EMMA ALMYRA DIBBLE
My grandparents were born in the New England states, Grandfather Philo Dibble Sr. was born in Peru, Pitsfield Co. Mass. on June 6th, 1806. He was baptized Oct 16, 1830 by Parley P. Pratt. He was a farmer by trade and a very close friend to the Prophet Joseph Smith, spending most of his time and means in helping the prophet and Church in the early days. In the Fall of 1833 when trouble started with the mob, he went with other brethren in the battle to drive the mob back, and was wounded in the side. He being examined by a surgeon , who was in the Black Hawk War, who said he could not live and left him to die. David Whitmer sent him word that he should live, Brother Newel K. Knight came and sat on the side of his bed, placing his hand on his head but did not speak and was almost instantly healed, carrying the bullet to his grave. He lived to be 98 years of age. My grandfather Henry A. Cleveland, was also wounded in the same battle, he being shot in the shoulder, carrying a bullet to his grave, living to be 59 years of age.
About three years after my father Philo Dibble Jr. was born at Clay Co. Mo. 1836, crossing the plains in 1851 with his parents, locating in Bountiful. He was educated there in the district schools and in 1863 on the 22 of March, he married Antoinette Cleveland in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her father Henry A. Cleveland was a mason by trade. They crossed the plains in 1852, locating at Centerville, Davis Co. Utah, she being but a girl of eight years of age. She was born in Nauvoo, I11., June 20, 1844. They made their home in Centerville Davis Co., Utah, where seven children were born, two girls and five boys. He taught school here and served as Justice of the Peace. About 1877, they moved out on a farm about ten miles, from Kaysville, living in a little log cabin where I was born on the 22nd of April 1879. Standing the hardships of a new country, they lived here until I was about three years of age. Father then setting out and bought land closer to town, as we were then about ten miles from school. I being but three years of age remember our new home which father bought from Joseph Alred of Arizona. We are now still three miles from school, but mother taught us our lessons daily until I was in the second reader before I went to school. Mr. A. B. Cook was my first teacher. On account of being so far from church I was not baptized until July 8, 1888, by Brother John G. M. Barns at Kaysville.
A few years later a ward was organized called West Layton. Here I was called to work in the Y.L.M.I.A., also the Sunday School.
My father was politically a Democrat, also his father. He held a few offices in his home town, and was a Notary Public. On Dec. 4, 1915, he died at his home in West Layton of heart trouble at the old age of 79 years of age.
I was educated in the Davis Co. schools, and passed through the eighth grade in 1899. I also attended the A.C.U. and being the only girl at home and mother's health being so poor, I had to stop school and return home to care for her. With good care she recovered and is now living at her home in West Layton.
The summer of July 1908, I went to Evanston, Wyoming on a pleasure trip to visit with a friend of mine, Mrs. Jina Reed. I was there about three weeks enjoying myself very much. It was while here that I ate of the first deer meat and the first trout.
It was the next year while I was visiting with my relatives in Bountiful, that I became acquainted with Richard H. Sedgwick, to whom I was married on the 27th of Oct. 1909 at the Salt Lake Temple. He being married before, I had a family of three boys to care for. Making our home at Bountiful, on Wednesday, the 28th of Oct. 1910, a boy was born to us at about 3 a.m. We gave him the name of David Dibble, blessed by his grandfather Richard Sedgwick. On Monday, Jan. 1, 1912, a second son was born at 5:15 p.m., whom we named Philo Dibble, blessed by his father. Making now a family of five boys . Living in the second ward of Bountiful, and trying to care for them and make them a happy home. A daughter, Marie Antoinette, was born at 7:30 a.m. on July 30, 1919, at Layton Utah, where we moved on the old Dibble farm in 1916, Nov. 1. Mother died on July 6, 1919, and we are still living on the farm here in Layton.
A Prayer Answered In An Instant by Emma Almyra Dibble Sedgwick
My mother, Emma Almyra Dibble Sedgwick by her son, Philo Dibble Sedgwick