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1837

Abigail Miller died

1854

Mary Emily Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Sperry and Emily Louisa Miller

1878

Charles Edward Bolton was born in Visalia, Tulare, California, United States to William Dixon Bolton and Margaret Ewing

1901

Hugh Thompson Rowley, age 22, and Grace Davis, age 25, were married

1919

Coleman Ballard Alcorn was buried in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States

1928

Phebe Pitt was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1936

Joy Bishop completed his endowment ordinance for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

IN MEMORIAL…..
A SHORT HISTORY AND TRIBUTE TO ETHEL MAY BECKETT, WIFE OF JOHN HENRY ROWLEY
Written by Luella Jones Downard, Historian

A funeral was held for Ethel May Beckett Rowley Bearsdall, at the Berg Mortuary Chapel, in Provo, Monday, June 1, 1958.

Ethel May Beckett was born Feb. 8, 1892, in Melbourne, Australia. Her parents were John and Ann Taylor Beckett. She was one of a family of 13 children. She lost both of her parents in death when she was only eight years old. She took turns living with her married sisters until she was old enough to work and support herself.

She was one of the first converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Melbourne. She and her family met a young Mormon Missionary, John Henry Rowley, who called on a mission to Australia from Spring Glen Wad, Carbon Stake. He was a son of John T. Rowley and Mary Jane Smith. Their friendship grew and John and Ethel became engaged to be married. He filled and honorable mission and was loved by all who knew him. He returned home and as soon as he could he sent for his sweetheart to come to meet him in Canada.

As a British subject, she could enter Canada but nit the United States until she was married to a citizen of the United States, thus becoming a citizen herself. Arrangements were made for a time and a place of meeting. John Henry was held up by Customs and there was a long delay on his passport. He was not able to keep the appointment. When he did not some as they had planned, she thought he must have changed his mind abour marrying her. When he finally did arrive she had obtained a job and was preparing to earn a return ticket to Australia. When their difficulties were finally settled, they were married in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the 5th of January 1914. She was then a citizen and they journeyed to Salt Lake City, where they were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

They made their home in Spring Glen, Carbon, Utah. They were both very active in the Church. The following children were born to them: Ethel Jane Rowley, born 1 October 1914; Ruth Adelaide, 19 December 1916; John Henry, 19 February 1919; Cora May, 16 December 1923; John Henry’s father died 31 January 1925, and they decided to go on a trip back to Australia. Their last child, Reginald Charles Beckett Rowley, was born to them soon after their arrival in Australia.

Ethel’s family and friends were very glad to see them and two children,. They were very happy at first. Them times began to get hard for them. John Henry had a bad automobile accident and became very ill. He was in the hospital for months and months, where he finally died 14 August, 1928. He was alone and friendless and homeless in a country that was not his own. He longed with all his heart to return to his beloved country before his death.

After his death their circumstances became even worse and it was with great suffering and sacrifices that Ethel was able to provide and keep her family together. ?? the many hardships they all suffered were very hard to hear. When the girls became 14 years of age (which is the age children are allowed to work in Australia) they obtained work and were able to make things better for the little mother.

Ethel Jane married Russell Stewart Cabtree, 19 March 1938.

Ethel Jane and Ruth Adelaide came to Spring Glen in 1940 to see their old home and visit with their father people.

The war in Europe came and traveling from one country to another was curtailed. Ethel Jane was permitted to return to Australia because she had a husband there, but Ruth had to remain here. She lived for a while with relatives. She lived for about eighteen months before her marriage to Grant Gerber, 19 January 1943 with her cousin Luella Jones Downard, where she was loved and honored as a member of the family.

Twenty years after her husband’s death, Ethel May Beckett Rowley came back to Utah, with some of the family and lived in Provo. While living there, she met Willis Beardall, whom she married for time only, on March 9, 1950. They made their home at 631 East A Street, Provo. They lived happily together for a long time.

The last two years of her life were filled with sorrow, unhappiness and poor health. During this time she became divorced from her husband, Willis Beardall and went to live with her girls. Her health continued to become worse and when she had a heart attack and had to have constant hospital care, she was put in a rest home.

She passed away with her daughter Ruth lovingly caring for her at the rest home, on Thursday, May 20, 1958.

She had great determination and held her family together under almost impossible difficulties. She had a deep and abiding faith and a sure knowledge a that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the only true Church. She was returned to her husband, family and friends who had passed on before her. She was dearly loved and cherished by all who knew her.

She is survived by the following: sons: John Henry, Salem, Oregon; Reginald Charles Beckett Rowley, Annapolis, Maryland; three daughters: Mrs. Russell (Ethel Jane) Crabtree; Mrs. Grand (Ruth Adelaide) M. Gerber; Mrs. Lloyd (Cora May) Crabtree, Sale, Australia; Nine grandchildren; two sisters: Mrs. Emma Land, Mrs. Olive Diamond, Melbourne, Australia; one brother, Harry Beckett, Melbourne, Australia.

This Day In Our Family History

1697

Benjamin Brockett was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to John Brockett and Elizabeth Doolittle

1711

Joy Bishop was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to James Bishop and Abigail Bennett

1894

Niels Nelson died in Lyngby, Skåne, Sweden

1897

Lucy Jane Webb completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1919

Richard Grant Norwood was born in Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States to Charles Grant Norwood and Estelle LaVeral Palpmer

1929

Que Dee Jones was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1932

Elizabeth Brockett was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1974

John W. Bailey and Ollie Lavern Smith were married in Inyo, California, United States

1975

John Reed and Ann Cole were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, which is located in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Utah, United States  

2003

Zella E. Cornaby died

????

Birkley Brianna Ross was born to Brandon Ross and Brenda Birk

Nicholas Durrant was born to Steve Durrant and Dwana Kay Judkins

This Day In Our Family History

1709

Ruth Bishop was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to James Bishop and Abigail Bennett

1870

Rose Ella Carter was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Hezekiah Carter and Elizabeth Morris

1879

Ann Amos died in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United States

1880

Rebecca and Hope Potter was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1901

Nicholas Paul died in Millard, Utah, United States

1919

William McSwain and Aleta Pearl Lunt were married in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States

1933

Anna Sperry completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Logan Utah Temple, which is located in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States

1939

Dinah, Nathan, Tamar, Abigail, Aaron and Enoch Sperry were sealed for time and eternity to their parents, Aaron Sperry and Abigail Bishop

1948

Eugene Bryant Judkins died in North Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States

1950

Harriet Wood was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, James Wood and Ann Amos. She was also sealed for time and eternity to her husband, Edward Lunt

1951

Anna Hannah Blakeslee was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, John Blakeslee (Blake) and Grace Ventrus, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Logan Utah Temple, which is located in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States

Robert Hugh Park died in Price, Carbon, Utah, United States

1955

Henriett Grace completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Church’s Manti Utah Temple, which is located in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1683

Mary Blakesley was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1733

Abel Curnock and Mary Purnell were married

1756

Abigail Sperry was born in Woodbridge, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1815

Samuel Webb, Jr. and Elizabeth Betsey Spencer were married in Coaley, Gloucesterhire, England, United Kingdom

1829

Lydia Wood was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom to James Wood and Ann Amos

1917

Charles Henry Sperry was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1919

Mary and John Olpin completed their endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1922

Eli Lunt Batchelor and Rose Emma Woodhouse were married in Burley, Cassia, Idaho, United States

1930

Richard Mansfield completed his endowment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1934

Joseph Bennett was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Frances Child completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1955

John Wheeler was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Obadiah Wheeler, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Mesa Arizona Temple, which is located in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States

1956

James Bishop and Elizabeth Thompkins were sealed for time and eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

James, Samuel, Mary and Rebecca Bishop were sealed for time and eternity to their parents, James Bishop and Elizabeth Thompkins, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1980

Clinton Edward Lunt and Erma Nielson were married in Laie, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1817

Calvin Sperry and Sarah Gilbert were married in The United States

1886

Lillian May Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Webb

1894

Helding Rosenquist Nelson was born in Efverod, Kristensad, Sweden to Jens Rosenquist Nelson and Elsa Nelson

1902

Ann Elizabeth Harper died in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States

1907

Clifford Van Taylor was born in Woods Cross, Davis, Utah, United States to Eli Smith Taylor and Maria Spooner Telford

1919

Henry, Mary and John Olpin were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1920

Henry Olpin completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1939

Judith Ann Lunt was born in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States to Charles Gilbert Lunt and Agnes Coalter Golightly

1944

James Sperry was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1950

Rose Etta Morgan was buried in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States

1970

Richard Wheeler was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Thomas Wheeler, Jr. and Anna Halsey

This Day In Our Family History

1651

George Graves, Jr. and Elizabeth Ventres were married

1886

Emma Della Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Webb

1919

James Alvin Matthews was born in Green Timber, Fremont, Idaho, United States to Byron Henry Matthews and Hazel Branson

1936

Thomas Wheeler, Sr. completed his endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1938

David Alcorn Rowley was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1950

Richard Milne and Ollie Laverne Smith were married in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States