|Utah Penitentiary at Sugar House (date & source unknown)|
|Approximately same location, Sugar House Park & Highland High School|
(note the peak above me in the center is in the other picture on the left)
Having been recently startled photographically and geographically by connections to the Rice Family, I shouldn't have been too surprised when my collaborator cousin of my Dad's family sent me some information on the Bybees. Among the materials was this about my 2nd-Great Grandfather, David Bowman Bybee (1832-1893):
Arrested. Yesterday [September 13, 1887] D.B. Bybee, of Hooper, was arrested at Taylor's mill by Deputy Whetstone, on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. Mr. Bybee was on his way from Hooper to Ogden Canyon to do some work [he had a lumber mill]. He was taken before Commissioner Rogers, plead guilty and was bound over in the sum of $1,000 to appear before the First District Court in Salt Lake City. Two witnesses were also required to furnish bonds of $200 each. David Kay and Brigham Stowell furnished the necessary securities. [Ogden Standard Examiner, Sept. 14, 1887]Once again realizing a connection here, I went to my long-ongoing project of the George C. Wood prison diary. He was a 2nd-Great Grandfather on my Mom's side. Spending over three years in the territorial penitentiary for "unlawful cohabitation" after marrying a second wife because of his religious beliefs, he became an unofficial amanuensis of the "cohabs" in the territorial penitentiary. (I've been waiting a long time to use that cool word "amanuensis"). Historians have looked to his diary as a source for information about the prison and those in for polygamy. While he waxes poetic at times, most of the diary is a perfunctory record of those coming in and leaving, including these:
"[October] 26.  Five more cohabs came in, Bibey [Bybee] one of them."
"[April] 25  Bro's Bibey A.E. Berlin, Peterson, O. Hansen left. Snowing and raining, the ground very dry"The dates match an exact, six-month sentence.
Yes, there are many more historical projects to be done. I need to get after the court records. I understand from some of the story that George C. may have received a longer sentence because he was good at evading the U.S. Marshall (sometimes) and was difficult as a witness in other polygamy prosecutions.
It does cause one to wonder what ancestors from different sides of the family may have said to each other about their families and prospective descendants. They very likely talk about me now as I talk about them. Plural marriage aside hopefully for good, it does give me a legacy to live.
My two 2nd-Great Grandfathers who were in prison together:
|David Bowman Bybee|
|George C. Wood|