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Josiah Howe Call

Birthplace: Madison,Geauga,OH
Death: Died in Chicken Creek,Near Fillmore,Millard,Utah
Place of Burial: Fillmore Cemetery, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Cyril Call and Sarah "Sally" Call
Husband of Christence (Christiantha) Nielsen and Henrietta Call (Williams)
Father of Anson Charles Call; Alzina H. Call and Columbia Fillmore Loveland (Call)
Brother of Harvey Call ; Anson Call; Solomon Solomon Call; Samantha Willey; Fanny Royal Loveland (Call) and 7 others

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About Josiah Howe Call

Josiah Call, Anson's brother, was scouting from his home near Fillmore for more pastures for his stock in the Pahvant valley when he was shot three times and killed by Indians near Chicken Creek. This left two widows and seven children that needed thaking care of. Anson under took to look out for Josiah's wife Henrietta and their six children: Alzina Henrietta, Cyril Josiah, Columbia Fillmore, Charles Anson, Rosetta Lydia and William Wiley. Josiah had just married in plural marriage Christiantha Nielson who at nineteen had just given birth to her first baby, Riley Howe Call on 23 Sept 1858. Anson settled all his brother's debts and left adequate money to support the two wives and their children for a few months while he made other arrangements. Henrietta within a year or so had moved to Bountiful and Anson set her up on her own ranch and eventually marrying her to stop rumors and to make sure the children had adequate support. Anson never lived with Henrietta. Josiah's second wife, Christiantha Nielson Call, decided to stay in Fillmore and Anson supported her until she remarried a fellow Dane, Jens Peter Simson. -------------------- Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Allen Taylor Company (1849)

Age at departure: 27

Find a Grave

Birth: Aug. 12, 1821 Geauga County Ohio, USA

Death: Oct. 5, 1858 Juab County Utah, USA

Burial Information: Call, Josiah Howe Birth: 08/12/1821 Death: 10/5/1858 Burial: 10/14/1858 Place of Birth: Madison, Geauga, Ohio Place of Death: Fillmore, Utah Cause of Death: Scalped Grave Location: Fillmore City Cemetery, 144_1_8 Source: Sexton / Grant Comments: Age At Death 36 (36 He was scalped and killed by Indians at Chicken Creek, Juab County.


Filmore City, Oct. 19, 1858


Thinking you would like to hear the facts concerning the massacre of brothers Josiah Call and Samuel Brown, between Salt Creek and Filmore, I take the liberty to write them to you as they appeared in evidence before the coroner's inquest held over the bodies yesterday.

They left Salt Creek on Tuesday, 5th Oct. with two days' provisions, saying that they were going down Chicken Creek to see if a drove of cattle could be taken that way into this valley. Some brothern came in from Salt Creek the Sunday following; hearing that Brothers Call and Brown had not arrived, told what they heard at Salt Creek.

On Monday, four men started in search and found by their horse tracks that they had taken the north side of Chicken Creek. They also found where they got off and led their horses to water. This satisfied the men that Brothers Brown and Call had gone this way. It was somewhat difficult tracking them; as to all appearances a large party of Indians traveled the same trail.

The Brothern followed Chicken Creek and Sevier River into a valley. From this valley they returned home for more provisions and men. Indians with whom they were acquainted told them that there were many Indians close by.

On Friday 1st some fifteen started again to renew the search. They met Brother Shepard at Cedar Springs, who had just come in from the north. He told them that he saw a dead body about two miles south of Chicken Creek. Accordingly, they proceeded forwith and found both bodies within about two hundred yards of each other.

Brother Brown was shot through the heart, scalped and his throat cut. The birds had eaten the flesh from brother Call's bones with the exception of his leg below the knee and his left arm. It was evident he had been shot three times; once through the right breast, the shot lodging in the back bone; once through the left ankle and once through the head, the ball entering the back part of the skull near the seam and coming out the left side of the nose. It is supposed that his throat was also cut, as the blood had run from where his neck lay. His right arm was entirely gone and was not found.

They were both stripped of all their clothing except their underclothes, shoes and stockings.

The remains were this day interred in the cemetery of this place, the occasion being one of the most solemn I have ever witnessed. This is the first instance of the kind that has happened to any sitizen of this place since its settlement.

Report says some Indians went to Sanpete and said they had killed two white men in the Sevier River valley. The men fought like bears and killed one Indian. That they (the Indians) had to run into the canyon, but they got more help and followed and killed them. Which may be true, as they had evidently been down the creek and their bodies were found on the road home- they would not have come back on the road again if they had not been molested or mistrusted some danger.

An Indian, wearing Grandfather's hat, came six months later to the home of my grandmother. Grandmother's six frightened children clung to her apron while he told the story. Grandfather begged for his life. He told them he had six little papooses and a squaw that he would like to go home to; that they needed him, He offered to trade them anything for his life. They refused him. When an Indian says he'll do a thing he usually does it. He told her they took his right arm as a sign of Bravery.

Family links:

  • Cyril Call (1785 - 1873)
  • Sarah Tiffany Call (1790 - 1856)
  • Henrietta Caroline Williams Call (1826 - 1900)
  • Alzina Henrietta Call Tingey (1848 - 1927)*
  • Cyril Josiah Call (1849 - 1930)*
  • Columbia Fillmore Call Loveland (1852 - 1931)*
  • Anson Charles Call (1854 - 1921)*
  • Lydia Rosetta Call Loveland (1856 - 1907)*
  • William Wiley Call (1858 - 1927)*

Burial: Fillmore Cemetery Fillmore Millard County Utah, USA Plot: 144_1_8

Maintained by: Lisa Olorenshaw Originally Created by: Bruce J. Black Record added: Feb 19, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 13390801

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Josiah Howe Call's Timeline

August 12, 1821
January 30, 1846
Age 24
January 30, 1846
Age 24
March 1, 1846
Age 24
August 12, 1848
Age 27
Pottowattamie, Iowa, United States
Age 28
Davis, Utah Territory
Age 28
Davis, Utah Territory
January 28, 1852
Age 30
Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA
March 29, 1854
Age 32
Fillmore, Millard, Utah, USA
May 14, 1854
Age 32