Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Browns in Nauvoo

Benjamin Brown
Kimball 1st: Block 5, Lot 45
(Arlington and Parley, walk north a bit)
may also be Nauvoo 123?

John Anthony Woolf
T6 R8 Sec 4 SE 160 Acres (Rocky Creek?)

James Miller
T6 R7, Sec 8, NW/4, 160 Acres (Rocky Creek)

Ira Oviatt
Nauvoo : Block 148, Lot 1, part
(Main and Sidney, southwest corner)

They bought two city lots, one near the river and the other near the Temple, and here they made their home. Sometime in 1842 they moved to Nauvoo, living across the street from the home of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Ruth Bennett Oviatt told her grandchildren many times of sitting on her doorstep or in her rocking chair and listening to the Prophet preach to the people in his front yard. When the wooded country was cleared to build houses, a large stump was left in the Prophets front yard and when people came to him to talk with him or for advice he would mount this stump as a group would always gather when he began to talk and sometimes he would speak for hours at a time. His voice was clear and distinct and he could be heard across the street with ease. No matter what their task, they would be ready to stop and listen and would feel his influence as soon as they heard his voice. When Joseph and Hyrum were tarred and feathered by the mob they came to the Oviatt home and obtained clothing to put on before going home. The staunch testimony Ruth and Ira had of the Prophet Joseph Smith from living near him greatly influenced their grandchildren to remain steadfast in their testimony of the Gospel.

Henry Wilcox
Nauvoo : Block 138, Lot 1, Part
(Parley and Granger, southwest corner)
Nauvoo : Block 127, Lot 4, Tenant
(Granger and Parley northwest corner)
Kimball 1st:: Block 6, Lot 25, Tenant
(Warsaw and Parley south of Parley)

James David Wilcox
Kimball 1st: Block 1, Lot 76, 1/3 Acre
(north of Warsaw and Young) actually Warsaw and Hubbard

James was brought to Utah when he was twenty four by two of his
uncles Henry and Daniel Miller who were very active members of
the church. His own mother stayed behind. He also left his father in
law behind in Nauvoo. James Miller died there in 1845

James was a farmer but in his youth he learned to be a glazier. He
also learned to tan hides and could make an excellent buck-skin. He
was a good woodsman and great with an ax.

James was baptized in 1853 after his arrival in the Valley [Utah
Valley]. He was a glazier, farmer, woodsman, plasterer, and molasses
maker--whatever it took to earn a living for his family. He served a
mission to Salmon River Indian Mission in Idaho in 1857-1858. He was
ordained a patriarch in 1901. He was left-handed but he could do
nearly everything with either hand. He made bob- and hand sleds and a
revolving one-horse hayrack.

He married Anna Maria and they raised a big family. He took a scond
wife, a widow with a son. He was much in demand for his ability to do
things. He was a hard worker and served the church and the community
whenever he could, when he wasn't working to support his large family
of 23 children

Noah Guyman
Lived in outlying areas of Nauvoo