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Letter to Mary Elizabeth Lightener from Brigham Young

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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:32.

Letter on 30 May 1864 in Great Salt Lake City.

President's Office
Great Salt Lake City, May 30, 1864

Mrs. Mary E. Lightner
Minersville, Beaver Co.

Dear Sister:

Your favor of May 20 has come to hand. I am
pleased to learn from it of the improvements which are being
made at Minersville and of the circumstances of the people.
I am sorry that Bro. Henry has such poor health. There is no
need for him to have feelings of sorrow through the idea that
he is under my displeasure because he went to California with
Bro. A. M. Lyman. I have no feelings against Bro. Henry because
of his going there, and I feel that all is right with him if
he himself will do right. Those who upbraid him with being
a Californian, and on that account despise his counsel, as Bishop
would do well to look to their own standing; for such a


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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:15.

Written by: Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter
October, 1983
Edited by: Julie Bangerter Beck
Typed by: Ramon P. Beck
Computerized text by: Howard K. Bangerter

On June 12, 1837 Willard Richards, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, and Joseph Fielding were set apart to serve missions in England. They disembarked in Liverpool and began preaching the gospel in surrounding areas. Located about 30 miles from Liverpool, not far from Preston, England where the gospel was first preached, lay the village of Thornley. James and Elizabeth Walmsley Corbridge were residents of Thornley and soon heard and accepted the gospel. Elizabeth was baptized by Heber C. Kimball. (The exact date is unknown, but we do have record that an Elizabeth W. was baptized on January 22, 1837.)

In 1840 the Corbridges left their home in England to emigrate to Nauvoo, Illinois. At the time of their sailing they had three small children. Born in 1836 was Mary Ann (my grandmother, later the wife of Oscar Hamblin), William, born in 1838, and the baby John, born in 1840, who died while crossing the ocean and was buried at sea. James was a young man of thirty and Elizabeth a woman of twenty-four years. It is easy to imagine the transformation of thought and feeling that must have entered their home as they accepted the "good news" that the gospel had been restored.

Historical Sketch of Isaiah Hamblin

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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:11.

From: A Genealogy of JAMES HAMLIN of Barnstable Massachusetts
Eldest son of James Hamlin, the immigrant, who came from London, England, and settled in Barnstable, 1639. 1639--1902

by the Hon. H. Franklin Andrews,
Publ. By H. Franklin Andrews, Exira, Iowa, 1902

He was a soldier in the 1812 war, served under Gen. Dearborn, and was wounded at Plattsburg, N.Y. His wife heard the guns of the battle, put her babe, some bandages and medicines into a boat and rowed twenty miles to the scene of action, in time to see the British flag go down.

He resided at Grand Isle, Vermont, and after the war engaged in lumbering on the St. Lawrence River, in norther N.Y., where he employed Canadian workmen. Living in lumber camps, fitted with rude bunks for sleeping, arranged around an open fireplace. The natives often slept with their feet to the fire, to dry and keep them warm; and the "Kanucks" had a trick of putting pitchwood splinters between the toes of the "Yankees," when asleep, then lighting them and burning their feet, for sport. Some of the men were disabled in this way, and Mr. Hamblin was determined to put a stop to it. The "Kanucks" were in the habit of stripping naked to go to bed. Mr. Hamblin went to bed and feigned sleep; when a big "Kanuck" stole softly from his bunk, naked, to reconoitre for a victim; and spying Mr. Hamblin asleep, apparently, with his feet sticking out of the bunk, whispered to his confederates, "La bushwa! La bushwa!" (The boss! The boss!) and prepared the splinters for the fun; but just as he stooped to set them on fire, Mr. Hamblin drew back his feet suddenly and kicked the fellow plump in the breast and landed him stark naked upon a bed of living coals of fire; which raised an uproar adn turned out the entire camp. The man was rescued, but badly burned. Mr. Hamblin regretted the affair, but there were no more feet burned in that camp. We shall see that this was not the last of the matter. While taking rafts of lumber down the river the following spring, he ran aground near a settlement, which proved to be the home of the man who was burned in the camp; and whild waiting he went ashore with his brother-in-law William Haynes, and a man named Dodge for supplies. A crowd gathered around the place where they were trading, as as they came out of the store a big fellow grabbed Mr. Hamblin and another did the same to his brother-in-law, telling them in a boisterous way that they must wrestle with them. Hamblin told Mr. Dodge to hasten will all speed to the raft with the supplies, while he and Haynes stopped to settle with the mog; but some of the crowd seeing the purpose, made for the raft, and reached it before Dodge. Hamblin and Haynes threw down their assailants and also ran for the raft. When they reached it, Dodge, who was near sighted, with a heavy chain for a weapon was knocking the "Kanucks" right and left, and soon had the craft clear. The raft floated and they were again safe on their journey.

Transcript from the original record of James H. Rollins and Evaline Walker's Endowment, 30 Dec 1845.

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 20:33.

He was endowed on 30 Dec 1845 in the Nauvoo, Illinois LDS temple.
Transcript from the original record of James H. Rollins and Evaline Walker's Endowment, 30 Dec 1845.

From Heber C. Kimballs Journal (also known as "Book 93")
November 21, 1845 to January 7, 1846

Photocopy of the original journal
in BYU Library Special Collections
Jerald and Sandra Tanner
Modern Microfilm Company
June 17, 1982

Electronic Text by Howard Bangerter
Oct. 21 1997

[begin citation]

Tuesday, December 30th 1845.

The morning was pleasant, and at an
early hour a very large number were at
the Temple waiting for their washing &
anointing -- they having been notified
the day before to attend at an early
hour -- Geo. P. Sykes - messenger(?)

At 10 minutes past 8 o'clock
commenced in the male department,
washing & annointing the following
washed by Milli(?) Snow & Geo. P Dykes
annointned by A. O. Smoot & (??)
persons. vis.

High Priests;

James Henry Rollins - Letter Redress Petition to U.S. Congress for Losses Suffered in Missouri on 13 Jan 1840

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 20:28.

Letter Redress Petition to U.S. Congress for Losses Suffered in Missouri on 13 Jan 1840 in Madison County, Illinois.2
[James makes a claim for losses he suffered in Missouri; he is referring to the Gallatin election fight, which took place in his store, causing him the losses described; also for the loss of his home and property when he was driven from Missouri. The petition is also signed by his wife, Evaline Walker (appears as Evaline Bollin on the petition) and her mother, Nancy Walker]

January 13, 1840

To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in Congress Assembled at the City of Washington in the district of Columbia--

I the undersignd do by these presents represent To Your Honorable body my Losses Sufferings and Troubles which I sustained and underwent by the hands of a Ruthless mob in the State of Missouri upheld and sustained by L. W. Boggs acting Governor of that state in the Year 1838. And this may Certify that on the 6th day of August, 1838. while at an Election held in daviess County Missouri, while we the people Called Mormons were Voting As the Law of our Country dictates and Guarantees unto us that we were hindred from this our privilege By a mob of the people of that County Raising against us and driving us from the polls with Clubs [p.531] Raw Hydes &C. [---] Also drove us from the Town and Threatened me If I did not Leave the Town They would Pull down my House over my Head. and which House Contained heavy stones &C &C, and which I was obliged To Leave, and which was mostly distroyed, Also [-----] Another Establishment of the same in same County was Broken Open and Liquor & C. Taken Out By the Milita as they Called Themselves under Brgd. Genl. Parks of that Division To a Large amt. and which they Took and made use of &C. Many other Losses To which I suffered which were very grievious To bear of Being driven from Land which I Had Entd. Town Lots &C. And the Loss of which Property Amounting To not less than 3000 Dollars which Loss I sustained By being driven from my Home under The Exterminatig Orders of his Excellency Lilbern W. Boggs. And By this I appeal To Your Honorable Body for redress of the sore Grievances which I And my Brethren have suffered for the Belief of the scriptures of Truth or in other words for our Religion.----And By this I importune at Your feet for Redress &C of My Wrongs And Your Servant will Ever pray----

The Conversion of James Henry Rollins

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 20:26.

The Conversion of James Henry Rollins
to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
by Howard K. Bangerter, 1988

In the Autumn of 1830, James Henry Rollins was a fourteen year old boy working as clerk in the mercantile store of his uncle, A. Sidney Gilbert in Kirtland, Ohio.

One day, Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer and Ziba Peterson arrived in Kirtland on their missionary journey to the Lamanites. These men preached the gospel to Sidney Rigdon's Campbellite congregation, of which James' family and others in the neighborhood were members. While most of these (Sidney Rigdon, the Newell K. Whitneys, Gilberts, and Frederick G. Williams included) joined the church, James was not baptized, "as I did not thoroughly understand it, but read the Book of Mormon through, and I had to read at night by firelight, as candles were very scarce at that time, and I lay on the floor on my back with my head to the fire and read at nights, the only time I had to read."

History of Henry Marcene Hamblin and Duella Eyre

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 20:16.

by their Daughter, Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter

My folks had just moved from Cumberland, Wyoming, where my father was a coal miner, to Erickson Lane just a few days before Mama went to the L.D.S Hospital to have me. The setting was Spring 1924. Mama was 30 yrs. old, Daddy-28 and Ivan-3 yrs. old.. Erickson Lane was graveled with slag from the Murray smelter and when a small child fell down, especially a girl, it was curtains for the tender-fleshed knees on the sharp edged rocks. A girl always wore dresses no matter what the age or activity. The white picket fence contained a two-room frame home with a lean-to quarters added on the back. A door entering into each of the 3 quarters was prefaced with a simple, rough-board porch. The quarters changed purposes at intervals. For example, the big bedroom became the family living room, the kitchen lean-to became a bedroom, and the middle big room shifted at times from kitchen to family room. With the plumbing all being outside, it didn't matter which room was the kitchen. We could carry water into one room as well as another. Gracing the dirt yard was a rather large building we called the washhouse. There the laborious task of washing unfolded every Monday. A good long day of 8 or 10 hours to get it done. At times, Mama did it all by hand. I remember seeing her blistered knuckles from the scrubbing on the washboard and the chloroxing. She hung a proud line of white dishtowels. A coal stove in the washroom allowed her to boil the whites to get them whiter. I can remember seeing her cut the laundry-bar soap into chips before putting it into the water, when we eventually had an antique washer with board sides. Sometimes it was my job to cut the chips into the water.. Mama started the wash with the whitest of whites, i.e. the garments, then the sheets and pillowcases were the next batch. As each was wrung through the wringer, a little more soap was added and a little more hot water. Then the dishtowels and towels, then the colored and then the overalls (not levis) and work socks, then the floor rugs and rags. The water was saved and carried out by the bucketsful to scrub the 3 porches and finish off the washhouse floor. Water was plentiful but the good soapy water was an asset. The job then was not complete until all the clothes had been brought in from off the clothes line, folded and put away. The ironing was dampened for the next day. One cannot say much for the "good old days" when it comes to the task of keeping the family cleanly clothed and pressed. It was solid hard work. Even the ironing was a big job. Material was. all cotton, often muslin sheets and clothes took starching to look their best, which made ironing an art. I can remember when Mama did the ironing with "flatirons" as they were called, heated on the stove. On a hot summer day, to keep the irons hot made the kitchen as hot as Hades.


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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 17:53.


I can't tell you when we first met, but it was when we were both babies. My brother Charles had me in his care and Ephraim Marshall had Wallace and William Hamblin twins taking care of them. They were all playing together and I think perhaps that was our first introduction. As we grow older, as children often do, we single out certain persons and claim them among our school mates as our beau or boyfriends. So of course, I claimed Wallace as my beau. One night a bunch of us children about ten or eleven years old were invited to an old fashioned candy pulling party. We had them in those days very often. The candy was made out of molasses. My father had a molasses mill and of course it was not very hard to obtain it. When this party ended, Wallace accompanied me home as far as a bridge over a large ditch some distance from the house. I told him I could go the rest of the way home alone alright. I was afraid if he went any closer my brother Charles would see us and he would tease me about it. That was the first time he had ever taken me home.

Hamblin GEDCOM file

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 17:27.

Here is a GEDCOM file that is essentially the ancestors of Wallace Hamblin and Ida Minerva Rollins and their children.

Many stories are included in there. I hope to have all the stories listed separately on this site for ease of indexing and search engine finding.

I have also attached the "book" which contains these stories separately (in both RTF and TXT).

Thanks to Howard Bangerter for these. (click on attachments to seed downloads)

Hannah Emerson Duston - several recountings of her experience with the indians.

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 17:07.

[Thomas and Hannah's descendants include our Hamblin line, see GEDCOM file]

HEROISM OF HANNAH DUSTON in 1697 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusettes. Excerpt from


by Robert B. Caverly


Hannah Duston was born in Haverhill, Mass., Dec. 23, 1657; was the daughter of Michael and Hannah Webster Emerson; was married to Thomas Duston Dec. 3, 1677; and, up to the date of her captivity, had become the mother of a family of children, twelve at that date, thirteen in all.


She was captured at Haverhill March 15, 1697; her infant then being only a week old.

Mary Neff, then a widow, a neighbor, and friend, was with her, and, for the time being, was having a care for the household.

The tribes throughout New England, as appears, had, for several years prior to this attack, beset the English settlements by trespassing upon their cornfields, killing their cattle, taking and carrying away captives, and daily and nightly murdering the inhabitants, burning down their barns, their lonely cots, and their infant villages.


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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 14:35.

Life Sketch of James Henry Rollins

A short sketch of the life of James Henry Rollins, which was dictated by James H. Rollins [in 1897 at age 80] and written by his daughter, Mary Osborne, and re-written by his youngest daughter, Ida M. Rollins Hamblin, and assisted by his daughter, Melissa R. Lee Reyborne, Sept. 7, 1924 in Cedar City, Utah.

James Henry Rollins was born May 27th, 1816, in Lima, Livingston County, New York, the son of John Porter Rollins, born in Rutland, New Hampshire, about 1796, and Kaziah Katura Van Benthuysen born May 15th, 1796, in Albany, New York.

The Rollins lived in Vermont and New Hampshire. There were three brothers emigrated to America and settled in the Eastern States a while, then two of the brothers went south. Their names were James, John Porter and Henry Rollins. My father, John Porter, was interested in cattle, and sheep, and he was going on a trip to Canada with a large boat load of cattle, when a storm came up and wrecked the boat, and he went with the load to the bottom of Lake Erie, about the year 1820 or 1821.

Wallace Hamblin and Ida Minerva Rollins Family

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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 00:55.
Wallace Hamblin and Ida Minerva Rollins Family

Wallace Hamblin and Ida Minerva Rollins Family.
backrow left to right: Rollin Hamblin, Eugene Hamblin, Marcene Hamblin
middle row: Lee Hamblin, Addie, Ida, Clark
bottom row: Clark, Wallace Hamblin, Lucille, Ida Minerva Rollins Hamblin
date unknown
[original photo in possesion of Joseph Carl Free as of July 2006]


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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 00:40.

Granddaughter, Lorene Hamblin Bradshaw:

When grandpa died of a massive heart attack, I immediately went to Lyman to be with grandma. She asked me to help her dress him in his temple clothes. I considered that to be a great honor. It was a difficult task as grandpa was such a big man; but when we were through he looked so handsome. Grandma stood by me, crying and telling me how good he had always been to her, and how handsome he was as a young man. As I looked at him, I noticed that his hair was very thick and dark brown, with just a touch of grey at the temple. He had died at 77 years of age.

Grandma was always beautifully dressed, and her hair was thick and dark brown. On some occasions she was accused of dying her hair, which was considered a sin at that time, but she told me her only secret was rinsing it in vinegar water to bring out the color and shine. It still works. Her hair didn't turn white until she was in her eighties.

Granddaughter, Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter


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Submitted by joefree on Sat, 2006-07-15 00:33.

written by herself

I was born of goodly parents in a very primitive cottonwood log house with a dirt roof on the 2nd day of October, 1862, in a small pioneer village situated on the banks of the Bear River in the southwestern part of Utah. The place derived its name Minersville on account of there being so many miners in that locality. My parents were James Henry Rollins, born in Lima, New York, on the 27th of May, 1816; and Eveline Walker Rollins, born the 16th of May, 1823, in or near Dayton, Ohio. They were very early pioneers of Utah immigrating from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters in February 1846 --- lived there through the year 1847 and from Winter Quarters to Salt Lake City --- arrived there in October 1848.

I was my mother's tenth and last child, four of them dying while small. I spent my childhood days in Minersville. I attended school there and learned my ABC's there, as it was then called. The first school that I remember attending was taught by my father's sister, Mary E. Lightner. She taught in an old adobe meeting house which was used for church and all kinds of amusements and a school house.

Irene Free Morris Young 03

Submitted by Jill Shoemaker on Thu, 2006-07-13 20:59.
Irene Free Morris Young 03
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