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LIFE & TIMES OF ERASTUS SNOW
By Theresa Snow Hill. Published by her daughter Cornella Hill in
Hard Cover 8.5 x 11 286 pages.
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Other books by this author:
Henry Eyring &
Hill & Theresa Snow
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This novel is a granddaughter’s portrayal and dramatized account of the
life and times of her illustrious grandfather—against a backdrop of the
American Revolution, birth of the Mormon Church and polygamy, the westward trek
to Utah, development of Southern Utah, and finally Erastus as a lonely fugitive
traveling incognito, evading U.S. Marshals. The author quotes extensively from
his diary, journal, and personal letters.
More than half a century ago, Mary Theresa Snow Hill, who
grew up in the Mormon colonies of Mexico, began a many year study of his diary,
journals, and letters—and all available historical documents. She interviewed
scores of family members and others until she felt she knew the personality and
character of this ancestor well enough to write the fascinating drama and
dialogue surrounding his life. Through the eyes of this granddaughter, the
dramatic experiences of her ancestors, including their day-to-day decisions and
marriage hardships, are brought to life.
Between 1930 and 1956, the author wrote two books about the
lives of her ancestors: paternal grandfather Erastus Snow and his wives, and
maternal grandparents Henry Eyring and Mary Bommeli. She then wrote a third
book, her own story, including her growing up experiences in the Mormon Colonies
in Juarez, Mexico.
Her father Willy Snow, son of Erastus and Julia, was
tragically killed at a very young age and left his wife, Emily Eyring Snow, a
widow with two young daughters, Mary Theresa and Bea.
Mary Theresa’s daughter, Cornella Hill White, after
publishing two volumes of her own life story, is now publishing all of her
mother’s books. As Cornella states: "Most history books are dry. My
mother’s books are not. They are so readable and full of the drama of their
times that I wanted to make them available to others. It was said of my mother
that she could hold hundreds spellbound with her storytelling.
These stories from the life of Erastus Snow, my grandfather, were written
that my children and grandchildren would become acquainted early with this
courageous Utah Pioneer, a true and tried Latter-day-Saint.
Being the daughter of one of the youngest of his families
(William Spencer Snow and Emily Eyring) and living most of my life far from my
Snow relatives (because my father died at such an early age from a tragic
accident), my knowledge of his life came more from those who had known him
rather than from his own close kin. I, therefore, had to search here and there
among his descendants and through Church documents for the basic facts in my
stories. Many legends I found were not based on fact and I hope those discovered
in his diary will be proof of the truth.
I had part of a copy of his autobiography which was dictated
to his son Franklin Snow. My cousin, Inez Snow Moody, had the complete copy,
which she sent to me. To her I owe a debt of gratitude.
I found that Grandfather Erastus Snow had written a diary up
to the year 1856, from which bulletins had been copied on the "original
pioneer trek." Aunt Cora Snow, wife of Uncle Clare (Dr. Clarence Snow) sent
me those bulletins.
Rachel Kingsbury, another cousin (daughter of Franklin Snow),
kindly loaned me her copy which was most generous for she was loath to let the
precious manuscript leave her hands.
Leah Ivins Cardon, daughter of Aunt Libby (Elizabeth Snow Ivins), a cousin also, loaned me another precious manuscript (copies of letters
to and from Erastus and his family beginning almost where his diary left off).
From letters of another Aunt (Maude Rosamund Snow) in
possession of my cousin Inez, I gleaned other dates and items. I have tried not
to duplicate the wonderful stories told in the Snow Book written by our cousin,
Bess Snow, but I did get some references and dates from her book.
For the stories handed down by Aunt Martie (Martha Snow Keate)
and her sister Flora Wooley, I am indebted to Aunt Flora’s daughter, Bessie
Wooley Jensen, as well as for many of the pictures which are available to go
with the stories.
To these good people and my dear sister, Beatrice Snow Winsor,
I owe much gratitude for kindness and help.
As with the stories of my childrens’ other
great-grandparents, these stories are based on fact. Words and incidents in
keeping with the character and life of this ancestor have embroidered and
brought to life the history and living of this great and wonderful man.
Mary Theresa Snow Hill
Table of Contents
THE SNOW HOME TWO CENTURIES BEFORE ERASTUS SNOW WAS BORN
LEVI SNOW AND LUCINA STREETER
LUCINA’S FOURTH GREAT-GRANDFATHER, ROGER WILLIAMS
TILLINGHAST IN THE REVOLUTION & JUDGMENT DAY IN ST. JOHNSBURYS SCHOOL
LIFE IN THE BOYHOOD HOME OF ERASTUS
THE LIGHT THAT CAME TO ERASTUS IN 1832
PRIESTHOOD USED IN THE SNOW FAMILY
ERASTUS IS BAPTIZED INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD
JOSEPH SMITH, OUR AMERICAN PROPHET
PENTECOSTAL BLESSINGS IN KIRTLAND
KIRTLAND TEMPLE DEDICATION
THE LONE ELDER (Mission one)
THE SPIRIT HELPS ERASTUS AND PROTECTS HIM
LIFE OF ERASTUS IS PRESERVE
INCIDENTS ON ERASTUS’ SECOND AND THIRD MISSIONS
ERASTUS MEETS HIS HELPMEET TO BE
ERASTUS HEARS THE STORY OF MISSOURI TROUBLES
ERASTUS AND ARTEMESIA ARE WED
ERASTUS PLEADS HIS OWN CASE IN A COURT OF LAW
REFUGEES FROM MISSOURI
FAMILY REUNIONS ON HIS FIFTH EASTERN STATES MISSION
ERASTUS BECOMES A FATHER
ERASTUS THE SINGER
FATHER LEVI’S DEATH
THE PROPHET’S MESSAGE TO METIA SOON AFTER THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE, APRIL 1842
NAUVOO THE BEAUTIFUL—HOME AGAIN
TRAGEDY OF JUNE 27th, 1844
FIRST TEMPLE ENDOWMENTS
SARAH SAVED FROM A WATERY GRAVE
THE HISTORIC TREK TO THE WEST BEGINS
FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW AFTER
CHASTISEMENT AND HOW IT WAS RECEIVED
NEW MEMBERS FOR THE PIONEER COMPANY
CITY OF ZION IS LAID OUT
THE SNOW FAMILY PASSES THE SIFTING PROCESS
ON TO ZION, BEAUTIFUL ZION
PERPETUAL EMIGRATION FUND
ERASTUS BEGINS THE LONG JOURNEY TO DENMARK
BEGINNINGS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN DENMARK
HOME TO ZION
ST. LOUIS AND ITS MANY PROBLEMS
PATRIARCHAL MARRIAGE AND WHAT IT MEANT TO THE MEMBERS OF ERASTUS SNOW’S
SARAH’S PLAN FOR MARRIAGE
WORKINGS OF THE PERPETUAL EMIGRATION FUND
(Material taken from the book, Prelude to the Kingdom, by Larsen).
THE UTAH WAR
THE DIXIE MISSION
PROBLEMS IN EARLY ST. GEORGE HISTORY
THE FIRST UTAH TEMPLE
TASK OF BUILDING THE TEMPLE IN DIXIE
A NOTED VISITOR IN ST. GEORGE
TEMPLE IS DEDICATED APRIL 1877
FAMILY LIFE PROBLEMS
CAN WE, OR CAN WE NOT LIVE OUR RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES
SERVICE IN HIDING
"FAREWELL UNTIL WE SHALL MEET AGAIN"
ERASTUS IN JUAREZ, MEXICO, 1887
ERASTUS AND METIA REUNITED