Uncle John’s Salve

I’m very interested in finding out the history behind, and maker of, “Uncle John’s Salve”. My hope is that someone in  the family will be familiar with “Uncle John’s Salve” and be willing to share how to make it with the rest of the family. It was amazing for healing skin infections, and drawing slivers out. My dad was a carpenter in this life, and  “Uncle John’s Salve” was a basic in our medicine cabinet! The only thing I’m sure of is that bee’s wax was one of the ingredients.

In a “Home Remedy” Relief Society activity an unrelated friend in my ward shared her healing experience with “Uncle John’s Salve” at the home of Mack & Lavina Kesler (Aunt Donnette’s son). Bee’s wax is the only ingredient I’m sure of.

Pale Ink

Gallery

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Henrietta Mertz used a Confucian saying as part of title to her book “Pale Ink”, quoting,

“Pale Ink is better than the most retentive memory.”
I have in my possession some “pale ink”. I was reminded of it by Vivian Adams in her presentation on Hyrum Smith on 15 November 2010, it reads: Continue reading

Sarah Ellen Richards Smith – Founding member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

Gallery

This gallery contains 7 photos.

I’m Trina Amundsen Neel. I live in Virginia. I am originally from Salt Lake. I am a great grand daughter of Joseph F. and Sarah Ellen through my mother, Amy Miller Amundsen and her mother Minerva Smith Miller. A cousin was doing some research about the DUP. She learned that Sarah Ellen was a counselor in the first presidency of the DUP but was never made a member. I have Sarah’s DUP application that she had filled out and signed along with the signature of Grandpapa. It is a treasure. It has that she was member #3 but for reasons unknown she never turned it in. We were hoping to right this wrong. Last year my sister Gayle Miller, cousin Jeanetta Peterson and I met with the current DUP president, Maurine Smith. Continue reading

How to Make a Record of Family Heirlooms and Keepsakes

Answer the following questions:

Who is the original owner of the artifact?
How did they obtain it?
Who made it?
What is the piece used for? (tool, decoration)
Is there a special story associated with the piece?
What makes this item an heirloom to your family?
How has it been passed down to the present owner?
Where is it currently located?

Take a picture from all sides and angles.

Document the size and colors.

Remember that as we search for information about artifacts, family history data may be discovered. For example, places the ancestor lived or visited and why.