Deacon Thomas Hovey

Thomas Hovey was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on August 8, 1766. He was a blacksmith by trade and lived at first on the south side of the main road from Roxbury to Watertown, in Cambridge. He grew to manhood in an exciting time in the period of American history. The Declaration of Independence was signed when he was only 10 years old and he was a witness of the American Revolution during his teenage years. Not much is recorded about his early years. Much of the events which spawned the American Revolution had already occurred before Thomas was born. He was 7 years old when the "Boston Tea Party" occurred in December of 1773. Roxbury, being so close to Boston, undoubtedly felt the effects of the Intolerable Acts which were passed by Parliament to punish Massachusetts: closing of the port of Boston, abolishing all Massachusetts courts and requiring all cases to be tried in London, eliminating all elected offices and requiring all posts to be appointed by the crown, and restricting town hall meetings to only one per year. Thomas was 9 when the first shots of the War occurred at Lexington and Concord. He was 10 years of age when the Declaration of Independence was signed and he was 15 years old when the War finally ended with Cornwallis' surrender to Washington at Yorktown, Virginia.

Thomas married Elizabeth Seaver when Thomas was 27 years old, September 30, 1793. The Constitution of the United States had been drafted just six years earlier, George Washington had finished his first term as President and had just begun his second term. Elizabeth was 23 years old, born January 31, 1770 in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Ebenezer Seaver and Sarah Coolidge (through her mother's lineage Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born). At the time of their marriage, Sarah had been living with her parents in Brighton, Massachusetts.

On July 6, 1794 Thomas and Elizabeth's first child, Eliza Ann Hovey, was born in Brighton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. It was seven months later, on February 30, 1795, that Thomas, according to the Hovey Book, bought land and a house from a widow living in Needham by the name of Lois Baker. He did this for fifty-seven pounds (the dollar had not yet come into use.) The land was one-eighth of an acre in the South precinct of Cambridge. He later sold it for $950 to Elijah White of Cambridge on October 28, 1797. The buildings on the lot were then described as a mansion house and barn. He bought one acre of land in Cambridge from a Benjamin Capen (also of Cambridge) for $200 on June 10, 1799. This land was on the south side of the country road.

The only other things that the Hovey Book records during the period of 1796 to 1812 is the children that were born to Thomas and Elizabeth. However, much of early U.S. History occurred during this time. John Adams was President by March of 1797 and Thomas Jefferson by March of 1801. In 1803 the Louisiana Territory was purchased from France. James Madison was sworn in as President in March of 1809 and war was declared on England after England continued to attack U.S. ships trading with France.

The complete list of children born to Thomas and Elizabeth are as follows:

I. Eliza Ann Hovey, born July 6, 1794 at Brighton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

II. Thomas Hovey, born January 17, 1796 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

III. Stephen Hovey, born February 8, 1799 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

IV. Lucy Hovey, born October 3, 1800 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

V. Samuel Sparhawk Hovey, born March 16, 1802 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

VI. Anna Seaver Hovey, born March 20, 1804 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

VII. Ebenezer Hovey, born December 16, 1805 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

VIII. Orlando Dana Hovey, born September at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

IX. Almira Coolidge Hovey, born October 31, 1809 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

X. Joseph Grafton Hovey, born November 17, 1812 at Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

The Hovey Book states that Thomas and his family moved to Newton, Massachusetts in 1809. However, Joseph Grafton Hovey, in his Biography and Journal, states that the move was made when he, Joseph, was three years old -- in 1815. However, the family records, as well as the Hovey Book, record the birthplaces for all of Thomas and Elizabeth's children as being in Newton, Massachusetts. Joseph Grafton Hovey describes Newton as being seven miles from the city of Boston and that they lived on a good farm. Joseph states that his father "expended several thousands dollars for buildings on the farm. We all labored and enjoyed the fruits thereof for a number of years."

Other historical events which the Thomas Hovey family saw during this period of 1812 until 1830 were as follows: The U.S. was at War with England through 1814. In August of 1814 the City of Washington was captured and burned by the British. On September 14, Francis Scott Key observed the flag over Fort McHenry at Baltimore, inspiring him to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Finally, the war ended with the Treaty of Ghent in December but word did not arrive back to America until after Andrew Jackson soundly defeated the British at New Orleans on January 8. James Monroe was President by March of 1817 and John Quincy Adams by March of 1825. Andrew Jackson was elected President in 1828 and served to 1837.

The Hovey Book states that after moving to Newton, Thomas became a yeoman (a farmer who owns his own land.) Joseph Grafton Hovey says of his father that he "made a good quality of cider. In the fall of 1830, he had a large quantity of cider and was obliged to team it to Boston with two yoke of good oxen. On his return trips, he would bring lumber and other materials. In the latter part of October, 1830, when he was returning from Boston with a load of lumber, he was killed by falling off the wagon and the front wheels passed over his neck and shoulders. It was rainy and cold weather and it was thought he went to sleep and fell off the wagon. (Perhaps a little too much cider.)" The Hovey Book and family history records record the actual date of death as November 19, 1829. Thomas was sixty three years of age. Joseph Grafton Hovey was only 17 at this time but most, if not all, of his brothers and sisters were married and settled on their own.

Joseph Grafton Hovey goes on to relate: "This sudden stroke of Divine Providence was almost too much for any of us to bear, especially for our dear mother, it being the first death in the family. Here was all of our expectations blasted in one moment. Our father being a good man caused our grief to subside in some degree. He was what we called a Close Communion Baptist. He was a deacon in the church and beloved by all who knew him. For many years he was very regular to exhort his family by the fireside and taught us to pray. He urged us to obey him and keep the commandments of God. He prayed that parents and children might be brought up in the same bundle of eternal life. In fact, my father lived up to what light he had. He was taken away a short time before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized."

A Close Communion Baptist was one whose congregation did not believe in allowing non-members of the church to attend communion. It is important to mention that the Baptist sects which exist today were very different than those in the late 18th and early 19th Century. The religious fervor and upheaval which the young Joseph Smith, Jr. experienced in upstate New York was prevalent throughout all of the northeast. The Baptists existed as a Protestant sect since 1608 English Separatist began meeting in Amsterdam. They came to America in 1639 with Roger Williams in Rhode Island. However, as a result of the religious fervor of the early 1800's, the Baptists began to fragment into various persuasions. Finally in 1834 the "Old School" Baptists broke away from the rest of the Baptist. In a few years, they renamed themselves "Primitive Baptists", which identifies this particular sect to this day. In addition to closing communion to members only, their form of worship is marked with extreme adherence to scripture, banning any images of Christ, any use of musical instruments, and any innovative means of reaching out to all interests of worshipers such as Sunday School, youth programs or the like. Most of the Close Communion Baptists of Thomas Hovey's day became what we now know as Primitive Baptists today.

Joseph Grafton Hovey said of this period, "At this time, there was quite a revival of religion, so called by the different sects. Some years previous, I sought the Lord earnestly to forgive me of my sins and prayed that because there were many kinds of churches. There were Presbyterians, Baptists, Orthodox, in fact I have not the space to write the names of all the churches, suffice it to say, there was one of the whole lot that was after the holy order of Christ's Church. But as I was brought up by the tradition of my father, a Close Communion Baptist, I thought they were as near right as any of them, and in fine, a little nearer according to scripture for they believed that a person must reverence religion and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I did not belong to or connect myself with any church. I could not see any utility in their doctrine, therefore, I did not give head to their solicitations."

The Hovey Book said that Thomas Hovey was "a consistent Christian, and a deacon of the Baptist church at Newton." The Hovey Book goes on to tell about Elizabeth, that "Mrs. Hovey survived him, and died, in a fit, his widow, August 4, 1843, at the age of seventy-three."

Some details regarding the children of Thomas and Elizabeth Hovey are given in the Hovey Book and are given according to the order of their birth.


Eliza Ann, the eldest, married Ebenezer Fogg, the son of Jeremiah Fogg of Hancock, New Hampshire on December 25, 1814 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was born in Hancock October 25, 1788 and died at Cambridge, where they lived, May 18, 1836, after 22 years of marriage. Eliza died April 8, 1869. Their children were:

1. Eliza Ann, born October 25, 1815 and died August 15, 1817.

2. William S., born April 26, 1817. He married Mary S. Wood in New York City.

3. Ebenezer, born April 19, 1819 and died November 12, 1821.

4. Sarah C., born December 13, 1821 and died August 5, 1849.

5. Caroline, born October 21, 1824. She married Robert McLeod on November 27, 1843 at Cambridge, Massachusetts. They had two children.

6. Jane E., born February 13, 1826. She married Waldo W. Smith of Chicago, Illinois on July 6, 1848 and had several children.

7. Hannah M., born July 15, 1828. She married John H. Dodge of Littleton, Massachusetts on October 15, 1855. She died in November of 1899.

8. Abigail S., born December 30, 1829. She married Edward Thorndike of Boston, Massachusetts on November 2, 1854 and had two children.

9. Charles E., born October 7, 1832. He married Caroline Bristol July 3, 1862. She died March 1, 1873.

10. Stephen L., born February 8, 1835. He married Marian Auld of New York City on November 29, 1863 and had two children.


Thomas, the second child of the Deacon Thomas Hovey and his wife Elizabeth, became a trader and lived in Woburn. He married a Miss Clark first, and later took a second wife by the name of Susan Townsend Hovey. He died August 20, 1848 at the age of fifty-two. His wife Susan survived him. His children were as follows:

1. Isabella Elizabeth, born July 4, 1824. She died in Cambridge on April 7, 1838 at the age of thirteen.

2. Maria Louise, born May 15, 1826. She married Daniel H. Horn.

3. Agnes McIntyre, born April 9, 1830. She was living in 1848 and died before 1900.

4. George Henry, born April 29, 1832. He married Naomi Davis.

5. Susan Townsend, born about 1840. She married Jeremiah Mower.

6. Mason Moss, born about 1842. When the Civil War opened he belonged to the National Guard and went into the service of the Union. He was in the battle of Bull Run, and was first lieutenant at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, before going to Denver, Colorado, where he subsequently lived. He went west about 1870. He married Miss Emma R. Auld. He died at some unknown date but was survived by his wife.

7. James Osborn, born at some unknown date and still living in 1848.

8. Abel W., born at some unknown date and still living in 1848.


Stephen, the third child of Thomas and Elizabeth, was living in 1829, according to the Hovey Book. Nothing more is recorded about him in the Hovey Book. Joseph Grafton Hovey's records seemed to indicate that he died young, but not before 1836. In his Biography and Journal, Joseph Grafton Hovey records that he received letters from Orlando and Stephen enticing him to come to Illinois for work. He also recorded that he and his family lived with Stephen for 4 or 5 weeks in 1836 when they first arrived in Quincy, Illinois. No further information is given.


Lucy, the fourth child of Thomas and Elizabeth, married Ephraim Ward, lived in Cambridge, and died July 25, 1863, at the age of sixty-two. Their children were as follows:

1. Thomas A., born December 18, 1830. He married Hannah Morrison.

2. Elijah L., born August 11, 1833 in Newton.

3. Ephraim, born December 29, 1834.

4. Joseph Grafton, born August 5, 1837 and died in the Civil War in 1863.

5. Lucy E., born August 20, 1840.

6. Annie Caroline, born August 21, 1841.


Samuel Sparhawk, the fourth child of Thomas and Elizabeth, became a merchant and lived in Boston and Cambridge until 1839, when he moved to Chicago, Illinois. He married Adelaide Low, daughter of Josiah and Hannah (Grant) September 8, 1830, at Portsmouth.

In his Biography and Journal, Samuel's younger brother, Joseph Grafton Hovey, records that Samuel stopped to visit him in Salt Lake City for two weeks in October of 1860 while on his way to California to search for gold:

"My Brother, Samuel, left Chicago for the mines. He stopped off two weeks to visit us. He was quite pleased with the valley and the people. He said he thought he would come here with his family if he had good luck at the mines. He did not believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we do. He was a Close Communion Baptist."

Samuel died in Chicago on March 2, 1872 at the age of sixty-nine. Adelaide was born in Portsmouth, Maine on August 20, 1811 and died in Oakland, California on November 15, 1878 at the age of sixty-seven. Their children are as follows:

1. William, born in 1830 and died the same year.

2. Georgianna S., born May 6, 1834 in Boston. She married George Waite, son of Nathaniel F. and Nancy (Waite) Deering of Portland, Maine, July 5, 1853. They lived in Chicago until about 1870, and afterwards in Portland, Maine. He was an accountant and died in Berlin Falls, New Hampshire on May 4, 1891. Their children were as follows:

A. Dora Adelaide, born April 6, 1854 in Chicago. She married W. Henry Moulton of the Cumberland National Bank. They lived at 93 High Street, Portland, and died there, of typhoid fever, June 21, 1904.

B. Georgie Fullerton, born April 25, 1857 in Chicago. He died in Portland March 5, 1867.

C. Josephine, born September 28, 1861 in Chicago. She married Amos W. S. Anderson, October 14, 1897. He was an accountant and lived at 248 Goffe Street in Quincy, Massachusetts at the time of the writing of the Hovey Book.

D. Edward Preble, born April 16, 1863 in Chicago. As of the writing of the Hovey Book, he was an accountant and living in Portland, Maine. He married Eugenie Wells on December 7, 1888.

E. Eleanora Wildrege, born July 15, 1873 in Portland, Maine. She married Harry A. Rounds on November 24, 1896. As of the writing of the Hovey Book, they were still living in Portland, Maine and Harry worked as a banker.

3. Franklin, born April 16, 1836 in Boston and died in Cambridge June 8, 1837.

4. Helen Adelaide, born February 21, 1838 in Cambridge. She married Edward Fitch of Chicago August 8, 1853. They lived at 925 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California for a time but eventually moved to North Bridgton, Maine. They had one child, Luther Edward, born March 3, 1856. He married Ella Pierce and, as of the writing of the Hovey Book, lived in San Francisco, California working in the newspaper business.

5. Elizabeth Franklin, born January 17, 1840 in Chicago. She married James Milton, son of Herman and Cecilia (Abrahams) Spofford November 15, 1862 in Chicago. He was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada and was a merchant in San Francisco, California, where they lived. Mrs. Spofford, as of the writing of the Hovey Book, was a Daughter of the American Revolution, and a member of the Society of Colonial Dames, being registrar of the California Chapter. Mr. Spofford died in July of 1911 at the age of seventy-one. As of the writing of the Hovey Book, Mrs. Spofford lived at 322 Maple Street, San Francisco. Their children were:

A. Adeliaide Spofford, born November 15, 1862 in Chicago. She married General Victor Hugo Woods in 1898 and was living in San Francisco as of the writing of the Hovey Book. They have three daughters.

B. James Hovey, born August 20, 1864 in Chicago. He was still living and unmarried as of the writing of the Hovey Book.

C. Helen E., born April 16, 1866 in Chicago. She was still living and unmarried as of the writing of the Hovey Book.

D. George Deering, born March 14, 1868 in Chicago. He was still living and unmarried as of the writing of the Hovey Book.

E. Frances Hovey, born November 14, 1875 in Oakland, California. She was still living and unmarried as of the writing of the Hovey Book.

F. Dora D., born April 29, 1878 in Oakland, California. She was still living and unmarried as of the writing of the Hovey Book.

6. Josephine, born January 1, 1842 in Chicago. She died there January 21, 1860 at the age of eighteen.

7. Frances V., born December 22, 1846 in Chicago. She married Malcom Waite September 10, 1866. She was still living in Chicago as of the writing of the Hovey Book.


Nothing is recorded in the Hovey Book regarding the next three children of Thomas and Elizabeth Hovey, other than their birth dates: Anna Seaver Hovey, Eben Seaver Hovey, and Allen Dana Hovey. However, Joseph Grafton Hovey, in his Biography and Journal, corrects the name of his older brother. It was Orlando Dana Hovey, not Allen Dana Hovey.


Orlando and Stephen preceded their younger brother, Joseph, in traveling to Ohio in the 1830's. It is interesting to note that their encouragement to Joseph to join them in Ohio was for economic prospects. In May of 1837 banks closed in Philadelphia and New York City, beginning the Panic of 1837. The depression that followed would last throughout the term of President Martin Van Buren -- until 1841. Joseph relates in an entry from 1837 in his Biography and Journal:

"I, Joseph received a number of letters from by brother Orlando and Stephen, who were located in Illinois, 2200 miles from Boston. They wrote that business was good in Illinois, it being a new country and they encouraged me to come. Business of all kinds was very dull in Boston. Therefore, I, Joseph, deemed it expedient to take my wife Martha and children and journey to that country, Illinois."

"June 12, 1837, we took passage for New York. It took 12 days to make the journey from Boston to Quincy, Illinois. Our way of conveyance was by railroad, steamboat and canal. The route was from Boston to Providence, thence to New York, from there to Philadelphia, then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, then to Cincinnati, from there to St. Louis and from there to Quincy, Illinois. The latter part of June, we arrived at my Brother Stephen's house in Quincy. We were in good health except little Martha. She had a threatening disease of consumption.

"We remained with my brother Stephen for four or five weeks and then my brother Orlando asked me to practice medicine with him. He used the Tomsonian System. He had been practicing this for some years. I, Joseph, also had some knowledge of this system having been sick some years previous in Boston and was doctored by Dr. Lock, who was a practitioner and my wife's uncle. I, Joseph, commenced with my brother Orlando and practiced medicine some months with good success."

The Thompsonian method was an early form of herbal medicine used in the United States at this time. "Thompsonianism: The popular medicine of all peoples however, has always given rise to, and been counterbalanced by a more specialized type of knowledge, acquired by individuals who have devoted their entire lives to the study and practice of healing. As resource persons, these individuals have served their communities by providing access to that specialized knowledge in circumstances where the more common folklore was insufficient to meet the needs of the moment.

"A very popular figure in early American medicine, who managed to combine native and settler folklore with a more specialized approach, was Samuel Thompson (1769-1843). Thompson came from a farming family and evidently learned some of the 'root and herb' practice at an early age. Later, he seems to have become an avid reader of medical literature and was particularly impressed with the Hippocratic writings.

"Probably as a consequence of his regard for Hippocrates, Thompson believed that medicine should be based exclusively upon observation. The formulation of theories, he felt, prevented ordinary people from taking responsibility for the care of their own health, and that theories obscured the simplicity and made a needless mystery of medicine.

"Thompson himself however, after 'long observation and practical results', borrowed theory from Hippocrates and used it as a basis to explain the 'why and how' of his own medical system. According to this theory, disease was the result of a decrease or derangement of the vital fluids, brought about by a loss of animal heat. The resulting symptoms were interpreted as efforts of the Vital Force to rid itself of the toxic encumbrances thus generated. Essentially, treatment was aimed at restoring vital energy and removing disease-generated obstructions. In specific terms, Thompson believed that in restoring vital heat by means of steam baths and cayenne (Capsicum annum), toxins which obstructed health would be thrown into the stomach where they could be eliminated by emetics such as Lobelia inflata (Griggs, B. Green Pharmacy, a history of herbal medicine; J. Norman & Hobhouse Ltd.; London, 1981).

"This simple theory constituted a dramatic departure from pure folk medicine in that it recognized and sought to treat an underlying, fundamental cause of illness. Moreover, in perceiving symptoms as an expression of the organism's defensive efforts, this theory implied that the treatment of symptoms and illnesses, per se, might actually hinder the healing process. It is interesting to note that Thompson believed this theory was quite complete and needed no further refinement or extension. Nevertheless, despite his vehement opposition, Thompsonianism became a potent influence on the development to two major streams of thought within American herbalism." (Traditions in Western Herbal Medicine, Viable Herbal Solutions Home Page

Although Joseph Grafton Hovey practiced with his brother for a time, only Orlando continued to practice this form of early folk medicine throughout his life and was always referred to as "Doctor" Orlando Hovey. (It must be kept in mind that the practice of organized medicine was still in it's infancy and medical degrees and licenses were rare and did nothing to change the primitive nature of the practice of medicine at this time in history.) It was while Orlando and Joseph practiced medicine together in and around Quincy, Illinois that they met the Mormons who had recently fled from their persecutors in Missouri. They administered to the sick refugees, using their herbs and medicines. In process of time, both Orlando and Joseph became interested in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and they were both baptized by immersion, joining the Church on the same day, July 4, 1838. They both later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. Although Joseph lived with him for a time, he did not record what eventually happened to his older Brother, Stephen, although it is certain that he did not join himself to the LDS Church.

According to Joseph Grafton Hovey's Biography and Journal, both Orlando and Joseph remained in contact with each other throughout their lives. They both fled from Nauvoo as the mobs drove the citizens out into Iowa during the winter of 1846-47. Their families both suffered at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. For a time, Joseph Grafton Hovey and his family lived with Orlando and his family. However, this created some friction (Joseph pointed to Orlando's wife as the source of the complaints) and Joseph had to move out. They traveled in the same wagon train heading west for a time. However, some dispute between them led Orlando to join a different company, giving them some separation. Nevertheless, they remained in contact with each other throughout the years that they lived in the Salt Lake Valley, in Utah. When Joseph's son, James Alma Hovey, had a diseased leg, he brought him to live with his uncle, Orlando, so that he could be properly "doctored". At the end of Joseph's life, July 1868, Orlando was present at Joseph's passing.

Orlando married Abigail Davis, the daughter of Samuel Davis and Abigail Park, about 1836. Abigail was born August 31, 1817 at Brighton, Massachusetts.

Unverified sources report that she became disaffected with the LDS Church and left Orlando and moved to Idaho. She died November 10, 1887 at Standrod, Idaho (3 years prior to Orlando). They had 10 children as follows:

1. Abba Adelaide, born April 16, 1839 at Quincy, Illinois. The information recorded is somewhat incomplete. She married Wallace Marshall McIntyre in 1858. Wallace was born December 10, 1835 in Strongstown, Pennsylvania, the son of William Patterson McIntyre and Anna Patterson. Records show that Abba divorced Wallace the same year as their marriage. However, they have three children listed:

A. Wallace McIntyre, born June 1858 in Salt Lake City, Utah and died in 1866 at the age of 8 years, also in Salt Lake City, Utah.

B. Orlando Dana McIntyre, born November 2, 1862 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Alva Madeline Crosswhite on October 1, 1893. Orlando died May 10, 1956 at Brigham City, Utah.

C. George William McIntyre, born December 23, 1863 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Emma Charlotte Whitaker on December 23, 1886. George died January 24, 1936 in Los Angeles, California

Abba also was supposedly married to John Scarbrough, although no marriage information exists. John Scarbrough was born February 27, 1842 in Arkansas and died March 3, 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of John Scarbrough, Sr. and Sarah Caine. John and Abba had five children as follows:

A. Eugean Johnny Scarbrough, born in 1861 and died as an infant.

B. Addie Scarbrough, born in 1863. No further information given.

C. Abbie Scarbrough, born in 1865. No further information given.

D. Sarah Scarbrough, born April 14, 1874 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married David Augustus Whitaker on October 26, 1892. Sarah died January 19, 1937 in Los Angeles, California.

E. Abigail (Abba) Scarbrough, born in 1876 in Salt Lake City and died in 1894. She was married in 1894 to Calvin Mansfield.

Abba Adelaide also supposedly married Calvin Smith Christopher although no marriage information exists. Calvin died January 31, 1903. They had no children.

2. Lucy Ann, (a twin), born January 1, 1841 in Quincy, Illinois and died the same day.

3. Anna Elizabeth, (a twin), born January 1, 1841 in Quincy, Illinois and died the same day.

4. Susan Francis, born November 28, 1843 in Quincy, Illinois and died January 23, 1844, also at Quincy, Illinois.

5. Arabella Davis, born February 23, 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois and died January 19, 1847, also at Nauvoo, Illinois.

6. Serena Purity, born March 5, 1849 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Ephraim William Bayliss December 24, 1868. Serena died December 25, 1941 in Pocatello, Idaho.

7. Georgetta, (a twin), born January 14, 1852 in Salt Lake City, and died the next year, May 1853, also in Salt Lake City, Utah.

8. Thomas George, (a twin), born January 14, 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah and died the same day.

9. Orlando Dana, born April 26, 1854 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Alice Collett. Orlando died March 25, 1929 in Los Angeles, California.

10. Alma Alphonzo, born March 1, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Myra (Almyra) Eleanor Hardy on November 9, 1885. Alma died December 17, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Myra died July 29, 1940 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had 3 children, as follows:

A. Almyra Nellie Hovey, born August 7, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Wilford Christian Hansen on November 9, 1910. She later married Joseph Newton Mitchell on February 19, 1932. She died January 12, 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

B. A twin boy (unnamed) born in 1887 at Earncliff, Idaho.

C. A twin girl (unnamed) born in 1887 at Earncliff, Idaho

Orlando, like his brother Joseph Grafton Hovey, entered the principle of plural marriage and took a second wife, Fredricka Katherine Peterson, on December 7, 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fredricka was the daughter of Paul Frederik Petersen (born 1807) and Cecilia Christina Alsing (born 1811). Fredricka was born September 13, 1828 in Holsteinborg, Denmark. Fredricka died September 12, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had 4 children, as follows:

1. Elizabeth Cecilia, born May 24, 1863 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Richard George Collett on October 15, 1884. Richard was the son of Richard Collett and Mary Hancock. Richard died August 3, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth died June 24, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had 10 children, as follows:

A. Henrietta Leone Collett, born June 16, 1886 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Robert A. Blaine on January 28, 1918. Henrietta died December 10, 1931.

B. Richard George Collett, born October 3, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Amy May Ashton on April 19, 1916. Richard died February 11, 1966.

C. Orlando Delorne Collett, born April 10, 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Edna Burt on April 11, 1917. Orlando died November 25, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

D. Fredrika Mary Collett, born July 23, 1892 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died December 28, 1906 at the age of twelve.

E. Alice Irene Collett, born March 28, 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah (a twin). She married Thomas New on June 18, 1918. Alice died May 26, 1954.

F. Luella Collett, born March 28, 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah (a twin). Luella married Niels Janus Jensen on March 6, 1925. Luella died in January of 1981.

G. Annie (Nan) Collett, born March 22, 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married James Allen Bach on October 4, 1920. Annie died October 1, 1967.

H. June Collett, born June 15, 1900 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died only months later on February 15, 1901.

I. Jean Collett, no dates or other information are given and she was still living as of the last information received.

J. Lynn Collett, born September 1, 1904 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died June 3, 1964. No other information is given.

2. Henry Petersen Hovey, born February 18, 1866 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Alice Maud Murphy on June 21, 1900 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alice was the daughter of Jesse Easters Murphy and Grace Broadbent. Alice was born April 28, 1877 in Millcreek, Utah. Henry died April 25, 1953. Alice died March 23, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had 7 children, as follows:

A. Lester Dana Hovey, born March 20, 1901 in Butte, Montana. He married Rosalia Matilda Madsen on February 27, 1929. Lester died June 1, 1966 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

B. Henry Birnet Hovey, was born January 11, 1903 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He married Marion Warner in June 1932.  They later divorced.  He married Gwendolyn Suzanna Stephens on April 12, 1958.  Henry died April 20, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

C. Delmar Subert Hovey, was born September 20, 1906 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He married Martha Irene Tujios McCarthy on March 8, 1938 in Morgan, Utah.  He died November 30, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.

D. Omer Thurston Hovey, was born December 4, 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He married Norma Rae Christensen on August 11, 1964 in Elko, Nevada.  He is still living as of this writing.

E. Grace Hovey, was born May 24, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She married Wayne William Baker on April 14, 1933.  They later divorced and she married Oscar Hyde on December 31, 1943.  She died July 28, 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

F. Naoma Hovey, was born August 17, 1913 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She married William Earl McCarthy on September 10, 1937.  She is still living as of this writing.

G. Venice Leone Hovey, born December 25, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died March 4, 1918

3. Joseph Frederick Hovey, born December 13, 1868 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and died September 7, 1869.

4. Orlando Seaver Hovey, born September 4, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and died June 20, 1949. No further information is known.


The only information recorded in the Hovey Book regarding Almira Coolidge Hovey other than her birth date is that she married a John Robinson, lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died in California.


The youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth, Joseph Grafton Hovey, left a Biography and Journal which records his life. He married four wives and fathered 18 children. I refer the reader to his Biography and Journal for the details.