Monday, April 2, 2012

History of Samuel Claridge

Hi everyone,
I have decided to write another story since I have more feedback on stories than on my Family History Organizing system.
I am going to tell you about one of my Utah Pioneer Ancestors. I find my ancestors all filed away nicely in my document box. He is filed under 5g#20. Can you guess which generation he is in and what his Ahnentafel number is? (Send me a comment if you know the answer)
Ok, now for the story..........

Samuel Claridge was born in 1828 the 9th child of David & Elizabeth Claridge. He was born & grew up in Bedfordshire England. He left home when he was 14 yeard old. At age 17 he joined Protestant Church and there he met Charlotte Joy. She was born in 1819 and was 9 years older than Samuel.
Samuel was a Baker by trade and owned his own bake shop by the time he and Charlotte were married.
Soon after they were married they were baptized and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Less than 2 years after being baptized, Samuel, Charlotte and their 2 children immigrated to Utah. They joined the Joseph W. Young Company in 1853.

Soon after arriving in SLC, Brigham Young asked the Joseph W Young Company to continue on and help  settle Sugar Creek, now known as Nephi, Utah. The Claridge family lived there for the next 14 years and had 2 more children.

During this time a family from Ireland, by the name of John Hughes had joined the church and wanted to come out to Utah, but couldn't afford to take his whole family so he sent his son Johnny age 15 and daughter, Rebecca age 17 with an Uncle Thomas. After reaching SLC Uncle Thomas was unable to care for the children any longer so they were sent to live with a family by the name of McCune from Nephi.
Rebecca Hughes and Elizabeth Claridge became best friends and were always together.

In 1868 Brigham Young read off a few names that were called as missionaries to go settle the "Muddy".  Samuel's name was called out as one of the families that were asked to serve.
He accepted the call and left Charlotte behind in Nephi with the younger children and took their oldest daughter Elizabeth age 16, and their son Samuel Jr. age 19, and his second wife Rebecca and her 6 month old son and set out to settle the "Muddy." (To be continued!)

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