One of the first things beginning genealogists are told to do is to start with what they have. In the case of Levi Savage, I have an edited transcription of his diary, an edited transcription of his son’s diary, a Savage genealogy book, biographies, and a Kindle book about Levi Savage. The transcription of the diary is very long, so it will take me a while to get through.
Let’s start with a timeline of the things that are mentioned in these books. As a first pass, I will list the basics, and some of the burning questions I would like answered. As I continue our research, I will continually add to this timeline. It will be accessible in the “Timeline” tab at the top of the website.
My burning questions:
- Although not shown here, the Savage genealogy lists 11 live children that were born to Levi’s parents (plus two sets of still-born twins). Yet, when Levi’s father went west with the pioneers, only one son went with him (Levi was in the Mormon Battalion). What happened to the other children, many of whom were too young to have been living separately as adults?
- Levi married 2 sisters, Mary Ann & Adelaide. He had 3 children with Mary Ann, but none with Adelaide. A newspaper article states that Adelaide divorced him, although census records show she always lived either in the same house or next door to Levi. Did she really divorce him? What was life like in a polygamous family?
- What was life like living in southern Utah? Were there problems with Indians? Was it hard to have a good living in the desert and far from Salt Lake?
- What was the significance of the Mormon Battalion in Mormon and American history? What did they do?
What are some questions you would like answered?