Myron Abbott

Myron Abbott

Perry, Pike County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Sep 1907 (aged 69)
Mesquite, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 10737523 · View Source
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SSW wife Lovisa Leavitt Abbott

Thank you for this memorial to Myron Abbott. He is my GGG-grandfather. I wondered if you would like to post the following biographical info. Also if you would add parent links to his father Stephen Abbott #31709973 and his mother Abigail Smith Abbott #16341352. Thank you! - This is the bio:

I was born in 1837 in Perry Illinois where my father operated a yarn factory and cabinet shop. When I was 2 years old a man named Joseph Wood came to the area preaching the gospel of Christ. My father Stephen Abbott went to hear him preach and embraced the gospel. My Father moved to Nauvoo in 1842 and in 1843 was called on a mission to the Southern States. In order to fulfill his mission he with several other brethren went to rafting lumber down the Mississippi River to obtain means to support their families in their absence. He took ill and died of pneumonia when I was 8 years old. He was a kind husband and indulgent father and a true latter-day saint, ever willing to respond to every call that was made upon him by the authority of the Church. He was much respected by all who knew him. He owned property in Nauvoo, stock in the Nauvoo House, and worked on the Nauvoo Temple. He and Lyman white owned property at the Apperstone Steamboat Landing on the Mississippi Just north of the Nauvoo rapids.

My Mother was a woman who endured many trials and privations of every description. Many times we were all down with fever and ague (Malaria) and not one of us able to help the other to a drink of water. Many times we had nothing to eat. On one such morning as we arose from our beds without one thing in the house to eat, my mother called the children around her. We all knelt down and called upon the Lord for help in that trying hour. Although she always prayed in her family; this particular time was long to be remembered. After praying, Mother and I went out to work in the garden to plant a few seeds. I found a dime that had been lost in a pile of straw. We had set fire to the straw the day before and it had burned over and the ashes blew off leaving the money uncovered. When I showed Mother, her poor heart leaped for joy. She exclaimed, "Now we can have something to eat."

We had one cow that gave us a little milk. We purchased fifteen pounds of flour with my dime and we had a little thickened milk to eat. You cannot imagine how much rejoicing there was in our family. I often think of these things; how the Lord will provide for his children; still he will try his saints to see if they will serve him.

When I was 11 years old we made the trek across the great plains to Utah.

At age 23, I married Laura Josephine Allen. She was 15, beautiful, tall and well built with dark hair worn high on her head and so slender I could span her waist with both hands. She sang beautifully and we often sang duets together.

We initially made our home on the Weber River in Ogden. After our 1st son was born we moved to Toquerville where we intended to stay. However, in 1863 I was involved in a quarrel with the chief of a local tribe that had scattered our herd. The chief drew his bow and arrow and I hit his arm with a spade, and broke his arm. We thought it best to go back to Ogden.

I worked hard at farming and for a time worked at a lumber mill up Ogden Canyon. We were able to live but not comfortably. In 1870, I took a second wife, a divorcee named Emily Pauline Malan Farley. This seemed to be the beginning of marital troubles for Laura Josephine and I. She felt that she could stand polygamy but not polygamy and poverty too. Ultimately we were divorced in 1876, she took two daughters to California with her. I kept the 6 older children. I suffered the humiliation of a second divorce from Emily soon afterward as she went back to her former husband.

At that time I was encouraged by my sister's husband, Edward Bunker, to join him in establishing the united order at Mesquite Flats. I took my 6 children and started over in Bunkerville.


Gravesite Details Thank you Gus Curtis Pendleton (ggg grandson) for the bio information.

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  • Created by: Kimberly Smith Rutledge
  • Added: 7 Apr 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10737523
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Myron Abbott (1 Dec 1837–3 Sep 1907), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10737523, citing Bunkerville Cemetery, Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Kimberly Smith Rutledge (contributor 46528116) .