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Saturday, June 30, 2012


Special thanks to Lana Archibald for her work (see links in text below) digitizing and publishing many documents and photographs of this family in ways that help those histories and photos to be available to all of their descendants.

Angeline Vilate Stewart 

Born: 30 June 1874 Clarkston, Cache, Utah, USA
In an 11 page, handwritten history of his mother titled "The Story of My Mother", Angeline's son Ruben David Buttars wrote that his mother "was fifth in a family of twelve, seven brothers and four sisters. ...My mother was always called 'Angie'. Her parents lived in Clarkston just west of the town square." 
[Another similar history tells us this was "... west across the road from the Clarkston meetinghouse that now stands."]

Samuel Thompson Stewart

Father: Samuel ThompsonStewart (1844-1932)
Sarah Marble Stewart, wife of Andrew Stewart (1883 - brother of Angeline Stewart) tells us, in a 3 page biographical sketch, that Angie's father Samuel Stewart was a man of good cheer that often told his family stories about pioneer life. His mother died when he was 12 and at age 13 he was apprenticed as a plumber.

Angie's sister-in-law Sarah wrote, "On March 14th, 1862 [at age 18, Samuel Stewart] left his native land [Scotland] and started for America. ... He was five weeks and three days on the ocean. [His immigration record states 'Arrived NewYork City 12 June 1862. Took Railroad to Florence, Nebraska Territory.]
"At Florence, Nebraska he was delayed for six weeks waiting for teams to start to Utah. He was successful in getting a job driving six yoke of oxen on a heavily loaded wagon of merchandise. [In August 1862] He traveled with [Ansel P.] Harmon company which had fifty-two wagons, four to six yoke of oxen to the wagon also eighteen people to each wagon, so that they had to walk much of the way. Grandfather had a number of girls riding with him…. His quick thought and courage and clean good humor made him a general favorite." 

They arrived in Salt Lake 5 October 1862.

Mother: Mary Ann Clark (1847-1916)
Daughter of Joseph Owen (Onion) Clark and Ann Clark
From a brief history of Mary Ann we learn, "As a seamstress, Mary Ann's mother [Ann] was gone much of the time, so Mary Ann took care of the house and older children. Her mother demanded strict obedience of her children and administered very severe punishment. … Her father was the opposite -- patient, kind, and pleasant.

Mary Ann was short, only five feet tall, and had brown, curly ringlets. She was much like her father in temperament."

Sarah Marble Stewart continues,"[Samuel] arrived in Salt Lake City ... 6 months after he left Scotland with only six bits (75 cents) in his pocket, no home, now where to go. ...
"He soon found work in Sugar House Ward and so steadily did he work and so carefully did he save that with some advance wages he was able to send to Scotland that first year $500 in gold to bring his loved ones to Utah. 
"During the time he had been in Utah he had met Mary Ann Clark ... So not long after that [16 April 1864] they went up to the Endowment House. While waiting their turn, Heber C Kimball asked Grandfather if he was taking his wife through. Grandfahter said, 'No, my gal.' They were married by Wilford Woodruff.
"They lived in Salt Lake City, Utah until about 1867 when they moved to Clarkston, Utah. Here they lived doing their part in building a new community.
"Grandfather received a call on a mission to assist in building the Logan Temple which he fulfilled. Always inventing things to make things handy, he made a sawmill and a gristmill run by a water wheel in the Creek. He also made caskets, covering them with black velvet. One day he made a casket, got into it and sent for Grandmother to come and see if it would do.
"He was with John and Thomas Godfrey when Martin Harris gave his last testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon..."
Clara Stewart Richman, sister to Angeline, wrote that their father "Samuel Stewart was elected constable of the community in August 1868." She also tells us "Samuel was about 5' 10" tall, with black hair, dark eyes and a very fair complexion."

Aunt Sadie (as Dad Ames called Sarah Maud Buttars Hansen - Angeline's daughter) recorded, on a family group sheet prepared in 1979, that Angeline was baptized when 8 years old.

Baptized: 1 July 1882 

Her son Ruben wrote in his history of Angeline: "The family attended church in the rock church house on the east side of the square, just a block from home. She was baptized 1 July 1882 in a stream north of Clarkston, known as Big Creek."

At age 9 we see Angeline on the 1880 US Census in Clarkston, Utah with her parents and siblings. Although the older children are marked as having attended school Angeline is not. From her son Ruben we learn "She went to school in a little frame school house, just across the street from her home. She only has a sixth grade education. Later her father bought a farm two miles north of Clarkston, where she lived until she got married. 

"Mother and Father grew up in the same town. He was three years older than she and began going out with mother's sister Julia Ann. As families do, they teased Julia about Charles Buttars and she said she didn't think she liked him well enough to marry him. Then mother said, 'Julia, if you don't want him, let me have him.' Soon after that he called and took mother buggy riding. At that time mother was only sixteen."

Spouse: Charles William Buttars
Married: 18 May 1892 Logan, Cache, Utah, USA

Sarah Marble Stewart tells a significant family event of that approximate time,"One day the lightening struck the house. Grandfather [Samuel Stewart - Angeline's father]was knocked unconscious. This was on Friday afternoon and he did not get much better until he had been prayed for in Sacrament meeting Sunday afternoon. Alice Dahle was in the room standing near a looking glass, she lost one eye and about 500 pieces of glass were taken from her body from her waist up. It wasn't long after this in the spring of 1893 that he moved to Wilford, Idaho. ..."

Other sources say "Samuel and Mary Ann Clark lived in Clarkston, Cache county, Utah until 1894, three years after their youngest child, Clara Elizabeth Stewart, was born. Then they moved to Wilford, Idaho.

Mary Ann had not wanted to move, but after their Clarkston home was struck by lightning, breaking all the windows, and injuring several family members, they decided to go to Teton, Idaho. Two of their married children were already there; most of the other children went with them, but their daughter, Angeline Vilate Stewart remained behind to marry Charles William Buttars." 
Pictures show us this family were close enough to gather for a family picture as adults. 
Clothing in this photo appears to be a conservative 'flapper' style circa 1920

The five daughters also pose together for several 'sisters' pictures.

Died: 30 May 1931 Clarkston, Cache, Utah, USA
Buried: 2 June 1931 Clarkston, Cache, Utah, USA