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Genealogy Quote of the Week – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week’s genealogy quote comes from American essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


According to Wikipedia, “Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.”

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister, Ralph was named after his mother’s brother and his father’s great-grandmother Rebecca Waldo. Ralph Waldo was the second of five sons. His father died from stomach cancer before Emerson’s eighth birthday. At age 9, he started school, and went to Harvard College at age 14, where he later served as Class Poet; and presented an original poem on Harvard’s Class Day, a month before his official graduation on at age 18. He graduated in the middle of his class of 59 people.

Emerson later met William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas Carlyle in England, and in 1837 befriended Henry David Thoreau. Emerson gave some 1,500 lectures in his lifetime. He earned enough to buy 11 acres of land by Walden Pond and a few more acres in a neighboring pine grove. In 1862, Emerson’s protégé Henry David Thoreau died of tuberculosis at the age of 44 and Emerson delivered his eulogy.

Genealogy quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

Genealogy Quote of the Week ~ David B. Haight

This week’s genealogy quote comes from the Apostle David B. Haight.

Genealogy quote

I believe that when you diligently seek after your ancestors – in faith – needed information will come to  you, even when no mortal records of their lives are available. ~ Ensign Magazine, May 1993,  23

David B. Haight

David B.Haight

David Bruce Haight was born in 1906 and at the time of his death in 2004 at age 97 was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).”

David Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, to Hector C. Haight and his wife Clara Tuttle. He married Ruby Olson and they had three children, one of whom became the wife of American philanthropist and business person Jon Huntsman, Senior. Their son – and David Haight’s grandson – is Jon Huntsman, Jr., former governor of Utah, and former US Ambassador to China.

Elder Haight, a World War II veteran, at one time owned the Palo Alto Hardware store in California, where he served as mayor. He later served as a mission president in Scotland from 1963 to 1966, after which he was called as president of the Palo Alto Stake, then later as a regional representative of the Twelve Apostles, and then as a general authority—specifically, an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—in April 1970. In addition, he served as a special assistant to the president of Brigham Young University. David B. Haight was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1976 where he served until his death.


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