Thomas Leonard Frazier Story
In romantic masculine manner
he took his sweetheart astride his dashing steed and traveled to the home
of the bride's aunt (Caroline Holbrook) in Bountiful, where the two were
joined happy wedlock, the 9th day of March 1849.
Thus the spirit of
that evil one in the hearts of men had claimed the life of a loyal soldier,
heroic pioneer, and devoted husband and loving father.
Compiled April 2, 1953 by Warren Leonard
After their marriage they
made their home in Great Salt Lake County, where three children: Thomas
Wilford, Rachel Christobel, and Martha Jane came to bless their home.
On February 24, 1856, among
others the following names were given from the stand of the Tabernacle
in Great Salt Lake City, to go on mission to Green River, Thomas Leonard
Frazier and James Valentine Young.
Thomas Frazier and Rachel
Maxfield Young were sealed to each other April 11, 1856, by President Brigham
Young, in the Salt Lake Endowment house, prior to their departure for missions
to Green River. It was while at Breen River that their 4th child Marion
was born in a wagon box June 20, 1856, at Fort Supply, Wyoming.
They returned from Green
River to Great Salt Lake City where two more children, John Leonard and
Jemima were born.
In 1862 President Brigham
Young called for settlers for the Upper Weber River, and Thomas Leonard
Frazier with his wife, six children and others traveled east of Salt Lake
City some forty miles to settle in what is now Summit County. They were
among the first settlers to settle in the little town of Wanship on the
banks of the Weber River. Here they established a little home and were
blessed with four more children: Warren Monroe, Malinda Elizabeth, Almira
Allisa, and Walter who died in infancy, making a total of ten children,
five girls and five boys.
Here Thomas took up farming
and also the trade of burning charcoal which he freighted by wagon to Salt
Lake City. It was here in this small town that his eldest daughter, Rachel
Christobel, had grown to young womanhood and thus a young man (James Kilfoyle)
of ill character insisted upon seeing her. As a true and loyal father,
he forbid the young man to keep company with his daughter. On the night
of July 24, 1860, tragedy struck the family. A crowded dance had just paused
for intermission as Thomas with his daughters and others proceeded to their
home where a bounteous supper had been prepared for them. As they approached
the house two devil-filled men, namely Kilfoyle and Snyder leaped from
the chimney corner knocking Thomas to the ground. Kilfoyle thrust a dagger
into his side and it said that Snyder held a gun but did not use it as
the frightened pair fled into the dark. Thomas was taken to the house and
upon removal of his garments his wife exclaimed, "Tom, you're stabbed".
The following day Dr. Heber John Richards accompanied by Elders Brigham
Young Jr and John W. Young went to render any assistance possible but the
doctor could only administer sedatives to relieve his suffering.
On July 26 his spirit departed
from this mortal sphere, leaving a heart-broken wife and ten children.
Thomas Wilford the eldest assumed the task of aiding his mother in caring
for the needs of his younger brothers and sisters. Their father had often
remarked that he would not live to be more than 44 years of age. This was
his age at the time of his death.