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.



Many of our ancestors were early settlers of some other Utah County communities. The following were buried in Springville or Spanish Fork.

 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.



Other ancestors had come as pioneers across the plains, had settled in the Salt Lake Valley, then had died and been buried there:

 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).



Still others had joined the church in the early days, but had died before coming to Utah. Some of them had lived in Kirtland or Nauvoo. Others had more recently arrived from across the sea, but had died before reaching their final destination.

 AMY SHOLES WIGHTMAN
   1776 - Amy Sholes was born in Connecticut.
   1835 - Amy Sholes Wightman and many members of her family were
          baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
          (Her husband Joseph Wightman never joined.)
   1861 - Amy Sholes Wightman died in Kirtland, Ohio.  She and her
          husband, Joseph, are buried side by side in the graveyard
          near the old temple.
Grave of Joseph and Amy Wightman, near Kirtland Temple
            Click to see a larger view
 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.

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Information Compiled
by Craig Lant Shuler
and Karen Bray Keeley

INTERNET Adaptation
by Sandra S. Bray