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 Elizabeth Ann <I>Hewitson</I> Phillips

Elizabeth Ann Hewitson Phillips

Wakefield, Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Death 20 Jul 1936 (aged 84)
Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 03 006 6
Memorial ID 127159 · View Source
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Elizabeth Ann Hewitson was born 4/12/1852 in Thornes Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England to George and Mary Hobson Hewitson.

Between 8/11-13/1864 Mary Ann with her father George, her mother Mary, and brother Marmadule, left England to come to America. Traveling with the Warren Snow Company, they arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory on 11/3/1864. The Hewitson family eventually settled in the Mill Creek area of Utah.

While living there, Elizabeth met and was courted by John Campbel Phillips, a young man who was working in the mines. John and Elizabeth would take sleigh and buggy rides with a favorite horse by the name of Prince.
It was during one of the buggy rides that John proposed. They were married 4/12/1875 which was her 23rd birthday. Elizabeth's father was one of the witnesses.

John worked in the mines in Park City, Utah. While living there, they also took in boarders. John and Elizabeth were never idle people.

They had 9 children, 5 sons living to maturity: John Edward, 3/23/1876; Arthur Alexander 12/23/1877; twins Mary Elizabeth and Charles Henry , 3/13/1880 ; Sidney, 1882; Leila, 1884; Robert Wendell, 1885; Vincent Lee, 7/4/1888 and Clarance, 6/6/1892. Mary and Leila died in infancy. Robert and Clarance died around the age of 7.

John and Elizabeth's children were blessed in the Mormon Church up to Vincent, but none was ever baptized. Elizabeth continued to go to the Congregational Church that her mother belonged to after her mother left her husband for taking a second wife.

Mary Hobson Hewitson, Elizabeth's mother, came to live with them the last few years of her life until her death in 1885. Her father, George Hewitson, raised a second family and lived until 1900.

For a while John and Elizabeth had a little grocery store in the Woodland area. They extended a lot of credit; people didn't pay their bills, and they went broke.

Between 1899-1901 John and Elizabeth and their family moved to Salt Lake City.

John and Elizabeth enjoyed band concerts and would often go to Fort Douglas to hear them.

In 1912 John and Elizabeth moved to Los Angeles to the South Park area where they ran a grocery store.

A few years later, about 1916, they moved back to Salt Lake and opened a grocery store at Lake Breeze which was located at the end of the street car line in Salt Lake. They called it the Lake Breeze Cash Store. They lived in Salt Lake for about 15 years.

At Christmas time, Elizabeth would always send her granddaughters plaid dresses with long sleeves. Elizabeth would make dried and candied fruit and cookies to send. There would be oranges, grapefruit, lemons, figs, dates, and a mixed box of nuts.

About 1921 John and Elizabeth moved back to California. They bought three or four acres in Monrovia where they lived for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth helped John with the gardening, chickens and turkeys. They were always frugal and thrifty.

Apparently a number of people from Park City settled in Monrovia. John and Elizabeth would get together with them once a year on the 4th of July for a picnic. Seems there was even a newsletter called "The Parkite".

John and Elizabeth had a Chalmers car while they lived in Utah. While in California, John and Elizabeth bought a new Buick that was made in Canada and was known as a McLaughlin-Buick. It was a 1918 model. The open touring model had isinglass windows, brass carbide lights, and the bows over the top were made of solid hardwood.

In 1930 John and Elizabeth drove from California to Salt Lake. After visiting with relatives there, they went to Mackay, Idaho, where they visited with their oldest son, John Edward, his wife Emma, and their children.

John and Elizabeth continued to live in California. In April of 1935, they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. This was a happy occasion with friends and family a friend Mildred Unback wrote a poem for the occasion. Some lines were:

"Through joys and sorrows, laughter and tears
This lovable couple, are married sixty years.
Tonight we celebrate the date..."

In her late years, Elizabeth had a growth on the back of her eye that caused her to go blind. She was still able to get around and even continued to do the cooking and her housework until she became ill.

John helped to care for her those last nine months. In writing to his grandson Virgil in April of 1936, he wrote: "Grandma is very sick and in bed now for over six months and doesn't know anybody. She just lies quiet in bed and sleeps nearly all the time. One good thing, she is not in any pain, but we have to feed her just like a little baby."

Elizabeth died in Monrovia, California on 7/20/1936 and is buried with her husband, John, at the Murray City Cemetery near Salt Lake.

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Elizabeth A Phillips
1852 - 1936




  • Maintained by: Carol Tilton
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127159
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Ann Hewitson Phillips (12 Apr 1852–20 Jul 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127159, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Carol Tilton (contributor 46535335) .