Was amazed to find that part of my family (all of which were originally fro the
UK/Wales were among the pioneers that ventured out west... to Allen Leigh... we
are related-!!!!!! Samuel Leigh was my 3x(?) or 2x great grandfather!!!!!!! Melissa Leigh
In the 1970s I was asked to join the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. I said I
couldn't qualify, and the woman inviting me said I should check and be
sure. Sure enough, the ancestors I thought went directly to Colorado to settle
little Mormon towns (Sanford, Manassa) had been to Utah first, well before 1869.
So I joined up with a DUP camp, and was the youngest attendee most of the time.
It was a great beginning for learning much more about my Mormon pioneer
ancestry. I had long been researching other ancestors, and learning about the
ones I'd taken for granted was immensely fulfilling. Eventually I learned
of a second cousin who lived near a daughter in NE MO She and I toured places
our common ancestors lived in MO. That was a highlight of that decade in my
life. I am so grateful for all my pioneering ancestors and the determination to
endure that they showed in their daily lives.
@Henry Drummond:People of conscience are well remembered as friends in our
Church history, as you are well recognized and "liked" for your always
As i have taken this quiz, and looked at the quotes, amid the tears in my eyes,
my heart is so grateful for the Pioneers. Many of them my ancestors who are an
example to me to Live the Gospel. Sometimes times are tough, but the Lord is
always there to help us. I am so grateful for the example they set to follow
the Prophet, and prayerfully I can teach my posterity the same principles that
we may be together forever as a family.
I hope my friends in the LDS Church will also recognize the efforts of the many
people of conscious who stepped forward to help their ancestors. Judge John
Kane, and his son Thomas L. Kane, earned considerable scorn and anger from their
friends when they used their influence to get James K. Polk to agree to a plan
for a "Mormon Battalion." LDS Historian B. H. Roberts acknowledges that
the more than 250,000 men had already volunteered for the 50,000 positions in
the Mexican-American War. The government did not need the help of the Mormons
nor did they ever draft them. Brigham Young asked for those non-combat positions
to help pay for the trek West. In addition many prominent people in the
Washington, New York, Philadelphia, and other cities raised money and clothing
for the Mormons. I think it is unfortunate that the work these people of
conscious did to help a much despised and misunderstood people is often
I'm grateful to my pioneer ancestors for all they did to make our
family's life what it is today and I'm equally grateful for the
pioneers I've met in many nations who are going against the tide of
immorality, dishonesty and selfishness and laying the foundation for a better
life of peace, spirituality, education and family living in their countries
today. Pioneers are all around us...
I'm grateful for the sacrifices my great grandfather, Francis Webster, made
in coming to Utah with the Martin Handcart Company. I'm grateful for the
courage and conviction my great grandfather, Samuel Leigh, showed when he, came
to Utah in the mid 1850s. His son, my grandfather, joined his siblings to pull
his father from a burning house while they lived in Iowa. My grandfather was 5
years old. The oldest sibling was 7 years old. I'm showing my appreciation
and love to my ancestors by being active in the Church today, following our
living prophets, and doing what I can to teach my children to walk in the steps
of their ancestors. They followed their convictions. Now, it's up to us.
I have a deep sense of gratefulness that my ansestors ploayed a role in
establishing this great Utah ivilization. I have tried my best to add something
of value to foundation they laid. Thanks in particular to the families of James
H Wickens and Samuel Barber for the role they played making my life possiblee in
this choice part of the earth.