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 Edward Owen Haymond

Edward Owen Haymond

West Virginia, USA
Death 26 Jan 1887 (aged 84)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 17 Lot 4 Pos. 4
Memorial ID 86303 · View Source
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Edward Owen Haymond, the son of Edward and Sarah Woodfin Haymond, was born 8 March 1802, in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia). By the time he was entering his teenage years, however, his father and other relatives were relocating from their homes in northwestern Virginia and migrating westward to the Indiana Territory. Edward Owen's father died at the age of 65 in June 1820. His mother and several siblings had died several years earlier during a smallpox outbreak.

Edward Owen (known to most people as "Owen") became a blacksmith and, with other members of the Haymond family, gradually moved further and further to the west. The first known land record for Edward Owen is a Land Patent dated 2 June 1823 for 160 acres located about two miles east of the village of Waldron, in Shelby County, Indiana.

On 15 March 1825, Edward Owen married Margaret Ann Sissell in Cincinnati. Their first child, George Washington Haymond, was also born in Cincinnati on 3 February 1826. By 1835, however, Edward Owen and Margaret had moved further west, onto a claim near Newark in LaSalle (now Kendall) County, Illinois. Edward Owen bought various tracts in this area between 1839 and 1841.

Edward Owen carried on the blacksmith trade while also owning the farmland near Newark. Described as a burly fellow, of large proportions, and of a convivial nature, he often spent time among friends at "The Exchange", a local hotel and tavern. This almost led to his death when, on 4 November 1845, he played a trick on a carpenter named Ansel Rider. Rider was so enraged that he shot Edward Owen. The gunshot struck Haymond in the shoulder blade, and he recovered from the wound. Rider, however, was followed by an angry crowd and later shot a man who was attempting to enter his house. This led to the first murder trial in Kendall County.

Edward Owen and Margaret joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sometime in the period of 1843-1845. In May 1845, Edward began selling his Kendall County land, apparently in preparation for moving to the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, on the Mississippi River. Edward and Margaret must have been in Nauvoo by the fall of 1845, as Margaret received a patriarchal blessing from John Smith (Joseph Smith's uncle) in Nauvoo on 2 October 1845. Edward and Margaret received temple endowments at Nauvoo on 27 January 1846.

In early 1846, Brigham Young led the first Mormon wagons across the Mississippi River and into Iowa to commence the Mormon evacuation of Nauvoo. It is believed that Edward and Margaret also left Nauvoo in 1846. Because Edward Owen was a blacksmith, and Margaret was a midwife, it is believed that Brigham Young asked them to travel to Des Moines, in central Iowa, and stay there for a time to assist others making their way through the area.

Edward Owen bought at least two parcels of land while in the Des Moines area. By 1850, however, Edward and Margaret were preparing to continue their journey westward to Utah in order to rejoin their Mormon brethren. On 27 April 1850, they sold their two properties for $500. The Haymond family first made their way to Kanesville (now Council Bluffs, Iowa) by June, and they joined Aaron Johnson's company of 100 wagons that left Kanesville on or about 8 June 1850. It arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 12 September 1850.

Edward Owen and family first settled in Cottonwood, where he set up his blacksmith shop and made the irons for a sawmill that was built in Bingham Canyon that winter. Edward was then asked to move to the new town of Springville, located south of Provo. Springville had just been formed on 18 September 1850, and the people there were in need of a blacksmith. They bid for Edward's services, offering to take up a lot and build him a house if he would come. The Haymond family moved to Springville in the spring of 1851.

At the time of this move, the only place for the Haymonds to live was in the meeting room inside the fort that original Springville settlers had built for protection from Indians. In spite of objections from town officials, who advised Edward and Margaret not to move out of the fort because of danger from the Indians, Margaret soon insisted that a house be built for them on the lot that had been drawn for them. This house was located at First East and Center Streets, and was the first Springville house built outside the fort.

Edward Owen Haymond was considered a community leader in Springville. He was the first blacksmith in Springville and for many years kept his anvil ringing. He also did the first gardening in the way of cultivating fruits and berries. Edward was considered "a very useful man", being always at the front in all public labors. By the time of the 1880 federal census, the 78-year-old Edward was listed as a retired blacksmith.

Edward died 26 January 1887 in Springville, at the age of 84 years, and is buried in the Springville City Cemetery. Margaret died 10 January 1889 in Springville, at the age of 80 years, and is buried next to Edward.
Written by Gary Haymond

Edward Owen and Margaret Ann were the parents of eleven children, nine who lived to adulthood.

1) George Washington (3 Feb 1826-18 Aug 1899) married Catherine Doak 14 Apr 1852. They were the parents of twelve children.

2) William (28 Jan 1829 – 5 Jan 1831)

3) Jacob Howard (16 Jan 1831 – 9 Sep 1842)

4) Louise (22 Apr 1832 – 28 Jan 1915) married Thomas G. Sprague 28 Jun 1849. They were the parents of eight children.

5) Martha Eleanor (21 Jan 1835 – 5 Jul 1927) married John Procter Humphrey 19 Feb 1853. They were the parents of eight children.

6) Elma Jackson(17 Feb 1837 – 1 Jan 1916) married Hugh Dobbins Lisonbee 25 Sep 1855. They were the parents of eleven children.

7) Edward Owen, Jr. (23 Jul 1838 – 21 Nov 1898) married Harriet Humphreys 11 Dec 1864. They were the parents of nine children.

8) Margaret Jane (28 May 1841 – 5 Sep 1920) married Milan Packard 21 Dec 1856. They were the parents of ten children.

9) Orrissa Adaline Augusta (3 May 1845 – 18 Sep 1922) married first Francis Marion Smith 21 Dec 1856. They had one son. Adaline married second Edward Piatt Hardesty 15 Apr 1879. They didn't have any children.

10) Amasa Lyman (8 Dec 1848 – 7 Feb 1945) married Eliza Ann Bringhurst 29 May 1871. They were the parents of ten children.

11) Thomas Melvin (10 Mar 1854 – 1 Jan 1900) married Luella Wood 08 May 1879. They were the parents of eight children.




  • Maintained by: K Haymond
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86303
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Owen Haymond (8 Mar 1802–26 Jan 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86303, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by K Haymond (contributor 46847827) .