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 Ann <I>Preston</I> Longhurst

Ann Preston Longhurst

Alton, East Hampshire District, Hampshire, England
Death 11 Dec 1873 (aged 48)
Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146390 · View Source
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Ann Preston Longhurst was born at Southsea, Hampshire, England, April 13, 1925 to Richard Weekly and Susannah Vine Preston. She married William Henry Longhurst, Sr., January 1, 1845 at Deptford, England. To this family was born ten children: Ann Amelia, Clara, Mormon Thomas, William Henry, Jr., Charles Thomas, Mercy Marintha, George Heber, Joseph, Edwin John, and Warren.

The couple heard about the gospel of Jesus Christ in the year 1849. Ann was baptized June 6, 1849. It was the desire of the family to come to Zion where they could embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. After fifteen years of harships and preparation, they set sail for America on June 1, 1864 on the ship "Hudson." It took six weeks and three days to make the trip. When they arrived in New York they were put on the train to go to St. Joseph, Missouri. At St. Joseph they were placed on the Missouri River boat which carried them to Wyoming, Nebraska. They were there two weeks preparing and loading their wagons to start for Utah with ox teams. The company arrived in Great Salt Lake November 2, 1864, just five months and one day after leaving England.

In the spring of 1864, the family moved to Bountiful, Utah and built a one room house to live in and cleared the land and planted an orchard. In 1870, William along with several other men were looking for a place to settle. They went into Woodruff and decided it would be a great place. They spent the winter there and then returned to Bountiful and brought their families with them to Woodruff. William built a log house where the church and amusement hall now stands.

Ann, having a good singing voice, was asked by Charles W. Penrose to sing the hymn "O Ye Mountains High", at the time he wrote it. She also helped in leading the singing in the branch. She set up a store in her home. Her health was very poor after so many hardships and on December 11, 1873, she passed away, leaving a family of eight to be cared for by the father and a 13-year old daughter. Ann was the first woman to be buried in the Woodruff Cemetery, which is the oldest grave there.

Taken from the book "The First 100 Years in Woodruff"




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146390
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Preston Longhurst (13 Apr 1825–11 Dec 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146390, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .