Martha Ann Brockbank

Female 1861 - 1906  (44 years)

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  • Name Martha Ann Brockbank 
    Born 5 Sep 1861  Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Jan 1906  Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Jan 1906  Spanish Fork City Cemetery, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1353  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2015 

    Family Jonathan Hyrum Hales,   b. 25 May 1861, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1922, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1882  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F151  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1870 US: Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, p. 304a, 1 Aug 187), family 6:
      Isaac Brockbank, 65, farmer, $450, $475, Eng.
      Sarah, 51, Eng.
      Samuel, 16, UT.
      Joseph, 10, UT.
      Ann, 8, UT.

      1880 US: Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, FHL film 1255338, National Archives Film T9-1338, p. 185C:
      Sarah Brockbank, Keeping house, W, 60, Eng Eng Eng.
      Joseph Brockbank, Labourer, son, 21, UT Eng Eng.
      Martha Brockbank, At home, dau., S, 19, UT Eng Eng.

      1900 US: Spanish Fork First Ward, Utah, Utah. p. 275A:
      Martha Ann Hales, head, Sep 1861, 38, m. 18 years, 18, 9 children - 6 living, UT Eng Eng.
      Mabel, dau., Dec 1883, 16, UT UT UT.
      Inez, dau. Mary 1885, 15, UT UT UT.
      Roy, son, Sep 1888, 11, UT UT UT.
      Wane, son, Dec 1894, 5, UT UT UT.
      Jennie, dau., Nov 1895, 4, UT UT UT.
      Leon, son, April 1899, 1, UT UT UT.

      2. Reviewed Worldconnect 8 Dec 2002. Parents are Isaac Brockbank, Sr. and Sarah Brown.

      3. Per "The Sons of Brigham" by T. Earl Pardoe, published by BYU Alumni Association, a short biography of Wayne Brockbank Hales contained on page 349 gives the following biographical info on his parents: "Jonathan Hyrum Hales born May 25, 1861 in Spanish Fork, son of Charles Henry Hales, Utah pioneer of 1852, one of first settlers of Spanish Fork> Married Nov. 16, 1882. Member of Nauvoo Legion, builder and missionary. Died: Jan. 21, 1922 in Provo Utah." And: "Martha Ann Brockbank, born Sep. 5, 1861 in Spanish Fork, Utah; daughter of Issac Brockbank; Utah pioneer of 1852. Died Jan. 5, 1905 when Wayne was but twelve."

      1. From the book "Heart Throbs of the West," Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, SLC, 1948, compiled by Kate B. Carter, vol. 9, pp. 417-418. Eliza Brockbank, 1861-1906, married Jonathan Hyrum Hales, son of Charles Henry Hales and Julia Ann Lockwood. Quotation: "I, too, was a pioneer child. I was born in a one-room home in Spanish fork. The adobes were made of a local clay with a blue cast. These homes were built as soon as the settler dared leave the fort, where they lived during the Indian trouble. In my early Childhood our family had a two-room adobe home with a lean-to made of slabs. The furnishings weren't many compared to those of today. We had a built-in mantle, decorated with bright tin cans, and two oil lamps. The stove, which was a joy to mother, had a sheaf of wheat design on each oven door, a hearth in front which pulled out, and four lids on top. We had a lounge in the kitchen on which we children slept. It was pulled out at night and a straw tick was put on it; then it was closed during the day. The bedroom consisted of a bedstead with wooden pegs all around the frame. On these pegs a small rope was attached and criss-crossed, back and forth, forming a sort of spring. For a mattress we had a tick filled with fresh straw each fall, at threshing time. Later, feather beds made with feathers plucked from our own birds, took the place of the straw ones. There was, also, a homemade trundle bed for the smaller Children. The walls of the bedroom were white-washed and the floors were made of about six-inch with pine board. All of the city lots were fenced. The fences were four feet high and made of quaking aspen poles brought from the canyon. In the southwest corner of our lot was a well about fifteen feet deep, rocked on the walls and with a wood curbing and a windlass. From this well all of our household water was drawn. We used a wash-tub for bathing, after heating the water in teakettles, pots, pans, etc. Our laundry was all done on the board. Soap was not very plentiful, so we were careful with the little we had. Our clothing was mostly home-spun and home-made. Even our stockings were home-knit of wool yarn. Our underwear, of which we wore plenty, was usually a factory product. In winter we wore two petticoats; there was a heavy woolen one underneath and a thinner one on top. We had only one winter dress a year, which was a well lined woolen one. On our heads we wore woolen hoods or fascinators. In the summer we had one new dress, usually ruffled, a well starched petticoat underneath, and lace-trimmed panties, which came just below the dress. Our shoes were home-made, button or lace, with copper toe caps. Our food was plain, but wholesome. We had milk, homemade bread, vegetables, dried fruit and meat. Our home-cured hams were 'tops.' We also had a barrel of corned-beef and a good root cellar for potatoes, apples, vegetables, etc. We children had little or no spending money. Sometimes we were given an egg to buy candy at the store. In the summer we went to the molasses mill and got skimmings to make candy, and occasionally we made goney candy. Among the duties I disliked doing most was greasing the family shoes, scouring the knives and forks, and scrubbing the floors with white sand. Another duty I performed was to set the table. The plates were turned upside down on the knives and forks. The teaspoons were placed in a tall glass holder. A sundry revolving caster filled with bottles of sauces, vinegar, catsup and mustard, made a colorful centerpiece. We had little recreation outside of the church activities. In the winter we went bobsleighing and sometimes we had a candy pulls. In the summer, upon invitation, boys and girls would gather at a home in the evening for a fruit bee. Baskets of fruit would be ready for us to peel, core and prepare, by the light of lantern or what the moon would provide, and we would spread the prepared fruit on a scaffold to dry. When finished, we would have a candy pull and eat homemade cookies. These affairs were great fun. It gave the boys and girls a chance to get together. After the crops were gathered, children went gleaning. We would get permission from the land owner, go along the edge of the wheat fields, nip off the heads of wheat and put them in sacks. Our Christmases were not luxurious, but were events to always be remembered; a home-made doll and later a china one, a book, a dish, clothing and always extra goodies for dinner. Accommodations at school were far different from what is found at present. Our school rooms were heated with a stove that burned wood. Seats were just plain boards. Our lessons were put on a black board. At first, all we needed was a slate and pencil. The pencils were easily broken, so they were attached to the slate by a string tied in a hole in the slate frame. The girls usually carried with them a bottle of soap suds and a cloth to clean their slates. The boys didn't seem to care. We used the Wilson Reader and the famous Blue Back Spellers. Parents had to pay the teacher's salary. Little money was in circulation so all kinds of produce, either a load of wood, a sack of potatoes, or some squash, etc., was the pay. What we liked best, or looked forward to the most, were our spelling bees. These spelling matches were a delight; they occurred once a week, and I love to remember them as in my school days. - Eliza Brockbank Hales."

      1. Date per cemetery record cited below.

      2. FHL film 392655 LDS "Patriarchal Blessings Index": Martha A. Hales, b. 5 Sep 1861 at Spanish Fork., Utah, parents Isaac Brockbank and Sarah Brown. Blessing date 12 Sep 1899 at Spanish Fork, Utah. Lineage: Ephraim. Patriarch Charles D. Evans. Vol. 84, p. 212.

      1. Date of 5 Jan 1906 per cemetery record cited below. Note this date is at variance to the Biography above which evidently has the wrong year of 1905.

      2. Obituary has 5 Jan 1906.

      1. FHL film 231907 Spanish Fork Cemetery Records: "Brockbank, Martha A., b. 5 Sep 1861 in Utah, d. 5 Jan 1906, bur. in Spanish Fork, parents are Isaac Brockbank and Sarah Brown."

      2. Date per obituary.

      3. "Index to the Utah County Cemeteries, 1850's to 1996," compiled by Diane R. Parkinson and located at the family history center at the BYU Provo Library: Martha A.B. Hales 5 Sep 1861 - 5 Jan 1906 Spanish Fork.

      1. "Mrs. Martha Ann Hales, wife of J.H. Hales, died last Friday night at her home in the First ward at the age of 45 years; she had been sick over two weeks with a bad cold which developed into bronchitis, but apparently began to improve, when pneumonia developed; and as she was already quite weak she was unable to stand the combined attack of the two diseases. Funeral services were held in the First ward meeting house last Monday afternoon, Bishop McKell presiding. The following speakers paid a glowing tribute to her memory, and spoke words of consolation to the bereaved, vis: Nicholas Smith, Allen Adamson, John Moore, George W. Wilkins. The house was filled with sympathizing friends, and a number of beautiful floral tributes were place upon the casket. Deceased was a sister of Councilman Brockbank." Spanish Fork Press, Thurs., 1 Jan 1906.

      1. Per 21 Dec 2002.