Elizabeth Hooks

7 Apr 1830 - 24 Aug 1921


Elizabeth Hooks

7 Apr 1830 - 24 Aug 1921
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BIOGRAPHY OF SARAH ADAMS BITELY CONRAD Sarah Adams Bitely was the daughter of Peter Bitely and Elizabeth Maria Douglas. She was born in the State of Vermont on the 21st of February 1802. She was named after the mid-wife, Sarah Adams, who attended her mother. This woman had no children and asked that
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Elizabeth Hooks


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States

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Sarah was born in Vermont Elizabeth was born in Seneca, N.Y.


July 6, 2011


June 21, 2011

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BIOGRAPHY OF SARAH ADAMS BITELY CONRAD Sarah Adams Bitely was the daughter of Peter Bitely and Elizabeth Maria Douglas. She was born in the State of Vermont on the 21st of February 1802. She was named after the mid-wife, Sarah Adams, who attended her mother. This woman had no children and asked that the little girl be given her name, so she was given the name of Sarah Adams Bitely. Sarah Adams Bitely married Charles Ferdinand Conrad February 8, 1830, in the town of Seneca, Ontario County, New York. Their first child, John was born in Fayette , Seneca County, New York. He died when only two months old. The second child was a girl, Elizabeth, she was born in the town of Seneca, Ontario County, New York. A little later the family moved from New York to Brownstown, Wayne County, Michigan, where Mr. Conrad took up 80 acres of land, which was located on Mud Street going into Detroit. This was all new country, thickly timbered, and full of wild animals, especially deer, and bear. There were a few panthers and these animals with their peculiar cry were feared and many stories where told about them leading the settlers into the forest with their cries because it was thought that some child was lost. The trees had to be cut and burned so as to clear the land before it could be farmed. Among the other trees in this section of the country were hardwood trees such as the hickory, oak, end ash. Mr. Conrad leased a piece of his land on the north East Corner of his property for a school house. This school was used for many years. He was a prominent leader in his community and held the of office of Justice of the Peace at Trenton, Michigan. Nine children were born to Sarah Adams Bitely and Charles F. Conrad in Brownstown, Wayne County, Michigan. They were poor, but sturdy and loved the new country in spite of the hardships of pioneering. Many times they had only potatoes and salt to eat, sometimes they even lacked the salt to eat with the potatoes. Although Mr. Conrad was interested in his community he didn’t seem to take any of the responsibilities of his family, and many times the children went to school without shoes. Elizabeth wore her father’s old shoes when she had to go out in the snow on an errand. The snow sometimes piled up in drifts of three and four feet. It was so deep that it was possible to sleigh ride over the fences. Sarah Adams Bitely Conrad’s fourth child, William caused her a great deal of worry. He loved to hunt and whenever he found his father’s rifle in the house he would take it and go out hunting. When anyone asked where he was, his father would look in the corner where his rifle always stood and missing it would say "Bill's gone hunting, the rifle’s gone." One day he shot two large bucks, they had been fighting and had locked horns so that his one shot killed them both. Sarah Adams Bitely joined the church in 1843, immediately after hearing Elder M. Sirrine KNQK-QS3 preach the gospel. She and her daughter Elizabeth were interested from the first words of Elder Serrine. They accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gladly, joyously, without question as though it was just what they had long been waiting for, and their faith never wavered through the troubles and hardships they endured in coming west and pioneering another new country. Mr. Conrad joined the church with his wife. They desired to join the Saints in Illinois and left their home in Brownstown. They traveled as far as LaHarpe, Illinois, here they learned that the prophet Joseph Smith had been killed. This caused them to turn about and go back to Michigan. Some time later Sarah's husband left the church. In 1862 Sarah Adams Bitely came to Utah in the company of another lady who had joined the church. Before they got to Missouri they were sitting in the train when two drunken men knowing that they were Mormons began to annoy them. They marched against them when they walked up the aisle and laughed drunkenly. Sarah took her shawl pin, which was about three inches long, and fixed it so that the next time these men came walking along and fell against them this pin stuck into them. After a few stabs they went away and didn't bother them again. Sarah Adams Bitely located in Provo. Her first home was in a little log cabin, where the administration building now stands. In 1864 her sons Charlie, George, and Serrine, her brother-in-law Frederick S. Conrad, and her son-in-law James Hooks joined her in Utah. They had traveled across the plains with one wagon between them, and reached Salt Lake City in August 1864. In Oct. 1870 her daughter Elizabeth, who had married James Hooks came to Provo with her four children. They came all the way from Michigan to Salt Lake City by train. Her son Daniel Schotte Conrad went to Kansas, where he died in 1878, and William Thomas Conrad died in St. Louis. Miles Henry Conrad was killed by a shot through a window one night while he was sitting by his stove. A short time after Sarah Adams Bitely Conrad came to Utah she was sealed to George Brown, a blacksmith who lived across the road from her. Her son Charlie bought a lot on Third North and Second West, just a block north of the Woolen Mills, which was finished in 1821. The brick work was up when Elizabeth joined her mother in Provo, another story was built on in the spring of 1871. The mill race had to be built up so as to get enough power for the machinery to run by, and this caused water to seep over on Charlie's land and onto the land owned by Mrs. Dan Jones, this ruined their gardens and President Young bought this land from them. Charlie then bought property out on Eighth North and Seventh East where his wife is still living. He built a home here on this land a mile from any other residence and his mother lived there for two years with her son George. Charlie had married and was living on his father-in-law's farm down by the lake. Later he brought his wife out to his land and built a home west of his mother's about a block. When Sarah Adams Bitely began to fail in health she went to live with her daughter, Elizabeth Conrad Hooks, who was living just a short distance south, where her son and his family are still living. Sarah Adams Bitely died in her daughter's home on the 29th of December 1879. She was 77 years old at the time of her death. Biography written by Bertha Louise Hooks November 26, 1934 Provo, Utah (Great granddaughter of Sarah Adams Bitely)

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Deseret Elizabeth Hooks Meldrum By T.W. Meldrum 1955 (Taken from the David Meldrum Sr. Family Histories book p. 31-22) Deseret Elizabeth Hooks was the 2nd child and daughter of James Hooks and Elizabeth Conrad, and was born October 15, 1854 at Brownstown, Wayne Co., Michigan. One hundred years ago 1854, Michigan was frontier country, but the people were pushing always westward, making farms, clearing timber and seeking a livelihood or riches in other ways, such as trading, buying and selling land, animals or whatever else they had to offer. The Conrad’s (Deseret Elizabeth’s mother and her folks) came from the State of New York and previous to that from Pennsylvania (a Dutch Colony). Her mother Elizabeth Conrad, having been born at Seneca, Ontario Co., New York, April 7, 1830, (being a day after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized and not far 25-30 miles from Fayette, Seneca co., New York, where that great event took place, in fact, her older brother John Conrad was born there but unfortunately he died the dame day that he was born Oct. 26, 1830.) Deseret’s father, James Hooks was born in England, possibly in the County of Norfolk, and near Whissonnette, Sept. 5, 1830, where his mother Martha Mann Thing/Hooks was born. His father Thomas Hooks immigrated to America in the year 1836, but we are unable as yet to find out what port he arrived at or what ship he came to America in, nor any record of his marriage to Martha Mann Thing. The home where Deseret lived in Michigan was surrounded by heavy forest of maple, oak, hickory and other hard woods and soft woods. Wild animals were abundant, such as bears, wild cats, deer, etc. the wild cat at night would cry out something like unto a baby crying, and seemed to put fear into the children and others and would keep them indoors after dark Deseret’s mother Elizabeth received the Gospel from two Mormon Missionaries, Israel Evans and Nymphus Murdock of Salt Lake City, Utah and she was baptized in the Detroit River Oct. 21, 1869 by Israel Evans. Her husband being out west to California at the time, Elizabeth with her four children three girls and one boy came to Utah in the fall of 1870 by railroad (the Union Pacific Railroad having been completed to Salt Lake City the year previous 1869). Charles Conrad, her bother met them at Salt Lake City and brought them to Provo, in a wagon a 45 mile trip. Sometime later her husband came from California and built her a log cabin in the east part of Provo where she lived until her death. Deseret was baptized a member of the Church by her uncle, Charles Conrad in 1871 at the age of 16 years. Unhappily her father, James Hooks couldn’t see the light of the Gospel, and when one of the ward bishops didn’t pay him for work he got disheartened and went back to Michigan and never returned, the family saw him no more. Deseret (ET or Ettie as she was called) met and was courted by David Meldrum, and after a time they travelled to Salt Lake City and were married for time and eternity in the Endowment House at the City on Feb. 14, 1873. David was the 2nd son of George and Jane Barclay Meldrum. To this couple were born ten children, 7 boys and 3 girls (one baby girl however was stillborn) all growing to maturity except the stillborn girl and a boy Benjamin Howard who died at the age of two of membranous croup. All married and had family except one son Charles Alvin, the youngest who never married. Father and mother Meldrum built a large one roomed log cabin in the north east part of Provo where the three elder brothers, David, James Arthur and Bryan Barton were born, then father built a brick home on the corner of the same lot where the balance of the family were born. Father used the log cabin for a blacksmith shop for years. After living in Provo, Utah for 31 years and as there was an opening of new country in Canada (Southern Alberta) about this time, their son James Arthur received a call from the church to go and settle there, which he did travelling there by team, 750 mile. He helped to fund the town of Magrath, Alberta when he wrote back to Utah to his parents about that land being the land of opportunity and plenty of work available for a blacksmith there. The prairies were being broken up by ploughs and plough points had to be sharpened and machinery repaired, so he urged father to go to Canada. So in the spring of 1903 father moved to Alberta and started a blacksmith shop in the town of Raymond where the Knight Sugar Co., had built a sugar factory the year previous. He built a one roomed house (later two other rooms were added) on the same lot as the blacksmith shop. He lived there until his death Feb. 12, 1918. Mother came to Canada the following year in 1904. The rest of the family at home stayed at Provo to go to school or work until such time that father could bring us to Canada. My brother Parley had come to Canada with his brother James Arthur when he made a return trip to Provo to get material and also to get married. I had not arrived in Alberta until Aug. 1910 except for a month visit when I came here with me Grandmother Hooks in 1907. Mother was stricken with a paralytic stroke in 1916 and it left her without the power of speech and she continued this way until her death five years later. She died of another stroke Aug. 7, 1921, at the age of 91 ½ years. Mother was buried in the Raymond Cemetery beside her husband who had predeceased her my three and a half years. Mother lived a very honourable life and was a staunch member of the church.

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Elizabeth Conrad Hooks (Taken from the “David Meldrum Family Histories p. 21,22) Written by her granddaughter Ida Ashton Ercanbrack We have met her today to dedicate, and mark this sturdy Red Oak Tree, the only one of its kind in Provo, and think it fitting on this occasion to give a history of the tree and the foresighted sturdy piople who through their efforts have and it possible to meet here. My Grandmother Elizabeth Conrad Hooks was born April 7, 1830 at Seneca, Ontario County New York, the daughter of Sarah Adams Bitely and Charles F. Conrad. She was the oldest living child and only daughter, there being eleven children in the family. When she was 15 months old her parents moved to Michigan, then just a territory. Her schooling was brief as she was only able to attend a short time during the term on account of the long distance, deep snow, and inadequate clothing for such cold weather. At the age of 14 she went away from home to work. She worked very hard for one so young and frail, and received .50 cents a week for pay. At the age of 21 she was married to James Hooks, on Dec. 16, 1851, at Brownstown, Wayne County Michigan, where they lived several years. Here 6 children were born to them, five daughters and one son, Ann, Deseret Elizabeth, Martha Delilah, Leah, James Reese and Sarah Jane. Ann and Leah died in infancy. The family moved to Trenton, Michigan, from Brownstown in 1864. Her husband with her brothers Charles, George and Serrine, and her uncle Frederick Conrad, left for Utah and the West. They freighted goods in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and thought-out the north western part of the united States until the railroad came. She, with her hildren, went to live eith her unmarried brother Miles H. Conrad. She wored hard caring for his home and her family. From the time she first heard of Mormonism she was a firm believer of it, but never had the privilege of being baptized until this time, when two missionaries came to the place they were Israel evans of Lehi, Utah and Hymphus Murdock of Salt Lake City. She was baptized by Israel Evans in October 1868, in the Detroit River. After this she made preparations to immigrate to Utah. Grandmother being a love of nature and all things beautiful, thinking of the new home she would have to make in this arid county began to gather and store away carfully the seeds of her beautiful flowers, and of her herbs to be sure of supply of medicines and seasonings in her new home. She gathered squash seed, one variety known as the acorn squash was at one time (through the seed she brought) the leading squash in Provo and the whole of Utah County. Also before she came to Utah she sent to her mother Sarah A. B. Conrad a little box of “Tiger Lily” seeds from which grew the first tiger Lilies in Provo. Grandmother also gathered some peach pits, Apricot pits, plums the walnut and also a few acorns from the Red Oaks that grew there. Realizing that (Great Oaks from tiny acorns grow). She put all these, carefully in the big trunk that was to come with the family to their new home in Utah. In the early fall of 1870 she with her four children left Michigan by rail. At Omaha, Nebraska, they met an emigrant train with Frank Hyde as captain of the company and took passage to Salt Lake City. They stayed in Salt Lake City for about one week, when they were met by her brother Charles Conrad who brought them jto Provo at that time. They arrived in Provo Oct. 1870 and spent the winter with her mother. In the spring she moved to a farm her brother had rented, north of Provo, in what is now known as Pleasant View. In the fall she came back to Provo where she stayed until her husband came and purchased a place on 7th east and 6th north, where he built a small log house, where the Hooks family has resided since that time. Grandfather never accepted the Mormon religion, and after the girls were married he decided to return to Michigan, Elizabeth walked as far as the old Co-Op store, corner of east center and University ave. with him. As she bade him god speed and watched him going on his way a voice said to her very clearly “you will never see him again.” He never returned to Utah and died Jan. 4, 1908 in Wyandotte, Wayne County Michigan. On returning home she looked at the little trees they had planted together, from the seeds she had brought with her. The apricots along the south fence line where a few still remain, there also were the tiny Red Oaks, and she was carried back in her memories to those large ones she had left back home. If these were to grow they must have the best care, however some of them died, there was after a time only one left. Grandmother hoping to preserve its life gave it to her son in law David Meldrum, who was a natural horticulturist, in hopes he could raise it. He planted the tiny tree in his yard and cared for it until it could stand its own. About the year 1879 with the help of his young son David Jr., then about 6 years of age, he replanted the tree outside the lot on the south west corner by an irrigation ditch. (the Meldrum lot was at 3rd east 7th north Provo) David Jr. was born Nov. 19, 1873, and remembers the tree planting. Maple trees were also planted by them about this time, they are still standing a monument to these hardy pioneers. Grandmother carried on with the help of her son Reese, and grandson Elmer whom she reared, to make that little place blossom as the rose. She always had a beautiful flower garden as well as her vegetables and fruits. She lived a full life enjoyed her children, garndchildren, and 2 great grandchildren also many friends and neighbours. She attributed her long life to working out of doors with her flowers. Grandmother passed away peacefully after a few days illness, Aug. 24, 1921, at the age of 91 years 4 months 17 days. She retained hr faculties and affection to the last, never once wavering in her faith and trust in the lord. She was a staunch and true latter day saint and instilled into the hearts of her wonderful heritage to all her decedents.

David Meldrum Sr. Family Histories

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In this Family Search site - under the "Search" tab, you can search "books". Then in the "books" you can search "David Meldrum Sr. Family Histories" and you can read a beautiful 81 page history of: George Meldrum and his wife, Jane Barclay Meldrum Elizabeth Conrad Hooks Sarah Adams Bitely Conrad David Meldrum Sr. and his wife, Deseret Elizabeth Hooks Meldrum David Meldrum Jr. James Arthur Meldrum (who I am a descendant of) Bryan Barton Meldrum Nora Elizabeth Meldrum Heggie Edith Deseret Meldrum Simonsen William Parley Meldrum Thomas Wilford Meldrum Charles Alvin Meldrum

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Elizabeth Hooks was born on 7 Apr 1830
Elizabeth Hooks was 10 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 30 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 32 years old when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring the freedom of all slaves in Confederate territory by January 1, 1863. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 45 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 53 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 63 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 79 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
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Elizabeth Hooks was 87 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
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Elizabeth Hooks died on 24 Aug 1921 at the age of 91
Grave record for Elizabeth Hooks (7 Apr 1830 - 24 Aug 1921), BillionGraves Record 40923 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States