Brigham Young's Birth-Place.
We have received from the Rev. Phineas Field, of East Charlemont, Massachusetts, says the New York In-dependent, information and testimony which must set forever at rest the question whether America or England must have the honor of being the birth-place of Brigham Young. We cannot print all his letter, with the ac-companying correspondence, but the substance of it is as follows: Hart Leavitt of East Charlemont testifies: "The place where Brigham Young was born is about half a mile from Sadauga (postoffice village in Whiting-ham, Vermont, on the road leading south and west of the pond; and Hez-ekiah Murdock told me he helped the Young family to load their goods for moving and that he lifted Brigham on board and tucked the blanket around him. The family were very poor and were helped off, fearing they might become paupers." Field adds: “I was myself in this village of Sadauga, searching out the history of the old Indian, Saudaugan, for permanent re-cord, when Dr. Cyrus Temple volun-tarily called my attention to the place where Brigham Young was born, which is in sight of the village of Sa-dauga." An accompanying letter, written by Clark Jillson, ex-Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, states that the writer has seen lately a letter from Brigham Young to Dr. Martin, a na-tive of Whittingham, June 1st, 1801, and that Humphrey Gould, of Howe, can point out the house. If born in England, how could Young know Dr. Gould, whose father-in-law, Dr. Maynes, probably attended at his birth? The town clerk of Whiting-ham says: "I have not the least doubt that Brigham Young was born in Whi-tingham, Vermont." Jillson adds in another letter that when he was a boy the house was standing, and known as "The Young Place." Moses Dix and Hezekiah Murdoch have both pointed out the house, and both have told Jill-son "that they helped Brigham's fa-ther load his goods in a cart, and the family rode on top of the goods, drawn by oxen, off for the West;" and "Mur-doch said that after Mrs. Young was so seated, he boosted up little Brig-ham to her lap. He was then 2 or 3 years old." The statements made by Brigham Young's pretended wife that he was born in England are thus abun-dantly proved false. We are glad to have done something to settle this mat-ter, for we would not after his death have seven cities contend for the hon-or of not having given him birth.
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