Comments on: Gaston L. Braley: Leaves from a Life’s Journal (2) http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/ Where our past is never very long ago Fri, 22 May 2015 15:16:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ardis E. Parshall http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-72715 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:35:16 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-72715 Jeffrey, I’m delighted to hear that your son used this story as a resource. I just finished replying to a similar comment on another post — it is a great pleasure to learn when Keepa goes beyond the moment of reading a post and into broader use. Thank you.

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By: Jeffrey Laurence http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-72708 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:21:36 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-72708 My son used a portion of this story to explain “what progenitors can teach us” as a youth speaker Sunday. My son, through my wife, is a descendant of Daniel H. Wells. The insight was how, as an impartial justice of the peace, D.H. Wells saw the charges against Joseph Smith and rejected them. When he would not mis-use the law the mobs turned on him as well.

Because D.H. Wells later was an Apostle & Counselor to Brigham Young, both LDS and non-LDS writers tend to assume he was biased early on. This meeting with Gaston Braley really shows to me that D.H. Wells was a non-LDS jurist trying to be fair in his court and had reject the charges against Joseph Smith to remain honest with himself. Gaston’s description made me fell like I was in that courtroom.

By the way, my ancestor, Elisha Randolph Laurence, and his family moved from Northern Alabama to “Worm Creek” (now Whitney) Idaho in 1872. Whitney is just north of Franklin. What was it about Southern converts & the Idaho end of Cache Valley? Elisha was converted by missionaries from Preston.

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By: Maurine Ward http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-67378 Wed, 25 May 2011 18:54:10 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-67378 I was impressed that he ended up in Franklin, Idaho just twenty-two days after he was baptised.

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By: CurtA http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-67081 Tue, 24 May 2011 16:07:47 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-67081 Great story. Bro. Braley was on a spiritually planned trail. He encountered just the right people at just the right times. His history leaves out one small item that seems worth adding. This is from the DUP history of Whitney, Idaho, just north of Franklin, where Gaston had settled: “The Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association was organized in 1888 with Herbert Rallison as president, Gaston Brawley [Braley] and Jasper head as counselors.”

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By: Ardis E. Parshall http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-67073 Tue, 24 May 2011 15:26:32 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-67073 Excitement is better, Bruce. 😉

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By: Bruce Crow http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-67062 Tue, 24 May 2011 14:54:44 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-67062 I got so excited about Albert P. Berry, I forgot to thank you for the plug. So…Thank you.

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By: J. Stapley http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-66858 Mon, 23 May 2011 20:46:04 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-66858 Healing was common in the early missions, but my (unsystematic) study suggests that healings were more common in the southern states missions in the late 19th and early 20th century. Could also be that I’ve just read more southern states sources, as well…

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By: Bruce Crow http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-66794 Mon, 23 May 2011 14:33:36 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-66794 I had no idea that any of William S. Berry’s uncles joined the church. Fascinating. That little detail gives me a little inspiration for a post.

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By: Ardis E. Parshall http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-66788 Mon, 23 May 2011 14:02:38 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-66788 Good catch. The Cane Creek Massacre was in 1884, so whether he’s speaking from the perspective of 1893 (his mission) or 1933 (when this was dictated), it would be “earlier” rather than “later.”

Incidentally, any reader not familiar with the Cane Creek Massacre in which Elders Gibbs and Berry and two Tennessee brothers died should visit Bruce Crow’s Amateur Mormon Historian. There’s a link on the front page to an overview of the Cane Creek story, with many follow-up posts — nobody anywhere has uncovered more about the event and the participants and the aftermath than Bruce has.

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By: Researcher http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2011/05/23/gaston-l-braley-leaves-from-a-lifes-journal-2/comment-page-1/#comment-66786 Mon, 23 May 2011 13:53:49 +0000 http://www.keepapitchinin.org/?p=12276#comment-66786 Amazing stories.

One question. When Brother Braley mentions Albert Berry, “uncle of one martyred later in Tennessee” he means “earlier,” doesn’t he?

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