Samuel Davidson Chambers

Samuel Davidson Chambers

Pickens County, Alabama, USA
Death 7 Nov 1929 (aged 98)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot A 132, Grave 8
Memorial ID 27442128 · View Source
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Son of James Davidson and Esther Glasply/Hester Gillespie

Married Amanda Leggroan, 04 May 1858, Noxubee County, Mississippi

Slave traders took away Samuel's mother, Hester Gillespie, and Samuel taken to Mississippi where he was kept as a slave until the end of the Civil War. He was baptized into the LDS Church at age 13 in Mississippi after hearing the preaching of Thomas Preston but kept it as a secret.

Samuel and his wife, Amanda Leggroan, came to Utah in 1870 as Mormon converts. For a time Chambers worked at a sawmill, but by 1872 he had established a home for his family in Salt Lake City's Eighth Ward and was farming and growing fruit. After about six years in the city the family moved to a small farm in the Mill Creek area southeast of town. The small fruits—including currants, grapes, cherries, and gooseberries—that Chambers worked hard to cultivate won prizes at local fairs. The farm produced many necessities for the family's survival as well: chickens, eggs, peas, wheat, corn, cabbage, pork, butter, and molasses.

Samuel Chambers had some 30 acres under cultivation by World War I. Two brick homes on the property housed Samuel and Amanda as well as Samuel's son Peter and his family. The Chambers farm produced a surplus that was sold to regular customers in the Mill Creek area and as far south as Holladay. Samuel or, sometimes, Amanda delivered fruit and milk, butter, eggs, and chickens by wagon. People also came to the farm to buy currants and other specialties grown by Chambers. The farm sustained them for many years.

Samuel developed a reputation as a defender of his faith. Unwilling to tolerate criticism of LDS leaders, he was known to verbally defend them when necessary, in private as well as in Church meetings. To nonmembers Samuel's religion was no secret. Guests in his home received copies of the Book of Mormon. Among relatives in Mississippi whom he visited in 1911, already he had become a legend as their prosperous Utah Mormon kinsman.

Although he did not hold the priesthood, he participated actively in his ward by assisting the deacons, offering public prayers, and bearing his testimony. He was grateful to the Lord for having lead him from bondage to live among the saints in Zion.

See: Samuel D. Chambers

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