Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mary Ann 'Mollie' Hepworth married Pat Donahue

Patrick John Donahue b1849-d1932, Mary Ann 'Mollie' Hepworth b1860-d1891,
 Florence A. Donahue Biele b1885 - d1966, Mary Frances Donahue b1888 - d1941, John P. Donahue b1887 - 1929
(Picture via email attachment from Kathy)
          Mary Ann Hepworth was the sixth child of twelve of John and Frances Amelia Hepworth. She was born on the 26 May 1860 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Everyone called her 'Mollie'. I only have the year of her marriage, 1884 to Patrick John Donahue married in Salt Lake City.    Mollie was twenty four years old and Pat was thirty five. Pat was born on 1 Aug 1849 in Boston, Massachusetts and at the time of Mollie’s untimely death he was a superintendent of a mine in Montana.  Mollie was the mother of three beautiful children; the first two Florence and John were born in Montana.  The youngest a girl Mary Frances was born in Salt Lake City. 
  What a terrible tragedy to the Hepworth family of the death of Mollie.  She was visiting her family when this accident happened. I can imagine the anguish and sadness of the family.  From the journal of Rose a niece of Mollie’s who was only six years old at the time remembers seeing her Aunt Mollie in her casket  “the weeping of the whole family which disturbed me very much.    When I asked my mother why she cried, she said it was because she felt sorry for my three little cousins, who should never see their mother again.”  

     Can you imagine
the pain she went through?  I'm sure no one realized how she was really feeling or they stood by wondering what they could do to ease her pain not knowing how badly she was injured.  

  After the death of their mother the three children lived in the beautiful fourteen room house of their Grandparents.  Cousin Rose’s mother, Maria Hepworth Moench who was a widow and already living in the Hepworth house “assumed the role mother and took complete charge of them.”  (Florence age 5, John age 3  and Mary Frances age 2.)

The father; Patrick did remarry and that's another story to tell later. 

I love to do newspaper research.  Unfortunately
most news articles are of death, or sad circumstances. 
 Mollie is my first cousin 3 times removed. May she rest in Peace. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Memory Refresher of the Two Hepworth Families.

On Left: John and Frances Amelia Fletcher Hepworth lived two and three tenths miles from my second great grandparents Thomas and Mary Fletcher Hepworth in Salt Lake City. John and Thomas are brothers and Amelia and Mary are sisters; all were born in England and migrated together to ZION entering the 
Salt Lake Territory in September of 1852.
    It's been three months since I last posted on this Genealogy Blog.  Not a good thing and I want to get back to sharing what I have. 
   I have blogged a lot about Thomas and Mary's family and have barely scratched the surface of the information I have on the children.  I have decided to blog a bit about the the other Hepworth family of Second Great Uncle John and Great Aunt Frances Amelia.  So following this post will be information I have on the Hepworth double cousins.

  To refresh your memory; In 1852 Thomas and Mary with Sarah Julia age one and John and Frances Amelia started their journey together from England to Zion.  John and Frances had a son Samuel who at the age of seven months died of  pneumonia and is buried in England.  After 'crossing the pond' and one day before starting on the trek across the plains Frances gave birth to another son John Fletcher - 4 June 1852 Council Point Iowa.   One month later while on the trail, sister Mary gave birth to a son Samuel - 3 July 1852.  Hepworth's Families Cross the Plains  This link tells all about Crossing the plains and how they got the nickname  "Snapping Turtles."

     The pictures above are after settling in Salt Lake City abt 1867-1871 John and Frances built a large home at 571 South Main where today stands the Grand America Hotel.  John had a butcher shop a few blocks from his home.  John and Mary owned property on Main Street as well as several buildings.  John and Frances had twelve children; eight lived to full maturity; seven girls and one boy.  

     Second Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Thomas and Mary built their house around 1871 across town, two and three tenths miles away on 725 West 1st North (today it is 2nd North).  Thomas and Mary owned a whole block of property  where a big barn with many horses were housed.  Thomas and Mary had thirteen children with eleven living to maturity.  Eight girls and three boys.  

   I have gone from knowing nothing about John and Frances Amelia to information that fills a two inch binder with articles from the local newspapers of their day.  I have made a contact with a descendant of John and Frances.  We are fourth double cousins and she has supplied me with wonderful pictures and a journal written by a granddaughter of John and Frances.  This is the link to her story.
        What I don't have is any reference of the relationship between the two families.  Did they attend school together or were in the same class? I'm sure they were.
Did the girls have a crush on the same boy?  Did the girls give wedding showers or baby showers for each other?  Did they support one another during sad times or happy times?  At this writing I don't have any stories that refers to Hepworth cousins.                 
  Next post will be about Mary Ann or Mollie and her untimely death .   



Monday, July 7, 2014

1926 Ogden, Utah my Dad's Dad (Vern & father George) owned a Livestock Commission Company.

This is the only picture I have of my dad taken with his dad.  If Dad’s memory is correct this picture was taken eighty seven years ago this month. It's hard to see but, Grandfather George Tomlinson is wearing a long sleeved shirt and tie and Dad has hot looking wooly chaps on.  Also, Dad's hat is not worn like a cowboy would wear a hat he has it more on the back of his head and not forward like a real cowboy.   I wonder if his Dad coaxed him to pull his hat down to look more like a rugged cowboy. The picture’s caption is in Dad’s own handwriting.  The Newspaper article featured here was in the Ogden Examiner of the evening of 31 March, 1926 that I just recently found.  I was so pleased to find it because if verifies just what Dad writes about this in his personal history only he remembers it happening in 1928.   It would be a few years later [1931] when his parents separated.  At that time they were living in Stockton, California.  Dad moved with his mother and sister to live with his grandparents in Albion, Idaho.  Dad would never see him or hear from him again.  His father George died in 1959 while living in Fresno, California.
The arrow reads:  Vern W. Tomlinson aged 13; son of George Tomlinson of Ogden secured 51 cents per pound for this Hereford yearling steer, a total of $504.90.
This is what Dad wrote about raising a Hereford Steer:

My Dad’s business was managing or owning a livestock commission company.  He bought and sold cattle, sheep and hogs to others on a commission basis.  In January 1928, [1926] Dad noticed that a calf had been born to a young cow Herford, that was a part of a carload of fat cattle entered in the Ogden Livestock Show.  Dad bought the calf for $25.00.  He also found a Guernsey cow ready to freshen in a day or so.  In two days the Guernsey cow did freshen and both calves were put with her to feed on rich Guernsey milk.  I was declared the owner of the Hereford calf and the other calf was converted to veal after a couple of months.  Dad found a fine pasture with plenty of grass in the Huntsville area and the Hereford calf with his adopted mother spent the entire summer growing and getting fat.  In September the cow and calf were brought to Dad’s place in the Ogden Stockyards, put in a more confined corral, and fed grain, chopped hay as well as the rich cow’s milk.  In January the calf, nearing eight hundred pounds, was entered in the Ogden Stock Show where he won first place in the junior division.  Since the Salt Lake Stock show was in early March it was decided that the steer should be entered in that show.  He was, and he won the prize for the open class, and also he was declared “Grand Champion” of the show.  He was sold at the stock show action for fifty one cents a pound.  Over $500.00 of the money was deposited in the Utah Savings and Loan.  All of the money was to have been used to pay my tuition at Utah State Agriculture College in Logan.  Unfortunately, this period of time was the beginning of the “Great Depression” and the Utah Savings and Loan soon folded its doors.  All of the money for my college education was lost.  I received a great experience but no money.

It makes me wonder if the money had not been lost and Dad did go to college at Logan, what he would have set his sights on; the livestock business or a school teacher.  I can't imagine Dad being anything but just what he did; a schoolteacher/ administrator.



Friday, June 13, 2014


So much is going on in my life right now that My Blog has been put way down on my priority list.  It makes me sad because I have so much to share about our ancestors and just not the time to do justice to the sharing.  Being the Stake Family History Director: I don't seem to have time to do everything that needs my attention.   

There are many Rules of Genealogy and this is my very favorite that I will share with you. 
It states that I have permission to use these Golden Rules as long as I give them credit and I will gladly do so.
PO Box 10805
Oakland, Ca 94610-0805

# 10 is the one I am most concerned about today.  This summer my goal is to post the stories I have on (LDS site) FamilyTree. Pictures too.  If you are a registered on FamilTree you can see what I have posted there. 

# 12 is so true.  Pictures I have uploaded on the Tree in; a person has downloaded them then uploaded them in her tree as her pictures.  WHY?  But, just as it says I need to just "Get over it."

 Which ones are your favorite?
(you might have to increase size to read comfortably) 


Thursday, April 24, 2014

More on 2nd Great Grandfather Charles Burns

The following continuation of Charles Burns story I found on FamilyTree written by a GreatGreatGrandson 'Brook'.  Their are several story's written about Charles but this one I think is the best short version.  I have NOT found a picture of Charles's wife Martha Fretwell but as you see above I have found several pictures of Charles's mother Ellen Hancock.

Charles Burns grew up to become a coal miner. He joined the Church at age eighteen, two years after his mother and stepfather, John Robertson McDuff, had done so. In 1851 at twenty years of age, Charles married Martha Fretwell (b. 9 Mar 1827), also a member of the Church, on 17 November 1851. Her parents were James Fretwell and Mary Cundy, of Brampton near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Seventeen years later (1868) the Burns’ took their family of five surviving children (Mary Ellen, Joseph, Charles, Sarah Hannah, Martha, and Caroline) to the United States. Martha Burns was the youngest (4 ½) at the time. Charles mother and step-father had already immigrated to America four years previous, eventually settling in North Salt Lake City with their two youngest children. On their journey to America, Charles Burns departed Liverpool June 4, 1868 aboard the packet ship John Bright. The John Bright was a sailing vessel well beyond her prime, operating in an era of increasing steamship travel wherein a transatlantic crossing might take only two weeks compared to six weeks by sail. It had been the Church’s intent that year that most Saints travel by steamship but many members were of limited means and to keep costs down, a few sailing vessels were chartered. The John Bright carried some 722 Saints, the great majority of whom were from the British Isles. Most had been members of the Church for many years—almost twenty years for the Burns’. During the six week crossing there was very little sickness on board and only one death. Nevertheless, from passenger accounts the voyage seems to have encountered at least one life-threatening storm, and early-on the John Bright sustained significant, below-the-waterline damage when accidentally rammed by another ship in the fog. From New York the Burns family travelled aboard the Union Pacific Railroad to its terminus at Laramie, Wyoming, taking less than ten days to get there. Laramie was already 570 miles further west than the earlier wagon train departure point of Omaha, Nebraska. At Laramie the Burns family became part of the John R. Murdock Company, departing by horse-drawn wagon July 27 and arriving in Salt Lake City just three weeks later on August 19, 1868. Within a year the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad would eliminate the need for wagon train travel altogether. After Charles Burns and Martha Fretwell arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, three more children came into the family, yet all died in early childhood. Six years later, twin girls arrived—Ellen and Hannah, named for their father’s mother and her twin sister. But within three years (14 Feb 1877) Martha Fretwell became ill and despite the best of medical care passed away suddenly, just short of fifty years of age. Charles Burns now having seven surviving children, married a widow (Susannah Lord Oliver) with seven children of her own and the couple went on to have two more children—resulting in a very large family indeed. Charles, operating a lime kiln of his own, apparently lived in comfortable circumstances. He was a kind father, requiring strict obedience from his children, yet they loved him dearly. Charles Burns died 11 October 1904 at seventy-two years of age and is buried in the Bountiful, Utah cemetery. His first wife, Martha Fretwell, having predeceased him by twenty-six years, is interred in Salt Lake City. dbh Extract from: Five Generations, D. Brook Harker. Feb 2014. Draft working manuscript, Regina, SK. 287 pp. See F-Tree CB 'Sources' for key references cited.

Next I will post pictures of Charles and Martha's children.