LFA Newsletter Volume 40, Issue 2 (Fall 2013)
1283 Logan Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
|Volume: 40 Issue: 2||Date: Fall 2013|
What will we leave our posterity?
- by Dana Rogers, Chairman
We live in a wonderful time with incredible resources to preserve genealogical records, histories and photos which will forever be preserved for our posterity if we save them on familysearch.org. One of my favorite sayings is Our prosperity is our prosperity. Let's take the time to leave our posterity the treasure of their heritage recorded. The Livingston Family Association will be using the bi-annual newsletter to highlight one of the lines of the five children Granny brought to Utah or a place of importance in our history. This issue focuses on the Charles line.
I recently found these photographs of Livingstons on familysearch.org, two of which I didn't even know existed. Would you like to find more photographs of your ancestors or even stories about them with just a click of the mouse? Up to 5000 photos can be saved to each person on the tree.
I signed onto the account I have created on FamilySearch.org recently and accidentally clicked on PHOTOS, then 62 photographs of people on my tree automatically displayed on the screen. I could click on details and find out who contributed the photo and their email so I could contact them if I wanted. I was able to download and save the photo to my computer. Some of my ancestors also have stories attached to their file.
Do you have a Family Tree on FamilySearch.org?
If you don't it is so simple to start one. If you are a member of the LDS church all you need is LDS account sign in information or you can create an account with your membership number which the ward clerk has. If you aren't a member you can create an account on the top right hand corner of the home page. If you already have an account your tree may be growing and you may not even be aware of it. Dick Cook, our new board member wrote this:
- "What is Family Tree? Its objective is to connect the human family in a family tree. This will be done by families doing research on members of their family and adding them to the tree on the web site FamilySearch.org. As the tree grows it will eventually and theoretical contain all of the human family, perhaps in the millennium. Our job is to add our own family as far as we can find the information."
A really fun feature is that you can print out a fan chart of you and your ancestors and then print it out or save it and have it printed professionally. It is a great way to help your family see how everyone is connected. Histories and pictures make a great gift for family members for Christmas. Let's make sure that our posterity knows who their ancestors are, where they came from and what their heritage is.
Preserve Your Heritage by Writing a Children’s Book of Virtues from the lives of your Ancestors
- by Jayann Lillywhite
One way to share family history stories with your children or grandchildren is to write a children’s book of virtues. Each page or chapter would focus on a virtue (i.e., courage, honesty, determination, etc.) illustrated by a short story of an ancestor demonstrating that virtue. Each virtue could be displayed in an extra large font, followed by a definition or quote about its importance. You may even want to ask a question at the end of the story for thought or discussion. If the book is geared to young children, a large font for the text will draw their attention to the pages. This book could be given as a gift, or better yet, make it a family project and involve others in it preparation.
This is a story I wrote about Service in the Livingston Family.
- SERVICE “But ye will teach [your children] to love one another and to serve one another.” (Mosiah 4:15)
- The year was 1849. The pioneers had reached the Salt Lake Valley just a year and a half earlier. In Scotland a terrible disease had killed thousands of people including Archibald and Jean Livingston. The 6 Livingston children, ages 1 to 15, were now orphaned. But their dear Granny took them in. Granny’s husband had died 10 years earlier. They had had 12 children of their own. Now Granny would continue to care for others and raise her grandchildren with the help of the oldest grandsons.
- A year earlier Granny had accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and been baptized by the missionaries. Soon after taking in her grandchildren, the 2 oldest boys were also baptized. Granny wanted to take her two youngest children, along with her grandchildren, to gather with the Saints in the Salt Lake Valley but it cost lots of money to go by ship across the ocean, then by wagon across the plains. Money they didn’t have.
- It took almost 6 years of hard work, working together, before they all got to the Valley. James, the oldest grandson, worked hard in Scotland, then went ahead of the family to the Salt Lake Valley to have a better chance of earning funds for their journey. Charles, the next oldest, worked very hard in the coal mines in Scotland to support the family. Along the way to Utah, the family had to stop in Kansas for a while. Charles and his uncle John chopped down trees and built houses to earn money for more supplies for the journey. Once in Utah territory, the boys worked and paid off the loan they had received from the Perpetual Emigration Fund that helped them get to the Valley.
- They worked until winter set in. Then they had difficulty obtaining enough to eat. So they gathered their best clothes and Charles sent off by foot to sell them for anything he could get to keep them from starving. He had to tromp through the snow for several miles clear down to Draper before he was successful in obtaining food. Then he had to tromp back through the snow to take his family the food. He returned to Draper to work on a farm, returning by foot to Salt Lake each time he got paid.
- As time went on , their conditions improved. After a few years, the boys were able to build a comfortable home for Granny and the younger children. They had accomplished their dream of gathering with the Saints, by working together, each one doing what they could for the family.
New Board Members and new Committees formed
We are happy to announce that we have two new board members:
- Bob Folsom from the Charles line, Family History
- Richard Cook from the William line, Reunion
Board members who continue to serve are:
- Enid Cox as Treasurer
- MaryAnn Swalberg as Secretary
- Lorraine Misner, Family History
- Karolyn Hall, Newsletter
- Daidre Francom, Reunion
- Trent Lewis, Web Assistant/Membership
- Dana Rogers, Chairman
We also formed committees to help strengthen the association and involve more people. If you have information to share send it firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward it to the volunteer on one of the following committees for your line. The committees are:
- Family History committee: find or compile histories, gather photos/records
- Reunion Committee: give input and plan and help at future reunions
- Membership Committee: help gather and update contact information for your line
The current members of the committees are:
|Committee||James Line||Charles Line||Isabella Line||William Line||Archibald Line|
|Family History||Enid Cox,|
|Bob Folsom||Jayann Lillywhite,|
|Richard Cook||Susy Harper|
Trent and Mickie Lewis
|George & Carolyn Burbidge|
Please consider volunteering to help on one of these committees where there are openings.
The Livingston Legacy Lives On Through Enid Cox
- Life is Good by Enid Cox
I love the Livingston Family and all the good people we have met along the way. It is a big part of my life, and my life is better for being involved with great people that I would never have known otherwise.
Glenn and I grew up in Emery County and were married in May 1960 and have been involved in family history/genealogy in one way or another since. Glenn was born Glenn Lloyd Cox in Ferron, Utah, on January 30, 1934, to Lloyd and Mildred Johnson Cox. He was the oldest of 8 children. He went to school at Ferron Elementary and South Emery High School. He then attended College in Cedar City, Price, and the University of Utah. He served in the U.S. Army. He has served in many positions in the ward and stake, including Bishop and High Councilor, and has served in the Salt Lake Temple for many years.
I, Enid Jeffs Cox, was born in Castle Dale, Utah, on March 25, 1935, to George Nephi and Ethel Livingston Jeffs. I was the youngest of three children. My sister Hazel was 20 and my brother Clive was 17 ½ when I was born. I went to Castle Dale Elementary School and then South Emery High School. I also attended college in Price, Utah. I have served as Ward Relief Society President twice, Stake Relief Society President and counselor to seven ward Relief Society presidents.
I have always been interested in histories and preserving information. In high school I saved and made a scrap book of every event, complete with pictures, report cards, weekly newsletters and ball game scores. I took it to my 60th Class Reunion just this August and classmates enjoyed reminiscing about those "good old days."
My mother, Ethel Livingston Jeffs, died December 29, 1970. I think she inspired the re-organization from above. It was just a year or so after that that Glenn and I and some of my cousins felt the urge and got together to form what has become the Livingston Family Association. At that first meeting were Dale and Margaret Livingston, Lois and John Riggs, Lowry and Maretta Livingston, Ted and Pat Livingston. We gathered to talk about organizing, preserving histories, doing research, and planning reunions. I know for a fact that every family that is not organized will be merged into other families that are. Ted Livingston wrote the by-laws for the Livingston Family, and eventually David Cook got the organization legal and we are now a "Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation". Ron Livingston did an incredible job, with the help and donations from members, collecting and constructing the foundation for Livingston family history which became "The Green Book." Ross Livingston saw the need to have a website and has done an amazing job of collecting information there. Many others have contributed in their own way. I have often thought how thrilled my mother would be to see the organization as it is now with over 500 families on the mailing list. I am ever so grateful to all those who have diligently worked to grow the organization – from board members over the years, to reunion planners and facilitators and researchers and supporters.
My mother or father did not leave a history or journal. My sister, Hazel, who was 20 years old when I was born, knew my parents far longer than I did, so I convinced her to write their histories. We worked together - she wrote and I inserted the pictures. Pretty good deal, don’t you think?! We also came up with histories of our grandparents from her memories, obituaries, and newspaper articles, as well as records of blessings. Every life is precious and important. Every history that is preserved will go down for generations to come. And those folks whose histories are not written, sadly will be forgotten, or just be a name on a pedigree chart.
One of the highlights of our lives was our mission to the Arizona Tucson Mission in 2001-2002. Since our retirement, we have been able to travel – Scotland, three times – and you can tell, my favorite, Australia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Alaska and many places in the U.S. Each time we visit Scotland, our beloved cousin, Bill Livingstone, takes us to the ruins of the “Old Church” where Granny, Christina Campbell Livingston, registered the births of her children and her marriage. When I am there I feel I am in a sacred place, second only to being in the temple.
We are very blessed with a good family – five amazing children and their spouses, 21 grandchildren, nine of whom are married, and almost 26 great-grandchildren. We stand between the roots and the branches of a choice family tree and treasure the position of transmitting the strength of our legacy to the coming family leaders. We have faced some serious challenges along the way, but with every birth and every union, our circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.
Highlights of the 2013 Livingston Reunion
- submitted by Daidre Francom
Congratulations to the William Family who took home the Traveling Trophy for having over 46 people in attendance at the June reunion in Salt Lake. We were so happy to meet and visit with descendants from the Archibald line who joined us for the first time in many years.
This is an email we received from Jenny Livingston Peterson who attended the 2013 Livingston Reunion:
- "It was my first time attending a Livingston Reunion and I thought it was a wonderful event. I brought 5 grandchildren who enjoyed every minute of the fun activities and especially the Sword dance! We now feel connected and look forward to many more reunions ahead. It was such a wonderful day and I am so glad I made the 850 mile trek."
Thank you all for coming to our reunion. It was a great success! The fun games, bounce house, snow cones, and popcorn were a big hit with all the children. We also enjoyed the performance they gave of the Scottish dance taught by Shauna Livingston. Martha Veranth joined us and taught us how to line dance. We had live Scottish music provided by Michael Gibbs from the James line playing the bag pipe and Ian Tate from the Archibald line playing the drum. Dressed in kilts they looked and played like they had just arrived from Scotland.
We were inspired to write our personal histories a little differently during the class "Putting Life in Your Life Story" taught by Kim Dixon from Eternal Bridges. The instructor explained how to write individual stories instead of writing our chronology.
John Kitzmiller, a certified genealogist who has been to Scotland more than 20 times, gave us a glimpse into the history of the Scots. We hope to learn more from him at our next reunion.
A big thank you goes out to the food committee. It was a perfect lunch that satisfied different appetites. We finished eating with a dessert cook-off. The winner received an apron with the Livingston Crest. After eating, learning, playing, and visiting we drove a couple miles to Little Cottonwood Canyon where we got a tour from Dennis Davis of the rock quarry where James C. Livingston was the quarry master for the Salt Lake Temple.
Thank you to the reunion committee for all their hard work making the reunion possible. Committee members: Dana Rogers, Daidre Francom, Amy Reid, Jeff and Kay Cox.
2014 Livingston Family Reunion planned for Liberty Park in SLC June 21, 2014
If you haven't joined us recently for a reunion, we encourage you to plan for next years reunion which will be June 21st at The Chase Mill in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. We will have free admission to the Tracy Aviary and a private bird show. There will also be tour of Gilgal Sculpture Gardens which was created by Thomas Battersby Child, Charles Livingston's grandson. Attending the reunion is a great way to learn more about our Livingston heritage and to make memories with our children and grandchildren.
Abbreviated History of Charles Livingston
- compiled by Robert Folsom
Charles Livingston, son of Archibald Livingston and Helen Muir Connor, was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland on March 16, 1835. He had a brother, James, and a sister, Helen. His mother died in 1837. His father then married Jean Bain and they had three surviving children.
Jean Bain died in 1849 and Archibald died two months later. This left six orphan children. Fortunately, they had a wonderful grandmother, Christina Campbell Livingston (affectionately known as “Granny Livingston”), who took charge of the orphaned children.
To help support the family, Charles, while still very young, had to work long hours as a coal miner under harsh conditions.
Mormon missionaries brought the gospel to the family and they were baptized in May 1849. Granny Livingston determined to take the family to Zion – Salt lake City, Utah. It took several years for the family to raise the funds to accomplish this journey. Finally, they left Glasgo, Scotland on December 16, 1854; sailed to Liverpool, England; crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New Orleans; made their way up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to Atchison, Kansas; then to Mormon Grove; and finally crossed the plains with a wagon train to Salt lake City, Utah. They arrived there on September 25, 1855.
Charles helped support the family by helping build the Cottonwood Canal, working as a farm hand for $15.00 per month, and quarrying granite for the Salt lake Temple. He was one of the ones called to stop the invasion of Johnson’s Army at Echo Canyon.
Charles married Jane Harrocks on May 25, 1861 and had eight children by this marriage.
In 1866 he helped fight in the Indian War of Sanpete County. It was successful.
He was called to work on the police force of Salt Lake city to quell some rough elements.
He married Ellen Harrocks, sister of Jane, on October 12, 1867. They had 12 children.
In 1869 Brigham Young sent Charles to suppress criminal activities associated with the construction of the transcontinental railroad. After this he was sent to Ogden, Utah to suppress similar problems. This was dangerous work but both assignments were successful.
The rest of his life he worked on the Salt Lake City police force as Deputy City Marshal, Desk Sergeant, and Bail Commissioner. He also did construction work and opened the onyx quarries of the Utah Lake area. In December 1880 he was made Construction Superintendent of the Salt Lake Temple block until its completion. He laid the capstone for the temple and was in charge of all the landscape work.
Charles was active in the LDS Church where he was a Seventy and became a President of the 18th and 57th quorums. He was then made a High Priest and served as Counselor in the Bishopric of the Salt Lake Eleventh Ward until his death.
- Read Charles Livingston History - unknown author details his church callings, and work history as well as a description of his personality and character
- Read Charles' patriarchal blessing
Notes on the Life of Charles Livingston
- by his son Daniel Harrocks Livingston
Charles Livingston, son of Archibald and Helen Livingston, was born in the little town of Shotts, ten miles out of Glasgow, Scotland, on March 16, 1835. His mother had two other children besides himself; his brother James who was two years older than he, and his sister Helen two years younger. His mother died when Helen was born. Shortly afterward his father married Jean Bain, and she had two boys and two girls; (Jane died at 6 years) Isabella, Archibald and William. Then she died in 1849.
Two months later the father died. leaving six orphan children, the youngest nine months old. Fortunately for these six orphan children they had a wonderful grandmother—their father's mother—Christina Livingston, better known as Granny Livingston by her many friends. She was a very remarkable character—wonderful physique, sterling integrity, and full of courage and determination. She mothered these orphan children with the help of the two older boys. James, the oldest son, was not very strong physically, which forced Charles to take upon his young shoulders additional responsibility. At a very tender age he was forced to go to work in the coal mines to help support the family.
Coal mining In those days was very different than it is now. They worked very long hours. It was not unusual for several months out of the year for the coal miner to never see the light of day. This boy during the short winter days went to work in the dark and came home after dark, and month in and month out he never saw God's blessed sunshine.
The elders brought the Gospel message to them
The grandmother and the children became acquainted with its principles and were all baptized into the Church In May 1849. On joining the Church Granny Livingston was filled with the determination to gather with the Saints in Zion, but It was several years before they could get sufficient means around them with which to immigrate.
In 1853 the family managed to send the oldest son James to Utah, and two years later, in 1855, with the assistance of their uncle John Dobbie, the entire family immigrated to Utah. They left Glasgow on the 16th day of December 1854, and arrived in Salt Lake on the 25th day of September, 1855. They crossed the sea in a sailing vessel and landed in New Orleans. They later made their way up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to what is now known as Atchison, Kansas. There the family had to remain for a short time to replenish their meager stores. Charles by this time was 20 years of age and capable of doing a man's work. He and his uncle John Dobbie secured employment falling timber and building log houses. They helped build the first houses that were built at Atchison, now one of the important railroad centers in the United States.
Later they moved to what was then known as "Mormon Grove" an outfitting point for immigrant trains starting for the West There was plenty of hard work to be done here. His diary showed that they worked early and late for very small wages, cutting timber, digging ditches, making corrals, branding and handling cattle. In this way they earned enough money to buy the outfit and supplies necessary for the trip across the plains to Utah.
While the Livingston family was quartered at Mormon Grove the cholera broke out among the immigrants. Among the Immigrants that were on their way to Utah at this time was the family of Daniel Horrocks. They had the misfortune to lose their only boy and he was buried at Mormon Grove. One day out from Mormon Grove the father of the family, Daniel Horrocks also died of the Cholera, and his widow requested that his body be taken back to Mormon Grove to be buried beside her only son. They made an improvised coffin for her husband, unloaded her effects on the desert, loaded the body into the wagon and with the ox team started back for Mormon Grove, leaving the widow with her three little children on the plains waiting the return of their wagon. The company of immigrants went on and left her.
The body arrived at Mormon Grove in the night, and upon its arrival volunteers were asked for to dig the grave. Charles Livingston volunteered his service, and strange as it may seem it developed later that he had helped lay away the father of his future wives.
Arriving in Salt Lake City, as stated above, on the 25th day of September 1855, their brother James joined them and they located on a lot on 9th East between 1st and 2nd South Street. They succeeded in getting a little home built, and Charles secured employment for a very short time in the quarries, getting out the coping for the wall around the Temple Block, but winter set in early and work at the quarry was suspended, which left the family without any source of income. Before spring the family was reduced to extreme poverty. Work was very scarce, and money and food scarcer. It was almost Impossible to get enough to keep the family alive.
Granny Livingston insisted that Charles take what few clothes they had brought with them that they could spare and take them down to the country south of Salt Lake and try to trade them for something to eat, as the people south of Salt Lake seemed to be better off than the people immediately around the city. Charles tramped as far as Draper through the deep snow trying to dispose of these things. He was able to raise a little food for the family in this way and on this trip secured employment as a farm hand at $ 15.00 per month, which $ 15.00 a month he would get a few dollars at a time and would walk all the way from Draper through the snow to bring it to his hungry brothers and sisters.
He never talked much about this harrowing experience, but he was wont to say that Granny Livingston met the situation courageously. The other children helped in every way that they could to get things to eat and wear, and his brothers, Archibald and William, went into the nearby canyons and got fuel to keep them warm during this hard, trying winter.
Later he and his brother James secured work In the quarry In Little Cottonwood Canyon, getting out the Granite rock for the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple, and It was only a few years until through hard work, he and his brothers were able to provide a comfortable home for his grandmother and the younger children of the family.
Charles was in Big Cottonwood Canyon working when the news of Johnston's Army coming to Utah reached here. He was selected as one of the men to go out and meet the Incoming army and hold them back until such time as President Brigham Young could ascertain their intentions and get information to Washington as to the true conditions here in Utah. He was chosen as one of the captains in Company "A" of the Third Regiment, and served in this campaign for upwards of five months.
The hardships and suffering which these men endured during that winter spent In Echo Canyon have never really beer told. The men were poorly clothed and equipped for such a campaign. Charles had his feet frozen badly during this campaign, and it looked for a time as though he might be crippled for life, but through the blessings of the Lord no real bad effects followed this experience. His work in this campaign attracted the attention of the leading brethren and was no doubt called to the attention of President Brigham Young, as from that time on a very wonderful friendship and mutual admiration existed between President Young and the four Livingston boys, and was no doubt later responsible for Charles being called into public service as a police officer in different parts of the state.
After working for sometime In the quarries getting out stone for the Temple, Charles went south to secure himself a farm and establish himself a home. He located at what was then known as North Bend—now Fairvlew—Sanpete County. This was in the year 1860. While in Sanpete County he worked as timberman and assisted in the erection of Bernard Shaw's flour mill at Ephraim—one of the first flour mills established south of Provo.
He returned to Salt Lake each year for a few months to work and earn money with which to equip his farm, his brothers and he taking contracts for public work. Along with other work which they took was a contract for filling the center of State Street for about five blocks from the Eagle Gate south. This work they did with wheelbarrows. This street was practically impassable before this work was done, and this opened up the street for traffic.
They also took a contract to supply building rock to the people of the city with which to build their homes. They also contracted for the digging of cellars In the business district. The contract for the digging of the cellar for the Godbe-Pitt building, which still stands on the comer of First South and Main Street, was one of these jobs. This cellar or basement they dug with wheelbarrows, wheeling the dirt out onto what is now Main Street, and grading it for the first time.
About this time the Indian War broke out in Sanpete County and Charles was commissioned by the governor as first lieutenant and went through this campaign. On returning from this Indian expedition he and his brother James were called by President Brigham Young to work on the police force. A very rough element had drifted into the city and it required men of experience, judgment and courage to handle the situation. For this reason President Young called the two Livingston boys to this work.
As the construction of the Union Pacific Railway reached the border of Utah it was apparent that something had to be done to suppress the crime and protect the lives and property of the people from the rough element that accompanied the building of the transcontinental railroad. Murders were of daily occurrence. Saloons and gambling houses were established all along the line of work. These camps were overrun with some of the worst criminal element of the country. There had been a wild riot at Bear River for some days and the railroad officials appealed to President Young to put a check upon this lawlessness. Charles with his brothers were requested by President Young to undertake this work. They with Andrew Burt and a few other determined and dependable men undertook this job. Before leaving to take up their duties they were tendered a public reception and took with them the blessings and good will of all the citizens of the community. As they left the city it was the general opinion of the people that very few of them if any at all would ever return alive.
Charles Livingston was commissioned by the Governor and appointed by the county court of Summit County to have charge of the policing, enforcing law, and administering of justice along the line of the railroad. He discharged this responsibility in a very creditable manner, enlisting the admiration and esteem of all good citizens for the able and courageous manner with which he handled the situation.
Charles was a man who talked very little about his accomplishments, but those who were with him on this expedition and those who were familiar with the work which he did on this occasion, say that if a history or record of his experiences could have been written it would read like a romance. The lives of himself and his men were in jeopardy every minute of the day and night, and it was only through his absolute lack of fear, his cool headedness, and his determination that prevented serious bloodshed on many occasions. He was only back in Salt Lake a few months when he was called by President Young and sent to Ogden to assist the police force there to maintain order and enforce the law. He was there for several months and came back home to take up his work on the police force again in Salt Lake City.
In 1880 he was appointed supervisor of streets for Salt Lake City and held that office until 1890, during which time the principal streets of Salt Lake City were graded and surfaced with gravel.
When the Liberal Party got control of the affairs of Salt Lake City in 1890 Charles Livingston went back into the contracting business. It was during this time that he took the contract and built what is now known as the Warm Springs line of the Salt Lake City Railroad from South Temple to Warm Springs. He was later appointed superintendent of the Temple Block and had full charge of the construction of the Temple from that time until the time it was completed. He had the honor of placing in the cap stone the engraved plates and all records and papers that were deposited in that sacred building at the time of its completion" He designed the cap stone so that the papers and records could be deposited beneath it and the cap stone made solid with cement without coming in contact at all with the cement or moisture.
He was very happy in the peaceful work in connection with the construction of the temple as compared with the other rough and troublesome experience he had been accustomed to in life. He would have been happy to have spent the remainder of his days in and around the Temple. After the completion of the Temple and his work in laying out and beautifying the ground was completed he found himself out of employment. He went back into his old work of contracting and spent sometime in opening up the onyx quarries west of Utah Lake from which the onyx that was used in the construction of the City and County building was obtained.nLater he went back onto the police department of Salt Lake City as a sergeant and bail commissioner, and held that position for over ten years, where his counsel and advice in the handling of the affairs of the police department were of inestimable value.
In all he served the city of Salt Lake for over 36 years with the exception of the short time he was called by President Young to police the railroad and help in Ogden for which he was granted a leave of absence. He served this community faithfully and well, giving to his work always the best there was in him.
Charles Livingston married Jane Horrocks May 25, 1861. They had eight children, seven girls and one boy. Only three of these children are now living—all the others died in comparative infancy. One, Ellen Ann, lived to be five years old and Janie two years old. On October 12, 1867, he married Ellen Harrocks, a sister to his first wife Jane. She had twelve children, nine of whom are still living. They raised eleven to manhood and womanhood.
Up to the time the law interfered both of these families lived together under the same roof though each wife had her separate apartment. They all ate at the same table and it was indeed a wonderful sight to see this large family gather about the family board.
Charles Livingston was always fair and just, kind and patient. He always exercised perfect control and received implicit obedience from his entire family whether large or small. He was never harsh and abusive. He very rarely or ever chastised one of his large family. His son Dan boasts of the fact that he is probably the only one that he ever licked. He had a keen sense of humor, always genial and pleasant, was excellent company, had a good voice and sang the popular Scotch songs to the delight of everybody.
Charles Livingston was a very active worker in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was ordained to the office of teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood in the Holy Town Branch in Glasgow Conference about 1852, was ordained to the office of Seventy on the 28th day of December 1857; and became one of the presidents of his quorum. He labored as home missionary in the Salt Lake Stake of Zion for over ten years; was superintendent of the Eleventh Ward Sunday School for over five years. On November 1, 1891, he was ordained a high priest and set apart as first counselor to Bishop Robert Morris of the Eleventh Ward, which position he held up to the time of his death. He died June 17, 1908, at the age of 73, honored and revered by all who knew him.
Charles Livingston died June 17, 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah at 73 years of age. Newspaper clipping of the death of Charles Livingston
Thanks to You Who Have Donated to our Family Organization
- by Enid Cox, Treasurer
Thank you for you continued support of the Livingston Family Association. If you have not sent any dues this year, you can mail them to Livingston Family Association, 1283 Logan Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105. We carefully protect and distribute monies as needed for reunions, newsletters, research, maps and various expenses. Since 1980 the suggested amount has been $20 per family per year. Of course we will accept more or less as your budget allows. Thank you again!
Activities To Help Keep Your Heritage Alive In Your Families
- Go to livingstonfamily.org and use the articles and stories about places and people to learn more about your heritage and share them with your family. Discuss which strengths and virtues each ancestor has and the example they have left for their posterity.
- Make a binder with stories and pictures of your ancestors and use for dinner discussions, family nights or bedtime stories.
- Watch the movie House of the Lord that is about the building of the Salt Lake Temple.
- Visit the Church History Museum and see the displays about pioneers.
- Go on GoogleEarth and use the option to view the actual area to see what it looks like now where your ancestors lived.
- Have your children act out one of the stories of your ancestor.
- Watch the movie 17 Miracles to see what it would have been like to cross the plains.
- Learn about life in Scotland as a coal miner.
- Use children’s pioneer games for a family picnic at the park.
- Visit the Sons or Daughters of Utah Pioneer museums to see interesting and informative displays.