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  • Antelope Island Church livestock commissioner

Briant Stringham was born 28 March 1823 in Colesville, Broome County, New York, United States to George Stringham (1790-1876) and Polly Hendrickson (1803-1885) and died 4 August 1871 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Susan Ann Ashby (1830-1896) 21 March 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Harriet Maria Ashby (1834-1921) 20 April 1852 in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Martha Ellen Ashby (1832-1873) 12 August 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Nancy Garr (1822-1900) 14 December 1858 in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

While a teenager in Springfield, Illinois, Briant excelled in English at the local high school and was soon tutoring other students in the subject for 50₡ a term.

When it came time for his family to leave Illinois, due to religious persecution, Briant followed them as far as Winter Quarters (near Omaha, Nebraska) where they separated when Mormon leader Brigham Young chose Briant to accompany him and 146 others on a trek into the North American wilderness to find a new 'Zion' for the faithful. After a little over 100 days, the pioneers reached the Valley of the Great Salt lake on July 24, 1847. The following spring, Briant was allotted 100 ½ by 100 ½ meters of land at what is now the southwest corner of Second South and Main Street. After building a home for his parents on half the land, Briant then built his own home and the valley's first butcher shop on the remaining half.

In the late summer of 1848 he welcomed his parents to the new village of Great Salt Lake City and was then sent east to help new Mormon immigrants. While on the expedition, Briant met Susan Ashby, a widow with 11 children. He married her daughter, Susan in 1850. Because it was Mormon Church doctrine at this time to take more than one wife, Briant marred two of Susan's sisters - Harriet Maria in 1852 and Martha Ellen, widow of Alandes Buckland, in 1856. His final marriage took place in 1858 when he married Nancy Garr Badger. Altogether Briant had 27 children from his marriages to four women and this necessitated a move to some larger quarters. He sold his Second South and Main Street home to his brother-in-law, Appleton Harmon, and moved to a 100 ½ by 100 ½ meter piece of property at the southwest corner of Third East and South Temple streets.

In 1855 Brigham young appointed Briant to be commissioner of all church land and livestock on Antelope Island. But, before he moved to the island, he was assigned the task of leading 10 men and 2,000 head of cattle into the then unsettled Cache Valley of northern Utah. They established a church farm between present day Wellsville and Logan. On June 5, 1856 he was made a probate judge for Cache Valley.

Although he served as livestock custodian on Antelope Island until his death, he spent some time in the city, for between 1854-56 he was a first councilor in the LDS 13th Ward congregation.

In late July of 1871 Briant was transporting livestock from Antelope Island to the mainland while a severe storm raged for three days. Briant's health suffered as a result of his efforts and fatigue from overexposure caused him to develop pneumonia. He died at a church owned farm near 17th South and the Jordan River in present day Salt Lake City, Utah



Children



Offspring of Briant Stringham and Susan Ann Ashby (1830-1896)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Susan Stringham (1850-1892)
Briant Stringham (1852-1927)
James Stringham (1854-1868)
Philip Stringham (1856-1940)
Lucy Stringham (1858-1893) 29 April 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 3 January 1893 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Heber Jeddy Grant (1856-1945)
Julia Stringham (1860-1932)
Ashby Stringham (1864-1897)
William Stringham (1867-1929)
John Stringham ( 1870-1920)



Offspring of Briant Stringham and Harriet Maria Ashby (1834-1921)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Maria Stringham (1853-1913)
Harriet Stringham (1855-1943)
Polly Stringham (1857-1877)
Elmeda Stringham (1859-1931)
Rozilla Stringham (1862-1960)
Henry Stringham (1865-1949)
Alice Stringham (1868-1869)
Nathaniel George Stringham (1871-1965)



Offspring of Briant Stringham and Martha Ellen Ashby (1832-1873)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Martha Stringham (1857-1925)
Chloe Stringham (1859-1916)
Jedediah Stringham (1861-1933)
Hammond Stringham (1863-1865)
Ada Stringham (1865-1866)
Judithh Teressa Stringham (1867-1935)
Richard Stringham (1870-1937)



Offspring of Briant Stringham and Nancy Garr (1822-1900)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Jane Stringham (1859-1944)
Mary Emma Stringham (1861-1922)







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See Also

  • Briant Stringham
  • Stringham in Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Stringham in Broome County, New York



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