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Juliana Graybill

Female 1826 - 1851  (25 years)

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  • Name Juliana Graybill 
    Born 19 Feb 1826  Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 May 1851  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 12 May 1851  Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I439  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 May 2021 

    Father Michael Graybill,   b. 14 May 1787, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1856, Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Mary or Polly Stoker,   b. 24 Nov 1792, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1864, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married May 1811  Jefferson, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wilford Heath Hudson,   b. 19 Sep 1818, Corydon, Harrison, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1905, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1842  Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Reviewed 6 May 2002 Worldconnect.

      2. Censuses:
      1830 US: Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, pg. 109-112, note whole township had 527 people living in it, related families include Michael Stoker, Michael Stoker Jr., Alexander Lackey, James Welker, Michael Graybill, and John Stoker:
      Michael Graybill. Males 0-5:1; 5-10:2; 10-15:2; 15-20:1 40-50:1. Females 0-5:1; 15-20:1; 30-40:1. [Appears to Michael, his wife Polly, and their children David, Catherine, Simeon, Levi, George, William, Juliana, and Michael.]

      1850 US: Salt Lake, Utah, p. 130, family 6:
      Wilford Hudson, 32, farmer, $150, IN.
      Juliana, 25, OH.
      Mary A., 20, OH.
      Eliza, 7, IL
      Mary A., 5, IL.
      Amanda, 3, Des(eret).
      Emily, 5/12, Des(eret).

      3. 19 May 2002 various databases report 4 children born from 1844 to 1850 in Nauvoo, Illinois, Fort Bridger, Wyoming, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

      4. I have also seen the use of Julia Ann and Julie Ann. I use Juliana arbitrarily. I have not found documentation supporting any of the three thus far.

      5. The book "Five Hundred Wagons Stood Still - Mormon Battalion Wives, by Shirley N. Maynes, 1999, p. 270:
      "Julie Ann Graybill Hudson. Husband Wilford Heath Hudson - Private - Company A. Julia Ann Graybill, a daughter of Michael Graybill and Polly or Mary Stoker, was born February 19, 1826 in Bloomfield, Jackson County, Ohio. She was the seventh child and second daughter of eleven children born to the Graybills. Juliana met Wilford Hudson in Nauvoo and they were married Nov. 27, 1842. Michael Stoker, a relative, performed the marriage. Wilford was born in Indiana, had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized a member on December 10, 1842 by Elder David Evans. The Hudson family remained in Nauvoo for four years where Juliana gave birth to two children: Eliza Jane born in 1844 and Mary Ann born in 1845. The Hudsons were active members of the Church. They attended the funerals of their beloved Prophet, Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. They witnessed the growth and development of the city of Nauvoo and the family was part of the persecutions that existed among the Saints. Eventually, they were driven from their homes and moved across the Mississippi River into Iowa. Wilford Hudson drove his team as far as Mt. Pisgah, a waystation settled by the Church. The area was beautiful comprising of many trees, lush land and nearby was the Grand River. Wilford was there when Captain James Allen asked for volunteers to fight in the Mexican War. He enlisted as Private in Company 'A' under the command of Captain Jefferson Hunt. He left his frail wife on the prairie with their two small girls. Wilford traveled to Council Bluffs and marched away from there in his company. Juliana's parents, who at one time were members of the Church, became anti-Mormons when they were driven from Nauvoo. [Kerry Petersen's note: I disagree. They remained in Iowa not crossing the plains and several years later became involved in the Reorganized LDS Church as did many who still remained in the area. There is no documentation that they were necessarily "anti" and in fact boarded often Utah relatives who were passing through on LDS missions.] When word got back to them that Wilford had joined the Battalion, they rode on horseback from Council Bluffs to Mt. Pisgah, a distance of one hundred thirty miles. They dearly loved their daughter and were not about to have her 'left alone' on the plains. When the Graybills arrived at Mt. Pisgah, they had b[r]ought harnesses for their horses and hitched them to Wilford's wagon. Wilford's team of oxen followed the wagon and they took Juliana and the girls back to 'east of' Council Bluffs. The Graybills were wealthy plantation owners. [Kerry's note: I disagree. They had all barely entered Iowa earlier that year as part of the Nauvoo Exodus and there were no such thing as a 'plantation' among any Mormon family at that early time. Later the Graybill parents stay on in Iowa and eventually developed a working farm as did many.] About a mile from their plantation they owned a small cottage and it provided a home for Juliana and her two daughters. While Wilford was away, the Graybills maintained watchful care over their daughter and grandchildren. Baby Mary Ann was just fifteen months old when her father left, and he did not return until she was almost four. In that time, Mary Ann came to love her grandfather very much. While Julian lived in physical comfort, she was never really well. She waited for the day Wilford would return to her. Wilford completed the march with the Battalion to San Diego, California and was discharged on July 16, 1847, at Fort Moore in Los Angeles. Many of the men journeyed with the Levi W. Hancock Company headed for the Salt Lake Valley. The company journeyed through the Sacramento Valley to Sutter's Fort and then continued to the Truckee River. In the Sierra Mountains, they met Captain James Brown who had a dispatch from President Brigham Young. President Young advised: 'All those Battalion men who could not bring one year's provisions with them to the Salt Lake Valley, should remain in California for a season, and find work to obtain the necessary supplies.' Wilford returned to Sutter's Fort where he and Sidney Willis signed a contract with John Sutter to build a millrace up the American River. Gold was discovered and Wilford Hudson, Levi Fifield, and others went along the river and found a considerable amount of gold. Wilford found one nugget worth $6.00. Wilford and his companions prospected in a place called Mormon Island, which eventually proved to be one of the richest finds in California. After working the mine for three weeks, he obtained $1,700.00 in gold. In 1848, Wilford joined the Daniel Browett Company to continue his journey to the Salt Lake Valley. The leaders of the company set out to scout for an easier trail to take the two big cannons they had purchased from John Sutter through the mountains. One night as Daniel Browett, Henderson Cox and Ezra Allen were in the process of setting up camp, Indians roaming in the area surprised the men and killed them. A few days later, the company came upon the tragic massacre of their comrades. They buried them and carved out the bark of a nearby tree inscribing their names on it. [Kerry's note: this section of tree was I believe saved and is displayed in California at a museum.] Jonathan Holmes and Samuel Thompson were then appointed the new leaders to take the men to the Valley. This company arrived in the Salt Lake in October of 1848. Wilford's journal records he entered the Valley Sep. 28, 1848. After resting a few days, Wilford left for Winter Quarters in Nebraska, arriving there in Dec. of 1848. He continued on a few miles and found Juliana and his daughters living in their small home. The reunion was a very happy one for the entire family. He told stories of the events that had occurred on the 'march' and of his 'gold mining' experience in California. Juliana was relieved that Wilford was with her again. In the spring of 1849, Wilford, Juliana and the children began their journey across the plains in an independent company. Juliana was expecting her third child and wasn't well, so Mary Ann, a sister of Juliana, came west with the family to help care for the children. Little Amanda Elizabeth arrived on Sep. 7, 1849, on the banks of the Big Sandy River near Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Juliana never fully regained her health after the birth of this child; in fact, she never walked again. About a year after the family arrived in the Great Salt Lake, Wilford married Mary Ann as a plural wife. The family remained in Salt Lake for approximately two years. Wilford's home was built on the corner of First So. and Main. Later, the Deseret National Bank was built there. Today, the building is still called the 'Deseret Building.' On May 1, 1851, Juliana gave birth to a daughter whom she named Juliaette. The baby died at birth and Juliana died May 6, 1851, when she was just twenty-five years old. Her burial place is unknown. A family member wrote: 'Juliana will never appear in any history book for she is one of the unsung heroines of the early Church. She endured to the end with untold suffering. She sacrificed much for her family and her religion.' Mary Ann Graybill Hudson, the sister of Juliana, became the mother to Juliana's three daughters. The girls were very fond of their aunt and called her 'mother'. The Hudsons eventually moved to Grantsville where they became prominent residents and some of the early settlers in the area. Wilford Heath Hudson was born Sep. 19. 1818 in Harrison County, Indiana to Robert Hudson and Damaris Lemmon. Wilford died Sep. 9, 1905 and is buried in the Grantsville City Cemetery, Tooele, County, Utah. Children:
      Eliza Jane Hudson born Jan. 9, 1844 in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois.
      Mary Ann Hudson born April 17, 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois.
      Amanda Elizabeth Hudson born Sep. 7, 1849 near Fort Bridger, Uinta, Wyoming.
      Juliaette Hudson born May 1, 1851 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah - died 1851.
      1. A history of Wilford Hudson found in the "Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia," by Andrew Jensen - Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company - vol. 1, p. 747.
      2. A history of Juliana Graybill Hudson written by Nelda Monson, Farmington, Utah and Juliaette McMurray Homer. - Compiler's files.
      3. A History on Juliana Graybill Hudson written by Helen Graf Howard, great granddaughter, SLC, Utah - Compiler's files.
      4. Extracts from the Journal of Henry W. Bigler compiled by Emma R. Olsen - Dau. of the Utah Pioneers Publication - Lesson for Jan. 1993 - Lessons lists the names of Wilford Hudson, Sidney Willis and Levi Fifield as finding gold in California.
      5. "A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War," by Sgt. Daniel Tyler - Roster of Company A, pp. 118 and 119; Brigham Young advising the men to remain in California for a season, p. 315; Hudson finding gold, p. 334; Hudson and company leaving California for Salt Lake, pp. 335, 342.
      6. "Heart Throbs of the West," Dau. of the Utah Pioneers Publication, Salt Lake City, Utah, Vol. 10, p. 456, the Hudsons crossing the plains.
      7. Family Group Sheet, LDS Family History Library, SLC, Utah."

      6. The book "Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict," edited by Clark V. Johnson, contains a copy of the "Scroll Petition" dated 28 Nov 1843 at Nauvoo, IL addressed to the U.S. Congress by members of the LDS Church who had property destroyed by Missouri mobs in the 1830's. Included with over a couple thousand signatures is Julian Hudson.

      7. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 16-24: "Juliana (or Julia Ann?) Graybill, b. 19 Feb 1825/6, Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH; d. 8 May 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT; md. 29 Nov 1842, Wythe Twp., Hancock Co. IL to Wilford Heath Hudson. Wilford was b. 19 Sep 1818, Corydon, Harrison Co., IN. He also was married to Juliana's sister, Mary Ann. Juliana's and Wilford's children were Eliza Jane, Mary Ann, Amanda Elizabeth and Julietta." Some downline is in the book.

      8. The following is an extract of Wilford Hudson's pension file for his service in the Iowa Mormon Volunteers, Company A commanded by Jefferson Hunt, during the Mexican War (Mormon Battalion). The file was copied from films on file with the FHL and consists of well over a hundred pages and is in the same ordered as copied:
      -5 Oct 1905. Mary A. Hudson, Declaration of Widow. Mary A. Graybill, b. 26 Feb 1832 at Bloomfield Twp., Ohio, was md. to Wilford 15 Feb 1851 by Brigham Young in Salt Lake City (SLC), Utah, and she had never before been married. Wilford died. 6 Sep 1905 in Grantsville, Utah. His former wife died 8 May 1850 at SLC. Sent from Grantsville and signed with the mark of an X. [Note other affidavits within the package indicate a marriage date of 15 Feb 1852.]
      -Undated: Certificate 7248 for Wilford Hudson with quarterly payments being made from the US pension agent at San Francisco.
      -Pension as of 18 Jul 1904 was $12/mo. Retroactively commenced 5 Jan 1893.
      -6 Nov 1894, enrolled and mustered in service 16 Jul 1846 at Council Bluff and mustered out with unit 16 Jul 1847 at Los Angeles, CA. Stations served include 31 Aug 1846 near Council Grove, 31 Dec 1846 at Camp on Rio Gila, 28 Feb 1847 at St. Luis Rey, U. Cal., 30 Apr 1847 Pueblo de los Angeles, and 30 Jun 1847 at Pueblo, U. Cal.
      -6 Mar 1900, statement from Wilford that he never served in the Army or Navy except for the Mexican War. That he is 81 and too old for manual labor. He raises lucerne upon his land with a value of about $25/yr. He owns town lots 3 and 4 on block 16 of Grantsville city plat containing 2-1/2 acres. He acknowledges a current pension of $8/mo.
      -20 Oct 1905, Wilford dropped from pension roll due to death dated 6 Sep 1905.
      -6 Sep 1904, Wilford F. Hudson appointed guardian of Wilford Hudson who has been adjudged incompetent.
      -9 Mar 1887, application for pension. Wilford Hudson, age 68 at Grantsville, Utah. Resided since service discharge for 2 years in SLC and then at Grantsville ever since. Married Mary Ann Graybill 4 Feb 1850 at SLC. Notes that he previously applied and received a land warrant in 1849. Born in Harrison County, Indiana. He is 5'-10" with sandy complexion, blue eyes, and sand hair. He was a farmer before and after his enlistment. Signed his name.
      -8 Jan 1918, certificate 14503, Mary A. Hudson dropped as pensioner due to death dated 15 Nov 1917. Pension was at $20/mo.
      -26 May 1900, pension rate increased to $12/mo.
      -2 Oct 1905, pension established for Mary A. Hudson, widow, age 73.
      -23 Feb 1883, "Old War Invalid" certificate 25379 issued. Wilfred Hudson alleges injury to knee.
      -20 Dec 1917, Form to Chief of Finance Dept. from Disbursing Clerk noting that the postmaster of Grantsville returned a check for $60 dated 4 Dec 1917 for Mar A. Hudson with a note that the pensioner died 15 Nov. 1917.
      -Apr 1906, claim 18172, cert. no. 7248. Gov't noting problem with marriage of 15 Feb 1852 since there is no record of said marriage and all the witnesses are dead.
      -16 Aug 1883, disability affidavit, age 64, born in Harrison Co., Indiana, at 18? moved to Adams Co., IL, at 26 years of age moved to Hancock Co. where he lived for 2 years and worked as a carpenter. Currently a carpenter and farmer. Injured himself from a sprain April 1847 near Los Angeles driving loose mules in the Gov't service. Received medical attention from Dr. Chambers in SLC for three months in 1854 and also Dr. C. H. Davidsen of Grantsville for six months in 1880. Has never suffered any other disability except the sprain. Physical condition has been very poor and has only been able to do a little carpentry since his discharge. Has not been able to walk any.
      -23 Apr 1900, affidavit from Stephen S. Worthington of Grantsville attesting to Hudson's ownership of lots 2 and 3, block 16, of Grantsville, which are worth $300. He also produces six tons of lucerne valued at not to exceed $30 per annum.
      -7 Jun 1904, affidavit from Mary Ann Hudson. Declares that between 5 Jan 1892 and 26 May 1900 that Wilford was totally disabled for any manual labor due to debility. Notes: "My husband is now past 85 years of age and by reason of age and senile debility is utterly incapable of doing anything for himself. Requires a constant attendant and his mind is so far gone that does not see or comprehend anything that goes on about him."
      -18 Oct 1906, widow's brief, Mary Ann b. 26 Feb 1832.
      -9 Feb 1906, affidavit of Mary Ann Hudson indicating that Julianna Hudson, wife of Wilford Hudson, died 8 May 1851 and that she was married to him 15 Feb 1852.
      -10 Feb 1906, affidavit of Stephen Staley Worthington indicating that he was acquainted with Mary Ann Graybill in 1849 when she was a young Mormon living in Iowa with her brother Levi Graybill.
      -20 Apr 1906, affidavit of Ruel Barr?? indicating that he was acquainted with Wilford and his wife Julianna in SLC and also in Nauvoo from 1845 until Julianna's death in 1852 or 1853.
      -2 Nov 1905, Affidavit as to Family Record Entries, shows Julianna Graybill Hudson, b. 19 Feb 1826 and d. 8 May 1851; shows Mary Ann Graybill Hudson, b. 26 Feb 1832. Signed by Mary Ann with the mark of an X.
      -3 Oct 1906, Deposition of Mary Ann Hudson, states she was married about the middle of Feb. 1852, but she is not sure of the date but believed it to be about 15 Feb 1852; states she is quite sure it was in Feb. 1852; states she can't write and has a poor memory; states first wife was Juliana Graybill, her sister, and they married about 10 years before her marriage; sister died about 8 May 1850 or 1851 and she was married about a year and three months later; the marriage was performed in the office of Brigham Young and not the Endowment House; there were two witnesses to the marriage but she can't recall their names.
      -5 Oct 1906, a special inspector states he can find no documentation of the first wife's death nor Mary Ann's marriage including looking at the Deseret News newspaper.
      -2 Oct 1906, affidavit from Ruel Barnes, who also was in the Mormon Battalion. He knew Wilford and Juliana in Council Bluffs in 1846 or 1847 and attests that Wilford and Mary Ann have lived as man and wife since he met Mary Ann in 1856.
      -28 Jan 1893, declaration of pensioner for an increase in pension. Wilford states he has "rhumatics through exposure in the war and entirely dependant on my family for support."
      -14 Oct 1916, letter from Mary Ann to Commissioner stating she was born in Jackson Co., Ohio, 26 Feb 1832 and that her present address in Grantsville is P.O. Box 34.
      -22 Nov 1899, affidavit of Wilford Hudson. States he was married in SLC Jan 1849 to Mary Ann Graybill by Brigham Young and that there is no record of the marriage existing. Former wife was Julia Ann Graybill who d. in SLC in the year 1849. He has the following children:
      -Eliza Jane Hudson, b. 9 Jan 1844
      -Mary Ann, b. 17 Apr 1845
      -Amanda E., b. 7 Sep 1849
      -Wilford F., b. 12 Jan 1852
      -William C., b. 24 Jan 1854
      -Emma A., b. 19 Oct 1856
      -Simeon A., b. 10 Dec 1858
      -David Jasper, b. 28 Feb 1860.
      -Andrew Jackson, b. 14 May 1862
      -Elsie Hudson, b. 21 Apr 1868
      -Samuel E., b. 20 Nov 1871
      -Feb 1883, Declaration of Original Invalid Pension, indicates injury due to "sprained his right knee caused by slipping and from which he is now very much disabled being hardly able to move about."

      1. I use date in biography above. Ordinance Index also reports variant birthdate of 19 Feb 1825. Lewis book cited below uses a different undocumented variant of 19 Jan 1826. Hook book cited below uses 19 Feb 1825/26.

      1. According to the Hancock County Marriage Records, Michael Stoker (1805-1858) officiated at the marriage of his niece, Juliane Graybill, and Wilford Hudson on November 29. This marriage was performed in the Wythe Township of Hancock County. FHL book 977.343-V2m "Marriage Index of Hancock County, IL, 1829-1849," by Tri-county Genealogical Society, 1983, vol. 1, p. 24, marriage license no. 153: "Wilford Hudson and Juliane Graybill, 29 Nov 1842, by Michael Stoker, MG."

      2. Pitt book quoted above indicates Wythe Township in Hancock and not Nauvoo. Wythe Township was where Michael Stoker resided and it is just east of Warsaw in Hancock Co., Illinois.

      3. Nauvoo LDS Land and Records Office research file (copy in my possession as of 2 Jun 2007 and also partially viewable at Includes copy of actual marriage certificate:
      "State of Illinois, Hancock County, ss. Office of the Clerk of the County, Commissioners' Court. The people of the State of Illinois, To any regular Minister of the Gospel, authorized to marry by the society to which he belongs; any Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge, or Justice of the Peace, Greeting:
      These are to license and Authorise you to celebrate and certify the marriage of Mr. Wilford Hudson and Miss Juliane Graybiol and for so doing, this shall by your sufficient warrant.
      Given under my hand, and the seal of the County Commissioners' Court, at Carthage, this 28th day of November A.D. 1842, Sam'l Marshall, Clerk.
      State of Illinois, Hancock County, ss.
      I hereby certify, that I joined in the holy state of matrimony, Mr. Wilford Hudson and Miss Julian Graybill on the 29th day of November A.D. 1842. Given under my hand and seal, this 29th day of Nov., A.D. 1842, Michael Stoker, Preacher of the Gospel. Marriage was in Nauvoo."

      1. Per biography above. Lewis book cited below concurs and mentions she died at age 25 years.

      1. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 90-91.

      2. 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. 99.

      3. Nauvoo LDS Land and Records Office research file (copy in my possession as of 2 Jun 2007) provides the following information (also partially viewable at