Joseph Grafton Hovey was born on June 8th, 1839 in Quincy, Illinois to Joseph Grafton Hovey and Martha Ann (Webster) Hovey, later living in Nauvoo, Illinois where many of the LDS faith settled, until they were driven out of Illinois for their religious belief’s. The family moved on to Omaha, Nebraska for a time where two little sisters were born and died, along with Joseph’s mother, Mary, when he was eight years old. The family later moved on to Utah, settling in Millville where Joseph lived out the rest of his life. At the age of 27, on June 8th, 1866, (his birthday!), Joseph married Mary Ann Hulse. The following year, in 1867, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Martha A., the first of thirteen children. Joseph and Mary’s 10th child, Amy Mae became my great-grandmother. Joseph was active in his church and community throughout his life. He passed away at the age of 68 on April 14th, 1908, the cause listed as “acute dilated heart caused by old age.”
Joseph and Mary are both buried in the Millville, Utah city cemetery.
From Millville Memories, A history of Millville, Utah, From 1860 to 1990 by The Cache County Historic and Preservation Commission.
Joseph Grafton Hovey, II was the son of Joseph Grafton Hovey and Martha Ann Webster. He was born at Pike County, Illinois. His parents moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and lived in a tent for two months until his father could build a log cabin. They suffered the persecution heaped upon the Saints (Mormons); and after they were driven out, they gathered at Winter Quarters (Omaha, Nebraska), where his mother died when Joseph was eight years old. He came to Millville in 1860 and assisted in the establishment of this community. On January 8, 1866, he married Mary Ann Hulse, the daughter of Charles Wesley and Ann Smith Hulse. She was born November 26, 1848, at Manchester, England, and came to Millville in 1864. Joseph made his living by farming. He and Mary Ann were the parents of: Martha Ann (Joseph Perry), Joseph Grafton (Sarah Catherine Jessop), Hyrum Alonzo (Elizabeth Wilcox), May Amelia, Sarah Elizabeth (John Arthur Hen rie), Lillian Vilate (Emil Brandt), Frances (Charles Taylor), Amy (Walter Clark Dallas), Bert (Fontella Williams), Mary (Louis Noel), Hazel (Percy Chandler) and Nesta.
(This is an excerpt from diaries of Joseph Hovey, Sr. I have included just a short passage here that references Joseph Hovey II as driving his father’s wagon. The full text is very long. It is typed out as it was written, spelling and all.)
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868
Source of Trail Excerpt:
Hovey, Joseph Grafton, Reminiscences and journals 1845-1856, vol. 1, 130-75.
Tuesday Noon May 9th 1848 Started from Winterquarters for the Valley in the Mountains with My Wife Sarah and Joseph an Elizebeth and old Mage the dog, 3 Yoake of Cattle 2 Cows of my own and 2 waggons[.] My famley waggon 19 hundred[,] on baggage waggon 27 hundred[,] 20 hundred for Br. Heber [Chase Kimball]. We being all in a torable degre[e] of health notwith standing we being some what beat out Labouring so Excessively to get a way according to the Command of Br. Heber[.] we being only 7½[.] days in getting reddy[.] the quickest fit out that I know any one have done for I <we> did work from morning til knight as fast as we could spring and Br Heber said I was a first rate fellow & had done well[.] we arived at the stoping place about sun two hours high to gether with Br Heber 5 wagons and Br Jacobs Company 13 wagons[.] in all 20 waggons[.] Campt beside a Run of water[.] our waggons all in a row making a fence on one cide[side] and the run of water on the other[.] this making a yard for our Cattle by Cuting some treas round to keep the Cattle [from] getting mired. I Could not do much for I Cut my hand just before I started with a syth[,] the hole wet [width] of my hand. Josep[h] drove my family wagg[on] and I the Bagag [Baggage.] I was Called on to Pray By Sister [Priscinda] Buel[l] and Daniel in the Evening[.] said that I being Apointed By Br. Heber I should be Cinder a father[.] so asembled and prayed and thanked God that he had prospered us as that we have got started to the Vally &c
May 10 I arose[.] the morning it thretning rain[.] went see a bout the cattle[.] it being showry and vary windy[.] Camp 7 Miles from Winter Quarters (1848)
Br. William started for home this Morning[.] he Came up with us in two horse Buggy together with Br Brigham [Young] and Br Hyde[.] Br Heber was quite unwell having a Chill the night before an[d] he did not deam it wisdom to Come this knight & I tuck [took] forepart of the watch untill one Oclock for we are oblige to keep four gards out on account of the Lamnites taking our Cattle
the Eleventh[.] this morning it was quite plesant but Cool[.] I went out with the Cattle after Breakfast[.] finished a letter for my Wife Sarah to her Brothers and Sister to Low[e]ll Mass. Stating her Thankes for the[i]r belevenan [benevolence] for sending on ten dollars By Br Benson and also to send on some more if they felt disposed and God would bless them.
(Joseph Grafton Hovey II is my 2nd great-grandfather. He is the father of Amy Mae Hovey, who is the mother of my grandmother, Leoma Nesta (Dallas) Simmons.)