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1666

Elizabeth Mansfield was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Joseph Mansfield and Mary Potter

1814

William May was christened in Gwennap, Cornwall, England

1912

John Trelease May was christened in Gwennap, Cornwall, England

1928

Grace Harriet Rowley was born in Harlem, Blaine, Montana, United States to David William Rowley, age 25, and Lillian Alcorn, age 24. She was the 1st of 3 three daughters born to the couples, they had a total of 9 children

1943

Parley Davis died at the age of 65

1974

Anretta Webb was baptized, by proxy, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1996

Clayton Alcorn Rowley died at the age of 61 in South Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

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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

1675

Richard Lunt was born in London, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom to Edward L. Lount and Tamizen Coes

1741

John Packer was buried

1768

William Wood was born in Stroud, Gloucester, England, United Kingdom to John Wood and Phebe Canton

1899

Frederick Earl Lunt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Shadrach James Lunt and Sarah Florence McCune

1901

Sarah Sperry completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1917

Phebe Canton was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1918

Edward Rosenquist Nelson and Nita Idale Allred were married in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States

1930

John Samuel Harper died in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States

1943

Sarah Elizabeth Sperry was buried at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, which is located in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1953

Abraham Brand was sealed for time and eternity to his parents, Abraham Brand and Margaret Francis 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

1979

Lillian Lunt died in Ontario, Malheur, Oregon, United States

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Grant Alcorn Rowley was born to David William Rowley and Lillian Alcorn

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1690

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

1719

Mehitabel Sperry was born in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States to Moses Sperry and Anna Hannah Blakeslee

1897

George William Batchelor and Marrian Ward were married

1905

Arthur David Sperry and Gertrude Barton were married and 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

1923

June Irene Sperry was born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to Henry Melvin Sperry and Vera Lucille Daley

1934

Retta Sperry completed her initiatory and endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in The Church’s Salt Lake Utah Temple, which is located in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1943

Sarah Elizabeth Sperry died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1966

Lillian May Sperry died

2004

Mary Elizabeth Lunt died in Sweet Home, Linn, Oregon, United States

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Bobby Jean Smith was born to Ronald Steven Smith and Lora Ann Walker

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1726

Dorothy Sperry died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

1788

James Bishop died

1872

Moses Sperry died

1921

Ila Johnson was born in Lakeview, Utah, United States to William Jennings Bryant Johnson and Henriett Grace

1933

Ralph Alcorn Rowley was born in Harlem, Blaine, Montana, United States to David William Rowley and Lillian Alcorn

Darlene Lunt Holman was born in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States to George Thornton Holman and Eva Ruth Lunt

1943

Moses Blakesley and Sarah Benton were sealed for time and eternity

This Day In Our Family History

1745

Moses Sperry and Dorothy Hale were married

1864

Harriet Gibbons was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1880

Martha Gardner died in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States

1896

Rhoda Ann Webb died in Loa, Wayne, Utah, United States

1943

Jesse Verl Alcorn Perry and Lucille Pearl Miner were married

1953

James William Bolton died in Madera, Madera, California, United States

1966

Earl Clive Pitt died in Sunset, Davis, Utah, United States

This Day In Our Family History

1836

Mary Wood was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire, England to James Wood and Ann Amos

1905

Abigail Bishop completed her endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

1943

Moses Ventrus and Grace Graves were sealed for time and eternity

Grace Ventrus was sealed for time and eternity to her parents, Moses Ventres and Grace Graves

1948

Derrett Cooley Smith died in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States

1952

John Edgar Lunt died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States