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Ann Dalton (Casbourne)

Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Southery, Norfolk, England
Death: August 29, 1925 (92)
Chander, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States (Marasmas due to old age.)
Place of Burial: Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of <private> Casbourne and <private> Casbourne (Ward)
Wife of Charles David Williams and John Dalton, Jr.
Mother of <private> Brewer (Williams); Jemima Murphy; Mairum Hancock; David William Dalton; Ellen Lettitia Owens and 2 others
Sister of <private> Casbourne; <private> Casbourne; <private> Casbourne; Abraham Casbourne; <private> (Casbourne) and 2 others

Managed by: Arthur Rexford Whittaker
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About Ann Dalton

Ann Casbourne Williams Dalton: The forth wife of John Dalton Jr.

Ann Casbourne was born in Southery, Norfolk, England, 27, December 1832. She was the daughter of Abraham Casbourne and Susannah Ward. When eighteen years of age, she with her parents came to America. Crossing the ocean on the vessel “Hibarnium”. While at sea they encountered a terrific storm, which lasted twenty-four hours, during which they came in contact with a merchant ship, tearing a hole in their vessel, which badly disabled her. But through the courageous efforts of their captain and sailors, their ship was saved. After landing safely at New York, the Casbourne family continued their journey to St. Louis, Missouri.

They did not profess any religion, and although good honest people, they were not what is called a religious family. During the latter part of the summer, after their arrival in St. Louis, the father became very ill from working on a brickyard in excessive heat. He finally became so ill that he sent for one of the men with whom he had been working (a Mr. Jones) to come and pray for him, as he understood that Jones was a religious man, although he did not know to what sect Mr. Jones belonged. Mr. Jones came, and when the prayer was ended the sick man turned to his daughter, Ann, and said, "This man believes in the true Church of Christ. Live an honest upright life, for there is a great work for you to do." This greatly inspired the young girl, and has been an inspiration to her all of her life, for she had diligently tried to live up to the counsel of her dying father. He departed this life in the month of August 1851. This was a great blow to the family as they were almost strangers in a strange land, without a home.

They soon moved to the outskirts of the city, where they rented some rooms of a lady whom they soon discovered was of the same faith as Mr. Jones, namely, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They soon became acquainted with quite a number of persons that belonged to this denomination. One Sabbath, Ann, with her mother, attended one of their meetings, and listened to a discourse delivered by Elder Orson Pratt on the Principles of the Gospel. Ann was converted to the new faith and was baptized the next day, and was a faithful member of the Church and active to the last, and a strong advocate of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was the only one of her father's family to join the church.

For two years after her father's death, Ann worked very hard to help support her family. She then had a desire to get to Zion, although she knew it would be a great sacrifice to leave her mother. Her mother consented to her daughter joining the church if she felt disposed, but could hardly endure the thought of her leaving her home and going so far away to live among a strange unpopular people. But in April 1854 she left all who were so dear to her and cast her lot with a struggling band of people, driven from their homes by ruthless mobs, were crossing a continent, determined to overcome every obstacle and build them a home in the mountains of the West, where they could serve God and obey His Laws that He had given unto them.

She came to Utah in the company of Captain William Empey. While crossing the plains she cooked and washed for the Church teamsters to pay her way. Among the teamsters was a praiseworthy young man by the name of David Williams, who sought and won the promise of her hand in marriage, when they should reach their destination.

They arrived in Salt Lake City, October 24, 1854, after having a pleasant journey of so many hundred miles. Ann made her home with Brother Empey until the 14th of February 1855, when she was married to David Williams. For seven short months they enjoyed the bliss of perfect happiness. Then her husband went to work in a sawmill in Big Cottonwood for a Mr. Davis. David Williams acted as sawyer, and in some unaccountable way he was thrown across the saw and killed September 1855.

On November 19, 1855 she gave birth to a baby girl, Ann Susanna Williams.

In time she went to work for John Dalton Jr. on the Church farm in Sugarhouse Ward. While there she had many manifestations of the power of the Lord. President Brigham Young told Brother Dalton, during the grasshopper years when food was scarce, never to turn anyone away hungry and he would never want for flour. When Ann would go to the bin she would take out every bit of flour, wondering where the next was coming from, and she would bake it into bread, dividing it with any whom would come their way.

Ann Casbourne was married to John Dalton 23 August 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She had 6 children by John Dalton Jr.:

Margaret, born in Salt Lake City, 1857, died one year later in Salt Lake City; Mary Ann, born 1860 in Salt Lake City, died 1929 in Phoenix, Maricopa Co. Arizona; Jemima, born 1861 in Salt Lake City, died 1959 in Phoenix, Maricopa Co. Arizona; Miriam, born 1864 in Virgin City, Washington Co., died 1944; David, born 1868 in Virgin City, died 1933 in Inglewood, Los Angeles Co. Calif.; Ellen Latisha, born 1872 in Rockville, Utah, died 1960 in Denver, Colo.

She took part in the great move when Johnston's Army was sent to exterminate the Mormons. After this, her husband was called to settle Southern (Utah) Dixie. After moving south she suffered many trials and privations. They first settled at Virgin City. They then moved to Rockville. While living at Rockville, Sister Ann Dalton had a numb palsy stroke, and for three months she was perfectly helpless. Then at her request she was carried to Ward Conference, and there had the power of the priesthood exercised in her behalf, and she was partially healed. She then went to the St. George Temple, and did work for the dead.

When she returned home she was able to do her work, although her fingers and toes were somewhat drawn and doubled up from the palsy. This prevented her from doing many kinds of work. She kept on working, doing everything that poor crooked hands could do, for she had to help earn a living for herself and family with what aid her children could give her. In 1880 she moved to Arizona in company with Jacob and Charles Brewer and their families. Charles Brewer was her son-in-law, having married the little girl (Ann Suzanna) that was born so soon after her father's death. For a number of years she lived in Taylor, then a new place was situated on Silver Creek, a tributary of the Little Colorado. While there she labored in Relief Society, Sunday school and Primary Assistant.

She moved to Pinedale, Utah, about fifteen miles southeast of Taylor, where she continued her work in the same organizations. At one time, being President of the Relief Society, Feb. 2, 1906 to May 2, 1907, and at various times other positions in the Church. She was also postmistress at Pinedale for some years, running a little store in connection with it.

After leaving St. Louis, Missouri, Ann had not seen one of her relatives. While at Pinedale, Arizona, her brother, Abraham Casbourne of Kansas, paid her a pleasant visit.

In 1906, at the age of 74, she visited Salt Lake City, where she met many friends and acquaintances, and met and talked with some of the General Authorities of the Church, including President Joseph F. Smith. This trip seemed to be a great joy and satisfaction to her. Since then she has been spending her time with her children. The warmer months are spent in the mountains of northern Arizona, where she visits her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. At the age of 86 she is making these trips without an escort. When at home she often walks 2 miles to Sunday school.

It is her small stature that leaves the lasting impression, being only four feet and six inches in height and weighing eighty pounds.

When 90 years of age a friend greeted her this way, "Why Grandma, how do you keep so young? You look no older than you did years ago." To which she replied, "Just being happy and cheerful."

"Grandma Dalton" as she was lovingly called by all who knew her, had a large circle of friends, especially among the children to all of whom she had something pleasant to say. She was the mother of six daughters and one son and at the time of her death she had over 300 living descendents.

Ann Casbourne died 25 August 1925, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann Smith, on the Huber Ranch, two miles west and one mile north of Chandler, Arizona. In life she had been called Grandma by three hundred and seventy descendants, three hundred living. Four daughters and one son were living at the time of her death; Mrs. S. J. Murphy, Mrs. Marium Hancock, Mrs. Mary Ann Smith, Mrs. Ellen Owens and son David Dalton. She was buried 28 August 1925, in Mesa, Arizona. Although small in stature, Ann Casbourne Dalton was a giant in courage, cheerfulness and endurance.

On Ann Casbourne's grave stone is engraved:

"Immigrant, England to United States, Pioneer Mother, Ann Casbourne

27-12-1832, 29 Aug. 1925.

Source: The personal Dalton Family History, by Rod Dalton, Dec. 1999. And from a story found in “Pioneer Women of Arizona”.

So it seems by the above accounts that Ann Casbourne Dalton moved to Arizona in 1880 and left her husband, John behind in Rockville Utah. We do have a clue why she did this but we have no proof that she first divorced him.

Some of Ann’s children moved to Arizona and married there, including her daughter, Ann Susanna. Also a daughter who we do know a lot about, Jemima Dalton, born 1861, married in 1879 in Rockville and then moved to Taylor, Arizona in 1880. So it would seem that Ann did in fact go to Arizona with her daughters.

Below is a story by Raymond B. Johnson, a grandson of Jemima Dalton. “Jemima Dalton tells about her father, John Dalton Jr. “On several occasions my grandmother, Jemima Dalton Johnson Murphy, (her married names) told me this story about life in a polygamist family”

Her father John Dalton Jr. was a polygamist with several wives. Each wife lived in a separate house with her children. The houses were all in a row. Her father assigned each one of the children a certain section of the garden to care for. As I recall the gardens were in front of each one of the houses. There was much bickering between some of the wives and they would sabotage one another. One of the aunts (she told me her name but I forgot it) got angry at Jemima's mother and sent one of her children over to sabotage Jemima's mother's garden. As it turned out, the child cut or knocked down several rows of Jemima's corn. When "Father" found out about it, he held Jemima responsible and beat her severely with his cane. She described to me on several occasions how he beat her with the cane and how she could never forget the brutality of it as well as the fact she was innocent of any wrong doing. As I recall, she didn't have much love for the "aunt" who sent the child or the child whom did the actual sabotage.

Another story:

“My grandmother, Jemima Dalton Johnson Murphy, told me a story about an old polygamist who wanted to marry her"

When she was a young girl of approximately 14 or 15 years old there was an old polygamist who took a fancy to her and kept trying to court her. She was not interested. She described him as an old ugly man with long hair and a beard. One day she was doing the family laundry under a cottonwood tree. She was boiling the water in a large metal caldron. He came to the area she was working and told her that he was there inform her it was her duty to marry him. He had prayed about it, the Lord gave him a manifestation that she should become one of his plural wives (Grandma did not say how many he had), he had talked to the bishop and her father, John Dalton Jr., and both of them agreed that it was God's will that she marry him. It therefore became her duty in all righteousness to do so. As I recall the story, he was sitting at the time. She had a gourd that had been cut to function as a dipper. She dipped into the scalding water, filled it with boiling water and threw it in his face. This dampened his enthusiasm for her so much that he never bothered her again.

The following information was obtained from Ann's death certificate:

Ann Casbourne was born in England to John E. Casbourne (b. England) and (mother unknown). Date of birth is in question as death certificate states the year of her birth was 1830 and the tombstone shows 1832.

Ann lived in Chandler and was the wife of John Dalton, Jr.

Ann passed away in Chandler, Arizona at the age of 94. Cause of death is listed as Marasmas (malnutrition) due to old age.

Ann was laid to rest in the City of Mesa Cemetery on August 31, 1925.

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Ann Dalton's Timeline

December 27, 1832
Southery, Norfolk, England
November 15, 1861
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
February 1, 1864
Age 31
Virgin, Washington County, Utah, United States
March 5, 1868
Age 35
Virgin City, Washington, Utah, United States
September 22, 1873
Age 40
Rockville, Washington County, Utah, United States
August 29, 1925
Age 92
Chander, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States