Jacob Bushman, Autobiography, Typescript, BYU, 1943

Bushman, Jacob Portrait with glasses

History of Jacob Bushman

Source: Jacob Bushman, autobiography, typescript, BYU.
The following is a history of the life of Jacob Bushman which was written in his own handwriting, to his Brother John.

1 April 1843
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Father put in quite a crop that year, and every 10th day we would go and haul rock for the Temple. We raised a very good crop but it was very hard to get milling done. Had to go some of the time 35 miles to mill and we had a good deal of sickness the first two years. Still we got along very well having to stand guard very often. And before the Prophet Joseph and the Patriarch was martyred, Hyrum Smith gave father and mother their Patriarchal Blessing and ordained father a High Priest.

We lived on Bishop Hunter’s farm until the Spring of 1846. And in the Winter of 1846, when the Church crossed the river, we sent a pair of horses and a wagon, all the team we had to help the main party of the Church, not knowing how soon the mob would drive us off. And we had to stand guard night and day in the Spring of 1846. The team came back and some time in June we crossed the river into Iowa and went to a farm of a Mr. Bunells. He had in 500 acres of grain and we helped him to harvest it. There was several Mormon families there to work. And just about the time we got done, the mob drove the last of the Saints out of Nauvoo.

We traded off one of our horses for a yoke of oxen and started for Council Bluff with six sick children, all in one wagon, all down with the chills and fever. And when I had the chills, I had to walk and when the fever came on I could sit up in the front end of the wagon,. And on the 12th of Oct. 1846, Elizabeth died, just before going into camp. Had to be up all night getting her ready to bury her. We done the best we could and left the next day about 10 o’clock. Traveled on until Oct. 19th 1846, when the baby died about 11 months old. She had to be left about the same as the other one was by the road side. We then traveled on until we got to Keg Creek, Pottiwatimie County, Iowa, near Council Bluff. By that time we all had got about well, thank the Lord.

We went to work and built a log cabin and prepared for the winter. Then father had to go down over a 100 miles to Missouri and split rails to get some corn and when he got a load of corn and some meat he sent for me to fetch the yoke of cattle and fetch it home. I went and got it and he came home with me, and being thinly clothed, I nearly froze getting home.

Feb 1847
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We had to make another trip to Missouri to get some bread stuff and seed grain. In the Spring we broke up some land and put in a crop and got along the best we could. Along in the summer father tended the crop and I went down to Oregon, Missouri, and went to work for 4 dollars for a half a month and then helped to harvest in that place and worked till late in the fall. Then I went home and stayed the Winter and father went down to Missouri and worked again. And towards Spring I went and fetched him home. We put in another crop in the Spring of 1848 and then I went down to Missouri to St. Joseph, and father and the little boys tended the place.

And in Dec. 6th, 1849, mother gave birth to her last child a boy. Father still kept on working on his little place on Keg Creek, and I was to work in Missouri, at St. Joseph, going home the Winter of 1849, went back in the Spring of 1850 and was there until the Spring of 1851 when father had concluded to go to Salt Lake and came down for me to go too. And I went home to Keg Creek.

Spring of 1851
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In April 1851, I was baptized by E. H. Davis and confirmed by the same. We then started for Utah. Father had one yoke of oxen and a yoke of cows and one wagon. I drove 3 yoke of oxen and a yoke of cows for Henry Kerns. We crossed the Missouri River at Winter Quarters and went out to a grove a few miles to organize in Mr. Kelsey’s Hundred and Alma Allred’s Fifty. Laid there about two weeks on the account of high water. Then started out to head the Horn and made a complete elbo to get back to the Platt. Got along without much loss. Had two or three stampede, but very little sickness in the camp.

Traveled up the Platt and crossed over the Divide to the Sweet Water. Crossed Green River and over the Mountain and down Emigration to Salt Lake City and from there we went south about 30 miles to Lehi, where they settled down, father and mother and the rest of the family. I went back to Salt Lake City. Now Brother John you know more what was done for the next 6 years than I do.

Your Brother in the Flesh,
Jacob Bushman

March 27th, 1902
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I will now try and give you a short synopsis of myself while in California. As you are aware, I left in the Spring of 1852 to go to Carson Valley with Major Holman, the Indian Agent, as one of his escorts. And when we got to Carson, he give some of us the privilege of stopping and we concluded to stop. We went to work in the Placer Mines a short time. And then four of us got any work there and started for Greenwood. We went about one mile when the other three boys turned back, but I said I never was known to turn back and I went on to Greenwood and stayed all night. Next morning could get no work and left for Mudder’s Bar, a mining camp on the Middle Fork of the American river, where there was a few families of old Mormons that I knew in Nauvoo.

I stopped with them and worked for about a month or two and the family that I was living with started for San Juan Valley where there was quite a few families of old Mormons. We supposed that it was government land and we took up a squatters claim apiece and went to work building and fencing and farming, working in the large Redwoods getting out the fencing and for building. The third year it proved to be a Spanish title and we never got what the improvements cost.

Then there was missionaries sent up from Sanbernardino by Apostle Rich and Lyman for all the Mormons or even called themselves Mormons to come to (San Bernardino). There was about 10 families from San Juan, went to Sanbernardino, and I went with them. Arrived there about the Fall of 1855, and I thought it was a fine place. I went to work for Brother Theodore Turley and John Cook. A short time. Then went on the mountain to run and Engine for a saw mill for Gilbert Hunt. I was there about 3 months. In the Fall of 1856, I went to work for George Crisman. And in March 2, 1857, I was married to Charlotte Turley, daughter of Theodore and Francis Kimberly Turley. Then news came from Salt Lake for all that called themselves Latter Day Saints to come back to Utah, and the most of the Saints started back in December 1857.

I left Sanbernardino on the 25 day of Dec. 1857 in company with my father-in-law and two brother-in-laws and about 20 other families for Utah. We traveled along until we arrived at the Muddy on the night of 22 of Jan. 1858. And on the 23 of Jan. my first child was born, a girl Pricilla Elizabeth. We had a hard time from there until we reached Cedar City about the first of Feb. 1858. I left my wife there with her father and went on to Lehi with one of my brother-in-laws Stephen Franklin, and we arrived in Lehi about the 10th of Feb. 1858, being gone nearly six years. *(Sanbernardino—San Bernardino, California)

In March, I returned to Cedar City for my wife and child, traveling through snow sometimes three feet deep. And started back for Lehi the first week in April 1858. Had to shovel snow a going back. Arrived there about the middle of April.

Now dear Brother, you know a good deal of the rest for I am about tired out a writing and I do not know whether you can make it out or not for there is nothing grammatical about it. And may God Bless you all.

Yours Truly,
Jacob Bushman

Jacob Bushman, autobiography, typescript, BYU, Pg. 5

I will now give you some of the other three girls that was younger than father. Sarah Bushman, born March 12th 1804; died Feb. 1887. She married John Stanton, had a large family. Some of their children are alive yet. Anna was born Sept. 10th; died very young. And Ester was born May 5th, 1808 and married Scott Ewing. Did not have a very large family, She died April 6th, 1877. Grandfather was leaving with her when he died. How grandfather and all of his children was all poor and humble and honest and hard working and none of them ever joined the Church, but the work has all been done for them in the Temple. And I hope they all have received it by this time. We have done our part so far. And may the Lord help us to be faithful to the end is my constant prayer.

Now this is just on our father’s side of the house. Now this is all I can think of and if you can make anything out of it I will be well pleased. I would of been more pleased if we could of all been together and I hope you will have a good time.
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God Bless you all is my prayer
from your Brother Jacob Bushman

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