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FIRST CEMETERY IN THE SALT LAKE VALLEY, 1847-48
(Also the Kimball-Whitney and Brigham Young private cemeteries)
Early in the spring of 1846, a group of Mormon pioneers known in history as the Mississippi saints, left their homes in Mississippi, expecting each day to meet the pioneers under the direction of President Brigham Young and go with them to the Rocky Mountains. They had not received word that the body of the saints had decided to winter in Council Bluffs, so on they journeyed. When they reached Fort Laramie they learned from trappers and scouts that Brigham Young and his group had not been seen along the route. A mountain man, Henri Richard, offered to guide them to Pueblo, where he was going for supplies. They accepted the offer and established winter quarters there. These people established what is sometimes known as the first Anglo-Saxon settlement in Colorado.
Early in the summer of 1847 they learned that the first group of pioneers was on its way to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. An advance company of seventeen persons, 5 wagons, 1 cart, 24 oxen, 22 cows, 3 bulls, and 7 calves, caught up with Brigham's company, June 4, at Ft. Laramie. This small group, headed by Robert Crow, consisted of ten persons with the last name of Crow and four (a son-in-law's family) with the name Therlkill. Milton Howard Therlkill was only 3 years of age at the time. Trouble plagued the Crow family all the way to Salt Lake, but this group arrived in the Valley with the main vanguard company, July 22, 1847.
Less than a month later, Milton drowned in City Creek and was buried, 12 Aug 1847, at this location. (One note indicated it was on his grandfather's [Robert Crow] lot. It was probably where his grandfather had his wagons set up while the fort was being built. The Crow and Therlkill families were not given property in Platt A. They went to Brown's Settlement [Ogden] the following year.) Milton was the first white person to die and be buried in Salt Lake City. He was buried on the east side of block 49, one block due east of the old Pioneer Fort (nearly opposite the adobe yards - there were adobe bricks made west of the fort and one reference is made of the fort as the adobe yard). This site was on the bank of a dry channel of City Creek, west of two springs, and next to a Fremont Indian mound. Excavations in 1986 located 32 bodies in 31 graves in the southeast quadrant of Block 49 (Section 8, see map).
More persons died in the Valley the first year than were located during 1986. Some journals indicate burials at the mound on the Shurtleff property, which occupied the northeast quadrant of Block 49 (Sections 6 and 7). Of the 32 pioneer bodies found, 9 were adults, the others were adolescents, children, and babies. They include: Milton Howard Therlkill (age 3), 12 Aug 1847, drowned previous day, Aug 11. Caroline Van Dyke Grant (age 29), wife of J.M. Grant, died of Cholera on Bear River, 26 Sep, bur. 30 Sep 1847 Nancy O'Neal Rich (age 65), pneumonia, buried next to C.V. Grant, 6 Oct 1847, 1st woman to die in Valley. Mary Evangeline Stewart (age 13), first person to sicken and die in the Valley. Arrived: 25 Sep Franklin K. Shed, poisoned by eating roots; buried in same grave as Snow child. John Edward Brewer Oakey (age 5), killed instantly by a log, rolling from saw pit. Arrived: 2 Oct. Elizabeth Covington (age 27), died of the cold. Arrived: 1 Oct Adam McDonald (age 57), who died of dysentery one hour before arriving in the Valley. Jacob Foutz (age 47), 11 Feb 1848, bishop and captain, had healed broken bones, shot in thigh. Arrived: 1 Oct.
Caroline Grant had her 2nd child, Margaret, in Winter Quarters, leaving her in a weakened condition when she came west. Cholera struck the camp on the Sweetwater River and claimed the baby, Margaret, on Sept. 2. She was buried along the trail four days before her mother died. Carolyn succumbed to the disease, Sept. 26th, at the Bear River crossing, 75 miles from Salt Lake City. Jedediah drove night and day to get to Salt Lake, where she was buried 4 days later. He and his friend Joseph Bates Noble went back to recover the body of Margaret and found that wolves had ravaged the grave and body. Before they reached the grave, Grant confided to his friend, "Bates, God has made it plain. The joy of Paradise where my wife and baby are together, seems to be upon me tonight. For some wise purpose they have been released from the earth struggles into which you and I are plunged. They are many, many times happier than we can possibly be here."
His other daughter survived. Jedediah became Salt Lake City's first mayor in 1852. When Willard Richards died, he became a counselor to Brigham Young. He was tall and angular and had a little of the Abraham Lincoln look. He gave fiery speeches, especially during the Reformation of 1856. He called the people to repentance, helped re-baptize them as a token of their recommitment. Insurance papers listed the cause of death (he was in his early 50's) as "typhoid-pneumonia." Given the idea that he had spent long hours deep in the cold and unsanitary waters of baptism during October and November, his falling victim of either or both of these afflictions was at least likely. His home was where the west entrance to Z.C.M.I. is now.
Just before he died, he had a remarkable visit to the spirit world, which he related to Heber C. Kimball, who told of it at his funeral. He saw many persons that he knew but only had conversation with his wife Caroline. She was the first person that came to him. She looked beautiful and had their little child, that died on the plains, in her arms, and said, "Mr. Grant, here is little Margaret; you know that the wolves ate her up, but it did not hurt her. Here she is all right."
Nancy O'Neal Rich, wife of Joseph and mother of Charles C. Rich, arrived Oct. 2 and was buried 4 days later, next to Caroline Grant. Clara Decker Young, Brigham's wife on the vanguard company, wrote, "I followed (Caroline) to the grave next morning, which made me very lonesome." Feb. 11, a granddaughter, Eliza N. Rich (age, 3 months) was buried next to her. North of the west end of Grand Avenue, Salt lake Cemetery, is a memorial monument to her, the first woman to die in the Valley, and her son, Ben E. Rich.