Martin Benjamin Bushman sentenced for breaking the Edmunds Law, 23 March 1889

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, March 23, 1889 (Saturday)
In the First District Court, at Provo, the following named brethren were sentenced by Judge Judd for breaking the Edmunds law: Joseph Clark, of Provo, to three years and six months’ imprisonment; Michal Vaughan, of Lehi, to nine months; Niels Aagaard, of Levan, to 50 days; Martin Bushman, of Lehi, to 90 days; William Gurney, of Lehi, to 85 days; Mons Andersen, of Lehi, to 12 months; Isaac W. Fox, of Lehi, to 35 days; William Ball of Lehi, to 85 days; John Jacobs to 10 months; Stephen Mott, of American Fork, to 75 days; John W. Gardner to 125 days, and John Hart, of Lehi, to 18 months.

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, June 5, 1889 (Wednesday)
Stephen Mott, of American Fork, and Martin Bushman were discharged from the Penitentiary.

Martin Benjamin with wives Martha Worlton and Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin.

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Frances Kimberly Turley McIntosh b. 22 March 1850, d. 26 May 1914

Frances Kimberley Turley was the daughter of Theodore Turley and Mary Clift.  In 1849, the Turley family traveled to Salt Lake City in the Silas Richards Company. Five months after arriving, Mary gave birth to a baby girl on 22 March 1850. She named her Frances Kimberley Turley, after Theodore’s first wife who died at Winter Quarters. Mary Clift Turley passed away eight days after giving birth. She was 34 years old. Her daughter, Frances, survived to adulthood, married, and had many children.

Turley, Frances Kimberley

The Theodore Turley Family Book, p 543

Frances Kimberley Turley was born March 22, 1850 either near Owens Lake, Pioneer Trail or in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the daughter of Theodore Turley and his fourth wife, Mary Clift Turley.

Frances married Benjamin Franklin Parsons. He was born May 12, 1927 in Norfolk, Virginia to James and Barbara Parsons. Benjamin later died in 1896 in San Diego, California.

On July 24, 1879 Francis married Thomas William McIntosh in Colton, California. Thomas was born May 12, 1832 in Kentucky .

Frances died in Riverside, California and is buried in the Hermosa Gardens Cemetery in San Bernardino, California.

McIntosh, Frances Kimberley Turley headstone

Frances Kimberley Turley McIntosh d. 1914 Headstone. San Bernardino, California

Children of Frances Kimberley Turley and Benjamin Parsons:
Frances Isabel Parsons Button, b. June 30, 1865 in San Bernardino; m. John Button; d. Feb.2, 1926
Benjamin Franklin Parsons Jr., born June 6, 1868 in San Diego; married Susan Machado
Netty Parsons, born Aug. 4, 1871 in San Diego; died Aug.13, 1871
Theodore Augustus Parsons, born Feb. 21, 1873 in San Diego; married Mamie
Maude M. Parsons Button, born Dec. 8, 1875 in San Diego; married Fred A. Button

Children of Frances Kimberley Turley and Thomas W. McIntosh:
Sarah Estella McIntosh Rouse, born July 2, 1880 in Colton, California; m.Charles E. Rouse
Lee McIntosh, born July 21, 1882 in Colton
Clarence C. McIntosh, born in March 1885 in Colton married Metta Lee
Viola McIntosh Dunn, born Nov. 14, 1886 in Colton; m. Earl Dunn

Mary Clift Memorial

Mary Clift Turley Memorial Transcription:

Frances Kimberley Turley Daugher of Theodore & Mary Turley
Borne in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake on th 23 Day of
March 1850 22^nd Day 9 oClock in the morning (pencil) 1850
Mary Mary Turley Wife of Theodore Turley Died
on the 30 of March 1850 in Child Bed Buried on the
31 of March in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake
Francis Kimberley Turley Born in the Valley of the Grea[cut off]
Salt Lake on the 22^nd day March 1850


Many have attributed this photo of Frances Kimberley Turley to the wife of Theodore Turley (Frances Amelia Turley).  That is a mistake that appears in many family histories and on FamilySearch.

Turley, Frances wrong photo

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Eileen Brunt Lewis, 16 March 1958 – 20 March 2018

Today we received this email from John’s cousin, Fred Lewis about Fred’s sister, Eileen:

Eileen Lewis the daughter of Bert and Melba Lewis passed away today at about 9:45 AM. She had her 60th birthday last Thursday, March 16. As you recall, she had Downs Syndrome, but due to mom and dad’s great parenting, she was high functioning. She played the piano and guitar, was able to read and write, laughed easily and loved being the center of attention. Her brother and sister in law, Tim and Sheryl Lewis cared for her for 20 years. For Tim and Sheryl, her passing is more like losing a child.

Our plan is to have a graveside service in Spanish Fork with a lunch after at a chapel in Spanish Fork. We do not have all the details yet but will follow up with another email. If any would like to attend, you are welcome. We don’t expect any changing of already planned activities in your own busy lives.

Please do two things. First, please let any other members in you individual family lines know. I only have a limited number of emails on each family as you can see from the addressees above. Second, if you plan on attending, please RSVP to me so we can plan food. Eileen always liked a party, so she is springing for the meal. She loved Arby’s but we will use Kneaders instead – fewer carbs.

We look forward to seeing any who might be able to attend. Funerals like this, ones that are not unexpected and come at an appropriate time in life, are happy events. I am imagining the happy reunion that is taking place as I type this. The funeral will become an impromptu family reunion for any who can attend.

This is a happy day for Bert and Melba and especially for Eileen. In the words of Fanny Brunt, “She has danced her earthly jig.” Eileen’s brother Bob dreamed several years ago of a conversation he had with Eileen after the resurrection. The typical physical characteristics of Downs were no longer present, and the conversation was normal. There is much more to Eileen than we saw in this life. She has humbly finished her work.

With love,
Fred Lewis

Lewis, Eileen

Lewis, Eileen teenage
Eileen Brunt Lewis b. 1958

Eileen Lewis 1958 — 2018
Eileen “Feather” (she added that middle name herself) Lewis was born with Down Syndrome on March 16, 1958. After enduring 60 years with that handicap, on March 20, 2018 she was freed from that body and graduated to something far better.

Eileen was a blessing to her entire family and taught us many wonderful things. For example at one stage of her life, whenever Eileen heard the word “good” (even when it was not directed particularly to her), she would internalize the notion and say to herself: “You’re good Eileen!” This seemed to boost her confidence to carry on with life.

We felt God was speaking through her to us, effec-tively telling us to stop beating ourselves up because of our imperfections and to take comfort in the idea that our true natures are good but that we inevitably make mistakes during this very well-designed and difficult test called “earth life.” Whenever we hear the word “good” we should follow Eileen’s lead and tell ourselves we are good, to encourage us to live up to that idea and to carry on as best we can.

In that, and many other ways, Eileen softened the hearts of her parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews. She made us all kinder, more thoughtful, and more accepting of others. She even softened the hearts of other people. Our dad used to say that we got better treatment in restaurants when Eileen was with us. It may even have saved us a traffic ticket or two.

While most people would be insulted to be called “spoiled,” Eileen loved the idea that she was spoiled. When we would say: “You’re spoiled Eileen!”, it would bring a huge smile to her face and she would agree whole-heartedly by saying: “Yeahhhhhhh!!!!”

She was a genius of sorts among the Down’s population. Our father taught her how to play the piano. She could play “Silver Bells, “The Sting, and “Carolina Moon” on the piano. While she was trying to play something, her dad would often say something like: “No, Eileen. That should be tonic, not a sub-dominant chord.” None of us knew what he was talking about, but Eileen did! She made the appropriate correction and played on.

Contrary to the common practice at the time of her birth, her parents, Bert and Melba Lewis, did not institutionalize Eileen, but rather, raised her in our home with the rest of her siblings. We think this is the reason Eileen learned to do so many things well. Eileen was very good at reading and she loved to dance and play the guitar. Our mother taught her how to set the table and crochet afghans for all of her siblings.

The various “flames” in Eileen’s life (in Chronological order) were Donnie Osmond, Shawn Cassidy of the Partridge Family (she even ran away from home once to join the Partridge Family) , Greg of the Brady Bunch, and finally, Adam at her “Turn” day care program in Cedar City, Utah. Unfortunately for her, they were all unrequited loves, except perhaps for Adam. We think he liked her too but due to his handicap, he had a hard time expressing himself very clearly.

Eileen will be missed for her loving nature, her sense of humor, her appre-ciation for fast food, and her killer dance moves. We are thankful that she was part of our family and are forever changed.

Eileen is survived by her siblings Fred Lewis (& Gayle of Provo, Utah), Jane Cannon (& Roger of Idaho Falls, Idaho), Robert Lewis (& Jill of Orem, Utah), Tim Lewis (& Sheryl of Cedar City, Utah) and Rachel Duwyenie Elthie (of San Carlos, Arizona). Eileen’s sister-in-law Sheryl was the one who bore the “lion’s share” of caring for Eileen for the last nineteen years. Her loving kindness to Eileen garnered all of the family’s admiration and appreciation.

Eileen will be interred in the Spanish Fork, Utah, cemetery next to her parents. Her funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 24, at the LDS chapel on 1750 E. 750 S. in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Lewis, Bob & Eileen

Bob and Eileen Lewis


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Georg Adam Sieber b. 19 March 1775, Grossgartach, my 4th Great-grandfather


This is the land of my ancestors.  My 4th Great-grandfather, Georg, Adam Sieber was born on this day, 19 March in 1775 in this place.  Sieber, Georg Adam b. 1775

He was christened here the following day.Grossgartach 2009 032

Georg married a local girl named Katharine Elisabetha Storzbach in Grossgartach on 17 November 1801.  He was 26 and she was 19 years old.  They had 8 children:  Johann Jacob b. 1803; Johann Michael b. 1806; Peter Sieber b. 1807; Christina Magdalena b. 1810; Johann Adam b. 1813; Johann Christoph b. 1815, Johann Matthaeus b. 1818 and a daughter who died minutes after birth in 1820.

Katharina died 3 years later in 1823 of consumption.  She was only 41 years old.  Here is the record of her death:Storzbach, Katharina Elizabetha m. Sieber d. 1823

Georg Adam lived to be 60 years old.  He died 16 April 1835, also of consumption (“wasted away”).  he was buried in Grossgartach on the 19 April.  Georg Adam was a farmer and wine grower.  Here is his death record:Sieber, Georg Adam d. 1835

These are the church records in Grossgartach where our family records are kept.  They go back to the 1500s.  I’m grateful for good records and for my family members whose lives are recorded there.Grossgartach 2009 026Grossgartach 2009 023

Here is the page in the Family Register for Georg Adam and Katharina Sieber and their children:

Sieber, Georg Adam b. 1775 FR

On 30 April 1852, Georg and Katharine’s son Johann Adam Sieber emigrated with his family to America.  (Family Register p. 525b states:  Sieber, Johann Adam, Burger u. Weingartner, wandert mit deine Familie am 30 Apr. 1852 auf America aus.)

The ship register lists his family members:

Adam Sieber, age 38, Farmer
Friederike, age 34
Paulina, age 11
Louise, age 10
Ludwig, age 7
Friedrika, age 5
Catherina, age 3
Johanne, age —

Here’s a little more about Johann Adam’s family as found in census records:

1870 US Federal Census
New York, Ward 11, District 6, NY, NY
Sieber, Adam, 54, Cork Fenders, born in Germany
Siebert, Fried. 54, Germany
Rachel, 23, Hairwork, Germany
Kate, 21, Fassels, Germany
John, 16, Segar do., NY
Billy, 14, NY

1880 US Federal Census
New York, District 14, 17th Ward
Sieber, John A. age 26, Segar Manufr. born New Jersey, parents born Wuerttemberg
Caroline, wife, age 24, at home, born New York, parents born Germany

Sieber John A., 69, at ship founders, born Wuerttemberg
Friederika, 67, wife, at home, born Wuerttemberg
William, 20?, son, Segar Mfc. born NY, parents born Wuerttemberg

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16 March 1856 Theodore Turley called on a Mission to Southern California

Here are the minutes of a special conference of the San Bernardino Branch, in California on 16 March 1856.  Theodore Turley was called, along with seven others, to serve a mission in Southern California.

1856-3-16 TT called to So CA Mission

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Saturday 15 March 1856, San Bernardino Branch, California, Theodore Turley Sustained President of the High Council

Here are the minutes of a special conference of the San Bernardino Branch in California on 15 Marcy 1856 where Theodore Turley was sustained as the President of the High Council for the Branch.

1856-3-15 TT sustained Pres of High Councel, SB

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Jacob and Charlotte Bushman were sealed in the Endowment House in 1864

endowment-house-1On 12 March 1864, Jacob and Charlotte were sealed for time and all eternity in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.  Their 4th of 10 children would be born in 1866.

Jacob and Charlotte were living in Lehi, Utah with their two young children, Charlotte Amanda and Theodore Martin (Priscilla had died as an infant in 1859).  According to Jacob’s brother John’s history, Jacob and John were farming together on the John C. Hales farm on shares.  They also helped look after their parents by hauling wood for winter warmth.

By 1864, Jacob had made good progress in starting his own farming operations, acquiring a team and a piece of land east of Lehi.  Jacob and John both farmed together, helping each other until 1868 when their own farms were established.

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