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Susannah Cloward (Mendenhall)

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
Death: May 4, 1909 (74)
Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Mendenhall and Mary Ann Mendenhall
Wife of Jacob Cloward, Jr.
Mother of Jacob Albert Cloward; Lewis V Cloward; Thomas James Cloward; Mary Catherine Cloward; Joseph Willis Cloward and 5 others
Sister of Lewis Henry Mendenhall, Sr.; Edmond Mendenhall; Thomas Mendenhall, II; George Madison Mendenhall and Elizabeth Mendenhall

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About Susannah Cloward

Marriage: To Thomas Mendenhall on 30 September 1852 Provo, Utah, Utah Territory, United States

SUSANNAH MENDENHALL CLOWARD 20 September 1834 – 4 May 1909 (Written by Colleen Goodman, 2nd great-grand daughter)

Contributed By: betsygoodman1 · 22 November 2015 ·

Susannah Mendenhall was born 20 September 1834 in New Castle, Delaware to Thomas Mendenhall (b. 10 Mar 1806, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; m.5 Sep 1883, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; d. 2 Sep 1888, Dayton, Franklin, Idaho) and Mary Ann Sinex (b. 16 Sep 1812, Christiana, New Castle, Delaware; d. 27 Apr 1848, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa). She was the first child of six children. The Mormon missionaries visited their community where their family listened to their message. Susannah was baptized and confirmed the same day by David Jorley in 28 Nov 1846. She was twelve years old. Her father, Thomas, joined in 1843 but her mother, Mary Ann, joined the same year as Susannah on 7 January 1846. Now that the Mendenhalls had joined the Church, Susannah's family had a great desire to join with the other saints in Nauvoo, Illinois so they moved there. As a young girl, Susannah grew up amid the trials of the saints but also had the great privilege of seeing the Nauvoo Temple built and was well acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. (Ed. note: Since Susannah was baptized at age 12 in the year 1846, the Prophet would have already been dead. Her husband, Jacob Cloward, and his family did know the Prophet so the historian must have assumed that Susannah did, also.) Susannah's younger brother, Edmond, died at four years old while they were still in Nauvoo. The family, along with the other saints, gathered their belongings and prepared for the move westward. Susannah's mother was expecting her sixth baby at the time of the move. The baby, named Elizabeth, was born in February 1847 but she died two months later. The family moved on and arrived at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Susannah's mother, Mary Ann, became very ill and died on 27 April 1848. The family buried her at Council Bluffs by wrapping her in a blanket and placing her in an old hollow tree for a casket. This left Susannah, 13 years old, responsible for her three younger brothers while her father gathered supplies and prepared for the long journey to Salt Lake Valley. Two years later, while still in Council Bluffs, Susannah's father married Catherine Barton in March 1850.

Susannah met Jacob Cloward, Jr., fell in love, and was married on 5 December 1851.  She was seventeen years old.  They left for Utah with Jacob's brother, William's family, in 1852 as listed in an Unidentified Company:

Cloward, Jacob, Jr. (24) Cloward, Lenora Maria (2) Cloward, Rebecca Ann Searles (22) Cloward, Susannah Mendenhall (18) Cloward William (30)

Susannah and Jacob settled near Spanish Fork, Utah and then later moved to Moroni, Utah where they had a large farm and became a prominent farming family in Sanpete County. Susannah and Jacob had nine children:

BornDied Jacob Albert 6 Jun 18547 Feb 1913 Mary Catherine23 May 185625 Mar 1915 Thomas James21 Dec 185924 Sep 1917 Lewis21 Mar 18628 Oct 1943 Louisa Ann16 Aug 186428 Dec 1921 George Delbert23 May 186715 Feb 1936 Eleanor Marie16 Apr 18705 Oct 1928 Edmund12 Mar 187310 Mar 1874 Joseph Willis26 Dec 187825 Nov 1944

Her husband, Jacob, died 17 July 1883. Susannah's youngest child, Joseph, was only four years old at the time. Susannah and her family carried on with the farm in Moroni. Susannah lived seventeen years as a widow and died in Moroni, Utah on 4 May 1909. She was buried in the Moroni Cemetery.

  • Information for this history came from DUP histories, wagon train records, and census records.

Inscription: Lead Kindly Light, Susannah M. Cloward, born Sept. 20, 1834 in New Castle Co. Delaware. Died May 4, 1909 in Moroni, Utah.

Deseret Evening News - May 10 1909-

'Father Thomas Mendenhall In Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 - 1848-' 'Source: Family Group Sheet-Self Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page 1032, Utah Federal Census; Year: 1860, 1870, Gender: Male, Birth: Mar 10 1806, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA, Source: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913. Page 1032, Father: Abraham Mendenhall Mother: Elizabeth Wells, Source: Family Group Sheet-Self, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page 1032, Wife: Mary Ann Synix, Other: Children, Family Group Sheet-Self, Children's- Data:Child-Number 1, Mendenhall, Susannah, Birth-, Date,: September 20, 1834,Birth-,Place,: New Castle County, DE, USA,PS:"Children Data" Name: Birthdate: Place:PS:"Children Data"1. Mendenhall, Susannah September 20, 1834 New Castle County, DE, USA,PS:"Children Data" 2. Mendenhall, George Madison September 29, 1836 Wilmington, New Castle, DE, USA PS:"Children Data" 3. Mendenhall, Lewis Henry December 26, 1838, PS:"Children Data" 4. Mendenhall, Edmund September 29, 1841, PS:"Children Data" 5. Mendenhall, Thomas Jr. February 18, 1844 PS:"Children Data"6. Mendenhall, Elizabeth February 1847, Marriage Number 2, Spose, Barton, Catharine Family Group Sheet-Self, Marriage Number, Spouse: Nielsen, Margaretta, Family Group Sheet-Self, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page:1032,Temple Ordinance: Baptism Family Group Sheet-Self, Date: October 31, 1967, Endowment Family Group Sheet-Self, Date: October 26, 1861, Sealed to Spouse Family Group Sheet-Self, Date: November 17, 1854 Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, Places of Residence: Spanish Fork, Utah, UT, USA, Franklin County, ID, USA Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913, Page: 1032, Cache County, UT, USA; 1860, Oxford County, ID, USA; 1870 Utah Federal Census;:Year: -

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Susannah Cloward's Timeline

September 20, 1834
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
June 6, 1854
Age 19
Payson, Utah County, Utah, United States
May 23, 1856
Age 21
Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, United States
December 23, 1859
Age 25
Spanish Fork, Utah, UT, US
August 22, 1860
Age 25
March 21, 1862
Age 27
Payson, Utah, UT, US
August 16, 1864
Age 29
Salem, Utah, UT, US
Age 29
Age 29