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Ann Reed Roberts (Everington)

Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Benjamin Roberts
Mother of Mary Ann Martha Day; Annie Willey; Benjamin Roberts, Jr; Emma Roberts; Sarah Roberts and 3 others

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Ann Reed Roberts

Ann Reed Everington Roberts Nichols Dustin Woolley

Grave Inscription: Front - Ann Everington Wife of John W. Woolley Born Dec. 18, 1827 Died Jan. 11 1910 Back - Ann E. Woolley [Roberts] - Yes, again we hope to meet thee, When deaths gloomy night has fled, Then in Heaven with joy to greet thee, Where no bitter tears are shed.

"In 1886 Ann married John Wickersham Wooley, and it appears that both partners viewed this as a marriage of "fortune." The name Ann Everington Wooley (omitting Roberts, Nichols, and Dustin) is on her gravestone. But B.H. Roberts in his own late years would strike it with a cane and vow out of his deepest reading of his mother's soul to change it back to the original name - Roberts." (Defender of the Faith: The B.H. Roberts Story - Truman G. Madsen, pg. 11)

This being the case, I have included all of the married names in the biography, but the main name is shown as Roberts, as per the family's desires.

Deseret News: 12 Jan 1910


Mrs. Ann Everington [Roberts] Woolley Passes Away at Age of 83--Survived by Number of Descendants.


Mrs. Ann Everington [Roberts] Woolley, 83 year old, the mother of Brigham H. Roberts, died about 6 o'clock Tuesday evening at her home in Bountiful, after an illness of two days. When the end came she met it peacefully, surrounded by her children and relatives. Until the last she retained all her faculties, dying of general debility.

Mrs. Woolley was born in Thorplton, Norfolk, England, on Dec. 18, 1826. In her girlhood, she moved to Woolwich, Kent, England, where she met and married Benjamin Roberts. In 1851 she heard the gospel and embraced the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in August 1851. With her daughter, Ann, and her youngest son, Thomas, a baby in arms, she left England in May, 1862, for Utah, leaving her daughter, Mary and her oldest son, B. H. Roberts, in England, with friends. She came to Utah in a company of pioneers commanded by Capt. Horton Hate, arriving her[e] in October, 1862. Her son Thomas, died on the journey and was buried on the plains.

As soon as she reached Utah, she made her home in Bountiful. As soon as possible she sent for her two children, whom she left in England, and they arrived here a few years later, making the trip with a company of emigrants.

Mrs. Woolley was locally prominent in church work from the time she arrived here until a few years ago when she retired. For 30 years she was president of teh East Bountiful primary. She was also identified with the schools of Bountiful for nearly 25 years, and with her daughters, was a member of the choir.

Mrs. Woolley is survived by a large number of direct descendants. Her children, five in number, are: Mrs. Mary Day of Bountiful, Mrs. Ann Wiley of Bountiful, B. H. Roberts of Centerville, Mrs. Elizabeth Bartlett of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Mrs. Brynina Wiley of Bountiful. She has 43 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren living, making a total of 103 descendants.

Mrs. Woolley was a woman of strong personality, gentle in demeanor, refined and intelligent. She wielded a powerful influence in her large family up to the last, holding them together, and in her control. She took a lively interest in the affairs of the community in which she lived until her death. She also exerted a peculiar influence with the young peopl in the Sunday school and Primary where she worked for so many years. She was loved by them for her gentleness and kindness and honored by all who became acquainted with her.

The funeral services will be held in the East Bountiful meetinghouse at 1 O'clock on Saturday afternoon.

14 Jan 1910 - Davis County Clipper


Mrs. Anna E. Woolley, a Veteran Primary Worker, Passed Away in Bountiful, Tuesday, Jan 11th.

Mrs. Anna E. [Roberts] Woolley, wife of J. W. Woolley and a veteran Primary worker, passed away at her home in Bountiful, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, of gerneral debility. Her health had been failing since last August, but she was able to go to Centreville on New Year's day to take dinner with her son, Hon. B.H. ROberts and family. She took cold and continued to grow worse until the end came.

Mrs. Woolley was eighty-three years old on the eighteenth of last month on the eighteenth of last month. She was born in Thorplton, Norfolk, England and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Everington.

She and her daughter Anna left their native land in April, 1862, to come to Utah, crossing the plains with an ox team and arriving in Salt Lake in October of the same year. They made their home in Bountiful where she lived up to the time of her death. The other members of the family followed four years later.

She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Woollich, Kent, England, by Elder Thomas Botterell and remained a faithful member all her life.

She was president of the East Bountiful Primary association for twenty-three years.

Deceased was the mother of nine children, five of whom together with her husband survive her. She has forty-three grand children and sixty great grand children.

The funeral services will be held in the East Bountiful Tabernacle, this Saturday at 1 p.m. This day was chosen for the funeral as it was always, so to speach, her Sunday, being the day that Primary was held.

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Ann Reed Roberts's Timeline

December 18, 1826
Norfolk, England
May 2, 1849
Age 22
Kent, England
March 26, 1851
Age 24
October 23, 1853
Age 26
December 22, 1855
Age 29
Liverpool, United Kingdom
December 22, 1855
Age 29
Liverpool, United Kingdom
March 13, 1857
Age 30
Warrington General Hospital, Warrington, England, United Kingdom
February 4, 1860
Age 33
Staffordshire, England
July 17, 1872
Age 45
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah Territory, United States
January 11, 1910
Age 83
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States