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Nicknames: "Adnyrum", "Tollman", "Folman", "Lolman"
Birthplace: Hope, Lincoln, Maine, United States
Death: Died in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
Cause of death: Chronic myocarditis and acute cystitis contributed to by arteriosclerosis
Occupation: LDS Seventy, High Priest, Patriarch, missionary; member Nauvoo Legion, served in Mormon Battalion, Indian War veteran, Echo Canyon War veteran, minuteman; pioneer, first settler Tooele, Utah; farmer, lumberman, saw mill operator
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About Judson Adonirum Tolman, Sr.

Judson Adonirum Tolman (1826 - 1916), son of Nathan Tolman (born 1788) and Sarah Hewitt (born 1789), was born 14 July 1826 at Hope, Lincoln County, Maine; he died at the age of 89 on 6 July 1916 at Bountiful,Davis County, Utah, and was buried at Bountiful Memorial Park. He served as an LDS High Priest; Patriarch; President of the High Priests quorum; and a missionary to Maine in 1877. He was one of the first settlers in Tooele County and city, an Indian war veteran, a member of the Nauvoo Legion; and a minuteman.

Marriages and Children

  1. Sarah L. Holbrook (born 21 January 1832), daughter of Joseph Holbrook and Nancy Sampson; married 12 January 1846. Their children:
    1. Sarah Margaret Tolman (28 March 1847 - 12 April 1847) died in infancy
    2. Nancy Jane Tolman (born 4 February 1848), married William Wallace Willey on 20 October 1862
    3. Judson Adonirum Tolman, Jr. (born 25 February 1850), married Mary Ann Howard on 23 December 1872
    4. Joseph Holbrook Tolman (born 17 July 1861), married (1) Emma Adella Wood in February 1871, married (2) Mary Ellen Cahoon
    5. Jaren Tolman (born 18 April 1853), married (1) Emma Biggs on 1 June 1874, (2) Mary Ann Briggs, (3) Sarah Jane Burningham, (4) Mary Alice Bybee
    6. Sarah Lucretia Tolman (born 7 April 1855), married Joseph Thomas Mabey on 13 March 1871
    7. Hannah Ann Tolman (24 August 1856 - 20 December 1862); died in childhood
    8. Lamoni Tolman (born 17 March 1858), married Agness Emmerette Call on 28 December 1880
    9. Charlotte Tolman (9 December 1859 - 20 October 1860) died in infancy
    10. Catherine Tolman (born 13 September 1861), married Alma Stoker in October 1879
    11. Alice Tolman (born 27 August 1863), married Adam Yancy in October 1880
    12. Cyrus Tolman (born 13 February 1865), married Eliza A. Riley
    13. Wallace Tolman (born 13 April 1867), married Annie Huffine
    14. Lucretia Tolman (4 February 1869 - 4 February 1869) died in infancy
  2. Mary Peeves Coleman, married in 1852, divorced 26 January 1857; no children
  3. Sophia Merrell, married 1856, divorced 1869. Their children:
    1. Samuel Hardy Tolman (born 17 September 1857)
    2. Esther Jane Tolman (born 12 February 1863), married Perry Sessions on 6 June 1891
    3. Charles Nathan Tolman (born 18 June 1865), married Virginia Field (c.1867 - c.1896)
    4. Sarah Elvira Tolman (born 29 March 1868), married Alexander Beckstead Hunsaker
  4. Jane Zibiah Staker (born 21 May 1847 Pottawattamie County, Iowa), daughter of John Staker and Jane McDonnal, married on 5 April 1869 Salt Lake City . Their children:
    1. Martha Ann Tolman (born 1 January 1870), married Samuel Thurgood on 27 November 1888
    2. Mary Jane Tolman (born 24 June 1872)
    3. Julia Abba Tolman (born 9 August 1874), married Brigham Hartly in October 1891
    4. Ella Annice Tolman (born 7 April 1877), married George Dibble on 1 August 1908
    5. Lilly Malinda Tolman (born 23 September 1879), married John Robinson on 10 October 1900
    6. David Roy Tolman (born 5 December 1881), married Maude Baulton on 23 June 1909
    7. Alma Ray Tolman (5 December 1881 - 5 June 1898)
    8. Elmyra "Mira" Maud Tolman, twin (born 19 June 1884), married Alexander Patterson on 10 June 1903
    9. son Tolman, twin (19 June 1884 - 19 June 1884)
    10. John Hewitt Tolman (born 4 December 1886), married (1) Ivy Belle Berry (1889 - 1911), married (2) Maggie Finlayson (1891 - 1973)
    11. Justin Tolman (born 10 April 1889), married Alice Vilate Ashdown (1891 - 1977)
  5. Eleanor Odd Williams, married sometime between 1904 and 1908; her children by her previous husband were sealed to Judson Adonirum Tolman, Sr., in 1908. No known children of this marriage.

Biographical Sketch

Early Life

In 1837, when Judson Adonirum Tolman was eleven years old, his family moved from Kennebec County, Maine, to Iowa. In 1844 his father died, and on 12 January 1845 he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was ordained a Seventy only three months after his baptism. Within a year he had moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, where the Mormons had built a beautiful city. As a young man not yet twenty he met, fell in love with, and married Sarah Lucretia Holbrook (married 12 January 1846). She was the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Lampson Holbrook.

Joyful Pioneers

Within two weeks of his marriage Judson left Nauvoo without his bride to serve with the Hosea Stout Company in pioneering the route across Iowa to Council Bluffs. This was the vanguard group who prepared the way for the exodus of the Mormons from Nauvoo to eventually settle in Utah. He helped build bridges, roads, and in guarding the group from its enemies. In the late spring of that year he returned to Nauvoo for his wife, joining with her father, Joseph Holbrook, in moving to a temporary settlement at Winter Quarters. For over two years they struggled, sacrificed, and subsisted in an area that was then primarily a wilderness. As they traveled and endured these hardships they were "joyful" nonetheless.

From the journal of Joseph Holbrook:

"April 20th (1847) traveled six miles and met my family with their wagon stuck in the mud on a small branch (stream) all alone. Found my family all well, almost out of bread stuff of every description and so had some corn meal for them. Judson Tolman, my son-in-law who had left me to return to his family had helped move my family with his own. He buried his only child, a daughter about two weeks old, two or three days before at the burying grounds on the bluffs near Punkas, where about twenty-three of our brethren and sisters had been buried during our short stay in that place. Yet in all our tribulations, we felt joyful."

Although Judson Tolman and Joseph Holbrook and their families were ready to begin the trek to Utah in late 1847, they were encouraged to wait until the spring of 1848. Brigham Young wanted an advance party to establish a colony before families were brought to Utah. A year later on 20 September 1848 Judson Tolman arrived in Salt Lake Valley as a member of the Brigham Young Company and the Daniel Garn Fifty. He was in company with his two brothers, Cyrus and Benjamin, and the Joseph Holbrook family.

The Great Salt Lake Valley

The first winter in the valley was described by Alice Leone Patterson Wilkinson in her history of Judson Tolman:

"Judson Tolman's first home here was a little dugout in the Ninth Ward. A great many hardships had to be borne that winter on account of the scarcity of crops. They were obliged to live for six weeks on nothing but wild onions and milk. The next year the crops were very successful. From one peck of seed, he raised twenty-five bushels of potatoes. About the first of July the first barley was ripe and they ground it and made bread, the first they had had for a long time. In July 1849 Judson left Salt Lake City and located in Bountiful, Davis County, having asked for the privilege of taking up a farm, he built a house there."

Judson went to Tooele with Josiah Call and Samuel Meacham, where he built a sawmill. In his own words here is a description of his activities in these early days of Utah,

"I helped to fight the crickets in 1849 and that year, together with two other families, settled in Tooele, Utah. We were the first settlers there. In 1850 I was one of a company of thirty-one called by Brigham Young to serve as guard on the Southwestern frontiers of Utah, under Captain Phineus White. I served three and one-half years in that capacity and was in battles with the Indians... In 1852 the Indians took the last yoke of oxen and cow I had. In the fall of 1854 I moved to Bountiful, Utah."

His move from Tooele to Bountiful was apparently encouraged by the loss of much of his goods to the Indians. His home for the rest of his life was in Bountiful, farming and lumbering. He built and operated four or five sawmills in the vicinity.

Heber C. Kimball prophesied that goods would be had cheaply and in abundance in the Salt Lake Valley. This prophesy was fulfilled when the Gold Rush to California in 1849 brought people through Utah in great numbers. Judson Tolman records that he sold an Indian pony for a one-hundred-dollar wagon and harness. He saw his crops threatened by grasshoppers and describes a simple technique as a remedy: Two men stretching a long rope across a field would move it along frightening the insects off the field into the Great Salt Lake where the grasshopper would die. Part of the crop could be preserved in this way. He speaks of "Uncle Sam's Army," a reference to the coming of Johnston's army to Utah. On this occasion he moved his family to Provo and stood with the Saints, ready to put to the torch all his earthy possessions to prevent their falling into the hands of an invading army.

Faithful Service

Judson Tolman was a faithful servant in his church duties. He was ordained a Seventy in February 1846, a singular honor for one so new a member of the church. He accepted the principle of plural marriage as a divine law. In 1877, when fifty years of age, he accepted a call to serve as a missionary in his native Maine. From Leone Wilkinson's history,

"Like most missionaries his enemies tried to overcome him, but he was always gifted with a ready answer. Once a sectarian minister after having railed the Mormons uselessly, finally said, "Well what about the Mountain Meadow Massacre? You can't uphold your people there." Brother Tolman answered, "I will take a Yankee's privilege and answer you by asking another question. Do you remember the Haun's Mill Massacre? It was mostly Methodists who did that work. Are you going to blame the Methodists for that, or the men who did it?" The minister answered, "Why the men who did it, of course." "Then," said Brother Tolman, "be as lenient to the poor deluded Mormons."

Married Life

Sarah Lucretia Holbrook was Judson's first wife. These two suffered, sacrificed, and rejoiced in their life together. They had fourteen children in twenty-three years. She died in 1869, at age 47.

Judson's second wife was Mary Peeves Coleman. They were married in 1852. Mary was the widow of George Coleman, who had lost his life in the Mormon Battalion. No record of children has been found. There is a church record that the marriage was canceled on the 26th of January 1857.

In 1856 Judson married Sophia Merrell. They had four children. In 1869 Sophia left the home in Bountiful and moved to Plymouth, Cache County, Utah. Records indicate that this marriage was canceled by the church in 1869 and again in 1874. Sophia then married Garret Hopkins Wolverton. She died in childbirth in 1875. The cancellation of the marriage of Judson and Sophia may be coincident with a visit that Sophia Merrell paid Brigham Young in 1869; a divorce may have been granted as a consequence of a conversation during this visit.

Judson's fourth wife was Zibiah Jane Stoker, a young lady who came to fill the void left by the loss of Sarah Lucretia. Not only did she mother the older family, some of whom were older than she was, but she bore Judson eleven children of her own. Her home was remembered by the grandchildren as one in which you were always welcome. She was a generous and loving wife and mother. It is difficult for us to conceive of a girl assuming so much responsibility at the tender age of fourteen. She outlived her husband ten years. She was, apparently, the heir to Judson's books and personal journal.

Polygamy and Excommunication

The practice of polygamy was officially abolished by the Church in the Woodruff Manifesto of 1890. The problems this created can be readily understood. Those who were members of these families could not abandon this relationship without serious hardship. It took a generation for the practice to die out. There were some in the Church that did not accept the Manifesto.

Some of the older brethren continued to perform plural marriages. By 1903 President Joseph F. Smith of the LDS Church issued a decree that the practice must stop, and that examples would be made of men who persisted in defying the Manifesto. Excommunication became the consequence to several who refused to accept the revocation of what to them was an eternal principle.

On the 3rd of October in 1910 Judson Tolman lost his most precious possession: his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was charged with performing plural marriages, for marrying illegally himself, and for lying about it. This is a matter of record in the Historical Record Book A: 1909 to 1919, of the Bountiful First Ward, Davis Stake.

Records concerning his excommunication indicate he apparently performed plural marriages, contrary to instructions. The children of Eleanor Odd Williams were sealed to Judson Tolman in the Nauvoo Temple in 1908; therefore, Judson and Eleanor Williams must have been married sometime between 1904 and 1908. Although no direct record of this marriage has been found, Judson was charged with having married illegally so it seems that the illegal wife was Eleanor Williams.

Temple Blessings and Priesthood Restored

On the 14th of February 1912 Judson was baptized by his son, Jaren Tolman; and confirmed a member of the Church by Joseph H. Grant, Davis Stake President. This not only confirms his excommunication, it reflects a desire to be re-fellowshipped in the Church. Though he was known until his death as Patriarch Tolman, he never in life regained the blessings of the priesthood. He died 6 July 1916. Funeral services were held in the Bountiful Tabernacle on 9 July 1916, one week before his ninetieth birthday.

Special request was made by his descendants to have his temple blessings restored, although this did not happen until 1981. Through the efforts of various cousins, the restoration of Judson's priesthood was accomplished 24 September 1981.

Sources

  • Autobiography of Judson A. Tolman, Sr.
  • Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846. Name: Judson Tolman [Jedson Tolman] [Judson Tollman] ; Birth Date: 1826; Birth Place: Maine; Death Date: 1916; Death Place: Utah; Father: Nathan Tolman; Mother: Sarah Hewitt; Wives: Holbrook, Sarah Lucretia (14); Merrell, Sophia (4); Odd, Eleanor; Reeves, Mary; Stoker, Zibiah Jane (11); Ordination: 1845; Quorum: Q28; Nauvoo Data: Baptized 1845 IA; City of Joseph (Nauvoo); Endowed Nauvoo Temple 2/3/46 (Seventy); Mission ME; Post-Nauvoo Data: Bountiful UT; Farmer; High Priest 1885; Lumberman; Mission ME 1877; Patriarch 1897 Davis County UT; Tooele UT; Sources: M43:713; N589; S102; Q28+. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Black, Harvey B. Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846: An Annotated Index of Over 3,500 Seventies Organized into the First Thirty-Five Quorums of the Seventy in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois. Provo, Utah: Infobases, Inc., 1996. Private Donor.
  • Millennium File. Name: Judson Tolman; Gender: Male; Birth Date: 14 Jul 1826; Birth Place: S windsor, Augusta, Maine; Death Date: 6 Jul 1916; Death Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA; Burial Date: 9 Jul 1916; Burial Place: Bountiful City Cem, Davis, Utah;
    • Marriage Date: 12 Jan 1846; Marriage Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; Spouse: Sarah Lucretia Holbrook; Children: Jaren Tolman; Esther Jane Tolman; Charles Nathan Tolman; Sarah Elvira; Spouse Father: Joseph Holbrook; Spouse Mother: Nancy Lampson. [Note: this record is incorrect in that Esther, Charles, and Sarah were the children of Judson Tolman's third wife, Sophia Merrell.]
    • Marriage Date: 20 Dec 1852; Marriage Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; Spouse: Mary Reeves; Children: Jaren Tolman; Esther Jane Tolman; Charles Nathan Tolman; Sarah Elvira. [Note: this record is incorrect in that there were no children of this marriage; these were the children of Judson Tolman's first and third wives.]
    • Marriage Date: 5 Feb 1856; Marriage Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; Spouse: Sophia Merrell; Children: Jaren Tolman; Esther Jane Tolman; Charles Nathan Tolman; Sarah Elvira. [Note: this record is incorrect in that Jaren was the child of Judson Tolman's first wife, Sarah Lucretia Holbrook.]
    • Marriage Date: 5 Apr 1869; Marriage Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; Spouse: Zibiah Jane Stoker; Children: Jaren Tolman; Esther Jane Tolman; Charles Nathan Tolman; Sarah Elvira. [Note: this record is incorrect in that, although there were eleven children of this marriage, none of these were born to Zibiah Jane Stoker Tolman; these were the children of Judson Tolman's first and third wives.]
    • Marriage Date: 1908; Spouse: Eleanor Odd; Children: Jaren Tolman; Esther Jane Tolman; Charles Nathan Tolman; Sarah Elvira. [Note: this record is incorrect in that there were no children of this marriage; these were the children of Judson Tolman's first and third wives.]
    • Source Information: Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting.
  • Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards. Name: Judson Tolman; Spouse: Sarah Lucretia Holbrook, Mary Reeves, Sophia Merrell, Zibiah Jane Stoker; Birth Date: 14 Jul 1826; Birth Place: South Windsor, Augusta, ME.; Death Date: 6 Jul 1916; Death Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Pioneer: before 1869; Chapter: South Davis; Donor: Thomas Tolman Fam. Org. c/o Eric Tolman. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Card index created by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966.Name: Judson Tolman; Gender: Male; Age: 89; Birth Date: abt 1827; Death Date: 6 Jul 1916; Death County: Davis; State file number: 1916002404. Source Citation: Utah State Archives and Records Service; Salt Lake City, UT; Utah State Archives and Records Service; File Number #: 1916002404. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Bureau of Vital Statistics. Utah Death Index, 1847-1966. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah Department of Health.
  • Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848. Name: Judson Tolman; Gender: Male; Relationship to Primary Person: Self (Head); Father: Nathan Tolman; Mother: Sarah Hewitt [Sarah Hemett] ; Birth Date: 14 Jul 1826; Birth Place: South Windsor, Kennebec, Maine, USA; Death Date: 6 Jul 1916; Death Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA; Burial Date: 9 Jul 1916; Burial Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA; Residences: Tooele, Tooele, Utah, USA; 1850 Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA; 1860 Iowa, USA; 1837 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA; March, 1845 Tooele, Tooele, Utah, USA; 1849 Bountiful, Davis, Utah, USA; fall of 1854; LDS Church Ordinance Data: Baptism Date: January 12, 1845 IA, USA Ordained Seventy Date: June 5, 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Ordained High Priest Date: 1885 Ordained Patriarch Date: 1897 Davis county, UT, USA. LDS Temple Ordinance Data: Endowment Date: February 3, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA; Endowment Date: December 16, 1966 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA Sealed to Parents Date: October 24, 1894 Temple: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 1 Date: December 20, 1852 Temple: Office of the President, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 2 Date: December 20, 1852 Temple: Office of the President, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 3 Date: February 5, 1856 Temple: Office of the President, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 4 Date: April 5, 1869 Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Vocations: Farmer; 1850 Lumberman; 1860; Comments: In 1850 Judson had a household of four, with a real wealth of $400and no personal wealth. In 1860 Judson had a household of four, with a real wealth of $200 and a personal wealth of $260. Comments: #21. Judson came to Utah on September 20, 1848, with the Brigham Young company. 2. Judson served as president of the high priests' quorum. He served as missionary to Maine in 1877. 3. He was the first settler in Tooele county and city. He was an Indian war veteran. He was a member of the Nauvoo Legion; minuteman. Comments: #31. Judson came from old Puritan stock, his ancestors having arrived in America in 1630. Household Members: Judson Tolman Self (Head); Sarah Lucretia Holbrook Spouse; Sarah Margaret Tolman Child; Nancy Jane Tolman Child; Judson Adonirum Tolman Child; Joseph Holbrook Tolman Child; Jaren Tolman Child; Sarah Lucretia Tolman Child; Hannah A Tolman Child; Lamoni Tolman Child; Charlotte Tolman Child; Catherine Tolman Child; Alice Tolman Child; Cyrus Tolman Child; Wallace Holbrook Tolman Child; Lucretia Tolman Child; Mary Reeves Spouse; Saptia Merrill Spouse; Samuel R Tolman Child; Esther Tolman Child; Charles Nathan Tolman Child; Sarah Elvira Tolman Child; Jane Z Staker Spouse; Martha Ann Tolman Child; Mary Jane Tolman Child; Julia Abba Tolman Child; Ella Annice Tolman Child; Lilly Malinda Tolman Child; David Roy Tolman Child; Alma Ray Tolman Child; Elmyra Maud Tolman Child; Tolman Child; John Hewitt Tolman Child; Justin Tolman Child. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Black, Susan Easton, compiler. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830–1848. 50 vols. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989. Private Donor.
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Name: Judson Adonirum Tolman; Gender: Male; Birth Place: ME; Birth Year: 1826;
    • Spouse Name: Sophia Merrell; Marriage Year: 1856; Marriage State: UT; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 101.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LMM.
    • Spouse Name: Zibiah Jane Stoker; Marriage Year: 1869; Marriage State: UT; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 102.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LMM.
    • Spouse Name: Sarah Lucretia Holbrook; Marriage Year: 1846; Marriage State: IL; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 99.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LMM.
    • Spouse Name: Sarah Lucretia Holbrook; Spouse Birth Place: NY; Spouse Birth Year: 1832; Marriage Year: 1846; Marriage State: IL; Number Pages: 1. Source Citation: Source number: 9346.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: BFO.
    • Source Information: Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, querie.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Name: Judson Tolman; SAR Membership: 31213; Birth Date: 1826; Death Date: 1916; Father: ; Mother: Sarah Hewett ; Spouse: Sarah L Holbrook; Children: Sarah L Tolman. Source Citation: Volume: 157; SAR Membership Number: 31213. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Name: Judson Tolman; SAR Membership: 62739; Birth Date: 1826; Death Date: 1916; Father: ; Mother: Sarah Hewett ; Spouse: Sarah L Holbrook ; Children: Sarah L Tolman . Source Citation: Volume: 314; SAR Membership Number: 62739. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: ncestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls.
  • 1850 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tolman; Age: 25; Birth Year: abt 1825; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1850: Tooele, Utah Territory; Gender: Male; Family Number: 33; Household Members: Judson Tolman 25; Sarah Tolman 19; Nancy J Tolman 3; Addison Tolman 1. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Tooele, Utah Territory; Roll: M432_919; Page: 119A; Image: 245. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Utah, Military Records, 1861-1970. Name: Judson Tolman; 23 April - 1 May 1851; # 39; Pvt. J. Ferguson's Co. Source Citation: Utah State Archives and Records Service; Salt Lake City, Utah; Territorial Militia Service Cards, 1850-1880; Creating Agency: Department of Administrative Services, Division of Archives and Records Service; Series: 6195; Reel: 1. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Utah, Military Records, 1861-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service Utah Indian Wars, Territorial Militia Service Cards [1850-1880]. Series 6195. Microfilm, 1 reel. Utah State Archives and Records Service, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1860 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tolman; Age in 1860: 33; Birth Year: abt 1827; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1860: Bountiful, Davis, Utah Territory; Gender: Male; Post Office: Stoker; Household Members: Judson Tolman 33; Sarah Tolman 26; Sophiah Tolman 21; Nancy J Tolman 13; Judson A Tolman 11 ; Joseph Tolman 9; Jorun Tolman 7; Sarah L Tolman 5; Hannah A Tolman 4; Lamoui Tolman 2; Saml Tolman 1; Charlotte Tolman 6/12. Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah Territory; Roll: M653_1313; Page: 346; Image: 357; Family History Library Film: 805313. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • 1870 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tollman [Judson Tolman] ; Age in 1870: 43; Birth Year: abt 1827; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1870: Bountiful, Davis, Utah Territory; Race: White; Gender: Male; Post Office: Bountiful; Household Members: Judson Tollman 43; Jane Tollman 23; Martha Tollman 6/12; Judson Tollman 21; Joseph Tollman 19; Jerren Tollman 17; Sarah Tollman 15; Lamoni Tollman 12; Catherine Tollman 9; Alice Tollman 7; Cyrus Tollman 5; Wallace Tollman 3; Samuel Tollman 11; Esther J Tollman 8; Martha Tollman 5; Sarah A Tollman 2. Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1610; Page: 217B; Image: 439; Family History Library Film: 553109. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • 1880 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tolman; Age: 54; Birth Year: abt 1826; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1880: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Self (Head); Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Jane Tolman; Father's Birthplace: Maine; Mother's Birthplace: Maine; Occupation: Farmer; Household Members: Judson Tolman 54; Jane Tolman 53; Cyrus Tolman 15; Wallace Tolman 13; Marth N. Tolman 10; Mary J. Tolman 8; Julia Tolman 6; Ellen Tolman 3; Malinda Tolman 9m. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Roll: 1336; Family History Film: 1255336; Page: 280A; Enumeration District: 014. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1900 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tolman; Age: 73; Birth Date: Jul 1826; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1900: Bountiful, Davis, Utah [Davis] ; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Head; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Jane Tolman; Marriage Year: 1869; Years Married: 31; Father's Birthplace: Maine; Mother's Birthplace: Maine; Household Members: Judson Tolman 73; Jane Tolman 53; Ella Tolman 23; Lillian Tolman 20; Mary Tolman 27; David Tolman 18; Mira Tolman 15; John Tolman 13; Justin Tolman 11. Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Roll: 1682; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1241682. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
  • 1910 United States Federal Census. Name: Judson Tolman [Judson Folman] [Judson Lolman] [Tolman] ; Age in 1910: 83; Birth Year: abt 1827 [1827] ; Birthplace: Maine; Home in 1910: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Race: White; Gender: Male; Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) [Head] ; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Jane Z Folman; Father's Birthplace: Maine; Mother's Birthplace: Maine; Household Members: Judson Tolman 83; Jane Z Tolman 62; Mary Tolman 36; Justin Tolman 21. Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Bountiful, Davis, Utah; Roll: T624_1603; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1375616. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • "Thomas Tolman Family Magazine," (Bountiful, Utah: Thomas Tolman Family Organization, December 1997), 12-16. Printed originally in Vol. I First Quarter 1965-28 - with revisions.
  • Judson Tolman: Pioneer, Lumberman, Patriarch, by E. Dennis Tolman, available from the Thomas Tolman Family Genealogical Center
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 137
  • Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1216
  • Life History of Judson Tolman
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 38965972
  • A Brief History of the Life of Judson Tolman, Alice Yancy
  • Ancestry.com. Conquerors of the West, Vol. 4 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Florence C. Youngberg, ed. Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers. Vol. 4. USA: Agreka Books, 1999.
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Judson Adonirum Tolman, Sr.'s Timeline

1826
July 14, 1826
Hope, Lincoln, Maine, United States
1837
1837
Age 10
1844
1844
Age 17
Iowa, United States

Judson was 18 years of age when his father died.

1845
January 12, 1845
Age 18
Iowa, United States
1846
January 12, 1846
Age 19
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
January 26, 1846
Age 19

Within two weeks after his marriage Judson left Nauvoo without his bride to serve with the Hosea Stout Company in pioneering the route across Iowa to Council Bluffs. This was the vanguard group who prepared the way for the exodus of the Mormons from Nauvoo to eventually settle in Utah. He was employed in building bridges, roads, and in guarding the movement from its enemies.

February 3, 1846
Age 19
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

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May 1846
Age 19

In the late spring of that year he returned to Nauvoo for his wife and moved in company with her father, Joseph Holbrook, to a temporary settlement at Winter Quarters. For over two years they struggled, sacrificed, and subsisted in an area that was then primarily a wilderness.

1847
March 28, 1847
Age 20
Punka Camp, Pottawattamie, Iowa
April 20, 1847
Age 20

"...traveled six miles and met my family with their wagon stuck in the mud on a small branch [stream] all alone. Found my family all well, almost out of bread stuff of every description and so had some corn meal for them.

Judson Tolman, my son-in-law who had left me to return to his family had helped move my family with his own. He buried his only child, a daughter about two weeks old, two or three days before at the burying grounds on the bluffs near Punkas, where about twenty-three of our brethren and sisters had been buried during our short stay in that place. Yet in all our tribulations, we felt joyful."