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James Henry Rollins

Poem for James Henry Rollins by his sister Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightener

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Submitted by joefree on Sun, 2006-07-16 00:34.

Poem about 1899 in Minersville (?), Beaver County, Utah.

Date uncertain:

To my Brother J Henry Rollins

When these scenes of life are fled
And we are numbered with the dead
O may our souls in Glory rise
To meet our Father in the skies.

There may we join in the hallowed throng
And sing a Glorious Heavenly Song.
Even to him who gave us birth,
And died for Mortals here on Earth.

Yes, Jesus died for all mankind,
That they Eternal life might find
And in his Glorious Kingdom rest
There to dwell amid the Blest --

Then do not grieve o'er trials here,
But trust in God, and never fear --
For Angels soon will bear us home
To meet our loved ones near his throne

I have written to Brother to day
and sent a copy of these verses
for fear he wont live
and I want him to have them
before he goes --

[no date given -- James died 7 Feb 1899, may have been written around that time]

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

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."

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)


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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.


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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.

Several Stories

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Submitted by joefree on Wed, 2006-07-12 06:45.

Each of these stories can be (or will be) found on this web site. But they are all grouped together here in a ".zip" file for your downloading convenience. (Click on attachment)

Absalom P. Free history
Anders Gustav Blad
Annie Hicks Free history
Carl and Addie Blad history
Ida Minerva Rollins history
James B. Wheeler;Rachel T.
Mina Jean Blad history
Oscar Hamblin history
Rachel D. Wheeler history
Wenlock Wheeler Free

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