Time tesseracts
Sunday January 21st 2024, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Family,History

(Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”)

I was talking to my mom tonight and at one point she was marveling: her great grandson lives with her.

Right, right…

Looking at time in the other direction, her great grandfather was in the group of pioneers who with their covered wagons went ahead and scouted out the Salt Lake valley and reported back to those gathered in Iowa that it was a good place to move out to.

(A side discussion, yes I remember about the Missouri Compromise balancing free states and slave states, and how the Mormons were growing in number in Missouri enough to risk outvoting the slaveholders and thus overthrowing slavery throughout the country at the ballot, thus their homes were burned, they were shot at, their leader was among those killed, and the governor issued a decree that all Mormons were to be shot on sight. That law stayed on the books until the 1970s, when a drunk driver who killed a young mom tried to get off on the grounds that she was Mormon–which embarrassed the state into rescinding it.


Her great grandfather was born four years after the War of 1812. He was not only later the first mayor of Salt Lake City, he was there before Brigham Young.

And his great granddaughter, now 93, takes good care of herself and still does volunteer work. Her great grandson gives her a lift to the grocery store every week.

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History is amazing. Personal history is that too – but so much more.
Good to know your Mum is carrying on so well.

(Rest those hands lol)

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 01.22.24 @ 8:22 am

It really is amazing to think about. I used to think of all that happened in my grandmother’s life, and it was boggling.

Comment by ccr in MA 01.22.24 @ 9:10 am

No, my ancestor was in the first group AFTER Brigham Young. And the Mormons were kicked out of Missouri in 1838. I had not heard about the reason for the end of the extermination order–that’s funny. Mom

Comment by Frances Jeppson 01.22.24 @ 10:02 am

What an amazing time-line, and happy your mom has family to help, although sounds like she doesn’t need much. Best wishes to all.

Comment by DebbieR 01.22.24 @ 4:02 pm

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