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Martha “Patty” <I>Spencer</I> Truman

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Martha “Patty” Spencer Truman

Birth
Unadilla, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death
3 Dec 1878 (aged 85)
Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, USA
Burial
Enterprise, Washington County, Utah, USA GPS-Latitude: 37.5363119, Longitude: -113.6078095
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Mrs. Martha Truman

She joined the church in late 1830's or early 1840's as she was in Washington Corners, Michigan in 1845 (We have an L.D.S. Church recommend of that date).

Later they moved to Hartford, Knox County, Illinois. Her father, Micah Spencer died there 23 October 1849.

Patty with her widowed daughter Anne Maria Barnum who had two small children and her son Jacob Mica Truman were living in 1846 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. When the Mormon Battalion was organized, Jacob her only son was one of the volunteers.

That left these two women and small children to travel alone without any male to help with this long, dangerous journey. They yoked and unyoked their oxen and did their part of the camp work, including gathering fuel.

The women walked most of the way. One of the oxen died and it became necessary to use their milk cow in the place of lost ox. Later the milk cow became sick. After a long pull she laid down as if to die. They did everything they could but to no avail. It was getting near time to set up camp so the train went on a little ways and camped; leaving them to do the best they could with their sick milk cow.

Think of the worry of leaving their load, everything they owned, which would be necessary without their team.

Patty was a woman of great faith. Their prayers weren't answered; something had to be done. She climbed in the wagon, produced the bottle of consecrated oil, anointed the crown of the animal's head and used all the faith she could muster with her prayers.

Her prayer was answered; the milk cow arose and was able to do her share all the way to the (Salt Lake) Valley.

The family moved to Cottonwood and resided there a number of years. Then Patty with her daughter, Anna Maria Truman Barnum, her son Jacob Mica Truman, moved to Peoa, Summit County, Utah where she kept house for her brother, George Spencer who had two small sons.

She reared these, Mica Spencer and Billy Spencer and did everything to make them happy. She was a real mother to them. Later her son Jacob was called to settle in Southern Utah.

Later she, with her daughter (probably Anna Maria) spent a winter at the St. George Temple doing the work for her family she loved so much who never had the privilege of doing their own work.

When she came home she came on running gears of a wagon. In a few moments most of the town was there to greet her. She was dearly loved by everyone that knew her and was called Grandma Truman.

In 1878 she deciced to go to St. George and live with her son Jacob; the season was late with a big heavy wagon and rough roads was more than she could stand. She died on the way at Fillmore with friends. She was taken on and buried at Hebron, Utah on 16 December 1878 at 85 years of age.

As I remember, Grandma came to Utah in 1847 to meet her son, Jacob from the Mormon Battalion.

NOTE: It is believed that Martha Patty's husband John Franklin Truman died the end 1839 being 50 years old. It isn't known what really happened to him. Tradition says that he went fishing and was killed by Indians while they were living at near Ypsilanti, Michigan. Others speculate he may have drowned. What really happened is unknown. He never returned from fishing.

Martha and John had five children raising four to maturity. They were a very mobile family. Martha Spencer Truman and three of her children joined the Mormon Church and traveled west about 1847 or 1848. Rhoda Sarah Truman Hicks did not join the church or emigrate to the west.

It seems that Martha Truman was at Crown Point Township, Knox County, Illinois near to the town of St. Augustine in the year 1850. In the federal census of 1850 her age was given as 55 and her birthplace as New York. She was in residence there with her brother George Clinton Spencer whose age was given as 39 and his birthplace was given as Pennsylvania; Mariah Barnum was also listed with the family of Martha Truman and her age was given as 37 and with her were two children: John Barnum age 15 and Henry Barnum age 9. The birthplace of John Barnum was given as Canada and that of Henry Barnum as Michigan. This entry would indicate that Martha Truman widow of John Franklin Truman who died in 1839 was still in the East until 1850 and came to Utah later on.

-By Rhoda Priscilla Huffaker – 1938

Wife of John Franklin Truman.
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Mrs. Franklin Truman

(Deseret News 1877-01-17) which reads:

"At Fillmore, Dec. 3, 1876, while journeying southward, PATTY TRUMAN, aged 83 years, 4 months and 12 days.

Deceased was the mother of Elder Jacob M. Truman, of Hamblin, Washington Co., Utah; was conveyed to be buried at that place by her son. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dec., 1844, in Michigan, by Elder Lyman Stoddard; gathered with the Saints at Nauvoo, 1845, was a widow, a noble and kind mother, faithfully performing the duties of the toisome journey and the early settlement in the mountains; was a faithful Saint to the end of her mortal life. - COM."

Thanks to Debra Woods for this obituary!

Mrs. Martha Truman

She joined the church in late 1830's or early 1840's as she was in Washington Corners, Michigan in 1845 (We have an L.D.S. Church recommend of that date).

Later they moved to Hartford, Knox County, Illinois. Her father, Micah Spencer died there 23 October 1849.

Patty with her widowed daughter Anne Maria Barnum who had two small children and her son Jacob Mica Truman were living in 1846 at Council Bluffs, Iowa. When the Mormon Battalion was organized, Jacob her only son was one of the volunteers.

That left these two women and small children to travel alone without any male to help with this long, dangerous journey. They yoked and unyoked their oxen and did their part of the camp work, including gathering fuel.

The women walked most of the way. One of the oxen died and it became necessary to use their milk cow in the place of lost ox. Later the milk cow became sick. After a long pull she laid down as if to die. They did everything they could but to no avail. It was getting near time to set up camp so the train went on a little ways and camped; leaving them to do the best they could with their sick milk cow.

Think of the worry of leaving their load, everything they owned, which would be necessary without their team.

Patty was a woman of great faith. Their prayers weren't answered; something had to be done. She climbed in the wagon, produced the bottle of consecrated oil, anointed the crown of the animal's head and used all the faith she could muster with her prayers.

Her prayer was answered; the milk cow arose and was able to do her share all the way to the (Salt Lake) Valley.

The family moved to Cottonwood and resided there a number of years. Then Patty with her daughter, Anna Maria Truman Barnum, her son Jacob Mica Truman, moved to Peoa, Summit County, Utah where she kept house for her brother, George Spencer who had two small sons.

She reared these, Mica Spencer and Billy Spencer and did everything to make them happy. She was a real mother to them. Later her son Jacob was called to settle in Southern Utah.

Later she, with her daughter (probably Anna Maria) spent a winter at the St. George Temple doing the work for her family she loved so much who never had the privilege of doing their own work.

When she came home she came on running gears of a wagon. In a few moments most of the town was there to greet her. She was dearly loved by everyone that knew her and was called Grandma Truman.

In 1878 she deciced to go to St. George and live with her son Jacob; the season was late with a big heavy wagon and rough roads was more than she could stand. She died on the way at Fillmore with friends. She was taken on and buried at Hebron, Utah on 16 December 1878 at 85 years of age.

As I remember, Grandma came to Utah in 1847 to meet her son, Jacob from the Mormon Battalion.

NOTE: It is believed that Martha Patty's husband John Franklin Truman died the end 1839 being 50 years old. It isn't known what really happened to him. Tradition says that he went fishing and was killed by Indians while they were living at near Ypsilanti, Michigan. Others speculate he may have drowned. What really happened is unknown. He never returned from fishing.

Martha and John had five children raising four to maturity. They were a very mobile family. Martha Spencer Truman and three of her children joined the Mormon Church and traveled west about 1847 or 1848. Rhoda Sarah Truman Hicks did not join the church or emigrate to the west.

It seems that Martha Truman was at Crown Point Township, Knox County, Illinois near to the town of St. Augustine in the year 1850. In the federal census of 1850 her age was given as 55 and her birthplace as New York. She was in residence there with her brother George Clinton Spencer whose age was given as 39 and his birthplace was given as Pennsylvania; Mariah Barnum was also listed with the family of Martha Truman and her age was given as 37 and with her were two children: John Barnum age 15 and Henry Barnum age 9. The birthplace of John Barnum was given as Canada and that of Henry Barnum as Michigan. This entry would indicate that Martha Truman widow of John Franklin Truman who died in 1839 was still in the East until 1850 and came to Utah later on.

-By Rhoda Priscilla Huffaker – 1938

Wife of John Franklin Truman.
------------
Mrs. Franklin Truman

(Deseret News 1877-01-17) which reads:

"At Fillmore, Dec. 3, 1876, while journeying southward, PATTY TRUMAN, aged 83 years, 4 months and 12 days.

Deceased was the mother of Elder Jacob M. Truman, of Hamblin, Washington Co., Utah; was conveyed to be buried at that place by her son. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dec., 1844, in Michigan, by Elder Lyman Stoddard; gathered with the Saints at Nauvoo, 1845, was a widow, a noble and kind mother, faithfully performing the duties of the toisome journey and the early settlement in the mountains; was a faithful Saint to the end of her mortal life. - COM."

Thanks to Debra Woods for this obituary!



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  • Maintained by: Rhonda
  • Originally Created by: Robin Adair
  • Added: May 13, 2004
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8752295/martha-truman: accessed ), memorial page for Martha “Patty” Spencer Truman (22 Jul 1793–3 Dec 1878), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8752295, citing Hamblin Cemetery, Enterprise, Washington County, Utah, USA; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 46869790).