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Briant Stringham

Birthplace: Windsor, NY, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake Cem.,Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,Utah
Immediate Family:

Son of George Stringham and Polly Stringham
Husband of Susan Ann Young; Nancy Stringham; Harriet Maria Ashby and Martha Ellen Buckland
Father of Lucy Grant; William Stringham; Briant Stringham, Jr; James Stringham; Philip Stringham and 7 others
Brother of Jeremiah Stringham

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Briant Stringham

Mormon Pioneer

"...Stringham, Briant – (3rd Ten) Born March 28, 1825, in Windsor, N.Y., to George and Polly Hendricksen Stringham. By 1838 the family was in Kirtland, Ohio, preparing to travel to Missouri. After arriving in Salt Lake Valley with the first company, Stringham remained and prepared for his family to come the following year with Brigham Young's Company. To them he wrote: "By the time you get here, I shall be literally naked, and bareheaded, without shoes or clothing…If Jed has any horses have him not fetch them, but trade them for steers and heifers, for they are the best team you can have to come through with… The thought of seeing my brothers and sisters and friends, together with my aged father and dear mother, to think of you all settled in your inheritance in this godly land fills my soul with joy I cannot express with a pen." He helped plant trees and develop the community. He was appointed probate judge in Cache County in 1856. During Indian wars, he was in charge of the commissary department. For 15 years he had charge of the tithing stock of the Church that was kept on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. He lived on the island much of the time and took part in an annual round-up of the near-wild horses, described as a "thrilling event" by visitors. In 1871 as he was caring for the livestock, he was three days in a wind and rain storm, became ill, probably from pneumonia, and died a few days later, on Aug. 4, 1871, in Salt Lake City at the age of 45..."


Biographical Summary:

"...Briant Stringham was born March 23, 1823 in Colesville, New York, to George Stringham and Polly Hendrickson Stringham. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June of 1841 and came to the Salt Lake valley with the first group of pioneers on 24 Jul 1847.

He married Susan Ann Ashby March 21, 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born February 1, 1830 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Nathaniel Ashby and Susan Hammond. They were the parents of ten children, two died young. She died 28 Apr 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Harriet Maria Ashby April 20, 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born April 8, 1834 in Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Ashby and Susan Hammond.

They were the parents of eight children, one died young. She died April 15, 1921 in Pasadena, California. He married Martha Ellen Ashby Buckland, widow of Alandes D. Buckland, August 12, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born August 20, 1832 in Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Ashby and Susan Hammond. They were the parents of seven children, two died young. She died March 25, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He married Nancy Garr Badger, widow of Rodney Badger, December 14, 1858 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born October 14, 1822 in Richmond, Indiana. They were the parents of two children. She died April 1, 1900 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died August 4, 1871 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The orphaned Ashby children were left in the care of Briant Stringham when Susan Hammond Ashby died. Briant had married Nathaniel's older sister, Susan Ann Ashby Young, in 1850. Briant worked with the Church cattle on Antelope Island in the Salt Lake.

History of Briant Stringham

Briant Stringham became foreman of the Antelope Island ranch serving from 1855 to 1871. Born in Colesville, New York in 1823, Briant joined the Mormon Church and participated in the great western trek, entering the valley with the first pioneers in 1847. He was a butcher, an explorer, a builder, a soldier, and a stockman.

He had four wives and twenty-seven children. Stringham transported the stock to and from the island on a large flat-bottom boat. He grew grain and alfalfa, cultivated a large garden, and planted an orchard. During his tenure as a foreman, the church-owned livestock company invested in valuable stallions and brood mares which were turned loose to run and breed on the island.

The band of horses sometimes numbered over one thousand. Briant was known for his kindness to animals, and he enjoyed the time spent caring for the horses. During these years, the Stringhams maintained residence in Salt Lake City, but the family spent considerable time at their Island Home.

In July of 1871 Briant Stringham was caught in a storm on the lake and was soaked and exposed to the chilling wind. He became ill, developed congestion of the lungs, and died August 4. He had worked on the island for nearly sixteen years..."



  • Census: 1850 - Great Salt Lake county, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory
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Briant Stringham's Timeline

March 28, 1823
Windsor, NY, USA
September 1843
Age 20
March 21, 1850
Age 26
President Office,Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,Utah
December 25, 1850
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
December 27, 1851
Age 28
December 24, 1852
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
March 18, 1854
Age 30
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
July 14, 1856
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
August 12, 1856
Age 33
April 29, 1858
Age 35
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA