John and Hannah Sutton Smith


By Charlotte Wright Harris in 1929

John Smith was born on the 4th day of August 1795, in Winwick, Huntingtonshire, England.  He attended the parish school in his youth.  He followed the occupation of farming and stock raising and was a devout Methodist.

About 1819 he was married to Hannah Sutton.  They had nine children as follows: Robert, Ann, Jane, James, Hannah Sarah, Charlotte, Harriet and John.

Ann married Mr. Birdsall.

Jane married Mr. James Skinner

Hannah married Mr. Thomas Woolley

*Sarah married Mr. Thomas Cobbley

*Charlotte married Mr. John Wright

Harriet married Mr. Reuben Harrison

Robert died while young

James was killed in the Crimean War in Russia about 1854

John died in Utah from Cancer

John had made a trip to a Salt Lake City hospital in company with Joseph Foutz, who died in his wagon very suddenly from hemorrhage and was buried in Salt Lake City.

John and Hannah joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1854.

In February 1855 they and their son John, a daughter, and their married daughter and son-in-law, Thomas and Hannah Woolley, left Liverpool on the ship “Mary Ann Sidous” with 430 saints on board, bound for American.  After nine weeks on the ocean they arrived in America.

Utah was their destination, but for lack of means they remained Philadelphia to get employment and the Woolley’s continued on their journey to Utah.

In 1860 John Woolley, father of Thomas and his family came from England and joined the Smiths in Chester County, Pennsylvania, as he was too ill to go on to Utah.  In the spring of 1861 these two families made their way to Florence, Nebraska, where they were met by Thomas Woolley, who had come with the Church teams from Utah to meet the immigrants.  He loaded them all eight in his wagon and brought them to Utah free of charge, but he was later reimbursed by John Smith for his family.  They traveled in company with the Church teams and arrived in Pleasant Grove, Utah in the fall.  Thomas brought a stove with him, which he traded to Joseph Wadley for a lot next to the Mayhew lot, where they made their home.

John Smith died on 16th October 1862 and was buried in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

After her husband’s death Hannah Smith adapted herself to the crude condition of the new country and pioneering life and worked for her maintenance.  Brother Robert Thorne states that one year while working on the grain thrasher they ran through the machine her gleanings from the harvest fields that season and it made forty bushels of wheat.  She died on 15th June 1868 and was buried next to her husband in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

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MY NOTE:  My dad always said that John Wright married Caralotta and he teased Grandma about it for some reason.

(from the files of Mary Jean Caldwell)

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