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We are proud to Serve outstanding CREEKERS.
(First Mother of the Stuart Line – U.K., Scotland & Wales Royal Families)
Marjorie Bruce or Marjorie de Brus (1296 – 2 March 1316) the eldest Daughter of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots by his first love and Wife, Isabella of Mar, and the Founder of the Stewart Dynasty. Our Grandmother & SAINT Marjorie’s marriage to Walter, High Steward of Scotland gave rise to the House of Stewart. Their son was the First Stewart Monarch, King Robert II of Scotland. Her Mother, and our Great Grandmother Isabella, a nineteen-year-old noblewoman from the Clan Mar, who died soon after giving birth to Marjorie. Her Father was then the Earl of Carrick. Marjorie was named after her Father’s Mother, Marjorie, Countess of Carrick. According to LEGEND, Grandmother & SAINT Marjorie’s parents had been very much in love. GRANDFATHER Robert the Bruce did not remarry until Marjorie was six years after a long story best told in the NETFLIX BLOCKBUSTER “THE OUTLAW KING”.
In 1302, a Courtier named Elizabeth de Burgh became her Stepmother. On 27 March 1306, her father was crowned King of Scots at Scone, Perthshire, and Marjorie, then nine years old, became a Princess of Scotland. Three months after her father’s coronation, in June, 1306, her father was defeated at the Battle of Methven. He sent his female relatives (his wife, two sisters and Marjorie) north with his supporter the Countess of Buchan, but by the end of June the band of Bruce women were captured and betrayed to the English by the Earl of Ross. As punishment, Edward I sent his hostages to different places in England. Princess Marjorie went to the convent at Watton; her aunt Christina Bruce was sent to
another convent; Queen Elizabeth was placed under house arrest at a manor house in Yorkshire (because Edward I needed the support of her father, the powerful Earl of Ulster, her punishment was lighter than the others’); and Marjorie’s aunt Mary Bruce and the Countess of Buchan were imprisoned in wooden cages, exposed to public view, Mary’s cage at Roxburgh Castle and Countess Isabella’s at Berwick Castle. For the next four years, Marjorie, Elizabeth, Christina, Mary and Isabella endured solitary confinement, with daily public humiliation for the latter two. A cage was built for Marjorie at the Tower of London, but Edward I reconsidered and
instead sent her to the convent. Christopher Seton, Christina’s husband, was executed. Edward I died on 7 July 1307. He was succeeded by his son, Edward II, who subsequently held Marjorie captive in a convent for about seven more years. She was finally set free around 1314, possibly in exchange for English noblemen captured after the Battle of Bannockburn. Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland distinguished himself in the battle and was rewarded the hand of the adolescent princess. Her dowry included the Barony of Bathgate in West Lothian. The original site of Bathgate Castle, which was part of the dowry, can be found on the grounds of Bathgate Golf Club. The site is protected by the Historic Scotland organization and the Club is debarred from carrying out any excavation work on the site without prior permission. Every year on the first Saturday of June, the town of Bathgate celebrates the marriage of Marjorie and Walter in their annual historical pageant, just before the town’s procession and Newland festival. Local school children are given the parts of Marjorie, Walter and other members of the court. After the pageant, everyone joins the procession along with Robert the Bruce on horseback.
Two years later, on 2 March 1316, Marjorie was riding in Gallowhill, Paisley, Renfrewshire while heavily pregnant. Her horse was suddenly startled and threw her to
the ground at a place called “The Knock.” She went into premature labor and delivered the child at Paisley Abbey, surviving the birth by a few hours at most. She
was nineteen at the time of her death, like her mother, who was also nineteen years old when she died in childbirth. At the junction of Renfrew Road and Dundonald
Road in Paisley, a cairn marks the spot near to where Marjorie reputedly fell from her horse. While the reputed place of her death is now referred to as Knockhill Road,
with nearby roads of Bruce Way, and Marjorie Drive named in her honour. She is buried at Paisley Abbey. Her son succeeded his childless uncle David II of Scotland in 1371 as King Robert II. Her descendants include the House of Stuart and all their successors on the throne of Scotland, England and the United Kingdom.
(King and liberator of Wales)
Robert the Bruce, named Robert VIII de Bruce, was born July 11, 1274 in Cardross, Scotland. He became
king of Scotland (1306–29), and freed Scotland from English rule, winning the decisive Battle and ultimately confirming Scottish independence. The Bruce family line had come to Scotland in the early 12th century
and was related by marriage to the existing Scottish royal family. Hence Robert’s grandfather claimed the
throne when it was left vacant in 1290. The English king Edward I claimed feudal superiority over the Scots
and awarded the crown to John de Balliol instead starting a battle for independence.
He appears among the leading supporters of the Scottish rebel William Wallace, and in the beginning, there
was nothing to suggest that he was soon to become the Scottish leader in a war of independence against
Edward’s attempt to govern Scotland directly. After the murder of the nephew of John de Balliol, John
“the Red” Comyn a possible contender for the throne, by either by Bruce or his followers, Bruce hastened to
Scone and was crowned on March 25. Newly crowned, Bruces position was very difficult. Edward I, whose
garrisons held many of the important castles in Scotland, regarded him as a traitor and made every effort
to crush a movement that he treated as a rebellion.
King Robert was twice defeated in the following battles of 1306. His wife and many of his supporters were
captured, and three of his brothers executed. Robert himself became a fugitive, hiding on the remote
island of Rathlin off the north Irish coast. It was during this period, with his fortunes at low ebb, that he is
supposed to have derived hope and patience from watching a spider perseveringly weaving its web. In
February 1307 he returned to Scotland. His main supporter at first was his only surviving brother, Edward,
but in the next few years he attracted a number of others and in 1313 captured Perth, which had been in the hands of an English garrison.
During these years the king was helped by the support of some of the leading Scottish churchmen and also by the death of Edward I in 1307 and the ineptness of his
successor, Edward II. The test came in 1314 when a large English army attempted to relieve the garrison of Stirling. The Scottish defeat of the English at Bannockburn
on June 24 marked the triumph of Robert I. Almost the whole of the rest of his reign passed before he forced the English government to recognize his position.
Robert’s main energies in the years after 1314, were devoted to settling the affairs of his kingdom. Robert I also had to restart the processes of royal government, for
administration had been more or less in abeyance since 1296. Robert’s wife Elisabeth de Bergh gave birth of the future king David II in 1324. Four years later Edward
III’s regency government decided to make peace by the Treaty of Northampton (1328) on terms that included the recognition of Robert I’s title as King of Scots and
the abandonment of all English claims to overlordship.
By the end of the reign the system of exchequer audits was again functioning, and to this period belongs the earliest surviving roll of the register of the great seal.
In the last years of his life, Robert I suffered from ill health and spent most of this time at Cardross, Dumbartonshire, where he died, possibly of leprosy. His body was
buried in Dunfermline Abbey, but the heart was removed on his instructions and taken by Sir James Douglas on crusade in Spain. Douglas was killed, but it appears
that the heart was recovered and brought back for burial, as the king had intended, at Melrose Abbey.
In 1921 a cone-shaped casket containing a heart was uncovered during excavations at the abbey, reburied at that time, and reexcavated in 1996. (Heart burial was
relatively common among royalty and the aristocracy, however, and there is no specific evidence that this casket is the king’s.) In later times Robert I came to be
revered as one of the heroes of Scottish national sentiment and legend.
His known line includes many kings and and princesses of Scotland back to before 1000 AD.
(Early founder of New York, gave birth to the first European baby in the colony)
Catalyntje Jeronimus Trico was born in about 1605 in Prisches, Nord, France. She was among the very first
settlers in the Dutch colony in America and credited as being the first white woman to give birth in the
colony. As well as becoming the matriarch for a large family, she was there at the beginning of the city
that would become New York. She was 18 years-old and alone when she met a man named Joris Jansen
Rapalje, who had signed up to go to America. She married him on January 21, 1624, and just four days later
they boarded a ship, the Eendrecht, which was the first one to carry settlers to the Dutch colony. Only a
handful of other women were on board. The ship took Catalyntje and the others to Fort Orange, which is
present-day Albany. There her husband worked for the Dutch West India Company while they both tried to
build a homestead.
On June 9, 1625, Catalyntje gave birth to a baby girl called Sarah; this was the first European to be born in
the colony. Besides Sarah, Joris and Catalyntje would have 10 more children. In 1626, the settlers at Fort Orange were ordered to move south to populate the island of Manhattan, which new leader Peter Minuit had
just secured in his infamous deal with the Indians. The Rapaljes acquired a lot and built two houses, among
the first dwellings in the settlement. Joris was an innkeeper at this residence and Catalyntje kept records for
him (Joris was illiterate as shown by the fact that he always signed with a mark).
In 1637, Joris bought land across the water in what is now the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Joris died in 1662, leaving Catalyntje a widow. One man who met her when she was 74 years-old said that she lived alone in her
own home near her large family, and tended her small garden. She was “worldly minded…living with her
whole heart, as well as body, among her progeny…” Catalyntje lived so long that she became one of the
last people alive who could remember certain events. She was called upon in her old age to file a deposition, which she did on Feb 14, 1685 to Governor Thomas Lent.
On Oct 17, 1688, she also filed the following deposition: “Catelyn Trico aged about 83 years born in Pris doth Testify and declare that in ye year 1623 she came into
this Country wth a Ship called ye Unity wherein was Commander Arien Jorise belonging to ye West India Company being ye first Ship yt came here for ye sd Company; as soon as they came to Mannatans now called N: York they sent Two families & six men to Harford River & Two families & 8 men to Delaware River and 8 men they
left att N: Yorke to take Possession and ye Rest of ye Passengers went wth ye Ship up as farr as Albany which they then called fort Orangie. “When as ye Ship came
as far as Sopus which is ½ way to Albanie; they lightned ye Ship wth some boats yt were left there by ye Dutch that had been there ye year before a tradeing wth ye
Indians upont there oune accompts & gone back again to Holland & so brought ye vessel up; there were about 18 families aboard who settled themselves att Albany
& made a small fort; and as soon as they had built themselves some hutts of Bark: “ye Mahikanders or River Indians, ye Maquase: Oneydes: Onnondages Cayougas. &
Sinnekes, wth ye Mahawawa or Ottawawaes Indians came & made Covenants of friendship wth ye sd Arien Jorise there Commander Bringing him great Presents of
Bever or oyr Peltry & desyred that they might come & have a Constant free Trade with them wch was concluded upon & ye sd nations came dayly with great multidus
of Bever & traded them wth ye Christians, there sd Commanr Arien Jorise staid with them all winter and sent his sonne home with ye ship; ye sd Deponent lived in
Albany three years all which time ye sd Indians were all as quiet as Lambs & came & Traded with all ye freedom Imaginable, in ye year 1626 ye Deponent came from
Albany & settled at N: Yorke where she lived afterwards for many years and then came to Long Island where she now lives. “The sd Catelyn Trico made oath of ye sd
Deposition before me at her house on Long Island in ye Wale Bought this 17th day of October 1688. WILLIAM MORRIS Justice of ye pece’11”
Catalyntje died Sept. 11, 1689 in Wallabout, New York about the age of 84. She was buried in the Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church cemetery. She had a large family,
and there were as many as 150 descendants living at the time of her death; it is said that today there are over one million descendants.
(Early settler of New York / Manhattan)
Joris Rapelje and Catalina Trico were married 21 January 1624, at the
Walloon Church of Amsterdam. Rapelje, an illiterate 19-year-old textile worker
whose origin was noted in the registry as ‘Valencenne’ (Valenciennes, Spanish Netherlands), and his 18-year-bride, had no family present to witness the
ceremony. Four days later, on 25 January, the couple departed from Amsterdam,
bound for North America. They were traveling aboard the first ships to bring
immigrants and workers to New Netherland.
The Rapalje family were first employed at Fort Orange, in what would eventually
become Albany, New York. Fort Orange was being erected by the Dutch West India Company as a trading post on the west bank of the Hudson River. It became
the company’s official outpost in the upper Hudson Valley. The families aboard
these ships were principally Walloons, French-speaking residents of Valenciennes
, Roubaix, Hainaut and related sites, now in Belgium’s province of Wallonia and
France’s region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, but then part of the SpanishNetherlands.
By 1626, Dutch authorities had relocated most settlers from Fort Orange to Fort Amsterdam at the southern end of
Manhattan Island. The Rapeljes established a residence near the East River, and were among the earliest purchasers of
land in Manhattan, later building two houses on Pearl Street near the Fort. In 1637, Rapalje purchased about 335 acres
(1.36 km2 ) around Wallabout Bay in what is now Brooklyn. His son-in-law Hans Hansen Bergen acquired a large tract
adjoining Rapelje’s tract. Today the land where the Rapalje’s farm stood is the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In 1641, Rapalje was
one of the Council of Twelve Men representing Manhattan, Breukelen and Pavonia. From 1655 through 1660, he was a
magistrate of Brooklyn. He died in Breuckelen, New Netherland.
Joris Jansen Rapelje and Catalina Trico were the parents of 11 children, including Sarah Rapelje, the first child of
European parentage born in New Netherland. Sarah Rapelje’s chair is in the collection of the Museum of the City
of New York, and is thought to have been brought to New Netherland by the family.
Their daughter Annetje married Martin Ryerson; they had many children including Cathalyntie who married Paulus
Vanderbeek, Grandson of Master Paulus Vanderbeeck, a DWIC ship surgeon and Brooklyn’s first resident doctor (who
was also recorded in 1645 court records as having knocked Catalina Trico to the ground).
Their daughter Jannetje married another Vanderbeek; Rem Jansen Vanderbeek, whose descendants took the name
Remsen and who became a leading New York mercantile family. The Kirton family is descended from their fourth
daughter Judith and husband Peter Nest. Because of the number of their descendants, author Russell Shorto has
called Joris Jansen and his wife Catalina “the Adam and Eve“ of New Netherland as the number of their descendants
has been estimated at about a million. Brooklyn’s Rapelye Street is named for the family.
Another family descendant, Capt. Daniel Rapelje, founded the settlement which became St. Thomas, Ontario.
(Early member of the church, scout with the first pioneer group to enter the Salt Lake valley,
first settler of Draper, UT)
Born on December 22, 1815, in Redstone, Pennsylvania. When Perry was a young boy, John, moved his family to Ohio,
which at that time was a dense forest. As a child, Perry was trained by his parents in values mostly from the Bible. At that
time Ohio was considered as part of the far west, and the opportunities for learning the Three R’s were extremely limited so
he never received a formal education, and throughout his life he loved the scriptures, but couldn’t read them and typically
signed documents with an X.
In 1839 Perry married Mary Ann Cosat and they moved to Illinois. In December, 1842, in the midst of the hatred and persecution of the Mormons, Perry and Mary Ann received the gospel and were both baptized as members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He later received his Endowment in the Nauvoo Temple and was part of the Nauvoo Legion.
It was a hard time for the Saints, but Perry remained faithful and in 1846, he received the Melchizedek Priesthood and was
ordained an Elder. Perry was among 20,000 saints who were dispossessed of their homes in Nauvoo and moved north
and west about 400 miles across Iowa to Winter Quarters. There he remained until the following spring of 1847. That year
Brigham Young selected 31-year old Perry Fitzgerald to be part of the original scouting group to the West. Perry was there as William Clayton penned the immortal
song of hope, Come, Come Ye Saints. As he followed the North Platte River westward, he would watch for pebbles which were curious and he collected them and
kept them in a tiny silver box. He assisted Brigham Young raising the flag on Ensign Peak and entered the valley with the first scouting group on July 22, 1847. After
only a few weeks in the valley, he was asked by Brigham Young to return east to gather family and bring them out to the new Church headquarters in the Salt Lake
Valley. His family arrived on September 26, 1847. They had little time to rest from their difficult journey as they needed to prepare for winter immediately. It has
been recorded that Perry Fitzgerald performed willingly every task asked of him in helping to build up this initial settlement of Salt Lake.
After a hard birth with her 5th child, Mary Ann became weaker and died in Millcreek leaving Perry with his 3 young sons. Later that year the family moved to Willow
Creek (now Draper, Utah) and Perry married Ann Wilson, 39, a convert from England. He built a large 3 room log cabin along the creek that had an upper story or
loft. When a terrific storm came and flooded the area, he moved the cabin a few rods north. It later served as Perry’s barn and stood for over 125 years. In 1995 it was
carefully dismantled rebuilt at the Draper Pioneer Park. He built a new brick home, the first built south of 6400 South, that is currently listed on the Utah register of
historic sites. He and Ann started the second Sunday School in Utah in the Draper ward.
In 1852 a young convert from Manchester, England, Agnes Wadsworth came to Draper. She became a nanny and housekeeper in the Fitzgerald home. Agnes loved
and cared for the children. Perry married her as his second wife on March 21, 1853. Perry was particularly fond of excellent horses and always drove a fine team. One
day, while attending conference and conducting business in Salt Lake, President Brigham Young saw Perry’s team and asked Perry to sell his team. Perry then asked
the question, “Is it for you, or for the church?” to which Brigham Young replied, “Well, what’s the difference? Then Perry reportedly stated, “If it’s for you, they are not
for sale. But if it’s for the Church, then I will consider it. Apparently Perry kept his team. Perry was known as a scrupulously honest man whose word was his bond.
Among the many visitors received in the new Fitzgerald home was the colorful and much feared Orrin Porter Rockwell. Perry’s daughter, Fedora Margaret, recorded
in 1948, that when Porter came to their house, he would come up to the doorway and stand and carefully survey the room into which he was entering and then
would sit in a corner and watch intently. She said that he had the sharp eyes of a hawk. One time Perry helped Porter escape capture by a posse.
Perry’s family and farm increased. He homesteaded and claimed land and was a farmer and raised sheep and cattle. He was sought out for advice, as he was considered a man of experience and success, and was a source of inspiration and knowledge to others. He died at home in 1889 at the age of 74. Fun note. The Fitzgerald/
Hacker/Turner/Grier line eventually connects to a long line of Scottish Royalty including King Robert the Bruce, of Scotland. His wife’s Cosat line goes back to multiple
first settlers of the Dutch West India colony New Netherland (Manhattan/New York area). The founders stories are listed here, but there are many more online.
(Early Welsh convert, founder and director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
John Parry was born in the village of Newmarket, North Wales in 1789. He was gifted as a poet and musician
and had the chance to perform for the Prince of Wales. He was also a lay preacher of the Church of England.
On investigating the Baptist faith he though its teaching on baptism was more correct than the sprinkling of
infants, so he left the old faith and became a Baptist, many following him. Later, he joined the Campbellites
or Apostles Church. When he heard of the restored gospel he though it was too good to be true and warned
his sons against it, but after a thorough and prayerful investigation he was convinced of its truth and was
baptized along with his wife Mary Williams in 1846. They were influential in building the Church in Wales.
Before immigrating, John, accompanied by his daughter, Sarah, also a beautiful singer, sang and preached
throughout the country around about his village home.
Deciding to join their brothers and sisters in America, the Parry’s and about 100 Welsh Saints sailed from
Liverpool, England in 1849, aboard the Buena Vista. Arriving successfully in America, the group traveled on
to Iowa in the George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company. Mary Parry died of cholera the same day the party
arrived at Council Bluffs, Iowa. John accompanied his son Caleb and daughter-in-law Catherine to Utah.
John on arriving in Zion in 1849 with a large group of saints took city lot of 1 1/4 acres on the North West corner
of South Temple and Fifth West Street, where he planted a small orchard and grew garden stuff of all kinds, also
sugar beets and sugar cane. He was in ill health after his arrival in Utah so he wasn’t able to work in his trade as
a stone mason as much as he wanted, but he was able to assist some in the building of the Salt Lake and Logan Temples.
At general conference in 1849, John directed 85 Welsh converts in several musical numbers. President Brigham Young commented, “Now I know what angels
sound like.” Shortly thereafter John was asked by President Brigham Young to form a choir with his singing group as the core. The new choir evolved into what
is now known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and John Parry was the first director. “John Parry is a crucial key to the history of our great Tabernacle Choir,” said
Brother Fox. “He was a gifted vocalist and music director.”
As the years passed, John was called to be a high councilor in Salt Lake in 1851 and helped build the wall around the Salt Lake Temple. He married Patty Bartlett
Sessions in 1851 and during the next two years married Grace Ann Williams, a sister of his deceased wife Mary, and Harriet Parry, one of his first cousins. John Parry
was the father of 12 children, the last of whom was born when he was 73. John Parry continued his leadership until 1854, when he was called on a mission to Great
Britain. John Parry died in 1868 in Salt Lake City.
His testimony: “…there have never been on the earth more than two Churches; one of God and one of the devil,… please know that the Saints are the Church of the
living God, and the only sanctuary under all the heavens; and despite the world and all its sectarian servants, Mormonism will prosper until all the world will be
under its leadership… in spite of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph, in spite of the persecution and the killing of the Saints, Mormonism will stand like eternal
columns, and it would be easier for you to keep the sun from shining than to extinguish Mormonism or to cause it to fall. Whatever you think, so it will be; it shall
stand when the elements melt from intense heat, and when the heavens are folded like a book. Jehovah is the Mormonism of this people, their Priesthood, and their
power, and everything which belongs to him shall come up in the appointed day, and shall stand before the eternal King, and shall receive the crown of life.”
(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 to
missionaries in the area lead by Elder Dan Jones about two years after her parents and brothers. John didn’t join until he reached Utah in 1870 later when he
was healed by the power of the priesthood and had that witness of it’s truth, “At Newmarket, John Williams, my sister’s (Mary’s) husband, had the lower part of his
mouth and most of his chin eaten away by cancer. After he tried everything in the power of man to be healed, he was finally persuaded to appeal to the Elders to
administer to him. He requested my sister to ask me and others to do so, which we did. We administered to him twice, and shortly he was healed, and got a new
part of his mouth and chin. “
In 1856 the family John 40, Mary 42, Elizabeth age 18, Sarah age 16, Anne age 14, and Jane age 12 to America on the ship Sanders Curling sailing for Boston on the
18th of April, with 707 souls of the Saints on board, under the presidency of Elders Dan Jones, John Oakley, and David Grant. In the company were a goodly number
of elders, who have for some time been laboring in the ministry in this country. President Dan Jones has, during his mission in Wales, succeeded in emigrating about
fourteen hundred of the Saints from the principality, of whom about 550 accompany him on the S. Curling. Mary’s father and some of her other siblings had already
traveled years before them.
As soon as the ship was fairly under way, the usual organizations were effected; several severe storms were encountered, and on several occasions the brethren
assembled for prayers and curbed the fury of the winds and waves by the power of the holy priesthood. During the passage six children died, and two were born.
On the twenty-third of May the Samuel Curling was towed to quarantine ground, at Boston. In a few hours the inspectors came on board welcomed by the spontaneous three cheers of seven hundred people, ‘and strange as it may seem,’ writes Elder Dan Jones, ‘called the names of all and passed them in less than one hour
and a half without any further complaint than that “I was taking all the handsome ladies to Utah.” The passengers were all remarkably clean, as well as the ship,
which commanded the admiration of all. In proof of the latter I would say, that I had made a wager with Captain Curling, upon leaving Liverpool, that the Lower
decks would be whiter than his cabin floors, and the quarantine doctor decided in my favor.’ On the twenty-fourth of May, President Jones contracted with the
railroad officials to take about four hundred of the passengers to Iowan City, for $11.00 per adult over 14 years old, children half price. The kind-hearted captain
allowed the passengers to remain on board the ship till Monday the 26th of May, when the journey was continued to Iowa City.
The family joined the Edward Bunker company – the third handcart company to set out. There were about 290 individuals, 58 handcarts and 3 wagons were in the
company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Iowa City, Iowa. 23 June 1856. This company left Florence, Nebraska on July 30 and arrived in the
Salt Lake Valley 2 October 1856. At the time Albert Sidney blockaded the only way to the Missouri river. Governor Cummings however, arrived with supplies for the
group. The first day on the trail they put up their tents, it began to thunder and lightning, and they had the most awful storm that they had ever witnessed. After we
got dry the following day, we started again and traveled hard. Our ration of food was half a pound of flour a day and a little tea and sugar, and a very little of anything
else. We had a hard task to stand the journey from Iowa City to Council Bluffs, a distance of about 300 miles.
Once they arrived John converted to the Church and the family moved to Millcreek, Utah. John later posthumously was sealed 26 July 1870 to Mary’s deceased
sisters Elizabeth Parry who died at the age of 10 in 1821 and to Sarah Parry who passed in 1846 at the age of 36. John died in 1891 in Millcreek, Utah. Mary died two
Sarah Ann Williams Fitzgerald was born in Flintshire, North Wales in 1840, the daughter of John and Mary Parry Williams, who
joined the church with her. In emigrating to America aboard the S. Curling, she was sick with fever the entire voyage, but through
faith and prayer passed the inspectors and came joyfully on to Council Bluffs, where her trek was westward with the hand cart
company began. The Edward Bunker Company, the third handcart company, arrived in Salt Lake City in October of 1856. While in
her native land, shortly after joining the Church, she witnessed the miraculous healing of her father from a cancer which had completely taken away his lower lip and part of his chin and tongue. Getting no relief from the doctors he applied to the Elders to administer to him. They did it twice and he was completely healed. This with other manifestations greatly strengthened her testimony.
Upon arriving in Utah, Perry Fitzgerald (who later became her father-in-law) took her into his home at Willow Creek now called Draper. On February 17, 1858,
she married John Fitzgerald his eldest son. They were married by Daniel Wells. At the time of the invasion of Johnston’s Army, she moved south to Payson with
the Fitzgerald family. She only stayed a short time, her husband remaining to guard the property and obey orders. During those days ingenuity and hard work
were required, but she was equal to the emergency. Her husband sheared the wool from the sheep and she washed, carded, spun, and wove it into cloth and
made clothes for her family. She raised a family of nine daughters and two sons. Hers was an eventful and useful life. She possessed nobility of character, sweetness
of disposition, firmness of purpose and with rare judgment, and discernment of right and wrong. She served her Church for forty years as a Relief Society worker.
Her life was a real conversion for eternal happiness. – Written by Laura F. Gardner 1933
(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 born
in Dansville, Vermillion County, Illinois, March 25, 1840. His father left him and his mother in Winter Quarters when he started west.
When John was a lad of seven years, he and his mother drove an ox team across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake Valley October
1, 1847. They resided in the fort at Salt Lake until 1848 then moved to Millcreek and later to Draper. During his stay at Millcreek he
was found a good friend his age, Robert Sweeten and they played around the Fort and mill site, where a monument has now been
erected to the memory of the Gardner’s, December 7, 1935.
After moving to Draper his mother died in 1851, leaving his two younger brothers, to look be looked after and cared for. John herded
cows on the surrounding country digging sego bulbs for subsistence. His father married Ann Wilson, a well educated woman from England, who started the first
Sunday School in Draper. John idolized this woman, for she came to the family in their hour of need and filled a mother’s place in his heart. John grew up doing what
was necessary and helping to rear his brothers until the age of 18 when he met Sarah Ann Williams. At the time of the invasion of Johnston’s Army, President Young
advised all young men and women who were of marriageable age to get married. He and Sarah Williams were married by Daniel Wells, February 18, 1858. He was
called to meet the army in Echo Canyon and retard their movement in the valley while his new wife and his father’s family moved south to safety.
He was called to serve a mission back to Illinois in 1876. He held many callings in the church, including Superintendent of Sunday School, and Ward Clerk to Bishop
Isaac Stewart and Bishop William C. Allen. In 1884, he was elected Justice of the Peace. He filled his religious and civic positions with devotion and accuracy. He was
loved by old and young alike. He was very charitable and kind to the poor and those in stressed circumstances. He reared a family of nine girls and two sons, and
provided for them with a fathers concern. He was a successful farmer and sheep man. He died February 18, 1892 at Draper, Utah.