| 1804, November 15
|| William Van Orden is born
in East Windham (Wyndham), Greene County, New York,
the eldest of eight children born to Peter Van Orden
and Mary Crooker (Carbine).
|| 1805, October 6
|| Julia Ann Haight is born
in Windham, Greene County, New York,
the third of nine children born to Caleb Haight and Keturah Horton.
|| 1827, March 12
|| William and Julia Ann are
married at his father's inn,
called the "Mountain House," on Windham Mountain
in the Catskill Mountains near Catskill,
|| 1828, January 13
|| William and Julia Ann's first child is born in Windham, Greene County,
New York. She is named Charlotte Amelia.
|| 1829, March 11
|| William buys 100 acres of land from Frances Carbine in the Town of
Sempronius, Cayuga County, New York, for $1,450, and the family moves
|| 1830, January 27
|| William and Julia's first son and second child is born in Sempronius,
Cayuga County, New York. He is named Peter Edmund.
|| 1831, December 27
|| The second daughter and third child of William and Julia is born in
Sempronius, Cayuga County, New York. She is named Mary Ann Helen.
|| 1833, March 20
|| The Town of Moravia, New York, is created from the Town of
Sempronius. William and Julia's home and farm are included in the new
|| 1834, January 2
|| The second son and fourth child of William and Julia is born in
Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. He is named Everett Clark.
|| 1835, November 2
|| Eliza Dorlesca (Dorleska), the fifth child of William and Julia, is
born in Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. She lives only a few months,
as she dies 29 February 1836 in Moravia.
|| 1836, September 25
|| Sarah Louisa, the sixth child of William and Julia, is born in
Moravia, Cayuga County, New York.
|| The village of Moravia is incorporated.
|| By this time, William is a leading citizen of Moravia and has the
titles of "Esquire" and "Squire of Moravia."
|| William and Julia Ann join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, along with members of the Caleb Haight family.
|| 1839, April 3
|| Marie Antoinette, the seventh child of William and Julia, is born in
Moravia, Cayuga County, New York.
|| 1841, May 18
|| William Arthur, the eighth child of William and Julia, is born in
Moravia, Cayuga County, New York. He lives only three years.
|| 1842, February
|| William sends a letter to Church leaders in Nauvoo, Illinois, with a
"certificate of deposite" [sic] for $145, a donation from members of
the West Niles (N.Y.) Branch (the branch to which William and Julia
belong) to aid in construction of the Nauvoo Temple.
|| 1843, June 28
|| William and Julia Ann sell their 100-acre farm in Moravia, New York, to
Warren Austin for $3,000, and plan to "gather" with the Saints in
|| 1843, September 13
|| William and Julia and their family leave Moravia, New York, by wagon
with members of the Caleb Haight family, en route to Nauvoo.
|| 1843, October 27
|| William and Julia arrive in Nauvoo.
|| 1843, November 11
|| William and Julia purchase story-and-a-half brick home on Mulholland
Street [east half of Lot 1, Block 28, Wells Survey] in Nauvoo,
Illinois, from Joseph Horne Jr. and his wife, Mary Isabella, for $750.
|| 1843, November 18
|| William and Julia and four of their children sign the Scroll Petition,
officially titled "Memorial of inhabitants of Nauvoo in Illinois,
praying for redress for injuries to their persons and properties by
lawless proceedings of citizens in Missouri." The petition is sent to
|| 1843, December 9
|| William purchases 160 acres of farmland in Hancock County, Illinois,
on the southeast quarter of Section 21 in Appanoose Township
[Township 7, Range 8] from Edward Langford for $1,000. He also owns
another 20 acres of farmland that he purchased from Wilson Law for
|| 1844, July 11
|| After becoming severely ill with a cold while guarding the bodies of
Joseph and Hyrum Smith after they were martyred two weeks previous,
William dies in Nauvoo of "bloody flux."
He is buried in the Old Nauvoo Burial Ground.
|| 1844, August
|| William and Julia's eighth and last child, William Arthur, dies the
week ending August 19 in Nauvoo, also of bloody flux, and is buried
beside his father in the Old Nauvoo Burial Ground.
|| 1844, September 24-25
|| William's personal estate is inventoried and valued by Hiram Kimball,
William Marks and Orson Spencer. Total appraised value of his estate
is $1,581.85, with $303.68 in cash on hand.
|| 1844, November 2-3
|| Julia holds a public auction to sell part of William's estate.
|| 1845, Spring
|| Julia marries Dr. John M. Bernhisel, a prominent doctor, who had
arrived in Nauvoo in 1842. He moves out of the Mansion House and into
her home on Mulholland Street.
|| 1845, June 4
|| Julia receives her patriarchal blessing in Nauvoo from Patriarch John
Smith, uncle of Joseph Smith, and is promised a posterity that is
|| 1845, December 19
|| Julia is endowed in the Nauvoo Temple, along with her father, Caleb,
and two brothers, Hector and Isaac, and their wives.
|| 1846, January 20
|| Julia is sealed to Dr. John M. Bernhisel in the Nauvoo Temple. He is
also sealed to six other women.
|| 1846, July 13
|| Julia sells her home in Nauvoo to James O. and Abigail Smith for $250
and her two pieces of farm property in Hancock County to Abigail Smith
|| 1846, August 5
|| Julia and her four youngest children leave Nauvoo in a covered wagon in
the company of others for Winter Quarters on the western side of the
Missouri River in Omaha Indian Territory. Her husband, Dr. Bernhisel,
remains in Nauvoo for a period of time to help dispose of property of
|| 1846, September 20
|| Julia arrives in Winter Quarters after being on the trail in Iowa for
|| 1846, December 21
|| Julia gives birth in a covered wagon in the dead of winter to a son,
her only child fathered by Dr. Bernhisel. He is named John Milton
Bernhisel Jr. after his father.
|| 1846-47, Winter|
| Julia is seriously ill in Winter Quarters.
|| 1848, June 7
|| Julia and her husband and family leave the staging area on the
Elkhorn River, 20 miles west of Winter Quarters, for the West in the
Heber C. Kimball company.
|| 1848, September 24
|| Julia and her family arrive in the Salt Lake Valley with the Kimball
company after 109 days on the trail.
|| 1848-49, Winter
|| Julia and her family spend the winter in the Old Fort in Salt Lake City.
|| Dr. Bernhisel is dispatched to Washington D.C. to lobby for statehood
for the Mormons.
|| Congress creates the Territory of Utah. Dr. Bernhisel is elected Utah's
first delegate to Congress and serves five terms.
|| 1851, January
|| When the 1850 U.S. Census is enumerated, Julia and her children,
including her two married daughters, are living in Davis County; the
census does not include cities or precincts.
|| Julia possibly separates from her husband, Dr. Bernhisel.
|| 1853, September
|| Julia receives a second patriarchal blessing while living in Kaysville,
Davis County, Utah, from itinerate patriarch Charles W. Hyde.
|| Sometime during this decade, Julia is living on the southwest corner of
Block 52 (Lot 2), at Fifth East and Second South in Salt Lake City.
|| 1858, Spring
|| Julia and most of her children and their families, in compliance with
Brigham Young's directive to abandon the northern communities during
the so-called "Utah War," leave Kaysville and move south to Utah
County as part of Brigham's "scorched earth" policy.
|| 1860, September 7
|| When the 1860 U.S. Census is enumerated, Julia Ann is living with her
daughter, Sarah Louisa Curtis, and her family in Springville, Utah
|| Julia's whereabouts are unknown.
|| 1865, January 23
|| Julia dies in Provo, Utah,
of typhoid fever at 59 years, 3 months and 17 days, and is buried in
Salt Lake City Cemetery in Plat C, Block 7, Lot 7, a lot owned by her