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He Was Quite a Man

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title He Was Quite a Man
Description HE WAS QUITE A MAN Shirley Reynolds Burnside Non Professional First Place Short Story When 1 ask my mother. Nida Reynolds, about her great-grandfather. Elisha Jones. she says emphatically. "He was quite a man " After studying his life and journal. 1 agree with her he was indeed quite a man 1 noticed a closeness to his older brother. James N. Jones as their lives paralleled each other Elisha was the more quiet, steady one so he lived somewhat in his brother's shadow After all was said and done, he cast a tall, straight shadow of his own Elisha was born in Ohio in 1813, the second of four children His parents were from Maryland and were hard working industrious farmers His father never joined any religion but believed the Baptist persuasion His mother had been a Quaker but was turned out for marrying out of the church That was not much church background for what was to come. Elisha married Margaret Talbot when he was 17 years old Life was normal, as the couple lived close by or with his folks In early years he had felt concerned about religion, but not until he was 27 years old did he become concerned enough to pray He then joined the Reformed Methodist Two weeks after he was baptized, he was elected Class Leader and placed over the branch of about 130 Members Two years later, a man named James Dunn came into the neighborhood and told of a people called "Mormons " Elisha read their books and believed them, but his wife was dissatisfied with his reading so he laid it by for a while His brother James believed the work and left immediately for Illinois with his family, was baptized and stayed for four years During this time the leader of the Mormons, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum were murdered and the church was driven from Illinois to Winter Quarters James came back to his father's and stayed all winter On 3 March 1847. James baptized Elisha and Margaret in the night time because of persecution Then Elisha immediately began preparing to go to Winter Quarters with his wife and six children Preparation was done in great secrecy because of enemies The mobs had burned out and driven off about 200 Mormons Non-Mormons had moved onto the vacant properties, but the mob spirit still raged so violently that they burned out and drove them off also Elisha and his family arrived at Winter Quarters three days after the first saints entered Salt Lake Valley His with Margaret, who was pregnant, took sick with a fever and lay for three months About this time Elisha was building a log cabin and broke a blood vessel in his breast He lost so much blood that he could not stand To recuperate, he lay five months and they lost all of their property The baby was born in January and died the next July The family then moved back across the river to Panesville. and Elisha 70
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326259
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326259