Nathan Fish

Nathan Fish and his twin brother, Samuel, were born in Groton, Massachusetts on April 14, 1730, the illegitimate sons of Nathan Fish Sr. and Lydia Bennett. On February 2, 1729, Nathan Sr. appeared in court having been charged by Lydia Bennett who was, according to court records, “bigg with a bastard child begotten on her body by the said Nathan Fish.” Nathan Sr. was sentenced to pay “seven shillings per week until further notice and to pay half the charge of Lydia’s lying in.” Lydia was fined fifty shillings for fornication.

This was not Lydia’s first court appearance. She appeared in the Court of General Sessions of the Peace on May 14, 1729. At that time, she was fined thirty shillings. Apparently, Lydia had another illegitimate child, a daughter named Esther, in 1725 or 1726.

This was also not Nathan Sr.’s only appearance in court. Nathan married Patience Shattuck on October 2, 1730. Patience gave birth to the couple’s first child only four months later. Nathan Sr. and Patience were both ordered to appear in court and both were charged with fornication.

Despite the questionable ethics of his parents, Nathan Fish was a respected member of his community who worked in his profession as a cooper. Nathan married Mary “Molly” Pierce in November 1757. They had seven children. Nathan served with his brother Samuel in the French & Indian War.

Nathan was also an active participant in the American Revolution. He was a Minuteman who marched in response to the alarm raised by Paul Revere on April 19, 1775. paul_revere_ride




Nathan also fought in the famous Battle at Bunker Hill. Although he survived the battle, Nathan died soon after, possibly from injuries he sustained during the fighting. He died in January 1776.

The connection between Eric Eastman and Nathan Fish is as follows: Eric Eastman – Blanche Savilla Jones – Amy Sophronia Whitney – Elizabeth Jane West – Betsey Jane Fish – Horace Fish – Joseph Fish – Nathan Fish



Catherine Eller Stoker

Catherine Eller was born in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1773. Catherine’s grandfather, George Michael Eller, was a German immigrant who came to America in about 1742, possibly searching for religious freedom. Catherine married Michael Stoker in around 1791. The couple lived in Ashe County, North Carolina for about 15 years. Catherine gave birth to eight children during that time.



In 1814, Catherine and Michael moved to Bloomfield, Ohio. They were accompanied by their two oldest children and their spouses, as well as their six younger children. Catherine gave birth to her youngest child in Ohio. 

On January 19, 1833, Luke S. Johnson, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints baptized several members of the Stoker family. By the end of 1833, all of the Stokers had been baptized. A few years later, the Stoker family moved to Caldwell County in Missouri where, with other church members, they attempted to settle that area. Michael died in Far West, Missouri in 1836. Catherine and her children fled with other church members to Illinois after the Mormons were expelled from Missouri.

Catherine, along with her children and their families, lived in the Nauvoo area. In 1841, Catherine was baptized in the Mississippi River for several of her deceased family members. Catherine received her endowment in the Nauvoo Temple on January 21, 1846.

On July 30, 1843, Catherine received her patriarchal blessing from Hyrum Smith:

“Sister Catherine, I lay my hands upon your head in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and seal you up unto Eternal Life from this very hour for this is thy Blessing for thy days and years are on the decline. Nevertheless there are some more to be multiplied upon thy head and a consolation to inspire your heart yet in the days of your Pilgrimage and you have a crown laid up for you in the Mansion of your Father and ye shall stand in your place and in your station as a Mother in Israel as one that hath kept the commandments and that hath been faithful.

“Since you believed, therefore you are blessed in time and your blessing shall be continued in eternity, for you are sealed here on earth and sealed in heaven that you may live and be comforted with this comforter that your name is written as is made known by the Spirit in the Lamb’s Book of Life and shall not be blotted out, but shall be continued henceforth and forever and there is a blessing on your house, even your children from generation to generation and the priesthood is theirs according to the rights of lineage and the covenants and promises made to their Father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Therefore, let your heart be comforted henceforth and forever for the promise is sure and your days shall yet continue for a season and your name shall be perpetuated from generation to generation and handed down in honor by your children until the latest generation. These blessings I seal upon your head in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

In 1846, when church members were again forced to leave their homes, Catherine went with them. She was accompanied by most of her family. She made it as far as Council Bluffs in Iowa. She died there in 1850.



The connection between Lucile Brimley Eastman and Catherine Eller Stoker is as follows: Lucile Eastman – Lola Samantha Nelson – Samantha Madsen – Elizabeth Mary Jane Nelson – Mary Catherine Welker – Elizabeth Stoker – Catherine Eller

Sources: Descendants of George Michael Eller, by A. W. Eller (viewable at,  George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America, by James W. Hook (also viewable at

Seth Jones

When the Civil War broke out, Seth Jones was 16 years old. Anxious to join the fighting, he lied about his age in order to enlist and became a soldier in the Illinois 113th Company B. Seth served for three years and was one of only 27 members of his company to survive the war. He participated in the crucial Battle of Vicksburg, where his division was part of General Grant’s army.


At the end of the war, Seth returned home to Illinois. Born in Iroquois County in 1845, Seth was accustomed to a life of pioneering and farming. With his wife Savilla, Seth moved from Illinois to Missouri to Illinois again and to Indiana, farming and raising a family, which eventually included eight children.

While living in Indiana, the Jones family met two Mormon missionaries. Seth and his family were happy to learn of the new religion and soon joined the church. Eager to join the body of the Saints, the Jones family moved to Sanford, Colorado in 1890 and contributed to the colonization of that area. After 14 years, Seth and his family moved to Byron, Wyoming where they helped to settle that area as well.


In 1920, Seth and Savilla returned to Illinois for a visit. While there, Savilla was killed in a car accident.  Seth died 19 years later, in April 1939.

The research for this post was done by Matt and can be found here:

The connection between Eric Eastman and Seth Jones is as follows: Eric Eastman – Blanche Savilla Jones – Edwin Hyrum Jones – Seth W Jones