John Bushman b. 7 June 1943, Nauvoo

Bushman, John portrait, Logan UT

John Bushman is the brother of Jacob Bushman, my Great Great Grandpa.

From The Bushman Family History by Newbern I. Butt, pp. 133-136, published in 1956.

John Bushman was born 7 June, 1843 in Nauvoo, Illinois. In September 1846 when the Latter-day Saints were finally expelled from Nauvoo he went with his parents across to Hyland Grove. He was 8 years old when they crossed the plains and came to Lehi in 1851. In the fall of 1861 when he was 15 years old, he hauled stone for the Salt Lake Temple. Along with other young men, he was asked by Brigham Young to drive an ox team back to the Missouri River after emigrants in 1862. On February 11, 1865, he married Lois Angeline Smith in the Salt Lake Endowment House. From this union there were 12 children, eight of whom lived to have families.

In their home they always had family prayer morning and evenings, observed the Sabbath Day, paid tithing regularly, attended their meetings, were sober, earnest and industrious, and took part in the Community Socials.

In 1866-67 he served in the Black Hawk War against the Indians. In 1871 the Authorities of the Church established the school of the Prophets in many of the Stakes of Zion. Worthy men were chosen to attend this school. John Bushman and his father, Martin, were among the number chosen to attend this school for 1 ½ years.

Bushman, John b. 1843

In January 1876, he was called by Brigham Young along with 200 other young men and families to colonize Northern Arizona. They were instructed to live and work in the United Order, therefore he was baptized and confirmed into that Order preparatory to leaving for Arizona, February 9.

After a tedious and hard journey John arrived on the Little Colorado River in Northern Arizona with four other companies of pioneers. They soon found this to be a much harder country to colonize and settle than where they came from. In 1877 he returned to Lehi and secured his second wife, Mary Peterson. They were married March 2, in the St. George Temple on their way back to Arizona. She bore 4 children, 3 of whom lived to raise families.

Bushman John AZ map

The next year, 1878, he moved his wife Lois and family to Arizona and helped to settle St. Joseph. John Bushman was an outstanding leader and pioneer. He helped to build eight dams on the Little Colorado River before one stayed permanently.

He sowed the first wheat in Northern Arizona, made a broom machine and made all the brooms for the Community for some time. He helped build the old Fort, was a Counselor to the First Bishop and also a Counselor to Lot Smith in the Little Colorado Stake Presidency from 1879 to 1887.

From 1887 to 1916 he was Bishop of St. Joseph ward (29 years). He was vice president of the United Order from 1879-83. Years later when the United Order of the Sunset Ward broke up, John Bushman was chosen by the General Authorities to be chairman of a committee to settle the affairs of this order. It took the committee two years and a most trying experience to complete the job.

He served as Justice of the Peace and was a Constable. He was President of the St. Joseph Irrigation Company. John was a successful farmer and stock raiser, was an expert stacker of grain, made many hundreds of gallons of molasses. In all this busy life he took time for recreation, attended several world fairs, also visited many times with relatives in Utah and the East.

The last ten years of his life were devoted to Temple work in the Salt Lake Temple, and in genealogical research. He was a man of great faith, and was miraculously healed from cancer at one time. He served 21 years on the Board of Education of the Snowflake Stake Academy while raising his large family. He sent his six sons on missions for the church.

His descendants now number more than 625. Of this number, over 100 have filled missions for the Church and 90% of them have been married in LDS Temples. He kept a daily diary most of his life which is very valuable to his posterity, to the people of Joseph City, and to others interested in the history of Little Colorado, Arizona settlements.

Bushman, John with Lois (1)

Children of John and Lois:
John Albert, b. 28 May 1866, Lehi, UT; d. 3 Dec 1866, Lehi
Homer Fredrick, b. 6 Aug 1868, Lehi; d. 2 Dec 1936, Mesa, AZ; m. (1) Sariah Ann Smith
(2) Lily Owens
Maria Elizabeth, b. 17 Dec 1869, Lehi; m. Silas D. Smith
Martin Lester, b. 6 April 1871, Lehi; d. 10 Sept 1871, Lehi
Lois Evelyn, b. 28 June 1872, Lehi; d. 1 Jan 1949; m. John W. Smith
Wickliff Benjamin, b. 10 Feb 1874, Lehi; d. 11 Feb 1897
Preston Ammorn, b. 11 Dec 1875, Lehi; d. 22 Sept 1949, El Monte, CA; m. (1) Anna Smith,
(2) Daphne Decker
June Agusta, b. 25 Jun3 1879, St. Joseph; d. 20 Mar 1950; m. Hyrum Smith
Jesse Smith, b. 10 June 1881, St. Joseph; m. Sarah Elva Porter
Florence Cordelia, b. 4 Oct 1884, St. Joseph; d. 5 Nov 1888
Alonzo Ewing, b. 21 Dec 1885, St. Joseph; m. Edith Smith
Jacob Virgil, b. 4 Jan 1889, St. Joseph; m. Ruth C. Fuller

Second marriage, 2 March 1877, to Mary Ann, daughter of Jens and Maren Sorensen (Frost) Peterson. She was born 24 May, 1857 in Vinstrup, Denmark and died 5 July 1885 in St. Joseph. Pioneer to St. Joseph, 1877. She was the first treasurer of the St. Joseph Relief Society, and counselor in the MIA of St. Joseph.

Bushman, John with Mary Ann

Children of John and Mary Ann:
Elsie May, b. 14 Feb 1878, St. Joseph; d. 7 March 1880
Lillian Ann, b. 31 Oct 1879, St. Joseph; m. Wesley Palmer
Maren Adele, b. 18 Aug 1881, St. Joseph; m. John L. Westover
John Lehi, b. 14 Sept 1883, St. Joseph; m. Etna N. Cooper

Bushman, John b. 1943 headstone

Several years ago I was able to find and purchase a copy of this book.  I’ve been reading it this month, as I remember my great great uncle John.Bushman, John, UT-AZ Pioneer.JPG

John was an excellent record keeper.  His original journals are in the Special Collections at BYU.  Here’s what they look like:Bushman, John's Journals HBLL (2)His history was compiled from these journals and contains mention of many family members.  John was a wonderful man, full of faith and good works.Bushman, John's Journals HBLL

Here are some photos I took of John Bushman’s Lehi home:Bushman, John Home Lehi 2Bushman, John Home Lehi 1Bushman, John Home  (Sarah Rhodes lived here too) LehiMartin Benjamin Bushman lived in the home next door (behind the large tree).Bushman, John Home and Martin Bushman  LehiMartin Benjamin Bushman’s home, next door:Bushman, Martin Home Lehi 1

Here is the home in Lehi built by John’s parents, Martin and Elizabeth Bushman:Bushman, Martin & Elizabeth Degen  Lehi 1Bushman, Martin & Elizabeth Degen Bushman  Lehi 3Bushman, Martin & Elizabeth Degen Home Lehi

Sometimes Heaven Smiles Down on Us: Elizabeth Degen Bushman, My 3rd Great Grand-Mother

Here is more about this family pioneer home in Lehi.

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I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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