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Sunday, January 21, 2018

St. George Sandstone Quarry

Here are some pictures I took a couple of months ago at the St. George Sandstone Quarry in St. George, Utah. Edward Lloyd Parry is mentioned on the primary marker found at the quarry location itself. Notice the drill holes and tailings piles.
(Once you click on the first picture, you can toggle through the rest with the arrow keys.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

More information on the ELP Reunion 2018

We are still in the process of planning the reunion. We now have an LDS Church secured for Saturday, August 25, 2018, in Ephraim. Some of the activities we will likely do during the reunion include:

  • Meet fellow descendants of ELP. Film and photograph each other. Get to know each other better. Make connections.
  • Pedigree fill-in: Have a large wall in the cultural hall with a detailed pedigree of ELP on it. Descendants could come up and fill in missing information. We could subsequently disseminate the pedigree via email.
  • Eat in the cultural hall. Potluck (?).
  • Descendants would be encouraged to bring artifacts, photos, or documents they have regarding ELP, or a flash drive with these things on it. We would exchange such information.
  • Possibly have more ELP books there for purchase (?), as well as ELP t-shirts, and maybe even a souvenir coin. This is all up in the air at this point.
  • Visit the Manti Cemetery and ELP's tombstone.
  • Visit the ELP home in Manti. 

    Please mark your calendar, and we hope to see you there. It is going to be a wonderful celebration!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

ELP Reunion coming up in 2018

Mark your calendars for the 200th birthday of Edward Lloyd Parry, which will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018, in Manti, Utah. This will not only be a birthday celebration for ELP but also a family reunion for any of his descendants. It's going to be a wonderful occasion!

Today my family and I again toured the Edward Lloyd Parry home in Manti (50 N. 100 W.) in order to review the restoration progress. Things are coming together in a significant way, and soon the home will be fully restored. Here is a photo collage of that visit:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Painting of St. George Temple in DUP Museum

Edward Lloyd Parry was master stonemason of the St. George Temple. Nineteenth-century Norwegian artist Dan Weggeland painted a portrait of the temple. This painting is on display in the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum Salt Lake City. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)


Saturday, November 28, 2015

DUP Museums: Great Resources for Learning More about Edward Lloyd Parry

If you would like to obtain primary documents and photographs of Edward Lloyd Parry, try visiting the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, located at 300 N. Main Street, in Salt Lake City. Their phone number is 801-532-6479.

They also have a satellite museum in St. George, located at 145 N. 100 E. in what is called the McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer Museum. Their phone number is 435-628-7274.

In both locations, one can pay a modest fee to obtain photocopies of his history, as well as jpegs of his photographs.

James G. Bleak, Dear Friend of Edward Lloyd Parry

James Godson Bleak(1829-1918) dear friend of Edward Lloyd Parry, is buried in the St. George Cemetery.

As a member of the ill-fated Edward Martin Handcart Company of 1856, Southern Utah historian Bleak knew about sacrificing for his religion. His life and the life of ELP intertwined in many instances throughout their lives, as follows:

  • Both migrated from Great Britain to Utah in the 1850s.
  • Both his family (1861) and ELP’s family (1862) were called to settle St. George.
  • In 1863, Bleak and others assisted ELP in building the St. George Tabernacle.
  • In 1866, Bleak confirmed ELP’s oldest daughter Elizabeth Ann after her baptism.
  • In 1868, Bleak confirmed ELP’s son Edward Thomas after his baptism.
  • In 1869, Bleak was the clerk who helped ELP obtain U.S. citizenship.
  • In 1877, Bleak was called to be the St. George Temple’s first recorder.
  • In 1886, Bleak was a speaker at the funeral of ELP’s wife Ann in the Manti Tabernacle. Both Bleak and Ann had migrated to Utah in 1856.
  • In 1888, Bleak and ELP were in attendance at the special dedication of the Manti Temple.
  • Both Bleak and ELP lived to be 88.

Here is his gravestone, which is located in the northwest corner of the St. George Cemetery:

And here is a painting of him, which hangs in the Brigham Young winter home, also located in St. George:

And here is his wife, whose painting also hangs in the Brigham Young winter home: