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Jacob and Sarah Strong's Home in Nauvoo

Two deeds in Nauvoo that involved Jacob Strong

Jacob and Sarah Strong's Home in Nauvoo by Harriet Strong Speirs (see Deeds pp. 60 plus). Note his signature. Note from Miss Mary H. Siegfried, Box 46, Denver, Illinois 62331 dated March 2, 1964 to Harriet S. Speirs, 337 C Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. In searching the grantee-grants indexes of Hancock County, Illinois, Miss Siegfried found two deeds that involved Jacob Strong. The first was found in Book R page 401: George McIntyre to Jacob Strong, Lot 2, NW ¼ NE1/4 NW1/4 sec. 32 twp. 7N 8@. 10 Acres. Nov. 5, 1844 The second was found in Book R, page 398: Jacob Strong and Sarah his wife to N. C. Pearce Apr. 24, 1846, same land as above. This land is in Appanoose township about 3 miles east of Nauvoo, near the Columbia (or LaCroix schoolhouse). It would be about four miles from where the temple stood. Harriet Strong Speirs continues: When writing Miss Siegfried inquiring for this information, I mentioned I understood they lived about four miles from the Nauvoo Temple. This was due to a statement made by the eldest daughter of Jacob's son William, Aunt Lucinda. William, at the time, was afflicted with the white swelling on his knees which was so prevalent due to the dampness of the climate. He was taken to the Temple by his neighbors in their buggy. They went through the Temple on a night session and he received such a beautiful blessing while in the Temple that he was able to walk home the next morning, a distance of four miles. Miss Siegfried mentioned in her letter that the ten acres owned by Jacob and Sarah Strong were located in Appanoose Township, about three miles east of Nauvoo, near the Columbia (or LaCroix) schoolhouse. “It would be about four miles from where the Temple stood.” On August 16, 1964, at our Ensign Ward Sacrament meeting, Dr. T. Edgar Lyon was the speaker. He said while in Nauvoo recently an older brother of Ike Armstrong, former football coach at U. of U., who lived there with his Catholic wife took him for a ride through the beautiful fertile country east of Nauvoo. The farms are perfect with topsoil in places ten feet deep. Mr. Armstrong made the comment that most of the folks on these farms were descendants of families who were once members of the L.D.S. Church but had later abandoned their faith and joined other churches. With all their material success they were to poorest adjusted folks. They wouldn't help each other nor cooperate in any community service. He said it was a good thing that our people had to leave. His brother, Ike, thought the Mormons in Utah were the most unselfish and best adjusted people. Their religion and the desert had demanded the closest cooperation with each other and most of them lived dedicated lives in service to their fellow man in one way or another. This added to my appreciation for the sacrifices these great grandparents made that I might be a partaker of the Gospel with all its blessings.

Owner/Source  Harriet Spiers 
Linked to  Jacob Strong 

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