For the reader, I hope you may understand the importance being placed on this page and contents. The design and implementation of feltfamilyonline.org has been a major undertaking following a request made by my Mother, Afton Harris Felt to ensure here Journal, Personal History and collections of all matters of importance could be published for the children she and my father, Paul E Felt had together.
After years of developing these pages and thinking all but a few documents were yet to be edited, I came across and a very large three-ring binder containing much more yet to catalogue. I must admit I was surprized for I considered all had been managed. Yet, there was a collection significantly different from everything else – Mather Afton Harris Felt had clearly taken great care to put this well-organized folder together.
My conclusion? First this comment. My experience in life suggests strongly, who we are, what our character is, why we become or have become is evident by those thoughts, that which we read, and items of any given collection. Thus I freely admit I believe we now see evidence of “who” is Afton Harris, and most clearly, all she valued most.
If you don’t know or realize yet the purity of this Mother, Sister, Wife, Aunt, Friend and more was during her Mortal stage of life, read on (all should read anyway), for hidden within is our mother; a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father.
No wonder, Paul E Felt was so attracted to Martha Afton Harris.
Signed: Paul E Felt, Jr 2019
La Verne Harris Paulson
The Eldest Child
I remember the white house on a hill – the house stood out, neat and clean and painted . . . . . Eureka Utah
"The Eldest Child"
The poem I read at the LaVerne’s Funeral.
“Give I Thee“
Leonard Ford Harris
Leonard arrives during a period of ill health of his mother
Cold November day in Spanish Fork, Utah
Ellen was somewhat frightened for her previous son, Ernest Pitman Harris had survived but 15 days – she was justifiably worried for she longed for a baby to assist her with her agonizing sense of loss.
Daughter's Memories of Leonard
Martha Marie Harris Martin writes of her memories of her father.
Middle-Sized Daughter: Mary Fern Harris Olsen
Lola Mae Harris Holley
Worry and Faith
Ellen’s labor pains started but this little baby was far too early. The pains were so severe, Ellen knew she must have some help.
She supressed a scream and called for seven year old Leonard to “go get Brother Patton” and upon hear young Leonard refer to the extremity of the cold outside she expressed:
“If you don’t, Mama will die!”
Lola Mae Harris Holley
I love this image - like Eternity
From beginning relationship text
From the beginning of our relationship so long ago, we wished for a large family.
My health has not always been good yet with help, blessings and medical assistance, we have loved having our 7 daughters and 5 sons.
We have loved each other and our children. We have served and supported others where we were need.
Oh, how I miss Paul – the ache in the deepest recesses of my soul is softened by my knowledge of Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
Relationship with Divine
Love Being Together
This is my story.
Paul and I are complete with our children
At times I just sit and browse through these pictures – I can hardly believe the depth of love I feel. At times like now, as I look to my left, I would not be surprised to see Paul looking over my shoulder
This Is My Private Collection
The Comfort of A Blessing
My mother, Ellen Pitman Harris lived a long time after the death of Dad. Her death was so very hard to endure – so many tears. This Priesthood Blessing from Paul helped me immensely to cope.
Our 30 Years Together June 1, 1973
Personal History Paul E Felt
Storic on the day – broken for quite some time – even now, tears flow unashamedly
Paul Jr, like
others was asked to contribute to The Illustrious Harriss’
John Robert Harris
We knew him as Uncle Robert (meaning, the children of Paul and Afton Harris Felt). Young Robert, as he was to be known by, gathered all the learnings from his older siblings and forged ahead.
As Robert explains: “I was a difficult birth for my mother, and for many days they felt she could not possibly live. I was bruised and injured by the forceps they had to use to bring me here”.
As with the other sibling entries in these pages, he even refers to some tragedy as he relates of one friend Billy having killed another child-friend accidentally when picking up a loaded handgun, pointing it playfully, then pulling the trigger.
One might say, a life experience. Yes, too when the 5-year-old Robert along with a friend decided to run away from home.
Oh, so much to learn and experience
Now, on to the Harris ancestors
Our Harris-Pitman Ancestors
Knowing our ancestor’s stories is to know our story
John Harris Smith - Harris Families
Ellen Pitman Pittman - Boyack Families
Summary of Our Family Surnames
Meet your Harris-Pitman Ancestors
By knowing their lives and experience allows us to understand our challenges
Joseph <strong><em> Smith, Sr</em></strong>
William Jasper <strong><em>Harris Jr</em></strong>
Mary <strong><em> Fielding </em></strong>
Hyrum <strong><em> Smith</em></strong>
Ellen Pitman <strong><em>Harris</em></strong>
Now for the balance of “The Illustrious Harriss’ “ with the stories and history of our ancestors provided.
Daniel Pittman or Pitman
Maternal Grandfather of
Afton Harris Felt
Author: Alice Pitman (daughter)
DOB: 12 Aug 1857 England
Mary Ann Boyack-Brief History
A Brief History of Mary Ann Boyack
Author: Martha Afton Felt
Ellen King quotation: “I loved her so much. In my early life, I wanted to grow up to be like her. I have said many times if I could be half as good as she was, I would be happy”.
Mary Ann Pitman Hays Birch
Mary Ann Pitman is a daughter of
Father: Daniel Pitman and
Mother: Mary Ann Boyack
Ann Hamblin and James Pitman
Parents of Daniel Pitman
Ann DOB: 6 June 1824 Somerset, England
James DOB: 4 May 1819 England
Since arriving from England, James suffered poor health ….. in 1882 he suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side of his body . . . . moved to Scofield, Utah where they lived with son Daniel.
Daniel and Evanna Pittman
Son of Daniel and Mary Ann Clarke Boyack Pittman born 10 Feb 1897. Three years old when his father, his only brother, John, his brother-in-law Tom Padfield, an uncle were all killed in the Scofield Mine Disaster.
Robert S Craig and Elizabeth Clark
Robert and Elizabeth 15 August 1864 and they had seven children of whom died in infancy. Their last child was 5 months old when his father, Robert died, leaving Elizabeth a single mother and widow to raise four children.
Alexander and Hannah Compton Clark
The Clarks were grandparents of Mary Ann Boyack. It seems Hannah was a strict woman (might have even had a selfish nature). Read the story – you will find how Alexander found a way to pay a full tithing by doing the housework.
William Jasper Harris- A Profile
William, the son of Zachariah and Emily Harris, was born 25 Oct 1836 in Illinois. William walked across the plains,
William Jasper Harris (Sr)
The family arrived at Winter Quarters and waited till spring to depart for Zion arriving in September 1847
Martha Ann Smith Harris
Martha Ann Smith is the daughter of Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith
Mercy Rachel Fielding Thompson
Born June 15, 1807, Mercy was Mary Fielding’s younger sister who, in fact, attended to Mary after Mary’s first child was so ill (Joseph F Smith)
Mary Fielding Smith
Mother to Joseph F. Smith and Martha Ann Smith Harris. Second wife of Hyrum Smith after the death of Hyrum’s first wife.
Seeds of Greatness
The lives of the Joseph Smith, Sr family are closely interwoven with the stirring drama of the Restoration.
Author: Buddy Youngreen
Lucy Mack Smith- Woman of Great Faith
“…….for significant spiritual experiences were not new to Lucy, nor to her husband, Joseph……Lucy recalled her own father, Soloman Mack, testifying of answered prayers.”
Emma Smith - Paper by Jessie Felt
“Ever since the prophet died as a martyr in Carthage, Ill., some have been disappointed with Emma because she did not go with the Saints West.”
Author: Jessie Felt Alman
Commemorative Pioneer Picture
A commemorative Mormon pioneer wagon train, consisting of covered wagons carriages and handcarts, rolls down the road toward its destination, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Deseret News Article-Ride In Box Wagon
“Ride in box wagon fosters
Joseph and Emma Smith
“While Brigham Young first thought his people would be allowed to stay in Nauvoo until the following spring, by January of 1846 he learned otherwise.”
Since ancient time toys have played an important part in the life and
Felt Family Log
written by Afton Felt
4 October to 9 Dec 1979
compiled by Julie Jordan and
edited by Paul Felt Jr.
George and Mary Ann Wilson – Grandparents to Afton Felt
Margaret and Beth Wilson – Ellen Harris step-sisters
George and Mary Ann Pittman Family
The John E Harris Stories
This Link Will Take You To The Collection Afton Harris Felt Maintained of Her Father
Scolfield Mine Disaster
Deseret News April 27, 2000
Many of the husbands and sons of our ancestors were killed.