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Caroline Clara Smith Callister
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1820
Potsdam
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1895
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA

Daughter of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman

Married Thomas Callister, 31 Aug 1845, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Children: Samuel Jay Callister, Asael Smith Callister, Clara Caroline Callister, Clarissa Callister, Philimelia Callister, Mary Miranda Callister, Thomas Callister, Bethsheba Callister

Jas. T. Jakeman, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers, p. 102

Caroline Clara Smith Callister was the daughter of John Smith, the Third Patriarch of the Church, who was a brother to the Prophet's father. Her mother, Clarissa Lyman, was the daughter of Richard Lyman, who served under General Putnam in the Revolutionary war; his rank was that of an orderly sergeant. Richard Lyman saw the old hero ride down the stone steps, and was with him in many of his most daring rand successful engagement. General Putman said: "If I had a thousand men like Orderly Lyman, I would drive the Redcoats out of America in six months." Caroline was born at Potsdam, New York, June 6, 1820. She married Thomas Callister, August 31, 1845. Eight children were born to them. She was baptized when 14 years old, and therefore shared in all the early hardships of the Saints, including being driven from Nauvoo, after the death of the Prophet. She was in Winter Quarters during the dreary winter of 1846. Here, in a wagon, her son, Thomas, was born. She was afflicted with scurvy and other afflictions brought on by exposure and lack of proper food. She lost her baby when it was but eight months old. She crossed the plains in the company that followed the original Pioneers and arrived in Salt Lake September 25, 1847. Since from birth she was a cripple, the privations and sufferings of the early settlers were hard for her to bear, and these, no doubt, caused the death of her second child, Clarissa. Thus, again, this mother was left heart-broken and childless. Three of her other children, Bathsheba, Samuel and Asahel, also died in infancy. Her daughter, Philomela died unmarried at the age of twenty-seven. Clara, the oldest of her children that reached maturity, married President Francis M. Lyman. Her sudden death in, Southern Colorado, in 1892, was a shock from which her unfortunate mother never fully recovered. As Caroline stood by the death bed of her father in 1854, holding in her arms her daughter Mary, then nine months old, the father said, "Caroline, that child shall be the greatest blessing you shall know." The truth of this prophetic utterance was realized when the death of Clara left only Mary—the sole survivor of her eight children—to comfort her declining years, and finally to close her eyes in death. Caroline lived on her husband's farm near the Jordan river, when that place was almost a desert—here savage Indians and wild beasts roved at will. She moved from there to Fillmore, where she was president of the Relief Society for many years. She died at Ogden, Utah, January 9, 1895, at the age of 74 years. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Smith (1781 - 1854)
  Clarissa Lyman Smith (1790 - 1854)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas Callister (1821 - 1880)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Callister (1846 - 1847)*
  Clarissa Callister (1848 - 1848)*
  Clara Caroline Callister Lyman (1850 - 1892)*
  Philomela Callister (1851 - 1879)*
  Mary Maranda Callister Lyman (1853 - 1930)*
  Samuel Jay Callister (1856 - 1856)*
  Bathsheba Callister (1860 - 1860)*
  Asael Smith Callister (1865 - 1865)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Albert Smith (1817 - 1875)*
  Caroline Clara Smith Callister (1820 - 1895)
  John Lyman Smith (1828 - 1898)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ogden City Cemetery
Ogden
Weber County
Utah, USA
Plot: F-7-22-2W
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Nov 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31297810
Caroline Clara <i>Smith</i> Callister
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Caroline Clara <i>Smith</i> Callister
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