History: Grace Davis

History of Grace Davis

The father of Grace Davis, David Peter Davis, was born 29 May 1854 at Aberaman, near Aberdare, Glamorganshire, Wales; the son of David William Davis and Charlotte Nott Jeremy. His parents were converts to the LDS Church when David Peter was ten months old, they immigrated to the United States because of their religious beliefs and they hoped to find better working conditions than in the mines of Wales.

They lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where a daughter, Mary Ann, was born on 30 August 1856. Another daughter was born at Alma Town, Illinois in 1860, who was named Ellen Jane. Apparently, they were on their way through Missouri in 1861 when Ellen Jane took ill and passed away on the boat going from St. Louis to Florence, Nebraska and was buried at Harmon on the banks of the river 25 January 1861.

Grace’s mother was Caroline Anne Coles, a daughter of Rueben Coles and Hannah Terrill. They were both from England, but had immigrated and were living in Cedar Fort, where Caroline met David Peter Davis when he came to Cedar Fort to work. He met Caroline at a dance during the time they were holding an LDS Conference in Cedar Fort. They were friends for two years. Caroline was only seventeen and David Peter was twenty-one when they were secretly married on 8 October 1875.

Grace was the first child of eight born to David Peter Davis and Caroline Anne Coles. She was born 21 August 1876 in Cedar Fort, Utah. Her mother was living in the home of Grace’s grandparents, Rueben and Hannah. Of the eight children born to David Peter and Caroline, only Grace, Parley, Hannah and Charlotte lived to adulthood.  David Rueben died at the age of twelve and the others (two sons, Evan and Polly Davis) died at birth.

Parley was born 17 July 1878 at Cedar Fort, Utah. He never married and died 20 September 1943.

Hannah was born 21 November 1880 at Samaria, Idaho.

David Reuben was born in Samaria on 2 February 1883. When David Reuben was twelve years old, he and Parley were driving some horses. Parley became aggravated because they wouldn’t go where he wanted them to go; he picked up a slivery stick and threw it. It missed the horse and hit Rueben in the face. Not having drugs and medication to treat such things like we do today, tetanus or lockjaw, as they called it then, soon developed and Reuben lay for a month–slowly dying from the infection and starvation. He could neither eat nor drink. David Peter and Caroline sat by his bedside and watched their son slowly slip away from them. For some time David Peter was bitter about this as he couldn’t see the justice in one so young having to suffer so much. David Rueben died 20 September 1895.

Charlotte, the third daughter, was born 1 February 1866 at Milo, Idaho, in a log cabin with loop-holes for defense against the Indians. She was a frail child with a rheumatic heart. Because of this condition she was never really in good health and sometimes in very poor health.

Grace, Hannah, and Charlotte all learned to work at everything outdoors as well as to cook and take care of the home. David Peter raised good horses and this is where his daughters learned to love horses. Grace loved horses and practiced trick-riding, becoming very proficient at it. Grace was very capable in handling them and was never happier than when she was outside working with them. David Peter took great pride in the fact that his girls were accomplished in these outdoor skills and had a great capacity for work.

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


John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

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.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1897 – I walked up town, I went down to Kendall’s and then up to Aunt Sarah Abbott’s (Sarah Elizabeth Sperry). I went down to the Excelsor and waited until Esther (Emily Esther Sperry) and Della (Kendall) came. We all three went over to Hyde’s Store and then I went up to Burton’s. In the evening I went down to Foote’s for a shorthand lesson. I slept up to Burton’s

This Day In Our Family History


Charles Lount was born in Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to Richard Lount and Mary Alen


David Peter Davis was born in Aberaman, Glamorganshire, Wales, United Kingdom to David William Davis and Charlotte Nott Jeremy


Jacob Ray Harper was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States to Charles Benjamin Harper and Harriet Gibbons


Clara Rowley was born in Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States to John Thompson Rowley and Mary Jane Smith


Willard Eby Snader was born in New Windsor, Carroll, Maryland, United States to John Greenwood Snader and Agnes Eby


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


Willie Padilla and Della Lunt were married Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Sarah Elizabeth Harper was buried in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States


Estella Cordelia Tidwell was buried at Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens, which is located in Meridian, Ada, Idaho, United States

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Reporter, David S. Rowley Jr. and wife Selma
R.R. #1 Box 73
Helper, Utah

Mr. and Mrs. Asael Jones had a son born to them on June 13th in Salt Lake City. Mrs. Jones drove herself to the hospital and beat the stork by just three minutes.

Asael is the son of Mary Ann Rowley Jones who was the daughter of John T. and Jane Smith.

A second son, Marvin Burt, was born Sept. 2 to Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Louis Downard of Coalville, Utah.

Manuel is the son of Luella Jones Downard daughter of Mary Ann Rowley Jones.

On May 5th, a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Rowley. The young man was given the name of Fred D. Jr. and is bound to be spoiled as he has four lovely sisters. When he was just five weeks old his mother took him and his four sisters to Alexandria, VA. To show him off to his Grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Campbell.

Fred is the son of David S. Rowley, who was the son John T. and Jane Smith W. Rowley.

Wayne A. Rowley graduated from Carbon College on May 29th and is now living in Salt Lake City and attending the University of Utah.

Wayne is the son of David S. Rowley Jr. who was the son of David S. Rowley Sr. who was the son of John T. and Jane Smith.

Winford Rowley and his two sons, of Provo, and Grant Rowley of Salt Lake visited in Spring Glen on Memorial Day and decorated the graves of their families who are buried there. Grant also has a new son, Mathew, born October 13, 1957.

Winford Rowley is the son of the Irvin Rowley who was the son of John T and Jane Smith. Grant is the brother of Doctor Dean A. Rowley and they are the sons of Silas Rowley who was the son of John T. and Jane Smith.

Miss Shirley Ann Rowley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Rowley was married June 1st to Ralph Keele of Price. The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents and they were married by Bishop John J. Neilson. Miss Judy Rowley, sister of the bride was her attendant, Shirley was dressed in a beautiful wedding gown of lace and tulle and was ballerina length. She wore a crown of pearls from which fell her fingertip veil of illusion. She carried a bouquet of white carnations and red roses. After a honeymoon in Salt Lake City, the young couple are making their home in Spring Glen.

Robert Lee Rowley is the son of David S. Rowley Sr. who was the son of John T. and Jane Smith.

Mrs. Jeanne O’Neal and her small daughter. Cindy, of Vallejo, California spent three weeks of September visiting with her mother, Mrs. David S. Rowley Sr. and with her brothers and sisters and friends of this area, Luella being sick.

Journal: Jeanette Sperry

1896 – Esther (Emily Esther Sperry), Father (Charles Henry Sperry) and I rode up town. I had dinner at Aunt Gusta’s (Emma Augusta Taylor), took my music lesson that went down to McCune’s to practice a song. Esther and I rode back home with Father. It was very stormy with thunder and lightning.

*May be edited for correct info if needed. Notifications will be posted if corrections are made

This Day In Our Family History

1573 – Charles Lount was born in Sutton Colfield, Staffordshire, England to Richard Lount and Mary Alen

1854 – David Peter Davis was born in Aberaman, Glamorganshire, Wales to David William Davis and Charlotte Nott Jeremy

1876 – Jacob Ray Harper was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States to Charles Benjamin Harper and Harriet Gibbons

1881 – Clara Rowley was born in Meadow, Millard, Utah, United States to John Thompson Rowley and Mary Jane Smith

1931 – Sarah Elizabeth Harper was buried at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, which is located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States. The plot number is: A-02-013-05

*May be edited for correct info if needed. Notifications will be posted if corrections are made