Willard Call Photos

Willard Call with Adelaide White and Leah Pratt
Adelaide White, Willard Call, Leah Pratt

Notice the car. Willard was driving one of the first cars in the area and ran into another car. The driver was upset, so Willard got out the manual right then and there and read how to slow and stop the car.

The sweater he has on reminds me of the story Aunt Leah told. Willard worked for the church on the grounds near the burial site of Brigham Young on South Temple Street. It was hot and his dentures bothered him so he put them in his pocket and hunt the sweater over the fence. When he came back both were missing. We went to the local drugstore and purchased new dentures.

Leah Pratt was reported to be extremely attractive and was encouraged by Addie to pursue her affection and become Willard’s second wife.

willard2Willard worked for the railroad and became blind, because of cataracts. He couldn’t afford to have them removed. One article says the railroad paid to have them removed, but they did not.

Call Homes

Anson Call Home, Bountiful

This was Anson Call’s home where he hid from polygamy raids. It is on the west side of 200 West Street at about 1210 North, Bountiful, Utah. They had a prayer room upstairs and they had two doors, one for each wife.  Leah Pratt Call's Home, Bountiful, Utah

This is Leah Pratt Call’s home in Bountiful, Utah on the west side of Main Street, south of 200 North Street. It was built and paid for by her son, Ivan. callhome1This house is Aunt Samantha’s, the midwife that delivered Marlene Call Walker. 200 W. 400 N., on the northwest corner in Bountiful, Utah.

Maria Ann Cook

Maria Ann Cook

By Emily Tyler

I remember only one of my grandparents, Maria Ann Cook Bezzant.  The last years of her life she lived in our home and this is where I remember her.

Maria Ann was born into a stalwart English family in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England on 27 March 1837.  Her father, Cotton Cook, was a Wesleyan Methodist minister of some renown. (see addendum)  Her mother, Emily (Amelia) Green make a very happy home for Maria Ann and her three brothers and two sisters. (see addendum) Continue reading “Maria Ann Cook”

Life History of Mathew Bezzant

Life History of Mathew Bezzant

by Emily Wright, granddaughter—Oct. 1987

Mathew Bezzant was born in Broadtown, Wiltshire, England on august 10th 1826.  He was the son of Robert and Sarah Loveday Bezzant.

Mathew was reared a member of the Church of England.  While still a small boy he moved to Wales where he was employed for fourteen years by Squire Surrage.  He married Ann Savior and they were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on March 16th 1851 by Elder John George.  They became very active church members.  In the 1860’s Mathew was President of the Cogan Hill Branch and later, after moving to London he was president of the Goswell Road Branch.  He conducted many street meetings.  His oldest son, Mark, usually accompanied him to the meetings.  At one time they were rotten egged and driven from the street. Continue reading “Life History of Mathew Bezzant”

Thomas and Sarah Smith Cobbley

Thomas and Sarah Smith Cobbley

by their sons; Robert J. and Charles A. Cobbley

Thomas Cobbley was born Jan 15th 1818 in Barham, Northampton, Eng.  He was the son of Thomas Cobbley, who was born in 1758 and Ann Bird, born in 1750 in Northampton, England.  Thomas, Sr. And Ann had seven children; John, Thomas, James, William, Caroline, Betty and Jane.  This is not the order of birth and there may have been others. Continue reading “Thomas and Sarah Smith Cobbley”

Arthur Maxwell

Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, National Historical Record Co., Chicago, 1902, P. 270-271. (See http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalreco01chic.)

ARTHUR MAXWELL, Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for the Peoa Ward. Summit Stake of Zion. A native of Utah himself, he comes from that sturdy Scotch stock which has been an honor to every country where they have settled. His father, Arthur Maxwell, was born in Scotland in 1825. When a young man, he became interested in the doctrines and principles of the Mormon Church, and after a thorough investigation he became convinced of its correctness and authenticity and cast his lot with the fortunes of that faith, and for man years was President of the Glasgow branch of the Church, before coming to America. In 1856 he sailed for America on the vessel John M. Wood, and that same year came to Utah. crossing the plains as a member of the famous hand cart brigade. He located at West Jordan, where he spent the first winter, and at the time of the general southward movement of the Church, caused by the entrance of Johnston’s army into the Salt Lake valley, he moved to Spanish Fork, and after a time went to live in Goshen. From the latter place he returned to West Jordan, and in 1864 went to Peoa, and there took up farming. in which occupation he remained for the balance of his life. He was ordained high Priest and set apart as Counselor to Bishop Abraham Marchant, retaining that position until his death in 1872, at the age of forty-seven years. At the time of his death Mr. Maxwell was one of the best-known and most prominent men of his community. His wife was Elizabeth (McAuslin) Maxwell. She is still living and has been the mother of six children, four of whom are now living—Arthur, our subject; Jane Ann, wife of John A. Marchant ; Elizabeth, wife of Abraham H. Marchant, and Catherine, wife of John R. Marchant. Continue reading “Arthur Maxwell”

Elizabeth McAuslin, News Article



Serious Accidents—Failure of Wheat And Potato Crops—News Notes.

Special Correspondence.

Peoa, Summit Co., Sep. 20.—In a recent Issue of the “News” a list of the veterans of the hand cart companies was given, along with a notice of the reunion which will be held in Salt Lake City during conference week. Another veteran, who it seems, was overlooked in making up the list, is Mrs. Elizabeth McCauslin Maxwell, who came across the plains in Capt. Daniel McArthur’s hand cart company in 1836. Mrs. Maxwell and her husband, Arthur Maxwell, brought an orphan child four years old, all the way across the plains on their hand cart. The Old lady—she is now 75 years of age—has many pleasant recollections of the journey, and speaks in the highest term of the captain of the company, Daniel McArthur, who was a good man, kind and true, who did all that was in his power to make the journey as pleasant as possible under the conditions. Mrs. Maxwell has a great desire to attend the reunion of the veterans. Continue reading “Elizabeth McAuslin, News Article”

Elizabeth McAuslin

Elizabeth McAuslin born 16 Feb. 1852 Barony Parish, Brighton Lanark, Scotland. Her parents, William McAuslin born Abt. 1801 or Aug. 1804, place Glasgow Scotland, and Jane Kennedy born July 1803 at Concaddens, Lanark, Scotland Died about 1865. Elizabeth had four brothers John born abt. 1827 died abt, 1829, James born 8-9 July, 1858, Alexander born Oct. 1842 died 1848 William Jr. born 26 May 1845 Died 11 Mar. 1877. Married Mary Grahm 21 Oct. 1870. All were born in Glasgow Lanark Scotland. Elizabeth Married Arthur Maxwell Sr. aboard The ship “Enoch Train” On the way to Zion. 18 May 1856. They boarded the ship at Liverpool England, bound for America and Zion. They all came storage (steerage) class on the Perpetual Emigration Fund. The captain of the ship Henry P. Rich. They arrived in Boston, Mass. May 1, 1856 , and from that city they traveled Via New York to Iowa City In the Second Handcart company with Daniel McArthur as their captain. The trip was long and hard. Their children were Arthur Maxwell Jr. born 14 Dec. 1857 in West Jordan Utah. Salt Lake County Ut. Married Welthea Ann Casper 5 Jan. 1882. Jane Ann Maxwell born 22 Jan. 1860 Goshen Utah, Utah County married John Alma Marchant 15 Nov. 1879, Elizabeth Maxwell born 50 April 1862 in West Jordan Salt Lake County Ut. Married Hyrum Wright 26 Jan.1882. Abraham Henry Marchant 50 Jan. 1900. Agnes Maxwell born 22 June 1864 at West Jordan Salt Lake County , never Married. Catherine Maxwell born 14 Feb. 1867 Peoa Summit Co. Utah Married John Alma Russell 28 Aug. 1889. Ann Maxwell born 25 July 1869 Peoa Summit Co. Ut. Married Levi Pearson15 May 1895. Continue reading “Elizabeth McAuslin”

Elizabeth McAuslin

Information about Elizabeth McAuslin:

1860 Census, Goshen, Utah

  • Arthur (head): age 35, born in England
  • Elizabeth (mother): age 28, born in Scotland
  • Elizabeth (daughter): age 7, born in Scotland
  • Arthur (son): age 2, born in Utah
  • Jane (daughter): age 0, born in Utah
1880 Census, Peoa, Utah
  •  Elizabeth Maxwell (head), age 46
  • Arthur Maxwell, age 22
  • Elizabeth Maxwell, age 18
  • Agnes Maxwell, age 15
  • Catherine Maxwell, age 12
  • Ann Maxwell, age 10

Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, National Historical Record Co., Chicago, 1902, P. 270-271. (See http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalreco01chic.)

Mountain Meadows A Book of Remembrance 1848-1986, Kamas Utah stake of Zion. Edit and compiled by Marie H. Nelson. P. 283. Family History Center.

Peoa City Cementary, 5960 North SR32, Peoa, Summit, Utah

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Family Search