Mary Robertson

23 Feb 1840 - 27 Sep 1915

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23 Feb 1840 - 27 Sep 1915
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Mary Mealmaker Boyack Robertson Compiled by Barbara Engh Postma She was my great-grandmother on my mothers side. She was born in Dundee, Scotland on 23 February 1840. Her father was - James Boyack, Sr. Her mother was - Elizabeth Mealmaker Mary was the 6th child of 10 that lived to adulthood. Both of
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Mary Robertson

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Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah
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May 29, 2011
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Mary Mealmaker Boyack Robertson Compiled by Barbara Engh Postma

Contributor: amwiens Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

Mary Mealmaker Boyack Robertson Compiled by Barbara Engh Postma She was my great-grandmother on my mothers side. She was born in Dundee, Scotland on 23 February 1840. Her father was - James Boyack, Sr. Her mother was - Elizabeth Mealmaker Mary was the 6th child of 10 that lived to adulthood. Both of Mary’s parents were born in 1805 the same year as the prophet Joseph Smith. The name Boyack is a Scottish name, possibly a variation of Boak. It has been recorded in Scotland history since the 16th century. She was baptized at the age of 12 on 17 June 1852 in Scotland. Mary traveled with her family to America and crossed the plains to Utah in 1855 at the age of 15. She was married on 29 April 1856 in Spanish Fork, Utah at the age of 16 to John Robertson who was age 27. He was also from Scotland. Mary met John who had just moved from Palmyra, Utah in the spring to the new settlement of Spanish Fork. They had the distinction of being the first couple married in this new settlement. Mary’s family lived in a dugout at second north and first west. Her husband John joined her family for a time and that made 13 living in the dugout. Mary’s father counseled his daughters (5 of them) to get married as soon a possible to make more room for the rest of the family. They did and all 5 were married within one year of settling in Spanish Fork. Mary’s mother Elizabeth made a cornmeal johnny cake for the wedding supper but by the time the sons had eaten, there was none left for the newlyweds. Her first child was born 13 May 1857 a year later and they named her Mary Ann. She had 12 more children. Three died in infancy. John and Mary were later endowed in the Endowment House on 20 October 1865. Mary was age 26. With her husband Mary fought the crickets and grasshoppers and Indians. Her husband fought in the Walker War and in the Blackhawk War in 1866. John received no pay for his military duty, but later Mary received a small pension for his service. Mary was left at home in Spanish Fork while John served a mission for the church in Alabama in 1880 to 1882. Mary’s youngest child was one year old at that time. Their 13th and last child was born 1884 after John’s return home. Their large family in turn brought large families into the world to further their posterity. Her 6th child, Charles Alexander Robertson is my grandfather. Mary and her children often visited her parent when they were left alone, and cared for them in every way. The older grandchildren said they would almost quarrel among themselves to decide whose turn it was to go and help Grandma Boyack. They all wanted to. When the Grandparents were not able to care for themselves, they rented their house, and moved into a room of their daughter’s, home. Mary continued to care for them.

Elizabeth Mealmaker Boyack - Author Unknown, Submitted to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

Contributor: amwiens Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

Elizabeth Mealmaker Boyack - Author Unknown, Submitted to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Elizabeth Mealmaker Boyack was the wife of James Boyack, and the mother 15 children. Their native city was Dundee, Scotland and they belonged to the Church of England. Elizabeth was the first of her people to join the Latter-day Saints. Of these 15 children, three had died in Scotland before the family left for Utah, crossing the plains in 1856. Most of this large Boyack family settled in Spanish Fork. The three exceptions were Hannah, Ann and Margaret. The first two named lived all their married lives in Weber County. The other shall be spoken of below. Margaret Boyack met her husband-to-be on the plains. She came to Centerville and worked for the Cleveland family a short time, and then married Henry Rogers Cleveland. She had had a sweetheart in Scotland, but left him for the Gospel's sake. While she was still a girl in Scotland she was employed in a factory which necessitated her walking 8 miles each day to her work. There was another member of this large family of young girls and boys that showed the same pluck as they were crossing the plains. This was Hannah. Their father, James, was not robust, and upon reaching the bridgeless Platte River, he found it difficult to cross. His young daughter, Hannah, was strong and courageous enough to pick up her father and carry him across the stream and was greeted justly by cheers for her feat when she deposited him before those who stood on the shore when she emerged. Margaret was all sold note section to the rest of the family in her high mettle, determination, for gala guy, splendid cooking and household duties, courage and service to others. She was an outstanding character in her community for the 55 years she lived in Centerville, and she interned became the mother of a large and find family. She passed away May 18, 1910.

A Short Sketch of Mary Boyack Robertson Written by Wilma Fehmel

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A Short Sketch of the Life of Mary Boyack Robertson Written by Wilma Fehmel Information is taken from different sources, but mainly excerpts from the history of her husband, John Robertson. So, that my dear grandmother, Mary Boyack Robertson, who was a pioneer of 1855, will be known on the files of the History Department at the DUP Building. I will write this sketch. Mary Boyack was born 23 February 1840 in Mains, Scotland, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Mealmaker Boyack. She was the seventh child in the family of 14, the two youngest died in infancy. Scotland was a beautiful country and they had a happy home there. They all worked hard to do their part in making a living for such a large family. In the early 1850's Mormon Missionaries from Utah called at the Boyack home the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days was so convincing that it was accepted by the Boyack family. They were all baptized in the ice cold water, but because of their newfound joy it was hardly noticed. Their conversion to this new and unpopular religion presented all kinds of problems. They were shunned by their former friends but found true friendship among those people, like themselves, who had a embraced Mormonism. From here on, their lives were completely changed. They all set to work to earn money to emigrate to Utah. The missionaries, in those days were instructed to encourage that converts to gather to Zion and make one strong center stake. Perhaps, sometimes the missionaries painted the picture too rosy, and the converts had no idea what hardships and trials awaited them in this barren new land. But their faith and the Gospel, along with their desire to gather with the Saints was so strong that nothing must and in their way of coming to the valleys of the mountains. Let us consider them, how much money it would take to bring James Boyack and his family of 14, to Utah. But President Brigham young, the farsighted leader that he was, instigated the "Perpetual Emigration Fund". The people could put in what money they had, Burrell the rest from this fund, and then pay it back later, so that others could be helped. So it was that when Mary was 15 years old her family was ready to leave their native Scotland and start for America. They went from Glasgow to Liverpool in a sailing vessel. It would be interesting to note just what ship they sailed from Liverpool on. There were 13 ships carrying Mormon Saints which crossed the Atlantic that year. Four docked at New Orleans, four docked at Philadelphia, and five at New York Harbor. They came on by train to Mormon Grove, Kansas, the outfitting place of the saints at that time. It was August 5, 1855 when the Boyack family left Mormon Grove with the Milo Andrus Company; they were the very last company to leave that year. They were a part of 452 saints and 48 wagons. Mary was young, strong and full of life. She walked every step of the way across the plains and quite enjoyed the trip. She was a person that always made the best of every situation that she could not help. Her father was a small man and was getting old. The trip was quite hard on him, but if need be, where there were Rivers to Ford, Mary would pick her dear little father a pin and carry him across the Rivers. Of course all these attributes of vim and vigor of this lovely young girl made her a general favorite in the company. In fact, she had many proposals of marriage from older men, some who already had two or three wives. Plural marriage was being practiced and preached by the church authorities in those days. However, this type of marriage did not appeal to Mary. The travel worn people of the Milo Andrus Company were happy when they finally arrived at their destination, the thriving new city of Great Salt Lake. It was October 24, 1855 when they prodded the faithful oxen on the last stop, Pioneer Square. The Boyack family did not stay in Salt Lake long, but journeyed on to the little settlement of Spanish Fork, 55 miles south of Salt Lake. Their first home was a dugout, but as soon as they could they built a better home. James Boyack wisely figured that now his brood was safely established in their permanent home in Utah, his responsibility to those of marriageable age was over. They must be pushed out of the "home nest" to find companions and make homes of their own. This verdict applied to 16 year old Mary. Of course, John Robertson then 27 years old was the lucky man she chose. John was born 23 October 1829 in Scotland, the son of John and Elizabeth Edward Robertson. He had come to Utah in 1851. He had moved to Palmyra, Utah County in 1855, and the next spring moved to where Spanish Fork now is. The writer of the sketch is of the opinion that perhaps the Boyack’s were friends of the Robertson's in Scotland. I quote from the John Robertson history which mentions that the Robertson's had many bolts of linen and cloth that must be divided before they left for America because of being charged a high duty. They spent two weeks with the Boyack family as they cut and shaped the cloth to avoid duties. Be that as it may, whether Mary Boyack and John Robertson renewed acquaintances or met for the first time in Spanish Fork is of little consequence to this story. The fact remains that they fell in love with each other and were married 29th of April 1856. When this date was set for the wedding Mary’s mother prepared the wedding supper with what she had on hand, which wasn't much. "Johnny cake" was that reached for the evening, but the bride's five younger and very hungry brothers ate all the Johnny cake, so there was no supper for the happy ? couple that night. John and Mary set about getting the necessities of life around them. John was an industrious farmer. His crops and livestock seemed to prosper. He was civic minded and did his share in the building and upkeep of the roads and bridges as well as working on the public buildings of the town. He was sexton, water master and policeman and rendered other community services. Mary supported him in all these endeavors. He fought in the Blackhawk and Walker Indian Wars. The pentation the government issued to veterans’ widows was a great help to Mary. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. As she gave birth to each one of her 13 children, she considered it a special privilege and blessing. Their children were as follows: 1-Mary Ann; 2-Margret; 3-John Grant; 4-Charles Alexander; 5-David Edward; 6-Rhoda; 7-Eliza; 8-Joseph Thomas; 9-Alice; 10-Hyrum Boyack. These 10 children grew to mature tea and raised families. Mary knew sorrow when three of her little babies died. The home life of the Robertson family was centered on the gospel and its teachings. When John was called to labor as a missionary in Alabama, Mary gladly took on the added responsibilities of the family in his absence. When Spanish Fork was divided into four Wards, the Bishopric asked Mary to be the President of the First Ward Relief Society. Because of defective hearing she felt that she could not do justice to such a great responsibility so she asked to be an excused. However, she was a faithful Relief Society teacher for many years. Before she and her companion set out to visit their district they knelt in prayer together, asking the Lord's guidance in their humble efforts. Mary was a great supporter of the missionary cause. As she shook hands with each departing missionary, a dollar was left in the palm as her are encouraging contribution. She was a wonderful cook of all kinds of foods, but "Scotch Cakes" were her specialty. No family get-together or reunion was ever complete without Grandma's Scotch Cakes. Her recipe has been handed down from generation to generation, but none was ever made that tasted quite as good as Grandmother's. She was a lover of children, her own kith and kin, as well as the neighbors. Their noisy capers never seemed to bother her, bearing out the old adage that "patience is a virtue." He was sad when john died, March 6, 1906. However, he was 77 years old and well prepared to meet his Maker, but grandma was so lonesome. She had cared for her parents in her own home when they needed her. Her Father, James died 1 February 1888 and her Mother, Elizabeth died 14 December 1886. Grandma Mary lived on for 10 years after the death of are husband. She enjoyed the love and thoughtful consideration of her children and grandchildren. The end of her sojourn on the earth came September 27, 1915. She was deeply loved and respected by her family, neighbors and friends. She was laid to rest beside her dear husband in the Spanish Fork Cemetery.

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1840
Mary Robertson was born on 23 Feb 1840
Mary Robertson was 20 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
1859
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Mary Robertson was 21 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
1860
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Mary Robertson was 35 years old when Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and British imperialist, he began and ended his parliamentary career as a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but for twenty years from 1904 he was a prominent member of the Liberal Party.
1874
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Mary Robertson was 49 years old when The Eiffel Tower is officially opened. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
1889
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Mary Robertson was 55 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
1894
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Mary Robertson was 66 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
1905
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Mary Robertson died on 27 Sep 1915 at the age of 75
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