Loyia Greene Harding Obituary

HARDING, Loyia (Greene)59c027dcb56b0

March 9, 1937 to September 13, 2017

Loyia (Greene) Harding passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the age of 80 years after a long battle with cancer.

She will be lovingly remembered and eternally cherished by her husband of 56 years, Glenn; children Robert (Bonnie) Harding, Denise (Tyler) Mandin, Michael (Jaime) Harding, Janet (David) Thurgood, and Carma (Rob) Leishman; siblings Phyllis (Gordon) Wood, Kent (Jan) Greene, Lila (Robb) Sloan, Verla (Kim) Campbell; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Addison and Amy Greene.

Loyia was born in Cardston and raised in the shadow of Chief Mountain in the beautiful village of Glenwood, Alberta.  She met Glenn at a dance in Waterton and was later tricked into a first kiss while looking for the “rabbit in the moon”.  They settled on a farm in Taber, Alberta where they raised their five children.

Loyia worked hard her whole life.  She was up before dawn and didn’t sit still until long after the sun had gone down, always putting others before herself.  She served faithfully in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was always driven to do more than just her duty.  Her favourite scripture from Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” was evident in the quiet faith and loyal devotion she displayed in everything she did.  She had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and had her prayers answered in miraculous ways on several occasions.  Loyia loved children and spent many hours in the rocking chair with dear little ones.  She taught us to read, to play music, to work, and to do better than our best.  She never forgot to send a birthday card, usually with a verse inside.  She loved to write and her collection of over 500 poems and verses will live on though her body has passed.

Friends may meet with family at 9:45 a.m. at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS – North Stake Centre (560 Highlands Blvd. W. Lethbridge) on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

A Funeral Service will follow for Loyia at 11:00am. Interment will take place following the service at the Taber Cemetery.


Rowland and Hannah Askew Braithwaite


The Emigrant Mother

By Ruby B. Cheever

Very little is known of the early life of Hannah Askew Braithwaite. She and her sister Elizabeth were the daughters of a very young unwed mother, Mary Askew. Elizabeth was christened at Helsington, but Hannah was born at Kendal, Westmorland, England, on August 20, 1804, and it was at Kendal, on March 4, 1822, that she was married to Rowland Braithwaite of Helsington.

Rowland was a shoemaker by trade and they made their home in Kirkland, a small suburb of Kendall, and it was here that the records tell us that her seven sons and one daughter were born. Thomas and Robert I died in infancy. Other children were John, Robert II, George, Rowland, Hannah, William, and Joseph Smith.

In the year 1843 LDS missionaries came to the Braithwaite home. Hannah, the mother, was the first to accept the gospel. She was baptized and confirmed by William Stuart on April 12, 1843. Two months later her husband was also baptized by William Hetherinton. Like many converts their desire was to go to America and a fund was started for this purpose; but due to Rowland’s death in 1852, this fund had to be used.

After the father’s death, the boys felt it might be best for them to remain in England, but Hannah lived with but one great aim in view, and that was to get her family to Zion. When reminded of the sacrifices this move would entail, her answer was always, “I shall take my family to Zion if I ‘ave not but a box to sit upon.” Every effort was made by her for this; and after nine years of praying and working, her son Robert was sent to America. Then in the spring of 1863 Hannah’s struggle was rewarded; and she and her daughter and sons George, William, Joseph, and Rowland and his wife and two small daughters (wife Hannah Ormandy and daughters Mary Agnes and Hannah Elizabeth) set sail for America. They left England on the fourth day of June 1863, crossing the ocean on the AMAZON, a sailing vessel charted from London to carry the 882 Saints to America. William Bramell (or Bramwell) was in charge of this company which arrived in New York July 18. They crossed the plains for Utah in Captain Daniel McArthur’s company with ox team, arriving in Manti in October 1863. Their few possessions were brought by wagon, but the family walked most of the way.

Her first home in Manti was a little one-room house with boxes for chairs. The boys went to work, but Hannah was ambitious and she knit sox and sold them, canvassed from home to home selling notions, and did many odd jobs to help make her home livable and add more room for their comfort.

Hannah was desirous of all the blessings a kind Heavenly Father had in store for her, and so in October of 1864 she went to Salt Lake City and received her endowment in the Endowment House, and was sealed at this time to her husband. No task was too hard if it was for the Church. She never complained over anyhardship, but always felt she was one of the fortunate few to have her family in “Zion.” Her one regret was that her son John was yet in England, and at the time of her death she gave one of the boys a savings she had built up little by little to bring him and his family to Utah.

After her children married she refused to leave her home, and it was not until her final illness that she was taken to her daughter Hannah’s home where she passed away on November 24, 1875. She was buried in the Manti City Cemetery. Later her son John and wife came to Utah, and both are buried on the lot by her side.

Obituary of Robert Braithwaite (1830-1906)

Robert Braithwaite was born 14 Mar 1830 in Kirkland, Kendal, Westmoreland, England and was christened 20 Oct 1830 in Kirkland, Kendal, Westmoreland, England. He died 26 Oct 1906 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah and was buried Oct 1906 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah. Robert married Harriet Amelia BEMUS on 5 Feb 1858 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah.

Other marriages:

GREEN, Christina

BIRTH-MARR-DEATH: Record of Sherald Wendell James.

Robert had a first marriage but the information is not known. Harriet is his second wife.

He learned the trade of a shoemaker, working with his father, and after his father’s death carried on the business. Joined the Mormon Church in 1845 and in 1854 came to Utah, crossing the plains in an oxtrain, under Capt. William Empey. Following his trade one year in Salt Lake City, then moved to Provo, where he continued at his trade. In the fall of 1857 he came to Manti, and had a shop for many years. He also own a farm, which is worked by his son. Was activated in the Black Hawk war, doing his share. Is a member of the High Priests’ quorum.

A History of Robert and Harriet Amelia Bemus Braithwaite

A history of Robert and Harriet Amelia Bemus Braithwaite as prepared by their granddaughter, Alta B. Coleman, with the help of Isabella Braithwaite Bown.


Robert David BraithwaiteRobert Braithwaite was born 14 March 1830, in Kendal, Westmoreland County, England.  He was the fourth child of a family of nine children born to Rowland and Hannah Askew Braithwaite.  Of these nine children, eight were boys.  The one daughter in the family was the seventh child.  The names of the children in the order of their birth were John, Thomas (who died as an infant), Robert (who also died as an infant), Robert II (who was my grandfather and the subject of this history), George, Rowland, Hannah, William, and Joseph Smith Braithwaite.

Robert II was a dutiful and energetic boy.  He enjoyed many of the pleasures of boyhood, and along with his brothers and one sister, he engaged in the normal fun found in a busy and happy childhood home.  Robert’s father was a shoemaker by trade.  He died in his early fifties.  Robert had worked along with his father in the business and after his father’s death; he had taken over the business so he had had much experience along this line.  This became pretty muchly his life’s chief occupation.

Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who went to England, met and taught the Gospel to this humble family.  All of them were converted and baptized and became true and faithful Latter-day Saints.  They were not all baptized at the same time, but they were all converted and baptized in England before they arrived in Utah.  Grandfather was one of the first ones to be baptized.  Records show that he was baptized when he was fifteen in 1845.  His mother was the first of the family to be baptized.  She was baptized in 1843.  His father was baptized three months later.

The Braithwaite people, like all of those early converted Latter-day Saints, had an urge to come to Utah.  My grandfather, Robert, was the first of the family to arrive.  In 1854 he crossed the plains by ox team under the direction of William Empey.  After his arrival in Utah, he lived in Salt Lake City for about one year.  During this time he followed the shoemaking trade.  He worked diligently.  He had a worthy purpose in view as he had a desire to save enough passage money to make it possible for his mother and his five brothers and one sister to come to Utah as soon as possible.  His father had died two years before he had left England.

After a year’s stay in Salt Lake City, Robert moved to Provo, Utah, where he continued to work at his trade.  In the fall of 1857, he moved again. This time he moved to Manti, Utah, where he again set up business as a shoemaker, and he continued to work and save his money to help his family come to America.  In the very early history of Manti, the people had to fashion temporary homes by making dugouts in the south side of the Manti Temple hill.  The first settlers to Manti arrived in November 1849.  A deep snow began falling the day after their arrival.  The ground was never free from snow until late the following spring.  It was a hard winter for them. Grandfather told many accounts of these experiences of those first settlers as retold stories handed down to him by the earlier settlers, to my mother.  My mother retold many of those stories to me.

As the months and years went by, houses were built of logs and lumber from Manti Canyon, and stone from what later became the Manti Temple quarry from which the Manti Temple was later built.  Grandfather arrived in Manti in 1857.  By that time, he was able to live in a house built of logs, lumber and stone.  One house in which Grandfather lived in Manti is still standing.

Another sore trial that came to those early settlers in Manti and surrounding settlements was the Black Hawk Indian War.  Grandfather fought in that war.  Willingly he went as a soldier to fight the Indians who were trying to kill the people and destroy their settlement.  The settlers were glad when the war was over and peace came.

The settlement of Manti grew and community life developed and things became a little better for the saints.  Grandfather helped promote the progress of this little town.  He related many of these experiences to my mother and told her that many families came to make their homes in this growing settlement.  It soon became a busy place, and the people became united in a common cause to build a happy community in which to live as Latter-day Saints.

It was a happy day in 1863, when the time came that his mother and his sister and brothers, except John, came to make their home among the saints in Manti.   Grandfather’s dream was fulfilled.  He had sent them money to help pay for passage to America.  They crossed the ocean in the first sailing vessel chartered from London to carry Mormon emigrants to America.  The sailing vessel was called the “Amazon.”

Back in England, their mother, Hannah Askew Braithwaite, had been trying very hard to save money for passage to America.  John, the oldest son, was asked to come to Utah first but he declined the offer for some reason.  Thus it was that my grandfather, next oldest, was chosen to come to Utah as the first to lead the way and help earn and save money to send for the mother and children to come later.  Grandfather had done his task well.  To him we are indebted for so much, even our very own lives in this free land of the U.S.A.

John, the oldest son, came to Manti after the death of the mother, Hannah.  She knitted socks and sold them; she did all kinds of odd jobs and saved every cent she could to help John, his wife and family to come later.  After her death, the money was sent to John and he and his wife and family came to Manti.

This dear lady devoted her entire life, after she was baptized, to getting herself and her children to “Zion.”  She was a good, true Latter-day Saint.  We owe so very much to our great-grandmother, Hannah Askew Braithwaite, who was the first Braithwaite to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She is buried in the Manti Cemetery.  Her grave should never be left undecorated on Decoration Day when all about is so beautifully decorated.

After their arrival in the United States, they crossed the plains in Captain Daniel McCarthy’s company by ox team.  They went directly to Manti, Utah, arriving there in October, 1863.  They each made a home in Manti, married and reared large families.  The Braithwaite descendants from these families, at this time of writing, I’m sure numbers into the thousands.  They have become scattered into the far places of the earth and have honored this great name.

The mother of this large family, Hannah Askew Braithwaite, lived twelve years after her arrival in Utah.  She was a remarkable woman, a faithful Latter-day Saint, and a devoted mother.  She was the first Braithwaite to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

February 5, 1858, was a very important day in our Braithwaite history as it was on that day that my grandfather, Robert Braithwaite, was married in Manti, Utah, to a beautiful young girl by the name of Harriet Amelia Bemus.  Harriet Amelia Bemus was the daughter of Lyness and Martha Amelia Juell Bemus.  She was born 16 September 1844, in Louis Town, Culton Co., Illinois.  Her people were of English descent, but her parents were from Maine and New Hampshire, according to report and family memory.

The family had moved west to Illinois and during the gold rush to California, they moved westward with it.  Martha Amelia Juell Bemus was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  When they arrived in Utah, it was her desire to remain among the Mormons.  Her husband, Lyness Bemus, who was not a member of the Latter-day Saints Church, wished to follow the gold rush westward to California.  However, because his wife wished to stay in Utah, he obliged and always said afterward that he was happy that he stayed.  They made their home in Manti, Utah.  Martha Juell Bemus remained a true Latter-day Saint and a dutiful, neat, kind, little woman.  She died September 11, 1892, and is buried in the Manti Cemetery.  Lyness Bemus was an honorable man.  He never joined the Latter-Day Saints Church.  However, in the later years of his life, which was not a long life as he died at the age of 53, he did express a desire to be baptized.  However, he became ill and died before it could be done.

My grandmother, Harriet Amelia Bemus Braithwaite, was one of ten children born to this couple.  She was either the sixth or the seventh child.  I have never been able to ascertain whether Ira was the oldest child in this family or not.  He left soon after they arrived in Manti and went to California.  He was never heard from again.  If he were the oldest child, then Harriet Amelia was the seventh child.  Her brothers and sisters were Mary Judith Elizabeth, William Myron, George, Harvey Franklin, Francis, Ira, Emily Matilda, and twins Norman and Norris.

Robert met and fell in love with the beautiful, young Harriet and they were married February 5, 1858.  They were sealed later in the Endowment House.  For the next 44 years, they made their home in Manti.  In 1901, they moved to Spanish Fork where Grandfather died in 1906, and Grandmother died in 1929.  Twelve children were born to this couple.  Their names were Martha, Mary, Emily, Robert, Harriet, Isabella (my mother), Lyness, Eleanor, Catherine, John, Willard and Jesse.  These children lived to maturity; they each married and raised fine families.  Their descendants have been numerous, impossib1e to get an accurate count, and they were scattered to the four corners of the earth.

During the years Robert Braithwaite lived in Manti, he followed his trade of a shoemaker.  He also had a small farm which provided work for his sons.  He was hired to run the Manti Carding Machine Shop.  This shop was in operation from early spring until late fall.  Here, rolls for spinning yarn and batts for quilts were made.  In the winter months, he worked in his shoe shop.  He spent a little time during the summer repairing shoes, but there was not as much demand for repair work in the summer, as the children went barefooted when there was no school.  The shop was a very busy place just before the school season began.

When my mother was a girl and up until she was about 12 years of age, she spent much of her time in these places of work.  She helped card wool in the carding mills and to make or repair shoes.  She said that she was always happy that she had spent so many hours working side by side with her father.  He was a soft-spoken, little man and displayed wisdom and kindness.  He had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and she learned many valuable lessons in character building from him.  She loved him dearly.

My mother related that Grandfather’s shop was a popular place because he was an honest and well-liked person.  Many people went there to pass a few remarks and to discuss the topics of the day, as well as to purchase shoes or have them repaired.  Many times gospel principles were discussed.  He had a strong testimony of the Gospel.  Very often people came to these places where Grandfather worked or to his home for the purpose of seeking advice about a problem.  He was a humble, sincere man and many times he was called upon for counsel or for some of his herbs for healing the sick.  He was especially blessed with the gift of healing and through the Priesthood of God, which he held, coupled with his faith and the faith on the part of those ill, many a person felt grateful for the help given by this little man.  He was of small stature, but he must have had quite a strong constitution for it has been said that on many an occasion, Grandfather walked from Manti to Provo when the occasion became necessary.

He was a tireless worker or else used his time wisely for he accomplished much in his time.  He was a splendid gardener and took much pride in having a neat-looking garden.  He grew fine vegetables.  He grew rhubarb and had berry bushes, such as currants and gooseberries, as well as fruit trees such as cherries, peaches and red astrakhan apples.  He was generous in sharing these with others.  Grandmother and the children had a share in this project and in helping to prepare for winter in the way they knew, what produce they could from his garden.  They dried what could be dried; they put into root cellars what could be stored.  And they made jellies, jams, pickles and relishes, which they stored in crocks and jars which were available.

Grandfather was a lover of flowers.  My mother said his garden was bright with hollyhocks, daisies, larkspur, sweet williams, and a special variety which she had in her garden from seed handed down from his seed. I never learned their true name, but to me they were called “Grandpa flowers.”  And yet, Grandfather still found time to devote to the Church.  He advanced in the Priesthood; he held the office of a High Priest at the time of his death.  He had a sweet singing voice and sang in duets and in the choir.  He led the choir on many occasions.  In fact, all those early Braithwaites sung a great deal.  On many occasions, especially on long winter evenings, it was not unusual for many of them to gather together and spend an evening in someone’s home.  Food would be brought and musical instruments, such as a jews harp, a violin, a harmonica or a banjo.  If the hostess was lucky enough to have a piano and someone in the crowd could play it, then music really rang out.  Food was served early and the rest of the evening was spent in games, recitations by young and old, and then the songs began, one right after another.  “Annie Laurie,” “When You and I Were Young, Maggie,” “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” “Round Goes the Wheel,” and many others.  This writer remembers with warmness of heart of being a child in just such gatherings–not a gathering of the generation of my Grandfather and his generation–but of the second generation, my mother’s brothers and sisters and a host of cousins.  I well remember the singing of all the group, and games and stories.  And always there was good food.

In my very youngest childhood memories, I recall some of those family house parties.  They were choice experiences of my young life.  The fine people and the happy songs and the wholesome fun and good eating we had as children in those parties were impressed on my mind to last forever.  I had some of the dearest relatives that a child ever had.

Grandfather and Grandmother Braithwaite moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, before I was born.  They left Manti in 1901.  They took with them the love and admiration of hosts of people with whom they had lived and loved.  They were to gain still more friends among the people of Spanish Fork.  Grandfather Braithwaite died 26 October 1906, in Spanish Fork, Utah.  Grandmother Braithwaite died 10 February 1929.  They were both buried in the Spanish Fork Cemetery.

Grandfather and Grandmother too, were small of stature but what they lacked in size of figure, they made up in personality and strength of good character.  He had no great wealth in money and lands.  It has been said that “A man needs no finer monument than a place in the heart of a friend.”  If that is so, then Grandfather was rich.  Thanks to their memory and noble ancestry, we of their posterity have been blessed abundantly with a good heritage.

The name Braithwaite, taken from genealogy, means a hill in a clearing.  A hill rises higher than the valleys below.  It signifies loftiness, height, grandeur and steadfastness.  These older Braithwaites have been towers of strength in helping to build high standards of character.  They produced good citizens and helped build good communities.  They left to their posterity honor and a good name.

May we and our children and our children’s children never forget the names of Rowland and Hannah Askew Braithwaite and their son Robert and his good wife Harriet Amelia.  Through them, we are indebted for our lives and our heritage.  May we ever so live to honor that great name.

Obituary of Martha Hannah Braithwaite Cahoon (1860-1944)

Martha Hannah Braithwaite Cahoon

Martha was born to Robert Braithwaite and Harriet Amelia Beemus. She has eleven siblings: Mary, Emily, Robert, Harriet, Isabella, Lyness, Eleanor, Catherine, John, Willard, and Jesse. Martha married Robert Kenner about 1879 and they had one son, Robert. Martha then married James Cordon Casson Cahoon 12 May 1881 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was his second wife. They had nine children: Martha, Lillian, William, Stephen, Leslie, Orah, Leonard, Della and Cordon. After the death of James, she married William Edgar French 22 January 1925 in Cardston, Alberta. They did not have any children. Martha died in Leavitt, Alberta, Canada, and is buried there.

James Cordon Casson Cahoon 1847-1918 Grave Information

James Cordon Casson Cahoon Headston

FROM Find a Grave

Birth: Oct. 9, 1847

Douglas County, Nebraska, USA

Death: Sep. 30, 1918

Cardston, Alberta, Canada

James Cordon Casson Cahoon was born in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, to William Farrington Cahoon and Mary Wilson Dugdale. He had three siblings: Samuel Casson, Mary Ellen Casson, and George Edward Casson. He married Ellen Spencer Wilson on June 27, 1868, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had six children:  Margaret Ellen, James C., Mary Miranda, Eva Edna, George Edward, and Ellen Elizabeth. Ellen died in 1880 in Manti, Utah. James then married Martha Hannah Braithwaite on May 12, 1881, in Salt Lake City, Utah. James became the step father to Robert Franklin Kenner, Martha’s son from her first marriage. They had nine children: Martha Amelia Casson, Lillian Casson, William Farrington Casson, Stephen Henry, Leslie Casson, Orah Casson, Leonard Casson, Della Casson, and Cordon Casson. In 1901, the Cahoon family left Manti, Utah and moved to Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Over the years, James worked as a carpenter/builder and a farmer. James died of heart problems in Cardston, Alberta and is buried in Manti, Utah, beside his first wife, Ellen.


Family links:


William Farrington Cahoon (1813 – 1883)

Mary Wilson DUGDALE Cahoon (1814 – 1882)



Martha Hannah Braithwaite Cahoon (1860 – 1944)

Ellen Spencer WILSON Cahoon (1847 – 1880)*



Margaret Ellen CAHOON Shomaker (1869 – 1949)*

James C. CAHOON (1871 – 1944)*

Mary Maranda CAHOON Hall (1872 – 1958)*

Eva Edna CAHOON (1874 – 1874)*

George Edward CAHOON (1877 – 1960)*

Ellen Elizabeth CAHOON (1880 – 1880)*

Martha Amelia Cahoon Nielsen (1882 – 1961)*

Lillian Casson CAHOON (1883 – 1883)*

William Farrington Casson CAHOON (1886 – 1939)*

Stephen Henry CAHOON (1888 – 1906)*

Leslie Casson CAHOON (1891 – 1974)*

Orah Casson CAHOON Martin (1894 – 1976)*

Leonard Casson CAHOON (1896 – 1952)*

Della Casson CAHOON Lenz (1899 – 1980)*

Cordon Casson CAHOON (1902 – 1978)*



Mary Annie CAHOON (1837 – 1838)**

Nancy Ermina CAHOON (1837 – 1838)**

Lerona Eliza Cahoon Durfee (1838 – 1919)**

John Farrington CAHOON (1840 – 1910)**

Prudence Sarah Ermina Cahoon Angell (1843 – 1871)**

Thirza Vilate Cahoon Angell (1845 – 1913)**

James Cordon Casson CAHOON (1847 – 1918)

William Marion CAHOON (1848 – 1931)**

Daniel Coyton CAHOON (1850 – 1851)**

Samuel Casson CAHOON (1851 – 1854)*

Mary Ellen Casson CAHOON (1853 – 1854)*

Joseph Mahonri CAHOON (1853 – 1932)**

George Edward Casson CAHOON (1857 – 1868)*

Henry Reynolds Cahoon (1857 – 1911)**

Stephen Tiffany CAHOON (1858 – 1886)**

Andrew Carlos CAHOON (1861 – 1862)**


*Calculated relationship




Manti Cemetery


Sanpete County

Utah, USA

Plot: Lot 19 Blk 6 Plat A Grv 5

James Cordon Casson Cahoon 1847-1918

James Cordon Casson CahoonJames Cordon Casson Cahoon was the son of William Farrington Cahoon and Mary Wilson Dugdale Casson, and was known as Cordon. There have been some questions regarding the spelling of the name “Cordon”. In his father’s journal the name is spelled “Coradon”, but he spelled the name “Condion” in his own record book. Church records show the name “Cordon” and that is the usual spelling among family members.

His mother’s name was Mary Wilson. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Wilson. Her mother married William Dugdale when Mary was just a year old. Mary married James Casson in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. They had two daughters, Sarah and Hannah, both of whom died when they were about a year old, Sarah dying in England and Hannah in Nauvoo, Illinois. Mary and James joined the LDS church in England, and immigrated to USA, James died in Nauvoo, but nothing is known of the cause of his death.

After the death of her husband, Mary married William Farrington Cahoon as his second wife. They were they parents of four children, James Cordon Casson Cahoon (md. 1. Ellen Spencer Wilson, 2. Martha Hannah Braithwaite), Samuel Casson Cahoon, Mary Ellen Casson Cahoon, and George Edward Casson Cahoon. Cordon was born 9 October 1347 at winter Quarter;,, Pottawatomie County, Iowa, while the family were inroute to Utah Winter Quarters, near what is now Omaha, Nebraska, and was a very important part of Church History. His father and his uncle Daniel and their families remained there until 1849. They arrived at Emigration Gap 23 Sept. 1949. His parents lived in Salt Lake for many years and died there as respected people. Cordon was brought up in Salt Lake City, where he learned the trade of carpenter.

He married Ellen Spencer Wilson June 27, 1868. She was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Lockwood) Wilson. In 1869 they moved to Manti, Utah where he followed his trade with success.

In 1890 he was engaged in the undertaking business, having a neat hearse and a general line of undertaking supplies. He served as City Sexton for six years. He owned a 25 acre farm south of Manti and a residence in Manti.

Ellen (Wilson) Cahoon died in Manti, June I3, 1880, having given birth to six children: Margaret Ellen (md. Leonard Adelbert Shomaker); James C. (md.Barbara Dietrich); Hary Miranda (md.Joseph Hall); and George Edward (md. Anna Louisa Alder); Eva and Ellen died as infants.

Cordon married May 12, 1831 Martha Hannah Braithwaite. She was the daughter of Robert Braithwaite and Harriet Amelia Bemus. She had married Robert Kenner who had deserted her about two months after their marriage. She had a young son, Frank Kenner. She was about thirteen years younger than Cordon.In 1901 Cordon and his family moved to Canada. They bought land in the Beazer district on Lee’s Creek that was homesteaded in 1898 by Joseph A. Young. The Cahoons lived there long enough to have the honor of creek crossing (between Leavvit and Beazer) named for them which is still known as “Cahoon Crossing”.

Cordon and his family moved to Cardston where he had a home on the south hill. This home was later bought and remodeled by Murvyn Quinton who is still living there (1993). His house had two rooms upstairs and two or three downstairs, and a lean-to built on the back. It was quite a nice home as houses were at the time. It was warm and comfortable, furnished adequately, with lots of crocheted doilies; chair back covers, etc., and always scrubbed clean — a nice homey place to go. Thelma Court, a granddaughter, in writing about them said ” It seems grandfather was too busy making a living to have much time to play with us, but we loved to visit him, and always like to go to his house to visit. The Christmas I was two or nearly three years old he built a cupboard for my play dishes. It was nice, and one of my favorite playthings. We three girls, Annie, Ellen and I all played with it. I brought it to Raymond when Geraldine was small and she played with it as long as anyone plays house. After she was married and had daughter, I repainted it from a dull grey color to a soft petal pink, and her girls have played with it since. I think the cupboard is my fondest memory.”

DeRaunz Cahoon wrote: I remember Grandmother Martha, when she lived with her son Leonard on the quarter just north of our farm in Leavvit. She was the only grandmother I knew as father’s mother died June 13, 1880, and grandmother Alder died Oct. 21, 1915 also in Manti, long before I made my first trip to Utah- I worked for Uncle Leonard for a dollar a day, one summer, getting up at 5:30, taking the cows from the school section on foot to his corral where we milked the, separated, fed the calves and pigs before breakfast, worked in the hay from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., then I would get the cows while Uncle Leonard took care of the horses. Often we would eat supper before milking then I would take the cows back to the pasture on my way home. I remember one evening I returned to their place at dusk frightened as some wild animals were making strange noises, I thought near my home. Grandmother convinced me that it was just some coyotes howling on the hill just south of home, and that I need not be afraid. I was brave enough to walk home, but was still afraid. The coyotes were waiting a chance to attack our sheep, Grandmother was kind to me, considerate and prepared good meals on time, kept her home clean, and was a good grandmother.

I remember grandfather Cahoon because he came to build the addition on our house, (the parlor, stairway and two upstairs bedrooms) before I started school. I remember I would climb the ladder to help him. He would give me a hammer and tell me to go over in the corner and pound nails in a block of wood. He was kind, protected me from falling, and would spent time with me after work, but I could never understand why he didn’t need my help.

After he finished the house he built us an outhouse. Ireta told me later that grandfather called this his masterpiece, as he didn’t think he would ever live to build another house. (Kitchener and Lervae are still trying to determine who is going to inherit it.) He used the best of materials; siding to match the house, lined inside, regular door and high window, and well painted. It was a three-holer with lids, and a step below the small hole.

Then to my delight he let me help build a birdhouse which was mounted on top. He would watch me as I climbed up to watch the bluebirds make their nests inside. That bird house was my pride for years, and I rescued it before Lervae got the out-house.

After grandfather’s funeral, when I was eight years old, I watched at the train station while they put the casket in a metalcovered box and soldered the lid on tight. Father then went with the body to Manti, Utah for burial. I worried how he would ever get out of that metal box at resurrection time.

I also remember visiting grandfather’s homestead on Lee Creek between Leavitt and Beazer. It was a large frame house with an upstairs, barns, and rows of trees for a windbreak. I was amazed at how Aunt Delia could pull fish out of the creek. I didn’t like to watch them die on the bank. Then she would take them to the house and cook them, carefully taking all the bones out before she would let me eat them. That was a beautiful spot under the hill, but when I returned a few years ago, there was nothing left there but the rows of trees.”

Mary Martin Coombs wrote,” I don’t remember my grandfather Cahoons as I was only a few months old when he died, so all I know about him was what mother and Reed Olsen has told me.

Mother said as a child she was quite sickly and she loved green onions. In the summer as the onions grew she would take a pair of scissors and cut off the green tops and pour vinegar water on them to eat. Mother told me she helped grandpa plant the two rows of elm trees that grow on the flat by the creek crossing, which today are very large. As a little girl I remember coming to Leavitt and crossing there with the team and wagon; for a while the shell of the house was still standing, the roof was most gone though.

Reed Olsen said Grandpa had a loud voice which you could hear a long ways. One day Uncle Cordon (a teenager) wouldn’t get up when he was called. Reed said they heard a splash and a yell. Grandpa had dumped him in the creek.

Grandfather took potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips and beets up to the miners in the pass with a team and wagon. He grew these vegetables on that flat by the house.

When Grandpa made coffins, mother said he lined them with velvet. He would give the scraps to her and a cousin to make doll clothes. She said the white velvet coat I had on as a baby was made out of one of the scraps”

Cordon Cahoon was a tall thin man with grey eyes, white hair and a beard. He was six feet tall and weighed 160 lbs. He had a big booming voice, and his family said that they didn’t need a telephone when they lived in Beazer. All he would need to do was stand on the hill and holler and they would get the message in Cardston. He had a good singing voice, and he also called the square dances at Beazer. He was good to grandmother, but he did embarrass her many times. One time he was singing on a program at one of their celebrations. He forgot the words to the song and grandmother prompted him. He looked at her and said, “Who is singing this song, woman, you or me?” then he went on to finish the song. In those early days, it was quite customary to call someone from the congregation to come up and speak in Sacrament Meeting. Grandfather had been dozing when he was called to come up and speak. My dad nudged him and told him he was supposed to say the closing prayer, which he promptly did.

It was a short Sacrament Meeting that day, Grandfather had a quick temper, and when he was angry he used language not found in the best dictionaries. My mother had been raised in a home where the word “darn” was almost considered a swear word. She said after she was married and was closely associated with grandpa she wondered what kind of family she had married into. However, as she learned to know him, she really learned to love and respect him.

Cordon and Martha Cahoon were the parents of nine children, all of whom were given the second name of “Casson” for his mother’s first husband. I told my mother that I now knew where the “Cussin’ Cahoons” came from. Their children were Martha Amelia (md. Francis Franklin Neilson); Lillian (died m infancy), William Farrington (md.Augusta Luyckfasseel); Stephen (died at age 18), Leslie Casson (md.Mary Leavitt); Orah Casson (md.Harold Lester Martin); Leonard Cassoon (md.Alice Haslam); Delia Casson (md.August Lenz); and Cordon Casson (md. Eva Workman).

Cordon died September 30, 1918 and his body was taken back to Manti for burial by his son George Edward. Mary Coombs said: “As a little girl I lived with my grandmother Cahoon quite a lot. When mother worked m the hospital to get her midwifery under Dr. Ellis Shipp, I rocked in grandma’s rocker many hours with my story books and dolls. Up on the south hill Grandma’s house had two rooms downstairs, two rooms upstairs with a lean-to porch on the north side. The east end of the porch was used for storage and was separated about half its length. There were doors on the north and a door from each room opening on the stair landing of the two rooms downstairs. I used to play with my dolls on the stairs. I was in grade one when I had chickenpox in Grandma’s east room where she lived in the winter. She always slept on a feather tick covered with a white wool blanket trimmed in pink and covered with another white wool blanket and feather tick in winter. In winter she wore a long flannel nightgown and knitted bed socks.

Grandma was a tall, thin lady and I can still see her in a navy blue coat and black hat when she went to town. She always wore an apron and when she went visiting it was white trimmed with embroidery and lace. She loved to knit, embroider, crochet and quilt. When she lived in the west side of town and they had quilting bees, they tried to get her and a Mrs. Leavitt together. Each one marked the quilt differently.

In her wood shed she always had grease for making soap. She grew a large garden every year. Bottled green beans in a salt brine, made pickled beets, mustard pickles, mustard bean pickles and green tomato mincemeat.

Grandma always had home-made ginger snaps. Sometimes when she made bread she would send me for some live yeast down at the neighbors. A cup slopped pretty bad for a little girl to carry, also I loved the taste of it, but I got back with about threefourths of a cup.

She taught me to knit,embroider and crochet. In the winter when she baked whole onions and squash I loved them very much and many meals I ate on the little drop-leaf table which I have today although it is, badly worn. I still have her pot cleaner and as a child loved to clean the kettles with it. “Land sakes” or “my stars” were the words she used when she was perplexed. I can never remember seeing her cross or angry.”

Martha Cahoon lived in Cardston many years after the death of her husband. She married Mr. French who had a wooden leg. She lived in a house in the west side of town, after his death. Her step-daughter, Mae Hall, lived not far away and checked on her almost every day to make sure she was all right. She spent the last few years of her life with her son, Leslie and his family at Leavitt. She died February 25, 1944, and is buried in Leavitt, Alberta cemetery.

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