Olive Ann Cazier

Olive Ann Cazier and Benjamin Chadwick Jr. Families

     Olive Ann Cazier was born  August 10, 1852  in North Ogden, the second child of Benjamin Cazier and Olive Lucy Shaw.    She was named after her mother Olive Lucy Shaw.  As the oldest daughter in the family, she had many responsibilites.  She probably cared for the younger children and helped with the family chores, involving the mercantile business established in one room of the Cazier home. 

Olive Ann Cazier, age 18 married Abraham Chadwick Jr. on 21  November  1870 in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory as his 2nd wife.   Abraham was born  30 Mar 1846 in St. Louis Missouri to Abraham Chadwick  and Mary Burton.  His mother, Mary was known  for her beautiful voice, and chose to follow the saints West, but died  of cholera in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa on 14 July 1850.  Abraham was just 4 years old.  His father having 4 young children, married Mary Foxhall. “While in Nebraska, Abraham’s oldest son (Abraham Jr.)  crushed his leg under a rolling wagon wheel.  His father immediately summoned some of the brethren and after administering to the injured lad, they performed the crudest operation that took place on the plains.  The child later healed completely without a sign of lameness.”  (8)   Along the trail, Mary gave birth to her first child on July 27, 1851.   The family arrived in Utah in October 1851.   They remained in Salt Lake City for three years before moving to North Ogden in the spring of 1855.

Abraham Chadwick Sr., was given the honor of tailoring the first suit President Brigham Young had after his arrival here in the West, which he wore at the dedication of the laying of the cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple on April 6, 1853.   Abraham Sr. also played the “Saxhorn” in Utah’s first band at the ceremony.   He also was a farmer and raised a herd of dairy cows. .   Active in civic affairs, he was elected president of the North Ogden canal.  ” He did a great amount of improvement work in North Ogden, such as roads, ditches, and canals. ” (9)  He served as a Ward Teacher, and  2nd  counselor to Bishop Holmes in the North Ogden Ward.

Abraham Chadwick Jr. married (1) Mary Marinda Garner 13 December 1866 in North Ogden, Weber, Utah Territory.  “ Their first home “ was a little one room log house at the foot of a mountain in North Ogden.  Abraham “made bricks and soon built a two room house near the log home….”  (10)   “ During Mary’s early married life and especially during her confinements, a young neighbor girl, Olive Ann Cazier , walked barefoot across the fields to assist Mary.  During this time, polygamy was being practiced by some of the Latter-Day Saints and Mary suggested that Abe take Olive Ann for a second wife. “ (11)  Both Mary Marinda and Olive Ann were sealed to Abraham on November 21, 1870 in the Endowment House.  “With two families to house, Abe made brick and built a second home of two rooms.  Mary and her family lived in one room and Ann and her family lived in the other room. “ (12)

 Abraham had  3  children with  Mary  before he married (2)  Olive Ann Cazier in 1870.    Each wife lived with their family in separate rooms.  Mary bore Albert Chadwick on April 17, 1875. 

“Three weeks later the family went to Park Valley, Box Elder County ( about 100 miles distant from Ogden).  On the  way the new baby died  and they stopped to bury him at Bear River. (13)

 William Chadwick, a son of Mary remembers their move to Park Valley. “  The place in North Ogden was sold in return for horses, cows, mules, oxen, and sheep as payment.  A large company made the trip which took seven days.  They were: Andrew Rose, William Godfrey, Will Meacham, Bishop Meacham, Ron Coleman, George Godfrey, Alf Odd, and others with their families.   They each spotted a spring and fenced it in as quickly as possible for their homestead.  They built homes, made fences, worked the ground, and raised cattle, sheep, and horses. “. (14)  

“ The family remained at Park Valley that summer living in the home of Joe Heller which they rented.  In the fall they returned to their home in North Ogden.  “(16)   Charles was born soon after they arrived on September 5, 1876 in North Ogden.  “The following spring Mary and Abe sold their farm to Mary’s father and moved to Park Valley where they secured a farm and proceeded to clear the land of sagebrush.  Abe built a one-room log house.  Shortly he moved Ann and her family there, also, and built another one-room house for her.  Then he connected the two adjacent houses by putting up log slabs.  The middle room thus created became the kitchen for Mary.  Abe later homesteaded another farm and built a four-room duplex, Mary living in one side and Ann in the other.  This large home was shingled and had wood floors.  The walls were papered with fancy pasteboard wallpaper.  Indeed, this was a fine home for that time.  Abe took up a third homestead and at that time built a three-room home for Mary and two rooms for Ann. “  (17) 

  Olive Ann bore Benjamin Chadwick on 3 November 1878 in Park Valley.  Mary Marinda bore Edward on 14 Apr 1879.   Lydia was born 7 Apr 1880 to Olive Ann.   The rest of  Abraham Chadwick’s  21 children were  born in Park Valley, Utah. 

Park Valley is on the northwest side of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles southwest of Snowville, Utah.  The mountain range runs east to west just opposite from the Wasatch Front.  The weather can change quickly, and severe storms can arise.  My mother, Easter Rose Hastings Pack wrote:  ” I grew up in a beautiful, peaceful valley with gorgeous mountains, sunsets, canyon streams filled with fish, birds and flowers.  There were hardworking farmers with strong testimonies and excellent teachers and musicians. … We traveled in buggies, wagons, white tops and sleighs…  no running water or indoor plumbing.  A doctor was in Snowville and they had no police or a library.  ” (18) “ Eugene G. Hastings recalls: “All the meat came from animals raised or hunted and prepared herself.  All of the dairy products came from their own cows and were refined by the family.  She made her own soap and raised her own vegetables and fruits.”  All desserts were homemade.  ” There were chickens and turkeys and wild ducks shot on the ponds and fish and always a deer brought home by the men in the family.  She made mince meat from the deer meat which was made into delicious pies during the winter time and much of the meat was cut off from the hind quarters in small pieces and cooked for a time in an open kettle and seasoned, then put into jars and processed and stored for use in the winter months.  This bottled meat was very good with a good flavor and taste.” (19)

“Usually every fall a pig was butchered and prepared for use in the winter.  …The fat from the pork…was used to make homemade soap…and some of the rendered fat..was used for making pie crust….Butter was made from the cream taken off the milk by a separator turned by hand…The only kind of cheese she made was cottage cheese…She bottled all kinds of fruit; apples, pears, peaches, plums, strawberries, blackberries, and gooseberries…. and it kept a long time in storage in a cool room under the house.  There was also a large assortment of jellies and jams.  Mother also dried corn and many fruits and these were used in a variety of ways during the winter time.  Treats were homemade for taffy, peanut brittle and fudge for special occasions.” (20)(  Eugene G. Hastings, grandson of Olive Ann Cazier  and Abraham Chadwick )

George Hastings, a grandson “remembers eating mushrooms, dandelions, pig weeds, and watercress on the old farm in Park Valley.” (21)

 Viola Chadwick Hastings, a daughter of Olive Ann remembers playing with little rocks to build houses  with fences and picking joint grass to form into bracelets and necklaces, as a child. 

Viola was  taught how to quilt, sew braided rag rugs and crochet  pansie edged doiles and trim for pillowcases. “Mary was a skilled seamstress and owned the first sewing machine in the valley.” (22)  

“The family owned 25 good milking cows, and from the cream, the family made about 80 pounds of butter per week.  They sold it at the Hotel in Kelton and in Terrace.” (23)  

Viola said she enjoyed living on my father’s farm and making butter. “ Father had a large family by three wives.  It was not against the law of the land in those days to have more than one wife.  Father treated us all alike and we loved our half sisters and brothers just as much as our own brother and sisters.  We had fun together but we each had our own work to do.”  (24) 

 Abe made many business trips to Chicago.  He  brought Anna Siebenaller, a young girl of Chicago back with him to help his wife, Mary who had a skin disease affecting her work in the house. 

“ Abe was a prosperous stockman, and in 1898, bought a lovely home “(25) in Salt Lake City at 922 East 2nd South.   Mary came to stay one winter.  “She actually liked hard work and missed the rigors of farm life.  City life was not her dish and  she refused to remain in Salt Lake City.  Mary was extremely frugal by nature.  She loved rummage sales, but her”bargains” irritated Abe who could  provide her with the best.  Conversely Abe’s extravagances irritated Mary.   No one  knows the details which caused a widening chasm between them. “  (26)    She didn’t like being there and returned in the spring to Park Valley. “Whatever the cause, Abe left his two wives with their large families, and on 6 December 1899 married  to Ann Siebenaller.”  (27) 

 Anna Marey Siebenaller,  as a young woman, married (1)Theodore Wilson  but he died six months latter.  As a widow, she married 2nd Abraham Chadwick Jr.   Anna  was a Roman Catholic.  At some point, Abe was excommunicated during this process.  ( (28)   

“President Lorenzo Snow granted Mary a temple divorce from her husband. At the time, her youngest child was nine years old and her oldest son, Will, was on a mission to Minnesota.  At the time of this great sorrow and adjustment, Mary received comfort from a patriarchal blessing given June 26, 1901, in which she was promised great blessings both in this life and in the eternites.”  (29)

Both Mary and Olive Ann divorced Abraham in 1900 for reasons of abandonment.  They continued raising their families in  Park Valley.

Olive Ann  was divorced from Abraham Chadwick  in the 1900 Census.   She  had 9 children.  Little Joseph had died shortly before the age of  2 in North Ogden.  The other 8 children grew to adulthood and raised families of their own. (34) She shared responsibilities with Mary Marinda, the first wife  and all the children grew up together as siblings. 

During 1900 Abraham Jr. was living in Club Springs, Bannock, Idaho. He moved to Boise in 1906.   He continued superintending the work of the men who had charge of their flocks for seven years after their marriage.  Their home was a covered sheep wagon.  Anna “was an expert shot and amused  herself much of the time by hunting small game in the vicinity of the camps.”  The couple held high regard in the community of Boise.  (35)

He died 28 October 1929 in Payette, Payette, Idaho. And was buried 31 October 1929 in  Section G 23, Morris Hill Cemetery,  Boise, Ada, Idaho.  According to the death certificate,  the doctor found him dead and stated the cause was apoplexy,  unconsciousness  or  incapacity due to a cerebral hemorrage or stroke.   He was 85 years, 6 months and 28 days old at his passing.  (36)

Olive Ann Chadwick died 23 April 1940 at age 87 in Hazelton, Jerome, Idaho.  She was buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Burley, Cassia, Idaho.  (37)

Many thanks to the  memories, research and compliers of many, that the history of these great ancestors can be written. 

           1) Ivan G. Cazier, Chairman, Fern O. Rutledge, Genealogist, Gail A. Cazier, Computer

                  Specialist, (Researched, Compiled and Edited), “Descendants of William Cazier and

                  Pleasant Drake 1794-1988 (Provo, Utah, Stevenson’s Genealogy Center, 1988) pages 58-59.             

  • Thersa Chadwick Louder, “Abraham Chadwick 1851” before 2004,  Camp 29 North Ogden, p. 282  Weber County Daughters of Utah Pioneers
    •  Jeanette Shaw Greenwell,  Laura Chadwick Kump and Richard A. Blaylock,  “Our North Ogden Pioneers 1851-1900”  (Salt Lake City, Utah:  Watkins Printing, 1998 )  pages 143-145.
    • Easter Rose Hastings Pack, “Memories of Park Valley “ 1986  in possession of Kathleen Adelia Pack Skinner
    • Eugene Grant Hastings, “Biography of Viola C. Hastings”  1987  in possession of Kathleen Adelia Pack Skinner
    • Dora Dutson Flack, “Life Sketch of Mary Marinda Garner Chadwick”[  a memory at familysearch.org ]
    • “Viola Chadwick Hastings  A Sketch of My Life “ in possession of Kathleen Adelia Pack Skinner
    • James H. Hawley, “Abraham Chadwick Jr. & Anna Siebenaller Story of latter life “ : “The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. 3”  1920,  (History of Idaho) ,[a memory at familysearch.org.]
    • Find a grave
    •  Chadwick and Hastings Family photographs