Michael Stoker

Male 1833 - 1904  (70 years)


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  • Name Michael Stoker 
    Born 12 Sep 1833  Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Sep 1904  Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Junction City Cemetery, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1261  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2015 

    Father David Stoker,   b. 23 Mar 1795, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1852, Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Barbara Graybill,   b. 1 Apr 1792, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1872, Summit, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married Feb 1814  of , Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Polly Brittann Hughes,   b. 6 Jun 1833, Bastard Township, Leeds, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1882, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 1 Dec 1854  Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Willard Stoker,   b. 12 Sep 1856, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1935, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Michael Charles Stoker,   b. 31 Oct 1857, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1877, , , Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     3. David William Stoker,   b. 1 Apr 1860, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1912, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     4. Emma Cornelia Stoker,   b. 31 Aug 1862, Fort Johnson, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1862, Fort Johnson, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Elmina Stoker,   b. 6 Sep 1865, Summit, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1942, Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     6. Franklin M. Stoker,   b. 1 Jun 1868, Summit, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Summit, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 1 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Catherine Frederick,   b. 9 Mar 1858, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1896, Marysvale, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 29 May 1883  Summit Creek, Iron, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Catherine Stoker,   b. 15 Apr 1884, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1967, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ellen Alvina Wilhelm,   b. 25 May 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1939, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1 Jul 1892  Nephi, Juab, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • The book: "The Ebenezer Hanks Story," author Kerry William Bate; 1982; Address: Kerry Bate, 543 East 600 South, SLC, UT, 84 102.
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Censuses:
      1840 US: Quincy, Adams, Illinois, the following related families living in near proximity to each other (with exception of John McDaniel and his wife Christina Stoker, all of David Stoker's siblings, children, and mother are accounted for and it confirms his father Michael was dead by 1840):
      P. 43a:
      David Stoker, males 5-10:1; 40-50:1//females 5-10:1; 10-15:1; 40-50:1. [David, his wife Barbara, and their children Sarah (13), Catherine (11?), and Michael (6). Note daughter Nancy not in census which means she was probably deceased by then.]
      Simeon P. Grabell [Graybill], males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 20-30:1. [David's nephew: Simeon and his wife Amanda Hill and their two oldest children.]
      Jacob Stoker, males 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 20-30:1. [Younger brother to David: Jacob and his wife Catherine and their oldest child.]
      P. 44a:
      Eller Stoker, males 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 15-20:1; 60-70:1. [Youngest brother to David: Eller with his wife Margaret and their oldest child and probably their mother Catherine Eller.]
      James Walker [Welker], males 10-15:1; 15-20:1; 30-40:1//females 5-10:2; 40-50:1. [Living next door to Eller and ages work perfectly that this is James Welker and Elizabeth Stoker, who is David's sister.]
      John W. Stoker, males 0-5:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:2; 30-40:1. [John and his wife Electa Sarah and their six oldest children.]
      John Stoker, males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:2; 20-30:1. [David's son: John and his wife Jane and their children.]
      P. 52a:
      William Stoker, males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 20-30:1 (father-in-law Samuel Winegar is next door). [David's son William and his wife Almira with their child.]
      P. 55a:
      Michael Stoker, males 0-5:2; 5-10:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1// females 30-40:1. [Michael, his wife Martha, and their five oldest children.]

      1850 US: Can't find.

      1851 Iowa State: Pottawattamie County. FHL film 1022203. The entire state was counted but only Pottawattamie listed everyone by name in the household and their ages; other counties only listed the head of the household and a numerical count without names of the various ages by sex in the household. No date is given when the census was taken but it was certified in Dec. 1851; however, the other counties show a Sep 1851 date which also appears more likely for Pottawattamie as well in light of ages given some children with known birthdays in October. Census return:
      Stoker: David 57, Barbary 57, Michael 17. [Note that the following related families are in this census and very close neighbors: Simeon P. Graybill, Michael/Polly Graybill with Polly's mother Catherine Eller Stoker, Eller/Margaret Stoker, Jacob/Catherine Stoker, Philip/Catherine Gatrost, David/Barbara Stoker, Edward/Sarah Davis, and William/Almira Stoker. Other relatives in same county but separated by several pages of census include the following families: Thomas/Hannah Pilling whose daughter Hannah, later marries William Lenore Graybill, Levi/Patience Graybill, John W./Sarah Stoker, Hannah Ford whose son Martin later marries Zibiah M. Stoker, and John/Sarah Smith.]

      1860 US: Springville, Utah, Utah, p. 993, entry 2408:
      Michl. Stoker, 27, farmer, real estate $150, personal property $275, OH.
      Britann, 27, Can.
      Jno. W., 5, UT.
      Michl. C. 3, UT.
      Dav'd W. 5/12, UT.

      1870 US: 7-Dist. Summit, Iron, Utah, p. 295b, entry 12 [neighbors to Edward and Sarah Stoker Davis; Barbara Graybill Stoker; Sylvester and Catherine Stoker Hulet]:
      Michael Stoker, 38, farmer, personal property $300, OH.
      Polly B., 37, housework, Canada.
      John W., 15, UT.
      Michael C. 14, UT.
      David W., 12, UT.
      Almira, 6, UT.

      1880 US: Summit Creek, Iron, Utah, Source: FHL film 1255336, National Archives Film T9-1336, p. 367C.:
      Michael Stoker, occupation: freighter, age 47, married, birthplace: OH, father's and mother's birthplace: NC. Note living in same town as sister Catherine [Stoker] Hulet.
      B. Polly Stoker, occ.: keeping house, age 47, birthplace: Canada, father's birthplace: England, mother: Canada.
      W. John Stoker, farming, age 24, born in Utah.
      W. David Stoker, farming, age 20, born in Utah.
      Almina Stoker, age 15, born in Utah.

      1900 US: Junction, Piute, Utah, p. 230, ED 114, 5 and 6 Jun 1900, entry 27 [living next door to son John Willard Stoker]:
      Michael Stoker, head, b. Sep 1834, 65, Widower, b. in Illinois, both parents born in PA [birth information appears to be in error for Michael and parents].
      Sarah C. Stoker, b. Jun 1883, 16, single, b. in UT, fa. b. in Illinois, mo. b. in Utah [birth date appears in error].

      2. Grave markers in the Stoker plot at Junction, Piute, Utah as recorded by Jack Petersen, 2001:
      Polly Brittann, wife Michael Stoker (Sr.); June 6, 1833; March 11, 1882 (tall white monument).
      Charles (1887/1898).
      David Stoker.
      David/Harry/Nellie, infant Children, D.W. and Annie.
      Stoker, Herbert Wm., September 8, 1902 - February 3, 1961? Viva Moore, Jan. 16, 1906 - May 25, 1984.
      John W. Stoker, September 9, 1855 - July 24, 1935. Mary E., January 15, 1873 - December 10, 1956.
      Lloyd Leone, June 19, 1905 to July 6, 1992.
      Hazel J. Lewis, OctoBer 31, 1911 - January 12, 1990.
      Michael Stoker 1833/1904.
      D.W. Stoker. Annie M., May 25, 1858 - February 22, 1901. D.W., April 1, 1860 - May 26, 1912. (David, William).
      Florence Stoker Pearson, April 2, 1880 - December 3, 1968.
      Raymond D., son, 1905, D.W. Stoker, Florence.

      3. Deed information found in the Piute County Recorder's Office, 31 Mar 2005, in person, Junction, Utah:
      a. Piute County Book A "Index to Mortgages" by date of filing for all last name of Stoker:
      11 Jan 1895, p. 39, J. W. Stoker and others to T.F. Young, land.
      8 Feb 1899, no page, D.W. Stoker to State Bank of Utah, assignment of mortgage.
      27 Nov 1899, filed only, D.W. Stoker to State Bank of Utah, Chattel.
      8 Aug 1900, filed only, D. W. Stoker to State Bank of Utah, 2000 sheep.
      24 Oct 1900, filed only, D.W. Stoker to the State Bank of Utah, 2000 sheep.
      13 Nov 1901, filed only, cancelled 19 May 1902, J.W. Stoker to the State Bank of Utah, chattel.
      21 Nov 1901, filed only, D.W. Stoker to the State Bank of Utah, chattel.
      10 Nov 1902, filed only, D.W. Stoker to State Bank of Utah, renewal of chattel.
      5 Apr 1903, filed only, D.W. Stoker to State Bank of Utah, chattel.
      19 Jun 1903, bk. 1, p. 430, partial release of mtg., released 6 May 1913, from D. W. Stoker and wife to Union Central Life Ins. Co., land.
      19 Jun 1903, bk. 1, 432, cancelled 16 Oct 1909, from John W. Stoker and wife to Union Central Life Ins. Co., land.
      20 Sep 1903, filed only, D.W. Stoker to Richfield Com'l and S. Bank, chattel mtg.
      19 Jan 1904, bk. 1, p. 463, cancelled 1 Jun 1908, D.W. Stoker and wife to Gilbert R. Beebe atty., lot.
      8 Jul 1903, filed, Michale Stoker to Studebaker Bros. Co., sheep.
      24 Nov 1904, filed, D.W. and Willard Stoker to Richfield Com'l and Savings Bank, sheep.
      10 Dec 1904, bk. 2, p. 16, D.W. Stoker and wife to Richfield Com'l and Savings Bank, lot 2, blk. 8.
      24 Jan 1905, Bk. 2, p. 27, D.W. Stoker to Richfield Com'l and Savings Bank, sheep.
      24 Aug 1905, Bk. 2, p. 48, D.W. Stoker and W.H. Stoker to Rd. Com. and Savings Bk., sheep.
      29 May 1906, Bk. 2, p. 98, D.W. Stoker and etal to Rd. Com. and Savings Bk., sheep.
      14 Dec 1906, Bk. 2, p. 148, D.W Stoker and etal to Minneapolis F.M. Co., chattel.
      18 Jan 1907, Bk. 2, p. 158, D.W. Stoker and wife to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk., Lt. 2, Blk.
      9 Jul 1907, Bk. 2, p. 190, D.W. Stoker and etal to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk., chattel.
      9 Jul 1907, Bk. 2, p. 193, partial release of mtg., D.W. Stoker and wife to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk., land.
      14 Oct 1907, Bk. 2, p. 214, W.H. Stoker and wife to Consolidated Wagon and Machine Co., chattel.
      18 Nov 1908, Bk. 3, p. 3, cancelled 21 Nov 1911, D.W. Stoker and etal to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk.,, chattel.
      18 Nov 1908, Bk. 3, p. 6, cancelled 21 Nov 1911, D.W. Stoker and wife to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk., chattel.
      21 Nov 1908, Bk. 3, p. 7, Frank Stoker to Rd. Com'l and Savings Bk., chattel.
      22 Nov 1911, Bk. 3, p. 214, cancelled 10/1/13, from David W. Stoker and etal to James C. and Arthur Whittaker, 1100 sheep, chattel.
      13 Nov 1911, Bk. 3 p. 211, cancelled 10/1/13, David W. Stoker et al to James C. and Arthur Whittaker, land.

      4. From deed books of Piute County in Junction, Utah: It appears that Michael Stoker's family and the family of Charles and Jemima Hales were neighbors sharing the same street and being across from each other in Junction. The piece of land is the land on which the Hales built their hotel and residence and which we have old and new photos is per a deed and current platting showing this as Lot 4, Block 5, Plat B, of Junction Townsite. It is on the northwest corner of Highway 89 and 100 South. On the same property is an newer building housing a small antique business. The original barn behind the building has mainly fallen in - it has the reputation of having once stabled Butch Cassidy's horses. The original lot was the whole quarter of the block. The northwest corner of the block to the south of this house on the same side of the street was owned by the Stoker family (specifically D.W. Stoker, Michael's son - currently the older homes on the east side center of that block are still owned by Stokers. D.W. Stoker's land was on the southeast corner of 100 S. and 100 W. I did not have time to check deeds back further but the land probably was owned by Michael before his son David W. Stoker. David's land in 1904 describing this parcel was described then and currently as Lot 2, Blk 8, Plat B, Junction Townsite. It is currently divided up a bit.
      13 Jan 1903, Bk. 1, p. 410, cancelled 20 Aug 1908, from Charles H. Hales and wife to State of Utah, land. The deed book shows this land bought 12 Jan 1903 and described as the SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section 4 and the NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 9 in Township 30 South Range 3 West, Salt Lake Meridian and which was described as containing 80 acres more or less. It is pasture land northeast of town currently owned by the Piute Reservoir Association. I did not see the land but it was described to me as without structures and for agricultural purposes only. It is currently on or near the shores of the Reservoir. Michael Stoker also had some nearby land described in the 9 Feb 1898 deed where he gave partial interest to two sons as the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 and the E 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of Section 34 Township 29 South Range 3 W, Salt Lake Meridian.

      5. From the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT [Note: spelling corrected by myself.]. From an article entitled "A Brief History of Sylvanus Cyrus & Catherine Stoker Hulet":
      "David Stoker, also, helped with the building of the Nauvoo Temple and some of the homes in the City of Nauvoo. The Hulets and the Stokers left Nauvoo with other Saints during the cold winter of 1846 and crossed Iowa. It was at Mt. Pisgah that Sylvanus met and fell in love with Catherine Stoker. They were married May 19, 1850, by a Reverend March. Evidently, the Hulets and the Stokers had been in some of the groups who had stayed to protect some of the villages as they were not in the first companies to go to Utah. However, it was soon after Sylvanus and Catherine were married that they started on their journey westward from Mt. Pisgah, with a company of Saints led by Aaron Johnson, who was appointed by President Young. At Winter Quarters Catherine's father, David Stoker, was laid to rest.
      Catherine's mother, her brothers John, William, and MIchael, and her sisters Christina and Sarah, and Sarah's husband, Edward David, were in the company of the Hulet's. It was the latter part of September when they arrived in Salt Lake City. They thought they had reached their journey's end, but President Young asked the Hulets to go on with some other families to Hobble Creek and help settle that area. It was the first week in October 1850 when they arrived at this place, later named Springville."

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. Some of his children were born at Johnson's Fort. See notes for Margaret Johnson, wife of David Frederick, Jr., for history of Johnson's Fort.

      2. The book "Grafton, Ghost Town on the Rio Virgin" p.118-120 lists those including Michael Stoker who were called at the October General Conference (6-8 Oct. 1861, Pres. Brigham Young presiding) to settle in Southern Utah. He also appears on the list as being there during the census taken summer of 1862.

      3. Patriarchal Blessing, LDS Archives 174-168: "Sumit Creek Iron Co U.T. Nov. 25th 1874 - No 185 A Blessing by John L. Smith Patriarch upon the head of Michael Stoker son of David & Barbara born Jackson Co. Ohio. Sept 12th 1833. Brother Michael In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I place my hands upon thy head & seal upon thee a fathers blessing. Thou art of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim. They name is recorded in the Lambs book of life never to be erased except through wilful transgression. To the increase of thy wives & children there shall be no end. Thou shalt be a wise counselor in Zion & a Mighty Man in Israel. At thy command Streams shall break forth in dry places to water thy people. The priesthood in fulness with all the gifts & blessings thou canst desire shall be granted unto thee in righteousness. Thousands will seek unto thee & claim thee Father because of they wise counsels unto them. Riches, honors, Immortality & eternal lives are promised unto thee. Stand on the earth with 144,000 spoken of in the revelations of St. John with the Fathers Seal in thy forehead See thy redeemer & know him. hear the welcome plaudit, Well done thou faithful one. Do a great work for thy dead friends & shalt not neglect the living ones. Thy voice shall be heard upon Islands & Continents & thou shalt lead thousands to Zion See Israel triumph & peace established in All her borders A Temple built, A cloud by day & A pillar of fire by night rest upon it & officiate therein. All thy former gifts & blessings I renew upon thee with Eternal lives in the name of Jesus: Amen. J.L. Smith Recorder."

      4. From the book "History of Iron County Mission - Parowan, Utah," compiled by Mrs. Luella Adams Dalton, pp. 194-95. In commenting on the early days of Summit, Utah, she mentions several early pioneers to the area such as Michael Stoker and his brother-in-laws Edward Davis and Sylvanus C. Hulet. Also mentioned is the Dalley family into which a Davis daughter marries and has a daughter in 1880, Sarah Mandana Dalley, who marries in 1902 William Heber Hales, a son of Charles and Jemima Adair Hales. Various citations:
      "In the spring of 1859 James Dalley, William Dalley and Labon Morrell moved their families from Johnson Fort to Summit and took up squatters claims. On the 15 April, 1859 a son, Joseph B. Dalley, was born to James and Lettie Wright Dalley in their dugout home, the first child born in Summit. Others came to join them, Edward Davis, John Allen, Thomas R. Smith, John White, William White, Mike Stoker, John Winn, Oliver Pierson and William O. Orton. (Source: Lillian D. White from the 'Life of James Dalley.')"
      "Sylvanus C. Hulet moved his family from St. George to Summit, where he had owned a farm and lot for a number of years. Sylvanus was chosen presiding Elder of Summit, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Brother William Dalley. Summit Ward was organized 27 July 1877 with Sylvanus C. Hulet as Bishop. His wife Catherine Stoker Hulet helped a great deal with the sick and on the 10 March 1878 she was chosen as the first Relief Society president, a position she held until her death in 1882. 27 July 1877 Bishop Sylvanus C. Hulet, next in their order. Bishop Joseph B. Dalley, 1st C. William Smith, 2nd C. Sylvanus C. Hulet, Ward Clerk Barbara Tweedie... (Source: Ward Records - Lillian D. White)"
      "Summit Ward Relief Society was organized 10 March, 1879, President Catherine Stoker, 1st C. Lette B. Dalley, 2nd C. Mandana H. Dalley, Secretary Mary E. Hulet... (Source: Ordena Dalley)"

      5. Owned a general merchandise store with his son John W. Stoker in Junction, Utah from at least 1874 through 1900 named "Stoker and Son."

      6. From the book "History of Piute County" by Linda King Newell: "Michael married Ellen Alvina Wilhelm in 1892, at age 59. Ellen was a widow, the second polygamous wife of William Lothrop [William Lothrop Draper]. William had died in 1886, leaving Ellen with seven children still at home. Ellen was the mother of eleven Lothrop Children. Michael Stoker resented having to help raise Ellen's children, so they placed Martha, age 10 (Martha Pearl Draper), the ninth Child, and her sister Ida in homes where they could work for their room and board and a few extra pennies. Ellen and Michael divorced May 11, 1896 (age 63) when Martha was 15; then the sisters returned home to their mother's one-room log home with a dirt floor. Ellen made carpet and braided rugs for a living. She also recieved a lot of help from the Church and from Martha. Martha married at age 21 to Arthur A. Wooley."

      7. Recollection of Jack Petersen in 2001: "In my youth, my grandmother, Sarah Stoker Hales, told me that she had no informaiton about her father, Michael, and there wasn't any to be found. After my research I do not understand this, since the Stokers were a prominent family in Junction through her childhood. But it might be true; she was only a baby at the time of the divorce. I was also told that the divorce of her mother and father was bery bitter, so this may have been her way of saying 'Leave it alone.' I have heard that Michael Stoker was a contankerous old man no one could live with." [Kerry's note: this same Sarah at age 16 was living with her father Michael in the 1900 census.]

      8. Court case awarding custody of Sarah Catherine Stoker from her step father to her natural father. At this time, Michael had been divorced from Martha Catherine Frederick for about ten years and she had been married to Ferris for about seven years and had recently died; Sarah was 12. 1900 US Census confirms that Sarah was living with Michael Stoker after this case. Transcriptions:
      "Piute District Court, Minute Book A (3 Feb 1896 - 1 Dec 1922," p. 25, Tuesday, Oct 20th 1896 per FHL film 497779: "Michael Stoker vs. John S. Ferris. On this day came John S. Ferris bringing before the Court the body of Sarah Catharine Stoker, in pursuance of a Writ of Habeus Corpus heretofore issued herein; and not then being represented in said case by and of any counsel and stating to the court that he was unable to employ an attorney to defend him in said case; it was therefore ordered that Gilbert R. [Beebe?], Esq. be and is hereby duly appointed by the court to represent defendant in this action; Samuel L. Page, Esq. appearing as attorney for the plaintiff herein. And the Court after hearing the arguments of counsel for the respective parties and being fully advised in the premise ordered that the custoday[sic] of the Child, Sarah Catherine Stoker be and the same is hereby awarded to the plaintiff herein and that decree and finding be filed accordingly." W.M. McCarty, Judge.
      "Piute District Court, Judgement Record, Book A, May 11, 1896 - Oct. 8, 1924, pp. 11-14: "In the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District of the State of Utah, Piute County, [Case] No. 18, In the Matter of the Application of Michael Stoker, vs. John S. Ferris for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. This cause haveing heretofore, on the 20th day of October A.D. 1896 submitted to the Court for decision upon the petition of plaintiff and the return of the defendant to the Writ of Habeas Corpus heretofore granted and served herein, Samuel L. Page, Esq., appeareed as attorney for the plaintiff and Gilbert Beebe, Esq., appeared as attorney for the defendnant. And the Court having heard the proofs of the respective parties and considered the same and the records and papers in the same, and the arguments of the respective attorneys thereon, and the same having been submitted to the court for its decision, and the court being fully advised now finds the following facts.
      First. That one Sarah Catherine Stoker of the age of twelve years, the infant daughter of the above named plaintiff and one Martha C. Stoker, now deceased, is the person for whose custoday [sic] and application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus was made by the plaintiff.
      Second. That said Sarah Catherine Stoker is the infant daughter of the plaintiff herein, and one Martha C. Stoker, a former and divorced wife of petitioner now deceased.
      Third. That on or about the 10th day of May, 1886, the said Martha C. Stoker was divorced from the plaintiff herein, and was decreed to be the lawfull [sic] guardian of the said Sarah Catherine Stoker then of the age of about two years.
      Fourth. That on or about the [blank] day of [blank] 18[blank] the said Martha C. Stoker became the wife of the defendant herein and remained so until her death which occurred on or about the [blank] day of [blank] 1896 at Marysvale, Piute County in the State of Utah.
      Fifth. That at the time of death of the said Martha C. Ferris, formerly Martha C. Stoker as aforesaid, the said Sarah Catherine Stoker was residing with and under the care and control of her the said Martha C. Ferris and the defendant herein.
      Sixth. That after the death of the said Martha C. Ferris as aforesaid to wit on the 27th day of August A.D. 1896 the plaintiff demanded of the defendant the custoday of the said Sarah Catherine Stoker, but the defendant refused and continued to refuse to deliver to the plaintiff the custoday of the said Sarah Catherine Stoker.
      Seventh. That the allegations and arguemnts contained in the petition of the plaintiff are true and that the denial and allegations of the defendant's answer on return to the Writ of Habeus Corpus are untrue.
      As conclusions of law from the foregoing facts the court now hereby finds and decides:
      First. That the plaintiff is entitiled to a decree as prayed for in his petition, adjudging, that he is the lawful guardian of the said Sarah Catherine Stoker and that she, the said Sarah Catherine Stoker be restored to him and that he be awarded the sole care, custoday and control of her the said Sarah Catherine Stoker.
      Second. That the defendant John S. Ferris and all present members of his family be permitted at all reasonable times to visit and converse with her the said Sarah Catherine Stoker and that she the said Sarah Catherine Stoker be permitted to visit defendant and all present members of his family at such times as the plaintiff may see fit, said visits in no case to exceed three days and nights in duration without the consent of the plaintiff.
      Third. That the plaintiff is entitiled to a judgment for his costs herein taxed at $26.35 and judgment is hereby ordered to entered accordingly. (Signed) W.M. McCarty, Judge. Junction October 20th 1896.
      In the District Court of the Sixth Judical District of the State of Utah, County of Piute. In the Matter of the Application of Michael Stoker, vs. John S. Ferris for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. Judgment by the Court. This cause came on regularly for trial on the 20th day of October A.D. 1896, Samuel L. Page, Esq., appearing as counsel for the plaintiff and Gilbert Beebe, Esq., appearing for the defendant, upon the petition of the plaintiff and upon the answer and return of the defendant, and upon proofs taken in said action from which it appears that all the material grounds of plaintiff's petition were true and sustained by testimony free from all objection as to its competency, admissability, and sufficiency and the evidence being closed the cause was submitted to the Court for its consideration, and after due deliberation theron the court declares its findings and decision in writing which is filed and ordered that judgment be entered in accordance therewith. Whereupon by reason of the law and findings aforesaid it is ordered adjudged and decreed that the plaintiff is the lawful guardian of Sarah Catherine Stoker and that she the said Sarah Catherine Stoker be restored to him and that he is entitled to and do return the sole care, custoday and control of her the said Sarah Catherine Stoker and that the defendant John S. Ferris and all present members of his family be permitted at reasonable times to visit and converse with her the said Sarah Catherine Stoker, and that she the said Sarah Catherine Stoker be permitted to visit defendant and all present members of his family at such times as the plaintiff may see fit, said visits in no case to exceed three days and nights in duration without the consent of the plaintiff and that the plaintiff do have and recover of and from John S. Ferris the defendant the plaintiff's costs and disbursements incured in this action ammounting [sic] to the sum of Twenty Six Dollars and Thirty five cents. Judgment rendered Oct 20th 1896. (Signed) W.M. McCarty, Judge.
      I hereby certify the foregoing to be a full true and correct copy of Judgment and Findings & Conclusions in the above entitled action. Horace Morrill, Clerk."

      9. From a typescript of an unknown source but most likely of the archives of the daughters of the Utah Pioneers (copy in my files) with pages hand-numbered 49-51. Text [with typographical corrections by me]: "Life of Michael Stoker. Michael Stoker was born at Bloomfield Twp., Jackson County, Ohio, September 12, 1833. He was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. He was the youngest child in a family of seven children, four girls and three boys. There was a period of time we don't know much about the family or where they first heard and became interested in the 'Mormon' Church. According to records, Michael was baptized into the LDS Church in the year 1848. He would have been fifteen years old then. The Stoker family spent some time at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. They were advised to stay a while and get better prepared for the journey west, so they were among those who planted crops and harvested them so there would be food for the saints who came later on the long trek to the Rocky Mountains. In the spring of 1882 [1852?], a few days before their company started West, Michael's father, David Stoker, died and was buried at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. I think it is now called Council Bluff, Nebraska. Michael and his mother and brother and sisters came on to Salt Lake Valley. Many lifelong friendships began on the journey across the plains. Brigham Young encouraged them to sing and dance and play music and tell stories around the campfire after the day's travel was done. In spite of their trials, they had some good times remembered for years after. And so it was that often when the wagons were parked in a circle for protection at night, after suppers were over; the men who could play would get out their fiddles and a dance on the ground would begin and the weary travelers would forget their weariness for an hour or two. It was at one of these dances that Michael met a young woman he grew to admire very much. Her name was Polly Hughes. It was the girls' choice to choose a partner for the dance; she came up to Michael and said, 'Michael, may I have this dance?' As they tripped the light fantastic on the hard ground, to the lively tunes the fiddlers played, she asked him how his mother and sister were. Michael answered, 'I don't have any sisters by that name.' And she said, 'Aren't you Michael Graybill?' He said, 'No, but I have a cousin by that name. My name is Michael Stoker. They say we look a lot alike.' That was the beginning of their acquaintance and they became good friends. After arriving in Salt Lake Valley the Stoker family moved to Springville and were among the earliest settlers there. The friendship that began on the journey across the plains between Michael and Polly Hughes had grown into true love for each other. They were married at Springville, Utah, December 1, 1854. They lived in Springville about ten years. During this time three children were born to them: John Willard, Michael Charles, and David William. In 1860, two of Michael's sisters and their husbands were called by Brigham Young to go down and help settle Iron County. Michael who was the youngest of his Mother's family liked to live near his sisters; so he took his wife, Polly, and their three sons and his mother, Barbara Graybill Stoker, who was getting quite old, and moved to Iron County. Settling first at Johnson's Fort, a new settlement north of what is now Cedar City. While living here their first daughter, Emma, was born. She had convulsions and died as a small baby and was buried at Johnson's Fort. They lived at Johnson's Fort about a year and then moved to a nearby settlement called Summit, between Parowan and Cedar City. Here a second daughter, Elmina, was born, September 6, 1865; and Franklin, September, 1867. Franklin died as a small baby and was buried at Johnson's Fort. There were many Indians around Summit. Michael and his wife were generous, sharing with the Indians, taking the advice [of] Brigham Young when he said, 'It is better to feed them, than to fight them.' The Indians used to call Michael Stoker 'Stove-Pipe,' it seemed they couldn't say Stoker. The Indians would say, 'Stove-Pipe always got prower (meaning flour), Stove-Pipe always got taters.' A happy event came into their lives in June, 1869, a realization of a long hoped for dream. Michael and his wife Polly traveled from Summit, Iron County, to Salt Lake City in a wagon and went to the old Endowment House, and did their temple work. They were sealed to each other for time and eternity. They also did some temple work for some of their people. About 1873, Michael moved his family to Monroe in Sevier County. The family enjoyed living in Monroe. After a few years they moved back to Summit to be near their friends and relatives. For a few years Michael made a living by hauling freight from Pioche, Nevada to towns in Iron County. About 1880 they decided to move again, this time to Junction in Piute County, a new area into which settlers were coming to make their homes. Michael secured a farm east of the small town of Junction, where he was a farmer and sheep man for many years. Polly, his wife, didn't live long after they moved to Junction. She died of consumption when only 47 years old. A few years later Michael married a woman named Martha Fredrick. One child, a daughter named Sarah, was born to them. They didn't live together very long. Michael lived alone in Junction for many years. He and his boys made a good living raising sheep and became quite prosperous for those days. The latter part of his life, Michael had a small store in Junction. He enjoyed having his old friends and neighbors drop in the store to buy their necessities and taking time to chat a while with their old friends. Michael died at the age of 72, September 4, 1904. He was leading a horse to water and the horse kicked him in the back and he died a few days later. He was buried by his wife, Polly Hughes, in the Junction Cemetery. Written by Golda Elder Mangum, a granddaughter. Submitted by Hazel Stoker." The next page, numbered #54 has two photos with the following captions: (1) "David William Stoker, son of Michael and Polly Britann Hughes Stoker and his 1st wife Annie White." (2) "David William Stoker and 2nd wife, Florence Snow Woolley." There is also the following text: "David William Stoker was born April 1, 1860 at Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah. He married (2nd wife) Florence Snow Woolley - February 1902. She was born April 2, 1880 at Spry, Garfield County, Utah, daughter of Robert Patterson Woolley and Martha Jane Regan. Their children were as follows: Herbert William, Raymond, Lloyd Leone, Martha Rosetta (Rose), Ruby Pearl, Robert Michael. David William died May 26, 1912; Florence Snow then married John Riley Pearson. They were the parents of one son, Elmer Freeman. Florence died, Dec. 3, 1968. Submitted by Hazel L. Stoker."

      10. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. The first 35 pages detail his mission taken from Utah to Virginia and Tennessee through Council Bluffs, Iowa, which I have summarized and included with his notes in this database. Pp. 36-227, the balance of John's journal, are genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank. Besides family, the journal also notes many other unrelated Stokers who were probably gleaned from books and other sources. It appears as if maybe his son David may have taken over the book later. Many entries are repetitive at different times. Pertinent data for this family or individual is quoted verbatim as follows on pages:
      103: David Stoker, born Mar. 23, 1795, died May 27, 1852. Barbara Graybill wife of David Stoker and daughter of Peter Graybill and Christenia Wampler, died Oct. 3, 1872, Summitt, Utah. Children:
      John Stoker, born 8 Mar 1817, died 11 June 1881 Bountiful, Utah.
      Sarah Stoker, born 26 Jun 1827, married Edward H. Davis.
      William Stoker.
      Michael Stoker.

      11. From the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. The following is a partial excerpt from the longer article entitled "David Stoker and Barbara Graybill," which is quoted in its entirety in the notes of David Stoker:
      "By August of 1815 David and Barbara had settled into family life in Bloomfield, Jackson County, Ohio. It was on the 24 August 1815 that their first child was born: Christine Stoker. By the spring of 1816, David's parents had also joined them on the new frontier of the Ohio River Valley. David and his father, Michael, are listed on the Jackson County, Ohio, voting registry for an election that was held on 1 April 1816. Also, David's youngest brother, Eller, was born in Bloomfield, Ohio.
      John Stoker, second son of David and Barbara, was born north of Bloomfield. He was born on 8 March 1817, in Madison Township, Jackson County, Ohio. William, their next Child, was born 26 March 1819 in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio:
      [1820 Census:]
      David Stoker- Head of Family
      One female age 26-45, (Barbara Graybill age 28),
      One male age 16-26 (David age 25),
      One male 10-16 yrs (unknown),
      One female and two males under the age of 10 (Christena age 5, John age 3 and WIlliam age 1).
      The record also indicates that four people were engaged in agriculture. Two of these were probably David and Barbara. The record also listed two male slaves. The slaves were listed as one male 26-45 yrs of age and one male under the age of 14.
      It is interesting to note that between 1815 and 1824 that the family residential township changed four times. It is unknown why this occurred. Madison and Bloomfield Townships are located next to each other. It is probable that one of the following reasons accounts for this:
      The boundaries continually shifted during this time.
      The family lived on the border line of the two counties and which one was recorded depended on the person recording the event.
      The family was constantly on the move.
      After William, the rest of the children of David and Barbara were born in Bloomfield County, Illinois [KP: typo for Ohio?]:
      Nancy Stoker- October 1824 (No information on what day)
      Sarah Stoker- on 20 June 1827
      Catherine Stoker- on 24 July 1829
      Michael Stoker- on September 1833
      David and his family are not listed on the 1830 census records for Ohio or Indiana. (The family of John Stoker listed on the 1830 census in Ohio is that of David's brother, John W. Stoker.)
      A Change of Religion
      Between the years of 1830 to 1836 David and Barbara Stoker along with some of the extended family received missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of these missionaries were: Seymour Brunson, John A. Fisher, and Luke Johnson. All baptized members of the Stoker family into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John Stoker (David's son) was baptized by Seymour Brunson and Luke Johnson in 1834. David's younger brother, Michael Jr., baptized Barbara in 1836. ('LDS Biographical Encyclopedia.' Andrew Johnson Vol 2 pg. 252. Luke Johnson, Autobiography in 'Millennial Star' 1864, Lewis p 92)...
      An article in the local paper records that there was strong religious persecution against members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Vega area. This fighting lead to some families leaving Vega. ('Jackson Herald,' Friday, February 27, 1959 and cited in Jim Stoker's Stoker history 1993)
      It was in the fall and winter of 1836 that David Stoker, his father, Michael, with their families and some of the Graybill families left the Ohio valley traveling west. On the 15 August 1838, David bought 52+ acres of land in Harrison County, Indiana. His brother, William, bought 120 acres in Madison County, Indiana. (Bureau of Land Management- Eastern States- General land Office, records of the Ohio River Valley Survey)
      Other members of the extended Stoker family were already living in Indiana. David's sister, Elizabeth and her husband, James Welker, were married in Henry County, Indiana in 1828, and it's possible that their first son was born there. Albert Koons, a relative of Catherine Eller (David's mother), lived in Henry County, Indiana along with other Eller families. (The Indiana connections need to be fully researched to understand the detail of the different families movements.)...
      David, Barbara, and their grown children with their families, moved in to Central Iowa settling at a temporary camp the church called Mount Pisgah. They stayed long enough to replenish their supplies and help others as they could. It is noted in John's record (David's son) that some family members were in Mount Pisgah for nearly two years...
      Mount Pisgah is located on top of a large knoll. Local residents state that early farmers had removed some of the headstones from the many small cemeteries that dotted the hill. When the railroad came through it built its grades on top of the wagon roads, but there still are many remaining signs of the large community buried in the soil. Dugout depressions can still be seen in the hillsides, while cabin outlines are scattered around the area. The Mormon settlers built many small cabins, fenced in the settlement around the north and east sides down to the Grand River. Gardens were planted, communications centers set up.
      Today local volunteers from the neighboring towns, in cooperation with the current land owners, are working to map, restore, and provide some tour trails through the area. One local volunteer told this author that some believe there are a lot more graves there than are known. One of the schools has, as part of a history project, a working to find and map out the old rock wall fence. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns some land on the hilltop and has reconstructed a cabin and take care of the small cemetery. This area provides a small visitors center.
      Most of the hill top area is currently private land and is used for grazing purposes only. The land owner is aware of the history of his land and stated he did not have the heart to plow the area under. It has been left for nature to take care of it...
      William's family, along with his youngest brother, Michael and his family, and John McDaniel came into the Utah valley with ox teams in the company under the lead of Isaac Stewart. In the History of William Stoker and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints historical records that Stewart's company consisted of 245 people with 53 wagons. The company arrived into Salt Lake City on the 28th of August, 1852. Some family descendants state that Barbara Graybill Stoker, Sarah Stoker and her husband, Edward Davis, were also in this wagon company. In the 'History of Catherine Stoker and Sylvanus Hulet' it states "Catherine's mother, her brothers: William, and Michael and her sisters: Christina, Sarah and her husband Edward Davis, were in the company of the Hulet's and all arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the latter part of August. It was early summer of 1850 that Pres. Brigham Young called the Hulet family to settle in the Hobble Creek area. This area would later be known as Springville, Utah. They arrived in the first week of October in 1850. While at Hobble Creek, Michael, married Polly Brittann Hughes on the 1 Dec. 1854. They had met each other on the trail west...
      All of David and Barbara's children settled south of the Salt Lake City valley except for: Nancy who died at age 16, and John who settled in Bountiful, Utah with his friend and leader Lorenzo Snow...
      In the south: Christina and her husband, John McDaniel, settled in Alpine, Utah. William and his wife, Almira Winger, settled in Spanish Fork, Utah. Michael and his wife, Polly Hughes, moved south to Summit City, Utah. They eventually moved to Junction City, Utah where he owned a small store. Many of the descendants of David and Barbara Graybill are still living in Utah..."

      12. From an article entitled "The Family" from the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. For the full transcriptional listing of the descendants of Michael Stoker and Catherine Stoker, see the notes of Michael Stoker - the following only pertains to this immediate family. Generation "1" is Michael Stoker and Catherine Eller:
      "The Michael Stoker Family as existed at the time of his death. Those names that are [bracketed] probably were involved in the Missouri experience...
      2. [David Stoker], born 23 Mar 1795 in Ashe Co., NC. In 1814 married [Barbara Graybill], born 1 Apr 1792 in Ashe Co., NC, daughter of John Peter Graybill and Christina Wampler. They came with Stoker and Graybill relatives to Jackson Co., OH where David participated in the spring elections of 1816. They moved to Missouri in 1837 and to Illinois in 1839. On May 27, 1852, David died of Cholera contracted while working with his brothers on a ferry at the Missouri River. He was getting ready to bring his family to Utah. His wife, Barbara, came with others of his family three weeks later. She died on October 3, 1872 in Summit, Iron Co., Utah.
      3. [Christine Stoker], born 24 Aug 1815 in Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH., married [John Riley McDaniel], son of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarley, on Feb 8, 1835 in Jackson Co., OH. Resided in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Utah. Christine died on May 10, 1854 in Alpine, Utah Co., Utah.
      4. [Electa Jane McDaniel], born Nov. 3, 1835 in Jackson Co., OH, married James Eli Ashcraft in 1854. She died Jun 8, 1858.
      4. [Tabitha McDaniel], born Jan 29, 1837 in Jackson Co., OH, married William David Norton on 30 Jan 1855 in Alpine, Utah Co., Utah. She died Dec 11, 1920 in Nephi, Juab, Utah.
      3. [John Stoker], born Mar 8, 1817 at Madison, Jackson Co., OH, married [Jane McDaniel], daughter of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarley on Jan 21, 1836. John and Jane, the following year moved to Missouri. In 1839 they moved to Illinois; in 1846 to Mt. Pisgah, Iowa; in 1848 to Salt Lake City, Utah and in 1849 to Bountiful, Utah. In 1851, John was ordained bishop of the North Canyon Ward where he served for the next 23 years. In Nov 1869 to Mar 1870 John served a short time mission for the LDS church. He visited many of his relatives in the Midwest at that time. Four years after his release as bishop, John was set apart as a member of the Davis Stake high council. He also served as a patriarch which offices he held until his death caused by a stroke in the spring of 1881. John died Jun 11, 1881 in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah.
      4. [Alma Stoker], born Dec 7, 1835 in Lick Twp., Jackson Co., Ohio, married Catherine Tolman on Jan 23, 1879. He died Jun 5, 1897.
      3. [William Stoker], born Mar 26, 1819 in Bloomfield, Jackson Co., OH, married [Almira Winegar], daughter of Samuel Thomas Winegar and Rhoda Cummins, in Oct 1838 at Far West, Caldwell Co., MO. William moved to Illinois where in 1844 he was living six miles south of Nauvoo on the Carthage road. He moved to Mt Pisgah, Harrison Co., Iowa in the exodus from Nauvoo in 1846. He crossed the plains in 1852 and settled Spanish Fork, Utah Co., Utah.
      3. [Nancy Stoker], born Oct 1824 in Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH. Died about 1840 probably in Illinois.
      3. [Catherine Stoker], born Jul 24, 1829 in Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH, married Sylvanus Cyrus Hulet on May 19, 1850 at Mt Pisgah, Harrison Co., IA. She had moved to Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa with her family. She and Sylvanus moved to Springville, then to Iron Co., where her family was close to her sister, Sarah, and her brother, Michael and their families.
      3. [Sarah Stoker], born 26 Jun 1829 in Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH, married Edward Horace Davis about 1849. They moved to Iron Co., Utah. She died Mar 10, 1908 at Summit Creek, Iron Co., UT.
      3. [Michael Stoker], born Sep 12, 1833 in Bloomfield, Jackson Co., OH, married Polly Brittann Hughes on Dec 1, 1854."

      13. From an article entitled "The Family" from the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. For the full transcriptional listing of the descendants of Michael Stoker and Catherine Stoker, see the notes of Michael Stoker:
      "[Michael Graybill], born 19 Jan 1825. Living in Harrison Co., IA on Feb 27, 1870 when John Stoker of Bountiful, Utah, visited him. He never married. At age 40 he was injured in a runaway accident and lived as an invalid until age 82. He resembled his cousin, Michael Stoker, so closely that Polly Brittann Hughes upon meeting her future husband thought he was Michael Graybill whom she had known."

      14. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 100-101:
      "David Stoker4, b. 23 March 1795 in Ashe County, N.C.;d., 27 May 1852 at Winterquarters, Iowa. He m., 1814, Barbara Graybill, b., April 1792 in Ashe County, N.C., d., 3 Oct. 1872 at Summit Creek, Iron Co., Utah. She was a dau. of Peter Graybill and his wife Christina Wampler. (Family Records)
      The children of David Stoker and his wife Barbara Graybill were:
      (1) Christina Stoker5, b., 24 Aug. 1815 in Bloomfield Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio; d., 10 May 1854/56; m., John McDaniel.
      (2) John Stoker5, b., 8 March 1817, in Madison Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio; d., 11 June 1881. He believed in polygamy and had three wives first of whom was Jane McDaniel; b. 24 Feb 1810 in Racoon Twsp. of Gallia Co., Ohio; d., 20 Jan. 1890 in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah where both she and her husband lie buried. She was a dau. of James McDaniel and his wife Zibiah McCarley. Children of John Stoker5 and his first wife Jane McDaniel were:
      (1) Hiram Stoker6, b., 9 Nov. 1840, at Columbus, Adams Co,, Ill.; d., 5 June 1885 (sic). He did not marry.
      (2) Franklin Stoker6, b., 12 Aug. 1842, Hancock Co., Ill.; d., 25 Sept. 1855. No further records.
      (3) David Stoker6, b., 28 Sept. 1844, in Hancock Co., Ill.; d. 1. Apr. 1911; m., 3 March 1866, Regena Hogan.
      (4) Zibiah Stoker6, b., 21 March 1847 in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa; d., 28 May 1933; m., 5 Apr 1869, Judson Tolman.
      (5) Sarah Ann Stoker6, b., 10 Oct. 1851 in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah; d., 23 Jan. 1922; m., 2 March 1869, Harlan Simmons.
      (3) William Stoker5, b., 26 March 1819 in Bloomfield, Jackson Co., Ohio; d., 19 March (May) 1892; m. Almira Winegar, b. 27 Feb. 1818 (1819); d., 6 Nov. 1884. She was a dau. of Samuel T. and Rhoda E. (Cummins) Winegar.
      (4) Nancy Stoker5, b., Oct. 1824, in Bloomfield Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio.
      (5) Sarah Stoker5, b. 26 June 1827, in Bloomfield Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio; d, 10 June 1900, Another record, probably an error, says she d., 10 March 1908. She married Edward H. Davis.
      (6) Catherine Stoker5, b., 25 July 1829, in Bloomfield Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio; d. 8 Nov. 1882; m., 19 May 1850, Sylvanus Hulet.
      (7) Michael Stoker5, b., 12 Sept. 1833, in Bloomfield Twsp. of Jackson Co., Ohio. He first married Martha C. Frederick. His second wife was Polly or Britan, or Britiania, or Britania Hughes."

      15. The following is a partial quote from an article entitled: "John Stoker (1817-1881) and Wives: Jane McDaniel, Harriet Susan Willis, and Jane Allen" in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT." See John's notes for full transcription:
      "After the first Mormon expedition pushed through the Rocky Mountains to settle in the Utah territory, President Young and some of his members returned to Winter Quarters during the winter of 1847-48 and began organizing more wagon parties to head west as soon as the snows allowed. During this period President Young organized the chain of command for large groups of travelers. First Heber J. Grant and Wilford Woodruff were each to organize a company. Under their direction leaders would be chosen to govern groups of hundreds, fifties, and then tens.
      Families under Brigham Young's supervision were separated into three divisions with numerous companies in each division.
      Here Lorenzo Snow was again appointed to be a captain over a hundred families. He in turn selected John Stoker and Herman Hyde to be his two captains, each of them were over a group of fifty families that were then grouped by tens.
      In addition to the general instructions to keep order in the camps, President Young passed on additional orders gained from the first companies experiences west: take care of the cattle- do not allow them to be abused, there is to be no yelling nor brawling in camp, attend prayers, put out the fires, and go to bed by 9 p.m.
      Lorenzo Snow's company: 99 Wagons, 321 people, 20 horses, 3 mules, 308 oxen, 188 cows, 38 loose cattle, 25 pigs, 158 chickens, 10 cats, 26 dogs, and 2 doves (Barlow 1968).
      John and Jane with their family left Kanesville early in the summer of 1848. Records indicate that John's mother and siblings, along with some other Stoker families came west in 1852 under the direction of Captain Isaac Stewart. Within the listed names of the Stewart's Second group of ten are: William Stoker's family, Michael Stoker's family and John McDaniel's family. The names of the individuals within the families were not listed (Church Historical Dept.).
      Instructions were then given the saints, who had been divided. Thomas Bullock, clerk of the "Camp of Israel," stated that: "On the 1st day of June, Lorenzo Snow's company moved off the ground to the 'Liberty Pole' on the Platte, in order to make room for other wagons that came pouring in from Winter Quarters. (Roberts 1965).
      Liberty Pole camp was located on the Elkhorn River in Nebraska.
      In his autobiography, George Morris relates a memorable incident he had during their journey west. His family was assigned to travel under the leadership of John Stoker.
      "I thought that I had about overcome the spirit of swearing again, until one day after we had traveled some distance on our way towards the valley. Brother Lorenzo Snow was captain of the hundred, John Stoker of 50, Thomas McLellin of the 10, that I traveled with. We were crossing a bad, miry, creek and the captains were the first wagon and the last one in the line. The captain had made a little miscalculation and stopped his team a little too soon so that there was not room for me to drive out on the bank, so I was stopped down in the mire. The captain was standing on the bank to see us out when I ripped out a terrible oath at him for not allowing me room to get out, it was a terrible oath to be sure. In that same award manner in which I had been to swear before, it was all like a streak of fire and brimstone than anything else. I looked and there sat Brother Snow in his buggy on the bank watching the teams cross, he gave me such a look and the captain that I had swarn at stood there looking right at me but neither of them spoke a word to me. They didn't need to for the look they had given me were quite sufficient. They left me and passed on. When I had got out and cooled down I felt fearful mean but they didn't hear anymore swearing from me" (Morris 1995).
      After leaving Liberty Pole for Utah the company was delayed many times during their journey for the purpose of building bridges, rafts, etc., to help the journey of the other saints coming later.
      Picture p. 12: "Trail Map of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints western migration. Trail begins at Nauvoo, Illinois and ends at Salt Lake City, Utah. Ensign, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1997."
      Salt Lake City:
      Lorenzo Snow's company arrived in Salt Lake City on 24 September 1848. With the arrival of President Brigham Young's three divisions of church members, the total number of people in the Salt Lake valley had grown to 5000. So many people arrived in Utah that by the fall of 1848 the one block size fort had three additions equaling two forts. One facing north side and one facing south, the two connected by gates.
      When the first company of Mormons reached Utah, besides attending to farming, they built a Fort to shelter the incoming families. As the members would arrive President Young would have them stay only as long as they needed to gather strength, and then he would assign them an area outside Salt Lake City to settle.
      It is recorded that by the time the companies arrived in the Utah valley their clothing was pretty well gone.
      "Many were without shoes, and the best and only covering they could get for their feet were moccasins. Their clothing, too, was pretty well exhausted, and the goat, deer, and elk skins which they could procure were most acceptable for clothing, though far from pleasant to wear in rain or snow" (Cannon)."

      16. FHL book 929.273 St67d "Descendants of William Stoker (1819-1892): with a View of his Ancestors," by Jay and Rachel Phillips Deeben, Feb. 2014, pp. 51-57:
      "Michael Stoker, (1833- 1904), by Jay Deeben.
      Michael Stoker, son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill, was born on 9 Sep 1833 in Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio.[1] Michael married Polly Brittan Hughes, daughter of John Hughes and Elizabeth Titus, on 1 Dec 1854, in Canada.[2]
      Michael and Polly are listed with a large group of people under the heading of "Unidentified Company"[3] that came to Utah in 1855. (Note: those people that have not been identified to a specific company are listed under the title of "Unidentified Company.") Polly was born on 1 Jul 1833 in Barton Twp., Johnstown Dist., Upper Canada.[4] She died on 10 Mar 1882 in Junction, Piute, Utah,[5] at age 48.
      In 1860, Michael and his family were listed in the census for Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory[6]. Then in the 1861 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Michael's name along with the farnilies of his siblings Sarah Stoker Davis (Edward Horace Davis) and Catherine Stoker Hulet (Sylvanus Hulet) was called to help settle the cotton mission in Utah's Dixie, St. George area of Utah.7 Michael and his family appear on the 1870 census in District[7] Plummet, Iron County, Utah Territory.[8]
      Sometime in early 1877 Michael Stoker was arrested by a Deputy United States Marshal, the charge disposing of United States Postage Stamps. According to the newspaper account Michael admitted to the charge, but indicated he was doing this on behalf of the Postmaster of Parowan, Utah. The case was referred to Washington D.C.[9] After checking with the National Archives in Washington D.C. for the outcome of the case, it still remains unknown at this time.
      There are records that indicate that Michael married two other women. He did marry a second and third time. He did not marry these women in Jackson County, Ohio, his place of birth. He left Jackson County Missouri in about 1836 as a small child for Missouri when his folks moved there to be with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When the church left Missouri and went to Illinois his family went with the church members. The additional marriages would have taken place in Utah. The names of the two women he was supposed to have married are (1) Ellen Draper about 1856 and (2) Martha C. Frederick on 29 May 1883.
      Michael did marry Martha Catherine Frederick. When they were married has not been established, but a divorce decree filed in Piute County, Utah sheds light on this situation. The divorce record did not have the date of marriage in the record. The record stated that Martha C left Michael and they had been separated for one year before Michael filed for divorce. Martha was living in Price, Utah when she was served with the summons to appear in court concerning the divorce. She never appeared. There was one child from this marriage and Martha was given sole custody of the child.[10]
      Michael died on 2 Sep 1904 in Junction, Piute, Utah, at the age of 70.
      Children Michael Stoker (1833-1904) and Polly Brittan Hughes Stoker (Name, Birth date, Birth Place, Death date, Death place):
      John Willard Stoker[12], 9 Sep 1855, Springville, Utah, Utah, 24 Jul 1935, Junction, Piute, Utah. John married Mary Etta Wooley, daughter of Robert Patterson Wooley and Martha Jane Reagan, on 1 Jan 1889 in Junction, Piute, Utah.[14] Mary was born on 17 Jan 1873 in Parowan, Iron, Utah.[15] Mary Etta died on 10 Dec 1956 in Richfield, Sevier, Utah.[16] The marriage record spelled Mary's name as "Mary Lee Ettie Woolley."
      Michael Charles Stoker[16], 31 Oct 1857, Springville, Utah, Utah, 26 May 1877, Beaver, Beaver, Utah. As far as we know Michael Charles Stoker never married.
      David William Stoker[17], 1 Apr 1860, Springville, Utah, Utah, 26 May 1912 Junction, Piute, Utah. David married Anna Maria White, daughter of William White and Ann Chapman,[18] about 1880 in Junction, Piute, Utah.[19] Anna was born on 25 May 1858 in Park Gate, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, died on 22 Feb 1901 in Junction, Piute, Utah at age 42. David married Florence Snow Woolley, daughter of Robert Patterson Woolley and Martha Jane Reagan, on 15 Jan 1902 in Junction, Piute, Utah.[20] Florence was born on 2 Apr 1880 in Ranch, Piute, Utah. She died on 3 Dec 1968 in Richfield, Sevier, Utah. (Note: Woolley may be spelled Wooley.)
      Emma Cornelia Stoker[21], 31 Aug 1862, Fort Johnson, Iron, Utah, 1863 Fort Johnson, Iron, Utah
      Almina Stoker,[22] 6 Sep 1865 Summit, Iron, Utah, 18 Sep 1942, Orem, Utah, Utah. Another spelling for Almina is Elmina.[23] By following the Federal Census records between 1870 and 1930, we can follow the movement of Almina throughout Utah. She resided in the following communities during this time: (1) District 7, Plummet, Iron, Utah Territory in 1870; (2) Summit Creek, Iron, Utah, United States in 1880; (3) Kingston, Piute, Utah in 1900; (4) Coyote, Garfield, Utah in 1910; (5) District 76, Henderson, Garfield, Utah in 1920; (6) Orem, Utah, Utah in 1930.[24] Almina married Claybourn Lorenzo Elder,[25] son of Claybome Montgomery Elder and Mica Martina Margaretta Katrina Peterson, on 1 Dec 1890 in Junction, Piute, Utah. Claybourn was born on 27 Dec 1869 in North Creek, Washington, Utah.
      Franklin Stoker, Sep 1867, Summit, Iron, Utah, about 1868, Fort Johnson Fort, Iron, Utah.
      Chapter Notes for Michael Stoker (1833 - 1904):
      1. Endowment House Recorder, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House Living Endowments, Film 0183406 - Book "G"; p. 95, line #23. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
      2. Church History Dept., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847-1868, <http://classic/>.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/1,15791,4018-1-52461,00.html. Evidence from genealogical records proves the Stoker family traveled to Utah in 1855. They were married 1 December 1854 in Canada and their first child was born 9 Sep 1855, in Springville, Utah. Further research is needed to determine the name of the company they traveled with.
      3. Church History Dept., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (1855), website: http://classic.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearchresults/1,15792,4017-1-355,00.html. Search for Michael Stoker and select the Unidentified Company from the list present when the search is completed. Company departed Kanesville, because of the unknown company there are not departure dates or arrival dates that can be referenced.
      4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, familysearch.org <http://familysearch.org/>, Family History Department, Repository: familysearch.org <http://familysearch.org/>, LDS Church, Salt Lake City, Utah. Website: <https://familysearch.org/en/action/unsec/welcome>, search for Personal Identification Number assigned to the name (PIN). The PIN will be in endnote for each person listed.
      5. Familysearch.org - PIN: LWV3-9RF.
      6. Year: 1860; Census Place: Springville, Utah, Utah Territory; Roll: M653_1314; Page: 985; Image: 457; Family History Library Film: 805314. Accessed via Ancestry.com 5 Mar 2013.
      7. Sons of the Utah Pioneers - Cotton Mission Chapter, "Utah's Dixie Historical Sites," "Called to Dixie" Dixie Pioneers, p. 4, accessed 5 Mar 2013, <http://www.sonsofutahpioneers.info/hs/a17-dixiepioneers.html>.
      8. Year: 1870; Census Place: District 7 Plummet, Iron, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1610; Page: 295B; Image: 603; Family History Library Film: 553109.
      9. Deseret News, 11 May 1877, Article title: Trading Postage Stamps, website: <http://digitalnewspapers.org/>
      10. Piute County, Utah Marriage License Records 1872-1966, Piute County (Utah). County Clerk,
      Marriage License Records, 1872-1966, US/CAN film 484608, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah 1966, 1983), p. 143-146. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 … Also referenced in the "Western States Marriage Index at <http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westemstates/search.cfm>, Repository at BYU-Idaho.
      11. Familysearch.org - PIN: LWV3-9RF
      12. Familysearch.org - PIN: KWC1-JWZ
      13. The Western States Marriage Record Index, Marriage ID#504576, Bride and Groom both resided in Junction, Piute, Utah at the time of the marriage. The hard copy can be found at the Piute County of Record, vol 1, page 27, certificate #13. Search Website: <http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/search.cfm> for John W Stoker or the Marriage ID#listed above. Repository at BYU-Idaho. Piute County, Utah Marriage License Records 1872-1966, Piute County (Utah). County Clerk, Marriage License Records, 1872-1966 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah 1966, 1983), item #2, p. 27. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA, Call Number: US/CAN film 484608. John was age 32 and Mary was age 15 at the time of this marriage. Witnesses to the marriage were R.P. Woolley and David W. Stoker.
      14. Familysearch.org - PIN: KWZN-G41
      15. Utah Archives, Utah Certificate of Death, certificate number 56 21 0083. Digitized copy of certificate at the Utah Archives web site: <http://images.archives.utah.gov/data/81448/4093863/4093>863_0088.jpg
      16. Familysearch.org - PIN: KVL7-TST
      17.Familysearch.org - PIN: KWZ8-5TB
      18. Familysearch.org - PIN: KJ43-TDY.
      19. PIN KWZ8-5TB
      20. The Western States Marriage Record Index, Marriage ID #504800, Piute County of Record, State of Utah, Vol 2, Page 149, Certificate # 237.
      21. Nauvoo Land and Records Office, Composite set of church and county records, Nauvoo Land and Records Office, Repository: Nauvoo Land and Records Office, Nauvoo, Illinois, Call Number: RlN# 29026. Based on a composite set of records in the Nauvoo Land and Records Office in Nauvoo, Illinois; Their RIN# 29026 William Stoker, born 1819, was first baptized on 26 March 1835. This occurred while his family (living with his parents: David Stoker and Barbara Graybill) in Jackson County, Ohio. These records consist of historical records researched by Susan E. Black, Nauvoo Death Record, Nauvoo, Temple Endowment Register, 70's Record. Two other baptism dates are listed one for 1836 and one for 17 Nov 1852 (1857 possible).
      22. Familysearch.org - PIN: KWC6-D3Y
      23. Mangum, Golda Elder, granddaughter of Michael Stoker; Family History of Family Member, Obtained from Donna Behunan; Junction, Utah.
      24. (1) Year: 1870; Census Place: District 7 Plummet, Iron, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1610; Page: 295B; Image: 603; Family History Library Film: 553109. (2) Year: 1880; Census Place: Summit Creek, Iron, Utah; Roll: 1336; Family History Film: 1255336; Page: 367C;