Information from "Windows Into Our Past A Genealogy of the Cowne, Gough & Associated Families, Volume 2", compiled by Judy Parsons Smith 1998.

Abram   Smith Workman

Abram  Smith Workman , d. Oct 1852, Provo, Utah; m 1st to Martha K. Witcher , d. ca. 1846, in child birth, near Mt. Pisgah, Iowa; m 2nd 1848, Mt. Pisgah, Iowa to Polly Hess  Hays  (a widow); d. after second child's birth; m 3rd 27 Jul 1851, Mt. Pisgah, Iowa to Jane (unknown)  Dack , [widow], No issue. 

Abram  & Martha (Witcher) Workman  had four (4) children:

1.      Nephi , b. Jan 1843 , Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois.
Caroline , b. 25 Mar  1844, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois; d. 18 Aug 1927; m. 12 Apr 1862 to John W. Hess .
Lydia , b. Dec  1845, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois
Louisa, b. 20 Aug  1846, near Mt. Pisgah, Iowa.

Abram  & Polly (Hess) Workman  had two (2) children:

5.      John Wesley

Caroline Workman

2.  Caroline Workman , daughter of Abram  & Martha (Witcher) Workman , b. 25 Mar 1844, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois; d. 18 Aug 1927; m. 12 Apr 1862 to John W. Hess .  Before her marriage to John Hess , she worked in the home of Brigham Young .  After the death of her father and step-father, she took care of her half-brothers and the children of John W. Hess  and his 1st wife. 


Caroline Workman  Hess , the daughter of Martha K. Witcher  and Abram  Smith Workman , was born at Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Ill., March 28, 1844.  When she was about one-one half years old her parents moved from Nauvoo Ill., to Mt. Pisgah Iowa.  Her mother died on the road while giving birth to a new baby.  In the previous three years she had given birth to four children only one of which survived more than a few days.  The names of the children were:  Nephi , born Jan. 1843, in Nauvoo ILL., Lydia  born Dec. 1845, Nauvoo, Caroline, born 28 March 1844, and Louisa born 20 Aug 1846 near Mt. Pisgah, Iowa.  After her death on the road, Abram cut up his wagon box, out of which he constructed a crude coffin, prepared them for burial and buried them by the wayside.  He then continued on to Mt.  Pisgah with little children.

In 1848 Abram  married Polly Hess  Hays , a young widow, at Mt. Pisgah.  To them were born two sons, John Wesley  and Heber Workman .  This second wife died shortly after the birth of Heber and then on July 27, 1851 Abram married a Mrs. Jane (James) Dack , while still living at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa.

In the year 1851 Abram  and Jane, Caroline and her two half brothers and the five children which Mrs. Dack brought to the union, came across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley.  They arrived in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1851 where they remained for one year.  Thinking that they would have a better chance of making a living in Utah Valley, they then moved to Provo, Utah in Oct. 1852.  Just eight days after their arrival in Provo Abram died from hard work and exposure and Caroline and her two half brothers became orphans.  At this time Caroline was eight years of age and her brothers were four and two.  She began now to try to help support herself and the two boys.  She was placed in the homes of Latter Day Saint families, in Provo and later in Salt Lake.  At the time of her marriage at 18 years of age of John W. Hess  (April 12, 1862) she was working in the home of Brigham Young .  She became his fourth wife - he previously having married Emaline Bigler , Emily Card  and Mary Ann Steed .

At the time of her marriage, Emaline Bigler, the first wife of John W. Hess  had just passed away.  She took the six youngest of the children of Emaline, the oldest being nine years and the youngest thirteen months, cared for them and raised them as her very own until they were grown to manhood and womanhood.  During these years her two half-brothers also made their homes with her.  Besides these children she bore seven sons and three daughters of her own, all born in Farmington Davis Co., Utah:  Josephine  born Aug. 12 1864; David Cornelius Hess , born Aug. 11 1865; John W. Hess  Jr., born Sept. 29, 1867; Adeline Levine born  Dec. 11, 1869; Franklin Thomas , born March 16, 1872; Charles C. Hess , born March 7, 1874; Lot  Hess , born Jan. 27, 1876; Caroline C. Hess , born March 29, 1878; Lyman Minerd Workman Hess , born Aug. 5, 1880; Mark Hess , born June 19, 1882.

Twelve of the sixteen children which Caroline was to rear were boys.  It became her lot to move out on the farm where she could care for her sons who must work and help make a living for the seven large families of their father.

She first moved out into Morgan County Utah on a farm there.  This place ws located about three miles west of the present town of Morgan.  While here she had her six step-children and three of her own.  After living here several years she returned to Farmington when her husband remodeled the old tithing office for a home for her and her children.  It was to this old rock house, on this property that she returned for short periods, from time to time, from the farms.

She spent several seasons up on grandfathers farm at Plymouth in Square Town in Box Elder County.  She lived there continuously from about 1888 to 1892, having leased out her home in Farmington.  She lived here the life a true pioneer growing and producing everything her family had either food or clothing.  While here she also boarded the two school teachers, Olga Christensen  and Amy Madeen .

As her children grew up and became independent, Caroline settled down in her home in Farmington, Davis County where she spent the twilight years of her life.  Life was a wonderful adventure for Caroline.  The simplest pleasures were her greatest joys.  She had an abiding faith in God  and his goodness.  She had her own little special interpretation of her religion, always feeling that she must do everything she could to do the right thing and then, however it turned out it would be for the best, and she must accept it as such.

Just a few days before she died, August 18, 1927, at the age of 83, she said to my mother who was her daughter Kate:  "This is a wonderful world.  I've lived through many hardships, have been an orphan, lived a pioneers life and lived in polygamy but there has been so much pleasure and satisfaction all through my life.  I've enjoyed all my life and do you know I'd like to begin again and live another just like it, all over again."

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