- GIVN: Adlinda
- SURN: Hillman
- Sex: F
- Born: 5 Oct 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
- Died: 21 Feb 1916 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- Buried: 24 Feb 1916 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- AFN: 1N9P-C4
- _UID: F07CC0E31C76457DA5C81E7175026CF83AF7
- Baptised LDS: 1 Apr 1853 13 Dec 1862
- Record last updated: 30 Nov 2013
- TIME: 11:39
BIOGRAPHY OF ADLINDA HILLMAN KOYLE
By her daughter, Ellen Jane Koyle Rose
Adlinda was the daughter of Silas Hillman, who was born 26 February 1820 and Electa Fidelia Hulet, who was born 1 May 1825 at Nelson, Portage County, Ohio.
She came to Utah with her parents in 1852 with the Edward Hunter Company. She was baptized by Brigham Young.
While living in Nauvoo, her father, Silas Hillman, was present in all the important happenings in Nauvoo. He and Grandmother heard the Prophet preach on many occasions. During the driving and persecution of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, Grandfather Hillman was one of the Prophet's bodyguards. When he and his brother were taken to Carthage, Grandfather and 5 other men followed them to within 2 miles of the jail, when they were met by the mob who ordered them to go back, threatening their lives if they went any further. These wicked men lifted them on their horses, with their bayonets piercing their skin so severely that when they reached home the blood was running from their shoes.
On one other occasion the mob was hunting Grandfather, and Grandmother hid him between 2 feather beds. She made the bed up neatly and when the mob came to search the house they were unable to find him. These incidents kept the family in great distress.
Grandfather Hillman was a member of the Nauvoo Legion. Grandfather Hillman and his family were driven from Nauvoo with the other Saints. The experiences of this family were similar to other Saints of that time. They worked on the Nauvoo Temple. They joined with the Saints in their exodus from Illinois to the settlements of Winter Quarters and Council Bluffs. They finally settled in Marion County, Iowa, and built a home, While there, their, second daughter, Guileta Fidelia, was born the 2nd of April 1847. Later they moved to Coonsville, now known as Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa. Grandmother died there of consumption at the age of 26 years. She was buried on her husband's farm.
A few years later, Grandfather remarried a widow, Emily Ann Cox, she having a child by her former husband. To this union were added 5 sons and 2 daughters. Ellen Celeste was born 11 Oct. 1850, while the family lived at Coonsville.
In the year 1852, Grandfather with his wife and 3 children came west. President Wood joined with the Saints on their journey into the west with others of their faith. Adlinda at that time was just 10 years of age. She remembered many of the incidents while crossing the plains. They arrived at the end of their journey, settling at Palmyra, a suburb of Spanish Fork, where a fort was built for their protection from the Indians. While at the fort, Grandfather held many positions.
He was elected to the State Legislature and was an alderman and justice of the peace. He got the charter for Spanish Fork. He also was a counselor to Bishop Steven Markham and during Indian troubles he was a Lieutenant in the Walker War. He provided for his family by teaching school and merchandis on a small scale. When the fort was abandoned he moved with the rest of the settlers to Spanish Fork where he taught school continuously until he moved to Tooele, Utah in 1870.
Mother attended her father's school. The schools in those days were crude. There were no books to be bought, making it very difficult for the teacher, as he had to set all the copies for his students on the blackboard from his scanty supply of books. Each student was equipped with a slate and pencil. Among their punishments at that school was standing in the corner with a dunce cap on their heads, causing much merri among the students.
Some of the entertaining was dancing, conducted in the homes. They would begin dancing in the afternoon and dance until 12:00 O'clock when they would serve supper, then continue dancing until morning. When my mother would go home, her father would not allow her to go to bed.
Mother, being the oldest in the family, was well trained in all the duties of homemaker. At times she found work helping some friends or neighbors in sickness or assisting with the housework.
Adlinda Hillman, my mother, was married to John Hyrum Koyle in 1861. They were later sealed in the Endowment House for time and all eternity by President Wilford Woodruff. Their home was located near the Butler Dugway. In this humble home their first child was born, Electa Adlinda.
Being greatly annoyed by the Indians was a sore trial for them and they were forced to leave their farm and move to the settlement, locating on the Hans Rigtrup lot, now owned by Bert Koyle. Their home there was also a dugout. Here their son, John Hyrum, was born 14 August 1864. While Mother was yet ill, a snake fell from the dirt roof onto her bed. Just imagine being placed in that condition.
Conditions became more prosperous and they built the adobe house that stands on that lot today. In this house their second son, Albert Henry, was born.
About that time a call was made by Brigham Young for a number of the Saints to fill a mission.
Father: Silas Hillman, b. 27 Feb 1820 in Cambridge, Washington, New York, United States
Mother: Electa Fidelia Hulet, b. 1 May 1823 in Nelson, Portage, Ohio, United States
Family 1: John Hyrum Koyle, b. 28 Sep 1841 in Lima Branch, Hancock, Illinois, United States
- Married: 25 Nov 1861 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States 13 Dec 1862 30 Sep 2007
- Electa Adlinda Koyle, b. 29 Sep 1862 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- John Hyrum Koyle, b. 14 Aug 1864 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- Albert Henry Koyle, b. 21 Jan 1867 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- Mary Fidelia Koyle, b. 16 May 1870 in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States
- Ellen Jane Koyle, b. 9 Nov 1871 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
- Nancy Emily Koyle, b. 5 Sep 1873 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States
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