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John Edge Booth

Also Known As: "John Edge Booth"
Birthplace: Leigh, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 28, 1920 (72)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Provo Cemetery, (Plot: Block 2 Lot 48), Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Thornton Booth and Elsie Booth
Husband of Hannah Booth; (No Name); (No Name); Maria Josephine Diantha Booth and Delia Ina Booth
Father of Josephine Diantha Woodruff; Vienna Hortense Kimball; Hannah Rowena Ray; Richard Harvey Booth; James Milton Booth and 3 others
Brother of Richard Thornton Booth Jr.; Merry May Talmage; James Davis Booth; Martha Hannah Booth; Sarah Jane Booth and 4 others

Occupation: Circuit court Judge,
Managed by: Judyth Christensen Perry
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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.

The following OBITUARY - BIOGRAPHY is taken from the Salt Lake Tribune of March 29, 1920.

"Career Jurist of State Dies"

"Career of well-known Provo Attorney Ended Following Attack of Pneumonia"

"Judge John Edge Booth, 72 years of age, a resident of Utah since September 12, 1857, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Lloyd Woodruff, 914 Eleventh East Street, after an attack of influenza about six weeks ago at his home.

At the time of his death Judge Booth was a member of the firm of Booth & Booth, which he last joined in 1913.

Judge Booth is believed by members of his family to have exposed himself too soon after his illness, although his condition indicated he had recovered completely. Three weeks ago his health began to fall and he was immediately removed to the home of his son-in-law, Dr. J. Lloyd Woodruff.

Many and varied were the activities of Judge Booth in the building of the state. He was educated in the public schools of Utah and attended the University of Deseret, later graduating from the Brigham Young University, Provo in 1907, with the degree of B. S. He was admitted to the bar of the First District Court of Utah in September, 1875, and in 1882 he was admitted to practice before the supreme court of Utah. From 1875 to 1888 he was a member of the law firm of Booth & Brown and from 1888 to 1894 a member of the firm of Booth &Wilson. He was a member of the firm of Booth & Booth from 1896 to 1899.

In may 1899 he was appointed Judge of the Fourth Judicial District, which office he held until January, 1913.

He was county attorney of Utah county from 1875 to 1878 and a Justice of the Peace of Provo from 1877 to 1884. From 1882 to 1887 he was a member of the Utah state constitutional convention and was a member of the assembly of Utah in 1882 and of the senate of Utah in 1890-1891 and 1894. From 1890 tp 1899 he was a member of the territorial board of equalization.

Judge Booth was mayor of Provo in 1891 and 1892 and was a member of the Provo city council for a period of ten years. He also was president pf the Provo board of education in 1891 - 1892 and 1894 - 1896. He was a member of the Utah State Bar association and in politics he was Republican. He also was an active member of the Blackhawk Indian War Veterans' association.

Judge Booth was born June 29, 1847 in Bedford-Leigh, Lancashire, England, the son of Richard T. and Elsie Edge Booth. He was married June 22, 1887 to Delia I. Winters, who survives him.

Surviving, besides the wife, are the following children: Mrs Ernest Kimball, Mackay, Idaho: Mrs J. Lloyd Woodruff, Salt Lake; Mrs Hugh A. Cowan, Salt Lake; Mrs Conrad S. Adams, St Thomas, Nevada; Mrs, Issac Brockbank of Provo, Harvy R. Booth and James M. Booth of Provo, and Edwin Winter Booth of McGill, Nevada; also twenty one grandchildren. The body is at the Eddington undertaking establishment in Sugarhouse, and funeral services and interment will probably be held in Provo.

  • Residence: Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
  • Residence: Provo, Utah, Utah, United States - 1920
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John Edge Booth's Timeline

June 29, 1847
Leigh, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 5, 1852
Age 5
Chorley, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
March 16, 1876
Age 28
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
April 14, 1878
Age 30
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
April 13, 1882
Age 34
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
May 6, 1884
Age 36
Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States
May 21, 1888
Age 40
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, United States