Martha Ann Sampson (Hendrix) (1807 - 1886)

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Birthplace: Upper Canada (now Ontario, Canada)
Death: Died in Glenwood, Sevier, Utah Territory, USA
Occupation: Pioneer: 1851, by wagon company unknown
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About Martha Ann Sampson (Hendrix)

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 William McPherson Company (1851) Age 43


Departure: 27 June 1851 Arrival: 5 September 1851

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Martha was born in Upper Canada. which is now Ontario. The Canadian government offered free land to U.S. settlers about 1800. The area was beautiful and the land fertile. Many flocked to it, including Martha's parents. Some of the former U.S. citizens didn't like to be under British rule. By 1812 war broke out between Great Britain and the United States. The Hendryx family returned to Steuben County, New York, and lived there until about 1816, when they moved to Ohio in the general westward migration. where land was abundant and inexpensive.

Within a few years, Martha, known as Patty, met and married Isaac Sampson Jr. Her first three children were born and the second one died, in New London. Huron Co. Ohio. They had been married eight years when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith.The following year, in February, Joseph Smith and missionaries went to Ohio to preach the gospel. They were only there five days when Martha became a baptized member of the restored church. Isaac studied longer.When Joseph Smith called the Latter-Day Saints to live in Missouri, Martha and Isaac moved there,

Their new situation was, in a sense, like it was in Canada, where the new settlers faced hostile Indians, as well as frontiersman who were not going to tolerate the Mormons taking up land near them. From the time Martha and Isaac accepted the gospel, their history correlates with early church history.Isaac, a cripple. and Martha, a sensitive sweet woman. with two small children were forced from their home in Jackson Co. Missouri at gun point, suffering great trauma.

It was while on this trek Martha reports, "We were camped in, this lonely. desolate and destitute condition on the open prairie when the great and memorable sign of the stars falling from heaven was seen. We endured much Privation in this driving from Jackson County."

The Sampsons settled in Clay Co. where Martha gave birth to two children. In Caldwell County their sixth daughter was born. There they lived by Haun's Mill and were at the mill when they were terrorized by the mob that killed, raped and latter bragged. Martha was a victim of these lustful. men. The Sampsons fled to Iowa Martha gave birth to three sons and lost one while she and Isaac lived in Iowa, near Nauvoo, Illinois. It was while there were there that the saints were expelled from Illinois, after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Isaac didn't succeed in getting his wagon ready until 1851. There wasn't a record keeper in their whole company on the tedious journey west, all that is known is that they did arrive in the valley and camped at Washington Square.

They were the 31st family to settle in Provo, staying in one place for 13 years, was a great boon to Martha. During that time they took in dislocated saints from Salt Lake City threatened by the United States Army. They also suffered the distress and terror of the Walker War. and had to live, with hundreds of others. crowded in a fort.

Their daughter, Mary Jane, died seven days after giving birth to her fifth child. Elizabeth Jane, her dying request was that the girls go live with her parents. The baby -was left with Sister Allred and Martha and Isaac accepted the responsibility of caring for the other two young daughters. Martha Jane and Mary Ann Lemmon. After about one and a half years. the girls went with their father, John Lemmon. to settle "Red Man's land" in Sevier County. 

On their way they stopped in Ephraim and picked up little Elizabeth Jane. For three years in Glenwood they had good crops and ate well. Even so, little Elizabeth took sick and died.

Later they were faced with another war, the Black Hawk Indian War. The Indians were very hostile at the coming of the white settlers for the valley was very fertile. mountain streams teeming with fish. Wild game was plentiful.The Sampsons, again, had to flee. They first went to Green River, then to Holden for a few years. While there Martha received a letter from Martha Jane asking if Mary Ann could come back to live with them because the family with whom she was living worked her harder than. her frail health and tender years permitted. Mary Ann was with her grandparents when they moved back to their little cove of Glenwood.

Martha was helping her daughter-in-law-Rose Ann make a batch of soap. As Martha stirred in the lye unbeknown to her a clump dropped on her shoe, her 13 month old grandson. James William, crawling around, discovered it., picked it off her shoe and ate it suffering an agonizing death. The sorrow .brought them close together so much so that RoseAnn returned after she had moved to Wayne Co. to the comfort of her mother-in-law to have her next two children. In Glenwood they had comparative peace for six years before Isaac died on Christmas Eve. 1878.

In the winter of 1881 she and her two sons and granddaughter, Mary Ann. traveled by wagon, to the St. George temple . where they spent one week doing the temple for their deceased loved ones. Martha died in Glenwood, in 1886 and was buried in the old Glenwood Cemetery beside-her husband. Martha was a stalwart and faithful wife. mother. grandmother and friend, she kept good family records that helped with temple work and made the basis for family search.

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Martha Ann Sampson's Timeline

1807
August 28, 1807
Upper Canada (now Ontario, Canada)
1822
April 7, 1822
Age 14
New London, Huron, Ohio, USA
1823
June 7, 1823
Age 15
1825
June 7, 1825
Age 17
New London, Huron, Ohio, USA
June 7, 1825
Age 17
Huron Co., Oh
July 21, 1825
Age 17
New London, Huron, Ohio, USA
1827
March 21, 1827
Age 19
Jackson, Missouri, USA
1829
July 21, 1829
Age 21
New London, Huron, Ohio, USA
1832
January 16, 1832
Age 24
Clay, Missouri, USA
1834
December 10, 1834
Age 27
Clay, Missouri, USA