John Kirton and
Elizabeth Jane Mason
John Kirton, was born in 1863 in Westmoor, England to John and Grace Barrass Kirton. He married Elizabeth Jane Mason on 20 September 1884 in England. They are the parents of six children. The family joined the church through the efforts of Elizabeth Jane. One evening she heard singing and talking in the apartment below hers. Curious to know what was transpiring, she had her pail ready later that night so that she could fetch water at the community pump at the same time that her neighbor did. Upon learning that Mormon missionaries were holding cottage meetings downstairs, she readily accepted her neighbor’s invitation to join them. She read the Book of Mormon and gained a testimony of its truth. When she asked her husband John Kirton, “a man of few words,” if he had any objections to her baptism, he said, “No, but while you’re about it, make arrangements for my baptism, too. They joined the Mormon Church in 1890. When her mother (Hannah Gardner Armstrong) learned what Elizabeth had done, she was shocked and infuriated and ordered her out of the house with instructions never to darken her door again. She had heard terrible stories about the Mormons and Brigham Young and polygamy, and thought her daughter had surely gone
astray. But the rift didn’t last, and it wasn’t long before mother and daughter were reconciled. At her daughter’s request Hannah read the Book of Mormon. Initially unimpressed, she read it again but this time she followed Moroni’s admonition to pray about it with a sincere heart. She could scarcely believe it was the same book. “If the book had been taken from my house, I would have believed this was a different book.” Convinced that it was true, she asked for baptism, and eventually all of her children were also baptized. Elizabeth’s John William Mason was never baptized although the missionaries were always welcome in his home. He was a large man, almost 300 pounds, and he joked that the elders wouldn’t be able to handle him in the water. Prior to his demise, he asked to have his temple work done for
him following his passing. John and Elizabeth’s home was open to the missionaries at all times, feeding and lodging them without charge. John left England in 1891 and came to America to work and get enough money to send for his family, who came one year later. He was a coal miner and worked in a number of mines in Utah and Wyoming. The last place he worked was in Scofield, UT where he was killed in the great mine explosion that killed two hundred men on May 1, 1900. John Kirton was the first man brought to the surface. He was still alive, but presented a terrible sight. His scalp was burned to a cinder and his face was almost unrecognizable. In his horrible pain, he cried out to his companions, begging them to end his misery by taking his life. He passes away soon after. John was 37 years old when he died leaving his wife with five children the youngest was 14 years. After the death of her husband Elizabeth moved to Lehi, Utah where she raised her children. She took in sewing and went from door to door selling scissors and household goods. The children all helped
as they grew old enough. Elizabeth’s life was a struggle but she loved the gospel and never regretted coming to America. She loved the scriptures and spoke in sacrament meetings several times. She was reserved in nature, about 5’6” tall and weighed 135 pounds. Her hair was light brown and she had brown eyes. She sang solos and also sang in church choirs. She had many friends. She died in December 1919 in Salt Lake City. She was 54 years old. The couple are buried in Lehi, Utah.
Joseph Mason Kirton was born in 1893 in Coalville, UT. He was a hard worker and fairly strict man. Joseph’s father John Kirton,
had migrated from England and died in a mining accident in Scofield, Utah when Joseph was still a young man. As a result,
Joseph grew up with a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. In turn, he taught his children the importance of dedication and
hard work. He and his younger brothers joined the army in WWI and were sent to training, but the war ended before they were
sent to the front.
Joseph Kirton worked laying steel for the Ogden Iron and Bridge company and later was a boilermaker for the Union Pacific
railroad at the Midvale smelter. He didn’t have the opportunity to get any formal training in engineering or design, but traveling
around he would sketch some of the buildings that he passed along the way. He studied the
structures and supports and in that way he learned how to design and build. Part of his job
was in metalwork. One day a sharp metal spark flew off a grinder into his eye which had to
be removed. He spent the rest of his life with a glass eye.
Fearing that with the disability he wouldn’t be able to keep his job the family decided to buy
a little farm out in Draper in about 1934 where they could get along if he couldn’t go back to
work. Thankfully he was able to continue working for the railroad and had a really good job, which provided the family with
just about everything they needed even through the Depression. He raised chickens on his farm and sold vegetables to the
neighbors and eggs to the Draper egg co-op. The children helped to collect and clean the eggs.
During World War II Joseph would leave the house at 6am and work almost two shifts before returning home because it was
such a busy time for the railroad. Joseph was a heavy smoker and wasn’t very active in religion until the last few years of his life.
After his wife died he spent about 10 years on his own, quit smoking and eventually became a temple worker at the Salt Lake
Temple. By the time of his death he had completed the endowment work for hundreds of people. He kept a record of the names
on slips of paper that he dropped into a mason jar in his home. He died in 1972 at his home in Draper, Utah.
Audrey was born in 1892 in the Netherlands. She was a beautiful woman and had a good education. She had studied to
become a teacher before her family converted to the church in 1910 and migrated from Holland to Cardston, Canada in about
1914 since it was easier to get into Canada than the U.S. at the time of WWI. Johannes sailed on the ship “Tunisian” in 1913 to
prepare a way for the family. Audrey’s brother Gerrit sailed alone a year later on the “Victorian” in 1914. Adriana, her mother
Gerritje, and her younger brother Johann came on another ship later that same year. Her older sister Johanna was engaged
at the time and decided to stay in Holland. The voyage was mostly uneventful; however, their ship was detained for a short
time by a German U-boat looking for ammunition and weapons. When none were found, the ship was allowed to continue.
While in Cardston they helped financing the Cardston Temple. The family later moved to Vancouver and then Utah in 1920.
When Joseph came into her life she was in a medical program studying to become a midwife (she was so stressed by the
first live birth she attended that she decided it wasn’t for her and never did it again). Audrey was working at a candy factory
wrapping chocolates with Joseph’s cousin Elizabeth when they were introduced. They were married on October 22, 1922.
Audrey was a meticulous housekeeper and a very proper woman; she brought many of her Dutch
traditions with her. She was well educated and sometimes had a hard time with some of her less
educated farmer neighbors in Draper. Because of her views she didn’t participate much in the
community, or attend church even though she had a testimony of the gospel. She did bring religion
into the house as she often read the bible, and she would always listen to the gospel programs on
the radio. Audrey loved her new country America, and
believed that her children should be good Americans.
She didn’t speak Dutch unless she was talking to her
brothers on their occasional visits. She also didn’t
carry over many of her old country traditions, but
occasionally make traditional treats.
Audrey was a good cook and her specialties were
divinity candy, sponge cakes, angel food cakes and
pies. During WWII, neighbors would sometimes use
their food stamps and rations to purchase flour and
sugar, and then bring supplies to her so that she could
make them a special cake or pie. Thanksgiving dinners were always memorable with a fresh turkey, homemade
stuffing, vegetables from the garden, cauliflower with white sauce, and dewberry and mince-meat pies.
She was also very artistic and could draw and paint well. She knitted well and made clothing and blankets and
tatted lace doilys. At Christmas time, she would finger-paint a beautiful winter scene on the window in her living
room. Before her kids were born she worked with another woman making china sets in a shop, and after a break
when her kids were older she would ship in find porcelain and china green ware from Germany and then paint and
fire it in a kiln in her back yard. Many people were recipients of her work, some were winners of the evening card
games that were played at her home. She passed away in July of 1965.
Marie was born March 12, 1946 in Salt LakeCity, Utah to David R. Garrett and F. Vera Chisholm.
She has an older sister Verae. Her father died when she was only 1-year from heart complications.
Her mother remarried James R. Hardman who had three children from his first wife: Jim, Neil and
Shirley and together they had a son Arland, her half-brother.
Marie grew up in the Salt Lake valley and attended Granite high school where she was a member
of the Latin club and learned to play cello in the orchestra. She was a straight A student and had a
great love of music, learning to play the piano very well. She originally taught herself to play and
then later would clean homes, iron laundry and babysit for the neighbors to earn money to take
lessons from a lady in her ward.
Her step-father Ralph worked for Kennecott Copper and so when there was a strike or delay in
production he would take the family and drive out to California to visit his sister-in-law and do some sight seeing. They would visit Knott’s Berry Farm, and one time
went north to see the redwoods. He would stay in contact with the other employees and when he heard the strike was ending they’d head back home.
After graduation she went to Brigham Young University with the intention of becoming a nurse. She was in the program for 3 years and during her second year she
served as president of Whitney Hall and her third year she was vice president of all of the Heritage Halls, which kept her busy managing both school and her social
life and responsibilities. After three years she decided to try something different and went to cosmetology school where she graduated a couple of years later with
a 98% on her state boards.
She met John Kirton at a local hall during one of the weekend dances and they found that they shared a mutual love of dancing. She got married in 1969 when she
was 22. She had 6 children while also working to provide for her family. She sold Tupperware at parties when her kids were younger as well as working as a beautician on people’s hair. She loved to sew and made many of her children’s clothes as they were growing up. The girls were in dance and she would make their costumes. She even made jeans including decorated pockets, until her kids got old enough to insist on designer brands.
As her kids got older she went to work as a file clerk and was later trained as a personal injury
and bankruptcy secretary for the law firm Rulon T. Burton and Associates. She also worked as
an office manager at Allan Communications arranging travel schedules. During that time the
company paid for her to visit New York and she had a fun chance to see the city and a Broadway play. Her children often said that she was the hardest working person they knew and she
worked very hard to support her family. After her divorce from John she married Brent Landvatter in 1997 and worked with him as his office manager. The relationship lasted about 7 years.
After that marriage ended she started working as a piano teacher, traveling around the valley
to teach in the homes of her students. She also served as a temple worker at the Jordan River
Temple and as pianist and choir director in her ward. She has a strong testimony of the gospel.
She helped care for her daughter Kollette and her grandson Joshua the last few months of her
life as she struggled with cancer. Shortly after her daughter’s passing she met Ed Moss and they
married in October 2019. As of this publication she is still living in her home in South Jordan.