- 1840 Census we do not find Mary Smith and her two sons ages 10 and 6 in Pike county, Illinois, or in Hancock,county, but we do find numerous people living in Joeph Smith household in Hancock county.
In 1847 Silas S., his brother Jesse N, and Mother came with the Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Wagon Company which Departed 18 June 1847, Arriving in Salt Lake Valley: 24-25 September 1847 Company Information: 185 individuals and 75 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post on the Elkhorn River about 27 miles west of Winter Quarters, Nebraska. Uncle John Smith, Aunt Clarisa and cousin John Lyman was in the same wagon train.
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868
Source of Trail Excerpt:
Smith, Jesse Nathaniel, Journal of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, the Life Story of a Mormon Pioneer, 1834-1906 , 11-12.
From that time on I herded stock until the 9th of June, 1847, when we started for the mountains, the Pioneer Company having started the previous April. The companies rende[z]voused at the Elk Horn, which stream was very high; the cattle swam over, the wagons being ferried on rafts. When we organized Perrigrene [Perrigrine] Sessions was our captain of fifty, though the company was known as Parley's Company. Parley P. Pratt and Jacob Weatherby started back to Winter Quarters on business with a pair of steers, a wagon and two women. They were unarmed, they were attacked by three Indians armed with rifles, in the struggle Weatherby was killed. His body was brought back and buried at the foot of the Liberty Pole, on the Elk Horn, which had been raised in camp. The first day we reached the Platte. Here the bones of a man were found who had been killed by the Indians as supposed; he was thought to have been a mountaineer, as Indian traders and trappers were then called. I drove Uncle John's wagon—two yoke of oxen—occupied by himself and Aunt Clarissa. John L. Smith and wife, another wagon. Silas [Sanford Smith] drove Mother's [Mary Aikens Smith] wagon, and Thomas Callister with his wives, Caroline Smith and Helen M. Clark, made up our mess. Nothing of much note occurred until we reached the buffalo country when all was life and animation among the hunters. There was now no lack of buffa[l]o meat either dried or fresh. We kept on the trail of the Pioneers on the north bank of the Platte, some times leaving the river some miles, crossing streams and sand hills and passing long reaches without a single tree to relieve the sameness of the river valley. One day our train stopped over an hour to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. There was abundance of other game, one Isaac Brown of our fifty was an excellent hunter and kept the camp supplied with fresh antelope meat. I recollect one day that a large heavily loaded wagon ran over one of Bro. Pratt's little boys, about two years old; he took up the child and laid hands on him, and the child never complained, and soon was as well as before to all appearance. We met the Pioneers on their return at a stream called "Little Sandy"; we had previously met some of the boys belonging to the Mormon Battalion on their way to Winter Quarters, or elsewhere, to join their families. Meeting was called and addressed by Pres. Young, and many others. Parley P. Pratt and John Taylor were censured about the organization of the traveling companies. Glowing descriptions were given of the valley of Great Salt Lake and surrounding country. Uncle John Smith was proposed to be president of the stake to be organized and the names of high councilors were suggested. George A. Smith seemed very healthy; he rode a little mule. He gave us some very attractive descriptions of the new land of promise. At the meeting Willard Richards announced that "they had found the place for the gathering of the saints," that they had laid off a city and named it "Great Salt Lake City, Great Basin, North America." We stopped one day with the Pioneers and then resumed our journey, reaching Great Salt Lake Valley on the 25th of September, 1847.
1850 Census Davis County, Utah Territory Lists Mary Smith 52, Silas S Smith . 20 and Jesse N. Smith 16
1860 Census Red Creek, Iron County, Utah (Post office Parowan) lists Silas S 29, Wife Clarinda 25, Silas S. 7; Sarah A 7, John A 6, Mary E. 3, Jesse J. (m)2, Hortense (f) 10 Months, and Leonara A. (f) 9 months
Silas's wives Clarinda age 29 died in Mar 1864 and five months later Sally age 31 died in Aug 1864. 11 months later Silas married Martha Eliza Bennett from Filmore, Millard County, Utah age 16. Martha E Bennett is the daughter of Martha Smith, Silas's first cousin, Martha Smith Bennett (b 9 Jun 1817) is the daughter of Asahel Smith Jr.
1870 Census Paragoonah, Iron County, Utah Territory indicates Silas Smith age 39 is living with his (third) wife Martha E. age 20 and 9 children, Silas S 17, John A. 15, Mary E. 12, Jesse G. 12, Hortense 10, Stephen A 9, Ella C. 6, Sally A. 2 and Martha E. 5 months.
1880 Census Bluff, San Juan County Utah lists Silas S. Smith Sr. 49 and Silas Jr. age 26 , his wife Betty W.26 (A Total of 16 Smiths, and other families in route to setteling in the San Luis Valley Colorado where Silas was to become the first Stake President about 1883)
1885 Colorado State Census Conejos County Enumeratioin Dist 2 page 50 town of Manassa lists: S.S. Smith age 55, born New York; wife M.E. 35, born Iowa; A.R. (m) 23, S. E. (f) 17, M (f) 15, C. B. (m) 13; Austin (m) 11, E. J. (f) 9, G. E. (m) 7, E.S. (m) 4, and H.A. (m) age 2 born Colorado, all other childgen born in Utah.
Silas Sanford Smith was sustained as the first Stake President of the San Luis Stake on 10 June 1883 with Wilford Woodruff, Brigham Young Jr. and Joseph F Smith making the call, he was released on 17 Feb 1892, his son Albert R Smith was sustained asthe new Stake President on same day.
http://parowan.org/index.html Internet site gives info on Parowan, UT
1900 Census Colorado, Conejos County, Manassa Lists Silas S Smith 69, Wife Martha E 50, Enmma J 24, George E. 21, Asahel 16, Francis (m)11, Edith 13, and Estella 8 enumerated 1 June 1900 (daughter Sarah Ann had passed away 4 months earlier)
1910 Census Utah, Davis county. Layton Lists Silas Smith age 79, wife Martha E 60, Edith 27, Francis (m) 21, and Stela 18.
Silas Sanford Smith in the Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848
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Name: Silas Sanford Smith
Relationship to Primary Person: Self (Head)
Father: Silas Smith
Mother: Mary Aikens
Birth Date: 26 Oct 1830
Birth Place: Stockholm, St. Lawrence, New York, USA
Death Date: 11 Oct 1910
Death Place: Layton, Davis, Utah, USA
Burial Date: 13 Oct 1910
Burial Place: Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA
Residences: Davis County, Utah, USA; 1850 Clarkston, Cache, Utah, USA; 1870
LDS Church Ordinance Data: Baptism Date: July 26, 1839 Baptism Date: August 16, 1839 Ordained Bishop Patriarchal Blessing Date: August 26, 1899
LDS Temple Ordinance Data: Endowment Date: March 10, 1854 Sealed to Spouse Number 1 Date: May 12, 1852 Sealed to Spouse Number 2 Date: July 9, 1853 Sealed to Spouse Number 3 Date: December 16, 1865 Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 4 Date: July 19, 1865 Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Spouse Number 5 Date: December 16, 1865 Temple: Endowment House, Salt Lake City, UT, USA Sealed to Parents Date: May 3, 1877
Vocations: Farmer; 1850 U.S. Deputy Marshal Probate Judge; Iron County, UT Prosecuting Attorney; Iron county, UT
Comments: In 1850, Silas had a household of 3, a real wealth of $1000, and apersonal wealth of $400. In 1870, he had a household of 5, a real wealth of $800, and a personal wealth of $450. Comments: #21. Silas led a company to colonize the San Juan River Valley of Utah and San Luis Valley of Colorado, 1879. Trip to area. Acquisition of land. First election in San Juan County. Visits to various settlements. Comments: #31. Silas came to Utah in 1847 with the Perrigrine Sessions company. 2. He was a Major in the Indian War of 1853. 3. He served a mission to the Sandwich Island from 1854-56. 4. Member of Utah legislature for 20 years. 5. He led an expedition to southeastern Utah for the purpose of selecting locations for settlement, locating the site of Bluff City and later led a company of settlers into San Juan Valley. 6. Silas was president of the San Luis Stake from 1883-92. Comments: #41. Silas was president of the San Luis Stake of Zion from 1883 to 1892. In 1836, he removed with his parents to Kirtland, Ohio, and in 1838 the family went to Missouri. Here they were confronted with the exterminating order of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs and turned back by the mob. Subsequently Silas S. shared in the persecutions in Illinois and finally came to the Valley in 1847 crossing the plains in Perregrine Sessions' company of fifty. After wintering in the Old Fort, Silas built a house on North Temple street in the 17th Ward. In 1849, he located on Grover Creek near Farmington, Utah and in 1850 and 1851 he raised two crops near Centerville. During the Indian War of 1853, he performed efficient military service, first as orderly sergeant and afterwards as lieutenant, captain and major. In May 1854 agreeable to a call from the Church authorities he started on a mission to the Sandwich Islands, where he presided over the conference on the island of Hawaii and was afterwards counselor in the presidency of the mission. He returned home in November 1856. In the spring of 1857 he settled in Paragonah, Iron County, Utah where he presided as Bishop for several years. In 1859 he was first elected a member of the Utah legislature after which he served almost continuously in that body for twenty years. His last term was in 1878 when he served as a member of the council. In Iron county he served consecutively as U. S. Deputy Marshal under Marshal Joseph L. Heywood. He was a selectman, a probate judge, and a prosecuting attorney. In April 1879, under appointed by the Church authorities, he led an exploring company consisting of about 25 men to southeastern Utah with a view to finding suitable locations for settlements. He selected the present site of Bluff City and other places and subsequently led a company of settlers into San Juan valley by the way of Potatoe Valley. When the Saints who had settled in Conejos County, Colorado, were organized as the San Luis Stake of Zion in 1883, Silas was called by the presidency of the Church to go there and preside. On his arrival in Colorado, he found that the colonies of the Saints in Conejo county were located on State lands which had been withdrawn from the general land office on the applications of the general land board, and the surveyor had returned them to the public domain as mineral lands. It required some five years of incessant labors on the part of Silas and his colonizers to get good titles to these lands. During the polygamy agitation the Mormon settlers were not received with favor by the other settlers in the valley and many requests were made by men of influence to prevent the Saints from settling and buying lands there. This prejudice against them, coupled with the fact that there was no prospect in sight of their receiving a clear title to their land, was for a long time a great drawback to the prosperity of the settlements. Silas finally purchased at public sales over 20,000 acres of land, the purchases being made in 40 acre tracts. After obtaining the titles and becoming firmly implanted in the valley, the settlers became very prosperous and prejudice gave way. Silas presided over the San Luis Stake until 1892 when he was honorably released. He had homes in 35 different localities. During the Blackhawk War he had charge of a large body of militia and superintended the breaking up of many of the southern settlements in 1866. When a fort was established on the Sevier River about that time, it was named Fort Sanford in his honor. During that war he twice rode 200 miles in 24 hours. Altogether he served ten years in the military service on the frontiers. As early as 1853 Silas obeyed the principle of plural marriage. Both of his wives died in 1864.
Silas Sanford Smith Self (Head)
Clarinda Ricks Spouse
Silas Sanford Smith Child
Jesse Joel Smith Child
Leonora Abigail Smith Child
Stephen Augustus Smith Child
Ella Clarinda Smith Child
Sarah Ann Spouse
John Aikens Smith Child
Mary Eleanor Smith Child
Hortense Smith Child
Albert Ricks Smith Child
Hyrum Barton Smith Child
Martha Eliza Bennett Spouse
Sarah Ann Child
Martha Eliza Smith Child
Curtis Bennett Smith Child
Elias Austin Smith Child
Emma Jane Smith Child
George Essex Smith Child
Erasmus Snow Smith Child
Hyrum Asahel Smith Child
Lucy Edith Smith Child
Joseph Francis Smith Child
Clara Estella Smith Child
Verlie Dorcas Smith Child