CCECELIA HENRIETTA CORNUE ROBELLEZ BROWN - 1825-1882
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"On February 13, 1823, Charles Robellez, only child of James and Mary Ann Robellez, was born in the college town of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Charles was educated by private tutors at the University of Neuchatel. His favorite studies were mathematics and languages. He became an instructor at the University, and in 1849 at the age of twenty-six years, he married his boyhood sweetheart, Cecelia Henrietta Cornue. She was also an oly child and was an instructor at the University. They moved to the beautiful city of Lousanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. In this ideal home two children were born to them, George and Eliza Henrietta.
In 1850 Mormon Missionaries came to Switzerland and opened up the Swiss Mission. Many people were converted, among whom were Charles and Cecelia Robellez. Their parents were very bitter and made life quite unbearable; so in the spring of 1854, Charles and Cecelia and their two children set out for America. They said farewell to their parents, who were heartbroken at the thought of their children and grandchildren going so far away. Little George was two and a half, husky and with curly hair; Henrietta, a rolypoly baby of less than a year. They knew nothing of pioneer life and rough living; of the long hard voyage over the treacherous sea; of the journey in covered wagons across unknown plains to a hot, dry, ugly sage-brush valley. They knew nothing of the heartaches which they would be called on to endure. They had the inspiration of youth, as they were yet under thirty; they had their two lovely children and their faith in the Gospel, and they were going to Zion in the tops of the mountains.
On March 12, 1854, they left England on the "S.S. John M. Wood" and arrived in New Orleans on May 2nd. The voyage had been almost unbearable, as the ocean had been rough, the boat crowded and many people had become ill and some died. The two children had been ill much of the way over. From New Orleans, they traveled on a river-boat to Kansas City, Missouri. Custom officer was in charge. Cholera broke out and many people died on the boat. Little George became so ill that as a result he was left a cripple for the rest of his life. Camp was made in Kansas City.
On July 14, 1854, they left for Utah in a covered wagon. They were all totally unfit for the trip. Charles did not know how to drive oxen, or to make camp. In fact pioneering was all entirely new to him. They were all weakened from the long trip across the ocean and the sickness on the river boat. Little George and Henrietta were still ill. They were all homesick for the quiet life of Switzerland. Robert Campbell was in charge of the group [of 400 souls] and strict rules were enforced. All had to rise at four a.m. and start at five and all men between the ages of sixteen and sixty-six took turns standing guard during the night. They encountered a praire fire which took some of their cattle, Indians took some more cattle and killed members of the party. There was a stampede of horses and cattle and many more were lost. Hot winds, rains, heat, little water, and poor food caused general weakness of the people and many were taken ill. Cholera broke out again and many people died every day. Little Henrietta gave up her fight for life and was buried by the road. The train consisting of wagons, cattle, horses, and marching men drove over the new graves to deceive the Indians and wild animals. Charles Robellez could not stand the hardships of pioneer life and on July 27 he was tenderly laid in his last resting place somewhere on the Kansas plains. The poor little widow and mother, of but twenty-seven years, had to travel on to Zion, with her little crippled son George. She stoically traveled on, over the long trail to her destination in the heart of the mountains [on Oct. 28th]." ----Heart Throbs of the West", Vol. 2, 1940, Pages 191-192.
PAF - Archer files = Captain James Brown + (8) Cecelia Henrietta Cornue.
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