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Family: Frank George Wallweber
Frank George Wallweber
born: 17 Nov 1862
died: May 1932
married: Elizabeth Anne Ward
27 Nov 1884, Chicago, IL
Category: Family History
Location: New York City, New York
Coordinates: 00.00N 00.00W
HISTORY - DONE, Abraham and Elizabeth Part III
There was a family , by the name of Fillmore, who lived next to the Robinson home. They had a girl named Antha who was about the same age as Elizabeth Annie (“Lizzie”) Robinson. These two girls, Lizzie & Antha grew up together and were close friends and companions. When the girls became young ladies, Antha met Lorenzo (“Ren”) Huish. Later Ren called on Antha and brought Abraham (“Abe”) Done with him, and he was introduced to Lizzie and Antha. The four soon became close friends and generally planned double dates during the next year or more.
In the Spring of 1875, both couples decided to be married at the same time later in the year. Soon Antha and Ren decided they would be married earlier in the year, and then quite suddenly they set June 22, 1875 as their date. Just before the wedding they finally persuaded Abe and Lizzie to make it a double wedding, as they had previously talked about. Both couples were married in the Fillmore home in the presence of some members of the two brides families on 22 June 1875. The new Mrs. Done (Lizzie) stayed in her own home for a week while the parents of Abe arranged for her to come home to them. Both families approved of the marriage, but had reluctantly agreed to the early date as the planned preparations were not completed.
The second week of their marriage, Abe and Lizzie began married life together in the home of their Father and Mother Done. They went to the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah , and were sealed for time and for all eternity on 02 August 1875. A lady attending them in the Endowment House asked Lizzie why did they not come there when they were first married.
Their first baby, a boy, Arthur Jesse, was born 15 March 1876. Abe still worked with his father and two brothers on their farm and at their saw mill in Payson Canyon for a number of years after his marriage, and the family accumulated quite a lot of property. Abe also managed the first electric light plant which furnished electricity for Payson. He and his father and brothers had already bought shares in this electric light plant.
Grandmother Jemima Parkes Robinson was real witty, and so, in her cute English ways, she called Abe “Broom”.
The youngest brother of Abe, Willard, never liked farming, but loved his studies and books. One morning Willard started for the saw mill for lumber and the team ran away, hurting him quite badly. Then Abe said: “We had better send that boy to Brigham Young University, as he will never be any good on the farm.” The family could not see how they could afford to do this, but Abe insisted he would pay the expenses himself – a sacrifice he never regretted, as Willard became a very good teacher and did a lot of writing. His book “Women of the Bible” was his most outstanding work. Abe was very active in civic affairs, as well as church duties. He was on the City Council in Payson, Utah, and also was a member of the Payson School Board for a period of time. He was in the Superintendency of the Sunday School, and other positions in the organizations of the Church. He was exceptionally good in spelling and also in mathematics. Abe played the violin in the Payson orchestra.
Abe and family moved to home by themselves in 1879. Edith Jemima (Edith), their second child was born 05 March 1879 in this home. They sold this home, and then moved into one of the three rooms of the old home with the parents of Abraham for a time.
Their next home was a two room house across the street west from the home the father of Abraham. Here Abraham Jr. was born 19 February 1881, but lived only until 17 March 1882 when he died of diphtheria.
Jospeh Franklin (“Joe”) was born 13 January 1883. When he was about eight years of age, he was climbing in an apricot tree and began teetering on one of the limbs. When the limb broke Joseph fell to the ground and broke his left arm between his elbow and shoulder. It was broken so badly the doctor said it would have to be amputated or he would die of blood poison caused by the bad break. So amputation was done and Joe went through the rest of his life with his right arm and a short stub left arm. He always wanted everyone to know that he was not handicapped very much by this condition.
Mary Brentnell (“May) was born 18 February 1885. Eva Sarah (“Eva”) was born 04 May 1887, and Ethel Cholerton (Ethel) was born 15 September 1889. Robinson Parkes (“Rob”) was born 27 January 1892.
Abe was called on a mission to the Southern State Mission. While there he contracted malaria fever and sometimes had very severe attacks. Because of his continued poor health and recurring attacks of chills and fever he was released in the first year of his mission. His hair had turned entirely gray from the effects of his illness. It was a grief to all the family that he could not finish his mission.
The family then moved into a new home, a block west and a block south of where they had been living in Payson. This was a large two-story home which was considered one of the best homes in Payson at that time. On this lot was a lumber yard, corral, barn and shade and fruit trees. There was also a large lawn on the south and west sides in front of the house. This lot was about one-half the size of a real large block. A tall board fence surrounded the lot. The neighborhood children would come to the Done home to play on the lawn, climb the trees, and climb to the top of the barn with the Done children. All the children enjoyed eating the green apples with salt. They also had lots of fun climbing through the lumber yard. In the Done home there were some large sliding doors between the dining room and front room, so the children used to have theaters, or stage plays, using the sliding doors as the curtains to close between scenes. The family had two horses called Pet and McGinty. They were very tame horses and the children could ride or drive them without any fear of getting hurt.
May had an attack of Scarlet Fever when she was a small girl which was real hard on her. One day Eva was riding on a hay rack to which was hanging a large hay fork; she slipped and fell so that one of the prongs of this hay fork ran into a piece of her flesh on her left side. She was hurt real badly, but with good care and the blessings of the Lord, she was healed. Ethel had an attack of Malaria Fever when she was about five years old.
In this large home their son Jedde Barker was born 11 August 1894. He died 06 August 1897 of membraneous croup. Next Heber John was born 08 April 1896. On 05 October 1898 their son Abram Wilford was born. One day when he was the creeping age his mother took him the Grandma Robinson. She put the baby on the floor to amuse himself and before he realized it he had crept into the kitchen and then into the pantry and got into things. Way back behind a lot of other things he found an open can of lye. He drank some of the lye, and it was then thought he would not survive. By the quick action on the part of his mother Lizzie and a blessing of the Lord, he was healed. Lizzie was a firm believer in the use of consecrated olive oil, which seemed to restrain the burning of the lye and healed the stomach and throat of the baby.
Abe still went to the Canyon to run the sawmill in the summertime. He and his father and brothers owned a saw mill in Payson Canyon and also one in Spanish Fork Canyon. Edith and May went to the saw mill in the summertime with their father and did the cooking fo the men.
When Arthur and Edith finished their grade school work and became of age they went to school at the Brigham Young University in Provo Utah.
In the year 1898 Arthur was called on a mission to Germany. He was gone for three years. Abe was now well fixed financially, having two saw mills, the large brick home lot and also being the owner of some stock in the electric light plant in Payson.
Plural marriage was the subject of much controversy about this time. Abe and Lizzie were anxious that they should live this Divine Principle. In Payson, Utah there was a young German widow, Louisa Haag Abegg who had four small children. She was approached about joining them in Plural Marriage. The names of her children were Julia, Martha, Moroni and Eli. After the Manifesto by President Wilford Woodruff in the year 1890, no Plural Marriage were allowed in the United States as it was against the law. So Abe and Lizzie decided to sell their home and other properties and move to Old Mexico so they could live the law of Plural Marriage and be at peace. Plural Marriage was not against the law in Mexico. The sisters of Abe, Mary Jane Done Jones and Elizabeth Done Jones had already gone to Mexico to live this principle. The father of Lizzie, Joseph Robinson and her brother John had gone to Mexico for the same reason. This made it easy for Abe and Lizzie to make the decision to go to Mexico to live this principle of Plural Marriage.
In the winter of December 1899 Abe and Lizzie and their family with the exception of their son Arthur who was serving a mission in Germany at the time, boarded a train in Payson to go to El Paso, Texas. From El Paso they would then go on to Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico. The widow, Louisa Haag Abegg and her four children went also. There were other people who went enough to make up two passenger cars. A mixed train was chartered with two passenger cars, some freight cars for the furniture and other belongings and cattle cars for the cattle and horses.
It being winter, the snow was on the ground. The trains went via Denver, Colorado where the train stopped in the stock yards so the cattle on the train could have a rest. On the way to El Paso, Texas, there were some high trestles of quite some length that had to be crossed. This trestle crossed quite a wide valley. When the last three cars which consisted of two passenger cars and a caboose were about in the middle of the trestle, the rear engine went a little faster than the front engine so the caboose was pushed a little underneath the last passenger car. The train stopped and the the front engine took the front cars to the next town leaving the two passenger cars and the caboose on the trestle. It was a real frightening experience for the passengers to have to stay on the high trestle in the passenger cars while waiting for the first engine to come back. The front engine finally came back and carefully managed the passenger cars and caboose to the next won to be attached with the other cars in the next town. The trip to El Paso was resumed. All the people in the group were very thankful there was no serious accident from that experience.
When the company reached El Paso, Texas the brother of Lizzie John Robinson was there to meet them. He was the Bishop of the Dublan Ward. He rode back to Colonia Dublan withthe group where he lived. Abe stayed in El Paso for a few days to see about getting the furniture and cattle and horses across the International Border. His family arrived in Dublan on December 23, 1899 and were taken in tot he home of John the brother of Lizzie for a few days until a home could be bought for the family of Abe. A three room adobe home was soon purchased, which was located
References: Payson City Cemetery Index http://www.paysonutah.org/img/File/Cemetery/Cemetery%20Burial%20List.pdf
Payson Canyon – Maple Lake http://www.utahfishinginfo.com/images/payson/maplelake.jpg