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Thursday, April 17, 2014

John Lloyd Parry's toolbox

When the present owners of Edward Lloyd Parry's home in Manti moved in, they found a wooden tool box in the garage. The box has the initials "JLP" on it, which almost certainly stand for John Lloyd Parry (1864-1916), one of ELP's sons.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Stone Carved by EL Parry & Sons

A few weeks ago my father and I met up with a fellow descendant of ELP, a gentleman who lives in Woodland Hills, UT. Knowing that we are avidly attempting to unite and preserve all things dealing with ELP's life, he graciously offered us a stone that he had inherited. I believe it is sandstone. It measures approximately 2' X 2' and is approximately 1' high. The top has an unfinished, uneven surface, which makes us think that perhaps it originally had another stone covering it on top and was not intended to be seen. The large hole in the center is not original. The gentleman who gave us the stone said he drilled it and used the stone as a flagpole base for several years.

If you have an idea as to what this stone was originally used for (gravestone? but what stonemason puts his name on someone else's gravestone?) or any other information about it, please contact me.

(click on each picture to enlarge)

Monday, February 10, 2014

ELP's Account Book, 1868-1870

Here is a link to the account book of Edward Lloyd Parry, which he used from 1868-1870 while working on the St. George Tabernacle and County Courthouse. Some prominent residents of early St. George are mentioned in the book, including James G. Bleak, Charles L. Walker, Thomas Judd, George Jarvis, and a "G.B. Parry"- George Brooks Parry (1845-1930) - ELP's adoptive son who later returned to the name of George Brooks.

Here is the link:

If you would like to download the entire account book, click on the link above, click on the arrow-in-the-box icon
 in the upper right-hand corner then click "All Images."

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Graves of People Who Knew ELP

Last week our family visited St. George for Thanksgiving. While there, I visited the St. George Cemetery and photographed (click on each image for a larger version) the graves of several people whom ELP knew, as follows:

James G. Bleak (pronounced "Blake"), who worked on the St. George Tabernacle with ELP. Bleak also confirmed two of ELP's children (Elizabeth Ann and Edward Thomas), and was the clerk who helped ELP obtain U.S. citizenship in 1869.
Juanita Brooks (1898-1989), who authored numerous books, including The Life of George Brooks, which chronicles the life of ELP's adoptive son. Juanita was married to George's son Will.
David H. Cannon (1838-1924), who worked with ELP in locating a fort southeast of St. George.
When ELP had a dream about some loose scaffolding during the construction of the St. George temple, George Jarvis (1823-1913), helped ELP fix the scaffolding.
John McAllister spoke at ELP's funeral in 1906.
Daniel D. McArthur (1820-1908) also worked with ELP in locating a fort southeast of St. George.
David Milne (1832-1895) confirmed ELP's daughter Mary Ellen, and also worked with ELP on the St. George Tabernacle.
Erastus Snow (1818-1888), whose house in St. George ELP helped to build. Later, in 1873, ELP purchased land from Snow in order to build his own home. Both men were also present at the laying of the foundation cornerstone of the St. George Tabernacle in 1863.

Monday, August 12, 2013

ELP Tools at the LDS Church History Museum

Edward Lloyd Parry is recognized at a permanent display at the LDS Church History Museum, which is located directly west of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of his tools are on display, as well as his tool box. Recently the museum curators have slightly rearranged his tools, so that the viewer can distinctly see his "ELP" monogram on the tools. Enjoy:

(Remember to click on each picture to enlarge it)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mormon Miracle Pageant article about Edward Lloyd Parry

Each year in June in the small town of Manti, Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts the Mormon Miracle Pageant. This year's pageant featured a newspaper with an article about Edward Lloyd Parry. Author Lori Smith interviewed ELP's remaining grandchild, Blodwen Olson of Ephraim, Utah. Read the article here (click on each image to enlarge it):

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Majestic Building Stone: Sanpete Oolite Limestone

William T. Parry, a geologist and descendant of Edward Lloyd Parry, just published an article in The Utah Historical Quarterly (Volume 81, Number 1, 2013). The article, entitled "A Majestic Building Stone: Sanpete Oolite Limestone," makes mention of Edward Lloyd Parry. Click here to read the article: