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 Thomas Parkinson

Thomas Parkinson

Death 3 Mar 1906 (aged 75)
Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Burial Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Plot A_193_3
Memorial ID 103122 · View Source
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Son of James Parkinson & Elizabeth Chattle.

Married Mary Ann Bryant 12 Jun 1854.

Sarah, was married to Edward Rodwell, a seaman, and soon had a son and daughter of her own.

Early in 1853 Mormon missionaries visited the William's River area and made a full harvest in the Parkinson family. Thomas Parkinson was soon made a Teacher in the Mormon Church and named to act with Charles Stapley, Sr. in the presidency of the William's River Branch of that church.

In February of 1854, a group of new converts from the William's River area were assembled under the leadership of missionary, William Hyde, who helped to procure passage for the aboard the maiden voyage of the "Julia Ann." This group of sixty-three members included Thomas Parkinson and his sister Sarah Parkinson Rodwell and her two children, John Edward and Sarah Ann Rodwell.

The entire Stapley family was also included in the group, along with Mary Ann Bryant Porter, a young woman convert with four children, William Frederick, John, Elizabeth Ann, and Samuel. The "Julia Ann" docked in San Pedro, California, on June 12, 1854, the same day that Thomas Parkinson and Mary Ann Bryant Porter recorded their marriage date.

Thomas and Mary Ann made their first home in San Bernardino where they added two daughters, Mary Jane and Eliza Ellen, to their family.

In the meantime Thomas's sister, Sarah Parkinson Rodwell, had married Charles Stapley, Jr., and they also added a daughter, Harriet Elizabeth, to their family. The Stapleys and the Parkinsons had a close alliance, not only through their kinship, but with shared memories of the little branch in Australia that had brought them all together.

In 1858, President Brigham Young ordered the mission at San Bernardino closed and called all the "saints" to Utah Territory. The Charles Stapley Sr. and Charles Stapley Jr. families left via the old Spanish Trail which headed north across what is now known as Cahoon Pass to Baker, Las Vegas, then north to Cedar City. Thomas Parkinson and his family traveled the same route a few days later in the Gale company.

Upon arriving in Cedar City, the Stapley's rested and waited for the birth of Sarah's new baby and for directions from President Young as to where their company would be sent to colonize. When the order came, they were among the first four families to settle in Toquerville, Utah, which became known as part of the "Dixie Mission." It was here that Charles and Sarah Parkinson Rodwell Stapley raised their eleven children and several of their grandchildren.

When Thomas and Mary Ann Bryant Parkinson arrived at Cedar City, they were directed to proceed to Beaver, Utah, some 50 miles to the north-east where they established a fine homestead. Five more Parkinson children were born in Beaver, and together the family of eleven children, working alongside their parents, built a comfortable life.

Thomas Parkinson's name is found frequently among the pages of Beaver City's history. He served faithfully in civic and church callings for the remainder of his life and was a stalwart citizen of Beaver.

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  • Maintained by: L Despain
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103122
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Parkinson (11 Dec 1830–3 Mar 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103122, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by L Despain (contributor 46999228) .