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E. Jensen
John Osterhout Jr.
My name is Elaine Nicholas Jensen. John's mother is my 3rd great grandfather's sister. I was wondering if you knew where John and Sarah were buried. We have Sarah's birth in Maine, her death in Ohio and buried in Ohio. John as being born in New York, died in New York, and buried in Ohio.
Added by E. Jensen on Dec 31, 2012 7:22 AM
John Stock findagrave memorial # 10376111
John Stock, son of Robert and Susanna Pearce Stock, was born , October 12, 1820, in the English Possession, Cape Town, South Africa.
John's parents, newlyweds, left their home at Rams Gate, Kent England, with other emigrants to colonize in this far off land. The English government gave each family a grant of one hundred acres of land and the privilege to borrow fifty pounds payable in three payments, as an inducement to settlers. As Robert and Susanna stepped ashore from the sailing vessel they found that there were not enough tents to shelter all and some were forced to sleep under the stars until some sort of shelter could be built. They little realized the hard ships they must encounter for the natives were very troublesome and many hardships were endured in building homes and conquering the wilds.
In their first year of hardship in the new land an added anxiety, as well as a great joy came into their lives, for to this couple, baby John Stock was born.
At the age of seven John had the misfortune of losing his father. However, this sorrow and great loss did not rob him of his courage to face life's problems, or prevent him from living a useful, well rounded life. As towns grew and the country was built up and developed, there were many opportunities for thrifty, progressive settlers. While still quite young, John became very much interested in the fur business. After serving an apprenticeship to a tanner he became a furrier by trade. As a furrier he was very successful. His business grew until he owned and operated three tanneries. Fur was plentiful as there was a large expanse of territory from which it might be collected. As a sideline to his industry he bought and operated several whaling boats. Horses might have been considered his hobby, as he raised fine thoroughbreds.
Occasionally new colonist arrived from England, this being an English Colony. Among the important passengers arriving on the ship was Dr. and Mrs. Poyntz Adams with their lovely cultured daughter Jane. Dr. Adams had been a practicing physician in London for many years. John met these new comers and Jane Adams became his bride February 13th, 1842.
On April 18th, 1863, the first Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived in South Africa. The Elders were Jesse Haven, William H. Walker and Leonard Smith. These brethren brought the Gospel in John and Jane were baptized in 1853, the same year they first heard the gospel. John took an active part in church affairs and became Branch President of the Mission. He was generous with his means to the missionaries.
They crossed the ocean to America and across the plains to Utah.
1861 John took a second wife Mrs. Francis Gillson Gibbs.
Two years after reaching Utah, John Stock received a call to preach the gospel to the most remote mission in the world, his native land, "South Africa." Tuesday morning, May 20th, 1862 he bade the family farewell.
After having the opportunity of preaching the gospel to people of various stations in life, John with his missionary companions and saints set sail for America.
Back in Utah again, John looked around for a permanent home. The country surrounding Salt Lake City was being colonized by the Latter Day Saint people. He being a natural pioneer, took his family and went to Paris. Bear Lake County, Idaho in May 1864. On May 13, 1865, a great sorrow came to him, for his beloved wife Jane was called away when their youngest daughter Claudia was only a few months old.
Later the family moved to Fish Haven, Idaho where he spent the remaining part of his active useful life. At first they lived in a double log house and later built a large house.
John was postmaster at Fish Haven from 1868 to 1893. He also had a small store. John was chosen and ordained Bishop of the Fish Haven Ward in 1882. He was fatherly and kind to his people and took great interest in ward affairs; winning the respect and confidence of his people. His health was failing so much that he could not successfully carry on such a responsibility, so he was released from the office of Bishop and ordained Patriarch, August 7. 1893.
There were few if any Doctors in Bear Lake Valley so John did much to relieve sufferers by setting bones, dislocated joints and using a lance where needed. Perhaps he received many helpful instructions from his wife's father, Dr. Adams, for he was successful in setting broken bones.
John contracted rheumatism, which grew worse for many years,until he was confined to his bed. This affliction was perhaps caused by stepping on an iron hoop when young, which hit his shin bone making a sore that did not heal. He bore his suffering very patiently. His second wife, Francis or Aunt Franny, as we called her spent much of her time in his room taking care of his needs and helping him to pass otherwise lonely hours.
John was generous with his means and was also kind and agreeable. We must not forget that he and his wives were the parents of twenty-one sons and daughters and large families cannot be reared without patience, endurance, perplexities and self-sacrifice. His earthly career ended October 19th. 1896, at Fish Haven, Idaho. Written by E. L. Nelson
Added by JJ on Aug 02, 2012 10:20 AM
Jane Adams Stock findagrave memorial# 42456972
Could you add this bio for her? thanks

Jane Adams Stock was born 27, August 1823 in Stoke Northland, England.
Her parents were, Dr. Poyntz and Mary Stains Adams, they were born in Essex, England.
Her father was a practicing physician in England for many years. Together with his large family they left their native land to join the English Colony in South Africa, where they arrived in the autumn of 1842. In this new land life and living were quite different from that of their native country.
Not long after their arrival Jane met the young man with whom she journeyed along life's way. This young man was John Stock. The wedding bells rang for them, February 4, 1844 at Uitenage, South Africa.
The newly weds made their home at Port Elizabeth, where her husband, John, became very successful in the tannery business. It was here that eight dear children came to gladden their home.
The Latter-Day-Saint Mission was opened there April 18, 1853. John and Jane were deeply impressed by the Gospel's teachings, which day by day brought new light and joy into their lives. They were among the first residence to become members of the church. Their baptisms took place in 1853. After joining the church, their utmost desire apparently was to go to Utah. Their faith seemed to be as a beacon light ever beckoning them on. With this though in mind also that other families might be helped in going to Utah, led to the purchase of a sailing vessel by her husband and brother Baker. To test the sea worthiness of this vessel it was sent on two voyages to Cape Town. On its second voyage it reached it's destination but was lost during the return trip. This no doubt was a deep concern to them, as there were no survivors from the ship. Perhaps it delayed their journey west ward.
The time grew near, when perhaps one of the greatest decisions of their lives was to see it's fulfillment. John's business affairs had been put in the keeping of another. The family with their belongings were in readiness. The home at Port Elizabeth in which they with their children had been so happy, must be left behind. Last but not least was the parting of close friends, dear parents, brothers and sisters. With Jane the parting was final as they did not meet again.
There were no railroads so the company traveled overland to Cape Town to set sail a distance of about five hundred miles.
It was the 27th of March 1860, that the anchors were raised on the sailing vessel, Alactracy, in preparation for the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, with Charles Cooper as captain.
The children took their pet monkey along, they also took some live chickens. At that time there was neither canning nor refrigeration of foods to preserve them. The only way to provide fresh meat was to take live fowls or animals along.
The voyage was a long tiresome one for the eight or ten families aboard. After sailing sixty days they landed at Boston. Here the company divided. They met again at Florence, Nebraska. This company numbered more than four hundred people for the long Westward journey.
While traveling westward they came in contact with many Indians. These often rode along with the company, and sometimes exchanged or bought articles from each other.
They arrived in Salt Lake City, 5 October 1860, after being six months and eight days from their sailing date. On the following January 1st, a little son was added to the family.
After arriving in Salt Lake City, Jane was faced with extra responsibilities for 2 years had not passed before her husband left for a mission to his native land. She must now care for the family and manage alone. Her husband left for his mission, 2 May 1862.
The following October a little daughter was added to the Stock family. Jane was in poor health for some time as a dropsical condition had developed. She was called home the 13th of May 1865 at Paris Idaho. She was the first white woman laid to rest there. Jane's daughter Elizabeth and Hyrum Rich, newly weds, took their baby sister to rear.
Jane was the proud mother of eleven children.
Added by JJ on Aug 02, 2012 10:19 AM
Grave memorial for Susannah Barker Michaelson.

Please link Susannah Barker Michaelson to her parents

Father: Thomas Barker Grave Memorial# 5149928
Mother: Elizabeth Thompson Barker Grave Memorial# 5149930

Thank You very much Marla (#47378785)
Added by Marla on Dec 21, 2011 3:18 PM
Please Link Susanna to her father and mother.
Please link Susanna to her father and mother.

Father: Thomas Barker Grave Memorial# 5149928
Mother: Elizabeth Thompson Barker Grave Memorial# 5149930

I feel it is important to make this link for Susannah

Added by Marla on Dec 21, 2011 3:14 PM
william James Barnes
I was just wondering if you were related to him he is my dad's uncle. Do you have any Info or other pictures of him. other than the one I posted. Ruth
Added by Grundestoun on Nov 03, 2010 1:06 AM
Gracellen Michaelson

Wanted to let you know Gracellen died on saturday. Her funeral is in St. Charles 28 Aug at 11:00 am. I don't have access to home email, so I'm using Find A Grave. Odette
Added by Odette on Aug 23, 2010 2:47 PM
Beverly G. Kirby-McDonough
Earl C. Houseworth

Our local (weekly) newspaper, The Hunterdon County Democrat, has an obituary today for Earl C. Houseworth today. He was the son of Harry and Sadie (Moninghoff) Houseworth, and died at age 89. If you would like the obituary, let me know. I'll be happy to transcribe it for you.

Beverly G. Kirby-McDonough.
Added by Beverly G. Kirby-McDonoug... on Nov 19, 2009 5:54 PM
Beverly G. Kirby-McDonough
RE: houseworth

The change you requested is completed. No, I am not related to the Housworth's. As a member of the Milford Borough Historical Society, I post many local memorials.


Beverly G. Kirby-McDonough
Added by Beverly G. Kirby-McDonoug... on Nov 18, 2009 6:35 PM

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