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From: "Ronald Colby" <>
Subject: [HANDCART-L] Joseph Smith, Jr Part 2
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 98 14:36:23 PST
15. Ebenezer MACK was born on 24 FEB 1715. He died on 8 MAY
He was married to Abigail DAVIS. Abigail DAVIS was born about
1711. She died on 9 MAR 1788. Ebenezer MACK and Abigail DAVIS
had the following children:
+31 i. Abigail MACK.
16. Jesse SAWYER was born on 10 DEC 1720 in Hebron, Tolland
He was married to Sarah BARDEN. Sarah BARDEN was born in 1720.
Jesse SAWYER and Sarah BARDEN had the following children:
+32 i. Jesse SAWYER.
17. Phebe MACK was born on 2 MAY 1729 in Windham, Windham
County, Connecticut. She died on 26 FEB 1769.
She was married to Joseph CARY (son of Jabez CARY and Hannah
HANDEE) on 1 JUL 1747. Joseph CARY was born on 28 SEP 1723 in
Windham, Windham County, Connecticut. Phebe MACK and Joseph CARY
had the following children:
+33 i. Elizabeth CARY.
34 ii. Hannah CARY.
35 iii. Phebe CARY.
36 iv. Mary CARY.
37 v. Joseph CARY Jr..
38 vi. Jemina CARY.
39 vii. Richard CARY.
40 viii. Abner CARY.
41 ix. Triphena CARY.
42 x. Asa CARY.
27. Solomon MACK was born on 15 SEP 1732 in Lyme, New London
County, Connecticut. He died on 23 AUG 1820 in Gilsum, Cheshire
County, New Hampshire. He was baptized into the LDS church on 28
APR 1908. He was endowed on 19 MAY 1920. Notes for Soloman
Soloman Mack was a son of misfortune. Although Soloman came from
a line of Scotch clergymen, poverty has kept him from the
seminary, and he had grown up on a farm without schooling of
religion-- to use his own words, "like a wild ass's colt." He
had fought in the French and Indian War and then in the
revolution with his two sons, Jason and Stephen. But when his
daughter Lucy was married, Soloman was an impecunious and
rheumatic old man who rode about the countryside on a side-saddle
and talked about writing a memoir of his trials and
The surprising thing about Joseph Smith's materinal grandfather
is that he actually suceeded, when he was seventy-eight years
old, in getting out his chapbook: A Narrative of the Life of
Soloman Mack, containing an account of the severe accidents he
met with during a long series of years, together with the
extraordinary manner in which he was converted to the Christian
Faith. To which is added a number of hymms, composed on the
death of several relations. (printed at the expense of the
author, 1810, Windsor)
Actually the Mack family was marked neither by psychoses nor by
literary talent, but rather by a certian nonconformity in
thinking and action. As religious dissenters they believed more
in the integrity of individual religous experience than in the
tradition of any organised sect. Soloman in his old age fell
into a kind of senile mysticism, with lights and voices haunting
his sickbed. Jason Mack, Lucy's eldest brother, ran sharply
counter to the religous and economic traditions of New England
when he became a "Seeker."
Jason, however, did not receive the attention from Morman
historians that has been devoted to another of Lucy's brothers.
When stock from which the Morman prophet sprang is called idle,
thriftless, and degenerate, Stephen Mack is cited triumphantly to
the contrary. He made a fortune in Detroit and left an estate
worth fifty thousand dollars at his death. He had prospered even
before he left Vermont, for he furnished Lucy with a dowry which
her father could not provide. The thousand dollars he and his
partner gave her just after her marriage made the girl
(considering that this was Vermont in 1796) a virtual heiress.
Soloman Mack enlisted in the service of his country in 1755, in
Col. Whitings' regiment at Ft. Edwards, NY. He fought in the
French and Indian War. He fought in the battle at Halfway Brook
in 1755 and at Lake George in 1758. (This is the battle in which
Lord Howe was killed) He was discharged at Crowpoint in 1759. In
1776 he reenlisted in the land forces, in Isreal Putnam's
Company. In 1780 he and his sons, Jason (age 20) and Stephen (age
14) joined a privateer commanded by Capt. Havens. Stephen Mack
served until he was 17, but served his country again in the War
Solomon Mack was born at Lyme, Connecticut, September 15th,
1732. When misfortune befell his father's family, Solomon was but
four years of age. He was apprenticed to a farmer of the
neighborhood, and experienced the hardships of an "apprenticed
hand"--all too common in New England in those times, and
afterwards--long hours of incessant toil, cold neglect, with no
schooling, and but little opportunity for self improvement. Not
until he attained his majority was Solomon Mack set free from
this semi-bondage. Then he entered the service of his majesty,
King George II, the French and Indian War being at its height.
He saw active service during the next four years, being in a
number of important engagements with the French and Indians about
Lake George; at Fort Edward, Fort William Henry, Ticonderoga and
Crown Point. At the last named place in the spring of 1759
Solomon Mack received his discharge; and the same year he married
Lydia Gates, the daughter of Nathan Gates of East Haddam,
Connecticut. Lydia was a school teacher. Solomon speaks of her as
an "accomplished young woman;" and later in his Narrative
justifies the description by a further reference to her in the
most complimentary terms, in connection with the rearing of their
family. The money that accumulated in Solomon's hands by four
year's service in the army was invested in lands in Grandville,
Washington county, New York, east of Lake George, and near the
Vermont line. Part of the settler's contract was to build a
number of log houses on the land he had purchased. About this
time Solomon had the misfortune to cut his leg and he was
disabled for work throughout the summer. The man whom he
employed to build the aforesaid log houses, and whom he paid in
advance, absconded with the money the part of the contract
pertaining to building the houses was not fulfilled, and
consequently the land with the investment was lost. After this
the family settled in Marlow, Cheshire county, New Hampshire.
"No other than a desolate, dreary wilderness," is Solomon's
description of it, "only four families within forty miles." But
here the talents and virtues of Lydia, his wife, shone out. The
pair now had four children, and the husband says:
"Here I was thrown into a situation to appreciate more fully
the talents and virtues of my excellent wife; for, as our
children were deprived of schools, she assumed the charge of
their education, and performed the duties of an instructress as
none, save a mother, is capable of. Precepts accompanied with
examples such as hers, were calculated to make impressions on the
minds of the young, never to be forgotten. She, besides
instructing them in the various branches of an ordinary
education, was in the habit of calling them together both morning
and evening, and teaching them to pray; meanwhile urging upon
them the necessity of love towards each other, as well as
devotional feeling towards him who made them. In this manner my
first children became confirmed in habits of piety, gentleness,
and reflection, which afforded great assistance in guiding those
who came after them, into the same happy channel. The education
of my children would have been a more difficult task if they had
not inherited much of their mother's excellent disposition."
This lady, it should be remembered, was the maternal
grandmother of Joseph Smith, the Prophet.
In 1776 Solomon Mack enlisted in the American army, serving
for some time in the land forces, but subsequently with his two
sons, Jason and Stephen, he served in a privateering expedition
under Captain Havens. After serving his country for four years
he returned to Gilsum, New Hampshire. Owing to exposure and the
hardships of his early life Solomon Mack's health failed him in
his later years; he was feeble and much afflicted with
rheumatism. In making journeys about the country in those days
he rode on horseback, and for his greater comfort used a woman's
saddle--a circumstance pressed into service to emphasize the
existence of an "abnormality" in one of the ancestors of Joseph
The circumstance that he was subject to occasional lapses
into unconsciousness is made to do service in the same manner.
This defect was occasioned by a severe injury in the head caused
by a falling tree upon him in middle life; so, too, some
hallucinations of extreme old age attended with failing health.
Yet this old, Revolutionary soldier, bequeathed to the
country, whose liberties and institutions he had risked his life
to establish, a noble family. His two sons, Jason and Stephen,
both served their country in the American Revolution. Jason, who
is described as "a studious and manly boy," was of a religious
turn of mind, even in his youth, and became a preacher of the
gospel and a social reformer. The chief scene of his activities
was in New Brunswick, where he purchased a tract of land upon
which he settled some thirty families of the poorer class, and
taught them how to become self-supporting; supervising their
temporal labors as well as ministering to their spiritual
comfort. In such labor the greater part of his life was spent.
He was married to Lydia GATES on 4 JAN 1759 in East Haddam,
Middlesex County, Connecticut. He was sealed to spouse on 27 AUG
1957 in the Los Angeles, California LDS temple. Lydia GATES was
born on 3 SEP 1732 in East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut.
She died in 1818 in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont. Solomon
MACK and Lydia GATES had the following children:
43 i. Jason MACK was born in 1760 in Marlow, Cheshire
County, New Hampshire.
44 ii. Lovisa MACK was born in 1761 in Marlow, Cheshire
County, New Hampshire. She died in 1794 in Gilsum, Cheshire
County, New Hampshire.
+45 iii. Lovina MACK.
+46 iv. Lydia MACK.
+47 v. Stephen MACK.
48 vi. Daniel MACK was born in 1770 in Gilsum, Cheshire
County, New Hampshire.
+49 vii. Captain Solomon MACK II.
+50 viii. Lucy MACK.
28. Elisha MACK was born in JUL 1745 in Lyme, New London County,
Connecticut. He died in 1830 in Washington, D.C..
He was married to Diadema RATHBURN. Diadema RATHBURN was born in
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut. Elisha MACK and Diadema
RATHBURN had the following children:
+51 i. Thankful MACK.
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