Nebekers in Payson

Self-guided Tour of Nebeker Sites

I.Overview of town history:

a.First settled in Oct. 20 1850 – with just 16 people.

b.James Pace was soon called by Brigham Young to lead the settlement

c.First settled on Peteetneet Creek, named for the Indian Chief here

d.Town first called “Peteetneet” but then changed to Payson

e.In March of 1851, Nebekers and two other families came, but there was not enough water

f.Nebekers went three miles east, built a dam & fort => Pond Town => Salem, Utah

g.Next year (1852) they were invited to come back to Payson

h.Nebeker family consisted of: Henry & Ann, her two Havens children, plus “Cush” (their adopted Indian son), and two children born in Salt Lake to Henry & Ann,

i.427 people were living here after the first year of existence

j.1851 town began building a Fort (SE of where most had originally settled)

k.Fort was “U” shaped and the north wall never completed.

l.Fort spanned area from Utah St. on the South, to 350 N.; and from 2nd E to 2nd W

m.Families relocated to town lots within the fort

n.1853 the Walker Indian War began here in Payson, at town gate next to Nebeker home

  1. II.Travel to 4th N. & 4th E.

          a.   Intersection was called “Nebeker Lane”

b.South side of the street (4th N.) is where Mr. Pace first settled on the creek

c.North side was where Henry Nebeker owned land, and molasses bldg.

d.Nebeker Grove was the only patch of trees in area—box elder & cottonwood (all removed when the freeway was built in 1960)

e.Nebeker grove—site of a hanging during the depression—a vagrant--apparent suicide

f.Home of Ammon Nebeker was built on site of his parents land—still standing in 2012

g.Ammon was elected Mayor in 1905-6, street renamed for him

h.Henry Nebeker called on a rescue mission to Fort Limhi from here

i.Henry took a 2nd (Polygamist) wife in 1865 – Rebecca Heaton

j.Henry and Ann called on the “Muddy Mission” in Nevada 1867

k.Henry sent to prison for polygamy – burned down prison, escaped

l.Polygamy abolished—Henry went with Rebecca to Richfield area

III.Travel to 2nd East and Utah St.  (Pass 350 N. & 2nd W; and Utah & 2nd W)

a.This was the SE corner of the old fort.

b.Henry & Ann Nebeker owned the corner lot from Utah St. to 1st N.

c.Refer to map of fort

d.Main gate to the fort was on 1st N. on east side of the fort wall (now State Street)

e.Henry had a large garden, plus corral for horses & cattle.

f.1855 Henry built a rock school house (private) but let all children come

g.His barn & corral also served as Pony Express & Stage Coach stop

h.Read plaque—Walker Indian War started right here at the gate next to Nebeker home

i.Charles B. Hancock owned a mill and land at 2nd W.  “Bishop”

j.Mosiah L. Hancock (cousin) moved here when first married

k.“Rebaptism” in Payson of William Henry Havens Nebeker Mar. 16, 1857 by Mosiah Hancock; confirmed Mar. 22, 1857 by Charles Hancock

IV.Travel to Salem – Sec. 11; Twp 9S; Range 2E – farm of Wm H. Nebeker

a.Right on the western boarder of Salem (originally called Pond Town)

b.1877 William H. Nebeker bought 0.38 acres for $1.40--small triangle on south side of State St.

c.He farmed 4 ¾ acres (on south side of his residential triangle)

d.Purchased this parcel in 1897 for $11.00.

e.He and Selina lived in Payson before moving here

f.First 4 children born in Payson, even though 2 children were born after their move here in ‘77

g.First child actually born in this home was Joseph Wiley Nebeker – 8 June 1882.

h.All subsequent children were born here.

i.Family was extremely poor—Ammon brought them potatoes to avoid starvation

j.Five children died in this home (Sarah, David, Etta, Leroy & Leo) -- buried in Payson Cemetery

k.Wiley Nebeker grew up here for first 15 yrs.

l.At age 9, Wiley began working for Monroe “Roe” Manwill

m.Manwills had no children of their own and offered to adopt Wiley

n.At age 15 (1897) Manwills moved to Oregon with a Sugarbeat farming operation

o.Wiley’s parents agreed to let him go with them—he was considered a “grown man” by then

p.Wiley never again saw this place—married in Salt Lake in 1907 in his only return to Utah

q.In 1903, William H. & Selina Nebeker sold this place and moved to Rigby/Rirey, Idaho

V.Travel to Payson Cemetery (800 E. 400 N.)

a.Grave of Ann Van Wagoner Nebeker (Grandmother of J. Wiley)

b.Read letter from Ann to her posterity (RS time capsule)

c.Much beloved by grandson Wiley—Name passed down with honor by him to his children

d.Recap of her life story in NJ & Nauvoo, SLC, Payson

e.She worked many years in the RS in Payson

f.Died here in 1899 (2 yrs after Wiley moved to Oregon)

g.Next to her is her son, Ammon, his wife and some of his children

  1. h.Also here are: Sarah, David, Etta, Leroy & Leo (Wiley’s siblings)

  2. i.Plot descriptions for various family members buried in the Payson City Cemetery:


                   NAME                                   DEATH      BLOCK  LOT    POSITION

         Ann Van Wagoner Nebeker              1899              8           25              1


         John Bolton                                       1917             18          16               5

         Sarah Ann Baldwin Bolton               1877             18          16               4

         Elizabeth Cowles Baldwin                1882             21          28               6

         5 children of William Henry Havens Nebeker & Selina Mary Bolton

         Sarah Ann Nebeker                            1882 (6)      20           19               3

         David Burt Nebeker                           1882 (2)      20           19               2

         Leroy Nebeker                                   1892 (0)      20            19              6

         Etta May Nebeker                              1896 (7)      uncertain

         Leo Nebeker                                       1899 (3 days)   4        20              9

     In 2011 the Nebeker family placed a single grave marker in the Payson City Cemetery for the above five children and located it block 20, lot 19, where we believe at least three of these children were buried.

  1. VI.     Travel to 6th South & 7th East in Payson -- home site of John Bolton and his wife Sarah Ann Baldwin Bolton.  Not sure of all the places where the Bolton family lived, but we know that this is one location where they lived for a time.   Their daughter Selina Mary Bolton may also have lived here for some time.  Remember that she was living somewhere in Payson while being courted by her later husband, William Henry Havens Nebeker.  Also, she had her first four children in Payson, perhaps at her mother’s place.



City map of Payson, Utah

Dotted line in center outlines the perimeter of the old “fort”

Henry & Ann Nebeker’s home was in the SE corner of the fort

They also owned land on the north side of 400 North near 400 West, which was down-stream on Peteetneet Creek.  This land contained the old “Nebeker Grove” and a molasses processing facility.

This land was inherited by their son, Ammon Nebeker, who lived in a house (still standing) on the NW corner of the intersection of 400 N. & 400 W.

Henry and Ann Nebeker also owned a lot inside of the fort on the SE corner of that fort (corner of Utah Ave. & 2nd East.) 

John Bolton & Sarah Baldwin owned a home on the corner of 6th S. & 7th E.  It was just to the west and at the bottom of the hill shown on the SE corner of this map.  That block was divided into six parcels and they owned two of the six parcels.  None of their buildings survive today.

William Henry Havens Nebeker & his wife, Selina Mary Bolton bought about 4.75 acres on the western edge of Salem, Utah, about three miles to the east of Payson.

Plat of Payson Fort.  Note that this is oriented toward the south, so that the SE corner (where Henry & Ann lived) is in the upper left hand corner of the fort.

City map of Salem, Utah showing the property purchased by William Henry Havens Nebeker in 1877.  The northern boundary of this property is along the south side of State Street today.

In the Utah County Court House (Provo, Utah) Land Records, Book 25, page 626-627:

19th day of Feb. 1877 John Shields of Salem, sold to William Henry Nebeker, for $1.40 a triangular parcel of land as follows:

Starting at the center point of Section 11;  T.9 S;  R.2 E

go 1221 feet west of this center point to begin measurement of the property

Then go 402 ft west

412.5 ft ENE

83.8 ft S.

This includes 28/100ths of an acre

This would most likely have been the “home” lot.  It is right on State Street and is not big enough for much more than a dwelling and small barn for his animals.  He also had to pay for the right-of-way to the center of the road (State Street) which land he was not able to farm, and which was 66 ft wide and 412.5 feet long.

Although Henry was not able to afford much more that this lot at this time, it is likely that he rented the 4+ acres immediately to the south until such time as he was able to purchase that parcel too.  It took about 18 years for him to be able to save up the money to buy the next piece.

On 20 July 1895 Larson Christensen sold to William H. Nebeker for $11.00 4.77 acres as follows:

Starting at the center point of Sec. 11;  T.9 S;  R.2 E

go west 1221 feet of center point.  And beginning to measure the property from this point--

go 401.94 feet west

then 528.72 feet south

258.72 feet west

1323.3 feet east

330.66 feet north

This description is a bit difficult to follow but would be the 4.77 acres immediately to the south of the home triangular lot where the Nebeker family had been living for 18 years.

Both purchases were not recorded until August 23rd, 1895.

Then, on 17 Dec. 1903, William H. Nebeker sold both of these parcels on the same day to Robert Taylor.

This is the point in time when William & Selina moved to Rirey, Idaho.

Joseph Wiley Nebeker was born and raised in this home, as were all of his younger siblings.  He lived here until age 15 when he moved to Oregon with the Monroe Manwill family.

William Henry Havens Nebeker & Selina Mary Bolton Nebeker

John Bolton & Sarah Ann Baldwin Bolton’s home in Payson, Utah.

(It is not known if this was their home that was located on 6th south, and on the corner of 7th East,

or if this was some other home owned by this couple.)

Henry Nebeker

Ann Van Wagoner Nebeker

Ann Van Wagoner Nebeker’s grave marker in Payson City Cemetery

Joseph Wiley Havens-Nebeker

about age 18

Joseph Wiley Havens-Nebeker