Isaac Chase (1791 - 1861)

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Birthplace: Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
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About Isaac Chase

Biographical Summary:

"...Isaac Chase (1791-1861) was born in the town of Little Compton, R.I., Dec 12, 1791. His parents moved to the state of Vermont when he was quite a small boy. When he grew to manhood he went to New York where he married Phoebe Ogden Ross.

They settled in New York in the town of Sparta, Livingston Co., where their children were all born. They moved from there to Nauvoo, Ill., in 1840. Here they owned and tilled a large farm. He left Nauvoo in the fall of 1846. Wending their way across the great plains by means of ox teams and camp wagons, they arrived in Salt Lake Valley on Sept. 20th, 1847.

Their journey was a very perilous one. Many lives were lost yet all through the journey their bravery and sturdy qualities proved themselves worthy the name, pioneer.

Chase's company was the first to winter in the valley and consequently endured many hardships.

The following spring, Chase along with his associate pioneers, was allotted five acres to which he added the adjoining fifteen, making him a twenty acre farm. Upon this he planted an abundance of hard wood, black locust seed, which grew into trees that still stand as living monuments to him. He built a saw-mill, the irons for which he brought with him across the plains in his wagon. He sawed lumber in this mill and built a temporary shanty in which they lived for a while. They afterwards built a log cabin which was more comfortable, in which they lived while they built the first primitive flour-mill which ground the first flour in Utah Valley, following this the old Chase Homestead that still stands, and later, in 1852, the mill now standing, which was the first improved and up to date in the territory.

The Chase farm is now a vast grove of black locust and is the principal public park in Salt Lake City..."

SOURCE: Warrum, Nobel; "Utah since statehood: historical and biographical", Volume 3; page 43. Retrieved from google books.

Burial:

Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA, Plot: E_13_9_

SOURCE: Find a Grave

Birth: Dec. 12, 1791 Little Compton Newport County Rhode Island, USA

Death: May 26, 1861 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Isaac Chase was born to Sarah Simmons and Timothy Chase. Isaac married Phoebe Ogden on August 18, 1818 in Sparta, Livington, New York. Phoebe had been a widow. Isaac and Phoebe had six children: George Ogden, Desdemona, Maria, Harriet Louisa, Sylvia and Rhoda.

Isaac Chase was 54 years old when he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 2, 1847, just a few months after the initial party of Mormon pioneers. His wife Phoebe, two unmarried children, two married daughters with their husbands and two grandchildren traveled with him. Isaac had been a successful miller in his home state of New York and later in the Mormon City of Nauvoo, Illinois. In preparation to continue his occupation, his daughter, thirteen-year-old Harriet Louisa Chase, drove one of the families five wagons across the plains filled with sawmill irons, gristmill equipment, a pump organ, farm tools and black locust seeds.

Chase built a sawmill and a one room shanty on Emigration Creek. A few years later a Mormon leader, who owned neighboring land, joined with Chase and built a flourmill and a two-story adobe house in the center of their 110 acre farm. That farm became Liberty Park. The Chase home became the Chase Museum of Utah Folk Art.

During pioneer times the Chase Home was considered a great "out-of-town" place for entertainment. Visitors came by horseback in the summer and by sled in the winter for afternoon teas with lively conversation and fine organ music. On many evenings the kitchen would become a dance hall where neighbors gathered to dance a Cotillion or a Scottish Reel to the sweet sounds of oldtime fiddle music. The home was a favorite for Brigham Young and his associates, And many stories have been handed down about the wonderful parties that took place in this beautiful structure.

NOTE: Brigham Young was not only a business associate to Isaac but also his son-in-law, married to Chase's step-daughter, Clarissa Ross, daughter of Chase's first wife, Phoebe from her first marriage. Clarissa was Brigham's third polygamous wife.


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Spouses:
  • Phoebe Ogden Chase (1794 - 1872)
  • Charlotte Walters Chase (1824 - 1884)*
Children:
  • Sylvia Chase Stoddard (1819 - 1865)*
  • Desdemona Chase Gleason (1821 - 1887)*
  • Rhoda Chase Hinman (1830 - 1920)*
  • George Ogden Chase (1832 - 1896)*
  • Harriet Louisa Chase McLaughlin (1834 - 1907)*
  • Isaac Chase (1851 - 1922)*

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: E_13_9_

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Isaac Chase's Timeline

1791
December 12, 1791
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1818
August 18, 1818
Age 26
Sparta, Livingston,New York
1819
August 4, 1819
Age 27
Sparta, Livingston, New York, USA
1821
April 3, 1821
Age 29
Sparta, Livingston, New York
1825
April 15, 1825
Age 33
Sparta, Livingston, New York
1830
September 29, 1830
Age 38
Sparta, Livingston, New York, USA
1832
March 11, 1832
Age 40
Sparta, Livingston, New York, USA
1834
April 28, 1834
Age 42
Sparta, Livingston, New York
1845
December 13, 1845
Age 54
December 13, 1845
Age 54