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Prudence Jane Kartchner

Prudence Jane Kartchner[1, 2]

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  • Name Prudence Jane Kartchner  [3
    Born 15 Mar 1850  Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Alt. Birth 15 Mar 1850  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Died 8 Feb 1896  Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Prudence Kartchner Flake & Lucy H. White Flake grave marker
    Person ID I227707  Full Tree | Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2015 

    Father William Decatur Kartchner
              b. 4 May 1820, Haverford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 May 1892, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Margaret Jane Casteel
              b. 1 Sep 1825, , Cooper, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Aug 1881, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1844  Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7
    • Mom had sealed to spouse date of "8 Feb 1851"
    Family ID F61640  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband William Jordan Flake
              b. 3 Jul 1839, Smith Creek, Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Aug 1932, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1868  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Emma Flake
              b. 22 May 1879, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Mar 1972, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +2. Lydia Pearl Flake
              b. 2 Dec 1881, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Mar 1975, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     3. Joseph Franklin Flake
              b. 7 Jan 1884, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Oct 1885, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Mark Augustus Flake
              b. 7 Jun 1886, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Jun 1886, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Margaret Flake
              b. 7 Jun 1886, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Jul 1887, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +6. Wilmirth East Flake
              b. 7 Jul 1887, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 May 1982, Tempe, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    +7. AnnaBelle Flake
              b. 28 Dec 1893, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Aug 1988  (Age 94 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F87835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Mar 1850 - Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - 15 Mar 1850 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Oct 1868 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Emma Flake - 22 May 1879 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lydia Pearl Flake - 2 Dec 1881 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joseph Franklin Flake - 7 Jan 1884 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mark Augustus Flake - 7 Jun 1886 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Margaret Flake - 7 Jun 1886 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Wilmirth East Flake - 7 Jul 1887 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - AnnaBelle Flake - 28 Dec 1893 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Feb 1896 - Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery, Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Location Cemetery Hospital Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    Prudence Jane Kartchner Flake
    Prudence Jane Kartchner
    Prudence Kartchner Flake

    Documents
    Death Cert

  • Notes 
    • From the book "The Kartchner Family" compiled by Sarah P. Collinwood:
           "Prudence Jane was born after her parents reached Salt Lake City, at Little Cottonwood.  When she was only a few weeks old, she took a severe cold which affected her lungs and resulted in asthma in a very severe form, and caused her much suffering through her life.  This, however, did not prevent her from developing into a beautiful woman and is remembered for her beautiful disposition.
           She was very talented.  She sang well, played the guitar, danced and called the changes for all the quadrills.  Her family were musical and she and her sister would sing together as they ran the spinning wheel and the loom.  Her childhood was happy.  Her brother played the violin and she would step dance.  She had many friends, and was a very attractive girl.  She contributed many articles of value to the "Woman Exponent" and wrote many articles for the local paper, and for birthdays and other special occasions.
           In spite of her many suitors she chose to be the plural wife of William Jordan Flake, although it was a big decision as she had several offers for marriage.  She was married ten years before she had any chilren, but she had satisfied her longings with crowding her life full of new things to learn and ways of developing her talents.
           William had a farm of 240 acres on the Beaver Bottoms.  Prudence spent the next two summers on this farm, milking cows, making butter and cheese and all things common to farming.
           She was endowed with a desire for the finer arts.  Her school days were limited and her longing for more education impelled her to attend a school taught by Richard S. Horne in Beaver, after she was married and before she had children.
           She and her husband went to the dedication of the St. George Temple.  There she requested a special blessing and in it was promised a son.  This blessing was realized as she gave birth to two sons and five daughters.
           In April 1877, her husband received a call to come to Arizona; and although he had considerable property, he sold it willingly and made the journey into a new land.  She suffered untold agonies trying to live in the face of her severe lung condition and the cold and exposure, but always upheld her husband.  After three long months they arrived at Sunset about the 8th of January.  Here the settlers were asked to practice the law of the United Order, and that, too, proved a great test of her patience.  Soon, however, her husband was able to move his family to their new and permanent home, which was James Stinson's ranch, later named Snowflake, in honor of her husband.  Here she met pioneering in its hardest form, but she was happy, for she had been promised a son, and at last her prayers were being answered; however, it turned out to be a girl.  Both she and the baby barely escaped with their life.  With her health gone, she was confined to her home almost entirely, and only on special occasions was she able to go out.  About this time she was also harassed with Government officials prosecuting the plural wives.  She was moved to her brother's home.
           Her love and understanding was such that many young people came to her home and sought her counsel.  Often they would come and play the violin or harmonica, and she would step dance for them.  When she becqame so she could not do it, she would hold to the mantle piece.  The choir would come to ther home and sing after choir practice.  They knew she loved music.  At times they brought the sacrament to her.  She seldom left the house.
           It was not until her third child did she receive a son, and he later died.  She had twin babies, a girl and a boy, both of which died.  However frail and whatever she was called upon to do, and in the face of discouragement, she never complained.  It was through her faith that she was able to have two more children, and she had a desire to live until her children could care for themselves.
           Her children were untiring in their devotion and kindness.  No task was too hard when their mother's praise and love awaited them.  She was permitted to live until her daughter Emma was 15 and assumed the responsibility faithfully.  It was said "Of all lovely, sweet tempered, angelic women, wife, mother and Saint, Aunt Prudence stands among the highest." by Emma F. Freeman and others.
           William, her husband, was born on a huge plantation in No. Carolina.  At an early date his parents moved to Mississippi.  Here they met the Mormon missionaries and joined the Church; soon they went to Nauvoo and joined the Saints.  At the age of 8 he crossed the plains, walking most of the way to help drive the cattle.  They reached Salt Lake in 1848.
           His father was killed at an early date while on an exploring trip for the Church.  His mother went with the Amasa Lyman Company to help settle San Bernardino, California and died there.  William then went into the Amasa Lyman home and went with them to Beaver, Utah.  Here he met and married Lucy Hannah White, later being advised by Church Authorities to take another wife; he married Prudence.
           He was getting well established in Beaver when called to go to Northern Arizona and help in those settlements.  He was instructed to sell everything and be prepared to stay.  In 1877 he purchased the Stinson Ranch which is now Snowflake, Arizona.  He assisted in purchasing other town sights and is considered one of the most outstanding men in the settlement of northern Arizona.  He was a cattleman and most of his business was done with cattle and sheep.  He never signed any papers.  His word was as good as his bond.  He was true to every trust.  His motto "Avoid the appearance of evil".  His home was always open for all travelers passing through.  He was very generous, giving assistance wherever needed.  He was always among the first to make contributions in any worthy cause.  He gave hundreds of dollars to those in need.  He was in the Bishopric of the Snowflake Ward for 31 years, as first counselor.  He lived a widower for 32 years and passed away at the age of 93." [3]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "Prudence Jane Kartchner". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I227707&tree=00 (accessed April 19, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2244] Theda Laws or Irene Louise Potter. Personal Genealogical Research, Compiled.

    2. [S1535] Personal knowledge of Clark Timmins, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    3. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    4. [S2913] Compiled by Sarah P. Collinwood. The Kartchner Family. 1974, Hiller Bookbinding, Salt Lake City, UT Published by J. Grant Stevenson 230 W. 1230 N. Provo, UT 84601.

    5. [S1098] Sarah P. Collinwood. The Descendants of George Palmer and Phebe Draper. Provo, UT: J. Grant Stevenson, 1962., 455..

    6. [S2899] Marriage License.

    7. [S1130] "Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900," database, Illinois State Archive . (http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html), accessed 26 Mar 2009)..


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