The History of Boone County Arkansas (1998) contains an account of the Mountain Meadows Massacre a good deal more raw than you see on some Internet sites today:
On September 11, 1857 . . . about 120 pioneer emigrants, most of whom were from northwestern Arkansas, were brutally murdered in a mountain valley in southwestern Utah, in an affair called the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The event was one of the most horrible in American history. . . . . Many of those who were killed at Mountain Meadows had been pioneer settlers of what is now Boone County. The number included the Bakers, who had lived south of Harrison and whose family is still represented in Boone County today. . . .
I just put the name of the 27 year old "George W. Baker" on Google along with Coker, the family name of my pioneer north-central Arkansas ancestors, and got this:
Solomon and William’s first cousin, William “Prairie Bill” Coker married Alexander Fancher’s first cousin, Arminta Fancher, thus making them distantly related by marriage.
Here is a comment by Erin Green in 2009: "I have just learned about this event as I was digging for my family heritage. I am related directly to Charity Ann Porter through my father's grandmother Mamie Bertha Porter. I have also noticed that Charity, her husband Edward Coker, and their 2 children were not listed as victims (which I know for sure they were).
Submitted by: Lynn-Marie Fancher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Caretaker Old Fancher Cemetery KNA
"Colonel James Fancher Homestead Cemetery"
She was the daughter of Col James Fancher and his wife, Elizabeth Carlock Fancher. His middle name was not Alexander. James Fancher he had a brother Alexander Fancher who died in the Capps area between 1844 and 1846. That Alexander Fancher lost two sons at Mountain Meadows
Col James Fancher had another brother, Isaac Fancher, who's son was the Captain Alexander Fancher that led the ill-fated wagon train into Mountain Meadows Utah. There is no Captain Charles (Charley) Fancher associated with the MMM. That is an error that came out of Utah that has been perpetuated from old accounts. Newer books have the names correct.
Ariminta Fancher Coker died in 1848, from complications of childbirth. She had four children, all of whom were raised by James Fancher and wife Elizabeth, Ariminta's parents. Ariminta Coker's husband,"Prairie Bill" Coker, ran off with two Indian women, which made the conservative Fancher's pretty unhappy. Ariminta Coker and her older sister Asenath Fancher Morris are buried in the "Old Fancher Cemetery" in Osage at the foot of Sarah Journegain (Jarnigan) Fancher's grave. They are in unmarked graves, but well known by family members to be there. Very recently, someone from the Alexander Fancher family put a marker up for Alexander over the graves of these two ladies. It is unclear at present how that will be resolved, but Alexander Fancher, the brother, is not buried in that cemetery at all. He is presumed to be in the Capps area with his wife and oldest son.
Interestingly, the baby that was born in 1848 was named George M. Dallas Coker. He was named this by Elizabeth Carlock Fancher who had lost her own last baby the year before (1847) named George M Dallas Fancher. He only lived to be 10 months old. So the name was recycled for Arminta's baby.
The children did grow up to know their father and in later years, enjoyed his company.
Now I typed in "Jones":
Rewriting History: the inscription on the monument--attacked by women from outer space? attacked but not slaughtered?:
In the valley below between September 7 and 11, 1857, a company of more than 120 Arkansas emigrants led by Capt. John T. Baker And Capt. Alexander Fancher was attacked while en route to California. This event is known in history as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
It's very hard to get reliable information about the Mormon Massacre of a troop of Arkansawers at Mountain Meadows in 1857. History is being re-written. Will Bagley's book, THE BLOOD OF THE PROPHETS, has been scathingly attacked in order to protect the carefully re-written history. It seems clear that in a few minutes of slaughter some hundred emigrants from Arkansas were killed, including several under ten years of age and some two dozen between 10 and 20 years old. Why was the massacre ignored at the time? It was, of course, crowded out by news from Kansas and Nebraska as the nation moved toward civil war. And then details were purged and a smooth array of alternative explanations palliated the deliberate ferocity of the massacre.
My interest began when I received HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY, ARKANSAS, "with a narrative by Roger V. Logan, Jr." If the wagon train was composed of people from north central counties of Arkansas in 1857, then surely some of my Cokers family would have been among the massacred. And so I discovered by checking three names from the list of the murdered. I posted a string of horrors a little earlier, starting with no knowledge that Coker cousins had been killed, but making discoveries fast. This is a clean up sweep of obvious items found on Google.
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE
SOME FAMILIES & THEIR BACKGROUND
by Margaret A. Butler (email@example.com)
SOLOMON WOOD, born ca. 1837, probably in Marion Co., AR
William and Solomon were brothers. I'm fairly sure Solomon was a single man but not sure about William. Both were sons of George W. and Nancy Jane (COKER) WOOD of George's Creek, Yellville, Marion Co., AR. (George's Creek was named after George W. Wood.)
George W. Wood was born ca. 1804-05 in SC, and was the son of Marion County Judge William Obadiah "Dancin Bill" Wood and his wife, Hannah (AUSTIN) Wood. The Judge was born ca. 1775 in NC, moved to AR ca. 1818, and settled at Yellville ca. 1828, residing near Crooked Creek.
Nancy Jane (Coker) Wood was born ca. 1809-13 in Knox Co., TN. She was the daughter of Arkansas pioneer, William Dempsey "Buck" COKER. Buck's wife's name was allegedly Nancy (LEE) COKER. Buck moved into the White River area around 1813, then eventually settled near Lead Hill (which was first situated in Marion County and then Boone County).
Genealogy of Each Family
Mary Baker Ledbetter researched and constructed the genealogies for each of the families that traveled in the Baker/Fancher Wagon Train. Red ink signifies the individuals who died at Mountain Meadows. Blue ink represents the children who survived the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Click on the Surname to view the corresponding genealogy:
- COKER FAMILY - PART XI NANCY JANE COKERSubmitted by: Margaret Butler(firstname.lastname@example.org)
MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE
By S. C. Turnbo
Re: MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE SURVIVORS
Posted: 8 Sep 2001 3:41AM GMT
Edited: 18 Sep 2002 4:29PM GMT
Re: MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE SURVIVORS
Posted: 8 Sep 2001 1:50PM GMT
Edited: 6 Feb 2006 4:30PM GMT
Rebecca 9,Louisa 7, Sarah 4, daughters of Jessie Dunlap
PevdenceAngline 7,Gorgina 4, daughters of L.D. Dunlap
William 4, son of G.W. Baker
Elizabeth 8,Sarah 6, C.G. 9, Tryphonia 5, children of Capt Alexander Fancher .
John 9,Mary 7, Joseph 4, of Joseph Miller
Milam and William, sons of Plesant Tackett
F.N. 4,Saphonia 7, of J.M. Jones of Marion Co.
The Mormons apparently kept them for two years before returning them to Carroll Co.
This book is not indexed so I do not know if there are any Cokers mentioned in it. I checked the cemetery listings in the book and didn't find anyone with those names.
Monday, October 1, 2012
"Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history"-- A Quirk? We are talking about a Massacre by Mormons
Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history
On Sept. 11, 1857, a wagon train from this part of Arkansas met with a gruesome fate in Utah, where most of the travelers were slaughtered by a Mormon militia in an episode known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Hundreds of the victims’ descendants still populate these hills and commemorate the killings, which they have come to call “the first 9/11.”