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Warren Reed Tenney and Julia Amanda Phelps

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Warren Reed TENNEY. [Familytree].
Born 27 July 1827 at Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York; son of William TENNEY and Eliza L. WEBB. The home he grew up in was a happy home, where love and kindness were the law. His sister Betsy Jane said, A discordant jar I never heard beneath our impretentious, yet ever neat and tidy dwelling. His parents were Methodists. They were prayerful and led exemplary lives, and taught their children to pray. For several years prior to hearing the Mormon Elders preach the gospel, they stood alone waiting for the light to come, which they were expecting. In the meantime, his mother had many remarkable dreams, and also the Word of Wisdom given to her, nearly the same as given to the Prophet Joseph Smith. She told her friends and neighbors. Some ridiculed and others said she was going crazy.

They first heard the gospel in the winter of 1833-1834. Not long after this Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdrey preached some 7 or 8 miles from where they lived. The Prophet gave a minute description of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and also of the visions and visitations of angels from time to time. When his parents returned from the meeting, they both said it must be true, for it was impossible for men as young and inexperienced as they were to testify with such honesty and candor, or with such power, that it seemed to penetrate the hearts of all who heard.

During the following year, the family received the gospel with joy and rejoicing. His father, mother, and older sister Betsy Jane were baptized by Elder Truman Height in September of 1834. Before they were baptized, the family was well respected by all their acquaintances, but that quickly changed after their baptism into the Mormon faith as their friends forsook them.

In June of 1835 six Apostles came to their home; Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt and three others. In November of 1835 the family moved to Kirtland, Ohio. They purchased the house and lot of Jared Carter next door to the Prophet Joseph Smith. They lived there for two years, seeing the church authorities almost daily. There his father worked on the construction of the Kirtland Temple. He attended a select school kept by Eliza R. Snow in one of the Prophet's rooms. He was present at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. [check to see if he was baptized in Kirtland, since he would have become 8 yrs. old while there.]

In April of 1838 the family left Kirtland, Ohio and moved to Far West, Missouri. They arrived there on 5 July 1838 and camped on Shoal Creek. After resting awhile, they moved to Davies County, about eight miles from Adam-ondi-Ahman. They bought a farm there, but had to leave it in October for fear of the mobs. They then moved to Diahman, where they lived in a tent made of coverlets of sheets. They had to be constantly on guard for fear of the mobs. Finally all were required to move into Far West. They experienced intense cold while crossing the prairie. On the way, at about half-way there, they stayed at the Littlefield House, living with Brother and Sister Abott.

In Far West he undoubtedly attended the same school as his sister, taught by Elder Erastus Snow, who was then quite a young man. In April of 1839 they left Far West in company with the Saints who, at the recommendation of Joseph Smith and to escape mob violence, made their way to Illinois. They crossed the Mississippi River at Quincy and settled in Adams County. During the next few years his sister Betsy Jane taught school in Quincy, and he probably attended her classes.

On 27 June 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered at Carthage Jail. Warren’s father died just a few months later, on 9 October 1844 at Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. After his father's death, his mother lived in the home of his sister, Betsy Jane. At this time Warren was old enough to work, so he may have worked away from home. It appears that for a time after the main body of the Saints left Nauvoo, he was probably not at home with his mother, but was probably living near-by.

He was baptized 1 October 1846. [I do not know if this is his first baptism, or a re-baptism. I suspect the later.]

He married (1) Julia Amanda PHELPS on 8 May 1859 at Ridgley, Platte County, Missouri. She was his first cousin, a granddaughter of James WEBB through Betsy FAVILLE. Sometime during the next several months, his sister Betsy Jane sold her house and gave the money to Warren to purchase on outfit for the trip west to rejoin the Saints. He bought two new wagons, four yoke of oxen, a set of carpenter tools, oilcloth for the wagons and other things necessary for the trip. He, his wife Julia, his mother, and his sister Eliza took one team and his sister and her three sons took the other team, and they set off for Utah. They left Quincy on 27 April 1860. They joined Captain Warren Walling's wagon train. Elder Thomas Slight recorded their journey in his journal, which he began on 30 May 1860 at Florence, Nebraska, as follows:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30: Our train left Florence, Neb., with 30 wagons. Warren Walling, Captain; A. Russell, Chaplain. Prior to starting the following rules were agreed upon by the company. "Rules to be Observed by the company: Traveling must be in single file, in close order; halting at noon and camping at night bust be as the captain orders or directs. Each man must take his turn in herding the stock at noon and night, and guarding camp at night, four in each place, two to each watch. The chaplain shall call the camp to prayers morning and night and preside at worshiping assemblies. All must have their guns and ammunition in order to protect any or all against any foe."

THU, MAY 31: Crossed the Elk Horn River and camped at Raw Hide.

FRI, JUNE 1: Traveled to Barker and camped.

SAT, JUNE 2: Reached Shell Creek. A child belonging to Bro Morse died.

SUN, JUNE 3: Drove to Clear Creek.

MON, JUNE 4: Came to a clear stream called the Looking Glass.

They had a successful journey across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City on 9 AUG 1860. At first they camped in a tent and the wagons until they got settled. In November, his sister Betsy Jane moved to Payson, where she taught school. Warren and his family moved to Payson also and lived there for a short time. He was endowed in the Endowment House on 9 OCT 1861, and at the same time was sealed to his wife Julia.

He married (2) Clara LONGHURST on 8 JUN 1867 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

Warren moved with his family to Arizona. He cut the heavy timber for the St. George Temple. In 1876 he was at Tenney's Springs or Sawmill Springs east of Mormon Lake near Flagstaff, Arizona. He homesteaded at Forrestdale, south and west of Show Low, Arizona until the Apache Indian Reservation lines were redrawn and included his property. Warren then operated a Saw Mill in Water Canyon in the Round Valley area near Amity, Arizona. He was there in April of 1886. He then moved back to Flagstaff area, where he was in October of 1887, and had a sawmill at Pinetop.

Warren died (20)(25)(26-S6) April 1889 [The Woodruff Cemetery records says 26 April 1887, which could not be possible if, as reported, his son Heber was not born until 1889, and he had also written a letter dated October 1887. The TIB says he died 20 April 1889.]. He died at Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona, and was buried 28 April 1889 at Woodruff, Navajo County, Arizona.

WIFE (1):
Julia Amanda PHELPS. [ Familytree].
Born 30 April 1839 at (Peoria)(Rochester-S5) (probably Rochester is correct), Sangamon County, Illinois; daughter of Burton Harmon PHELPS and Amanda Melvina WEBB.

She married Warren Reed TENNEY on 8 MAY 1859 at Ridgley, Platte County, Missouri. Sometime during the next several months, her sister-in-law Betsy Jane sold her house and gave the money to Warren to purchase on outfit for the trip west to rejoin the Saints. He bought two new wagons, four yoke of oxen, a set of carpenter tools, oilcloth for the wagons and other things necessary for the trip. She, his husband Warren, his mother, and his sister Eliza took one team and his sister and her three sons took the other team, and they set off for Utah. They left Quincy on 27 APR 1860. They had a successful journey across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City on 9 AUG 1860. At first they camped in a tent and the wagons until they got settled. In November, Warren's sister Betsy Jane moved to Payson, where she taught school. Warren and his family moved to Payson also and lived there for a short time.

Julia was endowed and sealed to her husband Warren on 9 October 1861 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

Warren moved with his family to Arizona. He homesteaded at Forrestdale, south and west of Show Low, Arizona until the Apache Indian Reservation lines were redrawn and included his property. They settled in Water Canyon in the Round Valley area near Amity, Arizona. They then moved to Flagstaff area and had a sawmill at Pinetop. He cut the heavy timber for the St. George Temple. In 1876 he was at Tenney's Springs or Sawmill Springs east of Mormon Lake near Flagstaff, Arizona.

In the 1880 Census, Julia is living with her brother, Chauncey G. Phelps, in Atchison, Kasas. She has with her children: Ruth E. Phelps, Amanda I. Phelps and Wilford M. Phelps. (S11).

In 1883 Julia moved to Denver and started a milnery shop, at which occupation she was said to be very good. She went to Denver possibly because her daughter Ella (Ruth Ella) was there shortly after her marriage.

Amanda returned to her family in 1885 and taught school for a year at Pleasanton, New Mexico. However, after a year trial, she left again. It was said that she returned to Denver, but by at least 1885 daughter Ella and her husband had moved to Chicago and Amanda went there early in 1886. She was still there in July 1887. At that time she wrote that she was much bothered by rhumatism, so that she was hardly able to get about. By July 1896 she was in San Francisco, California. Her daughter Ruth Ella was working there for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and she probably moved there with her daughter’s family. By 1910 they were living in Berkley.

Julia died on 14 January 1912 at Berkley, Alameda County, California. She was cremated and her ashes, and those of daughter Ruth Ella TENNEY, were removed on 24 June 1935 to the Alpine Cemetery at Alpine, Apache County, Arizona where they were buried beside her husband.

CHILDREN of Warren Reed TENNEY and Julia Amanda PHELPS:
  1. Warren Moroni TENNEY. [Familytree]. Born on 4 January 1861 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He married Ella Ann HAMBLIN on 4 March 1884 at Amity, Apache County, Arizona. He died on 22 JUN 1935 at Alpine, Apache County, Arizona.
  2. Ruth Ella TENNEY. Born on 5 APR 1863 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. She was baptized 5 JAN 1869. She married (1) James H. FARNSWORTH on 17 MAR 1882. They were apparently separated sometime between 1887 and 1896, and were probably divorced sometime after 1896. She married (2) Mr. PIFER or PIVER. She died 14 MAR 1926.
  3. Amanda Irene TENNEY. Born 27 DEC 1865 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. She was baptized 2 APR 1874. She married E.J.HAMBLIN on 12 JAN 1885.
  4. William Reed TENNEY. Born 8 MAY 1867 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He died 27 JUN 1867.
  5. Wilford Mormon TENNEY. Born 13 NOV 1869 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He married Dola ALLEN. He died 16 SEP 1933.
  6. Burton Angus TENNEY. Born 19 OCT 1872 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He died 6 MAY 1874.


WIFE (2):
Clara LONGHURST.
Born 29 JAN 1849 in St. Paul, Deptford, Kent, England; daughter of William Henry LONGHURST and Ann PRESTON. She was christened 29 JAN 1849 at St. Paul, Deptford, Kent, England. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 29 JAN 1857. She married Warren Reed TENNEY [56] on 8 JUN 1867 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah to. She died 10 AUG 1921 at Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona; and was buried 11 AUG 1921 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona.

CHILDREN of Warren Reed TENNEY [F56] and Clara LONGHURST:
  1. Clara Victoria TENNEY. Born 14 JUN 1870 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. She was baptized 14 JUN 1878. She married (1) on 13 OCT 1886 in St. George, Washington County, Utah to John Umpstead RENCHER. She married (2) Ezra John (Jack) SMITH; son of James Thomas SMITH and Mary HODGES on 19 JAN 1904. Clara died 14 MAR 1948 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona, and was buried 16 MAR 1948 in Clay Springs, Navajo County, Arizona.
  2. George “Q” TENNEY. Born 31 MAY 1872 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. He married Rebecca Reed HANCOCK, daughter of Mosiah Lyman HANCOCK and Margaret McCLEVE on 24 DEC 1895 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona. On 25 MAR 1923 he was excommunicated for apostacy. They lived separately after 1923. George died of a heart attack on 17 MAY 1939 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, and was buried 20 MAY 1939 in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.
  3. Ann (Annie) Eliza TENNEY. Born 6 APR 1874 at Payson, Utah County, Utah. She married (1) Hyrum Burton SMITH, son of Lot SMITH and Julia Ann SMITH on 24 FEB 1890 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona. He was acidently shot 16 MAR 1910 in Snowflake. She married (2) (and was sealed) to Franklin CAMPBELL on 13 OCT 1919 at Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona. She married (3) John Addison HUNT on 24 FEB 1933. Ann died 16 MAR 1944 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, and was buried 18 MAR 1944 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona.
  4. Sarah Jane TENNEY. Born 26 OCT 1876 at Washington, Washington County, Utah. She was baptized 26 OCT 1884. She married Robert Christian SMITH; son of Jesse Nathaniel SMITH and Augusta Marie OUTZEN on 5 FEB 1900 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona. They were sealed on that day, at noon, by Heber J. Grant, in the home of Eliza T. Smith. Sarah died 18 NOV 1959 at Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona, and was buried 21 NOV 1959 in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona.
  5. Emma Lamercia TENNEY. Born 16 NOV 1878 at Mogollon Mill, 10 miles south of Mormon Lake, Coconino County, Arizona. She was baptized 16 NOV 1886. She married Charles Coleman BRYANT; son of Rufus BRYANT and Jamima Jane HITTSON on 12 DEC 1899 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona. Emma died 10 JUN 1940 at Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona, and was buried there 12 JUN 1940.
  6. Edwin Reed TENNEY. Born 21 OCT 1881 at Brigham City, Navajo County, Arizona. He married Emily May THOMAS; daughter of Elijah Murray THOMAS and Emily HAMPTON on 2 NOV 1903 at Pinedale, Navajo County, Arizona. He died 28 JUN 1934 at Promontory Point, Black Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona, and was buried 29 JUN 1934 at Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona.
  7. William Rush TENNEY. Born 8 NOV 1883 in Amity, Coconino County, Arizona. He died 24 SEP 1886 in Woodruff, Navajo County, Arizona, and was buried there.
  8. Jesse Milo TENNEY. Born 6 DEC 1885 at Water Canyon, near Eagerville, Apache County, Arizona. He was baptized 6 DEC 1893. He married Winnifred HANSEN on 1 SEP 1914 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona. He died 1 SEP 1945 in Queen Creek, southeast of Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, and was buried 4 SEP 1945 in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.
  9. Heber Chase TENNEY. Born 2 MAR 1889 (18875) at Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona. He was baptized 4 APR 1897. He married Fannie KAY; daughter of Jesse Albert KAY and Rebecca Finch STANDIFIRD on 1 DEC 1914 at Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona. He hired out as a sheepherder for Will Hancock. Camp was being moved and “Hebe” was rounding up the burros. There was one of them he just couldn’t locate. “Where’s old Charlie, where’s old Charlie,” Hebe began to yell. It was dark and Hebe couldn’t see Charlie anywhere. Then Will yelled back, “You’re on him Hebe.” Heber died 7 MAR 1976 at Sandpoint, Bonner County, Idaho, and was buried there on 11 MAR 1976.


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