Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pioneer Ancestors - Fotheringham/Hales

Here's some information on Clara Fotheringham's parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

John and Charlotte Fotheringham joined the church in 1848 in Scotland.  Since their son, William, joined the church in 1847, I'm going to make the assumption that he was instrumental in their conversion; however, it will take more research time to verify that. I did find a mini-biography for William, which you can read here. The Fotheringham family traveled in the Warren Foote Company of 1850. (Just like George Hickerson, William also served a mission or two, and traveled in the Amasa Lyman Company of 1855 after his mission to the East Indies. This was a very small company of returning missionaries that traveled from San Bernardino, California to Salt Lake City.  William then served a mission to South Africa and returned with an unknown company in 1864.)

George Hales
Sarah Ann Hales

George Hales and his wife Sarah Ann with their four little girls, were members of the Harry Walton/Garden Grove Company, which left Iowa on May 17, 1851 and arrived in Salt Lake that September. George's father, Stephan, died in Nauvoo, so he never made the pioneer trek.  His mother, Mary Ann, started but didn't finish.  Here's what George's brother, Henry William, had to say:

In the spring of 1851 we started for Salt Lake. My mother died on the plains and was buried at the Ancient Bluff ruins. We arrived in Salt Lake City about September 21.

That's pretty succinct.

George's older brother, Stephen, was also in the same company with his young family. You can find a short summary of their journey on his page on Family Tree.

Well, that's another family line documented.  I should have started this at 5 in the morning, and not 5 in the afternoon, because there are still more to do, but that's okay. The information isn't necessarily going to change, and this way we'll be all prepared for Pioneer Day 2014!

Edited: I found a couple more things about the Fotheringhams once they arrived in Utah.
First, a story about their first spring in Utah:

In the spring of 1851, the first crops, consisting of wheat, corn, potatoes, squash, and a few vegetables were planted. The farm implements were both crude and scarce. William Fotheringham relates that he had the point, share, and land side of a plow, and being a ship carpenter by trade, and hence expert in the use of the foot adze, he made a mold board from a 
gnarled piece of cottonwood, and with a log from the same kind of wood for a beam, managed to do fairly good plowing. When the wheat was about six inches high, the first trouble with the Indians occurred. The redmen insisted on turning their ponies loose in the growing fields, maintaining that the grass and water were theirs, while only the land and wood belonged to the whites. About this time three Indians came up the creek one day where the Karren, Fotheringham, Royle, and Peterson families were living. They appeared to be in an ugly mood and, emboldened by the fact that all the men were away at work, they took great delight in frightening the women and children. Finally Charlotte Fotheringham, an old Scotch lady, seized a hatchet and, shaking it threateningly in the face of one of the braves, she berated him right soundly in her good old mother tongue. This so surprised and amused the Indians that they withdrew, after entering a rebuttal in the Ute language.

Second, here's a picture of their house in Beaver, Utah.

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