Lynn Hilton recently published an edited Kindle version of Levi’s journal, with several chapters of commentary. From these chapters we can add a few more items to our timeline. These additions need to be checked as no documentation is provided:
1820: home burned to the ground 2 weeks before he was born
1822/3: moved to Lyme, Ohio. Some of younger children born there. John died there & maybe 2 or 3 others. Polly died there too.
~1835: Father sold place to Mr Bane and bought 80 acres of heavily timbered land in Michigan. Farmed a portion of it.
1843: Father baptized into Mormon church (Hilton says his mother was not baptized)
1846: Left homestead in Van Buren County 8 May 1846 and arrived Council Bluffs in July
1846: Baptized into Mormon church, June 12
1846/7: Near Tucson bought a mule that was commandeered by an officer.
1847: Arrives in Salt Lake 16 Oct
1853: Leaves San Francisco on the ship Monsoon to Calcultta, India, January
1853: Continues on to Rangoon, June
1855-6: Sails on ship Herbert to Boston
1856: Arrives Boston 28 Feb
1856: Arrives in Salt Lake City, Nov 10
1858: Soldier in Utah War; helped build fortifications and stand guard in Echo Canyon
~1876: Son Levi Mathers brought suit against US government for loss of his father’s mule in Mormon Battalion march and wins $25.
Excerpts from biography (I have not found the full text of the biography yet). Key excerpts:
- He is the second of 15 children
- Lived on “The Clearing” homestead with this family in southern Michigan. This is where he and his family first heard about the Mormon church
- After marriage to Jane, they lived at what is now 13th East and 21st South in Salt Lake City
- Helped build the Salt Lake “Old Fort”
- Fought in “cricket war”
- Settler in Lehi, Scipio, Kanab & Toquerville