John Edge Booth (1847 - 1920)

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Birthplace: Bedford Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Occupation: Circuit court Judge,
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About John Edge Booth

John Edge Booth was the eldest son of Richard Thornton and Elsie Edge Booth. Born on June 29, 1847 in Bedford Leigh, Lancashire England. In 1857 John sailed with his parents, his brother James and sisters Martha and Sarah from Liverpool, England on the ship "George Washington" for America. The voyage took three weeks in rough seas and unfavorable winds. The family then travelled to Council Bluffs, Iowa where John's father purchased two wagons and two yoke of oxen for the journey to the "promised land" with the Jesse B. Martin wagon train company.

John was just 10 years old when he drove one of the wagons while his father Richard Thornton Booth drove the other one. The Martin wagon train was just ahead of Johnston's Army. The army was on it's way to the Salt Lake Valley with orders to settle disputes with the Mormons. This is commonly referred to as the "Johnston Wars". The army that was held at bay in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City during the winter of 1857 by Orrin Porter Rockwell and his small army of a few men. (See "Son of God, Man of Thunder" the story of Orrin Porter Rockwell.) The Booth family's journey was not an easy one. Conditions were harsh. Many family posessions were discarded along the trail and food was rationed not only for the men, but also for the animals.

When the wagon train neared the place called the Big Sandy River (the Platte River) John's mother gave birth to her third son, Robert Ebenezer Booth on August 31, 1857. It would be September 12, 1857 before the family reached the safety of the Salt Lake Valley. It was a journey of five months from Liverpool to what they thought would be their destination. Their stay was short before it was suggested to them that they move to the little community of Mountainville (now called Alpine), thirty five miles to the south.

Upon their arrival in Alpine with two other families, the Moyle's and the Adams, the pioneers found that there were no vacant homes. They had to make dugout homes in the hillside, where they lived until log cabins could be built or obtained. The "dugouts" were just what the word implies, basically a large single room hollowed out of the dirt in the mountain, with dirt floors, walls and ceilings. There were usually no windows, only a door for entry and exit. John and his family lived in this humble home until his father secured a log cabin for them. The log cabin was home until a larger cottage of stone and adobe was built, and even then John, along with his brothers, still used the log cabin as their sleeping room.

At the age of 13 John was a sheepherder in Draper, Utah. In 1866 je was a volunteer in the Blackhawk War sreving on the Sevier River. His formal education included classes at the Draper Acasdemy in 1868 and at the University of Deseret (currently University of Utah). He taught school in Alpine and West Jordan and Mill Creek Ward School as well as Bountiful High School. He studied law in the apprenticeship system and also with John B. Billner in Provo. He was in private practise from 1876 - 1887. He taught both Law and Civil Engineering at Brigham Young Academy and was appointed head of the mathematic department by Karl G. Maeser. Hw was elected to the Territorial Legislature in 1881, 1889, and 1893. He was elected Mayor of Prove 1890 and 1891, creating the Provo Fire Department on December 15, 1890. In May of 1899 John was appointed judge of the Fourth Judicial District to complete the unexpired term of Judge Warren H. Dusenberry. He was next appointed by Governor Thomas to the State Board of Equalization but resigned when he was elected to continue as judge in the Fourth Judicial District. John was also active in many business ventures.

When he passed away March 28, 1920 of pneumonia he was mourned by more than 2,000 friends and family.

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John Edge Booth's Timeline

1847
June 29, 1847
Bedford Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
1873
October 1, 1873
Age 26
1876
1876
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
1887
June 22, 1887
Age 39
1920
March 28, 1920
Age 72
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
March 31, 1920
Age 72
Provo, Utah, Utah, United States