- Almira Adela Robinson (listed also as Almira Adela Smith and Almira Adeliah (Della) Smith and Alvira Adella Smith Robinson. Birth dates also vary: abt. 1847, Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa and 22 August 1851 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Death either 2 or 3 October 1883, American Fork, Utah. She was married to George Heber Robinson. She apparently became blind and was living with her mother in the 1880 Census. She is listed as Adella S on her headstone in American Fork Cemetery [see findagrave.com and search under Robinson, Adella S)
- Alvin Smith born abt 1848, Deseret, Salt Lake, Utah. Died about 1860 in Utah
- David Thomas Smith or Thomas David Smith, born 8 August 1849 in either Salt Lake or Kaysville, Utah. Died 15 Apr 1927 in American Fork, Utah. Married to Sarah Elizabeth Peet with whom he had 6 children
- A fourth child is listed in new Family Search: Laura Vilate Smith, or Laura Vilate Smith Steele born 13 Mar 1856 in Salt Lake City. This child is listed with Harriet on her headstone. However if David Smith died in 1852 he could not have fathered this child. Harriet Frances Noon Smith had been married to/sealed to John Erik Forsgren in 1854 as is shown in the sealing records. He is likely Laura's father. John's marriage to Harriet did not last. Harriet returned with her children to live with her mother in the Kimball household. She would probably have still gone by the name of Harriet Smith so this child - who would either have been born out of wedlock or fathered by John E. Forsgren whom she did not want to be with - would have given her the surname Smith. Johanna Catherine Timerman, daughter of John E's wife Kiersten Johnson, in her deposition to the War Dept, Feb. 15, 1893 p. 15 states "he had only one child by this wife." There is a statement on findagrave.com on Laura's entry showing that others are of the opinion as well that she is really John E. Forsgren's child. [NOTE: see more information below about her marriage to John E. Forsgren.]
- I do not know why Laura is listed in FamilySearch alternately as Laura Vilate Smith Steele. There is no husband connected to her in the system. She died at age 18 years and 7 months of "affection of the heart, caused by rheumatism and lameness" in 1874 (not 1873 as is shown on her headstone and in most genealogical records). Deseret News, Wednesday, 21 October 1874
IMMIGRATION TO SALT LAKE: There is a data discrepancy: The records of the Heber C. Kimball Company (1848) which departed Winter Quarters on 7 June 1848 show her coming across the plains as Harriet F. Noon.... not Harriet Smith. If she married David Smith in May of 1846 that would be two years worth of being known as Sister or Mrs. Smith - not still being known as Harriet F. Noon. (See: http://lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearch/1,15773,3966-1,00.html).
There is a David Smith coming with the William Snow company in 1850 but there is no David Smith in the company with Harriet. When she comes with her mother (Sarah Peak Noon Kimball) and stepfather (Heber C. Kimball) she is listed as being only 18 years of age. Was she really only 16 when she married David Smith? If they were married why did he not come with her to S.L.?
The Kimball Monument. The tablet in front on the ground lists the name of David Smith
Again, we are indebted to Dean Buck for supplying us with this additional data on Harriet's first husband, David Smith
|The Kimball Cemetery is located behind the Deseret Apt. building on Main St.|
Notice the large stone in front which bears the following plaque:
[UPDATE note Feb. 2018: Sealing record in the Special Collections Section of the Family History Library, SLC: John Erick Forssgren, born 7 Nov 16 in Jefle Sweden and Harriet Francis Noon w. of David Smith dd (deceased) born 5 Dec 29 Tunstall, Stafford England sealed in Old Deseret Legislative Room 17 July 1854 at 8:30 a.m. by HCK (Heber C. Kimball) and witnessed by Stephen Winchester and TB (Thomas Bullock) This sealing took place BEFORE the opening of the Endowment House. I wondered what exactly the Old Deseret Legislative Room was. I found the following on the Church History Museum site:
"The Council House, started in 1849 and completed in 1850, was the first public building in Utah. Its functions varied over the years. The territorial legislature met here; the territorial public library was here; endowments were given here; and the University of Deseret occupied the building for a number of years. It was finally destroyed by fire in 1883."]
[Just an interesting note to add. John E and wife Sarah Bell were sent to Carson Valley by Brigham Young some time after Feb. 1856. It was there in Oct 1856 that their son John Heber was born. Five months later, also in Carson Valley, on 16 March 1857, a son was born to Betsy (Elizabeth Ann) Noon Lawson. She is the younger sister of Harriet Noon Smith. Harriet's "mystery daughter" Laura Vilate was born in March of 1856 just a month after Heber Kimball reported the following to his son in a letter: “I suppose that one hundred and fifty or two hundred of the brethren have been hanging round, with the Council House filled to the brim. This scenery continuing for a long time, one day brother Brigham sent Thomas Bullock to take their names, for the purpose of giving them missions, if they had not anything to do of more importance ... John Forsgreen is going to Carson. These are all good men but they need to learn a lesson.” It is possible that Harriet might also have spent some time in Carson with her sister. . . and remotely with John E. Was this the cause of the break-up of the marriage of John E. and Sarah Bell? One of John E's granddaughters stated that Sarah learned of John's trip to S.L. to be sealed to this wife and never forgave him (see the blog post for Sarah Bell Davis)...nor apparently did John's and Sarah's son Charles William! Was John really able to take care of two families or homes? The time in Carson City was short for all of them. They were called home at the approach of Johnson's Army and both John and Sarah's and Betsy Lawsons next children were born back in Utah.]
MARRIAGE #3: Harriet married Leonard Elsworth Harrington 31 May 1859 in Salt Lake City
Leonard Elsworth Harrington 1816-1883
Mayor (for 29 years!) of American Fork, its first Bishop, postmaster,
member of the Utah Legislature, Trustee of B.Y. Academy and promoter
of American Fork's first free school
There is a nice biographical sketch of Leonard Harrington in the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia which is quoted on his site at findagrave.com. He appears to have made great contributions to Utah as a whole and particularly to American Fork and Utah County. He is also buried in the American Fork Cemetery. The Forsgren Family Assn. also has in its possession the transcription Leonard's handwritten journal which was published in the Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. VIII, 1940.
I have not researched the descendants of Harriet's marriage to Leonard Harrington. They are readily found on the Church website, newFamily Search:
- Heber Adelman Harrington 1860-1938 (twin)
HARRIET'S SCHOOLING IN NAUVOO: Lyman D. Plat's work on Nauvoo schools (located at the following site:
http://www.mormonhistoricsitesfoundation.org/publications/nj_1989/Platt3.pdf ) lists the following:
Schedule of a common school kept by Susannah White at township six north, range nine west, city of
Nauvoo. There were fifty students attending this school during all or part of the period running from 29 June I842 to 30 December 1842. The students were the following:
. . . . Brigham Young, Heber Kimball, Harriet Noon, Betsy Noon [Harriet's younger sister]. . . .
1850 Census of Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory family #3 [ancestry.com]
Smith, David, age 29, laborer, born England
Smith, Harriet, age 21, born England
Smith, Alvin, age 2, male, born Des[eret]
Smith, David, age 1, male, born Des
1856 Statehood Census. This census was taken to help provide a record of inhabitants of the territory for application for statehood. Its accuracy is very suspect. It appears names were supplied (perhaps to inflate the numbers?) of people who were not actually residing there at the time or had not yet arrived in the valley. It was indexed by Accelerated Indexing systems and that index appears on ancestry.com. It is full of errors as I have double-checked it against the actual handwritten pages on microfilm. This provides an interesting insight to the names however! In the 16th ward in Great Salt Lake City, all listed on page 445 are the following:
Fosgreen, Betsey A
Fosgreen, John C
No ages or relationships are given on the census, only whether they are male or female. The AIS indexers did not always get the correct location so some names are listed as being in Weber County which is in fact what Box Elder Co. was part of before becoming its own entity.
Listed on page 1164 are a John Fosgreen and a Harriet Fosgreen
Why do I mention this? Because the Almira and the David above are probably Harriet's children by David Smith. The Betsey and the Sarah are probably Betsey Noon and Sarah Kimball.... all living in the same household. Why they are all listed as Fosgreen is anyone's guess (bless those census takers!), but since I have records of all the Forsgren descendants and have no Harriet's, Betsey's or Almiras my conclusion is that this all is a reflection of Harriet's very short marriage to John E. Forsgren. There is a Harriet Smith listed in Lake City (American Fork) that year as well, which could have been Harriet Frances Noon Smith. Where is Laura Vilate? Probably still in her mother's tummy!
1860 Census of Lake City, Utah Territory [American Fork P.O.], taken 27 Sep 1860. Harriet is not in same household as Leonard who is enumerated with his wife Lois [Russell]; the children are all listed under Herrington, Harriet F [family # 2618], but there are no ditto marks. The transcribers at ancestry.com have automatically assigned them all the last name of Herrington in the index
Herrington, Harriet F, age 29,
Davd T, age 11, all children listed as born U.T. [Utah Territory]
Almira A, age 9
Laura V, age 4
Harriet, age 6/12
Heber, age 6/12
1870 Census of American Fork, Utah Co., Utah.
Leonard is enumerated with his wife "Louise" [Lois] as family #28; "Harret" [Harriett] and her family are next door as family #29, all listed with dittoes under Leonard's name of Harrington.
Harrington, Harret, age 35, Keeping house, born England
Harrington, David, age 21, at home, all children listed as born Utah
Harrington, Almyra, age 17, at home
Harrington, Laura, age 14, at school
Harrington, Heber, age 11, at school
Harrington, Harriette, age 11, at school
Harrington, Leonard, age 5, at school
Harrington, Delos, age 1 [listed as female] At home
Harrington, Eliza, age 60, No occupation [This is probably plural wife Eliza Brown 1810-1880 whom he married in 1869], born England
Harrington, Daniel, age 11, At School
Harrington, Mary, age 11, At School
[ These last two children are the twins born to Leonard's wife Mary Jones who died within 24 hours after their birth. As infants Daniel and Mary were cared for by other women in the community. Harriet would give birth to her own twins two days later and Lois already had a large family and would soon give birth as well. I don't know how long Daniel and Mary were in Harriet's care or when they came to live with her, or even if they did so permanently. Daniel went on to become a lawyer and a judge and is listed in Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah along with his father. He is responsible for getting his father's journal published by the Utah Historical Quarterly]
1880 Census of American Fork, Utah Co., Utah. ED 88 p. 4D census taken 2 June 1880
Leonard, age 64, is still enumerated with wife Lois, three children and a servant. He is shown as farmer & postmaster living on Harrington Street. Harriett and her family live on Jackson St.
Harrington, Harriett, age 49, wife, keeping house, born England
Robinson, Addeleah, age 28, wife, blind, living with mother, born Utah
Harrington, Heber, age 20, son, born Utah, clerk in store,
Harrington, Hattie, age 20, daughter, at home, born Utah
Harrington, Leonard, age 13, son, at school, born Utah
Harrington, Delos, age 11, son, at school, born Utah
Harrington, Ida N., age 8, daughter, at school, born Utah
1900 Census of American Fork, Utah Co., District 154.
Harrington, Harriett , head, born Dec 1829 England, age 70, widow
Harrington, Ida A, daugh, born Jan 1872, Utah, single
Harrington, Chauncy D, son, born May 1870 Utah, age 30, widower, day laborer
Smith, David H, Grandson, born June 1875 Utah, single, age 24, day laborer
Harrington, Chauncy, G.son, born Apr 1896 Utah, single, age 4
1910 Census of American Fork, Utah Co., Utah ED 184, sheet 26B taken 12 May 1910. Family #495 on North 3rd East
Smith, David T., head, age 60, widower, doing odd jobs, born Utah
Smith, David H, son, age 35, single, born Utah
Harrington, Harriet F, mother, age 80, widow, born England
Harrington, Ida A., sister, age 38, single, born Utah
ORDINANCES: Sld to Heber Chase Kimball and Sarah Peak 11 Dec. 1912 SL and 24 Jan 1997 Logan Temple; Sld to Wm Spencer Noon & Sarah Peak 15 Feb 1994, Provo Temple.
This is the home at 97 South 100 East in American Fork that was built by Leonard and their son Heber for Harriet and her family. Originally they lived in the home on Main St. that was used as the post office, but which had two rooms added for them. The home was originally adobe.
Photo taken January 2011 by my friend Carol Snow
Another view of the home as it is now. I am not certain which door would have been used as the main entrance during Harriet's time.Harriet is buried in the American Fork Cemetery. The plot is on the corner of "Harrington" St. and "Veterans" St. in the Southeast corner of the cemetery.