John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

We, the editors, went to encourage you who have sons and daughters in the mission field to send us letters from them that you feel would be of interest to family members. Today we are putting in word that has been received of Elder Hugh A. Rowley, son of David Wm. and Lillian Alcorn Rowley, who is serving in the Argentine Mission.

19 May, 1959

Howdy Folks,

This will have to be short as I’ve been packing and it’s taken most of my time. They’ve transferred me to Lomas de Zamora.

I had three outstanding occurrences happen this week, but I will only have time for one. They are all three in my diary.

It’s hard to decide which to tell you, but I think I will tell you about the Adventist. We have a member that has been going to the Adventist Church ever since she was baptized.

We started her out with the first lesson, half way through the third lesson, when an Adventist friend started asking us questions. He kind of fouled up the lesson, so we get into a nice long two hour discussion.

He started out with their usual beginning, the Sabbath Day. We got quite well told about all of the things we do that is wrong according to their Prophetess.

After quite a while I stood up to match his position and bore my testimony in my broken Spanish.

His only reply was, “I believe, too.” I looked him straight in the eye and with all the firmness I had in me I replied, “Sir, I don’t believe. I don’t believe any of this, I KNOW.”

This left him without a comeback, then my companion bore his testimony, then we prepared to offer prayer, and he asked if he could, and he gave a very wordy and lengthy prayer. Then I prayed, the most humble prayer I could offer, and after I finished, the lady had tears in her eyes, but she is still Adventist.


John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

by Verda R. Murphy, Foreign Researcher

We sent an ad to the Staffordshire Weekly Sentinel, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England during May which read as follows:

“The late John Rowley, his wife Sarah Wright and 4 children, Sarah, Mary and twins Abigail and Joseph of Fenton and Hanley early 1880.

Would the descendants of the above please write Mrs. Verda Murphy, Chinook, Montana, U.S.A.”

We were very thrilled to have had a reply to this ad. The reply goes as follows:

Mr. Arthur Wright
3 Woodville Place
Meir, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, England

Dear Madam,

I have just read an advertisement in the local newspaper, Evening Sentinel, where you wish to get in touch with descendants of the late John Rowley and his wife, Sarah Wright, who resided in the Hanley and Fenton area in the early 1800’s.

Well, it is rather way back but nevertheless, very interesting. That is why on impulse, I am writing to see if in any way I could possibly help.

It might help if I tell you a little of my own family tree. I and my brothers and sisters were born in Hanley. So was my father who is 68 years and, incidentally, in the hospital, so I am unable to ask him too much. His brothers were also born in Hanley. My grandfather and his brothers and sister lived in Fenton and he was born in 1866.

I am given to understand that one of my grandfather’s brothers went to the U.S.A., but when, I can’t say. Anyway, it might be of little help writing to you. I would like very much if you would acknowledge this letter and let me know how you have progressed in your inquiries.

Faithfully your,
Mr. Arthur Wright

We were thrilled indeed to know that someone who had read our ad had taken the time to write me. We hope that through further correspondence we may progress in our attempts to research in England.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


Savings Account                                           $61.75
Family Organization                                        $30.60
Paper                                                               $30.00
Research                                                            $1.75

Checking Account                                        $56.40
Family Organization                                        $11.06
Paper                                                                 $6.55
Research                                                          $11.37
Other                                                                 $7.44

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Remember the reunion, on the 3rd of AUGUST, 1959. The tentative place is the North Park of Provo, Utah. There are activities planned for every age group. Come and enjoy it with everyone. There will be more details in the next issue of the paper.

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

The following is just a closing thought, a poem which was written on the funeral program.


To close the eye, to fall asleep,
To draw a labored breath,
To find release from daily cares
In what we know as death….

In this crowning of a life,
The aim or end thereof?
The totaled sum of consciousness,
The ripened fruit of love?

It cannot be, for works of God
Are wrought for nobler ends,
An those away continue on
in the hearts of kin and friends.

It cannot be, for they live on
A little step away
The soul, the everlasting
Has found a better day….

-O. J. Hanson

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Two very beautiful poems were also read at her funeral and we would like to print them here.


Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length,
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before;
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
And make our courage faint or fail?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive:
The rose still grows beyond the wall.

Scattering fragrance far and wide,
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will for evermore.

by A. L. Frink

The next poem was read by Brother L. W. Nalder

“She always learned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate!

“And tho’ we mocked her tenderly
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there!

“Her thoughts were all so full of us–
She never could forget;
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.

“Waiting ‘till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late —
Waiting from Heaven’s window,
Leaning from Heaven’s gate!

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

The following is the obituary which was read at her (Mary Ann Jones Rowley) funeral by her granddaughter, LaJoann Nicolson.

“My grandmother, Mary Ann Jones Rowley was born February 16, 1884 in Brighton, Utah to George Crump Jones and Elizabeth Ann Barnes. She moved with her family to Shelley, Idaho at the age of two.

At the age of eleven, her mother passed away and she went to live with the Jane Paul Rowley family. When she was nineteen she married Royal James Rowley, youngest son of Jane Paul Rowley, on December 13, 1903 at Blackfoot, Idaho.

They made their home in Idaho Falls and then Shelley, Idaho. She was loved and repeated by everyone who knew her.

She often went out sitting all night with the sick, with never a thought of refusing when her help was needed. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

For a number of years she served as an active Relief Society teacher, in both the First and Second Wards in Shelley.

She dearly loved flowers and won several prizes for beautiful flowers.

She has been in ill health for several years, with sugar diabetes and heart trouble.

Her sister stayed with her and Royal for several years and then she was taken to the children’s home.

Six weeks ago, while visiting her daughter, Edna at Burley, Idaho she had her first attack (diabetic attack) which resulted in a coma.

Since then, she has been in and out of the LDS Hospital at Idaho Falls until the time of her death, March 27, 1959.  She failed to recognize anyone the last four days, after her last stroke she was paralyzed.

(The conclusion of this obituary is a repeat of the newspaper article, vis; listing her sons and daughters, etc.)