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Jacob Vernon Hamblin and Sarah Priscilla Leavitt

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Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN. [PC T3], [CHART A1]. [How are we Related].
Born (2-S16, S17)(6-S18)(26)(28-S9) April 1819 at Salem, Ashtabula County, Ohio; son of Isaiah Hamblin and Daphne Haynes.

It is said that he had no middle name, that Vernon is not correct for his middle name. (source?).

Jacob's birth place can also be found as Salem, Columbiana, Ohio. I researched Ohio towns and was unable to find that there ever was a Salem in Ashtabula County, however there is a Salem in Columbiana County. Although Ashtabula and Geauga Counties are next to each other, and Ashtabula was actually formed from part of Geauga County, Columbiana County does not adjoin them and was not created from Ashtabula. Normally when we have a discrepancy in county names, it's because a county was divided and a new county established, however that doesn't seem to be the case here. Either Jacob was wrong about the name of the County he was born in or he was wrong about the name of the town. (S19).

When he was three months old, his family moved to Geauga County in Ohio. The area was then wilderness, covered with a heavy growth of timber. As Jacob grew up he helped his father in chopping timber and clearing the land. It required twenty faithful days labor to clear one acre sufficient to plant a crop of wheat. The stumps were left in the field, and in about three years time, the roots of the trees would have decayed to the point that they could be removed and the soil easily worked with a plow.

My education was very limited. Although I was taught to respect my parents and reverence the God of heaven.

My mind and attention was never confined to any one sect or party, but to live and learn all the good that I could. I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen years of age of reflecting very seriously on what was then called religion or the plan of salvation, and the blessings and promises spoken of in the scriptures, which I heard much and listened to the different preachers of the day. My father who despised priestcraft and superstition, cautioned me about connecting myself with any sect or party. I began to observe their clashing and their discord as I advanced in years, in short, I could see no beauty or correctness in their religion, no promises of the gifts and blessings of the Gospel. I could read of these blessings and that was all. I remember one evening while reading and reflecting on these things a thought came to me that if I would pray for understanding I could get it. Accordingly I went by myself to call on the name of the Lord, but I could not get confidence enough to believe my prayer would be answered.

When I retired to my bed I could not refrain from shedding tears for I felt condemned to think I had not prayed. I fell asleep and was immediately walking in a beautiful road in search of someone who could give me an understanding of these things. I soon beheld a person of smiling countenance who bade me follow him. He soon led me to a building situated on the bank of a large river. When he handed me the bible and another book and bade me read and understand, saying that if I would read both I could understand them. I was almost overjoyed and turned about to leave when I met my father in the door and immediately required my business. I told him what I had got. I thought he spoke very feelingly saying that he did not want that I should bring trouble on myself by embracing any error and deprive myself of rights and privileges. I told him I had the privilege of reading two books. He took the book and looked at it and said he believed it to be true.

This dream was so impressed on my mind that I told it to an acquaintance of mine who belonged to the Baptist Church. He went on to interpret the dream. He said the two books meant the old and new testament and so on and if I would hear their church my father would soon join too. I attended their meetings, became acquainted with their articles and creeds which I did not like. I then made up my mind I would join no church believing the universal doctrine as near right as any.

From the information he had received of Michigan, Jacob’s father thought he could help his family with a visit to the country, taking Jacob with him in company with two of Jacob’s cousins, but leaving the rest of the family behind in Ohio for the time being.

“In traveling we found all the best locations occupied and finding some of our company here that was scattering for a still newer country lying west of Lake Michigan [in Wisconsin territory]. This was a vast, unsettled wilderness inhabited only by a few Indians. Finding a place which suited us, we settled (in 1836) about 25 miles from Vensene [Racine, Wisconsin] on Lake Michigan. Jacob remembered passing through Chicago, then a mere hamlet, and not at all the large and wealthy city that it later became. They decided upon a location about seventy miles north-west of Chicago. His father went there with two friends, Mr. Pratt and Mr. Harvey. Jacob said that it was the most delightful country that he had ever seen. It was beautiful prairie, with rolling prairies, groves of timber, numerous springs of pure water, and an occasional lake abounding with fish. They named the area Spring Prairie, from the many springs which they found there. They all began to cultivate the ground. There Jacob and his father each made a claim on eighty acres of government land, which was expected to soon come onto the market. Jacob, being not yet of age, was promised by his father the remainder of his time, if during the summer he would take care of the crop already won, while his father returned to Ohio for the family.

"In 1836 I removed with my father to Wisconsin Territory. I remember passing through Chicago, then a mere hamlet but now a large and wealthy city. Seventy miles northwest of Chicago my father in company with two friends, Pratt and Harvey, located at a place called Spring Prairie (Wisconsin). It was the most delightful country I had ever seen. It was beautiful with rolling prairies, groves of timber, numerous springs of pure water, and an occasional lake abounding with fish. My father and I each made a claim on eighty acres of government land which was expected soon to come into the market. I was not yet of age and my father, wishing to return to Ohio for his family, proffered to give me the remainder of my time during the summer if I would take care of the crop already sown." {S19}.

My father being well pleased with the country left me to see to the claims we made and returned to Ohio for his family. In his absence I spent many lonesome hours, as I had always lived at home with my mother. While his father was gone, sometime in September, Jacob had the misfortune to cut one of his knees. It “took a cold in it” and became very inflamed and swollen. The family he was staying with did not think that he would get well. The swelling advanced up his leg to his body, and the people expected him to die as soon as it extended a little further. He said that he quite dispaired of ever seeing his parents again.

From his childhood he was filled with a belief that there was a God who would hear his prayers when he was in trouble. He managed to drag himself a short distance into a hazel thicket, where he sought the Lord in prayer, and asked him to have mercy on him and to not let him die. I think this was the first time I ever prayed.

That evening, a Mrs. Campbell called at the house. She said she was passing by and felt impressed to call in, but did not know for what purpose. After explaining to her my situation, she said, "I now know why I came in here, for I can bring that swelling all out." This was accomplished by steaming, and Jacob soon was able to get about again, and did indeed have the priviledge of meeting his parents and other relatives when the arrived with his father. My father arrived late in the fall with a portion of his family. My mother, one brother and sister did not come until the next summer. I passed through many hardships in the two following years.

The season after that, in the year 1838, his father told him that as he had been a faithful boy, that he might go and do something for himself. He left home with a bundle of clothing and traveled westward about 120 miles to the Galena lead mines. He worked there for nearly a year.

Twice during that time he barely escaped being buried about 100 feet underground when the dirt caved in. At one time, when 200 feet below the surface, a rock fell on a man who was working with him, and killed the man instantly. While dragging his mangled body along the drift, and arranging a rope by which to raise it up the shaft, such an aversion to mining came over him that he decided not to go back to work in the mine.

I then took my money and started for home at Spring Priarie. It was the beginning of winter, the ground was covered with snow and severe cold weather. Forty-two miles between settlements. I was overcome with hunger, fatigue and cold. I laid down in an old cabin. I endeavored to cover myself (with) some old rubbish to keep from freezing. As my mind had become stupefied I did not consider the danger of freezing. I had not laid there long before I was aroused from my state of stupor by some power which was sufficient to bring me to a sense of my danger. I then, after much difficulty was able to walk, I had the good fortune, to the settlement. Was exceedingly thankful to my Heavenly Father that I was not left to perish in the wilderness. Upon returning to Spring Prairie he used the money he had earned in the mines to pay for his land.

He married (1) 30 APR 1839 (3 OCT 1839-S8) at Spring Prairie, Wisconsin to Lucinda TAYLOR, who was as “young and little experienced as I was myself,” said Jacob. “This was contrary to the feelings of my parents. When the ceremony was over I felt condemned for what I had done. I would have given all I possessed if I could have been freed. Thus was I paid for my disobedience in that I had no joy in the wife I had taken. I then commenced improving my place. He enclosed his land with a good fence, built themselves a comfortable house, and made up his mind “to live and die on the place.”

On 11 Jan 1841 his wife was delivered of a son. Prior to this, he believed on the Bible, but did not have faith in any of the religious sects about him. He had given up all hope of finding a religion that he could believe to be true. On February, 1842 a neighbor called at his house and told him that he had heard a “mormon” Elder preach. He asserted that he preached more Bible doctrine than any other man he had ever listened to, and that he knew what he preached was true. He claimed that the gospel had been restored to the earth, and that it was the priveledge of all who heard it to know and understand it for themselves.

What this neighbor told him so influenced his mind that he could scarcely attend to his ordinary business. The Elder, who was Elder Lyman Stoddard, had left an appointment to preach again at the same place, and Jacob went to hear him, having a desire to hear what he had to say. When he entered the house the Elder had already commenced his discourse. Jacob said that he would never forget the feeling that came over him when he saw his face and heard his voice. He spoke of the privileges of the Mormons, or the true saints. He said that in as much as anyone would obey the gospel, that they should obtain knowledge and the gifts and blessings spoken of in the scriptures. I was fully convinced of the truth. I could not rest in my mind until I obeyed. He heard that preached for which he had long been seeking, and felt that it was indeed the gospel.

In closing his remarks, the Elder bore his testimony of the truth of the gospel. “The principles he taught appeared so plain and natural," said Jacob, “that I thought it would be easy to convince any one of their truth.” The query came to Jacob’s mind: “How shall I know whether or not these things are so, and be satisfied?” As if the Spirit prompted him to answer Jacob’s unspoken inquiry, the Elder again rose to his feet and said: “If there is anyone in the congregation who wishes to know how he can satisfy himself of the truth of these things, I can assure him that if he will be baptized, and have hands laid upon him for the gift of the Holy Ghost, he shall have an assurance of their truth.”

Jacob said, “This so fired up my mind, that I at once determined to be baptized, and that to, if necessary, at the sacrifice of the friendship of my kindred and of every earthly tie.” Jacob immediately went home and informed his wife of his intentions. She told him that if he was baptized into the “mormon” Church, he need not expect her to live with her any more.

The evening after the Elder had preached, Jacob went in search of him, and found him quite late at night. Jacob said, “I told him my purpose, and requested him to give me a ‘Mormon Bible.’” He handed me the Old and New Testament. I said, “I thought you had a new Bible.” He then explained about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and handed me a copy of it. The impressions I received at the time cannot be forgotton. The spirit rested upon me and bore testimony of its truth, and I felt like opening my mouth and declaring it to be a revelation from God.”

And so, on the 3rd of March, in 1842, as soon as it was light in the morning, Jacob started for a pool of water where he had arranged to meet with the Elder, in order to receive the ordinance of baptism. On the way, Jacob thought of the sacrifice he was making of his wife, his father, mother, brothers, sister and numerous other connections, and his resolution began to waver. As his pace slackened, some person appeared to come from above him, who he thought to be his grandfather, who said to him, “Go on, my son; your heart cannot conceive, neither has it entered into your mind to imagine the blessings that are in store for you, if you go on and continue in this work.”

He lagged no more, but hurried to the pool. On his way to the water, he told Elder Stoddard of his experience. There at the pool he was baptized by Elder Lyman Stoddard. It was said in his confirmation that the spirits in prison greatly rejoiced over what he had done. Elder Stoddard then explained to him the work there was for him to do for his fathers, if he was faithful, all of which Jacob believed and greatly rejoiced in.

On his way home, Jacob called at the house of one of his neighbors. The family asked him if he had not been baptized by the “Mormon” Elder. He replied that he had. They stated that they believed what he preached to be the truth, and hoped they might have the opportunity of being baptized.

The following day Elder Stoddard came to Jacob’s home and told him that he had intended to leave the country, but could not go without coming to see him. For what purpose he had come, he knew not. Jacob related to him what the neighbors had said, so Elder Stoddard held more meetings there and organized a branch of the Church before he eventually left.

When my father learned that I had joined the Mormons, he said he thought he had brought up his children so that none of them would ever be deceived by priestcraft; at the same time he turned from my gate and refused to enter my home. Other relatives said that my father knew better than to be deceived as I had been. I answered them by predicting that, much as he knew, I would baptize him into the Church before I was two years older. All my relatives, except one brother, turned against me, and seemed to take pleasure in speaking all manner of evil against me. I felt that I was hated by all my former acquaintances. This was a great mystery to me.

My wife’s father took great pains to abuse and insult me with his tongue. Without having any conception how my prediction would be fulfilled, I said to him one day, “You will not have the privilege of abusing me much more.” A few days after he was taken sick and died. Soon after the death of her father, my wife asked me, good-naturedly, why I did not pray in the house or with her. I replied that I felt better to pray by myself than I did before unbelievers. She said that she was a believer; that her father had appeared to her in a dream, and told her not to oppose me any more as she had done; and that he was in trouble on account of the way he had used me. Soon after this she was baptized, which was a great comfort to me.

In the autumn of 1842 Elder Stoddard returned to the country where I lived, to labor in the ministry. In February 1843 I attended conference held at Bro. John Porter's in Maple Creek Branch, Milwaukee Co., [Wisconsin], I was there ordained an elder by Brother Lyman Stoddard, and was sent with Bro. John Parker to preach to the Sochbiedge and Brothertown Indians living about 80 miles north in Winebego County. This journey was performed with much hardship and fatigue as the snow was very deep and much of the way the roads were not broke. When we arrived the Indians had scattered out on a hunt. As there was no chance to preach we returned home. I found my wife sick, her face badly swollen and in much pain from an infected tooth. She asked me to administer to her. I did so and the pain left immediately. Our child had also been healed from a lingering disease, which made me anxious that my father's folks should know that which I knew.

I visited my father and told him that signs followed the believer, as in the days of the apostles; that I was a believer, and had been ordained an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that the signs followed my ministrations.

He ordered me out of his house for believing such nonsense. I went out, reflecting as to whether or not I had done wrong in predicting that I would baptize him in less than two years. Some time after this he was taken sick, and I went to see him. My mother told me he had the spotted fever, and that there was no hope of his recovery. She believed he was dying, and so it appeared to me, but I thought that God could and would save him if I prayed for him. I retired to a private place and prayed to the God of Abraham to have mercy on my father and heal him, that he might have an opportunity of obeying the gospel.

It was a moonlit night, and when I returned to the house my mother stood at the door. She spoke to me very kindly and said, “Jacob, the fever has left your father, he has spoken and wants to see you.” As I approached him he said, “The fever has left me and your mother says that you came to me and went away again. What has made such a sudden change? Do you know?”

I answered that I had prayed for him, that I was a believer in the gospel of the Son of God, and in the signs following those that believe. “Well,” he said, “if it is priestcraft, I want nothing to do with it.”

I prayed to the Lord and was comforted. I knew that I had found the valuable treasure spoken of by our Savior, and I was willing to sacrifice all things for it.

I made preparations as fast as possible to gather with the saints in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois. I sold my little effects and prepared to leave. A few days before I started, Bro. Tom Aaron Smith sent his son for me and said his father was very sick with the fever and he did not think he would live. I started to go and see him. I met another of his boys, he said I must hurry for he did not think his father would live long. I told him he would if it was his privilege to be healed. When I went in Bro. Smith wanted I should pray for him. He said he had been negligent of his duty, if he could be healed he would be more faithful. I prayed and laid my hands on his head. The fever left him. He thanked the Lord, made great promises that he would be more faithful. And when I saw him again before I left [p.4] he said he made up his mind he would not sacrifice his property to the gentiles. I told my sister Mrs. Fuller of the gifts and blessings which I had witnessed in the Church. I labored with her and convinced her of the truth of the gospel. After she was baptized she manifested a great anxiety about our kinfolks. I told her that they would come into the Church and I believed that I would baptize some of them myself.

I started sometime in September 1843 for Nauvoo, leaving all that was near and dear to me by the ties of nature. My feelings I cannot describe. My father, thinking I was deceived could not refrain from shedding tears. The second night after we started our youngest child was taken sick with the fever. Concerning the child I went by myself and prayed for it. Accordingly the fever left. We arrived safe in Nauvoo where I remained until April 1844. During the conference on the 6th of April the quorum of the twelve apostles asked all the seventies that could leave their families to go on missions to the different parts of the United States to hold forth the prophet Joseph Smith as candidate for the next president of the United States. I felt anxious to go on such a mission. I was recommended by Elder Lyman Stoddard and ordained an Elder in the Quorum of Seventies by George A. Smith and Amasa Lyman. The names were then called for that could be or would go on a mission. I gave in my name and was appointed to go to the State of Maryland with Elder Stoddard.

Before I started on my mission I went to Wisconsin to see if I couldn't convince some of my father's folks of the gospel. This was a journey of 350 miles. When I arrived there I found my father and brother-in-law had gone within 30 miles of Nauvoo to purchase land. I could not ascertain where, only it was somewhere opposite Burlington in Warren Co. As I wanted to see them, I accordingly took across the loch into the country as I was directed by the spirit. I traveled until evening when I found them in a skirt of timber hauling house logs. I found my brother-in-law had joined the Church and my father was believing. I left the next morning in good spirits and returned home. When after a few days I started my mission in company with Elder John Meyers. Brother Stoddard had been sent another course and Brother Meyers went in his place. It was 21 May 1844. I took passage on board the Osprey bound for St. Louis. She had on board 70 of the elders of Israel, all sent on missions to the different parts of the United States. We landed in St. Louis on the 23rd, left on the 24th, landed in Cinncinati on the 28th, left the 29th; landed in Pittsburgh on the 31st. We then started for Maryland on foot without purse or script on 3 June. I preached in Darlington, State of Penn. When we had preached the second discourse it seemed to remove a great deal of prejudice. The gospel had not been preached there before. The people listened with interest. As this was not our destined place we left the next morning and traveled all day without anything to eat. Night coming on I offered my gloves for something to eat or a place to lay our heads except the ground. We had much difficulty to obtain enough bread or anything in shape of vitals to subsist upon. We went to Cumberland thence down the Potomac River. On the 7th we stayed in Littolena. The night of the 8th we stayed with Brother Devers 20 miles from Pittsburgh. 9th preached once. 10th had interview with Elder Sigler. He requested us to visit Thomas Town Branch which we had charge of. We preached to the brethren of that branch. 14th we separated in hopes of getting a way opened to preach the gospel. I preached once in Quincy regarding the policy of the government. 17th started for Mecaneco Town. Preached that evening on Blue Mountain.

The next day I met brother Webb in Mecantes Town where he previously left an appointment. This had caused excitement. They had locked the house and threatened us with a coat of tar and feathers if we did not leave. We still traveled about through different towns preaching where ever we could get the chance. We were persecuted for the gospel's sake, sometimes cast forth and compelled to lay on the ground and in the open air. Our travels were in Frederick, Washington, Westminster and Baltimore Counties.

We were often presented with public papers with different accounts with the death of the prophet. We did not consider ourselves under any obligation to believe them. I know I felt melancholy and my spirits depressed. July 14th I ascertained from a private letter the truth that the prophet and patriarch were martyred. My feelings I will not attempt to describe. For a moment all was lost. I was on my way to Bragore and was under no obligation to in as much as they had killed the man of God sent to restore all things. I could not refrain from weeping, I turned aside to give vent to my feelings.

As I was about to leave the road I met two or three persons. One of them observed, "I wonder what will come of Elder Hamblin's Mormon President?" I could hardly restrain myself. I felt that if I could be annihilated it would be a great blessing to me. I stopped under a tree. The thoughts that the prophet was dead was more than I could well endure. There appeared to be the weight of a mountain on me. I thought it would crush me to death. At length, believing it must be the power of the Devil and knowing that there was something wrong, I prayed to my Heavenly Father for the Holy Spirit. After a little all was right. I met with brother Myers that evening and we concluded that we would return home when we had finished all of our appointments. On the 5th of August I started. Reached home on the 24th.

When I arrived in Nauvoo I saw there was a gathering of the saints at the stand. As I drew near I saw Mr. Sidney Rigdon addressing the congregation. I listened, after a few minutes and said in my heart that was not the voice of the true shepherd. My family was then about 30 [miles] from Nauvoo. I then moved them to the city as there was every sign of trouble from the mobocrats. When the county court was in session of Hancock Co. I was led on by Col. Maireoim as one of the minutemen to assist in watching the movements of the enemy. I was in camp four or five days.

(Jacob Hamblin, His Life in His Own Words, pgs 11, 14 & 16) "At Nauvoo I found Sidney Rigdon busy among the Saints trying to establish his claim to the presidency of the Church…I was much dissatisfied with the course he was taking, and as I could not sustain him…On the 8th of August 1944 I attended a general meeting of the Saints. Elder Rigdon was there, urging his claims to the presidency of the Church. His voice did not sound like the voice of a true shepherd…Brigham Young…stepped into the stand and said 'This child (meaning himself) will manage this flock for a season.' The voice and the gestures of the man were those of the Prophet Joseph. The people, with few exceptions, visibly saw that the mantle of the Prophet Joseph had fallen upon Brigham Young. To some it seemed as though Joseph again stood before them." {S19}.

Jacob spent the next year as one in a company of "minutemen" whose purpose was to guard the Saints in and around Nauvoo. {S19}.

My father moved his family within 30 miles of Nauvoo that fall. The following winter my oldest brother Obed sent for me to come and see him for he was sick for nearly three months of chills and fever. He seemed to doubt his recovery. I then prayed for him and anointed him in the name of the Lord and told him he would begin to mend from that time. In about a week he was able to come to my house in Nauvoo. In 1845 my father attended the April conference to hear for himself. Being convinced of the truth of the gospel he presented himself for baptism. And accordingly on the 17th of April I baptized my father and mother.

The next fall trouble commenced with the brethren living in the country from ten to fifteen miles from Nauvoo. The mobs commenced their outrages by burning houses, destroying property, driving off cattle, etc. I then joined the Hase Company, left Nauvoo in the night to go against the enemy. We set out over the plains with much rapidity; discovering lights in three directions and supposing it to proceed from the burning of the houses of our brethren. The county was divided,forming 3 companies. My horse was taken instantly sick so that I could not proceed further. The company was soon out of sight and I was obliged to stay behind. The next day I joined the rifle company. In a few days the whole legion started to attack the enemy who then numbered about 700 headed by Col. Williams. Three miles from Warsaw we proceeded to their camp and found it to be deserted also. The enemy had crossed over the river to Missouri. I returned to Nauvoo and was taken very sick with bilious fever. Some of my relatives gave me up to die, but the blessings of the Lord were with me and I recovered.

He was endowed 5 January 1846. In Feb. of 1846 I left my family and went with the Church as presence for about four weeks. I then went back, got my family and took them to Pisgah. I then went back 100 miles for flour and the necessities. I was there taken sick. Sent for my family. They came to me 24 Aug. I had been sick some three weeks with the chills and fever and could scarcely walk. My family then consisted of my wife and 3 children. We were in a destitute situation in a miserable hut nearly a mile from water of any kind. My wife and two of the children were taken sick the same day. They came with the chills and fever. I could not give them bread nor water. I then asked my Heavenly Father to be mindful of us and soften the heart of one that would befriend us in time of need. I was blessed with the power of the spirit. My wife spoke in tongues. The same was interpreted to us that we should all live only if we would be faithful. Mr. Johnson visited us that evening. When he saw our situation, he told us we could have anything his house afforded, that we should need. I was able to labor until Feb. of 1847. This was in Bloomfield, Davis Co., Iowa. I remained there until Mar. of 1848 then moved my family to the church Council Bluffs, Iowa. When I arrived at the Bluffs I found my father, 7 brothers and 1 sister in good health. This was a great comfort to me. Four of my brothers I had baptized while on the road from Nauvoo to Pisgah May 1846. Namely; Alson, William, Oscar, and Edwin. I arrived at my father's house 11 Apr.

I built a house within half a mile of the Council House. I had been absent or deprived of meeting with the church for a long time. I anticipated great comfort and satisfaction of again being with the church but my wife proved to be a treacherous, mischievous woman which proved to be a great annoyance to my life. As she took every advantage she could to oppose me in everything that was good; teaching her children that their father was a bad man and making trouble in any way she could think of; telling falsehoods to the authorities of that branch of the church. This is what I had expected for a long time from her conduct before. I had always asked God about such things in my heart. But it fell to my lot to pass through this disagreeable scene.

I see that I was living contrary to the Order of God. I told her that she must mend her ways or I should leave the home. She said she would do as she d_____ well pleased, etc. As it was a cold severe winter and she had not the care of a mother for her little children, I could see that it would not do to leave the house. I, therefore, took up my lodgings by myself. I shall always remember she made mischief in every possible way, selling everything she could get her hands upon. I saw that such a course of things was certain ruin to me and my children. I then took my clothes and left the house, took my three oldest children leaving one with her about one year old. She then said that she wanted to live with me again. I told her I was willing when she showed a disposition to behave herself but I would not bend one inch from the order of God to live with her. So thus ended our conference.

Bro. Lee told me if I did not take the other child and take care of it he would see that the Bishop did. For the child was shamefully neglected. I then went and took the child. She mourned and wept for her child which touched the sympathy of some of the sisters, especially those who sought to be rule in place of their husbands. She went to Bishop James Clark. He sent me a note requesting me to come and see him. I went. He talked to me and my wife respecting our separation. At first he seemed to think I was a hard hearted man. When he became more acquainted with the circumstances he told her if she wanted to live with her husband and children she must mend her ways, otherwise she would lose them. She said she wanted to come back and try to do better. The Bishop told me that anything that I required of her to name it she could comply or not just as she pleased. I told him I never wanted anything more to do with her. He said he thought I had better try and see what she would do. I told him I would leave it up to Brother Stoddard. He said he knew us both and I had borne a great deal more than many a good saint would. But he thought there would be no harm in trying it again. Bishop Clark asked me what I would ask of her more than what she had done if she came back to live with me. I told him if she ever came back to live with me I wanted she should quit taking things that did not belong to her; carrying falsehoods to the authorities of the church and teaching her children that their father was a bad man.

He told her she must quit these things or she would lose her husband and children. If she went back she must quit them or it would be worse for her. She accordingly came to my house, stayed one week and done very well but she soon returned to her former habits worse than ever. I at last told her that she need not consider herself a member of my family any longer for I should not. For she had stolen money from an old acquaintance of mine. He had been very kind to her and gave her the privilege of taking all the merchandise she wanted and he paid for it. He then came to my house and stayed over night, but while had laid asleep she stole money from his purse. When he made a fuss about it she tried to lay the fault on me. I then cursed her in my heart and felt a determination not to live with her any longer.

She sought to prejudice the minds of the people against me as much as possible. Some complained to me saying I was a hard hearted man if I left her. I did not think I had done wrong for to live with her was certain ruin to me and my family. One complaint after another was carried to Elder Orson Hyde, who then presided over all the branches of the church in Iowa until he gave me a writing to take my children and leave the house of my wife. The next morning I took them and left, my children were shifted from place to place four or five times in the course of the summer. I done my best to keep them as becoming a father but I couldn't in my situation.

I then made up my mind to get married if I could find a woman that would suit me. I then went to see Mrs. Rachel JUDD (widow Henderson), an amiable woman. I found this woman was of mild and gentle disposition. Having obtained (permission?) of (concerned?) parties we were married 30 Sep. 1849 by Elder L. Stoddard.

I have peace at home in my family ever since I have lived with this kind, affectionate companion. I have tasted the bitter; know well how to appreciate the sweet. The following winter after I was married I lived in Indian Creek Branch. I was appointed teacher that fall for that branch of the church. In May 29, 1850 I started for the valley of the Great Salt Lake. I had 9 in the family. The 2nd of June we were organized with the saints that were ready to cross the plains by Elder Orson Hyde. This company consisted of 100 wagons with from 3 to 9 persons to a wagon. I crossed the Missouri River with my family June 8th. June 10th I stood guard. We were visited by the chiefs of the Ato tribe of Indians with their interpreter. They demanded 10 cents a wagon for the privilege of passing through their territory. 11th traveled 10 miles and camped and finished organizing the company. 12th went 13 or 14 miles, wood and water plenty. 13th traveled 17 miles, beautiful prairie country. 14th, 18 miles crossed Salt Creek. Camped in Pawnee territory. Traveled some 20 miles, wood and water scarce. Here stood guard. 15th traveled 10 miles.

Brother John Shipley died with cholera and Willis Johnson and some two or three others. This was truly a mournful scene to see, women mourning for their husbands and children for their fathers. But we were obliged to leave them on the plains, burying them as decent as we could. 16th traveled some 8 or 10 miles then camped to rest our teams. 17th, traveled 18 miles. No wood, level country, poor water. 18th, traveled 14 miles. Brother Thomas Kerk died of cholera between 11 and 12 o;clock at night. 19th, traveled 16 miles. Several attacked with cholera. 20th, traveled 15 miles. Company divided into 4 divisions. Capt. Everets and Martha Mecham was violently attacked with cholera and were healed by the blessing of God. 21st, traveled 19 miles, passed through old Puna town. No wood. 22nd, traveled 15 miles, stood guard. 23rd, traveled 8 miles hard. Widow Loran married to my father by Capt. Hill. 24th, traveled 8 miles, Abel T. Sargent and son died of cholera. Two children also died. Several taken sick. Capt. Johnson called a meeting. It was agreed that brother Hunt should choose two from the company to offer prayer to God for the welfare of the saints. 25th, traveled 9 miles, mud and rain. 26th, traveled 15 miles, mud and rain. I was sick myself, pain in my side. 27th, my wife violently attacked with cholera about 3 O'clock in the morning. I prayed for her and anointed her in the name of the Lord. Called on Bro. Pectal and Hill to administer. She was relieved immediately. Met the mail from Salt Lake Valley. Capt. Johnson's wife died of cholera. Daniel Hunt's wife died of cholera. Traveled 14 miles through mud and water. Camped within 3 miles of Fort Bliss. 28th, traveled 9 miles past Fort Bliss. Saw Lucinda, the mother of my children. She was the same old sixpence as she said. Bro. Ford's wife died. 29th traveled 7 miles. I was attacked with the cholera. It was rebuked under the hands of my father and Bro. Pectal. 30th, traveled 9 miles. I found myself attacked with a burning fever. When the company stopped I was baptized by Bro. Johnson. The fever was rebuked. We laid by, had a meeting. Children were baptized. Duane Hamblin was baptized into the church, my oldest son, by Elder Daniel Hunt and confirmed by Elisha Evutts.

July 1st, Capt. Hall's wife died, one of Capt. Johnson's family died. Traveled 20 miles. July 2nd, traveled 21 miles. I was sick with the fever. July 3rd, traveled 10 miles. Wagon run over Duane and when I looked out and saw him the blood was running out of his mouth. At first I gave him up for lost. My father with two others administered to him. He was immediately healed. July 4th, traveled 18 miles. July 5th, traveled 12 miles, health increasing.

April 10, 1851. Owing to my sickness on the journey many other inconveniences I have not written until now. From July 5th until now nothing of importance took place, save my safe arrival to City of the Great Salt Lake and location of myself and family in Tooele settlement. We arrived in the city 6 Sept.

Stopped at Tooele about 20 Sep. 1851. His direct experience with the native tribes of the West began in Tooele Valley in 1851, the valley then being sparsely settled by whites. About 1 Oct. I renewed the gospel covenant together with my family.

We were pestered with Indians. They were constantly coming out from the mountains which was their hiding place and stealing cattle and horses. There was several attempts made to stop them but to no effect. There was one expedition under the command of Porter Rockwell. He took some 20 or 30 Utahns near a fresh lake 7 or 8 miles from settlement. While coming in a fray took place in which Mr. Custer was killed, an immigrant. The prisoners made the escape and fled except 5. They were taken out and shot. This act alarmed the settlers of Tooele. They asked for council. It was decided that a fort should be built of the houses, that we should be on the watch. We tore down our houses, built them in order. Guarded our cattle and cultivated our fields. We managed in this way for 18 months. The Indians taking our cattle whenever opportunity presented. Capt. Wright sent me with 14 men to ascertain something with regard to them if possible. I accordingly proceeded to Willow Creek, a distance of about 12 miles, learning there had been a light seen on the West Mountain. I took Bro. Sevier with me and rode until about 12 O'clock at night when we saw a light in the mountains. We returned as quick as possible, took the company and started for the spot. We began to ascend the mountain. Daylight appeared. I then divided the company; ascended the mountains in two columns with the intentions of surprising the Indians and all we could. When we came up to the camp we found but two families. The two Indians, their women and children ran up the mountain screeching as they fled, expecting to be shot. We ran in head of them and they stopped. There were several shots fired at them. None took effect. When I heard the screams of the children I could not bear the thought of killing one of them. We brought them home with us, gave them provisions and blankets and treated them kindly. In about one month from that time a portion of the same band came again to steal cattle, and was discovered by one of the Indians that we brought in. I took charge of another company and was on our way by 12 O'clock at night. The next morning about sunrise we discovered their trail road about 10 miles. We found where they had buried a long pile of roots. The Indian I took with us for a pilot said we would find them at the next winter [water?]. We accordingly found them there drying themselves out by a fire.

We came upon them suddenly; they left their leggings, moccasins and fled among the rocks. We headed some of them. I met one of them. As I raised my gun to fire the poor fellow begged for mercy. I thought it would be a neglect of duty if I let him pass but my gun missed fire. As quick as though he threw an arrow at me but fortunately it struck the guard of my gun. We both sprung for a rock that lay between us. I evaded two more of his arrows. I threw a stone at him so he passed by. I burst two more caps at him but my gun would not go. Several of the company had fired shots close by but their guns missed fire. We felt vexed at first of all our ill success as we killed none of them. But we concluded that it was all right, that the Lord had use for them. So we returned home. The manner we had treated the Lamanites that we had taken prisoner had good influence in that tribe. In 3 months from that time the whole tribe came in and wanted to live with us and the others promised to steal no more.

It was in Tooele Valley during an engagement with some marauding Indians that one of the savages was entirely in Jacob's power, and with trusty rifle raised he was about to pull the trigger, when an inspiration came to [p.101] him: "If you do not shed the blood of an Indian, not one of them shall ever have power to shed yours." The rifle was immediately lowered and the astonished Lamanite was told to "go away."

Jacob, his father and brothers, settled in Tooele Valley, thirty-five miles west of Salt Lake City. The people built their houses in the form of a fort to protect themselves from the Indians, who frequently stole their horses and cattle. During these times, Jacob was frequently in the hunting parties that went after the Indians and often found himself trying to dissuade his fellow men from killing the Indians. "…I dreamed three nights in succession of being out west alone with the Indians that we had been trying about three years to destroy. I saw myself walk with them in a friendly manner and, while doing so, pick up a lump of shining substance, some of which stuck to my fingers, and the more I endeavored to brush it off the brighter it became. This dream made such an impression on my mind that I took my blankets, gun and ammunition and went alone into their country. I remained with them several days hunting deer and duck, occasionally loaning them my rifle and assisting to bring in their game. I also did all I could to induce them to be at peace with us. One day in my travels I came to a lodge where there was a squaw and a boy about ten years old. As soon as I saw the boy, the Spirit said to me, 'Take that lad home with you; that is part of your mission here, and here is the bright substance which you dreamed of picking up.' I talked with him and asked if he would not go with me. He at once replied that he would. The mother, naturally enough in a deprecating tone, asked me if I wanted to take her boy away from her…The following morning she told me she heard I had a good heart, for the Indians told her that I had been true to what I said, and the boy could go with me if I would always be his father and own him as my son." Jacob named this boy Albert, and he lived as a member of his family until his death in 1863. {S19}.

In July 1853, Walker, the king of the Utah Nation commenced depredations on the saints in Iron Co., killing 3 or 4 of the brethren and stealing cattle. The governor, Brigham Young, advised all the settlements in the territory to fort up and close their buildings with good substantial walls. Therefore I was employed moving my houses and putting them up again and cultivating the earth. Until April conference 1854 {S10} when I was chosen to go south with P. P. Pratt on a mission to open the gospel to the Lamanites. A meeting of the elders was held on the 10th of April. We were set apart by Pres. Hyde, P. P. Pratt, W. Woodruff, and L. Snow. We were instructed to till the earth, build houses, teach the Lamanites, our brethren, how to do the same, learn their language and preach the gospel to them.

He and seven or eight other men from Tooele left for southern Utah and explored the Harmony area, and then moved down. {S10}.

In April of 1854, Jacob was called on a mission to the Indians in Southern Utah. They settled in Harmony, twenty miles south of present day Cedar City, where Jacob made it his principal business to learn the Indian language and customs. On the 1st of June, he traveled to visit the Indians on the Rio Virgin and Santa Clara, two streams that form a junction south of the present city of St. George, returning to Harmony the last of the month. After one year, he became seriously ill and returned to his family in Tooele to recuperate. President Young told him to take all the time he needed, but when he returned to Southern Utah, he should take his family with him. Before he left Tooele the last time, he made out a consecration deed, legally giving his property to a Church trust. {S19}.

JACOB HAMBLIN
Tooele County Recorder's Book B
A.D. 1855 Page 21

Be it known by these presents that JACOB HAMBLIN of Tooele city in the County of Tooele and Territory of Utah, for and in consideration of the good will wich I have to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, give and convey to Brigham Young, Trustee in Trust, for said Church, his successors in office and assigns, all my claims to and ownership of the following described peoperty, to wit:
Six oxen $300
Two waggons 125
Nine cows 270
Eight two-year old steers 260
Six two-year old heifers 150
Six yearlings 90
Eleven calves 85
Twenty-four sheep 120
Household and kitchen furniture 200. {S19}.

On September 11, 1855, Jacob started for Santa Clara with his brother Oscar, Dudley Leavitt and their families. That winter, they built a fort on the Santa Clara River, and in 1857 he was made president of the Santa Clara Indian Mission. {S19}.

President's Office
Great Salt Lake City
August 4, 1857

Elder Jacob Hamblin,
You are hereby appointed to succeed Elder R.C. Allen (whom I have released) as president of the Santa Clara Indian Mission. I wish you to enter upon the duties of your office immediately.
Continue the conciliatory policy towards the Indians which I have ever commended, and seek by works of righteousness, to obtain their love and confidence. Omit promises where you are not sure you can fill them; and seek to unite the hearts of the brethren on that mission, and let all under your direction be united together in the holy bonds of love and unity.
All is peace here, and the Lord is eminently blessing our labors; grain is abundant, and our cities are alive with the busy hum of industry. Do not permit the brethren to part with their guns and ammunition, but save them against the hour of need.
Seek the Spirit of the Lord to direct you; and that He may qualify you for every duty, is the prayer of your fellow-laborer in the gospel of salvation.
Brigham Young. {S19}.

With a few others he established a settlement on the Santa Clara, a tributary to the Rio Virgin. He married (3), and was sealed, on 11 SEP 1857 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah to Sarah Priscilla LEAVITT [F59] (see Volume 15].

It was while Jacob was on his way to Salt Lake City to be married that the Mountain Meadow Massacre occurred. From a member of the Powell survey party, speaking of the Mountain Meadow Massacre, "Unfortunately for the poor immigrants, one man who probably could have saved them, was absent from his home at the Meadows at the time, being on his way to Salt Lake. This was Jacob Hamblin, the Leatherstocking of Utah, or "Old Jacob" as he was familiarly called when I knew him some fourteen years after the massacre." {S19}.

Jacob and his family made their home in the Santa Clara settlement, moving to Mountain Meadows during the summer months, where he kept stock. During 1857 and 1858, he made frequent trips to the Las Vegas springs, assisting emigrant trains en route to California and trying to keep peace among the settlers and the various Indian tribes. {S19}.

President's Office
Great Salt Lake City
March 5, 1858

Dear Brother,
Your note of the 19th of last month came to hand on the 3rd inst. I was happy to learn of the success and the general prosperity of the mission, and trust that the genial and salutary influences now so rapidly extending to the various tribes in that region, may continue to spread abroad until it shall pervade every son and daughter of Abraham in their fallen condition. The hour of their redemption was nigh, and the time is not far distant when they will receive knowledge, and begin to rise and increase in the land, and become a people whom the Lord will bless. The Indians should be encouraged in keeping and taking care of stock. I highly approve of your designs in doing your farming through the natives; it teaches them to obtain a subsistence through their own industry, and leaves you more at liberty to visit others, and extend your missionary labors among them. A few missionaries to show and instruct them how to raise stock and grain, and then not eat it up for them, is most judicious. You should always be careful to impress upon them that they should not infringe upon the rights of others; and our brethren should be very careful not to infringe upon their rights in any particular, thus cultivating honor and good principles in their midst by example as well as precept. As ever, I remain your brother in the gospel of salvation,
Brigham Young. {S19}.

Jacob lead a party across the Colorado River into northern Arizona in 1858. He visited the seven villages of the Hopis, and left four missionaries, including his younger brother, among them. Hamblin made almost annual trips into northern Arizona, coming to know the country thoroughly, his work was largely instrumental in the establishment of several Mormon settlements along the Little Colorado River and elsewhere. He was the first white man to thoroughly explore the area, the first to travel the Colorado River through Black and Boulder Canyons in a boat, his account assisting the later voyages of J.W. Powell, for whom Hamblin served occasionally as guide. (Encyclopedia of Frontier Biographies) {S19}.

"In the autumn of 1858, I received instructions from President Brigham Young to take a company of men and visit the Moquis (Hopi) or town Indians, on the east side of the Colorado River. The object of this visit was to learn something of the character and condition of this people and to take advantage of any opening there might be to preach the gospel to them and do them good. My companions for this trip were Brothers Dudley and Thomas Leavitt, two of my brothers, Frederick and William Hamblin, Samuel Knight, Ira Hatch, Andrew Gibbons, Benjamin Knell, Ammon M. Tenney, James David and Naraguts, an Indian guide." A lifelong friendship was formed during this trip, with Chief Tuba of the Hopi city of Oraibi.
Later, he would convert to the Mormon religion and would give tribal lands from Oraibi to the Mormons to settle, lands which are presently Tuba City,Arizona.{S19}.

On 14 February 14, 1863 Jacob married (4) a Paiute woman he called Eliza (Elisa). However she didn't stay long, bolting within days with a Shevwit brave. {S19}.

He married (5), and was sealed, on 16 November 1865 to Louisa BONELLI, a convert from Switzerland.

Other than time needed for farming and ranching to provide keep for his large family, most of Jacob's time over the next ten years was devoted to promoting peaceful relationships, not only between the Indians and the white settlers, but also between the varying Indian tribes. It was also during this time that he served as a guide and an Indian liason for the Powell expedition. {S19}.

On the 6th of March 1868 Jacob sold 2150 grape cuttings to William Foote, who paid him $57.50 in flour and cotton. (S10).

The peaceful Hopi had long been preyed upon by the neighboring Navajo, and the Mormon settlers found they were the frequent targets of similar raids. In 1870 Jacob was part of a government party sent to Fort Defiance near Window Rock, Arizona to settle a peace treaty with the Navajo. {S19}.

Jan. 19, 1870 ... while on my way to the ... I lay down on Buckskin Mountain in the snow and the freezing ground. I wondered to myself if my family was doing well and could I provide for their wants. As these thoughts ran through my mind I found myself at home, my family all near me. I asked of their welfare and if they needed anything. One of my women said she needed a dollar very much. I told her I had just one ragged greenback. When I took hold of it, it felt heavy as 2 or 3 pounds weight. I opened it and was surprised to see it filled with gold coin from the smallest up to $50.00 size. I looked at it and wondered how it came there, or is this a dream. I became satisfied it is not a dream, I am not deceived, the Lord gave it to me. I can let my family have what they need. When I awoke I knew this had a meaning. It was impressed on my mind that I put my hand in my pocket. I know this is to be of the Lord. It means good.

In 1870, John Wesley Powell returned west to scout locations along the way where he could resupply during an upcoming second trip. But he also wanted to know what had happened to the three men who had left the first expedition just before it ended. Rumor had it they had been killed by Shivwit warriors. If that was the case, he wanted to make peace with the Indians. Setting out with a group of Kaibab Indians and a Mormon guide named Jacob Hamblin, Powell headed southwest from Salt Lake City to a place 20 miles north of the Grand Canyon known by the Indians as Uinkaret or Place of Pines. The following weeks were, in the words of one Powell biographer, "one long ethnological picnic." The people Powell stayed with were among the most untouched in America. The Major spoke little of their language, but he made himself understood in Ute. The women showed him how to roast seeds with hot coals. The men engrossed him in talk about their religion. By the time the Shivwits explained why they'd killed Powell's men, the Major had established as intimate a tie with them as any white man in the 19th century would. Instead of demanding retribution for the deaths of his men, which would have been usual in those days, he smoked a pipe with the Indian warriors. In his diary, the Major remembers the warm promises made during that meeting. "We will be friends" the Indians said, "and when you come we will be glad. We will tell the Indians who live on the other side of the great river that we have seen Kapurats and that he is the Indians' friend." {S20}.

In 1874 troubles with the Navajo began to escalate again and Jacob found himself in the position of being the only man who might be able to avert a war between the Navajo and the whites. From The Encyclopedia of Frontier Biographies: " In 1874 he went alone into the Navajo country to avert a war; captured by hostiles, he later was released. Jacob Hamblin, with his ideal of friendliness, of fair-dealing and peace...did more single-handed to bring about a mutual understanding than all of the soldiers that ever marched into Arizona." {S19}.

In 1874, John Young asked Jacob to explain his method of dealing with the Indians. This was his reply. {S19}.
Kanab, Kane Co.
April 14th, 1874

President John W. Young

Dear Brother:
While in conversation with you in St. George upon Indian matters you requested me to put in writing for you some of my rules and ways of managing Indians.
1st. I never talk anything but the truth to them.
2nd. I think it useless to speak of things they cannot comprehend.
3rd. I strive by all means to never let them see me in a passion.
4th. Under no circumstances show fear; thereby showing to them that I have a sound heart and straight tongue.
5th. Never approach them in an austere manner; nor use more words than is necessary to convey my ideas; nor in a higher tone of voice, than to be distinctly heard.
6th. Always listen to them when they wish to tell their grievances and redress their wrongs however trifling they may be (if possible). If I cannot, I let them know that I have a desire to do so.
7th. I never allow them to hear me use any obscene language or take any unbecoming course with them.
8th. I never submit to any unjust demands or submit to coercion under any circumstances thereby showing that I govern and am governed by the rule of right and not by might.
9th. I have tried to observe the above rules for the past twenty years and it has given mea salutary influence wherever I have met with them. Many times when I have visited isolated bands upon business and have been addressing them in a low tone of voice around their council fires, I have noticed that they have listened with attention and reverence. I believe if the rules that I have mentioned were observed there would be but little difficulty on our frontier with the Red man.

You are at liberty to publish this if you think proper. Bro. Sam Knight and Thales Haskell arrived here late on Saturday evening. We expect to start for the Moyencoppy tomorrow.

Faithfully,
Jacob Hamblin {S19}.

In 1876 Jacob had been called to Brigham Young's winter home in St. George, Utah. At that time Brigham Young laid his hands on Jacob's head and gave him a special blessing, setting him apart as an emissary to the Indians. Although Jacob was greatly humbled by this blessing, the reality was that, in his heart, this had always been his mission, to the point that he often neglected his family responsibilities. Being away from home in the Indian villages, more than he was home, his wives and children were often left to fend for themselves. In his later years, he tried, unsuccessfully, to run a mercantile in St. George, and he served as a guide for several minor expeditions simply because he needed the money. {S19}.

He was ordained an Apostle to the Lamanites on Friday, Dec. 15, 1876, at St. George by President Brigham Young. He enjoyed the confidence, friendship, esteem and trust of Brigham Young, as well as that of his entire acquaintance.

The Indians were reluctant to approach the Colorado River except at certain places where the country was open and the water could be reached without entering the recesses of the "Mysterious Canyon." One of the few recorded crossings of the river by Indians was that of a party of Oribas, who came to the settlements in Southern Utah with Jacob on the return from one of his visits to the Hopis. Two members of Jacob's party were left at the Oriba village as hostages in exchange for the safe return of the Indians.

Tuba, the chief of the Oribas and his wife, after much persuasion and the arrangement for the hostages, agreed to accompany Jacob to the settlements. Upon their arrival at the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry, Tuba said to Jacob, "I have worshiped the Great Spirit of us all, in the way that you believe to be right. Now I would like you to worship with me, as the Hopis think is right, before we cross this great river."

When Jacob consented, Tuba took his medicine bag from under his shirt, and taking from it a small portion of the sacred meal which it contained, asked Jacob to do likewise. Jacob extended his left hand, but Tuba said, "No, you must take it with the right hand." They then sprinkled a small portion of the meal on the ground, in the air, and on the surface of the river, after which Tuba knelt, with his face to the East, and prayed to the Great Spirit, the Father of us all, to preserve the party while they crossed to the opposite shore. He told the Great Spirti that he and his wife had many relatives and friends at home, and that if they were drowned, and did not return, there would be much weeping and sorrow. He prayed for his friends the "Mormons" that none of them might lose their lives while crossing. He prayed that the animals might be preserved, because they were needed for the long journey, that the food might not be lost, because there was no more food to be had, and the clothing, which was needed to keep them warm. When the party was safely over the river, Tuba gave thanks that his prayer had been answered.

Jacob Hamblin’s duties under the "Mormon" authorities required constant intercourse for many years with the wild Indians, and his life, on several occasions, was in imminent peril, but he possessed an abiding faith that he was in many instances protected from bodily harm from the wild Indians by special interposition of Divine providence. It can be said to his everlasting honor and wisdom that during all his business relations with them he never killed an Indian, and that they placed great confidence in him, saying that "Jacob never lied." Prof. H. A. Thompson, of the U. S. Geological Survey, said of him: "I would trust my money, my life and my honor in the keeping of Jacob Hamblin, knowing all would be safe."

Jacob Hamblin moved from Kanab, Utah, to Arizona with part of his family in 1878; the rest of the family followed in 1881. He was in Springerville, Arizona in 1879.

He spent some time evading the federal officers who were trying to arrest the polygamists. In this, and in attempts to support his family, he wandered, to Alpine, Arizona, to Pleasanton, New Mexico, to Old Mexico, and back again to Pleasanton. {S19}.

He located in Amity and stayed there until the fall of 1882, when he moved to Pleasanton, Grant (now Catron) County, New Mexico, where he died 31 AUG 1886 and was buried there 2 SEP 1886.

When word of his death reached Chief Tuba of the Hopi, he called all the people of his nation together, and for one night they mourned the passing of this, their best friend. {S19}.

As the settlement of Pleasanton was broken up, his brother, Frederick Hamblin, brought his remains to Alpine, Arizona, where several of his family resided. A monument has been erected at his grave, bearing the following inscription: "In Memory of Jacob V. Hamblin, born April 2, 1819; died Aug. 31, 1886; Peace-maker in the Camp of the Lamanites; Herald of Truth to the House of Israel."

WIFE (1):
Lucinda TAYLOR.
She was born (21)(24-S16) AUG 1823 in (Gueaga County, Ohio)(Spring Prairie, Wisconsin-S16); daughter of Daniel TAYLOR and Sarah (Sally) MCCRUMBIE. She married Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN on 30 APR 1839 at Spring Prairie, Wisconsin.

It appears Lucinda was a less-than-enthusiastic convert and was not anxious to leave her family in Wisconsin and travel across the country. It's also possible that the practice of polygamy was more than she could take. She separated from Jacob February 5, 1849. {S19}.

She died about 1858 in Kansas City, Kansas.

CHILDREN of Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN [F58] and Lucinda TAYLOR:
  1. Duane HAMBLIN. Born (11)(22) (JAN)(FEB) 1841 in Franklin, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He married Elizabeth RUSSELL. He died in 1862.
  2. Martha Adaline HAMBLIN. Born 15 SEP (1842)(1843-S16) in Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin. She married 28 JAN 1860 to Taylor CROSSBY. She died 17 JUN 1877 in Kanab, Kane County, Utah.
  3. Maryette Magdaline HAMBLIN. Born 17 MAY 1845 in (Walworth County, Wisconsin)(Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois-S16). She married John William YOUNG on 1 APR 1860. They were divorced. She died 1 MAR 1910 in Alma, Catron County, New Mexico.
  4. Lyman Stoddard HAMBLIN. Born 11 MAR 1848 at Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa. He married 31 JUL 1871 to Esther Cecelia BURK. He died 23 SEP (1922)(1923-S16) in Eager, Apache County, Arizona.


WIFE (2):
Rachel JUDD
Born on 15 September 1821 in Johnstown, Grenville, Ontario, Canada; daughter of Arza Judd and Lucinda Adams.

She married (1) James Madison Henderson on 13 February 1841 in Hancock County, Illinois. They had two children. He died on 12 April 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois.

She married (2), and was sealed, on 30 September 1849 to Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN at Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Rachel Judd Hamblin died on 18 February 1865 in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah; and is buried there.

CHILDREN of Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN and Rachel JUDD:
  1. Lois Hamblin. Born on 15 June 1851 in Tooele, Utah. She died on 30 August 1891 in Alpine, Apache County, Arizona.
  2. Albert Shoshone Hamblin. Born in 1852 in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah.
  3. Joseph HAMBLIN. Born on 6 October 1854 in Tooele, Utah. He died on 3 December 1924 in Kanab, Kane County, Utah.
  4. Susan Shoshone Hamblin. Born (about 1854)(about 1865) in Tooele, Utah. She died (on 19 February 1880)(in 1866).
  5. Ellen Hamblin. Born in 1856 in Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah. She died on 19 February 1880.
  6. Rachel Tamar Hamblin. Born on 3 August 1856 in Pine Valley, Washington County, Utah. She died on 17 March 1877 in Kanab, Kane County, Utah.
  7. Benjamin Hamblin. Born on 29 September 1858 in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. He died on 27 September 1930 in Kanab, Kane County, Utah.
  8. Arminda Hamblin. Born on 27 January 1861 in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. She died in 1862 in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah.


WIFE (3):
Sarah Priscilla LEAVITT. [PC T4], [CHART A1]. [How are we Related].
Born on 8 MAY 1841 near Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; daughter of Jeremiah LEAVITT and Sarah STURTEVANT. Her father had built a home for his family about 3 miles outside of Nauvoo, and it was there that she was born. (S12).

In a while her father swapped farms with a man, and got one "by the big mound" seven miles from Nauvoo, "a fine pleasant place." [research the mounds near the roads to Warsaw and Carthage]. Again they left the farm and moved to an old school house located about 8 miles from the Mississippi River. There they stayed while preparing for the journey westward. {S12}.

From there they had to leave in a hurry. [include the bottom of pg. 26 and the top of pg. 27]. They crossed in Iowa, and stopped for a week or more on the other side of the Mississippi River. {S12}.

In APR 1846 they started on their journey (describe it). They travelled until they came to Mount Pisgah. {S12}. In AUG 1846 her father went back for supplies, and died while away, on 20 AUG 1946. In that same month the family started forward again for "the Bluffs" (Council Bluffs). In NOV 1846 they arrived at "the Bluffs", but could get no house and so had to camp out. In DEC 1846 they moved into a house built by her brothers. {S12}.

In 1847? they started on their journey westward again. Her family traveled in the same company of Saints as Jacob Hamblin and his family. {S15}. Upon arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, they went to the Duel Settlement, and lived there for about three months. Then they moved to Pine Canyon in Tooele Valley and lived there until "the Indians became so bad that we had to leave with the cattle and horses." {S12}.

She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in AUG 1851. {S2a}.

She married Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN on 11 September 1857 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. {S11, S2a, S15}. (see Hamblin family history in Volume 14]. At this time she was endowed and they were sealed, presumably in the Endowment House. {S2a} At that time she was just over sixteen years old. They then returned to Jacob's home in Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah.

Priscilla was said to have a natural ability in caring for the sick, and was often called upon for her services. {S15}.

On (15-S2a)(10 or 15-S11) October 1858 her first child, Sarah Olive HAMBLIN was born at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. Sometime during the Fall of 1858 Jacob left on his first crossing of the Colorado River {S15}, so he may not have been home for the birth of their first child.

On 25 APR 1861 her second child Melissa HAMBLIN was born at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. {S11, S2a}.

On 11 MAY 1863 her third daughter Lucy HAMBLIN was born at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. {S11, S2a}.

On 21 MAR 1865 her first son, Jacob HAMBLIN Junior was born at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. {S11, S2a}.

On 11 JUN 1867 her fifth child, Ella Ann HAMBLIN was born at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. {S8, S11,S2a}. It was said to have happened like this, "the neighbors were aroused by the incessant ringing of a cowbell, which hung on the nearby clothesline post. It meant to let everyone know of the birth of a new baby to Priscilla." {S8}.

Sometime within the next 2 years Jacob announced one day that they must make a move to Kanab, as he had been asked to settle that region, which was about one hundred miles from Santa Clara. In 1869 {S13, S15}, on the night before they left, a party was given by the neighbors, and everyone came to wish them well and to say goodbye. The next day they took two loaded wagons, 3 pack horses, and several cows, with the older children driving them. The trip took about 5 days. There were a few men and several Piute Indians on hand to greet them as they drove into the fort at Kanab. {S8}.

After some time (Jacob was called away for a while) they were able to get a house built and were able to settle down in a place of their own outside the fort. {S8}.

On 28 December 1871 her daughter Lucy HAMBLIN died. {S11, S2a}.

On (25 September 1872-S11, S2a) (25 DEC 1875-S?) her daughter Mary Elizabeth HAMBLIN was born at Kanab, Kane County, Utah. {S11}.

On 5 November 1876 (1877-S?) her daughter Clara Melvina HAMBLIN was born at Kanab, Kane County, Utah. {S11, S2a}. Just a few days later, on 19 NOV 1876 her first daughter, Sarah Olive Hamblin married Abram (Abraham-S2a) Lee WINSOR. {S11}.

Not long afterward President Brigham Young once again requested Jacob to move his family to new territory, this time to help settle Arizona. With her growing family and not being as young anymore Priscilla found it much harder to make the move, and she dreaded it. But it was decided that Priscilla would go first and Louise would follow later. They set out in (JAN 1878-S8)(FALL of 1879-S14) (in 1875-S15) and crossed the Colorado River "on the old pioneer flatboat" {S14} at Lee's Ferry, and "on over the difficult and dangerous Lee's Backbone." {S14}. They proceeded to the headwaters of the Little Colorado, and after weeks of travel by team, they arrived in Round Valley {S14}, somewhere near what is now Springerville {S8}, in the southern end of Apache County. They soon settled and built a home in Milligan's Fort {S15}, which had been built by "that old pioneer" W.R.Milligan in 1870. {S14}. This is near the present town of Eager. {S15}.

That winter was one of the coldest the valley had ever experienced. The family's main diet was bread made from old moldy barley, ground in a coffee mill. Priscilla, being in delicate condition, suffered greatly from the lack of proper food. {S14}. They stayed there for about 4 years. {S8x}. {describe nursing, etc. bottom of pg.9- S8}. There they had two more children born, (Jabez Dudley HAMBLIN-S2a)(Dudley Jabez HAMBLIN-S11) on 5 MAY 1880 and Don Carlos HAMBLIN on 16 FEB 1882; both at Springerville, Apache County, Arizona. {S11}. Here Jacob was made a counselor to the Stake President, Lot Smith. {S13}. In 1879 he was made Bishop of the Eager Ward. {S13}.

In 1883 Jacob helped found the town of Pleasanton, New Mexico, and the family moved there with him. {S15}.

On 25 DEC 1883 (18827), her second daughter, Melissa HAMBLIN married James Edgar CHESLEY. {S11).

On 14 March 1884 her daughter Ella Ann HAMBLIN married Warren Moroni TENNEY. {S11, S2a}.

On 9 December 1885 her son Jacob HAMBLIN Junior married Sadie Cornelia LYTLE. {S11, S2a}.

On 31 August 1886 her husband Jacob died of malaria fever while on a trip to Pleasanton, New Mexico.(S13,S15). Three days later he was buried.(S15). Later his body was removed to Alpine, Apache County, Arizona. Following his death, Priscilla moved to Nutrioso, Arizona and lived there for a number of years.(S15).

On 27 September 1897 her daughter Mary Elizabeth HAMBLIN married Edward BEELER. {S11, S2a}.

On 19 August 1898 her daughter Clara Melvina HAMBLIN married (1) (Ezra or Arza-S11)(Arza-S2a){Peter NICOLL-S11}.

On 3 October 1906 her son Dudley Jabez HAMBLIN married Julia May BUTLER. {S11}.

On 12 March 1907 her son Don Carlos married Ida LEE. {S11}.

On 30 June 1919 her daughter Sarah Olive died. {S11, S2a}.

She died on (23-S1,S11,S2a) (24-S8) July 1927 at the home of her daughter Ella in Alpine, Apache County, Arizona. She was buried in Alpine beside her husband on 25 JUL 1927 (S2a, S15).

CHILDREN of Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN and Sarah Priscilla LEAVITT:
  1. Sarah Olive HAMBLIN. Born 15 OCT 1858 at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. She married Abraham Lee WINDSOR on 19 NOV 1876. She died 30 JUN 1919.
  2. Melissa HAMBLIN. Born 25 APR 1861 at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. She married James Edgar CHESLEY on 25 DEC 1882. She died 9 MAY 1933.
  3. Lucy HAMBLIN. Born 11 MAY 1863 at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. She died 28 DEC 1871.
  4. Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN, Jr. Born 21 March 1865 at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. He married Sadie Cornelia LYTLE on 8 DEC 1885. He died 1 April 1939.
  5. Ella Ann HAMBLIN. [PC C1], [CHART A1]. [How are we Related]. Born on 11 June 1867 at Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah. She married Warren Moroni TENNEY on 14 March 1884 at Amity, Apache County, Arizona. She died on 31 March 1947 at Alpine, Apache County, Arizona.
  6. Mary Elizabeth HAMBLIN. Born 25 September 1872 at Kanab, Kane County, Utah. She married 27 September 1896 to Edward BEELER. She died 12 MAY 1959.
  7. Clara Melvina HAMBLIN. Born 5 NOV 1876 (1877 ?) at Kanab, Kane County, Utah. She married (1st) 19 AUG 1898 to Arza Peter NICOLL. They were divorced. She married (2nd) Winthrop S. STALEY on 7 JUN 1930.
  8. Jabez Dudley HAMBLIN. Born 5 MAY 1880 at Springerville, Apache County, Arizona. He married Julia Mae BUTLER on 3 OCT 1906.
  9. Don Carlos HAMBLIN. Born 16 FEB 1882 at Springerville, Apache County, Arizona. He married Ida LEE on 12 MAR 1907. He died 15 NOV 1941.


WIFE (4):
Eliza.
a Paiute woman, whom Jacob Hamblin called Eliza (Elisa).

She married, and was sealed, on 14 February 1863 to Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN. However she didn't stay long, bolting within days with a Shevwit brave. (S19).

WIFE (5):
Louisa BONELLI.
Born on 29 October 1843 in Weingarten, Maurenberg, Thurgou, Switzerland. She married, and was sealed, to Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN [F58] on 16 NOV 1865. Louisa Bonneli Hamblin died December 11, 1931 and is buried in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona.

CHILDREN of Jacob Vernon HAMBLIN [F58] and Louisa BONELLI:
  1. Walter Eugene Hamblin, b. 15 Apr 1868 in Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
  2. Inez Louise Hamblin, b. 4 Apr 1871 in Kanab, Kane, Utah
  3. George Oscar Hamblin, b. 25 Mar 1873 in Kanab, Kane, Utah
  4. Alice Edna Hamblin, b. 9 Feb 1876 in Kanab, Kane, Utah
  5. Willard Otto Hamblin, b. 25 Mar 1881 in Kanab, Kane, Utah
  6. Amarilla Hamblin, b. 4 May 1884 in Pleasanton, Catron, New Mexico. Source unknown {S3?}. The preface, by Lyman L. Hamblin reads: In 1964 I attended a "Jacob Hamblin" reunion in Santa Clara, Utah with my parents. During this reunion we became acquainted with Amerila Hamblin Lee, the last surviving daughter of Jacob Hamblin. At that time she was 87 years of age and was in very good health. She was spry and active. I remember her borrowing the horse of one of the Forrest Rangers who was attending the reunion. She mounted the horse by herself and took off on a full gallop, riding that horse like someone half her age. She became very close friends with my mother, Margaret Gurr Hamblin and was interested in my mother's lifelong pursuits in genealogy work. When she was convinced that my mother was a professional in this area she made a very special offer that excited us all. She said that she had the original copy of her father's journal at her home in California and she would send it to mom on loan for 2-3 weeks so she could read it and make copies for each of her own children. She also stated that many authors of books about Jacob Hamblin had requested a loan of that journal but she never loaned it out of her sight. I remember being very impressed that she had such great regard and trust for my mother. She sent the journal to my mother that same year and she went to work reading and making copies of that very special document. She transcribed the journal from Jacob's own handwriting. Even though he had very legible handwriting most of the time, it was a real challenge for my mother to make an accurate translation and interpretation. Through a great deal of time and effort she succeeded. When it came to genealogy work and preserving something this precious, my mother would never fail. THANKS MOM!!! {S?}.



SOURCES:

HOW ARE WE RELATED:
Jacob Vernon Hamblin md Sarah Priscilla Leavitt. 
Ella Ann Hamblin married Warren Moroni Tenney 
Clive Vernon Tenney married Minnie Williams
Mildred Ella Tenney married Glenn Russell Handy
Deborah Lee Handy married Rodney Allen Morris