|Birth: ||May 25, 1821|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1888|
Mary Ann Avery was born on May 25, 1821) the daughter of John Avery. Jr. and Hannah Allen Avery. Her birth place was Northfield, Worcester) England. When Mary Ann was investi-gating the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she had to travel 18 miles to the nearest meeting house. She was baptized a member of the Church on December 30) 1840.
Mary Ann Avery was a beautiful light auburn haired girl and
William Devey fell in love with her immediately. She was a Mormon and he had never heard of that religion before. Mary Ann explained it to him and he approved of her church. He accepted her religion as his own. They were married on July 15, 1843. William was baptized on February 16) 1845. After he had accepted the gospel) he was very dedicated to its teachings and principles. Both Mary Ann And William loved the gospel with all their heart and made many sacrifices for it. Mary Ann and William had nine children born to them. They raised seven of them to adulthood. All the girls had beautiful red hair and the boys grew beards and mustaches which were red. The following children were born to them: William John Avery, Alice Hannah Avery, Hannah Alice Avery) Demarius Avery. Avery William John) Agnes Esther Tryphene) and Emily Agnes. William and Mary Ann wanted to go to America and take their children there. They could have the freedom of worshiping the religion of their choice. They wanted to get away from the religious persecutions from their government. The more they heard about the peaceful life which was available in Utah) the more they desired to come. In 1866 Mary Ann and William decided that they could not afford for the whole family to go to America all at one time. William would go first and get work. He would send back as much money as he could for Mary Ann to use to payoff their debts) to buy food) and save money to buy passage for their way to America. Mary Ann and William thought they would be together in a year or two) but Mary Ann was a very honest person. She just could not walk away from their debts. Not only was food expensive) but coal) clothes and living expenses. It took another seven years before they all would be together in Utah. This was a very hard time for Mary Ann while she waited for the time she could be reunited with William. When William left in 1866) her baby girl would have been one year old) her next little girl four years old) Avery, five years old and Annie seven years old. A particularly hard time in her life must have been when she
had to bury her two youngest little girls) who had died from
diphtheria) Agnes) 6 years old died December 17) 1869. The baby) Emily) born May 2, 1865 was 4 years old) and died six days later. How she must have yearned for her husband at this time. The two little girls were buried in the same grave as Mary Ann's mother. Mary Ann was a hard worker and very thrifty and taught her children how to work. She ran a vegetable stand and her daughter, Hannah. would help her run it when she got off work. They had some very hard times during the seven years it took for them all to get
passage to America. Her daughter. Hannah. met John Devey. the son of William Devey and Ann Kershaw. They fell in love and were married June 20. 1868 aboard the ship 'The Emerald Isle" and sailed for America. Then Alice and Ann left on July 28. 1869 on the ship Colorado; William and John sailed on July 26, 1871 aboard the ship Nevada; Avery on October 16. 1871 on the ship Minnesota. In 1873 Mary Ann and her daughter. Damarius, were able to go. At last they had achieved their goal--all their family was in Utah. except for the two little girls which she buried in England.
Imagine the joy that this family had to finally be together.
united husband and wife and children, after seven years. William built a nice home for Mary Ann at I'T" street and Third Avenue. Mary Ann Avery Timms died on November 7. 1888 when she was about 67 years old. She was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
William Timms (1821 - 1904)*
William John Avery Timms (1845 - 1927)*
Alice Hannah Avery Timms Thiriot (1849 - 1939)*
Damarius Ann Avery Timms Thiriot (1854 - 1936)*
John William Avery Timms (1856 - 1916)*
Ann Demaris Avery Timms (1859 - 1945)*
Hannah Alice Timms Devey (1861 - 1937)*
Avery William John Timms (1861 - 1939)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Ann Pack Reese
Record added: May 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37452931