NameNelson General Ford SOWARDS ®1, M
Birth Date22 Jan 1862
Birth PlacePike, Kentucky, United States
Death Date14 Jan 1946 ®4
Death PlaceAshley, Uintah, Utah, United States
Burial Date18 Jan 1946
Burial PlaceAshley, Uintah, Utah, United States
Burial MemoGibson Private Cemetery, later moved to Vernal City Cemetery
OccupationEducator
ResidenceVernal, Uintah, Utah
ReligionThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LDS MissionSouthern States
Cause of deathMyocarditis ®4
FlagsUtah Pioneer
FatherMoses Ford SOWARDS , M (1813-1895)
MotherLouisa Branham GANNON , F (1821-1896)
Spouses
Birth Date26 Jul 1875
Birth PlaceKamas, Summit, Utah Territory, United States
Death Date31 Jan 1950 ®4
Death PlaceVernal, Uintah, Utah, United States
Burial Date2 Feb 1950
Burial PlaceAshley, Uintah, Utah, United States
Burial MemoGibson Private Cemetery, later moved to Vernal City Cemetery
ResidenceVernal, Uintah, Utah
Cause of deathChronic Myocarditis ®4
FatherWilliam GIBSON , M (1845-1932)
MotherMary Adelia LAMBERT , F (1851-1935)
Marr Date10 Aug 1893
Marr PlaceSalt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
ChildrenLeona Adelia , F (1894-1930)
 Ethyline Marie , F (1896-1908)
 William Carl , M (1899-1997)
 Leland Nelson , M (1902-1973)
 Mary Louisa , F (1904-1996)
 Orlin Lewis , M (1907-1908)
 Shirley Gibson , M (1910-2008)
 Francis , M (1911-1911)
 Orval Lorin , M (1915-1977)
 Vaughn Clinton , M (1917-1968)
Notes for Nelson General Ford SOWARDS
LDS Church Membership Record:
Name: Nelson Sowards General
Gender: Male
Birth: 1862-01-22, Pike, Kentucky
Death: 1946-01-14
Father: Moses Sowards
Mother: Louisa Branham
Spouse: Mary Eliza Gibson
LDS Bap: 29 Aug 1879
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From Builders of Uintah, DUP, 1947:

p. 50
Nelson General Ford Sowards
“Born in Pike County, Kentucky, Jan 22, 1862, a son of Moses and Louisa Branham Sowards. He completed his elementary education in Kentucky and later attended private schools in penmanship and music. He came to Colorado in 1881, settling at Manassa where he taught school for eight years. He filled a two-year mission for the L.D.S. Church in the southern states. Following his mission, he came west again and attended B.Y.U. at Provo. He later attended the University of Utah and University of California
“He married Mary E. Gibson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1893. He came to Vernal in 1892 and served as principal of the Uintah Academy in 1892-93. He served as Uintah County superintendent of schools for seventeen years and during his office schools were first graded, then consolidated. He (taught) school for fifty years. He died Jan 14, 1946 at the age of 83 and is buried in the Gibson private cemetery. (note- Those buried in the Gibson Cemetery were later moved to the Vernal City Cemetery)”

-From 'The Builders of Uintah' courtesy of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
Transcribed by Lori Reynolds Weinstein
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Census notes for Nelson General Ford SOWARDS
1920 United States Census
North Vernal, Uintah, Utah

Sowards, Nelson G, Head, age 57, mar, born Kentucky, parents born United States, School Teacher, District Schools
Sowards, Mary E, Wife, age 44, mar, born Utah, father born Scotland, mother born Utah, Stock Farmer
Sowards, William C, Son, age 23, single, born Utah, farm laborer, home farm
Sowards, Leland M, Son, age 17, born Utah
Sowards, Mary E, Daughter, age 15, born Utah
Sowards, Shirley G, Son, age 9, born Utah
Sowards, Orval L, Son, age 4, born Utah
Sowards, Vaughn C, Son, age 2, born Utah
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Obituary notes for Nelson General Ford SOWARDS
N.G. Sowards Pioneer School Official Dies

Nelson G. Sowards, 83, one of Vernal’s first school teachers and commercial farmer, died Monday afternoon at his home in Ashley following a three-month’s illness of pneumonia and complications from causes incident to age.

Mr. Sowards was born January 22, 1862, in Pike County, Kentucky, a son of Moses and Louiza Branhan Sowards. He completed his elementary education in Kentucky and later attended private schools in penmanship and music. He came to Colorado in 1881, settling at Manassa, where he taught school for eight years. He filled a two year mission for the LDS church in the Southern States. Following his mission, he came west again and attended the BYU at Provo. He later attended the University of Utah and University of California.

He married Mary E. Gibson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1893. Mr. Sowards was an instructor in the old Uintah Academy and served as Superintendent of Schools for 17 years. He had the first commercial peach orchard in Uintah County. He retired from active farming about ten years ago.

Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mary L. Underwood, Kemmerer, Wyo., and four sons: Carl, of Vallejo, Calif.; Leland, Shirley, Vaughn and Orvel, all of Vernal; and one brother, L.W. Sowards of Manassa, Colo., in addition to 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. at Ashley chapel. Interment will be in the Gibson private cemetery.

Newspaper: Vernal Express, Vernal, Utah, 1946-06-17
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Notes for Mary Eliza (Spouse 1)
LDS Church Membership Record:
Name: Mary Eliza Gibson
Gender: Female
Birth: 1875-07-26, Kamas, Summit, Utah
Death: 1950-01-31
Father: William Gibson
Mother: Mary Adelia Lambert
Spouse: Nelson General Sowards
LDS Bap: 2 Jul 1889
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AKA: Madie
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From Builders of Uintah, DUP, 1947:
p. 50
MARY ELIZA GIBSON SOWARDS
“She was born in Kamas Summit county, Utah on July 26, 1875, a daughter of Wm. Gibson and Mary A. Lambert Gibson. She came to Ashley Valley with her parents Nov. 1, 1877.
“She attended district school in old Ashley and Denver, Colo. Attended the LDS college at Salt Lake and later went to the University of Utah for two years. She married W. G. Sowards in the Salt Lake Temple in 1893 and is the mother of ten children. She worked in the LDS Church as Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, and was First Counselor in the Relief Society for several years. She resides at her home in Ashley ward.”
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Census notes for Mary Eliza (Spouse 1)
1880 United States Census
Source Information:
  Census Place Ashley, Uintah, Utah
  Family History Library Film   1255338
  NA Film Number   T9-1338
  Page Number   112B   

Wm. GIBSON   Self   M   Male   W   34   SCOT   Farmer   
 Mary GIBSON   Wife   M   Female   W   28   UT   Keeping House   
 James L. GIBSON   Son   S   Male   W   7   UT      SCOT   
 Mary E. GIBSON   Dau   S   Female   W   4   UT      SCOT    
 Geo. LANGSTORS   Other   S   Male   W   19   UT   Laborer   
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Obituary notes for Mary Eliza (Spouse 1)
FUNERAL RITES HELD FOR MARY SOWARDS

Funeral services for Mary Eliza Gibson Sowards were held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Ashley ward chapel. Mrs. sowards died Monday morning of last week hat her home.

Prayer at the home was offered by Harmon S. sowards. At the chapel Horace Caldwell gave the invocation and the benediction was offered by C. Fred Anderson. Speakers at the services were Carl B. Preece and Bishop c. L. Richens. Mary L. Kidd paid tribute to Mrs. sowards.

The Ashle ward choir sang “The Lord is My shepherd,” “In the Garden” and “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” A vocal solo, “Perfect Day” was sung by Theresa Hadlock, accompanied by gwen Goodrich.

Interment was in the gibson private cemetery under direction of the Swain Funeral Home. Dedication of the grave was by Ronald Preece. Pallbearers were her five sons and a grandson, Carl Leland, Shirley, Arvil and Vaughn Sowards and Milo Colton.

Those attending the services fron outside points were: Mr. and Mrs. David Eccles, Madison, N.H., Carl Sowards, Vallejo, Cal., Mr. and Mrs. Shirley sowards Rangely; Mr and Mrs. Harvey Lantan, Johnday, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Milo Colton, Denver; Mrs. Sarah gibson and son Lambert Gibson, of Salt Lake Lity and Mr and Mrs Darrell Lambert, Roosevelt.

Mary Eliza Gibson was born in the west side of Kamas, Utah, Uly 26, 1875. She is a daughter of William Gibson and Mary A. Lambert Gibson. At the age of two years the family moved to Ashley valley and lived at the James B. Thorne ranch that winter. This is the ranch formerly owned by Ronald Preece. Mr. Thorne moved out of his house and let the Gibson family live in it. It had a dirt floor and Mrs. gibson staked a carpet down over wild hay. The winter was so warmed that all they needed for a door was a horse blanket.

The next spring the famil moved to what is now the Sowards ranch and a log cabin was built near where the house now stands. In 1879 the family moved to Ashley town because of the Indian scare and Meeker Massacre. This was a wevere winter and froze much of the stock.

In 1880 the family moved back to the rance and a warmer house was built. The first school attended by Mary was in old Ashley town and Pete Dillman was her first teacher. At the age of ten she, her mother and a brother went to Denver and she attended school there one year. Then they returned to Vernal. At the age of 15 Mrs. Sowards attended the LDS business college in Salt Lake City. This school was located about where the Salt Lake Library now stands.

The following year she attended school at the University of Utah and that spring she met N.G. Sowards. They were married on August 10, 1893 in the Salt Lake LDS temple. This was the year the temple was dedicated.

The Sowards lived at Charlie Bartletts for three months then moved to a little cabin in the south meadow of the ranch. This cabin is now part of the house just north of the Ashley Ward chapel.

Mrs. Sowards is survived by six children, Carl Sowards, Vallejo, Cal,; Mary Underwood, Leland, Arvil and Vaughn Sowards, all of Vernal and shirley sowards of Rangely; 13 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Eccles of Madison, N.J.
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