At Brigham Young’s suggestion, James Allred, early LDS convert, joined his son, James T. S. Allred, an 1849 Manti settler. to explore Sanpete’s mysteries. In March 1852 potential local settlement sites were considered. A spot chosen where mountains supplied water and timber, clay was found for adobe blicks, and oolite limestone rock deposits were available for foundations, larger homes and buildings. A few cabins were built and a 100 acre tract divided into 5 acre blocks, with 90 fenced and 39 acres planted. Twelve Allred families, wintered here with other family members joining them. First settlers were James and his wife, Eliza Marie and Ellen Aurelia; Andrew Jackson Allred (son of James); Charles Whitlock, a grandson of Andrew Whitlock and Mary Haskill); James F. Allred, a grandson; and two Indian children. These were later joined by Wiley Payne Allred, Rueben Warren Allred (the first LDS Bishop of Spring City), Andrew Whitlock, Eleazer King, the window Parker and her son Frank, and Henry Oviatt.

About this same time Hambleton’s Camp (now Mount Pleasant) was settled. By July 1853 settlers and Native Americans were in conflict as part of the Walker War. A fort was created on Block 20 by dragging log cabins together on the current LDS Church block. Hambletonians scurried to the fort but all were forced to make a quick evacuation to Manti. A desperate request was made for reinforements at the October 1853 LDS General Conference with 297 Danish convert re-directed to Allred’s Settlement. As conflicts continued, Native Americans outnumbered settlers, they settlers were forced back to the over-crowded Manti Fort staying until the spring of 1854. When they proceeded seven miles north to Pine or Cottonwood Creek, which became Fort Ephraim, their resting place for six years until the resettlement of Canal , or the Allred Settlement became possible in 1859. A town emerged by the 1860 census.

Ruben W. Allred’s young Indian daughter, Rachel, rescued from slavery or death, became distraught during these early years, having been warned of impending attack. Not knowing how to react to the warning she finally shared with her new family members, who hurried to warn those working in the fields. The few Allreds were thus prepared for an attack and Rachel prevented a likely massacre. Perhaps one of the victims might have been one of your ancestors? Ponder the settlement’s fate if such a terrible massacre had happened.

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  1. Russell A Johnson
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    My mother was born in Spring City in 1920, to Hans Peter and DeLila Christofferson. My mother’s name was Margret Bernetta Christofferson. I have the old church pump organ, still working.

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