Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rose Hepworth married John George Klink a German; Fine, Fine People.

John George Klink 1860-1923  Rose Hepworth 1868-1910
Married 31 September 1889 Salt Lake City.
This  is the eleventh child of thirteen children of Thomas Hepworth and Mary Fletcher. They named her Rose (aka Rosa) and she is the last child in the Hepworth family who qualifies as being a "Native (Utah) Pioneer" because she was born before
10 May 1869.  Rose was born in Salt Lake City on 25 July 1868.
Anyone who entered or traveled through the Utah Territory between the dates of 24 July 1847 and 10 May 1869 was a Utah Pioneer.  After this date the railroad connected the East Coast to the West Coast; so ended having to travel by wagon and foot.
The Hepworth story began when Thomas and Mary along with Thomas's brother John and Mary's sister Frances Amelia crossed the plains together and entered the Utah Territory in 1852.
 Hepworth Families Cross the Plains

The last two children born to Thomas and Mary were born in 1870 and 1872 therefore, are not considered a "Native Pioneer."

Beautiful Rose married at age twenty one in Salt Lake City on 31 September 1889  to John George Klink (Jr.) who was eight years older than Rose.    I have no idea why John George came to Utah.

John George was born in North San Juan California to German immigrants from Wurttemberg, Germany.   I found it very interesting that John's parents; John George Klink and Anna Sophia Voltmer moved to Virginia City, Storey, Nevada from North San Juan abt. 1865 where they died and are buried there.   His mother Anna died in 1895 at age 72 and his father John the next year 1896 age 73. His father John is listed on the census as a carpenter and not a miner for which both towns are noted for.  He had six sisters and one brother.

In 1900 the Klink family was living with Mary Hepworth in the big house on 725 West and 1st North.  Thomas died in 1895 and I am sure Mary welcomed this family into her large home.  John and Rosa had three children at this time; Vivian age 10, George age 8, and Albert T. who was only 2. John George occupation is stated as a Tinsmith.

By 1910 they are living in their own place on 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake City.  Rose's mother Mary died in 1905 and the big house was sold.  One more child has joined the Klink family a daughter Evelyn Rosa born 7 August 1907.   John's occupation is now stated as Cornice Maker.

Saddly, Rosa died later that year; 11 September 1910 age 42.  The announcement of her death was in the Salt Lake Telegram (Newspaper) 09-09-1910 as follows:
The funeral of Mrs. Rosa Klink, wife of J. G. Klink, who died at Holy Cross hospital Thursday as the result of exhaustion following an operation that was  performed about two weeks ago, will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Paul's Episcopal church, Main and Fourth South streets.  Burial will be in city cemetery.  Mrs. Klink is survived by her husband and four children, Evelyn, Albert, Vivian and George.  Mrs. Klink was 41 [42] years old and was a 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hepworth.  

As recorded on her death certificate the operation was for gall stones and abscess of liver.  I can just imagine how sick she felt and how helpless her family felt in doing everything they could think of to help her recover.
This left Vivian the oldest daughter now age 20 in charge of raising two of her siblings Albert Thomas age 12 and Evelyn age 3.  Her oldest brother George is age 18.

Ten years later in 1920 father John is still living on 3rd Ave. and only daughters, Vivian and Evelyn, are living with him.  His occupation now is stated on the 1920 Census as owner of a Sheet Metal Factory.

Just three years later John George Klink died 2 October 1923.  He was living in Burley, Idaho near his sons and Vivian and Evelyn moved with him.    His obituary was in the Salt Lake Telegram as follows.  1923 - 10 - 04
Funeral Services Friday 
for Former Resident 
Funeral services for John George Klink, 63 died at Burley, Idaho
Tuesday, [2 October] will be held at 3'0clock Friday afternoon
in the Hall-Ricketts mortuary chapel
Mr. Klink was born in North San Juan Cal., and came to 
Salt Lake in 1880, marrying Rosa Hepworth. 
He was a member of Utah Lodge No. 1, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
For the past two years Mr. Klink has been a resident of Burley.  
He became a member of the firm of F.E. Schoppe & Co., this 
city prior to departing for Idaho. 
The following children survive:
Albert, George, Vivian Evelyn Klink, all of Burley. .......

All of John and Rosa's children remained in the Burley area.  
Their daughters Vivian and Evelyn never married and I want to conclude this outline of John and Rosa's life with information I have on their oldest child Vivian.  She died on 13 March 1978 at the age of 87.  What a remarkable person.  My description of her is a non-complaining person about her lot in life; just an attitude to not dawdle and get on with it with a smile on your face.  
Thank You  to the Klink family who lives in my home state of Washington for sending me this picture. 

This is a copy of  what was sent to me about her life and was read at her funeral.  I have no idea who wrote it or who delivered but I think it was sent to me by a niece Janece who lived in Burley that I was corresponding with some time ago and she died in 2013.  Another very lovely person.   

Funeral Sermon for Miss Vivian Klink/ Twin Fall, Idaho

We come together this morning to give expressions of love and gratitude for the life of our good friend and loved one, Miss Vivian Klink. We can be grateful today that Vivian lived a long life and a good life. It was a life filled with accomplishment and service to others From the very beginning, her life was one of service and responding to the call of duty. As a young person, her mother passed away and she raised her younger brother and sister. Later, when her sister became acutely ill, Vivian responded again by caring for her until her sister's death. In between Vivian went to college and began a career in the teaching profession. She was not only a good teacher, but later became the Principal of Bickel School for many years. Vivian was an extremely dedicated person. Like many of us, she was probably too conscientious for her own good Fortunately, she had a sense of humor that could help her over the rough spots. She was a leader and organizer. She had a strong will to keep going and to do what she could to help. Even in her last years and months at Heritage Manor when many would be content to sit back and take it easy, Vivian was in the thick of things, taking responsibility again, and she had some physical problems of her own.She didn't know how to stop and wherever she was she found ways to help. Vivian always set high standards for herself and she set high standards for others as well. She planned to do her best and she expected others to do their best too. She really drove herself. She was a "doer", and literally could not stand to sit around doing nothing. She was an avid reader and devoted to her family. She was interested in everything and kept herself up with the times. By any standard that one could use, Vivian was a genuine Christian person. Her theology was right and deep and sincere. She found friends in all kinds of people from all kinds of denominations. She she attended church faithfully when she could, and was always in attendance at Heritage Manor services regardless of who was the speaker. She found something good in everyone. Vivian spent herself in service to others, as did her Lord who said, "I came not to be served, but to serve, and give myself." One of her projects we shall miss is that each Christmas she knitted mittens for small children. The Deacons would put in their order each year, and she would respond. And she knitted squares for shut in people that would be sown together to form beautiful quilts. On her bed in the hospital she had a beautiful quilt she had recently knitted for herself. Others were first and she was last. And even though Vivian was a strong person, she also showed kindness and consideration for others. As we come here today, we can be grateful that Viian Klink was part of our lies and such an important part of the lives of hundreds of hundreds of young boys and girls over the years. We will never know how much this teacher has contributed to the life of our community, but we can be sure that it was great. And we can be grateful too, that as she has lived such a faithful and devoted life of service to her Lork and to others, that she is no in his kind and loving care, We come today rejoicing in her good life and its indelible affect on us all and we leave her now to the keeping of our gracious Heavenly Father.
Bickel Elementary (early years)
607 2nd Ave. East
Twin Falls, Idaho   

It's a blessing doing FamilySearch because of the connections I have made with cousins, even if it is only by snail mail, email, facebook or a phone call. Thanks for all your help and support.  If you have more pictures and/or histories please send them on to me.  I will post the information on

Monday, February 15, 2016

Fremont Cobb aka "Mont" accused of Murder.

This book is a collection of over fifty different stories and remembrances of
 people and events at happened in and around Overton, Clark County Nevada.
The Thomas Hepworth family continues to surprise me with stories I find on  What is more fun is connecting with (in this case) a third cousin. This cousin lives in California and Fremont Cobb is his Great Grandfather.
Fremont was born in 1856 in Michigan; his older brother by three years Charles Isaac Cobb was born in 1852 in New York.  Fremont and Charles married sisters; 'Mont' (aka) married Emma Hepworth the sixth child of Thomas and Mary. Charles married Jane Elizabeth the eighth child of Thomas and Mary.  Emma and Jennie (aka) are my great aunts. 

Both couples were married in the same month and year only two days apart.  It is unclear the place of marriage for Mont and Emma.They were married on the 16 January 1883 possibly in Salt Lake City (I have yet to find the source other than on a family group sheet); Charles and 'Jennie' were married two days later on 18 January 1883 in Burley, Cassia, Idaho.  (Source of marriage record was found on 

Oh how I would love to know the story of how these two couples met.  

At one time both families lived in Albion, Idaho.  

This story about Mont happened in 1906 in Copper City, Nevada.  This is what was written by the grandson of Fremont Cobb: "In Copper City Nevada, a mining camp located below Lincoln mine about two miles northwest of Gold Butte, two men, Jack Ward and Fremont Cobb held claims there.  A conflict developed between them, ending when Cobb fatally shot Ward in 1906.  Cobb was held on a charge of murder but found he shot in self defense when it appeared that Ward tried to shoot Cobb while he was sleeping in his tent. 

This story is reported in the book I have posted above and at present is not available:  (Hookey beans and willows: True Short Stories of Yesteryear. by Oeville Perkins )

Without infringing on a copyright (if it still exists) this is what is reported about the incident in  my own way. 
A) Cooper City is highly remembered for the Shoot-out between Jack Ward and Mont Cobb. 

B) Cooper City was a tent city. 

C) The City ran out of supplies; little food and no drinks. 

D) Men would not leave for fear of losing what they had acquired from mining so waited for supplies to arrive but were very impatient. 

E) A shooting took place and Jack Ward died.  His body was taken to St. Thomas for burial.

F) Mont Cobb was taken into custody; a trial would be held in Overton, Nevada.

G) There was no jail in Overton so Cobb was locked up at night in the local deputy's (Andrew Jones) younger brother's bedroom.

H) Both slept in the same room but, Wallace protested sleeping in the same room with a murderer. 

I) Top legal minds were sent to prosecute Cobb.  Charles Lee Harsey, Prosecuting Attorney, and William E. Ore, Clerk of the Court of Lincoln County, Pioche.

J) Evidence pointed strongly to self-defense.

All the Cobb's ended up living in the Los Angeles, California area.  Even the Parents of Fremont and Charles; all are buried in California.  One thing I have come to realize in researching the surname COBB; it is quite a common name.  

I will post more stories and information on about this family.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Example of how easy to misidentify Ancestors Pictures/Cobb & Bletzacker

Pictures of the COBB brothers Charles and  Fremont who married
HEPWORTH sisters Emma and 'Jennie' and a younger man
Frank BLETZACKER who married the youngest child of
Mary and Thomas; Alice HEPWORTH
This is a perfect example of misidentifying an Ancestor's picture. This is on the HEPWORTH line. And yes, I know I did say that this year (2016) I was going to leave the HEPWORTH line and start blogging about the TOMLINSON/WHERRETT line.  But, this is to good to ignore.
First, a little background on these three handsome fellows.  Fremont and Charles COBB are brothers who married HEPWORTH sisters; Charles married my second great-aunt Emma who was the sixth child of Thomas and Mary HEPWORTH.  Fremont married Jane Elizabeth who was number eight of  the thirteen children of Thomas and Mary.
 Frank Bletzacker married the youngest child (No. 13) Alice.
It was Fremont COBB and Frank BLETZACKER that was identified incorrectly in my personal file of pictures that was given to me some years ago. You can see how easily that could happened.
Frank was born eleven years after Fremont and yet how similar their mustaches were and they do resemble one another.  Of course Frank having on a hat makes it more difficult to see the difference at a glance.  Frank's picture is cropped from his wedding picture (with Alice by his side) so I do know it was taken in 1894 in Salt Lake City.
How I found the discrepancy is because I have posted my tree on and frequently look at the 'hints' that are posted for each ancestor.    A direct descendant of Fremont COBB and Jane HEWORTH (aka Jennie) also has a tree on and the author posted the picture of his great grandfather Fremont Cobb. Doing research on the COBB line I discovered what this distant cousin had posted.   I quickly found the picture I had on file that was labeled as Frank BLETZACKER and realized what a mistake it would have been had I posted Frank's picture and it was truly Fremont COBB.
Golden Rule of Genealogy #2:  Never assume something you don't personally know.  Check it out!
Verify Verify Verify. 

In a few days I will post the rest of the story.  It's about how Fremont was accused of murder in 1906. And more interesting 'stuff.'  Stay tuned.