Anson Perry Winsor, Sr. (1818 - 1917)

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Birthplace: Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States
Death: Died in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States
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Biographical Summary:

Anson Perry Winsor was a Utah pioneer of 1852 in the James McGaw Company, lived a life of outstanding usefulness in the building of this great intermountain territory. He and his wife Emmeline Zenetta Brower are said to have settled at Provo, Utah. His brother Alonzo was also a Utah pioneer and married Margaret Brower, Emmeline's sister.

In 1868, Bishop Winsor, with forty heavily armed men, was sent by President Young to build a fort, improve the spring and care for the ten to fifteen thousand head of tithing cattle in Antelope Valley, Arizona. This difficult task was accomplished late in 1870. Two sandstone buildings, each two stories high, rose from the barren deset facing each other across a courtyard closed at both ends by mammoth wooden gates banded with wrought iron. The north build enclosed Pipe Spring that daily poured out more than 65,000 gallons of pure, cold water. The building was referred to as "Winsor Castle." The fort was not only a military outpost and a ranch that provided livestock for slaughter at places as far distrant as Salt Lake City, it was a federal supply point for prospectors, missionaries, explorers and for the pioneer settlers in the Kanab and Parunuweap valleys. Here the topographers of the Powell and Wheeler surveys in 1871-72 obtained most of ther beef, mutton, butter, cheese, grain, vegetables and some of their saddlehorses and camp equipment. In 1871, the telegraph wire from Salt Lake City to Toquerville was expanded through Virgin Citty to Pipe Spring.

Bishop Winsor and his family made their home at Pipe Spring until 1875. During this time they were milking one hundred cows and making about sixty pounds of cheese per day. These products, as well as beef cattle, were transported ninety-six miles to St George twice each week to feed the workers who were constructing the St George Temple.

  • This information was taken from Church fo the Latterday Saints records: An Enduring Legacy; Volume Nine, Pioneer Stories

Biographical Summary #2:

(son of Abraham Winsor, born at Providence, Rhode Island, and Sophia Bigelow, born in Connecticut; the former of Jamestown, New York). He was born August 19, 1818, Ellicottville, New York. Came to Utah September 20, 1862, James McGaugh company.

Married: Emeline Z. Brower (daughter of John Brower and Deligh Smith), who was born March 21, 1824, and came to Utah with husband.

Their children:

  1. Walter J. born November 30, 1844, married Sarah Potter June 28, 1866;
  2. Ida R. born May 9, 1847, died May 21, 1850;
  3. Margaret E. born May 9, 1852, died May 11, 1873;
  4. Anson P. Jr. born October 9, 1854, married Sarah L. Terry March 9, 1877;
  5. Samuel A. born January 20, 1857, married Ella Westover March 9, 1877;
  6. Emeline Z. born January 7, 1859, married Eleazar Asay September 15, 1879;
  7. Phoebe D. born November 11, 1861, died May 29, 1873;
  8. Lucy T. born September 7, 1868, married David Hatch February 9, 1892.

Family home Prove, Utah.

Married: Mary Nelson in 1855, Provo, Utah (daughter of Peter Nelson), who was born in Denmark.

Their children:

  1. Joseph F. born February 18, 1864, married Effie Hunt December 22, 1897;
  2. Andrew N. born February 15, 1866, married Agnes McFarland;
  3. Mary J. born June 5, 1868, married Theodora Asay July 4, 1883.

Settled at Provo, 1852. Wagon master of Young’s Express Company, 1857. In charge of company on march to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, May 1, 1857, where he sent the first word of the formation of Johnston’s army to President Young. Was placed in charge of 300 men to guard against the invaders. Moved to “Dixie” 1861; ordained bishop of Grafton ward, 1863. Colonel of 3d regiment militia under General Erastus Snow, 1864. Was in charge of church cattle at Pipe Springs. Called to St. George to assist in preparation of temple for ordinance work, and is still engaged as an ordinance worker therein. Took active part in Indian wars, helping to build a fort for the protection of the settlers.

Sources: Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1256

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Anson Perry Winsor's Timeline

1818
August 19, 1818
Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States
1842
March 20, 1842
Age 23
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1852
May 9, 1852
Age 33
Kanesville, Iowa
1854
October 9, 1854
Age 36
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
1857
1857
Age 38
1917
June 17, 1917
Age 98
St. George, Washington, Utah, United States
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