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Pullen (Pulley)

James and Alice Moon Pullen (Pulley):  James was born May 27, 1823 in Ledbury, Herefordshire, England to Francis and Martha Embry Pulley.  He was baptized into the Mormon Church in 1840 and migrated to America, settling in Nauvoo in 1844.  He was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple February 6, 1846.  He was personally acquainted with Joseph Smith.

James married Alice Moon on the same day the saints were forced to leave Nauvoo, moving to Alton, IL (just north of St. Louis) where they lived for several years.  Little is known of Alice.  They had 4 children when they migrated from Council Bluffs, IA in 1856.  Living in Salt Lake City, he was a bodyguard to Brigham Young from 1856-1858.  They then moved to Payson, then back to Salt Lake, then Farmington and in 1864 to American Fork.  When public land became available in 1869 he purchased 50 acres of land south of American Fork.  When Brigham Young visited the area James asked his advice on buying land and was told that higher ground would be of more value so he homesteaded 160 acres in Highland (east of #98 on the 1958 Highland map), the southeast quarter of sec 1, in the name of his son, James Franklin Pullen.  On May 11, 1874 James took a plural wife, Lydia Esther Hall, who was 31 years younger than he.  Alice died in 1877 and the 1880 census shows James living with Lydia and their 3 children.  Lydia was born April 28, 1854 to David and Jane Duett Hall.  They eventually had 13 children and by 1900 were living in American Fork.  They later changed (or perhaps, corrected) their name to Pulley but no reason is given for the difference.  James died December 14, 1906 in American Fork, Lydia died January 6, 1935 and they are buried in the American Fork Cemetery.


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