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
and came to Utah in 1855. She was
married in the Endowment House to Bernard Snow in 1856. 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
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.