George & Mary Ann Brooks Spratley

George was born April 15, 1810, in Manchester, Lancashire, England to James and Ellen Edwards Spratley. He married Mary on April 10, 1831, in England. She was born August 15, 1815, in Bolton Lancashire, England to William and Sarah Sally Green Brooks. As a convert to the LDS Church he came west but in Iowa his wife, who was not LDS, refused to go any further so he left her there with their seven children: Mary Ann, Sarah, James, Allace, Emaline, William, and Ellen (born in 1852), and settled in American Fork in the early 1850s. He was a devout, strong-willed Latter-day Saint and very independent.

After his arrival in Utah he married Ann Rebecca Birch, born November 2, 1828, in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England and they had five children: George, Jeddiah, Edwin, Samuel, and John. Another record shows his wife's name as Elizabeth, born the same year in England and mother of the same five children. The record gets really weird when it shows that his first wife, Mary Ann is the mother of the five children born in Utah - while she was living in Iowa.

George had the 160-acre homestead next west of Adams (Number 87 on the 1958 Highland map) and Robinson. According to his patent, he moved onto his property in April, 1875, and lived there continuously and was still living there in November 1882.

Mary Ann died April 15, 1875, in Iowa, Ann Rebecca (Elizabeth) died June 14, 1886, in American Fork and George died August 31, 1897, and is buried in the American Fork City Cemetery with Ann Rebecca.

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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