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A Poor Wayfairing Man of Grief – wordle of the hymn

“A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” is one of the great LDS hymns. I learned to play it on the piano many years ago when I was alone one holiday season. It was originally written as a seven stanza poem titled, “The Stranger and His Friend” in 1826 by James Montgomery. Per the Church News (18 October 2008), the hymn was introduced to the Church by John Taylor who learned it as a missionary in England in 1840.

Well known as the favorite hymn of the Prophet Joseph Smith, John Taylor sang it to him twice the afternoon Joseph and Hyram were killed by a mob in a Carthage, Illinois jail.

When John Taylor became President of the Church, he commissioned Ebenezer Beesley to compose new music for the hymn as we now know it. In late 2008, the Church announced researchers had found the original, more upbeat tune sang to the Prophet Joseph by John Taylor.

We Mormon Wordled the hymn then post processed it a bit to get to the overall tones below. I think it does a nice job of catching the feel of the hymn.

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief wordle

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief wordle


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General Conference Closing Remarks – April 2010

President Monson

President Monson

Once again, President Monson gave us a great uplifting closing message along with some guidance. He thanked those who participated in the conference, said he had seldom heard so good of sermons with so few words, reminded us the messages would be reprinted in the May issues of the Liahona and Ensign, and urged us to study, ponder, and apply those messages.

He used seaman’s terms to describe how the world around us, “seems to have slipped from its moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace.” Similar to the previous closing address, he mentioned how permissiveness, immorality, pornography, dishonesty and a host of other ills cause many to be tossed about on the seas. President Monson urged us to look to the lighthouse of the Lord, thanked us for our prayers in his behalf and in behalf of the General Authorities, and invoked a blessing upon us that the messages and spirit of this conference might find an expression in all that we do.

Although the closing messages are usually pretty brief, I always look forward to them. This time I especially enjoyed his use of sea fairing terms which fit so well with the rescuing message that is being strongly promoted across the church. His choice of terms is especially relevant when you consider the rescue painting that is currently being used to help energize our rescuing efforts.

We wordled his closing message in similar format to that we used on his October 2009 Conference closing message to allow some comparisons to be made below.

Wordle of President Monson's closing remarks, April 2010 General Conference

Wordle of President Monson’s closing remarks, April 2010 General Conference


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Prologue to finding the missing genealogy document to extend a Polson family line

This post is part 1 of a three part series telling the story of a genealogy quest to extend a family line beyond a dead end that lasted over 3 decades. It includes many names, dates, and places because those are central to much of what genealogy is all about, however the posts focuse on the quest. I hope they inspires others facing similar roadblocks and provides some ideas and insights that might help you along the path a little faster than I was able to trod.

The Beginning

I first turned to family history about 1980. Previously, my own family only knew our direct Polson genealogy to my father’s grandfather, William Alexander Polson who married a Cherokee woman in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

With some help from my family, and tremendous help from several others that had already researched the ancestors of my great-grandfather Polson, my direct family was quickly extended to included my great-great grandfather Jasper Alexander Polson, born in north west Arkansas, Washington County, in 1839. At the same time, I learned Jasper Alexander Polson’s father, William G. Polson, previously of Lincoln County Tennessee born about 1809. Earlier in his life, William G. Polson spelled his last name as Polston.

Polson pedigree chart

Polson pedigree chart

With minimal effort on my part, I had quickly extended my direct Polson line another two generations, but the trail abruptly ended there. As the years went by I was able to learn and then prove the “G” in William G. Polson stood for “Greer” and that he and/or his family had at one time or another said he was born in a host of different states. If I recall correctly, various documents have him born in KY,TN,AL, and GA. I posted my work online, History of the family of William G. Polson (no longer online), hoping to find others who could help me further extend the line, but nothing came of it.

I learned of a Mary Henrietta Polson similar in age to my William G. Polson, that married Josiah Norwood and lived among many of my Polson ancestors in Washington County, Arkansas. But I was never able to tie her directly to my family.

I learned the 1830 Lincoln County, Tennessee census showed William G. Polston with what appeared to be a “Jr.” after his name, while living next door to an older gentleman also named William Polston. This fit with the research of others, William G. Polson’s father was named William Polston. But I wanted more than just a name, who was he? Read More →

Finding the missing genealogy document to extend a Polson family line

This post is part 2 of a three part post telling the story of a quest to extend a family line beyond a dead end. My search for the parents of William G. Polson / Polston lasted for over 3 decades.

The document that changed everything, the rosetta stone.

The document that changed everything, the rosetta stone.

Part 1, The Prologue, tells of the three decades of effort trying to get past a dead end in my Polson family line.

This part covers the discovery of a document that immediately answered many of my long held questions and significantly extended my Polson family line.


The Quest Continues

In addition to the efforts mentioned earlier, I continued to fire up the computer and search on FamilySearch and on Ancestry every month or two trying to find the parents of William G. Polson, but kept coming up blank.

THEN in September 2015 I found the Jackson County Alabama probate documents for the William Polson / Poulton I mentioned earlier as the possible father of my William G. Polson. His probate records were on Ancestry.com. I was elated, screen captured them, and studied them with much excitement. While I found many names I had seen before in connection with William Polson / Poulton’s family, the only name I found outside those was that of Mary H. Polson that married Josiah Norwood. She was already on my list of questions I had been trying to figure out for decades. This gave me no new answers, plus it was frustrating trying to figure out the relationships between the names mentioned in the probate court documents. One of them was a William Polson Jr. that might be my William G. Polson, but I was still left with no proof.

The Jackson County Alabama probate records for William Polson / Polston/ Poulton showed his estate being probated shorty after the end of the Civil War. They even had the court sign off on allowing the executors to rent out his property a year or two til land properties recovered after the war before they sold his land. Some records indicate he died in 1842. His estate may not have been probated til the death of his wife, Lucy.

I kept returning to this William Polson’s Jackson County Alabama’s probate documents, repeatedly studying them and repeatedly being frustrated.

Tuesday 23 August 2016 (almost a full year after finding the William Polson / Pouton probate documents, I showed them to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) Family History Consultant in Stillwater Oklahoma. He said the Church had been promoting the idea of searching by location (geographical areas) and by collection (certain collections of records). He gave me a paper copy of a FamilySearch post saying about 70 percent of the available digitized records on FamilySearch are only available by searching in that manner. Read More →

Epilogue: After finding the missing genealogy document to extend a Polson family line

This post is part 3 of a three part post telling the story of a quest to extend a family line past a dead end. The search for the parents of William G. Polson that lasted over 3 decades.

Part 3, The Epilogue, tells of related discoveries since finding the rosetta stone that unleashed an avalanche of new information on the ancestors and siblings of William G. Polson. The Epilogue lists some new questions going forward, thanks the countless people that helped along the way, and recognizes a new journey is beginning.


Polson pedigree chart more complete

Polson pedigree chart now more complete

What do we know now (September 2016)?

Beyond the information provided in the second installment of this series, we know:

  1. Although I have not yet proven it, Isaac Poulton and Ann Green, both of Virginia are frequently listed as the parents of William Polson / Poulton, making them the likely paternal grandparents of my William G. Polson.
  2. Lucy Davis (William G. Polson’s recently discovered mother) was the daughter of William Davis, a revolutionary war soldier. He was once mentioned by a Tennessee governor as a prominent leader of the Chickamauga Indians. His gravestone in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Jackson County Alabama is twice listed on Findagrave. One of those listings includes many of Lucy Davis’s siblings.
  3. William Davis (father of Lucy Davis the mother of William G. Polson) married Mary Ann Black / Blackfox, daughter of Enola Black Fox, a well known Cherokee whose ancestry goes back further.
  4. William Davis is likely the source of William G. Polson’s son’s name, William Davis Polson
  5. John D. Polson, brother of my William G. Polson, settled in Choctaw County Mississippi with his wife, DeMaries M. Polson (maiden name unknown). It appears they had at least five children (Margaret, Lucy, Mourning, John W., Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin).
  6. As mentioned above, John D. Polson, brother of William G. Polson, had a daughter named Lucy Polson, named after their mother. I was able to find that Lucy’s will. She asked her youngest brother (Benjamin Franklin Polson) to be her executor. She asked that after her possessions were sold, the funds be used to place gravestones on the graves of her mother, her father, two brothers and one sister that predeceased her, and on her own grave. Several of those stones can now be seen on Findagrave. That was a very nice request she made. Just like the name “Flora” became commonly used female name in the family after Flora (Ridge) Polson, the name Lucy became a popular name for children after Lucy Polson, mother of John D. Polson and Lucy Polson, daughter of John D. Polson.
  7. The husbands and families of several of William G. Polson’s sisters are well documented in Lucy Polson’s probate documents, especially when combined with William Polson’s probate documents.
  8. Eliza (Polson) Berry, sister of William G. Polson married Henry / Henderson Berry per the probate documents of William and Lucy Polson. He was more fully known as Blackburn Henderson Berry and as one of the founders of Berryville Arkansas. His first wife, Eliza (Polson) Berry died of typhoid fever in 1854. Findagrave has a nice story, photo of her, and photo of her grave. Blackburn Henderson Berry remarried and moved to California. Eliza’s oldest son was elected to Congress from California. Blackburn Henderson Berry’s nephew became governor of Arkansas in the 1880s.
  9. The Proctor family submitted their ties to William Davis (revolutionary war solidier) to Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the late 1950s. Among the items submitted was an account of 500 people, mostly descendants of William Davis, for the laying of a monument at his grave site by DAR.

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Book of Mormon Genealogy Chart now available Horizontal format

Many have requested our vertical Book of Mormon Genealogy Chart be made available in a horizontal format to allow the entire chart to be read at eye level on a wall.

It shows all the people mentioned in the Book of Mormon and their family relationships to one another.

Our Horizontal Book of Mormon Genealogy Chart is now available.

Book of Mormon Genealogy Chart - Horizontal Version

Book of Mormon Genealogy Chart – Horizontal Version

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Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman symbol vs. Marriage Equality symbol

Our “Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman” symbol is an alternative for those opposing the recent “Marriage Equality” symbol and the movement behind it. Our symbol is composed of gender symbols and text as a rebus.

We supply the image as a square Facebook Profile image and in a rectangular format, with and without the phrase “Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman” printed below the image. They are available for download in multiple sizes. Just read the restriction below, then click on the size you want, then right click the resulting image to download it.

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Marriage Equality symbol

Marriage Equality symbol

Restriction – You are welcome to copy and use our “Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman” symbol in print or online as long as you use it to promote marriage as being between a man and a woman, and are not printing it on objects for sale or resale. It is fine to print it in a newspaper to promote marriage as being between a man and a woman. Our sale or resale comment applies to objects in which the symbol is a major component of the entire object/product such as t-shirts, cups, bags, posters, etc.. The images above are copyright Polson Enterprises 2013. We are Polson Enterprises. Read More →

Mormon Cult: Trends in Usage of This Derogatory Phrase

Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church become emotional when they encounter the term “Mormon cult”.

Quite recently, October 7, 2011, Pastor Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas Texas, introduced Rick Perry, a presidential candidate running against Mitt Romney, a well known member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Value Voter Summit in Washington D.C.. After that introduction, Pastor Jeffress was captured on tape visiting with attendees and the press telling them Mormons were not Christians and Mormons are a cult.

Since then Pastor Jeffress made the rounds of news media shows touting the same message, but more strongly emphasizing he thinks Mormons are a “theological cult”. When repeatedly challenged on one news show, Pastor Jeffress admitted Mormons are not a cult according to the definition of a cult in Websters Dictionary, but repeated his claim Mormons are a theological cult.

The current “Mormon Cult” ruckus caused us to wonder about the historical use of the phrase “Mormon Cult” as well as the statistics behind the current “WordQuake” initiated by Pastor Jeffress. Read More →

Google Ngram Viewer Charts Trends in Use of Mormon / LDS Terms, Words, Phrases, & Vocabulary

As many of you know, in recent years Google has been scanning books by the millions. Their Ngram Viewer allows users to see how often a certain word or phrase was used over time in a certain subset of their collection of scanned books. Subsets include American English (books published in the U.S.), British English, English, and other languages as well. Ngram calls the entire collection and each of the individual collections, a corpus. Read More →

Mormon Terms: Popular Trends in the Use of LDS Terms and Phrases

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have their own terminology and vocabulary. Visitors, investigators, neighbors, friends, and the press are often confused by it. Members regularly spew out terms that make nonmembers wonder what on earth they are talking about.

Just a few of the more common terms and phrases in our vocabulary are Stake Center, Ward, Stake, Patriarch, Relief Society, General Conference, Ward Conference, Personal Progress, Duty to God, Preach My Gospel, Choose the Right, Family Home Evening, Handcart Company, Prophet, Moroni’s Promise, Angel Moroni, Quorum of the Twelve, First Presidency, Home Teaching, Visit Teaching, Word of Wisdom, Priesthood, Elders Quorum, Patriarchal Blessing, Senior Missionaries, Temple, Utah Mormon, Stake President, Jack Mormon, Mormon Trail, Pioneers, Endowment, Family Proclamation, Institute, Seminary, Release Time, 72 hour kit, funeral potatoes, Green Jell-O, Pioneer Day, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, Bloggernacle, Mormon Times, Ensign, Nauvoo, Kirtland, Admon-ondi-Ahmon, Beehives, Sunbeams, Fast Sunday, Plan of Salvation, Mission Field, Return With Honor, Temple Work, and the list goes on and on.

In addition to terms used by members, the outside world often uses terms to describe us or events the Church or members of the Church have been associated with, some of which some are not always flattering. Those terms and phrases include Joe Smith, polygamy, cult, “are not Christians”, Utah, Salt Lake City, Mormons, Brigham Young, Mormon Bible, and more.

Yet more terms and phrases are added to the mix from things The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or prominent members may have done or been involved with in recent times. Examples of these include Mormon Helping Hands, Proposition 8, “and I am a Mormon”, Mormon Ads, Mitt Romney, Harry Reid, and more.

With the Church having its own lexicon and those outside the church using a limited number of terms and phrases to describe the Church and its members, an opportunity exists to follow the popularity of those terms and phrases as they work their way into mainstream news, literature, and culture. Some terms rise quickly and fall away, others stay for the long haul, while still more are replaced by others. Read More →