Claybourne M Elder – 1851

Clayborn M Elder

Claybourne Montgomery Elder, my 2nd great-grandfather, traveled in an “unknown” company to the Salt Lake valley.  He traveled with his mother, stepfather and two half brothers.  One brother, Eli Bell, wrote a brief history of their experiences, indicating that they arrived in Salt Lake during October 1851.

-Claybourne was born on 2 Jun 1827 at Rutherford, Gibson, Tennessee to David Elder and Martha Louise Montgomery.  An older brother died in Tennessee and a younger sister died in Illinois.  His father also died on 26 May 1830 in Illinois.  His mother was then married to Alfred Bell on 8 Sep 1832 in Shelby County, Illinois and two younger brothers were born there.

-The Elder/Bell family moved to Nauvoo, Illinois.  The parents and Claybourne were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in May 1839.  The parents were both endowed in the Nauvoo Temple on 3 Feb 1846.

-Claybourne is actually listed in the 1850 US Fed Census as already living in Salt Lake before the Oct 1851 arrival date mentioned above.  (Others listed there are not related, but only housed in the same lodgings.)

-Claybourne married Nancy Williams Ferguson Ott (widow) on 9 Feb 1853 at Salt Lake.  She had previously been sealed to Frederick Ott.  Nancy was born on 27 Aug 1822 in Kentucky.

-Claybourne married Mary Caroline Pratt on 31 Jan 1858 in “President’s Office” at Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah.  They eventually had 5 children together.  Mary was born on 26 Feb 1838 in Tennessee.

-Claybourne also married Mica Martina Petersen Gibb (widow) on 31 Jan 1858 in “President’s Office.”  They eventually had 7 children together.  Martina was born on 15 Apr 1834 in Denmark.

-Listed in the 1860 US Fed Census were Claybourne & Nancy with her son (David B. Ott) and one daughter, Sarah.  Listed separately, were Martina with her daughter (Hannah Petersen) and Mary with her first child by Claybourne.  The two households were next door to each other in Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah.

-Nancy died on 11 Feb 1863 and was buried in Washington County, Utah.  The daughter with Claybourne, Sarah, was not found in any subsequent census.

-Claybourne married my 2nd great-grandmother Francis Elizabeth Pratt (younger sister to Mary) on 25 Jul 1863 in the Endowment House.  She was born on 1 Oct 1846 at Tishomingo, Tishomingo, Mississippi to Jonathan Blackmore Pratt and Susannah Halbert.  HERE is the page for Jonathan Blackmore Pratt.

-First child of Claybourne & Francis, Martha Susannah, was born on 4 May 1864 at Duncan’s Retreat, Washington County, Utah.  She died within the year.

-Second child, James Edward, was born on 4 Nov 1865 at Duncan’s Retreat.

-Third child, Hyrum Pratt, was born on 1 Dec 1867 at Duncan’s Retreat.  He died in 1874 at 6-years-old.

-Fourth child, my great-grandmother Annie Elizabeth, was born on 5 Nov 1869 at Duncan’s Retreat.  She married Calvin Kelsey, son of Easton Kelsey.

-Listed in the 1870 US Fed Census was Claybourne & Martina with their children, living in Virgin, Kane County, Utah.  Also listed were the two sisters, Mary and Francis, living next door in separate households each with their own children.

-Fifth child, Walter Wallace, was born on 19 Jun 1871 at Duncan’s Retreat.

-Claybourne’s wife, Martina, secured a divorce in 1873 the same year their seventh child was born.  She took all of her children to live in Piute County, Utah.  She reportedly remarried and had one more child before divorcing that husband as well.

-Sixth child, Agnes Ettie, was born on 5 Jun 1874 at Greenville, Garfield County, Utah.

-Seventh child, Franklin Pratt, was born on 19 Jan 1877 at Glendale, Kane County, Utah.

-Eighth child, Ira Milton, was born on 2 Jan 1880 at Glendale.

-Listed in the 1880 US Fed Census were Claybourne with two wives, Mary & Francis, and all of their children living together in Glendale, Kane, Utah.  Listed as living in Circleville, Piute, Utah was Martina with several of her children.

-Ninth child, Parley Pratt, was born on 25 Sep 1882 at Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona.

-Tenth child, Charles Pratt, was born on 5 Jan 1885 at Duncan’s Retreat, Washington, Utah.  He died in 1896 at 11-years-old.

-Eleventh child, Edgar Pratt, was born on 2 Apr 1887 at St. George, Washington, Utah.  The mother, Francis, then died of complications on 19 Apr 1887 and was buried in St. George.  The babe died the following month and was buried next to her.

-Claybourne knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, he fought Indians, he moved around alot, he played the fiddle, he married many times and sired a lot of children.  This Life Sketch does a good job of touching on many important experiences in his life, although some information may be incorrect.

-Listed in the 1900 US Fed Census were Claybourne & Mary, living in Ferron, Emery County, Utah.  Mary died on 8 Feb 1905 and was buried there.

-Claybourne married 45-yr-old Frances Annie Pulsipher Miles (divorcee) on 6 Aug 1906 at Castle Dale, Emery, Utah.  She died at the State Mental Hospital in Provo, Utah on 10 Nov 1909 due to “exhaustion of acute mania.”  She was buried at Price, Carbon, Utah.  Claybourne had her sealed to him by proxy in the Manti Temple on 8 Sep 1911.  At the same time, temple work was performed for Claybourne’s biological father, David Elder.  Baptism was 5 Nov 1911, Endowment was 6 Sep 1911, and Sealing to Parents was 8 Sep 1911 (according to church records).

-Listed in the 1910 US Fed Census was 83-yr-old Claybourne, living with a son’s family in Leamington, Millard, Utah.

-Claybourne died on 8 Jan 1912 and was buried at Leamington, Millard, Utah.

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