Saturday, July 27, 2013

Swiss Converts - 1850s

Wayne had great-something grandparents join the church in Switzerland in the 1850s. While trying to find more information on them, I came across this little history/biography of two men - Henry Hug and Jacob Tobler - who served missions in Switzerland about that time and then helped settle Santa Clara in southern Utah. It's quite fascinating, and I wanted to post the link here so I could find it again.

Heinrich Hug and Jacob Tobler: from Switzerland to Santa Clara

One of the more interesting aspects of the story is how two men with similar experiences reacted differently. One of them became disaffected with Brigham Young, left the church, and moved to Oregon.  The other stayed faithful and has generations of descendants who honor him. That's definitely something to ponder, particularly in how it relates to my own actions and testimony.

One of the resources the author used was a book called "One Hundred Years of Hugs: The Story of the Hug Family in Switzerland and America" which also sounds intriguing. I'm not sure if it's our actual ancestors, but I'm sure the experiences outlined will be similar. Unfortunately, the closest copy of the book to me is about 1,000 miles away in the Library of Congress. However, there's also a copy in the Harold B. Lee Library on the BYU campus. I'll have to remember to look for it the next time we're in Provo!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Another Revolutionary War Soldier

Richard Woolsey, from our children's dad's side, also fought in the Revolutionary War.  Once again the "stories" link in Family Tree has some fascinating information.  Here are just a few highlights:

1775/1776 Richard Woolsey - Enlisted at Newburgh, Orange County, New York in Capt John Montgomery, Col Lewis Dubois’ reg’t in 5th line in Gen Wooster’s Brigade

1776 Aug 27 Richard Woolsey - Battle of Long Island –1st major confrontation since the Declaration of Independence.

1776 Aug 29 Battle of Kings Bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx

1776 Oct 28 Battle of White Plains – unfolded across Chatterton Hill  and Battle Hill  

1777 Oct  Garrisoned at Fort Montgomery, assigned to build and guard the fort.

Winter – 1778  Encamped in New Windsor, New York

You can read Richard's whole story here.

The story of Reuben Warriner is found here.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Grandpa White!

Today would have been my grandfather's 101st birthday.  To honor his memory, I thought I'd share a little story that I discovered when cleaning out my kids' "boxes" last month.  This comes from a letter my mother wrote Weston the summer after he graduated from high school, when one of his part-time jobs was selling knives.

"I'm not a salesman, unless I already have a customer.  When my Dad, your great-grandpa, Arthur White, left home to "seek his fortune" he was in his later twenties.  He and two friends left Clearfield, Utah to "seek their fortune" in the big city of Los Angeles, California.  They had connections and a job in a canning factory before they left home.  When the canning season was over, they couldn't find work, so the two friends went back to Utah.  My dad says he was determined to prove to the folks back home that he could make it, so he stayed.  He got a job selling magazines.  Of course, that is not what he wanted to do.  

"However, while selling magazines, he saw a sign in a window advertising for a repair person.  I think it was on radios or something similar.  When he inquired about the job, the owner of the shop gave him an item and said if he could fix it, he was hired.  He fixed it!  The man even let him sleep in the little shop and I think he had a hot plate. I can't remember all of the story.

"So opportunities for work and other living conditions improved from there and sometime later he met my mother, Dorothy Wilson, on the boat to Catalina Island - on the dance floor.  He also sang with the stake Young Single Adults of that day who provided music and talks to different sacrament meetings in the area.  That group fellow-shipped my mother and her study of the gospel."

Eventually Arthur baptized Dorothy and they were married and started a family, but they never would have met if Grandpa hadn't been determined to make his own way in life.  What a great example of hard work and perseverance he left for his posterity.

Just in case you weren't aware of it, one of the new features of FamilyTree (the Church's new family history website) is the ability to add stories.  It's stories that really bring family history to life.  So, take the time to add them so all the cousins can know what you know!
To add or read stories you click on the "stories" tab which is to the far right of the default "details" tab under the individual's name.