How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Nicholas Paul – 732
Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Ann Heath – 733
Ann 733 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Nicholas Paul – 408
Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Harriet Paul – 734
Harriet 734 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt:  Elizabeth Jane Paul – 735
Elizabeth Jane 735 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle:  James Heath Paul – 736
James Heath 736 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt:  Mary Ann Paul – 737
Mary Ann 737 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: John Paul – 738
John 738 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Richard Paul – 739
Richard 739 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: George Paul – 740
George 740 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt:  Emma Paul – 741
Emma 741 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Charlotte Louise Paul – 742
Charlotte Louise 742 + Nicholas 732 – Nicholas 408 – Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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History: David William Rowley

They crossed the plains in covered wagons and with handcarts. They were strong enough to endure these hardships and still keep their faith because they wanted to worship according to the dictates of their own consciences. They had all heard the message of the Gospel and were converted while on foreign soil. They gave up whatever they had for the sake of the Gospel and to be among the Saints in Utah, that they might raise their families under the direct admonition of the Church, that they, individually, might learn more and be able to teach their families the fullness of the new and everlasting Gospel.

In the sturdy line of ancestors we find masons, carpenters, blacksmiths, farmers, miners, makers of pottery and builders of all kinds. In fact all tradesmen and craftsmen of various kinds and types from which they made their livelihood. They were people who withstood hardships, toil and sacrifice for the sake of what they thought was right.

They settled first in Utah, and then some of them moved to Idaho in the last part of the 1800’s, settling around the Shelley, Rigby, Idaho Falls area. My parents, Hugh Thompson and Grace Davis Rowley, met in that area. They grew to love each other and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 9 October 1901.

I was their second child having been preceded in birth by my brother, Hugh Francis. He was eighteen months of age at my birth. We were both born in Shelley, which is about 6 miles west of Idaho Falls. I have no recollection of having lived there. My folks lived different places around the valley. Dad was working for the Utah Idaho Sugar Company when a little sister was added to our family. She was named Verda May and was born in Sugar City, Idaho on 25 March 1906. From the moment she was born she was a blessing to our family and she has always been a dear and loving companion to me.

When I was a very small child something happened to me that greatly affected my life – I drank some lye-water. My mother had used some to soften the water on wash day and left the rest of it on the table. She was probably expecting to use it with the next batch of clothes. I was just tall enough to reach it and I suppose I thought it was milk. It burned my throat very badly. My mother grabbed the vinegar jug and poured some of it down me. She called a doctor and he said she had done the worst thing possible and told her she should have used olive oil.

After she called Dad, they consulted another doctor who assured my mother that she had done exactly the right thing. He said that if she had used olive oil it would have worked with the lye to form soap and would have choked me to death. My mother always thought that she had been guided by the Holy Ghost to know what to do.

I was a long time getting over the burn and couldn’t swallow anything solid for a long time. One day I tried to eat a piece of oatmeal and it lodged in my throat for several days, I think. One day, it must have been about my 3rd birthday because my grandmother Jane Paul Rowley was there for Thanksgiving dinner. I was sitting on my grandmother’s lap and I asked for some jelly and she gave me a little and the meat went on down with the jelly. I was so glad that I said, “Damma, its don, Damma, its don!”

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

March 1979

As David occasionally says, “The Old Arab has moved again!” we are now living in Mountain Home, Elmore, Idaho. We are both well, but sometimes feeling our ages of 75 and 70! We are still trying to please our Heavenly Father.

Grandpa (Dave) is having trouble to remember the scriptures he loves so much, after he has studied them diligently. Grandma (Stella) tries to comfort him. She tells him that even if he doesn’t remember the exact thought, the spiritual food is received by his soul and it is enlarged when he ponders and mediated and gets closer to the Lord as he studies and that someday he will remember them again.

Grandpa likes something he first heard Grandma say back in 1972 – “If you persist in doing your duty after a while your duty becomes your pleasure.” Now, on 20 March 1979, she has added a sequel – “If you persist in NOT doing your duty, after a while you will have no real pleasure in anything you do.”

In late years we have seen a graphic example or two of this. We have also seen several examples of those who persist in doing their duty and their lives have been filled and their spirits enlarged and their pleasure has become joy! This is filling the measure of their creation, for the Lord has said… “Man is that he might have joy!” (Estella Tidwell Rowley)

I now have thirty-four grandchildren, (Estella has 21). I have seven grandchildren married, Estella has one married. I have fourteen great grandchildren, Estella has two. I would like to live to see all of them grown, see them go on missions, marry in the temple and have righteous families of their own. My goodness, I would really have a posterity then! Even if I don’t live to see it, I feel that I will know about it.

I would like to leave a Father’s Blessing with each and every one of you, my descendants.

Lovingly dedicated to my descendants – in the hope that some small part of my life experiences might be of interest, and possibly cause you, my loved ones, to live your lives with more courage and with more faith and trust in the Lord, I also hope that this history may help you to gain a deeper love for your fellowmen. My hope is that you will always seek first the Kingdom of God, that you pray earnestly and often enough that you get to know Him, so that you will be able to recognize His will and the things He has in mind for you. Keep all of His commandments and endure to the end, then, if I have lived sufficiently obedient and valiant, we have a happy reunion as a big and loving family. That we may be allowed to reside in His presence is my fervent wish. What a glorious day that will be!

I was called “Willie” when I was small, Bill when I grew older (still Bill to my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews) and finally David or Dave in my later life. I first opened my eyes upon the scenes of this world in the lovely time of Thanksgiving in the little town of Shelley, Idaho. The day was 24 November, in the year 1903.

I am humbly proud of my heritage as all of us who descend from the early Mormon Pioneers can justly be. My great-grandparents (Ralph Nephi Rowley, Mary Ann Thompson, Nicholas Paul, Harriet May, David William Davis, Charlotte Nott Jeremy, Rueben Coles and Hannah Terrell) and my grandparents (John Thompson Rowley, Jane Paul, David Peter Davis and Caroline Ann Coles) on both my father’s (Hugh Thompson Rowley) and mother’s (Grace Davis) side joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, after which they immigrated to America from different parts of the British Commonwealth.

To be continued…

History: Grace Davis

A near tragedy happened when little David William was about two years old. Grace was preparing to wash and Hugh Thompson was at work at the Sugar Factory. Grace had just finished diluting some lye to put in the boiler for boiling the clothes. She left the lye in a cup on the table and turned back to the stove. David William reached up on the table and took the cup, thinking it contained milk; he drank its contents all down. His screams caused his mother’s heart to about stop beating as she turned around and realized what had happened. She grabbed the vinegar and poured it down the little lad and sent for the doctor. They didn’t have telephones then, so it was awhile before he got there. She told him what she had done and he said it was the worst possible thing she could have done and her heart was filled with fear. He told her that she should have used olive oil instead of vinegar. She got in touch with Hugh Thompson at the factory and he came and they took David William to another doctor. The second doctor told them they had done the right thing, the only thing that could have saved David William’s life. Had she reached for the olive oil instead of the vinegar, the mix of oil and lye would have made a kind of soap and the lather would have choked the boy to death.

David William’s throat was burned so badly that he was unable to eat solids for weeks. He could take nothing but liquids. One day he decided to try some meat, but it got only half way down and lodged, it could go neither up nor down. The piece of meat stayed lodged in his throat for three long weeks during which he was slowly starving to death. One day, while sitting on his Grandmother Rowley’s (Jane Paul)  knee, he asked for some jelly. When David William swallowed the jelly, it provided a slick enough surface for the meat to become dislodged and slide down. David William looked at his grandmother, a look of surprise and joy on his little face as he said, “Damma, its don, Damma, its don!” Everyone present shed tears of gratitude for the life-saving jelly.

It was here at Sugar City that their third child was born, 25 March 1906. She was a beautiful girl they named Verda May. They loved their children very much and took great pains to provide for them the loving care they needed.

Three weeks after her birth, Hugh Thompson went to Butte, Montana to find work. He found a job in the coal mine, so Grace had to move again. They weren’t very happy there, as Butte was a typical mining town–people of every nationality, good and bad. They did not like the environment their boys were exposed to, and decided it was too rough, so they moved back to Idaho.

They moved back to David Peter’s old ranch, and it was here that another little son came to bless their humble lives. On 4 September 1909, a little dark-eyed, curly-haired boy was born. He was named Emerson Adis. Mrs. Josephine Newman from Shelton was the midwife who took care of Grace.

In 1910, Hugh Thompson moved again just in time for David William and Hugh Francis to start school at the Central School. This move took them to Idaho Falls where Hugh Thompson found work on the power dam. Then on 8 December 1911, another little bundle from Heaven came to their home. He was blessed and named Walter Ilith. (Annie (Harriet Ann) Rowley Galloway, Hugh’s sister, was responsible for the name “Ilith.” The family often wondered where she got the name, but in tracing their genealogy back two or three generations they found the name.)

To be continued…

History: Grace Davis

Quoting from the book, “It was a log building erected by the settlers to accommodate the growing number of children. It was a typical pioneer school, standing in a small clearing, with great sages at the edge of the clearing.  At the back of the building was a deep wash and slough which afforded adventure in exploring for the pupils. A blackboard in one end of the room; rough, home-made benches; and a black, wood-burning stove made up the equipment in those early days. The benches were often pushed back against the wall and parties were held, with dancing as the main entertainment. The walls echoed with the music of the fiddle and the rhythmic beat of the dancers’ feet.”

It is assumed that this is where Grace went to school as a list is given of the family names of children attending and the Davis name is mentioned. Her uncle, Parley J. Davis, given as the school clerk. The names of her teachers in the upper grades is not known.

In the late 1890’s, Grace went to work for J.B. Shelley in his Mercantile Store (the town was named after this man). It was here that she met a young man by the name of Hugh Thompson Rowley, who also worked for Mr. Shelley. They became very congenial and very good friends. They went together for quite a while and had many good times together with friends and other loved ones with whom they associated.

On 9 October 1901, with their hearts beating as one, they went to Salt Lake City and there in the Temple, the House of the Lord, were sealed for time and eternity by Temple President, John R. Winder.

                In the words of Orson F. Whitney,

“Hearts must be pure to come within these walls,
There spreads a feast unknown to festive halls,
Freely partake, for freely God hath given,
And taste the holy joys that tell of Heaven,
Here learn of Him, who trumpeted o’er the grave,
And unto men the Keys, the Kingdom gave;
Joined here by powers that past and present bind,
The Living and the dead perfection find.”

Living and rearing a family in those early days was pretty rugged and it took faith and courage to meet the trials and reverses that came into the lives of Hugh Thompson and his lovely bride, Grace Davis. They both knew how to work, and work hard they did! Hugh Thompson worked in and around Shelley for about four years, during which time two little boys were born to them, Hugh Francis, born 30 June 1902, and David William on 24 November 1903. Both boys were born at the home of Hugh’s mother, Jane Paul Rowley, in Shelley.

Hugh Francis was so tiny they hardly thought that he would live. Hugh Thompson and Grace so enjoyed their tiny son and took such good care of him that he soon caught up on his size.

To be continued…

History: Grace Davis

History of Grace Davis

Bert Lund Murphy – Son-in-Law (Husband of Verda May)
Caroline Ann Coles (208) – Mother
Charlotte Davis (214) – Sister
Charlotte Nott Jeremy (421) – Paternal Grandmother
David Peter Davis (207) – Father
David Peter Davis II – Half Brother
David Reuben Davis; Reuben (212) – Brother
David William Davis (420) – Paternal Grandfather
David William Rowley (30) – Son
Effie Cornelia Fowler – Stepmother
Ellen Jane Davis (423) – Paternal Aunt
Emerson Adis Rowley (89) – Son
Erma Thornton – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of Hugh Francis)
Evan Davis (215) – Brother
Grace Davis (86) – Self
Hannah Davis (210) – Sister
Hannah Terrill (429) – Maternal Grandmother
Harriet ‘Annie’ Rowley (199) – Sister-in-Law (Sister of Husband, Hugh Thompson Rowley)
Hugh Francis Rowley (87) – Son
Hugh Galloway – Nephew (Son of husbands sister, Harriet Ann Rowley)
Hugh Thompson Rowley (85) – Husband
Jane Paul (198) – Mother-in-Law
Laura Greene – Stepsister
Lillian Alcorn (31) – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of David William)
Mary Ann Davis (422) – Paternal Aunt
Mary Leah McGary – Wife of Nephew Hugh Galloway
Naina DeEsta Davis – Half Sister
Parley Davis (209) – Brother
Parley J. Davis – Paternal Uncle (?)
Pearl Greene – Stepsister
Polly Davis (216) – Sister
Reuben Coles (428) – Maternal Grandfather
Ruby Greene – Stepsister
Sarah Marie Alderson – Daughter-in-Law (Wife of Emerson Adis)
Son Davis (211) – Brother
Son Davis (213) – Brother
Verda May Rowley (88) – Daughter
Walter Illith Rowley (90) – Son

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Nicholas Paul – 408
Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Harriet May – 409
Harriet 409 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Harriet Paul – 410
Harriet 410 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Jane Paul – 198
Jane 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Elizabeth Paul – 411
Elizabeth 411 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: William Paul – 412
William 412 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Joseph Paul – 413
Joseph 413 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Hyrum Paul – 414
Hyrum 414 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Mary Frances Paul – 415
Mary Frances 415 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Emma Paul – 416
Emma 416 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Eliza Ann Paul – 417
Eliza Ann 417 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Lavina May Paul – 418
Lavina May 418 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Josephine Paul – 419
Josephine 419 + Nicholas 408 – Jane Paul 198 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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