Oliver De Mille (Demill) (1830 - 1908)

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Birthplace: Colesville, Broom, New York, USA
Death: Died in Rockville, Washington, Utah, USA
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About Oliver De Mille (Demill)

Oliver DeMille is the son of Anna Knight DeMille and Freeborn DeMille. Freeborn went with his parents, after being chased out by mobs in Colesville, New York on April 21, 1831, to Thompson, Ohio on May 16, 1831. On June 28, 1831, they left Thompson and arrived at Independence, Missouri on July 25. They were driven out of Missouri on December 1, 1833 and went to Clay County, Missouri.

In the spring of 1837, they were driven out again and went to Far West, Missouri. His father, Freeborn got a serious knee cut by a sawtooth in Missouri and was laid up for 5 years. In the Spring of 1839 the Saints were expelled from Missouri. They traveled to Quincy, Illinois where they remained until 1842, then repaired to Nauvoo where they resided until April 22, 1846.

They started west and on May 26, 1846 arrived at Mt. Pisgah where his father, Freeborn got sick again by a "fever sore" and rested until 1850. They started and arrived in the valley of Salt Lake on September 17, 1850 and then in Manti, Utah on November 5, 1850, where his father resided.

Oliver married Emily Almina Beal May 13, 1855 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah and was living in Sanpete County when President Brigham Young called him to settle southern Utah.

Oliver DeMille, among others, left Sanpete County and first arrived January 20, 1862 in a place they called Shonesburg named after the Indian chief, Shones. The pioneers built dams and tried to tame the unpredictable Virgin River but it wasn't until 1865 before they finally had a good harvest of corn, cane and cotton. In 1866, the settlement was abandoned due to Indian troubles, but in 1868 some of the original settlers returned. Over the years the flooding of the river washed away farmland and by 1897 there was not enough children to hold school. By the year 1900 only Oliver DeMille was left and then he even moved to Rockville, Utah.

The little settlement of Shonesburg was left abandoned with little to show that for fourty years the pioneers had worked and toiled hard on this area. All that was left was a rock house, a few chimney's and a derelict cemetery.

Oliver was called to serve a mission in 1893

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Oliver De Mille's Timeline

1830
March 30, 1830
Colesville, Broom, New York, USA
1839
1839
Age 8
1852
November 5, 1852
Age 22
1855
May 13, 1855
Age 25
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
1857
1857
Age 26
1859
1859
Age 28
1862
1862
Age 31
1865
June 13, 1865
Age 35
salt lake, salt lake, Utah, United States
October 10, 1865
Age 35
October 10, 1865
Age 35