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Isaac Chase

Isaac Chase was born to Sarah Simmons and Timothy Chase. Isaac married Phoebe Ogden on August 18, 1818 in Sparta, Livington, New York. Phoebe had been a widow. Isaac and Phoebe had six children: George Ogden, Desdemona, Maria, Harriet Louisa, Sylvia and Rhoda.

Isaac Chase was 54 years old when he arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 2, 1847, just a few months after the initial party of Mormon pioneers. His wife Phoebe, two unmarried children, two married daughters with their husbands and two grandchildren traveled with him. Isaac had been a successful miller in his home state of New York and later in the Mormon City of Nauvoo, Illinois. In preparation to continue his occupation, his daughter, thirteen-year-old Harriet Louisa Chase, drove one of the families five wagons across the plains filled with sawmill irons, gristmill equipment, a pump organ, farm tools and black locust seeds.

Chase built a sawmill and a one room shanty on Emigration Creek. A few years later a Mormon leader, who owned neighboring land, joined with Chase and built a flourmill and a two-story adobe house in the center of their 110 acre farm. That farm became Liberty Park. The Chase home became the Chase Museum of Utah Folk Art.

During pioneer times the Chase Home was considered a great "out-of-town" place for entertainment. Visitors came by horseback in the summer and by sled in the winter for afternoon teas with lively conversation and fine organ music. On many evenings the kitchen would become a dance hall where neighbors gathered to dance a Cotillion or a Scottish Reel to the sweet sounds of oldtime fiddle music. The home was a favorite for Brigham Young and his associates, And many stories have been handed down about the wonderful parties that took place in this beautiful structure.

On July 7, 1850 he was married to Elizabeth Calvert and they had the following children: Isaac (Ike) Chase, Elizabeth Chase, Eliza Roxie Chase, Brigham Chase, Sarah Chase and Nathan Chase.

NOTE: Brigham Young was not only a business associate to Isaac but also his son-in-law, married to Chase's step-daughter, Clarissa Ross, daughter of Chase's first wife, Phoebe from her first marriage. Clarissa was Brigham's third polygamous wife.


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  • Added: 27 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19560061
  • David Mower
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isaac Chase (12 Dec 1791–26 May 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19560061, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 46869790) .