Richard Thornton Booth (1821 - 1888)

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Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Alpine, NY, USA
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About Richard Thornton Booth

1880 United States Census: Physician-Stock Raising, at Yorktown, De Witt, Texas -------------------- Richard Thornton Booth was the son of James Booth and Jane Thornton, born at Turton, near Bolton, Lancashire, England. His parents were poor and consequently he had a hard time as a child. Richard was put to work in the cotton factory at the age of eight and worked 14 hours a day. There were few safegards in the cotton factories at this time and many workers did not live to reach old age. Richard's work crippled him in his legs and progressed through out his life. He did not have the advantage of schooling but he had a great thirst for knowledge. He succeded on his own and obtained a very good English education, qualifying himself as a school teacher. Teaching was his profession as a young man.

Richard married Elsie Edge on August 20, 1846 in the Methodist church. Later, in 1848 he was converted and baptised into the Mormon Chruch. Elsie soon followed her husband in her conversion. He was asked and went out to preach the teachings of his new religion. He suffered the fate of many before him, with the loss of his working situation and consequently lived in extreme poverty for many years befor obtaining work. He was well qualified as an accountant and was offered many positions if he would renounce his religion, but he would not.

In March of 1857 Richard, 36, and Elsie, 31, immigrated to America with their children John Edge, 10, James Davis, 7, Martha Hannah, 5, and Sarah Jane, 2. They travelled with the Jesse B. Martin Company of 1857 to the Salt Lake Valley. Their son Robert Ebenezer was born August 31, 1857 on the trail at the Big Sandy River, Wyoming. This company was moving just ahead of Johnston's Army and could not stop for Robert Ebenezer's birth in the covered wagon. Their journey that had begun at Liverpoole, England ended in Salt Lake City on September 12, 1857, five months later.

The following spring the family moved South to Alpine, Utah. Richard became a teacher for 18 years. He was also a member of the City Council, Justice of the Peace and held the office of City Recorder for 20 years. He was the "official" Doctor throughout the entire north Utah County as well as the dentist. His doctoring and dental work was done for the people without pay, as was his job of town clerk. When the city did decide to offer the job with pay, it was given to someone else.

Richard Thornton Booth passed away on May 28, 1888 in Alpine, Utah and was laid to rest in the Alpine City Cemetery. He and Elsie had 10 children, four of whom were born in England, one born in Nebraska and five born in Alpine, Utah.

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Richard Thornton Booth's Timeline

1821
August 13, 1821
Lancashire, United Kingdom
1846
August 13, 1846
Age 25
Lancaster, UK
1847
June 29, 1847
Age 25
Bedford Leigh, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
1852
August 20, 1852
Age 31
Lancashire, England
1855
February 25, 1855
Age 33
Leigh, Lancashire, UK
1857
August 31, 1857
Age 36
Big Sandy, WY, USA
1859
September 1, 1859
Age 38
Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States
1862
January 6, 1862
Age 40
Alpine, UT, USA
1864
June 17, 1864
Age 42
1866
August 14, 1866
Age 45
Alpine, UT, USA