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Jeremiah Robey High Priest - Carpenter

Jeremiah Robey

The following is taken from the book titled Robey/Robie/Roby The Family History From Early England to America by William G. Robey

Jeremiah Robey, son of Jeremiah Robey and Mary Ogden Robey. was born April 14, 1809 in Harrison County, West Virginia, he died November 22, 1903 in Midway, Utah. Jeremiah married Ruth Tucker November 7, 1833, by whom he had ten children. Ruth Tucker was born June 26, 1816 in Shinston, West Virginia, daughter of Jeremiah and Ruth Ashcroft Tucker. She died in Midway, January 17, 1892.

Jeremiah Robey's parents were among the wealthy, prominent people of Harrison County and had a large family of sturdy sons and daughters. His mother was a sister to Susan Ogden Bigler, the mother of the late Bathsheba Bigler Smith, and grandmother of Edna and Juliena Smith, widows of the late President Joseph F Smith. In his early manhood, Mr Robey learned the trade of carpenter and cabinetmaker. He went from one place to another where carpenters were needed, always demanding a good wage. His uncle, Mark Bigler and wife Susan, had become members of the Church and had moved to Nauvoo, IL. Mrs Robey had also been converted, but her husband had not, he was away in Indiana on a carpenter job. She took her three little children and joined the Biglers in Nauvoo. They wrote Mr Robey that work was plentiful in Nauvoo, so he met his family there in 1841. His wife had been a member of the Church for three years, but as yet he had not been converted.

When they arrived in Nauvoo, they were welcomed by his friends and uncle's family. After remaining in Nauvoo for a short time, he was converted to the Gospel, and was baptized in May 1841, by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Jeremiah was baptised into the Mormon church in the name of his grandfather, Leonard Robey. Baptismal document is recorded on page 71, Nauvoo Temple Baptism Record Book D, in 1844. In October, 1842, he was ordained an Elder by Wilford Woodruff. While in Nauvoo he worked unceasingly on the Temple and was the one to hang the last door. He went through all the trials and persecutions of the saints at that time, but never faltered in his faith. He was very much grieved over the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum.

After he left Nauvoo he went to Pisgah, where he remained for a time and then went to Council Bluffs, IA. Jeremiah and his family did not take part in the first companies of the Mormon migration to Salt Lake Valley, Utah, but remained in Western Iowa, at Honey Creek, where he farmed and built wagons for the move further west. Matilda, his daughter, was born there in 1849, and there he joined the David Wood Company and came to Utah, arriving in Provo in August 1852. While in Provo, he, in company with Edwin Bunnell, worked as a cabinet maker and carpenter. He settled in Provo on the advice of his cousin, George A Smith, who said there was need of carpenters and cabinetmakers in that place. In 1859, he came to Midway and was one of the early settlers in Provo Valley. After arriving here he devoted most of his time to farming, as his second son, Jeremiah A Robey, had learned the trade of carpentry and could handle most of the work here.

Jeremiah himself, was a very modest man, and it was not until the 1970's that the family knew that Jeremiah was a High Priest of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. In a report on prominent men in Utah in 1852, there is listed Jeremiah Robey, born 14 April 1809, Harrison County, West Virginia; came to Utah in August 1852; High Priest - Carpenter. This appeared under a photograph of Jeremiah Robey. In the photograph, he has a very long white beard, his hair is combed back showing no trace of baldness, and he has a very sensitive face, expressive eyes, altogether a picture of a kindly man. (This description from the book written by Lucille Maddox, published in 1976). When Jeremiah became a Mormon in 1841, the church was very young, having been founded 6 April 1830. It was established as the "Restored Authority of God on Earth". The Mormons believe in Faith, Repentance, and practice Baptism by immersion and the laying on of hands for gifts of the Holy Ghost. Jeremiah Robey was a High Priest; the Priesthood is divided into two parts. The Melchizedek Priesthood, to which he belonged, administers the spiritual affairs of the Church. A group of thirty-four General Authorities directs the work of the church. The Mormons are noted for their care of the poor. In the vision of Joseph Smith in 1820, he was told not to join any church, but was later authorized to establish the Church of Jesus Christ. The authority to have revelations has been handed down from Joseph Smith to each succeeding President of the church. In 1838, the city of Nauvoo was founded in Illinois by refugee Mormons from Missouri. In 1846 they were forced to flee Illinois. They journeyed to the area of Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah. Ogden is named for a Canadian fur trapper. The great Temple in Salt Lake City was begun in 1853; it took forty years to completion in 1893. Jeremiah Robey was able to see the completion of the Temple into which he had put so much of himself, both as a Priest of the Melchizedek and as a skilled craftsman who did some of the fine woodworking in the Temple. The book of Mormon dates from 600 B.C. to 412 A.D. It has fifteen main parts, designated by their authors, and these parts are joined together by the "Word of Mormon". So it begins, " I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learnings of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days, yea, having had great knowledge of the goodness and mysteries of God, therefor, I make a record of "My proceedings in my day". Jeremiah Robey, born in 1809, left a record of his proceedings.

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