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 Peggy Myas <I>Glover</I> Allen

Peggy Myas Glover Allen

Lancashire, England
Death 12 Oct 1942 (aged 85)
Utah, USA
Burial Snowville, Box Elder County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 39342631 · View Source
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Peggy Myas Glover was born 15 June 1857 in Rainford, Lancashire, England to George Glover and Esther Roughley, both from England. She married Richard Allen 16 July 1875 in Rainford, Lancashire, England at the age of 18. Peggy died 12 October 1942 in Utah at the age of 85.

History of Richard Allen and Margaret (Peggy) Myas Glover
Contributed By N. Andersen · 27 April 2015 

RICHARD ALLEN, born 7 September 1855 was the younger brother of John Allen. The two brothers worked together in the coal mine in England. Richard married MARGARET (PEGGY) MYAS GLOVER on 14 June 1875. She was born 15 June 1857 in Renford, Lancashire, England, to George and Esther Roughly Glover. Peggy had eight or nine miscarriages and seemed unable to carry a baby for more than three or four months. However, she did carry one child to full term, a boy whom they named Jimmy. At four years of age, Jimmy contracted diphtheria and died. Richard and Peggy were devastated. In an effort to console her sister-in-law, Elizabeth (John’s wife) told Peggy in her English dialect, “Never you mind Peggy. I will breed enough for thee and me”. The statement would prove to be a prophetic one. Richard, Peggy, and her mother were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England on 1 April 1879. Richard, who had previously been an inactive Catholic, did not immediately embrace Peggy’s Mormon faith. He was busy making a living for their family. Peggy and her mother wanted very much to come to America and join the Saints. They began working and saving their money, planning to make the voyage as soon as they could. They visited with other relatives and attempted to teach them about the Mormon religion, but had no success. However, something happened to Richard after the loss of his young son, Jimmy. His heart was softened, his attitude changed, and he was more favorable toward the Church.(There seems to be some inconsistencies in exactly when the Allens were baptized. The record in the church archives (FHL #1267513) states they were baptized 1 April 1879 in England. Copies of their church membership records state they were baptized 1 April 1880 by Isaac Wardle. Another entry written by Juanita Allen states that Peggy told her that she, Peggy, and her mother were baptized in England and that Richard, who didn’t want anything to do with her new religion, was baptized sometime later after his “change of heart.” But, the archival record further states that they both were endowed 9 October 1882 in the Endowment House. Assuming the endowment date is correct, Richard would have been baptized sometime previously to that date.) The first step in going to America came in 1881 when Richard and James Derbyshire (Peggy's stepfather) used the money that Peggy and her mother had saved to leave England. The two men set sail for America on the ship “Wyoming”, 3 September 1881. Richard was 26 years old and James was 46. Their destination was Almy, Wyoming, where there was a large coal mine. Mining was the only vocation they knew and they felt that, with wages being better in America, within a few months they would earn enough money to send for their wives. As planned, Peggy 24, her mother Esther Derbyshire, and Esther’s two daughters from her second marriage (Sarah 17, and Elizabeth 14) set sail for America 12 April 1882 on the ship “Nevada”. (FHL, film #025,693)Richard and Peggy lived in Almy for about seven years until 1889, but Peggy’s health was so poor in that region that they moved away from the mines to Stone, Idaho, a small town just two miles north of Snowville, Utah. They owned nothing in Stone, not even a piece of ground. They were able to obtain a small amount of acreage in order for Richard to dig a cellar and put a roof on it. He put a chimney on the top to allow the fumes from the stove to escape, which stove provided their cooking and heating. The Richard Allens lived in the dugout until they had saved enough money to buy logs to build a house. They brought some horses and cows with them from Wyoming, and they planted a garden to get enough food to eat. The only store and Church were in Snowville, so they walked the two mile distance to attend meetings and buy necessities at the store, then the two miles back home again. Peggy took butter that she had made and eggs to the store to exchange for food they could not raise. Things went well for Richard and Peggy. They were a very prudent, hard working, and enterprising couple. Richard worked the farm and Peggy helped to feed the animals, milk the cow and gather eggs. The 1900 census states that they “owned land, free of mortgage”. Soon they had saved enough money to build on to the existing house and open a store of their own. As business increased they were able to expand and soon had a good-sized country store. They sold everything from farm equipment and implements to dry goods and groceries and many other necessities. It was convenient for the people living in that area to patronize the Allen Store. The Allens were warm and friendly and well liked by the people. The amazing thing was that Peggy never went to school a day in her life…she could neither read nor write! Nevertheless, she soon was able to carry on the business by remembering every product and price. It is sad to think that, even in those days, there was crime in small, out-of-the-way places like Stone. Over the years, the Allen store was robbed twice. On one such “hold-up”, Peggy was alone and the experience was very traumatic for her. It took many months for her to stay alone again. The “robbers” were never apprehended. In 1903 Richard and Peggy received a letter from relatives in England. It told of Elizabeth’s tragic death. Since both parents, Elizabeth and John (Richard’s older brother), were now dead, there was no one to care for their three unmarried children: Ellen 16, George 12, and Sarah 8. The older married siblings had very little to live on themselves and therefore were unable to care for their brother and sisters. An older sister, Hannah McGaghey, did what she could for Ellen (Nell) and Sarah. However, the little aid she provided was short-lived. Hannah’s husband was a cook on a ship that went back and forth from England to Australia. Not long after Elizabeth’s death, he decided to move his family to Australia because he felt the economy was better there. Young George sold newspapers on the street no matter what the weather. He had no shoes and very little clothing to keep him from being subjected to the very damp, cold weather of Liverpool. He usually made enough to buy bread, but little else. These three children were destined for the orphanage or “poor house”, as it was called. Since Richard and Peggy had lost the only child they ever had, they felt that they would like to take these three children to raise. They wrote to the British Headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and asked if some one would investigate the needs of these children that had been orphaned. President Charles W. Penrose went in person to the Allen home. He responded immediately that the children really needed parental care and that the Allens would be doing a very humanitarian deed if they could send for them. He found the children poorly dressed and under-nourished. He stressed that they really needed a good home and the influence of good family life. He added that as young as they were they would make good citizens and would probably be happy to embrace the gospel.Soon after coming to America, Peggy received her Patriarchal Blessing. It told her that she would bring children over the mighty deep who would become a joy and a comfort to her in her old age. Peggy was a very spiritual woman and placed a lot of validity in that portion of her blessing, but after the passing of some 20 years, she began to wonder if it would ever come to pass. Peggy remembered what Elizabeth, the mother of these children, had told her many years previously. After the death of Peggy’s only young son Jimmy, Elizabeth said she would bear enough children for both of them. Elizabeth bore five more children after her promise to Peggy. Now a miracle was about to occur for these three destitute children and for Peggy. Richard and Peggy made all the arrangements with the Church for these children to come to America with some of the missionaries when they were released. Each child needed $50 in their possession when they entered the United States to prove that they were not paupers. Richard sent all of necessary papers and money, including money for their passage on the ship, to President Penrose who handled all the business transactions. The three children started for America 29 October 1903 aboard the ship S.S. Columbia in the company of returning missionaries. (FHL film # 298431) Peggy met the children in Salt Lake and bought each of them clothing and everything needed before taking them home to Stone. One can only imagine how excited these children were to have new clothes and someone who was truly interested in their welfare. In reality, Richard and Peggy were the uncle and aunt of these children, so that is what Nell, George and Sarah called them from the very beginning. George seemed to be the weakest of the three children. His many hours on the wet, cold streets of England selling newspapers, having little food and scanty clothing, had left him frail and thin. He was under size for his age. He was unable to hold much food on his stomach at first. Aunt Peggy would spread butter on his bread and then scrape as much of it off as she could. He could not tolerate rich food of any kind. With the good care of his Aunt Peggy, he soon gained strength and was able to work. There were plenty of chores that the youngsters could do---chickens, geese and pigs to be fed, a cow to milk, and, of course, helping in the store. Most of George’s schooling was in England. He received a medal for perfect attendance at school for two years, which was signed by King George of England, where the children were required to go to school the year around, with the exception of two weeks off at Christmas. George applied himself well in school and got good grades so his education was especially helpful to the business. Uncle Dick (Richard) partitioned off a corner of the store to incorporate a post office in the building. The children helped there, also. The Allen Store became a one-stop place where customers were able to satisfy all their needs and a place for the three fortunate children to call home. Richard and Peggy became citizens of the United States in 1881 and the children became citizens through the naturalization process being adopted by Uncle Dick and Aunt Peggy. George and Sarah were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after coming to America. Nell (Ellen) did not join. However, after her death in 1952, her temple work was completed. Before coming to America, Nell had falsified her age saying she was 14 years old. She was afraid that Uncle Dick and Aunt Peggy would not want her if she stated her true age. She wanted a better life in America and figured this would be her only opportunity. Nell was not with the Allens very long. She met a man named Charles Butterfield and was married to him in 1905. They moved to California and had only one daughter, Lilly. There is no other information on this branch of the family at the present. Uncle Dick and Aunt Peggy did a lot for the Church in Stone. They donated some land to the Church, which was near their combined home and store. An Amusement Hall was built which provided a meeting place for many social functions and great comradery. The Allens were also generous in giving food for special Church functions, and they always helped those who did not have sufficient of the necessities of life. They helped in numerous other ways and were well respected and loved by the community. At the age of 20, with support from his aunt and uncle, George was called on a two-year mission to England for the Church. After he received his mission call, he repeatedly had a dream about his parents. Although he had not thought about them in years, this dream was almost a nightly occurrence. He consulted Aunt Peggy as to what she thought this meant. She felt his parents were trying to tell him that they wanted their temple work done. So arrangements were made for him and Aunt Peggy to go to the Salt Lake Temple and take care of the temple work for John and Elizabeth. George received his own endowments on that same day, 18 October 1911. He was excited about going back to his homeland to see his family once again. He went to his old home where some of his brothers and sisters were living, but when he told them he was a Mormon missionary, the climate cooled considerably. They told him he could come in but he must leave his religion outside. George responded to them in an emphatic tone, saying that he couldn’t do that because where he went, his religion came with him; that if his religion was not welcome, neither was he. He added that if they would not visit with him, that he would not be back. He was not the type of person to push himself on to anyone if he felt that he was not wanted, including his own family. The family had not seen George in eight years, but that had little impact on them when his visit might involve a preaching. He did not return to his family to try again. George returned from his mission on the S.S. Victorian on 6 December 1913. (FHL #1828, pg. 320) After his return, he kept having a reoccurring dream about his parents coming to him and wanting him to go with them someplace. The dreams made him very uneasy. He did the temple work for his parents and the dreams ceased. From this experience it appears that at least George’s parents accepted the gospel. Uncle Dick and Aunt Peggy were very good to George and Sarah and loved them like their own children. They were so proud of the fine mission George had served. It gave him much more self-confidence and he returned a polished young man. He enjoyed his labors with the Saints in England. He also met some of Aunt Peggy’s relatives. They were very nice to him but were not interested in the Church. They even lined up some prospective brides (family members) from whom he could choose a wife when he was ready to return home. George declined politely. He returned home and eventually found himself a wife. George married Juanita in 1916. George kept in contact with his older sister, Hannah, who had moved to Australia many years before. In one letter Hannah asked if George could send for her son and bring him to America in order for him to find work. George had no paid job; he worked for his aunt and uncle as he had done before his mission. George felt badly that he was unable to help. He wrote to Hannah, explaining his situation. In February 1964, Clark Cutler Allen, grandson of George, was called to serve a mission in Australia. He went to see Hannah, her daughter, and granddaughter. They were very cordial, but not at all interested in hearing about Mormonism. At this writing, there are only five of George’s brothers and sisters who have had any of their ordinance work done. Much remains to do in locating more information in order to progress on their work. The Richard Allens were in their mid-forties when they took on the responsibility of their three adopted children. After many years of raising children and running the store in Stone, the business became too much for their advancing years. When Uncle Dick told George of his decision to sell the store in Stone, which was attached to their residence, it was decided that he and Peggy would move to Snowville. They would live in the little house next to the service station that they had built for George and Juanita and their children. A larger home was planned and built on the other side of the business in Snowville to accommodate George’s family. In 1928, Uncle Dick and Aunt Peggy moved to the little house in Snowville and enjoyed being “Grandma and Grandpa Allen” to Beth and Jack. When George died in 1930, Richard and Peggy decided to move into the city. They moved into the Orpheum Apartments in Ogden, which made life easier for the aging couple. Shortly thereafter, Richard developed cancer and died of a prostate gland operation in Ogden Hospital on 8 January 1931. Juanita and her two children moved to Ogden in 1934 and the two widows were close once again. As Peggy got older, she decided to move to Brigham City and live with Sarah, her adopted daughter. She lived with Sarah until her death on 12 October 1942. She was 85

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