Apr 1898 - Jun 1898
This missionary journal of Ozro Ozias Crockett is typed from the
microfilmed copy of his original journal. In reading through this
copy that is on file in the Salt Lake Genealogical library, I found
that it took much time to read because of faded pages and my unfamiliarity
of his handwriting. I found that the parts I did read were very
uplifting and I felt a desire to have others read my great-grandfather's
journal so I under took the task to go very slowly through the journal
and make a typewritten copy.
An explanation is necessary of the resulting manuscript.
I kept the spelling errors as they were in the original journal.
Grammer errors were also saved so as not to alter Ozro's style
When blanks (______) occur, they indicate that words or letters
were not readable because of illegiiole hand writing or because
of a faded area in the journal. The length of the blanks indicate
the probable length of the missing word,
Three asterisks (* * *) indicate that a sentence or more was
Ozro seldom used punctuation and rarely capitalized the first
letter of a sentence. I added periods and capitalization of sentences
where I felt they belonged, to make the journal easier to read.
However, words capitalized in the middle of sentences were kept.
I have tried to explain many of the things that Ozro mentions
in his journal. As you read his journal, by using the foot notes,
I hope you may understand better the mission that he experienced.
This version takes advantage of the World Wid Web (WWW), with
links to more information all over the world. As you clink on
the highlighted links, you will get more information about the
places, the people, and the terms used in Ozro's journal. Pay
special attention to the highlighted footnotes that will add some
valuable background information. These footnotes are highlighted
the gold star:
Ozro Crockett was a dedicated missionary and a great example
for anyone who has or will preach the gospel to the world. His
personality shines through the pages and even though I never met
my Great-grandfather Crockett I feel a deep feeling of love toward
him for the sacrifices he made for the people he taught and the
family he loved.
I hope all the members of my family who read this may also feel
the same gratitude and love.
David Romney Crockett
September 25, 1982
Ozro Ozias Crockett was the son of Alvin Crockett and Mary Sophia
Reed. He was born Nov. 29, 1856, at Payson, Utah. His grandfather
David Crockett was the son of James Crockett born April 27, 1779,
and Elizabeth Brackett born March 1778. David Crockett was born
Dec. 30, 1806 at Knox Co. Maine. He married Lydia Young, who was
born July 20, 1812 at Knox Co. Me. The above couple were Ozro
O's grandparents. They had thirteen children born to the. The
eldest Alvin Crockett, Ozro O's father, who was born Oct 19, 1831,
Vinal Haven, Knox Co. Maine. His Wife Mary S. Reed was born Sept.
6, 1833 in New Hampshire. She and Alvin Crockett were married
June 20, 1852 at Payson Utah.
They had twelve children born to them, Ozro Ozias being the third
child. His grandparents, David and Lydia Y. Crockett, received
the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the Fox Islands,
Maine, and with their family emigrated from Maine to Iowa in 1841.
They made several moves through Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, suffering
the hardships which the Saints encountered. In the Spring of 1848
they moved to Utah with ox teams, arriving there in October of
the same year in Salt Lake City. In 1851 the family moved to Payson
They endured many hardships in their young married life. In those
early pioneer days, she would card wool into roles and spin yarn,
card wool into quilt batts, would make her own dyes, color yarn,
aniline, indigo, make some color from golden rod, logwood and
capras. She would weave the cloth from yarn for clothing for the
family and did the sowing and tailoring, sitting up late nights
to get her sewing done. She also knit stockings for the family.
Ozro O's father made shoes for himself and family, made wooden
pegs to nale the soles on with. At times he went to meetings barefoot
after he was married for he had no shoes and could not get leather
to make them. Many times he went to the canyon in cold weather
for wood to burn, when he had no coat to wear, and just grain
sacks wrapped on his feet. Previous to his marriage he went to
California to dig gold about the time when so many went there
for gold, in 1850. Out of some of the gold he dug, he had an engagement
ring made for his sweetheart, Mary S. who afterwards became his
wife. He was gone from home in California a little over one year.
When Ozro O's parents first child was born (their daughter Mary
S.) they were living in an unfinished house, log room without
a door or windows. The roof had willows on, ready to cover with
dirt. A heavy rain came down the night the baby was born. It rained
on the bed. They caught what they could in buckets and pans. When
the rain stopped, the bed was soaked. Ozro O's father built a
big fire (it was in the month of June) and put up forked sticks
in the house and hung the bedding on them to dry, and Ozro O's
mother did not take cold and it did not seem to hurt her.
From early spring time until late in the fall, when the heavy
frost came, Ozro's father did mason work, built adobe houses for
people in the town, then all thru the winter he made and mended
shoes, and did cooper work, making tubs, buckets, kegs, barrels,
churn etc. These made for his family and all the people in the
Ozro O. attended school winters until about the time he was eighteen
years of age, working around the home, on the farm, in the hay
field and in the canyons, hauling fire wood during the summer
and fall months. When a small boy he herded their sheep and cows
up at the foot of the mountains east of Logan. In the fall of
the year, he would herd the cows in the fields and would glean
When he was about sixteen years old, he and his brother Alvin
David, who is two years older, went to the canyon for wood, on
their way when on Providence Bench just before reaching the dry
canyon, the horses became frightened and Ozro O. fell among the
horses, got tangled in the lines and was drug about a mile. Finally
the horses fell down and he was liberated and his life was saved,
but he had received many bad cuts and bruises on his legs and
one knee. He was laid up for six weeks, was sat up with a long
while nights. He nursed and card for by his mother and became
healed and well again.
When he was about seventeen years of age, he worked for Brigham
Young, Jr. of Logan, Utah, and for payment received schooling,
board, and clothing. Worked for him one and a half years. While
there he did chores, took care of a large garden, lawn, flowers,
kept the walks free from weeds, he also white washed the fence
around the lot (corner lot) barn and out buildings. While white
washing he got lime in his eyes and they got cold in them and
became sore and inflamed an never again were they as well and
strong as before the lime got in them. At times his eyes would
be pretty good then again every now and then he had a bad time
with them. He doctored and suffered a great deal and spent a lot
of money on them. The effects of the lime did it all and left
scars on his left eye caused by ulcers that came on his eye. However
he became able to carry on business, bookkeeping, etc. all his
life since then.
At eighteen and a half years of age, he went to Salt Lake City
and received his endowments in the Endowment House. When a boy
he was ordained a deacon, afterwards a Priest and before his endowments
was ordained an Elder. When he was about 17 years, he and his
boy friends got together and organized a bible class, had president,
counselors and secretary. They would meet together once a week
nights, first at dwelling houses and then at a school house. They
would read the Bible and church works and discuss them. This association
they kept up until 1874 when the Young Men's Mutual Association
was organized at Logan, Utah, and Ozro O. was put in Counselor
to Bro. Geo. L. Ferrell. When Ozro O. was about 19 years, he acted
as ward teacher and did so for several years in Logan. When about
20 years he was sustained as home missionary, having companions
and attending meetings Sundays in Logan Wards, and in some of
the settlements in Cache Valley.
In 1878, Ozro O married Ruth Clarkson, of Logan, Utah. They later
settled in Preston, Idaho, raising a large family. After nine
children were born, Ozro O. was called on his mission to the Eastern
States. In October, 1896, he received a from George Reynolds:
"Dear Brother: I am directed by the Missionary Committed of the
Apostles to inquire if it would be agreeable to you feelings and
consistent with your circumstatnces to be called to take a foreign
mission. If so, what is the earliest date at which you could be
prepared to leave? A prompt reply will be appreciated. Your brother,
Later, he received his official call from President Wilford Woodruff:
"Dear Brother: Your name has been suggested and accepted as a
Missionary to Eastern States. The work of the Lord is progressing
in the nations, and faithful, energetic Elders are needed in the
ministry to promulgate the Everlasting Gospel, openings for doing
good appearing in numerous directions. Yourself, with others,
having been selected for this mission, should there be no reasonable
obstacles to hinder you from going, we would be pleased to have
you make your arrangements to start from this City as early a
dat as April, 1897. Please let us know, at your earliest convenience,
what your feelings are with regard to this call. If you accept
it you will receive no further notification, but will be expected
to present yourself at the Historian's Office to be set apart
on the day previous to that appointed for your departure. Your
Brother in the Gospel, Wilford Woodruff. P.S. Please have your
Bishop endorse your answer."
And finally, on March 4, 1897, he received a note from George
Reynolds: "Dear Brother: Your favor of 2nd inst. is received.
A company of missionaries for the Eastern States will leave this
city on April 10th. Kindly report at the Historian's Office the
day previous to be set apart. Your Brother, Geo Reynolds."
Preston, April 1 -- 1897
I left my home on the 2 P.M. train to fill a mission to the Eastern
states. Stoped off at Logan
to visit parents and relatives. Staid in Logan
untill the 3rd __ ____dey I boarded the train with my
wife & baby Lucille
who is going with me as far as Salt
Lake. Arriving in
the City at 1.00 P.M. Went to Bro. M_____mans & we were recieved
April 4, 5 & 6
Attended meetings of the Conference April & was set apart [fn1]
by B.H. Roberts to teach the Gospel in the Eastern states. In the
evening attended lecture by SJ Carman in the Tabernacle & from there
went to S.J. Carman's to stay all night.
Visited. at SJ & LM Carman
Bathed in warm spring and staid the night at Sto_____.
Left Salt Lake at 7 A.M. for the
Traveling through Nebraska.
Reached Chicago at 5.45 A.M. Took in Chicago. Found the missionaries.
Left Chicago at 10 A.M.
Reached Washington &c at 11.55 noon. Visited many of the places
of interest. Had a very nice time.
Left Washington at twelve O'clock noon. Staid in Philadelphia 3
hours. Met Elder Wilcox. Took in the City as far as we could. Reached
head quarters of Eastern States mission at Brooklyn about 9 Oclock
P.M. The names of the Elders who were C__ with me are P.P.
Willey from _______,
Wm. Camron, G.C. Hanks, R______ Watson, John Hyde. Names of Elders
at head quarters A.P. Kesler,
Pres., S J Watts sec & E J Burton.
Elder Watts took us through New York City sight seeing. On reaching
home in the evening we met Elders Joseph
Wallace & Enoch Carmia who were on their way from their labors
in Scranton, Penn. on their way to labor in the Providence
Conference. Pres. Kesler to day gave
me a letter of appointment to Labor in the Providence
Confrence under the directions of Pres.
H H Kinsman. Sisters Smith & Dunford young ladies attending
School here (they ______ being in S L C) came to day & straightened
up the room and cooked a nice supper there being 12 Elders to eat.
In the evening we had some fine singing.
Sunday morning we attended Plymoth Church the one H W Beecher used
to be Paster of, now presided over by Dr. Abbot as Pastor. I was
disapointed in the appearence of the church also in the Pastor as
I had read so much about that church. In the after noon the Elders
held meeting. Judge LeGrand Young & Senetor L J C______ being present
ocupied the time.
Went to Greenwood Cemetry. Was much struck with the beauty & grandness
of it. In the evening we went across the ferry to New York City
& walked about 5 miles looked at the beautiful electric lights,
Left New York at 6 P.M. on the steamer Massachusetts in company
with Elders Joseph Wallace & Enoch
Houses from the 1700's on Benefit St.
We reached Stonington at 1.30 A.M. and slept on the Boat untill
5.30 A.M. then took in the town a little. Had breakfast & at 7.38
A.M. resumed our journey & reached Providence
at 8.55 A.M. Found the Elders who are laboring in Providence
at home, The names of whom are H H
Kinsman from SLC the Pres of this Confrence, Charles
A Welch of Morgen
_______Co, George C Murdock of
Beaver City, Beaver Co., Utah, & Jay
W. Dunyon, Draper Salt Lake
Co., Utah. Put in the day doing the City & hope that I all through
sight seeing for a while. I am more favorably impressed with this
confrence & the Elders here than any I have yet visited.
Elders Wallace and Carnia
was appointed to labor in Chester, Mass. & left for there this morning
at 9 A.M. I will remain here for the present, in the evening I accompanied
Elder Welch to the house of a Mister
Cook, who is a rank Anarchist but is investigating the Gospel, is
a very inteligent man. Has a very nice family. They had us eat supper
with them after which after which we accompanied Mr Cook & spent
the evening with Colonel Bailer who has 2 twice been a U.S. Minister
abroad, once to England & once to Germany. He is also an Anarchist
& a great journalist & I beleive a great Philosipher. Judge Arnold,
the Historian was also present. We found the Colonel to be a great
reasoner. The evening untiil about 11 P.M. was spent in discussion
of the atributes of Deity & the Gospel & I think a good impression
was made on the Company & on the Colonel in perticular who Invited
us to call again & bring him some of our litature.
A butiful morning. Am putting in the day in study.
Am reading the Bible one hour each morning. Will take in subjective
lessons during the day. In the evening we went to the house of Mrs
Wilson who expected to be Baptised that evening but was not feeling
well & put it of. We held meeting with them. Br.
Kinsman talked a while. We sang, songs & had a good time. Mister
Nelson finding out from the Elders labor without purse thence
of then who came early & had supper with then 3.00 or 1.00 each.
Sunday held two house meetings, on in the after noon at Bro
Denmans &. one in the evening at a Mister
Studied some during the day & in the evening went with Pres.
Kinsman to the house of a Mr. & Mrs. Clark. They are highly
Educated people. Mrs Clark is reading our Litature. They treated
us to refreshments & we spent a very pleasant evening
received a letter from home & answered the same.
Began the study of faith in connection with my course of reading.
Reading & study the order of the day. In the evening I went with
Elder Murdock & visited Mr
& Mrs Walch. Mr Walch is intrested
in learning about the gospel. We spent a pleasant evening talking
of the beauties of the gospel. Walked across the city 3 miles to
the Bay. Bro Dunyon & myself expecting
to take a boat & go fishing but the good old Irish fisherman who
was going to give the use of his boat & learn us how to fish said
it was the wrong time of day as the wind was wrong & the tide coming
in. So we put it of for some future time & spent a few hours on
the beach & climbing some grassy hills. It made me think of home
& my chidhood days in faraway Utah. From there we went to Mr.
Nelson's. Had a splendid supper. Spent the evening preaching
the gospel & enjoyed a good flow of the spirit of the Lord.