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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 7, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 7, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 7, 2017

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  • Jane Paul – 198
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
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  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Walter Illith Rowley – 90
  • Sarah Wright – 720

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 7, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 7, 2018

Change birth information for Alexander Corbett to Happy Birthday

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 7, 2018

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  • John Thompson Rowley – 200
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 203
  • Royal James Rowley – 205
  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Sarah Wright – 720

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 8, 2017

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  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; May 8, 2017

Changed birth information for Courtney Nicole Lunt to Happy Birthday

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  • Coleman Ballard Alcorn – 217
  • William Alcorn – 441
  • Courtney Nicole Lunt – 101
  • Judith Tudor – 442
  • Irvine, Estill, Kentucky, United States
  • Havre, Hill, Montana, United States
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 8, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 8, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 8, 2018

Changed birth information for Courtney Nicole Lunt to Happy Birthday

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  • Coleman Ballard Alcorn – 217
  • William Alcorn – 441
  • Courtney Nicole Lunt – 103
  • Judith Tudor – 442
  • Irvine, Estill, Kentucky, United States
  • Havre, Hill, Montana, United States
  • Happy Birthday

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 8, 2018

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  • Jane Paul – 198
  • David William Rowley – 30
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  • Emerson Adis Rowley – 89
  • George Arthur Rowley – 407
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  • James Rowley – 726
  • John Rowley – 719
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Maria Rowley – 721
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Walter Thompson Rowley – 403
  • Sarah Wright – 720

This Day In Our Family History; May 9, 2017

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  • Emily Ann Weaver – 465
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 9, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 9, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 9, 2018

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  • Rose Etta Morgan – 1720
  • Clarissa Loretta Sperry – 123
  • Emily Ann Weaver – 465
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 9, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 10, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 10, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 10, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 10, 2018

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  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; May 10, 2018

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  • Morgan William Lunt – 1728
  • Harriet Miller – 289
  • Elizabeth Betsy Spencer – 294
  • Lucy Webb – 296
  • Mary Ann Webb – 297

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 10, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 11, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; May 11, 2017

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  • Robert Cole – 334
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Margaret Rose Harper – 74
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  • London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 11, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 11, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 11, 2018

Changed birth information for Mark Judkins to Happy Birthday

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  • Mary Wright – 272
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 11, 2018

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  • John Rowley – 719
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This Day In Our Family History; May 12, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 12, 2017

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  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
  • Elizabeth Thompson – 731
  • Hugh Thompson – 729
  • Mary Ann Thompson – 399
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; Mary 12, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 12, 2018

Changed Charles Benjamin Sperry to Charles Benjamin Harper
Fixed spelling from Gloucesterhire to Gloucestershire

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; May 12, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 13, 2017

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  • Jens Rosenquist Nelson – 58
  • Calvin Sperry – 513
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • James Sperry – 503
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  • Caroline Webb – 47
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family History; May 13, 2017

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  • Mary Ann Thompson – 399
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; May 13, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; May 13, 2018

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  • Ann Elizabeth Harper – 157
  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
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  • Helding Rosenquist Nelson – 64
  • Jens Rosenquist Nelson – 58
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  • John Olpin – 558
  • Mary Olpin – 556
  • Calvin Sperry – 513
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • James Sperry – 503
  • Lillian May Sperry – 55
  • Caroline Webb – 47
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History: David William Rowley

She (Grace Davis) could work so fast with her hands. When cutting seed potatoes, her hands would literally fly, she could cut faster than any two other people. She was always working in the Relief Society. When she washed dishes it would take three or four ladies drying to keep up with her. She was very good as a work director or leader. After she was gone I missed her so much. Even now, I get such a longing to see her sometimes.

While we were living on Dad’s (Hugh Thompson Rowley) place I went into town to a beet growers meeting. It was in the winter, but the day was warm. I had a chance to ride to Zurich where I needed to do some business, so I went. I thought I could surely catch a ride back, but as it happened no one was going that way so I started walking. The weather changed and it became bitter cold. I had to walk into the wind; therefore my face was into the wind. I beat my arms against my sides to try to keep my circulation going and many times I thought I would surely freeze to death. I kept praying for my Heavenly Father to deliver me. I’m sure I would never have been able to walk those many miles if He hadn’t. it was very late in the night when I got home. I couldn’t even get warm in bed. I laid and shook the rest of the night. I was told in my Patriarchal Blessing that my life would be spared many times through the prayers of my loved ones and through my own prayers. This was such a time.

Later that winter I went to work for Brother Albert L. Johnson, feeding his stock and taking care of his place. I rode a horse back and forth all winter. The next spring we moved into a little shack of a house over there. The experiences of those two years are told in Lillian’s (Lillian Alcorn) history. The winters were cold and the work in that sub-zero weather was hard. It was so cold that I’d have to chop the sheep loose every morning because their wool had frozen to the ground. Many chinese pheasants came to eat in the feed yard. I trapped a lot of them which we ate. We also canned some of them. This was in the year 1935.

In 1936 I heard that the Murphy place was up for sale. It was just east of Dad’s. He and I went to Helena, Montana to see an attorney who had the papers to sell the place. His name was Mr. Weir. We went to his office only to find that he had gone down town. We waited for a while then walked down town. I saw a big tall man coming toward us and said to Dad, “That is Mr. Weir.” When he came up even with us I asked him and fixed up the papers me to buy the Murphy place. We then went back to Harlem. Now I had never seen Mr. Weir before nor did I know him. His identity was revealed to me.

Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) had lost his lease on the Tom Everett place so I let him have half of the Murphy place and told him he could help pay for it. I was still working for the NRA building reservoirs on sub-marginal land in the hills north of Zurich, Harlem and Saco. On one of these reservoirs we found a lot of petrified fish about three inches long. There were a lot of them. They had sort of gold-colored scales on them. It showed up very bright and when the sun shined on them they would glisten. Well, anyway I was working and on my way to the reservoir one day I went by and saw the old Gloin place. It had a two story house on it and since we didn’t have any buildings on the Murphy place and even though the two story house was in pretty bad shape. I thought I could fix it up and use it, so I bought the house and moved it home to our place. Francis also bought some buildings off a dry farm north of us and moved them onto the place. Then we were ready to start farming.

To be continued…

History: David William Rowley

Having my mouth and throat burned so badly affected my speech for years. Trying to say my name, “Willie Rowley” was especially difficult. I couldn’t pronounce my l’s and r’s and even grownups, who should have known better, would reportedly ask me my name and then snicker behind their hands when I would try to say it. I got so I would walk around several blocks to avoid anyone who might speak to me. I think this had a great deal to do with making me shy and caused me to have a poor self-image. I have often thought what a help it would have been if my family had started calling me David then, as it was so much easier for me to say than Willie.

When I was in my early teens I practiced in front of a mirror until I was able to speak more plainly.

I was still quite small when my father moved back on the David Peter Davis homestead and farmed it for Grandfather David Peter Davis. We were probably living here when Dad (Hugh Thompson Rowley) bought a new pair of shoes for both Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and me, telling us not to get in the water with them. When he returned from town he found us wading in the creek in our new shoes. Needless to say we got a tanning that neither of us ever forgot.

While living near Rigby, a beautiful, brown-eyed, curly brown haired boy joined our family, my brother, Emerson Adis. He was born on 4 September 1909. He was blessed in the Milo Ward where we attended church. He was so cute and had my mother’s (Grace Davis) eyes and as a result he could do wrong as far as Dad was concerned. I suppose my nose was out of joint, as they say, but it seemed like it was this way in all the years we lived at home.

Emerson had the brown eyes, but with Dad having ash blonde hair. I guess it was impossible for any of us children to inherit our mothers blue-black hair. A few years ago one of my Coles cousins told me that what she remembered about her Aunt Grace (my mother) was watching her brush her lovely black hair. She said mother’s hair was very long and black. Blue sparks would flash from her hair as she brushed it. We three older children had blue eyes and light hair that later turned brown.

Just two years later my mother gave birth to another sweet baby boy. He was named Walter Ilith. He was born on 8 December 1911 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also had brown eyes, but a much quieter disposition than Emerson. Our Dad was working on the dam at Idaho Falls when the baby, Walter, got the whooping cough and we almost lost him.

In our growing up years I always felt protective toward Walter and we have loved each other very much all through the years.

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother: Mary Ann Thompson – 399
Mary Ann 399 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Grandfather: John Thompson Rowley – 197
John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Mary Ann Rowley – 400
Mary Ann 400 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Hugh Thompson Rowley – 401
Hugh Thompson 401 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Ephraim George Rowley – 402
Ephraim George 402 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Walter Thompson Rowley – 403
Walter Thompson 403 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Ralph Nephi Rowley – 404
Ralph Nephi 404 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Aunt: Elizabeth Ann Rowley – 405
Elizabeth Ann 405 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: Moroni Thompson Rowley – 406
Moroni Thompson 406 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Great-Great-Uncle: George Arthur Rowley – 407
George Arthur 407 + Ralph Nephi 398 – John Thompson 197 – Hugh Thompson 85 – David William 30 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

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Updates

Ola Håkansson changed to Ola Håkansson – 307
Mrs. Ola Håkansson changed to Mrs. Ola Håkansson – 308
Moses Sperry – 501 changed to Moses Sperry – 500
Samuel Olpin – 198 changed to Samuel Olpin – 298

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 3, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 3, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 3, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 3, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 3, 2018

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 4, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 4, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 4, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 4, 2018

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This Day in Our Family History; February 4, 2018

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  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire. England, United Kingdom

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 4, 2018

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  • John Rowley – 602
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
  • Sarah Wright – 603
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 5, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; February 5, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 5, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 5, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 5, 2018

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  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Meshach Pitt – 111
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  • Hugh Alcorn Rowley – 37
  • North Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 5, 2018

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  • Ephraim George Rowley – 402
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 401
  • John Rowley – 602
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Mary Ann Rowley – 400
  • Moroni Thompson Rowley – 406
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 398
  • Ralph Nephi Rowley – 404
  • Hugh Thompson – 612
  • Mary Ann Thompson – 399
  • Sarah Wright – 603
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  • Nevada, United States
  • Millard County, Utah, United States
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 6, 2017

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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 6, 2018

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  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
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This Day In Our Family History; February 6, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 6, 2018

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  • John Rowley – 602
  • Sarah Wright – 603
  • Price, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 7, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 7, 2017

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  • Ralph Rowley – 816
  • Elizabeth Thompson – 614
  • Hugh Thompson – 612
  • Mary Ann Thompson – 399
  • George Wright – 823
  • Sarah Wright – 603
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  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 7, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 7, 2018

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 7, 2018

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  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 8, 2017

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; February 8, 2017

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  • Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, United States
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  • Price, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States
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Journal: Jeanette Sperry; February 8, 2018

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This Day In Our Family History; February 9, 2018

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  • October 13
  • 1957

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

RALPH NEPHI ROWLEY HISTORY cont’d

There were a great many Indian raids and these homes on the ridge were so unprotected, a council was held and it was decided to abandon the homes and farms on the Ridge for the winter and go back to their homes in Fillmore. Mary Ann was very happy because John Thompson and Hugh Thompson would also be able to attend school in Fillmore. She and her father (Hugh Thompson), who lived with them as much as possible, were great believers in education. It grieved them that it was so impossible to give her children the advantages of schooling such as she had had in Scotland.

There were many Indian raids that fall and winter. Ralph Nephi stood ready with others to fight and protect their homes.

In October Ralph Nephi was one of the volunteers who went out to search for and fins Sam Brown and Josiah Call, after they had been killed by the Indians. The Indians had mistaken them for United States Soldiers because of the army coats they were wearing – the coats had been bought at Camp Floyd.

In one particular raiding party the Indians came to Pavant Valley with full intentions of massacring all the whites in the valley. These Indians came in from the western part of the valley, they landed at Corn Creek, which was sometimes called Petersburg, because of “Uncle” Peter Robinson being so well known there. This large company of Indians was met by the little tribe of Chief Kanosh, who was very friendly to the settlers and anxious to live in peace with them. A great many times he had prevented trouble with his wise and peaceful council. The Kanosh Indians did not meet them in battle form, but only as peacemakers and after a pow wow which lasted about twelve hours, Kanosh and four under chiefs won and the Snake Indians went back to their homes in Nevada. Once again Kanosh had prevented bloodshed.

In the spring of 1858 Ralph Nephi and his family returned to their home on the Ridge where they worked hard getting the farms ready to plant. The settlers again worked together in harmony as one family making all their fields into one big field. They cleared brush, built fences, plowed the ground and planted the crops. Many hard days of labor were send in making ditches and preparing the land for irrigation.

Other families wished to join them but because there was so little water present settlers were all opposed to dividing the little water they had with them.

This spring Brigham Young paid them a personal visit. He counseled them kindly and firmly and advised them to share the water with the others, who wished to settle here — promising them that if they would share the little water they had with the new settlers, that the Lord would bless them in such a way that the water supply would increase until ??????them and the additional ???? 54

Ralph Nephi had long loved and admired this wise man and had humbly taken his advice many times. He again headed his council and persuaded his friends to do likewise. Brigham Young was indeed a prophet of God. Ralph Nephi knew that if his advice was heeded the blessing would follow just as surely.

Ralph Nephi was interviewed by the well know Church Historian, Andrew Jensen in 1900, so we are blessed with an account of this incident in Ralph Nephi’s own words for this is what he told Jensen:

“When he and seven other men went to Meadow in 1857 to put in crops, the water indeed was very scarce and they only plowed and planted thirty-five acres, but he states that the water in the creek since that time has increased at least seven times and that it is still raising. When the first settlers commenced to irrigate there was scarcely enough water in the creek for the ordinary sized irrigation stream, but in 1893 there was enough for at least five large irrigation streams, which by judicious arrangement was sufficient to irrigate all the farm on Meadow lands and the garden in the settlement.”

Among the new ones to come to Meadow Creek were Hiram B. Bennett, A. P. Safford, Ananzon Colby, Ransford Colby, Benjamin Robinson and Timothy King. Ephraim Tomkinson was the first one to build a log cabin here and the above mentioned ones all built log cabins later.

The year of 1859 was a year of grief and hardship for the Rowley’s. Little Ralph Nephi died February 17, 1859, when he was just a little over two years old. We know none of the details of his death except a Cemetery Record, which states that he died of “a gathering in the throat.” He lived out most of his short life here on the Ridge by Meadow Creek. This was the third infant Ralph Nephi and Mary Ann had lost. They had buried little Mary Ann in Scotland. Ephraim in Salt Lake City and now they took little Ralph to the cemetery in Fillmore.

The loss was softened somewhat when on April 2, 1859 a little girl was born to them. She was the first girl child to be born on the Ridge. They named her Elizabeth after Mary Ann’s beloved sister Elizabeth. Mary Ann McBride of Fillmore had kindly attended them at the birth.

The winter of 1857-8 had been a very mild one with very little snow, as a result the water was so low that they were able to raise only a small amount of corn and very little wheat and barley. Most of their time had been taken up making ditches, cutting cedar posts and making fences. There was such a small amount of water that if the cows were allowed to stand and drink all they wanted they would consume it all and none would get past them to irrigate the crops. The task of herding them from the water fell to John and Hugh and it was a tedious one indeed.

The water that did get through was so slimy and contaminated that it was not fit to drink or cook with.

It was so dry that summer that the wind blew sand into everything. It filtered into their beds and food. Mary Ann would carefully tie a cloth over the pans of milk and even then there would be sand in the bottom of the pans. It sifted into their hair and eyes and grated on tired nerves.

The clothing on precious baby Elizabeth was so full of sand that irritated her soft skin. It was almost unbearable for Mary Ann, nerves were on edge and tempers flared. Ralph Nephi was always kind and patient with her. There was no good clean water and even what they had could not be spared for the constant scrubbing she had always given their home. She was not even able to keep the sifting sand out of their home.

That summer a mad wolf attacked Mrs. Charlesworth. It was a horrifying experience. She was able to kill the wolf but she died from the effects of the encounter the next day. This added to the tension and hopelessness of this unhappy summer.

Conditions became so bad and heart breaking that a council was held and they decided that they must move their homes from below the fields where they could obtain culinary water directly from the creek before it was contaminated by irrigation and the livestock.

They plotted out a town above the farms, each man over twenty-one was given a building lot. Here on the lot Ralph Nephi drew, he managed to build a small one room adobe house. Mary Ann was able to keep this new home as clean and well-scrubbed as she liked. It is said that her house had so many scrubbing s that the wood would turn yellow from the scrubbing and the lye water that she used.

There was no ecclesiastical organization for some time, but James Duncan was appointed by Bishop Seymour Bruns??? Fillmore to take charge (illegible) Saints (illegible) Regular meetings were held until years (illegible) and Mary Ann would take the children and go to Fillmore to Sacrament Meeting. This gave them a chance to visit with relatives and friends in Fillmore. They kept their home in Fillmore so they always had it to go back to.

The Rowley’s lived through the terror of an earthquake on January 15, 1860. The first quake was felt at 5:30 a.m. and it shook things very perceptively. The vibration was from the southwest towards the northwest. In two hours it was followed by two lighter strokes. The night before was very clear and extremely cold, the day following was mild and pleasant.

The summer of 1861 was a happier one for the Rowley’s – their crops were better and how they did enjoy the good clean water! It had to be carried from the creek bed in a wooden wash tub made by cutting a forty gallon barrel in two. He bank was steep and the task of carrying it to the house was hard but what a blessing to have pure clean water that could be dipped up and carried to the house by the tubfuls!

Rest of all that summer they were blessed with another baby boy, born July 24, 1861, Mary Ann’s thirty-sixth birthday. That a way to celebrate your birthday and the 24th of July. No wonder they named him Moroni. Perhaps his birth was hastened a little by the preparations for the festivities of that day. A great celebration was held with many sports and a great feast. The day started with a loud fog horn like a whistle. The original Pioneers were chosen to weave the Liberty Pole.

The grass grew green and lush on the hills and Ralph Nephi and his neighbors traded some sheep from people in Fillmore. The sheep were owned by all of them and herded in one herd. At shearing time each family received his share of wool. Mary Ann washed and corded the wool and made many articles of warm clothing for the family.

From the files of the Deseret News of February 10, 1862, we find the following: “A company consisting of some 15 families have settled on Meadow Creek, Millard Co., where they are exerting themselves to build up a respectable little village and to erect there a suitable school house. A town site was surveyed and the people commenced to build immediately.”

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

CORRECTIONS

Some of you may have on your records errors in some of the dates regarding the sailing of Ralph Nephi Rowley and his family. The following information was received concerning it.

December 12, 1941 Salt Lake City, Utah the Church Historians Office. 47 East South Temple St. of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City, Utah.

George A. Rowley
2015 Windsor St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Brother Rowley,

We find the following information on our records. Ralph Nephi Rowley, his wife Mary Ann, and his 3 children, John Thompson Rowley, Hugh Thompson Rowley and Ephraim George Rowley, came from Glasgow, Scotland, and sailed from Liverpool, 10 Jan 1852, on the ship Kennebec. This boat landed at New Orleans, 11 March 1852. The record shows that Brother Ralph Nephi Rowley was a potter by trade. The ages of this family at the time of sailing were: Ralph Nephi 27, Mary Ann 26, John 5, Hugh 3, and Ephraim four months.

James Rowley, age 23, brother of Ralph Nephi Rowley, arrived in Salt Lake City sometime between December 10 and December 15, 1856. He was a member of William B. Hodgett’s Ox-train company. We are unable to find the company’s that many people have some with.

December 22, 1941 Salt Lake City, Utah
this is copied from Historian’s Letters

In my letter of December 12, 1941 (the above letter), I have listed the only James Rowley that I can find. I will try now to help you with some of the names that you have asked for.

Robert Walters, aged 26, sailed from Liverpool 30 May 1863, on the ship “Cynosure”.

This boat arrived in New York, 19 July 1863. With Brother Walters, was his wife, Abigail Walters, age 26, and their infant son, Thomas Walters. Also on this boat was Sarah Rowley, a widow, aged 59, and the mother of Abigail Walters, also Mariah Rowley. This is all the information I can give to you on names you listed with me.

We hope these letters clear up any misunderstandings concerning these facts.