Individual Record 103

Name}   Staheli, Johann George (George) Family History} Olson                  
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa 22 Jan 1854 Place} Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
Marr.: Date} Exa 27 Dec 1897 Place} St. George, Washington, Utah     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 30 Dec 1934  D Place} Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
Burial: Date} Exa  1 Jan 1935 Place} Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Washington, Utah
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   81 = Genealogy
Source 2} 711 = Family hstry
Source 3} 1114=Geog history
Source 4}   75 = Geog history
Source 5} 1749=Baptism rec
Source 6} 177 = Passenger ls
Source 7} 902 = Passenger ls
Source 8} 1748=LDS history
Source 9} 356 = Church recrd
Source 10}   80 = 1870 USA cen
Source 11}  83 = 1880 USA cen
Source 12}722 = Marriage rec
Source 13}  84 = 1900 USA cen
Source 14}255 = IGI
Source 15}167 = 1910 USA cen
Source 16}776 = 1920 USA cen
Source 17}777 = 1930 USA cen
Source 18}1125=Death certif
Source 19}158 = Cemetery rec
Source 20}759 = Cemetery rec
Source 21}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Johann Georg Staheli & Sophia Barbara Haeberli
   Relationship No.} 9
1st Household No.} 143 = Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
      Occupation 1} Farmer
       Occupation 2} Musician
  Religion/Church} Latter-day Saints
Spouses:   Prime} Graf, Emma Barbara
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Johann George Staheli was born 22 Jan 1854 in Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland.  Known as George, he was the son of Johann Georg Staheli & Sophia Barbara Haeberli.  His older siblings were Wilhelmina, born in 1849, Jakob, born 1850 and died 1851, and Elizabeth, born 1851.

Feorge's younger siblings were Maria (Mary) born in 1855, Johannes (John) born 1857, Sophie, born 1859 and died 1859, and Sophie born 1860.

George was baptised 7 Feb 1854 in the Evangelisch church, Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland.
George's father, mother, and paternal grandparents had become members of the Church of Latter-day Saints, which urged them to go to America.  On 3 May 1861, the family left Amriswil for America.  His oldest sister Wilhelmina had left the previous year with his grandparents.  The family set sail from Liverpool on the Monarch of the Sea on 16 May 1861.  His youngest sister, Sophie, died 28 May 1861, and was buried at sea.  They arrived in New York on 19 Jun 1861.

A few days later, the Mormon contingent left by train for the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha).  Here they joined the Sixtus E. Johnson Company for the journey across the plains by covered wagon.  About 200 individuals and 52 wagons were in the Company when it departed 14 and 15 Jul 1861.  They arrived in Salt Lake, Utah ten weeks later, on 27 Sep 1861.  Here they joined George's grandparents and sister Wilhelmina.

At the October conference of 1861, President Young called 109 families, including the Staheli families, to the the Dixie mission in Southern Utah.  They left in November 1861, for the 300 mile trip south.  Daniel Bonneli, a native of Switzerland who could speak both Swiss and English, was appointed captain of the company.  They arrived in Santa Clara, located about 5 miles northwest of St. George, between 24 and 28 Nov 1861.  The family took of residence in the Old Fort.

George's youngest sister Barbara was born 26 Dec 1861.  Then the rains began, and on 17 Jan 1862, the little settlement of Santa Clara was washed away.  The settlers rebuilt a short distance away.  His father George became ill with Mountain fever, now recognized as typhoid, and was sick for six weeks.  Then his mother Sophia came down with it and died 3 Jun 1862.  His father George married Barbara Meir Bliggenstorpher, a recent widow, to help care for the children.

About the age of 13 years, George became a member of the Staheli band, which had been founded by his father.  His brother John also became at member of the band.  On 9 Nov 1871, the band was present for the ground breaking of the temple in St. George, which was presided over by Brigham Young.  In the years that followed, George and his brother John helped build the temple by hauling rock from a quarry on the nearby black ridge to the temple site.  Both George and John played in the band on the top of the temple when it was dedicated 6 Apr 1877.

In the 1870 U.S. census, George was living with his father, step-mother, and siblings Mary, John and Barbara, in Santa Clara.  He was 16 years old and was working on the family farm.  By the 1880 U.S. census, his father had married Rosina, and the household consisted George, his brother John, and three young step-siblings.

Finally, at the age of 41 years, George married Emma Barbara Graf on 27 Sep 1897 in St. George, Utah.  It was the third marriage for Emma, and she brought five young children into the marriage.  George and Emma's first son, Rulon Harvey was born in 1898.  In the 1900 U.S. census, George and Emma were living in Santa Clara with all six children.  George was farming, and was a naturalized citizen.  Their daughter Vera Grace was born in 1900, and son Lorraine in 1903.

By the 1910 U.S. census, George and Emma had been divorced.  George was boarding with John and Emma Graf, and Emma was living with her children, from all marriages.  In the 1920 U.S. census, the couple was back together, and only the three children of their own marriage were living with them.  By the 1930 U.S. census, George and Emma were living alone.

George's wife Emma died 15 May 1930.  George died 30 Dec 1934.  Both are buried in the Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Utah.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 12:10 PM Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date} Exa 7 Feb 1854 Place} Amriswil, Thurgau, Switzerland  
LDS Baptism} Exa 6 Jun 1865 Place} Santa Clara Ward, Utah
Immigr'n Date} Exa 19 Jun 1861 Port} New York, New York
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Coronary thrombosis
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 18 May 2015
Date Created}  17 Apr 1993
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