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John Parry

Also Known As: "John Parry"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Flintshire, Wales
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery (Plot: B-1-2), Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Patty Sessions and Harriet Parry
Father of Joseph Hyrum Parry and Louisa Emery

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About John Parry

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Birth: Feb. 10, 1789 Flintshire, Wales

Death: Jan. 13, 1868 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

Son of Bernard Parry and Elizabeth Saunders

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 1089 Married Mary Williams, 5 Mar 1808, Newmarket, Flintshire, Wales. She died 17 May 1849, on the Riverboat "Highland Mary", near Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Children - John Parry, Bernard Parry, Elizabeth Parry, Mary Parry, Sarah Parry, John Parry, William Parry, Caleb Parry

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p. 58 Married Patty Bartlett, 14 Dec 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Grace Ann Williams, 15 Sep 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p. 1089 Married Harriet Parry, 25 Apr 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - John Parry, Joseph Hyrum Parry, Bernard Lewellyn Parry, Louisa Ellen Parry, Edwin Francis Parry, Henry Edward Parry

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p. 136 John Parry, first director of the Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City of whom we have record was a native of Newmarket, Flintshire, England, a son of Bernard Parry and Elizabeth Saunders. He came to Utah in 1849, and became leader of the Choir in the Bowery. He and the choir continued to serve in that capacity after the old Tabernacle was completed in 1852 on the present site of the Assembly Hall. In 1854 he was called on a mission to Great Britain, which terminated his service as director of the choir.

John Parry was succeeded by Stephen Goddard, second director, also a pioneer of 1849, who was born in New York State. He had been active in music circles in Nauvoo. On the 6th of April, 1853 the choir sang at the laying of the corner stones of the Temple.

History - John Parry, Sr. was an early Welsh convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was the first musical conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Parry was born in Newmarket (now known as Trelawnyd), Flintshire, in northeast Wales. Prior to his conversion to Mormonism, Parry was a Baptist preacher and was the leader of a church in Newmarket called "John Parry's Association", which was fashioned after the teachings of Alexander Campbell.

In 1846, Parry and his wife Mary Williams were baptized by Mormon missionaries. About the Parrys, one commentator has stated that they were "in all likelihood the most distinguished of the Welsh to join the Church up to that time, and [their conversion] caused great excitement among other Welsh Mormons".

In 1849, Parry and about 100 Welsh Mormons sailed from Liverpool to America as well as his wife, Mary, and their sons, William and Caleb. Upon arriving in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 17, 1849, Mary Parry died of cholera. Parry continued the Mormon pioneer journey to Utah Territory and arrived later in 1849.

At the October 1849 general conference of the LDS Church, Parry conducted 85 Welsh converts in singing several musical numbers. After the conference, church president Brigham Young invited Parry to formally organize a church choir that could provide music at future church conferences. Parry thus proceeded to organize what would later be called the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Parry was the conductor of the choir until 1854, when he was succeeded by Stephen Goddard.

Like many early Latter-day Saints, Parry practiced plural marriage. In 1851, he married Patty Bartlett Sessions, and over the next two years he would marry Grace Ann Williams — a sister of his deceased wife Mary — and Harriet Parry — one of his first cousins. Parry was the father of 12 children.

Parry died in Salt Lake City and was buried there.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company (1849)


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Spouses:
 Harriet Parry Parry (1822 - 1901)
 Patty Bartlett Sessions (1795 - 1892)*

Children:
  • John Parry (1817 - 1882)*
  • Joseph Hyrum Parry (1855 - 1941)*
  • Louisa Parry Emery (1857 - 1935)*

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Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: B-1-2

Maintained by: SMSmith Originally Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff Record added: Nov 23, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 31637026 --------------------

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...John Parry Sr. (February 10, 1789 – January 13, 1868) was an early Welsh convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and was the first musical conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir..."

"...Parry was born in Newmarket (now known as Trelawnyd), Flintshire, in north-east Wales. Prior to his conversion to Mormonism, Parry was a Baptist preacher and was the leader of a church in Newmarket called "John Parry's Association", which was fashioned after the teachings of Alexander Campbell. In 1846, Parry and his wife Mary Williams were baptized by Mormon missionaries..."

"...Like many early Latter Day Saints, Parry practiced plural marriage. In 1851, he married Patty Bartlett Sessions, and over the next two years he would marry Grace Ann Williams — a sister of his deceased wife Mary — and Harriet Parry — one of his first cousins. Parry was the father of 12 children.

Parry died in Salt Lake City and was buried there..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Parry (Mormon)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 February 2011, 14:42 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Parry_(Mormon)&oldid=412726554> [accessed 18 February 2011]

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John Parry's Timeline

1789
February 10, 1789
Flintshire, Wales
1851
December 14, 1851
Age 62
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, USA
1855
August 8, 1855
Age 66
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
1857
September 21, 1857
Age 68
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
1868
January 13, 1868
Age 78
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
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Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States