Basic Hutchings Family History for Dummies

Find out more about the history and background of Calvin and Margaret Hutchings.

CALVIN HUTCHINGS

Calvin was the youngest of six boys born to Joseph Nephi and Elizabeth Hutchings. Cal had a wonderful childhood growing up on the family farm with his brothers. He was taught early the value of hard work and laboring with his family for a common goal.

Cal was a senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Knowing that he was prime for the draft, he enlisted in the V-1 Naval program, which permitted him to continue his education. His parents strongly encouraged and sacrificed for their sons that they might have college educations. Calvin graduated from Jordan High School in May 1942 and entered Brigham Young University in June. He chose to study pre-med which would qualify him for entrance into dental school. It was while he was in Provo that he met Margaret Clark. Cal and Maggie fell in love and were married December 28, 1944, during the turbulent years of WW2. They spent 4 years in Iowa City where Cal attended dental school. He graduated in 1948. They had two children at the time, Karen and Clark. They moved back to Utah and Calvin set up a dental practice in Riverton, they lived at 11917 Redwood Road not far from Grandpa and Grandma Hutchings.  Kenny joined the family June 4, 1950.

That same year Cal received a letter calling him up for active duty, due to the Korean conflict. Calvin reported to the naval base in San Diego,  February 1951. The family loved the 2 years they spent in California. By the time they returned to Utah, Margaret was pregnant. They didn’t find out until a few months later, that she was having twins. Jeff and Jenny were born in April 1953. Back in Utah Calvin and his brother, Stanley decided to go into practice together; they set up their office in Midvale at 80th and State Street. In 1955 Margaret and Calvin moved to Cornell Drive. Joseph joined the family two years later in 1957 and Julie in 1965.

MARGARET CLARK

Margaret was the daughter of James Cecil and Laura Clark; her entrance into the Clark family was a rather dramatic one. She was born on Sunday October 11. Her brother, DaCosta’s was having his missionary farewell that day. If that wasn’t enough, the house caught on fire and the fire department came on the scene. But despite all Margaret arrived safe, sound and healthy.

Margaret was raised in a large household with eight siblings. Her Father, whom she dearly loved, was a doctor, overworked and seldom at home. James Cecil passed away in 1938 when he suffered a major heart attack, Margaret was only 12 years old; J.C.’s death was a great blow to the family, Margaret took it especially hard.

The next great shock to the family occurred three years later when the United States declared war on Japan following Pearl Harbor. With the dawning of World War II, a major change took place in the Clark household. Margaret’s four brothers -R.G., Kyle, Albert, Grant  and her brother-in-law, Harry joined the military. These were difficult years. This situation left the Clark women alone to fend for themselves.

Margaret, who was 16 and in high school, took on additional responsibilities at home.  She also found a job at a department store in town. Margaret met Calvin in 1942, while he was attending Brigham Young University in the Pre-med program and Margaret was in high school. They courted for 18 months before they were married.

Basic Clark Family History for Dummies

Discover the basic background of the Clark family.

LAURA CLARK

Lorenzo Clark was born in 1806 in New Hampshire, the son of Francis and Abigail Kimball Clark. The Clark family moved to Upper Canada or Ontario. Lorenzo met Beulah Rogers, whom he married in 1830. While there he met the missionary John E. Page. They were baptized in 1837 and emigrated about a year later to Far West, Missouri where they landed themselves in the middle of the mob persecutions. Lorenzo was a member of the Nauvoo Legion and The Mormon Battalion. In 1849, they came west with the saints to Utah. In 1856, Lorenzo took a second wife, Mary Ann Hunt, a new convert from England. This is where our line begins. In 1861 they were called with 300 other families to help establish the Cotton Mission in St. George. They had eleven children.

Their son, Albert D. married Mary Ann Brown, daughter of John Brown, their children were: Amy, Nellie, Laura (my grandmother), Zella, Albert and Vera. They moved from St. George to Panguitch, where Laura Clark met James Cecil Clark. They were married September 27, 1905. At this point the two Clark lines converge. J.C. and Laura had nine children: DaCosta, Riley Garner, Kyle, Cecile, Albert, Edith, Grant, Margaret (my mother) and Barbara Clark.

JAMES CECIL CLARK

The Samuel Clark family has deep roots in America. The earliest Clark’s came from Suffolk, England about 1660 to New York. Over the generations the family was centered in New Jersey where Samuel was born in 1798. The Garner family, also early arrivers, was living in the Virginia Colonies by 1650; they emigrated from Shropshire, England.

Samuel and Rebecca Garner Clark, who were of the Quaker faith, moved to Cincinnati County, Ohio, where Riley Garner, Sr., was born July 29, 1829. His family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Martinsville, Ohio in 1832 and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1843 where the family endured the hardships that the saints were subject to at that time. The persecution became so violent that the leaders of the church decided there was no other course than to evacuate the city, this was in the early spring of 1846. The family moved west with the saints and settled in Council Bluffs. It was here that their sons Joseph and Riley Garner Clark joined the Mormon Battalion.

After the family arrived in the Salt Lake valley Riley Garner Clark married Amanda Williams they were the parents of sixteen children. Their son, Riley Garner Clark Jr., married Margaret Houston. Margaret and her family being converts from Scotland. There were thirteen children born to this couple. Their son, James Cecil, was my grandfather. He married Laura Clark in 1905.

Basic Weber Family History for Dummies

Here’s a little immediate Weber history to get you familiar with the family.

JACOB WEBER

Henry Weber and his wife Elizabeth Hofferber were born in the Village of Frank west of the Volga River in the district of Saratov, Russia. The history of the German colonies dates back to 1763, during the reign of Catherine the Great. Catherine, a German herself, invited her countrymen to colonize in Russia. In return they were promised free lands, no taxation for 30 years and exemption from military service for themselves and their descendants. The first Weber to answer the call was Johan Heinrich and his wife, Maria Tetsch Weber, from Kurpfalz, Oberklinten (Überlingen, Germany) they arrived in Russia in 1766. They came on the same boat at Johannes Hoffarber, his wife, Anna and their three children, Elizabeth’s ancestors, from Erbach, Samptbach, Germany. A century later our Heinrich Weber was born. By 1874 the last vestiges of the promised privileges to the German colonists had been revoked and many colonists were leaving to find better opportunity abroad.

Henry and Elizabeth were part of the large groups of Germans immigrating to the United States, Canada and South America from the Russian colonies during the 1870’s to 1917. As the situation became increasingly unfriendly toward the German colonists and the military draft was reinstituted many decided enough was enough it was time to find a new homeland, a place where they could make a better life for their families or join family members already living there. According to his naturalization petition, Henry and Elizabeth arrived in the United States in October 1901. The Weber’s settled in Ellinwood, Kansas where Jacob & Anna (Hofferber) Stroh, Elizabeth’s sister and her brother Jacob Hofferber lived. The German settlers chose the plains states: Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, where they could carry on their agricultural livelihood. Five of Henry and Elizabeth’s children were born in Ellinwood, Kansas, including Gary’s father, Jacob Adolph Weber.

By 1937 Jacob had moved to Worland, Wyoming. He met Violet Packer who was attending high school. We don’t know how they met, but they were married May 16, 1938, Violet graduated a week later on May 24, 1938.

ADELIA VIOLET PACKER

The Packer Family has been part of this country since 1683 when Phillip Packer II immigrated to the colony of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Oxford, England. The first four years Phillip served as an indentured servant for which he received 50 acres of land. He married Hannah Sessions in September of 1685. The Packers belonged to the Society of Friends or Quakers except for a brief 40-year period from 1760 to 1800. This included the years of the Revolutionary War. Because they were not Quakers at the time Aaron and his son Jesse served in the Colonial Army in the war against England. Had they been Quakers at the time they would have been disowned for this act, as Quakers do not believe in taking up arms.

The Packers remained in Pennsylvania for several generations until Moses Packer moved his family to Perry Township, Ohio 25 miles from Kirtland. It was here in Ohio that Moses Packer’s three youngest sons – Nathan Williams, William Hamilton and Jonathan Taylor joined the newly organized Mormon Church, and moved west with the saints to Utah. Our line goes through William Hamilton while Boyd K. Packer’s line is through Jonathan Taylor.

Oliver Burgess followed his father to Utah. In 1872, he married Josephine Florence Warner. Oliver and Josephine lived in Idaho for a while, next we find them in Vernal, Utah where Frederick Glenn was born in 1885. By 1894 the Packers were residing in Worland, Wyoming. It was here in Worland that Frederick Glenn Packer met Adelia Wostenberg.

Adelia was born in Julesburg, Colorado, the daughter of Henry Wostenberg and Louisa Loudan, immigrants, from Mecklinberg, Germany. Frederick and Adelia married in 1907. They stayed in Worland where they had six children. Their youngest daughter, Violet, was born in 1920. When she was just a year old Violet’s father passed away and shortly after her seventh birthday her mother died too. Violet spent the next eleven years of her life being shuffled from one family member to the next. It was a difficult time for her.