Genealogy Stories of the ancestors of the Royal Edwin and Jane Margaret Nelson Tidwell Family!
posted by LeAnne J. Schlegel @ 10:08 PM
To begin with: Royal Edwin Tidwell and Jane Margaret Nelson Tidwell were married on Dec. 12, 1879. They had 7 children: Elizabeth, Janie, Roy Edwin, Robert Frank, Leslie, Vernon Nelson, and George Melvin. Which one of these is your grandparent, or one of your great grandparents?
To continue: Royal Edwin Tidwell's parents were Peter Tidwell and Sophronia Alvira Hatch. On this posting I am going to tell you the true story handed down about Sophronia's father and mother, whose names were Josephus Hatch and Melinda Durphee:"Josephus Hatch was born at Ferrisburg, Vermont on July 2, 1801. When in the prime of life he was 6 feet tall, and was 240 lbs. He had gray eyes and curly black hair! Melinda Durfee, was born in Lincoln, Addison Co., Vermont on Feb. 20, 1806. They were married on December 6, 1822. They made their home in Bristol, Addison Co., Vermont, where all but one of their eight children were born. His occupation was that of a farmer. He was converted to Mormonism and was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Feb., 1840 by Elder Sisson A. Chase. (His family followed his example from what I recall in my research.)Four of their children having died young, he with his wife and three children left their home in Vermont and went to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois in the Fall of 1843. He assisted the Saints in trying to keep the mob from entering the city during the troublous times in the summer of 1846. One of his horses had been stolen from the barn and when they were forced to leave Nauvoo, about Sept. 15th, 1846, all the team he had was one good and one poor horse, and one wagon in which to move his family and his aged father and mother and their necessary belongings. They were forced to camp on the banks of the Mississippi River for more than a week, waiting for an opportunity to cross.After crossing over the river, they traveled about 7 miles to a farm owned by a man named Luce. On the way to the farm the wagon tipped over and their goods were thrown out, but no one was injured. On Sept. 24th, 1846 a most severe thunder and lightening storm came with torrents of rain, and in the midst of the storm a son was born to Josephus and Melinda. A trench had to be dug around the tent where the sick woman lay to keep the water from running into her bed.From there the family moved to Sugar Creek, Iowa, where they purchased a small log house of one room where nine of them lived during the Winter, Spring, and Summer of 1847! Josephus obtained a good living by making baskets out of oak splints and selling them at the neighboring towns. After raising a good crop of corn, etc., they moved acrosss the state into Nebraska to a place called Winter Quarters. While there, Josephus' mother, Elizabeth Haight Hatch, who had lived with them during all their journeyings, died Dec. 15, 1847. All the family were afflicted with chills and fever at this time. In the Spring of 1848 they moved East over the Missouri River to a place called "Pleasant Grove". While here their daughter, Sophronia (our relative) was married to Peter Tidwell (our relative) on March 28, 1852. In May of 1852, most of the family, including the new bride and groom, started for the mountains where the Saints had preceded them some 5 years earlier.Josephus' father, Jeremiah Hatch, now being a widower, however, remained and died 2 1/2 later at Winter Quarters. (We assume he must not have been in good enough health for the trip.)When nearly to their journey's end in Utah, Melinda (Jospehus' wife, Sophronia's mother), in attempting to get out of the wagon while it was in motion, fell and was thrown under the wheels which ran over her, badly injuring her. A swinging bed had to be arranged for her under the bows of the wagon to avoid any jar. by the time they reached the Great Salt Lake Valley, she was all right.They reached Salt Lake City in Sept. of 1852, and that same Fall moved to Ogden, Utah where Josephus purchased a two-roomed house. Here he also made baskets for sale. He owned the land where the Ogden Railroad Depot now stands. When the Railroad was built, he rented the land and it made him an income of $100.00 per month, thus fulfilling a promise made to him in 1843 in his Patriarchal Blessing (given to him by the Patriarch of the Church, Hyrum Smith), that "he should have lands and tenants."Josephus had a large peach orchard and sufficient money to build a new home, but died before this was accomplished. His death occurred on March 25, 1874. His wife, Melinda, died on May 19, (or 9th), 1884. (We have two different accounts on these dates.) I will correct on my next blog after I check the tombstones. It is interesting that they are buried in Ogden City Cemetary - on the Terrace (section) in the Hatch plot. (Last time I was there, Josephus' headstone was leaning against a big tree!) So think of them as you go by the Ogden Railroad Station property. And know that they would be proud that you are attending this year's Tidwell Family Reunion in the year of 2006!! Please feel free to email me for a list of other stories I can send to you. Or wait for my next posting!
LeAnne, I would love to receive more stories about these ancestors. Are you coming to the family reunion this summer? Mary Wright (BarDee's daughter)
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