|Drusilla Hendricks with her granddaughter Elizabeth Gammell|
and Elizabeth's husband, Eli Harris
After the death of his wife Elizabeth in October 1851, James Gammell left his daughter Elizabeth (Libby), just three months old, in the care of her grandparents, James and Drusilla Hendricks. Drusilla reared her daughter’s two children, James Bainbridge and Elizabeth Gammell, as her own.(1) The Hendricks moved to Springville in 1858 when Johnston’s army arrived in the valley, then later returned to Salt Lake. In 1860, when Libby was nine years old, they moved to Richmond, Cache Valley, Utah. James Hendricks died July 8, 1870, and Drusilla on May 20, 1881. Both are buried in Richmond.
|Notice in the Deseret News, December 22, 1853|
On July 4, 1854, James Gammell sued John H. Bleazard for $424 worth of beer at seventy-five cents per gallon. James demanded per written agreement $364 and the costs of the suit. Bleazard paid for eighty gallons ($60), but refused to pay the rest of the money. On February 21, 1855, the two men appeared in court again. This time James Gammell was the defendant, and John H. Bleazard the plaintiff. Bleazard demanded $366 “for goods sold and delivered and labor performed.”(8) Finally on September 29, 1855, James Gammell, plaintiff, demanded payment from John H. Bleazard, who still owed $368 for the beer from July 1854. (Sorry, I don’t know what happened to the money or the beer!)
In the fall of 1854, James must have been gone on a trading expedition. From Hosea Stout’s diary entry of January 23, 1855, we learn that James had just returned to Salt Lake: “Mr. James M (sic) Gammell returning from a trading tour some 600 miles S.E. reports that a small party of Whites have been killed by the Indians near the Devil’s Gate [Wyoming], as he learns from the Indians.”
- 1860 U. S. Census, Cache, Utah Territory, Post Office – Brigham. Jas. Hendricks, age 52, Drucilla Hendricks, age 50, Jas. W. Bainbrage, age 11, Elizabeth Bainbrage, age 9.
- James Gammell, letter to his sister, Jane, January 1, 1870. (James refers to his granddaughter, Drusilla Elizabeth Harris, one year old.)
- Arrington, Leonard J., Great Basin Kingdom, pp. 148-150.
- Walker, Joseph C., manuscript “History of the Mormons,” p. 42.
- Salt Lake County Court records, 1853.
- Despain, S. Matthew and Gowans, Fred R., “Jim Bridger”, Utah History Encyclopedia.
- Salt Lake 19th Ward Records, pp. 9 and 11, FHL film #0026706. Samuel apparently died in early childhood. He did not appear in the 1860 Census.
- Salt Lake County, Utah, Probate Court, civil and criminal case files, series 373, entries 623, 828, 482.
- For both births see Salt Lake 19th Ward records, p.11, film #0026706.
- Salt Lake County Probate Court, civil and criminal case files, series 373, entry 1741.