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Louisa Busenbark

Female 1827 - 1885  (57 years)


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  • Name Louisa Busenbark 
    Born 25 May 1827  Romulus, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 May 1885  Spring Valley, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 15 May 1885  Nevada Ward Cemetery, Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Source: Rice Pioneers: Family Groups and Stories, compiled by David Eldon Rice. Pocatello, Idaho. 1976. No copyright information listed. Editor’s note: This work contains a few minor changes to David Rice’s compilation. Courtesy of http://www.familyheritageseries.org.

      Life Sketch
      Louisa Busenbark, born on May 25, 1827, was a daughter of Isaac Busenbark and Abigail Manning. She came from German Jewish descent. Her people were well-to-do in New York, but they lost everything—friends, relatives and money—when her father’s family became Mormons.

      Louisa was part of a large company of emigrants that reached the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. She came in company with her sister, Sarah Jane Busenbark Hall. Some where along the way, she married Edwin Calkins who enlisted in the Mormon Battalion, and was killed by Indians on his way home after he was released from service.

      After her marriage to Asaph Rice in 1850, she and Asaph lived in Farmington, Utah, where some of their children were born. After Asaph’s marriage to Louisa’s sister Mary Busenbark in 1852, they all moved to North Ogden for a few years. They were among the first families in that locality. Louisa saw the Rice men folk help dig ditches, build the first meeting house in North Ogden, and went through real Indian problems brought on by a foolish white man.

      Louisa and her children were hustled down south when Johnston’s Army came into Utah. She lived in a wagon box all summer while the men cleared land, cut ditches, and planted crops. Then all hands set out together to cut trees and build log cabins in a fort formation as a protection from the Indians.

      Ten years later she was in another moving project—this time to St. George or Utah’s Dixie Land. In this day Louisa would have refused to move again, but she made no complaints. She was in a wagon train that numbered sixty wagons. Slowly and warily, they all went until they finally landed in Panaca, Nevada. Here Louisa Busenbark Calkins Rice died on May 3, 1885. She was buried beside her husband and was followed by her sister—his second wife.

      Louisa never saw an electric light or a washing machine of any kind. She seldom rode in a carriage and never dreamed of a horseless carriage or an electric iron. If she could visit some of her granddaughters now, she would marvel at the life of common housewives today. And she would weep to find so many of them lukewarm in the Church of Jesus Christ for which she gave up so much just to be counted among the Children of God.
    Person ID I136  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2006 

    Father Isaac Busenbark,   b. 19 Nov 1801, Romulus, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1876, Panguitch, Garfield, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Abigail Manning,   b. 4 Jun 1807, Romulus, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1852, Winter Quarters, Florence, Douglas, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 1824 
    Notes 
    • US Census, 1840, NY, Niagara, Hartland
      Isaac Busenbark, Males: 1 (5-10), 1 (20-30), 1 (30-40); Females: 1 (0-5), 2 (5-10), 2 (10-15), 1 (15-20), 1 (30-40)
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet

    Family Asaph Rice,   b. 13 Jan 1817, Farmington, Ontario, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1872, Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1850  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    Busenbark, Louise May (1827-1885)
    Busenbark, Louise May (1827-1885)