dee_burris: (Default)
2011-06-11 12:42

But he didn't act alone...

In my extended family, we have our own version of a murder conspiracy.

John D Lee, one of the leaders of the Mormon Church, was executed for the 1857 massacre at Mountain Meadows UT, in which several members of my Wharton family were murdered.

From the Southern Standard, 31 Mar 1877:

John D Lee, the Mormon leader who participated in the murder of 120 men, women and children, nearly 20 years ago, who were emigrants from Arkansas to California, was shot last Friday. He was executed upon the grounds known as Mountain Meadows, the very grounds where the people he helped to murder were encamped when the ruffians attacked them. He made a confession implicating others and excuplating himself. He was given his choice as to the manner of his death by the court that sentenced him and prefered to be shot.

A fair number of historians see Brigham Young's hands firmly in the mix of the massacre - with followers committed to covering up his culpability.

Today's LDS Church would just like to see the whole thing fade away, without having to acknowledge the innocent blood on the hands of its leaders so long ago.
dee_burris: (Default)
2010-12-10 18:24

Happy birthday, sis!

Monday, 11 Dec 1961...

That's the day my younger sister was born.

I was told that - at first - I was quite excited to be a "big sister."

But the new wore off, and when she was a few weeks old, I asked if we could take her back to the hospital.

Sis shares the same birthday with the following people in our family tree:
Frances Adelaide "Fanny" Ashmore - 1879
Charlie W Baker - 1882
Elizabeth Buck - 1868
Seth Chapin - 1733
Gilbert J Duelmer - 1932
Homer M Francis - 1896
Hans Devauld Funderburk - 1724
Charleen Herrington - 1946
Lena Belle Hobbs - 1880
Harriet Pauline Lee - 1848
Abner Meek - 1795
Leona V Potillo - 1910

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My sis and me, Arkansas Democrat, 22 Dec 1963


I'm glad they didn't take you back, sissy.

Have a great birthday!