Star of DavidWhen was the first recorded meeting of members of the Jewish faith in Salt Lake City?
a. 1847, the year the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley
(B) That he would die a pauper and his flesh would whither from his bones
A testimony published in the latter part of 1874: “A lady was invited to attend a Methodist church at Peoria, Illinois, and noticing a rough box or coffin resting under the pulpit, inquired concerning it, and was informed that it enclosed the remains of the wife of ex-Governor Ford, and was supplied at the public expense. Ford was present, and he looked gaunt and miserable, and his bones appeared ready to pierce thorough the skin. Two weeks later, the lady attended again, and was astonished to see a similar coffin in the same place. It contained all that was left of Governor Ford, who had for some time lived, and had now died, a pauper. The lady who saw this, though she had left the ‘Mormon’ church, remembered hearing Elder John Taylor say in Nauvoo, that ‘Governor Ford would live until the flesh would wither from his bones and he would die a pauper.’”
N.B. Lundwall, The Fate of the Persecutors of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1952), 300.
Also, a few days after the appearance of the above notice, the following account of the tragic fate of Governor Ford’s son, Thomas, appeared in print, and may be set down among the many cases where the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children:
“Ford’s children, in consequence of his poverty, were adopted by different citizens, Thomas being taken care of by Hon. Thos. E. Moore of Peoria. The young man served in the army, and afterwards moved to Kansas, where, with an elder brother, he followed various occupations, principally driving large herds of stock from the South.
“Last July he was going to Caldwell and stopped at a ranch for refreshment. Here he was watched by two armed men, and, after proceeding about a mile, was suddenly seized by three men before he could defend himself. They took him for one of the cattle stealers, with which the state was infested, and, in spite of his protestations, prayers and appeals for an investigation, they proceeded to hang him to the limb of a tree. He told them he was the son of ex-Governor Ford, but they laughed him to scorn and refused to examine his papers.”
N.B. Lundwall, The Fate of the Persecutors of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1952), 300-301.
Peoria, Ill., March 20.-Without the last rites of the Church, and with only four mourners surrounding the grave, the body of Mrs. Anna Davies, who died a pauper in the Deaconess home in Lincoln, Ill., Thursday, was buried here at twilight tonight.
Mrs. Davies was the only surviving daughter of former Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois, who likewise died in poverty.
The specter of poverty that has beset the family for half a century also found a victim in Mrs. Davies’ only daughter, Mrs. Watson of Oskaloosa, Ia., who for weeks before her mother’s death sought funds with which to purchase a coffin. Up to the time of Mrs. Davies’ death the daughter had been unsuccessful in her quest, but following the demise citizens of Lincoln contributed enough to make possible the obsequies that took place tonight.
N.B. Lundwall, The Fate of the Persecutors of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1952), 302.