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Charles Porter Squires

Charles Porter Squires

Male 1827 - 1872  (45 years)

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  • Name Charles Porter Squires 
    Born 22 Mar 1827  Newbury, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried May 1872  City Cemetery, Brigham City,Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 May 1872  Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He joined the church in Ohio in 1842. He was seventeen when his father died leaving a large family. Porter being the eldest son had a lot of responsibility to carry out his father’s plans to move the family to some property he had purchased in Illinois, before he died. Porter and his fourteen-year-old brother, Calvin, started for Nauvoo with their horses, cattle, and sheep across Ohio, Indiana, and into Illinois, much of the way was through Indian Territory. It was a perilous journey for two young men amid such hatred for Mormons.

      In Nauvoo the saints were preparing to leave for the west. Porter faced a difficult decision, either to go back to his family in Ohio or to go with his sister, Charlotte and her husband and the body of the Church. Lucky for us, Porter chose to come west with the saints and their company of 100 wagons. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley after suffering much from cold, storms, and exposure. They were the second company to reach the Valley.

      September 5, 1850, his sister, Charlotte, died while her husband was serving a mission in Italy. Porter not only lost his sister but he also never again saw the family he left behind in Ohio. In the fall of 1850 he moved with Lorenzo Snow’s family to Brigham City where two years later he married Sarah Peters.

      Porter played an important part in the thriving community of Brigham City. He was active in public and religious activities and of special interest to us, he not only managed the public dances, but he took a prominent part in the early dramatic association.

      Porter had many skills that he had bequeathed to his sons, grandsons, and great grandsons. He was a good mechanic, carpenter, and builder. He built the first picket fence in Brigham City. He also served as an officer in the Utah Militia and also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Eastern and Southern States. He died of appendicitis shortly after returning from his mission leaving his young wife with five children and one yet unborn. His life was one of sacrifice and called for good judgment, perseverance, and above all, the guiding spirit of our Father in Heaven. He left an unperishable record of honor, integrity, and undaunted faith in God’s great purpose in life! What a great heritage he passes to us! His life was characterized by a great constancy of purpose.

      May we walk in he footsteps.

      Burgoyne, Charlotte Tillotson: "Squires Histories", 2002.
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      OBITUARY FOR CHARLES PORTER SQUIRES

      Died at Brigham City, May 5, 1872, of lung disease, Charles Porter Squires aged 45 years. Deceased was born at Newbury, Geauga County, Ohio, where he embraced the gospel in 1842. He went to Nauvoo in the fall preceding the expulsion of the saints whom he followed. He drove a train across the plains for President Lorenzo Snow in the first company, who followed the Pioneer track to the valley of Salt Lake. He stayed at President Snow’s (who was married to his sister, she had since died) many years in Salt Lake as well as here and was in charge of President Snow’s family during his Italian mission. In 1869 and 1870 he performed missionary labor in Wisconsin and North Carolina. In his capacity as a High Councilor and in other offices he acted wisely and justly. As a husband, father, or neighbor, he lived above offence and was almost faultless. He leaves a wife and five children and many friends to mourn his loss. Almost every citizen of Brigham attended at his internment on the seventh.

      Ogden Junction
    • SOURCES;
      !Squires fam rec; Lake & Geauga Co, Mar Vol 2 p. 119, at Chardon, Ohio;
      Geauga Co. Probate rec. Vol F. p 117 at Chardon, Ohio; 1850 cens of Geuaga Co.,
      Ohio; 1860 Census of Hancock Co. , Ill.

      Bainbridge, Geauga, Ohio is given on CST's family records as CPS's
      birthplace.

      !4 Dec 1967 Endowment reconfirmed and all former sealings ratified for
      Charles Porter Squires.

      Charlotte Squires Tillotson's record shows Charles Porter Squires being
      baptized Feb 1842; endowed Salt Lake Endowment in 1853; as well as 21 Feb
      1852. The family records of Mrs. Ronella S. Magleby, Salt Lake City and
      Charles Ephraim Tillotson are the source of this information, as well as further
      information furnished by Sandra B. Rickett of Salt Lake City, UT.

      !OTHER SOURCES;
      Details of the marriage of Charlotte, sister of Charles Porter Squires published
      in 1884-Biography and family Record of Lorenzo Snow by Eliza R. Snow
      Smith. Wives & Endowments Pg. 84, in Pos of C. E. Tillotson, Ogden, Utah. Now
      in possession of Ruth T. Sandgren of Provo, Utah.

      1860 Census- "Son Calvin age 30 years," Ohio. 1860 Census of Hancock Co.,
      Ill.

      Sealings in the Nauvoo Temple until about Feb 1, 1846. Camp Organized
      on 7th; crossed Miss River on 12th Feb 1846.(These references are from sheet of
      Charles Merrill Squires.)

      Pioneer to Brigham City, woodworker and builder
    Person ID I5  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2006 

    Father Charles Merrill Squires,   b. 18 Apr 1793, Monson, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1844, Newbury, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Smith,   b. 23 Apr 1807, Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1869, , Hancock, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1823  Newbury, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet

    Father Charles Merrill Squires,   b. 18 Apr 1793, Monson, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1844, Newbury, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Smith,   b. 23 Apr 1807, Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1869, , Hancock,Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 4 Jul 1823  Newbury, Geauga,Oh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F24581418  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah Peters,   b. 16 Feb 1841, Ffestiniog, Mrnths, North Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1934, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1856  Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Morgan Squires,   b. 13 Jul 1857, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1930  (Age 72 years)
    +2. David Merrill Squires,   b. 18 Nov 1859, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1952, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. John Albion Squires,   b. 1 Jan 1861, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1864, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +4. William Porter Squires,   b. 13 Oct 1864, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1953, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +5. Laurence Calvin Squires,   b. 3 Dec 1869, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1961, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     6. Porter Hughes Squires,   b. 29 Sep 1872, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1941, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Peters,   b. 6 Feb 1841, Fistinog, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1934, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1856  Brigham City, Box Elder,Ut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Morgan Squires,   b. 13 Jul 1857, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1930  (Age 72 years)
    +2. David Merrill Squires,   b. 18 Nov 1859, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1952, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     3. John Albion Squires,   b. 1 Jan 1861, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1864, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    +4. William Porter Squires,   b. 13 Oct 1864, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1953, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +5. Charlotte Laura Squires,   b. 6 Feb 1867, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1955, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +6. Laurence Calvin Squires,   b. 3 Dec 1869, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1961, Logan, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     7. Porter Hughes Squires,   b. 29 Sep 1872, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1941, Brigham City, Box Elder,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Family ID F24580294  Group Sheet

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    SQUIRES, Charles Porter
    SQUIRES, Charles Porter
    SQUIRES, Porter: cabin
    SQUIRES, Porter: cabin
    "The Knudsen cabin, built by Porter Squires for Wilhelm and Laura Amelia Knudsen in 1855, was one of the first permanent structures in Brigham City. Located on the corner of First East and First South, the original cabin was 14' x 18'. It had a loft running the full length of the inside walls and was entered by means of a small, square, outside door just below the gable. Six of their thirteen children were born in the cabin during the years from 1856 to 1865.

    "The cabin was moved to Rees Pioneer Park in 1929 where it could be preserved as a typical pioneer dwelling. The move cost $15.00. Charles Squires, son of the original builder, was hired to do some restoration work for $221.00. It was dedicated September 8, 1929.

    "In 1993 Box Elder South Company of Daughters of Utah Pioneers made arrangements to lease enough land to form a yard around the cabin permitting removal of the 1948 cover which had largely obscured it from view. Renovation and restoration followed, including installation of a clay floor, cedar roof, and half-loft; planting of old-fashioned flowers in the yard; and furninshing the cabin with pioneer originals and replicas - all combining to create more fully the atmosphere of an 1855 pioneer home." (1855)

    "The cabin was moved to its present location in Brigham Young Park on May 26, 2000. As their Centennial Project, the Box Elder South Company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers chose to completely restore the cabin. Rotting logs were removed and replaced with new logs, the chilking was replaced inside and out, a wooden plank floor was installed, a chimney was built, and a working fireplace was finished. Rocks were brought to cover the foundation, and the landscaping efforts included planting trees and flowers. Hours of labor and prayers of many people have been expended in restoring this cabin to its present condition. The dedication was held on June 1, 2001."

    Headstones
    SQUIRES, CHARLES PORTER (1827-1872) & SARAH PETERS (1841-1934)
    SQUIRES, CHARLES PORTER (1827-1872) & SARAH PETERS (1841-1934)
    SQUIRES, CHARLES PORTER (1827-1872)
    SQUIRES, CHARLES PORTER (1827-1872)

    Histories
    SQUIRES, Charles Porter: History
    SQUIRES, Charles Porter: History
    Burgoyne, Charlotte Squires. Squires Histories: Life Sketch of Charles Porter Squires, by his son, C. M. Squires, 22 Mar 1927. 2002.