Louisa Fowlke and William Marrott

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WILLIAM MARROTT, son of Charles Marrott and Mary Day, was b. 2 Apr. 1822, Barham, Huntingdon, England; chr. 7 Apr. 1822, Barham, Huntingdon, England; md. (1) 11 Mar. 1851, ANN DICKERSON, at Hamerton, Huntingdon, England; md. (2) 9 Feb. 1862, LOUISA FOWLKE, at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 20 Apr. 1900, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; bur. Apr. 1900, Plea­sant Grove, Utah, Utah.

William was born in the small village of Barham. When four years of age his father moved his family to Hamerton, Huntingdon, England, where he resided until he became a man. When he was twenty-five years of age he was elected clerk of the Hamerton Parish, where he worked for the Church of England for seven years. He also played the bass viola and the church chimes. In 1851 he married Ann Dickerson. They made their home in a cottage on the church property. Here two sons were born to them, but misfortune came when they contracted scarlet fever and both died at Hamerton, Huntingdon, England, and were buried there.

While residing at Hamerton William and his wife heard the Mormon Elders preach the Gospel. They were converted and joined the Church on 29 Oct. 1854. When this became known, they had to leave their cottage. Early in 1855 they left for America to join the Saints in Utah. On 27 Feb. 1855 the ship Siddons, under Captain Taylor, sailed from Liverpool, England, for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ship arrived on 20 April, The emigrants traveled by rail to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Here they made arrangements for their transportation by steamboat down the Ohio River and Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri. The river passage cost $3.00 for each adult passenger, children were half price. Thirty-five cents was paid for every one hundred pounds of luggage. William and his wife arrived at St. Louis on 7 May after a pleasant passage. His wife, Ann, was frail and unused to pioneer hardships. She died at St. Louis, succumbing to the cholera epidemic that was raging. She was buried at St. Louis, Missouri.

With nothing left in life except his faith in the Gospel, William crossed the plains with the Saints in a hand cart company. They arriv­ed at Salt Lake City, 2 Sept. 1856. William went to Pleasant Grove, Utah, and the first winter lived at the home of Bishop Henson Walker. That winter was one of privation and sacrifice. Their food consisted of squash, molasses and black bread. The bread was partly made from seeds of sunflowers and squash.

In the Spring of 1861 William was called to go back across the plains with an oxen team.  He was to assist the Saints of Captain Hor­ace S. Eldredge Company into the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. His special job was that of night guard to keep the animals from straying, and to protect the camp from Indians.

Among the emigrants from England in the Eldredge Company was a pretty black-haired, blue-eyed woman. Her name was Louisa Fowlke, who had a three year old son. While crossing the plains William and Louisa became acquainted, and found that they had much in common. The next year they were married at Pleasant Grove, Utah, by Bishop Henson Wal­ker. They built a rock house in Pleasant Grove. It is still standing, homelike, and comfortable one hundred years later. William had one of the finest wells in Pleasant Grove near to his house, which furnished clear and cool water for the family. The walks around their home were laid in large flat stones. In this home they reared fifteen children, including three sets of twins.

The following" is a favorite song of William Marrott, that he often sang after coming to Utah:


by T.H. Tenney

Do they ever pray for me at home

When the Summer birds appear?

Do they pray for me the while that my

Path may be less drear?

At the home of early youth

Do they place the vacant chair,

Where my heart so oft returns

To the loved ones gathered there?

Do they ever pray for me at home?

Do they ever pray for me at home

When the winds for Winter blow?

Do they pray for me with love

As they watch the Winter's snow?

In the seasons chilly cold

Are their hearts for me still warm?

Am I cherished still of old

Through the beating of the storm?

Do they ever pray for me at home?

Do they ever pray for me

When I ride the dark sea foam,

When I cross the stormy sea?

Oh, how oft in foreign lands

As I see the bended knee

Comes the thought at twilight hour

Do they ever pray for me?

William was an outstanding individual of honesty, reliability, and industry. He labored from day light until dark on his farm, taking a great deal of pride in his vegetables and crops. After his work was fin­ished for the day he would help with many of the tasks in the home. Other people would engage him a season ahead to cut and stack their grain, because he did it so well. He would cut the grain by hand, nearly as even as the machine does today. He did most of his farming with an ox called Old Tom- Everyone in town knew and had a deep affection for Old Tom. At one time when the threshing crew was at the Marrott home, each man had received his share of grain, and they went into the house for dinner. One of the men went outside to see why William was still at work, and found him adding an extra measure of grain to each sack from his own share.

In the Winter he would shell corn to pay for his children's school­ing. Money was very scarce, and only two or three children could attend school at any one time. The cost was three dollars a term for each child. William saw that each child received the same amount of schooling.

William lead the singing in the High Priest Quorum, and was interest­ed music all his life* He assisted the tithing clerk when tithes were collected on hay. He was very unassuming. His honesty and integrity were two of his outstanding characteristics. He was always ready to serve others when in need. He was highly esteemed and loved by all who knew him. He died 20 Apr. 1900 at Pleasant Grove, Utah.

LOUISA FOWLKE, dau. of John Fowlke and Harriet Raynor, was b. 26 May 1840, Nottingham, Nottingham, England; md. (1) 9 Feb. 1862, WILLIAM MARROTT, at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. (2) 8 Feb. 1901, LORENZO WALDRAM, at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 29 Jan. 1913, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; bur. at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah.

Louisa was born at Nottingham, England. The missionaries contacted their family, and Louisa was the first member of her family to join the Church. She was only fourteen years of age at the time. Her parents and the younger members of the family also joined the Church. Later they came to America on the ship Underwriter. The voyage took six weeks to cross the ocean. Sometimes the ship wouldn't make any progress because of the lack of wind to fill their sails. They were city people and used to city life. When they arrived in America and started across the coun­try they were unaccustomed to the hardships and way of life that lay before them. They came to Utah in the Horace S. Eldredge Company. They cared for and drove an oxen team across the plains. They arrived at Salt Lake City on 15 Sept. 1861. Louisa walked much of the way across the plains to Utah, and waded many of the streams. When at Florence, Nebraska, the Saints suffered much from the severe rain and thunder storms.

While crossing the plains to Utah, Louisa became acquainted with William Marrott, who had crossed the plains from Utah to met and help members of the Eldredge Company get to Utah. They had many things in common. They were married at Pleasant Grove, Utah, by Bishop Henson Walker. Louisa had two children at the time of her marriage. She and William had thirteen children, including three sets of twins.

Louisa and her husband built a rock house for their family, and dug a well for water. The walks around their home were laid with large flat stones. Louisa endured many hardships and privations typical of the early pioneer life. She struggled along with her husband to provide for their large family. Clothes used by the family were made at home, and few in number. She swept her floors with a sage brush broom. Often she had to stay alone with the children while her husband was on guard for Indians. When the soldiers, known as Johnson's Army, came through Pleasant Grove, they camped near their home. Her motto in life was economy, industry and cleanliness, and to live within one's income. This she tried to impress upon her children.

Louisa lived for thirteen years after her husband died in 1900. She married Loranzo Waldram in 1901 at Pleasant Grove, Utah. He died in 1906. Louisa died in 1913, and at the time of her death she had eleven surviving children, forty-seven grandchildren, and ten great­ grandchildren.

William Marrott md. (1) 11 Mar. 1851, ANN DICKERSON, at Hamerton, Huntingdon, England. She was b. 15 Mar. 1831, Winwick, Huntingdon, Eng­land; dau. of William Dickerson and Frances Dunkley; d. 14 May 1855, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri; bur. at St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. William and Ann had the following children:

1. Isaac Marrott, b. 20 Dec. 1851, Hamerton, Huntingdon, England; d. 25 Aug. 1854, Hamerton, Huntingdon, England; unmd.

2. Enos Marrott, b. 27 Jan. 1854, Hamerton, Huntingdon, England; d. 27 Aug. 1854, Hamerton, Huntingdon, England; unmd.


William Marrott md. (2) LOUISA FOWLKE, and they had the follow­ing children:


* 1. Arthur Marrott (#), b. 28 Jan. 1858, Nottingham, Nottingham, Eng­land; md. 25 Nov. 1880, Selena Martha Stradling; d. 9 Feb. 1901.

2. Frederick Marrott (#), b. 8 Jan. 1862, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 28 Feb. 1865, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; unmd.

* 3. Mary Eveline Marrott (twin), b. 12 Feb. 1865, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 26 Nov. 1890, John Alma Adamson; d. 11 Oct. 1927.

* 4. Charles Alfred Marrott (twin), b. 12 Feb. 1865, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 22 June 1911, Eliza Priscilla Davis; d. 29 Apr. 1936.

* 5. Clara Ellen Marrott, b. 8 Jan. 1867, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 14 Dec. 1887, William Alexander Bullock; d. 4 Aug. 1934.

* 6. William Henry Marrott, b. 1 Feb. 1869, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 2 May 1894, Effie Deane Bullock; d. 15 Sept. 1918.

* 7. John Thomas Marrott (twin), b. 20 July 1871, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 8 Mar. 1924; unmd.

* 8. Emma Louisa Marrott, (twin), b. 20 July 1871, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. (1) 1 Apr. 1914, William Henry Armitstead; md (2) 26 Oct. 1926, Stephen Ellis Huff; d. 24 July 1948.

* 9. Albert Laurence Marrott, b. 10 Sept. 1873, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 11 Dec. 1901, Margaret Jane Thorne; d. 16 Mar. 1925.

* 10. Rosetta Marrott, b. 20 Feb. 1876, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 7 Mar. 1900, Hyrum Sanford Weeks; d. 15 Apr. 1950.

* 11. Sadie Marrott, b. 26 July 1877, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 9 June 1896, Herman Green; d. 25 July 1917.

* 12. Lewis Marrott, b. 19 Jan. 1880, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 22 Dec. 1903, Ann Effie Fisher.

13. Joseph Marrott, b. 10 Mar. 1882, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 10 Mar. 1882; unmd.

14. Ether Marrott, (male, twin), b. 10 Aug. 1883, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; d. 24 Nov. 1883; unmd.

* 15. Eva Marrott, (twin), b. 10 Aug. 1883, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah; md. 24 Sept. 1902, Alroy Hooley West; d. 4 Jan. 1958.


Louisa Fowlke md. (2) LORENZO WALDRAM, 8 Feb. 1901, at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah. He was b. 14 July 1825, Narrow Marsh, Nottingham, England; son of Thomas Waldram and Mary Johnson; d. 30 Oct. 1906, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah. No children.


This information comes from:

"A Genealogy of William Marrott and Louisa Fowlke Latter Day Saint Pioneers" by Kenneth C. Bullock, Author, Editor & Complier.  Published at Provo, Utah, 1965.


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