Name: Martha McDaniel
Given Name: Martha
Birth: 24 Feb 1808 in Raccoon Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States
Death: 4 Feb 1873 in Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
Burial: Graybill-Stoker Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
Change Date: 7 Sep 2016 at 01:46:49
1830 US: Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, pg. 109-112, note whole township had 527 people living in it, related families include Michael Stoker, Michael Stoker Jr., Alexander Lackey, James Welker, Michael Graybill, and John Stoker:
Michael Stoker, Jr. Males 0-5:1; 20-30:1; 60-70:1. Females 5-10:1; 20-30:1. [Appears to be Michael, his wife Martha, and their oldest son Gabriel; unsure who 5-10 year old girl would be since this couple was married only one year before.]
1840 US: Quincy, Adams, Illinois, the following related families living in near proximity to each other (with exception of John McDaniel and his wife Christina Stoker, all of David Stoker's siblings, children, and mother are accounted for and it confirms his father Michael was dead by 1840):
David Stoker, males 5-10:1; 40-50:1//females 5-10:1; 10-15:1; 40-50:1. [David, his wife Barbara, and their children Sarah (13), Catherine (11?), and Michael (6). Note daughter Nancy not in census which means she was probably deceased by then.]
Simeon P. Grabell [Graybill], males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 20-30:1. [David's nephew: Simeon and his wife Amanda Hill and their two oldest children.]
Jacob Stoker, males 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 20-30:1. [Younger brother to David: Jacob and his wife Catherine and their oldest child.]
Eller Stoker, males 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 15-20:1; 60-70:1. [Youngest brother to David: Eller with his wife Margaret and their oldest child and probably their mother Catherine Eller.]
James Walker [Welker], males 10-15:1; 15-20:1; 30-40:1//females 5-10:2; 40-50:1. [Living next door to Eller and ages work perfectly that this is James Welker and Elizabeth Stoker, who is David's sister.]
John W. Stoker, males 0-5:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:2; 30-40:1. [John and his wife Electa Sarah and their six oldest children.]
John Stoker, males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 0-5:1; 5-10:2; 20-30:1. [David's son: John and his wife Jane and their children.]
William Stoker, males 0-5:1; 20-30:1//females 20-30:1 (father-in-law Samuel Winegar is next door). [David's son William and his wife Almira with their child.]
Michael Stoker, males 0-5:2; 5-10:2; 10-15:1; 30-40:1// females 30-40:1. [Michael, his wife Martha, and their five oldest children.]
1850 US: District 21, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 67b, household and family #62 [note judging from 1834 birth of Moroni, it would appear family was Mormon by that date by using a Book of Mormon name for the son]:
Michael Stoker, 41, no occupation, NC.
Martha, 39, Ohio.
Gabriel, 21, laborer, Ohio.
David, 18, Ohio.
Maroni, 16, Ohio.
Alexander, 13, Ohio.
Michael, 10, Ill.
Jared, 6, Ill.
Joseph, 4, Ill.
Rebecca, 2, Ill.
1851 Iowa State: Pottawattamie County. FHL film 1022203. The entire state was counted but only Pottawattamie listed everyone by name in the household and their ages; other counties only listed the head of the household and a numerical count without names of the various ages by sex in the household. No date is given when the census was taken but it was certified in Dec. 1851; however, the other counties show a Sep 1851 date which also appears more likely for Pottawattamie as well in light of ages given some children with known birthdays in October. Census return:
Stoker: Michael 46, Martha 44, Gabriel M. [male] 21, David N. 19, William M. 16, John A. 13, James M. 10, Jared 7, Joseph J. 4, Martha R. 2. [Note that the following related families are in this census and very close neighbors: Simeon P. Graybill, Michael/Polly Graybill with Polly's mother Catherine Eller Stoker, Eller/Margaret Stoker, Jacob/Catherine Stoker, Philip/Catherine Gatrost, David/Barbara Stoker, Edward/Sarah Davis, and William/Almira Stoker. Other relatives in same county but separated by several pages of census include the following families: Thomas/Hannah Pilling whose daughter Hannah, later marries William Lenore Graybill, Levi/Patience Graybill, John W./Sarah Stoker, Hannah Ford whose son Martin later marries Zibiah M. Stoker, and John/Sarah Smith.]
1854 Iowa: Kane, Pottawattamie, Iowa, FHL film 1022207. Next door neighbors include Philip "Gastrop," Simeon "Grabill," and Eller Stoker. Neighbor a couple of census pages away include M. Stoker and M. Ford. Census return:
M. Stoker, 4 males, 2 females, 1 voter, 1 militia, 6 total.
1856 Iowa: (From Ancestry.com) Kane, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 28 of 63, 175/176 (family of Martin Ford is two doors away); also note the family has been residents of the state for 8 years:
Michael Stoker, 51, NC, farmer. (Also includes some agricultural production figures.)
Martha, 48, OH.
Moroni, 21, OH, farmer.
Alexander, 18, MO.
M.J., 16, IL.
Jared, 13, IL.
J.J, 10, IL.
Rebecca M., 7, IA.
1860 US: Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 377, entry 562:
Martha Stoker, 52, OH, farmer.
William M. 25, OH, farmer.
John A., 23, OH, farmhand.
Michael, 19, IL, farmhand.
Jared, 17, IL, farmhand.
Joseph, 14, IL.
Martha, 12, IL.
1870 US: Council Bluffs P.O., Kane Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 179a, entry 141:
Michael Stoker, 29, IL, farmer.
Martha, 62, OH, keeping house.
Joseph, 24, IL.
Martha, 21, IA.
Alexander, 32, MO.
Mary, 29, Ire.
Martha, 7/12, IA.
2. Judging from 1834 birth of Moroni, it would appear family was Mormon by that date by their use of a Book of Mormon name for the son.
3. The book "The Henry McDaniel family, 1755-1975," by Esta McDaniel Lee, 1975, FHL 929.273 M141L, p. 82: "Other McDaniels of Gallia and Jackson Counties, Ohio. David McDaniel, b. ca. 1738 m. 5 March, 1801, Elizabeth (Betsy) McCarley in Washington County, Ohio. Gallia County was a part of Washington Coound at that time. David McDanieal was in Ohio long before it became a state for a son James McDaniel was born in what is now Jackson County, 24 Feb. 1762. He married 19 Dec 1805 Zebiah (Sibby) McCarley, b. 10 Dec 1786, Gallia County, Ohio, daughter of John McCarley. She died 5 Feb 1860. James died in Jackson County, 1820. They had the following children:
1. Sarah McDaniel, b. 26 May 1806, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 7 Mar 1857, m. John W. Stoker, 13 Mar 1827.
2. Martha McDaniel, b. 24 Feb 1808, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 4 Feb 1877 [year appears erroneous], m. 1828/29 Michael Stoker.
3. Jane McDaniel, 24 Feb 1810, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 20 Jan 1890, in Bountiful, Utah, m. 1836, John Stoker.
4. John McDaniel, b. 10 Jun 1812, Jackson Co., O., d. 11 Nov 1884, Alpine, Utah, m. Christina Stoker.
5. William McDaniel, b. 1814, Jackson Co., O., d. 1889 unmarried.
There could have been others."
Page 83: "Jackson County Marriage Records. C.D. Massie:
19 Apr 1827 Electa Sally McDaniel to John W. Stoker."
1. The book "Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict," edited by Clark V. Johnson, contains a copy of the "Scroll Petition" dated 28 Nov 1843 at Nauvoo, IL addressed to the U.S. Congress by members of the LDS Church who had property destroyed by Missouri mobs in the 1830's. Included with over a couple thousand signatures are those of Michael and Martha Stoker and their son "Gabrael".
2. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories, "FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 92, 93: "Michael Stoker, b. 10 Feb 1805, m. Martha Carr McDaniels. Michael was 10 years old when the family went to Ohio. It was there he met and married Martha Carr McDaniels on Jan. 1, 1829. Martha was the daughter of James and Zibiah McCarley McDaniels and was born in Ohio on Feb. 24, 1808. The third son born to Michael and Martha in July of 1834, they named William Moroni, and that is the first date I have of a Mormon name in the Stoker family. Michael Stoker Jr. had the following names and dates in his journal. 'The names of the members who were baptized by me in February, 1836. Baptized James Toinbuson and ordained him an elder. Then in Oct., 1836 baptized William Stoker and Barbara Stoker. Then in April, 1837, baptized Margaret Judd, David Eller, Tabitha Eller, Mary Sharp, Rhoda Judd.' Rhoda Judd was the mother of Margaret and Tabitha. David Eller was the first cousin to Michael and two years later Margaret married Michael's younger brother Eller Stoker. By noting where the children were born, one can trace the whereabouts of their journeys. By August of 1837, they were in Caldwell County, Missouri. They were at Trader's Point in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in January of 1849 and lived there the rest of their lives, Michael died on March 30, 1858 at the age of 53, and Martha died 15 years later. Trader's Point, an early Indian trading center, was south of Council Bluffs and across the river from Sarpy's Ferry. When the Missouri River changed its course, Trader's Point ended up on the Nebraska side. Michael Stoker's Journal: 'One of the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Michael Stoker, Jr. was born Feb. 10, 1805 in the State of North Carolina.
Martha Carr McDaniel was born Feb. 24, 1808 in the state of Ohio.
Gabriel Mc N. Stoker was born Oct. 23, 1829 in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio, Friday at 3 P.M.
David N. Stoker was born Friday, Feb 2nd, 1832 at 10 P.M. in Bloomfield Township, Jackson Co., Ohio.
William Moroni Stoker was born July 10, 183, Friday at 7 A.M. in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio.
John A. Stoker was born Wednesday, August 23, 1837 at Long Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri.
Michael James Stoker was born Saturday, May 23rd, 1840 at 9 A.M. in Columbus, Hancock County, Illinois.
Jared Samuel Stoker was born March 19, 1843 on Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m. At Bear Creek, Hancock County, Illinois.
Joseph Jehiel Stoker was born April 26, 1846 near Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Ill.
Martha Rebecca Stoker was born January 1, 1849 at Trader's Point, Pottawattamie County, Iowa.
David N. Stoker died at 9:30 o'clock p.m., May 14, 1852 at Trader's Point, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa.
David [should be Gabriel; typo?] McNiel Stoker died May 23, 1852, at Trader's Point, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. (They would have been 20 and 23 years old, and died nine days apart.)
Michael Stoker Jr. (the father) died March 30, 1858, at Trader's Point.
Martha Rebecca Stoker, Thursday, Oct. 19, 1871 at 2:30 A.M. at Tradere of 95 in Union City, Oregon.
Jared Samuel Stoker died Dec. 6, 1912, Union, Oregon."
3. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. Selected family related passages from his journal:
P. 1: Nov. 1-4, 1869: The journal starts with John leaving as a 52 year old missionary with Jesse N. Perkins as a companion from Salt Lake City on the railroad to Omaha, NE. The railroad had just recently been completed so he details the progress of the transcontinental railway journey.
P. 2: Saturday, Nov. 6, 1869: "Went to Bluff City with J.N. Perkins. Sunday 7th, spent the fore noon with Moroni Stoker - took dinner with him." [William Moroni Stoker, 1834-1929, was John's first cousin thru John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858.]
P. 3: "Monday 8th. Went up to Musketoe to see Simeon P. Graybill. Stayed all night. Tuesday 9th, took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker, Uncle Eller Stoker's widow, and returned to Aunt Martha's at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co., Iowa. Wednesday, 10th. Wrote a letter to Mr. Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah. Thursday 11th. Visited Wm. McDaniel in Harrison Co. 40 miles north. Friday 12th. Visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno [could also be Binders], my wife's mother. Saturday 13th. Returned to Aunt Martha's at Trader's Point. Sunday 14th. Spent the day with Aunt Martha's family. Monday 15th. Went to Bluff City to look for a letter but got none and returned to the Point. [Simeon Graybill, 1816-1889, was John's first cousin twice thru his father's sister Polly Stoker, 1792-1864, and thru his mother's brother Michael Peter Graybill. Eller Stoker, 1816-1855, was John's father's brother and married to Margaret Judd, 1822-1893. Aunt Martha was Martha Carr McDaniel, 1808-1873, wife of John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858. William McDaniel, 1810-1885, is John's brother-in-law. John's Mother-in-law, Zibiah (McCarley) McDaniels, 1786-1860, apparently remarried a Mr. Birdno after her husband James McDaniel, 1762-1820, died.]
Pp. 4-9: The journal details their departure from Council Bluffs area by various means including railroad, hack, steamboat, packet boat, hired horses, and on foot with luggage to "Leith Co. 5 miles north of Estillville," Virginia via many detailed waypoints including but not limited to DesMoines, Chicago, Cleveland, Wheeling VA, Burlington on the Ohio River, the "Big Sandy" on the line between Kentucky and Virginia, the "Pound Gap" summit of Cumberland Mountain, the "High Nob the highest point in Virginia." John details with whom they stayed and what hospitality they received. Along the way they see and preach the Gospel to many McLelland/McClelland relatives of his companion. In Leith Co., VA, on Monday, Dec. 13, 1869, he "wrote a letter home to my family and one to Ash[e] Co., North Carolina to David and Henry Graybill" which they mailed the next day from Estillville. [John's mother, Barbara Graybill, had two brothers - Henry, ca1780-ca1843, and David, 1794-1874 - who remained in Ashe Co. where she was born; however, Henry was dead by then but his "Uncle" David responds later on Jan. 22.]
Pp. 10-17: They stayed in the area doing missionary work mainly among McClellands. He notes on Christmas day while staying with Samuel McClelland, they went to a meeting and heard a Dunkard preach. On Monday, Dec. 27th, John notes, "wrote a letter to my family also one to my sister-in-law Martha Stoker at Bluff City, Iowa. [Martha Carr (McDaniel) Stoker was whom he referred to as Aunt Martha previously in his journal since she was married to his father's brother Michael S. Stoker, but she was also a sister-in-law since she was the sister to John's wife Jane McDaniel.] John notes on Saturday, Jan. 8th, that he "went to the widow Quillins to inquire concerning the Wampler family." [I am unsure who the widow was, but John's maternal grandmother was Christina Wampler, 1753-1844.] On Tuesday, Jan. 11th, John notes, "Went to Patsy Daughterty's to inquire after my mother's relatives." On Thursday, Jan. 13th, he notes that he "went to Wm. Wampler's, took dinner." [I do not have either a Patsy Daughterty nor William Wampler in my database - they must be of a later generation than John's grandmother Christina Wampler.] He also notes on the same day that he received a letter from his son-in-law J. Tolman and daughter in Utah. On Saturday, Jan. 22nd, John notes, 'Received a letter from my son David Stoker, Davis Co., Utah dated Jan'y 1st, 1870, gave particulars of my son John Stoker's sickness but getting better. Also received a letter from my uncle David Graybill, Ashe Co., Jefferson, North Carolina." On Jan. 24th, he writes back to his uncle David Graybill.
Pp. 18-24: Starting on Jan. 26th, 1870, the missionaries are on the move: first to Bristol (VA?), then thru Chattanooga, Nashville, Sparta, to Putnam Co., Tennessee where they did missionary work with the Perkins and Mayberry families who relatives of his companion, Jesse Perkins. On Sunday, Feb. 13th, 1870, John wrote letters to his son David Stoker in Davis Co., Utah and one to Aunt Martha Stoker and cousins in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. On the next day he went to Gainesboro where he received a letter from his son David Stoker. Beginning Feb. 16th, 1870, John proceeds by boat down the Cumberland to Nashville then to St. Louis via the Mississippi River from Cape "Jerido". On Feb. 23rd, took the from St. Louis to Trader's Point where again he sees Aunt Martha. He sends money to his companion in Decatur Co., Iowa to help him get to Council Bluffs. He also sends a letter to Utah asking his family for money for himself and his companion.
Pp. 25-33: John arrives Feb. 26 and remains in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa until March 24 when he, Jesse Perkins who arrives March 9, and several other missionaries from the East Coast join up in Omaha for the trip home to Utah by railroad which he notes cost $50.75. Generally he is staying with his Aunt Martha. Some journal entries during that time period dealing with family follow: "Sat., Feb 26th, 1870: Went up to Musketoe Creek to Simeon Peter Graybill, my cousin. Stayed over night. Sunday, 27th. Went to Walker's Grove in Harrison Co. to Sidney R. Graybill, my cousin, with Moroni Stoker to see some sick cousins Michael and Elizabeth Graybill. [Sidney Rigdon, 1836-1893, Michael S., 1827-1910, and Elizabeth, 1833-1891, are siblings and all children of Polly Stoker, John's father's sister.] Stayed over night. Monday 28th. Cold and windy. Remained all day. Stayed all night. Tuesday, March 1st 1870. Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's at Traders Point. Read a letter from David Stoker, my son, to John A. Stoker, dated Feb'y 21st, 1870. Stayed overnight? Thursday 3d. Cousin Jared Stoker killed 2 turkeys, the 2 weighing 40 lbs. [John Alexander Stoker, 1837-1918, and Jared, 1843-1912, were first cousins and sons of Michael S. Stoker, brother of John's father David.] Stayed over? Tuesday 8th, being my birthday, age 53? Wednesday 9th? was weighed being 184 lbs? Friday 18th? went to Aaron Thomas, took dinner and spent the day with him and family. [Aaron Morris Thomas, 1833-1920, was married to John's first cousin, Elizabeth Jane Stoker, who was the daughter of John W. Stoker, a brother of John's father David.] Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's? Saturday 19th? Sent a letter to Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, heard from home by a letter wrote to John A. Stoker dated March the 12th, 1870. All was well? Thursday 24th? John A. Stoker and Joseph Stoker took me and Bro. Jesse N. Perkins to Omaha with a wagon. Rained before we got there. Joseph Stoker went over the River with us met about 30 of the missionaries at the St. Charles Hotel. [Joseph Jehiel Stoker, 1846-1921, was a brother of John Alexander and William Moroni Stoker.] Left Omaha at 6 p.m. on the Emigrant Cars for home?"
Pp. 33-35: John details the train trip which started March 24th and arrived home in Bountiful March 29th after switching to the Utah Central in Ogden. He notes his arrival "in the midst of family and friends with a hearty God bless you? and a hearty shaking of hands." The missionary journal ends at this point.
Pp. 36-227: The balance of John's journal book is genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank, which I did not copy. Besides family, John would also note many other unrelated Stokers who he must have gleaned from books and other sources. He also notes some totally unrelated non-Stoker individuals with whom he evidently has some acquaintance. I have entered the pertinent data with each family in my database.
4. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. The first 35 pages detail his mission taken from Utah to Virginia and Tennessee through Council Bluffs, Iowa, which I have summarized and included with his notes in this database. Pp. 36-227, the balance of John's journal, are genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank. Besides family, the journal also notes many other unrelated Stokers who were probably gleaned from books and other sources. It appears as if maybe his son David may have taken over the book later. Many entries are repetitive at different times. Pertinent data for this family or individual is quoted verbatim as follows on pages:
106-107: Michael Stoker, born Feb. 10, 1805, North Carolina, married Martha McDaniel - father was James McDaniel, mother was Zibiah McCarley. Children:
Gabriel McNeel Stoker, born Oct. 23, 1829, Jackson Co., Bloomfield, Ohio.
David Newbury Stoker, born July 2, 1832, Bloomfield, Jac. Co., Ohio.
John A. Stoker, born Aug 25, 1837, Colewill Co.
Michael James Stoker, born May 23, 1840, Columbus, Ill.
Jared Samuel, born Mar. 19, 1843 Hancock Co., Ill.
Joseph J. Stoker, born April 20, 1845, Hancock Co., Ill.
Martha Rebecca Stoker, born Jan. 1 1849 Potawatamie Co., Iowa, died Oct. 9, 1871.
174: James McDaniel, Zibiah McCarley, children:
Martha McDaniel (Stoker), b. July 24, 1808, Galia Co., Ohio, Raccoon Township, died July 4, 1873, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Sarah McDaniel (Stoker), b. 26 May 1805, Galia Co., Ohio, Raccoon Township, died Mar. 7, 1857, Trader's Point, Potawatamie Co., Iowa.
182-183: Martha Stoker, daughter of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarly was born Feby 24th, 1808, Ohio, Galia Co., Raccoon Township.
Gabriel McNeel Stoker, son of Michael Stoker and Martha McDaniel was born Oct. 23d, 1829, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township, State of Ohio.
David Newbury Stoker, son of Michael Stoker and Martha was born July 2d, 1832 Ohio, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township.
Wm. Moroni Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born July 20th, 1834, Jackson Co., Bloomfield Township, State of Ohio.
John A. Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born Aug. 25, 1837, Missouri, Caldwell Co.
Michael James Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born May 23d, 1840, Columbus, Adams Co., Illinois.
Jared Samuel Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born March 19th, 1843 Illinois, Hancock Co.
Joseph Johile Stoker, son of Michael and Martha was born April 26th, 1846, Illinois, Hancock Co.
Martha Rebecca Stoker, daughter of Michael and Martha was born Jany 1st, 1849, Potawatamie Co, Kane Township, Iowa, Died Oct.19, 1871.
188: Martha Stoker, daughter of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarly, died Feby 4th, 1873, near Council Bluff City, Potawatamie Co., Iowa.
5. The following is a partial quote from an article entitled: "The Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker family as early Mormons in Ohio and Missouri," by Jimmie "B" Stoker, November 24, 1993, as reprinted in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. See the notes of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) for the full transcript of this article:
"The Stokers join the LDS Church.
Mormon missionaries come.
During the fall of 1833 Michael Stoker (1762-1838) and his family, living in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio first heard the preaching of the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These missionaries exhorted them to join the new church and told them about Joseph Smith receiving inspired revelations from God. In addition the Church was noted for its new scripture, the Book of Mormon.
The Stokers were drawn to the message. Many accepted baptism before the end of 1833. They included sixteen-year-old John Stoker (1817-1881) who was baptized November 13, 1833 by Seymour Brunson(1) and four days later his double cousin, fifteen-year-old Joseph Levi Graybill, who was baptized by John A. Fisher.(2) These two grandsons of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) were among the first of the Stoker family to embrace the new church.
In 1834 Seymour Brunson moved his family to Bloomfield and organized a branch of the Church.(3) John's parents, David (1795-1852) and Barbara Graybill Stoker, joined the branch during that year. David's younger brother, Michael, Jr., (1805-1858) was affiliated with the Mormons. Evidence of his affiliation with the church comes from the fact that his son, born on July 10, 1834 was named, "William Moroni." Clearly the name Moroni marked Michael as having read the Book of Mormon. Moreover, in his journal Michael, Jr., writes, "The names of the members who were baptized by me in February, 1836. Baptized James Toinbuson and ordained him an elder." He also baptized William and Barbara Stoker that year.(4) Michael held the Mormon priesthood to officiate in these ordinances. The Stokers and their relatives were very enthusiastic about their new church. They contributed to its growth and sustained its leadership.
The McDaniel connection.
The children and grandchildren of MIchael Stoker (1762-1838) had an affinity to marry the children of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarley, neighbors in Jackson County. John W. Stoker (1802-1857) married Electa Sarah McDaniel (1806-1857) on April 19, 1827. Michael Stoker, Jr., (1805-1858) married her sister, Martha Carr McDaniel, on Jan 1, 1829. A grandson, John Stoker (1817-1881), and a granddaughter, Christine Stoker (1815-1854), children of David Stoker (1795-1852), married Jane McDaniel (1810-1890) on January 21, 1836 and John Riley McDaniel on February 8, 1835. Nineteen-year-old John, in addition to marrying Jane, also adopted her son, Alma. Family tradition says that Alma's father would not consider joining the LDS church so Jane left him. About a month after her son's birth, Jane married John Stoker, the nephew of her two brothers-in-law.
The Kirtland Temple is dedicated.
In the spring of 1836, some members of the Bloomfield branch made the 200 mile trip north to Kirtland, Ohio to attend the dedication of the temple. In that group was Michael Stoker's son-in-law and grandson, Michael Graybill, Sr., and Joseph Levi Graybill. Michael Graybill's wife, Polly Stoker (1792-1864), was expecting the birth of her eleventh Child, a son who was born April 6, 1836. She didn't go with them. Michael Graybill while at the conference and temple dedication at Kirtland was impressed by Sidney Rigdon's two and a half hour sermon. Upon returning to Bloomfield, he named his newly born son, Sidney Rigdon Graybill.(5)
Picture p. 3: "Barbara Graybill and her son, John Stoker."
1. "The Life of John Stoker," compiled by Eunice Stoker Southwick
2. "Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," Vol. III G.K. compiled by Susan Easton Black. Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993. p. 149.
3. "Seymour Brunson," LDS Biographical Encyclopedia Vol. 3 compiled by Andrew Jenson. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1901. p. 331.
4. "The Howard, Leytham, Stoker, Von Dollen Family Histories and including the Bell, Teeple, Mackland, Bardsley, Graybill, Eller, Dick, Oman, Smith, and Koons Families," compiled by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. p. 92.
5. Vivian Graybill, "Michael Graybill, Sr." Typescript sent to Jim Stoker by Alice Graybill Russell, 6120 Wincanton Dr., Shreveport, LA 71129 on October 6, 1993."
6. The following is a partial quote from an article entitled: "The Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker family as early Mormons in Ohio and Missouri," by Jimmie "B" Stoker, November 24, 1993, as reprinted in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. See the notes of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) for the full transcript of this article:
"The following members of Michael Stoker's family attached their names to a petition in 1843 that they had lived in Missouri and had been driven from their state:(21)
David Stoker [Michael's son David (1795-1852)], John Stoker [possibly David's son, John (1817-1881) or Michael's son, John W. (1803-1857)], John McDaniels (1812-1884) [David's son-in-law, husband of his oldest daughter, Christine (1815-1854)], Elles Stoker (1816-1855) [Eller, Michael's youngest son], Mary Stoker (1822-1890) [probably Margaret Judd, Eller's wife]. Catharine Stoker (1773-after 1850) [Michael's wife, Catharine Eller], Jacob Stoker (1812-1893) [Michael's son], Catharine Stoker [Catharine Burcham, Jacob's wife], John Stoker (1803-1857) [Michael's son, John W. Stoker], Sarah Stoker (1806-1857) [John W. Stoker's wife, Electa Sarah McDaniel].
Geo. Graybill (1821-?) [Michael's grandson, George Washington Graybill, son of Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864)], Michael Stoker (1805-1858) [Michael's son], Martha Stoker (1808-1873) [Martha Carr McDaniel, wife of Michael's son, Michael], Gabrael Stoker (1832-1852) [Michael's grandson, son of Michael (1805-1858)], William Stoker (1819-1892) [Michael's grandson, son of David], Almira Stoker (1818-1884) [Michael's granddaughter-in-law, grandson, William's wife, Almira Winegar], Samuel D. Stoker (1840-1908) [Michael's great-grandson, son of William and Almira], William Stoker (1842-1906) [Michael's great-grandson, son of William and Almira].
Mary Graybill [possibly Michael's daughter, Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864) or his granddaughter, Mary Ann Graybill (1830-?)], William Graybill (1825-1880) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Adam Graybill [still looking for this relationship to Michael], Sidney R Graybill (1836-?) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Levi Graybill (1818-1912) [Michael's grandson, son of Polly Mary Stoker], Patience Graybill (1825-1895) [Patience Smith, Michael's granddaughter-in-law, wife of Joseph Levi Graybill (1818-1912)], Mary Graybill [possibly Michael's daughter, Polly Mary Stoker (1792-1864), or his granddaughter, Mary Ann Graybill (1830-?), Polly's daughter].
John Stoker (1817-1881) [Michael's grandson, son of David], Jane Stoker (1810-1890) [Michael's granddaughter-in-law, Jane McDaniel, wife of John (1817-1881)], Hannah Graybill [Michael's great granddaughter, daughter of Joseph Levi Graybill], Hyrum Stoker (1840-1887) [Michael's great grandson, son of John Stoker (1817-1881) and Jane McDaniel], Alma Stoker (1835-1897) [Michael's adopted great grandson, son of Jane McDaniel], and Franklin Stoker (1842-1855) [Michael's great grandson, son of John Stoker (1817-1881)]. Lucinda Stoker is also listed on the petition but cannot establish a relationship to Michael Stoker (1762-1838).(22)
Refuge found in Illinois.
The people of Quincy reached out to help the Mormons fleeing from Missouri. Elizabeth Haven Barlow writes, "The people of Quincy had contributed between four and five hundred dollars for the poor Mormons. God had opened their hearts to receive us. May heaven's blessings rest upon them. We are hungry and they feed us, naked and clothed us. The citizens have assisted beyond all calculations."(23)
21. Also included are some of their children who were born after 1838 in Illinois.
22. "Mormon Redress Petitions," pp. 574, 598, 599-601.
23. Elizabeth Haven Barlow in letter to Elizabeth Howel Bullard, 24 February 1839, published in Ora H. Barlow, "The Israel Barlow Story and Mormon Mores." Salt Lake City: Ora H. Barlow, 1968."
7. This individual is mention in the following partial quote from an article entitled: "John Stoker (1817-1881) and Wives: Jane McDaniel, Harriet Susan Willis, and Jane Allen" in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT." See John's notes for full transcription:
"Beginning in 1869, John filled a short mission. The following is a copy of John's missionary journal, which after he returned was turned into a genealogical records - some believe it was not written by him. It is entered here exactly as it is written. John's journal is on microfilm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. The whereabout of original journal is unknown and many pages have been ripped out before the journal was microfilmed.
'The Journal of John Stoker, 1869 (direct copy from the hard copy, genealogical sheets provided by Ora and Vinal Barlow. The micro film copy shows many pages torn from the journal.)
1. Parentheses are used to insert words and letters not used in the journal but believed to be meant.
2. After Journal Page 1 below, the abbreviation JP2, JP3, etc. will be used on this transcript.
3. As much as possible we have tried to copy the wording as it was written by John or others who wrote in the journal.
4. A sort of preface is given before page (1) of the journal on the reverse of the cover page.
Journal Page 1. (Labeled in error on the original journal.)
'Elders went up to (station) left home on his (my) mission to the United States Nov 1 1869 1/2 past 4 AM Arrived at unita 9 minutes before 9 oclock left on the Cars 35 minutes after 2 oclock Arrived at Green River Tuesday 2nd- 5 minutes past 8 at Point of Rock Station half Past 9 the engine Switched off to Bring on the Main track 6 or 7 Cars of Coal in Running Back to hitch on Ran into the other Cars on the Main track and Broke the Coupling of 2 cars no body was Hurt by the Blessing of God'
JP2 (Unlabeled in original journal)
'(Minu)tes Past 11
Wednesday 3rd- Arrived at Larima (Laramie) City 1/2 past 7 A.M. left at 11- fixed Cars. Crossed the Bridge in Black Hills 1/2 after 1
Thursday the 4th Arrived at North Platt 20 minutes Past 10 A.M. all well Counted Missionaries 67 Arrived at FT Kearney 1/2 past 4 P.M.
Friday the 5th Arrived at Omaha 20 minutes Past 10 A.M.
Saturday 6th went to Bluff city with J N Perkins-
Sunday 7th Spent the fore Noon with Moroni Stoker- Took Dinner with him'
'Monday 8th went up to Musketoe to See Simoen P Graybill Stayed all night
Tuesday 9th took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker uncle Eller Stoker's widdow and Returned at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co Iowa
Wednesday 10th wrote a letter to Br Wm Atkinson in Bountiful Davis County Utah
Thursday 11th visited We McDaniel in Harrison Co 40 Miles north
Friday 12th visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno my wifes mother
Saturday 13th Returned to Aunt Marthas at Traders Point
Sunday 14th Spent the day with Aunt Marthas family
Monday 15th went to Bluff City (Council Bluffs) to look for a Letter but gone none and Returned to the Point Traders...
'Br We, H Lee giving information (of) Charles burton making arrangements in N.Y. to have a Company of missionaries to Start from Omaha on the 25th for Utah at 50.75 (or 30.75) the same that it cost us to come down last November- Returned to Trades Point Stayed over night wrote a letter to Wm H Lee Calamazoo Michigan
Saturday 12th Cloudy and Cold wint from the North Sent a letter home to Utah to inform our families that we Received their Check of 160.00 and 1 (letter) to Wm H Lee Calamazoo Michigan Stayed over'night
'Sunday 13th Cold wind North East all Day Snowed at night High wind Stayed over night
Monday 14th Cold wind in the North East Cloudy and very'
'Cold and Snow Blowing and Elements Stark Blew all night Stayed over night to Aunt Martha Stoker
Tuesday 15th very Cold and Blowing wind I the north west colder than the Day before the Elements Still Stark with Snow Blowing Stayed over night
Wednesday 16th very Cold wind in the north west the Elements Still Darkened with Snow blowing Wind very Hard more Moderate in the afternoon. Stayed over night
Thursday 17th weather more Moderate but Changeable went to Moroni Stokers Spent the Day Took Dinner with him and in the evening Returned to Aunt Martha Stokers Stayed over night'
'Friday 18th pleasant and wind in the South went to Aaron Thomas took Dinner and spent the Day with his family, Returned to Aunt Martha Stokers Stayed over night
Saturday 19th wind in the North Cloudy and Cold. Sent a letter to Wm Atkinson in Bountiful Davis Co Utah, heard from home by a letter wrote to John A Stoker Dated March the 12th 1870 All very well Stayed over night
'Sunday 20th wind in the North Cold Sleet last night also cloudy Broke away at Noon Stayed over night
Monday 21st Pleasant in the Morning went to Omaha and drawed our money for our Check on the First national Bank Met Br'
'Daniel Carter and Aron Farr, Thomas Rich and a number of Missionaries at the St Charles Hotel Rained Some in the afternoon Returned to Traders Point to Aunt Martha Stokers being quite u(n)well Stayed over night
Tuesday 22nd Clear and pleasant Cool wind North West very unwell in the evening Br Wm Neel arrived at Martha Stokers about 10 oclock and (al) the missionaries from the East Came up through St Louis was better in the afternoon Stayed over night
Wednesday 23rd Clear and pleasant wind in the South not being well Jesse N Perkins went and got'
'Some plum Sprouts and lilocks Packed up our clothes Stayed over night
Thursday 24th Cloudy wind in the South John a Stoker and Joseph Stoker and Br Jesse N Perkins (went) to Omaha with a wagon Rained before we got there Joseph Stoker went over the River with us met about 30 Missionaries at the St Charles Hotel left Omaha at 6 P.M. On the Emigrant Cars for home..."
1. Endowment Record: 24 Feb 1808 at Ashe County, North Carolina.
2. See biographical citation above from Michael Stoker's journal: 'One of the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Michael Stoker, Jr. was born Feb. 10, 1805 in the State of North Carolina.
Martha Carr McDaniel was born Feb. 24, 1808 in the state of Ohio.
3. Variant date using age in tombstone as quoted below is 23 Feb 1808.
4. John Stoker's Journal quoted above uses variant date of 24 July 1808 at one entry and 24 Feby 1808 at another entry.
5. Gallia County was formed on March 25, 1803 from portions of Adams and Washington counties. Jackson County was formed March 1, 1816 from Ross County. Both Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co. and Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co. adjoin each other.
1. Per Doris Lewis's biography quoted above.
2. FHL Film #301,043 "Jackson County, Ohio Marriages 1816-1843" has no record of any marriage for this couple even though it does have marriages of John W. Stoker and Electa Sally McDaniel in 1827 and John McDaniel and Christina Stoker in 1835.
1. Per Doris Lewis's biography quoted above: "Martha Carr Stoker died Tuesday, February 4, 1873 at 2:30 A.M. at Trader's Point, Pottawattamie County, Iowa."
2. John Stoker's Journal quoted above uses variant month of July. I suspect that Stoker, when transcribing the info to his journal, mistook a Feby for July in handwritten script. I have seen the journal and does say July which is what he evidently believed he was writing. In a later entry, 4 Feb 1873 is used in the same Journal.
1. The following name is found on a new memorial stone with 33 other related family members at Graybill/Stoker Cemetery: "Martha Stoker 1808-1873." It is 3 miles east of Council Bluffs, Iowa in Garner Township on old Highway 6 (also known as McPherson Highway - not to be confused with the new Highway 6), then a right (south) on State Orchard Road for 9/10ths of a mile, then left (east) on Cedar Lane to the first driveway on the left (north). The address is 21090 Cedar Lane and the cemetery is in their backyard. Get permission from the homeowner first. These directions were corrected from previous directions after my visit May 8, 2007.
2. Tombstone at Graybill Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa: "Martha C., wife of M. Stoker d. 4 Feb 1873, 64y 11m 10d."
1. Ancestral File 4.19 (27 May 2001).
2. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, p. 115.
Father: James McDaniel or McDonald b: 24 Feb 1762 in of, , Scotland
Mother: Zibiah McCarley b: 19 Dec 1786 in , , Pennsylvania, United States
Michael S. Stoker b: 10 Feb 1805 in , Ashe, North Carolina, United States
1 Jan 1829
in , , Ohio, United States
- Gabriel McNiel Stoker b: 23 Oct 1829 in Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States
- David Newbury Stoker b: 2 Feb 1832 in Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States
- William Moroni Stoker b: 10 Jul 1834 in Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States
- John Alexander Stoker b: 23 Aug 1837 in Long Creek, Caldwell, Missouri, United States
- Michael James Stoker b: 23 May 1840 in Columbus, Hancock, Illinois, United States
- Jared Samuel Stoker b: 19 Mar 1843 in Bear Creek, Hancock, Illinois, United States
- Joseph Jehiel Stoker b: 26 Apr 1846 in near Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
- Martha Rebecca Stoker b: 1 Jan 1849 in Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States