This Day In Our Family History


James Dawes and Hannah Orpin were married in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom


Harriet Miller was born in Claredon, Genesee, New York, United States to Josiah H. Miller and Amanda Morgan


Frank Pitt was born, and died, in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Meshach Pitt and Mary Alice Price


Samuel Blakesley completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Earnest Frank Woods and Mary Elizabeth Enlow were married in Visalia, Tulare, California, United States


Mable Cable Spencer was buried


Boyd McCormick Simpson Sr. died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Stanford Clyde Lunt died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States


Maynard C. Wankier died in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


History: Charles Benjamin Harper


Charles Benjamin Harper, the son of Elizabeth Phipps Brand and Benjamin Harper, was born November 21, 1848, at Saville St., Hackney, London, N. E. The family moved several times during his early years. Including these places in order: Bath Grove; an unknown location; Garden Place; Walworth Road, on the south side of the Thames, where Alfred was born. Next they moved to Leather Lane, Holborn, London, E. G. Here Charles was baptized at the age of eight. The next move was to Southampton St., Camberwell, which was also on the south side of the river. They moved to Saint Leonard’s Street, Bromley By Bow. This was their last move before coming to America.

His first school experience was at a Dame School which he attended at the age of six or seven. Their cost three pence (four to six cents) per week. Following this he attended a larger public school which he had no clear remembrance. At Leather Lane he attended “Baldwin’ Garden National School” for boys only. However, a girl’s school was also maintained and once a week the girls joined the boys for singing practice. The name of this school was decidedly a misfit because there was no garden nor even a playground. When they moved to Southampton Street he worked in his father’s store. While they lived in Bromley he attended the “Priory Street National School” for three months where he was head boy. He was now at the end of his formal schooling for at the age of fourteen he left school to work in his father’s oil shop. However, he did attend the “Saint Michael Night School” for a short period of time.

For his work in the store he received six shillings, (about $1.50) per week and paid three shillings to his mother for board.

He worked for his father until he was about seventeen years of age. At this time his mother desired to immigrate to Utah but his father was not very favorable to the idea. So she decided to send her eldest son, Charles, to America, in the hope that she could use this as an inducement for her husband to emigrate also. The father made no objection, so on May 5, 1866 Charles left England on the sailing vessel “Caroline”. His parents accompanied him to the London docks. His passage was paid to the frontier and he had eight or ten $2.50 gold pieced with which to face the new life.

During the six weeks of ocean voyage many amusing and some near tragic things occurred. The ship was heated by upright stoves. One day a pig which was being carried as part of the food supply got loose. It took refuge under the stove. In trying to get the pig out the stove was very nearly upset. Should this have happened very serious consequences from fire might have follow.

On June 11, 1866 the ship arrived in New York but the passengers were not allowed to leave the company. They went up the Hudson River by steamboat and over to New Haven, Connecticut. There they took the train to Montreal, thence to Toronto, and on to Sarnia. From there they crossed to Detroit and went on to Saint Joseph, Missouri. Here they boarded a steamboat and proceeded up the Missouri River for two hundred miles to a landing called Wyoming, Nebraska. At this place the eighteen year old Charles joined Chipman’s Wagon train and the long wearisome trek began.

The train left Wyoming on July 13 and reached Salt Lake City on September 15, 1866. Each day was full of hardships. Charles walked every step of the way, tired and often hungry. For the food allowance was not too plentiful. Each person was allowed 1 ½ pounds of flour a day. 1 pound of bacon a week, a little molasses and dried fruit given every two of three days, and a little saleratus to raise their bread. No sugar, tea, nor coffee was given to boys. This food was little enough for an active, growing boy and he and his partner, Joe Ellsmore, often picked up the up the burned crusts which the independent teamsters had discarded. At the Sweetwater Joe Ellsworth sold his shirt for some dried currants, rive and jerked, dried beef which he shared with Charles. At Coalville, Utah they went into the fields and raked barley for which Charles received about a half bushel of potatoes. A woman of the company traded some baby clothes for some beef and some of this she exchanged for some of Charles’ potatoes.

The train arrived in Salt Lake City soon after breakfast on Saturday, September 15. That same night Charles, in company with Fred Fowlkes, a teamster, left Salt Lake City for Pleasant Grove where Fowlkes resided. They spent the night camped along the Cottonwood just north of the present location of the Murray smelter.

After his arrival in Pleasant Grove he went to live with John Baker on what is now the Annie Holman property. As a climax to his first meal in this city he had his first real taste of native black currant pie. In return for his work he received his board, clothes and lodging. During his first Christmas season in Utah he went to Fountain Green for a load of coal. His breakfast on Christmas morning consisted mainly of frozen bread. He returned to Nephi in time for dinner which he ate at the home of Pete Sutton. The main course of this well-remembered meal consisted of pork sausage.

He remained with John Baker until March 1, 1867 when he went to work for Thomas Wooley for $150.00 a year plus his board and lodging. Out of this first year’s salary he paid his tithing, his temple donation, and his debt to the emigration fund. On March 1, 1868 he rehired to Wooley for $25.00 a month plus board and lodging.

His parents left England on Tuesday, June 30, 1868, arrived in New York on July 12 and in Pleasant Grove on August 20, 1868. They went to Lindon and made their home there. Charles went to live with them, boarding himself. During the summer of 1869 he farmed on share for Mr. Wooley. That fall in October he went to Eagle Valley, Nevada to help run a shingle mill. At that time Eagle Valley was supposed to be within the boundaries of Utah. He returned in February 1870 and in the same month shortly after his return he became engaged to Harriet Gibbons.

That same month he met with an accident from which he never fully recovered. In company with Joseph Olpin he went to Grove Creek to chop Balsam logs. There he caught in a snow slide which pinned his against a tree. The tree probably saved his life but his knee was twisted and as a result he walked the rest of his life with a decided limp which grew worse as he grew older.

On December 11, 1871 he and Harried Gibbons were married in the Endowment House by Joseph Fielding Smith who later became the President of the Church. They were accompanied by their mothers and the entire trip was made by horse and wagon.

They settled in a small rock house on property which he had bought on Locust Avenue. In this house were born six of their nine children. In 1885 he built a large home just south of his first home on the same property. Here he lived until his death.

On May 10, 1895 he left on a mission to his native country where he served until 1898. All this time his wife supported the family and kept him on his mission through hard work.

His life in the church and community was most active. He served for many years as secretary of the Sunday School before the ward was divided. At various times he served as City Councilman, Justice of the Peace, member of the school board which was instrumental in securing a high school building for Pleasant Grove, and as president of the Pleasant Grove Canning Company. At the time of his death he was a High Priest.

His wife died on October 30, 1922 after a lingering illness. During the later years of his life he devoted himself to the care of his nursery and to the enjoyment of his hobbies; chief of which ware his flowers, a notable library, and a fine shall collection.

He died very suddenly at his home of a heart attack on Sunday morning, October 29, 1933, less than one month before his eighty-fifth birthday.

This Day In Our Family History


Amos Bishop was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to James Bishop and Elizabeth Clinton


Clarence William Lunt died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States


Elizabeth Lunt died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States


Mattie Ann Elizabeth Atchinson died in California, United States


Caroline and Mary Wright were sealed for time and eternity to their parents, John Wright  and Ann Perry, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Los Angeles California Temple, which is located at 10777 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States


Marvin Ballard Alcorn died in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States


Ollie Lavern Smith complete her baptism, confirmation, initiatory and endowment ordinances, by proxy, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Manti Utah Temple, which is located at 200 East 510 North in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

History: Lillian Alcorn

We missed Hugh as any parent would and Grant seemed lost without him, but we know he is serving our Father in Heaven and doing a good work. We loved him, all the more for doing it. Clayton was working for the Dixon Paper Co., in Salt Lake City and living home with us. Ralph and Aleene were in Texas and expecting another baby. Doug and Vonna are in Salt Lake City and of course Grace and Don are in Germany. Marjorie and Dwain are still in Provo and they come up to see us as often as they can and we enjoy going down to Provo to visit them. Marjorie comes up sometimes and spends several days or a week with me. We sew or have other projects to keep us busy and I do enjoy her companionship and being with her kiddies. In the spring of 1959 she and Dwain went on a little trip and we kept David with us for a week. We surely enjoyed it. Once before we had kept Dwana for two weeks while they went on a trip to California.

Douglas and Vonna also bring their children out and my they are sweet children. They are growing so fast and getting so big. We try to have family get-togethers as often as we can. We are looking forward to Christmas this year as we expect Grace and Don and their family to be here and all the other children who can come. We hope to have a very nice family get-together. It should be a wonderful day.

I get quite tired lately and I am often discouraged, but I have lived a full life and I am grateful for the many things I have experienced in my lifetime. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who holds and honors the Priesthood. I have born nine wonderful children. I have passed through the sorrow of losing two of them, which sorrow only those who experience can understand. I have seen three sons leave on missions for the Church and two return safely home to us. Yes, I have indeed been blessed. I still enjoy doing my genealogy work, but I wish some of my children would develop more of an interest in it so I would feel good about letting them take it over. Perhaps someday they will realize the importance of the work.

Vonna gave birth to her third child on 2 December 1959. They are so thrilled to get a little girl and they will name her Pamela. They say that she looks like me which is very nice. She certainly will have her hands full with three little ones two and under. I hope Douglas will help her out as much as he can.

Christmas is coming and I am planning to have a lovely family gathering. My brother Harold and his wife Mary and their daughter, Mary Francis will also be here. Grace and Don are in the United States now and as far as I know they, too, will be here for Christmas. I am so busy at the sewing machine lately. I’m making bathrobes for all my grandson and robes for my granddaughters. I hope they enjoy them as much as I am enjoying making them.

We had a lovely Christmas. Marjorie and Dwain came up Christmas Eve and with Harold and Mary here we had a wonderful family night with singing and telling of the true meaning of Christmas. The next morning was one of the excitement and anticipation. It keeps us young to have youngsters around us once in a while. Marjorie and her family had to leave before dinner and I was sorry they did, but Mary was there to help me and she is a good helper. The day was saddened only because Grace and Don didn’t make it home.

Time passed and it was soon New Year’s Day 1960. I baked bread and made some cookies and then did some sewing. The next day, 2 January 1960, I again began to sew as I wanted to finish an apron I had started the day before. I hadn’t been sewing long when the family decided to go into Doug and Vonna’s apartment in Salt Lake City to visit with them. Doug had a flat tire on his car and he wanted Dave to help him fix it. Clayton wanted to go to a movie instead so he went to a show in Bountiful. It was a little late in the afternoon when we finally got away, about 2:30pm or so. When we got to the apartment Dave and Grant stayed downstairs to help Doug fix the tire and I went on upstairs to see the kiddies and Vonna. Little Pamela was only a month old. In fact, it was a month ago to the very day that she was born.


Mother died about 3:30 or 3:45 on Saturday, 2 January 1960 in the apartment of Douglas and Vonna in Salt Lake City, Utah. She had a heart attack and suffered little if any pain. Death came swiftly and unexpectedly, but seemingly fulfilling her dream of over 30 years before.

A tribute made to Mrs. Lillian Alcorn Rowley which appeared in the February 1960 issue of the John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger……

“The John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Organization suffered a great
loss in the passing away of Lillian Alcorn Rowley, wife of our beloved
President, David William Rowley. She not only blessed him with her great
faith, loving support and loyalty but she inspired all of us in everything
we attempted to do. She took it on herself to know the responsibilities
and problems of each and every worker in the organization.
She gave us the full support of her love and encouragement
she inspired us with her humble faith and sweet spirit. She did more than
this, she gave of her time, strength and finances to further every phase of the work.
She spent untold hours in prayer and worry over our problems and as
many long hours that reached into days, weeks and long
weary months in the Genealogical Library and in other physical phases
of the work. She was a perfectionist and insisted on perfection
in everything, especially herself.

We will get along, somehow, without her – because we must. We would waste all her
effort if we did not carry on, now she is gone. She was a member of the Historian’s
staff and so very much of the success we have had, we owe to her.
Words are so inadequate in trying to describe Lillian.”

Luella Jones Downard,
Historian, for the messenger

Aleene Sumsion               – Daughter-in-Law: Son Ralph’s (34) wife
Archie Harold Alcorn 97) – Brother
Bert Lund Murphy – Brother-in-Law: Sister-in-Law Verda’s (88) husband
Cheryl Jeanette Smith (12) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Clark Alcorn (91) – Father
Clayton Alcorn Rowley (35) – Son
Coral Lorraine Bolton (28) – Son-in-Law’s Mother: Donald’s (9) mother
David Alcorn Rowley (32) – Son
David Lenn Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
David William Rowley (30) – Husband
Deon Eugene Judkins – Grandson: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) son
Dollie Cook – Wife of Maternal Uncle: James Jr’s (228) wife
Donald Eugene Smith (9) – Son-in-Law: Daughter Grace’s (10) husband
Donald Eugene Smith Jr (11) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Donna Diane Smith (13) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Douglas Alcorn Rowley (33) – Son
Dwain Eugene Judkins –                Son-in-Law: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) husband
Dwana Kay Judkins – Granddaughter: Daughter Marjorie’s (36) daughter
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Erma Thornton – Sister-in-Law: Brother-in-Law Emerson’s (89) wife
Fannie Marie Weaver (Aunt Fannie) (229) – Maternal Aunt: Mother Harriet’s (92) sister
Grace Davis (86) – Mother-in-Law
Grace Harriet Rowley (10) – Daughter
Grant Alcorn Rowley (39) – Son
Hannah Davis (210) – Husband’s Maternal Aunt: Mother-in-Law Grace’s (86) sister
Harriet Ann Weaver (92) – Mother
Hugh Alcorn Rowley (37) – Son
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Father-in-Law
James Albert Weaver Jr (228) – Maternal Uncle: Mother Harriet’s (92) brother
James Sheldon Nelson Sr – Wife of Maternal Aunt: Fannie’s (229) husband
Jesse Verl Alcorn (99) – Brother
Joe Ben Smith (27) – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) father
John Joseph Everhard – Son-in-Law’s: Donald’s (9) stepfather
Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn (96) – Brother
Karen Andrea Goe – Niece: Maternal Aunt Melva’s (98) daughter
Kurtis Wayne Rowley – Grandson: Son Ralph’s (34) son
Leonard Clark Alcorn (93) – Brother
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Self
Lillian Lorraine Smith (3) – Granddaughter: Daughter Grace’s (10) daughter
Margaret Jeanette Alcorn (224) – Paternal Aunt: Father Clark ‘s (91) sister
Marjorie Ann Rowley (36) – Daughter
Marjorie Elizabeth Snyder – Son-in-Law’s Stepmother: Donald’s (9) stepmother
Marvin Ballard Alcorn (95) – Brother
Mary Catherine Hammons (218) – Paternal Grandmother: Father Clark’s (91) mother
Mary Francis Alcorn – Cousin: Brother Archie’s (97) daughter
Mary Gregory Askins – Sister-in-Law: Brother Archie’s (97) wife
Melva Alcorn (98) – Sister
Myron Nelson –                Cousin: Maternal Aunt Fannie’s (229) son
Pamela Rowley – Granddaughter: Son Douglas’ (33) daughter
Ralph Alcorn Rowley (34) – Son
Robert L. Goe – Brother-in-Law: Sister Melva’s (98) 1st husband
Ronald Steven Smith (14) – Grandson: Daughter Grace’s (10) son
Rosina Weaver (Aunt Rose) (469) – Mother Harriet’s (92) maternal aunt
Royal James Rowley (205) – Husband’s Paternal Uncle: Father-in-Law Hugh’s (85) brother
Scott Calvin Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
Sharon Lee Rowley (38) – Daughter
Verda May Rowley (88) – Sister-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) sister
Vonna Ensign – Daughter-in-Law: Son Douglas’ (33) wife
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Brother-in-Law: Husband David’s (30) brother
William Douglas Rowley – Grandson: Son Douglas’ (33) son
William Vernon Alcorn (94) – Brother
William Weaver (457) – Maternal Great-Grandfather: Mother Harriet’s (92) father

This Day In Our Family History


David Webb was born in Coaley, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to Samuel Webb Jr and Elizabeth Betsy Spencer


Charles Benjamin Harper completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Vonna Ensign died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Jerry Michael Lunt died in Washington Terrace, Weber, Utah, United States


Donald Snader died