Biography of Alonzo Daniel Rhodes b. 17 April 1853, Lehi, Utah

rhodes, alonzo daniel b. 1853

Alonzo Daniel Rhodes was born on 17 April 1853 to Alonzo Donnell and Sarah Ann Bushman Rhodes.

His father, Alonzo Donnell Rhodes was born 2 September 1824 in Fowler, Trumbull,Ohio to Erie and Eunice Wright Rhodes.

His father first married Barbara Ellen Kearns on 14 September 1843 in Nauvoo,Hancock, Illinois. The two were 19 years old at the time of their marriage. When they came to the Salt Lake valley, they had had four children. Being driven out of Illinois they moved westward with the Saints. Elmyra Amanda was born 23 December 1844 in Nauvoo, but died sometime along the trail. Julia Anne was born 3 September 1846 in Toulon, Stark, Illinois, which is north and east of Nauvoo. Henry Erie was born 4 September 1848 and died about 1849. Barbara Alverina was born 20 August 1851 in Bayard, Morrill, Nebraska, along the trail heading west.

His father’s family came to Utah with the Easton Kelsey Company which began on 29 June 1851 from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). There were 162 individuals and 100 wagons. They originally departed about 10 June, but turned back due to Indian trouble. They left again on 29 June. Luman A.Shurtliff and Isaac Allred were captains of 1st and 2nd Fifty respectively.

Alonzo, along with his wife, Barbara, and their daughter Barbara Alverina were in the company. Julia Anne was not mentioned,but must have been with them because she died in Utah.

They had continuous rain storms and the water in the rivers was very high. The starting was very difficult but they finally made it to the valley 22 September 1851.

They settled down in the Lehi, Utah, Utah Territory area. They had six more children born in Lehi,Utah, Utah Territory. Ellen Maria was born 8 July 1853; Adaline Melissa was born 11 October 1855; Sarah Lavina was born 8 March 1857; Clarissa Elizabeth was born 2 September 1859 and died the same year; LaGrande was born 15 May 1863 and died in June 1863; and Risa Belle was born 22 December 1863. They were sealed on 25 May 1852, probably on Ensign Peak as the Endowment House hadn’t been built yet.

His father, Alonzo entered into plural marriage by marrying Sarah Ann Bushman on 25 May 1852 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory. They had twelve children, six girls and six boys, all born in Lehi, Utah, Utah Territory.

Rhodes, Martin, John Franklin, Marcellus, front Alonzo, Sarah Ann Bushman

Back: Martin, John Franklin, Marcellus Rhodes Front: Alonzo, Sarah Ann Bushman Rhodes

Sarah Ann was born 9 January 1833 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Martin and Elizabeth Degen Bushman. She was baptized into the Church in 1847 at the age of 14. Her family also came with the Easton Kelsey Company to Utah. She was 19 when she was sealed to Alonzo.

His father went with the men to help the ill-fated Handcart companies in November 1856. He was also a member of the Lehi Militia group that fought in the Tintic War in 1856.

On 19 February 1857 he married a third wife, Sarah Jane Lawrence. Sarah Jane was born 22 August 1835 in Ontario, Canada to John and Rhoda Sanford Lawrence. She was baptized into the Church in 1850 at the age of 15. She was 21 when she married Alonzo. They were sealed on 30 July 1859 in the President’s Office. They had eight children, two girls and six boys, all born in Lehi, Utah,Utah Territory.

He helped two other men build a bridge over the Jordan River. On 21 January 1853 they received permission from the Territorial Legislature to build it. He sold stock to help pay for the cost of the bridge. Each stock cost twenty five cents. They built a home on the south side of the Old Lehi Fort in 1854. He was the Lehi City Marshal from 1854-1858 and again from 1869-1871.

Alonzo Daniel was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 11 October 1863 at the age of ten. He married Harriet Elizabeth Stewart on 19 April 1875 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory at the age of 22.
Harriet Elizabeth was born 11 June 1856 in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California to John and Lydia Mandana Rolfe Stewart. She was baptized into the Church on 19 November 1871 at the age of 15. She was 18 years old when they married.

Her father was raised by an aunt and uncle when his parents died while he was very young. He joined the Church and came to Great Salt Lake City with the Howard Egan Company departing on 18 April 1849 with 57 individuals and 22 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. They arrived in the valley on 7 August 1849.

Her mother Lydia Rolfe was born in Maine and her parents joined the Mormon Church when she was quite young. They moved to Kirtland, Ohio where her father worked on the Kirtland Temple. In 1836 they moved to Far West, Missouri, and in 1838 they settled in Clayton,Illinois. They moved to Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois in 1839. In 1846, they crossed the Mississippi River and started for the west. They crossed the plains in the A.O. Smoot Company. Smoot was captain of 100 and Samuel Rolfe was captain of ten. They arrived in Salt Lake City, September 16, 1847.

Her parents were married on 12 February 1851 in Great Salt Lake City. In response to a call from President Young, they left for California a week after their marriage and settled in San Bernardino. They had eleven children, three girls and eight boys. Harriet was born while they were in San Bernardino. In 1858 they were recalled by President Young, when they returned to Utah locating in Beaver. In 1861 the family moved to Camp Floyd and in 1868 they came to Lehi, Utah,, Utah Territory.

Daniel and Harriet had twelve children, six girls and six boys, all born in Lehi, Utah, Utah. Lydia Ann was born 9 March 1876; Alva Alonzo was born 26 December 1877;Hattie was born 11 February 1880 and died 19 March 1880; John Glen was born 25 January 1881; Julianna was born 25 March 1883; Jasper William was born 11 July 1885; Prudence was born 10 July 1887 and died 29 March 1893; Margaret Marvel was born 18 January 1890; Samuel Jesse was born 31 July 1893; Clifton was born 16 July 1895 and died 23 November 1901; Hugh Rolfe was born 10 March 1897; and Hilda was born 11 August 1902.

Daniel died on 23 November 1937 of heart disease at the age of 84 and was buried in the Lehi City Cemetery, Lehi, Utah, Utah. Harriet died on 29 May 1940 at the age of 83 and was buried on 3 June 1940 in Lehi, Utah, Utah.

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