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 Absolom Pennington “Ab” Free, Jr

Absolom Pennington “Ab” Free, Jr

Birth
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 29 Mar 1950 (aged 87)
Idaho, USA
Burial Ashton, Fremont County, Idaho, USA
Plot Block 8, Lot 9, Space 1
Memorial ID 10199721 · View Source
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Ab is the son of Absolom Pennington Free, Sr. and Annie Hicks. "His father was one of the Nauvoo guards and one of the early patriarch's of the church. His mother was a survivor of the Martin Handcart Company. His half brother, Preston, was a member of the Mormon Batallion."

"Absolom's boyhood was spent in the Farmers Ward. He sang in the Tabernacle Choir when Evan Stevens was the conductor. He was counselor in the Y.M.M.I.A. In Idaho he served as ward teacher and assistant secretary in 4th Ward Elder's quorum.

As a worker he was associated with many of the activities that built up the west. He worked in the quarries and mines in Utah and Nevada. He liked to work with the faithful animals that did their part in making a wilderness a livable land. He helped his father haul granite blocks with oxen from Little Cottonwood quarry to the Salt Lake Temple grounds.

When mule cars were the Salt Lake transportation system, he drove the mule car. When the street cars came, he checked the cars into the car-barn at night. He worked for a time at the Armstrong Ranch and remembered Porter Rockwell well.

On his tenth birthday his father yoked up the oxen (Brin and Star) and took him and his sister to see the first train come into Salt Lake and the driving of the Golden Spike. When he was seventeen he hauled hay for his brother-in-law, Daniel H. Wells and his own father, from Battle Creek to Salt Lake. He hauled coal from Coalville to Salt Lake."

He married Carrie Christensen/Sorenson, Lundgren, 28 July 1892, Farmers Ward, Salt Lake, Utah, by Henry T. Burton, Bishop.
"They moved to a small acreage in Crescent, a remaining part of the land grant owned by his wife's father before the first canal was dug in Salt Lake County. They hauled water from the Jordan River. In 1916 they moved to Idaho and took up a homestead near Pine Butte, which proved too remote to develop into a community. They moved to Vernon District in 1918 and Idaho Falls in 1937.

When government trouble over polygamy arose and they tried to stop meetings, he helped blast for the tunnel from the Tabernacle to the old tithing yard so people could enter at the tithing yard and go to the tabernacle without being disturbed. The old tithing yard was where Hotel Utah (Joseph Smith Memorial) now stands.

Traits of his character were honesty, humility, hospitality and kindness. He was wholeheartedly obedient to authority and worked cheerfully and willingly at whatever his hand found to do."
Written by unknown family member.

Date of burial: April 1, 1950



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  • Maintained by: Susan
  • Originally Created by: John Warnke
  • Added: 1 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10199721
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Absolom Pennington “Ab” Free, Jr (10 May 1862–29 Mar 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10199721, citing Pineview Cemetery, Ashton, Fremont County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Susan (contributor 47026796) .