BROWN-BURTON FAMILY HISTORY
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BROWN-BURTON FAMILY HISTORY
Compiled by John Charl Brown with help from Kathryn Bennett Brown and other members of the Brown Family as indicated in the text.
Our heritage seems to take on greater meaning as we grow older in our present lives, look back on our past heritage and project ourselves, or at least our children and grandchildren, into the future. We have lived long enough to know that where we are, what we are, and what is expected in the future all started over one hundred years ago in England. The Browns came from Northern England and the Burtons from Southern England.
Northern England cities of Rockdale, Lancaster, Preston and Manchester were cities the Browns associate with and where they were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This part of England in the 1830's imported cotton and made it into cotton goods. Lancashire England's cotton goods made up half the exports out of England during this period. By 1910 seventy percent of the world's cotton and the fashionable of Europe and American supported her finest fabrics. Between 1912 and 1964 foreign competition brought 667 million weaving looms to a stop forever in this part of England. By the late sixties, Britain was importing from Asia almost as much cotton cloth as she had once sent to India.
Some of our ancestors were part of this great Weaving Industry in England. A marriage certificate which I obtained from Somerset House, London lists Mary Dearden as a weaver and her father, Robert Dearden, as a weaver. Both Robert and Mary Dearden were born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England.
Robert Brown married Mary Dearden 18 July 1838. They were both living in Preston, Lancashire, England at the time of their marriage. Robert was listed as a clock and a watchmaker and Robert's father, Joseph Brown, was listed as a police officer.
Joseph Brown married Ann Healey 21 May 1800 and she died 14 December 1822. Two boys were born to them, Robert Healey and another son James.
Joseph then married Mary Ann Wood Watt in May 1827. She was born 23 April 1791 in Sheffield, England the daughter of Joshua and Mary Ann Wood. She married James Watt in 1814. Her husband James died leaving her with two small children: George Darling and Margaret Watt. The Joseph-Mary Ann Wood Watt Brown family then consisted of Robert Healey Brown, James Brown, George Darling Watt and Margaret Watt. Later, Joseph and Mary Ann Wood Brown had three children born to them: Jane, Joseph Wood and Joshua Brown. Mary Ann accepted Robert Healey as though he was her own. Reference to Robert Healey's brother James comes through a letter he wrote to Mary Ann dated from the British army which he signed "Yours devotedly, James Brown." (Data compiled by Margaret Smurthwaite).
Our immediate blood line goes to Joseph and Ann Healey Brown whose son Robert Healey Brown, born 1 February 1818. In looking over several records where he has signed his name, he never used the middle name "Healey" or the letter "H". Information on Robert Brown's half-brothers and sisters, George Darling Watt, Margaret Watt, Jane Brown, Joseph Wood Brown and Joshua Brown will be given following a brief description of Robert Brown's life.
Robert Brown was born 1 February 1818 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England and married Mary Dearden 18 July 1838 in Preston, Lancashire, England. He was a clock and watchmaker and she was a weaver. They had nine children: Elizabeth and Ann born in Preston, Lancashire, England 1839-1841; Elizabeth and James born in Alton, Hancock, Illinois 1842-1844; Rachel born in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois 1846; Robert Thomas born in Alton, Hancock, Illinois 1847; and Mary Jane, Merinda Ann and Sarah Allen born in Salt Lake City
Mary Dearden Brown died 17 March 1855 and Robert Brown married Sarah Lishman 16 July 1855. Sarah Lishman was born 23 February 1827, Lancaster, England. Her parents were William Marsden and Sarah Lishman. Three children were born to Robert and Sarah in Salt Lake City; Maria 1856, Joseph 1859 and Sarah L. 1861.
On Robert Brown's Temple Endowment record the date of death is stamped 5 July 1861. From the Death Certificate Index (#26553) I found Robert Brown (note he did not use middle name Healey) died 31 July 1861. No relatives were listed, but it did give the location where he was buried as Plat A, Block 5, Lot 7 in the Salt Lake City cemetery at Fourth Avenue and "N" Street. I visited the cemetery and found listed in the Plat book names of the people buried in Lot 7 as follows: Joseph E. Phelps 3 April 1854, Mary Brown 17 March 1855, Robert Brown 31 July 1861, Sarah Ellen Brown (no date), Sarah Lishman Brown 24 December 1909, John F. Stevens 4 October 1921, Maria Sherard 30 August 1939, Agnes Widsteen Stevens 12 January 1971 and John Brown Stevens 16 May 1973. Sarah L. Brown was listed as owner of the burial lot whose address was 161 East 6th South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Robert and Sarah L.'s first child Maria married John F. Stevens which accounts for the number of Stevens buried in the burial lot.
I located Lot 7 in the cemetery and much to our surprise and joy there was a hugh granite headstone with "Brown" engraved at the top. Names of the individuals buried there were listed on the headstone as follows: Robert 1816-1861, Mary Dearden 1817-1855, Sarah L. Lishman 1827-1910, Sarah Ellen 1854-1855, Joseph 1858-1859; and on the other side of the stone: John F. Stevens died March 28, 1888, Maria Stevens Sherard died August 27, 1939, Agnes W. Stevens died January 9, 1971 and John B.Stevens died May 10, 1973. Finding this headstone with Robert Brown's name died 31 July 1861 (not 5 July 1861) in this burial lot with his wives established his death date.
To learn more about the Stevens family we looked in the 8th ward LDS records and found that John F.Stevens had married Maria Brown and they had two sons, John B. Stevens born 9 August 1882, Salt Lake City and Robert B. Stevens born 18 November 1885, Salt Lake City, Utah. They were both baptized 4 November 1895 and confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 7 November 1895. Their father, John F. Stevens, had died earlier, 29 March 1888 of consumption (Deseret News 29 March 1888). The paper listed him as thirty-four years, one month and fourteen days old. He was the son of James W. and Sarah Stevens of Salt Lake City. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock from the house number 576 South Second East Street which was listed as the home of Mrs. S. L. Brown.
Maria Brown Stevens must have married Edward Sherard later and moved to Los Angeles, California because the Deseret News 28 August 1939 lists Maria Brown Stevens Sherard, 80 died 27 August 1939 in Los Angeles. The paper lists her as the daughter of Robert and Sarah Leishman Brown and survived by her husband Edward Sherard, Los Angeles, and two sons John B. Stevens Salt Lake and Robert B. Stevens, Sacramento, California. She had resided in Los Angeles for thirteen years. Her body was brought back to Salt Lake City for burial and her son John B. Stevens was buried in the same Lot 7, 10 May 1973. Agnes W. Stevens, wife of John B. Stevens, was buried in the same Lot 7, 9 January 1971. She was married to John B. Stevens 5 April 1916 at Farmington, Utah and they had one son John R. Stevens, Salt Lake City. She was a member of the Mt. Tabor Lutheran church.
The Deseret News 23 December 1909 lists the death of Mrs.Sarah Leishman Brown, age 82 and a resident of Salt Lake City for 56 years, died 22 December 1909 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edwin Sherard 161 East Sixth South Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a native of Lancaster, England and married Robert Brown 16 July 1855. She left four children: Mrs. Edward Sherard, Mrs. M. H. McAllister of Salt Lake City, Mrs. C. O.Wittmore of Los Angeles, California and Robert T.Brown of Grantsville. Her husband, Robert Brown was killed 31 July 1861 just six years after they were married.
Out there someplace is the story of why he was shot. I could not find it in the newspapers, but will keep trying to fill in this gap of the story. If not me - who? Let's keep trying.
What I did find was the court proceedings of the trial of William Cockcroft who killed Robert Brown 31 July 1861 (Deseret News 10 Sept. 1861). The case of the people vs. William Cockcroft, indicted for the murder of Robert Brown, was called. The prisoner Cockcroft was arraigned, and to the charge of murder as alleged in the indictment he pleaded not guilty. The court then proceeded to impanel a jury to try the case. The proceedings names the prospective members of the jury, those challenged or rejected. The objections to the jurors for cause were in each instance for having formed or expressed opinions relative to the guilt of the prisoner.
The judge administered the usual oath to the jury, and then ordered the jury to be kept together and not permitted to separate, and that they be well cared for by the officer, Andrew Cunningham, Esq. who was sworn special bailiff to take charge of them during the trial.
The following morning, 9 a.m., Mr. Miner opened the case to the jury by reading the indictment and stating what he expected to prove in part of the prosection: Jeter Clinton, George Woodward, and Thomas Chamberlain. The evidence elicited during the examination of these witnesses was as follows: on 31 July 1861 Dr. Clinton was called in to see one Robert Brown who had been shot in the breast, the ball having passed through the body, and of this wound Brown died in less than one hour after its infliction.
George Woodward was passing across the public square on the morning of the 31st of July, he heard a noise like the crying of women and children. He rode up to Mr. Chamberlain and asked what was the matter. He saw Brown on his own lot walking towards his house, immediately after which he heard two reports of a gun from behind Cockcroft's house. The prisoner came out about this time with a double-barrelled gun in his hand. When Brown got about a rod past Cockcroft, the (the prisoner) took aim and fired at the deceased, but missed him. The witness called aloud to the prisoner to stop, but just as Brown turned around to look, he held up his hand and said "don't shoot." The prisoner rested his gun on the gate and immediately fired; Brown fell and died forty-five minutes afterward.
Thomas Chamberlain supported the evidence given by Mr. Woodward and added that he and Mr. Woodward were standing within fifteen or twenty paces of Cockcroft when he fired at Brown and that Brown was not armed, but was passing quietly up the street. Frances Smith confirmed the testimony of the previous witnesses. Here the prosecution rested.
Mr. Brodhead opened the case to the jury for the defense. First witness called was Mrs. Cockcroft. Mr. Miner objected on the ground of inadmissibility. It was concluded as wife of the prisoner she could not be permitted to give evidence in the case. The witnesses for the defense were John Charrington, Sarah Charrington, Enoch M. King, and John Wayman. Everything that could be drawn out of these witnesses by the attorneys tended to strengthen the allegations made in the indictment, and testified to by the witnesses for the prosecution.
Concluding remarks by Mr. Miner for the prosecution reviewed the indictment, reviewed the testimony, read the law applicable to the cases taking about an hour and twenty minutes to do so. He expressed his conviction of having sustained the charge of willful murder, and that a verdict in accordance therewith would be found by the jury.
Mr. Ferguson addressed the jury for the defense and Mr. Broadhead indicated the indictment only charged murder in the first degree, hence if the jury did not feel it their duty to find in accordance with that charge, they would have to find his client not guilty.
The jury retired to their room at a quarter to ten and returned at eleven P.M. On being asked by the court if they had agreed upon the verdict, the foreman, Mr. Richards, replied that they had, and presented it in writing. It read as follows: "We, the jury, find the prisoner, William Cockcroft, guilty of murder in the first degree, as charged in the indictment."
Friday 13 September 1861 10:00 A.M.
The prisoner, William Cockcroft, was brought into court, looking perfectly calm, firm and hardened in guilt. He was ordered to stand up, which he did, manifesting the same indifference he had exhibited during the trial as to what was transpiring, and seemingly cared nothing about what was to result to him from the enforcement of the law.
By the court: Have you anything to say why the sentence of death should not be pronounced upon you?
Prisoner: I do not think I could benefit myself if I were to talk till tomorrow. I see which way the tide goes, and it is not use talking. I guess, Judge, I will have to take what you have to lay upon my shoulders.
The court informed him that the laws of the Territory gave him the privilege of choice as to the manner of his execution, therefore, if he had any choice he could make it known.
Prisoner: I do not know that I have any choice.
The judge then proceeded to pronounce the following sentence. "You, William Cockcroft, having been found guilty of murder in the first degree, the penalty of which is death, the court orders that you be taken by the sheriff from hence and lodged in the county jail until Saturday the 21st and then, between the hours of 2 and 5 P.M. of that day, that you be taken from there by the sheriff of said county, to some convenient place of execution, within the limits of Greater Salt Lake County and there and then be shot until you are dead. And may the example thus set, have a tendency to deter others from the unlawful shedding of human blood."
Executive Department, Utah Territory 17 September 1861. (Deseret News October 2, 1861)
A petition has been handed me, bearing the signature of Catherine Cockcroft and forty-nine others, praying the Executive clemency in the case of William Cockcroft, convicted before the probate court of Great Salt Lake County on the 12th, of the crime of murder in the first degree and now under sentence of death for that offense. They based their petition on the basis that Mrs. Cockcroft was not permitted to testify at the trial. But it is an established principle in law that the husband wife are one person, and therefore they are not allowed to evidence for or against each other. Because it is impossible that their testimony should be unbiased - "No one is allowed to accuse himself."
The Executive must necessarily depend upon the records of the court for his knowledge in the premises, he find it impossible to arrive at a conclusion corresponding with that of the petitioners.
However gratifying it would be to the Executive to interpose the power vested in him by law to save the life of a fellow-being, he considers that it would be a most unwarranted exercise of that power to allow the natural emotions of sympathy for the aged prisoner and his suffering family, to interfere with the demands of justice and the vindication of law.
The prayer of the petitions cannot therefore be granted. Signed by Frank Fuller, Acting Governor of Utah Territory.
Execution of Cockcroft September 21, 1861 (Deseret News, Sept 25, 1861 page 176)
William Cockcroft, the murderer of Robert Brown, was shot on Saturday last in accordance with the sentence of the court. The execution took place within the Court House enclosure, somewhat to the disappointment of a few hundred persons who were anxiously waiting in the street for the prisoner to be brought out and taken to someplace outside the city, where it was supposed he would be executed in a public manner.
It was thought by the sheriff, Col. Burton, that no good could result from taking the prisoner two or three miles for execution. Therefore, in the presence of a suitable number of persons, most of whom were officers of the law, the penalty of death was inflicted in the Court House yard at ten minutes to three in the afternoon.
In the 1860 census of Salt Lake City, William Cockcroft was listed as a designer, 60 years old, wife Catherine 45 years old, and children Lydia 7 and Ruth 6.
Before proceeding further with our direct lineage of Robert T. Brown and Rosena Burton Brown, a brief description is given of Joseph Brown and his second wife Mary Ann Wood Matt Brown, their children and their two children each from previous marriages. Most of this information was taken from a book entitled "Windows of Wellsville" by LaRayne B.Christensen, Wilma J. Hall and Ruth H. Maughn.
Mary Ann Wood Watt Brown (1791-1884) was born 23 April 1791, the daughter of Joshua and Mary Ann Wood. She grew to womanhood in Sheffield, England where her father was a shoemaker. Mary Ann married James Watt in 1814. He died leaving her with two small children: George Darling and Margaret Watt. Mary Ann married Joseph Brown, a widower, in 1827. Joseph and Mary Ann were the parents of three children: Jane, Joseph and Joshua. Mary Ann was the second woman baptized in the church in England, 30 July 1837.
She had her children blessed and baptized: Joshua blessed by Heber C. Kimball when he was five years old and Joseph was the first eight year old to be baptized in England. (notes of Margaret B. Smurthwaite). Mary Ann immigrated to America in the early 1840's as her son George and stepson Robert Brown had come with their families to Nauvoo, Illinois. After her arrival in Utah, she made her home in Kaysville, Utah with her son George D. Watt until the late 1870's. Her son Joshua then brought her to Wellsville, Utah where she lived happily and contentedly until her death 23 September 1884 at the age of ninety-three. Mary Ann is buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
In the Millennial Star paper 27 October 1884, page 687, reference is made to Mary Ann Brown as follows: "Sister Mary Brown, Mother of Elder Joshua Brown who is laboring in the Sheffield Conference, was the first woman baptized into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, died at her home in Wellsville on the 28 September at the ripe old age of ninety-five and a half years. She was formerly of Preston, Lancashire, was the Mother of seven children, the grandmother of sixty-one and the great grandmother of sixty, her posterity numbering in all 128." I have seen no record of the death of her husband Joseph Brown, but it must have been in England before she came to America. This is something that needs to be clarified.
George Darling Watt (1816-1881) (Joseph Brown's half-brother) was born 16 January 1816 in Manchester, England the son of James and Mary Ann Wood Watt. In the July 1987 Ensign an article written by Ronald K. Esplin (page 23) states: "Early on Sunday morning the elders assembled at river Ribble to perform the first baptisms. George D. Watt raced to the water's edge to become the first person in England baptized into the Church." This was 30 July 1837. Baptisms in England during this period totaled between 1500 and 2000 in about a year's time.
An article written in the Church News 25 April 1987 by V.Ben Bloxham refers to a letter written by Elder Orson Pratt to his brother, Parley, for insertion in the Millennial Star. Part of the letter included: "On the 30th of March 1841, I left upwards of 200 disciples under the watch-care of Elder George D. Watt, a faithful and humble brother from Preston, England. The prospect is still cheering in that city, and no doubt there will be hundreds who will yet break off the shackles of superstition and bigotry, and embrace the message which God has sent to them."
George D. Watt received other important assignments in the church. At a meeting of the Apostles in Nauvoo, Illinois 21 February 1844, they organized a company to explore Oregon and California for selecting a site for a new city for the Saints and George D. Watt was requested to go. Also, under his direction, 378 Saints sailed from Liverpool, England 2 February 1851 on the ship "Ellen Maria" and arrived in New Orleans 6 April 1851. In 1857 he was a member of the 14th Ward in Greater Salt Lake City and on 3 May 1874 he was excommunicated from the church for apostasy. This is about the time his Mother left Kaysville and went to live with her son Joshua in Wellsville, Utah. George D. Watt died 24 October 1881. There is an untold story related to his apostasy that needs to be searched out and told. This will be an objective for further research.
Joshua Wood Brown (1832-1903) was born 14 February 1832 at Preston, England the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Wood Brown. His father was chief of Police in England. He came to Utah with his Mother and sister Jane in 1855 and worked on both the Salt Lake and Logan temples. Joshua married Sarah Bailey 2 April 1856 and they were the parents of eleven children: Mary Jane, Charles, Sarah Ann, Joshua, Margaret Ellen, Kate Ethilinda, Susan Roselia, Joseph, John Arnold, and Agnes Matlinda. Joshua died 6 December 1903 and is buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
Sarah Bailey Brown (1836-1902) was born 9 September 1836 at Stalybridge, England the fifth child of John Cook and Ellen Jane Robbins Bailey. Her mother died when Sarah was only two months old. When Sarah was fifteen she and her sister Mary Ann went to Moseley and obtained work in a cotton factory to support themselves. They heard the gospel and were baptized in 1851. The family all worked hard to earn enough money to emigrate to America. On 17 January 1855, they with 600 Saints left England by boat arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 18 Mary 1855. On 2 April 1856 Sarah married Joshua Wood Brown and for four years they made their home in Farmington, Utah. Sarah and Joshua, their two children, Mary Jane and Charles, her Mother, sister Mary Ann and brother Charles moved to Wellsville in the spring of 1860 and here nine children were born to them. She died in Logan, Utah on 9 October 1902 and is buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
Joseph Wood Brown (1833-1895) was born 12 October 1830 in Lancashire, England son of Joseph and Mary Ann Wood Brown. While a young man he worked in the knitting factories, but wanted to become a paper hanger and plasterer so he became an apprentice in this trade. In 1851 he married Jane Richmond. They were the parents of eleven children. Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Joseph, Joseph Richmond, Sarah Jane, Joshua, Robert, Marinda, Margaret and Luetta. Jane and Joseph died in infancy.
They came to American 27 February 1855 and settled in Nebraska. Joseph's greatest desire was to come to Utah as his brother Joshua was there. Joshua found work for Joseph on the Salt Lake and Logan Temples. They came to Wellsville, Utah in 1876 and homesteaded a farm in Mt. Sterling, Utah. His sons took care of the farm while Joseph continued his trade. Joseph died 3 December 1895 and is buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
Jane Richmond Brown (1834-1917) wife of Joseph Wood Brown was born 1 April 1834 at Preston, Lancashire, England the daughter of Lawrence and Jane Richmond. Although she was active in Relief Society she did not join the church until 18 October 1903, eight years after her husband's death. After Jane left the farm in Mt. Sterling, she lived with her son Joseph and his wife Fanny. Jane died 18 June 1917 and is buried beside her husband in the Wellsville cemetery.
Joseph Richmond Brown (1860-1935) was born 4 May 1860 in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the son of Joseph Wood and Jane Richmond Brown. His wife Fanny Maughan Brown was born 29 August 1873 at Wellsville, Utah, the daughter of William Harrison and Mary Lloyd Maughan. Fanny married Joseph Richmond Brown 21 October 1903 in the Logan Temple. Their baby girl Kathleen was born 4 September 1905 and died the same day. They were not blessed with any more children. Homemade bread, pies, cakes and cookies were enjoyed at "Aunt Fanny" and "Uncle Joe's" home. Joseph died 7 November 1935 and Fanny died 20 July 1951 at her home in Wellsville, Utah. Bother are buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
Robert Richmond Brown (1866-1946) was born 20 November 1866 in Nebraska City, Nebraska the son of Joseph and Jane Richmond Brown. He married Emmeline Gunnell 16 January 1895 in the Logan Temple. She was born 25 January 1873 in Wellsville, Utah the daughter of Francis Wilson and Emma Jeffs Gunnell. They were the parents of four children: Mary, Francis, Robert and Jane. Robert died 18 april 1946 and Emmeline died 19 January 1955 and they are both buried in the Wellsville cemetery.
This concludes a cross section of the lives of my Great Grandfather's half-brothers and sisters who settled mostly in the Wellsville, Cache Valley, Utah area. I have no death date on Joseph Brown who I presume died in England as his second wife Mary Ann Wood Watt came to America in the early 1840's and no mention is given to her husband Joseph.
WE NOW RETURN TO OUR DIRECT LINE:
Robert Thomas Brown (1847-1922) was born 11 September 1847 at Alton, Hancock, Illinois the son of Robert Healey and Mary Deardon Brown. Robert was the sixth child of their nine children. Two were born in Preston, Lancashire, England: four were born in either Alton or Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois; and three were born in Salt Lake City. Robert T. Brown was about one year old when their family came to Utah from Illinois. In as much as Robert was born 1 September 1847 in Alton, Illinois and his sister Mary Brown was born in Salt Lake City 12 December 1849, this suggests that Great Grandfather Brown came to Salt Lake City about 1848. He is listed in the 1850 census as being 34 years old, a jeweler and belonging to the 8th Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 1860 census for Salt Lake City showed Robert Brown (watch maker) 42, Sarah Brown 35, Robert T. 13, Mary J. 11, Merinda 8, Maria 3 and Sarah Leishman 59 (probably mother of Sarah Leishman Brown). They lived at 161 east 6th South in Salt Lake City.
The 1860 census for Grantsville showed James Wrathall 30 farmer, Mary Wrathall 38, Sarah Jane 11, Maria Ann 2, Sarah Leishman 61 and Robert Brown 12. I was told by Lois Christiansen, Provo, Utah who is a descendent from the Leishmans that Mary Leishman Wrathal and Sarah Leishman Brown were sisters and that their mother Sarah Leishman 61 years old lived with them. Robert T. Brown was here at the James Wrathal home before his father Robert Healey Brown was killed 31 July 1861. This would indicate that the Leishmans and Browns were very good friends before Robert Healey Brown was killed.
After the death of his father, Robert T. Brown went to work for James Wrathall, his Uncle James and Aunt Mary Wrathall. He is listed in the 1870 census as Robert Brown, 22 years old, farmer in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah. He married Rosena Dridge Burton 12 July 1869 and they are the parents of ten children: Robert William, Joshua Dridge, Rosezelither (died 6 years old), Jasper Deardon, Mary Cora, Joseph Leishman, Roy Thomas, Burton David, John Charles, and Sarah Merinda Brown.
It seems appropriate at this time to write something about Tooele County and Grantsville City, the area lived in by our immediate ancestors. First, Tooele County, taken from the Inventory of the County Archives of Utah, prepared by Historical Records Survey Work Progress Administration, June 1939. Tooele County was once covered by Lake Bonneville covering an area 19,750 square miles - 346 miles long and 145 miles wide. It had a coast line of 2,550 miles and a maximum depth of 1,050 feet. A part of the lake drained through Red Rock pass in Idaho of what is now Cache Valley into the Snake river, but the larger part was retained within the Great Basin. The drying of this lake produced great deserts leaving the Great Salt Lake which contains about 25% salt, 75 miles long and 50 miles wide.
Tooele County contains 6,849 square miles second only in size to San Juan County in Utah. Jedediah Strong Smith traveled from North to South of Utah in 1826 enroute to California. John Charles Fremont in 1845 opened the way for the emigrant trains and Kit Carson determined the route to follow. In 1846 several emigrant trains appeared in Utah. The Mormons came July 22-24, 1847. On July 27th Brigham Young and several of the Apostles of the church rode to the south shore of the Great Salt Lake entered what is now Tooele County.
Captain Howard Stansbury, a government surveyor, pastured his stock in Tooele Valley and built a small adobe house for use of herders. During the summer of 1849 John Barnard brought cattle to Tooele Valley and stayed at the house Stansbury had built. The actual settling of Tooele Valley on a permanent basis began in the early autumn of 1849.
Grantsville, as told in the Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by Andrew Jensen, Deseret News Publishing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah 1941- was settled in 1851 by the Thomas Watson and James Wrathal families as some of the first settlers. In 1852 they built a fort as a protection against the Indians. Grantsville was originally called Willow Creek, but later named Grantsville in honor of George D. Grant, a brother of Jedediah M. Grant.
It is the second city of important in Tooele County and is located eleven miles northwest of Tooele and six miles south of the shore of the Great Salt Lake. North and South Willow irrigation streams rise from the mountains west of Grantsville and provide water for irrigation. Many flowing wells of water were also prevalent in Grantsville. Grantsville consisted of mostly LDS families.
Two Wards were established in Grantsville in 1914, Grantsville lst and 2nd Wards. The Second Ward meeting house was erected in 1914-15 at a cost of $28,000. It had a seating capacity of 500. I was told by my cousins, Maurice, Dale, Kenneth and Robert Brown, that Grandfather Brown bought the three acres of land and donated it to the Church to build the Second Ward chapel. The new building had a chapel, an amusement hall, Relief Society room and six classrooms. On December 31, 1930 the Second ward had 513 members (79 children): the First Ward had 499 members (89 children). Total population of Grantsville in 1930 was 1418.
It was here in Grantsville that my Grandfather Robert T.Brown began his life. Possibly at the age of 12 up through age 22 he worked with his Uncle James Wrathal learning how to farm.
He began his own career with a Homestead at the top of Cooley Lane in the northwest part of Grantsville according to cousins: Maurice, Dale, Kenneth and Robert. We still own (1987) 22 acres which may have been part of that old Homestead. He probably obtained his homestead about the time he married Rosena Dridge Burton, 12 July 1869.
Robert T. Brown (taken from Utah Since Statehood) was prominently engaged in raising cattle and sheep. He was one of the directors of the Grantsville Bank and also President of the People's Trading company. He acquired his education in Utah schools. With his sons, they had several thousand (7,000) head of sheep and several hundred head of cattle. They owned 200 acres of land in Grantsville and several hundred acres of land in a ranch in Skull Valley located thirty-five miles west of Grantsville.
Robert T. Brown bought the ranch from the Palmer family. I have been told by my cousins Maurice, Kenneth, Dale and Robert that Grandfather traded either two or three homes at the Willey Fields (West-Northwest of Grantsville) for the ranch (Fig. 8) in Skull Valley. Dale Brown told me that Grandfather Brown gave a contract to Bob Delamore to pipe the stream of water from the mountains to the ranch at a cost of $35,000. It was put in with eight foot sections of pipe land was completed in 1919. Two hundred acres of land was then available to be irrigated at the ranch.
Grandfather served two missions for the LDS church - Missouri in 1889 for a short time, but returned home because of ill health and 1903 until 1905 in Denver, Colorado. In 1910 he was ordained a High Priest and served as a member of the High Council of the Stake. In politics he was a Republican and served several times as a member of the City Council promoting projects for the good of the public.
My cousin Cora Brown Burmester, daughter of Roy Thomas and Alice Brown, interviewed her father regarding his life with some events that reveal the activities of his time and that of his Father and Mother. The following information was taken from that interview and we thank Cora for making it available to us:
"In 1890, when I was five years old, Pa bought a large ranch out in Skull Valley. He bought it from the Palmer family. Pa, Ma, Joed (Joseph), Burt and myself with four horses and a covered wagon started at daylight and arrived at our new ranch by sundown. When we drove into the yard, the Palmer kids came running out, not saying a word and surrounded us like a bunch of curious dogs. The house, at this time, was a little two room adobe located on the south field.
Our ranch was three miles from the Utah Indian reservation. The men wore blankets draped over the lower part of their bodies and moccasins. They lived in tepees. I remember them drowning out squirrels. They'd pour the water down the hole and sit there ready to grab the squirrels and pull their necks off with the other hand. Then they'd cook them over the open fire wherever they were. The Indians were always a part of our lives while we owned the ranch.
My first memory of school was in the Grantsville two story adobe Academy. We sat in double seats. Our teacher brought a ruler down on our hands and cracked them good if we were fooling around.
My first home was a big two story white adobe house. We kids would sleep on the floor with straw ticks for mattresses. These were filled with fresh straw after threshing grain each year. When the mattresses were new, they seemed so high, but before the year was up we had worn them pretty flat. Also, straw was used as mats under the rag carpets in the front room. Pa was always a hard working man.
Ma came across the plains when she was five years old. Many times she was really hungry. She told about them boiling greasewood greens for food. All her life she preached 'waste not, want not.' Ma's first home in Grantsville was next door to William Rydalch who first hired Pa to work for him.
Pa didn't talk much, but he was ambitious. Everything he had, he had earned. He owned land, was a farmer and stockman, owned horses, cattle and sheep and was highly respected. He taught us boys to work hard. He would say 'If you don't have anything else to do, go out and dig a hole and fill it up. An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' We never did have the privilege of staying in bed in the morning. Before school we milked and fed ten or twelve cows, then did the same at night. We were always busy and each of us had our jobs.
From the time we owned the ranch, we boys worked on it. Often we were left alone when Pa and Ma were busy in Grantsville. The boys now have so many opportunities to learn. Do they appreciate them? The country was new and everyone had to work when we were growing up. If there was work to do we did it and got our schooling in when we could. We always had to stay out of school in the fall to harvest the crops. Then in the spring we were out again to plant crops. The attitude about school and the importance of it was very different than now. I don't believe our parents thought very much about keeping us out of school.
Our school was the first grade to the eight grade. In the fall there would be about 36 students in the class, but by spring there would be about 6 left.
In 1911 we bought the Dry Farm consisting of about 640 acres at North Willow Canyon west of Grantsville. Wheat was grown here and every fall we threshed it with a horse-powered threshing machine.
We worked as a partnership known legally by the name of "Brown Brothers". All six Brown boys worked and were paid what money we needed. This method of payment was even used after we were married and had families. Pa was definitely in charge while he lived. We worked for the common good of all, trying to build up the company by our united efforts. The idea was good, but sometimes the human factor entered in.
We owned a section of land near Soda Springs, Idaho to run our sheep. The sheep would winter range in Skull valley. The first of April we would ship them to Idaho. Some of us would go up there for a month in the spring to lamb them. The sheep herders would take care of them until they were shipped back to Skull in the fall. We raised hay and grain in Grantsville. At Skull Valley ranch we raised hay, grain, cattle and children. Our recreation at Skull Valley was chasing and corralling wild horses, breaking these horses to ride and to work. We also chased coyotes and wild cats. When we first went there the country was really wild. The coyotes would go into a herd of sheep, cut their throats and go on to the next herd, killing just to kill.
To counteract these coyotes we kept about fifteen large English hounds that stood about three feet tall. They killed 46 coyotes in one year. The howl of the coyote was always a part of that country and always a challenge to the hounds.
We worked hard and build a very substantial ranch and a reputation for being a hard working, honest company. Jasper, Joseph, Robert and John were all called to serve on missions for the LDS church (Robert served two missions)." He closed his interview with daughter Cora by saying, "You're only old once. Old age, especially an honored old age has so great authority that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth. So you see, Cora, the good old days are different: our problems were different.
There have been many mechanical and scientific improvements, but our goals are still the same. We want to do our best with our allotted time. We want to live the best we can, to welcome and to search for opportunities or responsibilities to help us grow and develop, and to give a helping hand to others on their way. If we do this, along with having faith and trust in the Lord, all will be well." By Roy Thomas Brown as told to his daughter Cora Brown Burmester.
I might add here that I knew Uncle Roy very well. He conferred the Melchizedek Priesthood upon me and ordained me an Elder 9 September 1937. He possibly saved my life by pulling me from under a wagon before the back wheel of the wagon could run over my chest. The front wheel of the wagon (nearly loaded with hay) hit a hole and caused me to fall forward in back of a horse we were breaking to work. I was in between the single tree and the horse. Somehow I fell back and the front wheel of the wagon rolled over my neck and down one shoulder. The horse we were breaking was tied to old Hance and he was trying to run, but old Hance (huge horse) just stayed steady moving to the right. The back wheel would have run over my chest if Uncle Roy had not pulled me out before this could happen. Uncle Roy also took me on a Priesthood camping trip which I will always remember. He teased me alot and put me straight when I had done something wrong. This often happened in the hay field after the night before. He was a great Uncle and I appreciate his guiding influence in my life.
FORMER TOOELE COUNTY COMMISSIONER IS DEAD (Deseret News 8 August 1922, p. 5)
Robert T. Brown former County Commissioner and pioneer of Grantsville where he has lived nearly sixty-four years died at his home here Monday, August 7. Mr. Brown was born September 1, 1847 in Hancock County, Illinois while his parents were enroute to Utah from England. He spent his boyhood in Salt Lake coming here with his parents in the early sixties. He has been actively engaged in farming and livestock raising here.
Note that the Robert Healey Brown family spent five years in Hancock County, Illinois before coming to Salt Lake City in 1848. Robert T. Brown came to Grantsville in the early sixties.
Rosena Dridge Burton (1850-1932) wife of Robert Thomas Brown, was born 16 October 1850 in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England (Figs. 1 & 3) Her name is found spelled several different ways, but Lou Rae and Jane Tate showed me documents Grandmother Brown had signed as Rosena Brown and so we have used this spelling here.
The Brockenhurst, Hampshire area of England where Grandmother Burton Brown was born is a forested game preserve area (Fig. 8A) not too far from Southampton (Fig.3). Rosena's father William Burton was born 27 July 1811 and probably worked as a guard and woodsman on the game preserve of the New Forest as it was called. His father was James Burton born 30 October 1778 in Hampshire County, England and his mother was Elizabeth Hatch born 6 April 1786. They were married 5 November 1806. His father died 10 May 1861 and his mother died 11 April 1852. James Burton's father was William Burton born about 1737 and his mother was Elizabeth Yeates who was christened 18 December 1745. Her father was Robert and mother was Lydia Yeates. They were married 14 September 1763 and were the parents of six children: William 1764, Betty 1769, Mary 1775, James 1778, and John 1784. All were born at Brocken-hurst, Hampshire, England. William died in 1805 at Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England.
William Burton was born 27 July 1811 and Jane Dridge was born 13 May 1811 were married 17 March 1829 in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. Jane Dridge's parents were William Dridge (1779-1859) and Mary Davis (b. 1778) married 18 December 1800. William Dridge's parents were Thomas Dridge (b. 1737) and Dinah Redford (1743-1805) daughter of Thomas Redford. They were married 4 May 1762. Mary Davis's parents were John Davis and Sarah White. William and Jane Dridge Burton were the parents of nine children: Charlotte 1830, William 1832, Ann 1835, Eliza 1837, Jane 1840, Emma 1843, Kate 1846, Mary 1848, and Rosena 1850. About 1853 the LDS missionaries were preaching in their town and Elder William Budge taught the gospel message to William and Jane Burton and to their daughter Ann and to their son-in-law James Kearl. They were baptized and immediately made their plans to travel to Zion.
The following account was taken from the Kearl Family History edited by Alley V. Johnson Taylor:
James Kearl worked on a game preserve of the New Forest as a guard and woodsman as was his father John Kearl who had nine sons and daughters. The scene was pastoral although they lived close to the busy port of Southampton. James was born at Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England 12 October 1833 to John and Elizabeth Gates Kearl. James Kearl grew up in the same town as Ann Burton and perhaps worked with her father in the forest preserve. They became acquainted, fell in love and were married in the Parish Church of Brockenhurst (Fig. 9) 18 Sept. 1852.
On 22 February 1854, James and Ann Burton Kearl, their baby daughter Ellen: William and Jane Burton and their five younger daughters Eliza, Jane, Emma, Kate and Rosena all sailed for America on the ship "Windermere". As the ship sailed from the harbor they left behind their only son William and their daughter Charlotte, whom they never saw again. The "Windermere" was under the command of Captain Fairfield and there were 477 people aboard. Among these were a group of emigrants who had listened to the message of the Mormon Elders and had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This group was under the leadership of Elder Daniel Garn.
The seas were rough. On 8 March 1854 an especially severe storm struck the sailing vessel which lasted about eighteen hours, then abated a little, but prevailed rough through 8th to 18th March. The Saints fasted and prayed for relief when the storm was at its maximum intensity.
After fifteen days sailing from Liverpool, smallpox broke out on board and spread rapidly until 27 passengers and two of the crew were affected. The malady was suddenly checked in answer to prayer. During six weeks of the voyage there were ten deaths including little baby Ellen Kearl, daughter of James and Ann Burton Kearl. There were six births and six marriages during the voyage. The "Windermere" docked at New Orleans on 23 April 1854. The company remained there until the 27th when all, except eleven ill with smallpox and six to aid them, boarded the steamship "Grand Tower" to travel up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. The journey continued on to Kansas City and on West to Utah. During this trek Eliza Burton died in August, and her two sisters, Jane and Emma, died in September 1854. The Burton family arrived in Zion late 1854 with only two young daughters, Kate and Rosena.
The Kearls and Burtons settled in Grantsville, Utah. James worked hard for the established settlers in Grantsville to acquire a place of his own. His pay was usually food for the family or animals to help him build his own herd. They purchased pastures, cows for milking, beef cattle and chickens. Life became relatively prosperous and convenient for them. In their sixteen years in Grantsville, James and Ann Burton Kearl had eight children: Eliza Rachel 1855, James William, Christopher Columbus, Julia Ann, Juliette, David Jasper, Quincy and Manasseh. Julia Ann and Quincy died early and they are buried in the Grantsville cemetery.
In order to give some insight as to life in Utah for these early pioneers, more is given about James Kearl and his three wives as taken from Proud to Remember history of Alfred Kearl compiled and edited by Vera Lee Kearl Marshall and Lora Lee Marshall Noker.
James Kearl acted as a guard in 1856 and 1857 during the Echo Canyon War. In 1861 he returned to Florence, Nebraska with the Ira Eldredge company to bring in converts to the Church. The companies carried flour back which they left in specific caches along the trail. At Florence, Nebraska they picked up loads of people carrying as many as fourteen to one wagon. The wagons came in April and returned in September. James made the trip again in 1862. He was captain of the night herders.
On 24 April 1862 James Kearl entered into the practice of polygamy by taking Fanny Martin (18 years old) as his second wife. She was an immigrant from Beason, Bedfordshire, England.
In 1869 President Brigham Young decided to colonize Bear Lake area. The colonization was delegated to Charles C. Rich and he called the James Kearls to go to the south end of the lake and John Martin, brother of Fanny Martin Kearl, and his wife Kate Burton, sister of Ann Burton Kearl and Rosena Burton Brown to go settle the city of Liberty at the north end of Bear Lake Valley.
Ann Burton Kearl was to have a baby in January and Fanny Martin Kearl was expecting one in May. They had property to dispose of, but the call had to be accepted immediately in the spring to establish shelter and get food for the people and stock before winter arrived. James Kearl decided to go without his families, but with a new wife. He married Merlin Eastham 12 July 1869 in the Salt Lake Temple and almost immediately left for Bear Lake. Merlin Eastham Kearl became the mother of ten children. In January Manasseh Kearl was born to Ann Burton Kearl.
James Kearl returned in March to get his families. His children Jim and Eliza drove wagons to Bear Lake. They arrived in early April and Fanny Martin Kearl gave birth to her second daughter, Ida Fanny, 1 May 1870.
Ann Burton Kearl lived in a log cabin in Round Valley of the Bear Lake area until her tenth baby, Alfred Kearl, was born in March 1873. She then moved into a new lumber house in Laketown, four miles away. Fanny Martin Kearl and Merlin Eastham Kearl remained in Round Valley longer, but Merlin later moved to Otter Creek.
Ann Burton Kearl had additions made to her home until it sprawled out into what became Kearl's Hotel. Ann Burton was a good cook and tireless worker and she operated Kearl's Hotel in Laketown for about forty years. In addition, she supervised and assisted in the cultivation of a large lot with garden, orchard and berries. She had a chicken coop with a good flock of hens, a cow, barn and a few milk cows.
Ann never lived with modern conveniences. She cooked over a coal and wood stove. Her water came from a well inside the big kitchen. Her refrigerator was a cool, dark pantry where milk, cream, meat, pies, cakes, and bread were stored. Her basement was a dark cellar under the house. Entrance to it was made by raising a large trap door, part of the kitchen floor, and descending its wooden steps into its cold dark room. Her potatoes and other vegetables and fruits were stored there. He light came from candles and kerosene lamps that had to be cleaned and filled daily.
At her funeral 10 July 1921, one of the speakers quoted:
Vain are trophies wealth can give
Her memory needs no sculptors art
She's left a name, her virtues live
Engraved on the tablets of the heart.
James Kearl was the father of twenty-nine children.
While all this was going on, Robert Thomas Brown and Rosena Burton were growing older and on 12 July 1869 they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. He was twenty-two years old. They were the parents of 10 children: Robert William 1870, Joshua Dridge 1872, Roseltha 1875 (died 1881), Jasper Dearden 1877, Mary Cora 1880, Joseph Leishman 1882, Roy Thomas 1885, Burton Davis 1888, John Charles 1891, and Sarah Merinda 1897. I was five years old when Grandfather Brown died and I regret that I do not remember him.
My grandparents had a large home. I remember Grandmother well. We were usually there on Christmas Eve until the sleigh bells would ring outside and we knew Santa had arrived and it was time for us to go home. The next morning many of us were back to Grandmother Brown's home again.
Grandmother Brown always gave me a piece of cake or pie - maybe a nickel when I came to see her. I remember taking eggs to the store for her in my wagon. One time I had an accident with the wagon and broke some of the eggs. What a sorry day that was for me. Grandmother bought me my first pair of long dress-up pants. They were gray and I was so proud of them. I remember coming to see her just before she died. She was laying quietly in bed with her eyes closed. Someone said, "Charl is here", and Grandmother put out her arm and said, "Charl". She died later in a very peaceful manner. Grandmother Brown was a great lady and I loved her very much.
The Deseret News, Tuesday February 9, 1932 gave this account of her death: Mrs. Rosena Dridge Brown, 82, died at her Grantsville residence Monday night. Born October 16, 1850 she had been a resident of Grantsville for seventy-seven years. She is survived by six sons: Robert W., Jasper D., Joseph L., Roy T., Burton D., and John C., and one daughter Mrs. Merinda Tate all of Grantsville: forty grand-children and two great grandchildren.
CHILDREN OF ROBERT THOMAS AND ROSENA BURTON BROWN
An abbreviated biography of each of the Brown children is given to acquaint our present and future generations with them. I have asked a representative of each family to make this available to me for incorporation into the Brown-Burton Family History as follows:
ROBERT WILLIAM BROWN (1)
Born:20 Feb. 1870 Grantsville, Utah
Died: 3 Nov. 1944 Tooele, Utah
Married:Mary Bevan 14 Nov. 1906
Born:25 April 1883 Tooele, Utah
Died:18 Jan. 1961 Tooele, Utah
1.Ralph William Brown
Born:24 Sept 1907 Tooele, Utah
Died: 8 Jan 1979
Born:30 March 1912 Grantsville, Utah
Died: 2 May 1983
Married:J. Allen Lindberg
3.Robert Dearden Brown
Born:12 April 1914 Grantsville, Utah
4. June Brown
Born:28 June 1916 Grantsville, Utah
Married:James Talmadge Jolly
5.John Bevan Brown
Born:10 September 1918 Grantsville, Utah
Born:30 March 1923 Grantsville, Utah
Died:11 June 1928
7.Harvey Dean Brown
Born:6 December 1925 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Mary Rae Eastman
Robert W. Brown was born in Grantsville, Utah February 20, 1870 the eldest son of Robert Thomas and Rosena Burton Brown. He had seven brothers and two sisters.
During his youth, Robert W. Brown lived in Grantsville and helped his father with the farm and livestock activities. He was responsible for the sheep herds at an early age and moved them from the winter range in Skull Valley and Cedar Mountain in Tooele County to the summer range in the Caribou National Forest in Idaho. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Grantsville and went to the Utah Agriculture College in Logan, Utah in 1890. The A.C. was established in 1888. We have a notebook in which he recorded some of his theology lessons covering a period from January 1890 to April 1890, but we do not know how long he was actually enrolled there.
When he was twenty-five, he was called as a missionary to the Southern States Mission from May 31, 1895 to July 1898. He relates in his journal that on 31 May 1895 he spent the day preparing to go on his mission. He purchased a train ticket from Salt Lake City to Chattanooga, Tennessee for $24.75 and $7.85 from there to Jackson, Mississippi. Later he, along with twenty other missionaries (17 for Southern States and three for Eastern States) went to the Church Historian's office to be set apart. Father was ordained a Seventy by Apostle Heber J. Grant. Following the ordination, they were given instruction and advice by Apostle Grant, B. H.Roberts and several others.
The train trip took five days to Chattanooga where they met with President Kimball, the Mission President and were set apart and received instruction from him. The following evening, on June 6, 1895, they got on the train and traveled another day and a half to get to Jackson, Mississippi. He labored without purse or script in Copiah, Franklin, Lawrence, Jasper, Jones, Neshoba, Newton, Covington, Attala, and Leflore counties in southern and central Mississippi. In his journals he tells of going from farm to farm in the evenings to obtain a place to stay for the night and of being successful alot, but quite a few nights having to spend it sleeping in the woods and some of the time it was raining. He refers to asking for a night's free lodging as "requesting entertainment" or "being refused entertainment". Sometimes they were able to discuss the gospel with those whom they stayed with, but some would not allow them to even bring up the church or leave a tract.
They prayed and studied in the woods and often walked 15 to 20 miles a day talking to families along their route. One entry said that the night before he had "dreamed of wrestling with some sheep" so even on his mission he could not get away from thinking about the sheep.
He and his companions had several baptisms, but it must have been very difficult when there was so much opposition to Mormons and with so little in the way of organized branches or wards to support the new members. After some 37 months, he was released from his labors and returned to Grantsville. He was called to some special assignment with the MIA and lived in Salt Lake City for a short period with his Aunts. He was always active in the Church whenever he was home and was ordained a High Priest by Apostle George Albert Smith on 3 April 1932.
He married Mary Bevan Brown from Tooele, Utah on 14 November 1906. He was 35 and she was 23. She was the daughter of John Alexander and Leticia Kelsey Bevan. June (a daughter) remembers that before they married, they met at the old pavilion near Black Rock beach, but we know little about their courtship or when he met her. It is interesting that Papa waited over seven years after he completed his mission to marry. Mother once told Dean that as a girl, she suffered from heart trouble and that the doctor had recommended that she not have children. However, they were the parents of seven children.
Father was called on a second mission for the Church in 1908. He departed Salt Lake City, Utah on the evening of 4 December 1908 and arrived in Liverpool, England 20 December 1908. He labored in the Birmingham Conference of the British Mission until 30 December 1910. It was very difficult for him to leave his family behind particularly when Ralph was only fifteen months old and had developed a back problem of some type. In an entry dated 23 August 1910, he indicated he had received a letter "from wife telling of condition of our boy that he would half (sic) to be sprattled on a frame and remain there for a year or more and then he may be a weakling. It is a very sad thing to think upon a man out working for the good of the people and such triles (sic) as that upon his wife and babe, but we are in the hands of the Lord and he knows what triles it takes to make us men, but it is a trial nevertheless and I can't feel happy any place. It troubles me to think of such a weakness coming upon our boy, but will do my duty and wait for results."
He noted on 30 November 1910 that he invited his cousin Elder Leslie Kearl to tea and that he had stayed all night. Apparently Elder Kearl did not get along too well with his companion and so came over to be "cheered up". Papa reported that they stayed in the lodging until Mutual time. At Mutual, Pa taught the first four chapters of the Book of Mormon and then "talked about our experiences and as sheepherders and about bears. They seemed sorry that it was time to break up".
The next day he records that he received a letter from his wife enclosing two five dollar bills to get a present for his mother. Before leaving England he purchased a new hat, cape, gloves for himself, a broach for his mother and a diamond ring for his wife. He departed England by ship on 23 December and arrived in New York on January 1st. He was eleven months on his mission before he records having two baptisms on 11 October 1909. In December 1909, however, he records 32 and 4 more in April 1910. Much of the time was spent in street meetings and tracting as well as working with members.
During his absence, Mother had a real difficult time on the farm. There were cows to be fed and milked, stock to be fed and many other similar activities. It had been agreed before father left that the other Brown brothers would take care of much of the heavy work on the farm. However, this did not, in fact, happen and at times she had to take care of all of the work on the farm. With Ralph's condition needing lots of care and attention, she finally went to Tooele with Ralph to live with her parents. The brothers then had to take care of the farm.
After returning from his mission, Robert W. Brown's entire life evolved around farming, ranching, livestock raising and managing the extensive sheep and livestock operations of the Brown Brothers Livestock Company. After the death of his father in 1922, Papa became the President of the company and responsible for all of the activities, but continued to have prime responsibility for the sheep raising and marketing.
Each of the brothers had responsibility for certain areas and they followed a modified "United Order" concept, sharing profits and work activities. The ranch out in Skull Valley was maintained to raise alfalfa hay to feed stock and cows that gave milk for each family. All of the families had gardens and raised chickens to provide eggs and meat. Although there was plenty for all, there was still petty jealousies and much squabbling among the brothers and Father took his responsibility as the eldest brother very seriously. Brown Brothers maintained five herds of sheep of 1,000 to 1,500 sheep in each herd.
In early fall of 1929 they borrowed $29,000 to purchase 1,000 lambs at $29 per head with the intention of fattening them and selling them in the spring for a sizable profit. As fate would have it, when the market crashed in October 1929 it was impossible to sell the sheep at any price. With this huge burden, they went deeper and deeper into debt until in 1938, the Loan Company foreclosed on them and they essentially lost everything but the homes they lived in and a small acreage of farm property for each brother and Aunt Rin. The loss of the Company weighed very heavily on Papa. As President and elder brother he felt a strong responsibility for what happened and even up to the last, was most generous in giving up property and equipment in order to maintain harmony among the family.
During the early 1930's, the area between Tooele and Grantsville became a dust bowl and in the summer when the wind blew (which was often), and Mom was forever cleaning and trying, without success, to stay ahead of the dust. Once she took a full quart of dust to Tooele which she had vacuumed from one room after a dust storm and showed it to Alex Dunn, editor of the Transcript Bulletin. He displayed it for a time in the window of the Transcript office.
Grandma Bevan died in March 1934 and left her home to Mother. That summer she and Papa moved to Tooele to get away from the dust. Papa maintained two or three cows and horses and farmed some property in Grantsville hauling hay from there to Tooele in his truck or on a wagon with rubber wheels that he built.
Pa died 3 November 1944 as an indirect result of phlebitis. Tiny clots of blood flaked off an infection in his leg and collected in his lungs thus cutting off his oxygen supply. The doctors thought that he had pneumonia and it was only after the autopsy that they discovered the real cause.
With Papa gone a great deal of the time, Mother had prime responsibility for raising the children and taking care of the farm in Grantsville. She and the family always accompanied him to Idaho for the summer and for many years rented a home in Soda Springs, Idaho during the summer. Helen died of a broken appendix in Soda springs. She was only five and it was a great loss to Mother.
She once told Dean that she thought it was important to drop whatever she was doing and accompany Pa on trips so that she could be with him more. Ralph, Robert and Bevan herded sheep and tended the camp during the summer and Robert worked closely with Pa, both at the ranch and on the sheep drives between the winter range in western Utah and the summer range in Idaho. Dean went to Idaho, but was too young to herd sheep although he did go around with Pa on horses to visit the herds and take provisions to the sheep herders.
Mother was a very special person. She was truly a "Good Samaritan". She always had a smile and pleasant greeting for everyone and was known as "Sunshine Mary" to her friends because she was always there to help in time of need. We children learned early that giving to the less fortunate was one of Mom's joys. Although we were very poor, we did not really know it because Mom could always find someone who had greater need than we. If one of us could not find a shirt or piece of clothing, we were sure that mother had given the lost item to the Relief Society or Deseret Industries. Likely as not, this turned out to be true. When she lived in Tooele, she would stop people walking past our house and invite them to come in for a glass of lemonade and rest a moment from the long uphill walk, before going on. When she was sick, her friends and neighbors quickly responded because she had taken care of them so often, they needed an excuse to reciprocate.
Mom loved flowers and had a proverbial "green thumb", but she also worked hard to make things grow. After they moved to Tooele, she had more success growing flowers and during the spring and summer, you could always find her digging in her flower garden. We always had hollyhocks and four-o'clocks around the yard and she especially liked heavenly blue morning glorys. One time she kept after Pa to bring in some top soil to build up her garden, and he got some soil on the way home from Grantsville that turned out to be mostly clay and it took her months to enrich it enough to make anything grow in it.
Mom was always an outstanding story teller and kept all the kids enthralled with her vivid tales. She was always "Ma Brown" to all the kids in the neighborhood. She was Primary President in Grantsville for years and was a perennial Junior Sunday School teacher as well as being active in the Relief Society. She related well to all children, but especially boys. One time Dean had about ten friends in the house when she was canning in the basement. A salesman came by with samples of wash soap and when she told him these were all her "boys", he was so impressed he left her ten sample boxes.
Over the years she took in several boys who were running away and they somehow found their way to our door. She took them in, loved them and made them a part of the family until they sorted out their problems and most often she helped them return to their families. All of our young friends were expected to eat with us and there always seemed to be enough for everyone. She was an excellent artist and had a wonderful vocabulary and her letters were wonderful to read because she described everything with word pictures. She always ran out of paper and completed her letters by writing up and down the margins.
Mom lived 17 years after father died. She loved her fourteen grandchildren and it was something to hear them when they were all together. In her later years, she had several minor strokes that affected her memory. She lived with Robert and his family for sometime, but felt that she was a burden upon them. She finally went to the Tooele Rest Home and found for a while new life taking care of those sicker than she. She would take flowers and fruit around from one room to the other and was again "Sunshine Mary" helping those in need. She died at age 78 18 January 1961.
Transcript bulletin, Tuesday November 7, 1944
Robert William Brown, age 74, prominent churchman and widely known for his activity as a stockman in Utah and Idaho, died at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City last Friday morning following several weeks illness.
President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. of the First Presidency of the LDS Church, a life-long friend of the deceased was a speaker at the funeral services, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Tooele First Ward Chapel. He paid tribute to the devotion, cleanliness and trustworthiness in the life of the deceased.
All of his children were with their Father several days prior and at the time of his death.
Born in Grantsville 20 February 1870, a son of the late Robert T. Brown and Rosena Burton Brown. Mr. Brown attended public schools in Grantsville and the U.S.A.C. in Logan, Utah.
He was an active member of the LDS Church and filled missions to England and the Southern States. He was a High Priest.
I thank Harvey Dean Brown for the Family History of his parents. I remember Uncle Rob vividly at three particular times:
1.I still stand in awe at Uncle Rob's ability and precision in changing those young lambs from bucks (male) to wethers with his teeth. I can see that operation in my mind today as if it was yesterday.
2.He came to our home several times in a somewhat jovial yet one could sense a certain feeling of discernment in his visit. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with Uncle Rob.
3.Kay and I last saw him as he lay ill in his bed in Tooele never realizing that we would not see him again. I believe his son Dean described it best in pointing out how seriously Uncle Rob assumed his responsibility to the entire Brown-Burton family.
A person always felt at home around Aunt Mary Bob. She would greet me with a hello and positive comments that made me feel great, regardless of what may have been a miserable day otherwise. That is the way I have always remembered her and I say Amen to Dean's excellent comments about his Mother.
JOSHUA DRIDGE BROWN
Born:15 May 1872 Grantsville, Utah
Died:24 December 1916 Tooele, Utah
Married: Maude Ursula Nelson 27 November 1901
Born:14 July 1878 Tooele, Utah
Died:24 November 1955 Tooele, Utah
1.Joshua Dridge Brown, Jr.
Born:22 April 1903 Oakley, Idaho
Died: 5 Feb 1982
Married:Blanche Mary Heggie 13 June 1931
Died:12 March 1985
Born:17 May 1905 Oakley, Idaho
Died: 6 March 1985
Married:Earl Henry Cannegieter 17 June 1931
Died:6 May 1964
3.Dale Robert Brown
Born:8 August 1907 Oakley, Idaho
Married:Edith Leone Staples (1) 10 July 1931
Died:27 October 1977
(2) Audrey Lillian Flinders McCoy
4.William Burton Brown
Born:17 March 1914 Tooele, Utah
Married:Devetta Murray (1) 26 July 1948
Mary Rhea Biesinger (2) 7 March 1958
JOSHUA DRIDGE BROWN was born in Grantsville, Utah 15 May 1872, the second son of Robert Thomas Brown and Rosena Burton Brown. He spent his childhood in Grantsville and on a ranch in Skull Valley. He went to school in Grantsville and later attended the Brigham Young Academy in Provo in 1899.
He met Maude Ursela Nelson at a dance in Tooele and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 27 November 1901.
They lived in Grantsville for a short time and then moved to Oakley, Idaho where Joshua worked for a freighting company. He hauled supplies for the local stores and merchants. He also worked in the sheep business. While living here, Dridge, Bertha, and Dale were born. Two recorded items of interest took place at this time. A canal ran through the yard with a board across it. Dridge, age 4, and Bertha, age 2, were in each arm of their Dad when he was crossing the canal. Upon reaching the middle of the stream, the board broke. Joshua let go of Bertha and held onto Dridge getting him to the bank and then going after Bertha who was floating down the canal. They were all saved, but very scared. The second item was when they left Oakley to come to Tooele. Dridge was about 5, Bertha 3, and Dale a baby. They went to the train depot to get on the train to go to Tooele, but Dridge was gone. He had gotten on another train and Joshua found him just before the train pulled out.
In 1908 they returned to Grantsville where he worked on his father's ranch at Skull Valley. In 1912 they moved to Tooele where, two years later, Bill was born. Joshua found employment at the International Smelting Land Refining Company which was located five miles east of Tooele City.
Joshua knew farming and ranching well. He helped his father-in-law with these things in his spare time. He and Maude liked to watch sports. His hobbies were riding and breaking horses. He and his wife both had a good sense of humor which helped them through some bad times.
When Matthew Spier's store caught fire, he climbed up on the roof to help in the bucket brigade, putting out the fire. Mister Spiers was grateful for his help in saving his store. Joshua was over six feet tall, weighed about 200 pounds, had blue eyes and auburn hair.
He left his life in a tragic accident on Christmas Eve 1916 when he attempted to walk home from the smelter in a blinding snowstorm. Because of the bad storm, the Tooele Valley Railroad decided against running the usual shift train carrying the workers from the smelter to Tooele. Joshua couldn't bear the thought of being away from his family on such an important night, so he and a friend decided to walk home following the railroad tracks. In the meantime the railroad officials changed their minds and sent the train to Tooele. Because of poor visibility, the engineer didn't see the two men. The train hit them killing Joshua and injuring his friend.
Maude Ursula Nelson was born in Tooele, Utah 14 July 1878, the third child of William Nelson and Eliza Rowberry Nelson. There were six girls and two boys in the family. When growing up, she always enjoyed being with the young people and in a group. Her light sense of humor gave her an outstanding personality.
In school her ability in spelling made her a consistent winner in the then-popular spelldowns. She also spent many hours assisting her family in the necessary homemaking duties of the day.
She grew to be about four feet, nine inches tall and had gray eyes and black hair.
As mentioned above, Maude and Joshua were married in 1901, lived in Grantsville for a time, then in Oakley, Idaho and later returned to live in Tooele.
The family home was located on the corner of First West and First South Streets. It was constructed of red brick, but had no running water nor indoor toilet facilities. The yard was a big piece of property and on it they had fruit trees, a large garden with a variety of vegetables, grape vines, and a lovely flower garden in which Maude took great pride. They also had some animals and chickens.
Though Maude and her husband had only fifteen years together before Joshua's untimely death, they were happy ones the memories of which helped sustain Maude through the difficult years ahead.
She spent most of her time at home taking care of the children. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and working in the yard. As the children grew, they found odd jobs which helped them earn money or some other form of payment to help the family. They worked for their Grandpa William Nelson digging potatoes, planting wheat, stacking hay and irrigating the crops. They were paid fifty cents per day plus hay, potatoes, wheat and corn to feed their chickens. Eggs from the family's chickens were often sold to the local grocery store.
The city helped provide the older children with a few jobs such as watering down the dirt-covered streets, gathering up trash, hauling sand and gravel, etc. This, of course, was done in addition to the required school attendance. These things and other available jobs helped the children contribute to the maintaining of the family.
Maude sacrificed her whole life for her children. Their interests always came first. To her, honesty was very important. An example of this was when one of the boys took a check to go buy groceries. The clerk gave him too much change, so she had him return the extra money to the store.
Maude was also very kind to others. Many times she took food to someone who was sick. However, her kindness didn't prevent her from being outspoken. She didn't hesitate to tell others what she thought.
Maude was a great sports fan, enjoyed company, and liked to visit with her friends. She enjoyed reading the newspapers and magazines. As her children married and began their own families, listening to the radio and later, watching television, became an important source of entertainment to her. When she moved to the home on Main Street, she had many modern conveniences that she had not enjoyed before. She liked to sit on her front porch and watch the sights, especially parades and bands.
Maude had arthritis in her hands and knees for many years, but had fairly good health most of the time.
She really loved her husband and often said her love continued to grow for him over the years. She was a widow for thirty-nine years and had reared four fine children who were a credit to her, and who loved and respected her throughout her life.
I thank Darlene and Gordon Lee for the brief history of their grandparents, Joshua Dridge and Maude Nelson Brown. After reading the description of Uncle Joshua's death, it seems his chief concern was getting home to his family on Christmas Eve. To him, walking must have seemed the only sure way to get home at that time. This action imparts to me an inward glimpse of his character; something to be admired.
William Burton, Joshua's grandfather, must have thought highly of Joshua because he gave ten acres of ground to him in his Will with the understanding that should Joshua die, the ground should go to Rosena Dridge Burton Brown, Joshua's mother. The Will was written in 1889 so Joshua would have been seventeen years old.
Although Uncle Joshua died a year before I was born, there is a feeling of knowing him and Aunt Maude that has developed within me from reading about their lives. I admire the way Aunt Maude and her family accepted the challenges that came to them after losing a husband and their father. I regret that I never got to know Aunt Maude and my cousins in those years of growing older in Grantsville. We should not let something like this happen again.
Tooele Transcript Friday 29 December 1916
The sad death of Joshua Dridge Brown run over by T. V. Engine while walking from Smelter Christmas Eve.
The tragic death of Joshua D. Brown who was run over by the passenger engine on the Tooele Valley railway shortly before six o'clock Sunday evening cast a gloom over this city. On the evening in question, on account of the fierce storm which was raging on Sunday, the trains on the Salt Lake route were delayed causing the T.V. train to be delayed for some time at the junction. Mr. Brown and Emil B. Dobs started to walk home and while walking down the track, they met the engine coming up light to clear the tracks on which the snow was being drifted, the coaches having been left below the trestle until it was ascertained if they could get through with the train.
On coming back to pick up the train they came upon Messrs. Brown and Dobs about three hundred yards beyond the trestle, who owning to the raging storm, failed to hear the approach of the engine. The engine hit both Mr. Brown and Mr. Dobs, Mr. Brown falling directly in front of the engine while Mr. Dobs was thrown to one side and escaped with a number of bruises and a few scratches. The engine dragged the body of Mr. Brown along to within forty feet of the trestle where Mr. Dobs found it. He carried the body from the track and went down to the home of William Parker from where he telephoned down notifying the officials of the accident.
Joshua Brown was born in Grantsville May 17, 1872, and was the son of Robert T. Brown, Chairman of the board of County Commissioners. He was married to Miss Maude Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Nelson of this city November 1901, who with four children, three boys and one girl, survive him.
The funeral services for Mr. Brown were held in the Tooele South Ward meeting house Wednesday afternoon, Bishop E. M. Atkin presiding. The choir sang "The Psalms", prayer by Gustave Anderson and Joseph Millward sang a solo. The speakers were Elder James Wrathal, Stake President, C. Alvin Orme and Bishop E. M. Atkins. During the services, solos were sung by S. W. Lee and Miss Otella Shields. The choir sang an anthem and the benediction was by C.R. McBride. The internment was in the Tooele cemetery. Elder John A. Bevan dedicated the grave.
Transcript Bulletin Tuesday 29 November 1935
Funeral services for Maude Nelson Brown were held Monday in the First-Sixth Ward Chapel under the direction of the First Ward Bishopric. The services were conducted by Glen Williams. Prelude and Postlude music was played on the organ by Roxie Lee and the Singing Mothers from the First and Fourth Wards sang the opening and closing numbers.
George Elton gave the prayer at the mortuary and President Alex F. Dunn offered the invocation. Speakers were Carver W. Bryan and President Ross Gowans. Other musical numbers were a vocal solo by Mrs. Evelyn T. Roundy. John C. Brown offered the benediction and the grave at the Tooele City cemetery was dedicated by Roy T. Brown.
Mrs. Brown died Thanksgiving day at 6:30 a.m. in the Tooele Valley Hospital following a lingering illness. She was born July 14, 1878 in Tooele, a daughter of William and Eliza Rowberry Nelson and had spent most of her life in Tooele. She was married to Joshua Brown November 27, 1901 in the Salt Lake Temple. He died December 24, 1916.
A member of the LDS Church, she had been active in the auxiliary organizations during her younger years and was a member of the Relief Society. Surviving are three sons: Dridge, Dale and William (Bill) Brown all of Tooele; a daughter Mrs. Bertha Cannegeiter of
Murray, Utah, five grandchildren and a great grandchild.
Tooele Bulletin Tues 9 February 1982
Joshua Dridge Brown died Friday 5 February 1982 in a Salt Lake City hospital of a heart ailment. Mr. Brown was 78. He was born April 22, 1903 in Oakley, Idaho to Joshua Dridge and Maude Nelson Brown. On June 13, 19288 he married Blanche Heggie in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mr. Brown worked at International Smelter for 42 years and was a member of the Senior Citizens. He also was an active member of the LDS church as a High Priest and he was a Home Teacher for fifty years. He loved gardening and outdoor sports. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. George (Colleen) Elton and Mrs. Gordon (Darlene) Lee, all of Tooele. Other survivors include five grandchildren: Diane Lee, Sharon Lee Stokes, Gary Lee, Brenda Elton Cooper and Steve Elton. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, a sister Bertha Cannegeiter of Murray and two brothers Dale Brown of Tooele and William Brown of Salt Lake City. Services were held Tuesday at noon in the Tooele 14th
Ward. Burial was at the Tooele City cemetery.
Tooele Transcript Thursday 14 March 1985
Blanche Heggie Brown, 75, died 12 March 1985 in a Salt Lake hospital during surgery. She was born on June 12, 1910 in Tooele to William S. and Mary E. Strasburg Heggie. She married Joshua Dridge Brown June 13, 1928 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died February 5, 1982.
Mrs. Brown worked at Tooele Army Depot during World War II. She was a manager of the High School lunch program and a charter member of the DUP Millstream camp and held many offices with that organization. Mrs. Brown was an active member of the LDS Church and held many auxiliary offices and was a visiting teacher for over 40 years. Most recently she served in the Relief Society. She was a lovely homemaker and loved gardening and flowers. She is survived by daughters Mrs. George (Colleen) Elton; Mrs. Gordon (Darlene) Lee both of Tooele, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Alfonzo Heggie. She had a special love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Tooele Bulletin Tuesday November 1, 1977
Edith L. Brown, 68, of Tooele, died on Saturday October 29, 1977 in a Salt Lake hospital. Mrs. Brown was born December 27, 1909 to James and Matilda Staples in St. John, Utah. She married Dale R. Brown on July 10, 1931 in Tooele. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mrs. Brown was an active member of the LDS Church.
Survivors include her husband, one daughter and one son; Mrs. Al (Lynette) Nyquist of Salt Lake City and David Dale Brown of Tooele. Also surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Burrell (Ethyl) Conway of Escondito, California; Mrs. John M. (Joyce) Gordon of Carlsbad, California; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Intern-ment in the Tooele cemetery.
ROSELTHA BROWN (3)
Born:21 February 1875 Grantville, Utah
Died: 9 February 1881 Grantsville, Utah
JASPER DEARDEN BROWN (4)
Born:27 November 1877 Grantsville, Utah
Died:10 July 1952 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Ada Elizabeth Matthews 20 June 1906
Born:17 July 1881 Grantsville, Utah
Died:23 March 1973 Grantsville, Utah
1.Jasper Keith Brown
Born:l7 April 1907 Grantsville, Utah
Died:5 October 1986 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Elba A. Hanks 8 March 1937
Born:12 January 1910 Grantsville Utah
Died:21 April 1968
Married:James C. Peterson 25 February 1940
3.Robert Maurice Brown
Born:5 June 1912
Married:Jane Elizabeth Rydalch 25 July 1941
Born:15 January 1915 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Douglas Orson Smith 20 June 1938
5.Jack Matthews Brown
Born:12 Feb 1918 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Donna Jean Koford 26 Oct. 1947
6.Quentin Joshua Brown
Born:29 April 1921 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Nettie May Cooley 23 August 1947
JASPER DEARDEN BROWN
Jasper Dearden Brown was the fourth child born November 1, 1877 to Robert Thomas and Rosena Dridge Brown. He loved horses and always rode a beautiful horse. He would ride in races during holiday celebrations. Once when he was going to break a mule he decided to take it out into a plowed field so it couldn't buck so hard. It promptly threw him off.
Jap, as he was affectionately called, was involved in an accident when he was a young boy. He was helping with threshing grain and slipped into the cogs of the horse power machine and his leg was badly broken. He limped the rest of his life and often had an open sore when a sheep kicked him or whenever he received a bump. He would sit in front of the coal stove because the heat made it feel better. It didn't seem to slow him down. He was always the first one up to build the fire and get things ready for the day. He would do a half-day's work before anyone else was up. Jasper worked with the sheep part of his life, but his real love was working at Brown's Ranch in Skull Valley. Jasper received his education in Grantsville and attended the Brigham Young Academy. He received his Patriarchal Blessing at that time. He came home with an abiding affection for Brother Karl G. Maeser.
He married Ada Elizabeth Matthews, the daughter of George and Elizabeth Rebecca Hunter Matthews on June 20, 1906. In September he went on a two year mission to Virginia for the LDS Church. One morning when he got up, he told his companion that he had a new son. It was almost a week before he received a letter to tell him the news.
Jasper was a big tease. He loved his grandchildren and loved to tease them. One of his tricks was to squirt milk at them as they watched him milk the cows. He would tell his kids about the tricks he and his brothers pulled as they were growing up. They would go across the road to sleep in the hayloft and after their Dad had checked to see if they were asleep, they would get up and go have fun. Ada would try to shut Jasper up because she probably thought the kids would try to do some of these things themselves.
Jasper was a peacemaker, a kind and generous man. He carried food to people all over Grantsville and never talked about it. At his death many people told how he had helped them and how they appreciated it. Once after he had been to the funeral of a young father, he remarked that people had been very generous with floral offerings; then he thoughtfully remembered how many pairs of shoes that money would have bought for the man's little children.
Jasper Keith was the oldest boy, He played football and basketball in High School. He graduated from Utah State University in Animal Husbandry and went back to school for another year for more edu-cation. He spent the rest of his life helping his friends and neighbors with sick animals. He was a hard worker and always did more then his share. He was a member of the Lion's Club, a Grantsville Marshall, and was twice elected Mayor of Grantsville. He married Elba Hanks and they have three boys: Stephen, Rand and Monte.
Beth was born after Jasper came home from his mission. She graduated from Grantsville High School. She attended BYU and then received a Normal Degree from Utah State University. Beth taught school in Grantsville where she had four cousins in her first class. She taught in Wasatch, Duchesne, and Davis counties. She continued her schooling and graduated from Utah State University. She married J. Clayton Peterson and they had two boys: James D. and Jack C. Peterson.
Maurice was the second boy. He was sick a great deal of the time when he was young. In spite of this he has been a hard worker all his life. He graduated from Grantsville High School where he played football and basketball. He was a member of the Lion's Club, active in MIA and in Sunday School and is a High Priest in the LDS Church. He has been active in helping improve the farmer's and cattleman's productivity by working as a member of the Agricultural Soil conservation group and as a Vice President of the Bureau of Land Management Advisory Board. He has been a valuable member of the High School FFA riders where he did much of the cooking. He rode for many years on the Pony Express Ride. He has received commendations from all these groups. He married Jane Rydalch and they have five children: Jolynne, Janice, Maureen, Richard and Cory.
Rachel came next. She spent most of her early school days living with her Grandmother Matthews. She graduated from Grantsville High School and from Utah State University before she received a degree in Early Childhood Education. Rachel taught school in Duchesne and Wasatch Counties and retired after thirty-eight years of teaching. She was President of the MIA, a teacher in MIA, Sunday School, Primary, and a Counselor in the Relief Society. She was on the Stake Boards of MIA, Sunday School and Primary. She taught 4-H for twenty-six years. Rachel married Douglas O. Smith and they are the parents of a daughter, Sue Ann Christensen.
Jack, another son, played basketball and football and graduated from Grantsville High School. He attended Utah State University and was drafted into the Army during World War II. He went through France with Patton's army, was wounded in the knee and received the Purple Heart. He operated a dairy farm with his brother Quentin in Grantsville before moving his operations to Weiser, Idaho. He was a member of the Grantsville City Council, President of the South Willow Irrigation Company and was a director of the Utah State Farm Bureau. Jack served many years in the Sunday School Superintendency of the LDS Church. He married Donna Jean Koford and they are the parents of three children: Greg, Gary and Denice.
Quentin was the youngest child. He was President of his Junior Class in school and was also Student Body President of the Grants-ville High School. He served in the Army in World War II and spent time in Japan with the Occupation Forces. In his early married life, he contracted polio which affected his left leg. He contin-ued to work to support his family, but finally it became too hard on his leg to handle the milk equipment so he moved to Montana to raise beef cattle. Quentin has worked in many capacities in the LDS Church including being a counselor in the Bishopric. He spent years on the School Board, often taking his own equipment to cor-rect some problem at the school. He was instrumental in getting a new Elementary School built. When it was completed, they honored Quentin by naming the school after him. That same year, the town of Corvallis named him the Man of the Year. He was selected School Board Member of the Year by the state of Montana. Quentin married Nettie Mae Cooley and they are the parents of seven children: Becky, Phil, Christine, Merlynne, Butch (Frank) Douglas and Tana.
At Jasper's funeral, John Clark said that Jasper Brown was the definition of Honesty: that is the ultimate tribute to this good man.
I thank Rachel Smith for sending me a brief sketch of the Jasper-Ada Brown family. The last time I saw Uncle Jap he was riding a horse out towards Willow Fields west of Grantsville. I remember him in horse races on July 4th. I don't remember him in Grantsville very much when we were haying or threshing grain. He probably spent more time at Brown's Ranch. I remember he gave me a job during the summer working at Brown's Ranch after I graduated from BYU. It was a difficult time for me because there were few jobs available with the approaching depression. Then one day Aunt Ada, with her bright twinkling eyes shining and a smile on her face, called me in the house and gave me a letter which made me produce a smile. It was an offer of a Fellowship to teach Laboratory classes and do graduate work at Utah State University. I accepted and a new life had begun for me. I thank Uncle Jap and Aunt Ada for being so kind and helpful to me during a difficult summer in my life.
MARY CORA BROWN
Born:2 June 1880
Died:9 December 1909
Married:Hugh Hammond 30 September 1903
Born: 6 December 1879, Grantsville, Utah
Died:22 December 1922, Grantsville, Utah
1.Hugh Deardon Hammond
Born:9 Jan. 1904
Died:9 Feb. 1909
2. Rozella Hammond
Born:10 March 1908
Died:21 April 1909
Tooele Transcript Friday December 10, 1909
Mrs. Cora Brown Hammond, the young wife of Hugh Hammond died very suddenly at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Brown last Tuesday.
Tooele Transcript Friday February 12, 1909
The little four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hammond died this week of typhoid fever. Funeral services were held at the parents' home last Tuesday afternoon.
Tooele Transcript Friday April 30, 1909
The funeral services over the remains of the infant child of Mrs. Cora Hammond was held Thursday at the residence of R. T. Brown. The speakers were Elders B. F. Barrus, J. R. Clark and H.B. Haynes, each speaking words of comfort to the bereaved parents. This makes the second child they have lost the past winter and great sympathy is felt for the mother who is in a very weak condition.
Tooele Transcript January 5, 1923
Hugh Hammond passed away Friday morning December 29, 1922 at 3:00 a.m. He had been sick for a long time suffering from heart disease. Funeral services over his remains were held Sunday December 31 in the Second Ward Chapel at 1:45 p.m.
Hugh Hammond was born at Grantsville December 6, 1878, the son of George and Rose Clark Hammond. He was married September 15, 1903 to Cora Brown, daughter of R.T. Brown who with their two children preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother.
I regret that I never had the opportunity to know Aunt Cora and Uncle Hugh Hammond and their two children. My Father often referred to her as "Co". Aunt Mary Toone Brown and Grandfather R. T. Brown (in a letter) expressed concern about Aunt Cora's health. She must have been having problems possibly a year before her death. The deaths of her two children, only months apart, was a tragedy and she died in December of that year. Uncle Hugh must have lived a very lonely life the next thirteen years suffering as he did with heart trouble. I am very grateful to all the families who contributed to the "Brown Headstone Project" that made it possible for their family to be identified with headstones in the Grantsville cemetery.
JOSEPH LISHMAN BROWN
Born:22 August 1882 Grantsville, Utah
Died:17 March 1935 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Mary Toone 23 June 1909
Born: 2 April 1889 Thatcher, Idaho
Died: 23 July 1966
1.Joseph Lishman Brown, Jr.
Born:2 May 1910 Grantsville, Utah
Died:20 April 1972
Married:Elsie Cherrington 27 December 1933
2.Kenneth Dearden Brown
Born:19 May 1912 Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
Married:Edith Lindberg 1 September 1939
3.Amy Rose Brown
Born:1 September 1914 Grantsville, Utah
Died:7 December 1958
Married:Clarence Virgil Key (1) 3 July 1937
Marvin Barber(2) 15 Nov. 1943
Wayne Lott(3) 28 April 1949
4.Gerald Toone Brown
Born:4 May 1918 Grantsville, Utah
Died:22 February 1977
Married:Marveen E. Turner 14 February 1942
5.Edna Pearl Brown
Born:10 July 1920 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Ray Parkinson 30 June 1938
Victor Sidney Peterson(2) 12 August 1957
6.LaVern Toone Brown
Born:10 August 1924 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Alda Phister 24 January 1945
7.Betty Lois Brown
Born:31 October 1926 Grantsville, Utah
Died:18 February 1983
Married:Charles Wade Smith 25 September 1946
8.Mary Sibyl Brown
Born:11 August 1929 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Harris A. Mortensen 27 June 1952
9.Dora Gayle Brown
Born:3 May 1933
Married:John E. Buckwalter 29 August 1952
JOSEPH LEISHMAN BROWN
Joseph Leishman Brown was born the 22nd of August in the year 1882 in Grantsville, Utah. He was the sixth child of ten born to Robert Thomas Brown and Rosena Dridge Burton Brown.
Not much is known of his childhood or his teenage years. He was active in some sports, and was a good student in school. He finished all the schooling that was available to him in Grantsville.
Joed, as he was called, attended church regularly and held various offices in the Aaronic Priesthood. During his twentieth year he was ordained an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood.
He learned at an early age to work hard and did his full share of the tasks he and his brothers were given to do.
A few of his talents included the following: He was known as a peacemaker in his family and among his friends. He was very good with animals, which included training horses and sheep dogs. He was a good dancer, and enjoyed going to dances and church socials.
Joseph attended BYU for two years. When he was twenty-six years old and working with the sheep in Idaho, Joseph met a young lady by the name of Mary Toone in the little town of Henry, Idaho. Mary was nineteen years old and working in a boarding house. Joed was getting tired of sheep camp food, so he went to the boarding house to eat dinner. When Mary saw him for the first time she said to her girl friend that is the man I am going to marry. At the time she was engaged to another fellow. Joe must have looked pretty impressive to her.
After a short courtship, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on the 23 of June 1909. They spent their honeymoon and the first three months of their marriage with the sheep in a sheep camp in Idaho.
Mary and Joseph moved into their own home at 211 East Main Street in Grantsville approximately seven months after they were married. The first child born to Joseph and Mary was a son and they named him Joseph Leishman. Everyone called this son Jay rather than Joe or Joseph.
Joseph L. Brown received a call to serve a mission to the Eastern States Mission in August 1911. His son Jay was fifteen months old at the time and his wife Mary was expecting their second child. On September 20, 1911 he left Salt Lake City by train for the mission field. The Eastern States mission covered all of the Northeastern part of the U.S.A. and the eastern one-third of Canada at that time. Headquarters was in New York City. Elder Brown spent the first six months of his mission in the state of Vermont. One month of that time, he and his companion were not allowed to leave their room because a family living in the same building came down with small pox and everyone in the building was quarantined.
The next four months were spent in the country areas of Northern Vermont and the southern province of Quebec, Canada doing country tracting without "purse or scrip". Elder Brown tells of many wonderful experiences during this time in the journal that he kept. The last year of his mission was spent in the states of New York and West Virginia. Included at the end of this history is a letter Elder Brown wrote to his parents May 6, 1913 while on his mission.
Elder Brown returned from his mission in October 1913 to his wife Mary and two sons, Jay and Kenneth. Kenneth was born in Soda Springs, Idaho and he was sixteen months old when his father first saw him.
About a year after his return from the mission field, he was called to serve in the Bishopric of the Grantsville 2nd ward. Little did he realize that this calling would be for nineteen years. During this time in the Bishopric, the 2nd Ward chapel was built. The Bishop was John W. Anderson and the first counselor was Pratt Matthews. They were together as a Bishopric the entire nineteen years.
Nine children were born to Mary and Joseph. Their names are Joseph L., Kenneth D., Amy Rose, Gerald T., Edna Pearl, LaVern T., Betty Lois, Mary Sybil, and Dora Gail. Each of these nine children were blessed to be born of goodly parents and grandparents. Father and Mother made sure each of their children were taught to pray and have faith in God. They were also taught the "Golden Rule", "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Each of these family members can testify that they had the best parents in the world.
Soon after being released from the Bishopric, our father became ill and it was diagnosed that he had cancer. He fought valiantly for two years to regain his health, but it wasn't to be. He passed away on the 17th of March 1935 at the young age of fifty-two years old.
This brief biography on the life of Joseph L. Brown is being penned by Raymond Hammond, a lifetime friend and associate.
Joseph L. was born in Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah in the year 1882, a son of Robert T. and Rosena B. Brown who were among the early pioneers of Tooele County.
Joseph and I were near the same age and our homes were only a half a block apart on the same street, however, the George Hammond family and Robert T. Brown family were not neighbors merely because of location, but also in friendship and goodwill. My memory now takes me back over the nearly eighty years of my life when Joseph and I were children together and as we passed through our teenage period of life we were close companions and playmates and had formed a mutual friendship that remained throughout his life.
At the age of eight years he was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with membership in the Grantsville Ward, Tooele Stake of Zion. As time passed on he was ordained to the office of Deacon, Priests Quorum, Teachers Quorum, Elders Quorum of the Ward. Acting in these various capacities he performed his duties in a creditable, humble, and conscientious manner for which I am sure he and our church can well be proud.
Joseph L's vocation during his lifetime was that of a rancher. Robert T., his father, and his family were the owners of many acres of fertile farm lands and with this as a base, expanded by going into the sheep and cattle industry. Their farming activities, coupled with the spirit of close cooperation and hard work, made the desert lands "blossom as the rose". In this operation Joseph L. soon learned to share his part of the responsibilities involved and by hard work he contributed much towards their success in this field.
He was married and sealed to Mary Toone in the Salt Lake Temple. Joseph attended college for two years. Upon completion of these two years, he was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with a full and well-established faith in the gospel he made immediate plans to fill this assignment and after being ordained a Seventy in the 31st Quorum was on his way to his field of labor (Eastern States Mission). He left his beloved wife Mary, and one child, at home fully trusting in the Lord that by serving in the mission field they would be greatly blessed. After being out in the mission field a few months, a second child was born to them.
After his return home he was chosen to serve in the Bishopric of the Grantsville 2nd Ward under the direction of Bishop John W. Anderson. This position he filled with great honor to himself and to his church, believing as he did that his first duty in life was to honor God and to render service unto his fellowmen. As I write this (though now having just passed a life span of four score years) there comes to my mind a very clear and vivid picture (it seems only yesterday) of seeing him as he occupied the pulpit in our church and with a strong voice and a spirit of humbleness, bearing his testimony as to the truthfulness of the Gospel and at times, with tear-dimmed eyes, pleading with all under the sound of his voice to live up to the principles of the Gospel, and to pay their tithes and offerings, and in so doing make themselves worthy to receive the many blessings promised to the faithful. His disposition was always of a cheerful nature and whenever he spoke, whether in private or in public, it was always in a spirit of humbleness and goodwill toward his fellowmen. He was loved and respected by members of the ward and by all those who came in contact with him throughout the Tooele Stake which at that time comprised all of Tooele County.
Joseph and his wife Mary were blessed with a family of nine children to provide care for. Here again, they exhibited strong faith and a determination to serve the Lord. He and his wife Mary had counseled together from the time of their marriage in planning a future for themselves and their family and they stood side by side in all matters pertaining to their future.
While yet in mid-life, Joseph L. became the victim of a lingering illness from which he did not recover. His passing caused a great feeling of deep sorrow and sadness filled the hearts and minds of his legions of friends and associates.
In closing this brief history of the life of Joseph L. Brown, I wish to first enter my testimony of his life as I knew him. His disposition was always of a smiling and humble nature. To my knowledge he had no bad habits and during a lifetime acquaintance with him, I never heard him use a single word that would tend in any way to lower his dignity in the minds of his associates and friends. He lived up to all principles of the Gospel and had a burning desire to render service to the Lord and to his family and to all mankind. Thus, the life he led, coupled with his teachings, has left an imprint in the minds of all who knew him and which imprint will remain in evidence for generations yet unborn. His goal was set and his work was well done, and now may he rest in peace until the great day of the resurrection when his spirit and earthly body will be reunited and receiveth full glories of heaven as his reward.
In closing I would also like to pay a tribute to his beloved wife Mary. It is seldom indeed that a wife of her accomplishments can be found. Loved by her husband, she stood close by his side all through his life. When the sad hour of parting came and she was left as the head of the house and a family of nine children to care for until they reached maturity, she again exhibited her faith and courage by taking over as head of the household and fulfilling to a very high degree what she and her husband had planned, which was a family true to the faith and honored and respected by all with whom they associate.
As a result, when her family began to reach maturity, she sponsored three of them and one grandson on missions for the LDS Church. Two of the family have served as Bishops, one is serving on the Stake MIA Board, one filling the position of Scoutmaster in California,, one serving as Ward Clerk and has held positions in three different wards. Your love for your family, Mary, has been fully demonstrated by your efforts to have them always walk that straight and narrow path which leads to life eternal in the Kingdom of Heaven, and I am sure they will forever be thankful that they were born under the covenant of Joseph L.Brown and Mary Toone Brown. Mary, if I were in a position to do so, I would gladly nominate you for the national contest for "Mother of the Year" honors, because of your faith and good works. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family in rich abundance, and may peace of mind and all the comforts and pleasure of life remain with you always.
With love and best wishes to you,
Transcript Bulletin Friday March 22, 1935
Joseph Leishman Brown prominent Tooele County citizen passed away at his home in Grantsville last Sunday at 12:30 p.m. after an illness of two years.
Mr. Brown was born in Grantsville August 22, 1882, the son of Robert Thomas Brown and Rosena Burton Brown. He is survived by his widow, Mary Toone Brown, to whom he was married June 22, 1909 in the Salt Lake Temple: also, following sons and daughters: Joseph Leishman Brown, Oakland, California; Kenneth Dearden, Amy Rosena, Gerald Toone, Edna Pearl, LaVern, Betty Lois, Mary Sibyl and Dora Gayle, all of Grantsville; and five brothers and one sister: Robert W., Jasper D., Roy T., Burton D., John C. and Mrs. Leland S.Tate all of Grantsville.
Mr. Brown had been very active in the LDS Church during his life having served two years as a missionary and was a counselor in the Second Ward Bishopric for nineteen years and had acted as Group Leader for the High Priests in his Ward for many years.
Funeral services were held in the Second Ward Chapel yesterday at 2:00 p.m. with Sidney G. Clark conducting.
I thank Vern for the brief life story of their father and Sybil Brown Mortensen for the life story of their mother.
Uncle Joe died the year I graduated from high school. I remember him as a quiet, peaceful man with a long, long term as a member of the Grantsville 2nd Ward Bishopric. He must have spent considerable time with the sheep because I do not remember him in the hay or gain fields when these crops were harvested. As a youth, I did not realize the seriousness of his illness and I regret that I did not show more compassion towards him.
Aunt Mary Joe had talents I never realized. I marvel at the way she managed her home and family without Uncle Joe. I was at their home often to see Gerald and enjoyed Aunt Mary Joe's many considerations she gave to me while I was in their home. Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe's children, Sibyl and Vern, have given me thoughts to remember that I never observed in my youthful life and association with my Aunt and Uncle.
HISTORY OF MARY TOONE BROWN
I was born April 2, 1889 in Thatcher, Bannock County, Idaho. It was then called Gentile Valley. Mother had seven children at that time, then they lost two children with diphtheria; Edna, the oldest girl died November 12, 1891 and Jessie Prosser, the oldest boy died May 11, 1892. I was only three years old, but I remember mother lifting me up to look through the window when they took my brother away. I remember mother saying Brother Mathias F. Cowley and Sister Ann Hale were the only two people who came and helped care for the family and dress the bodies and seen to their burial. Everyone else was afraid of the diphtheria.
When I was about four years old, we moved to a farm up in the foothills, up near the mountains. I remember it was a beautiful place, with lots of trees and wild flowers and wild fruit nearby. We could pick wild strawberries, choke cherries, elderberries, and sovel berries. There was a beautiful stream of clear cold water running over shiny rocks. It went right across our place and we had to cross a bridge to go from the house to the barn and yards. I remember how much fun it was to wade on the water and in the winter time we would back it up and let it run over and make a skating pond. I enjoyed my brothers and sisters very much. We were a family that lived together, worked together, played together and prayed together.
At that time there were only five children: Emma, John Alfred, Lorus (always called Loss), Mary and Pearl. Later there were Alma Roscoe, Amy Sibyl, Lydia, Wanda Fae and Oran Alonzo.
I had the most wonderful mother. She was very talented and she had the ambition that she could master any situation she met up with and do it better than anyone else could. (Insert: Mary took after her Mother in this way. She could do anything she set her mind to)
We raised everything we had to eat on the place. The first sign of Spring, Mother would have a big vegetable garden planted. She always had plenty and sold or gave some to other people. We had
bees for honey and plenty of meat, chicken, pork, mutton and also beef. Some people would have called us poor people, but we had clothes enough to be comfortable and I never knew of any one ever going hungry. We had plenty of milk and cream.
I always liked school. I went to school in a house that belonged to Will Jenny. This house was an old house that had one big room. We couldn't afford to build a school so this was where we met. I rode to school four miles on horseback in good weather. In the winter we rode in a bob-sled.
When I was twelve years old they introduced at Conference religion classes to be taught in the school. Karl G. Maeser, a teacher at B.Y.U. was at the Conference. He called a group of children out of the audience to demonstrate a class. I was one of the twelve children called out of the audience. He gave each one of the children a blessing and said that they would be teachers to promote this class in religion. I was one of the teachers of the first class that was started in Grantsville. The kids called me, "That lady with the pretty hair".
I always liked to help Mother in the house and learn new things. Mother was a mid-wife and away from home a lot of the time. I took over the family as Em was married and I was the oldest girl at home. I did the sewing for the family also. Mother had taught me to sew and when she was home I didn't have to do the dishes because I would do the sewing and other things. This used to make the other children mad.
My brothers were always good pals to me. Loss taught me how to have fun playing outdoors. When I was old enough to go to parties, Alf would take me if I didn't have a date. He was very protective. If I wanted to go home with someone he didn't approve of, he made sure he took me home. One time I wanted to go home with a sporty fellow they called Robin-red-breast, because he wore a red vest. Alf just told him I was to go home with the one I came with, then he took me home. He told me he didn't want me seen with him.
Father donated the land to the church that the chapel was built on, so the chapel was very close to our place. I always liked to go to church. I was a Sunday School teacher when I was in my teens. When I was about fifteen, I was counselor in the M.I.A. and Myrtle Pond was the President, Effie Alsop, my best friend, was the other counselor.
I sang in the Thatcher Ward choir from the time I was twelve years old. I sang in the Bannock Stake choir when I was about fifteen years old. I even sang solos. I sang the solo part in "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go" in a conference when Reed Smooth was the visitor from Salt Lake.
We went to Preston often to visit Father's half sister, Emma Jemima T. Chapman. On one of these visits I met George Chapman, a relative of Aunt Em's. I wrote to George while he was on a mission. I was down to Preston visiting Aunt Em after George came home. We didn't have a way home so we rode on a donkey from Preston to Thatcher. Everyone expected me to marry George. Even George expected me to marry him. I accepted a ring from him and made plans to marry him. I went to work for Mrs. Wagnet at Henry, Idaho so I could have some money for my marriage. She owned a boarding house that was a stopping-off place for sheep men. Father and the boys were hauling wood out there with their teams. Mother would not have let me go if Father had not been there.
Brown's owned three herd of sheep (a herd was about 3,000 sheep). Joe Brown was part-owner and manager. Joe had been down to Provo to the B.Y.U. He came to the boarding house and I thought he was the best looking man I had ever seen. He had a new brown suit and looked so clean looking. He had dark rich auburn hair. He had a pocket full of pencils. I told Mrs. Wagnet I was going to marry him. After the first meal he ate there he came in and helped with the dishes. Someone put George's picture behind the clock and said that George was behind the times.
The first place I dated Joe was to go to Conference at Soda Springs. We rode on stage coach. The coach was only a one-seated wagon. When I returned to Thatcher the Stake President's wife, Mrs. Pond, told me that if I didn't marry George, he would probably go to hell. I told her if that was all he thought of himself, he could go anywhere he wanted to.
Joe was working at Henry, Idaho for some time taking care of the sheep. He visited me often. We were married June 23, 1909 in the Salt Lake Temple. We then went to live at the sheep camp at Henry for about three months. This was a fun honeymoon. We did a lot o horseback riding.
Then we went to Grantsville and stayed with Joe's family, Rosena and Robert Brown, and helped take care of Joe's sister Cora (Mrs. Hugh Hammond). She and two of her children died while I was there.
I moved to my own home on Main Street across from Bert Lawrence's Service Station. Joe's father bought the home. All my children except Kenneth were born in this home. My mother helped with all the births. She came to stay and help out at this time.
First born was a boy, Joseph Lishman Jr., 2 May 1910; Kenneth Deardon Brown, 19 May 1912; Deardon was a family name, Grandpa Brown's mother was Mary Deardon. Then a girl was born named after both Grandmothers, Amy Rose Brown. Gerald was named after one of my friends. LaVern Toone Brown named because I liked the name. Pearl and Sibyl were named after my sisters; Betty Lois and Dora Gayle were named for cousins. I had nine children--four boys and five girls.
My husband was serving a mission in the Eastern States when Kenneth was born. I was staying with Mother at Lava Hot Spring. The week that Kenneth was born there was a thunder and lightning storm that caused a haystack to burn and the lightning killed a horse.
I worked in the church all the time. I was the first teacher of the Religion Class. This was the first time religion was allowed to be taught in the schools.
The above was written either in Mary's own hand or dictated and recorded.
The following was written about Mary Toone Brown.
Mary Toone Brown taught the Religion Class and the Bee Hive class in Mutual. She served on the Relief Society Stake Board under three Tooele Relief society Stake Presidents. She worked as Work Director for about twelve years. Although she had many home duties to perform she had a desire to serve in a church position. The first time that she was asked to serve, Joe told them she had too many little ones at home and too much to do. She was disappointed and so the next time she was asked, he gave his consent. Her Mutual girls loved her for her hospitality and desire to keep up with their enthusiastic ways. She gave some inspirational lessons which many of them remember and comment about when they see her. One of her Beehive class members was Alice Millward Fenton. She loved these girls.
On the Relief Society Stake Board she worked under Mary Ann Barrus, Maggie Anderson and Carrie Wrathall. She traveled all over Tooele County and gave demonstrations on different ways to cook food. She especially liked salad demonstrations. She used to show how to cook or serve foods in different ways. She had a hundred ways to cook hamburger.
She worked hard on the Ranch at Skull Valley with the Brown family. Robert T. owned the ranch and shared the profits with his children. They all took turns going out to cook for the men who worked there. It was there that Betty put her left hand in the cog wheels of the milk and cream separator. They drove all the way to Grantsville and then on to Tooele to the doctor. It cut off the little finger entirely and left just a stub on the ring fourth finger.
Mary had been taught first aid methods by her mother as well as taking a course in the Red Cross. She was very capable in taking care of the sick, her children as well as her husband's brothers' children. She nursed many a child back to health. She literally nursed two babies, her own Kenneth, and Maurice, when her sister-in-law Ada was very ill. At one time Doctor Peck left Mary and Sister Rydalch with Una Jean Brown, who he thought would die because she had such a high fever. He had said the fever would cook her brain. Mary and Sister Rydalch would put her alternately in ice water and warm water all night and by morning her fever had
broken. She had to take care of many of her own also. Gerald had several close calls. Betty was pron to breaking her arms. Ken and Sibyl had serious leg injuries. With a big family on a farm, injuries do happen.
She went about her neighborhood in Grantsville as well as Salt Lake City giving nursing care to those who needed it. She was very generous, never a thought for her own health or welfare, but always thinking of how she could help this one or that one.
Mary was very missionary minded, not only did she encourage her husband to go on his mission, not telling him she was expecting a child, but after Joe's death, she encouraged Kenneth to go not knowing where the money would come from. She knew there would be a way. She really worked hard for the extra money needed. I remember when our sow was going to have piglets. It was very cold and Mother was afraid the pigs would die and she needed the money they would bring in. She prayed hard and then worked harder. We got cardboard and layered it around to insulate the pen, then put old rugs and straw around. The sow had a big litter and we saved every one. The neighbor, Burt Lawrence, had a sow that had pigs at the same time and had an incubator and lost five out of eight. this was one of those times when we knew that the Lord had a hand in the outcome.
Also while Ken was on his mission, Ted London, Mother's cousin's son, came to see us. He was doing a college project at the canyon near Grantsville. He didn't have a place to stay and asked mother if he could stay with us. the older boys slept in the top of the granary and he was willing to sleep there and pay for room and board. Mother said this was an answer to her prayers. She didn't know where they money would come from to send Ken on his mission, but she knew it would come and mother was always sure the when a missionary was in the field, the money would be there. She said she was more blessed when she had a missionary in the field than any other time of her life. She later helped send Vern and sent Sibyl and then a granddaughter, Barbara, on missions. There was a Missionary Fund established after her death and all of her grandchildren that went on missions received a card from her with money to help get them ready for their mission.
We did different things to make a living. Mother had a contract with the Log Cabin Service, a motel across the street owned by Dave Judd, to do the laundry and make the beds every day. One day while the sheets were on the line drying, one of our calfs, that was like a goat, chewed one corner of the sheet. We all thought this was funny, all except Mother. She had to replace the sheet. Still every time I hear the song "Bill Grogan's goat", I think of our calf.
Another thing we did was clean the Second Ward meeting house. Every time I see a row of chapel benches I think of all the dusting it takes every week. Mother would not let us do a slip--shod job of it. It was the Lord's house and it had to be our best. Mother also learned to wallpaper rooms from a brother in the church who was deaf. She watched him, then tried it herself. She became very proficient at wallpapering and did it for many people as well as herself.
Mother was an excellent seamstress. When she was given clothes for us that were someone else's hand-me-downs, she would make them over for us so they wouldn't be recognizable as hand-me-down at all. Coats she would take apart and turn them wrong side out and the material would look like new then she would make them up again.
The war had an impact on our family both directly and indirectly. Directly, several members of the family had to go into the service, Gerald, Vern and Pearl's husband Ray, all went into the Navy. The indirect influence was the opening of the Tooele Ordinance Depot, not far from Grantsville. This brought many people here with no place to live. Mother made an apartment out of our Granary and another out of the big front bedroom. The Hamilton family moved in the granary and their eldest daughter and family moved in the front bedroom. Mother also went to worked at the T.O.D. making lunches for the workers.
After Vern went into the service, Mary decided that it was too hard to run the farm with just three girls. She moved to Salt Lake City where she bought the home at 742 S. 6th E. It was a beautiful home, large rooms and real homey atmosphere. It had a full basement with a fruit room, furnace room and wash room. As the war was still on there were many wives of military people looking for places to stay. Also they needed someone to tend a child while they worked. She rented her upstairs bedrooms and tended the children during the day. This started the day-nursery which she continued until all her children were married and then on until she was much over sixty-five years of age.
Mary was very frugal in all her dealings. When she bought the house in Salt Lake City, she got the down payment from selling a piece of property that she sold to Red Jones of Tooele. Then she made sure that she could pay the remaining as soon as she could. As soon as she sold the home in Grantsville she paid off the remainder of the loan to the disappointment of the owners who thought they would be able to live for the rest of their lives from the payments. She was a very proud woman and has always been able to take care of herself. She was an excellent manager and knew the importance of saving for a rainy day. Many times she loaned money to her children to help them buy a home, car or other property.
Mary also raised two grandchildren most of their lives. After Amy's husband died, Carolyn and Barbara came to live with us.
After the girls were married, she sold her home to her son Vern with the agreement that as long as she lived and was able to care for herself that she could live in the upstairs. They hired a contractor to put a sink and a stove in the sleeping porch and make a nice little kitchen. She used the back bedroom for her living room and the front east bedroom as her bedroom. She lived quite comfortably there for some years. She suffered a heart attack in 1962 and had difficulty climbing the stairs. She had high blood pressure for years but had not done much to control it so after the heart attack her health became a big concern. She could no longer live alone. She would go down to the families in California in the winter and then go up to Seattle with Sibyl. She would come home about April.
Gayle used about $300 of her mother's money to build an apartment in her basement in Centerville. When it was finished Mary moved to Centerville and lived there almost three years. She suffered a stroke April 1963. It was quite severe, but she managed to pull out of it. It left her with some paralysis in her left side. She could walk but had to use a cane to get around. After this time she visited with other children. She stayed with Gerald for awhile, then Pearl. In March 1964 Pearl brought her back on the train and she came to live with Kenneth in Tooele. A woman was hired to care for her in the day time and Edith, Ken's wife, cared for her at night. She began to improve and wanted to go to see her daughter Sibyl in Seattle. The Doctor gave her permission to go by plane. While she was in Seattle she got quite bad. She had water on her lungs and the doctors would not let her fly home. After seven shots to removed the water from her lungs and that many weeks of constant care night and day, she was allowed to fly home. She was put directly in the Tooele hospital after which she went to the Granger Rest Home until there was an opening in the Tooele Valley rest home.
Mary Toone Brown died in the Tooele Valley Rest Home on July 23, 1966. She was buried in Grantsville, Utah next to her beloved husband Joe who she had always said was perfect. When asked if she would ever marry again she would say, "when you've had a perfect man, you don't settle for second best."
ROY THOMAS BROWN (7)
Born: 7 April 1885 Grantsville, Utah
Died:29 April 1967 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Alice Leone Clark 23 November 1910
Born:16 Dec. 1890 Grantsville, Utah
Died:24 April 1977 Grantsville, Utah
1.Roy Clark Brown
Born:20 April 1912 Grantsville, Utah
Died:13 July 1942
Married: Florence Sutton 26 Sept. 1930
Born:5 Sept 1914 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Lawrence Rowberry Burmester 5 July 1935
3.Alice Donna Brown
Born:1 Nov. 1916 Grantsville, Utah
Married:LaDel Sandberg 14 December 1937
4.Ross Thomas Brown
Born:31 July 1923 Grantsville, Utah
Died:22 April 1927 Grantsville, Utah
Born:13 Feb. 1929 Grantsville, Utah
Married:LeRoy Clark Imlay
ROY THOMAS BROWN
ROY THOMAS BROWN was born in Grantsville, Utah 7 April 1885, a son of ROBERT THOMAS BROWN and ROSENA BURTON BROWN.
He attended the schools at Grantsville and two years at the Brigham Young Academy at Provo, Utah. He has devoted his time to farming and cattle raising.
He married ALICE LEONE CLARK in the Salt Lake Temple on 23 November 1910 and they have five children: Clark, Cora, Donna, Ross and Margene. They have eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is an active worker. He has acted as a member of the Mutual Improvement Association activity committee 1928; First Counselor in the YMMIA in 1929; Ward Scout director 1939; President YMMIA 1930-1931; Scout Committee man, No. 1 man, 1940-1950; member Finance committee 1931 to 1932; supervisor of Deacons quorum from 1933 to 1934; Ward Teacher 1941 to 1959.
He was set apart as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy 13 January 1930 by Apostle George F. Richards. Ordained a High Priest and set apart as Counselor to Bishop Edwin M. Clark 27 January 1933 by Apostle James E. Talmage.
He was released from Bishopric 24 December 1939. He was set apart as a member of the High Council of the Grantsville Stake 26 March 1944 by Apostle Albert E. Bowen.
He was also active in civic affairs. He has been a member of the North Willow Irrigation Company from 1924-1958; three years of that time as President and four years as Vice President. He has been a member of the South Willow Irrigation Company from 1923-1942 and again from 1952-1958, 15 years of that time as President and seven years as Vice President. He has been a member of the Grantsville City Council for 12 years, President of the Grantsville Lion's Club, President of the Tooele County Farm Bureau and a member of the Grazing Association for 16 years.
This is Roy Thomas Brown's biography..it tells us that he was an active person, one who left his mark for good and did everything he could to be of service, but it doesn't tell how he was loved by his family. It doesn't tell about his wonderful sense of humor or his ready laugh, nor of his soft, warm heart. Tears came easily to him because he felt so deeply. As he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren the tears would come, tears of joy and gratitude. As he talked about his testimony and his feelings about the church, again there were tears as he was talking about something close and dear to him.
Toward the end of his life he had a hard time getting around. He had worked hard, loved good food and had worn out the cartilage that protected the bones in his knee. This caused a weakness so arthritis settled there and gave him much discomfort.
He wasn't able to carry on his usual activities so people came to visit him and how he enjoyed these talks. He loved people.
After his funeral I was touched by the number of people, young and old, who came to me to tell me my Father was a special friend to them and would tell of the many things he had done to help them. Frances Johanson was one who said when it was time for his hay to be cut, Roy would leave his team and mower saying it was time to get that hay cut. I heard so manly expressions of gratitude for his concern and help and compassion to others that again I was very grateful to be his daughter.
In 1890 Grandpa bought a large ranch in Skull Valley. It was about forty miles from Grantsville. Roy's memories of their life after they had the ranch were some that each of the brothers could add upon. These boys grew up fast and worked hard. These boys were given the responsibilities of grown men. The following are some of Roy's experiences:
From the time we owned the ranch, we boys worked on it. Often we were left alone when Pa and Ma were busy in Grantsville.
When I was ten years old, I remember coming from Skull Valley on my horse, "Tiddy-Biddy" (I believe that is the Indian word for little) and I was almost to the point of the mountain when I lost my saddle blanket. Now I really was in a predicament. I took the saddle off, but I wasn't tall enough to put it back on. Being a smart 10-year old, I took Tiddy-Billy up by a big rock, climbed up on the rock, threw the blanket on my horse, fixed the saddle, jumped on, and was on my way again.
We were really on our own very early in our lives. When I was eleven years old, I took a trip down from the mountains that I shall never forget. Joed and I were up at Hickman herding sheep. Burt came up to trade places with me saying Pa wanted me down home. I was riding Scabey-Ass Browny, a little old brown pacing horse I owned, so I saddled her and started home. I had been riding for quite some time when I felt something watching me. I looked ahead on a ridge I had to travel and there was a darn old mountain lion, licking snow and looking me over. Going up passed that mountain lion was the last place in the world I wanted to go because I was old enough to know that these animals jumped riders. I sat there on my little horse for quite some time trying to decide what to do. To go back was a temptation, but I knew I'd have to come over this trail some time and the chances were mighty good that he or some other cat would still be around tomorrow or next week. I figured this all out, but still sat there.
The lion would go up the hill a few yards. I'd carefully go a little ways and stop. He'd just look back like he was daring me and I was scared! Again he'd go a little further up the same trail I had to go. Should I go up? Boy, I surely didn't want to. Scabey seemed to sense the danger as I urged her up the trail. I hadn't seen the cat for a few minutes, but as I looked up on the ridge straight above me, there he was carefully looking me over. I could just feel the hair on the back of my neck stand up. But by that time, I knew I had to go on. When I got to the top of the mountain, I couldn't see him, but I knew he was with me for the rest of the trip and believe me, it was a long one. When I was out of the mountains, I really raced into Grantsville knowing that I had done some growing up that day.
I was always coming or going to Skull Valley by horse. I was probably fourteen years old when I was driving a herd of cattle from Grantsville to the ranch. I started after dinner, at noon. I didn't take any lunch as I expected to have supper and breakfast with Benny McBride at Timpie, except he didn't know my plans. It was a little before telephones or telegraphs, so we planned on people being hospitable.
I got there, but there was no Benny. The cabin was locked. I climbed in the window to find there was plenty to eat and I was hungry. I got out some bread and milk and was going to eat it, but then my conscience got busy. I didn't know whether that would be the right thing to do, so I didn't take it. He had a nice clean bed that looked inviting, but Benny wasn't there and I felt like an intruder. I went out in the back where there was an old shack and on the floor was a dirty straw mattress. I threw my saddle blanket over me and slept awhile. I woke up and the moon was bright. I had no watch so I didn't know what time it was, but I decided to let the cattle out and be on my way. The cattle moved quite slowly, but by daylight we were at Burnt Spring. Tompy Millward was out there pumping water for the Western Pacific Railroad. He lived in an old shack and cooked on an old forge. By this time, I was really hungry. I asked Tompy if he had anything to eat. He grumbled to me, 'There's salt pork and bread. Go cook it yourself.' I fried that old salt pork, had some of his baking powder bread and, boy, did it taste good! I got up to the ranch with the cattle about 3 o'clock that afternoon.
The boys now have so many opportunities to learn. Do they appreciate them? The country was new and everyone had to work when we were growing up. If there was work to do we did it and got our schooling in when we could. We always had to stay out of school in the fall to harvest the crops. Then in the spring we were out again to plant crops. I can't remember being too unhappy about it, but we weren't getting much 'book learning'. The attitude about school and the importance of it was very different. I don't believe our parents thought very much about keeping us out of school. I know when my sister Rin was a baby, Ma kept John home from school that year, so he could help entertain her. She said it really helped having John home as when Ma gave Rin a bath, he'd spat his hands and keep Rin's attention while Ma washed her. I know I stayed out of school one whole year. I was out at the ranch in Skull Valley herding sheep.
Our school was the first grade to the eighth. In the fall there would be about thirty-five students in the class. By spring, there would be six left. I don't ever remember graduating from elementary school.
Joed and I registered at the Brigham Young Academy at Provo in the fall of 1905. While I was going to the B.Y.Academy, we built the stone "Y" on the mountain. That was in 1905, fifty-four years ago and it still dominates the campus today.
I enjoyed school at the Academy and would like to have gone on, but Pa was on a mission in Colorado and there was work to do. There was one reason I was glad to be back in Grantsville and that was that young girl, Alice Clark. I always knew Alice, but I was just waiting for her to grow up. I remember walking home with her the first time when she was sixteen years old. Burt went with her first, but I thought I'd better step in. Do you know, she seemed to be glad that I did. I was six years older that she, but because of the irregular way we went to school, I was in the eighth grade when she was in the seventh.
Roy Thomas Brown began his life when the United State was young and the feeling was that anything was possible with hard work and trust in God. There was also a trust in their fellowmen. Their word and handshake made the contract and they lived up to it with a feeling of pride.
The forty miles to Skull Valley or to Salt Lake City took all day by horse back or with a team and wagon. He lived to see and enjoy the automobile taking a ride in either direction in an easy hour of driving. Not only that, he lived to see a picture of a man walking on the moon. He enjoyed conference from his living room knowing also that it was being transmitted to stations all around the world. He saw great changes in his small Brigham Young Academy. Now it was a university with 27,000 students attending, but that "Y" they put on the mountain was still proudly lights each Homecoming week joining Roy's era with this new one. His grandchildren and their children are coming to learn and to serve. They are proud of their heritage.
ALICE LEONE CLARK BROWN
Alice Leone Clark Brown was born in Grantsville, Utah December 16, 1890, a daughter of John William Clark and Selina Elizabeth Jasper Lee Clark. She attended schools at Grantsville and was valedictorian when she graduated from the eighth grade.
She married Roy Thomas Brown in the Salt Lake Temple 23 November 1910. They were married for 562 years. Roy died April 29, 1967 and Alice died April 24, 1977. Alice kept up her home by herself for ten years. She kept it as a haven for her children and grandchildren where they always felt welcome.
She was foremost a faithful wife, a mother and homemaker. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, acting as Primary President, secretary for the Relief Society for five presidents and was a Relief Society Visiting Teacher.
She and Roy had five children.
Alice was a kind, sweet mother and grandmother. One of her grandchildren expressed her love by saying she loved Grandma for her quietness, her willingness to listen and her way of sharing. We knew if we were selling candy or anything for a school project that we could count on Grandma helping us. She was the best cook! She always had cookies or cupcakes in her freezer which we loved and they made wonderful after-school treats. It gave us a special sense of securing knowing we could drop in any time and she would be there.
She never wanted to burden anyone so was very independent. Some of the memories that Alice wrote down were:
"I guess I was a Tom-boy as I was always out with Sid, my brother, while he was doing his chores. When I rode in the buggy with Father, he would hand me the lines and say, 'Take these ribbons and learn to drive.' And I did. I could drive any horse Father owned and he had some high-spirited horses. There were three we would drive in the buggy and I didn't think anything about harnessing a horse to drive in the buggy to go to the store or wherever we wanted to go. I also had a horse I rode to take cows to pasture and I drove a team on the derrick.
I loved to dance. There was always a dance on Friday and I never missed going and I never missed a dance after I got there. One time Father and Mother and I went to Salt Lake City on the train. Sid drove in with a wagon. We did my shopping the first day--a dress, hat, shoes--and then I wanted to be home the next night for the dance, so I rode out to Grantsville with Sid in the wagon.
Alice was very creative. She sewed beautifully and her daughters proudly wore the clothes she created, often making them from other garments. When Alice, Roy and family moved into their new home on Kearl Street, Alice had the home filled with embroidery beautifully done, bedspreads, doilies, dresser sets, making it a bright, cheerful home.
Tooele Bulletin Tuesday May 2, 1967
Roy Thomas Brown, one of Grantsville's outstanding Church and civic leaders, died Sunday April 30, at his home of natural causes. He was eighty-two years old.
An active member of the LDS Church, Mr. Brown had been a member of the Grantsville Stake High Council for eighteen years and served a First Counselor to Bishop Edwin M. Clarke. He had also been active in Scout work. He had been a leader in civic affairs and had held executive offices in both North and South Willow Irrigation
Companies for a combined total of over fifty years; most of the time serving as President. He was a City Councilman for twelve years; member of the Grazing Association for sixteen years, and served as President of the Tooele County Farm Bureau and also President of the Grantsville Lions Club.
Roy T. Brown was born April 7, 1885 at Grantsville, to Robert Thomas and Rosena Burton Brown and was married to Alice Clark in the Salt Lake Temple November 23, 1910. They had celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary last year.
Tooele Bulletin Tuesday April 27, 1977
Alice Leone Clark Brown, 86, died April 24, 1977 of natural causes, at her home in Grantsville. She was born December 16, 1890 in Grantsville to William J. and Selena Lee Clark. She married Roy T. Brown November 23, 1910 in the Salt Lake Temple. He died April 29, 1967 at the age of 82. Mrs. Brown lived in Grantsville all her life where she was active in the LDS Church auxiliaries having served in the YWMIA, Counselor and President in the Primary and as Secretary of the Relief Society under six Presidents and four Bishoprics.
BURTON DAVIS BROWN (8)
Born:22 Feb. 1888 Grantsville, Utah
Died: 9 June 1949 Grantsville, Utah
Married:(1) Mamie Anderson 22 June 1910
Born:1 Jan. 1889 Grantsville, Utah
Died: 28 July 1918 Grantsville, Utah
1. Alice Brown
Born:1911 Grantsville, Utah
Died:1911 Grantsville, Utah
Married:(2)Florence Lucille Clark 15 April 1921
Born:13 Dec. 1898
Died:17 May 1984
1.Burton Donald Brown
Born:20 Feb. 1922 Grantsville, Utah
Married:LaVell Ellis 11 Oct. 1944
2.Mamie Ruth Brown
Born:23 Nov. 1923 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Grant Reed 25 June 1946
3.Ray Calvin Brown
Born:24 Aug. 1925 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Evelyn Marr Koford 2 April 1947
4.Lee Elmo Brown
Born:22 Sept. 1927 Grantsville, Utah
Died:13 Aug. 1931
5. Flora Delores Brown
Born:10 Oct. 1929 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Leoid Nix 14 March 1946
6. Lola Lucille Brown
Born:21 Dec. 1931 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Ralph Milton Campbell 25 June 1953
Died:4 Jan. 1979
7.Robert Thomas Brown
Born:5 Feb. 1934 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Pamela Vlakovich 17 Aug. 1963
Born:23 March 1936 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Derrald Earl Stice 16 Sept 1955
9.Daughter stillborn 11 March 1938
10.Marion Lois Brown
Born:10 Oct. 1939 Grantsville, Utah
Married:(1) Roger Milton Warr 25 July 1958
(2) Milton Van Tassle 11 Oct 1974
BURTON DAVIS BROWN (8)
Burton Davis Brown was born in Grantsville, Utah Feb. 22, 1888 to Robert T. and Rozena Burton. He married Mamie Anderson June 22, 1910. They were the parents of one child, Alice, born 1911 - died 1911. Mamie Anderson Brown died July 28, 1918 in Grantsville.
He later married Florence Lucille Clark April 15, 1921. They were the parents of ten children. Burt was preceded in death by a son Lee Elmo who died from scarlet fever Aug. 13, 1931, a daughter stillborn March 11, 1938. Burton died June 9, 1949. Another daughter Lola Lucille Brown Campbell died Jan. 4, 1979. Florence Lucille Clark Brown died May 27, 1984.
Burt and Florence lived in the north side of the Brown home on the corner of Clark and Kearl Streets. Burt farmed and raised livestock most of his adult life. Burt and one brother homesteaded a dry farm near North Willow Canyon and he and five brothers and a sister owned a big ranch in Skull Valley where they had sheep and cattle.
The brothers raised grain on the dry farm. Burt would drive the old iron-wheeled Case tractor and pull the threshing machine to the dry farm every year. He seemed to enjoy working with this machine even though it was dusty and dirty to be around. He would take Donald and Calvin to help with the threshing and the girls to do the cooking. We would take cattle up to North Willow Canyon in the fall and Dad would take the boys up to the canyon on weekends to see how the cattle were doing. We would ride our horses up into both North and South Willow canyons, even up to South Willow Lake. Burt enjoyed doing this and being in the outdoors. Burt also did custom work for people in Grantsville.
Burt and Florence spent the early part of their married life in Skull Valley. The trip out there was made in a wagon. We left late in the afternoon to avoid the heat and the gnats. It took hours to get there over that long rough winding road.
The work on the ranch was hard, and the days were long. There was no running water and no electricity. They did farming on this ranch, as well as raise cattle and there was a large herd of sheep. The brothers took turns with the sheep. The summer range was in Idaho and they were wintered at the ranch in Skull Valley.
During the depression of the 1930's, the Browns went bankrupt so the rest of the time was spent in Grantsville.
In the summer of 1931 an epidemic of scarlet fever hit Grantsville. Four of our children came down with it. The Marshall put up the fellow flags and we never saw him again until he came to take it down. People were so frightened they would cross the street and walk down the other side. No one could come in and help us, but one good woman would slip some goodies on the back porch. On the 13th of August, Lee boy (Lee Elmo) died just shortly before his fourth birthday. A short funeral service was held on the lawn, but most of the people stayed in their cars.
After leaving the ranch and moving back to Grantsville, Burt was engaged in farming. Farming was hard work with very little cash return. At this time, Burt went into maintaining a dairy herd, and raising sugar beets. The money received from the milk and sugar beets was the only cash they had. All the hay and grain were used to feed the cows and horses.
As the children grew older they all realized what hard work farming was. The boys all milked cows, pitched and hauled hay, irrigated the fields, picked up potatoes, thinned and topped sugar beets, raked hay, rode the derrick horses, drove and stacked hay wagons, did chores around the corral, weeded, thinned and topped beets and threshed grain. They also helped in their spare time with cooking, canning, and cleaning. Even helped with the family sewing.
Burt was a workaholic and he didn't think his children (boys or girls) should have any recreation. He didn't think it was necessary for boys to play in any sports. It was always more important to come home and do chores. We as children did usually have more than one change of clothes, best and work clothes, and plenty to eat.
Burt and Florence were always active in the Church, holding many positions. Burt was one of the seven presidents of the Seventies for many years. Florence was active in the Relief Society, Young Women's MIA and genealogy research. They saw to it that their children also were active in the Church.
Burt had a stroke in the summer of 1947. He had a cerebral hemorrhage in 1949 and never recovered. He passed away on June 9, 1949 at age sixty-one. Florence was left with four children to support. She worked one year at the school lunch room, then went to work at the Tooele Army Depot. While working at the Army Depot she fell and broke her hip. Having worked at the Deport for nearly fifteen years she retired in November 1965. Florence was a widow for more years than she was married.
Upon until the time she went to the rest home, Florence lived alone, did her own cooking, washing and kept her own house. They have a posterity of thirty-five grandchildren (lost two), fifty-seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Florence died 17 May 1984 and was buried in the Grantsville cemetery.
I thank Mamie and Della for writing this brief sketch of their parents' lives and Calvin and Evelyn for the picture of their parents. I too remember Uncle Burt as a man who got the job done. He did have a sense of humor at time and would tease or scold as the occasion dictated. One picture that stands out in my mind: Uncle Burt on the tractor with the threshing machine behind headed for the dry farm at North Willow west of Grantsville. I also remember seeing him at several basketball games at Grantsville High School. Uncle Burt was a man I respected.
I remember Aunt Florence's kind smile and quiet manner. Many of the family group sheets of the Brown family were submitted to the Genealogical Society of the church by Aunt Florence. I visited her both at her home and while she was at the Rest Home in Tooele and there was always that sweet quiet smile. Her secret desire was to never be a burden to someone else. I was surprised when she died because she seemed to be doing so well. Aunt Florence was a great, great lady.
JOHN CHARLES BROWN (9)
Born:7 April 1891 Grantsville, Utah
Died:26 June 1963 Salt Lake City, Utah
Married:Eva Marie Jacobson 26 April 19196
Born:12 Feb. 1896 Provo, Utah
Died:29 Aug. 1986 Orem, Utah
1.John Charl Brown
Born:31 Jan. 1917 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Kathryn virginia Bennett 11 May 1946
2.Neva Marie Brown
Born:4 Aug. 1925 Grantsville
Married:Eugene D. Martin 8 June 1946
3.Una Jean Brown
Born:30 Aug. 1928 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Clyde B. Perkins 6 Oct. 1948
4.Laura Veola Brown
Born: 7 Dec. 1930 Grantsville, Utah
Married: Earl B. Dudding 4 Aug. 1953
5.Neoma Rae Nee Brown
Born:30 March 1935 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Sterling A. Russell 6 May 1953
6.Glenna Marlene Brown
Born:30 Nov. 1937 Grantsville, Utah
Married:L. Brian McBride 4 Sept. 1965
JOHN CHARLES BROWN
Our father, John Charles Brown, was the ninth child and youngest boy of the Brown family. I know very little about his boyhood life except it must have been similar to that described by his brother Roy Thomas in the interview given to his daughter Cora and described earlier in this Brown-Burton history. He was involved in raising hay, grain, sheep, cattle and all that becomes a part of such an operation.
I am not sure when John Charles Brown graduated from High School, but he would have been eighteen years old in 1909. During the next seven years, before his marriage to Eva Marie Jacobson 26 April 1916 in the Salt Lake Temple, he attended school at Brigham Young University in Provo and worked on the farm in Grantsville.
The young lady he married, Eva Marie Jacobson, was born 12 Feb. 1896 to Jacob Ingman Jacobson and Mary Ellen Nielsen. She was the seventh child of ten; seven girls and three boys. Everyone worked in their family at various tasks dependent on their ag.e After graduation from high school, Mother received a job at the Utah Woolen Mills and became an excellent seamstress making coats of various kinds. She enjoyed music and had a beautiful singing voice. During this period in her life she met and married John Charles Brown who was attending BYU.
John Charles majored in business at BYU ad I was told he received an offer to work in a bank. Two different stories tell why he went back to the farm:
1.Grandfather Brown told him he could make more money on the farm.
2.World War I was in a smoldering stage, he was needed on the farm and if he worked on the farm he would not be drafted into the army.
I (John Charl) was born 31 Jan 1917 in Grantsville. My father went on a mission of California 27 September 1919 when I was two and one-half years old and returned 17 September 1921. During this period Grandfather Jacobson came to Grantsville and took Mother and me to Provo to live with them. Later we lived in an apartment and Mother worked in a store to support us. Our transportation was a bicycle with me on the handle bars.
I learned to know my Mother before I ever knew my Father. After he returned from his mission I remember him coming to Provo to visit us. What I didn't know was that Mother did not want to go back to Grantsville with my Father. The records now show that on 10 Dec 1923 my Father, John C. Brown, was granted a divorce from my Mother, Eva J. Brown. Mother was given custody of me and the sum of $1,000 as a permanent property settlement for the support and maintenance of herself and me. Mother Eva did not appear in court during this action. (Tooele County Records). A temple divorce was never obtained during this period. (Church Headquarters)
In June 1924, about six months after their divorce, John C. Brown and Eva J. Brown obtained a marriage license in Davis County and were remarried. I was really too young to remember what was going on around me. I started to school in Provo and entered the second grade in Grantsville when I was seven years old.
My parents rented a home from Martin barrus and later lived in another rented home across the street from Uncle Joseph and Aunt Mary Brown. The Brown Brothers Company bought the Kearl home with considerable land and gave the home to my parents. Later when Brown Brothers decided to build new homes, Uncle Roy Brown took half of the Kearl land for his new home and a new home was also built for Grandmother Brown, Aunt Rin and Uncle Lee Tate. Grandmother Brown was living with the Tates at the time. Uncle Burton received Grandfather and Grandmother Brown's home. No other homes were built because of financial difficulties in the organization.
Dad built two rooms on the front of the Kearl home with the help of Martin Barrus, a carpenter and builder, and some of his brothers including Uncle Leland Tate. It was a happy day when the addition was finished. My parents with their six children are shown in the living room of this addition to their home.
Each of my sisters would have their story to tell concerning Father and Mother, but possible this should wait for a more detailed family history of the John Charles - Eva Marie Brown family. I was eight and one-half years old when Neva was born 4 August 1925. Each one of my sisters were born in our home. I remember vividly the smell of lysol, lights all one, hot water boiling on the stove in the kitchen, all preparatory to the arrival of each of my sisters. Marge Rydalch (nurse) was always there before Dr. Joseph Allen Phipps arrived from Tooele. Dr. Phipps was born in Missouri in 1865, graduated from Rush Medical School (Branch of Northwestern University in Illinois (1898 and came to Tooele County in 1899. He died 2 August 1951 in Salt Lake City. Marlene, my youngest of five sisters, was born 30 November 1937.
Father and Mother were both hard workers and spent time together at Brown's ranch where Mother spent some hard days cooking for the men who were working at the ranch harvesting hay and grain. She also cooked similar meals for the men in Grantsville doing this. Dad also spent time with the sheep in Idaho and while there became ill with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Mother and my sisters went to be with him in Idaho and left me to milk the cows and care for our home. I stayed with LeRoy and Mary Imlay while my parents were gone. When Dad came home he was a variegated purplish-pink-white color. His hair had been shaved off and it grew back a snow white color.
Dad and Mother enjoyed a good time and they both liked to dance. He enjoyed eating bananas and watermelon. His favorite saying was: "When you dance you must pay for the music". He made me a banjo that was great and never discouraged me from building rabbit pens, nests for chickens to lay their eggs, coop for pigeons and he obtained a horse for me to ride including a saddle. He never discouraged me from going fishing with my Uncle LaVon Menlove, but he never went with us. I played basketball for Grantsville High School, but never remember Dad or Mother being at a game. Part of this time they were at Brown's Ranch in Skull Valley and could not be there.
Mother was an excellent cook and financial manager. She could really stretch a dollar. She did a great deal of tatting and belonged to the Bazooka Band in Grantsville. She had a beautiful voice and sang solos, belonged to the LDS Ward choir and sang with the Relief Society Singing Mothers. She loved music.
Both Dad and Mother encouraged me to attend school at Brigham Young University even though it would have been easier for them if I had stayed at home and helped them. I was their only son. They were always happy to see me come home.
Later in his life Dad fell from a haystack and broke his leg and ankle. The ankle never healed properly and he could no longer wear the rubber boots required when irrigating the land with water. Because of this problem, he took a job at Tooele Ordinance Deport as a Fireman. When he retired from this job, Dad and Mother sold their home in Grantsville and built a home in Salt Lake City. A picture of this house is included at the close of this history. This picture was taken in front of their home a few days before Father died of a severe heart attack. We were visiting at their new home when this happened. They had only been in their home four months when Father died 26 June 1963. This was a sad day in our lives.
After Father's death, Mother lived alone for seventeen years. the last five years of her life were filled with many physical challenged of a health related nature. She met all the challenges in a very sobering, constructive way that exemplified her strong character to all of us. Mother Eva died 29 Aug 1986. Father and Mother are both buried in the Provo cemetery, Provo, Utah.
I am grateful for my heritage and for two wonderful individuals who were my parents. I respect and love them dearly.
John Charl Brown
SARAH MERINDA BROWN (10)
Born:1 Nov. 1897 Grantsville, Utah
Died:14 April 1976 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Leland Stanford Tate 5 Feb 1919
Born:2 May 1893 Tooele, Utah
Died:9 August 1976 Tooele, Utah
1.Rose Mardene Tate
Born:22 July 1920 Grantsville, Utah
Died:28 Sept 1921
2.Mary Evelyn Tate
Born:2 Sept 1922 Grantsville, Utah
Married:Vivian Elviras Roundy Sept 9, 1955
3.Lou Rae Tate
Born:15 June 1928 Grantsville, Utah
4.Velma Jane Tate
Born:18 Feb 1931 Grantsville, Utah
SARAH MERINDA BROWN
Sarah Merinda Brown Tate was born November 1, 1897 in Grantsville to Robert Thomas and Rosena Dridge Brown and was the youngest of ten children; being almost seven years between Merinda and her younger brother John. She was loved and adored by the seven boys and only sister in the family. Her sister Roselther passed away before her birth.
Merinda (known as "Rin" to her many friends and relatives) was educated in Grantsville schools. She loved school and would often tell of the good times they had. She participated in school activities and would take every available opportunity to develop her many talents. Having a beautiful soprano voice, she appeared in many school programs and functions. Realizing the talent Merinda had and her outstanding singing voice, arrangements were made for her to take vocal lessons in Salt Lake City. Someone would take her to E.T. (Lakepoint) in the horse and buggy; there she would catch the train to Salt Lake City and would spend the night with her Aunt Merinda (her father's sister). After her singing lesson, she returned home. Her musical talent became widely known and she appeared on many programs. In addition to singing she played the piano for her family and for her own enjoyment.
When her Father bought his first automobile, she would drive him to his many assignments in the Church and community. He was always happy to have her with him. Merinda loved to dance and her brothers were always there to make sure she had an enjoyable time. It was at a Stake dance that she met a handsome returned missionary by the name of Leland Stanford Tate. They were immediately attracted to each other. They were married Feb. 5, 1919 in the Salt Lake Temple. The following appeared in the newspaper:
"Tate-Brown Nuptials: Leland Tate the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Tate and Miss Merinda Brown, the accomplished daughter of former County Commissioner Robert T. Brown, were married in Salt Lake Temple Wednesday. The couple went to Salt Lake City early on Wednesday morning. A wedding reception will be held at the home of the bride's parents during the week. The News joins with their many friends in offering congratulations. Feb. 5, 1919."
The couple lived in a home Leland owned on Vine Street in Tooele until the death of Merinda's father in 1922 when they moved to Grantsville to be with her mother. It was while they lived in Tooele that their first child, a daughter, Rose Mardene was born. She contracted scarlet fever and passed away at the age of sixteen months.
While living in the family home in Grantsville, their second daughter Mary Evelyn and third daughter LouRae were born. After their move to a new home on Clark Street, their fourth daughter, Velma Jane, was born. Merinda's mother moved to the new home with them.
Merinda was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the Church. She was Ward Primary President and served in the Relief Society and MIA. The position she probably enjoyed most was President of the Ward and Stake choir. While in these positions the choir had many opportunities to present programs throughout the state. Her rendition of the "Holy City" and "Children's Friend" were unmatched. On numerous occasions, she was invited to sing with special Singing Mothers and MIA chorus in the Salt Lake tabernacle. They sang for General Relief Society, MIA Conferences, General Conference, and she sang for Old Folks Sociables and for funerals.
One conductor who made a lasting impression on her was Noble Kane from the east. He directed a concert and she felt very privileged to sing under his direction. She recalled one occasion that President J. Ruben Clark spoke to them and thanked them for singing.
Another quality that brought her much satisfaction and acclaim was her ability to cook. She was known for her cakes made from scratch, including decorated wedding cakes. When she took a cake or other bakery items to a church or community sale, it was always the first one sold. Many times she would make ten or twelve cakes for a sale. Her meals were always excellent and she loved to entertain friends and family in her home. When Leland was in the High Priest Group Leadership, she helped with many socials and President J. Ruben Clark attended. At many church and community socials, she served as chairman with everyone having a good time.
Merinda helped on the family farm and often spoke of the times she would ride or lead the derrick horse at the hay harvesting time. She could milk a cow faster than any of her brothers, and even after she was married, she milked the cows and did the chores when Leland was in Idaho with the sheep or away at work. The milk was brought to the house and separated. She would then make sweet cream butter. Few have experienced the taste of good homemade sweet butter.
Many summers were spent on the ranch in Skull Valley cooking for the men who came from Grantsville to harvest the hay and other crops. She made at least ten loaves of bread each day. There was no running water so it was carried in buckets. Water was heated in a large reservoir on the side of the coal cook stove.
All types of hand work were enjoyable to her such as quilting and crocheting. Many hours were spent quilting for Relief Society, friends and family. Especially beautiful were her crocheted handkerchief's made with a fine number 100 crochet cotton. She was never idle.
Leland had many church callings and Merinda supported him often by going with him on speaking engagements when he was serving on the Stake High Council. She campaigned for him when he ran on the Democratic ticket for Tooele County Assessor (even though she claimed to be a Republican). After he was elected, she traveled with him throughout the county making sure that he did not have to travel alone, waiting patiently for him while he transacted his business. Her time was spent with her hand work as she waited in the car. They made many friends throughout the county.
Her daughters were in many activities and she always supported them. For example, Evelyn remembers the many times that her Mother and Father transported her marimba to many school and community functions and listened with pride as she performed. She was a hard worker and passed this quality on to her family. When Leland, Merinda, Lou Rae and Jane started a catering business, she worked beside the younger ones land never complained of the hard work. Her chicken salad was always a favorite. She loved her grandchildren Rosanne and Glen, and they remember the times when Grandma and Grandpa came to their activities. They were at Rosanne's dance reviews, fashion shows and graduation. They enjoyed watching Glen play baseball and seeing him receive his Eagle Scout award.
When her husband Leland was in the nursing home after suffering from a stroke, she never missed a day visiting him until she became so ill herself she could no longer go. Special little treats were made for him and she did his washing and ironing. No one could iron a shirt to suit her. She was a perfectionist.
One of the last functions she attended with her daughters was a Relief Society program in Evelyn's Stake and was honored to meet and visit with General President Barbara Smith. She supported her daughters in Beta Sigma Phi functions and stood by and supported them as Jane chaired Quad State Convention at Snowbird just a few months before her death. Like every woman, she loved to shop and wanted to always look her best. Even though she was an excellent cook, she could seldom pass a bakery or candy counter without buying something. Glen remembers her as always having a five dollar bill for home to go to the candy counter and buy them some peanut clusters.
There was a feeling of excitement at our home the day Grantsville played Tooele. She loved spectator sports especially basketball and was a loyal supporter of the local teams and was excited when the Grantsville Second Ward "M" Men won all Church championship. Her family had front row seats for all the games, and Uncle Roy would attend with them.
Holidays were special occasions at our home. The 24th of July (Pioneer Day) was a family day. We would get up early, travel to Salt Lake City to watch the parade, have a picnic in the afternoon and attend the rodeo in the evening. We looked forward from year to year for this day. After Leland became ill and could no longer participate in this activity, she insisted that we keep this tradition of being together on Pioneer Day. She would take the family to Little America hotel on the evening of the 23rd and we would watch the parade in the morning, visit Leland in the afternoon at Tooele and return to Salt Lake for the rodeo in the evening.
On their Golden Wedding Celebration, Leland and Merinda were given a buffet dinner by their family including a wedding cake. They were impressed by the many people who came and wished them well. Also by the many phone calls and cards received from loved ones and they were thrilled with calls from nephews, Charl Brown in Maryland and Joffee Tate in Arizona, on this special day. Birthdays were celebrated with a lovely dinner at home or at a nice restaurant with their family.
Merinda passed away quietly at home on April 14, 1976 of causes incident to age. Her grandchildren remember her as one who always supported them, and was up on the styles and programs of the day. She encouraged them to get a good education, attend college, and develop their talents and to develop themselves socially and spiritually. They were taught by her example to live the teachings of the Church and the importance of gaining a testimony, and keep the Word of Wisdom and keep their bodies clean. Glen stated when she pass away, "Grandma was never old and she was my true friend."
Tooele Transcript Friday August 20,1976
Funeral services for Leland S. Tate, 83 , Grantsville, who died Monday August 9, 1976 were held August 12 in the Grantsville Second Ward. The family prayer was offered by Vivian Roundy. Conducting the service was Bishop K. Thornton of the Grantsville Second Ward. Clark Imlay conducted the choir with his wife, Margene Imlay, as accompanist. Prelude and Postlude music was by Mrs. Imlay. Invocation was by Darr Hatch Jr.; vocal duet by Sterling and Sue Halladay "There Comes Another Morrrow".
Remarks were given by Vivian Roundy and Russell Wright. Vocal solo followed by Berkley Orr "Oh My Father",, accompanied by Dan Butcher. Additional speakers were Bishop Charles D. Tate and Gerald Smith., Closing song by Vern Brown "Going Home". Benediction was by Dan Chidester. Interment was in Grantsville city cemetery with Calvin Brown offering the dedicatory prayer.
Pallbearers were Jack Campbell, Ralph Tate, Claude Atkin, Floyd Brachen, Jack Brown, Robert Brown, Sam Wingfield and Wayne Boyer.
I thank Evelyn Roundy, Lou Rae and Jane Tate for the life story of their parents and the Will of William Burton and additional photographs of other members of the Brown-Burton family.
Uncle Lee and Aunt Rin took care of me when I had my collar bone broken in a horse race at a July 4th celebration. My Father and Mother were at Brown's Ranch so I stayed at Uncle Lee and Aunt Rin's home all summer. I was there when their daughter Jane was born. They were very good to me.
Uncle Lee was a rather quiet, peaceful man as I knew him. I remember how angry I was once because I didn't get to mow hay instead of pile it. He took me aside and calmed me down in a very persuasive manner. Uncle Lee often worked around the tractor and thresher at grain harvesting time.
Aunt Rin and Uncle Lee took care of Grandmother Brown until she died at their home in 1932. I always enjoyed visiting them.
NOTES WRITTEN BY MARGARET BROWN SMURTHWAITE
ON MARY ANN BROWN
Joshua's mother was born Mary Ann Wood, the daughter of Joshua and Mary Ann Wood. She was born on the 23rd of April 1791 and grew to womanhood in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England where her father exercised his trade of shoemaker.
In 1814 at the age of twenty-tree, she married James Watt, a Scotsman, who was born in Glasgow on August 2, 1790. It is known that he went to American after the birth of his two children, but the year is not known for certain. It is presumed that it was his intention to have his family emigrate to American when he had become settled. However, shortly after his arrival in America, he was afflicted with a disease which proved fatal and he died in New Orleans in 1820. His death left his widow with two small children, George Darling and Margaret Watt, living in the city of Preston.
In order to lighten the young widow's burden, her husband's father took his young grandson, George D.Watt, to Glasgow where he was educated and grew to young manhood at which time he returned to his mother at Preston. He later married there.
Mary Ann Watt remained in widowhood until 1827 when she married Joseph Brown, a widower with a large family. Most of the latter's children were grown and married, however, except twelve year old Robert whom she took to her heart as though he were her own. To her union with Joseph, a daughter and two sons were born. Joshua the youngest was born 14 February 1832 when his mother was forty-two years old. She was high respected by her husband's first family and an old letter which she had in her possession while living in Wellsville was a testimonial of the love and respect borne her. It was written by her husband's oldest son James Brown and dated from the British Army. At the close of an endearing letter, he happily commented, "And you have another son and you have called him Joshua", signing himself, "Yours devotedly, James Brown".
With the advent of Mormonism into Britain in 1837, Mary Ann like her son, George D. Watt, believed the message and became closely associated with the elders. Very early she had her small children blessed and baptized according to the Church requirements. Joshua was five years old when he was blessed by Heber C. Kimball: Joseph was the first eight-year-old child baptized in England. Mary Ann was among the throng of eight or nine hundred people gathered on the banks of the River Ribble to witness the first performance of baptisms in Europe. The centennial of this event was celebrated by the Church in 1937. Although Mary Ann was the first candidate to seek baptism, she was the second to go into the waters to receive this ordinance. This occurred on the 30th of July 1837.
It is not known with a certainty when she immigrated to this country, but it is believed to have been sometime in the late 1840's after her son, George D. Watt, and stepson, Robert Brown, came with their families to Nauvoo. After her arrival in Utah she made her home with her son George D. Watt, in Kaysville, Davis County, until the late iN's when her son Joshua took her to Wellsville where she lived happily and contentedly until the last year of her life when she went to live with her son Joseph's family, much against her desire, where she died September 23, 1884.
The following is an account of her death written by her son Joshua who, at the time of her passing, was performing a mission to England. It appeared in the Millennial Star for October 1884. It ready, "I have just received a letter from home accounting the death of my revered and aged mother who departed this life September 23, 1884 aged 93 years, 5 months and 6 days. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the 30th of July 1837 by Heber C. Kimball in the River Ribble flowing through the city of Preston. She was the second of three ladies baptized in this country.
I have heard her say many times, "I was the first woman candidate for baptism, but Sister Wamsley, who was a consumptive invalid, was carried down into the water first; but I was the first candidate and the first to be confirmed a member in the Church".
She lived a true and faithful Latter Day Saint from the time of entering the waters of baptism until the day of her death. When I last looked upon her in this life and gave her the parting hand, though enfeebled with age, eyes bedimmed and head whitened with the passing time, she said, "This will be the last meeting in this life, but go my son and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and God will bless you."
She was the mother of five children, two girls and three boys, two from her first and three from her second marriage. The writer is the youngest of the second marriage. Signed, Joshua Brown." (Millennial Star, Vol. 46, page 698, October 1884)
In connection with the life of Mary Ann is a bit of information concerning a Brown family heirloom which was a history of more than passing interest to the Brown line of descendants. It concerns a rare blood stone which has been in the Brown family since the 17th century.
The stone was presumably given to Thomas Brown, our great-great-grandfather, or to an ancestor I have been unable to trace, by Captain Cook, famous English navigator and explorer. As the story runs, our ancestor who was undoubtedly a close friend of Captain Cook had a little girl who was afflicted with severe hemorrhages of the nose. It seems that Captain Cook, who was then preparing to leave on another of his voyages, promised that he would bring a health charm that would cure the ailing child if worn around the neck. As the legendary account runs, miraculous powers were attributed to the stone, and it is said to have cured the little girl and many others similarly afflicted.
It was the request of Captain Cook that this stone remain in the family and be passed from father to son. If the stone had been passed on in direct lineal descent, it would now be in the possession of the Robert Thomas Brown descendants of Grantsville, Utah. Robert Thomas was the son of Robert Brown, the 9th child of Joseph Brown, the direct descendent of the original possessor, Thomas Brown. However, the stone instead of passing to the children of
Joseph Brown's first son's marriage, passed to the descendants of his second wife, Mary Ann Wood Brown. When Joseph Brown, our grandfather, died it was left in the care of his second wife, Mary Ann, when she came to live in Wellsville at the home of her son Joshua where she lived many years until the last year of her life which was spent in the home of her son, Joseph, and in whose possession the stone passed. At present it is held by Hobert, the youngest son of the forementioned Joseph, who is a resident of Wellsville, Utah.
During the 60's George D. Watt had obtained the stone from his mother, while she was living with him at his home in Kaysville, to show to Brigham Young. President Young had it in his possession for some time and evidently considered it his property. He had it mounted in a gold rim to be used as a piece of jewelry. When George D. Watt called for it, the rim was removed which accounts for the margin of nicks along its edge. The suggestion had been made that the stone be presented to the museum in Salt Lake City along with a short historical write-up in order that those who know nothing of its origin and history may learn it for themselves.
/s/ Margaret Brown Smurthwaite, Brown Genealogist
I (John Charl Brown) thank whoever gave me the information on Mary Ann Brown, written by Margaret B. Smurthwaite. In order to know more about Margaret B. Smurthwaite, I searched the church records for Wellsville, Utah, also the census records. She was the daughter of Joshua and Sarah Bailey Brown, my great-grandfather's half brother and sister-in-law. Margaret married Alfred B. Smurthwaite. She was born October 17, 1864 and he was born May 4, 1867. The 1914 church census list him as being 47 and she 50 years old with the following children: Alfred Tennyson age 23, Margaret E. 19, Sarah A. 17, Mary S. 15, Grace L. 13, Charles B. 11, Mildred B. 9 and Henry C. 5 years old.
Joshua was baptized by his father Robert Brown.
We appreciate the information provided for us by Margaret Smurthwaite.