About Abigail Augusta Pond
Birth: Jul. 14, 1828 Westminster Worcester County Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1846 Omaha Douglas County Nebraska, USA
Daughter of Stillman Pond and Almira Elizabeth Whitmore
Stillman Pond was a member of the Second Quorum of Seventy in Nauvoo. He was an early convert to the Church, having come from Hubbardston, Massachusetts. Like others, he and his wife, Maria, and their children were harassed and driven out of Nauvoo. In September 1846, they became part of the great western migration . . .
"Maria contracted consumption, and all of the children were stricken with malaria. Three of the children died while moving through the early snows. Stillman buried them on the plains. Maria's condition worsened because of the grief, pain, and the fever of malaria. She could no longer walk. Weakened and sickly, she gave birth to twins. They were named Joseph and Hyrum, and both died within a few days.
"The Stillman Pond family arrived at Winter Quarters and, like many other families, they suffered bitterly while living in a tent. The death of the five children coming across the plains to Winter Quarters was but a beginning.
"The journal of Horace K. and Helen Mar Whitney verifies the following regarding four more of the children of Stillman Pond who perished:
"‘On Wednesday, the 2nd of December 1846 , Laura Jane Pond, age 14 years, ... died of chills and fever." Two days later on " Friday, the 4th of December 1846 , Harriet M. Pond, age 11 years, ... died with chills." Three days later, "Monday, the 7th of December, 1846, Abigail A. Pond, age 18 years, ... died with chills.' Just five weeks later, "Friday, the 15th of January, 1847, Lyman Pond, age 6 years, ... died with chills and fever. Four months later, on the 17th of May, 1847, his wife Maria Davis Pond also died. Crossing the plains, Stillman Pond lost nine children and a wife. He became an outstanding colonizer in Utah, and became the senior president of the thirty-fifth Quorum of Seventy. (See Leon Y. and H. Ray Pond, comps., "Stillman Pond, a Biographical Sketch," in Sterling Forsyth Histories, typescript, Church Historical Dept. Archives, pp. 4–5.)
"Having lost these nine children and his wife in crossing the plains, Stillman Pond did not lose his faith. He did not quit. He went forward. He paid a price, as have many others before and since, to become acquainted with God."
(This account of the experiences of Stillman Pond was related by James E. Faust, "The Refiner's Fire," Ensign, May 1979, p. 54).
- Stillman Pond (1803 - 1878)
Burial: Mormon Pioneer Cemetery Omaha Douglas County Nebraska, USA Plot: Grave #30