Bateman Haight Wilhelm

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Bateman Haight Wilhelm
Bateman Haight Wilhelm
Born November 14, 1843
Venice, Cayuga, New York
Died June 3, 1903
Silver City, Grant, New Mexico
Other name(s) Bateman Haight Williams
Father John Benjamin Williams
Mother Clarissa Harden
Spouse(s) Lydia Hannah Draper
Grace Tippett Jose

Bateman Haight Wilhelm (November 14, 1843 - June 3, 1903), born as Bateman Haight Williams



Early Years

Bateman was born November 14, 1843 in Venice, New York, a small town located in Cayuga County, New York, which lies in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. His surname at birth was Williams, which later in life he changed back to the original family name Wilhelm. Bateman's parents were John Benjamin Williams and Clarissa Harden, and they named him after family friend David Bateman Haight.

Mormon Migration

In 1842, Bateman's parents had joined the growing Mormon religion, and were making plans to relocate to Nauvoo, Illinois. Shortly after Bateman's birth, they abandoned their farm in Venice, and began to make their way to Nauvoo. By the time they got to Nauvoo in 1844, Joseph Smith had been killed, and violence against the Mormons was escalating. The family spent a little over two years in Nauvoo before starting across the plains on June 17, 1847 in the Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company. They spent the winter of 1847 in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. After leaving Winter Quarters, they headed to Mosquito Creek, Iowa and on to Weston, Missouri where Bateman's father John and two of his siblings died. In April 1851, shortly after John's death, Clarissa and the remaining children finally left for Salt Lake City, arriving there on June 27, 1851.

Civil War

In 1862, Bateman served in Capt. Lot Smith's Company for a period of three months. His Civil War record shows a muster in date of April 30, 1862 and a muster out date of August 14, 1862. Bateman's name is listed on the Utah Civil War monument on the Capitol grounds in Salt Lake City, as well as the Davis County Veterans Memorial in Farmington, Utah.
Civil War record for Bateman H. Williams

The United Order

The unit of the United Order which became Orderville was formed March 20, 1874 at Mt. Carmel, Utah, with Bateman H. Williams listed as one of the original members of the board of directors. In early 1875, it was decided to move site two miles up the Long Valley and the name Orderville was chosen. In March of that year, Bateman's family was the first of the United Order members to move to Orderville, Utah.

Bateman continued to serve on United Order's board of directors, and was elected to 1st Vice-President of the board on July 14th, 1875 and on August 2 of the same year he was chosen to serve as 2nd counselor on the Orderville ward's bishopric until he resigned from the bishopric on September 8, 1877.

The Order owned a water-powered sawmill which Bateman and Israel Hoyt ran, and later it was replaced by a steam-powered sawmill, which was run by Bateman and Isaiah Bowers.

Orderville was reorganized into an ecclesiastical ward on October 5, 1877, at which time Bateman was re-elected to the board of directors as 2nd Vice-President, a position he likely held until he withdrew his holdings from the Order, and heeded the call to colonize Arizona.

Colonizing Arizona

In March, 1879, Bateman was one of the first Mormons to settle in Concho, Arizona.

On September 5, 1881, to protect themselves from the Apache Indians, the Mormon citizens of St. Johns, Arizona organized a military company of twenty men known as the "United Forces of St. Johns", with Bateman Haight Wilhelm as Captain.

New Mexico

Bateman died June 3, 1903 in Silver City, New Mexico. Among the relatives present when Bateman passed away was his son-in-law Arthur Northrup. Arthur later recounted that as Bateman lay dying from Bright's disease, several of the family members gathered at his bedside were weeping and sad. Bateman didn't care for the display of sorrow so he dragged himself out of bed and did an impromtu clog dance to cheer them up. While they were still laughing, he got back into bed and died.

Bateman is buried in lot F-25-4 [1][2] in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City. Bateman's original headstone, as well as the cemetery records, incorrectly list his name as Batman, and the year of death as 1904. This has since been corrected by Corlyn H. Adams, a descendant of Bateman's, who paid for a new stone, and had the old stone left in place for historical reasons.

Old headstone
New headstone

Children with Lydia Hannah Draper

Bateman and Lydia had the following children:

Bateman Haight Wilhelm, Jr.

Lydia Isora Wilhelm

Clarissa Isabell Wilhelm

Zemira George Wilhelm

Amy Elnora Wilhelm

Fanny Marilla Wilhelm

John Benjamin Wilhelm

Children with Grace Tippett Jose

Bateman and Grace had the following children:

Marion Lee Williams

  • Born: December 15, 1871 in Long Valley, UT
  • Died: July 13, 1963 in Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona

Francis Viola Williams

  • Born: December 12, 1873
  • Died:

Susan Amelia Williams

  • Born: August 3, 1875
  • Died:

Lucy Louisa Williams

  • Born: May 27, 1877
  • Died:

Independence Grace Williams

  • Born: July 4, 1880
  • Died:

Mary Williams

  • Born: April 1, 1882
  • Died:


Bateman and Lydia Bateman and Lydia

1900 Grant County, New Mexico census Bateman, Lydia and Fanny in New Mexico on the 1900 US Census


Family Tree

16. ?
8. Justice Williams
17. ?
4. John Andrew Williams
18. ?
9. Clarissa
19. ?
2. John Benjamin Williams
20. Thomas Farrington
10. Benjamin Farrington
21. Miss Norris
5. Mercy Farrington
22. Edmund Tompkins
11. Susannah Tompkins
23. ?
1. Bateman Haight Wilhelm
24. James Harding
12. James Harding
25. Mary Nickerson
6. Miller Harding
26. ?
13. Mary
27. ?
3. Clarissa Harden
28. ?
14. ?
29. ?
7. Eilabeth Tabor
30. ?
15. ?
31. ?


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