This Day In Our Family History

1628

Sarah Wheeler was christened in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

1636

Richard Mansfield, age 25, and Gillian Drake, about 21 year old, were married in Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom

1795

Amanda Morgan was born in Essex, Chittenden, Vermont, United States to Daniel Morgan and Abigail Jones

1877

Ralph Nephi Rowley was born in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States to John Thompson Rowley and Jane Paul

1904

John Mansfield completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1963

George, Thomas, William Heath completed their endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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JOHN THOMPSON ROWLEY AND JANE SMITH FAMILY:
Reported by David S. Rowley and wife, Selma

In the February issue of the paper we made a mistake and would like to correct it now. It is from Irene Jones Peterson: “Gordon, since Sept. 1957 has been with the U.S. Army, first at Fort Ord, and now at Fort McClellon, Alabama. He and Margaret Ruth Lewis were married at Rudley, (reported Rigley) Branch. Gordon was home for Christmas the went to Alabama, Jan. 3. Ruth finished her school term at Rudley College and joined him, March 6th. They are now living at 2202 Gurnee Ave., Anneston, Alabama. There is a small branch of the Church at Anneston, with a new chapel, so Gordon feels right at home. Ruth is soon to join the Church and she sings in the choir! Irene Peterson goes on to say that our little paper is a job and a wonder and that she enjoys it so much and likes to hear how everyone is doing and where they are. May this reporter add that it is a joy to get letters with news in them. I sure wish everyone would follow suit.

Our family surely has good news. In the past 3 ½ months, David and I have become grandparents three times!! On February 9, 1958, our son Jack and his dear wife, Barbara presented us with a grandson. He was born at Victorville, California and weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. They had him blessed in March 2nd and gave him the name of Jeffery Ray Rowley.

Just 15 days later our daughter, Gayle, who is married to Franklin Dee Wareham gave birth on February 24,  to a lovely little girl. She weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. her daddy blessed her on March 30, and gave her the name of Linda. Gayle and Franklin went through the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1957.

On May 12, 1958, our son, Wayne and very good wife, Annette ??rgeline McAuther, went through the Salt Lake Temple and two weeks later on May 27 a son was born to them. He weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. His daddy blessed him, July 6, and gave him the name of David Scott Rowley. Both these last two babies were born in Salt Lake City at the L.D.S Hospital.

I forgot to mention in my last report that on December 19, 1957 Gayle went through the Temple and did the endowment work for her sister, Celia Phyllis, who died Sept. 29, 1956 of injuries suffered in an auto accident.

On Monday, June 2, 1958, Fred and Harriet Rowley, Mrs. Sarah Rowley, Mrs. G. A. (Pe??l) Rowley and myself, (Selma Rowley) went to Provo to attend the funeral of Ethel May Bedkett Rowley Beardall. She died on May 29, in Provo.

It was nice to see family members again and chat with them. Seems as if that’s the only tine we get together is on one of these sad occasions. Ethel Jane has a lovely family as does Ruth. Reginald Rowley, who is Aunt Ethel’s second son, and the baby of the family, flew out from Annapolis, Maryland, where he is an instructor at the Naval academy, for his mother’s funeral. He sure looks like the Rowley’s. he is married and has two children.

Aunt Mary Ann Rowley Jones and her daughter, Luella were there, also Manuel, Luella’s husband. Winifred Rowley and his wife, Addie were there. They have five babies now and live in Provo.

Luella and Manuel’s daughter, Rebecca, (Mrs. Neil Adendauh) had a little baby boy (I don’t have the date), at the Dragerton Hospital. He only lived 1 ½ hours. They named him Louis Lee.

William W. and Olive Louis Jones finally got a girl. She was born, May 1, in Salt Lake City and the named her Elizabeth Ann. Such a lovely old name. this young lady is bound to be spoiled and why not, she has five older brothers.

Lenna and Waldo Bushnell and their children came over to Spring Glen to see their mother Mrs. Sarah Rowley, for Easter. Grandma Rowley (Sarah) went to Moab last month (May) to help her daughter, Celia Anderson, who had been in the hospital.

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JOHN THOMPSON ROWLEY & JANE PAUL FAMILY:

Mr. & Mrs. Don (LaRue) Langton announce the birth of a fine baby girl. LaRue is the daughter of Edwin Rowley and a granddaughter of Lucy Golding Rowley and John T. Rowley, Jr.

Raymond and Marilyn  Jaeger announced the birth of a fine baby boy which they had named Raymond Scott Jaeger. Marilyn is the daughter of Loren Rowley a descendent of John Thompson Rowley and Jane Paul.

Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Taylor announce the birth of a baby boy. The mother, Maurine, is the daughter of Howard Rowley, a descendant of John t. Rowley through John T. Rowley, Jr., and Lucy Golding.

Kay Greene Rowley, wife of Lawrence Rowley, recently returned from Alaska to her home on Montana, awaiting the arrival of a baby. Lawrence is expected to rejoin his wife upon his release from the armed forces, around December. Lawrence is the son of Francis Rowley, a descendant of John T. Rowley, through Hugh Thompson Rowley and Grace Davis.

Francis Rowley has moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Kalispell, where he is running the Shasta Motel. His son Miland and wife, Willie, are living with them at the present time.

Wanda Rowley became Mrs. Mas Pearson in the Salt Lake Temple on Monday June 24, 1957. The rites were performed by Brother Hawks and were very impressing. Wanda is a daughter of Walter I. Rowley and Lois Chapman.

Ralph Rowley claimed Miss Aleene Sumsion as his bride in the Salt Lake Temple on August 21, 1957. Ralph is the son of David Wm. Rowley and Lillian Alcorn Rowley.

Clark Harris and Darlene Huff Day are the proud parents of a baby girl, born August 10, at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah. The baby will be named Valynn. Clarke recently graduated from B.Y.U. majoring in Mathematics, and minoring in Chemistry. Clark is a son of Luke Day, descendant of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Jerry and Mary Lambertson Bradley are happy to announce the arrival of a baby girl born August 4, 1957 weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. She will be known as Joni. Mary is the daughter of Otto Lambertson and Lillian Day Lambertson, descendants of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Bob and Grace Lambertson are visiting in Aurora with his parents and are planning to leave about August 26. They are from California.

Mr. & Mrs. Otto Lambertson (Lillian Day) are proud grandparents again. Their son Arthur and Iris Ireta Lyman Lambertson, greeted a baby daughter Sept. 8, 1957. They named her Dee Ann Lambertson. This makes them three children, two boys and one girl. They are descendants of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Luke and Marjorie Day and Basil and Eldra Day Moulton have just returned from an enjoyable trip to Denver, Colo. where they visited with a brother to Luke and Eldra, Arthur Nicholas Day and wife May Crawford Day. The Moulton’s also enjoyed a trip to Yellowstone Park with their son and family, A. La Vere and Eiko Moulton. Eldra and Luke are children of Elizabeth Jane Rowley Day.

Broze and Beth Johnson Hutchinson are now settled in the lovely new home they built in north Provo. Beth is a daughter of Verda Day Johnson and a granddaughter of Elizabeth Jane Rowley Day.

Angus and Fern Day Stewart are home after enjoying a trip to Denver to see Ferns brother and wife, Arthur Nicholas and May Crawford Day. Fern is a daughter of Elizabeth Jane Day Rowley

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

RESEARCH STAFF:

Chairman of staff:  Angie Warner
1733 So. 8th East, Orem, Utah

Vivian Wade, Fillmore — James, Ralph and Mary Day Rowley Family.

John Van Rowley, 2656 Chadwich St., Salt Lake City — James Rowley and Martha Day Family.

George Albert Rowley, Helper, Utah — John Thompson Rowley and Jane Smith Family

Verda Rowley Murphy, Chinook, Montana — John Thompson Rowley and Jane Smith Family

Research cont.

Luke Day, 973 so. 5 East, Springville, Utah — Arthur Day and Elizabeth Rowley family.

Rebecca Scott, 2407 So. 6 Ave., Arcadia, California — Curtis Galloway & Harriett Ann Rowley family.

Buella Rowley, Deseret, Utah — Walter Rowley & Lena Peterson family.

Chester Lyman, Duchesne, Utah — Ira Lyman & Elizabeth Rowley family.

Clara O’Toole, 1467 McArthur Blvd., Oakland, 2, California — Moroni Rowley & Mary Maxfield family.

Hughetta Howarth, 2015 Windsor, Salt Lake City, Utah — George A. Rowley & Stena Hansen family.

Estella Shail, 70 College Ave., Rexburg, Idaho — Mariah Rowley Hallans family.

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RALPH NEPHI ROWLEY, Second Installment

Since the printing of the last installment of the history a great deal more research has been done and many more interesting facts have been gleaned. For this reason we will go back in our history to the time of their boarding the “Kennebec.”

They came with the first Company of the “Perpetual Emigration Fund.” They boarded ship the day before sailing with their own bedding, enough food for the crossing and their own cooking utensils.

They sailed with their three sons, John Thompson, who was five years old, Hugh who was three and baby Ephraim, just four months old. Ralph Nephi was twenty seven and his wife, Mary Ann, twenty six.

The “Kennebec” was a new and commodious ship of 1,070 tons. She sailed out of Bromley, Moore Doc, Liverpool, England the 10th of January 1852. There were 333 persons on board under the direction of John B. Higbee, who had labored as a missionary to England from 1849 until the sailing.

Included among the Saints who sailed on the “Kennebec” were sixty passengers, who were assisted by the Perpetual Emigration Fund.

Among the Saints were many craftsmen. They were going to Zion, their hearts filled to overflowing with the Joy the Gospel brings and in addition they were leaving a land of poverty and unemployment with hopes of being a real help to their fellow Saints in a land where they could thrive, own houses and land as well as live the Gospel without persecution. A land choice above all other lands!

Besides the Saints there were a number of Irish emigrants on board, who were not of their faith, they were not supplied sufficient provisions to last them until the end of the voyage; but in order to lay in a sufficient supply, they stole all they possibly could from the Latter-Day Saints, who consequently had to go short themselves, and were compelled to subsist on half rations the last four or five days before landing. These Irish emigrants were taken on board because there were not Saints enough to fill the ship. Peace and harmony prevailed among the latter as a rule; also good health; the provisions and water were good and wholesome and included oatmeal and pork, but as the English did not like oatmeal and the Scots could not relish pork, they exchanged these articles of food with each other, to the great satisfaction of both parties. As Mary Ann was Scottish and Ralph Nephi was English, I wonder how their preferences were.

On board ship the Saints were isolated from the rest of the passengers and did very little associating with them. Their days were planned by wise leaders and there was a time for study and religious meeting as well as instruction in the things they would need to know when they crossed the plains. In general, the Saints were fed and cared for better than the rest of the passengers.

The voyage throughout was a safe and pleasant one with the exception of one terrific hurricane, which swept the deck clean of cook houses, water barrels and everything else that could be washed overboard. During this terrible storm Mary Ann sat on the floor of the lower deck gathering her three children close around her, she put her arms around them and shut her eyes and prayed, fearing that they might go down any time. There were dozens of women and children around her, some of them crying and praying. Ralph Nephi with the rest of the men, was on deck helping the sailors. There were over three hundred people on board of different nationalities and beliefs. It was a great experience to see how differently each was taking this terrifying experience. After a while the storm let up and the sea quieted.

They arrived in New Orleans on March 11, 1852. They had emigrated in their native Scottish costume and as they waited to board the other boat many remarks were made by the bystanders, of the beautiful child John and of what a striking picture he made with his long blonde ringlets and dressed as he was in kilts.

Some of the Saints from the “Kennebec” continued the journey on board a small boat called “The Pride of the West” and arrived at St. Louis, Missouri, about the end of March. Some of the Saints remained temporarily in St. Louis. Some of the Saints took passage from here to Kansas City on the ill-fated “Saluda”, which was chartered by Eli B. Kelsey. The “Saluda” blew up killing many of the Saints who were on board. Other Saints took passage on a small river steamer, “The Isabel”, (I think the Rowley’s were on this boat, although, Uncle George Arthur Rowley, remembered it as the “St. Angie”, I could find no record of the “St. Angie” but the “Isabel” fills his description). The “Isabel” and the “Saluda” passed each other many times on their trip up the river. The “Isabel” came up the river three hours after the disaster (April 9, 1852) and picked up many of the surviving passengers of the terrible tragedy. Among those killed were Helen Dunbar, wife of Wm. C. Dunbar, and their two children, Euphemia, age six years and Franklin Lorenzo, age one year. They were from Scotland. Mary Ann’s mother, Mary Ann O’Brian, had first been married to Alexander Dunbar and after his death she married Mary Ann’s father, Hugh Thompson. Could these Dunbar’s have been relatives of Mary Ann’s? just how much this tragedy touched the lives of Mary Ann and Ralph Nephi we have been unable to ascertain. They arrived in Kansas City three days after leaving St. Louis.

From Kansas City they went to Kanesville, Iowa, the outfitting station for their journey across the plains. There was a long delay here until more wagons could be secured.

They left Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 1, 1852, in the Abraham O. Smoot Company, with Christopher Layton as assistant Captain. There were 250 people in this company with thirty one wagons. This was the first company of European Saints to cross the plains under the direction of the Perpetual Emigration Fund. The company was well organized with men assigned to all the different tasks, Joseph Davis Matthews was one of the hunters chosen to furnish the Saints with fresh meat.

Of their journey across the plains, Uncle George Arthur Rowley tells the following:

“Mary Ann walked most of the way across the plains and drove a two yoke team of oxen, three steers and a cow.”

While crossing the plains a Mrs. Brockbank was lost and never found. No one ever knew whether she perished or fell into the hands of Indians. Mrs. Brockbank had a baby girl, Agnes; Mary Ann had a nursing baby Ephraim George, so she nursed and cared for both babies throughout the journey. Mrs. Brockbank left three other children besides baby Agnes. Two of these Uncle George Arthur Rowley knew in later life; Isaac Brockbank of Salt Lake City and Elizabeth Bushnell of Meadow, Millard, Utah.

George Arthur Rowley continues: “I will call some of the families who came across the plains in the same company, John Cooper, family of Fillmore, the Charlesworth family of Meadow and the Brockbank family of Salt Lake City, Utah.

They arrived in Salt Lake City Sept. 3, 1852. The company was met by the First Presidency with William Pitts’ band and many other leading citizens. This company brought the remains of Elder Lorenzo D. Barnes and William Burton, who died while on missions to Great Britain.

It is not known where they stayed or what their circumstances were when they got to Salt Lake City. We know only that they were in Salt Lake City one month to the day when they lost baby Ephraim George. He had been born 16 August 1851 in Glasgow, Scotland, while they were preparing to migrate to Zion. He had lived through the happy time of preparation. Lived with them the experiences of crossing the great waters and shared his mother’s love and sustenance with the little orphan girl, Agnes. He had suffered many hardships crossing the plains. He lived to be buried among the Saints who had made the supreme sacrifice—in this OUR BELOVED ZION!!

Ralph and Mary Ann were called to Fillmore where he helped to build the State house, for he was a very good rock mason, having learned the trade when building kilns to bake his pottery in. in all things of this nature Ralph Nephi was well trained.

In October of 1852 many families arrived from Salt Lake in Fillmore. It is my opinion that it was at this time that the Ralph Nephi Rowley family went there.

If they lived with the rest of the State House workers, they lived in a tent or shanty that first winter; right on the State House grounds or on what was at the time called the Public Square.

Because of Indian trouble all the men had to be ready to take up their guns and defend the settlement. Whenever there was an Indian scare, Ralph Nephi was ready with the others under Captain Henry Standish to defend the settlement.

These kind-hearted people, unused to these harsh pioneer conditions, where they must be always on the alert for a skirmish that could well be a life and death affair, were further concerned and shocked when one of their close associates, Charles Robinson was stabbed and nearly killed by an Indian, who tried to break through the window of his sister’s cabin.

Ralph became personally acquainted with Chief Kanosh at this time; a friendship that endured on down through the years through the many circumstances that brought them together. They had come at a time when the Indian affairs had flared into the most serious trouble all over the state, at the very beginning of the Walker and Black Hawk wars. They lived in the very country that the Red man claimed for their own for this was the vicinity of the home of the Indians. The Rowley’s stayed and lived through all of the Indian troubles and wars.

Ralph and his family were so closely associated with the Indians that they all learned to speak the language and could converse with them fluently. The Piute Indians, better known as the Kanosh Indians were not bad Indians. They were peace loving. It was Indians from other parts who would come to Millard County and do their wicked work. Ralph Nephi and his son John Thompson who at the time was a small boy would take their turn carrying the gun, joining scout parties, hunting horses and cattle after the Indian had stolen them and driven them away.

Hugh Thompson, Mary Ann’s father sailed from Liverpool, England, 28 February 1853 and arrived in New Orleans, 23 April 1853. Not long after this they were able to welcome this most wonderful old man, who was so loved by every one that babies are still being named in his honor. What a reunion it must have been! The tales they had to tell each other. All but three people had been baptized on the ship he came over on. Even the Captain had been baptized, 48 people had been baptized as they crossed the ocean. When he arrived in Fillmore he had a heavy oak chest and in one drawer of that chest was $10,000 all in English Gold Sovereigns, one English sovereigns is equal to a $5.00 gold piece in the United States money. The story goes that he later consecrated this entire amount to the Church.

The teacher was giving a test in health class. One question was this: “How should you retain your posture?” the country boy chewed his pencil hesitantly and then wrote, “Keep the cows out and let it grow a while.”

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Reunion Report

 (unreadable) at 10 A.M., a (unreadable) thirty  (unreadable) cars left Fillmore (unreadable) Vivian Wade of Fillmore, (unreadable) of the (unreadable) of interest in the History of the John Rowley and Sarah Wright Families. Vivian Wade is a vice-president of our organization.

In the company was George Rowley, and his sisters Urina Neilson and Emily Wade, all children of James Rowley and Mary Day. George is the oldest living member in the family. He very graciously told us the many stories and incidents about the places and family sites we visited.

Stopping at the old homesite of Ralph Nephi Rowley, we found none of the buildings left. It was pretty much of an open field with the exception of the trees which showed where the house had stood.

Going farther on, we were shown where the Jane Paul and Jane Smith homes had been situated. They were wives of John Thompson Rowley. As before the buildings were all gone. But there was an old house here built by one John Barkdull still standing as a marker and which was about twenty rods? From the site of the Jane Paul Rowley home. Out in the field a short distance was the Jane Smith Rowley home-site, bit sites were marked by trees planted by those hearty pioneers, to bring comfort and beauty into their lives, though nothing of a material nature is left. This was where our forefathers toiled, suffered and fought to bring happiness into their lives and to bring their families up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Gone with the passing of time are their earthly possessions, but the real wealth, their children have survived the perils that have confronted them. How well they have sown. The teachings of life, love, honesty, virtue and the setting of a worthy example, which had been a bulwark in the lives of their children.

Going on from here we came to Cove Fort. Here we saw the Fort built under the direction of Brigham Young, supervised by Ira N. Hinkley, and the head mason being Nicholas Paul, helped by his son, William Paul. Ralph Nephi Rowley, James Rowley and Hugh Thompson also assisted in its construction. Here again we find our worthy forbearers coming to the front in establishing communities and protection for the Saints who were coming to make their homes in the Rocky Mountains.

Cove Fort was built as a fortification against hostile Indians and the only one that remains in a perfect state of preservation today. Its purpose was to serve as a junction and overnight campsite for the freighters and stage-coach travel of the times as well as any other traffic.

Leaving Cove Fort, we traveled to Sulphur Dale (so called because of the sulphur mine located there). The sulphur deposits were discovered by Ralph Nephi Rowley while looking for clay deposits to make pottery, as he was a potter by trade. Ralph Nephi hauled sulphur to Salt Lake for Brigham Young by team and wagon.

Returning to Fillmore, a lovely pot-luck dinner was served to over one hundred descendants of our common ancestor. A meeting was called to order, where the constitution and bylaws were passed on, and reports were given by various chairmen of the organization.

From here many returned to their homes feeling the day had been well spent in the renewing of friendships and acquaintances and the meetings of relatives they had never met before, and in relating incidents, history in the lives of many of us, and of interest to us all.

An executive meeting held with the presidency present, resulted in the appointing of two researchers with other committeemen to be appointed later. Also a new secretary was discussed as our past secretary is unable to carry on and has asked for her release.

While there many took advantage of visiting the State house, which was the first capital of Utah, but has since become a museum, operated by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Also some school buildings which Ralph Nephi, James Rowley and Hugh Thompson along with many others help to build. They also assisted with the State House.

Deciding to take advantage of every opportunity to become better acquainted with the historical spots in our family history, Vivian Wade and his wife acted as guide for the Arthur Jones family of Cedar City. Luella Downard of Price, Mary Ann R. Jones of Salt Lake City, David Wm. Rowley family of Bountiful, Carol Lambertson of Aurora, Verda Murphy of Chinook, Montana, Eva and Arley Stoddard of Los Angeles, Cal. Went to the sites of the old grist mill and pottery plant, which was operated by James and Ralph Nephi Rowley. There is nothing left of them but the site where they had been, and where the course of the creek had been changed to give them the power needed to operate. Their old homes are still there in a good state of preservation, somewhat changed and altered, being lived in and kept up with fresh coats of paint.

From here we all went out to the craters, small and extinct, from which they are hauling cinders to make block for building purposes and for the roads throughout the area.

At this point we wish to express our thanks and gratitude to all those who made this excursion possible, and made us realize more fully the struggle and hardships our progenitors endured to make it possible for us to enjoy the blessings we have today.