|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1846|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1926|
Box Elder County
William Thomas Cotton Betteridge
Birth date 30 July 1846 Cheltenham, Gloucester, England
Death Date: 27 Sept 1926, Grouse Creek, Box Elder County, Utah
Parents: William Cotton Betteridge 1819 & Mary Taplin 1819
Spouse: Sarah Patience Paskett Betteridge
Marriage Date 23 Oct 1871, Salt Lake City, Utah
William was born July 30 1846. At the death of his mother he was taken by his grandfather and was reared by him until be became able to take care of himself. He did not learn a trade but took service in a bette-to-do-family as coachman and gardner, which consisted of taking care of a horse and keeping the carriage clean, polishing the boots of the "master:, driving out at any and all times, and performing such other services that was required at his hands.
William became acquainted with Sarah Patience Paskett when they were employed by the same rich family in England. Sarah was the rich lady's maid. His introduction to the L.D.S. Church was through Sarah, who had been baptized at age eight. Through this close association William was soon converted to the church.
William Cotton Betteridge came to America with the first three members of Sarah's family who came to Utah. Settling in Henifer, Utah. Sarah followed one year later with the other members of her family. They were married shortly after she arrived. They set up house-keeping in a small log cabin that William C. Betteridge had built for them (October 23, 1870). Here Sarah Patience Paskett Betteridge taught school. Three children were born in Henefer: James William, John Taplin, and Mary Elizabeth who died at age one.
He worked for Bishop Charles Richins who was a farmer, for ten dollars a month during the winter and twenty dollars a month during the summer.
By this time he had acquired a team and wagon and began to haul coal to Park City up Sliver Creek. His team consisted of a white mule and white horse. This went on for about 5 years till one of Heber C. Kimball's sons in Salt Lake City published an article in the Deseret News giving a glowing account of a valley in Northwestern Box Elder County called Grouse Creek.
William and two of his brothers-in-law became interested and decided to investigate. They, with two other men set out and made a visit and decided to locate in the little valley. They set to work and selected a farm each and built one or two log houses of one room each, they covered them with dirt roofs, no floors except the bare ground, no windows.
In the fall of 1877, they moved to Grouse Creek and pioneered this little settlement. Here they built irrigation ditches, tilled the soil, raised cattle, and harvested grain and alfalfa. They built dugouts first, then cabins, and finally some beautiful homes. From these humble beginnings, many blessings and learning experiences have come to the Betteridge family.
After moving from their first location to the newly laid out town site, a Sunday School was organized. All the meetings were held in their home, it being the largest in the "town". Dances too were held in their home. Nothing but square dances was allowed in these days. Waltzes were taboo. They allowed the boys to get too close to the girls.
Leaving Pioneer Day behind and coming forward a number of years, we find conditions at Grouse Creek greatly improved, farms fenced, better houses, hundreds of tons of hay raised, livestock increased, and a good school house built as well as a meeting house. William and Sarah lived out their years happy to be with family and friends in Grouse Creek. Information taken from the book The Paskett Family by Parlely Paskett.
Sarah Betteridge (1840 - 1918)
James W. Betteridge (1872 - 1961)*
John Taplin Betteridge (1874 - 1972)*
Mary Elizabeth Betteridge (1876 - 1877)*
Edgar Charles Betteridge (1883 - 1963)*
Grouse Creek Cemetery
Box Elder County
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Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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