An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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History of John Elmer from the International Society of Daughtrs of Utah Pioneers - author unknown
My great, great grandfather, John Elmer, a pioneer of 1852 was born September 1776 in Tolland County, Connecticut, son of William Elmer, Jr. and Mary Kibbe. His father William Elmer, Jr. was born about 1745 and his mother, Mary Kibbe, born 21 May 1749. Both were born in Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut. They were the parents of ten children. John was a farmer and also became noted as the best shingle maker in his native state and in the State of Utah, being the first shingle maker in Utah. he was also a shoe maker by trade. John was a man of large stature and great physical strength, genial temperment and plesant humor, honest, upright and sympathtic. He had a good sense of humor. One time while making shingles he bet the men that they couldn't stack the shingles as fast as he could make them. The bet was on. John would throw the singles as far as he could, of course, he won. The Elmers made shingles at Whites Fort and Payson City, Utah. Great Grandfather's death was caused by accident while teaching the men to fell a tree properly. The tree fell on him. He was partially blind and didn't get out of the way in time. John arrived in Salt Lake Valley the 3rd of Oct 1852 with the Uriah Curtis Company, after a hard trip across the plains. His wife Sarah (Sally) Peake, died in Indiana. They were the parents of nine children. After the death of Sarah, he married Harriet Gould Brunson, widow of Seymour Brunson, by whom he had two children. John Elmer moved to Payson, Utah where he did much to help settle the Valley. It was then inhabited by the Indians. In July 1831 he was baptised by Hazen Eldredge and confirmed by Bran Butterfield. He was ordained a High Priest in 1848. He was sealed to his first and second wives on 6 May 1848 in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. On 11 Feb. 1871 he passed away at the age of 95. He was buried in Payson City Cemetery.