Thursday, June 14, 2012

William Julian and Jane Spencer


     William Julian, son of James and Elizabeth Bouncer Julian, was born August 3, 1795, in Shellford, Nottingham, England.  When a boy he was apprentice to a tailor for seven years.  He learned the trade well and followed that occupation.  He was united in marriage to Jane Spencer, daughter of Richard Spencer and Elizabeth Harrison.  She was born June 1, 1798 in Bingham, Nottingham, England.  To this happy union six children were born: James, Samuel, William, Edwin, Emma, and Ellen.
     When the gospel of Jesus Christ was brought to their native land by humble missionaries, their hearts were open to the truth for they soon applied for baptism and their whole family were initiated into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints December 16, 1853.  Like all others who were converted to the church at that time, they soon had a great desire to gather with the saints of God where they could serve him more fully.  Just fifteen months after their baptism with their entire family, they left England for the gospel sake to come to the land of Zion. 
       They set sail on the ship “Juventa” 31 March 1855. There were 537 souls on board the ship which was under the direction of William Glover. On the 6th day of April, conference was held on board and President Richards told them if they lived righteously and obeyed the principles of the gospel, that not one soul would die during the voyage.   There were no deaths on the way, but three marriages and one birth.  They had a rough voyage and on one of these days, while the tempest raged, this one child was born and was named Juventa Tempest.  They were five weeks on the water.
     They landed at Philadelphia May 5th, 1855. This company went by railroad to Pittsburg, then by steamboat down the Ohio River to St. Louis, Missouri.  While in St. Louis, they found Elder Thomas Barratt and family, who had left England en route to Utah a short time before, on account of the sickness of his wife, who was a dear friend of their youngest daughter, Ellen.  His wife, Mary Morgan Whitby Barratt, passed away at St. Louis and before leaving there, Ellen became the wife of Elder Thomas Barratt and became the foster mother of a boy, a child of a former marriage of his first wife.  Their daughter, Ellen, left St. Louis with her husband but the rest of the Julian family decided to make their home, for a short time at least, in Grasslake, Michigan. 
     William and the rest of his family soon made preparations to go on to Utah. They went by steamboat “Equinox” which carried them to Atcheson, Kansas.  From there they went to a camping place know as Mormon Grove.  This place was established by the Church a few miles west of Atcheson. It was chosen as the chief outfitting place for the Saints who crossed the plains in 1855. Apostle Erastus Snow had charge of the emigrants that year.  Many of the emigrants traveled up the Mississippi and Missouri River became sick with malaria; many died. There are still many unmarked graves in Mormon Grove. After being there for a season they were happy to resume their journey to Utah.
     On their journey across the plains they had their share of hardships along with their happiness in the thought of going to a place where they could be in peace and worship as they pleased.  The Lord surely watched over them and when they arrived in Great Salt Lake they were sent directly to American Fork and made it their permanent home.
    A few years after arriving here they received their endowments in the Endowment house in Salt Lake City, January 26, 1861.  They first lived in a small house North of the Stephen Mott home and later bought a lot now owned by James H. Barrett. They made their living with their garden, cows, and chickens.  William took great interest in gardening.  At that time there were no horses, neither had he a plow, but spaded every inch of the ground and raised a wonderful garden.  He was a tailor by trade before coming to Utah and did very fine work and did what he could also in this line, but in this early day few had means to pay for the making of clothing.
     He loved music and took a great deal of pleasure in playing an instrument he owned called a Bozone but when he became ill and could not enjoy it longer, he sold it to a man in Ogden.  Jane, his wife, was a helpmate in every deed.  In all the experiences of pioneer life, she took her part well.  She loved her home and family and no sacrifice was too great for their comfort and happiness.  By her unassuming loving disposition she made many friends and was beloved by all who knew her.
    After she became unable to care for herself and husband, their grand daughter, Ellen Barratt Gardener and Mary Barratt, in turn took care of her with a greatest love and devotion, until Father seen fit to release her, April 18, 1873.  After her death they took care of her husband in the same way until they took him to the home of his daughter, Ellen Julian Barratt, where they built a log room which still stands on the Barratt lot.
      William lived to the ripe age of 93, fifteen years after the death of his beloved wife.  He was called home May 10, 1888.  A faithful Latter-Day saint to meet the reward of a well spent life.

     By proxy, William and Jane were sealed to their parents in the Temple of God, May 26, 1932.  We love the memories of those who made it possible for us to have our beautiful homes in the valleys of the mountains, and who left for us examples of thrift, love and devotion worthy of our utmost thought and emulation.  Blessed be their memories and may our Father grant His spirit to all their numerous descendants that they may, when their time comes, be worthy to meet and dwell with them throughout the countless ages of Eternity.
    Wish I could give the number of the descendants.  Their daughter, Ellen, alone had fifteen children, twelve of their own and three adopted.  Forty three grand children, 152 great grand children and thirteen great great grand children.

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