James Abraham, Senior
James Abraham, Senior
Parents: John Abraham and
Parents: Thomas Phelps and
James Abraham, Senior
Born: 26 Nov 1828
Marr: 8 Nov 1852
Place: Tredegar, Monmouth, England
Died: 22 Mar 1901
Place: Kanosh, Millard, Utah
Born: 28 Jun 1831
Place: Grandiffaith (South Wales,
Died: 5 Nov 1916
Place:Kanosh, Millard, Utah
- John Abraham
born 30 Apr. 1853
- died 30 Apr. 1853
- Elizabeth Ann Abraham
born 20 Nov. 1854
- died 20 Nov. 1854
- Emily Abraham
born 11 Mar 1855
Mary Jane Abraham
born 12 Nov. 1857
- Elizabeth Abraham
born 20 Nov. 1859
- died 1859
- Mosiah Abraham
born 5 Sep. 1861
- died 19 Oct. 1872
- Naomi Abraham
born 21 Nov. 1863
- Agnes Abraham
born 15 May 1866
born 15 Apr. 1868
- x Abinadi Abraham
born 1 July 1870
- Martha Abraham
born 27 Feb. 1873
born 10 Apr. 1878
William Arthur Abraham
born 23 Feb. 1886
NOTE..Children: death dates only for those that died in childhood others lived to adulthood.
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More information on these Children:
- John Abraham born in Wales, died young
- Elizabeth Ann Abraham born in Wales, died young
- Emily Abraham born in Wales, married (Miles Reay/ Raye).
- Mary Jane Abraham born in Wales, married (Ross)
- Elizabeth Abraham born in Pennsylvania
- Mosiah Abraham born in Nebraska
- Naomi Abraham born in Lehi, Utah, married (Reynolds)
- Agnes Abraham born in Kanosh, married (George)
- Ann Abraham born in Kanosh, married (Penny)
- Abinadi Abraham born in Kanosh
- Martha Abraham born in Kanosh, married (George/ Wilkins)
- James Abraham born in Kanosh
- William Arthur Abraham adoped in Kanosh
Information below from Leora Allen's Book of Remembrance in my possession. Copied word for word
James Abraham, born at Abersychan, South Wales, November, 1828. He married Martha Phelps, 1852, by whom he had twelve children; four boys and eight girls.
James Abraham was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints in the year 1848, by Elder John A. Jones. His first ordination in the priesthood was in 1850, after which he labored as a missionary in Wales, for several years.
He worked in Pennsylvania until he came on to Utah in 1861. After living in Lehi for three years he then went on to Provo, where he stayed one season. He came to Kanosh in 1865, settling on what was then called Corncreek.
He was ever faithful, never neglecting a known duty. He traveled as a home missionary a great deal, and was ever ready by day and by night to go forth to bless and comfort the sick. His testimony to the truth of the Gospel was borne in humility and power at every opportunity. His self-abnegation was ever manifest and he was constantly sought after as a comforter of the afflicted.
He labored faithfully as an elder, priest, seventy, and high priest, and a member of the High Council of the Millard Stake of Zion for many years.
In his later years he was ordained a Patriarch by Apostle F.M. Lyman.
For a number of years he was afflicted with asthma, to which he succumbed, March 21, 1901, in Kanosh, Utah.
This Page taken from Trelma Penny Young (a granddaughter)who wrote this for the Sally Kanosh Camp D.U.P. (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers).
Information from Leora Allen's book of Remembrance in my possession, have a Family Groupsheet and Pictures of Ann Abraham Penny and her family.
#9 Ann Abraham
born 15 Apr. 1868
Information from Leora Allen's book of Remembrance in my possession. Copied word for word.
Martha Phelps Abraham
Martha Phelps Abraham, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Smith Phelps, was born at Garndiffirth, Monmouth, Wales, June 28, 1831. She was baptized at Abersychan in 1848.
Married to James Abraham, November, 1852. After his return from a two year mission in his native land, Wales, and after their marriage, James and Martha were called into the mission field again, without purse or script. For two years they walked together through the land singing the songs of Zion and bearing a fervent testimony to the restoration of the Gospel, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Many of the generous Welsh people received them with kindness, though some met them with scoffs and ridicule. But their immovable faith continued until their death.
They immigrated to America in 1860 in a sailing vessel, upon which an epidemic of small-pox ran wild. One day seven persons died and were buried at sea.
James and Martha had buried two children in Pembrokeshire, Wales, before they came to America, with little Emily, 4 years old, and Mary Jane two years of age.
Information obtained from Trelma Penny Young, a grand-daughter
Information from my niece Kimberly Gibbons, from the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. copy in my possession. Copied word for word.
Martha Phelps Abraham
Martha was born in England (South Wales), 1831. She was baptized into the LDS church 14 Feb. 1844. She was one of five children. At age twenty-one she married James Abraham, 08 Nov. 1852, in England. They were both concert singers, so for the next two years they walked through their native land singing the songs of Zion and bearing fervent testimony to the truthfulness of the gospel. During the two year period of time, Martha gave birth to two children who died in infancy. They had two more children and 1859 they emigrated to America with their two little girls sailing on the "Underwriter." They settled in Pennsylvana where James worked in the coal mines. Another daughter was there and died in infancy.
In 1861, they joined a wagon train and started across the plains, walking most of the way, and at Hams Fort Nebraska Territory, their sixth child was born 05 Sept. 1861. They arrived in the Salt Lake valley in the fall of 186? Martha and James settled in Lehi, Utah and had another child. They were then called by church leaders to help settle Corn Creek (Hatton) in Millard County, and while in Corn Creek they lived in a dugout for a few years. They then moved to Kanosh, which was three miles south of Corn Creek. Here James homesteaded one hundred sixty acres land. In Kanosh six more children joined their family, five of their own and one they adopted, making thirteen children in all. The Abrahams were endowed and sealed at the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, 20 Dec. 1862. James passed away in 1901, leaving Martha a widow for fifteen years. At his passing their youngest was fifteen. Martha with help from the older children, remained indepentant and active in church while she finished raising the children. She passed away 05 Nov. 1916, at the age of eighty-five, and both she and her husband are buried in the Kanosh Cemetery.
found certificate on May 9, 2007
website this certificate is on
Martha Abraham born June 8, 1831 in Wales, Great Britian. She was a white female and widowed. Her age 85 years 4 months 27 days. Occupation: None. She died Nov. 5, 1916 at 1 AM in Kanosh, Millard, Utah. Cause of death: Unknown but Natural. She lived in _ for _ years. Burial: Nov. 8, 1916 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah.
Informant: James Abraham, Kanosh, Millard, Utah.
Father: Thomas Phelps, birthplace, South Wales, Great Britian
Mother: Elizabeth Smith, birthplace, South Wales, Great Britian
Book BIRTH OF KANOSH page 92-94
Compiled by Leavitt Christensen for Utah Centennial celebration of 1996
This Book is in my possession signed by Leavitt Christensen to me
James Abraham was born in Abersychan, South Wales, 26 November 1828, to John and Elizabeth Davies Abraham. His wife, Martha Phelps, was born in Grandiffith, Monmouthshire, Wales, on 28 June 1830, to Thomas and Elizabeth Smith Phelps. Both joined the LDS Church in 1848. They were married in November of 1852, after James had served a two-year mission for the Church, in Wales. They were called again to serve a two-year mission together, in Wales, in 1853. Their mission was successful and they made many converts.
They came to America in 1859, after having had four children. Two children came with them but two others had died in Wales. Martha was pregnant with her fifth child, Elizabeth Ann, who was born 20
November 1859, in Wadset, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1859. The sixth child, Mosiah, was born 5 September 1861, in Hams, Fork County, Nebraska, while they were crossing the plains. He lived until 19 October 1872, and died at age eleven, after the family reached Kanosh. The seventh child, Naomi, was born 21 November 1863, while the family lived at Lehi, Utah. The eighth, Agnes, was born 15 May 1866, at Petersburg, Utah. The remaining four were born in Kanosh, Utah, Ann, on 15 April 1868; Abinadi, on 1 July 1870; Martha, on 27 February 1873; and James, on 10 April 1878. An additional child. William Arthur Abraham, son of Ann, was born 23 February 1886, in Kanosh. He grew up in the home of his grandparents.
James, Sr. , and Martha arrived in Utah in 1861, and settled in Lehi where, they, lived until 1865. In that year they moved again to Petersburg, three miles northwest of Kanosh.
Two years later the saints of Petersburg were invited by President Young to relocate to Upper Corn Creek. (This would later become Kanosh.) The record indicates that most or nearly all of 1867 was spent surveying the townsite and awarding lots by lottery. James and Martha probably moved to Upper Corn Creek in late 1867 or early 1868, as Ann was born in Kanosh in April 1868. On this point exact information does not exist. By 1869, nearly all had moved.
James and Martha drew two lots, numbers 6 and 7, which took in the northeast quarter of Block16. These lots ran east and west as did all other lots of the block. The record of deeds in the office of the county recorder shows that over the years all the lots in Block 16 have been redivided to run from north to south. The original lot numbers are still used. Now, however, a lot will consist of the west half of two lots or the east half of two lots.
As the block was originally surveyed, James and Martha built their home on Lot 6. It was normal when a family had a corner lot to put their home in the corner of the block. There home was on the east end of Lot 6.
Most of the girls were married and had moved away, by the time the boys were married. Abinadi and James, Jr., became heirs to the lots. Upon the deaths of the parents, Abinadi was to receive Lot 6 and James Lot 7.
Abinadi, who married first, built an adobe home on the west end of Lot 6. There not being room on the lot for two homes and a corral, he purchased Lot 3, Block 25, across the street and put his corral there.
As time passed James, Jr., had an opportunity to add to his property. Lots 4 d 5 of Block 16 were purchased from Karl Hopkins. Lot 4 butted against the west end Lot 7 and Lot 5 was the corner lot north. It butted against Abinadi's Lot 6.
James, Sr., died just after the turn of the century on 22 March 1901. Martha died many years later on 2 November 1916. As a widow, she lived in her home with her son, James, Jr., and grandson, William Arthur.
Eventually William moved away and James got married. His marriage was about the time of his mother's death. He and his brother Abinadi then decided to divide their lots from north to south. James would take the parents home and the east half of both lots. Abinadi would have the west half of both lots.
As part of this division, James was given a one-rod right-of-way across the south end of Abinadi's lot so that James and his family and animals could continue to have access to all his properties. This property redivision was quite beneficial to James, who gained the parents' home, a comer lot, and a right-of-way across his brother's lot. It became the basis of some discord between them.
The date that James rebuilt or redecorated the home is unknown.
Some of the children of James and Martha lived throughout their lives in Kanosh. These were Abinadi, James Jr., and Ann. The others including William Arthur moved away.
While living in Kanosh, James Sr., was busy in many Kanosh Ward activities. He was stake patriarch and also a member of the Millard Stake High Council.
Information from Leora Allen's book of Remembrance in my possession. Copied word for word.
Edna is the wife of James Abraham Jr.(child #12)
I added this story as I feel it tells some about James Abraham Jr.'s childhood it of course is about the home life with his parents too.
A Brief Life Story of James Abraham
by Edna Hunt Abraham
James Abraham was born, the youngest of 13 children (10 girls), so I am sure the sisters were glad for this new brother. There were two older brothers, the youngest, Mosiah, died when he was 11 years of age. James was born April 10, 1878.
James's mother, Martha Phelps Abraham, was approaching 50 when he was born (she was 47 years old). His sisters told me she told them and her friends she was somewhat embarrassed to be pregnant again at her age. However she remembered her patriarchal blessing referring to a son to be born to her in her old age, or later life, who would become her pride and joy. The older brother (Abenedia) had always been wild and careless, to she thought her youngest son was a "promised" son. I was told that James was exceedingly good to his mother always, and when he received his mission call she was exceedingly happy. He told me many times that this was one of his impressive reasons for going on a mission. He was called to the Southern States, 1908-1910. (Charles A. Callis was his mission president). He said he had worked so hard for his money which he had saved to further his education, but he said, "I just could not disappoint her."
His childhood I know so little of, except he was a country boy, raised on a farm. His father was a small crop raiser. There was little time for play or recreation. His father had asthma. James said he remembered the last six years of his father's life, he had to sit up in a chair. He could not sleep lying down.
An older sister, Ann, had a son out of wedlock. His mother came to Salt Lake to hire out to help pay the family for keeping her son. He was eight years younger than James. After the death of James, Senior, James, Jr., and Bill (He was adopted and sealed to James Abraham, Sr., and Martha Phelps Abraham,) took over the farming as best they could. James, Jr. was a grown man (22 years old) and Bill was fourteen.
The funeral expense was left to James to assume, so his schooling was hampered. The only cash paying job available was herding sheep. This would do in the winter when the farming was at low ebb. He was a great reader, however, in those days to get books or other good reading was a problem. He had no use for fiction; he read history or biography. He had a wonderful memory. In fact, he told me, the only fiction he ever read was Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth". He started that one winter day after we were married, and he stayed up all night to finish it, could not lay it down.
When he had cleared up the funeral dept of his father's he sought work at the mining companys and camps in Nevada. In the latter years of their mother's life the boys, James and Bill, had a little four roomed house built for her and them. She was so proud of it. Her first home in Kanosh was a "dug out". Her next was a log one. The boys bought her her first furniture, too. Before, in early pioneer days, most of the furniture was very rough and home made. Our three girls were born in the house James and Bill built for Grandma Abraham.
After his mother died, James sold the land, rented the home, and went back to school, 1916. He came to Salt Lake, attended the L.D.S Business College. He lived with a family on the south outskirts of the city, did chores for his board and room. He rode to school on a bicycle. He graduated as a bookkeeper and succeeded in getting a job for some mining company in Nevada. I remember one story he told me of his boss testing his ability and honesty.
One day the boss went to the cash drawer where James was accountable and took out a dollar. That night he came back to the office. It was long after working hours, but James was still at his job. When the Boss ask how come he was still at work, James said he was "out" a dollar and was trying to find it so he could close the books for the day. Then the Boss told him what he had done.
While James was in the mission field the elders traveled with out purse or script, asking for lodging as they came to homes at night. He said he stood up all night more than once when they had been refused lodging and the weather was wet and storming.
James was a splendid singer. Nephi Jensen, who was out when he was, was called the "Silver Tongued Orator" and James was the Welsh singer, called "Father Abraham". They preached and sang at halls in the towns and cities of the south.
James played his banjo and mandolin very well, and how he loved them. When he was first home from his mission he led the choir.
He had just returned from a job in Portland, Oregon, when I met him. He was visiting a sister in Richfield. I was working there then. He was very polished and dignified. He was 44 years old, but he seemed and looked much younger, and he told me he was only 34 years old. When my parents met him, mother remarked to me "What kind of work could he do? His hands have never done farm or hard work, surely. Why are they so soft and white?"
I had been fooled by one returned missionary, so I was going to "play safe", so when he proposed to me I wrote to the Bishop of his ward in Kanosh, Millard County, inquiring of his character, etc. He wrote back such a flattering letter and congratulating me if I could get the "said James" saying I would be lucky, etc., etc. Our courtship was short. We settled in the old home in Kanosh. He had freshly painted it for that event, of June 29, 1921. We bought ten acres of irrigated land. He still owned a large dry farm west of Kanosh a number of miles.
We settled in Kanosh and they put us to work quickly. In the ward I was president of YWMIA, and James was counselor in the YMMIA. James was also ward clerk, town board clerk, and clerk for the Kanosh Creamery. He was so very efficient with figures. I helped him with his book work. He taught me quicker and more accurate ways with figures so that I could enjoy the work while I was learning too.
We had three daughters, Helen Delma, Jacquelyn, and Nellee Jean.
We moved to Salt Lake, January, 1939. James lived ten years. He had a good job as custodian of the Bransford Apartments. While I am sure he missed his farm and animals, and was homesick somewhat, he told me many times that he liked the regular hours in the city, rather than the never ending hours of country farm life. He was always certain that there were more opportunities in Salt Lake for the three girls, and this surely proved to be the case. They were able to attend the University and to have good jobs while they were in school, and living at home.
James Abraham died Monday, January 5, 1948. He had suffered from cancer for nearly two years. He was buried in Monroe, Utah, where I plan to be buried by his side.
James had a remarkable ability as a speaker, and was always in great demand in Millard County as a speaker at funerals. His ability as a musician was known all over southern Utah, and he did a great deal of performing on various programs. In later years in Salt Lake he really enjoyed singing at the clubs and dances we were part of, and Neilee often played for him and with him.
Child # 13
taken from his Death Certificate.
April 26, 2007 accessed this copy on website: http://images.archives.utah.gov/data/81448/2224905/2224905_0000266.jpg
William Arthur Abrahams born Feb 23, 1886 in Kanosh, Utah. He was a white male, and was married. Wife: Mary Jane Anderton Abrahams. His age 64 years. Occupation: Poultry Dealer. He lived at 218 East 1st South Richfield, Sevier, Utah. He died March 1, 1950 at 7 PM in Richfield, Sevier, Utah. Cause of death Diabetes Meletes for 5 years. Coronary occlusion was the immediate cause of sudden death, 7 hours. Burial March 4, 1950 Richfield, Sevier, Utah.
Father: James Abraham, birthplace Wales
Mother: Martha Phelps, birthplace Wales
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