Saturday, February 21, 2015

THREE AGED PIONEERS DIE WITHIN TWO DAYS: Second Great Uncle John Hepworth

It's been almost a week since I returned from attending the Roots Tech 2015 conference.  It's was an incredible week; just listening to the key note speakers was worth the trip.  It makes me wonder how the people who plan these conferences can top this one.  Also, I found a family treasure; a picture at the Church History Library of my dad when he was five years old.  I will post about this find soon.

This will be the last post on Second Great Grand uncle John Hepworth's family for a while.  I am going to go back to posting about Second Great-Grandfather Thomas's line.  This has been a slow process getting to the end of all the Hepworth's so I'm thinking I might veer off to my other lines in future posts.

To refresh briefly of what I have posted about about John Hepworth and his bride Frances Amelia Fletcher: they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Saints in England in 1848.  They entered the Salt Lake Territory in 1852. On 23 March
1861 John and Frances were sealed in the Endowment House by Brigham Young. (Record from Special Collection; Family HIstory Library SLC)  Sometime before 1870 John and Frances no longer were affiliated with the LDS Church and attended the Episcopal Church.  A journal of a granddaughter Rose writes a very different story of how John and Frances came to the Salt Lake Territory.  I don't doubt that that she was told the story by her grandparents that they were headed for California and decided to settle in Salt Lake.  (A very short version)  To read 'all about it'  please go to utahrose

John Hepworth was a well respected citizen of Salt Lake City.  (I will only post about John's death)

Salt Lake Telegram Monday January 11, 1904

THREE AGED PIONEERS 
DIE WITHIN TWO DAYS 

THESE SALT LAKERS 
ROUNDED OUT LONG
AND USEFUL LIVES
_____________
Mrs. Sophia Jones, age 82, born in North Wales. 
John Hepworth, age 83, for fifty-one years a resident of Utah.
John Tingey, age 82, has lived in Salt Lake half a century. 

John Hepworth, aged 83 well known in commercial circles, died at his home,
571 South Main street, at 2:15 o'clock Saturday afternoon,  He has been a 
resident of this city since 1852, and conducted a successful butcher business 
for a number of years, retiring in 1886.
On January 28, 1900, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, 
 Mrs. Hepworth dying about two months later.  At his bedside when the end 
came were three daughters, Mr. Maria Moench, Mrs. I.M. HIgley
 and Miss Sarah Hepworth. The funeral arrangements will not be made until 
two other daughters, Mrs. J. M. Moore of Richland, Or., and
 Mrs. Julia Wright, of Mammoth, Utah arrive in the city. 


John's brother, my Second Great Grandfather Thomas's butcher shop 
was located on the other side of town.
 Grandfather Thomas died in 1895 from a fall down an elevator shaft 
at the Lambert Paper Company. 





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