Cyrus Edgar Rawson & Nellie Mae Brown Rawson By: Belva Rawson Moyle
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Cyrus Edgar Rawson, my grandfather, was born on August 26, 1870 in Ogden, Utah. He was the oldest of 8 children – 6 boys and 2 girls. They spent their childhood in Kanesville, Utah. Grandpa was of good pioneer stock. His father, Cyrus Rawson was the son of Horace Strong Rawson and Elizabeth Coffin who came west with the Pioneers and were church and civic leaders. Grandpa’s mother, Mary Lucy Dixon, must have been a lovely lady from what little I can find out about her. She had been raised in a good home. Her parents were converts to the church. Her father, William Wilkinson Dixon, joined the church in New York when he was 21 years old. Her mother Sabra Lake, living in Canada with her parents, was contacted by Brigham Young when he was a missionary there and the whole family joined. They moved to Kirtland, Ohio where they assisted in the building of the Kirtland Temple. From there they moved to Nauvoo, and assisted with the building of the Nauvoo Temple. Mary Lucy was born in Missouri as the Westward trip was being made.
When grandpa was just 12 years old his mother died in childbirth leaving him and 6 younger brothers and sisters. His father remarried the following year and in time he had 7 half-brothers and sisters. (His father married sisters)
Nellie Mae Brown, my grandmother, was born October 28, 1880 in Huntsville, Utah. She was the 5th child of 12, having 9 girls and 3 boys in the family. Her father, James Harvey Brown, was the son of Captain James Brown who was one of the founders of Ogden City and Captain of Company c of the Mormon Battalion. Ogden was first called Brownsville in 1848 and later the name was changed to Ogden. James Harvey Brown was born in Winter Quarters to the Captain and Sarah Steadwell. He was their only child; however, Captain Brown had several wives so James Harvey had numerous brothers and sisters. Grandma’s mother, Elizabeth Leah Williams, was born in Wales. She said her mother was short, had dark eyes and her father James Harvey Brown, had dark curly hair, heavy build, and worked in a blacksmith shop.
Grandma spent her early years in Huntsville, attending school there and when about 15 she lived with Aunt Lizzy in Ogden and attended Grant School. When she was 19 or 20 she moved to Ogden with Aunt Rachel (her sister) and worked doing house work. She earned $3.00 a week.
It was during this time that she met Grandpa Rawson. One Sunday afternoon she went to visit her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Dan Rawson, in Ogden. Cyrus a handsome young man about 29 years, was there also visiting as Dan was his cousin. Grandma said, “We liked each other right off.” Two years later they were married. She was 21 and he 31 years of age.
They took the train to Salt Lake to be married in the Temple by John R Wendel and upon their return they lived in 5 Points for a short time and then to Warren. Harvey and Parley were born there. Fifteen days before Frank was born in 1912 they moved to their own home and farm about two miles from the “Marriott Place”. Ina Mae, their only daughter, was born in their new home. Grandpa died at his home in Plain City on October 18, 1939 after suffering a stroke. His funeral was held in the Plain City Church and he was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. He was 69 when he died.
Grandma stayed with Aunt Rachel awhile, and then in 1939 she moved to a home on Grant Ave with daughter Ina and her husband. From there she moved to a duplex on 24th Street and lived alone. She worked at the Deseret Industries and the Ogden Arsenal, then back to the Deseret Industries. She saved enough money to build a home at 181-40th Street, across the street from Ina, and moved in about 1947.
Grandma was a very independent person and although she loved her children and wanted to visit them, when night came she wanted to be home. In the summer of1960 she suffered a severe heart attack and was taken to the hospital. When the time came that she could leave the hospital, but must have some nursing care, she decided she would like to spend the winter at the New Chronic Hospital in Roy. She seemed to enjoy the other ladies at the hospital and she could have the care she needed and her family wasn’t trained to give her. She was able once again to attend church meetings at the hospital and she seemed to enjoy this.
It was while at the Hospital in Roy that grandma passed away on November 22, 1960, at the age of 80.
Grandma had had a full life, she had accomplished many things.
At the time of her death Grandma had 3 living children, Harvey having died on December 4, 1938, 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.