GEORGE W. HICKERSON
FAMILY RECORD OF GEORGE WASHINGTON HICKERSON
Family Record of George Washington Hickerson, Sr., son of William Loving and Malinda Luster Hickerson, born in Smith County, Tennessee, December 13, 1813.
George Washington Hickerson was born in Smith County, Tennessee (now Trousdale County), on his father's farm on the "west branch of Goose Creek", known at that time as "Hickerson's Branch", 1/4 mile from the mouth of said creek, not far from the little town of Damascus. I have been on that farm, now a beautiful green meadow, gently sloping down into the creeks. And I have stood at the junction of "Hickerson's Branch" with Goose Creek and was amazed at the beauty of the surroundings, and thought of my ancestors standing on that very spot over 200 years ago.
The father of George W. Hickerson was William Loving Hickerson, who was born in 1784, on his father's Premption located on Gasper's Creek (probably Mansker's Creek) in Davidson County, North Carolina, now Sumner County, Tennessee. William Loving Hickerson's father was Captain John Hickerson, one of the first settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee, who was killed by Indians on a foray by general James Winchester on Smith's Fork, now in DeKalb County, Tennessee, sometime between 5 Jan 1791 and 7 Jul 1791. William Loving Hickerson, Isaac Hickerson, John Hickerson and Tabitha Hickerson were granted a Premption of 640 acres on Goose Creek as heirs of Captain John Hickerson. Patsey Hickerson was appointed Guardian of the "orphans" of John Hickerson, as the widow of John Hickerson. She later married Matthew Harper, and had two more children, Elizabeth Harper (called Elizabeth Hickerson by Sarah Woolsey Hickerson, who married Jesse West and were the progenitors of the Wests mentioned by George W. Hickerson in his letters) and Lucretia Harper (called Lucretia Hickerson, who married Jenks Kemp.)
My father in 1814 removed to Illinois where he remained until about the year 1822 when he removed to Kentucky, where he remained until about the year 1825 when he moved back to Illinois where I grew up and in 1832, went as a volunteer company of rangers and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth on the Missouri River. While here I passed through Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, where I first saw the Latter Day Saints and was struck with great admiration in consequence of their gathering together. Yet I was averse to them in consequence of popular rumor which was always unfavorable. Returned home in 1833. This was the fall the stars fell or something resembling the falling of stars.
In the winter of 1834, I went boating down the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans where i saw the first rail car. Came back again in the spring of 1834; stopped about home, and in 1836 was elected Major of the Militia in Fayette County. On the 29th of July 1838, I married Sarah Woolsey, daughter of Joseph Woolsey and Abigail Schaeffer Woolsey, born in the City of Lexington, State of Kentucky, the 2nd of October 1820.
First child, Elizabeth Abigail was born on the 22nd of July 1839. In August of the same year, I was elected justice of the Peace in the district where I resided. The saints were being driven from Caldwell County and from all parts of Missouri to Illinois, and being in a scattered and helpless condition, yet many were sent on missions to various parts of the world.
Brothers John D. Lee and Levi Stewart, bing also sent, they came down through Illinois and left their families with their friends. John D. Lee's wife and mine being sisters, he left his family with me. This was early Spring of 1839. He left some books with his wife, among the rest, the Voice of Warning, which I read occasionally and must confess notwithstanding my prejudice, I was a little concerned about the matter, and in the Summer, I had a singular dream.
It happened that one of my neighbors, Joseph Bowls and myself were sitting in my own home. It was a log cabin, and an angel came down, made an opening through the top of the house near the southeast corner. The impression came with him to us, so he did not have to tell us he was an angel, for we knew it. He proclaimed this singular sentence, "The Heaven Church Bell is Ringing." I being somewhat concerned was anxious to know more about it and asked, "Is it ringing for us?" At this moment my wife shook me and I awoke, which ended the dream. The interpretation is like this:
In the fall Brother Stewart returned from his mission and appointed a meeting at my house. He stood before a window which threw light just as it appeared when the angel came. When I thought of my dream, I looked for my neighbor, Mr. Bowls and there he sat at my right hand, just as he was when the angel appeared. You may judge my feelings were more easily felt than described, and from that time to this, I have believed Mormonism.
Yet notwithstanding my belief, I stood out against it for over a year. The idea of losing my good name, my friends, and popularity was more than I could bear.
Time passed away and in 1840, 28th of September, Elizabeth A. died, being one year, two months and six days old. This caused me some more serious reflection, and I had nearly made up my mind to be baptized, but there was an opposite power at work. An old gentleman came very near persuading me that the world and its glory was superior to Jesus with all his promised blessings, but the Lord had prepared the way and his elders came along just at this time, and when I was in this frame of mind, and through their testimony, I was persuaded to yield myself a candidate for baptism. But I cannot say as many do, that I received it gladly, for these same old thoughts of the world and its glory, caused me to count up the cost and to weigh the matter seriously and finally I came to the conclusion to throw myself into the hands of the Almighty with a determination to trust in him henceforth. On the 10th of October 1840, both my wife and myself were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, by Cornelius P. Lott in the company with Eliezer Miller.
I had now fully made up my mind to try to be a Lattter Day Saint, and knowing the prejudice that existed among the people of the world against the Saints, I soon found myself preparing to gather up with the people of God, where I could worship unmolested and have a people to associate with who believed as I did. On the 28 Nov 1840, Isaac Woolsey hickerson was born. Early in the spring of 1841, I migrated to Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, where the Saints were then gathering.
Old Nauvoo City Cemetery-2004
It was a sickly place, and although my family was small, we were seldom if ever, all well at the same time. Thus, the sickness, and other duties which were to be performed made it a very hard place for the poorer class of the people. Yet we enjoyed ourselves and rejoiced before the Lord, in whom we put our trust, and had partial peace for the space of two years. But when the gentiles saw that the Lord preserved and prospered the Saints - fine farms and houses opened and erected in all the country round, besides a fine city being on the finest site the Mississippi affords - their jealousy began to be excited and they began to envy the Saints and to breed disturbance wherever an opportunity was presented.
On the 11th of December 1842, Susannah Woolsey hickerson was born at 3:30 am. The gentiles grew more bitter and at length we were compelled to take up arms to defend ourselves against our enemies, and thus our difficulties increased. Writ after writ was taken out for Brother Joseph Smith, the Prophet - and thus we were under arms, and harrassed by our enemies.
On the 21st of March 1845, Joseph William Woolsey hickerson was born, at 11:15 pm. But e'er this time, the Prophet Joseph and his brother, Hyrum, had gone the way of all the earth, for in June 1844, they gave themselves up for trial, through the promised protection and pledged faith of the Governor of Illinois, on writs that had previously been taken out against them.
But not withstanding the pledged honor of the executive, they were shamefully abandoned to their fate and on the 27th of June 1844, abouot 5:00 o'clock pm., they were brutally murdered in the Carthage Jail by a block mob of from 150 to 200 men. This caused great mourning among the Saints, for they were greatly beloved and were the two principal men.
Now, the people were in great trouble and many turned away, some after Rigdon, Strong [Strang], and others, for they tried to set themselves up as leaders of the Church. But the mass of the people being led by the Holy Ghost, knew where and in whom the presidency existed. It existed in the Priesthood of Brigham Young, the President of the Twelve Apostles, who took his place at the head of the Church by the voice of God and the people. Again the Church would have flourished, but for the violent persecutions of our enemies. But, not withstanding all our troubles, the Nauvoo Temple that was so nearly completed, the Lord accepted it at our hands. An in it, on the 10January 1846, we received endowments; and sealings, we received the 24 Jan 1846.
Our cruel enemies determined that we should not remain in peace, We, according to a treaty stipulation, began some time in the month of February to abandon our houses and farms in the City of Nauvoo, and in all the regions round about, leaving our houses in the dead of winter, many very poorly clad. Their sufferings were more than they were able to dendure, consequently they fell asleep, and all their sufferings were o'er.
I took my team, which consisted of a span of horses and wagon and started in, what was called, the Guards, leaving my family in the city. But the guard being broken up in a short time, I was loaded with Church property and some tools belonging to louis the tinner. Came on to Garden Grove; helped to make that farm, and then came to Pisgah, which which place i returned to Nauvoo for my family. Gathering up what little I could haul in my wagon, and put out. Came back to Mt. Pisgah where we wintered.
In the Spring of 1847, the United States Government, not being satisfied with the impositions already heaped upon the poor distressed Saints, called for 500 of our best and most able bodied men to go and fight the battles of the United States against mexico, although we were in the wilderness without home and shelter. This is the treatment we have, and do received at their hands.
I left in the Spring of 1847, and moved to what is now called Florence, on the Missouri River. Worked this summer with John D. Lee, at what was called Summer Quarters, about 18 miles from Florence. This amounted to nothing, and in the Fall, I found myself with nothing with which to pursue my journey. On the 15th of September 1847, George Washington Woolsey Hickerson was born, at 5 o'clock pm. Notwithstanding my great poverty, I was not altogether discouraged. I went into Missouri and labored with all the power and might that I possessed, and finally succeeded in obtaining a scant outfit, with which in the Spring of 1848, I started for Great Salt lake Valley, in the company of Elder Willard Richards, one of the First presidency of the Church. On the 4th or 5th of July, we got well under way from Florence. It was a very hard trip on me, my wife being in poor health, and part of the time, two teams to drive with the assistance of Isaac, my little son, who was about eight years old.
But we arrived in the Valley on the 19th of October 1848, and notwithstanding my scant means, I do not think we have done altogether without bread any one whole day, but we had some bread every day.
The winter of 1848 and 49, we stopped in what was called the North Fort. In the Spring of 1849, we moved on to our City lot some time in March. I had sold the last team I had, the fall previous, and had to hire all the team work I needed. But I pitched in with all my might and fenced for a 10 acre and a 5 acre lot, and planted corn and sowed buck wheat.
On the 25th of May 1849, James W. was born. In the fall I started for California, leaving my family in Great Salt lake City, and started in a train of old Pomroy, a gentile from missouri, on the 3rd of November. We traveled the southern route, and on the 10th of March 1850, landed at Los Angeles, South California. Here, four of us left the train in the primises, and walked on foot to the Maripasa mine where we fell in company with several of the brethern from Salt lake. But being green miners and not striking gold by the shovel full, we left and went prospecting, and in this way, spent the greater part of the summer.
In the fall, I found myself on the Middle Fork of the American River. Here we might have done well, if we had worked the banks, but we were still looking for the main pile. Finally we began to work the banks and made a little money. In the Month of October 1950, I had a severe spell of sickness. This used up the greater part of what i had made.
A little before I was taken sick, my brother, A. J. Hickerson came to me from Illinois and after my sickness, he, myself and four others put our mites together, put up a house and kept goods and provisions and a boarding house. This we did until Spring, when William Woolsey and myself sold out to the others and went out to Bear River, and there, kept a trading house until fall, when we returned home on the 9th of October 1851.
The city had greatly improved and not being used to city life, I removedonto Weber, 30 miles north, and got me a farm at what was afterwards called South Weber. On the 3rd of Aug 1852, Sarah Catherine was born, at 1:15 am. This was a pretty good place for a farmer, splendid range, and I began to prosper again. On the 3rd of january 1854, Andrew Heber was born at 8:05 am.
I could have got along well here, but for the prejudice of the Bishop, Thomas Kington, who used his influence against me, and finallly cucceeded in sending me on a mission to the United States. I started on the 6th of May 1854, travelled across the plains in company with a lot of other elders, separated on the Missouri River, some of us going to St. Louis to get our appointments and fields of labor. I traveled in Mississippi, Tennessee and Illinois, all alone, wherever the people would open their doors and ears to hear. But my healt being bad, I returned home in the fall of 1856, on the 8th of September.
The winter of 1855-56 being very severe, my stock had nearly all died, and I found my family again in extreme poverty. But I went to work with three-fold energy, striving to recover myself again from this dilemma of poverty. On the 3rd of June 1857, Mary Jane Woolsey Hickerson was born, at 1:15 am.
In 1857, I got a tolerable crop. But our enemies came against us in the latter part of the year, and we were again under arms to defend ourselves, through this fall and winter. In the spring of 1858, we were counseled to take what we could of our effects, and move south, which we did, and let the soldiers come in, which they did, un der the command of one Johnston, now a commanding general in the Rebel Army. They were sent by Buchanan, the president of the United States. But stipulations were again entered into, and peace restored. We returned to our homes some time in the latter part of July 1858, thus losing entirely one crop. I began to labor on the farm and got a tolerable crop - 1859.
While in the poverty of 1857-58-59, my oldest son Isaac left home to serve in the Nothern or Washington Government. We receive letters from him occassionally. It is now 1865. On the 17th of February 1865, my next oldest son, George W. Hickerson, Jr. went into the Endowment House and received his washings and annointings and ordination as an elder.
7 Jun 1832 - Fayette County, Illinois
[ A scrap of paper ďUncle Andrew J. HickersonĒ - A. J. Hickerson, corporal, residence Fayette county, Ill. Enrooled June 7th 1832, spy Battalion, 3d brigade of Ills. Mounted Volunteers, Capt. Samuel Houostonís company organized by Capt. Wm. L. D. Ewing at its first organization. A. J. Hickerson - H. A. Boyd examined record and found this out for me.]
George Washington Hickerson and his brother come from a military-minded family, as evidenced by their given names, served in the Black Hawk War from Illinois, the same war Abraham Lincoln served in. They guarded the payroll from Fort Gibson to Fort Leavenworth. Their father, William Loving Hickerson served with Andrew Jackson in several battles in the South, in the War of 1812. Their grandfather, Captain John Hickerson, called "a brave man", was killed by an Indian ambush as he led a group of militia in pursuit of a maruding band of Indians, in the settlement of Tennessee.
21 Dec 1843 - Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Patriarchal Blessing Given under the hand of Hyrum Smith, Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Brother George Washington Hickerson: I lay my hands upon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, to bless you and seal the same upon your head. Behold I say unto you George, because of your faith and obedience to the Gospel and to the commandments and in the spirit which gathereth the people, you are blessed and shall be blessed more abundantly than you are in reality in possession and have the knowledge of. But your blessings shall increase if your faith fail not, and the day cometh when you shall comprehend having a full and perfect satisfaction. You shall be blessed with a dispensation of the Gospel unto Jew and to Gentile, as also unto many people in some part of your native land. The priesthood shall be sealed upon your head, and upon the head of your posterity, and your name shall be perpetuated in their lineage, from generation to generation. You have a work, a labor to perform and a calling to magnify, wherewith you are called, and a gift in which you shall be blessed and in inheritance for you and your posterity in the lineage of your fathers, which lineage is in Jacob, and which inheritance is upon Mount Zion, in the covenant unto the house of Israel.
You shall go out and come in and be blessed and prosper these many years. Nevertheless, there are trials that await you, but my grace is sufficient for you saith the Lord. Therefore be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works. And you shall stand in your place and fill your appointment in the appointed hour at the end of your days. These blessings I seal upon your head, even so, Amen.
21 Dec 1843 - Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
Patriarchal Blessing given under the hand of Hyrum Smith, Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints
Sister Sarah Woolsey Hickerson: I lay my hands wupon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, and bless you. Behold, I say unto you Sarah, you shall be blessed spiritually and temporally. Henceforth, spiritually touching the priesthood, the key of knowledge and the communion of the Spirit, as also the covenant of grace, as touching the seal of Abraham and his posterity after him, wherein you are to be numbered in that blessing and in that covenant; Temporally touching your inheritance, your posterity, your house, habitation, you possession and tenements, all to be received in connection with your husband.
You shall be blessed also in the future, with the spirit and power of God, which you know not and you have not yet experienced, and with experience with tithing and sacrifice, that your grace may abound, and that Salvation shall be administered with all its life and power touching you, your house and your father's house, touching your posterity, the principal to perpetuate your name unto the latest generations. And with days and years to be multiplied upon your head, because of the desires of your heart. These blessings I seal upon your head, even so, Amen.
20 May 1846 - Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois - Sarah Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
[To George Washington Hickerson - Camp of Israel]
Camp of Israel, as used here, refers to the Saints who had already left Nauvoo, and were strung out over the plains of Iowa, struggling through the mud and mire. George Washington Hickerson had evidently left Nauvoo with the first of the emigration, leaving Sarah, his wife, back in Nauvoo, where she was struggling to settle up their property and obtain enough to "fit out" for the trek west. George probably was helping John D. Lee move his families west, as George, with others, were "adopted" sons of John D. Lee.
I imbrace this opportunity to inform you that we are all well and furthermore to inform you that your presence is grately desired by me having had so much to to do since your absence that I consider I shall not be able to stand it much longer notwithstanding I feel resolved to be contented with whatever you consider is best for yourself & family
I have had severall good offers for our house and lot but I cannot dispose of it althouogh I have permssion from the trustey to do so on account of the deed being misplaced I have searched both at home & at the office & it seems to be out of my power to get hold of it so I cannot neither can the trustees sell without it - This is the situation of the matter at present so if you kno any thing about it or have it with you my Imprefsion is you had better return home as soon as posible that your place may be disposed of to a good advantage Property has ris considerable and a grate many buyers now in town So I think if you was here you could sell to a good advantage
As for the buggy I put it in the hands of the trustees before Br Roger came and they I suppose has disposed of it
- As for my folks I must confefs I know but little about them & consider myself much slighted it is some thing verry strange that they would not send me a letter when they had so many opportunitys that I could .. no something of thare cituations while I am here distitute .. of anything that is calculated to gave me much consolation
my mind is in grate suspence and will be until your return no more at present but remains yours as ever Etc S. Hickerson To G. W. Hickerson
Mr. G. W. Hickerson Camp of Israel
It is interesting to note that at this date, Sarah Woolsey Hickerson is able to write her husband "I have had severall good offers for our house and lot...." as only a year later, the Saints were taking anything they could get for their property, selling for less than ten cents on the dollar, or for an old wagon and team, etc.
"Br. Rogers" is most likely Noah Rogers (1797-1846), born in Litchfield, Connecticut, and died near Mt. Pisgah, Iowa. Noah Rogers, James Allred, Alanson Brown and Benjamin Boyce, our great grandfather, were kidnapped near Nauvoo by a mob of Missourians who carried them across the Mississippi River to a town in Lewis County called Tully. There they were confined in an old pig pen and Benjamin Boyce and Noah Rogers were badly beaten. The others were shortly set free, but Benjamin Boyce was kept jailed until the late summer, when he was eventually set free.
Noah Rogers, with others, was sent to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) on a mission for the Church. He returned to Nauvoo and left with the Saints, making it only as far as Mt. Pisgah, where he died. Benjamin Boyce also died at Mt. Pisgah.
8 Feb 1847 - John D. Lee to George W. Hickerson
Winter Quarters. I.[Indian] Nation
Feb 8th 1847
George W. Hickerson & Sarah also the Family
Beloved children & Heirs acording to promise. Through the kind mercy of God, and Faith & Prayre of His Servants Faithful in Christ Jesus our Lord I have be Spared & raised from the bed of afflictions - Through which blessings I am favored with the opportunity of Saying a few words to you by letter for your consideration believe you to be a man of wisdom judgement and descresion - I will lay before you some of the advantageous & disadvantageous or conveniencences &inconvenienences under which you are & will labor should you remove at Present
1st I am Told that you are building your waggons which would render it verry inconvient for you to remove until that job would be completed, & that it would be difficult to get your oxen through as they are weak - those are two great disadvantages under which you will labour to remove at present, but on the other hand obtacles arises - by delay - 1st if you do not remove while the ground is frozen - you will nessarily have to wait till grass is sufficient to sustain your team - for sooner would be almost impossible on account of mud & water -& want of bridges - & consecutently louse [lose] many a good word of council & perhaps leaves you & your effects in a Shape that you could not be so proffitably used as you might were you in camp -
we have some joyful Seasons here - & I have long desire to get my Family to geather - to impart some spiritual Knowledge to them especially to you & Sarah I want you & Sarah to live with me but not to die - I want you to hold a responsible & honorable Station in my Mansions & Kingdoms & Dominions - that you may be prepared Soon through Faithfulness Firmness & Fidelity to reciev the appendages of the priesthood - and the Keys & Right of Holy Presidency - to Rule in your own Kingdoms acording to the covenant Dispensation & Right of the Holy Priesthood -
we have a council Room built here - which is used for counciling, Preaching & Praising the Lord in the Dance - acording to the Laws of the Priesthood - on Tuesday that is Feb 16th Pres. B Young adopted children who were at the alter with him occupies the room & in fact Wed. Also. As they are divided into 2 cos. Bro. A. B. Rockwood* myself and J. Grant** are the managers. Could my children gather up to this place soon - they shall have eaqueal priveleges & blessings - in all holy recreation council & comport -
be passive my beloved children & hear to council from wise & experienced men - remembering one thing - that those who have got up higher on the Ladder - sees & have seen more of the country - than those that are on the lower rungs & yet on the ground - & when the watchmen gets verry high - remember that his instructions must nessarily come down the ladder - through the channel that God has apointed - as those that are afar off could not hear & understand what the watchmen is doing consiguently would not know how or when to escape trouble - there are & will be many watchmen called but not all chosen - but the obeideint will inherit the promise -
Shoul you think fit to come up here to camp while the ground is Frozen - Ill try to secure you a house George Lamb is going repair the waggons of my Family - he has a full chest of Tools & is a neat workman - he can assist you - you can work togeather while the remainder of the Boys are getting up grain from the settlements in Mo. we have a good mill here that start within a few days - your cattle can be put on the rushes with mine where they will almost be Fat by the time you could possibly Start Should you wait for the winter to brake & if you cannot raise corn enough to feed you through - I will either send it or means to get it.
I send Sarah a dress Handkershief Price 150 - as a present from her Bros. & Father in the Covenant & Priesthood - I also send my Blessings to your Brother & think to see you [soon]
J. D. Lee [to] G. W. Hickerson & Sarah
Aggathaw Mother Rachel & all the girls wishes to be remembered - & says stop not by the way - but improve every day - Till you get up to Camp where we all you want.
George W. Hickerson Mount Pizgah Pottowatomy s Land
*Jedediah Morgan Grant was a Counselor to one President of the Church and the father of another. Along the way, he found time to cross the plains, marry, and serve as Mayor of Salt Lake City, all in the short lifespan of forty years. President Grant was born February 21, 1816 at Windsor, New York to Joshua Grant and his wife Athalia Howard Grant. He was baptized as a child or youth for he participated in Zion's Camp when only eighteen years old, marching with the Prophet from Kirtland, Ohio to Missouri in an attempt to bring relief to the persecuted Saints of Zion. On July 2, 1844 Jedediah M. Grant married Carolina Van Dyke in Nauvoo, Illinois. He would later practice plural marriage. The Ancestral File lists seven wives in all. In 1845, Jedediah was called to serve as a President of the Seventy in the First Council of Seventy. After completeing the trek west, Jedediah served as the first Mayor of Salt Lake City. His service in the Seventy was approved of the Lord for in 1854, at the age of thirty-eight, he was ordained an Apostle and set apart as Second Counselor to President Brigham Young. Although an ordained Apostle, Jedediah never served in the Quorum of the Twelve. As a counselor, he was a major influence in the Reformatiion of 1856 when President Brigham Young sent him to preach reform in settlements north of Salt Lake City. While speaking to assembled Saints, President Grant was prompted to commit them to reform and to counsel them to signify that commitment through rebaptism. Grant's success had a contagious effect, and within days Saints in other settlements showed their commitment by being rebaptized.Jedediah M. Grant died December 1, 1856, just nine days after the birth of his son Heber J. Grant.
**Albert Perry Rockwood was one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies from 1845 to 1879. He was born June 5, 1805, in Holliston, Middlesex county, Massachusetts to Luther Rockwood and Ruth Perry. On April 4, 1827 he married Ruth Haven. The couple had one child. Having heard of the Latter-day Saints through Elders Brigham Young and Willard Richards, he came to Kirtland, Ohio, to make further investigations. He soon became converted and was baptized at Kirtland, July 25, 1837, by Brigham Young. After his baptism Bro. Rockwood returned to the Eastern States. He was ordained a Seventy Jan. 5, 1839, under the hands of Joseph Young, Zera Pulsipher, Henry Harriman and Levi W. Hancock. He gathered with the Saints to Missouri, where he passed through severe persecutions. Later, he settled at Nauvoo, Illinois, where he took a prominent part in the affairs of the growing city. When the Nauvoo Legion was first organized in 1841 he was elected captain of one of the companies and was also appointed drill officer; later he acted as commander of Joseph Smith's life guard, and when Joseph was kidnapped in Dixon, Illinois, in 1843, Elder Rockwood, as acting adjutant of a company of horsemen, rendered efficient service in his rescue. Still later, Bro. Rockwood ranked as a general in the Legion. He also acted as a municipal officer in Nauvoo. Having been called to fill a vacancy in the First Council of the Seventy, caused by the release of James Foster, Elder Rockwood was set apart as one of the First Presidents of Seventies at Nauvoo, Dec. 2, 1845, under the hands of Apostles Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt and George A. Smith. Elder Rockwood practiced plural marriage. He took as his second wife Elvira Teeples on January 21, 1846. Elvira and Albert had two children. On April 11, 1863 he took as his third wife Julianne Sophie Olsen. Julanne and Albert had eight children. Susannah Cornwall became Albert's fourth wife on January 6, 1870. Susannah and Albert had four children. When the Saints were expelled from Nauvoo, Elder Rockwood shared in the general sufferings and hardships endured by the Camps of Israel, and in 1847 he came to Great Salt Lake valley as one of the Pioneers, under the immediate leadership of Pres. Brigham Young. During his many years' residence in Utah he worked diligently for the upbuilding of the country, and he filled many important positions of honor and trust. For many years he acted as warden of the Territorial penitentiary. After a long life of usefulness and diligence, Elder Rockwood departed this life November 25, 1879, at his residence in the Sugar House Ward, Salt Lake county, Utah, He had been confined to his bed with a disease of the lungs for three weeks. In his obituary published in the Deseret News at the time of his death, it was written: "He (Elder Rockwood) has been a prominent member of the Church and a man of integrity, position and influence in the community. He served in the first legislature of Utah, has been a member of the same body ever since and was elected for the approaching session this winter. He was also the Pioneer fish commissioner of the Territory, and one of the directors of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society. In fact, through all his career, he has held high and responsible positions with honor to himself and benefit to the community in which he has resided. A good man has gone to rest after a long life of usefulness. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends, and previous to his death shook hands with and bade them all good bye."
The first temple ordinances (washings, anointings, washing of the feet, and the solemn assembly) were introduced by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the spring of 1836 in the Kirtland Temple. By the 1840's these ordinances assumed a secondary status, becoming initiatory rites to a body of richly symbolic cermonies introduced by the Prophet at Nauvoo. These new ordinances included: a proxy baptism for the dead, an anointing ritual, an endowment drama, signs and tokens, and oaths and covenants, a sealing ceremony joining families together, and adoption rite linking men to men in an endless priesthood lineage, etc.
The first adoptions of men to men in the priesthood were performed on 11 Jan 1846, with approximately 190 men receiving the ordinance. [From THE HOLY ORDER IN NAUVOO by Lisle G. Brown.] John D. Lee was an "adopted son" of Brigham Young and sought to increase his patriarchial "adopted sons". Charles Laub was an "adopted son" and George Washington Hickerson was another "adopted son". Probably Thomas Woolsey, with Richard Woolsey, his brother, were others.
So, when John D. Lee greets George W. Hickerson and Sarah as "Beloved children & Heirs acording to promise", he meant it in a rather literal but spiritual sense. John D. Lee reaffirms this when he says to George and Sarah, "I want you to hold a responsible & honorable Station in my Mansions & Kingdoms & Dominions ...."
John D. Lee is writing from Winter Quarters and states "We have a council Room built here - which is used for counciling, Preaching & Praising the Lord in the Dance", another rite instituted by Joseph Smith and encouraged by Brigham Young. John D. Lee is wishing his "adopted children" could be there, as were Brigham Young's "adopted children".
John D. Lee was having trouble with Charles Kennedy, an "adopted son" of Brigham Young. Perhaps Charles Kennedy thought himself "higher up" on the ladder and tried to lord it over John D. Lee. This would aggravate Lee and they were constantly bickering, eventually coming to blows, when Lee savagely beat Kennedy and Lee was admonished by Brigham Young. Lee may have had extra incentive as Kennedy persuaded his young wife Emily Woolsey Von to run away with him from Summer Quarters back to Mt. Pisgah.
3 Jul 1850 - Salmon Falls, California - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson & family
Located on the banks of the South Fork of the American river, at the mouth of Sweetwater creek. The name of the town was derived from the cataract in the American river near the site of the town, whither the Indians used to come down from the mountains to catch salmon, of which the river abounded. Early in 1849 very rich diggings had been discovered by Mormons at Higgins' Point, about a quarter of a mile below town, close to the river, and called after Higgins, the first person who settled here with his family--sometime during 1848 -- coming from Australia to California, and he consequently opened the first store. R. K. Berry, from New York, arrived here in September, 1849, in company with H. Passmore, Thomas Brown, H. Williams, Larraway Benham and ______ Barlow. O. Smith, who afterwards kept the first store at Uniontown, and one Haskell were arrivals of that year also.
There's little left of the historic town of Salmon Falls. The foundation and stairs in these pictures belong to one residence and are some of the best preserved. If you look closely in the upper picture, you'll find the Salmon Falls bridge to give you some perspective on the layout of the area. This residence was probably on Sacramento street.
[Salmon Falls California?]
July the 3 1850
Brother and Sisters
having an opportunity I set down to rite you a letter I enjoy the best of health and hope that you may ever enjoy the same We had a fine time a crossing the planes and arrived in Carson Vally on the fifteenth of June we lay in Carson vally eleven days on a count of the depth of snow on the mountains we could not then Cross with wagons
there was nothing to be made there so three of us left the trane and and started over the mountains to find work we traveled three days on the snow on the mountains and arived at Salmon falls on the third eavning flat strapt with our heads and ears up but we met with some of our old friends there who treated us very kindly and gave us our supper and breakfast and a little somthing to take oceationly
the next morning we started to se if we could find work we hunted a little while and could not find it so we set down to see if it would come to us we had not set long before we seen it a comeing with a pick on one hand and a shovel in the other and a bottle of whiskey in the pocket
the first sallutaton was to drink with him and told us he wanted to hire three men to work for him and we made a bargin forth with - wages are very lo from forty to sixty dollars a month ten dollars a weak for board Provisions high and clothing likewise
we are to work about three miles above Salmon falls in the river a diging a race and building a dam acrost the river which is very laborious having to work in the water a greate dele
Gold is giting very scarce in this country tell the people there they had better stay to home and rase wheat at to cents and a half a bushel they can make more at that than diging gold
tell James he had beter not think of bringing a woman to this country for he cant make any thing if I make a fit out to get back home I shall do well tell Hiram not to break his neck before I get back and Ile make a spree for him remember me to Agness and all inquirers
If you have traded of my animals when you rite let me know what kind you have got and how trade is with the emigrants this summer if there is no one living on my place be shure and have some one move on it and occupy it if you can until I return write to me as soon as you can and tell Sarah not to forget to send the ristlet in the first letter give my love and best respects to Miss Mary Graham and also to Eliza and to all inquireing friends no more at presant but remain Wild Bill of the Woods
12 Aug 1850 - Western California - George W. Hickerson & William Woolsey to Willard Richards
August the 12th AD 1850[To Dr. Richards] Dear Sir
wee received your letter & paper with greatful hearts to hear of the prosperity of the kingdom & state of deseret wee are well & have injoyed the best of health thank the Lord
the extream Southern mines cauled the Meriposy mines Being previously counciled by Br Rich to gathare Where we fell in with a number of the brothern who had come through with him where we dug & prospected for the space six weeks without the least success
after which time we moved toward the Northern mines prospecting as we Journeyed but found no place of worke or location for the season tel about the 20th July at which time we made a claim on the middle fork of the american fork Sacremento River from wich time we have laboured with our mites in the Banks & bars but it dose not pay more then $ 8 or 10 a day which is conciderd good wages in the mines at the presant time
There is not more then one out of five that makes that every day on an average but the streams are nearly lo anough to commence work in the beds where we expect our raise as the beds of the strams are conciderd verry Rich we have a claim on the River which is supposed to berry good which we intend to work by wing daming
you wished us to send you some means which we doo but it is so limited that i feel a shamed to think that we have been in mines cense the 10th of April & have no more money if we were alone in that condition I should feel worse but the brothern are all geting along about after the same order even those who have been cense the first descovery of the mines are but little better off, we shall Send you two huindred dollars which is all we have at the presant time above our expences which I wish you to receive and devide equally with my wife as I suppose it will take that amount to provide for her, to lay in provisions groceries wood &c which I wish her to do this fall before the cold wether sets in
She wrote to me that she had run in debt for wood last winter & had borrowed some money which I wish her to settle and if you could be any assistance to her by sending her wood which mite come in for sale or any thing else that she may need it wouild be thank fully received by me, Joseph Cain is the Man with I send the money
William Woolsey Sends you his good wishes & with me desires an intrust in your prayers william has been a good study boy has worked faithfull & has not fell in to the habits of swearing drinking & gambling as many of the boys have in this country
Dear Sir pleas caul at my house when you receive this with the money & give to my wife her part & when I return I shall give to you a full & correct account of all the money or property pased through or remaning in my hands which with me shall be at your controle or the controle of the presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints
if you could precure for me the privolage of keeping a livory stable horsis Buggys Carriage coches for the purpose of runing to the diferante bathing houses & for exprefs to any point practicable it would be thankfully received by me proving I should have the means & you think wisdom so no more but remain yrs with confidence in the new & everlasting covenant - Geo W Hickerson - William Woolsey
[to] Willard Richards - Dr. Willard Richards Salt Lake City Deseret
8 May 1851 - Louisville, Greenwood Valley, California - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
State of California eldorado, co Louisville Green wood Valley
May 8th Ad 1851
I again imbrace the opportunity of droping you a few lines to inform you that i am Still living & enjoying moderate health tho not ruged but hope these lines may come Safe to hand & find you and the children enjoying that enestimable blefsing of good health cince last fall i have been verry puny i was extreamly low & weak & have not yet Recovered my former health & strength tho i am able to perform moderate labour
during the past winter six of us have bin ingaged in trading and making a garden bying & selling good & provisions at verry small proffets. - times have goten so verry dull in all parts of the mines that every thing is down at a verry low rate the mining community Governs every thing else & when they make but little every thing else must come down in purpotion.
I should have left last fall when Br. G. Berry & others did had i been able to of rod horseback or taken care of my Self, but as i was able to do nether i was forced to stay & spend a winter in california which i expected would be the most miserable of all the winters i ever saw but happily disapointed the most ward dry & plesant winter i ever enjoyed and as i am here i shall make the best of it I can til fall & trust the gideance of providence, - per adventure I may light on something handsome yet, furtune may Smile & Circumstances prove favourable I intend to prosevier as long as I stay in the mines
william & myself have lately solad out our intrest in the establishment for a verry small amount taking a team in part pay which I am runing at presant & he is gone to some new prospect. The mines we understand is verry Rich & if proven true we shall both go to mining & do the best we can tel time to start home for I leave next fall if i live whither I make any thing or not ile hire some man to take me home & work it out after i get there.
william was verry sick last fall but he Soon recovered & got good halth & strength william has been a good boy both for industry & behavier he wishes to be remembered to his friends & aquaintances & Sends his best respects & well wishes to all inquireing friends.
my dear you must not think hard that I enjoin upon you to School & teach your children every thing in your power pertaning to morality virtue or inteligence for i concider et one of the greatest obligations we are under to God as parents of children, is to teach them wisdom and intelegence and bring them up in the way they should go according to the best light we have of that subject
do not want for any thing you stand in need of if you can get et on a credit for i expect to have something to pay with when i returne tho et may be but little write to me the first opportunty that I may no how you are geting along I would send you some money if i had any safe conveyance but as i have not I shall keep et tel I returne write to me & let me no whether you got what I sent you last fall & how you passed the winter
we send two hundred dollars one to you one to dr. Richards which was every cent we had at that time, we mite of done better if we had of settle down for small wages but we were looking for a place where we could take out a pile but this summer we shall no a nough if we find where we can make 5 or 6 dollars a day to settle down to work & stick atet experince teaches a dear School but fools learne in no other So I must close for the presant But remane you effectionate husband.
Geo. W. Hickerson To Sarah Hickerson
8 Mar 1852 - Fayette County, Illinois - Sampson and Catherine Miles to George & Sarah Hickerson
Fayette County Ills March 8th 1852
Dear Brother & Sister
I embrace this opportunity of writing you A few lines hoping they will find you all well as they leave us at present I received your letter your wrote to me when you were in California last June but through carelefsnefs I have put it off until now but I hope it is not to late to do good I still live at the same place I did when you went off and am getting along about as well as can be expected
we are seven in family we have had three children since you left here Malinda Ann Lewis Washington and Maria Susan and being as I cannot get to see you I want you to write back to me and let me now how many family you are and what is your childrens names I would like to see you all very well once more If your Brother Andrew Hickerson and family are all well and the rest of the connection so far as I now there has been great deal of sickness in this country last fall and the winter and A good many of your old friends have gon to their long huncap[??]
Times is A great deal better than they was when you left here all sorts of property fetches A better price - corn is worth 25 cts per bushel wheat is worth _5 [25?] cts Pork is worth from from four and A half to five dollars per hundred and Beef? The same A good hores is worth from 75 to 100 dollars and mules is still worth more two year old mules is worth $50 cattle fetches a very good price
land is also on the rise on account of many railroads There is one road running to lake Michigan and several other branches from it we expect to have another crofs railroad from Terre haute to St. Louis and also the Telegraph lines all over the State when you receive this letter
I want you to be sure and write back and excuse me this time for not writing sooner I would like very well to be out there with you being as it is such a healthy climate I believe I am to lazy to write any more this time, being as I want to go to bed. I would like to put in something to head your louse story, but I cant think of it at present so I conclude with my kind respects to you all.
Sampson Mile and Catharine and Family
To G. W. Hickerson and Sarah & family.
9 Sep 1853, possibly California - William Woolsey to George & Sarah Hickerson
[Place not stated] September the 9th 1853
Dear Brother and sister
I now have an opertunity of Sending you A few lines in answer to yours I received your leter which I read with plasure and was glad to hear from you I am well at present and hope and trust these few lines may . . . .[ about 2 Ĺ inches of the letter have been cut out - ]
. . . can I have heare A hell of A tail abought hyroam and reubin I heare thay was boath in the chain gang I want you to write mee the truth aboutit
if Isaac thomas comes out in the spring let him bring my animels out You rote to me that my brindle cow was gone let her go to hell give my best respects to all enquiring frenes you must write the first chance no more at present truly your frien
[ on the back of the above letter: George W. Hickerson son of William L Hickerson & Malinda Luster State of Tennessee Smith County Dec 13th 1813 & was Baptised by Cornlius P. Lott about 10 of Oct 1839 & ordained under the hand of Joseph young in Nauvoo a Sevety
25 Mar 1854 - Ozark, Arkansas - Amelia Reaves Hickerson to her husband William L. Hickerson
Ozark, Ark March the 25 inc/ 1854
[to] Mr. Wm L. Hickerson, Ogden City, Weber County Utah Territory
Henry & Joseph Stutsman are both dead and Mrs. Stutsman Dan & Jacob is moved to Missouri Grundy Married A Miss Woods and he is living where Wash Cruson lived and me and the boys is living there also I never got any thing from Daniel Stutsman he would not pay me and I had to give O. B. Alston up the place your land claims never came on nor I canít find out any thing about it
H. F. White is Dead A L Varble wife is dead and her sister Martha is dead A L Varble is Married again - to Miss Northern I believe the balance is all well Elizabeth A Krider is in better health than I ever saw her she weighs 166 pounds the connexion is all well and Manly is heartier than I ever Saw him he weighs 110 pounds Malory Storm weighs 60 pounds the children wants you to come back they want to see you very bad
Andrew hickerson and Family was all well last September and McInturfs children was well and Jack was Married. Nancy Nix in Tennessee is dead Warren Nix John Nix and Lundy are all dead
We are going to have a Rail Road they are surveying it now it Runs through Ozark it commences at Ft Smith and runs to Little Rock and then to Memphis Tennessee
I saw a letter to night from John Stokes he dont like Calafornia he aint made anything he is at Mudsprings Eldorado county he is got the mumps and says that body lice is as plenty there in the winter as ticks is hear in the Summer Charles Kelly and Family is all dead accept Nancy James and mary Jane and they are at Brother Georges Nothing more only remaing your wife and Children Amelia Hickerson & Family
To Wm L Hickerson NB write as soon as you get this AH
31 Mar 1854 - Fayette County, Illinois - Andrew Jackson Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
State of Illinois Fayette County March 31st 1854 Dear Brother
I received your letter bearing date October 4th 1853, which gave me great pleasure to hear from you all and was surprised to learn that Father was in your country. We are all in modirate health at this time and fondly hope your self and family are enjoying the like blefsing.
Times is vary good hear now that is every thing in the stock line bars A good price Horses are worth from fifty to one hundread and fifty dollars Cows and calves from $15.00 to $25.00 A head year olds from $ 5.00 to $7.00 Two year olds from $12.00 to $13.00 Three year olds from $18.00 to $22.00 Oxen from $50.00 to $80.00 Mules the same as horses Sheep $2.50 per head hogs are not as high as they were one year ago Pork at Vandalia the past winter was only $3.00 to $3.50 per hundred
our state is progressing finely in the way of railroads we have now over One Thousand Miles of road in the state in succefsfull operation. And over one Thousand more will be completed in lefs than one year more the central Railroad from the mouth of the Ohio to the Junction of the Canal then Branching of to Galena will be completed by October next. A road from Terrehout on the Wabash river passing Vandalia to st. Louis will be commenced Shortly and completed in lefs than two years These two road crossing in Vandalia will when completed allways in sure to us A market for our produce
we was we might say we was shut out from mrket during the winter the Mississippi was lower during the fall and winter than it ever was before known so low that none but the smallest boats could run it. And the whole month of January it was blocked with Ice. Salt here during the winter was from $4.00 to $5.00 per sack and dearee at that that was one caus of pork being so law had the Railroad been in operation from her to the mouth of the Ohio we could have had plenty of salt for lefs the one half of the above sum Flour is worth here eight Dollars per barrel wheat one Dollar per Bushel land is rising in value vary fast.
I still own both the Farms yet that I owned when you was here since my return from California I have built on the old farm and moved to it last fall. Samson Miles died Last May I suposed you had heard of it as there was A letter writtin to you shortly afterwards Katy is getting along vary well. Wesley McEnturff is married and has one of the children with him the youngest the rest are at work from home, the old place has been sold and the proceed will be loaned and kept for the children as they arrive at age Thomas A. Gatewood is still living over the river and I belve is doing tolerable and well as far as I know. Wm Lee and others will start shortly for California with A drove of Cattle Tell Father I would be glad to see him again and would be glad you and him would come out here this fall so I could see you both again. I do not think that I Shall ever move to any of those countrys you mention, as my family is opposed to going and i can make a living in this country. Give my respects to all friends and acquantances I add no more your Loving brother - A. J. Hickerson
To G. W. Hickerson Wm L. Hickerson George W. Hickerson Ogden Salt Lake Valley Utah Territory
15 Jul 1854 - Alton, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
Alton Illinois Jul 15 AD 1854 dear companion
I imbrace the opportunity onst more of riting you a few lines that you may no where I am & how i am geting along i am well as to health & in good Spirits
the Lord has besed us with a faft arivel to the missouri river & there we parted all in good health Some of them went to Councel bluffs & the rest of us came on down to St. Louis & from there i was counciled by president Andrus to go to Illinois and am on my way proably to Vandalia the Lord has been with us and we have been greatly blesed all things has worked to gether for our good
I am now alone having left the company that came down with me at St. Louis I have found a few of the English brethren at this place who treat me verry well I am truly thank ful to the Lord for his mercies & blesings & more then ever apreciate the goodness of God in openig up the way before me
To morrow evening I expect to start for Vandalia by rail car part way & stage the rest i cincerly hope these lines may saftly come to hand & find you & your children in the enjoyment of the blesing of health together with all the blessings of heaven my dear be faithful & deligent do not ferget your prayres & remember me before the Lord that i may also be faithful & be blesed of the Lord teach your children all the wisdom you can & keep them in the school the hole time if possible i do not want them to grow up in ignorance and without education as i have
Yet i desire to be content in my lot & station am as i am & when the Lord wants me to be better or more wise he will give me more wisdom these lines is also to Father whose intrest & wellfair i desire as much as i doo my own i shall write to his family as Soon as i get to Some Stoping place i hope he may doo well this year so that he can returne & bring up his family to the vallys of the mountains tell the brethren & Sisters i wish them all well & aspecially the Single Sisters give my love to the boys your brothers & familys & to all in quiring friends
Excuse my Short letter i have but little time & bing So Slow it takes me conciderable time may the Lord bless you all and keep you in the Bond of the ever lasting covenant of peace & truth is my prayre for christs Sake amen G. W. Hickerson To Sarah Hickerson & family
31 Jul 1854 - Vandalia, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
Vandalia Illinois July 31st Ad 1854 beloved Sarah & children dear/p
i improve a few laisure moments in writing you afew lines that you may now where i am & how i am &c i am this day seting in the poarch at Andrews writing this letter to gether with 2 or 3 other letters for other places i am well thank the Lord for his blesings praying God that his blesings may rest upon you & the children & father & all the rest of the people
i found our friends well generally though there is conciderable Sicness in this country Times have in deed are verry much changed sence last i was here my acquaintance are the most of them dead and the young class grone up out of my knowledge So that the congregation is almost entirely made up of strange faces
Remarkable drouth there has not been any rain here for six weeks or better every thing accept wheat ry & oats are afinally lost or will be in a few days et Seams in deed that the frouns of almighty God are upon the land this is the case over most part of the State of Ills
the rath & indignation of Almighty God Seams poring out upon the earth & the inhabitance thereof Statements from Ohio Say that Crops are almost entirely cut off there & that the State will not make anough for its own consumption these things are destresing to think of but we as a people who beleave in the prophesies both ancient & modern are looking for these things
there are also here in great abundenc the Spirit ropins Sometimes acting verry cross & terbulent braking culiard ware & Such like things & verry near ruined Peter Mc Adams in this way continuly throwing things about the house pileing up the chairse & dancing the table about the house broke all his culilard ware threw his boots at him One day as he was coming in at the gate or one of them, he picked et up & threw et back to the house & it raised & come at him again as Spiteful as could be, thretend to throw the medium which was Small child in to the well & took the shears out of the chist & threw them in to the clock & broke both face & glass & left them sticking there i want to go & see et some of these days as i have never Seen any thing of the kind/p>
keep you children at School all the chance you have my dear for when the boys come to be placed in my circumstances they will feel the need of et i could appreciate a little learning now and alow a fair estimate for i feel the need of et & the smart of being without et but my dependance is on the Lord if i am faithful he will bear me out victorious dont ferget me in your prayres but remember before the Lord that i may be faithful in the discharge of the dutys devolving upon me
i have commenced my labours in these parts i held a meting in a grove near Willson Mcinturffs old place yesterday, Sun. 30th & preached to about 300 people how long they will bear to hear et what an affect et will have on the minds of the people i can not tell et may digest & et may not one thing is certain ime under no obligation to make any man or woman beleave if i bear a faithful testimony of the truth of the work of the lord et is all he requires of me
give my respects to all the friends tel father i have ritten to his family sence ive been here told them to make some preparation for moving Tel Br Canfield we got the Spoon yet plase write when you receive this & let me no how you are geting along direct your letters to Vanadalia Ills to me or Andrew & i will arange et with him if i should go way to remail them to me So i mist come to a close I remane your effectionately in the new and ever lasting covenant G. W. Hickerson [to] Sarah Hickerson
15 Sep 1854 - Vandalia, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
Vandalia Illinois Sept 15th Ad. 1854
dear companion I imbrace the opportunity onst more of writing you afew lines to let you no that i am yet alive though my health is verry ppor i have been sick ever since i last rote to you part of the time befast & part of the time moaping round i find this country to be with me as et used to be at Nauvoo I am cast down throuogh the rottennefs & desease of the climate & a wourn out constitution i think if i had to remane here it would take a grate deel of patching up to make me last ten years but i am a little better thank the Lord & hope in a few days to be able to commence my labour in the vine yard of the Lord & also hoping these few lines may come saft to hand & find you & your children in the enjoiment of every blessig of the Lord
i have received a letter from fathers family bearing unfavour able news of the death of his wife Mr reaves says the children & property will be taken the best care of posable tel father returnes he also says he got a letter from Wiley C. Corley & Simeon is there also they live in Powhaten County Arkansas when you go in to that country do go & see them & try to get them go with to you to a healthy country & leave that parched up sicly place
Mr reaves states that they have a grate drouth in that country & that corn is worth $1.00 per bu wheat $1.25 & pork about what concience is a mind to ask the drouth is also in Ills over a grate potion of the state also Missouri, Ohio Indiana Kentucky & tennessee & some parts of the southern states our friends have had death among them sence yve been here but have been sic more or less all the time I have been at the widdow Mileses through my sicnefs she has been verry kind to me & I think she will come with me when i returne to the valley she has 5 children they are not all well but so as be about
i expected to have enjoyed my Self well with peaches & apples but was sadly disapointed in consequence of being sick fruit is tollerable plenty but hurts me when i eatet so i fear it if my strength returnes so I can travel I expect to go into Indiana proably to Thomas, Willsons & perhaps from there down through the southern states direct your letters to Vandalia Po Ills & ile make arangements to remailed & sent to me
I wish you would write to me frequently & let me no how you are geting along how times is & how the brethern get along in general & how father & Isaac gets along with their Crop I will say here that if President Young is not a prophet et looks verry mutch like et in this country concerning a famine corn crops & all vegetables & gardens are intirely cut off et looks like et be hard times for an elder to beg his way in this country when the people have nothing to eat them Selves
let me no if william has retirned & how he likes his & the place I left him for his horse & how hese made out in California & also concerning James if any word has come from him I can say to you my friends in general raise all the grain you can & take care of et when you raise et for ef et dont look like a famine here et dose a most
Isaac a word to you my son your father is not with you now to give you concil from day to day to keep your feet in the way of life be obediant to the council of your mother & be careful never to take or tuch any thing that does not belong to you & when old men give you council for your good listen attentively & doo accordingly et will be for good Susannah be a good obediant girl to your mother obediance is better then sacrafice to the Lord it is the same to your mother you & Isaac is baptised & you must go in secret & pray often to the Lord & learn to be a good boy & girl & study your Books George & Willard must be good boys & when father returnes they shall have a pocket knife each & Sarah, Catharine & Andrew, Hiber shall have as much candy as they can eat
My mind seems to be as much under pare as my body if you find some bad written words & bad composition you must excuse et so No more but remane yours in the new & ever lasting covenant George W. Hickerson // Sarah Hickerson - Mrs. Sarah Hickerson Ogden City Utah Territary
- ďLetter from my father, George W. Hickerson to my mother Sarah W. ď bearing the news of the death of my grandfatherís last wife 1854 Clarssa Melissa Hickerson Whitaker
24 Nov 1854 - Harden County, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
State of Ills Harden County Nov 24th Ad 1854 dear Companion.
through the mercies & blessings of God I onst more imbrace the opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you no that I am in tollerable kind of health though not ruged the aake in my Side hurts me as usuel in this country I have but little hope of injoying health in this country hoping these frew lines may come saftly to hand & find you and your children injoying the blesings of health & prosperity
i no not what to write for i do not no what you have received I rote 2 or 3 letters from fayette Co Ills while I lay Sick there & received no answer but just previous to my depature from that place in fact when I was on my way I received a letter from you directed to Andrew & learned from that you had not received any thing from me later St, Louis it is somthing strange
I verily believe that one half of our Mail matter is thrown a way before et reaches ft larryme the Emigrants told us on the way that they Saw a grate pile of mail matter lying in a hollow Said they saw both papers & letters to Brigham Young & John TayLor & others I have been sick all Summer & only lately have been able to travel but through tender mercies of God I have again resumed my labours
Singler labours too all traveling & no preaching it is verry Seldom I get the oportunity to preach as a general thing the people that have heared dont want to here anymore & those that have not heared do not wish to here for the name of a Mormon is a nough for them but not withstandig all these things if I had a partner I could get a long verry well tell Br Canfield I should like to have him a long to cheer my drooping Spirits when traveling all a lone on the long warisome & lonsom roads give my love to the Boys & their familys & to all inquiring friends I should write different if I was certain you would ever receive et direct your letters to Vandalia Po Ills & Andrew will remail them & send to me may the Lord blefs you all amen George, W, Hickerson To Sarah Hickerson
24 Dec 1854 - Warren County, Mississippi - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
State of Mississippi Warren County Dec 24th A.d. 1854 My dear companion
it is with peculiar feelings of gratitude to my heavenly father that I imbrace the presant opportunety of writing you a few lines to inform you of my whereabouts & how I am geting along in this wide & unfriendly world. by the blessings of an all wise providence I am at the presant time injoying reasonable health tho not the best but hope these lines may saftly come to hand & find you & the chilren well & in the injoyment of the blessings of the Lord
I have waited with the gratest of patience & fortitude for along time but patience is becoming worn & anxiety increasing doo write that i may no how you are geting along I have seen but one Scratch of a pen from you sence I left & that was not written to me, the day I left Vandalia Ills. I lifted a letter written to Andrew that give me to understand that you were all well which give me much satisfaction but I have not received any to my self
when you write give the general news & the prices of things & let me no what father has done & whether he has gone home or not his wife died last summer & the children is thrown upon the mercis of the people this is a warm country & well timbered but poor & broken you must excuse the shortness of this letter for there a gentle man wating for me to go with him to the house of a rich old planter who has sent for me this morning may the Lord bless you amen Direct your letters to Vandalia, Ills
20 Mar 1855 - South Weber Fort, [Utah Territory] - Sarah Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
South Weber Fort March 20th 1855 Dear Husband
I cheerfully embrace this opportunity of writing a few lines to you to let you know that we are all well at present and hope these few lines will find you enjoying the same blefsing
Your letter of the 24 Dec came duly to hand and right glad I was to learn of your good health and whereabouts but I confess I do not know the reason why you have not received any letter from me for I have wrote three or four times
you enqire about the times and the prices of things &c I subjoin the following wheat 1.50 corn and oats 2.00 beets and potatoes 1.00 ? &c &c health is good in general througout the Vallies all is peace and union and prospertly characterizes the saints in Utah
The Indians also disposed to be friendly and have not commited any depredations of late our fort is not progrefsing as fast could be desired and has lately been attached to Davis county by an act of the Legislature
Some excitement of late too prevailed owing to a report concerning a new governor Col E. B. Steptoe we under stand is appointed Governor for the Territory but has declined to act in that capacity an affray came off last winter about Christmas in Salt Lake City between the U.S. Troops and some of our Boys in which two soldiers were killed and is all probably owing to the use of ardent spirits.
Father and Isaac done very well in raising a crop but the grafshopers injured it some and entirely destroyed the cabbage and onions oats but left a little corn beets and potatoes I had fifty bushels of wheat and father sixty I had 40 bushels of corn and 70 bushels of beets and 250 bushels of potatoes
Father started home the 10th Nov by the South Route thinking to find a better sale for his cattle and is going from there home by water and if he gets home in time he will wind up his businefs and start for this place in the spring and get here in the fall
I received your letter whict informed me of the death of fathers wife and iím time to show it to fathe after he started home which put him in great anxiety concerning his children and was in a hurry to get home
I have leters onc a month from William he is well and doing well at the last letter he was up to Jameses when he wrote the last James was well and had wrote several times to me but I have never got any of them up to this time
In your second letter after you had arrived in Illinois you stated you was then sick and had been for some time so I went to see Brother Young and he said theat if you was sick it would be his council for you to return home and so with all of the elders in a like condition and I want you to come home as soon as you can as you will have the aprobation of Brother Young is so doing He also says that any sister who have Husbands out in missions may write to them to come home if they choose so to do
The winter has been very mild here and a great deal of grain was sown in February and some of our fort wall is put up and progressing slowly Thomas and Richard and their families send their best respects to you Isaac has been a good boy and done a great deal of hard work and wants you to be at home in time to hep him harvest the crop Susannah says it would seem natural to see you fill your place at the table with sis on your knee George and James have been good boys and expect a knife when you come home. Sarah Catharine says she dreamed last night that Pa come home and brought me thre pounds of candy and a doll Andrew Heber is now the finest boy the fort affords
the Boys and their families send their best respects to you Thomas has sold out his interest and is going to move down to cottonwood Joshua Hall is also going to leave the fort soon Mark Hall has left and brother Clinger is to leave soon brother Layne is about to move down below
Your father started with C. C. Canfield (who was cut off from the church for going to california against council) with all his company. I have not told you one half that I could if you was sitting by the fire with me, but I must close for want of room, your affectionaate companion Sarah Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
30 Apr 1855 - Smith County, Tennessee - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
State of Tennessee Smith County April 30th 1855 beloved Sarah & children dear
by the blessings of the Lord I set me down to write you a few lines this morning that you may know where & how i am at the presant time i am enjoying reasonable health & have been through the past winter after geting over my last summers sicness i have enjoyed a reasonable degree of health, hoping these lines may come saftly to hand & find you all in the enjoyment of the same great blesing together with all other blessings nesesary to your Cumfort & consolation, like wise my prayr to God is that he like blesings may rest upon all the Saints
I have traveled considerable sense i left Utah. I went into fayette county Ills & there I was taken sic & remaned tel the 7th of November before i was abile to travel about this time. Having regained my Strength to some small extent I again resumed my travels towards the South though started in the first place for Indiana, but being caut at vencense in a heavy Snow storm I turned my course for Mississippi.
I traveled indiana & Illinois preaching by the way to Caro there I took a steemer for vicksburg sense which time I have traveld in some 12 or 15 counties preaching the gospel & warning the people at all opportunities. But alas what dose it avail to all appearances just nothing atall. But the God of Jacob is able to do his own work & the warning voice will Stand as a testimony against them & will condem them in the great Judgment day
I am now at the house of Claburn W. & Drury A. West cousins on father Side & Shall perhaps leave here in the space of a week and i think i shall go to new Madison & hunt up your sister & brother in law provided i am not otherwise counciled by the presidents,
I have written home so often & received nothing untel i do not know what i should write if i had received in teligence from home then i should no how to answer et but i have not had a mark or scratch of a pen written to me i received a letter at the Vandalia post office written to Andy but nothing for me
I therfore suppose, you are dooing well for it is an instinct in human nature when in prosperity to forget even their best friends if you would please to be so kind, as to write me a few lines it would be most gratefully received, for i have not forgotten you & the children & would like to no how you are & how father is & whether he has come back to arkansas for his children give my love to the brethren & sisters all & may the blesings of the Lord atend you all in every lawful under taking is my prayre for Christs sake amen George W Hickerson To Sarah Hickerson
a few lines to brs James & Micheal Heath, likewise to br Watts & familys dear brethren & sisters through the kind mercies of the Lord i am in reasonable health at this time for which I feel truly greatful to the giver of all good, hoping you may all be enjoying the same blesing I was at the house of your mother [Mary ďPollyĒ] in Hinds Co [Mississippi] your mother & sister were well & three children were all in good health when i was there & they would be glad to gether with the Saints if they had a chance
they have been looking for some of you to come after them untel they have become quite discouraged your mother says the Land she thinks might be sold if the deed could be made but the heirs are so scattered that this is hard to do perhaps if one of you should come bring a power of attourney from the others you mite arange et so as to sell no man wishes to by unles he could have a deed from all the heirs & now if none of you can come, or wishes to come to attend it et & wish to have et attended to & can trust me to do et for you & will send me your power of attourney excuted in due form & assigned & also from John Heath [John Republican Heath (1823-1900 in Idaho Falls, ID] the same thing I will attend to et the best I can and bring you the avails & when I get there you can pay me what you think is right or what disintrested brethren shall say is right & I will likewise assist your mother & sister in laying in a fitout of evry thing necessary & see that they get through as comfortably as circumstances will permit provided they still remane in the notion they now are of coming
if you choose to do so I would like you to Signify the same by the 1st of October next & I will doo the best I can for you write likewise to your mother & inform her what you are doing & that I will see that she comes comfortably on her Jurney You can also give me what other instruction you think necessary in your writing So no more at presant but remane your brother & fellow labourer in the new & everlasting Covenant George W. Hickerson To James Heath Micheal Heath Robert Watts
[This is James Harvey Heath (1814-1904) md 1) Teressa (Ragdell) (abt 1816-1843) 19 May 1836 in Raymond, Hinds Co, MS and his youngest brother Michael Heath (1825-1856). Robert Watts may have md one of their sisters. James came to Utah in 1851, made handcarts for the pioneers, and settled in South Weber. They were children of John Walderod Heath (abt 1786-1841) and Mary ďPollyĒ Hill Harvey (1789-1857). She died in Hinds Co, MS, so evidently was unable to sell her property and move to the Salt Lake Valley as suggested by G. W. Hickerson.]
1855 - Ebenezer, Holms County, Mississippi - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
Ebenezer Holms County mississippi Ad, 1855 dear companion & children
I imbrace the presant opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know i am at this time injoying the blesings of the Lord all that heart could wish with the exception of succefs in the ministry cincerly hoping these few lines may faftly come to hand & find you all enjoying the same blessings
I have been in the state of mississippi about three months & have enjoyed the most plesant winter I ever injoyed as far as wether is concerned there has been but one light skiff of snow this winter & only 3 or 4 lite showers of rain et has been extremely dry here this winter the planters are complning verry much of the dry wether it is so dry they cannot plant their crops their crops were lite last year which makes et rather hard for them & if they should have like crops agane this year they would be in rather a bad fix for the crops in the northern states failed on which the south was dependent for flour & pork potatoes & apples and all have failed this year to a great degree which is rather a pull back on the southerners yet they doo not mind et
they care for nothing but riches & get worse every year the people tell me them selves that they get worse everry year & cannot account for et they do not know they are ripening in iniquity as fast as time can move but ther is a day coming when they will know et & then they will know that the poor miserable mormons told them the truth but et will not be in time for them to profit by et for they would rather die then believe mormonism & this generation will for the most part perish to one of the gratest & most importent seiges that God ever sent for the salvation of the people I can scarcely believe that one out of fifty will ever believe the Book of mormon.
I have written home so much & received nothing from home that I do not know what to write anymore I received a letter ritten to andy on the day I left Vandalia & et is the only scratch of a pen I have seen good bad or in deferant from home I made arangements with andy to remale my letters & papers that come to Vandalia & after I came into the State of mississippi I rote for him to send me my letters & papers to Vicksburg & then traveled in the State near 2 months & returned with joyful anticipation to the post office but alas not the first thing was there to be found for me I do not know what the matter is I am sure but one thing I do know I shoould like to see a letter from home & learn how they are geting along
I have traveled over a bout ten counties & have ten meetings the people here are only now begining to find out the plurality of wives to be in truth practised among the mormons they have heared of et but did not believe et they say therfore they ask the question & we answer them in the afirmative & then defend the doctrine as well as we can in fire side conversation for et is verry seldom I can get the opportunity of holding a meting but it is tradition how can they help et it took many of us on surprise & requred years for us to fully imbrace that doctrine & no doubt there are in the valley at this time some who do not all to gether believe et they are like many others have been pondering et over in their minds & by & by et will all come right & perhaps in the course of ten or 20 years there may some few in the states believe et but et will be a verry few
the minds of the people are poisoned against the truth by the priests & editors until they are afraid to choose for themselves & will remane so untel the indignation of the Lord is poured out upon them for that will be their only salvation if they should undergo a sore famine for the space of from 5 to 10 years they would perhaps begin to adhere to the truth concider & examine for them Selves & not depend so much on their priests & editors
I want you to send the children to school all you can convenantly I want them when they come to be sent abroad to preach the gospel to be more adequate to the task than I am my dear children I want you to be good & obediant to your mother farwell George, W, Hickerson To Sarah & children
10 Jul 1855, Fayette County, Illinois - Andrew Jackson Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
Illinois Fayette County July the 10 1855 Dear Brother
I take my pen in hand to inform you that we are all well at this time hopin these few lines will find you all Enjoin the same Blessing I have but littel to write at this Time. I am bilding A house on the old Plase I will git it Redey to go Into this fall I am A gitten Along very well my cofs looks fine crops in Genral looks well the helth of the country is very good at this time we have A nother fine Doughter since I got home.
Wesley McInerff is marred he is Doing very well The children is livin with him the plase was sold in June it Brout five hunddard & fortey Dollars it will Bee divied Betwen the ars. I want you to send me some of the seven heded wheat for A Trill in this country I Raised A fine crop of wheat this seson which in genral was good. Times is A gitin Better than tha have Bin in severl years the Rail Rode is the couse of it the Central Rail Road croses at Vandalia tha are at work on it at this time the cross Rode from Tary hut to St. Louis will run through the north side of Town Tha will Be at work on it this fall it will make times Good fore a while
Property is Very high horses very high tha are worth from $50 to $130 Muls is worth from $80 to $100 Suckin muls is worth from $25 to $40 cattle is Very high hogs the same I receved your Letter Baring date from November the 8, 1852 wich give me much satfaction to here from you and to here that you was all well at that time I will come to A close By Sainge thate I still Remain yours untell Death Your with Respect A. J. Hickerson NB Bee shore and send me that seven heded wheet if you Please To George W. Hickerson Brownsville Davis Country Utah Territory [missent] [Salt Lake]
26 Aug 1855 - South Weber, Utah Territory - Sarah Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
South Weber August the 26, 1855 My Dear companion
I have rec your kind letter of June the 4 and I now attempt to answer it I feel very thankful to my heavenly father that your lefe is yet spared and that your health is somewhat improved the reason why I wrote to have you return I heard that you was sick and not able to perform your duty and I went to br Young and told him and he said if that was the case his council was for you to come home but if your health will admit of it I much rather you woujld stay and fill your mission than to come home and then have to go again I would like you to write how you heard it whether you got the letter I sent or not
the children are all well at present but Andrew H. and Myself have been quite sick but by the blefsing of God we are both recovered so we enjoy very good health at the presant time this is the raison I have not wrote sooner Br Richard family are all well at presant He has buried one child little Mary since you left it is now a year since she died he still lives here but talks of leaving and going to Provo this fall br Thomas has Sold out here and now lives about ten miles from here in North Cottonwood his family was well the last I heard br Hyram is here yet and all well
there has been but 3 deaths in the fort since you left br richard child one of br Joshua Hall children and one of br Watts all died of the Croup there is but very few living here that was here when you left there is 4 ? Families of Danes and some English that come in last fall but the Danes are very nice people what there is here br Clark the Bishop of Weber County is dead he died last fall I have forgot the time exactly Manning Roe and Ruth were both married and father Roe is dead he died in June last with a stroke of apoplex the last time I saw him he sent his best respects to you he was babtized and ordained a high priest
I expect you would like to hear about the crops the grafs hopers have been very bad this summer much worse than ever here before destroying every thing before them in some places I expect full one half of the crops throughout the valey has been destroyed by them this season the south part of ours was in head when they come so they did not eat that so close but hurt it a good deal but the north part was only in the joint and they took it close to the ground but we turned on the water and it sprung up again and we have a very good crop but the corn and potatoes on ours they have not hurt but in some places in the valeys they took the whole the cattle have destroyed a good deal for me this summer but I think with care I shall have enough to bread the family till another harvest but none to spare
Father left here on the 20/ of November to go home he went the south route to California he thought he could find better sale for his stock there than here and he could go by water he intended to get home if possible so as to return this fall I heard from him when at Santa Clara he was well there and geting along well but I have not heard from him since so I cannot tell whether to look for him this fall or not he heard of his wifes death before he left
We have commenced to build the fort wall they have got it part done I have built 57 doll worth Wheat is selling at 2 doll corn and barley 2 doll oats 1.50 per pushel pork from 25 to 30 cents pound butter 30 Milk cows fetch from 35 to 40 doll apiece oxen vary from 90 to 130 good horses from 1.00 to 1.75 Mules abut the same sheep 6 lambs 4 beff and mutton 12 cents per pound
You write about the school We have had a very poor school when we have had one ever since you left but we have now none at all but I send the children when there is one and try to imprefs their minds with the importance of storing their minds with usefull knowledge Isaac is anxious to have you come home he does first rate he meant to write some in this letter but he is out to hunt one of our cows so I will have him write in the next one. Susanah is a good girl she says she wishes her Father was at home for she is tired of seting down to the table and seeing his place empty George and James are very good boys and they often wish their Father was here Sarah C got up on morning and says I dreamed pa come home and brought home me 3 pounds of candy and a large china doll little Andrew H is geting to be a big boy runs every where and as rougish as you would wish
please write in your next where to direct a letter to Thomas Wilson and how to direct it please to write abaout sister Nancy how many children she has whether boys or girls how her health has been and what she and Thomas thinks of Mormonism and also I would like her and her two youngest children likenefses together I will now close for want of room so no more at presant I remain your Companion in the new and everlasting Covenant Sarah Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
29 Aug 1855 - San Bernardino, California - William L. Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
San Bernardino, Cal. August 29th 1855. To George W. Hickerson
My dear Son, - I write you a few lines to let you know that I enjoy good health, and that I am more and more pleased with this country - It is the best region I ever have known either for farming or grazing purposes, and by far the healthiest - no epidemics of any kind - In fact good health generally prevails with all classes all the time.
I am informed you have returned from your mission, and I wish you to send me a letter by return mail - I hope you will move here, and bring the two boys Manley & Mallory with you - In case you have not returned, I wish your family to write you to bring the two boys when you come from the states. Money is hard to get here, and I cannot get money to go back north very soon - No more at present, but believe me to be faithfully & affectionaley your father. Wm. L. Hickerson.
[This letter was evidently written by someone else - see below - ]
30 Aug 1855 - San Bernardino, California - William L. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Sant Barnodena August 30 1855 Dear Daughter
I take the opputunety of Letting you know that I am well and wel pleased with this Cuntry its the healthyis I ever saw and the best farming and grasing Cuntry wages is low and money scarce but a man can make property fast and I wish all my Children was heare and al my wel wished friends
I wrote a letter to ____ ? was hearing he had cum home desiring him to move hear and if he has not for him to come by Arkenses Manly and Malery Storm and to send me a letter as soon as you can to let me know how you are and how you are I have no plas yet but I can get one any day but I want to see which is the best in low watter and the easy ist orogated for I find that is the main thing in this cuntry I under tuck to make a crop but I found the man would not get the water ner make his fence so I gave up the grund and all that had corn in got it destroid I team to pubelow and off the mountain I would be glad to see all of you and specelly heare
Isaa be a good boy mind your mother tend to your larning and go not in bad company and turn to be wise I could say a goode deal but I am a pore hand to write I have no specks and cant see so the lord be murciful to us all so no more at present your loving Father to Death Wm L Hickerson to Sarah Hickerson and the children all inquiring friends
[This letter appears to be in the handwriting of Wm. L. Hickerson.]
20 Sep 1855 - Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois - Mallory McInturff to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Vandalia Ills Fayette Co Date the 20th Sept the 20th 1855 Dear friend
it is through and by Kind meercy that Iím permitted to send you a few lines to let you know that I am in the Land Alive and well at this time I hope you all are to and as it has Bin long since I saw Any of you that you all most appear like strangers to me uncle G. W. Hickersen is here and is well at present health is generly good
crops is Verry good product is to More wheat made in fayette county than was ever none before fruit is Abundant more than Any use far we have had A long time hear and no one has dried any fruit yet people is in good Heart far all here has plenty Iím at work 50 miles north of Vandalia I do not know how long I shall work here perhaps not long
I wish you to write to me as soon as you receive my letter and tell me all about your Country I would like to hear for as you all for all my people is Near and Dear to me for I have no home in this unfriendly world But I Shall not always be so I had a home till Wesley Marryed he A good fellow as ever lived he now has two Children
As I have nothing of importance to write I will bring my Letter to A close Give My respects to all of the people in that country especially the girls for I A particular Lover of girls Tell them all to write to me that requests to and they Shall be Ampler rewarded I would love to hear from my Grandfather and his folks So I will add no more But remains yours until Death Kind and Affectiente So Farewell to you and all pretty girls From Mallaree.. McInturff to Sarah Hickerson and Family
4 Oct 1855 - Fayette County, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
State of Illinois fayette Co. Oct. 4th 1855 dear Companion
by the blesings of the Lord I am again permitted to take my pen in hand to write you afew lines to inform you that yet numbered among the living though far from being a well man I have been sick ever sense I last rote not confined to my bed but in every way miserable but truly hope these few lines may find a safe conveyance to your hand & find you & athe children in the ejoyment of good health together with all the blesings of the lord.
There has been much sicknefs in these parts this fall yet not a grate many deaths it is mostly chill & fever conjestivenefs of varyous kinds all fases look pale & white John Kelley was burred on the 1st inst. But in Norfolk & Portsmouth Verginia the yellow fever according to paper Statements has Swept off near two thirds of the inhabitance this & many other events proving to a demonstration the predictions of both the former & latter day prophets but will the people believe et no. They think it is all the work of accident or chance
they are not willing to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in any thing supposing their cursings or blesings to be the affect of chance or accident good or bad luck as they turm et & thus this nation of jentiles will soon perish in unbelief I have bourn them a faithful testimony as far as my knowledge & ability extended of the truth of the gospel of life & the building of the kingdom of God but they seem to be all together unconcerned so I expect if I am not otherwise counciled to leave them next Spring I am begining to make Some preperation at the presant time.
I am making my home at Squire R. B. Reaves & in tend building some waggons to cross the planes next season I expect to bring my sister & family She is poor & not able to fit out which causes me to go to work to prepare for her. I wish also to bring a veriety of grafted fruits & fencing seeds such as the osage orange &c. I wish to be useful in the kingdom of God & as i am not much of a preacher & my success in the ministry small I must doo something else if I can that will benefit the Saints
your friends so far as i know are all well or have nothing more than chill & fever & they dont call that anything here i saw Thomas gate wood some time sense & he told me Willson had written for him to go and move him but he has not gone yet. I received your letter of the 26th Sept which give me great plaisure to hear you were all well I rote to you from Tennessee which letter I presume you never got
I rote in that letter to the Br. Heaths & Br Watts concerning mother Heath She wants to come to the vallies of the mountains or in other words to gether with the Saints but she is not able without seling the land which cannot be done without the heirs were there or a power of attourney from under their hands therefore if they will make me a power of attourney executed in due form & send et on in time so i can attend to et & make the trip acrofs the planes next summer i will tend to it for them & account to them for their part when i returne & they can allow me what ever is considered rite when i returne i will also assist the old Lady in geting an outfit & see that she gets through as comfortable as circumstances will permit if they do this it should be done forthwith as it requires from 2 to 3 months for a letter to go & answere to returne
you rote to me your schools were bad i am sorry to hear it i was in hopes you would of had good schools give my Love to all the friends and Brethren this is a cold cloudy day & i am seting in our work shop without fire & must come to close farwell G. W. Hickerson To wife
24 Jan 1856 - Vandalia, Illinois - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
Vandalia Illinois January 24th AD 1856 belovid Companion
it is with no ordinary degree of gratitude to our father in heaven that I set me down to write you a few lines though I have been much afflicted for the past 5 months yet I am truly grateful for the gift of God which has attended me sense I left my home that faith grace & spirit which at times poured upon me in great effusion without which I should have been able to of said but little or nothing & my most ardent desire & prayre to God is that this may with speed & safety come arrive to hand & find you all enjoying the blesing of the Lord not as i do but as i could wish to do for I could wish to & would like to enjoy more bodely strength & comfort yet I know that I should be resigned to the will of him whos rite et is to rule:
Illinois has been blefsed with a bountious crop the past year of every kind also with disease of almost every kind of the latter: I have received quite a liberal shear our winter has been extreamly cold so far & not much appearance at presant of being other wise but not with standing my weakness & the incelemancy of the weather I am dooing what I can to prepare for the plains next summer in what manner or way I Shall able to come I can not say at the pesant time it may be with a wheelborrow or handcart be that as et may I shall come if i live in some way if i am not other wise counciled. I have faith in the Lord to believe that the way will be opened & that I shall be found rolling an among some of our next falls emigration
be faithful dear wife dont forget the Lord your God nor your prayres & please remember me there in that I may be proserved from the power of the destryer for many of our brethren whos faith & usefulnefs is far superior to mine is a only falling victims to his power to molder & sleep in the dust tel God by his infinite power & wisdom Shall by the sound of his great trump awaken them unto immortality & eturnal lives but I lean upon my blesing which says thou shalt preach unto Jew & unto gentile & unto many people in your own native land & again thou shalt go out & come in & prosper these many years. & et is my desire to be useful in the kingdom of God
I ritten this is the third time concerning the same thing & that is this that if br heath & br Watts wished I could perhaps sell their land & bring them the avails by receiving their power of attourney that is from all the heirs executed in due form I would also assist them in geting their outfit for the plaines I mean mother heath & sister Calinder they are fine people & wish to gether with the Saints et is a pity they should not have the privilege I wish you would answer me concerning this thing that I may not write any more concerning et
Children be obediant to your mother in all of her councils & instructions be good & learn all you can teli return I can not make any promises what what I shall bring you if i bring any thing I do not no how I shall get et so if I do bring any thing you will be hapily disappointed I received your letter bearing date of the 28th Sept which give me much satisfaction to hear that you were all well & having raised bread whereon to subsist if you can sell for the money send et to me perhaps I can lay et out for a store & other things that will suit you as well So no more at presant but Remane your affectionate Husband in the eternal Covenants of Peace & truth G. W. Hickerson To Sarah Hickerson & Children
3 or 8 Mar 1856 - South Weber Fort - Sarah Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
South Weber ft March the 08/3 [?] aD 1856 dear Companion
I take my pen in hand again to let you know that we are yet among the living and injoying good helth I have writen to you since I have recieved yours of September the 18 so I dont know what to write I have writen so much and it hasent Come to hand that I have gode weary of ariting in vain but I will indeaver to dough the best I Can when I write knowing that you are in a distant land and with an unfriendly people
we have had plesant weather all through this munth and we are a making garden and a puting in grain I have let the farm out this year to a man by the name of Kindle the first of November we had a very hard hericane and it blowed several houses down in ogden City and also in farmington it blowed away Cariges and upset waggons and blowed down a gate deal of our farm fensis and pety near all of ourn and I let brother kindle have a yoke of Catle to work through puting in the grain and a Cow to milk through the summer at reparing and keeping the fencis good
your father wants you to go and dispose of his property to the best advantage and fitout the Children and bring them on with you bring as maney milk Cows as posible for they are the best property that the is here Cows is become to be pety scarce here it is your fathers wish to have his property turned into good milk Cows or other good property he wants you to persuad Andrue to move to this Cuntry for he is hily pleased with it and wishs all his Connection was here I received a letter from mallaree macenturff dated September the 02 it was a very plesant letter and I think if you will see him you Can fetch him to the valley with you tell andrew and marget and Wesly emby also the rest of the Connection to pick up Courage and move to this Cuntry whear there Children will grow up as calves of the stall
Isaac ses he wants his father to bring him a good rifuel gun for wich he will have some grain raised for to pey you for it and a good violin which he ses he will have something raised for to pey for them I wish for you to fitout me a good stove and bring it on to me as your father is not a going back thir he Calculated toove braught me a good stove fited with good Copper fernature an now it is left for you to bring
I want you to go to Nancys and tell her to cend me her likeness with her youngest Child in her lap and her husband by her side and tell thomas gatewod pick up Courage and move to this Cuntry and I am sure that he will not be sick of your journey and Come here out of that sickly Cuntry whare you Can injoy good helth your sister aggateann and rachel both send there love to you and him wishes you and him was here
here is a small sillver wring I wish for her to wear in rememberance of me please hand this wring to nancy the is a gradeal of mistakes in this letter for I have so much on my mind that I cant write susanah sends her love to all her Cousans and wishes them to send her something to remember them by George and James often speaks about there father and wishes he was at home sarah C. Wishes father would fetch her a pound of Candy and a dall Andew H is the finnest boy that this fort afords and his lettle pratling tongue Can say every thing the Children all wants to see you come home
the line is awful dim I Cant see it three thurds of the time and I am shure I would lik to have you Come home for I am geting very lonsome my Self an now I will say no more but Close these few lines by subscribing my self your afectionate wife for time and eturnaty even so amen. Sarah Hickerson to G. W. Hickerson
24 Jun 1856 - Ozark, Arkansas - George W. Reaves to George W. Hickerson
Ozark, Ark., June 24 / 1856 Dear Sir
after my respects to you I Will tell you Bad Noose. Little Storm Hickerson died the 23 of this instant. Manly has Bin very Sick but he has recovered My Wife is Sick at this time & I am taking the Sore Eyes Wiley Corley is Working With me in the shop but he has gon a bout 18 miles after coal he is in a bad State of helth But he is recovering at this time. He is Anxious to Git back to Ills
I Have Nothing good to Write to you this time only I am glad to Say that it is as Well With us as itl I Want you to rite as Soon as you Git this letter tell B B Reeves to rite for I Hant received a letter from him in 3 years I will try to do better Next time for the Want of time and light I will come to a Close By Sayhing I am yours trly G. W. Reeves
[the following is on the same sheet of paper]
2 Jul 1856 - San Bernardino, California - Rich. R. Hiseking (for Bro. Rich) to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Sans Bernardino Jul 2 1856 Mrs Sarah Hickerson
Your letter of April 8' was received by Bro Charles Rich, and at his request I answer it, Father Hickerson the person that you write about is living somewhere in the Ranch of San Bernerdino Bro Rich told him that he had received a letter from you. He told Bro Rich that he would write to you. Very Respectfully your Servant Rich R. Hiseking
19 Jul 1856 - Fayette County, Illinois - Andrew Jackson Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
Fayette Co Ill July 19 56 Dear brother
I now take my pen in hand to drop an few lines in order to let you know that we are all well at the present time hoping the that these few lines may find you enjoining the same blessing
We have got our wheat about all taken care of there had bin very littel rain a til about the 4th of July We had a very good rain hay and oats is iterly but of born crops are very much ingired but if season be will make sonsiderableof corn The first portion of this letter gave you all the information that I can in form you at this time I will come to close yours as ever A. J. Hickerson G. W. Hickerson
23 Jul 1856 - Fort Kearney, Nebraska Territory - George W. Hickerson to Sarah Woolsey
fort Carney Nebraska Territory July 23d Ad 1856 beloved Sarah & children
dear through the kind providences of God I onst more imbrace the opportunity of droping you a few lines that you may know how & where I am at the presant time we are all well & geting along quite well hoping these lines may find you all in the same great state of health Caty is along with her family we have two lite wagons but fatherís Children I did not get in consequence of the property all being confiscated by their half brother & brother in law. So i was not able to bring them out.
Had the arangement been made before I left as I want to bring them & have father stay I could then have brought them out for when I heard the old Lady was dead I should have went & taken care of both the children & property but So it is & it can not be helped if i de had timely warning even I mite of made some arangement to of brought them but it was not done father will be sorry I suppose but he has not body to blame but himself but A. J. Hickerson & R. B. Reeves will be here next spring & have agreed with me to bring the children out with them they say they are going to california
Andrew & family Gatewood & family were all living Andrew was not well he has injoyed poor health for some time we started from Westley mcinturffs on the 11th of June we have traveled verry fast & have had the best of luck & the most plesant journey I ever experonced on the plaines so far the Lord be praised for his mercies we are attached to a company of near 70 souls some from Texas some from new jersey some Illinois denmark wails &c &c under the presidency of elder B. L. Clapp returning missionary
all well if no preventing providence we shall reach Salt Lake by the 15th of September verry healthy on the plains the presant year there are several other Companys along Some freight Some emigrants br George Grant is a bout Starting from Council bluffs at this time great excitement still exists in causes they have had Several Scermiges about the first of June resulting in the loss of Several lives some of both parties we were also followed out to mormon grove & had our wagejons searched for Sharps rifles by a possy of pro slavery men thinking we were abolishonists
9 Aug  - [continued]
this letter was commenced some days ago but nothing serious has occured in our camp since but in the other camp North of the river has Been several stampeeds & on the 7th was a man killed adain name unknown Caty is unwell has a tech of the bloody flux we are now within 25 miles of laremy & geting along quite well we hope to get there in time to help you eat a few watermelons if you have them
we are now lying in Camp resting our Cattle & our Selves as we verry much kneed et for we have rested but two days sence leaving Illinois I started with about thousand Apple grafts but in consequence of not being grafted in season nor in the right way for I was not there when it was done have all died could I have got them through they would have been valuable give my love to all inquiring friends my the blesings of the Lord rest upon you. Yrs in the Bond of true affection forever G. W. To Sarah Hickerson
13 Oct 1856 - Vandalia, Fayette County, Illinois - Wesley & Matilda McInturff to George W. Hickerson
Vandalia Fayett Co Ills October the 13 1856 Dear unkle and ant
Its with great pleasure tha I take my pen in hand to inform you that my self and fam ily is all well at present R B Reeves and family is all well at present hoping that these few lines may find you and your family inJoying the same blessings I have never had aline from you nor aunt Caty since you left hear I want you boath to rite to me and let me now how you got along onyour Journey
I got a leter from Wiley last weak and he rote to mee that he would not start uphear for twor three months yet he rote that won of grand fathers boyes had Died since he went thaer he rote that he would bring the other won hear when he come hear I will take him and keep him and doas good apart by him as I am able to doe for Armealy has left mee and gon to live with John Evans
we have not none of us soald out yet and thair is no mor prospect for hit than thair was when you left hear times is tolerable fair hear at this time good hors es is worth from 100 to won 50 Cows and calvs air worth from $20 to twenty $ 25 Poark is worth from five to six dollars Wheat is worth won Dollar per bushel Corn crops is tolerable fair hear this year Oats and hay was prety near cutoff hear this season
we have had froast hear in September that kild evrything ded befoar hit thair is agreat deel of frost biten corn hear So I must c/to a close pleas write soon as you get this few lines Tell aunt Caty to rite to mee and let me now how she likes thair So hears my best respectds to you all tell Grand father if you ever see him that I have not forgoten him yet tell him to rite to me so I must Cum to a cloas by assigning my name From Wesley McInturff and Matilda McInturff To G. W. Hickerson & Sarah Hickerson
22 Oct 1856 - Vandalia, Illinois - Mallory McInturff to George W. Hickerson
Vandalia, ILLs Oct the 22and AD 1856 Uncle and Aunt and family
I now prevail this opportunity of writing you A few lines to inform you that Iím well and people is generly well. Wesleys children has Been sick But is better Cropfs is Tolerble good times The Corn 40 cts per Bus, patoters 40 Apples 40 Beef 5 1/4 per Lb pork 6 1/4 produce Just About on an equal with that
I will have to quit for the present and Sow my wheat this after noon the reason why I have not Sowen Sooner the hispan fly has killed the most of the wheat here and I thaught when it get so cold they couldnít work then Let Sow at the it is warm now a day to Bear footed So I must go
After Supper I write again I shall not detain you long this time for Iím Some what Hapy being at A Ball last night and night Before too at Thomass Andreaís one any Adam Stout and had fun at Both Thomas, Andrews Sends his respects John Andrews and family and says that you was the Best Neighbors that they ever lived Bye in this lifes all most every body sends their respects So you all give Aunt Sarah My respects and all the children
Tell all of the young sters if they was to see my wife it would Be A pleasing Sight for I have never seen her yet my Self and dont Expect to in five year for when I get out there it will Take me four years to get acquainted Now I know nothing else to say at presint Mabe Iíl Think of some thing Else My light is out so I cant see and I will quit This the 23 and after Supper
N B The presidential Election is at hand and Is going to be the Close run that ever has been There is Some big Bits an it an all Iíd now after it is over then you shall hear all the proceeding So I will end by Saying Iím yours as ever Mallary McInturff - Fayette Co, Ills. G. W. Hickerson and Aunt C. Miles to Ogden Cith Utah Territory Salt lake Valley.
30 Dec 1856 - Ozark, Arkansas - Simon Corley to William L. Hickerson
Ozark Arkansas Dec 30the 1856 Mr. William L. Hickerson
Dear Grandfather after my Love and respects to you I can Inform you that I am in good health at the present time hoping when these few Broken remarks comes to hand they may find you all well .. I have recantly heard of you.. I under Stood you hat Came to Salt .. Lake.. And if you dont Come hear .. You Better Send Me the power of a Tarney .. as I have heard at the C. Horse that you had and he is worth three hundred Dollars.. He is in Mosauria... Not far from hear ... Manley is Well ... Also .. I had a Letter from Ills a few Days a go they was all .. Well.. Give uncle G. W. Hickerson My respects.. And tell him to write to Me..
All the Reeves family is well ... I am at Ozark with G. W. Reeves and I has Been Ever Since I came hear .. So Write or Come Soon, if I Can I will go after that horse. Mr. Grundy Reeves and Isac Kirk robd your children.. And I think they Are a Set of Cold Blooded tirants.. The Property has Run dun all from heae So I will do the Best I can .. With Matters .. they is three Brothers of us William L. Corley Wiley Benton Corley Simon Corley I am the youngest So far you well Wiley Benton Corley To W L Hickerson Wiley Benton Corley
9 Mar 1857 - Fayette County, Illinois - Andrew Jackson Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
State of Illinois Fayette County March 9th 1857 Dear Brother
I take the opportunity of informing you that myself and Family are in tolerable health with the exception of bad colds hoping that you and the rest of the relatives are in good health I have not received A line from you since you reached home. I should be very glad to hear from you and Katy and know how she Stood the Journey and how Times is in your country.
I have not sold out yet but I still hope that I shall sell out in the course of the year Property still bears A good price horses are higher then they were when you left Our crops last season was only about good half crops A great deal of the wheat that was sowed last fall has frozen out so there will not be a good wheat crop here. I still intend to move to California if I live as soon as I can sell I think that I will have A chance in the course of the next year
There is some probability that the Cross Road from Terre Haute to St. Louis will be under contract this summer The latter part of December and the whole of the month of January was very cold February was quite mild This month so far is quite cold for the season Harriet Bunyard died in November last This I bilive is the only death in this settlement Susan was Married on the 18th of December to Richard Thompson Wiley Corley is in Arkansas not having returned since you left here. John Evans will not go to California this spring. Malary is at this time in Arkansas Wesley and family are all well.
I want you to write as soon as you receive this let me Know how Katy and family are doing and how they are satisfied also if father is there yet and how his health is I cannot think of any more to write at present remains your loving Brother. A. J. Hickerson - to G. W. Hickerson
N.B. Thomas A. Gatewood and family are all well his Father died last fall and his son Thomas died A few weeks ago A. J. H.
21 Mar 1857 - South Weber Fort, Utah
S. Weber Fort Mar 21, 1857
A Patriarchal blessing by Isaac Morley on the Head of Susannah Hickerson
30 Oct 1858 - Alvarado, Alameda County, California - William Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
[no place mentioned but Alvarado, Alameda County, California] Oct 30th 1858 Dear brother in law and sister
I received your leter which read with plasure I was glad to hear from you all that you was all well as for my self I am well and enjoying the best of helth at present - I am glad that you are all satisfied there and doing well I am well satisfied here with the cuntry I shall makeit my home on the pacific
when I get time to leave business & shall come and make you all a visit if you ar not too poor to keep me but it not bee for two years yet you will pleas write to mr J D L [John D. Lee] an tell him to go to hell for me but give my respetes to my two sisters tell them to if they want to hear from me to write and i will answer their leters if not i shall never write to them tell reubin that if he dont get maried he will be in the batchslor line washington you must excuse this short leter and bad writing for i am no scribe you must write as often as you can an i will do the same
you wated i should tell you a bout James him and his wife here at my house untill i got tired of them an give them money to leave on they went up on Sacremento river to cut cord wood i can not tell you where to write to an you need not want to move mr begg? Is at my house and has bin since the 13th of August he has bin very sick and has lost both of his eyes i have kep him untill his docter bill amounts two hundred fifty dolars and i shall ship him for i think I have bin to expense anough he wants me to send him to salt lake I think I have writen all that i can think of you must direct your leters to Alvarado post ofice alameda County California no more at present yours effectionate good by Wm Woolsey
14 Feb 1859? - Alvarado, Alameda County, California - William & Emily Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
Alvarado [Near Union City], Alameda Co, [California] Febr 14th 1859? Dear Brother & Sister
with pleasure I seat my self to answer yer kind leter whitch came to hand the 10th dated 1 dec 26th it found me and my family well and in tolarable good spirits I truly hope this will find you and yours injoying the same good blefsing I am sory to hear of your bad luck I thought by this time you would be doing well I hope when you get this you will be in better sircumstences as at any rate wee all live sin hopes and some die in dispair
you speak of paying me for my cattle I donít want any pay for them You have had trouble enoughf I donít want want you to take anything from your family You have hard enough of time to get along so never give your Self one moments aneasynefs about pay for I shouldnt take a cent from you
As for my self I have had very hard luck for to years past I donít know what this year will bring fourth I am allmost through ploughing the season so far it has ben very wet & some part of the winter has ben very cold it seemd a little like the lake I expect you are having rather unpleasent times there now with the soldiers in ther they are all ways sutch a roughef set of custormers but I think there is more kneed of them for the South if reports are true I hope they are false
I think tht Richard & Hirum could of betterd themselves by staying in the Valley they have a greater fensy for glory then I should have to follow Mr. Lee around I would love to see my Sister wheather I ever shall or not that is more then I can tell If you see them give them my love I am glad to her that Susanah has done so well I hope that she may all ways be prespered it only seems but a year ago that she was a little girl you must tell mee your nieces name that Rubin has maried fer I cant think prehap I never knew her.
I think that little tom will be a young giant if he keeps on fer the next 10 en years as he has for the last besides that fiddling gets me I should like to know the rule he learnt by I had some notion of learning but I think I shall give it up at least for the present give my love to Thomas and family and all the rest of my Brothers and their familiys If I have good luck I shall make you all a visit one of these days but as for living there I donít think I could it is to cold
you speak of my family. I have a small one I was maried to years ago to 18 of January we have got a boy 7 months old. I got tired of keeping old batch and living a dog's life. I suposed that all of the girls back there that I was acquainted with was maried off or at least them that I was in love with I get along very well I am an old man I can't get along without my pipe my wife sends her love to you both says she would like to make you a visit if convient but she wil haf to stay home ahile I go I cant think of any thing more that would interest you write often tell mee all of the news except my love dear Sister and family one and all your most faithfully Wm Woolesy & Emily Woolsey please put the name of the city under the County in your next letter fer I am puzled to know where to send my letters to William Woolsey to G. W. Hickerson
[Richard & Hirum (Woolsey) are Sarahís brothers, and ďMr. Lee is John D. Lee. Susanah is Sarahís daughter. Reubin Burrell Woolsey, son of Thomas Woolsey and Mary Burrell, married Elnora Jane Miles, daughter of Sampson Miles and Catherine Hickerson, George Washington Hickersonís sister; hence Elnora Jane Miles is the ďnieceĒ spoken of by William Woolsey. He probably never knew her. ďLittle tomĒ is unknown, may be a nick name for one of Sarahís boys.]
25 Sep 1858 - Fort Harmony, Washington County, Utah Territory - Rachel Woolsey Lee to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Fort Harmony, Washington Co, U. T. Sept 25th 1858 Dear sister,
it is with feelings of pleasure that I resume my pen to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and in good spirits; hoping these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessings.
It has been some time since I last wrote you, and some time since I received anything from you, and, as a matter of course, things and times have changed much since then I have now a fine boy past six months old, large and healthy, a regular thunderer, weighed ten and a half pounds at his birth, and weigh thirty now, can set alone and crawl and eats hearty and sucks well, is white headed and has his dadaís mark and mamaís fancy. Nancy is a great big girl, will probably get married in the course of the next ten years, if she has luck. Hellen is very near as large as Nancy and is a very apt schollar, Emmory is small but promising.
You sent me word to set you a hen, which I did, but you did not come. She hatched her chickens and we intended to make a family Pie, when you come, but we were disappointed Richard and hyrum are here doing very well, their families are in good health, they They send their best regards They, with Thomas & George have taken a job of br Lee of fencing which will amount to three hundred dollars. Agga is well but has not prospects for further increase in her prosition of the family. She sends her love and esteem
Mr Lee has eight women now named Agatha, Rachel, Pol, Vina, Caroline, Mary, Ann and Emma, all able bodied, stout robust women, a fortune to any man. We have in family in all the following Number of children
Aggatha has 11
Vina has 4
Indian children 6
Making 36 children beside Six Scateren with eight women
One Son in law with two women and A? Polly 2 Mary Leach 3
Making in all with himself 56
Trusting, that you will write by return mail, I sign myself as ever - Your Effectionat Sister Rachel Lee.
[Susannah Smith - Susannah H Smith, possibly practicing her writing, daughter of Sarah Woolsey Hickerson.]
15 Jun 1859 - Alvarado, California - William & Emily Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
Alvarado City June 15th 1859 Dear Brother & Sister one and all
I am hapy to inform you that I received your kind letter dated April fourth whitch I read with pleasure it found my self & family well and this leaves us the same and I truly hope this will find you and yours injoying the Same good blessing
I am Sory to hear of your bad luck I hope times is better by this time perhaps you imagine worse then riality if it was in my power to help you I cen asure you I would do it preheps you had better move to California for a year or two until times getts better as you have a large family to take care of but I supuse you are to strong a morman to live in this wicked place but if you were to come out preheps I would conclude to go back with you I cant say that I dont like the lake for I do but I think there is some hard custemers there Besides it aint no place for a poor men
you were about right thinking that I could be a harvesting when I got yer letter I shall go to cutting my barley the last of this week and I wish you were here to help me my wheat will be fit to cut in three weeks I think the wheat crop will be rather light out here this seasen but there will be no danger of starving for the want of it what I mean by being light is we wont get more then thirty bushels to the acre if I hope you will do as well
I am glad you have peace and I hope you may allways enjoy the same blessing there is a great deal in the papers about the parish murder if true it is rather hard but I hope it aint and that murder down south I have hard some pretty hard storys about what the Saints down there some of them came pretty close home I should like to hear from my sister when you write to them give them my love tell them if they ever want to hear from me they must write first give my love to all of the boys and their familys I think I should see you all one of these days but not this fall (cant promis about bringing my family that wouldnt do for I mite wanat to get another shen I get back there all jokes are free in harvest
give my love to Susanah tel her to be a good girl and I will intcal of these days I canít think of any more thats worth writing and the fleas and meskites are verhart I can hardly write atall I dont know as you can read it you must write often Tell me all of the news pleas esecept my hatmest love for both and children Emily sends her love to you all Sweet sleep and pleasant dreams to you My prayer is that god may bles you all if he dont mes fore all for this time axiosy ler W. Woolsey Em Woolsey Dont be quite so long answering this letter for I get quite wrethy a having to wait so long for the other I tell you you must t work so hard
21 Jun 1859 - Farmington, Davis County, Utah
County Clerkís Office. Farmington, Davis Co. 21 Jun 1859 Mr. G. W. Hickerson
[a list of the Road Tax due from the residents and land owners in your district - ]
10 May 1860 - Farmington, Davis County, Utah
Farmington Davis County May 10th 1860 Mr. G. W. Hickerson - Sir
You are hereby notified that you were appointed by the County Court Road Supervisor for District No. 10. - Inclosed you will find a list of names & amounts of Road Tax - In addition to this there will be a Poll Tax of one dayís work on every able bodied man over the age of Eighteen. Should there be any in your District whose names do not appear on the list who are entitled by law to pay one dayís work Poll Tax you will get their names and place them on the List accordingly. - You will apply the Tax of your District on any road that will be most beneficial and at as early a date as pofsible at the rate of $1.50/100 per day of 10 hours. - You will take the general Superintendence of roads in your District and cause those making Water Sects acrofs the Roads to make a good ford or bridge to your acceptance. By Order of the Court - James Leithead County Clerk.
11 Jun 1861 - Alvarado, Alameda County, California - William & Emily Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
Alvarado Ameda Co CA? June 11th - 861 Dear Brother & Sister & familyI am very happy to inform you that I received you kind letter dated April 5th which I was wel pleased to read it was a good letter if I could write you as good a one but that is out of my power I hope this will find you all in good health as it leavs us .. Health is one of the greatest blefsings in the world as for times they are getting very hard a little more then I ever expected to see in this country I havnt made mutch for 3 years I wont pay escpenes this year. I hardly know what to do
I am on a stend still as to regard to the true Church we take the Herald of this new Church there is some good preaching in them but as I was not old enough to hardly know what religion was when I left the lake I cent make up my mind I think it will be a wise plan to stand still a while while these books seem to hold great debates with the big men at the lake but all that donít make them right ..
If I only knew whitch was right I would hold up both hands to sa I can se the phraparies a fullfilling fast but ar we to judege who is right and who is wrong I say NO if wee donít near right as we no how I think god will se us here as we as there but I know that there is a place for the Sants but where is that place
I think there is a great work yet for the Saints to do and a short time to do it eveny nation kindred toinge and people must be preached to I think there is ever al nations yet to hear the word of the lord if I keep on I wil get quite serious and say things that I donít know enything about I will here say when Im convinced whitch is the right way then I shall go if it be on a maintains and desert I was talking to you I could ask more questions but there I am
I was glad to hear from Portes and so was my wife I so fer you know the news as wel as I do the stars & stripes are all that floats here but the time will come when they will fall as well as all other things I donít think of mutch more to write this time give my respects to al of my relation please except my love for you self & wife my Sister and family this from your ever affectionate Brother W A & Emily Woolsey - Write often
1 Sep 1863 - Harmony, Washington County, Utah Territory - Sarah Woolsey to George W. Hickerson
Harmony Sept 1, 1863 Dear Companion
I arrive at this place on the 13th of Aug in good health - Manley was ailing most of the way & is still occasionally bad in his bowls. I am very well pleased with my visit this far I expect to go South soon & on my return shall fix for home as soon as possible. I should like to have you write on receipt of this also enclose Letters if you have any from Isaac Wm or Susannah.
- (Bro Lee Send his respects & says say See next Leaf) - I wish you to give my love to James and George & tell them to be kind to their Sisters while I am absent Say to Sarah Catharine to be kind to the 2 Little girls & also obedient to Ihensoa? Say also to Little Bub to be a good boy untel his Ma returns & take good care of his piggs - Kifs Mary Jane & Clarifs Melefs & tell them Mother will return soon to them Affectionately Sarah yr wife
1 Sep 1863 - Harmony, Washington County, Utah Territory - John D. Lee to George W. Hickerson
Harmony Sept 1. 1863
Bro George I rush to redeem my promise to write you - I found my crops good & heavy on my arrival - The small birds have dine some damage to the Oats and Barley - I have a heavy crop of Sugar Kane - Agatha Anns youngest child Ezra aged about 8 years has had an attack of white swellings on one of his legs - Rachel gave birth to a son on the 5th of Aug. Which we have named William Franklin
- I have made a trip South since my return found one of my children at Washington had been sick but had recovered The general health of the people South is good - I feel gratful to you for your good feelings & Kindnefs to me and my family when North - I will take as good care of your wife and child as circumstances will admit & will either send them home with my own team this fall or some private convyance. Remember me with respect to your Boys with whose spirit I was well pleased. Remember me with due respect to Thanfsa my wife Yours truly John D. Lee
17 Oct 1865 - Austin, Lander County, Nevada - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Austin, Lander Co, [Nevada] Oct 17th, 1865 Dearest brother an sister
i write you a few lines in haste to let you know that i am well an trust these few lines may find you all in good health an in the happy land of canaan dear sister i owe you a small apoligy for not writing sooner you will please excuse my long silence for i have bin in the mountains the most part of my time dear sister perhpas you think cruel for not coming to see you you must bee pacient business befor pleasure i think it would be a gay plase for one to spend the winter but i cannot Please tell that gay young duck that you had picked out for me that i shall fail to connect their this winter for i am going South this fall to ketch a greaser
Dear brother an Sister you need not answer this leter for i shall not bee hear to receive it George im going a South a long journey i have got two trusty indians and three white men with me i cannot tell how long i shall bee gone an if i get back with scalp all weight i will let you know dear Sister i must bring my leter to a close an bid you all a kind gentle good life perhaps for ever but i trust not you might see me come todling along there this winter if you get up a big dance about new years it might bring me into camp fair well Sister Wm Woolsey
5 Nov 1865 - Harmony, Washington County, Utah - Nancy E. Lee to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson Territory
Harmony Washington Nov 5th 1865 Dear Aunt
It is with the greatest of pleasure that I take this oportunity of pening you a few lines to let you no that we are all well at present and I hope that you are enjoying good health as we are in at preasant We have had a very bad crop hear the frost came here so early that the crop did not turn out Very well I have no important news to tell you.
Mother ses that she wood like to see you and to here from you A oftener than she does and she want you to write to her often & when she can see you she can talk & tell you more than she can talk
Aunt I woould like to see you and you folks. Maw is in very poor health and she sends her best respects to you and she ses that she is going to come up to see you the first chance that she can get The family all sends thre best respects to you so no more at present from yours truly Nancy E. Lee
Cousin George Dear Sir
It is with the greatest of pleasure that i take my pen in hand to let you no that I am well and in good health and I hope that you are in good health. I have no important news to tell you & wood be very glad to hear from you often and write to me as soon as you get this letter. Mary Darrow happened in as I was finishing the letter and she send her best respects to you and yours Mother and all her family So no more at present from your affectionate cousin Nancy Emily Lee -
[Nancy Emily Lee (1850-1931) is the daughter of John D. Lee & Rachel Woolsey. Nancy Emily married Heber Dalton. - Mary Darrow is Mary Adoline Lee, daughter of John D. Lee & Agatha Woolsey. Mary married 1) Don Carlows Shurtz, and 2) Marcus Henry Darrow.]
29 Jun 1868 - Cot? Creek, Nye County, Nevada - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Cot? Creek Nye Co Nev June 29th A D 1868 Dear sister
I received your most welcome address last evening believe me I was highly pleased to hear that you were all well and very happy to know that my beloved sister has not ceased to think of her naughty brother
sis for the last forty days you came very nearly looseing your naughty brother but now it has pleased god in his kind ness to parSially restore me to health again yet this leaves me in rather a dilapidated state but I truely hope these few foolishly pened lines will find you all enjoying the kindest blessings of our devine creator I am so un used to being sick that it makes me so very inpatient
Sister this is rather a hard country to be sick in no gentle hand to soothe the brow of the faint and weary my docter says I will be able to attend business again in four or five weeks Sister please give yourself no uneasiness on my account tell brother George W. H. that I will come out of it all right side up the docter calls my malidy the lung ________
Sister the docters do not know how to charge a man in this country They can charge a man as long as they can hold their breath they will prescribe for you and you must bye your own medicines I have paid the docter yester day nine hundred and fifteen dollars in twenty dollars peaces besides my bill at the drug store is nearly two hundred more but my docter bill is more reasonible than drug store bill is for the docter had to come about forty miles through the mountains so you see dear Sister this is no very pleasent place to be sick in but I suppose its all in a mans life time
look here Sister you speak about wanting me to come home so very badly now sis mind what I am going to tell you I do not think that I Shall come to Salt lake this fall for the simple reason my business is so that it demands attention here for the present and as all my worldley affairs are at the present time is in ________ Stock
Sister you have got your mind made up that I am worth a great amount of money now my dear Sister I trust I have not ritten anything in my former letters to in fer that I was so very ritch On the contrary that I am not wealthy neither have I any four mules teams I do not wish to misinform you in regard to my circumstances
Now Sis while we are talking about ritches please allow me to explain to you exactly how I stand in this world In the first place I have got but little money Not long ago I made a Small Sale but the most of it has been paid out now I have got plenty of mines left that is good but they are not turned into money but how long it will be before I sell them I cannot tell yet I will tell you this mutch I have some very ritch ledges and if I can get ten percent of the actual value of my property it will make me all the money I want but they are not sold yet so you see how I stand now please do not misconstrue my letter again
I am going to develop two or three of my mines more thourghley this fall then I expect to make Sale but how large it will be I cannot tell but as for me coming to Utah to live it would depend a great deal on wheather I like the country or not dear Sister you know very well I never could live where my big brothers are They would tease the life out of me as long as I had a cent left now Sis you know that I am telling you the truth when I come to Utah it will be mearly to make you an your family a visit but Sis you must stop teaseing me to come home for I shall come as soon as conveniant Now be a good girl and when I come I shall bring you something pretty ____
I have told you all that I can think of at present Dear sister I was so glad to receive that Little token of yours be lieve me it is a priceless jewell to me I shall keep it as a sacred token as long as I stay in the country Sis it is well you wrote to me for if I had received another from george and you had plaid Shet mouth on me again I should never have written to you as long as I lived you know I am a naughty little cuss and you will have to shoot your mouth of occasionly or hell pafes with me
sis I received a letter from nancy e lee She calls her Self my niece now who the devil is nancy e lee I must confess she write a very genteel lady like letter I responded to her in as gentle a manner as posible now I am going to find out who those young correspondents are Some of these fine days I can think of nothing more I will conclude my letter
Dear Sister wishing you much happy years and may our father in heaven bless you and protect you through life and keep you in the true pathes of virtue through your declineing years down to the dark Shadow land Please give my love to george and all the family and except my love to your Self Dear Sister I will bid you a gentle good night and pleasent dreams Wm Woolsey
To S. E. Hickerson now who is this young correspondent of mine I hardley know to address you I do not know whether you are a he or a she you have left me in the dark in regard to your Sex but however my young Christian friend I will give you a little advice it appears from the drift of your letter that you are figuering very conspiciously in the matrimonial affaires now for the advice in the first place think twice before you jump and be careful to heep your boat in trim and you will best this worlds storms under an easy Sail fair for the present Wm Woolsey
30 Mar 1870 - New Harmony, Washington County, Utah Territory - Joseph Hyrum Lee to George W. Hickerson
New Harmony Washt. Co. March 30th 1870 Mr. George W Hickerson. Dear brother
I hasten to pen you a few lines in answer to your kind and welcome Letter under date Mar 2nd Which came to hand last mail. I can assure you that I verry glad to hear from you for I had almost given up all hopes of ever hearing from any of my relations in that part of the world. It is now very nearly 7 years since I was at Webher and this is the first scratch of a pen that I have received from any of you. But hold on a little while I am blameing you for not writing I must look at home for I dont know that I have been much faster in that line than you have, so we will have to call it eavne and try it over again and try and do better the next time.; Myself and family are all well, that these few lines will find you and all the folks enjoying the same great boond of heaven Mary E. Send her kind regards to all. We have a nother fine girl at our house bornd the 30th of October last. I think her mother calls her Sarah Alice. John W. & John A. & Wm Prince started yester day for Medow valey with lumber to Sell. Money is very scarce in this part of the world Farmers are as busy as bees puting in their crops. Father John W. Samuel James H. and myself have fence a farm of 60 acres which we expect to culivate the presant season. I havent any news of any importance to write at presant excuse brevity and permit me to remain your Cousen J. H. Lee (beet that if you can ) South Weber Utah April 18th 1870 J. H. Leees [son of J. D. Lee & South Weber Utah Apr 18th 1870 beat that if you can Beat that if you Can
[This is Joseph Hyrum Lee (1844-1932), son of John D. Lee & Agatha Woolsey, married Mary Elizabeth Woolsey (daughter of Thomas Woolsey and Mary Burrell) ]. [John A. is John Alma Lee, a brother; William Prince is a son-in-law of John D. Lee. William Prince married Louisa Evaline Lee, daughter of John D. Lee and Agatha Woolsey; Father: John D. Lee; John W. is John Willard Lee, a brother; Samuel is Samuel Gulley Lee, another brother; James H. is probably not a Lee. He could be James Hopkins Woolsey, another Woolsey brother.]
3 Jun 1870, Toano, Elko County, Nevada - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Toano Elko Co Nev Jun 3 1870 My Dearest beloved sister
I have only a few moments to write you a few lines to let you know that I am in good health and trust these few lines will goe safe to my dearest Sister dearest you will please not scold me when I tell you that I am with in ten hours ride of your door the train runs through to ogdon from here in ten hours
dear sister I received your leter in hamilton a bout a month agoe dearest please pardon my naughty neglect in not answering sooner Sis I arrived here last evening on the express train from Elko in persuit of stolen horses I hve found them and arrested three of them this morning I leve on the express train at four o clock in the morning West ward
please excuse my Short leter Sister you requested me to tell you if I was livening with my wife I am pleased to tell you that I am not Please direct your letter Pioche City lincoln Co Nev yours in haste Wm Woolsey
11 Aug 1870 - Toano, Elko County, Nevada - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Toano Elko Co Augt 11th 1870 Sister Dearest
I received your welcome on this mornings train believe me dearest I was pleased to hear from you I am well and trust this will find you in good health an better spirits then when you wrote
Dear Sister you appear to bee in very low spirits sis I felt so very sad when I read your letter this morning Sister please cheer up and bee your Self again Sis I trust you will be well when you receive this
Dear Sister I am very low spirited this morning sis I have had so very much bad fortun in mines and spent so mutch money in developing the mines that I am all most broke but I am freighting now Sis they is no money in teaming now There is so many engaged in the businefs that it will not pay I am going stop this trip down and take out the teames and let them go to hell
Sister dear if I was like Some men I wood be the worst discouraged boy in the world but I am right to the reverse I can laugh at hard luck for I never allow my Self to get discouraged it is very naugty for a man to get low spirited Dear I must stop writing sister See mydirections please direct your letter to pioche City lincoln County Nev please put down Via hamilton and then I will get your letter when I get down their Good By Sister Dear an plesent Dreames Wm Woolsey
21 Sep 1870 - Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada - William Woolsey to Sarah C. Hickerson Firth
Pioche City Lincoln Co Nev Sep 21 1870 My dear little niece
with pleasure I write you a few lines to let you know that I am yet in the land of the liveing and enjoying the best of health and trust these few lines will find you all the same Sis it has bin along time since I last wrote you but my dear you must remember this is my third letter to you with out any tidings from you I had thought my self unworthy of a moment thought from my darling little niece I supose ere this Some long haired yeahoo has woed and wone you in the sweet bonds of wedlock I am down on wedlock I prefer afind lock
Sis please pardon jokes please tell me all the news for your mam ma is so full of religion that she can not take time to give me the generl news Sis I have not heard from my sister Mrs. Lee or any of the family for along time but Sis I do not blame them I have roamed in the mountains a wild gipsie life so long that I do not consider my Self worthy the remembrence of a kind and gentle Sister yet I should be pleased to hear from all my relitives and know that they are weell and doing weill
Sis you will please give my kindest regards to your farther tell him I would be pleased to hear from him I have not heard from your bro isaac I trust I shall soon I have nothing more of interest to write Please give my love to all the family fairwell my dearest little niece ten thousand times adieu I wish you plesent dreams Good bye Wm Woolsey - please Write soon to Mrs. Sarah C. Firth Riverdale Utah
24 Nov 1870 - Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada - Wiliam Woolsey to probably Sarah C. Hickerson Firth
[In the same envelope as above, probably not sent together]
Pioche City Lincoln Co Nev November 24th 1870 My dear niece
I am pleased to receive your last evening it found me quite well and hope those few lines will find you all enjuoying the kind blefsings of divine providence
I am glad you heard from my sister Nancy Pleased be kind anough to give me her address and I will send a few lines to her where I am at leasure I am very busy at present sis I have not heard from that naughhty brother of yours as yet it is a bare posibility that he has not receive my letters however I shall write againe soon sis
your uncle thomas was hear and took dinner with me yesterday I I was truly pleased to meet him as I have not seen him twenty four years sis he is a priestly looking cuss well sis if one did not open their mouth they would not say nothing
My Dear little niece I should so pleased to see that little wee teeny sugar plum of a beau of yours I know he must be very pretty or you woould not say so very likely he is most butifull but I think that I can tell you of some thing prettyer then he is an is my little pinto mule he is the pretiest thing on earth When you talk about pretty things he is chief sis I will take your word that he is prety I can not come jest yet to judge for my Self so you will please excuse me at present all give heats warmest love to your mother and father Pleas except my best wishes to your Self
tel you pa that I should be pleased to hear from him at his convenience Please Send your letter by the Salt lake Stage coming by Beever City please write When you receive this fair well sis Remember me to my friends if they be any I expect they are few an scattering Good Night Wm Woolsey fret
4 Jun 1876 - Kanosh, Utah - Catherine Hickerson Miles Woolsey DEED to George W. Hickerson
Kanosh June 4th 1876
this is to Certify that I this day sold to G. W. Hickerson a certain Lot of land containing five acres with the water title fense thereunto belonging said land known as Thomas Woolseys five in the middle field for the sum of twenty dollars. Catherine (her X mark) Woolsey
25 Mar 1883 - Caulksville, Logan County, Arkansas - Manley & Sarah Hickerson to George W. Hickerson
Caulksville Logan County Arkansas March 25 1883 Mr. G. W. Hickerson
Dear Brother I recieved your letter of March 11th yesterday Was glad to hear from you all and hear that you was well this leaves us all well We have no news now to write to you We have had a very constant and cold winter and the Spring is very Backward and cold people just now beginning to plant corn
I am fixing for a big cotton crop this Season times is very hard here now traders are coming through this country buying up all the cattle they can get they are dearly dreaning this country of cattle.
Wiley B. Corley lives 6 miles North West of Ozark Franklin County Arkansas Bill Corley lives at Bentonville Benton County Arks and I Suppose that Malory McInturf lives Some where in the Same County But I have not Seen him for 15 years Wesley McInturf the last I heard from him was still living Fayette County Illinois the rest of the Corleys I dont know what has become of them
If when you Write to me tell me what the price of land is in your country and if there is any land of any value in that Country to Settle up yet for if I came to that Country I would like to find where I can get a little productive land in a Section Where there is good range for cattle
this country is So badly Eat out in the Way of range that a Man needs to follow his Cattle all Summer with a bundle of fodder to feed them on We have a great deal of Summer Sickness in this country lately My family has a great amount of Sickness here and my Doctor Bill generaly over runs my grocery Bill in cluding meat coffee Salt Sugar Molasses Rice pepper Spice Soda and all accompanyments Some years a mounting to $200.00 two hundred Dollars
My health is failing I am Subject to a caugh inherited from the Reeves family whoe is followed by it thrugh all of its Various Branches And I would be glad to strike Some climate that wouold be Bracing to my lungs Arkansas is not a good country for persons afflicted with lung diseases Tell the children to write to me and let me know how they are geting along Tell Cathorine to Write to and let me hear from and her family
You wanted me to tell you how the people here liked the Mormons I can Only Say that We know So little about them that we have never formed any Oppinions about them as all we know is hear Say or rumer and nothing definite If you will Send me Some their Literature Such as the desert News Book of Mormon or Mormon Bible I Might inform My Self Better and then Couold form a better oppinion Give My love to all the Kinection Keep the Same for your Self Write to me often as I will be glad to hear from you all Very often and I remain your most loving Brother as Ever Manly Hickerson and Sarah Hickerson To G. W. Hickerson and family Kanosh Millaard Co, Utah.
4 May 1883 - Harmony, Washington, Utah - Clarissa Cole Woolsey to George W. & Sarah Hickerson
Harmony [Utah] May 4th 1883 Dear Brother and sister
It is with pleasure I sit my Self to rite you A few lines to let you no how I am getting along we are all well at present and hope that you are injoing the same blessings.
You said that you wanted to go down to the temple this fall I will redy to go any time you cum for I donít think I will have much to do this fall most of the fruit is killed Thomas folks is well the last time I heerd from them and is girl is maried and doing well but her baby has been ofel sick but is better now. when I seen Thomas last he said he wanted to go down and stay A couple of months or more. I have told you all that is nessery so I will bring my letter to A close hoping to hear from you soon I remain as every your sister Clarisa Woolsey
[This is Clarissa Cole Woolsey, the third wife of Richard Woolsey, an older brother of Sarah Woolsey Hickerson.]
17 Aug 1884 - George W. Hickerson died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah
12 Oct 1884 - Salt Lake City, Utah - William A. Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Salt Lake City Oct 12th 1884 my dear Sister
your welcomd letter came safe to hand I was truly astonished to hear of the death of brother george it made me feel sad for I little expected to hear of such a thing I must say it took me by surprise well, dear sister, cheer up perhaps it may be all for the best the lord giveth an he taketh away an he makes changes in verious ways and we must submit to gods will. My dear sister, you have the simpathy of my heart in your bereavement we must not give way to our feelings in such cases for we have all got to go the same way sooner or later,
my dear sister who have you got at home to look after the farm and cattle I have been thinking whether or no you would like to lease me and my wife your farm an stock on shares. I have been thinking of making some changes going on a farm an taking some stock on shares for a few years, in do so I think I should have better health then to work in the mines so much
you ask me about Isaac I have not heard from him since he was at my house about eight teen months ago but I will find out in a few days if he is in park city and will let you know in my next letter I am well aware that brother thomas is the one to do the work for our family but the question is will he do it for it is high time that some body was trying to do somthing I do not know where thomas or james are living so please write your self to them and find out if they are going to attend to it or wheather they are willing to allow me to attend to a part of them or not if so please send names and ages an where they ware born
please excuse me for not writing sooner I hope to hear from you soon may god bless you all an keep you in the line of your duty and comfort your hearts in your trials throuogh life my wife joines with me in love to you all good bye W. A. Woolsey
23 Nov 1883 - Salt Lake City, Utah - William A. Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Salt City Nov 23 1884 dear sister
I write you a few lines in hast to let you know that I am not very well pleased with you in not answering my letter this is the third letter I have wrote you and I have only received one in return from you I can not hear any thing from Isaac he is not in Park City now my dear sister if this letter comes safe to you an you do not see fit to answer it you can bet your life that it is the last letter that you will ever receive from me I do not think that I shall go to the temple this winter as there are so many going up there and they are so crouded with work that I // I think it best to wait until spring I asked you many questions in my other letter and was in hopes of geting an answer from you but up to date I have not heard nothing from you an I will close my letter by saying to you my dear sister that if you receive this letter please be kind anough to reply to it, or for ever after hold your tongue, respectfully W. A. Woolsey -
23 Nov 1884 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Annie J. Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
P. S. Sunday 23rd - To Mrs S. Hickerson, Dear Sister
I hope you will Excuse me for adding a few lines, William has wrote you rather a Short letter, and I asked him if I could Say a few words on the half sheet of paper, he Says Yes, So I wish to Say that we would like very much to hear from you if it is only a few words - so as to let us know how you get along since your Husband died Your Brotherís experience in mines is about played out, the early Scenes of his boyhood he leaves behind him, and seeking Imployment elsewhere, he is now working in Salt Lake City at the coal yard, but has wished a dozen times he was able to go on a farm, and he often talks on the subject, He is much disapointed at you not writing to him and now Dear Sister please try and Say something when you answer this in regard to whether you can lease him your farm, Simpley Say yes or no, and we will be glad to hear from you be which way it will we are not prepared to go to the temple at present, your sister in law A. J. W. (My address) Mrs. Annie J. Woolsey, Salt Lake City, Utah
[A scrap of paper - Salt Lake City, Utah - Wm A. Woolsey or Mrs. A. J. Woolsey, 337 W 4th South between 2nd & 3rd West - Salt Lake City - Utah]
1 Jun 1885 - Harmony, Washington, Utah - Clarissa Cole Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Harmony [Utah] June 01 [?] Ė85 Sarah Hickerson, Dear Sister
I take the opertunity of writing you a few lines in answer to your welcome letter which I received a few days ago and was pleased to hear from you and to hear you was well as it found me enjoying the same blessing you say you are lonesome I know how to feel for you for I am in the Same for I am all alone Adaline is married and lives at Spanish fork Martin is hearding Sheap and I donít get to see him verry often all the company I have is my birds and my fore dog I have got ten birds our crops took well we have got a good prospect for fruit if the wind donít blow it all off it has been blowing all day real hard it has blowed off sights of fruit I cant think of any news to write Give my love to all Write soon I remain as ever Clarissa Woolsey
11 Jul 1893 - Salt Lake City, Utah - William A. & Annie J. Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Salt Lake City Utah Jul 11th . . . 1893, Dear Sister,it is with pleasure I Sit down to write you a few lines in answer to your very kind and welcome letter which we received on the first of July. It didínt find me well in health as I am afflected in my lungs - and have had a very bad cough for the last year and I do believe, if it donít get better Soon Iíll give up thinking Iíll ever get very good health -
Iím in much Pain nights its so difficult to get my breath - Iíve tried every thing that I know of to help myself to get well Iíve been & renewed my covenants & baptized for my health but it seems to little effect at present, yet while there is life theres hopes please pray for me so I can escape death till I can get my endowments It is my desire to do what is right - and serve God the rest of my days here on the earth
I feel to take courage sometimes but the sensation thats often felt by your brother is not told in this short letter I Generaly say my prayers and ask an enterest in yours I have had promises of work in the mines but they have not started up yet the price of Silver been so low it had closed down most all the camps - and there is no work in this city only for those that will vote the Devilís ticket. Thats all I can think to tell you on besiness subjects - Direct your letters as follows Wm A. Woolsey 337 -W- 4th South st Salt Lake City. Utah.
Dear Sister Page 4th.
I write you a few lines and Say to gather with Wm I was very glad to hear from you and that you arrived Safe Home but sorry to hear you cought a cold - hoping these few lines may find you and all yours in good health as they leave me at present thank God for it -
youíll see by the first part of this letter that Wmís a sufferer In fact he says he is Day and night - but he donít give up - I cant write much of importance in this note about myself only to tell you that my leg has got quiet well - and my health has been better ever since I went in to the Temple, the 23rd of April was the day I went in - and the spirit of God invites us to go again Give my love to your daughter and Except the Same yourself and please tell us in your next how malissia husband gets along. My children are all well but I donít have nothing to say to my Daughter in-law we remain your Bro & sister W. A. And A. J. Woolsey
10 Sep 1893 - Salt Lake City, Utah - William Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson [ incomplete ]
Salt lake City Utah Sept 10th 1893 my dear sister,
I take this present oppurtunity to answer your very kind and welcom letter which we received a few weeks ago please excuse us for not writing sooner as we have bouth of us been sick well my dear sister since I last wrote to you I have been to deaths door and it is only through the mercy of god and the power of the Holy priesthood that I am alive to day
Well sister I have been through the temple and have got my endowments and I expect to get my
16 Oct 1893 - Salt Lake City, Utah - William A. & Annie J. Woolsey to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Salt lake City Utah Oct 16th . . . 1893 my dear sister
With pleasure I write you a few lines in answer to your kind and welcome letter which we received you must excuse long delays for I am sick an not able to write much I se you did not mention uncle Jakes name in the list of names you sent me please let me know if their has been a work done for him I am still doing a little work in the temple for the dead for others that kneed help now my dear sister if you know of any good women that is dead that you would like to have sealed to me that you would send the name up to me and per haps my wife could stand for her for as yet I have no wife sealed to me and it is the desire of my heart to have one sealed to me be fore I leave this earth I expected you up at conference so that I could have a talk with you but you did not come well I cant think of any more to tell you so good bye a write me soon from your brother W. A Woolsey
P. S. My Dear sister I drop you a line or two in this your brotherís letter to let you know how I feel If I know how to tell you you may think me very slow on going to the Temple so I am for it seems as if I never can get ready Iíve so may thing to try me, and perhaps I let the cause effect me more or less - then I get sick and Iím unabe to get ready thus I go along from day to day - in this worldís affairs - but Wm is in earnest heís been in the Temple five times - Since he got his endowments
heís working for dead men and old friends - in regard to a women being sealed to William, I am willing and as many as he is worthy off, if you know of any good woman or women that dead - Please send him word and its all right he says heís willing to chanch the dead ones - as for myself I pray often to god to help me to find out wheather or not I can be seald to two men - I guess not - and Iíve never been unsealed from Eardley - that I know of - but I donít want Wm to die without a wife seald to him in this life if he is worthy - and I know heís doing the best he can - to hold up till heís finished his work - now Dear sister think this thing well over - and tell us what you think about it - in the meantime Iíll be trying to get ready to go and be rebaptized next baptizing day - so I can go into the Temple with him if itís the will of the Lord I remain your loving sister A. J. Woolsey - love to all
8 Dec 1893 - Salt Lake City, Utah - E. J. Eardley to Sarah Woolsey Hickerson
Salt Lake. Dec 8 / 93 Mrs. Sarah Hickerson Kanosh, Millard Co. Utah Dear Madam:
Wm A. Woolsey died this morning Funeral Sunday at 11 a.m. Use your own descretion about coming. Respectfully E. J. Eardley.
21 Feb 1899 - Sarah Woolsey Hickerson died at Kanosh, Millard County, Utah[A small folded packet, ďGrandma Woolseyís hairĒ , with some brownish locks of hair pinned in.]