The Winegars and the Early Mormon Church

August 13, 2010
I have been working on a project to create an extensive Winegar data base by adding to my existing files information from the Winegar Tree newsletters.  In this effort, I have found several articles that describe the involvement of the Winegar family in the history of the Mormon Church.  I have found these stories very interesting and I have decided to briefly share this information.

Individuals involved are the family and descendants of Samuel Thomas Winegar (1773-1874).  Samuel’s line is Ulrich(1), Garrett (2), Samuel S. (3), Samuel Thomas (4).  Samuel Thomas and his wife, Rhoda Cummings, as well as their children Alvin, Almira, and John received Latter-Day-Saints baptism in January of 1833 in Springfield, Pennsylvania.  Springfield was only a short distance from Kirkland, Ohio, then the headquarters of the Mormon Church.  Samuel, Rhoda, and the three children joined other members of the church in Far West, Missouri.

Zion's Camp, painting by C.C.A. Christensen. Copyright expired.

In 1835, Samuel Thomas, Alvin and a daughter of Samuel, either Almira or Sarah, were called by Joseph Smith, the founder of the church known as the Prophet, to go with a group of Saints to Zions Camp.  Their purpose was to relieve the suffering of members of the church there.  While in Far West Alvin married Mary Judd and Almira married William Stoker.  When the church moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, the Winegars and the Stokers moved there as well. Marriage records from Henry County, Indiana show Alvin and Mary were married there, August 31, 1837.  See comment below.

Alvin’s wife, Mary, helped Joseph Smith’s wife in her home and was present when a mob came for Joseph.  Fortunately, he was not there.

Lois Smith, who later would marry Stephen Samuel,  the youngest son of Samuel Thomas, lived in the home of Joseph Smith.  Lois and her family had immigrated to Nauvoo from Canada.  When her parents and all her siblings all died of cholera, Lois, an orphan,was taken into Joseph Smith’s home.  She was baptized by him two days after her eighth birthday.  One of her relatives related that she would repeat that she had been baptized by the Prophet as many as 20 times per day.  She also liked to tell of how she would ride with him on his horse, Joe Duncan.  After Joseph Smith was assassinated, she lived in the home of Brigham Young until her marriage.

Balconies and pillars of the Old Mormon Tabernacle.

The Winegar family traveled by wagon train to Utah.  Lois Smith and possible her future husband Stephen, traveled in 1848.  They were married in Utah in 1850.  Stephen cut lumber for the building of the Temple and the Tabernacle.  The pillars that hold up the balcony of the Tabernacle were cut and hauled by ox teams driven by Stephen Winegar.  William Stoker and Almira Winegar Stoker started for Utah in June of 1852.  Alvin Winegar and his family left about the same time but traveled in a different company.  In Utah, William Stoker took a second wife, Christina Emily Madsen.  Living with both wives, he had nine children by Almira and five by Emily.

Alvin Winegar and Mary Judd had nine children.  Stephen Samuel Winegar and Lois Smith had eight.  A large number of the Winegars living in Utah today are descended from these two brothers.

In putting together this post I have relied heavily on a paper, The Family of Samuel Winegar and Susanna Thomas by Helen Beazer presented at the 1984 meeting in Salt Lake City http://www.reocities.com/houghtonnance/SWinegarFam.htm and The Story of Smith Winegar by Orla L. Coltrin-Pratt -Hillhouse from The Winegar Tree, January 1981.


Descendants of Ulrich Winegar: The need for a complete database

July 30, 2010

Since I began writing this blog, I have had numerous queries from Winegar descendants seeking information on  their family background.  Sometimes I have information that helps, but often I do not.  There are a large number of trees on Ancestry.com containing Winegar information, but these tend to focus on one line and other branches simply dead-end. 

In the late 1970’s Arthur Goold published the Wineinger/Winegar/Wininger Newsletter.  My father subscribed to this Newsletter, and I think I have a complete set.  Sometimes I can find information here that is not on-line or in my Family Tree Maker files, but it requires a laborious search.  At least two books have been published on the data from these newsletters, but both are out of print.  Margaret Harris Stover published The Descendants of Uldrich Winegar of Amenia, Dutches County, New York.  I understand that Helen Beazer has recently published a book on the subject.  If anyone knows how I can get a copy of either of these books, I would appreciate their help.

The Winegar Tree by Arthur Goold.

My current plan is to try to create a database containing the information from the old newsletters, starting with Volume One and working forward.  I am working in Family Tree Maker rather than Ancestry.com because it is much more user-friendly.  As my work progresses, I will upload copies to Ancestry.  I have quickly decided not to try to follow all of the non-Winegar lines.  There is just too much data available.  I am also seeing that there is a lot of conflicting information, particularly with dates and places.  I hope that corrections in subsequent newsletters help clarify these issues.

I would welcome comments, suggestions, or assistance on this project.


Winegar Hole Wilderness

January 19, 2010

There are a number of geographic locations in the country that are named Winegar most of which  I am not able to connect with our family.  An exception to that is Winegar Hole Wilderness which is within Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Wyoming and borders on Yellowstone National Park.  The area was established to protect prime grizzly bear habitat.  I have not visited the area, but my sister Donna Holmes and her daughter Dawne have been there.  They report that it is a very primitive area and that there is not much to see.  Dawne took pictures there and I hope to get some of her pictures to add to this site.

According to Wikipedia:  The Fremont County (Idaho) history says: “The same Egin Bench was the first settlement when Stephen Winegar and his four sons, George, Willis, Leonard and John, put up the first log shelter during the summer of 1879 when they cut and stacked the wild hay in the river bottoms.  Winegar Hole and “Gideon Winegar June, 1882, carved on the cliff beside the Snake River, are reminders of these early settlers.”

My genealogical records show that Stephen Winegar had sons Gideon and Willis.  He had brothers John and George.  Leonard was a common name in the family at that time, but I don’t show him as a son to Stephen.

Family Tree Maker shows that Stephen Winegar is my second cousin four times removed.  We have common ancestors.  We are both decended from Ulrich who settled in New York in 1710 and his son Garrett. Stephen is decended from Garrett’s son Samuel while my line goes through Garrett’s son Ulrich.  Samuel had a son Samuel Thomas who was Stephen’s father.

All the attached photographs were taken by Ralph Maughan.


Are the Winegars Mayflower Descendants?

December 9, 2009

The Mayflower

In several of my earlier posts I have mentioned the research of my father, Donald Stephenson Winegar, who spent many of his retirement years doing genealogical research.  He labored in the years before computers and the internet, and, what today can be done almost instantly on the internet,  took him years.  In the case of Winegar Mayflower descendants, he was confident that we were descendants, but modern research leaves the issue very much in question.  In any case, what follows is a very interesting story, and it is very easy to find corroborating or refuting evidence on the internet for those who may be interested.

Deacon John Dunham (Denham) was born about 1589 in Scrobee, England.  He was among the group of Pilgrims who emigrated to Leiden, Holland.  He was married twice  and had children by both wives.  Dunham family records claim that he was wanted for treasonable activities in England, and, therefore, traveled to America on the Mayflower under the assumed name of John Goodman, a single man.  Goodman is reported to have died in the first winter and and, at some point, Dunham assumed his real name.  He was a prominent member of the Plymouth Colony and was appointed a Deacon in the church, a high honor in the Colony.

Most English settlers in the American Colonies kept excellent records, but the Plymouth Colony seems to be an exception.   Governor Bradford began writing the Plymouth Annals in 1630, ten years after the Mayflower arrived, and continued writing until 1641.  The first list of passengers did not appear until 1669, after the death of John Dunham.

Several experts report that the claim that Goodman and Dunham were the same man is completely unsupported and that Dunham probably arrived in the colony around 1632.  Those supporting the Goodman/Dunham claim of ancestry point out that there are problems if it is not true.  Goodman was granted a garden plot in 1623.  These plots were only granted to married men.  Dunham’s son John later received a special grant being one of the first born of the newcomers.  Deacon John’s daughter Abigail,  born in 1623, is reported to be the first child born in the new colony.  Dunham became a deacon in 1633, which would have been very unlikely for a newcomer. 

I do not intend to investigate this controversy.  For anyone interested in doing so, a Google search will provide abundant material.  Where do the Winegars fit in to this?  I believe that we are direct descendants of Deacon John Dunham.  Whether we are Mayflower descendants depends on answering the above question.  At any rate, we had ancestors that were in the Plymouth Colony very early in its existence.

The following traces our connection to John Dunham.

John Dunham/Susanna Kenny(John’s first wife)

Thomas Dunham/Sarah

Sarah Dunham/James Palmer

Sarah Palmer/Conrad Winans

William Winans/Sarah Hawley

Silas Winans/Elizabeth Howe

Elizabeth Winans/Ulrich Winegar   (This is Ulrich (5) born in 1783 the great-great-grandson of Ulrich (1) who brought the family to New York in 1710.

Ashbel Winegar/Mary Rease Roberts

Edwin Ashbel Winegar/Myrtie Stephenson

Donald Stephenson Winegar/ Mary Deone Daniells

Even if we are not direct descendents of the Mayflower, we do have another connection.  Ulrich Winegar (1) had a son Garrett.  Two of Garrett’s sons married sisters who were Mayflower descendants: Jacob Winegar/ Deliverence Doty and John Winegar/Elizabeth Doty.  According to Family Tree Maker, Elizabeth is the wife of my 4th grand-uncle.


The Daniells Sisters: the Senior Years

October 23, 2009
Today we conclude the group pictures of the five Daniells sisters with snapshots of their senior years.  The sisters remained close all their lives, helping one another, consoling one another, and loving one another.  Every gathering of the five was another opportunity for a group picture.
Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row.  Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row. Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Middle Years

October 21, 2009

We continue with pictures of the teen and young adult years of the Daniells sisters.

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Daniells sisters, 1932

Daniells sisters, 1932

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Mary and Betty, 1928

Mary and Betty, 1928

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean.  Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean. Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Early Years

October 19, 2009

The five Daniells sisters enjoyed doing things together, and there were many opportunities for group pictures.  In previous posts, I have focused primarily on individual sisters.  Today, I will share group pictures.

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean, ca 1929


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