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Oliver DeMille

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Colesville, Broome County, New York, United States
Death: July 8, 1908 (78)
Rockville, Washington County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Freeborn DeMille and Anna DeMille
Husband of Emily Almina DeMille; Fidelia DeMille; Rebecca Jane DeMille and Rachel DeMille
Father of Olive Emily Stevens; Oliver DeMille; Orpha Almina Millett; Ozro DeMille; Ida Sylvina Millett and 13 others
Brother of Mariah Funk; Orpha Davis; Lora Ann Gifford; Adelia Squire; Elias DeMille and 1 other

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About Oliver DeMille

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 DeMille's Timeline

March 30, 1830
Colesville, Broome County, New York, United States
Age 8
November 5, 1852
Age 22
Age 26
Age 28
April 1, 1861
Age 31
Manti, Sanpete County, Utah Territory, United States
November 29, 1863
Age 33
Shonesburg, Washington County, Utah Territory, United States