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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 01:25.

by Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter 1983

Oscar grew up in the shadow of one of the most picturesque pioneers who early helped settle the West and colonized and labored among the Indians in the desert, color-country of southern Utah as well as Nevada and Arizona, JACOB VERNON HAMBLIN. Oscar was 14 years younger. Jacob was unique in several ways: first, he kept a record (diary) of his life; second, he was a spiritual man who lived by simple faith and the whisperings of the Lord which came to him which they did often; third, Jacob's calling as an Apostle and president to the Indian Mission; fourth, Jacob knew well the prophet Joseph Smith; fifth, his callings after arriving in Utah kept him close to Brigham Young and there seemed to be a mutual trust and confidence and loyalty to one another which never faltered in those growing, troublesome and periolous years.

Oscar was born in Bainbridge, Geagua County, Ohio, April 4, 1833. The country then was just a wilderness. He was the 9th child of 12 children born to Isaiah Hamblin and Daphne Haynes. His father and older brothers worked hard in clearing the land which is said by Jacob, Oscar's older brother, to have taken 20 faithful days to work to clear an acre and render it fit for the harrow and a crop of wheat. When Oscar was 5 years old his family moved to Franklin, Woolworth county, Wisconsin.

In 1841, the family moved to Spring Prarie, Wisconsin in the same county. Oscar was then 8 years old and his brother Jacob was now 21, and had been married for two years. Jacob and his father Isaiah had made claim to 80 acres of land each, in this now, wilderness area and were busy developing it.

The turning point in the lives of the entire family occurred March 3, 1842, when Jacob was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jacob did this against the wishes of his entire family, friends and loved one. From the time Jacob joined the church the entire large family was unsettled.

In August 1844, Jacob moved with his family from Spring Prarie to Nauvoo, Illinois while Isaiah moved to Ellison, Illinois. Oscar was now 11 years old. The parents visited Jacob for April Conference in 1845 in Nauvoo and stayed long enough to be baptised in the Mississippi River on April 11, 1845. Isaiah said to Jacob at this time. "It is your privilege to baptize your parents, for you have prayed for them in secret and in public, you never gave them up; you will be a Joseph to your father's house." (See Jacob Hamblin, by Corrbett, page 24)

In 1846 Jacob moved 200 miles to the west of Nauvoo to Bloomfield, Iowa. Isaiah in 1846 moved to Pottawattamie Co, Iowa in the western part of the state, where he lived 2 years. In 1847 Jacob and his family joined him there and together, Feb 5, 1849, Jacob, whose wife had left him with their 4 children, and with Isaiah and Daphne, left for the west.

May 1849, at Mt. Pisgah, Oscar's mother died after a long period of failing health and the family stopped for 2 days to take care of the burial and gather themselves together again. They arrived at Council Bluffs in September 1849. Oscar was now 17. During these years there is only slight mention of Oscar and his brothers and sisters. In the Jacob Hamblin book, Isaiah, Jacob, and his children and Oscar's brothers Marion and Fred arrived in Salt Lake City, with the Aaron Johnson Company and went directly to Tooele to live.