James Calvin Sly Face

James Calvin SlyAge: 5718071864

Name
James Calvin Sly
Surname
Sly
Given names
James Calvin
Birth August 8, 1807 35 33
Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA

Birth of a sisterLodemia Sly
April 21, 1810 (Age 2)
Scarborough, Ont, Canada, Canada

Death of a motherEliza Hill
about 1810 (Age 2)

Marriage of a half-siblingBenjamin SlyMary ReedView family
February 16, 1817 (Age 9)
Bristol, Ontario, New York

Birth of a half-sisterLodicia Sly
September 11, 1817 (Age 10)
Bristol, Ontario, New York

Birth of a half-sisterAmmer Jane Sly
February 15, 1820 (Age 12)
Phelps, Ontario, New York

Birth of a half-brotherJoshua Sly Jr.
March 8, 1823 (Age 15)
Phelps, Ontario, New York

Birth of a half-brotherCaleb B. Sly
April 16, 1825 (Age 17)
Phelps, Ontario, New York

Birth of a half-brotherGideon Sly
February 4, 1827 (Age 19)
Perinton, Monroe, New York

Marriage of a siblingSamuel BarnettLodemia SlyView family
August 28, 1828 (Age 21)

MarriageMary BassettView family
March 25, 1829 (Age 21)
Manchester, Ontario, New York

Birth of a son
#1
Neamiah Sly
November 19, 1829 (Age 22)
Sandinia, Erie, New York

Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Ann Sly
February 13, 1830 (Age 22)
, , Canada

Death of a wifeMary Bassett
July 25, 1830 (Age 22)
Lockport, Niagra, New York

Death of a sonNeamiah Sly
August 25, 1830 (Age 23)
Lockport, Niagria, New York

MarriageMargriet Jane FullerView family
September 1, 1831 (Age 24)
Granthim, Ontario, Canada

Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Birth of a son
#3
David C. Sly
April 6, 1832 (Age 24)
Granthim, Canada

Death of a sonDavid C. Sly
August 18, 1832 (Age 25)
Niagra, Canada

Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Text:
On the 18 August 1832 David Son of Margrit J. and J. C. Sly in the town of Niagra Canada West
Note: 18 August 1832 David Son of Margrit J. and J. C. Sly in the town of Niagra Canada West
Marriage of a half-siblingHezekiah FiskLodicia SlyView family
May 14, 1837 (Age 29)

Marriage of a half-siblingSolomon SlyHuldah WilsonView family
October 3, 1842 (Age 35)

Marriage of a childJames DeparteeMary Ann SlyView family
1843 (Age 35)

LDS baptism March 9, 1844 (Age 36)

Citation details: page 514
Calling
Branch Clerk
April 27, 1844 (Age 36)
Lewiston, Niagara, New York

Citation details: 5:568
Birth of a grandson
#1
Joseph Calvin Departee
October 8, 1844 (Age 37)
Council Bluffs, Pott, Iowa

SeparationMargriet Jane FullerView family
before 1846 (Age 38)

Death of a half-brotherJoshua Sly Jr.
August 8, 1848 (Age 41)
Portsmouth, Sciota, Ohio

Death of a half-brotherCaleb B. Sly
November 1848 (Age 41)
Mexico City, Mexico

Military Service
Mormon Battalion
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 38)

Date of entry in original source: 1848
Citation details: page 514
MarriageSusannah GustinView family
March 25, 1849 (Age 41)
Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah, USA

Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Death of a fatherJoshua F. Sly
about 1849 (Age 41)
Ohio

Birth of a son
#4
Amos Calvin Gustin Sly
January 19, 1850 (Age 42)
Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah

Birth of a daughter
#5
Lodemia Sly
April 15, 1852 (Age 44)
Manti, San Pete, Utah, USA

LDS endowment August 4, 1852 (Age 44)

LDS temple: Endowment House

Birth of a son
#6
James Calvin Sly
March 27, 1854 (Age 46)
Nephi, Juab, Utah, USA

Marriage of a half-siblingGideon SlyJan KeigerView family
July 14, 1854 (Age 46)

Mission from April 7, 1854 to September 12, 1855 (Age 46)
Upper Canada

MarriageNancy Bruster GustinView family
January 19, 1856 (Age 48)
Nephi, Utah

Birth of a daughter
#7
Mary Catherine Sly
August 30, 1856 (Age 49)
Nephi, Juab, Utah, USA

Death of a sonJames Calvin Sly
November 19, 1856 (Age 49)
Nephi, Juab, Utah

Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Birth of a daughter
#8
Nancy Elizabeth (Eliza) Sly
December 5, 1857 (Age 50)
Santaquin, Utah, Utah

Birth of a son
#9
Thomas Jefferson Sly
September 16, 1858 (Age 51)
Santaquin, Utah, Utah, USA

Birth of a son
#10
Solomon George Sly
February 21, 1860 (Age 52)
Levan, Juab, Utah

Birth of a daughter
#11
Susannah Sly
March 15, 1861 (Age 53)
Moroni, San Pete, Utah, USA

Birth of a daughter
#12
Calvana Sly
April 9, 1862 (Age 54)
Moroni, Sanpete, Utah

Birth of a son
#13
Daniel Samuel Sly
September 7, 1863 (Age 56)
Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA

Birth of a daughter
#14
Mary Jane Sly
June 15, 1864 (Age 56)
Moroni, Sanpete, Utah

Death August 31, 1864 (Age 57)
Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA

Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Note: Journal Says James C. Sly died Aug 31st1864
Burial 1864 (Age 56)
Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA

LDS spouse sealingMary BassettView family
June 2, 1960 (95 years after death)

LDS temple: Salt Lake City, Utah

LDS spouse sealingMargriet Jane FullerView family
November 8, 1960 (96 years after death)

LDS spouse sealingSusannah GustinView family
December 1, 1960 (96 years after death)

LDS temple: Salt Lake City, Utah

LDS spouse sealingNancy Bruster GustinView family
December 1, 1960 (96 years after death)

LDS temple: Salt Lake City, Utah

LDS child sealing March 31, 1961 (96 years after death)

Family with parents - View family
father
Joshua F. Sly
Birth: 1772 23 17
Death: about 1849Ohio
mother
Eliza Hill
Birth: 1774
Death: about 1810
 
Marriage: about 1805
3 years
James Calvin Sly Face James Calvin Sly
Birth: August 8, 1807 35 33Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
Death: August 31, 1864Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
3 years
younger sister
Lodemia Sly
Birth: April 21, 1810 38 36Scarborough, Ont, Canada, Canada
Death: September 29, 1894Ventura, Los Angeles, California
Father’s family with Lucretia Calkins - View family
father
Joshua F. Sly
Birth: 1772 23 17
Death: about 1849Ohio
step-mother
Lucretia Calkins
Birth: about 1790
half-brother
Solomon Sly
Birth: about 1794 22 4Jefferson, New York
2 years
half-brother
Benjamin Sly
Birth: January 12, 1796 24 6Brothertown, Oneida, New York
Death: April 21, 1885La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin
3 years
half-sister
Martha Lavina Sly
Birth: 1798 26 8Canada
Death: August 5, 1877Green Township, Hocking, Ohio
Father’s family with Sarah - View family
father
Joshua F. Sly
Birth: 1772 23 17
Death: about 1849Ohio
step-mother
Sarah
Birth: about 1784
half-sister
Lodicia Sly
Birth: September 11, 1817 45 33Bristol, Ontario, New York
2 years
half-sister
Ammer Jane Sly
Birth: February 15, 1820 48 36Phelps, Ontario, New York
3 years
half-brother
Joshua Sly Jr.
Birth: March 8, 1823 51 39Phelps, Ontario, New York
Death: August 8, 1848Portsmouth, Sciota, Ohio
2 years
half-brother
Caleb B. Sly
Birth: April 16, 1825 53 41Phelps, Ontario, New York
Death: November 1848Mexico City, Mexico
22 months
half-brother
Battle of Chickamauga Map Gideon Sly
Birth: February 4, 1827 55 43Perinton, Monroe, New York
Family with Mary Bassett - View family
James Calvin Sly Face James Calvin Sly
Birth: August 8, 1807 35 33Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
Death: August 31, 1864Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
wife
Mary Bassett
Birth: April 19, 1808 19Ranclerville, New York
Death: July 25, 1830Lockport, Niagra, New York
 
Marriage: March 25, 1829Manchester, Ontario, New York
8 months
son
Neamiah Sly
Birth: November 19, 1829 22 21Sandinia, Erie, New York
Death: August 25, 1830Lockport, Niagria, New York
Family with Margriet Jane Fuller - View family
James Calvin Sly Face James Calvin Sly
Birth: August 8, 1807 35 33Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
Death: August 31, 1864Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
wife
Margriet Jane Fuller
Birth: February 28, 1805Niagra Province, Canada
Death: March 19, 1869
 
Marriage: September 1, 1831Granthim, Ontario, Canada
-19 months
daughter
Mary Ann Sly
Birth: February 13, 1830 22 24, , Canada
2 years
son
David C. Sly
Birth: April 6, 1832 24 27Granthim, Canada
Death: August 18, 1832Niagra, Canada
Family with Susannah Gustin - View family
James Calvin Sly Face James Calvin Sly
Birth: August 8, 1807 35 33Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
Death: August 31, 1864Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
wife
Susannah Gustin Face.JPG Susannah Gustin
Birth: May 23, 1832 31 26Vernner, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Death: June 18, 1919North Creek, Beaver, Utah, USA
 
Marriage: March 25, 1849Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
10 months
son
Amos Calvin Gustin Sly
Birth: January 19, 1850 42 17Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah
Death: May 7, 1915Delta, Millard, Utah
2 years
daughter
Lodemia Sly
Birth: April 15, 1852 44 19Manti, San Pete, Utah, USA
Death: December 27, 1936
23 months
son
James Calvin Sly
Birth: March 27, 1854 46 21Nephi, Juab, Utah, USA
Death: November 19, 1856Nephi, Juab, Utah
2 years
daughter
Mary Catherine Sly
Birth: August 30, 1856 49 24Nephi, Juab, Utah, USA
Death: January 1, 1927
2 years
son
Face Thomas Jefferson Sly
Birth: September 16, 1858 51 26Santaquin, Utah, Utah, USA
Death: August 23, 1927Milford, Beaver, Utah, USA
3 years
daughter
Susannah Sly
Birth: March 15, 1861 53 28Moroni, San Pete, Utah, USA
Death: April 17, 1953
3 years
son
Daniel Samuel Sly
Birth: September 7, 1863 56 31Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
Death: May 28, 1867
Family with Nancy Bruster Gustin - View family
James Calvin Sly Face James Calvin Sly
Birth: August 8, 1807 35 33Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA
Death: August 31, 1864Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah, USA
wife
Nancy Bruster Gustin
Birth: March 21, 1842Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Death: December 20, 1926Near Lander, Frmnt, Wy
 
Marriage: January 19, 1856Nephi, Utah
23 months
daughter
Nancy Elizabeth (Eliza) Sly
Birth: December 5, 1857 50 15Santaquin, Utah, Utah
Death: October 15, 1876Ophir City, , Utah
2 years
son
Solomon George Sly
Birth: February 21, 1860 52 17Levan, Juab, Utah
Death: January 16, 1950Martinez, C-Cst, California
2 years
daughter
Calvana Sly
Birth: April 9, 1862 54 20Moroni, Sanpete, Utah
Death: October 4, 1938Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
2 years
daughter
Mary Jane Sly
Birth: June 15, 1864 56 22Moroni, Sanpete, Utah
Death: September 27, 1865Moroni, Sanpete, Utah
Seth Ollerton + Susannah Gustin - View family
wife’s husband
Seth Ollerton
Birth: December 11, 1826 26 24Eccleston, Lancashire, England
Death: October 26, 1897Thatcher, Graham, Arizona
wife
Susannah Gustin Face.JPG Susannah Gustin
Birth: May 23, 1832 31 26Vernner, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Death: June 18, 1919North Creek, Beaver, Utah, USA
 
Marriage: January 22, 1865Chicken Creek, Juab, Utah
22 months
step-daughter
Mary Jane Ollerton
Birth: November 28, 1866 39 34Levan, Juab, Utah
Death: May 17, 1868
18 months
step-son
Edward Josiah Ollerton
Birth: May 20, 1868 41 35Levan, Juab, Utah
Death: January 26, 1911
7 years
step-son
George Ollerton
Birth: February 11, 1875 48 42Levan, Juab, Utah
Death: February 18, 1875Levan, Juab, Utah
Curlus Shim APPLEBY + Nancy Bruster Gustin - View family
wife’s husband
Curlus Shim APPLEBY
Birth: September 29, 1836Trubless, , New Jersey
Death: January 10, 1898Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
wife
Nancy Bruster Gustin
Birth: March 21, 1842Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa, USA
Death: December 20, 1926Near Lander, Frmnt, Wy
 
Marriage: June 28, 1872Ophir, Toole, Utah
-2 months
step-daughter
Sarah Marinda APPLEBY
Birth: April 24, 1872 35 30Ophir, Toole, Utah
4 years
step-son
Curlus S Jr APPLEBY
Birth: November 4, 1875 39 33Ophir, Toole, Utah
Death: July 16, 1902
13 months
step-son
Lonidar Bruce (Alonzo B.) APPLEBY
Birth: December 9, 1876 40 34Ophir, Toole, Utah
Death: February 6, 1914
23 months
step-daughter
Susanah "Susie" APPLEBY
Birth: November 4, 1878 42 36Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
Death: 1958
16 months
step-son
Ernest H. APPLEBY
Birth: March 18, 1880 43 37Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
Death: May 21, 1935Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
2 years
step-son
Boy
Birth: July 24, 1882 45 40Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
Death: April 7, 1953Lander, Fremont, Wyoming
9 years
step-daughter
Ethel L. APPLEBY
Birth: August 4, 1891 54 49Rock Spring, Sweetwater, Wyoming

MarriageJames Calvin Sly Diary
Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
LDS baptismBio. Ency. Vol 3,
Citation details: page 514
CallingTimes & Seasons
Citation details: 5:568
Military ServiceJournal of History
Date of entry in original source: 1848
MarriageJames Calvin Sly Diary
Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
MissionOld Nephi Ward Minutes
DeathJames Calvin Sly Diary
Publication: In posession of Russell M. Sly, Copy SLC Archives
Note: Journal Says James C. Sly died Aug 31st1864
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Journal Says James C. Sly died Aug 31st1864
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1807, Aug 8, James C. Sly is born in Sodus, Wayne, New York, USA to Joshua F. Sly and Eliza Hill. 1828, August 28, James' sister Lodemia Sly marries Samuel Barnett and later joins his LDS Church. 1829, March 25, married to Mary Basset in Manchester, Ontario, New York 1829, November 19, Birth of first son Neamiah Sly to James and Mary. 1830, February 13, Daughter Mary Ann Sly born in Canada 1830, July 25, Mary Basset dies at Lockport, Niagra, New York 1830 August 25, First son Neamiah Sly dies. 1831, September 1, James married to Margriet Jane Fuller at Granthim, Canada. 1832, licensed in Niagara District in 1832, as a Niagara District Innkeeper (http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/NIAGARA-ONT/2005-09/1128104690) 1832, April 6, Birth of James second son David C. Sly at Granthim, Canada. 1832, Aug 18, Son David C. Sly dies 1843, His daughter, Mary Ann Sly, Marries James Departee (who is from Niagara, Ontario, Canada). 1844, October 8, First Grandson, Joseph Calvin Departee, born near Concil Bluffs, Iowa. to Mary Ann Sly 1844, March James C. Sly Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Bio. Ency. Vol 3, page 514) 1844, April 27, On this day a branch fo the church consisting of nine members was organized in Lewiston, Niagrar Co., New York by Elder Walter N Nurd; Elder John Small chosen President of the Branch and James C. Sly, Clerk. (Times & Seasons 5568) 1846, In the beginning of 1846, James C. Sly emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois and moved west with the Church, that year in the General Exodus of the Saints from Illinois. (Bio. Ency. Vol 3, page 514) 1846, Having reached the Missouri River he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and marched as a private in Company B to California. (Bio. Ency. Vol 3, page 514) 1847, Served in Battalion. (Journal of History1848) 1848, A number of brethren who had served in the Mormon Battalion were still working in California, but they were anxious to proceed to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake as soon as sprint should open. According to a previous arrangement a Company of 8 persons started 1 May 1848, Sgt. David Brewett being elected Captain, to pioneer, if possible, a wagon road of the Sierra, Nevada mountains eastward. The Truckee route being impractical at that season of the year. This company consisted of David Brewett, Captain Ira J. Willis, James C. Sly, Isreal Evens, Jacob G. Truman, Esra Allen, J. R. Allred, Henderson Cox and Robert Pixton. Three days travel brought this Company to Iron Hill where they found show so deep they could travel no further, a donkey belonging to one of the men was completely buried in the snow except his ears. On this occasion, these appendages were not to be despised, ugly and unique as they usually appear. For one of the men got hold of them and dragged Mr. Donkey out and saved his life. None of that Company will be very likely to wonder why those animals are made with large ears. Brother Willis, Sly and Evens ascended to the summit of the mountain seeing nothing but snow-capped mountains in advance of them. It was decided not to abandon but to postpone the enterprise until a later period. So far as they could judge a wagon road would at least be possible and perhaps a success. One days' travel in descending took them back from winters cold snow regions to a warm spring atmosphere where flowers bloomed and vegetation was far advanced. (J of H 1 May 1848). 1848, May 1, a number of Battalion brethren and others in Sacramento Valley, California subscribed $512.00 and bought two brass cannons off Captain John A. Sutter to be taken to Great Salt Lake for the benefit of the Church of Latter-day Saints. (Names and amounts listed.) James C. Sly subscribed $10.00. (J of H 1 May 1848). 1848, June 26, Making preparations to start for Great Salt Lake. Broke temporary encampment on American River, California and commenced eastward. Some went to the mines to get tires set. (J of H June 1848). 1848, June 27, Journey continued. 1848, June 28, advanced Company arrived a Pleasant Valley. 50 miles. 1848, July 1, Wagons which had gone to the mines to get tires set arrived in general encampment in Pleasant Valley. 1848, July 3, Arariah Smith, journalizes, we packed up and traveled 25 miles; came upon wagons start a couple of days ago. Two more miles - we came to a valley, found by bother J. C. Sly. We found good feed for our animals. We built a corral. This place came to be known as Sly's Park. (J of H July 3, 1848). 1848, July, Brother Addison Pratt returning from a mission in Soc Islands joins the group in Pleasant Valley. He writes, having brought with us 2 brass cannons, 6 pounders, which we bought off Captain Sutter. We saluted the day which made the mountains ring. Went into Camp and remained 10 days. (J of H July 3, 1848). (There is beauty and fertility of Sierra Nevada Range pines according to A. Pratt). They produce a large burr which is full of seeds which taste like beach nut. White gum when dry tastes like manna, slight turpentine flavor. Ate freely found them to have a purgative quality. 1848, July 16, A short drive was made to a creek which the brothers named Rock Creek. Brewett, Allen and Cox had gone on to find the best pass. Not heard from. Noted Indians with what looked like the three men's clothing. 1848, July 19, Wednesday, we made a move and in passing through a snow bank one of the wagons broke down. We soon reached the supposed Indian grave, (mentioned earlier in the text of the Journal) and as soon as Brother Sly saw it he exclaimed, "Our brethren are in that grave." Tools were at once taken from the wagons and the ground opened. We were shocked at the sight. There lay the brethren naked. One with face turned upward, the other 2 downward. A hatchet evidently used in Brewett's face and a shot penetrated his eyes. Allen was next and Cox underneath. �. 1848 September 28, Addison Pratt records the joyous homecoming and how as they came into Weber Valley many of the men though tired, got horses and rode the remainder of the distance to Salt Lake so they wouldn't be delayed in reuniting with families there. 1849, March 25, James married to Susannah Gustin in Salt Lake, Utah, USA 1849, June 2, The council (in Salt Lake City Brigham Young met with them) resolved that John Barnard, Sen. S. Willis, James C. Sly, Dr. Morse and Dr. Ezekiel Lee should go to the south pass to examine for gold. (J of H June 2, 1849) (James C. Sly's Journal regarding guiding someone to Sacramento and there looking for gold was written at this time) 1850, January 19, Amos Sly, son of James C. and Susanna G. Sly born in Salt Lake City. 1850, October 2, James C. Sly visited Aunt Jane Sly on first day in Rock Creek. (It is believed that Aunt Jane Sly is Margriet J. Fuller, second wife of James Calvin Sly) 1851, August 1, James C. Sly and Susannah Gustin Sly were sealed in Endowment House in Salt Lake City by Orson Pratt. 1851, August 14, James C. Sly called on us, took dinner and went on to San Pete. (Luke Wm. Gallup diary). 1852, April 15, Lodemia Sly daughter of James C. and Susanna G. Sly was born in Manti, San Pete Co., Utah. 1852, July 3, San Pete nomination for Precinct Officers - James C. Sly. 1852, September 16, Brothers James C. Sly and Amos Gustin gave us a call in going to Salt Creek (Luke Wm. Gallup diary). 1854, March 27, James Calvin Sly, Jr. born to James C. and Susannah G. Sly in Nephi, Juab Co., Utah. 1854, April 7, On the second day of the General conference of the Church of Latter-day Saints the following missionaries were called to Upper Canada; George P. Waugh, James C. Sly and Amos Gustin. 1854, April, The brethren collected money to purchase a horse for James C. Sly and Amos Gustin who have been called on a mission to Upper Canada. (Old Nephi Ward records minutes). 1854, April 20, James C. Sly and Amos Gustin and wife and a Wolf, (likely George P. Waugh), passed the night with us. Sly and Gustin are missionaries from Nephi, going to Upper Canada. 1854, April 27, John Hayes preposed to make shoes for Brother Sly's family in his absence. (old Nephi Ward minutes). 1854, May 19, James C. Sly, Amos Gustin, George Waugh, missionaries going east left in company with Benj Olappect. 1855, April 24, Following is the full text of the letter, Canboro Haldim and Ont. Canada 24 April 1855 from George P. Waugh, James C. Sly and Amos Gustin. "The council of the north British American Mission of the Church of Latter-day Saints appointed by the General Conference of said church at Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, U.S. on the 6 of April 1854 met pursuant to notice, time and place above stated as underwritten George P. Waugh, High Priest, President; James C. Sly. High Priest and Elder Amos Gustin of 15th Quorum of Seventy. Resolution 1st that we draw a brief statement of the progress and general features of the Mission to be forwarded to George Albert Smith of the Quorum of the Twelve, Church Historian's office, Salt Lake City. On the 8th of May 1854, we left said city and arrived at old Fort Kearney on the Missouri River on the 30th of June following and on the day after our company of 21 missionaries took their respective routes. The north British American Mission thereafter met in the house of Brother Alexander Dow on Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri. On 30th of July and early in August we proceeded vie Alton, Illinois; Chicago and Detroit to Windsor, Canada West. Elder Waugh went westward to Toronto, Highland Creek, etc. where branches of the church had previously been organized but had fallen into apostasy and being obstructed in every direction, he returned again to Toronto where he rebaptized a Brother George Hodge a Priest newly arrived from Glasgow, Scotland with his wife and family, whom after 10 weeks trial ordained him an Elder in said church to labor in the North British American Mission in connection with the Saints in Utah. Elder Waugh procedded from Toranto to London and on the 8th of November he met in council with Elders Sly and Gustin, his Coagustors in the said church mission, who having proceeded from Windsor 18 miles east of Chatham where they preached in Windsor, laboring with their own hands for support, but no prospects of success. They proceeded via London and Woodstock to Shakespeare, Perth Co., where they found Elder William Cossey and sister Eliza cossey baptized by Elder Sly in 1846. Here they continued to preach and labor to support themselves for the space of a month, most of the time Elder Gustin was indisposed from fever and ague. In Easthope they baptized Aquila Bennet. From thense they proceeded to South Zora where they baptized and ordained Adam Shadwick, late from Utah, where they also baptized Samual Martin and ordained him an Elder. Brother sly left Bro. Amos Gustin in Zora and went east by Hamilton, St. Catherine and Theorold to Niagara, preaching and laboring as heretofore. Proceeding by Theorold and Smithville to Canboro Haldim and Co., where he found Priest Able Parker and two brothers Fuller, whom Brother Sly had also baptized in 1846 where he continued to preach and labor alternately for his support for two weeks and return to Shakespeare via Brantford and Woodstock, where he met with Brother Gustin, improved in health considerably, about the first of November. Thence they went to Brother Shadwick in So. Zoro on the 7th of November and the next morning met in council with Father Waugh, Richmond, St. London. Brother Sly having stated the above progress of his and Brother Gustin, should continue to follow labors in Canboro and that Father Waugh should proceed to Shakespeare and labor there and about London, Middlesex Co. During winter Brother Sly and Gustin returned again to Canboro and the surrounding country preaching and laboring for their support as usual and they held regular meetings at Brother Parker's in Canboro at least twice a week during the winter and elsewhere as often as circumstances and weather would admit. Father Waugh, persuant to above resolution, labored in Shakespeare, Easthope, Zora and in London said much opposition, and met in Canboro in council with said bretheren in the hall of Brother Parker 24 April 1855. The total baptisms by Sly and Gustin 12; 8 males and 4 females and 2 rebaptisms. 12 others found professing to be firm in the faith. The obstructions that has hither to impeded our mission in Canada and continues to do so arises from various causes,, vis; the influx of apostates of all sorts from the U.S. who continue to publish vituperative statements received the truths of the gospel (Ferris book termed) "Utah and the Mormons", is so generally appreciated, seems to (have) up every avenue for our dissemination of the gospel in these regions unless we were efficiently supplied with the tracts in refutation of those falsehoods daily ushered forth against the Saints from Satonic pen of said exfugative, Sec. of Utah, together with our being surrounded by no less than nine of Stang's apostles and seventies whose missionary efforts have proceeded and intercepted our labors and always have undermined the authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah by introducing the Gov., Brigham Young and the presidency there as the direst of direst of apostates. These use every stratagem to seduce and strangle those few saints who have obeyed the principles of the gospel and draw off their minds from the simplicity fo the truth in order to believe a lie and be dammed for which purpose they have visited every Saint in these regions endeavoring to establish themselves as the legitimate Mormon Church and James J. Strang as the real and only successor to the martyred Prophet Joseph Smith as Prophet, Seer and Revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In matured consideration of said premises, we have come to the annexed conclusion that where as Elders Sly and Gustin having, from extreme labors, become considerable impaired in their health proceed to Utah as soon as they obtain means to do so and that Elder George Wausgh continue to labor in British North America Mission and to open his way by publishing the gospel in simple tracts that cannot be gainswayed by the doctrines and commands of men. He, having claims of land due to his late Father, termed head right, amount to 200 acres and 100 acres in his own right which he obtained , will enable to clear his own way. In United love to presidencies and Saints in Zion, your faithful servants, George P. Waugh, James C. Sly, Amos Gustin, Canboro Haldim and Ont. 24 April 1855. (J. of H. 24 April 1855) 1855, June 2, St. Louis, Mo., Elder James C. Sly wrote as follows to the editor of the Luminary, St. Louis, Mo., "Dear Brothers: Having lately arrived in this City from Canada I have thought a brief description of my late field of labor and the general prospects of the mission in Canada. Elder Waugh proceeded immediately to Toronto. Elder Gustin and myself to Shakespeare where we found Elder Cossey, whom I had baptized and ordained in 1846. We stayed in that vicinity some four or five weeks. Brother Gustin was sick and unable to travel. After baptizing Samual Martin and rebaptizing Adam Shadwich of Zora and Aguala Bennet, I traveled through the country and found many, of what some folks called, cold Mormons, who professed to believe in ancient Mormonism, but repudiated modern Mormonism. I found another class who, through poverty or misfortune, have been unable to gather with the Saints but have been true and faithful according to their circumstances. Some say if they listen to us they are sure to be deluded. The Brethren that are to leave Canada for the West will organize in the vicinity of Council Bluffs between now and next spring, when we hope to have a goodly company to cross the plains to join our branch in the valley of Epheriam. I propose leaving this city in a few days and shall proceed up the river if your counsels should not direct me otherwise. I am Sir, your humble servant and brother in the everlasting gospel, James C. Sly" (J of H 2 June 1855) 1855, June 13 (From the Luminary St. Louis) Elder Lamoreauz arrived, President of the French Mission (details of his illness). Elder James C. Sly stayed with him nearly all day on Tuesday the 12th instructing, administering to and blessing him with all the powers of his body and spirit. He left between 5 and 6 o'clock fully satisfied that he would not recover and told us about 6 o'clock that Elder Lamoreaux had finished his mission and the Lord wanted him in another sphere and he felt to resign him to the Lord knowing he had finished his course and kept the faith and there was a crown of Righteousness laid up for him, that would not fade away. (J of H 13 June 1855) 1855, September 12, James C. Sly left for the Great Salt Lake Valley in the Isaac Allred Co., 42 men, 13 women, 7 children, 38 wagons, 234 oxen, 1 horse, 1 mule. (There was an asterisk by his name, but no notations as to meaning. There was no number by his name indicating how many came in his family). 1855, November 18, James C. Sly visited, being on his return home to Nephi from his Upper Canada Mission, and preached here in the Springville evening. (Gallup Diary p. 187). 1855, November 29, Returned Missionaries Party Social Hall Tuesday 29th Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Ezra T. Benson, Wilford Woodruff and George Albert Smith, Jedidiah Grant presided. 58 or 60 missionaries (Index noted James C. Sly on that page, but couldn't find it. There were to have been 4 pages of data on that date and only 3 were microfilmed.) 1856 August 30, Mary Catherine Sly (Cash) daughter of James C. and Susanna G. Sly born, Nephi, Juab Co., Utah. 1856, November 19, James Calvin Sly Jr. died in Nephi, Utah 1856, January 19, James C. Sly married Nancy Bruster Gustin in Nephi, Utah by Orson Pratt. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Gustin, sister of Susanna. She was born March 21, 1842, Venner, Vanburin Co., Iowa. 1857, December 5, Nancy Elizabeth Sly, daughter of James C. and Nancy was born in Santaquin, Utah 1858, February 22, Santaquin Citizens met in mass meeting to fully sanction the sentiments of Gov. Young to the legislative assembly, 15 Dec. 1857 signed by many including James C. Sly 1858, September 16, Thomas (Jefferson) Gustin Sly, son of James C. and Susanna G. Sly was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah. 1860, February 21, Soloman Sly born at Moroni, San Pete Co., son of James C. and Nancy B. Gustin Sly. 1861, March 15, Susanna Sly, daughter of James C. and Susanna G. Sly was born in Moroni, San Pete Co., Utah. 1862, April 9, Calvana Sly born at Moroni, San Pete Co., daughter of James C. and Nancy B. Gustin Sly. 1864, June 15, Mary Jane Sly born at Moroni, San Pete Co., daughter of James C. and Nancy B. Gustin Sly. 1864, James C. Sly failing to give a correct signal (countersign) was accidentally shot by a guard. (History of Juab Co., by McCune p. 67) (was not shot to death) 1864, August 31, James C. Sly died at Chicken Creek, Juab Co., where he had resided. Brother Sly left a large family to mourn his loss. He died faithful Latter-day Saint beloved and respected by relatives and friends. (Ency. Biog. vol 3, p 514). 1864, September 7, Daniel Samuel Sly, son of James C. and Susanna G. Sly was born Chicken Creek, Utah. (posthumous son). 1866 "Since my last (article) I am sorry to have to report that a little boy of about 10 years of age, the son of the "Battalion boys" our late worthy Brother, James C. Sly, had his arm much injured by falling from a mule. The injury done was so great that amputation was necessary which was performed by Dr. Lane of Springville. The little fellow is doing well but mourns over the loss of his arm." (J of H, 11 August 1866) 1867, May 28, Daniel Samuel Sly, son of James C. and Susanna Sly died at Chicken Creek, Juab, Co. Utah. Research by Mrs. Gilbert E. Gooch, SLC, Utah, typed by Lenore Sly Waite, retyped by Jeffrey M. Sly !His journal is in possesion of Russell M. Sly Transcript of James C. Sly Journal: James Calvin Sly Journal Guide for 1849-1850 Wagon Train From Great Salt Lake to Sacramento Adventures during Gold Rush in California Family Births, Marriages & Deaths Images & Transcription by Jeffrey M. Sly December, 2003 Additional information may be found online at: <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/> or by contacting Jeffrey Sly, 373 West 800 South, Salem Utah 84653. Email: JeffSly@connect2.com <mailto:JeffSly@connect2.com> or jsly@nuskin.com <mailto:jsly@nuskin.com> Guide for 1849-1850 Wagon Train Page 1 1849 June 25th James C. Sly’s Book and [Journal] of life and his travels in 1849 On the 25th of June I left the [Great] Salt Lake [City] in Company with father Thomas [Gustin] and Wilmer Brunson as a guide for a Train of wagons from the United States to go to the [Sacramento]. James Stuart - The Captain The first night the 25th we camped at herd Creek, about 28 miles 26th [Cross] weaver and Camped on [Ogden] 20 miles 27th at [Clear] Spring 25 miles 28th at [Bear] River 12 miles Being 85 files from [Salt Lake City] Page 2 On the 29th at the Blue Spring 25 miles The water Brackish On the 30th at the twin springs 32 miles On the 1st of July camped on Cash Creek 27 miles On the 2nd at Goose Creek 25 miles On the 3rd at a spring at the foot of the [valley] of the well 32 miles On the 4th at the Warm Spring 25 miles On the 5th at the forks of the [Humbolt] 40 miles From the [Bear] river 206 miles On the 6th to the 2nd fork 25 miles On the 7th to the 2nd [Canyon] 30 miles On the 8th to the 3rd [Canyon] 6 miles [across] the hill 12 miles [across] the next hill 10 miles On the 9th to the big Bend 24 miles Camped in the Bend 18 miles Page 3 On the 10th at the 4th canyon 30 miles On the 11th at the Sand hill 32 miles On the 12th around the bend 27 miles On the 13th down the river 25 miles On the 14th at the sink 44 miles Which Being from the forks 283 miles On the 15th we Crossed the Sandy Plains and Camped on Carson river 36 miles On the 16th up the river to the Big Bend 20 miles On the 17th to the next Bend 18 miles On the 18th at the Big Bend of Pilot Fork 25 miles On the 19th in Smokey Hollow 10 miles On the 20th at the Frost Canyons 10 miles On the 21st at the head of Canyon 5 miles On the 22nd at the foot of the Cierey [Sierra] Nevada 10 miles Page 4 On the 23rd in Lake Valley 5 miles and camped at Rock valley 11 miles On the 24th at Leek Springs 16 miles On the 25th at Sly’s Park 25 miles Here we lay by two days and prospected for gold. But not finding enough to suit us we Continued our Journey and On the 28th we camped at Weuon town 20 miles On the 29th to Daylys ranch 25 miles Being from the sink of Humbolt to Daylys ranch 236 miles Making the distance from Great Salt Lake City to Daylys ranch on Sacramento City 810 miles Adventures during Gold Rush in California Page 5 During this Journey I suffered greatly with canker in the mouth. I eat scarcely any thing during the journey. On the 1st of August a Company of nine men prevailed upon me to go and prospect for gold and agreed to board me. I led them to a ban on the Cossumnis River to a mine that had never been opened before, where we were getting considerable gold. But a friend of theirs having told them that on the Macalimna River about 100 miles distance was a place were it could be picked up in large chunks but that Page 6 the Indians had killed those men that went there and no body dare go there. Every one of them was up in arms to go to the place where they could make their fortune. I told them it was nothing but a gold tale and they had better stay where they were. But father [Gustin] was a most angry and said I must be foolish if I wouldn’t go. I at last consented to go and on the 9th of August we took up our Journey for the great prize. And on the 10th we arrived at the Big Bear 50 miles below Page 7 the great prize, and I told them as we could get no further with the wagon that if two men would go with me we would go and see the place. Accordingly two of them volunteered and on the 12th we started. We followed up the river Climb rocks and mountains until we came to the spot. But to our great astonishment we found no dead men, and worse than all no gold. And my two friends turned about very humble and said I wish we had taken your advice. Page 8 We might have had two or three hundred dollars in our [packs]. We then started back and arrived in camp on the 18th after a tedious journey of six days. On the 20th we started back to the Cossumnis. We arrived there on the 23rd and the company broke up. And father Gustin and Willmer Brunson and my self in company with two other men went to work. On Friday the 8th of September father Gustin was taken sick with a fever. On Tuesday the 12th he seemed much better and talked Page 9 of going to work. But on Wednesday 13th he got so much worse that I called a Doctor and on Sunday 17th he died at 15 minutes before 8 o’clock in the morning. On the 8th of October we left that place and moved 12 miles up the river. Willmer and my self was taken sick and I began to think that all sorts of bad luck attended us. About the 12th of November the rainy season commenced and we were with out a tent or any thing to cover us. We moved down the river 15 miles and I left Willmer with some friends Page 10 and went to the city for a tent and our winter provisions. It was a very rainy time and all the creeks were high. And after fording some six streams some of them to my waist, there and back again, I arrived on the Cossumnes again on the 23rd of November. The rain continued to the first of December and all the mines is idle on account of the high water. Page 11 15th Feb We had our gold stole from us which reduced us to poverty 1st March I was taken with Scurvy very sick On the 12 father Bun was taken sick and died on the 17th 1850 Family Births Names and Births of James C. Sly’s Family Names & Births James C. Sly son of Joshua & Eliza Sly was born Aug 8th 1807 in Town Sodus Wayne County New York State Mary Bassett Born April 19th 1808 daughter of Nemiah & Mary Basset in the Town Ranclervile State of New York Neamiah Sly Born November 19th 1829 in the Town of Sandinia, Erie Co. State New York Margriet Fuller daughter of David & Elizabeth Fuller Was Born February 28th 1805 in the Town of Niagara Province Upper Canada David C. Sly Born April The 6th 1832 in the Town of Granthim, Upper Canada Susannah Gustin Born May 23rd 1832 in the Town of Try Fountain Cost Indianna [Vernner, Van Buren, Iowa] Daughter of Thomas & Mary Gustin Amos Sly Born January The 19th 1850 in Great Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory, Son of James C. & Susannah Sly Lodemina Sly Daughter of J. C. & Susannah Sly was Born April 15th 1852 in the City of Manti, San Pete Co., Utah State James C. Sly Junior Born March the 27th 1854 In the Town of Nephi, Juab Co., Utah Territory Mary Catherine Sly Born August 30th 1856 In Nephi City, Juab Co., Utah Daughter of J. C. & Susannah Sly Nancy Bruster Daughter of Thomas and Mary Gustin was born March 21st 1842 Town Vernon, Van Buren Co., Iowa State Nancy Eliza daughter of James Calvin and Nancy Sly Born in the City of Santaquin, Utah Co., Utah Territory On the 5th of December 1857 Thomas Gustin Son of James C. and Susannah Sly Born Sept 16th 1858 in Santaquin, Utah County Utah Territory Solloman Son of James C. & Nancy B. Sly was Born February The 21st 1860 in the Town of Moroni, San Pete Co., Utah Territory Susannah Daughter of James C. and Susannah Sly was Born March 15th 1861 In the Town of Moroni, San Pete Co., Utah Territory Calvana Daughter of James C. and Nancy Sly Born April the 9th 1862 Mary Jane Daughter of James C. and Nancy Sly Born the 15th of June 1864 Daniel Samuel Son of James C & Susannah Sly Born Sept 7 1864 at Chicken Creek, Juab Co., Utah Family Marriages Marriages James C. Sly was married to Mary Bassett January 25th 1829 in the Town of Manchester, Ontario Co., State of New York James C. Sly was married to Margriet J. [Jane] Fuller September 1st 1831 in the Town Granthim, Upper Canada James C. Sly was Married to Susannah Gustin March the 25th 1849 in Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory Holy Matrimony in the House of the Lord James Calvin Sly Son of Joshua and Eliza Sly was Married and sealed for time and all Eternity with Susannah daughter of Thomas and Mary Gustin by Orcen Pratt one of the twelve apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the 1st August 1851 And Also with Nancy Gustin on the 19th January 1856 by Isacc Morley Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nephi City, Juab County, Utah Marriages Nancy Eliza Sly was married to Thomas Bithell in August 1874 Calvana Sly was married to John B. Dilborn September 17, 1877 Nancy Eliza Sly Second marriage was to John W. Dale the 27 of July 1876 Marriages Amos Sly was married to Jane Ann Morgan January 2, 1873 Oliver Harris was married to Lodemia Sly September 13, 1869 George Holfines was married to Mary Catherine Sly September 27, 1875 Thomas J. Sly was married to Cathrine B Patterson March the 8, 1880 Family Deaths Deaths Died on the 25th of July 1830: Mary B Sly wife of J C Sly and daughter of Nemiah and Sariah Bassett in the town of Lockport St NY, Niagara County On the 25th August 1830 Nemiah son of J. C. and Mary Sly in town Lockport, Niagara Co, NY On the 18th August 1832 David Son of Margriet J. (Fuller) and J. C. Sly in the town of Niagara Canada West Died on the 19th November 1856 James son of James C and Susannah Sly in Nephi City Juab Co. Utah James C. Sly died at Chicken Creek, Juab Co, Utah Aug 31st 1864 Aged 57 years. Daniel Sly died on the 28th of May 1867 at Chicken Creek Aged 3 years 7 months and 21 days Died on the 17th of May 1868 Jane Ollerton Aged 2 years 5 months and 22 days Deaths Died on the 18th of February 1875 George Son of Susannah and Seth Ollerton Died in Levan, Juab Co, Utah Died on the 15th of October 1876 Eliza (Nancy Elizabeth Sly) Dale at Ophir City Utah Age 19 years Deaths Mary Jane Sly Died on the 27th of September 1865 daughter of James C. and Nancy Sly Died on the 18th of October 1865 Mary (Peterson) Gustin Aged 60 years Susannah Gustin (Sly) Ollerton J. C. Sly’s 3rd wife died June 18, 1919 age 87 years 1 month. At North Creek Beaver Co. Utah --- Buried at Beaver Cemetery Catherine B. (Patterson) Sly died Dec. 4, 1924 age 71 years 4 months at McCormick Millard Co, Utah Buried at Beaver Cemetery Thomas Gustin Sly died Aug 23 1927 age 68 years 11 mo. Died at Milford, Beaver Co, Utah Buried at Beaver Cemetery Susannah Banks (Sly) Waters daughter of Catherine and Thomas Sly died Mar 10, 1914 age 22 years. Died at Richfield, Beaver Co, Utah Buried at Beaver Cemetery Marriages Seth Ollerton married to Susannah Sly the 22 January 1865 at Chicken Creek Seth Ollerton died 26th day of Oct 1897 Names & Births of Seth Ollerton’s Family Jane Ollerton Born on the 28th of Nov 1866 daughter of Seth and Susannah (Sly) Ollerton Edward Jossiah Ollerton Born on the 20th of May 1868 son of Seth and Susannah Ollerton George Ollerton Born on the 11 of February 1873 Son of Susannah and Seth Ollerton Laura Bithell Born on the 12 of September 1875 daughter of Eliza (Nancy Elizabeth Sly) and Thomas Bithell John C. Dale Born on the 9th of October 1876 son of Eliza (Nancy Elizabeth Sly) and John W. Dale Edward J. Ollerton and Craigie M. Chalk were united in the holy bonds of matrimony the 26th day of June 1893 Frank C. Ollerton son of Craigie & Ed. Was born April 9th 1895, was blessed by Bro. Clausen the first Thursday in June 1895, Edward William son of Craigie and Edward Ollerton Born Sept 23rd 1897. Blessed by Winnifred Moody April 3rd 1898. James C. Sly Tail from Great Salt Lake to Sly Park California 1849-1850 (800+ miles) Additional information may be found on Jeff’s Home Page <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/index.html> at: <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/> Ancestors of Jeffrey M. Sly and Elizabeth Kohls Selected Families/Individuals <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/pafg01.htm> Surname List <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/index2.htm> Name Index <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/index3.htm> Download GEDCOM file <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/jeff&lizs.ged> (610019 bytes) · 4 Generation Picture Pedigree <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/ped_pict/jeff4ped.htm> · James Calvin Sly <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/pafg04.htm> (Mormon Battalion Scout) Journal of James Calvin Sly <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/James%20C%20Sly%20Journal.htm> (Text Only) New Journal of James Calvin Sly <http://www.connect2.com/~jeffsly/Jeffroot/James%20C%20Sly%20Journal.doc> (MS Word Document with Images 2.6mb) New Prepared by: Jeffrey M. Sly 373 West 800 South Salem, Utah 84653 Tel: 801-423-3324 JeffSly@connect2.com <mailto:jeffsly@connect2.com> or JSly@nuskin.com <mailto:jsly@nuskin.com> James C. Sly The following is from the book "THE MORMON BATTALION, U.S. ARMY OF THE WEST", by Norma Baldwin Ricketts Jacob Truman was among the 223 men of the Levi Hancock company who traveled north from Los Angeles to take the northern route over the Sierra Mountains. They broke into smaller groups, but all ended up together again in the Sierras after a brief stop in Sacramento to replenish their supplies and provisions for the trip from John Sutter. When they were together at Truckee Lake, Captain James Brown, who had been sent to California by church authorities to collect the pay from the Army for the soldiers in the sick detachment that went to Pueblo, came into their camp with a letter from President Brigham Young. “Brown delivered the letter from the church leaders, dictated by Brigham Young and addressed to ‘Capt. Jefferson Hunt and the officers and soldiers of the Mormon Battalion.’ It was dated August 7, 1847, Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Brigham Young and the pioneers had been in the valley only two weeks when he wrote the letter to the battalion. Already they were in destitute circumstances in the valley, and Brigham Young’s concern about an influx of people and the resulting strain and hardships it would make on the meager resources of the pioneers in the valley was understandable... “The letter recommended that those men with adequate provisions proceed to Salt Lake Valley. Others were asked to remain in California to labor until spring, then bring their provisions and earnings with them... “After hearing the letter from Mormon Church authorities, the group divided, with approximately half...continuing on and half returning to Sutter’s Fort to find employment.” 2 Jacob M. Truman was among those who returned to Sacramento. “After meeting Capt. James Brown in the mountains, the men returning to Sutter’s Fort gave most of their supplies and animals to those continuing to Salt Lake Valley. “When approximately 100 ex-soldiers returned to Sutter’s Fort after the Sierra meeting with Brown, they joined their comrades who had remained behind. About 20 continued on to San Francisco to find employment. The rest were put to work immediately by Capt. John Sutter, who wrote in the Fort log after the Mormons had returned. ‘I employed about 80 of them.’ “Sutter and the Mormons entered into a contract for various work throughout his growing empire.” 3 They helped build a flour mill, and a saw mill, “Records kept by Sutter’s clerk reveal the Mormons worked as carpenters and laborers, dug ditches, made shoes, tanned hides, built granaries, and a grist mill in Coloma. Others split shingles and clapboards. There were farms to be cultivated and cattle and sheep to be tended.” 4 There were blacksmiths and butchers. While the men were working in Coloma building the saw mill, gold was discovered. “The journal entry [of Henry Bigler, an ex-soldier of the Mormon Battalion] that preserved this historic moment for California was the following. ‘This day some kind of metle was found in the tail of race that looks like goald.’” 5 It is the only known source indicating the exact date gold was first found. Two of the ex-soldiers, Sidney Willes and Wilford Hudson, were some of the first to locate and show others where the gold was being found. “The Willes-Hudson strike came to be known as Mormon Island and turned out to be the second major gold strike, one with very ‘rich diggings. “It was not long until many of the ex-soldiers and men from the ship Brooklyn gathered on Mormon Island to search for gold. They marked off plots of five square yards for each man and worked five men together. The Mormons were situated ideally, being on site at the beginning of the gold rush, working with friends before the onslaught of Forty-niners. The atmosphere was one of openness and trust. They tossed their daily golden findings into containers on their plot and left their tools out at night. One group divided $17,000 at the end of one week. Mormon Island became a very busy place, with about two hundred ex-soldiers and Brooklyn men all panning for gold. . .6 [This picture was reversed completely when the gold seekers arrived. The goldfields were no longer safe and friendly. Thievery, treachery, and murder became the order of the day.] 7 On April 12, Henry Bigler wrote that ‘the Willes boys...met with Sam Brannan to let him in on the secret.’” 6 ! sources: J.C. Diary; SLC Archives & old church records; Thomas Gustin bible. J.C. burried in Chicken Creek, but town is gone and the area could be covered by water. Grave unknown...Nephi, Utah records. James C. md 1) Mary Bassett 25 Mar 1829, Manchester, NY. Had son, Neamiah b 19 Nov 1829, d 25 Aug 1830. Mary d 25 July 1830... James C. md 2) Margriet Jane Fuller 1 Sep 1831. Had son, David C. b. 6 Apr 1832. d. 18 Aug 1832. James raised Margriet's dau Mary Sly b abt 1827, 33 in 1850 Rockport Mo. census. Mary md James DePartee. Margriet out lived James, divorced? He md 4) polygamy--Nancy Gustin age 14, (her family were very poor) 19 Jan 1856. Children: Nancy Elizabeth, Calvana, Mary Jane, Solomon. Nancy md Mr. Agers 1869; Curlis Appleby 1872. James was in Mormon Battalion and named Sly PARK in California; and was there where Gold was discovered and help found Mormon Trail over the Sierra Mountains. See History by Lenore Sly Waite..Salt Lake Archives.
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