Information from "Windows Into Our Past A Genealogy of the Cowne, Gough & Associated Families, Volume 2", compiled by Judy Parsons Smith 1998.

Robert Edmonds

Robert Edmonds , chr. 12 Jan 1742, Lowestoff, Suffolk , England ; m. 26 Apr 1764 to Mary Bullock .  Robert & Mary (Bullock) Edmonds  had seven (7) children, all born in Lowestoff, Suffolk , England :

1.    Robert , b. 1765; d. 1 Oct 1854.
Mary , b. 19 Jul  1766.
John , b. 13 Jun  1769; d. infant.
Ann , b. 7 May  1771; d. infant.
Ann , b. 2 Nov 1772; d. infant.
John , b. 6 Oct 1774.
Ann , b. 15 Dec 1778.

Robert Edmonds

1.  Robert Edmonds , son of Robert & Mary (Bullock) Edmonds , b. 1765; d. 1 Oct 1854; m. 1 Nov 1787 to Sarah Smith .  Robert & Sarah (Smith) Edmonds  had six (6) children, all born in Lowestoff, Suffolk , England :

1.1.      Robert , b. 30 Aug 1788.
1.2.      John Bullock , b. 22 Jun 1790.
1.3.      Sarah , b. 8 Nov  1792; d. probably as an infant.
1.4.      William , b. 15 May  1795.
1.5.      Edward , b. 19 Aug  1800. 

William Edmonds

1.4.  William Edmonds , son of Robert & Sarah (Smith) Edmonds , b. 15 May 1797, Lowestoff, Suffolk, England; d. 21 Dec 1863, England; m. Susanna South , daughter of William & Ann (Wooday)  South , b. 2 Apr 1797, Lowestoff, Suffolk, England; d. 8 Feb 1880, England.  William & Susanna (South) Edmonds  had:

Francis Edmonds

1.4.1.  Francis Edmonds , son of William & Susanna (South) Edmonds , b. 14 Jan 1822, Suffolk, England; d. 4 Jan 1914, Farmington, Utah; m. 24 Dec 1844 to Ann Brunning , daughter of Jonathan & Amy (Tuthill)  Brunning , b. 29 Jul 1822, Suffolk, England; d. abt. 1877, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Francis & Ann (Brunning) Edmonds  had twelve (12) children, all born Lowestoff, Suffolk , England :      George , b. 25 Oct  1845; d. 31 Jan 1867      William , b. 20 Nov  1847      Robert , b. 4 Mar  1849; d. 8 Jun 1937; m. 14 Apr 1875 to Harriet Flowers .      Edward , b. 11 Apr 1850; d. 5 Sept 1924; m. 24 Oct 1870 to Ellen Maria Woolley .      Elizabeth , b. 28 Jul 1851; d. 15 Oct 1898; m. Oglin W. Gailey .      Josed , b. 11 Feb  1853; d. 5 May 1907; m. 13 Oct 1873 to Martha Stringham .      Alice , b. abt 1855      Lillie Salina , b. 8 Feb 1859; d. 16 Mar 1929; m. 22 Dec 1882 to Edwin Earl .      Frederick , b. abt. 1861  Charles , b. abt. 1862  Alfred , b. 9 Sept 1863 ; m. Ann Golding .  Eliza , b. 5 Sept 1865 ; d. 8 May 1909; m. 12 Dec 187 to David Gailey .

Edward Edmonds  Edward Edmonds , son of Francis & Ann (Brunning)  Edmonds , b. 11 Apr 1850, Lowestuff, Suffolk, England; d. 5 Sep 1924, Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah; m. Ellen Maria Woolley ,  daughter of Henry & Mary (Stretton)  Woolley , b. 28 May 1853, Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah; d. 1 Jun 1926, Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.

Edward Edmonds  left his home in England , when he was 16 years old, for America aboard the sailing ship "American Congress".  He arrived in American on 4 Jul 1866 in New York .  From there he proceeded directly to Salt Lake City , Utah .  He journeyed to Salt Lake in the company commanded by Captain Thomas .  They crossed the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City on 5 Oct 1866.  He then moved on to Kaysville where he resided the remainder of his life.

As a young man he worked on various farms in Kaysville.  He worked on the Union Pacific Railroad while it was built through Utah .  He continued working for the railroad until the junction was formed between the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Point.  He then returned to Kaysville to resume his farming.  Later in his life he became the sexton of the ward church property, opera house and Kaysville meeting house. 

He was known for his good temper, universal kindness, cheerfulness, and faithfulness.  For all this he did endure several prominent hardships.  First, while a watchman at the old Kaysville Co-op store, he was shot by robbers, but he recovered from his wounds.  Several months before his death he was on the way home from church was run down by an automobile and seriously injured. 


My Father, Edward Edmonds , was born in Lowestoff , England , a son of Francis Edmonds  and Ann Brunning , April 11, 18 50.  He was baptized when he was ten years old.  When he was a young boy, he was very fond of the water and would like to go out on fishing trips.  He knew a captain of a large ship and he would take father with him on some of his trips:  Father would be away from home for weeks at a time.  This would worry his mother very much.  When was sixteen years old, he was planning to take a trip that would take him away for a year or so.  Just at this time some friends of the family was coming to America , Grandmother persuaded father to come with them instead of taking the trip.

Father came direct to Utah , he spent the first winter in Salt Lake City , coming in the Spring to Kaysville to live with Bro. Webbs family.  In the Winter of 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads were having trouble, there was intense competition between the forces of both companies, each trying to reach the Junction first.  President Brigham Young  helped the Union Pacific by taking a contract to grade ninety miles of road bed westward from Echo. 

Father was one of the men sent by President Young .  Father said it was one of the big days of his life when the two railroads met.  On May 18, 18 69, the two railroads approached each other at Promontory, Utah , two lengths had been left to be laid.  At 8:45 a.m. the whistle of the Central Pacific was heard and the first train pulled in with a large number of passengers aboard, then two trains from the East arrived.  It is said it took the Union Pacific twenty days to make the trip across the country.  The Engine "Jupiter" of the Central Pacific Railroad and the Engine "No. 119" of the Union Pacific Railroad came within 30 ft. of each other.  Two lengths of rails 56 feet had been omitted.  The Union Pacific people brought up their pair of rails and the work of placing them was done, the Central Pacific people then laid their pair of rails.

The United States Government was represented by a detachment of Regulars from Fort Douglas , they were accompanied by the band and 6 60 people of almost every nationality.  The last tie placed was 8 ft long 8 inches wide and 6 inches thick was made of California Laurel and finely polished, with a silver shield bearing the following inscription.  "The Last Tie laid May 10, 18 69",  and the  names of Directors and Officers.  At 2:40 p.m. the Prayer was

offered by Reverend Dr. Todd .  At 2:47 p.m. Promontory gave the signal, "Done" and immediately thereafter flashed over the line the announcement, "Promontory Summit Utah May 10th The last rail is laid, The last spike is driven, the Pacific Railroad is completed".  The two Locomotives moved up until they touched each other and a bottle of wine poured on the last rail and this was followed by a general celebration. 

The Railroad was built under continual Military guard.  The workers depended entirely on the Buffalo to provide meat.  They were compelled to make detours to wooded spots where material for cross ties could be obtained and they worked in severe weather, also trouble with the Indians.  Nevertheless the work went on, the route followed by the Union Pacific was laid out by President Brigham Young  and the Mormon Pioneers and is considered to be the most direct line from the Missouri River to Utah, this true by the fact that the Union Pacific railroad has shortened its line very little since the original track was laid.

Father and mother were married October 24, 18 70, and were endowed October 2, 18 71.  They lived in West Kaysville on the farm where Orin Blood now lives.  Later they built them a log house close to Haights Creek.  The Bosworth's family were the closest neighbors also Uncle James  and Aunt   Elizabeth Taylor  lived quite close.  Our mother's father and mother built the second brick house in Kaysville, it still stands and is still a lovely home with 3 bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms a living room, a dining room, kitchen and utility room downstairs, the upstairs were never finished, but when we all lived there one room was used as a bedroom for the boys.

I was born in the log house out south of the city.  It now belongs to the State Experiment Farm, where all kinds of fruit is raised.  Our father raised lots of fruit there while he owned it.  When I was 13 days old, my Grandmother took ill and father and mother with their family moved over to Grandpa's to live, so mother could care for grandma and help grandpa.  After Grandma died March 3, 1891, father bought their home and Grandpa lived right with us until his death October 10, 1898.  Father still kept his home and land and farmed it traveling back and forth.

Father took care of the tithing for many years.  The people would give sugar, rice, soap, meat and other things they had.  They would take it to the Vestry of the old meeting house, which was close to where we lived.  Father would divide it up and take it to the widows and poor families of the ward.  Father was janitor of the old meeting house and after the amusement hall burned down they held all the shows and dances there also.  He had lots of good help from Mother and we girls.  Then when the beautiful new church was built across the road east of the old one which was torn down, later father took care of the new church until his death on September 5, 1924.

Edmond & Ellen (Woolley) Edmonds  had ten (10) children, all born in Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah:       Mary Ann, b. 25  Apr 1873; d. 25 Dec 1927; m. 18 Dec 1895 to John Manning .       Lillie May, b. 8 Feb  1876; d. 15 Oct 1953; m. 24 Oct 1895 to Henry Edwin Reddish .       Francis Henry , b. 8 Oct 1878; d. 13 Aug 1908; m. Alice Manning .     Ellen Elizabeth , b. 28 Jun 1881; d. 11 Dec 1947; Never married.      George , b. 8 Aug  1883; d. 1974; Never married.     Tracy Alfred , b. 22 Feb 1886; d. 24 Jun 1970; m. 9 Jun 1909 to Letitia Ann Creer .   Edith Irene , b. 6 Apr 1888; m. Alma Nalder .   Elda Maud , b. 8 Jan 1891; m. 28 Jan 1914 to John Ivan Hess .      Nora Viona , b. 4 May 1893; d. 15 May 1893, as an infant.  Ethelyn, b. 13 Aug  1894; m. 1 Dec 1914 to Laurence Bone .

Maude Elda Edmonds  Maude Elda Edmonds , daughter of Edmond & Ellen (Woolley) Edmonds , b. 8 Jan 1891, Kaysville, Utah; d. 9 Aug 1979, Farmington, Utah; m. John Ivan Hess , son of John Fredic & Eleanor (Udy)  Hess , b. 25 May 1891, Plymouth, Utah; d. 19 Oct 1961, Farmington, Utah.


Transcribed by Judy P. Smith

April 1997

Maude Elda Edmonds

I was born on Jan 8th, 1891 at Kaysville, UT to Edward  and Ellen Maria Woolley  Edmonds .  I was the eight child in the family of ten children.  My childhood was a happy one.  Our home was large enough so our friends were always welcome.  Our large apple orchard with several large swings and our large barn was the play ground for the children of the neighborhood.  Each 4th and 24th of July the celebration was held in our large Orchard.  In the south end of the orchard a dance floor was laid for dancing.  Several concession booths, swings and teeters were built.  We also had a large Ferris Wheel and for the celebration Dr. Gleason  would bring his down.  Tables were built with the benches on each side and the place was a real summer resort each year until I was grown.  Everything was left in place all summer so that the different organizations could hold their parties there.  Uncle Alfred Edmonds  and Aunt Ann  with their four children lived in Kaysville, while there their only son LeRoy  died .  They had three daughters Leona , Stella  and Roberta  and we were like one large happy family.  They later moved to Portland Oregon and then to Salt Lake City where Uncle Alfred and Aunt Ann died.  But their three daughters married and live there.

I attended Public School till the 8th grade.  I graduated when I was 13 years old.  

There were no higher grades in the county.  I started to work in Primary when I was 13 years old, as story teller to the different classes, when I was 15 years old  I started to teach a class with Clara Barton .  I taught in Primary under Mary Linford , President, also under the following Presidents, Mary E. Manning , Bertha Williams  and Aunt Ann ie B. Phillips .

I became engaged to John Ivan Hess  of North Farmington on Nov. 8, 1911, the day he left for his mission to the Central States, I went to Salt Lake City with him when he left.  He is the son of Jon Fredric  and Eleanor Udy  Hess .

I worked for Grandma Shelton, a sweet, gentle, kind English lady who kept house for Richard & Frank Gailey .  Frank got married and lived in part of the house.  I worked five years for her and I loved her.  I got $3 a week.  I started work at 7 a.m. worked till about one then I would go home each afternoon and then back at 5 p.m. and get supper, I would mostly be thru by 6 p.m.  I was working there while Ivan was on his mission.  He was released and returned home Dec 17th 1913 and we were married Jan., 28th 1914 in the Salt Lake Temple with Elder Adolph Madson  performing the ceremony with Geo. C. Lambert  and F. R. Snow  as witnesses.  My sister Mary E. Manning  (who was living in Kaysville) and Ivan's Aunt Emeline Bourne  of north Farmington went through with us.  We had no wedding as my friends had giving me a large shower and the Primary Officers had also giving me one.  So we just had a lovely party and dinner for members of the two families at the home of my parents.  I had a beautiful white wedding dress, it was satin with silk lace yoke & high collar with pear trimming.  I still have it.  Manito fixed my hair so pretty.

The first spring and part of the summer we spent in Plymouth Box Elder Co. helping Ivan's two brothers Oswell and Stanley who were running the farm up there for their father.  Oswell & Millie Rudd  were married and had a baby a few months old, here name was Melna .  Stanley & Vonie Thornton  were married just before we were, so the six of us lived in the two room house together.  We had lots of fun while we were there.  In June Ivan's parents went up to Plymouth to Aunt Alice Hess  funeral, she was mother Hess sister.  When they came home I came with then as Ivan & Oswell were coming down in a few days with cattle to put up Farmington Canyon for the summer.  I didn't go back up there to stay any more.  Father Hess had the old Udy home that he had bought torn down and a lovely new home was being built.  So Ivan & I lived in a tent for our first home, the rest of the summer.  In Oct the new home was completed and every body was happy.  On Oct 18th 1914 our baby girl was born on her Grandma Hess birthday, so she was named Eleanor Elaine .  We  stayed with Ivan's parents that winter as Grandpa was milking so many cows and needed help.  We would all go up to the old red school house and dance and always have a new Year celebration there.  There were such wonderful people here, It has always been said that North Farmington was just like one big happy family but sadness hit us all when Mother Hess died in child birth when her tenth child was born Feb. 13th 1915.  So Ivan  & I stayed in the new home and I kept house for the eleven of us.  There was Father, Jesse , Julia , Eleanor , Lavon , Emeline , Ralph , the new baby Sheldon , Ivan , our baby 4 months old and myself.  Well the job of being wife, mother, daughter in law and sister to such a large crowd looked like a big undertaking, but I didn't have time to think of that, there was washing to do, ironing to do, cooking, yes and I mean cooking, two babies under four months to fix formulas for and so we just kept busy from early morning till late at night.

Little Sheldon didn't do well, his head was injured at birth and on June 30th 1915 in the late afternoon he just went to sleep and didn't wake up.

Dec. 5th 1915 our son Myron Ivan  was born.  Julia & Eleanor  were large enough to carry on in the home and we had just built our home north of fathers.  I was close so I could help the children and still live in our lovely new home and Oct 31st 1918 we walked down thru the lot to our first home with our two children, Elaine and Myron .  A path soon worn from one house to the other and it still is.  Each time I did any baking part of it always was taking to father and the children.  They got along fine.  And Jan 16th 1919 our little daughter LaRee  was born.  We enjoyed her for 13 months and the  Influenza hit us and she got pneumonia with it and on Feb. 13th 1920 she was taken from us.  Just five years to the day Mother Hess died.  Our second son Clyde Lamar  came to cheer us up and in away fill a lonely spot in our lives, he was born Dec. 22nd 1920.  Aunt Emeline Bowne  was anxious for us to name one of our children Anna Marie as she had done so much Temple work for so many of her mother's people from Oslo Norway named Anna Marie,  So when our third daughter was born April 26th 1922 we named her Anna Marie .  It made Aunt Emeline very happy.

Five years later our fourth daughter and last child was born June 6th 1927.  We named her Ruth Beverly .

April 1915 Ivan was set apart as Second Counselor to Bishop Henry H. Robinson .  Later he became second counselor to Bishop Amasa L. Clark  and when North Farmington became a ward with Arthur Hess  as Bishop.  Ivan was sustained as Ward Clerk.  In July 8th 1936 he was set apart as Bishop of North Farmington Ward by Richard R. Lyman .  He served as Bishop of North Farmington till Feb 19th 1950.  So for 36 years he served in the Bishopric of the Farmington and North Farmington Ward.  During those years I was busy also.  I started working in Primary as soon as I was married.  Minnie Hess  was the first President I worked as teacher under her, then Alice M. Edmonds , I was 1st Counselor to Gertrude Ellis .  I was teacher with Rhoda W. Taylor  as President, Mary Manning  was President and I was teacher.  I stayed in with Judith Welling  and Zilla Manning .  In 1925 Stella Moon  was President and I was 2nd Counselor.  I was teacher under Clara Potter , Minnie Welling  was president and I was counselor then I ws teacher under Vera Edmonds .  Marguerite Bourne  was President and I was counsel.

In 1936 Annie P. Rigby  was President I was 1st Counselor and Grace Barlow  was 2nd Counselor we held this position til 1941.  I served in Primary 32 years.  I also started serving as Relief Society visiting teacher the first year I was married, which position I am still holding and hope I never will be too old to make my visits.  I have also worked as class teacher to the visiting teachers and as 2nd counselor in Relief Society with Florence B. Hess  as President and Marie Lloyd  as 1st counselor, I was 1stcounselor in Y. W.M.A. with Vera Edmonds  as President.  I was teacher in the Sunday school for several years in Kaysville before I was married.

In Sept  4th 1924 my father died at his home in Kaysville of injuries he received when he was hit by an automobile several moths before.  Two year later on June 1st 1926 my mother died.  She was born and lived all her life in Kaysville.  She ws the 2nd baby girl to be born in Kaysville, Mrs. Rebecca Barnes  was the 1st.  Our home was the 2nd brick home to be built in Kaysville.  It was my Grandfather & Grandmother Wooleys home.  She died soon after I was born and my parents came there to live and take care of Grandpa, thats the reason he always clled me his girl, he said I was sent to be a comfort to him in he declining year and every where he went he took me and when I was real small he took a little red chair so when I would get tired walking I could sit and rest.  He bought all my clothes until he died.  Among all his old friends and neighbors I was called Grandpa's girl.  Grandpa died Oct 10th 1898.  He was a wonderful man.  LaMar  was the first of our children to marry.  He and Florence Stromberg  from Morgan Utah were married Jun 11th 1941, in the Salt Lake Temple.  Five years later our youngest child Beverly and Alma John Gough  of Murray were married June 13th 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple.  Marie received a call to serve as a missionary to the California Mission.

Elaine  had worked in Salt Lake City for several years and after an operation her Dr. Advised her to go to California and see if the change of climate would relieve her sinus as she was suffering so bad from it, so she went to Alameda where Erma & Ralph were living and there she met Ralph's cousin Carl Lane  who she married at Erma's home May 24th 1947.

Marie and Don  W. Halls  of Morgan Ut. were married at our home Dec. 9th 1949.  Her father performed the ceremony.  She made a beautiful bride as did the other three lovely girls.

Father Hess died Nov. 10th 1948 and Ivan bought the old home from Emeline and we remodeled it some by removing the colonade and closing the doorway that lead from the kitchen into the bedroom, papered and painted it till it is a lovely home and large enough for all our family.  We love to all get together and we do when ever we can and we always have our family here on Thanksgiving and its been the custom for LarMar's and Beverly's families and Don & Marie to all come here for Christmas morning and open our gifts together, then we all go to LaMar's & Florences home and see what Santa left them, then up to A.J. & Beverly and down to Don's & Maries.  It would be wonderful if Carl and Elaine and boys, Ronnie & Gary could be with us, on these lovely occasions, but Ivan & I go to visit them each year to spend Elaine's birthday with her, Oct. 18th

I love working in the church and I have served in many capacities.  As Sunday School teacher, Primary Teacher and in the Presidency, as Teacher and in the Presidency.  In the Presidency of the Relief Society also visiting teachers and visiting teacher Instructor, Of all the positions I have held I love Teaching most.  We have a chance to really know people and to know is to love, and I love every sister I ever visited and I have been assigned to every district in this Ward, some of them several time.  42 years is a long time in one position, but I hope I will always be able to hold this position.  Here are the sister who were my companions in Visiting Teaching.  Aunt Rebecca Udy  was my very first soon after I was married.

Sister Mary Worsley

Aunt Nell Hess

Grace Barlow

Mary Manning

Clara Rose

Aunt Era Udy

Polly Moon

Estella Moon


Mary Mills

Ruth Sessions

Helen Sjoblom


Clara Potter

Mrs. Edith Perkins


Lina Barkdul l

Thelma White

There may be more, I can't remember them all.  Is there any wonder I love to go to the homes of the dear sisters when I had such grand ladies to visit with me.

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