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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:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Recent Pictures of the Edward Lloyd Parry Home in Manti

These pictures were taken on November 8th of this year, while my brother and I were in town to pay respects at the passing of Blodwen Parry Olson. The owners continue their careful restoration of this beautiful home. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Obituary for Blodwen Parry Olson

Blodwen Parry Olson, the last surviving granddaughter of Edward Lloyd Parry, passed away earlier this week at the age of 101. She was a legacy among her family and San Pete County. When we visited her several years ago in Ephraim in order to gather information for the book The Life of Edward Lloyd Parry, she was instrumental in providing information, photographs, and artifacts. We will miss her greatly!

(click on photo to enlarge)

Here is her obituary.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

ELP Obituary from the Ephraim Enterprise newspaper

The Ephraim Enterprise newspaper posted an obituary for Edward Lloyd Parry on August 30, 1906. New information to us was that his two oldest daughters (Elizabeth Ann and Mary Ellen) were by his side when he passed away.

To read the obituary from Utah Digital Newspapers, click here.

Here's the obituary (click to enlarge): 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Story of Two Tools that Belonged to Edward Lloyd Parry

Some time ago we posted about some of Edward Lloyd Parry's tools. We have subsequently discovered more about two of those tools. Here is a recent picture of the tools (click on the photo to enlarge):

And here is the story about those tools, as told by George Peacock to Sharon Jewkes in December 2009:

Dear Sharon,

A friend who is part of the Church Education System, whom I first knew in Springville just before he left to serve a mission in 1971 or about, had these and other tools. His name is Alan Maynes. After he left on his mission, his family moved to Springville from Manti. I never knew more of them until in the late 1980s when Alan was assigned to teach seminary in Circleville.

During the next few years, we met in in-service activities while discussing local history. Alan mentioned that he had some tools which belonged to ELP. I was astonished! I was looking at ELP because of his work as the chief stonemason on the Manti Temple. Alan’s family had purchased the ELP home in Manti and on the premises were the stone tools.

I was wanting to know what kind of a drill they used to drill stone in those days and Alan replied that he could show me one. When I saw his tools, I expressed interest in having one. Alan thought for a while, then bargained for a possession of mine which he had greatly desired. Well, we made the trade and I got the two tools – one chisel and one drill bit.

I had them until I gave them to you and Creig. I liked them, but just the thought of putting them into the hands of a descendant of ELP swayed me enough to make the gift. My assumption is that the tools were used on both the temples, but that may be poor deduction – because most of the remaining holes that are in the sandstone quarries do not fit the size of that drill bit. They are smaller. The oolite stone of the Manti would yield itself to the drill, I believe, but the red stone required on the temple was not near as exacting as the stone for the Tabernacle in St. George. But at least I think we can be assured that they are indeed the tools of ELP and the softest rock on which a drill would be used are the stone for the Manti, St. George Temples and the St. George Tabernacle, all of which ELP was stonemason or chief stonemason.

I hope your family will cherish these tools. I would imagine that the museums of any of those three structures would “give their right arm” for them if they had a chance. My great-great-grandfather, George Peacock, was one of the early settlers of Manti, its first postmaster, and a member of the first territorial legislature held in Fillmore and later in SLC. His son moved from Manti to Orangeville with the Jewkes, and my Grandmother Peacock was a Jewkes. She was a daughter of Joseph Hyrum Jewkes, born on April 6th, the son of Samuel Jewkes.

I am George Morris Peacock, son of William Morris Peacock, son of William George Peacock, son of George Peacock who settled in Orangeville.

My grandfather, William, who married Jennie Jewkes, built his home, in which I was born and raised, across the street and south of the home of Alma G. Jewkes, who was a brother to Joseph Hyrum Jewkes. Later, my mother and my stepfather built the white-bricked home directly across the street west from Uncle Alma’s home.

We knew him as  “Uncle Al,” since my father was taught that title by his mother who was indeed Uncle Alma’s niece.