Edmund Zebulon Carbine was born April 25, 1798, at Cairo, Greene County, New York. He was the son of Zebulon Carbine and Mary Crooker. His father was a farmer and sawmill owner, who was born February 1, 1775, at Albany, Albany County, New York, and Mary was born February 23, 1794, at Rye, Westchester County, New York. She died April 1, 1849. Edmund’s father died December 30, 1800, at the age of twenty-five years old, while raising a barn. It fell on him and killed him. He was buried after the Masonic Order at Cairo, New York. Edmund’s mother was a daughter of William Crooker and Anna Hudson. Nearly three years after her husband’s death, she married a Dutchman by the name of Peter Van Orden on October 28, 1803.
Zebulon was a son of Francis Carbine, born May 7, 1773, at Ludvgvan, Cornwall, England, and Mary Stout, born in 1735.
Francis Junior was a son of Francis Carbine or Corbus, born in 1711 at Ludgvan, Cornwall, England and Eleanor Adams who was christened March 5, 1709/1710 at Phillack, Cornwall, England.
Edmund Zebulon was the third child of a family of four children, his sister and two brothers were as follows: (All born in Cairo, New York)
Eleanor, born January 4, 1795, died in May, 1858, married May 11, 1816 to William Pierson.
Horace, born June 13, 1796, died in 1850 at Woodbridge, Michigan, married to 1) Elizabeth Stevens and 2) Clarissa Harrington.
Francis, born March 9, 1800, died in 1865 in Missouri, was never married.
Edmund Zebulon was married February 15, 1823, to Adelia Rider who was born February 1, 1802, at Greenville, Greene County, New York, a daughter of Nathaniel Rider and Julia Aner (Julianna) Horton.
Their children were all born at Cairo, New York, as follows:
Mary Adelia, born March 1, 1824, and married 1) Amos Northrup on May 2, 1846, 2) Robert Cowan Petty on August 30, 1850, 3) George Grant on December 17, 1857, 4) William Warren Taylor on May 17, 1862 – Mary’s sister, Julia’s, husband. Edmund Zebulon born January 22, 1827, died April 1857, at Cairo, New York – never married Elmira Dorcas Eugenia born October 29, 1828, died June 17, 1851, at Cairo, New York – never married
Julia Aner, born November 23, 1830, died November 26, 1914, married about 1852 William Van Orden, born February 17, 1835, married 1) Susan Hulda Miller on February 25, 1861, died May 26, 1867; 2) Sarah Jane Miller on May 30, 1870, died May 22, 1902 at Parker, Idaho, and William died 20 years later at Portland, Oregon, and was buried at La Grande, Oregon, and Susan Hulda was buried at Farmington, Utah.
During their prosperous days, the Carbine family had Negro servants, but they had been set free, but Aunt Kate refused to leave them, so they let her stay with them. Quoting from a sketch I received from Nellie Neal, a Carbine descendant:
“Edmund Zebulon’s folks had a ***** servant. One time they found that the cream had been skimmed off the milk. His mother was puzzled and thought it must be the cat that was taking it. The old mammy (Aunt Kate) said she would watch and find out who was taking it, so she hid in the cellar. Someone came and tipped up a pan of milk and sucked off the cream. She slipped up behind him and pushed his face down in the milk and brought him to his mother with a mask of cream on his face. She said as she held Edmund Zebulon before his mother, “Here is the Cat!”
Edmund Zebulon was a wealthy merchant of Cairo and went to New York City on a buying trip and while there, he met his brother, Francis, also on a buying trip. Edmund’s credit was good, so he was asked to go security for his brother Francis for $5,000.00 worth of merchandise, which he agreed to do. At that time, a person didn't have to sign a note, a verbal agreement was binding. Francis failed to pay for the merchandise and later failed in his business. As Edmund had agreed to go security for his brother, Francis, his business was taken from him without any notice. At this time, Edmund’s youngest child was about five years old, he had been named after his Uncle Francis, and they had his name changed to William Van Orden Carbine.
Soon after this, the family, with the exception of their son, Edmund, and daughter, Eugenia, joined the Latter-Day Saints church.
The Carbine family had all been staunch Baptists and Adelia was very prejudiced against the Mormons, but her cousin, Isaac Haight, who was a favorite of hers, was a Mormon missionary and called to see her saying, “Shut the door on me if you wish,” and she replied, “Oh, I wouldn't do that to a relative.” Adelia being an excellent student of the Bible, was sure she could get the best of him, but he converted her and she was baptized on December 12, 1841. Her son, William, was six years old at the time and never did forget how frightened he was when they cut the ice and baptized his mother.
The exact date is not known when Edmund joined the Church, but Adelia was a convincing talker and I can imagine she soon had him converted. When I was a child, I remember my grandmother would talk religion and politics with everyone who came to our home; no one could get the best of her.
There was a strong anti-Mormon element at Cairo and immediately after joining the Church, the family was persecuted. The first mob that came to their home was led by one of Edmund’s brothers [Horace, 2 years older, Francis, 2 years younger, Edmund’s only brothers shown on FSFT], he had turned his coat and shirt inside out and blacked his face to try to keep from being recognized, but Edmund recognized him and called him by name, then the mob left.
In 1842 or 1843, the family left Cairo to join the Mormons. Edmund went by water to take charge of some of the goods belonging to some of the relatives. The other members of the family went as far as Buffalo by a team and wagon belonging to Uncle William Van Orden, from there, Adelia and her cousin, Isaac Haight went by water to take care of Isaac’s mother who was ill. Mary, Julia and William traveled from there by team with their Uncle William Van Orden, going to Kirtland. All of them went through the temple at that place.
After coming to Kirtland, Edmund took sick and the Prophet Joseph Smith administered to him and he got well. Later, the family moved out about six miles from Nauvoo on a place belonging to Uncle William Van Orden, which was between Nauvoo and Carthage. Edmund taught school at a place called Camp Creek.
Quoting from a history written by Edmund’s son, William:
“I was nine years old when the prophet was martyred. I well remember the excitement there was at the time. The people hardly knew what to do. The Prophet was gone and Sydney Rigdon wanted a guardian put in for the Church. Brother Thomas Grover, one of the High Council, spoke and told the people not to be in a hurry, the twelve would be home soon and they would tell the people what to do, the twelve, all being away at the time. When Brigham Young came home and held a meeting, it is claimed the mantle of Joseph fell on him. It was a manifestation to let the people know who was to lead the Church, his ways and looks were like the Prophet. I, as a boy, was quite well acquainted with the Prophet. I was sitting with my mother in the meeting and I thought it was the Prophet and I told my mother so. There are a good many who have heard my mother tell this."
“After the Prophet’s death, the mob spirit became very bitter, even more than before and the people had to move into Nauvoo. They were burning houses and grain all around. The Mormons kept picket guard, men on horseback quite a way out from Nauvoo. The sheriff of Hancock County was quite favorable to the Mormons and liked to see them protected in their rights. One time, a large mob got after them on horseback. When they came where Porter Rockwell was in the bush on guard, he said, “Back, shall I shoot?” The sheriff said, “Yes.” Porter brought down the leader from his horse. The rest ran back as fast as they could go. I expect they thought the brush was full of Mormons.”
The Carbine family didn't have a team, so Uncle Hector Haight and his father furnished them a team to move. There was not much of a road and it was very stormy. As the people traveled, they made two or three camps where they put in grain for those who would follow. The ones that had teams sent them back for the ones who had no teams. They would not stop where the people had planted the grain and they would build houses. When they got to Council Bluffs, they saw the 500 men who were called by the government to fight in the Mexican War, as they started on foot to cross the continent to protect the country after they had been driven from their homes by a mob. The family went down on the edge of Missouri for the winter, where Edmund and his son-in-law, Amos Northrup could work to get food to eat.
After having the luxuries of life before losing his business and being driven from place to place, it was quite an undertaking for them to start out for some place they knew not where, with all they owned in a wagon. Some had two oxen, and two cows to pull the wagon. Some had three oxen and one cow, and some had two oxen. Where they went, there was a great deal of sickness among the Saints. Edmund and his daughters, Mary and Julia, were taken very ill. His daughters were very ill when their father passed away on August 30, 1846, after having cholera for a week, with a wagon box for a bed. Edmund was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Atchison County, Missouri.
In the spring of 1847, Adelia and the remainder of her family moved to Winter Quarters and suffered many hardships before they were able to come to Utah and worked at anything they could get to do. William arrived in Utah in 1848, and his mother arrived in Utah in 1853. Mary and Julia came sometime between those two dates.
The treatment the family received at this time kept all of them from ever trying to get in touch with anyone having the Carbine name, or any of the Cairo relatives. But Adelia, my grandmother, did go there before crossing the plains to try to get her other two children to come to Utah with her and sometime during the time, June 17, 1851, Eugenia died and Edmund refused to come to Utah with his mother. She remained there for five years, and her son Edmund died in June 1857 soon after she had gone to Utah.
Adelia, Edmund’s widow, died December 5, 1899, at Parker, Fremont County, Idaho at the age of 97 years and 10 months after having been a widow for nearly 53 years. Most of this time, she made her home with her son William and his family. As a young woman, Adelia was very sickly and she was sure she would die on her 50th birthday. When she got to her 97th birthday, she was sure that she would live to be 100.
Account provided by Julia A. Carbine Waldram on September 23, 1965. Additional information was provided by Dorothy Carbine Kreuger (as noted).