Mary Ann Hulse Hovey

Hovey, Mary Ann Hulse

Mary Ann Hulse was born in an area of Manchester, England called Ardwick on the 26th of November in 1848.  Her parents were Charles Wesley and Ann (Smith) Hulse.  Mary had one big brother, Henry Edward. She was the second born of thirteen children.  The rest of Mary’s siblings would be born in the United States.

Ardwick was a factory town at this time, full of railroad’s, factories, and terraced housing.

Manchester Napier St. (2) - Ardwick

(This picture comes from the Manchester Photographic Archives and would have been very similar to the housing of the village at the time Mary Ann was born.)

Little Mary Ann was baptized on the 23rd of May. 1849 in the parish of St. Simon and St. Jude on Granby Row in Manchester.  This parish was part of The Church of England and was founded in 1842 but closed in 1906.

Shortly after Mary’s baptism, the family left England bound for the United States of America.  They landed in New York where they stayed with a cousin of Charles’ for a couple of weeks before moving on to Tiverton, Rhode Island where Mary’s dad had found work.  The Hulse family stayed in this area for five or six years.  It is my understanding that while here, they had joined the Mormon religion.  Around 1858, they moved to an area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to persecution of their religious beliefs.

In 1862, when Mary was 13 years old, the family traveled to Omaha, Nebraska and joined up with other Mormon pioneers traveling to Salt Lake City under the guidance of Henry W. Miller.

Mary got a new baby brother while they were on the trail, but a two year old little sister, Amelia Emma, died along the way.  I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have to bury her and leave her behind.

The company reached Salt Lake City in mid-October of 1862.  The Hulse family settled in Millville, Utah, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake.

Mary was just 17 years old when she married Joseph Grafton Hovey II on June 8th, 1866 right there in the couple’s hometown of Millville.

A little over a year later, the couple’s first child was born, a daughter, Martha Ann.  Over the next thirty years, twelve children would be born. Two little girls would die while still small.  Mary Ann was 48 years old when their youngest daughter, Nesta was born. Holy cow! She had to have been exhausted by then.


(The Joseph and Mary Ann Hovey Family)

Joseph and Mary Ann raised a large family.  They were active within their church and farmed their land.  Both Joseph’s and Mary Ann’s families lived nearby and were all active in their community.

On April 14th, 1908 Joseph passed away.  Mary Ann was a widow at 59 years old. The couple had been married for just short of 42 years.

In the 1910 census, Mary is now listed as a farmer, farming the land where the couple raised their family.

I can’t find her in the 1920 census, but she shows up again in 1930 at the age of 82.  Mary is now living in Hyrum, Utah with her daughter and son-in-law, John and Nesta Lauritzen.  Hyrum is just about 5 miles away from Millville, so she didn’t go too far.

Mary Ann passed away on the 15th of April in 1934 at the age of 85 years old.  Her cause of death is listed as bronchitis on her death certificate.

Hovey, Mary Ann Headstone - Millville, Utah City Cemetery

Mary Ann and Joseph are buried next to each other in the Millville City Cemetery in Millville, Utah.


(Mary Ann is my 2nd great-grandmother.)

Hovey, Mary Ann Hulse Line


Amy Mae Hovey Dallas


Amy grew up in the heart of Mormon country.  Her daddy had traveled over the Mormon Trail in an oxen drawn wagon and arrived in Utah when he was only 9 years old.

When Amy Mae Hovey was born on the 26th of August in 1885, the Hovey family lived in Millville, which is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Most families in the area were farmers or worked at one of the two local sawmills.  Amy’s father, Joseph, was listed on various census’ as both “Farmer” and “Woodcutter”, so I think we can safely bet that he not only farmed the land but also worked at one of the sawmills to supplement the families income.

Amy’s parents were Joseph Grafton Hovey II and Mary Ann Hulse Hovey.  Amy was the 8th born of twelve children. It must have been a busy and bustling family!  They were part of the LDS faith.  Home life would have been centered around family, work, school, and church.

When Amy was 22, her father passed away from an enlarged heart. Her youngest sister was only 10 years old.

On December 22, 1909, Amy married Walter Clark Dallas in Clawson, Idaho.  Clawson is a small town in Teton county, Idaho.  Amy’s life would be full of excitement and adventure as Walter’s wife.  The first year of their marriage, the couple lived as boarders in Jackson, Wyoming where Walter was working as a government fur trapper.

On the 24th of April, 1911, Amy and Walter welcomed their first child, Irma Ann followed by a son, Walter Hovey in 1912.  All told, they would have twelve children.  My own grandmother, Leoma Nesta was born on April 28th, 1920.  She was the 7th of the twelve kids.

One family story is about the birth of the eleventh child, Mary Ireta.  Mary came too quickly and it seems that Walter helped Amy to deliver her right on the floor of their kitchen in Vinyard, Utah.  It was 1925 and Amy was 39 years old.

Their youngest son, Billy, was born two years later when the family had moved to Oregon.  The Dallas family was living in Jerome Prairie, Oregon and Walter was a gold miner.

By 1940, Walter and Amy had moved their family once again. They were living in rural Plumas county, California.  Walter was once again mining.

From everything we know, listening to my grandmother talk about her parents, it seems that Walter and Amy had a deep love for each other.  I’m sure that made it easier for her to uproot her family time and again to move on to the next adventure.  From Utah, to Idaho, to Wyoming, back to Utah, on to Oregon, and finally California.  They never stayed in one place for too long.

Walter died on June 7th, 1943.  They had been married for 34 years.

I remember seeing pictures of my great-grandmother Amy, pictures that I don’t have copies of, where the large goiter that she had was visible.  She was a beautiful lady, even with the goiter.  Grandma always said it was caused from an iodine deficiency, but knowing what I know now, Amy had severe thyroid problems.

Amy died on the 26th of November, 1944.  She passed away in the University of California Hospital in San Francisco, California.  I believe her death was due to complications of her thyroid disorder.  From family accounts, the doctors had wanted to remove it, but she was too afraid and did not have the surgery.

Dallas, Amy Mae Headstone - Oroville, California

Both Amy and Walter are buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Oroville, California.


(Amy is my great-grandmother. She is the mother of Leoma Nesta Dallas Simmons, who is my own mom’s mother.)




Joseph Grafton Hovey II


Joseph Grafton Hovey was born on June 8th, 1839 in Quincy, Illinois to Joseph Grafton Hovey and Martha Ann (Webster) Hovey, later living in Nauvoo, Illinois where many of the LDS faith settled, until they were driven out of Illinois for their religious belief’s. The family moved on to Omaha, Nebraska for a time where two little sisters were born and died, along with Joseph’s mother, Mary, when he was eight years old.  The family later moved on to Utah, settling in Millville where Joseph lived out the rest of his life.  At the age of 27, on June 8th, 1866, (his birthday!), Joseph married Mary Ann Hulse.  The following year, in 1867, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Martha A., the first of thirteen children.  Joseph and Mary’s 10th child, Amy Mae became my great-grandmother.  Joseph was active in his church and community throughout his life.  He passed away at the age of 68 on April 14th, 1908, the cause listed as “acute dilated heart caused by old age.”



Joseph and Mary are both buried in the Millville, Utah city cemetery.


From Millville Memories, A history of Millville, Utah, From 1860 to 1990                           by The Cache County Historic and Preservation Commission.

Joseph Grafton Hovey, II was the son of Joseph Grafton Hovey and Martha Ann Webster. He was born at Pike County, Illinois. His parents moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and lived in a tent for two months until his father could build a log cabin. They suffered the persecution heaped upon the Saints (Mormons); and after they were driven out, they gathered at Winter Quarters (Omaha, Nebraska), where his mother died when Joseph was eight years old. He came to Millville in 1860 and assisted in the establishment of this community. On January 8, 1866, he married Mary Ann Hulse, the daughter of Charles Wesley and Ann Smith Hulse. She was born November 26, 1848, at Manchester, England, and came to Millville in 1864. Joseph made his living by farming. He and Mary Ann were the parents of: Martha Ann (Joseph Perry), Joseph Grafton (Sarah Catherine Jessop), Hyrum Alonzo (Elizabeth Wilcox), May Amelia, Sarah Elizabeth (John Arthur Hen rie), Lillian Vilate (Emil Brandt), Frances (Charles Taylor), Amy (Walter Clark Dallas), Bert (Fontella Williams), Mary (Louis Noel), Hazel (Percy Chandler) and Nesta.

(This is an excerpt from diaries of Joseph Hovey, Sr.  I have included just a short passage here that references Joseph Hovey II as driving his father’s wagon.  The full text is very long. It is typed out as it was written, spelling and all.)

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Source of Trail Excerpt:
Hovey, Joseph Grafton, Reminiscences and journals 1845-1856, vol. 1, 130-75.

Tuesday Noon May 9th 1848 Started from Winterquarters for the Valley in the Mountains with My Wife Sarah and Joseph an Elizebeth and old Mage the dog, 3 Yoake of Cattle 2 Cows of my own and 2 waggons[.] My famley waggon 19 hundred[,] on baggage waggon 27 hundred[,] 20 hundred for Br. Heber [Chase Kimball]. We being all in a torable degre[e] of health notwith standing we being some what beat out Labouring so Excessively to get a way according to the Command of Br. Heber[.] we being only 7½[.] days in getting reddy[.] the quickest fit out that I know any one have done for I <we> did work from morning til knight as fast as we could spring and Br Heber said I was a first rate fellow & had done well[.] we arived at the stoping place about sun two hours high to gether with Br Heber 5 wagons and Br Jacobs Company 13 wagons[.] in all 20 waggons[.] Campt beside a Run of water[.] our waggons all in a row making a fence on one cide[side] and the run of water on the other[.] this making a yard for our Cattle by Cuting some treas round to keep the Cattle [from] getting mired. I Could not do much for I Cut my hand just before I started with a syth[,] the hole wet [width] of my hand. Josep[h] drove my family wagg[on] and I the Bagag [Baggage.] I was Called on to Pray By Sister [Priscinda] Buel[l] and Daniel in the Evening[.] said that I being Apointed By Br. Heber I should be Cinder a father[.] so asembled and prayed and thanked God that he had prospered us as that we have got started to the Vally &c
May 10 I arose[.] the morning it thretning rain[.] went see a bout the cattle[.] it being showry and vary windy[.] Camp 7 Miles from Winter Quarters (1848)

Br. William started for home this Morning[.] he Came up with us in two horse Buggy together with Br Brigham [Young] and Br Hyde[.] Br Heber was quite unwell having a Chill the night before an[d] he did not deam it wisdom to Come this knight & I tuck [took] forepart of the watch untill one Oclock for we are oblige to keep four gards out on account of the Lamnites taking our Cattle

the Eleventh[.] this morning it was quite plesant but Cool[.] I went out with the Cattle after Breakfast[.] finished a letter for my Wife Sarah to her Brothers and Sister to Low[e]ll Mass. Stating her Thankes for the[i]r belevenan [benevolence] for sending on ten dollars By Br Benson and also to send on some more if they felt disposed and God would bless them.


(Joseph Grafton Hovey II is my 2nd great-grandfather.  He is the father of Amy Mae Hovey, who is the mother of my grandmother, Leoma Nesta (Dallas) Simmons.)