Facts and Events
England Timeline (1820,1830,1840) Emmigrates to Utah in 1855. Utah Timeline (1850,1860,1870,1880,1890,1900)
Henry Jones was born 25 Feb. 1824 at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England The fourth child of Thomas and Susannah Lane Jones, His father was born 23 Dec. 1790 at Bewdley, Worcestershire, England and his mother was born 26 April 1788 at Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Henry married Caroline Brooks who was born 4 Dec. 1825 at Crowcroft, Worcestershire, England. They had two children, the eldest a son, Samuel Lane Jones believed to have died in England and a daughter, Althea Caroline. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in England and came to Utah under the P.E. Fund. They left Liverpool, England 31 March 1855 on the Sailing Vessel Juventa. The leader of the Company being William Glover. Total number of souls 573. Entered as number 85. They were five weeks crossing the ocean. The wind often changed and blew the vessel back as far one day as they had made headway the day before. After an arduous experience they arrived at Philadelphia 5 May 1 855.
The Company then traveled by rail to Pittsburgh then by steamboats down the Ohio River to St. Louis, Mo. Overland they traveled to the outfitting station at Mormon Grove, Kansas. Date of departure to cross the plains was 5 Aug. 1855. First Captain, Charles A, Harper, with 39 wagons. Second Captain, Milo Andrus (Andrews). Total number of souls 452 with 48 wagons. This company arrived in Salt Lake City 24 Oct. 1855.
This Company must have crossed the Platt River and encamped on the banks of the Big Blue River, by Aug. 10, for on that night during a terrible storm Caroline gave birth to her third child, Eliza Jane Jones, my Grandmother. The storm was so fierce that the Captains and men all worked in great fear that the entire camp would be washed into the river. Those sudden terrific storms are typical of this area of our country.
Henry was a painter and grainer by trade and had no knowledge of farming, thus making life in a new country very difficult. Under the direction of able Leaders of the Church he was put to work at painting houses. He painted the first house in trying time
Salt Lake. Not with paint as we know today. They had no paint, he painted with ox blood. When dry this coating protected the building, from the weather. This first house he painted was owned by Demick Huntington. Mr. Huntington was the Indian Agent in the Territory and was referred to by the Indians as "The White Peacemaker". Henry Jones followed his trade all his life. He was a happy, cheerful man and explained how to use his graining tools to his children and Mother often spoke, to me, of her Grandfather and told me of the pride he took in his work, making it an art to be considered as such. He was painting a house in Park City, Utah at the time of his death at age 83 years, (3 July 1904). His wife preceded him in death.
He is buried beside Caroline in West Jordan Cemetery. They were sealed for eternity 31 Aug. 1867 in Salt Lake Endowment House. Their children are all sealed to them.