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Julia Ann Arledge (Peters)

Birthplace: Sweden?--> New York State, USA; d/o Stephen Peters and Huldah Springer
Death: June 10, 1921 (88)
Manderson, Big Horn Co., Wyoming
Immediate Family:

Wife of Alexander Rodman Arledge, fought with 6th Minn, Civil War
Mother of Huldah Jane Arledge; Ada Emma or Loada Arledge; Cora Charlotte Arledge; Akley Silas or A. Arledge; Marcus Lemuel Arledge and 4 others

Managed by: Pam Wilson (may be slow to respond)
Last Updated:

About Julia Ann Arledge

From the working files of Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

Jerry Smalley provides this narrative on his web page (formerly at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/4963/page3.html):

      The following experience was written down about 1892 by Julia Ann ( Peters ) Arledge, wife of Alexander Rodman Arledge. Alex and Julia are my Great-Great Grandparents on Dad's mothers side of the family.
      Julia mentions in her story that her daughter Hulda was a little girl and that she, Julia, had a baby at her breast. Huldah was born 26 February, 1858 and the baby, Marquis, was born 9 April, 1861.
      18 August, 1862, was the start of The Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. This uprising resulted in the deaths of 450-800 white settlers and soldiers and the death sentence for 303 Sioux warriors.
      President Lincoln commuted the death sentence for all but 38 of the men. These 38 were hanged together at Mankato, Minnesota on 26 December, 1862. These men were sentenced to die for rape and murder, not for killing in battle. On 3 March, 1863, the Sioux were banished forever from Minnesota and sent to live on Nebraska and Dakota Territory. This, then, is the time and place in which Julia's experience happened.
      Here is Julia's story, copied word for word; the spelling and punctuation are hers.
      I came over from Sweden when I was 16 years old. There was my widow mother and 4 children Stephen Eliza Silar and myself Julia. We had ben here for just a short time when mother died.
      That left Eliza to suprt us we dident have the best but lived to be healthy children. We usto sit out on the porch and wait fer Eliza to come home as we was afraid to go in the house after dark.
      When I was 18 we moved to Mankato, Minnesota. I  went to work for a woman by the name of Arledge. She was sick and befer she died she said to me I have a boy 19 that run away from home you are going to marry that boy and I did. When we got married the nabers give us silver mare. We traded it for heffer calves. We built us a house out of logs.
      The Indains was verry mean one night. We was sitting out around a chip smoke to keep the musqeeter away. We had two children then a girl Huldah and a boy Markus. We heard a cap snap as they used the old time guns loaded at the musel and put a cap under the hammer. A friend was visiting us. I took the children in the house and one of the men went one way the other.
      Down the hill and rite on the bluff stood a big buck Indain. They both took aim and pulled the trigger at the same time. The Indain went head over heals down the caynon. The men covered him up just one less buck. We dident sleep any that night but no more Indains showed up so we thought all was over.  Mr. Arledge was called to help guard the Indains. One day a little Indain boy came and wanted me to put my baby on my back. I ask him why. He showed me how the Indains would scalp me so I took my babies and started two miles to the fort. Came to our first house and on the bed layed Nafe Roots boy a boy about 18. Shot through and through he said look fer Pa. So I went out in the field he had ben plowing. They had shot him in the head and there he lay dead. They cut the traces and took the horses so when I went back and told the boy his father was dead and he ask me fer a cup of water whitch I gave him. Putting a pitcher of water whare he could reach it he said Aunt Julia thats what he called me, you better go now for the Indains mite come back. So I took my babies and started again. When I got to the river a mile from the fort I heard voices. I found the Indains was crossing the river so I crawled back in the willows and put the brest in the babys mouth an told Huldah to keep still or the Indains would kill us. Such moments until they passed us no one knows but at last they went on. After I thought it was safe I crawled out and started on. Got to the gards just dark. They stoped me and it was one of our nabors Tom Doke. He said thank God another one saved so I told him about Tommy being shot and still alive when I left him so they took sholders and went on a search. Brought Tommy in  and he lived to tell of the Indains to his children. My husban was sent back to help round up the waryears. He went in a house found a pan of bread turned out on the floor. Looked in oven found a little baby baken in the oven. The mother had ben killed in the bedroom. Found a woman and 5 children runing in the timber had ben there for days. The mother had lost her mind the older children took her down to let the baby nurse. Found another woman with her eyes dug out. When we went back home the had killed all out calves and burnt our house. After they rounded up all the Indains they put them in a big tent. They took the bucks in and staked them to big pins drive in the ground. My father and Doke went in and heard a buck telling the others how he dug out the womans eyes and Doke shot him between the eyes. My husban came home and riged out a team and wagon and we moved to Colorado. Havent had any truble with Indains since.
      NOTE #1
      Julia mentions her father and Doke in the last few lines. She had to have meant her father-in-law, as her father was never in the picture and her father-in-law, Dr. Arledge, lived near by.
      NOTE #2
      Immediately after the Great Massacre the Governor of Minnesota convened the legislature in a special session. On Sept. 29th, 1862, a militia act was passed which required every able bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45 years to be listed for the defense of the frontier. In accordance with this, Blue Earth County was, in January of 1863, divided into 12 military districts.
      Alex was in the Shelby District. The Shelby company was mustered into service on June of 1863. The company muster roll lists Alex as a private aged 26.
      NOTE #3
      Alex went on to enlist in the Union Army at Mankato, Minnesota on February 20th of 1864 and served until he was discharged at Ft. Snelling on August 19th of 1865. It was not until then that the family moved to Colorado.


Obituary for Julia Ann Peters Arledge in the Worland, Wyoming "Grit", Thursday, June 23rd, 1921.

Manderson Lady Gives Up Life Struggle at 89

Julia Ann Peters Arledge, 89, wife of A. R. Arledge died at the home of her daughter Mrs. J. E. Goodrich, at Manderson, Wyoming.

Mrs. Arledge is survived by her husband and six children as follows: Mrs. H. J. Turner, Kleskun Hill, Canada; Mrs. F. P. Brown, Big Trails, Wyoming; Mrs. J. E. Goodrich, Manderson, Wyoming; Mrs. F. M. Bremmer, Richfield, Washington; Mr. Walter Arledge, Asotin, Washington; Mrs. R.. C. Nicholson, Greybull, Wyoming; also one brother Siles Peters, Asotin, Washington. Her Grandchildren number 32 and great grand children 36.

Mrs. Arledge was born July 13th, 1834 at York state and came to Wyoming some 39 years ago. She was a faithful wife and a devoted mother.

The funeral services were held at Tensleep, Sunday June 12th where Elder G. M. Porter of the Latter Day Saints church conducted the services. The music was furnished by the Tensleep choir which sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Prayer by Elder G. M. Porter.

Elser J. F. Petersen spoke of the good work of Mrs. Arledge and the mission she has fulfilled by raising her children and fulfilling the first commandment of God, Multiply and replenish the Earth; also spoke of the resurrection of the dead, and quoted several passages of scripture to support this subject and the progression of the hereafter.

Elder G. M. Porter spoke the mission of mankind here on earth and referred to the great council in Heaven which brought about out of free agency and existence here on earth; dwelt upon the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and so shall the ressurrection of all mankind except the sons of perdition; spoke of the three great events in life, which is, the birth and the death and the ressurrection.

Elder J. F. Petersen sang "Sometime We'll Understand". Closing prayer by Elder J. T.. Pituse.

The remains were laid to rest in the Tensleep cemetery and the grave was dedicated by Elder G. M. Porter.

[from Jerry Smalley]

Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2000 21:07:22 -0600

From: Cheryl Belding <gennut@trib.com>

To: Pam Wilson <wilsonpam@mindspring.com>

This is what George Morgan BROWN had to say about Drake:

"Great Grandmother Julia, we called her "Smoky Grandma" because she smoked a pipe, married a man by the name of Alex Arledge. He could never settle down to staying in any one place for very long. He had a habit of leaving home for indefinite periods of time, and when he left it was usually just one jump ahead of an irate father or husband of a pretty lady. No one would know where he was or when he would return if ever. During these times Smoky Grandma would find herself without money so she would go live with the Indians until he returned. Once after Alex had been gone for about __ years, Great Grandma Julia decided that he must be dead. She married an Indian by the name of John Drake. Drake was my Great Grandfather."

"After being gone for three years, Old Alex returned and Smoky's marriage to Drake was declared to have never been. She went back to Arledge and we have none of us ever found out why. Shortly after Alex's return Julia and Drake's daughter was born and christened Eliza Arledge. She was my Grandmother."

I am not going to deny that Julia might of had something to do with John Drake but I don't

believe that business about him being the father of Eliza. Eliza doesn't look she has any

Indian blood. Besides that, She was born just 3 months before Alex enlisted in the military

for service in the Indian War. And he was apparently around in the 1860 census. Guess it is just a family legend we have to recognize. Don't know how we could ever prove it one way or another.


From the files of Cheryl Belding, Riverton, Wyoming. Email: gennut@trib.com. Sent August 2000:

Spouse* Julia Ann PETERS (168, 19)

Name-Marr: ARLEDGE

Name-Nick: Smoky Grandma; so called because she smoked a pipe

Book: "First Marriages in Iowa", Page 30.

Book* __ ___ ____ "History of Franklin County, IA...", Pages 155 & 532, maiden name given as Springer on page 532.1

Book: __ ___ ____ "A History of Washakie County...", Page 16.4

Birth: 13 Jul 1832 NY.30

Birth: 13 Jul 1834 NY; in same paper, says she was born in Sweden.31

Birth* 13 Jul 1835 NY; most census records calculate to this date.24

Census* 14 Sep 1850 District No. 11, (Buchanan), IA; living with step-father Benjamin Condon.32

Census: __ ___ 1856 Reeve Township, (Franklin), IA.13

Census: 03 Jul 1860 Shelby, (Blue Earth), MN.14

Census: 24 Aug 1870 Etna Township, (Hardin), IA.16

Census: 28 Jun 1880 6th Precinct, (Larimer), CO.17

Census: 25 Jun 1885 West 1/2, (Sheridan), NE.18

[PW insert: J. A. Arledge of Rushville PO listed in 1890-1891 Farmer's Directory: Gazeteer of Sheridan Co, NE; source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nesherid/gaz1890farm.htm#sh_DIR_14]

Event-Misc* __ ___ 1892 Julia wrote of the "Earley Days". Believe it to be less than accurate.33

Census: 30 Jun 1900 Anderson Precinct, (Big Horn), WY.24

Census: 04 May 1910 Council, (Washington), ID.25

Census: 14 Jan 1920 Election District 8, (Big Horn), WY; living with son-in-law Jacob E. Goodrich.26

Death* 10 Jun 1921 Manderson, (Big Horn), WY; died at daughter Ada's house, State of Wyoming has no record of her death.31,30,27

Age* 10 Jun 1921 85 years, 11 months, 28 days.

Burial* 12 Jun 1921 Ten Sleep, (Washakie), WY; buried Ten Sleep Cemetery.31,34

CemStone* 12 Jun 1921 Julia Ann Arledge, July 13, 1832 - June 10, 1921.30

Obituary* 23 Jun 1921 Worland, (Washakie), WY; "Worland Grit."31

Father* Stephen PETERS (1357, 38)

Mother* Huldah SPRINGER (1358, 39)

30. Julia Ann Arledge, Photograph of Cemetery Stone, photographed by Cheryl Brown Belding, no location available; Ten Sleep Cemetery, Ten Sleep, (Washakie), WY 82442. Photograph in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #523}.

31. Julia Ann PETERS Arledge, "Manderson Lady Gives Up Life Struggle at 89 & Aged Wyoming Woman Dies at Manderson," Obituaries, Worland Grit, Worland, Washakie County, Wyoming, on microfilm, (Dated 23 Jun 1921), Pages 1 & 4; Washakie County Library, Worland, (Washakie), WY 82401. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #522}.

32. Benjamin Condon Household, 1850 United States Federal Census, District No. 11, Buchanan County, Iowa, (Dated 14 Sep 1850), Page 75, Dwelling 25, Family 25, LDS Microfilm #0007791; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, (Salt Lake), UT 84150. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #504}.

33. History written by Julia Ann PETERS Arledge, (Written about 1892), "Earley Days." This history deals mainly with the Indian troubles in Minnesota and is in her own handwriting. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #524}.

34. WashakieCounty.com, Ten Sleep Records, online at: http://www.washakiecounty.com/Washakie_County/Ten_Sleep_Cemetery/Ten_Sleep_DB.htm, (Dated 05 Feb 2000). Ten Sleep Records contains an alphabetical listing of the Ten Sleep Cemetery, Ten Sleep, Washakie County, Wyoming, inclusive dates unknown. This site also includes other cemeteries from Washakie, Hot Springs and Big Horn Counties, Wyoming. Also included is an index to vital records from the "Worland Grit" and "Northern Wyoming Daily News." Printout in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #205}.

35. Arthur B. Patterson - Editor, Smoky River to Grande Prairie, (Friesen Printers, 5720 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1978). See individual record for Page Number and Individual Reference Number if available. Pages received from Jerry Smalley, 924 Allen Avenue, Rapid City, SD 57701 on 18 Jun 1994. Photocopy of pertinent pages in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #527}.

36. "Mrs. Huldah Turner, 91, Pioneer Woman, Passes," Obituary, The Herald, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, (Dated 24 Feb 1949), Page 1, Colume 2. Obituary received from Jerry Smalley, 924 Allen Avenue, Rapid City, SD 57701 on 18 Jun 1994. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #525}.

37. ARLEDGE Family History Project, Homepage at: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prairie/8208/index.html, (Dated 13 Aug 2000). This project is spearheaded by Pam Wilson wilsonpam@mindspring.com. This is part of the WorldConnect Project available at RootsWeb.com. Printout in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #526}.

38. Lorenzo TURNER & Huldah ARLEDGE Marriage License and Certificate, (Filed 13 Jan 1872), Larimer County, Colorado Marriage Register, Book A, Page 113; Larimer County Clerk and Recorder, Fort Collins, (Larimer), CO 80522. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #609}.

39. Lorenzo D. TURNER Household, 1880 United States Federal Census, 6th Precinct, Laramier County, Colorado, Enumeration District 71, (Dated 23 Jun 1880), Page 32, Dwelling 422, Family 448, LDS Microfilm #1254092; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, (Salt Lake), UT 84150. Photocopy in possession of Cheryl Brown Belding. {Document #505}.

The following sent by Cynthia Smoot <mrsminister@hawaii.rr.com>

Subject: Re: Peters family tree

From: "Linda&Charlie" <linmun@adelphia.net>

Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 17:22:46 -0400

To: "Smoot" <smootc001@hawaii.rr.com>

This is what I have

Stephen Peters is one of the first settlers in the Town of Collins - records here were lost in a fire of 1898, we have to utilize records that citizens have collected throughout the years - some from mere memory.

Stephen left home at age of 18 in Farmington, Ontario County, New York and came to Collins 1809-1810

First Settlers Township 6 Range 7 Lot 35

First settlers township 6 range 8 lot 48

Purchased land from Holland Land Company: October 12, 1809 - 100 acres $200

Purchased land from Holland Land Company - May 12, 1812

Stephen was married three times:

He married first: Sarah Palmerton first they were the first couple married in town - then called Concord, in 1821 The Town split making Concord, Sardinia and Collins, in 1852 there was an additional split forming the present Collins and North Collins towns.

Sarah and Stephen had three children:

Henry Born: October 12, 1813 Died: October 16, 1845 he was married to Sarah Dearman

Charles Born: August 12, 1815 married Mary Ann Rice and moved to California

Charlotte (this is the woman whose letter dated January 21, 1881 that I have utilized to get a great deal of information) Born: August 28, 1817 married S H Seymour and moved to Kennedy, Chautauqua County, NY

Stephen's second wife: Tryphania Bidwell died 1 year 4 months after their marriage

He married Huldah Springer one year later. They had the following children:

Sarah: Born October 29, 1828

Myron Born: July 16, 1830

Eliza Born: August 6, 1832

Stephen Born: August 15, 1834

Julia Ann Born: (my record) August 9, 1836

Silas Born: February 12, 1842

All of Stephen's children were borni n the Town of Collins, Erie County, NY

Stephen went to Iowa in 1843 dying in Yalton, Iowa in 1847

Stephen served in the War of 1812

He was the first person to build a dwelling (known as bachelor hall) in Collins Center

You're gr-gr-gr-great grandfather actually was a founding father of the town I live in - I am attempting to construct the genealogy of our communities, but I am always researching looking for descrepencies in the information I have collected.

Linda Munro

Original Message -----

From: Smoot

To: Linda&Charlie

Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2002 2:55 PM

Subject: Re: Peters family tree

Good morning, Linda.

Julia Ann Peters, daughter of Stephen Peters, is my gr-gr-grandmother. I have her birthdate from 13 July 1832-1835, but most census records calculate to the year 1835. Born in N.Y. per census records, but hints as to Swedish birth don't prove out.

d/o Stephen Peters and Huldah Springer

Married Alexander Rodman Arledge

Nickname: Smoky Grandma (because she smoked a pipe)

Died: June 10, 1921 at her daughter Ada's house in Manderson, Big Horn Co., Wyoming


1) Ahnentafel chart by a cousin, R. Brown (http://w3.trib.com/~robertb/brown.html)

2) Obituary for Julia Ann Peters Arledge from the Worland Grit newspaper dated Thursday, June 23, 1921.

3) Headstone of Julia Ann Peters Arledge at Tensleep, Wyoming.

I would be THRILLED to get any information from you on Julia and especially anything on her parents Stephen and Huldah, as I've really hit the wall with them. Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Keep up the good work,

Cynthia Smoot


From: "Linda&Charlie" <linmun@adelphia.net>

Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 13:22:15 -0400

To: <smootc001@hawaii.rr.com>

Subject: Peters family tree

I am following the genealogy of our town: the Town of Collins, Erie County, NY. I have, in a letter from an older child of Stephen Peters, the date of birth for Julia as August 9, 1836, can you tell me where you located your information please?

Linda Munro

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Julia Ann Arledge's Timeline

July 13, 1832
Sweden?--> New York State, USA; d/o Stephen Peters and Huldah Springer
February 26, 1856
Blue Earth, MN, United States
April 9, 1861
[alt date April 1858]
June 4, 1863
[IGI says 1862; says her middle name is Springer; ancestry.com says 1864] Blue Earth Co, MN
March 23, 1864
Cascade, Jones County, Iowa, United States
Minneapolis, MN
April 23, 1871
Fort Collins, Larimer Co., Colorado, USA
August 23, 1873
Fort Collins, CO; WWI Draft Reg in Asotin WA and Lewis Co ID; SS# in OR; WWI Civilian Draft Registration, Asotin Co, WA; daughter's 1930 census says he was b in WY