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 Myron Nathan Crandall

Myron Nathan Crandall

Genesee County, New York, USA
Death 4 Aug 1860 (aged 41)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 59 Lot 2 Pos. 3
Memorial ID 62059 · View Source
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Myron Nathan Crandall, fourth child of David Crandall and Margaret McBride, was born 17 August 1818 in Genesee County, New York. In 1823 the family moved to Villanova, New York where they lived about eleven years. There they heard the gospel from missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Myron Nathan was fifteen years old when they joined the church, after which the family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, then followed the church migration from Ohio to Missouri, then to Quincy, Illinois and later to LaHarpe, Illinois, not far from Nauvoo.

Myron was married to Tryphena Bisbee, daughter of James Bisbee and Polly (Molly) Packard, she was born 04 April 1819 at McDonough, Chenago, New York. They were married on 26 January 1841, in the home of her uncle, Noah Packard, by Hyrum Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Myron was 22 and his wife 23. Her family had joined the church in 1837 and were residence of Nauvoo at the time. Myron & Tryphena lived near Nauvoo after they were married. Two children are born to them in Illinois, Julia Ann, in 1841, and Hyrum Oscar, 26 April, 1844.

In August, 1844, Myron's mother died, and in the following year his father married Mrs. Jerusha Smith, who was not interested in following the body of saints when they fled from Illinois to Iowa, so they stayed in LaHarpe. Margaret Ann, the handicapped older sister, died there at age 17.

Persecution was so strong against the church that the members were driven from Illinois. In 1847, Myron Nathan and his family, his married brothers and sisters and their families, and three unmarried brothers left Illinois for Kanesville, Iowa. Myron built the first dugout in Kanesville. Later he developed his holdings to include a six-acre farm, a span of horses, two yoke of oxen, two cows and a two year supply of provisions. Consequently, when they left to join the saints in Utah, they did not suffer as much deprivation as some other pioneers. While they lived in Kanesville, their oldest child, Julia Ann, suffered an accidental hip injury which left her crippled the rest of her life. Because of her injury they were delayed traveling as early as they wished.

In 1850 the Crandalls left Kanesville with the Aaron Johnson Company wagon train. Family members in the company included: Myron and Tryphena and three children; Spicer Wells Crandall and his wife, Irinda Spafford; Emeline Crandall Bird, her husband Richard and two children; Laura Crandall Johnson and her husband, Willis K. Johnson; John and Eliza Crandall Deal and four children; and three unmarried brothers: Martin Pardon Crandall, 20; Lucian Delancy Crandall, 18; and Nelson David Crandall, 16.

Myron's kindness and thoughtfulness are shown in the fact that he took along a rocking chair and a small cook stove for the use of his pregnant wife and a hammock to swing from the wagon bows for his crippled daughter.

After crossing the Mississippi River, they stopped to repair their wagons before proceeding on their journey. Aaron Johnson was inspiration to build what became known as the "prairie schooner" by extending boards front and back on either side of the wagon and covering the entire vehicle with canvas. It was a veritable parlor on wheels for his four wives.

In the latter part of June cholera struck the company, killing Captain Johnson's wife, Polly Kelsey Johnson, Irinda Spafford Crandall, her mother and four of her brothers and sisters, and Willis K. Johnson. They're all buried along the banks of the Platte River.

The company landed in Salt Lake 12 September 1850, in much better condition than most of the trains that had struggled across the plains. They camped at Emigration Square for a few days to let their animals rest, wash their clothes and mingle with the Saints. One morning Brigham Young came into the square and with a wave of his cane, cut out the first eight wagons and told them to prepare to leave at once for their new home about 50 miles south of Salt Lake. Some of the men had scouted the country on horseback and came back with glowing tales of the beauty of the Utah Valley, with belly-high grass and a spring of cool mountain water, with the lake shimmering nearby.

Captained again by Aaron Johnson, the lead wagon was driven by Martin Pardon Crandall and they traveled three days, arriving at Hobblecreek about 3 p.m. 18 September 1850. Later they named their camp Springville in honor of the mountain spring which gave them water and afforded power for the gristmill. The next morning the men set up their grindstone, sharpen their scythes, and began to make hay from the wild grasses which grew in abundance. They also sharpened axes and sent groups of men into the canyons for logs to build a fort. Franklin A. Crandall was the first child born in Springville, and he was followed in later years by three brothers, Lucian Daniel and Delos.

By the time winter set in, the fort was completed, grass hay lay in the sheds, and warm snug cabins had been provided for the entire company. The Springville Fort was built on a rise covering one-and-a-half acres of ground. All the houses faced the enclosure with their doors and windows opening onto it. For safety measures, no windows were built on the outside of the cabins. The two gates on the east and west of the stronghold offered access and also a means to drive stock inside in times of trouble.

In the spring of 1851 they laid out Springville in blocks 12.5 rods square and drew lots for their land. Myron Crandall built a house the following year on his land, the southeast quarter of the block on West Main, between Second and Third North. In 1851 they also organized their ward with Aaron Johnson as Bishop and Myron Nathan Crandall and William Miller as counselors. For the first year the church was held in the fort, then Johnson built a large house with a room large enough for church and social functions.

In 1852 the legislature approved the Springville charter, naming Myron as Alderman, along with David Curtis and James Guymon. He also served as acting Justice of the Peace until his death.

A decision was made that a tax would have to be levied to build schools and roads. This is payable in cash or wheat pegged at $1.50 per bushel. As soon as the school was built, an election for trustees was held with William Miller and Myron Crandall as judges.

The first year the group planted peach pits which they had carried across the plains, although many people had warned them that the pits wouldn't grow there. Five years later the trees set blossoms and produce some fruit, and the next year the crop was so abundant that the community couldn't use all of it.

On February 9, 1854, Myron Nathan took Susanna Wimmer as his polygamous wife under the direction of the church. He married a third wife, Mary Hurst, 11 March 1857. He was a hard worker and a good provider.

The meeting house on Main Street between First South and Center was built in 1856. It stood until 1938, serving the Springville First Ward. That same year an infestation of grasshoppers nearly ruined all their crops, so some families went months without bread. The next year the crops were good, and a "Thanksgiving" was held on the 24th of July to celebrate.

During a dry year only those near the creek had enough water, so Myron and others in the town organized a crew, asking every able-bodied brother between the ages of 18 and 45 to bring a team and plow, and in four days they had constructed three and a half miles of ditch, and water was running from the mill pond to the fields of those who needed it.

In the heat of summer in 1860 Myron Nathan became overheated while working in the hay field. He developed pneumonia and died 04 August, 1860 at the age of forty-two. He was survived by three wives and eleven children. Tryphena had seven, Susanna two, and Mary two.

Tryphena was a typical pioneer woman and set a splendid example in frugality and industry. She was able to keep her family together until her older children were able to help her.

Tryphena followed Nathan in death just three years later at forty-four years of age and was buried beside him in the Springville Cemetery. Susanna Wimmer married Myron's brother, Spicer Wells Crandall, bearing seven more children. She died in 1918. Mary Hurst married Martin Pardon Crandall and had one more child and then in 1875 she married Amos Haycock and bore three more children.

Following Tryphena's death, the family home was acquired by their eldest daughter, Julia Ann, who married John Sell Boyer. They took the remaining children to raise. Descendants of the Crandalls still own and live on the property.




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Myron Nathan Crandall (17 Aug 1818–4 Aug 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62059, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Marchelle Nielson (contributor 47199033) .