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William T. Hibbard

William T. Hibbard

Male Abt 1829 - Abt 1851  (22 years)

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  • Name William T. Hibbard 
    Born Abt 1829  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1851  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I36274  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2017 

    Family Gertrude Jane Yates,   b. 5 Oct 1830,   d. Nov 1898  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1 Dec 1847  Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. William D. Hibbard,   b. Oct 1848, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F11657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Name: Gertrude Yates Spouse: William T. Hibbard Date: 1 Dec 1847 County: Hancock State: Illinois Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT Microfilm: 0954177

      William Davidson Hibbard. Posted 24 May 2014 by indintruk From The Memoirs of President Joseph Smith III 1832-1914, Price Publishing, Independence, MO, 1979 (Speaking of Davidson Hibbard and his children)..[His son William grew up a wild, rollicking young man, full of frolic and fun, but given to drink. Many a time I saw him going home from town, racing his horse to keep ahead of the marshal. Several times I remember he was arrested and fined, until his father's patience and kindness were severely tried. During the gold excitement in california in '49 and '50 he left Nauvoo for the gold mines. He succeeded in getting through to California, but there, unfortunately stole a horse. Under the regulations of the mining country at that time such an act was considered a grave crime and punishable by death. The usual vigilante court was summoned, he was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to die. The court gave him his choice between hanging or being shot. He chose the latter, sold his head to a rising young doctor for a quart of whiskey, which he promptly drank and in the stupor that followed paid the penalty adjudged against him. He left a wife and son in Nauvoo. The wife married secondly, Isaac Saunders.] From data and stories I gathered, William went out to California with John Putnam Yates and Louis C. Bidamon (a friend of John's father, Christopher). Johannes Decker's brother, Zachariah Bruyn Decker (and his brother, Asa) had just returned from the Mexican War, and convinced them all to make their way to California gold fields. John Putnam Yates and Louis Bidamon returned to Nauvoo empty handed. Throughout the 1850s, John Putnam Yates traveled between Nauvoo, IL and Utah with messages and news to those friends and family that had chosen to follow Brigham Young.