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  1. 13 Feb 1837 Polly Clark (taken from back of Nauvoo temple index card: md. also Amanda Ellen Hollingshead had sealed to him Evelina Maria Hinman, 18 Sep. 1872, (E.H. lvg. p. 258, No. 3276.)
  2. Mary Castro 16 Aug 1845, in Nauvoo, NAUVOO RECORDS: Hancock County Marriage Register, p, p 43
  3. 16 Jul 1857 Amanda Ellen Hollingshead.
  4. 18 Sep 1872 Evelina Maria Hinman.


  1. From Members of the Church microfiche # 6031596
  2. L.D.S. Encyclopedia Vol. 4
  3. Guide to Mormon Diaries and Autobiographies Bitton Davis
  4. His Journal
  5. Nauvoo Temple End. Reg. 1845 - 46
  6. Mormons and Their Neighbors by Marvin Wiggins
  7. Nauvoo Social History Project by James Smith
  8. One Hundred Years on Muddy River p. 29 - 30.
  9. Half Breed Tract Federal Census Year 1840
  10. Farmington Ward Records
  11. Deseret News (SLC) March 1872
  12. Birth, marriage, dates in family Bible of his Father Jeremiah Smith in L.D.S.
  13. Museum in Salt Lake City.

Biographical Summary #1

Thomas acted as President of the Salmon River Mission, and was a pioneer in many places. He was called to the October Conference in 1864 to take a company and settle the Muddy River Valley, this mission would connect St. George and Call’s Landing on the Colorado River. On January 8 1865, with 8 brethren and 3 sisters he arrived on the Muddy River and the settlement of St. Thomas Nevada (named after Bro. Smith) was laid out as a town site. He resided for many years in Farmington, Davis County, and Utah and moved to Wilford Idaho in 1884 as one of the first settlers.

SOURCE: Unknown

Biographical Summary #2:

SMITH, Thomas Sasson, Bishop of the Wilford Ward, Bannock (now Yellowstone) Stake, Idaho, from 1884 to 1887, was born April 3, 1818, in the state of New York, a son of Jeremiah Smith and Abigail Demont, He was baptized June 15, 1844, acted as President of the Salmon River Mission, and was a pioneer in many places. He was called at the October Conference in 1864 to take a company and settle the Muddy Valley; this mission would connect St. George and Call’s Landing on the Colorado River. On January 8, 1865, with eight brethren and three sisters he arrived on the Muddy and the settlement of St. Thomas (named after Brother Smith) was laid out as a town site. He resided for many years in Farmington, Davis Co., Utah, and moved to Wilford, Idaho, in 1884, as one of the first settlers. He died in Wilford, Bingham Co., Idaho, July 1, 1890.

SOURCE: Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia; page 675.

Biographical Summary #3:

Thomas Sasson Smith was born April 3, 1818, in Junius, Seneca, New York, and the oldest child of Jeremiah Smith and Abigail Demont. He was almost seven when he moved along with his family across the state to Perry. His great grandfather for whom he was named died in the town of Perry on the 29 July 1829 at the age of 77 years old. (He was Thomas Sasson his maternal great grandfather.)

When Thomas was 19 years old he married first Polly Clark, 13 July 1837 in Connaugh, Astabula, Ohio. She was the daughter of William Fowler Clark and Alma Downs who was born in Woodbridge, New Haven, Connecticut. They took out their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple 28 January 1846.

He was baptized, June 15, 1844, just before the martyrdom of the prophet.

Thomas moved his family to Nauvoo in 1845. They lived in Nauvoo on lot number 28. Polly was baptized in 1846. Thomas and Polly were among the saints that were persecuted and driven from their homes in Nauvoo in the dead of winter, February 1846. They had lost two sons in infancy but had one daughter three years old.

We next find that Thomas and Polly were in Council Bluffs, Iowa, then on to Winter Quarters where their fourth child was born.. They were among those who were able to leave Winter Quarters in the spring of 1847 arriving in Salt Lake Valley 21 September 1847 in the A. O. Smoot Company. They settled in Farmington, Davis, Utah. Building a home for his family on what is now Main Street, not far from the Farmington Cemetery on the west side of the street. Thomas was active in the church and civic life . He served several terms in the Upper House of the Utah legislature.

Brigham Young called Thomas to join the “Forty-Niners” to head south to Parowan, Iron County. Apostle George A. Smith was leader of this mission. This experience proved to be filled with overwhelming obstacles due to our lack of capital for proper equipment and trained men. The elements took their toll with the severe winter and the flood down Coal Creek in September 1851 wiped out the project.

On 16 July 1857 he was sealed in the Endowment House to Amanda Ellen Hollingshead daughter of Isaac Hollingshead and Mercy Wilcox.

At the annual conference of the church, held in Salt Lake City, April 7, 1855 Thomas along with a number of brethren were called to go and locate a settlement among the buffalo-hunting Bannock and Shoshone Indians in the far north, in what was then the Oregon Territory. His wife Polly was with child so it made it hard to leave her home again but the Kingdom of God must be carried on regardless of the sacrifices and hardships. Thomas, a man of considerable experience was appointed to take charge of the colony as president of the mission. They left 15 May 1855. On the 15th day of June they selected a site for a fort and a tract of land for farming. With the energy and determination characteristic of Mormon Pioneers, the brethren immediately commenced to make improvements. They soon had a blacksmith shop in working order and also had coal to burn, a plow made and a corral built for their stock. By the 19th of August they had built a fort wall and gates, seven houses and the blacksmith shop, besides breaking and planting several acres of land and doing a great deal of fencing. They called their fort Fort Lemhi. This fort was about 379 miles from Salt Lake City as they had traveled. In March 1856 President Smith along with others traveled to Salt Lake City and reported to Brigham Young their mission. (Salmon River Mission) He was pleased with what they had accomplished and decided to strengthen the settlement, which was done in April General Conference 1856. President Smith returned to Fort Lemhi July 8 1856, finding the missionaries in good health and spirits despite the fact that their entire crop had been destroyed by grasshoppers. The 28th July a company of brethren went to S.L.C. for provisions. Winter wheat was sewn in the fall of 1856. President Smith went again to S.L.C. in the spring of 1857 and returned to Fort Lemhi along with Brigham Young . For a time things went well with the Indians several being baptized. On 25 February 1858, while the brethren were busily engaged in mowing hay, hauling timber, etc. .. a large party of Bannock and Shoshone Indian (many of whom lived around the fort) made a sudden break upon the herd and drove off most of the livestock and killing 2 men and wounding several others, one of which was Pres. Smith. A relief company of men was sent by Brigham Young to aid the missionaries gather what they had left and thus ended the Salmon River Mission.

During General Conference in October 1864, Thomas was called to preside over a group of colonizers sent to settle the southland along the Muddy River. My grandfather was born here in St. Thomas and lived there until he was four. (Where lake Mead now is). On January 8, 1865, with eight brethren and three sisters he arrived on the Muddy and the settlement of St. Thomas. Life had been relatively peaceful since he returned from Fort Lemhi six years previous. He took south with him his second wife Amanda (my great grandmother) and their three small children. The new community was named St. Thomas after Thomas Sasson Smith. Living conditions were trying - intense heat caused crop failures, and flash floods we frequent. Concerns of malaria were serious for the Smith family as Thomas contacted it and was released as President of Mission and Bishop of the people there. Amanda returned to Farmington with the children in October of 1866. Thomas’ first wife Polly died 24 March 1872 in Farmington.

Some of Thomas’ son and neighbors from Farmington joined Thomas and Amanda in their move to the Upper Snake River Valley (Wilford, Idaho), in 1884, as one of the first settlers. It was a very busy year – again clearing land, planting crops, and building a home there on “The Island” Thomas was called as the first Bishop of the Wilford Ward, Bannock (now Yellowstone) Stake, Idaho, from 1884 to 1887. He was set apart at Rexburg by Apostle John W. Taylor. He was later made a patriarch in the Bannock Stake in 1888. It was here in Wilford that my grandfather and grandmother met. Thomas died in Wilford, Bingham Co., Idaho, July 1, 1890 after meeting with a serious accident, falling from a load of hay. At the time of his death my grandfather blew the conch shell (a shell with a legend which ties us to the Joseph Smith family, but has not yet been proven) and called in all the Smith family with the alarm. Thomas was buried in Farmington, Utah. Listed in an article “S ketches of a Pioneer Community Wilford Idaho” are my grandparents Frederick Thomas (son of Thomas Sasson) and his wife Sarah Ann Higbee Smith along with both of their parents -- Thomas Sasson and Amanda Smith and Silas and Melissa Higbee.

Amanda and her family continued to live in Wilford until her sons moved to Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She lived in Cardston until 1901 and moved to Magrath, Alberta where she died and was buried 21 September 1903.

I am very grateful for this pioneer ancestor who is my mothers paternal grandfather.

SOURCE: Jessop, Sheila ; "History of Thomas Sasson Smith".

Mormon Pioneer

Smith, Thomas Sasson (3 Apr. 1818-1 July 1890). Company: Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)

SOURCE: Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868,,15797,4017-1-179,00.html


SOURCE: Deseret Evening News, 7 Aug. 1890, 3.

Life Events:

BIRTH: 3 Apr 1818,Junius, Seneca, New York the son of Jeremiah Smith and Abigail Demont.

BAPTISM: 15 Jun 1844,by Elder Sprague from index card N.V. Endowment records bk number 1 pg 216 no.5.

PRIEST: ordained at Augusta, Berrien, Michigan

SEVENTY:28 January 1846

High Priest:Ordained by John W.Hess in March, 1856 just prior to conference

MISSION:Salmon River Mission, Idaho-- appointed to take charge of the colony and on 15 May 1855 left for this mission as President.


  1. 13 Feb 1837 to Polly Clark sealed 15 Mar 1852
  2. 16 Jul 1857 to Amanda Ellen Hollingshead sealed 16 July 1857
  3. 18 Sep 1872 to Evelina Maria Hinman sealed 18 Sep 1872

1. 13 Feb 1837 Polly Clark

         (taken from back of Nauvoo temple index card<nowiki>----</nowiki>
         md. also Amanda Ellen Hollingshead
         had sealed to him Evelina Maria Hinman, 18 Sep. 1872,
                  (E.H. lvg. p. 258, No. 3276.)

2.Mary Castro 16 Aug 1845, in Nauvoo

          Hancock County Marriage Register, p, p 43 

3. 16 Jul 1857 Amanda Ellen Hollingshead

4. 18 Sep 1872 Evelina Maria Hinman

    sld  2. 16 Jul 1857 EH    SEALING_SPOUSE:16 Jul 1857 E.H.

Biographical Summary #3:

"...Elders George Albert Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Charles C. Rich, Samuel Bent and David Fullmer from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints were holding a conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the St of Juine and he believed their words. There were already 126 members of the Church in the Kalamazoo area. He knew what these men spoke was of God. He was baptized the 15 June 1844. It was only a couple of weeks later that those apostles who converted him left Michigan. They had received word that the Prophet Joseph Smith had been martyred in Carthage, Illinois. There was a lot of persecution going on and all the Saints in Michigan that could were counseled to move to Nauvoo you gain strength and support from each other, and to help finish the temple. (History of the Church, and Michigan Mormons)

His wife and he had been praying that his family would join the Church. He and Polly were probably already in Nauvoo when his mother and brother and sisters joined them. (Except for his married sister Sarah and her family who were still in Michigan. (Nauvoo land records)

Thomas heard Brigham Young say, "I do not think there had ever been a body of people since the days of Enoch, placed under the same unpleasant circumstances that this people have been, where there was so little grumbling, and I was satisfied that the Lord was pleased with the majority of the Camp of Israel." (Church History in the Fullness of Times pg. 310)

The trail to the first encampment, called Sugar Creek had mud so deep it took a double team of oxen to pull the wagons thru in places. I suspect we will see deplorable trail conditions with the spring thaw. Our provisions and supplies are insufficient for a trek to the Rocky Mountains. Jonathan, Richard and I (Thomas) will probably have to leave the family at some point to was for needed supplies.

Our Spirits are high, despite the circumstances. It's sure a delight to dance with Polly as the fiddle plays the new something=: "The Upper California" (Ibid pg 310)

Despite the grim conditions of Winter Quarters Polly and Thomas were filled with gratitude when Polly gave birth to a healthy baby girl., Alvira Evalette Smith was born on the 16th of December 1847. The moral of the settlement had been rising as we conducted church meetings twice a week, and held family meetings. They had labored hard building wagons, and making all the necessary preparations for the family to begin their trek west in the spring.

On the 16th of December 1850, Brigham Young called me to join the "Forty - Niners to head south to Parowan, Iron County. The Saint's iron supplies were rapidly diminishing. George Albert Smith was the leader of the mission consisting of 150 men and women. This experience proved to be filled with overwhelming obstacles due to their lack of capital for proper equipment and trained men. The elements took their toll with the sever winter and the flood down Coal Creek in September 1851 wiped out this project.

Salmon River Mission, Idaho

It was at the annual conference of the church, held in Salt Lake City, April 7, 1855, that a number of brethren were called to go and locate a settlement among the buffalo-hunting Bannock and Shoshone Indians in the far north, in what was then Oregon Territory, and Elder Thomas Sasson Smith, of Farmington, Davis County, Utah, a man of considerable experience, was appointed to take charge of the colony.

Most of the brethren who were called on this mission, made preparations at once to fill it, and on the 15th of May, 1855, President Smith, together with other brethren, left their homes in Farmington, and other places, and on the 19th they arrived on Bear River, north of Brigham City. On the following day (the 20th) the camp, consisting of the following named brethren, was organized for traveling: Thomas S. Smith, President of the Mission,; Francillo Durfee,

Captain; Wm. Burgess, Jr. Lieutenant; B.F. Cummings, Sergeant; D. Moore, Historian of camp; Seras J. (Blurred so as not to read well) Barnard, Thomas Butterfield, Wm.L. Brundage, Nathaniel Leavitt, Pleasant Green Taylor, Israel S. Clark, Charles Dalton, George R. Grant, Isaac Shepherd, George W. Hill, Gilbert Benlap, Wm. Birch, John Gilligher, J. W. Browning, David H. Stephens, Baldwin H. Watts, Joseph Perry, Ira Amen(Anon or something), Jr., Abraham Zundel, Charles McGary, Wm. H. Batchlor and Everet Lish.

From the encampment on Bear River the expedition continued the journey through Malad Valley, over the Malad divide and down Bannock Creek to the Portneuf, which stream they crossed on Mr. McArthur's bridge, paying $11.00 for the privilege. On the 29th they arrived at the ferry on the Snake River, immediately below where the Blackfoot River empties into the Snake. It took them three days to cross the river with their wagons and stock, the ferry-boat needing repairs before it could be used. On the 2nd of June the journey was resumed, and a northeasterly course for about sixty miles on almost trackless waste of barren sagebrush plain, and along the right bank of the river, until Market Lake was reached. Then the camp turned to the left and traveled in a northeasterly direction, over rocks, sagebrush, and sand, by way of Mud Lake and up Spring Creek (now Birch Creek), until they reached the Salmon River Pass. Through this part of the country they made an entirely new road, not having as much as an Indian trail to guide them. Continuing through the Pass over the upper valley of the Salmon River, the head-waters of the east branch of that river, now known as Lemhi River, was soon reached, and here President Smith called a halt. Selecting five brethren of the camp, he proceeded, on the 14th of June, about thirty miles further down the river to explore for a suitable place to locate a settlement. On the 15th day they selected a site for a fort and a tract for farming land, after which President Smith returned to the main camp, which moved upon the site chosen on the 18th.

With that energy and determination characteristic of Mormon Pioneers, the Brethren immediately commenced to make improvements, and they soon had a blacksmith shop in working order and also had coal to burn, a plow made and a corral built for their stock. By the 19th of August they had built a fort wall and gates, seven houses and the blacksmith shop, besides breaking and planting several acres of land and doing a great deal of fencing. They called their location Fort Lemhi, after Lemhi, a Nephite King mentioned in the Book of Mormon.

The distance from Salt Lake City to Fort Lemhi, the road the missionaries generally traveled in 1855-58, was about 379 miles. The valley in which Fort Lemhi was located is small, but the soil on the river is rich, and the table land afforded, at the time, good pasture for stock. Timber was also abundant on the river and on the adjacent mountains. There is a very good pass through the Rocky Mountains east of Fort Lemhi through which the distance to Horse Prairie, on the head-waters of the Missouri River, is only fifteen miles. August 13 and 14, twelve of the company were sent to Utah after supplies in charge of Captain Durfee, B.C. Cunningham, and John Galligher were dispatched to Salt Lake City with the mail, being ordered to return as soon as possible.

September 29, 1855, B.F. Cunningham accompanied by J.R. Clawson and Lott Smith, arrived at the Fort, bringing the mail from Salt Lake City. They had left Ogden on the 18th. On the 17th of November, Captain Durfee and company returned to the fort with twelve wagons laden with supplies of wheat, corn and other seeds and several other seeds (sic) and Hundreds of pounds of flour.

Five families also accompanied the brethren. By the beginning of December, 1854, a large amount of hay had been cut, the field enlarged, much more ground broken, about fifteen acres of sown with wheat, besides which several more houses had been built in the fort. The weather had been pleasant during the fall, but there was two or three inches of snow on the ground. On the 5th of December, Thomas Butterfield, S. W. Hill and several others, left the fort with two ox-wagons to return to the settlement in Utah, where they expected to spendthe winter.

In March 1856, President Smith, accompanied by others, traveled to Utah, with back pack animals, and on arriving in Salt Lake City, reported the conditions of the Salmon River Mission to President Brigham Young, who was much pleased with what the missionaries had done, and concluded to strengthen the settlement by calling more brethren to go locate there. This was done at the general conference which was held in April, 1856, and among those who responded to the call made on that occasion were Thomas Corlass, James Walker, Thomas Day, Richard Margetta, and John Preece, of Salt Lake City, George McBride, James Miller and Fountain Welch, of Farmington, Oliver Robinson and many others, these brethren started on their mission soon after conference, some of them taking their families with them. When this new company of missionaries arrived at Fort Lemhi, the brethren there were already busily engaged in putting in crops, and an addition was now made to the field on the north side, in order to give the newcomers an equal share for farming with the first settlers.

President Smith returned to Fort Lemhi, July 8, and found the missionaries in good health and spirits, "notwithstanding they had witnessed almost entire destruction of their crops by grasshoppers, whose unrelenting ravages had blasted all anticipations of an abundant harvest, the prospects of which could not have been more flattering to inroads of the devourers. The grasshoppers left without depositing their eggs." The loss of the crops put the brethren to serious inconvenience, as they thereby were compelled to again (like the previous year) haul their flour and seed grain from the settlement in Utah. A company of brethren started for supplies on the 28th of July and arrived in Salt Lake City about the middle of August. Most of them returned in due course of time with provisions, seed grain and other articles of food and clothing needed by the settlers.

Considerable winter wheat was sown in the fall of 1856, when another small company of settlers arrived to strengthen the colony, having been called on missions to do this like the other brethren who had gone before them. Peace and good health prevailed among the brethren at Fort Lemhi during the winter of 1856-57.

In the spring of 1857, President Smith again visited Utah, but returned to Fort Lemhi on the 8th of May, 1857, in company with President Brigham Young and a strong escort who came to pay a visit to the Saints in Oregon. The following interesting account of this visit to Fort Lemhi was written by a member of the party in the Deseret News of June 10, 1857.

The company reached Fort Lemhi at 6 P.M. on Friday, May 8th, 1857. This fort is a neat stockade inclosing a space sixteen rods square, and has a large and securely fenced yard for animals and a small gristmill sufficiently finished to be used. There are two good-sized fields mostly plowed and sown, in which the crops look promising, considering the coolness and consequent lateness of the season. The big and red-sided salmon are said to be very plentiful here in their season, for which we were about a month too soon; but a few red-sided

salmon were purchased from the Indians. They were a fine flavored fish, and averaged about two and a half feet in length. A few Bannock Indians had pitched their lodges adjacent to the fort, among them Governor Young distributed many presents of blankets, etc., on the 11th of May, which were very gladly received.

"Sunday, May 10, meeting was held in the fort, and President Brigham Young, Elder Orson Hyde, Franklin D. Richards and Lorenzo Snow, President Heber C. Kimball and Daniel H. Wells, Patriarch and President John Young and President Thomas S. Smith severally addressed the congregation, and gave some excellent instructions. In the afternoon, Snack, the head chief of this tribe of the Bannocks, and several other Indians, came into the fort and had a smoke and a long and very friendly talk, in which Arrapeon, head chief of the Utah's, who accompanied the expedition, participated.

"Sandstone of an excellent quality for grindstones and a very superior chalk are found a few miles below the fort, and coal is reported about twenty-five miles below but beds have not been examined.

"We left Fort Lemhi at noon of Wednesday, May 13 (or 15), and arrived in Salt Lake City at 6:00 P.M. of May 26th, having had a very pleasant trip out and back, and been absent 33 days."

Soon after President Young's party returned to Utah, more farming land was surveyed at Fort Lemhi, and an addition made to the fort; and at a meeting held May 27, 1857, it was decided to build another fort; on the first creek to the north. This second fort (where a few houses subsequently were built, and several of the brethren spent the following winter) was laid off by President Smith and others two days later (May 29th).

June 14, 1857, President Smith again left for his home in Utah, leaving Thomas Bingham in charge at Fort Lemhi during his absence. He returned October 22nd following, and then remained with the colony until it was broken up the following spring. A good crop of wheat and other grains were raised in the fall of 1857, which, in fact, was the only crop of any consequence raised by the brethren by the brethren while on the mission. On the 25th of February, 1858, while several of the brethren were busily engaged in mowing hay, hauling

timber, etc., a large party of Bannock and Shoshone Indians (many of whom lived around the fort, and had previously been very friendly) made a sudden break upon the herd and drove off most of the stock belonging to the fort, and at the same time killing George Mc Bride and James Miller, and wounding President Thomas S. Smith, Fountain Welch, L.W. Shurtliff, Oliver Robinsen, and Andrew Quigley. A man named J. H. Powell, who came into the Flathead country with George Stevens' surveying party ,and was afterwards in the employ of persons under Mr. Burr, late U.S. surveyor in Utah, was with the Indians and assisted hem in plundering and killing the brethren.

Elder Thomas Corless, one of the Salmon River Missionaries, in describing this Indian outrage, says that he and a number of other brethren were at the fort when the alarm was given that the Indians were in the act of stealing the herd, comprising the cows and oxen belonging to the settlers, which were grazing on the low hills a short distance east of the fort. Immediately a party of ten men (nine on foot and one on horse-back) started out to assist the herders (Brother Andrew Quigley and C. Rose), and were endeavoring to head off the stock, when Indians to the number of one hundred and fifty or more surrounded them and commenced shooting with guns and bow and arrows. The brethren, seeing the overwhelming number of the enemy, soon began to retreat toward the fort, but the Indians tried to cut them off, and the brethren were compelled to fight their way through the ranks of the savages, while the bullets and arrows were flying thick and fast all around them. George McBride, who was the only white man on horseback, ventured out some distance ahead of his companions, and was killed at the commencement; and Brother Quigley, one of the herders, and Fountain Welch, were wounded at the same time. One ball passed through Brother Corless' hat, another cut off the knot of his necktie and a third grazed his left ear. Elder Corless has always ascribed it to miraculous interposition of the Almighty that the brethren were not all killed.

"There were five of the brethren down where the other fort stood, after hay, and the Indians, meeting them, immediately opened fire, upon them, and drove them from their teams, killing James Miller and wounding LEE. W. Shurtliff and Oliver Robinson. One ball passed through Brother Shurtliff's right arm below the elbow and through Oliver Robinson's right hand. James Miller was shot through in the same manner as George McBride; he ran a few steps and fell dead; the Indians stripped him of everything. All the brethren came in that night except James Miller, whose dead body was found the next morning by ten men I had dispatched for that purpose. The following day (February 26, 1858) the remains of George McBride and James Miller were buried by their companions. The other brethren who were wounded subsequently recovered.

On Saturday, February 27th, some of the brethren made preparation to cache their wheat, as they were desirous of returning to Utah, but at a meeting held on the Sunday (the 28th) President Smith asked the missionaries if they were satisfied that they had filled their mission, and would they return without a word from President Young? The reply being in the negative, a vote to send an express to Salt Lake prevailed, and that same evening, after dark Ezra Barnard and Baldwin Watts started on this dangerous expedition.

On the last of March the brethren went to work repairing the fort and building bastions with timber which had been hauled from the lower fort. This labor was continued for several days and the brethren also threshed their oats, worked on the mill-race, started to make a cannon, etc.

On the 8th some Indians brought back twenty-eight head of stolen stock and pretended to be very friendly. The following day they brought back seven sows and a yearling.

On the 20th the mail and several brethren arrived from Salt Lake City, bringing the news that 150 men were coming to help the missionaries away. On the 22nd this company, in command of Colonel Andrew Cummingham, arrived, and the 24th the colonel and President Smith, with sixty other men, visited the camp of the Indians, who delivered to President Smith three cows and calves and six ponies in payment for the cattle they had killed.

On the 26th men started from the fort for Salt Lake City with the mail and messages for President Young, stating the condition of the camp, as it was feared by the headquarters of the Church in Salt Lake City that all the brethren of the mission had been murdered by the Indians.

On the 27th the ox teams, with a portion of the missionaries and such effects as they could take with them, started for Utah, and on the 28th, Fort Lemhi was entirely vacated by the departure of the remaining brethren, who left with horse teams, together with their friends who had come to help them away.

President Smith gave the friendly Indians about six hundred bushels of wheat and left about a thousand bushels with them to trade for horses. The two companies arrived in Utah safe and well. But the ten men who had left the mail on the 28th in charge of Elder B. F. Cummings, were suddenly and furiously fired upon by a party of Indians in ambush, while traveling up Bannock Creek on the 31st of March, 1858. On this occasion Bailey Lake, one of the party was killed by the Indians, who also robbed the company of eleven horses. The rest of the brethren reached the settlement in Utah a few days later.

Thus ended the famous Salmon River Mission, which proved to be one of the most dangerous missions ever performed among the Indians in the North and no attempt has since been made to establish any settlement of the Saints on Salmon River. Most of the lands cultivated by the missionaries are now included in the Lemhi Indian Reservation..."

SOURCE: Heart Throb of the West, written by Kate B. Garter, Vol 3.

Biographical Summary #5

"...John Lyman Smith (coming from St. George) and family visited Thomas and Amanda as they came to settle in the area in 1885. Amanda had invited them over for a few days until they were able to get things established. The strangest thing happened as they picked up Thomas' fathers conch shell to close the door. They came over and inspected it carefully and seemed shocked. Then they hurriedly rushed out the door to their wagon and brought in a beautiful family treasure, a conch shell, that had been carefully wrapped for safe keeping. One was battered and dusty from being used as a door stop and the other was a perfect specimen. We put they two conch shells together only to find that where the shells had been cut so long age there was a perfect match. Each of these conch shell, also had marching family traditions of how two brothers, sailing in the West Indies sawed a twin conch shell in two and took the pieces home as a symbol of their love and brotherhood which they desired to pass down to their descendants. Could this be a coincidence? We don't think so!

SOURCE: A copy of this was in possession of Mrs. Sarah Ann Smith Collet, Lewiston, Utah (As of this date, now living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada). I do not know who wrote it in the first place. The copy was a typed carbon, and therefore blurred in places and some of the names may be recorded incorrectly.


"...Thomas S. Smith was born in the State of New York, April 3, 1818 and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1844. He moved to Nauvoo in 1845 and shared in the exodus of the Saints from that place in 1846. He came to Utah in 1848 and located in Farmington, Davis County in 1849. In 1850 he was sent to Iron County to help found settlements in Southern Utah. In 1855 he was sent to the Salmon River Idaho in charge of that Indian Mission. In 1865 he was called to go to south east part of Nevada to locate settlements on the Muddy. He returned from that place in 1868 on account of ill health. In 1871 he was sent to the north western states on a mission. In 1885 he went to Snake river, Idaho, and founded the settlement of Wilford, 40 miles north east from Eagle Rock, and was appointed Bishop of that place in 1886. He was ordained a Patriarch in the Bannock stake of Zion in 1888.

He died at his residence in Wilford on July 1st, 1890. His body arrived in Farmington, July 3rd, and the funeral services were held in the Ward meeting house on July 6th. The first speaker was President L. W. Shurtliff of Weber Stake, who spoke feelingly of the faithfulness and integrity of the deceased. President W. R. Smith and J. W. Hess and Elder Jacob Miller spoke of the many good and noble qualities possessed by the deceased. A long procession followed the remains to the cemetery where they were laid to rest after a long, active and busy life..."

SOURCE: Deseret Evening News, August 7, 1890 on page 3.Transcribed by: Cindy Ogden 1/23/2007


A note from Cindy Ogden to all Smith Cousin:

Dear Cousins,

I met with Dorothy Orcutt and Colleen Smith Osborn of Canada this week. We had a wonderful and visit and some interesting items came up in our discussion that I would like to share with you. Dorothy visited Kirtland last year and received the following information:

Source: "The Saints of Kirtland" a collection available in the Family History Center in the Visitor's Center in Kirtland, Ohio. The source included the following information:

Thomas Sasson Smith

Born on 3 apr 1818 in Junius, Seneca County, New York USA to Jeremiah Smith and Abigail Demont.

Baptized on 16 Jun 1844 by R. D. Spraque

Died on 1 July 1890 in Bingham County, Idaho.

Married Mary (Polly) Clark on 13 February 1837 in Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio. USA.

My question is: Are there any histories or records stating that Thomas lived in Kirtland? or visited there long enough to be included in the church records of Kirtland? This is new information for me... I thought Thomas joined the church in Michigan and by passed the Kirtland and Missouri experiences.

Another interesting insight was shared by Colleen regarding a excerpt from her patriachial blessing. Prior to reading this, please note she is the youngest daughter of Richard Demont Smith born 1885 who was the son of Richard Demont Smith born 1860, who was the oldest son of Thomas Sasson and Amanda H. Smith. Colleen's mother's ancestry are all from Denmark so the comments apply to the ancestry we share with Colleen through Thomas Sasson Smith.

BLESSING: Patriachial Blessing given to Edna Colleen Smith daughter of Richard Demonte Smith and Alice Henrietta Hansen born February 26, 1932 at Cardston, Alberta.

Last paragraph states: ..."And when the time comes that you have finished your mortal career and your spirit body had gone into the great world of spirit to associate with your kindred dead, when the time comes you will be honored and blessed in your spirit to come forth in the morning of the resurrection of the just and remember sister when you go into the spirit world your family will connect up with the family of the Prophet Joseph Smith which lineage will be an honor to you through your faithfulness. This blessing I seal upon you for your good and the good of all concerned in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

This was very interesting to me... hope it is to you.

Hope all is well,

Cindy Ogden

  • Residence: Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Residence: Bertrand Township, Berrien, Michigan, United States - 1840
  • Residence: Farmington, Davis, Utah Territory, United States - 1860
  • Residence: Eden Township, Alameda, California, United States - 1860
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Thomas Sasson Smith's Timeline

April 3, 1818
Junius, Seneca County, New York, United States
April 5, 1819
Age 1
North Clifton,Nottingham,England
June 16, 1838
Bertrand, Berrien, Michigan, United States
May 15, 1840
Bertrand, Berrien, Michigan, United States
September 7, 1843
Bertrand, Berrien, Michigan, United States
June 15, 1844
Age 26
June 15, 1844
Age 26
January 28, 1846
Age 27
December 19, 1846
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States