By Naomi Hatch –
The 1884 Margaret McCleve Hancock Log Cabin is a tribute to early pioneer settlers in Taylor.
The Hayride Jamboree sponsored by the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2, at the cabin. Come and enjoy a horsedrawn wagon tour of the historic homes, a cowboy dinner and entertainment. There is no cost, but donations are welcome and will be used to maintain the homes.
The cabin was the home of Margaret McCleve Hancock, who was born in 1838 in Belfast, Ireland. She and her family were baptized as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1841, and came to New York by ship. They traveled to Winter Quarters, Neb., by train and made the 1,300-mile trek to Salt Lake City, Utah, pulling a handcart in the second handcart company.
Margaret married Mosiah Lyman Hancock, son of Levi Ward Hancock, in 1859. They spent most of their time together in Utah, but Mosiah was called to serve in Arizona in 1879. Margaret and her children came to Taylor on Jan. 1, 1880, with her brother-in-law, Joseph Smith Hancock.
She was set apart by President Jesse N. Smith to minister to the needs of the sick and serve as a midwife, delivering more than 1,400 babies. The trunk she used for her midwife supplies is on display at the cabin.
Mosiah spent very little time in Taylor, but Margaret and her family of 13 children made Taylor and the little log cabin their home.
Margaret died in 1908, and is buried in the Taylor Cemetery.
The cabin originally stood on the east side of the Silver Creek near Tumbleweed. Orthello Bates moved it to Maverick and 600 East, where he raised his family. Vern Hatch owned the home for a few years before selling it to Lyman Bates, who died in 1969. Then Bates’ grandson, Ron Solomon, purchased the home. He donated the cabin to the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation.
Ted Brimhall and a crew of men with a crane lifted the roof off, then moved the cabin to its new location on Main Street and Willow Lane in Taylor after Gary Solomon, who grew up in the home, tore down the house surrounding the cabin and prepared it to be moved.
The cabin depicts the lifestyle of early Taylor pioneers and has several children’s games, as well as a fort for the kids and picnic tables. It will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. for tours on Saturday, June 30.