1997 our family took a sesquicentennial trip to visit some of the early church
history sites in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming.
After that experience my husband and I were curious as to which of our
ancestors were pioneers. We discussed how nice it would be to find out what we
could about these folks, and of special interest to us would be the persons who
listened to the missionaries and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
We started with an anniversary "date" to the Daughters of the
Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City. Next
we wrote letters to people in our families who had submitted genealogy to the
church ancestral file. One letter
went to a submitter who had been working on my Arbon Family line.
As is turned out, this person had passed away a few months earlier and
her sister, Yvonne Peterson, was about to throw my letter in the trash when she
said that the thought struck her that she should open my letter.
She called and told me that she could also connect me to one of my Hurd
relatives who she was also related to! This
is how I met cousin, Yvonne Peterson, and how it began at a meeting in Brigham
City, 2 Mar 1999 at the home of Hurd Cousin, Dora Cutler.
Dora Hurd Cutler and Yvonne shared some valuable information with me.
Dora is a descendant of William Hurd. She
told me to contact our cousin, Heber Anderson, in Barnwell, Canada.
Cousin Heber called and promised to send me some history about the Albert
Hurd line and suggested I contact the oldest living Hurd that he knew, Serell
Hurd of Afton, Wyoming. Serell gave
my letter to Dorthy Hurd Merritt, his niece, in Bedford, Wyoming.
Dorthy called and promised to send me information about Mark Hurd.
I couldn't believe my good fortune!
This just whetted my appetite to want to find out what happened to each
of John and Martha Hurd's children. Time passed and I had resigned myself to
just being grateful for the information I had.
I still maintained contact with Heber and Dorthy.
Heber and his son, Craig, came to Utah in July 1999.
We met and exchanged information about families.
I told him of my desire to find out about each of the Hurd children.
He said that he would contact a relative on the Martha Jane Hurd line,
Marie Mitch who lived in Cut Bank, Montana.
Marie sent me information and told me that her daughter, Patty McIntyre,
lived in West Haven, just south of me! I
called Patty and she promised to get me some information.
Patty told me about her cousin, Presley Chalfant of Bear River City,
Utah. Presley had actually talked
with my husband who works in Brigham City and discussed our Hurd connection
previously, but I had yet to make his acquaintance.
That meeting took place on 18 Dec 2001 in the Ogden Family History
Center. Patty and Presley had
information that filled in many of my blank spaces.
Their Aunt Vienna Olson Conaway had gathered and written histories with
the idea of publishing a book in the early 1960ís.
After our second meeting in January 2002, I really felt that I should
bring together the story of our immigrant Hurd Family!
Thanks to all who have helped bring this compilation of
stories, photos and documents together. I
hope it is of benefit to the reader and that you will be encouraged to meet your
extended family. It has certainly
enriched my life to get to know my cousins and learn about my ancestors!
I must also tell you that the Lord is really aware of our
strengths and weaknesses. Just when
I was wondering how to proceed with the book project, I decided to contact
cousin Dora Cutler again. She told
me about a Reeder Family book that she had loaned to relatives in Ogden.
I told her that I would get in touch with them.
In March 2002 I met cousin Doreen Hurd Lowham and her daughter, Sharyll
Richards, of South Ogden. (William
Hurd line) Sharyll has the computer
know how that makes this book possible. I
couldnít have done it without her hours of help!
The cover and the cute little Forget-me-nots were her idea to make the
book more attractive.
I consider Dora Hurd Cutler, the late Heber Anderson and
Dorthy Hurd Merritt the crown jewels of this project. Patty McIntyre, Presley Chalfant, and Sharyll Richards were
the needed reinforcements, and encouragement at just the right time.
Also, I wish to thank my husband, John Shaw, who has supported and helped
me throughout the duration.
I canít leave this page without also
thanking Philip and Valerie Myers for searching out their Hurd cousins in
America and for being so willing to help add to the Hurd family story!
And finally, to all others who shared
histories and photos or connected me with someone who could, my deepest
gratitude. They are as follows: Marie Mitch, Galand W. Nield, Francine Johnson,
Larene Spendlove, Tom and Carol Jones, Mollie Coon, Rose Mackley, Anna Kay
Waddoups, Rozine Hurd, Iola Ukena, Jim and Connie Cheney and Jeanette Walker.
With their help, this project has a quality and volume that we can all
It is now the spring of 2005 and since
the original printing of 75 books, I have gathered a little more history and
several more photos. I have had requests for the book but have debated whether
to go to the trouble of adding the new material or just reprint the original
information. Iíve opted to make
the improvements and with that I need to thank LuAnn Harris, Lorraine Moss, Gen
Russell, Roseanna Moss, Jean Christensen, Dorothy Cox, Teddy Nield, Joyce
Semonin, Bev Decker, Carol Wynder, Randy Bingham, Gary and Judith Hurd for
photos, information or leads on contacting cousins.  Ronda Simmons has joined us and shared helpful
information too. Thank you all so