Thomas Tew

27 Jun 1833 - 6 Aug 1904


Thomas Tew

27 Jun 1833 - 6 Aug 1904
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THOMAS TEW JR. BIOGRAPHY This history was written by Written by Eliza Rebecca Tew his daughter and notes added by her and others Comments by Sarah Allred and William T. Tew, Jr: I , Thomas Tew Jr. was born on the 27th day of June 1833 in the town of Birmingham, England and was married on the 22nd of
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Thomas Tew


Evergreen Cemetery

1876-1998 North 2000 West
Springville, Utah, Utah
United States

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Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire Eng.


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June 26, 2011

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Thomas Tew Jr - His History

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

THOMAS TEW JR. BIOGRAPHY This history was written by Written by Eliza Rebecca Tew his daughter and notes added by her and others Comments by Sarah Allred and William T. Tew, Jr: I , Thomas Tew Jr. was born on the 27th day of June 1833 in the town of Birmingham, England and was married on the 22nd of January, 1856 to Rebecca Bird, daughter of John and Ann Bird. Born in Yardley, near Birmingham, England. My father's name was Thomas Tew Sr., he was born in Burbage, Leicestershire, England. He married Hannah Smith, daughter of William and Catherine Smith, born in Hen's Row, Camphill, Birmingham, England. My grandfather's name was Joseph Tew, he was born in the village of Bubbenhall, Warwickshire, England on March 1, 1777 and died on the 2nd of October, 1847. He married Elizabeth Billings who was born at Highcross 1779 and died September 6, 1822. My grandfather was the son of William and Elizabeth Tew which is as far as I can now trace my genealogy. This short history, I am trying to write may be ungrammatical, not having two weeks schooling in my life that I know of. My parents being poor I was sent to work, when a little over eight years of age and have been at work ever since. As a boy I worked in a factory where they made oil cloth, also done veneering work on furniture When I was about 16 my father joined a kind of a Saving Club, paying some two or three shillings a week and by giving notice he could draw it out again. About this time I embraced the Gospel. which was on the 21st of October, 1849 and was baptized by Elder John Roberts. My parents joined the Church and then the spirit of gathering came upon me and I wanted to emigrate to Utah. My father offered to draw some of the money out of his Club and send me if I would go to Zion. I told him I would go, so he drew some four pounds of English money from the Club and I left my home, and parents, and friends and relatives with Walter Bird bound for the land of Zion. They left England at the age of 17. Walter Bird and Grandfather were the first two boys to leave the Birmingham. (NOTES:Thomas TEW Standardized: Thomas Tew Born: 1834 Origin:Birmingham Occupation: Stamper Voyage: Liverpool to New Orleans 8 Jan 1851 – 14 Mar 1851 Voyage Accounts: Accounts for this voyage Ship: Ellen Notes BMR, p. 111) We set sail on 1 January, 1851 and set sail for New Orleans, after being on the water nine weeks and two or three days we arrived at New Orleans. The first night from Liverpool we came nigh being shipwrecked by a schooner and we had to put into Port in Cardigan Bay on the Welsh Coast, we were there nine days putting our ship in repair and then set sail again. After a serious time of sea sickness we had a pretty good time. God blessed us and brought us safe to land. Our trip up the river to St. Louis was truly delightful, peach trees in full bloom, oranges on the trees and everything to make us feel joyous and happy. We stayed a little while at New Orleans on our way while staying overnight at Scotts Hotel on Third Street. We engaged with brother Lewis, Pres. of the St. Louis Branch to drive a team across the Plains to Utah and was promised $30.00 for the trip. We left St. Louis for Palmyra,150 miles up the Missouri River, here we were introduced to some wild cattle to yoke up and break them, and get them ready for the plains. We stayed here some 5 or 6 weeks, and the first day after leaving Palmyra I fainted away and was taken down with the Mountain Fever and was brought down to a mere skeleton. I was hauled some 450 miles in an empty wagon to the Bluffs and after staying there several weeks waiting for our luggage, we then started to ferry across the Missouri River. Having no control over my oxen when starting, they started and broke the tongue out of my wagon. Antoher was replaced and I started again, and in a few minutes I fell down and was pulled from under the wheels of my wagon. This was through weakness. We finally got across the river and again started on our way. Just before going through the Pawnee Village of Indians my cattle ran away from me and broke my hind axle, this was a stumper. We stayed here for the night, with the understanding that I was to leave next morning for some other camp. During the night another axle was replaced in my wagon and next morning nothing was said about me leaving, and I assure you I did not say anything. . (NOTES: After he broke the hind axle of the wagon the captain became enraged and told Grandfather that he would not take him any farther, but Walter Bird said if you leave him you leave me also. He couldn’t afford to do this because Walter Bird was a good teamster. So they came together. (Walter Bird later became Grandfather's brother in law. The captain didn’t say any more about Father staying behind and he certainly did not, the remainder of trip was pleasant. ) We continued on our journey, having no more bad luck,on the way, My health and strength returned and I was like a new man. Crossing the plains was not all a drudge, and trouble on the way, but the sunshine of hope and gladness would peep through the clouds and shine upon us on our journey. We had many good times on the way. I remember one grand sight, that we saw that was worth seeing and that was a herd of Buffalos some 10 or 12 thousand of them were at mid day playing on the bottoms and in the Platte River. So many that the herd was divided hither and thither to give us room to pass between them. We finally arrived in Salt Lake City on the 30th day of August 1851, just eight months from home. A brother by the name of Frank Pullen took us in and we went to work making adobies and stayed with him through the winter and until the 14th of the next March, at which time we left Salt Lake City and traveled with our packs on our back to the San Pete Valley. We changed our minds and stayed in Springville for the grand scenery was so enchanting to our view we could not help doing so. We stayed with Brother Hyrum Clark that night. Next morning we made arrangements to board and work for him and made adobies all in the summer and all that season had to go bare-foot and almost naked, because no clothing could be had. (NOTES: Some of the houses that Grandfather built are still standing. Several years ago the Old White Meeting House in Springville, Utah, which grandfather made the adobies and helped to build, was torn down. He was a mason by trade, also a farmer. He lived for a while with William Miller, and later at the home of John Clark. He often carried his shoes to meetings an put them on just before entering, as they were all he had, and he was so proud of them and wanted them to last as long as they would) In the middle of this summer I met with an accident, stepping over a ditch. I was without shoes and socks. I stepped on a rock and a stone bruise was the result, which laid me up for 16 weeks during which time, I had it lanced 11 times. This made it very painful, indeed. A little later this time the 5lst Quorum of Seventies was organized and I was ordained a Seventy, clothed with Power and authority to go and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the earth, which I did not do for many years after that time . (NOTES: : He filled a mission to his native land in the year 1882-84. He held many positions of trust in the community where he lived. He moved to Richmond, Utah for awhile, later moving to Paris, Idaho and then returning again to Springville, where he again took up his work. ) The year previous to my coming to Springville the brethren built a small fort to protect them from the Indians, some 15 or 20 families were all that lived in Springville at that time. (NOTES: The fort was built West of the Third Ward, by Hobble Creek in Springville , Utah, where they were protected from the Indians. ) Walter Bird and myself were the two first English brethren that come here to live. After this time two other forts were build in obedience ot council given by the Authorities of the Church to protect us and our families from the Indians. The next Year 1853, the Indian Walker War Commenced and in this way on Spring Creek about 3/4 of a mile north of Springville and Indian was found beating his squaw and two of our brethren took the squaws part and then both Indian and Squaw turned on the brethren and the war commenced. Joseph Kelly and James Ivins were the names of the two men who commenced this war. This same year another war broke out which was a grasshopper war that made sad havoc and destruction on our crops. The crickets came upon us also. Time passed on and in 1854 Walter Bird and I sent to England for our parents to come by the aid of the immigration fund But for some cause they didn’t come. The next year we commenced to build our meeting house and early in the spring we got a recommend from our Bishop and presenting the same to President Brigham Young, our parents were again sent for from England. They4 arrived late in September of 1855. (Thomas Sr. History says October of 1855) This year we were again visited by the grasshoppers but I was one of the lucky ones. The Lord blessed me with a good crop, enough and some to spare to others. This was a happy reunion for the two boys after being separated so long. On the 22nd of January in 1856, I married Rebecca Bird, the daughter of John and Ann Bird, and were blessed with nine children, two sons and seven daughters, Eliza Rebecca (Mendenhall) Born 23, March 1857 William Thomas Tew Born 2,Feb 1859 Lorinda Ann (Reynolds) Born 11 July 1861 Julia Adelaide Tew Born 24 March 1864- Died 8 April 1864 Annie Belle (Evans) Born 24 July 1865 John Henry Tew Born 11 May 1868 Cora Ellen,(Anderson) Born 22 Feb 1871 Melvina (Smith) Born 14 Feb 1874 Erma Dell (Titus) Born Sept 24 1880 (Last names added by Geneel Scott ) In April 1865 I with my family moved to Paris Bear Lake Valley, living there till the fall of 1868. When I moved to Richmond, Cache Valley. Then in 1872 I returned to Springville and have lived there ever since. My Father died in Springville Utah at the age of 71 in 1904 a faithful Latterday Saint a loving father and husband. Writted for him by his Daughter Eliza Rebecca Mendenhall (A grand child William T. Tew, Jr: commented with this: “Grandfather and his family lived for most of their lives on East Center Street. The old home still stands on the Center and eighth east street. Grandfather followed the mason’s trade, being both a brick and stone mason. He also did some plastering. He had a small farm which he spent his spare time on. My own father followed in Grandfather’s footsteps, being a mason and a farmer. Uncle Henry was a carpenter. These three men, along with Uncle Thomas Child, did much of the building in Springville, and Mapleton in the early days of our history. Grandfather fulfilled a misson to England in 1882-1884. He left Grandmother with nine children ranging in age from two years to twenty five years, The two oldest girls being married. Father married while Grandfather was in England. Grandfather lived to see his family grow to maturity. He died in Springville at the age of seventy-one on 6 August 1904. The funeral was held in the Fourth Meeting House. The speakers were: Elders Thomas Child, Charles D. Evans (son in law) Francis Beardall, and Benjamin T. Blanchard. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery on 8 August 1904, a true pioneer.” ) (Comments by Sarah Allred: Two years after the birth of his last child, Thomas Tew returned to Birmingham to fulfill a mission, Thus paying a debt of gratitude which he felt was due the people of his native town, who had not as yet accepted the gospel message. Thomas Tew, my grandfather was a large and well built man with a pleasing countenance, piercing blue eyes, hair worn rather long and naturally wavy. He loved his grandchildren and with a twinkle in his eye he watched for a chance to tease them. At the family dinners held at his home, he would invariably watch for a chance to steal the plate of food from one or two of the children and then get a big kick at seing their faces and watch them try to find where it was. Grandfather was a farmer on a small scale. A mason and well digger. In the early history of Mpaleton and Springville, you would see many homes, churches and school buildings were the brick that was laid up by this man and his son Will. On August 6, 1940 Thomas Tew died at 11:50 PM of Brights disease after a ten day sick spell. ) The following is a tribute his son William Sr. paid his father. “A noble specimen of man, a true servant of God who loved his God and his work here on earth. A man who never faltered and would rather die than fail. The gospel was first and foremost with him.” He was buried August 8th in the Evergreen Cemetery. He was placed by the side of his old friend Walter Bird. They joined the church in England and came to Utah together as young men. Grandpa married Walters sister Rebecca. NOTE Walter Bird & Thomas Tew traveled on the ship "Ellen" which left Liverpool, England and landed in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were only 18 & 17 years old respectively at the time and came alone, sending for their families by way of perpetual emigration fund several years later in 1855. Their names can be found on the second list near the bottom third of the page. Thomas Tew's name is first, age 17, and Walter's is right after, age 18.

Thomas Tew Jr. to his Daughter Eliza Rebecca

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

LETTER TO ELIZA REBECCA TEW MENDENHALL FROM HER FATHER, THOMAS TEW, WHILE HE WAS ON HIS MISSION IN ENGLAND 1882-1884 May 16, 1883 9TH Avenue, Ellen Street, Spring Hill, Birmingham, England Eliza Mendenhall, My Dear Daughter, I sit down to write to you a few lines according to your wish. I was very glad to hear that you was well and also to hear of your success in life. I am always thankful to hear of your welfare, and of your future prospects in life. I cannot help but acknowledge the hand of the Lord in the Blessings bestowed upon my family in my absence from home. Perhaps you may think I am a little soft for so doing, but I am fully satisfied that you are blessed and greatly blessed. For when I look abroad in the land on the right and on the left in my travels, I am sick of being here to behold the sight. It is what is called Whitsun Tide Holiday, and it was well observed by thousands. Hundreds of hogsheads of beer drank by men and women. When passing by the Ale houses crowds of young men and young women are to be seen drinking and swearing and fighting. Well, it is a terrible sight to behold. How glad I am that my family are where they are and associated with a people acknowledged of God and respected by his servants and where they can receive the mind and will of God thru his Servants. This is a blessing that the world do not enjoy. Well, it serves them right for they will not receive the truth, the message of Salvation. The land is filled with churches and chapels and places of worship. Barely two men to be found who enjoy the same opinion. Each man having a notion of his own. Well, they are welcome as far as I am concerned. I am satisfied with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by our Elders. Well, Eliza, I am not a very good hand to talk yet. And I am getting worse for traveling. Walking does not agree with me and I don’t think I shall ever get used to it till it is too late. Our new President says we have got to preach in open air and make more converts. Well, I tell you, Eliza, this will be a hard pill for me. Last Sunday we had a good time. Bro. Ure, Pres. Mickle, Bro. Waddoups and Groosbeck, Bennet, Gilbert Western and myself, Elders from Utah, on the stand. I was called upon to mingle my voice with the rest and between the meetings we had tea in the chapel. Some 40 of the Brethren and sisters were there at tea. Some of whom were there for the last time as they were going to start for Utah the following Tues. They seemed to be happy and full of life, because of being delivered from a land of oppression and woe. God is at work among the nations of the Earth, gathering his people, they that have made covenants with him by sacrifice. Last Monday I went to Aston Hall to see the sights. It was free and thousands of people were there. I could not mention all that was to be seen. All kinds of ancient portraits, stationary, machinery, wild beasts, stuffed birds, sea shells, war implements…it was well worth seeing. In the evening went in company with Bro. Ure to a Bro. Spokes, President of the Birmingham Branch. We found the other Elders were there, we had tea and supper, singing and music on the piano. Bro. Spokes lives rifle shot from where Uncle William Tew lived in Sherlock Street, my old stomping ground. We enjoyed our selves very well. Some of the Sisters were there, we returned to the conference house about 4 miles from there, got there at 2 a.m., went to bed for about 2 hours then got up to aid some of the folks off to the station. Many tears of joy were shed, shed because of their deliverance from this land of toil and oppression and wickedness, for the land seems to get worse and worse in crime and it does look to me as though the judgments of God were being poured out. After the Saints had left the station we went back to the conference house, held a council meeting after which I went with 4 other Elders to John Meredith’s . Father knows him. He married Sister Rose’s daughter. Here we were kindly treated with a good dinner and tea. We then left for Hackley Chapel for meeting. I am now waiting for Bro. Western to start on another trip around my district which will be the 19th. I have not been to see my cousin, Mary Ann Tew, yet;, and other cousins this time nor Uncle James. I perhaps will go tonight. You spoke of me remembering you in Jan. I did whether you rec’d a benefit or not. I do not know, do you? You spoke of me writing often. I think I have done very well in that respect. You folks send such small letters. I expected a long one from you. Well, Eliza, I do not have much more to write. Remember me to John and kiss the children for me, tell them I shall be back in a year or two and shall call and see them on my return home. Ah, what a comfort to know and realize and understand the meaning of that word. I thot I knew what a home was when in Utah, but I shall appreciate it when I get back. I do wish your Ma could write and then I could get to know a little of her feelings and mind and spirit a little more then I do now. I am glad of the course that Will has took since I left home. I hope he will continue in well doing. Remember me to your Ma by giving her a kiss on both sides and one on the mouth, and for Erma and Melvina. Be kind to Cora and all the rest of them. Remember me to Bro. and Sister Mendenhall. I should like your photo, Eliza, and one of Will’s. An old one would do, and Lorinda’s and one of your Ma’s. Well, I must conclude for this time by saying, God bless you all, And may he bless you with every blessing that is for your comfort and success in life. I remain as ever, your loving Father and Friend. Thomas Tew

Eliza's Poem to her Father

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago

Father, your absence is severely felt at home, Although in the future we expect to see you come, Back to your posterity and your loving wife so true, Who are very often thinking and talking of you. We know that you are serving the true and living God, And, if faithful, you will live when placed beneath the sod. So I should advise you as a loving son, Never to desert the labors you have just begun. For the working in the vineyard with all you mind and might, Will secure to you a home where angels roam so bright. Where you will meet your parents, children, wife and friend If they are faithful to their God their life will never end. Never feel down hearted, Pa, but put your trust in him Who has promised to forgive all those who are free from sin. Remember the reward that is promised to the just. That in the Promises of the Lord you must ever trust. Eliza Rebecca Tew Mendenhall


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Dear Wife, More dear than I can tell, No matter, tho’ you know it well. Dear Wife, from this dull foggy weather, I wish, don’t you, we were together. That we might wander hand in hand, Midst pleasant scenes on Joseph’s land. Where towering steeps in grandeur rise, And almost reaching to the skies. The land you know that God has blest, A land in which God’s Saints can rest. In Zion where we can be free, And taste the sweets of liberty. Good Bye, old friend, a short farewell, Till I shall come and with you dwell, And then will roam among the free.\ Farewell till then, Remember me. (Written to his wife while on a mission ot England 1884)


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Rebecca, my own wife, all though I’m far away, I have not forgotten your coming birthday. Accept the best wishes of a true and faithful heart, And I hope I shall be true till death shall bid we part. On the 28th of October I think the day will be Remember me to kind friends, like wise our family. And last not least to your grandson, I do not know his name, I hope he’ll grow to be a man and great may be his future Melvina and Erma I pray you’ll kiss for me, For you know they are the youngest of our little family. You all have my affections, you likewise have my love, God bless you all, may you be blessed with blessing from above. 45 is the number of the years you’ve lived on earth. Twice 45 is 90. I hope you’ll see with mirth. Live till you are as old as Abraham’s wife when she Gave two wives unto her husband which now made him three. She gave these wives unto her lord, you know the reason why, It was to raise unto his name a noble progeny, In him and in his seed all the nations should be blessed, And serve the Lord with all our hearts in works of righteousness. These blessings will be enjoyed by none but those who do his will, Those who are stubborn to the Law will not stand on Zion’s hill. Those who are obedient these blessings will enjoy, In happiness, in peace and bliss throughout Eternity. Thomas Tew


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WRITTEN TO MARIAN, THOMAS TEW’S GRANDDAUGHTER Marian, may you ever be A child of pure simplicity. Rather easy in your life, It may make you a good wife. And may you a life begin. Never to choose the path of sin. May you a good girl ever be. Ever kind to your mother be. Never be angry, never be mean. Doing many things not fit to be seen. Even in temper, always do right. Never to quarrel, refusing to fight. How the time will glide away. And peace will be with you all the day. Live to be happy joyous and free, Live and prepare for Eternity. Written by Thomas Tew, August 16, 1894 To Marian Mendenhall

TEW, THOMAS (son of Thomas Tew and Hannah Smith).

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Born June 27, 1833, Birmingham, Eng. Came to Utah Aug. 30. 1851, independent company. Married Rebecca Bird Jan. 22, 1856, Springville, Utah (daughter of John Bird and Ann Russen, pioneers 1855, Richard Ballantyne company). She was born Oct. 28, 1838, Yardley, near Birmingham, Eng. Their children: Eliza Rebecca b. March 23, 1857, m. John Mendenhall April 24, 1879; William Thomas b. Feb. 2, 1859, m. Clara Elizabeth Snow Jan. 31, 1884; Lorinda Ann b. July 11, 1861, m. Joseph Alonzo Reynolds Jan. 15, 1880, d. Nov. 9, 1890; Julia Adelade b. March 24, 1864, d. infant; Annie Belle b. July 24, 1865, m. Charles D. Evans Feb. 9, 1887; John Henry b. May 11, 1868, m. Emma Leona Bulkley Jan. 2, 1890; Cora Ellen b. Feb. 22, 1871, m. John P. Anderson Jan. 7, 1901, d. March 25, 1908; Melvina b. Feb. 14, 1874, m. John S. Smith Nov. 7, 1912; Erma Dell b. Sept. 24, 1880, m. Arville Leroy Titus Feb. 9, 1901. Missionary to England 1882-84. Veteran Walker Indian war. Mechanic. Settled at Springville 1862; moved to Paris, Idaho, 1865; to Richmond, Cache county, 1868; to Springville 1872. Died Aug. 6, 1906, Springville.

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Thomas Tew was born on 27 Jun 1833
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Thomas Tew was 26 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
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Thomas Tew was 27 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.
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Thomas Tew was 47 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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Thomas Tew was 54 years old when Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London. William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory, but he lived for several years in his father's hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
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Thomas Tew was 60 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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Thomas Tew died on 6 Aug 1904 at the age of 71
Grave record for Thomas Tew (27 Jun 1833 - 6 Aug 1904), BillionGraves Record 33929 Springville, Utah, Utah, United States