Hiram Yancey (1832-1912)

Newspaper Articles in reference to Hiram Yancey in Utah  (1858)
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July 1858 - Utah

Record of the times vol. 6 no. 13 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

A correspondent of the New York Times, writing from Camp Scott under date of June 5th, communicates the following interesting incidents:

One encampment of Mormon emigrants broke up several days ago, and most of the company have proceeded upon their journey towards the east, although several of the most enterprising and intelligent of them have determined to remain here and return to the city under the protection of the army.

Among the latter are Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland, formerly of England. Mrs. S. is the daughter of Mr. Redding, the English author, and a lady of education and refinement. Becoming a convert to Mormonism, she abandoned her home and country, and went to Salt Lake, full of faith that it was : the true believer's Mecca. Upon her arrival, Heber C. Kimball, Young, and others of the . heads of the church endeavored, without success, to add her to their stock of spirituals.

By dint of care and determination, she escaped their polluting hands, and finally married Mr. Sutherland, an humble but more honest man, who was content to live with i one wife at at a time. They both profess to i have renounced Mormonism, having tasted t deeply of its fruits. Mrs. S. says it was Mrs. 1 Cobb, formerly of Massachusetts, who, when Gov. Gumming addressed the people in the - Tabernacle, arose and said that, so far as she knew, there was no suffering among the sisters, but all were satisfied with their condition and prospects. This statement, coming from a lady of Mrs. Cobb's intelligence and education, was peculiarly shocking to , Mrs. S., who says that Mrs. C. could not be ignorant of the utter falsity of her own assertion. She states that Mrs. C. is an infatuated enthusiast.

Another of the Mormon emigrants now here is Mrs. Landon, whose husband so miraculously escaped Danite vengeance a few months ago, by jumping, half clad, from a back window of his dwelling in the night time, and concealing himself among friends until he found means of getting to California.

We have also here a family by the name of Yancey, who emigrated to this valley several years ago, from southern Illinois, altho' originally from middle Tennessee. Old Hiram Yancey, the father of the family, before he became a convert to Mormonism, was a Campbellite Baptist preacher.— Mr. Hiram Yancey has a son with him who left behind his wife and child.

His wife— the daughter of a , Mormon standing high in the councils of the church—  parted from her young husband with bitter tears; but she was assured that the only hope of salvation for herself or him lay in crucifying the holiest affections and clinging to the church, which bade her renounce the father of her child.

As a specimen of the discipline by which the church keeps its members in slaving subjection, the elder Mr. Yancey cites a sermon which he heard preached by Brigham last spring, wherein he told the Bishops that they must take in hand the apostates and those who desire to leave the valley for California, and put them to work. If that did not make them quiet and contented, he directed them to put judgment to the line and justice to the plummet— a phrase well understood to authorize the assassination of the offenders— to " save" them from spiritual death.

An old mountaineer is now in camp, who left the Valley a fortnight ago, having been living all winter with the Quartermaster of the Mormon army. His name is pronounced Reseese, but how spelled I would not undertake to say. He is a man of much experience in this region, and of sound practical judgment. His opinion is that the Mormons never have intended to move more than one or two hundred miles below Great Salt Lake city, unless pressed too closely by the officers of justice, when, with a small and cho- sen band, he would take refuge in the mountains.

Ben Simons, the Delaware Indian, who brings in occasional cargoes of butter, cheese and eggs from Salt Lake, - arrived a day or two since. He is very shrewd and intelligent, and being neutral in the contest, may be relied upon. He does not think the Mormons contemplate distant emigration, at pre- sent. He states that the Mormon troops are all disbanding, and returning to their homes.        

Harriet Wood Yancey (wife of Hiram Yancey)


Hereford Times (England) 24th July 1858 - mention of Mr [Hiram] Yancy


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