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Samuel Washington Orme

Also Known As: "Samuel Washington Orme Sr."
Birthplace: Mentor, Lake County, Ohio, United States
Death: July 19, 1889 (57)
Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Orme; Samuel Orme; Amy Orme and Amy Orme
Husband of Sarah Orme
Father of Samuel Washington Orme, Jr.; Silas Cross Orme; Joseph Cross Orme; John Kirby Orme; Arthur Orme and 4 others
Brother of Amy Orme; Sarah Ann Orme; Eliza Orme; Caroline Gartside; Rebecca Lee and 2 others

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About Samuel Washington Orme

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Birth: Jul. 4, 1832


Lake County

Ohio, USA

Death: Jul. 19, 1889


Tooele County

Utah, USA

Son of Samuel Orme and Amy Kirby

Married Sarah Cross, 8 Oct 1857, Tooele, Tooele, Utah

Children - John Kirby Orme, Arthur Orme, Charles Alvin Orme, Lafayette Orme, Edwin Marshall Orme, Joseph Cross Orme, Samuel Washington Orme, Silas Cross Orme

History - Samuel's parents, Samuel and Amy Kirby Orme, first emigrated from England around 1831 to live near Amy's parents in Ohio. It was at this time that the first gathering of the Saints was occurring in nearby Kirtland. Samuel Orme, Sr. heard some men preaching the gospel in a town near Mentor and was impressed with the truth of their message, though he did not learn the names of the men or the religious sect to which they belonged.

The only son born to Samuel and Amy was born in Ohio on Independence Day. His parents felt that in addition to carrying his father's name, he should have an additional name suggestive of this great event in American history. Accordingly, he was named Samuel Washington Orme.

Shortly after Samuel's birth, the family returned to England to assist Grandfather John Orme, who was in his declining years and wished his son to return. The family moved to Coalville where young Samuel remembered his father taking him and his younger sister by the hand and going a short distance to see the first train go through Coalville. Samuel, Sr. was a bookkeeper for the Midland Railway Company.

When Samuel W. was 9 years old his father died. Samuel W. became an apprentice to a blacksmith for the next 7 years and also worked in the nearby coal mine. He was an excellent penman and learned somewhat of his father's trade, but did not become a bookkeeper. He finally earned enough money at his blacksmith's trade that he supported his mother and sisters comfortably.

Before Samuel Orme, Sr. died, he reminded his wife about his strong impressions of the preachers back in Ohio. He had studied the Bible, pondered about it, and knew it was true. He told his wife that she must join this church whenever she heard about it. He said, "When you hear the first sermon, you will feel as I feel, that it is true. A strange spirit will come over you, and you shall feel as if the truth of it is burning into your very soul." Only a few months after Samuel's death, Amy heard of two brothers, John and James Burrow, who were preaching a "strange" doctrine in nearby Whitwick. She took her children to go and hear them and at the close of the meeting she was ready for baptism. She said, "Why, I feel as if my very soul is on fire. I know it is true, although I don't know where these men got their truths. Yet I know it is the same as my husband heard in America years ago." Amy and her children who were over 8 years of age were baptized at this time. Samuel was active in church work, becoming a local Elder as well as a clerk of that branch. They began to save money to emigrate to be with the other Saints in Utah.

They boarded the ship Horizon in Liverpool with a large company of other Saints bound for Zion under the direction of Edward Martin, a returning missionary. Martin's handcart company was organized in Iowa City, Iowa. It was the 5th and last handcart company of the year. The Hodgett and Hunt Wagon Companies were following closely along, and assisting as much as possible. However, because of their delayed start and early winter storms in Wyoming, they all suffered together from hunger and cold.

As flour rations were cut, and then cut again before the rescuers came from Salt Lake City, the Orme family was down to four ounces per day per person. Samuel's courageous mother saw her son quickly weakening. She proposed to her girls that they each cut their own rations even further in order to feed Samuel more. They all agreed to make this sacrifice and it saved Samuel's life. His sisters and mother also survived, although Rebecca had to have several toes amputated.

Samuel had left his sweetheart, Sarah Cross, in England. She emigrated the next year and she and Samuel were married. They soon moved to Tooele where Samuel became prominent in the community, serving in many positions in the church and community, including mayor of Tooele two terms without pay. He was an earnest advocate for better schools and did much work as a trustee. Samuel died in 1889 at the age of 57.

Samuel’s son, Lafayette, went to his father’s home town in England, 50 years after his father had left there. He said, "I got a voluntary testimony as to his character while I was [there]. . . . I inquired for the oldest resident [in Coalville]. One man, William Sheffield, said he came to Coalville in 1851 but said he did not know my father. I found another man named John Starkey who said, ‘I knew your father well. We were boys together. There are only a few of us old timers left. Your father and many of his type left years ago, and we have a much less desirable class to take their place. But say, William Sheffield should remember your father.’ ‘No,’ said I, ‘he told me he never knew anyone by that name.’ Mr. Starkey wondered at this at first, then he said, ‘I know why he doesn’t remember your father. He came here to start a saloon, and your father was one of the few boys who would not patronize him. Your father as a boy never touched intoxicating liquor. He was honest and moral in every respect.’ Thus from all friends and even foes comes the testimony that he was honest, true, temperate, and loyal to his country. His foes were those who were foes to Mormonism. He had no personal foes. He was as humble as a little child. The sun seldom went down on his wrath. If he offended anyone, he was quick to ask forgiveness. On offending one of his sons, the son, instead of flying into a rage, went from the room in tears. On returning the father said, ‘My boy, I’ve hurt your feelings. I spoke too hasty. I want you to forgive me. If need be, I’ll go on my knees to plead forgiveness.’ Such was the humility of our father."

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 Amy Kirby Orme (1804 - 1893)

 Joseph Cross Orme (1860 - 1933)*
 John Kirby Orme (1860 - 1938)*
 Silas Cross Orme (1864 - 1944)*
 Arthur Orme (1868 - 1869)*
 Charles Alvin Orme (1869 - 1932)*
 Edwin Marshall Orme (1874 - 1948)*

 Sarah Cross Orme (1833 - 1903)

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Tooele City Cemetery


Tooele County

Utah, USA

Plot: 3-31-10

  • Residence: South Hetton, Durham, England - 1834
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Samuel Washington Orme's Timeline

July 4, 1832
Mentor, Lake County, Ohio, United States
May 12, 1839
Age 6
Easington, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
September 19, 1858
Age 26
Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, United States
August 1, 1860
Age 28
Tooele, Tooele, UT, United States
October 3, 1862
Age 30
Tooele, Tooele, UT, United States
December 26, 1864
Age 32
Tooele, UT, United States
December 26, 1864
Age 32
Tooele, Utah, United States
October 4, 1867
Age 35
Tooele, Tooele, UT, United States
October 21, 1869
Age 37
Tooele, Tooele, UT, United States