John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger


36 Gregory St.
Longton, Staffs.,


My Dear, Dear Niece and Nephew,

Rosa and Will More, I am delighted to have a few lines from you both and to hear that you are well. I see the baby boy looks according to his picture, he is a splendid looking little follow. You can tell Will that I have been to the native land of his father and mother, Airy Scotland. I went from Longton to Liverpool by rail, to the Isle of Man from Liverpool by boat, and from the Isle of Man to Glasgow by boat which is 13 hours sail and a splendid voyage/ it was, and is a splendid country to live in, but what a lovely site to see men building ships down River Clyde. No, Uncle Alfred did not care much for a soldiers’ life, it did not suit him. I am glad to hear that Cornelius did not go to the Philippines or he would probably wish he were home again. I have a friend in a Scotch Regiment, the Leaforth Highlanders, he is with Lord Roberts at Bloeinfontion, he has been in four engagements viz; Nodder River, Magersfontion, Feedesber Deift, & Pasedeberg, where they captured Crouje, the Boer Leader and and 4,000 men and he says he wishes he were safe back in England as he is tired of the war. He was in the Chitial campaign in India in 1892, and the London war of 1898, and not the Boer War, he was present at the Island of Crete when the Turks were massacring the Christians, so he has seen a little active service.

No there are no more great-grandchildren. Theages of your cousins are; Aunt Elizabeth and Will Bennett children: George, age 20, William, age 17, Samuel, age 15 years, their mother and father are dead, children, all single.

Aunt Hannah and William Johnson’s children: William age 16 years, and Alfred, age 9 years.

Uncle George and Elisa Bailey, Children: Glourie, age 6 and George age 1 year.

Uncle Alfred and Minnie Bailey have one child about 12 months.

Uncle Charles and Annie Bailey, children, none.

We had a slight shock of earthquake here about three years ago, only slight shock. I suppose you have no time to ride now you have a child, as he requires a deal of looking after. Uncle George used to ride a wheel.

No more this time so will now conclude by wishing you both a happy and prosperous wedded life and may you both live long and die happy and may you both live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

The above letter was written by Charles Bailey, half brother to Zuriah Rowley, daughter of James Rowley and Mary Shirlock.


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Joseph Potter and Phebe Ives were married


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


Homer Bryan Willingham and Nanna Florence Alcorn, age 30, were married


Mrs. Elizabeth/Betty and Sarah Heath completed their endowments for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

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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


Peter Jeremy was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom to Evan Jeremy and Eleanor Davis


Ephraim George Rowley was born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom to Ralph Nephi Rowley and Mary Ann Thompson


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


Marjorie Lunt was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to John Edgar Lunt and Lydia Jane Kendall

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Dearden A. Jennings is serving an L. D. S. Mission and is really enjoying his work, so his mother, Myrtle Deardon Jennings reports. Myrtle is the daughter of Thomas Davies Deardon and Elizabeth Rowley who was the daughter of James Rowley and Mary Day.

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Mehitabel Sperry died


Absolum Brandenburg, age 33, and Esther Frakes were married


Ruth Sperry was born in Nephi, Juab, Utah, United States to Charles Henry Sperry and Caroline Webb, both aged 43. She was the eleventh and last child born to the couple


Grace Della Lamb died


Michael D. Jones completed his initiatory and endowment ordinances for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in The Church’s Provo Utah Temple, which is located at 2200 Temple Hill Drive; Provo, Utah, Utah, United States


Lynn S. Rowley was born to Ralph Alcorn Rowley and Aleene Sumsion

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Reported by Lorin P. Rowley:

Ray and Marilyn Rowley Jaeger arrived in Salt Lake City, April 16, 1958 from Oceanside, California on a short leave. They returned to O’side on May 3. Ray is in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, California.

Lorenzo D. (Ren) Rowley, of Fillmore was a visitor at Lucy M. Rowley’s home in Salt Lake City on May 2, 1958. Uncle Ren, as we called him, lived with us in Mt. Home for a short time, leaving there in 1917, after serving time in the Army. This visit is the first we have seen of him since then. He enjoyed visiting with him.

May 2, 1958, Smoot and Blancye Rowley of Bynum, Montana arrived at Mt. Home. They came to Utah to attend the funeral services of a friend, Lee Jesson of Altonah, Utah. May 3, Smoot, Blanche, Edwin, and mother and others went to Mt. Home where the services were held. They returned home the same evening.

Before leaving Mt. Home they went out to the old home where we lived from 1910 to 1953. Mother moved to Salt Lake leaving the house and buildings locked up. They were in bad shape, partially wrecked by vandals and animals. They did get a few final pictures and things before leaving for Salt Lake. They got here at midnight. By 10 p.m., other folks out there had phoned that the house and all had burned to the ground at about 8 p.m. We all felt very badly about it, and mother was especially upset. It is not know just how the fire started.

Lorin and Lucy Rowley Wilcox left St. Helena, California to visit her son Harry Scott and family in Bynum, Montana. They arrived in Salt Lake on June 23, to visit her mother before going on to Fillmore for the family reunion.

Mother and I drove to Fillmore early Saturday morning, June 28, to attend the reunion. We enjoyed it very much. We enjoyed meeting all the fine people there. We regretted having to leave early to come back home. Ralph came from Duchesne. There were Ralph, Lucy, Mother and Myself of our family there. Lorin and Lucy left early in the afternoon to go on to their home in St. Helena, California. They arrived home late Sunday evening. They were all okay.

I was very much satisfied with the progress of the family tree. With one small exception, my part of the tree was complete. All mine and my family group sheets are in. all you other folks, my brothers and sister, please try to get your family sheets in, so by the reunion time next year we will have the tree growing good.

Raymond and Marilyn Jen or were home on leave again. They arrived in Salt Lake July 6th. Ray reported back to Camp Pendleton on August 5, 1958. Their new address is: 2426 Jefferson, Carlsbad, California

A boy, David Howard Rowley, was born May 8, 1958 to Leland and June Rust Rowley. Leland is the son of John Emerson and Florella (Floss) Rowley. They live in Oregon.

A boy, Richard Smoot Nordhagen, was born May 26, 1958 to Richard and Joan Rowley Nordhagen. Joan is the daughter of Smoot and Clanche Hunter Rowley.

A girl, Dorinda Mechem, was born June 21, 1958, to Howard and Verna Joy Rowley Mecham. The baby lived a few hours and died at 11:45 p.m., Saturday June 21, 1958. Graveside services were held Monday, June 24, 1958 at 2 p.m., at the Duchesne City Cemetery. Verna Joy is the daughter of Ralph and Beth Rowley.

A boy, John Lloyd Rowley was born June 22, 1958, to Floyd and Anna Dee Pleazard Rowley. Floyd is the son of Clyde and Lillian Rowley. They live at 7516 Goldenrod Ave., Magna.

Lucy M. Golding Rowley is 85 year young, as of last December 14, 1957. She has 7 boys and 1 girl…40 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren, living.