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Charlotte ALVORD

Lyman CURTIS. [Familytree].
Born 21 January 1812 at New Salem, Franklin County, Massachusetts, the son of Nahum CURTIS and Millicent WAITE.

He died 3 August 1898 at his home in Salem, Utah County, Utah.

Please note that this file is the history of Charlotte. Go to the above link to Lyman to see his history.

Charlotte ALVORD. [Ancestors].
Charlotte was born 25 September 1815 at Lockport, Niagara County, New York; daughter of Thaddeus ALVORD and Sally WELLINGTON.

Between 1815 and 1824 the family moved to Michigan, near Pontiac, in Oakland County. Her mother died when she was 9 years old, in 1824, at Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan. For the next ten years Charlotte was raised by her father.

Charlotte was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 14 March 1833 at Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, the same day as her future husband, Lyman CURTIS. She was among those called to be a member of Zion's Camp, a relief expedition sent to Missouri to help the saints there. The group from Michigan, under the direction of Hyrum Smith, left there and joined the main body, which had left Kirtland on 5 MAY 1834. They traveled about a thousand miles to reach Missouri. They were released there on 3 July 1834. Charlotte married (1) Lyman CURTIS on (16)(26) JUL 1834 in Clay County, Missouri, probably at Liberty. After they were married they chose to stay with the saints in Clay County, Missouri. In about 1836 they were forced to move from Clay County. They moved to Caldwell County, near where Far West was founded. When the massacre occurred at Far West on 25 October 1838, Brigham Young took 10,000 to 12,000 saints into Illinois, many of them to Quincy. Among them were Lyman and Charlotte. On 22 April 1839 Joseph Smith arrived in Quincy and directed the saints to settle Dr. Halland's land near Commerce, Illinois. It became the central gathering place for the Saints and was renamed "Nauvoo'. Charlotte was given a patriarchal blessing 26 June 1845 by Patriarch John Smith.

Charlotte and her husband Lyman took their family up the Mississippi River to La Crosse, Wisconsin where they worked to get timber for the Nauvoo temple. She was said to have served with her husband on a mission sometime after 1840. It was probably during this time at La Crosse, though this is not certain. On 7 February 1846 she and Lyman received their blessings and endowment in the Nauvoo Temple. At the same time the Saints were forced to begin leaving Nauvoo. About this time Charlotte was pregnant, and either just before the exodus or during it, her son Thomas was stillborn. They stopped with the Saints at Sugar Creek, just nine miles beyond Nauvoo. They stayed there until the first of March, when then again started west. They traveled with the Saints to Winters Quarters.

Lyman was called to travel with the first group of Saints to Utah in 1847. While he was gone, Charlotte and the children stayed with Lyman's brother Moses and his family. Lyman returned to his family in Ohio in the fall of 1847. They spent the next couple of years preparing for the journey west, which they began in the Spring of 1850. They arrived in Salt Lake City in October of that year. Lyman immediately began building an adobe home for the family. When they arrived in the valley, they still had two sacks of buffalo jerky left to sustain the family. The next season they raised a nice bin of wheat, had a good crop of corn, and acquired five pigs. With that and the fish caught in the canyon streams, they felt like they had a fine living.

Shortly afterward Lyman went to southern Utah and assisted in the settlement of the Saint George area. The family story we were told while growing up was that while Lyman was away on his mission, he did not correspond with the family in Salem, and after not hearing from him for several years, he was presumed dead. However, Charlotte and Lyman were divorced about the time that he left.

Documents filed in the Utah State Archive. The divorce papers state:
Territory of Utah, Great Salt Lake County. In the Probate Court for said County May 1856. Charlotte A. Curtis vs. Lyman Curtis. Petition for Bill of Divorce. The Plaintiff in the case Charlotte A. Curtis comes and complains of the Defendant Lyman Curtis and for [unreadable] says that she is a resident of Great Salt Lake County and the lawful wife of the said Defendant to whom she was married in the town of Liberty, Clay County Missouri in the month of February 1835 in accordance with the laws of the said State of Missouri regulating marriages.
And the said Plaintiff further saith that the said Defendant left her and her family consisting of five children on or about the tenth day of October 1854 since which time he the said Lyman Curtis has not provided for the support of the said Plaintiff and family neither has he corresponded with her but has entirely diserted her and left her to provide for her own support and that of her children as best she could and that the said Lyman Curtis has left the Territory of Utah and further that she has no assurance that the said Defendant ever intended to return to his family again. And the Plaintiff further saith that for some length of time before the said Defendant left her and family as before stated he had been in the habit of cruelly beating the said Plaintiff at times, inasmuch so that she lives a miserable and unhappy life and she verily believes that should he return again to his said wife and family that she could not live with him in peace and union and that further her happiness and welfare require a separation from him and therefore she comes and asks that a decree of the said Probate Court may be made dissolving the bonds of matrimony existing between her and the said Lyman Curtis, and that such relief may be extended to her as may be deemed equitable by the court in accordance with the statutes of the Territory of Utah in such case made and provided. Charlotte Curtis. Subscribed and sworn to before me this the day of May A.D. 1856. E. Smith. Probate Judge.
Probate Court. Charlotte Curtis vs. Lyman Curtis. Petition for Bill of Divorce. Filed May 6th 1856.

Territory of Utha, Great Salt Lake County. In the Probate Court for said County May 1856. Hon E. Smith, Judge. Charlotte A. Curtis vs. Lyman Curtis. Bill for Divorce. The case came in for hearing in the Probate Court within and for Great Salt Lake County, Utah on the eighth day of May A.D. 1856, upon the petition of the Plaintiff Charlotte Curtis and upon the investigation thereof, it was made to appear to the satisfaction of the Court, that the said Lyman Curtis the Defendant had been absent from his family for more than one year, that he was not a resident of the Territory of Utah and that the allegations set forth in the petition of the Plaitiff were true and therefore ordered and decreed that the bonds of matrimony heretofore existing between the said Charlotte Curtis and Lyman Curtis be and the same are hereby forever disolved.
And it was further decreed by the Court that the Plaintiff shall have what property there may be in the Territory belonging to the daid parties for the benefit of the minor children and the support of the said Plaitiff and that she pay the costs of the suit.
Charlotte Curtis vs. Lyman Curtis. Petition for Divorce Decree. May 8th, 1856. Recorded May 19th Made/Copy.

Additional documents:
Clarinda A. Curtis. 16 years old May last.
Samuel B. Curtis. 12 years old Dec next.
Joseph N. Curtis. 8 years old Aug last.
William F. Curtis. 6 years old July last.
Charles G. Curtis. 4 years old Dec next.
One yoke of oxen - 80.00
three cows. 90.00
House and lot. 300.00
24 sheep. 100.00
cooking stove.
100 bushels wheat.

Lyman's response:
Territory of Utah, Great Salt Lake County. In the Probate Court fore said County Oct 1856. Now on this 25th day of Oct. 1856 comes Lyman Curtis and complains upon his oath and says for cause that sometime in the monty of May last his wife Charlotte A. Curtis applied to the Judge of the Probate Court for said County for a Bill of Divorce from said complainant, which was subsequently granted to her on the ground that he the said Lyman Curtis had left the Territory of Utah, and that he has not provided for her the necessaires of life for some length of time and that she had no assurance that he the said complainant ever intended to return to his family again, all of which he says was not true as he is ready to verify.
And complainant further said that injustice was done to him in the disposition of the children and in the division of the property by the Decree of the Court on the investigation of the case for which cause he asks that the court aforesaid [unreadable] consider the case and hear the witness he has and can provide in relation to the same so far as the disposition of the children is concerned and the division of their property and that the custody of the children may be given to him and such portion of the property as justice may demand when the true position of matters and the facts in the case are fully made to appear. Lyman Curtis.
Sworn and subscribed to before me the 25th day of October 1856. E. Smith, Probate Judge.
Complaint of Lyman Curtis? in the matterr of rehearing the case, C.A. Curtis vs Lyman Curtis. on Petition for Bill of Divorce.

Final decree:
Territory of Utah, Court of Salt Lake Couty. In the Probate Court for said County. Lyman Curtis vs. C.A. Curtis. On Petition for Division of Property. The Defendant Charlotte A. Curtis will take notice that Lyman Curtis has filed in the office of the clerk of the Probate Court within and for said County a Petition asking for a reconsideration of the case of Charlotte A. Curtis vs. Lyman Curtis which came on for hearing in the Probate Court aforesaid in the Month of May 1856, so far as the disposition of the children and property belonging to them is concerned, which petition has been granted and Monday the 27th of October [unreadable] has been set for reconsidering the case as [unkown] for, on which day you are hereby notified to bre and appear, at the clerks office in the Council House in Great Salt Lake City at 2 oclock P.M. to show cause why such urther order should not be made in relation to the property and children of the said parties as justice may demand as alledged by the said Lyman Curtis was not done by the Decree of the said Court disolving the bonds of matrimony formerly existing between the said parties.
Given under my hand the 25th day of Oct 1856. E. Smith. Probate Judge. I have served this Writts by reading to Defendant the 27th of October 1856.

Charlotte moved to American Fork. This was probably in 1855 when Johnson's Army approached Utah.

About that time the presiding brethern of the church initiated a policy to care for the large number of widows then found throughout the territory, in which they directed that when a young man marry and the girl's mother was a widow, he would marry the mother as well so that she might receive protection and sustenance. At that time Charlotte's daughter Adaline had chosen to marry Peter Mack ELLIOTT . As a result of the directive from the brethern, Adaline and Charlotte were both married on the same day, 28 Septemberr 1856 by President Brigham Young in his office to Peter Mack ELLIOTT. Charlotte had two children by this marriage; Edson William ELLIOTT born 11 March 1858, and Harriet Louise ELLIOTT born 8 August 1860.

Charlotte had the marriage to Peter Mack ELLIOTT annulled on 26 September 1861.

Charlotte died 9 September 1879 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. She was granted a divorce from Peter Mack Elliott 24 FEB 1931 by President Heber J. Grant, through the request of her children. They also had her resealed to Lyman CURTIS on 3 June 1931.

CHILDREN of Lyman CURTIS and Charlotte ALVORD:

Peter Mack ELLIOTT. [Familytree]
Born 5 April 1833 at Willoughby, Lake County, Ohio; son of David ELLIOTT and Mary CAHOON. He died 31 October 1885 in Spanish Fork canyon, in Utah County, Utah.
Please see this above link for the fuller history of Peter Mack Elliott.

CHILDREN of Charlotte ALVORD and Peter Mack ELLIOTT:


Charlotte Alvord and Peter Mack Elliott
Harriett Louisa Elliott and James Newberry Morris
Tina Matilda Kunzler and  Eli Ray Morris 
LeGrand Elliott Morris and Dorothea Berta Ernestina Kersten
Rodney Allen Morris and Deborah Lee Handy