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The Snows


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Short Sketch of the Lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Snow
By the oldest daughter, Ellen Snow Gardner

Bernard Snow, born January 22, 1822, at Pomfret, Vermont, married Annie Liversidge, who was born March 19, 1827 at Yorkshire, England  She was converted to the Gospel in her native land by Elder Elias Gardner[1] and came to Utah in 1855.  She was married in the Endowment House to Bernard Snow in 1856[2].  Brigham Young performed the ceremony.  Heber C. Kimball was a witness.

Annie went through all the trials incident to pioneer life, her husband being called on a mission to England in the same year.  She worked very hard to take care of herself and the first wife, Alice Smith, and her mother who was sick.  She was a very dear old lady.  Annie sold her clothes that she had brought with her to help them; she also gleaned in the wheat fields for bread while my father [Bernard] was in the mission field.

Mother gave birth to a pair of twin girls on February 27, 1857, at Salt Lake City, Utah.  I was one of them.  The other lived only four days.  Before my father returned home, we were moved to Manti.  He was called to go south as far as Manti to build mills, both flour and saw mills.  From there to Ephraim to build mills there.  While so doing he was fighting Indians in what was called the Black Hawk War.  From there he went to Fountain Green, built another mill there and a saw mill at Spring City.  There he had many skirmishes with the Indians and was shot through all his clothes except his garments.  He always felt that he would have been killed had it not been for that protection.  Although he was in many battles with the Indians he was also very kind to them when they were at peace; they gave them flour and made boards for them to carry their babies around on .  They used to camp quite near us.

The war ended in 1868.  It was then that father went back and worked on the railroad.  he used to hire the men that were driven from their homes, also was a delegate to the Territory Legislature in Salt Lake City, to help make laws for Utah.  He built a mill for Heber C. Kimball and he built one for the government in Strawberry near the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon, Springville.

We lived in Springville for some twenty years previous to father going on a mission.  He organized a theatrical group in Salt Lake City.  He also had a troup[e] in Springville.  He worked on the railroad at Ogden Canyon contracted under President Brigham Young.  He lost out on his contract, only getting 40 cents on the dollar, and had to wait four years to get it.  The men were all poor that worked for him.  He turned everything he had to them, almost breaking him.

There were only three men who waited for their pay, my husband [Joseph Edward Gardner], his brother, and his father [Walter Elias Gardner].  Father came to Utah when a young man, embraced the gospel in the state of Vermont, was married to Louise King and had two children.  He came to Utah before his wife.  She died while crossing the plains, leaving the two children.  She was coming here with her sister and husband.  I think the year of 1849 or 1850.  He [Bernard] married my mother in 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He came to Idaho some years later and died February 20, 1902, in Washington County, Idaho.  Mother gave birth to seven children:  Ellen Louise, Martha (the twins), Seymour B., Albert, Hugh, Edna, and Hester Ann, only two of which are living at this time:  Albert and Seymour.  Mother died on July 19, 1927 at the home of her son, Albert, in Jensen, Utah.

Father’s Grandparents:  Eben Snow, born January 27, 1784; died January 21, 1867 in Pomfret, Vermont.  Married to Polly Hayes, born October 20, 1788.

Mother’s Grandparents:  Richard Liversiedge and Susanna Oiland.  My grandmother and three daughters came to Utah in 1855, she being a widow.

[1] This same Elias Gardner eventually became a relative, as the Snows’ daughter Ellen Louise married Joseph Edward Gardner, Elias’ grandson

[2] Annie was one of several polygamous wives.


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