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About Myron Abbott

Biographical Summary:

ABBOTT, MYRON (1837-1907)(son of Stephen Abbott, born August 16, 1804, Providence, Pa., died October 19, 1843, at Nauvoo, and Abigail Smith, born Sept. 11, 1806, Williamson, Ontario Co., N. Y.; married December 1, 1825. She came to Utah October, 1849, and attached to Capt. James Brown's family, settled in Ogden, when there were only six families there). He was born December 1, 1837, Perry, Pike Co., Illinois. Came to Utah 1849.

  1. Married Laura Josephine Allen April 25, 1861, Ogden, Utah (daughter of Orville Morgan Allen, born June 9, 1805, In Pike county, Mo., pioneer 1852, died 1893, and Jane Wilson). She was born April 4, 1846, and came to Utah with father. Their children: Myron Alma born February 15, 1862, married Mary M. Leavitt; Stephen Orville born June 9, 1863; Mary Luella born December 2, 1865, married Thomas D. Leavitt April 14, 1881; James Smith born January 23, 1868, married Chloe E. Robinson August 19, 1892; William Elias born October 16, 1869. married Mary Jane Leavitt March 20, 1890; John Austin born August 12, 1871. married Chrissie E. Whitney March 12, 1895; Josepha Jane born April 17, 1873, married Robert Roberts November 19, 1890; Abigail J. born Sept. 20, 1875. Family home Ogden, Utah.
  2. Married Emily Malin 1870, Salt Lake City. She was born Sept. 25, 1839, at Angrogne, Piedmont, Italy. Only child: Emily Pauline born December 24, 1871, married John Maddock Sept. 21, 1892.
  3. Married Lovisa Leavitt January 11, 1878 (daughter of Lemuel Sturdifont Leavitt, pioneer October, 1849, and Melvina Thompson – married October 15, 1850, Salt Lake City). She was born October 22, 1861, Santa Clara, Utah. Their children: Melvina born May 14, 1879, married John Horsley; Mary Isabelle born February 4, 1881, married George Woodruff; Ezra Abiel born July 12, 1882, d. 1897; Sidney Smith born March 7, 1884, d. 1901; Lemuel Raymond born November 25, 1885; Thomas Edward born March 31, 1887; David Arthur born Sept. 23, 1888; Myron Decatur born March 4, 1890; Lyman born April 28, 1892; George Nathan born March 17, 1894; Israel born February 20. 1896; Clarence Leon born February 10, 1898; Laura Josephine born Sept. 6, 1902. Family home Bunkerville.
  4. Married Emma Knight March 4, 1886, St. George, Utah (daughter of Samuel Knight), who was born December 26, 1863, Santa Clara, Utah. Their child: Samuel born May 2, 1889. Family home Bunkerville.

Settled at Wilson, Weber county, 1866; moved to Plymouth, Box Elder county, 1870, and to Bunkerville, Nevada, 1877. Member of school board and justice of the peace many years. Lieutenant in Utah militia and spent the winter of '57-58 in Echo canyon, guarding that pass against Johnston's approach. Member U. S. Marshal Burton's posse at Kingdon Fort, and one of the eight men who took the rolling breastwork into the fort before its surrender, and was later one of Burton's chief witnesses at his murder trial. Bishop's counselor 30 years. Died Sept. 3, 1907.

SOURCE: Esshom, Frank; "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah"; Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company; 1913.

Biographical Summary #2:

"...I was born in 1837 in Perry Illinois where my father operated a yarn factory and cabinet shop. When I was 2 years old a man named Joseph Wood came to the area preaching the gospel of Christ. My father Stephen Abbott went to hear him preach and embraced the gospel. My Father moved to Nauvoo in 1842 and in 1843 was called on a mission to the Southern States. In order to fulfill his mission he with several other brethren went to rafting lumber down the Mississippi River to obtain means to support their families in their absence. He took ill and died of pneumonia when I was 8 years old. He was a kind husband and indulgent father and a true latter-day saint, ever willing to respond to every call that was made upon him by the authority of the Church. He was much respected by all who knew him. He owned property in Nauvoo, stock in the Nauvoo House, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He and Lyman white owned property at the Apperstone Steamboat Landing on the Mississippi Just north of the Nauvoo rapids.

My Mother was a woman who endured many trials and privations of every description. Many times we were all down with fever and ague (Malaria) and not one of us able to help the other to a drink of water. Many times we had nothing to eat. On one such morning as we arose from our beds without one thing in the house to eat, my mother called the children around her. We all knelt down and called upon the Lord for help in that trying hour. Although she always prayed in her family; this particular time was long to be remembered. After praying, Mother and I went out to work in the garden to plant a few seeds. I found a dime that had been lost in a pile of straw. We had set fire to the straw the day before and it had burned over and the ashes blew off leaving the money uncovered. When I showed Mother, her poor heart leaped for joy. She exclaimed, "Now we can have something to eat."

We had one cow that gave us a little milk. We purchased fifteen pounds of flour with my dime and we had a little thickened milk to eat. You cannot imagine how much rejoicing there was in our family. I often think of these things; how the Lord will provide for his children; still he will try his saints to see if they will serve him.

When I was 11 years old we made the trek across the great plains to Utah.

At age 23, I married Laura Josephine Allen. She was 15, beautiful, tall and well built with dark hair worn high on her head and so slender I could span her waist with both hands. She sang beautifully and we often sang duets together.

We initially made our home on the Weber River in Ogden. After our 1st son was born we moved to Toquerville where we intended to stay. However, in 1863 I was involved in a quarrel with the chief of a local tribe that had scattered our herd. The chief drew his bow and arrow and I hit his arm with a spade, and broke his arm. We thought it best to go back to Ogden.

I worked hard at farming and for a time worked at a lumber mill up Ogden Canyon. We were able to live but not comfortably. In 1870, I took a second wife, a divorcee named Emily Pauline Malan Farley. This seemed to be the beginning of marital troubles for Laura Josephine and I. She felt that she could stand polygamy but not polygamy and poverty too. Ultimately we were divorced in 1876, she took two daughters to California with her. I kept the 6 older children. I suffered the humiliation of a second divorce from Emily soon afterward as she went back to her former husband.

At that time I was encouraged by my sister's husband, Edward Bunker, to join him in establishing the united order at Mesquite Flats. I took my 6 children and started over in Bunkerville..."

SOURCE: Unknown.


Children #1 and #2 were born sealed to parents. However because of their parents divorce, records showed them sealed to their father and his 3rd wife, Lovisa. Because original ward records were lost, the baptism for #2 was redone. Also shows 3rd sealing date of 9 Jan 1884 for #1 #2.


Memoirs of M.A. Abbott Memoirs of M.A. Abbott (On file at SLC Archives) page 35

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Myron Abbott's Timeline

December 1, 1837
Perry Township, Pike County, Illinois, United States
January 9, 1848
Age 10
February 15, 1862
Age 24
Riverdale, Weber County, Utah Territory, United States
January 9, 1863
Age 25
Toquerville, Washington Co., UT
June 9, 1863
Age 25
Tocquerville, Washington, Utah
February 17, 1865
Age 27
December 2, 1865
Age 28
Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
January 23, 1867
Age 29
Eden, Weber, Utah Territory, United States