Caroline Clara Callister (Smith) (1820 - 1896)

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Birthplace: Potsdam, New York, United States
Death: Died in Ogden, UT, USA
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About Caroline Clara Callister (Smith)

Caroline Clara Smith Callister was the daughter of John Smith, the third Patriarch of the Church. Who was a brother to the Prophet's father. Her mother, Clarissa Lyman was the daughter of Richard Lyman, who served under General Putman in the Revolutionary War; his rank was that of an orderly sergeant. Richard Lyman was with General putman in many of his daring and success ful engagements. The General said “If I had a thousand men like Orderly Lyman, I would drive the Red-coats out of America in six months. ”

Caroline was born at Potsdam, New York, June 6. 1820. She marr1ed Thomas Callister. August 31, 1845. Eight children were born to them. She was baptized when fourteen years old, and shared in all the early hardships of the Saints, including being driven from Nauvoo, after the death of the prophet.

She was in Winter Quarters during the dreary winter of 1846. Here in a wagon, her son, Thomas was born. She was afflicted with scurvy and other afflictions brought on by exposure and lack of proper food. She lost her baby when it was but eight months old. His name is on the pioneer monument in Florence (Winter Quarters), which was dedicated on September 20, 1936. After the baby died, Caroline still ill, had never seen the baby's grave and as they were ready to leave Winter Quarters for Salt Lake, Valley they passed the grave where the baby lay. Helen Mar Callister, Thomas' second wife got back of Caroline on the cot and raised her up so that she could get a first and last look at the little grave.

Caroline crossed the plains in the company that followed the original pioneers and arrived in Salt Lake, September 25. 1847. Since from birth she was a cripple. the privations and sufferings of the early settlers were hard for her to bear, and these no doubt caused the death of her second child, Clarissa.

Thus again, this mother was left heart-broken and childless. Three of her other children, Bathsheba, Samuel and Asahel also died in infancy. Her daughter, Philomela died unmarried at the age of twenty-seven.

Clara the oldest of her children that reached maturity, married President Francis M. Lyman. Her sudden death in Southern Colorado in 1892, was a shock from which her unfortunate mother never fully recovered. As Caroline stood by the death bed of her father in 1854, holding in her arms her daughter Mary, then nine months old, the father said, Caroline, that child shall be the greatest blessing you shall know. The truth of this prophetic utterance was realized when the death of Clara left only Mary, the sole survivor of her eight children, to comfort her declining years, and finally to close her eyes in death.

Caroline lived on her husband's farm near the Jordan River, when that place was almost a desert, here savage Indians and wild beasts roved at will. She moved from there to Fillmore, where she was president of the Relief Society for many years. She died at Ogden, Utah, January 9th 1896 at the age of seventy-four years.

Caroline C. Smith (1820 - 1895)

Birth 6 Jun 1820 Potsdam, Saint Lawrence, Jefferson, New York, USA Gender Female Died 8 Jan 1895 Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA

Father John Smith, b. 16 Jul 1781, Deering, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA , d. 23 May 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Mother Clarissa Lyman, b. 27 Jun 1790, Lebanon, Grafton, New Hampshire, USA , d. 14 Feb 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Married 11 Sep 1815 , , Connecticut, USA Sealed P (LDS) 16 Apr 1987 OAKLA Family ID F2170 Group Sheet


Family Thomas Callister, b. 17 Jul 1821, Kirk Braddan, Isle Of Man , d. 1 Dec 1880, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA Married 31 Aug 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois,USA

Children

  1. Clarissa Callister, b. 28 May 1848, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA , d. 2 Oct 1848
  2. Clara C. Callister
  3. Philomela Callister, d. 1879
  4. Mary Miranda Callister
  5. Samuel J. Callister, d. 1856
  6. Bathsheba B. Callister, d. 1860
  7. Asahel S. Callister, d. 1865
  8. Thomas Callister, b. 13 Sep 1846, Cutler's Park, Douglas, Nebraska, USA , d. 8 May 18

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NAUVOO RECORDS: Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register p 93 Members, LDS, 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 39, pp 721-722

Name transcribed from A "Grave" Experience at the Mormon Pioneer Winter Quarters Cemetery. By Carlyle B. Jensen and Gail Geo. Holmes, Published by Authors October 1999. Quoted from with permission of Gail Geo. Holmes. The record is a Commencement to bury in the burying ground at Winter Quarters, North West Corner. Spellings, dates and etc. are as written in the original record - mistakes and all."

Stated in record above for Thomas Callister son of Caroline Callister, "Thomas Callister; age 7 mos., 25 days; daughter of Thomas and Caroline Callister; deceased May 8, 1847; disease Summer Complaint; birthplace Cutler's Park; birthdate Sept. 13, 1846; grave no. 149."

Transcriber's note: The record does state that Thomas is the daughter of Thomas and Caroline Callister. I am assuming that to be a entry error and entering the sex as male. Also Cutler's Park was in what is today Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.


Sources

[S6] LDS - Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, 50 vols., Black, Susan Easton, Compiler, (LDS Church, Salt Lake City, 1990), 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 39, pp 721-722.

[S7] LDS - Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1845-1846), p 93.

[S12] Internet Link - BYU Winter Quarters Project - http://winterquarters.byu.edu.

[S13] Internet Link - Pioneer Research Group Project - http://www.pioneerresearchgroup.org.

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[S2] Internet Link - International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. --------------------


Caroline Clara Smith Callister was the daughter of John Smith, the third Patriarch of the Church. Who was a brother to the Prophet's father. Her mother, Clarissa Lyman was the daughter of Richard Lyman, who served under General Putman in the Revolutionary War; his rank was that of an orderly sergeant. Richard Lyman was with General putman in many of his daring and success ful engagements. The General said “If I had a thousand men like Orderly Lyman, I would drive the Red-coats out of America in six months. ”

Caroline was born at Potsdam, New York, June 6. 1820. She marr1ed Thomas Callister. August 31, 1845. Eight children were born to them. She was baptized when fourteen years old, and shared in all the early hardships of the Saints, including being driven from Nauvoo, after the death of the prophet.

She was in Winter Quarters during the dreary winter of 1846. Here in a wagon, her son, Thomas was born. She was afflicted with scurvy and other afflictions brought on by... read more

Caroline Clara Smith Callister was the daughter of John Smith, the third Patriarch of the Church. Who was a brother to the Prophet's father. Her mother, Clarissa Lyman was the daughter of Richard Lyman, who served under General Putman in the Revolutionary War; his rank was that of an orderly sergeant. Richard Lyman was with General putman in many of his daring and success ful engagements. The General said “If I had a thousand men like Orderly Lyman, I would drive the Red-coats out of America in six months. ”

Caroline was born at Potsdam, New York, June 6. 1820. She marr1ed Thomas Callister. August 31, 1845. Eight children were born to them. She was baptized when fourteen years old, and shared in all the early hardships of the Saints, including being driven from Nauvoo, after the death of the prophet.

She was in Winter Quarters during the dreary winter of 1846. Here in a wagon, her son, Thomas was born. She was afflicted with scurvy and other afflictions brought on by exposure and lack of proper food. She lost her baby when it was but eight months old. His name is on the pioneer monument in Florence (Winter Quarters), which was dedicated on September 20, 1936. After the baby died, Caroline still ill, had never seen the baby's grave and as they were ready to leave Winter Quarters for Salt Lake, Valley they passed the grave where the baby lay. Helen Mar Callister, Thomas' second wife got back of Caroline on the cot and raised her up so that she could get a first and last look at the little grave.

Caroline crossed the plains in the company that followed the original pioneers and arrived in Salt Lake, September 25. 1847. Since from birth she was a cripple. the privations and sufferings of the early settlers were hard for her to bear, and these no doubt caused the death of her second child, Clarissa.

Thus again, this mother was left heart-broken and childless. Three of her other children, Bathsheba, Samuel and Asahel also died in infancy. Her daughter, Philomela died unmarried at the age of twenty-seven.

Clara the oldest of her children that reached maturity, married President Francis M. Lyman. Her sudden death in Southern Colorado in 1892, was a shock from which her unfortunate mother never fully recovered. As Caroline stood by the death bed of her father in 1854, holding in her arms her daughter Mary, then nine months old, the father said, Caroline, that child shall be the greatest blessing you shall know. The truth of this prophetic utterance was realized when the death of Clara left only Mary, the sole survivor of her eight children, to comfort her declining years, and finally to close her eyes in death.

Caroline lived on her husband's farm near the Jordan River, when that place was almost a desert, here savage Indians and wild beasts roved at will. She moved from there to Fillmore, where she was president of the Relief Society for many years. She died at Ogden, Utah, January 9th 1896 at the age of seventy-four years.

Caroline C. Smith (1820 - 1895)

Birth 6 Jun 1820 Potsdam, Saint Lawrence, Jefferson, New York, USA Gender Female Died 8 Jan 1895 Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA

Father John Smith, b. 16 Jul 1781, Deering, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA , d. 23 May 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Mother Clarissa Lyman, b. 27 Jun 1790, Lebanon, Grafton, New Hampshire, USA , d. 14 Feb 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA Married 11 Sep 1815 , , Connecticut, USA Sealed P (LDS) 16 Apr 1987 OAKLA Family ID F2170 Group Sheet

Family Thomas Callister, b. 17 Jul 1821, Kirk Braddan, Isle Of Man , d. 1 Dec 1880, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA Married 31 Aug 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois,USA Children

  1. Clarissa Callister, b. 28 May 1848, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA , d. 2 Oct 1848
  2. Clara C. Callister
  3. Philomela Callister, d. 1879
  4. Mary Miranda Callister
  5. Samuel J. Callister, d. 1856
  6. Bathsheba B. Callister, d. 1860
  7. Asahel S. Callister, d. 1865
  8. Thomas Callister, b. 13 Sep 1846, Cutler's Park, Douglas, Nebraska, USA , d. 8 May 18

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NAUVOO RECORDS: Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register p 93 Members, LDS, 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 39, pp 721-722

Name transcribed from A "Grave" Experience at the Mormon Pioneer Winter Quarters Cemetery. By Carlyle B. Jensen and Gail Geo. Holmes, Published by Authors October 1999. Quoted from with permission of Gail Geo. Holmes. The record is a Commencement to bury in the burying ground at Winter Quarters, North West Corner. Spellings, dates and etc. are as written in the original record - mistakes and all."

Stated in record above for Thomas Callister son of Caroline Callister, "Thomas Callister; age 7 mos., 25 days; daughter of Thomas and Caroline Callister; deceased May 8, 1847; disease Summer Complaint; birthplace Cutler's Park; birthdate Sept. 13, 1846; grave no. 149."

Transcriber's note: The record does state that Thomas is the daughter of Thomas and Caroline Callister. I am assuming that to be a entry error and entering the sex as male. Also Cutler's Park was in what is today Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.

Sources

[S6] LDS - Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, 50 vols., Black, Susan Easton, Compiler, (LDS Church, Salt Lake City, 1990), 1830-1848, by Susan Easton Black, Vol 39, pp 721-722.

[S7] LDS - Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1845-1846), p 93.

[S12] Internet Link - BYU Winter Quarters Project - http://winterquarters.byu.edu.

[S13] Internet Link - Pioneer Research Group Project - http://www.pioneerresearchgroup.org.

[S4436]

[S2] Internet Link - International Genealogical Index, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Caroline Callister's Timeline

1820
June 6, 1820
Potsdam, New York, United States
1834
1834
Age 13
1845
August 31, 1845
Age 25
X-Unknown
1846
January 3, 1846
Age 25
NAUVO
January 25, 1846
Age 25
September 13, 1846
Age 26
Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States
1848
May 28, 1848
Age 27
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
1850
April 18, 1850
Age 29
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
1851
July 11, 1851
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
1853
August 17, 1853
Age 33
Oak City, Millard, UT, United States