Life Sketch of Henry Folland Sr.

Written by Berry Folland Evans; Edited by Alice Folland Swensen

Typed for this website by Shirley Swensen Turley


Henry Folland Sr. was born on the 22 April 1824 at Kingscott, Devonshire, England. He was the so of Robert Folland and Mary Hogg. Little is know at this writing about Robert and Mary, his family, or his early Life.

The record of the marriage of Henry to Harriet Wright is recorded in the parish records at Upton Pyne, Devonshire, England on the 5th of May 1849. Harriet’s father was William Wright and her mother’s name was Mary Loosemore. Harriet was born 23 April 1827 at Upottery, Devonshire, England. Several pages of genealogy have been discovered in the family records believed to have been kept by Harriet in her own handwriting. These records indicate births, deaths, marriages, places, and even times of day, indicating that Harriet was a very organized meticulous person. Her handwriting is very clear and concise. Henry was 25 years of age at the time of their marriage and Harriet was 23 years of age. Henry was apparently already extablished in the business of him family trade, having exhibited much talent as a machinest and furniture builder and cabinet maker in Exeter, Devonshire, England where the family lived prior to coming to America in 1864.

In an old sketching book of Henry’s, found in the belongings of Sydney Golland, a grandson, was an envelope addressed to Henry Folland, Horse Lane, near Quay, Exeter, England; postmarked February 10, 1964. On the outside of the letter in red ink is an inscription “All things proceed”, and it was from Leicester, England. This is just four months prior to the family leaving England for America. Harriet included a note that the family left England the first part of June 1864 and arrived in Zion November 4th of that same year. They sailed on the Ship Hudson US 1618 tons which held 863 passengers, leaving June 3, 1864 and arriving in New York July 19, 1864 (46 days). J. Kay was company leader. The group arrived in Wyoming August 2, 1864 in F. Snow’s group which was the last company of the season. They arrived in Salt Lake on November 4, 1864.

One entry in the book of illustrations is of a cemetery marker of Mys (probably ma’s) marker at Bartholomew Terrace, Near the Cemetery, Exeter. Harriet’s mother died shortly before the family left England. She died 13 Jan 1843. Her father died 22 Jan 1853, both at Brampford Speke.

The marriage of Henry and Harriet produced seven children, four (4) sons, and three (3) daughters. They were: Ellen, Abel, Eli Abel, Nephi, Aaron, Henry Jr., Harriet, and Eliza Mary. Two of the children died in infancy. Ellen, Abel, Eli Abel, and Nephi Aaron were born in England and the rest were born in America.

The eldest daughter, Ellen, was born on the 20 Apr 1851 at Brampford Speke, Devonshire, England. She came to America with her family when she was 18 years of age. She was baptized into the Church May 3, 1865, was married to William Gillelspie and was endowed 13 Oct 1873.

A few vital statistics of Henrry and Harriet . . . Hand written notes of Harriet indicate that the family was met by missionaries early in their marriage and Henry and Harriet were baptized on February 27, 1854. They were baptized by Elder J. D. Ross in Exeter, Devonshire, England, and confirmed on 3 Mar 1854 at Land’s End Conference, Exeter branch. (One document indicates that Harriet was baptized 22 Feb 1850.) They were endowed 9 Jun 1866 in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah. Henry was baptized 27 Feb 1854.

A second child, a son, Abel, was christened 5 Nov 1852 at Commercial Road, St. Mary Stepps Church, Exeter, England. Abel died 5 Jun 1854 when only one and a half years old.

A third child, and second son, named Eli Abel was christened on the 8th of April, 1855 also at St. Mary Stepps Church, Exeter, England. Eli, as he was called throughout his life, came to America with his family at the age of 9. Eli married Rachel Ann Lewis 19 Oct 1876 in Salt Lake, and died 23 Han 1922 in Salt Lake where he and his family lived during the remainder of their lives after coming to the valley. He was also a machinest. He was later rebaptized 20 Jun 1885. He and Rachel Ann Lewis were endowed 10 Oct 1876. He died at the age of 92 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A fourth child, and third son, Nephi Aaron was christened 16 Apr 1861 at Trinity Parish in Exeter, England. Fate would not allow young Nephi Aaron to remain with his family for very long. The family left England the first part of June 1864 with the George Halladay camp. They made their way to America first by sea, then by train, and finally by a two wheeled oxcart, drawn by a “mangie beast, stubborn and slow, but persistent.” It was late in the season and Nephi Aaron was 3 ½ years old. He apparently took sick enroute to Utah and Harriet records his death 25 Aug 1864, 100 miles from the Wyoming Territory, America. This death and burial left its impact upon the entire family for years to come. A small grave was dug in the parched earth, his body was wrapped in what protective garments as were available and he was buried at the west side of Beaver Creek. A fire was built over the grave to destroy evidence of the burial and so as to protect it from the wild beasts of the prairie and from the Indians. This story was told to family members for many years to follow and was a reflection of the pain and sorrow felt by the family and showed the impact of this great tragedy upon their anticipated joy at the approaching of Zion. After the fire was extinguished and before moving onward toward their destination, the oxcart was drawn over the site many times to further erase evidence of the grave. The family arrived in the valley on 4 Nob 1864. Henry was now 40 years old, Harriet was 37, Ellen 13 and Eli 9 years of age.

The family settled in the 13th Ward area on a farm plot on the south side of the street between 2nd and 3rd East streets on South Temple. It was at the South Temple residence, an adobe structure, that a fourth son and fifth child was born a year later. Henry Jr. Was born 8 Dec 1865. Harriet records this event at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City, Territory Utah, America.

The family moved to their new residence which was a home built by Henry Sr. and the boys at 742 West on South Temple, the following year and remained there the remainder of their lives. When Henry Sr. died, the property was divided between Eli and Henry Jr. and remained in their hands until Henry’s death in 1948. After Martha’s death a few years later, the property was sold. Henry Sr. died at the age of 76 in Salt Lake City 2 Sep 1900, 76 years, 4 Mos. 12 days.

Henry and Harriet had a second daughter names Harriet, named for her mother, at Salt Lake City. She was baptized 5 Jul 1877 and re-baptized 9 Apr 1941. She endowed by proxy 28 Arp 1942. She married a Gray, date unknown at this writing.

A third daughter, and seventh child, Eliza Mary was born 14 Feb 1870 at Salt Lake City, Utah. She was baptized 5 Jul 1977 (also recorded 30 Aug 1877). She married William Breeze and was endowed 14 Sep 1887. She died on 7 December, 1942.

A sketch of the first home on South Temple and 742 West is believed to be included in the sketch book. When Henry Jr. And Martha were married, they built another home on the rear of the property. Eli and Rachel Ann occupied the old home up front. Some of the trees planted by Henry Sr. And Harriet still remain on the property. There is a roadway that let to the reat of the property that was subsequently owned by Henry Jr. And his family. Henry had a took shed, a barn, later a garage, the home, and a garden. In the early years, as I was growing up, the grandchildren played on an old tire swing that hung from the large apple tree. We ate many dinners at the table of my grandmother Martha. We often sat in chairs that great grandfather Henry had carved. Some of his early handwork is still in the family. It was unhear of to do the Thanksgiving turkey in the new stove. Thanksgiving dinner was always cooked on the coal range. It also offered heat to the kitchen and house, having no other central heating system. A smaller coal stove provided heat for the dining room. As I remember, the rest of the house was very cold, especially during the winter months and the cozy chair by the stove wa my favorite place to curl up after a huge Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner.

The only insight into the family and especially the life of Henry Sr. has been gleaned from the sketch book previously referred to. His cabinet making trade provided a source of income for the family. The sketches are done very professionally, which indicates that Henry, in his early life in Exeter, must have had much professional training to learn his trade. These drawings indicate much artistic talent and a professionalism that few would attain. Also included are several hand written poems and some religious writing that indicated that he was a very religious man and had a deep and abiding faith in his convictions. He was a loving, warm, religious man and had a great desire to raise his family in a spiritual manner.

Friendship is the theme of this following poem entitled “A Wish.”
A WISH
Wherever you dwell
May content be your lot
And friendship, like ivy,
Encircle your cot.
May gay smiling plenty adorn the fair spot,
May sorrow never enter the door of your cot.
May your honest endeavours be crowned with success,
May you ever live happy, never witness distress.
Under your neat humble roof, may those blessings descend
It’s the wish free from guile, It’s the wish of your
friend.

Industry is illustrated by a hand written poem from this old relic entitled “The Bee.”

How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour
And gather honey all the day from every opening flower?
How skillfully she builds her cell, how sweet she makes her wax
And labours hard to store it well with the sweet food she makes.

It works on books or on skills, I would be busy, too.
For satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do.
It works with books or healthy play, let my first years be past
That I may give for every day, some good account at last.

And a bit of humor not titled, but indicating his character.
I have worked in the heat, I have worked in the cold
I have worked with the young, I have worked with the old.
I have worked very late, I have worked very soon,
I have worked by the sun, I have worked by the moon.
And I am shure I can tell you without and fear,
I can work very well without any beer.

I have worked far from home, I have worked very neigh
I have worked in the wet, I have worked in the dry.
I have worked among corn, I have worked among hay
I have worked by the piece, I have worked by the day.
And shure I can tell you without any fear,
I can work very well without any beer.

I have worked about lime, I have worked about chalk
I have worked among still folks and those that can talk.
I have worked among bad folks, I have worked among good,
I have worked about iron, I have worked about wood,
But wherever I go, there’s nothing to fear..
So much as the foolish made foolish by beer.

I have read, I have wrote, I have hummed, I have talked
I have been out on pleasure with friends; I have walked
But never, no, never, no use did I see
Of taking strong drink so hurtful to me.
But I am shure I can tell you without any fear
These things can be managed with out any beer.

Whether Henry wrote these verses himself, or copied them from other sources, is not definitely known, because there are other verses half written with similar themes and corrections attached, it indicated that some thinking went into the selection of words and the final product. I find it refreshing and delightful.

Included in the book are many scale drawings of machinery and tools, a winouring machine, stuff, straw picker, windlass, pumps, proof, carts, gates, cannon, double pump, wheel with cogs, apple mill, reed making machine, etc.

One of the prize possessiones discovered in the old family records is the Certificate of Citizenship, United States, Territory of Utah. It quotes, “Be it remembered, that on the 11th day of September, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy-two, H E N R Y F O L L A N D,late of England, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, at the present of Salt Lake City, in the Territory afresaid, appeared in the 3rd Judicial District Court of the United States of America, pursuant to the directions and requirements of the several acts of Congress in relation thereto . . .

“And the said H E N R Y F O L L A N D, having thereupon produced to the Court such evidence, made such declaration and renunciation, and taken such oath as are by the said Acts required: thereupon was ordered by the said Court that the said H E N R Y F O L L A N D be admitted, and he accordingly admitted, by the said Court, to be a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
“IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, the Seal of the said Court is hereunto affixed, this 11th day of September in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-two and in the year of our independence the Ninety Seventh.”
Signed: Wm. S. Waeked - Clerk

Henry Folland Sr., a cabinet maker by trade, brought with him to Utah, that talent and enhanced not only his home, but many of those of his friends and neighbors as well. It is reported by a family member that Harriet often took his wares that were made, in later life, in his shop on the premises of his home at 742 West on South Temple, to the Tithing Office, in a wheel barrow. The tithing office was several blocks away at Main Street and South Temple where the Hotel Utah now stands. There, he would trade his hand crafted furniture for “script money” for which he would buy necessary food, clothing and the necessities of life for his wife and family.

Henry Sr. Died at Salt Lake in 1900, at the age of 76. Harriet died in 1903 at the home of one of her daughters in Taylorsville, Utah.