|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1773|
North Carolina, USA
Catherine Eller Stoker is the ealiest ancestor of the Stokers and Graybills buried in the Stoker - Graybill Cemetery as well as in cemeteries elsewhere in Pottawattamie County and surrounding counties. Her tombstone no longer is to be found in the cemetery. She was born on March 6, 1773 in what is today's Ashe County in the mountains of western North Carolina. Her parents were Peter Eller and Elizabeth Dick (see "The Ellers in America", by J. W. Hook) of German descent. Catherine married Michael Stoker, Sr. in about 1791 and they had eight children born to them in North Carolina. The Stokers and Graybills moved to Jackson County, Ohio together in 1814 where Michael and Catherine Stoker's ninth child, Eller Stoker was born. Five of the nine children are buried in the Stoker - Graybill Cemetery.
On January 19, 1833 Mormon missionary Luke S. Johnson baptized several members of the Stoker family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). By the end of 1833 other Stoker and Graybill family members also were baptized through the missionary efforts of Seymour Brunson and John Fisher. Several years later the Stokers and Graybills heeded the call by Joseph Smith to settle in Missouri. During the next several years the family, along with the rest of the Mormons, was subjected to persecutions in Missouri and the expulsion of the Mormons. The family relocated with the other Latter-day Saints to the state of Illinois. Michael Stoker, Sr. did not make the move from Missouri and it is assumed that he died in Missouri.
Joseph Smith selected an area of Hancock County in Illinois along the Mississippi River for the Latter-day Saints to settle and named the city Nauvoo. Catherine Stoker and most of her progeny lived in the environs of Nauvoo until February, 1846 when the Latter-day Saints were again forced to flee. The Mormon Trail was established through southern Iowa and terminated in Council Bluffs which served as a staging area for the migration on to Utah. It is estimated that Catherine Stoker died in 1850 and was one of the earliest burials in the Stoker - Graybill Cemetery.
There are LDS records that show that Catherine Stoker was baptized for a number of relatives in the Mississippi River prior to the completion of the Nauvoo Temple. After the temple was completed, Catherine Stoker is shown to have received her endowments on Wednesday, January 21, 1846 as recorded on page 163 of the Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register.
On July 30, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois, Catherine Stoker received the following Patriarchal Blessing from Hyrum Smith:
Sister Catherine, I lay my hands upon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and seal you up unto Eternal Life from this very hour for this is thy Blessing for thy days and years are on the decline. Nevertheless there are some more to be multiplied upon thy head and a consolation to inspire your heart yet in the days of your Pilgrimage and you have a crown laid up for you in the Mansion of your Father and ye shall stand in your place and in your station as a Mother in Israel as one that hath kept the commandments and that hath been faithful. Since you believed, therefore you are blessed in time and your blessing shall be continued in eternity, for you are sealed here on earth and sealed in heaven that you may live and be comforted with this comforter that your name is written as is made known by the Spirit in the Lamb's Book of Life and shall not be blotted out, but shall be continued henceforth and forever and there is a blessing on your house, even your children from generation to generation and the priesthood is theirs according to the rights of lineage and the covenants and promises made to their Father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Therefore, let your heart be comforted henceforth and forever for the promise is sure and your days shall yet continue for a season and your name shall be perpetuated from generation to generation and handed down in honor by your children until the latest generation. These blessings I seal upon your head in the name of Jesus. Amen
Copied from the original by Emily Jane Graybill; Council Bluffs, Iowa; March 20, 1916.
Peter Lenn Eller (1746 - 1799)
Elizabeth Dick Eller (1749 - 1844)
Michael Stoker (1762 - 1836)*
Mary Stoker Graybill (1792 - 1864)*
David Stoker (1795 - 1852)*
Elizabeth Stoker Welker (1800 - 1868)*
John William Stoker (1802 - 1857)*
Michael Stoker (1805 - 1858)*
Catherine Stoker Lackey (1809 - 1896)*
Eller Stoker (1816 - 1855)*
John Eller (____ - 1823)*
Catherine Eller Stoker (1773 - 1850)
Jacob Eller (1776 - 1855)*
Henry Eller (1788 - 1876)*
Stoker - Graybill Cemetery
Created by: J. M. Paden
Record added: Dec 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45081435
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