Individual Record 330

Name}   Fordham, Joseph Elijah Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 21 Nov 1847 Place} Des Moines, Polk, Iowa
Marr.: Date} Fam 10 May 1881 Place} St. George, Washington, Utah     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  3 Aug 1929  C Place} Salina, Sevier, Utah
Burial: Date} Exa  6 Aug 1929 Place} Pioneer Cemetery, Salina, Sevier, Utah
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   81 = Genealogy
Source 2} 1168=Geog history
Source 3} 1169=1850 USA cen
Source 4} 1170=1860 USA cen
Source 5} 1175=Military rec
Source 5} 1171=1880 USA cen
Source 6} 1172=1900 USA cen
Source 7} 1173=1910 USA cen
Source 8} 1174=1920 USA cen
Source 9} 1125=Death certif
Source 10}759 = Cemetery rec
Source 11}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Elijah Fordham and Anna Bibbins Chaffee Bale
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.} 502 = Escalante, Garfield, Utah
      Occupation 1} Carpenter
       Occupation 2} Hay farmer
  Religion/Church} Latter-day Saints
Spouses:   Prime} Graf, Emma Barbara
                              Bleak, Mary Moore  
                              Deaton, Susannah  
 Total Number of} 3
Notes:  Joseph Elijah Fordham was born 21 Nov 1847 in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa.  His parents were Elijah Fordham (1798 - 1897) and Anna Bibbins Chaffee Bale (1811 - 1881).  In 1850, the family crossed the plains to Salt Lake with the Edward Hunter Company.  This included his brother Amos Pierre, and sisters Anna Maria and Mary Louisa.  The 1850 census of the Utah Territory includes only Anna Bibbins with Amos, Anna Marie, and Joseph, omits Mary Louise, and adds baby Emily.

In the 1860 U.S. census, Joseph's family was living in the Great Salt Lake City Ward 17.  His father Elijah was enumerated as the head of a household of 9 persons, which includes Joseph and his brother Amos.  Elijah was a lumber dealer.  When Joseph was 20 years old, he is listed in Utah military records as being a Private with the D.P. Miles' Company from 22 Apr to 28 Jul 1867.

Joseph married Mary Moore Bleak (1855 - 1886) on 10 Jul 1870 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In the 1880 U.S. census, the family was living in Escalante, Iron County*, Utah.  Their children included Mary, 8 years, Grace, 6, Emily, 5, and Nelly, 2.  Joseph was a carpenter.  Two additional children, Lillie and Amos were born following the 1880 census.  His wife Mary died 1 Apr 1886, the same year as Amos was born, perhaps in childbirth.  She is buried in the Escalante Cemetery, Escalante, Utah.

Joseph married Emma Barbara Graf (1861 - 1930) 10 May 1881 in St. George Washington, Utah.  Emma had two daughters from her previous marriage.  These were Lillian Emma Graf and Hilda Barbara Graf.  The family was living in Escalante, Garfield County*, Utah, when their first son, Karl Emil, was born 13 Oct 1887.  George Albert was born in Jun 1889, and John Eugene was born in Oct 1891.  The couple separated, divorced, or otherwise went their separate ways.

About 1895, Joseph married Susannah Deaton (1867 - 1941).  Susannah had been married previously and had at least one daughter.  In the 1900 U.S. census, the family was living in Salina, Sevier County, Utah.  This included children Elijah J., 18 years, Forrest, 13, Elizabeth, 7, Ruby M., 2, and James F. Fordham, 6 months.  Probably only the last three were children of Susannah, and she had already lost one child.  Joseph was still working as a carpenter, Elijah was a farm laborer, and Forrest was a day laborer.

In the 1910 U.S. census, Joseph and Susannah were still living in Salina, and Joseph was listed as a hay farmer.  The family now included Ruby M., 13 years, Lincoln W., 10, Ruth, 7, Arthur B[ert]., 4, and Susannah's daughter from her previous marriage, Lizzie Durfee, 18.  Susannah had had 10 children, only 8 of whom were still living.  In the 1920 U.S. census, Joseph was 73 years old, and no longer working.  Their sons Lincoln, 20, and Bert, 13, were living with them.

Joseph died 3 Aug 1929, at the age of 82 years, in Salina, Utah.  Cause of death was carcinoma of the stomach, which he had had for several years.  He was buried 6 Aug 1929 in the Pioneer Cemetery in Salina.  His last wife Susannah lived until 1941, and is buried in the Aurora Cemetery, Aurora, Utah.

* Escalante was originally located in Iron County.  In 1882, Garfield County was formed, which included Escalante.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 7:00 A.M. Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photos} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Carcinoma of stomach
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   7 Jul  2014
Date Created}  30 Oct 1993
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