Elias Albert Bushman, Jr. b. 20 April 1881

History of Lehi, pp. 697-698
Published by the Lehi Pioneer Committee
Written by Hamilton Gardner
The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1913

Bushman, Elias Albert Jr.
Elias Albert Bushman, Jr., son of Elias Albert Bushman and Margaret Zimmerman was born April 20, 1881, in Lehi, Utah.

His boyhood was spent on his fathers’s farm. Early in life he became interested in livestock raising. This and farming became his chief occupation.

He received his education in the Lehi Public Schools and the Brigham Young University.

December 16, 1908, he was married in the Salt Lake Temple to Lydia Alice Walters of Pleasant Grove. Four children were born to them. Walter Albert (deceased), Glen Elias, Myrle (Mrs. Elmer Merrill), and Phyllis Ruth (Mrs. Doyle Appleby), all of Southern California.

In 1920 and 1921, Albert, with his family, fulfilled a mission in California. He was Presiding Elder in his field of labor.

He was a member of the Mutual Improvement Association Stake Board of Alpine Stake and served in various other church capacities.

He was active in the civic and political life of the community and served as Deputy County Assessor and President of the Lehi Farm Bureau. Albert was liberal with his time and money in community projects, such as building the Lehi Tabernacle, and other church and civic activities.

Most of his life was spent in Lehi where he became well known to a host of friends as an unassuming, generous, kind and sympathetic man.

Albert was always solicitous of the comfort and welfare of his family. He had a strong testimony of the gospel and at the time of his death, November 20, 1936, held the office of High Priest.

Bushman, Elias Albert Jr with Lydia ca. 1920 Stocton CA

Lydia Alice Walters and Elias Albert Bushman ca. 1920, Stocton, CA

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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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IMMIGRANT CASE STUDY Peter Heinrich Bastert Family by Ann Laemmlen Lewis

Immigrant Case Study, Bastert Family

Here is a link to a research project I did in 2005 for a German research class I took at BYU.  We were given the name of a person, their birth date and place, and their death date and place.  That’s all.  Our assignment was to go find their story.

I was given the name of Peter Heinrich Bastert who was born 10 April 1833.  I spent an entire semester searching for Peter and his family.  Here is a summary of what I found:


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Eugene and Leah Bushman honeymoon trip to Canada April 1901

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Eugene Worlton Bushman and Leah Christina Christoferson

Eugene Bushman and Leah Christoferson were married in Salt Lake City on 27 March 1901.  Two weeks later they were on their way to a great adventure in Canada.  They would eventurally have a family of 6 children in Canada, born in Franksburg, Lethbridge and Regina.

Here are some newspaper reports of their departure in April 1901:

The Salt Lake Herald 1901-04-11, p. 5

Going to Canada
Colony of Farmers Takes Car at Lehi for Northwest
(Special Correspondence.)

Lehi April 10–A party is leaving here today for Canada. They are all farmers and stockmen. Fifteen cars will be loaded here and others will be loaded when they arrive at Idaho Falls, where a large amount of stock will be taken on. The following are a few of those in the company: R. Bradshaw and family, Ole Ellingson and family, James Smuin and family, Dan and Howard Thomas, Frank Cook and family, Ray Cook and family, James Saly, William Hendley, George Bone, James Jacobs, William Rolfson, William Meldrum, Jean Bushman [Eugene], William Evans, William Rosemond, Alf Gurney, John Taylor, Berg Ellingson, Laura Evans, Nancy Ross, James Stoddart and Irene Bone.


Ogden Standard Examiner 1901-04-11, p. 3

State News
Off For Canada

Lehi, April 10–About fifty people will leave Lehi tomorrow via the Oregon Short Line for Canada, where they will make their homes. Among those who will become subjects of the King are R. W. Bradshaw, Ole Ellingston, William Hindley, Eugene Bushman, Joseph R. Smuin, John S. Taylor, Alfred Gurney, D. W. Thomas, Howard Thomas, Berg Ellingston, Frank Cook, Alma Miller, F. M. Cook and several from American Fork, Provo and Cedar Valley. Most of them will take their families and all go to seek homes in the province of Alberta. With a passenger coach and the necessary furniture and cattle cars, they will occupy a special train of twenty cars, and will be taken through on passenger time.


The Bushman Family History by Newbern Butt, p. 112:

Eugene was born in Lehi and died in Franksburg, Alberta. Res. Franksburg and Lethbridge, Alberta, Canda. He was a farmer by trade. Very active in most all phases of church work. President of MIA; second counselor in SS; Bishop of the Franksburg Ward; Stake High Counselor; Patriarch of Alberta Stake until his death.

Leah was Counselor and President in the Franksburg RS and the MIA. She taught in SS and other organizations, was ward organist and ward chorister. Their children were all born in Franksburg except for Martha Jane, who was born in Lethbridge. Blanche was adopted. She was born in Regine, Sask.

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The Mantle of the Prophet — John Bushman’s Testimony

Wilford Woodruff 1

On July 26, 1887, Elder Wilford Woodruff was in Sanpete County, Utah, hiding from federal agents seeking him on anti-polygamy warrants when he learned of President John Taylor’s death in Kaysville, Utah. He returned to Salt Lake City in secret to take charge of the church but was not seen in any public meetings. Two years later, when he was 82 years old, Woodruff was ordained as the church’s president.
The following is his journal entry where he shared his feelings about President Taylor’s death:

“Thus another President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has passed away. President John Taylor is twice a martyr. At the death of the Prophet Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail he was shot with four balls and mingled his blood with the martyred Prophet. This was in 1844. Now in 1887 … he is driven into exile by the United States officers for his religion until through his confinement and suffering he lays down his life and suffers death. …

“President John Taylor died today at 5 minutes to 8 o’clock, which lays the responsibility of the care of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints upon my shoulders as President of the Church or President of the Twelve Apostles, which is the presiding authority of the Church in the absence of the First Presidency. This places me in a very peculiar situation, a position I have never looked for during my life. But in the providence of God it is laid upon me, and I pray God my Heavenly Father to give me grace equal to my day. It is a high and responsible position for any man to occupy and a position that needs great wisdom. I never expected to outlive President Taylor … but it has come to pass. … I can only say marvelous are thy ways O Lord God Almighty, for thou has certainly chosen the weak thing of this world to perform thy work on the earth. May thy servant Wilford be prepared for whatever awaits him on earth and have power to perform whatever is required at his hands by the God of Heaven. I ask this blessing of my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Journal of Wilford Woodruff, July 26, 1887).

John Bushman’s testimony

This is most likely written by Silas A. Bushman, son of Homer F. Bushman, son of John Bushman:

“While with him (Grandfather John Bushman) I told him I read about Brigham Young having the mantle of Joseph Smith fall upon him. Then he told me,”I saw the mantle of the Prophet John Taylor fall upon Wilford Woodruff when at the Conference. Wilford Woodruff was sustained to succeed John Taylor. He looked just like President Taylor and his voice sounded (was) like his.”

President Woodruff was in Salt Lake City during the funeral of John Taylor but did not attend for fear of being arrested. Immediately after the services he met with the Twelve and began leading the Church, but continued to avoid any public appearances. On 9 October 1887, however, President Woodruff entered the Tabernacle for the afternoon session of general conference in company with Lorenzo Snow and Franklin D. Richards. As the Saints recognized their leader, they greeted him with applause. President Woodruff addressed them and then left before the singing, again to avoid arrest.

Two years after the death of John Taylor, the First Presidency was again reorganized. At a solemn assembly held during the April general conference of 1889 [7 April], President Woodruff was sustained as the fourth President of the Church. George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, who had served as counselors to President Taylor, were once again sustained as counselors in the First Presidency.  (Derived from Allen and Leonard, Story of the Latter-day Saints, pp. 402, 404.)

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Theodore Turley to David Whitmer: “If the cap fits you, wear it.”

5 April 1839 Theodore Turley confronts David Whitmer about the gold plates.

“[Theodore] Turley said, ‘Gentlemen, I presume there are men here who have heard [John] Corrill say, that Mormonism was true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and inspired of God. I now call upon you, John Whitmer: you say Corrill is a moral and a good man; do you believe him when he says the Book of Mormon is true, or when he says it is not true? There are many things published that they say are true, and again turn around and say they are false.’ Whitmer asked, ‘Do you hint at me?’ Turley replied, ‘If the cap fits you, wear it; all I know is that you have published to the world that an angel did present those plates to Joseph Smith.’ Whitmer replied: ‘I now say, I handled those plates; there were fine engravings on both sides. I handled them;’ and he described how they were hung [on rings], and [said] ‘they were shown to me by a supernatural power;’ he acknowledged all.”

Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 volumes, edited by Brigham H. Roberts, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1957), 3:307–308.


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Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman by H. Dale Goodwin

Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman
Isaac and Laura Hotchkiss, Vol. 1 History. pp. 259-261
by H. Dale Goodwinpp. 259-261

Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin was born April 4, 1843, somewhere in New Haven County, Connecticut. Her daughter wrote that she was born in Bethany, but no documentation of her birth has survived. Her endowment record shows New Haven, which could mean New Haven County. Her mother may have been staying with one of the many relatives who still resided in Bethany at that time.

Like her brothers and sisters, she was placed under the care of some other family following the death of her mother on the voyage of the ship “Brooklyn.” She spent quiet a bit of time with a Spanish family where, like her brother Edwin, she learned to speak Spanish fluently. She told her children of riging a donkey to visit her father. Part of the time she lived with the Marshall family.

When the family arrived in Lehi, Lucinda met and married Martin Benjamin Bushman, March 21, 1863, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Brigham Young performed the marriage. The first week of their marriage was spent with her parents, then they moved to a little house where they lived for a year until they could buy a lot and build their own home. Lucinda bore ten children, all of whom were born in Lehi. Among the children were two pairs of twins.

Lucinda was a large woman, about five feet, nine inches in height weighing nearly two hundred pounds. She had grey eyes and brown hair. Her life was filled with heartache, having lost seven of her ten children before she died December 9, 1907. She is buried in the Lehi Cemetery next to her husband Martin. Both of her sons filled missions for the Church, with her second son Lewis Jacob, dying of typhoid fever in the mission field in Kentucky, October 31, 1897.

Much of this information is from Emmerette Bushman Archibald’s Life Sketch of Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin Bushman, unpublished.


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