|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1848|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1931|
Oldest pioneers and one of the most prominent history making citizens ever residing in Star valley, in the personal of Edward Moroni Thurman who departed this life at the family residence Wednesday morning about 9 o'clock at the ripe age or 83 years. death resulted from pneumonia accompanied with complications incidental to his years.
Mr Thurman was born at beaston Nottinghamshire, England, December 15, 1848, the son of Edward and Mary Ann Gibson Thurman. At a very early age, just 5 years, he and his mother and his only sister, Mary, left Liverpool for Salt Lake City, as the faithful little mother had been converted to the Latter-day saint faith, and was bringing her children to "Zion". Though the father and mother became estranged, because of this condition the father purchased the trio a ticket to America, and the family never saw him after the boat left Liverpool. The family resided in St. Louis for eight years and then moved to Salt Lake City with an emigrant train.
After having crossed the plains three times, Mr Thurman, with his mother who had again married, moved to Cache valley, were he met and married Lovina S. Griffith, in the endowment house at Salt Lake City, April 25, 1870, later marring Femina Stewart, of Richmond, Utah Oct 10, 1876. At the time of the famous "polygamy crusade", Mr Thurman and his families migrated to Star Valley about 44 years ago, where , with the exception of a few years, while he and part of his family filled a government contract at Mountain Home, Idaho, he has resided ever since.
During his residence in Grover, few men have ever done more for a community both from a civic and ecclesiastical capacity. He donated the west half of the town-site, of this town. He was also, if not the first, one of the very first school teachers here. He was also the first postmaster of Grover. In order to get a post office established, he carried the mail from Afton to Grover, free of charge, in a fifty pound flour sack, for almost a year. Many times the snow was so deep and with no points of direction, to follow it would require several hours to make the trip by horse back.
Mr Thurman holds the outstanding record of having served the U.S. government as a mail carrier for 22 years, having made his last trip on the Star route, from Auburn to Grover, just a short time ago. He has also been elected to several civic political positions of honor and trust in his community.
In a ward or ecclesiastical capacity, he was the first superintendent of Grover's Sabbath school, he served in the council of the bishopric for 23 years, also being acting bishop for a short period. He was a member of the Star Valley Stake High Council about 12 years. He has never known a moment of inactivity in his entire existence.
He was the father of 18 sons and daughters, 14 of whom survive, as follows: Charles A. of Blackfoot, Idaho, Ed.C and Bishop Ray S. of Grover, Andrew G. of Afton and O. Marion of Grangerville, Idaho; Mrs Mary Hepworth of Blackfoot, Idaho, Mrs Lettie Thompson of Hamet, Ida, Mrs Melissa Pead and Mrs Katie O'Keefe of Grover, Mrs Hattie Alleman of Crow Creek, Mrs Matlida Currier of Cokeville, Wyo., Mrs Bertha Beutler of Afton and Mrs Nellie Dewey of Emmet, Idaho. His widow Mrs Lovina S. Hepworth also survives.
Funeral services will be held in the Grover ward chapel at 12 noon Sunday.
Thurman, Edward Moroni (31 Dec 1931)Star Valley Independent
Grover, Wyoming, July the 4, 1881
What a wonderful and happy change has taken place, after a struggle of nearly one hundred years, can we call the first wagons that would out of Nauvoo a "covered wagon"? Were they covered? Yes and no, a piece of carpet or a quilt stretched over a few bent willows, or perhaps a bough. Oh perhpea bow or a tow. The wagons cover, a bed tick, Just think of it fifteen thousand people leaving their homes in poverty and distress, Their cattle shot to death their homes burned. "Poverty yes" and plenty of it, can we imagine such cruelty and horror in America? Then came along the Moses of the later days "Brigham Young" in his calm way, follow me we are going west - To the Great Salt Lake. In the fall of 1846 part of the great caravan reached winter quarters Trials and sorrow, there are about 600 graves in general locality. It seemed like destiny was against us.
The women and children driving or walking. Our Uncle Sam had dealt us a terrible blow. He called for 500 of the best of our young men to fight in the war. Would the women be able to yoke up the oxen and wade the miry streams? What was the meaning of all this? Still we went on.
Written by Edward Thurman grandfather of Delpha Lemmon Reese
Edward Moroni THURMAN is the son of Edward THURMAN and Mary Ann GIBSON and stepfather James PERKES
Edward Moroni THURMAN married Femina Besella STEWART 10 Oct 1876 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT and Lovina Samentha GRIFFETH 25 Apr 1870 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT.
Edward Thurman (1822 - 1892)
Mary Ann Gibson Perkes (1820 - 1898)
Lovina Samentha Griffeth Thurman (1854 - 1936)
Femina Besella Stewart Thurman (1857 - 1892)*
Lettie Ann Thurman Thomsen (1874 - 1936)*
Edward Clarence Thurman (1876 - 1957)*
Camera Besella Thurman Hepworth (1877 - 1909)*
Charles Alvin Thurman (1879 - 1963)*
Phebe Samantha Thurman (1880 - 1890)*
Ray Stewart Thurman (1881 - 1968)*
Matilda Mae Thurman Hale (1883 - 1967)*
Melissa Sarai Thurman Pead (1885 - 1975)*
Nellie Lorena Thurman Dewey (1886 - 1972)*
Joseph Carlos Thurman (1889 - 1890)*
Oscar Marion Thurman (1891 - 1987)*
Hattie Lucinda Thurman Alleman (1893 - 1967)*
Edward Moroni Thurman (1848 - 1931)
Mary Elizabeth Thurman Griffeth (1850 - 1905)*
William Lorenzo Perkes (1856 - 1860)**
Ellinor Emily Perkes (1858 - 1860)**
Katherine Sarah Perkes Harris (1861 - 1957)**
Created by: Carol STEVENS
Record added: Sep 10, 2007
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