History of Joseph Burrows Richmond by: Almeda Waters Montgomery, his Grand-daughter
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My grandfather, Joseph B. Richmond, was the youngest son of Thomas and Sarah Burrows Richmond. My grandfathers parents left England about 1836 and went to Canada. They stayed there about two years, where they embraced the gospel and the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. They moved to Jackson County, Missouri in 1838 and stayed eight months. They suffered everything but death, as they were in a starving condition. They had plenty of money but could not buy anything. A little girl was born to them there. She died in Nauvoo a little later.
In 1839 they moved to Nauvoo where great grandfather helped build the city and served for some time on the police force. My grandfather was born here in 1841, the youngest of six children. He was three years old when his mother died in 1844. My grandfather said, his father lifted him up to see the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum at the time of their death. They lived in Nauvoo for eight years so they passed all thru the troublesome times, attending the murder of the Prophet and were later among those driven out of the city by the mob, after which they took up their residence in winter quarters.
In winter quarters great grandfather married again. Her name was Elisabeth Green. She proved to be a real mother, giving the children every care possible. The family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa at which place, Great Grandfather died in 1850 due to the exposure and hardships he had experienced. My grandfather was just nine years old at the time.
His oldest brother William, joined the Mormon Battalion and died at Gold Hill while en-route to Utah. The next oldest brother, Everett, assumed the care of the family and with his step-mother Elizabeth, crossed the plains by ox teams in 1851 and settled in Provo. Li8ke other families who came to Utah in the early days, it became necessary for each member to do some thing towards support of the family and my grandfather being a boy of ten years, was able to do his share and make himself generally useful about the farm doing chores, herding cattle etc.
In 1860 he went to Denver, Colorado. The following spring started to Mexico going down the Arkansas River four hundred miles. However, as the Indians went on the warpath that spring the trips was abandoned and grandfather went to fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He remained there for a few months and returned to Denver and from there back to Provo. In the spring of 1862 he went to Nevada as a mail contractor in Ruby Valley, staying there a year.
He was married to Emma Orton 3 May 1863. His older brother, Everett, was married to Jane Orton a sister to Emma. These two couples lived in Payson for sometime. They guilt a log cabin which great uncle Everett and family lived in for many years and now stands in the city park at Payson. It was given to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Grandfather and family moved to Provo where they remained the rest of their lives, but during the years from 1867 to 1870 he made trips to Nevada working ranches. He built a log cabin on a piece of ground just south of the Souette Park where a service station now stands. They lived here several years.
He used to tell stories of Indian battles just north of their home in Souette Park. They sold this piece of land and bought land farther north on fifth west street. They moved the log cabin on their new land and added rooms as their family increased. They had thirteen children born to them; Polly Ann, Almeda, Emma Jane, Sonoma, Joseph, William Reed, Everette, Maud, Harriet Rebecca, Jesse, Florance, Fred Garfield and Ray.
Grandfather had a very good singing voice. Two of the songs he loved to sing were "When you and I were young Maggie" and " In the Sweet by and by". He also played the accordion which brought happiness to his family and the neighboring children. Grandfather bought two large farms, one on the bench and the other in the fort fields. He did a general farming, fruit raising and was interested in the cattle business also.
He was a believer in good roads and worked in all the canyons. He helped make the road from Provo to Heber City thru Provo Canyon. He took great interest in irrigation matters and assisted in making most of the ditches in his part of the town. He was a stockholder in the Provo Bench Irrigation Company. In politics he was a member of the Republican Party and had been in politics to some extent. He was a candidate for county commissioner in 1884. Like his parents he was a stanch Latter Day Saint. In the early days he much to assist the church, going to devil's gate in 1857 to the relief of the ill fated handcart company and during the time of the Johnston Army trouble in 1858 was a soldier under Captain Clark, going out with his company to meet the United States Army. He served as a home guard during the Black Hawk Indian war, spending many weary days and weeks in Provo Canyon on the look-out for the dusty foe.
Much credit is due grandfather for the splendid success he made of his life. His wife Emma died Sept 16, 1902, making a real vacant spot in his life. She was a very devoted companion. At the time of my grandmothers death, some beautiful singing seemed to come from some large trees that grew across the street, several of the friends and neighbors heard it also and came over to the house. The heavenly beings sang "Holy City". One son was out in the fields, heard it and came back to the house.
Grandfather lived several years without a companion and died June 10, 1916.