McBride Family: Explanations, Stories
and Histories from 1200 AD
From the book “AGAINST GREAT ODDS
of the McBride Family
By Bruce L. McBride and Darvil B. McBride,
Both authors are
(No books are
available at present)
McBride Coat of
times the fighting man
wore a suit of metal
armor, which covered his body from head to toe. Thus it became
recognize the individual. As a means of identification to tell friend
each knight painted a distinguishing pattern on his shield. In tine,
the practice of weaving these colorful patterns into fabric vestments
which were worn over the armor, an even more effective means of
hence the name, Coats of Arms. Eventually each clan adopted its own
and emblems and wore the coats with a special pride. They were
registered, so that no two clans would have identical coats of arms.
Coat of Arms, as shown here, drawn by an heraldic artist that gathered
information from ancient archives, is described basically as three
between three scallops (shells). No description of the stripes, side
decorations, or the scroll at the bottom is given. Sitting atop the
helmet is the crest, a chapeau (plumed military hat), wherein a
enveloped in flames.
salamander in the flames is interesting in that it verifies ancient
this lizard-like amphibian was supposed to be able to live in the midst
fire. Its significance to the coat of arms is lost in antiquity, though
unique emblem, no doubt held some deep significance to the clan.
is shown here, most coat of arms scrolls contain a motto of some sort.
family mottos, are believed too have originated as battle cries in
time. Oh, that we knew that battle cry! Perhaps it would bear out the
implied by the title of the book, Against
and IV (genealogical charts) not included at this point.)
(Numbers, as (#10) etc.,
names are for identification
within the history text)
Robert and Margaret McBride are
the pivotal characters of this history. They are identified on the
chart #1 as Robert McBride 3rd (#10) and Margaret Ann Howard
The union of Robert, of Scottish ancestry, and Margaret, of English
(1833) brought together two stalwart ancestral lines. The first of the
clan to embrace the (Mormon) Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1837: they endured much for its
deals primarily wit the progenitors of Robert and the story of his and
Margaret’s family down to the early years in Utah.
Chapter two gives special consideration
to the ancestral pedigree of Nancy Lakey, wife of Robert 1st,
connects to Scottish Royalty and other peerage groups.
Section II is
comprised of life sketches of the five
children of Robert and Margaret and of their spouses. Some of the
these marriages have left short histories of their own lives. Other
have been submitted by family members. This section includes as many of
as we have been able to assemble (i.e. the grandchildren of Robert 3rd
AGAINST GREAT ODDS—The Story of the McBride
Family should be of interest and great value to all the
Robert McBride 3rd and Margaret Ann Howard, whom we look to
undying gratitude for accepting the Restored
Gospel and for the great sacrifice they made.
in our ancestry, whose faith and deeds we hope to impress indelibly
pages of history, we present this story as professionally as
hands are able to pen.
GLADYS MCBRIDE STEWART (sister of the authors),
who for many years had promoted the idea of a family history. Except
diligence in genealogical research, and without her insistence that the
get underway, this book would never have been written. [Gladys: June 23, 1900 to November 21, 1988
Whence came this courageous little
family? What stripe of men and women had spawned such as these
who would champion truth no matter how
unpopular? Their story has its real beginning in the distant
past amid scenes perceived butt dimly by
the student of history.
The ship Horizon Half
Clipper lay at anchor in the Mersey
River a short distance
docks at Liverpool England.
Government officials and a doctor had completed the necessary
had departed for shore. Tense with excitement, the passengers, anxious
waited expectantly. Everything seemed in readiness on this
spring day of 1856.
sounds of scuffling and shouting and shouting arose from the deck. For
not known to the emigrants, an argument between the sailors and the
officers had precipitated a fight. It seem the sailors were
get at the first mate who waited in his cabin. Suddenly the cabin door
open. A man brandishing a pistol in either hand stepped out to face the
rebellious crew. Half frightened out of their wits, the astonished
had scattered. Children screamed and clung to their parents.
“I’ll shoot the first man that moves, “shouted the first
mate to the crew. For a few terrible seconds it appeared blood would be
spilled, but the first mate’s menacing posture proved effective. The
backed off. A ship’s officer sent up a distress signal. Quickly boats
alongside with policemen and the entire crew was taken ashore in
No other voyage of record
Latter-day Saints to America
had ever staged so dramatic a beginning. One young passenger, Heber
had managed to secure himself where he witnessed the whole affair.
figured his birthday had been well celebrated, for on that day, May 13, 1856, he turned
of Latter-day Saints from the British Isles to America
had begun as early as 1840. In the ensuing years, especially fro England
they came, boatloads of converts to the Restored gospel, members of the
of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. The port of liver pool, England,
at the mouth of the Mersey River
became a popular point of embarkation. Despite the severe persecution
Saints endured in Missouri,
thousands continued to throw in their lot with the Latter-day Prophet,
Smith, as the main body of the main body of the Church fled Missouri
establish themselves in Nauvoo, Illinois.
the martyrdom of their Prophet Leader, the great migration to the west
underway in 1846. Within the net ten years, Brigham Young, prophet and
colonizer, had engineered the movement of many thousands of faithful
across oceans, plains and mountains into the Valley of the Great
Salt Lake and its environs. Other thousands were yet to
the message of the Restored Gospel touched the hearts of truth-seekers
presence of the McBride family aboard the Horizon marked a culmination
several years of planning. A yearning to join the main body of the
Church in America
was about to be fulfilled. The happy hearts and an abiding faith, they
they were now part of the “Gathering” predicted for the Latter-day
all was tranquil now and none were worse off because of the unhappy
with the crew, an agonizing delay of four days occurred. The Horizon
at anchor in did-river while a new crew was rounded up and brought
Heber concludes the exciting episode with these words; “With a new crew
very jolly one, we set sail again, I believe on the fourth day…. After
sight of land there came another steamboat that brought the captain and
pilot.” (The sailing date May 17 1 —the
ship’s master, Captain Reed.)
family, Robert, Margaret and their brood of five, were all aboard and
on their way.
Youngsters - Janetta
Ann, 16; Heber Robert 13; Ether
Enos, 8; *Peter
6*; and Margaret Alice (Little Maggie),
the Captain had boarded with peaceable crew and the ship moved out of
river’s mouth into the open sea, and despite the unwelcome delay, the
passengers, men, women and children numbering 856, all Latter-day
to relax into the voyage. What say ahead would take part in an episode
and endurance that will live forever in the minds and hearts of
this courageous little family? What stripe of men and women had spawned
these who would champion truth no matter how unpopular? Their story has
real beginning in the distant past amid scenes perceived butt dimly by
student of history.
into Robert 3rd’s progenitors has been diligent and is
of those in his ancestral line have been identified: and though
concerning some of them is of the meagerest sort, in the following
will make their acquaintance
sailing date is open to question.
One historical source has it as May 25. (See Handcarts to Zion, p 91).
as it may,
McBride family records are
quite explicit that the
date of boarding the ship was Heber’s birthday, May 13, and that the
harbor three or four days later.
History—from Gael to Eden
FOLLOWERS OF ST.
McBrides of our ancestral line were Scots. Diligent research has placed
whom we believe to be the earliest of record as living in Ireland
in the early 17th century A. D.
certain are we that the earlies person of record in our ancestral line
Captain John McBride (#1) on the chart, page IV, circa 1620).2 To
get a focus on Captain John and those succeeding him
with whom this
history deals, it is well to consider something of the early Scots, the
of the name McBride, and why we find the McBrides, though Scots—living
of their time in Ireland.
the people were who first inhabited Scotland
is uncertain. There is good evidence
they were remnants of the Israelites who migrated into the north
countries of Europe,
having escaped the Assyrian captivity after 721 B.C. Some of these
evidently made their way into northern Scotland,
into the highlands that came to be known as Gael, and from their spread
their history, for purposes of identity and protection, they formed
into close-knit family groups called “clans.” Out of a tangled web of
history began to emerge
period during these early centuries, fighting men developed the coats
by which individuals and families (clans) identified themselves. The
coat of arms described on the flyleaf is one of the many developed by
centuries, after the introduction of Christianity, Catholicism became
predominant religion. Many of the clans looked to Patron Saints for
giving them a sense of unity and a cause.
One particular group accepted
as their patron saint. Because they so religiously followed the
this adopted leader, they became known “as The Followers of Saint
simply, Saint Bridgets.” Over the centuries the word “Saint was re
the prefix “Mac,” meaning “son(s) of.” Thus the appellation became Mac
literally, “Sons of Bridget.” Some years later in the contraction of
(from M-a-c to Mc) the name became McBride. The Scots
of today are descended from those early clans who
adopted modern names.
political climate of the period had an even more far-reaching effect.
time of which we speak, the English had strict control over both Scotland
the 1600’s Irish Lords rebelled against the oppressive rule of the
government. Successfully quelling the uprising the English drove he
Lords fro the country, taking over their lands and holdings. The
Lords, their lives at stake, fled to places of safety never to return.
property, the land, and political conditions were left in a devastated
Likewise many hundreds of the Irish citizenry, employed by the
fled to the mountains.
this situation the English Government made large land grants, called
to certain chosen Scottish and English people. The grantees, however,
required to develop the land. Consequently, large numbers of people
neighboring countries were invited in, causing a steady influx of
tradesmen to Ireland.
Especially from Scotland
they came, often whole families; even big portions of clans moved en
These people became known as the Scotch-Irish.3 They
occupied the dubious position of living
having no Irish ancestors.
who had fled were forced to live by robbing from the villages of the
They eventually filtered back into the communities and took the menial
survive. Being the native Irish who had been so unjustly deal with,
held deep resentment for the Scots and English who had taken over.
intermarriage of the Scots with the English became common practice, any
integrating with the Irish remained a rare occurrence for many
This for both political and religious reasons since the Irish were
predominantly catholic, they gave short shrift to those Protestants
they differed on matters of faith, and who they considered intruders.
time our ancestors moved from Scotland
not known. The earliest people we know of in the McBride ancestral line
believed to have been of the Presbyterian persuasion. Such families as
McBrides, seeking good opportunity, may have come to Ireland
for either or both reasons mentioned. That they were a part of the
“Scotch-Irish” as explained above seems certain.
John McBride with whom our story begins seems to have been a man of
seriously committed to his religious views and possessed of certain
leadership. From parish records of the period is gleaned the
he was a Presbyterian born of Scottish parents, and that he had a
career. It is highly probable that his parents came to Ireland
in the early 1600’s at the time of the settling of the Ulster
the early years of his life were in uncertain, rapidly changing times.
important issue of those times centered around freedom of worship. In
course political and religious leaders drafted a document called, The
League and Covenant, which provided that religious reform groups would
allowed their own forms of worship and still show allegiance to the
in sympathy with the movement, John McBride attached his signature to
document at Holywood, county
Down, April 8, 1644.
This act alone marks him as a man of firm
convictions, not adverse to being identified with the issues of the
judging from what research has disclosed concerning the high moral and
caliber of a great many of his descendants, one cannot escape the
this Captain John was a man of similar noble endowments.4
John began his military career is not certain, but by the time
Oliver Cromwell did battle and took over the English Government in 1649
an officer (Captain) of a certain contingent of Irish troops, a part of
standing army loyal to the English King, Charles I. As such he would
be expected to defend the existing government against Cromwell’s
government reform if called upon.
Captain John never engaged directly in any of the military encounters
Cromwell’s campaign. When the take-over was imminent, he and other
surrendered without bloodshed to one of Cromwell’s generals. Captain
name is listed among the “49er’s” or the “49 Lot”
capitulated at this time.
take-over marked the beginning of the “British commonwealth,”
which lasted eight years, or until the General’s death in 1658. It is
the surrendering officers continued to serve their country under the
the Commonwealth managed by the victorious Oliver Cromwell.
time of the General’s death there is a records of the “49 Lot”
(group) being called to headquarters to receive their “adjudicants,”
evidently means they were given whatever citations or rewards were due
the military service. Among the long list of officers is the name of
the period has revealed several persons by the name of McBride,
of the Captain. Only one of them is documented as such. He became a
and was known thenceforth as Reverend John McBride. 5 The
Reverend, however, is not in the ancestral line of the
this book. Though documentation is lacking there is good evidence that
certain Robert McBride is the one who fits the time and location to be
of Captain John and the father of Daniel, (#3). (A less likely
candidate is one
Thomas McBride, believed to be a brother of Robert.).
As of this
writing (1988), vital information about this Robert is lacking.
on-going through correspondence with the Belfast
the Daniel of whom we speak was the grandson of Captain John McBride.
I page IV). All those names descending from Daniel are well documented.
records are extremely sketchy, Daniel (#3) is established as a tenant
Downshire, or Hillsborough, Estates, in Down
The exact nature
of his occupation is not mentioned, but he was evidently a farmer or a
McBride’s family we know only of a son, John (#4) born about 1715 (or
the name of his great-grandfather. Though the place of his birth is not
recorded, at the time of his marriage he lived in Lisburn, Antrim
Very likely John’s birth was at this same place, at least at some town
the County Antrim.
He married Mary Hull (#5), whom we believe to be also of Scotch-Irish
That he became a man of some importance
is evidenced by the fact that he received a Government appointment to
Surveyor’s Office at Londonderry, Derry
County, at which time
he moved from
Lisburn to London-derry.
McBride and Mary Hull were married sometime prior to 1750. Mary, the
of Edward Hull, was born about 1724 at Blaris, County
Down, in Ireland.
The Hull family were in
of Lord Hillsborough, the father being the agent for the Hillsborough
Edward Hull died around 1748/49, leaving his estate to Mary and her
The properties thus inherited by Mary were later disposed of according
records of deeds dated 30
in Blaris, and 24 July,1856,
that John McBride’s appointment to the position in the Port Surveyor’s
occurred some time between the dates of the disposal of these
(1750-56). Upon their move to Londonderry, no
occasioned by the appointment, John and Mary lived in a house on Bishop
Street. His name appears on the tax rolls
from 1775 until 1778, presumably the time of John’s death, at about age
continued to occupy the house until 1783, presumably the time of her
also near age sixty, at which time their son Robert became the
is the person designated as Robert 1st (#6) on the chart.6
son and grandson also bore the name of Robert. For identification
arbitrarily refer to these three individuals as Robert 1st,
and Robert 3rd, although, as noted, an earlier Robert,
be the son of Captain John, is part of the record.
earlier, Robert the 1st is assumed to have been born about
Lisburn, Antrim County, Ireland,
and upon the death of his parents, John and Mary, he occupied a house
in Londonderry, Derry
However, any further documented information about Robert 1st
is lacking. This is probably due to the
fact that he followed a seagoing profession and had little to do with
the city. He probably never exercised the rights of citizenship in Londonderry.
Consequently his name does not appear on record as a “Freeman,” one who
voice in the city’s government and other privileges of citizenship.
not mean that he was not deserving of such right, only that he probably
at home enough to be interested.
chapter is taken from research
performed by Florence Turley and Gladys Stewart
approximate birth date is based on tphe
fact that his signature appears on an important document, April 8,
adult at the time, we assume he may have
been 20 to 24 years of age. That his birth place is in Ireland is based
thefurther assumption that his parents came to Ireland from Scotland,
settlement of the Ulster Plantation—1603
1610, for which there is
3 this term used
to identify these particular
people should not be construed to mean a mixture of Scottis and Irish
merely that they were Scots who had
made Ireland their home.
4 See Section
III, Appendix 1—The Progeny of
Captain John McBride
5 Apparently it
has reference to the year 1649.
6 See Section
III, Appendix 1—The Progeny of
Captain John McBride
STEWARDS AND KINGS
married a Scottish Lass, Nancy Lakey (#7), in 1776.We have nothing of
personal life of Nancy Lakey other than that she was born about 1755 in
to James Lakey and Margaret Cust. In a family of seven children, three
and three sisters were all older than Nancy.
Her extensive pedigree, to be discussed in this chapter, suggests a
family, proud of its heritage. The fact of her father being a
suggests that he held an enviable position in the business world of his
grandfather, Thomas Lakey, is known to have been a merchant and to have
the position of Alderman and Mayor in Derry,
evident that the Lakey family had considerable knowledge about their
progenitors and that there existed a connection to Scottish Royalty
Robert Bruce I,2 King of Scotland.
Whether there existed any recorded pedigree in possession of the Lakey
is doubtful. Their Knowledge of being a one-time peerage family was
by word of mouth passed down through ten or more generations.
there is evidence that the tradition persisted in the McBride family
the descendants of Robert and Nancy to modern times.3
of recent years, into the historical background of the Lakey family has
resulted in a genealogical windfall, a treasure trove of information
people and places of great renown, peerage families, stewards and
Nancy Lakey is deserving the appellation “Gem of Genealogy.” Not only
tradition of relationship to Scottish royalty now confirmed, but a
else has come to light. However, Royalty no confirmed, but a great deal
has come to light. However, only a limited portion of these discoveries
within the scope of this book.
Bruce figures prominently in genealogical material to be discussed, the
will be interested in reviewing the story of how this illustrious Scot
prominence, an account seen as one of special significance to the
In 1313 a Scottish
Baron, fugitive from battle, heartsick with discouragement, lay on a
straw in a peasant’s hovel hiding from his enemies while his troops
disarray. Repeated military defeats had
reduced his fighting spirit to low ebb. Idly he watched a spider
its web, vainly attempting to swing itself to the next beam of the
hut. Six times the spider tried and failed. “If
tries again and is successful,” said the fugitive to him, “I too will
another attempt.” On the seventh
try the spider succeeded.
bedraggled soldier, the Scottish hero Robert Bruce, encouraged by the
stubborn persistence, rallied his forces, and against great odds went
win the battle against his enemies, and was soon thereafter crowned
of the spider (it is more than legend) illustrates a dominant
our Scottish progenitors. The dogged determination to prevail in the
adversity, demonstrated by the King and his contemporaries, has cropped
times in their lineage since that distant date, and is evident in their
even today. To persevere against great odds has been the legacy
McBride family, especially since the time one of their number, in 1837,
in his lot with the Latter-day Saints, the first of his clan to do so.
of our connection with King Bruce I, II and III begins with his
daughter, Princess Margery. She married
a man by the name of Walter Stewart, who held the office of Lord High
the most important office in the kingdom next to the throne. From this
was born a son whom they named Robert Stewart, after his grandfather,
This son, Robert Stewart, eventually inherited the throne (1371). He
title King Robert Bruce II and reigned until his death. His son, also
Stewart, also ascended the throne and reigned as King Robert Bruce III.
the line of Stewart Kings began to be perpetuated in Scotland.
Bruce III a genealogical line begins with his daughter, Princess Mary
then descends through six succeeding generations to an Agness
married Walter Leckie in the mid 1500’s.Through five more generations
(Lakey)4 family we arrive at a James Lakey living in
daughter, Nancy Lakey, married Robert McBride 1st. (See
below). This couple, Robert and Nancy, are great, great,
the authors, and the 5th and 6th greats
[And now, 7th and 8th greats, as of
2005] to many who will read this book the year  of its
of genealogy in the possession of the McBride organization confirms the
outline given in the preceding paragraph.5
The accompanying Chart II shows at a glance 5
centuries of genealogy from King Robert Bruce I to Robert McBride 3rd.
Lakey was a descendant of a family of some note is evidenced by the
fact that a
town of that name (then Lecky or Leckie) still exists near Dumbarton,
available information the Leckies remained for many years a high
peerage family owning great Baronies and lands, fully aware of their
relationship to Scottish Royalty through the descendants of Stewart
Kings. Like many people of early times,
through quarrels among themselves, changes in rulers, wars and
the Lakeys (lekies) evidently lost their holdings and titles and became
working class of people. This small area near Bumbarton is presumed to
that remains of the vast holdings once owned by them.
research performed in
recent years takes us back even farther than has been mentioned. From
Bruce I, an ancestral line can be traced to the kings of Israel,
from that Walter Stewart who married the King’s daughter, Margery, an
line con be traced to William the Conqueror, 1100 A.D., and thence to
times, likewise connecting to the kings of Israel.
attempt has been made
on our part to verify it, genealogists tell us that these royal lines
Biblical lineage, form one straight line back to Adam. That we are all
descended fro Adam is not new; but the fact we are actually able to
and, in the process, acquaint with those people whose blood flows in
is sobering and exciting information.
Cunninghams, mentioned in the
ancestral line of Lakey, are in the pedigree descending from the great
Charlemagne. Other high-ranking and peerage families are found to be
intermarried with the Leckys and the Cunninghams, including the Setons,
Sinclairs, the Livingstouns, Stewarts and Edmonstounes. The brief
names and places mentioned here represents only a small vein of the
genealogical bonanza uncovered upon searching into the background of
lass, Nancy Lakey. The story of her ancestry, branching as it does
dozens of peerage families of the British Isles
t\though of great interest and importance, lies outside the scope of
The demonstration of how the descendants of Robert McBride 1st
connected to Scottish Royalty and other peerage families through his
to Nancy Lakey is not to be construed as an attempt to claim any
distinction. To do so would not be in keeping with the avowed purpose
genealogical research, that of compiling names and doing temple work
dead. Genealogists tell us that anyone who is willing to devote time
may possibly trace his ancestry to royalty of some sort. The real
getting acquainted with new (old) friends. Furthermore, every
as one searches out his progenitors he runs the risk of associating not
with princes, but knaves as well, making any claim to fame on that
will admit that a few famous names add color and flavor, making the
palatable, the material in the foregoing chapter is presented primarily
credit to those who have shown great diligence in painstaking pursuit
genealogical research. Let us therefore be proud of the heroes and
the rogues. Furtherance of the cause of truth is reward enough.
chapter is taken from Gladys
McBride Stewart research
2 Known as Robert the
Bruce. Evidently the
Bruce was originally a designation of a title or station of nobil9ty.
the term Bruce was
adopted as a surname.
3 Robert Franklin McBride, father of the
authors, seems to have vaguely understood this oral tradition. It is
naming of his seventh child Bruce
was not only in
admiration of the Scottish King-hero, but with some knowledge of
The line of descent
from Robert Bruce I,
King of Scotland, to Robert
shown are dates of Birth)
Numbers, as (#1) or (#2) etc.,
names are for identification
within the history text
(abt. = about & md.= married)
Robert the Bruce
(King Bruce I)—Late 1200’s.
Daughter, Princess Margery Bruce, md. Walter Stewart (High
Son, Robert Stewart (King Bruce II)
Son, Robert Stewart (King Bruce III)
Daughter, Princess Mary Stewart, md. Sir Walter Edmondstoune
Daughter, Elizabeth Edmondstoune, md. Sir Humphrey De
Son, Sir William De Cunningham—abt. 1505
Son, Sir William Cunningham—abt. 1531 to 15 47 (He dropped
the “De” in his surname.)
Daughter, Agness Cunningham md. Walter De Leckie—abt. 1539
Son, Alexander Lekie—abt. 1567
| MCBRIDE LINE OF DESCENT
Son, Alexander Lekie—abt. 1599
| Captain John McBride -abt.
Son, Alexander Lekie—abt. Feb
Robert McBride (#2)
Son, Thomas Lekie—abt. 1678
| Son, Daniel McBride (#3)
Son, James Lakie—abt.
| Son, John
McBride- abt. 1615 (#4) md. Mary Hull (#5)
Daughter, Nancy Lakey—abt. 1755 -------
She married >>>> | Son, Robert
McBride 1st (#6) - abt. 1750 (md. Nancy Lakie) (#7)
column, note evolution of the surname toLakey)
McBride 2nd(#8) -14 Feb 1783 md. JanetSharp(#9)
McBride 3rd (#10) -16 Nov 1803 md. Margaret Ann
Children of Robert and Margaret
are in birth order
And, on down to
the present generations
* Elijah James,
* Sara Jane, 1837
* Nancy Lakey,
* Child (still
Robert, 1843 (#13)
Either Enos, 1848 (#14)
Howard, 1850 (#15)
Margaret Alice, 1853 (#16)
(* Four children died in infancy)
with interest that the profession of some of the McBrides was connected
the sea. John McBride (#4), Son of Daniel, held a position in the Port
Surveyors Office and his son Robert 1st was a seaman.
records, though very limited, show also that others of their
men of the sea. This is in keeping with a dominant characteristic of
Historically, Scotsmen have been seamen (in addition to being
farmers and tradesmen). Always an industrious, clever and thrifty
not only built ships for other nations but manned them, this due in
their country’s topography. Scotland’s
Rugged and mountainous inland gave little inducement to many industries
other parts of the world. The people naturaly took to the sea. Scotland’s
irregular coastline abounds with firths, peninsulas and islands with
also, though lacking the type of seacoasts of Scotland,
does have natural harbors at the mouths of principal rivers, providing
opportunity to follow seagoing professions.
important that Robert 1st’s father-in-law, James Lakey, as
record states, was a “shopkeeper.” The term had a more extended meaning
than it does now. A “shop” in those days, in most cases, referred to a
business that handled a wide variety of items. Such “shops” were
associated with merchant seamen, whose goods of various kinds from
were unloaded and turned over to the “shopkeepers” for sale to the
Since Robert is said to have been a mariner, it is within the realm of
possibility that he owned a ship which transported goods to the shop of
father-in-law. There may very well have been some such business
between the two.
lacking of the date, place or circumstances of Robert 1st’s
(#8), son of Robert 1st, was born Februar6y 14, 1783, in Derry
It is not surprising to learn that he followed the profession of his
seagoing man of whom we know comparatively little, his exploits at sea
apparently very extensive ranging over most of the waters of the world.
said by one of his grandchildren who knew him well that he “had landed
port that a ship could stick its hull.”1 Also,
that he had a comfortable home that he was
seldom around to
enjoy. Like his father, Robert 2nd may very well
owned his own shipping business.
exact dates are not available, we do know that just prior to 1803 he
a time in Rothsay, on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, married to a Scottish
Janet Sharp (#9). Janet Sharp was born about 1780 (or 1783) at Nairn, a
village in the Highlands of Scotland. Her name is spelled variously as
Jennette and Jane. Little is known of her life except for her marriage
Robert McBride 2nd and their living on the Isle of Bute.
may have had a home elsewhere, but if so, they moved back to the Island,
for there is where Janet died a tragic death. History has it that her
13-year-old daughter, Janetta Ann McBride, often stayed with her.
her grandmother one day sitting in a chair in front of the fireplace
went over to a neighbor’s to look at some crocheting. The grandmother
fell asleep, fainted, or, from dizziness fell into the fireplace. Her
caught fire and she suffered severe burns. She lived a week or so
died, Aug. 11, 1853.2 Her
remains were taken for burial to Argylshire County,
after his wife’s death (1860), we find this Robert 2nd in a
the aged in Scotland,
called Wood’s Asylum.3 Being a member of some sort of
organization (union), entitled him to live there as a retiree. He
until his death, February 10,
Buried in Greenock, Renfrew
would be remembered with special affection by his posterity.4
When the Scottish seaman, Robert 2nd, was about
twenty years of age, he and his wife Janet resided in Scotland.
There a son was born to them. They named him Robert (#10), the third of
name in as many generations. Of the multitudinous family which had
borne, or was
to bear the name of McBride, this son of a young seaman was destined to
the mold and become their most revered of all. He it is to him we, his
point with gratitude for possessing the simple faith to recognize truth
heard it. The authors of this book and those who read and cherish its
will recognize this man, whom we designate as Robert 3rd, as
in this genealogy. The story we tell evolves both backward and forward
Robert, born November 16,
in Rothsay, Isle of Bute, Scotland was likely his parents’ first child.
may have been other children. Certain evidence points to a daughter,
Matha.3 Very little is known of Robert’s early manhood, but
tradition that he also followed the sea until about thiry years of age.
prior to November, 1853, Robert moved to England.
In the small village of Churchtown,
in the English countryside, some twenty miles inland from the port city
he courted a young English girl by the name of Margaret Ann Howard
circumstances under which they met are not known; but she probably
her parents, and despite the fact that she was eleven years younger,
married November 25, 1833, she about nineteen, Robert thirty. Research
Smith has produced a copy of their marriage certificate.
Margaret Ann’s life
before her marriage to Robert McBride are lacking. However, pedigrees
her father and mother, Peter Howard and Ann Wright, indicate that those
families had lived for five generations in a small geographical area,
North Meols Parish, in the towns of Churchtown and Rowelane,
immediate family consisted of eight children, she being next to the
doubt she shouldered much responsibility for younger brothers and
father’s occupations are given as harness maker and weaver. The
making harnesses was probably inherited from progenitors, and we
he passed the business on to one or more of his sons.7 Knowing these facts gives us a clue to
Margaret’s character and early life, and why her father strenuously
break with tradition upon he acceptance of the Mormon Faith. Being from
established gentry, young Margaret was no doubt a solid,
deeply religious person.
sixty years from the time of which we speak (marriage of Margaret and
their son Either, living in America, filled a mission in England and
dozens of his mother’s people still in the same area and living much
as they had always lived.
by the time of this marriage, Robert had given uup his seagoing life
settled on the land. Sober minded and resourceful, he took up the trade
plasterer and related vocations. The couple made their home in
where their first child, Elijah James, was born August 24, 1835. Soon the small family
moved to a
neighboring town of Preston.
of humble circumstances, the happy couple welcomed a second child to
home, a beautiful little daughter, Sara Ann, born March 15 1837.
a large industrial center noted mainly for the manufacture of cotton
had grown up on the banks of a beautiful stream, the River Ribble. No
of Preston could have known at that time that
city and river, though of some importance in England
would soon play a unique roll in a segment of American history. In July
same year (1837), we begin to speak of this little family in the
context of an
event that would alter the course of their lives, certainly the most
event in their experience up to this time, whose repercussions would be
throughout all Britain:
the introduction of the Restored Gospel into the British
1 Peter Howard
2 The event of Janet’s
death was taken from
Laura McBride research.
3 This is not a mental
institution. It was a
home for retired seafarers.
4 See Section
III—Appendix 2, a letter from
Robert McBride 2nd .
5 Records in the St.
George Temple show that
Margaret McBride did
Temple work for her Sister-in law, Martha McBride,
means that her husband, Robert 3rd had a sister,
Robert 2nd ).
6 Gladys McBride
7 Life Sketch of Either
II, this volume (his mission to England).
TRUTH WILL PREVAIL
1837, must have been
a pleasant day in Preston, England.
Ordinarily it would have been an uneventful day. Other than work at the
not much of interest ever went on in the typical English manufacturing
However, during the past week excitement had been mounting—something
wafting in the wind on this next to the last day in July. Huge crowds
gathered on either side of the river. Many others occupied the bridge
spanned its lazy waters. The numbers of people is not definite,
from 7,000 to 9,000.1
At a signal
two men broke from a
starting point and raced along the grassy riverbank. Something on the
a hundred yard dash ensued as the pair sprinted toward other men
farther along the river’s edge. Excitement ran high among the huge
onlookers assembled from Preston and the
countryside as the younger of the runners reached the finish line ahead
other. The victor, George D. Watts, had a special reward coming—to be
first person in the British Isles to be
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cheering and shouting
accompanied the event, as first George and then the other contestant
the water to be baptized by Heber C. Kimball, he and others officiating
sacred ordinance Elders of the Mormon
Church. Other candidates followed, a total of nine being baptized
included many scoffers
not especially pleased with the goings on. Present primarily out of
of what they had seen or heard about the Mormons, the crowd seemed
of these men from America
and their strange teachings. Baptism by emersion? They had heard of it,
had witnessed it: least of all, in a river! Talk of new revelation, a
Prophet, the Book of Mormon, the Priesthood, gifts of the Spirit, a
Church, worried most of them. But the Mormon Elder had not promoted the
They never intended to stage an exhibition. People had gathered of
volition. Only a few who had listened carefully and had asked in faith
t he truth would come forward for baptism.
It is highly
probable that Robert
and Margaret stood among those who witnessed this historic event of July 30, 1837. But they
be more than curious spectators. Deeply moved, Robert was baptized by
Hyde along with another group just two days hence, August 1, 1937, at the same spot in the
The story is a
familiar one in
Church History; only eight days prior to the first baptisms, seven
had arrived in Preston. Two of them were
Kimball and Orson Hyde, the others, Elders and fellow missionaries;
fielding, Willard Richards, John Goodson, Isaac Russell and John
Snyder. The date
Saturday, July 22, 1837, was election day in Preston
festivities in progress. As the missionaries, coach arrived,
paraded a large banner along the street, hoisted almost directly above
heads of the new arrivals. It read: TRUTH WILL PREVAIL. Taking the
as a good omen, the seven messengers of truth cried out in unison,
Thanks be to God! Truth will prevail!”
missionaries had disembarked at the port
of Liverpool two days
Divine inspiration had led them to this place where a reverend Fielding
recently led his congregation away from the mainline churches. Studying
the Bible closely in search of the true Gospel,
they believed the true Church had been lost. One of the missionaries,
Fielding, was a brother to the minister, who gave them ready acceptance
Sunday meetings being held at Vauxhall Chapel.
earlier he congregation had prayed earnestly for light and truth. Some
more spiritually inclined had seen a vision those who would bring them
Gospel. They knew their prayers had shaken the Heavens when Elder
appeared on the scene that Sunday, the day following his arrival in Preston.
To some at Vauxhall he was no stranger for they recognized him as the
they had seen in vision. The minds and hearts of these devout people
were ready for the message of the Restoration
which Heber C. Kimball delivered when invited to speak. Others bore
and thus the doors swung open, the first time the Restored Gospel had
preached in a foreign land.
week had followed in which the presence of these strangers from America
began to be noised abroad and people, curious about their teachings,
their message in a series of meetings in people’s homes and in the town
Robert and Margaret McBride among the truth seekers, had been inclined
the teachings of Reverend Fielding. Indeed, Robert had been in
the Vauxhall Chapel and the Holy Spirit had borne witness to him of the
inspired words of Apostle Kimball.2 He
and Margaret had attended other meetings
during the week, being deeply religious and ready to accept the truth.
to be calculating and deliberate in actions may account for the fact
Robert had waited until the second day of baptisms to present himself
fateful step. Margaret, though apparently whole heartedly accepting the
missionaries and their message, may have had good reason for waiting a
before joining, for we discover that her parents, the Howards, were ill
disposed toward the Church. In any event, Margaret put off baptism
months later, January of 1838. The delay was not for any lack of
only in hopes of avoiding any division in her family because of her
very beginning Robert and his little family were firmly planted in the
At a meeting held August 6 (the Sunday following the first baptism) in
of Ann Dawson, twenty-nine persons were confirmed and a branch of the
organized, Robert being one of those confirmed on this date.
McBride home the missionaries were always welcome. They came there
and lodging always provided. Meetings were held in their home on many
occasions, Margaret providing the items for the sacrament.3
Church history tells of the
of these great missionaries. Very rapidly the work spread throughout Britain,
reminiscent of the rise of Christ’s Church in ancient times.
interesting to note that the oldest, continuous branch of the Church is
in Preston, England.
It may be the
one Robert helped organize. The area became the seed bed of the Church
country. Due to the work of these missionaries, assisted by those
had so readily accepted the Gospel, within nine months (April 1839),
membership had risen to 2,000. Later in 1840, with the arrival of
and several other members of the Council of the Twelve, Church
another big leap ahead. The Work of these inspired brethren set in
continuous flow of faithful, and often skilled converts to Zion,
who became the stalwarts in the Faith and did more than any other group
build up the Church, first in Nauvoo, Illinois,
and eventually I the Intermountain
Joseph Smith and the restoration—A history of
the Church to 1846—by Ivan Barrett, page 348.
2 From Laura
3 From Laura
Kimball and Orson Hyde
returned to their homes in America,
1838, leaving Joseph Fielding to preside over the British Mission. By
1840m Apostle Kimball , in company with others of the missionary
visiting the Preston area and at a special
Brigham Young gave a number of brethren a significant calling; “Devote
time as possible to the work of the Ministry.” Robert, among those who
to do so, had begun to prove his mettle. Those records are lacking it
evident that both Margaret and Robert were given many responsibilities
them in the forefront of the work as it progressed wherever they lived.
At this time
many of the converts
were being encouraged to migrate to America.
A close friendship had developed between the presiding Elders and the
in Preston area, Churchtown and Southport.
Indicative of the love and concern he held for the McBride family is a
written by Apostle Heber C. Kimbll fro London.
Addresed to Robert, the Apostle requested that the letter be read to
branches of the Church in that area. It follows: (footnotes are ours,
punctuation and spelling are original.)
December 17, 1840
Dear Brother Robert in Christ and
Saint in Churctown and Southport:
and may God bless you wit peace, love, joy long life and the good
this life and in that which is to come, and I say unto you all if you
faithful and keep the commandments of God you shall go to that land
and I shall see you there [in America] and eat and drink with you and
time comes to pass then you will know that I told you these
my dear brothers and sisters, let your hearts be comforted, for all
work for good for them that love the Lord and keep his commandments. I
say one word to Alice for her comfort, be of good cheer for the
come when your loss will be made up, for you will have your little one
next world. You say it has got through with its troubles. When you
begin to see
what is coming in the world you will rejoice. I have lost two, Sister
has lost two.1 We know how to sympathize with you. Be of
for all things will go good with you in the end.
received your letter this morning. Was glad to hear from you. It was
part by you and part by An.[Margaret Ann?] McBride.2
I feel glad to hear of the prosperity of
the work in that part. I say Brother, roll it on till thou hast
thy people and prepared them for thine own use that thy servant may see
crowned in the Celestial world in the presence of the Father and son
can see each other face to face, where death mourning, sorrow, pain
swept away for Christ’s sake, Amen.
The work is going on steady here
great city. I have baptized five since I came here, Elder Woodruff
four before I came. I baptized four last evening. There are others
the gills that will come in soon. The only way is to have patience with
generation. If we were merciful with them the Lord will be merciful
for he says as we measure to them it shall be measured to us again, so
do good the rest of our days, for this is the law, this is what the
placed us on this earth for, to do all the good we can to each other.
You say you have the gift of
I am glad, but I wish to give you some counsel, that is, not to speak
the world but it is for the edifying of the Church. When you speak let
when the Church is together, as part of it; when there is an elder and
present; and open your meeting with prayer then all things will be in
the devil will not have power over you. All the meetings are to be led
Elders as they are led by the Holy Ghost; it is the Priesthood that
Church and not the tongues. You see the I have much love for you and
things may be right before God. I have had some experience in these
all things are done right at first and do not have to undo what we have
know you want to do right and this is the reason I want to give you
Pray for the gift of wisdom. The Lord is pouring out his spirit on all
churches. The work is spreading in all parts of this land, not only
here but in
the land of America. On the
third day of
October the Church held a conference that continued for three days.
five thousand people. There were so many baptized there were ten elders
river baptizing at once. Such a time has not been known since Christ’s
glory of God shone upon them
The Church is growing
through England, Scotland and Ireland. The work
will be great
and powerful in these places. Great and terrible trouble is coming to
inhabitants of America, that one
bring much of it to pass. Read this epistle to the Church and not to
You know that the Prophet
told us of
the Nephites and that Moroni came with
that contain the Book of Mormon.
Speaking of your situation
in Lancaster – If you are
situation to go to America, you go. It
wisdom to go without your circumstances will admit (permit), but you
own situation. When you go there let them support you, if they will
them, you know the labor is worthy of the hire. Go ahead and the way
open for you. And it is your privilege to go when you can.
I must close. Elder Young
little more than a week. He has gone to Hirilpond Shire. I didn’t
stay here when I came but the spirit said it was wisdom for me to stop
brethren thought it best.
Elder Woodruff is here and
to you all. Give my love to your wife, Brother John and his wife,
and his wife and all the Saints for I have much care for you all.
this to the church. May God bless you forever. I need your prayers and
shall have mine. Give my love to Mother Dickerson. When you receive
write. I remain you brother in Christ.
Letters such as this one
the ancient Apostles, under the spirit of inspiration, became
Paul’s Epistles to individuals and to various branches of the Church.
manner, this Epistle from a Latter-day Apostle was received as the Word
Lord by those faithful Saints. Note the counsel given concerning the
speaking in tongues.
Because of this letter is must have
seemed only a matter of waiting for the propitious moment for the
Family to join the Saints in America
This idea when voiced to
parents, Peter and Ann Howard, drew bitter criticism. With her father
virtual estrangement. Just when this confrontation occurred is not
it no doubt happened prior to 1851, for Mr. Howard’s death is recorded
6, 1851, he being not quite sixty years of age. Subsequent events,
frequent visits, indicate a probable reconciliation between Margaret
parents. Furthermore, the children always spoke highly of their Howard
The lives of Margaret and Robert now
centered around his work as a plasterer and their activities in the
a reason not known, they moved back to Churchtown. In the interim their
little ones, Elijah and Sarah had died, supposedly of common childhood
diseases, which left them childless. But before long a baby girl
Janetta Ann (#12), born December 24, 1839. This Scottish, English Lass,
while yet in her youth, to become a heroine of the McBride family,
a legacy in a land half a world away. But that remained years in the
How they must have cherished this
little daughter, for as the years went by, she became “big sister” to a
of brothers and sister. Within the next six years Margaret gave birth
more children while living in Churchtown. Only Heber Robert (#13), the
one of these three, survived.3 Born
Heber remained a strong healthy boy,
his destiny to be beside his older sister in a trauma that neither
Around the year 1846 (Janetta then
six years of age), Robert moved his family back to is native land,
the isle of Bute, Scotland, the home of his parents. It appears that
time Janetta had been in poor health and, thinking that being near the
would bring about an improvement, Robert and Janetta went ahead of the
to stay at the home of his parents. After about a year, when the others
them, they possibly had a home of their own on the Island. As time went on two more
born in Scotland, Ether Enos (#14), February 29, 1848, and
Peter Howard (#15), May 3, 1850. All the children of this
had fond memories of their associations with their grandparents, Robert
and his wife Janet.
It was during this time when the
children were growing up and enjoying their association with their
grandparents that their beloved grandmother Janet Sharp McBride died of
she incurred upon falling into the fireplace. (Chapt. III) Thought a
all, the event must have been especially traumatic to young Janetta
who seemed especially close to her grandmother. During their sojourn in
Scotland, a period of at least seven
family remained somewhat isolated from the Church. Janetta’s brief
autobiography gives us this interesting insight into their religious
the Isle of Bute:
there was no Branch of the Church there, we belonged to the Glasco4
the only Mormons on the island, but the elders from Glasco often came
us, and we often went to Glasco to their meetings.
Janetta speaks also of attending
school in Glasgow, stating that at eight years
of age she
attended a Presbyterian Church school.
At age six Heber also began to
attend school, but according to his own statements he may just as well
have started. Heber, bent on becoming a seaman, seems to have inherited
love for the sea from as far back as his great-grandfather, Robert 1st.
When supposedly in school, like as not he would run away, get in a boat
play in the ocean. Whipping, scolding were all to no avail; he simply
go to school. Furthermore, close by stood the old Rothsay Castle, abandoned and beckoning,
made to order
for adventurous lads like Heber and Ether.5
Nothing definite is known about
Robert’s employment during their stay in Scotland. Whether or not he pursued
his trade of
plasterer is not known. Janetta no doubt had improved her health, shown
progress in school and had further ambitions. Heber presented a
as far as school went, and the two younger boys were growing up.
For a number of years they had been
in semi-isolation from the Church. This and other considerations
move back to England, not far from where they had
before. They settled in the beach city of Southport sometime in 1853. Perhaps
youngsters could better go to school and have closer association with
If Robert had entertained the idea
that moving back to England would somehow get Heber into
classroom, he faced big disappointment. Every inducement failed. Heber
that he didn’t mind going to school, but he just couldn’t learn. This
proved to be incorrect many times, for we discover that the young man
readily enough the things that interested him. Between his tenth and
year he took on several different jobs in which he excelled, and
quickly how to make the most of his opportunities. The fact that he
rather work than go to school does not brand him as an incorrigible. A
boy, Heber was destined to take on the responsibilities of “being a
man” at an
unusually early age. The reader will find a rare treat in reading
account of his life further on in this volume. Conditions in Southport (the sea being not nearly so
handy as it
had been on the Isle of Bute) caused Heber’s interest to be directed
The family had been in Southport only a few months when
(#16) blessed their home June 29,1853. She would be their last.
mother’s name, she came to be called “Little Maggie,” and by age three
destined to experience the harshness of the wilderness, privation and
an extent seldom required of one of such tender years.
Castle - Rothsay, Isle of
Bute, Scotland. Near the home of
the McBride family when they lived in Scotland. Little wonder that
a youngster would choose exploration of such over attending school
Courtesy Cole Porter (gg grandson of Peter McBride and gg nephew
of Peters brothers) taken during 1987 visit to Scotland.
1 Elija James and
Sara James Mcbride.
2 No doubt Margaret
Ann, Robert’s wife.
3 See Chart I for
names of children who died in infancy.
4 Glasgo (Glasgow)—on
the mainland, only a short boat trip from their island home.
5 The authors have
had experience roaming hills and riverbeds of Arizona
and playing in old abandoned houses. We think
we know something of the
fascination and adventure two young Scots must have experienced playing
seacoast and in an old castle, imagining themselves as
pirates or warriors
defending the fortress to the wailing of bagpipes
and the clashing of arms. No
wonder Heber wouldn’t go to school!
the time Robert and Margaret had accepted the Restored
gospel it became evident that their lives and the lives of their
be inextricably entwined with the fortunes of the Church.
phenomenal success of the early missionaries in England
there had arisen great opposition to the spread of the Gospel in that
Persecution against the Church in America
had its counterpart in Great Britain
Vilified and discriminated against, the Saints were put on the
to a large extent by the clergy, who were envious of their success, and
flowed freely into Britain
through organizational channels concerning the trials of the Saints in America
The period in which Margaret and Robert accepted the Gospel (1837-1838)
the dark days of the Church in Missouri
The exodus from that trouble spot had occurred the year following
Apostle Kimball written from London
in 1840 had advised Robert that he should join the Saints in America
if and when he felt able to do so. Already some of the new converts in England
had migrated to America
and no doubt such a move had crossed the minds of the McBrides. Perhaps
reasons existed to prevent them from doing so at that early date. No
finances headed the list. Family problems were many. Their little girl
had just turned two years old, and we note that shortly thereafter they
expecting another child. Then came the disappointing news of the
the Saints I Nauvoo, culminating in the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph
this time (in 1846) the Saints were driven out of Nauvoo and had
established a foothold in The Salt Lake Basin in Utah
The great migration to the West had begun. Latter-day Israel
now on the march, had acknowledged Brother Brigham (B. Young)as their
leader and Prophet of the Church.
McBride family was at
this time still in Scotland
where association with the Church was extremely limited, their hopes
aspirations were with the Saints in their affairs in America
Every bit of news that flowed over 2,000 miles of wilderness and 3,000
ocean seemed to be a part of their own lives. They rejoiced in the joys
sorrowed in the trials of the main body of Saints. Brother Brigham’s
assemble in the western mountains area had gone out to all Saints. Over
period of the next few years, many thousands from the British
would respond. How Robert and Margaret must have longed to be a part of
great Latter-day movement in the choice land
! Now that they
back to England
their chances for America
may have seemed a mite closer.
that Robert built a
comfortable home in Southport, England
Their involvement in the Church is evidenced by the fact that Robert
secretary of the branch and the youngsters often spent Sunday
canvassing the neighborhood, handing out missionary tracts (pamphlets).1
Janetta and Ether were able to go to school in Southport
though not without some difficulty. Schools there operated by
denomination would not allow Mormon children to attend. The Catholics,
took them in to one of their schools. They were not required to learn
Catholic Creed, Along with her schooling, Janetta hired out to a lady
apprentice and learned the dressmaking trade.
Church members, the
McBride family had often felt the effects of bitter opposition.
sacrifices or inconveniences this caused them they had willingly
Gospel’s sake. To them the Church remained foremost, their pillar of
Though still in rather poor financial straits, the idea of migrating
strayed far from their thoughts. Then certain conditions came about
hastened the decision to go.
Until 1856 the
transportation westward beyond New York
had been by
rail as far as
the trains went, then by especially equipped teams and wagons. All this
entailed considerable expense, and many who wanted to “come to Zion
were not financially able to do so despite some assistance from the
But, now, Brigham Young had devised a new and more economical plan for
people across the 1,300 miles from the rail terminus in Iowa
, to the great
Word reached the Saints in Britain
and the Scandinavian countries that beginning in the early spring of
two-wheeled carts would be provided, and well organized companies would
the plains, pulling their belongings in these handcarts. The McBride
now caught up in the fervor, as hundreds of others in their vicinity
make plans to sail early enough to be a part of the spring trek to the
The spirit of the gathering had taken hold as Robert envisioned his
helping to build the great Mormon commonwealth proposed by their
direction of Apostle Franklin
D. Richards, well organized machinery went into operation. Edward Martin2
appeared on the scene, contacting
prospective emigrants giving instructions, arranging passage and
One of their spiritual leaders, he would be the captain of the entire
when the trek across the plains would get under way.
the McBrides were able to sell their home for a good price. Other
were sold at auction, financial matter settled and a farewell visit
Margaret’s mother. In Manchester
this time, Mrs. Howard lived only a few miles up the Mersey
It had been only a matter of five years since her husband Peter had
one can well imagine how difficult it must have been to part with her
and grandchildren. The prospects of ever seeing them again were indeed
As indicated earlier, there had been hard feelings about Margaret
Church, especially, one is led to believe, on the part of the father.
at this time, as the McBride family was about to take its leave, one
assumes that good relations had since been established. If Margaret’s
other relatives in the area now mad any effort to dissuade them fro
do not know of it. In any event the die was cast and after a day or two
boarded the train for Liverpool
, the point of
embarkation for America
Very little of
detailing their train ride to the port city, the boarding of the ship
period of nearly a month and a half at sea. No doubt excitement ran
especially for the youngsters. Except for Heber, none of the children
experienced anything like it before. Once aboard the Horizon, Heber was
probably right in his element; and he it is who has given us the
account of the rebellious ship’s crew, the gunplay and the delay in
sail. That exciting episode, outlined in the introduction of this book,
taken from Heber’s memoirs written in his adult years. What little we
the voyage, their arrival in Boston
harbor, the train ride to the readying camp in Iowa
is primarily from the same source. Indeed, the only firsthand
have of the handcart trek across the plains is gleaned from brief
many year later by the several participants, all children at the time
trek Heber’s and Ether’s accounts are more detailed than the others,
reader is referred to Section II of the book for intriguing facts as
individuals have given them.
Church historians of
the handcart pioneers are brief. Three small companies who started
early in the
spring of 1856 were very successful with no deaths and a minimum of
and hardship. The Willie Company, leaving in mid July, and the Martin
leaving the last of July, were the ones who suffered greatly. It
had been a breakdown in communications concerning the arrival at the
camp in Iowa City, Iowa
of so many hundreds of travelers. Suitable equipment was not ready.
preparations resulted in poorly constructed carts and wagons. The late
coupled with early winter climate on the plains and in the mountains
stage for disaster for both the Willie and Martin Companies
next four years,
however, fife other companies made their way to the Salt
without serious mishap.
Chapter VII will pickup
the story at a point in Wyoming
with Margaret McBride nearly three months into the trek of the Martin
In their determination to
their Latter-day Zion the
lowly handcart became the CHARIOT
for Margaret and Robert and their brood of five.
2 Edward Martin
note: This young Elder had served in the famous Mormon Battalion and
unprecedented experience had
qualified him as a veteran of plains and
mountains. Subsequently having completed a Gospel mission, he was put
the migrating Saints on [the ship] Horizon
Half Clipper. [Then he continued with this group as the handcart
Handcarts and prairie! The
coaxing of the lumbering two-wheeled rigs over endless flatlands had
been the inescapable central fact in the lives of the McBride family
for the past eighty-five days. Now in Wyoming Territory the Martin
Handcart Company had arrived at a sad state of affairs. Today, Oct. 21,
1856, Margaret lay on a buffalo hide in a large tent, despondent,
exhausted and grief stricken, oblivious of the activities of others.
Only this afternoon she had watched as grim-faced men dragged frozen
bodies across the opening toward a gaping hole in the ground.
Earlier a large fire had been built to thaw the ground; then with pick
and shovel the men had managed to hack out the earth to prepare a
shallow burial place for fifteen persons who had perished during the
terrible ordeal following the crossing of the North Platte River. Her
six-year-old son Peter ran to the side of one prone figure. The
distraught mother, well aware that it was the body of the lad's father,
her beloved husband, Robert McBride, sorrowfully turned away. Little
Peter, too young to grasp the gravity of the moment, cried salty tears
as he tugged at the man's clothing. The boy's crying caused the men to
assume he grieved over his father's death and they tried to comfort
him. A bit of sad humor it turned out to be when they discovered the
lad was merely concerned about some fishhooks he wanted from his
Margaret had last seen her
husband alive sometime the morning of the day before. Now alone with
her grief, her thoughts went tumbling back, back to the day five months
ago when they had boarded the ship and set sail for America. The
forty-four days in crossing the Atlantic, though not always
comfortable, proved uneventful except for some rough seas and
seasickness among some of the passengers. Boston, the point of
disembarkation, had seemed strange and so very far from the English
countryside. She recalled the uncomfortable ride by rail from Boston to
the terminus in Iowa City, Iowa; the fretting of the children; the
smelly boxcars that had been their lot on the last lap out of Chicago.
Indeed, a good many things had gone awry on this venture, which had
started with such high hopes for a good life in a new land. The rain
and mud at the readying camp; the rugged life incident to tenting on
the prairie; the unexpected, agonizing three-week delay in getting the
carts ready; all had proven a severe test of faith and endurance for a
dainty English lady used to a comfortable home and pleasant
Five hundred and
seventy-six souls made up the Martin company, which had left Iowa City
July 28, 1856. Then followed the wearisome trek, the dust, the fatigue,
the dreary nights and the near constant illness she had endured.
Margaret recalled how supportive her husband had been of all the
leaders in all their preparations and during the movement across the
plains, the vision of the "Valley" constantly before them. One
particular item carefully stashed away in the corner of his cart, a
token of his dreams, was a masonry trowel with which Robert hoped to
help build the Temple in Zion. Again Margaret saw in her mind's eye the
strong back and the strained muscles as her dear Robert, often fatigued
to the point of collapse, had leaned into the pull bar, hauling the
loaded cart for a period of more than twelve weeks over hundreds of
miles of prairie.
Today all this
seemed of little consequence compared to that which had transpired
since arriving only two days ago at the crossing of the Platte River.
The company leader,
Martin, had deliberated at length with his appointed captains over the
feasibility of attempting a crossing. Time was of the essence because
of foreboding weather conditions. It had turned bitter cold, and ice
floated in the swollen river. Decision made, the crossing got underway.
The infirm and the tiny children were brought safely over in the supply
wagons. Some of the youngsters rode atop the loaded carts. The men went
into the waist-deep, numbing water time after time to man the carts and
bring them to the south bank. Many of the women braved the treacherous
stream with their husbands.
crossing had been completed and the pitiful company had made camp at
the foot of some bluffs, all were completely worn out. Time after time
Robert had gone into the water, drenching himself for hours in the ice
flow. Suffering from exhaustion, exposure and lack of proper
nourishment, he then lay deathly ill in the tent. The children had
gathered a little wood, built a fire and prepared what food remained of
their depleted rations. As the family huddled together, the youngsters
tended as best they could to their ailing parents. Robert's mind seemed
to dwell upon what had been his compelling desire, to get to the Valley
in the West. In a low voice he sang the words of a favorite hymn, "Oh
Zion." As the night wore on and his strength failed him more, the words
came only as a faint whisper: "O Zion, when I think of thee I long for
pinions like a dove, And mourn to think that I should be So distant
from the land I love.
prayed as their father's life seemed to be ebbing slowly away. Six
inches of snow fell that night. Surprisingly enough Robert was still
alive when morning came. When orders came to break camp and move on,
Janetta and Heber assisted their father to one of the wagons, he being
unable to even stand alone, let alone perform any work. Many others had
resorted to the wagons, unable to continue any other way.
exposure and hunger, the bedraggled company moved only a short distance
that day, due to the nearly impossible task of pushing through the snow
and mud. By day's end, having managed to pitch a tent and build a fire,
Janetta and Heber went looking for their father. The wind blew the snow
so badly they could hardly see and the wagons were late getting into
camp. Sorrowfully they returned to the tent, unable to locate the wagon
they had put him in. As death stalked the dismal camp, more snow fell
that night, (Oct 20, 1856).
The next morning Heber went alone in search of his
father. He found his frozen body underneath
one of the wagons. A touching scene ensued as Heber mourned his
father's death, not knowing for sure the final circumstances of his
passing. One can hardly imagine the despair in the young boy's heart as
he carried the sad news to an anxious family.
with no heart and not much strength for the task had gone through the
camp this day to count the dead and lay them at the edge of the
clearing. Heartbroken families watched as fifteen" were buried in the
common grave, Robert among them.
What now would
be their fate with such questionable means of survival, yet so far from
the place of their desire?
tragic events at the crossing of the Platte River, the Martin Company
pressed on as best they could. Church history and the private journals
of many of the participants tell the story of their near superhuman
efforts against the great odds of deep snow, lack of food, illness and
Robert’s death in journals of family members differ in some details.
This is to be expected since they were all children at the time and
wrote their accounts many years later. The account given here is a
composite extracted from the several accounts of the children and other
historical sources, and is believed to be essentially correct. Some
accounts give the number of people who died that terrible night as
thirteen, but the fact is there were thirteen dead the morning of
October 21, but before the burial took place two more had died. It
seems total of fifteen is correct.
incident of special significance to the McBride family, illustrative of
the manner in which they had to contend with the elements,
occurred a short time following the tragic events of the crossing of
the Platte River. The company had made camp on the ground already
blanketed with a few inches of snow. Strong winds during the night
precipitated a crisis. The people, huddled in their canvas shelters
were pitifully ill-equipped against the severity of winter. The bitter
cold pierced like a driven nail. Though the winds of blizzard force had
subsided with the coming of the dawn, another eight inches of snow had
been added to the Wyoming hills during that terrible November night.
Brave men, barely able to move about in the one foot depth of the icy
stuff, had managed to start a few fires. The camp of well over 500
persons began to stir. Almost every tent lay flattened by the weight of
the snow and the fierce winds. Many had been ripped from their moorings
and carried away, leaving hundreds of men, women and children with
little choice but to draw canvas and blankets around them and wait out
the storm. The more stalwart of the men moved about the camp attending
to the gruesome business of helping people from their frozen beds. Not
all had survived. Several frozen bodies had been carefully removed and
laid out as weary souls wept and huddled near the fires.
McBride lay seriously ill, physically numbed by the bitter cold and
mentally distraught by the plight of her five children. One of her
brood had not been immediately accounted for. As the camp attendants
approached and inquired about their welfare, Janetta, the oldest,
tearfully volunteered, "I'm afraid my little brother died in our tent
Hastily kicking away the snow from off one comer of the fallen tent,
one of the men threw back the stiff canvas. A young boy lay still, his
long blond curls frozen to the icy ground. The distraught mother,
fearful that her six-year-old son was dead, had not the strength but to
weep and pray. Then as calloused hands gently lifted the little form
out, thinking to lay him beside the others, the lad whimpered and made
a slight movement. Peter McBride was alive! A joyful family gathered
about to wrap him in warm blankets and administer a cup of hot broth,
all the while praising God for the miracle of his deliverance. Soon his
normal self, young Peter suffered no ill effects from the ordeal
Historical accounts tell
also of the great rescue effort set in motion by President Brigham
Young at the October conference in Salt Lake City. Except for the
rescue contingents which finally met the ill-fated company, death from
starvation and freezing may have been the ultimate fate of all of them.
By the time the Martin Company arrived in Salt Lake City, Nov. 30,
1856, upwards of 150 had perished and been left along the way, many in unmarked graves. The story of the McBride family
beyond the Platte River must be pieced together from journals written
by family members many years later.
The plight of the McBride family
differed little from that of others whose men folk had been lost. It is
worthy of note that Margaret had been ill most of the way, and at times
unable to walk. We think that she never asked for room in the wagons
but rode on the cart during these times. Of course, the baby,
three-year-old Margaret Alice (Little Maggie), always had her special
place atop their meager belongings. Much of the work on the trek from
the beginning had fallen to sixteen-year-old Janetta and
thirteen-year-old Heber to assist their parents in every phase of the
wearisome journey. The two little boys, Ether eight and Peter six, did
their share. They willingly pushed when needed and took part in the
many chores about the camp. They, like their older brother and sister,
walked all the way, a thousand miles or more.
Beyond the Platte River the efforts of all were
indeed heroic, but to Janetta fell the major responsibility. With her
mother still very ill most of the time, she took charge of the family
affairs. Not a healthy girl in early childhood, the parents had taken
special measures to nurse her through those early years. Janetta's
weathering of the ordeal stands as a miracle in itself. It is almost
unbelievable that this slip of a girl could have mustered the courage
and strength to strive with the handcart and do all else that she did.
If ever stubborn determination was exhibited "against great odds," it
was by Janetta Ann McBride, there in the plains and mountains of
Nebraska and Wyoming. And Heber by her side proved ever faithful and as
special note: In all,
ten handcart companies
crossed the plains and mountains into Utah between the years 1856 and
1861, five of them after the ill-fated Martin Company. That
unparalleled adventure of thousands of Latter-day Saints moving West
pulling handcarts, must in the broad over view be hailed a tremendous
success. Phases of the venture, as that which befell the Willie and
Martin Companies, have elicited criticism and were declared a failure
by some. But failure is an elusive word, the question often persisting,
by what criteria shall it be measured? And what mortal is in possession
of a proper yardstick?
Those people who
suffered great losses, almost to a
person, remained true to the faith, their losses counted but dross and
refuse compared to the joys and blessings derived from having endured
for the Gospel's sake.
Depiction of Heber Howard McBride (13 years
old) finding his father,
frozen in death next to a wagon, in southern
early morning some 2 weeks after crossing the icy river back
and forth many times carrying children. He gradually weakened,
never able to recover from the grave ordeal of heroism.
Samuel Ferrin, a goodly man and a widower, lived on a small farm in
Ogden, Utah. In November of 1856, his wife had been dead well over a
year, leaving him with a family of four boys and one little girl. In
the latter part of November when Bishop Chancy West contacted him with
a special request, Samuel could not have known the vital role he was
about to play in the final chapter of a drama at that moment being
enacted in the snow-covered mountains to the east.
For well over a month residents had been aware of
the unparalleled rescue effort put into operation by Brigham Young on
behalf of the stranded handcart pioneers. Bishops of Wards throughout
the area had been alerted to receive the survivors and look after their
immediate needs, a customary procedure. Indeed, it was the law of the
Church, and Samuel Ferrin willingly accepted the request to provide
temporary care of any of the needy that might arrive at his door.
The Martin Company arrived in Salt Lake City
November 30, 1856, the McBride family, along with others, occupying a
wagon driven by Ebenezer Richardson of Ogden City. Consequently their
destination became Ogden, the occupants to be dropped off at different
locations along the way. In Salt Lake City the driver's sister, Mrs.
Mese, provided food and lodging the first night. The next day they
proceeded as far as Farmington to stay the night at a Mr. Grover's
place. On the evening of the second day, the McBride's arrived in Ogden
and there taken to the home of Samuel Ferrin. Mr. Ferrin's housekeeper
prepared nourishing food and helped provide for their immediate needs.
Margaret, not fully recovered from the lingering illness of chills and
fever, welcomed the tender care proffered by the housekeeper and
relished a few days of rest at the Ferrin home that greatly improved
Bishop West secured a small, one-room house for them
in Ogden. Whether a log or an adobe structure is not clear, but it had
a dirt floor and a thatched roof covered with dirt. A fireplace in one
end gave some semblance of comfort, although the roof leaked badly and
allowed rainwater to run down the walls and get the children's beds
wet. But the Church members were kind and helped provide wood and food
for the unfortunate family. The children spent many hours digging sego
roots (Along-stemmed beautiful bloom with a nourishing onion-like bulb
under ground, the Sego Lilly grew abundantly in that area) to
supplement a diet consisting principally of cornmeal, salt, and squash.
With an abiding faith and great determination, the little family made
it through the first winter, Margaret always grateful for any
assistance proffered by Mr. Ferrin and others, never complaining.
When the spring thaw began and planting time drew
near, Janetta and the two older boys found some employment on the farms
and elsewhere in the community. Janetta, now seventeen, soon found
herself attracted to the oldest Ferrin boy, Jacob, who was several
years older. After a brief engagement they were married March 29, 1857,
and went out on their own.
About this time Margaret and her family moved with
their scanty possessions to Slaterville, a small community a few miles
west of Ogden City. There they took up quarters a mite more comfortable
than the small cabin they had occupied during the winter. The
Slaterville place belonged to Samuel Ferrin.
Perhaps the marriage of Janetta to the Ferrin boy
had promoted a closer tie between the two families. No doubt in the
turn of events in each of the lives of Margaret and Mr. Ferrin they saw
a need for each other. In any event Samuel soon proposed marriage and
Margaret became Mrs. Ferrin May 3, 1857, in a civil ceremony. Family
records reveal that Margaret was eventually sealed by proxy to her
first husband, Robert McBride.
Not a wealthy man, Samuel Ferrin, like most of the
people in that section of Utah, had struggled through some trying times
since migrating to that state. Nevertheless, things must have begun to
look brighter for Margaret and her family. The boys took
responsibilities on the farm, the arrangement assuring food and lodging
and a sense of security that they had not experienced during the last
Records show that Brother Ferrin treated the McBride
children as his own. Even after they were grown they spoke respectfully
of their stepfather, always addressing him as "father" which indeed he
proved to be as they worked and struggled together for a number of
Difficulties of an unexpected nature loomed on the
horizon, however. Following their marriage the Ferrins were to feel the
effects of a situation foisted upon all the Saints in the West, the
so-called Utah War. False rumors reaching Washington depicted the
Mormons as in a state of rebellion. Old misunderstandings fanned by
political rivalry caused President Buchanan to take an unwarranted
step. Disregarding the claims of the Saints, and without waiting for
Federal investigation of the serious charges, President Buchanan, on
May 28,1857, ordered the Federal Army at Ft. Leavenworth to proceed to
Utah and quell the so-called rebellion. When word of this reached
President Brigham Young in Utah, it precipitated a crisis. The Saints
were determined to resist such unwarranted aggression. Members
throughout the west mobilized for defense and prepared to abandon their
homes and move southward. They determined to use a scorched earth
policy and burn everything at their departure. During summer and fall
of 1857, preparations got underway as the Army under the leadership of
General Johnson crossed the plains and drew ever nearer to the Salt
Lake Valley. The Ferrin family, caught up in the mass exodus, left
their home with little hope of ever seeing it intact again. Left behind
were only those to torch the city if the Federal Troops invaded.
Heber's and Ether's journals tell of the heartaches connected with this
War was averted, however, when General Johnson and
leaders in Washington were finally persuaded that no such thing as a
rebellion existed. When the crisis ended in June, 1858, a greatly
maligned populace filed back into their homes. It had been an eventful
year, the cause of much hardship for the Mormon people - one more
chapter in the lives of Margaret and her uncomplaining brood to survive
in the face of overwhelming adversity.
It was probably shortly after this time (1860), that
Margaret, received the communication from England. The letter from her
father-in-law, Robert McBride 2nd and her mother, Ann Howard, must have
caused rejoicing in her family. Evidently Margaret had been in
communication with her mother previously, but probably not directly
with the elder McBride. Perhaps letters were exchanged more frequently
than we know, exploding the once stated belief that any ill feelings
about Margaret joining the Church and going to America were of a
lasting nature. We believe all the members of the Howard and McBride
families were compatible, God-fearing, religious people with much love
and affection for each other.
Following the settlement of the Utah War, Brother
Ferrin established his family on a 200 acre farm about three miles
north of Ogden. With his farming Samuel operated a sawmill with the
help of his sons and stepsons. Their stay at this location lasted only
about three years. Heavy rains during the winter of 1861-62 washed the
sawmill out while the farm also suffered damage. They sold the land and
moved into a sparsely settled area east of Ogden over a range of
mountains into Ogden Valley. Here again the family engaged in farming.
Sometime early in 1862 Margaret must have received
the sad news of the death of her mother, Ann Wright Howard. While alone
at her home in Churchtown, England, Mother Howard's clothes
accidentally caught fire. Badly burned she lived but twenty-six hours.
The death occurred January 2, 1862, age seventy-three years.
Information concerning Margaret's life with Samuel
Ferrin is sketchy. Those were the days of polygamy in the Church; and
an inescapable factor in the relationship of this pair is that Samuel
eventually took a second wife, though with Margaret's consent. Every
indication is that their life continued without serious discord.
About this time several settlements were being established in
Ogden Valley. It seems the Ferrins located near the community of
Huntsville, by no means an easy place to live because of frequent
trouble with the Indians. Early in 1865 the Indians had become so
troublesome in some sections of the valley that families began to move
closer together for protection. The Church Authorities, aware of the
need, arranged for the establishment of a new community. A beautiful
spot laid out under the direction of Richard Ballentyne took the name Eden,
Utah, and people moved in immediately. A big celebration
and dedication activities marked its founding, July 15, 1865.
Despite the fact that we find no indication of an
estrangement between Margaret and Samuel Ferrin, in due time we find
them living separately. It appears that the move to themselves was more
one of convenience and for the benefit of the children than for
anything else. The boys were growing up and becoming more capable in
providing financial support. In fact, they continued to work for
Brother Ferrin from time to time, and he may have otherwise contributed
to the welfare of his adopted family. Margaret was certainly never
ungrateful for the love and support of Samuel Ferrin.
In 1865 we find Margaret with her boys and daughter
living in Eden, and for a good many years this garden spot figured
prominently in the lives of the McBride family.
Regrettably their exists no life history of Margaret
other than that woven into the story of the McBride family thus far.
Little is known of her life after she settled in the town of Eden, she
then being approximately fifty years old. she considered this her home
for the rest of her life, a period of another twenty-six years or so.
Here her three boys and young daughter grew to maturity.
From the records of the Women's Relief Society in
the Eden Ward we gather a few interesting details of Margaret's later
years, which testify to her unswerving devotion to Gospel ideals and to
her sterling character. We learn that she spent several months in St.
George, Utah (part of 1876 and 77), helping with the completion of the
Temple. Her work consisted mainly of sewing carpets and curtains for
that building. Being present at the dedication, April 6, 1877, she
witnessed spiritual manifestations that remained memorable experiences
the rest of her life.
From page 67 – Book
A off the Eden Ward Relief Society the following is taken under the date of June 2,
Sister McBride addressed the meeting:
I am glad to meet with you again and all the Saints in the Valley, I
have traveled a long journey since we last met. I have had the
privilege of receiving instructions from the high authorities of the
Church. I have tried to attend every meeting possible, also to retain
some of the great blessings and teachings that were given to the Saints
on different occasions from eleven of the Twelve Apostles. The Temple
at St. George is a great building. My first introduction was to help
the sisters to sew carpet for the Temple. I was also present at the
dedication. Great power was made manifest. I cannot find language to
convey to you the teachings we received.
The Saints traveled from great distances and large
numbers of people came to do ordinances for the dead. I was baptized
for my mother and many of my dead relatives. Babylon must fall, and
those who have slain the Prophet and driven the Saints will be brought
into judgment. Brother Brigham has told the sisters to raise silk worms
and make silk for clothing. Well may the Lord bless us is my prayer in
the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Just a year from this event Margaret was called as President of the Relief Society in her Eden Ward, June
7, 1878. Again from the Relief Society records we discover that three
years later she spent another lengthy period, more than a year, at the
St. George Temple. On page 170 - Book A under the date May 10, 1882,
the following appears:
President McBride having been gone so long hardly knew
what to say. She
had been away more than a year. While absent she had had good health
and had been laboring in the Temple doing work for her dead relatives
who died without the Gospel. She was baptized for 135 people in one
day. She gave a great account of her labors in the St. George Temple
and how the work was done. She wished all the sisters could have the
privilege of laboring in the Temple as she had done. She continued with
blessings and instructions. During these periods in St. George,
Margaret stayed with her daughter,
Margaret Alice (Little Maggie) Snow, and husband, Erastus White Snow.
Though comparatively little is known of Margaret's life after they
moved to Eden, it is extremely significant that she served faithfully
as President of the Relief Society in the Eden Ward for a period of
thirteen years, from June 7, 1878, until the time of her death. To
anyone who understands the duties of a Relief Society President,
especially in those early and trying days of the Church, the record is
abundantly clear; this delicate little woman stood well above most of
her peers in performing meaningful service to her fellow beings. We can
be sure that in raising her family and remaining steadfast in her
calling, she did plenty to which secular recorded history can never do
Margaret passed away in Eden July 5, 1891, at the
age of seventy-six and six months. From page 308 of the Relief Society
record we extract the following:
One more gone to rest at Eden, Weber County, July 5,
1891. We were called to part with a noble woman, President Margaret
McBride of the Relief Society of the Eden Ward. Margaret McBride was
born Dec. 21, 1814 in Parish of North Meols, Lancashire, England.
Married at the same place in the year 1833, Nov. 25th. Baptized into
the Church on the 4th of January, 1838 by Heber C. Kimball in Preston,
Lancashire, England, and migrated on the 30th of May, 1856 Crossed the
plains with handcarts and lost her husband on the way. He was found
dead under a wagon covered with snow and buried with fourteen other
men, all in one shallow grave. She arrived in Ogden December 24, 1856
with five children, the youngest being three years old. She was the
mother of nine children, five are living and are all members of the
Church. She has forty-six grandchildren.
It is interesting to note that during these years
she went by the name of McBride and not Ferrin. We do not know of any
special significance of this.
With the above notations we come to the close of an
eventful life of one of the choice daughters of Zion. Her life had not
been an easy one. But despite this, Margaret claimed much joy in the
Gospel and never complained about her lot, her steadfastness giving
credence to the thought that triumph, and not tragedy or failure, is
often the fruit of adversity.
From her devotion to temple work, and from her
testimony we perceive the spirit and dignity of a true Saint. As the
veil between this life of hardship and a better life grew ever thinner,
how she must have yearned to embrace her dear Robert on the other side,
recalling his fervor to see his family planted securely in Zion, and
how he had planned to help build temples there.
Faithful to the end, "against great odds," both he
and she left a legacy of perseverance worthy of emulation by their
descendants. We owe them much!
50 years later the six who survived the 1856 handcart trek. Back row, L
to R: Margaret Alice McBride Snow,
Peter Howard McBride, Janetta Ann
McBride Ferrin. Front row: Heber Robert McBride,
Margaret Ann Howard
McBride (mother - picture inserted), Ether Enos McBride.
summer of 1896. The father, Robert McBride 3rd died enroute.
Read histories of the
following sons and
daughters of John McBride3rd and Margaret Howard:
Jannetta Ann McBride - Heber
Robert McBride - Ether Enos McBride * Peter
Howard McBride Jr *
Margaret Ann (Little Maggie)
(Peter is the progenitor of the web site Authors)
*Peter Howard* and *Ruth Burns* are the ancestor
of the authors of this web site