Since Martha married Arnold Goodliffe I
think it only fitting to add something of his life.
It should be noted that Arnold was living the law of polygamy that was
still in practice until 1890 within the church.
“My first church donation was to the Salt Lake Temple. My great desire and anxiety now, having been baptized was to
go to Zion, and I prayed to God earnestly that my way might be opened.
God moved upon my relatives, and my brother proposed that I should go to
America, and they would furnish all the money necessary.
After a short visit among my relatives, I went to Liverpool, paid my
passage, set sail in the ship "Siddons" for Philadelphia, with a
company of Saints, bidding farewell to father, kindred, home and friends.
“President John Taylor met us in Philadelphia, where we landed 20 Apr
1855, and gave me my first meal in America.
I possessed only twenty-four cents when I landed in America.
We traveled by rail and steamboat to Atchison, Kansas.
Here the cholera broke out in our company, and I gained quite an
experience with this dreaded disease, as I nursed the sick.
I was told that the afflicted ones must not have a drop of water- nothing
but liquor and hot pepper teas. But
I gave them all the pure water I could and had the pleasure of seeing them
recover and removed to Mormon Grove. From
here I traveled in Captain Richard Ballantyne's company and was appointed clerk
to the captain of the guard. On the
road I took quite sick, my life being despaired of.
Brother Robert Baxter and family (now of Wellsville) were very kind to me
and did all they could for me. God
heard my prayers, and my life was spared. We
arrived in Salt Lake City, 25 Sep 1855. I hired out to Clark Ames for my board,
who said to me, ‘I see you are not able to work, but you can chore for me, and
I will learn you how to get along, but we have only provisions to last about
four months.’ I told him that I
would go, and remarked that when I was confirmed a member of the Church, I was
promised that I should not want for bread. He replied, ‘Come along, you are
the man to live with this year.’ This
was in 1855. Before he reached his
home in Kaysville, he was enabled to get breadstuff enough to last for 12
months. The man from whom he obtained it telling him he could not render any
help, but he finally let him have the wheat because of his magnanimity in taking
in a poor, lone boy at such a time.”
Arnold helped in settling, Franklin, Idaho.
He also ran a gristmill in Logan for a couple years, went to Bear Lake
Valley and then to Malad, Idaho. He
was called on a mission to England while residing in Malad in 1875. He was released to come home in May of 1876 because of
illness. I will continue with his
in Brigham City, Apostle Lorenzo Snow requested me to take a trip to Curlew
Valley, explore the same and report. I
complied with his request, which resulted in my being called to make my home in
Curlew Valley. Soon after locating
there with my family, we were visited by Apostle Lorenzo Snow, Judge Samuel
Smith and Bishop Alva Nichols and Johan Evans, when I was sustained as president
of the Curlew Branch. This was on
August 13, 1876.
1877 I was called to act as Bishop of Snowville, being ordained a High Priest
and Bishop by Apostle Lorenzo Snow, 21 Oct 1877.
I have embraced the principle of plural marriage and have endeavored to
obey it, as well as every other law and ordinance of God's house.
I am proud to say that I was numbered among those who were persecuted,
hunted, and driven during the recent raid on polygamists.
I was arrested in the fall of 1890 on the charge of unlawful
cohabitation, taken to Ogden and tried, but finally acquitted, though one of the
me with having ‘seven wives known and
numerous others unknown to the jury.’”
Goodliffe passed away 9 Jun 1913 at the age of 76 after suffering a stroke that
caused paralysis. He is buried in
the Snowville Cemetery.
Before finishing the story of Martha’s
life I’ll include a few lines about her childhood in England and then share
some memories of her that were written by two of her granddaughters.
Martha had no recollection of her father. He
died just before her first birthday. She
had two older sisters. In their
teenage years they worked as servants or maids.
From the time Martha joined the church she held firmly to her beliefs and
made choices that supported her acceptance of the gospel.
Martha was a good influence on her grandchildren in the Stone and
Snowville area. Those who knew her
spoke well of her. She served in
the Primary and Relief Society organizations in Snowville.
of Martha Jane, wrote about a visiting teaching experience of her grandmother as
follows, “The lady who was her companion and grandma drove their own team on a
light spring wagon to make the rounds of their district.
They called on mother and then drove on about 4 miles to another family
living above the meadows. As they
left mother told them that she would like to have them stop in for the evening
meal on their way back. At that
time the schoolteacher of the Stone school was boarding with us, Mr. Nibbert.
After the meal grandma conversed with him explaining the gospel.
He loved to talk with her whenever she came to our house.
The other lady was somewhat anxious to be going and she said “Don’t
you think we had better be going Sister Hurd?
It looks like it is going to rain.”
Grandma was interested in explaining the teachings of the gospel and she
answered that she didn’t mind if she got wet to the skin.
Such was her love for the gospel that she had left her native country
recollection from Vienna as follows, “We always loved to go to grandma’s
place for we knew that she would have some cookies in her cookie can when we
arrived. We children were always
first to get to the house and we didn’t wait to ask her for a cookie.
When mother arrived on the scene she would scold us for getting into
grandma’s cookie can. We always replied that ‘Grandma said we could’ and that
saved the day from further correction.”
probably sad to bid farewell to Albert and Martha Jane’s families when they
headed to Canada. She lived out the
rest of her life in Snowville near William’s family and her youngest son, Fred
and his wife, Lizzie.
Ruth, one of
William's daughters said, “Our Grandmother Hurd was getting along in years,
she had bad nosebleeds always when one of we children slept with her.
I was happy when it was my turn. She
carried a lantern to light her way. One
night at the store she thought she’d lost it, and spent some time looking for
it. It was on her arm, and it
created much amusement among the men gathered there.
Often, in the night, I’d awaken to Grandmothers puffing her breath out
through her lips, and I’d be terrified thinking she was going to be ill, but
it was fun to be with her. She had
cheese, sweet crackers and sugar candy, all things we didn’t have at home.”
calculation, Martha lived to see her posterity number 59 grandchildren and 24
great grandchildren. At some point
prior to her death, she must have been unable to get around.
On her death certificate it was recorded that she was an invalid and the
cause of death was listed as old age and general debility.
She was 83 and a half. This
occurred on 11 Sep 1914. She is
buried in Snowville Cemetery in the Goodliffe family plot.
Why didn’t her headstone contain the
Goodliffe name? According to
Vienna’s account, most of the children were not happy about their mother’s
decision to marry. Some of them
felt that their brother, William, might have pressured her into this marriage. “What has been done wrong in this life will be righted in
the next life,” is what Martha told her children.
I should also note that other Hurd descendants have since had the sealing
of Martha to Arnold Goodliffe put back in place so at present she is sealed to
both husbands. It will be her
choice to right whatever wrongs have been made and decide which sealing to
Another bit of information I learned from a Goodliffe descendent may shed
some light on this subject. LuAnn
Harris told me that when the practice of polygamy was halted in 1890 Arnold
Goodliffe had to choose one wife. According
to her he chose Esther Arbon Goodliffe as his legal wife.
The other marriages were null and void since they weren’t even
considered legal in the eyes of the law. Martha may have chosen to go by the
Hurd name at that time since both the 1900 and 1910 census list her as Martha
What follows will
be a sketch of the Hurd children and their spouses, taken from the information
collected from my Hurd cousins or their spouse’s families.
I hope you enjoy reading this information and gain a greater appreciation
for the family.
There is no sketch of Mary, the fourth child, who died in infancy in
Middleton, England. After reading
these accounts, if you have information to source the histories and genealogies
or correct them please contact me.