|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1811, Scotland|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 1885|
A History of David Kay Moffat
Pioneer of 1860 of Daniel Robinson hand Cart Co.
Written by Granddaughter Caroline B. Moffat Kearl
David Kay Moffat was born Dec. 30th, 1811 in the Parish of Inveresk in a small village called the Cowpits in the county of Mid-Lothian, Scotland.
He was the youngest child of Alexander and Catherine Kay.
His brothers and sisters were Margaret who died when she was a baby. Margret received an accident in the pit when she was sixteen years old making her unfit for much work, later losing power of her right arm. Isabelle married David Wilson and had a family of thirteen children. Christina married John Smith. Alexander married Ann Hood. David Kay (my grandfather) married Janet Leishman.
His parents were poor and were coal minors, so at the age of thirteen years he was called to help in the mines thus receiving a scanty education.
His father died when he was eighteen years old which they all lamented very much because it left his oldest brother ruler, then three years later his mother died of the cholera, and at this time he was not expected to live.
After regaining his health he became discouraged and left the mines ans was persuaded by a friend to become a soldier (which his family did not approve.) On the 30th day of Sept. 1834 he went with the Royal Marines not knowing he had to go to sea, so after a short time purchased his discharge and returned home.
March 26th, 1836 he went on board His Majesticís ship, the Asia carrying eighty-four guns. He returned home on March 17th, 1841, after visiting acquaintances and friends arrangements were made for him to return to the mines in Penston where he labored for about nine months, making the acquaintance of Janet Leishman who worked in the house of his employer. They were married July 1, 1842.
She was the daughter of William Leishman and Janet Donaldson born Sept. 10, 1816 in the Parish of Chrichton, county of Edinburgh Scotland. She was very religious and when their first child was born insisted on having her sprinkled which he did not approve of.
Elder Henry McEwan of Edinburgh a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came and preached repentance and baptism for the remission of sins this doctrine appealed to him and he was baptized June 2, 1844 by Elder McEwan. He was ordained a priest Aug. 30, 1846 by John Banks. He was ordained an elder Aug. 22, 1848 by William Gibson.
He with his family emigrated to America in 1853 and settled in Pennsylvania where he worked in the coal mines. In 1860 two Mormon missionaries Millen Atwood and Angus M. Cannon whom they entertained for sometime helped plan their journey to Utah.
After selling their home and household goods for a small sum they bought a team and wagon and with other Saints left Pattersville, Pennsylvania for Florence, Nebraska to join about three hundred converts who had gathered there to make up a train for Utah.
Here they exchanged their team and wagon for two hand carts and joined the Daniel Robinson Company. Leaving Omaha about June 1, 1860, they endured many hardships and suffered a great deal. Walking every day except Sunday arriving in Salt Lake City about Sept. 1, 1860, his wife walked and carried a baby and when going up a hill she would take hold of the cart to help her up.
The square where the city and county building now stands was the old camp ground, so here they camped tired and hungry. An old friend Millen Atwood met them here and invited them to his home. The next day their meal consisted of green corn, new potatoes and meat. This was more than their starved bodies could stand and resulted in a two weeks sickness. Finally conditions were such that they applied for help to Bishop Weiler of the Third Ward.
He was advised to look at a two room house of Isaac Wilson which could be rented for two dollars a month. They stayed there for seven weeks then on account of sickness and lack of work they were turned out and slept on the ground in the October frost. Then they moved into a school house and he worked on the temple for tithing office pay. While working here a stone fell injuring him quite badly. That developed into blood poison in his hand and he was not able to work for about eleven months.
Then he traded a calf for some adobes, bough an acre of land for five dollars and built a house. He acted as gatekeeper at the temple gate for about five years.
In 1872 he with his family was called to Bear Lake settling in Meadowville. About a year later James Nibley came from Cache Valley and started a little store in their house. About two years later he purchased the merchandise from Mr. Nibley and Janet Leishman kept the store along with her house work until she died Jan 19, 1891. David Kay Moffat was appointed post master Mar. 13, 1876.
He was a laborer and coal miner; his stature five feet, ten inches, of a light complexion, naturally cheerful, very stern with his family, a reader, very religious, and wrote several poems.
His children were as follows:
Janet born May 7, 1843 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Married John McClean
Catherine born Nov. 4, 1844 in Edinburgh Scotland. She died in 1852 after a great deal of suffering.
Joseph Smith born June 16, 1846, Linlithgon, Scotland. Married Mary Jane Brown.
William, born Feb. 11, 1848 Edinburgh, Scotland. Married Eliza Barnes.
Christina born Mar. 26, 1850 Edinburgh, Scotland. Married Henry Grow.
Alexander Born 1852. Married Mattie Dewey.
Marion, born 1854. Married Manassah Williams.
Millen Atwood, born Oct. 9, 1856 in Combola Schunlkill Co. Penn. Married May Kimball.
Mary Jane Holiday born Sept. 9, 1859 in Pennsylvania. Married Lorin Eldredge.
Janet Leishman Moffat (1816 - 1891)
Janet Moffat McLean (1843 - 1911)*
Joseph Smith Moffat (1846 - 1926)*
William Donaldson Moffat (1848 - 1890)*
Christina Moffat Grow (1850 - 1880)*
Alexander David Moffat (1851 - 1926)*
Mary Moffet Eldredge (1859 - 1940)*
Plot: lot 47
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Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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