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  • John Williams & Mary Parry

    (Early Welsh Convert of Dan Jones, settler of Millcreek, UT)John Wlliams was born in St. Aspeth, North Wales and married Mary Parry. He was a coachmaker by trade. Mary joined the church in 1848 after listening tomissionaries in the area lead by Elder Dan Jones about two years after her parents and brothers. John didn’t […]

  • Sarah Ann Williams (Fitzgerald)

    Sarah Ann Williams Fitzgerald was born in Flintshire, North Wales in 1840, the daughter of John and Mary Parry Williams, whojoined the church with her. In emigrating to America aboard the S. Curling, she was sick with fever the entire voyage, but throughfaith and prayer passed the inspectors and came joyfully on to Council Bluffs, […]

  • John Fitzgerald

    (Drove an ox team at age 7 across the plains, guarded Saints from Johnston’s army, Justice of the Peace)John Fitzgerald, the oldest son of Perry Fitzgerald one of the original Utah pioneers who entered the valley in July 1847, was bornin Dansville, Vermillion County, Illinois, March 25, 1840. His father left him and his mother […]

  • Lucy Gillett Maycock

    (Part of first ‘church train’ pioneer group, early settler of Bountiful, UT)Lucy was born in 1804 in Ash Hern, Warwick England. She married Joseph Haycock in 1822 and they had 8 children.She was baptized into the Mormon church in 1852. Her husband died in 1859 and she later had him posthumouslybaptized in 1870 in the […]

  • William Garrett & Marie Maycock

    (Brickmaker and early settler of Nephi and Bountiful, UT)William was the son of William Garrett and Sussanah Welding. He was bornDecember 26th 1817 at Willenhall, England. He married Maria MaycockApril 4, 1841. They had 10 children. He was superintendent of brickmakingand moved around to different brickworks in the area for work .On October 22, 1852 […]

  • Richard Ashdown

    (Sawyer and early settler of Bountiful, UT)Born December 2, 1820, in Mayfield, Sessex Co. England. Richard was mostly deaf. His mother was an invalid for 17 years and thecare of the Ashdown children devolved on his father and what outside help he could afford. That was probably very little, for thefamily resources were very limited. […]

  • Mary Ann Ashdown & Henry Garrett

    Mary Ann Ashdown was born in 1853 in Brighton, England. Her mother was Ann Burgess and her father was Richard Ashdown. Shortly aftershe was born the family met the Mormon Elders and the family embraced the doctrine and were baptized in the sea in 1855. When MaryAnn was 7-years old they left Liverpool on the […]

  • Henry Agustus Squires & Sarah Minnie Catlin

    (Crossed the plains with the Martin Handcart Company)Henry (b. 1825)and Sarah (b. 1826) heard the Restored Gospel in England, and were baptized intothe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Henry and his brothers Thomas, John, and Jameswere actively engaged in spreading the Gospel in England. John Squires and his family emigrated(immigrated) to Utah […]

  • Echo Lovina Squires

    (Born in Echo Canyon 80 miles short of Salt Lake, youngest survivor of Martin Handcart Co.)Echo Lovina was born November 27, 1856 at Echo Summit along the pioneer trail just two days prior to entering the Salt LakeValley She was the youngest survivor of the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company just 80 miles shy of the […]

  • Reuben Kirkham

    (Famous artist, painter and photographer)A Mormon convert, Reuben Kirkham was born in Spaulding, England in October 1844 and emigrated with his parents in 1849(they weren’t members of the LDS faith). He came into the valley in 1868 settling in Salt Lake City. He was trained as a housepainter, but enjoyed finer arts. At first he […]

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