Robert Nephi Comish (1842-1882)
From "Comish Family History", chapter 10
ROBERT NEPHI COMISH, son of William Comish and Elizabeth Kegg,
born 12 December 1841 at Conchan, Isle of Man, Great Britian and
christened 24 July 1842 at Kirk Onchan, Isle of Man, as Robert Comish.
It is assumed that the name, Robert Nephi, was given to him at the
time of his LDS baptism. Robert Nephi died 13 November 1882 at Cove,
Cache, Utah, of Quinsy and buried a few days later at Franklin,
Franklin, Idaho. He married 21 January 1865, Emma Jane HOWLAND in the
Endowment House (EH) at Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of Henry
Howland and Martha Diana Case, born 14 January 1849 at Flagtown,Ogle,
Illinois; died 24 December 1917 and buried 27 Dec 1917 at Franklin,
Idaho. Emma married. (2) 27 April 1887, John Christian LARSEN Sr, but
the marriage was cancelled because it took place after the mandate and
John was a polygamist.
Robert's father, William, had joined the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church or "Morman") in 1841 and so Robert
was to be blessed in his church. Elizabeth did not join until 1848
and so was a bit worried about Robert and slipped over to her vicar
and had him christened on 24 Jul 1842. He was a little over six
months old at this time but the christening is recorded in the Onchan
Parish Register. The first six children had been christened within
an eight day period after their birth.
In 1849, Robert's father and oldest sister. Jane, left for
America and the remainder of the famiiy stayed in the Isle of Man
until they could earn enough money to make the voyage to America.
It took almost two years for his father to send for the family and in
1851, Robert Nephi started on the greatest adventure of his life. With
his family, they left the Isle of Man for Liverpool, England, to meet
the ship, the ELLEN MARIE. This ship was to take the family to
America where the family would be reunited at St. Louis, Missouri.
It was while they were living at St. Louis, that his youngest brother,
Joseph, died on 6 July 1851 and was buried there.
It took several years to make preparations to go to Salt Lake
City and in 1855 they joined the Capt. John Hindley Company of
emigrating Saints for the trip. There were two hundred emigrants
traveling in forty-six wagons with ox teams in this company and they
reached Salt Lake City on 3 September 1855. The family was then
directed to move on to another location and they settled at Kaysville,
for the next five years.
The family was then called to help settle Cache Valley and as the
family was now split up, Jane, Elizabeth and Margaret were married,
they moved on without them. The family met with other Saints on the
banks of the Cub River, near Franklin, ID, in Cache Valley and camped
there for a few days. They were joined by several more small groups
of Saints until there were eleven wagons in all that had joined for
protection. (This was necessary because of the Indian threat.)
Captain Thomas Smart was at the head of the column as it headed north
and the Comish wagon was second, with John Comish as the teamster of
their wagon. As the wagons neared, what is now Franklin, Idaho,
another wagon whipped around the Comish wagon and later received the
honor of being the second wagon into Franklin. However, when the
line was drawn between Utah and Idaho, it was found that the Comish
wagon was the second wagon to enter the State of Idaho.
In 1864, at the age of twenty-two, Robert Nephi, with his
brothers, drove an ox-team back to Winter Quarters and assisted in
moving the poor emigrants to Utah. Captain William Preston was in
charge of the wagon train, which consisted of four hundred people and
fifty wagons. They reached Salt Lake City on 15 September 1864.
Robert was also one of the Minuteman for the Franklin Colony and was
always ready to leave on a minutes notice to help protect the pioneers
from any incidents that might arise. This would include the colony
and any wagon trains or travelers that were travelling through the
area. He and his brother, John, along with Porter Rockwell and others,
watched the Battle Creek Massacre of the Shoshoni Indians by the
Federal Troops, north of Preston, Idaho, and always remembered the
horrible event till the day he died.
Robert Nephi was active in dramatics and was known as the "Star
Actor" in their home dramatic plays and gave readings. He was five
feet six inches tall and weighed one-hundred sixty pounds. His hair
was dark and wavy and he had a very good disposition.
In the spring of 1875 the Robert Nephi Comish family moved a few
miles from Franklin, into what was known as Coveville, Utah, now known
as Cove, Utah. Here they farmed one-hundred acres of land at the base
of the mountain and along the Mountain Road. They built a nice home,
set out an orchard and planted trees, flowers and a garden. East of
the grove was a large spring and a pond with clear running water all
Everyone was welcome in the Comish home and like the rest of the
Saints in the area, they became friends with the Indians that traveled
through the area. Robert and Emma had issue:
Children born at Franklin, Idaho.
Joseph Nephi Comish, b. 17 Jan 1866; md. (1) Matilda Ann Goaslind; md. (2) Bertha
William Henry Comish, b. 20 Feb 1868; unmd,
Myron Eugene Comish, b. 20 Oct 1869; unmd,
Emma Miralda Comish. b. 25 Dec 1871; md. Henry Hoyt Day
George Francis Comish, b. 4 May 1873; md. Margaret Wright Biggs
Children born at Cove, Utah.
Martha Elizabeth Comish, b. 14 Sep 1875; md. Peter Green Whitehead,.
Harriet Esther Comish, b. 4 Dec 1877; md. JohnChristian Larsen Jr,
Robert Carlos Comish, b. 5 Jan 1880; md. Violet May Chatterton,
Jane Helen Comish, b. 8 Feb 1882; md. Ernest Wilburn Robinson,
Newel Howland Comish, b. 30 Jan 1888; md. Louise Larson,