Founding of Mormonism
"A short while after this, President Brigham Young called for volunteers to settle Franklin, Idaho, the oldest permanent town to be settled in Idaho - but which, at this time, was thought to be in Utah. So, George Foster and his five little girls, the oldest only eleven years, started for Idaho behind an ox team, and were the third wagon to reach Franklin. There he farmed and raised cattle."
"On the 19th day of March, George Foster and his family reached Franklin. That night there came up a terrible blizzard, and it was all but impossible to keep the children from freezing in the covered wagon; so the men who had arrived there fell to work and made them a dug-out home. This dug-out was the first home in Franklin and these were the first children to arrive in this locality."
George and Hannah's daughter Ellen Foster is both our connection to the Foster's, and our connection to another prominent Mormon pioneer: Alexander Stalker. Ellen was Alexander's third wife, and their first son, George Foster Stalker, is our ancestor.
In 1852, Charles set out with the Horton Heights Company, 52 wagons destined for Utah to settle under Brigham Young. Two years later, he married Elizabeth Bowler. Their first son, Samuel, is our ancestor.
Alexander and Ortencia were, like George and Hannah, among the first families to settle in Franklin, Idaho at Brigham Young's request. Their story is well known by Mormons and historians alike, but oft (okay, always) overlooked is that Alexander engaged in plural marriage, at the time a common practice among Mormons. Most records of the Stalker family speak of Alexander, Ortencia, and their many children. Alexander's gravestone, as well as many legal documents, however, tell a different story.
In 1865, Alexander married Emily Lovett, with whom he had five children, and in 1868, he married our ancestor, the aforementioned Ellen Foster. With Ellen he had three more children, including our ancestor, George Foster Stalker. While no one can say for sure, one family rumour has it that, when plural marriage was outlawed by the LDS, Alexander abandoned these two latter families, keeping Ortencia and her children as his only legitimate family. Another rumour claims that it was the outlawing of plural marriage that pushed him to leave the LDS church, and that he continued to care for all three families, while a third source, the Illustrated History of Idaho, says nothing of the other two families at all, and claims that Alexander left the LDS church due to political turmoil.