and Prominent Men of Utah, p.926
HAY, ROBERT, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Came to Utah in 1856. His children by first wife: William; James;
Robena; Jean. Resided at Glasgow.
Married Mary Haley in Glasgow (daughter of John Haley and Mary
Haley of Glasgow). Their children Isabel, m. John Lards; Alexander,
m. Eliza Watson; George Smith; Annie, m. Abram Warburton; Elizabeth;
Albert. Family home Pleasant Grove, Utah.
She was also the widow of Mr. Durfey, whom she married at Glasgow.
Their child: Mary, m. James Smith; John Powell. Resided in Glasgow.
Elder; home missionary. Coal miner and farmer. Died February
1879 at Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Heritage, Vol. 13, p.374
Samuel Mulliner and Alexander Wright, missionaries for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arrived in Scotland December
1839. The first converts to be baptized were Alexander Hay and
wife Jessie, in the River Clyde at Bishopton January 1840. The
following May, Orson Pratt organized a branch at Paisley with
80 members. Within 15 months there were 600 Saints in Scotland
and by 1852 they numbered over 3,000 many of whom emigrated to
Salt Lake Valley, Utah.
On Dec. 20, 1839, Elders Samuel Mulliner and Alexander Wright,
of Scotch descent, arrived at Glasgow as the first L. D. S. missionaries
to Scotland. The following day they proceeded to Edinburgh, where
the parents of Elder Mulliner resided. Elder Wright also had
relatives in the north of Scotland, whom he went to visit. Laboring
alone for a short time, Elder Mulliner baptized Alexander Hay
and his wife, Jessie Hay, in the River Clyde, at Bishopton, near
Paisley, Jan. 14, 1840. These were the first fruits of the preaching
of the gospel in Scotland. Five days later the newly baptized
couple were confirmed and their children blessed, at which time
the Sacrament of the Lords Supper was administered for
the first time by divine authority in Scotland..
Ency Vol 3 pg. 571
In the meantime Elder Mulliner had been laboring at Bishopton,
near Glasgow, and had there baptized Alexander Hay and his wife
Jan. 14, 1840; they were the first to embrace the fulness of
the gospel in Scotland in this dispensation, being the first
fruits of the Elders in that land. At this time Elder Mulliner
wrote to Elder Wright, requesting him to join him at Bishopton.
Elder Wright very shortly left the north to join his companion,
traveling all the way south to Edinburgh, as he had done north
to Banff, on foot. He used every opportunity to proclaim his
mission on the way, at Dundee and elsewhere. When he reached
Edinburgh he found Elder Mulliner there, visiting his parents.
They remained in that city a brief season, during which they
became acquainted with two men (Gillispie and McKenzie) at Leith,
who were both baptized Feb. 2, 1840. Elders Wright and Mulliner
then started for Glasgow by canalboat and arrived at Bishopton
the following day. Their conjoint labors now commenced in earnest,
and they held meetings in Kilpatrick, Bishtopton, Bridge-of-Weir,
Paisley, Kilmarcomb, Johnstone, Houston, 'Kilbarchan, Glasgow
and other places. It appears that their presentation of the gospel
brought a ready response, for a number of persons were soon afterwards
baptized. In fact baptisms soon became a daily occurrence, and
by the close of April, 1840, upwards of sixty persons had been
led into the waters of baptism. Early in May, 1840, Elder Orson
Pratt arrived in Paisley and on May 8, 1840, the Paisley branch
(the first branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints in Scotland) was organized with Robert McArthur as president.
The work now spread rapidly, additional branches being organized
at Bridge-of-Weir, Bishopton and Greenock. Soon after organizing
the Paisley branch, Elder Orson Pratt went to Edinburgh, accompanied
by Elder Mulliner, and established a branch of the Church there.
Elder Mulliner returned to America in the fall of 1840, but Elder
Wright continued his work and was the means of bringing many
into the Church.
Ency. Vol 2 pg.609
The summer of 1867 found him serving in the Blackhawk war in
Sanpete county as a member of Capt. Wm. L. Binder's company.
At Gunnison he quarried rock, burned lime and helped to build
a fort and barracks, besides doing military duty. While burning
lime he and his comrades were attacked about 10 o'clock one night
by Indians, who came down upon them under cover of heavy cedars
and shot and killed John Hay, an estimable young man, whose death
was much deplored.
Bio Ency Vol 1 pg. 621
In 1867 he participated in an Indian expedition to Sanpete county,
during which he was exposed to great danger on various occasions.
When John Hay was killed at Fayette, Sept. 4, 1867, Elder Morris
was sitting by his side and afterwards assisted in carrying the
dead body to a neighboring house.
Heritage, Vol. 9, p.183
On September 14th John Hay of Gunnison was killed by a band of
Indians who found him alone burning lime. Four days after this
murder, the stock owned by the citizens of Beaver was driven
away by a band of Black Hawk warriors and the redskins decided
to remain in their haunts until spring. They had been pursued
vigorously and driven over mountains and valleys. Our cattle
were herded and guarded so closely that the Indians were compelled
to make their retreat to unsettled parts. The settlers determined
to have peace or the extermination of every Indian throughout
the land. The militia had been authorized to kill every Indian
buck who came on their trail and to spare only the squaws and
Heritage, Vol. 9, p.191
September 5John Hay of Capt. Wm. L. Binder's company of
militia was killed by Indians near Fayette, Sanpete Co.
Heritage, Vol. 9, p.236
John Hay was born in 1846 in Scotland to Latter-day Saint parents,
Robert and Mary McMurray Hay. His mother died young, and his
father married Mary Jane Healey in 1862. John emigrated to Utah
in 1865 and worked for President Brigham Young. He served in
the militia under General William B. Pace in the Black Hawk War
and was killed by Indians Sept. 4, 1867, and buried by his company
in Gunnison, Sevier County. President Young wrote to Robert Hay,
John's father in England, and asked what to do with his savings.
Robert answered that it would help emigrate the family to Utah.
A communication from General William B. Pace to The Deseret News
September 5th, 1867, follows:
Last evening about 11 o'clock Private John Hay of Captain Binder's
company was shot dead by Indians, while tending the fire at the
lime kiln near Warm Creek. The Indians crawled up within twenty
feet and fired one gun only, then fled. It appears the guard
had changed their position for some reason, leaving this avenue
open. Detachments from Manti and this place were immediately
placed upon the trails to intercept them without success. A reconnoitering
[p.237] party since daylight reports signs of only three Indians
on foot, who, from the course and length of steps must have made
Twelve Mile Canyon in less than an hour from the time of committing
the murder; reconnaissances are out in search of their rendezvous.
Wm. B. Pace
B. H. Roberts,
Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol.5, Ch.129, p.151
Early in 1867, the continued hostile intentions of the Indians
were announced in the massacre of James P. Peterson, his wife
and daughter, near Glenwood, Sevier county, who were mutilated
in the most horrible manner. The vigilance of the militia of
these counties, assisted by detachments from counties as far
north as Salt Lake and Davis, so far held the Indians in check,
that during the entire year there were only three other citizens
killed and three of the militia, viz., [citizens] Lewis Lund,
James Meeks, Andrew Johansen; [militia men] Major John W. Vance.
Sergeant Heber C. Houtz, and Private John Hay.
Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 2, p.208
Sanpete County had been reasonably quiet for a couple of months,
when on the 13th of August the Indians made a descent on the
herd-grounds and meadows of Springtown, and drove off a band
of horses. James Meeks was killed, Andrew Johnson mortally wounded
and William Blain slightly wounded in the fight. Colonel Allred
with a portion of the Mr. Pleasant and Ephraim cavalry started
in pursuit, overtook and defeated the enemy, who killed some
of the stolen horses and abandoned others. It is believed that
a number of savages were killed in the engagement. The last casualty
of the season occurred on the night of September 4th, near Warm
Creeknow FayetteSanpete County, where three men of
Captain Binder's Salt Lake infantry were on picket duty. Indians
stole up in the darkness, and by the light of the campfire were
able to single out John Hay upon whom they fired with fatal effect.
His comrades gave the alarm to eight other men stationed near
by, and, bearing the dead man with them, the detachment made
good their retreat to the settlement. Soon afterward the Indians
withdrew for the winter and the militia were able to devote the
few remaining weeks of autumn to the pursuits of peace. During
this summer and autumn a stone fort was projected and partly
built at Gunnison, for protection against the savages. The remains
of this fort, which was never completed, may be seen to this
Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church
The saints on Warm Creek were organized as a branch of the Church
in 1862, with Branch Young as president. He acted under the direction
of the Gunnison Ward bishopric and was succeeded in 1864 by John
E. Metcalf, sen., who, after the Indian troubles in 18651867,
was succeeded by John Bartholowmew as presiding Elder. The first
meeting house (a small log building) was erected at Fayette in
1864. In 1866 the settlement was temporarily vacated because
of the Black Hawk War, but the settlers soon returned to their
own homes, after spending a few months in Gunnison. The present
rock meeting house at Fayette dates back to 1874; it was dedicated
Aug. 1, 1875. On Sept. 6, 1867, John Hay, a militia man belonging
to Wm. L. Binders company of Salt Lake City, was killed
by Indians about a mile east of the settlement. That part of
Fayette Ward now known as Dover was first settled in 1875 by
the late John E. Forsgren,