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  • Name HILL, Mercy Miranda 
    Born 29 May 1807  Orange, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    WAC 25 Oct 1861 
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    Died 8 May 1881  Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 12 May 1881  Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family CAMPBELL, Joel,   b. 13 Aug 1795, Deer Park, Orange, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1846, Mount Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married Sep 1828  Bradford, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • From notes gathered by Beth Schooler Watkins
      Mercy Miranda Hill was born August 13, 1804 in Orange, Orange County, New York, to Benjamin Hill and Jerusha Fawner, both from Connecticut.
      She lived in Orange until her marriage to Joel Campbell, September, 1828 in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
      Sometime after their marriage, Joel and Mercy joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 1846 were part of the exodus seeking a home beyond the Rocky Mountains. They endured the rigors of the trail as far as Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, where Joel and his father, Jonathan, both succumbed to the extreme cold and were buried in unmarked graves.
      After the death of her husband, Mercy Miranda was faced with the trial of getting her five children to Utah. She married Lemuel Mallory on April 4, 1848 in District of Johnston, Canada for her protection, as she was asked to travel with him and his family. In this way they continued on their way to the west.





      Settlers
      Mercy and the Mallorys settled first in North Ogden where other Campbells were. Later they moved to Providence, Cache County, Utah.
      Miranda’s son, David William had been called by Brigham Young to help colonize Bloomington, Idaho. In 1864 Miranda and her son Warren accompanied David to Idaho.
      Mercy Miranda Campbell, died May 8, 1881 at Bloomington, Bear Lake Co. Idaho, and was buried May 12, 1881 at Bloomington, Idaho


      A country with such an abundance of vegetation as the Bear lake region had could hardly be called a desert. As Thomas Slaight, one of the first settlers in the valley, saw it, "Bear Lake was not a desolate waste but a howling wilderness. The bear and mountain lion inhabited the jungle. The wolf, coyote, fox and the badger occupied the plain, and the ground squirrel was in every dry place." The beautiful lake in the southern end of the valley also added to the lure of the valley, with its ever changing expanse of blue, which mirrored the surrounding mountains.

      In accordance with the plans of Brigham Young to obtain immediate possession of the valley and in response to the favorable report of the exploring party under Charles C. Rich, a company consisting of ten men and one woman left Franklin on the twenty second of September, 1863. The forty six mile journey over the mountain leveled somewhat before the loaded wagons could proceed.

      Companies which followed found the trail built by the first party almost impassable, but still they were indebted to them for the labor which they had expended, and each successive company added improvements until the trail could almost be called a road.

      The Bear Lake pioneers of the year 1863 established the settlement of Paris. Bloomington, which was established seven months later by an entirely different group of settlers owed much to the Paris pioneers in the way of moral support as well as for work done on the canyon road. However, the first Bloomington settlers did not use this road, but companies which followed did use it extensively.

      The first company which arrived at the site of Bloomington for the purpose of settling, consisted of two families, "Mrs. Miranda Campbell with her two sons David William and Warren, and Mr. and Mrs John Dunn and their daughters Charlotte Ann, Harriet Amelia, and Permella and their nephew, James Dunn. They left Providence, Utah, on the tenth of April, 1864. They were equipped with one wagon and two yoke of oxen each and a few beef cattle. They traveled by what was known as Gentile Valley, Soda Springs route. From what is now Alexander to Bear Lake Valley they followed the ol Oregon Trail. At a point near the Bear Lake outlet they were ferried across Bear River on John Cozzen's ferry boat. They arrive at the site of Bloomington April 18.

      A short time later a larger company, which had traveled from Cache Valley by way of the Emigration canyon trail, also arrived on the scene. They belongings of this second company included a small herd of sheep, and during the first night after their arrival the sheep were frightened away from the camp by wolves. They next morning several of the men followed the trail left by the sheep and found the ones which had not been killed in a gulch above the hill on which the cemetery is now located. From this position they were given a fine view of the country which they expected to make their home.

      The only sign of civilization was the small cluster of covered wagons standing in the tall bunch grass with the oxen tied to the wheels. The magnitude of the thing they were undertaking must have been impressive, and the more imaginative visualized houses, surrounded by trees, lawns and gardens and the expanse of wild grass transformed into fields of grain. They spent little time dreaming, however, other tasks were pressing them too closely.

      Obtaining building material from which to construct dwellings was one of the first problems demanding solution, and the answer was found in the abundance of fine timber in the canyon within three or four miles of the proposed site of the town. This portion of the canyon is rather open and not very steep. The timber was made accessible without much effort in the way of road building.

      The first house to be completed was built by John Dunn. The lumber used in the first houses was manufactured by the use of a whip saw in the hands of John Long and James Nelson. TH slowness and labor involved in this method of saying lumber minimized the use of the product. The walls of the houses were made largely of fine Douglas Fir logs, (called red pine by the settlers), about one foot in diameter. The roofs were constructed from small lodge poles which are to be found in abundance in the canyon. The floors of the cabins were made from hewn poles.

      That summer forty, one roomed houses were built and at least that many families spent the winter of 1864-65 there.

      Under the direction of Charles C. Rich, the main street of the town was laid out north and south using the north star as a guide. During the year 1864, there the remainder of the townsite was surveyed by Joseph C. Rich. It was laid off into ten acre blocks, which were divided into lots of one acre each. The streets were eight rods wide at first but most of them have since been reduced to six.

      Under the direction of David Bills, the Presiding Elder, the lots were numbered and the numbers placed in a hat. Each man was given the lot which corresponded to the number which he drew. Later as the probable size of the community became apparent additional lots were drawn by the settlers and some trading took place to do away with the inconvenience of scattered holdings.

      The first settlers were given five acre farms near the townsite. Later the more distant land was divided into ten acre pieces and distributed by lot. Title to the land was not even thought of. Each man believed that the land given to him was his, but later with the country was opened to homesteading by the government, the men who claimed the land hired one of their number to homestead it and then the deeds were made over to the owner. This opened up an opportunity for "jumping claims" but in the early period in which the choice land was homesteaded the practice did not occur. In a later period when some of the poorer land was involved and the feeling of fellowship which is common to early settlements had somewhat worn off, such things did happen in spite of pressure from church officials who were supervising the distribution.

      For many years the hay land east of town was held in common and was sufficient for all, but later private claims and titles included most of it.




      Research done by Tim Stay.

      Joel Campbell was born 13 August 1812 (other records show 1804, another shows 1795), Goshen, Orange County, New York, son of Jonathan and Eunice Phoebe (Button) Campbell. The Campbell family from which Joel descends can be traced directly from Archibald Campbell who married Eva O'Dwin, ,daughter of Paul Mac Dwin (or Dubibhn) who was first Knight of Lochawe. The family continued in Argyll for twenty one generations, intermarrying with many of the prominent clans of Scotland, including Stewart, Douglas, Lamont, Erskine, and Bruce.

      The Campbell's led a colorful history and it has been said that the history of Scotland and the history of the Clan of Campbell are the same. Joel's ancestors include the second through thirteenth Knights of Lochawe, namely: Duncan, Cailen Maol Maith, Archibald, Duncan, Dougal, Sir Archibald, Sir Colin, Sir Colin, and Sir Duncan. It also includes the first through sixth Lords of Auchenbrek namely: Sir Duncan, Sir Dugald, Sir Archibald, Sir Duncan, Sir Dougald and Sir Duncan. Sir Duncan, sixth of Auchenbrek was the father of William Campbell father of Lieutenant Colonel William Campbell who was born 1632 at Wester Kames, Bute County, Scotland who was the father born at the same place in 1663. He went to Londonderry, Ulster County Ireland in 1685 and then to America by 1728.

      Lt. Colonel Campbell had two known sons, James and Samuel, both born in Londonderry. Samuel Campbell, born in 1695, married Mary Hunter in Boston, Massachusetts on 9 December 1731. They had among their children, seven sons, namely: Daniel, Samuel, Joel, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Levi and Reuben. Samuel passed away at Middletown, New York in 1780 leaving a will. Joel Campbell born 22 January 1735 at Boston, MA. He married Nancy Leonard (or Lenard) who was born 15 Jun 1737 Ostego County, New York, daughter of Joseph Leonard, his wife reputed to be a Harvey or Hodges. Joseph Leonard was the son of Benjamin and Sarah (Thrasher) Leonard. Joel had a family of at least five children by Nancy, namely: Joel, Nathaniel, Obiah, Jonathan and Jemima. he also had several by his second wife Rebecca. Jonathan, son of Joel was born 1 June 1761 Providence, Saratoga County, New York. He moved with his family to Mamakating, Ulster County, New York at an early age. He married Phoebe Button, daughter of Matthias and Phobe (Brown) Button, she was born 23 December 1761 near Canterbury, Connecticut. They had a family of twelve children namely: Susanna, Hanna, Benajiah, Joel, Ruth, John, Benoni, Ezekiel, Frederick, William, Matilda and Jonathan.

      Jonathan Campbell, moved with his family to Ridgeberry, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 1805. The Campbell and Fuller families were the original settlers of Ridgeberry, as documented in several histories of that city. They came in 1805 with oxen drawn wagons, also bringing several cows and locating on Bently Creek about a mile from the state line.

      In 1828 that Joel Campbell married Mercy Maranda Hill in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Based upon this marriage date (Joel would have been 16 years old if born in 1812) and the family move in 1805 from New York to Pennsylvania, it reasons that he was born before 1805. There also seems to be a discrepancy in Mercy's year of birth. The family group sheet shows her birth in 1817, making her 10 years old at the birth of their first child. Another source shows her birth in 1807, which seems to be more accurate.

      The inconveniences and privations of the wilderness were fully experienced by these families. Their dwellings were made of logs and roofed with bark or shakes. They ate their samp and Johnny cake made from pounded corn which they rendered more palatable by adding maple sugar of their own making. They roasted their potatoes in the ashes and boiled their beans in a kettle suspended over the fire from a forked stick, but venison, bear, wild turkey, pigeons, grouse and trout graced their table at all seasons of the year. They chopped and burned their fallows, and with a sharpened stick made a hole in the ground among the logs and stumps, into which they dropped their corn and covered it over by their feet. They formed logging bees to clear their wheat patches and harrowed in their grain by drags with wooden teeth. Their plows were wooden ones called "bull" plows. The back logs in their fireplaces were drawn into the house by a horse.

      Joel and Mercy had two children in Catlin, Lewis County, New York area and one in Hornby, Stub County, New York between the years of 1827 and 1831. This was just across the border from Pennsylvania.

      The first of the family tojoin the church was Benoni's brother Benajiah in November of 1830, a scant seven months after the church was founded at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. Joel's parents, Jonathan and Phoebe were baptized in 1832, at the same time that Brigham Young was baptized. Joel's brother, Benoni was also baptized in the 1830's and moved with his wife and their oldest children to join with the main body of the Saints. While in Kirtland, Benoni was associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith, and worked as a carpenter on the construction of the Kirtland Temple. Also, while residing in Kirtland they had one additional son who was given the name Josephy Hyrum Campbell by Joseph Smith Sr., the father of the Prophet and Patriarch at his blessing as an infant. He was born 15 Aug 1847. By 1839, the Benoni family moved to Homer, Medina County, Ohio where the last three of his children were born.

      In Lovina Campbell's history, she states that her family accepted the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and joined the Saints in Harrisville, near Kirtland, Ohio, in 1836. However, some records show they may have arrived in the area as early as 1832.

      Joel and Mercy moved to Harrisville, Medina County, Ohio, to be near the Ohio Saints, where their next 7 children were born. This is a little south of where Oberlin, where Parley P. Pratt came from and not too far from Kirtland. Harrisville appears to be not far from Homer, where much of the Campbell clan came to live.

      In Lovina Campbell's history, she states that she saw and heard the Prophet Joseph preach in the Kirtland Temple. She received a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon that stayed with her throughout her lifetime.

      The interesting life of peace and harmony around Kirtland did not last for very long, and soon they found themselves enduring hardships, privations, persecutions, mobbing, and finally, expulsion from Ohio.

      The Campbell's were driven with the Saints from Kirtland in 1845 and went to Nauvoo, Illinois where they spent one winter. Mathew and his wife Jane(Deardorf) Campbell, remained in Homer, Ohio.

      The Campbells stayed in Nauvoo for the last part of 1845 and appear to have left sometime after February 1846, when Brigham Young and the main body of the Saints left. They would have been in Nauvoo as the Temple was opened for endowments and sealings, but there is no record that they were able to go through the Temple.

      They stopped first in Mount Pisgah where several of the family died including Joel Campbell, 11 August 1846. His name is among the few that are listed on the historical marker at that place. According to one source, Jonathan Campbell, father of Benoni also died at Mount Pisgah, but not verification has been made at this date. Another source shows Jonathan dying in Stueben, NY in 1849, two years after Phoebe died in Eaton, NY. Joel Campbell left Mercy and 10 children, the oldest being 19 and the youngest being 2 years old. Dvid William Campbell was 9 years old.

      At Mount Pisgah, after Joel's death, Joel's brother, Benoni charged himself with the responsibility of caring for both families. From Mt. Pisgah, the Campbells journeyed on to the Missouri River at Council Bluffs. The mud was so deep as the Saints forged this trail across southern Iowa that more oxen had to be hitched to the wagons as they went downhill.

      At Council Bluffs where Joel's brother Jonathan and his son enlisted into the Mormon Battalion on 16 July 1846. Benoni and Mary were never to see either of them again in their life. Near this time, Benoni's son Solomon married his cousin, Lovina Campbell, Joel's daughter, and they named their first son Joel.

      Shortly after the above enlistments, the Campbell family moved south into Holt County, Missouri where they worked to earn enough money to sustain them on their journey to Salt Lake City with the Saints. Records show that David William Campbell was baptized on June 12, 1847.

      At Council Bluffs on March 10, 1849, Franklin Green Clifford married Jerusha Campbell, daughter of Joel Campbell and Mercy Maranda Hill. She was born February 28, 1831 at Harrisville, Tioga County, New York. They were married by Dan Holman, Justice of the Peace, and left for the Great Salt Lake Valley in a wagon train consisting of forty-eight wagons.

      On January 29, 1850 in Holt County, Missouri, a son, Warren, was born to Franklin and Jerusha. The baby died soon. They appeared to have traveled with the Campbells on the trip west. The mother died of cholera July 3, 1850 and was buried on the banks of the Missouri River.

      In 1850, the Campbells outfitted with Stephen Markham Company in Kanesville, Iowa and left for Deseret on the 20th of June. The Company was organized in the usual manner. Where conditions would permit they traveled three abreast. Sometimes the cattle would stampede and it would be several days before they could move on again. They generally followed the North Platt River. There were fifty wagons in the train.

      In June the company was stricken with the dreaded cholera, and eleven of their numbers died. Mary passed away 30 Jun 1850. A very pathetic incident occurred in connection with her death. Her son John was traveling with a company ahead of them. A woman in this company was stricken with the illness and was not expected to live. John was sent on ahead to dig a grave for her. She did not die, but got better, and the company moved on, leaving an open grave behind. In less than twenty four hours John's mother, Mary was buried in the grave which he had helped to dig for the other woman. According to Journal History of the Church, a group of missionaries headed East came upon the Markham Company on July 2, 1850. At that time they were near the Joseph Young Company and very near Salt Lake Creek. On July 4, 1850, Benoni also passed away. He was followed in death by his youngest son, Heber, July 9th. They were buried along the trail. The cholera also claimed the lives of several other relatives.

      The remainder of the family proceeded across the plains, of the males were Solomon, John, Joseph and Elizha and of the females were Elizabeth, Deborah and Hulda. They arrived in Salt Lake 1 October 1850. Samuel, who joined the Mormon Battalion actually arrived in Salt Lake the preceding year, after mustering out in Los Angeles.

      Mercy Maranda Campbell appears to have married Lemuel Mallory on April 4, 1848. One of the records states she married to have a way to cross the plains. The records of the pioneers that crossed in 1850 show a Miranda Campbell, widow as being part of this company. It also lists a Lemuel Mallory as part of the company. David William Campbell, also part of this company was 13 years old at the time. The rest of Mercy's children were also part of this company.

      At Bountiful, Utah on October 10, 1850 Franklin Green Clifford married Rosetta Campbell, a sister of his late wife, who died on the plains. She was born January 28, 1835 in Tioga County, New York. They were married by the bishop of the Ward. Shortly after marriage they moved to Farr's Fort in Ogden where they spent the Winter. The 1850 Census of Utah, actually taken in 1851 lists Franklin Wriston, age twenty-three and Rosetta Wriston, age eighteen, living in Weber County, Territory of Deseret. His home was situated between those of Solomon and Samuel Campbell.

      When the children arrived in Salt Lake, they were instrumental in settling several different areas. On March 10, 1851 Jonathan Campbell, Samuel Campbell, Solomon Campbell, Thomas Dunn, Lemuel Hall, Newman Blodgett, Franklin Clifford (who married the daughter of Joel and Mercy), Enoch Burns, David Garner, Noah Brimhall, Gideon Alvord and Ira and Asa Rice started a permanent settlement north of Ogden, later to be known as North Ogden and in 1853, settled Providence.

      Mercy and her children must have moved to Providence with the rest of the Campbells, because David William was in Providence, Utah, just south of Logan, when he fought the bear with Charles Henry Gates and ended up marrying Gates' wife after being killed by the bear in 1853. Mercy died in 1879 in Bear Lake in Idaho.

      Solomon remained in North Ogden, and Joseph in Providence. Samuel went on to Vernal where he endured the hard winter, and Elisha moved on to Millville and Hyrum went to Idaho where he died at Portneuf of Fortneuf in 1912. John moved back to Holt County, Missouri, and raised a family, but later returned to Utah where he passed away.

      Parts of this history and story was taken from a submission to the National Society of Utah Pioneers about Benoni Campbell and revised in 1986. The story was written by Phillip Glenn Wheeler, December 1888 and submitted by Lily Elleanor Campbell Wheeler. Sources of information was taken from FGRA Records, Journal History of the Church, History of Solomon Campbell. Other parts were taken from histories of Lovina Campbell's history and Solomon's history.