My name is Mary Ann Whitehead Overson and this blog is dedicated to all the amazing men and women who came before me: my ancestors. I also want to acknowledge my father, Armand Toyn Whitehead, who is the person responsible for a lot of the content in this blog; my dad has spent countless hours collecting and preserving photos and histories, and preserving them on the computer so that they can be handed down for generations. Thank you, Dad!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Josephine May Nixon and Erastus Goddard Whitehead

Some new photos I came across today, ones I've never before seen:
Josehpine May Nixon Whitehead: It's unknown when this was taken, but the original is in possession of Marilyn Williams.  This is a Photoshopped version, since the copy I have is quite deteriorated.  With how old these photos are, it's a wonder we even have them!

Erastus Goddard Whitehead, c. 1905.  I think he was the most handsome man!  I bet Josephine did, too!

Here is a photo of their house in St. George:
Erastus G. Whitehead home, 89 W. Diagonal Street, St. George, Utah.

Another view of E. G. Whitehead home.  This home is still standing (and for sale, I understand).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Charles Christopher Jensen Obituary

Charles C. Jensen
Deseret News, 20 June, 1948 
(no picture provided in newspaper)

            Provo – Charles C. Jensen,  74, of 713 West Fifth South St. died Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at an infirmary here of causes incident to age.
            Mr. Jensen was born July 2, 1874 in Richfield, son of Olaf P and Annie Jeppsen Jensen.  He moved to Goshen, Utah when a young man and resided there until 14 years ago, when he moved to Provo.
            On Aug 25, 1898 he was married to Laura Jane Rudd.  She died in February 1913, and he later was married to Emma Bale in Provo.
            A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he was an elder at the time of his death.
            Surviving, besides his widow, are five sons, and four daughters:  Mrs. George Cook, Goshen; Mrs. Peter Grieve, Salt Lake City; Edward Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif; James and Gilbert Jensen, Tooele; Leslie and Maurice Jensen, Provo; a stepson, Leonard Pitt, Layton; a brother, Joseph Jensen, LeGrande, Ore; a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Osborne, Riverton, Salt Lake County; a half brother, Andrew Nielson, Deweyville, Box Elder County; 26 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
            Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Valley Mortuary, Provo.
There are a few mistakes in this obituary -
  • The obit. states that Charles died at an infirmary "here", but it does not mean Salt Lake City - the obit. was probably one that ran in the Provo Daily Herald, and a copy sent to run in the Deseret News.  Charles died in Provo, Utah.
  • Charles was the son of Ole Christian Jensen, not Olaf P.
  • Annie Jeppsen - Jeppesen is the correct spelling, but I've seen it spelled so many different ways, including Jeppson, Jepson, Jepsen, and even Gepson. 
  • Before he lived in Goshen, he lived in Nephi with the Bowles Family, having left Richfield at age 9 years old because he and his stepfather did not get along.
  • Lizzie Osborne was Charlie's half-sister, not full sister, from his mother's 2nd marriage.
  • A half brother "Andrew Nielson" is listed: Andrew was Charlie's step-brother, if you could even call him that.  Charlie's mother, Annie Jeppesen Jensen Nielsen, married Andrew C. Nielsen, her second husband, and the Andrew listed in the obit. was Andrew C. Nielsen's stepson from a previous marriage.  His last name is spelled with an "son" instead of "sen" because it was changed somewhere along the line.