THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST
page 149: “Early this month, March  the following were called to go visit the Moqui Indians, and if they could, to recover some horses which the Navajos had stolen this fall and winter from some of our settlements.” (Lysander Dayton was included in the group called.)
page 150: “Those from St George (Lysander Dayton included on the list) started for the rallying place on Wed, 9th of March.” (to go to the Moqui Indians)
page 162: On June 12, 1864 a group of people from St George were “selected to assist in settling Meadow Valley” (near Panaca, Nevada). Lysander Dayton’s name was included in the list, but there is no mention in the rest of the record about this settlement.)
page 177: Conference of the Southern Mission held Nov 4, 1864 lists members of the St George Stake High Council, and Lysander Dayton is still listed.
page 187: Conference of the Southern Mission held May 7, 1865 sustained members of the High Council. Lysander Dayton is still listed as a member of this group.
page 225: Conference of the Southern Mission began on May 4, 1866. When the list of members of the High Council were sustained, Lysander Dayton’s name was NOT listed. (Presumably he had left the area by then.)
Whether this story is true, partially true, or simply an unverified legend, is not known. There is some very nebulous memory by family members that this happened. Its inclusion was requested by the organizers of this book.
Much has been written about plural marriages during the time when it was practiced by the LDS Church. Each union had its own story, either positive or negative. And each had its own uniqueness. The time in which this may or may not have occurred is not now known.
As the story goes, Lysander was asked by the brethren to take a second wife. He was most reluctant to do so, but he had always been obedient. After much praying and consulting with Matilda Ellen, a young woman was chosen. The arrangements were made and the wedding performed.
That evening Matilda Ellen cooked the wedding supper. Later the newly wedded couple retired for the night. Matilda Ellen was left to wash the dishes and clean up. While engaged in these tasks, her thinking was absorbed in the events of the day, and indeed those very moments. She became more and more agitated, until finally she rushed outside to the woodpile, grasped the ax, returned to the house and chopped down the bedroom door. Accordingly, the marriage was of short duration. While the details are not too clear, or if it even happened, it is a good story fitting for the times.
Plural Marriage, Additional Information
New information has come to light near the time of editing this book which seems to verify that such a second marriage had occurred, although only one living person had remembered such a marriage and no written record had been found.
Lysander Dayton and Sarah Emily Candland were married and sealed on January 13, 1867 by Wilford Woodruff in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. There is a further record that Sarah Emily Candland was married to William Henry Head on February 22, 1870 also in the Endowment House. No other information is currently available concerning the dissolution of her marriage to Lysander Dayton, and the three year interval until her second marriage.
Source: Sealings of Couples Living and by Proxy, 1851-1899, Endowment House. FHL #0183396.
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