Elisha Barrus Keyes (1806 - 1855)

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Birthplace: Oxford, Chanego, New York, USA
Death: Died in Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
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About Elisha Barrus Keyes

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Eli B. Kelsey Company (1852) Age 46


Departure: 4 July 1852 Arrival: 14-16 October 1852

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Birth: Mar. 28, 1806 Chenango County New York, USA

Death: Sep. 25, 1855 Provo Utah County Utah, USA

History of Elisha Barrus Keyes and Joanna Case Worden Keyes Teeples

In Chenago County, State of New York, on the 28th of March, 1806 a wee baby boy came to gladden the home of Hyrum and Martha Barrus Keyes. They named this baby Elisha Barrus Keyes. Nothing is know of this early life until at the age of 32 on the 28 of March 1838 he married Joanna Case Worden at Grafton, Lorraine County, Ohio. She was 16 at the time, being 16 years his junior. She was born 17th of February 1822 in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York, the daughter of Amos Prentiss and Mary Case Worden. Elisha and Joanna made their home in Grafton, Ohio. Their first child was born there on 10th of May 1841. She was given the name of Celia Anzenette. The Keyes were good, hard working religious people, seemingly content with their way of life. All this changed , however, when Humble Mormon Missionaries, who were diligently seeking out the honest in heart in that locality, found Elisha and Joanna Keyes and taught them the true gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The message sank deep into their very souls. This was a new and unpopular religion at the time and the Keyes had some realization that to become affiliated with it would mean much sacrifice, but they could not squelch the burning testimony they had of its truthfulness. Consequently, they were both baptized members of the Church on the 16th of July 1841. The missionaries had encouraged them to join the main body of the church in Illinois as soon as possible. Hence their second child Mary, was born January 8, 1843 in Shahane Grove County, Illinois. However she died August 27, 1843. Next Martha was born 16th of January 1845 at McQueens, Mills County, Illinois. Joanna Keyes' mother, Mary Case Worden, died in Nauvoo on August 28 1843. In the Nauvoo baptismal records it state that Joanna Keyes was baptized for her father Amos Worden, her mother Mary Worden, her grandfather Joseph Worden, her grandmother, Amy Worden and her sister Hannah Worden. This was April 28, 1844. In the early days of baptism for the dead it was permissible for women to be baptized for men. Along with the rest of the saints in Nauvoo and vicinity, the Keyes family endured much, including mob violence and persecution. In 1846 when Brigham Young, the president of the Twelve Apostles directed the great exodus from Illinois across in Mississippi River into Iowa, Elisha, Joanna and their little children also left Illinois and traveled into Iowa to the temporary camp at Bentenport. Here, under the most difficult and trying circumstances, Joanna gave birth to a little girl, Sarah Ann. It was believed that she died as an infant. The Keyes family then moved to Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, Brigham Young decided it was a good place, well situated for a settlement for the homeless refugees. Several thousands acres of land was fences off for cultivation and crude homes were made. The Keyes family remained here for about four years, where two more children were born: Elisha Burns, born 28 November 1848 and Hyrum Henry, born 2 February 1851. He died October 13, 1851. By 1852 Elisha was able to get a suitable outfit together to make the long trek across the pains to Utah. The Keyes family was assigned to travel with the Eli B. Kelsey Company. This company was the nineteenth to leave Kanesville, Iowa. There were 100 souls in the group which arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake October 16, 1852. The Keyes family was delighted to at least be with the main body of the church in the Valley of the Mountains, far away from their enemies. They were listed as living in the Tenth Ward in Salt Lake City, where they were re-baptized on October 28, 1852. It was here that Joanna gave birth to a daughter, Joanna Isabell on 31 August 1853. Elisha was a carpenter by trade so he gave freely of his time and talents while he lived in Salt Lake toward the temple construction. Elisha and his family moved to Provo where Elisha worked at his trade and did other jobs to make a living for his family. Joanna adjusted well to this pioneer community. They were active in the church and Elisha was ordained a High Priest. On the 27th of September 1855, the life of Elisha Barrus Keyes came to an abrupt close in Provo. True, age 49 was not old in years for a man such as Elisha to be called "home", but his life time had been one of varied experiences and accomplishments. His children who grew to adulthood married and had families that were living monuments to his fine character. The greatest heritage they received from their father was the fact that he had the courage to accept Mormonism and to stay steadfast and true to the Church and its teachings through all the persecutions in Illinois and the privations of making a home in this new territory of Utah. Courtesy of shaweb.net


Burial: Provo City Cemetery Provo Utah County Utah, USA Plot: ukn

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Elisha Keyes's Timeline

1806
March 28, 1806
Oxford, Chanego, New York, USA
1840
1840
Age 33
Grafton, Loraine, Ohio, USA
1841
May 10, 1841
Age 35
Grafton, Loraine, Ohio, USA
1843
January 8, 1843
Age 36
Shabane Grove, Dekalb, Il
1845
January 16, 1845
Age 38
Mcqueens Mills, Stephens, Il
1847
February 10, 1847
Age 40
Bentensports, V-Buren, Ia
1848
November 28, 1848
Age 42
Pisgah, Harrison, Ia
1851
February 2, 1851
Age 44
Mount Pisgah, Harrison, Ia
1853
August 31, 1853
Age 47
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Ut
1855
September 27, 1855
Age 49
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA