Aaron Alexander Tolman was born on April 16, 1866 at Salina, Sevier, Utah, during the Blackhawk Indian War. The settlers in Sevier county were forced to flee for their lives. When three days old, Alex and his mother were placed in a box wagon; planks were laid over the top of the wagon with sacks of potatoes laid on top of the planks. They made the long journey north to Tooele, where Alex resided until 1881. He grew into a strong, capable and faithful young man. He herded sheep, worked for the farmers and ranchers in the area, and aided his father, who had two families to support. Alex met Martha Mary Barrett, a young lady from the Farmington and Bountiful area, when she came to Oakley to visit her sister, Minnie Hale. Soon they were courting and were married in the Logan temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on November 27, 1889. Martha and Alex lived in a small, little home of hewn logs and a shingled roof that he had built in anticipation of their marriage. They left Martha’s family home in Farmington in a covered wagon pulled by four horses to travel the 100 plus miles to Marion. It took five days to travel the distance. They got so stuck in the November mud that they had to hire a team of mules to pull them out. They were glad to finally get to their small two-room home but had to live in it for three months without windows as the team and wagon bringing the windows ran away and broke them. Except for the cold, they were quite comfortable. The Tolmans lived in Marion for seventeen years and all three of their children were born there; Nancy Elva on September 30, 1890; Alice Bell on March 11, 1896 and Cyrus Henry on February 8, 1906. This is the approximate location of their home. View the 1900 U.S. Census record.

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