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Alfred Gadd

Birthplace: Orwell, Cambridge, England
Death: March 30, 1907 (69)
Nephi, Juab Co, UT
Place of Burial: Nephi, Juab Co, UT
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Gadd and Eliza Chapman
Husband of Mary Ann Gadd
Father of Eliza Ann Gadd; Samuel George Gadd; Arthur Gadd; Alice Jeanette Gadd; Walter Pentlow Gadd and 6 others
Brother of Jane Gadd; William C Gadd; William C. or Bill Chapman Gadd; Samuel Gadd; Mary Ann Gadd and 3 others

Occupation: Indian war veteran. Horticulturist
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About Alfred Gadd

GADD, ALFRED (son of Samuel Gadd. born July 25, 1816, and Eliza Chapman, born March 13, 1815, both in Cambridgeshire,

Eng. married April 13, 1836). He was born July 16

1837, Orwell, Cambridgeshire. Came to Utah Nov. 9, 1866, James G. Willie handcart company.

History of Alfred and Mary Ann Hobbs Gadd Contributed By SMSRogers · 16 December 2013 · 0 Comments

     Alfred Gadd, my grandfather, was the son of Samuel and Eliza Chapman Gadd.  He was born at Orwell, Cambridgeshire, England 15 July 1837.  He joined the church (LDS) 7 October 1855 and was confirmed by his father who was then presiding over that branch of the church.   He sailed for America with his parents and seven brothers and sisters May 4, 1856.  He endured with them the hardships and privations that they endured during that trek across the lonely plains.  During this perilous journey the father, Samuel Gadd, died from exposure which developed pneumonia and was buried on the Platt River in Wyoming.  He had helped carry women and children over the river.  
    Great Grandmother, Eliza Chapman Gadd, took charge of her family and their meager belongings and with the help of her oldest son, Alfred, took up their journey again trudging toward the mountain tops, not knowing what trials awaited them, but with hearts full of hope and trust.  One history of the family states that Great Grandmother did not join the LDS church until after reaching Nephi.  She came to Zion because her husband wanted to go so through this great sorrow she didn’t have the comfort of the gospel as others did who belonged to the church and had lost their loved ones along the way.   Alfred, being the oldest son, assumed the responsibility as head of the family and stayed faithfully at the side of his dear mother.  
    They were camped in the snow for two days unable to travel with nothing to eat when they were met by supply wagons from Salt Lake City.  It was here that another son, Samuel, died.  He was 10 years of age.  That made three, the father and two sons passing on within two weeks.  Great Grandmother was sorely tried, but she kept on pulling a handcart with her scant supplies and small children.  They arrived in Salt Lake 9 November 1856, being sent on to Nephi where they made their home.  
    In 1863 he again crossed the plains for the purpose of bringing over some saints who were stranded in the East.  It was while on this trip that he met his wife, Mary Ann Hobbs, whom he married 10 January 1864.   He served as a Minute Man throughout the Black Hawk War and all the Indian troubles.  He was an Indian War veteran.  He helped to build the Fort Wall and helped as all the men did during those times.  In 1894, he went on a mission to Great Britain where he labored for 25 months.  
    Mary Ann Hobbs was the daughter of Mary Ann Pope and William Down Hobbs, Jr. and was born 16 June 1841 at Hersham, Surry, England.   She was converted to Mormonism during her early childhood in England.  She with her two sisters, Emma and Tryphena came to Utah in 1863, sailing from England on the ship "Horizon" and making the journey across the plains by wagon and other inconvenient means, suffering the hardships incident to such a journey.  A sister, Martha Ann, emigrated to Salt Lake in 1860 and a brother, William Down Hobbs III in 1861.  Martha Ann died soon after she arrived in the valley.
   The journey was made across the plains while the Civil War was in progress and often the wagons of the pioneers were searched by the soldiers in an effort to secure anything that could be made use of in the army.  During one of these raids the pioneers were alarmed when the soldiers began searching the wagon train.  One of the wagons contained powder, a much needed article by the Saints in Utah.  When it was seen that the powder was in danger of being found, Mary Ann and her sister quickly took their places on the wagon.  The driver said, "Only a sick girl and her sister who is taking care of her."  The soldiers passed on without searching the wagon.  
    Grandmother was very particular about her shoes.  Each morning she would have them cleaned to start the day's journey.  She said her shoes hurt her feet when they were dirty.  She brought her shoe polish with her from England and kept it for many years.  
     She married Alfred Gadd on 10 January 1864 by Bishop Charlie Bryan.  They made their home in the old fort until 1866 when they moved to Deseret, residing there for several years, moving back to Nephi when a dam on the river at Deseret gave way, cutting off their water supply.
    She tells of a very exciting experience soon after they were married.  Grandmother didn't like to cook and was late getting Grandfather's dinner ready. (Perhaps another reason it was late was there were no clocks to tell time). This one day Grandmother made up her mind that dinner would be ready on time, so began preparing it early.  As she stood by the door peeling potatoes, she heard someone enter the house and came and stood directly back of her with his hands on her shoulders.  Not looking around and thinking it was Grandfather she said, "Well, I know it isn't dinner time yet," and turned her head only to be met by a large knife which was held up to the side of her head.  She quickly ducked down and around the door and into Great Grandmother's part of the house, very much frightened.  
    While she lived in Deseret, my mother Eliza was a little girl and after one terrible Indian raid, they missed her and thought the Indians had taken her.  After hours of unsuccessful searching and things were quiet, Mother came out of the corn field, where she had run to hide.  Grandmother was a great lover of books and nature as was my Great Grandfather. 
    They had one of the first fruit orchards in Nephi and introduced many beautiful and fruitful trees and shrubs into the community.  Some he brought from the East when he came from his mission.  They were lovers of flowers and gladdened the hearts of many by their gifts to their friends and those who they thought would like them. 
     Many people can testify of the charity of Grandmother Gadd.  She lived the council given in the Bible by Christ when he said, “Let not thy left hand know what thy right had doeth.”  No one knew how many bottles of fruit she carried to those she knew would like them as well as anything else she had.  
     She had a wonderful memory for poetry and could recite many long poems up to the time of her death.  She left this sphere of action on September 30, 1915 and was buried on October 3, 1915 at Nephi.  
  She was the mother of eleven children who were:  Eliza Ann who married John S. Linton, Alfred William who married Laura Fly, Samuel George who married Elizabeth Jackson, Arthur married Jeanne Sinclair, Alice Jeanette, Walter Pentlow who married Mary Sutton, Ernest Alma, Alvin, Loris Albert, Albert Victor married Ethel Carter and Ethel Charlotte married Joseph Briggs.  Alfred Gadd died March 30, 1907 at Nephi.

(Written by Lua Alice Linton Stephenson)

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Alfred Gadd's Timeline

July 15, 1837
Orwell, Cambridge, England
January 18, 1865
Age 27
Nephi, Juab County, Utah, United States
December 19, 1866
Age 29
Utah, United States
December 5, 1868
Age 31
April 29, 1871
Age 33
Nephi, Juab County, Utah, United States
December 6, 1873
Age 36
October 26, 1876
Age 39
January 7, 1878
Age 40
December 11, 1879
Age 42