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Re: Joshua and Eunice Ursula Twitchell in CA. c. 1850s
Posted by: Claron Twitchell Date: February 16, 1999 at 14:14:47
In Reply to: Re: Twitchell's in Butte Co, CA---Greetings fellow decendent of Joshua and Eunice Ursula Twitchell, my gggg-grandparents by Jack B. Baker of 325

Jack B. Baker, thanks for the interesting post.

Actually, I am not descended form Joshua Twitchell b. 1794, but you
might say that I am a very near relative. Joshua is the brother of
my gg-grandfather Eprhaim Twitchell. The brothers married sisters.
Joshua's wife Eunice Ursula Knight b. 1797 is the sister of Ephraim's
wife Phebe Melissa Knight b. 1804. Phebe is my gg-grandmother. They
were living in Illinois when Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Mormon's
built Nauvoo, Illinois. Ephraim joined the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS) in Illinois about 1842-4. I don't
believe Joshua ever did join.

Joshua, Ephraim and their families went west together in 1848. They
stayed in the Ogden, Utah area for the winter and Joshua's son Jasper
was baptized LDS there and took a second wife. They continued on
together to California. Jack Baker's posting on GenForum mentions
some of this early history in CA. Eprhaim and his family went back
to Utah at Brigham Young's request, and were some of the original
settlers of several communities in Utah and Wyoming. Joshua and
Ephraim and their families were very close and stayed in touch many
years even though they were in different states.

If you find a better copy, I would be interested in getting Jasper
Henry Lawn's autobiography: "J.H. Lawn's autobiography. Have you
read this? It's 39 pages of single spaced type written in 1908 when
J.H. Lawn was 69. He was born April 9 1839 and died Dec.18, 1919."
Do you have any references for books on Mormon History in CA. that I
might look up? Also, I would be interested knowing more of the "good
oral history of the Twitchells in the San Juan B. Library." Can you
give me an exact title, author, etc. for the book you mentioned: "I
read in the Portage Co., OH. history...of an Arba Twitchell?"

Eunice Corintha Twitchell Lawn Beckwith Hallowell must have been both
charming and strong to attract and outlive(?) three husbands. I will
finish this posting by including the first part of an account given
by her taken from the, "Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt", ed. Parley
P. Pratt (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985, p.390-3.):

"June 8th. [1855] -The sad news reached us today of Brother Silas
Beckwith being murdered and buried. This Beckwith was one of the
Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War, and was, at the time of his
death, a worthy member and teacher in the San Juan branch.

"I visited his widow and orphans, and spent some hours in the house
of mourning. On my second visit I gained and wrote down the
following statements pertaining to the history of Joseph Smith: Mrs.
Eunice Corinthia Beckwith, formerly Mrs. Lawn (whose father's name
was Joshua Twitchell), was the widow of John Lawn, captain of a
company of Illinois Militia, of McDonough County, who guarded Joseph
and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail until the morning of the day they
were martyred, when himself and company were disbanded by order of
Governor Ford, and started for home, leaving the prisoners in the
hands of the Carthage Greys."


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