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

Pere Olsen Pedersen

Pere Olsen Pedersen , m. 31 Mar 1824, Onsey , Norway to Ingeborg Halvorsen .    Pere Olsen & Ingeborg (Halvorsen)   Pederson  had:

Julia Helene Pederson

Julia Helene Pederson , daughter of Pere Olsen & Ingeborg (Halvorsen)  Pederson, b. 29 Sept 1837, Onsoy Ostfold, Norway; m. 16 Nov 1856, Salt Lake City, Utah, by Brigham Young  to  John Wilford Hess , son of Jacob  & Elizabeth (Foutz)  Hess , b. 24 Aug 1824, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania.

Life Sketch Julia Helene Person

By Emeline R. H. Bourne , daughter of Julia Helene

5 Dec 1936

Julia Helene Person , a daughter of Pere Person  and Ingeborge Halverson  born September 28, 18 37 in Onse Norway .  She was reared and educated in a home plenty.  She was converted to the Gospel  and left her home and loved ones in a company of Saints of the L. D. S. Church enroute to the Rocky Mountains .  In crossing the North Sea , a terrible storm was encountered.  The Captain said, "The worst of my knowledge of thirty years, " he also said that nothing but divine providence could save them.  The Elder who had charge of the company of Saints called them together to pray to the Lord for deliverance.  My mother, a girl of 17, was asked to pray on account of her faith and great self-control in such a crisis.  After praying for help the storm abated, the ship righted itself, and they went on their way rejoicing.  They reached Hull , England , and went by rail to Liverpool .

She with other brethren and sisters from Scandinavia , England , and Germany , boarded the ship " Charles Buck ", which sailed from Liverpool January 17, 18 55, in charge of Elder Richard Ballantyne , and arrived safely in New Orleans March 14th.

Julia Helen Pederson

Proceeding by river steamers up the Mississippi River the company arrived at St. Louis March 27th and thence traveled to Mormon Grove, near Atchinson , Kansas , the outfitting post for the L.D.S. emigration that year, where they arrived early in April .

It was not until June 15th that the company in which sister Julia had been assigned to travel left the camp in charge of Captain Jacob   F. Secrist .  It consisted of 268 Souls, 51 wagons, 317 oxen, and 100 cows and 3 horses.  Soon after starting however, cholera broke out which took several precious lives, including that of Captain Secrist  who died July 2nd at Ketchum Creek, between Fort Kearney and Fort Leavenworth.  Elder Noah  T. Guyman , a missionary returning from Australia, succeeded Elder Secrist as Captain of the company, which arrived in Salt Lake City, September 7th, 1855.

Sister Julia was a great favorite with the emigrants on account of her natural vivacity and executive ability.  She spoke English quite well and was active in looking after the needs of the Scandinavian emigrants.  One evening, when the Company assembled, Captain Guyman  said:

"Where's Julia?"

"Oh, she's dead", he was told.

"Dead, impossible,", he replied.

"Well she is just about dead", said one of the emigrants, "She has lost her sight and hearing and her mouth is turning black."

Turning to the Captain of Ten who were standing near awaiting instructions, President Guyman  said:

"Brethren go and was your hands very thoroughly and we will administer to Sister Julia."

They did so and at the close of the administration she was able to speak, and thanking the brethren, she said she felt better.  She was soon restored to perfect health.

She was an expert in fancy weaving and in the early days of Farmington, a man who was weaving a coverlet with the Nauvoo Temple as a center place, passed away before it was finished.  Inquiry was made in every settlement of Saints, to get someone to finish the work.  My mother was brought from Ogden to Farmington, to see if she would undertake the patter.  She did, and was able to finish it.

Through this visit she became acquainted with John W. Hess , whom she married on November 16, 1856, by President Brigham Young .

When the Relief Society was organized, my mother was chosen as one of the first three teachers to assist in nursing the sick and preparing the dead for burial.  Her ever-ready smile, and helping hand endeared her to all, a position she held for more than 25 years.

In August 1878, when Primary ws organized by John W. Hess , mother assisted in getting the work underway.  Later when Aurelis Robers  was chosen to Preside over Davis Stake, my mother was chosen First Councilor and Lucy Clark  the Second Councilor.  A position my mother held for more than twenty years.  She was released because of failing eye sight.  She was the mother of three sons and one daughter, her children are as follows:

Heber Chase Hess , born November 12, 1859.
Arthur Hess
, born May 22, 1861,, married Elnora Moon .
John Fredrick Hess
, born January 8, 1864, married Eleanor Udy .
Emeline R. Hess
, born July 22, 1869, married John A. Bourne , June 1, 1892, in the .

My mother was tireless in her efforts to bring about woman suffrage; she spent sometime in the Logan Temple doing work for her ancestors which were only forty in number, this being all that was available at that time.  Later when the genealogical society was organized, I was instrumental in  getting genealogy back to 1634; beyond that time records were destroyed by the war.  Later my nephew Ivan Hess  helped in doing Temple work which I have completed up to date, brothers Art, Fred , and Emma Olson , a cousin, assisting financially.

My mother passed peacefully away September 14, 1906, at her home in Farmington, Utah, of general debility.

She was destined to be a savior of her father's household.

For Further Information See Hess