Elizabeth Brough (Bott) (1838 - 1921)

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Birthplace: Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Randolph, UT, USA
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About Elizabeth Brough (Bott)

On 7 February 1858, Samuel Brough married Elizabeth Bott in Edensor, Staffordshire. Elizabeth was born on 9 March 1838, in Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire, England, the oldest of nine children born to Benjamin Bott and Elizabeth Abbott.

Prior to their marriage, Elizabeth had worked in the Staffordshire potteries in the china-painting department. When Elizabeth started keeping company with Samuel, her parents bitterly opposed it because they belonged to the Church of England and Samuel's father, Richard Brough, was a "Mormon", having joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or "L.D.S." or "Mormon" Church) in 1840, and Samuel and Elizabeth were actively investigating the L.D.S. Church.

Samuel and Elizabeth joined the L.D.S. Church on the same day, both being baptized on 1 May 1857 by Thomas Orgill of the L.D.S. Longton Branch. After Elizabeth joined the L.D.S. Church, her parents turned her away from their home, but in later years she and her siblings often communicated by letters which she sent from Utah or they sent from England. Samuel was made an "Elder" in the L.D.S. Priesthood on 24 February 1861 in the L.D.S. Longton Branch.

Elizabeth’s granddaughters recall her as a dainty lady; mannerly, polite and refined. Proper in everything she said and did. When working in her home she could always be found with a long black skirt, frilly black satin blouses, and a long clean white starched apron, edged in lace at the bottom. She always had pretty bonnets that tied under her chin. Her apron strings she tied into bows in front so she could get them just right, then slipped them around to the back. Her home and Elizabeth were immaculately clean and neat.

When she gave her grandchildren a slice of bread and butter or jam she would put the loaf of bread between her legs, buttering it and then cutting a slice off. All agreed her apron was as clean as any bread board would be.

Samuel and Elizabeth’s yard was beautiful and well kept. Flower beds lined the board walks. The house’s sunny bay windows were filled with plants and blooming fuchsias and geraniums. Her cupboard held the English china painted by her sisters, straight from the Wedgewood potteries in Staffordshire.

Samuel Brough was a religious man and attended to his Church affairs with dedication. He died 29 May 1911 at the age of 71. He left Elizabeth well provided for financially. On hand were all six of her daughters. Three of her fours sons passed away before she did.

Elizabeth’s life was an example of true devotion to her husband, family, church and friends. She was a hard worker and often said, “It is better to wear out than to rust out.” In later years she accepted help from her granddaughters to clean her house, but no one was allowed to polish her stove. She was known throughout the valley for her hot cross buns, raisin bread, and butterscotch candy. Her daughter and granddaughters delivered hot cross buns to loved ones on Good Friday as they had seen her do.

Elizabeth was always good to those in need and without mothers. She took Lena Hanney and Opal Brough into her home after their mothers died. Bessie Brough also lived with her for awhile. She was always clean and neatly dressed. She always had pretty bonnets that tied under her chin. The way she tied her aprons was to tie the bow in front so she could get the bows even and then slip the bow around to the back.

Elizabeth was the only one of her family to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She always defended her faith and encouraged her children and other Latter-day Saints to remain faithful to their beliefs. Of Elizabeth it was said, she never regretted the sacrifices and hardships she went through to come to Zion. She died 23 Nov 1921 at the age of 83.

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Elizabeth Brough's Timeline

1838
March 9, 1838
Longton, Staffordshire, England
1858
February 7, 1858
Age 19
December 20, 1858
Age 20
Trentham, Staffordshire, England
1860
February 22, 1860
Age 21
Longton, Staffordshire, England
1861
September 9, 1861
Age 23
England
1863
March 3, 1863
Age 24
1865
March 25, 1865
Age 27
Porterville, Utah, USA
1866
December 11, 1866
Age 28
Porterville, Utah, USA
1868
September 24, 1868
Age 30
Heber, Wasatch, UT, USA
1870
July 9, 1870
Age 32
Porterville, UT, USA