|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1844, Wales|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1924|
LEAH PARRY JONES
Quotes from Mabel Jensen Evans from the biography she wrote on Leah Parry Jones and the combined biography of Amos Jones and Leah Parry.
Add-ins by Meliah
"Leah Parry was the tenth child of Thomas Parry and Ann Roberts. Leah was born on June 30, 1844 in St. George, Denbighshire, Wales."
~Leah's family were well to do. Her parents owned their own land and her father and grandfather Parry had both been head masons of the estates of Lord and Lady Kimberly [correction: KINMEL]. Leah's grandfather Roberts was a squire. She was designated as "Leah Parry of Park House". Though the family were well to do, they were not exempt from sadness of loss. Several of Leah's siblings had passed away in their youth.
~Leah had an aunt, from her father's side, who was an herb doctor. Leah would be sent to visit this aunt, to take her little gifts of fresh butter or fruit. She used to walk and it took two days to make the trip. She would go to her one-day and come back the next. The aunt always made Leah make a chemise (a dress-like undergarment), panties or apron for herself. She would cut them out and would have Leah sew them by hand and bring them home with her. (info from Leah's daughter, Leah Jones Hill)
"The gospel came to Wales and the Parry family believed, joined the church, and prepared to come to America. By 1857 the first five children had come to America." ~Very sad is the story of Leah's oldest brother, Bernard. His wife had died along the way and he died of a broken heart and buried somewhere in Kansas (info from Leah's daughter, Leah Jones Hill). "Leah was the oldest child left with the parents" (in Wales).
"Thomas R. Parry sold his farm and home and everything he had, and with his wife and children came to America. Leah Parry came with her parents, Thomas Parry and Ann Roberts Parry and Joseph (18), David (13) and Emma (10). Leah was listed as age sixteen. They crossed the Atlantic on the ship Underwriter", ~arriving in New York on the 1st of May, 1860. It was a time before the Statue of Liberty, but the land alone would still have been a welcoming sight.
"They crossed the plains in the Captain James D. Ross Company, which arrived in Great Salt Lake, September 3, 1860. They came with a team and covered wagon.
"On the boat coming across the waters, Leah's mother, Ann, had an infection in her hands, which took a long time healing. Leah was left with the responsibility of much of the manual work. She was sixteen this year. She has told her children and grandchildren of how she would make her yeast from a start, would mix her bread in the morning and put it in the wagon during the day's travel to be baked in the evening over the campfire."
~Leah's family were blessed in that they didn't have to pull a handcart, as they could afford a wagon. All of their belongings were in the wagon. There would have only been room enough on the bench in the front for the driver and passenger. The young people of the family, including Leah, walked across the plains. They used to start ahead of the wagon train and walk for miles then wait for the train to catch up with them. (info from Leah's daughter, Leah Jones Hill)
~Once arriving in Salt Lake City, Leah's father resumed work as a mason.
"Leah Parry has sung in the choir of her church in Wales, and so joined the choir of the Fifteenth Ward in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was here that she met Amos Jones, also from Wales. They courted for a few months, and then were married in the Endowment House on March 10, 1862. (The Salt Lake Temple was in the process of being built)"
~Their first child, Anna, was born on Feb 5, 1863. That year, on New Years Eve, Leah and Amos went to the Endowment House on Temple Square to receive their endowments and be sealed together for eternity. The next year Leah had Edward Richard, followed by Amos William in 1866.
~Leah's husband, Amos, replied to the call for volunteer soldiers to fight the Black Hawk Indians in southern Utah. Records show that there was much bloodshed both among the settlers and the Indians, including women and children. Amos left a house partially built to answer the call for volunteer soldiers. Amos was gone for about three or four months.
"The next winter was a hard one for the family." "At one point Amos was paid for his work with molasses. Then they used molasses for sugar and bacon grease for butter. Leah learned to make great molasses candy, which she could sometimes sell.
"By 1877, Amos and Leah had had 6 more children; Thomas Parry born 9 July 1868, but died 26 August 1870, Leah Elizabeth was born 12 August 1870, Sarah Emma was born 27 July 1872, Margaret was born 22 April 1874 and died the same day, Isaac Parry was born 16 October 1875, and Mary was born 30 June 1877.
"They moved their young family to ‘The Point' near Malad, Idaho, where Amos' parents had settled. He felt that a farm would be best for his sons."
"They returned to Salt Lake City. A son, John, was born on 18 April, 1879, but he only lived about 4 days. Leah was not very well and could not be contended so they moved back to the farm on ‘The Point'. In 1880 Amos joined the Reorganized LDS group in Malad."
~The family had also lived in Marsh Valley, Oneida, Idaho, in 1880.
"On 12 September 1881, Bernard A, another son, was born and named after Leah's oldest brother who died crossing the plains. Lily May was born 12 May 1883 and died the same day. They moved the family back to Salt Lake where the last two children were born. Leah Mable on 30 May, 1884, and Rozella on 14 June, 1886. Then they returned again to Idaho, moving into Malad City.
"Leah is described as short and chubby, always happy with a great love for life.
"Leah is remembered as wearing dark dresses covered by a starched, spotless, white apron. She was always singing and happy and kept a very clean house.
"Though Amos and her children had become embittered and antagonistic toward the Mormon (LDS) church and joined the Reorganized LDS, Leah and her oldest daughter, Louisa (Anna) kept their faith and membership in the LDS church. Leah Parry Jones died 1 September 1924. She was buried in her temple clothes in the Malad City Cemetery."
Add-in Sources: Letters to Mabel Jensen Evans from Leah's daughter Leah Jones Hill, and census records
Thomas Robert Parry (1801 - 1886)
Ann Roberts Parry (1803 - 1882)
Amos Jones (1837 - 1913)
Anna Louise Jones Davis (1863 - 1943)*
Sarah Emma Jones Fredrickson (1872 - 1946)*
Bernard A Jones (1881 - 1951)*
Sarah Parry Jones (1830 - 1886)*
Ann Parry Parry (1835 - 1886)*
Leah Parry Jones (1844 - 1924)
David Roberts Parry (1846 - 1931)*
Emma Parry Billings (1850 - 1918)*
Malad City Cemetery
Created by: alwaysmeliah
Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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