Anson Vasco Call

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About Anson Vasco Call

Anson Vasco died on 4 August 1867 [1] at Rock Creek on the Laramie Wyoming Plain (about 450 miles from Salt Lake City) while returning along the Mormon trail to Utah from a mission to England. His symptoms, as described by his companions, match many of the symptoms of a ruptured appendix, inoperable and incurable in his time, a minor operation today. Anson records his death date and obituary in his diary.[2] Anson Vasco's body was recovered in the spring of 1868 and he was reburied in the Bountiful cemetery alongside Charlotte Holbrook Call his first wife who had died of Typhoid (often fatal in this era) while he was in England in 1866. His children are split among the other Call families of Anson Call to raise with most being raised by Mary Flint Call--Anson's first wife. Its unknown exactly what happened to the children of his second wife Eliza Kent. Eliza remarries and goes on to raise another large family, but her two children by Anson Vasco are often seen in the same communities etc. of the other Call children in subsequent years implying they may have all been raised together. [dlc]


[1] Many of the old records show his death date as 4/8/1867. This is incorrectly interpreted in many genealogies as April 8 1867 not the correct date of 4 August 1867. Many of the original records of this period are using so called European style dating, day/mon/yr, not the mon/day/yr style often used today.

[2] Anson received a telegram on 9 August 1867 informing him of Anson Vasco's death and includes his obituary in his diary. Ironically part of Anson Vasco's original grave marker in Wyoming was carved on a telegraph pole. The telegraph (invented in about 1845) had been connected to Salt Lake City in 1861. Spurred on by the Civil War and the desire to connect the west and east coasts with quick communications the telegraph was put through the 2,000 miles to California in about six months not the two years everyone had predicted.

Jan 24th

3 gen. sheet submitted by Joseph C. Call -- His sources: Sarah Isabel (Barlow) Call; Church Archives; Mrs. Elbert V. Call, Caldwell, Idaho; Israel Barlow Family Association Records and Historical records; Annie C. Carr famly records; Joseph C. Call family records; (F Utah B5 pt 8) (6213) p 13; Journal of Joseph Holbrook; Deseret News 18 Jan 1943. Died on the Laramie Plains near Rock Creek, Wyoming. Also baptized in 1844 From FGsheet from Michel L. Call, Box 163, Afton, Wyoming 83110 AF says death date 8 Apr 1867, sealing to parents 3 Dec 1942 SL, and 1st baptism was in 1844. Archive record: All previous Church Blessings reconfirmed and ratified on 3 Oct 1968. Bap 3 Oct 1968

Missionary to England 1864-1867

▼References 1.↑ 1850 Census, Iron, Utah Territory, Anson V. Call, age 16, born Ohio. 2.↑ 1850 Census, Davis, Utah Territory, Anson Call, age 16, born Ohio. 3.↑ 1860 Census, Anson V. Call, age 26, Accademist, born Ohio. 4.↑ 1840 Census, Hancock Illinois, Anson Call family, wife & 2 children.

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Anson Vasco Call's Timeline

July 9, 1834
Madison, Lake, Ohio, United States
Age 9
Age 15
Iron, Utah Territory
February 23, 1853
Age 18
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
November 7, 1853
Age 19
Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States
May 25, 1855
Age 20
Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States
October 29, 1855
Age 21
January 29, 1859
Age 24
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States