In April, 1866, at the height of the Black Hawk Wars, Mormon settlers in the village of Circleville, Utah, took a band of Paiute Indians hostage and murdered all of them, except four young children thought too young to bear witness. Sue Jensen Weeks’ great-great-grandfather, James Tillman Sanford Allred, was one of those responsible. Her great-aunt later married one of the few Paiute survivors, David Monson.
How Desolate Our Home Bereft Of Thee is Sue Jensen Weeks’ resonant retelling of these events. Weaving together strands of family history, letters, diaries, eye-witness accounts, and reminiscences, Sue Jensen Weeks traces a path through the shadows and pain of one of the more significant events in the near annihilation of Native American peoples in Utah.
Sue Jensen Weeks was born in Provo, Utah. After attending public schools in Lewiston, New York and Palo Alto, California, she attended the University of Utah, University of Oslo, and Rhode Island School of Design. Sue has lived in Norway, Scotland and New York. She lives now in Salt Lake City.
‘Sue Jensen Weeks has pulled together a phenomenal collection of primary sources, which she has deftly woven together to tell the tragic tale of the Circleville massacre. She lets the primary sources tell the story and bridges these sources to set the scenes and place the actors in the broader contexts of the times. As a descendent of J.T.S. Allred she draws upon sources from her own family’s history, but does not use these sources to whitewash events or players. Her affection for the Sanpete Valley landscape, and Spring City, in particular, softens some of the harsher parts of the narrative. Her approach is direct, making it hard to put down.’ – Cindy Rice
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ISBN: 978-1-74298-468-1, 226pp. paperback | ISBN eBook: 978-1-74298-469-8
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