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George Spratley:  George was born April 15, 1810 in Manchester, Lancashire, England to James and Ellen Edwards Spratley.  He married Mary Ann Brooks 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 Mormonism he came west but in Iowa his wife, who was not a Mormon, 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 1850’s.  He was a devout, strong-willed Mormon 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 (#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 American Fork with Ann.


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