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Adam Fife

Birthplace: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: December 31, 1861 (55)
Riverdale, Weber County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Plot: B_4_PAUPER_72, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Fife, [twin] and Margaret Hunter
Husband of Ellen Fife
Father of Mary Sharp Patterson; Margaret Miller; John Fife; James Fife; Andrew Fife and 11 others
Brother of James Fife; John Fife; Agnes Fife; Margaret Roy Patterson; Andrew Fife and 7 others

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About Adam Fife

------------------------------------------- DEATH DATE DISCREPANCIES - there is no dispute that Adam's birth date was 4 July 1806, although there are several discrepancies surrounding his death date (as follows):

"LDS Membership Record" Name: Adam FIFE (also spelled FYFE) Birth: 4 July 1806 in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland Death: 31 December 1861 Father: John FIFE Mother: Margaret HUNTER

"Utah, Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946" Name: Adam FIFE Birth: 4 July 1806 in Scotland Death: 30 December 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah

"Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966" Name: Adam FIFE Birth: 4 July 1806 in Scotland Death: 30 Dec 1861 in Weber County, Utah Cause of Death: Asthma

"Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database" Name: Adam FIFE Birth: 4 July 1806 in Scotland

  • Death: 13 December 1862 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Burial: 13 December 1861 at the Salt Lake City Cemetery (*Note: I contacted the Salt Lake City Cemetery and they confirmed the entry for his death/burial to be 13 Dec 1861 and they are changing the year to reflect this in their online registers.)

"Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah" Name: Adam FIFE Birth: 4 July 1806 in Sauchie, Scotland Death: January 1864

"Daughters of the Utah Pioneers" - Brighton Camp Name: Adam FIFE Birth: 4 July 1806 at Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Death: 31 December 1861 in Weber County, Utah Spouse: Ellen (Helen) SHARP married on 12 April 1826 in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Father: John FIFE Mother: Margaret HUNTER ------------------------------------------- There is no marker for Adam since he was buried in a paupers grave in Section B of the Salt Lake City Cemetery (see photo of the grassy area). There are no records of specific burial lots for all the paupers buried in this section.

The only mention of Adam on a headstone is this one of his wife (see photo) who is buried in Section A-1-13-2W. ------------------------------------------- "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah" [Page 870]

FIFE, ADAM (son of John and Margaret Fife of Sauchie, Scotland). Born July 4, 1806, at Sauchie. Came to Utah September 1851, David Wilkie company.

Married Helen Sharp at Sauchie, Scotland (daughter of John Sharp, later of Salt Lake City, pioneer 1850). She was born Nov. 10, 1808. Their children: Mary b. June 8, 1827, m. Alexander Patterson; Margaret b. July 25, 1829, m. David Miller; John b. May 10, 1831, m. Sarah Lewis; James b. May 5, 1833, m. Jennette Triaddle; Andrew b. July 3, 1835, and Robert b. April 21, 1837, died; Adam S. b. July 24, 1838, m. Comfort Jelly; Cecelia b. Oct. 6, 1840, died; Joseph b. Sept. 9, 1842, m. Martha Ann Bingham; Ellen b. Sept. 25, 1844, died; Agnes b. May 14, 1846, m. Sanford Bingham; Catherine b. Aug. 13, 1848, m. Francis Russell; Janet b. March 1, 1851, m. William Child; Jane b. May 7, 1853, m. Charles Densel; Sarah b. Dec. 26, 1855. Family home Riverdale, Utah.

Quarried stone in Red Butte canyon for wall around temple grounds at Salt Lake City. Died January 1864. ------------------------------------------- Adam Fife and Helen Sharp Fife

Adam Fife was born 4 July 1806 in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland and was christened in Clackmannan. He was the second son of John Fife and Margaret Hunter. His wife Helen or Ellen Sharp was born 10 Nov 1808 in the same village. She was the eldest child of John Sharp and Mary Hunter.

Adam and Helen were married 12 Apr 1826 in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland and there they made their home. Adam was a collier(coal miner) in the mines close by. We learn from the "Lives and Times of Our Ancestors" by Frank Smith that coal miners are probably the most misunderstood of all occupation groups. When one considers the long fights they had for decent wages and less dangerous working conditions, the humbleness of their homes, the poor food they had to nourish them while performing hard manual labor and the constant risk they faced in injury and death, he must rank them, in bravery and hardship encountered with men who sailed masted ships.

Some coal seams were only 33 inches high. The miners had to work in a prone position. The seams were not always dry and the water coming up through the floor was very impure and caused boils and other skin diseases. The extreme narrowness of the seams in some cases hat to be cut out by young lads whose size was more suited to the contracted space. The mote of drawing the tubs of coal to the main way was by a girdle of rope around the loins, attached to the load by a hook and chain. They went into the mines as early as seven years of age. Thus we learn something about the conditions in the mines of Scotland and England at that point in time.

When the first Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came to Scotland, Adam and Helen heard the Gospel and embraced the new faith. They were baptized by Elder Gibson 10 October 1848 and they decided to leave their native land and come to America in 1849.

They crossed the ocean on a sailing vessel, the "Berlin", taking six weeks to make the trip. While on board the ship, cholera broke out among the passengers and many died, among them their little daughter Helen who was one of the last to succumb to the dreadful disease. The sinkers which hat been used in that day to sink the bodies were all used by the time it came to bury her in a watery grave. The little body wag wrapped and thrown overboard. It followed the wake of the ship for several days while the family kept vigil over it from the back of the ship. Suddenly it went down and they knew that it hat been eaten by a large fish. (I was named after this little great aunt and Great Grandmother Helen Sharp Fife)

The family landed at New Orleans and made arrangements to go up the Mississippi River by boat to St. Louis, Missouri. They stayed there for two years getting their wagons and equipment ready to make the trip to Zion. While at St. Louis they were with Helen's brothers, John, Joseph and Adam Sharp and one of her sisters who had come to America previously the year before. When they left St. Louis in May of 1851 Helen had a baby girl one month old.

They traveled in the wagon train of David Wilkie, the journey being long and arduous especially on the women. They would travel all day and when evening came they would stop and make camp where the air would be full of dust from the movement of the pioneers and animals. The lowing of the cattle and the crying of the children, and being so far from civilization as they were was enough to make them want to turn back. When the wagons had stopped the women and children had the chore of running to collect wood to make a fire for the evening meals but many times the only fuel available was dried buffalo chips. After eating their meager supper, the Saints would visit with one another then gather and sing and pray before going to bed.

In September 1851 they arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The family stayed in Great Salt Lake City for two years while father Adam worked in Red Butte Canyon, just east of where the University of Utah Medical Center now is, quarrying stone to be used in making the wall around the Temple Grounds. They were then called by Brigham Young to go to Southern Utah to help colonize what is now known as Iron County. After staying there for two and one half years, they were relocated and they journeyed to what is now Riverdale, Weber County, Utah in 1856 to make a home. Adam took up a tract of land and they all worked to clear off the sagebrush. They were able to plant their crops and when harvesting time came they would cut the grain with sickles and the women and children would glean the fields. They were very poor and food was scarce, one of their daughters said later that she was married woman before she knew why her mother did not have a very good appetite. She then knew it was because they did not have enough food for all.

Adam's health began to fail and he desired to go to the Endowment House in Great Salt Lake City to get his Temple Work done. He was very ill so a feather bed was put in the wagon box for him to lie on and he was taken to the Endowment House. When the family brought him back to Riverdale he said he was ready to go and he died 31 December 1861. Helen was left with four young daughters to care for. She was a very religious woman and wanted her children to sing nothing but Sacred Songs on the Sabbath Day. She was a very gentle and kind woman. She passed away 24 April 1866 at Riverdale, leaving her four daughters in the care of their brother Joseph. Adam and Helen were both buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Helen Thomson Miner Brighton Camp Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Far East Salt Lake County Salt Lake City, Utah 1981 Source: -------------------------------------------

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Adam Fife's Timeline

July 4, 1806
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 4, 1806
Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland
July 4, 1806
Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland
June 8, 1827
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 25, 1829
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
May 10, 1830
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
May 5, 1833
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
July 3, 1835
Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland
May 4, 1837
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom