|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1829|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1912|
She is a daughter of Shadrach Roundy (1789-1872) and Betsey (Quimby) Roundy (1795-1880) and she married John Davis Parker (1799-1891) on Feb 3 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Her sister Samantha Roundy (1824-1906) also married John Parker on the same date.
Sophia had ten children. Prior to settling in Kanarra, Utah, they endured a terrible winter at Upper Kanab. Here Sophia buried a son and daughter who died of scarlet fever. After moving to Kanarra, she buried a son nineteen years of age, who died of typhoid fever, and in another year another daughter, fifteen years of age, passed on, thus their home was sanctified by the sorrow of a mother's heart. Sophia was of a mild, loving disposition; a true mother, a devout Latter Day Saint and a trusted and conscientious wife. Her husband and sister (Samantha died at the age of 82) preceded her in death by a number of years. She was an alert story-teller of pioneer days. Sophia died at the age of eighty-four years and is buried in Kanarra, Utah. ***the Roundy family in America - p.303
It is hard to separater the lives of Samatha and Sophia, after the injury of Samatha at the age of nine they were always together for the rest of their lives. A history of one is the same as the other. One event that I have read that is not listed in the different histories is that the Roundys and Lucy Mack Smith lived close by each other and were close neigbors, they taking her butter each morning for her bread. The Roundy Girls were the ones that helped Sister Smith as she showed/displayed the Mummies while they were in Nauvoo.
"Big Grandma" was the daughter of Shadrach Roundy and Betsy Quimby Roundy, and mother to my father Charles. She was born in Spafford, Onondago County, New York. Her family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, headquarters of the Church at that time, when she was seven years old. She was baptized there after her eighth birthday. Later they moved to Missouri where they suffered persecutions. They then settled in Nauvoo, where she grew up and met her future husband, John Davis Parker.
Grandma Sophia was very devoted to her older sister, Samantha, who had the misfortune of falling off a load of hay at the age of nine. This accident was blamed for her being a very frail child and she never grew in height from that age on. When John D. (grandpa) proposed to Big Grandma the acceptance was with the understanding that he would marry the both of them. Her mother had always said that whoever married one should also marry the other, because Samantha was not a strong child. So Grandpa did this: In 1846 he married the two sisters, "Big Grandma" and "Little Grandma," these being his second and third wives, with whom he lived and imigrated west to Utah in 1852. Big Grandma was seventeen years of age at the time of her marriage. She had ten children all together but only five who lived to marriageable age.
Shadrach Roundy (1788 - 1872)
Betsey Quimby Roundy (1793 - 1880)
Malinda Parker Roundy (1851 - 1937)*
Charles Parker (1853 - 1935)*
Betsey Jane Parker Smith (1859 - 1951)*
Almeda Sophia Parker Taylor (1868 - 1947)*
Samantha Ann Parker Berry (1873 - 1915)*
Loren Hotchkiss Roundy (1815 - 1900)*
Loren Hotchkiss Roundy (1816 - 1900)*
Julia Rebecca Roundy Whitney (1817 - 1837)*
Lorenzo Wesley Roundy (1819 - 1876)*
Lauretta Roundy Beck (1821 - 1907)*
Samantha Roundy Parker (1824 - 1906)*
Jared Curtis Roundy (1827 - 1895)*
Almeda Sophia Roundy Parker (1829 - 1912)
William Felshaw Roundy (1831 - 1839)*
Nancy Jane Roundy Foss (1834 - 1885)*
Malinda Roundy (1838 - 1842)*
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Jun 15, 2007
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