Christina Stoker

Female 1815 - 1854  (38 years)

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  • Name Christina Stoker 
    Born 24 Aug 1815  Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 May 1854  Mountainville (Alpine), Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Alpine Cemetery, Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2521  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 John McDaniel,   b. 10 Jun 1812, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1884, Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1835  , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1820 US: Madison Township, Jackson, Ohio, pg. 192, township had a little over 40 families; related families of Michael Stoker and Michael Graybill are in neighboring Bloomfield Township; columns are male 0-10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, 45+// female 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+:
      David Stoker: 2,1,0,1,0,0//1,0,0,1,0.
      Peter Grabill: 1,0,0,1,0,1//0,0,2,0,1.
      Nancy Henson: 0,1,0,1,0,0//0,1,1,1,0.
      James McDaniel: 0,0,0,0,0,1//3,2,0,0,1.

      1830 US: Madison Township, Jackson, Ohio, p. 93a:
      David Stoker: Males 10-15:2; 30-40:1; female 0-5:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1. [Appears to be David, his wife Barbara, and their children: Christina, John, William, Sarah, and Catherine; appears from children enumerated that Nancy may have been dead by 1830.]

      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.]

      2. 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. 26-31:
      "Christina Stoker[23] (1815-1854), by Jay Deeben.
      Christina Stoker, daughter of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill, was born on 24 Aug 1815 in Bloomfield, Scioto,[24] Ohio. During our research of Christina we found that her name was also listed at times as Christine. The name of Christina has been followed here since that is the name that was placed on her headstone. One place where Christine was used was on the list of pioneers that made up the
      Isaac Stewart Company which left Kanesville, Iowa in June 1852 and arrived in Salt Lake in September 1852.
      She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833,[25] with other members of her family. She lived through all the persecution that was put upon the church while they were in Missouri and Illinois. When Christina and John started west they stopped at Mount Pisgah, Iowa[26] which was established to be a temporary way station for LDS church members as they fled Nauvoo, Illinois and the persecution that was going on there. Christina and her family stayed here till about 1851 or 1852. Mt. Pisgah, Iowa was shut down in 1852 by church leaders when they requested all the LDS to come to Utah.
      [Image of Marriage License Jackson County, Ohio, from US/CAN Film 317,419, which reads: John McDaniel to Christina Stucker Feby. 7, 1836. I do hereby certify that by virtue of a License from the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for Jackson County I have solemnized the right of Marriage between John McDaniels & christena Stoker on the 8 Day of Feby. 1835 as witnessed [unreadable] 1835 [unreadable witness]."
      Christina married John Riley McDaniel, son of James McDaniel and Zebiah McCarley, on 7 Feb 1835 in
      Jackson County, Ohio.[27] [Kerry's note: The license is dated 7 Feb but the marriage is dated 8 Feb.] John was born on 10 Jul 1812 in Bloomfield Twp., Scioto County, Ohio.[28]
      After being married 19 years, having nine children and traveling many miles Christina died the 10 May 1854 in Alpine, Utah.[29] She was the first to be buried in Alpine. Her daughter Electa Jane was next.
      The names of several of Christina's grandchildren who died young and are buried here are also given on the headstone.
      John McDaniel died on 11 Nov 1884 in Alpine, Utah, Utah[30] at age 77, and was buried on 15 Nov 1884 in Alpine, Utah, Utah.
      Children of John McDaniel and Christina Stoker McDaniel[31] (Name - Birth - Place - Death - Place):
      Electa Jane McDaniel, 3 Nov 1835, Jackson County, Ohio, 8 Jun 1858. Electa married James Eli Ashcraft" the son of Benjamin Ashcraft and Nancy Owens." James was born 15 Feb 1828 in Montgomery County, Kentucky.
      Tabitha McDaniel[34], 29 Jan 1837, Jackson County, Ohio, 11 Dec 1920, Nephi, Juab, Utah. Tabitha married William David Norton[35] son of John Warren Norton and Dorothy Osborn. William was born on 2 May 1832 in Limestone County, Alabama[36].
      John Riley McDaniel, 20 May 1839, Adams County, Illinois, 21 Jul 1909, Alpine, Utah, Utah. John married Sarah Ann Watkins[37] she is the daughter of Robert James Watkins and Mary Smallman. Sarah was born 8 Jan 1847 in Missouri.
      Matilda McDaniel, 24 Oct 1840, Adams County, Illinois, 24 Aug 1878[38], Alpine, Utah, Utah. Matilda married Thomas Jefferson McCullough[39] son of Thomas McCullough and Mary Hefner. Thomas was born 18 Aug 1826 in White County, Tennessee.
      Catherine McDaniel[40], 24 Jul 1842, Hancock County, Illinois, 11 Aug 1923, Payson, Utah, Utah. Catherine married Alma Winn[41] son of Minor Winn and Nancy Wilson. Alma was born 4 Apr 1836 in Albion, Edwards, Illinois.
      George Washington McDaniel[42], 25 Jul 1844, Hancock County, Illinois, 9 Nov 1916, Alpine, Utah, Utah. George married Mary Jane Taylor[43] daughter of William Taylor and Mary Ann Dean. Mary Jane was born 9 Nov 1850 in Birmingham, Warwick, England.
      James William McDaniel, 13 Sep 1847, Mt Pisgah, Union, Iowa[44], 19 Jan 1947, Bloomfield, San Juan, New Mexico. James married Lovina Mantle[45] daughter of Llwellyn Mantle and Catherine Watkins. Lovina was born 20 Apr 1856 in West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah.
      David Stoker McDaniel, 18 Apr 1849, Mt Pisgah, Union, Iowa, 3 Oct 1912, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. David married Sarah Ann Clark[46] daughter of George Clark and Catherine Gascoigne. Sarah was born 9 Dec 1853 in Selston, Nottingham, England.
      Michael Sylvester McDaniel, 26 Apr 1854, Alpine, Utah, Utah, 10 Sep 1921, Tetonia, Teton, Idaho. Michael married Emma Dorothea Beck" daughter of Fredrick Beck and Henricke Winters. Emma was born 28 Jul 1857 in Vor Frue, Aalborg, Denmark.
      Chapter notes for Christina Stoker:
      23. Hook, James W., George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America, p.100. Repository:
      Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA, Call Number: 929.273 EL54h. Reference to the translated record of the German Reform Church of Frederick, Maryland at the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Book is online at under the "Search Books" option from main menu.
      24. Jackson County, Ohio was formed from Scioto, Gallia, Athens, and Ross counties in 1816. Any
      births occurring prior to 1816 would have been in one of the parent counties from which Jackson
      was formed. The township of Jackson was part of the Scioto County prior to being taken into
      Jackson County in 1816. Goldbug software, Animap, version 2.6.
      25. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, <>, Family History
      Department, PID: KWJY-VZ6. Repository: <>, LDS Church, Salt Lake City,
      26. In 1846 Mormons established a way station named Mt. Pisgah on the western side of Clarke
      County in an area that eventually became the eastern side of Union County. This was the temporary home of thousands of Mormons as they traveled west. The last Mormon left in 1852. Website: (<>)
      27. Daughters of the American Revolution. Captain John James Chapter (Ohio), Marriage records,
      1818-1865, Jackson County, US/CAN Film 317,419. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
      28. <>, PID: KWJ1-522.
      29. Find A Grave, Find A Grave Web site, Find A Grave Memorial# 8409021. Repository: Find A
      Grave, <http://www.findagravecom/>.
      30. Headstone in Alpine, Utah, Utah Cemetery.
      31. Information on the children of John and Christina McDaniel comes from family records and a
      Utah Death Certificate, State of Utah Department of Health, Utah - Death Certificate <>), Repository: Utah State Government, Division of Archives & Records Service, 300 S Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, Utah 841011106. The individual certificate number for each individual will be listed as a source for the specific individual. Information was also taken from the <> website of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
      32. <>, PID: KWJZ-4Z8.
      33. <>, PID: L4WC-1DB.
      34. Utah Death Certificate, State Board File No. 94. Name on death certificate and headstone is spelled Tobitha.
      35. <>, PID: KWJD-GRC.
      36. Utah Death Certificate, State board File No. 10
      37. <>, PID: KWVQ-51K.
      38. Headstone, in Alpine City Cemetery.
      39. <>, PID: K24D-LS9.
      40. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index(R) (Copyright
      (c) 1980, 2002), Film Numbers: 1239577, Ref #27404; 178101, Ref #220554, Page #2597; 1239610, Ref #22243, Page #: 94; 1239507, Ref #: 6612.
      41. <>, PID: KWJ8-4X6
      42. Stoker/Winegar/West/Youd Legacy, Alta Aitken Rowley, Grant Joseph Aitken, Charlene Attryde
      Aitken, Stoker/Winegar/West/Youd Legacy, p. 30. Repository: Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA, Call Number: 929.273 St67ra.
      43. Utah - Death Certificate, State Board of Health File No. 127B
      44. Mt Pisgah, Union County, Iowa was a temporary community that existed between 1847 and
      1852. This settlement was established to help with the many thousands of Latter-day Saints on their way west from Nauvoo, Illinois. The settlement was abandoned in 1852 when the Latter-day Saints were encourage to move on to Salt Lake City, Utah.
      45. <>, PID: KWZ1-TFW
      46. <>, PID: KWJC-1KW.
      47. BYU-Idaho Special Collections, Special Collections and Family History, Death Records
      <>. Repository: BYU-lDAHO Special Collections, Rexburg, Idaho. There is a question on the surname of the Emma's mother. On the death record it is listed as Winter and on <> it is listed as Hansen."

      3. The book "The Henry McDaniel family, 1755-1975," by Esta McDaniel Lee, 1975, FHL 929.273 M141L, p. 82: "Other McDaniels of Gallia and Jackson Counties, Ohio. David McDaniel, b. ca. 1738 m. 5 March, 1801, Elizabeth (Betsy) McCarley in Washington County, Ohio. Gallia County was a part of Washington Coound at that time. David McDanieal was in Ohio long before it became a state for a son James McDaniel was born in what is now Jackson County, 24 Feb. 1762. He married 19 Dec 1805 Zebiah (Sibby) McCarley, b. 10 Dec 1786, Gallia County, Ohio, daughter of John McCarley. She died 5 Feb 1860. James died in Jackson County, 1820. They had the following children:
      1. Sarah McDaniel, b. 26 May 1806, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 7 Mar 1857, m. John W. Stoker, 13 Mar 1827.
      2. Martha McDaniel, b. 24 Feb 1808, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 4 Feb 1877, m. 1828/29 Michael Stoker.
      3. Jane McDaniel, 24 Feb 1810, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 20 Jan 1890, in Bountiful, Utah, m. 1836, John Stoker.
      4. John McDaniel, b. 10 Jun 1812, Jackson Co., O., d. 11 Nov 1884, Alpine, Utah, m. Christina Stoker.
      5. William McDaniel, b. 1814, Jackson Co., O., d. 1889 unmarried.
      There could have been others."
      Page 83: "Jackson County Marriage Records. C.D. Massie:
      19 Apr 1827 Electa Sally McDaniel to John W. Stoker."

      4. 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."

      5. Per "Heart Throbs of the West," vol. 12, p. 457, by Kate Carter, which contains a list of pioneers of 1851 as compiled by the daughters of Utah Pioneers contains: "Stoker, Christine, b. 24 Aug 1815, Illinois." [Note Illinois is in error].

      6. Worldconnect database ":981899" notes that she was a Utah pioneer arriving to Salt Lake City on 28 Aug 1852 as part of the Isaac Stewart Company.

      7. Biography in FHL book 979.036 v.2 "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude," Daughters of Utah Pioneers, p. 1933: "Christina Stoker McDaniel; photo included; born 24 Aug 1815 at Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio; died 10 May 1854 at Mountainville (Alpine), Utah; parents are David Stoker, Sr. and Barbara Graybill; pioneer of 28 Aug 1852 with the Isaac Stewart Company Oxteam and Wagon Train; spouse is John McDaniel; married 8 Feb 1835 in Ohio; death of spouse was 11 Nov 1884 in Alpine, Utah; Children:
      Electa Jane, 3 Nov 1835
      Tabitha, 29 Jan 1837
      John Riley, 20 May 1839
      Matilda, 24 Oct 1840
      Katherine, 24 Jul 1842
      George Washington, 25 Jul 1844
      James William, 13 Sep 1847
      David Stoker, 18 Apr 1849
      Silvester, 26 Apr 1854
      Christina was born 24 Aug 1815 at Bloomfield township, Jackson, Ohio. She was the eldest of seven children born to David Stoker, Sr., and Barbara Graybill. On 8 Feb 1835 she married John McDaniel. They lived in Ohio during their early married life, and it was here they first heard of the Mormon Church and were among the first people to join. They later moved to Hancock Co., Illinois. They were greatly persecuted, along with the other Saints, and were driven out of their home several times by mobs. On one occasion they were forced to flee their home, both with a child under each arm, and watch while the home was destroyed by fire. John was a bodyguard of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and was captured by the mob before Joseph and Huyrm. They knew he was a good friend and also a very good shot. He was missing for three days and was found tied up and gagged in a corral way out of town, in manure up to his knees. They left Illinois with the other Saints and moved to Iowa, and from there crossed the plains by ox-team in 1852. By then Christine had eight children. She helped her husband and older children drive a flock of 500 sheep across the plains. They stopped at Salt Lake for a short time, then went on to Mountainville, now Alpine, where they were one of the first families to settle. Here they endured many privations of early pioneer life, at one point going without bread for three months. During that time they lived on roots and wild berries with the meat her husband provided by hunting game. Christine died two years after moving to Mountainville from the complications of child birth, leaving the new-born infant in the care of her older children until the father remarried. Christine was a beautiful woman with red hair, pleasing good looks, and a serene countenance."

      8. 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 and Barbara's first born Child, Christena, married John McDaniel on 8 Feb 1835 in Jackson Co., Ohio. John married Jane McDaniel in 1836 probably in MIssouri. (I have found no official marriage record.)...
      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. 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..."

      9. 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."

      10. 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."

      11. Partial transcription from an article entitled "Michael Stoker and Catherine Eller." 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. See notes of Michael Stoker for full transcription of this article:
      "During the Adams County time period some of the Stoker men found work with a farmer named Coleman Wilkes. Mr. Wilkes lived approximately two miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio. He had first offered work and a home to Elizabeth's husband, James Welker, and soon after David, John W., Michael, and Jacob also obtained work with him. Here they labored diligently trying to earn enough to rebuild their supplies and stock which they had lost during the Missouri struggles.
      Moving to Bear Creek, Hancock Co., Illinois
      On July 1, 1839 the Mormon church's prophet and leader, Joseph Smith, called for all church members to settle in and around the Commerce, Illinois area. The town of Commerce was renamed by the church members to Nauvoo. In 1842 the Stoker family had complied. Packing up their belongings they moved north settling their families around the Carthage/Bear Creek area. James Welker's son, John, recorded: "...he found that there was land that could be entered in Hancock County, about 15 miles south of Nauvoo. He moved there and filed on a homestead. Part of it was prairie land and part was timber. He built a large hewed two roomed log house. Then the next thing was to fence and make a farm to make a living off of" (Ibid).
      The 1842 personal property tax assessment book of Hancock County has records for Stoker, Welker, and Graybill families living within the county. These records indicate the possibility that they lived outside of the cities."
      Building the Nauvoo Temple
      The Stoker families were on hand for the building of the temple for their church. It is recorded in the church history that Eller Stoker, Jacob Stoker, and John McDaniel (husband to Christine Stoker) worked on the temple for a period of time. All families were expected to donate time and supplies to the temple project...
      Life was beginning to flourish again for the families, and happy times were with them. On May 23, 1844 Joseph Levi Graybill, Eller Stoker, and Michael Stoker were initiated and passed into the Nauvoo Lodge of Masons. Two weeks later Levi Graybill, Eller Stoker, and Michael Stoker became lodge members, and on June 8th they were raised to Master Masons. While in Illinois, John Stoker, John W. Stoker, John Welker Eller Stoker, and Jacob Stoker were given church callings of Office of the Seventy.
      Death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith
      Living around Carthage the Stoker, Graybill, and McDaniel families were homesteading lands close to those who most violently disagreed with the Mormons and who were constantly calling for their removal. Sometimes these men formed their own vigilante groups trying to scare the Mormons into leaving. Some of the Stoker men folk were called into military duty within the State Militia as recorded in the history of John McDaniel.
      "Early on June 24, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, John Taylor, and fifteen other members of the Nauvoo city council headed to Carthage to answer the charges filed against them. They passed the home of William Stoker located six miles southeast of Nauvoo on the Carthage Road before 8 A.M.... Sometime after noon, the Stokers saw the mounted riders traveling toward Nauvoo. Arriving at their destination at 2:30, the leaders gathered three small cannons and about two hundred firearms which were turned over to the militia. At nearly midnight the militia delivered the Mormon leaders who came voluntarily to the authorities in Carthage... Thursday June 27 Joseph and his brother Hyrum, were martyred. A mob of about one hundred men with blackened faces gathered about five 'clock in the afternoon. Several stormed the jail where the Smith brothers and a few friends were sequestered. Joseph and Hyrum were shot dead, and John Taylor wounded...the assassins and their comrades fled Carthage to Warsaw and then sought refuge west of the MIssissippi River... Friday June 28, with the bodies of the slain leaders placed in two different wagons, covered with branches to shade them from the hot sun, Willard Richards, Samuel Smith, and Artois Hamilton pulled out of Carthage and headed for Nauvoo. Sometimes shortly after noon, the procession with eight soldiers passed by William Stoker's driving teams pulling the two wagons containing the bodies of the martyrs. Mary Stoker Aitken, a granddaughter of WIlliam Stoker and Almira Winegar, wrote, "My father [John Stephen Stoker] told us that his parents had told him that they had seen the bodies of the Prophet and his brother Hyrum Smith, being taken from Carthage to Nauvoo." ...One of the Stoker relative's narrative mentions that "After the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum in 1844, Simeon Graybill went up to Nauvoo to help guard the secretly hidden bodies of Joseph and Hyrum. Fearful the anti-Mormon mob might try to do further violence to Joseph and Hyrum's bodies, their caskets were filled with sand for public burial" (Ibid).
      Conflict/Harassment Again.
      In 1845 the mobbing and burnings began, starting with the outlying settlements. The Stokers were living within the church area called the Highland branch of Illinois. The babies, weddings, and all manner of social life continued on and in July the families were doing more temple work for their ancestors. Again the families grew; new events were attended to. Jacob and John Stoker also joined the Masons and were later raised to Master Masons.
      Sheriff of Hancock County ordered the saints to organize and protect themselves. "John Welker tells how he and his cousins mutually watched out for each other. His account follows: 'The mob (against) the Latter-day Saints was increasing and I but a boy of 18 was the oldest of the boys that was at hoe. My oldest brother was married and doing for himself. I was the one to look after the family after my father died and when the burning out of the later day Saints by the mob commenced close by I was in a settlement 10 miles for whare {sic} they were burning houses and some of my cousins and relative lived close to whare {sic} I lived. We got together and agreed to take turnes {sic} and watch the mob and do the best we could to protect our homes. Some one was out every night watching their movements. They did not come to our little settlement to burn us out, if they had come some of them would have been hurt. Thare {sic} is many things connected with this I will not write.' (Punctuation added.)
      Not all of the Stoker relatives were as fortunate as the Welkers, John McDaniel and his wife Christine Stoker, according to one history, "...were greatly persecuted with the other saints and several times were driven out by the mobs. On one occasion they were attacked and forced to flee with a child under each arm while their home was burned" (Ibid).
      Nauvoo Temple Dedicated.
      In late 1845 the church's Nauvoo Temple was dedicated and many of the saints came to the temple to perform their own religious (endowment) ordinances. Between January 5 and January 21, of 1846 sixteen heads of the Stoker clan had received their own temple endowment.
      Michael Stoker Jr. and Catherine Burcham
      Jacob Stoker and Martha Carr McDaniel
      Eller Stoker and Margaret Judd
      Catherine Eller Stoker (widow)
      Elizabeth Stoker Welker (widow)
      James W. Welker and Anna Pugh
      John Stoker and Jane McDaniel
      John W. Stoker and Sara McDaniel
      William Stoker and Almira Winegar
      Records from the Nauvoo temple show that the Stoker family participated in other religious temple activities: Catherine Eller Stoker, Michael Stoker (son), Eller Stoker (son) and wife Margaret (Judd) Stoker (Eller's wife), James Welker and wife Elizabeth Stoker Welker, and Mary (Polly) Stoker (Graybill) all did baptisms by proxy for their deceased relatives."

      1. 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. 18-23:
      "David Stoker (1795-1852), by Jay Deeben.
      David Stoker, son of Michael Stoker (1762) and Catherine Eller, was born 23 Mar 1795[1] in Wilkes[2] County, North Carolina. He married Barbara Graybill in February 1814 in North Carolina, probably Ashe County,[3] in Western North Carolina. Barbara Graybill was born 1 Apr 1792,[4] in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Her parents[5] are John Peter Graybill and Christina Wampler. Sometime after David and Barbara were married, probably in early 1815, they moved to Southern Ohio. All of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill's children were born in and around Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio except for their oldest child Christina who was born in August 1815, a year before Jackson County,[6] Ohio was organized. The most likely county of her birth would be Scioto...
      Barbara Graybill Stoker died 3 October 1872, in Summit, Iron, Utah.
      Children of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill[21] Stoker (Name - Birth - Place - Death - Place):
      Christina Stoker, 24 Aug 1815, Bloomfield, Scioto, Ohio, 10 May 1854, Alpine, Utah, Utah.
      John Stoker, 8 Mar 1817, Madison Twp., Jackson, Ohio, 11 Jun 1881, Bountiful, Davis, Utah.
      William Stoker, 26 Mar 1819, Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, 19 May 1892, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah.
      Nancy Stoker, Oct 1824, Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, 1840, Missouri.
      Sarah Stoker, 20 Jun 1827, Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, 10 Mar 1908, Summit Creek, Iron, Utah.
      Catherine Stoker, 24 Jul 1829, Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, 8 Nov 1882, Summit, Iron, Utah.
      Michael Stoker[22], 12 Sep 1833, Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, 2 Sep 1904, Junction, Piute, Utah...
      There is a chapter on each of David and Barbara's children in this book. Please refer to those chapters for information concerning them.
      Chapter Notes for David Stoker (1795-1852)
      1. Stoker, Elayne, "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881" Volume H, p. 59, (copy of book is on
      CD in possession of Rachel A Deeben)
      2. Ashe County, North Carolina was created from Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1799. Any births, marriages, and deaths that occurred prior to 1799 would be in Wilkes County. Reference obtained from the Animap program from the Goldbug Company.
      3. Ashe County was created from Wilkes County in 1799.
      4. Stoker, Elayne, "David Stoker and Barbara Graybill," p. 59.
      5. Stoker, Elayne, "David Stoker and Barbara Graybil1," p. 59.
      6. Animap: State of Ohio, Jackson County was created from four counties, Scioto, Gallia, Athens, and Ross in 1816. Animap program from the Goldbug Company..."

      1. Per biography cited above.

      2. Location confirmed per Ordinance Index.

      3. FHL Film #301,043 "Jackson County, Ohio Marriages 1831-1843" has the following entry in Marriage Book, Vol. B (1831-1843), page 46: "John McDaniel to Christina Stucker (sic)." License date 7 Feb 1835. Marriage by Seymour Brunson on 8 Feb 1835 by virtue of a license from the Cerk of the Court of Common Pleas in Jackson Co.
      Seymour Brunson is the Mormon authority and probable missionary who converted the Stokers.

      4. 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, p. 26, has a photo of the marriage record for this couple. It is from Jackson County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1818-1865, Jackson County, US/CAN Film 317,419. It reads:
      "John McDaniel to Christina Stucker, Feby. 7, 1835. I do hereby certify that by virtue of a License from teh Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in and for Jackson County, I have solemnized the right of the marriage between John McDaniels & Christina Stoker on the 8 day of Feb'y 1835 as witnessed by [illegible] Seymour Brunson [illegible]."

      1. See burial citation below. Worldconnect database ":981899" notes death as 10 May 1854 at Mountainville (Alpine), Utah.

      1. FHL film 1750764 "Alpine, Utah Cemetery Records": "John McDaniel, parents are James Daniel and Zibia McCorley, d. 11 Nov 1884." Next entry: "Christina Stoker, parents David Stoker and Barbary Grable, d. 10 May 1854."

      1. Mentioned in the book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories, "FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, p. 92.

      2. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, p. 86.

      3. 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, p. 100.