Louisa Abigail Lightner (Burk) (1851 - 1943)

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Birthplace: Mojave River, San Bernardino, CA, USA
Death: Died in Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
Occupation: Married 2/23/1870 John Horace Lightner and had 6 children
Managed by: Della Dale Smith
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About Louisa Abigail Lightner (Burk)

In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census for Beaver, Utah, Louisa A. Burke is 9 years old and living with her father, Charles Allen Burke, 36, and her mother, Lydia Williams Burke, 27, and her younger brother John Sidney, 7, her sister Ellen M. (Mary Ellen), 5, and brother Charles Allen Burke, 11 months old. She was born in California in 1851. Her father was working as a carpenter and his real estate was valued at $75. and his personal estate at $150.

On the same census page is my third great grandfather, James Henry Rollins, 44, and his wife Eveline, 37, and his plural wife, Hannah, 23, and their children, Charles L., 7, Malissa, 8, Caroline, 6, James H. 4, George, 4, and Francis 1. Mary A. Rollins, 14, and John Newman, 17, and John Henry Rollins, 19, and his wife, Nancy Malinda West Rollins, 15. James Henry Rollins mother, Keziah Ketura Van Benthuysen Rollins Burke had married a Mr. Burke, and I think that Mr. Burke may be an uncle to Charles Allen Burke.

There is a Membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1848, with a record for Louisa and her family. They are listed as Charles Allen Burk, Louisa, spouse, and their children, John Sidney, Mary Ellen, Charles Allen, George conley, Algernon Gilbert, Lydia Saline, Elizabeth Keziah, Nellie May, Laura Pearl, and James Edmund. It shows Louisa's birth place as Mohave, San Bernardino, California, on June 16, 1851.

I did not find a record for Louisa in the 1870 or 1880 census records, but in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Minersville, Beaver, Utah, she is living with her husband, John Horace Gilbert Lightner, 53, and Louisa is 48, with their children, Arthur, 20, Don, 12, and Mary Abbie, 8. John and his son Arthur are working as a farmer and a day laborer. The home was located on First South Street.

On the same census page is Charles A. Burk, 40, probably Louisa's brother, and his wife Margrette, 32, and their children, Oren, 15, Nellie, 14, John, 11, Maggie, 9, Louisa, 4, and Albert, 8 months old. Charles is also working as a farmer.

Louisa and John are still living in Minersville in the 1910 census, with their grown children, Arthur, 30, Don, 21, and Mary Abbie, 18. I don't know where Louisa is in 1920, but she is not listed in her husband's household. They were originally married in 1870, so would have been married for 50 years in 1920.

Her husband John Horace Gilbert Lightner passed away in 1923, and in the 1930 census for Minersville, Louisa is 78 years old and living with her son, Arthur, 49. And in the 1940 census, they are both still in Minersville, Louisa, 88, and Arthur, 60, and Arthur is working as a farm laborer. The highest grade each of them completed in school was 6th for Louisa and 5th for Arthur. The record states they were living in the same house in 1935, and the value of their home was $175. I wonder if they were living in the same home shown in the photograph on the Geni profile page for her daughter, Mary Abigail (Abbie), which was supposedly taken in 1900.

Louisa passes away on December 29, 1943, and is buried in the Minersville Cemetery, Plot D-223, along with her husband, and some of their children, including Ray (1876-1952), Arthur (1880-1957) and two others whose names I cannot read on her record at Find A Grave.com.

Louisa and John Horace Gilbert Lightner's son Don Allen Lightner, born April 17, 1888, died on February 11, 1940, supposedly from injuries from being gassed in World War I. Don was married to Neida Canfield on February 26, 1921, in Parowan, Utah. They were the parents of Enoa, Denzil Lloyd, Phyllis, Jack LaRae (twin) John LaRue (twin) and Mark. He was buried February 12, 1940, in the Silver Reef Catholic Cemetery, Block 3, Lot 12, Plot 1, Plat B. The inscription on his headstone reads, "Don Allen Lightner, Utah, Pvt. 22, Engrs., February 11, 1940. The record from Washington County Utah Cemeteries website states the following notes: Information recorded on St. Geroge City Cemetery, Register of Deaths, Record #2138, Donald Allen Lightner, born April 17, 1888, in Pioche, Nevada. Parents John H. & Louisa Lightner, married. Last place of residence was St. George, Utah. Cause of death--gunshot wounds. Date of death, February 11, 1940; name of party making report, Henry Pickett.

Louisa Abigail Burk Lightner wrote a book called, "They Answered The Call: A History of Minersville, Utah, edited by Alvaretta Robinson.

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Louisa Abigail Burk Lightner's Timeline

1851
June 16, 1851
Mojave River, San Bernardino, CA, USA
1870
December 3, 1870
Age 19
Minersville, UT, USA
1872
July 18, 1872
Age 21
Minersville, UT, USA
1876
August 21, 1876
Age 25
Minersville, UT, USA
1880
September 9, 1880
Age 29
1888
April 19, 1888
Age 36
Minersville, UT, USA
1891
November 15, 1891
Age 40
1943
December 29, 1943
Age 92
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
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Minersville, Iron, Utah, USA