Mary Hepworth 1811-1867
BIRTHDATE: 25 Sep 1811 Thornhill Overton, England
DEATH: 10 Mar 1867 Smithfield, Cache Co., Utah
PARENTS: Richard Hepworth and Hannah Wilkinson
PIONEER: 23 Sep 1860 James D. Ross Wagon Train
SPOUSE: William Thornton
MARRIED: 22 Jun 1834 Drighlington, Birstall, Yorkshire, England
DEATH SP: 30 Sep 1897 Swan Lake, Idaho
Hannah (Brawman), 26 Jan 1834
Richard, 16 Feb 1836
Martha, 12 May 1838 (twin - died as an infant)
Joseph, 12 May 1838 (twin - died as an infant)
Eliza (Homer), 8 Jan 1842
Charles, 22 Jul l844
Phoebe (Evans), 19 Feb l846
Hyrum, 9 May 1848
William, 21 Jul 1850
Mary (Williams), 1 Feb 1852
Sarah, 17 Jun l854 (died as a child)
Mary was born in England in 1811. Mary married William Thornton on June 22, 1834, at Drighlington, Birstall, Yorkshire, England. They lived in this area where all of their eleven children were born. Mary and William were industrious and were well respected in their community.
Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited this family and they were baptized in September, 1843, in the Bradford District. Mary's brother, Joseph and his family were converted also. They immediately got the spirit of gathering to go to Utah. They saved money for their voyage.
William lost his music and carter job because he had joined the Church so he had to work in the coal pits. He went to work before daylight, came out of the pits after dark, and only saw daylight on Sundays. Even with everyone saving, it took them eleven years to save for their passage. When they were leaving it was a very sad parting for everyone, for they knew they would never see many of them again in this life.
Mary was sick most of the time traveling on the ship Her baby Sarah died aboard the ship in New York Harbor. Through all of their trials and labors in coming to America they never entertained any idea of returning to England.
After their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, they established a home in Salt Lake where they lived for a time On May 6, 1865, Mary and William realized the great blessing of being sealed together for eternity in the Endowment House in Salt Lake. They had hoped and prayed for this time for many years.
They soon moved to Smithfield, Utah where they built a three-room house. They planted trees and shrubs and flowers, and planted a large garden of vegetables, fruits and berries. They kept cows, pigs, chickens and horses with a few sheep.
Mary supported her husband in his busy life, taught her children to love the Lord and to work hard.
Mary experienced poor health for some time, and she passed away on March 10, 1867 in Smithfield. She was over fifty-five years of age. Besides her family, she left many friends to mourn her passing. She had always been a good neighbor, was always pleasant and was good and kind to everyone.
William was very lonely after her death, and he married, was divorced, and then married again and this third wife had five additional children. William died while visiting at the home of his daughter in Swan Lake, Idaho on September 30, 1897 and was buried at Smithfield, Utah.
Mary was a great, faithful pioneer woman, and she and her husband left a rich heritage of faith in God and faithfulness to others through their exemplary service.