Nephi Gledhill, 1853
Researcher: Gregory L. Bender
Posted: 10/02/97

FARRELL; MI,USA/UT,USA/CA,USA/TAHITI; 1893- Dennis John FARRELL was born in 1893 in Manton, Wexford Co., Michigan. He died February 14, 1929 in Paea, Tahiti, The Society Islands. On June 16, 1906, he

Nephi Gledhill married Luella GLEDHILL (b.12/7/1883, d.2/12/1980), daughter of Nephi GLEDHILL and Sarah Jane CALDWELL of Salt Lake City and Gunnison, Utah. How the wild Irish rover FARRELL from Michigan and the daughter of a Utah Mormon Stake Clerk ever met, fell in love, and married is a mystery. Dennis and Luella had three children: Virgina FARRELL, born about 1907 in Pasadena, CA and died in 1991 in North Hollywood, CA; Dennis FARRELL, born about 1910 and died in February 1965 in Long Beach, CA; and, Giles Gilbert FARRELL, born December 27, 1913 in Ceresco, Calhoun Co., Michigan near Battle Creek. In mid-1928, Dennis John FARRELL announced that he was dying and left his family for Tahiti, where he rented a small grass shack near the water. He died quietly while playing cards with some of his friends there in the shack. Virgina FARRELL married Milton WHITAKER. Virginia died in 1991 in California. Virginia and Milt had one son. Dennis FARRELL married Beulah. Dennis FARRELL died in 1965. After a hitch in the Army, Giles became a migrant fruit packer following the crops across southern California. At some point, Giles Gilbert FARRELL married Helen G. and was divorced not long after. He later married Ethna Harriet “Edna”; HOLMES daughter of Thomas HOLMES of Nova Scotia, Canada and Wexford Co., MI and Alice LaRUE of Wexford Co., MI and possibly Paris, France and Nova Scotia, Canada. Giles and Edna moved to California before or after the wedding and had one daughter who was born in California. Giles and Edna lived in Blythe and Porterville, CA. Giles died November 1976 in Blythe, Riverside Co., CA. Although the GLEDHILL line is well documented through the LDS church, little is known of Dennis John FARRELL or the FARRELLs in general. Any help that be provided with Giles FARRELL, the FARRELLS in general, Alice LaRUE or Edna HOLMES would be appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

From Utah Since Statehood, V. III, pg. 591:


Nephi Gledhill, an alert and enterprising business man of Gunnison, where he is engaged in the grocery trade, was born in Oldham, Lancastershire, England, December 13. 1853, his parents being James and Mary (Buckley) Gledhill. The father came to Utah in 1867 and afterward sent for his wife and two sons, establishing the family home at Provo. He ‘was a painter and decorator and painted what is now known as the old tabernacle of Provo. He was president of his branch of the church while in England and was known as “the Curious” because of a song which he composed. His wife died in Prove and he afterward removed to Gunnison to live with his children but has now passed away.

Nephi Gledhill began his education in the public schools of his native country and continued his studies in the common schools of Gunnison, while later he pursued a course in the State University. During the early period of his residence in Gunnison he engaged in teaching but later turned to commercial and other pursuits. In 1880 he clerked in the Cooperative Store and for eight years he worked on the Manti Temple.

He also followed railroading and various other lines of work for several years. In 1870 he took up his abode at Gunnison, where he has always held interests, and in 1898 he opened a notary and conveyance office. In 1900 he purchased the Gunnison Gazette, which he conducted continuously until May, 1919. He had purchased the Modern Market & Grocery in 1918 and after selling his paper concentrated his efforts upon the development and growth of the grocery trade. He is now the owner of an excellent store, carrying an attractive line of staple and fancy groceries, and his annual sules reach a large figure. He Is also a stockholder in the Gunnison Valley Sugar Company and in the Gunnison Irrigation Company.

In Gunnison, in January, 1877, Mr. Gledhill was married to Miss Sarah Jane Caldwell, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Caldwell, who came to Utah in early days. Her father was accidentally killed in Echo canyon while employed by the railroad in 1868. The death of Mrs. Gledhill was occasioned by a fall from a ladder in 1905. In May, 1907, Mr. Gledhill was again married, his second union being with Anna Christensen, a daughter of John and Johannah Christensen, who came to Utah in early days, establishing their home at American Pork but afterward removing to Gunnison. The father was a successful farmer and was very active in church work. He died in 1903 but the mother is still living. The children of Mr. Gledhill’s first marriage are: Leo Nephi, William J., Amelia Jane, Luella, Sylvia, Edna and Carlyle. There is one child of the second marriage, Alice Johannah.

Mr. Gledhill is identified with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and from 1907 until 1909 filled a mission to England, where he was traveling elder. He is
now clerk of Gunnison ward and has filled several other offices in the church, doing everything in his power to advance the interests and promote the upbuilding of the organization. Voting with the republican party, Mr. Gledhill strongly endorses its principles and for a number of years he served as city recorder. His activities, however, have been chiefly directed along business lines and for the benefit of the church and his labors in both connections have been far-reaching and beneficially resultant.

Microfilm of original typescript.

Nephi Gledhill (1853-1933) was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England to James and Mary Buckley Gledhill. He was the youngest of eleven children. In 1868 he immigrated to Utah with his family. In 1877 he married Sarah Jane Caldwell and they were the parents of eleven children. He was active in business and community affairs in Gunnison, Utah where they settled after they were married. Sarah died in 1905 and Nephi married Anna Christensen. They were the parents of one daughter. Descendants live in Utah, Nevada and other parts of the western United States.

Format Books/Monographs (On Film)
Language English
Publication Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993
Physical on 1 microfilm reel ; 16 mm.


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