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In Cedar Fort, in-laws On 3 different corners of the same intersection called Little England

John Hacking was born in Preston Lancashire England, September  16, 1835. His father died when he was four years old leaving a widow and four young children in poor circumstances. In the year 1839 the family received the gospel, and the next year the mother married John Fisher. When John S. Hacking was six years old he wound spools for his grandfather who was a weaver and when he was seven years old he worked in the cotton mill. When 11 years old, he was selected from among 360 boys to run the first self-propelled spinning machine ever made. The family emigrated to America in 1849 and reached Utah in 1851 placing first in the American Fork. John S. Hacking traveled extensively and lived for short periods in various parts of the United States. At St. Louis he married Jane Clark, May 16, 1856. In September of that year the young couple settled in Cedar Fort, which was their home thereafter. Source: Vernal Express dated August 10, 1917.

Above: John S. Hacking residence .

John Drysdale, an early pioneer of Cedar Fort, died at his home in that place April 4 1912 . Mr. Drysdale was born Oct. 10, 1837. He came to Utah in 1853. He crossed the ocean in the ship Elvira Owen in a company of emigrants in charge of Elder John R. Winder. He went to California in 1854, where he remained during the winter, coming back the next summer when Johnson's army came to Utah. He located first at Bountiful and later moved to Clearfield.

He was in the Tintic war and took part in the skirmish in which George and Washburn Carson were killed. Soon after this episode he located in Cedar Fort, where he had lived until his death. He married Emma Clark July 8, 1861, and to them were born nine children, six of whom, and his widow, survive him. He had been a prominent citizen and took part in many religious and secular affairs in the community. Source :Deseret News 15 May 1912 .

Above: John Drysdales residence 

James Clark is the son of Jane Beck and Abram or Abraham Clark. He married Elizabeth Pearson December 26, 1829 in Burton In Kendall, England. They have six children: John Clark, James Pearson Clark, Thomas Clark, Jane Clark, Alice Clark and Emma Clark Drysdale.
James Clark died at Cedar Fort, Utah County, June 30th, 1881, of general debility and lung disease, James Clark, aged seventy five years, 2 months, twenty seven days. Born at Clawthrope, Westmoreland, England, April 3rd, 1806; baptized September 4th, 1839; crossed the plains 1856; worked on the Salt Lake Temple as stone mason.
He leaves his wife, three children, twenty two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren to mourn his loss. It is the first death we have had here for almost three years.
Source : -History of John Sampson Hacking and Jane Clark Hacking, by Lola Hacking Fowlke 

Below James Pearson Clark residence 

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 24, 2022 at 17:37

 Excerpt from ''Our Roots Grow Deep: A History of Cedar Valley''

Approximate dates according to water certificate signatures.
James H. Glines July 5, 1875 1887
John Drysdale              1887 1906
David Alvin Berry         1906 1907
Edward Cook               1907 1908
James Peterson, Sr.      1908 1913
Alfred Anderson          1913 1928
Earl Cook                     1928 1929
T. Willian Hacking        1929 1934 (Acting)
William H. Cook           1934 1949
Glen Peterson              1949 1961
Ernil M. Cook               1961 1969
Reid A. Berry                1969 1972
Rial Berry                     1972 1974
Glen Cook                    1974 1982
Wallace Berry               1982 1987
John A. Berry                1987 ---------

The Utah County Record of Water Claims, records the deed for the water in Cedar Fort as number one. It was recorded October 21, 1880, by L.J. McCulla, Hyrum Tanner, Water Commission, Utah County, Utah Territory. It was filed in order to claim the right to the water from North Canyon, Spring Creek and Cedar Fort Spring.
February 25, 1901, John Drysdale, President and Directors, William Cook, John Hacking and James Peterson, Sr., and principals James E. Garn, James P. Clark, S.M. Smith and Henry Hacking signed, sealed and delivered a bond to Utah County, State of Utah that formed the Cedar Fort “Erigating” Company. It stated that they had been duly elected, and they they were duly sworn according to law, on oath to say, that they would well and faithfully do, and perform the duties of their offices to the best of their abilities, judgment and skill, and that they would not do, or consent to the doing, of any matter relating to the business of said association with intent to defraud any stockholder or creditor. The document was signed in the present of D.L. Thomas, Justice of the Peace. They paid a fee of two hundred dollars at that time. (Note the spelling of the document is “Erigating” Company.)

This document is in the possession of Bernard Cook, give to him by his father. (See copy herein.)
By record, the Cedar Fort Irrigation Company was formed with Articles of Incorporation in 1904, which was to last for fifty years. It was refiled and renewed in 1954 by Glen Peterson, Jack Welker and Ernil Cook. The officers were to be chosen by popular vote to administer company business. The company owned no water as a company, it was owned entirely by stockholders. It was formed for the mutual benefit of all stockholders. The company neither buys nor sells stock. Each stockholder has a certificate which represents the stock shares he privately owns. He or she can do with it as he sees fit within the by-laws of the company.

Source: Peterson, M. J. (1990). Our Roots Grow Deep: A History of Cedar Valley. United States: M.J. Peterson.

Special thanks to Teresa Shields :)

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 7, 2022 at 12:12

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 2, 2022 at 17:36

Washburn reference  was incorect in John Drysdales obituary  _

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 2, 2022 at 17:14

Chief Tintic and his band of Utes had no option other than to fight the settlers to make a long story short. I emailed you a more informative version. 

Comment by William Douglas on May 2, 2022 at 10:57

A good reminder of the tough life our ancestors lived.

I had not heard of the Tintic wars previously.  What I have read this morning (Wikipedia) was poorly written, but perhaps there is a better narrative somewhere?

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 1, 2022 at 16:29

John Drysdale, an early pioneer of Cedar Fort... ''He was in the Tintic war and took part in the skirmish in which George and Washburn Carson were killed.'' 

- In further reading - I find a George Carson and a Washington Carson listed - see below - unsure which reference is correct but I  will  confirm thru my Catholic sources.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 1, 2022 at 16:24

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on May 1, 2022 at 16:22

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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