Meredith Recovery of Support, Pulaski County

Another break-through in documentation on the Meredith family line.  As you can see in my 2006 post I was grappling with the Meredith families in the Pulaski County, Virginia, vicinity.  I ultimately started trying to piece together ever Meredith family in all Pulaski County, and outside if they were linked as well.  It was time-consuming and I stored/shared all the information in what is now FamilySearch.

By the time 2012 rolled around, I felt I could write the history of James Thomas Ross.  I was convinced by the information in that post that James Thomas Ross, aka James R Meredith, was the son of 1805 James Meredith.  Of course, this is not without its disputes.  But this latest discovery very much confirms that earlier belief of 1805 James Meredith as the father.  Sallie, James wife, indicates a bastard son by the name of James R Meredith.

First is this Court filing:

“To the Hon – John K Fulton

“Judge of Pulaski Cir. Court –

“Humbly Complaining

“Sheweth unto your Honor your Oratrix Sallie Meredith that in the year 1818 or about that time she intermarried with one James Meredith by whom she has had 7 children all of whom have long since married leaving your Oratrix and said husband living at the old homestead.

“Your Oratrix says she has always been a dutiful and affectionate wife true to her marriage vows and strictly observant of all the duties pertaining to her marriage relations.  That she has until afflicted by age and infirmities, always been a hard laboring woman often making a hand in the field besides doing her own housework.

“That after her love, continuance, and obedience towards her husband, he has been grossly negligent and brutally cruel toward your Oratrix who further charges that for about 15 years he has been continually and grossly guilty of adultery.  Your Oratrix further says that she is brought to this humiliating necessity of charging that for the greater part of the 15 years her said husband has treated her so inhumanly by harsh language, threats, blows, and more especially by bringing lewd women (for his own lustful designs) to your Oratix’s home, that she has been compelled to leave her own home and seek support and the protection of her children to whom she is indebted for the same.

“That she is aged and feeble and constantly requires especial help and support which her said husband refuses to give as he has long since threatened he would do.

“Your Oratrix further insists that it is very hard that she should be thus cast off and neglected in her old days after he has largely contributed by her labor and economy, in assisting her said husband in acquiring considerable property, which said property was conveyed in part to her son S. W. [Sebastian W] Meredith and in part (the Homestead tract) to one James R. Meredith a bastard son of her said husband, which said conveyances your Oratrix charges were Made and accepted with the intentions of depriving your Oratrix of any means of support.  See copies of several deeds filed herewith and and prayed to be taken as part of this Bill.

“She insists upon her own upright conduct as a wife, upon the brutal and adulterous of her said husband and upon the inhuman and collusive action of S. W. Meredith and James R. Meredith in an effort to deprive your Oratrix of any means or hope of support.

“Your Oratrix is advised that a court of equity will interpose and enter such orders as will give her such relief as she requires, beit to that end will set aside the deeds herein named.

“Being without remedy at law and remediable only in a court of equity where matters of this kind are alone cognizable, to the end that she may obtain relief your Oratrix prays that her husband James Meredith and also S. W. Meredith, and James R. Meredith herein named being made parties defendant in this Bill and be required to answer all its allegations fully upon oath.

“That because of your Oratrix age, and necessities your Honor will order the proper party or parties to pay to your Oratrix a sum of money sufficient to enable her to carry on this suit and also for her support and maintenance during its pendency.

“That your Honor will also make such decrees and orders as may be necessary to provide for her future support, and if proper, to discharge her indebtedness for her past support and maintenance during the time the same has been withheld by her husband, and if necessary set aside the deeds herein named.

“May your Honor grant the [not sure the word, looks like ‘Cmmn’s’, Commons?] Writ of [not sure, looks like Sfa or Spa] directed and grant all such further general and special relief as to equity belongs and the nature of the case may require.

“And as no duty bound your Oratrix will even pray be.

“Sallie Meredith by Cecil P [M or Y]

The outside of the paperwork is scanned:

“Cecil

“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als

“Bill and Ex’s.

“September Rules 1882

“Bill filed De nisi

“Octo Rules Bill taken for confessed and cause set for hearing

Summons:

Summon of Sallie Meredith to recover property from James Meredith and James R Meredith

Another page of the case:

“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als } In chancery

“All the matters in controversy in this cause having been compromised agreed and settled by consents of parties, it is adjudged, ordered, and decreed that this suit is dismissed and the cash of the defendants, provided in legal attorneys fee shall be taxed herein.

Then this affidavit:

“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et als } Affidavit in Chy

“David C Meredith and Louisa Covey make oath and say that they have heard the Bill in the above named cause read and that the allegations herein contained are substantially true.

“Affiants further state that the Plaintiff Sallie Meredith is very feeble and is entirely dependent upon the charity for a support and that she is greatly in need of assistance.

“Sworn to before me by David C. Meredith and Louisa Covey this 8th day of Sept 1882

“Walter [Ssipton?] [N?] P. for Carroll Co. Va

Another affidavit:

“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et all } Affidavit

“This day Willem [Witten] Cecil and John G. Cecil personally appeared before me in my County of Carroll and make oath and say that they have heard the Bill read and in the above named cause read and that the allegations therein contained are substantially true.

“Affiant further state that they live near said Sallie Meredith and know that she is aged and in feeble health and is greatly in need of assistance.

“W. H. Sunderland Clerk Carroll County Court.

Then attached are the deeds mentioned in the Complaint.  First is the one to S. W. Meredith of about 6 acres dated 28 July 1881.

Then the deed to James R. Meredith of 40 acres for $10 on 26 July 1881.  This deed also tells that it is part of a tract of 1,000 acres, so James Meredith Sr had quite a bit of land.

Then another deed to Sebastian W Meredith of about 60 acres dated 7 February 1870.

 

 

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Red Rock Pass

Aliza and Hiram Ross on the rock at Red Rock Pass in Bannock County, Idaho.

On a trip to Preston, Idaho, I stopped with Aliza and Hiram (the only two with me) at Red Rock Pass.  Stopping at Red Rock Pass was a stop that was regular when I was a child.  I dare say every time we drove past Red Rock Pass, no matter who was driving, we stopped.  I remember the long walk up those stairs, I remember trying not to take the stairs.  If Grandma was with me, we would always walk around to the little cemetery around the back.

Hiram and Aliza Ross climbing Red Rock Pass.

I remember Grandma telling me that when they would drive to Downata or up to Lava Hot Springs as a kid, they would also stop at Red Rock Pass.  At least a third generation now does the same.  Every time I drive past, even if alone, I like to stop.  I hike to the top and look around.  Even when I had difficult times at Utah State University and needed a drive, sometimes in the night, I would drive to Red Rock Pass and gaze at the valley around me.  It connected me to the past, nature, and perspective of the world I live.

Grandma taught me early on Red Rock Pass was the leak, the drain, the overflow spot of massive Lake Bonneville.  It was here that erosion eventually drained the lake and completely changed landscape of the Snake River Plain.  It was here that northern Utah completely altered as well.  This one place changed the face of the earth.  Even in geography I learned that Lake Bonneville was so large that it actually indented the face of the planet and the release of this lake also changed the mountains and valleys as the load of the water displaced to elsewhere on the planet.  Part of the basin and range moved not just by plate tectonics, but also by redistribution of weight.  There I would sit imagining the Bonneville Flood.

It is at the cemetery behind this large rock left in the middle of the valley that Jefferson Hunt and many of his family are buried.  An early pioneer of the church he was at Far West, Missouri.  He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and served in the Mormon Battalion.  He helped found many communities (San Bernardino, California; Huntsville, Utah).  He lived in Oxford, Idaho, just to the south at the time of his passing.

It was later in life that I learned I had a missionary companion who descended from Jefferson Hunt (he was adopted).  As if that wasn’t enough of a direct influence on my life, Garrett Smith also affected me in his death.

Red Rock Pass is a place of reverence for my history, the history of the world, and the ongoing effect we have on each other’s life in the future.  It would help me overcome vain imaginations and the self-doubt that come to us all.  I plan to continue stopping at this little reminder of our little place in this very big and ancient world and the long-lasting influence we can leave upon it.

100 Years of Flanders

John William Ross tombstone

(I originally published this in 2008.  I edited it and updated it with pictures for today, the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.)

I thought I would write a little in relation to Veteran’s Day.  For the most part, it seems this holiday is somewhat forgotten in the United States.  Really, American’s celebrate the same day on Memorial Day in May.  I can understand the European View of holding it on the 11th of November.  It is the day WWI ended.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, Nov 2005

I remember well the time I first experienced Veteran’s Day.  I sat in the Eccles Ward Chapel in Patricroft, England.  I sat there on 11 November 1999.  The services started at 11 AM.  We had the hymn, opening prayer, and a few comments by the Bishop until 11:11 arrived.  It was then we took two minutes to remember what was done.  Somehow those two minutes seared into my heart and soul.

Growing up in Idaho means we have little or no realization of any war.  There are small war memorials inside of cemeteries and an occasional one in a park to commemorate.  No war in modern days has taken place anywhere near Idaho.  Even the American Civil War means little to Idahoans.  My grandfather served in the Philippines during WWII but he spoke so little of it.  I had Uncles and Great Uncles who perished in WWI and WWII.  I have been to their graves but they are the dead, just like the other dead in the cemetery.  The idea of dying for one’s country meant very little to me.

Irwin John Jonas

One of my first memories of England is the day after we arrived.  We were taken into Altrincham Town Centre and there we proselyted for an hour on the way to the mission office.  I did notice the cenotaph.  I thought it rather oddly placed.

Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery, Nov 2005

While I served in Hyde, Cheshire one of the ways we knew where to turn in town was at the cenotaphs.  The same in Dukinfield.  When we arrived early at a member’s house we would loiter at the cenotaph to street contact until time for dinner.  Regularly I thought these things were oddly placed.  I knew they were naming those who died in the ‘Great War’.  For some reason or another I thought they doubled up on the names over the various cenotaphs.  It never occurred to me names are not typically duplicated on these things, or if they do, the intention is not to do so.

Ellis Seth Jonas

Suddenly I found myself sitting in a church meeting remembering.  These souls did not fight for my country.  However I felt come into my heart a gratitude for their sacrifice.  Could I do the same thing if called upon?  Somehow a dawning realization came upon me of the hundreds if not thousands of names I had seen on cenotaphs in my first year in England.  They were everywhere.  There were continuous reminders of the dead who fought for their country.

William Jr Military Pic

About a month later I found myself walking the streets of Runcorn, Cheshire.  There is a large cenotaph probably 15 feet tall.  The bus would drive by it every day.  I could not help but notice the little red, fake flowers on popsicle sticks stuck in the flower bed all around it.  The cenotaph meant more to me by this point but what were the little red flowers?  I noticed each of them had a name written on them and they appeared hand-made.

James William Ross

I asked what the little red flowers meant that were still scattered everywhere a month after the 11th of November.  I was then told about Flanders Fields and the poppies.  The poem was shared with me.  It made sense, I felt the poignancy of it.  I have a cousin, Harry Coley (1891 – 1917) who died in Broodseinde, Flanders, Belgium as part of the war.  His body was lost in the mud and potholes of the war and never recovered.

The imagery is intense while the poem isn’t all that catchy to me.  In fact, some of it still doesn’t make sense to me so I share only the first verse here:

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

David Delos Donaldson (back), John Edmund Donaldson (left), and William George Donaldson

Would I have this type of courage?  Would I be willing to go and serve my country so willingly?  Even if I was drafted, unwillingly?  To set aside all other hopes and aspirations to serve my country?  I did so to serve a mission for my church.  I would think I would be willing to for my nation.  While I am not entirely enamoured with my country at the present, would I still be willing to do it?  Probably.

Art and Golden Coley

Art and Golden Coley

In fact, I feel some desire to serve in the military.  My life hasn’t permitted the chance and my wife is against the idea.  I don’t think I will be making the decision to join.  But I wish to honour those who do and especially those who died in doing so.  Accordingly, when I saw my clock at 11:11 this morning, I stopped for 2 minutes to remember.  What does our future hold?  I don’t know.  But our past is nobler because of these good souls who gave all.  Not only to join, but they never returned.  We were on the side of right then, and our nation was preserved.  I hope and pray our nation continues on the side of right and we will yet be preserved.

Guarding the tomb

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, VA, Nov 2005

An Wanner uncle of mine arrived in Whitney, Idaho a year after his death in WWI.  His remains arrived in a lead casket which was buried with great fanfare for the small community.  WWII repeated this scenario with another Uncle, another family line, buried in Richmond, Utah.  His body arrived months later and he was interred with great fanfare.  May we live our lives in such a way, regardless if dying for our nation, but let us die in such a way that the community wishes to come out and pay homage for your great sacrifice for the future of man, good, and our country.

Milo James Ross

Oneida Stake Academy

Aliza and Hiram Ross on steps of Oneida Stake Academy.  You can see the ongoing stone and foundational work here around the steps.

This year my Uncle Larry Andra notified me that during rodeo week in Preston, Idaho, there would presentations on the Nuffer and Wanner families at the Oneida Stake Academy the last week of July.  Amanda had continuing education in Utah so I jumped at the opportunity to go and take the oldest two.

We stayed with Uncle and Aunt Larry & Barbara Andra at their home.  We enjoyed the parade and other activities in northern Cache Valley.  It was also fun to reconnect with family.  Dale Andra was visiting and also staying with Larry & Barbara.

Larry and Barbara Andra with Aliza and Hiram Ross.

Along with the other festivities, we visited the Oneida Stake Academy.  We viewed the updates and ongoing improvements being made to restore that historic building.  (You can help give for its restoration.)  It was fun to also look closely at the pioneer faux painting and other quirks of pioneer Preston.

My link is that of Fred and John Nuffer, brothers to my Regina Nuffer Wanner.  They were a part of the tapestry woven in the construction of that building.  You can read more about the construction of the Oneida Academy and the Nuffer connections at the OSA website.  John provided oversight of the construction and Fred provided the stone from his quarry.

The Oneida Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filled most of current Franklin County and part of Bannock County.  The Idaho Legislature carved Franklin County (named after Franklin D. Richards, not Benjamin Franklin) from Oneida County in 1913.  The Oneida Stake began in 1884 with its headquarters in Franklin, Idaho.

Inside the main hall, there was this photo and brief history of John Nuffer.  I have previously shared John Nuffer’s autobiography.  I have other posts referencing John, including his history included in the History of Idaho.

Aliza and Hiram Ross with a picture of John Nuffer inside the Oneida Stake Academy.

That same day we visited a number of the local cemeteries where direct ancestors are buried.  I will share those photos in another post.  I am grateful that my ancestors helped build this part of Idaho (as well as the rest of Cache Valley).  Hopefully my children will come to some of that same appreciation that I hold.

 

1st Grade, Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho

Back row (l-r): Mrs. Brenda Winward, Michael Hollis, Jamey Price, Amber King, Tracy Hitt, Danny Wright, Bobie Jones, Nicole Catmull; Middle Row: Nathan Jones, Adrianne Neibaur, Jerilynn Parks, Karlene Hansen, Lindsay Osterhout, Bonnie Torix, Conrad May; Front Row: Andrew Morgan, Matt Robbins, Amy Woodward, Alex Madrigal, Eric Zarybnisky, David Rios, Shana Thompson, Ivan Young, Paul Ross.

As I mentioned before, Bobie Story let me scan some of our common grade school pictures.  All mine were lost due to a flood of our basement while I was away in the England Manchester Mission.  I am happy to have copies again.  (I am still missing Ms. Suhr for 3rd grade and Mr. Mendenhall for 6th grade.  If you have a copy, please let me scan!)

This is our 1st grade class picture from Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho.  This was the 1985 – 1986 school year.

Normally I organized photos with married names and dates.  Since all are still alive, I will forgo any of the dates.  I have added the married last name for the ones I know.  If you have corrections, please let me know.

I have a couple of memories about this photo I want to share.

Miss Winward graduated high school with my Mom.  She would tell me that all the time.  Later I knew she married to Ms. Goodsell and apparently moved away to Mountain Home or somewhere that direction.

I remember cheating off Jamey Price, who sat next to me.  I struggled with math and I seem to remember she let me.  Well, I got busted at some point.  My Mom sat me down for hours and hours and taught me how to count with cigarettes.  She got some flashcards and we slaved to make sure I knew how to do basic math.  By the time 3rd grade rolled around, I was a whiz at math and Ben Frank was my competition for speed on the multiplication tables.  I remember having a bit of a crush on Jamey too.

Another kid, whose last name was Bailey is not in this picture.  I remember he would eat crayons and play with the Elmers glue on the knees of his pants.  Jake?

This is the only year I remember having naps.  Finding a little place to lay down, relax, and catch a few z’s.

Miss Brenda Winward married Goodsell

Nicole Catmull married Manning

Karlene Hansen married Ashcraft

Tracy Hitt

Michael Hollis

Bobie Jones married Story

Nathan Jones

Amber King

Alex Madrigal

Conrad May

Andrew Morgan

Adrianne Neibaur

Lindsay Osterhout

Jerilynn Parks married Mower

Jamey Price married Crystal

David Rios

Matt Robbins

Paul Ross

Shana Thompson

Bonnie Torix

Amy Woodward married Noble

Danny Wright

Ivan Young

Eric Zarybnisky

 

Amanda outstanding in a field

Amanda Hemsley standing in an Idaho grain field

I know Amanda doesn’t necessarily care much for this picture, but I really, really like it.  We weren’t married yet.  I took this photo of her 15 August 2005 near Kasota, Idaho.  I had to stop and take a picture.

So glad she took a risk and married me!

Ogden Cemetery 2018

We attended the Jonas Reunion near Huntsville, Utah earlier this month.  After playing for a couple of days, we headed home.  My poor family knows no trip is complete without a stop at a cemetery.  Here are some photos for our Ogden City Cemetery stop.

William Scott Donaldson and Mary Elizabeth Donaldson graves; Paul, Hiram, Aliza, and Lillie Ross

The first set of graves in this picture above are of William Scott Donaldson and Mary Elizabeth Williams Donaldson.  I have previously written part of their story.  William Scott Donaldson was born 18 June 1865 in Joyceville, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada and died 12 September 1913 in Ogden of cancer.  Mary Elizabeth Williams was born 7 April 1869 in Ogden and died 29 March 1951 in Ogden.  They married 2 October 1890 in Slaterville, Utah.  Their son, David Delos Donaldson, is my Great Grandfather.

 

David Delos Donaldson and Berendena Donaldson graves; Paul, Lillie, Aliza, and Hiram Ross

The second set of graves in this picture above are of David Delos Donaldson and Berendena “Dena” Van Leeuwen Donaldson.  I have previously written part of their history.  David Delos Donaldson was born 26 March 1894 in Evanston, Uinta, Wyoming and died 24 September 1953 in Salt Lake City of emphysema.  Dena Van Leeuwen was born 28 December 1898 in Ogden and died 5 March 1959 in Ogden.  They married 16 July 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Their daughter, Gladys Maxine Donaldson, is my Grandmother.

Gerhardus Hendrik Van Leeuwen and Hermina Janzen Van Leeuwen; Paul, Hiram, Aliza, and Lillie Ross

The third set of graves in this picture above are of Gerhardus Hendrik Van Leeuwen and Hermina Janzen Van Leeuwen.  I have previously written part of their account.  Gerhardus Hendrik Van Leeuwen was born 16 October 1856 in Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands and died 5 January 1932 in Provo, Utah.  Hermina Janzen was born 19 August 1860 in Gorssel, Gelderland, Netherlands and died 9 June 1921 in Ogden.  They married 31 March 1880 in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands.  Their daughter, Berendena Van Leeuwen, is my Great Grandmother.