History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​August 1​> and bore a strong testimony to the truth of the work of God: he assisted the brethren upon their journey.
“In September 1840, received the following blessing from under the hands of his Father, , upon his dying bed:
“‘, you have been a faithful and obedient son. By your faithfulness you have brought many into the Church. The Lord has seen your diligence, and you are blessed, in that he has never chastised you, but has called you home to rest; and there is a crown laid up for you, which shall grow brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.
“‘When the Lord called you; he said, ‘, I have seen thy sufferings, have heard thy cries, and beheld thy faithfulness; thy shirts are clear from the blood of this generation.’ Because of these things, I seal upon your head all the blessings which I have heretofore pronounced upon you <​and this my dying blessing I now seal, upon you​>. Even so. Amen.’
“His bore to him four children, viz:— Susannah B., Mary B., Samuel H<​arrison Bailey​>, and Lucy B. His wife died January 25. 1841.
“In April 1841 he was sent on a mission to preach the gospel in Scott <​and adjoining​> Co<​unties​> Ills. May 3rd, he married Levira Clark, daughter of Gardner and Delecta, born in , Livingston Co., New York, July 30. 1815: he preached in Scott Co., during the summer and fall, <​his wife remaining​> staying principally with his Father in Law.
“In the month of November he returned to , taking his family with him, where he remained during the winter, and also the summer of 1842 during which time he worked mostly for Joseph, and harvested in the Country.
“In the fall of 1842 he removed to his brother ’s tavern at . In the summer of 1843, he was often at . In the fall he chopped wood and prepared his farm by making fences and clearing off the timber, preaching the gospel in the vicinity as he had opportunity.
“In the spring of 1844 he cultivated his farm, and upon hearing of the imprisonment of his brothers in Jail, he repaired thither [HC 7:221] on horseback to see them. While on the way he was pursued by the mobocrats, but in consequence of the fleetness of his horse, he was enabled to reach in safety, from whence he went to in company with the bodies of his martyred brothers Joseph and .
“His wife Levira bore to him 3 daughers viz Levira A. C., Louisa C., and Lucy J. C.
“He was soon after taken sick of bilious fever, and died on the 30th of July, aged 36 years.
“The following extract is from his obituary notice published in the Times and Seasons:—
“‘The exit of this worthy man, so soon after the horrible butchery of his brothers, Joseph and in jail, is a matter of deep solemnity to the family, as well as a remediless loss to all. If ever there lived a good man upon the earth, was that person. His labors in the church from first to last, carrying glad tidings to the eastern cities; and [p. 292]
August 1 and bore a strong testimony to the truth of the work of God: he assisted the brethren upon their journey.
“In September 1840, received the following blessing from under the hands of his Father, , upon his dying bed:
“‘, you have been a faithful and obedient son. By your faithfulness you have brought many into the Church. The Lord has seen your diligence, and you are blessed, in that he has never chastised you, but has called you home to rest; and there is a crown laid up for you, which shall grow brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.
“‘When the Lord called you; he said, ‘, I have seen thy sufferings, have heard thy cries, and beheld thy faithfulness; thy shirts are clear from the blood of this generation.’ Because of these things, I seal upon your head all the blessings which I have heretofore pronounced upon you and this my dying blessing I now seal, upon you. Even so. Amen.’
“His bore to him four children, viz:— Susannah B., Mary B., Samuel Harrison Bailey, and Lucy B. His wife died January 25. 1841.
“In April 1841 he was sent on a mission to preach the gospel in Scott and adjoining Counties Ills. May 3rd, he married Levira Clark, daughter of Gardner and Delecta, born in , Livingston Co., New York, July 30. 1815: he preached during the summer and fall, his wife remaining with his Father in Law.
“In the month of November he returned to , taking his family with him, where he remained during the winter, and also the summer of 1842 during which time he worked mostly for Joseph, and harvested in the Country.
“In the fall of 1842 he removed to his brother ’s tavern at . In the summer of 1843, he was often at . In the fall he chopped wood and prepared his farm by making fences and clearing off the timber, preaching the gospel in the vicinity as he had opportunity.
“In the spring of 1844 he cultivated his farm, and upon hearing of the imprisonment of his brothers in Jail, he repaired thither [HC 7:221] on horseback to see them. While on the way he was pursued by the mobocrats, but in consequence of the fleetness of his horse, he was enabled to reach in safety, from whence he went to in company with the bodies of his martyred brothers Joseph and .
“His wife Levira bore to him 3 daughers viz Levira A. C., Louisa C., and Lucy J. C.
“He was soon after taken sick of bilious fever, and died on the 30th of July, aged 36 years.
“The following extract is from his obituary notice published in the Times and Seasons:—
“‘The exit of this worthy man, so soon after the horrible butchery of his brothers, Joseph and in jail, is a matter of deep solemnity to the family, as well as a remediless loss to all. If ever there lived a good man upon the earth, was that person. His labors in the church from first to last, carrying glad tidings to the eastern cities; and [p. 292]
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