good time.
July 31, Friday: Wind fair but light. Mercury high. Weather cloudy. Assembled at 9:30 A.M. for prayer. Elder Dowdle made prayer. Singing. Good feeling prevailed. Latitude 29 South. Had prayer this evening, Elder Roberts led prayer.
August 1, Saturday: Wind variable. This morning had prayer by Elder Dowdle. Singing. A slight disturbance with two of the brethren but all was soon right by their forgiving one another. In the evening had prayer by Elder Dowdle. President Wall gave some good instructions on the principle of forgiveness. Elder Dowdle also gave some good instructions. A good spirit among us.
August 2, Sunday: This morning weather cloudy. Assembled between decks to hold meeting at eleven o'clock. Opened by singing and prayer. Elder Dowdle spoke on the subject of baptism. Also on his testimony to the truth of Joseph Smith being a prophet and exhorted the Saints to faithfulness. Dismissed by Elder Roberts. Presidency named and blessed a child. Child belonging Robert Hamblin. The afternoon spent by the Saints according to each ones feelings. In the evening had testimony meeting. Singing. Elder Dowdle prayed, followed with singing. The privilege was then given for any of the brethren or sisters to speak who felt like it. Benediction by Elder Wall.
August 3, Monday: About as usual.
August 4, Tuesday: This morning air wind and weather. Going about 5 knots. Prayers, hymn " The Time is Far Spent" President Wall made prayer. Sky in the evening began to look tropical. In the evening had prayer and singing. After difficulty arose before going to bed. President Wall soon restored peace between the two brethren. Latitude 26.55; longitude 157.26. Elder Roberts voted in to teach the school.
August 5, Wednesday: This morning a calm, weather fair. Elder Dowdle made prayer and spoke for some length on the nature of covenant. Elder Roberts spoke on having an assistant to help him with the school in the afternoon. School commenced between decks.
August 6, Thursday. This morning high winds. Pace about 3 knots per hour. Weather fine. This morning Elder Hawkins offered to assist Elder Roberts in teach the school. In the evening had prayer by Elder Wall. One of the brethren asked forgiveness of the brethren for which was granted unanimously. Several of the brethren bore their testimonies to the truth of the work.
August 7, Friday: Variable winds, weather fine. Going about two knots. Prayer this morning also prayers in the evening. Elder Dowdle made prayers. Singing. School at 2 p.m. Provisions weighed out. Elder Wall wished me to remember a dream he had on Thursday evening, Aug. 6th. "He saw one of his wives enter his cabin where he was sleeping and asked him many questions. How he got on since he left home also how the company liked him, etc. He asked her about home and was told they were all [p.11] well. After this he told her she must be tired after coming so far to see him. He told her there was a spare bed beneath him where she could rest. But she declined and left the cabin and departed."
August 8, Saturday: This morning a calm until 9 o'clock when a light wind struck up from Southeast where we expect trades from. President Wall made prayer this morning. School at 2 p.m. Prayer in the evening, with singing. Breeze freshened before going to bed.
August 9, Sunday: This morning slight variable winds. Weather fine. In morning assembled between decks to attend meeting. Singing, prayer by President Wall, Elder Dowdle spoke on children paying obedience to their parents. President Wall spoke on the same subject. Meeting dismissed by President Wall. In the evening had a good testimony meeting. Good feeling prevailed among the Saints. Breeze freshened before going to bed.
August 10, Monday: Wind right ahead. Weather fine mercury of to 80Âº. Assembled between decks for prayer. Elder Dowdle made prayer. Waster measured out this morning, an American gallon given to each person each day. School at 2 p.m. In the evening prayer, singing, Prayer Elder George Roberts. The night warm.
August 11, Tuesday: This morning wind coming from same quarter. Weather fine but cloudy. Assembled between decks for prayer. A difficult arose between two families which was not settled before going to bed.
August 13, Thursday: Wind from southeast. Prayer by Elder Wall. The difficulty settled this morning. President Wall and Dowdle spoke to the saints. Going about 5 knots per hour. Prayer and singing this evening.
August 14, Friday: Weather fine. Steering North latitude 19. A small disturbance about the water. The captain settled it by issuing order for each one to leave half of his water with the cook. Prayers this morning. President Wall spoke upon the principle of obedience. School at 2 p.m. In the evening prayers and singing.
August 15, Saturday: Weather fine. Latitude 1630. Elder Dowdle made prayer. Singing, school 2 p.m. During tea time one of the children, daughter of John Stuckberry, climbed upon an old stove fell back and the pipe which was loose fell too. It struck her foot, cutting it very badly. Prayers and singing.
August 16, Sunday: From West, weather fine. Assembled between decks for prayers. Elder Dowdle made prayer. President Wall and Dowdle spoke for a short time. But soon dismissed as the weather was very hot. The wife of Robert Cochrane gave birth to a son at 11:30 o'clock. In the evening had meeting on deck. Prayer by Elder Dowdle, he also spoke to the Saints. President Wall also spoke.
Aug. 17, Monday: This morning calm. Wind very light. At 11 o'clock breeze freshened and continued to blow hard all day. Prayer this morning by Elder Roberts, singing. No school in afternoon on account of their moving coals from the stern to the head of the ship. Prayer and singing.
Aug. 18, Tuesday: This morning wind hauled more ahead, sending us more to the West. The most dangerous part of the Pacific Ocean. Prayer by Elder Dowdle. President Wall gave council to the brethren in regards to their children, to have them with them at prayer time, also to teach them to pray. At 2 p.m. had school on quarter deck on account of sickness between decks. latitude ll:59. This day Elder Harris declined to teach anymore. He stated his reasons that some of the parents found fault with him. Elder Dowdle volunteered his services. Elder Harris was not voted in to teach but kindly offered to assist Elder Roberts. John Stuckberry suffering with sickness. Prayers attended with singing this evening. [p.12]
August 19, Wednesday: This morning Sophia Cadd gave birth to a son at 20 minutes to 5 a.m. The wife of Joseph Cadd. Head wind this morning. Elder Robb made prayer. Mercury up to 80. Some of the children suffering with whooping cough. John Stuckberry a little better. This morning not such unit, among us as should be. Prayers attended with singing.
August 20, Thursday: Wind from the North, weather fine, very hot. Sick people improving. Elder Dowdle made prayer. School in the afternoon at 2. Elder Dowdle assisted Elder Roberts in the evening. Elder Dowdle made prayer. It being very hot the meeting was soon brought to a close.
August 21, Friday: Wind in the North, weather dull. Assembled for prayers. Elder Wall spoke on the settling of difficulties, legality, according to the order of the Church. Prayer by Elder Wall. School at 2 P.M. President Wall assisted Elder Roberts in teaching this afternoon. In the evening wind shifted. Prayers attended with singing.
August 22, Saturday: This morning variable winds, raining very close. Elder Dowdle made prayer also gave some instructions to the Saints on how to govern themselves and families. School at 2 p.m. Prayer and singing in the evening.
August 23, Sunday: This morning wind from the East, weather dull. Assembled for meeting between decks at 11 a.m. President Wall preached an excellent discourse on the subject of the Kingdom of the Lord. At about 5 P.M. a large porpoise was caught. In the evening had a testimony meeting. Many of the brethren bore their testimonies to the truth of the work in which we are engaged. Good feeling throughout.
August 24, Monday: This morning wind from the East. Numbers of flying fish, also birds seen. Brother Burton led prayer this morning. School at 2 p.m. Prayer in the evening.
August 25, Tuesday: East wind, going about 4 knots. Prayer by Elder Dowdle. He also gave some instruction. Latitude 7. School at 2 p.m. The presidency laid hands on Sister Hunter. Tonight President Wall rather sick.
August 26, Wednesday. This morning weather squally, wind from the East. Elder Dowdle officiated at prayer on account of President Wall's sickness. Elder Roberts made prayer. Elder Dowdle spoke concerning the laying on of hands. Exhorts them to be faithful. Latitude 6.6. School at 2 p.m. In the evening Elder Gurr made prayer, singing.
August 27, Thursday: Wind from the East. Going Northeast by North about 5 knots. Weather fair. Prayer this morning attended with singing. Sick improving. School at 2. In the evening attended prayer meeting between decks. President Wall and Dowdle gave some instructions. A few of the brethren bore their testimonies to the truth of the work.
August 28, Friday: Wind in same quarter, weather fine. Prayers this morning. Latitude 2. School at 2 p.m. In the evening attended prayer. President Wall gave some good instructions to the company not to find fault with one another and was pleased to see the unity among the Saints.
August 29, Saturday: Wind in same quarter, weather fine. Prayers this morning, Elder Roberts offered prayer, singing. School in afternoon. Prayers in evening. Latitude 50 miles from the line.
August 30, Sunday: Wind still from same quarter. Comfortable on account of strong breeze. Latitude 31 miles North of line. Assembled between decks at eleven O'clock for meeting. Hymns. Prayer by Elder Roberts. Good instruction given. Meeting in the evening. Elder Dowdle preached, also Elder Wall. [p.13]
August 31, Monday: Wind still from same quarter, going along about 5 knots. Weather fine. In morning Brother Hawkins led prayer. President Wall and Elder Roberts spoke. School at 2 p.m. Prayer in evening. A night of usual custom of Captain coming on deck to pay his respects to the passengers and many received a good sprinkling. A merry time while it lasted.
September 1, 1857, Tuesday: Wind still in the same quarter going about 5 knots. Elder Robb made prayer. School at 2. At school time one of Brother Robb's children was very sick. The brethren who were there said it was dying. And when President Wall and Dowdle went to administer to it, it revived a little and continued in a deep sleep until the next morning. When it awoke it was quite well and in good health. About 5 p.m. a great number of black fish came and played around the ship. Some very large ones were seen. In the evening prayer was offered by Elder Robb followed by singing.
September 2, Wednesday: Wind in same quarter. Had morning prayer by President Wall. School at 2. Prayers this evening. A fast meeting given out to be observed by all those who wished to on the morrow.
September 3, Thursday: Wind the same, very squally all day with rain. A feast attended to by the majority in the morning had a prayer meeting and most of the brethren spoke. A good spirit reigned throughout. President Wall gave some good instructions. School at 2 P.M. At night President Wall made prayer.
September 4, Friday: Light and variable winds weather squally mercury up to 85 degrees. Had prayer and singing conducted by Elder Dowdle. School at 2 and evening prayers. Very warm.
September 5, Saturday: North-east trades. Weather squally, mercury up to 85 degrees. This morning Robert Arbon made prayer. School at 2 and prayer in the evening.
September 6, Sunday: Trades. Mercury up to 86 degrees. Latitude 9 - 57. Morning meeting at eleven o'clock opened by singing. Prayer by Elder Hunter who also spoke on the gospel and on the gifts and blessings following the gospel. Three children were blessed. First the son of Robert Cochrane by Elder Wall named Charles Rich Cochrane. Born on ship Lucas on August 16. Next the son of Joseph Cadd, blessed by Elder Dowdle, named Heber Cadd, born on Lucas, August 19; and another son of Joseph Cadd born April 6, 1856, Named Joseph Cadd, after the name of his father. In the evening held a testimony meeting. Most of the brethren and sisters bore their testimony. Quite a good feeling prevailed. President Wall gave us some good instructions.
September 7, Monday: This morning wind light from Northeast. Elder Roberts made prayer. Singing. School at 2 p.m. Prayers at eight. Latitude 11.
September 8, Tuesday: This morning wind strong, coming from the Northeast. Weather fine. Elder Dowdle made prayer, singing. Latitude 13.5, Longitude 149. School interrupted by rain after one hour duration. President Wall made prayer in the evening, singing. Peace and harmony reigned.
September 9, Wednesday: Wind still from the Northeast. Heavy squalls. Sea rough. Some seasickness. Mercury up to 86. Elder Burton made prayer, singing. School at 2. Captain sick today so did not attend to his duties. In evening Elder Gurr made prayer. Still rough before going to bed. Latitude 15.7.
September 10, Thursday: Wind strong from the Northeast, mercury 86. Elder Harris prayed. This morning Presidency administered to Elder Gingell [William or Gengell]. School at 2. Captain a little better. [p.14]
Testimony meeting. Elder Roberts made prayer. Many of the Brethren bore their testimonies. Latitude 18.30.
September 11, Friday: Wind still in the North. Mercury 84. Captain a little better. Elder Dowdie made a prayer, singing. Sister Hawkins administered to by presidency. School at 2. Evening prayer. Latitude 18.30.
September 12, Saturday: Wind Northeast, mercury 82. Prayer this morning by Elder Robb. Singing. School at 2 p.m. Prayer by Elder Wall in the evening with singing.
September 13, Sunday: Wind Northeast, weather fine. Meeting at eleven o'clock, singing. Prayer Elder Hunter. President Wall spoke on the use of and progress of the Church. After meeting the presidency administered to Sister Gingell [or Gengell]. Meeting in the evening. Prayer by Elder Dowdle. Elder Roberts was called to take charge of the meeting. Most of the brethren and sisters bore their testimonies. During the meeting Sister Ann Cadd was taken very ill. After meeting the president administered to her. She received immediate relief.
September 14, Monday: This morning fine wind. President Wall made prayer. No school today on account of [-]. Prayer in the evening by Elder Gurr. This even at 20 minuted to 10 Sister Gingell gave birth to a son. All mothers that have given birth to children on board have been delivered about 20 minutes after being administered to.
September 15, Tuesday. Wind light, weather fair. Sister Gingell [Gengell] as well as could be expected. All in good spirits, good health generally. Prayer this morning by Elder Dowdle, singing. School today by Elder Dowdle. Prayer this evening by Elder Roberts.
September 16, Wednesday: Weather fine, wind light, health of company good. Prayer this morning by Elder Hunter. Peace reigned through the day. Prayer in the evening by Elder Gurr.
September 17, Thursday: Wind light. Prayer by Elder Dowdle he also made a few remarks for the Saints to prepare themselves for the trials that were yet before them. Exhorting them all to faithfulness. After which the presidency administered to Brother and Sister Gingell [or Gengell]. President Wall gave council to all to take care of their wives and children and meet at eight o'clock for prayer meeting. Elder Dowdle took charge, singing, prayer by Elder Wall. Most of the Saints bore their testimony. Good spirit prevailed. President Wall and Dowdle gave good instructions to the Saints.
September 18, Friday: This morning fair, wind light, almost a calm. Good health prevails. Prayer by President Wall. Singing. In afternoon provisions weighed out by Elder Dowdle. Prayer in the evening by Elder Gurr. President Wall gave some good instructions to the Saints to take care of themselves, also counseled children to obey their parents.
September 19, Saturday: Wind very light, weather fair, all well on board. A dull feeling manifested by some of the company. Prayer this morning by Elder William Hawkins. President Wall counseled the Saints to do right. Prayer in the evening, Elder Dowdle.
September 20, Sunday: This morning fine, wind light. Meeting at 11 o'clock, singing. Prayer by Elder Dowdle. Elder Robb addressed the company on the coming forth of the work of the Lord and the necessity of us fulfilling our covenants. Elder Dowdle followed, reasoning on the necessity of all persons striving for salvation in the right way. Peace through the day. Prayer meeting in the evening. President Wall led in prayer. A good spirit prevailed. All that spoke expressed a determination to keep the commandments of God by the help of the Lord. [p.15]
September 21, Monday; Wind fair, weather fine. President Wall made prayer this morning. Going along about 5 knots. Elders Roberts and Hunter made out a list of the organization. Health and peace aboard. Prayer at night by Elder Burton.
September 22, Tuesday: Wind fair, weather fine, going about 5 knots. Health good. Prayer at nine-thirty by Elder Harris. Elder Dowdle gave good instructions. School at 2 p.m. At five minutes past three, Sarah Ann Rillstone, wife of Richard Rillstone, was delivered of a son on board the ship. In the evening had prayer by Elder Gurr. Singing. Elder Roberts assisted Brother Hawkins in settling a difficulty.
September 23, Wednesday: Wind light and variable. Weather dull and misty. The difficulty settled between the parties by mutual reconciliation. Prayers this morning by Elder Roberts. Sister Rillstone improving. No school this afternoon on account of bad weather. A large whale passed in front of the ship at 6:30 p.m. Seen by a great many of the passengers. Prayer led by President Wall. He gave notice that the journal should be read before all the company on the next morning.
September 24, Thursday: Wind from the Northeast by North going with one point East. Weather fine, mercury up to 78. Elder Hunter led prayers attended with singing. Elder Roberts read an account from the journal till we crossed the line. The rest was read on another occasion. President Wall made a motion that the Company accept the account up to the time of crossing the line, which was seconded by Elder Dowdle and carried unanimously. School at 2:30 p.m. In the evening had a testimony meeting, Elder Dowdle conducting. Elder Robb made prayer. After which many bore their testimonies to the truth of the work. Elder Wall gave some good instructions.
September 25, Friday: This morning wind from the North, going on course. Weather fine. Elder Arbon led prayer attended with singing. School at 2 p.m. In the evening had prayer by President Wall singing.
September 26, Saturday: Light variable winds which lasted throughout the day. A meeting between decks for prayer, Elder Robb officiated, singing. Elder Roberts, not being well, did not keep school. In the evening Elder Gingell [Gengell] gave prayer, then singing.
September 27, Sunday: This morning fine, fair wind, going in course which continues throughout the day. Weather cool and fine. Assembled between decks at eleven O'clock for meeting. Prayer by Elder Dowdle, singing. After which two children were blessed by Presidency. First, son on William Gingell [Gengell] named Josiah William Gingell [Gengell]. The second, the son of Richard Rillstone, named Will Wall Rillstone, after which Elder Dowdle preached to the Company. President Wall dismissed. Had testimony meeting in the evening. Many of the brothers and sisters bore their testimonies. Peace on board ship.
September 28, Monday: This morning wind fair. Prayer by President Wall and singing. Peace throughout the day. In the evening had prayer, Elder Dowdle made prayer. he also gave some good instructions. President Wall gave some also.
September 29, Tuesday: Wind from the North, weather dull, mercury up to 73. Elder Roberts made prayer attended with singing. Nothing of note occurred throughout the day. In the evening had prayer attended with singing. President Wall gave instructions to the Saints.
September 30, Wednesday: This morning wind ahead, going [p.16] Northwest. Assembled for prayers this morning by Brother Hunter. Elder Roberts read the remainder of the journal to the brethren. It was accepted and carried unanimously. Nothing to note passed throughout the day. In the evening prayer by Elder Arbon, attended with singing.
October 1, Thursday: This morning wind calm, fine weather. Prayer by Elder Dowdle this morning with singing. He also gave some instructions. Peace reigned on board. In the evening met to hold testimony meeting. President Wall gave charge of the meeting into the hands of Elder Roberts. Prayer by Elder Harris, attended with singing. Many of the brethren bore their testimonies. President Wall and Dowdle gave some instructions. A light wind sprung up at night.
October 2, Friday: This morning wind fair, going along very well. Weather fine mercury up to 76. Comfortable weather. Assembled this morning to hold prayer, it was offered by Dowdle. Wind shifted during the day a little ahead but continued strong till night. Longitude 137, Latitude 34.20. Evening prayer.
October 3, Saturday: This morning wind very light, about 9:30 a.m. changed but continued light. Had prayer by Elder Burton. Elder Dowdle exhorted the Saints to watch and pray. Peace throughout the day. This afternoon wind much stronger but died away at night. Had prayer with singing.
October 4, Sunday: This morning wind light but at 10 a.m. it freshened. Assembled at 11 o'clock with prayer by Elder George Roberts. Elder Dowdle preached and took for his text "Watch as well and pray". A very good discourse. After meeting the wind increased and blew the ship along about 7 knots. In the evening had a prayer meeting and most all of the Saints bore their testimonies to the truth of the work. A good feeling prevailed.
October 5, Monday: This morning wind light, going about 3 knots. Weather wet. Had prayer by Elder Robb. Breeze freshened at 10 a.m. and continued to blow until night. In the evening had prayer attended with singing. Peace reigned throughout.
October 6, Tuesday: This morning going along first rate. Weather fine wind fair. Had prayer attended with singing. Sea rough. Longitude [-] a number of mines 453 at 4 o'clock. [UNCLEAR] In the evening had prayer and singing. President Wall gave some good instructions. Wind strong tonight. Going about 9 knots.
October 7, Wednesday: This morning wind fair but light. Mercury up to 70. Prayer this morning by Elder Roberts attended with singing. Peace throughout the day. Nothing of note happened. In the evening President Wall gave prayer. President Wall and Dowdle gave some instructions.
October 9, Friday: Fair wind. Going along about 5 knots. Mercury up to 69. Elder Burton made prayer. Elder Dowdle gave some instructions. About 3:30 sighted land, an island in latitude 34 longitude 120 first land seen since we saw Three Kings, North of New Zealand. In the evening had prayer with singing. Peace reigned throughout. [p.17]
October 10, Saturday: This day fine, fair breeze. Passed Three Islands, also sighted the coast of America. Had prayer this morning attended with singing. Also in the evening had prayer and singing. Light breeze died away. Peace among us.
October 11, Sunday: Wind light. More islands seen. Weather fine. Assembled for meeting at 11 o'clock. Elder Dowdle addressed us. Had a testimony meeting in the evening. Many of the brethren and sisters bore their testimonies. President Wall gave some good instructions.
October 12, Monday: This morning wind light, weather fine. Anchored in San Pedre Bay. Had prayer in the morning with singing. President Wall went ashore to arrange about the accommodations for the company. In the evening had prayer with singing.
October 13, Tuesday: Most of the company went ashore with their baggage into the rooms that was engaged for the company for a week, until teams arrived from San Bernadino. Elder Wall and Robb started off to San Bernadino to get some teams to convey us to there, but after arriving at Los Angeles they met some of the brethren with their teams, who agreed to come to San Pedro to assist in moving us from that place. The company left San Pedro in the afternoon and started for a place about three miles distant to water the cattle while Brothers Wall and Robb stayed at Los Angeles.
They were in great danger from some who had apostatized from the Church. They beset the houses roundabout but the Lord protected them and they got away safe and arrived before the teams at San Pedro. The next day we started for a place called El Monte. Arrived there at nightfall. One wagon broke down and we stayed one day at El Monte, till more teams could be got. The next day we started our journey, made about thirty miles. The next day at about 3:00 p.m. arrived at San Bernadino. We soon got empty houses and on Sunday we were received by the people by vote, put by President Cox. [p.18] [NO ACCOUNT AVAILABLE OF ENTRY INTO THE VALLEY]
BIB: Journal of the Company of Saints on the Ship Lucas, 1857 (MS 3705) pp. 1-18 (CHL)
William Madison Wall
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WILLIAM MADISON WALL HIS LIFE STORY
Very little is known of William Madison Wall’s early life and even less of his ancestry. Family researchers and historians have spent years in, and hundreds of dollars in their efforts to find more about Williams’s father, Isaac Wall, and his name and marriage date to his mother, Nancy Duncan. Isaac Wall’s birth and death dates and places and the names of his parents still remain a riddle. We do know that on 12 November 1818 in Rockingham County, North Carolina, Isaac Wall and Nancy Duncan were married. She was the daughter of Col. William Duncan (who fought at the Battle of the Cow Pens with Capt. William Washington) and Temperance. Two rather large Wall families distantly related and both descended from the Maryland Walls, lived in Rockingham County, North Carolina, in 1790 to 1810. They lived about 30 miles apart but seemed to have little to do with each other. The group that settled on Big Rock House Creek is thought by some to be the group to which Isaac Wall belonged. Research of these two groups did not find an Isaac among them.
Isaac and Nancy Wall had three sons born to them in Rockingham County. First was Elijah; second was William Madison, born 30 September 1821; and third was Johnson Claiborn.
The 1830 Illinois Census Record for Sangamon County gives Isaac Wall and four boys, also two females written in and scratched out. The fourth boy is listed as Richard Wall, born 15 March 1829. No mention of Nancy is given in the record, although all the rest of the family including the infant Richard, are included. The family had left Rockingham County, N.C., and settled in Sangamon County Ill. sometime prior to Nancy’s death and before the 1830’s census were taken for that area. “Early settlers of Sangamon Co. (Ill.)”, by Powers, says Isaac Wall remarried after the death of his wife and went to Missouri about 1834. Others say he later left Missouri and went to Texas. Exactly where he went and what happened to him we do not know. We do know that in all probability he was dead by 1844 when William Wall was given a blessing under the hands of John Smith, Patriarch, January 27, 1844 in which the Patriarch mentioned William as being an orphan. We also know that before Isaac left Sangamon County, he placed his four children in the care of relatives.
William was placed in the care of an uncle who, following the custom that existed at that time, placed William in the home of another. In the new home, William was to serve as a bondservant. This man apparently treated William cruelly and the thoughts of serving a ten-year indenture under the man was more than William could stand. Because of this situation he ran away and was not heard of again until one cold wintry day, in Wayne County, Illinois, with snow heavy on the ground and creeks frozen over with ice, William Haws searched for his daughter Nancy and found her skating on a near-by creek with some children. Among the children was a twelve-year-old boy who was in rags and without shoes. He would skate for minute (barefooted) and then take off his hat and stand on it to warm his feet.
William Haws' heart filled with compassion and learning that the boy had no father or mother to care for him, William Haws took the child home with him and clothed him in his own children’s clothing. Thus William Madison Wall met and came to live with the William Haws family. Although William was never adopted by the Haws family, he was always treated as their son. He grew up with the Haws family, and at the age of 19, asked for and received Nancy’s hand in marriage, on 7 June 1840, in Sangamon County, Illinois. Nancy was not quite 17 years of age. Her parents were William Haws and Isabell Womack. Their first child Mary Jane, was born to them 12 April 1841 in Springfield, Sangamon Co., Ill.. Shortly thereafter, the Haws family and the Wall family received and believed the teachings of Elder Arvel Cox, a Mormon missionary, who came to their home. William and Nancy joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842. Later they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the Saints. In Nauvoo, William Wall became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. He attained the rank of Lieutenant in the Nauvoo Legion and worked very closely with such men as Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Willard Richards. During those happier years in Illinois, Eliza Helen (26 September 1843, McDonough Co.) and Nancy Isabella (12 November 1845, Ramus, Hancock Co.) were born to them.
Trouble followed the Wall family just as it did the other Mormon converts. The following story was told to Juliet Wall, the 8th child of William and Nancy, by mother Nancy. “Shortly after the death of my father (William Haws died 11 January 1845 at Ramus or Macedonia, Ill.), my husband William Madison Wall was imprisoned with other church leaders for the sake of the Gospel. My husband was a natural mimic and able to imitate any voice. One evening the Prison Warden left the keys in the cell door and stepped outside. My husband reached through the bars of the prison door and unlocked it and shouted imitating the Warden’s voice, ‘Bill Wall is loose!’ In the confusion the remaining guards left their posts and the imprisoned group all escaped. This was a fulfillment of one of the promises made in his Patriarchal blessing given him by Patriarch John Smith on 27 January 1844, when he was told that prison doors would not hold him.”
He went into hiding after letting Nancy know where he intended to go. She carried food andsupplies, having to go through the cemetery where her father had recently been buried. These circumstances were very hard on his wife so he soon came out of hiding and gave him-self up to the authorities as he hated to see his beloved Nancy feeling so badly.
On the 12th of November 1845, the Walls were driven by a mob from their home at Ramus (Macedonia Branch), Hancock County, Illinois, and went with the main body of Saints to Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Two of their children were born there. Nancy attended the conference held in the log Tabernacle at Council Bluffs, 27 December 1847, when Brigham Young was chosen to take Joseph Smith’s place as President of the church. She was one of the many who testified that the mantle of Joseph Smith fell on Brigham Young, so much so, that even his voice sounded like the Prophet Joseph. They were both active members of the newfound religion and were personally acquainted with the Prophet, before his martyrdom. Several times the Prophet and William Wall engaged in a friendly wrestle. Both were large strong men over six feet tall and were well matched.
When the Saints were driven out of Nauvoo, William as well as many others made the Montrose crossing with only the clothing on his back and what few possessions he could quickly gather together to support his family.
On 19 October 1847, a son, William Madison, Jr. was born and another son, Isaac Oliver, was born 21 October 1849, both at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
William Wall’s assignment by the Church in Council Bluffs was to remain in Winter Quarters and assist the Mormon companies as they began their crossing to Utah. In early 1850, he was released from this calling and prepared to leave for Utah. He joined the 7th company of that year, which was organized by Orson Hyde with Jonathon Foote as company commander. Warren Foote was chosen as a captain of a hundred with Ottis Lysander and William Wall as his assistants or captains of fifty each. This was the same organization carried out by the Israelites in their exodus. They had captains of hundreds, fifties, and tens. The 7th Company left Missouri 15 June 1850 and traveled uneventfully for three days when in Gilbert Belnap’s company of 10, a child suddenly became ill and within three hours died of the dreaded cholera. Can you imagine part of the terror that went through this small company of 10 when the child died in the arms of its parents? Cholera is just as terrifying today in some parts of the world as it was then, and victims of it die just as suddenly from the high fever, diarrhea and dehydration accompanied by the disease.
The rest of the wagon train pulled away trying to isolate the disease and prevent its spread. The next morning when Belnap appeared at the train asking for help to care for his sick and to bury the dead, no one wanted to go back with him. William Wall and one other, whose name was not recorded, were the only ones who took the risk to give aid. William Wall became a victim of cholera and was so ill his family despaired for his life. The idea in those days in treating the disease was to keep all liquids away from the ill person in the hope of drying up the diarrhea. Wall not only suffered from cholera but from travel fatigue and heat. He begged for even a sip of water to moisten his parched lips, but his folks guarded him from getting a drip. At one of the many stops he was left unguarded a few moments and mustering all the strength he had left he managed to lift him over the edge of the wagon and fell to the ground. He crawled under the wagon where a pail of cool water hung in the shade, drank freely and lay back to rest. When his frantic family found him, they were sure the water would kill him and with weeping put him back in the wagon. With the needed moisture again in his body, the fever soon subsided and recovery was rapid.
Many of the company did die and they passed the graves of many of the dead of previous companies. The disease finally disappeared, but not without leaving its toll. A company of missionaries traveling east reported that eleven of William Wall’s company was dead and many more of the remaining 39 seriously ill. Finally as the train reached the mountains the last traces of cholera disappeared.
Twelve miles from Fort Kearney they received an equally grave threat. Camped along both sides of the trail was a fairly large village of Sioux Indians and as the wagon train started among them the Mormons were horrified to see nearly every member of the village was either very seriously ill, dead or dying with the most dreaded of all diseases, Smallpox. As they continued through the village, they saw literally scores of Indian dead lying uncared for on the ground. Miraculously not one of the Saints came down with the disease.
One of the most fearsome sights the Saints encountered along the trail was the number of dead laying along side the trail where they had been dug from shallow graves and partially eaten by wolves. It was a very grim reminder of the possible fate of them all. The last night before they reached the Salt Lake Valley they all sang “When Shall We All Meet Again”. There was not a dry eye in the company. They all learned to love each other dearly in the three months they had traveled together. Finally in September 1850 the company arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley.
William Wall saw more opportunity for himself and his family to the south and very shortly afterwards moved with his family to the new settlement of Provo where he lived two, more or less, uneventful years establishing a homestead. On 16 December 1851, Josephine Augusta, was born in Provo, his first child to be born in Utah.
At a special conference held at Provo, Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, 1852, George A. Smith was chosen Stake President. On Sunday Smith nominated Isaac Higbee and Dominus Carter as his counselors and organized five wards with William Madison Wall as Bishop of the Fourth. He was the first of the new bishops ordained that date, July 18, 1852. Wall chose Lucius N. Scoville and Richard Sessions as his counselors. Later he served as Bishop of the Third Ward. He was also appointed Captain of the District, he was ordered by the Adjutant General to place his troops on standby duty as trouble with Walker and the Mexican slave traders drew near.
On 6 August 1852, he married Elizabeth Penrod, who became his second wife under the new order of polygamous marriage. He wasn’t allowed to remain idle in the bliss of his double married life because it was only a short time later that the Walker War entered into his life. As early as 1805, Spanish or Mexican traders began traversing the southern part of Utah and traveling as far north as Timpanogas and Utah Lake. The most readily obtainable objects of trade were Indian children captured from other tribes. The usual procedure was to purchase worthless horses in California or Santa Fe, bring them to Utah and trade them for children who were then taken to Santa Fe and sold for slaves. They usually received $100.00 for boys and $120.00 for girls. The practice led to war among the tribes with stronger tribes preying on the weaker with one object in view, the capture of children. The situation was causing chaos among the tribes because of necessity the weak tribes were becoming weaker and the strong were becoming stronger. Chief Walker had always been unpredictable in his dealings with the white settlers of Utah. Many times he was gracious and kind, and many times he was belligerent. For some time before the Walker War broke out it was felt by those who knew him best the he was spoiling for a fight and looking for an excuse to declare war upon the settlers. He didn’t have to look for an excuse, however. Governor Brigham Young decided the slave trade must cease, and upon his recommendation the legislature passed two ordinances which made it illegal to buy or sell children except when it was for the child’s protection and well being. Under these circumstances the child could be purchased under supervision of the probate courts. There had been incidents where the Walker’s Band had offered a child to the Mormons who declined to buy it. Arapine, Walker’s brother, became enraged and brutally killed the child. He accused the Mormons of having no heart or they would have bought the child to save its life. Trouble came in when Pedro Leon and a party of 20 men were arrested in San Pete County for trading children. The arrest raised a legal problem as they had been licensed to perform these acts by the governor of New Mexico acting as Superintendent of Indian Affairs for New Mexico. It was illegal under Utah Territorial Law. The men were convicted and a squaw and eight children were set free and the Mexicans were ordered out of the territory. Instead of leaving they went from one Indian tribe to another that had dealt with the Mexicans before, and with all the persuasion they could muster, attempted to convince the tribes that the Mormons were attempting to deprive them of their livelihood. The hate preached by Leon and his men fell on very eager ears when he met in council with Walker. But still Walker needed some kind of an overt act by the settlers that could be used by this small band to unite all the Indians with the force necessary to drive the settlers out of the valley.
On April 23, 1853, Governor Young issued a proclamation to preserve peace and quell the Indians and secure the lives and property of the citizens of the Territory. Captain William M. Wall was ordered to proceed south through the entire extent of the settlements reconnoitering the country and directing the inhabitants to be on their guard against any sudden surprise, but the settlers were also requested to remain quiet and orderly pursuing their various avocations until such times as they may be called upon to act in their defense. William Wall’s company was activated at Provo on 24 April 1853 with 44 men and one four horse team package wagon, all well armed and equipped. The officers were as follows: William Wall—Captain; William Bishop—1st Lt.; James G. Heron—2nd Lt.; A.J. Kelsey—Quartermaster; Charles W. Moeller—Commissary & Secretary; Boliver Roberts –Orderly Sergeant; George W. Bean—Indian Interpreter.
The company took up their march at 12: 30 p.m. (24 April 1853), going through Springville, Spanish Fork, Palmyra, and Payson where they made their first camp for the night. They left Payson the next morning and traveled every day until they reached Parawon on April 30th. Wall took only 10 men with him to the extreme settlements and left the main forces at Parawon. This body of men arrived at Harmony, Washington County on May 2nd, and stayed there for a day to rest. They left Harmony on May 4th for their return to Parawon to join those left there and continue on to Provo, arriving there on May 10th at 1:30 p.m. Here he returned thanks to the soldiers for their good behavior and good discipline and told them he had been pleased to have been their captain, not on account of the rank and title, but on account to see so many brave young men united together, even it if had been necessary to shed blood for a good and righteous cause in protection of their brothers in the country. The total cost of the expedition was $2251.50. William Wall’s salary was $76.00. His report was signed Wm. Wall, Commander of a detachment of the Nauvoo Legion.
After his return he was placed in charge of defenses for the Provo Military District. He prepared his defenses as previously ordered by the Governor and on Sept. 27, 1853, under the title “Report No. 2” he advised General Wells that all was well in the District.
On 29 November 1853, at the age of 32, he was ordered to Fillmore by General Wells to command the Military district at Fillmore and to bring other families with him to build up the settlement. He took with him his second wife, Elizabeth Penrod, and two of his daughters. They were Eliza Helen, age 10 (by Nancy Haws), and Elizabeth Olive (By Elizabeth Penrod), who was born 19 October 1853. Years later Eliza Helen wrote about the experience. She says: “I went with my father and his second wife and child in company with 50 families; this was my first great sorrow. I left my mother, brothers and sister. There was no regular mail, and we heard from home once or twice during the winter. I attended school and in the spring when Father returned to move mother and family I came back with him. And OH! What joy to meet my mother, brothers and sister; I cried for joy.
We stayed one year, were released, and settled again in Provo.” During this time the Walls took part in the great silk production experiments.
The Walker War finally ended without further involvement of William Wall, although he remained in the Military. On Oct 20, 1855, the roll of the Brigadier General’s Staff lists – William Wall as Chaplain. Amasa Lyman was born 7 November 1853 to William and Nancy. Unfortunately he didn’t live long and died as a child. On 20 October 1855, David Madison was born to William and Elizabeth, but this child died in infancy. On 12 February 1856, Nancy Haws gave birth to Juliet.
A writ was issued 14 February 1856 by the 1st District Court for the arrest of Fah Pitch and Mo-lee, with a subpoena for 10-12 witnesses. Deputy U.S. Marshall, Thomas L. Johnson and one man, Charles Woodward, went to Provo, and found that the Indians were up in arms because of Judge Drummond had sent a posse headed by his slave, Cato, to arrest Chief Tintic and others in Cedar Valley, who were accused of murdering two herdsmen while stealing cattle. Johnson got permission from the chiefs to arrest the two Indians. He set forth to make the arrest accompanied by General Peter Conover, Colonel S. Markham and Major Wm. M. Wall. They arrived at the camp and found the Indians were ready for attack. A conference was agreed upon and the Indians informed the posse that the Indians they wanted had left to fight with Tintic. Meanwhile, Judge Drummond’s posse had entered into a pitched battle with Tintic and his followers in attempting to serve his writs. One member of the posse was killed and, one the other side, Tintic was wounded and one squaw was killed. A few days later the savages killed three more men near Kimball’s Creek, southwest of Utah Lake. General Conover, with a force of militia, was now ordered out by Governor Young. Crossing the lake on ice, they went in pursuit of the Indians; who fled at their approach, leaving behind them the stolen cattle.
William Wall wasn’t permitted to spend a great deal of time with his family at any period of his life because it seemed that the Church had need of him almost continuously. On April 10, 1856, he was called by the First Presidency, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and J.M. Grant to the Australian Mission. He received his second Patriarchal blessing on May 13, 1856 under the hands of Patriarch (first name unreadable) Harris. He was told his posterity shall become numerous, not a hair of his head shall fall by an enemy, etc. This blessing was very much like the first blessing in 1844 in which he was promised that if he were faithful and obedient that angels shall minister unto him, unlock prison doors, and unloosen chains for his deliverance, his family would be numerous; that he was called to travel amongst very wicked people who would seek his life, but he would have power to escape out of their hands and not a hair of his head shall fall by an enemy: “If they shoot at thee, they shall not hit thee and no weapon formed against thee shall prosper and prison shall hold thee. Thou shalt become a mighty man. Thy voice shall be heard before kings and rulers and they shall fall down to worship thee if thou does not restrain them,” and that he was called to proclaim the Gospel to the Nations afar off.
Family tradition persists that William Wall was called on another mission for the Church in 1844, and certainly, the tenor of the above blessing would seem to bear out the fact; however, the Church has no record of a mission except the one in 1856. In view of the laxity of records and the very troubled times, it is very probable that he did serve two missions.
William Wall’s mission of 1856, by necessity of the troubled times he was living in, was a very short mission because he was ordered home in May of 1857. From the few sources of information that is available concerning his missionary activities at that time, all are in agreement that his mission was a great success, with many baptisms and many healings by the laying on of hands. It is reported in one of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Journals that he became President of the New South Wales Mission, however, it has not been confirmed as yet.
On 18 June 1857 he was to sail aboard the Ship Lucas bringing with him, many converts to the Church and non-members. The total passenger list was composed of 66 persons. William Wall was President of the company with Absolem P. Dowdle, 1st Counselor, and George Roberts, 2nd Counselor. The Ship Lucas was commanded by Capt. J. C. Daggett. On Sat. 27 June 1857 the pilot came aboard and gave orders to weigh anchor. The sea was rough and most of the company was seasick. The weather continued from violent to dead calm and was against them about as often as it was in their favor. Prayer meetings were held twice daily and the Saints received much exhortation. A school was organized; the women spent much of their time sewing. During the voyage there were six children blessed, four births and one child sick with Whooping Cough. The Elders administered to the sick and one child who was said to be dying and all were restored to health. Water had to be rationed. On Monday, October 12th, the ship anchored in San Pedro Bay after 118 days on board the ship. We saw land only once in the entire voyage. The next day most of the company went ashore (Oct. 13th) with their baggage into rooms that were engaged for the company for a week until teams arrived from San Bernadino. Elders Wall and Robb started off to San Bernadino to get teams who had agreed to come to San Pedro to assist the passengers in moving from that place. Wall and Robb stayed in San Angeles, however, they were in great danger from the apostates of the church who beset the house round about, but the Lord protected them and they got away safely and arrived in San Pedro ahead of the teams. The next day they started back to San Bernadino and found an empty house there when they arrived.
As is usually the case with people who survive great danger, the persons telling about it are only guilty of understatement. So it was with Wall and Robb.
In greater detail the situation was this: Just about the time the company was arriving in San Pedro, word was received in Los Angeles of the Mountain Meadow Massacre, and it was overwhelming believed by the non-Mormons that the Mormon Church was responsible for the massacre. Innocent members of the Church in all parts of the United States were persecuted anew for the supposed latest Mormon outrage. Mormon settlements in California were particularly vulnerable. Many outrages were perpetrated upon the Mormons who remained true to their faith.
It was in this sea of hate that William Wall and Robb went in search of wagons. Upon their arrival they were met my mobsters screaming their hatred of Mormons in general. All people were being stopped by the group and asked if they were Mormons. William Wall answered the question without any bravado, but with sincerity, “Certainly, I am.” The mob immediately held a trial and sentenced him to death. The rope was placed around his neck and was asked if he was ready to die a Mormon. His reply simply was, “You have the rope. Whether I live or die a Mormon depends on you.” Finally one man in the crowd spoke up in his defense and convinced the others that they would not kill a man that obviously had no part of the massacre. After much abuse he was allowed to go on his way. But still the horror wasn’t over as evidenced from the following quotation from Journal History, 12 Dec 1857: “During the night after his arrival mobs twice threatened to break in to his room to kill him. Being unarmed he tore the wooden poster from his bed and in calm voice told the gathering outside his door that he knew the door was flimsy and they could break it in, but that he would kill the first to come in. There were no volunteers to go first. The next morning upon leaving the hotel a mob with ropes surrounded him. He felt his time to die had come and to speak a few last words: “I had one little thing I wanted to impress upon their minds and that was that some of them had to die in the operation and I did not want to kill any man that had a drop of innocent blood in him. If there were any such men present I begged them to withdraw and let the worst hounds they had remain to do the deed, as I certainly would kill three or four. All present soon became honest and withdrew.
His trip back to Utah, although hazardous (as all overland trips in those troubled times were), was without any great incident. Upon his arrival in Utah he found a great deal of trouble in the air. Although peace talks were being formulated and plans for occupation by federal troops were being accepted, the air was oppressive with hate, doubt and worry.
Immediately upon his return to Provo, he was appointed Provo City Marshall, where he found himself in a trouble spot almost overnight trying to keep peace between soldiers and civilians. At the time he was attempting to build a home and settle down to family life with his third wife, Emma Ford, who he married in Salt Lake City, 23 Jan 1858. She was the daughter of William Ford and Lucy Mayo.
Susan Malinda was born to Elizabeth Penrod, 11 Sept. 1858 and 16 Sept. 1858 Nancy Haws gave birth to Bathsheba Lavinia.
Although 1858 is historically reported as the “year of peace,” incidents and trouble (on a small scale) between the settlers and troops were of frequent occurrence. One such incident was related by William Wall in the president’s office one evening to the men gathered there. They were Daniel H. Wells, Orson Hyde, and George A. Smith, Ezra T. Benson, Wilford Woodruff, A. Stewart, Loren Farr, and the President. “Brother Wall stated he had a conversation at his ranch in Provo Canyon, two weekends ago. He, Wolfe, asked Wall if he was a Mormon. Wall replied, ‘he was’. He remarked ‘Kind of half Mormon----, I suppose,’ giving Wall a friendly tap. He replied, ‘I am a Mormon, head, neck and heels. I believe in all the principles, and try to practice them’. ‘What’ said he (Wolfe), ‘polygamy and all?’ ‘Yes, sir! said Wall. ‘How many wives do you have?’ asked the captain. Wall answered, ‘If it was any of your business, I would tell you, but I’ll tell you anyhow. I have three wives and twelve children.’ The captain said, ‘Then I am afraid you will have trouble, for the government will not put up with polygamy. What do you think Wall, your children will think of you when they arrive at years of maturity, and realize you have raised them up by different mothers? They will no doubt look upon you with disgust.’ Wall replied, ‘Captain, it is so, and you must not be offended by my plain way of talking to you. My children grow up. I educate, love, and respect them, and acknowledge them and their mothers and make them honorable in the world, and love and honor me in return. They realize that I have educated, taken good care of them, and protected them amidst the opposition and persecution of the whole world and they look upon me with pride and satisfaction. It will not be so with your children. I have no doubt but what you have children in Leavenworth, in St. Louis and other places where you have been located. By and by your children grow up and you have occasion to visit some of those places and perhaps ride through at the head of you army; the mothers of your children see and tell their children, as you pass, that there is their father, and at the same time tell them they must say nothing about it for their life.’ The captain said, ‘He would be damned if it wasn’t so! The captain asked Brother Wall what he would do finally when the government persecuted him, for polygamy?’ Wall answered, ‘I would keep my wives, fight for them, if I had to take them through all these mountains.’ The captain said he would never shoot at him. He also said he believed the government and he had been playing a game of euchre’.
In the Deseret News, Jan 6, 1859, casual reference was made to the hot spot at Provo: “Last Friday evening when William Madison Wall, Marshall of Provo, was walking down the city streets, a ball was shot through his hat and grazed his head, knocking him down.” Journal History stated, “The shooting was supposed to be done by gamblers who occupy Alexander William’s house.”
Trouble continued between the army and the settlers through the year of “peace” and William Wall, as Utah County Sheriff and Provo City Marshall, did his best to protect the rights of all concerned. The occupation by Federal troops was always a thorn in the side of the settlers and they were not very cordial in the acceptance of the troops. On the other hand, the troops did everything they could to antagonize the settlers.
Emma gave birth to twins on 12 January 1859. They were named Emma Adelia and William Albert. In 1860 a son, William was born to Elizabeth. He died as a child. The same year on 9 December 1860, George Albert was born to Nancy.
Heber Valley was discovered early in the 1850’s, when three men climbed the Wasatch Range from Big Cottonwood Canyon, traveled down the western slopes into one of the most beautiful and fertile valleys they had seen. Their report to Brigham Young immediately created a great deal of interest in the valley. The big problem was how to get to it. It was soon decided that the best and easiest route would be up Rock Canyon or as we know it today, Provo Canyon. On January 19, 1855, the Provo Canyon Road Company was incorporated by the Governor and Legislative assembly. The act reads as follows: “That Aaron Johnson, Thomas S. Williams, Evan M. Green, and William Wall with their associates and successors are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic for the term of twenty years from and after April 1855, subject to revision of the legislature at any time, with the exclusive right of making a good wagon road to the acceptance of the county court of Utah County to Kamas Prairie until it intercepts the main traveled road from the United States to Great Salt Lake City, near Black’s Fork in Green River County, Utah Territory.” The original purpose of opening a road to the valley was primarily to link the southern communities with the United States and thus avoid many miles of travel.
Little was done on construction of the road at that time, however, because of the imminent threat of war with the United States. It would have been a military blunder to open such a road if there were to be a war. There was only one easy route into the territory – that was through Echo Canyon and with almost perpendicular walls in parts of the canyon; a small military force could keep out a great army. A small militia company did just that when they held General Johnston’s army and kept them from coming into the valley throughout the fall and winter of 1857. If the rock canyon Road had been completed it would have been a simple task to send a force into Provo and thereby split the territory in two. Probably the history of Utah would have been completely changed by that one act alone. Thanks to the intervention of Capt. Van Vliet and Colonel Kane, at least partial peace was established in 1855, and it was deemed advisable to complete the road as quickly as possible. It would fulfill its original purpose, open the valley for settlement and provide an easy way for the Federal freighter and soldiers to get to and from the United States and Camp Floyd. Trouble between “Federal, Mormon, and gentile” would be considerably lessened.
Brigham Young called a meeting at the Bowery in Provo on June 6, 1855, and organized a new company with William Wall in charge of construction, which started immediately with construction of a bridge over the Provo River, being completed on Oct. 13, 1858 and the road in use by November. On Nov. 12, 1858, William Wall reported that 100 teamsters had started to the United States over the new road.
The first group of settlers to go into the valley was composed of George Bean, William Meeks, Aaron Daniels and William Wall, with Wall establishing his ranch in the neck of the canyon in the south end of the valley. Daniel and Meeks went further north.
Wall married his fourth wife, Susannah Gurr, a daughter of Enoch and Ruth Gurr (who were converted to the Gospel by William Wall in Australia) on 12 Nov. 1859. In 1860 he moved his families into what the Indians referred to as Little Warm Valley, but was soon given the name of Round Valley by all the settlers who saw it. The valley was perfect for cattle ranching since it was a natural corral with its narrow mouth and huge bowl like shape. Running through the valley was ample water for both settlers and livestock. Rosalie was born to Emma Ford 27 May 1861 and John Clayborn was born to Elizabeth Penrod 20 Sept 1861. In 1862 the Wall fort was built and some 20 families were housed in it. All the homes in the fort were very much alike in appearance. In 1862 William Wall added another facet to his chain of varied abilities when he became a delegate from Utah County to the constitutional convention meeting at the courthouse in Great Salt Lake City for the purpose preparing a constitution that would be acceptable to the Federal Government. On 8 Sept 1863 Joseph Penrod was born to Elizabeth Penrod at Heber and on 9 Sept 1863 Charles Flake was born to Emma Ford. On 4 Aug. 1865 Susannah was born to Susannah Gurr, (William’s fourth wife at Wallsburg (Round Valley at that time), Utah. Later that year 14 Dec. 1865 Wall married Susannah’s beautiful younger sister, Sarah Gurr, (his fifth and last wife). Temperance was born 8 Oct. 1865 at Round Valley (Wallsburg) to Elizabeth Penrod. In 1866 Elizah was born to Susannah Gurr and 25 Sept. 1866 Sarah Ruth was born at Heber, Utah to Sarah Gurr.
Indians were always a problem in this isolated section of the territory. But with Brigham Young’s policy of kindness and gentleness and William Wall’s natural honesty and love, it was not long until William Wall had the Indians’ respect. Although there were minor incidents of cattle stealing, etc., there was never any great trouble with the Indians in that sector, until the Black Hawk War broke out beginning in 1865.
In accordance with the terms of a treaty entered into between Colonel Irish as U.S. Indian Agent, and the various Ute Tribes, and the creation of a new Indian Reservation in the Uintah Valley by Congressional Act of May 5, 1861.
the Indians of San Pete and Sevier Countries were moved to their new home. It soon became evident that it was impossible to keep the Indians from leaving the reservation and returning to their former homes almost at will. Black Hawk was never reconciled to reservation life and showed his resentment by leading his followers on raids against the whites wherever it was possible. His band was seldom composed of more than two score warriors until a drunken white man at Manti, San Pete County, pulled a chief from his horse and struck him. Such an act was a high insult to the chief and was the spark Black Hawk needed to rally the Indians to his side in a war of revenge. With every raid Black Hawk made, more Utes rallied to aid Black Hawk until he had such a large following that it struck alarm in to the hearts of the scattered and ill protected settlers. During the raids on the settlers in 1865 some of the settlers were killed and wounded and stock driven off. General Warren S. Snow with two Companies of cavalry pursued a party of hostiles into the mountains east of San Pete Canyon and killed fourteen of them. Chief Sanpitch was induced to join Black Hawk. His campaign was short lived however, when he was captured in one of his first raids. He was rescued by four of his daring band, but the rescued and rescuers were closely pursued, a battle ensued, the four rescuers were killed and Sanpitch escaped. He was pursued again and two days later between Moroni and Fountain Green he was dispatched to the happy hunting grounds. Black Hawk raided whenever and wherever he chose to raid. His was a war of hit and run. Black Hawk would suddenly appear from out of nowhere with blood tingling cries, attack the village and attack, then disappear again before the setters were really conscious of what had happened. No settlement was safe, with every attack causing more and more Indians rushing to Black Hawk’s aid. Although several Companies of militia were in the field no amount of militia could have tracked Black Hawk down in the vastness of southern Utah and punish him.
While the Black Hawk war kept the attention of the settlers and the militia, Chief Tabby on the Uintah reservation was making his preparations to sweep west, join Black Hawk and thus cut off the isolated southern communities from further help until they would be destroyed. The only thing that kept Tabby from doing just that was the brilliance of Brigham Young and the courage of Al Huntington and William Madison Wall and a few of his company. Brigham Young was only too aware of the danger Tabby presented and so called Al Huntington to go alone to Tabby’s camp and prevail upon him to cease his raids and live in peace. Up to this point Tabby had little opposition in his raids against the settlements and stock of the Wasatch county settlers because all the settlements had been abandoned in favor of uniting in their common protection in Heber.
Brigham Young as a seer and prophet of the living God promised Huntington that no harm would befall him if he undertook the task. With that promise in mind, Huntington did as directed. He went to Tabby’s camp and attempted to deliver the President’s message, but the Indians were too angry to listen to words of peace. Oddly no attempt was made at first to harm Huntington, probably due to the amazement that a white man would come alone to their village. But as he attempted again and again to preach peace to them, they became more and more angry until their anger was at a fever pitch, when a messenger arrived to tell them that Sanpitch had been killed. The Indians were now ready to kill Huntington in retaliation. Sanpitch’s squaw was screaming “Kill the Mormon, I want to eat his heart while it is still warm,” But Sowiette, although old and blind, but still the friend of the settlers, rose to his feet and took the Indians to task for their attitude. One thing an Indian is always willing to acknowledge was courage. Sowiette reminded them that it took the utmost courage to come to their village alone, as Huntington had done. He told them that since the brave man had come in peace he should be allowed to leave in peace. With powerful words of Sowiette in their ears, the Indians let Huntington return to his home unharmed just as President Young had promised him. The second peace overture was by way of a gift. William Madison Wall was to organize an expedition to take 100 head of cattle to Tabby as a peace offering. He chose 10 men from his Cavalry Company and 14 others including Colonel Head, the Indian agent, and started off on May 27, 1866. He arrived at the agency headquarters on the Duchesne River and found the camp practically deserted. He soon learned that the Indians had gone east to leave their families in a more protected area so they would be free to join Black Hawk. One of the remaining Indians was sent to overtake Tabby and ask him to return to receive the gift and listen to the word from Brigham Young. Tabby was willing to come back and look over the gift – whether to accept it as a gift or to steal it with no promise on his part – will have to be left to our imagination. He sent a runner ahead of him to confer with Colonel Head who, it is said, advised the runner to return to Tabby and refuse the gift unless it could be presented to the Indians by him on behalf of the agency. He then offered to buy the cattle from Wall, as commanding officer of the group. Captain Wall refused, saying that if “the Indians were going to have cattle to eat, they will eat Mormon beef.”
Lt. Joseph S. MacDonald in his journal described the preparations for armed conflict if nothing could avert it. “The man who kept the store came over and said, ‘They intend killing every one of you. I cannot see you killed for nothing. I think they will attack tomorrow night. Now, I have ammunition of all kinds, and as soon as it gets dark so the agent can’t see you, send your men over and pack into this blockhouse. All I ask is that you return all you don’t shoot. I have a two-inch auger. Set your men to making portholes for yourselves, and pack in wood for use. I have a big rope. Sink some posts in front of your house, bore holes right through it, and put the rope through the holes tie your horses to it so they can’t run them off.’ We worked all night. Next morning after breakfast we all felt pretty good. The agent came over and looked around and finally said, ‘Gentlemen, do you know whose house this is?’ I said, Uncle’s I guess.
He never answered and walked on looking at the portholes we had made until he came to one that drew his attention. When he looked through it, he swore and said, ‘This is straight for my door!’ The man that owned the port hole tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘Yes, and you are the first Indian we intend to kill.’ I never saw a man get out there so fast and he didn’t bother us anymore.”
With the first light of morning the men saw Indians painted black filtering through the surrounding trees. A messenger came to the blockhouse and said the Indians would be coming in on the attack and suggested that the white men be gone before they came. The Indian was instructed to inform the warriors that if they came in any faster than at a very slow walk, they would be met with a hailstorm of lead. Seeing that the bluff wasn’t going to work, the Indians or at least part of them led by Tabby came into the compound at the walk suggested and preceded to the agent’s dwelling.
William Wall told Lt. MacDonald that he had to find out what was going on in the dwelling and instructed the Lieutenant to cover him while he went over. Walking in on a suddenly hushed conversation between the agent and Tabby, Wall told Tabby that he had a splendid gift for him, but he was to read Brigham’s letter to him before the cattle could be turned over to him. Tabby turned sullenly away from him, saying that he would not listen to the words of any white man. Another offer was made to read the letter and another refusal. William Wall said, “Either you will let me read the letter to you or I will shoot you and read it to your corpse.”
Tabby evidently believed William meant what he said because he agreed to listen to the words of the President. They were good words counseling peace and Tabby recognized them as such. But his great pride would not let him agree so readily to the peace overture. He did, however, agree to meet peaceably the following morning with William and see if a mutual ground for peace could be found.
The next morning the Indians came into the clearing in force and although it was to be a peaceable conference with no weapons, every Indian was painted black, had a war club slung on his wrist and had pistols hidden in their blankets. The meeting took place in the blockhouse. The house had two rooms, Williams’s men placed themselves in the east room and the Indians went in the west room. William and Tabby met close to the center with Lt. MacDonald standing nearby to keep the groups separated. The conference lasted all day with Tabby reiterating his many grievances against the white men and Wall attempting to pacify and explain. Finally Tabby demanded a white man be killed in revenge for the death of Sanpitch, but William refused saying Sanpitch had been killed in an act of war. As evening approached Tabby agreed in principle to the terms laid down by Brigham Young.
Twelve days after starting on their mission the Mormons returned to their homes to find that the settlers had given them up for dead.
With the exception of minor raids and skirmishes, that was the end of the Black Hawk War in Wasatch County, but war continued in the south. During 1866 as manyastwenty-five hundred men were under arms. The number killed during the seasons campaign was about twenty settlers and between forty and fifty Indians. The settler’s stock herds were reduced nearly two thousand head. The year 1867 was a repeat of 1866 in nearly every way with raids, theft and killings, but finally in the fall of 1867, Black Hawk sued for peace. The remainder of the war for William Wall was spent in leading his cavalry company on watchful patrols. Although the Indian trouble officially came to an end in 1868, minor trouble with renegade Indians continued and there was ever present the danger of an attack. Parents were ever watchful of their children and didn’t allow them to get out of sight from their houses. If they exceeded the limits they were severely reprimanded.
During the time Wall was working for peace with the Indians, changes were taking place in his families on the home front. On June 21, 1867, Martin Ford was born to Emma; William Peter Gurr was born Sept 23, 1867 to Susannah; on March 6, 1868, Alice was born to Sarah at Heber, Utah. Abraham was born 30 April 1868 to Elizabeth, and on May 30, 1869, Louisa was born to Susannah. A total of 30 children were born to his five wives.
The last two years of William Madison Wall’s life were spent in developing his farm in Round Valley and improving the road in Provo Canyon. It was in the canyon while returning to Round Valley after laboring on the road that he was shot by an Indian lying in ambush. The bullet struck a large watch in his vest and was deflected upward burning a streak up his vest as it traveled, but doing no other harm. Thus we have two instances when he was actually struck by a bullet, but the bullets did no harm just as he was promised in his patriarchal blessing. During the later years of his life, he suffered very poor health, but yet it did not interfere with his very active live. It was in the canyon working on the road when he became very ill and soon after died on 18 September 1869 (at the age of 47 years old). He was buried at Provo, Utah. Not quite three months later his last child was born, William James, to Sarah at Benjamin, Utah. Thus a great career came to an end. A few years as we recount time but in which he was able to crowd the career of pioneer, soldier, peace officer, missionary, bishop, legislator, peace-maker, settler, construction-engineer, and probably most important of all, husband and father. Family tradition persists that he also served as a County Attorney and practiced law. How he was able to do so much in a short time must be one of the mysteries of life. After his death the town of Round Valley changed its name to Wallsburg in his honor. Today a monument stands in Wallsburg as an ever-present reminder of his life.
30 children of the wives (1) Nancy Haws, (2) Elizabeth Penrod, (3) Emma Ford, (4) Susannah Gurr, (5) Sarah Gurr are listed in order of their births as follows:
WALL, ISAAC from "History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois"
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WALL, ISAAC, was born about 1790, near the line between Virginia and North Carolina. He was married in North Carolina to Nancy Duncan, and moved to Rockingham county, Tennessee, and from there to Sangamon county, Illinois, in what is now Auburn township, in 1830. They had four children --
ELIJAH married Margaret Jones, and died.
WILLIAM, born in Tennessee, married Nancy Haines, in Sangamon county, joined the Mormons, moved to Salt Lake, became one of the twelve apostles, took more wives, and raised a large family.
JOHNSON C. married four times, and each wife died without children. He enlisted in the 1st Ill. Cav. in 1861, was captured at Lexington, Missouri, was released, and in 1863 he enlisted at Springfield, in Vaughn's Battery, and died at Little Rock, Arkansas, April 5, 1864.
RICHARD C., born March 15, 1829, in Rockingham county, Tennessee, married Oct. 16, 1845, in Sangamon county, to Mary Jones, They have six children.
SARAH married Green Dallas, has three children, and lives in Cotton Hill township.
NANCY D., MELINDA A., EVELINE E., MARTHA A. and ANDREW C. live with their parents three and a half miles north of Pawnee, in Cotton Hill township, Sangamon county, Illinois.
Mrs. Nancy Wall died in 1833 or '34. Isaac Wall is married again, and lives in Missouri.