Arriminta North (Howard) (1819 - 1903)

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Birthplace: Troy, Maddison, Illinois, Illinois
Death: Died in Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
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About Arriminta North (Howard)

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Robert Wimmer Company (1852) Age 33


Departure: early July 1852 Arrival: 15 September 1852

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Birth: Feb. 25, 1819 Troy Madison County Illinois, USA

Death: Mar. 12, 1903 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Daughter of John Howard and Jane Van Hooser

Married Levi North, 16 Nov 1837, Freemington, Effingham County, Illinois

Children - Charles Addison North, Hyrum Bennett North, Almira North, Levi Howard North, Arriminta North, Merari North, Mary Jane North, Melinda Howard North, Margery Ann North

History - Arriminta was born 25 February, 1819 in Troy, Madison County, Illinois, the daughter of John Howard and Jane Van Hooser. Her fathers parentage were of English-Scottish extraction coming to the Virginia Colony sometime before 1760. The Van Hooser family were German arriving in New York state in 1610-20. Her American ancestors helped settle and tame the American Frontier and had homes in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and the Indian Territory of Iowa. Her fathers fought in the Revolutionary War and many of the Indian wars associated with the westward movement in America. They were neighbors of the Daniel Boone family in that generation.

Arriminta was from a strongly knit family who lived, worked, and moved together in a multi-family group. Her parents had nine children, Arriminta being the fifth. She was only eight years old when her father died suddenly, leaving her mother with her children ranging from 17 to just a few months old. This family group became her safety net and salvation. Arriminta's Aunt (her mother's sister) was also a single mother and those two women combined their family to make their lives easier. So close was these two families that four of them married each other and most of them stayed close their entire lives, moving several times as a group having joined the LDS church in southern Illinois in the mid 1830s.

Arriminta was baptized a member in her early teens, along with several of her extended family and while living in the area east of St. Louis. Soon after they moved to Effingham, Illinois. Her uncle, then several others bought property there as though they had in mind a permanent settling. It was about the same time, whether planned or not, we cannot say, that Sidney North moved his family to the Effingham region. It was there that Arriminta met and married Levi. Levi had joined the LDS church in 1832 and we can suppose it was the Mormon group that brought the two together. They married in November, 1837. One year later Arriminta delivered their first child, a boy they named Charles Addison.

The time spent in Effingham for Arriminta and her extended family was short lived however. For in 1840 Levi moved his family to Sugar Creek, Iowa (Indian Territory) just a few miles west, across the river from Nauvoo, where the leaders of the Mormon church was gathering the Saints from all over the world. Levi, along with Arriminta's several family had chosen Sugar Creek to live. It was in Sugar Creek that their second son, Hyrum Bennett was born. But that was not to be long either, Levi needed to be closer to the temple construction site in Nauvoo. In November of 1843 Arriminta delivered a little baby girl named Almira.

But trouble with a few church dissidents and many other malcontents forced a move from Illinois to the Rocky Mountains. The Norths joined the exodus into Iowa taking them to three temporary settlements in the Indian Territory. The first stop was in Garden Grove where they stayed just long enough to help build small cabins, clear some land, erect fences and plant vegetables. All this in preparation for the larger exodus that would follow. Levi then moved west to Mt. Pisgah, where he built themselves another small cabin. This is where the family spent the winter of 1846 and where Arriminta gave birth to their fourth child, named Levi Howard. How long they spent in Mt. Pisgah is hard to determine but the best guess is just a few months, maybe a year.

They then moved further west, to the Missouri River, but continued on, up the river, past Kanesville and to Harris Grove a little north-east. Here the land was more rolling hills, covered with trees. Here they could build larger cabins and had timber to cut for wagons, which is what Levi would be doing for about six years. It was in Harris Grove that two other children would join the growing family. Arriminta was born in October, 1849 and Merari was born in June, 1852.

Merari was literally just days old when, according to plans that had been formulated several months earlier, Arriminta and her husband gathered the children and all their belongings; packed them into three wagons and moved to the Salt Lake Valley arriving in September, 1852. It generally took over two months to make that 1100 mile journey. Merari would have made that trip as a baby. Arriminta made it while recovering from childbirth. What a lady!

But by the time she delivered her next baby, Mary Jane, in May, 1854 her home was finished in Millcreek Almost three years later, in March, 1857, she delivered another baby girl they named Melinda Howard (named after Arriminta's sister who had been so very close to her through the hard times-and had died shortly after arriving in Utah). There would be one more daughter born to this couple, a girl they named Margery Ann "Annie" in 1849. That was Arriminta's last child, she was 40 years old.

This must have been the beginning of a good life for her and Levi. These were prosperous times. Work was plentiful and rewarding. Everything was finally looking permanent. Arriminta was undoubtedly one who wanted the very best for her family and was willing to work hard for it, to sacrifice and to share the good things. And her church advocated plural marriage for the faithful Mormon couples. There were many women in the valley that did not have husbands and homes. She apparently did not have a problem with this principle and so on the second of March, 1865 Levi married Maren Kirstene Pedersen, a convert from Denmark. Levi built her a home on the west side of the Country Road, across the street from Arriminta's home. Maren would eventually bear 9 children for Levi. They were accepted into Arriminta's as though they were her own. She was, to them, "Aunt" Arriminta.

Three of Maren's children died in early childhood. Levi spent six months in the territorial prison for the crime of polygamy. But otherwise, Arriminta's life was very good and comfortable for the place and time in which she lived. She buried her husband in 1894 after a short illness. She lived another nine years with her children and grandchildren caring and providing for her every need. She died on 12 March, 1903 having lived true to her faith, active in her church and family affairs.


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Parents:
  • John Howard (1788 - 1827)
  • Jane Van Hooser Howard (1792 - 1847)
Spouse:
  • Levi North (1817 - 1893)*
Children:
  • Charles Addison North (1838 - 1906)*
  • Hyrum Bennett North (1840 - 1915)*
  • Almira North Williams (1843 - 1916)*
  • Arriminta North Fuller (1849 - 1927)*
  • Merari North (1852 - 1933)*
  • Mary Jane North Fuller (1854 - 1926)*
  • Melinda Howard North Butterworth (1857 - 1937)*
  • Margery Ann North Price (1859 - 1921)*
  • Mary Arriminta Butterworth Bailey (1892 - 1962)*

Burial: Elysian Burial Gardens Millcreek Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: D_152_10

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Arriminta North's Timeline

1819
February 25, 1819
Troy, Maddison, Illinois, Illinois
1837
November 16, 1837
Age 18
Effingham, Illinois
1852
January 14, 1852
Age 32
Harrison, Iowa, USA
1903
March 12, 1903
Age 84
Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
March 15, 1903
Age 84
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1992
April 25, 1992
Age 84
September 5, 1992
Age 84
November 20, 1992
Age 84