WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
SAMUEL ISREAL BURGESS, SR.
BIOGRAPHYSamuel Isreal Burgess, Sr. was born July 8, 1826 in Shropshire, England.
Samuel married Marinda Hartwell on June 2, 1850 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, they traveled across the plains to Salt Lake City, living there and then in Cottonwood, Lehi, and Springville. Together they had 5 children.
About 1859, Marinda left Samuel and the children and married John Hughes, Jr. Samuel's mother helped in raising the young children until her death in 1862.
Samuel was called by Brigham Young to go down to the Cotton Mission in St. George and Washington. He left Salt Lake City on November 7, 1861 with his mother and children. Others in the company included Hugh Moon, John Ludd, Richard Hawkins, John Filling, and William McMellon.
After the Cotton Mission was disbanded, Samuel took his children and moved to Pine Valley.
Samuel joined with Ebenezer Bryce to build the fourth sawmill in Pine Valley. They must have lived there for about 11 years during which time they harvested much of the timber in the area. He hauled many wagon loads into Salt Lake City.
On November 18, 1872, Samuel married Mahala Jane Mathis Thomas in Salt Lake City.
Samuel's second daughter, Mary Elizabeth, became infatuated with a young man, Ransom William Allphin, and they became sufficiently intimate that she became pregnant. Samuel insisted that Rance marry his daughter and even threatened him but Rance refused saying that he was a married man. They both went armed after that. As time went by, Samuel became more upset almost to the point of insanity. He made Lizzie leave home and she went to live with her sister, Laura Burgess Nay, until the baby was born. The baby was named George Allphin, born in December 1874 and died 3 years later.
On October 10, 1875, Rance was hauling a load of supplies and carring his gun for protection. Samuel pulled a gun and shot Rance in the back. Rance, being a crack shot, whirled round and dropped Samuel dead in his tracks. Samuel died instantly and Rance died a few hours later. Both are buried in the Pine Valley Cemetery.
REFERENCESArticle about Samuel Isreal Burgess, Sr.
Find-A-Grave entry for Samuel Isreal Burgess, Sr.
Find-A-Grave entry for Mahala Jane Mathis Thomas