This Day In Our Family History

1696

Jonathan Sperry was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Richard Sperry Jr and Martha Mansfield

1750

John Curnock was born, and christened, in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom to John Curnock Jr and Hester Mallett

1776

William Mills and Ann Orpin were married

1875

Elizabeth Ann Cable was born

1884

Anna Rosenquist Nelson was born in Efveröd, Kristianstad, Sweden to Jens Rosenquist Nelson and Elsa Nelson. She was the 2nd of 8 children, and the 1st of 4 sons, born to the couple

1901

Charles Rodger Lunt was born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to George William Lunt and Rose Etta Morgan. He was the 4th of 8 children, and the 2nd of 5 sons, born to the couple

1907

Fred McLaughlin and Frederick Earl Lunt were baptized and confirmed a members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1909

Marvin Ballard Alcorn was born in Thatcher, Box Elder, Utah, United States to Clark Alcorn and Harriet Ann Weaver. He was the 4th of 8 children, and the 3rd of 6 sons, born to the couple

1912 

Lillian Alcorn, age 8, was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1921

Ricus Lount completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1927

Elizabeth Lount completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1933

Erma Nielson completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1944

John Henry Lunt died

1946

Ray Merrill Grace was confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1959

Lindsay Boyack Snell was buried in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States

1972

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

Happy Birthday!

Janiel Rowley and Dexter Douglas Twitchell

Happy Anniversary!

Jason Earl Lunt and Katie Taft

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History: David William Rowley

Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) and her family had returned to the United States in December 1959 and we were hoping they would be with us for the holidays, especially Christmas but they couldn’t make it. Lillian (Lillian Alcorn) worked very hard preparing for Christmas and cooking the dinner. The Christmas gathering was at our place that year and it was lovely. Lillian’s brother Harold (Archie Harold Alcorn) and his wife Mary (Mary Gregory Askins) were with us, too.

On 2 January 1960 Lillian had baked cookies and was sewing on an apron when we decided to go into Salt Lake to see Doug (Douglas Alcorn Rowley) and Vonna’s (Vonna Ensign) new baby, Pamela (Pamela Rowley) who was a month old. Clayton (Clayton Alcorn Rowley) had gone out for the afternoon and Grant (Grant Alcorn Rowley) came with us. It was a very cold day and when we got there Doug was working on a flat tire. I stayed with him and Lillian climbed the stairs to their apartment. Pretty soon Douglas said, “Let’s go up, too.” When we got up there we found Lillian lying on the floor. We called Dr. Taylor and the fire department. They couldn’t help. The doctor said she was dead before she hit the floor. Apparently what had happened was that when she got to the top of the stairs and into the apartment she was quite pale, but didn’t seem to be in any trouble. She stepped into the bathroom and it hit her. Vonna heard a thump against the door and she called out, but after no answer she opened the door and Lillian just laid out on the floor. She had fallen against the door in a sitting position with her back against the door. As it opened, she just laid back onto the floor at Vonna’s feet.

She had seen herself lying there, thirty years before in a dream. Lillian had seen herself climbing a long flight of stairs, then she had seen herself looking down at her body and could see loved ones and others trying to revive her.

Lillian had told us that when she died she wanted to be laid beside her mother (Harriet Ann Weaver) so after her funeral on 5 January 1960 she was buried next to her mother in the little cemetery near Penrose and Thatcher, Utah, where she had lived as a child. Her resting place daces the hills she used to climb and ride horses on as a youngster.

Her death came so suddenly and with such a shock. She hadn’t seemed to be ill for a long time. Of course, she had a bad heart attack when we lived in Eureka, California, but she had rested and taken really good care of herself. She had been told that her heart was completely healed. She did get upset over things easily and I suppose this was hard on her. Lillian was a very good person, but she took things too seriously sometimes and got uptight about many things. This might have had something to do with her fatal attack.

Lillian’s funeral was in the Bountiful 3rd Ward chapel and was conducted by our Bishop Norman E. Bowen. The main speaker was Lowell Thomson from Provo who was a very dear friend of ours from Eureka, California. He gave a very fine talk and told about the family and gave some very good tributes to Lillian and the family. Bishop Bowen also gave some lovely tributes to the family and our beloved wife and mother. Bishop Arthur Sperry of the Salt Lake 4th Ward, Temple View Stake also spoke. He had some nice things to say about Lillian and the rest of our family. My niece, Opal Cutler sang, “Beyond the Sunset” and It affected me very much. I remember that song also affected Douglas very much. It was so hard on the children to lose their mother. It was especially hard on the ones who weren’t married because they didn’t have anyone to share their grief.

To be continued…

How Are You Related To Me?

Maternal Great-Great-Grandfather: Clark Alcorn – 91
Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother: Harriet Ann Weaver – 92
Harriet Ann 92 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Grandmother: Lillian Alcorn – 31
Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Lenard Clark Alcorn – 93
Lenard Clark 93 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: William Vernon Alcon – 94
William Vernon 94 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Marvin Ballard Alcorn – 95
Marvin Ballard 95 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn – 96
Joseph Lorenzo 96 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Archie Harold Alcorn – 97
Archie Harold 97 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Aunt: Melva Alcorn – 98
Melva 98 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

Maternal Great-Great-Uncle: Jesse Verl Alcorn – 99
Jesse Verl 99 + Clark 91 – Lillian 31 – Grace Harriet 10 – Lillian Lorraine 3 – Kellie Jeanette 1

+: Parent
-: Child
=: Spouse

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This Day In Our Family History; April 9, 2017

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  • Elizabeth Martin – 258
  • John Martin Pitt – 109
  • Matthew Pitt – 257
  • Henry Melvin Sperry – 52
  • Darliston, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 9, 2018

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  • John Edgar Lunt – 45
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Caroline Webb – 47

This Day In Our Family History; April 9, 2018

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  • Abigail Bishop – 945
  • Mary Curnock – 299
  • Elizabeth Martin – 258
  • Elizabeth Olpin – 306
  • Samuel Olpin – 298
  • John Martin Pitt – 109
  • Matthew Pitt – 257
  • Aaron Sperry – 944
  • Henry Melvin Sperry – 52
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Darliston, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 10, 2017

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This Day In Our Family History; April 10, 2017

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  • Madera, Madera, California, United States
  • Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States
  • Sunset, Davis, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 10, 2018

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  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Caroline Webb – 47

This Day In Our Family History; April 10, 2018

Changed Jesse Verl Alcorn Perry to Jesse Verl Alcorn

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  • Jesse Verl Alcorn – 99
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 138
  • Madera, Madera, California, United States
  • Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States
  • Sunset, Davis, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History; April 11, 2017

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  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 153
  • Ann Elizabeth Harper – 157
  • Benjamin Harper – 153
  • Holborn, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Heber, Wasatch, Utah, United States
  • 1984

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  • 1884

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 11, 2018

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  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; April 11, 2018

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  • Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn – 96
  • Melva Alcorn – 98
  • Coral Lorraine Bolton – 28
  • Abraham Brand – 320
  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 154
  • William Phipps Brand – 330
  • Ann Elizabeth Harper – 157
  • Benjamin Harper – 153
  • Ann Phipps – 321
  • Soham, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Holborn, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Contra Costra County, California, United States
  • PORTL – Portland Oregon Temple; Lake Oswego, Clackamas, Oregon, United States
  • Baptized On This Day

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 12, 2017

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  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; April 12, 2017

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  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
  • Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
  • Castle Gate, Carbon, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 12, 2018

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  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Sarah Elizabeth Sperry – 120
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133

This Day In Our Family History; April 12, 2018

Changed birth information for Logan Christopher Breck to Happy Birthday

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  • Elizabeth Ann Lunt – 42
  • George William Lunt – 44
  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
  • Henry Melvin Sperry – 52
  • Melinda Sperry – 509
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
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This Day In Our Family History; April 13, 2017

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  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 13, 2018

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  • Charles Sperry – 117
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; April 13, 2018

Changed death information for Rhoda Ann Webb to burial information

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  • Phebe Collett – 499
  • Ann Perry – 265
  • William Perry – 498
  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 138
  • Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Buried On This Day
  • Sealed To Spouse On This Day

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  • Died On This Day

This Day In Our Family History; April 14, 2017

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  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
  • Harlem, Blaine, Montana, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 14, 2018

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  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; April 14, 2018

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  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • Darlene Lunt Holman – 1645
  • George Thornton Holman – 1644
  • Eva Ruth Lunt – 20
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Ralph Alcorn Rowley – 34
  • Moses Sperry – 508
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Lake View, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 15, 2017

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  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; April 15, 2017

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  • Clark Alcorn – 91
  • Harriet Ann Weaver – 92
  • Logan, Cache, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; April 15, 2018

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  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; April 15, 2018

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  • Clark Alcorn – 91
  • Elizabeth Lamont Sperry – 278
  • Harriet Ann Weaver – 92
  • England, United Kingdom
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1667

Edward Bendall was buried in England, United Kingdom

1784

Phebe Clinton died

1849

Timothy Sabin Hoyt and Elizabeth Lamont Sperry were married in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1903

Clark Alcorn, age 22, and Harriet Ann Weaver, age 20, completed their endowment ordinances and were married and sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Logan Utah Temple, which is located at 175 North 300 East in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States

1954

Elizabeth Packer completed her endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1971

Hester Packer was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, John Packer and Edith Farnell, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located at 50 North West Temple in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

I also remember when my Grandma Grace (Grace Davis) died from a goiter in 1935. At that time in history, it was common for the body to be kept in the house until the funeral. I remember wondering what was wrong with my Grandma, why didn’t she move. I did not understand that Grandma had passed away.

I also remember when Grandpa Rowley (Hugh Thompson Rowley) went to get Uncle Walter (Walter Illith Rowley) from his mission. He brought back the most beautiful necklaces I had ever seen. The necklace he gave me was a beautiful blue. I cherished it for a long time.

Great Grandma Alcorn (Mary Catherine Hammons), Grandpa Clark’s (Clark Alcorn) mother was a special Grandma, she used to keep bread and jelly in her dresser drawer.  When David (David Alcorn Rowley) and I went to see her we felt special because would give us a piece of bread and jelly from her dresser.

My Grandma Harriet Ann Weaver died in 1922, 6 years before I was born. When I was older Mom (Lillian Alcorn) let me wear her ring to school. It was either garnet or ruby. While I was at school the ring was stolen. I remember how hard it was to tell my mother that the ring had been stolen, but my worrying was for nothing; mother was very understanding. Thank goodness we found out who had the ring and were able to get it back.

My Mother was a beautiful seamstress and made me beautiful clothes. She also had a wonderful singing voice. Mother had pretty auburn hair. Once when I was about 12, I got sick and mother took me to the doctor. I don’t remember what was wrong. But I had to eat boiled egg shells. Mother would boil the egg shells until they were brown.

I grew up during the depression and things were tough to say the l east. When I was about eight, I was invited to go to a birthday party. We didn’t have money to buy a present so mother made a batch of fudge and I gave that for a present. The other kids laughed at me. They thought it was so funny. That was not easy to take. My mother was a wonderful cook and made the best fudge.

Christmas was a special time of year for everyone. The trees would have candles on them and we would string popcorn. Mother would make homemade candy and goodies. Most of the presents were handmade too. Mother would sew clothes and Dad (David William Rowley) would make toys. We sang together as families and would go on horse drawn sleigh rides when there was enough snow. It was a wonderful time of year with many happy memories. When I was 12 or 13, the boys got a bike and I got a silver watch.

On Sundays the families would get together and make homemade ice cream. It was a wonderful blessing to have family close by and we did a lot of fun things together.

Journal: Grace Harriet Rowley

Uncle Lorenzo Alcorn (Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn), had blonde wavy hair and a pretty singing voice. A train killed him when his car stalled on the track.  He had six children.

Uncle Marvin Alcorn (Marvin Ballard Alcorn) hit me on the head once with a soft bodied doll. I was about two or three.  He was playing with me and didn’t realize that the head was hard and not soft like the body. He cried as much as I did. He also has a beautiful singing voice.

Uncle Verl (Jesse Verl Alcorn) was adopted out to the Perry family after Grandma Alcorn (Harriet Ann Weaver) died of breast cancer in 1922.

Donna Alcorn was one of my cousins. She was about a year older than I was. She would always have money and would have me go to the store during school recess and buy her a treat. She would tell me to get one for myself.

My cousin Merlin Alcorn, had one brown and one blue eye. Once we were going to a birthday party for Merlin and a horse stepped on my heel. The hoof of the horse slid all the way down my heel. Later, my heel became infected. I lost 5 months of school that year. I had to repeat the 5th grade due to that accident.

I was always a fair student; math and spelling were my favorite. The music teacher would get my cousin Opal and I confused.  Opal and I looked enough alike and sometimes Mom (Lillian Alcorn) would make us matching dresses. The teacher would tell Opal about the things David (David Alcorn Rowley), my brother was doing wrong and think I would tell Mom and Dad (David William Rowley) what he was doing.

About the time that World War II broke out. There was a little Japanese boy at school that I really liked. When I went to introduce him to my parents I forgot his name.

Some of the fun things we did for entertainment when I was growing up were Basket Bid Socials at church. The girls would make a picnic lunch and then the boys would bid on the baskets. Then the winning bidder would have lunch with the girl who made the basket. Sometimes, we had barn dances. The girls would dance together because the boys were afraid to ask the girls to dance. On occasion, our ward would go to Malta to the hot springs for a swimming get together; they were a lot of fun.

 When I was in the 8th grade I was a school cheerleader.  I still remember one of the cheers “Strawberry shortcake gooseberry pie v-i-c-t-o-r-y will we beat them I guess yes. Harlem High School is the best!”

Another memory growing up was my brother David threw my doll down the outhouse.  Aunt Melba who was about ten years old went down the hole and got the doll for me.  Dad had to pull her out by her legs.