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Henry Roland Whitmill
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1854
Banbury, England
Death: Sep. 5, 1932
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

(Quote from "One Grain of Sand", autobiography of Roxie Estella Jensen Duckworth Haws, granddaughter of Henry Roland Whitmill.)

"My mother [Laura Estella Whitmill Jensen] was a dainty, beautiful, sweet woman. Everyone called her Laurie. Her parents were Henry Roland Whitmill [born February 4, 1854, in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England] and Luna Estella Searle [born October 23, 1860, at Payson, Payson, Utah]. They lived across the lane from us in a house surrounded by a cluster of tall trees. They built their house and it was the second one built by a white man between Blackfoot and Idaho Falls. [See photo] Their son, Barney, was the first white child born between those two towns."

(Added by Sharon Haws Jewkes, daughter of Roxie.)
Henry's father was Henry Roland Whitmill b. 11 Feb 1818, d. 11 Mar 1863; and mother was Ann Budd b. 23 Sep 1822. D. 14 Jul 1894. They were married 18 Nov 1842. Henry (Jr.) migrated to the United States in 1863 according to the 1910 census.

Henry was baptized 16 Dec 1863 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Luna Estella Searle (also found in some histories as Estella Aluna) on 26 Sep 1877 and was sealed in the Endowment House on 14 Feb 1878. He was 6 years older than Luna. Luna died on 23 Feb 1917.

Henry then married Isabella Mabel Percival Leavell on 26 Mar 1918 in Pocatello, Idaho.** (See photo) Isabella was born 13 Feb 1881 in Colorado. She was 27 years younger than Henry. They are shown on the 1920 census living in Shelley, Idaho. Her daughter, Viglett Lavell [Violette Leavell], age 20, was living with them. None of Henry and Luna's children were listed. Isabella was previously married to Charles R Leavell and had three children, Violette, George L, and Charles B.

According to the 1930 census of Antelope, Los Angeles, California, there were two children with Isabella, Lowell P. born in 2 Jan 1920 and Delm??r (On the 1930 census you couldn't read his first name.) It is Delmear Roscoe Whitmill born 21 Jul 1922 in Shelley, Id. and died 28 Apr 2006 in Las Vegas, Nev. Found this on the Soc. Sec. Index. His middle name was found on WWII records. It stated Isabella as a widow, but Henry did not die until 5 Sep 1932 in Los Angeles, California. He was living with his daughter, Elsie Jerusha (Teeples) and her family. He was listed as being the age of 86, but it should have been 76. The California Death Index lists Isabella's death 17 Dec 1966 in Los Angeles.

[Additional history received from Jeanette Moulton June 2011]
Henry R. Whitmill came from England to America in 1854 and settled at Cedar Point in Idaho in 1884. Henry lived north of the Frank Grange place where Alan Lyon now lives. Their home was the first one built on the highway between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot.

Henry married Estella Aluna Searle [correction: Luna Estella Searle] in 1877 in Utah. They were among the first settlers of the Firth and Basalt area. Henry's mother, Ann Budd Whitmill, and her second husband, George King, also came to the valley with them.

[A son,] Barneybus Whitmill was born August 28, 1885, in a log cabin with a dirt roof, at Basalt. He has the distinction of being the first white baby boy born between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. The dress he was blessed in was made from flowered curtain cloth.

In the summer of 1884 Henry R. Whitmill and George King began working three miles downstream from Eagle Rock, to obtain water from the Snake River to irrigate the land they had homesteaded. In December 1885 they were joined by four Dye brothers, James, William, Richard and Joseph. Lorenzo Firth, Charles and Eb Peterson, Fred Wilson and Heber Huband also joined in the construction of the Cedar Point canal. It took quite a few years to grub the sage brush and get the ground ready for irrigation.

When Henry wasn't working on the ground he would work on the railroad and worked quite often at Challis in the mines.

Henry had to plow by a hand plow and make his own potato planter and wooden harrow. As warm weather came the children had to go barefoot to save on shoes. When the Indians came to beg it would frighten the children and they would hide under the beds.

Estella Aluna made Minidoka pudding from flour and water with a milk and nutmeg sauce. The only candy they had was a little hard tack.

The children used to go to their Grandmother King's home to make long paper matches. The children use to have to herd cows all day. They helped carry water from the Snake River. They used large wooden barrels and would drag them home on wooden platforms.

They used to go down to the river in the winter and cut large blocks of ice, take it home and store it is saw dust for summer use.

Henry was constable at Basalt in November 1894. Henry and Aluna's children were Henry A., Laura, Elsie, George, Barneybus, John, Lee, Alice, Ora May, Seymour, Flossie and Harry.

Barney remembers Basalt being located where the present Blackfoot canal bridge on the highway is today. The first school he went to was located just north of the Government Canal on the highway and was later moved to a frame house just north of the Basalt Cemetery. They church house was north of the present Blackfoot Canal.

Estella Aluna [Luna Estella] died in 1917. Henry later remarried Isabell Mable [Mabel] Percival. In time they moved to Los Angeles, California. Henry died in Los Angeles Sep. 1932 and was buried at Basalt, Idaho in Sep. of 1932. (end)

Marriage - [BYU Western Marriage]
Details For Marriage ID#96653
Groom Last Name: WHITMILL Groom First Name: Henry R.
Bride Last Name: LEAVELL Bride First Name: Isabella
Place: Pocatello Date: 26 Mar 1918
County of Record: Bannock State: Idaho
Volume: 8 Page: 208
[Received from 'sage grandma']

Children of Luna not linked:
6. John Whitmill Memorial #14527426
8. Alice Florence Whitmill
b.6 Dec 1893, d.3 1 Oct 1894.
10. Flossie Edith Whitmill
b. 25 Jan 1898, d. 1 Mar 1898.
11. Seymour Brigham Whitmill
b. 23 Apr 1899, d. 9 May 1972.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Ann Budd Whitmill (1822 - 1894)
 
 Spouses:
  Luna Estella Searle Whitmill (1860 - 1917)
  Isabella Mabel Whitmill (1881 - 1966)
 
 Children:
  Henry Albert Whitmill (1878 - 1945)*
  Laura Estella Whitmill Jensen (1880 - 1909)*
  Elsie Jerusha Whitmill Teeples (1882 - 1944)*
  George Courtland Whitmill (1882 - 1943)*
  Barneybus Whitmill (1885 - 1963)*
  John Whitmill (1889 - 1952)*
  Lee Whitmill (1891 - 1969)*
  Ora May Whitmill Croney (1895 - 1974)*
  Harry R Whitmill (1901 - 1973)*
  Lowell P Whitmill (1920 - 1992)*
  Delmear Roscoe Whitmill (1921 - 2006)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Basalt Cemetery
Basalt
Bingham County
Idaho, USA
 
Created by: Sunflower Lady
Record added: May 16, 2009
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Henry Roland Whitmill
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Henry Roland Whitmill
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- Dalene Worthington
 Added: Oct. 3, 2013
Dear Great Grandfather. We will meet some day soon. I have so many questions to ask you.
- Sunflower Lady
 Added: May. 16, 2011
 
 
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