Joseph Burton Made a Difference

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Joseph Burton Made a Difference
Description JOSEPH BURTON MADE A DIFFERENCE Vernon F. Larsen Non Professional Honorable Mention Personal Recollection There was happiness in the Burton family in Yorkshire County, England, on September 16, 1825. The cries and then smiles of the new-bora son proved that the birth was successful and the mother well They named him Joseph Little did they then know that his, to be short, life would greatly influence the lives of hundreds, even thousands in far-off America. Utah. Sanpete County and even Mount Pleasant Joseph grew up on the family farm, learning the value of work and dependability. It was in 1846. when Joseph was twenty-one years old that he married Eliza Brooks Cusworth from Lockwood. Lancaster, England Joseph worked hard as a "carrier." one who delivered goods from the depot to the store He was successful in providing for his family of young Joseph Frend. age 6 .and little Martha, age 4 About this time Mormon Elders, Joseph E. Young and Cyrus H. Wheelock, came to this part of England Joseph attended their meetings, heard them explain the Gospel, believed it and purchased a Book of Mormon, which he started reading. Soon there were bad stories going around about these Mormon Elders. Eliza, hearing them, worried a great deal She coaxed her husband not to read the Book of Mormon or have anything to do with the Elders He told her not to worry and kept on reading his Book of Mormon She felt very badly about it After retiring to her bed one night she felt she could not sleep. It was very dark as she lay there thinking and praying about her trouble The room suddenly began to get light and the light increased until the room was light as noon-day Then the light disappeared as it had come until all was dark again Eliza considered this experience as a testimony that the messages of the Elders and the Book of Mormon were true Soon after, she and her husband were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints They began making plans to emigrate to Utah where the saints were Joseph traveled around with a local missionary during the time that they were preparing to go to Zion But alas....Tragedy happened! During the work of Joseph as a "carrier," he lifted bags that were too heavy and broke a blood vessel. In a short time this caused his death, on October 5, 1855 His dying request and demand was that Eliza take Joseph and Martha and gather with the Saints in Utah, and do their work in the Temple and raise the children among the Latter-day Saints This request of Joseph was now her bonded duty and objective She made ready, sold their form for gold, faced the objections of her mother and brothers, and took their passage to Liverpool, England for a sailing trip to America. 63
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326270
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