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 Amos Stoddard

Amos Stoddard

Sterling, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 11 Feb 1877 (aged 68)
Weber County, Utah, USA
Burial Uintah, Weber County, Utah, USA
Plot 2-14-W2
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Amos Stoddard was born 13 September, 1808 in Sterling, New York.
He is the second child born to Curtis & Permelia West Stoddard.
His siblings are;
Elsa Stoddard, 1804 – 1856;
Benjamin Franklin Stoddard, 1811 – 1894;
Curtis Stoddard JR, 1815 – 1836;
Mary Ann Stoddard, 1816 – 1818;
and Charles Stoddard, 1820 – 1891.

Amos was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 6 March, 1842, (probably in Knoxville, Illinois).

Leah Fickes was born 2 June, 1807 in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She is one of possibly 12 children listed of John & Mary Elizabeth Rudysill Fickes, (more research is needed).

Amos and Leah were married 17 March, 1836 in Mediana, Ohio. Six children were born to them;
Lydia Elizabeth Stoddard, 1836 – 1887;
John Martin Stoddard, 1839 – 1910;
Eliza Fickes Stoddard, born about 1841, dying before 1850;
Mary Jane Stoddard, 1842 – 1923;
Elsie Permelia Stoddard, 1845 – 1907;
and Charles Francis Stoddard, born 1847 and dying while crossing the plains in 1850.

Records show that Amos had property in Missouri during the time the Saints tried to settle there.

Amos & Leah also lived in several towns in Illinois, (Peoria from about 1836-1839, and Knoxville, from about 1840 -1844), eventually moving to Nauvoo, by 1845.

On the 1840 US Census, we find Amos in Knoxville, Ill with Leah & their two oldest children: Lydia & John. Also, there is a male between age 20-29 listed (no names given other than the head of house) and a female between 60-69 listed; these are probably Amos’ brother, Charles Augustus Stoddard and their mother Permelia West Stoddard.

About 1848, with Amos’ two brothers, Benjamin and Charles and their families, and their seventy year old mother, Permelia West Stoddard, they left Nauvoo with the rest of the church in the Nauvoo Exodus. There would always remain vivid memories for Amos and Leah of leaving Nauvoo with their fields of grain and their house and barn in flames from the mobs.

Amos mother, Permelia died June 27, 1849, while they were camped at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In 1850, Amos and Leah brought their family to Utah in the William Snow & Joseph Young Company.
In the company records we find; Amos Stod[d]ard, 8 People, 1 Wagon, 7 Cattle.

The journey across the plains was hard physically and emotionally. Their son, Charles, who was only three years old, became ill and died, he is buried somewhere on the prairies. Their son, John Martin, who was nine years old, walked most of the way to the valley, even though he was cripple. When he was younger he and an ailment from swimming in very cold water, that crippled him in both of his knees.

The family arrived in Salt Lake City on the 15th of October 1850. Amos was ordained a High Priest in the LDS Church; ordained 8 April 1854 by D. Pettegrew, R. Cahoon, and G. B. Wallace. He received a patriarchal blessing by John Smith on 26 February 1852, in the North Canyon Ward, declaring that he was of the lineage of Ephraim.

They are listed on the 1850 US Census living in Davis County, Deseret (Utah) Territory, I can not determine when this Census was taken, but it must have been after October of 1850.

In 1852, Amos and Leah went north to the Ogden area, living first in Uinta, at the mouth of Weber Canyon for about a year, the moving to Burch (Birch) Creek. (Birch Creek is just up the hill from Uinta, now present day South Ogden). They lived there for eleven years. In Burch Creek the family lived in the area of Old Post Road. A barn on the farm was still standing when the heavy snow of 1983/84 struck, causing the roof to collapse. The years of hardship and sacrifice had taken their toll on Church members. The Stoddard family spent their every waking hour trying to provide the immediate needs of their family members and to try to provide some semblance of financial security for the future.

Amos and Leah’s daughter, Elsie Permelia, related what a struggle it was to maintain the necessities of life. As she got old enough little Elsie would go to the hills and dig what she called Sego Lilies for her breakfast. Sego Lilies grow wild and they are something like we would call hog potatoes. Her mother and father drank tea and she would work and earn enough to buy a pound of tea which sold for $5 per pound. She would work for a week for one yard of calico. Elsie worked for months to get one book for herself that was called a primer. In which she learned her alphabet, but she was only permitted to go to school six weeks of her life. Even so, she became an avid reader of the scriptures and all good books. All of the children in the family had to work long, hard days. But they were a loving, close knit family.

Many LDS Church record had been lost with the move from Nauvoo to Utah. New branches, districts, wards and stakes had been organized only as the heavily burdened leaders from Salt Lake City could get to them. Because of this problem and numerous others in the Ogden area, there was a strong movement of dissenters. There is absolutely no indication that Amos or any of his family joined any of the dissenter groups, there is evidence of just the opposite.

Amos was known as a friend of the Indians who lived throughout the area. He was also a good industrious farmer.

Amos died 16 February, 1878 in Birch Creek.
Leah died five years later, 22 November, 1883 in Uintah.
They are both buried in the Uintah, Utah Cemetery.

It is noted on the family group sheet that Amos married (2) Ruth, ___, on 18 August, 1856, and (3) Eliza Fickes, 13 December 1871. There is no evidence of any children being born to these two unions. Leah had a sister named Eliza but her death is recorded much earlier than the marriage date. I would suspect that Leah had her sister sealed to Amos, though there was probably never an actual marriage. Other research needs to be completed.

Amos Stoddard
Birth: 13 September 1808 - Place: Sterling, Cayuga, NY
Death: 16 February 1878 - Place: Birch Creek, Weber, UT
Burial: Uintah Cemetery, Uintah, Weber, UT
Father: Curtis Stoddard
 - Mother: Permelia West
Marriage: Leah Fickes - Married: 17 March 1836 - Place: Medina, OH

Leah Fickes
Birth: 2 June 1807 - Place: Shippensburg, Cumberland, PA
Death: 22 November 1883 - Place: Uintah, Weber, UT - Burial: Uintah Cemetery, Uintah, Weber, UT
Father: John Fickes - Mother: Mary Elizabeth Rudysill
Marriage: Amos Stoddard - Married: 17 March 1836 - Place: Medina, OH

1) Lydia Elizabeth Stoddard
Born: 11 March 1836 - Place: Peoria, Peoria Co., IL
Died: 19 December 1887 - Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah Territory

2) John Martin Stoddard
Born: 10 July 1839 - Place: Peoria, Peoria, IL
Died: 14 December 1910 - Place: Clinton, Weber, Utah

3) Eliza Fickes Stoddard

Born: ABT 1841 - Place: Knoxville, Knox, IL
Died: probably abt 1849
 - Place: probably Illinois

4) Mary Jane Stoddard

Born: 3 February 1842 - Place: Knoxville, Knox, IL
Died: 30 May 1923 - Place: Hooper, Weber, Utah

5) Elsie Permelia Stoddard

Born: 12 December 1845 - Place: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL
Died: 31 March 1907 - Place: Thatcher, Graham, Arizona Territory

6) Charles Francis Stoddard

Born: abt 1847 - Place: Probably Illinois
Died abt 1850 - Place: Crossing The Plains to Utah

(updated 1/1/2018, marlin j haws)




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