||JOHN PARRY AND MARY WILLIAMS PARRY The parry name is of ancient origin in Flintshire. John Parry was the son of Bernard Parry and Elizabeth Saunders and was born in Feb. 17891 in the old villaga of Newmarket. John's father Bernard Parry was a stone mason and was also the parish clerk. S© far a. record of his birth has not been found nor his marriage. John his son states in his journal that his father was married about 1808. Nothing of the early history of John Parry has been found as yet. But when their child, Mary was born it was recorded in the parish register of Newmarket, residence " Bronhaulog " May,1813. The next daughter Sarah's christening is recorded but with another local address in Newmarket. Also the death of their first daughter Elizabeth is recorded in the parish register. She died at the age of 12 in April 1821. John Parry and his wife Mary are recorded as witnesses to a marriage in 1819 in Newmarket. The last certain record of him in Newmarket is in the census of 18^1 and is listed as head of the following family: John Parry age 52 Mason Mary » 55 Wife William " 21 Glazier Caleb " 15 Mason Living at Ochr y Cop ( a farm occupied by Thomas Williams) Ochr y Oop House ami F»rti Buildings Nflvmark-t, Flintshire, North Vales Three ; Families j Lived •] On I This Big 1 Farm Thomas Williams John Williams John Parry I John Parry's son,John Jr. fills in the blank spaces of his parents life with details in his journal, written many years later in Salt Lake City. John Parry Sr. broke with the tradition of the Church of England when he was about 28 years old in 1817. He was undoubtedly married and had some children by that time. He joined the non-conformist Baptist movement. Later he joined the Catnpbellite Baptist group which was preaching and proselyting around North Wales. John Sr. was a stone mason and this allowed him to work where he journeyed to preach. In the spring of 18^6 John Sr. and his wife Mary moved to Birkenhead, near Liverpool to live with their sons who had moved there. One Sunday, while crossing the Channel to attend a Camp-bellite meeting in Liverpool, they were detoured by a Mormon Elder and attended a Mormon Meeting instead. By the late summer of 18^6 all of the Parry family living in Birkenhead had joined the Mormon Church. John Sr. and his wife Mary returned to Newmarket in 1848 to spread the n Good Word" there, but had disappointing success. Their daughter Mary who had married John Williams had joined the Mormons, but not her husband John. John Sr. and Mary moved back to Birkenhead. When the small branch was disolved in Birkenhead John Parry Sr. his wife Mary and their sons William and Caleb and his family emigrated with a large group of converts. They sailed under Dan Jones' care * and keeping, Feb.18^9. on ; ~~; the ship Buena Vista bound for New Orleans. | John Jr. wrote in his "... journal:1' Our mother died of cholera by coming up the river Missouri, also my cousin, Edward. " Mary Spence Heywood was on the same boat and she recorded in her journal, 11 At St. Louis... I started on the night of 2nd of May in the Steamer(Highland) Mary with about 2^0 Mormons, Capt. Dan Jones Welch Co.