County History

Uintah county was formed in 1880 and named for the Ute Indian Tribe.  The county seat is Vernal and lies in the Ashley Valley.  In 1909 archaeologists discovered an amazing quarry of dinosaur bones—150 million years old, protected in the Dinosaur National Monument.

A partial list of Pioneers in the Ashley Valley in 1880, Excerpts from the "Builders of Uintah", courtesy of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Dry Fork
"Men with families"
Thomas Bingham Sr.
Thomas Bingham Jr.
William H. Perry
Chell Hall
Lee Hall
Charles Nye
Orson Nye
Iowa Hall
Fletcher Hammond

at White River
Samuel Campbell
Joseph Campbell
Heber Campbell
Jerome Merrill
Porter Merrill
Rodney B. Remington

 

at Brush Creek on the Green River
Judge Burton and family
Charles Smith
Jacob Burns
Lars Jensen
Jack Stevens

Ashley and vicinity
Pardon Dodds
Lycurgus Johnson
Alfred Johnson
William Gibson
James Gibson
G.W. Van Gundy
Phillip Stringham
Al Westover
S. Kabell
Rock Gill
Mr. Hawkins
Alma Taylor
Teancum Taylor
Will Britt
John Bentley
Richard Veltman
Bill Hayden
Samuel Miller
Mrs. William (Mary) Preece and family
S.P. Dillman
G.F. Britt
Minnie Jasperson
John Kelley
Enoch Davis
J.H. Blankenship
George Thorne
Ed Colton
Vernal
I.J. Clark
Jeremiah Hatch
A.A. Hatch
James Hacking
Nelson Merkley
J.H. Black
A.J. Johnston
David Johnston
Thomas Karren
Bradford Bird
Peter Peterson
Jesse Clark
Ephraim Perkes
Levi Dougherty
William Ashton
George Freestone
W.H. Gagon
Lafayette Harris
Lomoni Taylor
Moroni Taylor
Mr. Henderson
C.C. Bartlett
John Harper
James B. Henry
David Woodruff
William Reynolds
Martin Oaks
Heber Timothy
George D. Christopher
Maria Merkley
A.G. Hadlock
Sarah Merkley Coltharp
 White settlers who came to Uintah County before 1900 (partial list)
A
Abernathy, John
Abplanalp, Emma Luella
Abplanalp, Eva Wall
Abplanalp, Franklin E.
Abplanalp, John
Abplanalp, Peter
Adams, Barnabus
Adams, Daniel A.
Adams, Edna Searle
Adams, George E.
Adams, Maria Gillespie
Adams, Sarah Walker
Ainge, George
Ainge, Polly McKee
Ainge, William
Aiverman, Jimmy
Allen, Charles
Allen, Helen
Allen, Joseph
Allen, Lewis
Allen, Orin Daniel
Allred, Bert
Allred, James Martin
Allred, John Warren
Allred, Robert
Allred, Sina Jensen
Anderson, Eliza Walters
Anderson, George Walter
Anderson, Gilbert
Anderson, Iva May Bills
Anderson, Phedelia Hullinger
Anderson, Swen Hansen
Angus, John
Angus, Mary Jane
Archambault, Auguste
Armstrong, Abram
Armstrong, Martha
Armstrong, Simon
Armstrong, Thomas
Arnold, Elizabeth Smith
Arnold, Joseph S.
Ashby, Sarah E. Mackham
Ashby, William Sr.
Ashton, Leslie
Ashton, Lynne
Ashton, Stanley
Ashton, William S.
Atwood, Alonzo
Atwood, Annie Smuin
Atwood, Charles Sr.
Atwood, Elizabeth McLean
Atwood, Joseph Perry
Atwood, Robert
Ayers, E.
Ayers, M.H.
Ayers, S.M.
Ayers, T.

B
Babcock, John
Baitey, Alvin
Baitty, Ab
Bankhead, George
Barker, James
Barns, Dave
Bartlett, A.C.
Bartlett, Annie Jensen
Bartlett, Clara B.
Bartlett, Charles C.
Bartlett, George
Bartlett, Nellie
Bascom, Alice Rasmussen
Bascom, Elizina
Bascom, Ida Jane
Bascom, Joel
Bascom, Kimball
Bascom, Rachel Lybbert
Baser, George
Bateman, Joseph Hyrum
Bateman, Ruby Reynolds
Bates, Jannette Perry
Bates, John C.
Bawden, Alice Freestone
Beard, Dan
Beard, David
Beaty, Shelbion
Beceus, Allen
Beeler, Bill
Beeler, Dick
Beller, Sam
Bennion, Agnes Thompson
Bennion, Enos
Bennion, Mary Panter
Bennion, Samuel R.
Bentley, (Mrs.) E.
Bentley, Charles
Bentley, John
Billings, Alford
Billings, Alice Orser
Billings, Frank
Billings, George P.
Billings, Lydia Ann Young
Billings, Rachael Rasmussen
Billings, Warren F.
Bingham, Annie
Bingham, Ashel C.
Bingham, Calvin Perry
Bingham, Caron
Bingham, Charles C. R.
Bingham, Clara
Bingham, David
Bingham, Emeline
Bingham, Harriet Perry
Bingham, Margaret Louisa
Bingham, Martha
Bingham, Mary Elizabeth
Bingham, Olive Phelps
Bingham, Thomas Jr.
Bingham, Thomas Sr.
Bird, Bradford
Bird, Charles
Bird, George
Bird, John A.
Bird, Nina
Bird, Sarah
Bird, Taylor Reaves
Black, Isabella Johnston
Black, Joseph H.
Black, Lydia (Mrs.)
Blackburn, Thomas C.
Blakley, Richard
Blankenship, Elizabeth Johnstun
Blankenship, J.B.
Blankenship, John W.
Blankenship, Robert
Blef, Bridget
Blef, John
Blef, Mary
Blef, Patrick
Blef, Thomas
Blizzard, Annas
Blizzard, David
Blizzard, Lydia
Blizzard, Sarah
Blodgett, William
Blois, Duncan
Blois, John
Blois, Mary
Blythe, John A.
Boan, Frank
Boan, Kate O'Meilla
Boan, Wilson
Bodily, Albion
Bodily, Alice Fisher
Bodily, Emma
Bodily, Harriet Roberts
Bodily, Joseph
Bodily, Levi
Bodily, Lucy
Bodily, Mary
Bodily, Robert
Bodily, Vilate Goodrich Jensen
Bolton, Richard
Boreson, Bernard
Brannon, William
Bradshaw, Henry
Bradshaw, W.
Brannon, Elizabeth Rasmussen
Brannon, Peter
Britt, Elizabeth
Britt, George Finley
Britt, Maria Merkley
Britt, Susan Merkley
Britt, Wilbur C.
Britt, William
Brown, Annie
Brown, George W.
Brown, L.L.
Brown, Mary (Mrs.)
Brown, Wealthy Ann Reynolds
Browne, S.M.
Brucil, Dan
Bunnell, Bill
Burdette, Frank
Burgess, Mary Oaks
Burgess, Samuel (aka Tom Brown)
Burns, Amanda
Burns, Enoch
Burns, Jacob
Burton, Annie
Burton, Charles
Burton, Clara
Burton, Hattie Terrell
Burton, Ira
Burton, Isaac Sr.
Burton, John
Burton, Joseph
Burton, Mary
Burton, Nellie
Burton, Thomas
Burton, William
Butler, P.H.
Butler, Tom

C
Cabell, Louis
Cain, James
Calder, Pontha
Calder, Rosella Soffe
Caldwell, Curtis Washington
Caldwell, Don
Caldwell, Eleanor Gillespie
Caldwell, Francis M.
Caldwell, Juliette Perry
Caldwell, Mary Ann Peterson
Caldwell, Sally Hall
Caldwell, Thomas Jefferson Jr.
Caldwell, Thomas Jefferson Sr.
Caldwell, William G.
Cambell, Heber
Cambell, Jess
Campbell, Clarissa Reynolds
Campbell, Diane Leone
Campbell, James
Campbell, Joseph
Campbell, Samuel Jr.
Campbell, Samuel Sr.
Campbell, Sarah France
Capoday, James
Careal, Louis
Carmichael, P.E.
Carroll, Charles Ed
Carroll, David
Carroll, Edward
Carroll, Esther Wamsley
Carroll, Heber
Carroll, Joseph
Carroll, Margaret E.
Carroll, Marinda Wamsley
Carroll, Patrick
Carroll, Robert
Carroll, William
Carry, George
Carter, Charles S. Jr.
Carter, Charles S. Sr.
Carter, Josephine Young
Carter, Maud Sprouse
Carter, Moses
Carter, O.S.
Casper, Annie A.
Casper, Jedidiah
Catte, Frank
Centre, Martain
Chambers, Ben
Chambers, John
Chambers, Peter
Chambers, Phil
Chambers, Sarah
Chambers, Thomas
Charles, Fred
Chase, Fred
Chase, Harry
Chase, Peter
Chatwin, Caroline Luce Snyder
Chatwin, Charles
Chatwin, Henry J.
Chatwin, Jedidiah
Chatwin, Lydia
Chatwin, William E.
Chestnut, Ben
Chivers, Caroline Hunting
Chivers, John T.
Clark, Emily J.
Clark, Elizabeth Tuttle
Clark, George
Clark, Israel J.
Clark, John E.
Clark, Oliver H.
Clark, Oscar
Clark, Seth
Clark, Theodocia Hatch
Clark, William
Clyde, Harriet
Clyde, John
Coleman, Henry
Collett, Adelbert Teancum
Collett, Elthora
Collett, Harriet Nell Goodrich
Collett, Reuben
Collett, Sarah Simpkins
Collett, Sylvanus
Collier, Jedidiah G.
Collier, Joab
Collier, Joseph
Collier, Theodicia Keeler
Coltharp, Sarah Merkley
Coltharp, William Porter
Colton, Ada
Colton, Byron O.
Colton, Charles
Colton, Charles E.
Colton, Don B.
Colton, Eleanor
Colton, Elizabeth Hacking
Colton, EllAnn
Colton, F. Edwin
Colton, Frank
Colton, George
Colton, Grace Stringham
Colton, James
Colton, John A.
Colton, Mary Wilson
Colton, Nancy Wilkins
Colton, Raymond B.
Colton, Roy
Colton, Sterling D.
Colton, Telora
Colton, William
Cook, Agnes Nuttall
Cook, Amelia Goodrich
Cook, John
Cook, William
Coon, Adam
Cornish, C.
Crandall, Hettie
Crandall, Hyrum
Critchlow, Anna L.
Critchlow, Arthur B.
Critchlow, Edward B.
Critchlow, Hettie M.
Critchlow, John H.
Critchlow, Nellie Ayes
Critchlow, Uintah
Crone, Moses
Crouch, George W.
Crouse, Charlie
Curtis, Sophia

D
Daniels, Jean
Darling, Joseph
Darling, Nancy Jane Bellus
Darling, William
Davenport, Alice
Davenport, Clara
Davenport, Joseph
Davenport, Thomas
Davenport, William
Davis, Albert
Davis, Allen W.
Davis, Alma
Davis, Archibald
Davis, Burdine
Davis, Catherine Johnston
Davis, Elenora
Davis, Elizabeth Alshire
Davis, Enoch
Davis, Enos
Davis, George A.
Davis, Isabel
Davis, James T.
Davis, John G.
Davis, John
Davis, Louisa
Davis, Mary Lee
Davis, Matilda
Davis, Maud
Davis, Minnie Jasperson
Davis, Nathan C.
Davis, Spencer
De Friez, Ebenezer G.
Decker, Perry
Dillman, Julia Davis
Dillman, Simon Peter
Dillon, William
Doan, M.
Dodds, Minnie
Dodds, Pardon - Photo
Doner, Jacob
Dorathy, Abigail
Dorathy, Eliza
Dorathy, Joseph
Dorathy Levi
Dorathy, Lydia
Dorathy, Sarah
Dougherty, Levi
Dow, Martha Reynolds
Downing, Mr.
Driskell, Eli
Driskell, John
Driskell, Mary
Driskell, Neil
Dudley, Andrew Jr.
Dudley, Andrew Sr.
Dudley, Jemimah Moon
Dudley, Joseph S.
Dudley, Marion
Dudley, Mary L. Markham
Duke, Cal
Duke, Ray

E
Eaton, Ernest
Eaton, John B.
Eaton, Joseph O.B.
Eaton, Susannah McKowen
Edwards, Griff
Edwards, Jack
Edwards, Robert
Elenquist, Charles
Ellis, Catherine Howard Round
Ellis, Ellis Jones
Ellis, George
Elmer, Mr.
Emert, A.C.
Engberson, Joseph
Erie, Eslie
Evans, Elzina Bascom
Evans, John
Evans, Morris
Evans, Nellis
Evans, William

F
Fairchilds, Aurilla
Fairchilds, Corny
Fairchilds, James
Fairchilds, John
Fairchilds, Katherine
Fairchilds, Lila
Fairchilds, Mary
Farly, M.J.
Faussett, Charles W.
Fisher, Moroni
Fitzhugh, Henry
Fleming, Emeline
Fleming, George
Fleming, Michael
Fleming, Mitchel
Fleming, Rulen
Fletcher, Sarah Oaks
Fletcher, William Lee
Frank, Conrad
Frank, Lewis
Freestone, George - also House photo
Freestone, George Jr.
Freestone, Jennie Lind
French, William E.
G
Gagon, L. Ann
Gagon, Mary Agusta Goodrich
Gagon, William Highland Jr.
Gagon, William Highland Sr.
Galloway, John W.
Gardiner, Amy Collier
Gardiner, Arthur E.
Gardiner, Eliza Ann
Gardiner, Joseph H.
Gardiner, Julia Hullinger
Gardiner, William John
Gardner, Charles A.
Gardner, John Alma
Gardner, Martha Timothy
Garrison, John
Gerber, Moroni
Gibson, J.B.
Gibson, James T.
Gibson, Mary
Gibson, Mary B.
Gibson, William
Gill, Rock
Gillman, Katherine McKowen
Gillman, William T.
Glenn, John
Glines, Elizabeth Myers
Glines, George A.
Glines, Harvey
Glines, James H.
Glines, John F.
Glines, Mary McKowen
Goodman, Frank
Goodrich, Albert G.
Goodrich, Eliza Taggart
Goodrich, Ernest Leroy
Goodrich, Gardner L.
Goodrich, George A.
Goodrich, Harriet Taggart
Goodrich, Josephine Merrell
Goodrich, Leslie B.
Goodrich, Lewis
Goodrich, Lydia Merrell
Goodrich, Marion Remington
Goodrich, Parley
Goodrich, Rhoda Slade
Goodrich, Sarah Bingham
Goodson, James
Goodson, Jane
Gray, Edward
Green, Amorette Williams
Green, Ben
Green, Eph
Green, Henry
Green, Irene Workman
Green, Sanford
Green, Sarah
Gribble, Mr.
Gundy, Van
Gurr, Enoch S.
Gwyther, Margaret Jones
Gwyther, Mathias

H
Hackford, Mr.
Hacking, Annie Glines
Hacking, Clara Stringham
Hacking, Harriet Bodily
Hacking, James C.
Hacking, John S.
Hacking, Joseph P.
Hadlock, Archibald G.
Hadlock, Curt
Hadlock, E.C.
Hadlock, Fanny (Mrs.)
Hall, Alice
Hall, Charles L.
Hall, Chellus
Hall, Eliza A.
Hall, Emma
Hall, George
Hall, Henry
Hall, Iowa
Hall, Jeff
Hall, John
Hall, Lee
Hall, Lenora
Hall, Lola
Hall, Lola A. (Mrs.)
Hall, Lucy (Mrs)
Hall, Mark M. Sr.
Hall, Mary A.
Hall, Mary Bingham
Hall, Mary E.
Hall, Orson
Hall, Sally
Hall, Sarah
Hamblin, Mr.
Hamblin, Abigail
Hamblin, Carlotta
Hamblin, William
Hammond, Chalista
Hammond, Fletcher
Hammond, Francis
Hansen, Peter E.
Hardy, Charles
Hardy, Cora
Hardy, Joseph H.
Hardy, Lydia Davis
Hardy, Nathan
Hardy, Rose Reynolds
Hargreaves, A.
Harmston, Edward F.
Harper, Bill
Harper, Isabella
Harper, John
Harris, George
Harris, Lafayette
Harris, Pet
Harris, Mary A.
Harris, William
Harrison, Almira Duke
Harrison, Hayden P.
Harrison, Margaret Murray
Harrison, Richard G.
Hartel, William
Hartley, Eliza
Hartley, John
Haslem, Alice
Haslem, Joshua
Haslem, Margaret Huffman
Haslem, Samuel
Hatch, Abraham C.
Hatch, Alma A.
Hatch, Alva
Hatch, Archibald
Hatch, Aurilla Hadlock
Hatch, Elizabeth
Hatch, Frank
Hatch, H.A.
Hatch, Henrietta
Hatch, Jeremiah
Hatch, Josephus
Hatch, Louisa
Hatch, Mary
Hatch, Robert
Hawkins, Mr.
Haws, A.A.
Haws, Abner
Haws, Nancy
Hayden, Bill
Haynes, Bill
Henderson, Elizabeth
Henderson, Hannah
Henderson, Harriet
Henderson, Hyrum
Henderson, Julia (Mrs.)
Henderson, Julia
Henderson, Percilla
Henderson, Rosalia
Henderson, Samuel
Henry, Abbie Goodrich
Henry, Agnes
Henry, Calvin
Henry, Daniel
Henry, Hulda
Henry, James B.
Henry, John
Henry, Joseph
Henry, Mary F. Brown
Henry, Sarah
Hersey, Milton (Rev.)
Hiatt, Francis
Hicks, Mr.
Hill, Charles
Hill, Dave
Hill, Frank
Hishcroft, Mr.
Hislop, George W.
Hislop, Phoebe Bingham
Hodgkinson, Hepzabah
Hodgkinson, William
Hoeft, Bertha Weste
Hoeft, Martha Gardner
Hoeft, William
Holbrook, Leo
Holgate, John
Horace, Emma Bell
Horace, Ephraim
Howard, Ellen
Howard, James
Howard, Joseph
Howland, John
Howland, Martha
Hufaker, Mary
Hufaker, P.
Hufaker, Walter A.
Huffaker, Richard
Hullinger, Annel Davis
Hullinger, Cora Mullins Odekirk
Hullinger, Harvey Coe
Hullinger, Julie E.
Hullinger, Rhoda Ann
Hullinger, Winfield S. Jr.
Humble, Henry
Hunting, Nathan C.
Hunting, William

I

J
Jackson, Annie Laird
Jackson, John W.
Jackson, Henry
Jackson, Mary
Jackson, William
James, Abiather
James, Abner
James, Lydia
James, Racheal
Jasper, Neil
Jasper, Sarah
Jasper, Stephen
Jasperson, Annie
Jasperson, Charles
Jasperson, Ed
Jasperson, Minnie
Jensen, Andrew
Jensen, Anna Marie Madsen
Jensen, Charles
Jensen, Jens
Jensen, Lars
Johnson, Alfred S.
Johnson, Andrew
Johnson, Arthur
Johnson, Benjamin W.
Johnson, Clarence
Johnson, Cora Davis
Johnson, Deborah Hardy
Johnson, Elizabeth
Johnson, Emma Rasmussen
Johnson, Genvieve Sprouse
Johnson, Jeff
Johnson, Lycurgus also - Johnson store photo
Johnson, Joseph
Johnson, Leonidos
Johnson, Lucy
Johnson, Lycurgus
Johnson, Mary Gwyther
Johnson, Rebecca
Johnson, Sarah
Johnson, Snellen
Johnson, Warren
Johnson, Willis L.
Johnston, Anne
Johnston, Catherine
Johnston, David Jr.
Johnston, David Sr.
Johnston, Elinor Reynolds
Johnston, Isabella
Johnston, Margaret Laird
Johnston, Maria
Johnston, Marietta
Johnston, Robert
Johnstun, Alma J.
Johnstun, Lauretta Henry
Jones, Ann E. Starkie
Jones, Charles
Jones, Isaac M.
Jones, James N. Jr.
Jones, Mary Ann Bodily
Jones, Thomas
Jones, Vernon
Josferson, Minnie
Joyner, H.W.
Joyner, Jane
Joyner, Joseph
Joyner, Levi
Julien, Denis

K
Kabell, Louis Sr.
Kabell, S.
Karren, David H.
Karren, John D.
Karren, Ellen Wilkshire Rolph
Karren, Thomas
Karren, Virginia
Kay, John T.
Kelly, Emma (Mrs.)
Kelly, John
Kempton, Teancum
Kempton, Tom
Kendall, Comfort Cox
Kendall, Levi C.
Kirby, Joseph
Kolb, Isaac M.
Kolb, Mary Willard Johnson

L
Lamb, Milo
Langston, Anna M. Nielson
Langston, George H.
Larsen, Chris
LeBeau, Caroline Nielsen
LeBeau, Napoleon
Lee, Alvin
Lee, Eli
Lee, Henry
Lee, Isaac Jr.
Lee, Isaac Sr.
Lee, LuZella
Lee, Rhoda Hullinger
Lewis, Elizabeth Coleman
Lewis, Siney Sr.
Lind, Eliza Gray
Lind, Lewis
Littlefield, Mr.
Lofgren, Ben
Lofgren, Neils
Lofgren, Sally
Longhurst, Adeline Pope
Longhurst, Edwin J.
Lowe, Mr.
Luckey, Eliza J. Taylor
Luckey, Isaac T.
Lybbert, Antoinette Olsen
Lybbert, Christian F.B.
Lybbert, Enoch
Lybbert, Waldamer
Lynch, Pat
Lyons, Thomas

Mc
McAndrews, Cora Van Gundy
McAndrews, John
McCann, Hyrum
McCarrell, Amanda
McCarrell, Jane Clift
McCarrell, Jesse H.
McCarrell, Joseph P.
McCarrell, Sidney O.
McCarrell, Susan Sultzer
McConkie, Corolene Walker
McConkie, John L.
McConkie, Vertus
McCoy, Anna Hohne
McCoy, Walter M.
McCurdy, Albert G.
McCurdy, Christine Bonner
McDougall, John
McFarley, Mr.
McKay, Henry
McKay, John
McKeachnie, John T.
McKee, Emily Markham
McKee, Joseph A.
McKee, Laura Orser
McKee, William
McKnight, Bill
McKnight, H.
McKowen, Della Weeks
McKowen, John
McKowen, Philip

M
Majors, Ben
Majors, Green
Mantle, Hy
Mantle, Surilda Goforth
Mantle, Thomas
Manwaring, David
Manwaring, Marion Atwood
Martineau, H.
Mason, Mr.
Mason, Chester
Mason, Harriett
Mason, Horace
Mason, James
Mason, J.P.
Mason, Laura
Mason, Leander
Mason, Mary
Mason, Walter
Mass, Mary
Mass, Phil
Mathews, Len
Maughn, Mary Freestone
Mecham, Almira Duke
Mecham, John D.
Mecham, Moses Moroni
Meeks, Hyrum S.
Merchant, Jim
Merkley, Christopher E.
Merkley, Elizabeth Hatch
Merkley, George D. Sr.
Merkely, Keturah Peterson
Merkley, Mary Murray
Merkley, Nelson Jr.
Merkley, Nelson Sr.
Merkley, Sarah Sander
Merrill, Harriet
Merrill, Jeromi
Merrill, Josephus
Merrill, Lydia
Merrill, Mary
Merrill, Porter
Merrill, Rodney
Merrill, Rosalie
Merrill, Silas
Merrill, William P.
Miller, Christine
Miller, Eli
Miller, Emily Merrill
Miller, Evelina
Miller, George B.
Miller, Henry
Miller, Jacob
Miller, James
Miller, Jane
Miller, John
Miller, Mary
Miller, Samuel
Miller, Sarah
Miller, Thomas
Mitchell, Thomas L.
Moffat, Mr.
Monroe, Colonel
Morgan, Henry
Morris, Amanda
Morris, Eliza Luckey
Morris, Elsie
Morris, Emily
Morris, Fanny
Morris, Henry
Morris, Jane
Morris, Laura
Morris, Lucy
Morris, Mary
Morris, Minnie
Morris, Nathaniel Jr.
Morris, Nathaniel Sr.
Morris, William Jr.
Morris, William Sr.
Morrison, Charles S.
Morrison, Jane Berry
Mosby, Dan
Mowrey, Harley
Mowrey, Genevieve Odekirk
Mowrey, Uriah
Mullins, Cora Sprouse
Mullins, Harmon
Mullins, Harmon E.
Murray, Andrew R.
Murray, Charles A.
Murray, Jeremiah H.
Murray, Karen Nielson
Murray, Keturah Peterson
Murray, Margaret Beck
Murray, Martha Hicks
Murray, Mary Ashby
Murray, Maryetta Caldwell
Murray, Richard
Murray, Sara Ellen
Murray, Thomas Ward
N
Napoleon, Joseph
Nash, John
Nielsen, Frances Higgins
Nielsen, Hans
Nielsen, John
Nielsen, Magdalene Rasmussen
Nielsen, Peter Christian
Nielsen, Peter Jual
Norton, Joseph
Norton, Mary
Norton, Sadie
Nye, Arson
Nye, Charles
Nye, Lucinda (Mrs.)
Nye, Osbern B.

O
Oakley, William
Oaks, Hyrum
Oaks, Janett Bethers
Oaks, Martin D.
Oaks, Mary A. Reynolds
Oaks, Melissa
Oaks, Sarah Ann Wood
Oaks, William H.
Odekirk, Heber
Odekirk, John
Olsen, Elizabeth E.
Olsen, Jacob W.
Orser, America Mecham
Orser, Evert
Orser, Frank

P
Packard, Cynthia
Packard, LaVon
Packard, Orin
Packard, William
Palmer, John E.
Palmer, Mary Anderson
Parks, W.H.
Parsons, Daphne
Parsons, John
Pearce, Roseltha Dell Reynolds
Pearce, Sylvester
Pearson, Emily J.
Percy, Peter
Perkes, Ephraim
Perkes, Harriet Clark
Perry, Alice
Perry, Alonzo O.
Perry, Don Carlos
Perry, George
Perry, Harriet
Perry, Hyrum
Perry, Janette Stowell
Perry, Joseph
Perry, Juliet
Perry, Mary
Perry, Sarah
Perry, Stephen
Perry, William H.
Peters, Benjamin F.
Peterson, Alice
Peterson, Henry
Peterson, James
Peterson Keturah
Peterson, Mary E. Thurman
Peterson, Otto
Peterson, Peter
Pieronett, Joseph
Pike, Jasper
Pike, Lucius A
Pike, Lydia Taylor
Piper, Allen
Pope, Charles
Pope, Jane Bennett
Pope, John T.
Pope, Richard
Pope, Robert
Pope, Rock M.
Powell, Alfred
Powell, Annie Gray
Powell, Nellie Luckey
Powell, William S.
Preece, John Heber
Preece, Nephi
Preece, William
Price, Samuel D.

Q
Quinn, Mr.

R
Randlett, J.F.
Rasmussen, Elizabeth
Rasmussen, Ephraim
Rasmussen, H.
Rasmussen, Mads Peter
Rasmussen, John T.
Rasmussen, Sarah Dudley
Reece, Ellis
Reece, Sarah
Reed, Ben
Reed, James
Reed, William
Relier, William
Remington, Eliza
Remington, Jerome
Remington, Joseph
Remington, Lydia
Remington, Marian
Remington, Rodney D.
Remington, Roxana
Reynolds, Ammon B.
Reynolds, Beldon M. (Bob)
Reynolds, Edward B.
Reynolds, Elizabeth Storr
Reynolds, George B.
Reynolds, Ida Haven
Reynolds, Joseph B.
Reynolds, Rhoda Freestone
Reynolds, Roseltha
Reynolds, Wealthy
Reynolds, William G.B.
Reynolds, William Pitt
Rich, C.C.
Rich, Joseph E.
Richards, David L.
Richards, Samira Harker
Richardson, Archie S.
Richardson, John T.
Richardson, Sarah Horrocks
Richens, Abner
Richens, Annie Fage
Richens, William H.
Ricks, Mary
Rife, Ed
Rife, Jennie
Rife, JohnRife, Mattie
Rineman, Jimmie
Robbins, Thomas
Roberts, Andrew B.
Roberts, Emma Bell
Roberts, Ephraim H.
Roberts, Marion H.
Roberts, Myron
Roberts, Rhoda Goodrich
Robidoux, Antoine
Roley, William
Rolfe, Annie
Rolfe, Lidia
Rolfe, Samual Jones
Rolfe, William Jasper
Royal, A.J.
Rouff, Solomon
Rouff, Willie
Rudge, Sarah
Rudge, William
Rudy, Josiah P.
Ruple, Henry C.
Ruple, May C.

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Sabey, Mr.
Sadler, Amanda
Sadler, Emily
Sadler, Eva
Sadler, Frances
Sadler, Ina
Sadler, Joseph
Sainsbury, Joseph
Samuels, Edward D.
Sargeant, Collin
Sargeant, William
Searle, Charlie D.
Searle, Jane Adair
Sears, C.B.
Sears, Mary
Shaffer, James M.
Shaffer, Lydia Rolfe
Shaffer, Mary Ann Bradshaw
Shaffer, William
Shirts, (Shurtz), Isabell Reynolds
Shirts, (Shurtz), Peter
Siddoway, William H.
Simpson, John
Slaugh, Annie Culmer
Slaugh, Benjamin C.
Slaugh, Dora E.
Slaugh, George A.
Slaugh, Isaac I.
Slaugh, John Jacob
Slaugh, Mary A. Perry
Slaugh, Rachel Goodrich
Slaugh, Rachel Smuin
Slaugh, Sarah Ellertson
Slonaker, Jacob
Smith, Anne
Smith, Charlie
Smith Eunice Fuller
Smith, Francis H.
Smith, George
Smith, Joseph
Smith, Lovicia Foulks
Smith, Mary (Mrs.)
Smith, Sam
Smith, Sarah C.
Smith, "Sucker"
Smuin, David
Smuin, Eliza Ann
Smuin, Emma Robinson
Smuin, Martha Cox
Smuin, Thomas H.
Smuin, William B.
Snow, Albert
Snow, Anna Liversidge
Snow, Eben
Snow, Elizabeth Murray
Snow, Hugh M.
Snow, Rebecca Murray
Snow, Seymour B.
Snyder, Anna Rasmussen
Snyder, Charles W.
Snyder, Jedidiah G.
Snyder, John
Snyder, Lizzie
Snyder, Robert
Sorenson, Soren
Southam, Catherine Cameron
Southam, George H.
Sowards, Mary Gibson
Sowards, Nelson G.
Sprouse, Bayles
Sprouse, Nancy Johnson
Starkie, Edward J.
Starkie, Tora Nielsen
Steinaker, John
Stevens, Jack
Stewart, Edna Snow
Stewart, Erie
Stewart, Ezli
Stewart, Hugh
Stewart, Luther J.
Stewart, Persis Ainge
Stewart, William J.
Stowells, Jule
Stringham, Caroline Crouch
Stringham, Carrie
Stringham, Grace
Stringham, Phillip
Strong, Andy
Swain, Abner
Swain, Nick
Swarton, P.J.

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Taylor, Alma
Taylor, Amanda
Taylor, Anne
Taylor, Celia
Taylor, Clara
Taylor, Clarissa J.
Taylor, Cora
Taylor, Hiatt
Taylor, Hyrum
Taylor, James
Taylor, Jebez W.
Taylor, Lamoni
Taylor, Lavina
Taylor, Lenora
Taylor, Mary Jane Hiatt
Taylor, Mina
Taylor, Moroni
Taylor, Nancy
Taylor, Roan
Taylor, Rosa
Taylor, Stepehn
Taylor, Teancum
Taylor, William
Templeton, Cora Hardy
Templeton, Mr.
Thomas, Jasper
Thorne, George
Thorne, J.
Thorne, Louisa M.
Timothy, Albert
Timothy, Alma N.
Timothy, David
Timothy, Emily Haws
Timothy, Heber
Timothy, John G.
Timothy, Martha Haws
Titsworth, W.G.
Tolliver, Anna Bell Cole
Tolliver, Joseph M.
Trim, Solomon
Turner, Robert
Twitchel, Evelina (Mrs.)
Twitchel, Joshua
Twitchel, Oliver
Tyzack, Herbert

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Van Gundy, Corilla
Van Gundy, George W.
Veltam, Richard
Vernon, Cynthia Moody
Vernon, Tom B.
Vernon, William P.
Vest, Daniel
Vest, Edward
Vest, Joseph
Vest, Louisa
Vest, Lidia
Vest, Rebecca
Vincent, Joseph
Vorhees, Abner

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Wall, Heber R.
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Wamsley, Mary Ann Collett
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Warbourton, A.
Ward, Charles
Wardle, Edwin R.
Wardle, George
Warren, Catherine
Warren, James
Watkins, Edward
Watkins, Frank
Watkins, Isabel McKowen
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Waugh, Ernest
Weber, George
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Weeks, Elizabeth Hadlock
Weeks, Hyrum
Weist, Charles O.
Weist, Nora Carloss
Wellman, Zilpha Wall
Westover, Alfred H.
Westover, Jennie E. Allen
White, Warren Pierce
Wilkins, Albert W.
Wilkins, Edward
Wilkins, Jane
Wilkins, Nancy
Williams, Annis Snyder
Williams, Elias W.
Williams, Frederick G.
Williams, Ida Bascom
Williams, Rose Perry
Williams, Willard E.
Williams, Willard H.
Willis, Florence Slaugh
Willis, Frank
Willis, Jesse
Willis, Will
Wimmer, Sally Curtis
Wimmer, William
Winn, Angeline Thomas
Winn, Charlotte Flmitt
Winn, Elias
Winn, James N.
Winn, John
Winn, Lafe
Witback, William
Woodard, Helen A. Dudley
Woodard, Lucius H.
Woodruff, Bell Hatch
Woodruff, David
Woodruff, Henry A.
Woodruff, Isabella
Woodruff, Menella
Woodruff, Nellie
Woodruff, Sarah
Woodsworth, William
Woodward, R.L.
Wooley, Annie Bates
Wooley, Horace W.
Workman, Al
Workman, Ammon
Workman, Davis Harris
Workman, Emma J. Reynolds
Workman, Ira
Workman, Jake
Workman, John I.
Workman, Joseph F.
Workman, Lewis
Workman, Marie Johnson
Workman, William J.
Worsely, John

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Yarnell, Harry
Young, Edward J.
Young, Esther Dunster
Young, H.
Young, J.H.
Young, George

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Zufelt, Fannie Workman
 

 The Settlement of Ashley Valley

It was the summer of 1776, when a party composed of ten Spaniards started on a journey, their only travelling companions were a few sturdy burros. This was the Escalante expedition from Santa Fe, who were seeking a more direct route to Monterey, California. After many days of travel they came to a river bordered by waving green trees and willows which Escalante named Rio Buenaventura (Beautiful Adventure). It was later called the Green River. After camping on the banks of the river for two days, they pushed bravely on to another area of dry country, not knowing where they would find more water.

They had not gone very many miles when, mounting the summit of a little hill, they gazed down into Ashley Valley. The land was dry and arid, the soil sandy, and the vegetation consisted mainly of sagebrush, cactus and other desert plants. Through the northern section ran a ribbonlike creek. This creek is now called Ashley Creek.

After Escalante's entrance there is no record of the valley being visited by white men until 1825, when General William Ashley passed through, leaving his name to both creek and valley. He was with Andrew Henry, the founder of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company on a trading expedition. With their party was a young man, Jim Bridger, who afterwards received much fame as a frontiersman.

On July 21, 1851, the Uintah Indian Agency was established by proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Governor Brigham Young also held the office to superintend the Indian Affairs, under appointment made by the U.S. President, and the agency was made in the Uintah Basin. Lieutenant Pardon Dodds was the first agent to take charge of the reservation. He received his appointment in 1867.

Mr. Dodds was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, left home at age fifteen and went to Wisconsin. He finished common school and had entered college when the Civil War broke out. This was his schooling.He entered the Civil War and was appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant and was discharged from the army in 1865, coming to Salt Lake City in 1866. He was appointed agent for the Indians and took over the agency in the fall of 1867. He was first located on the upper Duchesne and then moved to Rock Creek and from there to Whiterocks.

It seems some of the early settlers have questioned his appointment and in an excerpt written by himself he said "I was appointed agent under $20,000 bond under President Andrew Jackson." The journal reads that he reached Whiterocks on Christmas Day, 1868, where the Uintah agency was established. Whiterocks is the oldest white settlement in Uintah County, not counting the old trading post and fort. Critchlow succeeded Pardon Dodds as agent in 1872. Dodds came back as a stockman to Ashley Valley in 1873 and brought with him Morris Evans and Dick Huffaker. They erected the first house built by white men and all of the work from timber to dirt floor was done by them; the windows brought in from Salt Lake City. The main part of the building was first built to afford them a shelter and as time permitted, a lean-to was soon added. The house served as a home for the Dodds family from 1873 to 1897.

Alfred Harvey Westover and Jimmy Rineman came here together June 10, 1876. On November 16, 1876 Robert Snyder arrived, and later Mrs. Snyder, their daughter, Ida, and a girl by the name of Clara Crouch. On May 11, 1878, the first white child was born here and was named Robert Ashley Snyder. On June 16, 1878, Robert Snyder was killed by lightning in his dooryard, leaving Mrs. Snyder with two children to pioneer the wilderness. On Mar 22, 1881, at the age of three, little Robert died.

The Snyder Family

During 1876 and 1877, a number of persons moved in, among them were: Mr. and Mrs. William Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. John Fairchild, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. Alma Taylor, William Powell, Lewis Kabell, Al Westover, S.P. Dillman, Jimmy Aiverman, Perry Decker, Pat Lynch, Robert Blankenship, Mr. Mason, Mr. Downing, William and Finn Britt, James Gibson, the Bingham party which consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bingham, The David H. Bingham family, Enoch Burns and son, the Frederick G. Williams family, Alma Taylor and two children, Joshua Chell and Lola Hall and child, Orson Hall, Charles Allan, Charles Nye, Ben Lofgren, Niels Lofgren, Charles Jenson, the John Nelson family, Allen Beceus, George Carry, Richard Veltman and Bill Bunnell. The Jeremiah Hatch and David Johnston families arrived early in the year of 1878. For more information on other early white settlers in Ashley Valley between 1879-80, see the Hard Winter.

The Bingham Party

In 1877 another company came to Ashley Valley under the direction of Thomas Bingham Sr. He had been a member of the Mormon Battalion and at this time was living in Weber County. In the summer of 1877 he with his son and some others came to look over the valley. He returned to his home in Huntsville and made a report of his findings to President John Taylor. From him Elder Bingham received permission to organize a small company and aid in the settlement of Ashley Valley. They left in November of 1877, and coming over the Uintahs via Evanston and Brown's Park, arrived in the lower end of Ashley Valley on the Green River in December 1877.

The party consisted of Thomas Bingham and wife, David H. Bingham and family, Enoch Burns and son, Frederick G. Williams and family, Alma Taylor and two children, Joshua Chell Hall and wife, Lola and child, Orson Hall, Charles Allan, Charles A. Nye, Ben Lofgren, Neils Lofgren, Charles Jensen and John Nelson and family. At Evanston these were joined by a party who then came along with the Bingham party. They were Allen Beceus, George Carry, Richard Veltman and Bill Bunnell. After contacting the people who had preceded him, he took a complete census of the whole population and sent it to President John Taylor at Salt Lake City. At a meeting held on the Green River in January, 1878, Thomas Bingham Sr. was chosen by those present to preside over them. Thus he became the first presiding elder in the Uintah Basin.

Deseret News, May 25, 1878:
There are about 100 inhabitants in this precinct...The roads that led to this place, whether by Fort Bridger or Heber, are very rough and twenty hundred is a heavy load for four animals...There are as yet no mills in the country...We have applied for a post office and mail route to this place and expect it will be established this summer."

In the early civil and ecclesiastic affairs the Binghams played an important role. Thomas Bingham eventually moved to Dry Fork. Mr. and Mrs. William Gibson landed here from Kamas on the first day of November, 1877. They brought 35 head of cattle and enough provisions to do them for a year or more.The winter was very mild and they lived in a house without doors or windows. While Mr. Gibson was away after supplies two years later, the Indian troubles began over the line in Colorado. Mrs. Gibson being afraid, went to Old Ashley Town where the rest of the settlers had gathered. When Mr. Gibson returned he moved their sawed log house which they had built on their ranch during the summer (sawing the logs with a whip saw) to Old Ashley Town where they lived for a year, then returned to their ranch. They sold their house in Ashley Town to the county for a courthouse. It was used for this purpose four or five years. The county then moved it to Hatch Town, which is now Vernal, where it was used for many years as a county building.

The Hard Winter - 1879-80

During the hard winter of 1879-80 the people of the valley went through some of the most trying circumstances of their pioneer days. People went hungry and lived on daily rations. There were no vegetables at all and no fruit. There were deer but they were so poor that not a globule of grease would rise in the pot in which they were cooked. There was no way out or in for supplies. The cattle huddled under ledges or anywhere nature had provided a little shelter and there they perished. Several hundred head were lost this way. Whole herds perished until by spring they had dwindled to small numbers and milk was a luxery of high order. So serious it became that some of the most valient and brave men undertook the trip via Brown's Park over the mountain, up to Green River City, Wyoming, for flour and provisions. The team of Al Hatch was one of the first to be offered for service, and the men got together the best horses available under the circumstances of no feed, and started over the rim of the northern mountains that cold day in the winter of 1879. Those who went from the fort were Jim Henry, Pete Peterson, Chell and Lee Hall and Dave Woodruff.

All the money available was put together and sent with these men to purchase flour and supplies and it is said that Archibald Hadlock and Chell Hall added their government pensions to this amount collected to help provide provisions for the needy in the fort that winter. The money was later returned.

The winter of 1879 and 1880 was indeed a hard winter and several things had occurred to make it hard. There were no stacks of alfalfa hay to feed the cattle and help them resist the cold, penetrating frost; and there were no trees or structures for windbreaks over the bench. There were no barns or sheds for shelter, and consequently the cattle became thin and were swept away in large numbers by the cold persistent winter. Ike Burton, W.H. Clark and A.A. Hatch and others recalled counting the dead cattle where they had huddled together in an attempt to keep warm. Besides this situation of natural consequence, the crops of the summer of 1879 had been greatly diminished by the grasshopper menace. They scourged the fields and left waste in their wake. Thus supplies were reduced to a great extent.

Coupled with these conditions and paralelling them in time was the Indian trouble which necessitated the constructing of a fort where the people could move into for protection. This trouble was a result of the Meeker Massacre. The Ute Indian leaders were on friendly terms with the Hatches and Jeremiah Hatch was told by the Indians to build a fort and "fort up" in case protection became necessary. He was informed not to allow opposition to be initiated among the settlers and "if touble occurs" he was cautioned to hoist a white flag over the fort under which conditions he was promised protection for the settlers.

The fort was constructed where the J.C. Penney store and Uintah State bank stand. Log cabins were to be placed about in a square, facing in, with a space between so that log buttresses could be put up for fighting purposes if necesssary. However, it was not finished so it formed a "U" shape.

Map of Fort

Thus in the winter of 1879 to 1880 this community of fort houses, sometimes jovially spoken of as "Jericho" and sometimes as "Hatchtown" because of the great influence of Jeremiah Hatch (who had two wives), contained the families of Jeremiah Hatch Sr., Al Hatch, Al Johnston, Jim Henry, I.J. Clark (who had three wives), Bradford Bird, Bill Reynolds, John Harper and mother, Dave Woodruff who married Hatch's daughter, Pete Peterson, J. Dorathy, Charles Bartlett, Moroni Taylor, Lomoni Taylor, Ephraim Perks, William Gagon, Thomas Karren, Archibald Hadlock, James Hacking and one or two others. There may have been others coming in and out during the winter.

In an attempt to supply the settlers with water, a well was dug in the center of the enclosure. They dug down sixty feet but failed to strike the desirable objective and the project was abandoned. The closest available water was a streamlet which had been turned down a gulch, which ran in a southeasterly direction about five-eighths of a mile below the fort that winter. From there a beaten path was kept open in the process of securing water for the inhabitants of the fort that winter.

Not all families moved within the fort and among those remaining on their ranches were Nelson Merkley Sr., Joseph H. Black, T. Taylor, Alma Taylor, David Johnston, William Perry, J. Henderson and Beldon Reynolds. This of course does not account for all the settlers of the valley as there were many in Old Ashley Town, Dry Fork, Jensen and various others scattered along the river and up toward Brush Creek. There were in reality three localities that winter: The fort, Old Ashley Town, and the more scattered settlement on Green River. We are unable to give a complete list of families who were in the county that winter, but so far as we know at present they were as follows: See List Above

In the Spring of 1880 when the people of the fort were on their last rations, they saw winding back and forth across the foothills to their north and east, the returning wagons bringing flour from Green River City, Wyoming. Kate Merkley Peterson, the daughter of Pete Peterson who was a member of the returning caravan, went with two other girls to meet the men returning home. The first words uttered by her father were "Katie, who has died?" to which Kate answered "No one." Upon hearing this her father cried and Kate could not understand why her father would shed tears when no one had died, but later in life added "I could understand the meaning of his tears." and when the men drove into the fort and unloaded the sacks of flour in the square, "I tell you that pile of sacks standing before us was the most beautiful sight we ever saw."

On their return from Wyoming where they had ferried across the Green River, the men had camped for the evening when L. Henry, noted the torrential appearing of the "spring rising" of the river. Against the wishes of some of the party, he persisted in starting again and crossing the river that night. Happy they were for having done so, for by morning the spring floods had raised a wall of water several feet high and to cross would have been extremely dangerous and difficult if at all possible. The advent of spring was very late that season and the farmers were unable to begin operations until the first week in April. Steps looking to the organization of a new county were taken and early in the spring of 1880 Uintah County was organized. Mr. Dillman who recalled the winter vividly, made the following remarks. At this time his headquarters were in Ashley, not Hatchtown.
"New settlers had arrived in the fall, and had brought few provisions with them for they expected to purchase flour, sugar and the like in Ashley, but instead there were just that many more mouths to feed.  

 

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