Payson, Utah County, Utah
THE FOLLOWING ANCESTORS OF OURS, though not among the first settlers, were early residents of Payson. All of them lived in Payson for many years, died there, and are buried in the Payson Cemetery:
PHILO JOHNSON 1814 - Philo Johnson was born in Fairfield County, Connecticut. 1841 - Philo Johnson joined the LDS Church. 1847 - Philo Johnson came with the first pioneer company to Salt Lake Valley. 1850 - Philo Johnson married Speedy Brown Ellsworth, a widow with 7 children. 1857 - Philo and Speedy and their children moved to Payson. This was the earliest date that any of my ancestors came to Payson. 1896 - Philo and Speedy Johnson both died in Payson. EXPERIENCE ("SPEEDY") BROWN ELLSWORTH JOHNSON 1820 - Speedy Brown was born at Leeds, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of David Brown and Lucinda Bachelder. 1837 - Speedy Brown married her first husband, German Ellsworth. 1841 - German and Speedy Brown Ellsworth joined the LDS Church. 1849 - German Ellsworth died, leaving Speedy with six small children. (Another of their children had died earlier in Council Bluffs.) EMILY JOHNSON WIGHTMAN 1853 - Emily Johnson was born in Salt Lake City. 1869 - Emily Johnson married Joseph Wightman. CHARLES BILLINGS WIGHTMAN 1815 - Charles Billings Wightman was born in Herkimer County, NY. 1835 - Charles Billings Wightman joined the LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Ohio, along with many members of his family. 1843 - Charles Billings Wightman married Mary Ann Dixon. 1862 - Charles Billings Wightman family came to Payson. 1895 - Charles Billings Wightman died in Payson. JOSEPH WIGHTMAN 1848 - Joseph Wightman was born in Kirtland, Ohio. 1862 - Joseph Wightman came to Payson with his family, at age 13. 1869 - Joseph Wightman married Emily Johnson. 1890 - Dora May Wightman was born in Payson. MARY ANN DIXON WIGHTMAN 1823 - Mary Ann Dixon was born at Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. 1837 - Mary Ann Dixon moved to Kirtland, Ohio, with her family. 1838 - Mary Ann Dixon was baptized into the LDS Church. 1843 - Mary Ann Dixon married Charles Billings Wightman in Kirtland. ELIZABETH HUMPHREY DIXON 1855 - Elizabeth Humphrey Dixon (mother of Mary Ann Dixon Wightman) came to Payson at age 77 with other members of her family. 1864 - Elizabeth Humphrey Dixon died in Payson at age 86. She is the earliest-born (1778) person buried in the Payson cemetery. MARY ANN OLIVE WARTHEN SHULER 1849 - Mary Ann Olive Warthen was born in Kanesville, Iowa (now Council Bluffs). 1936 - Mary Ann Warthen Shuler died in Payson at age 86. JAMES FAYETTE SHULER About 1872 - James F. Shuler came to Utah to work in the Tintic mines. 1873 - James F. Shuler married Mary Ann Warthen Davis, a widow with a small child. 1880 - James and Mary Ann Shuler moved to Payson for the children to go to school. 1887 - Dave Shuler, youngest child of James and Mary Ann Shuler, was born in Payson. 1923 - James F. Shuler died in Payson at age 85. DAVID LANT 1830 - David Lant was born in Hampshire, England. 1850 - David Lant married Elizabeth Hurley -- he was 19, she was 41, a widow with a 16-year-old daughter from her previous marriage. 1852 - David Lant, his wife, and step-daughter joined the LDS church. 1855 - David Lant came to America on the ship "S. Curling", then to Utah with the Milo Andrus Company. He and his wife originally settled in Provo. 1858 - David Lant and his family moved to Payson. 1869 - David Lant married Elsie Tanner as a plural wife. He was 39, she was 19. David's first wife, Elizabeth was about 60 at this time. 1877 - John Tanner Lant was born in Payson. 1908 - David Lant died in Payson, at the age of 78. ELSIE TANNER LANT 1849 - Elsie Tanner was born in Kanesville, Iowa (now Council Bluffs). 1865 - Elsie Tanner came to Payson, at the age of about 15, to help keep house for her bachelor brothers. 1869 - Elsie Tanner married David Lant. He was 39, she was 19. 1888 - Elsie Tanner Lant died in Payson, at the age of 38.
JOSEPH WARTHEN 1811 - Joseph Warthen was born in Licking County, Ohio. 1838 - Joseph Warthen joined the LDS church, at age 26. 1841 - Joseph Warthen (29) married Lutitia Shearer (19). 1850 - Warthen family came to Salt Lake. 1852 - Warthen family moved to Provo -- the earliest date that any of my ancestors settled in Utah County. 1852 - Joseph Warthen was killed. There is a grave marker for him in the Springville Pioneer Cemetery, but his exact burial place is unknown. LUTITIA SHEARER WARTHEN 1822 - Lutitia Shearer was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. 1838 - Lutitia Shearer was baptized into the LDS church -- she was 16. She was the only member of her family to remain active in the church throughout her life. 1903 - Lutitia Shearer died in Payson, but was buried in Springville. JAMES MILLER 1829 - James Miller was born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. 1846 - James Miller was baptized into the LDS church, at age 16. 1848 - James Miller, with his parents and siblings, came to America. His parents and two brothers died of cholera in St. Louis. 1851 - James Miller and his remaining siblings came to Utah. 1852 - James Miller married Margaret Ann Anderson in Salt Lake. 1856 - Miller family moved to Spanish Fork. MARGARET ANN ANDERSON MILLER 1823 - Margaret Ann Anderson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1893 - Margaret Ann Anderson Miller died in Spanish Fork, at age 70. MARGARET ANN MILLER DAVIS 1856 - Margaret Ann Miller was born in Salt Lake. She was named after her mother. JOHN TUCKER DAVIS 1842 - John Tucker Davis and his wife joined the LDS church. 1851 - Davis family came to America, and to Salt Lake Valley. 1857 - Davis family moved to Spanish Fork. 1888 - John Tucker Davis died in Spanish Fork, at age 82. LETITIA ANN GEORGE DAVIS 1872 - Letitia Ann George Davis died in Spanish Fork. ALMA CHARLES DAVIS 1848 - Alma Charles Davis was born in Liverpool, England. 1857 - Alma Charles Davis moved to Spanish Fork with his family when he was 9 years old. 1874 - Alma Charles Davis married Margaret Ann Miller in January. 1874 - Letitia Ann Davis was born in Spanish Fork in December. She was named after her father's mother, who had died two years before.
JOHN TANNER 1832 - John Tanner joined the LDS church. 1848 - John Tanner, with many members of his family, came to Utah -- they settled in South Cottonwood. 1850 - John Tanner died at the age of 72. Buried in Salt Lake City cemetery (Plot 3-1-4). JOHN JOSHUA TANNER 1811 - John Joshua Tanner was born in Washington County, New York. 1832 - John Joshua Tanner joined the LDS church. 1848 - John Joshua Tanner was asked to stay at the Missouri River to help other emigrants on their way. 1851 - John Joshua Tanner family came to Utah, travelling with the Isaac Allred Company. Their daughter Elsie was 2 years old at the time. 1896 - John Joshua Tanner died at the age of 96. Buried in Murray cemetery (on Vine Street). REBECCA SMITH TANNER 1816 - Rebecca A. Smith was born in Bolton, Warren County, New York. 1835 - Rebecca Smith married John Joshua Tanner in Kirtland, Ohio. 1845 - Rebecca and John Joshua Tanner were endowed in the Nauvoo Temple. 1854 - Rebecca Smith Tanner died, at the age of 38. Her daughter Elsie was 4 years old. WILLIAM ANDERSON Buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery (Plot A-8-5). ELIZABETH GOURLEY ANDERSON Buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery (Plot I-19-10).
CHARLES DIXON 1766 - Charles Dixon was born in Yorkshire, England. 1772 - Charles Dixon came with his family to Sackville, New Brunswick. 1837 - Charles Dixon family joined the LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. 1855 - Charles Dixon died in Iowa at age 89, during the journey to Utah. He was our earliest-born (1766) ancestor to join the LDS church. JOEL SHEARER 1791 - Joel Shearer was born in Saratoga County, New York. 1830 - Joel Shearer and Phoebe Blackwell Shearer were baptized into the LDS church. Of our ancestors, they were the earliest to join. 1859 - Joel Shearer died in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He had left the church before this time. PHOEBE BLACKWELL SHEARER 1845 - Phoebe Blackwell Shearer died in Pike County, Illinois. CHARLES STEWART MILLER MARY McGOWAN MILLER 1848 - Charles Stewart Miller, his wife Mary McGowan Miller, and two of their children died of cholera near St. Louis. They are buried in an unmarked grave.