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Thomas Jenkins

Son of John Jenkins and Hannah Cartwright

Married Anna Smith, 16 Jan 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Ransom Avery, 25 Oct 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Adaline Fuller, 22 Dec 1866, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mahala Elmer, 19 Dec 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Ann Bailey, 22 Jun 1875, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p. 604

Jenkins, Thomas, second Bishop of the Fourth Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah (from 1866 to 1875), is the son of John Jenkins and Hannah Cartwright, and was born in Herefordshire Sept. 18, 1829.

He was baptized by Elder Wm. Noles in 1838, and was subsequently ordained a Teacher and a Seventy, becoming a member of the 10th quorum of Seventy. In 1866 he was ordained a High Priest and a Bishop and set apart to preside over the Fourth Ward by Bishop Leonard W. Hardy. He labored in that high and responsible position till 1875, when it was contemplated by the Church authorities to annex the Fourth Ward to the Seventh Ward, and Bro. Jenkins resigned his position as Bishop of the Fourth Ward.

Bro. Jenkins was a member of the "minute men" corps, which did such active service during the early Indian uprisings in Utah In the spring of 1851 he had a most exciting experience in Skull valley; the Indians had stolen a large herd of cattle from the settlers, and while riding at a fast gait in pursuit of the

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red men, Bro. Jenkins' horse leaped over a steep precipice, descending in the top of a large tree, which limb by limb gave way and let rider and beast to the ground unharmed.

Jan. 16, 1851, Elder Jenkins married Ann Smith, and later he yielded obedience to the principle of plural marriage by taking to wife Mary R. Avery in 1855; in 1866 he also married Mary A. Fuller; in 1870 he married Mahala Elmer and subsequently he married Mary Ann Baily.

He is the father of twenty-seven children, fifteen of whom are living, and they are all faithful members of the Church. He has over 55 grandchildren.

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John Jenkins (1792 - 1855)

Hannah Cartwright Jenkins (1793 - 1856)


Ann Smith Jenkins (1833 - 1886)

Mary Ransom Avery Jenkins (1834 - 1920)

Mary Adaline Fuller Jenkins (1845 - 1873)

Mahala Elmer Jenkins (1847 - 1934)

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Salt Lake City Cemetery

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake County

Utah, USA

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Utah Pioneer Dies At Ogden
Death Ends Long Service in L.D.S. Church for Elnathan Eldredge

Ogden—Elnathan Eldredge, 89, well-known Utah pioneer, who for many years had charge of immigrants crossing the plains to Utah, died Tuesday night at 12 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.C. Stratford, 1183 Twenty-eighth street.

He was born September 12, 1841, in Dennis, Mass., the son of Elnathan and Ruth Barker Eldredge. He is a direct descendant of William Brewster of the Mayflower. He came with his parents across the plains in 1847, arriving in Salt Lake valley September 26, and was appointed by the Latter-day Saints church to be in charge of immigration across the plains in 1861.

Mr. Eldredge was called on a mission to Europe in 1863 and labored for a time in the Manchester conference. In 1864 he was appointed president of the Preston conference an din 1866,at the end of his mission, he was appointed to take charge of the companies of Latter-day Saints converts as they arrived in America. He guided 5000 people to Utah.

In 1869 he was named, with several other young men, to colonize the Bear Lake valley. While there, from 1869 to 1874, he had a government contract to carry mail from ST. Charles, Idaho, to Evanston, Wyo. In 1878 he helped colonize St. John, Ariz. He served a mission in Indiana in 1879.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Eldredge, and two brothers, Joshua Eldredge and Joseph U. Eldredge Sr., of Salt Lake City, and seven daughters and four sons, Mrs. W.E. Wread, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. E.C. Stratford, Ogden; Mrs. W.S. Wieler, Mrs. John Johnson, E. Roscoe Eldredge, Mrs. Ernest S. Holmes, Lawrence Eldredge, Seymour Eldredge, all of Salt Lake City; Mrs. H.W. Burton, Los Angeles; Harold O. Eldredge, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. Maurice Griffin, Los Angeles; 34 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Seventeenth ward in Ogden, under the direction of Larkin & Sons. Interment will be made in Salt Lake City.

[Salt Lake Tribune, Apr. 23, 1931]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Funeral Set for Pioneer

Ogden—Funeral services for Elnathan Eldredge, 89, well-known Utah pioneer, who died Wednesday will be held Sunday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in the Seventeenth ward chapel, with Bishop Charles H. Halverson in charge. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City cemetery.

Mr. Eldredge is survived, besides his widow and two brothers, by four sons and seven daughters: Mrs. W.E. Wread, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. E.C. Stratford, Ogden; Mrs. W.S. Wieler, Mrs. John Johnson, E. Roscoe Eldredge, Mrs. Ernest S. Holmes, Lawrence Eldredge, Seymour Eldredge, all of Salt Lake City; Mrs. H.W. Burton, Los Angeles; Harold O. Eldredge, Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. Maurice Griffin, Los Angeles; 34 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

[Deseret News, Apr. 24, 1931]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Jan. 2006]


Missionary Items

Columbia City, Whiteley County, Ind.
Dec. 31, 1879

Editors Deseret News:

We arrived in this city on the afternoon of the 25th of October, last. Since that date we have held 22 public meetings, five of which were held in this place, and the balance in the County township adjacent, all of which were fairly attended. We found the public mind here, as elsewhere, misinformed in relation to us as a people, socially, religiously, and politically. We feel that we have been successful to some considerable extent in correcting the public mind, and otherwise allaying prejudice. We cannot say that we feel encouraged as yet, in the hope of soon adding to our Church by baptism as this is a new field of labor. We have made a few friends, and many are friendly towards us. None but missionaries know the difficulties attending the introduction of the Gospel in new localities.

We have found in these parts two new born denominations, (that is, new to us), known as “Dunkards” and “Holiness.” The former believe in baptism face foremost, three times; the candidate for membership kneels in the water with the priest who after calling him or her by name, immerses him or her, first in the name of the Father, second in the name of the Son, and third in the name of the Holy Ghost. We understand the reason why this sect baptize in this manner is, we should go into the door and Kingdom of God face first.

The Holiness denomination believe in sanctification and justification in sanctification, that they are beyond sin, consequently cannot sin, that their religious works are indeed holy and that they are holy, and that they are without sin. This sect also believe in anointing with oil and laying on of hands for the healing of the sick of the Church, also in speaking in an unknown tongue; they say the sick have been healed in many instances, but the gift of interpretation of tongues has not as yet been made manifest.

So the ordinances of God’s Church are being imitated, and we expect it will be so nearly imitated, that many will be deceived and led astray “through the cunning and craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Mankind seem to be ready to credit and receive the opinion and creeds of men, but slow to obey the gospel of life and salvation, however simply it may be explained, and however much it may be sustained by that Book they so much believe in.

The weather so far, has been very much against us, consequently our favorite mode of traveling from place to place has been materially interrupted, otherwise we would have held more public meetings.

Yours fraternally,

E. Eldredge
L.G. Hardy

[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dec. 31, 1879, 10-11]
[Deseret News, 28:802]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, May 2006]


Beloved Woman’s Death
Mrs. Lona Pratt Eldredge, Daughter and Wife of Pioneer

Lona Pratt Eldredge, wife of Elnathan Eldredge, died Monday, October 27, at 11:30 a.m., after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of Parley P. Pratt and Agatha Walker Pratt, and was born in Salt Lake City, April 15, 1850. She was a leading spirit in the first organization of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement association, an active worker in the Relief society during her residence in Ogden, and a member of the stake Primary board of Liberty stake. Contributing much to the different organizations in which she labored by her beautiful writings, she was beloved by all who were ever associated with her.

She is survived by her husband and eight children: Parley P. Eldredge, Ogden; Mrs. W.E. Wread, Portland, Or.; Mrs. E.C. Stratford, Pocatello, Ida.; Mrs. W. Scott Weller, Salt Lake; Mrs. J.M. Johnson, Denver; E. Roscoe Eldredge, Mrs. Harold W. Burton, and H.C. Eldredge of Salt Lake.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m., in the Fourth ward meetinghouse, Seventh South and West Temple. The remains may be viewed Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 at 777 First Avenue.

[Deseret News, Oct. 28, 1913]


Joseph Underwood Eldredge was born 10 October 1843 at Dennis Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the second son of Elnathan and Ruth Baker Eldredge. Joseph wrote in his biography:

My father was a sea captain and sailed the Atlantic Ocean for many years. My mother was a school teacher at Harwich, Massachusetts. In company with my older brother, Elnathan, and my younger brother, Frederick, I moved with them from Massachusetts to the wilderness of Utah in 1847. I remember that at the end of the tiresome journey, my mother dropped on her knees and said “this is the place! Our journey is ended!” and offered a prayer to God in gratitude that we had all been spared in the long hazardous journey.

My father took up a farm a few miles south of Salt Lake City. He soon learned to conduct a farm, and the other members of the family as many others did at the time, lived in town and went to and from town to raise food for man and beast. We boys often talked together of father’s honest and generous principles. We had often seen his generosity and kindness during the famine and the grasshopper war when grain was scarce. We had seen him give to the needy.

Our schools at the time were rather poor affairs. We boys were fortunate in having a mother who could teach us the rudiments of education and she took pains to teach us and give us a good foundation.

In 1862 I drove four yoke of oxen and wagon from Utah to the Missouri River and return. I was 19 years of age and in company with a train of 60 wagons. That to me was a wonderful trip. On my return to Utah I engaged in freighting to the mining camps of Nevada, Idaho. and Montana. In Montana I went to the headwaters of the Missouri River. I freighted over that country when there were no white settlers there, except trappers, miners, and freighters. They were a wild and lawless class of desperate characters. Life was filled with adventure and excitement. It was the days of the placer gold mining. Lawlessness ruled the country. The citizens there organized a vigilance committee to enforce order.

In 1867, I enlisted as a soldier in the Black Hawk War and served several months for which the U.S. Government gave me a pension. I worked nearly a year for the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1869 I went with my father on a visit to Massachusetts for six months.

I married Vianna Pratt in Salt Lake City on October30, 1870. She was the daughter of Apostle Orson Pratt and his third wife Mary Ann Merrill. She was born March 13, 1851 at Harrisgrove, Iowa.

In 1873 I moved with my family to Meadowville, Utah in company with my brothers Elnathan and Joshua. There we took a contract from the United States Government to carry a tri-weekly mail from Evanston, Wyoming to Paris, Idaho, going through the towns of Rich County, Utah. We also engaged in cattle and ranch business. raising, buying, and selling. We remained in Rich County and while there I was elected County Assessor and Collector of Taxes, and served four years. There I took a contract to build railroad grade for fifty miles from Granger, Wyoming through the coal fields; also installed a steam sawmill for making lumber. In 1884 I moved back to Salt lake City, having disposed of my holdings in Rich County.

I have held the offices of deputy sheriff, assessor, collector, and clerk of Salt Lake County; was appointed clerk of the Salt Lake City Court, and resigned from that position after giving eight years to that office to give attention to my own private affairs.

Joseph served on a mission to the Southern States with B. H. Roberts during the troublesome times of 1883-84. He later served on an Eastern States mission for the Church.

He was proud of his ancestry. He was a descendent of William Brewster, Stephen Hopkins, William White, and Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. He was also a descendant of four Revolutionary War heroes. He was a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendents and of the Utah Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

To the end of his life his intellect remained clear and he could recall the outstanding events of his life. His friend Benjamin L. Rich said of him on learning of his death, “He was a man of great moral integrity, honesty, independence and tolerance.”

Joseph and Vianna Pratt Eldredge had eight children; they include:

(1) Ruth Vie, b. 9 February 1872 at Salt Lake City, Utah, d. 3 November 1939

m. Charles Wolcott Meakin, 10 February 1905

(2) Ora or “Orrie” b. and d. 21 August1873, Meadowville, Utah

*(3) Joseph Underwood, Jr., b. 18 December1874, Salt Lake City, Utah, d. 20 January 1933, m. Mary Maude Jenkins, 27 October 1894

(4) Frank Milando, b. 20 August 1876, Meadowville, Utah, d. 27 February 1930,

m. Gertrude Carter, 4 October 1904

(5) Della Cynthia Ann, b. 10 March 1879, Meadowville, Utah, d. 20 September 1966, m. John Albert Spiker, 28 August 1898

(6) Lulabelle, b. 8 June 1880, Meadowville, Utah, d.21 May 1974 m. Antone Carlson, 8 June 1905 (divorced)

(7) Orson Pratt, b. 24 July 1884, Salt Lake City, Utah, d. 10 June 1930

m. Sarah Mitchell, 27 June1906

(8) Vera, b. 12 September 1890, Salt Lake City, Utah, d.1 January1981

m. (1) Frank Doherty (2) Robert Walker (3) Al Fields