|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1790|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1874|
Box Elder County
This natural native stone memorial with aggregate stone base was designed & constructed by Eagle Scout, Dallan Farley, and dedicated at a public ceremony, commemorating Utah's pioneers. All work & materials were donated.
Farley, himself being a decendant of a Mormon Battalion Soldier & a Revolutionary War Soldier, plus other Utah pioneers, and having explored the Mormon Trail, felt such kinship with these faithful men, that he decided to honor a local pioneer of 1847, who was buried at Willard, Box Elder, Utah.
The public program included Daughters & Sons of Utah Pioneers, Veterans of the Armed Services, and Mormon Battalion Soldiers. Blackpowder mountain men "The Willow Creek Free Trappers" presented a muzzel rifle salute, & Boy Scouts of America conducted a flag ceremony. It was attended by other local dignitaries and over 100 citizens.
Levi Savage Sr. was a son of Sarah Parish & Daniel Savage. He married Mary "Polly" Smith Haynes 21 August 1817. She was born 11 August 1799 at Guliford, Wendham, Vermont.
They had 12 children: born at Greenfield, Huron, Ohio where Polly, Levi Jr. & Alanson. Twins, Alonso & Emiline were born at Lyme, as was John, who lived only two years, plus Hannah & Daniel Nathaniel. By the end of 1834, their first born, Polly died at sixteen. They moved to Antwerp, Van Buren, Michigan between 1834 & 1837, where Mathew Daniel was born. Their 5 year old son, Daniel Nathaniel, died 2 years later and 4 months after that death, David was born, living only 3 days. Two years later, Phebe was born, also living only 3 days. Their last child was born before they moved from Antwerp; they named him Moroni Elvin. They then had seven living children, having buried 3 sons & 2 daughters.
After moving with the Mormon Saints to Mosquito Creek, near Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Missouri, Levi's wife, Polly died 17 January 1847, leaving Levi Sr., then 56 with 4 year old & 10 year old sons & a 15 year old daughter. The twins were then 22 and the two elder sons, 25 & 27. The eldest, Levi Jr., had joined the Mormon Battalion & left on the march to war with Mexico 7 months prior to his mother's death; he was on the trail to California at that time. How his father could muster the strength to get his family to Utah is a mystery!
That winter, plans had been made for the 1st Companies of Saints to travel with Brigham Young, then President of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by wagon trains to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake in the west.
Levi Sr. was to be one of 8 mounted hunters to accompany the 4th 100, led by Abraham O. Smoot. Levi was an expert horseman & seasoned hunter. His skills as a scout & guide and his vigor as an experienced frontier's man more than compensated for his age. Leaving his other children in the safe care of the older brothers & sister, he & 10 year old Mathew traveled together. On 17 June 1847, they set out for the Western Rocky Mountains, staying on the trail over 100 days.
After reaching the valley, he stayed until the Prophet was ready to return to Winter Quarters to help others prepare to head west. Levi was determined to bring his family to Zion as soon as possible. Young Mathew stayed by his father's side and after returning to Nebraska, they were ready to move the entire family from the Elkhorn River on 7 June 1848. They were all safe & sound in the Salt Lake Valley by 24 September of that year.
Levi & his eldest son, Levi Jr. returned several times to encampments in Iowa & Nebraska, helping other Companies of pioneers and then they also moved freight to Salt Lake City for the Church. They were involved for over ten years, including the years beginning in 1856, when the first Handcart Companies began to come west. Levi Jr. was the sub-captain who warned the Willie Company of the danger they faced traveling in the winter.
As an adult, Levi's son, Mathew, settled in Willard, Box Elder for a time. It was right here on Mathew Savage's family lot that we now honor father Levi Sr. Three of Mathew's children are also buried here in unmarked graves.
Levi Savage lived for his family, helping them all, until the end of his life on 27 September, 1874. Along with his grandchildren, he was buried at Willard, a hero to Utah Pioneers for his service to them, for his family, his Church and for his Country.
Daniel Savage (1762 - 1823)
Sarah Parish Savage (1771 - ____)
Mary Smith Haynes Savage (1799 - 1847)*
Sabra Wixon Savage (1793 - 1882)*
Ann Long Woodhouse (1807 - 1887)*
Jane Horby Bulmer Savage (1808 - 1888)*
Polly Savage (1818 - 1834)*
Levi Savage (1820 - 1910)*
Emeline Savage Waldron (1825 - 1898)*
John Savage (1829 - 1831)*
Mathew Daniel Savage (1837 - 1918)*
John Savage (1788 - 1878)*
Levi Savage (1790 - 1874)
Thankful Savage Calkins (1799 - 1890)*
Towner Savage (1801 - 1871)*
Willard Precinct Cemetery
Box Elder County
Plot: Ward 6, Block 3, Lot 2, Plot 5
Maintained by: history4sure
Originally Created by: Barbara Jean Lewis
Record added: Mar 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25436738