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Thursday, September 15, 2016

#TBT—My Pioneer Ancestors

On the Jones side through my dad's grandmother, Annetta Clark Jones

jones • clark • carpenter


my father

Reynold Uther Jones was born in Carson City, Nevada, on February 19, 1935.  He died in Las Vegas on 26 Nov 2013.  He is buried at the Veterans' Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.  

my grandfather & great-grandparents

My grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was born 25 Dec 1907 in Malad, Idaho.  He died 25 July 1975 and is buried at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery in Las Vegas.

My great-grandfather, William Uther Jones, was born 25 March 1880 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho.  He died 22 August 1958 in Henderson, Nevada, and is buried side-by-side with his wife, Annetta, at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery.  The marker appears to be located in the Garden of Devotion, Section 5.

My great-grandmother, Annetta Erminia Clark (Jones) was born 25 April 1879 in Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah.  She died 25 July 1962 in St. George, Washington County, Utah.  She is buried next to my great-grandfather at Bunkers Memory Garden Cemetery in Las Vegas.   

This photo was taken in the front yard of my grandparents' house on Earl Street in Las Vegas.  William Uther Jones went by his middle name, Uther.  My grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was often referred to as "jr," even though he was not technically a junior.  This photo is dated, December 1960, but it is probably incorrect since (WM) Uther Sr. died in 1958.  


my great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Annetta Erminia (Clark) Jones 
(Annetta is my dad's grandmother)

Orrin Smith Clark was born on 7 Nov 1832 in Chautauqua County, New York.  He died 29 Dec 1911 & is buried at the Chilly Cemetery in Custer County, Idaho.  His parents were Joseph Chandler Clark & Phylinda Carpenter Clark.

Orrin Clark is listed in the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database as having made the journey to Utah as a member of an unknown company in 1851 at the age of 18.  He was traveling with his parents and his sister, Sophronia, probably from Council Bluffs, Iowa.  All four of them are listed in the 1850 Iowa census as residents of Pottawattamie County.

He was married on 25 Sept 1855 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah to...

Sarah Elizabeth Gilson She was born on 25 Oct 1840 in Virginia.  She died on 6 May 1915 and is buried in the Chilly Cemetery, Custer County, Idaho. Her parents were John Gilson & Sarah Susanna (Conklin) Gilson.

They had 13 children, including Annetta Erminia Clark, my great-grandmother.  

Sarah Elizabeth Gilson is listed in the Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database as a member of the James C. Snow Company which departed from Kanesville, Iowa, (present day Council Bluffs) on 5 july 1852 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 9 Oct 1852.  She was 11 years old at the time, and she traveled with her mother, Sarah Susanna (Conklin) Houghton.  


my great-great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Orrin Smith Clark (Orrin is Annetta Clark's father):

Joseph Chandler Clark was born 7 Oct 1798 in Hampshire, Steuben County, New York.  He died on 25 Oct 1866 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah.  He is buried in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah.  His parents were Jonathan Clark and Susan Clark.

Married in 1820 in Chautauqua County, New York;  sealed in the LDS Church 7 April 1958 to...

Phylinda Carpenter was born 10 April 1802 in Brookfield, Madison County, New York.  She died on 10 Jan 1853 in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah.  

Joseph & Phylinda Clark were early Mormon converts.  At some point after Orrin was born (in 1832), they moved the family to Kirtland, Ohio, where Phylinda's parents were living.

In 1838, Joseph C. Clark signed the family up to join the Kirtland Camp, the first organized Mormon overland travel company of 59 wagons and 515 pioneers (249 males & 266 females with 27 tents, 97 horses, 22 oxen, 69 cows, and 1 bull).  The company drove west into Missouri to join other church members.  It is documented that Joseph Clark's family wagon broke down near Wooster (Ohio), on July 5, 1838.  It was repaired, and they were able to finish the 870-mile journey.

They arrived at Far West, Missouri, on October 2, 1838.  By the end of the month, the governor of Missouri identified church members as enemies of the state and ordered the state militia to drive all church members out of Missouri.  Two years later, in support of the effort by the church to hold the State of Missouri legally accountable, Joseph C. Clark went on record and wrote the following statement from his residence in Quincy, Illinois:

"Quincy, Illinois  March 16, 1840
"I, Joseph Clark, certify that I was a citizen of the State of Missouri in 1838; and when peaceably traveling the highway, I was shot at twice by Govenor Boggs' exterminating militia, commanded by Major-General John B. Clark.
-- Joseph Clark
Sworn to before C. M. Woods, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Adams County, Illinois"

Joseph and Phylinda Clark eventually moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  They were living in Iowa when the 1850 Census was taken.  I'm still researching to see if they ever lived in Nauvoo, which is 47 miles north of Quincy.  

It is hard to imagine that they would not have joined their Mormon traveling companions in Nauvoo.  They were part of the original group of converts from New York, and they had followed the members to Ohio, through Missouri, and back to Illinois.  They were definitely among the faithful.  Nauvoo (aka, Commerce, Illinois) was purchased in 1840, so the Clarks may have been waiting for the land deal to go through before they could move to Nauvoo.

The Nelson ancestors arrived in Nauvoo in 1841, and my Clark ancestors were living in Quincy in 1840.  The Nelsons remained in Nauvoo after the Mormon migration to Utah.  The Clarks relocated to Iowa and came west with the Mormon immigrants in 1851.  

In 1851, the Clarks joined an unknown company of 597 Mormon pioneers and crossed the plains of Nebraska and Wyoming into the Salt Lake Valley.  Phylinda was 48 years old, and Joseph was 52.  Their son, Orrin Smith Clark (my great-great grandfather), was 18, and his sister, Sophronia, was 21.  Family lore has it that the Clarks pulled a handcart along the way.  They settled in Utah, while their son, Orrin, eventually settled in Idaho.

This established the Clarks in Utah, then in Idaho where my grandfather, Uther Clark Jones, was born. 

On the Jones side:  The Jones • Reynolds branch were Mormon converts from Wales who settled in Malad, Idaho.  My father, Reynold Uther Jones, was named after these Welsh ancestors.  My cousin, Bryant Clark Hess, carried the Clark name.  My brother, Mason Uther Jones, was named after my dad, my dad's father, and my dad's grandfather.  The name, Uther, is significant in Welsh history and goes back to Uther Pendragon, "chief of warriors," the father of King Arthur.   


my great-great-great-great grandparents

These are the parents of Phylinda Carpenter (Clark).  Phylinda is Annetta Clark's grandmother.  Annetta Clark (Jones) was my dad's grandmother.

Phylinda Carpenter Clark's father was Ezra Joneth Carpenter, born 10 Aug 1764 in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island; died 7 Aug 1849 in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio; buried in Kirtland Historic North Cemetery, Kirtland, Ohio.

Phylinda's mother, Susan (or Susannah or Polly) Button, was born in 1786 in Chautauqua County, New York.

Phylinda's father, Ezra Carpenter, served in the American Revolution at an alarm station in Rhode Island in December 1781.  He was 17 years old, serving under Captain Jacob Ide, commanded by Col. Darrett.  

After the war, Ezra moved to Madison County, New York, where he established a home in Brookfield.  This is where my 3d-great grandmother, Phylinda Carpenter, was born.  He and his wife, Polly, pioneered the community and later moved to Chautauqua County, where Phylinda married Joseph Chandler Clark in 1820.

And, the rest is family history...  William Uther Jones Family Tree (incomplete) 

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