In Amy’s recent post here at The Ancestor Files she explained who the Josephites were. She explored their relationship to the Reorganized Latter-day Saint (RLDS) Church, and the use of the term Brighamites. It is a very interesting account, and while she is following her own ancestors, I recommend you read the account, because there is much there to be learned. I followed one of the links in her post and discovered a history book that led me to more answers about Samuel Walton’s family.
The book is called The True Latter Day Saints’ Herald, a Semi Monthly Magazine, Published by The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [RLDS]., Vol. XV., 1969.
Samuel and Susan Walton traveled from Mexico, Maine in 1844, following their conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They’d intended to join the Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois, but following the Prophet Joseph’s Martyrdom, they were misplaced, and caught up in the confusion in the area.
Their surviving family members were over thirty years traveling west across the continent to get to Woodruff, Utah. I discovered that during the interim some were baptized into the RLDS Church as I posted here. Great Grandmother Elizabeth Walton Frazier always said she was a “Josephine.” And she and her sister Hester, both with the last name of Frazier, were baptized into the RLDS Church. They were easy to search for and I found them in Early Reorganization Minutes, 1852-1871, Book A. pp. 133, 190.
In the history book Amy linked to in her post I found the minutes from the conference meeting Elizabeth was baptized in. Another family member was baptized the same day. I’d have never found her without the link.
(To be continued.)