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Myra Stoddard Springer Burton Scott

Myra Stoddard Springer Burton Scott's Journal

(born April 30, 1836; died May 29, 1921)

Written in April, 1918

I was born in Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, the last day of April 1836. My father's name was Thomas Adams Stoddard. He was born in Connecticut, and raised in Boston, Mass. My mother's name was Jane Cochrane. She was born in Broome County, New York. When I was an infant, nine months old, my parents immigrated to Illinois and settled in Lafayette Grove, Ogle County.

In 1845 I was converted and joined the Methodist Church, and have been a member of that dear old Church ever since. One of the blessings of which I am most thankful is the help that the Church has been to me and the sweet communion I have enjoyed with God's people. I thank God for Christian parents that believed in children's conversion. The blessed Lord has kept me all these years. I will be 82 this month. It will not be long before I shall leave the Church Militant and join the Church Triumphant, and through him who has brought me with his own blood.

In 1853, with my parents and family consisting of father, mother, one brother and six sisters, started that long journey across the plains with ox teams. It took us five months. It seemed so far, but behold what God hath wrought, now that distances can be traveled in three or four days. We wintered in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa, to escape that long, cold Spring travel. While there I met a young man by the name of Andrew Springer. We arrived in Newton the first day of August, 1853. I was married to Mr. Springer the 23 day of March, 1854. On the 23rd day of April, we resumed our journey.

Then, we left the for the plains proper. We surely felt that we had left home, civilization, and friends for the unknown, but we journeyed on , and had a very pleasant trip until Mr. Springer was taken down with that dread disease - typhoid fever. He lingered for several weeks, then he left this world of pain for a better world. Oh! What a disappointment and what a night of anguish as we laid him to rest by moonlight in his lonely grave on the side of one of the Green Mountains on Ham's Fork of the Bear River, never to see his grave again. At sunrise we took up our lonely march to the west - the Promised Land, the land of sunshine and flowers. But memory has made many a weary pilgrimage to that grave on the Green Mountains.

We arrived in Marysville, Yuba County, California the 10th day of September, 1854. We crossed the Feather River and made our home in Yuba City. On the last day of January, 1855, a dear little bird (Mary Alice Springer, b. 1855) came into my lonely nest. She was a dear little comfort. She had no father, but she was everyone's baby. She grew to be a lovely and beautiful woman. She has preceded me, but with many others loved, to the other shore, where they wait for my coming.

On the 5th day of December, 1855, I was married to Rev. J. W. Burton, who at that time was preaching as a supply on the Cacheville circuit under the presiding Elder, Brother Adam Bland, on of the pioneer preachers of this country. In 1856 Rev. Burton united with the California Conference. The work was hard. We did not work for money, nor did we work for popularity. Our great desire was to help plant the Church and to build up the Kingdom of our lord Jesus Christ in this new country. I believe that God was with us and blessed our labors.

Our first appointment after leaving Woodland and Cacheville was Oroville in Butte County. He preached at Oroville, Bidwell's Bar, Hamilton (City), and Forbestown, Wyandotte, and Dry Creek. Our next appointment was in 1857. We were sent to Arcata, Humboldt County. We had to go by water and we were 68 days getting there. We expected to be out on the ocean six to 13 days, but it was a very stormy winter. We could not cross the Humboldt Bar, as it was a very rough and dangerous bar - rather an unpleasant trip with two little children. In 1860 we were sent to Scott's Valley. We had to come back the way we went on the ocean.

Our next appointment was at Princeton, Colusa County. The next was Ophir, Placer County, and our last was Woodland, the place from which we started, where he finished his labors and went to his reward on the 17th day of March, 1864, and it could be said "A good man has fallen". I spent 8 years and 3 months in missionary work. I was left with five helpless little children, with no hand to guide them but mine. But my Heavenly Father did not forsake me. Alice was born in Yuba City, Sutter Co., Hawley was born in Oroville, Butte Co., Retta was born in Arcata, Humboldt Co., Frank was born in Crystal Creek, Siskiyou Co., Lida was born in Ophir, Placer Co..

On the 5th of January, 1868, I was married to Carroll Carrolton Scott, one of our God's noblemen. We were married in Woodland, Yolo Co.. The Rev. William Conroy united us in marriage. We lived together 35 years and six months. God gave us seven dear little children - two little boys preceded us to the better world, five are still living. On the 25th day of May, 1903, my precious companion was called home and I am still waiting for the call to the mansions above where there is no more pain, nor sorrow.

C. C. Scott was born in Holiday's Cove, W. V., Nov. 30, 1836.

Children of C. C. Scott and Myra Burton Scott:

Lida (Scott) Carlisle
William Stoddard Scott
Edith (Scott) Crawford
Fred Scott
C. H. (Chancellor Hollis) Scott
Della (Scott) Smith

Myra (Stoddard) Springer Burton Scott died on 29-May-1921.


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