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SHURTZ, Peter

SHURTZ, Peter

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  • Name SHURTZ, Peter 
    Born 1 Mar 1867  Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    WAC 12 Nov 1891  MANTI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _TAG Reviewed on FS 
    Buried Aug 1943  Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Aug 1943  Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I54307  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith | Joseph Sr.
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2020 

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    Family ID F29964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father SHIRTS, Don Carlos ,   b. 28 Jul 1836, Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1922, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother WILLIAMS, Elizabeth ,   b. 11 Mar 1840, Lakefork Township, Logan, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1907, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1857  Parowan, Iron, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 MOODY, Harriet Derinda ,   b. 18 Jul 1874, Panguitch, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1944, Nyssa, Malheur, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F21818  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 CAMERON, Margaret  
    Children 
     1. SHIRTS, Darius
    +2. SHIRTS, Don Carlos ,   b. 28 Jul 1836, Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1922, Escalante, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. SHIRTS, Washington ,   b. 1838, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F30706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 MOODY, Hattie  
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F30708  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Mar 1867 - Kanarraville, Iron, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWAC - 12 Nov 1891 - Manti Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aug 1943 - Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Aug 1943 - Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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    AMBROSE SHURTZ
    Don Carlos and Elizbeth Ann Williams Shurtz, son Perry Martin. Andrew Peter and Mary Ann Parry Schow and son, Peter
    Other people listed in photo: Mary Marshall, Deborah Lay, Kate Denel and Emma Fordham. Taken abt. 1890

  • Notes 
    • THE GIFT OF HEALING

      Olaf Kim Lay

      When my grandfather William Vincent Lay was set apart for his mission, he was given the gift of healing.

      The experiences he had were very sacred to him and he seldom spoke about them. Because I feel that they would be beneficial in strengthening the faith of my family, I would like to relate two of them of which I am aware.

      The first one, I heard him relate to Peter Shirts (father of Blanche Spencer). Brother Shirts brought a magazine (or book) to the house that contained an account of an experience that was supposed to have happened to grandpa during his mission. (Probably submitted by his mission companion.) He asked grandpa if this really happened. Grandpa then related this experience:

      He and his companion were out tracting and had been invited into a home. Grandpa noticed a little girl scooting around on the floor, although she was several years old. The mother told them that the child had never been able to walk. Grandpa always noticed children, wherever he went, and he had compassion for the little girl.

      While his companion was talking to the mother, grandpa coaxed the child to come over and sit on his lap. He then gave her a blessing, and she got down from his lap and walked over to her mother.

      The mother was very upset and accused them of being of the devil and sent them out.

      The other experience was told to me by my mother Ada Heaps Lay.

      Grandpa lived with us after his wife died, and one day he was hauling hay from the field to our barn. As he came down the street on top of the load, Sister Elnora Woolsey ran out of her house and stopped him. She told him that her baby son Arden had just died, and she wanted him to come in and give the baby a blessing.

      Grandpa got down off the hay and went into the house and gave the baby a blessing. The baby was brought back to life.

      I am a living testimony that this experience really happened. My mother told me how Brother William Vincent Lay came into the house after I had died and gave me a blessing. I was, indeed, brought back to life and have married, raised a family and am now in my 87th year.

      Signed, W. Arden Woolsey
      4/2/1993


      Life Sketch of John Wesley Mangum - Written by himself and his son Ernest Mangum - copy found in the DUP library in SLC:
      John Wesley Mangum was born May 31, 1852 in the state of Iowa on what was then known as the Little Berhya Riber. He was the son of John and MaryAnn Adair Mangum who crossed the plains when John Wesley was a small boy. On arriving in Utah they settled at Payson, then moved to Nephi where they lived about four years.

      It was while at Nephi that this father received a call from President Brigham Young to go and help settle Utah's Dixie. The family responded to the call being among the first to go there. John Mangum Sr. put out the first fruit trees in that country and for years helped in the settlement of that region.

      In 1867, John Mangum Sr., Hyrum Judd, Thales Haskell, James Wilkins, and George Adair were called by Jacob Hamblin to Kanab where they with Ammon Tenney, Johiel McConnell, Charles Riggs, Brigham McMullin, George Ross, Jacob Hamblin and others built the Old Fort. This fort was erected between 1867 and 1870. Abe Stratton of Springdale was called to Kanab to stand guard while the fort was being built.

      John and James Mangum were first called to Kanab to scout for Indians,receiving the call from President Young through Jacob Hamblin. Levi Bristol Hancock who was also from Dixie was here at this time also. They all remained and were in Kanab when President Young designated and laid out the town. September 10, 1870, John Mangum Sr. fenced the first lot and later built on it. John Wesley and his son chopped timber which was used for building some of the first homes, fences and head gates in Kanab.

      When 18 years of age John Wesley Mangum and George Ross Sr. were sent to Pahreah to show the Indians how to raise corn and other crops and also to keep peace with them.

      In relating the history of Kanab he says: "The first house ever built in Kanab outside the fort was the guard house. It was northeast of the fort--about halfway between the stockade and the fort. It was of rock with a port hole. Every night two men stood on guard to watch the cattle. If Indians came near the mean on guard would give two yells to warn the men at the fort." He also relates that when George Ross brought his family here two of the children had measles and so the family was not allowed to enter the fort. The old guard house was given to him and he and his family lived there until he died. Mr. Ross helped to build some of the houses at Kanab and also several wells. Levi Bristol Hancock assisted him. While digging a well on the lot where Levi Stewart built his home, he met with an accident when down about 20 feet which cost him his life. Mr. Hancock struck his foot against a piece of board which fell down the well and struck Mr. Ross above the eye. He never recovered from this accident. John Wesley Mangum waited on him and cared for him during his last days on this earth and after he died Mr. Mangum laid him out alone. He says: "George Ross is buried on the north side of Kanab just above the ditch in the old cemetery." He further relates that Ross and he piloted President Young and his party down the Pahreah Creek at an early date. He says, "We had to dig the banks so they could get down. To do this we went ahead on horseback." As a tribute to this friend he said: "George Ross was always willing to help in anything he was called to do." A little before the Levi Stewart company arrived in Kanab, 75 Navajos rode into the fort one day and talked insultingly. It looked as if there would be trouble so Jacob Hamblin and Ira Hatch finally succeeded in getting them in a circle where they preached to them and asked them what they wanted. The Indians said that they wanted something to eat--meat and bread and all they could eat. They were given everything they asked for. However recruits were called from Long Valley and it was not until they arrived that the Navajos left.

      The men were called to stand guard and watch for Indians all the time. Once John Wesley Mangum and others did this off and on for ten months under Captain Ammon Tenney. On talking with him on a recent visit to Kanab he said: "My father, John Mangum, Joseph Mangum and myself, were out nearly all the time assisting with the Indians." On one occasion father, Joseph and myself were called to go with Ammon Tenney to look for some Indians who were scouting around Kanab. After we got several miles away we met them and it was just after dark. Captain Tenney directed that we turn back toward town as he knew of a large tree that was close to the trail. We returned to this place and hid behind the tree until the Indians came up. They suspicioned us being there and so fired several shots into the tree. Pine boughs fell down on us but we remained still. They decided we were gone and went on toward Kanab. After they got out of hearing distance, Captain Tenney directed us to follow and when we could we slipped around them and beat them to town. When they came up we were in waiting but they became frightened and left.

      My older brother Joseph and myself were sent to Rockville on the Virgin to bring in church provisions (tithing) at one time, such as flour, bacon, cornmeal, sugar, salt and dried fruit to feed the Indians that were clearing land to farm. My father, John Mangum, was selected to handle the distribution. There were around 200 Indians at Kanab and other places that we were feeding.

      The following white men were in Kanab at this time--Jacob Hamblin, John Mangum, Ira Hatch, Hyrum Judd, Thales Haskel, Johiel McConnell, and Charles Riggs. In 1870 Jacob Hamblin, Ira Hatch, James Smith, Nephi Smithson and Joseph Mangum went among the Navajos on the reservation to make peace with them. While there one of the boys took a severe pain over his eye. One of the Navajos wanted to know the trouble. My father told him and the old Indian took an arrow head and placed it between a split stick forming a hatchet like knife. He placed this over the place where the pain was and thumped it with his finger priving it in thereby releasing stagnated blood that was causing the pain. The old Navajo said, "Now soon be well."

      When this peace mission was fulfilled, they returned and brought with them and old Indian and his wife who joined the church and went through the temple. These Indians wove blankets and sold them to the whites for a living.

      In 1871-72 under Captain Wilkins, he with others, made a settlement at the old Rock House place where Peter Shurtz made his holdout. John Wesley Mangum says: "The following were among the first settlers at Pahreah--John Mangum, Sr., James Wilkins, James Mangum, Thomas Smith, Robert Smith and others."

      John Wesley Mangum married Martha Ann Smith in 1872. Their children were Martha Ann, Mary Francis, John William, Marion, Winnie and Joseph. In 1874 John Wesley Mangum with his family was called to help in the order at Kanab under L. John Nuttal where he worked until 1879. He then returned to the Pahreah and later that year went to St. Johns, Arizona where he farmed two years.

      In 1882, he moved to Walnut Grove where he bought 160 acres of land. He cut their land up into lots and sold most of it to people to build on. This was later the town site of Walnut Grove. He stayed here two years and then moved to Nutrioso, Arizona and bought a home. Here he also took up 160 acres of land and put the water to irrigate it.

      In the fall of 1887 he again returned to Pahreah were he lived for seven years off and on.

      In 1891 his wife died when their child Joseph was born. The child also died. In 1893, he married Edith Chynoweth from which union he raised the following children: Ernest W., Arthur W., Mary E., and Grace Irene.

      In 1896 he moved with the second family to Escalante where he farmed. In1897 he moved back to the Pahreah to what is known now as Georgetown. Here he bought a home. He later moved to Cannonville in 1899, where he stayed until he went north in 1900. In 1901, he went into Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he again took to farming. While there he was called to act as second counselor in the ward bishopric.

      In the fall of 1903 he left Jackson Hole and went into Idaho where he stayed until 1906 then he ______________________________(unreadable)returned to Cannonville.

      He ____________________________________ Pahreah in 1893-97 he was presiding Elder of the _____ at the Church. He has the distinction of piloting President Young on several trips down the Pahreah and Kanab countries and traveling with him in other parties.

      At present Mr. Mangum is still living at Cannonville, Utah and is 85years of age. Although not robust he has made two trips to Kanab in the last six months to visit his children here and a few months ago he visited relatives in Salt Lake City.


      1. Moved to Wyoming in 1898.

      SURNAME: Also shown as Shirts

      SURNAME: Also shown as Shirts

      BIRTH: Also shown as Born Kanarraville, Iron, Utah.