WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
DAVID & ELIZABETH CANFIELD
(original St. George pioneers, carpenter, blacksmith)
BIOGRAPHYDavid Canfield was born May 9, 1812 in Gorham, Ontario County, New York.
David married a young Irish girl named Sally Mathison. They had two girls, Jane born about 1834 and Susannah about 1836. But Sally died shortly after the birth of a son, who also died.
David Canfield was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Parley P. Pratt in June of 1836.
The Canfields lived in Defiance (Ohio), Chicago, and Nauvoo. David did carpentry work on the Nauvoo Temple. They were in Winter Quarters in the Fall of 1949 and crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in the Summer of 1950 with the Aaron Johnson Company. They were soon sent to Provo where they lived for a number of years.
At the October General Conference in 1861, they were called to go to the Dixie Mission in Southern Utah. They left on November 14, 1861 and were in St. George by Christmas.
From there, they moved to Santa Clara. David and his boys built the Jacob Hamblin home. When Jacob was unable to pay them for it, they lived in the home for two or three years. They were eventually paid.
The Canfields moved up to Pine Valley and then on to Hamblin where they made their home. They raised a garden, cattle, and sheep. They made butter and cheese, selling their excess to travelers passing through the area.
While working as a carpenter, David was caught in a rain storm. He developed a bad cold and never recovered. After four weeks, he died on May 8, 1897 and was buried in the Hamblin Cemetery, next to his son, Moroni.
REFERENCESFamily group sheet for David & Elizabeth Canfield
Find-A-Grave entry for David Canfield
Find-A-Grave entry for Elizabeth Storey DePew Canfield
FamilySearch photos for the David & Elizabeth Canfield family
Blog information on the Depuy family
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