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This Day In Our Family History; December 11, 2016

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  • This Day In Our Family History
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 11, 2017

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  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118

This Day In Our Family History; December 11, 2017

Removed Elizabeth Lunt from endowed on this day

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  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 154
  • Charles Benjamin Harper – 67
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Elizabeth Ellis – 482
  • James Wood – 247
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • John Lunt – 242
  • Edward Lunt – 481
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • William Wood – 487
  • Ann Elston – 243
  • Ann Wood – 488
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 11, 2017

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  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36
  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States
  • September 26
  • 1957
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • November 4
  • Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
  • Crescent City, Del Norte, California, United States
  • October

This Day In Our Family History; December 12, 2017

Fixed were to was
Fixed Anna Amos to Ann Amos

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  • Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Ann Diana Wood – 490
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • Elizabeth Elton Lunt – 244
  • Mary Lunt – 245
  • James Wood – 247
  • William Wood – 487
  • Ann Wood – 488
  • Elizabeth Ellis – 482
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • John Lunt – 242
  • Edward Lunt – 483
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 484
  • Edward Lunt – 481
  • Joseph Wood – 489
  • Whittemore, Kossuth, Iowa, United States
  • Rachel Phipps – 574
  • Mary Phipps – 575
  • Joseph Phipps – 578
  • Clifton Hyrum Harper – 75
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Eva Pearl Sperry – 56
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

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

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  • Emerson Adis Rowley – 88
  • Eureka, Humboldt, California, United States
  • May 1
  • 1957
  • Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • Grace Davis – 86
  • Milo, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
  • November 16
  • August 31
  • Arcata, Humboldt, California, United States
  • Clayton Alcorn Rowley – 35
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 13, 2017

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  • Sunday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 13, 2017

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  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Benjamin Harper – 153
  • Elizabeth Phipps Brand – 154
  • Saint Mary’s, Haggerston, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • Charles Wood – 250
  • Ann Diane Wood – 490
  • Elizabeth Betsy Spencer – 294
  • William Olpin – 300
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Daniel Olpin – 303

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 13, 2017

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  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Chinook, Blaine, Montana, United States
  • Thule, Greenland
  • Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Hill, Montana, United States
  • Hugh Francis Rowley – 87
  • Hugh Thompson Rowley – 85
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Alaska, United States
  • Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, United States
  • November 26
  • Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 14, 2017

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  • Monday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50

This Day In Our Family History; December 14, 2017

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  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Harlem, Blaine, Montana, United States
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • Stephen Brand – 570
  • Enoch Brand – 571
  • Eliza May Rowley – 202

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 14, 2017

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  • Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
  • Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States
  • De Tour, Oakland, Michigan, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 15, 2017

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  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 15, 2017

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  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Aaron George Sperry – 282
  • Della Lunt – 21
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 16, 2017

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  • Wednesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 16, 2017

Added Categories:

  • Josiah H. Miller – 284
  • Bolton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
  • Robert Miller – 522
  • Ame Sarah Barnett – 523
  • Elizabeth Lunt – 103
  • Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Edward Lunt – 100
  • Harriet Wood – 101
  • Rhoda Ann Webb – 138
  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 16, 2017

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  • October
  • San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Havre, Hill, Montana, United States
  • November 25
  • 1957
  • Hugh Francis Rowley – 87
  • Kalispell, Flathead, Montana, United States
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • Alaska, United States
  • Douglas Alcorn Rowley – 33
  • Sunday
  • December 1
  • November 30
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • October 27

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 17, 2017

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  • Thursday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 17, 2017

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  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • John Francis Gibbons – 163
  • Saint Pancres Camden, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • John Gibbons – 161
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Charles Alonzo Sperry – 48
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Charles Henry Sperry – 46
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • MANTI – Manti Utah Temple; Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • Verda May Rowley – 88
  • Cardston, Alberta, Canada
  • Retta Sperry – 53
  • LANGE – Los Angeles California Temple; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Olive Dove Doke – 84
  • Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States
  • Endowed On This Day

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 17. 2017

Added Category:

  • David William Rowley – 30

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 18, 2017

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  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 18, 2017

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  • Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Henry Gibbons – 165
  • John Gibbons – 161
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 162
  • Saint Pancres, Camdentown, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
  • William Dixon Bolton – 188
  • Emma Della Sperry – 54
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • LANGE – Los Angeles California Temple; Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Archie Harold Alcorn – 97
  • Rosemead, Los Angeles, California, United States
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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

JAMES ROWLEY HISTORY, HANNAH BARROWS CHAPTER:
by Historian, Luella Jones Downard

Historical facts are so hard to find on the life of James Rowley that I am trying to secure a history of each of his four wives, hoping in this way to enrich the few facts that we will be able to find and perhaps add a few new facts and more detail in the history.

Last issue I gave a short history of his daughter, Zuriah Rowley Lyman, to take the place of a history of her mother and James Rowley’s first wife, Mary Shirlock. This filled in nicely the Mary Shirlock Chapter of his life.

Eva Hill a descendant of Hannah Barrows and her first husband, Isaac Nelson, has been a wonderful help to me. She has diligently sought and searched to secure most of the following information (She also gave us a picture of Hannah Barrows, a negative has been mane – anyone wishing a copy, please contact me and one can be obtained).

Hannah Barrows was born, 19 December 1826, in Bolton, Lainshire, England. Her father was Joseph Barrows, and her mother, Marie Besswich.

The next fact we have is that on 4 December 1857 a daughter, Ellen Nelson was born to her at Winter Quarters, (Indian Territory), Iowa. When Ellen Nelson received her Endowments, she gave her father’s name as Isaac Nelson and her mother’s as Hannah Barrows. This is all we know of Isaac Nelson, though a great deal of searching has been done.

In the current Sunday School Genealogical Lesson Book, by Archibald F. Bennett, chapter 41, “Searching in Scotland”, page 243, a partial genealogy is given of Peter Muir Fife. It states that he joined the Church in Scotland and emigrated to America, joining the Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1846 he joined the Mormon Battalion.

It is said that Hannah Barrows and Peter Muir Fife had known each other in England, however, we do not know when she migrated to be America or when she joined the Church, or what her circumstances were when her daughter Ellen Nelson was born. It appears that she did not raise Ellen, as Eva Hill reports that the Fife Family Genealogist knew nothing of Ellen’s birth.

We do not know the date of Hannah’s marriage to Peter Muir Fife, but she was sealed to him 10 October 1849. The first of their five children, Maria Fife was born 26 June 1849 in Salt Lake City.

Peter Muir Fife and Hanna Barrows were never happy in their marriage – the trouble seems to have originated from the great difference in their ages, he was twenty one years older. She left him at one time, taking all of their children but he overtook her and they all went back to him, later she left him again and returned to the home of her parents in Kanosh, Utah, leaving all of her children. These children were cared for by her oldest daughter, Maria, until their father married again.

Eva Hill states that her father remembers Hannah Barrows, His Grandmother and tells of how she used to visit then and that she always talked broken in an English dialect.

It is not known when Hannah Barrows married James Rowley. They were sealed 16 November 1867. Their first child, James Rowley Jr. was born 23 April 1861 in Deseret, Millard, Utah. Her last child by Peter Muir Fife was born 1 December 1858 at Hamilton’s Fort, Iron, Utah, Elizabeth Fife.

Hannah and James had the following children in addition to James Jr.; Abigail Rowley, born 22 May 1833 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Sarah Rowley, born 17 October 1865 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah; Joseph Rowley born 2 July 1868 in Fillmore, Millard, Utah.

She lived in Fillmore for forty years raised her family there and died there at the age of seventy-eight.

Her name is on the rolls of the Relief Society there.

If there are any more stories of her life in Fillmore, we would like very much to have them, surely someone knows of her life there. She must have taken some part in Church, community or social life. Please if any of you know even the slightest thing about her or her life at any time, let me know so that we can tell something of her long life and service to her loved ones.

Updates

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 1, 2017

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  • Tuesday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Emma Elizabeth Webb – 133
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • David Arthur Sperry – 49

This Day In Our Family History; December 1, 2017

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  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kindgom
  • Phoebe Sperry – 280
  • Joy Sperry – 275
  • Mary Lamont – 276
  • Henrietta, Monroe, New York, United States
  • Robert Sperry Lunt – 24
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Mary Elizabeth Enlow – 192

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 1, 2017

Deleted Categories:

  • 1957
  • December

This Day In Our Family History; December 2, 2017

Removed Sealed to Spouse for Samuel Blakesley and Hannah Potter in 1650

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  • Wellington, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Edna Viola Nelson – 8
  • Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • Grace Viola Harper – 26

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 2, 2017

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  • April 1
  • 1823
  • Hanley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • October 30
  • 1843
  • Glasgow, Lanarakshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • June 7
  • 1901
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • July 14
  • 1824
  • June 14
  • 1886
  • January 18
  • 1845
  • October 13
  • John Thompson Rowley – 197
  • November 7
  • 1847
  • Jane Paul – 198
  • May 22
  • 1868
  • EHOUS – Endowment House; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • June 23
  • 1880
  • SGEOR – Saint George Utah Temple; Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States
  • January 31
  • Spring Glen, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • February 23
  • 1849
  • October 3
  • 1883
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
  • August 16
  • 1851
  • 1852
  • September 26
  • 1853
  • 1881
  • October 21
  • 1925
  • November 11
  • 1856
  • 1859
  • April 4
  • 1858
  • January 1
  • 1878
  • 1943
  • April 2
  • 1919
  • September 21
  • 1951
  • July 24
  • 1860
  • February 16
  • December 11
  • 1864
  • October 10
  • 1888
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History; December 3, 2017

Removed sealed to spouse in 1650 for Samuel Blakesley and Hannah Potter in The Mesa Arizona Temple

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  • Charles Gilbert Lunt – 19
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • ARIZO – Mesa Arizona Temple; Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States

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

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  • Lillian Alcorn – 31
  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Marjorie Ann Rowley – 36
  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 4, 2017

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  • Friday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16
  • Caroline Webb – 47
  • Henry Melvin Sperry – 52
  • Emily Esther Sperry – 50
  • Emily Louisa Miller – 118

This Day In Our Family History; December 4, 2017

Deleted endowments for Nels Rosenquist Nelson, they were completed December 11

Added correct parents for Joseph and Moses Mansfield under sealed to parents on this day. Their parents are: Richard Mansfield and Gillian Drake

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  • Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Alfred Oscar Lunt – 15
  • Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States
  • Alfred Lunt – 40
  • Priscilla Pitt – 41
  • Nels Rosenquist Nelson – 25
  • SLAKE – Salt Lake Utah Temple; Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Florence Thora Harper – 76
  • Harriet Gibbons – 68
  • John Francis Gibbons – 163
  • James Robert Gibbons – 164
  • Henry Gibbons – 165
  • Sarah Gibbons – 166
  • Elizabeth Gibbons – 167
  • John Gibbons – 162
  • Sarah Wild Cole – 163

Journal: Jeanette Sperry; December 5, 2017

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  • Saturday
  • Jeanette Sperry – 16

This Day In Our Family History; December 5, 2017

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  • Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • James Wood – 247
  • Ann Amos – 248
  • Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Lydia Wood – 251

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

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  • 1853
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • England, United Kingdom
  • August
  • September 13
  • October 26
  • 1854
  • December 1
  • 1880
  • 1855
  • 1856
  • November 11
  • January 29
  • December 15
  • February 23
  • 1957
  • 1857
  • Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States
  • California, United States
  • Missouri, United States

This Day In Our Family History; December 6, 2017

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  • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Esther Olpin – 130
  • David Webb – 129
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger; December 6, 2017

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  • David William Rowley – 30
  • Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Springville, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States
  • Price, Carbon, Utah, United States
  • Orem, Utah, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1740

Joseph Packer died and was buried in Cambridge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

1796

Joy Bishop died

1819

Phoebe Sperry was born in Henrietta, Monroe, New York, United States to Joy Sperry and Mary Lamont

1880

Mrs. Matthew Pitt completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1910

Alma Edward Morgan Lunt died in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1915

Martha Ellen Fullmer was born in Spring Glen, Carbon, Utah, United States to James Dickens Fullmer and Margaret Ann Laura Miller

1918

Robert Sperry Lunt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Alfred Oscar Lunt, age 43, and Jeanette Sperry, age 39. He was the 9th of 9 children, and the 5th of 5 sons, born to the couple

1922

Mary Elizabeth Enlow died

1935

Calvin King Knighton, age 8, was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 (Wednesday) – I went up and got Grandma Sperry (Emily Louisa Miller) and she stayed all night with us. we played cards, Mother (Caroline Webb) and Grandma Sperry against Melvin (Henry Melvin Sperry) and I. Oscar (Alfred Oscar Lunt) was going to come down but towards evening a clod blizzard blew up and it was too cold for him to come.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

LAST MINUTE FLASHES

Mrs. Luella Jones Downard our Historian, has been very ill this past fall, with an attack of asthma. We are thankful that she is recuperating and is able to carry on. She has worked very hard on our family history and needs all the help she can get from the family. So send in what history you have and get your family histories written up.

Floyd Thompson Galloway joined the navy in October and is now in San Diego, California in basic training. Floyd is the son of the late Lehi Galloway and Annie Vern Poulsen Galloway of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lawrence and Kay announced the birth of a baby son born at Havre, Montana, on November 25, 1957.  They named him Steven Vance Rowley. Lawrence is the son of Francis and Erma Rowley of Kalispell Montana, who is a grandson of John Rowley and Jane Paul. Lawrence is in Alaska in the service and is a radio and electronic technician and expects to be out of the service by Christmas time. He plans to attend the B.Y.U. after the holidays and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

Douglas Rowley blessed and named his son on Sunday, December 1, 1957. They named him William Douglas Rowley and call him Billy.

Diana Galloway, daughter of Charles Fredrick Galloway and Helen Lorraine Lambardie Galloway was baptized 30 November 1957 by her father and confirmed a member of the of the Church December 1, 1957, by her father Charles, in the 14th Ward of the Bountiful Stake, Bountiful, Utah.

Wm. Henry Galloway is on a mission for the church in Texas. He is doing well and is enjoying his labors there.

Charles and Henry are the sons of George Galloway and Sarah Ann Hughes. George is the son Harriet Ann Rowley Galloway who is the daughter of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Lehi Allen Galloway and Leona Richardson Galloway are happy to announce the arrival of a fine baby boy and they named him Lee Wesley Galloway. He was born October 27, 1957.

We received word through our Historian Luella Downard, from the Zuriah Rowley and Lorenzo Snow Lyman Family. Zuriah was the only daughter of James Rowley and unable to publish in this issue but will be in the February issue.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

RALPH NEPHI ROWLEY HISTORY continued
-by historian, Luella Jones Downard

In the spring of 1853 each man was given as much land as he could fence and cultivate. Ralph Nephi Rowley and his father-in-law, Hugh Thompson, each had land allotted to them along the hills east of Fillmore, known as the “Best Ditch” farms.

Some of their close neighbors here were Jonathan P. Smith and Albert Shail. Jonathan P. Smith had come over the plains in the same company as Hugh Thompson. Ralph’s sister Mariah, who had buried her first husband, George Olom, and little son, Uriah Olom, in England and later migrated to Fillmore with her daughter, Zuriah Olom, married Jonathan P. Smith.

Zuriah Olom later married George Albert Shails.

Another of their close neighbors was Amasa Lyman, (whose son, Lorenzo Snow Lyman married Zuriah Rowley, the oldest daughter of Ralph’s brother, James Rowley).  Years later Amasa Lyman’s son Ira Depo Lyman, married Ralph’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann.

Another neighbor was Richard Day, whose daughters Mary and Martha, became the wives of Ralph’s brother James. Years later when James died, Ralph married his brother’s wife, Mary Day Rowley, in polygamy.

We have several records of Ralph and Mary receiving their endowments and also of Ralph attending for James with Mary Day and that they were sealed.

In July of 1853 there were a great many Indian scares and depredation. The fort was guarded night and day by both close and picket guards. Men went to the fields in large companies, carrying their guns with them for protection at all times. Kanosh and his friendly Indians helped harvest the grain.

Conditions became so bad that the State House workers took down their shanties and moved them into the Fort, where they would be safer from Indian attacks.

George Arthur Rowley in one of his histories relates: “Here they built a dugout in which to live, there is a monument on the place now.” Mary Ann’s father Hugh Thompson probably lived with them and the children in this humble home.

In August 1853 martial law was declared. A triangle of steel was made to use in sounding an alarm to call the men and boys from the field when there was an alarm. The milch cows were herded together and guards placed around them. At night they were all taken to a public corral and milked while the men took turns standing guard.

On September 13, 1853, a man, William Hatton, was killed by the Indians while standing guard at this corral.

Ralph and his father-in-law were both fine stone masons, and they helped to cut and lay rock for early state structures.

On October 26, 1853 a baby boy was born to the Rowley’s, while they were living inside the fort wall. They named him Walter Thompson Rowley. When Thompson is added to the name of a Rowley child it is to honor the beloved grandfather, Hugh Thompson. He had had no male child to carry on the name of Thompson. This may account for one reason for honoring the name but I like the reason George Arthur Rowley gives in one of his histories: “I love the name of HUGH and I named one daughter Hughetta, because I love it so. The stories I have been told of him make me very proud of his name and memory.” What a pity that none of those stories were ever written. Now we know only that his character was such that “HUGH THOMPSON” is a name of honor among the descendants of Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Ann Thompson.

This little bank of pioneers harvested their first crop of grain by cradle and gathered the stocks by hand, making them into bundles. They then laid the bundles on large pieces of canvas and led the horses over the bundles to thrash the wheat out. With the help of the wind they separated the wheat from the chaff. When it was washed and dried it was ready to be ground into flour. As there was not a flour mill within a hundred miles, they then ground the wheat into flour in coffee grinders. This was a hard tedious task and even little John and Hugh took turns at turning the grinder. They learned to make corn into hominy. This constituted the main items of their diet that winter.

In the spring of 1854 the workshops were moved back onto the grounds of the State House, where work was resumed. By December 1, 1854, all the walls and masonry work was done on the State House.

George Arthur Rowley tells us in one of his histories: “During the summer of 1854 Ralph Nephi Rowley discovered the sulphur beds which are located about seven miles south and east of Cove Fort in south Millard County. He hauled sulphur in the raw state and sold it to Brigham Young in Salt Lake City. He made many trips into Salt Lake with the sulphur, and on one occasion, Brigham Young paid him a yoke of oxen and wagon for the sulphur. In later years a company with money developed the sulphur beds and put in a refinery to sell sulphur all over.

Ralph Nephi Rowley, had a pottery from 1854 until early 1880. Ralph was a master potter, he was he was also skilled in building kilns. He had learned to make pottery kilns as a boy in England He built a fine pottery just east of the Chalk Creek. In the early stages Ralph did prospecting for clay and other material. illegible volcanic glass, which is the illegible stone and the pumy stone. Ralph assisted in getting them developed illegible the Twin Peaks in south Millard County illegible  bed of the Beaver River, which fed into Sevier Lake, which is south illegible the Twin Peaks are in South Millard County, near the Black Rock station for The Union Pacific Railroad. The river now flows into a reservoir, there illegible not run as far north as it did then illegible plaster of Paris when it becomes hard and dry will absorb water. It makes the best kinds of molds, so he had to have it. He found moutains of of gypsum in the Levan and Nephi Districts. Gypsum is pounded or ground fine like flour and placed in an iron kettle and cooked. When worked just right you can mix it with water and make a paste and let it set for a few minutes and it becomes hard. Plaster of Paris is gypsum in the finished product and gypsum is used in making cement. Illegilble a big plaster works in the illegible  and in the Salt Creek Canyon above illegible John Rowley, who lived in Nephi illegible water mill and ran it for a long illegible (Ralph) found feldspar in good illegible”

Ralph Nephi Rowley was a very brave men to illegible prospecting into country held by Indians and so far away from the protection illegibleoments. He played a very important role in the building up of this country and in many of its industries. He was a good friend to the great Chief Kanosh; this friendship is one of the reasons he was able travel to far places in search of the many different minerals etc. that he needed in his work. Perhaps it was his great faith, illegible he was a man of exceeding great illegible protection that he would receive illegible Mighty.

In 1855 the people of the Fillmore were called upon to practice the United Order, by assigning all their earthy possessions over to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Like Nephi (whose name he had added to his own), he knew that God does not ask a thing of us without providing a way that His commandment might be kept. Ralph humbly and uncomplainingly followed the advice of the Church Presidency to the letter and he signed a paper like the following:

“Be it known by those present that I, Ralph Nephi Rowley, of Fillmore City in the County of Millard and the Territory of Utah, for, and in consideration of the good will which I have for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, give and convey unto Brigham Young, trustee in trust for the said church, his successor in office, and assigns, all my claims and ownership to the following described property, to wit; (Then followed the description of his farm lands and his pottery and whatever lands he had acquired at that time with all livestock he owned, he assigned every single thing he possessed). Together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances there unto, belonging or appertaining. I also covenant and agree that I am the lawful claimant and owner of said property, and will warrant and forever defend the same unto the said trustee in trust, his successor in office, and assigns, against the claims of my heir, assigns or any person whomsoever.

(signed) Ralph Nephi Rowley”

Thus Ralph again stood the test – that he would do all that was asked of him fully and faithfully. What a test, to sign away all that he had or ever hoped to have and to agree to leave all that he had to the Church and not to his ancestors to leave something to their children. We know that he did it gladly and yet what a test it was! Hugh Thompson, Mary Ann’s father, also turned over all that he possessed also, including the 10,000 gold sovereigns that he had brought in the drawer of the heavy oak chest. Converted into United States money, this would have all belonged to Mary Ann and the children at his death, for they were his only heirs. Think of the schooling and prestige, the lands and possessions this would have bought for their descendants. This was gladly given for they knew that the Gospel was true and that they must stand every test! Oh that we, the descendants of these most worthy ancestors could all inherit the TESTIMONY that they had, that this great thing that they did would not have been done in vain. This lesson they gave us that to obey all of gods commandments and to do gladly all that is asks of us, to remain faithful to the end, is a greater inheritance that $50,000.00 or all the riches of the earth! There were others who gave all they had at that time but in my opinion Ralph, Mary and Hugh were put to a greater test for everything was put in a common storehouse and each family got supplies etc. as it was needed. Therefore those who had little would share alike with those who had a greater amount. It was easy for those who had little. The work was divided among all Saints both men and women, thus keeping everyone employed and on the same economic level, which did away with poverty, as well as preventing the accumulation of great wealth, a socialistic form of religion.

The grasshopper made their first appearance and they came in hordes. Ralph and his family watched as they ate nearly all of the crops in spite of anything they could do to stop them.

The grasshoppers came again in 1856 but not in such numbers as they had in 1855 and they were able to control them better so that more of their crops were saved.

Another male child was born to Ralph and Mary Ann, on November 11, 1856. They named him Ralph Nephi Rowley after his father.

The most of the pottery Ralph made at first and a great deal of it at all times, he turned over to Brigham Young or the Church, I suppose it was distributed as seemed best by Brigham Young. There is no record of what Ralph received in payment but it is my opinion that he considered it as a part of the labor he owed in living the United Order.

Ralph’s brother James Rowley left England and arrived in Salt Lake City sometime between December 1 and 15, 1856, in the William Hidgett’s Ox Train Company, which arrived in Salt Lake City in sections – (Journalistic History, December 15, 1856, page3). He came to Fillmore soon after this, where the brothers had a happy reunion. They were closely associated from that time on until James’ early death in 1881. (We have not at this time been able to learn if James came alone, but it is my opinion that he did – the record of his arrival can be found in the archives of the Church Historians office in the Presiding Bishop’s office in Salt Lake City). Ralph must have taken him into the pottery business upon his arrival, for he was also skilled in all things pertaining to the making of pottery, having been taught the trade by his father from the time he was a small lad in England. There are also many stories told of them making the pottery together. James may have made the trip from Salt Lake City to Fillmore by handcart, his son, George Rowley of Fillmore (1957), says he thinks he was told as a child that he did.

In the spring of 1857 Ralph and Mary Ann, with their four children, John, Hugh, Walter and Ralph Jr. went to make a new home in the wilderness south of them, Meadow. Three other families going with them, the Tompkinson’s, (Mrs. Thompkinson was a Rowley, Ralph’s cousin), the Tyler’s and John Lemmons. The James Duncan family had gone before them. They all located on the ridge about a mile west of the present to townite of Meadow. The “Ridge” was a gravely elevation resembling a railroad track grade which extended for miles north and south of where they had settled. The vegetation was mostly sage brush and meadow grass with cedar trees on the foothills. A few wild berries and some wild rabbits and deer.

Ralph and Mary Ann soon made themselves a dugout on the side of the ridge, not far from where the others were building one.

When this was done they began clearing the sage brush from the land, above the settlement, where they had decided  to make the fields.

Their oldest son, John, who was ten years old and Hugh, next younger, who was eight this first summer on the ridge were able to help a great deal in this new enterprise for they, with the boys of the other families were assigned the task of herding the cows, which were herded in one herd. They were also instructed to keep a sharp lookout for Indians. This was hostile Indian country for only a short distance from this place the great Chief Walker laid buried. He had died on this very same Meadow Creek. Before the coming of the Mormon Pioneers this had been a favorite camping ground of the Indians. These Indians were not hostile, but they were feared because of their close connection with Chief Walker.

Ralph was always friendly with Chief Kanosh and his Indians and they shared their scanty food supply with these Indians hoping that the friendship might continue.

That summer and fall they saw many immigrant trains pass. They had built their dugout homes along the ridge a short distance from the main travelled road to California, which came in just below the ridge.

Many of the members of these immigrant trains had helped to persecute and drive the Mormons from Missouri and other places. They did many things to annoy the Mormon Settlers as they passed through their settlements.

One day as John, Hugh and the other boys were herding the cows near the road on the ridge men from the immigrant train took the boy’s lunches from them and even shot at one of the little boys.

-To be continued-