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Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Female 1817 - 1899  (82 years)

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  • Name Laura Jones 
    Born 8 Feb 1817  Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 16 Feb 1817  Llandecwyn, Merioneth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Dec 1899  Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Dec 1899  Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Laura Peters was born in North Wales. She was the daughter of land owners raised in a home where the advantages of that time were plentiful and abundant. Laura was dark complexioned with dark sparkling eyes. She had a kind and loving disposition but was firm and truthful by nature.

      On April 11, 1940, she became the wife of David Peters. He owned a successful textile business in North Wales. They became the parents of nine children. Their third baby lived only a few months and died October 2, 1846.

      The same year Laura and David heard of a new Church which had been founded in America, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were baptized on June 21, 1846. Laura was the third person and the first woman in North Wales to become a member.

      Until Laura and David emigrated to America all of the Church meetings were held in their home. Laura was a woman of great faith and sought guidance from her Heavenly Father in prayer. When the time arrived for them to emigrate to America, Laura hesitated since she was not convinced it was the right time for them to leave. In answer to her prayer she received a vision wherein she was visited by three personages. She was told that she should go and would arrive safely. As a result, David sold the factory and they prepared for the journey.

      They sailed from Liverpool, England on March 5, 1849 on the ship “Hartley,” and fifty-four days later they arrived in America.

      They left New Orleans, Louisianna on a steamship which was attacked by an epidemic of cholera. Many bodies were left buried along the banks of the Mississippi River. Laura was kept busy caring for the sick and preparing the dead for burial. She became prostrated with the dread disease. She never lost faith and knew that she would be healed by the power of the Lord. Laura kept walking, with help, to prevent her from going to sleep. So many had died while in their sleep. Through administration by the Elders she was immediately healed. Thus, the promise given to her by heavenly messengers was fulfilled.

      The party landed at Council Bluffs and crossed the Plains in the George A. Smith Wagon Company. Laura and David and their girls arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in November, 1849, after nine months of travel by land and sea. They build their first home on or near the present site of the Denver and Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City. They were among the first settlers in Box Elder County. They made many contributions to that early community and to their church.

      David passed away on June 12, 1898, almost twenty months before Laura passed away on December 14, 1899.

      Sarah Peters Squires (7)
      Charles Porter Squires (spouse, 21)

      (From Laura Peters Woodland, sister)
      Her father owned a woolen factory and they were in comfortable circumstances. Their home was situated on the banks of a picturesque river which furnished the power to operate the mill. This was a favorite haunt of artists who frequented the premises to paint the beautiful mountains, green valleys and sparkling waters.
      Laura was only a small child, her parents heard the gospel preached by Elder Able John Evans, the famous Welch missionary who came to her father’s factory. They were baptized June 21, 1848 by Elder Evans. They were the second and third persons baptized into the church in North Wales. Laura’s mother was the first woman to in North Wales to be baptized.
      From the time he was baptized, Laura’s father had the spirit of gathering and wanted to leave for America. He did not want to take much luggage, but his wife, being of a practical mind, insisted that they were going to a new country and packed two steamer trunks, including clothing of all kinds, slates for the two girls to write on, and a bolt of white linen.
      The factory was sold, and on March 5, 1849, they sailed from Liverpool on the “S.S. Hartley.” There were 220 Saints on board under the leadership of Elder Hulme. Their family consisted of father, mother, sister Sarah, Laura, and her cousin, Pete Edwards. Her father also paid the passage of five other saints.
      After seven weeks of ocean life, the landed in New Orleans April 26, 1849. Then they traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis and from there to Council Bluffs.
      The river journey was sad for an epidemic of cholera raged and many bodies were left buried along the river bank. Laura’s mother was ever busy caring for the sick and preparing the dead for burial. Finally she too was prostrated with the dreaded disease but was healed by faith and administration by Elder Scoville.
      They crossed the Plains in George A. Smith’s Wagon Company. They made the trip by wagon with a team of oxen which they had bought at St. Louis.
      They finally reached Salt Lake City in November 1849 after a continuous journey lasting nine months by land and sea. How good it seemed to reach a final destination and to have a home. They built their first home in Utah where the Denver and Rio Grand Depot now stands.
      In 1853, they were called to go to Box Elder. It is said that this first home was sold for a yoke of oxen and a barrel of molasses. Then they moved to the north end of Three Mile Creek and took up land. Their settlement was called the Welch Settlement. The Indians were bad, so they moved in July leaving their crops and helped to build the old fort in Brigham City.
      As soon as the Indian condition had sufficiently improved, they left the old fort and went out to their farms, but the Indians still continued to scare them.
      In 1906, William became very ill with cancer of the Liver. Laura brought him to Salt Lake City for better care. Though nine different doctors were consulted, there was nothing that could be done for him. February 19, 1906 he was called to leave her. Laura buried her husband in Brigham City as she knew she could not stay on the ranch with William gone and most of her children married. She did return to sell the stock and rent the ranch to a man named William Bloxam whom she had always known.
      She then went back to Brigham City, the home of her childhood, where her sisters and brothers all lived. She built a home in Brigham City. Her son, Tom, settled with the renter in Idaho who was leasing their ranch and looked after her other business interests there. By now her brother, John, was the President of the Bank in Brigham City and he also took a personal interest in helping her to manage her affairs.


      Ephraim Tillotson married Ruth Collinson Tillotson.
      Charles Porter Squires married Sarah Peters Squires.
      Charles Tillotson married Charlotte Laura Squires Tillotson.

      International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vols. I-IV. Publishers Press, 1998.
    Person ID I48  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2005 

    Father John David or Davies,   b. 1794, Of Tallin, Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1872, Tallin, Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Lowry(Laura) Jones,   b. Abt 1797, , Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1816  Of Llandecwyn, Marionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet

    Family David Hughes Peters,   b. 10 Mar 1810, Llanfair, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1898, Perry (Three Mile Creek), Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 11 Apr 1840  Llanfrothen, Merioneth, North Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Peters,   b. 16 Feb 1841, Ffestiniog, Mrnths, North Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1934, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Laura Peters,   b. 16 Mar 1842, Festinog, Merroneth, North Wales, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1916, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Elizabeth Peters,   b. 21 Jun 1845, Festiniog, Mrnth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1846, , Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. John David Peters,   b. 10 May 1850, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1931, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. David Peters,   b. 23 Oct 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1852, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. William Peters,   b. 30 Oct 1853, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1864, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
     7. Morris Rees Peters,   b. 22 Nov 1855, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1916, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     8. Thomas Davis Peters,   b. 14 Dec 1857, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1945, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. Peter Hughes Peters,   b. 27 Nov 1860, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1893  (Age 32 years)
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    JONES, Laura
    JONES, Laura
    Photograph of the original on display at the Brigham City Museum

    Headstones
    JONES, LAURA (1817-1899)
    JONES, LAURA (1817-1899)

    Histories
    PETERS, David & Laura: History
    PETERS, David & Laura: History
    Burgoyne, Charlotte Tillotson. Squires Histories: Life Sketch of David & Laura Peters, 2002.
    JONES, Laura: Patriarchal Blessing
    JONES, Laura: Patriarchal Blessing
    Burgoyne, Charlotte Tillotson. Squires Histories: Patriarchal Blessing of Laura Peters. 2002.