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 Harriet Wood Yancy Brown Lewis 1834-1873

Harriet Wood Yancy Brown Lewis

Born: December 21 1834 at Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio
Died: December 22, 1873
at Bountiful, Davis, Utah

Compiled by Lucy Brown Archer

Harriet Wood was born 21 [22] December 1834, at Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, a daughter of Daniel Wood (b. Oct. 16,1800) and Mary Elizabeth Snider Wood (1803-1872). Daniel Wood was born in Dutchess, New York and was an early settler of Wood's Cross, Davis, Utah. He is recorded as having ten other wives.

Daniel Wood
Mary Elizabeth Snider Wood and Daniel Wood

Harriet Wood was the fourth child from his first family with Mary Snider as the first wife. Daniel's second wife is a mixed-blood Cherokee woman named Peninah Shropshire Cotton Wood. This marriage produced seven children and adopted three Indian children.

Daniel Wood and Mary Elizabeth Snider Wood had six children: 
1 - Rebecca Wood born 11 May 1826; md. John Moss; died 1882.
2 - Henry Wood born 9 June 1828; died 1845.
3 - John Wood born 10 April 1830; md. Clara Langford; died 1908.
4 - Harriet Wood born 21 December 1834; md. (see below); died 1873.
5 - Elizabeth Wood born 20 December 1839; md. James Henry Moyle; died 1908.
6 - Catherine Wood, twin, born 24 August 1842; died 1842.
7 - Mary Wood, twin, born 24 August 1842.

Hiram John Yancey, Jr.Hiram John Yancey Jr. -older
Hiram John Yancey, Jr.

Harriet married and was sealed to (1)Hiram John Yancey, Jr. on 22 November 1853 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Hiram was born 31 December 1832, a son of Hiram John Yancey, Sr. and Elizabeth Pratt Yancey. Hiram Jr. was born December 1832 in Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. Hiram Sr. had been baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 1844, Hiram Jr. was baptized in September 1853. Hiram Jr. was a carpenter by trade and traveled around a great deal. He became partly blind at an early age and never fully recovered his sight.

Hiram and Harriet made their home in a settlement in Bountiful, which was first called "Session's Settlement," and later North Mill Creek Canyon, which was shortened to North Canyon. "On 7 July 2000 Richard and Belva Moyle visited the Wood Cemetery in Woods Cross, Utah. This portion of ground had been set aside on father Daniel Wood's land as a final resting place for the members of the family. Engraved on a large headstone are the names of those buried in the small cemetery. Harriet and Hiram's infant children, Elizabeth 1855-1855 and Parley Pratt Yancey 1857-1857, are buried in the S.E. corner of the cemetery.

Hiram Jr. and his brother, Jesse Pratt Yancey, were in the habit of picking up and leaving at a moments notice. Jesse Pratt's wife would shed tears at times when she had to move. When they lived in Placer County, California, they were near a gulch where 100 Chinamen were working, when a stump fell and hit one of the Chinamen. They all threw down their tools and thing and left, leaving their machinery right where they were working. Jesse, Hiram and the others could have used this machinery and made thousands of dollars. They went right on chopping wood with their axes (they did not have any saws). William Riley, Jesse Pratt Yancey, Hiram Yancey Jr., Thomas Yancey and Lem Davis, were here at this time doing the same kind of work. They all left together and went to Sonoma County, California. Jesse Pratt Yancey once owned 300 acres in Sonoma County, he traded it for four horses and left.

During thier stay in Placerville, California flour was cheap but at Carson City, Nevada they were paying one dollar a pound. Jesse Pratt Yancey, Hiram Yancey Jr., and William Riley packed ten horses with two hundred pounds of flour ach and stared to Carson City. They thought they could make some easy money as they had only paid 75 cents a sack for the flour. They were snowed in on their way through the mountains and had to feed the flour to the horses. They almost starved before they got out. Hiram thought being in the snow so long could have caused his eye trouble.

George Yancey, a son of Hiram Yancey Jr. and Nancy Ann Harris Yancey, said his father had told him there was Cherokee Indian blood in the Yancey family and said that he was one eighth Indian. George said his father had high cheek bones and long loose straight black hair which showed his Indian blood.

John H. Yancey was born 25 March 1856. After John's birth his father, Hiram, became discouraged with the frontier life in Utah. At the time Johnston's Army occupied Utah (1857), Hiram Jr. left home and went back East. He did not stay long and soon returned to his family in Bountiful. Later he wanted to leave again. Harriet did everything she could to persuade him not to go. One day they took the team and went to Salt Lake City to do some shopping. When ready to return home, Hiram took the groceries and the baby, John H, who was around two years old, and got into the wagon. He told Harriet he was going East and wanted her to go with him. She would not and supposed he would come back. However, he did not return and that was the last time she saw him or her baby boy. Althought she did hear of them in later years. Hiram Jr. kept John H. with him and rode on until he caught up with an emigant train that was passing through Salt Lake City. Harriet's father, Daniel Wood, sent men after him to get the baby. Hiram Jr. kept a gun by his side along with the child, and they were not able to get the child away from him. Hiram's purpose in taking the chld was that he thought his wife would follow but she was too devout a Latter-day Saint to leave the Church in Utah.

Harriet remained in Utah, living with her parents. The couple's fourth child, Adam Yancy, was born after Hiram departed with John,  Adam was born 6 April 1859 ( he lived 61 years) until 15 September 1920 and died in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho.

Hiram Yancey and Harriet Wood Yancey had four children:

1 - Elizabeth Yancey born 1855; died 1855, buried in Woods Cross Cemetery, Utah.
2 - Parley Pratt Yancey born 1857; died 1857 buried in Woods Cross Cemetery, Utah.
3 - John Hiram Yancey born March 25, 1856;
4 - Adam Yancey b. April 6, 1859; died September 15, 1920 in Blackfoot, Bingham, Id.

Hiram J. Yancey Jr. followed several occupations until after the Civil War. He then went to Missouri where he married the widow Hester Ann Harris Rhodes, daughter of George Harris, who had been married to Seymour Rhodes by whom whe had four or five children, C. Rachel Rhodes, Emma Rhodes, Ivan Rhodes, and Marie Rhodes. The three daughters married Hiram Jr.'s cousins.

Once when Hiram Jr. was in Austin, Nevada he talked of going to Salt Lake City to see his son Adam. He had second thoughts that he would not be well received so he returned to Missouri instead.

Hiram John Yancey Jr. was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 14, 1875 at Mound City, Linn County, Kansas by F.C. Warnky. He died in Missouri in January 1912 and is buried in Independence, Missouri.

Harriet remained in Utah and would often be seen knitting with a very melancholy expression on her face and was seldom jovial. Harriet was an attractive woman who had repeated opportunities of marriage. Like her son, she had a splendid character. She would often seem mentally abstracted with a melancholy expression for reasons which were attributed to the fact that her husband had desserted her and taken her baby boy with him.

Harriet Wood Yancey then married a recent widower (2)Captain James Brown, on 17 September 1859 becoming his twelveth wife. He had been a welcome guest on many occasions in the Wood home. She was sealed to him in the Endowment House, 19 September 1861, by Daniel H. Wells, Brigham Young was a witness. They made their home in Ogden, Utah.

Two years later Captain Brown suffered an accident at his grist mill, after a painful five days fighting the effects of gangrene, he died on his 63rd birthday, September 30, 1863. Captain James Brown left quite a large grant of land which included the site of Ogden City. James Brown was the first white settler in Brownsville, now known as Ogden. The sorrowing Harriet returned to once again live with her parents. Harriet thereafter denied all opportunites of marriage until after Hiram John Yancey Jr. was married.

Shortly after this tragedy widower (3) David Lewis petitioned Harriet to be his wife. She told him she did not love him but he would not be deterred. Harriet eventually complied as they were both alone and thought that perhaps through their marriage their lives would be made happier and they were married on 9 January 1871. 

Harriet's mother, Mary Elizabeth Snider Wood passed away on April 25, 1872 and was buried in the Wood Family Cemetery in Woods Cross, Utah.

Harriet Wood Yancey Brown Lewis died 22 December 1873, one day after her 39th birthday, at Bountiful, Davis County, Utah and was buried in the Lewis plot in the Bountiful City Cemetery. 

Adam Yancey

April 6, 1859 to September 15, 1920

Adam Yancey with his mother, Harriet Wood Yancey before 1873Adam Yancey and his mother
Harriet Wood Yancey c. 1870
Adam Yancey 1859-1920Adam Yancey
Alice Tolman YanceyAlice Tolman Yancey

Adam Yancey, son of Harriet Wood Yancey and Hiram John Yancey Jr., was born April 6, 1859 in Utah. Adam was born after his father had left his mother in Utah while he returned East taking his two-year old brother John H. Yancey with him. Adam never met his father. In September of 1859, when Adam was six months old, his mother married Captain James Brown. When Captain Brown died in 1963 Adam was four and 1/2 years old. Adam and his mother then lived at the home of his grandmother, Mary Snider Wood for a few years. When at school the boys used to tease Adam by telling him his last name was not Brown. One day Adam got into a fight about it and when he went home his mother told him about his real father. Harriet married David Lewis in 1971. Grandmother Snider died 1872; and Harriet died the following year, December 22, 1873, when Adam was 14years old.

Adam lived most of the time with the family of John Moss whose wife was Rebecca Wood Moss, sister of Harriet. Their children were just like brothers and sisters to Adam. Adam herded sheep a great deal when he was a young man and also learned something about carpentry. While herding sheep he started to use tobacco but said that at one conference in Salt Lake City the speaker admonished the young men not use tobacco as it was harmful. Adam went home and never used it again.

When Adam was around twenty years old he met Alice Tolman at a dance in Bountiful either on the 4th or 24th of July, he took her home from the dance and begain their courtship.. Adam married Alice Tolman on October 2, 1879 in the Old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. After they were married they lived in Bountiful, Utah in a two room rock house owned by Daniel Wood. Joseph and Inez Wood were their neighbors on one side. Here their first son Adam Adonirum Yancey was born August 9, 1880.

They received letters from Adam's brother John H. Yancey. John said he would come to Utah to see them if they would send him the money. Adam and Alice sent him $100. just before they moved to Idaho. Conditions prevented John From coming so he returned the money. They heard nothing else from John until Cyrus, Adam's son, went on a mission to the Central States. Cyrus Yancey heard John Yancey was living in Independence and went to visit him. Later Adam and Alice went to Independence to see him and visit their father's grave. They paid for a grave marker. Later John and his second wife, Ida, went to Idaho to see Adam and Alice. After they returned to Independence they were separated. Ida told Adam, "You certainly had a good father. For although being blind, he did more than a lot of men with good eyes."

John Yancey and his younger brother Adam Yancey
John Yancey and his younger brother Adam Yancey

John H. Yancey had two lots in Independence. One lot had his home on it and it was mortgaged for about $300. Adam and Alice paid off the mortgage and were given title to the other lot for so doing. Later ALice deeded the lot to the Church through the Presiding Bishopric.

Adam Yancey's Family c.1906

Yancey Children c.1906
Back row: Alice, Bertha, Orval, James and Cyrus
Front Row: Orley, ALice, Adam, Sylvia, Sarah, Daniel

Adam Yancey with wife Alice Tolman Yancey
Adam and wife Alice Tolman Yancey

Adam Yancy house c.1910
Adam Yancey's Home in Groveland c. 1910
Pictured in front of the house from left to right: Bertha Sylvia, Alice, Orley, Adam and Daniel Yancey

After Adam Wood Yancey died on September 15, 1920 in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, his brother John H. Yancey came to Idaho and was not well. Alice took care of him until his death May 1922. John H. Yancey is buried in the same plot as his brother Adam, in the Groveland Cemetery.



PAF - Archer files  = Captain James Brown + (12) Harriet Wood.


Harriet Wood photo contributed by Erold Clarke Wiscombe.

Additional information provided by Richard and Belva Moyle. Richard is a descendant of Elizabeth Wood Moyle.






http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/7647/adamy.htm "Pioneer Ancestors of Emron Yancey and Dorothy Dean Yancey" compiled by Deanne Yancey Driscoll, 1997, using "Family Book of Remembrance with Allied Lines" (referred to as the Tolman/Yancey Book) by Meacham, 1952


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