David Udall's Journal
Transcription from microfilm of original by Garrett Pace, 2011. Genealogical sections are grouped together at the end.
The first entry was dated 28 May 1851, while David
and his family were living in
Bolded sections are
later additions, not written in David’s original journal but included in
Preface, written 28 May 1851
The reason that I write this book is because the servant of God has advised me to do it and because I am determined that my posterity shall not be so ignorant about their forefathers as I am. Many a time have I wished to know about my forefathers but no one could tell me. How I wish they had kept a record book so that I might know something about them. I would have kept that book as sacred as I do the history of men that is recorded in the Bible. I have taken great pains in getting all the information about my relations and I wish my posterity--I know I shall have a posterity--to preserve this book and when it is old to copy it off on another and hand this record down from one generation to another so that none of my posterity may be ignorant about their genealogy. I wish each generation of my children to keep a record of their ups and downs that they have and the births and deaths, and a few of the most important things that come to pass in their lives, and hand it down to their children. Another request I have to make, that is to keep the commands of God and live soberly, honestly, industriously, and attend to every virtuous principle, and I promise you in the name of Jesus that you shall be blessed, both temporally and spiritually throughout time and eternity. Keep the commands of God and be His servants and keep in His Kingdom, and never enter into the kingdom of the devil. Then we will all meet in the first resurrection together to receive the blessings that God has in store for us, to see all our good forefathers, to dwell on this earth when all is peace and happiness, when the knowledge of God will be over it. Even so, Amen. David Udall
History of David Udall
Born 18 Jan 1829 at
Note: This paragraph written later in life, inserted into record before a series of blessing transcripts.
28 May 1851
History of David Udall
David Udall, the son of Jesse Udall, born in the
parish of Goudhurst, county of Kent, England while his father was in
America. He was gone 13
months. I was 6 months when
he returned. (David King Udall says of this
incident that when Jesse Udall returned from
Note: “dull sleepy he could not learn at school” has been scribbled over with pencil.
My father sent for me home and I have reasons to be
thankful that I left those wicked men. If I had stayed there I might now
be going with the giddy multitude.
I became quick and thoughtful while at
Note: “but I had a rebellious spirit my father had to correct me” has been scribbled over with pencil.
I lived with my father four years after I left
When I was about fourteen years old I received religious impressions. The Spirit of God convinced me of sin and of righteousness and that Jesus was the Son of God. I was acquainted with the Wesleyans. I did all that they told me, but I could not feel myself reconciled to God. I could not feel my sins forgiven. I prayed to God many times that I might feel at peace with Him and God heard my prayers – He brought me under the sound of the Gospel of Truth.
During the time I worked with my father he instilled into mind many good things, good principles, and he taught me to be sober, honest and industrious. He set good examples; he was a total abstainer from strong drinks. He was a good man. I imitated his example and gained his approbation and the smile and affection of my mother. They were very fond of me. It’s a great blessing to have the smiles and prayers of your parents. It’s a great blessing for children to have good parents. I feel thankful to my Heavenly Father for giving me good parents and for sending me on this earth in this day and age of the world, and giving me health and strength and a good body and a portion of his Holy Spirit, and for giving me a sane mind, some wisdom and some knowledge, and for bringing under the sound of Gospel, and giving the spirit of obedience, and giving me a good wife, and giving me the means to go from my native land – a land of oppression and bondage – and bringing me to a land of freedom where the Kingdom of God will be built up.
When I was 16 years old I went to live at Marden, 5
miles from my father’s house.
My master kept a boarding school. I served him 1 year. I gained the approbation of my
master and mistress and got good character. Then I went to live at Putney 5
I attended a “milk walk” for my cousin for 4 years. I kept myself sober, honest and industrious and gained the approbation of my cousin. He never found me out in a dishonest action in all the time I was about among a good many men and women. I kept good company and I gained the approbation of all around me. After I had lived at Putney 1 year and a quarter I fell in love with my wife. The first time I saw her was 7 Feb 1848. She gained my approbation. I kept faithful to her for 2 years and then we were married. I never saw a young woman I liked so much. I have proved her to be a good young woman, a good wife and a good saint. I can say of a truth I never deceived any young woman nor never robbed any young woman of her virtue. I feel thankful to God for it and I say unto everyone that reads this writing: be faithful and kind to the female sex, perform your promises and never deceive them, and it will be a blessing unto you, and if you do not it will prove a curse to you.
Eliza King (my wife),
the daughter of William and Ann Anderson King, was born December 30, 1826
When I lived at Putney about the year 1847, I became acquainted with a Mormon Elder by the name of John Squires. He was a good servant of God. I feel thankful to him for his kindness and his instruction, and I feel thankful to God for bringing me under the sound of the voice of one of his servants, and for giving me the spirit of obedience. Mr. Squires preached the gospel to me faithfully. I received it and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 15 Jun 1848, and ordained a Teacher 15 Jul 1849 and a Priest on 26 Oct 1849. Eliza King baptized 6 Nov 1848.
I was the first one that obeyed the voice of the
servants of God in that region of country that I lived in. I kept the faith, I preached the
Gospel to the people at
In the 22nd year of my age, 2 Dec 1850,
I was married to Eliza King for time at Hammersmith near
When we left
On 2 Jan 1851 we set out from my father’s for
I got work in a brickyard. I was very fortunate; many of the Saints could not get work. Many of them were sick and in poverty and many of them died with cholera. I worked in the brickyard 5 months, then went to work helping to build a large chimney 150 feet high on 14 Street Shoothers.
My sister Ann died 21 Jun 1851 at
I was called to the office of an elder and to
preside over the first ward in
Note: “Second ward” written and scratched out.
Note: Though written in the style of a daily journal, this section was actually written later, probably all at once, as it references later events and is very uniform in style and manner. Either it is a reminiscence or a transcription of another record with parentheticals thrown in.
7 Sep 1851
David King Udall was born, the first son of David
and Eliza Udall, at
27 Apr 1852
Myself and family left
29 Apr 1852
2 May 1852
We had a very heavy thunderstorm and bought 2 cows.
16 May 1852
We ferried the
1 Jun 1852
We got to
6 Jun 1852
8 Jun 1852
9 Jun 1852
We for the plains, 7 or 8 wagons, 11 men.
11 Jun 1852
We found an ox with a yoke on. He was very wild. We got a rope on him and he ran at
us and drove us. We took him
12 Jun 1852
We lost all our oxen. We found some of them 7 miles off.
14 Jun 1852
Found many dead oxen and graves of men.
24 Jun 1852
We came to the Big Blue and forded it.
30 Jun 1852
Came to the
1 Jul 1852
We came to
3 Jul 1852
We came to a flock of sheep, 10,000 in number going
12 Jul 1852
We forded the south fork of the
13 Jul 1852
Came to Oak Hollow.
16 Jul 1852
Came to Chimney Rock.
20 Jul 1852
4 Aug 1852
We forded the north fork of the
10 Aug 1852
We forded the
23 Aug 1852
3 Sep 1852
We arrived at
20 Sep 1852
We started for Nephi.
21 Sep 1852
Camped on the
24 Sep 1852
We arrived at Nephi and were welcomed by the president of the city and on the 25th we were invited to a good dinner. Been festival day (first anniversary of the settlement of Nephi). I like this place very much. I feel at home here and I feel to record my thanks to my God my Father in Heaven for his mercy, and blessing to me for sending me on the earth in this age of the world, for health, for strength, for bringing me under the sound of the gospel, and his spirit to guide me, and for bringing me through all the dangers that I passed through, and for bringing me to this place, and I ask him in the name of Jesus to bless me and my posterity after me according to his wisdom.
16 & 17 Jul 1853
A war broke out with the Indians today. They shot a man dead. We all had to move out of our houses, into the fort that we made with our wagons.
22 Jul 1853
My wife and I were married and sealed together for time and for all eternity by George A. Smith, one of the Quorum of the Twelve.
26 Jul 1853
Daybreak in the morning I was shot through the calf of the leg by an Indian while I was standing on guard. Another man was with me but we could not see him. I thank my Heavenly Father for preserving my life from that Lamanite or Indian.
30 Jul 1853
The Indians stole 200 head of cattle and horses from Aldridge settlement, all they had except 2 horses. They took them in the daytime while the men were herding them.
21 Aug 1853
I was rebaptized for the remission of my sins.
23 Aug Sep 1853
William Jesse Udall was born died 8 Sep 1853. At the same time we saw a comet in the west with a tail upwards about as long as a sword, it looked to be.
The comet was Comet Klinkerfues, which was visible in the night sky
from August to October. The
date of the entry, and William’s death date are confused. The entry appears to say that
William was born 23 Aug 1853, but the word “September” is written above
the date. Equally possible
that William was born and died (possibly the same day) and the entry was
made on 23 Sep 1853.
1 Oct 1853
Four of our brethren were killed by the Indians on the divide at William Springs 14 miles from here. They were brought here the same day and buried the next morning. We were ordered by the officers to kill the Indians. We killed 8 of them, took a boy and a squaw prisoners. I did not kill any of them. I took one of them prisoners and another man came and shot him.
20 Nov 1853
Captain Gunnison and 7 of his men were killed by
the Indians on the
1 Dec 1853
We felt the shock of an earthquake. The people ran out of their houses, and on the 12th we felt another here. Shock in the night, it woke the people.
My mother died 30 Oct 1854; the grasshoppers destroyed nearly all my crops.
20 Jun 1855
Eliza Ann Udall born.
1 Nov 1855
David and Eliza Udall received endowments.
6 Jan 1857
My wife miscarried a child and was very sickly. Elizabeth Rowley rebaptized 21 Mar 1857. David Udall and Elizabeth Rowley were sealed for time and all eternity by Brigham Young 5 Apr 1857. I was ordained a Seventy and admitted into the 49th Quorum of Seventy by the presidents thereof 18 May 1857
10 Oct 1857
I was called to go out and meet our enemies. (Johnson’s Army)
10 Dec 1857
My daughter Mary Ann was born and I blessed her when 8 days old.
June 23, 1861
My son Joseph was born.
15 Mar 1863
My wife Eliza died. She lived the life of a saint, true to all her covenants. She loved me as her husband and was passionately fond of her children. She was a good wife and companion and a good mother. She left four children. She was pregnant when she died. I am very sorry to lose her, but the Lord’s will be done.
Note: “and her children” written between “her” and “children”
2 Jul 1864
Rebecca May was sealed to David Udall. In January of this year I was thrown from a horse and very much hurt, which I feel every day of my life.
I was called by Brigham Young to go to Kanab to help build up a city. I arrived there 7 Dec 1870. After I had been there a few days Brother Levi Stewart’s house caught fire and burnt to death 5 sons and his wife, which was the awfullest sight I have ever seen.
13 Dec 1871
George Albert born at 6 AM. The grasshoppers destroyed our crops in the year of 1867, 1868 and 1871, but I thank the Lord. He has sustained us all the days of our life.
I built a rock house at Kanab.
16 Oct 1872
I started from Salt Creek (Nephi) with Elizabeth, my second wife, and her children. Arrived at Kanab, October 30, 1872.
This year I lived at Kanab. It was an exceedingly dry summer and I lost nearly all my crop for the want of water. Emma Keturah born 1 Aug, 7 o’clock in the morning.
1874. In the month of April I entered into the United Order with all that I had. I worked in the Order eight months and then they gave me all back again. It gave me great experience and I believe the United Order is from Heaven.
I left Kanab with my family May 12 and arrived at Nephi on the 27th. I traded my house and lot and farming at Kanab to my son David. I with my family was rebaptized in the United Order in October 1875 by Bishop Joel Glover (Nephi).
Note: “Traded” is written above “gave”, which is in-line and not crossed out.
The driest year I ever saw, very short crops. I went to the St. George Temple and did a work for the dead in January 1880.
23 Nov 1882
Alvin Jewell Udall born 23 Nov 1882, blessed 11 days old by his father.
28 Jan 1883
David Udall ordained a High Priest and set apart as a bishop to act in the Second Ward Nephi Branch. Joseph F. Smith was mouth.
22 Nov 1883
George Albert Udall ordained a Deacon by David Udall.
20 Dec 1889
George Albert Udall ordained a Priest by Wm. Paxman.
David Udall stood trial for cohabitation and the jury acquitted him and brought in a verdict of not guilty.
Note: Entry for 1889 appears above 1888 on the page.
Our crops nearly a failure because of drought and grasshoppers.
5 Mar 1890
Edwin Udall died. Died in the faith after filling his mission on the earth.
18 Jan 1891
David Udall ordained a Patriarch by Apostles F. M. Lyman and John Henry Smith.
Raised good crops, about 1500 bushels grain and 50 tons hay. Gave 75 patriarchal blessings and worked in the temple for my parents, Jesse and Ann Drawbridge Udall, for my son, Edwin Udall and many others of our dead relations.
Note: “John Henry Smith” crossed out.
My dear daughter Louisa Ostler died. She was a good woman, she left 2 children as son and daughter. We did work for her in the House of the Lord
The blessing of the Lord was on us all. We had good health, good crops and did some work in the House of the Lord for the dead.
I started for
This year the Lord prospered us, all my family with
health, happiness, peace and prosperity in crops, and yet we could hardly
pay our crop taxes and other debts, for everything was so cheap. But we are thankful it is as well
with us as it is. We start to
This year the Lord has blessed our labors. We raised a good crop. Peace and prosperity attended our
labors and we worked for our dead in the
We have been prospered with a middling crop, and we
have had health and happiness in our family, and we did some work in the
We raised a middling crop and worked in the
We raised good crop of grain and hay and worked for our dead friends and relations and attended to our religious duties to a good extent and we thank the Lord for his loving kindness and his mercies toward us.
We raised a small crop this year because of the grasshoppers, and we had to borrow money to pay our taxes, yet we made a living and did some work in the temple. We thank the Lord for the blessing of working for our dead. This year we had two old horses die, 25 years old.
Very poor crop this year in consequence of the grasshoppers and the dry season. We had to borrow money to pay our taxes. We worked in the temple again for our dead, and we rejoice in the good work.
A very dry season and some grasshoppers, our crop was very small and our beet crop was a failure. They did not pay expenses. We lost 4 of our good horses. We worked in the temple again, and we give God the thanks for the blessing he gives us in working for the salvation of the dead.
This was a very dry summer, we had a failure in our grain crop and in our beets. We proved we could not raise beets in Nephi field to make it pay. We worked in the temple of the Lord for our dead relations and friends. We rejoiced and thanked the Lord for this privilege. We had peace and happiness at home.
Rebecca and David Udall spent two months in
Very dry summer, lost much of our crop. Worked in the temple for our dead relations and friends. We are very thankful to our Heavenly Father for this privilege.
We sold some of our property and got out of debt through the help of Rebecca Udall. We thank the Lord that he gave her the power to save up that money so that we became clear of debt.
My dear beloved wife Elizabeth died 24 Jun 1907 at Nephi, which was a great grief to me. I thank the Lord for giving me such a good faithful wife and a good loving mother to her children and to all around her.
We raised a good crop of grain, no fruit – the
frost took it nearly all.
Worked for our dead in the
We went to the
Rebecca’s health is very poor. Her eyesight is nearly gone. Her memory is poor. On 10 Jun my daughter Eliza Ann
Tenney and sisters Mary Stewart and Kate Bailey and William Bailey went to
Events and Genealogies
John Udall born 1748, Catherine his wife, her
maiden name King who died 1829.
The grandfather and grandmother of David Udall; good merit, noble
spirited man and woman, lived industriously, brought up a large family
respectably. When John Udall
died he left his family 1000 pounds, but they were wasteful and made off
with it, brought themselves to poverty and their mother died insane. John Udall brought up his family
in the parish of Goudhurst,
They were the father and mother of:
John born about 1776
George 13 May 1782
Jesse 11 Oct 1788
Sarah, Mary and Keturah (who died Aug 1849)
David died 29 Oct 1796
When I left
My grandfather born 1749, grandmother 1759. Good moral man and woman. I always think about them with
respect. Brought up a large
family by industry as a blacksmith.
Lived in the parish of
John 1781 died 19 Dec 1831, his wife born 17 Sep 1788, good woman
Thomas 10 Jan 1784
Maria 20 May 1782
Samuel 15 Mar 1786
William 19 Apr 1789
Ann mother of David Udall born 18 Apr 1791
Sarah 2 Aug 1793
Catherine 5 May 1801
George 4 Oct 1802
Benjamin 10 Jul 1795
Ann Drawbridge Udall, mother of David Udall died 30 Oct 1854
Jesse Udall Family
Jesse Udall was the son of John Udall and the
father of David Udall, born 11 Oct 1788, lived by his industry and brought
up a large family in the way they should go. He taught them to be sober,
industrious, honest and many other good principles and set them good
examples. He came to
Ann Drawbridge born 18 Apr 1791, a good woman, had 16 children, she loved her son David very much. She became the wife of William Boys and bore him 7 children, two lived:
Louisa, born 15 Oct 1811 died 1840, left 4 children
William, born 26 Feb 1816
Ann Boys then became the wife of Jesse Udall, bore him 9 children. She was a good wife and mother.
Jesse the eldest son born 24 Dec 1818, died 8 May 1833
John and Benjamin born 18 Jul 1822, Benjamin died 3 or 4 months old, John had 4 daughters by 1850
Ann born 25 Dec 1825
Keturah 6 Apr 1827
David 18 Jan 1829
George King Udall 27 May 1831, died 21 Jan 1908
Youngest son Jesse born 22 Apr 1835, died 6 Mar 1844
Mary 2 Apr 1836, died 1860
William King Family
William King born 23 May 1788, Ann Anderson the wife of Wm King born 24 Dec 1798, the father and mother of Eliza King, the wife of David Udall, live in the parish of Binfield, Berkshire, England. A very good man and woman, brought up a large family by industry. They are good, honest, sober, industrious.
Oldest daughter Maria born 28 Jul 1817
Charles 17 Sep 1818 died 1900
Sarah 22 Apr 1822
John and Ann 15 Jul 1824
Eliza 30 Dec 1826
William 18 Feb 1829
Emma 8 Apr 1831
George 13 Apr 1833 died
Joseph 13 Jul 1835
Mary 6 Jul 1837
Henry 10 May 1840
25 Jun 1870
David Udall was baptized for the dead
John Udall born 1741,
Jesse Udall born 11 Oct 1788,
George Udall born 13 May 1782,
John Drawbridge born 1749,
John Drawbridge born 10 May 1781,
Samuel Drawbridge born 15 Mar 1786,
William Drawbridge born 17 Apr 1789,
Thomas Drawbridge born 10 Jan 1784,
George Drawbridge born 4 Oct 1802,
William Boys born 22 Feb 1816,
Jesse Udall born 24 Dec 1818,
Youngest Brother Jesse Udall born 22 Apr 1833
Eliza Ann Udall was baptized for the following names:
Grandmother Elizabeth King, wife of John Udall ___ April
_____ Keturah Udall
Great Grandmother Drawbridge born 1759
Elizabeth Drawbridge born 21 Aug 1779,
Maria Drawbridge born 20 May 1798,
Sariah Drawbridge born 23 Aug 1793,
Catharine Drawbridge born 5 May 1801,
Aunt Louisa Boys born 15 Oct 1811
___ Ann Udall born 25 Dec 1825
___ Mary Udall born 2 Apr 1836
Great Grandmother Ann Anderson wife of William King
David Udall Family Record
Note: Comprised of two sections, written in two different places in his journal.
David Udall Son of Jesse, Ann Udall
Born 13 Jan 1829 at
Baptized 15 Jun 1848 by Elder Squires at Putney,
Ordained Teacher 15 Jul 1849 by Elder Jarvis, presid.
Ordained Priest 23 Oct 1849 by Elder Jarvis
Ordained Elder 16 Aug 1851 at
Ordained a Bishop and High Priest 28 Jan 1883
Ordained a Seventy and admitted into the 49th Quorum of the Seventy by the Presidents Ahierosff 18 May 1851
Note: Number scratched out and 1851 written below. The office of Seventy was made a stake calling in 1883. He was probably ordained in 1883, particularly since the record is between two 1883 events.
George Albert Udall
Ordained Deacon 23 Nov 1883 By David Udall
Ordained Priest 26 Dec 1889 by Wm. Paxman
Ordained Patriarch 18 Jan 1891 by Apostles Francis M. Lyman and Smith
Note: “And Smith” scratched out. Smith would have been John Henry Smith or perhaps Joseph F. Smith.
Alvin Udall ordained Deacon 2 Dec 1893 by Bp. Parks, J. D. Pexton ___
George Albert Udall ordained an Elder 6 Jan 1874 by William Paxman, Charles Sperry, and James Paxman
David son of Jesse Udall, born 18 Jan 1829.
Eliza King Udall, daughter of William King, born 30
Dec 1826. Married to David
Udall 2 Dec 1850 at Hammersmith,
David K. Udall born 7 Sep 1851, 6 in the morning.
William Jesse Udall born 23 Aug 1853 at Nephi. Died 8 Sep 1853.
Eliza Ann Udall born 20 Jun 1855 at Nephi.
Mary Ann Udall born 10 Dec 1857 at Nephi.
Charles Udall born 6 Dec 1859 at Nephi, died 5 Jan 1860.
Joseph Udall born 23 Jun 1861
Eliza King Udall died 15 Mar 1863 at Nephi.
Elizabeth Rowley, daughter of William Rowley, born 14 Dec 1838. Married to David Udall 5 Apr 1857, died 24 Jun 1907.
William David Udall born 27 Nov 1858 at Nephi.
Emily Udall born 14 Jan 1860 at Nephi, died 3 Mar 1869.
Elizabeth Ann Udall born 18 Nov 1861 at Nephi.
Sarah Jane Udall born 15 Oct 1863 at Nephi.
Edwin Udall born 12 Aug 1865 at Nephi.
Louisa Udall born 3 Jun 1867 at Nephi, died 15 Mar 1890.
Alice Udall born 14 Mar 1869 at Nephi.
George Albert Udall born 13 Feb 1871 at Nephi.
Emma Keturah Udall born 1 Aug 1873 at Kanab, died 8 Oct 1874 and buried at Kanab.
Willie Udall born 12 Feb 1875 at Kanab, died 31 Jan 1880 and buried at Nephi.
Kate Eveline Udall born 26 Mar 1879 at Nephi.
Alvin Jewell Udall born 23 Nov 1882 at Nephi.
Edwin Udall died 15 Mar 1890.
David Udall ordained Patriarch 18 Jan 1891 by Apostles F. M. Lyman and John H. Smith.
Rebecca May Seal and David 2 Jul 1862, Eliza
Rebecca born 1840,
Louisa Udall Ostler died 10 May 1892, 8 o’clock A.M.
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